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08 Dec: @ 17:21:08 
Dunes State Park, lakewatch [Brendan Grube]
08 Dec: @ 15:16:42 
Re: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [Rodger Rang]
08 Dec: @ 13:23:22 
Cobus Creek County Park [Bird-Preferred Nerd]
08 Dec: @ 12:19:16 
Re: Sandhill cranes [Steven]
08 Dec: @ 12:03:49 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
08 Dec: @ 11:50:25 
Sandhill cranes [Lynne Arrowsmith]
08 Dec: @ 11:42:08 
Cranes [Lynne Arrowsmith]
07 Dec: @ 20:45:53 
Goose pond - GP 1, Dec 7 [Jeremy Ross]
07 Dec: @ 20:35:20 
Universal Mine [Wilkins, Vern W]
07 Dec: @ 19:32:29 
N.W.Indiana - 12/7/16 - Cranes, Snow Geese, Swans, Fox Sparrows. [MTopp7927]
07 Dec: @ 15:13:05 
Tundra swans [Kim Charles]
07 Dec: @ 09:26:48 
FW: eBird Report - Celery Bog Nature Area, Dec 7, 2016 [Dunning, John B]
06 Dec: @ 16:04:30 
Egyptian Goose and listing expectations [Brendan Grube]
06 Dec: @ 08:34:11 
Re: Re: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status [Don Gorney]
06 Dec: @ 07:58:49 
Re: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status [Kirk Roth]
05 Dec: @ 20:05:08 
Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status [Edward M Hopkins]
05 Dec: @ 16:52:01 
Eagle Marsh Area-- Dec. 5, 2016 PM [Rodger Rang]
05 Dec: @ 13:56:56 
I-69 birding [Robert Kissel]
05 Dec: @ 12:12:57 
Pacific Loon [terry ballenger]
04 Dec: @ 18:03:23 
Roush Res. 4 Dec.- Lesser Black-backed Gulls [Jeff McCoy]
04 Dec: @ 17:54:36 
Kosciusko Tundra Swans [john kendall]
04 Dec: @ 13:11:02 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunay Dec. 4, 2016 [Don Williams]
04 Dec: @ 09:02:37 
Eagle Marsh Area-- Dec. 4, 2016 AM [Rodger Rang]
04 Dec: @ 08:47:34 
Snowy Owl - Tipton - 12/3 [Jeff Timmons]
04 Dec: @ 08:34:19 
Hybrid gull pix [John & Wendy Cassady]
03 Dec: @ 21:07:16 
SW Allen-- Dec. 3 AM [Rodger Rang]
03 Dec: @ 19:42:57 
Lakefront Pine Siskins, Common Redpoll [John Kendall]
03 Dec: @ 16:19:55 
Lakefront (3-Dec-2016) hybrid gull [Kenneth J. Brock]
03 Dec: @ 15:03:05 
Parke, Vermillion, and Vigo County Sites [Ben Cvengros]
03 Dec: @ 14:53:27 
Re: Snow or Ross's Geese Atterbury [Matthias Benko]
03 Dec: @ 14:52:53 
Snow or Ross's Geese Atterbury [Matthias Benko]
03 Dec: @ 13:06:12 
Long-tailed Duck, Celery Bog Nature Area, Dec 3, 2016 [Dunning, John B]
03 Dec: @ 10:05:51 
Seeing birds at Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Facility - No sightings [Robert Guth]
03 Dec: @ 09:52:09 
Sandhill Cranes Jackson Co [Dan Kaiser]
03 Dec: @ 09:05:25 
Re: Surf Scoter correction Elkhart County [Sam R]
02 Dec: @ 15:53:17 
Elkhart Rapter Afternoon [Trice Berkley]
02 Dec: @ 15:19:26 
Sullivan County - Turtle Creek, Dugger [Peter Scott]
02 Dec: @ 14:55:03 
Ross's goose NO [Dan Kaiser]
02 Dec: @ 12:34:10 
Ross's Goose [Kim Charles]
02 Dec: @ 11:39:51 
Ross's Goose [dhkaiser]
02 Dec: @ 09:54:56 
Pacific Loons at Eagle Creek Reservoir [Don Gorney]
01 Dec: @ 21:42:02 
Parke and Clay county sites [Peter Scott]
01 Dec: @ 16:41:26 
Long tailed Duck [Russ Allison]
01 Dec: @ 13:03:42 
Christmas Bird Count Dates - NO SIGHTINGS [Amy Wilms]
01 Dec: @ 08:34:44 
Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck at Celery Bog [Dunning, John B]
30 Nov: @ 21:52:39 
Fw: eBird Report - Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Nov 30, 2016 [John Harley]
30 Nov: @ 19:41:47 
Lake Monroe Monroe Co [Amy Kearns]
30 Nov: @ 18:07:24 
Serv-All Ponds-- Nov. 30 PM [Rodger Rang]
30 Nov: @ 14:46:01 
Daviess Co 11/29 Long-tailed Duck, Western Red-tailed Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Grasshopper Sparrow [Kearns, Amy]
29 Nov: @ 18:59:52 
Miller Beach - 11/29 - Harlequin Duck, Bald Eagle, Field Sparrow [MTopp7927]





Subject: Dunes State Park, lakewatch
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 17:21 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
Indiana Dunes SP--Observation (Green) Tower, Porter, Indiana, US
Dec 8, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Lakewatch from the east wall of the beach pavilion. A high of
20F degrees with west winds at 20-30mph. Some snow and cloudy. Visibility
was excellent at close range.
14 species (+3 other taxa)

Mallard 12
Greater Scaup 10
Lesser Scaup 100
Greater/Lesser Scaup 5079 Constant flow of flocks coming west.
Surf/Black Scoter 1
Bufflehead 18
Common Goldeneye 20
Hooded Merganser 34
Red-breasted Merganser 48
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 6
Horned Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
jaeger sp. 1 Immature bird.
Black-legged Kittiwake 1 Second winter bird possibly with extra dark
mantle.
Bonaparte's Gull 18 3 flocks and all adults.
Ring-billed Gull 100

Brendan grube



Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 15:16 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I found about 100 Ring-billed Gulls and the immature Herring Gull using the only open water and its accompanying icy edges at the west end of Eagle Marsh after work this afternoon.  Like Ed Powers, I then checked Serv-All and found a good portion the Northern Shoveler flock still performing their circular synchronized swimming routine.  I've seen this a few times before, and those events were also during periods of ice-on, just before the water surface freezes.  Interesting.
Rodger RangFort Wayne

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 1:03 PM, zzedpowers wrote:


