Warbler Haven

Songbird Diversity

Learn & Identify Bird Songs

Birding in Brown County: Unveiling the Beauty of Eastern Songbirds

Discover the enchanting “Warbler Alley,” a name I’ve given this area of western Brown County that serves as a haven for a remarkable variety of warbler species. This captivating tour is designed for bird enthusiasts seeking specific warblers as well as those eager to experience the awe-inspiring diversity of eastern songbirds. You’ll embark on a memorable journey through the heart of Yellowwood State Forest in western Brown County, a prime birding destination teeming with melodious songbirds. We’ll explore multiple birding hotspots, maximizing our chances of spotting an extensive list of species. Throughout the tour, you’ll receive expert guidance on identifying the birds by their distinctive songs and calls. Join us!

Tour Highlights

Find most of the 18 species of warblers that nest in the area, including sought-after species like Cerulean, Worm-eating, Prairie, and Prothonotary

Revel in the huge diversity of warblers, thrushes, vireos, orioles, and more species that pass through Yellowwood State Forest during spring and fall migration

Discover unique species that are only found in very particular places

Learn the distinctive birdsongs and calls of Eastern birds

Spot tanagers and woodpeckers at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Enjoy the company of fellow birders in a beautiful location

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Public Tour Price


Private Tour Price

$200/group – extend a private tour to a full day (6-8 hours) for $300 total

Meeting point

In Bloomington or at Yellowwood State Forest. The exact location will be communicated via email.


April to October


4 hours – mornings are best

Group size

  • Public tours – 3 to 5 guests
  • Private tours – No minimum or maximum for private tours, but my vehicle can only hold up to 5 guests. For larger groups, a caravan is possible if guests are willing to drive their own vehicle. Walkie talkies can be used for communication between vehicles.


  • Transportation
  • Binoculars if needed
  • Use of spotting scope

Not included

Snacks and drinks, so be sure to bring what you might need.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Appropriate clothing for the season
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Your own binoculars or scope
  • Phone/camera

About your guide

David Rupp, owner of IndiGo Birding, will lead this trip. David has over 25 years of birding experience and loves to share his joy for birding.

What to Expect

We’ll start the day by meeting on the east side of Bloomington or in Brown County. We’ll then head in my vehicle to either Yellowwood Lake or Crooked Creek SRA, where the edge habitat attracts a diverse array of birds. We might also venture to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, an ideal location for spotting tanagers and woodpeckers, before heading to Lucas Hollow – a true paradise for warbler enthusiasts. You will be sure to head back to our meeting point at the end of the tour with a smile on your face!

Private Tour Option

We do our best to customize the tour to match your interests, schedule, and physical abilities as well as to find the most dazzling birds for the time of year. Private tours are especially recommended for photographers, those with limited mobility, or people with particular target species. Please send me an inquiry if you wish to discuss your private tour options and objectives. 

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