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24 Jul: @ 22:35:47 
Wabashiki FWA-shorebirds [Peter Scott]
24 Jul: @ 19:54:29 
:Pigeon River [James Haw]
24 Jul: @ 18:28:10 
Miller Beach + - 7/24 [MTopp7927]
24 Jul: @ 17:42:39 
Jaeger today, Michigan City Harbor. [Brendan Grube]
24 Jul: @ 13:48:40 
Wayne Co.: Bonaparte's Gull [Bill Buskirk]
24 Jul: @ 13:00:28 
Cane Ridge Shorebirds [Meredig, John]
23 Jul: @ 21:15:31 
Fledging Hybird Meadowlarks [Landon Neumann]
23 Jul: @ 20:16:08 
Potato Creek State Park (7/23) [Andrew Belt]
23 Jul: @ 20:13:03 
Eagle Marsh-- July 23 PM [Rodger Rang]
23 Jul: @ 19:53:45 
Stilt Sandpiper and Other Shorebirds in Hamilton County [Osland, Gregory]
23 Jul: @ 18:37:33 
Brownstown, IN - peregrine falcon [birder]
23 Jul: @ 17:36:23 
Miller & McCool shorebirds [John Kendall]
23 Jul: @ 17:16:37 
Miller Beach - 7/23 - Sanderlings [MTopp7927]
23 Jul: @ 13:52:51 
Wabashiki shorebirds [Peter Scott]
23 Jul: @ 12:39:34 
Cane ridge Wednesday [jeremy.ross]
23 Jul: @ 11:36:41 
Michigan City Harbor, Sanderlings [Brendan Grube]
23 Jul: @ 11:00:16 
Blue Grosbeak South Bend 7/23/14 [Spier6565]
22 Jul: @ 14:53:04 
2 Lake County Sites - 7/22 [Matt Kalwasinski]
22 Jul: @ 11:43:55 
Bell's Vireo in Tippencanoe Co. [Michael L. P. Retter]
22 Jul: @ 10:48:03 
N. Allen Co. [James Haw]
22 Jul: @ 10:15:58 
Swifts and Swallows - Gibson Co. [4giffords]
21 Jul: @ 21:54:47 
Bell's Vireo, Pied-billed Grebes [Landon Neumann]
21 Jul: @ 16:30:04 
Request for Assistance - Guiding a tour at Goose Pond FWA July 26, 2014 [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
21 Jul: @ 16:21:47 
Gallinules [terry ballenger]
21 Jul: @ 15:59:43 
Confused on names [terry ballenger]
21 Jul: @ 15:52:37 
Goose Pond- July 21 [Gary Bowman]
21 Jul: @ 10:07:51 
Blue Grosbeak, Purple Martins, Prophetstown SP, Jul 21, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
20 Jul: @ 21:34:03 
Green heron roost patoka bottoms [jeremy.ross]
20 Jul: @ 20:44:55 
Osprey in Elkhart [Judith Ferrell]
20 Jul: @ 16:17:22 
Tippecanoe Co - Humming Birds (No sightings) [Stephen Dobbins]
20 Jul: @ 15:49:37 
Four Mississippi Kites, Hendricks-Marion county line [Don Gorney]
20 Jul: @ 13:26:40 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday July 20, 2104 [Don Williams]
20 Jul: @ 11:08:47 
Eagle Marsh [James Haw]
20 Jul: @ 10:26:43 
Beehunter area [Whitehead, Donald R.]
20 Jul: @ 07:44:13 
Re: Possible Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Porter Co. [Lynea]
19 Jul: @ 21:58:57 
Wabashiki FWA-Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper [Peter Scott]
19 Jul: @ 21:57:00 
Sedge wrens, Greene Co. [David Rupp]
19 Jul: @ 21:56:56 
Least bittern questions [jeremy.ross]
19 Jul: @ 20:53:04 
Greene/Sullivan Co - MIKI, SEWR, SBDO [Don Gorney]
19 Jul: @ 19:49:52 
Fwd: eBird Report - Whyte Horse Farm & Vineyard, Jul 19, 2014 [Rick Read]
19 Jul: @ 19:01:48 
Possible Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Porter Co. [Jake Harmon]
19 Jul: @ 18:21:44 
Mississinewa, part of Salamonie [James Haw]
19 Jul: @ 16:59:44 
Lakefront (19Jul2014) Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, & Snowy Egret [Kenneth J. Brock]
19 Jul: @ 13:53:32 
Illiana Birds: 2 Snowy Egrets [Carolyn A. Marsh]
19 Jul: @ 12:45:25 
Arrowhead Prairie/Arrowhead Marsh, Allen County [zzedpowers]
19 Jul: @ 09:01:54 
RE: Goose Pond FWA 7/17 [Wilkins, Vern W]
19 Jul: @ 05:23:14 
Miller Beach - 7/18 [MTopp7927]
18 Jul: @ 22:03:04 
Wrong State, Oops [Colleen Craven-Becker]
18 Jul: @ 21:39:33 
Fwd: eBird Report - Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area (KY), Jul 18, 2014 [Colleen Craven-Becker]
18 Jul: @ 21:21:17 
Upland Sandpipers, Blue Grosbeaks [Landon Neumann]

Subject: Wabashiki FWA-shorebirds
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 22:35 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT
Lesser Yellowlegs new today, plus a Spotted Sandpiper family with newly fledged young ...

Wabashiki FWA-interior ponds, Vigo, US-IN
Jul 24, 2014 5:25 PM - 6:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Walked the circuit of 4 basins with shrinking pools. Sunny, mostly calm, about 78 degrees F.
18 species

Canada Goose 9
Wild Turkey 4 half-grown young
Great Blue Heron 3 fly-overs
Turkey Vulture 1

Killdeer 25 including some young birds
Spotted Sandpiper 6 1 adult with 3 fledglings at "near pond", 2 other adults at far west pond. The fledglings were short-tailed and short-billed, had ragged white underparts with some down. Adult (still spotted) associated with these young birds first perched on a post in alarm watching me at a distance, then flew down near chicks and foraged rapidly. Did not feed young, one of which ran around feeding itself. This young bird had big clods of mud sticking to its feet, slowing it down. These young probably could fly, but I would be surprised if they were not hatched here at Wabashiki; they looked too young to have migrated any distance. Did not see this family on recent visits.
Greater Yellowlegs 7 adults, heavily barred, in the two far ponds; one was a distinctive whitish bird seen yesterday
Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Adult, with Greaters - size and bill difference obvious. My first of season here.

Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift X
American Kestrel 1 juvenile female standing on sand of large dry basin, flying short distances, evidently after insects on ground.
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
European Starling 25 flying to mudflats, foraging there
Song Sparrow 1
Indigo Bunting 4
Dickcissel 3

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Subject: :Pigeon River
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 19:54 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Sandy Schacht, Marisa Windell and I met Karen Brown at Pigeon River and found 66 species for the day on this really nice July day.  Best bird was the continuing Blue-headed Vireo, heard singing east of lot D-7 on 300N.  Other birds of some note:

Great Egret 1
Green Heron 2
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 1 Pine Knob Park
Virginia Rail 1 area D marsh
Sandhill Crane 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-thr. Hummingbird 2
E. Wood Pewee
Acadian, Wilow Flycatchers
E. Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo 2
Cliff Swallow 1
Marsh Wren 3 the first I've found at Pigeon R. this summer!
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Wood thrush 1
Warbler: Blue-winged 1, Yellow 2, Cerulean 1 imm., Am. Redstart 1, Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager 2
Vesper Sparrow 4 or so
Rose-br. Grosbeak 1
Oriole: a mixed flock of perhaps 7-8 Orchard and Baltimore, moving along a fencerow. They behaved like migrants already.

Subject: Miller Beach + - 7/24
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 18:28 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
I checked Miller Beach and Carlson Oxbow today around Mid-day.
MILLER BEACH Shorebirds:
2-Spotted Sandpipers
1-Semipalmated Sandpiper

Carlson Oxbow (Hammond)
2-Caspian Terns (1juv.)
4-Spotted Sandpipers (1juv.)
3-Solitary Sandpipers
5-Least Sandpipers
4-Semipalmated Sandpipers
Michael Topp
Highland IN.

Subject: Jaeger today, Michigan City Harbor.
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 17:42 pm
From: grube.brendan AT
This morning at Michigan city harbor, in Laporte county, I watched an adult
Jaeger come towards the breakwall at high speed. The bird was seen briefly
as it flew off to the west. I emailed the short video to Ken Brock, and we
have concluded that it was likely an adult Parasitic Jaeger. This is
approximately a month earlier than the usual arrival season for Jaegers on
the south shore of Lake Michigan.

Brendan Grube

Subject: Wayne Co.: Bonaparte's Gull
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 13:48 pm
From: billb AT
I did a bit of birding a several locations this morning in Union and SW Wayne Co.

At Treaty Line Road, Union Co. and at Quakertown Beach on Brookville Lake, Union Co. I found a family of Orchard Orioles at each locations with fully grown young begging or being fed by adults.

No mudflats have developed yet this summer at the end of Treaty Line Road.

At Doc-O-Lake (NE quadrant of Pennville and Pottershop Roads, 39 44 40N, 85 6 17W) in SW Wayne County I saw an adult Bonaparte's Gull (Unusual date, especially for a full adult).

My eBird post included the following comment/ description: "Adult bird lifting off water, flying past at eye level, then circling overhead at 40m before ascending and departing to the south. Small adult gull, white below, light gray above: with black (not brownish) head, including nape. Tops of primaries white with black tips, bottoms of primaries and rest of underwing white, but primaries were tipped black. Black-headed Gull rejected by hood shape and underwing pattern. Sabine's Gull and Little Gull rejected by upperwing and underwing patterns. I was fully aware that this is an unusual date for this species at this location."

SE Wayne Co.

Subject: Cane Ridge Shorebirds
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 13:00 pm
From: jm3 AT
Stopped by Cane Ridge (Gibson Co.) this morning--nice mix of shorebirds (nice mix of swallows too). Highlight was a spinning Wilson's Phalarope. Complete list is below.

John Meredig

Cane Ridge WMA, Gibson, US-IN
Jul 24, 2014 8:49 AM - 10:14 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Sunny, breezy, 67-72.
35 species

Canada Goose 60
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 18
Northern Bobwhite 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 4
Turkey Vulture 1
American Coot 2
Black-necked Stilt 1
Semipalmated Plover 10
Killdeer 25
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 20
Least Sandpiper 15
Pectoral Sandpiper 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 10
Short-billed Dowitcher 7
Wilson's Phalarope 1
Least Tern 6
Caspian Tern 2
Mourning Dove 5
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Tree Swallow 10
Bank Swallow 25
Barn Swallow 25
Cliff Swallow 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 2
Dickcissel 3
Red-winged Blackbird 5
American Goldfinch 1

Subject: Fledging Hybird Meadowlarks
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 21:15 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT
This morning I birded a few southern Cass Co spots. I started at Grissom to
look for Upland Sandpiper. I struck out. This is the first time that this
has happened to me. Because of it is now late July I wouldn't be shocked if
they are gone. The highlight was finding the continuing Western Meadowlark
near Young America with hybrid young! I was unable to get a picture of the
young due to my camera battery dying, but I was able to watching the
Western Meadowlark and his Eastern Meadowlark mate with two young fledging,
which would be hybrids. Just food for thought it would be pretty cool to
band these young and see the hybrid differences in the hand, which is
probably the only way to do it. I also stopped by some shorebird areas.
Nothing really odd, best birds were two Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Grissom Airfield
Northern Bobwhite 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Kingbird 3
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 15
Cliff Swallow 1
American Robin 5
European Starling 10
Common Yellowthroat 1
Savannah Sparrow 5
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Eastern Meadowlark 5

SW Cass Co
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 15
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
American Kestrel 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Barn Swallow 10
House Wren 1
American Robin 10
European Starling 10
Vesper Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 3
Grasshopper Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Western Meadowlark 1 Continuing bird along 1300S. Paired up with a
Eastern Meadowlark.
WesternXEastern Meadowlark 2 young fledgings
House Sparrow 20

Ivy Tech/18th St Bridge The river at the bridge is now low enough for
Mallard 3
Killdeer 5
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Savannah Sparrow 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 2

Highway 17 Marshes
Canada Goose 5
Mallard 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 10
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Barn Swallow 5
American Robin 3
Song Sparrow 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Eastern Meadowlark 2

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County

Subject: Potato Creek State Park (7/23)
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 20:16 pm
From: abelt AT
This afternoon, I was with a group at Potato Creek Park. I did not see many
species, but, of interest, there were a flock of Wild Turkeys with young
near the Porter Rea Cemetary and several Osprey flying around the park with
at least one juvenile seen on top of a nesting platform.

