Photos from Indianapolis

8:15 PM

Earlier this month I spent a few weeks in the beautiful city of Indianapolis, Indiana.  I went down there to take part in training for my new venture, Wild Birds Unlimited of Barrie.  This is very exciting for me as I greatly enjoy the hobby of backyard birding as much as I enjoy birding and nature tours with Natura Tours.  I feel so fortunate that I can take part in two business which complement each other and both of which I thoroughly enjoy.  Below are some photos from our trip down south to Indianapolis. 

Wild Birds Unlimited, The River's Edge Store, Indianapolis

We spent a week training and working in the store of Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) Founder and President, Jim Carpenter.  Thanks to all of the staff at the River's Edge store, who are fantastic and taught us so much!

Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
 
We stayed just outside of Indianapolis and when we weren't training I spent time outdoors exploring the local nature.  Red Admirals and Warbling Vireos were abundant.

Warbling Vireo

Solitary Sandpiper

This Solitary Sandpiper showed up at a small creek near where we were staying. 

Holiday Park and Nature Center, Ruins

We spent one day of training on a field trip to Holiday Park with WBU Naturalists John Schaust and Brian Cunningham.  John and Brian are fantastic birders and we had a lot of fun exploring the trails at Holiday Park with them.  We spotted lots of great birds and highlights included Summer Tanagers, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Northern Parulas and Yellow-throated Vireos. 

Holiday Park and Nature Center, Ruins

Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

By far the highlight of the day for me was this female Eastern Box Turtle.  I spotted her from inside the visitors center about 20 meters away down a path.  As I approached her she sat in the middle of the path and didn't shy away from the camera at all.  It was very strange seeing a box turtle in the middle of Indianapolis.  

Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Tiger Beetle, Cicindela sexguttata

We found this and several other Tiger Beetles feasting on swarming ants at the side of a trail.  It was the first time I have really observed these predators in action and they are quick to pounce on their prey!

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrels were abundant throughout Indiana.  Even though some people don't enjoy this backyard visitor, it was a nice change to see them instead of our backyard Eastern Gray Squirrels.

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel, tail end

Female Downy Woodpecker

The feeders at the visitors center in Holiday Park were alive with a variety of birds including Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. 

Red-bellied Woodpecker looking for peanuts on an WBU EcoClean Mesh Peanut Feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker looking for peanuts on an WBU EcoClean Mesh Peanut Feeder

Sneaking a peanut right through the bars!

Male, Ruby-throated Hummingbird on a 16 Oz. Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbirds were also abundant.  Even in the rain they were flocking to the hummingbird feeders. 

Male, Ruby-throated Hummingbird on a 16 Oz. Hummingbird Feeders

Male, Ruby-throated Hummingbird on a 16 Oz. Hummingbird Feeders

Tornado Speakers

It was strange to see these speakers everywhere; but when your in the mid-west you need fair warning if there is a tornado.  The first time we went to Indianapolis there were tornadoes and we heard these speakers first hand.  Wow!  They are hard to miss. 

Jim Carpenter and the Wild Birds Unlimited of Barrie gang

At the end of our training we graduated from Wild Birds Unlimited University.  We received embroidered aprons upon graduation, which were presented by Jim Carpenter. 

What a great trip!  Thanks to all the staff at WBU head office and the River's Edge store for making our training such a fantastic and valuable experience. 

Good birding!

~ Kristen Martyn

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3 comments

  1. Kristen, great stuff! You really have a nature-loving entrepreneurial spirit don't you? :^)

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  2. Thanks Dwayne! Yes I guess I do :) But I wouldn't do it if I didn't love it.

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  3. Love the nature photos. In california we had a lot of black squirrels. Odd indeed. My favorite photo has to be the beetle though...very cool you were able to capture that! Great photos. -Daniella

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