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24 May: @ 14:24:45 
Cedar Waxwing, Pine Siskin, TIppecanoe County [Dunning, John B]
24 May: @ 13:56:25 
Illiana Birds: Worm-eating Warbler heard May 24 [Carolyn A. Marsh]
23 May: @ 23:31:44 
May 23 - Beverly Shores [John Kaehr]
23 May: @ 22:05:13 
Eagle Marsh-- May 23, 2016 PM [Rodger Rang]
23 May: @ 21:34:59 
Strawtown Koteewi - Hamilton, Co 5/22/16 [Jeff Timmons]
23 May: @ 20:43:21 
Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, Alder Flycatchers [Amy Kearns]
23 May: @ 20:20:24 
Re: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, bitterns, least terns HYBRID GOOSE CORRECTION [Amy Kearns]
23 May: @ 16:02:23 
Kentucky Warblers at Stoney Run, Lake Cty [rffandjpl]
23 May: @ 14:08:08 
Longshore Survey, Indiana Dunes State Park. [Brendan Grube]
23 May: @ 13:41:39 
Illiana Birds: Worm-eating at NOON [Carolyn A. Marsh]
23 May: @ 12:01:34 
Yellow Rail -- Kingsbury FWA -- May 21st [Robert Ripma]
23 May: @ 09:15:52 
RE: Terns at 129th St. Marsh etc. [Richard Wood]
23 May: @ 09:12:24 
Terns at 129th St. Marsh etc. [John Kendall]
23 May: @ 08:51:30 
Illiana Birds: Worm-eating at Hammond Bird Sanctuary now [Carolyn A. Marsh]
23 May: @ 07:55:56 
Hammond Sanctuary- WEWA still present COWA and MOWA too [John Kendall]
22 May: @ 21:20:09 
Re: MNWR Black Rail and Goose Pond [Rand Falls]
22 May: @ 21:16:16 
SW Allen-- May 22, 2016 PM [Rodger Rang]
22 May: @ 19:01:22 
RE: Illiana Birds: 3 Worm-eating Warblers at Hammond Bird Sanctuary [Richard Wood]
22 May: @ 18:56:37 
MNWR Black Rail and Goose Pond [David Crouch]
22 May: @ 18:14:14 
Johnson County - Common Gallinule [bob carper]
22 May: @ 17:58:15 
Illiana Birds: 3 Worm-eating Warblers at Hammond Bird Sanctuary [Carolyn A. Marsh]
22 May: @ 13:52:31 
Ft. Harrison SP, Conn and Mourning Warblers [Don Gorney]
22 May: @ 13:09:29 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday May 22, 2016 [Don Williams]
22 May: @ 12:03:01 
Hamilton County Caspian Terns [Terence Walsh]
22 May: @ 09:19:34 
Pacific Loon, Dunes State Park [Brendan Grube]
22 May: @ 08:23:14 
Wormie [roberthuguenard]
22 May: @ 04:53:07 
May 19 - Beverly Shores and Dunes Area [John Kaehr]
21 May: @ 20:36:59 
Black Rail - Muscatatuck NWR [Peter Scott]
21 May: @ 19:33:28 
Lakefront Birding Willet(2), Olive-sided Flycatcher [Leland Shaum]
21 May: @ 18:56:44 
Patoka river NWR area [Jeremy Ross]
21 May: @ 18:37:26 
St. Joseph County Henslow's Sparrow and Sedge Wren [Robert Guth]
21 May: @ 18:10:18 
Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, 5/21 a.m. [Robert D. Hughes]
21 May: @ 18:03:30 
RUFF - No! [Lynea]
21 May: @ 17:44:29 
Lake Co. Traps/Chapman Lake [John Kendall]
21 May: @ 17:35:40 
Lakefront (21-May-2016) [Kenneth J. Brock]
21 May: @ 15:48:43 
Pine Creek Wetland -Willet, Blk.-n. Stilts [Jeff McCoy]
21 May: @ 15:39:34 
Hancock RNPH [Nick Kiehl]
21 May: @ 15:00:51 
Starkey Park [Roger]
21 May: @ 14:19:26 
Wakarusa Red-necked Phalaropes refund [Robert Guth]
21 May: @ 11:21:49 
SW Allen Co. [James Haw]
21 May: @ 06:55:23 
Muscatatuck Black Rail [Roger]
20 May: @ 22:25:38 
Wakarusa WTF [John Harley]
20 May: @ 16:33:59 
Illiana Birds: exotic goose [Carolyn A. Marsh]
20 May: @ 15:36:40 
Re: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, bitterns, least terns ABDU RETRACTION [Amy Kearns]
20 May: @ 13:28:45 
Yellow-throated Warbler records [Carolyn A. Marsh]
20 May: @ 12:32:06 
Re: RFI - Black rail at MNWR [Jeff Timmons]
20 May: @ 12:24:07 
RFI - Black rail at MNWR [andrew melnykovych]
20 May: @ 11:48:29 
Goose Pond/ Yellowwood SF [Bob Decker]
20 May: @ 09:29:06 
Engle Road BLGR-- May 20 AM [Rodger Rang]
19 May: @ 20:48:34 
Patoka river NWR area near Francisco [Jeremy Ross]





Subject: Cedar Waxwing, Pine Siskin, TIppecanoe County
Date: Tue May 24 2016 14:24 pm
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
This afternoon I was surprised to see & hear 5 Cedar Waxwings on Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette. I haven't heard any waxwings all spring and we got none on the May Count this month.

Also, I had two Pine Siskins at my home feeders in northern Tippecanoe county this morning. First time in a few days. Maybe this year they will make it to June.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com



Subject: Illiana Birds: Worm-eating Warbler heard May 24
Date: Tue May 24 2016 13:56 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
24 May 2016 - I heard the Worm-eating Warbler in the Hammond Bird Sanctuary
around 8 50 a.m. It was in a different location from yesterday. I heard it
singing right in front of me, but never saw it in the thick vegetation and
then it stopped singing.



I was informed by others today that they were seeking the bird yesterday in
the late afternoon and saw a man and woman walking all over the protected
feeder station area and boulders searching for the bird. It caused them to
leave since it appeared hopeless to find it under those circumstances.
Because of that unfortunate situation, I will not provide the location where
I heard the bird to INBIRD. It's obvious the place has off-trail hazards so
please be careful to prevent injury to oneself and equipment.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: May 23 - Beverly Shores
Date: Mon May 23 2016 23:31 pm
From: kaehrj AT hotmail.com
 
I had another great morning birding Beverly Shores. The warbler diversity is down, but literally at ever stop there was another Blackpoll and Blackburnian. The highlight was great views of a Mourning Warbler.Beverly Shores, Porter, Indiana, USMay 23, 2016 5:00 AM - 11:00 AMCanada Goose 13Wood Duck 7Mallard 4Wild Turkey 2Turkey Vulture 1Ring-billed Gull 2Mourning Dove 2Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2Belted Kingfisher 1Red-headed Woodpecker 3Red-bellied Woodpecker 2Downy Woodpecker 1Northern Flicker 1Eastern Wood-Pewee 7Least Flycatcher 3Great Crested Flycatcher 1Eastern Kingbird 2White-eyed Vireo 4Blue-headed Vireo 1Warbling Vireo 1Red-eyed Vireo 2Blue Jay 4American Crow 2Black-capped Chickadee 4White-breasted Nuthatch 1House Wren 1Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5Eastern Bluebird 1Veery 3Swainson's Thrush 3Wood Thrush 4American Robin 5Gray Catbird 7Brown Thrasher 3Cedar Waxwing 2Blue-winged Warbler 3Tennessee Warbler 20Mourning Warbler 6Common Yellowthroat 17Hooded Warbler 2American Redstart 17Cerulean Warbler 1Northern Parula 1Magnolia Warbler 11Bay-breasted Warbler 5Blackburnian Warbler 12Yellow Warbler 10Chestnut-sided Warbler 5Blackpoll Warbler 21Prairie Warbler 1Black-throated Green Warbler 10Canada Warbler 4Wilson's Warbler 10Chipping Sparrow 3White-throated Sparrow 2Song Sparrow 3Eastern Towhee 3Northern Cardinal 4Indigo Bunting 7Red-winged Blackbird 5Brown-headed Cowbird 1Baltimore Oriole 5American Goldfinch 2
John KaehrMIshawaka, IN



Subject: Eagle Marsh-- May 23, 2016 PM
Date: Mon May 23 2016 22:05 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 West end birds at 7:30 included Blue-winged Teal (3 males), Semipalmated Plover (1), and Lesser Yellowlegs (2).  Three Mute Swans were at the mid-section of the property.

Then an evening stroll down the main drive off Engle Road (8-9 PM) netted these highlights: Great Egret (1), Virginia Rail (4 grunting; not seen), Sora (1 calling; not seen), Willow Flycatcher (2 singing), Eastern Kingbird (2), Marsh Wren (6 singing), Wood Thrush (1 singing), and Orchard Oriole (1 adult male singing in a dead tree; long look).

Two more adult Mute Swans were at the Serv-All ponds, where they attended two young cygnets.  Ugh.  Several peeps were also present, but I couldn't ID them in the near-dark.

Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Strawtown Koteewi - Hamilton, Co 5/22/16
Date: Mon May 23 2016 21:34 pm
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
I realized I forgot to report my sightings to the list serve.  Highlights
were Blue Grosbeak in top of trees of the parking lot by the river as soon
as I pulled in the lot. Saw both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos.
They were at the far southwest corner of the park but I had them a week ago
on the north side as well.




Species

Count


Canada Goose

6


Mallard

2


Green Heron

1


Turkey Vulture

3


Mourning Dove

1


Yellow-billed Cuckoo

1


Black-billed Cuckoo

1


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

2


Red-bellied Woodpecker

3


Downy Woodpecker

2


Northern Flicker

2


Eastern Wood-Pewee

1


Eastern Phoebe

4


Great Crested Flycatcher

2


Eastern Kingbird

1


Warbling Vireo

1


Red-eyed Vireo

1


Blue Jay

4


American Crow

1


Tree Swallow

1


Barn Swallow

4


Cliff Swallow

6


Carolina Chickadee

2


Tufted Titmouse

1


White-breasted Nuthatch

2


House Wren

2


Carolina Wren

1


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

1


Swainson's Thrush

3


Wood Thrush

2


American Robin

4


Gray Catbird

4


Brown Thrasher

3


European Starling

3


Tennessee Warbler

3


Common Yellowthroat

2


American Redstart

2


Blackpoll Warbler

1


Yellow-breasted Chat

1


Chipping Sparrow

2


Field Sparrow

4


White-crowned Sparrow

1


Song Sparrow

2


Scarlet Tanager

1


Northern Cardinal

4


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2


Blue Grosbeak

1


Indigo Bunting

5


Red-winged Blackbird

3


Common Grackle

2


Brown-headed Cowbird

4


Orchard Oriole

1


Baltimore Oriole

3


American Goldfinch

4


House Sparrow

1





Jeff Timmons








Subject: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, Alder Flycatchers
Date: Mon May 23 2016 20:43 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
Gary Langell and I found just 13 shorebird species at Goose Pond FWA today, with the "best" being Black-bellied Plovers, Stilt Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers, and the first downy young Black-necked Stilts seen this year. We had a late Green-winged Teal drake and some nice passerine migrants like Alder Flycatchers, Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Lincoln's Sparrow.

The best shorebird spot we found on the property continues to be Main Pool East south of the old iron bridge at the 90 degree turn (38.981953, -87.168050). There were 28 White-rumped Sandpipers visible at one time from this spot today.

Beehunter Marsh, Greene, Indiana, US
May 23, 2016 6:00 AM - 8:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
43 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 16
Mallard 15
Blue-winged Teal 2 Bh4
Northern Bobwhite 1
Least Bittern 1 Coo bh5
Great Blue Heron 5
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Adult
American Coot 2
Black-necked Stilt 1
Killdeer 2
American Woodcock 2
Mourning Dove 2
Alder Flycatcher 1 Ree bee
Willow Flycatcher 4 Fitz bew
Eastern Kingbird 3
Bell's Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 3
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 1
House Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Sadly not on Goose Pond property but directly adjacent, in the fence row at the corner of 100 S. and 1000 W.
Swainson's Thrush 1 also just off GP property
Gray Catbird 4
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 8
Common Yellowthroat 31 Nb
Blackburnian Warbler 1 Female. In the Fencerow at the corner of 100 S. and 1000 W., watched it fly over into Gp5w
Yellow Warbler 4
Wilson's Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 11
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 13
Red-winged Blackbird 75 Fl
Common Grackle 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 3
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29854686

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

Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool East, Greene, Indiana, US
May 23, 2016 8:44 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
51 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 40
Mallard 5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 21
Great Egret 17
Green Heron 1
Bald Eagle 2 1 Adult and 1 imm
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Black-necked Stilt 18 Exact count
Black-bellied Plover 7 Exact count, alternate
Semipalmated Plover 219 Actual count
Killdeer 9 Exact count
Spotted Sandpiper 3 Exact count
Greater Yellowlegs 1 Exact count
Lesser Yellowlegs 2 Exact count
Stilt Sandpiper 4 Exact count, 1 transitioning and 3 alternate
Dunlin 143 Exact count
Least Sandpiper 7 Exact count
White-rumped Sandpiper 29 Exact count
Semipalmated Sandpiper 398 Exact count
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Alder Flycatcher 2 Ree bee
Willow Flycatcher 4 Fitz bew
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 10
White-eyed Vireo 1
Bell's Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 7
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 10
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 3
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 20
American Redstart 3
Yellow Warbler 8
Blackpoll Warbler 5
Canada Warbler 1 singing and seen in a ditch
Wilson's Warbler 1 singing and seen in a ditch
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Song Sparrow 8
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Common Grackle 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29869338

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (/content/iss)

Goose Pond FWA--GP3, Greene, Indiana, US
May 23, 2016 12:04 PM - 12:14 PM
Protocol: Stationary
10 species

Black-necked Stilt 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
House Wren 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Indigo Bunting 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29869621

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Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool West south bridge (CR1200W), Greene, Indiana, US
May 23, 2016 12:20 PM - 1:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: While traveling on south levee.
23 species

Mallard 11
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 5
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 4
Black-necked Stilt 10
Least Tern 3 Courting, Sitting on tern island among tern decoys. Observed fishing. Small white tern with black wedge cap, yellow bill, and black outer primaries.
Forster's Tern 1 alternate
Willow Flycatcher 4
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
Barn Swallow 5
Cliff Swallow 12
Tufted Titmouse 1
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 5
Common Yellowthroat 7
Yellow Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 25

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29869655

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Goose Pond FWA--GP8, Greene, Indiana, US
May 23, 2016 1:13 PM - 1:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
10 species

Canada Goose 70
Mallard 12
Black-necked Stilt 31 28 adult; 3 newly hatched young. Exact count
Killdeer 3 Exact count
Spotted Sandpiper 2 Exact count
Dunlin 3 Exact count
Semipalmated Sandpiper 6 Exact count
Willow Flycatcher 1
Barn Swallow 3
Indigo Bunting 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29869725

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Goose Pond FWA--GP10N, Greene, Indiana, US
May 23, 2016 1:44 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose 20
Mallard 5
Blue-winged Teal 2
Green-winged Teal 1 Drake
Great Blue Heron 5
Black-necked Stilt 7
Black-bellied Plover 2
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Dunlin 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3
Willow Flycatcher 5
Bell's Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 5
Song Sparrow 5 A
Indigo Bunting 3
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 5
Orchard Oriole 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29862461

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (/content/iss)


Amy Kearns, Mitchell
Gary Langell, Ellettsville



Subject: Re: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, bitterns, least terns HYBRID GOOSE CORRECTION
Date: Mon May 23 2016 20:20 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
I have a CORRECTION to my May 20 report from GPFWA. Lee and I recorded a hybrid Ross's Goose x Snow Goose in Field C. Bob Huguenard refound this bird the next day. His very nice photos enabled a facebook discussion which ended in us changing our opinions to a pure ROSS'S GOOSE, albeit one with a bill on the larger end of the scale (but still within range for ROGO). 

You can see Bob's checklist with photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29791811

And our amended checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29776968

Amy Kearns
Mitchell

________________________________________
From: Amy Kearns
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2016 4:36 PM
To: IN_BIRD
Subject: Re: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, bitterns, least terns ABDU RETRACTION

IN-BIRD-ers,

After receiving an email from an experienced birder, I realize I need to RETRACT the AMERICAN BLACK DUCK I reported from Goose Pond FWA yesterday, May 19.

Lee and I only briefly saw this bird as it flew away from us. We did not have scope views or enough time to really study the bird. I don't believe we were able to see it well enough to eliminate Mottled Duck, Mottled x Mallard hybrid, or Black Duck x Mallard hybrid.

Birders should be on alert about this bird and try to get photos if possible. If you go looking for it, I recommend studying up on Mottled Duck and Mottled hybrid identification beforehand, as this is a tricky ID.

Location: we sighted it after it flushed with 2 mallards from the SW corner of MPW. We were traveling west on the levee from the bridge at CR 1200 W, and were approximately 0.25 miles west of the bridge. After flying off, the mallards circled back and returned; the "black duck" did not return.

Amy Kearns
Mitchell

________________________________________
From: Amy Kearns
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:43 PM
To: IN_BIRD
Subject: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, bitterns, least terns

Lee Sterrenburg and my highlights at Goose Pond FWA today were American Black Duck, hybrid Snow x Ross's Goose (see Field E ebird checklist link for my poor photo), 4 American and 2 Least Bitterns, 3 or 5 Sandhill Cranes, and the first 2 Least Terns of the year. We had 14 shorebird species, including higher counts of some species like 18 Black-bellied Plover, 482 Semipalmated Plover, 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 343 Dunlin, 25 White-rumped Sandpiper, and 112 Semipalmated Sandpiper. MPE was hands down the best unit for shorebirds today, with more birds than double that of all the other units put together.

