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20 Feb: @ 10:41:18 
Fw: eBird Report - SR 446 HNF Pine Stand, Feb 20, 2018 [gary langell]
20 Feb: @ 10:24:15 
Lk. Lemon - 2/19-2/20 [Hengeveld, James David]
20 Feb: @ 10:02:07 
Gray Catbird in Bloomington [David Rupp]
20 Feb: @ 08:51:53 
Sandhill Crane Flyover, Carmel, Southern Hamilton County, IN [ajdatt]
19 Feb: @ 19:09:21 
Am. Woodcocks Displaying, Floyd County [Del Striegel]
19 Feb: @ 17:07:24 
Fort Wayne Killdeer [John Winebrenner]
19 Feb: @ 13:17:01 
Don Whitehead [Hengeveld, James David]
18 Feb: @ 20:57:57 
tree swallows [Wilkins, Vern W]
18 Feb: @ 20:44:25 
blackbirds [Wilkins, Vern W]
18 Feb: @ 19:40:50 
Sandhill Crane movement, Vigo [Peter Scott]
18 Feb: @ 19:21:45 
SACR, TVs, hawks--SW Monroe Co [Greene, Terri B]
18 Feb: @ 12:29:22 
Eagle Creel Park bird walk [Becky]
17 Feb: @ 19:19:04 
Woodcock, Pine Siskins, more--SW Monroe Co [Greene, Terri B]
17 Feb: @ 14:54:46 
Lakefront (17-Feb-2018) adult male Long-tailed Duck [Kenneth J. Brock]
17 Feb: @ 14:02:08 
16 Eagles and 2 Gadwal and Red-Breasted Nuthatchl 28 Special Total around Northern Salamonie Reservoir [Andrew Wolfe]
17 Feb: @ 12:15:54 
Redheads, SW Allen Co [zzedpowers]
16 Feb: @ 18:02:53 
Sandhill Crane, Red-winged Blackbirds in Elkhart County [Robert Guth]
16 Feb: @ 17:34:16 
Re: Fairfax - White-winged Scoter [Wilkins, Vern W]
16 Feb: @ 17:08:31 
Fairfax - White-winged Scoter [Kirk Roth]
16 Feb: @ 11:40:21 
Canvasback, Redheads, and Goldeneye Lake Claire Huntington, IN [Andrew Wolfe]
15 Feb: @ 20:04:59 
Chinook mine - woodcock, killdeer, swans, geese [Peter Scott]
15 Feb: @ 19:49:56 
Lk. Lemon L. Black-b. Gull [Hengeveld, James David]
15 Feb: @ 16:22:20 
Cranes [Larry Caldwell]
14 Feb: @ 13:15:20 
Fox Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler [Brad Jackson]
14 Feb: @ 11:56:30 
Eagles, Herons, N Harrier Roush Reservoir Huntington [Andrew Wolfe]
13 Feb: @ 19:41:38 
Hamilton County Parks GWFG and other Assorted Waterfowl, SACR, Singing Creeper, Titmouse Courtship? [Brad Jackson]
13 Feb: @ 16:59:59 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, St.Joseph County, IN [Victor Riemenschneider]
13 Feb: @ 15:35:59 
Chinook mine - geese, ducks [Peter Scott]
13 Feb: @ 14:45:00 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
11 Feb: @ 19:38:39 
Eagle Creek Park bird hike [Becky]
11 Feb: @ 17:10:36 
2/11/18 - Lake County locations [Matt Kalwasinski]
10 Feb: @ 21:24:27 
Short-eared Owls and Harriers [John Winebrenner]
10 Feb: @ 16:19:05 
Sandhill Cranes, SW Monroe Co [Greene, Terri B]
10 Feb: @ 16:16:24 
Possible Mallard x Shoveler or Just Strange Mallard [Brad Jackson]
10 Feb: @ 16:03:23 
Ranks of waterfoul swell overnight at Eagle creek. [Spike Selig]
09 Feb: @ 18:13:22 
goose count Eagle Creek. [Spike Selig]
09 Feb: @ 17:03:04 
Aditional information to add to Eagle Creek waterfoul post. [Spike Selig]
09 Feb: @ 14:05:43 
Waterfoul returning to Eagle Creek. [Spike Selig]
08 Feb: @ 19:53:00 
Lake George, Hobart, Lake Co., 8 Feb. - Bald Eagles [Rick Welton]
08 Feb: @ 17:56:26 
Goose Pond & Bear Run Mine [Don & Char Allen]
08 Feb: @ 13:42:09 
RE: Don Whitehead [Tanford, J. Alexander]
08 Feb: @ 10:50:32 
Washington Co Ross's and Cackling Geese [Amy Kearns]
07 Feb: @ 19:53:54 
BLVU [Jess Gwinn]
07 Feb: @ 18:54:53 
Don Whitehead [Hengeveld, James David]
06 Feb: @ 06:47:59 
Turtle Creek Reservoir, Sullivan [Peter Scott]
05 Feb: @ 15:56:35 
Snow Goose Huntington IN [Andrew Wolfe]
05 Feb: @ 04:43:47 
Fwd: Yard birds, SW Monroe Co CORRECTION [Greene, Terri B]
04 Feb: @ 17:05:51 
Yard birds, SW Monroe Co [Greene, Terri B]
04 Feb: @ 16:38:53 
Eagle Creek Park bird hike [Becky]
03 Feb: @ 16:05:56 
NW Indiana (3-Feb-2018) [Kenneth J. Brock]





Subject: Fw: eBird Report - SR 446 HNF Pine Stand, Feb 20, 2018
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 10:41 am
From: bloomington-birds-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Had my first Pine Warbler of the year singing in a pine stand off SR 446 just before the Paynetown Visitor Center. Voice recording is attached and is viewable at url below.
Gary LangellEllettsvilleMonroe County
SR 446 HNF Pine Stand, Monroe, Indiana, US
Feb 20, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.175 mile(s)
Comments: Extremely windy, making it difficult to hear calling birds. Specifically went to this location to see if Pine Warbler had returned yet. Was able to get recording of singing Pine Warbler
8 species

Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Carolina Wren 1
Pine Warbler 1 Earliest date for this location by 3 days

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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



Subject: Lk. Lemon - 2/19-2/20
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 10:24 am
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
There was a 2nd-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull at the east end of Lk. Lemon this morning.  It was likely the same bird that was at Fairfax for a couple of days as it had 3-4 completely white central rectrices.  There were also ~100 Ring-bills and a couple of Herring Gulls.

Yesterday evening between 5:30 and 6:00, gulls were streaming onto the main part of the lake from the west. At the time we left Riddle Point, there were ~600 gulls roosting on the lake including a couple of Bonaparte™s, 8-10 Herrings, and a probable Lesser Black-backed among the Ringbills. There were also more than 200 ducks at mid-lake. Because of the huge temperature difference between the air and the water, distortion made it very difficult to ID anything (at 1/2 mi.+ distance away). The vast majority of the ducks were Aythya spp. (primarily scaup) with at least some Redheads and Canvasbacks mixed in.

There were ~110 ducks still out there this morning with viewing conditions from the intersection with Shuffle Ck. Rd. only slightly better. It was clear that the bulk of the ducks were scaup but with some Redheads and a few Canvasbacks mixed in. There were also 8 Gadwall and 2 Buffleheads. At the east end this morning, there were 28 L. Scaup and 1 (fem.) Gr. Scaup as well as 4 Northern Pintail and 10 Hooded Mergansers.

