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25 Oct: @ 18:16:55 
Posey Co.: Twin Swamps Nature Preserve [Charles Crawford]
25 Oct: @ 18:16:00 
Posey Co.: Hovey Lake FWR [Charles Crawford]
25 Oct: @ 17:01:52 
Eagle Creek Park, Franklin's Gulls, Siskins, Greater White-fronted [Don Gorney]
25 Oct: @ 16:21:31 
Lakefront (25-Oct-14) Lesser Black-backed Gull & Northern Shrike [Kenneth J. Brock]
25 Oct: @ 14:11:08 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
25 Oct: @ 12:30:16 
Franklins at Eagle Creek [Don Gorney]
24 Oct: @ 22:27:25 
Pigeon River FWA - 10/24/14 [Sam Plew]
24 Oct: @ 19:09:46 
Barnacle Goose-No [Landon Neumann]
24 Oct: @ 18:27:26 
N.W.Indiana - 10/24 [MTopp7927]
24 Oct: @ 18:11:13 
Eagle Creek Park, Franklin's Gull [Don Gorney]
24 Oct: @ 14:12:58 
Ritchey Woods [Clint Kiehl]
24 Oct: @ 14:10:49 
Woodburn, HUrshtown, Cedarville, Allen Co. [James Haw]
24 Oct: @ 13:31:21 
Stillwater, Lake Monroe [Whitehead, Donald R.]
24 Oct: @ 11:00:02 
Am. Woodcock - Gibson Co. yard bird [4giffords]
24 Oct: @ 10:07:19 
BARNACLE GOOSE [Landon Neumann]
24 Oct: @ 09:19:28 
waterfowl, Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Oct 23, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
23 Oct: @ 18:39:17 
Pigeon River [James Haw]
23 Oct: @ 16:27:16 
Celery Bog [russ Allison]
23 Oct: @ 15:31:24 
Lake Monroe [Whitehead, Donald R.]
23 Oct: @ 07:53:42 
RE: Winter just around the corner? [Londergan, M D]
23 Oct: @ 07:47:30 
Winter just around the corner? [Robert Kissel]
22 Oct: @ 19:55:58 
Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrows [Landon Neumann]
22 Oct: @ 18:50:34 
2 Lake County Locations - 10/22 [Matt Kalwasinski]
22 Oct: @ 17:06:58 
Miller Beach - 10/22 - Snow Buntings [MTopp7927]
22 Oct: @ 15:06:32 
Lake Monroe [Whitehead, Donald R.]
22 Oct: @ 08:53:01 
Goose Pond, Past Saturday and Sunday [Jeremy Ross]
21 Oct: @ 21:02:10 
RE: Whooping Crane reminder - No Sightings [John Pohl]
21 Oct: @ 20:54:19 
Pine Siskins [Noah Kearns]
21 Oct: @ 19:19:31 
Whooping Crane reminder - No Sightings [John Pohl]
21 Oct: @ 15:01:26 
Mississinewa Franklin's Gulls [James Haw]
21 Oct: @ 12:30:13 
Indiana Dunes State Park [Brendan Grube]
20 Oct: @ 18:07:08 
Hammond Sanctuary - 10/20 - Clay-colored Sparrow [MTopp7927]
20 Oct: @ 17:47:25 
Illiana Birds: Snow Buntings [Carolyn A. Marsh]
20 Oct: @ 16:08:17 
Purple finches Morgan Co. [Doug Johnstone]
20 Oct: @ 06:32:46 
RE: RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18 [Richard Wood]
20 Oct: @ 05:38:51 
Johnson County Saturday: Laura Hare Preserve - No Waterfowl Yet [bob carper]
19 Oct: @ 20:07:54 
Oak Ridge Prairie (Lake) - 10/19 [Matt Kalwasinski]
19 Oct: @ 18:57:09 
Seeking hummingbird records October 25 - March 2015 [Don Gorney]
19 Oct: @ 18:07:07 
Eagle Creek Airport Fish Crows, Indianapolis [Spike Selig]
19 Oct: @ 18:00:08 
Fwd: BirdsEye-Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station- Loggerhead Shrike [Colleen Craven-Becker]
19 Oct: @ 17:25:06 
Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) details on POMARINE JAEGER [Jeff McCoy]
19 Oct: @ 16:31:05 
Fwd: BirdsEye-Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads-2014-10-19 [Colleen Craven-Becker]
19 Oct: @ 15:38:40 
Salamonie area [James Haw]
19 Oct: @ 14:30:46 
Lawrence Co Orange-crowned, Nashville Warbler [Amy Kearns]
19 Oct: @ 13:18:32 
RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18 [Carolyn A. Marsh]
19 Oct: @ 13:05:28 
SW Allen Sparrows 'N Stuff-- Oct. 19 AM [Rodger Rang]
19 Oct: @ 13:02:15 
Ft. Harrison 10/19 OCWA, BHVI [Don Gorney]
19 Oct: @ 12:37:01 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday October 19, 2014 [Don Williams]
18 Oct: @ 21:34:52 
Universal Strip Mines - dark ibis, sparrows, purple finch [Peter Scott]
18 Oct: @ 18:25:37 
Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18 [MTopp7927]





Subject: Posey Co.: Twin Swamps Nature Preserve
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 18:16 pm
From: cr4d AT twc.com
 
Highlight: 1 Winter Wren


IN Twin Swamps Nature Preserve, Posey, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 10:15 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walked the loop.
14 species

Wood Duck 10
Red-headed Woodpecker 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Tufted Titmouse X
White-breasted Nuthatch X
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin X
Eastern Towhee 1
Common Grackle 1500

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20336020

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


Charlie
Henderson KY





Subject: Posey Co.: Hovey Lake FWR
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 18:16 pm
From: cr4d AT twc.com
 
Highlight: Am. White Pelicans


Saw several Vs of geese high overhead, probably 350, but could not ID.



IN Hovey Lake FWA, Posey, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 8:05 AM - 10:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Walked the Rail Marsh Levee from the Drain Gate to the Red Gate and back via the new levee.
35 species

Wood Duck 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 500 very conservative estimate
American White Pelican 100 Photos if anyone wants to see.
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 4
Great Egret 7
Bald Eagle 4 1 ad. pair side by side in a bald cypress & 2 imm.
Mourning Dove 10
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Tree Swallow 500
Carolina Chickadee X
Tufted Titmouse X
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin X
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling X
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 30
White-throated Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
American Goldfinch X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20335985

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

Charlie
Henderson KY





Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Franklin's Gulls, Siskins, Greater White-fronted
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 17:01 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Today, from approximately 11:30am to 12:30pm, Aidan Rominger and I did a stationary observation near the end of the handicapped road at Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis. Other birders were present as well. Highlights included Franklin's Gulls (2), Greater White-fronted Goose, Osprey, Ruddy Duck, Horned Grebe (2), Barn Swallow, Bald Eagle (2), and Pine Siskins (10+).

Greater White-fronted Goose 1, nature sanctuary with small number of CanadasCanada Goose  8
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  6
Northern Shoveler  5
Ruddy Duck  8
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  6
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  2, 4th year and adult
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  75
Killdeer  32
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Bonaparte's Gull  12
Franklin's Gull  2, both first winter
Ring-billed Gull  100
Belted Kingfisher  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  12
Horned Lark  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Pine Siskin  10, flyovers
American Goldfinch  2 
Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Lakefront (25-Oct-14) Lesser Black-backed Gull & Northern Shrike
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 16:21 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (25-Oct-14) John Cassady, Randy Pals, Brenda Turthsarelli, and I birded the Indiana lakefront from Michigan City Harbor to the Hammond Sanctuary.

The morning began with a thick overcast and fog, but by 10:00AM it cleared and the bright sunlight elevated the temperature to 72 degrees. The westerly breezes were light. Despite these conditions we enjoyed a surprisingly good duck flight, especially dabblers. Our best find was a juvenile Northern Shrike in Beverly Shores.

