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19 Dec: @ 19:25:33 
Tundra Swans [Landon Neumann]
19 Dec: @ 19:24:47 
Pike/Gibson Counties [Wilkins, Vern W]
19 Dec: @ 17:05:10 
Bartholowmew snowy owl - no sighting [mpclay]
19 Dec: @ 16:34:56 
RE: Jonesville Snowy Yes [John Wolf]
19 Dec: @ 15:34:42 
NO on the Black-legged Kittiwake at Turtle Creek Res. [Steven Lima]
19 Dec: @ 13:13:52 
Jonesville Snowy Yes [Dan Kaiser]
19 Dec: @ 13:00:24 
Re: RFI: Bartholomew County Snowy Owl [Dan Kaiser]
19 Dec: @ 11:20:35 
Fwd: snow goose morph [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
19 Dec: @ 09:49:54 
Re: BARNACLE GOOSE at Goose Pond FWA RETRACTED [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
19 Dec: @ 09:40:44 
RFI: Bartholomew County Snowy Owl [andrew melnykovych]
19 Dec: @ 09:36:15 
BARNACLE GOOSE at Goose Pond FWA [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
19 Dec: @ 09:19:08 
Possible Long-tailed Duck at Eagle Creek Park (12/19) [Andrew Belt]
18 Dec: @ 19:56:32 
Report of Black-legged Kittiwake at Turtle Creek Reservoir (Dec. 17) [Steven Lima]
18 Dec: @ 18:18:08 
along Wabash River in Terre Haute - Winter Wren [Peter Scott]
18 Dec: @ 15:34:23 
Steuben Lakes: Long-tailed Duck [James Haw]
18 Dec: @ 13:50:28 
Pine Siskins [John Harley]
18 Dec: @ 08:45:44 
territory modification [Peter Scott]
16 Dec: @ 20:28:24 
Hooded Mergansers, SW Monroe Co [Greene, Terri B]
16 Dec: @ 15:18:12 
Mississinewa, Salamonie [James Haw]
16 Dec: @ 14:13:31 
White-winged Scoter, Stone Lake, LaPorte County, 12/15/2014 [Lindsay and Scott Namestnik]
16 Dec: @ 11:01:23 
Snowy Owl [David Crouch]
16 Dec: @ 09:08:58 
Snowy owl [David Crouch]
16 Dec: @ 07:04:56 
Thank You [Dan Kaiser]
15 Dec: @ 20:00:56 
Brown Thrasher Continues [Landon Neumann]
15 Dec: @ 15:55:21 
Red-tail Hawk vs Snowy Owl [Dan Kaiser]
15 Dec: @ 15:12:46 
RL Hawk [Trice Berkley]
15 Dec: @ 11:58:06 
FW: eBird Report - Purdue University--Horticulture Park, Dec 14, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
15 Dec: @ 11:22:57 
Re: Black and Surf Scoters, Lagrange Co. [Sam Plew]
15 Dec: @ 10:45:17 
Angola Airport - Peregrine Falcon [Sam Plew]
15 Dec: @ 09:24:05 
Laporte County Shrike [Robert Huguenard]
14 Dec: @ 21:09:17 
Indiana Dunes CBC, Heron Rookery Unit and Reynolds Creek Game Bird Area [Eric's Email]
14 Dec: @ 20:45:47 
Sullivan County - Minnehaha FWA, Turtle Creek Reservoir [Peter Scott]
14 Dec: @ 18:11:29 
Dunes State Park [Brendan Grube]
14 Dec: @ 17:54:50 
Black and Surf Scoters, Lagrange Co. [James Haw]
14 Dec: @ 17:01:03 
Mich. City Harbor portion of Dunes CBC [Kenneth J. Brock]
14 Dec: @ 17:00:59 
Illiana Birds: Tundra & Trumpeter Swans increase [Carolyn A. Marsh]
13 Dec: @ 20:56:21 
RE: Turtle Creek Reservoir Little Gull & Red-necked Grebe [Carolyn A. Marsh]
13 Dec: @ 20:52:35 
Turtle Creek Reservoir Little Gull & Red-necked Grebe [Carolyn A. Marsh]
13 Dec: @ 20:05:03 
Sharp-shinned Hawk and Kestrel [ROBERT_BARBER_389]
13 Dec: @ 19:12:50 
Brown Creepers and other birds at Elkhart River Preserve [Robert Guth]
13 Dec: @ 13:34:05 
eagle roosts "near" Indianapolis [Liz Day]
13 Dec: @ 12:46:00 
Zionsville Bald Eagle [Craig Seward]
13 Dec: @ 11:34:20 
Snowy Owl, Muncie, IN [Jeff Timmons]
13 Dec: @ 10:26:59 
Snowy Owl, Miller Beach [Mark Welter]
12 Dec: @ 20:10:01 
Tundra Swans, Purple Finches [Landon Neumann]
12 Dec: @ 19:58:49 
Fish Crow calling gaah calls Eagle Creek Airport 12 11 2014 [Spike Selig]
12 Dec: @ 19:22:07 
Re: Following 5 Fish Crows with cell phone in Indianapolis, end of summer [Gary Miller]
12 Dec: @ 17:24:33 
Following 5 Fish Crows with cell phone in Indianapolis, end of summer [Spike Selig]
12 Dec: @ 16:21:30 
RTHA # 92 Amy Kearns' bird [ROBERT_BARBER_389]
12 Dec: @ 08:39:51 
Gibson/Pike Counties [Wilkins, Vern W]





Subject: Tundra Swans
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 19:25 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
I birded a couple Cass co spots today. Highlights below.