We heard our first Am. Woodcock of the year last night in the field across the street and just east of us.

Jim & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN



Subject: Gray Catbird in Bloomington
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 10:02 am
From: david_rupp AT hotmail.com
 
I spent a fantastic half hour earlier this morning on my back deck. Birds all over the place (a day too late for the Great Backyard Bird Count), likely due in part to the 70 degree temps and the strong wind out of the south.


The highlight was a Gray Catbird that quickly worked its way through the bushes next to the deck within 10-15 feet of me. A catbird pair always shows up in those bushes, but its always been the second half of April. Well see if this guy
sticks around.

I also had at least a pair of Pine Siskins high up in the trees calling frequently. The complete eBird list follows:

Home, Monroe, Indiana, US

Feb 20, 2018 9:11 AM - 9:46 AM

Protocol: Stationary

Comments: 2nd day of temps near 70. Strong wind from the SSW.

24 species (+1 other taxa)


goose sp. 60 Extremely high overhead, flying north.

Turkey Vulture 1

Killdeer 1 Flyover

Mourning Dove 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 4

Carolina Chickadee 2

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 1

Eastern Bluebird 2

American Robin 1

Gray Catbird 1 While watching birds from the deck, a dark, cardinal-sized bird with pointy bill came into the row of shrubs beside me. I saw it with binoculars briefly at close range. Dark cap, gray body. A catbird always shows up each spring in these
bushes, but never anywhere near this early. It will be interesting to see if it sticks around.


European Starling 2

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Eastern Towhee 1

Northern Cardinal 5

House Finch 4

Pine Siskin 2

American Goldfinch 3


View this checklist online at
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

David Rupp
Bloomington

http://www.indigobirding.com



Subject: Sandhill Crane Flyover, Carmel, Southern Hamilton County, IN
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 8:51 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
At approximately 9:40 AM, I observed about 200-250 Sandhills flying south to north over the Carmel- Westfield area in southern Hamilton County.  The birds were split into about five groups more or less.  Spring is around the corner it seems.





AngeloJ. Dattilo, LPG
PrincipalGeologist
A.D.Environmental, Inc.
14706Wheatfield Lane
Carmel,IN 46032
317-753-4239


[email protected]
www.ajdenvironmental.com



Subject: Am. Woodcocks Displaying, Floyd County
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 19:09 pm
From: ddstriegel AT frontier.com
 
Had an excellent evening viewing Am Woodcocks displaying at Mt St Francis Sanctuary in Floyd County.  Invited Tony and Rose Hensel for the viewing.  We birded the large bluestem fields next to the large white water tower.  The best viewing area is to walk the large path through the center of field.

At 6:46 pm woodcocks started peeting. We seen three woodcocks perform their sky dances. One woodcock crossed the path within 50 ft of us. We estimated that we heard a total of eight woodcocks peeting.

Del Striegel
Floyd County



Subject: Fort Wayne Killdeer
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 17:07 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Lisa and I saw our FOY Killdeer this afternoon, flying over the Northwood Shopping Center in NE Fort Wayne. I checked eBird when I got home and saw that two more were seen in the Homestead/Branning Road area today, and another one was seen in Andrews, IN yesterday.
John WinebrennerFort Wayne



Subject: Don Whitehead
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 13:17 pm
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
As promised, here is smattering of the (mostly local) birds found (or co-found) by Don Whitehead.  Below the list of records is a tribute that Susan & I wrote about Don for the I.U. Biology Department, including information about the timing of an upcoming celebration of Don™s life.

Some notable Don finds - thank you to Ken Brock and Kirk Roth for their help with these records!

-multiple records of all 3 scoters including a record of 24 Surf Scoters locally on 4/29/03
-several local Western Grebes - Lk. Monroe & Lk. Lemon
-135 Willets at Cutright SRA (Lk. Monroe) 5/1/03 - largest inland count in the state
-all 3 phalarope species - Lk. Monroe
-Pomarine Jaeger on Lk. Lemon - 11/11/85
-first inland Parasitic Jaeger on Lk. Monroe (with Lee Sterrenburg) - 9/7/99
-Long-t. Jaeger on Lk. Lemon - 10/14/91
-Black-legged Kittiwake on Lk. Monroe (with Lee Sterrenburg) - 10/30/91
-Little Gulls on both Lk. Monroe & Lk. Lemon
-Black-headed Gull on Lk. Monroe - 10/27/99
-California Gull on Lk. Monroe - 1991
-Great Black-backed Gull - first local bird on Lk. Monroe - 2/20/03
-state-record count of 5500 Common Loons on Lk. Lemon 11/19/06
-Pacific Loon & Red-throated Loon - numerous records for both Lk. Monroe & Lk. Lemon
-Northern Goshawk - several local records
-4 Golden Eagles at Cutright SRA - 12/18/93
-33 Rough-legged Hawks at Hawthorn Mine 2/15/04
-Prairie Falcon at Hawthorn Mine in 2005
-Fork-tailed Flycatcher - first state record on 5/31/08 while doing Breeding Bird Atlas work in Owen Co. (with Susan & me in the trailing car!)
-Cave Swallow - 2 on Lk. Monroe on 11/10/08 on the same day I had one on Lk. Lemon
-Clay-colored Sparrow - first local record on 10/5/87
-Great-tailed Grackle - first state record - fem. (with J. Hengeveld) at Dugger FWA

and many, many others that I have forgotten or of which I no longer have records.

