Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bring On March

February is usually my least favorite month, very few birds and very cold temperatures are not a good combination in my opinion. But this February had many highlights and even some warm temperatures mixed in with the cold. The big invasion of White-winged Crossbills continued, the American Woodcocks arrived, and the waterfowl migration has begun. The biggest highlight of the month for me was seeing my first Hoary Redpoll mixed in with about 40 Common Redpolls on the Indiana lakefront. The flocks of White-winged Crossbills that I saw in February including great looks at both males and females at Eagle Creek Park were also a highlight. And the sign of spring in the bird world, the Red-winged Blackbird, along with grackles and other blackbirds moving back into the state was a great sight for the month. As of February 28 I have seen 111 species in Indiana this year.

I started March by going to Beehunter Marsh and Goose Pond FWA. What a sight, 3-4 thousand Sandhill Cranes among thousands of ducks and geese. If you live anywhere near this area it will definitely be worth the trip for the next couple weeks, the number of birds is just amazing. March will definitely be a fun month, I start off by going to southern Florida for spring break and then at the end of the month I will be going to Clifty Falls State Park to give a talk about bird songs.

Some of the many Sandhill Cranes.

Here is one of my favorite photos that I took in February.


Unknown said...

As a hydrologist I approve of the bottom photo. We have a few sandhill cranes down here in south Florida. But not that many.

Kelly said... thousand! Must have been a spectacular sight. The water fall is beautiful. I like how you make the water flow...

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful. I can see why that's a favorite shot and those tips are still in my head repeating themselves. :-)