Highlights

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR
Northern Pintail,1
Green-winged Teal,2
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,1 unusually small adult
Chandeleur Gull,1 continuing adult

BEVERLY SHORES along Bev. Drive
NORTHERN SHRIKE,1 brown youngster- just east of St Clair St- ties the lakefronts 5th earliest fall record
Golden-crowned Kinglet,2

BEVERLY SHORES LAKEFRONT (nice duck movement)
Gadwall,18
American Wigeon,38
Blue-winged Teal,3
Northern Shoveler,13
Northern Pintail,5
Green-winged Teal,78
Canvasback,4
Redhead,26
Ring-necked Duck,71
Greater Scaup,5
Lesser Scaup,6
Hooded Merganser,4
Horned Grebe,2
Peregrine Falcon,1

PORT OF INDIANA dead except for a Sharp-shinned Hawk

MILLER BEACH (we joined Tom Beeke)
Wood Duck,1
Gadwall,18
Northern Pintail,4
Green-winged Teal,9
Canvasback,4
Redhead,30
Ring-necked Duck,15
Greater Scaup,10
Lesser Scaup,60
Surf Scoter,1
Ruddy Duck,27
Horned Grebe,9
Franklins Gull,1
Bonapartes Gull,17
Pine Siskin,1

ROXANA POND (from I-90) Great Egret,1

FORSYTHE PARK and adjacent Wolf Lake
Great Egret,2
Orange-crowned Warbler,2
Swamp Sparrow,1

HAMMOND SANCTUARY (with Tom Beeke)
Golden-crowned Kinglet,7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,1
Yellow-rumped Warbler,8
Fox Sparrow,1
White-throated Sparrow,7
White-crowned Sparrow,1 first-cycle

OGDEN DUNES (from U.S. 12) Northern Mockingbird,1

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN




Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 14:11 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

I had a very modest list to show for my efforts at the west end today. The wind might have been keeping some of the birds down in shelter. Nevertheless, it was a nice day for a walk.

Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 12:55 PM - 2:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
Comments: 65-70 F, clear, moderate to strong wind
10 species

Mallard 30
Northern Shoveler 2
Northern Pintail 2
Ruddy Duck 7
American Coot 96
Ring-billed Gull 66
Blue Jay 1
European Starling 25
Red-winged Blackbird 5
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20333081

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

Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Franklins at Eagle Creek
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 12:30 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Two first winter Franklin's Gulls have been on and off in the air and on mudflats at end of handicapped road at Eagle Creek Park, Indy at midday today.

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Subject: Pigeon River FWA - 10/24/14
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 22:27 pm
From: splew AT lakeland.k12.in.us
 
Birders, 

Today, I woke up not expecting to do much birding. This afternoon, my wife and I had a chance to bird Pigeon River FWA in LaGrange County. I did not expect much. We went for the colors mostly. At the FWA headquarters, we went back to the boat launch. I phished and played a Le Conte' Sparrow tape. Immediately, two birds flew in. The first was a Song Sparrow. The second was much smaller and acted differently. It popped out for just a second. It was a Le Conte's Sparrow! I almost yelled out loud! I have spent the past several weeks scouring weeds and swamps for something good. Finally a pay off!

Tonight, I spent an hour and a half birding the same location. I had three locations scouted out for N. Saw-Whet Owl. My plan was to bird all three locations for roughly an hour, alternating playing a tape and stopping to listen. I only made it to the first stop. An owl called after 15 minutes. Thinking I heard it wrong, I kept at it. It called again! I went towards the call to try to locate the bird. Unfortunately, it stopped calling.

What a day!

Sam Plew
LaGrange, Indiana
Facebook: LaGrange County Birding


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Subject: Barnacle Goose-No
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 19:09 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This evening Kirk Roth, Bud Dodrill, my brother, and I did a sunset goose
watch at the 550N pond. We didn't have any geese fly in. Kirk was saying
that geese often come in for the night very late. Because of that I'll try
again at sunrise tomorrow. If the bird never shows then I guess this bird
will just have to be put to rest and we will never know where it came
from....

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: N.W.Indiana - 10/24
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 18:27 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/24
I checked a few spots this am.
HAMMOND LAKEFRONT PARK (Bird Sanctuary):
6-Horned Grebes
1-Belted Kingfisher
2-Herring Gulls
6-Mourning Doves
1-R.B.Woodpeckers
3-Downy W.P.
2-Blue Jays
6-B.C.Chickadee
2-Brown Creepers
1-Winter Wren
9-G.C.Kinglets
1-R.C.Kinglet
9-Y.R.Warblers
1-Palm Warbler
1-C.Yellowthroat
1-Fox Sparrow
2-Swamp Sparrows
3-W.T.Sparrows
3-W.C.Sparrows
4-Song Sparrows
12-N.Juncos

MILLER BEACH and WOODS:
There were two large rafts of ducks - one was a near pure flock of
Ruddys
5-Horned Grebes
10-Redheads
20-L.Scaup
20-Scaup (Sps.)
3-Surf Scoters
2-Black Scoters
32-Ruddy Ducks
10-G.W.Teal
45-B.W.Teal
Lots of unidentified Ducks
1-Semipalmated Plover
10-Sanderlings
1-Common Tern
2-Red-bellied W.P
2-Horned Larks
2-B.C.Chickadee
6-Blue Jays
1-Brown Creeper
1-W.B.Nuthatch
10-G.C.Kinglets
2-A.Robins
1-Y.R.Warbler
3-Tree Sparrows
1-Field Sparrow
2-Savannah Sparrows
4-Song Sparrows
1-Swamp Sparrow
3-W.T.Sparrows
4-W.C.Sparrows
16-N.Juncos

Also behind my house was a flock of 4 Rusty Blackbirds and on
10/22 there were 3 Bald Eagles (2ad.and 1 juv. flying together).

Michael Topp

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





Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Franklin's Gull
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 18:11 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Today, 24 October, I birded the mudflats on the north end and at the end of the handicapped road at Eagle Creek Park, Indy. I struck a shorebird bonanza with an incredible five species present. The Dunlin and Least Sandpiper were actually county annuals for me since Indy just has not had much shorebird habitat this year.
Highlights included a 1st winter Franklin's Gull and 55 Bonaparte's on the mudflats at the end of the handicapped road at 12:30pm. At about 1:00pm, many of the Bonaparte's flew to the south. Apparently, the Franklin's flew off with them because I could not find it for Peggy Harger and her friend Susan when they walked up at 1:10pm. 
Mallard  15
Blue-winged Teal  24
Northern Shoveler  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  12
Great Egret  5
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  38
Killdeer  27
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Dunlin  1
Least Sandpiper  2
Bonaparte's Gull  55
Franklin's Gull  1  1st winter https://flic.kr/p/pL739LRing-b... Gull  90Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  22
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  13
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  85
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  30
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1 

Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Ritchey Woods
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 14:12 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I had a good mix of late fall birds at Ritchey Woods in Fishers this morning.  Close views of Lincoln's Sparrow, Orange-crowned and Nashville Warblers, Hermit Thrush, and Winter Wren.

38 species:

Great Blue Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 3
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 4
American Robin 50
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Field Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 9
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 200
Common Grackle 20
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 12


Nick Kiehl,

Fishers, IN



Subject: Woodburn, HUrshtown, Cedarville, Allen Co.
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 14:10 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A quick run to eastern Allen Co. this afternoon turned up a few water birds:


Woodburn sewage ponds: all bird in the western pond and hard to see from the access on the east:
Canada Goose
Mallard
Ruddy Duck 15
and possibly a few others?