France park
Purple Finch 1

Lake Cicott
Tundra Swan 2 continuing birds that showed up 2 weeks ago.
Red-headed Woodpecker 1

NW Cass Co
Rough-legged Hawk 1 beautiful dark morph bird.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, IN



Subject: Pike/Gibson Counties
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 19:24 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
I was down visiting the southern counties again, with a friend, on Thursday.  He wanted to see Rough-legged Hawks and Somerville seemed like one of the more reliable locations given the mild winter so far.  It was relatively uneventful but we had good looks at dark and light morph Rough-legged Hawks, despite the lower numbers.  Short-eared Owl numbers are still increasing at Somerville.  There were somewhere between 20-30 at the north end.  There were even some birds much further north, off of 1200, almost all the way up to the residential areas.  Because the numbers were pretty good, we didn't make it to the south end.

Earlier at Gibson Lake we watched 50,000+ Snow Geese streaming in from the northwest. This was in addition to the roughly 50,000 birds that were already present. Even with binoculars we could not see the end of the line of geese coming into the lake from the northwest. I'd seen the huge numbers there in previous years but this was the first time I actually witnessed such a large number arriving.

We ended the day with 16 Bald Eagles, most of them around Gibson Lake. No luck finding any Golden Eagles.

There were a lot of ducks around Cane Ridge and Gibson Lake, but we didn't find anything unusual. There were a good number of Greater White-fronted Geese on the ground at Cane Ridge.

Vern




Subject: Bartholowmew snowy owl - no sighting
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 17:05 pm
From: mpclay AT comcast.net
 
I looked for an hour for the snowy but did not locate it.
Mike Clay



Subject: Jonesville Snowy Yes
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 16:34 pm
From: indyedgeteamcombat AT comcast.net
 
Any address where you last saw it? May chase him in the morning. Thanks

-----Original Message-----
From: "Dan Kaiser"
Sent: ‎12/‎19/‎2014 2:13 PM
To: "In-Bird-L"
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Jonesville Snowy Yes

Three observers watched the Snowy between 9 and 10:30 AM today. The
snowy flew three times finally landing on the irrigation equipment
giving us our closest look. I managed a poor photo of the bird landing,
see www.flickr.com/photos/dhkaiser

Dan Kaiser
Columbus



Subject: NO on the Black-legged Kittiwake at Turtle Creek Res.
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 15:34 pm
From: Steven.Lima AT indstate.edu
 
Starting at about 10 this morning, several birder scoured Turtle Creek for the kittiwake seen on Dec. 17.  As of 3:15 pm, the bird had not been seen.   If the kittiwake was present, it was doing a good job of hiding.  The shimmer over the lake was a significant problem once the fog cleared, but the various flocks of roosting gulls flushed-up from time-to-time, giving us good looks at the birds.  Flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls were also pretty active and generally visible above the shimmer.  The Little Gull, however, was frequently seen northeast of the CR 700 loop overlook.

Anyone birding at Turtle Creek over the next few days should nevertheless keep an eye out for the kittiwake.

Steve Lima
Terre Haute



Subject: Jonesville Snowy Yes
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 13:13 pm
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 
Three observers watched the Snowy between 9 and 10:30 AM today.  The
snowy flew three times finally landing on the irrigation equipment
giving us our closest look. I managed a poor photo of the bird landing,
see www.flickr.com/photos/dhkaiser

Dan Kaiser
Columbus



Subject: RFI: Bartholomew County Snowy Owl
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 13:00 pm
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 
The Snowy was present between 9 and 10:30 this AM, 1/2 mile SE of
Jonesville near the RR.

Dan

On Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:40:34 -0500, you wrote:

>Has anyone searched for and seen the subject bird in the last couple of
>days?
>
>Considering whether to go chase tomorrow...
>
>Barnacle geese, black-legged kittiwakes, snowy owls....too many birds, too
>little time.
>
>Andrew Melnykovych
>Louisville



Subject: Fwd: snow goose morph
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 11:20 am
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
Brad Feaster's subsequent take on the mystery goose in Goose Pond FWA Field B this morning (December 19, 2014).  The bird would certainly be worth looking for again.

--Lee Sterrenburg
Bloomington

Begin forwarded message:

This is pretty darn close to what our bird looked like (not saying ours was a blue Ross). If anything, Id say our head & top cap were darker and bill a little more orange than pink. The neck looked more black than blue/gray, especially when compared to nearby snows and white fronts. Feet were pink. The bird really stood out in flight. The wings took on a silverish appearance.

Sorry for the momentary hype. Jim Brown did get a few pics of unknown quality. You can post this on INBIRD if you want.

http://www.wildphotosphotograp...

Brad Feaster
Public Lands South Supervisor
1815 HWY 59 S, Linton IN 47441
(812)659-9901




Subject: BARNACLE GOOSE at Goose Pond FWA RETRACTED
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 9:49 am
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
NOT A BARNACLE GOOSE

Barnacle Goose update. Now that observers can see the bird with Jim Brown's scope the "Barnacle Goose" has an orange bill and likely also orange legs. Earlier report is RETRACTED.

--Lee Sterrenburg
Bloomington


On Dec 19, 2014, at 10:36 AM, Sterrenburg, Lee W. wrote:

December 19 2014 Brad Feaster just called at 10:10 AM (Eastern Time) to report a BARNACLE GOOSE in Field B at the south end of Goose Pond FWA. Jim Brown, Property Manager Travis Stoelting, and some of the staff also there looking at the bird amid Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese.

--Lee Sterrenburg
Bloomington




Subject: RFI: Bartholomew County Snowy Owl
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 9:40 am
From: estiles74 AT gmail.com
 
Has anyone searched for and seen the subject bird in the last couple of
days?

Considering whether to go chase tomorrow...

Barnacle geese, black-legged kittiwakes, snowy owls....too many birds, too
little time.

Andrew Melnykovych
Louisville



Subject: BARNACLE GOOSE at Goose Pond FWA
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 9:36 am
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
December 19 2014 Brad Feaster just called at 10:10 AM (Eastern Time) to report a BARNACLE GOOSE in Field B at the south end of Goose Pond FWA. Jim Brown, Property Manager Travis Stoelting, and some of the staff also there looking at the bird amid Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese.

