Monthly Archives: December 2013

Best Bird of the Year – 2013

I wasn’t planning to post my best bird or experiences of 2013 until I saw a request on 10,000 Birds http://10000birds.com/ for your best bird of 2013.  So it got me thinking about the past year.  Since it was a … Continue reading

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Birding Goals 2014 – Finalized

So what did you think the birding goal would be for a blog whose main point is to help birders find uncommon birds in their local area?  To recap the point, I believe all birds that should be in an … Continue reading

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Using The Birds of North America Online to find Uncommon Birds

The last place I check for tips on finding uncommon birds is The Birds of North America Online. http://bna.birds.cornell.edu.bnaproxy.birds.cornell.edu/bna  The subscription comes with my membership to the Indiana Audubon Society and is a wealth of information. If I move and drop … Continue reading

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Using Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion

So after checking Sibley’s Eastern Birds (post is located here – http://wp.me/p3Q2lz-3M  ) to get a good overview of a uncommon bird, I then turn to Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion to get a more detailed look. And detail … Continue reading

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2013 Johnson County CBC – SE Quadrant

Sunday I was joined by Megan Bowman and Jules Erwin as we counted the SE Quadrant of the Johnson County CBC.  The weather was mid-20’s with a 15-25 mph wind and overcast.  In other words it was cold. We started … Continue reading

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Birding Goals 2014

Around the first of December I make my birding goals for the next year. I know I don’t need any goals to go birding, but having a few goals always seem to help motivate me to get out and go. … Continue reading

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Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks – 120813

After looking several times last winter and for a few hours Saturday, I finally came across some Lapland Longspurs in Johnson County Sunday afternoon. I drove the back roads of SE Johnson County and came across probably 8 groups of … Continue reading

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Using Field Guides to Find Uncommon Birds

This is the next post in helping birders find uncommon birds. So you have figured out which uncommon birds you are going to look for in your area, you know all the varied habitats in your area, and you know … Continue reading

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The 31st Annual Johnson County Christmas Bird Count

The 31st annual Johnson County Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 15. At least it appears to be the 31st from the National Audubon statistics page. The center of the 7.5 mile radius circle is centered south of … Continue reading

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Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow

In mid-November a new forest preserve opened up in Johnson County – The Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow.  The official description of the preserve can be found on the Central Indiana Land Trust site – http://www.conservingindiana.org/places-to-visit/blossom-hollow-nature-preserve/ I have been … Continue reading

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