A tribute to Don Whitehead:
Don Whitehead was a biologist, conservationist, naturalist, birder, father, husband, and friend and he will be missed on so many levels. Don™s achievements as a biologist were impressive. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1954, he did doctoral work at Harvard and post-doctoral work in Denmark and Norway with some of the leading researchers in paleobotany and paleoecology at that time. After teaching at Williams College in Massachusetts for 7 years, Don began his IU career in 1967. He did ground-breaking work incorporating pollen analysis in the investigation of the paleoclimatology of the southeastern U.S., published a pivotal paper on wind pollination, and integrated paleoecological and paleolimnological approaches in extensive studies on watersheds and associated lakes in the Berkshire and Adirondack Mountains of the northeast.
Don™s work in the Adirondacks demonstrated that acidity of lakes had changed substantially over the past 12,000 years and that diatoms were particularly susceptible to changes in pH. In the midst of rising national concerns about acid rain in the 80™s, Don headed a multi-million, multi-university, multi-investigator project looking into lake acidification “ the PIRLA project (Paleolimnological Investigations of Recent Lake Acidification) “ which was funded by a number of sources. Funds from the Electric Power Research Institute alone brought in more than $3 million to IU. The PIRLA project demonstrated unambiguously that recent acid deposition from industrial sources had resulted in the rapid acidification of lakes throughout New England as well as in southeastern Canada.
In the late 80™s, Don™s research shifted dramatically to focus on a lifelong passion of his “ birds. He and his lab concentrated on the effects of forest fragmentation on the reproductive success of locally breeding Neotropical migrant songbirds. The Whitehead lab, often in collaboration with researchers from other universities, published many important papers on forest fragmentation, including a seminal paper in Science.
Throughout his life, Don remained an avid environmentalist. He was involved in local conservation groups such as Sassafras Audubon Society and Sycamore Land Trust. In 2008, Don was presented the Lifetime Conservationist Award by Sassafras Audubon Society (SAS) Given for a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the cause of conservation in South-Central Indiana. At the same time, another award was named in his honor: the Donald R. Whitehead Conservationist of the Year, which is now given annually to a deserving community member who is actively involved in avian conservation.
In addition to Don™s extensive knowledge about the identification and natural history of birds, he had an extensive knowledge of all of the local flora & fauna. He was actively involved in SAS, leading countless bird walks starting in the 70™s and continuing through 4 decades. He loved showing participants as many species as possible and welcomed experienced and novice birders alike. He introduced so many people to birding and with that, a love of nature! Don compiled the Lake Monroe Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for 35 years, recruiting numerous volunteers annually. He started a wonderful tradition of having a potluck dinner/tally at the end of the day at which participants could report sightings and share stories of the day. CBC data constitute an extremely important database, providing long-term information about the distribution of wintering species worldwide. In addition to compiling data for the Lake Monroe count, Don participated annually in other area counts, including Goose Pond, McCormick™s Creek, Patoka Lake, Sullivan County and others.
Beside participating in numerous CBCs, Don was involved in other citizen-science events designed to monitor avian populations. He conducted several Breeding Bird Survey routes annually, data from which are also incorporated into a valuable long-term database covering breeding birds nation-wide. He volunteered to help coordinate Indiana™s first Breeding Bird Atlas, an ambitious project designed to atlas all of the breeding birds in the state on a very fine scale. On a local level, Don participated in the Monroe County Bird-a-thon for years, a fun local competition run by Monroe County Parks & Rec to raise funds for local charities. We were on Don™s team many years running but in later years, branched out and had our own team with the expressed intent of beating Don Whitehead™s team! Fun competition which Don enjoyed whole-heartedly.
Don loved to travel to see birds. We went on numerous birding trips with Don and Betsy prior to and after his retirement, from pelagic (oceanic) trips off of North Carolina™s Outer Banks, to southeastern Arizona for week-long crazy birding adventures with Russ Titus and Lee Sterrenburg, and a very memorable 3-day pelagic trip out of San Diego on the Searcher with Susan™s parents, Don & Betsy, and a number of local SAS members (David Daniels, Nancy Martin, Bob Kissel and Ellie Baker), and former IU graduate student, Dan Cristol, and his dad Allen. Don and Betsy traveled east regularly, not only to visit family in New England but also to hit local birding hotspots, like Cape May Point.
While his love of birds was always strongest, Don joined others of us locally in a passion for butterflies. He was a big supporter of Jeff Belth, a local butterfly expert who wrote the definitive identification and natural history book Butterflies of Indiana. In true Whitehead fashion, Don hosted a wonderful book signing party for Jeff as we all toasted the completion of a much-needed field guide on butterflies of the area.
Don was a fantastic cook and an ardent canner, growing tomatoes and other raw materials in an extensive backyard garden. Each year, he prepared many quarts of salsa, ketchup, and BBQ, Putanesca, and Marinara sauces. Over the past 15 years, we have shared Don™s garden space. After sweaty hours working in the garden, we would routinely have a lovely happy hour with Don and Betsy, chatting about local events, politics, recent bird sightings, upcoming trips, and of course, sports. Being a New Englander at heart, Don was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan “ a passion he shared with Susan and a rivalry he relished with Jim, a New York Yankees fan. Don was also a big supporter of IU sports, closely following the IU track team, as well as the baseball, basketball and football teams.
Don will be missed by so many. He taught so many of us so much it is hard to express the impact he had on the local as well as the state-wide birding community. And this is not to mention his impact as a scientist and teacher, which was noteworthy! His legacy will live on in the knowledge and love of birds he passed on to his students, his acquaintances, his dearest friends, and his family. We tip our hat to you, Dr. Whitehead, and will think of you when we see warblers migrating through in the spring, nesting wrens declaring their territories in the summer, shorebirds coming through in the fall, and rare loons and scoters flying by in the winter!
Jim & Susan Hengeveld
A celebration of Don™s life will be held in Bloomington (details to be announced closer to the time of the celebration) on September 29, 2018.



Subject: tree swallows
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 20:57 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
I had two tree swallows today at Goose Pond FWA. I got a poor documentation photo for eBird, even though I had already seen one bird back on Feb. 3rd, well north of Goose Pond. I'd expect that with the weather the next couple days, more should start showing
up.



Vern



Subject: blackbirds
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 20:44 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
A sure sign of spring, I came across a huge flock of Common Grackles at the intersection of SR59 and SR58 (south of Goose Pond FWA) today. The birds were in trees along a creek, and at the edge of corn fields. I estimated 10,500 blackbirds, counting by
100's, overwhelmingly Common Grackles, with much smaller numbers of Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, European Starlings, and Rusty Blackbirds. I also had a flock of about 60 Rusty Blackbirds east of Goose Pond FWA yesterday. Throughout the day
today I saw many black swirling clouds of blackbirds working their way north.



Vern



Subject: Sandhill Crane movement, Vigo
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 19:40 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Cranes were moving northward today over NE Vigo County, from about noon to 4 pm.  I first saw a flock of 180 at Chinook Mine, then an hour later some 200 over my house, which is 5 miles north of the mine.

Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, Indiana, US
Feb 18, 2018 12:01 PM - 12:16 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove along Tabortown and Swalls Rd to Clay county line. Weather sunny, 42 F, light wind; lakes mostly ice free. Ground wet, muddy.
13 species

Canada Goose 150
Gadwall 30 most ducks on county line lake, north end, distant
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 20
Ring-necked Duck 6
Lesser Scaup 10
Hooded Merganser 1
Horned Grebe 1 winter plumage bird, sleeping at north end of Tabortown lake (viewed from Swalls); continuing bird. the only bird I could see on this large lake.
Great Blue Heron 1
SANDHILL CRANE 180 soaring over Swalls Rd, headed north
Killdeer 1
American Crow 25
Red-winged Blackbird 3 perched males

View this checklist online at https://na01.safelinks.protect...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://na01.safelinks.protect...



Subject: SACR, TVs, hawks--SW Monroe Co
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 19:21 pm
From: tgreene AT indiana.edu
 
Terri's property, Monroe, Indiana, US
Feb 18, 2018

Protocol: Incidental

4 species


Turkey Vulture 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Sandhill Crane 144 During the early afternoon, Jack and I saw a flock of 38 cranes circle overhead for a few laps until a smaller flock of 10 joined them and they headed north-northwestward. Heard more cranes throughout the afternoon, but never saw them.
At 5:40pm, I saw a large flock followed closely by 3 smaller flocks (totaling 62 birds) flying over north-northwestward; a flock of 32 and a pair of cranes appeared shortly after, flying toward the northwest.


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


Terri Greene, SW Monroe Co
Jack Haddan, N Lawrence Co



Subject: Eagle Creel Park bird walk
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 12:29 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The Sunday morning ECP bird hike tallied 55 species. The list is as follows:





Greater white-fronted Goose



Canada Goose



Wood Duck



Mallard



Canvasback



Ring-necked Duck



Greater Scaup



Lesser Scaup



Common Goldeneye



Hooded Merganser



Common Merganser



Red-breasted Merganser



Horned Grebe



Great blue Heron



Turkey Vulture



Bald Eagle



Red-shouldered Hawk



Red-tailed Hawk



American Kestrel



American Coot



Sandhill Crane



Killdeer



Ring-billed Gull



Herring Gull



Rock Pigeon



Mourning Dove



Barred Owl



Red-headed Woodpecker



Red-bellied Woodpecker



Downy Woodpecker



Hairy Woodpecker



Northern Flicker



Pileated Woodpecker



Blue Jay



American Crow



Fish Crow



Carolina Chickadee



Tufted Titmouse



White-breasted Nuthatch



Carolina Wren



Golden-crowned Kinglet



Eastern Bluebird



American Robin



Northern Mockingbird



European Starling



Eastern Towhee



Song Sparrow



White-throated Sparrow



Dark-eyed Junco



Northern Cardinal



Red-winged Blackbird



House Finch



Pine Siskin



American Goldfinch



House Sparrow




The walk meets every Sunday at 9:00AM at the Ornithology Center at ECP. All are welcome.



