Monday, January 4, 2010

A Cold Start to the Year

The cold weather has finally arrived in Indiana as it has across much of the country. It has frozen all of the local reservoirs and water around Indianapolis. The cold weather has made the birding slow but there have been a few highlights over the past few days. I have spent a good amount of time at Starling Sanctuary on Eagle Creek Reservoir. Today while hiking along the creek I was able to hear and see a Winter Wren. These wrens love to forage along creeks that have lots of downed trees and vegetation and rarely cooperate for good looks. After I was able to watch the wren for a little while a flock of 94 calling Sandhill Cranes flew overhead. As it was starting to get late I heard the loud kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk of the Pileated Woodpecker. As I watched it fly around the trees, it went into a cavity, apparently to roost for the night.

Fishback Creek-This area is one of the best areas for breeding warblers in central Indiana.

Tomorrow I will be heading to the shores of Lake Michigan, so the cold start will only get colder.

1 comment:

Chad said...

I hate winter but there are a few things I love... the "noise" of Sandhill Cranes for one. You got to love the White-breasted Nuthatch. What would a cold, snowy day be without a White-breasted Nuthatch or a Chickadee making some racket? On the other hand, I think the birds make me appreciate the winter calmness... but I sure hate the cold.