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21 Oct: @ 12:30:13 
Indiana Dunes State Park [Brendan Grube]
20 Oct: @ 18:07:08 
Hammond Sanctuary - 10/20 - Clay-colored Sparrow [MTopp7927]
20 Oct: @ 17:47:25 
Illiana Birds: Snow Buntings [Carolyn A. Marsh]
20 Oct: @ 16:08:17 
Purple finches Morgan Co. [Doug Johnstone]
20 Oct: @ 06:32:46 
RE: RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18 [Richard Wood]
20 Oct: @ 05:38:51 
Johnson County Saturday: Laura Hare Preserve - No Waterfowl Yet [bob carper]
19 Oct: @ 20:07:54 
Oak Ridge Prairie (Lake) - 10/19 [Matt Kalwasinski]
19 Oct: @ 18:57:09 
Seeking hummingbird records October 25 - March 2015 [Don Gorney]
19 Oct: @ 18:07:07 
Eagle Creek Airport Fish Crows, Indianapolis [Spike Selig]
19 Oct: @ 18:00:08 
Fwd: BirdsEye-Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station- Loggerhead Shrike [Colleen Craven-Becker]
19 Oct: @ 17:25:06 
Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) details on POMARINE JAEGER [Jeff McCoy]
19 Oct: @ 16:31:05 
Fwd: BirdsEye-Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads-2014-10-19 [Colleen Craven-Becker]
19 Oct: @ 15:38:40 
Salamonie area [James Haw]
19 Oct: @ 14:30:46 
Lawrence Co Orange-crowned, Nashville Warbler [Amy Kearns]
19 Oct: @ 13:18:32 
RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18 [Carolyn A. Marsh]
19 Oct: @ 13:05:28 
SW Allen Sparrows 'N Stuff-- Oct. 19 AM [Rodger Rang]
19 Oct: @ 13:02:15 
Ft. Harrison 10/19 OCWA, BHVI [Don Gorney]
19 Oct: @ 12:37:01 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday October 19, 2014 [Don Williams]
18 Oct: @ 21:34:52 
Universal Strip Mines - dark ibis, sparrows, purple finch [Peter Scott]
18 Oct: @ 18:25:37 
Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18 [MTopp7927]
18 Oct: @ 17:44:52 
Muscatatuck Saturday morning [David Crouch]
18 Oct: @ 17:33:05 
Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) 8 gull species & 10 jaegers, including Pom [Kenneth J. Brock]
18 Oct: @ 13:51:27 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
17 Oct: @ 20:44:10 
Ritchey Woods, Fishers, IN [melonm617]
17 Oct: @ 20:24:11 
Blue-headed Vireo [Landon Neumann]
17 Oct: @ 19:35:35 
Fwd: Common terns [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
17 Oct: @ 19:32:48 
RE: Common terns (Forster's) goose pond correction [Wilkins, Vern W]
17 Oct: @ 19:22:32 
N.W.Indiana - 10/17 [MTopp7927]
17 Oct: @ 18:03:08 
Illiana Birds: Hammond Bird Sanctuary [Carolyn A. Marsh]
17 Oct: @ 16:23:45 
Re: Common terns goose pond [Wilkins, Vern W]
17 Oct: @ 15:48:34 
Eagle Creek Park, OCWA, BHVI, FOTE [Don Gorney]
17 Oct: @ 12:40:32 
Brookville Lake [Bill Buskirk]
17 Oct: @ 12:06:25 
Common terns goose pond [Wilkins, Vern W]
17 Oct: @ 11:49:11 
Dunes State Park [Brendan Grube]
17 Oct: @ 11:45:24 
RE: Goose Pond Sparrows 10/16 [Matt Williams]
17 Oct: @ 09:29:25 
Bald Eagle, Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Oct 17, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
16 Oct: @ 21:13:45 
Dickcissel [Landon Neumann]
16 Oct: @ 16:33:52 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
16 Oct: @ 14:58:11 
Stillwater Marsh [Whitehead, Donald R.]
16 Oct: @ 13:13:21 
GOOSE POND FWA WEEKLY WATERFOWL SURVEY 10/15/14 [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
16 Oct: @ 13:05:12 
Brookville Lake/ Union Co. [Bill Buskirk]
16 Oct: @ 12:33:59 
Patoka River NWR, Snakey Point and Maxey Marsh 10/16 AM [Jeremy Ross]
16 Oct: @ 12:33:18 
Dunes State Park [Brendan Grube]
16 Oct: @ 12:25:39 
Columbia Mine, 10/16 AM [Jeremy Ross]
16 Oct: @ 12:19:39 
migrant ducks, Celery Bog Nature Area, Oct 16, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
16 Oct: @ 11:04:09 
re: Purple Finches [Spier6565]
16 Oct: @ 09:46:48 
Bedford Junco [ROBERT_BARBER_389]
16 Oct: @ 07:38:11 
Re: Lk. Lemon - 10/15 [Hengeveld, James David]
16 Oct: @ 00:58:43 
Re: Lakefront (11Oct14) warbs & sparrows plus [Jeff McCoy]
15 Oct: @ 23:14:39 
Re: First Brown Creeper [Karen]





Subject: Indiana Dunes State Park
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 12:30 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
In-bird

Lakewatch

Bonaparte's Gull 75
Unidentified juvenile gull-possible Black-headed. The bird was seen briefly
at a great distance and flying into the gray mist. Extensive brown mottling
on the upper wing with bold black 'wedges' to the primaries.
SABINE'S GULL 1 juvenile heading west.
Red-throated Loon 1
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 2

All the duck flocks were a minimum of a mile out, but primarily bay ducks
with several dark-winged scoters

Merlin 1

Brendan Grube



Subject: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/20 - Clay-colored Sparrow
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:07 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/20
I checked the Lakefront Park after work.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) pm:
4-Mallards
1-A.Kestrel
6-Mourning Doves
1-Belted Kingfisher
1-Y.B.Sapsucker
2-Brown Creepers
2-Winter Wrens
4-Hermit Thrush
1-Y.R.Warbler
1-Palm Warbler
2-C.Yellowthroats
4-Field Sparrows
4-Fox Sparrows
8-Song Sparrows
4-Swamp Sparrows
1-CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
10-W.T.Sparrows
9-W.C.Sparrows (7juvs.)
24-D.E.Juncos

Also from my 10/18 post from here I left offf -
1-Belted Kingfisher
11-G.C.Kinglets
4-R.C.Kinglets
1-E.Meadowlark

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





Subject: Illiana Birds: Snow Buntings
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 17:47 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
20 October 2014 - There were 2 SNOW BUNTINGS on the Hammond Marina breakwall
this afternoon.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Purple finches Morgan Co.
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 16:08 pm
From: dougcher2080 AT sbcglobal.net
 
This AM we had our FOS male purple finch at our feeders. Also seeing small groups of both ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets, several white-crowned sparrows, and yellow-rumped warblers. We have had a mature bald eagle cruising over the area for several days and today it was perched at the top of a tall sycamore tree near our pond. Doug Johnstone, Morgan Co.



Subject: RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 6:32 am
From: Richard.Wood AT purduecal.edu
 
My wife and I live in Hammond and we are both accomplished birders (we've each seen close to 450 life species in the US since we began birding), and we've been to the Hammond Sanctuary once since we moved here in 2012.  The one time we went, we got as far as the parking lot, and we left because the man at the booth was one of the rudest people we have ever encountered.  The lot was empty, yet he insisted on telling us where we could and could not park.  He almost wouldn't let us in, even though we both live in Hammond.  We convinced him to let us in, then tried to tell us where we could park-so we left.

Needless to say, a major disappointment.

Richard
________________________________
From: Carolyn A. Marsh [cmarshbird@prodigy.net]
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 1:17 PM
To: In-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18

18 October 2014 - In addition to Michaelís always productive sightings, there was a GREAT-HORNED OWL mobbed by 10 AMERICAN CROWS. One crow was on a tree limb next to the owl snapping at it. Also, the constant juv COOPERíS HAWK, 6 RUBY and 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 1 GRAY CATBIRD.

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County

________________________________
From: MTopp7927 [mailto:in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu]
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:25 PM
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18

10/18
Before heading over to Miller Beach I did a quick check at the Lakefront Park.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) :
4-Horned Grebes
1-Great Blue Heron
1-Great Black-backed Gull (1st Year)
1-Red-tailed Hawk
4-Sanderlings
1-Dunlin
1-Y.B.Sapsucker
2-N.Flickers
1-E.Phoebe
5-Brown Creepers
2-Winter Wrens
3-Hermit Thrush
8-Y.R.Warblers
4-Palm Warblers
2-C.Yellowthroats
1-Savannah Sparrow
18-W.T.Sparrows
5-W.C.Sparrows
4-Swamp Sparrows
2-Song Sparrows
20-D.E.Juncos
2-Rusty Blackbirds
4-Pine Siskins
4-House Finch
Michael Topp
Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...



