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25 Nov: @ 18:31:17 
Short-eared Owls [Landon Neumann]
25 Nov: @ 16:55:50 
Illiana Birds: Siskins, Tundras & Trumpeters [Carolyn A. Marsh]
25 Nov: @ 15:50:48 
Sandhill Cranes, Wheatfield Indiana [Brendan Grube]
25 Nov: @ 15:16:51 
Surf Scoter, Cackling Geese still in Steuben [James Haw]
25 Nov: @ 14:26:39 
Lake Monroe [Whitehead, Donald R.]
24 Nov: @ 16:04:26 
Goose Pond FWA CBC December 17, 2014 [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
24 Nov: @ 11:15:38 
Pine Siskin and Cooper's Hawk [Southern Indiana Birder]
24 Nov: @ 11:13:17 
Pine Siskin [David Ayer]
24 Nov: @ 10:05:00 
RFI - Goose Pond [andrew melnykovych]
23 Nov: @ 20:48:59 
Fish Crows Eagle Creek Airport, Indps this morning [Spike Selig]
23 Nov: @ 18:47:46 
Sandhill Cranes-Morgan Co [Joni James]
23 Nov: @ 18:23:06 
Turtle Creek Reservoir - Nov 22 - NO Little Gull, but lots of gulls [Steven Lima]
23 Nov: @ 15:41:32 
Winona Lake waterfowl count [john kendall]
23 Nov: @ 15:03:00 
Notre Dame [Laura Fuderer]
23 Nov: @ 14:53:42 
Shrike at Port of Indiana [mike and nancy becker]
23 Nov: @ 13:25:32 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday November 23, 2014 [Don Williams]
23 Nov: @ 13:05:40 
Steuben Lakes: Surf Scoter [James Haw]
23 Nov: @ 12:15:52 
Eared Grebe at Winona Lake [John Kendall]
23 Nov: @ 11:02:27 
Red-necked Grebe ECP [Terry Walsh]
23 Nov: @ 08:50:11 
Eared Grebe @ Eagle Creek Park (11/23) [Andrew Belt]
22 Nov: @ 20:24:37 
Jasper-Pulaski Whooping Crane [Carolyn A. Marsh]
22 Nov: @ 19:44:41 
Re: Jackson County Cranes [Dan Kaiser]
22 Nov: @ 19:39:12 
Jackson County Cranes [Dan Kaiser]
22 Nov: @ 19:35:39 
Morgan Co. Pine Siskins & fox Sparrow [Joni James]
22 Nov: @ 19:33:54 
Goose Pond & Dugger [Wilkins, Vern W]
22 Nov: @ 17:45:00 
Salamonie area [James Haw]
22 Nov: @ 16:44:31 
Lakefront 22-Nov-2014 Long-tailed Duck & N. Shrike [Kenneth J. Brock]
22 Nov: @ 15:06:54 
Snow Geese, West Lafayette [Dunning, John B]
22 Nov: @ 11:10:53 
Eagle Creek - Eared Greve [Jeff Timmons]
22 Nov: @ 10:54:22 
Eagle Creek Park-Eared Grebe [Eric Ripma]
22 Nov: @ 10:37:08 
Ewing Bottoms SHCR [Don Allen]
22 Nov: @ 07:53:46 
GHolden Eagle at Muscatatuck NWR [Dan Kaiser]
21 Nov: @ 23:08:07 
Fall freeze [John Harley]
21 Nov: @ 18:03:18 
feeder birds [grammysadowski]
21 Nov: @ 17:50:33 
N.W.Indiana - 11/20, 11-21 [MTopp7927]
21 Nov: @ 17:25:38 
Western Grebe, Michigan City Harbor [Brendan Grube]
21 Nov: @ 13:57:06 
Eagle Creek Park-White-winged Scoter [Eric Ripma]
21 Nov: @ 13:28:14 
Pipit and Siskin [David Crouch]
21 Nov: @ 12:44:01 
Snow Buntings Mt. Comfort [Mike P. Maxwell]
21 Nov: @ 10:56:27 
Avocet Photos [Landon Neumann]
21 Nov: @ 10:33:01 
Avocet and Snowy Owl [Don Gorney]
21 Nov: @ 08:44:24 
Trumpeter Swans, Celery Bog, West Lafayette []
21 Nov: @ 07:35:24 
Pipits [Don Allen]
21 Nov: @ 07:09:27 
American Avocet [Landon Neumann]
20 Nov: @ 18:48:25 
Chinook mine waterfowl [Peter Scott]
20 Nov: @ 16:42:23 
Celery Bog Nature Area, Nov 20, 2014 Trumpeter Swans [john skene]
20 Nov: @ 14:46:50 
Lake Monroe [Whitehead, Donald R.]
19 Nov: @ 14:07:34 
Ham. Co. Sandhills [terry ballenger]
19 Nov: @ 12:20:51 
Re: Strange looking Red-tailed Hawk [Mark & Katie Booth]
19 Nov: @ 12:06:17 
RE: Indy Regional Airport (Mt. Comfort), LONGSPURS [John Wolf]

