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05 Mar: @ 16:25:11 
Miller-Showers Park Ducks [Robert Kissel]
05 Mar: @ 15:45:09 
Williamsburg on the Wabash [russ Allison]
05 Mar: @ 11:24:41 
Sandhill Cranes heading South, Harrison County [Del Striegel]
04 Mar: @ 18:46:20 
Greater Black-backed gull? [Garold Overdorf]
04 Mar: @ 18:43:52 
Red-shouldered Hawk [Noah Kearns]
03 Mar: @ 18:08:05 
Wilson's Snipe [Kathy McClain]
03 Mar: @ 05:30:02 
Rough-legged Hawk - Johnson County [bob carper]
02 Mar: @ 20:48:42 
southwest Vigo County, Turtle Creek Reservoir, Chinook Mine [Peter Scott]
02 Mar: @ 19:12:37 
IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8 [Robert Guth]
02 Mar: @ 17:25:11 
Franklin and Ripley County back roads [Bob Decker]
02 Mar: @ 16:54:34 
Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Red-throated Loon [Landon Neumann]
02 Mar: @ 11:16:42 
Illiana Birds: Trumpeter Swans [Carolyn A. Marsh]
02 Mar: @ 10:59:24 
Re: California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville [Don Gorney]
02 Mar: @ 09:08:13 
Gene Stratton-Porter Monthly Bird Survey March 5 [Conrad, Tiffany]
02 Mar: @ 07:26:37 
3/1/15 - Roxanna & Lake George Canal (Lake Co.) [Matt Kalwasinski]
02 Mar: @ 06:41:00 
California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville [Johnson Brian]
01 Mar: @ 21:25:37 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday March 1, 2015 [Don Williams]
01 Mar: @ 13:49:28 
Logansport Red-throated Loon Continues [Landon Neumann]
28 Feb: @ 22:54:26 
Somerville Mines/Gibson Co. Ferruginous Hawk YES! [Mark Welter]
28 Feb: @ 20:59:08 
Sullivan County - Little Gull, White-winged Scoters, Greater Scaup, Brown Thrasher, Merlin [A Betuel]
28 Feb: @ 20:42:08 
IU Ornithology class field trip to Goose Pond / Turtle Creek - round two [Hengeveld, Susan E.]
28 Feb: @ 19:33:05 
Salamonie, Mississinewa [James Haw]
28 Feb: @ 19:13:36 
Canada Geese on the move north [Sue and Ted Ulrich]
28 Feb: @ 18:10:23 
Chinook Mine [Peter Scott]
28 Feb: @ 16:17:48 
NW Indiana (28-Feb-2015) [Kenneth J. Brock]
28 Feb: @ 12:36:41 
Arrowhead Marsh-- Feb. 28 AM [Rodger Rang]
28 Feb: @ 10:31:43 
Rusty Blackbird Sightings Wanted [Don Gorney]
28 Feb: @ 06:54:59 
N.W.Indiana - 2/27 - Scoters, L.T.Duck [MTopp7927]
27 Feb: @ 20:54:59 
IU Ornithology class field trip to Goose Pond / Turtle Creek [Hengeveld, Susan E.]
27 Feb: @ 20:02:35 
Barrows goldeneye (Chicago) [Liz Day]
27 Feb: @ 19:31:08 
Fwd: eBird Report - IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8, Feb 27, 2015 [Robert Guth]
27 Feb: @ 18:24:56 
correction on the Burn [russ Allison]
27 Feb: @ 14:49:31 
The Burn [russ Allison]
27 Feb: @ 13:29:32 
IAS and SAS joint trip to Goose Pond FWA Feb 28, 2015 cancelled [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
27 Feb: @ 11:17:05 
Re: Red-throated Loon [Sterrenburg, Lee W.]
27 Feb: @ 11:10:31 
Red-throated Loon [Landon Neumann]
27 Feb: @ 10:57:08 
Lamb Lake [Tom]
27 Feb: @ 10:23:16 
Merlin--Morgan County [Joni James]
27 Feb: @ 09:37:00 
IAS feeder counts [John Castrale]
27 Feb: @ 08:19:13 
Dearborn County Feeder [Bob Decker]
26 Feb: @ 20:13:02 
Pheasant Ridge Pond Waterfowl [Leland Shaum]
26 Feb: @ 15:25:29 
Celery Bog Nat. Area, ROGO & other waterfowl, 2/26/15 [Ed Hopkins]
26 Feb: @ 10:30:14 
White-winged Scoters Ohio River (Clark County) [Del Striegel]
26 Feb: @ 10:17:04 
Waterfowl, Celery Bog Nature Area, Feb 26, 2015 [Dunning, John B]
25 Feb: @ 19:16:56 
Redheads, Goldeneye, Coot [Trice Berkley]
25 Feb: @ 19:16:37 
Sherman Street Bridge - Elkhart, IN [Trice Berkley]
25 Feb: @ 18:27:38 
Re: Ducks, sandhills in Ewing (Brownstown) [marcia walker]
25 Feb: @ 17:52:00 
feeder hawks [Julia Mast]
25 Feb: @ 15:56:58 
Fort Quiatenon, Williamsburg on the Wabash [russ Allison]
25 Feb: @ 15:01:28 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]





Subject: Miller-Showers Park Ducks
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 16:25 pm
From: bluesdoc AT bluemarble.net
 
About 1:30pm, I drove by the upper water filtering pond of Miller-Showers Park on 17th Street between College & Walnut and saw 2 ducks with white flanks. I pulled in the parking lot and IDíd 2 male Lesser Scaup as well as a male and female Mallard. While the Mallards were lolling around the 1/2 open water, the Scaup were actively feeding in and around the ice edges then and when I returned around 3:30pm. The Scaup did seem at times skittish about the urban noises, in particular several sirens-awailing vehicles, but did not fly off. The Mallards were not present at 3:30pm.

Bob Kissel
Bloomington



Subject: Williamsburg on the Wabash
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 15:45 pm
From: grounds11 AT frontier.com
 
I visited (Williamsburg on the Wabash) appt. Complex and Prophetstown State
park today. I started at 10:30am and finished at 3:30pm. It was cold but the
sun was out for a change. At the Appt. complex I had (7) Common Goldeneye
Ducks on the Wabash. I still have 3 or more Great Blue Herons hanging
around. I next went to Prophetstown State park. I had Northern Harriers, and
Rough-legged Hawks.



Williamsburg--birds seen

Common Goldeneye--7

Canada Goose--15

Great blue Heron--3

Bald Eagle--1--immature

Red tailed Hawk--2

American Crow--10

American Robin--15

Downy Woodpecker--1

Ring billed Gull--2



Prophetstown State Park:

Mallard --4

Great blue Heron--1

Northern Harrier--2

Red tailed Hawk--2

Rough legged Hawk--2

American Crow--4

Carolina Chickadee--5

American tree Sparrow--15

White breasted Nuthatch--1



Good birding

Russ Allison, West lafayette

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






Subject: Sandhill Cranes heading South, Harrison County
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 11:24 am
From: ddstriegel AT frontier.com
 
Went snowshoeing this morning in neighbors fields.  Highlight was 275+ Sandhills flying south around 10:30 am.  Only other birds seen were 2 Horned Larks.  Location is near Lanesville Exit 113 on I-64W.

Del Striegel
Georgetown, IN





Subject: Greater Black-backed gull?
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 18:46 pm
From: solomogo AT comcast.net
 
Birding at Norway Dam, Monticello in White County. Along with the Ring-billed and Herring gulls, I saw a larger gull with a much darker back standing at the water's edge. I'm not the most experienced birder. What is the likelihood of this being a Greater Black-backed gull? If not, any idea what it may have been?

