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13 Feb: @ 20:01:37 
Re: Sapsuckers & Robins [Bird-Preferred Nerd]
13 Feb: @ 17:43:18 
Re: Sapsuckers & Robins [Sandy Belth]
13 Feb: @ 15:36:35 
SW Allen-- Lifer RBWO Vocalization [Rodger Rang]
13 Feb: @ 15:35:00 
Lakefront (13-Feb-2015) [Kenneth J. Brock]
13 Feb: @ 12:49:06 
RE: Sapsuckers & Robins [Jess Gwinn]
13 Feb: @ 11:14:52 
Re: Sapsuckers & Robins [Vicky Foltz]
13 Feb: @ 11:10:01 
Sapsuckers & Robins [Joni James]
13 Feb: @ 08:23:11 
Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Fox Island County Park and Nature Preserve, Feb 12, 2016 [zzedpowers]
12 Feb: @ 16:14:39 
Lesser Black-backed Gull St. Joe County-No [Cameron Farrell]
12 Feb: @ 15:45:45 
Eagle Marsh- Feb. 12 PM [Rodger Rang]
12 Feb: @ 13:08:45 
Yard birds [Whitehead, Donald R.]
12 Feb: @ 11:14:03 
Port of Indiana, Porter County [Brendan Grube]
11 Feb: @ 21:29:02 
Red-winged Blackbird [John Winebrenner]
11 Feb: @ 16:06:28 
First Vulture yesterday [Sue and Ted Ulrich]
11 Feb: @ 15:45:24 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
11 Feb: @ 13:04:55 
Golden Eagle - Cane Ridge (Gibson County) [4giffords]
10 Feb: @ 20:23:06 
Miami Co Snowy [rick folkening]
10 Feb: @ 14:53:08 
Illiana Birds: Common Redpolls [Carolyn A. Marsh]
10 Feb: @ 09:14:49 
Miami County Snowy [rick folkening]
09 Feb: @ 18:58:34 
Hooded Mergansers [Trice Berkley]
09 Feb: @ 16:59:28 
Eagle Marsh-- Feb. 9 PM [Rodger Rang]
09 Feb: @ 13:33:29 
Looking for Sparrows [Bird-Preferred Nerd]
09 Feb: @ 10:32:31 
Pike & Gibson Pipits and Merlin [Jeremy Ross]
09 Feb: @ 06:41:56 
Hooded Mergansers [Trice Berkley]
08 Feb: @ 19:23:19 
Eagle Marsh Area-- Feb. 8 PM [Rodger Rang]
08 Feb: @ 17:15:34 
Gibson County Green-tailed Towhee and many others [Bob Decker]
08 Feb: @ 12:26:03 
SW Allen-- Feb. 7, 8 [Rodger Rang]
07 Feb: @ 17:57:12 
Summerville Mines [Bob Decker]
07 Feb: @ 17:10:52 
Three Swan Species [David Crouch]
07 Feb: @ 16:29:24 
Gibson County Tundra Swans [Bob Decker]
07 Feb: @ 15:42:29 
N.W.Indiana - 2/6 - Redpolls [MTopp7927]
07 Feb: @ 15:01:32 
2/7/16 - Kankakee FWA (Starke and LaPorte Counties [Matt Kalwasinski]
07 Feb: @ 12:57:23 
Eagle Creek Park, February 7, 2016 [Don Williams]
07 Feb: @ 06:30:48 
Johnson County Woodcock, Snipe [bob carper]
06 Feb: @ 22:09:42 
One Short-eared Owl, Indianapolis Regional Airport [Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG]
06 Feb: @ 22:06:06 
Golden Eagle [Landon Neumann]
06 Feb: @ 19:13:06 
Southern Indiana; Hardy Lake, Muscatatuck NWR, Ewing Bottoma and Sandpit Lake [cbirding@aol.com]
06 Feb: @ 15:58:28 
Snowy Owls Multiply W of Brookston [Ed Hopkins]
06 Feb: @ 15:54:07 
Lakefront (6-Feb-2016) [Kenneth J. Brock]
06 Feb: @ 14:14:15 
White-Fronted Geese and other ducks at Fidler Pond, Goshen [Robert Guth]
06 Feb: @ 13:21:49 
Limberlost Fri., Salamonie Sat. [James Haw]
06 Feb: @ 11:58:37 
Re: eBird -- US-Indiana-Prairie Township - 40.636x-86.937 - Feb 3, 2016 11:43 -- Feb 03, 2016 [Jan Cain]
06 Feb: @ 09:30:54 
Kankakee Sands and Roxanna Marsh(East Chicago) [Loyce Fandrei]
05 Feb: @ 15:40:13 
Benton , County birds. [Russ Allison]
05 Feb: @ 13:29:48 
Eagle Marsh-- Feb. 5 AM [Rodger Rang]
04 Feb: @ 23:54:01 
Short-eared Owls - Somerville Mine [4giffords]
04 Feb: @ 14:37:55 
Fox Island & Eagle Marsh, Allen County [zzedpowers]
04 Feb: @ 14:18:04 
Hawthorn Park, Vigo -Snow Geese [Peter Scott]
04 Feb: @ 13:24:04 
eBird Report - Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Feb 3, 2016 [John Harley]
04 Feb: @ 09:37:04 
Northern Pintail, Celery Bog Nature Area, Feb 4, 2016 [Dunning, John B]





Subject: Sapsuckers & Robins
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 20:01 pm
From: anniewaguirre AT gmail.com
 
I have been seeing Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers occasionally at my feeder
station (well, technically they like the dead tree, not the feeders). I
don't see more than one at a time. I am noticing a lot of vocalizing when
they visit.

