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02 Sep: @ 08:54:28 
9/1 Bloomington Common Nighthawks [Bryce Robeson]
01 Sep: @ 21:20:14 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
01 Sep: @ 20:58:02 
Grant Street (Lake) - 9/1/14 [Matt Kalwasinski]
01 Sep: @ 20:53:00 
Prophetstown SP- 2014-8-30 [Jeff Timmons]
01 Sep: @ 20:25:35 
Hudsonian Godwits, Red-necked Phalarope [Landon Neumann]
01 Sep: @ 19:40:00 
9-1-2014 Eagle Creek Municipal park [Steven]
01 Sep: @ 19:15:38 
Re: RFI - Hudsonian Godwit - Goose Pond [Sanderson, Ryan J]
01 Sep: @ 19:04:26 
RFI - Hudsonian Godwit - Goose Pond [Jeff Timmons]
01 Sep: @ 18:13:04 
Pigeon River [James Haw]
01 Sep: @ 11:45:26 
Ignore last email [Clint Kiehl]
01 Sep: @ 10:30:24 
Picture of Common Nighthawks, Bedford, IN [ROBERT_BARBER_389]
01 Sep: @ 10:20:55 
Goose Pond White-rumped Sandipiper, Phalaropes [Clint Kiehl]
01 Sep: @ 07:48:39 
SW Allen BCNHs-- Sep. 1 AM [Rodger Rang]
01 Sep: @ 05:49:04 
Re: Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Update September 1, 2014 [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
01 Sep: @ 05:21:58 
Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Update September 1, 2014 [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
31 Aug: @ 23:08:16 
Goose Pond godwits, etc [Peter Scott]
31 Aug: @ 20:31:42 
Eagle Marsh Nighthawks-- Aug. 31 PM [Rodger Rang]
31 Aug: @ 18:51:18 
White-rumped Sandpiper, American Golden Plovers [Landon Neumann]
31 Aug: @ 18:19:29 
Nighthawks going south 3322 Tunnelton Road, Bedford, IN [ROBERT_BARBER_389]
31 Aug: @ 18:02:57 
Nighthawks [Sandy Belth]
31 Aug: @ 16:00:54 
Fwd: eBird Report - Trinity Drainage Pond, Aug 31, 2014 [Thefive Forreal]
31 Aug: @ 13:56:20 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday August 31, 2014 [Don Williams]
31 Aug: @ 13:30:34 
Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Shorebird Diverity [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
31 Aug: @ 11:44:16 
Broad winged hawks [Laura Fuderer]
31 Aug: @ 11:05:50 
Goose Pond - Hudsonian Godwits [Steven Lima]
31 Aug: @ 08:36:54 
8-30-14 Lake Michigan [David Crouch]
31 Aug: @ 08:25:16 
Lincoln's Sparrows White County [Rick Read]
31 Aug: @ 07:37:41 
FW: eBird Report - Celery Bog Nature Area, Aug 30, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
30 Aug: @ 21:04:39 
Goose Pond shorebirds, egrets, herons [Peter Scott]
30 Aug: @ 19:45:30 
Wakarusa Bairds Sandpiper and Black Terns [Leland Shaum]
30 Aug: @ 17:03:17 
Lakefront (30-Aug-2014) LB-b Gulls, Willets, & Knot [Kenneth J. Brock]
30 Aug: @ 15:57:09 
Engle Road BCNH-- Aug. 30 PM [Rodger Rang]
30 Aug: @ 15:09:40 
Limberlost-Loblolly and vicinity [James Haw]
30 Aug: @ 14:41:31 
Black-bellied and American Golden Plovers [Landon Neumann]
30 Aug: @ 14:25:21 
Prophetstown SP, Aug 30, 2014 Olive-sided Flycatcher [john skene]
30 Aug: @ 11:32:16 
Howell Wetlands, Saturday, August 30th [Tim Griffith]
30 Aug: @ 11:20:56 
Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Shorebirds August 29 2014 [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
30 Aug: @ 08:45:28 
Fwd: eBird Report - My House, Aug 30, 2014 [Thefive Forreal]
30 Aug: @ 08:01:50 
Olive-sided Flycatcher - Prophetstown State Park [Jeff Timmons]
30 Aug: @ 05:35:00 
Lakefront - 8/29 [MTopp7927]
29 Aug: @ 22:16:15 
Green-winged Teal, Warblers [Landon Neumann]
29 Aug: @ 20:10:28 
Chimney Swift Roost [Landon Neumann]
29 Aug: @ 16:50:11 
H. Sparrow Died [ROBERT_BARBER_389]
29 Aug: @ 14:22:53 
Goose Pond 8 & MPE 4 [Jerry Downs]
29 Aug: @ 14:18:00 
Chain O' Lakes State Park [James Haw]
29 Aug: @ 11:28:39 
Fwd: Goose Pond - GP8, Dunlin, Phalaropes, Baird's, 8/28/14 [Ed Hopkins]
29 Aug: @ 11:21:56 
SW Allen-- Aug. 29 AM [Rodger Rang]
29 Aug: @ 10:56:57 
Eagle Marsh-- Aug. 28 PM [Rodger Rang]
29 Aug: @ 08:50:58 
Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Aug 28, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
28 Aug: @ 22:52:06 
GP8, WESA, etc [Evan Speck]





Subject: 9/1 Bloomington Common Nighthawks
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 8:54 am
From: brycerobeson AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,

Last night I had over 100 Common Nighthawks over Woodlawn Field on the IU
Bloomington campus. Consistently at least a few nighthawks have been
present above the field (at 10th St. and Woodlawn), feeding on insects
drawn to the very bright lights - lots of light pollution but also a feast
for night-flying insectivores. The nighthawks are also easy to see in the
glare of the lights.


Bryce Robeson
Monroe County



Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 21:20 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

Rodger Rang and I co-lead 11 participants in Stockbridge Audubon's first field trip of the season at Eagle Marsh, co-sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. As Rodger noted yesterday, shorebird habitat was inundated; hence, no shorebirds, except one Killdeer. We did have some nice birds, though.

Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Sep 1, 2014 5:50 PM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: 79 deg, moderate wind, mostly cloudy
20 species

Wood Duck 10
Mallard 50
Blue-winged Teal 8
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Egret 24
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 flyover, later seen perched
Cooper's Hawk 1
Sora 1
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 16
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
American Crow 17
Barn Swallow 5
Cliff Swallow 1
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 2
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 400
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19643400

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Grant Street (Lake) - 9/1/14
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 20:58 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I had a little free time this afternoon, so I checked two
Lake County spots. I checked the two shorebird spots on the Little Calumet
River, and I only confirmed what I thought – water level too high due to last
week’s rainy weather. Then, I headed to Grant Street where things were fairly
quiet. Below is what I found.
Matt Kalwasinski
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Grant St. Marsh,
Lake, US-IN
Sep 1, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Mute Swan 3
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 9
Pied-billed Grebe 14 - 2 chicks
Double-crested Cormorant 31
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 7
Green Heron 3 - 1 juv (photo
on my flickr site)
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 - 1 juv and 1 adult
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Common Gallinule 16 - 4 adults - most still in family groups
American Coot 42 - 2 chicks and 5 grown juvs
Ring-billed Gull 11
Mourning Dove 4
American Crow 3
Barn Swallow 7
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 5



Subject: Prophetstown SP- 2014-8-30
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 20:53 pm
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
This is my list for the whole weekend of camping but I am only reporting the highest number of birds seen at one time so that I did not double count.
    2    Wood Duck       
    2    Mallard       
    11    Ring-necked Pheasant    3 adults   
    1    Great Blue Heron       
    5    Turkey Vulture       
    1    Osprey       
    1    Cooper's Hawk       
    1    Bald Eagle       
    2    Red-tailed Hawk       
    1    Sora       
    5    Killdeer       
    3    Lesser Yellowlegs       
    6    Mourning Dove       
    1    Great Horned Owl       
    40    Common Nighthawk       
    10    Chimney Swift       
    3    Ruby-throated Hummingbird       
    1    Belted Kingfisher       
    4    Red-headed Woodpecker       
    2    Red-bellied Woodpecker       
    2    Downy Woodpecker       
    5    Northern Flicker       
    1    Olive-sided Flycatcher       
    1    Eastern Wood-Pewee       
    4    Eastern Phoebe       
    5    Eastern Kingbird       
    1    White-eyed Vireo       
    4    Blue Jay       
    5    American Crow       
    2    Tree Swallow       
    4    Barn Swallow       
    4    Cliff Swallow       
    1    Carolina Chickadee       
    20    Eastern Bluebird       
    5    American Robin       
    1    Gray Catbird       
    2    European Starling       
    5    Cedar Waxwing       
    5    Common Yellowthroat       
    1    Wilson's Warbler       
    3    Chipping Sparrow       
    4    Field Sparrow       
    9    Song Sparrow       
    2    Northern Cardinal       
    3    Blue Grosbeak       
    3    Indigo Bunting       
    3    Dickcissel       
    250    Red-winged Blackbird       
    4    Eastern Meadowlark       
    2500    Common Grackle    large blackbird flock stretching a mile long   
    12    House Finch       
    10    American Goldfinch       


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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits, Red-necked Phalarope
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 20:25 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Today Ryan Sanderson, Ryan Hamilton, Don Gorney and I birded Goose Pond.
The highlight was an impressive diversity of shorebirds-19 species. The
best were the continuing 2 Hudsonian Godwits. Also the Red-necked
Phalarope, Dunlin, Willet and the 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were still
there. We also had an Baird's Sandpiper and a Cattle Egret. All shorebirds
were in GP 8. The Cattle Egret was in MPW.

Goose Pond
Canada Goose 2
Wood Duck 30
Mallard 10
Blue-winged Teal 5
Double-crested Cormorant 40
American White Pelican 5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 15
Great Egret 75
Snowy Egret 3
Little Blue Heron 12 all immatures
Cattle Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 2
Sandhill Crane 2
Black-necked Stilt 2
Semipalmated Plover 5 3
Killdeer 20
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Willet 1 adult
Lesser Yellowlegs 25
Hudsonian Godwit 1 continuing adults in basic
Stilt Sandpiper 3 2 juv 1 adult
Dunlin 1 adult
Baird's Sandpiper 1 juv
Least Sandpiper 15
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 2 1 juv, other unaged too distant
Pectoral Sandpiper 25
Semipalmated Sandpiper 30
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 juv
Wilson's Snipe 10
Red-necked Phalarope 1 juv
Forster's Tern 2
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 20
Cliff Swallow 1
Sedge Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 200
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Bobolink 100 flying over GP 8 all morning
Red-winged Blackbird 300
Eastern Meadowlark 1

On the way home I stopped by the Sod Fields just south of Logansport. The
Golden Plover flock has increased.
Black-bellied Plover 1 Continuing bird in alternate.
American Golden-Plover 34 Large plovers with dark crowns.
Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 200
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 adult

That ends my day with 21 species of shorebirds. Not bad.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: 9-1-2014 Eagle Creek Municipal park
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:40 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Birded at Eagle Creek Park today.  It was hot and humid.  I walked the 3 mile Blue Trail loop. The following species were noted:  Pictures can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Immature Eagle - 1 - It looked like one, pretty extreme range even with the 600mm.
Great Egret - 9
Great Blue Heron - 7
Fosters Tern Immature - 1
Fosters Tern Adult - 2
Ring-billed Gull - 18
Mallard - 12
Yellow Gold Finch - 6
Double Crested Cormorant - 14
Pie-billed Grebe - 1
Cardnal - 2
Nuthatch - 1

Steven



Subject: RFI - Hudsonian Godwit - Goose Pond
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:15 pm
From: RSanderson AT ecommunity.com
 
Two Hudsonian Godwits were present this morning when I left the unit around 1130AM. Don Gorney, Ryan Hamilton, and Landon Neumann were with me. I assume Don or Landon will share a full list later today. I believe we had 19 species of shorebirds in that unit including Willet, Red-necked Phalarope, Dunlin, Buff-breasted, and many other commoner species. No don't believe the Wilson's Phalarope was seen this morning.

Ryan Sanderson
Indianapolis

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 1, 2014, at 8:04 PM, "Jeff Timmons" wrote:

I am curious if there are any updates from Goose Pond from this afternoon? If anyone is going on Monday I would appreciate any updates. Thanks!



Subject: RFI - Hudsonian Godwit - Goose Pond
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:04 pm
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
I am curious if there are any updates from Goose Pond from this afternoon?
If anyone is going on Monday I would appreciate any updates. Thanks!




Subject: Pigeon River
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 18:13 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Marisa Windell and I found Pigeon River quiet for birds on this warm, humid, very windy Labor Day.  We did find an Olive-sided Flycatcher on 300N about 1/4 mile east of area D marsh, and I had a brief but good look at a female Summer Tanager near the east end of the I-J road.  Other birds of some note were Osprey, E. Kingbird, Veery, and 4 species of warblers:  Magnolia 1, Bay-breasted 1, Am. Redstart 2, Common Yellowthroat 2.  We continued to Fawn River Fish Hatchery, where the easternmost pond is drained and had one Lesser Yellowlegs plus Killdeer.  On the way home, we checked Griffin Rd. pond in Allen Co., where we added 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers; this pond is low and has shorebird habitat.  Looks like shorebirds are almost all going through the west side of the state, though.  We had 55 species for the day.


Jim Haw



Subject: Ignore last email
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 11:45 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I sent the post about Goose Pond 2 days ago but something happened and it didn't show up until now.  Please disregard it.


Nick Kiehl,

Fishers, IN




Subject: Picture of Common Nighthawks, Bedford, IN
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 10:30 am
From: ROBERT_BARBER_389 AT comcast.net
 
Posted last night about the flock of Common Nighthawks, so thought I would post an image taken with cell phone. My big lens fogged up from the AC to outside, darn it..

https://secure.flickr.com/phot...