Gary Overdorf



Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 18:43 pm
From: noahkearns AT hotmail.com
 
As I was home today getting over some illness I was watching the feeders with June and Lyra.  As we watched an adult Red-shouldered Hawk snagged a smaller gray squirrel that was eating seeds on the ground.  The bird flew about 20 ft and proceeded to kill and start to dismember the squirrel in our driveway.  We watched until the dogs saw it and started barking.  The hawk took off into the woods with its prize.  A pretty exciting moment!

Noah June and Lyra Kearns
Mitchell IN



Subject: Wilson's Snipe
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 18:08 pm
From: kmcclann AT gmail.com
 
On the way home from work, I noticed that the small retention
pond/ditch on Division
Rd between St Charles and US 231 S was completely flooded from all the rain
we have been getting today. Looking closer, I counted five Wilson's Snipe
in the grass just above the edge of the water. They appeared to be
patiently waiting for the water to subside.

I first observed two Snipe on 2/15, so they have been hanging around for
awhile.

Kathy McClain
Jasper, IN



Subject: Rough-legged Hawk - Johnson County
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 5:30 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I spent Saturday morning pursuing a dark-phase hawk that I wavered on between a Harlan's and Rough-legged Hawk. Turned out to be the latter.

I also had a nice assortment of waterfowl at the Lowe's/Walmart pond in Franklin including Canada Geese, Mallards, American Black Ducks, Redheads, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Gadwall, and American Coots.

You can read about the hawk pursuit and the only photo I got at http://bushwhackingbirder.com/

Bob Carper
Indianapolis†




Subject: southwest Vigo County, Turtle Creek Reservoir, Chinook Mine
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 20:48 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
The morning after a 6 to 8 inch snowfall was a pleasant sunny day.  I drove south from  Terre Haute to Sullivan County on Hwy 63, explored the accessible areas of Turtle Creek Reservoir, and returned north, stopping at Chinook Mine.  Highway 63 had many flocks of Horned Larks on the roadside: over 1000 birds in Vigo County from the Penitentiary to Sullivan County, and another 500 or more in Sullivan County.
Besides these, highlights were 1 SNOW BUNTING, 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, 2 continuing WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 3 Rusty Blackbirds for the Blitz.

SUTLIFF DRIVE, southwestern Vigo, US-IN
Mar 2, 2015 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Snow cover of 6 inches from yesterday has pushed birds into roadways. I turned off Highway 63 onto Sutliff to hopefully study the Horned Lark flocks better and see what might be with them. Was able to find a few flocks on this road.
3 species

Horned Lark 75
Lapland Longspur 20 with Horned Larks, on snow-covered gravel road and adjacent
SNOW BUNTING 1 with Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. no buff on this bird; gray and white, with prominent white wing-patch. Like illustrations of adult female breeding plumage.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22150319
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


TURTLE CREEK RESERVOIR, Sullivan, US-IN
Mar 2, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: On day after 6 to 8 inches snowfall - but a pleasant calm sunny day of 32 degrees F - I checked 3 accessible parts of the reservoir: CR 25 N at north end (foggy over main body of water, but productive near shore); Gettinger Road; South Boat Ramp. The road to CR 700W was not plowed. I did not see any Bonaparte's Gulls or the Little Gull.
33 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 24
Canada Goose 700
Mallard 18
Northern Pintail 9
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 2 adult males - continuing birds, where "bay" along Gettinger Rd joins main reservoir. Noted black body, white wing patch (on one bird), white comma below eye, orange bill, large size relative to Mallards.
Hooded Merganser 45
Common Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 55 within the usual range of numbers at this warm-water reservoir in winter
Horned Grebe 5
Great Blue Heron 9 8 at north end, CR 25N, vocalizing loudly as they displaced each other along shore.
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1 adult
American Coot 25
Ring-billed Gull 100 including about 20 with Hooded Mergansers in middle of lake
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 5
Horned Lark 80 on snowy roadsides
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
AMERICAN PIPIT 1 at CR25N causeway, on rocky shore of peninsula under powerline
American Tree Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow 1 on snowy roadside of Market St
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 1 cattail marsh
White-throated Sparrow 5
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 20
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 20 mixed flock with Grackles at CR25N
Eastern Meadowlark 3
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 3 2 males, 1 female on icy shore at CR25N
Common Grackle 30 mixed flock with Red-wings at CR25N

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22150250
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Subject: eBird Report - Chinook Mine Northwest (Vigo Co), Mar 2, 2015

CHINOOK MINE NORTHWEST (Vigo Co), Vigo, US-IN
Mar 2, 2015 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove Swalls Road from Tabortown Rd to Clay Co line. Mainly observed "north Tabortown lake" from Swalls; the center of the lake is open water, surrounded by ice sheets, and has hosted a large number of geese and ducks for last week or two. Weather: 32 degrees F, calm, mostly clear, good visibility, 6 to 8 inch snow cover.
18 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 1200 counted by 20's; species has become common last few winters in this area
Snow Goose 5 2 dark phase, 3 white phase
Canada Goose 4200
TRUMPETER SWAN 2 adults, plunging necks in water and feeding among mass of Redheads, other ducks, GWF Gees
Gadwall 10
Mallard 120
Northern Pintail 2 adult males
Canvasback 10
Redhead 160
Ring-necked Duck 70
Common Goldeneye 10
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 immature
American Coot 3
American Crow 10
Eastern Bluebird 1 heard
Red-winged Blackbird 10 territorial adult males, perched on shrubs, scattered

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22149920
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Subject: IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 19:12 pm
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
Concerning the Common Goldeneye roost location, it was pointed out to me that the roads are tricky there in Elkhart County. Off County Road 17 just north of the St. Joseph River, turn east, not west, on Bristol Street (County Road 10). After a couple curves in the road, the Pheasant Ridge Pond is to the north. At that point, the road is renamed CR8 however. I hope this clarifies the location. The pond is easily seen on Google Maps.
Bob Guth
Goshen (Elkhart County)
bobwgfsa at gmail.com




Subject: Franklin and Ripley County back roads
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 17:25 pm
From: bdecker.bird AT gmail.com
 
Went looking for Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspur a-- no luck.

Northern Ripley County Road US-IN-Sunman-12552-12658 N Spades Rd, Ripley, US-IN
Mar 2, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
19 species

Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 7
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 17
Horned Lark 165
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
European Starling 43
Eastern Towhee 3
American Tree Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 12
Northern Cardinal 5
Eastern Meadowlark 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subIDSW Franklin County back roads US-IN-Batesville-2102 Sunman Rd, Franklin, US-IN
Mar 2, 2015 12:38 PM - 12:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
13 species

Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 11
Horned Lark 33
American Robin 2
European Starling 17
Eastern Towhee 1
Dark-eyed Junco 7
Northern Cardinal 1
Eastern Meadowlark 16

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22147515

Versailles SP, Ripley, US-IN
Mar 2, 2015 5:03 PM - 5:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walking Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
12 species

Canada Goose 300
Mallard 5
Canvasback 1
Mourning Dove 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 2
Eastern Towhee 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22147319

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

Bob Decker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Red-throated Loon
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 16:54 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
I wasn't planning on birding today, but I had time to kill this afternoon
and it was so nice outside I decided to go out and work the river. Glad I
did. The highlights included Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, and
Red-throated Loon. Back to back years for White-winged Scoter and
Long-tailed Duck in the county! I think this will be the peak for the Cass
sea duck invasion this year. Looks like we are going to be on a warming
thread starting Friday.