Just a reminder that the Least Tern nesting island and perimeter, located in the south end of MPW north of the bridge, is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Birders may not approach the island or walk near it on the old flooded CR 1200 W. This is a small nesting colony of a federally endangered species. They are vulnerable to disturbance. Please give them the space they need. The road is cabled off and has a sign indicating the tern nesting area, so there should be no confusion. If you notice anyone past this cabled off area, please call an IDNR Conservation Officer at (765) 795-3534

It is very exciting that Least Terns have returned to Goose Pond FWA again this year, however, this is not the best property in the state to see or photograph them due to the large distances involved (sightings are usually a quarter mile away or more and a scope is needed). The best property in the state for Least Tern photography, without a doubt, is Cane Ridge WMA south of Gibson Lake, west of Princeton, in Gibson County. There is a large observation tower here, where one can see dozens of terns sitting on nests, feeding chicks, diving for fish, and even flying directly over the observation platform. The terns are habituated to people on this observation platform and there is very little or no disturbance. I highly recommend birders visit Cane Ridge to see the nesting least terns in June-early July. We are very lucky to have such an awesome site in the state to view a least tern nesting colony.


Goose Pond FWA (Please consider using a more specific location.), Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 6:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
43 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 10
Mallard 25
Northern Bobwhite 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
American Bittern 4
Least Bittern 1 coo Gp11
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Common Gallinule 1 GP4
Sandhill Crane 2 GP12
Black-necked Stilt 5
Killdeer 10
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 10
Willow Flycatcher 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Bell's Vireo 3
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 5
Tree Swallow 5
Bank Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 20
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 25
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 3
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 10
Dickcissel 2
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 25
Orchard Oriole 5
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29770907

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

Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool East, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 8:49 AM - 12:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 10
Mallard 25
Northern Shoveler 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 15
Great Egret 10
Green Heron 2
Bald Eagle 1 Adult
American Coot 2
Black-necked Stilt 41
Black-bellied Plover 16 Alternate
Semipalmated Plover 480 Individually counted
Killdeer 27
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Ruddy Turnstone 4 Alternate
Dunlin 338 Individually counted
Least Sandpiper 33
White-rumped Sandpiper 25 Individually counted, long winged peeps, flank streaking, red spot in lower mandible, black legs, size similar to dunlin, larger than SESA
Semipalmated Sandpiper 108 Individually counted
Short-billed Dowitcher 7
Least Tern 2 Squeaky call, small white terns with yellow bills and white forehead. Flying together, loafing on mudflats, and bathing in shallow water
Mourning Dove 5
Common Nighthawk 1
Willow Flycatcher 7
Eastern Kingbird 15
Bell's Vireo 3
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
American Crow 5
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 10
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 10
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 7
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 5
Orchard Oriole 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29775416

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Goose Pond FWA--GP3, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Looking in from MPW levee. No shorebirds
0 species


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29775658

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Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool West, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 1:41 PM
Protocol: Incidental
12 species

American Black Duck 1
Mallard 25
Northern Shoveler 1
Least Bittern 1 coo, in SE corner of unit
Cooper's Hawk 1
Common Gallinule 1
Black-necked Stilt 10
Killdeer 10
Least Sandpiper 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Barn Swallow 5
Cliff Swallow 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29776453

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Goose Pond FWA--Field E, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
3 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow x Ross's Goose (hybrid) 1 Showing a combination of traits between snow and Ross's goose. Head was round and not wedge shaped. The bill was larger and with a slight grin patch. There was a bluish coloration to the base of the bill. Slight curvature where the Cheek met the Bill. Orangey Staining on the face. Much smaller than nearby Canada geese.
Canada Goose 19
Cliff Swallow 10
Yellow Warbler 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29776968

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Goose Pond FWA--Field C, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 2:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Sandhill Crane 3 Adults

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Goose Pond FWA--GP8, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 2:24 PM - 2:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
19 species

Canada Goose 100 Flew over into field C
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 10
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 1
Black-necked Stilt 12
Black-bellied Plover 2 alternate
Semipalmated Plover 2
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3
Short-billed Dowitcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20

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Goose Pond FWA--GP13, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 3:06 PM - 3:09 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Water is too high for shorebirds
1 species

Black-necked Stilt 1

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Goose Pond FWA--GP10N, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 3:23 PM - 3:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
6 species

Black-necked Stilt 8
Killdeer 1
Dunlin 5
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 4

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Lee Sterrenburg, Bloomington
Amy Kearns, Mitchell



Subject: Kentucky Warblers at Stoney Run, Lake Cty
Date: Mon May 23 2016 16:02 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Yesterday and today, as well as a week prior, I've seen/heard a Kentucky Warbler at Stoney Run County Park, Lake County, IN. Today I distinctly heard two singing in opposite directions. Anyone interested should park in the gravel lot and head down the Fitness Trail or the Eastern Perimeter Trail. They sing frequently and loudly.
James LamoureuxHebron, IN



Subject: Longshore Survey, Indiana Dunes State Park.
Date: Mon May 23 2016 14:08 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
78 species

Canada Goose 102
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 5
Double-crested Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 25
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Broad-winged Hawk 7
Red-tailed Hawk 5
Killdeer 2
Ring-billed Gull 20
Herring Gull 1
Caspian Tern 5
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 23
Least Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 74
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 5
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 379
American Crow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 10
Bank Swallow 5
Barn Swallow 15
Cliff Swallow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 1575
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 9
Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 7
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5
Indigo Bunting 82
Dickcissel 6
Bobolink 11
Red-winged Blackbird 57
Common Grackle 26
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 43
House Finch 6
Pine Siskin 28
American Goldfinch 58
House Sparrow 2

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Subject: Illiana Birds: Worm-eating at NOON
Date: Mon May 23 2016 13:41 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
23 May 2016 - The Worm-eating Warbler was still singing at noon, but not as
loud as when I first heard it hours earlier. James Lamoureux saw it with me.
After walking through the turnstile by the feeder station, face opposite the
lake where it is faintly singing and we followed its sound to find it beyond
the boulders in the thick scrub. The same spot apparently since daybreak.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Yellow Rail -- Kingsbury FWA -- May 21st
Date: Mon May 23 2016 12:01 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
While conducting a Big Day on Saturday May 21st, I heard a Yellow Rail at Kingsbury FWA. We were making a stop at Grand Marsh around 2am Central. As we began getting out of the car at the northwest end of the marsh, I heard the distinctive tic-tic tictictic coming from the ditch across the road. Brain Cunningham who was on the same side of the vehicle as me also heard the call.
We attempted to get a response from the rail but all that we could hear was a very quiet tic-tic. I was unaware that Yellow Rails would only do part of their call. As we played the call, we could hear a bit of movement toward us through the reeds. Something then startled the rail (we believe it was the coyotes that started howling close by) and we heard it fly off and land somewhere across the ditch. We were not able to see the bird in flight.
This seems to be a rather late record. If anyone is in the area, please check and see if the bird has stuck around! -- 
Rob Ripma
Owner | www.NuttyBirder.com | Sabrewing Nature Tours(317) 748-4140 | robert.ripma@yahoo.com



Subject: Terns at 129th St. Marsh etc.
Date: Mon May 23 2016 9:15 am
From: Richard.Wood AT purduecal.edu
 
There was a Caspian Tern at the 129th St. marsh yesterday when we were there.

Richard

________________________________________
From: John Kendall [in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu]
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 9:12 AM
To: Indiana IN-BIRD
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Terns at 129th St. Marsh etc.

There was a flock of small sternas working the marsh as I drove by on the Toll Road en route to Midway airport at 7:45 am central time. Probably worth going through them. The Black Tern observed Saturday on Big Chapman Lake continued into last evening.
The Worm-eater was singing a fast trill and the flight song as well.
John Kendall
Warsaw

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Subject: Terns at 129th St. Marsh etc.
Date: Mon May 23 2016 9:12 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
There was a flock of small sternas working the marsh as I drove by on the Toll Road en route to Midway airport at 7:45 am central time.  Probably worth going through them.  The Black Tern observed Saturday on Big Chapman Lake continued into last evening.   
The Worm-eater was singing a fast trill and the flight song as well.
John Kendall
Warsaw

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Subject: Illiana Birds: Worm-eating at Hammond Bird Sanctuary now
Date: Mon May 23 2016 8:51 am
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
23 May 2016 Hammond Bird Sanctuary - I saw a male Canada Warbler at the
turnstile and stopped tending the feeder station to look for birds. Then
heard the WORM-EATING WARBLER straight buzz several times and its soft, not
harsh, call notes. Follow the singing to see it. Gnats are everywhere
feeding birds. Prepare for ticks.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Hammond Sanctuary- WEWA still present COWA and MOWA too
Date: Mon May 23 2016 7:55 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Al three males singing on east end.  Worm-eating, Mourning and Connecticut.
John Kendall
Warsaw

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Subject: MNWR Black Rail and Goose Pond
Date: Sun May 22 2016 21:20 pm
From: rfalls311 AT gmail.com
 
David,

Glad you heard the rail; unfortunately I took my wife by this afternoon and
listened periodically from around 1500 till about 1645 and never heard it.
Did get a nice little show from an Alder Flycatcher though.

I heard the rail earlier in the week so was familiar with its preferred
spot; was it in its usual location when you heard it this evening?

