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31 Oct: @ 14:42:50 
Lake Monroe [Whitehead, Donald R.]
31 Oct: @ 14:30:40 
Goose Pond - October 25th, 2014 - Yellow Rail & 10 Sparrow sp. [Jerry Downs]
31 Oct: @ 14:21:53 
Lakewatch (31-Oct-2014) 3 jaeger species & phalaropes [Kenneth J. Brock]
31 Oct: @ 10:04:04 
Hummingbird In Newburgh [Tim Griffith]
30 Oct: @ 20:21:34 
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rusty Blackbird Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Oct 30, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
30 Oct: @ 19:40:44 
Cattle Egret in Sullivan County [marty jones]
30 Oct: @ 19:13:58 
Salamonie area [James Haw]
30 Oct: @ 18:11:17 
Miller Beach - 10/30 [MTopp7927]
30 Oct: @ 09:23:34 
Rusty Blackbirds, waterfowl - Celery Bog Nature Area, Oct 30, 2014 [Dunning, John B]
30 Oct: @ 08:28:50 
Gene Stratton-Porter Bird Survey 11/7/14 [Conrad, Tiffany]
29 Oct: @ 19:33:43 
Celery Bog Nature Area, W Lafayette. 10/29/14 [Ed Hopkins]
29 Oct: @ 15:50:58 
Miller Beach - 10/28 - Merlin [MTopp7927]
29 Oct: @ 15:17:21 
Pine Siskins in the Dunes [Brendan Grube]
29 Oct: @ 14:34:50 
Lake Monroe, Stillwater [Whitehead, Donald R.]
29 Oct: @ 12:49:24 
Ewing Bottoms Vesper Sparrows [Amy Kearns]
28 Oct: @ 19:55:09 
Eagle Creek Pelicans [Kirk Roth]
28 Oct: @ 17:41:33 
Lakefront-ducks [john kendall]
28 Oct: @ 11:48:29 
Goose Pond FWA Oct 27, GWFG, LBDO, pelicans [Don Gorney]
28 Oct: @ 10:43:25 
Brookville Lake [Bill Buskirk]
27 Oct: @ 19:58:08 
Northern Harrier, Redhead [Landon Neumann]
27 Oct: @ 19:03:32 
Sandhill Cranes [Dan Kaiser]
27 Oct: @ 16:37:52 
Possible Barn Owl- Porter Co. [Jake Harmon]
27 Oct: @ 16:06:07 
Nashville Warbler [Sue and Ted Ulrich]
27 Oct: @ 14:57:50 
American Black Duck [Tim & Emily]
27 Oct: @ 12:41:47 
Fwd: eBird Report - Boot Lake Nature Preserve, Oct 27, 2014 [Thefive Forreal]
27 Oct: @ 09:48:13 
Fall is here [Tom]
27 Oct: @ 08:43:58 
Golden Eagle, Northern Shrike-Universal [Mary Jane Easterday]
26 Oct: @ 22:49:35 
Chinook mine, Turtle Creek Reservoir [Peter Scott]
26 Oct: @ 21:15:41 
Lake Lemon - Oct 24-26+ [Hengeveld, James David]
26 Oct: @ 20:20:43 
Lake Monroe [Cathy]
26 Oct: @ 19:16:24 
SW Allen-- Oct. 26 AM [Rodger Rang]
26 Oct: @ 19:04:52 
Hurshtown Res. LTDU, SNBU-- Oct. 26 PM [Rodger Rang]
26 Oct: @ 14:46:36 
Indiana Dunes State Park [Brendan Grube]
26 Oct: @ 14:23:30 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday October 26, 2014 [Don Williams]
26 Oct: @ 14:15:47 
Ft. Harrison State Park - PUFI, PISI, [Don Gorney]
26 Oct: @ 12:54:49 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird II [Tim Griffith]
26 Oct: @ 11:43:43 
Vanderburgh Co - Ruby-throated hummingbird [birder]
26 Oct: @ 11:16:15 
Cane Ridge, Gibson, Co. - Franklin's gulls (27) [birder]
26 Oct: @ 09:38:41 
DeKalb Co. Cackling Goose [James Haw]
26 Oct: @ 05:45:15 
Snow Bunting and other birds [Robert Guth]
25 Oct: @ 20:53:44 
Rusty Blackbird, Orange-crowned Warbler [Landon Neumann]
25 Oct: @ 20:28:00 
4 Osprey @ 4 Winds Resort [ROBERT_BARBER_389]
25 Oct: @ 18:16:55 
Posey Co.: Twin Swamps Nature Preserve [Charles Crawford]
25 Oct: @ 18:16:00 
Posey Co.: Hovey Lake FWR [Charles Crawford]
25 Oct: @ 17:01:52 
Eagle Creek Park, Franklin's Gulls, Siskins, Greater White-fronted [Don Gorney]
25 Oct: @ 16:21:31 
Lakefront (25-Oct-14) Lesser Black-backed Gull & Northern Shrike [Kenneth J. Brock]
25 Oct: @ 14:11:08 
Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers]
25 Oct: @ 12:30:16 
Franklins at Eagle Creek [Don Gorney]
24 Oct: @ 22:27:25 
Pigeon River FWA - 10/24/14 [Sam Plew]
24 Oct: @ 19:09:46 
Barnacle Goose-No [Landon Neumann]





