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27 May: @ 20:53:19 
American Golden Plover-Orange Co [Landon Neumann]
27 May: @ 11:40:04 
Indiana Nongame Bird Biologist postion has been posted (NO SIGHTINGS) [Kearns, Amy]
27 May: @ 07:54:54 
Chuck-wills-widow and American Woodcock at Pigeon River [Robert Guth]
26 May: @ 19:39:41 
e. Lk. Lemon - 5/26 [Hengeveld, James David]
26 May: @ 17:48:47 
Tri-County FWA [James Haw]
26 May: @ 17:45:45 
Pisgah Marsh [James Haw]
26 May: @ 16:07:56 
Grant St. Wetland - 5/25 - Ibis, W.Kingbird. [MTopp7927]
26 May: @ 15:41:23 
Goose Pond FWA, May 23 - 64 BNST [Don Gorney]
26 May: @ 15:12:35 
Arctic Tern in Kosciusko Co. Big Chapman Lake [john kendall]
26 May: @ 12:45:08 
Pigeon River [John Harley]
26 May: @ 10:07:12 
Chicago/Hammond Hybrid Laughing x Ring-billed (24 May 2015) [Amar Ayyash]
26 May: @ 08:32:51 
RUFF sighting clarification and correction [Jeremy Ross]
26 May: @ 05:09:42 
Johnson County: Return of Bell's Vireo [bob carper]
25 May: @ 21:30:33 
Montys station - general information [Jeremy Ross]
25 May: @ 18:44:55 
NO SIGHTING - Info on recent Ruffs [Don Gorney]
25 May: @ 14:57:14 
Pigeon River Chuck-will's-widow [Leland Shaum]
25 May: @ 13:06:09 
Whimbrel- Montys station. [Jeremy Ross]
25 May: @ 07:42:41 
Ruff this am? [John Kendall]
24 May: @ 22:14:26 
Montys station Sun eve - no ruff, but ruddy turnstones [Jeremy Ross]
24 May: @ 21:09:23 
Starkey Park, Zionsville [Roger and Michelle Hedge]
24 May: @ 20:24:49 
Re: Spring Migration Recap [Landon Neumann]
24 May: @ 20:13:56 
Spring Migration Recap [Landon Neumann]
24 May: @ 18:24:10 
Highland Great Blue Heron Rookery 2015 nest count [Carolyn A. Marsh]
24 May: @ 16:53:05 
Goose Pond Tern Island: Least Tern [MikePytlak]
24 May: @ 16:41:43 
Ft. Harrison State Park, May 24 [Don Gorney]
24 May: @ 15:20:31 
Olive-sided Flycatcher- Marott Park- Indy 5/24/15 [Aidan Rominger]
24 May: @ 15:19:30 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday May 24, 2015 [Don Williams]
24 May: @ 14:54:05 
Posey County (Extreme SW IN), Twin Swamps Nature Preserve [Charles Crawford]
24 May: @ 14:52:56 
Re: Posey County (Extreme SW IN), Hovey Lake FWA [Charles Crawford]
24 May: @ 14:49:32 
Posey County (Extreme SW IN), Hovey Lake FWA [Charles Crawford]
24 May: @ 13:19:11 
No Subject [Rodger Rang]
24 May: @ 12:59:10 
Re: RUFF maybe [Liz Day]
24 May: @ 12:33:56 
Limberlost area highlights [James Haw]
24 May: @ 12:23:50 
Re: RUFF no [Liz Day]
24 May: @ 08:52:17 
RUFF? [Chuck Mills]
24 May: @ 08:38:40 
GLIB & WEKI, 5/24/15 [Ed Hopkins]
24 May: @ 08:20:36 
Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station, May 23, 2015 [Hengeveld, James David]
24 May: @ 05:37:09 
RE: Monty's Station Ruff [Gary Bowman]
23 May: @ 22:14:57 
Etiquette and rules of patoka river NWR- no sighting [Jeremy Ross]
23 May: @ 21:32:07 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo [Landon Neumann]
23 May: @ 21:20:44 
NW Indiana May 23, 2015 Western Kingbird, Wilson's Snipe, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher [Leland Shaum]
23 May: @ 21:15:48 
Eagle Marsh Shorebirds-- May 23 PM [Rodger Rang]
23 May: @ 21:02:28 
Cane Ridge & Monty [Wilkins, Vern W]
23 May: @ 19:34:27 
Monty's Station Ruff [Gary Bowman]
23 May: @ 17:11:18 
Glossy ibis too - grant street 5/23 [Matt Kalwasinski]
23 May: @ 16:59:25 
Lakefront (23May2015) Willet & W. Kingbird [Kenneth J. Brock]
23 May: @ 16:39:52 
Illiana Birds: Yellow-headed Blackbird at feeder in N. Hammond [Carolyn A. Marsh]
23 May: @ 16:21:47 
Fox Island, Allen County [zzedpowers]
23 May: @ 13:46:03 
Re[2]: RUFF - Monty's Station, Patoka river NWR - any updates [dongorney]
23 May: @ 13:41:53 
Eagle Marsh Nelson's Sparrow-- May 23 AM [Rodger Rang]





Subject: American Golden Plover-Orange Co
Date: Wed May 27 2015 20:53 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Having nothing to do tonight I wandered around Orange Co. I ran into a
flooded field along 250n just east of Bromer. The field was packed with
shorebirds including a late Golden Plover. Locals might want to keep any
eye on this field.

American Golden Plover 1
Killdeer 5
Semipalmated Plover 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper 25
Least Sandpiper 1

Landon Neumann
Nashville IN for summer



Subject: Indiana Nongame Bird Biologist postion has been posted (NO SIGHTINGS)
Date: Wed May 27 2015 11:40 am
From: AKearns AT dnr.in.gov
 
The Indiana Nongame Bird Biologist position has been posted. Please distribute far and wide to whomever you think might be interested. Thank you!

Job Description


Job Title:


Nongame Bird Biologist


Job ID:


596481


Apply Before:


06/18/2015


Location:

Monroe County


Full/Part Time:


Full-Time


Regular/Temporary:


Salary:

$34,320.00


Regular


City/County/St:


Bloomington, Monroe County, IN


________________________________




________________________________





________________________________
Job Description:
Incumbent functions at a professional level as a field research/management biologist within the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife, responsible for ensuring the scientific validity of the statewide management of non-game bird populations. Incumbent coordinates, designs and conducts scientific investigations that address wildlife ecology and management of non-game birds. Incumbent administers and coordinates statewide species-specific management programs and identifies research needs. Incumbent provides scientific analysis and interpretation of statistically reliable data to develop recommendations for statewide non-game bird regulations and other management programs to ensure technically sound resource protection and utilization. Incumbent collects, analyzes and prepares technical information pertaining to the understanding and management of non-game birds for written or oral presentation to administrators, legislators and, as requested, court depositions. Position provides technical advice on local, regional and statewide issues that impact non-game birds and the environment. Position keeps abreast of species-specific advances in the scientific management of wildlife, public and wildlife interactions with implications to the resource, in public health and safety. Incumbent prepares technical reports and manuscripts on non-game bird ecology and management subject to nationwide peer review for publication in scientific journals. Incumbent serves as the Indiana's representative to state, regional, national and international working groups or private conservation organizations. Position routinely provides non-game bird information to the general public, media and academic institutions.