Subject: Short-eared Owls
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 18:31 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT
Today Rob and Eric Ripma and I birded the lakefront. We birded from Miller
to Michigan City Harbor checking all spots along that route. The birding
was pitiful. There were few ducks or gulls on the lakefront. The highlights
were 3 Short-eared Owls at Kankakee Sands.

Lakefront highlights
Miller Beach
White-winged Scoter 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1 adult

Odgen Dunes
Pine Siskin 1

Kankakee Sands Highlights
Rough-legged Hawk 7
Northern Harrier 4
Short-eared Owl 3

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County

Subject: Illiana Birds: Siskins, Tundras & Trumpeters
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 16:55 pm
From: cmarshbird AT
25 November 2014 - PINE SISKINS (9) are regulars at the Hammond Bird
Sanctuary feeder station. In addition, 1 FOX SPARROW, 3 WHITE-THROATED
were feeding.

Hammond's George Lake is almost completely frozen. There were 19 TUNDRA
SWANS (15 adults and 4 juveniles) and 11 MUTE SWANS. Also, 6 CANVASBACKS and
6 RUDDY DUCKS with the AMERICAN COOT number down to 105.

At 129th Wolf Lake State Line Road (IN) I found 4 TRUMPETER SWANS (2 adults
and 2 juvenile), 1 RUDDY DUCK and 1 GREAT BLUE HERON.

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County


Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Wheatfield Indiana
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 15:50 pm
From: grube.brendan AT

Lot's of Sandhill Cranes in the cornfields to the north of Wheatfield, and
west of hwy. 49. Driving around the power plant we estimated 7200 Sandhill's
We had a leg-banded Sandhill, also. We took a picture of the yellow,
numbered leg band above the left knee.

Brendan Grube

Subject: Surf Scoter, Cackling Geese still in Steuben
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 15:16 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Sandy Schacht and I went north to try to refind the two above species that I saw Sun.  Although there were substantially fewer ducks on the Steuben co. lakes, we found both.  The Surf Scoter on Clear Lake was somewhat farther south on the west side, south of the Clear Lake Marine  and found by looking between houses.  Two+ Cackling Geese were with Canadas at the Ashley exit from I-69.  Exit eastbound at exit 340, IN 4, toward Hamilton.  There is a trucking business in the NE corner of the I-69-SR 4 interchange.  Just east of the business on the north side of 4 there is a pond covered with geese, with at least 2 Cackling, probably more, present.

Cackling Goose 2+
Canada Goose
Mute Swan 9 (6 Cl L., 3 L. James)
Canvasback 1 Cl
Redhead 44 Cl
Ring-necked Duck 1 Cl
Lesser Scaup 24 Cl
Surf Scoter 1 Cl
Bufflehead 31 (10 Cl, 1 L. GAge, 20 Crooked L.)
Hooded Merganser 4 Cr
Ruddy Duck 26 (22 Cl, 4 J)
Pied-billed Grebe 13 (8 Cl, 5 G)
Horned Grebe 2
Am coot 640 (240 Cl, 200 J, 200 Cr)
Ring-billed Gull 2 Cl

The only land bird of any note was 2 Fox Sparrows at Pokagon.

Jim Haw

Subject: Lake Monroe
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 14:26 pm
From: whitehea AT
I made a short stop at Paynetown on Lake Monroe this morning - still not a single raft of ducks on the lake - very surprising. The highlights:

Canada Goose - 8

Mallard - 16

Hooded Merganser - 6

Common Loon - 10

Pied-billed Grebe - 3

Horned Grebe - 4

Great Blue Heron - 3

Black Vulture - 1

Turkey Vulture - 22

Bald Eagle - 2 (1 juv, 1 Basic II - diving on Pied-bills at Paynetown)

Killdeer - 1

Bonaparte's Gull - 28

Ring-billed Gull - 14

Chipping Sparrow - 1

White-thr. Sparrow - 2

Dark-eyed Junco - 14

Route 446:

Black Vulture - 5

Red-sh. Hawk - 1

Red-tailed Hawk - 1

Don Whitehead


Subject: Goose Pond FWA CBC December 17, 2014
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 16:04 pm
From: sterren AT
A reminder:

This year's GOOSE POND CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT will take place on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17, 2014.

