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30 Jul: @ 22:30:14 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne -- Common Terns [zzedpowers]
30 Jul: @ 21:05:45 
Sedge Wren [Landon Neumann]
30 Jul: @ 14:09:49 
Shorebird spots St. Joseph & Elkhart counties (no sightings) [Thefive Forreal]
30 Jul: @ 13:06:30 
Caspian Tern, Cedarville [James Haw]
29 Jul: @ 20:43:04 
Snowy Egrets, Least Bitterns, Willet [Landon Neumann]
29 Jul: @ 19:33:18 
MIKI photos from Patoka NWR 7/25 [Wilkins, Vern W]
29 Jul: @ 15:17:12 
July 21-29 Highlights [marty jones]
29 Jul: @ 12:34:10 
Prophetstown SP, Jul 29, 2014, Blue Grosbeaks [john skene]
29 Jul: @ 12:10:50 
2 Lake County Locations - 7/29 [Matt Kalwasinski]
29 Jul: @ 10:13:53 
Chinook Mine [Peter Scott]
29 Jul: @ 08:32:42 
Patoka River NWR - Dillin Unit [Richard and Sue Vernier]
29 Jul: @ 00:59:52 
Lake Michigan pelagics [Geoffrey A. Williamson]
29 Jul: @ 00:59:44 
IBET Lake Michigan pelagics ['Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net [ILbirds]]
28 Jul: @ 15:27:44 
Sedge Wren, A New Development Regarding the Young America Western Meadowlark [Landon Neumann]
28 Jul: @ 15:05:52 
Eagle Marsh BEVIs Continue-- July 26, 27, 28 [Rodger Rang]
28 Jul: @ 12:28:21 
Goose Pond - 7/26 [Jerry Downs]
28 Jul: @ 12:12:44 
Cane Ridge [tatms@fullnet.com]
28 Jul: @ 11:41:10 
Cane Ridge, Tern Bar Slough & Surrounding Areas-July 28th [Tim Griffith]
27 Jul: @ 21:57:33 
Carlson Oxbow (Lake) - 7/27 [Matt Kalwasinski]
27 Jul: @ 18:17:48 
Cane Ridge WMA, Avocet and 12 other shorebird species [Peter Scott]
27 Jul: @ 18:03:46 
Goose Pond FWA Sandhill Cranes continue [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
27 Jul: @ 17:34:58 
7/27 Goose Pond Trip [Steven]
27 Jul: @ 16:27:16 
Eagle Crest MIKIs [Terence Walsh]
27 Jul: @ 16:20:45 
Re: No sightings: Gibson Co Snow Goose [Evan Speck]
27 Jul: @ 15:57:48 
Mississippi Kite (7/27) [Andrew Belt]
27 Jul: @ 15:34:33 
No sightings: Gibson Co Snow Goose [Don Gorney]
27 Jul: @ 12:09:34 
Eaglel Creek Park, Sunday July 27,2014 [Don Williams]
27 Jul: @ 10:00:16 
Steuben Sedge Wren--yes [James Haw]
27 Jul: @ 07:55:28 
Great Egrets and Great Blue Heron - Anderson [Jeff Timmons]
26 Jul: @ 18:43:19 
Sedge wren in northern Steuben County [Wooley, Fred]
26 Jul: @ 17:15:31 
Lakefront 26-July-2014 Lark Sparrow [Kenneth J. Brock]
26 Jul: @ 14:11:07 
Limberlost, Loblolly, Rainbow Bend area [James Haw]
26 Jul: @ 06:18:36 
N.W.Indiana - 7/25 [MTopp7927]
25 Jul: @ 21:30:41 
Semipalmated Plover [Landon Neumann]
25 Jul: @ 20:58:36 
RE: Mississippi kites [Wilkins, Vern W]
25 Jul: @ 16:43:34 
American Avocet [John Pohl]
25 Jul: @ 14:22:22 
Mississippi kites [Wilkins, Vern W]
25 Jul: @ 12:35:15 
Sedge Wren, Chinook mine [Peter Scott]
25 Jul: @ 04:56:03 
Johnson County - A Few Shorebirds [bob carper]
24 Jul: @ 22:35:47 
Wabashiki FWA-shorebirds [Peter Scott]
24 Jul: @ 19:54:29 
:Pigeon River [James Haw]
24 Jul: @ 18:28:10 
Miller Beach + - 7/24 [MTopp7927]
24 Jul: @ 17:42:39 
Jaeger today, Michigan City Harbor. [Brendan Grube]
24 Jul: @ 13:48:40 
Wayne Co.: Bonaparte's Gull [Bill Buskirk]
24 Jul: @ 13:00:28 
Cane Ridge Shorebirds [Meredig, John]
23 Jul: @ 21:15:31 
Fledging Hybird Meadowlarks [Landon Neumann]
23 Jul: @ 20:16:08 
Potato Creek State Park (7/23) [Andrew Belt]
23 Jul: @ 20:13:03 
Eagle Marsh-- July 23 PM [Rodger Rang]
23 Jul: @ 19:53:45 
Stilt Sandpiper and Other Shorebirds in Hamilton County [Osland, Gregory]
23 Jul: @ 18:37:33 
Brownstown, IN - peregrine falcon [birder]





Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne -- Common Terns
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 22:30 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

Hoping for shorebird, found a few. Two Common Terns were a nice surprise.

A trail along the west side of the main pond at the west end of Eagle Marsh was undeveloped the last time I tried it; it has now been nicely mowed. It offers a good view of the south end of the pond.

Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Jul 30, 2014 1:45 PM - 3:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
25 species

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 30
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 9
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 15
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Common Tern 2 Wings narrow, body slender, underside of wing tips black.
They were overhead for only a few seconds, so I was not able to observe other
details
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Tree Swallow 60
Bank Swallow 20
Marsh Wren 2
American Robin 1
European Starling 70
Common Yellowthroat 3
Song Sparrow 5
Indigo Bunting 4
Red-winged Blackbird 5
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19280484

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

Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Sedge Wren
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 21:05 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded some Cass Co Spots. The highlight was
the continuing Sedge Wren along 1000E. Unfortunately some recent rain has
caused the river to rise a couple of inches so that the river flats are
covered. Hopefully the river goes back down. We did end the day with 5
species of shorebirds from the two cattle ponds.

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 5
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Bank Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Baltimore Oriole 3

NW Cass Co
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1 adult
Least Sandpiper 2 adults
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Purple Martin 10
Blue Grosbeak 1

Sedge Wren Spot at 1000E
Sedge Wren 1
Field Sparrow 1
Indigo Bunting 1

18th St Bridge
Mallard 6
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Chimney Swift 30

Highway 17 Marshes
Canada Goose 1
Mallard 9
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 1
Killdeer 10
Spotted Sandpiper 1 adult
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 1 adult
Pectoral Sandpiper 1 adult
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Willow Flycatcher 2
House Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Indigo Bunting 2

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Shorebird spots St. Joseph & Elkhart counties (no sightings)
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 14:09 pm
From: fab5farrells AT gmail.com
 
Does anyone know of good places to find shorebirds within 20-30 minutes of
Granger, IN? Thanks!

