Sunday, January 6, 2013

Eagle Creek Birding - Long-tailed Duck and Brewer's Blackbird

Rob writes: This morning Eric and I headed out to Eagle Creek Park for the first time in 2013. A Long-tailed Duck had been reported from the southern section of the lake so we started there. A couple of friends had the bird in their scopes when we walked up. Birding doesn't get much easier than that! There were also a large number of Common Goldeneye, some Ruddy Ducks and Hooded Mergansers and a variety of other species. Eric spotted a swan in flight and we were able to identify it as a Tundra Swan before it was out of sight.

We checked several other areas of the park without much luck. As we were about to leave I decided we should drive down the Handicap Road and check the seed pile that some birders have been keeping up. We were not disappointed! One of the first birds we noticed was a male Brewer's Blackbird. I believe this is the first time that I have ever seen this species in the park and is a great find in January in Indiana!

A bunch of other birders arrived and were able to see the bird as well! Also at the seed pile were numerous American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Cardinals, as well as one Fox Sparrow! With all the new species I added for 2013 today, my January list is up to 76 species.



Aidan said...

Awesome bird for the park! I wish I could have gotten to see the blackbird, I will try again at that spot, hopefully it will come back!

Rob Ripma said...

Thanks Aiden! I wish you had arrived just a few minutes earlier to see it. Hopefully it will come back when you are there sometime!