River Confluence
Canada Goose 300
Red-throated Loon 1 Continuing bird

Sewage Plant Road
Canada Goose 25
Mallard 5
Canvasback 2
Greater Scaup 4
Lesser Scaup 8
Common Goldeneye 30
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 1

Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 300
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 20
Greater Scaup 1
Long-tailed Duck 1 Immature male. White bird with black cheek patch
with bi-colored bird. 2nd county record
Common Goldeneye 100
Common Merganser 8
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Herring Gull 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 1
European Starling 5
Northern Cardinal 10

Lewisburg
Canada Goose 350
White-winged Scoter 1 female. All brown bird with white patches on
face and big bill.
Common Goldeneye 20
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 4

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Illiana Birds: Trumpeter Swans
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 11:16 am
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
I continue to report the whereabouts of the banded Trumpeter Swan(s) to the
Bird Banding Lab. This year the bi-state Trumpeter 71 E has paired up with
another one. I noticed them together at Hammond George Lake, bi-state Wolf
Lake and now continuing at East Chicago Roxanna Pond/Grand Calumet River. If
there is adequate secluded and sheltered nesting habitat, they may find a
place to stay through the year in the region. Human disturbance would be a
big problem for the swans.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN




Subject: California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 10:59 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A note of caution for newer birders and a reminder for not so new birders that almost all of the Ohio River at and near the Falls of the Ohio lies within Kentucky's border. Nearly 100% of the fossil beds, the dam, and the floodwall are all in Kentucky.

In my experience, water birds seen at the Falls are in Kentucky and they usually do not venture into Indiana. Brainard Palmer-Ball has provided some great topo and aerial maps showing the boundaries of the KY/IN border in the area. The links below are for the Falls.

Be aware of the border when submitting records to eBird or the Indiana Bird Records Committee from along the Ohio River.  Providing details about the location is often critical to these reports so that it can be determined that the bird was actually seen in Indiana. It's not where you are standing that counts; it's where the bird is located.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...   Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com

From: Johnson Brian
To: IN-BIRD-L
Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 7:40 AM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville

Kentucky birding guru Brainard Palmer-Ball spotted an adult CALIFORNIA GULL on 02/28 amidst the numerous Herrings and Ring-billeds.  Bird was relocated yesterday in the same location, in front of the wall in the pools below the dam.  Early evening seems to be the best time to chase this bird, as the gulls here go out and about and feed during the day elsewhere. 

Multiple observers present, distant photos taken.  Bird is intermediate in size between HEGU and RBGU with slightly darker mantle.  Good luck to those who venture to the South today.
Brian "Living hard will take its toll."






Subject: Gene Stratton-Porter Monthly Bird Survey March 5
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 9:08 am
From: TConrad AT indianamuseum.org
 
The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is conducting a base line survey on 80 acres of former farm land in Rome City, Indiana. The information will be used to reference against once the land is restored to wetland and prairie grassland. Monthly surveys of the land will be compiled for  5 years and submitted to the Indiana Academy of Science discussing the impact of the restoration of the land and the increased diversity of bird species.  The survey will be taking place in the farm fields to the west of the Gene Stratton-Porter main property, with 5 specific locations in the fields as survey points. We will meet at the Carriage House Visitor's Center at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday March 5th  . We are located at 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City, IN 46784. If you have any questions please contact the site naturalist, Tiffany, at 260.854.3790.

This is a monthly survey that occurs on the first Thursday of each month (also the third Thursday during peak migratory months), weather permitting.


Tiffany Conrad
Interpretive Naturalist
Gene Stratton-Porter SHS
Rome City, IN
tconrad@indianamuseum.org
260.854.3790





Subject: 3/1/15 - Roxanna & Lake George Canal (Lake Co.)
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 7:26 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Yesterday (3/1), around 4 pm, I decided to check RoxannaPond and Lake George Canal. Highlights at Roxanna were a juvenile Black-CrownedNight Heron, a decent number of Redheads, Trumpeter Swan 71E, and what Ibelieve to be an albino Mallard. I assume this is the same bird that I had onthe Little Calumet River near Carlson Oxbow last August. There are pictures onmy flickr site from both sightings. The highlight at Lake George Canal was 21White-winged Scoters. Below are my complete lists.
Matt Kalwasinski
https://www.flickr.com/photos/... (East Chicago), Lake, US-IN
Mar 1, 2015 4:10 PM - 4:35 PM

Canada Goose  137
Mute Swan  3
Trumpeter Swan  2    - Including 71E
Gadwall  14
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  155
Redhead  71
Greater Scaup  6
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  17
Hooded Merganser  8
Common Merganser  17
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1   - Juv
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Ring-billed Gull  12
Herring Gull  11
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
Mourning Dove  2
American Crow  2
European Starling  3
Dark-eyed Junco  1 Lake George Canal-100 W Columbus Dr, Lake, US-IN
Mar 1, 2015 4:45 PM - 5:05 PM

Mallard  6
Greater/Lesser Scaup  100    - quick estimate; failing light andtime
White-winged Scoter  21   
Common Goldeneye  15
Hooded Merganser  9
Common Merganser  6
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Herring Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12



Subject: California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 6:41 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Kentucky birding guru Brainard Palmer-Ball spotted an adult CALIFORNIA GULL on 02/28 amidst the numerous Herrings and Ring-billeds.  Bird was relocated yesterday in the same location, in front of the wall in the pools below the dam.  Early evening seems to be the best time to chase this bird, as the gulls here go out and about and feed during the day elsewhere. 

Multiple observers present, distant photos taken.  Bird is intermediate in size between HEGU and RBGU with slightly darker mantle.  Good luck to those who venture to the South today.
Brian "Living hard will take its toll."



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday March 1, 2015
Date: Sun Mar 1 2015 21:25 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Weather    Cloudy
Temp. Mid 20's
Snow 7"

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 24 species. The list includes

Canada Goose
Mallard
Great blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
European Starling
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams







Subject: Logansport Red-throated Loon Continues
Date: Sun Mar 1 2015 13:49 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
The adult Red-throated Loon that first showed up on Friday was still there
at the confluence this afternoon. It seems very loyal to its spot by the
railroad bridge.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Somerville Mines/Gibson Co. Ferruginous Hawk YES!
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 22:54 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Amy Hodson and I traveled to the Hemmer Woods area of Somerville Mines in Gibson County today 2/28, having seen the FERRUGINOUS HAWK reported on eBird yesterday, after an apparent absence of more than 2 weeks.

From the intersection of CR900S and 1050E (across from the "Ferruginous Hawk tree" fronting Hemmer Woods), we scanned for several minutes and finally picked the bird up well to the west, circling high in the air and slowly drifting south. As we watched, the bird quickly shed altitude and made a mock stoop on a Northern Harrier before climbing again to resume its circling. We notified Evan Speck, who was in the area and joined us a few minutes later, just in time to see the bird land atop a utility pole along 950E. We high-tailed it over there and re-found the bird, which proceeded to take off and climb high into the sky, where it briefly soared with, and then was harassed by, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. The Ferruginous then set its wings and passed directly over our position at extreme altitude, finally disappearing from sight as it headed east toward Hemmer Woods. 
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Subject: Sullivan County - Little Gull, White-winged Scoters, Greater Scaup, Brown Thrasher, Merlin
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 20:59 pm
From: ykcul88 AT gmail.com
 
     I spent some time this afternoon and evening checking out Turtle Creek
and N CR 350 N (old Minnehaha I believe). I was able to spot the Little
Gull and Scoters from CR 700 and picked up the 2 Greater Scaup from Market
street. The haze on the lake was problematic and many distant birds went
unidentified. On the way to the old Minnehaha area a Brown Thrasher flushed
near the road. Once arriving at the CR 350 location I quickly picked up my
target species, a Marlin, and had decent waterfowl activity in the few open
spots of water. Lots of blackbirds were flying from N-S near sunset
presumably to a roost not too far away. Below are my totals for the day.

