The past weekend had one main and a couple of smaller goals. The main goal was to see once and for all if Atterbury FWA had EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS. The weather forecast for Saturday called for rain but Sunday was clear with a full moon. So I opted to check for whips and a couple of the minor goals on Sunday. That report will be in the next blog.
On Saturday I did one of the minor goals, check for forest species at Atterbury.
A Different Area in Atterbury
Believe it or not there are a couple of areas I have never explored at Atterbury. From Google Maps they appear similar to other areas so I haven’t explored them. But just in case they had something new I thought I had better check.
I got a late start Saturday because of the rain and I didn’t feel like bushwhacking a new area in the rain. Especially one with the potential for high grass. And as expected, it had most of the forest species which included a KENTUCKY WARBLER on territory.
I ended up at the marsh but no rails were calling. Cutting back through the grasslands there were numerous WILLOW FLYCATCHERS and YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS on territory, as there would be throughout the weekend.
I found a pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS which is a good since they are on the local endangered watch list.
I came across a group of EASTERN KINGBIRDS out either feeding or playing, I couldn’t tell which. At one time I had 6 in my binocular’s field of view.
Another numerous species were SWAINSON’S THRUSH calling from the brush.
What Was to be the Weekend Highlight
That’s right, a White-crowned Sparrow.
Why you may ask? Because it is 12 days later than my average departure date, including my data from Northern Illinois.
I was walking along the road after watching the woodpeckers and kingbirds when it flew out on the road. It took me a minute to realize it was a White-crowned Sparrow since I thought they would have gone north by now. A second appeared but I didn’t get it in the photo.
A mid-afternoon discovery of a wooded area that had several warblers including a Cerulean Warbler concluded the day.