Today was the Indiana Audubon Society’s Big May Day Bird Count. Birders from throughout the state were out logging all the possible birds to be found in Indiana. Maybe more importantly, it was International Migratory Bird Day! If you visited the state park today, there was an assortment of bird related programming going on, whether you wanted to trek through the warbler patches of Trail 2 or see migrating birds up close in the bird banding demonstrations.
The big bird show, however, was stolen at the Nature Center feeders. Migrating birds seeking food in the colder air flocked to the feeders for the assortment of seeds, suet, and water provided. Never in most folks memories, had they seen so many grosbeaks at one feeder! At one point we had 23 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in one view, scarfing down sunflower seeds. The great feeder birds didn’t stop there! Orioles, Indigo Buntings, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Catbirds, White-crowned Sparrows, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Lincoln’s Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and more were all visiting non stop all day long.
There were plenty of other notable birds, but the results of today’s Big May Day count will take a few days to compile. In the meantime, enjoy the photo gallery below, all taken within the state park feeder areas on this cold May Day Count!