Adult and juvenile Osprey

Potato Creek SP, St. Joseph, US-IN
Jul 23, 2014 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
19 species

Wild Turkey 12
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 6
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 4
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
American Robin 5
Eastern Towhee 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 12
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 10

View this checklist online at

Andy Belt

Subject: Eagle Marsh-- July 23 PM
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 20:13 pm
From: rrang AT
In response to a personal message from Dave Reichlinger of his finding a Stilt Sandpiper at Eagle Marsh this afternoon and still needing that species for the year, I headed on over there after supper for a look-see.  I couldn't find that particular bird, but I was able to tally nine shorebird species by picking up a couple of Semi Plovers, a species he may have missed?  I especially enjoyed one fairly compact, six-species flock that provided close binocular views in great light.  Getting all the expected NE Indiana swallows was also sort of nice, as were the wonderful northerly breezes and relatively cool hiking temps.  The full list with some numbers (+) conservative minimums:

Wood Duck- 3
Mallard- 15
Great Blue Heron- 9
Great Egret- 2
Turkey Vulture- 3 over the property and many more in the distance off property
Bald Eagle- 1 ad.
Red-tailed Hawk- 2; 1 ad., 1 imm.
Semipalmated Plover- 2
Killdeer- 30+
Spotted Sandpiper- 6+
Solitary Sandpiper- 3
Greater Yellowlegs- 1, my first south-bound of the year and quite noisy
Lesser Yellowlegs- 7
Semipalmated Sandpiper- 6
Least Sandpiper- 4
Pectoral Sandpiper -2
Mourning Dove- 3
Willow Flycatcher- 3
Eastern Kingbird- 2
Purple Martin (5), Tree (20+), N. Rough-winged (1), Bank (2), Cliff (1), and Barn (7) Swallows
Marsh Wren- 1
American Robin- 10+
Gray Catbird- 1
European Starling- 50+
Cedar Waxwing- 1
Common Yellowthroat- 6+
Yellow Warbler- 1
Chipping Sparrow- 1
Song Sparrow- 8+
Northern Cardinal- 2
Indigo Bunting- 6
Red-winged Blackbird- 20+
Common Grackle- 2
House Finch- 3
American Goldfinch- 8+
House Sparrow- 1

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne

Subject: Stilt Sandpiper and Other Shorebirds in Hamilton County
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 19:53 pm
From: gosland AT
A sandbar on the north end of Morse Reservoir, just north of Cicero, at the bridge west of SR 19 in Hamilton County, has begun to attract a number of fall migrants.  The highlight of the afternoon of July 22 was an alternate-plumaged STILT SANDPIPER.

I submitted this posting from another emaill address on July 22, but it appears that that message did not get sent to the IN BIRD list. If this is a duplicate message, I apologize.

Great Egret - 19
Great Blue Heron - 2
Killdeer - 5
Spotted Sandpiper - 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - about 20
Cliff Swallow - many
Eastern Kingbird - 1

Vesper Sparrow - 1
241st Street and Overdorf Road
East of Cicero

Greg Osland

Subject: Brownstown, IN - peregrine falcon
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 18:37 pm
From: birder AT
Today while driving to Seymour, IN going the back way (avoiding I65 congestion), I observed a peregrine falcon chasing pigeons and starlings from a grain silo just on the northeast outskirts of Brownstown, IN.  Most unexpected!

Good birding,

Dan Collins
Evansville, IN

Subject: Miller & McCool shorebirds
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 17:36 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
I witnessed the unusually strong N winds at Miller which were more like a mid-August jaeger blow, hoping for large shorebirds. 
Highlights were 85 adult sanderlings, 4 semipalmated sandpipers, one Whimbrel at Miller and a few shorebirds at McCool.
DC Cormorant-25
Am. Kestrel-2
No. Mockingbird-2
Semipalmated Sandpiper-4
Spotted sandpiper-2

Lesser Yellowlegs-3
Solitary Sandpiper-4
Spotted Sandpiper-2
Pectoral Sandpiper-4
Semipalmated Sandpiper-3
Least Sandpiper-5
Killdeer-14 including several young

John Kendall

Sent from my iPhone

Subject: Miller Beach - 7/23 - Sanderlings
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 17:16 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
I stopped by Miller Beach after work . Strong North winds made it feel
like fall.
Walked to the breakwall. *Photos I will post later.
2-Turkey Vultures
1-Great Egret
2-Spotted Sandpipers
53+Sanderlings (Adults) *
3-Semipalmated Sandpipers
2-Least Sandpipers
3-Caspian Terns
Michael Topp
Highland IN.

Subject: Wabashiki shorebirds
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 13:52 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT
This afternoon I checked the rapidly shrinking interior ponds at Wabashiki, and found:

Semipalmated Plover - 1 adult (first of season)
Killdeer - 20
Greater Yellowlegs - 12 adults
Spotted Sandpiper - 3 adults
Least Sandpiper - 12
Pectoral Sandpiper - 9 (this flock landed briefly, noticed me, and flew away) - (first of season)

Great Egret 1
Great Blue Heron 1

Peter E. Scott

Subject: Cane ridge Wednesday
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 12:39 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT

Shorebirds have hit cane ridge! In a quick informal scan I saw dowitcher, yellow legs, peeps, semi palms(?), Caspian, black and least tern and probably more I didn't see.
Jeremy Ross, Petersburg

Subject: Michigan City Harbor, Sanderlings
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 11:36 am
From: grube.brendan AT

The strong north winds that came through in the overnight, has the
sandpipers scrambling the beachfront at the harbor. The waves are washing
up onshore enough to leave standing pools all along the beach. There were
60 or more Sanderlings and several Semi-sandpipers running all over the

Brendan Grube

Subject: Blue Grosbeak South Bend 7/23/14
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 11:00 am
From: Spier6565 AT
While birding the Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area today, I found a Blue Grosbeak. It was in the "bowl" south of the trail near the east entrance (Linden Rd.).
I managed a few pictures that can be viewed at http://birdingthebend.blogspot...

The BCRA is on Jackson Rd. south of Ireland Rd.. It can be reached from either Linden Rd. or Locust Rd.

Other birds observed or heard:

Henslow's Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (5)
Dickcissal (9)
Orchard Oriole (2)
Eastern Meadowlark (2)
A. Goldfinch (2)
Indigo Bunting (1)
Yellow Warbler (2)
Common Yellowthroat (1)
Barn Swallow (3)

Jim Spier

Subject: 2 Lake County Sites - 7/22
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 14:53 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
This morning, I spent three hours at Miller Beach, which
included a walk to the impoundment. However, things were fairly quiet.
Highlights are below. Next, I headed to the Little Calumet River just east of Kennedy
Avenue where I found 2 mudflats in the river. The first one is very close to
Kennedy Avenue, and the second one is just a little east of it. I found my
first decent mix of fall shorebird migrants there. All were adults expect for 3
juvenile Spotted Sandpipers. I also had a few shorebirds along with mudbanks on
the west side of Kennedy Avenue. Below is what I saw.
Matt Kalwasinski
Miller Beach/USX Impoundment -
Jul 22, 2014
6:30 to 9:30 am
Yellowlegs 2
Sanderling 1
Killdeer 1
Sandpiper 3
Sandpiper 1
Plover 1
Warbler 1
Little Calumet
River (east of Kennedy Avenue)/Carlson Oxbow, Lake, US-IN
Jul 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Mallard  13
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Killdeer  31
Spotted Sandpiper  6    3 juvs
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  6   
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
Ring-billed Gull  9
Caspian Tern  2
Mourning Dove  5
Barn Swallow  9
American Robin  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
Song Sparrow  4
Red-winged Blackbird  16
American Goldfinch  2

Subject: Bell's Vireo in Tippencanoe Co.
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 11:43 am
From: in-bird-l AT
If anyone is after Bell's Vireo near Lafayette, the male is back on territory near our apartment, just west of the Cook Med Center in West Lafayette. Don't yet know if the female has returned.
Michael L. P. Retter
W. Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN
mlretter AT
home: 765.838.3152
cell: 309.824.7317

Editor, Birder's Guide
American Birding Association

Subject: N. Allen Co.
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 10:48 am
From: in-bird-l AT
I spent much of the morning driving northern Allen Co., looking especially for shorebirds and Sedge Wrens.  Struck out on both.  In fact, birds were very quiet.  The only things of any note were 6 Blue-winged Teal, 8 Great Egrets, and 2 Dickcissels at and around Griffin Rd. pond, and a N. Mockingbird in the Spencerville grassland, DeKalb Co.