-Annie Aguirre
Goshen (Elkhart County)

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Joni James wrote:

> I work at Wild Birds Unlimited and we have had numerous reports of YB
> Sapsuckers at people's feeders. Anyone seeing these birds?
> Also yesterday large numbers of Robins in many yards.
>
> Joni James
> Martinsville
>
> Sent from my iPhone



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Subject: Sapsuckers & Robins
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 17:43 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
We have two coming to our suet feeders

Western Monroe county

> On Feb 13, 2016, at 12:07 PM, Joni James wrote:
>
> I work at Wild Birds Unlimited and we have had numerous reports of YB Sapsuckers at people's feeders. Anyone seeing these birds?
> Also yesterday large numbers of Robins in many yards.
>
> Joni James
> Martinsville
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: SW Allen-- Lifer RBWO Vocalization
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 15:36 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 This particular call was a single, short, panicked shriek, coinciding with the collision of its body with a couple of sets of Cooper's Hawk's talons.  I was enjoying the busy feeders at the small cemetery off Sleepy Hollow Lane just after sunrise this morning when a male Red-bellied Woodpecker arrived and bullied its way onto one of the feeders.  Milliseconds later, the raptor arrived and did its thing, both birds falling to the ground as the rest of the crowd (except yours truly) bolted for cover.  The woodpecker fought pretty well as it lay pinned on its back, its struggling causing the hawk to constantly shift its stance to maintain balance.  Eventually, he even freed its head and neck area enough that he could bite one of the hawk's legs and momentarily struggle free.  But the Coop easily pinned it again, this time belly-down, and that was pretty much all she wrote.
The only other bird highlight of the morning was at Arrowhead Prairie where I noted two immature Northern Harriers.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Lakefront (13-Feb-2015)
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 15:35 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (13-Feb-2016) Matt Beatty, John Cassady, Lynn Vernon, and I birded the Indiana lakefront.

The days start was brutally cold with a temperature of 11 degrees F and a raw 20-knot NW wind. Mercifully, throughout the day the wind abated and the temperature reached a high on 19 degrees. This cold snap created ice on Lake Michigan and brought lots of gulls to Indianas shores.

REYNOLDS CREEK G.H.A. (quick drive through)
American Crow,5
Horned Lark,5
Northern Cardinal,1

STRIEBEL POND (iced over)
Great Blue Heron,1 in ditch
American Robin,30 north basin

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR (ice mountains in beach ridge)
Greater Scaup,20
Common Goldeneye,44
Hooded Merganser,1 female
Common Merganser,20
Herring Gull,230 (unable to ID many distant gulls)
Thayers Gull,1 first-cycle
American Tree Sparrow,15
Dark-eyed Junco,30

BEVERLY SHORE (along Bev. Drive) Red-tailed Hawk,3

PORT OF INDIANA (am and pm visits)
Mallard,15
Canvasback,2
Redhead,100
Greater Scaup,200
Surf Scoter,2- including an adult male
White-winged Scoter,12
Common Goldeneye,50
Bufflehead,20
Common Merganser,800
Red-breasted Merganser,50
Pied-billed Grebe,1
American Coot,14
Ring-billed Gull,3
Herring Gull,430
Thayers Gull,1 third-cycle
Lesser Black-backed Gull,2 adults
Glaucous Gull,1 third-cycle
Great Black-backed Gull,1 adult

WHITING REFINERY BEACH (Matt Beatty had to depart)
Common Merganser,4
Herring Gull,40
Glaucous Gull,1 third-cycle
Great Black-backed Gull,13- 7 adults, two 3rd-cycles, a 2nd-cycle, & three 1st-cycles

WHITING PARK
Common Goldeneye,35
Common Merganser,8
Ring-billed Gull,80
Herring Gull,20

WOLF LAKE (some open water)
Common Merganser,8

ROXANA POND AREA
Mute Swan,2
Gadwall,10
Mallard,110
Greater Scaup,1 female
Common Goldeneye,1
Hooded Merganser,6
Common Merganser,3
Pied-billed Grebe,2
Great Blue Heron,1
Red-tailed Hawk,2

GIBSON WOODS FEEDERS
Coopers Hawk,2- along nearby road
Black-capped Chickadee,2
American Tree Sparrow,16
Fox Sparrow,1
White-crowned Sparrow,1 adult
Dark-eyed Junco,5
Red-winged Blackbird,81
Brown-headed Cowbird,20
House Finch,20
American Goldfinch,12
House Sparrow,20







Subject: Sapsuckers & Robins
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 12:49 pm
From: jagmo AT bluemarble.net
 
We have had as many as three YBSA at our feeders this winter along with
several RHWO. Had all seven woodpeckers in the yard yesterday. Have six of
them on most days. No AMRO yet.

Jess and Maureen
Newark, Greene County



-----Original Message-----
From: Joni James [mailto:heronwatch@att.net]
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2016 12:07 PM
To: In-bird List
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Sapsuckers & Robins

I work at Wild Birds Unlimited and we have had numerous reports of YB
Sapsuckers at people's feeders. Anyone seeing these birds?
Also yesterday large numbers of Robins in many yards.

Joni James
Martinsville

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Sapsuckers & Robins
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 11:14 am
From: vfoltz655 AT gmail.com
 
I have been seeing lots of robins, but no YB Sapsuckers.

Vicky Foltz
Fort Wayne

On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 12:07 PM, Joni James wrote:

> I work at Wild Birds Unlimited and we have had numerous reports of YB
> Sapsuckers at people's feeders. Anyone seeing these birds?
> Also yesterday large numbers of Robins in many yards.
>
> Joni James
> Martinsville
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Sapsuckers & Robins
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 11:10 am
From: heronwatch AT att.net
 
I work at Wild Birds Unlimited and we have had numerous reports of YB Sapsuckers at people's feeders. Anyone seeing these birds?
Also yesterday large numbers of Robins in many yards.

