Sunday, February 15, 2009

Starting to Sing

Lots of bird movement has started to occur in the midwest over the past week. Waterfowl has started to move back into the area after the deep freezes and many cowbirds, grackles, and blackbirds have moved back into the state. It was also the weekend for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Many birds are starting to sing including Cardinals, Song Sparrows, and House Finches. On Friday I drove some country roads through farmland while driving from Bloomington to Indianapolis and eventually ended up at Eagle's Crest which is on Eagle Creek Reservoir. The Killdeers had arrived. Quite a few were heard or seen in the flooded fields. Also in the flooded fields were many Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. In the pine stand at Eagle's Crest there were a few Pine Siskins, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, and a Barred Owl.

I birded Lake Waveland on my way to Turkey Run State Park on Saturday. This was my first visit to this location and it was well worth it. There were Wood Ducks and Common Mergansers on the water and Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and Rough-legged Hawk hunting around the lake. On Sunday I birded Eagle Creek Park in the morning and evening. In the evening ,on my way back to Bloomington, I was able to find Ruddy Duck and Greater Scaup both year birds for me (a year bird is a bird that I have not seen in the current year).

Spring is almost here!


Chad said...

Sounds like a good weekend. I wish I could have birded with ya! I have yet to see a Great Scaup!

Kelly said...

...we are starting to hear the Red-winged Blackbirds as well. They arrived in our yard last Thursday. We haven't heard or seen the Killdeer yet... said...

I bird my yard so to speak, but I have noticed that the singing has started here in western new york..