Bull Rapids Rd. s. of Notestine:
N. Harrier 1 male


Hurshtown Reservoir (now closed for the season; park in front of the gate and scope:
small raft of ducks and/or coots too far out for ID except for one Ruddy Duck
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 2
Bonaparte's Gull 3
Ring-billed Gull 2
Canada Goose


Cedarville Res.
Double-cr. Cormorant 10
Bonaparte's Gull 14
Ring-billed Gull 1


Not a bonanza, but it's a start.


Jim Haw



Subject: Stillwater, Lake Monroe
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 13:31 pm
From: whitehea AT indiana.edu
 
This morning Betsy, Nina and I visited Stillwater and then Paynetown on Lake Monroe - neither very productive.



Stillwater:

Canada Goose - 320

Wood Duck - 2

Pied-billed Grebe - 4

Great Blue Heron - 1

Turkey Vulture - 2

Bald Eagle - 1 (ad)

Tree Swallow _ 25

Carolina Wren - 2

E. Bluebird - 7

Lincoln's Sparrow - 1

Red-winged Blackbird - 240



Paynetown:

Canada Goose - 6

Mallard - 6

Common Loon - 1

Double-cr. Cormorant - 2

Great Blue Heron - 2

Black Vulture - 3

Turkey Vulture - 39

Killdeer - 6

Ring-billed Gull - 26

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1

Chipping Sparrow - 6



Our Yard:

Cooper's Hawk - 1

White-thr. Sparrow - 1



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea@indiana.edu



Subject: Am. Woodcock - Gibson Co. yard bird
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 11:00 am
From: 4giffords AT insightbb.com
 
I went out this morning for a walk in our field to enjoy some fall color and was happy to see an American Woodcock as it flushed out from a thicket of young trees along one of the paths.  Activity in general was pretty good with nice flocks of blue jays, robins, cardinals, white-crowned sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers, goldfinch, juncos and a handful of other birds as well.  I love this time of year!

Steve Gifford
Haubstadt, IN



Subject: BARNACLE GOOSE
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 10:07 am
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I had an apparent BARNACLE GOOSE at the 550N pond/wetland near
Royal Center. The bird was with a flock of 40+ Canada Geese at the pond.
Unfortunately the geese all flew out when I was there, probably going to
the local fields to eat for the day. The bird showed no signs of any kind
of bands or tags. The bird flew very strong and at the head of the flock
most of the time when flying. What makes this more interesting is that this
is the time when Barnacle Goose often show up on the East Coast. Here's a
link to a picture of the bird flying away.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/... I only know one person
in the county who has a captive Barnacle Goose and it is clipped. This
pond/wetland has never had any domestic geese before. The pond was built by
some farmers who wanted to get create a waterfowl resting area. Here's a
google map of where the pond is
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?authuser=0authuser=0hl=e&hl=e&mid=zlNlpKGRPW58.kQZ0DuadmrBM
You can see it from the road. If anyone decides to go out today just park
along the road. If the farmers come out don't worry they are quite nice and
really love it that people come to see the birds on their pond. I will be
out there tonight to see if the geese come back in for dark.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: waterfowl, Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Oct 23, 2014
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 9:19 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
Chuck Tuttle and I did the weekly waterfowl survey at Pine Creek in eastern Benton County yesterday afternoon.  A Northern Harrier kicked up the teal at one point, which made for easy counting.  Most unusual sighting was a GREAT HORNED OWL out a bit early at 5 pm.  They breed at the site but we rarely record them during the day.

One our drive back, we saw two SANDHILL CRANES in the harvested corn field just east of Mulvey Pond in northern Tippecanoe County. They have bred at this location in recent years.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Benton, US-IN Oct 23, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
20 species

American Wigeon 1
Northern Shoveler 10
Mallard 23
Blue-winged Teal 36
Green-winged Teal 13
Ring-necked Pheasant 3
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Northern Harrier 1
American Coot 78
Killdeer 19
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
Mourning Dove 27
Great Horned Owl 1
American Crow 25
American Robin 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Brown-headed Cowbird 100

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20317891

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



Subject: Pigeon River
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 18:39 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Sandy Schacht and I found Pigeon River foggy until about 10 am. with minimal bird activity.  After that the weather turned sunny, mild, and windless, with minimal bird activity.  We found only 35 species for the day, including a few Canada Geese and Mute Swans but not one duck.  We did get our first Fox Sparrow of the fall, one Hermit Thrush, one Purple Finch.  Fawn River Fish Hatchery has refilled all but one pond, and that one had only Killdeer.


Jim Haw



Subject: Celery Bog
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 16:27 pm
From: grounds11 AT frontier.com
 
For the 3rd day in a row I have seen Bald Eagles at the Celery Bog. Two
landed for Photo ops. I had a Red tailed Hawk hang around most of the
afternoon. It was a little more windy today than yesterday. I didn't see
any Warblers. They have been replaced by Cedar Waxwings. There were a few
species of Ducks but not in large amounts.

Birds seen today--

American Coot--100--an under count

American Black Duck--1

Ring necked Duck--7

Ruddy Duck--8

Wood Duck--4

Canada Goose--25

Pied billed Grebe--8

Mallard--35

Northern Shoveler--10

Blued winged Teal--20

Green winged Teal--3

Great blue Heron--2

Killdeer--2

Double crested Cormorant--4

Bald Eagle--2

Red tailed Hawk--1

American Crow--6

Blue Jay--3

American Robin--5

European Starling--8

Cedar Waxwing--20

Tree Swallow--10

White breasted Nuthatch--2

Red bellied Woodpecker--2



Good birding

Russ Allison, West Lafayette



http://www.flickr.com/photos/r...

be sure to under score between russ_allison










Subject: Lake Monroe
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 15:31 pm
From: whitehea AT indiana.edu
 
This morning Betsy, her sister Nina and I ventured to Paynetown and Cutright on Lake Monroe - a few things of note:



Canada Goose - 29

Mallard - 10

Common Loon - 3

Double-cr. Cormorant - 2

Great Blue Heron - 5

Turkey Vulture - 41

Bald Eagle - 1 (ad)

Red-tailed Hawk - 1

Killdeer - 7

Ring-billed Gull - 52

Carolina wren - 2

E. Bluebird - 14

Dark-eyed Junco - 21

Chipping Sparrow - 16



In our Yard:

Dark-eyed Junco - 4

White-cr. Sparrow - 2

White-thr. Sparrow - 1





Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea@indiana.edu



Subject: Winter just around the corner?
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 7:53 am
From: londerga AT indiana.edu
 
Changing seasons brought two coopers hawks to my yard both pestering a small squirrel on the trunk of a large tulip poplar. Hawk - yum, yum. Squirrel - really bad Monday. The squirrel escaped as far as I know. 
________________________________________
From: Robert Kissel [bluesdoc@bluemarble.net]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:47 AM
To: Bloomington-birds; Indiana bird List
Subject: [B-BIRDS-L] Winter just around the corner?

Yesterday afternoon I had 6 Juncos scratching around the feeders and saw the start of the IU-area late afternoon Crow procession back from their feeding areas N of campus.

Bob Kissel
Bloomington



Subject: Winter just around the corner?
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 7:47 am
From: bluesdoc AT bluemarble.net
 
Yesterday afternoon I had 6 Juncos scratching around the feeders and saw the start of the IU-area late afternoon Crow procession back from their feeding areas N of campus.

Bob Kissel
Bloomington



Subject: Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrows
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 19:55 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded a few Cass Co spots. The highlight
was a flyover Pine Siskin and 2 Fox Sparrows at France Park.