Rand Falls
Louisville
On May 22, 2016 19:56, "David Crouch" wrote:

> The voluble Black Rail continues to be heard at the Endicot Marsh at MNWR
> as late as 4:00 PM today. Hopefully this guy will not run out of energy
> before finding a willing mate. I visited Goose Pond this morning with
> great results, having many good views of desirable Shorebird species as
> well as otherwise tough to get species such as Least Tern and Bell’s Vireo.
> Following is my ebird posting for today:
>
> Goose Pond / Bee hunter WMA , Greene, Indiana, US
> May 22, 2016 9:20 AM - 12:10 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 9.0 mile(s)
> Comments: First two venues were short hikes and stationary scope
> viewing of MPE from the north bridge walk-around at CR1200W and then the
> south bridge at CR1200W. Virtually no viewing along SR59 and venues on
> either side. Then a slow drive up CR1400W from CR200S to nearly the top of
> GP13/GP11N. Finally some observations from the check out/in station along
> SR59.
> 59 species
>
> Canada Goose 15
> Mallard 4
> Blue-winged Teal 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 4
> American Bittern 2 Fly ins to heavily vegetated area of MPE seen from
> just east of Cr1200 bridge walk around.
> Great Blue Heron 11
> Great Egret 9
> Green Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Bald Eagle 1 An adult crossing SR59 from GP10S.
> Common Gallinule 1 MPE side East of Tern Island.
> American Coot 16
> Black-necked Stilt 19 Ten in MPE, seven on Tern Island two in GP12.
> Black-bellied Plover 12
> American Golden-Plover 2 MPE. Not associated with the Black-bellied.
> Black crown, black under- tail coverts.
> Semipalmated Plover 30 Estimated and only from my south of bridge
> position.
> Killdeer 12
> Dunlin 35 Easily this number in one position from MPE.
> Least Sandpiper 5
> White-rumped Sandpiper 5 MPE
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 20 Black legs versus green legs
> Least Tern 1 From 1200W south end at bridge. None seen on Tern Island
> but one small white Tern seen diving into
> water with modest splashes, three times on the MPE side of 1200W about 50
> meters north of the East end of tern island.
> Mourning Dove 6
> Chimney Swift 15 Actually in downtown Linton.
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> American Kestrel 1
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Bell's Vireo 3 Two seen well along 1400W.
> Warbling Vireo 2
> American Crow 2
> Tree Swallow 2
> Bank Swallow 3
> Barn Swallow 9
> Cliff Swallow 20 Bridge at Field C.
> House Wren 1
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird 2
> Brown Thrasher 2
> Prothonotary Warbler 1 At Black Creek / 1400W.
> Common Yellowthroat 20
> Yellow Warbler 5
> Prairie Warbler 1 Off of 1400W.
> Yellow-breasted Chat 2
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Field Sparrow 3
> Song Sparrow 14
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Indigo Bunting 12
> Dickcissel 9
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Common Grackle 15
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 3 All in trees at SR59 check in station. One male
> adult, one female adult and one drab ? female.
> American Goldfinch 4
> House Sparrow 4
>
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>
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>



Subject: SW Allen-- May 22, 2016 PM
Date: Sun May 22 2016 21:16 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I wandered about after work this afternoon, hoping to run into some shorebirds but, except for low numbers of Killdeer everywhere, finding few.  I noted one each of Spotted Sandpiper and Dunlin on the west side of Ellison Road north of the RR; then another two Spotted and one Dunlin along Branning Road.  So not much.

The best looking area-- to my eye at least; shorebird opinions may differ-- was the new Eagle Marsh mitigation area at the NE corner of Engle at Smith.  The one-car pull-off on the north side of Engle a bit east of Smith allows for convenient viewing of part of this area, and facing north allows for at least decent lighting for most of the day.  But here again, I found only Killdeer.  Yesterday evening I also visited this area, walking the north boundary of the wetland along part of the Fort Wayne Trails system.  This provides a more comprehensive view of the habitat that can't be seen from Engle.  And though I thought the place really had some potential, I again found only Killdeer.  Non-shorebird highlights of that walk included one each of Great Crested Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, and Orchard Oriole among the many Yellow Warblers, yellowthroats, and catbirds.  Probably should monitor that area a little better.

Then after supper tonight, I did a quick check of the north boundary of Eagle Marsh.  Best find was Bell's Vireo, singing in the thickets just east of the pump road gate.  I hadn't heard this bird for a week now, despite several attempts to do so.  But now that the warm weather is here to stay(?), maybe it will be a little more reliably active there.

Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Illiana Birds: 3 Worm-eating Warblers at Hammond Bird Sanctuary
Date: Sun May 22 2016 19:01 pm
From: Richard.Wood AT purduecal.edu
 
We were up that way today (we were at Powers CA and State Line Woods) until around 12:30 and we debated swinging by the sanctuary, but opted for the 129th St. marsh instead.  I debated going to the sanctuary when I got to the end of 112th St. near Wal-Mart, so I figured there wouldn't be anything new at the feeders, but I was wrong.

It would have been nice to know these birds were there, as Jill and I have never seen a Worm-eating Warbler. It's too bad there isn't some kind of texting system like the birders in the Cayuga Lake basin near Ithaca have. There, if someone sees a good bird, they text it to others via their cell phones. That way, more people get to see it right away. I'll start; my cell number is 435-225-3705. Jill's is 435-512-8657.

As it was, we did have some good stuff, including a perched Common Nighthawk at Powers, and Ovenbirds, Blackpoll, Black-and-White, Nashville, YELLOW-THROATED, and Canada Warblers, and killer looks at several Yellow-throated and a Warbling Vireos.

I had a killer look at the Yellow-throated Warbler. The yellow on his throat and the black on his face looked so brilliant they looked like the bird had just been painted and the paint was still wet. It's amazing that we found this bird considering there was just a posting about the relatively few sightings of this bird in the area. For me, it's my first YTWA since 2003, when I saw one on Cibolo Creek in Boerne, Texas.

Richard



________________________________
From: Carolyn A. Marsh [cmarshbird@prodigy.net]
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 5:57 PM
To: 'IN-BIRDS'
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Illiana Birds: 3 Worm-eating Warblers at Hammond Bird Sanctuary

I was lucky to meet up inside the Hammond Bird Sanctuary when Bob Huguenard was on the Worm-eating Warbler. It was singing right in front of us. A Lifer for me. Bob has pictures of it when it was at the feeder station. He was telling me he heard two on the trail and I believe there was two since I thought I saw it when hearing chips not far from where Bob was standing.

On the trail we saw Ricardo Escobedo and his father and waved them over to see the warbler, but they said they already had one at the turnstile on the west end. Three Worm-eating Warblers! A great occurrence in the sanctuary thanks to Bob who put out the alert.

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County

________________________________
From: roberthuguenard [mailto:in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu]
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 8:23 AM
To: In-bird
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Wormie


Worm eating warb at Hammond bird sanctuary near feeding station now.

Bob



Subject: MNWR Black Rail and Goose Pond
Date: Sun May 22 2016 18:56 pm
From: Nighthawk AT prograde.net
 
The voluble Black Rail continues to be heard at the Endicot Marsh at MNWR as late as 4:00 PM today. Hopefully this guy will not run out of energy before finding a willing mate.  I visited Goose Pond this morning with great results, having many good views of desirable Shorebird species as well as otherwise tough to get species such as Least Tern and Bell’s Vireo. Following is my ebird posting for today:

Goose Pond / Bee hunter WMA , Greene, Indiana, US
May 22, 2016 9:20 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
Comments: First two venues were short hikes and stationary scope viewing of MPE from the north bridge walk-around at CR1200W and then the south bridge at CR1200W. Virtually no viewing along SR59 and venues on either side. Then a slow drive up CR1400W from CR200S to nearly the top of GP13/GP11N. Finally some observations from the check out/in station along SR59.
59 species

Canada Goose 15
Mallard 4
Blue-winged Teal 3
Double-crested Cormorant 4
American Bittern 2 Fly ins to heavily vegetated area of MPE seen from just east of Cr1200 bridge walk around.
Great Blue Heron 11
Great Egret 9
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1 An adult crossing SR59 from GP10S.
Common Gallinule 1 MPE side East of Tern Island.
American Coot 16
Black-necked Stilt 19 Ten in MPE, seven on Tern Island two in GP12.
Black-bellied Plover 12
American Golden-Plover 2 MPE. Not associated with the Black-bellied. Black crown, black under- tail coverts.
Semipalmated Plover 30 Estimated and only from my south of bridge position.
Killdeer 12
Dunlin 35 Easily this number in one position from MPE.
Least Sandpiper 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 5 MPE
Semipalmated Sandpiper 20 Black legs versus green legs
Least Tern 1 From 1200W south end at bridge. None seen on Tern Island but one small white Tern seen diving into
water with modest splashes, three times on the MPE side of 1200W about 50 meters north of the East end of tern island.
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 15 Actually in downtown Linton.
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Bell's Vireo 3 Two seen well along 1400W.
Warbling Vireo 2
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 2
Bank Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 9
Cliff Swallow 20 Bridge at Field C.
House Wren 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Prothonotary Warbler 1 At Black Creek / 1400W.
Common Yellowthroat 20
Yellow Warbler 5
Prairie Warbler 1 Off of 1400W.
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 14
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 12
Dickcissel 9
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 3 All in trees at SR59 check in station. One male adult, one female adult and one drab ? female.
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 4

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Subject: Johnson County - Common Gallinule
Date: Sun May 22 2016 18:14 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
On my last stop of the day I came across a Common Gallinule at Honker Haven in Atterbury FWA. It was my second county bird in two weeks, the other being Virginia Rail last week. Who would of thought two Rallidaes? 

