In mid-November a new forest preserve opened up in Johnson County – The Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow. The official description of the preserve can be found on the Central Indiana Land Trust site – http://www.conservingindiana.org/places-to-visit/blossom-hollow-nature-preserve/
I have been there twice in the last few weeks searching for my 2013 nemesis bird – The Winter Wren. The property is just south of Lamb Lake in SW Johnson County and is a great habitat addition. The land is completely wooded with a stream cut out of rock running through the property.
From a birder’s perspective the preserve will offer its greatest benefit in the spring and summer. I have birded adjacent private property and know that Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, and Warm-eating Warbler are present. All hard species to come across in the county on public property. And not as hard to find in the county, but still tough, Pileated Woodpeckers were present on both trips. And if the creek running through the property had water I would also say Winter Wren would be present. But the creek does not appear to be spring fed so the creek was dry when I was there. So I’m still Winter Wren less this year.
But you had better be in fair shape to bird there.
You don’t have to be Sir Edmund Hillary, but it isn’t a walk around the mall either. The trail takes you up a very steep gradient, probably a couple hundred yards long. I made a couple of stops on the climb up and it was okay. The trail makes a big loop through the property. On the walk in you go down to the creek and on the walk out it is a long uphill climb. The complete time to take the loop was about an hour and 15 minutes at a birders pace.
So to recap, the property will be most beneficial to birders in spring and summer. And I would like to think the Central Indiana Land Trust for making the property available.