Yesterday I reported my first indication that spring is right around the corner. I took about thirty minutes to walk Ritchey Woods, a local birding spot (Central Indiana) at sunset and heard a red-winged blackbird. I tracked him down to the top of a bare tree and shot s decent photo of him.
Since I posted this piece, last evening, two other blogging friends blogged about recent sightings of spring arrivals.
Les Houser, serious birder in Southwest Ohio, wrote in his blog A Birder’s Notebook, about birder’s in his region reporting the PEENTs of the American Woodcock. The PEENT is a call associated with the woodcock’s interesting mating ritual and occurs in late February and Early March in his region. (If you have not witnessed a woodcock mating flight you must! Contact a local bird group and they can clue you in.)
Greg Adams, my willow bending and birding friend, wrote in his blog Willows by Greg, about flocks of northbound sandhill cranes flying over as he cut willow in Markleville, Indiana. I’ve seen huge flocks of sandhills at Goose Pond in southern Indiana, but never the large flocks in flight. Ernie Mills, a photographer and travel companion, got some great shots of flocks flying over Noblesville, Indiana on Wednesday.
We’ve not had much of a winter, but it looks like we’re headed for the other side.