Cameron Farrell
Young birder of Granger, IN
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...



Subject: Caspian Tern, Cedarville
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 13:06 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
One Caspian Tern was on Cedarville Reservoir, Allen Co., early this afternoon.  It was flying around and sitting on logs in the reservoir, viewed from the residential street along the west side of the reservoir, east of hwy. 1.


Jim Haw



Subject: Snowy Egrets, Least Bitterns, Willet
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 20:43 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Today Eric Ripma, Aidan Rominger, and Nick Kiehl and I birded the
lakefront. The highlights included the continuing 2 Snowy Egrets at 129th
Street at Wolf Lake, 3 Least Bitterns at Grant St(all were adults), and a
Willet at Portage Lakefront Park. Other notables included 2 Common Terns at
Miller and the continuing Lesser Scaup at Grant St.

Wolf St

Carlson Oxbow
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Semipalmated Plover 2 adult
Killdeer 5
Spotted Sandpiper 2 adult
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Least Sandpiper 1 adult
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 adult
Ring-billed Gull 15
Caspian Tern 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Barn Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 1

Grant St
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 20
Lesser Scaup 1 Continuing male.
Least Bittern 3 Flying all around in different areas of the marsh. All
adults
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Great Egret 2
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Common Gallinule 3
American Coot 15
Ring-billed Gull 15
Caspian Tern 5
Barn Swallow 5
Marsh Wren (Eastern) 2

McCool Pond
Semipalmated Plover 2 adult
Killdeer 80
Spotted Sandpiper 2 adult
Solitary Sandpiper 7
Least Sandpiper 4 adult
Semipalmated Sandpiper 8 adult

Michigan City Harbor
Sanderling 2 adult
Least Sandpiper 1 adult
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 adult
Ring-billed Gull 50
Herring Gull 5
Caspian Tern 15

Miller Beach- We checked this spot twice, but the best stuff was in the
afternoon. We did have a Blue Grosbeak here in the morning.
Killdeer 2
Sanderling 32
Ring-billed Gull 70
Herring Gull 5
Caspian Tern 30
Common Tern 2 Medium size tern. Smaller than Caspians. Long forked
tail with red bill with black end on the bill.
Northern Mockingbird 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: MIKI photos from Patoka NWR 7/25
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 19:33 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
These are some photos from my visit last week.  Looking through all my photos in detail, I expect I photographed at least 8 different Mississippi Kites, and I didn't come close to photographing all the ones that I saw.  Might have to make one more trip down there this summer before they are gone!

There's a twig in the way, but you can still see the kite has a bit of dragonfly in it's beak.
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/9266/category/172
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/9268/category/172
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/9277/category/172
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/9276/category/172

This one was from an incredible distance, and is very blurry, but I was trying to get the American Kestrel soaring with the Mississippi Kite. They were actually much closer together most of the time, but the Kestrel really couldn't keep up.
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/9316/category/172

Vern






Subject: July 21-29 Highlights
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 15:17 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Here are a fewhighlights seenfrom the past week as I drive from place to place for work:

City of Jasper, Indiana, Dubois County, yesterday and today, July 28th &29th, A Common Nighthawk is perched on a traffic sign/pole arm directly over the northbound lane ofhwy 231, just south of 2nd St. This is in front of the Econolodge.

White County, Indiana, 1250S near dead-end east of I-65 on July 21st: Vesper Sparrow.

Monroe County, Indiana, 6500 East State Road 45 on July 25th: Broad-winged Hawk heard and seen.

Marty L. Jones
Terre Haute
indth33@yahoo.com



Subject: Prophetstown SP, Jul 29, 2014, Blue Grosbeaks
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 12:34 pm
From: jkskene AT hotmail.com
 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Prophetstown SP, Tippecanoe, US-IN
Jul 29, 2014 8:10 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
57 species

Canada Goose 18
Wood Duck 2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Chimney Swift 7
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 5
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 14
Purple Martin 8
Tree Swallow 7
Bank Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 19
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
House Wren 8
Sedge Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 7
Brown Thrasher 6
European Starling 12
Cedar Waxwing 1
Common Yellowthroat 9
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Field Sparrow 7
Grasshopper Sparrow 2
Henslow's Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 5
Dickcissel 12
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Eastern Meadowlark 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 9
Orchard Oriole 4
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 7
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19257600

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



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Subject: 2 Lake County Locations - 7/29
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 12:10 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I had a little bit of time early this morning, so I thought
I would check out the Wolf Lake Wetland Mitigation Area off of 129th Street in Hammond. I found 7 shorebird species, including a SBDO. Next, I made
a brief stop at nearby Lake George. At this location, I came across a large
carcass with no head or neck with most of the body parts separated. One of the
legs had a band, so I sent the information to reportband.gov. It was a female
Canada Goose that was banded on July 20, 2012 at 5 E Winisk, Ontario Canada –
hatched in 2011 or earlier.  Below is the
rest of what I saw/heard.
Matt Kalwasinski
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
 
Wetland Mitigation
Area/Wolf Lake, Lake, US-IN
Jul 29, 2014 6:06 AM - 7:01 AM

Canada Goose  46
Mute Swan  1
Mallard  17
Pied-billed Grebe  1 - juv
Double-crested Cormorant  31    - Mostly flying over to the west
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Killdeer  13
Spotted Sandpiper  5   - 4 juvs
Lesser Yellowlegs  3 - adult
Least Sandpiper  2 - unaged
Pectoral Sandpiper  3 - adults
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3 - unaged
Short-billed Dowitcher  1 - adult
Ring-billed Gull  2
Caspian Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  1
Song Sparrow  3
Indigo Bunting  1    - Male still singing
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Common Grackle  2
Lake George, Lake,
US-IN
Jul 29, 2014 7:10 AM - 7:50 AM

Canada Goose  29
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Killdeer  4
Ring-billed Gull  4
Caspian Tern  1
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Purple Martin  8
Barn Swallow  1
Marsh Wren  3
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  9
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  4



Subject: Chinook Mine
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 10:13 am
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Highlight was a covey of 20 half-grown Bobwhite.  2 Sedge Wrens, 12 Henslow's singing.

Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.), Clay, US-IN
Jul 29, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.3 mile(s)
Comments: Birded along county roads 550 W (mainly), 500 N, 650 W. Cool (60 F), partly cloudy, calm to light wind.
41 species

Mallard 1
Northern Bobwhite 21 one singing male; one female (at least) with covey of about 20 birds, mostly half-grown. Flushed from near roadside on 500 N one hill east of 650 W.
Mourning Dove 25
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 calling in distance
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Willow Flycatcher 4 foraging, mostly silent; proper habitat
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 5 2 chased crows
White-eyed Vireo 1 singing
Bell's Vireo 2 singing
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 13
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 7
Cliff Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
House Wren 3 1 juv (yellow gape, scolding) with 1 adult, 1 singing adult elsewhere
Sedge Wren 2 singing (occasionally) in big bluestem fields along 550W
Eastern Bluebird 11
American Robin 4
Cedar Waxwing 1
Common Yellowthroat 10 singing males mostly, a few females seen
Northern Parula 1 immature (first year) - a likely migrant, since the second-growth woodland on mine is not typical breeding habitat
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 7 singing, and one female
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 8 mostly singing birds
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Henslow's Sparrow 12 singing
Song Sparrow 4 singing
Northern Cardinal 4
Blue Grosbeak 4 singing males, two seen
Indigo Bunting 15
Dickcissel 10 3 singing, others visual; one flock of 5
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Eastern Meadowlark 16 one singing, others calling or visuals in mowed areas
Orchard Oriole 1 first-year plumage
American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19257028

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



Subject: Patoka River NWR - Dillin Unit
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 8:32 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Yesterday, my husband and I went to the Dillin Unit at Patoka River Refuge for the express purpose of photographing wildflowers and we were not disappointed! Of course, we had our binocs so some bird viewing and photography also took place. We hiked around both ponds enjoying the sights and sounds of the cool, crisp fall-like conditions and Purple Fringeless Orchids, Cardinal flowers, Monarch butterflies on Swamp Milkweed, dragonflies, a family of Yellowthroats and a very accommodating Bald Eagle. Some of the common species we saw or heard:

Eastern Phoebe
Indigo Bunting
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Killdeer
Carolina Wren
Red-headed Woodpecker
Common Yellowthroat
American Crow
Bald Eagle

The list is incomplete because I forgot my notepad and my memory is not the best. We did not see the Mississippi Kites but that may have been due to spending more of our time looking down rather than up.

Sue Vernier



Subject: Lake Michigan pelagics
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 0:59 am
From: geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net
 
Hi all:

In September and October of 2013, I organized a couple of "Lake
Michigan pelagics" to look for birds well offshore on the lake, and I
have arranged for some more for this season. They will take place on
Sunday, 17 August 2014 (departing out of New Buffalo in southwest
Michigan) and Saturday, 13 September 2014 (departing out of Chicago).
I have one space available on the August trip and several for the
September trip and am inviting participation by the birding
community. On a trip last September we located a Sabine's Gull and a
Long-tailed Jaeger. Already this season a jaeger was from the Indiana
shore, and I am hopeful that we will find more out on the lake. Below
is some information about the trips. Please contact me if you are
interested to participate.

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 Lake Michigan Pelagic
New Buffalo, Michigan departure

This trip will be out of New Buffalo harbor in Berrien County,
Michigan. Cost is $115/person. We plan to go out for six hours,
starting at 7:00 AM eastern time. We will be on a small charter
fishing boat that carries maximum six passengers, though we will
limit to five for better space considerations on board. We will head
out northwest toward the middle of the southern end of the lake
(approximately 10 to 12 miles off shore) in mostly Michigan but
probably reaching Illinois waters. We will turn to the south for the
return, possibly reaching Indiana waters. Our interest is to look for
birds in this pelagic zone. During mid-August we are expecting to
find a number of Black Terns, plus also Common and Forster's Terns
and maybe Bonaparte's Gulls. This could also be a good time to find
Red-necked Phalaropes on the lake. Mid-August is at the beginning of
the Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaeger migration, so that we will keep
an eye out for these birds.


Saturday, 13 Sep 2013 Lake Michigan Pelagic
Burnham Harbor, Chicago departure

This trip will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. Cost is
$140/person. We plan to go out for six hours, starting at 6:30 AM
central time.
We will be on a charter fishing boat that carries maximum 16
passengers, though we will limit to 14 for better space
considerations on board. We will head east out of the harbor toward
the middle of the southern end of the lake (approximately 10 to 12
miles off shore), planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois
waters. Our interest is to look for birds in the pelagic zone well
off shore. During mid-September we are especially keen to look for
Sabine's Gulls, Long-tailed Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. This
should be a good time for Common and Forster's Terns, and Black Terns
can still be coming through. We will keep an eye out for
Red-necked and Red Phalaropes on the lake, as well as any other less
common gulls and terns. Out to about four miles from shore is where
most of the duck and loon activity is concentrated. Though waterbird
migration is not in full force at this time, we will look for
whatever is there as we pass through this zone on the way in and out.




Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net



Subject: IBET Lake Michigan pelagics
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 0:59 am
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hi all:

In September and October of 2013, I organized a couple of "Lake
Michigan pelagics" to look for birds well offshore on the lake, and I
have arranged for some more for this season. They will take place on
Sunday, 17 August 2014 (departing out of New Buffalo in southwest
Michigan) and Saturday, 13 September 2014 (departing out of Chicago).
I have one space available on the August trip and several for the
September trip and am inviting participation by the birding
community. On a trip last September we located a Sabine's Gull and a
Long-tailed Jaeger. Already this season a jaeger was from the Indiana
shore, and I am hopeful that we will find more out on the lake. Below
is some information about the trips. Please contact me if you are
interested to participate.

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 Lake Michigan Pelagic
New Buffalo, Michigan departure

This trip will be out of New Buffalo harbor in Berrien County,
Michigan. Cost is $115/person. We plan to go out for six hours,
starting at 7:00 AM eastern time. We will be on a small charter
fishing boat that carries maximum six passengers, though we will
limit to five for better space considerations on board. We will head
out northwest toward the middle of the southern end of the lake
(approximately 10 to 12 miles off shore) in mostly Michigan but
probably reaching Illinois waters. We will turn to the south for the
return, possibly reaching Indiana waters. Our interest is to look for
birds in this pelagic zone. During mid-August we are expecting to
find a number of Black Terns, plus also Common and Forster's Terns
and maybe Bonaparte's Gulls. This could also be a good time to find
Red-necked Phalaropes on the lake. Mid-August is at the beginning of
the Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaeger migration, so that we will keep
an eye out for these birds.