Turtle Creek Reservoir, Sullivan, US-IN
Feb 28, 2015 2:46 PM - 4:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
16.599 mile(s)
Comments: Birds seen between lake vantage points also noted. Submitted
from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
36 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 3
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) X thousands
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 6
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 2
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 3
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 76
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 9
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 43
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 8
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 3
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 10
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 8
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 44
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 9
Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 252
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 11
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 26
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 18
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 21
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 7

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22111497


Hamilton, 1751-2857 East Co Road 350 North, Sullivan, US-IN
Feb 28, 2015 5:13 PM - 5:19 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
4 species

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1 on edge of small patch of woods.
flushed into bush as i passed by, then perched in open. large brown/brick
red bird, long tail, streaked front. easily identified
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22111478

N Co. Rd. 350 E, Sullivan, US-IN
Feb 28, 2015 5:21 PM - 5:58 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.1 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
17 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 3
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 8
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 113
Redhead (Aythya americana) 42
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 7
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22112230
--
*Adam M Betuel*
*Indiana State University*
*PhD Candidate - Biology*
*ykcul88@gmail.com *
*abetuel@sycamores.indstate.edu *



Subject: IU Ornithology class field trip to Goose Pond / Turtle Creek - round two
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 20:42 pm
From: shengeve AT indiana.edu
 
Jim and I had another good field trip with my ornithology class this afternoon/evening.   Perhaps not as exciting as yesterday's, but still exciting for the students.    Had better looks at some things than we did yesterday (e.g., Sandhill Cranes on the ground instead of just flying, Rough-legged Hawks cooperating).  Regardless, it was a good day out.  Got out of there just as the snow was starting and were able to get ahead of the weather as we drove east toward Bloomington.

Below are our numbers ó the highlights were the LITTLE GULL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (3)!, and 11 SHORT-EARED OWLS. Actually when asked, a # of the students said Great Blue Heron was one of their favorite birds. :-) Many have never birded before this class, so it is all new and exciting. :-)

Route: SR 67 to CR 100 and into Beehunter; next high-tailed it to Turtle Creek and then back through Dugger and into the north end of Bear Run Mine. Left Bloomington at 2:00pm and were back by 8:15pm (were supposed to be back by 8:00 but had a hard time getting the students to leave the owls!). :-)

Overall list:
Greater White-fronted Geese -50
Snow/Ross's Geese - 2 (probably snow ó seen flying and boy did they look small flying next to a Canada!)
Canada Geese -100ís
Northern Shoveler -6
Redhead - 7
White-winged Scoter -3
Hooded Merganser - 250
Common Merganser - 5
Red-breasted Merganser -3

Wild Turkey - 40

Pied-billed Grebe - 40
Horned Grebe - 60

Double-crested Cormorant -1

Great Blue Heron - 8

Turkey Vulture - 4
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 4
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Rough-legged Hawk - 5
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
American Kestrel - 4

American Coot - 60
Sandhill Crane - 300

Little Gull - 1
Bonaparteís Gull - 30
Ring-billed Gull - 200
Herring Gull - 7

Rock Pigeon - 12
Mourning Dove - 20

Barred Owl - 1 (seen by Danielle)
Short-eared Owl - 11

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1

Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - x
Horned Lark - 60
Tufted Titmouse - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 2
American Robin - 2
Northern Mockingbird - 2
European Starling - x
Eastern Towhee - 2
American Tree Sparrow - 30
Savannah Sparrow - 6
Song Sparrow - 2
Swamp Sparrow - 1
White-crowned Sparrow - 20
Dark-eyed Junco - 8
Northern Cardinal - 15
Eastern Meadowlark - 2
Red-winged Blackbird - x
Rusty Blackbird - 1
Common Grackle - x
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5
House Finch - 3
House Sparrow - 15

____________________________________
Dr. Susan Hengeveld
1001 E. 3rd Street
Department of Biology
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

shengeve@indiana.edu
office -- Morrison Hall 202
office phone -- 812-855-5239




Subject: Salamonie, Mississinewa
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 19:33 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Desperately hungry for a real day of birding, I decided to test myself by going to Salamonie on this cold, but mostly sunny day with light winds until midafternoon.  Worked out well enough that I went on to Mississinewa to check the river from the Seven Pillars upstream to SR 124, where there were a number of rarities last year about this time.  That was last year, not this one, I found..A good day nevertheless with 38 species and several goodies.


My route was from Huntington along the Wabash to Lagro (W; mostly frozen), back through Salamonie River State Forest (birdless) and around the south side of Salamonie (S) to the nature center, then on to the Mississinewa (M)


Canada goose W, M
Mute Swan 4 M
Mallard W, M
Redhead 1 M
Common Goldeneye 13 M
Hooded Merganser 1 W, 1 M
Wild Turkey 1 Wabash Co. enroute
Great Blue Heron 1 W, 3 M
Bald Eagle 8 W, 1 S, 7 M (14 adults, 2 imm)
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Rough-legged Hawk 1 S, 1 M lots of them this year in Allen Co. too
Am. Kestrel 2
SANDHILL CRANE 10 in cornfield on N edge of Andrews; I suspect migrant
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl on nest E of Lagro
Belted Kingfisher 1 M
Woodpecker: Red-headed 1 S nature center feeders, Red-bellied, Downy
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-br. Nuthatch
E. Bluebird 4 W
HERMIT THRUSH 1, Lost Bridge W, Salamonie; I suspect wintering
Am. Robin 1 M
Eur. Starling
Am. Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
LAPLAND LONGSPUR 1 w, 3 S

N. Cardinal
House Finch
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw






Subject: Canada Geese on the move north
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 19:13 pm
From: sueandtedulrich AT msn.com
 
Was outside for an hour cutting honeysuckle between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. and started noticing a steady movement of Canada Geese northward. At least 1,000 Canada Geese passed over after I started counting. They weren't casual flyovers but were really winging it northward in groups of 35 to 200 at a time. All the the ones I noted crossed within 0.25 miles east and west of me--if similar numbers were moving across the state, the total heading north this afternoon could have been tremendous.

Susan Ulrich
Tippecanoe County-Warren County line





Subject: Chinook Mine
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 18:10 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Visited mine areas north and south of Interstate 70.  Lots of geese and ducks.  Nothing unusual.  Grackles (a flock of several hundreds with Red-wings) were my first of year in Vigo County.