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Turkey Vulture 50
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 100
European Starling 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Vesper Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow (Red) 2
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 15
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 3
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 2

550N
American Black Duck 1 Oddly this is Cass's first October record.
Mallard 3
American Coot 5
Greater Yellowlegs 5

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: 2 Lake County Locations - 10/22
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 18:50 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
This morning I checked out Hammond Bird Sanctuary, and then,
after lunch, I checked Centennial Park in Munster, IN. At the sanctuary, it
seemed that Brown Creepers and Golden-crowned Kinglets were everywhere. Below
is what I saw at both locations.
Matt Kalwasinski
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Hammond Lakefront
Park & Sanctuary , Lake, US-IN
Oct 22, 2014 8:11 AM - 10:46 AM
Protocol: Traveling - 3.15 mile(s)

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 1
Horned Grebe 8
Double-crested Cormorant 19
Great Egret 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
American Coot 100 - Estimate - in the harbor
Ring-billed Gull 5
Herring Gull 2
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 11
Brown Creeper 8
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 1
European Starling 13
American Tree Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 7
Dark-eyed Junco 27
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 6

Centennial Park,
Lake, US-IN
Oct 22, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling - 1.82 mile(s)

Wood Duck 1 - Male
Mallard 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1 - Juv
American Coot 8
Downy Woodpecker 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
American Tree Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 4



Subject: Miller Beach - 10/22 - Snow Buntings
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 17:06 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/22
I checked Miller Beach after work today. (pm)
Highlights:
32+Horned Grebes
11-Sanderlings
3-Snow Buntings
1-Tree Sparrow (Parking lot)

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



Subject: Lake Monroe
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 15:06 pm
From: whitehea AT indiana.edu
 
This morning I spent a little time at Paynetown on Lake Monroe - nice weather - and a few new things. The highlights:



Canada Goose - 16

Mallard - 6

Common Loon - 2 (FOS)

Great Blue Heron - 3

Black Vulture - 9

Turkey Vulture - 83

Bald Eagle - 1 (ad)

Peregrine Falcon - 1 (ad)

Killdeer - 4

Ring-billed Gull - 26

E. Phoebe - 2

Ruby-cr. Kinglet - 1

E. Bluebird - 8

Am. Robin - 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2

Dark-eyed Junco - 5

Red-winged Blackbird - 8

Co. Grackle - 26



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea@indiana.edu



Subject: Goose Pond, Past Saturday and Sunday
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 8:53 am
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
I was out on both mornings before sunrise with my sons for early youth waterfowl season in GP11N.


I thought I’d pass on some sightings that might be of interest.


Saturday we had ducks everywhere. Mostly Green wings and shovelers and a few Blue wings. On Sunday the large flocks were gone. We did have one Black Duck circle overhead on Sunday.


There is a small mudflat and some shallow habitat in that unit.

We had a falcon zoom through our decoys at sunrise on Sunday morning. I’m saying it was a juvenile Peregrine because it was large and very plainly and darkly marked. It sped through, buzzed the kildeer on the mudflat and then harrassed a harrier hunting over the grasses. never saw it again, over in seconds!

we had one “peep” and small group of LEYL with the kildeer most of Sunday morning. I couldn't get a good, positive ID but I’d assume a Least Sandpiper.

about two dozen snipe were in that unit as well.

We saw three cranes over GP 9

I was also amazed at the amount of Savannah Sparrows. At one point one nearly landed on my sons foot!








Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: RE: Whooping Crane reminder - No Sightings
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 21:02 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
 Please do NOT report on "ebird" until they have left the area for the season. John Pohl, Vincennes, Indiana * volunteer Whooping Crane Tracker   



Subject: Pine Siskins
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 20:54 pm
From: noahkearns AT hotmail.com
 
We had 20 Pine Siskins descend on our feeders today while taking a break from the outdoor play.  They are the first of the season for me.  Since the Juncos were here also I guess winter is as well.

Noah,June, and Lyra Kearns
Mitchell IN



Subject: Whooping Crane reminder - No Sightings
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 19:19 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
   
   The Whooping Cranes will be migrating very soon.
   What to do if you see Whooping Cranes.
   We ask that observers keep the following guidelines in mind when viewing a Whooping Crane:WCEP (the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership) asks anyone who encounters a Whooping Crane in the wild to please give it the respect and distance it needs. Do not approach birds on foot within 600 feet; remain in your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle within 600 feet or, if on a public road, within 300 feet. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loud enough that the bird(s) can hear you.
  Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view Whooping Cranes. Also, please do not report the bird on a birding list such as In-bird or IBET or any social media such as Facebook or to the news media, to keep the amount of attention it receives to a minimum.   To report a Whooping Crane sighting
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/who... general info on the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership
http://www.bringbackthecranes.... info on the Ultralite lead class of 2014
http://operationmigration.org/... Pohl, Vincennes, Indiana * volunteer Whooping Crane Tracker



Subject: Mississinewa Franklin's Gulls
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 15:01 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Cold, clouds, and a lot of wind--not too promising, but with very little walking I found 44 species for the day at Miami SRA, Francis Slocum SRA, and Peoria fishing site, Mississinewa Res, and on the road to and from.  Water remains high in the reservoir.


Best birds were 4 Franklin's Gulls with Ring-billed on the beach, Miami SRA, Wabash Co. Also of note at the fishing pier off the campground at Miami SRA, Wabash Co., were 2 Dunlin and a peep sandpiper which was too distant for a good look but was much smaller than the Dunlin, rather dark, and appeared to have a slim bill. I think it was a Least.


Canada Goose Miami Co., Wabash Co.
Mallard M
Pied-billed Grebe 2 M
Double-crested Cormorant 1 M
Great Blue Heron MW
Turkey Vulture MW
Bald Eagle 1 i. W
Red-tailed Hawk Huntington Co.
Am. Kestrel 1 W
Killdeer MW
peep sp., probably Least 1 W
Dunlin 2 W
Franklin's Gull 4 W
Ring-billed Gull MW
Rock Pigeon Ft. Waye
Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 M
Red-bellied Woodpecker M
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 M
Downy Woodpecker M
N. Flicker M
Blue Jay MW
Am Crow MW
Carolina Chickadee M
Tufted Titmouse M
White-br. Nuthatch M
Brown Creeper 1 M
Carolina Wren 3 M
E. Bluebird W
Am. Robin MW
Eur. Starling MW
Cedar Waxwing 4 M
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8 M
Sparrow: Chipping 10 MW, Field 7 MW, Vesper 2 W, Savannah 1 W, White-throated 10 MW
Dark-eyed Junco 3 MW
N. Cardinal MW
Red-winged Blackbird W
House Finch Huntington
Am. Goldfinch M
House Sparrow w


Jim Haw



Subject: Indiana Dunes State Park
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 12:30 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
In-bird

Lakewatch

Bonaparte's Gull 75
Unidentified juvenile gull-possible Black-headed. The bird was seen briefly
at a great distance and flying into the gray mist. Extensive brown mottling
on the upper wing with bold black 'wedges' to the primaries.
SABINE'S GULL 1 juvenile heading west.
Red-throated Loon 1
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 2

All the duck flocks were a minimum of a mile out, but primarily bay ducks
with several dark-winged scoters

Merlin 1

Brendan Grube



Subject: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/20 - Clay-colored Sparrow
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:07 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/20
I checked the Lakefront Park after work.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) pm:
4-Mallards
1-A.Kestrel
6-Mourning Doves
1-Belted Kingfisher
1-Y.B.Sapsucker
2-Brown Creepers
2-Winter Wrens
4-Hermit Thrush
1-Y.R.Warbler
1-Palm Warbler
2-C.Yellowthroats
4-Field Sparrows
4-Fox Sparrows
8-Song Sparrows
4-Swamp Sparrows
1-CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
10-W.T.Sparrows
9-W.C.Sparrows (7juvs.)
24-D.E.Juncos

Also from my 10/18 post from here I left offf -
1-Belted Kingfisher
11-G.C.Kinglets
4-R.C.Kinglets
1-E.Meadowlark

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





Subject: Illiana Birds: Snow Buntings
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 17:47 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
20 October 2014 - There were 2 SNOW BUNTINGS on the Hammond Marina breakwall
this afternoon.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Purple finches Morgan Co.
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 16:08 pm
From: dougcher2080 AT sbcglobal.net
 
This AM we had our FOS male purple finch at our feeders. Also seeing small groups of both ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets, several white-crowned sparrows, and yellow-rumped warblers. We have had a mature bald eagle cruising over the area for several days and today it was perched at the top of a tall sycamore tree near our pond. Doug Johnstone, Morgan Co.



