Monday, May 11, 2009

Awesome Weekend Birding

On Saturday, I participated in the Hamilton County Spring Bird Count as I do every year. I again covered Ritchey Woods in Fishers, Indiana but this year, Eric was not able to cover the property with me. Although it was wind and the day started out very slow with cool temperatures and very windy conditions, I ended up with a great list of species. I had 26 warblers on the day including many that were the only ones found on the count. I also had my first Willow Flycatcher of the year and both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos. By the time I had finished for the morning, I had 89 species.

After a morning of counting, all the participants go to Cool Creek Park for a lunch that is put on by the naturalists at the park. After lunch, we count up all the species that everyone has seen in the morning and this year came up with the second highest count ever for our county with 125. i was very happy to have contributed many sights to that list. It was another successful count and I recommend that all birders get involved with local counts and conservation efforts.

On Sunday morning, I headed to Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. This park is well known by birders in the area and it is a hotspot at all times of the year. It was another good day for finding migrants. At the marina, there were both an Orange-crowned and Black-throated Blue Warbler that came within 5 feet of our small group. The orange crown was actually visible on the Orange-crowned Warbler and the female Black-throated Blue Warbler provided a great study of her unique and beautiful facial pattern.

P.S. Eric has successfully made it to the Black Hills for his training with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. His car is fixed and he hopes that that will be the end of his problems for the summer. it should be very exciting to see his updates on the blog!

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Wow! You've been doing some amazing birding. I hope to get up to your level in a few years.