The Birds of Fort Wayne

Last weekend Jaime and I were up in Fort Wayne visiting her parents. On Saturday afternoon, we decided that going birding would be a great way to spend our time! Shockingly enough, every single bird we saw was a lifer for me. I don’t think this feat will ever be duplicated ever again. Here is just a sample of what we saw:

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

This Cattle Egret was sitting on the roadside as we left the house.

White Stork

White Stork

We stumbled upon this pair of White Storks nesting in a field.

Red-Billed Blue Magpie

Red-Billed Blue Magpie

I managed to get a great shot of this Red-Billed Blue Magpie through a chain-link fence in a neighbor’s yard.

Hunting Cissa

Hunting Cissa

This Hunting Cissa was flying around the Lincoln Tower Bank downtown.

African Penguin

African Penguin

We had to stop the car to let this flock of African Penguins cross the road in front of us.

Ostrich

Ostrich

As we were coming back home, we startled this Ostrich in Dave and Jean’s backyard. Or maybe we just went to the zoo. I can’t remember.

On Sunday morning, however, Dave and I did go check out Fox Island Park on the south side of town, where we were able to see dozens and dozens of migrating herons among other things, including this Green Heron, which was wild and actually counted toward my list. I have only seen a few of them previously.

Green Heron

Green Heron

The hot and dry weather that Indiana has been experiencing all summer has actually turned out to be beneficial for birding. Receding water lines have resulted in large stretches of mud flats that attract shore birds in vast quantities as they start the beginning stages of southward migration. I had a very productive day back home at Eagle Creek yesterday, with many more shorebirds to be blogged here soon.

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