Subject: RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 6:32 am
From: Richard.Wood AT purduecal.edu
 
My wife and I live in Hammond and we are both accomplished birders (we've each seen close to 450 life species in the US since we began birding), and we've been to the Hammond Sanctuary once since we moved here in 2012.  The one time we went, we got as far as the parking lot, and we left because the man at the booth was one of the rudest people we have ever encountered.  The lot was empty, yet he insisted on telling us where we could and could not park.  He almost wouldn't let us in, even though we both live in Hammond.  We convinced him to let us in, then tried to tell us where we could park-so we left.

Needless to say, a major disappointment.

Richard
________________________________
From: Carolyn A. Marsh [cmarshbird@prodigy.net]
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 1:17 PM
To: In-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18

18 October 2014 - In addition to Michaels always productive sightings, there was a GREAT-HORNED OWL mobbed by 10 AMERICAN CROWS. One crow was on a tree limb next to the owl snapping at it. Also, the constant juv COOPERS HAWK, 6 RUBY and 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 1 GRAY CATBIRD.

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County

________________________________
From: MTopp7927 [mailto:in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu]
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:25 PM
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18

10/18
Before heading over to Miller Beach I did a quick check at the Lakefront Park.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) :
4-Horned Grebes
1-Great Blue Heron
1-Great Black-backed Gull (1st Year)
1-Red-tailed Hawk
4-Sanderlings
1-Dunlin
1-Y.B.Sapsucker
2-N.Flickers
1-E.Phoebe
5-Brown Creepers
2-Winter Wrens
3-Hermit Thrush
8-Y.R.Warblers
4-Palm Warblers
2-C.Yellowthroats
1-Savannah Sparrow
18-W.T.Sparrows
5-W.C.Sparrows
4-Swamp Sparrows
2-Song Sparrows
20-D.E.Juncos
2-Rusty Blackbirds
4-Pine Siskins
4-House Finch
Michael Topp
Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...



Subject: Johnson County Saturday: Laura Hare Preserve - No Waterfowl Yet
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 5:38 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I started under cool, cloudy skies at Laura Hare Preserve Saturday morning.  It was quiet when I got out of the car and never picked up.  I did get FOS Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet plus flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-throated Sparrows.  But that was about it in the 90 minutes there.

The rest of the morning and early afternoon I checked all the usual ponds. Still no influx of waterfowl, just Canada Geese, Mallards, the continuing 2 Redheads, and numerous Pied-billed Grebes.

Bob Carper
Indianapolis

http://bushwhackingbirder.com/



Subject: Oak Ridge Prairie (Lake) - 10/19
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 20:07 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I spent some time this afternoon walking around Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith, IN. Below is what I saw.

Matt Kalwasinski

Oak Ridge Prairie
County Park (Lake Co.), Lake, US-IN
Oct 19, 2014 1:16 PM - 3:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling - 4.48 mile(s)

Canada Goose 34
Wood Duck 15
Mallard 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Blue Jay 12
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 1
European Starling 11
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 16
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 5



Subject: Seeking hummingbird records October 25 - March 2015
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:57 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
It's time for my annual request seeking all hummingbird sightings observed from October 25 through March 2015.  October 25 and beyond is the time period for which I consider Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to be "late" for Indiana (it used to be October 20, but I was accumulating too many records.)  If you have a Ruby-throated hummingbird present, I am interested in knowing the date last seen, city, county, and whether the bird is a female-type (including imm. males) or an adult male.  Obtaining a photo is strongly encouraged.  Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are gone from Indiana, but some will be present into November.  Indiana even has several December records of Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  The birds that are present now are migrants from farther north.  Having a feeder out will help these migrants get an easy high-carb meal as they continue southward. Keeping a feeder up has no impact on whether a hummingbird migrates or not. 

Some of the hummingbirds that are present could be something other than a Ruby-throat.  A number of other species of hummingbirds are similar to Ruby-throats.  That is why it is best to get a photo if possible.  Female and young Rufous Hummingbirds may not appear different to many feeder watchers and Black-chinned looks extremely similar to their close relative the Ruby-throated.  

Indiana has 82 records of Rufous, one of Black-chinned, two Green Violetear, one Anna's, and three Calliope.  So far this fall/winter hummingbird season there has been one confirmed record of Rufous (adult male in White County in early August) and one unconfirmed report from Hendricks County in early October. Just this past week, two knowledgeable observers from SW Indiana reported a Green Violetear at their feeder from October 15-17. It has not been seen since the morning of the 17th. Only the homeowners saw the bird and no photos were obtained. The record has been submitted to eBird and will be submitted to the Indiana Bird Records Committee.

Any hummingbird from now through next March should be carefully examined for species ID.  Please consider passing along information and photos to me if you know of a hummingbird that is present in the coming months.  As always, if I learn of a hummingbird and the homeowner allows visitation, I will post to IN-BIRD. Thanks.

 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Eagle Creek Airport Fish Crows, Indianapolis
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:07 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
 After Two hours of searching a half mile by half mile area at the South end of the Eagle Creek Airport, I found 2 Fish Crows together in a tree in the front yard of a bank on the North side of 38th St. and across from the Burger King. The crows were resting and giving a Gaah call once every several minuets. My fingers are crossed that they will stay for the winter.  Later around 1pm, I found one Fish Crow on top on the tall towers that straddle 38th street just East of the airport.  The lone crow was on the third tower S of 38th Street. If documentation is needed on these observations, I got great pictures of the 2 close up. Send me an email address and I will forward them.
Spike



Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye-Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station- Loggerhead Shrike
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:00 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Loggerhead shrike still present less than 1/4 mile east of Monty's Station at Patoka River NWR, Gibson County.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: BirdsEye-Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station-2014-10-19
From: Colleen Craven-Becker
To: Colleen Craven-Becker
CC:

Observer: cbirding

2014-10-19 16:15

Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station

Protocol: Stationary

15 Minutes

Observers: 2

All birds reported? No

    1    Loggerhead Shrike       

Tom and Colleen Becker

This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog (http://birdseyebirding.com/))


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) details on POMARINE JAEGER
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 17:25 pm
From: jeffmccoy AT embarqmail.com
 
Though my name was inadvertently left off the list, I was indeed lucky enough to be present for yet another awesome lakewatch at Miller - as was Bob Hughes, who, more than anyone else, deserves to be mentioned since he was the one who found most of the good birds, including the Red-necked Grebe and most of the unusual gulls. His appearances at the lakewatch have become as rare a sight as a flock of Sabine's, but I wish we could have him for every one.

Regarding yesterday, the 7 hard-core, die-hard lakewatchers that held out to the last second at 3:30pm are probably scratching their heads saying "what Pomarine Jaeger?". I typically make a final check of the beach at the end of the watch but this time I drove 1/2 mile west to the Aquatorium parking lot where I can better see if there is anything worth driving further down for at Lake St. As I reached the beach I saw the gulls go up (as they had shortly before the watch ended), rising high into the air as they do when a predator is about. Earlier we saw no reason for their concern, but this time I spotted a large jaeger rising behind the flock and it singled out a RBGU following it into shore. It came within 100yds of the shore and was fairly high but I could clearly see a "double-flash" on the underwing, strongly barred undertail coverts, and a short, blunted tail projection when it maneuvered to harass the gull. It quickly descended northwestward out into the lake and disappeared to the west.