Saturday, 13 Sep 2013 Lake Michigan Pelagic
Burnham Harbor, Chicago departure

This trip will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. Cost is
$140/person. We plan to go out for six hours, starting at 6:30 AM
central time.
We will be on a charter fishing boat that carries maximum 16
passengers, though we will limit to 14 for better space
considerations on board. We will head east out of the harbor toward
the middle of the southern end of the lake (approximately 10 to 12
miles off shore), planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois
waters. Our interest is to look for birds in the pelagic zone well
off shore. During mid-September we are especially keen to look for
Sabine's Gulls, Long-tailed Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. This
should be a good time for Common and Forster's Terns, and Black Terns
can still be coming through. We will keep an eye out for
Red-necked and Red Phalaropes on the lake, as well as any other less
common gulls and terns. Out to about four miles from shore is where
most of the duck and loon activity is concentrated. Though waterbird
migration is not in full force at this time, we will look for
whatever is there as we pass through this zone on the way in and out.




Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson@comcast.net



Subject: Sedge Wren, A New Development Regarding the Young America Western Meadowlark
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 15:27 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I birded a couple of spots. First I went by Grissom and failed
for the 2nd week in a row to find a Upland Sandpiper. Thus I think it's bon
voyage Uppies! After that I headed over to Young America, but took a
different route today. I'm glad I did anyway I found a Sedge Wren in a
field along 1000E a few hundred feet south of 1075S. Interestingly enough
Ed Hopkins had a Sedge Wren at a different field just to the north on the
same road a month ago. The field was cut sadly. Is this the same bird or is
a northern bird trying for a 2nd brood? Hopefully the field isn't cut. I
think it would be by now if it was going to be case. Now for the real
development yesterday I got a note from Kirk Roth saying that he had the
Young America Western Meadowlark calling like a Eastern. I had yet to have
the bird do this to me, but today low and behold the Western started
calling like an Eastern! It would call like a Western most of the time, but
every once and a while it would call like an Eastern. In Meadowlarks calls
are inherited, so this really makes me wonder if this bird is actually a
hybrid. I still don't understand why it decided to call like an Eastern
until now. Kirk thought the same thing regarding a hybrid. He also pointed
out to me that the malar on the bird is wrong for both species. Both sides
of the malar has some yellow but not enough for Western and too much for
Eastern. I had not noted this before this and a big thanks goes to Kirk for
pointing it out! Because of the malar problem and call development I think
this would have to make this bird a hybrid. Here's a few pics of the bird's
malar https://www.flickr.com/photos/... Thoughts are welcome
regarding this bird. Also an interesting twist to this story is regarding
the young birds that this bird has parented. Wouldn't that mean that they
are backcrosses?

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Eagle Marsh BEVIs Continue-- July 26, 27, 28
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 15:05 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
The two Eagle Marsh Bell's Vireos continue to proclaim their territories. I heard both birds singing Saturday morning in their usual spots-- one just east of the Boy Scout lot and one just east of the pump road. Dan Klopfenstein reports hearing the pump road bird sing yesterday afternoon, and I again heard the western-most individual singing this afternoon after work.

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Goose Pond - 7/26
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 12:28 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I went over to Goose Pond Saturday morning to help with the Friends of Goose Pond tour at 10:00. I got there earlier to do some birding on my own. I started out at the bridge on 1200W at the south end of MPW through sunrise & then I made my way up to the bridge on 1200W at the north end of MPE via 1100W with some very brief stops at the 1100W units along the way. I did not keep lists for the 1100W units but I did have (besides the common/usual stuff) Sedge Wren, Blue Grosbeak, & Henslow's Sparrow along the way,

The Black-crowned Night Herons are present in good numbers along the dike at the north end of MPE if you get there early enough in the morning (probably before 9:00). Other highlights include all Swallow species (between both ends of the Main Pool), a Pie-billed Grebe with two young, 4 White Pelicans flying through MPE heading toward the south end, and of course the 23 Black-crowned Night-herons.

Below are my totals for the early morning part.

Jerry Downs
Bloomington, IN

Goose Pond FWA -- Main Pool West, Greene, US-IN
Jul 26, 2014 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Went over early before helping Lee with the Friends of Goose Pond "Gateway to Outdoor Recreation Activities" tour. Stopped by the south end of MPW first thing through sunrise. Then headed around to the north end of MPE via 1100W with brief stops at some of those units along the way. I spent the most time at the north end of MPE taking a short walk to the south to the first bend in the dike.
Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.5
32 species

Canada Goose 18
Wood Duck 35
Mallard 25
Blue-winged Teal 15
Northern Bobwhite 6
Double-crested Cormorant 75
Great Blue Heron 30
Great Egret 50
Green Heron 3
Bald Eagle 1
Black-necked Stilt 6
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 50
Cliff Swallow 20
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 4
Common Yellowthroat 2
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 6
Indigo Bunting 12
Dickcissel 8
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Common Grackle 20
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19226422

Goose Pond FWA -- Main Pool East, Greene, US-IN
Jul 26, 2014 8:10 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Went over early before helping Lee with the Friends of Goose Pond "Gateway to Outdoor Recreation Activities" tour. Stopped by the south end of MPW first thing through sunrise. Then headed around to the north end of MPE via 1100W with brief stops at some of those units along the way. I spent the most time at the north end of MPE taking a short walk to the south to the first bend in the dike.
Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.5
34 species

Wood Duck 35
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Bobwhite 2
Pied-billed Grebe 4 1 was with 2 young
Double-crested Cormorant 57
American White Pelican 4
Great Blue Heron 15
Great Egret 25
Green Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 23
Common Gallinule 4
Killdeer 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 4
Willow Flycatcher 3
Bell's Vireo 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 25
Purple Martin 25
Tree Swallow 50
Bank Swallow 50
Barn Swallow 25
House Wren 2
Marsh Wren 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 5
Common Yellowthroat 4
Yellow Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Indigo Bunting 6
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Common Grackle 12
American Goldfinch 2

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Subject: Cane Ridge
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 12:12 pm
From: tatms AT fullnet.com
 
To add to the list posted by Tim Griffith, we also seen two Stilt sandpipers. 

