Nine members traveled to Salamonie SRA on Saturday, April 1. The day started with overcast skies and cold temperatures in the 30s making birding somewhat challenging in the less than perfect light. None the less we managed to spend 2 hours traveling between Huntington and the Salamonie Dam starting our day with 43 species along the way. Once at the Salamonie Dam we added our best bird of the day, a Pine Warbler trilling from the woods at the Overlook parking lot. Thanks to John Winnebrenner's car for offering assistance to a family new to the area who were low on gas. While he guided the family to the nearest gas station the rest of the party headed to the State Forest and Hominy Ridge. The sun eventually made its appearance as our party was reunited and the forest was alive with the calls of Golden Crowned Kinglets. We enjoyed the Kinglet show well into our afternoon hike. At the Interpretive Center we enjoyed up close looks from a very accomodating male Purple Finch and ended the day with 60 species.
Our list: On the Road traveling:
Canada Goose Mallard Wood Duck Great Blue Heron Turkey Vulture Bald Eagle Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Killdeer Rock Dove Mourning Dove Red-bellied Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker American Kestral Eastern Phoebe Blue Jay American Crow Horned Lark Carolina Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper Carolina Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet Eastern Bluebird American Robin Brown Thrasher European Starling Eastern Towhee American Tree Sparrow Chipping Sparrow Field Sparrow Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Meadowlark Common Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird House Finch House Sparrow
Salamonie Dam Road and Overlook Highlights Bald Eagle 6 Pine Warbler
Salamonie State Forest at Hominy Ridge Wood Duck Great Blue Heron Turkey Vulture Northern Harrier Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker Eastern Phoebe American Crow Carolina Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch Golden Crowned Kinglet Ruby Crowned Kinglet American Robin Chipping Sparrow Northern Cardinal
Mount Hope Boat Ramp
Northern Shoveler Ring Necked Duck Greater Scaup Lesser Scaup Red-breasted Merganser Ruddy Duck Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Ring-billed Gull