--Lee Sterrenburg
Bloomington



Subject: Possible Long-tailed Duck at Eagle Creek Park (12/19)
Date: Fri Dec 19 2014 9:19 am
From: abelt AT umail.iu.edu
 
I only caught a brief glance, but I saw what appeared to be a non-breeding
female Long-tailed Duck, with an overall white head that had a brown patch
on the side. It headed south past the marina towards 56th Street.

Andy Belt
Indianapolis


--
Andrew Belt
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University, 2015
Phone: 317-345-9704



Subject: Report of Black-legged Kittiwake at Turtle Creek Reservoir (Dec. 17)
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 19:56 pm
From: Steven.Lima AT indstate.edu
 
Late today I received an email message from Ben Cvengros concerning an unidentified gull that he saw at Turtle Creek on Wednesday (Dec.17) afternoon from the Gettinger Road loop.  Ben thought that it was a first-year Black-legged Kittiwake, and he was on the mark.  Bens photos can be seen at the link below.

https://flic.kr/p/qqgTg7

Ben also saw the Little Gull for an extended period from the Gettinger Road site.

This kittiwake may have just arrived at Turtle Creek. It was probably not present last Sunday during the Sullivan CBC, since it was not seen by the many counters who were at Turtle Creek for an extended period of time. It is perhaps likely that the bird arrived sometime on Monday or Tuesday of this week. In any case, it may well still be there.

Below is information on Turtle Creek for those unfamiliar with the various viewing sites.

Steve Lima
Terre Haute

Viewing spots at Turtle Creek Reservoir: The overall best spot to view Turtle Creek Reservoir is from the CR 700 N W loop overlook (at 39.072565, -87.535852; copy and paste into Google Maps). The Market Street viewing spot is at a dead-end on the western shore of the lake (39.055118, -87.540137); this site is a bit flooded at the moments (boots will be needed). The Gettinger Road loop viewing spot (39.066353, -87.538323) has been productive for the smaller gulls. All of these spots are on the western side of the lake (there are no viewing spots on the eastern side of the lake). The boat ramp (39.046220, -87.529186) at the southern end of the lake might be useful, but the smaller gulls are not usually found that far south on the lake. Note the that the gate to the boat ramp is locked at about 3 pm. Finally, note that the lake is usually (severely) fog-enshrouded during the morning in winter, so arriving around noon or a bit later is usually the best strategy.



Subject: along Wabash River in Terre Haute - Winter Wren
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 18:18 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Scouting for Terre Haute CBC Saturday.  Found three targets, Eastern Screech-Owl, Winter Wren, Fox Sparrow

Wabash River bottoms near Wabashiki FWA, Vigo, US-IN
Dec 18, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walked west from 4th street to Wabash River on overgrown trail through floodplain forest of silver maple, and green or white ash. Played screech owl tape. Scouting for Terre Haute CBC.
14 species

Eastern Screech-Owl 2 calling birds; responded to tape in mid-afternoon
Barred Owl 1 flushed
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 10 flying over
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 2
WINTER WREN 1 in an area with many big logs, I played song from Sibley app and the wren materialized and came in instantly, quietly, allowing good looks - just as I experienced a year ago on the Cass CBC with Rick Read at France Park along a creek
Carolina Wren 1
American Goldfinch 20 feeding quietly in understory vegetation along half-frozen creek

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20948661

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


Wabashiki FWA - Wabash levee, Vigo, US-IN
Dec 18, 2014 3:40 PM - 4:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove south to near end of levee. Walked along edge of woods and dirt road.
13 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 immature
Cooper's Hawk 1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 50
Carolina Chickadee 2
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
FOX SPARROW 1
Song Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 4
White-crowned Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 30 1 flock of 5, 1 of 25

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20948697

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



Subject: Steuben Lakes: Long-tailed Duck
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 15:34 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Sandy Schacht and I found 34 species on this cold, cloudy day.  One Long-tailed Duck remained at mid-morning off the Clear Lake Marine.  We did not see it at noon at that location, so it either moved elsewhere on the lake or left.  Fred Wooley told us that all four Long-tailed Ducks stayed through Sunday Dec. 14.  Number of water birds was down sharply, with Lake Gage and Loon Lake having none at all.


Canada Goose
Mute Swan 29 L. James
Mallard 24 Clear L.
Long-tailed Duck 1 Cl
Bufflehead 13 Crooked L., 12 Cl
Common Goldeneye 18 Cr
Hooded Merganser 1 Cl
Red-breasted Merganser 2 Cl
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk
Am. Kestrel
AM. Coot 18 Cl
Ring-billed Gull 2 Cr, 1 Cl
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Woodpecker: Red-headed 2 Pokagon feeders, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy 2 PKN, N. Flicker
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-br. Nuthatch
Brown Creeper 1
Eur. Starling
Am. Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
N. Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin 6 PKN
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw



Subject: Pine Siskins
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 13:50 pm
From: ekjwh68 AT hotmail.com
 
Yesterday afternoon and again this morning we had a group of at least 12 Pine Siskins at our feeders--probably more, as they were flying around busily and eating everything in sight, making it difficult to count accurately.  They don't stay long, however.  Also, yesterday late in the afternoon, there was a Great Horned Owl perched on a dead snag low over the Goshen Dam Pond on the ,edge of our property.

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



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Subject: Hooded Mergansers, SW Monroe Co
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 20:28 pm
From: tgreene AT indiana.edu
 
Spotted a pair of Hooded Mergansers on the big pond on my property this afternoon.

Terri Greene
SW Monroe Co


Dec 16, 2014

Hooded Merganser 2 (1 male and 1 female on the big pond)

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Subject: Mississinewa, Salamonie
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 15:18 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Sandy Schacht and I birded the Mississinewa dam area, then part of Salamonie and found 27 species on this drizzly day.  For water birds, Mississinewa had 40 Canada Geese, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 3 Common Mergansers on the reservoir, with over 100 Ring-billed Gulls in nearby fields.  The parts of Salamonie that we checked had no water birds at all.