Robert E. Barber
3322 Tunnelton Road
Bedford, IN. 47421
H: 812-277-0347
C:812-797-2856
http://www.flickr.com/photos/c...
robert_barber_389@comcast.net




Subject: Goose Pond White-rumped Sandipiper, Phalaropes
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 10:20 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Aidan Rominger, Peter Scott, Evan Speck, and I had 2 White-rumped Sandpipers in GP 8 this morning. In addition, the Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes continue.
A Cattle Egret was present early but took off to the north around 9:30 am.

Highlights (all from gp 8):


Blue-winged Teal15
Great Blue Heron20
Great Egret25
Snowy Egret2
Little Blue Heron8
Cattle Egret1
Sora1
Sandhill Crane2
Black-necked Stilt4
Semipalmated Plover6
Killdeer40
Spotted Sandpiper2
Solitary Sandpiper6
Greater Yellowlegs8
Lesser Yellowlegs8
Stilt Sandpiper1
Baird's Sandpiper2
Least Sandpiper10
White-rumped Sandpiper2
Pectoral Sandpiper15
Semipalmated Sandpiper9
Short-billed Dowitcher2
Wilson's Sniper
16
Wilson's Phalarope1 moltin




Subject: SW Allen BCNHs-- Sep. 1 AM
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 7:48 am
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Serv-All ponds off Engle Road at 07:30-- Two adult Black-crowned Night Herons perched just over the water in the willows.

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Update September 1, 2014
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 5:49 am
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
A follow up addition.

Also, if you observe anyone not following the instructions and parking illegally on County Roads, please set them straight. It is important to stay off County roads for parking. Thanks,

--Lee Sterrenburg

On Sep 1, 2014, at 6:21 AM, Sterrenburg, Lee W. wrote:

Attention birders looking for shorebirds in GOOSE POND FWA UNIT GP8 this morning September 1, 2014.
No Goose hunters took Unit GP8 in the 5:30 AM draw. Technically a party could still come in up through 6:45 AM and take a Unit. I will post again if GP8 is taken late. That's unlikely.
PARKING: Property Manager Travis Stoelting requests that birders first fill the upper DNR parking lot at the intersection of CR 1400 W & CR 275 S. If there is overflow pull right around the (south) cable and then bear left and park in a line on DNR land. Park near the parking lot. DO NOT BLOCK THE EXIT along the old county lane, whether you are parked inside or outside the cable. Otherwise you will trap other people who have parked. DO NOT park on County Roads and not bother or park in front of the private house at the corner. Parking on County Roads is illegal. Thanks and good luck with shorebirds.

--Lee Sterrrenburg, Bloomington
DNR bird monitoring volunteer, Goose Pond FWA




Subject: Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Update September 1, 2014
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 5:21 am
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
Attention birders looking for shorebirds in GOOSE POND FWA UNIT GP8 this morning September 1, 2014.
No Goose hunters took Unit GP8 in the 5:30 AM draw. Technically a party could still come in up through 6:45 AM and take a Unit. I will post again if GP8 is taken late. That's unlikely.
PARKING: Property Manager Travis Stoelting requests that birders first fill the upper DNR parking lot at the intersection of CR 1400 W & CR 275 S. If there is overflow pull right around the (south) cable and then bear left and park in a line on DNR land. Park near the parking lot. DO NOT BLOCK THE EXIT along the old county lane, whether you are parked inside or outside the cable. Otherwise you will trap other people who have parked. DO NOT park on County Roads and not bother or park in front of the private house at the corner. Parking on County Roads is illegal. Thanks and good luck with shorebirds.

--Lee Sterrrenburg, Bloomington
DNR bird monitoring volunteer, Goose Pond FWA



Subject: Goose Pond godwits, etc
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 23:08 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Another great day at GP8.  Highlight was first of year HUGO for state (to best of my knowledge).  Other birders saw a few more shorebird species not listed here.

Goose Pond FWA -- GP8, Greene, US-IN
Aug 31, 2014 12:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: received call from Steve Lima about Hudsonian Godwits and drove down. Walked around pond complex on west, east levees. Watched godwits for about 2.5 hr from east levee (on opposite west shore of this channel). Overcast, then sunny, temps mid-70's to mid-80's. Lots of birders. Did not count most species carefully; numbers for killdeer, yellowlegs, peeps, are likely undercounts.
21 species

Mallard 2
Great Egret 8
Snowy Egret 2
Little Blue Heron 3
Black-necked Stilt 2
Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 15
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 15
HUDSONIAN GODWIT 2 found by Steve Lima in morning. Shown to me by Don Gorney and group. 2 adults with body plumage mostly in winter plumage, but with black spotting in middle of oval white belly patch, and a few rufous feathers on flank at bend of wing. Bill apparently straight on one bird, slightly up tilted on other; dull red basal half (2/5), dark distally. Not long after I arrived, about 1 pm, both birds flew around pond and returned after a few minutes to same area, standing 30-50 feet apart. During flight, the white wing stripe (from above) was visible, and the white rump and black tail were even more striking. I did not note the color of underwing, but Steve saw black under one bird's wing when it lifted wing (correct for Hudsonian versus the straight-billed and larger Black-tailed G, which has white underwing). at 1:45 pm, one godwit took off again and did not return; I watched it fly southeast to highway 59 area near Double Ditches, then proceed north over or parallel to Hwy 59 as far as check-in station area where I lost it (I could see DNR pole barn in background). the remaining godwit (which had slightly uptilted bill) remained at pond on east side, sleeping (bill tucked in) and foraging in alternation, on edge of water. Both birds probed in mud vigorously, deeply enough to accumulate black mud around base of bill which looked like dark feathers, but vanished after 10 minutes or so of drying. The one godwit was still present when I left about 4 pm. I have photos as do many others. The field guide illustration closest to these birds that I have found is the "molting fall adult male" in National Geo Eastern guide (Altderfer's painting on p. 151).
DUNLIN 1 adult non-breeding. (early for this species) first found by Ed Hopkins at north end of eastern channel, refound by Aidan Rominger. black legs, strongly decurved bill, husky mid-sized calidrid; dull brown back, head, upper breast; no black on breast.
BAIRD'S SANDPIPIER 2 juvenile and adult. On west side in muddy field with Ludwigia growth north of first pond that main trail from west hits.
Least Sandpiper 10
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER 2 minimum; 2 seen in 3 places from east side
Pectoral Sandpiper 15
Semipalmated Sandpiper 6
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Wilson's Snipe 3
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 1 continuing juvenile in mostly white, black and gray plumage ... foraging on land and in water
Forster's Tern 2 two probable adults in non-breeding plumage flew south over east channel and continued south. had typical black mask thru eye, light crown, and very white wings on upper surface

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19630798

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Subject: Eagle Marsh Nighthawks-- Aug. 31 PM
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 20:31 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I visited the west end of Eagle Marsh this evening (6:30-8:00) to scout for tomorrow's first Stockbridge Audubon field trip of the fall.  When the trip schedule was first drafted back in July, the property had ample shorebird habitat ,early season shorebird variety was fairly decent, and last fall's very respectable species diversity was still a fresh memory.  Then came the two big rains 10 days ago.  Tonight I found no shorebird habitat and no shorebirds-- not even a single flyover Killdeer.  Shorebird enthusiasts still planning on attending tomorrow's outing should temper their expectations accordingly.