I don't care who says the "official" start of winter is December 21 -- when it's snowing, the temperature is 24 F, a strong wind is blowing, and the wind chill is surely close to single digits, I say it's winter.  Nevertheless, I went for a hike on Trail 2 at the west end of Eagle Marsh.  After about 20 minutes, sanity returned, and I retreated to my car.  I found more birds than I really expected.
Eagle Marsh, Allen, Indiana, US
Dec 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: 24 F, mostly cloudy, strong wind, water mostly frozen; snowing
9 species

Canada Goose 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 15
Herring Gull 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 500
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
I made a quick stop at the Serv-all ponds on Engle Road.  About 30 of the Northern Shovelers were in a tight bunch (you could have covered them with a queen-size blanket), swimming in a circle in the middle of an open patch of water; I never saw that before.
Eagle Marsh, Allen, Indiana, US
Dec 8, 2016 10:35 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 24 F, mostly cloudy, strong wind; snowing
3 species

Wood Duck 1
Mallard 20
Northern Shoveler 50

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Ed Powers, Allen County




Subject: Cobus Creek County Park
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 13:23 pm
From: anniewaguirre AT gmail.com
 
The following is a report from the Wednesday Bird Walk at Cobus Creek
County Park, led by the Elkhart County Parks.

Cobus Creek Co. Park, Elkhart, Indiana, US
Dec 7, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: A clear morning in the mid-20's. Bird sightings were slow at
the start, but as the sunlight reach the woods, activity quickly picked up.
Observers were: Annie Aguirre, Gary Keister, Brad Hardesty, Elma Chapmen,
Carly Berkey, and Holly Berkey.
20 species

Mallard 9
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 9
Brown Creeper 2
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Tree Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 9
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 16
American Goldfinch 9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32919777

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



*Annie Aguirre*
*Illustration & Graphic Design*
*Mobile:* 574-524-5945
*Email:* anniewaguirre@gmail.com
*Portfolio:* behance.net/annie_aguirre



Subject: Sandhill cranes
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 12:19 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
At noon I was at 116th and rangeline road and witnessed approximately 150 sandhills moving SSE.

From: Lynne Arrowsmith
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:50 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Sandhill cranes

Many flocks passing over Indy near Keystone & Kessler now.




Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 12:03 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

I don't care who says the "official" start of winter is December 21 -- when it's snowing, the temperature is 24 F, a strong wind is blowing, and the wind chill is surely close to single digits, I say it's winter. Nevertheless, I went for a hike on Trail 2 at the west end of Eagle Marsh. After about 20 minutes, sanity returned, and I retreated to my car. I found more birds than I really expected.


Eagle Marsh, Allen, Indiana, US
Dec 8, 2016 10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: 24 F, mostly cloudy, strong wind, water mostly frozen; snowing
9 species

Canada Goose 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 15
Herring Gull 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 500
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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


I made a quick stop at the Serv-all ponds on Engle Road. About 30 of the Northern Shovelers were in a tight bunch (you could have covered them with a queen-size blanket), swimming in a circle in the middle of an open patch of water; I never saw that before.


Eagle Marsh, Allen, Indiana, US
Dec 8, 2016 10:35 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 24 F, mostly cloudy, strong wind; snowing
3 species

Wood Duck 1
Mallard 20
Northern Shoveler 50

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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


Ed Powers, Allen County




Subject: Sandhill cranes
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 11:50 am
From: learrowsmith2 AT gmail.com
 
Many flocks passing over Indy near Keystone & Kessler now.



Subject: Cranes
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 11:42 am
From: learrowsmith2 AT gmail.com
 
Many flocks of sandhill cranes passing over Broad Ripple  near Keystone &
Kessler North side of Indy .



Subject: Goose pond - GP 1, Dec 7
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 20:45 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
I spent the afternoon on the southwest end of the unit. Had a very annoyed marsh wren scold us about the whole day. I flushed two different LeContes sparrows, I think.  I didn't have desirable run-ins with these birds unfortunately, with no optics.  I know for certain they were not the typical sparrows. Small, quiet, pale dull yellow, short tails. I'm posting in case someone wants to look.  Other interesting birds were tundra swans, ring billed gulls, five snipe, hundreds of greater white front and snow geese, and about fifty sandhill cranes.
Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, Indiana



Subject: Universal Mine
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 20:35 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
Took a short drive through Universal Mine today, in between trips to other birding locations.  Habitat looks worse than usual for SEOW, seems like more of the fields were cut completely to the ground this year.  Not much in raptor activity but we had Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-Tailed, Bald Eagle, and Northern Harrier.  No Rough-legged Hawks though and we were there late enough for SEOW, but none were seen.  Highlights were roughly 3600 Greater White-fronted Geese (Illinois side, in field north of 163). That was a conservative count, blocking off a large flock on the ground by 100's.  Birds were also flying in and out of some of the pits.  There were roughly 100 Snow Geese, not individually counted, but a good mix of both white and blue morphs.  Hoping for Cackling or Ross's with all the geese in the area, but no luck.  We had 85 Tundra/Trumpeter Swans, including 72 in a single field.  We were able to positively identify several of both species, but we did not try to positively ID every single bird.  There appeared to be significantly more Tundra than Trumpeter, which I would expect at most places in Indiana, but I've been to Universal enough to see how big the numbers of both species get.  Nothing out of the ordinary in waterfowl, and number of birds and diversity was somewhat low for this time of year.  Other semi-notables included 1 Greater Yellowlegs and 9 Wilson's Snipe.


Vern




Subject: N.W.Indiana - 12/7/16 - Cranes, Snow Geese, Swans, Fox Sparrows.
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 19:32 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
12/7 -   I checked a couple of spots along the Lakefront today.  Looks like
there
was some movement in advance of a push of arctic air. Highlights include
Sandhill Cranes (Lots), Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Fox Sparrows and a
White-winged Scoter. *Photos I will post later
HIGHLIGHTS:
HAMMOND LAKEFRONT PARK and MARINA :
20-Canada Geese
3-SNOW GEESE (Migrating high over Sanctuary)
5-TUNDRA SWANS (Flying east)
1-Black Duck
1-White-winged Scoter
3-Buffleheads
4-Redheads
190-R.B.Mergansers
1-G.B.Heron
40-Sandhill Cranes (Migrating southeast)
1-Cooper's Hawk
2-R.T.Hawks *
1-A.Robin
4-B.C.Chickadees
3-Tree Sparrows
3-W.T.Sparrows
3-FOX Sparrows
26-N.Juncos
25-House Finchs
6-A.Goldfinchs

MILLER BEACH and WOODS:
5-SNOW GEESE (Migrating due south)
1-Mute Swan (Impoundment)
3-Mallards
2-Redheads
18-R.B.Mergansers
5-Hooded Mergansers
3-Buffleheads
1-G.B.Heron (Impoudment)
1-Red-shouldered Hawk *
65-Sandhill Cranes (Flyovers to the South)
1-R.B.Nuthatch
1-A.Robin
6-Tree Sparrows
6-N.Juncos
2-House Finch
2-A.Goldfinch

My Yard - while working in my yard this afternoon for about 45min.
650+ Sandhill Cranes (Going over headed southeast towards the
Jasper-Pulaski area). In a constant flow of groups of 25 - 75 birds.
1-G.B.Heron
2-Cowbirds at my feeders.