Best birds were on land:
1. 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches in the Miami SRA campground, near the silver water tower, Miami Co.
2. 1 Chipping Sparrow also in the campground with a flock of juncos. This was a different individual than the one we saw last week. Today's bird looked like an alternate plumaged bird, with bright red cap, white line over eye, black line through eye, white underparts with no stickpin, smaller than juncos and more slender.
3. 1 Cedar Waxwing along the river below the dam; first one we have found in several weeks.


Jim Haw



Subject: White-winged Scoter, Stone Lake, LaPorte County, 12/15/2014
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 14:13 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
On December 15, 2014, I joined Dennis and Frances Richardson and John and Jo Brugos to cover a portion of the Northeast LaPorte County Christmas Bird Count circle.  We were joined by Kip Miller for the morning.  Our group tallied 48 species, with our highlight being a White-winged Scoter on Stone Lake.
Canada Goose - 527American Black Duck - 2Mallard - 17Canvasback - 13Redhead - 41Ring-necked Duck - 8Lesser Scaup - 34White-winged Scoter - 1Bufflehead - 42Common Goldeneye - 4
Hooded Merganser - 1Common Merganser - 56
Ruddy Duck - 27
Common Loon - 4Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Horned Grebe - 9Great Blue Heron - 1
Bald Eagle - 2Cooper's Hawk - 2Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 4Rough-legged Hawk - 1American Coot - 741Ring-billed Gull - 25Herring Gull - 3
Rock Pigeon - 49Mourning Dove - 45
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 8Downy Woodpecker - 4Hairy Woodpecker - 1Northern Flicker - 4Pileated Woodpecker - 2Blue Jay - 11
American Crow - 66
Black-capped Chickadee - 8Tufted Titmouse - 8White-breasted Nuthatch - 7
Brown Creeper - 3Carolina Wren - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 7
European Starling - 44American Tree Sparrow - 12Song Sparrow - 4Dark-eyed Junco - 24
Northern Cardinal - 9
House Finch - 2
American Goldfinch - 1
House Sparrow - 2

Scott NamestnikNorth Liberty 
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Subject: Snowy Owl
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 11:01 am
From: Nighthawk AT prograde.net
 
Sally and I found the southern Bartholomew County Snowy Owl about 1.5 miles East of yesterdays reported location. Nice scope study and a few passable digiscope photos obtained.

Dave Crouch Seymour

East 1000 S, Bartholomew, US-IN
Dec 16, 2014 10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Searching for and found the Snowy Owl.
1 species

Snowy Owl 1 Apparently same bird as reported day before. Searched West of SR11 to no avail and thought I would try an area I search for field birds on 1000S. Found on very top platform of large grain elevator structure just 200 yards East of SR 11. Very white plumage with just intermittent black dots / bars and a small black smudge under chin. Very handsome bird with bright yellow eyes.

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Subject: Snowy owl
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 9:08 am
From: nighthawk AT prograde.net
 
Currently on very top of grain elevator 200 yards east of sr11 on Bartholomew county road 1000s.

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Subject: Thank You
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 7:04 am
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 

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Dan Kaiser
Columbus



Subject: Brown Thrasher Continues
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 20:00 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I birded the River Bluff Trail. The highlight was the
continuing Brown Thrasher. Hopefully this bird sticks around for 2 more
weeks for the Cass CBC on January 3rd. If you would like to help with the
count let me know. I can also use more people.

River Bluff Trail
Canada Goose 10
Mallard 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 3
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Brown Thrasher 1 Continuing bird.
American Tree Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 20
Northern Cardinal 7
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 9

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Red-tail Hawk vs Snowy Owl
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 15:55 pm
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 
While observing and photographing the Jonesville Snowy Owl, thank you
Don Gorney for the heads up, we saw the owl become suddenly very alert
and then there was a flurry of activity. It was not until after the
fact I realized a Red-tailed Hawk had buzz dived the owl. Fortunately I
did get a sequence of images I have put into an animation. See my
FlickR site for the animation and a couple of stills.

www.flickr.com/photos/dhkaiser

Dan Kaiser
Columbus



Subject: RL Hawk
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 15:12 pm
From: cellistharpsichordist AT yahoo.ca
 
Had adult Rough-legged Hawk in a small tree north side of Cleveland Road, just west of Beech this afternoon. Normal plumage.



Subject: FW: eBird Report - Purdue University--Horticulture Park, Dec 14, 2014
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 11:58 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
My part of the Lafayette CBC on Sunday was fairly quiet. I did get a number of waterbirds on Celery Bog that were not seen by other parties.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, US-IN Dec 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 5
Cackling Goose 1
Canada Goose 1198
Greater White-fronted x Canada Goose (hybrid) 1
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 21
American Black Duck 4 Mallard 489
Northern Shoveler 26
Ring-necked Duck 7
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
American Coot 29
Mourning Dove 95
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 4
European Starling 700
American Tree Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 9
Cardinal 11
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 9


Purdue University--Horticulture Park, Tippecanoe, US-IN Dec 14, 2014 1:50 PM - 3:30 PM
19 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 15
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 39
American Tree Sparrow 11
White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 14
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 42

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Subject: Black and Surf Scoters, Lagrange Co.
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 11:22 am
From: splew AT lakeland.k12.in.us
 
Birders,

The Surf Scoter and Black Scoter are still present on Adams Lake with 8 Bufflehead.

This gives me 248 species in LaGrange County in 2014! Two more to go in the next 16 days! I would never have thought I would get a three scoter sweep this year an hour and a half from Lake Michigan! THANKS, JIM!

Sam Plew
LaGrange, Indiana

.

>>> James Haw 12/14/2014 6:54 PM >>>
Participating in the Pigeon River CBC, Sandy Schacht and I found one Black Scoter and one Surf Scoter together along the north shore of Adams Lake, Lagrange Co.. They were about midway between the east and west ends of the lake.


