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.
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.
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.
A quick stop at Casey’s had the local Turkey Vultures in a dead tree.
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.
I walked the road for a couple of miles seeing my first Eastern Phoebe and getting a good look at a Fox Sparrow.
A quick stop at the Lowes/Walmart pond in Franklin had a lot less waterfowl than last week. They are already moving on…