________________________________
Responsibilities:

* Design, budget, and conduct or coordinate statewide research projects on the status, demographics and distribution of wildlife populations, their habitat associations, and the population response to changing habitat conditions, habitat management, and harvest.
* Evaluate statewide wildlife population trends and determine of annual statewide game harvests and hunter participation.
* Direct data collection, data entry, data transfer, archiving, quality control, and quality assurance.
* Requisition supplies and equipment necessary for conducting assigned studies.
* Supervise, administer, and coordinate activities of personnel on research projects, Secretarial personnel, and intermittent employees.
* Develop and conduct special training programs to support research and survey activities.
* Compile, analyze, synthesize, and interpret information derived from research projects and surveys as the basis for resource management recommendations.
* Prepare recommendations for developing or modifying Indiana Administrative Code, other legal statutes, or policies pertaining to wildlife resources.
* Maintain and expand knowledge of wildlife population ecology, management, scientific procedure and the principals of technical writing and oral presentations.
* Prepare scientific manuscripts and popular articles to communicate research results, including Federal Aid performance and final reports, peer reviewed papers, Wildlife Management and Research Notes, popular articles (Focus, Outdoor Indiana, DNR news releases), periodic newsletters, proceedings of symposia and workshops.
* Prepare and give oral presentations at scientific meetings at national, regional, and state levels.
* Prepare draft correspondence on issues requiring the signature of the Governor, DNR Director, Division Director, Wildlife Chief, or Wildlife Research Supervisor.
* Incumbent may be required to appear before the Natural Resources Advisory Council, Commission, or Legislative Studies Committees to present technical data regarding wildlife management and public resource concerns.
* Participate in Department strategic and Division operational planning.
* Prepare multi-year grant proposals (federal and private) to augment project funding.
* Write and implement work plans for directing statewide wildlife research and management activities.
* Author species management plans and assists with area management planning upon request.
* Represent the Department on state, regional, and national technical committees charged with wildlife population management (e.g. Mississippi Flyway Nongame Bird Technical Committee)
* Assist other biologists with large-scale research and management projects or programs.
* Collaborate with university faculty and guide students on cooperative research efforts.
* Cooperatively participate in designing, implementing and evaluating interstate and international research and management programs.



________________________________
Preferred Experience:

* Knowledge and skill typically acquired through a Graduate degree plus related work experience (M.S. or PhD. in wildlife science, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife management, or a related natural sciences). Background and experience should meet the professional certification requirements of an Associate Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society, Washington, DC.
* Specialized knowledge of biological principles, ecological variables and interactions, water and land management, and the life histories and population dynamics of fish and wildlife species.
* Specialized knowledge of scientific methods, procedures and theories, flora and fauna identification, and the ability to apply them in the management and study of fish and wildlife populations.
* Specialized knowledge of college level statistics, biometrics, and mathematics.
* Specialized knowledge personal computers and relevant software (word processing, spreadsheets, database management, statistical packages, and population modeling).
* Working knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to fish and wildlife.
* Working knowledge of sporting firearms, weaponry, and other methods used to harvest game species.
* Working knowledge of animal care protocols, handling, and immobilization techniques.
* Ability to operate and maintain research equipment and sampling devices such as radio-telemetry equipment, nets, traps, tagging and banding equipment, tranquilizer guns, microscopes, quantitative scales, dial calipers, planimeter, binoculars, and ocular stereoscopes.
* Ability to read and understand basic remote sensing information, topographic maps, other planimetric and watershed maps, plat books, aerial photos, other cartographic products, and land survey descriptions.
* Ability to operate and maintain a variety of work, shop, office, motorized equipment including trucks, trailers, boats, outboard motors, power tools, chainsaws, directional compasses, and other hand tools.
* Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
* Ability to learn and utilize new PC software with minimal training.
* Ability to improvise and adapt methods and equipment for specialized tasks.
* Ability to budget and allocate existing money and personnel resources.
* Ability to supervise and organize volunteers.
* Ability to work cooperatively with a variety of resource professionals and the public.



________________________________
Additional Comments:

The incumbent performs duties in a variety of different environments, including an office environment, field environment, rugged terrain, and various adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.). The incumbent is required to do occasional heavy lifting of equipment, tools, or materials. The incumbent may be required to work around potentially dangerous heavy construction equipment and farm equipment (e.g. bull dozer, excavators, dump trucks, graders, back hoes, tractors, disks, mowers, planters, plows, tree cutters, etc.). The incumbent may be required to travel occasionally statewide and/or out-of-state to attend conferences, or assist with projects away from his assigned region.


________________________________
Benefits:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans and accrued leave.


________________________________
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.





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Thank you.

Amy Kearns
Assistant Nongame Bird Biologist
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife
562 DNR Rd Mitchell IN 47446
akearns@dnr.in.gov
(812) 849-4586 ext. 223



Subject: Chuck-wills-widow and American Woodcock at Pigeon River
Date: Wed May 27 2015 7:54 am
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
I followed John and Elaine Harley's route of the previous night to hear the Chuck-wills-widow, Eastern Whip-poor-will, and American Woodcock at Pigeon River as described in the list below. I think the Chuck-wills-widow is far enough north and west that with a southeast wind, it might be heard from lot I-5 as well.
Bob Guth, Goshen

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> Date: May 27, 2015 at 08:47:20 EDT
> Subject: eBird Report - Pigeon River FWA--Lot I-3, May 26, 2015
>
> Pigeon River FWA--Lot I-3, LaGrange, US-IN
> May 26, 2015 8:48 PM - 9:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Walked west 0.2 miles on road and back then at dark north 0.3 miles on grassy trail also saw two Little Brown Bats Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 0.9.1 Build 4
> 18 species
>
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 Flyover
> American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 1 singing - heard buzzy peeent many times to NE as I walked north
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1 singing
> Chuck-will's-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis) 1 Continuing bird reported several times recently - heard singing at 21:34 about 1/4 mile to north and far to west - north of a pine grove and in forest west of that field - song was distinctly two parted and slower than the whip-poor-wills.
> Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus) 2 singing two and one was seen as it flew past me - started singing at 21:23
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2 singing 2
> Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) 1 singing
> Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2 Pair seen
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 3 singing 3
> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 3 singing 3
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1 singing
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2 singing and pair seen
> Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 3 singing 3
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1 singing
> Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 4 singing 3
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23659294
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Bob Guth
Goshen
bobwgfsa at gmail.com



Subject: e. Lk. Lemon - 5/26
Date: Tue May 26 2015 19:39 pm
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
I went out onto our deck this evening at ~7:30 to check out the east end of the lake.  There is a small strip of mud/shallow water/old cattail stalks lining the channel at its entrance into the east bay and there have been a few shorebirds there over the past couple of weeks.  This evening, there were 14 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS in this strip.  The White-rumps were our first from the yard since September of 2011.  

Yesterday, there was a single FORSTERíS TERN hanging around all day and, on Sunday, there were 5 FORSTERíS TERNS at the east end of the lake.

Jim & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN



Subject: Tri-County FWA
Date: Tue May 26 2015 17:48 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
After Pisgah, we went on to bird Tri-County.  No clear migrants, but several good warblers for this area.