On the other hand, we didn't find a single Mourning Dove in our area. Oh well--we'd rather have the scoters.

Jim Haw

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Subject: Angola Airport - Peregrine Falcon
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 10:45 am
From: splew AT lakeland.k12.in.us
 
Birders,

Scott Beam, LaGrange County Parks Naturalist, found a Peregrine Falcon at the Angola Municipal Airport 12/14/14 at 1:00 PM. He wanted to be sure any CBC circles were let known.

Thanks,

Sam Plew
LaGrange, In.

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Subject: Laporte County Shrike
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 9:24 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 


Hi birders,



While checking out one of the Snowy Owls off CR 500 W yesterday, I had a
northern Shrike where 500 turns west into CR S 2100 W going south off of SR
8, in case someone is CBCing in the area.



Location 41.302450 ,-86.798594. Perched atop a lone tree next to a small
ditch.



Bob








Subject: Indiana Dunes CBC, Heron Rookery Unit and Reynolds Creek Game Bird Area
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 21:09 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
All-

I had the following highlights today in my areas of the Dunes CBC in and around the Heron Rookery Unit:

3 Tundra Swans (round heads, yellow spots on bills seen well, eyes isolated well from bill; about 0.5 miles west of 600E on 1500N on south side of road in an ag field)
2 Barred Owls
2 Rough-legged Hawks
2 Northern Harriers (1 male and 1 female type)
1 No Flicker
1 Swamp Sparrow

I worked the Reynolds Creek area near and south of where the gun range used to be, both before dawn and before noon for SEOW. Around 10:30 am I was using playback for Pheasant and Short-eared Owl (bark calls only). At one point, I stopped the SEOW calls and immediately heard what sounded like the SEOW male territorial call. I could not get a second response. Close but no banana.

Good Birding!

Eric

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> On Dec 14, 2014, at 6:11 PM, Brendan Grube wrote:
>
> State Park CBC
>
> Hawaiian air blowing in on the Pineapple Express, and no precipitation, but limited visibility over the lake. South winds should have brought an early morning longshore flight, but not anywhere near the lakeshore, that I could see. A big flock of Red-breasted Mergansers kept 1-200 Herring Gulls in a frenzy off shore, and this attracted Red-throated Loons near shore.
>
> Red-breasted Mergansers 828
> Common Merganser 1
> Red-throated Loon 22
> Mallard 44
> Northern Pintail 7
> Common Goldeneye 5
> Canada Goose 9
> Great Black-backed Gull 2
> Herring Gull 190
> Ring-billed Gull 4
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Cooper's Hawk 2
> SAWHET OWL 1 early morning walk on trail 3 when a tooting bird was heard responding to my whistles. I had assumed I was hearing a counter playback along Waverly Dr., but nobody has claimed responsibility, yet.
> Dark-eyed Junco 28
> Tree Sparrow 15
> FIELD SPARROW 1 back by the campground.
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 8
> Black-capped Chickadee 12
> Tufted Titmouse 5
> Northern Cardinal 7
> Eastern Bluebird 7
> American Goldfinch 8
> Carolina Wren 2
> Brown Creeper 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> House Sparrow 30
> LAPLAND LONGSPUR 5
> Horned Lark 4
> Snow Bunting 13
> Rock Pigeon 12
> Blue Jay 12
> European Starling 4
>
> Brendan Grube
>
>



Subject: Sullivan County - Minnehaha FWA, Turtle Creek Reservoir
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 20:45 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Party report for Dan Weber and Peter Scott on today's Sullivan CBC.  Minnehaha, AM; Turtle Creek Reservoir, PM with other parties.  Highlights: Merlins, Northern Shrike, Red-necked Grebe, Little Gull.

MINNEHAHA FWA, Sullivan, US-IN
Dec 14, 2014 6:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
35.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber, on Sullivan Christmas Bird Count. Covered Area 4 of CBC circle, including traditional Minnehaha FWA area. Mainly along county roads CR 500, 525, 350, 275, 600 East, and 425 N and 50N. Weather: overcast, misty drizzle first 2 hours, calm to light wind, 43 to 47 degrees F. Lakes open (unfrozen).
51 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 400
Snow Goose 20
Canada Goose 125
Gadwall 4
American Wigeon 5
Mallard 225
Northern Shoveler 1
Northern Pintail 10
Ring-necked Duck 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 5
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 3
American Coot 20
Mourning Dove 50
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 2
MERLIN 2 perched along 350E south of 425N, in stunted trees, within 20 meters of each other, in morning, between 8:30 and 9:00 am. photographed
NORTHERN SHRIKE 1 along 350E south of 425 N; perched, then flew. photographed
Blue Jay 67
American Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 29
Tufted Titmouse 21
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 6
Eastern Bluebird 31 often with American Goldfinches
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 3
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER 2
Eastern Towhee 2
American Tree Sparrow 15
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 117
Northern Cardinal 17
Purple Finch 4 in sycamores, inspecting fruit balls, along 300N near 500E.
American Goldfinch 57 often with Eastern Bluebirds
House Sparrow 1

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TURTLE CREEK RESERVOIR
Turtle Creek Reservoir, Sullivan, US-IN
Dec 14, 2014 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber throughout, and part of time with Michael Brown, Adam Betuel, Jim Hengeveld, and Steve Lima. Along Gettinger Road, mainly observing from point at end of road. Overcast, no precipitation, light wind, 45 degrees F. Part of Sullivan Christmas Bird Count.
12 species