Jim Haw

Subject: Swifts and Swallows - Gibson Co.
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 10:15 am
From: 4giffords AT
For the last few weeks during the mid- to late-morning hours and again in the late afternoons I have been getting a rather interesting mixed flock of birds that arrive and leave together to hunt for bugs over our grasslands area at our house.  The flock is usually about 15-25 birds and includes Chimney Swifts, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and N. Rough-winged Swallows.  This morning a Purple Martin joined the club as well.

It is fun to watch them all zipping around the yard and thought it was interesting that this diverse group tends to stick together. Just curious if anyone else has had a similar experience.

Steve Gifford
Haubstadt, IN

Subject: Bell's Vireo, Pied-billed Grebes
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 21:54 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT
Today I wandered around Cass Co looking for good habitat. I often find that
when I wander it pays off and today was no exception. The highlight was a
Bell's Vireo along 600W just a mile north of the Carroll/Cass Line. This is
the 2nd county record for Bell's. Since this bird is here in July I'd
assume that he is nesting, but the bird was singing from a private property
and far enough away from the road that I won't be able to determine that
probably. I also found a marsh/pond up by Royal Center that has nesting
Pied-billed Grebes. This is probably the only spot that has nesting grebes
in the county anymore. 17 Marshes used to have them, but now it has become
too overgrow to support nesting grebes sadly.

Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Bell's Vireo 1 Singing bird. Couldn't see the bird because it was away
from the road on private property, but I could hear it singing a ton. I
have alot of experience with this species in western IN.
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Gray Catbird 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

NW County Driving
Canada Goose 10
Mallard 5
Northern Bobwhite 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 2
American Kestrel 1
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 2
Purple Martin 5
Barn Swallow 5
American Robin 5
European Starling 20
Field Sparrow 2
Vesper Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 5
Grasshopper Sparrow 2
Henslow's Sparrow 1
Indigo Bunting 5
Eastern Meadowlark 2

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County

Subject: Request for Assistance - Guiding a tour at Goose Pond FWA July 26, 2014
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 16:30 pm
From: sterren AT

To Indiana Birders:

I am writing to ask for a few birders to assist me in leading an upcoming birding tour at Goose Pond FWA in Greene County IN.

The tour is this coming Saturday, July 26, 2014.

The time of the tour is 10:00 AM to Noon. This brief introductory tour will likely be for beginning birders or for people who have previously visited GPfWA seldom or no times before. The tour will be a diving caravan at Goose Pond FWA.

The tour is sponsored by Fiends of Goose Pond and is being done in conjunction with the "Rediscover Downtown Linton" event entitled "Gateway to Outdoor Recreation Activities." URL for the larger overall event is below

I will be the main leader and I will handle most of the details on where we actually go and on telling new people how to visit and bird Goose Pond FWA. I would greatly appreciate two hours of assistance at showing people the birds we run into. Hopefully those volunteering to help out with leading will have scopes. If you'd like to do a public service, help out some new potential birders. and help publicize the accomplishments of Goose Pond FWA. please consider coming along to assist in leading this event.

I will be at GPFWA early in the morning on Saturday scouting for the tour. For people coming to assist, we might bird some before the 10 AM to noon tour and also potentially afterwards as well.

The URL for the larger overall Outdoor Recreation event:


My publicity blurb for potential tour participants says:

As part of the Rediscover Downtown Linton event on Saturday July 26, 2014, Friends of Goose Pond will conduct an introductory birding and driving tour of the property in the morning. Participants should first go to the Linton City Hall and sign up for the tour at the Friends of Goose Pond table. Sign up at City Hall starts at 7:00 AM. The tour limit will be 40 people on a first-come, first sign-up basis. Participants will drive to the Goose Pond FWA trailhead before the start of the 10:00 AM tour. At the trailhead we will consolidate vehicles and do carpooling from there. We will caravan around parts of the Goose Pond FWA property looking at birds and bird habitats as conditions and opportunities permit. There will also some information and discussion on when else to visit Goose Pond FWA during other seasons. Tour stops will be mainly on County Roads and at Goose Pond FWA parking lots. We do not contemplate any extensive off road walking. Appropriate outdoor footwear is suggested. We will have at least one spotting scope. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginning birders are welcome. The tour will conclude around noon.


(Obviously anyone helping lead can skip the Linton City Hall sign up.)

The tour is potentially for up to 40 participants. That's more than one leader can really handle well. As it happens the only members of the Friends of Goose Pond board who could potentially help out on July 26 will be gone on vacation. I'm therefore turning to anyone out there in the Indiana birding world who knows something about GPFWA and its birds. Please come and help out for a couple of hours. If you have previously been a tour guide at Marsh Madness or have participated in the Goose Pond CBC you would be ideal for this task. So would many dozens of other Indiana birders.

Please respond to me privately and off the list at:

Thanks for your consideration and help.

--Lee Sterrenburg, Bloomington, for the Friends of Goose Pond Board.

Subject: Gallinules
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 16:21 pm
From: t.ballenger AT
Wow!  Thanks all for the updates.  Guess I must have been in a hole somewhere when the spit occurred.  I stand duly corrected!
P.S.-- I have seen a Purple Gallinule (whatever it's called now).

Good birding,
Terry Ballenger

Subject: Confused on names
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 15:59 pm
From: t.ballenger AT
I'm a little confused.  There have been several posts referring to "Common" Gallinule.  Sibley's has "Purple" Gallinule and "Common"
Moorhen, but no Common Gallinule.

Has there been a name change I'm not aware of?  I know I've seen Moorhens at Goose Pond but no Gallinules.

Thanks for any info.

Terry Ballenger
Hamilton Co.

Subject: Goose Pond- July 21
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 15:52 pm
From: otus44 AT
We headed to Goose Pond this morning just to see what we could find.
Rather than listing the whole day's worth of sightings, here are the highlights.