Theresia and Tom Schwinghammer

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Cane Ridge, Tern Bar Slough & Surrounding Areas-July 28th
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 11:41 am
From: timgrif396 AT gmail.com
 
Steve Gifford, John Meridig and I birded the Cane Ridge/Tern Bar Slough
areas this morning. Good shorebird habitat continues at the Tern Pool at
Cane Ridge. We saw the Phalrope but not the Avocet and no Ruddy Turnstone.
Species Follow:

Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads, Gibson, US-IN
Comments: Birding Cane Ridge, Tern Bar Slough and surrounding habitats
51 species

Canada Goose 4
Northern Bobwhite 3
Wild Turkey 5 one flock north of the sump pond
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Egret 2
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Killdeer 8
Ring-billed Gull 1 flying over the large lake
Least Tern 1 flying over the large lake
Mourning Dove 5
Great Horned Owl 1
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 juvenile
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 5
Bell's Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 9
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 3
Cliff Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 1
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 8
Common Yellowthroat 12
Eastern Towhee 4
Field Sparrow 4
Grasshopper Sparrow 2
Henslow's Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 4
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 25
Dickcissel 12
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Eastern Meadowlark 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 2

Cane Ridge/Tern Bar Slough NWR, Gibson, US-IN
52 species

Canada Goose 16
Wood Duck 7
Mallard 8
Northern Bobwhite 2
Wild Turkey 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
American White Pelican 32 large flock resting in the tern pool at Cane
Ridge, exact count was achieved when they spread out over the entire
southern part of the pool.
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 67
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Black-necked Stilt 10
Semipalmated Plover 2
Killdeer 6
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 25
Least Sandpiper 5
Pectoral Sandpiper 20
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Wilson's Phalarope 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Least Tern 26 most of the birds were in and around the two islands at
Cane Ridge. They flushed twice giving us a chance to get a fairly accurate
count.
Caspian Tern 6
Black Tern 2
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 4
Bell's Vireo 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 2
Cedar Waxwing 4
Common Yellowthroat 4
Yellow Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 2
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Henslow's Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 6
Dickcissel 3
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Eastern Meadowlark 1
American Goldfinch 2

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--
Tim E. Griffith, John Meredig and Steve Gifford
Newgurgh, IN Rio, IN and Haubstadt, IN



Subject: Carlson Oxbow (Lake) - 7/27
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 21:57 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Today, around 4 pm, I checked out the Little Calumet River
east of Kennedy Avenue (Carlson Oxbow). Below is what I saw/heard. All shorebirds were adults except for four
juvenile Spotted Sandpipers.
Matt Kalwasinski
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Carlson Oxbow/Little
Calumet River (east of Kennedy Avenue), Lake, US-IN
Jul 27, 2014 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Canada Goose 25
Mallard 16
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 3
Killdeer 21
Spotted Sandpiper 7 - 4 juvs
Solitary Sandpiper 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Least Sandpiper 6
Pectoral Sandpiper 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3
Ring-billed Gull 8
Caspian Tern 1
Mourning Dove 2
Bank Swallow 9
Barn Swallow 4
American Robin 1
European Starling 27
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 12



Subject: Cane Ridge WMA, Avocet and 12 other shorebird species
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 18:17 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
13 shorebirds, including Avocet.  Thanks to John Pohl for posting the Avocet 3 days ago.  This large pond is in beautiful condition for shorebirds.  Lots of shoreline and mud, along with rocks (that attracted a turnstone yesterday - we did not see it).  The total number of shorebirds reported below (about 130 individuals) is probably an underestimate.  The majority were hanging out at far northeast end of pond complex, a good 150 yards from the observation deck, so a good scope was needed and even so subtle plumage characters were hard or impossible to make out.

Cane Ridge WMA, Gibson, US-IN
Jul 27, 2014 9:25 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Central Daylight Time. Observed ponds, mudflats around Least Tern nesting area from Observation Deck. With Evan Speck, John Pohl. Weather: overcast, humid, 80-85 degrees F, west wind about 10 mph.
24 species

Snow Goose (? intermediate plumage) 1
Canada Goose 110
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 8
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 40
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
American Coot 2
Black-necked Stilt 3
American Avocet 1 adult, in between breeding and winter plumage; dull buff head. Discovered about 3 days ago by John Pohl. Alternated between preening, standing still, and foraging with typical bill swishing sideways in water while walking.
Semipalmated Plover 7
Killdeer 20
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 16 There was a large aggregation of shorebirds, and this is within the main dates for this species. The count was carefully made by surveying the whole pond in one sweep, and a similar one was made for Lesser Yellowlegs, which were less abundant. (Both species probably undercounted, given hidden sides of islands.)
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Stilt Sandpiper 4 viewed at 150 yards or more. Slightly smaller than Lesser Yellowlegs, long yellowish legs (but not as long as yellowlegs), slightly curved bill, prominent light superciliary line, held bill perpendicular to water while probing. Dull gray and white (no rufous tones detectable) plumage, and streaked on breast. Fed with dowitchers for a while.
Least Sandpiper X Approximately 30 peeps were present, most too distant to be identified except on structure; a majority appeared to be Semipalmated Sandpiper, but some closer ones were Least (by posture and leg color).
Pectoral Sandpiper 18
Semipalmated Sandpiper X Approximately 30 peeps were present, most too distant to be identified except on structure; a majority appeared to be Semipalmated Sandpiper, snd some closer ones were identified based on structure, plumage, leg color.
Short-billed Dowitcher 7 ruddy colored birds with whitish bellies. Backs relatively flat in profile while foraging.
Wilson's Phalarope 1 viewed at 150 yards. Dull gray and white non-breeding plumage, though neck was darker. Very thin bill compared with similar sized shorebirds, too long for Red-necked. Large white facial patch. RElatively short legs (color not determined). First observed with back towards observer, preening for 5 minutes, then walked several paces in each direction, picking at water. Then disappeared while I discussed bird with other observers. (Not seen spinning in water.) The bird was first noticed after a good hour of bird study, so it may have just flown in. On the other hand, one was seen here 4 days ago, and it might have been behind the large island.
Ring-billed Gull 2
Least Tern 15 Quite a few pairs nest at this site. I commonly observed a dozen in flight at one time during my 2.5 hour vigil, and consider this an underestimate.
Black Tern 4

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Subject: Goose Pond FWA Sandhill Cranes continue
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 18:03 pm
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
This evening (July 27 2014) Brad Feaster texted that the pair of Sandhill Cranes that has been in or near Goose Pond FWA most of the summer summer was in a soybean field inside Beehunter Marsh Unit BH5N.  He posed a photo of the Sandhills in a message sent to the Friends of Goose Pond Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Goose-Pond/156443271042120?ref=ts

In the Posts to the Page column..

--Lee Sterrenburg, Bloomington, for Brad Feaster, Linton



Subject: 7/27 Goose Pond Trip
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 17:34 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I was surprised to see so many great egrets they were numerous as were the Great Blue Herons. I didn't do any consistent counting as much as I was trying out the new long lens. See pics at http://flickr.com/ntime60

Great Egret - a few dozen
Great Blue Heron - a few dozen
Indigo Bunting - Saw many of these today
Dickcissel - many
Gray Catbird (Heard it, didn't see it) Up by the rail bridge in the tree line.
Tree Swallow - everywhere
American Crow- Mostly along co.rd. 200S
Double Crested Cormorant GP5N in the tree line between MPE and GP5N.
Black-necked Stilt - GP5N
Eastern Starling - Mostly along co.rd. 200S
Turkey Vulture - 4 or 5 individuals, scattered about
American Kestrel - These things know when I point a lens at them. There were several on the power lines on co.rd. 600S. Every time I'd get the car just close enough they would fly 2 -3 more poles away.
Killdeer
Red-winged blackbird - too many to count.
Saw one Juvenile Bald Eagle along co. rd 1200W, it flew to the high-tension tower and sat there midway in the field.
Saw several ducks, but they were too far out to ID.