Tonight's highlight was a nice flock of Common Nighthawks (40+). Though many at times violated Eagle Marsh's airspace, the flock seemed to be swarming predominately over the mature woods of the extreme NW corner of Fox Island County Park (just east of the interstate and just south of the rail road). The swarm, enhanced by the addition of many Chimney Swifts and hundreds of blackbirds, was present my entire visit, and, though its size seemed to ebb and flow a bit, it pretty much remained centered over that one area. On my way off the property, I noted another flock of nighthawks, a smaller group of eight, over the mature woods around the Frontier building.

Other highlights included enjoying the evening egret tree, which sported 25 Great Egrets and eight cormorants, and noting three immature Hooded Mergansers zipping around, one at one point screeching to a halt next to a Mallard with its gape wide open as if expecting to be presented with a fish. Hey! You never know until you try!

One other note: At evening's end, the mosquitoes became quite noticeable. I've rarely had a problem with these guys on this end of the property, especially in late summer, but I guess all this rain has had something to do with that, too.

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper, American Golden Plovers
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:51 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon I checked the sod fields again. To my surprise a part of the
one of the fields was flooded. I originally didn't think that we gotten a
lot of rain last night obviously the cell was stronger to the south.
Anyway, the flooded field boosted an increased amount of shorebirds
including a surprise White-rumped Sandpiper. This is the 2nd county record.
Also the Black-bellied Plover continues as do the Golden Plovers. It
appears that some new Golden Plovers have arrived because the flock has
increased to 7 from yesterday's 3.

Sod Fields
Black-bellied Plover 1 Continuing bird in alternate plumage.
American Golden-Plover 7 2 birds almost complete alternate plumage
Semipalmated Plover 4 3 adult, 1 juv
Killdeer 150
Solitary Sandpiper 2
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 adult Medium size peep. Very obvious long
primary projection and bold white supercilium. Gray breast and gray back.
2nd county record.
Pectoral Sandpiper 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 adult
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 3
European Starling 3

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Nighthawks going south 3322 Tunnelton Road, Bedford, IN
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:19 pm
From: ROBERT_BARBER_389 AT comcast.net
 
About 20 minutes ago the last of MAYBE 150 Nighthawks left the yard after a 15 minute hunting spree. Guess what Sandy and Jeff Belth saw and reported were headed our way. They were 150 feet high down to within head high over the backyard and some did a hover for 2-3 seconds to catch whatever they were eating.

Oddly Eastern Pond Hawk Dragonflies were also all over the yard, maybe 30-40 and when the Nighthawks left so did the Pond Hawks. Generally I have a few 12 Spotted Skimmers, but not Pond Hawks. So a double event in that 15 minute time frame.

Robert E. Barber
3322 Tunnelton Road
Bedford, IN. 47421
H: 812-277-0347
C:812-797-2856
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Subject: Nighthawks
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:02 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Traveling along the 46 bypass from ST rd 37 to east 10th street we have counted over 30 nighthawks. Most of which we're flying over the IU golf course headed south. 

Sandy and Jeff Belth



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Trinity Drainage Pond, Aug 31, 2014
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 16:00 pm
From: fab5farrells AT gmail.com
 
Trinity Drainage Pond, Elkhart, US-IN
Aug 31, 2014 4:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Went biking with my family in a nearby parking lot.
12 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 35 Might be other shorebirds there as well, didn't have
optics.
Mourning Dove 3
Common Nighthawk 100 approximately
Chimney Swift 4
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 2
European Starling 12
Cedar Waxwing 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 2

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Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday August 31, 2014
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 13:56 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Weather-Cloudy
Temp- Upper 70's

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 67 species. The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Golden-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Bird walk begins at 9 AM each Sunday at the Ornithology Center, all are welcome.

Don Williams



Subject: Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Shorebird Diverity
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 13:30 pm
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
GOOSE POND FWA UNIT GP8 SHOREBIRDS - KEEPING SCORE
With the addition of 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS today and the refinding of an early DUNLIN (assuming the latter holds up) GPFWA Unit GP8 has now recorded 25 species of shorebirds in three days, August 29-30-31, 2014. By my attempt to keep a tally. That's the best species diversity in one Unit in three days in the whole history of the Goose Pond wetland restoration, as far as know.

--Lee Sterrenburg
Bloomington





Subject: Broad winged hawks
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 11:44 am
From: Laura.S.Fuderer.1 AT nd.edu
 
I had four broad-winged hawks circling overhead this morning in Clay
Township, St. Joe County. Is this a sign of migration?
Laura Fuderer


On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM, Steven Lima
wrote:

> Two Hudsonian Godwits, GP8. Have been present since at least 8:45 a.m.
> Best viewed from eastside levy, towards the southern half of GP8. Still
> present at 12:05 p.m.
>
> Steve Lima
> Terre Haute
>
>



Subject: Goose Pond - Hudsonian Godwits
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 11:05 am
From: Steven.Lima AT indstate.edu
 
Two Hudsonian Godwits, GP8. Have been present since at least 8:45 a.m.   Best viewed from eastside levy, towards the southern half of GP8. Still present at 12:05 p.m.

Steve Lima
Terre Haute




Subject: 8-30-14 Lake Michigan
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 8:36 am
From: Nighthawk AT prograde.net
 
I spent an enjoyable day birding various Lake hotspots with Ken Brock, John Cassady and Randy Pals. My best birds were the Great and Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Michigan City Harbor, Golden-winged Warbler at the Hammond Lakefront Sanctuary and the many Terns at Miller Beach.

Dave Crouch Seymour

Lake Michigan Hot Spots, Porter, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
40.0 mile(s)
Comments: Birded several Lake Michigan hot spots with Ken Brock, John Cassady and Randy Pals while meeting Michael Topp, Carolyn Marsh and Jeff McCoy at specific venues. Some locations were unproductive but we had good birds at MC Harbor, Hammond Lakefront Sanctuary and Miller Beach Dunes. I am reporting only those species that I saw and noted (these lakeshore experts were able to spot and ID a couple of species that eluded me) .
48 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 40
Double-crested Cormorant 11
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Semipalmated Plover 2
Willet 22 All juvs at Miller.
Sanderling 4
Least Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 5
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull 10
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 We'll seen with scope views and photos. Experts defined these as a first cycle and third cycle birds. The two did not directly relate to each other. Both seen at MC Harbor.
Great Black-backed Gull 1 First bird of note seen early at MC Harbor. Massive bill and full black terminal band stand out in my sighting. The Gull experts defined this bird as a third cycle.
Caspian Tern 4
Black Tern 4
Common Tern 12
Forster's Tern 6
Mourning Dove 2
Common Nighthawk 2
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 2
American Crow 8
Barn Swallow 12
Cliff Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing 70
Golden-winged Warbler 1 At Hammond as were all Warblers.
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
American Redstart 3
Magnolia Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow X

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrows White County
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 8:25 am
From: rickread.in AT gmail.com
 
I had two Lincoln's Sparrows running around under my bushes this morning. They are quick little dudes. 

