Great Backyard Bird Count – February 20, 2012

Birds Seen:

  • Starlings
  • Mourning Doves
  • Northern Cardinals
  • English Sparrows
  • Chickadees
  • House Finch
  • Blue Jays
  • Brown Headed Cowbirds
  • American Tree Sparrows
  • Song Sparrows

We took our annual trip today to visit a specific wet area at Turkey Run State Park for the look at first flowering plant of the season – Skunk Cabbage.  My dad took me there when I was young and I have continued that tradition with my daughter – even to today. She’s always, well, almost always, game for my adventures. We usually don’t have a chance to go look for the skunk cabbage until early March, but since I had President’s Day off from school and she is presently working from home, we went on a Monday.

We left home about 9 with temperatures below freezing, but the sun was shining and the sky was that beautiful blue that only winter can bring.

We saw our FOY (first of the year) red-wing blackbird in his full regalia on our way there. It is always so good to see the FOY birds. It brings us a little closer to Spring!

We always park at the Lusk Home and then walk over the covered bridge on Trail 1. There is a boggy area just a ways down the trail and on the left that usually has some blooming, but we only found one. They are hard to spot at first, but usually once you find one, the rest come into focus!

We walked on down the trail and looked at the boggy area on the right after the trail turns back west.  There were lots of them blooming! We took several pictures before we left.

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We saw a bluebird flying around by the parking area there at the Lusk home. We also saw a downy or hairy woodpecker and a tufted titmouse.

We then went north to Shades State Park – our favorite place in the world! I was hoping to find Harbinger of Spring – Pepper and Salt – Erigenia bulbosa in bloom, but decided it might be a bit early.  We’ll come back in a couple of weeks. We instead took our favorite loop around the top of trail one.

We saw two Pileated Woodpeckers, a red-headed woodpecker, turkey vultures and then a red tail hawk working on its lunch in the ditch as we left.

We headed north and west through Kingman to Lake Holiday Hideaway to look at the swans. When I volunteered to help at the Turkey Run Eagle Day Weekend, we were giving out maps of Eagle nests and also of the location of the swans. We didn’t have time that day to go there, so we went to look at them today.

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Categories: First Of Year, Great Backyard Bird Count, Shades State Park, State Parks Indiana, Turkey Run State Park | 1 Comment

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