It was cold, windy, and approx. 25 degrees today at the Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline. However, despite the cold weather, I (along with my friends Rob and Eric) declared today a victory after seeing some pretty awesome birds! These birds included a Varied Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Golden Eagle, Great Black-backed Gull. These along with a Black-capped Chickadee and a Ring-necked Pheasant gave me 6 lifers today!
Varied Thrush... Ogden Dunes, IN. My first ever! What an absolutely gorgeous bird!
Spotted Towhee... Ogden Dunes, IN. A very rare visitor to Indiana. A lifer.
Red-headed Woodpecker...Indiana Dunes, SP. We stopped briefly at the nature center and was very pleased that their feeders were being attacked by several Red-headed Woodpeckers. Others present were Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, and Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Red-headed Woodpecker Juvenile... Indiana Dunes SP. This was my first time seeing an immature Red-headed woodpecker... more like a Black-headed at this point!
Golden Eagle... Kankakee Sands, Newton County, IN. Not the best picture but an excellent fly-over of an Immature Golden Eagle, a life bird! This one is likely to be between its first and second year.