Redemption Wednesday

I’m hoping for redemption today with a few photos from Sunday. Saturday the wind gusts were blowing at greater than 25MPH in the open areas which meant taking photos of grasslands birds tough. I still tried to take photos of distant birds though. And the photos from the woods weren’t any better with the overcast skies and light rains.

Sunday afternoon I went to the central part of Atterbury FWA. That part of Atterbury is closed daily until 1PM for Spring Turkey Season. So to see if it will be worth birding next Saturday on the IAS Big May Day Count I went bushwhacking after 1PM. I did come across several species that might be needed if not found in the morning Saturday. The lighting wasn’t much better with overcast skies but they weren’t the heavy clouds. I got a few photos which hopefully will redeem myself.

Henslow's Sparrow - redemption from Saturdays's so-so photo.

Confirmed a Henslow’s Sparrow was still present at the same location as last year. A much better photo than the one on Saturday.

LISP (6)

I stumbled across a Lincoln’s Sparrow which wasn’t in any hurry to jump back in the undergrowth.

LISP (1)

Same Lincoln Sparrow looking around. Note the buffy color.

LISP (9)

Easily my best photos of a Lincoln’s Sparrow.

GCKI (1)

I think the Great Crested Flycatchers are setting up a nest. Its partner wasn’t too far away.

ATFL

To show the contrast in Myiarchus flycatchers, an Ash-throated Flycatcher from Rabbit Valley CO. Note how its plain colors blend in to the habitat and the previous Great Crested blends in to our brighter environment.

BAOR (1)

Always a crowd pleaser when they are out in the open, a colorful Baltimore Oriole.

BAOR (2)

Same Baltimore Oriole in a different tree. I think I must have been close to the nest as it kept moving from tree to tree.

WAVI (2)

And to contrast the colorful oriole here is a drab Warbling Vireo.

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