Subject: Johnson County Saturday: Laura Hare Preserve - No Waterfowl Yet
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 5:38 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I started under cool, cloudy skies at Laura Hare Preserve Saturday morning.  It was quiet when I got out of the car and never picked up.  I did get FOS Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet plus flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-throated Sparrows.  But that was about it in the 90 minutes there.

The rest of the morning and early afternoon I checked all the usual ponds. Still no influx of waterfowl, just Canada Geese, Mallards, the continuing 2 Redheads, and numerous Pied-billed Grebes.

Bob Carper
Indianapolis

http://bushwhackingbirder.com/



Subject: Oak Ridge Prairie (Lake) - 10/19
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 20:07 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I spent some time this afternoon walking around Oak Ridge Prairie in Griffith, IN. Below is what I saw.

Matt Kalwasinski

Oak Ridge Prairie
County Park (Lake Co.), Lake, US-IN
Oct 19, 2014 1:16 PM - 3:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling - 4.48 mile(s)

Canada Goose 34
Wood Duck 15
Mallard 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Blue Jay 12
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 1
European Starling 11
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 16
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 5



Subject: Seeking hummingbird records October 25 - March 2015
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:57 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
It's time for my annual request seeking all hummingbird sightings observed from October 25 through March 2015.  October 25 and beyond is the time period for which I consider Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to be "late" for Indiana (it used to be October 20, but I was accumulating too many records.)  If you have a Ruby-throated hummingbird present, I am interested in knowing the date last seen, city, county, and whether the bird is a female-type (including imm. males) or an adult male.  Obtaining a photo is strongly encouraged.  Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are gone from Indiana, but some will be present into November.  Indiana even has several December records of Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  The birds that are present now are migrants from farther north.  Having a feeder out will help these migrants get an easy high-carb meal as they continue southward. Keeping a feeder up has no impact on whether a hummingbird migrates or not. 

Some of the hummingbirds that are present could be something other than a Ruby-throat.  A number of other species of hummingbirds are similar to Ruby-throats.  That is why it is best to get a photo if possible.  Female and young Rufous Hummingbirds may not appear different to many feeder watchers and Black-chinned looks extremely similar to their close relative the Ruby-throated.  

Indiana has 82 records of Rufous, one of Black-chinned, two Green Violetear, one Anna's, and three Calliope.  So far this fall/winter hummingbird season there has been one confirmed record of Rufous (adult male in White County in early August) and one unconfirmed report from Hendricks County in early October. Just this past week, two knowledgeable observers from SW Indiana reported a Green Violetear at their feeder from October 15-17. It has not been seen since the morning of the 17th. Only the homeowners saw the bird and no photos were obtained. The record has been submitted to eBird and will be submitted to the Indiana Bird Records Committee.

Any hummingbird from now through next March should be carefully examined for species ID.  Please consider passing along information and photos to me if you know of a hummingbird that is present in the coming months.  As always, if I learn of a hummingbird and the homeowner allows visitation, I will post to IN-BIRD. Thanks.

 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Eagle Creek Airport Fish Crows, Indianapolis
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:07 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
 After Two hours of searching a half mile by half mile area at the South end of the Eagle Creek Airport, I found 2 Fish Crows together in a tree in the front yard of a bank on the North side of 38th St. and across from the Burger King. The crows were resting and giving a Gaah call once every several minuets. My fingers are crossed that they will stay for the winter.  Later around 1pm, I found one Fish Crow on top on the tall towers that straddle 38th street just East of the airport.  The lone crow was on the third tower S of 38th Street. If documentation is needed on these observations, I got great pictures of the 2 close up. Send me an email address and I will forward them.
Spike



Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye-Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station- Loggerhead Shrike
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:00 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Loggerhead shrike still present less than 1/4 mile east of Monty's Station at Patoka River NWR, Gibson County.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: BirdsEye-Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station-2014-10-19
From: Colleen Craven-Becker
To: Colleen Craven-Becker
CC:

Observer: cbirding

2014-10-19 16:15

Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station

Protocol: Stationary

15 Minutes

Observers: 2

All birds reported? No

    1    Loggerhead Shrike       

Tom and Colleen Becker

This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog (http://birdseyebirding.com/))


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID



Subject: Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) details on POMARINE JAEGER
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 17:25 pm
From: jeffmccoy AT embarqmail.com
 
Though my name was inadvertently left off the list, I was indeed lucky enough to be present for yet another awesome lakewatch at Miller - as was Bob Hughes, who, more than anyone else, deserves to be mentioned since he was the one who found most of the good birds, including the Red-necked Grebe and most of the unusual gulls. His appearances at the lakewatch have become as rare a sight as a flock of Sabine's, but I wish we could have him for every one.

Regarding yesterday, the 7 hard-core, die-hard lakewatchers that held out to the last second at 3:30pm are probably scratching their heads saying "what Pomarine Jaeger?". I typically make a final check of the beach at the end of the watch but this time I drove 1/2 mile west to the Aquatorium parking lot where I can better see if there is anything worth driving further down for at Lake St. As I reached the beach I saw the gulls go up (as they had shortly before the watch ended), rising high into the air as they do when a predator is about. Earlier we saw no reason for their concern, but this time I spotted a large jaeger rising behind the flock and it singled out a RBGU following it into shore. It came within 100yds of the shore and was fairly high but I could clearly see a "double-flash" on the underwing, strongly barred undertail coverts, and a short, blunted tail projection when it maneuvered to harass the gull. It quickly descended northwestward out into the lake and disappeared to the west.

The Port of Indiana was my last stop and, as suspected on a gull flight day, it was loaded with thousands of gulls, including several hundred Herring Gulls...and only one other species. I could not even find a token black-backed or Bonie .

The sight yesterday of a flock of 4 Parasitcs was shades of the infamous 14 Nov. 1999 "mega jaeger day" when we had 26 total, including a flock of 8(!) and at least 3 Pomarines (in hindsight it was probably actually 7). Chicago birders Bob Hughes and Andy Sigler (a sighting of which at a lakewatch has become as rare as an Ancient Murrelet) were both present that day, which added to the nostalgia factor. As we gear up for another intense November lakewatch season, I thought that as a motivator for everyone to get out for the first big blow in mid-November (and for those who like to reminisce) to review that epic lakewatch from 15 yrs. ago, as well as my post the day before, encouraging everyone to get out for "the mother of all Lakewatches". I've since learned that lakewatch predicting is a dangerous business so I've tried to stay away from it...in other words - I got lucky.

Good birding,
Jeff
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* Subject : Sunday Lakewatch forecast
* Date : Sat, 13 Nov 1999 01:55:12 EST

The Great Lakes Marine Forecast is now calling for gale force northwest
winds (35+knots or 42+mph) for the southern half of Lake Mich. Saturday
night and Sunday.

Given the fickle nature of cold fronts with regard to waterbird flights I
normally hesitate in encouraging others to come to the lakefront for
Lakewatches since that is usually the day when we have perfect conditions
and no birds or the ideal winds never materialize. Not this time. With
a cold front of this strength at this time of the year we could very well
be in for the "mother of all Lakewatches"! In other words, if you have
not made plans for Sunday and have been wanting to do a Lakewatch I
strongly recommend you head for the concession stand in Marquette Park at
Miller Beach.

To give you an idea of the potential, here are the highlights from a day
with similar conditions in mid-November 1997: 105 Tundra Swans, 4
Red-throated Loons, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 3 Black-legged Kittiwakes (incl.
an adult), 1 Little Gull, 1 adult male King Eider, 337 Common Loons, and
all three scoters. I have to give the disclaimer that "past
performance is no guarantee of future results" but I have the feeling
we'll be talking about "that Sunday in mid-November of 1999" for years to
come!

If you decide to come be sure to dress a little more warmly than what you
would think since standing in one spot for hours can chill you to the
bone. Also be forewarned that Lakewatching sometimes requires a great
deal of patience; a typical Lakewatch involves long periods of
mind-numbing boredom punctuated by occasional moments of extreme
adrenalin-pumping excitement. Normally a scope is a must but with gale
force winds many birds may be moving just offshore.

Directions to the Miller Beach Lakewatch site, compliments of Geoff
Williamson, are as follows:

> From the junction of I-80/94 and the I-90 toll road in Lake Co. take Hwy
51N to US20 then west to Lake St. in the town of Miller (McDonalds
restaurant here).