Joni James
Martinsville

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Fwd: GBBC eBird Report - Fox Island County Park and Nature Preserve, Feb 12, 2016
Date: Sat Feb 13 2016 8:23 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 




-----Original Message-----
From: Natalie Haley


-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist@cornell.edu]
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 2:24 PM
To: nhaley@allencountyparks.org
Subject: GBBC eBird Report - Fox Island County Park and Nature Preserve, Feb 12, 2016

Fox Island County Park and Nature Preserve, Allen, Indiana, US Feb 12, 2016 10:45 AM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
23 species

Canada Goose 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
European Starling 2
American Tree Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 11
White-throated Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 7
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27451285

This report was generated automatically by the Great Backyard Bird Count (http://gbbc.birdcount.org)






Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull St. Joe County-No
Date: Fri Feb 12 2016 16:14 pm
From: thenaturephotographer.cf AT gmail.com
 
Tried for the gull at 3:30. There was a big flock, I scanned it for 10
minutes but did not see the bird.

Good birding,
Cameron Farrell,
Young birder of Granger, IN



Subject: Eagle Marsh- Feb. 12 PM
Date: Fri Feb 12 2016 15:45 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 After work (~3PM), I noted a light-phase Rough-legged Hawk over the property just west of the water utility.  It hovered only a short while before diving on something and disappearing into the vegetation.  I didn't see it come up, so maybe it scored some grub.  The lighting wasn't the best in the blowing snow, but I think it was an immature female.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Yard birds
Date: Fri Feb 12 2016 13:08 pm
From: whitehea AT indiana.edu
 
A fair number of interesting birds in the yard today:



Turkey Vulture - 3

Cooper's Hawk - 2 (ad male and female)

Red-sh. Hawk - 1

Mourning Dove - 16

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 4

Hairy Woodpecker - 1

No. Flicker - 1

Pileated Woodpecker - 2

Blue Jay - 6

Car. Chickadee - 9

Tufted Titmouse - 11

White-br. Nuthatch - 2

Carolina Wren - 1

Eu. Starling - 4

Am. Tree Sparrow - 1

Fox Sparrow - 1

Song Sparrow - 2

White-thr. Sparrow - 12

Dark-eyed Junco - 19

House Finch - 4

Am. Goldfinch - 1

House Sparrow - 29



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea@indiana.edu



Subject: Port of Indiana, Porter County
Date: Fri Feb 12 2016 11:14 am
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
Many Many Ducks at the Port lately, with high waves and ice buildup near
shore.
800-1000 Common Mergansers
180 Redhead
200 Scaup
15 White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Black Duck 2
Red-breasted Merganser
Canvasback

Link to Weatherbug camera over Michigan City Harbor:.
weatherbug.com/LiveCameras/Page/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4202&camera_id=MCHLP&lid=CI

Brendan Grube



Subject: Red-winged Blackbird
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 21:29 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
 As I got home from work this evening, I saw my FOY Red-winged Blackbird on one of our feeders.
John WinebrennerFort Wayne



Subject: First Vulture yesterday
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 16:06 pm
From: sueandtedulrich AT msn.com
 
Was surprised to see a Turkey Vulture in eastern Warren County yesterday when I went outside to refill the feeders.  Have been seeing 6 to 16 Wild Turkeys fairly regularly in the corn stubble of the field along our dead end road.  Nothing else of interest except we picked up a male Purple Finch about a week ago and he is hanging around as is at least one Brown Creeper.

Susan




Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 15:45 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I took a walk at Eagle Marsh this morning with low expectations, which were pretty much realized.  Only bird of note was a Northern Harrier.


Eagle Marsh, Allen, Indiana, US
Feb 11, 2016 10:05 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 21F, cloudy, light wind, water frozen
4 species

Canada Goose 12
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Crow 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27432540

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


Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Golden Eagle - Cane Ridge (Gibson County)
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 13:04 pm
From: 4giffords AT insightbb.com
 
For those that are interested, there is a Golden Eagle that is hanging out with some immature bald eagles at Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area in Gibson County, Indiana. To differentiate between the juvenile balds and the golden, look for the white underwing patches and prominent white band on the rump of the golden eagle in flight compared with the blotchy brown and white of the balds.  Attached are a few pics:

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

The eagle has been hanging out in the pool southwest of the observation deck and along the levees on the south edge of Gibson Lake.

Good luck!
Steve Gifford
Haubstadt, IN



Subject: Miami Co Snowy
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 20:23 pm
From: rfolkening AT gmail.com
 
I did find the Snowy this afternoon about 2:30.  It was hunkered down in a
snow covered corn field just east if 100W and north of 1500N. It took two
passes to find it. A snow plow came by and it flew off, seemed to be going
through a good molt.

Rick Folkening
New Palestine, IN



Subject: Illiana Birds: Common Redpolls
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 14:53 pm
From: cmarshbird AT prodigy.net
 
Yesterday, 09 Feb. 2016 there were 2 Common Redpolls seen at the same time
at the feeding station. Today none seen during the 45 minutes spent watching
the birds.



Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN




Subject: Miami County Snowy
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 9:14 am
From: rfolkening AT gmail.com
 
There haven't been any ebird reports of the Snowy up in Miami Co since 6
Feb. I'm going that way...sort of...and was going to stop by. Has anyone
heard if it is still present or not???

