Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lake Monroe Birding: Bird Photography Weekly

Lake Monroe on a cloudy day.

The Hermit Thrush is the hardiest of all the thrushes. They commonly winter throughout parts of southern Indiana but are much more uncommon in the northern half of the state. I was glad to see that this Hermit Thrush survived the heavy snowfall earlier in the week.


I believe these are Wild Turkey tracks. In the same area I had a flock of about 25 Wild Turkeys.


A Downy Woodpecker making impact.


There was a large flock of juncos that didn't seem to mind my presence at all that were feeding along the shore of the lake.

9 comments:

Ali Iyoob said...

Great shots, looks like a fun trip.

Müge said...

Beautiful shots indeed! The woodpecker is adorable!

mick said...

Great photos and it must be very hard for birds to survived in such cold weather.

Kelly said...

I love seeing the Hermit Thrushes. I was surprised last summer to hear them singing at Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio. I only see them in the winter around Cincy, so seeing and hearing them in the summer was a shock. The gorge is so deep it stays cold enough to support them during the summer (boreal relics such as hemlocks also grow there). I don't know if you've been there--it's cool (literally!).

eileeninmd said...

I love the Hermit Thrush, I only see them in the summer here. Great photos.

Eric Ripma said...

@Kelly: I have wanted to make a trip to Hocking Hills for quite a while now but didn't know that Hermit Thrushes nested there. I found a list of some of the other breeding birds there and the number of northern species that breed is quite impressive.

Lana Gramlich said...

Nice captures. Thanks for sharing!

Larry said...

Great photos Eric. I love the Hermit Thrush as well. They have such a cheery song.

I really like the photo of the tracks too. Very cool.

Kyle said...

Sounds like a fun outing, Eric. I love the shots of the Downy and of the turkey tracks! I like the Hermit Thrush as well. They winter down here but aren't very common. One of these days I'll get to add them to my list.