Here are some highlights from last week :
12/2
Hammond Lakefront Park:
1-WOOD DUCK (w/ some Mallards at the West side breakwall
2-Black Scoters
3-Surf Scoters
285-R.B.Mergansers
2-Bonaparte's Gulls
6-Monk Parakeets
1-EASTERN MEADOWLARK (On fence along the western trail to Chicago)

Wolf Lake (Hammond) - (Brief stop):
1-Black Duck
52-N.Shovelers
3-G.B.Herons

George Lake (Whiting) :
11-Trumpeter Swans
2-Mute Swans
2-R.T.Hawks
1-Coopers Hawk
5-N.Shovelers

Miller Beach:
1-Mute Swan (Impoundment)
2-Gadwall Ducks
8-Ring-necked Ducks
80-R.B.Mergansers
1-Bufflehead
2-Pied-billed Grebes (Impoundment)
1-GREAT-HORNED Owl (Mobbed by Crows near the Lagoon.)
1-R.H.Woodpecker
3-R.B.Nuthatchs

12/3
Hammond Lakefront Park
6-G.Scaup
2-Black Scoters
4-Buffleheads
13-R.B.Mergansers
1-R.T.Loon
1-C.Loon
1-Black Duck
1-Bald Eagle (Juv.)
1-Bonaparte's Gull
1-Great Black-backed Gull (Juv.)
6-B.C.Chickadee
1-Robin
2-W.T.Sparrows

Miller Beach :
1-Mute Swan (Impoundment)
4-G.W.Teal
10-Redheads
1-Black Scoter
190-R.B.Mergansers
6-Horned Grebes
1-G.B.Heron (Impoundment)
1-R.T.Hawk
1-R.B.Woodpecker
1-Hairy W.P.
4-R.B.Nuthatchs
1-W.B.Nuthatch
6-B.C.Chickadees
1-Robin
17-Tree Sparrows
28-N.Juncos
1-Song Sparrow

Michigan City Harbor:
1-Apparent Hybrid Ring-billed/ Laughing Gull *

Michael Topp

Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickrr.com/photos/...
















Subject: Tundra swans
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:13 pm
From: kcharlesmsw AT hotmail.com
 
There are currently three tundra swans on the lake at Johnson County Park:  One adult and two immature. I am about 90% sure of the ID. Will have to check my photos to be certain. But they are definitely swans.

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: FW: eBird Report - Celery Bog Nature Area, Dec 7, 2016
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 9:26 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
My advanced ornithology class celebrated dead week today by birding for an hour at Celery Bog, West Lafayette.  Most of the lingering waterfowl reported over the last two weeks are still present, including the Long-tailed Duck, at least for one more day.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, Indiana, US Dec 7, 2016 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
21 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 15
Canada Goose 100
Mute Swan 6
Gadwall 6
Mallard 100
Northern Shoveler 40
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 30
Redhead 2
Ring-necked Duck 4
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 1
Long-tailed Duck 1
Common Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 50
Killdeer 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Brown Creeper 4
American Robin 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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



Subject: Egyptian Goose and listing expectations
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 16:04 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
From Wikipedia:This species breeds widely in Africa
except in deserts and dense forests,
and is locally abundant. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley
and south of the Sahara
. While not breeding, it disperses
somewhat, sometimes making longer migrations northwards into arid regions
of the Sahel .[7]
It has
also been introduced elsewhere: Great Britain
, the Netherlands
, France
, and Germany
have self-sustaining populations
which are mostly derived from escaped ornamental birds.[2]
Escapes
have also bred on occasion in other places, such as Florida
and New Zealand
.[2]
The
British population dates back to the 18th century, though only formally
added to the British list in 1971.[10]
In
Britain, it is found mainly in East Anglia
, in parkland with lakes.[11]
It was
officially declared a pest in the U.K. in 2009.[12]




Subject: Re: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 8:34 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The USFWS allows four methods for marking any waterfowl in captivity. One of those methods is removal of the hallux, or hind toe, from the RIGHT foot. There would be no reason to remove the left hallux so it probably is just not visible as Kirk suggests. BTW, the other methods are pinioning of at least one wing by removing enough metacarpal bones to make the bird incapable of flight, metal leg band, or tattooing the web of the foot. 
There reportedly was a second bird present at the beginning but it was killed by a vehicle. I'm not sure if any birders saw the two birds together or if the only source of the information comes from a Port worker.   
Carolyn Marsh's possible Egyptian Goose at Forsythe Park in May of this year adds another wrinkle to the mystery.
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com


From: Kirk Roth
To: in-bird-l
Sent: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 8:58 AM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Re: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status


| Actually, some people have observed the bird to have both rear toes (the hallices), and I have had someone send me a picture of the legs illustrating that both are intact.  I believe that the toe is obscured in Ed's photo by the angle with the leg, so it blends in because it is facing the lens.

Normally, an Egyptian Goose in Indiana would be considered an escapee without question - however the Port of Indiana does cater to ships which travel from areas of Florida where Egyptian Geese are established, and also represents an unlikely release spot for an individual bird which seems not to have ranged very far since at least February.  It would be difficult to say either way conclusively, but if this bird were a ship-assisted vagrant from Florida, it would technically be "ABA countable."
Incidentally, it should be noted that the Indiana Port Authority does not allow photography within the port.  It is true that enforcement of this has been fairly lax, but at the same time it would be a shame to endanger access to this great birding site.
-Kirk


Subject: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 20:05 pm
From: hopkinse AT purdue.edu |
|   |
|   I was up to two months behind in entering my eBird sightings, Sunday, and was adding photos as I went.  I discovered that I had a photo of the Egyptian Goose at the Port of Indiana (Burns Harbor).  As you can see in the photo in my eBird report, it appears to be missing the left rear toe.  That is an indication that it is someone's lost pet.  As an aside, someone in a red pickup drove up to it and threw out food to it and the gulls.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...



