Monthly Archives: April 2014

Johnson County Big May Day Bird Count May 10th

The annual Indiana Audubon Big May Day Bird Count will be held on May 10, 2014. As described on the IAS website “The objective of the BMDBC is to count the number of birds of each species occurring in a … Continue reading

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Recap – Indiana Audubon Society Field Trip to Atterbury FWA

I am always glad when I can start the recap of an outing and say the birds were good instead of “at least we had good weather”, which we did, or “the camaraderie was good”, which it was, or “the … Continue reading

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Remember – Indiana Audubon Society Field Trip to Atterbury FWA is this Saturday – April 26, 2014

The IAS is sponsoring a Field Trip to Atterbury FWA this Saturday.  As you know from reading my posts this is the area I do a large percentage of my birding. I posted earlier this year about the field trip … Continue reading

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Weekend of 4/19-20 – Migration has Started in Earnest

Nothing uncommon to report but migration has started in earnest.  This weekend I recorded 10 First-of Year (FOY) species.  Probably the most satisfying was a Sora at a sorta-new location.  Franklin HS has an area in front of the school … Continue reading

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Can it be counted?

Saturday morning I saw and then heard one other Ring-necked Pheasant at Atterbury FWA. That didn’t really surprise me because the habitat there is pretty good for it. But is it countable for birding lists? The short answer about listing … Continue reading

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A Sparrow and a Thrush

The plan for the day was to search for rails and maybe a bittern at the cattail marsh at Atterbury.  Then meet up with Mike at Laura Hare for another try at migrating Hermit Thrush. So as with most weekends … Continue reading

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Have you read your Field Guide Cover to Cover?

After writing about the release of Sibley’s second edition last week, I started to write a post about how many birding books someone really needs, and that got me thinking about how I really use a field guide or any … Continue reading

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April 5-6 – Several FOY & Nemesis Overcome

The theme for this weekend was water, water everywhere.  The rain on Thursday had flooded all the fields and even some roads. But I still headed out on my bike Saturday heading east of town to look for shorebirds in … Continue reading

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March 2014 Recap

In one of those odd occurrences I saw the same number of species in Johnson County in March of 2014 as I did in March of 2013 – 85 species.  The difference being 10 different species between the years.  Here … Continue reading

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New Field Guides – Should I Buy Another?

The U.S. birding community is all abuzz after 14 years of the release of his first edition of David Sibley’s 2nd Edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds.  And that has got me thinking about field guides. Do I need … Continue reading

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