To get to the "Marquette Park Concession Stand," which
is the best spot from which to watch the birds on and
over the lake, do not go all the way north on Lake Street
to the parking lot, but rather turn right (east) from Lake
Street onto Hemlock Ave. Take Hemlock east to Grand Ave
at the first stop light and turn left. Follow this road
as it bends right and enters a one way counter-clockwise
loop around Marquette Park. Then turn left (north) at Montgomery
(Montgomery is the east side of the loop) and go north a
short way to where you can turn left again at Oak Ave.
and start to double back west. Almost immediately after
turning left onto Oak you will see the concession stand
on the right. Park and view the lake using the concession
stand to shelter you from the wind. To leave this area, you
continue west on Oak back to where Grand Ave split off to
become the south section of the Marquette Park loop.

Good Birding!
Jeff McCoy
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* Subject : Lakewatch: Mega-jaeger Day 11/14
* Date : Mon, 15 Nov 1999 16:41:25 EST

Date: Sunday, November 14th, 1999
Location: Marquette Park Concession Stand, Miller Beach, Lake Co.
Time: 6:00am-4:00pm CST (all times that follow will be in Central time)
Observers included: Jerry Smith, Jeff McCoy, Brad Etter, Jeff Hoover,
Bob Hughes, Jim & Susan Hengeveld, Phil & Joanne Kelly, Jeff Moore, John
Cassady, Steve Dowd, Ed Hopkins, Brad Jackson, Kenai Hiraboshi (sp?),
Tracy Page, Andy Sigler, Dave Johnson, Dave Reichlinger, Michael Brown,
Dick Plank
Weather: Sunny becoming mostly cloudy by midday then mostly sunny by
midafternoon
Wind: NW 25-35kt becoming N 10-20kt by midafternoon
Temp: 52 F
Flight direction: almost exclusively W (loons in all directions)
Comments: At least 36 observers were witness to the greatest Dunes Area
jaeger flight in modern history. A whopping 26 birds were counted,
including at least 3 (prob. more) POMARINES, pushing our annual total to
the century mark. Many of these birds, including a tight group of eight,
were passing by just offshore. We finally recorded our first KITTIWAKE
of the season which provided excellent views as it passed by the second
time moving slowly over the breakers westward against the wind in full
sunlight.

RED-THROATED LOON 8 (4 imm, 1 ad, 3 unaged)
Common loon 317
Horned Grebe 58
D.-cr. Cormorant 23
Snow Goose 1
Canada Goose 11
TUNDRA SWAN 40 (landed near Port of Indiana)
Gadwall 3
Am. Wigeon 5
Am. Black Duck 3
Mallard 73
Green-w. Teal 1
Canvasback 26
Redhead 117
Ring-n. Duck 11
Greater Scaup 28
Lesser Scaup 385
Aythya sp. 810
Surf Scoter 1
Black Scoter 1
"dark winged" scoter 33 (incl. one flock of 25)
Bufflehead 30
C. Goldeneye 4
Red-br. Merganser 64
C. Merganser 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
RED PHALAROPE 1(7:20am; flew by at 250m)
POMARINE JAEGER 3 (all juv.'s; at least 4 of the unidentified jaegers
were prob. Pom.'s but were not seen quite well enough to positively
identify; see notes below)
PARASITIC JAEGER 9 (all juv.'s; see notes below)
JAEGER SP. 14 (all prob. juv.'s; see notes below)
Bonaparte's Gull 102
Thayer's Gull 7 (5 ad, 1 2nd yr, 1 1st yr)
Glaucous Gull 1 (ad)
Grt. Black-backed Gull 5 (2 ad, 1 2nd yr, 2 1st yr)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE 1 (imm; 10:55am flew E, 11:30am flew W 200m out)
Snow Bunting 63

7:05am: POJA - 1dark-interm. type juv. flying W 150m out; distincly
barred underwing paler than body, lacked pale nape, rounded tail
extension, conpicuous double under-primary patch, blackish brown tones
throughout, structure however seemed small for POJA
7:50am: PAJA - 2 interm. type juv.'s flying W 300m out; body slightly
paler brown than underwing (one a bit paler than the other), tail coverts
not noticeably barred or pale, warm brown tones throughout, structure
consistent w/PAJA, single patch on underwing
8:45am: POJA - 2 interm. type juv.'s flying W 200m out w/PAJA and 2 JAEG
sp.; with 5 birds going by together I suffered from jaeger-overload
trying to identify them all and did not simply concentrate on one or two,
thus, although I did see double underwing patches (this can also be shown
by some PAJA's at close range) and paler tail coverts (they did not
appear to be conspicuously barred black and white as I've seen on most
POJA's, but this does not rule out POJA) I did not see them well enough
to positively identify them; John Cassady saw barred tail coverts, a lack
of pointed tail extension, and heavy structure on at least one and Bob
Hughes saw enough characters to identify 2 of them as POJA's
8:45am: PAJA - 1 interm. type juv.; this bird was slightly smaller than
most of the other 4 birds it was with and had a paler hindneck and was
paler bodied
8:45am: JAEG sp. - 2 juv.; all four birds with the above PAJA were
similar in appearance so I would not be surprised if all were POJA's
9:05am: JAEG sp. - 2 juv.; flying W near shore, landed on water a couple
hundred yards before reaching us; they appeared to be large and dark and
I saw strikingly barred uppertail-coverts as they landed; prob. POJA's
9:05am: PAJA - 3 interm. type juv.'s flying W 200m out, they were joined
by 5 other birds as they passed by, some of which came from the W;
typically plumaged
9:55am: PAJA - 1 interm. type juv. flying W 200m out; typically plumaged
9:55am: JAEG sp. - 2 dark birds with white wing flash flying W 3/4 mile
out
10:25am: JAEG sp. - 1 dark bird with white wing flash flying W 1 mile out
11:45am: JAEG sp. - 3 dark birds with white wing flash and barred
underparts flying W 600m out
12:45pm: PAJA - 1 interm. type juv. and 1 pale/interm. type juv. flying W
150m out; paler bird heavily rusty toned with distinct rusty hindneck
1:45pm: JAEG - 1 dark bird with white wing flash and barred underparts
flying W 600m out

Good Birding,
Jeff McCoy
----- Original Message -----

From: "Kenneth J. Brock"
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:32:51 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) 8 gull species & 10 jaegers, including Pom


Today (18-Oct-14) a wonderful lakewatch was conducted at the Miller Beach concession stand. Present were: Amar Ayyash, John Cassady, Don Gorney, Ed Hopkins, Wes Homoya, Barny Dunning & the Purdue crew, John Kendall, Aiden Rominger, Karen Mansfield, Landon Neumann, Randy Pals, Ryan Sanderson, Andy Sigler, Michael Topp plus many others (sorry I do not recall all the names).


The watch extended from 7:00AM to 3:50PM central time. It was overcast with rain throughout much of the day. The wind was NNW at 20 and the temperature was about 50. The Pal’s Flight Magnitude was 67.26, which is the 14 th best flight on record. Highlights included Red-necked Grebe, Am. White Pelicans, Franklin's Gulls, Laughing Gull, Pomarine Jaeger, and Parasitic Jaegers.


The Complete List (all the sparrows were in Marquette Park)


Canada Goose,18
Gadwall,36
American Wigeon,4
American Black Duck,3
Mallard,27
Northern Shoveler,1
Northern Pintail,12
Green-winged Teal,45
Redhead,38
Greater Scaup,13
Lesser Scaup,18
Surf Scoter,7
Black Scoter,8
dark-winged scoter,5
Red-breasted Merganser,53
Red-throated Loon,5
Common Loon,29
Horned Grebe,10
RED-NECKED GREBE,1
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,3
Merlin,1
Peregrine Falcon,3
American Golden-Plover,1
Sanderling,25
Dunlin,31
Franklin’s Gull,4
LAUGHING GULL,1 juv
Bonaparte’s Gull,183
Ring-billed Gull,250
Herring Gull,930- a steady stream came from the east all morning
Thayer’s Gull,4- an adult & 3 first-cycle- record count for October
Lesser Black-backed Gull,4- an adult, 2 1st -cycle, & a 3 rd -cycle
Great Black-backed Gull,5- an adult, one 1st-cycle, two 2 nd -cycle, one 3 rd -cycle
Common Tern,2
POMARINE JAEGER,1 juv at 3:50pm (large heavy jaeger with 2 nd underwing crescent, blunt central tail feather, & barred under tail coverts)
Parasitic Jaeger,5- juv at 2:35 & a flock of 4 at 2:20, including one adult
Jaeger species,4 single bird arrived from the east at 7:35, 7:55, 8:00, & 11:14
Hermit Thrush,1 flew through the watchers dodging tripod (& birder) legs
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW,1
Savannah Sparrow,1
Lincoln’s Sparrow,2
Song Sparrow,3
Swamp Sparrow,2
White-crowned Sparrow,5
Dark-eyed Junco,3
Pine Siskin,71- a flock of 50 spent the day feeding on the local sunflowers


Ken Brock





Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye-Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads-2014-10-19
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 16:31 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 


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Subject: BirdsEye-Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads-2014-10-19
From: Colleen Craven-Becker
To: Colleen Craven-Becker
CC:

A nice day of birding.