Thanks

Rick Folkening
New Palestine, IN



Subject: Hooded Mergansers
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 18:58 pm
From: cellistharpsichordist AT yahoo.ca
 
Today at 2pm, returned to Day Road, just East of Main Street in Mishawaka (St. Joe County) to the drainage ponds by Mutual Bank.  We had binoculars today.  14 total Hooded Mergansers (including 3 females).  4 males displaying.  Also had an apparent immature Bald Eagle flying along the St. Joseph river seen from Logan Street Bridge at 10:15am in South Bend, IN.



Subject: Eagle Marsh-- Feb. 9 PM
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 16:59 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 West end from the Boy Scout lot:  Lesser Scaup (2m) on the basin SW of the lot (about half-open) and Common Mergansers (2m, 3f) on the main basin SE of the lot (mostly open).
Serv-All ponds:  Gadwall (7)
I imagine things will freeze up again starting tonight.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Looking for Sparrows
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 13:33 pm
From: anniewaguirre AT gmail.com
 
Hi everybirdy,

I'm working on an illustration project focused on my favorite bird family
-- sparrows. Following Sibley's advice, the best way to accurate draw birds
is by sketching them as you see them while out birding.

Being winter, this is proving to be quite a challenge to find the different
sparrow species in northern Indiana. This year, I've seen House, Tree,
Song, and very briefly White-throated and White-crowned...that's about it.
Does anyone have any areas they've had better luck? I'm using ebird
regularly and have been tempted to try some spots, but I'm hesitant to
drive hours away if the sparrow sighted was a one-time thing.

I know that seeing a bird is never a guarantee, but would I appreciate any
tips you guys might have on the matter.

Thanks very much!

-Annie Aguirre


--

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



Subject: Pike & Gibson Pipits and Merlin
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 10:32 am
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
I searched without success for the Northern Shrike in Pike County yesterday.  However, in the afternoon I had a large flock of 16 American Pipits foraging in a plowed field.  They were in a field I wouldn't expect to find them.  It was a fairly small field's corner close to the road and wooded edge, without snow cover they'd almost been undetectable.  Plus 1 Merlin was seen near Francisco.

Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: Hooded Mergansers
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 6:41 am
From: cellistharpsichordist AT yahoo.ca
 
On Monday, February 8 at about 2pm, we noticed, in the Mutual Bank drainage ponds along Day road, 12 Hooded Mergansers (incl. 2 females). Males were mostly displaying vigorously. I've not seen so many in that location before. What a lovely sight!



Subject: Eagle Marsh Area-- Feb. 8 PM
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 19:23 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 The main basins at the west end of the property were mostly ice-free late this afternoon but held little waterfowl during my 30-minute stay.  Sole highlight was one 2nd-year Bald Eagle that flew southwest down the valley right before I left.
At nearby Serv-All ponds afterward, I noted little of interest, a group of nine Gadwall the only exception.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Gibson County Green-tailed Towhee and many others
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 17:15 pm
From: bdecker.bird AT gmail.com
 
Sunday-Monday trip to Gibson County and returning birds.

Tern Bar Slough WDA, Gibson, Indiana, US
Feb 8, 2016 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
34 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 130
Snow Goose 250
Canada Goose 75
Tundra Swan (Whistling) 8
Gadwall 30
American Wigeon 18
Mallard 250
Northern Shoveler 180
Northern Pintail 75
Redhead 60
Ring-necked Duck 50
Bufflehead 76
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 14
Ruddy Duck 9
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Harrier 4
Red-tailed Hawk 4
American Coot 40
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Mourning Dove 16
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
American Crow 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
European Starling 80
American Tree Sparrow 60
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 12
Green-tailed Towhee 1 Seen in the same location since before Christmas. Adult with greenish-yellow tail and wings, grey breast, brilliant rufous crown, white throat. Acceptable photo taken. We watched 4 hours on location intermittently yesterday and did not see him. This morning at 7:55am CT he came out from his brushy hideout for about 5 minutes as we watched from the car. He went back in and did not come back out before we departed at 9:15.
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Eastern Meadowlark 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27376051

US-IN-Princeton-1904 E Broadway St - 38.3549x-87.5446, Gibson, Indiana, US
Feb 8, 2016 10:07 AM - 10:13 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
5 species

Turkey Vulture 1
Whooping Crane 1 In Gibson County not necessarily this location
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 25
American Kestrel 1
Northern Mockingbird 1

Patoka River NWR--Monty's Station, Gibson, Indiana, US
Feb 8, 2016 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Area around Monty's Station Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
19 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 7
Canada Goose 90
Mallard 75
Northern Pintail 10
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 11
Mourning Dove 3
American Kestrel 7
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 11
Horned Lark 7
American Tree Sparrow 17
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 7
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 80
Common Grackle 2000

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27379192

Ewing Bottoms, Jackson, Indiana, US
Feb 8, 2016 5:00 PM - 5:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: West of Medora Covered Bridge. Made a quick stop traveling home Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
3 species

Mute Swan 3
Hooded Merganser 1
Sandhill Crane 3000

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27384302

US-IN-TRAVELING MISC BIRDS OF NOTE, Jackson, Indiana, US
Feb 8, 2016 5:22 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
12 species

American Black Duck 2
Northern Shoveler 4
Northern Pintail 3
Bufflehead 1
Wild Turkey 21
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Whooping Crane 2 Jackson County
Ring-billed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27384435

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

Bob Decker

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: SW Allen-- Feb. 7, 8
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 12:26 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 Yesterday after work-- West end of Eagle Marsh about 50% open:  Only "highlight" was one immature Herring Gull.
This morning just after sunrise-- Serv-All ponds off Engle Road about 30% open:  Lone highlight was one male Common Merganser.
This morning ~10:30-- Mostly thawed puddle on the west side of Ellison Road north of the railroad:  Two American Black Ducks and one Northern Pintail among 100+ Canada Geese and 300+ Mallards.
Also late this morning--  The nest on the west side of Homestead Road north of the railroad that in recent years has been used by GHOWs was today instead occupied by a Red-tailed Hawk.  Also of some interest were two adult Bald Eagles on the east side of Aboite Road, one bird on the nest and the other perched nest-high nearby.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Summerville Mines
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 17:57 pm
From: bdecker.bird AT gmail.com
 