The Port of Indiana was my last stop and, as suspected on a gull flight day, it was loaded with thousands of gulls, including several hundred Herring Gulls...and only one other species. I could not even find a token black-backed or Bonie .

The sight yesterday of a flock of 4 Parasitcs was shades of the infamous 14 Nov. 1999 "mega jaeger day" when we had 26 total, including a flock of 8(!) and at least 3 Pomarines (in hindsight it was probably actually 7). Chicago birders Bob Hughes and Andy Sigler (a sighting of which at a lakewatch has become as rare as an Ancient Murrelet) were both present that day, which added to the nostalgia factor. As we gear up for another intense November lakewatch season, I thought that as a motivator for everyone to get out for the first big blow in mid-November (and for those who like to reminisce) to review that epic lakewatch from 15 yrs. ago, as well as my post the day before, encouraging everyone to get out for "the mother of all Lakewatches". I've since learned that lakewatch predicting is a dangerous business so I've tried to stay away from it...in other words - I got lucky.

Good birding,
Jeff
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* Subject : Sunday Lakewatch forecast
* Date : Sat, 13 Nov 1999 01:55:12 EST

The Great Lakes Marine Forecast is now calling for gale force northwest
winds (35+knots or 42+mph) for the southern half of Lake Mich. Saturday
night and Sunday.

Given the fickle nature of cold fronts with regard to waterbird flights I
normally hesitate in encouraging others to come to the lakefront for
Lakewatches since that is usually the day when we have perfect conditions
and no birds or the ideal winds never materialize. Not this time. With
a cold front of this strength at this time of the year we could very well
be in for the "mother of all Lakewatches"! In other words, if you have
not made plans for Sunday and have been wanting to do a Lakewatch I
strongly recommend you head for the concession stand in Marquette Park at
Miller Beach.

To give you an idea of the potential, here are the highlights from a day
with similar conditions in mid-November 1997: 105 Tundra Swans, 4
Red-throated Loons, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 3 Black-legged Kittiwakes (incl.
an adult), 1 Little Gull, 1 adult male King Eider, 337 Common Loons, and
all three scoters. I have to give the disclaimer that "past
performance is no guarantee of future results" but I have the feeling
we'll be talking about "that Sunday in mid-November of 1999" for years to
come!

If you decide to come be sure to dress a little more warmly than what you
would think since standing in one spot for hours can chill you to the
bone. Also be forewarned that Lakewatching sometimes requires a great
deal of patience; a typical Lakewatch involves long periods of
mind-numbing boredom punctuated by occasional moments of extreme
adrenalin-pumping excitement. Normally a scope is a must but with gale
force winds many birds may be moving just offshore.

Directions to the Miller Beach Lakewatch site, compliments of Geoff
Williamson, are as follows:

> From the junction of I-80/94 and the I-90 toll road in Lake Co. take Hwy
51N to US20 then west to Lake St. in the town of Miller (McDonalds
restaurant here).

To get to the "Marquette Park Concession Stand," which
is the best spot from which to watch the birds on and
over the lake, do not go all the way north on Lake Street
to the parking lot, but rather turn right (east) from Lake
Street onto Hemlock Ave. Take Hemlock east to Grand Ave
at the first stop light and turn left. Follow this road
as it bends right and enters a one way counter-clockwise
loop around Marquette Park. Then turn left (north) at Montgomery
(Montgomery is the east side of the loop) and go north a
short way to where you can turn left again at Oak Ave.
and start to double back west. Almost immediately after
turning left onto Oak you will see the concession stand
on the right. Park and view the lake using the concession
stand to shelter you from the wind. To leave this area, you
continue west on Oak back to where Grand Ave split off to
become the south section of the Marquette Park loop.

Good Birding!
Jeff McCoy
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* Subject : Lakewatch: Mega-jaeger Day 11/14
* Date : Mon, 15 Nov 1999 16:41:25 EST

Date: Sunday, November 14th, 1999
Location: Marquette Park Concession Stand, Miller Beach, Lake Co.
Time: 6:00am-4:00pm CST (all times that follow will be in Central time)
Observers included: Jerry Smith, Jeff McCoy, Brad Etter, Jeff Hoover,
Bob Hughes, Jim & Susan Hengeveld, Phil & Joanne Kelly, Jeff Moore, John
Cassady, Steve Dowd, Ed Hopkins, Brad Jackson, Kenai Hiraboshi (sp?),
Tracy Page, Andy Sigler, Dave Johnson, Dave Reichlinger, Michael Brown,
Dick Plank
Weather: Sunny becoming mostly cloudy by midday then mostly sunny by
midafternoon
Wind: NW 25-35kt becoming N 10-20kt by midafternoon
Temp: 52 F
Flight direction: almost exclusively W (loons in all directions)
Comments: At least 36 observers were witness to the greatest Dunes Area
jaeger flight in modern history. A whopping 26 birds were counted,
including at least 3 (prob. more) POMARINES, pushing our annual total to
the century mark. Many of these birds, including a tight group of eight,
were passing by just offshore. We finally recorded our first KITTIWAKE
of the season which provided excellent views as it passed by the second
time moving slowly over the breakers westward against the wind in full
sunlight.

RED-THROATED LOON 8 (4 imm, 1 ad, 3 unaged)
Common loon 317
Horned Grebe 58
D.-cr. Cormorant 23
Snow Goose 1
Canada Goose 11
TUNDRA SWAN 40 (landed near Port of Indiana)
Gadwall 3
Am. Wigeon 5
Am. Black Duck 3
Mallard 73
Green-w. Teal 1
Canvasback 26
Redhead 117
Ring-n. Duck 11
Greater Scaup 28
Lesser Scaup 385
Aythya sp. 810
Surf Scoter 1
Black Scoter 1
"dark winged" scoter 33 (incl. one flock of 25)
Bufflehead 30
C. Goldeneye 4
Red-br. Merganser 64
C. Merganser 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
RED PHALAROPE 1(7:20am; flew by at 250m)
POMARINE JAEGER 3 (all juv.'s; at least 4 of the unidentified jaegers
were prob. Pom.'s but were not seen quite well enough to positively
identify; see notes below)
PARASITIC JAEGER 9 (all juv.'s; see notes below)
JAEGER SP. 14 (all prob. juv.'s; see notes below)
Bonaparte's Gull 102
Thayer's Gull 7 (5 ad, 1 2nd yr, 1 1st yr)
Glaucous Gull 1 (ad)
Grt. Black-backed Gull 5 (2 ad, 1 2nd yr, 2 1st yr)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE 1 (imm; 10:55am flew E, 11:30am flew W 200m out)
Snow Bunting 63