I was a little disappointed I didn't see more eagles or hawks. The wife thinks the rain may have kept them hidden.



Subject: Eagle Crest MIKIs
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 16:27 pm
From: taw327 AT att.net
 
I too went on a Mississippi Kite hunt this afternoon west of Eagle Crest between 3:30 and 4:15 pm. I saw one distantly from the substation on Raceway Road (also heard a Henslow's Sparrow there with Purple Martins and Cliff Swallows zooming around). I then took a drive around the Reel Creek subdivision where I saw two together on the west side, including great looks at an adult directly overhead hawking dragonflies by the first "triangle" at Reel Creek Lane S and Reel Creek Drive. I drove around a bit further north and saw one over the woods between the Trader's Landing and Highwood Lane, off Wilson Road. Could be one of the same ones I guess.

Thanks to Don G. et al. for the posts.

Terry Walsh
Carmel



Subject: No sightings: Gibson Co Snow Goose
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 16:20 pm
From: carroll656 AT msn.com
 
Nice pick-up, Don.  Being a hybrid would be a good reason for him not migrating with his 999,999 friends.  It would seem an unusual coincidence if the one bird that didn't migrate happened to be an odd intermediate.

On the other hand, Sibley mentions that any intermediate between white and blue is possible, and that these tend to be white underneath.

Evan Speck

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 27, 2014, at 3:34 PM, Don Gorney wrote:
>
> The Snow Goose that is being reported from Gibson County does not appear to be a Snow Goose to me. I recall seeing multiple photos of the bird but could only find the one taken by John Pohl (at the link below.)
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> The bird gives me the impression of being bigger than the average snow with a much bigger bill and head. The head shape seems wrong and the eye looks big. If it were a Snow Goose, it would be an intermediate; neither being a true blue or white morph due to the extensive white neck and underparts. The extensive white underparts and neck may also be an indication of feral origin.
>
> If someone could remind me of links to other photos of the bird, it would be appreciated. I would be interested in knowing what others think of the ID.
>
>
> Don Gorney
> Indianapolis, IN
> 317.501.4212
> dongorney AT yahoo.com
>



Subject: Mississippi Kite (7/27)
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 15:57 pm
From: abelt AT umail.iu.edu
 
One adult was seen flying above the treeline near Eagle's Crest at the Fish
back Rd and Raceway Rd intersection at 4:45pm. I managed to get a photo at
a distance, but it was clear that this was not one of the Turkey Vultures
or crows flying around here.

Andy Belt
Indianapolis



Subject: No sightings: Gibson Co Snow Goose
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 15:34 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The Snow Goose that is being reported from Gibson County does not appear to be a Snow Goose to me. I recall seeing multiple photos of the bird but could only find the one taken by John Pohl (at the link below.)


https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

The bird gives me the impression of being bigger than the average snow with a much bigger bill and head. The head shape seems wrong and the eye looks big. If it were a Snow Goose, it would be an intermediate; neither being a true blue or white morph due to the extensive white neck and underparts. The extensive white underparts and neck may also be an indication of feral origin.

If someone could remind me of links to other photos of the bird, it would be appreciated. I would be interested in knowing what others think of the ID.



Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Eaglel Creek Park, Sunday July 27,2014
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 12:09 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Weather-Cloudy
Temp Upper 70's

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 74 species. The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Dickcissel
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Steuben Sedge Wren--yes
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 10:00 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Wasn't planning to bird today, but Fred Wooley's Sedge Wren provided incentive for a quick trip.  I heard the bird immediately when I pulled into the lane at 7848 N. Blackman Rd., and saw it as soon as I stepped out of the car.  One clarification to Fred's fine directions:  turn north at the elementary school in Fremont on Coldwater St., which becomes Blackman Rd. once you leave the city limits of Fremont.


A second incentive was the Red-necked Phalarope seen at the Kinderhook MI sewage ponds on Thu. evening and Fri. I did not find it, nor did Fred Zilch, who was leaving when I arrived.


Jim Haw



Subject: Great Egrets and Great Blue Heron - Anderson
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 7:55 am
From: jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net
 
Yesterday on my way home I stopped by a field that is always flooded in
north Anderson. There was a lot less water than what I expected. However,
there were 12 Great Egrets and at least 27 Great Blue Heron. I saw a couple
of shorebirds but without a scope I could not indentify them. Hopefully
with a little rain there will be more shorebirds. Complete list and
location.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19232707





Jeff








Subject: Sedge wren in northern Steuben County
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 18:43 pm
From: FWooley AT dnr.in.gov
 
For several days I've had a sedge wren calling up a storm in a small two acre old field that I have been transitioning into a meadow of native plants. I've been working every day since, but I hear it around 7am and I presume it calls through the morning hours, probably later.  If you'd like to see it, the meadow is 1.8 miles north of State Road 120, Fremont, Indiana, at 7848 North Blackman Road (turn north at elementary school).  Pull into gravel lane and park.  There is rarely anyone on the lane and you won't be far if someone comes along.  The bird has been in the meadow on the other side of fencerow, often near the fencerow, sometimes perching on native prairie plants I've put in, which brings me great delight.  This species is listed as state endangered.  I rarely see or hear of them nearby.   fw



Subject: Lakefront 26-July-2014 Lark Sparrow
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 17:15 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (26-Jul_2014) John Cassady, Lynea Hinchman, Amy Hodson, Randy Pals, Mark Welter, and I bordered the lakefront.

The days target was 10 shorebird species and we nailed it; our best shorebird was Short-billed Dowitcher (thanks to Michael Topp). We lunched in Chesterton and a call from Michael alerted us to the Dowitcher, so we headed for Carlson Oxbow. The days best find was a juvenile Lark Sparrow at the USS impoundment. This is a rare bird on the lakefront.