Somerville Mines, Gibson, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
4 species

Mallard 4
Northern Harrier 17
Short-eared Owl 6
European Starling 55

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Bob Decker

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Subject: Three Swan Species
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 17:10 pm
From: Nighthawk AT prograde.net
 
Sally and I visited a few spots in S/W Jackson County today. The strong wind kept passerines at bay but we really enjoyed watching all three Swan species, Snow Geese and a seriously large number of Ring-billed Gulls as well as some diving Duck species and a smattering of Sandhill Cranes. There are currently at least 9,000 SACR in Jackson County. Dave Crouch    Seymour.

Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Jackson, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Comments: Strong winds negated much in the way of passerine activity.
7 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 15
Mallard 2
Greater/Lesser Scaup 11 All males. too far away to determine species.
Hooded Merganser 1 Female type.
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Common Grackle 5 Foraging along marshy shore at shallow end of lake.

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Medora Bottoms, Jackson, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 2:45 PM - 3:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: The mass of ring-billed was just East of Medora covered bridge while all other species were just West of bridge.
12 species

Snow Goose 6 One blue morph.
Canada Goose 25
Mute Swan 3 Orange bills on all three.
Trumpeter Swan 8 All adults, All three species were in proximity but stayed with their species cluster.
Tundra Swan 7 Four first winter and three adults. Younger birds displayed pinkish bill bases, just one adult showed yellow on lore. Seemingly smaller than both Trumpeter and Mute.
Mallard 4
Sandhill Crane 500
Ring-billed Gull 600 Very likely a low estimate.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
American Kestrel 2
American Crow 3
European Starling 80

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Ewing Bottoms, Jackson, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 3:20 PM - 3:32 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Pulled over and scoped the County Materials gravel pit on US50.
10 species

Canada Goose 32
Mallard 2
Canvasback 3 One smashing male and two sleeping females.
Redhead 23 One group of 14 and one of 9.
Turkey Vulture 5
Bald Eagle 2 Both adults.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Sandhill Crane 400 North side of US50.
Ring-billed Gull 20 In fields on North side.
Northern Cardinal 1

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Subject: Gibson County Tundra Swans
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 16:29 pm
From: bdecker.bird AT gmail.com
 
Tern Bar Slough WDA, Gibson, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
29 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 250
Snow Goose 3500
Canada Goose 200
Tundra Swan (Whistling) 8
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 4
Mallard 350
Northern Shoveler 150
Northern Pintail 76
Redhead 90
Bufflehead 80
Hooded Merganser 5
Ruddy Duck 3
Turkey Vulture 3
Northern Harrier 4
American Coot 40
Killdeer 2
Ring-billed Gull 3
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 11
European Starling 25
American Tree Sparrow 13
Fox Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 17
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 13

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Gibson Generating Station -- Outer Perimeter County Roads, Gibson, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 4:01 PM - 4:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
1 species

Common Merganser 14

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US-IN-Fort Branch-47648 - 38.2445x-87.6206, Gibson, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 12:31 PM - 12:32 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Gibson County --Not seen in this random location. Seen in flight as it landed. Adult white with black wing tips, red crown and malar. In tall grass- could not see bands. Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
1 species

Whooping Crane 1

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Bob Decker

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Subject: N.W.Indiana - 2/6 - Redpolls
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 15:42 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
2/6
I visited some of the spots already posted but I can add Miller Beach
where there was 1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult), 8-Common Mergansers,
1 Belted Kingfisher (Lagoon), 5-Tree Sparrows and a flock of 7 Common
Redpolls
that flew over me (calling) at the Parking Lot. Also on 2/5 at West
Beach the Townsend's
Solitaire flew past me and briefly landed nearby (See Photos).

Michael Topp

Highland IN.
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Subject: 2/7/16 - Kankakee FWA (Starke and LaPorte Counties
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 15:01 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Kim Ehn and I birded Kankakee FWA in both Starke and LaPorte Counties this morning with a focus at Kiwani Marsh on Toto Road. We arrived just at sunrise and were rewarded with a great morning of birding. Below is what we found.
Matt Kalwasinski  Kiwani Marsh /Toto Rd - Kankakee FWA, Starke, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Stationary at Kiwani Marsh for most of the time, but we did log birds while wedrove Toto Road

Greater White-fronted Goose  1100  -  counted by 10s
Snow Goose  4   - 3 white and 1 blue; two white phase flew overas we were looking at the other two
Canada Goose  2000  - estimate by 10s
Tundra Swan  89 -   individually counted
Mallard  29
Northern Pintail  43  -  the majority were males
Green-winged Teal  4 - males
Redhead  8 – 5 males, 3 females
Ring-necked Duck  2 - males
Common Goldeneye  9 – 8 males, 1 female
Northern Harrier  1    female/juv type
Bald Eagle  2 - adults
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sandhill Crane  13  -  flying over; did not see land
Ring-billed Gull  12
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  2
European Starling  5
American Goldfinch  1Yellow River Road- Kankakee FWA, Starke, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 9:50 AM - 10:05 AM
Comments:    Just checked the entrance from 39

Canada Goose  25
Common Merganser  2  -  the pair flew over
Sandhill Crane  1  -  heard only; could have been more
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Crow  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1   - first winter
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2Kankakee State FWA(LaPorte Co.), LaPorte, Indiana, US
Feb 7, 2016 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Common Goldeneye  5 – 4 males,  1female
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sandhill Crane  43 -   flying overhead
Ring-billed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  3
American Tree Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  5
House Sparrow  6



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, February 7, 2016
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 12:57 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Sunday morning bird walk tallied 47 species.  The list includes

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintall
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Great blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Johnson County Woodcock, Snipe
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 6:30 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Mike Clay and I went out early yesterday to Johnson County Park to listen for owls and woodcocks.  We only heard an Eastern Screech-Owl but did hear an American Woodcock penting above the usual field. This was the earliest I have heard them by 3 days. 