Along 1200W south of the bridge
3- Henlow's Sparrows
1- Sedge Wren
2- Blue Grosbeaks

From the bridge
4- Least Terns (there may have been a fifth hidden on the island while the
other four were perched but it may be one of the four that we didn't see
leave the island.)
Easily 9 Black-necked Stilts including what appeared to be a family group

Double Ditches
1- Common Gallinule

GP9-10 areas
2- Green Heron
1- Black-crowned Night-Heron

loads of various swallows everywhere

farther south along the county line road CR900E-CR1600W

Greene Co
1- Henslow's Sparrow

Sullivan Co
1- Henslow's Sparrow

and even farther south along the same road but now in Knox Co
1- Henslow's Sparrow

Freelandville area
1- Bald Eagle (adult)

We did look for but were unable to find any Mississippi Kites on
State Road 54 west of Linton where Don reported one yesterday.

Gary and Lisa Bowman

Subject: Blue Grosbeak, Purple Martins, Prophetstown SP, Jul 21, 2014
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 10:07 am
From: jdunning AT
I visited Prophetstown State Park (Tippecanoe County) this morning to show our visiting Columbian student some grassland birds.  Main targets were Henslow's Sparrow and Blue Grosbeak, both of which were easy to see. We also had Purple Martins at the pond in the eastern end of drive, which were the first martins for our county summer count.


Prophetstown SP, Tippecanoe, US-IN
Jul 21, 2014 7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
32 species

Canada Goose 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Kingbird 5
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 15
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 3
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Henslow's Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 1
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Dickcissel 10
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Eastern Meadowlark 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 10
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 5

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Subject: Green heron roost patoka bottoms
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 21:34 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT
Tonight i was scanning a marsh for something interesting and green herons were constantly flying in to roost. One group had ten. I know it was possible that thirty or more could have came in and roosted together.
I thought it was an interesting sighting and I might need to go back and do an accurate count.
Jeremy Ross, Petersburg

Subject: Osprey in Elkhart
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 20:44 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Checked nests around noon today, I could see 2 osprey perched around the nest on supports but couldn't seen any heads above nest.  At Hayden, there were 4 heads--two on nest and the parents perched around it.--Judy Ferrell/Elkhart

Subject: Tippecanoe Co - Humming Birds (No sightings)
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 16:17 pm
From: birder83 AT

Can anyone shed some light on the best place in the Tippecanoe County area
to see Humming Birds? I've been told the Horticulture Park at Purdue
University, but haven't had much joy there, and was curious of any other
good spots.



Subject: Four Mississippi Kites, Hendricks-Marion county line
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 15:49 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Aidan Rominger and I viewed four Mississippi Kites in both Hendricks and Marion counties on Sunday morning. The four birds consisted of an adult male, an adult female, a juvenile bird, and one unknown that was presumably a second juvenile. For much of the time, the birds were anywhere from .25 to 1+ mile away. They were seen at tree-top level and quite high in the sky. Two Red-taileds were also present for much of the time.

The spot where we saw all four birds in both counties is the electrical substation along Raceway that is surrounded by the Eagles Crest prairie. This is just south of Raceway and Maloney Road intersection. The coordinates are 39.880500, -86.325495. Raceway Road is the county line.

We also saw the adults from Reel Creek subdivision on Maloney Rd in Hendricks Co. With permission from the landowner, and joined by Scott Enochs, we explored a parcel where Aidan and I suspected the nest might be located. We saw both adult birds in flight (visible from the road) but did not see any juveniles during an hour long vigil and search. We were not able to find a nest. Based on the timeline the birds have been present, the observed behavior of the adults over the last week, and the presence of at least one juvenile, I am comfortable in concluding that the birds nested at or near Reel Creek subdivision in Hendricks County. To my knowledge, there have not been any previous nest records from central Indiana.

Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
dongorney AT

Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday July 20, 2104
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 13:26 pm
From: sailbird AT
Weather- Sunny
Temp. 70"s

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 83 species. The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams

Subject: Eagle Marsh
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 11:08 am
From: in-bird-l AT
I spent an hour this morning ambling into Eagle Marsh, going from the Boy Scout lot far enough to see the mudflats on both sides of the pumphouse dike.  The Bell's Vireo sang twice from a thicket WEST of the Boy Scout building, where it has not been found in the past to my knowledge (it's been NE of the building).  Of interest in the Marsh were the continuing Sandhill Crane that has been around for at least a week, 2 Green-winged Teal, and 3 Marsh Wrens.

Shorebird numbers are increasing but nothing unusual (numbers here are estimates):
Spotted Sandpiper 7
Lesser Yellowlegs 12
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 10
Pectoral Sandpiper 1

Jim Haw

Subject: Beehunter area
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 10:26 am
From: whitehea AT
Yesterday Betsy and I participated in the GP butterfly count. Our area
was BH4 and 5 and 100s E of BH. Not a bad day for birds - I will post
the butterflies later. The highlights:

Canada Goose - 9
Wood Duck - 2
No. Bobwhite - 2
Great Blue Heron - 5
Great Egret - 29
Bald Eagle - 1 (adult)
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Am. Kestrel - 4
Killdeer - 5
Least Sandpiper - 5
Wilson's Snipe - 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Ruby-thr. Hummingbird - 1
Red-headed Woodpecker - 2
E. Wood-pewee - 2
Willow Flycatcher - 2
E. Phoebe - 1
E. Kingbird - 5
Bell's Vireo - 2
Horned Lark - 2
Tree Swallow - 500
Barn Swallow - 25
House Wren - 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
E. Bluebird - 2
Gray Catbird - 4
No. Mockingbird - 3
Brown Thrasher - 2
Yellow Warbler - 2
Common Yellowthroat - 12
E. Towhee - 2
Field Sparrow - 3
Blue Grosbeak - 4
Indigo Bunting - 13
Dickcissel - 2
E. Meadowlark - 13

Don Whitehead

Subject: Possible Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Porter Co.
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 7:44 am
From: canyonwren AT
Hi Jake,

Where in Porter County did your father see this. Please provide a specific location so others can watch for the bird, too.

Indicate the road name and where on the road it was seen. If it was close to an intersection, the cross street name would be helpful. Also, what time of day was it seen? What day did he see it on?

Thanks for responding to the list with this information so that others can try to relocate it.


Lynea Hinchman
Michigan City, Indiana
Heart of the Indiana Dunes

"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived though its first material expression be destroyed. A vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer, but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again." William Beebe

From: Jake Harmon
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 7:01 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Possible Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Porter Co.

My dad just told me he saw a "robin-sized bird with a forked tail and a reddish haze to it" sitting on our power line. So, my first thought was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. I showed him the pictures in my field guide and he said it looked like the juvenile. So, I'm going to watch for it.

Jake Harmon
Chesterton, IN

Subject: Wabashiki FWA-Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 21:58 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT
Appearance of first peep brings July shorebird count here to 4 species.