Subject: Woodcock, Pine Siskins, more--SW Monroe Co
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 19:19 pm
From: tgreene AT indiana.edu
 
Some birds seen and heard around my property.


Terri Greene
SW Monroe Co


Feb 17, 2018

Canada Goose 1
American Woodcock 1 6:45 PM, peenting and displaying west-northwest of house
Mourning Dove 19

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 3

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Blue Jay 6

American Crow 2

Carolina Chickadee 2

Tufted Titmouse 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 2

American Robin 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

American Tree Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 9

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 42

Red-winged Blackbird 4

House Finch 13

Pine Siskin 4

American Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 53


Feb 16, 2018 6:30 AM

Barred Owl 1


Feb 6, 2018

Eastern Towhee 1



Feb 5, 2018 5:45 PM

Barred Owl 1


These reports were generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Subject: Lakefront (17-Feb-2018) adult male Long-tailed Duck
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 14:54 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (17-Feb-2018) I was joined by John and Elaine Harley and four fine young Amish birders.  We birded the lakefront from Michigan City Harbor to the Hammond Sanctuary.

My regular companions had other commitments. Despite their absence, we had a good day and logged several of the group™s target birds. The day™s highlight was the Long-tailed Duck, which remained in an opening in the Trail Creek ice with a White-winged Scoter. It allowed John to obtain some fine shots.

”MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR (met Stuart Tower)
Greater Scaup,3
White-winged Scoter,2
Long-tailed Duck,1 adult male- watch for John™s killer photos
Common Goldeneye,15
Common Merganser,2
Red-breasted Merganser,21
Herring Gull,10
Great Black-backed Gull,1 first-cycle

”BEVERLY SHORES (along Beverly Drive)
Red-headed Woodpecker,1
Northern Flicker,1
Blue Jay,3
Tufted Titmouse,1
Eastern Bluebird,2
American Tree Sparrow,10
Dark-eyed Junco,1
House Finch,1

”PORTAGE LAKEFRONT PARK
Greater Scaup,6
White-winged Scoter,2
Common Goldeneye,22
Common Merganser,8
Red-breasted Merganser,6
Horned Grebe,1
Herring Gull,15
Great Black-backed Gull,5- 2 adults, a third-cycle, & 2 first-cycles

”PORT OF INDIANA
Common Goldeneye,4
Red-breasted Merganser,4
Wild Turkey,43- in a field outside of the port
Peregrine Falcon,1 adult

”WHITING REFINERY BEACH (Met Michael Topp)
American Black Duck,1
Mallard,6
Redhead,3
Greater Scaup,53
Common Goldeneye,3
Common Merganser,3
Red-breasted Merganser,10
Horned Grebe,1
Herring Gull,15
Great Black-backed Gull,5- 2 adults, 1 third-cycle, & 2 first-cycles
Peregrine Falcon,1 adult

”WHITING PARK Ring-billed Gull,5

”HAMMOND SANCTUARY
Greater Scaup,1
Common Merganser,20
Red-breasted Merganser,2
Cooper™s Hawk,1 juv
Bald Eagle,1 imm
Great Black-backed Gull,1 adult
White-throated Sparrow,1
Dark-eyed Junco,2
House Finch,12
Common Redpoll,9
American Goldfinch10

”ROXANA POND
Mute Swan,6
Mallard,30
Hooded Merganser,4
Common Merganser,3
Ruddy Duck,1 fem
Great Blue Heron,1

”REYNOLDS CREEK G.H.A.
American Crow,25
Horned Lark,2

Ken Brock
Chesterton



Subject: 16 Eagles and 2 Gadwal and Red-Breasted Nuthatchl 28 Special Total around Northern Salamonie Reservoir
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 14:02 pm
From: jawwolfe AT gmail.com
 
The 16 Eagles and the Gadwall were seen from a vantage point down into the dried reservoir bed at the New Hope boat launch. See photos in the checklist. RB nuthatch were seen around the Hominy Ridge picnic area.


Salamonie Dam - Corps of Engineers, Wabash, Indiana, USFeb 17, 2018 7:56 AM - 8:27 AMProtocol: Traveling1.343 mile(s)17 speciesCanada Goose 20Red-tailed Hawk 1Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3Red-bellied Woodpecker 2Hairy Woodpecker 1American Crow 8Horned Lark 1Carolina Chickadee 1Tufted Titmouse 5White-breasted Nuthatch 2Carolina Wren 2Eastern Bluebird 4Dark-eyed Junco 9Northern Cardinal 5Red-winged Blackbird 2House Finch 3American Goldfinch 2View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Knight Rd, Andrews US-IN (40.8039,-85.6645), Wabash, Indiana, USFeb 17, 2018 8:35 AM - 9:07 AMProtocol: Traveling1.631 mile(s)9 speciesCanada Goose 100Gadwall 2 2 within Canada GeeseBald Eagle 16 All 16 sitting on the ice seen at one time.Pileated Woodpecker 1American Kestrel 1Blue Jay 2American Crow 1Song Sparrow 1Northern Cardinal 3View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli...


Salamonie River State Forest, Wabash, Indiana, USFeb 17, 2018 9:13 AM - 10:49 AMProtocol: Traveling2.887 mile(s)Comments: Cloudy 18-30 degrees Hominy ridge down to river14 speciesBald Eagle 2Belted Kingfisher 1Red-bellied Woodpecker 2Downy Woodpecker 2Northern Flicker 2Blue Jay 8American Crow 10Carolina Chickadee 2Red-breasted Nuthatch 2White-breasted Nuthatch 2Dark-eyed Junco 1Northern Cardinal 9American Goldfinch 1House Sparrow 1View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Subject: Redheads, SW Allen Co
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 12:15 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Following a tip from Julie Henricks, we found 12 Redheads in a tiny pond on Lower Huntington Road in Allen County. Unfortunately, they became nervous with our presence and flew off.



Lower Huntington x Branstrator Rd, Allen, Indiana, USFeb 16, 2018 1:30 PMProtocol: Incidental1 speciesRedhead 12View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli... report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)





Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Sandhill Crane, Red-winged Blackbirds in Elkhart County
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 18:02 pm
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
Today February 16 I saw 13 Sandhill Cranes flying north over Goshen, in spite of 3 inches of snow cover. Last year they came north on February 13 and 14. Of course, there were a couple Sandhill Cranes here in late January who maybe never left.
Today I also saw a flock of 40 Red-winged Blackbirds flying northwest over north Goshen, Elkhart County.
Bob Guth
Goshen, Elkhart County at 11 miles from Michigan
bobwgfsa using gmail



Subject: Fairfax - White-winged Scoter
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 17:34 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
I saw the same birds late after work and got some poor (distant) photos of both the Greater Scaup and White-winged Scoter. They were in the same location as of about 6pm.


Vern


From: Kirk Roth <[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2018 6:08 PM
To: in-bird-l
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Fairfax - White-winged Scoter




There was a White-winged Scoter at Fairfax State Recreation Area in Monroe County, visible from the boat launch and the east peninsula this afternoon. It was either a female or probably a 1st year male, as the white patches on its face were very dusky.
It was associating with five Greater Scaup. Otherwise, waterfowl were few.