Subject: Lake Monroe
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 14:42 pm
From: whitehea AT indiana.edu
 
This morning (late morning!), Betsy and I made a brief stop at Paynetown on Lake Monroe - raining and windy - poor visibility on the lake. The highlights:



Canada Goose - 75

Mallard - 4

Common Loon - 18

Double-cr. Cormorant - 1

Great Blue Heron - 2

Black Vulture - 14

Turkey Vulture - 74

Bald Eagle - 1 (juv)

Cooper's Hawk - 1 (imm)

Chipping Sparrow - 4

Dark-eyed Junco - 12

Co. Grackle - 18



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea@indiana.edu





Subject: Goose Pond - October 25th, 2014 - Yellow Rail & 10 Sparrow sp.
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 14:30 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I apologize for the lateness of this report. I meant to sit down last Sunday and send it out but it ended up being a busy day & then I have been out of town the rest of the week.
Sam & I went over to Goose Pond last Saturday morning (10/25/14), As usual Sam concentrated on waterfowl while I enjoyed the overall experience and did a bit of focusing on sparrows. We started out on taking a short walk on the 11N dike for the sunrise and then I wandered across the road into the north end of unit 12 to look for some sparrows. Then we ended the morning over in BH5S where I went around the walking path while Sam hung around the south west area of BH5S. Of course the highlight was flushing a Yellow Rail while tromping around the north end of unit 12 while looking for sparrows. (Description in in the eBird comments below) I ended up not having too many different sparrows in unit 12 but BH5S had a good variety. For the morning I had Clay-colored (BH5S), Field, Vesper (GP12), Savannah, LeConte's (BH5S), Song, Lincoln's (GP12 & BH5S), Swamp. White-throated, & White-crowned. White-crowned was by far the most numerous. For me 10 different sparrow species is pretty good.  Also another perhaps unusual sighting to note (at least eBird flagged it) was 3 Common Yellowthroats in the sparrow habitat in the north end of GP12. All in all it was a very good morning to be out & about.
Here are my totals for the morning by unit:
Goose Pond FWA--GP11N, Greene, US-INOct 25, 2014 7:40 AM - 9:00 AMProtocol: Traveling1.0 mile(s)Comments: Went over for the morning with Sam. Started out at 11N for the sunrise & then went over to the north end of 12 to look for Sparrows. We then went over to BH5S & I went around the walking trail while Sam stayed around the parking area.Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.621 species
Mallard  55Blue-winged Teal  75Northern Shoveler  18Green-winged Teal  25Pied-billed Grebe  1Great Blue Heron  1Great Egret  2Northern Harrier  1Cooper's Hawk  1Red-shouldered Hawk  1American Coot  2Killdeer  4Greater Yellowlegs  6Wilson's Snipe  6American Crow  11Tree Swallow  50Field Sparrow  2Song Sparrow  12White-crowned Sparrow  6Red-winged Blackbird  75Eastern Meadowlark  1
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20337759
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Goose Pond FWA -- GP12, Greene, US-INOct 25, 2014 9:00 AM - 9:45 AMProtocol: Traveling0.6 mile(s)Comments: Went over for the morning with Sam. Started out at 11N for the sunrise & then went over to the north end of 12 to look for Sparrows. We then went over to BH5S & I went around the walking trail while Sam stayed around the parking area.Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.617 species
Red-shouldered Hawk  1Yellow Rail  1    This has been submitted to the IBRC. The bird flushed from very close to my feet & flew about 15 yards before landing again. I went to where it landed but did not re-flush it. When it flew, it flew right in front of me & I could tell right away that it was a rail. It was very close in size to the White-crowned Sparrows that I had been seeing. So it was smaller than the cardinal size a Sora would be expected to be. Also, I did not see any gray in the coloration, just yellow and brown. When it was flying away from me I got a good look at the rectangular white patches on the secondaries as well as the striping down the back. This was in the north end of GP 12 near where the tall prairie grasses give way to some mixed vegetation going to the south.Killdeer  4American Crow  6Tree Swallow  50Common Yellowthroat  3Field Sparrow  4Vesper Sparrow  1Savannah Sparrow  2Song Sparrow  18Lincoln's Sparrow  1Swamp Sparrow  14White-crowned Sparrow  15Red-winged Blackbird  25Eastern Meadowlark  2Common Grackle  15American Goldfinch  2
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20337769
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Goose Pond FWA -- Beehunter Marsh BH5S, Greene, US-INOct 25, 2014 10:10 AM - 12:20 PMProtocol: Traveling3.0 mile(s)Comments: Went over for the morning with Sam. Started out at 11N for the sunrise & then went over to the north end of 12 to look for Sparrows. We then went over to BH5S & I went around the walking trail while Sam stayed around the parking area.Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.628 species
Mallard  200Blue-winged Teal  200Northern Shoveler  6Green-winged Teal  50Pied-billed Grebe  1Great Blue Heron  1Northern Harrier  1Sora  1American Coot  25Killdeer  8Greater Yellowlegs  2Red-bellied Woodpecker  1Northern Flicker  1American Crow  9Tree Swallow  100Carolina Wren  2European Starling  50Clay-colored Sparrow  1Field Sparrow  6Savannah Sparrow  15Le Conte's Sparrow  1Song Sparrow  35Lincoln's Sparrow  1Swamp Sparrow  25White-throated Sparrow  4White-crowned Sparrow  75Red-winged Blackbird  25American Goldfinch  35
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20337776
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Thank you,Jerry & Sam DownsBloomington, IN