Wabashiki FWA-interior ponds, Vigo, US-IN
Jul 19, 2014 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Checked the three ponds, which are shrinking. Carp in southeastern pond are dead, no longer thrashing. Partly sunny (two-thirds overcast), 72 degrees F, NE wind about 10 mph.
20 species

Canada Goose 5
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 16 no sign of the big flock of 3 days ago. Today's small flock were all feeding in the near (eastern) pond.
Green Heron 1 fly over
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 2 flying and perched in cottonwoods by far west lake
Killdeer 9
Spotted Sandpiper 6 adults. 4 together in far, cottonwood pond, two singles at other ponds
GREATER YELLOWLEGS 4 adults. in one flock at "near pond". remained during my visit.
LEAST SANDPIPER 1 apparent adult; viewed at 75 yards with small (not powerful) scope, which may explain why I could see no yellow or green on legs - they were dull or dark. However, other features (including date) indicated Least rather than some other peep: small size (notably smaller than Spotted), brown, gold, white flecked back, hunched posture, streaked breast, white belly; bill not seen well, but seemed slightly droopy. Bird foraged in mud on edge of far pond, by itself, occasionally encountering Spotted Sandpipers. My FOS at this site.
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 sang
Chimney Swift 10
American Crow 1
Barn Swallow 10
Song Sparrow 1
Blue Grosbeak 1 distant song
Indigo Bunting 2 singing
Dickcissel 4 3 males singing, 1 female seen
Red-winged Blackbird 3

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Subject: Sedge wrens, Greene Co.
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 21:57 pm
From: david_rupp AT

Steve Dunbar, Bryce Robeson, and I also participated in the Goose Pond Butterfly Count today. Our assigned area was in and around Hillenbrand FWA in northern Greene County. While looking for butterflies, we did pay attention to the birds around us (of course), though I wouldn't say we were actively birding much of the time. We thought this report might be of interest because of the recent discussion on In-bird about sedge wrens.
We found several singing sedge wrens on 660 N, west of SR 59 between Linton and Jasonville. We had a nice spotting scope view of one that was perched high as if on territory. Fields in the same area had blue grosbeak, Henslow's sparrows, dickcissel, orchard oriole, Bell's vireo, willow flycatcher, etc. In addition, we think we may each have seen our personal high number of yellow-billed cuckoos (~10). Those were mostly along 1100 W.
Our eBird list for the day follows.
David RuppBloomington, IN
Hillenbrand FWA, Greene, US-IN
Jul 19, 2014 9:15 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: With Steve Dunbar and Bryce Robeson. We covered 8-10 miles in and around Hillenbrand during the Goose Pond Annual Butterfly Count. I decided to keep a bird species list as well... the numbers of each species are estimates after the fact. The best spot for birding is on 660 N, just northeast of Moss Lake.
54 species

Canada Goose 9
Northern Bobwhite 6
Great Blue Heron 4
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 14
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Bell's Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 8
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Sedge Wren 3
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
Eastern Bluebird 12
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 13
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 10
Northern Parula 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 3
Eastern Towhee 10
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 9
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Henslow's Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 4
Summer Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 35
Dickcissel 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 2

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Subject: Least bittern questions
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 21:56 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT
I have rediscovered a sizable marsh with mostly cattails and knee deep water.  I want to find a least bittern in there. I know in order for me to find one I need more than hope. So here's questions;
How do I spot them ? Are they usually seen flying early, late, or anytime? Is July too early to start looking now? Should I give it a few weeks? Are they still vocal now? Any help would believe appreciated.
Jeremy Ross, Petersburg

Subject: Greene/Sullivan Co - MIKI, SEWR, SBDO
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 20:53 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Aidan Rominger and I participated in the Goose Pond butterfly count on Saturday and also birded in Greene and Sullivan counties. My son, Jason, was a passive (forced) participant. Our assigned butterfly territory was west of SR 159 in Sullivan County from the Dugger Unit south for several miles. Highlights for the day included Mississippi Kite, Short-billed Dowitcher, Sedge Wren, more than a dozen Blue Grosbeaks, Least Bittern, Common Gallinule with young, Black-necked Stilt with young, and Least Tern.

While driving towards Dugger, IN on SR 54 west of Linton, Aidan spotted a Mississippi Kite in a dead tree. We obtained great looks and photos of this female. The male was seen in flight over our heads. A pair of kites nested in this same area in 2011 and 2012 but were not seen in 2013 or to date in 2014. Based on the male seen in flight to the southeast and apparently landing and the female taking off in the same direction, I'm guessing that the pair is nesting very near the previous nest site. The location we saw the female in Greene County was on the south side of SR 54 just west of 1500W. The lat/long is 39.067011, -87.226291. Conveniently, there was a pull-off at this spot. The parcel of land is for sale and there is a Horizon realty next to the pull-off. A photo of the female is on my Flickr page:

At Goose Pond, we found most of the expected species including Black-crowned Night Heron, Least Bittern, and Common Gallinule. We picked up our second Sedge Wren for the day along with Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Least Sandpiper.

Goose Pond FWA, Greene, US-IN
Jul 19, 2014 2:12 PM - 5:12 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.3
48 species

Canada Goose  30
Wood Duck  35
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Bobwhite  8
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Least Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  20
Great Egret  35
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1, adult
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  2
Common Gallinule  5, three juveniles seen
American Coot  1
Black-necked Stilt  15, three juveniles seen in MPW
Killdeer  15, same spot as SBDO
Lesser Yellowlegs  3, same spot as SBDO
Least Sandpiper  1, same spot as SBDO
Short-billed Dowitcher  4, MPW south of double ditches seen from small pull-off and levee pull-off
Least Tern  4, adults. One seen with food in mouth
Mourning Dove  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Willow Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Bell's Vireo  4
Swallow  25
Bank Swallow  175, a conservative count
Barn Swallow  10
Cliff Swallow  1
Sedge Wren  1, on 1400W about 1/4 mile north of 200S
Marsh Wren (Eastern)  3
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  6
Common Yellowthroat  12
Henslow's Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  4
Blue Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  12
Dickcissel  10
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Eastern Meadowlark  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  5

Sedge Wren was the highlight at the Dugger Unit. Additional birding in Sullivan County not posted in this email but checklist at

Greene Sullivan SF -- Dugger Unit, Sullivan, US-IN
Jul 19, 2014 9:54 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.3
26 species

Canada Goose  110
Northern Bobwhite  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  6
Willow Flycatcher  3
Kingbird  2
Bell's Vireo  4
Tree Swallow  40
Sedge Wren  1, CR 350E a few hundred yards south of 100S
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  2
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Towhee  3
Henslow's Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  2
Indigo Bunting  5
Dickcissel  5
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  6
Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
dongorney AT

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Whyte Horse Farm & Vineyard, Jul 19, 2014
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 19:49 pm
From: AT
I was allowed to bird this private property in White County this morning,
owned by Whyte Horse Winery.
Rick Read

Whyte Horse Farm & Vineyard, White, US-IN
Jul 19, 2014 7:10 AM - 9:20 AM
Protocol: Area
17.0 ac
Comments: Consists of woods, stream, pond, grassland, vineyard and
surrounding corn & bean fields.
34 species

Mallard 2
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Purple Martin 2
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 8
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 17
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 4
Common Yellowthroat 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 9
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
American Goldfinch 2

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Subject: Possible Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Porter Co.
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 19:01 pm
From: mcwolves13 AT
My dad just told me he saw a "robin-sized bird with a forked tail and a
reddish haze to it" sitting on our power line. So, my first thought was a
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. I showed him the pictures in my field guide and
he said it looked like the juvenile. So, I'm going to watch for it.