Chinook Mine NORTHWEST Vigo Co), Vigo, US-IN
Feb 28, 2015 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast, 30 degrees, lakes mostly frozen, but Tabortown Road lake open with many geese and ducks.
17 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 100
Canada Goose 3000
Gadwall 20
Mallard 200
Northern Pintail 2
Canvasback 2
Redhead 40
Ring-necked Duck 50
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Goldeneye 8
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 10
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 2 pair (1 adult, 1 near-adult) perched near nest, in same tree close to each other. Near adult (maybe 3rd year) had dirty white (brown-streaked) head, dull bill (not bright yellow), white speckling on dark breast.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 immature
Rough-legged Hawk 1
American Crow 50
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22113367
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Chinook Mine NORTHEAST Clay Co.), Clay, US-IN
Feb 28, 2015 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
10 species

Canada Goose 200
Northern Harrier 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 5
American Kestrel 1
American Crow 500
American Robin 1
American Tree Sparrow 20
Red-winged Blackbird 1
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22113413
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Chinook Mine SOUTH (of Interstate 70), Vigo, US-IN
Feb 28, 2015 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: overcast, 30 degrees, lakes frozen. Waterfowl in corn field stubble.
16 species
Greater White-fronted Goose 250
Canada Goose 1200
American Black Duck 10
Mallard 800 in corn fields on south side of Moyer Drive
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Crow 1000
Horned Lark 60
Lapland Longspur 15
American Tree Sparrow 40
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 500
Eastern Meadowlark 6
Common Grackle 900 on Margaret Road (dirt, gravel part) and adjacent fields
Brown-headed Cowbird 20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22113500



Subject: NW Indiana (28-Feb-2015)
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 16:17 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (28-Feb-2015) John Cassady, Lynn Vernon, and I birded Northwest Indiana.

It was quite a day. The early morning temperature was minus 13 degrees F; mercifully it warmed up 40 degrees before our day ended. Lake Michigan was covered by pack ice. We found open water only at Portage Lakefront Park, Burns Ditch, and Whiting Refinery Beach. Surprisingly, these open sites offered very few birds. Consequently, we headed for Newton County hoping the find lots of longspurs and Rough-legged hawks. Numbers of the former were okay, but we logged an impressive 21 Rough-legs (some at very close range in bright sunlight).

REYNOLDS CREEK GAMEBIRD HABITAT AREA
Red-tailed Hawk,1
Red-bellied Woodpecker,1 feeding on the ground in a cornfield with a Horned Lark in -13 degree cold
Horned Lark,4
Blue Jay,2
American Crow,13
Eastern Bluebird,2
American Tree Sparrow,1
American Goldfinch,7

CENTRAL BEVERLY SHORES (along Beverly Drive)
Red-headed Woodpecker,1 adult
Blue Jay,2
American Crow,2
Eastern Bluebird,1
Song Sparrow,2 singing

WESTERN BEVERLY SHORES
Red-headed Woodpecker,2 adults

PORTAGE LAKEFRONT PARK (met Michael Topp)
Canvasback,1 male
Greater Scaup,20
Surf Scoter,1 continuing first-cycle male
White-winged Scoter,4 2 adult males (watch for Cassady photo) & 2 females
Common Goldeneye,100 apx
Common Merganser,4
Red-breasted Merganser,20
Horned Grebe,2
Herring Gull,90
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,1 first-cycle
Great Black-backed Gull,5 Ė 4 adults & one 3rd-cycle

HAMMOND MARINA (Burns Ditch)
Greater Scaup,2
Common Goldeneye,8
Common Merganser,3
Red-breasted Merganser,1

WHITING REFINERY BEACH (surprisingly large area of open water)
Greater Scaup,30
White-winged Scoter,13- amazingly all males: 12 adults and one 1st-cycle
Red-breasted Merganser,1
Ring-billed Gull,2
Herring Gull,60
Great Black-backed Gull,12 Ė 5 adults, two 3rd-cycle & five 1st-cycle

SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY (along I-65)
Red-tailed Hawk,1
Rough-legged Hawk,1 dark-morph

JASPER COUNTY (along I-65 & SR 14)
Red-tailed Hawk,2
American Kestrel,1
Horned Lark,8

NEWTON COUNTY
Red-tailed Hawk,1
Rough-legged Hawk,2- light-morphs- one was an adult male
Horned Lark,12

TNC KANKAKEE SANDS
Northern Harrier,2 female & immature
Rough-legged Hawk,18- 13 light morphs (3 adult males & one adult female) & 5 dark morphs (adult male & female). We enjoyed watching on male devour a vole at point-blank range.
Rock Pigeon,15
Mourning Dove,20
Horned Lark,30
American Crow,125
Dark-eyed Junco,10
Lapland Longspur,404
Snow Bunting,5- in a large longspur flock
Eastern Meadowlark,8
Brown-headed Cowbird,1

PRAIRIE CHICKEN REFUGE
Canada Goose,51- in a channel with open water

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN




Subject: Arrowhead Marsh-- Feb. 28 AM
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 12:36 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 Sunny skies, light winds, and comparatively warms temps (mid-teens) made it seem downright balmy.  I checked the Arrowhead properties off Aboite Road in Allen County this late morning and noted:
Bald Eagle- 2 adultsRough-legged Hawk- 2 light morph (1 ad., 1 not aged)
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Rusty Blackbird Sightings Wanted
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 10:31 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Tomorrow is the opening day of the Rusty BlackbirdSpring Migration Blitz!¬† The Blitzchallenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds throughout this species‚Äô entiremigratory range. It‚Äôs easy to participate- bird as you normally do andsearch especially carefully for Rusty Blackbirds- then report your results toeBird under the ‚ÄúRusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz‚ÄĚ survey type, even ifyou don‚Äôt find a Rusty.¬† Or, visit one ofour Rusty Blackbird Areas of Interest (visit the interactive map at http://rustyblackbird.org/outr... or see below for a list of Indiana sites)to help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during springmigration.¬†Some Rusty Blackbirds spend the winter in Indiana, but the bulk of sightings are during spring and fall migration. The peak of Rusty spring migration for most of Indiana is March and April. The goal for Hoosier birders is to document when Rusties get ready for migration and subsequently leaveour region to head north to their breeding grounds.¬†¬†¬†For more information on Blitz objectives, along with RustyBlackbird identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reportinginformation, you can find additional resources at http://rustyblackbird.org/outr... ¬†We hope you‚Äôll ‚Äúget Rusty‚ÄĚ with us to help conserve thiselusive and vulnerable songbird! Also, follow us on Facebook to hear aboutRusty sightings, see Rusty pictures, and get the latest Blitz news: https://www.facebook.com/rusty...
Below are Indiana sites where flocks of 25 or more Rusties were reported in Indiana in spring 2014. These would be great places to check over the next two months. Other wet areas, including wet woods, swamps, ponds, wooded areas along rivers are also places to check. Report sightings to eBird.

Bottom Rd., Monroe Co.    Monroe
Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.)    Clay
Deep River County Park    Lake
Eagle Creek Park--Ice Skating Pond    Marion
Eagle Slough    Vanderburgh
Friendship Road    Monroe
Gibson Lake Area    Gibson
Goose Pond FWA    Greene
Hitchcock Pond    LaPorte
Honey Creek River Bottoms    Vigo
Hovey Lake FWA    Posey
Indiana Dunes SP    Porter
Kankakee Sands    Newton
Kankakee State FWA    Starke
Kingsbury State Fish & Wildlife Area    LaPorte
Kramer Woods to CR600W    Spencer
Mulvey Pond    Tippecanoe
Oak Ridge Prairie County Park    Lake
Patoka River NWR (Gibson Co.)    Gibson
Patoka River NWR--Dillin Bottoms    Pike
Patoka River--Stewart Public Access Site    Dubois
Pigeon River FWA    LaGrange
Potato Creek SP    St. Joseph
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail--CR26 to CR28    Elkhart
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve    Hamilton
Saunders Woods    Gibson
Stillwater Marsh    Monroe
Tern Bar Slough     Gibson
Turtle Creek Reservoir    Sullivan
Wesselman Woods Nature Center    Vanderburgh
Willow Slough FWA    Newton
 
