Sunday, June 20, 2010

Little (Big) Day!

Team Walmart... my wonderful Walmart Team that braved the heat to help raise money for bird conservation. We had a such great time!
On June 5, myself along with a great group of Walmart associates got together to participate in the Amos W. Butler Audubon Society's annual Birdathon. This was our third year doing the event. Despite many setbacks on a date, we were finally able to get together.
Our primary destination was Brown County State Park. An absolutely gorgeous park in Southern, IN. Although migrant season was mostly over, we were still treated to some great birds - mostly in one tree! Don't we love Mulberries? Some of the birds we saw were Scarlet Tanager, Summer Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, and Eastern Wood Pewee.

Scarlet Tanager... does it get more beautiful? One of many colorful birds taking advantage of the ripening Mulberries.

After we had lunch, we spent a few more hours in the park. A couple of us then headed back toward Indianapolis. We decided to stop at Southwestway Park and I was sure glad we did! We found the park to be bouncing with Indigo Buntings, Red-eyed Vireo's, Yellow-breasted Chats, Song Sparrows, and Common Yellow-throats! What a great combination of birds in just the short distance we covered.

Indigo Bunting... this gorgeous female posed for several minutes at Southwestway park. Now, if I can just get a male to do the same!

Cedar Waxwing... one bird I can never get enough of. Find fruit, find Waxwings. Gotta love em'.
In all we saw more than 40 species of birds. A small number for a big day but we had a great time finding the ones we did and this is what the day was all about! We had fun and spotted some fantastic birds!

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