Rick Read
Monticello

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Celery Bog Nature Area, Aug 30, 2014
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 7:37 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
Five people participated in yesterday's walk at Celery Bog, sponsored by the Sycamore Audubon Society. It was a very quiet morning (if you don't count the marching band practicing for Purdue's football game).  A singing Warbling Vireo was a bit of a surprise but otherwise there were few woodland birds other than common residents.  Waterbird highlights include three Black-crowned Night-Herons (all adults) and a hunting Osprey.

Barny
misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
31 species

Canada Goose 50
Wood Duck 45
Mallard 6
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 12
Green Heron 5
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 40
Cedar Waxwing 15
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 4
Red-winged Blackbird 6

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Subject: Goose Pond shorebirds, egrets, herons
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 21:04 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
I visited 4 areas of the FWA, joining several other birders at GP8 for the shorebird-egret-heron extravaganza.  Highlights included American Golden-Plover, BAIRD'S and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, WILSON'S and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, SNOWY & CATTLE EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON.  I got my best close-up views of juv Short-billed Dowitchers at BH5S.


Goose Pond FWA MAIN POOL WEST, Greene, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 7:20 AM - 8:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: MPW3 - drove up from south on 1200W. Parked and walked east along levee, then north a few hundred yards before turning back. 72 degrees, overcast, following pre-dawn rain.
14 species

Wood Duck 10
Double-crested Cormorant 75 perched in various roost trees, mix of immature and adult
Great Blue Heron 10
Great Egret 120 initial count of morning flight
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 distant adult in flight
Bald Eagle 2 adults
Mourning Dove 5
Bell's Vireo 1 song
Sedge Wren 6 singing in tall grass on west side of 1200W
Carolina Wren 1
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 5
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 10000 dawn flight southward over 30 min, various streams

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Goose Pond FWA -- GP8, Greene, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 8:20 AM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Birded with various people for different amounts of time (Bob Ball, Aidan Rominger, Nick Kiehl, Evan Speck, Jo Banks, Lena ___). List is of birds I saw, some discovered by others. Walked from hilltop parking lot southeast to ponds and mudflat complex, gradually working all sides of water areas. Weather overcast, intermittent rain, low to mid-70's, periods of wind.
40 species

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 2
Blue-winged Teal 10
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 10
SNOWY EGRET 4
LITTLE BLUE HERON 4
CATTLE EGRET 1 standing in wet field/mud flat; did not stay long. Had dull buff patch on breast.
Sandhill Crane 1 heard call
Black-necked Stilt 3
American Golden-Plover 1 transitional adult. appeared about noon, foraged, observed for 15 min then vanished.
Semipalmated Plover 8
Killdeer 30
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 20
Stilt Sandpiper 3
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER 2 found by Nick Kiehl. one immature, one adult
Least Sandpiper 8
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 2 found by Nick Kiehl, studied by three other observers who agreed on ID. dull gray plumage, long wings, prominent light eye line; compared with adult and juv Baird's not far away (20-100 yards). Compared also with nearby smaller peeps and Pectoral for size, wing-body proportions. No breast band. Not streaked on side, but dull marks. Nick saw white rump in flight on one.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 0 we looked hard but found none today
Pectoral Sandpiper 30
Semipalmated Sandpiper 20
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Wilson's Snipe 18 counted at one time, together - out in open on mudflat, feeding
WILSON'S PHALAROPE 1 winter plumage or juvenile A(gray and white, with yellow legs) - found about noon on east side, where it remained; foraging on shore, seen repeatedly. White rump seen in flight.
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 1 continuing bird (today is its 6th day, I think). Looked same as bird I saw 8/27. Seen from both west and east levees, throughout 5 hour period. Foraged actively on shore near water's edge, occasionally entered shallow water and turned around while feeding.
Mourning Dove 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow X
Bank Swallow X
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Bobolink 20
Red-winged Blackbird 300
Eastern Meadowlark 4
American Goldfinch 3

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Goose Pond FWA BEEHUNTER MARSH BH5S, Greene, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Comments: from west side parking lot, walked along south edge of curving west-east channel, 10 yards wide and shallow with flopping big fish, bordered by mudflats; shorebirds were tame. overcast, no rain, 70 F.
16 species

Wood Duck 3
Mallard 2
Northern Bobwhite 8 flushed from parking lot on my return
Great Blue Heron 2
Semipalmated Plover 4
Killdeer 10
Spotted Sandpiper 1 juv
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 12
Stilt Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 6
Pectoral Sandpiper 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper 6
Short-billed Dowitcher 7 bright rusty juveniles with tiger stripe backs
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1

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Goose Pond FWA MAIN POOL EAST, Greene, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Hiked southeast from footbridge to MPE3 and back. Somehow missed
the mother lode of BC Night-Herons. Overcast, spitting rain, wind.
18 species

Wood Duck X
Double-crested Cormorant 30
Great Blue Heron 20
Great Egret 40
Green Heron 2
Osprey 1 adult
Bald Eagle 1 immature
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 immature, buffy wing crescents
Killdeer 2
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Warbling Vireo 2
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow X
Common Yellowthroat 1
Song Sparrow 2
American Goldfinch 2

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Subject: Wakarusa Bairds Sandpiper and Black Terns
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 19:45 pm
From: sleepyck AT maplenet.net
 
I visited Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Facility today and finally had some new birds. The ponds are quite high and there is not much habitat. Most birds are using the rocks on the north pond, but there just has not been much activity recently.

Highlights:
Cooper's Hawk 1 I have been seeing him about every time I'm there, which probably explains why the birds are so skittish.
Spotted Sandpiper: 7
Solitary Sandpiper: 1
Lesser Yellowlegs: 3 There were 16 yesterday.
Semipalmated Sandpiper: 6
Least Sandpiper: 2
BAIRD"S SANDPIPER: 1 Photos.
Black Tern 18 Others reported 29 this PM. The most I've ever seen here.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 100+

Leland Shaum
Goshen, IN



Subject: Lakefront (30-Aug-2014) LB-b Gulls, Willets, & Knot
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 17:03 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 

Today (30-Aug-2014) John Cassady, David Crouch, Randy Pals, and I birded the lakefront from Michigan City Harbor to the Hammond Sanctuary.

We enjoyed a nice taste of migrant warblers, some quality shorebirds, and multiple Black-backed Gulls. Many migrating shorebirds were detected only in flight, but a large flock of juvenile Willets spent time on the beach just east of our position at the Lake Street lot. Despite a gusty southwest wind, we had a very enjoyable day afield.

