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
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
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
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.

Indiana Audubon Society Field Trip to Atterbury FWA – April 26, 2014

OK, mark your calenders, or phones, or computers or whatever people are using now.  The Indiana Audubon Society is sponsoring a field trip to Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area on  April 26, 2014. Doug Gray will be leading the trip and he has asked me to help him out.  Here is the link to the official notice.


In the 14 months since I have move here my total species count  for the Atterbury/Driftwood/Johnson County Park area is 184 species.  I consider Atterbury/Driftwood/Johnson County Park complex all one big park since they are all next to each other.  On the last week of April last year I saw 64 species and the first week of May 76.  And I was just out birding and not trying to run up any counts so I am sure there were more species present those days.  So you get the idea on the numbers that are possible.

Some of the highlights were Bell’s Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and both Cuckoos.  Only heard Black-billed, darn-it.  The following 3 photos were all taken in the same area in Johnson County Park.  Besides the Bell’s I know of several spots that one can see Prairie Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chats in the area.

Bell's Vireo - Prairie Warbler - Johnson County Park 05/04/13
Bell’s Vireo – Prairie Warbler – Johnson County Park 05/04/13
Prairie Warbler - Johnson County Park 04/27/13
Prairie Warbler – Johnson County Park 04/27/13
Long distance photo of a Yellow-breasted Chat - Johnson County Park 04/27/13
Long distance photo of a Yellow-breasted Chat – Johnson County Park 04/27/13

Let me know if you a have any questions or if certain species are seen there that time of year.  I’ll post more as we get closer to the date.