-Kirk Roth



Subject: Fairfax - White-winged Scoter
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 17:08 pm
From: kirkleeroth AT gmail.com
 
There was a White-winged Scoter at Fairfax State Recreation Area in Monroe County, visible from the boat launch and the east peninsula this afternoon. It was either a female or probably a 1st year male, as the white patches on its face were very dusky. It was associating with five Greater Scaup. Otherwise, waterfowl were few.

-Kirk Roth



Subject: Canvasback, Redheads, and Goldeneye Lake Claire Huntington, IN
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 11:40 am
From: jawwolfe AT gmail.com
 
Ice melting and ducks heating up at Lake Claire...
Andrew Wolfe
Lake Claire Huntington, Huntington, Indiana, US

Feb 16, 2018 11:27 AM - 12:16 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

6 species


Canada Goose 85

Mallard 13

Canvasback 1 One female mixed with Redheads, much larger bill grey/white plumaage

Redhead 3

Common Goldeneye 5 one mail and 4 females

Ring-billed Gull 4


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Subject: Chinook mine - woodcock, killdeer, swans, geese
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 20:04 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
The strong warm southwest wind brought in at least one each of Killdeer and Woodcock ... my earliest woodcock record at this site by 4 days.

Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, Indiana, US
Feb 15, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Observed Tabortown lake from Swalls Rd, checked cattle pond area across from Wabash Valley Fitness on Tabortown, and north end of Tabortown lake from Felling Rd. Very warm day - temp 67 F, southwest wind 15 mph, cloudy, little ice visible on lake surfaces.
7 species

Canada Goose 100 about 75 in northeast bay of Tabortown lake (viewed from Swalls Rd), splashing, bathing, chasing; another 25 in cattle pond lake
TRUMPETER SWAN 4 2 adult with 2 dusky juveniles. On Tabortown lake close to Swalls Rd, must have just arrived, preening; when I stopped and got out, they swam quickly to the northeast bay, about 0.3 miles, and joined Canada Geese there
HORNED GREBE 1 adult in basic plumage, very near Swalls Rd
Northern Harrier 1
KILLDEER 1 flying and calling vigorously over Felling Rd just east of the lake; my FOY here
European Starling 80
Red-winged Blackbird 1 male, perched

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Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.), Clay, Indiana, US
Feb 15, 2018 6:40 PM - 7:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checking for woodcock calls/flights at dusk. Drove CR 600N from 675W to 550W. Stopped on hill just east of 550W and listened for 15 minutes, then checked two other traditional sites. Weather: very warm (64 F), southwest wind about 10 mph, cloudy, some lightning; rain began at 7:05, lightly at first, then a downpour.
3 species

Snow Goose 180 a few flights of calling birds, biggest flock 150
Greater White-fronted Goose 60 a few flights of calling birds
AMERICAN WOODCOCK 1 one heard at 6:47 pm giving one set of peent calls followed by a full display flight ending 6:50 pm; in grassy valley just south of 600N hill 0.2 miles west of 550W.

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Subject: Lk. Lemon L. Black-b. Gull
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 19:49 pm
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
There was an adult Lesser Black-backed at the east end of Lk. Lemon yesterday that continued through this morning.   It is a different bird than the one that has been at Cutright as it has more extensive head streaking.  It was associated with ~250 Ring-bills and ~8 Herring Gulls.

Jim & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN



Subject: Cranes
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 16:22 pm
From: finrod AT psci.net
 
40 sandhills just flew over our house, headed north.

Larry Caldwell

Pat Burden

Perry county



Subject: Fox Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 13:15 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
In between the raindrops (OK, downpour at 10:00am), I was able to find 21 species at Cheeney Creek Natural Area in Fishers this morning. Best of the bunch were great looks at both a SINGING Fox Sparrow and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. The chip call of the warbler grabbed me right away, recalling the many that were along this stretch of the creek last fall. The sparrow was in exactly the same spot as the two Fox Sparrows that appeared the first week of December.
Brad JacksonFishers IN



Subject: Eagles, Herons, N Harrier Roush Reservoir Huntington
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 11:56 am
From: jawwolfe AT gmail.com
 
Interesting lunchtime trip to Roush today.

J.E. Roush Lake FWA--Unit 26 (former recreation area), Huntington, Indiana, US

Feb 14, 2018 11:43 AM - 12:27 PM

Protocol: Traveling

8.345 mile(s)

Comments: cloudy some light rain 40s

6 species


Great Blue Heron 15

Northern Harrier 1 dark phase

Bald Eagle 6 One adult and others immature to 2nd year, one eagle was chasing and lunging at a great blue heron

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 6


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Subject: Hamilton County Parks GWFG and other Assorted Waterfowl, SACR, Singing Creeper, Titmouse Courtship?
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 19:41 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Flowing Well Park, CarmelCanada Goose 33Mallard 16Mourning Dove 3Red-bellied WoodpeckerDowny Woodpecker 8Hairy Woodpecker 2Blue Jay 7Tufted Titmouse 12 One was singing very near a second titmouse. Some chasing involved. The non-singing bird would do a "shivering" motion after [hearing] each song. It was similar to the wing vibrations of a youngster begging for food. Was this the female response to a male singing...courtship?White-breasted Nuthatch 8Brown Creeper 2 One creeper was singing in a tree above a second bird below, that was busy digging in the bark. I'm always pleasantly surprised to hear the song. It was south of the park on the other side of 116th St, where Woodcreek Drive leads to the south along Cool Creek. About 100 yards down this street on the left (east) there is an old-style lamppost. The birds were in the tree directly above the lamppost.Carolina Wren 7Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Across Woodcreek Drive from the creepers.Eastern Bluebird 7American Robin 2European Starling 4Cedar Waxwing 2 Near the creepersDark-eyed Junco 5Song Sparrow 7Northern Cardinal 13House Finch 8American Goldfinch 4House Sparrow 8
Hague Road Nature Haven, west of NoblesvilleCanada Goose 2Mallard 11Great Blue Heron 1Red-tailed Hawk 3 Two of which were sitting side-by-side on a large branch, while the third circled over a field to the south
Mourning Dove 14Belted Kingfisher 1Red-bellied Woodpecker 6Downy Woodpecker 5Hairy Woodpecker 2Northern Flicker 2Pileated Woodpecker 1Blue Jay 3Carolina Chickadee 7White-breasted Nuthatch 4Carolina Wren 5Eastern Bluebird 2 One was perched on one of the nest boxes.Song Sparrow 3Northern Cardinal 6House Finch 5American Goldfinch 2House Sparrow 3
Morse Park (south end of the reservoir, near the dam and beach)
Greater White-fronted Goose 19 on ice north of Morse Beach area. Took off when Bald Eagle approached. The geese were quite vocal. I don't think I've ever heard them before.
Canada Goose 354Mute Swan 1Gadwall 2Mallard 129Northern Pintail 4Common Goldeneye 3Common Merganser 11Pied-billed Grebe 3Great Blue Heron 1Bald Eagle 1 adultAmerican Coot 1Sandhill Crane 105 flying low from south to north over eastern edge of Morse Lake. Heard them long before I saw them.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1Downy Woodpecker 1Northern Flicker 1Blue Jay 1American Crow 1Carolina Chickadee 5Tufted Titmouse 3White-breasted Nuthatch 3Dark-eyed Junco 5Northern Cardinal 1House Finch 2House Sparrow 3
Bonus Marion County Birds: At 3:30pm a Red-tailed Hawk was diving into the median of Meridian Street just north of I-465 & 96th Street. 30 minutes later [the same?] Red-tailed Hawk was tussling with a Red-shouldered Hawk over a perch on the corner of a building at ~9402 North Meridian. The RTHA kept the perch, and the RSHA flew away, complaining loudly.

