Shoemaker Island Road
Located in Hall County, 2 miles south of the I-80 Alda Exit 305, running west to 1 mile south of the Wood River I-80 Exit 300. This gravel road traverses the length of Shoemaker Island, where many wet meadows attract foraging flocks of cranes. There are also large stands of riparian forest where rose-breasted and black-headed grosbeaks can be observed along with eastern wood-pewees, wild turkeys and red-headed woodpeckers. The entire area is privately owned, so birding away from the road requires landowner permission. Cattle egrets, black-billed magpies and eastern bluebirds are common here. Road ditches often contain some water and wood ducks, sora rails and American bitterns sometimes make use of them. Greater prairie-chickens have been infrequently observed booming on this island in the past. American woodcocks perform their courtship skydance along the wooded river drainage in April and May.