If anyone has questions you can contact one of the state coordinators who are Amy Kearns, Landon Neumann, and me.
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: N.W.Indiana - 2/27 - Scoters, L.T.Duck
Date: Sat Feb 28 2015 6:54 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
2/27
I stopped by the Portage Marina and Lakefront Park today.
There were lots of ducks in the open water.
* Photos I will post later.
PORTAGE LAKEFRONT PARK AND MARINA:
1-Horned Grebe
10-Canada Geese
8-Mallards
1-Black Duck
3-Redheads
20-G.Scaup
1-L.T.Duck (Female)
2-Black Scoters (Female Types)
1-Surf Scoter (1st year male)
9-W.W.Scoters (5-males) *
85+C.Goldeneye *
8-Buffleheads
16-C.Mergansers *
6-R.B.Mergansers *
1-R.T.Hawk
1-Cooper's Hawk
2-Glaucous Gulls (Juvs.)
1-Iceland Gull (ad.)
3-Great Black-backed Gulls (2ad.)
6-A.Crows
2-A.Robins
4-N.Juncos
2-Tree Sparrows

Also there was a Great Blue Heron flying along the frozen river behind
my house - pm.



Michael Topp

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




Subject: IU Ornithology class field trip to Goose Pond / Turtle Creek
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 20:54 pm
From: shengeve AT indiana.edu
 
Jim and I had an amazing field trip with my ornithology class this afternoon/evening.   Every semester we do one trip (breaking the class into a couple of different outings) out to Goose Pond.  In the spring the main targets are the raptors, including Short-eared Owls and also cranes.  Given the frozen conditions as of late, we werenít overly optimistic.  But thanks to Steve Limaís encouraging words concerning Turtle Creek and Lee Sterrenbergís advice on where to we might look for owls in Bear Run Mine, we had an amazing field trip.  One of those one-of-a-kind days that we hope to heck we can repeat at least somewhat on Saturday and Monday when we take the rest of the class out!

Below are our numbers ó the highlights were the GOLDEN EAGLE, MERLIN, LITTLE GULL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (3)! and getting an amazing 15 (maybe as many as 20!) SHORT-EARED OWLS. Just an amazing day!

As Jim told the students, it was unprecedented to get Golden Eagles on two of our field trips (before this year, I have had only one in nearly 20 years of teaching the class). This semester we have had two!!!

Route: SR 67 to CR 100 and into Beehunter; next high-tailed it to Turtle Creek and then back through Dugger and into the north end of Bear Run Mine. Left Bloomington at 2:00pm and were back by 8:15pm (were supposed to be back by 8:00 but had a hard time getting the students to leave the owls!). :-)

Overall list:
Greater White-fronted Geese -10
Canada Geese -100ís
Mallard -2
Green-winged Teal -2
Northern Shoveler -6
White-winged Scoter -3
Common Goldeneye - 1
Hooded Merganser - 5
Ruddy Duck - 1

Wild Turkey - 20

Pied-billed Grebe - 20
Horned Grebe - 6

Great Blue Heron - 2

Golden Eagle - 1 juv. (CR 100 soon after turning off SR 67)
- AMAZING LOOKS!
Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 4
Red-shouldered Hawk - 5
Rough-legged Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
American Kestrel - 3
Merlin - 1

American Coot - 35
Sandhill Crane - 300

Little Gull - 1
Bonaparteís Gull - 50
Ring-billed Gull - 200
Herring Gull - 2

Rock Pigeon - x
Mourning Dove - 10

Short-eared Owl - 15 (maybe up to 20!)

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1

Blue Jay - 5
American Crow - x
Horned Lark - 40
Carolina Wren - 1
American Robin - 2
Northern Mockingbird - 2
European Starling - x
American Tree Sparrow - 50+
Savannah Sparrow - 10
Song Sparrow - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 2
White-crowned Sparrow - 15
Dark-eyed Junco - 20
Northern Cardinal - 6
Eastern Meadowlark - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - x
Rusty Blackbird - 5 (Dugger)
Common Grackle - x
Brown-headed Cowbird - 10
House Finch - 4
American Goldfinch - 8
House Sparrow - 15

____________________________________
Dr. Susan Hengeveld
1001 E. 3rd Street
Department of Biology
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

shengeve@indiana.edu
office -- Morrison Hall 202
office phone -- 812-855-5239




Subject: Barrows goldeneye (Chicago)
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 20:02 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Anyone going to seek it, please email me.  LizIndianapolis



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8, Feb 27, 2015
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 19:31 pm
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
This was an amazing concentration of Common Goldeneyes where they come at night to spend the night. It is Elkhart County CR8 just west of CR17.

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: February 27, 2015 at 20:11:23 EST
> To: bobwgfsa at gmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8, Feb 27, 2015
>
> IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8, Elkhart, US-IN
> Feb 27, 2015 5:40 PM - 6:48 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> Comments: Temp 14F fair sunny until dark wind SW5 snowcover 6 inches but this pond is ice free Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
> 12 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 128
> Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 4
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 88
> Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 2
> Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 5
> Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 11
> Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 1400 Neil Miller and Leland Schaum reported 1700 last night. I counted up to 1020 but then as birds kept coming in I recounted by looking over the pond area by area and had 1400. The visibility is limited by trees as I was on the west side private lane staying in my car and there easily could have been more like the 1700 reported last night. This pond is unique in having springs and open water with no ice although the nearby river is frozen over. This has been a historical roost site since at least 2003 where ducks spend the night. There were about half males and half females and goldeneyes were dominant covering this lake by dark as compared to other species.
> Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 9
> Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 22 Neil Miller had 45 last night
> American Coot (Fulica americana) 1
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 40 Flyover
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22098994
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Bob Guth
Goshen, IN Elkhart County



Subject: correction on the Burn
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 18:24 pm
From: grounds11 AT frontier.com
 
My Post should have read (3) Snow Buntings and (30) Lapland Longspurs.



Russ Allison




Subject: The Burn
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 14:49 pm
From: grounds11 AT frontier.com
 
Barbara and I drove to Montgomery County today to visit her Sister. We
stopped by ( The Burn). The gravel roads were very busy with Horned Lark and
Snow Bunting. The sun felt good the Temp. was a little tough.

It was a nice day to be outside.



Birds seen at (The Burn).

Snow Bunting est.--30

Horned Lark-40

Red tailed Hawk--3

American tree Sparrow--2

European Starling--35

American Robin--20

Mourning Dove--31--sunning themselves on a pile of dirt at the farm West of
the Burn.

House Sparrow--10

American Crow--6

Rock Dove(Feral Pigeon)--1

Good Birding

Russ Allison, West Lafayette

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








Subject: IAS and SAS joint trip to Goose Pond FWA Feb 28, 2015 cancelled
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 13:29 pm
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
The joint Indiana Audubon Society and Sassafras Audubon Society trip to Goose Pond FWA tomorrow Saturday February 28, 2015 has been CANCELLED.

A MAKEUP TRIP at GPFWA sponsored by the same organizations will take place on Sunday March 15 2015.

Details on the March 15 makeup trip will be up soon on the IAS trip announcement web site:

http://www.indianaaudubon.org/...

If the URL of the new announcement changes I will do an update.

--Lee Sterrenburg
Indiana Audubon Society
Sassafras Audubon Society
Bloomington IN





Subject: Red-throated Loon
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 11:17 am
From: sterren AT indiana.edu
 
Landon,

You and Bud are on a roll!