The bird was not cooperative and it took some back and forth work around the pond after my initial sighting to confirm the ID.

The full story with pictures at  http://bushwhackingbirder.com/

Bob Carper
Indianapolis



Subject: Illiana Birds: 3 Worm-eating Warblers at Hammond Bird Sanctuary
Date: Sun May 22 2016 17:58 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
I was lucky to meet up inside the Hammond Bird Sanctuary when Bob Huguenard
was on the Worm-eating Warbler. It was singing right in front of us. A Lifer
for me. Bob has pictures of it when it was at the feeder station. He was
telling me he heard two on the trail and I believe there was two since I
thought I saw it when hearing chips not far from where Bob was standing.



On the trail we saw Ricardo Escobedo and his father and waved them over to
see the warbler, but they said they already had one at the turnstile on the
west end. Three Worm-eating Warblers! A great occurrence in the sanctuary
thanks to Bob who put out the alert.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County



_____

From: roberthuguenard [mailto:in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu]
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 8:23 AM
To: In-bird
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Wormie



Worm eating warb at Hammond bird sanctuary near feeding station now.

Bob




Subject: Ft. Harrison SP, Conn and Mourning Warblers
Date: Sun May 22 2016 13:52 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A number of people came out for the bird walk this morning, May 22, at Ft. Harrison State Park. The group included Jan S. who I had not seen in five years since she moved to Seattle and Norm K. who now lives farther away. There was also a terrific group of students from Miss Abby's middle school class who were very good birders. I had approximately 65 species in about 2.5 hours.
Before the walk, I located a singing Connecticut Warbler near the Lawrence Creek Trailhead gravel parking lot and several people were able to hear it. During the walk, another Connecticut Warbler was singing along Fall Creek Trail which the group heard. Due to the number of people on the walk, I did not make an attempt to see it. Near the end of the walk, Nancy B. noticed a warbler in the midst of an amur honeysuckle bush which was a male Mourning Warbler. Many in the group were able to get at least a glimpse of the bird. This was on the west end of the Delaware Lake parking lot where the sidewalk to nowhere is at.
Other highlights included great looks at Blackburnian, Blackpoll, and Cerulean warblers, Summer Tanager, Great Crested Flycatcher, Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds, etc. Because of the large group, we birded edge habitat around Delaware Lake parking lot and a short stretch of Fall Creek Trail. 

Ft. Harrison State Park, Marion, Indiana, USMay 22, 2016 7:38 AM - 10:16 AM
Canada Goose  16Mallard  3Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  4Mourning Dove  1Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2Belted Kingfisher  1Red-bellied Woodpecker  2Downy Woodpecker  2Pileated Woodpecker  2Eastern Wood-Pewee  3Acadian Flycatcher  2Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1Eastern Phoebe  1Great Crested Flycatcher  4Eastern Kingbird  3Yellow-throated Vireo  2Warbling Vireo (Eastern)  6Red-eyed Vireo  4Blue Jay  2Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1Barn Swallow  3Carolina Chickadee  5Tufted Titmouse  3White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  3House Wren  3Carolina Wren  2Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12Swainson's Thrush (Olive-backed)  4Wood Thrush  1American Robin  13Gray Catbird  3European Starling  3Cedar Waxwing  11Ovenbird  1Louisiana Waterthrush  1Prothonotary Warbler  1Tennessee Warbler  14Connecticut Warbler  2    Both heard-only. One before walk; one during walk. Recording of first bird with checklist.Mourning Warbler  1    Quick glimpse by many in the group.Common Yellowthroat  2American Redstart  3Cerulean Warbler  2Northern Parula  4Bay-breasted Warbler  1Blackburnian Warbler  1Yellow Warbler  2Chestnut-sided Warbler  1Blackpoll Warbler  7Yellow-throated Warbler  3Chipping Sparrow  4Field Sparrow  1Song Sparrow  1Summer Tanager  2Scarlet Tanager  1Northern Cardinal  10Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3Indigo Bunting  7Red-winged Blackbird  2Brown-headed Cowbird  13Baltimore Oriole  6House Finch  2American Goldfinch  4House Sparrow  2
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29833790
The last bird walk of the spring at Ft. Harrison will be May 29. Meet at 8am at Delaware Lake parking lot. 
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday May 22, 2016
Date: Sun May 22 2016 13:09 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Sunday morning bird walk tallied 101 species.  The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Kentucky Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Hamilton County Caspian Terns
Date: Sun May 22 2016 12:03 pm
From: taw327 AT att.net
 
I was surprised to see a flock of 7 Caspian Terns flying north over Coxhall Gardens in Carmel this morning (Sunday, 5/22).

Terry Walsh
Carmel



Subject: Pacific Loon, Dunes State Park
Date: Sun May 22 2016 9:19 am
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
100-150 Yards off the Pavilion Beach Lot

Brendan grube



Subject: Wormie
Date: Sun May 22 2016 8:23 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Worm eating warb at Hammond bird sanctuary near feeding station now.
Bob



Subject: May 19 - Beverly Shores and Dunes Area
Date: Sun May 22 2016 4:53 am
From: kaehrj AT hotmail.com
 






This past Thursday, May 19, I started the day in Beverly Shores hoping for a good warbler day but not knowing what I would get. It ended up being one of the best birding days I have had in years and I finished the day with 31 warbler species. As the day took shape I decided to move on to the State Park and Rookery to round out my species total. I apologize for the late post, and for the incomplete list, as I was primarily focused on counting warblers and other notable birds. The list is not representative of all the birds actually present. The highlight of the day was at the end of one of the trails in Beverly close to the Lake. I had a Golden-winged Warbler, an Olive-sided Flycatcher and a Great Horned Owl all in the same vicinity at the same time. It was a beautiful day of birding!
-BEVERLY SHORES (7:00 AM - 12:00 PM)Wood Duck 2Wild Turkey 2Great Horned Owl 1Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1Belted Kingfisher 1Red-headed Woodpecker 1Red-bellied Woodpecker 2Downy Woodpecker 2Northern Flicker 3Pileated Woodpecker 1Olive-sided Flycatcher 2Eastern Wood-Pewee 1Least Flycatcher 2Eastern Phoebe 1Great Crested Flycatcher 1White-eyed Vireo 2Yellow-throated Vireo 2Warbling Vireo 1Red-eyed Vireo 1Blue Jay 5Black-capped Chickadee 2White-breasted Nuthatch 1Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2Veery 2Swainson's Thrush 2Wood Thrush 3American Robin 10Gray Catbird 5Brown Thrasher 2Ovenbird 3Northern Waterthrush 2Golden-winged Warbler 2Blue-winged Warbler 2Black-and-white Warbler 8Tennessee Warbler 18Orange-crowned Warbler 1Nashville Warbler 5Connecticut Warbler 1Mourning Warbler 1Common Yellowthroat 7Hooded Warbler 1American Redstart 20Cape May Warbler 2Northern Parula 9Magnolia Warbler 10Blackburnian Warbler 9Yellow Warbler 13Chestnut-sided Warbler 7Blackpoll Warbler 7Palm Warbler 3Yellow-rumped Warbler 10Prairie Warbler 1Black-throated Green Warbler 8Canada Warbler 1Wilson's Warbler 7Song Sparrow 1Eastern Towhee 2Scarlet Tanager 2Northern Cardinal 8Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6Indigo Bunting 5Red-winged Blackbird 4Baltimore Oriole 7American Goldfinch 2
-INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)Ovenbird 1Louisiana Waterthrush 1Golden-winged Warbler 1Blue-winged Warbler 1Prothonotary Warbler 1Tennessee Warbler 3Nashville Warbler 1Common Yellowthroat 1American Redstart 1Cerulean Warbler 3Northern Parula 1Magnolia Warbler 1Blackburnian Warbler 1Yellow Warbler 2Palm Warbler 1Pine Warbler 1Black-throated Green Warbler 1
-HERON ROOKERY (1:30 PM - 2:00 PM)Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Good birding,John Kaehr




Subject: Black Rail - Muscatatuck NWR
Date: Sat May 21 2016 20:36 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Muscatatuck NWR--Auto Tour Loop Drive, Jackson, Indiana, US
May 21, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: With Diana Hews. Met several other birders at stakeout for calling Black Rail. --Birds listed here are for Endicott marsh area.
21 species

Turkey Vulture 2

BLACK RAIL 1 Continuing bird, stakeout. During our hour of listening, the bird called four times; it once gave at least 30 Kee-ki-doo calls in succession; twice, 3 or 4 calls in succession; and once, just one. Weather cloudy, humid, intermittent drizzle previous to our arrival, cool. Calling from upland vegetation 15-25 yards from marsh and pond. Halfway between parking lot for Endicott observation platform and a big sweet gum tree.

Northern Flicker 1
Willow Flycatcher 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 3
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 4
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Field Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29825671

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



Subject: Lakefront Birding Willet(2), Olive-sided Flycatcher
Date: Sat May 21 2016 19:33 pm
From: sleepyck AT maplenet.net
 
Gary Chupp, Marcus Miller and his son Timothy, Matthew and Luke Schmucker,
and my son Thaddaeus and I birded the lakefront today. We had a wonderful
time on a beautiful day, finding most of our targets. We still had 22
warbler species in the Beverly Shores area.