Tri-County FWA, Kosciusko, US-IN
May 26, 2015 10:25 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
Comments: mostly cloudy, humid, 70s-low 80s
55
species

Canada Goose 9 includes ;pair with 4 downy chicks
Mute Swan 6
pair with four young chicks
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 2
Turkey Vulture
1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker
1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern
Wood-Pewee 7
Acadian Flycatcher 6
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested
Flycatcher 10
Eastern Kingbird 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo
7
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 1
Barn
Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted
Nuthatch 2
House Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood
Thrush 5
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 9
Prothonotary Warbler
3
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 11
Hooded Warbler 2
American
Redstart 28
Cerulean Warbler 4
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler
31
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 2
Song
Sparrow 14
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 18
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
5
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 16
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed
Cowbird 5
Baltimore Oriole 4
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2
House
Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23652665

Jim Haw



Subject: Pisgah Marsh
Date: Tue May 26 2015 17:45 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Sandy Schacht, Marisa Windell and I began our birding day at Pisgah Marsh.  Highlights there were our only transient species of the day, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and clear proof of nesting by Hooded Merganser in Kosciusko Co.--bird were in large ;pond in grassland west of main marsh.



Pisgah Marsh , Kosciusko, US-IN
May 26, 2015 8:55 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: mostly cloudy, humid, 68-70s
49
species

Canada Goose 3
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 2
Hooded Merganser 9
female with about 8 young chicks; at least one chick was riding on its mother's
back when we first saw them; nesting proven so
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue
Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Sora 1
Mourning Dove
1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Willow
Flycatcher 5
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird
1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay
1
Tree Swallow 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher 1
Veery 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 heard only; a flutelike
thrush song, plunging at the end; we are familiar with this song; late but not
unprecedented
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 3
Brown
Thrasher 1
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 10
Yellow Warbler
12
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal
3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird
11
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
American
Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23652537

Jim Haw






Subject: Grant St. Wetland - 5/25 - Ibis, W.Kingbird.
Date: Tue May 26 2015 16:07 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
5/25
I made a brief stop at Grant St. after work this P.M.
Highlights:

2-Common Moorhens
1-Glossy Ibis (Originally found by Matt Kalwasinski who alerted me to the
bird on Sat.)
1-Western Kingbird (Originally found by Robert Guth)
3-Y.H.Blacbirds - (2m,1f)
1-Sora (Feeding in the grass)

1-Osprey (on the nest) nearby
Also there is a pair of Mockingbirds nesting inside the U.S.Steel
Plant near my Lab.


Michael Topp

Highland IN.
I have posted some digiscope pictures I have taken this weekend
Glossy Ibis
Western Kingbird
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Osprey (near nest)
Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...





Subject: Goose Pond FWA, May 23 - 64 BNST
Date: Tue May 26 2015 15:41 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
On our way back from a fortuitous day of birding the Gibson County area on May 23, where we saw the Ruff found by Jeremy Ross, Aidan Rominger and I stopped in at Goose Pond FWA for about 90 minutes in late afternoon. Highlights included Sandhill Crane, Black-bellied Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Black Tern. These and other noteworthy sightings are shown below.
Another highlight was a total of 64 Black-necked Stilts. Looks like 100+ birds are probable in early July when all the young have hatched. The breakdown of the stilts:
10 Seen from 1200W at Tern Island
6 Seen from pull-off near 400S bridge
10 Seen from immediate area around double ditches, mostly to the south
35 Seen from pull-off closest to SR 59 check stand
3 Seen in MPE

Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  3
Northern Bobwhite  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Egret  26
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  4
Sandhill Crane  1, flying over GP 7/16
Black-necked Stilt  64    
Black-bellied Plover  7
Semipalmated Plover  120
Killdeer  11
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Dunlin  38
Least Sandpiper  15
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  130
Black Tern  1
Bell's Vireo  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Dickcissel  3


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23597617
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Arctic Tern in Kosciusko Co. Big Chapman Lake
Date: Tue May 26 2015 15:12 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
While out in the boat, I noticed what reminded me from a couple of years ago during the RENP "invasion" of a Phalarope flying low to the water, with a group of Swallows behind it.  We have been as recently as Friday, seeing Common and Forster's Terns on the water, and at no point, did this bird suggest either one.  Grabbing my binoculars, however, I realized it was a tern.  After watching it the first pass or two, I was able to eliminate Least Tern by the lack of upper wing contrast and, head and bill color and pattern and Common by the unremarkable all-gray wings, thin wings and different flight, small head and bill, etc.   The dainty tern had thin, gray upper wings, tiny red bill and small head with a black cap.  I was able  to get the boat maneuvered and after making 4 passes and stops to let it come towards us, could see the thin, neatly marked trailing primary edge from below.
At the time, gusty, pre-frontal SE winds were gusting and eventually hit close to 35 knots within a few minutes. I tried during this peak wind period to get my camera and return to find it in the huge gusts that had to be over 35 knots. Recalling that terns don't like to fly in such winds in migration, I could not find it on the usual buoys where migrating terns rest. The wind just calmed down and has shifted south, so I will try again.
I will post if the bird is re-sighted. There are no other terns or Bonaparte's on the lake.
I would advise watching waterways now, as terns and others seem to be coming through late and the coming front may be working to ground migrant shore and seabirds.
John Kendall
Warsaw



Subject: Pigeon River
Date: Tue May 26 2015 12:45 pm
From: ekjwh68 AT hotmail.com
 
We visited Pigeon River FWA last evening in hopes of finding the Chuck-will's-Widow.  We were not disappointed.  We went to parking lot I-3 and walked north away from the parking lot.  At 9:25 pm the Whip-poor-wills started singing and at about 9:35 we heard the Chuck-will's-Widow.  It was further north and west  as noted by Leland Shaum in his post.  We heard at least 4 Whip-poor-wills.  Singing went on till at least 10 pm, when we left.

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



Subject: Chicago/Hammond Hybrid Laughing x Ring-billed (24 May 2015)
Date: Tue May 26 2015 10:07 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
 On Sunday, 24 May 2015, I spotted the putative Laughing x Ring-billed hybrid at Calumet Marina on the state line. The bird made several passes back and forth between Illinois and Indiana. I do believe this to be the same individual that has been in the area since 2004 (based on photo comparisons from previous years). To add some excitement to this saga, I found a different presumed hybrid that looks much like the Chicago/Hammond bird just two days earlier in northern Illinois.
Photos here:
http://goo.gl/wekIQY

Thanks,Amar AyyashFrankfort IL



Subject: RUFF sighting clarification and correction
Date: Tue May 26 2015 8:32 am
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
My earlier report of the RUFF sighting on Saturday at Oatsville might be wrong.  In retrospect the birder might've meant Sunday afternoon not Saturday!  The long holiday weekend has my internal calendar messed up! sorry!

However, my intention was to encourage people to be hopeful and keep looking, since it is possible that a bird could move locations. And just because a bird isn't seen on a report doesn’t mean its not present somewhere nearby. Hopefully this email is helpful and clear.






Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: Johnson County: Return of Bell's Vireo
Date: Tue May 26 2015 5:09 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A Bell's Vireo has returned to the same general area in Johnson County Park where I'm told it has been coming for a number of years. I posted about observing it and posted a few pictures  at  http://bushwhackingbirder.com/

Bob Carper
Indianapolis



Subject: Montys station - general information
Date: Mon May 25 2015 21:30 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
Don't shoot the messenger please !!! But I heard it through the grapevine that the ruff WAS present at Oatsville bottoms Saturday afternoon.  why it wasn't reported I don't know!
However, with that being said, the arrival of five whims and the ruff seen at a different location, it's worth a good luck around for the next few days. Oatsville will be the last puddle to dry up and even then there will be ditches and wet spots that will provide habitat for waders like herons and egrets. I'd guess there's still a day of birding at Montys.

Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: NO SIGHTING - Info on recent Ruffs
Date: Mon May 25 2015 18:44 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
First off, kudos to Jeremy Ross for following up his find of an amazing Black-tailed Godwit in April with a Ruff this past weekend. The bird Jeremy found was a female so it is a different bird than the male Amy Kearns found and photographed on April 25. So, in the last month there have been two Ruffs, a Curlew Sandpiper, and a Black-tailed Godwit within an approx 4-mile radius in eastern Gibson County. Astonishing. (The five Whimbrels from today ain't too bad either.)

Brainard Palmer-Ball of Kentucky informed me that a female Ruff was seen by himself and a few others in western Kentucky on May 17. The bird was not able to be relocated later in the day. The site was in Warren County, KY, south of Bowling Green. So, it sounded logical to me that the female Ruff seen in western KY showed up 150 or so miles away in SW Indiana a week later. Fortunately, Ben Yandell obtained photos of the KY bird. I sent photos of the May 23 Indiana bird to Brainard and he and I both think two birds are involved because the KY bird had more reddish tones, the black breast was different, flank streaking was more pronounced, and there was more black on the neck. A photo of the KY bird is at http://ow.ly/NpH6V with some flight shots in the photostream. Unfortunately, the photos of the May 23 female IN Ruff are only on Facebook.
That is THREE Ruffs in the last month between SW IN and western KY. It's an invasion! 
All three Ruffs have been one-day wonders with two of the birds being several-minute wonders.
 
Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Pigeon River Chuck-will's-widow
Date: Mon May 25 2015 14:57 pm
From: sleepyck AT maplenet.net
 
Today Gary Chupp, Perry Miller, and I, and four of our sons finally had a chance to check on the Chuck-will's-widow that is being reported in Pigeon River FWA. We walked back from the I-3 parking lot and found it singing about 5:00 AM. We walked further north and west and got to where we could hear it singing very well. It was still singing when we walked out about 5:30. It could not be heard from the parking lot.

Migration appears to be mostly past. We only had a few birds that could be considered migrants.


Highlights, all in PRFWA
Least Bittern 2 Behind J-2
Common Gallinule 4+ Area D
Chuck-will's-widow 1 NW of I-3
Whip-poor-will 2 I-3
Alder Flycatcher 9 All singing. We made a special effort to count them.
Marsh Wren 3 G-1 boat launch.
Swainson's Thrush 1 Singing. CR 1100 five poles south of 300N, east side.
Blue-winged Warbler 20 Exact count, all singing. We made a special effort for these also.
Prothonotary Warbler 1 Just west of Ontario Dam.
Bay-breasted Warbler 1 CR 600E
Lark Sparrow 1 CR 200N and 1100E.


Leland Shaum
Goshen, IN



Subject: Whimbrel- Montys station.
Date: Mon May 25 2015 13:06 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
Five whim currently at Montys
Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: Ruff this am?
Date: Mon May 25 2015 7:42 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Thinking of trying - please email or post of any news.  Leaving Louisville soon to go north if no news. 
John Kendall
Traveling from Tennesee.

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Montys station Sun eve - no ruff, but ruddy turnstones
Date: Sun May 24 2015 22:14 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
I walked way out into the field just get a good view.  They're so far out there they paid no attention to me.  No ruff but I did find the two ruddy turnstones. The biggest shorebirds out there were four bn stilts and the turnstones.   There's a lot of mud so I'd expect there to still be a few birds hanging around tomorrow and maybe the next couple of days.  And here's to hoping this weather system blows something in overnight.
Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: Starkey Park, Zionsville
Date: Sun May 24 2015 21:09 pm
From: randmhedge AT comcast.net
 
Tom Hulvershorn and I enjoyed a nice morning (May 24) at Starkey Park; however, very few migrants to report and those found were silent.

Canada Goose - 12
Great Blue Heron - 3
Turkey Vulture - 1
Rock Pigeon - 1
Mourning Dove - 1
Chimney Swift - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 5
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Northern Flicker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 4
Acadian Flycatcher - 4
Great Crested Flycatcher - 5
Yellow-throated Vireo - 2
Warbling Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 10
Blue Jay - 6
American Crow - 2
N. Rough-winged Swallow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 7
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
Carolina Wren - 3
House Wren - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 4
Eastern Bluebird - 1
Swainson's Thrush - 1
Wood Thrush - 4
American Robin - 6
Gray Catbird - 4
Northern Parula - 2
Magnolia Warbler - 2
Yellow-throated Warbler - 3
Mourning Warbler - 1 (nice extended look! But never sang)
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Canada Warbler - 1
Yellow-breasted Chat - 1
Scarlet Tanager - 3
Eastern Towhee - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 5
Northern Cardinal - 9
Indigo Bunting - 8
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
Baltimore Oriole - 1
American Goldfinch - 1
House Sparrow - 1

Roger Hedge
Lebanon, IN



Subject: Re: Spring Migration Recap
Date: Sun May 24 2015 20:24 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Wrong email. My bad.

Landon Neumann



Subject: Spring Migration Recap
Date: Sun May 24 2015 20:13 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
Matt,

Hope all is well. I heard you're in Europe. Not bad. I saw you're were at a
futbol match today. That has got to be an experience!

It's been a good May. I got a Worm-eating in Cass. First county record and
the last regular IN warbler for Cass. More Cass birding produced a couple
of Black-billed Cuckoos and 2 Golden-winged Warblers. I'm back in the town
for the weekend. I got Yellow-bellied Flycatcher near Cass. Upland
Sandpiper is back at the breeding spot nearby. I took a Swedish birder who
was here to see the Uppies. Always fun to show birders new birds.

Work has been great. Surveys started this past week. The amount of
Worm-eatings down here is impressive. My route a few days ago produced 8.
Cerulean is quite common here. One square mile unit had 5 males! The house
I'm staying at has 2 males. Lots of Eastern Whip Poor Wills down here.
Early starts have allowed me to see Whips on the roads which is really fun.
I've had some migrants down here. Being that there is more forest
everything is more spread out so finding a lot of migrants can be tough.
The best included a Connecticut. I was able to call my boss and who got to
see it. Over half the crew got to see it. The bird was quite easy and
allowed for really nice looks. Last weekend I took a little trip and got
Chucks Will Widow, and Barn Owl. Nice to get some southern specialties.

The martins are doing well. I'm at 7 pair right now. I might have a few
more. A few are still building nests, but most are on eggs right now.