Please email compiler Lee Sterrenburg if you want go participate or to ask questions. (Note: I will need your email addresses for corresponding about count logistics. Various teams will have their own meeting places and times.) The sooner the better on responses. We are so far still missing some key people. Newcomers are very welcome.

Our CBC offers opportunities for several different sorts of birding, from walking overland much of the day to mostly car and roadside birding. The count circle offers highly diversified habitat and includes all of Goose Pond FWA, all the forested parts of Greene-Sullivan State Forest, all of the (rapidly diminishing) publicly accessible roads in Bear Run Mine, the town of Linton, extensive agricultural lands, and a few key waterfowl sites on private land. The circle has some good conifer stands plus lots of intact grasslands at Goose Pond FWA. Some teams will do owling and some will not.

The hype and historical record: This is an exciting and rewarding count. The Goose Pond CBC was originally started in 2006 to help monitor the avian results of the Goose Pond FWA wetland and grassland restorations. The success has been ongoing. The Goose Pond CBC has had highest species count among all Indiana CBCs for six of the past seven years. This includes last year 2013 amid the cold Arctic Vortex. Our Goose Pond CBC tally of 104 species last year on December 18 2013 was only Indiana CBC to top 100 species. Sassafras Audubon Society sponsors the count. Please come help us this year on Wednesday December 17 2014.

--Lee Sterrenburg, Bloomington, Compiler Goose Pond CBC

Subject: Pine Siskin and Cooper's Hawk
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 11:15 am
From: soinbirder AT
Yesterday my feeders were visited by a solitary Pine Siskin, while
today the number doubled. A Cooper’s Hawk just flew in and disrupted the
feeding, so we will see if they stick around.

Tommy Grav
Bloomington, IN

Subject: Pine Siskin
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 11:13 am
From: in-bird-l AT
This morning I had a pine siskin at my thistle feeder.
                                                                David Ayer                                                                 Rockport, IN

Subject: RFI - Goose Pond
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 10:05 am
From: estiles74 AT
Goose Pond birders:

I may be in the area next Monday/Tuesday. With waterfowl hunting season
opening, is it worthwhile going to Goose Pond or will it simply be akin to
birding in a combat zone?


Andrew Melnykovych
Louisville, KY

Subject: Fish Crows Eagle Creek Airport, Indps this morning
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 20:48 pm
From: spikeselig AT

Three Fish Crows came to the trees near the bait pile in the rest park at the SE end of the EC Airport This morning. There, they were joined by their new friends, 4 American Crows. There was no food put out and they left after a half hour at 9:30 At 1PM, I put out bread near the pic nic table but neither species returned for the hour I waited. I got video with sound of the crows cawing and Gaaaing back and forth. Will the Fish Crows stay for the winter and return to the downtown crow roosts each night with the American Crows?? Would make a Christmas count bird to remember.

Subject: Sandhill Cranes-Morgan Co
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 18:47 pm
From: heronwatch AT
21 Sandhill Cranes landed for an afternoon stopover today at the shallow/draining "lake" viewable from my house. Arrived around teh 1:00 hour and left just after 4:00.

Joni James

Subject: Turtle Creek Reservoir - Nov 22 - NO Little Gull, but lots of gulls
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 18:23 pm
From: Steven.Lima AT
I made my usual late-afternoon-to-sunset visit to Turtle Creek yesterday. There were many Bonapartes Gulls, but I did not see the Little Gull. It could be present, but all of the BOGUs were easily visible from the CR 700 loop, making it less likely that the LIGU was missed. It was last reported on Nov. 16.

There were nevertheless thousands of gulls present, with a conservative estimate of 3,500 roosting Ring-billed Gulls. A few Herring Gulls were also present. Almost all of the gulls came in from the north, starting about 90 minutes before sunset. Where all of these gulls are during the daylight hours is a mystery, since they are not easily located away from the Turtle Creek roost.