====



Ed Hopkins



W Lafayette, IN |







Subject: Re: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 7:58 am
From: kirkleeroth AT gmail.com
 
Actually, some people have observed the bird to have both rear toes (the
hallices), and I have had someone send me a picture of the legs
illustrating that both are intact. I believe that the toe is obscured in
Ed's photo by the angle with the leg, so it blends in because it is facing
the lens.


Normally, an Egyptian Goose in Indiana would be considered an escapee
without question - however the Port of Indiana does cater to ships which
travel from areas of Florida where Egyptian Geese are established, and also
represents an unlikely release spot for an individual bird which seems not
to have ranged very far since at least February. It would be difficult to
say either way conclusively, but if this bird were a ship-assisted vagrant
from Florida, it would technically be "ABA countable."


Incidentally, it should be noted that the Indiana Port Authority does not
allow photography within the port. It is true that enforcement of this has
been fairly lax, but at the same time it would be a shame to endanger
access to this great birding site.


-Kirk



*Subject: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status*
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 20:05 pm
From: hopkinse AT purdue.edu



I was up to two months behind in entering my eBird sightings, Sunday, and
was adding photos as I went. I discovered that I had a photo of the
Egyptian Goose at the Port of Indiana (Burns Harbor). As you can see in
the photo in my eBird report, it appears to be missing the left rear toe. That
is an indication that it is someone's lost pet. As an aside, someone in a
red pickup drove up to it and threw out food to it and the gulls.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...




==

Ed Hopkins



W Lafayette, IN



Subject: Egyptian Goose at Port of Indiana Status
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 20:05 pm
From: hopkinse AT purdue.edu
 
  I was up to two months behind in entering my eBird sightings, Sunday, and was adding photos as I went.  I discovered that I had a photo of the Egyptian Goose at the Port of Indiana (Burns Harbor).  As you can see in the photo in my eBird report, it appears to be missing the left rear toe.  That is an indication that it is someone's lost pet.  As an aside, someone in a red pickup drove up to it and threw out food to it and the gulls.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

====

Ed Hopkins

W Lafayette, IN



Subject: Eagle Marsh Area-- Dec. 5, 2016 PM
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 16:52 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I stopped briefly at the west end of Eagle Marsh after work this afternoon and noted a flock of 200+ gulls.  The vast majority were Ring-billed, but the group also included at least one Herring and five Bonaparte's.


I then checked Serv-All before going home and found a list of bird species that has become quite familiar from these past few weeks:

Gadwall- 4
Northern Shoveler- 27
Green-winged Teal- 30
Hooded Merganser- 1
Double-crested Cormorant- 2
Bald Eagle- 1 adult


Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: I-69 birding
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 13:56 pm
From: bluesdoc AT bluemarble.net
 
On the work drive from BL to Petersburg this am, I sawmostly near the SR 231 exit for Bloomfield4 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 adult Bald Eagles, 1 Great Horned Owl and a swirling flock of roughly 2000 Red-winged Blackbirds. On the drive back to BL, I saw 2 Red-tailed hawks (different areas), 2 American White Pelicans in a small pond S of the Odon exit and 1 N Harrier coursing scrubby fields N of the Odon exit. 

Bob Kissel
Bloomington



Subject: Pacific Loon
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 12:12 pm
From: t.ballenger AT sbcglobal.net
 
 To add to Ryan's post.  Robert Bruce and I also had the loon about 11:30 today in approximately the same location as mentioned.
We saw it with scope on the far west side at the extreme north end of Hobie Beach.  It was by itself preening and flapping its wings.
Sun came out just as we were leaving.
Good birding,Terry Ballenger, Ham. Co.



Subject: Roush Res. 4 Dec.- Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 18:03 pm
From: jeffmccoy AT embarqmail.com
 
Roush Reservoir -
Canada Goose 13
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Bald Eagle 3 ad
Killdeer 103
Bonaparte's Gull 125+
Ring-billed Gull 300+
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 2 juv & ad (Kil-so-qua campground)



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Jeff McCoy
Columbia City, Indiana



Subject: Kosciusko Tundra Swans
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 17:54 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
9 Black-billed Swans were on Winona Lake late in the afternoon during the snow.  My impression in poor viewing conditions of all but 2 (appeared possibly larger-sized next to Mute Swans and larger-billed) were that they were Tundra Swans.
John Kendall
Warsaw


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Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunay Dec. 4, 2016
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 13:11 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Sunday morning bird walk tallied 48 species  The list includes

Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Eagle Marsh Area-- Dec. 4, 2016 AM
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 9:02 am
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
The primary highlight of a few stops this frosty early morning was coffee.  The secondary highlight was a dramatic sky, a subtly striated, gray-on-gray effect of high altitude winds.  Winds at ground level were light, making for a very comfortable morning, though temps hovering at the freezing mark gave many of the shallow water areas a thin coat of ice.  Tertiary highlights were birds:


Serv-All Ponds off Engle Road:

Canada Goose- 20
Gadwall- 2 males
American Wigeon- 2, a pair
Mallard- 25
Northern Shoveler- 11
Green-winged Teal- 8
Hooded Merganser- 5; 2 males jockeying for position as they actively displayed for 3 nearby females
Double-crested Cormorant- 1
Great Blue Heron- 1


Northern boundary of Eagle Marsh, with several short stops in the mid-section and a longer stop at the west end (surprisingly, no starlings, Song Sparrows, or House Sparrows):

Canada Goose- 25
Mallard- 15
Great Blue Heron- 1
Bald Eagle- 1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk- 1
Ring-billed Gull- 250+; quite a sight when the eagle flew over, flushing them briefly
Downy Woodpecker- 2
Hairy Woodpecker- 1
American Kestrel- 1
Blue Jay- 2
American Crow- 1
American Robin- 1
American Tree Sparrow- 20+
Fox Sparrow- 1
White-crowned Sparrow- 1 singing
Dark-eyed Junco- 1
Northern Cardinal- 1
House Finch- 6
American Goldfinch- 2


Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Snowy Owl - Tipton - 12/3
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 8:47 am
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
There was a Snowy Owl reported a mile north of Tipton on SR 19 Saturday afternoon by Jeff Huff.  The bird was on the west side of the road out in the corn field.  There have been no sightings on Sunday morning but it could be in the area.  It was posted to Facebook but I thought I would post it here as well so others know to look as they appear to be on the move again this year.  It could have moved further south as well.

Jeff Timmons
Anderson, IN
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Subject: Hybrid gull pix
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 8:34 am
From: jcassady AT frontier.com
 
Here are some shots of yesterday's interesting hybrid gull at Michigan City Harbor.
http://jkcassady.com/gallery/r...