BWFGB [Best Wishes for Good Birding]Brad



Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, St.Joseph County, IN
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 16:59 pm
From: vriemens AT earthlink.net
 
We had an immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker visited our suet feeder on the Oak tree outside Marge™s sewing room yesterday and today.  The sapsucker did not look in good health when it first appeared. I have pHotographs if anyone would life them. Marge saw it and called me when she first saw it but it was gone by the time I got upstairs.  It returned later and I took several picture.
Vic R



Subject: Chinook mine - geese, ducks
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 15:35 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
The waterfowl habitat at Chinook changes almost daily with off and on freezes.  Here's what I saw today.

Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, Indiana, US
Feb 13, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked along Tabortown Rd (across from Wabash Valley Fitness Center), and along Swalls Rd to Clay Co line. Sunny, temp in 30's, light wind. Big long lake along Tabortown is half-iced over, half open; has ducks now. Shallow cattle pond along Tabortown (south of Swalls, opposite Fitness Center; best viewed from elevated parking lot just inside the fitness center gate) is iced over.
12 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 800 one large flock on and adjacent to frozen cattle pond east of (across road from) Fitness Center. Walking on ice, and on grass; somewhat mixed with Canadas.
Canada Goose 500 grazing in grassy field along Tabortown Rd, and in cattle pond area. Wary. One was borderline Cackling, with pretty small bill, but might also have been at small end of the Lesser Canadas.

Mallard 70 swimming in open water of Tabortown Lake, north of Swalls Rd; the northeast corner, about 0.3 miles north of road. With other species.
American Black Duck 2 with mallards; preening on ice next to water, showing deep blue speculum and blackish body, yellow bill.
Northern Pintail 4
Redhead 9 6 males, 3 females, swimming with Mallards in tight foraging flock
Lesser Scaup 3

Pied-billed Grebe 1
Northern Harrier 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1
American Crow 40
Red-winged Blackbird 1 male, perched above cattail marsh

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Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 14:45 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
It being a not awful day, I took a stroll at Eagle Marsh, east end. The two Red-tailed Hawks appeared to have a relationship, perching close together and flying together. It proved to be an intimate relationship, when they copulated atop a high-tension-line tower, in view of the world.



Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve, Allen, Indiana, USFeb 14, 2018 12:50 PM - 2:35 PMProtocol: Traveling1.9 mile(s)Comments: 30 F, partly cloudy, light wind, patchy snow cover; ponds frozen, running water open.12 speciesCanada Goose 30Mallard 150Great Blue Heron 2Red-tailed Hawk 2 copulatedRough-legged Hawk 1 Dark morphRed-bellied Woodpecker 1Downy Woodpecker 4American Crow 2White-breasted Nuthatch 2American Tree Sparrow 5Dark-eyed Junco 2Song Sparrow 7View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checkli... report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)





Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Eagle Creek Park bird hike
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 19:38 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A few intrepid birders tallied 37 species on 2/11/18 at ECP. The list is as follows:





Canada Goose



Greater white-fronted Goose



Snow Goose



Gadwall



Mallard



Canvasback



Common Goldeneye



Hooded Merganser



Common Merganser



Red-breasted Merganser



Turkey Vulture



Bald Eagle



Rock Pigeon



Mourning Dove



Barred Owl



Red-headed Woodpecker



Red-bellied Woodpecker



Downy Woodpecker



Hairy Woodpecker



Pileated Woodpecker



Blue Jay



American Crow



Carolina Chickadee



Tufted Titmouse



White-breasted Nuthatch



Carolina Wren



Eastern Bluebird



American Robin



European Starling



Eastern Towhee



Song Sparrow



White-throated Sparrow



Dark-eyed Junco



Northern Cardinal



House Finch



American Goldfinch



House Sparrow



The walk starts at 9:00AM at the Ornithology Center at ECP. All are welcome.



Subject: 2/11/18 - Lake County locations
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 17:10 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I birded a few Lake
County locations this afternoon. Overall, things were quiet; especially since
much of Lake Michigan was frozen expect for a small amount of open water at the
BP Warm Water Outlet. Highlights were a juvenile Red-throated Loon at BP and
five American Black Ducks at Forsythe Park. Below are my lists.
Matt Kalwasinski
Roxanna Neighborhood, East Chicago, Lake, Indiana, USFeb 11, 2018 11:38 AM -
12:09 PM
Canada Goose 178
Mute Swan 5
Gadwall 1
Mallard 153
American Black
Duck 2
Redhead 13
Greater Scaup 4
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted
Merganser 1
Horned Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 13
Great Black-backed
Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral
Pigeon) 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Tree
Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Jeorse Park “ No open water
BP Warm Water Outlet, Lake, Indiana, USFeb 11, 2018 12:53 PM -
1:09 PM
Comments:
Just a small amount of open water.
Mallard 5
Redhead 3
Greater Scaup 33
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 9
Common Merganser
36
Red-breasted
Merganser 3
Red-throated Loon
1 - juvenile
Horned Grebe 2
Ring-billed Gull 6
Herring Gull 16
Great Black-backed
Gull 12- 8 adults
American Crow 1
Whiting Park & Whihala Beach - No open water
Wolf Lake--Forsythe Park, Lake, Indiana, USFeb 11, 2018 1:25 PM -
1:45 PM
Comments:
All birds were in a small sliver of open water on the lake.
Canada Goose 225
Mallard 23
American Black
Duck 5 - Altogether next to one another
Ring-billed Gull 3



Subject: Short-eared Owls and Harriers
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 21:24 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Lisa and I headed up to (Allen Co) Rupert Road and (DeKalb County) CR 63 to search for Harriers and Short-eared Owls this afternoon. Some people may remember that this area was a hotspot for both species in years past, but I don't think that it has been birded much for the past few years. Rupert Road is in NE Allen County, and becomes CR 63 once you cross into southern DeKalb County. We arrived at the one and only remaining grassfield, on the SW corner of CR 63 and CR 68 about 4:30. Seeing no Harriers there at the time, we decided to just cruise the area looking for more suitable habitat. We did see one SEOW cross the road in front of our car on Bull Rapids Road, and a male and female Harrier interacting on Allen Road, which is a few miles east of Rupert Rd. We returned to the CR63/68 grassfield about 5:30 and waited ... and waited.... We decided that we'd stay until 6:00, and then take off. Finally, at 6:05, three Short-ears came up out of the field and started hunting. Two of them stayed together near the north end of the field, and the third seemed to stay to itself towards the south. Every so often, one bird would sail right beside our car and down the road for a bit. We never heard their calls, but they did put on quite a nice show for us. It's nice to know that this field is still holding some Owls after all these years.
John WinebrennerFort Wayne



Subject: Sandhill Cranes, SW Monroe Co
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 16:19 pm
From: tgreene AT indiana.edu
 
Jack and I saw a flock of Sandhill Cranes fly over this afternoon as we were walking the dogs down Snow Rd. in southwestern Monroe County.