I later checked a spot near Franklin High School and flushed 6 Wilson's Snipe. I would say the birds wintered there since we had them on our CBC and they are near a warm water discharge. And while there I also saw, at least by Johnson County standards, an early Eastern Meadowlark.

Bob CarperIndianapolishttp://bushwhackingbirder.com/



Subject: One Short-eared Owl, Indianapolis Regional Airport
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 22:09 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A visit to the Indianapolis Regional Airport (formerly Mount Comfort Airport) paid off with one Short-eared Owl viewed at approximately 6:20 PM.  The owl was flying the whole time so we didn't get good looks.  The temperature was about 34 degrees and clear.  It got dark quickly thereafter, but a treat indeed.




Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG
Principal Geologist

A.D. Environmental, Inc.
14706 Wheatfield Lane
Carmel, IN 46032
317-753-4239
ajdatt@aol.com







Subject: Golden Eagle
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 22:06 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
A immature Golden Eagle was flying around the marsh along state line road
in Willow Slough this afternoon.

Landon Neumann
West Lafayette, IN



Subject: Southern Indiana; Hardy Lake, Muscatatuck NWR, Ewing Bottoma and Sandpit Lake
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 19:13 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 




Today stated out a chilly 27 degrees and warmed throughout the day to an almost balmy 50 degrees. We managed to tally
59 species for the day at four locations...

Hardy Lake, Scott, Indiana, US
Feb 6, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2
28 species

Canada Goose 6
Greater Scaup 6
Ruddy Duck 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 9
Carolina Chickadee 27
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 13
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 1
European Starling 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Dark-eyed Junco 57
Northern Cardinal 8
Common Grackle 2

Muscatatuck NWR, Jennings, Indiana, US
Feb 6, 2016 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.8 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2
33 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 1
Canada Goose 48
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 2
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 63
Northern Shoveler 5
Ring-necked Duck 7
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sandhill Crane 27
Mourning Dove 3
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 9
White-crowned Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 3
House Finch 4
Purple Finch 3
American Goldfinch 9

Sand Pit Lake, Jackson, Indiana, US
Feb 6, 2016 5:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2
5 species

Canvasback 2
Redhead 8
Ring-necked Duck 9
Ruddy Duck 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1

Ewing Bottoms, Jackson, Indiana, US
Feb 6, 2016 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
19.299 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2
20 species

Canada Goose 175
Mallard 117
Northern Pintail 7
Redhead 4
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sandhill Crane 4500
Ring-billed Gull 650
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 55
American Kestrel 3
Horned Lark 12
American Robin 2
European Starling 1800
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Eastern Meadowlark 2

Tom and Colleen Becker
Floyd County, IN






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Subject: Snowy Owls Multiply W of Brookston
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 15:58 pm
From: birder4in AT gmail.com
 
   I had one Snowy Owl a half mile NW of White CR800S and CR450W on a
rise about 2:20 PM. I drove W on CR800S past twin grain bins and a
round concrete post to get the the minimum distance. As I was driving
homeward on CR450W, I found a second Snowy Owl near the CR900S and
CR450W junction. This bird was just an eighth of a mile to the NW of
intersection number two. I could see the first bird 1.4 miles to the N
as some other birders were watching bird one.
Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette



Subject: Lakefront (6-Feb-2016)
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 15:54 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 

Today (6-Feb-2016) Joe Bailey, Mike Brattain, John Cassady, Jeff McCoy, Chris Newman, Randy Pals, Jeremy Ross, Lynn Vernon, and I birded the Indiana lakefront.

It was a wonderful day to be afield with a high temperature of 44 degrees and bright sunshine. Highlights included Greater White-fronted Goose, all three scoters, Red-throated Loon, and two Thayers Gulls.

REYNOLDS CREEK G.H.A.
Northern Harrier,5- 4 no details, one juv
Rough-legged Hawk,4- a light adult male, a light imm, & 2 light-morphs
American Crow,10
American Tree Sparrow,40
Dark-eyed Junco,15

STRIEBEL POND (with Matt Beatty and friends)
Mute Swan,4
Greater White-fronted Goose,21 flock
Canada Goose,700 est
Snow X Canada? Hybrid,1
American Coot,1

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR (with Matt Beatty and friends)
Surf Scoter,7 including an adult male
White-winged Scoter,7
Common Goldeneye,3
Hooded Merganser,2
Common Merganser,100 flyby flocks
Common Loon,1
Horned Grebe,1
Ring-billed Gull,1
Herring Gull,210, including one white-winged bird
Thayers Gull,1 adult
Great Black-backed Gull,1 first-cycle
Peregrine Falcon,1
Snow Bunting,5- flyby flock

BEVERLY SHORES (along Beverly Drive)
Red-shouldered Hawk,1 imm (E. Bev. Shores)
Red-tailed Hawk,1 imm (Cent. Bev. Shores)
Blue Jay,9 & House Finch,1 (W. Bev. Shores

BEVERLY SHORES LAKEFRONT
Common Goldeneye,1
Red-breasted Merganser,56
Red-throated Loon,6 adults on the water offshore- first of 2016
Great Black-backed Gull,1 adult
Lapland Longspur,6 flyby flock

