OK, mark your calenders, or phones, or computers or whatever people are using now. The Indiana Audubon Society is sponsoring a field trip to Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area on April 26, 2014. Doug Gray will be leading the trip and he has asked me to help him out. Here is the link to the official notice.
In the 14 months since I have move here my total species count for the Atterbury/Driftwood/Johnson County Park area is 184 species. I consider Atterbury/Driftwood/Johnson County Park complex all one big park since they are all next to each other. On the last week of April last year I saw 64 species and the first week of May 76. And I was just out birding and not trying to run up any counts so I am sure there were more species present those days. So you get the idea on the numbers that are possible.
Some of the highlights were Bell’s Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and both Cuckoos. Only heard Black-billed, darn-it. The following 3 photos were all taken in the same area in Johnson County Park. Besides the Bell’s I know of several spots that one can see Prairie Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chats in the area.
Let me know if you a have any questions or if certain species are seen there that time of year. I’ll post more as we get closer to the date.