7:05am: POJA - 1dark-interm. type juv. flying W 150m out; distincly
barred underwing paler than body, lacked pale nape, rounded tail
extension, conpicuous double under-primary patch, blackish brown tones
throughout, structure however seemed small for POJA
7:50am: PAJA - 2 interm. type juv.'s flying W 300m out; body slightly
paler brown than underwing (one a bit paler than the other), tail coverts
not noticeably barred or pale, warm brown tones throughout, structure
consistent w/PAJA, single patch on underwing
8:45am: POJA - 2 interm. type juv.'s flying W 200m out w/PAJA and 2 JAEG
sp.; with 5 birds going by together I suffered from jaeger-overload
trying to identify them all and did not simply concentrate on one or two,
thus, although I did see double underwing patches (this can also be shown
by some PAJA's at close range) and paler tail coverts (they did not
appear to be conspicuously barred black and white as I've seen on most
POJA's, but this does not rule out POJA) I did not see them well enough
to positively identify them; John Cassady saw barred tail coverts, a lack
of pointed tail extension, and heavy structure on at least one and Bob
Hughes saw enough characters to identify 2 of them as POJA's
8:45am: PAJA - 1 interm. type juv.; this bird was slightly smaller than
most of the other 4 birds it was with and had a paler hindneck and was
paler bodied
8:45am: JAEG sp. - 2 juv.; all four birds with the above PAJA were
similar in appearance so I would not be surprised if all were POJA's
9:05am: JAEG sp. - 2 juv.; flying W near shore, landed on water a couple
hundred yards before reaching us; they appeared to be large and dark and
I saw strikingly barred uppertail-coverts as they landed; prob. POJA's
9:05am: PAJA - 3 interm. type juv.'s flying W 200m out, they were joined
by 5 other birds as they passed by, some of which came from the W;
typically plumaged
9:55am: PAJA - 1 interm. type juv. flying W 200m out; typically plumaged
9:55am: JAEG sp. - 2 dark birds with white wing flash flying W 3/4 mile
out
10:25am: JAEG sp. - 1 dark bird with white wing flash flying W 1 mile out
11:45am: JAEG sp. - 3 dark birds with white wing flash and barred
underparts flying W 600m out
12:45pm: PAJA - 1 interm. type juv. and 1 pale/interm. type juv. flying W
150m out; paler bird heavily rusty toned with distinct rusty hindneck
1:45pm: JAEG - 1 dark bird with white wing flash and barred underparts
flying W 600m out

Good Birding,
Jeff McCoy
----- Original Message -----

From: "Kenneth J. Brock"
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:32:51 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) 8 gull species & 10 jaegers, including Pom


Today (18-Oct-14) a wonderful lakewatch was conducted at the Miller Beach concession stand. Present were: Amar Ayyash, John Cassady, Don Gorney, Ed Hopkins, Wes Homoya, Barny Dunning & the Purdue crew, John Kendall, Aiden Rominger, Karen Mansfield, Landon Neumann, Randy Pals, Ryan Sanderson, Andy Sigler, Michael Topp plus many others (sorry I do not recall all the names).


The watch extended from 7:00AM to 3:50PM central time. It was overcast with rain throughout much of the day. The wind was NNW at 20 and the temperature was about 50. The Pal’s Flight Magnitude was 67.26, which is the 14 th best flight on record. Highlights included Red-necked Grebe, Am. White Pelicans, Franklin's Gulls, Laughing Gull, Pomarine Jaeger, and Parasitic Jaegers.


The Complete List (all the sparrows were in Marquette Park)


Canada Goose,18
Gadwall,36
American Wigeon,4
American Black Duck,3
Mallard,27
Northern Shoveler,1
Northern Pintail,12
Green-winged Teal,45
Redhead,38
Greater Scaup,13
Lesser Scaup,18
Surf Scoter,7
Black Scoter,8
dark-winged scoter,5
Red-breasted Merganser,53
Red-throated Loon,5
Common Loon,29
Horned Grebe,10
RED-NECKED GREBE,1
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,3
Merlin,1
Peregrine Falcon,3
American Golden-Plover,1
Sanderling,25
Dunlin,31
Franklin’s Gull,4
LAUGHING GULL,1 juv
Bonaparte’s Gull,183
Ring-billed Gull,250
Herring Gull,930- a steady stream came from the east all morning
Thayer’s Gull,4- an adult & 3 first-cycle- record count for October
Lesser Black-backed Gull,4- an adult, 2 1st -cycle, & a 3 rd -cycle
Great Black-backed Gull,5- an adult, one 1st-cycle, two 2 nd -cycle, one 3 rd -cycle
Common Tern,2
POMARINE JAEGER,1 juv at 3:50pm (large heavy jaeger with 2 nd underwing crescent, blunt central tail feather, & barred under tail coverts)
Parasitic Jaeger,5- juv at 2:35 & a flock of 4 at 2:20, including one adult
Jaeger species,4 single bird arrived from the east at 7:35, 7:55, 8:00, & 11:14
Hermit Thrush,1 flew through the watchers dodging tripod (& birder) legs
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW,1
Savannah Sparrow,1
Lincoln’s Sparrow,2
Song Sparrow,3
Swamp Sparrow,2
White-crowned Sparrow,5
Dark-eyed Junco,3
Pine Siskin,71- a flock of 50 spent the day feeding on the local sunflowers


Ken Brock





Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye-Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads-2014-10-19
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 16:31 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 


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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: BirdsEye-Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads-2014-10-19
From: Colleen Craven-Becker
To: Colleen Craven-Becker
CC:

A nice day of birding.

Observer: cbirding

2014-10-19 09:15

Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads

Protocol: Traveling

19 Miles

315 Minutes

Observers: 2

All birds reported? Yes

    45    Greater White-fronted Goose       

    110    Canada Goose       

    2    Wood Duck       

    4    Gadwall       

    17    American Wigeon       

    89    Mallard       

    23    Blue-winged Teal       

    7    Northern Shoveler       

    8    Northern Pintail       

    36    Green-winged Teal       

    1    Lesser Scaup       

    4    Ruddy Duck       

    6    Wild Turkey       

    16    Pied-billed Grebe       

    9    Double-crested Cormorant       

    6    American White Pelican    6 white pelicans soaring above Gibson Power Plant Lake and landing on lake out of sight.   

    11    Great Blue Heron       

    5    Great Egret       

    8    Turkey Vulture       

    1    Northern Harrier       

    1    Sharp-shinned Hawk       

    7    Bald Eagle       

    2    Red-shouldered Hawk       

    4    Red-tailed Hawk       

    4    American Coot       

    19    Killdeer       

    2    Greater Yellowlegs       

    35    Ring-billed Gull       

    13    Herring Gull       

    1    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)       

    11    Mourning Dove       

    2    Belted Kingfisher       

    12    Red-bellied Woodpecker       

    3    Downy Woodpecker       

    3    Hairy Woodpecker       

    6    Northern Flicker       

    5    American Kestrel       

    22    Blue Jay       

    16    American Crow       

    31    Horned Lark       

    15    Northern Rough-winged Swallow       

    350    Tree Swallow       

    12    Carolina Chickadee       

    8    Tufted Titmouse       

    6    White-breasted Nuthatch       

    4    Carolina Wren       

    3    Ruby-crowned Kinglet       

    5    Eastern Bluebird       

    185    American Robin       

    39    European Starling       

    3    Tennessee Warbler       

    37    Yellow-rumped Warbler       

    6    Chipping Sparrow       

    2    Field Sparrow       

    5    Song Sparrow       

    1    Lincoln's Sparrow       

    4    Swamp Sparrow       

    10    White-throated Sparrow       

    1    White-crowned Sparrow       

    6    Northern Cardinal       

    250    Red-winged Blackbird       

    8    Eastern Meadowlark       

    65    Common Grackle       

    9    Brown-headed Cowbird       

    150    American Goldfinch       

Tom and Colleen Becker
Floyd County


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Subject: Salamonie area
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:38 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I found 51 species by driving in the Salamonie area with stops at Roush Lake dam and Lake Clare, Huntington, on the way home:


Canada Goose
Ruddy Duck 4 L. Clare
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-cr. Cormorant 2 SR, 4 Roush L
Great Blue Heron 14 all Roush L
Great Egret 1 Roush L.
Turkey Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk
Am, Kestrel 1
Am. Coot 14 L. Clare
Killdeer 12
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher 2
Woodpecker: Red-bellied, Downy, N. Flicker
E. Phoebe 2
Blue Jay
AM. Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow 150+ low over Salamonie
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White- br. Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 1
E. Bluebird
AM. Robin
Eur. Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Warbler: Orange-crowned 2, Yellow-rumped 24, Palm 1
Sparrow: Chipping 20+, Field 5, Song, Swamp 1, Whie-throated 20+, White-crowned 30+
Dark-eyed Junco 20+
N. Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
E. Meadowlark 1
House Finch
Purple Finch 2
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw



Subject: Lawrence Co Orange-crowned, Nashville Warbler
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 14:30 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
Lots of migrant activity in our yard over the weekend. Yesterday, the cedar trees were swarming with Yellow-rumped Warblers (I blocked off groups of 5 and estimated 40) and finally, after a lot of searching, I found 1 Palm and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler with them. Both kinglets and Brown Creeper were also present. Today, new arrivals were 2 Hermit Thrushes, 1 late Nashville Warbler, and a pair of Purple Finches.
Our last Ruby-throated Hummingbird sighting was 10/15 (a female).
Amy KearnsMitchell








Subject: RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:18 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
18 October 2014 - In addition to Michael's always productive sightings,
there was a GREAT-HORNED OWL mobbed by 10 AMERICAN CROWS. One crow was on a
tree limb next to the owl snapping at it. Also, the constant juv COOPER'S
HAWK, 6 RUBY and 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 1 GRAY CATBIRD.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County



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From: MTopp7927 [mailto:in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu]
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:25 PM
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18



10/18

Before heading over to Miller Beach I did a quick check at the Lakefront
Park.

Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) :

4-Horned Grebes

1-Great Blue Heron

1-Great Black-backed Gull (1st Year)

1-Red-tailed Hawk

4-Sanderlings

1-Dunlin

1-Y.B.Sapsucker

2-N.Flickers

1-E.Phoebe

5-Brown Creepers

2-Winter Wrens

3-Hermit Thrush

8-Y.R.Warblers

4-Palm Warblers

2-C.Yellowthroats

1-Savannah Sparrow

18-W.T.Sparrows

5-W.C.Sparrows

4-Swamp Sparrows

2-Song Sparrows

20-D.E.Juncos

2-Rusty Blackbirds

4-Pine Siskins

4-House Finch

Michael Topp

Highland IN.

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




Subject: SW Allen Sparrows 'N Stuff-- Oct. 19 AM
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:05 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Highlights from a few short stops on this gorgeous, initially foggy and frosty fall morning:


Eagle Marsh main drive off Engle Road (08:10-08:30):

Song Sparrow- 15
Swamp Sparrow- 5
White-crowned Sparrow- 36 in one flock counted from my vehicle near the gate (I continued to see and hear them as I walked half-way to the barn and back, but some of those may have been birds I was just pushing down the drive ahead of me.)
Red-winged Blackbird- 1000+ making an impressive ruckus each time they initiated a mass departure, each time aborted, from the prairie area on the west side of the lane


South of Yohne Road across from the main entrance to Fox Island, I noted Killdeer and yellowlegs (Lesser, I think, but no scope to verify) in a distant puddle.


Fox Island County Park while eating an early lunch on the Nature Center deck (10:15-10:45):

Eastern Phoebe- 2
Blue-headed Vireo- 1
Winter Wren- 1
Cedar Waxwing- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 3
Chipping (1), Fox (1), Song (1), Swamp (1), and White-throated (4) Sparrows
Purple Finch- 3

Visitors to the park should know that the Bird Observation Building may not be accessible (like today) during its re-modeling. However, I noted with some interest that one can again clearly view the feeders from OUTSIDE the building. The vegetation between the feeders and the walkway has been substantially thinned, allowing convenient viewing from the trail or the trail-side bench. They also REALLY wacked down the growth along the western portion of the loop trail north of the Nature Center.


Amber Road just south of the rail road (11:10-11:30):

Double-crested Cormorant- 2 in the pond on the east side of the road
Killdeer- 6
Chipping Sparrow- 1
Vesper Sparrow- 1, a long, close look in great light at a bird on the road and then in a small sapling right outside my window

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Ft. Harrison 10/19 OCWA, BHVI
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:02 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The Fort Harrison State Park bird walk on a beautiful Sunday morning produced 40 species of birds. Lots of sparrows, most of which, went unidentified because they flushed in front of us into thicker vegetation. Of the five warbler species, the group managed to see the three
Oreothlypis (Tennessee, Orange-crowned and Nashville) within 100 yards of one another. Mike Mulcahy spotted the extremely cooperative juvenile Oranged-crowned which lounged in a mostly bare tree about 30 feet away for some excellent looks by all. Other highlights included Blue-headed Vireos, including one singing, both kinglets, Palm Warbler, and a lot of LBJs (Little Brown Jobs, or sparrows).

Canada Goose  3
Wood Duck  5
Mallard  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  7
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  14
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  3
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  21
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  22
Tennessee Warbler  1
Orange-crowned Warbler (celata)  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  15
Eastern Towhee  5
Chipping Sparrow  35
Field Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  25
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  20
White-crowned Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  6
Northern Cardinal  18
Red-winged Blackbird  400
Common Grackle  20
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  13
House Sparrow  7
One more fall bird walk will take place at Fort Harrison SP on October 26, Meet at 8am at Delaware Lake parking lot.
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday October 19, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 12:37 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Weather-  Sunny
Temp. 40's

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 72 species. The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Universal Strip Mines - dark ibis, sparrows, purple finch
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 21:34 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Below is Steve Lima's report of our observations today.  Highlights: dark Ibis (Glossy or White-faced), Marsh Wren, Vesper Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, Purple Finch. 

Universal Strip Mines, Vermillion, US-IN
Oct 18, 2014 9:00 AM - 2:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
22.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Peter Scott. A nearly full tour through the mine on county roads within the mined habitat; we also walked several marshes in the Blanford Unit (restricted areas). Lake levels still high for this time of the year, with little shorebird habitat. Weather: wind NW 10 - 20 mph, mostly cloudy to overcast with a few sprinkles of rain, low 50s F.
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 18
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 14
Northern Shoveler 21
Green-winged Teal 37
Ring-necked Pheasant 2
Pied-billed Grebe 17
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1 Dark ibis seen in flight (about 80 feet up) at a distance of roughly 500 feet. Unmistakable profile with long, obviously curved bill, relatively slender body, and long trailing legs. Given the overcast conditions, the bird appeared uniformly dark (nearly black), and at this distance, there was no chance of a more refined ID. First sighted about at point 39.643063, -87.527896, just west of where the power lines cross Brouilletts Creek Road. It may have flown from the nearby marsh at point 39.641429, -87.526235 to the east. The bird disappeared to the west after being in view for about 10 seconds.
Turkey Vulture 6
Northern Harrier 4
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Sora 1
American Coot 56
Killdeer 3
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Wilson's Snipe 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 1 Continuing low numbers of this species.
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
American Kestrel 2
Blue Jay 21
American Crow 13
Horned Lark 5
Tree Swallow 80
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 2
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 11
American Robin 1
European Starling 205
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 31
Field Sparrow 3
Vesper Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 56
Nelson's Sparrow 2 Same location as noted in Sept. 28 eBird post. This site continues to produce multiple individuals of this species, which was seen nowhere else on the mine.
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 65
White-crowned Sparrow 38
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 46
Eastern Meadowlark 30
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 305
House Finch 3
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 79

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20268721

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





Subject: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 18:25 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/18
Before heading over to Miller Beach I did a quick check at the
Lakefront Park.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) :
4-Horned Grebes
1-Great Blue Heron
1-Great Black-backed Gull (1st Year)
1-Red-tailed Hawk
4-Sanderlings
1-Dunlin
1-Y.B.Sapsucker
2-N.Flickers
1-E.Phoebe
5-Brown Creepers
2-Winter Wrens
3-Hermit Thrush
8-Y.R.Warblers
4-Palm Warblers
2-C.Yellowthroats
1-Savannah Sparrow
18-W.T.Sparrows
5-W.C.Sparrows
4-Swamp Sparrows
2-Song Sparrows
20-D.E.Juncos
2-Rusty Blackbirds
4-Pine Siskins
4-House Finch
Michael Topp
Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...



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