Notes From The Field

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Sunday morning started out and finished unseasonably warm with the usual gray, overcast sky. How perfect, I’ll go to Caesar Creek for a little birding before the afternoon rain arrives. I’ll hit the usual spots like the nature center, beach, North Pool Boat Ramp, and always Harveysburg Road. Sometimes it’s nice to do some casual birding where you don’t have to take along more than what’s necessary, bins, camera, and spotting scope.

Winds were rather light considering how it normally is this time of year, so despite the light chop on the lake waterfowl was almost nonexistent. That could also be said for other people as well. The entire time I was there I saw only one boat out with 2 guys fishing. That was it! The gate going back to the nature center was locked (which I’ve never seen before), so I parked at the entrance and walked back. The beach was empty. Not even a dog walker. Even the large flock of Gulls that roost at the beach was down to a dozen or so of Herring, Ring-billed, and Bonaparte’s.

IMG_1661 Bonaparte’s Gull

Now if I had more time I would have gone to so many more places to pad my day list, however cleaning out my basement, and finishing up some necessary yard work had taken precedent over birding this day.

Notable birds for the day include:

  1. Black Vulture
  2. Turkey Vulture
  3. Red-shouldered Hawk
  4. Red-tailed Hawk
  5. Ring-billed Gull
  6. Herring Gull
  7. Bonaparte’s Gull
  8. Horned grebe
  9. Common Loon
  10. Northern Cardinal
  11. Dark-eyed Junco
  12. Tufted Titmouse
  13. Carolina Chickadee
  14. American Goldfinch
  15. Common Crow
  16. Mourning Dove
  17. Pigeon
  18. American Robin
  19. Song Sparrow
  20. Northern Flicker
  21. Pileated Woodpecker
  22. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  23. Blue Jay
  24. American Coot
  25. Eastern Bluebird
  26. Canada Goose
  27. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  28. White-breasted Nuthatch
  29. Horned Lark
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