If you have been following this blog then you know I believe that you can find most birds that are yearly residents or migrate through the Midwest within minutes of your home. I just don’t believe you have to travel far from home to see most birds. So when we moved from Franklin to the south side of Indianapolis last month, I was lost on where to bird. Living in Franklin it was a no brainer to head to Atterbury FWA area, a 15 minute drive. But now Atterbury is a half hour drive one way. Time which I would rather spend birding.
So one reason I haven’t been blogging, besides the move and being out-of-town for business for a few days, is the lack of direction in birding. I have birded each weekend through August but have not been enthusiastic about it. I’m now pretty sure the course I am going to take, plus some rest, so the enthusiasm has returned.
First let me say that if Atterbury was a prime birding spot I would continue to make the drive. But as I will blog in the next couple of weeks, in my opinion Atterbury is deteriorating as a birding site. The military is starting the construction on the area they swapped out in 2010. Plus there are crops being grown on former grassland areas. Plus as I blogged last September, it is essentially closed from September through January except to hunters. I will continue to make the occasional Johnson County run, but not on a weekly basis.
Readers also know I have never got into a groove like I did in Illinois. My basic schedule was to bird Saturday AM for passerines, bird the local gull/shorebird area Sunday afternoon, then stop on the way home from work a couple of nights a week to scan gulls or shorebirds. But I hadn’t been able to do that easily living in Franklin.
I have already found a flooded field between work and our new residence that was packed with shorebirds. Plus there are two parks, where hunting is not allowed, that I can bird to and from work. And I can easily get to Eagle Creek on a Sunday afternoon to watch the gulls, something I really miss.
So I am back into birding the way I like it. Time will tell how it works out.