Details at

Steve Lima
Terre Haute

Subject: Winona Lake waterfowl count
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 15:41 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
 Highlights other than the Eared Grebe were the continuing Canvasbacks and other ducks, gulls and grebes.  I noticed the numbers of Cans, Hooded Mergansers and Gadwall had dropped (from ~50 birds each a few days ago).  In addition, I noticed that small numbers of these species showed up today after ice-out on Big Chapman lake, which is only 6 miles away. Eared Grebe photos at :
John KendallWarsaw
US-IN-Winona Lake-718-798 Park Ave, Kosciusko, US-IN
Nov 23, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
25 species

Canada Goose  250
Mute Swan  9
Gadwall  36
Mallard  75
Northern Shoveler  8
Canvasback  24
Redhead  9
Ring-necked Duck  32
Lesser Scaup  7
Bufflehead  10
Common Goldeneye  19
Hooded Merganser  28
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  7
Common Loon  5
Pied-billed Grebe  7
Horned Grebe  16
Eared Grebe  1   
Great Blue Heron  2
American Coot  700
Bonaparte's Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  400
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Subject: Notre Dame
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 15:03 pm
From: Laura.S.Fuderer.1 AT
Around 3:00 this afternoon I counted 64 hooded mergansers on St. Mary's
Lake at Notre Dame; also 18 gadwall, 6 buffleheads, and two swans, among

Laura Fuderer
Conservation Chair
South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society

Subject: Shrike at Port of Indiana
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 14:53 pm
From: mnbecker3 AT
Out in rain but not much out of car this afternoon.  Found Northern Shrike
on wire along main road to access area at Port of Indiana. Only a few
Mallards on water at Port, although I didn't get out my scope in the rain.
MIght have been ducks on other side.

Nothing at Portage Waterfront Park, but a couple of grebes in the
Marina--one Horned Grebe and one Western Grebe.

Mike Becker

Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday November 23, 2014
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 13:25 pm
From: sailbird AT
Weather-  Cloudy
Temp.- Upper 40's

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 62 species. The list includes

Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
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
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams

Subject: Steuben Lakes: Surf Scoter
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 13:05 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
I did a quick, half-day check of the main Steuben lakes, and pulled out a Surf Scoter at the NW corner of Clear L. at my last stop.  This bird's crown was not much darker than the cheek and I was considering White-winged until it flew and showed all-dark wings.

Covered: L. James (J), Crooked L. (Cr; half frozen), L. Gage (G), LIme Lake (L; mostly frozen), Pigeon River (PR) waterfowl resting area (but no place else in Pigeon), Fawn River Fish Hatchery (FR), Clear Lake (Cl)

Cackling Goose 10 or so flying with Canadas at I-69 and SR 4, Ashley exit; couldn't stop on the interstate, so only small size was noted
Canada Goose 140 (100J, 20G, 20 Cl) plus hundreds on borrow pits along I-69 at Ashley, Waterloo, Auburn exits; couldn't stop
Mute Swan 13 (8J, 5 Cl)
Mallard 180 (6 G, `125 PR, 50 Cl)
Canvasback 15 (14J, 1Cl)
Redhead 52 (18J, 44Cl)
Lesser Scaup 34 (8J, 13L, 13 Cl)
Surf Scoter 1 Cl
Buifflehead 60 (15 J, 8 Cr, 37 Cl)
Common Goldeneye 1 Cr
Hooded Merganser 23 (2Cr, 7 G, 12L, 2 Cl)
Ruddy Duck 14 Cl
Pied-billed Grebe 3 (1Cr, 2 Cl)
Horned Grebe 5 (2J, 3G)
Am. Coot 516 (16 Cr, 500Cl)
Sandhill Crane 1 PR; flying toward refuge
Killdeer 5 FR
Wilson's Snipe 3 FR
Ring-billed Gull 4 (2L, 2 Cl)
Am. Pipit 1 FR

I didn't try to bird for land birds, of which I saw few.

Jim Haw

Subject: Eared Grebe at Winona Lake
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 12:15 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
There is an Eared Grebe associating with a group of Horned Grebes 300 yards from Winona Lake village and restaurant area.  The best views and distant photos were from the circle on Esplande Street island by the Boathouse Restaurant. 
John Kendall
Sent from my iPhone

Subject: Red-necked Grebe ECP
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 11:02 am
From: taw327 AT
There's a Red-necked Grebe off of Ricks Boatyard at Eagle Creek Park in the middle of the lake with many Horned Grebes and a few loons at 11:00 am. Couldn't find the Eared Grebe from the marina. Is it inside the coffer dam now? 
Terry Walsh

Via iPhone

Subject: Eared Grebe @ Eagle Creek Park (11/23)
Date: Sun Nov 23 2014 8:50 am
From: abelt AT
The eared grebe continues today (seen from 9:15 to now) and can be seen
from the cofferdam, opposite of the marina.