Jake Harmon
Chesterton, IN

Subject: Mississinewa, part of Salamonie
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 18:21 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Sandy Schacht and I birded the areas around the dam at Mississinewa Res. and on the way home stopped at Lost Bridge West and the wetland at SR 9 and 300S at Salamonie on this mostly cloudy and pleasantly cool day, recording 63 species.  Birding at Mississinewa was not too lively, with the best birds being 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, including an imm. at the entrance to Miami SRA, a Scarlet Tanager, and 2 Yellow-throated Warblers being perhaps the best.

At Salamonie, the beach parking lot produced 2 Caspian Terns among the Ring-billed Gulls, and the 9-300 wetland had a Solitary Sandpiper and a Least Sandpiper.

Jim Haw

Subject: Lakefront (19Jul2014) Marbled Godwit, Whimbrel, & Snowy Egret
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 16:59 pm
From: kj.brock AT
Today (19-July-2014) John Cassady, John & Elaine Harley, Lynea Hinchman, Neal Miller, Gary Keister, Randy Pals, and I birded the lakefront.

We enjoyed the season’s best day for large shorebirds, with Willets, Marbled Godwit, and Whimbrel. In addition we had great weather and wonderful company. It was a very pleasing day.


White-eyed Vireo,1
Sedge Wren,1

BEVERLY SHORES (along Beverly Drive)
Great Egret,7
Green Heron,6
Red-shouldered Hawk,5- 2 adults & 3 juvs, apparently a productive year
Sandhill Crane,8- at three locations
Redheaded Woodpecker,11- 10 adults & one juv
Northern Flicker,6- including several juvs
Willow Flycatcher,20- all singing or calling
Great Crested Flycatcher,2
White-eyed Vireo,1
Yellow-throated Vireo,
Warbling Vireo,2
Marsh Wren,4
Wood Thrush,1 singing
Gray Catbird,16
Brown Thrasher,5
Yellow Warbler,3 at least one singing
Common Yellowthroat,21
Scarlet Tanager,1 singing
Swamp Sparrow,7

MILLER BEACH (lake watch 7:45-10:15)
Double-crested Cormorant (1040)- counted by tens
Great Egret,3
WHIMBREL,1 flyby- came in off lake an flew eastward along beach
Caspian Tern,18- 17 adults & a juv
Horned Lark,1
Cliff Swallow,1 –rarely seen here on this date
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,2
Northern Mockingbird,2
Yellow Warbler,10- migrants
Blue Grosbeak,1 singing

Least Bittern,1 male
Great Egret,3
Black-crowned Night-Heron,2 adults
Common Gallinule,14- 4 adults & 10 half-grown young
Killdeer,3- 2 adults & a downy chick
Marsh Wren,13- including several young birds

129th St ON WOLF LAKE (last stop for the Harley group)
Great Egret,1
Spotted Sandpiper,1

WOLF LAKE AT FORSYTHE PARK (with Scott Enochs) Nothing of note

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR (all shorebirds were on the outer breakwater)
Willet,3- 2 adults & a juv (earliest juv by 3 days)
MARBLED GODWIT,1- joined the two adult willets atop the breakwater
Sanderling,5 adults- a bit early, average arrival date 26 July
Spotted Sandpiper,2

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN

Subject: Illiana Birds: 2 Snowy Egrets
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 13:53 pm
From: cmarshbird AT
19 July 2014 - When I arrived at 9:40 a.m. there were two adult SNOWY EGRETS
in the 129th Street Mitigation Wetland/Wolf Lake. Hammond. They were
aggressive toward each other, one chasing the other over the levee into Wolf
Lake. One perched on a stake on the edge of an island in the lake and the
other flew back into the wetland. Both were in the same spots when I left at
11:05 a.m.

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

Subject: Arrowhead Prairie/Arrowhead Marsh, Allen County
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 12:45 pm
From: in-bird-l AT

Little River Wetlands Project and Stockbridge Audubon Society held a joint field trip at LRWP's Arrowhead properties this morning. There were 20 people in attendance. We were looking for grassland birds. Our special target, Henslow's Sparrow, was most cooperative; a couple of them perched in plain view for an extended time, giving everyone good looks. Sedge Wrens were not present; in line with recent discussion on IN-BIRD, it may be too early. Last year they appeared in the last few days of July.

Arrowhead Prairie, Allen, US-IN
Jul 19, 2014 7:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
Comments: Low 70s, cloudy, calm
25 species

Great Blue Heron 6
Green Heron 2
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 1
Willow Flycatcher 6
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 1
Common Yellowthroat 15
Field Sparrow 9
Henslow's Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 1
Dickcissel 2
Bobolink 8
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 11

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Ed Powers, Allen County

Subject: RE: Goose Pond FWA 7/17
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 9:01 am
From: vwilkins AT
I finally got to a few of the pictures from Goose Pond on the 17th.  As is typical when I count large numbers of birds, I'm sure I under-counted the Purple Martins by quite a bit.  There were five or six groups of birds on the wires together, and many in the air.  The individual groups I just did a quick look at and estimated around 10-12 Purple Martins in each group, but looking at pictures of just one of the groups, I could count 16.  There could have easily been as many as 100 Purple Martins, and I had estimated about 65.  They were with a very large number of Tree, Bank, and Barn Swallows, but not yet the thousands that come a bit later.

The MIKI picture below is from 1.2 miles away, of a bird that was so high up it would have been almost invisible even if you were underneath the bird. Just goes to show that birds can be ID'd at incredible distances. I could only keep track of the kite for a few seconds given the distance, but after I lost it, I was messing with my camera, and seconds later I turned around and saw the kite gliding low over my head to the north! Just an unbelievable distance covered in an extremely short period of time, assuming it was the same bird.

Belted Kingfisher. I actually was able to get some flight photos, but haven't gotten to those yet. So many birds in MP, definitely the highest concentration I have ever seen of these. Almost all were in pairs, and for the most part they seemed to tolerate the other pairs that were spread out over the area, but often crossing each others' paths.