U.S. 12 PORTER CO Pileated Woodpecker,1 flew across road

PORT OF INDIANA
Canada Goose,25
American Black Duck,2
Mallard,3
Canvasback,10
Redhead,75
Greater Scaup,100 apx.
Lesser Scaup,10 apx.
White-winged Scoter,7
Common Goldeneye,1
Bufflehead,11
Red-breasted Merganser,2
Ring-billed Gull,20
Herring Gull,120
Thayers Gull,1 third-cycle

HAMMOND SANCTUARY & MARINA
Canvasback,12
Redhead,60
Greater Scaup,500
Surf Scoter,2
White-winged Scoter,12
Black Scoter,2 female
Common Goldeneye,250
Common Merganser,120
Red-breasted Merganser,50
White-throated Sparrow,2
American Goldfinch,10

WHITING PARK Ring-billed Gull,120

WHITING REFINERY BEACH
Herring Gull,50
Great Black-backed Gull,3- adult, 3rd-cycle, & 1st-cycle

EAST CHICAGO LAKEFRONT (Jeorse Park)
White-winged Scoter,1
Common Goldeneye,1

GRIFFITH SUBSTATION Monk Parakeet,4

Ken Brock
Chesterton




Subject: White-Fronted Geese and other ducks at Fidler Pond, Goshen
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 14:14 pm
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
A nice group of ducks and geese at Fidler Pond Park in Goshen, Elkhart
County. See list below. Open water and a lot of ice on the pond, with
perhaps 25% open.

Fidler Pond Park, Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana, US
Feb 6, 2016 1:23 PM - 2:32 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Fair sunny temp 37F wind SW15 some ice some open water Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
16 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 3 Orange feet and Bill,
white around bill, brown color
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 1 Small with short bill
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 567 Groups of 12, 15, 16, and 33
arriving
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2 Gray duck with black around tail
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 74
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 3 Red head with sloping forehead and
bill
Redhead (Aythya americana) 1 Red head steep forehead
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 14
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 33
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 201 Counted 130, 10, 49, and 12 They
have been here for months.
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3

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Bob Guth, Goshen, Elkhart County
Bobwgfsa using gmail


--
Bob Guth



Subject: Limberlost Fri., Salamonie Sat.
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 13:21 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A quick Friday trip to LImberlost yielded 18 species.  The gravel pit east of Geneva had 100 Mallards, 1 Gadwall, 10 N. Pintail, 2 Am. Black Duck in a small hole of open water.


Limberlost was frozen: 3 Bald Eagles, 14 Ring-billed gulls, 1 Herring Gull


Loblolly mostly frozen, Canada Geese, 1 Great Blue Heron


At Salamonie on Sat., best birds among 29 were a Common Goldeneye and 10 Common Mergansers in a hole of open water off Lost Bridge East. The Wabash R. was open, as was Roush Lake from its dam, but nothing notable.


Jim Haw



Subject: eBird -- US-Indiana-Prairie Township - 40.636x-86.937 - Feb 3, 2016 11:43 -- Feb 03, 2016
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 11:58 am
From: jan_cain AT hotmail.com
 
We have eyes on the Snowy as it sits in the grass on the side of the road on 800 S about 1/2 east of 450 W.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 4, 2016, at 9:36 AM, Larry Miller wrote:
>
> At 5:30pm yesterday the owl was near 300W, easily visible in the field just north and west of the metal building by the intersection with 800S.
>
> Tried taking pictures but between the wind buffeting the car and the low light, the results were not so great.
>
> On Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:52:09 -0500, wes homoya wrote:
>
> Greetings all, Excellent Snowy north of Lafayette in White Co. (Brookston, IN). In field just north of 800S and east maybe 1/2 mile of 450W. Good birding, Wes Homoya
>
> --
> Larry Miller
> Lafayette, Indiana



Subject: Kankakee Sands and Roxanna Marsh(East Chicago)
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 9:30 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Thursday my husband Rick and I drove down to the Kankakee sands area in Newton County. We enjoyed watching the short-eared owls and northern harriers fly over the fields around the intersection of 200 W & 400N. We arrived about 3:00 and they were both flying.  One owl continued to pick at a harrier while it soared over the field.

Bluebird-1
Junco-1
N harrier-8
Short-eared owls-9
Rough-legged hawk-2
American tree sparrow – 16
Horned lark – 6

yesterday I did a quick drive-by the Roxana marsh area in east Chicago.
Gadwall – 12
Mallard- 30
Pied-billed grebe-1
Hooded merganser-1male&5female
Canada geese-2
Cardinal-1

Loyce Fandrei
Highland


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Subject: Benton , County birds.
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 15:40 pm
From: grounds11 AT frontier.com
 
Barbara and I started out to look for the Snowy Owl reported in White
County. We did not find it. On the way there we saw (2) Pileated Woodpeckers
flying. One going East the other West over route (421).

After checking the fields in White County we traveled to Benton, County. We
saw several Horned Lark . We arrived at the Feldt game area at 10:30am. We
could see a lot of white birds on the South body of water. With my scope I
saw estimates of (200) Greater white fronted Geese,(300) Snow Geese . There
were both White and Dark adult Snow Geese. There were (40+) Canada Geese.
(5) Northern Pintail Ducks. (60) Mallard. One Northern Harrier was in the
area. On the light wires, along the roads, we saw (3) American Kestrel.
Three Red tailed Hawks were also seen today.