Andy Belt

Subject: Jasper-Pulaski Whooping Crane
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 20:24 pm
From: cmarshbird AT
22 November 2014 - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources website
states there are 24,000 SANDHILL CRANES at Jasper-Pulaski FWA .Today was
warm and calm and the crane crowd was thrilled to see a WHOOPING CRANE that
landed and showed for about 30 minutes before it flew off over the tree line
just before dusk. In conversation with another woman at the platform, she
said she saw two Whooping Cranes in a same field in Wheatfield hours

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County

Subject: Re: Jackson County Cranes
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 19:44 pm
From: dhkaiser AT
Make that

You would think I could spell my own name.

On Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:39:13 -0500, you wrote:

>Did a quick mid day run around Jackson county looking for cranes. 1000
>+ cranes between Muscatatuck NWR and the Seymour airport. Had a nice
>view of a Red-shouldered Hawk there. And some road hazards. See

Subject: Jackson County Cranes
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 19:39 pm
From: dhkaiser AT
Did a quick mid day run around Jackson county looking for cranes.  1000
+ cranes between Muscatatuck NWR and the Seymour airport. Had a nice
view of a Red-shouldered Hawk there. And some road hazards. See


Subject: Morgan Co. Pine Siskins & fox Sparrow
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 19:35 pm
From: heronwatch AT
I had 4 Pine Siskins and one Fox Sparrow at my feeders today.

Joni James
Morgan Co. (Martinsville area)

Subject: Goose Pond & Dugger
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 19:33 pm
From: vwilkins AT
I spent some time in the pines around Greene-Sullivan State Forest, looking for Pine Warbler, and checking some good owl spots, but didn't find much of anything other than some Fox Sparrows.  There were some Green-winged Teal in pits in the forest, somewhat unusual, and 1 Ring-necked Duck.

I checked Dugger for waterfowl, lots of ducks around but the only notable was 1 Tundra Swan.

Goose Pond had quite a bit of activity. I counted roughly 800 Sandhill Cranes in the short time I was there. They seemed to be coming in from fields quite far away, from all directions. In the evening they seemed very unsure of where to put down. There were many birds flying from far south, up to Beehunter, but then they turned back and went southwest towards Main Pool. Cranes were still coming in late, after 6pm, when I was leaving. There were 9 swans at the north end of Main Pool. They were quite far, but they looked more like Tundra than Trumpeter. I walked around a bit after dark which was interesting. I had a few Short-eared Owls flying around and heard one Great Horned Owl.


Subject: Salamonie area
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 17:45 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
Getting a late start because of freezing rain in the pre-dawn hours that lingered on my street until after 8, Sandy Schacht and I found 41 species in the Salamonie area.  Salamonie is frozen from the upstream end to Dora-New Holland, open from there to the dam, but had very few waterfowl.  Our best birds were a late Turkey Vulture and a flock of 20 Am. Pipits.

Canada Goose 100 L. Clare, Huntington
Am Black Duck 1 L. Clare
Mallard 80 L Clare, 50 Sal. Res.
Hooded Merganser 3 Sal.
Pied-billed Grebe 2 Sal.
Horned Grebe 2 Sal
Great blue Heron 8
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed hawk
Am. Kestrel 3
Killdeer 2
Bonaparte's Gull 1 Roush L. (completely frozen)
Ring-billed Gull 15 Roush L., 200 Sal.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Woodpecker: Red-headed, red-bellied, Downy, N. Flicker
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
White-br. Nuthatch
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 1
E. Bluebird
Am. :Pipit 20
Sparrow: Am. Tree 3, Song 2, white-throated 8, White-crowned 1
Dark-eyed Junco
N. Cardinal
House Finch
Pine Siskin 5
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Jim Haw

Subject: Lakefront 22-Nov-2014 Long-tailed Duck & N. Shrike
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 16:44 pm
From: kj.brock AT
Today (22-Nov-2014) John Cassady, Kim Ehn, Randy Pals, and I birded the lakefront from Michigan City Harbor to the Hammond Marina.  Jeff McCoy joined us for most of the day.

Our target bird was Western Grebe, but despite extensive searching we struck out. Indeed, the lake yielded precious few waterfowl or gulls. On many occasions vast expanses of the lakes surface were entirely birdless. A Long-tailed Duck and a Northern Shrike constituted the days best birds.