Highlights
MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR
Sanderling,2- adult and juv
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,2- a first-cycle and third-cycle (watch for Cassady photos)
Great Black-backed Gull,1 third-cycle
Cliff Swallow,1

FORSYTHE PARK (virtually birdless)
Eastern Wood-Pewee,1

HAMMOND LAKEFRONT SANCTUARY (met Carolyn Marsh & Michael Topp)
Northern Flicker,1
House Wren,1
Cedar Waxwing,110- in three migrating flocks
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER,1 adult male
Nashville Warbler,1 first-cycle female
Magnolia Warbler,6
Chestnut-sided Warbler,1 first-cycle
Black-throated Green Warbler,1 IMF
Blackpoll Warbler,1
American Redstart,2 IMF & first-cycle female
Wilsons Warbler,4

WHITING PARK (also birdless)
American Kestrel,1

MILLER BEACH (with Jeff McCoy and Michael Topp)
Great Egret,7
Osprey,2
Red-shouldered Hawk,1
Red-tailed Hawk,6
Semipalmated Plover,3 flybys
WILLET,26- 20 juvs & 6 not aged- 20 spent time on the beach
Ruddy Turnstone,1 close flyby juv
RED KNOT,1 flyby juv
Sanderling,5- 2 juvs & 3 not aged
Least Sandpiper,4- flyby calling birds
Semipalmated Sandpiper,2- a juv & one not aged
Short-billed Dowitcher,10- flyby calling
Bonapartes Gull,2 juvs
Common Tern,22
Forsters Tern,5
Black Tern,5
Common Nighthawk,4- flew in off lake
Ruby-throated Hummingbird,3
Cliff Swallow,1

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN




Subject: Engle Road BCNH-- Aug. 30 PM
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 15:57 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I noted one adult Black-crowned Night Heron again this afternoon at the Serv-All ponds off Engle Road in SW Allen County.  It was standing just over the water in the same willow clump I've mentioned previously (SW corner of the western-most pond) and was a little tough to pick out.  I also took note of 6+ Eastern Kingbirds (a family group?) foraging just like the dozen or so swallows working the same airspace around those willows.

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Limberlost-Loblolly and vicinity
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 15:09 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Sandy Schacht, Marisa Windell and I birded several areas in the Limberlost Swamp/Loblolly Marsh areas of Adams and Jay Counties on this mostly cloudy,hot, humid day.  Best birds were all in Jay County:


Loblolly Marsh, flooded area along SR 18:
Blue-winged Teal 3
Killdeer
Solitary Sandpipier 1 plus 3 more in the main "marsh" now mostly dry
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Least Sandpiper 1
STILT SANDPIPER 1 imm.


Limberlost Bird Sanctuary, Jay Co.:
Least Flycatcher 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler1
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Black and White Warbler 2
Am. Redstart 2


Adams Co. birds included single Double-cr. Cormorants at Rainbow Lake and the Geneva gravel pit, and 2 Bald Eagles at the gravel pit.


Jim Haw



Subject: Black-bellied and American Golden Plovers
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 14:41 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Today I birded a couple of Cass Co spots. Spring Creek yielded a couple of
warblers, but nothing to shout about. The real surprise of the day was
finding an Black-bellied Plover and 3 American Golden Plovers at the
Logansport Sod Fields. This is the first fall record for golden plover in
the county.

Spring Creek Nursery
Green Heron 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1f
Nashville Warbler 1imf
Common Yellowthroat 2 1m, other unknown
American Redstart 3 1m, 2f
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1imf
Canada Warbler 1imf
Wilson's Warbler 1imf
Field Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
House Finch 3

Sod Fields
Black-bellied Plover 1 Still in alternate. Whitish crown with black
face and breast.
American Golden-Plover 3 Mostly still in alternate although farther along
in basic than the Black-bellied
Killdeer 70
American Kestrel 2
European Starling 10

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Prophetstown SP, Aug 30, 2014 Olive-sided Flycatcher
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 14:25 pm
From: jkskene AT hotmail.com
 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Prophetstown SP, Tippecanoe, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
24 species

Turkey Vulture 7
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 11
American Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 9
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
Cedar Waxwing 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
American Goldfinch 9

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Subject: Howell Wetlands, Saturday, August 30th
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 11:32 am
From: timgrif396 AT gmail.com
 
Beth Hanson, Julia Farmer and I birded Howell Wetlands this morning.  Not
much happening. The only interesting find were 2 dualing White-eyed
Vireos, one on either side of the oxbow lake. They were trying to out do
each other and their calls were constant. Strange for this time of year.

Howell Wetlands Park, Vanderburgh, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 7:40 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
33 species

Wood Duck 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 2
Common Nighthawk 1
Chimney Swift 14
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 6
American Robin 9
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 18
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 2
Common Grackle 10
American Goldfinch 25
House Sparrow 1

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Tim E. Griffith
Evansville, IN



Subject: Goose Pond FWA Unit GP8 Shorebirds August 29 2014
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 11:20 am
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 

Yesterday (August 29, 2014) Kathy McClain and I went into GPFWA Unit GP8 looking for shorebirds. Our best birds were 1 juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER, 1 BUFF-BEASTED SANDPIPER, and 1 juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.

We ran into Jerry Downs who leaving at we were arrived. Rather remarkably Jerry recorded 4 species of shorebirds that we did not see, and we had 3 species of shorebirds that Jerry did not see. Hence between our two back-to-back parties we recorded 19 species of shorebirds in one GPFWA Unit. This total does not count the early Dunlin found by Ed Hopkins the day before on August 28. Nineteen species of shorebirds in one GP Unit in one day approaches the sorts of highs that Amy Kearns, Dan Leach, and i were finding in August of 2011. Numbers of individuals are not very hight in GP8 right now but species diversity is very good. Finding an array of species can require walking down the hill and then going at least partway out the east levee. A long hike. The temperature when Kathy and I ended was 90F.

NOTE that early Canada Goose hunting season starts on Monday September 1 and Unit GP8 might be one of the Units hunted.