Mallard 300 flew in to roost on lake at dusk
Red-breasted Merganser 1 female
Pied-billed Grebe 20
Horned Grebe 100
RED-NECKED GREBE 1 Continuing bird, discovered yesterday by Mike Brown in same area. Seen about 150 meters southeast of Gettinger Point for 20 minutes, then flew southwest, where later seen from Market Street by Jim Hengeveld. Apparent adult in winter plumage (flat head profile), possible a first winter bird (white facial crescent not detectable, but bird was distant). Large body size relative to nearby Horned Grebes, long erect neck, large flat-crowned head and bill (bill color not discerned), black crown, white cheek, much of neck/throat front white, but nape and sides dusky with reddish tint, blackish back. Body held erect in water. Photographed.
Double-crested Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 1 juvenile
American Coot 6
Bonaparte's Gull 75 minimum number. Mostly adults (about 5 first winter plumages seen). Foraging throughout afternoon over lake, often near shore, some perching in snags.
LITTLE GULL 1 Continuing first winter bird, present since early November. Observed several times between 2:30 and 5 pm following Mike Brown's initial sighting at about 2 pm; sometimes foraging distantly on eastern side of lake, sometimes near Gettinger shoreline and "cormorant snags". Photographed by Michael Brown.
Ring-billed Gull 3500 About 100 active during mid afternoon. Most counted arriving at lake from north and west to roost in southern part of lake, flying past Gettinger Point. 2700 counted in last 15 minutes of flight, from 5:20 to 5:35 pm

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Subject: Dunes State Park
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 18:11 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
State Park CBC

Hawaiian air blowing in on the Pineapple Express, and no precipitation, but
limited visibility over the lake. South winds should have brought an early
morning longshore flight, but not anywhere near the lakeshore, that I could
see. A big flock of Red-breasted Mergansers kept 1-200 Herring Gulls in a
frenzy off shore, and this attracted Red-throated Loons near shore.

Red-breasted Mergansers 828
Common Merganser 1
Red-throated Loon 22
Mallard 44
Northern Pintail 7
Common Goldeneye 5
Canada Goose 9
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Herring Gull 190
Ring-billed Gull 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 2
SAWHET OWL 1 early morning walk on trail 3 when a tooting bird was heard
responding to my whistles. I had assumed I was hearing a counter playback
along Waverly Dr., but nobody has claimed responsibility, yet.
Dark-eyed Junco 28
Tree Sparrow 15
FIELD SPARROW 1 back by the campground.
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 5
Northern Cardinal 7
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Goldfinch 8
Carolina Wren 2
Brown Creeper 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
House Sparrow 30
LAPLAND LONGSPUR 5
Horned Lark 4
Snow Bunting 13
Rock Pigeon 12
Blue Jay 12
European Starling 4

Brendan Grube



Subject: Black and Surf Scoters, Lagrange Co.
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 17:54 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Participating in the Pigeon River CBC, Sandy Schacht and I found one Black Scoter and one Surf Scoter together along the north shore of Adams Lake, Lagrange Co.. They were about midway between the east and west ends of the lake.


On the other hand, we didn't find a single Mourning Dove in our area. Oh well--we'd rather have the scoters.


Jim Haw



Subject: Mich. City Harbor portion of Dunes CBC
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 17:01 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (14 Dec 2014) John Cassady, Jeff McCoy, and I covered the Michigan City Harbor area, as part of the Indiana Dunes CBC.

It was a most remarkable day for a CBC. The temperature ranged from 48 to 54 degrees, the SW wind was light, and there was infrequent bright sunshine. However, south wind days are not optimum for a lakewatch. The lake was flat with only Red-mergansers plus an occasional Red-throated Loon moving. Fortunately there were reasonably good gulls on the beach. Magic McCoy found our best bird, a very irritated Ruby-crowned Kinglet (my first ever for December).

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR
Canada Goose,33
Mallard,33
Greater Scaup,6
Common Goldeneye,16
Red-breasted Merganser,303
Red-throated Loon,8
Horned Grebe,2
Peregrine Falcon,2
American Coot,1
Ring-billed Gull,151
Herring Gull,105
Thayers Gull,3- 2 adults & a 1st-cycle
Glaucous Gull,1- third-cycle
Great Black-backed Gull,2- first-cycle & 2nd-cycle
KelpxHerring Gull hybrid,1 adult
Snowy Owl,1
Red-bellied Woodpecker,1
Horned Lark,2
Northern Mockingbird,1
European Starling,1
Eastern Bluebird,3
American Tree Sparrow,1
Snow Bunting,3
House Finch,3
House Sparrow,15

TRAIL CREEK
American Black Duck,2
Mallard,112
Pied-billed Grebe,1
Belted Kingfisher,1
Red-bellied Woodpecker,1
Downy Woodpecker,1
Blue Jay,4
White-breasted Nuthatch,1
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,1
American Tree Sparrow,5
Song Sparrow,1
Dark-eyed Junco,1
House Finch,3

PORT OF INDIANA (brief visit after lunch to chum for gulls)
Greater Scaup,18
Lesser Scaup,7
Bufflehead,9
Common Merganser,2 females
Common Loon,1- the pseudo-Pacific bird
Horned Grebe,3
Red-necked Grebe,1
Double-crested Cormorant,4
American Kestrel,1
Herring Gull,95
Great Black-backed Gull,1 adult

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN




Subject: Illiana Birds: Tundra & Trumpeter Swans increase
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 17:00 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
14 December 2014 - Both Tundra and Trumpeter Swans continue to increase in
numbers. On the Hammond side of State Line Road/Wolf Lake (seen from the
129tth St. Mitigation Area west of the Indiana Toll Road) there were 27
Trumpeters (18 ad. & 9 juv.) with 14 Mute Swans and 2 Hooded Mergansers.
There may have been a few more in the group hidden behind one of the
islands.



At George Lake, north basin, there were 26 Tundras (20 ad. & 6 juv.) with 16
Mute Swans, 8 Canvasbacks, 2 American Wigeons, and 2 Red-breasted
Mergansers.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: RE: Turtle Creek Reservoir Little Gull & Red-necked Grebe
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 20:56 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
Correction: The date is Sat., 13 December not 12.