Lesser Scaup,6
Common Merganser,1
Common Loon,1
Horned Grebe,4
Snow Bunting,4

Red-tailed Hawk,2
NORTHERN SHRIKE,1- the first-cycle bird reported earlier

BEVERLY SHORES LAKEFRONT (John Kendall joined the group)
Greater Scaup,3
Lesser Scaup,29
Ring-necked Duck,1
Red-breasted Merganser,253
Red-throated Loon,10- 3 adults, 3 juvs, & 4 not aged
Common Loon,1
Horned Grebe,12
Great Black-backed Gull,1 adult
Chandeleur Gull,1 adult (Kelp x Herring hybrid)

PORT OF INDIANA Horned Grebe,6


Greater Scaup,3
Horned Grebe,5

Red-throated Loon,2 juvs
Horned Grebe,3
Great Black-backed Gull,1 first-cycle

Horned Grebe,2
Great Black-backed Gull,5- 2 adults, one fourth-cycle, & 2 second-cycle

WHITING 3 Monk Parakeets flew by while we were on Indianapolis Blvd.

American Black Duck,4
Mallard,400- counted by 10s
Northern Shoveler,15
Green-winged Teal,1 male
Common Merganser,15
Pied-billed Grebe,1

Greater Scaup,125
LONG-TAILED DUCK,1 female in beautiful plumage
Ruddy Duck,1
Pied-billed Grebe,1
American Kestrel,1
Bonapartes Gull,1 first-cycle
White-throated Sparrow,2
Pine Siskin,3

Mute Swan,9
Tundra Swan,16
Canvasback,1 male
Hooded Merganser,6
Common Merganser,13
Coopers Hawk,1

Hooded Merganser,10

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN

Subject: Snow Geese, West Lafayette
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 15:06 pm
From: jdunning AT
An addition to the festivities during the first quarter of the Purdue home football game was a flock of 8 Snow Geese flying over the stadium today.


Subject: Eagle Creek - Eared Greve
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 11:10 am
From: jeffreytimmons AT
There is a Eared Grebe at Eagle Creek located at the marina to the north
towards the sanctuary. Still there as of 11:30.

Subject: Eagle Creek Park-Eared Grebe
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 10:54 am
From: ericripma AT
There was a non-breeding Eared Grebe among the Horned Grebes at the marina
this morning. It provided great looks at times and Aidan Rominger was able
to get some great photos. It was still present when we left at about
8:45. The WWSC that was present yesterday was not seen today.

Eric Ripma
Carmel, IN

Subject: Ewing Bottoms SHCR
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 10:37 am
From: donandchar2 AT

At Ewing Bottoms now, CR 100N just west of White River. 1000 + SHCR on the ground and another 300 just flew in.

Don Allen mobile

Subject: GHolden Eagle at Muscatatuck NWR
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 7:53 am
From: dhkaiser AT
My friend and fellow photographer tells me he photographed a Golden
Eagle just west and north of the T intersection on the driving tour.
This was yesterday morning, Nov 21.

Dan Kaiser

Subject: Fall freeze
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 23:08 pm
From: ekjwh68 AT
The Goshen Dam Pond is almost completely frozen over there are a couple of small puddles that remain open, but the swans are sleeping on the ice.  The Elkhart River remains open and Fidler's Pond is still open.  It now has Canada Geese and Mallards by the hundreds, as well as Ruddy Ducks, Coots, Ring-billed Gulls, some Buffleheads, Pied-billed Grebes and a Common Loon off and on, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks.  The makeup of the waterfowl changes dramatically throughout the day.  I was there for 15 minutes on Sunday afternoon and at first there was almost nothing in sight.  Then, as I was leaving, wave after wave of Canada Geese and Mallards came in.
Wakarusa is almost completely frozen. I did see 4 Bonaparte's Gulls there, which spent their time swimming around, not flying. There were also a few Mallards, Ruddy Ducks and Pipits.

John and Elaine Harley,, Goshen, IN

Subject: feeder birds
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 18:03 pm
From: grammysadowski AT
3 pine siskins and a female purple finch, plus 2 tree sparrows at my feeders today.

Subject: N.W.Indiana - 11/20, 11-21
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 17:50 pm
From: in-bird-l AT
I checked out a few spots along the Lakefront the last couple of  days.
* Photos I will post later *
Highlights :

Miller Beach and Woods - walked to the Breakwall.
6-Horned Grebes
1-RED-NECKED Grebe (Breakwall)
2-Black Ducks
1-Pintail (Male)
2-Ruddy Ducks
1-Cooper's Hawk
6-Bonaparte's Gulls
1-Red-bellied W.P.
4-Downy W.P.
8-Blue Jays
2-G.C.Kinglets *
2-Horned Larks
6-Snow Buntings
18-Tree Sparrows
1-Song Sparrow
1-Swamp Sparrow
12-Pine Siskins *

At Dunes State Park I took Photos of
1-Hermit Thrush*
2-Pine Siskins*

Hammond IN. Lakefront Park and Marina (Saw Carolyn Marsh):
1-Pied-billed Grebe
6-Horned Grebes
2-Cooper's Hawks
2-Downy W.P.
2-Tree Sparrows
1-Fox Sparrow *
2-Pine Siskins

11/14 - I spent a few hours at Willow Slough and Kankakee Sands:
1-Northern Shrike (East Of Patrol Rd.)
4-Rough-legged Hawks (1-Dark Morph)
20-Lapland Longspurs
Michael Topp
Highland IN.

