Saturday, January 17, 2009

Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes - 6 New Birds!

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.

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