_____

From: Carolyn A. Marsh [mailto:cmarshbird@prodigy.net]
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:52 PM
To: In-bird-l@iulist.indiana.edu
Subject: Turtle Creek Reservoir Little Gull & Red-necked Grebe



12 December 2014 - Today at Turtle Creek Reservoir at about 12:30 p.m. Sarah
de la Rue and I were lucky to see the Little Gull (at the turn around at the
end of W CR700) almost immediately after starting to look for it. Michael
Brown drove up and all of us followed the gull on the lake among the dozens
of Bonaparte's. Michael noticed a large grebe so we then went to the
Gettinger Road for a better look and sure enough, he found a Red-necked
Grebe among the Pied-billed Grebes and the largest flock of Horned Grebe, at
least 111, I have ever seen. It was a great day thanks again to Peter Scott
and to Michael Brown for sharing his birding knowledge with us.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Turtle Creek Reservoir Little Gull & Red-necked Grebe
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 20:52 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
12 December 2014 - Today at Turtle Creek Reservoir at about 12:30 p.m. Sarah
de la Rue and I were lucky to see the Little Gull (at the turn around at the
end of W CR700) almost immediately after starting to look for it. Michael
Brown drove up and all of us followed the gull on the lake among the dozens
of Bonaparte's. Michael noticed a large grebe so we then went to the
Gettinger Road for a better look and sure enough, he found a Red-necked
Grebe among the Pied-billed Grebes and the largest flock of Horned Grebe, at
least 111, I have ever seen. It was a great day thanks again to Peter Scott
and to Michael Brown for sharing his birding knowledge with us.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk and Kestrel
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 20:05 pm
From: ROBERT_BARBER_389 AT comcast.net
 
The SSHA was in the backyard scaring the bejabbers out of all the other birds. Thought someone was breaking in the house with all the activity hitting the fish netting I'm got covering the windows.

www.flickr.com/photos/crowwarrior44/15828358700/ SSHA Unless I'm reading legs, and chest/ belly streaking wrong.

On the way to one of my fire houses to work on a truck I saw this Kestrel and could not resist shooting it. Man, I hate a gray, blah sky.

www.flickr.com/photos/crowwarrior44/15828121998/in/photostream/ A. Kestrel Male I think


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: Brown Creepers and other birds at Elkhart River Preserve
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 19:12 pm
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
It was a dark and cloudy day but above freezing as I walked six miles at
Elkhart River Preserve county park. Lists below exclude Horned Larks that I
saw along county roads between the park sections. I had 27 species in total.

Elkhart River Preserve--Benton Spillway, Elkhart, US-IN
Dec 13, 2014 7:58 AM - 8:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments: Cloudy overcast wind W6 temp 36F Submitted from BirdLog
NA for iOS, version 1.8
10 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 9
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 7
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 2
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1

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Elkhart River Preserve--Benton Hydro, Elkhart, US-IN
Dec 13, 2014 8:41 AM - 9:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast cloudy wind SW6 temp 36F Submitted from
BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 8 Flyover
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 Chasing the Barred Owl
Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 6
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 8
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 9
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 10
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1

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Elkhart River Preserve--Baintertown Dam, Elkhart, US-IN
Dec 13, 2014 10:25 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast cloudy wind SW7 temp 37F Submitted from
BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
19 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 6
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 7 Heard calls and saw birds on tree
and flying from tree to tree
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 4

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--
Robert W. Guth



Subject: eagle roosts "near" Indianapolis
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 13:34 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Can anyone tell me where the closest bald eagle roost is to Indianapolis?
Some place where you can be certain you'll see an eagle, and
preferably can get within a reasonably close distance (such that it
would be impressive through binoculars, not just a scope).

I am introducing a retired friend to birding. So far on three
birding trips we have struck out really badly, with almost the entire
bag being a small flock of bluebirds. He isn't finding it very
exciting. Birds are more interesting when they are up close. Since
I have seen many good views of eagles, I don't pursue them, but my
friend has never seen one.

Any suggestions?

thanks,
liz
Indianapolis




Subject: Zionsville Bald Eagle
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 12:46 pm
From: sewardce AT gmail.com
 
Just west of Zionsville Rd as it crosses over Eagle Creek (near Bub's
Burgers).



Subject: Snowy Owl, Muncie, IN
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 11:34 am
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
Adams and mulberry
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Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.



Subject: Snowy Owl, Miller Beach
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 10:26 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Snowy Owl continues at Miller Beach. It is currently plucking a kill atop the USX breakwall, just short of the last fence. Great scope views from the beach.

Mark Welter
Indianapolis



Subject: Tundra Swans, Purple Finches
Date: Fri Dec 12 2014 20:10 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I birded a couple of Cass Co spots. The highlight were 2
Tundra Swans at Lake Cicott and 7 Purple Finches at France Park. I also had
another Barnacle Goose at the confluence. The bird didn't have a halux. I
wonder if this is the Wal-mart bird from a few weeks ago.

River Confluence
Canada Goose 200
Barnacle Goose 1 escaped
Mallard 75
Bufflehead 1f
Ring-billed Gull 5

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 250
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 20
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Tree Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 3
Purple Finch 7 eating sycamore seeds
American Goldfinch 8

Lake Cicott
Tundra 2
Canada Goose 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Fish Crow calling gaah calls Eagle Creek Airport 12 11 2014
Date: Fri Dec 12 2014 19:58 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
I posted this today.  There was 1 Fish Crow at the Eagle Creek Airport rest park Indianapolis yesterday morning, December 11, 2014 at 9am.  at 10am there were 2 and at 11, there were three.  In the below video, the Fish Crow is giving its double  note Gaaah Call.
It is also doing a fantastic job of imitating a flock of Canada Geese! Note heavy breathing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VUmorsytwc



Subject: Following 5 Fish Crows with cell phone in Indianapolis, end of summer
Date: Fri Dec 12 2014 19:22 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
you mean that fishcrows are carrying cell phones now?....WOW

