In case you have been following my blog and it isn’t clear yet: I. Love. Birds. I know abstractly that I get this from my parents, yet I also recognize that bird-watching is an odd hobby for a 30-something – even though it’s rather perfect for a 30-something couple who both love hiking, one of whom who loves watching birds with binoculars and the other who loves taking pictures of nature (all photo credit below belongs to K, who patiently snaps the birds I ask her to!).
So, without further ado on this rainy Monday, some pictures of rarer bird sightings from our trip last weekend to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Cowles Bog area) for the first good weekend of the spring bird migration! IDNL is an Audobon-recognized international bird watching destination, as the birds who migrate must fly around Lake Michigan due to the winds and stop in the dunes by the thousands. We intentionally avoided the big birding festival, though, as it’s a bit out of the price range for all the activities. Fortunately, we still had some great sightings! Besides the below, we also saw many red-winged blackbirds, goldfinch, yellow warblers and black-and-white warblers.