Subject: Lakewatch (31-Oct-2014) 3 jaeger species & phalaropes
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 14:21 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
This morning (31-Oct-2014) some 10 birders and I conducted a lakewatch at the Miller Beach concession stand.  The seasons most powerful winds had been forecasted and they actually arrived.

The temperature was 41 degrees F and the wind was slightly west of due north at 30-40 with gusts to 50+. Periods of rain, often mixed with snow, frequently limited visibility and saturated the optics, but during lulls the birding was unbelievable.

In Indiana any flock of five jaegers is a delightfully rare sight, but a mixed flock of Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers is absurd. However, at 10:31 a flock made up of three juvenile Poms and two adult/subadult Long-taileds flew by. An unbelievable sight!

I left after lunch, but most observers remained. They will not doubt add to the days list. However at this point the with a countable bird total of 448 and a quality sum of 52.8, the Pals Flight Magnitude is 58.8.

The morning list:
Wood Duck,1
Gadwall,5
American Wigeon,1
American Black Duck,4
Mallard,11
Northern Shoveler,1
Northern Pintail,157
Green-winged Teal,60
Redhead,65
Ring-necked Duck,5
Greater Scaup,7
Lesser Scaup,52
White-winged Scoter,5
Black Scoter,4
dark-winged scoter,5
Common Goldeneye,1
Bufflehead,9
Hooded Merganser,1
Red-breasted Merganser,47
Common Loon,69
Horned Grebe,1
Peregrine Falcon,1 adult
Black-bellied Plover,1
Sanderling,2
Dunlin,47
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE,3- blackish mantles were clearly seen. This is Indianas second latest record (by one day).
Bonapartes Gull,108
SABINES GULL,2- one at very close range
Iceland Gull,1 juv- the states second October record (the other was seen last year on 28 October)
Glaucous Gull,1 juv- ties Indianas 10th earliest fall date
POMARINE JAEGER,4 juvs- all arrived from the east. The first arrived at 9:31, three (along with Long-tailed Jaegers) flew past at 10:31 (we assumed that the early arrival joined two others), and a fourth showed up at 12:51. Amar Ayyash obtained superb photos.
Parasitic Jaeger,1 possibly an adult flew by at 12:23
LONG-TAILED JAEGER,2- subadult and winter adult?- Flew past with the Poms- much smaller and displayed grayish mantles. This is Indianas third latest record. Amar Ayyash obtained excellent photos.
Jaeger species,3
Snow Bunting.6

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN




Subject: Hummingbird In Newburgh
Date: Fri Oct 31 2014 10:04 am
From: timgrif396 AT gmail.com
 
We had a hummingbird in our yard this morning.  Sighted it twice but never
long enough to get a read on the species. It did not come to the feeders.
It was quickly feeding on flowers. The latest we have had a hummingbird at
our feeders since we moved in 2004 is November 12th so there is plenty of
time before a personal record is broken.