Enjoy Europe

Landon



Subject: Highland Great Blue Heron Rookery 2015 nest count
Date: Sun May 24 2015 18:24 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
Highland Great Blue Heron Rookery (Liable St. & LaPorte St. in Highland,
NWI)



21 May 2015 (3 p.m.)

37 nests

4 adults incubating eggs

23 adults standing on nests with nestlings (3 nests with no adult standing
on nest, but with nestlings and it)

44 nestlings various ages

5 empty nests

1 nest that appears to have a dead heron lying on top of it

1 empty Great-horned Owl nest (successfully fledged 2 owlets)

(0 Double-crested Cormorants)



Also seen,

1F Hooded Merganser with 7 chicks

1F Wood Duck with 3 chicks

7 Great Egrets

1 ad Black-crowned Night Heron

1 Red-headed Woodpecker in nest

1 Northern Flicker in nest



19 May 2014

54 nests:

26 nests with adults incubating eggs

14 nests with adults and nestlings

14 empty/failed nests

(0 Double-crested Cormorants)

(0 owl nest)



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County




Subject: Goose Pond Tern Island: Least Tern
Date: Sun May 24 2015 16:53 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
5-24-15

I first went to look for the Ruff at Monty's Station in
Gibson County this am. We never saw it and I was told the water level had
dropped a lot. The shorebirds present were in the far western and northwestern
part of the field west of the road.
Black-necked Stilt 4
Semipalmated Plover 80
Semipalmated Sandpiper 30
Dunlin 20+
Ruddy Turnstone 4
peeps 200 or more to far away to ID
Killdeer several
Least Tern 4
Forster's Tern 1
Common Tern 1
Great Egret 12 or so
Cattle Egret 1
Great Blue Heron several

I stopped by Goose Pond on way home
MPW at 1200 bridge
Least Tern 1 flying over water east of flooded road east of tern
island. Watched for 15 minutes by binoculars and spotting scope.
peeps --- 1 flock of 30 landed on flooded road just east of Tern
Island, to far to ID.

double ditches-
Semipalmated Plover - 12 just south of double ditches
peeps 1 or 2 flocks flying far off over MPW.

Michael Brown
Terre Haute



Subject: Ft. Harrison State Park, May 24
Date: Sun May 24 2015 16:41 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The bird walk at Fort Harrison State Park, Indy, on May 24 produced very few migrants among the 62 species observed. We spent a bit of time trying to see some of the more colorful birds so the group got great looks at Scarlet Tanager, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, American Redstart, and Yellow Warbler. Below is the list starting from when I arrived at 7:30am.

Canada Goose  27
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Green Heron  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  4
Least Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern)  3
Red-eyed Vireo  9
Blue Jay  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  16
Swainson's Thrush (Olive-backed)  2
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  18
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  13
Cedar Waxwing  32
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Tennessee Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  2
Cerulean Warbler  2
Northern Parula  4
Yellow Warbler  3
Yellow-throated Warbler  2Ovenbird  1, Mark R.
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  11
Indigo Bunting  7
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
Orchard Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  3
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  1
The final bird walk of the spring at Fort Harrison State Park will be held on May 31.  Meet at 8am at Delaware Lake parking lot. 
Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher- Marott Park- Indy 5/24/15
Date: Sun May 24 2015 15:20 pm
From: arominger26 AT gmail.com
 
I was on the E 75th street trail and saw an Olive sided flycatcher in a
small snag across the river at 3:00 pm. It was feeding on flies. It was
changing perches a lot and due to vegetation and was difficult to track
which perch it went to.

Good Birding!
- Aidan R.



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday May 24, 2015
Date: Sun May 24 2015 15:19 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Weather-   Cloudy
Temp.- 70's

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 90 species. The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Posey County (Extreme SW IN), Twin Swamps Nature Preserve
Date: Sun May 24 2015 14:54 pm
From: cr4d AT twc.com
 
Highlights:
2 Fish Crows
1 Mississippi Kite
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 KY Warbler

Note: the Boardwalk to Cypress Swamp has a downed large oak tree across the boardwalk crushing it.


IN Twin Swamps Nature Preserve, Posey, US-IN
May 24, 2015 9:52 AM - 11:24 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Hooded Merganser 2
Mississippi Kite 1
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 5
Empidonax sp. X
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
White-eyed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 2 ID by call
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin X
Prothonotary Warbler 5
Kentucky Warbler 1
Northern Parula 3
Northern Cardinal X
Indigo Bunting 3

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Charlie
Henderson KY





Subject: Re: Posey County (Extreme SW IN), Hovey Lake FWA
Date: Sun May 24 2015 14:52 pm
From: cr4d AT twc.com
 
Oops, the note on the boardwalk should be at Twin Swamps Nature Preserve. There is no boardwalk at Hovey Lake FWA.

Charlie
Henderson KY


> On May 24, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Charles Crawford wrote:
>
> Highlights:
> 6 Bald Eagles
> 1 Bell’s Vireo
> 1 Fish Crow
>
> Note: the Boardwalk to Cypress Swamp has a downed large oak tree across the boardwalk crushing it.
>
>
>
> IN Hovey Lake FWA, Posey, US-IN
> May 24, 2015 6:50 AM - 9:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 5.0 mile(s)
> 49 species
>
> Canada Goose 14
> Wood Duck 5
> Mallard 3
> Northern Bobwhite 1
> Great Blue Heron X
> Bald Eagle 6 2 ad. near nest, 2 ad. soaring, 2 imm. soaring
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Killdeer X
> Mourning Dove 4
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 6
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 4
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher X
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> White-eyed Vireo 3
> Bell's Vireo 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo X
> American Crow X
> Fish Crow 1 Id by call
> Horned Lark 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
> Tree Swallow 40
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> House Wren 1
> Wood Thrush 3
> American Robin X
> Gray Catbird 3
> Brown Thrasher 1
> European Starling X
> Prothonotary Warbler 7
> Common Yellowthroat 10
> Northern Parula 2
> Yellow Warbler 2
> Yellow-breasted Chat 1
> Song Sparrow X
> Northern Cardinal X
> Indigo Bunting X
> Dickcissel X
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Common Grackle X
> Brown-headed Cowbird X
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> American Goldfinch 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23612234
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org )
>
>
> Charlie
> Henderson KY
>
>




Subject: Posey County (Extreme SW IN), Hovey Lake FWA
Date: Sun May 24 2015 14:49 pm
From: cr4d AT twc.com
 
Highlights:
6 Bald Eagles
1 Bell’s Vireo
1 Fish Crow

Note: the Boardwalk to Cypress Swamp has a downed large oak tree across the boardwalk crushing it.



IN Hovey Lake FWA, Posey, US-IN
May 24, 2015 6:50 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
49 species

Canada Goose 14
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 3
Northern Bobwhite 1
Great Blue Heron X
Bald Eagle 6 2 ad. near nest, 2 ad. soaring, 2 imm. soaring
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer X
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher X
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Bell's Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo X
American Crow X
Fish Crow 1 Id by call
Horned Lark 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow 40
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 1
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin X
Gray Catbird 3
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling X
Prothonotary Warbler 7
Common Yellowthroat 10
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Song Sparrow X
Northern Cardinal X
Indigo Bunting X
Dickcissel X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 4

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Charlie
Henderson KY





Subject:
Date: Sun May 24 2015 13:19 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Carole Koos (sp?), Paul McAfee, Darci Zolman , and I had modest luck in getting rails and other target birds along the drive of Eagle Marsh this morning.† There was no sign of yesterday's Nelson's Sparrow, however.† Among other species, we had these:

Hooded Merganser- 1
Great Egret- 2
Green Heron- 1
Virginia Rail- 2 together; one seen briefly
Sora- 1
Spotted Sandpiper- 1
Wilson's Snipe- 1 calling and displaying
Yellow-throated (1), Warbling (1) and Red-eyed (1) Vireos
Marsh Wren- 3+
Brown Thrasher- 1
Prothonotary Warbler- 1
American Redstart- 1
Orchard Oriole- 1

We then stopped briefly at the Serv-All ponds along Engle Road, where Paul had a quick look at another Sora and I noted a cuckoo flying over the water away from us that lacked any rufous tones in the wings, suggesting that it was a Black-billed. But that look, too, was brief...and distant.