John 

-- John K. Cassady Sturgis, MI jcassady@frontier.com To view my website of bird photographs please visit http://www.jkcassady.com/




Subject: SW Allen-- Dec. 3 AM
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 21:07 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 A few brief checks this morning yielded little in bird highlights:

First light at the west end of Eagle Marsh-- A few dozen Canada Geese, a few small divers I couldn't ID in the low light, and one adult Bald Eagle.
Cemetery on Sleepy Hollow Lane-- Common feeder stuff, a singing White-throated Sparrow beyond the graveyard, and a Purple Finch calling somewhere above me.
I didn't check Serv-All this morning, but stops on the first two days of December netted a Gadwall, small numbers of N. Shoveler and GW Teal, and two lingering DC Cormorants on each day.

I went back out at mid-morning, finding nothing of interest at Fox Island County Park.  So I drove a few roads nearby, not doing much better.  Best birds were on the west side of Amber Road-- eight Wood Ducks in the ditches at Amber/Branning and at Amber/RR.  And the field between these ditches hosted a foraging flock of 56 Killdeer.

Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Lakefront Pine Siskins, Common Redpoll
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 19:42 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I birded from West Beach eastward today. 
Other than seeing the big RB Merganser flight, highlights were a flock of Pine Siskins with a Common Redpoll at the feeders just E.
of Tamarack and Diana in Ogden Dunes.

West Beach Pinery:
RB Nuthatch-1

Ogden Dunes:
Common Loon-1
Red-throated Loon-2
Horned Grebe-7
RB Merganser- 2000-3000 big flock flying west
Bufflehead-10
Am. Robin-20
E. Bluebird-4
White-throated Sparrow-1
Song Sparrow-1 juv.
Junco-20
Common Redpoll-1
Pine Siskin-10
Snow Bunting-1

Portage Lakefront Park:
Surf Scoter-1
Ruddy Duck-1
Common Loon-1
Horned Grebe-2
Coot-1

Port of Indiana:
Pied-billed Grebe-1
Am. Coot-8

Porter Beach:
Horned Grebe-1
Red-throated Loon-1

John Kendall
Warsaw







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Subject: Lakefront (3-Dec-2016) hybrid gull
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 16:19 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (3-Dec-2016) Matt Beatty, John Cassady, Jeff McCoy, Randy Pals, Lynn Vernon, and I birded the eastern lakefront.

Ryan Sandersons group (including Ryan Hamilton, Mike Maxwell, and Nick Kiehl) birded with us for much of the day.

REYNOLDS CREEK GAMEBIRD HABITAT AREA (drive through)
Sandhill Crane,10- feeding in cornfield

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR (Morning & afternoon visits with Ryans group. Three hour lakewatch in AM yielded a Pals Magnitude of 36.6.)
Gadwall,5
Northern Pintail,1
Redhead,1
Surf Scoter,4
White-winged Scoter,4
Black Scoter,2
darkwinged scoter,14
Bufflehead,2
Hooded Merganser,1
Red-breasted Merganser,3075- heavy west to east flight
Red-throated Loon,1
Common Loon,34
Horned Grebe,2
Double-crested Cormorant,3
Hybrid gull- appeared to be an adult Franklins X Ring-billed hybrid
Ring-billed Gull,250
Herring Gull,85
Chandeleur Gull,1 continuing adult

HITCHCOCK ROAD POND
Mute Swan,7
Bufflehead,2

EAST BEVERLY SHORES
Gadwall,9
Mallard,40
Northern Shoveler,5
Green-winged Teal,27
Great Blue Heron,2

CENTRAL BEVERLY SHORES
Great Blue Heron,1
Red-shouldered Hawk,1 adult

BEVERLY SHORES LAKEFRONT (Met Michael Topp, Matt Kalwasinski & others)
Gadwall,9
Redhead,50 apx- single flock
Surf Scoter,1
White-winged Scoter,8
Black Scoter,8
darkwinged scoter,3
Long-tailed Duck,2
Red-breasted Merganser,108
Red-throated Loon,22
Common Loon,4
Horned Grebe,3

DUNES STATE PARK & PORTER BEACH
Black Scoter,8
Red-breasted Merganser,830
Horned Grebe,1
Pileated Woodpecker,1

Ken Brock
Chesterton




Subject: Parke, Vermillion, and Vigo County Sites
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 15:03 pm
From: bencvengros AT gmail.com
 
I birded from 9:30 am to 2 pm traveling first to the Royal Flush
Enterprises hunting lodge property in Parke County, then to Universal Mine
in Vermillion and Vigo County, and lastly to Saint Mary of the Woods Campus
in Vigo County. The highlights of the morning were 3 BALD EAGLES flying
together at Universal Mine and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET at Saint Mary's.

I made a quick run through the Royal Flush lodge property east of the
Clinton Wabash river bridge. I only spent about 30 min in order to keep
from bothering the hunters that were out. The list of birds I found
includes:

Carolina wren 1
House sparrow 15
White-crowned sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 1
American Kestrel 2

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Universal Strip Mines (Vermillion Co.), Vermillion, Indiana, US
Dec 3, 2016 10:40 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
20.0 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 700 This total is made up of multiple
smaller flocks seen flying high above the mine.
Snow Goose 4 Within one flock of GWFG.
Trumpeter/Tundra Swan 18 Flying too far away to tell species.
Assumption is trumpeter swans
Gadwall 10
Mallard 44
Canvasback 2
Ring-necked Duck 17
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 3 Three individuals, two adults, one juv. One adult was
being chased by the others for a good 5 min. They kept circling around the
pond on the Vigo/vermillion county line
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Rough-legged Hawk 1 Dark morph
Great Horned Owl 1 In the cemetery. When I drove in, it flew and had
something large in its talons. Probably a squirrel or rabbit if I had to
guess
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 130
Eastern Bluebird 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 95
Northern Cardinal 2
Eastern Meadowlark 1

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Vigo, Indiana, US
Dec 3, 2016 12:17 PM - 1:57 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
11 species

Canada Goose 25
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 12
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Seen close up in the cemetery near the statue
of Jesus. It was in the big thick hedge row.
Dark-eyed Junco 40
Song Sparrow 1


Ben Cvengros



Subject: Re: Snow or Ross's Geese Atterbury
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 14:53 pm
From: benko.redwall.matthias AT gmail.com
 
And I'm pretty sure it's in Johnson county.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 3, 2016, at 3:52 PM, Matthias Benko wrote:
>
> Driving south on I-65, there is a brick building on the right that is part of Camp Atterbury. Two small white geese are in the retention pond in front of the building, visible from the interstate. Could be Ross's but hard to tell going 60mph. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.
> Matthias Benko
> Indianapolis
>



