Migrants are Here!

I spent most of Saturday birding the usual spots in Johnson County. I met Mike at Northwest Park in Greenwood first thing in the morning and spent the rest of the day heading south. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary unless you count my second county sighting of BLACK VULTURES and the large number of shorebirds at a flooded field south of Franklin. Otherwise it was just a pleasant day birding seeing 15 or so new migrants. I checked my records and all of them arrived pretty much on schedule. And not much bushwhacking either.  Just the usual spots checking for new migrants.

This post will display more attempts with my new camera. It doesn’t matter what camera you use when birds don’t cooperate and won’t get out of the bushes!

WEVI (2)
I’ll start with what I think is the best photo of the day. A White-eyed Vireo came out to check me out and stayed out posing for photos. Johnson County Park 4/23/16
BRTH
A Brown Thrasher showing as much eye-ring as the previous White-eyed Vireo. Driftwood SFA 4/23/16
PRWA (1)
Prairie Warblers were numerous Saturday though they wouldn’t come out for a photo, as noted here. Johnson County Park 4/23/16
GRCA
It took me a minute or two to recognize the call of the Gray Catbird coming from the bushes. That happened on several of the “new” birds Saturday. Driftwood SFA 4/23/16
YEWA (1)
Yellow Warblers were out in force at Driftwood. It was good to see them back in good numbers. Driftwood SFA 4/23/16
BGGN (2)
I think subconsciously I knew how feisty Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are but until I tried to get a photo it wasn’t an issue. They never sit still and I felt lucky to get this shot. Driftwood SFA 4/23/16
TUVU (3)
A Turkey Vulture I think going into adulthood as shown with more black than red on its head. Johnson County Park 4/23/16
EAKI (2)
An Eastern Kingbird looked like it was checking out a spot to set up a nest. Johnson County Park 4/23/16
PUMA (3)
Purple Martins were back at the reliable spot just north of Atterbury FWA. Rural Johnson County 4/23/16
SHOREBIRDS (2)
I know it is hard to see the shorebirds in this photo. I counted 100 at this location and probably missed some in the corn stubble. Most were Lesser Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpipers with a few Greater Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpipers. Rural Johnson County 4/23/16
BLVU (2)
My second sighting of a Black Vulture in Johnson County. The first was last November. Note the short tail. Rural Johnson County 4/23/16

And that was about it for this pleasant Saturday to be out.

4 Replies to “Migrants are Here!”

  1. Great vireo shot! That bird is the single biggest hole in my life list, and it’s getting embarrassing.

    The Prairie Warbler photo is also pretty great, even if it is leaving the frame!

    1. Thanks on the vireo photo, I have had them come out of the bushes before but never for that long. No comment on the vireo being the hole on your list except to say you live in the northern part of the state. When I lived in Illinois at about the same latitude White-eyed Vireos were rare. We were always glad to get one on the spring count.

  2. Nice pictures! My friend Clare and I birded Atterbury and Driftwood on Saturday, too! If you saw a little blue Kia with a lot of bumper stickers: that was me.

    We saw mostly the same birds, though I didn’t find any Prairie Warblers. Your White-eyed Vireo is gorgeous, I couldn’t get a picture of one, but I did see one. My highlights were a Wood Thrush, a Barred Owl, Warbling Vireos, a lot of Scarlet Tanagers, a Blue-winged Warbler, and one Nashville Warbler (it was a lifer for me). It was an excellent weekend! And have you seen the “birdcast”? More coming in the next few days!

    Thanks for your posts, they are great! And the pictures are great, too!

    1. Thanks on the pictures. The new camera and taking a little more time sure improves the quality.

      I didn’t bird Atterbury since they are on the Spring Turkey season. That and I ran out of time! I’m glad you saw the warblers in Atterbury. I never have much luck with them there and usually look elsewhere. And I’m glad you mentioned the Warbling vireos, they were numerous also.

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