Some FOY Birds

The objective of the last week was to see if I could locate some of the uncommon birds that only migrate through the county for a couple of weeks in the spring and fall.  Mainly Common Loon, Hermit Thrush, and Winter Wren.  So I have been to Driftwood SFA a few times in the last couple of days looking for Common Loon without luck.

I just like the way the late afternoon sun highlighted the white of the wing. Turkey Vulture - Johnson County Park 03/20/14

I just like the way the late afternoon sun highlighted the white of the wing. Turkey Vulture – Johnson County Park 03/20/14

With the temperature near 70F Friday night I took the bike out for a spin, heading out a dead end country road not far from our place.  My body wasn’t feeling good at the end of the easy ride but I came across my first Savanna Sparrows for the year.  I forget how short their tails are.  I also came across a small group of Horned Larks that I hadn’t expected.

The Red-tailed didn't have any interest in the Turkey Vulture eating on the road.  Johnson County 03/21/14

The Red-tailed didn’t have any interest in the Turkey Vulture eating on the road. Johnson County 03/21/14

Saturday I started at Driftwood again looking for loons.  As often happens I didn’t find the target bird but come across something else, in this case FOY Brown Thrasher and Field Sparrow.  Neither would pose for pictures but it was good to hear them.  There has been several Horned Grebes over the last week.

One of several Horned Grebes at Driftwood SFA.  03/20/14

One of several Horned Grebes at Driftwood SFA. 03/20/14

A quick stop at Casey’s had the local Turkey Vultures in a dead tree.

How many Turkey Vultures in a tree?  13? Edinburgh 03/22/14

How many Turkey Vultures in a tree? 13? Edinburgh 03/22/14

Reminds me of an old western movie.  Is the hero out of water over that way and the vultures are waiting for him to die? Edinburgh 03/22/14

Reminds me of an old western movie. Is the hero out of water over that way and the vultures are waiting for him to die?
Edinburgh 03/22/14

One of the Turkey Vultures in the morning sun.  Edinburgh 03/22/14

One of the Turkey Vultures in the morning sun. Edinburgh 03/22/14

The main part of the morning was spent walking the east side of Atterbury FWA.  The road is closed for good reason.  There are a couple of washouts that are going to need major repair.

Another pleasant stroll on an early spring day.  Did just a little bushwhacking.  Atterbury FWA - SE portion 03/22/14

Another pleasant stroll on an early spring day. Did just a little bushwhacking. Atterbury FWA – SE portion 03/22/14

I walked the road for a couple of miles seeing my first Eastern Phoebe and getting a good look at a Fox Sparrow.

FOY Eastern Phoebe - Atterbury FWA 03/22/14

FOY Eastern Phoebe – Atterbury FWA 03/22/14

Not sure if you see the blend of these colors on any other birds?  Probably but one doesn't come to mind.  Fox Sparrow - Back Atterbury FWA 03/22/14

Not sure if you see the blend of these colors on any other birds? Probably but one doesn’t come to mind. Fox Sparrow – Back Atterbury FWA 03/22/14

Same bird - front

Same bird – front

This guy was cruising by on Sugar Creek - Atterbury FWA.  03/22/14

This guy was cruising by on Sugar Creek – Atterbury FWA. 03/22/14

A quick stop at the Lowes/Walmart pond in Franklin had a lot less waterfowl than last week. They are already moving on…

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