In the last few weeks, I have been slowly chipping away at birds not yet on my year list. I’ll start from where I left off last time:
#070: Wood Duck. I finally got to see a few of these guys at Eagle Marsh in Fort Wayne, which is quickly becoming my new Eagle Creek.
#071: Mute Swan. A pair seen at Eagle Marsh on the way to make an offer on what will be (fingers crossed) our new house. I never liked these much before, but they may be a good luck bird for me now.
#072: Sharp-Shinned Hawk. Seen at Fox Island County Park one day after work, and a life bird for me! I got great looks at it from my car.
#073: Black-Capped Chickadee. Likewise seen at Fox Island. There are only a few places in the country where Black-Capped and Carolina Chickadees coexist, and where that happens they are very difficult to distinguish from each other. Fort Wayne happens to be one of those places. But, the birds at the Fox Island feeders were careless enough to approach close, letting me see their subtle differences (bright white cheeks as opposed to plain white, pale patch on wing).
#074: Eastern Towhee. Kicking around under the feeders at Fox Island.
#075: Brown-Headed Cowbird. Seen perched on the roof of the in-laws’ house after returning home from a walk with Emma The Dog.
#076: Tree Swallow. Riding gusty winds over Eagle Marsh.
#077: Field Sparrow. Lurking in the brush at Eagle Marsh.
#078: Chipping Sparrow. Flocking in a yard near Lakeside Park, also seen while walking Emma The Dog.
#079: Greater Yellowlegs. Life Bird #200!!! Seen today in a flooded field on the southwest side of town. I went there specifically thanks to tip-offs from IN-Bird-L.
#080: Lesser Yellowlegs. The only reason I was able to identify either of the Yellowlegs was because both species were present in said flooded field, and size comparison was easy.
So at 4.5 months into 2013, I stand at 80 birds on the year and 200 birds on the life, and migration season has barely started!