--
Tim E. Griffith
Newburgh, IN



Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rusty Blackbird Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Oct 30, 2014
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 20:21 pm
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
Chuck Tuttle, Paige Welty and I did the weekly waterfowl survey at Pine Creek in eastern Benton County this afternoon.  Small numbers of dabbling ducks and lots of coots were present in the wetlands.  Highlights were more Rusty Blackbirds and an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Barny
misner13@frontier.com
________________________________________


Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Benton, US-IN
Oct 30, 2014 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM
24 species

Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 4
Mallard 8
Northern Shoveler 25
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 9
Ring-necked Pheasant 3
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
American Coot 154
Sandhill Crane 1
Killdeer 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Mourning Dove 4
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 9
American Robin 30
European Starling 30
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Rusty Blackbird 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20384293

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



Subject: Cattle Egret in Sullivan County
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 19:40 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
While driving home from Vincennes to Terre Haute, I found a Cattle Egret walking the grassy median of the north/southbound lanes of highway 41.  This was in Sullivan County south of the town of Sullivan, just north of County Road 450 N at 5:06 pm.   Marty L. Jones




Subject: Salamonie area
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 19:13 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Sandy Schacht and I found 50 species driving around the Salamonie Area.  Best birds were the continuing leucistic Red-tailed hawk at River Rd. and 700 between Huntington and Andrews (this bird has bright red central tail feathers but is otherwise white); 8 imm. Bald Eagles below the dam; 10 Pine Siskins just outside Lost Bridge West SRA and two more at the nature center feeders; a female Greater Scaup (very prominent white ear patch and low rounded crown) with the only flock of ducks and coots on the reservoir, which was south of Monument Island seen from Lost Bridge East; and a good variety of sparrows.


Canada Goose
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck 1
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 2
Ruddy Duck 8
Wild Turkey 2
PIed-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture 2 at SR, 14 over Huntington
Bald Eagle 8
Red-tailed Hawk
Am. Coot 10
Killdeer 4
Ring-billed Gull 25
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher 1
Woodpecker: Red--bellied, Downy, N. Flicker, :Pileated 3
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
White-br. Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-cr. Kinglet2
E. Bluebird
Am. Robin
Eur. starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 15-20
Field Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 5
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
N. Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle 5
House Finch
Pine Siskin 12
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw



Subject: Miller Beach - 10/30
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 18:11 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/30
I checked the beach this P.M.
Highlights
MILLER BEACH:
6-Horned Grebes
1-Great Blue Heron
1-D.C.Cormorant
10-G.W.Teal
1-Black Duck
2-Red-breasted Mergansers (Females)
1-Cooper's Hawk
7-Dunlin
1-Bonaparte's Gull (adult)
20-A.Coots
2-Blue Jays
6-A.Robins
2-Pine Siskins
2-Snow Buntings
Michael Topp
Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...



Subject: Rusty Blackbirds, waterfowl - Celery Bog Nature Area, Oct 30, 2014
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 9:23 am
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
Chuck Tuttle and I birded Celery Bog in West Lafayette for an hour on this cold morning. Lots of waterfowl (mostly dabbling ducks), Canada Geese and American Coots on the water, a few waves of Yellow-rumps moving through the trees. I had my first Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Juncos and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS for the fall. The last were also present last week (according to Chuck and John Skene).