Subject: Snow or Ross's Geese Atterbury
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 14:52 pm
From: benko.redwall.matthias AT gmail.com
 
Driving south on I-65, there is a brick building on the right that is part of Camp Atterbury. Two small white geese are in the retention pond in front of the building, visible from the interstate.  Could be Ross's but hard to tell going 60mph. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.
Matthias Benko
Indianapolis




Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Celery Bog Nature Area, Dec 3, 2016
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 13:06 pm
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
The female Long-tailed Duck continues at Celery Bog in West Lafayette.  We also had a small flock of Greater White-fronted Geese for the first time this fall.  The "falcon species" was probably a Merlin and was only seen by a part of our group.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, Indiana, US Dec 3, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 12
Canada Goose 75
Mute Swan 6
Gadwall 60
American Wigeon 6
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 100
Northern Shoveler 50
Green-winged Teal 37
Redhead 5
Ring-necked Duck 5
Greater Scaup 1
Long-tailed Duck 1 adult winter plumage female, present 10 days
Bufflehead 2
Common Merganser 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 75
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
falcon sp. 1
Blue Jay 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 6
European Starling 1
American Tree Sparrow 12
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch 10

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Subject: Seeing birds at Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Facility - No sightings
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 10:05 am
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
The answer is:
The best answer is that if you are not familiar with WTTP, contact a local
birder (Elkhart or St. Joseph Counties) who has posted from there. Local
birders know how to access the site safely and in some cases by appointment
can give a tour to an out of town birder.​


Sam R asked this:
Followed eBird hotspot map to Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Facility this
morning hoping to look for the Surf Scoter. There are fences and locked
gates with No Trespassing signs surrounding the entire pond. Checked with
local police who told us there is no access. Can anyone provide more
information on how to reach this place?

Thanks,
Samantha Ransdell


--
Bob Guth
​, Goshen, IN​



Subject: Sandhill Cranes Jackson Co
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 9:52 am
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 
This morning at dawn I spent 30 minutes watching the Sandhills fly out
of Muscatatuck NWR. My guesstimate would be 3500+ in that half hour.
More were streaming out as I left. Did get a photo of one doing "The
Dance" see... https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Dan Kaiser
Columbus



Subject: Surf Scoter correction Elkhart County
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 9:05 am
From: michiko_hensaki AT hotmail.com
 
Followed eBird hotspot map to Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Facility this morning hoping to look for the Surf Scoter. There are fences and locked gates with No Trespassing signs surrounding the entire pond. Checked with local police who told us there is no access. Can anyone provide more information on how to reach this place?

Thanks,
Samantha Ransdell
________________________________
From: Robert Guth
Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2016 1:20:42 PM
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Surf Scoter correction Elkhart County

Upon closer review of photos, the Surf Scoter at Wakarusa TPF is a first year male, not a female. Thanks to Don Gorney for pointing this out.

Christine and I went to Jasper-Pulaski FWA to see the 10,000 Sandhill Cranes Saturday. On our way, we stopped at Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment facility in Elkhart County where Leland Shaum had found a Snow Goose, a male Surf Scoter, Snow Buntings, and American Pipits on Friday. We found all of those birds on Saturday at 8:30 am. Other reports later in the day on ebird also found the Surf Scoter and the Snow Buntings. The Snow Goose flew off with Canada Geese pretty early but it may return at night so could be there early in the morning. The Surf Scoter was in the SW pond near Ruddy Ducks when I saw it. My report is on ebird under the Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Facility hotspot.
Bob Guth
Goshen, IN
Bobwgfsa using gmail




Subject: Elkhart Rapter Afternoon
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 15:53 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Interesting raptor day in Elkhart.

At about 245pm, an adult Bald Eagle flew in an east by northeast direction over Bristol Street between Independence and Liberty, laboring a bit in the wind.

About 15 minutes later, John Davis and I got a puffed up Red-tailed Hawk on a pole on Oak Street just south of Bristol Street.

At home, on the west side of town at about 330pm, John 1st spotted an adult plumaged Northern Goshawk - very large, so we presume a female. Also very grey with fine grey barring on the underside and a white "eyebrow." It was a "lifer" for John. I have not gotten one in Elkhart county in about 40 years!



Subject: Sullivan County - Turtle Creek, Dugger
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 15:19 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
I visited two Sullivan County sites to look for winter water birds.  A fair-sized Horned Grebe flock was at Turtle Creek, and a giant Ring-necked Duck flock at Dugger; Pied-billed Grebes plentiful; Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls.  Passerines included Rc Kinglets and Y-rumped Warblers.

Turtle Creek Reservoir, Sullivan, Indiana, US
Dec 2, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked reservoir access and viewpoints on west side, from north end causeway to CR 700W loop, Gettinger Rd, Market St in Merom, and south boat ramp (gate closed, distant view). Weather cloudy, 36 to 43 F, wind about 5 mph WSW.
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 48
Gadwall 3
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 5
Hooded Merganser 13
Ruddy Duck 10
Pied-billed Grebe 40 mostly in flocks (of 18, 20)
HORNED GREBE 24 most in one raft of 22, with a similar number of Bonaparte's Gulls hovering above or resting on water with the grebes, which were diving. Viewed from end of Market Street, looking east; grebes were on far east side of lake in line with smokestack of power plant. Fairly large flocks are typical in winter at this warm-water reservoir.
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 14
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 1 adult male
Bald Eagle 1 immature, perched on low snag near small flock of Canada Geese (at north end causeway)
hawk sp. 1
Bonaparte's Gull 52 mostly in flight over much of lake, but especially in southern third; flock of 20 associated with similar sized flock of Horned Grebes. Quite a bit of hovering flight low over water surface. Only adult winter plumages seen.
Ring-billed Gull 30 resting on water (a few on low snags) at south end
Mourning Dove 15
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 3
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 15
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6 flock at end of Market St by lake
American Tree Sparrow 9
Dark-eyed Junco 15
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 16
Swamp Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch 4

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Greene Sullivan SF -- DUGGER Unit, Sullivan, Indiana, US
Dec 2, 2016 12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove the circuit of lakes. Weather cloudy, 45 deg F, wind 5 mph WSW.
15 species

Canada Goose 14
Gadwall 14
Mallard 2
Northern Shoveler 5
Green-winged Teal 5
Ring-necked Duck 1300 one huge flock on Goose Lake, counted by 20's; some diving, most bathing, flapping wings, or resting and swimming on water. Checked carefully for scaup, redheads but found only one Shoveler, plus several PB grebes among them.
Hooded Merganser 4
Ruddy Duck 8
Pied-billed Grebe 52 scattered over several lakes, mostly in flocks of 8 to 15
American Coot 300
Ring-billed Gull 7
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 2
Northern Mockingbird 1

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Subject: Ross's goose NO
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 14:55 pm
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 
The Ross's goose found behind the Columbus WalMart (west) has
disappeared. At 3:20 the retention ponds were void of all birds and the
geese between Manards and Sam's contained no Ross's goose.

