Saturday, June 23, 2012

Birds and Wildlife in Eagle Creek Park

Over the last several weeks, I have only been out birding a few times. As is pretty typical of central Indiana during the summer months, the birding was a little slow but the butterflies made up for it! Most of my birding has been done on the west side of Eagle Creek Park. This is an amazing area for breeding birds including, Kentucky Warblers, Acadian Flycatchers, and Yellow-billed Cuckoos among dozens of other species.

Acadian Flycatcher
There has been a recent proposal to create a mountain bike trail on this part of the park. The supporters of the trail have talked of making use of the underutilized part of the park. It may be underutilized by people but definitely not by the birds. I would hate to see trails developed at the expense of the awesome nesting birds. Below are some of the non avian species that I have photographed on the western side of Eagle Creek Park recently.

Common Buckeye

Eastern Box Turtle

Pearl Crescent

Red Admiral

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