Subject: Western Grebe, Michigan City Harbor
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 17:25 pm
From: grube.brendan AT
There was a Western Grebe actively diving under, right at the lighthouse in
late morning today.

Brendan Grube

Subject: Eagle Creek Park-White-winged Scoter
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:57 pm
From: ericripma AT
There was a female-type White-winged Scoter visible from the parking area
along Dandy Trail, just N of where it runs into 46th St, early this
afternoon. Otherwise, most of the regularly occurring waterfowl were
present in fairly good numbers.

Eric Ripma
Carmel, IN

Subject: Pipit and Siskin
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 13:28 pm
From: Nighthawk AT
A couple of quick recaps with highlights being a single American Pipit in the Columbus area and a Pine Siskin at our home feeders. Also a brief update on Sandhill Cranes: there are about 400 SACR using the MNWR sanctuary for night roost and feeding in fields to the West and South during the day. If the forecast weekend precipitation occurs there could be additional cranes attracted to the traditional Eastern and Western Jackson County SACR field sites.

Dave Crouch Seymour

Big box store ponds, Bartholomew, US-IN
Nov 21, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked all three retention lakes. Not much on lakes but had a single Pipit in close sight for five minutes.
5 species

Canada Goose 2
Hooded Merganser 2 A pair.
Ruddy Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 4
American Pipit 1

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Our Yard, Jackson, US-IN
Nov 21, 2014 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: A single Pine Siskin on our Goldfinch (upside down) Nyger seed feeder.
10 species

Downy Woodpecker 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Rapidly working Maple tree branches and twigs.
Northern Cardinal 2
House Finch 5
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 4

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Subject: Snow Buntings Mt. Comfort
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 12:44 pm
From: mmaxwell AT
They have arrived...mixed in with HOLA.

Mike Maxwell
Clark Quinn LLP

Subject: Avocet Photos
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 10:56 am
From: landonneumann25 AT
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded Cass Co. The highlight was the
shocking American Avocet at the confluence in downtown Logansport. We first
found it at 8, but then moved on to bird other spots. We decided to come
back at 10 to see if the light would be better for pictures. It wasn't.
While watching it the bird at 10 it flew away and headed south at 10:20.
Luckily Don Gorney arrived just in time to see the bird. Photos of the bird
can be seen here. What a
odd bird in such a bizarre spot for it.

Downtown Logansport Confluence
Canada Goose 100
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 75
American Avocet 1
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 10

France Park/Georgetown Rd-(Across the river on South River Road we got a
report about a Northern Shrike that was there yesterday;however, we were
unable to find it.)
Canada Goose 50
Mallard 10
Common Merganser 2
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Ring-billed Gull 10
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 10
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 5
American Tree Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 1

Logansport Landfill
Ring-billed Gull 500
Horned Lark 1
European Starling 300

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County

Subject: Avocet and Snowy Owl
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 10:33 am
From: in-bird-l AT
The Logansport avocet flew off at approx 10:20am and is no longer present. Landon and Bud have photos.

Jon Chapman found a Snowy Owl in Pulaski County this morning. He saw it on west side of Base Road just north of 600S.

I saw bird in flight over Base Road. As of 1125 owl is 200 meters east of Base Road about .4 miles north of 600S. It is directly across from silo at the farm on west side of road. Owl is very difficult to see due to heat distortion. It is sitting on snow patch separating soybean field and corn stubble.

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Subject: Trumpeter Swans, Celery Bog, West Lafayette
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 8:44 am
From: misner13 AT
The six Trumpeter Swans reported yesterday by John Skene at Celery Bog are still there as of 9:15 this morning. They are in the southern basin of the bog, visible from the bridge at Lindberg Road or from the west side of the wetland (Lilly Nature Center).

Subject: Pipits
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 7:35 am
From: donandchar2 AT
Just now.  12 American Pipits at Fairfax Beach.  In the center between parking and beach in the dirt.