Photos can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/dhkaiser

Dan Kaiser
Columbus



Subject: Ross's Goose
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 12:34 pm
From: kcharlesmsw AT hotmail.com
 
Thanks, Dan Kaiser!  That was the easiest bird I've had for awhile!  Still present at 1:30.

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Subject: Ross's Goose
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 11:39 am
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 


Currently looking at a Ross's goose among the 200 - 300 Canada geese behind the Walmart in Columbus Indiana.  Photos later.


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Subject: Pacific Loons at Eagle Creek Reservoir
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 9:54 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Yesterday morning Eric Ripma found a Pacific Loon on the south end of Eagle Creek Reservoir. Several people saw it throughout the day. 
When Aidan Rominger and I visited at 4pm, I located a second Pacific Loon that was well away from the one we had been watching. Both birds were seen next to Common Loons for comparison. 
Then, the second bird "disappeared" and before long the original bird disappeared as well. All Loons were actively diving. Besides the two PALO there were 13 Common Loons. 
We remained at Hobie Beach the entire time as the Loons were about directly across from there. Hobo Beach is along Dandy Trail south of 56th St and west of the park entrance.
Park at the yellow gate where there is room for a few cars. This is directly across from the Cobblestone housing edition.  Rick's Cafe is another spot to scan from.
Aidan indicates that Eric Ripma confirmed two Pacific Loons this morning. 
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Subject: Parke and Clay county sites
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 21:42 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
I checked Harden Lake and Lake Tannenbaum in Parke County, looking for loons (none found); and happened upon a big blackbird flock in Clay County that had Rusty's.

Cecil M. Harden Lake, Parke, Indiana, US
Dec 1, 2016 4:10 PM - 4:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: drove Ferndale Rd to dam at south end of lake, crossed dam, descended to picnic area and scoped the lake. weather: 40 degrees F, 100% clouds. Looking for loons, found none. Lake is muddy, continues to be drawn down (big flow out of dam, more shoreline than usual exposed, but plenty of water in lake)
7 species

Bufflehead 3
American Coot 15
Bonaparte's Gull 5 3 in flight, 2 on water with Ring-billed
Ring-billed Gull 80 most on water, about 15 in flight
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
Dark-eyed Junco 2

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Parkeville Rd., Guion, Parke, Indiana, US (Lake Tannenbaum)
Dec 1, 2016 5:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked Lake Tannenbaum for waterfowl.
4 species

Ring-necked Duck 40
Hooded Merganser 40
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 1 adult flew from dam area east across lake

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Rio Grande Rd field, Clay, Indiana, US
Dec 1, 2016 3:45 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: A big flock of blackbirds landed in bare plowed field by road as I was driving by, and there was a convenient spot to park and study them; they were more tame than usual, did not flush far.
5 species (+1 other taxa)

European Starling 50
Red-winged Blackbird 200
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 20
Common Grackle 50
Brown-headed Cowbird 200
blackbird sp. 500

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Subject: Long tailed Duck
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 16:41 pm
From: grounds11 AT frontier.com
 
A not too good photo of the Long tailed Duck at the Celery Bog. It was taken
on a cloudy day a couple of days ago.

Good birding

Russ Allison, West Lafayette

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






Subject: Christmas Bird Count Dates - NO SIGHTINGS
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 13:03 pm
From: wilmsab AT indianaaudubon.org
 
I'd like to thank everyone who has responded so far with your CBC dates!
They'll be here before we know it.

If you haven't had time to respond, please Follow this link
to let us know about your count.

Updated count dates can be found on the IAS website
.

Anyone interested in leading a new count? Please contact Jeff Canada, (
president@indianaaudubon.org).

Forms for the count will be sent out soon.

Thanks!

~Amy Wilms



Subject: Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck at Celery Bog
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 8:34 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
The adult, winter-plumaged female Long-tailed Duck continues at Celery Bog in West Lafayette. Most of the other diving ducks that have been reported in recent days were no-shows this morning, but a bird flying in and out (made multiple passes but never landed) appeared to be a male Greater Scaup, which is not often reported from the Bog.  Lots of Green-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler; smaller numbers of American Wigeon, Gadwall and Pied-billed Grebe.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com



Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Nov 30, 2016
Date: Wed Nov 30 2016 21:52 pm
From: ekjwh68 AT hotmail.com
 
Here is the report of the Goshen Wed am birdwalk 11/30/16.   Next week will be an Elkhart County walk at Cobus Creek County Park.


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


________________________________
From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:33 PM
To: ekjwh68@hotmail.com
Subject: eBird Report - Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Nov 30, 2016

Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Elkhart, Indiana, US
Nov 30, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: There was variable cloud cover with a light wind and temps in the mid 40's. Observers were: Mary Martin, Liz Jacobs, Ann Kauffman, Jim Bare, Willy Buck, Neal Miller, Elaine Harley, John Harley and Gary Keister.
35 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 18
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 19
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 42
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 7
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 11
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 26
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 17
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 9
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 9
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 17
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 8
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 11

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Subject: Lake Monroe Monroe Co
Date: Wed Nov 30 2016 19:41 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
I stopped at Paynetown and Cutright SRA's on Lake Monroe this afternoon, hoping for interesting gulls or ducks, and struck out with no ducks and just a handful of ring-billed gulls. Highlights were lots of common loons, a ruby-crowned kinglet, and a hermit thrush.

Paynetown State Recreation Area, Monroe, Indiana, US
Nov 30, 2016 11:48 AM - 12:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
22 species

Common Loon 34
Turkey Vulture 13
Bald Eagle 1 Imm
Ring-billed Gull 4
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 11
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 18
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 2

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Cutright State Recreation Area, Monroe, Indiana, US
Nov 30, 2016 12:48 PM - 1:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
19 species

Common Loon 4
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Adult
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4

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Amy Kearns

Mitchell




Subject: Serv-All Ponds-- Nov. 30 PM
Date: Wed Nov 30 2016 18:07 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Same ol' waterbirds after work this afternoon at Serv-All:

Gadwall- 1
Northern Shoveler- 16
Green-winged Teal- 25
Double-crested Cormorant- 2
Bald Eagle- 1 adult

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Daviess Co 11/29 Long-tailed Duck, Western Red-tailed Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Grasshopper Sparrow
Date: Wed Nov 30 2016 14:46 pm
From: AKearns AT dnr.in.gov
 
Yesterday, Gary Langell and I searched for shrikes in Daviess County. We managed to find two Loggerheads. Other highlights during the day were a Long-tailed Duck, an "intermediate" Western Red-tailed Hawk, and a Grasshopper Sparrow. Ken Brock said the GRSP is the 3rd latest record for this species in Indiana. Pictures are included in the ebird checklists below.

