I consistently ride my road bike on a long section of the Virgil Gilman Trail from Orchard Road west to Bliss Woods.
The birds heard here are some species whose breeding populations depend on the specific habitat of this area, which includes streambanks, brushy woodlands and fully mature woods on glacial kame. There are also several ponds and wetlands along the way.
The consistent list of birds heard or seen in the last few rides over the past two weeks include:
Rose breasted grosbeak Wood thrush Catbird Brown thrasher Carolina wren Redstart Yellow warbler Phoebe Great crested flycatcher Wood pewee Robin Cardinal Song sparrow Chipping sparrow Yellow warbler Summer tanager Green heron Great blue heron Common/great egret Pied billed grebe Crow Red-winged blackbird Bluebird Barn swallow Tree swallow Red-tailed hawk Cooper's hawk House wren Indigo bunting House finch Black-capped chickadee White breasted nuthatch Cowbird Baltimore oriole Blue jay
I plan to take a mountain bike and go more slowly with my camera as well to record some of these species and more. Very likely prothonotary warbler and chestnut sided in this zone. Add on the actual depth of Bliss Woods at the west end of the trail and it is one of the richer habitats you'll find for birding in south-central Kane County.