We heard the Blue Grosbeak singing immediately on parking our vehicles along Smith Road just south of Yohne. We quickly found it, but the look we had was brief and unsatisfactory before it flew over the road and out of sight.

After parting company, I decided to check the airport area before going home. Highlights for this area: a Grasshopper Sparrow singing on the airport fence paralleling Smith Road and one each of Bobolink and Dickcissel singing on the south side of Ferguson west of Smith. There were also several larks, Savannahs, and meadowlarks singing in the area.

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: RUFF maybe
Date: Sun May 24 2015 12:59 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
He also reports that the shorebirds were so far away that it was very difficult to identify any of them, even the dunlin... apparently the wet area has shrunk (maybe rain will bring it back?), making it further out.... so it's possible that ruff is there but he missed it.   Ruddy turnstones were seen.

Liz
Indy




Subject: Limberlost area highlights
Date: Sun May 24 2015 12:33 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Half a day in the Limberlost area was highlighted by a heard-only Blue Grosbeak singing in the small woods patch just south of the gravel pit east of Geneva.  At the turn into the Red Gold ponds(fields now) from the east, a Henslow's Sparrow sang once.  Limberlost Swamp itself gave me a Grasshopper Sparrrow and 4 Dickcissels.  Not too much detectable in the marsh itself.  The only shorebirds were Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper.  A Prothonotary Warbler sang east of the entrance to Rainbow Bend.  Birds got quieter as the clouds got thicker.


Jim Haw



Subject: RUFF no
Date: Sun May 24 2015 12:23 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Dan Collins reports seeking the Ruff this morning and not finding it.

Liz
Indy




Subject: RUFF?
Date: Sun May 24 2015 8:52 am
From: ccmills AT wowway.com
 
Has the Monty's Station Ruff been seen today?

Chuck Mills

Newburgh, IN




Subject: GLIB & WEKI, 5/24/15
Date: Sun May 24 2015 8:38 am
From: birder4in AT gmail.com
 
  The Glossy Ibis is at the base of the dam like water control structure at
the extreme NE corner of the Grant St Marsh. The W Kingbird came from the E
& flew over the tops of Common Reeds to the last most Western tree near
where the dike turns S. It did stay long. It is in stealth mode, today.
It is easiest to get off of I-94 onto Grant St. S. Before you get to the
first business turn into the first lane that goes to the water control dam.
The road to the dike is blocked. But, both birds were in this area.
The next entrance is S of Loves truck stop at 32nd Ave. turn W. The
Yel-h Blackbird was in the marsh to the W.
Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette, IN


--
Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette, IN



Subject: Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station, May 23, 2015
Date: Sun May 24 2015 8:20 am
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
There were amazing numbers of shorebirds in the flooded fields at Montyís Station yesterday evening.  In particular, there were hundreds of Semi. Plovers, Dunlin, and Semi. Sandpipers.  It was very difficult to estimate total numbers as birds were easily hidden in the corn stubble but there were likely well over 1000 shorebirds present.  The following were my best estimates.  Beside the Ruff, it was fun to see a couple of Black-bellied Plovers in complete (or near complete) alternate plumage, and 7 Least Terns.

Jim Hengeveld
Unionville, IN

Patoka River NWR -- Monty's Station, Gibson, US-IN
May 23, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Canada Goose 6
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 35
Great Egret 18
Black-bellied Plover 2
Semipalmated Plover 250
Killdeer 3
RUFF 1
Dunlin 250
Least Sandpiper 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper 300
Least Tern 7
Forster's Tern 2
American Crow 6
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 8
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X

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Subject: Monty's Station Ruff
Date: Sun May 24 2015 5:37 am
From: otus44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
It was probably the same distance from the road but due to the lowering sun, we watched it
from a greater distance trying to get better light on it rather than looking straight in the direction
of the sun.

If it is still there this morning, the light will be much better.

Gary Bowman

At 06:01 PM 5/23/2015 -0700, you wrote:
>Does that mean it's further away?
>Liz
>
>
>
>At May 23, 2015, 8:34:30 PM, Gary Bowman wrote:
>The Ruff was still being seen at 6pm CDT but moved several hundred yards farther north
>in the same field.
>
>Seen by a few others also.
>
>Gary and Lisa Bowman




Subject: Etiquette and rules of patoka river NWR- no sighting
Date: Sat May 23 2015 22:14 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
Cane ridge levees are off limits however, Montys station and other refuge areas are open. It is allowed to leave the road and walk on refuge property.  So if you need to get a better view, go for it!  But, proper etiquette should be displayed as not to flush all the birds people come to view.
Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo
Date: Sat May 23 2015 21:32 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
I birded a couple of Cass County spots today. Migrants were very scarce.
There were some good birds though. Highlights included Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher and a Bell's Vireo that may be on territory. This is the 3rd
record for this species in Cass.

River Bluff Trail
Canada Goose 2
Mallard 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 only 2nd spring record for Cass
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 5
American Crow 2
Cliff Swallow 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 4
Baltimore Oriole 2

France Park/ Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Bank Swallow 30
Cliff Swallow 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 2
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 2
Prothonotary Warbler 5 Impressive count for the park
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Field Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 4
Dickcissel 2
BobolinRed-winged Blackbird 10
Eastern Meadowlark 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Orchard Oriole 1

550W Area
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Bell's Vireo 1 Singing bird in scrub. 3rd county record along 550W
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 2
Wood Thrush 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Field Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 2
Dickcissel 1
Bobolink 2
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Eastern Meadowlark 3

550N Pond
Pied-billed Grebe 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: NW Indiana May 23, 2015 Western Kingbird, Wilson's Snipe, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Date: Sat May 23 2015 21:20 pm
From: sleepyck AT maplenet.net
 
Five of us made a loop through northwest Indiana today and had a very enjoyable day despite very slow warblers early. Best birds were a Western Kingbird found at Grant Street wetland, a high perched Wilson's Snipe on Beverly at McAllister, and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on Beverly just east of Kemil Road.

Highlights

Michigan City Harbor
Ruddy Turnstone 3 On the outer breakwall.
Common Tern 2
Great Black-backed Gull 1 Adult Seen east of the parking lot. Light was poor, but mantle was black, and size was considerable larger than the Mallard ducks it was standing beside. We could not get meaningful info on the bill or legs, and were too lazy (in a hurry) to walk down.


Beverly Drive We had many Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Tennessee, and Wilson's Warblers which we did not count.
Green Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Wilson's Snipe 1 South of McAllister Ave. Perched 20-25 feet up on a snag, as breeding birds do in North Dakota, per Neal Miller, who has seen it. I tried to get a photo, but was too slow.
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Alder Flycatcher 1 Singing,at Montana Ave.
Willow Flycatcher 8+
Marsh Wren 5 All at daybreak.
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Mourning Warbler 5
Magnolia Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 10+
Canada Warbler 1
Orchard Oriole 1


Kemil Road
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 On Beverly just east of Kemil. Seen at close range. Very yellow/warm overall. Did not call.
Hooded Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Summer Tanager 2 a pair


Indiana Dunes State Park
Ovenbird 2
Northern Waterthrush 1
Cerulean Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1


Grant Street Wetland
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Bald Eagle 1
Common Gallinule 6
Western Kingbird 1 Carefully identified and well photographed. We did not know it had been found earlier until I called John Cassady.
Yellow-headed Blackbird 2

Kingsbury FWA
Black-necked Stilt 1
Black Tern 1

Wet area across from Prairie View Landfill, Gumwood Road north of Shively. A nice group of shorebirds was here.
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Dowitcher sp. 1 This bird was the oddest plumed dowitcher I have seen. It had NO rufous, and just a bit of buffy on the side of its neck. Beak was exceptionally long. It appeared to be molting, and superficially resembled a non-breeding bird. I do have photos.