Impressive and congrats,

--Lee Sterrenburg
Bloomington


On Feb 27, 2015, at 12:10 PM, Landon Neumann wrote:

This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded the Cass rivers hoping to find a goodie thanks to the current freeze. I was hoping for maybe something like a scoter, but we did much better. Instead we got a Red-throated Loon at the Confluence. The bird was just west of the Cicott bridge along Wabash Ave before the railroad track bridge. In a county that struggles to get 2 Common Loons most years getting a Red-throated is really cool.

Confluence- about 50% open
Canada Goose 500
Mallard 15
Greater Scaup 2 pair
Common Goldeneye 5
Red-throated Loon 1 First Cass Record
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Song Sparrow 1
House Finch 1

Georgetown Rd River about 50% open
Canada Goose 200
Mallard 50
Canvasback 1 continuing male
Common Goldeneye 75
Common Merganser 6
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Bald Eagle 15
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 5
Horned Lark 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 2
European Starling 3
American Tree Sparrow 50
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1

East Wabash River Road- 10% open
Greater Scaup 3 2m, 1f
Lesser Scaup 1f
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 imm

Lewisburg Road- 40% open
Canada Goose 1000
Mute Swan 1
Canvasback 1 female
Redhead 1
Lesser Scaup 3
Common Goldeneye 5
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 16
Bald Eagle 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Horned Lark 2
American Tree Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 5

Adamsboro Eel River Road- 30% open
Canada Goose 300
Mallard 100
Common Goldeneye 27
Common Merganser 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County




Subject: Red-throated Loon
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 11:10 am
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded the Cass rivers hoping to find a
goodie thanks to the current freeze. I was hoping for maybe something like
a scoter, but we did much better. Instead we got a Red-throated Loon at the
Confluence. The bird was just west of the Cicott bridge along Wabash Ave
before the railroad track bridge. In a county that struggles to get 2
Common Loons most years getting a Red-throated is really cool.

Confluence- about 50% open
Canada Goose 500
Mallard 15
Greater Scaup 2 pair
Common Goldeneye 5
Red-throated Loon 1 First Cass Record
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Song Sparrow 1
House Finch 1

Georgetown Rd River about 50% open
Canada Goose 200
Mallard 50
Canvasback 1 continuing male
Common Goldeneye 75
Common Merganser 6
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Bald Eagle 15
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 5
Horned Lark 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 2
European Starling 3
American Tree Sparrow 50
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1

East Wabash River Road- 10% open
Greater Scaup 3 2m, 1f
Lesser Scaup 1f
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 imm

Lewisburg Road- 40% open
Canada Goose 1000
Mute Swan 1
Canvasback 1 female
Redhead 1
Lesser Scaup 3
Common Goldeneye 5
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 16
Bald Eagle 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Horned Lark 2
American Tree Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 5

Adamsboro Eel River Road- 30% open
Canada Goose 300
Mallard 100
Common Goldeneye 27
Common Merganser 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Lamb Lake
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 10:57 am
From: annntom AT embarqmail.com
 
I guess yesterday was the day to check holes in the ice.  Here at Lamb
we have a hole of a couple of acres. The following is what I submitted
to e bird. The Red-headed Woodpecker is the 7th species of woodpecker
we have seen this year. Add to this the sighting of a male Common
Merganser and the hearing of a Bald Eagle near the same hole the day
before and our list is better than for the GBBC a couple of weeks ago.
Tom Hougham
on Lamb Lake in SW Johnson Co

Johnson, Johnson, US-IN
Feb 26, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
18.0 mile(s)
24 species

Canada Goose 1300
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 20
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 32
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Song Sparrow 9
White-throated Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco 25
Northern Cardinal 26
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3


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Subject: Merlin--Morgan County
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 10:23 am
From: heronwatch AT att.net
 
NEW specie for my home/yard list! Feb 25-  looked out window @ 5:25 pm and saw an adult male Merlin finishing its meal of female Cardinal near feeders.
Photo currently can be seen at my Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/heronwatchnatureprograms

Joni James
SE Martinsville


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Subject: IAS feeder counts
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 9:37 am
From: jsascastrale AT gmail.com
 
For those of you who participated in the Indiana Audubon Society's Winter
Bird Feeder Count, the count periods are now over. Please e-mail to
jsascastrale@gmail.com or snail mail your form to me at: 780 Lawrenceport
Road, Mitchell, IN 47446.

Thanks.

John Castrale



Subject: Dearborn County Feeder
Date: Fri Feb 27 2015 8:19 am
From: bdecker.bird AT gmail.com
 
HOME-US-IN-Sunman-22883 Mockingbird Lane, Dearborn, US-IN
Feb 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
24 species

Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 11
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2
European Starling 5
Eastern Towhee 2
American Tree Sparrow 3
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 27
Northern Cardinal 21
Red-winged Blackbird 2
House Finch 5
Purple Finch 3
American Goldfinch 17

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22090025

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

Bob Decker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Pheasant Ridge Pond Waterfowl
Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 20:13 pm
From: sleepyck AT maplenet.net
 
Our family took Neal Miller's family to visit the Pheasant Ridge Pond this evening. Viewing the waterfowl here is an experience like no other I have had in my years of birding. The birds are very close, with the far side of the pond only perhaps 200 feet away. Neal, our inveterate counter, came through again, spending significant time counting (estimating) Common Goldeneyes. It was a difficult task, as they were still coming in by flocks of 10 to 50 when we left about 6:45 PM. The sounds are as wonderful as the sight, as literally hundreds of goldeneyes display and do their calls, and wings whistle as they come in for landing. Viewing is somewhat hindered by the trees and brush between the lane and the pond, but it provides a screen that allows very close approach. They do spook and swim or fly away if you get out of the vehicle, so it works best to view from a vehicle.


Canada Goose many...we did not count
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 1
Mallard many
Canvasback 3
Redhead 1
Ring-necked Duck 7
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 6
Common Goldeneye 1700+
Hooded Merganser 12
Common Merganser 45
Red-breasted Merganser 3
American Coot 4
American Robin 30


Leland Shaum
Goshen, IN



Subject: Celery Bog Nat. Area, ROGO & other waterfowl, 2/26/15
Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 15:25 pm
From: birder4in AT gmail.com
 
   Last evening, the local TV weatherman said the winds were supposed to
be 30 mph, today. I didn't see any swirling snow this morning.
Therefore, I decided to get out of my fetal position and go over to
Celery Bog Nature Area. There was a big flock of Canada Geese on &
around the open hole in the ice of the S pond. I picked through the
birds and found a number of other waterfowl amongst the CANG.
When I got done counting the CANG, I saw additional birds coming into
the area from the SE. The Ross' Goose was amongst them. They seemed to
head for the ponds in front of University Place Apartments. On my way
out of Celery Bog NA, I stopped next door. I could see part of a group
of geese on the N bank of the E pond. I walked around to sidewalk along
Lindbergh Road & saw the Ross' Goose.
See the complete list of birds and map at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22081990
----
Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette, IN



Subject: White-winged Scoters Ohio River (Clark County)
Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 10:30 am
From: ddstriegel AT frontier.com
 
Five White-winged Scoters are present on Ohio River in Indiana waters.  When I arrived at 10:00 AM they were next to Indiana shore.  They can be viewed from Buckhead's Restaurant  on Riverside Drive in Clarksville, IN.  Went back around 10:30 AM, now they are in Kentucky waters.  
Counted 275+ divers in two large rafts (mostly canvasbacks, redheads and scaup) half mile upstream from Buckhead's at Jeffersonville Waterfront.

