Common Grackle... Indianapolis, IN. I took this picture last week. It seems only yesterday that the Grackles were heading south and here they are again (well, 1 anyway). Not sure if this one is coming or going but it was nice to see him. I actually enjoy Grackles and have learned that they love peanuts in the shell!
By this time tomorrow I will have been in Orlando, FL for almost 10 hours! Sadly, I won't be starting my trip off birding but will be spending most of the week attending meetings for work. However, I have extended my trip for a couple of days and beginning this upcoming Thursday, I will be heading southward to the Merritt Island area in search of the Florida Scrub Jay and many other birds I have yet to see. I just looked at the weather for Orlando and the extended forecast is showing Friday and Saturday to be sunny with a temperature around 80 degrees! I can't wait! Today, in Indianapolis, it was 31 degrees!
I am happy to report that I picked up a lifer today at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis - White-winged Scoter. Another highlight was a single Horned Grebe. Snow Geese and Wilson's Snipe were also reported but I had no luck finding them. My new World Life List is 261!