Terri Greene, SW Monroe Co
Jack Haddan, N Lawrence Co




Terri's property and Snow Rd, Monroe, Indiana, US

Feb 10, 2018 3:00 PM

Protocol: Incidental


Sandhill Crane 47 (flying southward)


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Subject: Possible Mallard x Shoveler or Just Strange Mallard
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 16:16 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
This mallard has been present at Fishers Pointe Pond all winter. See attached photos. Besides the rufous sides, the white near the tail is a different pattern and is brighter than in the other mallards. In the photos the bird appears slightly smaller than the others. The bill seems to be the same.
Brad JacksonFishers IN



Subject: Ranks of waterfoul swell overnight at Eagle creek.
Date: Sat Feb 10 2018 16:03 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
I went back to Hobie Beach, Eagle Creek, Indps.. in pitch dark and waited for enough light to see ifmore geese had flown in in the night. In the past many geese fly out of raft ups like this before it is light enough to count. This morning no geese left the lake to go out into the fields and forage for corn.This time, I counted to the bridge. Total count Canada Geese 10,470. A flock of 13 Greater White-fronted Geese flew in. Plus, 2 Northern Gadwalls and 2 Common Mergansers showed up. Mallards were over 200 this morning. I counted by 2s except in high density areas where I had to estimate groups of 10 Count should be accurate and possibly undercounted.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...


The above video was lousy..I will do a more professional one this evening an post tomorrow.

Spike



Subject: goose count Eagle Creek.
Date: Fri Feb 9 2018 18:13 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
My wife Mary and I went back to the Hobie beach after sunset and counted geese flying in from the fields. The density of the Geese on the ice was about what it was at 2pm so the previously counted geese were close to the same numbers. 1200 geese flew in before itwas too dark to see them. These were only geese that landed near, in view of Hobie beach.This would bring the total Canada Goose count to 6,170, understood of course that that number is not exact. The noise of the settling down geese was something I will remember for a long time.Spike



Subject: Aditional information to add to Eagle Creek waterfoul post.
Date: Fri Feb 9 2018 17:03 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
The Golden eyes listed on my Eagle Creek report should have included a count of 22.Spike



Subject: Waterfoul returning to Eagle Creek.
Date: Fri Feb 9 2018 14:05 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
There is a long area (N-S) of open ice on the East side of Eagle Creek Resevoirs South end.The waterfoul starts at just S of Hobie Beach" and runs to the 56th St. Bridge.On NW side of Indy, get off 465 and go W on 38th St.Turn N just past SW end of Eagle Creek Airport. Go N past ricks and the boat launch area. At NW end of airport bear left and stay on Dandy Trail. Hobie beach appears shortly on left. It is gated and locked but you pull off and park as the rental beach is not used in the winter. Some geese were coming in from the South but none went on or flew out in the fields. There are going to be many here for a while if things go as they did the last time this part of the ice opened up. Is spring migration near? I suspect lakes to the north are ice covered and the geese may bunch up here for a while.I counted individuals and tried to get as accurate a count as possible because there were so many Geese.
Eagle Creek S end Hobie Beach 2?9?2018
Canada Goose 4,970 my highest count ever for Eagle CreekGreater White-fronted Goose 2 (right in front of Hobie beach)Ring-billed gulls 9Killdeer 1Balled Eagle 1Mallard 129Black Duck 4 (not "Broadripple Canal Ducks")Canvas Back 2American Goldeneye Lesser Scaup 17 (north side of 56th St bridge)Black Duck 4Hooded Merganser 7



Subject: Lake George, Hobart, Lake Co., 8 Feb. - Bald Eagles
Date: Thu Feb 8 2018 19:53 pm
From: rwwelton AT msn.com
 
Many Can. Geese and RngBl Gulls, 6 Mute Swans, and 2 Bald Eagles.




Rick Welton


HomeLand Sports, LLC



Subject: Goose Pond & Bear Run Mine
Date: Thu Feb 8 2018 17:56 pm
From: donandchar2 AT gmail.com
 
Made a (previously planned) trip west today.
Goose Pond (visitors center)










Short-eared Owl - 2
Sandhill Crane - 500+
American Crow - 10
Rough-legged Hawk - 1 (vomiting, a personal first
Blue Jay - 1

Bear Run Mine

Barred Owl - 1 perched next to road. Believe I heard "Neat" from passenger seat
Northern Cardinal - 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Northern Harrier - 3
American Tree Sparrow - 15
American Kestrel - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
American Robin - 12 (First of 2018)
Eastern Meadowlark - 4

GSSF

Canada Goose - 25
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 25
Eastern Towhee - 3
Eastern Bluebird - 3
Snow Goose - many (flying high and west)

Goose Pond GP11

Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 perched close to road in gorgeous light (another "Neat"?)

Don Allen and Annie



Subject: Don Whitehead
Date: Thu Feb 8 2018 13:42 pm
From: tanford AT indiana.edu
 
Very sad. I will never forget the kindness he showed to my 10-year-old daughter on her first Christmas bird count many years ago that started her on a lifelong passion for birds.

Alex Tanford

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Decker [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 9:25 PM
To: Hengeveld, James David
Cc: Bloomington Birds List ; IN-BIRD-L
Subject: Re: [IN-BIRD-L] Don Whitehead

May he rest in peace.

Bob Decker

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 7, 2018, at 7:54 PM, Hengeveld, James David wrote:
>
> It is with great sadness that I report that Don Whitehead passed away early yesterday morning. Many of you knew or at least knew of Don as he posted regularly to Bloomington-Birds and IN-Bird for many years. Don had a big influence on the birding scene not only in Monroe County but also state-wide. Within the next couple of days, I™ll send out another message chronicling some of Don™s birding accomplishments but, for now, I wanted to make you aware of his passing. A memorial service for Don will likely not be until this spring.
>
> Jim Hengeveld
> Unionville, IN



Subject: Washington Co Ross's and Cackling Geese
Date: Thu Feb 8 2018 10:50 am
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
The private pond east of Myers Rd and Livonia on SR 56 is crammed full of waterfowl right now, including a Ross's and three Cackling Geese.

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Amy Kearns, Mitchell
Julia Wilson, Paoli

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Subject: BLVU
Date: Wed Feb 7 2018 19:53 pm
From: jagmo AT bluemarble.net
 
I spotted black vultures at the northwest quadrant of Patterson Rd and Allen St
In Bloomington yesterday 2/6/18.
-Maureen Forrest



Subject: Don Whitehead
Date: Wed Feb 7 2018 18:54 pm
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
It is with great sadness that I report that Don Whitehead passed away early yesterday morning.  Many of you knew or at least knew of Don as he posted regularly to Bloomington-Birds and IN-Bird for many years.  Don had a big influence on the birding scene not only in Monroe County but also state-wide.  Within the next couple of days, I™ll send out another message chronicling some of Don™s birding accomplishments but, for now, I wanted to make you aware of his passing.  A memorial service for Don will likely not be until this spring.

Jim Hengeveld
Unionville, IN



Subject: Turtle Creek Reservoir, Sullivan
Date: Tue Feb 6 2018 6:47 am
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Good numbers of Greater White-fronted Goose, Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed and Horned Grebe, Turkey Vultures, Ring-billed Gulls.  I did not see the Red-throated Loon that spent at least a week here, but visibility was not the best.