Leland Shaum
Goshen, IN



Subject: Eagle Marsh Shorebirds-- May 23 PM
Date: Sat May 23 2015 21:15 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
After hiking at Eagle Marsh and Fox Island all morning and then mowing grass all afternoon, I probably didn't really need another walk this evening.† But shorebirds in the southeast corner of the main basin at the west end of Eagle Marsh and me with no scope in my vehicle dictated otherwise.† Turned out that they were nothin' special, but what the heck; it was a beautiful evening for a stroll.† Best birds:

Great Egret- 1
Semi-palmated Plover- 7; much calling as they flew about searching for better flats as this corner was a bit deep for them; didn't find anything better; pretty sure I heard one of them cursing all the beaver activity as it flew by
Spotted Sandpiper- 2
Greater Yellowlegs- 1
Least Sandpiper- 1
Marsh Wren- 4

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne





Subject: Cane Ridge & Monty
Date: Sat May 23 2015 21:02 pm
From: vwilkins AT indiana.edu
 
A few of us saw the Ruff late in the afternoon, at the spot first reported.  The Ruff stayed in deeper water than all the other shorebirds while we were there.  To me the most obvious thing was how dark the bird looked with a front view in harsh light.  Orange legs were visible when the light hit her right, even from quite a distance.  In a few very poor photos I took, the bill looked more drooping also, but that wasn't obvious to me with the distant views we had in the field.  Other birds included 2 Common Terns and 6 Least Terns.  Least Terns were enjoying all the fish trapped in the ditch.  

There were a lot of shorebirds in the field. Later in the afternoon there was one flock where I counted roughly 100 birds. A short time later, after that flock went down on the other side of the road, two more flocks that were even larger got up simultaneously. I took photos of the flocks in flight and the majority of the birds were Semipalmated Plovers, then Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a lot of Dunlins too. I'd guess roughly in the range of 400 shorebirds total in those three flocks.

Cane Ridge was awfully quiet. Still some Redheads and Bufflehead, one Least Tern made a brief stop but I didn't see any on the islands. There were quite a few Great Egrets and some Black-necked Stilts, but they were difficult to see even from the bed of my truck. One Little Blue Heron dropped down somewhere in the marsh but I couldn't see into the area it went down in. It was a 1st spring bird that was mostly white but showing a lot of blue-gray.

I checked Columbia Mine, Meridian Rd., and Dillin Bottom for Mississippi Kite, but couldn't find any yet.

Vern






Subject: Monty's Station Ruff
Date: Sat May 23 2015 19:34 pm
From: otus44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
The Ruff was still being seen at 6pm CDT but moved several hundred yards farther north
in the same field.

Seen by a few others also.

Gary and Lisa Bowman




Subject: Glossy ibis too - grant street 5/23
Date: Sat May 23 2015 17:11 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Just before we found the western kingbird at Grant Street, we found a glossy ibis in the same northeast corner. Both present at 5:10.

Matt Kalwasinski



Subject: Lakefront (23May2015) Willet & W. Kingbird
Date: Sat May 23 2015 16:59 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 

Today (23-May-2015) John Cassady, Lynea Hinchman, and I birded the Lakefront. Randy Pals birded with us through the Grant Street wetland.

Our target was late migrating warblers, but we found precious few migrants. Instead we had to settle for one Willet, 26 Willow Flycatchers, and a Western Kingbird. Which made for a very fine day.

óEAST BEVERLY SHORES (Beverly Dr east of CR 500E- briefly saw Ed Hopkins)
Wood Duck,2
Great Blue Heron,2
Green Heron,1
Mourning Dove,3
Red-headed Woodpecker,1
Northern Flicker,2
Eastern Wood-Pewee,6
Willow Flycatcher,6
Eastern Phoebe,2
Great Crested Flycatcher,4
Eastern Kingbird,1
White-eyed Vireo,2
Yellow-throated Vireo,2
Warbling Vireo,1
Red-eyed Vireo,11
Tree Swallow,5
Tufted Titmouse,3
House Wren,4
Marsh Wren,2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,1
Eastern Bluebird,1
Wood Thrush,2
Gray Catbird,12
Tennessee Warbler,1
Nashville Warbler,1
Yellow Warbler,14
American Redstart,3
Mourning Warbler,1 singing
Common Yellowthroat,10
Wilsonís Warbler,1
Eastern Towhee,3
Song Sparrow,4
Swamp Sparrow,4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak,4
Baltimore Oriole,3
American Goldfinch,4

óCENTRAL BEVERLY SHORES (Beverly Dr. CR 500E to Broadway)
Wood Duck,2
Great Blue Heron,1
Great Egret,1
Green Heron,1
Sandhill Crane,1
Mourning Dove,1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird,1
Willow Flycatcher,13
Great Crested Flycatcher,1
Eastern Kingbird,1
Warbling Vireo,2
Red-eyed Vireo2
Tree Swallow,5
Tufted Titmouse,1
White-breasted Nuthatch,1
House Wren,1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,1
Eastern Bluebird,2
American Robin,3
Gray Catbird,6
Brown Thrasher,2
Yellow Warbler,12
Northern Waterthrush,1 singing
Common Yellowthroat,5
Song Sparrow,4
Swamp Sparrow,5
Red-winged Blackbird,20
Common Grackle,13
Baltimore Oriole,2
House Finch,4
American Goldfinch,5

óWEST BEVERLY SHORES (Beverly Dr. west of Broadway)
Wood Duck,3
Great Egret,2
Green Heron,1
Mourning Dove,1
Red-headed Woodpecker,3
Eastern Wood-Pewee,1
Willow Flycatcher,5
Eastern Kingbird,3
Warbling Vireo,1
Tree Swallow,5
Tufted Titmouse,1
House Wren,1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,1
Eastern Bluebird,3
Gray Catbird,2
Yellow Warbler,3
Common Yellowthroat,2
Song Sparrow,4
Swamp Sparrow,2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak,1
Common Grackle,1
House Finch,3
American Goldfinch,1


GRANT STREET WETLAND (met Robert Guth)
Ruddy Duck,2 pair
Pied-billed Grebe,2
Double-crested Cormorant,44
Great Blue Heron,4
Black-crowned Night-Heron,1 immature
Bald Eagle,1 adult
Osprey,2
Common Gallinule,1
American Coot,30
Spotted Sandpiper,4
Caspian Tern,4
Chimney Swift,1
Willow Flycatcher,2
Eastern Kingbird,4
WESTERN KINGBIRD,1- Initially found by Bob Guth, but we were unable to find the bird during our morning visit. We later received a call from Leland Shaum reporting that his group had relocated the bird. Upon our return we found the bird exactly where Leland reported it. Thanks for the call Leland. Michael Topp plus Beth & Ken Dixon were also present and saw the bird.
Warbling Vireo,1
Marsh Wren,4
Yellow Warbler,4
Song Sparrow,4
Yellow-headed Blackbird,4- 3 adult males & a female

