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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Morning with IndiGo Birding Nature Tours

Categories: Outdoors

If you love birds, you're going to love this new addition to Bloomington's visitor options - IndiGo Birding Nature Tours is a brand-new business created by local naturalist David Rupp so he could share his love of birds and nature with visitors (and residents) in Bloomington. 

Did you know that Bloomington is a birding hot spot in the Midwest? We're very lucky to have a number of fantastic birding locations right here in our area - places like Beanblossom Bottoms Nature PreserveMonroe LakeYellowwood State ForestLeonard Springs Nature Park, the Hoosier National Forest, Goose Pond in nearby Green County and more. This allows IndiGo Birding to showcase a wide variety of birds to his clients, and he'll customize your experience based on the time you have available and what your group's specific interests and experience levels are. 

A few of us on staff here at Visit Bloomington (and a couple of lucky visitors we encountered) were able to join David for a tour on the morning of April 16, 2014 and we had a fun and educational experience at Beanblossom Bottoms! We were able to see a bald eagle (and its nest) and several other varieties of birds, including more than one species of woodpecker and a beautiful, bright yellow Prothonotary Warbler!  

Here are a few photos from our adventure: 

Setting off with David at Beanblossom Bottoms... Birding - Setting Off
As you enter the preserve, you can often see turtles sunning at the pond. 
Birding - Turtle Pond
To the left, there's a viewing platform that overlooks a bald eagle nest!Birding - Eagle Nest
David came prepared with a fancy spotting scope to give us close-up views of the eagle and its nest. Birding - Eagle Viewing
The main trail at Beanblossom Bottoms is a wooden boardwalk, since it is a wetlands forest.Birding - boardwalk
This is the Beanblossom creek crossing where we spotted several woodpeckers - and a muskrat!Birding - Beanblossom Creek
David pointed out several species to us and helped us locate them with binoculars (and cameras).Birding - Pointing out a woodpecker
A happy birding guide is one who just pointed out two red-headed woodpeckers to his group!Birding - Happy birding guide
The boardwalk trail is two miles long, with periodic viewing platforms, like this one.Birding - overlook
This is a great place to see not only woodpeckers and warblers, but also water birds!Birding - overlook view
Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.


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