Observer: cbirding

2014-10-19 09:15

Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads

Protocol: Traveling

19 Miles

315 Minutes

Observers: 2

All birds reported? Yes

    45    Greater White-fronted Goose       

    110    Canada Goose       

    2    Wood Duck       

    4    Gadwall       

    17    American Wigeon       

    89    Mallard       

    23    Blue-winged Teal       

    7    Northern Shoveler       

    8    Northern Pintail       

    36    Green-winged Teal       

    1    Lesser Scaup       

    4    Ruddy Duck       

    6    Wild Turkey       

    16    Pied-billed Grebe       

    9    Double-crested Cormorant       

    6    American White Pelican    6 white pelicans soaring above Gibson Power Plant Lake and landing on lake out of sight.   

    11    Great Blue Heron       

    5    Great Egret       

    8    Turkey Vulture       

    1    Northern Harrier       

    1    Sharp-shinned Hawk       

    7    Bald Eagle       

    2    Red-shouldered Hawk       

    4    Red-tailed Hawk       

    4    American Coot       

    19    Killdeer       

    2    Greater Yellowlegs       

    35    Ring-billed Gull       

    13    Herring Gull       

    1    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)       

    11    Mourning Dove       

    2    Belted Kingfisher       

    12    Red-bellied Woodpecker       

    3    Downy Woodpecker       

    3    Hairy Woodpecker       

    6    Northern Flicker       

    5    American Kestrel       

    22    Blue Jay       

    16    American Crow       

    31    Horned Lark       

    15    Northern Rough-winged Swallow       

    350    Tree Swallow       

    12    Carolina Chickadee       

    8    Tufted Titmouse       

    6    White-breasted Nuthatch       

    4    Carolina Wren       

    3    Ruby-crowned Kinglet       

    5    Eastern Bluebird       

    185    American Robin       

    39    European Starling       

    3    Tennessee Warbler       

    37    Yellow-rumped Warbler       

    6    Chipping Sparrow       

    2    Field Sparrow       

    5    Song Sparrow       

    1    Lincoln's Sparrow       

    4    Swamp Sparrow       

    10    White-throated Sparrow       

    1    White-crowned Sparrow       

    6    Northern Cardinal       

    250    Red-winged Blackbird       

    8    Eastern Meadowlark       

    65    Common Grackle       

    9    Brown-headed Cowbird       

    150    American Goldfinch       

Tom and Colleen Becker
Floyd County


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Subject: Salamonie area
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:38 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I found 51 species by driving in the Salamonie area with stops at Roush Lake dam and Lake Clare, Huntington, on the way home:


Canada Goose
Ruddy Duck 4 L. Clare
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-cr. Cormorant 2 SR, 4 Roush L
Great Blue Heron 14 all Roush L
Great Egret 1 Roush L.
Turkey Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk
Am, Kestrel 1
Am. Coot 14 L. Clare
Killdeer 12
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher 2
Woodpecker: Red-bellied, Downy, N. Flicker
E. Phoebe 2
Blue Jay
AM. Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow 150+ low over Salamonie
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White- br. Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 1
E. Bluebird
AM. Robin
Eur. Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Warbler: Orange-crowned 2, Yellow-rumped 24, Palm 1
Sparrow: Chipping 20+, Field 5, Song, Swamp 1, Whie-throated 20+, White-crowned 30+
Dark-eyed Junco 20+
N. Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
E. Meadowlark 1
House Finch
Purple Finch 2
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw



Subject: Lawrence Co Orange-crowned, Nashville Warbler
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 14:30 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
Lots of migrant activity in our yard over the weekend. Yesterday, the cedar trees were swarming with Yellow-rumped Warblers (I blocked off groups of 5 and estimated 40) and finally, after a lot of searching, I found 1 Palm and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler with them. Both kinglets and Brown Creeper were also present. Today, new arrivals were 2 Hermit Thrushes, 1 late Nashville Warbler, and a pair of Purple Finches.
Our last Ruby-throated Hummingbird sighting was 10/15 (a female).
Amy KearnsMitchell








Subject: RE: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:18 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
18 October 2014 - In addition to Michael's always productive sightings,
there was a GREAT-HORNED OWL mobbed by 10 AMERICAN CROWS. One crow was on a
tree limb next to the owl snapping at it. Also, the constant juv COOPER'S
HAWK, 6 RUBY and 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and 1 GRAY CATBIRD.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County



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From: MTopp7927 [mailto:in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu]
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:25 PM
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18



10/18

Before heading over to Miller Beach I did a quick check at the Lakefront
Park.

Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) :

4-Horned Grebes

1-Great Blue Heron

1-Great Black-backed Gull (1st Year)

1-Red-tailed Hawk

4-Sanderlings

1-Dunlin

1-Y.B.Sapsucker

2-N.Flickers

1-E.Phoebe

5-Brown Creepers

2-Winter Wrens

3-Hermit Thrush

8-Y.R.Warblers

4-Palm Warblers

2-C.Yellowthroats

1-Savannah Sparrow

18-W.T.Sparrows

5-W.C.Sparrows

4-Swamp Sparrows

2-Song Sparrows

20-D.E.Juncos

2-Rusty Blackbirds

4-Pine Siskins

4-House Finch

Michael Topp

Highland IN.

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




Subject: SW Allen Sparrows 'N Stuff-- Oct. 19 AM
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:05 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Highlights from a few short stops on this gorgeous, initially foggy and frosty fall morning:


Eagle Marsh main drive off Engle Road (08:10-08:30):

Song Sparrow- 15
Swamp Sparrow- 5
White-crowned Sparrow- 36 in one flock counted from my vehicle near the gate (I continued to see and hear them as I walked half-way to the barn and back, but some of those may have been birds I was just pushing down the drive ahead of me.)
Red-winged Blackbird- 1000+ making an impressive ruckus each time they initiated a mass departure, each time aborted, from the prairie area on the west side of the lane


South of Yohne Road across from the main entrance to Fox Island, I noted Killdeer and yellowlegs (Lesser, I think, but no scope to verify) in a distant puddle.


Fox Island County Park while eating an early lunch on the Nature Center deck (10:15-10:45):

Eastern Phoebe- 2
Blue-headed Vireo- 1
Winter Wren- 1
Cedar Waxwing- 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 3
Chipping (1), Fox (1), Song (1), Swamp (1), and White-throated (4) Sparrows
Purple Finch- 3

Visitors to the park should know that the Bird Observation Building may not be accessible (like today) during its re-modeling. However, I noted with some interest that one can again clearly view the feeders from OUTSIDE the building. The vegetation between the feeders and the walkway has been substantially thinned, allowing convenient viewing from the trail or the trail-side bench. They also REALLY wacked down the growth along the western portion of the loop trail north of the Nature Center.


Amber Road just south of the rail road (11:10-11:30):

Double-crested Cormorant- 2 in the pond on the east side of the road
Killdeer- 6
Chipping Sparrow- 1
Vesper Sparrow- 1, a long, close look in great light at a bird on the road and then in a small sapling right outside my window

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Ft. Harrison 10/19 OCWA, BHVI
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:02 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The Fort Harrison State Park bird walk on a beautiful Sunday morning produced 40 species of birds. Lots of sparrows, most of which, went unidentified because they flushed in front of us into thicker vegetation. Of the five warbler species, the group managed to see the three
Oreothlypis (Tennessee, Orange-crowned and Nashville) within 100 yards of one another. Mike Mulcahy spotted the extremely cooperative juvenile Oranged-crowned which lounged in a mostly bare tree about 30 feet away for some excellent looks by all. Other highlights included Blue-headed Vireos, including one singing, both kinglets, Palm Warbler, and a lot of LBJs (Little Brown Jobs, or sparrows).

