The weather was gorgeous and Dan and I had the day off so we headed to the Indiana Dunes State Park, which is about an hour away. It turns out that there is a birding festival going on there this weekend, though we did not know that before we got there. We climbed the bird observation tower where we ate our lunches and looked at the scenery.
We saw this red-headed woodpecker gradually coming closer to us. This was the first time I have seen one of these birds, but I understand that this is a common location for them and a breeding ground this time of year.
We headed off on the trails through the dunes and into a wooded area. We climbed Mt. Tom, a sand dune that is 192 feet high. This is just a shot at the beginning of the trail as we left the beach at Lake Michigan.
I believe these are large white trillium, which were blooming throughout the woodland above the lake.
And now for a few shots from our yard – While in my office this week I saw this indigo bunting outside the window, though I did not get a great shot. This is the first one I have seen in my yard. They are passing through in spring migration.
Also visible in our yard this week are palm warblers.
I also captured this shot of a palm warbler at Lake Katherine this week, as they pass through in spring migration.
Song sparrow at Lake Katherine. It was nesting in the same place this year as last year. My pictures are not all great, but I have a lot of fun taking them.
Back in our yard again – the goldfinches are back and making a lot of cute noises these days.
I was not sure what this bird was, but I wonder if it is not a female red-winged blackbird. I hear and see male red-winged blackbirds in the neighborhood everyday, so maybe this is the female. If anyone knows better please let me know.
Male northern cardinal in the ‘Profusion’ crabapple tree.
Our two fothergilla bushes have been blooming the past few weeks. I did not get any pictures, but the lilacs are blooming now, too!
Occasionally we see rabbits, but not yet in our garden this year! Which is great because I just planed out a lot of vegetables and herbs recently. I have gotten in the tomatoes, peppers, parsley, dill, basil, peas, and today I planted some pole bean seeds in a warm spot.