FORSYTHE PARK & ADJACENT WOLF LAKE (met Carolyn Marsh)
Mute Swan,3
Northern Shoveler,1 male
Killdeer,2
WILLET,1- Thanks Carolyn
Short-billed Dowitcher,1
Caspian Tern,4
Common Tern,8
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,1
Least Flycatcher,2
Eastern Phoebe,2
Warbling Vireo,3
Red-eyed Vireo,2
Purple Martin,4
Swainsonís Thrush,1
American Robin,5
Northern Mockingbird,2
Tennessee Warbler,2
Nashville Warbler,1
Chestnut-sided Warbler,1
American Redstart,1
Common Yellowthroat,1
Wilsonís Warbler,1 male
Canada Warbler,1 male
Savannah Sparrow,1
Common Grackle,3 fledglings

óHAMMOND SANCTUARY
Northern Flicker,1
ďTraillísĒ Flycatcher,1
Eastern Kingbird,1
Philadelphia Vireo,1
Red-eyed Vireo,1
Tree Swallow,1 nest
Blue Jay,5
Black-capped Chickaee,1 nest
House Wren,3
Swainsonís Thrush,1
American Robin,5
Gray Catbird,5
Cedar Waxwing,20
Magnolia Warbler,2- female & 1st-cycle male
American Redstart,3- including a 1st-cycle male
Mourning Warbler,1 singing
Common Yellowthroat,3
Wilsonís Warbler,7
Canada Warbler,1
Baltimore Oriole,2

óSTATE LINE WOODS
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,1
Warbling Vireo,4
Red-eyed Vireo,3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,4
House Wren,2
Swainsonís Thrush,4
Wood Thrush,1
Gray Catbird,10
Tennessee Warbler,2
Yellow Warbler,10
American Redstart,4
Common Yellowthroat,2

óHITCHCOCK ROAD POND (east side of Michigan City)
Mute Swan,2
Ruddy Duck,1 female
Wild Turkey,1- flew across the lake
Pied-billed Grebe,1
American Coot,5
Killdeer,2


óSTRIEBEL POND
Mute Swan,9- pair & 7 downy chicks
Mallard,8 males
Blue-winged Teal,1 male
Pied-billed Grebe,1
Great Blue Heron,1
Turkey Vulture,2
Warbling Vireo,1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow,3
Song Sparrow,2
House Finch,2

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN






Subject: Illiana Birds: Yellow-headed Blackbird at feeder in N. Hammond
Date: Sat May 23 2015 16:39 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
My friend sent me an email that a male Yellow-headed Blackbird was at his
feeder at 9:30 a.m. today (22 May 2015). The yard is located between the
lakefront and Forsythe Park/Wolf Lake.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN






Subject: Fox Island, Allen County
Date: Sat May 23 2015 16:21 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The Stockbridge Audubon field trip to Fox Island County Park attracted 13 birders and 75 bird species (well, Fox Island itself attracted the birds, not the filed trip).  Highlights were three Yellow-billed Cuckoos, a late Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2 Philadelphia Vireos, Mourning and Connecticut Warblers, and 2 Summer Tanagers.



Fox Island County Park, Allen, US-IN
May 23, 2015 7:20 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: 46-74 F, sunny, very light wind
75
species

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 7
Mallard 1
Great Blue Heron
2
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Mourning
Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Barred Owl 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Medium-sized
woodpecker with a white stripe in the wing, dark back
Downy Woodpecker
3
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Acadian
Flycatcher 8
Alder Flycatcher 2
Willow Flycatcher 5
Eastern Phoebe
2
Great Crested Flycatcher 9
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo
2
Yellow-throated Vireo 5
Warbling Vireo 10
Philadelphia Vireo 2
Red-eyed
Vireo 12
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree
Swallow 1
Bank Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
House
Wren 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush
7
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 5
Brown Thrasher 4
Cedar Waxwing
4
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Connecticut Warbler
1
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
Hooded Warbler 1
American
Redstart 5
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler
11
Blackpoll Warbler 4
Yellow-throated Warbler 2
Black-throated Green
Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 4
Eastern Towhee
6
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 3
Summer Tanager
2
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 13
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Indigo
Bunting 9
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 3
Brown-headed Cowbird
6
Baltimore Oriole 6
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 1

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checklist online at
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generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Ed Powers & Rodger Rang



Subject: : RUFF - Monty's Station, Patoka river NWR - any updates
Date: Sat May 23 2015 13:46 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

Bird still present as of 1:40pm CDT. It is at the south end of the water that is present on the west side of 1050E.
About 1/4 mile north of 50N on 1050E are concrete barricades at the side of the road for the ditch that goes under the road. The bird is almost directly west of this location. About 125+ yards from road.
Would be easiest to park at kiosk and walk north to get closer.
--
Sent from cell phone. Saturday, 23 May 2015, 00:52PM -05:00 from "Hengeveld, James David" < jhengeve@indiana.edu> :

>Any updates on the Ruff from Monty’s Station?
>
>Thanks……Jim
>
>Jim Hengeveld
>Unionville, IN
>
>
>On May 23, 2015, at 11:48 AM, Randy Pals < rjpals@comcast.net > wrote:
>
>> I hate to post birds that I didn't find and I wasn't asked to post, but of
>> late sometimes rarities have been posted only to Facebook, and never make it
>> to this list. I got burned by that last fall and as a result missed a lifer
>> that spent 4 days only 7 miles from my house. So in the spirit of "do unto
>> others ...", here goes:
>>
>> Jeremy Ross at about 10:45 a.m. eastern time this morning posted a picture
>> of a female Ruff on Facebook. The location was given as Monty's Station,
>> Patoka river NWR.
>>
>> Randy Pals
>> Chesterton
>>
>



Subject: Eagle Marsh Nelson's Sparrow-- May 23 AM
Date: Sat May 23 2015 13:41 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Before meeting Stockbridge Audubon for a successful field trip to Fox Island County Park (YBCU, PHVI, MOWA, CONW, SUTA), I walked the Eagle Marsh drive from Engle Road back to the woods behind the barn.† I was scouting for rails that some friends want to try for and came up with ZERO-- bleh!† Their absence was more than made up for, however, by a NELSON'S SPARROW singing on the west side of the drive near the first utility pole on the EAST side.† I found it quickly and got a couple of good looks at my county bird!† Per Jim Haw, there are three known records for Allen County, and all three are at Eagle Marsh.† First one for me, though.† Very cool.

Jim tried for it about an hour later without success, and we returned together after the Fox Island trip and again had†no luck, so it may well have been on the move.† We did note one grunt call of a Virginia Rail on the walk out, though.

A few other things from my morning stroll:

Wood Duck- 20+
Hooded Merganser- 3
Green Heron- 1
Wilson' Snipe- 1 calling
Pileated Woodpecker- 1
Willow Flycatcher- 3
Eastern Kingbird- 1
Warbling Vireo- 1
Marsh Wren- 2
Wood Thrush- 1
Prothonotary Warbler- 2 singing near each other
Swamp Sparrow- 2 calling
Indigo Bunting- 3
Orchard Oriole- 1 singing behind barn
Baltimore Oriole- 1

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



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