This Past Weekend 10/4-5

Just a short post to get back into writing and to let you know I am still here. After this past weekend the move for the most part is over and I should get back into the routine of posting.

I had to spend time moving from a larger to smaller storage unit and moving some (more) boxes.  And dealing with a flat tire. But I found a few hours to get out birding each day.

I spent a couple of hours out Saturday AM in the cold and wind. Started at the retaining ponds off County Line Road.  Not much waterfowl yet – Mallards, American Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes.  But lots of Savannah Sparrows (20+), Eastern Meadowlarks, and Red-winged Blackbirds.

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There was one nice large flock of Savannah Sparrows that kept popping up.

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I then spent an hour at Southeastway Park where I only hit one wave that had a few warblers.

Sunday afternoon I spent a couple of hours at Atterbury/Johnson County Park area.  Yes, I know I said I was birding Marion County, but that is a discussion for another time.

It was rather quiet but felt good to be out.  I had a personal high count for Atterbury of two Great Egrets.

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If I had been quicker I would have caught them both in the same photo.

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This guy didn’t want a photo taken.

At Honker Haven the water level is good for shorebirds. There were a couple of Wilson’s Snipe, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and Killdeer.

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The snipe were hunkered down in the strong wind. The Pec just kept moving.

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The Mute Swan is still in the area, this time at Johnson County Park’s pond.

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And this is my last view as the rain started to fall.  A peaceful end to a good day to be out walking.

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