Goose Pond FWA -- GP8, Greene, US-IN
Aug 29, 2014 11:00 AM - 2:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: With Kathy McClain doing shorebirds in GP8. Met Jerry Downs. We arrived as he was leaving.
34 species

Wood Duck 3
Mallard 6
Blue-winged Teal 15
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 15
Snowy Egret 3
Little Blue Heron 5 high in view at one time
Turkey Vulture 4
Sora 1 flushed and seen flying, yellow bill
Black-necked Stilt 3 pair of adults with 1 juvenile
American Golden-Plover 2 adults in advance molt
Semipalmated Plover 5 including 4 in view at one time
Killdeer 49 an undercount
Spotted Sandpiper 5 5 included 4 along the east levee
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 9
Lesser Yellowlegs 22
Baird's Sandpiper 2 juveniles together, from the east levee
Least Sandpiper 18
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER 1 buffy head, neck, and breast
Pectoral Sandpiper 21
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
WESTERN SANDPIPER 1 juvenile with distinct but small length reddish upper scaps. No red on coverts below scaps, No red seen on cap or in face. Seen side by side with juv least Sandpiper. Bigger bird and larger longer bill than the Least, longer bill with droop and the end. Bill length suggested female. Close binocular views and longer scope views from perhaps 35+ yards.
Wilson's Snipe 6
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 1 Juvenile. Presumed continuing bird. Seem in a small puddle, viewed and photographed from the east levee. Basically all white head, neck, and undersides. Black cap, black eye line with an obvious droop downward behind the eye. Black back with white brace lines, not the yellow brace lines of a very early early juv. Some very faint streaking on lower flanks show up in photos (only). One good shot of wings open showing bold black and white pattern on upper wings. Three photos of the RNPH are now up on my Flickr:https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Black Tern 1
Mourning Dove 4
American Crow 23
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 5
European Starling 12
Song Sparrow 3
American Goldfinch 7

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--Lee Sterrenburg, Bloomington & Kathy McClain, Jasper



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - My House, Aug 30, 2014
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 8:45 am
From: fab5farrells AT gmail.com
 
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My House, St. Joseph, US-IN
Aug 30, 2014 7:40 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Tennessee Warbler 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Plain yellow, slightly darker yellow-gray on
its back, no wingbars. A very drab yellow bird. To pale to be a female
yellow warbler.
Magnolia Warbler 1
Bay-breasted Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
warbler sp. 4
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at
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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher - Prophetstown State Park
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 8:01 am
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
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Subject: Lakefront - 8/29
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 5:35 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
8/29
I briefly checked some spots on the Lakefront. Here are a few of the
highlights.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) :
1-Swainson's Thrush
28-Cedar Waxwings (2 flocks)
3-A.Redstarts (imfs)
1-Wilsons Warbler (female)
2-C.Yellowthroats (pair)

Miller Beach :
1-Coppers Hawk
6-Forster's Terns
1-Black-bellied Plover (ad.)
9-Sanderlings (2ad., 7juvs)
2-Semipalmated Sandpipers (Juvs.)

Grant St. (Very brief stop)
1-Continuing Lesser Scaup (Male)

Michael
Topp

Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...



Subject: Green-winged Teal, Warblers
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 22:16 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded a few Cass Co spots. The highlight
was a Green-winged Teal near Royal Center and a nice flock of warblers at
France Park. Songbird migrants were still scare except for the medium size
flock we found at France Park near the fishing lake. Also, I'm pretty sure
the Green-winged Teal is Cass's first August record I would need to talk to
Ken Brock about that, but my records indicate that is.

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Wood Duck 3
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 3
White-eyed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Gray Catbird 2
Prothonotary Warbler 1 adult.
Tennessee Warbler 2 1a, 1mf
Cape May Warbler 1m
Magnolia Warbler 1 unaged quick look
Bay-breasted Warbler 2mf
Blackburnian Warbler 1f
Field Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 2
American Goldfinch 3

NW Cass Co (Checking various ponds up in this part of the county)
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 6
Green-winged Teal 1 male still in eclipse plumage
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 3
American Kestrel 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
European Starling 200
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 3

Highway 17 Marshes
Nothing of note. Recent rains has caused the water level to cover any
mudflats.

Sod Fields south of Airport
Killdeer 150
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Chimney Swift Roost
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 20:10 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Tonight I looked for swift roosts in downtown Logansport. I found 3 one
which numbered to 300 birds! The total amount of birds was around 525
swifts. I also had a common nighthawk.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass county



Subject: H. Sparrow Died
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 16:50 pm
From: ROBERT_BARBER_389 AT comcast.net
 
Just sitting out back and a House Sparrow flew into the maple and dropped dead. Talk about weird! Just like humans, one second we're here and next gone.


Robert E. Barber
3322 Tunnelton Road
Bedford, IN. 47421
H: 812-277-0347
C:812-797-2856
http://www.flickr.com/photos/c...
robert_barber_389@comcast.net



Subject: Goose Pond 8 & MPE 4
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 14:22 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I went over to Goose Pond this morning to check out the shorebirds in unit 8. There was quite a variety of shorebirds but not big numbers. The Red-necked Phalarope continues in GP 8. It was in the SE end about 1/4 mile north of the south dike & just west of the east dike. After I finished in unit 8 I went over and did a brief walk around MPE 4. There were still many Black-crowned Night-herons even though it was mid-day by the time I got over there. Here are my totals fo rthe morning:

Goose Pond FWA -- GP8, Greene, US-IN
Aug 29, 2014 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Went over for the morning. Started in GP 8 at the upper parking lot. I walked south to the dike & then east to where the dike goes north between 8 & 7 & went north for about 1/2 mile before turning around & returning the way I came. Then I went over to MPE & walked around MPE 4 going to the left along the creek first & finishing up going north on the dike to the bridge.

http://connect.garmin.com/acti...

Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
47 species

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 2
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 6
Blue-winged Teal 25
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 12
Snowy Egret 4
Little Blue Heron 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 1
Black-necked Stilt 2
Black-bellied Plover 1
American Golden-Plover 2
Semipalmated Plover 4
Killdeer 75
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 25
Willet 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 20
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 2
Least Sandpiper 15
Pectoral Sandpiper 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper 15
Wilson's Snipe 23
Red-necked Phalarope 1 (originally across from the post marked PT 420 with the orange flag & then about .1 mile south of there)
Mourning Dove 8
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Kingbird 4
American Crow 12
Sedge Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Gray Catbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Field Sparrow 6
Henslow's Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 2
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Dickcissel 2
Bobolink 15
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Common Grackle 40
American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19605444

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Goose Pond FWA -- Main Pool East, Greene, US-IN
Aug 29, 2014 11:35 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Went over for the morning. Started in GP 8 at the upper parking lot. I walked south to the dike & then east to where the dike goes north between 8 & 7 & went north for about 1/2 mile before turning around & returning the way I came. Then I went over to MPE & walked around MPE 4 going to the left along the creek first & finishing up going north on the dike to the bridge.

http://connect.garmin.com/acti...

Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
23 species

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 12
Blue-winged Teal 15
Double-crested Cormorant 25
American White Pelican 5
Great Blue Heron 12
Great Egret 50
Green Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 51
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Solitary Sandpiper 3
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
American Crow 10
Tree Swallow 4
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 25
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19605449

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Jerry Downs
Bloomington, IN



Subject: Chain O' Lakes State Park
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 14:18 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Early this morning I abandoned my plans for the day and, on impulse, went to Chain O' Lakes.  It was one of my better impulsive decisions.