Highlights



Michigan City Harbor Not much here

Willet 1 On the outer breakwall.

Peregrine Falcon 2

Bank swallow 4



Beverly Drive We drove in the east end at about 6:30 CDT, and it was just
hopping with birds.

Red-shouldered hawk 2

Virginia Rail 1

Sora 2

Willet 1 About 100 yards east of Broadway a gentleman
asked if we were birders, and wanted help identifying a shorebird. Behind
the grass only 20 yards away was a beautiful alternate Willet. It soon flew
a bit giving us great looks.

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 At Drexwood Ave.

Marsh Wren 6

Sedge Wren 1 West end.

Northern Waterthrush 1

Blue-winged Warbler 1

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Mourning Warbler 4

Hooded Warbler 1

Blackburnian Warbler 1

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Canada Warbler 2



Kemil Road parking lot Prairie Warbler 1



Waverly Road and 1500 N edge of Dunes State Park

Cerulean Warbler 2

Northern Parula 1



Grant Street Marsh

Common Gallinule 2

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1



129th Street wetland

Blue-winged Teal 3

Northern Shoveler 1

Snowy Egret 1



Good Birding!

Leland Shaum,

Goshen, IN






Subject: Patoka river NWR area
Date: Sat May 21 2016 18:56 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
The river is dropping fast so the high water spots on 650E/50N are drying quickly. Montys and oatsville are still high and not producing well but will soon. Early Saturday afternoon I saw an unfamiliar flock of shorebirds in flight. Turned out to be about a dozen RUDDY TURNSTONES!  Other notables were continuing bobolinks, 15 black necked stilts, black and least terns, short billed dowitchers and yellow legs. There were hundreds of swallows present.  Road side viewing is the only possibility it's all private around it but sitting in the right spot you can get close looks at flyovers.
Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: St. Joseph County Henslow's Sparrow and Sedge Wren
Date: Sat May 21 2016 18:37 pm
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
I had a nice visit at sunrise to this area where there were an amazing number of Sedge Wrens singing. I expect they will leave soon to go further north and return in late July for second nesting. Don't delay if you want to see them.

Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area, Jackson Rd. Bike Trails, St. Joseph, Indiana, US
May 21, 2016 6:00 AM - 6:49 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Partly cloudy wind calm temp 55F Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65
25 species

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) (Branta canadensis moffitti/maxima) 7 Flyover
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4 Flyover
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1 singing 1
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 2 Singing 2 - heard fitz-bew
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus) 2 Singing 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 singing 1
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) 12 There were 12 singing males and I saw several with their cocky tails. This was amazing density at sunrise. I suspect they are going north for first nesting and will return in July for second nesting.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10 Singing 1 and pair seen
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2 Singing 2
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4 Singing 4
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2 Singing 2
Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) 7 Singing 6 and seen
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1 Singing
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 2 Singing 1 and seen
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 8 Singing 5 and pair seen
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1 Singing 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 18 Singing 5 and pair seen
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 8 Singing 5 and seen
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 35 Flyover many small groups of 2 to 6 flying east
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 2
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 1 singing 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29823222

Bob Guth, Goshen
Bobwgfsa using gmail



Subject: Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, 5/21 a.m.
Date: Sat May 21 2016 18:10 pm
From: rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com
 
I spent the morning today, May 21, bumming around Willow Slough in
Newton County. It was a beautiful, almost perfect day to be in the
field. I usually wait until Memorial Day to bird Willow Slough but I was
curious if there were more migrants now, and there were. Memorial Day is
better for flycatchers, especially Alder and Olive-sided, which I missed
today but I did better with warblers and thrushes. I ended up with 90
species, highlights including:

American White Pelican - ~50, east side of JC Murphy Lake
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 5
Black-billed Cuckoo - 1
Red-headed Woodpecker - 15
White-eyed Vireo - 1, parking area 8-A
Bell's Vireo - 7, parking areas 9, 9-A, 14, and 4-B
Sedge Wren - 1, Patrol Road and 10
Veery - 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush - 1
Swainson's Thrush - 15
Wood Thrush - 4
Tennessee Warbler - 2
Kentucky Warbler - 3, parking areas 5 and 9-A
Magnolia Warbler - 2
Bay-breasted Warbler - 1
Blackburnian Warbler - 2
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 eBird flagged me for this. Not sure why.
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1
Lark Sparrow - 4, parking areas 5 and 14
Summer Tanager - 3, parking areas 5 and 14
Scarlet Tanager - 15, were some of these migrants?
Orchard Oriole - 3

As has been my experience, some of the best birding was around parking
areas 5 and 14. The only Willow Slough regular and target bird I missed
was Blue Grosbeak. I usually see 1 or 2 around parking area 5 but not
this time. Still, a good day.

eBird Checklist
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29821365


Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois



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Subject: RUFF - No!
Date: Sat May 21 2016 18:03 pm
From: canyonwren AT comcast.net
 

Per an email just received from a visiting out of state birder, the Ruff was NOT SEEN today at Kingsbury. Supposedly the water levels have dropped and most of the shorebirds are now gone.

The Common Moorhens and American White Pelicans were still there today.

Good birding!
Lynea


Lynea Hinchman
Michigan City, Indiana
Heart of the Indiana Dunes
canyonwrenATcomcastDOTnet


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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ ~ ~ Mark Twain



Subject: Lake Co. Traps/Chapman Lake
Date: Sat May 21 2016 17:44 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Passerine migration was slow-but still a few birds were present this am, including singing Mourning (Hammond Sanctuary) and Canada (State Line Woods).  Terns showed up in Kosciusko Co. this afternoon -3 Forster's and one Black on Chapman Lake. 
John Kendall
Warsaw

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Lakefront (21-May-2016)
Date: Sat May 21 2016 17:35 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (21-May-2016) Joel Greenberg, Randy Pals, Lynn Vernon, and I birded the Indiana lakefront.

It was a cool, but sunny day. Clearly, the warbler migration is waning, as this was out first May outing without any Yellow-rumped Warblers. Despite missing the latter we logged 21 warbler species including a singing Mourning. It was a fine day to be afield.

FORSYTHE PARK
Canada Goose,45 goslings
American White Pelican,3
Spotted Sandpiper,2
Downy Woodpecker,2
American Kestral,1
Eastern Wood-Pewee,1
Warbling Vireo,2
Red-eyed Vireo,1
Black-and-white Warbler,1
Tennessee Warbler,2
American Redstart,5
Northern Parula,3
Magnolia Warbler,1
Blackpoll Warbler,1
Black throated Green Warbler,1
Song Sparrow,1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak,1
Indigo Bunting,3
Baltimore Oriole,5
American Goldfinch,1

HAMMOND LAKEFRONT SANCTUARY (met John Kendall & Michael Topp)
Double-crested Cormorant,75
Eastern Wood-Pewee,1
Warbling Vireo,1
Red-eyed Vireo,1
House Wren,2
Marsh Wren,1 singing
Gray Catbird,6
Northern Waterthrush,1
Mourning Warbler,1 singing
Common Yellowthroat,2
American Redstart,5
Yellow Warbler,2
Palm Warbler,1
Wilsons Warbler,1 male
Baltimore Oriole,4

STATE LINE WOODS (met John Kendall)
Least Flycatcher,1
Warbling Vireo,2
Tree Swallow,8
Wood Thrush,2
Gray Catbird,6
Northern Waterthrush,1
Tennessee Warbler,1 singing
American Redstart,4
Magnolia Warbler,1
Blackburnian Warbler,1 female
Yellow Warbler,10
Blackpoll Warbler,1
Palm Warbler,1
Canada Warbler,1 singing
Scarlet Tanager,2 male & female
Baltimore Oriole,5

WHITING PARK
Double-crested Cormorant,20
American Kestrel,1 male
Warbling Vireo,2
Red-eyed Vireo,1
House Wren,2
Marsh Wren,1 singing
Swainsons Thrush,1
Gray Catbird,6
Common Yellowthroat,3
American Redstart,6
Cape May Warbler,1 female
Bay-breasted Warbler,1 male
Yellow Warbler,10
Blackpoll Warbler,1
Palm Warbler,1
Wilsons Warbler,1
White-crowned Sparrow,1
Baltimore Oriole,3

INLAND MARSH (drove Stagecoach Road)
Killdeer,1
Downy Woodpecker,1
Great Crested Flycatcher,2
Yellow-throated Vireo,1
Red-eyed Vireo,4
House Wren,1
Gray Catbird,2
Brown Thrasher,1
Tennessee Warbler,2
Common Yellowthroat,1
Eastern Towhee,1
Indigo Bunting,4

DUNE STATE PARK
Red-bellied Woodpecker,1
Downy Woodpecker,1
Hairy Woodpecker,1
Eastern Wood-Pewee,3
Acadian Flycatcher,3
Eastern Phoebe,3
Great Crested Flycatcher,1
Yellow-throated Vireo,1
Red-eyed Vireo,2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,8
Wood Thrush,2
Ovenbird,1
Louisiana Waterthrush,1 singing
Tennessee Warbler,2
Hooded Warbler,1 singing
American Redstart,6
Cerulean Warbler,3 singing
Blackburnian Warbler,1 female
Yellow Warbler,1
Blackpoll Warbler,1
Black throated Green Warbler,2
Eastern Towhee,2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak,1 female
Scarlet Tanager,1 call note