Some habitat notes on the Loggerhead Shrikes we observed yesterday. Both birds were foraging from fence rows in grazed pasture and harvested agriculture fields on Amish farms. Both birds stayed close to thick cover (multiflora rose bushes, blackberry tangles, and Callery pear trees) and would often disappear into the cover. Scattered thick cover in fence rows through short vegetation therefore seems to be important components to shrike habitat both during the nesting and non-nesting season. I have noticed this behavior in previous winters, and have seen a shrike dive into a multiflora to escape a Cooper's Hawk. Yesterday, Gary and I thought it would be interesting to check the nearby Viking reclaimed mine area for shrikes, since loggerheads are known to use reclaimed mineland habitat in winter, and this particular reclaimed mine is in close proximity to recent LOSH nesting and wintering areas (seems like it has a better chance of having LOSH than most). We did not find shrikes there, but we did notice some stark habitat differences between the Amish farms where we find shrikes, and the reclaimed mineland. Overall, the grass in the Viking reclaimed mineland area is much taller, thicker, and more uniform in length than actively grazed pastures. There are far fewer fence rows and utility lines bisecting the grasslands (the utility lines there mostly run parallel to the road, and no barbed wire fences). And, while there are scattered cedar trees, there is a distinct lack of thick protective cover directly adjacent to short vegetation - I think this might be the key in winter. Of course, there are no grazing livestock in the Viking reclaimed mineland either. Grazing livestock usually go hand in hand with shorter grass, barbed wire fences, and if we're lucky, bushy fencerows - things that loggerheads are commonly associated with in my experience.

Please let me know if you see a loggerhead shrike! I could really use your help searching for them, especially in areas where I am not looking for them (ie in areas away from Orleans and Montgomery). In 2016, we had only 5 known nesting pairs in the state. I think that any large expanses of pasture that have fences and isolated large bushes in fencerows, with some trees, could be appropriate habitat for loggerheads. Don't forget to look for impaled prey items on barbed wire, since these often persist for a long time and could be easier to spot than the shrike.

US-IN-Montgomery-2-114 N 3rd St - 38.6627x-87.0474, Daviess, Indiana, US
Nov 29, 2016 8:56 AM - 9:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
4 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove 5 At Second and West Mill Street in Montgomery
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 1
European Starling 20

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US-IN-Montgomery-2-114 N 3rd St - 38.6627x-87.0474, Daviess, Indiana, US
Nov 29, 2016 9:01 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
14.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked four recent LOSH nesting territories for presence of any LOSH
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 8
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) 1 Western Intermediate Adult first located at CR 775 E just north of CR 300 N. Very Dark brown-bodied red-tailed hawk with dark throat and rufous upper breast with red tail and very dark brown lower breast and belly. Observed again 2.5 miles north of the first sighting on CR 775 E just north CR 550 N.
Killdeer 21
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 48
Mourning Dove 21
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
American Kestrel 8
Loggerhead Shrike 2 The first shrike was presumably a continuing bird from the last survey on Nov 2nd, using the same territory as before. This bird is an after-hatch-year male. He was actively foraging for insects. Observed chasing off a Northern Mockingbird from where it was hunting. We were able to band this bird with a unique combination of color bands and a federal band. The second shrike was the male of a nesting pair that we banded this summer that is still using its summer territory.
Blue Jay 2
Horned Lark 5
Eastern Bluebird 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 174
Lapland Longspur 1
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Eastern Meadowlark 34
Brown-headed Cowbird 100
House Sparrow 73

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West Boggs Lake, Daviess, Indiana, US
Nov 29, 2016 2:10 PM - 3:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
20 species

Mallard 8
Redhead 1
Long-tailed Duck 1 Adult Female. Viewed from Stoll's Restaurant. White face with dark brown cap and nape, gray bill, and dark cheek. Dark brown back and chest with white flanks and white under tail coverts.
Ruddy Duck 110
Pied-billed Grebe 11
Horned Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Bald Eagle 1
American Coot 17
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Crow 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
European Starling 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Chipping Sparrow 8 Individually counted. Small sparrow with rusty cap, white wing bars, clear gray breast and black line through eye.
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4
Purple Finch 1

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Viking Reclaimed Mine Area, Daviess, Indiana, US
Nov 29, 2016 3:26 PM - 4:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove CR 800 E and CR 900 E
19 species

Gadwall 2
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 56
Ring-necked Duck 357
Ruddy Duck 5
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Northern Harrier 17 5 males with the remainder being female.
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1 Dark phase adult female
American Kestrel 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 325
Lapland Longspur 10 Flyovers
Grasshopper Sparrow 1 Flat-headed sparrow with complete white eye ring and large pink bill. Buffy throat, and buffy breast with fine streaking and clean white belly
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Rusty Blackbird 2
House Sparrow 20

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Amy Kearns
Assistant Nongame Bird Biologist
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife
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Subject: Miller Beach - 11/29 - Harlequin Duck, Bald Eagle, Field Sparrow
Date: Tue Nov 29 2016 18:59 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
11/29
I checked Miller Beach and Woods after work today. The highlight was
a fem/imm. Harlequin Duck at the North end of the breakwall.
Walked into woods and to the U.S.Steel breakwall.
Highlights only.

MILLER BEACH and WOODS:
2-Mute Swans (Impoundment)
1-C.Loon
3-Horned Grebes
1-Black Duck
2-Mallards
1-Bufflehead Duck (Male)
1-HARLEQUIN DUCK - (fem/imm.) - With Bufflehead at breakwall.
4-A.Coots (Impoundment)
1-Bald Eagle (Juv.)
1-A.Kestrel
1-A.Crow
2-Blue Jays
1-Hairy W.P.
1-Downy W.P.
1-A.Robin
1-B.C.Chickadee
1-Song Sparrow
1-FIELD SPARROW
3-Tree Sparrows
1-Swamp Sparrow
3-N.Juncos
3-Snow Buntings
(Also 1 Midland Painted turtle sunning on a log
in a small pond - in late November on the lakefront.)

Michael Topp

Highland IN.
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