One of my first birds after entering the park was my IN annual OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. Farther down the road to Miller and Norman Lakes, I encountered THE FLOCK. I spent considerable quality time with THE FLOCK and found, among other things, a Swainson's Thrush and all ten of my warbler species for the day (though not all individuals). I then walked around Dock Lake (a few birds but a very unfavorable mosquito to bird ratio), and drove all the park roads (unproductive) except that I skipped the beach and canoe launch areas on Sand Lake, which had been occupied by six busloads of kids from Whitley County Schools, divided into two big groups, one bearing green flags and one having blue flags. Very odd. My day list:


Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon along US33
Mourning Dove
Ruby-thr. Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Woodpecker: Red-headed 2, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy 1,N. Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
E. Wood Pewee 6
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
E. Kingbird 1
Vireo: White-eyed 2, Yellow-throated 3, Warbling 5, Red-eyed 3
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-br. Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
Am. Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher 1
Eur. Starling along US 33
Cedar Waxwing
Warbler:
Blue-winged 2
Tennessee 4
Nashville 1
Magnolia 1
Black-throated Green 1
Blackburnian 1
Bay-breasted 2
Black and White 3
Am. Redstart 3
Wilson's 1
E. Towhee
Song Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager 1
N. Cardinal
House Finch along US3
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow along US33


Jim Haw



Subject: Goose Pond - GP8, Dunlin, Phalaropes, Baird's, 8/28/14
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 11:28 am
From: hopkinse AT purdue.edu
 
    The W. Sandpiper that Evan Speck described is not the mystery
sandpiper that Mark Welter and a couple (whose names I do not know)
saw. Mark's photo is in his eBird list (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19599440 ) labeled as W.
Sandpiper. Our bird was not gray and had a rufous wash in the scapulars.
My first impression was WESA, but, within a minute, it went behind a
weedy island. It, finally, came out and foraged with a couple of LEYEs
in broken down weeds in front of the same small island. It had mud (or
oil) on the face at the base of its bill.
The bird is not quite right for Western or White-rumped Sandpipers.
I have never seen a juvenile Dunlin because the migrants that go through
our area come through Indiana at the end of the shorebird migration in
October in the gray Basic Plumage. This bird was brown.
Species with streaks on the flanks and rufous in the scaps are WESA
(adult), WRSA (adult) & DUNL (juvinile). This bird had an all brown
head, nape and neck. Using ?Shorebirds of N Am, Europe & Asia ? A guide
to Field Identification?, Message & Taylor, as a reference, WESA
(140-170 mm) and DUNL (160-220 mm) overlap in body length. WESA is
quite white faced with a small black line through the eye. It is never
concolored over the entire head and neck. Adult WESA flank marking are
not as extensive as this bird which appear to go down over the belly.
Having a hatch year Dunlin in this plumage this far south is not
normal, but it matches the bird in Mark's photograph far more than any
plumage that I am aware of for Western Sandpiper. I would have loved to
have had a Western instead of a the Dunlin.

----
Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette, IN

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Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Goose Pond - GP8, Dunlin, Phalaropes, Baird's,
8/28/14
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:49:05 -0400
From: Ed Hopkins
Reply-To: Ed Hopkins
To: in-bird-l (in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu)



Goose Pond FWA - GP8
The mystery shorebird appears to be an early juvenile Dunlin. My
first impression was a Western Sandpiper, but the bill was too long,
there was no whitish superciliary, adults should be gone, the pattern of
rufous was wrong. I did some research and found that the bird resembled
a Dunlin as per "Shorebirds - An Identification Guide", Hayman, Marchant
& Prater.
Other highlights are the continuing Red-necked & Wilson's Phalaropes,
Willet.
For the list birds and map, go to this Internet link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19601004
----
Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette, IN






Subject: SW Allen-- Aug. 29 AM
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 11:21 am
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I walked Eagle Marsh's main drive early this morning but was again turned back by high water, this time much closer to the barn.  I noted no Sedge Wrens again; perhaps they never did establish territories here.  Best birds were five Bobolinks overhead (three singles and a pair) and a Solitary Sandpiper foraging in the flooded drive.  On my way out, I met a surveyor who'd just arrived to do some prep work for the upcoming berm enhancement (a.k.a. Asian Carp control) project.  He suggested that the earth moving may start as early as October.  Ack!

I later drove the Homestead/Amber Roads loop, finding only a small area of flooded field visible from the road (Amber just south of the rail road), but the only shorebirds present were Killdeer (20+) and Solitary Sandpiper (1). I then took a brief hike at Arrowhead Prairie, enjoying immensely the perfect weather but finding little of interest, bird-wise.

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Eagle Marsh-- Aug. 28 PM
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 10:56 am
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Except for a brief sighting of Jim Haw, I noted little of interest at the Boy Scout overlook of western Eagle Marsh Thursday afternoon after work, but I returned later after some yard work to enjoy a cold drink, the very pleasant breezes, and whatever birds came in to roost at dusk.  Sixteen Great Egrets shared a dead tree with a few Great Blues and a cormorant, while four Green Herons were together in another dead tree for a short time.  Two dozen Canada Geese, 100+ Mallards, and 35+ Wood Ducks joined the hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds that apparently were settling in for the night.  Nothing unusual, but a very nice evening to be out.

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Aug 28, 2014
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 8:50 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
I did the weekly waterfowl survey for the DNR at Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area (eastern Benton County) last night.  Water levels have risen in the last 10 days due to heavy rains locally.  The areas used by shorebirds are now too deep, so I only had one Killdeer.  Probably the highlight was the decent sized flock of Bobolink, feeding on smartweed and other seed heads in the wetland vegetation along the northern basin.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Benton, US-IN Aug 28, 2014 6:10 PM - 7:10 PM


Wood Duck 25
Mallard 29
Northern Bobwhite 3 calling in different areas north of C.R. 200 North
Ring-necked Pheasant 2
Great Egret 5
Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 5
American Kestrel 3
Tree Swallow 35
Barn Swallow 26
American Robin 1
European Starling 70
Common Yellowthroat 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 2
Bobolink 26 flocking in smartweed and other marsh plants
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19600653

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Subject: GP8, WESA, etc
Date: Thu Aug 28 2014 22:52 pm
From: carroll656 AT msn.com
 
I hiked into GP 8 around 4pm today.  Shorebird numbers not large, but great diversity!  Major disappointment missing the phalaropes, but I had at least three Buff- breasted Sandpipers, two Baird's, a Willet, Am Golden Plover, Wilson's Snipe....and I believe at least one Western Sandpiper.

I had two "candidates" for juvenile WESA with rufous upper scapulars, pale underside, and tapered, drooping bill, and size match with other peeps, but couldn't pull the trigger because of the distance involved. The one that convinced me was closer and appeared to be a molting adult, larger but not massively larger than an adjacent LESA, pale underneath with large plain gray scapulars and no rufous. Admittedly, it was too far to photograph.

The Shorebird Guide, OBrien, Crossley, and Karlson say adult WESA begin migration very early, but don't peak until mid-August. Certainly most have gone through, but not necessarily all. But it is easy to turn a basic Dunlin into a WESA.

I think I need to make another trip to GP8.

Evan Speck

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