Gary Miller
535 W Greencastle Rd
Mooresville, In. 46158
home 317-834-2747
cell 317 517-0849

--------------------------------------------
On Fri, 12/12/14, Spike Selig wrote:

Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Following 5 Fish Crows with cell phone in Indianapolis, end of summer
To: "IN-BIRD-L"
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:21 PM

Open the
below You Tube url and you will see an eye glass doctor
store front which is on the South side of West 38th Street
East of the Indianapolis Eagle Creek Airport's South
end. The eye doctor is just south of the Burger King
where employees have beenputting out scraps of food
each morning for the crows. I followed the crows as
they moved down the street gaahing back and
forth.Sounds of airplanes taking off from the EC
Airport can be heard and crows in tree tops can be seen
early invideo and at end of
video. If you watch closely, you can see birds flying from
succeeding trees as I followed them. Note that a three
deminsional effect occurs as I walk between pine trees. The
moment I stop walking, the 3d effect ends.
This is why birds lift heads up and down.The movement
gives 3 deminsional look. Birds eyes are close
together giving poor binocular vision and thus poor depth
perception. I think all of the Fish Crow Calls can be heard
in this video and no American Crow calls.
Open to full screen to see crows as they fly to
keep ahead of me.Spike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuELdJDe9Ws




Subject: Following 5 Fish Crows with cell phone in Indianapolis, end of summer
Date: Fri Dec 12 2014 17:24 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
Open the below You Tube url and you will see an eye glass doctor store front which is on the South side of West 38th Street East of the Indianapolis Eagle Creek Airport's South end.  The eye doctor is just south of the Burger King where employees have been putting out scraps of food each morning for the crows.  I followed the crows as they moved down the street gaahing back and forth.  Sounds of airplanes taking off from the EC Airport can be heard and crows in tree tops can be seen early invideo and at end of video. If you watch closely, you can see birds flying from succeeding trees as I followed them.  Note that a three deminsional effect occurs as I walk between pine trees. The moment I stop walking, the 3d effect ends. This is why birds lift heads up and down. The movement gives 3 deminsional look.  Birds eyes are close together giving poor binocular vision and thus poor depth perception. I think all of the Fish Crow Calls can be heard in this video
and no American Crow calls.
Open to full screen to see crows as they fly to keep ahead of me.
Spike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AELdJDe9Ws



Subject: RTHA # 92 Amy Kearns' bird
Date: Fri Dec 12 2014 16:21 pm
From: ROBERT_BARBER_389 AT comcast.net
 
Had to run down to Mitchell about 1pm for an errand and took my 400 lens along. See, I'm learning!!! Anyway the RTHA # 92 as Amy has reported was in the area and I got 4 shots off before the bird took off, camera shy. Shot across 5 lanes of traffic plus another 30-40 feet to the wires it was perched on. Not the greatest, but a documentation shot sent to Amy.
Thanks to everyone posting birds. Gets me out and shooting instead of watching the stupid tube.

www.flickr.com/photos/crowwarrior44/15819780018/

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: Gibson/Pike Counties
Date: Fri Dec 12 2014 8:39 am
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
Hopefully no one went out looking for landfills, based on the post from my phone yesterday.  Sandhill Crane numbers were not large, but I didn't spend a lot of time searching all the fields.  They were mostly congregated in flocks of 70-100 birds, on the west side of 67, just south of Linton, other smaller flocks were on the east side of 67.  They were spread out over a very large area, with some in very small groups of 10-20 birds.

I did the grand tour of the southern region again yesterday, hoping to find something a bit more interesting than what I've been seeing closer to home. Seems like it's almost difficult to go through Cane Ridge and the Patoka NWR and not find something interesting at any time of year.

Only a few highlights are below, I spent most of my time scouting some new areas and spent very little time in any one location. One of the more interesting sightings was a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds (mostly) at 5:40pm, crossing over SR64, going southeast from the Patoka Refuge. When I spotted the line of birds they were already on both sides of 64 and I could not see the end of the line in either direction. I watched them passing by for five minutes straight and I could still see no end to the line when I left. By far the largest flock of any bird I have ever seen, easily in the tens of thousands. I would have take some video, but as I watched the flock I just kept thinking it had to finish passing at any moment.

Cane Ridge/Gibson perimeter.

Nothing to add to Amy's report. Did not see Golden Eagle or Peregrine, two birds that are always at the top of my list to find when I go down there. Rusty Blackbirds were numerous, many along Base Rd.

Saunders Woods.
Not much noted other than a good number of Eastern Towhees. This is probably the first winter we've not had them in our yard.

Somerville Mine.

Merlin 1 (this winter I've had more close looks at Merlins than in any previous year, maybe the warm weather?)
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/11070/category/172
Short-eared Owl (10 in north section, 5 in south section, by the time I got to the south section it was very dark, good habitat greatly reduced this year)
Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed, Northern Harrier ...numerous but not as many as usual for this time of year.

Patoka NWR/Columbia Mine

Lots of raptors, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, many Red-shouldered Hawks, two Cooper's, 1 Sharp-shinned, Red-tailed, Northern Harrier...mostly at Columbia Mine. Had 1 Merlin fly over Columbia, my first ever for that property. Golden Eagle was spotted at an incredible distance, never came closer than a mile and very high up. As I was watching it in binoculars I saw another eagle interact briefly with it, but it soared off very quickly before I could get any marks on it. Definitely not an adult Bald Eagle, I couldn't get any white on the second bird but I couldn't get any gold at that distance either and only had a very brief view as the bird made a lazy attempt to harass the first bird before soaring off out of site. I was definitely leaning towards another Golden Eagle, but with the distance, very poor light, etc., any definitive Bald Eagle field marks might not have been visible.
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/11069/category/17

Also had 1 Fox Sparrow, many Swamp Sparrows, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, many of the usual songbirds but nothing out of the ordinary.

Vern





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