Del Striegel
Georgetown, IN



Subject: Waterfowl, Celery Bog Nature Area, Feb 26, 2015
Date: Thu Feb 26 2015 10:17 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
A brief visit in steady snow to Celery Bog.  The small patch of open water is still hosting the collection of ducks and geese that have been there for a few weeks. I did not see the Ross's Goose, Northern Shoveler or Gadwall that have been present. But most of the Canada Geese were packed into large bunches huddled against the wind and it is very possible that other species were present but hidden in the mass of bodies.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, US-IN Feb 26, 2015 8:10 AM - 8:25 AM
Protocol: Stationary
7 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 4
Canada Goose 500
Mallard 10
Canvasback 4
Redhead 10
Lesser Scaup 1 male
Common Goldeneye 1 male

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22078989

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



Subject: Redheads, Goldeneye, Coot
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 19:16 pm
From: cellistharpsichordist AT yahoo.ca
 
On the way home this afternoon, at around 230pm, the St. Joe river south of the Sherman Street bridge in Elkhart which has consistently been populated solely with C. Goldeneyes and Ca. Geese, has visitors.There were:Canada Goose - 30 (approx)Common Goldeneye - 24 (10 females, 14 males)Redheads - 11Ring-billed Gulls - 32American Coot - 2
Yesterday, the was A Red-tailed Hawk hunting along river to the north of the same bridge.



Subject: Sherman Street Bridge - Elkhart, IN
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 19:16 pm
From: cellistharpsichordist AT yahoo.ca
 
On the way home this afternoon, at around 230pm, the St. Joe river south of the Sherman Street bridge in Elkhart which has consistently been populated solely with C. Goldeneyes and Ca. Geese, has visitors.There were:Canada Goose - 30 (approx)Common Goldeneye - 24 (10 females, 14 males)Redheads - 11Ring-billed Gulls - 32American Coot - 2
Yesterday, the was A Red-tailed Hawk hunting along river to the north of the same bridge.



Subject: Ducks, sandhills in Ewing (Brownstown)
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 18:27 pm
From: mwalker AT epowerc.net
 
The ducks were there again on my way home tonight - they are mallards, in a
snow covered cornfield, dozens of them. Lots of sandhills in the area as
well. I've never seen so many ducks out of the water! Wonder if they are
spending the day on theWhite River and move to the cornfield at sundown?

Marcia Walker

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From: "Marcia Walker"
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Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:52 AM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Ducks, sandhills in Ewing (Brownstown)



Last night on my way home through the Ewing bottoms,
west of Brownstown, not only were there sandhills in
the fields but dozens of ducks. I did not have
binoculars with me, was in a hurry and to see them
meant looking into the setting sun, so I wasn't able
to ID them. County Road 225 W (Jackson County), which
is to the right after crossing the bridge over the
White River. I don't know if they are there this
morning or not.

Marcia Walker









------- Original Message -------
From : David Crouch[mailto:Nighthawk@prograde.net]
Sent : 2/24/2015 4:20:40 PM
To : in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Cc :
Subject : RE: [IN-BIRD-L] Lesser Black-backed Plus

Birding today along the Ohio River with Del Striegel
and Colleen and Tommy Becker I did not score any
Scoters or exotic Gulls but we had a Lesser
Black-backed and lots of winter diving Ducks
especially along the Ashland Park shore. Dave
Crouch Seymour
Ashland Park, Clark, US-INFeb 24, 2015 9:45 AM -
10:15 AMProtocol: StationaryComments: Actually
had two sessions at this location. The first with Del
Striegel and Colleen & Tommy Becker and then at 11:30
with Del only. All reported birds were very tight to
the shore or on shore. Numerous birds were viewed mid
river and South from this location as well as the
Falls of the Ohio Indiana State Park but I am not
reporting those.15 speciesCanada Goose 14Gadwall
2Mallard 4Canvasback 7Redhead 11Greater Scaup
2Lesser Scaup 4Bufflehead 8Common Goldeneye
15Hooded Merganser 3Horned Grebe 2Double-crested
Cormorant 1Ring-billed Gull XHerring Gull 2Lesser
Black-backed Gull 1 We scope checked a Gull
sitting on an ice chunk about 12 feet from shore due
to its size and coloration in comparison with nearby
Ring-billed Gulls. A first or perhaps second winter
bird displaying white spotting and pale streaking
throughout wings, side streaks on neck and belly, a
distinct "arrow" feature to the eye with a trailing
black eyeline and a longish black bill that may have
had a pale base. In flight over the shore I noted a
broad black tail band but never did see leg
color.View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22058389This
report was generated automatically by eBird v3
(http://ebird.org)




Subject: feeder hawks
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 17:52 pm
From: mastjul AT gmail.com
 
Late afternoon today, I watched the juvenile Cooperís Hawk chow down an easy meal of cast-off suet in the  feeder area.  The piece was thrown on the ground a day or two ago to replenish the suet cage with a large, fresh chunk.  It was quite unattractive to watch.  The suet was soft due to the relatively warm temperature (22 degrees F) and it stretched as it was pulled.  The snow on the ground was old and riddled with tracks and hulls.

When I looked up from the binoculars I could see large, horizontal wings cruise over the trees in front of me. They lowered in the sky with distance, keeping in a straight line parallel with the ground. I wondered if it was the mature Cooperís scoping the situation out.

The juvenile took its time. Eating alone. No other birds in sight.

Then big wings. From behind the house a Red-tailed bulleted in - target Cooperís. The Cooperís dropped the suet mid-gulp and sprang up. The Red-tailed maneuvered a sharp curve to attempt a tangent to the Cooperís flight. But the angles were wrong for the Red-tailed and the Cooperís flew off.

The last bit of suet was left uneaten on the ground.

Julia Mast
Goshen




Subject: Fort Quiatenon, Williamsburg on the Wabash
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 15:56 pm
From: grounds11 AT frontier.com
 
I had a nice group of Ducks on the Wabash and several small birds on the
shore. It seemed warm compared to yesterday. I have seen several very cold
Great blue Herons this week. I have seen (4) at the Williamsburg Apt.
complex. Today there were 4-5 at Fort Quiatenon.



Seen today:

Mallard-4

Common Merganser-20

Great blue Heron-4

American Kestrel-1

American Crow--10

Eastern Bluebird--6

Northern Cardinal--2

Carolina Chickadee--2

American Robin--1

European Starling-6

Tufted Titmouse--5

Brown Creeper--1

White breasted Nuthatch--2

Downy Woodpecker--2



Williamsburg on the Wabash:

Canada Goose--11

Mallard--8

Bald Eagle--1

American Crow--10

Dark eyed Junco--2

American Robin--22

House Sparrow--2

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)



Good birding

Russ Allison, West Lafayette

http://www.flickr.comphotos/russ_allison






Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Wed Feb 25 2015 15:01 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

I last visited Eagle Marsh on Feb 4, in heavy snow with 8" already on the ground. I saw one bird, which I could identify with some confidence as being in the family Embirizidae.

Since then, brutal weather, other demands on my time, and some inertia kept me away until today.

The crow count is conservative. They were being very noisy, and I thought they must be mobbing something, but they were perched in small groups of 10 to 15, and flying to and fro with no focus to their attention.

Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Feb 25, 2015 1:25 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 19 deg, mostly sunny, light wind, about 2" of snow on the ground
11 species

Red-tailed Hawk 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard drumming, getting softer at the end
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 70
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22069638

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

Ed Powers, Allen County



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