Highlights

BEVERLY SHORES (along Beverly Drive)
Blue-winged Teal,3
Great Egret,5
Green Heron,5
Sandhill Crane,1
Eastern Wood-Pewee,11
Willow Flycatcher,14
Great Crested Flycatcher,3
Yellow-throated Vireo,3
Warbling Vireo,1
Gray Catbird,14
Cedar Waxwing,5
Common Yellowthroat,13
Swamp Sparrow,9

McCOOL BASIN (two visits)
Killdeer,82
Lesser Yellowlegs,3 adults
Solitary Sandpiper,3 adults
Spotted Sandpiper,1 not aged
Pectoral Sandpiper,4 adults
Semipalmated Sandpiper,2 adults
Least Sandpiper,12 adults
Warbling Vireo,1
Cedar Waxwing,4

MILLER BEACH (met Michael Topp, Neal Miller et al., & Leland Shaums group)
Double-crested Cormorant,2800
Great Blue Heron,23- migrating
Great Egret,3
Sanderling,6 adults
Herring Gull,2 juvs
Caspian Tern,19
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,1
Northern Mockingbird,3- including 2 juvs
Yellow Warbler,13- migrants coming in off the lake
LARK SPARROW,1 juv -lakefronts second record of a young bird
Orchard Oriole,2 IMFs migrating in off the lake

CARLSON OXBOW (in Highland)
Great Egret,4
Lesser Yellowlegs,1 adult
Solitary Sandpiper,7 adults
Semipalmated Sandpiper,1 adult
Least Sandpiper,2 adults
Short-billed Dowitcher,1 adult- just beginning to molt (thanks Michael)

GRANT STREET WETLAND nothing unusual

HITCHCOCK ROAD POND High water, nothing of note

STRIEBEL POND
American White Pelican,2 continuing birds
Great Egret,6
Semipalmated Plover,1 our 10th shorebird species
Baltimore Oriole,5- apparent family group

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR
Black-crowned Night-Heron,1 fresh juvenile plumage
Sanderling,5 adults

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN




Subject: Limberlost, Loblolly, Rainbow Bend area
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 14:11 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Wanting a short day before the forecast storms hit, Sandy Schacht and I went south to Limberlost Swamp on the Adams/Jay Co. line, Loblolly Marsh in Jay Co., a quick look at Rainbow Bend at Geneva, and a few other spots in that area.  As usual of late, we birded from the car only; my need behind that.  We got a rather ragged list of 50 species, with a Short-billed Dowitcher among the shorebirds at Limberlost heading the list.


Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal 3 Limb.
Great Blue heron
Great Egret 2 LImb.
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle 1 ad. Geneva gravel pit
Red-tailed Hawk
Am. Kestrel at least 10, both counties
Killdeer
Solitary Sandpiper 1 limb., 4 Lob.
Greater Yellowlegs 3 Limb.
Lesser Yellowlegs 10 Limb.
Pectoral Sandpiper 6 Limb.
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 Limb.
Rock pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Rainbow
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher 1 Lob.
Red-headed woodpecker 1
N. Flicker 1
E. Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Purple Martin
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow 1
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
White-br. Nuthatch
House Wren
E. Bluebird
Am. Robin
Eur. Starling
Yellow Warbler 1 Lob.
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
N. Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Dickcissel 4
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw









Subject: N.W.Indiana - 7/25
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 6:18 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
7/25
I checked out a couple of spots this (am).
Here are a few highlights: *Photos I will post later.
MILLER BEACH: (walked to the breakwall).
800+ D.C.Cormorants
16-G.B.Herons
1-G.Egret
2-A.Kestrels
1-Bonaparte's Gull
24-Sanderlings *
20-Barn Swallows
5-R.W.Swallows
10-Bank Swallows
2-Cliff Swallows
2-N.Mockingbirds *
2-Blue Jays
1-House Wren
1-Blue Grosbeak
1-Gnatcatcher
3-E.Towhees
1-Baltimore Oriole (Female)
1-Indigo Bunting
19-Yellow Warblers (Including 8 on the fence at one time)
7-Field Sparrows (incl. 3 juvs. on the fence.)

GRANT ST. Wetland:
9-Ruddy Ducks *
8-B.C.Night-herons (incl. 2 juvs.
6-C.Moorhens (incl. 12 chicks
10-Kildeer
1-L.Yellowlegs
4-Spotted Sandpipers
1-Osprey
1-R.T.Hawk
3-Least Bitterns (2 were feeding together some what in the open.)
12-Marsh Wrens
2-C.Yellowthroats
3-Yellow Warblers

Michael Topp

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






Subject: Semipalmated Plover
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 21:30 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded a few Cass Co Spots. The highlight
was finding 7 species of shorebirds along the Wabash River Today. The best
was a Semipalmated Plover. Most year's the Wabash is too high, so it is
useless for shorebirds; however, this year even though we have had rain
once a week it hasn't rained long enough to keep ponds full or flood the
river. Because of this there the Wabash River in some spots has river flats
now. Other notables included 2 Blue Grosbeaks at continuing spot along 925W.

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 20
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 6
Spotted Sandpiper 8
Solitary Sandpiper 5
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 1
Barn Swallow 5
Cliff Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 5
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Cerulean Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 3
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 1

NW Cass Co
Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
American Coot 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
American Kestrel 1
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Henslow's Sparrow 1 Continuing bird on 40N0N
Song Sparrow 1
Blue Grosbeak 2
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 10

150E Grassland
Canada Goose 5
Mallard 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Purple Martin 5
Tree Swallow 300
Dickcissel 3

Highway 17 Marshes
Canada Goose 2
Mallard 12
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Killdeer 5
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Purple Martin 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Song Sparrow 1

18th Street Bridge
Killdeer 20
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Least Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1

River Confluence
Canada Goose 10
Mallard 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Semipalmated Plover 1 Adult, First July record for Cass
Killdeer 20
Spotted Sandpiper 8
Solitary Sandpiper 5
Yellow-throated Warbler 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: RE: Mississippi kites
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 20:58 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
Just wanted to provide a bit more detail in case anyone is heading down this weekend.  Mississippi Kite numbers were definitely the best I've seen this year.  I did my usual route in reverse this trip, starting at Dillin Bottom.  I planned to go more places but spent all my time chasing kites.  I walked quite a bit at Dillin and watched for a while without seeing anything.  I spent some time photographing wildflowers and then the kites started arriving.  It was probably about an hour and a half that I was there before I saw any.  The birds came and went several times but stayed high up most of the time.  I've found that focusing binoculars on the tops of the furthest trees and then scanning, I'll often pickup the birds from a great distance, today they were usually soaring below the Turkey Vultures.  Eventually I had a few birds come in low and a couple times they buzzed the field very low for dragonflies, but most of the time they were very high up.

The birds can be surprisingly inconspicuous. Just when I was about to leave I was scanning the treeline and I caught a glimpse of a bird floating in and landing in one of the dead trees. The bird was not visible to the naked eye, and came in barely over the top of the trees. I decided to walk back out again, but about half way out a helicopter came in and flew very low over the marsh. The kite left, climbing quickly, and going off to the north. Overall, I probably saw birds more than 8 different times, but never had more than four in view at once, including two adults and two juveniles.

