Notes from The Field

Caesar Creek State Park

For the past several days a Red-throated Loon has been seen actively feeding as you stood from the end of Harveysburg Road. Despite the fact that we do get a few of these birds during the colder months, eBird does consider this a rarity.

As I arrived at the terminus of Harveysburg Road 2 other birders were also on the lookout. The wind was still which made the lake perfect for viewing. This area can be so windy, and with any kind of chop on the water birds like loons are difficult to view. They’re low lying in the water, and their continues diving makes getting on them almost impossible. However today was to be my lucky day, as myself and 3 other birders were able to view the bird from quite a long distance.

My time at the lake was limited since chores were awaiting me when I got home, so I made the best of it. Traveling around to as many spots proved to produce few waterfowl. Hunters and fishermen were numerous and speeding boats were disturbing any raft of ducks that were visible. And as the morning wore on the wind picked up which again made birding difficult.

Noon was approaching and so was the end to a nice morning of birding. As the end of the year approaches I need to get in birding shape for the January 100 Species Challenge. This coming January could prove to be a difficult since the finches from the north aren’t expected to be this far south. And with that fewer birds to add to the list. But we’ll try to perceiver.

Sorry for the short post, but more to come. Notable birds for the day include:

  1. Pied-billed Grebe
  2. Red-throated Loon
  3. Common Loon
  4. Hooded Merganser
  5. Red-breasted Merganser
  6. Redhead
  7. Mallard
  8. Ruddy Duck
  9. Common Coot
  10. Scoter species?
  11. Bonaparte’s Gull
  12. Herring Gull
  13. Ring-billed Gull
  14. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  15. Downy Woodpecker
  16. Northern Flicker
  17. Turkey Vulture
  18. Red-shouldered Hawk
  19. Red-tailed Hawk
  20. Sharp-shinned hawk
  21. Coopers Hawk
  22. American Goldfinch
  23. Dark-eyed Junco
  24. Northern Cardinal
  25. American Robin
  26. Blue Jay
  27. Song Sparrow
  28. Swamp Sparrow
  29. American Tree Sparrow
  30. White-throated Sparrow
  31. Belted Kingfisher
  32. Killdeer
  33. Common Crow
  34. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  35. Carolina Wren
  36. Carolina Chickadee
  37. Red-winged Blackbird
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