Good birding

Russ Allison, West Lafayette




Subject: Eagle Marsh-- Feb. 5 AM
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 13:29 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 Mostly open yesterday, Eagle Marsh was again completely covered with ice on this gorgeous sunny, calm morning.  At 09:00, I noted ~200 Canada Geese gathered in a tight group on the main basin ice southeast of the Boy Scout lot and an immature Bald Eagle perched in a tall snag not far from them.  I wondered how long the peace would last and quickly found out.  Within five minutes, the eagle left its perch, flew out past and behind the geese, and then banked sharply and came in right on top of them, the early morning light behind it.  Needless to say, the geese created quite a bit of noise as they flushed in one big mass.  But the raptor never made a serous try at any one bird.  Maybe it was testing the flock, hoping to isolate a weak or injured bird.  Or maybe it was just feelin' mischievous.  It was fun to watch, either way.
Nearby, the Serv-All ponds were also iced-over again with the only highlight being one adult Bald Eagle.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Short-eared Owls - Somerville Mine
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 23:54 pm
From: 4giffords AT insightbb.com
 
I'm sad!  Unlike other nights of photographing some familiar owls on their favorite perches or skimming low over the ground hunting for voles and mice, today's owls awoke, circled high into the sky and one after another headed west towards the sunset until they were out of sight.

For those that may not know, this is my last winter living in Indiana and my last season of photographing my favorite local bird, the short-eared owl. This spring we are finally returning home to Oxford, Ohio where I grew up to be close to the rest of our family that all live in the Cincinnati area. There is a lot I will miss about living here in southwest Indiana including the abundant wildlife and so many great friends we have made over the years. But, as the owls head home it reminds me that everything has it's season. We are thankful for the time we had here and look forward to what God has in store for us in this next chapter of our lives.

For those who are still hoping to visit the Somerville Mine area to see the owls this winter there's still time! Although many of the local winter residents are heading home, several are still here and others from areas farther south and east will still be passing through. Take the chance now though because in a few more weeks the nightly show is likely to be over until next winter.

Happy owling!

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Steve Gifford
Haubstadt, IN
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Subject: Fox Island & Eagle Marsh, Allen County
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 14:37 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

Cynthia had a meeting at Fox Island, so I took a walk to the Gun Club, and watch the feeders for a few minutes. The crows were making a big racket, so I thought they were mobbing something, but by the time I reached the spot, they were dispersing. I then heard another fuss further on, but couldn't get close to it. There was a Red-tailed Hawk in the neighborhood, but the crows were ignoring it.


Fox Island County Park, Allen, Indiana, US
Feb 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 28F, cloudy, light snow, moderate wind
9 species

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 40
Carolina Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Dark-eyed Junco 3
Northern Cardinal 7
House Sparrow 1

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


After lunch we wen't to Eagle Marsh to follow up on Rodger Rang's report of Common Merganser. I had to walk down the trail from the Boy Scout parking lot to the first high-tension tower before I could see the male and two females. They then moved away from the bank of the pond so they could be seen from the parking lot.



Eagle Marsh, Allen, Indiana, US
Feb 4, 2016 1:05 PM - 1:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: 28F, cloudy, moderate wind
6 species

Canada Goose X
Mallard X
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 3
Bald Eagle 2
American Crow 50

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Ed Powers, Allen County




Subject: Hawthorn Park, Vigo -Snow Geese
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 14:18 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Hawthorn Park/JI Case Wetland, Vigo, Indiana, US
Feb 4, 2016 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Walked perimeter of Hawthorn Park and around JI Case wetland. Sunny, calm to 5 mph wind, 41 F.
15 species

SNOW GOOSE 300 one flock flying south over park, calling for several minutes; ratio of white to dark geese was about 5:1
Canada Goose 60
Gadwall 24
Mallard 16
Ruddy Duck 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4

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Subject: eBird Report - Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Feb 3, 2016
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 13:24 pm
From: ekjwh68 AT hotmail.com
 
Here is the report of the Wed morning birdwalk in Goshen.  It was cool but the company was good, making up for a quiet birding day otherwise.  Work crews were in Shoup-Parsons Woods, so we didn't do much there.  The Goshen Dam Pond was quiet, too.

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


> Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:22:20 -0500
> Subject: eBird Report - Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Feb 3, 2016
>
> Elkhart River, Millrace and Woods, Elkhart, Indiana, US
> Feb 3, 2016 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: it was a cool morning, with temps ranging from 39 to 42 and wind 15-20 mph at times. It was cloudy at first but later in the morning there were periods of sunshine. The best birds were a Barred Owl being harassed by some crows and a Pileated Woodpecker. Observers were: Jim Bare, Mary Martin, Liz Jacobs, Ann Kauffman,, Annie Aguirre, Allee Forsberg, Elaine Harley, John Harley and Gary Keister.
> 28 species
>
> Canada Goose 51
> Mute Swan 18
> Mallard 53
> Common Goldeneye 3
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Mourning Dove 6
> Barred Owl 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 8
> Black-capped Chickadee 9
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch 7
> Brown Creeper 5
> Carolina Wren 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
> American Tree Sparrow 3
> Dark-eyed Junco 4
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 13
> House Finch 6
> American Goldfinch 2
> House Sparrow 31
>
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>
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Subject: Northern Pintail, Celery Bog Nature Area, Feb 4, 2016
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 9:37 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
The numbers of geese was way down this morning at Celery Bog and I did not see the White-fronted or Cackling Geese seen last weekend. I did have a male Northern Pintail, however; and an adult Bald Eagle was soaring over the southern part of the Purdue Campus near the Vet School.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, Indiana, US Feb 4, 2016 8:00 AM - 8:25 AM
13 species

Canada Goose 100
Mute Swan 5
Mallard 200
Northern Shoveler 15
Northern Pintail 1
Ring-necked Duck 3
American Coot 40
Downy Woodpecker 2
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1

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