After that I went on to Columbia Mine. When I arrived there were no kites. I walked the interior gravel road that goes southeast through the fields. By the time I got to the far end, the kites were flying around everywhere, high overhead and dropping down low over the fields. They were there for quite a while and eventually left to the north.
I think I've said this before, but the birds may seem like they don't pay that much attention to you, but they do. When I crouch in or around any cover, the birds always come in much lower and closer than when I'm just standing out in the open or walking around.

I then went on to Meridian Rd., not expecting much only because I usually see the kites high up, and this time of year you don't have a view of much open sky. I did actually get to see a couple soaring high over the road, as I went north. When I got to the swamp further north, I flushed one bird as soon as I came out of the woods and stopped immediately. I scanned the swamp and could see two other kites perched low. As I was sitting there, presumably the kite I flushed, flew back in and landed only about 15 feet above the water, right in front of me. This would have been by far the closest I've ever photographed one. Just my luck, at the same time a huge tree service truck came down the road. I thought maybe I would get lucky and the bird wouldn't flush, but the truck flushed every kite from the area and then stopped right in front of me, blocking my view of everything. They asked what I was watching, if I had seen eagles, etc., and by the time they left all the kites were long gone. I decided to wait a bit and after probably only 15 minutes or so, two of the kites came back and I could see another soaring high above. I watched the two hunting from perches, diving on dragonflies in the swamp. It was so different than the way I've seen them hunt over open areas, very acrobatic and they really showed off their speed and maneuverability even more than they do in the open sky. Probably the most interesting time I've ever had watching them. When I left one was still perched in the swamp, and two more were soaring overhead and drifting south. I turned around and started heading south and found another adult sitting in the woods on the east side of the road, along a small area of water. I watched that kite diving on dragonflies, almost going back into the woods from it's perch, but always coming back to the same perch on the edge of the water.

All in all, I spent just about the whole day watching the kites. I started to suspect some of the birds were the same, but I had at least 20 different sightings over a very large area. I'm sure some of those were the same birds, but there was a good mix of adults and juveniles and the plumage and missing or worn feathers of different birds was obvious. Looking at my photos I can tell I photographed at least a half dozen different birds, and I'd say there was certainly no less than 8 birds in the area, and that's assuming the birds I saw at Meridian were all the same birds from Columbia Mine.

I didn't pay attention to a whole lot else, but I noticed some Black Vultures at Dillin Bottom, which I seem to be seeing more often around there. There were tons of Green Herons at Meridian and at Dillin Bottom. Only about 20 Great Egrets and Dillin Bottom, and 1 Double-crested Cormorant. There were also at least 4 Bald Eagles at Dillin Bottom, two resident adults (sitting side-by-side most of the time I was there), and two different juveniles that flew over.

Anyway, if you want to see Mississippi Kites, I doubt there's anywhere better in the state than the Patoka NWR right now. In my experience, once the birds start using Columbia Mine, as they are now, it's the most reliable spot to have birds come in close and they generally stick around for significant amounts of time. Dillin Bottom starts to become less reliable, as the birds seem to come and go fairly quickly and don't always come in low.

Vern

________________________________
From: Wilkins, Vern W
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:22 PM
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Mississippi kites


4 Dillin Bottom PNWR

4 Columbia Mine

3 Meridian Rd. feeding in swamp at north end.



-Vern

via cell





Subject: American Avocet
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 16:43 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Was @Cane Ridge(Gibson Power Plant Area, Gibson County, Indiana)observation deck @ about 9-11 amCDT time today. There was an American Avocet there:) Close to the area where they pump in the water - to the right of the island and on the far side of the water. See photos @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/...  in the second row of pictures.
Also Great Egrets
Great Blue Herons
Dowitchers
Black-necked Stilts
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Terns - Black Terns
Purple Martins
Barn and Tree Swallows
Several Various Sandpiper Species
Really need good spotting scope to see the Sandpipers as they are on the
far side of the water.
For those not familiar with the Cane Ridge/Gibson Power Plant area. this site has a great deal on info on it : http://www.indianaaudubon.org/... - Must caution that the center breakwater in the Big Lake is closed to the public as are some of the other Duke Energy property. Still lots of area to drive thru, around the Duke Energy property and Cane Ridge, Tern Bar Slough and Saunders Woods



Subject: Mississippi kites
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 14:22 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
4 Dillin Bottom PNWR

4 Columbia Mine

3 Meridian Rd. feeding in swamp at north end.



-Vern

via cell





Subject: Sedge Wren, Chinook mine
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 12:35 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
I have been checking this traditional area (for Sedge Wrens, and Ammodramus sparrows) weekly since early July; this is my first wren.  I expect the area to fill in soon with more Sedge Wrens, but the mile of good habitat I explored today had only one singing bird.

Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.), Clay, US-IN
Jul 25, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove and stopped, listened, walked along roads around intersection of 600N x 550W, northeast portion of the mine grassland.
18 species

Northern Bobwhite 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Chimney Swift 1
Cuckoo sp. 1 - silent bird flying out of dense second-growth wood
Bell's Vireo 1
American Crow 1
SEDGE WREN 1 singing in tallgrass (big bluestem mixed with forbs) along roadside at intersecton of 600N, 550W (east side).
Eastern Bluebird 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Eastern Towhee 3
Field Sparrow 4
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Henslow's Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 3
Dickcissel 3
Red-winged Blackbird 6
American Goldfinch 8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19214994

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



Subject: Johnson County - A Few Shorebirds
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 4:56 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
With the reports of shorebirds by others, I took the long way home from work yesterday and stopped by the retaining pond NW of Edinburgh. Except for Killdeer there wasn't great numbers but there was some diversity. The neighborhood Red-headed Woodpecker also made an appearance which is always a treat. Shorebird totals:

Semipalmated Plover - 2
Killdeer - 45
Spotted Sandpiper -1
Solitary Sandpiper - 7
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2
Least Sandpiper -1
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1

If interested I have also posted a few pictures from a recent trip to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas at http://bushwhackingbirder.com/

Bob Carper
Franklin



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

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

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

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

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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19211956

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



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


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



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

Carlson Oxbow (Hammond)
2-Caspian Terns (1juv.)
10-Killdeer
4-Spotted Sandpipers (1juv.)
3-Solitary Sandpipers
1-L.Yellowlegs
5-Least Sandpipers
4-Semipalmated Sandpipers
Michael Topp
Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...




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

Brendan Grube



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

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

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

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

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

Bill
SE Wayne Co.



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



John Meredig





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

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




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

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

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

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

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

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



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

Adult and juvenile Osprey
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

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

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

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19201186

Andy Belt
Indianapolis



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

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

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



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

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

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

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

Greg Osland
Noblesville



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

Good birding,

Dan Collins
Evansville, IN



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