Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Great IYBC Trip to Goose Pond!

This past weekend, the Indiana Young Birders Club (IYBC) partnered with the Marsh Madness Festival at Goose Pond FWA to offer a day of birding for young birders from all over the state. Typically by this date, the marsh has thawed and there are thousands of ducks, geese, and cranes around the property. Unfortunately, that was not the case this year. There was virtually no open water and plenty of snow still on the ground. Even with the conditions, we made the best of our day.

After a brief incident that involved pushing a couple cars out on a very icy road, we got to our birding. Highlights seen thoughout the day in Greene County included Whooping Crane, Rusty Blackbird, several hundred Sandhill Cranes, and a few species of waterfowl.

You can see the bands and what appears to be a transmitter on the leg of this Whooping Crane.
Once the trip was over, part of the group decided to hear west to Turtle Creek Reservoir to look for the Little Gull that has spent the winter there. We were not disappointed! Not only did the Little Gull come in close, we also found Red-throated Loons, Snow Geese, and American White Pelicans!

This is what your car will look like after a day of birding around Goose Pond during the spring!
Although we would hope for more birds by this date, we all still had a great trip and thoroughly enjoyed being out on one of the first nice days of the spring!

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