Black-crowned Night Herons were definitely one of the more interesting sightings. I always search for them in the treelines and ditches. Based on a lot of time spent walking far back into the units (many of the ones that aren't covered much) and looking for these birds, I can say that there could be an incredibly large number of these birds present and they'd still go mostly unnoticed. There were low brushy areas in the water, in ditches, and high in trees where I could flush a half dozen birds or more, or see one bird after another fly into a spot, but not be able to see a single one once they settled down. Sometimes they would flush very early, other times I'd be walking around an area taking photos and looking around at other stuff, only to have one flush very close by, and then maybe minutes later have another one leave from the same spot. When birds were in flight, they went all different directions, travelling near and far across Goose Pond, definitely no shortage of good habitat for them in just about any of the units.

I watched half a dozen birds go in and out of this tree, and none were visible once they landed. Only this one stayed on alert on the outside branches.

I lost a drive on my computer yesterday and sometime today I have to put a new drive in and move things around, so just in case the photos aren't accessible late in the day, I don't expect to be down for more than an hour.


From: Wilkins, Vern W
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:50 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Goose Pond FWA

Just wanted to get something out quick after a late day at Goose Pond. Lucked out today, water main break at work and we all had to go home at lunch!

Many signs of things picking up at Goose Pond. Larger counts below were very conservative, and many birds I just stopped counting after seeing so many. Definitely the most Black-crowned Night Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Willow Flycatchers, and Purple Martins that I have seen this year.

Black-crowned Night Herons were everywhere, but most concentrated in MP. Searched carefully for any immature or adult Yellow-crowned but no luck. I flushed a very large number walking, and spotted many more in trees or in the water at greater distances. Birds started flying around some on their own fairly early, about 7pm.

FYI, bugs were terrible. Few levees are mowed and ticks were horrible as I walked some of the levees with tall weeds. Mosquitoes, Deer Flies, and all sorts of other unidentified insects were biting me non-stop. Forgot to take into account that this mild weather would increase their activity too.

Should have a few pictures to post tomorrow.


Goose Pond FWA, Greene, US-IN
Jul 17, 2014
58 species

Canada Goose X
Wood Duck X
Mallard X
Northern Bobwhite X
Pied-billed Grebe X
Double-crested Cormorant X
Least Bittern 2 Flew by separately, about five minutes apart, going from northwest to southeast across double ditches, 8pm. Very close looks, but didn't have camera ready either time.
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) X
Great Egret 100 probably way under-counted. didn't wait for all birds to come to roost and large number were still spread out when I left.
Green Heron 10
Black-crowned Night-Heron 23 Conservative count, saw many more than this but couldn't keep track of duplicates. Many adults and juveniles. Mostly in Main Pool.
Turkey Vulture X
Mississippi Kite 1 Identified 1.2 miles south of GP2, from ditch at north end, by naked eye! Was able to catch white in wings and long light tail with dark tip (wasn't fanned), even at that distance with binoculars. Bird was soaring incredibly high but eventually came in low and soared directly north out of sight. Extremely distant photo confirmed ID.
Bald Eagle 3
Common Gallinule 7
Black-necked Stilt 8
Killdeer X 40+ in field east of Beehunter Marsh!, More spread out over GPFWA
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Least Tern 4 flying closely together over island in MP. looked closely to make sure none were Black Terns.
Caspian Tern 1 close look, flying north over main pool earl evening. photo
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove X
Chimney Swift X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird X
Belted Kingfisher 12 12 in Main Pool alone, walking in from north end of 1200
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker X
American Kestrel X
Willow Flycatcher 12 largest number seen this summer. many in MP, many at GP2, many seen elsewhere, did not keep counting beyond this number.
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird X
Bell's Vireo X
American Crow X
Horned Lark X
Purple Martin 65 Counted in one spot, at CR500 south of Main Pool. Many birds on wires mixing with other swallows, and many in the air over the GPFWA fields. Large number of immature birds. More individuals seen all over GPFWA, those being mostly adults.
Tree Swallow X
Bank Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Eastern Bluebird X
American Robin X
Gray Catbird X
Brown Thrasher X
European Starling X
Common Yellowthroat X
Yellow Warbler 11 not counted beyond this number. many males, females, and immatures.
Field Sparrow X
Savannah Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
Northern Cardinal X
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting X
Dickcissel X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Eastern Meadowlark X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Orchard Oriole 3
American Goldfinch X

Subject: Miller Beach - 7/18
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 5:23 am
From: in-bird-l AT
There were no migrating shorebirds today so I took a short hike into
the woods.
Here is some of what I saw.
MILLER BEACH (walked to the breakwall)
* Pictures I will post later.
16-Great Blue Herons (coming in off the lake)
2-Turkey Vultures
1-Coopers Hawk
3-Spotted Sandpipers (1juv.)
8-Caspian Terns
2-Downy W.P
2-Acadian F.C.
7-E.Kingbirds (3juvs on the fence)
2-Tree Swallows
8-Bank Swallows
20-Barn Swallows
3-Blue Jays
2-House Wrens
3-N.Mockingbirds *
1-Brown Thrasher

1-Warbling Vireo
4-Yellow Warblers
1-Yellowthroat Warbler
2-Indigo Bunting *
6-Field Sparrows
2-Song Sparrows

Subject: Wrong State, Oops
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 22:03 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Disregard post meant for Kentucky... Sorry.

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area (KY), Jul 18, 2014
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 21:39 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
This evening Colleen, Brainard Palmer-Ball and I spent time looking for shorebirds along the now mostly exposed fossil reef. Only a few Least Sandpipers and a couple of Spotted Sandpipers were found.

Date: July 18, 2014 at 10:01:18 PM EDT
Subject: eBird Report - Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area (KY), Jul 18, 2014

Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area (KY), Jefferson, US-KY
Jul 18, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: Wave rock exposed, a few Least Sandpipers and a couple of Spotted Sandpipers...
17 species

Canada Goose 110
Mallard 11
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 45
Great Egret 7
Black-crowned Night-Heron 32 Rookery on Shippingport Island...
Bald Eagle 2
Killdeer 7
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Chimney Swift 35
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 60
Bank Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 10

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Subject: Upland Sandpipers, Blue Grosbeaks
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 21:21 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT
This morning I checked on a few spots. The Upland Sandpipers at still at
Grissom. They appear to be done nesting and are now molting and building
fat reserves before heading south. They aren't as active as they used to
be, but if one scans the runway long enough one usually can be seen. I also
had the pair of Blue Grosbeaks that has continued along 500E.

Grissom Airfield
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Upland Sandpiper 2 in Miami Co Continuing birds.
Willow Flycatcher 1
Horned Lark 1
European Starling 25
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Meadowlark 5

500E Grosbeak Spot
Northern Bobwhite 1
Turkey Vulture 5
Vesper Sparrow 1
Blue Grosbeak 2 Continuing pair at this spot.
Dickcissel 2
Red-winged Blackbird 5

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County

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