WEST BEVERLY SHORES
Great Blue Heron,2
Turkey Vulture,1
Red-headed Woodpecker,3
Red-eyed Vireo,1
Tree Swallow,30
Northern Rough-legged Swallow,2
Barn Swallow,2
Sedge Wren,1 singing
Marsh Wren,2 singing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,2
Brown Thrasher,1
Common Yellowthroat,1
Yellow Warbler,1

Ken Brock
Chesterton




Subject: Pine Creek Wetland -Willet, Blk.-n. Stilts
Date: Sat May 21 2016 15:48 pm
From: jeffmccoy AT embarqmail.com
 

WILL and 2 BNST's in N basin of Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area in Benton Co.
--
Jeff McCoy
Columbia City, Indiana



Subject: Hancock RNPH
Date: Sat May 21 2016 15:39 pm
From: nkiehl96 AT gmail.com
 
There's an alternate male Red-necked Phalarope in the "Ruff" flooded field off 234 across from New Life Christian Fellowship.  Least and Spotted Sandpiper are the only other shorebirds present right now.

Nick Kiehl

Fishers, IN

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Starkey Park
Date: Sat May 21 2016 15:00 pm
From: randmhedge AT comcast.net
 
Starkey Park, Zionsville, Boone County
It was a beautiful morning to be out, although my ears were challenged more than usual due to the raucous calls of adults and kids participating in a Color Run on the park's trails. Despite this handicap I picked up a couple of goodies including Prothonotary and Mourning Warbler. A partial list:

Wood Duck 5 (ad female with 4 young in creek)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 calling
Barred Owl - 1 heard and seen
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 4
Acadian Flycatcher - 3
Great Crested Flycatcher - 1
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1
Warbling Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 3
Tree Swallow - 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 3
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Tufted Titmouse - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
House Wren - 5
Carolina Wren - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3
Swainson's Thrush - 3
Wood Thrush - 3
American Robin - 4 (including one constructing a nest)
Prothonotary Warbler - 1 (calling along the creek that I finally tracked down)
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Mourning Warbler - 1 (I heard it sing its soft, slurred song several times before it finally popped into view)
Common Yellowthroat - 3 (1 fem w/nest material)
Northern Parula - 2
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1
Eastern Towhee - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 2
Song Sparrow - 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1
Indigo Bunting - 7
Baltimore Oriole - 1

Roger Hedge
Lebanon, IN




Subject: Wakarusa Red-necked Phalaropes refund
Date: Sat May 21 2016 14:19 pm
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
I visited Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Plant and walked around the two west ponds. I did not find the Ruddy Turnstone, but other birds were present, see list below.

Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Facility, Elkhart, Indiana, US
May 21, 2016 12:27 PM - 1:49 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments: Walked around west ponds only- fair sunny wind NE15 temp 65F Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65
25 species

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) (Branta canadensis moffitti/maxima) 33 20 adults 4,5,4 goslings
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 5 Female with 4 young
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 19
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 1
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 3 Continuing birds with white cheeks red brown necks and swimming phalaropes
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 7
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 3
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) (Vireo gilvus gilvus) 1 Singing
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 13
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 3
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 Singing
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 11
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2 Singing 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 9 Singing 3
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29817264

Bob Guth
Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana



Subject: SW Allen Co.
Date: Sat May 21 2016 11:21 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Spent the morning chasing birds that Rodger Rang found.


Summer Tanager sang twice at the end of Rosewood; FOY


BRanning Rd. just W of Homestead Rd.:
Semipalmated Plover 4 FOY
Dunlin 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 FOY


Blue Grosbeak on Yohne Rd.: struck out on first try, but saw Phil Wixom 1. Came back later and heard it about 0.1 mile east of the pulloff at the east end of Fox Island; FOY no. 200


Bell's Vireo: tried twice and heard nothing


Jim Haw



Subject: Muscatatuck Black Rail
Date: Sat May 21 2016 6:55 am
From: randmhedge AT comcast.net
 
My wife and I heard the Endicott Marsh (Jackson Co.) Black Rail calling nearly continuously from 8:15-8:45 p.m. eastern time last evening. As soon as we got out of the car, we heard the bird calling, and it only stopped periodically and briefly while we were there. Shortly after we arrived, Brainard Palmer-Ball and a couple with him showed up as well. The bird was still calling when we left it with Brainard and company. Michelle and I had stopped there earlier at mid-day en route to Hanover, but missed the bird by about 15 minutes. Other species, mostly heard, while there included Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Chat, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat, Great-crested Flycatcher, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, White-eyed Vireo, Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Song Sparrow, and Henslow's Sparrow. A pair of Wood Ducks, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, and 2 Common Nighthawks were also noted.

Roger Hedge
Lebanon, IN



Subject: Wakarusa WTF
Date: Fri May 20 2016 22:25 pm
From: ekjwh68 AT hotmail.com
 
We visited Wakarusa WTF briefly this morning to see if the Red-necked Phalarope was still there.  We did not find it, though it was still present yesterday.  We did see some Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers,  quite a few Spotted Sandpipers and 2 Ruddy Turnstones.  There were a few Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Ruddy Ducks and a pair of Blue-winged Teal.

John and Elaine Harley, ekjwh68@hotmail.com, Goshen, IN



Subject: Illiana Birds: exotic goose
Date: Fri May 20 2016 16:33 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
In case the bird is still around, yesterday afternoon (19 May 2016), there
was an exotic goose at Forsythe Park/Wolf Lake on one of the islands across
the last ball field at the one-way road. There was a very plain light
colored white and gray bird sleeping with its head tucked in its body. After
awhile, it walked into the wetland showing bright orange legs and feet. It
had a prominent white tuff on its head and its bill sometimes looked
bi-colored with dark end. The bill was unusual looking looked more
duck-like. It had an orange cast on the breast, otherwise plain white and
gray. It was larger than the mallard next to it. The light was awful and
with no scope had difficulty with it. John Kendall suggested checking
Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus).



Carolyn Marsh






Subject: Re: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, bitterns, least terns ABDU RETRACTION
Date: Fri May 20 2016 15:36 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
IN-BIRD-ers,

After receiving an email from an experienced birder, I realize I need to RETRACT the AMERICAN BLACK DUCK I reported from Goose Pond FWA yesterday, May 19.

Lee and I only briefly saw this bird as it flew away from us. We did not have scope views or enough time to really study the bird. I don't believe we were able to see it well enough to eliminate Mottled Duck, Mottled x Mallard hybrid, or Black Duck x Mallard hybrid.

Birders should be on alert about this bird and try to get photos if possible. If you go looking for it, I recommend studying up on Mottled Duck and Mottled hybrid identification beforehand, as this is a tricky ID.

Location: we sighted it after it flushed with 2 mallards from the SW corner of MPW. We were traveling west on the levee from the bridge at CR 1200 W, and were approximately 0.25 miles west of the bridge. After flying off, the mallards circled back and returned; the "black duck" did not return.

Amy Kearns
Mitchell

________________________________________
From: Amy Kearns
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:43 PM
To: IN_BIRD
Subject: Goose Pond FWA shorebirds, bitterns, least terns

Lee Sterrenburg and my highlights at Goose Pond FWA today were American Black Duck, hybrid Snow x Ross's Goose (see Field E ebird checklist link for my poor photo), 4 American and 2 Least Bitterns, 3 or 5 Sandhill Cranes, and the first 2 Least Terns of the year. We had 14 shorebird species, including higher counts of some species like 18 Black-bellied Plover, 482 Semipalmated Plover, 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 343 Dunlin, 25 White-rumped Sandpiper, and 112 Semipalmated Sandpiper. MPE was hands down the best unit for shorebirds today, with more birds than double that of all the other units put together.

Just a reminder that the Least Tern nesting island and perimeter, located in the south end of MPW north of the bridge, is CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Birders may not approach the island or walk near it on the old flooded CR 1200 W. This is a small nesting colony of a federally endangered species. They are vulnerable to disturbance. Please give them the space they need. The road is cabled off and has a sign indicating the tern nesting area, so there should be no confusion. If you notice anyone past this cabled off area, please call an IDNR Conservation Officer at (765) 795-3534

It is very exciting that Least Terns have returned to Goose Pond FWA again this year, however, this is not the best property in the state to see or photograph them due to the large distances involved (sightings are usually a quarter mile away or more and a scope is needed). The best property in the state for Least Tern photography, without a doubt, is Cane Ridge WMA south of Gibson Lake, west of Princeton, in Gibson County. There is a large observation tower here, where one can see dozens of terns sitting on nests, feeding chicks, diving for fish, and even flying directly over the observation platform. The terns are habituated to people on this observation platform and there is very little or no disturbance. I highly recommend birders visit Cane Ridge to see the nesting least terns in June-early July. We are very lucky to have such an awesome site in the state to view a least tern nesting colony.


