Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Great Backyard Bird Count!

The Indiana Young Birders Club had their first official event on February 13 promoting the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center in Indianapolis, IN. I am happy to report that the event was a huge success! We (volunteers from the IAS, AWBAS, and IYBC) along with 13 young nature lovers joined forces to count species around the Ornithology Center for 3 hours. The count produced a 18 species that included, Carolina Wren, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Woodpecker, and White-breasted Nuthatch just to name a few. One lucky participant will receive a Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America!

White-breasted Nuthatch... this particular bird provided us all with some additional entertainment as it did not want to share the peanuts with any other bird. It put on an interesting intimidation display that you can see in this picture! Very funny!

I guess these White-tailed Deer made 19 species... well, I guess they are not birds. The kids enjoyed them nonetheless.

Downy Woodpecker... a common but always welcomed sight during any birding adventure.

Indiana State Bird

Indiana State Bird
Northern Cardinal