Turtle Creek Reservoir, Sullivan, Indiana, US
Feb 5, 2018 2:05 PM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
17.0 mile(s)
Comments: Visited four spots on east side of reservoir, coming up from south (Merom): Market Street, Gettinger Rd, CR 700W loop, CR25N causeway. Cold, sunny, light wind, mostly clear, 23 to 26 degrees F. Heat distortion on reservoir allowed for ID of mainly close birds; viewing was best looking approximately north from CR700W loop.
30 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 3000 big flock flushed from east side of lake by Bald Eagle, flew around lake for about 10 minutes before resettling in water on east side.
Canada Goose 200 mainly on grass on eastern shore, viewed from 700W
Gadwall 2
Mallard 170
Northern Pintail 1
Ring-necked Duck 3
Lesser Scaup 3
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 180 mainly (160) to northeast of CR700W, associated with many Ring-billed Gulls, Horned and Pied-billed Grebes. Swimming, and pairs in flight. males and females.
Common Merganser 15 flock flushed from Market St viewpoint
Pied-billed Grebe 40 north end, from 700W loop
Horned Grebe 30 one loose raft at north end, from 700W loop
Double-crested Cormorant 4 one immature seen and photographed very close to 700W road
Great Blue Heron 7
Turkey Vulture 15 one kettle of birds, circling low over cattle pen and adjacent woods on Market Street
Bald Eagle 1 adult, flying over a huge flock of White-fronted Geese, which were evidently disturbed into flight by the eagle
Red-tailed Hawk 1 near Merom
American Coot 9 Gettinger Point, near shore
Ring-billed Gull 700 mainly around CR700W loop and to north. Perhaps 100 asleep on water; remainder more active, many flying and foraging, dropping down to water surface near Hooded Mergansers.
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Tree Sparrow 4
Field Sparrow 4 with A. Tree Sparrows and Cardinals along 700W; perched in shrub by road
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-crowned Sparrow 6 near lake end of Gettinger Rd, in front of house
Northern Cardinal 10

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Subject: Snow Goose Huntington IN
Date: Mon Feb 5 2018 15:56 pm
From: jawwolfe AT gmail.com
 
791“795 N Marion Rd, Huntington US-IN (40.8727,-85.5333), Huntington, Indiana, US

Feb 5, 2018 4:45 PM

Protocol: Incidental

2 species


Snow Goose 1 Saw with naked eye flying at the end of a "V" of Canada geese, visibly smaller at that distance, lighter, with darker wing tips. Flying toward Huntington, looked like they were going to land.

Canada Goose 20


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Subject: Fwd: Yard birds, SW Monroe Co CORRECTION
Date: Mon Feb 5 2018 4:43 am
From: tgreene AT indiana.edu
 
CORRECTION to Feb 4-2018 report:  I saw a Red-shouldered Hawk . . . NOT a Red-tailed Hawk.   ”Terri

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From: "Greene, Terri B" >
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Yard birds, SW Monroe Co
Date: February 4, 2018 at 6:05:40 PM EST
To: "[email protected]" >, "[email protected]" >
Reply-To: "Greene, Terri B" >

Birds around my property (mostly at feeders) this weekend.

Terri Greene
SW Monroe Co


Feb 3, 2018

Pileated Woodpecker 1


Feb 4, 2018

Red-tailed Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 8
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Tree Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 27
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 28
Red-winged Blackbird 5
House Finch 7
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 32


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Subject: Yard birds, SW Monroe Co
Date: Sun Feb 4 2018 17:05 pm
From: tgreene AT indiana.edu
 
Birds around my property (mostly at feeders) this weekend.


Terri Greene
SW Monroe Co




Feb 3, 2018


Pileated Woodpecker 1





Feb 4, 2018



Red-tailed Hawk 1

Mourning Dove 8

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 2

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 8

American Crow 8

Carolina Chickadee 2

Tufted Titmouse 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 2

Northern Mockingbird 1

American Tree Sparrow 4

Fox Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 27

White-throated Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 28

Red-winged Blackbird 5

House Finch 7

American Goldfinch 1

House Sparrow 32



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Subject: Eagle Creek Park bird hike
Date: Sun Feb 4 2018 16:38 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The ECP bird hike on 2/4/18 tallied 43 species. The list is as follows:





Canada Goose



American Black Duck



Mallard



Lesser Scaup



Common Goldeneye



Hooded Merganser



Pied-billed Grebe



Great blue Heron



Bald Eagle



Cooper's Hawk



Red-shouldered Hawk



Red-tailed Hawk



Ring-billed Gull



Rock Pigeon



Mourning Dove



Barred Owl



Red-headed Woodpecker



Red-bellied Woodpecker



Downy Woodpecker



Hairy Woodpecker



Northern Flicker



Pileated Woodpecker



Blue Jay



American Crow



Horned Lark



Carolina Chickadee



Tufted Titmouse



White-breasted Nuthatch



Brown Creeper



Carolina Wren



Eastern Bluebird



American Robin



European Starling



Eastern Towhee



American Tree Sparrow



Fox Sparrow



Song Sparrow



White-throated Sparrow



Dark-eyed Junco



Northern Cardinal



House Finch



American Goldfinch



House Sparrow



The walks start at 9AM at the Ornithology Center. All are welcome.



Subject: NW Indiana (3-Feb-2018)
Date: Sat Feb 3 2018 16:05 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (3-Feb-2018) Annie Aguirre, John Cassady, Randy Pals, Tanner Troyer, Lynn Vernon, and I birded the lakefront and then visited Kankakee FWA in Starke County.
The day was cool with a biting south wind at 15-20 knots. We enjoyed the best gulls of the season at Whiting Refinery Beach (that site has not been productive earlier this winter). Otherwise lakefront birding was rather slow, so after lunch we blitzed to Toto Road at Kankakee FWA where the waterfowl was marvelous.
”WHITING REFINERY BEACHRedhead,10Greater Scaup,250Black Scoter,1 adult maleCommon Goldeneye,40Red-breasted Merganser,15Double-crested Cormorant,1Ring-billed Gull,5Herring Gull,80Iceland Gull,1 adult thayeriGreat Black-backed Gull,7- 5 adults & 2 first cycles
”WHITING PARKCanada Goose,80Ring-billed Gull,15Herring Gull,1
”HAMMOND SANCTUARY (met Michael Topp and the Amos Butler Audubon Soc field trippers)Downy Woodpecker,2Black-capped Chickadee,2American Goldfinch,8Common Redpoll,4
”WOLF LAKE (lots of open water)Mallard,40Bufflehead,2Common Merganser,11
”ROXANNA POND AREAMallard,50Common Merganser,2Pied-billed Grebe,1Red-tailed Hawk,2Peregrine Falcon,1 adult
”PORTAGE LAKEFRONT PARKGreater Scaup,4Common Goldeneye,60Red-breasted Merganser,2
”PORT OF INDIANAAmerican Black Duck,2Mallard,90Common Goldeneye,10Bufflehead,2Common Merganser,6Red-breasted Merganser,13Herring Gull,5American Kestrel,1
”REYNOLDS CREEK G.H.A. (drive through)Northern Harrier,3- 2 females & a maleRed-tailed Hawk,2
”KANKAKEE FWA STARKE COUNTY (with Jeff McCoy, after he found the Beverly Shores N. Shrike).Trumpeter Swan,3Tundra Swan,1Snow Goose,5Ross™s Goose,1Greater White-fronted Goose,885Canada Goose,500 est.Cackling Goose,2Northern Harrier,3- 2 females & a maleBald Eagle,1 adult on the nestRed-tailed Hawk,1Rough-legged Hawk,1 dark morphNorthern Flicker,1American Tree Sparrow,44Red-winged Blackbird,200American Goldfinch,30
Ken BrockChesterton



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