Common Feeder Birds in a Wintery Setting

Rob Ripma

This morning I birded for a couple of hours with my brother at our favorite local park, Eagle Creek. It is the largest park in Indianapolis and is one of the largest city parks in the country. Eagle Creek has been the favorite park for many Indianapolis area birders for years. Spring migration can be phenomenal in the park, and the winter birding can be pretty good as well. Just like most parks, if you put in a little time and effort, there can be many awesome birds to see.

This morning started off with a little bit of feeder watching where I photographed a couple of the common feeder birds at the park, Northern Cardinal and American Tree Sparrow.

Northern Cardinal

Everyone loves to see Northern Cardinals at their feeders. It’s even better when there are at least 30 visiting a feeding station!

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrows love open habitats and are common feeder birds during the winter months near my home in Indiana.

The rest of the morning was spent hiking though the freshly fallen snow. Our efforts were rewarded with great views of a Winter Wren and several Purple Finches! We were the first people to hike through the 4 inches of snow that fell yesterday, and it was wonderful to walk through such a beautiful, untouched snowy scene.

  1. Joanne Clark says

    I counted 14-15 female cardinals in my back yard. Usually I can count more males…at one time I counted 12 males. It’s been unbelievable this year!

  2. Lynda Taylor says

    Here in the South we’re hunkering down for a Southern Freeze that occurs just only every now and then. The birds sense the approach of this unusual weather and our feeders have been wiped out every day. Finches, Carolina Wrens, Cardinals, Blue Birds, Tit Mice, Chickadees, Pine Warblers, Orioles, Sparrows, Doves, Wood Peckers…on and on. What a SHOW they have put on and with snow and ice approaching I’ll be at my station with my camera to catch these beautiful little creatures against the white pure snow. I can not wait. Happy Birding.

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