Goose Pond FWA (Please consider using a more specific location.), Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 6:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
43 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 10
Mallard 25
Northern Bobwhite 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
American Bittern 4
Least Bittern 1 coo Gp11
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Common Gallinule 1 GP4
Sandhill Crane 2 GP12
Black-necked Stilt 5
Killdeer 10
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 10
Willow Flycatcher 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Bell's Vireo 3
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 5
Tree Swallow 5
Bank Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 20
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 25
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 3
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 10
Dickcissel 2
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 25
Orchard Oriole 5
American Goldfinch 2

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Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool East, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 8:49 AM - 12:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 10
Mallard 25
Northern Shoveler 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 15
Great Egret 10
Green Heron 2
Bald Eagle 1 Adult
American Coot 2
Black-necked Stilt 41
Black-bellied Plover 16 Alternate
Semipalmated Plover 480 Individually counted
Killdeer 27
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Ruddy Turnstone 4 Alternate
Dunlin 338 Individually counted
Least Sandpiper 33
White-rumped Sandpiper 25 Individually counted, long winged peeps, flank streaking, red spot in lower mandible, black legs, size similar to dunlin, larger than SESA
Semipalmated Sandpiper 108 Individually counted
Short-billed Dowitcher 7
Least Tern 2 Squeaky call, small white terns with yellow bills and white forehead. Flying together, loafing on mudflats, and bathing in shallow water
Mourning Dove 5
Common Nighthawk 1
Willow Flycatcher 7
Eastern Kingbird 15
Bell's Vireo 3
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
American Crow 5
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 10
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 10
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 7
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 5
Orchard Oriole 2

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Goose Pond FWA--GP3, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Looking in from MPW levee. No shorebirds
0 species


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Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool West, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 1:41 PM
Protocol: Incidental
12 species

American Black Duck 1
Mallard 25
Northern Shoveler 1
Least Bittern 1 coo, in SE corner of unit
Cooper's Hawk 1
Common Gallinule 1
Black-necked Stilt 10
Killdeer 10
Least Sandpiper 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Barn Swallow 5
Cliff Swallow 10

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Goose Pond FWA--Field E, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
3 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow x Ross's Goose (hybrid) 1 Showing a combination of traits between snow and Ross's goose. Head was round and not wedge shaped. The bill was larger and with a slight grin patch. There was a bluish coloration to the base of the bill. Slight curvature where the Cheek met the Bill. Orangey Staining on the face. Much smaller than nearby Canada geese.
Canada Goose 19
Cliff Swallow 10
Yellow Warbler 1

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Goose Pond FWA--Field C, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 2:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
1 species

Sandhill Crane 3 Adults

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Goose Pond FWA--GP8, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 2:24 PM - 2:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
19 species

Canada Goose 100 Flew over into field C
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 10
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 1
Black-necked Stilt 12
Black-bellied Plover 2 alternate
Semipalmated Plover 2
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3
Short-billed Dowitcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20

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Goose Pond FWA--GP13, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 3:06 PM - 3:09 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Water is too high for shorebirds
1 species

Black-necked Stilt 1

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Goose Pond FWA--GP10N, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 3:23 PM - 3:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
6 species

Black-necked Stilt 8
Killdeer 1
Dunlin 5
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 4

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Lee Sterrenburg, Bloomington
Amy Kearns, Mitchell



Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler records
Date: Fri May 20 2016 13:28 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
Reading Ken Brock's rare sighting of the Yellow-throated Warbler at Forsythe
Park/Wolf Lake. I remembered seeing it and finally took the time to look
through my bird reports to find it. I didn't know how unusual it was for
anyone to see this warbler in Hammond then or now! I do remember the lifer
was standing just above eye-level in a cottonwood tree at the entrance to
the sanctuary, before the ranch fence was installed. The fall bird was among
other warblers in the same tree in Forsythe Park when the light was very
good.



27 April 1996 Yellow-throated Warbler, Hammond Bird Sanctuary (Migrant
Trap), Hammond. Sighting submitted to IAQ Spring 1996

14 Sept. 2001 Yellow-throated Warbler, Forsythe Park/Wolf Lake, Hammond.
Sighting submitted to 2001 Fall Field Notes.



The two sightings were in a report sent to Indiana Audubon Quarterly season
editors. I don't have the issues anymore to check to see if it made it in
the compiled reports.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: RFI - Black rail at MNWR
Date: Fri May 20 2016 12:32 pm
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
Reported via ebird this morning.

On May 20, 2016 1:23:52 PM EDT, andrew melnykovych wrote:
>Any reports today?
>
>thanks,
>
>
>Andrew Melnykovych
>Louisville KY

--
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Subject: RFI - Black rail at MNWR
Date: Fri May 20 2016 12:24 pm
From: estiles74 AT gmail.com
 
Any reports today?

thanks,


Andrew Melnykovych
Louisville KY



Subject: Goose Pond/ Yellowwood SF
Date: Fri May 20 2016 11:48 am
From: bdecker.bird AT gmail.com
 
Several species from Goose Pond and Yellowwood SF May 19 & 20

Goose Pond FWA, Greene, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)

Comments: 5 miles walking. I ran into Lee Sterenburg and Amy Kearns making a waterfaul survey. Therefore, I just counted one of each specie that I saw rather than get many duplicates.

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89 species

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 1
Northern Shoveler 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Northern Bobwhite 3 Heard only
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American Bittern 1 Heard only
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 8
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sora 1 Heard only
American Coot 1
Black-necked Stilt 1
Black-bellied Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Ruddy Turnstone 1 Main Pool East from old bridge area
Dunlin 1
Least Sandpiper 1
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 Main Pool East from old bridge area
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 1 Long bill- Not much eyering - loud burbling rhrhrheeeeBEEEEaa. Seen on the South side of GP10N
Willow Flycatcher 1 Long bill- eye ring weak. RITZBEW or RICHbrew
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Bell's Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Horned Lark 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 1
Sedge Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 7
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Henslow's Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Dickcissel 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

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Yellowwood State Forest, Brown, Indiana, US
May 19, 2016 9:20 PM - 9:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
3 species

Barred Owl 1 1
Chuck-will's-widow 1 Heard only. Song began with ['chuck'] then 1 second pause-then ['wills'--'widow']. Heard on Crooked Creek Road near the bridge 450 feet from SR 46. Crooked Creek is about 3/4 mile after the sign for turning off SR 46 by the sawmill. 8 whip-poor-wills were also heard down crooked Creek Road.
Eastern Whip-poor-will 9 7 On Crooked Creek Road, 2 at Yellowwood campground.

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Yellowwood State Forest, Brown, Indiana, US
May 20, 2016 5:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: 2.5 mile walking Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
48 species

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 2
Eastern Whip-poor-will 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 4
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 5
Louisiana Waterthrush 2
Northern Waterthrush 1
Blue-winged Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler 9
Kentucky Warbler 3
Hooded Warbler 7
American Redstart 11
Northern Parula 5
Yellow Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 9
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 4

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Bob Decker

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Subject: Engle Road BLGR-- May 20 AM
Date: Fri May 20 2016 9:29 am
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 I briefly walked the Eagle Marsh drive off Engle Road this morning, meeting Greg Majewski, who was hoping to actually SEE some rails.  It was much quieter compared to previous outings there, but we did manage good, if distant, looks at singing Marsh Wrens (3+) and a foraging Sora (1 of 3+ heard).  We heard no Virginia Rails while we walked together, but after we parted ways, I did have one grunting several times on the way back to my vehicle.  Hopefully, Greg did better than that and got his desired visual.  Otherwise, we had fairly common things, with perhaps the most notable species being Willow Flycatcher (1 singing).

I then checked the Fort Wayne Int'l Airport area, hoping for new grassland species but finding only one Bobolink and numerous Savannah Sparrows and E. Meadowlarks.  Ferguson Road west of Smith also provided a few birds, most notably Spotted (1) and Semipalmated (5) Sandpipers, Brown Thrasher (1), American Redstart (1 singing), and Vesper Sparrow (1 singing).

My next brief stop was the Yohne Road pull-off at the extreme SE corner of Fox Island County Park.  I heard a Blue Grosbeak sing numerous times, but the distant song was a bit tough to isolate from the noise of constant traffic and a couple of singing Warbling Vireos.  I finally was able to pick up the bird, singing atop a large tree a couple layers deep, during a rare lull in passersby.  So far, I haven't found this species at its previously reliable location further east at Yohne and Smith, not surprising given that the businesses down there have really altered the habitat this past year.

Then after a fairly unproductive pass of the Arrowhead properties (best birds: a male BW Teal and female Wood Duck feeding side-by-side in a small puddle), I headed over to Whitley County CR E900S to again look for grassland species.  And again, I found just Bobolink (2), and numerous Savannah Sparrows and meadowlarks.  I did note other things along this road, though, with perhaps the most interesting being a singing Orchard Oriole at the intersection of E900S and S700E.

Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Patoka river NWR area near Francisco
Date: Thu May 19 2016 20:48 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
The water levels are too high for oatsville and I didn't check Montys but the west end by the large pit are good. I had probably 500 ( conservative estimate) peeps there this afternoon. Large flock of dunlin and semipalmated and least sp, plus leyl, sbdo, stilt sandpiper, bn stilt, semipalmated plover and 1 pectoral sp and 2 least terns.
Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



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