Canada Goose  3
Wood Duck  5
Mallard  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  7
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  14
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  3
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  21
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  22
Tennessee Warbler  1
Orange-crowned Warbler (celata)  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  15
Eastern Towhee  5
Chipping Sparrow  35
Field Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  25
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  20
White-crowned Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  6
Northern Cardinal  18
Red-winged Blackbird  400
Common Grackle  20
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  13
House Sparrow  7
One more fall bird walk will take place at Fort Harrison SP on October 26, Meet at 8am at Delaware Lake parking lot.
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday October 19, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 12:37 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Weather-  Sunny
Temp. 40's

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 72 species. The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Universal Strip Mines - dark ibis, sparrows, purple finch
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 21:34 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Below is Steve Lima's report of our observations today.  Highlights: dark Ibis (Glossy or White-faced), Marsh Wren, Vesper Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, Purple Finch. 

Universal Strip Mines, Vermillion, US-IN
Oct 18, 2014 9:00 AM - 2:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
22.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Peter Scott. A nearly full tour through the mine on county roads within the mined habitat; we also walked several marshes in the Blanford Unit (restricted areas). Lake levels still high for this time of the year, with little shorebird habitat. Weather: wind NW 10 - 20 mph, mostly cloudy to overcast with a few sprinkles of rain, low 50s F.
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 18
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 14
Northern Shoveler 21
Green-winged Teal 37
Ring-necked Pheasant 2
Pied-billed Grebe 17
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Glossy/White-faced Ibis 1 Dark ibis seen in flight (about 80 feet up) at a distance of roughly 500 feet. Unmistakable profile with long, obviously curved bill, relatively slender body, and long trailing legs. Given the overcast conditions, the bird appeared uniformly dark (nearly black), and at this distance, there was no chance of a more refined ID. First sighted about at point 39.643063, -87.527896, just west of where the power lines cross Brouilletts Creek Road. It may have flown from the nearby marsh at point 39.641429, -87.526235 to the east. The bird disappeared to the west after being in view for about 10 seconds.
Turkey Vulture 6
Northern Harrier 4
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Sora 1
American Coot 56
Killdeer 3
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Wilson's Snipe 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 1 Continuing low numbers of this species.
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
American Kestrel 2
Blue Jay 21
American Crow 13
Horned Lark 5
Tree Swallow 80
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 2
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 11
American Robin 1
European Starling 205
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 31
Field Sparrow 3
Vesper Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 56
Nelson's Sparrow 2 Same location as noted in Sept. 28 eBird post. This site continues to produce multiple individuals of this species, which was seen nowhere else on the mine.
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 65
White-crowned Sparrow 38
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 46
Eastern Meadowlark 30
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 305
House Finch 3
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 79

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20268721

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





Subject: Hammond Sanctuary - 10/18
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 18:25 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/18
Before heading over to Miller Beach I did a quick check at the
Lakefront Park.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary) :
4-Horned Grebes
1-Great Blue Heron
1-Great Black-backed Gull (1st Year)
1-Red-tailed Hawk
4-Sanderlings
1-Dunlin
1-Y.B.Sapsucker
2-N.Flickers
1-E.Phoebe
5-Brown Creepers
2-Winter Wrens
3-Hermit Thrush
8-Y.R.Warblers
4-Palm Warblers
2-C.Yellowthroats
1-Savannah Sparrow
18-W.T.Sparrows
5-W.C.Sparrows
4-Swamp Sparrows
2-Song Sparrows
20-D.E.Juncos
2-Rusty Blackbirds
4-Pine Siskins
4-House Finch
Michael Topp
Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...



Subject: Muscatatuck Saturday morning
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 17:44 pm
From: Nighthawk AT prograde.net
 
 A birding outing this morning began at sunrise with the movement of at least 1,000 Common Grackles from nighttime roosts to foraging fields to the north. Other highlights included some excellent views of Belted Kingfisher, numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers, several winter sparrow species, an adult Bald Eagle and a rather late airborne Green Heron.

Dave Crouch Seymour

Muscatatuck NWR - Jackson County, Jackson, US-IN
Oct 18, 2014 8:10 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Saturday open bird outing with Linda Sullivan. Driving to numerous points and walking approximately 2 miles. Partially sunny and 50F with a brisk northwest wind later in the outing.
43 species

Canada Goose 40
Wood Duck 1 Male.
Mallard 4
Blue-winged Teal 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1 A rather late adult flying along south dike road in the Sanctuary right over groups heads and then tucking wings and descending rapidly into a wetland. One nice flight photo.
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Northern Harrier 1 A juvenile.
Bald Eagle 1 Adult perched in nest vicinity.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 5
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 1 At McDonald Marsh.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 25 Very probable undercount.
American Crow 9
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
Eastern Towhee 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 18
Common Grackle 1000 Moving north from overnight roost begining just after sunrise and continuing to hop scotch along tree tops for 15 minutes.
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20266576

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Muscatatuck NWR - Jennings County, Jennings, US-IN
Oct 18, 2014 11:20 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Incorporated with the MNWR bird outing. A few scanning observations into Richart and Stanfield Lakes.
6 species

Canada Goose 20
Pied-billed Grebe 9
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 2
American Coot 35
Tree Swallow 20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20266644

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Subject: Lakewatch (18-Oct-14) 8 gull species & 10 jaegers, including Pom
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 17:33 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (18-Oct-14) a wonderful lakewatch was conducted at the Miller Beach concession stand.  Present were: Amar Ayyash, John Cassady, Don Gorney, Ed Hopkins, Wes Homoya, Barny Dunning & the Purdue crew, John Kendall, Aiden Rominger,  Karen Mansfield, Landon Neumann, Randy Pals, Ryan Sanderson, Andy Sigler, Michael Topp plus many others (sorry I do not recall all the names).

The watch extended from 7:00AM to 3:50PM central time. It was overcast with rain throughout much of the day. The wind was NNW at 20 and the temperature was about 50. The Palís Flight Magnitude was 67.26, which is the 14th best flight on record. Highlights included Red-necked Grebe, Am. White Pelicans, Franklin's Gulls, Laughing Gull, Pomarine Jaeger, and Parasitic Jaegers.

The Complete List (all the sparrows were in Marquette Park)

Canada Goose,18
Gadwall,36
American Wigeon,4
American Black Duck,3
Mallard,27
Northern Shoveler,1
Northern Pintail,12
Green-winged Teal,45
Redhead,38
Greater Scaup,13
Lesser Scaup,18
Surf Scoter,7
Black Scoter,8
dark-winged scoter,5
Red-breasted Merganser,53
Red-throated Loon,5
Common Loon,29
Horned Grebe,10
RED-NECKED GREBE,1
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,3
Merlin,1
Peregrine Falcon,3
American Golden-Plover,1
Sanderling,25
Dunlin,31
Franklinís Gull,4
LAUGHING GULL,1 juv
Bonaparteís Gull,183
Ring-billed Gull,250
Herring Gull,930- a steady stream came from the east all morning
Thayerís Gull,4- an adult & 3 first-cycle- record count for October
Lesser Black-backed Gull,4- an adult, 2 1st -cycle, & a 3rd-cycle
Great Black-backed Gull,5- an adult, one 1st-cycle, two 2nd-cycle, one 3rd-cycle
Common Tern,2
POMARINE JAEGER,1 juv at 3:50pm (large heavy jaeger with 2nd underwing crescent, blunt central tail feather, & barred under tail coverts)
Parasitic Jaeger,5- juv at 2:35 & a flock of 4 at 2:20, including one adult
Jaeger species,4 single bird arrived from the east at 7:35, 7:55, 8:00, & 11:14
Hermit Thrush,1 flew through the watchers dodging tripod (& birder) legs
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW,1
Savannah Sparrow,1
Lincolnís Sparrow,2
Song Sparrow,3
Swamp Sparrow,2
White-crowned Sparrow,5
Dark-eyed Junco,3
Pine Siskin,71- a flock of 50 spent the day feeding on the local sunflowers

Ken Brock




Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 13:51 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

It was chilly and windy this morning, with some threat of rain, but eight plucky birders gathered at Eagle Marsh for the Stockbirdge Audubon field trip, led by Rodger Rang and me. We started up Trail 6, the only trail that had a decent stretch that was not under water. When we reached a part of the trail that was under water, we clambered onto the levee along the creek to bypass it. Back down on the trail, we faced the choice of retracing over the rough levee path, or continuing to the footbridge and returning via the Pump Road and the Towpath Trail. The plucky consensus was to continue onward, resulting in a lengthy hike. We finished with a decent list, and just dodged the rain.

Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Oct 18, 2014 8:20 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.4 mile(s)
Comments: 48-52 F, mostly cloudy, moderate to strong wind
52 species

Canada Goose 20
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 50
Blue-winged Teal 5
Green-winged Teal 8
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 10
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
American Coot 40
Killdeer 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 14
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 25
American Crow 7
Horned Lark 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 17
American Robin 1
European Starling 90
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 40
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 16
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 15
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 5
House Finch 10
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 40
House Sparrow 40

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Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Ritchey Woods, Fishers, IN
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 20:44 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 


Another late afternoon/early evening walk after work netted three species of warblers. Temps were around 60, with a light wind and cloudy conditions. List as follows:

Great Blue Heron - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 4
Brown Creeper - 1
White Breasted Nuthatch - 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Norther Flicker - 1
Red-crowned Kinglet - 1
Blue Jays - 4
Swainson's Thrush - 1
American Robin - 20
Gray Catbird - 2
European Starling - 20+
Magnolia Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3
Palm Warbler - 1
White-crowned sparrows - 2

Warblers seen yesterday at Ritchey Woods, about the same time of day:

Orange-crowned warbler
Blackburnian Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - 1 (very cooperative--pumping it's tail and coming down low on the branches)

Respectfully submitted,

Marilyn McGee
Fishers, IN





Subject: Blue-headed Vireo
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 20:24 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded a few Cass spots. The highlight was a
Blue-headed Vireo, which gave some great looks. We also tons of robins
feeding and flying over the park, which numbered around 400! The season's
first wigeon arrived today too.

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 4
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Turkey Vulture 50
Red-tailed Hawk 3
American Coot 4
Killdeer 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 400 Just an estimate. Everywhere through the park. Many
were flying over too.
Cedar Waxwing 50
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 200
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 1

925W Pond
Red-headed Woodpecker 1

550N Pond
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 50
Pied-billed Grebe 2
American Coot 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Fwd: Common terns
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 19:35 pm
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
To go along with Vern Wilkins' earlier reports today, Brad Feaster DFW South Region Public Lands Supervisor reports 7 COMMON TERNS over the north end of Goose Pond FWA Main Pool West this evening (October 17, 2014):


Begin forwarded message:

From: "Feaster, Brad"
Date: October 17, 2014 7:56:22 PM EDT
To: Lee Sterrenburg
Subject: Common terns

Had 7 Common Terns fishing over w1 at about 4;30 this evening

Sent from my iPhone

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



Subject: Common terns (Forster's) goose pond correction
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 19:32 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
I went through all my photos of the terns at Goose Pond and it does look like they were all Forster's and not Common.  I only took pictures of maybe 6 different birds, but I definitely photographed the ones I thought were Common, and they turned out not to be.  The birds were very far but cropping a lot I was at least able to see the black on the head did not wrap around back, but was just on the face.  One thing that stood out on most of the birds was the relatively short tail for Forster's.  Is this a characteristic of first year birds?

In any event, there was a big flight in the evening. Early in the day I saw five birds, floating in the water, something I don't commonly see Forster's Terns do. Later I saw seven even further away. Very late in the afternoon I walked out the double ditches and saw a big group of terns get up far to the south. They split roughly into two groups of 12 with a few stragglers. I watched them diving on fish for a bit, and then it looked like they went down by tern island. By the time I got around to the south end of 1200 and walked up that way, I could see the birds far up in the northeast corner of MP. I went all the way around to the north end, but by the time I got up there I was only able to find two Forster's Terns and two Caspian Terns, heading off to the west. I drove around one more time back down 59 through MP, and could not find any of the birds. I was primarily trying to get close enough to get a definitive ID, as the vast majority of them looked more like Common than Forsters with binoculars or when looking at the very distant photos on my camera LCD.

Not much else notable. My primary goal for the day was sparrows, but the wind squashed that plan. I walked a lot of areas and flushed a lot of sparrows, but they waited until I just about stepped on them before flushing and then went down very quickly. Lots of Field, Swamp, Savannah, Song, but I couldn't find a LeConte's or Nelson's. Pretty good number of Bald Eagles stirring things up all day long, almost all of them hunting in pairs.

Walking in from the north end of 1200 I was able to watch all the American White Pelicans coming into MP for the evening. I counted about 720 by about 5:30pm when it seemed like most of the birds had come in. As I walked out there were small numbers still flying around, but I couldn't tell if they were ones that had gotten up or if they were new ones flying in. They were dispersed broadly during the day, I saw good numbers in many units, and a very large contingent in GP5S or GP4. Early in the day large numbers were going up very high, maybe testing the air currents for migration, but they all seemed to come back down eventually. I saw and heard a lot of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and flushed a few Wilson's Snipe, but didn't look much for shorebirds.

Forster's with shorter tail.
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/9679/category/17

I did a quick run through Dugger Unit to check on waterfowl. It was much quieter than Goose Pond, but quite a few American Coots, and I found one flock of about 50 Ring-necked Ducks at Long Lake.

Vern

________________________________
From: Wilkins, Vern W
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:23 PM
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: Re: [IN-BIRD-L] Common terns goose pond


Currently a big tern flight in mpw. 24+ Birds, mostly common tern. Moving around a lot, n mostly east of 59.



Vern

...via cell





------ Original message------

From: Wilkins, Vern W

Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 1:06 PM

To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu;

Subject:[IN-BIRD-L] Common terns goose pond





Had 5 in mpw from 59. Birds went off to east, haven't been able to relocate. Have some distant photos. Forked tail, much less so than forsters, black bills and feet, dark wing tips.



Vern

...via cell





Subject: N.W.Indiana - 10/17
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 19:22 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/17
I checked a couple of spots this AM.
Hammond Lakefront Park (Bird Sanctuary): (I spent quite a bit of time
there.)
7-Horned Grebes
1-Cooper's Hawk
1-Greater Yellowlegs
1-Woodcock
3-Chimney Swifts
1-Blue Jay
1-E.Phoebe
2-Brown Creepers
5-Winter Wrens
3-G.C.Kinglets
2-R.C.Kinglets
4-Hermit Thrush
1-Tennessee Warbler
5-Orange-crowned Warblers
1-Nashville Warbler
22-Y.R.Warblers
1-B.T.Green Warbler
11-Palm Warblers
1-Blackpoll Warbler
3-C.Yellowthroats
1-Chipping Sparrow
2-Fox Sparrows
1-Lincoln's Sparrow
5-Swamp Sparrows
21-W.T.Sparrows
6-W.C.Sparrows
8-N.Juncos
1-Pine Siskin (Flyover)

Miller Beach and Woods:
2-Horned Grebes
3-N.Pintail
10-B.W.Teal
2-G.W.Teal
6-Redheads
3-Turkey Vultures
1-R.T.Hawk
1-Cooper's Hawk
1-Peregrine Falcon
1-A.Kestrel
1-Dunlin
15-Sanderlings
3-Chimney Swifts
1-Red-bellied W.P.
1-R.H.Woodpecker
4-Blue Jays
1-W.B.Nuthatch
1-R.B.Nuthatch
2-Brown Creepers
2-Winter Wrens
4-G.C.Kinglets
3-R.C.Kinglets
2-E.Blubirds
2-Hermit Thrush
1-Orange-crowned Warbler
4-Y.R.Warblers
5-Palm Warblers
1-Pine Warbler
1-C.Yellowthroat
2-Field Sparrows
2-W.T.Sparrows
3-W.C.Sparrows
8-N.Juncos
2-Pine Siskin

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






Subject: Illiana Birds: Hammond Bird Sanctuary
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 18:03 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
17 October  2014 - At noon there were some warblers at the main entrance to
the Hammond Bird Sanctuary.



Tennessee Warbler 1

Orange-crowned Warbler 1

Nashville Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10

Black-throated Green Warbler 1

Palm Warbler 7

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 1



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Common terns goose pond
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 16:23 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
Currently a big tern flight in mpw.   24+ Birds, mostly common tern.  Moving around a lot, n mostly east of 59.



Vern

...via cell





------ Original message------

From: Wilkins, Vern W

Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 1:06 PM

To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu;

Subject:[IN-BIRD-L] Common terns goose pond





Had 5 in mpw from 59. Birds went off to east, haven't been able to relocate. Have some distant photos. Forked tail, much less so than forsters, black bills and feet, dark wing tips.



