I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year than to go birding. So off to Caesar Creek this morning for a few hours. First stop Harveyburg Road.
Duck hunting was still in progress and there were hunter everywhere. Which would attribute to the lack of waterfowl on the lake, except this lone American Coot taking a nap about 25 yards from a blind full of hunters.
You could tell where the hunters were set up. All you had to do was look for their decoys and they weren’t far off. This motorized decoy was rather cool. It’s wings spun around like a whirligig.
After I left Harveysburg Road I made my over to the beach. Believe it or not there were hunters bobbing in the water near the beach as well.
I noticed a trail that ran parallel to the shoreline, so I though, why not see where it lead. I feel under normal circumstances there might be more birds present. It was kind of spooky not seeing any birds.
The wind was really blowing with the approaching rain, which could explain the lack of birds. So following this trail for a while it finally lead over to the North Pool Boat ramp area.
You can probably tell from this picture that the Visitors center is going through a major expansion. From the looks of the construction, it’s going to be more than twice the size. If it has a conference room, then this might be another alternative location for our Bird Study Merit Badge class. Hummm.
Behind the existing portion of the Visitors Center they have some bird feeders set up. It always has some woodland birds eating.
This a view back towards the Visitors Center and the area where they have the bird feeders set up. From this I wanted to walk along the trail that lead away from the Visitors Center above the lake. As I started my short hike, the sun came out and really lite up the woods.
I didn’t find a lot of birds, but that’s sometimes not the reason I go out to bird. Nature has a way of washing away your troubles.
Notable birds for the day:
- American Coot
- American Kestrel
- Northern Flicker
- Northern Cardinal
- Canada Goose
- Ring-billed Gull
- Belted King Fisher
- Blue Jay
- Common Crow
- Carolina Chickadee
- Downy Woodpecker
- Mourning Dove
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Tufted Titmouse
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Song Sparrow
- Sharp-shinned Hawk