Don Allen mobile

Subject: American Avocet
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 7:09 am
From: landonneumann25 AT
There is an American Avocet at the confluence currently. Bird is along
Wabash ave. Best way to view it is to park by the brick utilities building
and check the river behind it.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass

Subject: Chinook mine waterfowl
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 18:48 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT
highlight - a female Common Merganser

Chinook Mine Northwest (Vigo Co), Vigo, US-IN
Nov 20, 2014 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked ponds along Tabortown and Swalls Road - small shallow ponds iced over, large ones mostly open. Temp about 20 degrees, clear, light wind.
16 species

Canada Goose 200
Gadwall 50
Mallard 400 moving from corn field stubble to lake
Northern Shoveler 45
Ring-necked Duck 120
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 1 adult female
Ruddy Duck 30
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 30
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Meadowlark 3

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Subject: Celery Bog Nature Area, Nov 20, 2014 Trumpeter Swans
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 16:42 pm
From: jkskene AT
Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, US-IN
Nov 20, 2014 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
25 species

Canada Goose 29
Trumpeter Swan 6
Gadwall 4
Mallard 75
Northern Shoveler 32
Ring-necked Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 85
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
American Robin 5
European Starling 55
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 15
Northern Cardinal 2
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 15

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Subject: Lake Monroe
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 14:46 pm
From: whitehea AT
This morning Betsy and I made a mid-morning visit to Paynetown on Lake Monroe  - lovely morning, but wind and heat distortion made viewing far out on the lake difficult. The highlights:

Canada Goose - 128

Mallard - 4

Hooded Merganser - 6

Great Blue Heron - 9

Common Loon - 16

Pied-billed Grebe - 3

Horned Grebe - 6

Black Vulture - 16

Turkey Vulture - 41

Bald Eagle - 2 (1 juv, 1 ad)

Killdeer - 4

Bonaparte's Gull - 16

Ring-billed Gull - 21

Dark-eyed Junco - 9

Our Yard:

White-cr. Sparrow (ad) still present

Don Whitehead


whitehea@indiana. edu

Subject: Ham. Co. Sandhills
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 14:07 pm
From: t.ballenger AT
Yesterday seemed to be a major movement of Sandhill Cranes heading south.  I had many groups of 50-60 in and around downtown Noblesville, some flying quite low.  All totaled probably 250 +

Has at least three, probably more, Pine Siskins at on of my thistle feeders. FOS

Also had a single Killdeer mingling among a flock of Canada Geese today near 171st St. and Gray Rd.

Good birding
Terry Ballenger, Ham. Co.

Subject: Strange looking Red-tailed Hawk
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 12:20 pm
From: mark-katie AT
It's a Redtail for sure...the "jesses" are confusing as they should not show on the upper side of the tail as one does..possibly has gone between tail feathers in flight.

mark booth
Take Flight! Wildlife Education
Indianapolis IN

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:59 AM, Don Gorney wrote:

It is an ESCAPED Ferruginous Hawk as noted by the jesses (leather straps) hanging from the feet. Beautiful bird.

Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
dongorney AT

> From: Dan Kaiser
>To: In-Bird-L
>Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:21 AM
>Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Strange looking Red-tailed Hawk
>While at Bee Hunter Marsh yesterday I noted an odd looking hawk flying
>over and was able to get a photograph. Looking at the photo I'm pretty
>sure it was just molting, however I could not tell from the ground
>without looking at the image.
>Dan Kaiser

Subject: Indy Regional Airport (Mt. Comfort), LONGSPURS
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 12:06 pm
From: indyedgeteamcombat AT
I've been three times in the last week looking for SEOWs and haven't seen any. I've only seen one female Northern Harrier also. I'm not sure with less grassland on what to expect thus year?

John Wolf

-----Original Message-----
From: "Don Gorney"
Sent: ‎11/‎19/‎2014 12:40 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Indy Regional Airport (Mt. Comfort), LONGSPURS

There were 860 Lapland Longspurs at and near the Indy Regional Airport, Mount Comfort, Hancock Co., IN, this Wednesday morning. Approx 480 were along 500W between 600N and 500N; 300 were along 500W (gravel road) at the airport; and 80 were at 400W/600N. They will be coming to the road only as long as there is snow cover. So, expect them to be gone this weekend once the snow melts. From memory, this is the most number of longspurs I have had at and near the airport. 

I've not looked for Short-eared Owls at the airport yet this year. I am pessimistic about them being present due to the habitat conversion to agriculture at the airport's buffer areas. Still, it's likely a few could be around but they may keep to the east of the airport where there is better corn stubble habitat.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  12
American Crow  4
Horned Lark  90  almost certainly more than this but I concentrated on longspurs
Lapland Longspur  860    Flocks in several places. Smallest flock was 30 birds; largest was 240.
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Sparrow  25

Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
dongorney AT

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