Vern

...via cell





Subject: Eagle Creek Park, OCWA, BHVI, FOTE
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 15:48 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Alicia King and I birded Eagle Creek Park, Indy, on Friday morning between 8am and 9:45am. Afterwards, we led two bird walks for 4th grade students from St. Joan of Arc School. Highlights included 6 Ruddy Duck, 7 Bonaparte's Gulls, 5 Forster's Terns, Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, and interaction between a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. The Accipters put on a fantastic, but brief, show when they chased each other directly overhead of us. The birds were next to one another a few times so we had incredible side by side comparisons. In all, I had 48 species for the morning.
Canada Goose    65
Wood Duck    3
Mallard    15
Ruddy Duck    6
Double-crested Cormorant    66
Great Blue Heron    11
Great Egret    5
Turkey Vulture    5
Sharp-shinned Hawk    1
Cooper's Hawk    2
Bald Eagle    3
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Red-tailed Hawk    2
American Coot    2
Killdeer    1
Greater Yellowlegs    1
Bonaparte's Gull    7
Ring-billed Gull    180
Forster's Tern    5
Red-bellied Woodpecker    3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker    1
Downy Woodpecker    3
Northern Flicker    2
Eastern Phoebe    3
Blue-headed Vireo    1, edge of skating pond parking lot
Blue Jay    8
American Crow    5
Tree Swallow    15
Barn Swallow    2
Carolina Chickadee    7
Tufted Titmouse    6
White-breasted Nuthatch    3
Golden-crowned Kinglet    5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    5
Eastern Bluebird    3
American Robin    28
Gray Catbird    1
European Starling    35
Orange-crowned Warbler    1, edge of skating pond parking lot
Nashville Warbler    1
Magnolia Warbler    1
Yellow-rumped Warbler    30
Chipping Sparrow    1
White-throated Sparrow    12
Dark-eyed Junco    3
Northern Cardinal    12
Red-winged Blackbird    18
American Goldfinch    2 
Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Brookville Lake
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 12:40 pm
From: billb AT earlham.edu
 
Visited some Union County portions of Brookville Lake this morning. The noteworthy differences compared to yesterday were:

At the Treaty Line Road mudflats:
1 Ring-necked Duck (female/imm?) plumage

At the Dunlapsville Causeway:
4 Surf Scoters (all female/imm plumage) up from 3 yesterday. These birds seem to move around, but have been to the north of the west end of the causeway when I've seen them.
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Sharp-shinned Hawks (seemed to be a movement today of accipiters and Turkey Vultures).

Bill Buskirk
SE Wayne Co.



Subject: Common terns goose pond
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 12:06 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 


Had 5 in mpw from 59. Birds went off to east, haven't been able to relocate. Have some distant photos. Forked tail, much less so than forsters, black bills and feet, dark wing tips.



Vern

...via cell





Subject: Dunes State Park
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 11:49 am
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
In-bird
At the beach-

Pine Siskin 153 several flocks, all going west.
Short-eared owl 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 6
Peregrine Falcon 1
Surf Scoter 1
Redhead Duck 30
Horned Grebe 4
Forster's Tern 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Fox Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 6
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 1
Brown Creeper 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2


Brendan Grube



Subject: RE: Goose Pond Sparrows 10/16
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 11:45 am
From: mwilliams AT tnc.org
 

I was able to travel to Goose Pond for a couple hours in the evening for birding and photography yesterday. I had hoped to see Nelson's
or LeConte's, but missed both. I birded primarily in unit BH5S and had a good time sorting through a pretty good variety of sparrows
including Lincoln's, white-crowned, song, savannah, field, and swamp. A handful of my favorite photos from last night can be
viewed at: www.mattwilliamsnaturephotography.com/Recent-Photos#!/

Matt Williams



Subject: Bald Eagle, Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Oct 17, 2014
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 9:29 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
Did the weekly waterfowl survey in the morning this week at Pine Creek in eastern Benton County.  There were more Killdeer and ducks than two weeks ago (I was out of the country last week).  The ducks included a smattering of dabbling duck species.  Highlight for the student that accompanied me was the adult Bald Eagle perched near the wetlands - not what you expect in the middle of the Great Corn Desert.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Benton, US-IN Oct 17, 2014 8:45 AM - 9:35 AM
14 species

Gadwall 2
American Wigeon 10
Mallard 20
Northern Shoveler 25
Ring-necked Pheasant 2
Pied-billed Grebe 10
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 1
Killdeer 52
Mourning Dove 3
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 3
American Robin 16
Red-winged Blackbird 20

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Subject: Dickcissel
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 21:13 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
While on lunch today I birded the Walmart marsh. The highlight was a
surprising Dickcissel that I flushed. I also had a Nelson's Sparrow.

Walmart Marsh
American Coot 3
Horned Lark 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Nelson's Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 20
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 10
White-throated Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dickcissel 1 Late! Medium size songbird with bright white malar and
yellow breast. Looked like an immature bird.
Red-winged Blackbird 5
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 20

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 16:33 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

I did some scouting for Stockbridge Audubon's Saturday field trip at Eagle Marsh. Anyone planning on going on this trip should bring boots -- you can't go very far without encountering ankle-deep water or mud. Much of the northern leg of Trail 6 is under water; for this section I walked on top of the levee along Graham McCullough Ditch, which is rather rough.

Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Oct 16, 2014 1:25 PM - 3:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.3 mile(s)
Comments: 62F, mostly to partly cloudy, moderate wind
24 species

Canada Goose 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
American Coot 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 1
European Starling 80
Song Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 25
House Sparrow 1

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Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Stillwater Marsh
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 14:58 pm
From: whitehea AT indiana.edu
 
Betsy and I visited Stillwater this morning - a lot of motorized activity along the dikes, so no birds in the North end - a few things at the south end. The highlights:



Canada Goose - 300

Wood Duck - 8

Gadwall - 2

Mallard - 16

No. Pintail - 4

Turkey Vulture - 4

Bald Eagle - 2 (1 juv, 1 ad)

Red-sh. Hawk - 1

E.Phoebe - 2

Tree Swallow - 110

Ruby-cr. Kinglet - 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 4

E. Towhee - 2

Lincoln's Sparrow - 1

Swamp Sparrow - 2

Red-winged Blackbird - 14

many crows and bluejays



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea@indiana.edu



Subject: GOOSE POND FWA WEEKLY WATERFOWL SURVEY 10/15/14
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 13:13 pm
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
GOOSE POND FWA WEEKLY WATERFOWL SURVEY 10/15/14

Waterfowl increasing with numbers for Gadwall, Mallards, and Blue-winged Teal up over the previous week. Total waterfowl tally was 2279. Wet conditions limited access to some Units.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 9
CANADA GOOSE 299
WOOD DUCK 8
GADWALL 142
AMERICAN WIGEON 17
MALLARD 507
BLUE-WINGED TEAL 811
NORTHERN SHOVELER 185
NORTHERN PINTAIL 7
GREEN-WINGED TEAL 294

American Coot 1510

Survey conducted by Property Manager Travis Stoelting and staff members Matt Bredeweg & Dennis Workman

I do not have by-Unit breakdowns

--Lee Sterrenburg
Bloomington



Subject: Brookville Lake/ Union Co.
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 13:05 pm
From: billb AT earlham.edu
 
I birded some Union County areas of Brookville Lake this morning. Noteworthy birds were:

Treaty Line Road south of SR 44:

Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 (late)
Eastern Phoebe 1
Northern Mockingbird 1 (unusual at this site)
Tennessee Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 2
Purple Finch 8


End of Treaty Line Road (north end of Brookville Lake, mudflats minimal):

Great Blue Heron 10
Great Egrets 7
Bald Eagle 2 imms.
Herring Gull 1 imm
Ring-billed Gull 219 (213 adults, 6 imms)
Bonaparte's Gull 13
FRANKLIN'S GULL 1


Dunlapsville Causeway:

SURF SCOTER 3 (earliest fall record in the Whitewater Valley by nearly 2 weeks, all female or imm plumage type)
Double-crested Cormorant 95
Tree Swallow 120

Bill Buskirk
East central Indiana






Subject: Patoka River NWR, Snakey Point and Maxey Marsh 10/16 AM
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 12:33 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
 I began the morning at sunrise at Snakey boat launch.  Marsh wrens had come in since last weekend and they were very obvious, singing and calling from all around the boat ramp.  Coots were up in number and were virtually everywhere in the marsh.  Strangely void of ducks except for a few woodies.  A couple of Sora were still present and calling from the marsh vegetation.

I had just a moment at Boyd Parking lot and I tried to milk every moment out of my limited time. Right before I had to go I got into a huge flock of birds (of course!)

Magnolia, Orange crowned, Tennessee, yellow rump warblers
ruby crowned and golden crowned kinglets
swamp, white throat and song sparrows
(First of Fall) Brown Creeper
Blue headed Vireo
chickadees and titmice
Carolina wren
downy woodpecker
a huge flock of grackles and red wings was above me knocking off leaves and acorns the whole time.
chimney swift

Oh to have a pause button and/or more time!

Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN




Subject: Dunes State Park
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 12:33 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
In-bird

Birder's platform at the beach

Chimney Swift 60
White-crowned Sparrow 28
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2


Brendan Grube



Subject: Columbia Mine, 10/16 AM
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 12:25 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
 I had a bit of time in the morning so I walked the old North South road starting at the gate at the turn around/parking area.  When I first got out of my car I thought I'd made a mistake since I only heard and saw a couple of Blue Jays.  Once I made it up the road and out of the locust thicket things changed quickly!  It was incredible!  Birds everywhere.  Walking on the road and occasionally wandering off trail.  one hour of looking

Vesper (1), Field, Swamp, Lincoln, White Throat and Song sparrows
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Towhee
Goldfinch
Pine siskin
Sedge and Marsh wrens
Palm and yellow Rump warblers
common yellowthroat
Blue jays
Brown Thrasher
Chickadee
bald eagle

I tried for LeConte's/Nelsons but only got very wet legs. I had a very good candidate for Clay Colored but I could not get a good view on it and it would immediately get lost in the massive amounts of other sparrows and thick prairie grasses.

Only downside was I only had an hour!

Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: migrant ducks, Celery Bog Nature Area, Oct 16, 2014
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 12:19 pm
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
A few migrant ducks have appeared at Celery Bog in West Lafayette. During our weekly walk this morning, I saw my FOS Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, and American Wigeon. Except for Northern Shovelers, numbers were small.  Our old friend, the hybrid Greater White-fronted X Canada Goose made its first appearance in a couple of weeks.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, US-IN Oct 16, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 80
Greater White-fronted x Canada Goose (hybrid) 1 Wood Duck 2 Gadwall 1 American Wigeon 1 Mallard 12 Blue-winged Teal 4 Northern Shoveler 30 Ring-necked Duck 1 Lesser Scaup 5 Ruddy Duck 4 Pied-billed Grebe 18 Double-crested Cormorant 3 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 1 Green Heron 2 Red-tailed Hawk 2 American Coot 200 Belted Kingfisher 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 1 Tree Swallow 20 Carolina Chickadee 1 American Robin 4 European Starling 40 Yellow-rumped Warbler 10 Red-winged Blackbird 10 Common Grackle 5

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Subject: re: Purple Finches
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 11:04 am
From: Spier6565 AT comcast.net
 
We had 3 Purple Finches at our feeders last Tuesday - 2 females and a male. I have not seen them since.

Jim Spier
South Bend



Subject: Bedford Junco
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 9:46 am
From: ROBERT_BARBER_389 AT comcast.net
 
10:41am Had the FOS Junco come in to ground feeder. Now waiting for WTSp and WCSp to appear.

Robert E. Barber
3322 Tunnelton Road
Bedford, IN. 47421
H: 812-277-0347
C:812-797-2856
http://www.flickr.com/photos/c...
robert_barber_389@comcast.net



Subject: Lk. Lemon - 10/15
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 7:38 am
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
I forgot to mention the waterfowl.  In addition to the usual 100-150 Canada Geese, there were 8 MALLARDS, 4 WOOD DUCKS, 38 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 16 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

On Oct 15, 2014, at 9:53 PM, Hengeveld, James David wrote:

There were 3 FORSTERíS TERNS at the east end of Lk. Lemon this evening (2 were there last night) along with 42 RING-BILLED GULLS. Other birds this evening included 145 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 1 GREAT EGRET, 3 DC CORMORANTS, and 400 AM. COOTS.

********************
Jim & Susan Hengeveld
East Lake Lemon Observatory
Southshore Drive
Unionville, IN 47468





Subject: Lakefront (11Oct14) warbs & sparrows plus
Date: Thu Oct 16 2014 0:58 am
From: jeffmccoy AT embarqmail.com
 
After leaving Ken's group I made a brief check of Miller Beach and had (6) SANDERLINGS with (1) BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. At West Beach the highlight was an adult MERLIN on a conspicuous snag along the entrance road just east of the main parking area.

Best,
Jeff

----- Original Message -----

From: "Kenneth J. Brock"
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 5:47:03 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Lakefront (11Oct14) warbs & sparrows plus


Today (11-Oct-2014) John Cassady, Lynea Hinchman, and I birded the Indiana lakefront from Michigan City to the Hammond Sanctuary.


Our plan was to search the lakefront for sparrows and late warblers and we reaped modest success with seven warbler and 12 sparrow species. Bonus birds included American Bittern and Great Crested Flycatcher. It was a very enjoyable day.


Highlights


MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR
Peregrine Falcon,1 adult
Sanderling,2 not aged
Chandeleur Gull (putative Kelp x Herring hybrid),1- continuing adult
Common Yellowthroat,1
White-crowned Sparrow,1 first-cycle


BEVERLY SHORES (mainly along Beverly Drive)
Green-winged Teal,12
Horned Grebe,2
Red-shouldered Hawk,4 adults
Red-headed Woodpecker,4 adults
Eastern Phoebe,1
Carolina Wren,2 singing
Golden-crowned Kinglet,2
Eastern Bluebird,2
Yellow-rumped Warbler,5
Palm Warbler,3
Common Yellowthroat,1
Eastern Towhee,3
Song Sparrow,10 several singing
Lincoln’s Sparrow,1
Fox Sparrow,1
Swamp Sparrow,3
White-throated Sparrow,3 at least one singing
White-crowned Sparrow,27
Dark-eyed Junco,8


WEST BEACH (drive through)
Wood Duck,2
American Kestrel,1 male
Chimney Swift,40
Golden-crowned Kinglet,1
Palm Warbler,1
Eastern Towhee,2
Field Sparrow,2
Lincoln’s Sparrow,1
White-crowned Sparrow,10
Dark-eyed Junco,22


MARQUETTE PARK
Golden-crowned Kinglet,2
Yellow-rumped Warbler,3
Palm Warbler,2
Eastern Towhee,2
Chipping Sparrow,2
NELSON’S SPARROW,1
Song Sparrow,5
Swamp Sparrow,8
White-throated Sparrow,9
White-crowned Sparrow,27
Dark-eyed Junco,8


GEORGE LAKE (west side only)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,1
Yellow-rumped Warbler,2
Palm Warbler,3


FORSYTHE PARK (with Jeff McCoy & Michael Topp)
AMERICAN BITTERN,1
Great Egret,2
Cooper’s Hawk,2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,4
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER,1- ties Indiana’s 4 th latest & is record late for lakefront
Brown Creeper,4
Golden-crowned Kinglet,1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,2
Hermit Thrush,1
Orange-crowned Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler,19
Pine Warbler,2
Palm Warbler,7
Fox Sparrow,1
LARK SPARROW,1- third latest record for the lakefront
Swamp Sparrow,1
White-throated Sparrow,1
White-crowned Sparrow,4
Dark-eyed Junco,25


WHITING PARK (with Jeff McCoy & Michael Topp)
Horned Grebe,2
Cooper’s Hawk,2
American Kestrel,1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,4
Brown Creeper,2
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE,1- ties lakefront’s 9 th latest
Hermit Thrush,2
CAPE MAY WARBLER,1- ties lakefront’s 14 th latest
Yellow-rumped Warbler,10
Palm Warbler,18
Swamp Sparrow,1
White-throated Sparrow,6
White-crowned Sparrow,1
Dark-eyed Junco,12


HAMMOND SANCTUARY (with Jeff McCoy)
Golden-crowned Kinglet,2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,1
Hermit Thrush,2
Gray Catbird,1
Yellow-rumped Warbler,8
WILSON’S WARBLER,1 bright male- lakefront’s 4 th latest
Field Sparrow,2
White-throated Sparrow,30
White-crowned Sparrow,14
Dark-eyed Junco,2


Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN





Subject: First Brown Creeper
Date: Wed Oct 15 2014 23:14 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I had two Creepers today - my first of fall.  I usually have several every fall/winter.  I had my first of fall Junco yesterday.  Now I'm waiting for my Red-breasted Nuthatches to arrive! Karen BrownSturgis, MIFlickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/b...
From: Margaret Schwarz
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:54 PM
Subject: Re: [IN-BIRD-L] First Brown Creeper We had our first Brown Creeper on our maple tree two days ago, but it didn't stay around long. I got really excited because that was probably only the third one we have ever seen here in our yard in Speedway, Marion County.
Margaret Schwarz 
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From: Sue and Ted Ulrich
To: INBIRD
Sent: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 11:44 pm
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] First Brown Creeper




Saw my first Brown Creeper this afternoon on a maple tree in the back yard. Also had a male purple finch join the female which has been around for the past three days at the sunflower feeder. Otherwise lots of white-crowned sparrows and a male Towhee plus the usual resident suspects. Haven't seen a Junco for a couple of days nor a hummingbird.

Susan Ulrich
Eastern Warren County







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