Johnson County 10/20/13

Sorry for missing last week’s post but we were in Florida and only had a very slow internet connection. I’ll post some pictures from Florida later in the week along with the regular post.

So after returning from the Florida Keys where the temperatures were in the 90’s daily, I went out this morning and birded in 40F temperature.   The good news is that birds stay out in the cooler weather a lot longer than only the first hour as they did in the heat of Florida.

Sparrows were out in force this morning with Eastern Towhee, Chipping,  Field, Song, Swamp,  White-throated, White-crowned, and Dark-eyed Junco (FOS) seen.

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White-crowned Sparrow Atterbury FWA 10/20/13
White-crowned Sparrow
Atterbury FWA 10/20/13

White-throated Sparrow Atterbury FWA 10/20/13

White-throated Sparrow
Atterbury FWA 10/20/13

 Chipping Sparrow Atterbury FWA 10/20/13

Chipping Sparrow
Atterbury FWA 10/20/13

Notice the Chipping Sparrow is in its Winter colors.

The highlight of the day was a lone Sandhill Crane which I found feeding in the marshy area north of Pisgah Lake .  This is the first I have seen on the ground in Johnson County.

SACR Atterbury FWA October 20, 2013

Sandhill Crane Atterbury FWA 10/20/13
Sandhill Crane
Atterbury FWA 10/20/13

I also saw a Dunlin and numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers.  For those interested the lists are at eBird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15453038

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15453023

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15453008

 

 

 

 

 

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