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, US-IN Oct 30, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:10 AM
35 species

Canada Goose 75
Wood Duck 2
Gadwall 30
American Wigeon 5
Mallard 20
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 8
Green-winged Teal 6
Ring-necked Duck 2
Ruddy Duck 5
Pied-billed Grebe 7
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 600
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 5
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Rusty Blackbird 24
American Goldfinch 25

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20378792

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



Subject: Gene Stratton-Porter Bird Survey 11/7/14
Date: Thu Oct 30 2014 8:28 am
From: TConrad AT indianamuseum.org
 
The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is conducting a base line survey on 80 acres of former farm land in Rome City, Indiana. The information will be used to reference against once the land is restored to wetland and prairie grassland. Monthly surveys of the land will be compiled for  5 years and submitted to the Indiana Academy of Science discussing the impact of the restoration of the land and the increased diversity of bird species.  The survey will be taking place in the farm fields to the west of the Gene Stratton-Porter main property, with 5 specific locations in the fields as survey points. We will meet at the Carriage House Visitor's Center at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday November 6th. We are located at 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City, IN 46784. If you have any questions please contact the site naturalist, Tiffany, at 260.854.3790.

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


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





Subject: Celery Bog Nature Area, W Lafayette. 10/29/14
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 19:33 pm
From: hopkinse AT purdue.edu
 
Celery Bog Nature Area, W Lafayette, 10/29/14
Lots of waterfowl species, Purple Finch & Rusty Blackbirds. For
complete list and map, go to link below:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20374425
----
Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette, IN





Subject: Miller Beach - 10/28 - Merlin
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 15:50 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
10/28 (Mon.)
I checked Miller Beach in the P.M.
Highlights
There were lots of ducks moving but most were to far out to I.D.
3-Horned Grebes
3-D.C.Cormorants
2-Wood Ducks
10-B.W.Teal
8-A.Wigeon
30-Gadwall
20-Redheads
40-G.Scaups
3-L.Scaups
2-Surf Scoters
1-Black Scoter
2-Buffleheads
2-R.B.Mergansers (Females)
2-Hooded Mergansers
1-Peregrine Falcon
1-Merlin
17-Dunlin
4-Sanderlings
6-Bonaparte's Gulls
20+Pine Siskins (Parking Lot)
8-Snow Buntings
Michael Topp
Highland IN.
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...



Subject: Pine Siskins in the Dunes
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 15:17 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
In-bird

On Monday the 27th of October in the Indiana Dunes State Park-

While not birding, but as a chaperone to third-graders at the park, I
observed several flocks of Pine Siskins.
Birds per flock:
12
20
55
60
70
Hawks were migrating also with 2 Rough-legged Hawks.

Brendan Grube



Subject: Lake Monroe, Stillwater
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 14:34 pm
From: whitehea AT indiana.edu
 
This morning Bob Dodd and I birded Paynetown, Cutright and then Stillwater Marsh. A lovely morning with increasing wind - but a few nice birds. The highlights:



Paynetown:

Canada Goose - 52

Mallard - 6

Common Loon - 4

Double-cr. Cormorant - 1

Great Blue Heron - 3

Black Vulture - 35

Turkey Vulture - 52

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Am. Coot - 9

Killdeer - 5

Ring-billed Gull - 14

No. Flicker - 4

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Carolina Wren - 1

E. Bluebird - 6

Am. Robin - 9

Cedar Waxwing - 25

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2

Chipping Sparrow - 11

Dark-eyed Junco - 6

Co Grackle - 50

Am. Goldfinch - 25

Cutright:

Canada Goose - 6

Great Blue Heron - 2

Ring-billed Gull - 5

E. Screech-owl - 1

No. Flicker - 1

Ruby-cr. Kinglet - 1

E. Bluebird - 4

Cedar Waxwing - 45

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2

Fox Sparrow - 2 (FOS)



Stillwater:

Canada Goose - 170

Am. Black Duck - 2

Mallard - 6

Pied-billed Grebe - 6

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Red-tailed Hawk - 1

E. Phoebe - 1

Dark-eyed Junco - 10

Red-winged Blackbird - 45



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea@indiana.edu





Subject: Ewing Bottoms Vesper Sparrows
Date: Wed Oct 29 2014 12:49 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
I birded Ewing Bottoms, Jackson County, today from the roads. Highlights were Winter Wren, Vesper Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, and Pine Siskin. Notes are in my checklist below.
Ewing Bottoms, Jackson, US-IN
Oct 29, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
18.0 mile(s)
Comments: SACR survey. As usual, I found no cranes in this area (it's still a bit early for cranes in the southern part of the state). I hope to find some on the second run of the survey, Nov 10. In the future, this USFWS flyway survey may take place on Nov 10 - this year we are surveying on two dates for the first time since I've been involved.

All sparrows and other tweety birds were seen in roadside ditches and the roadside edges of small woodlots, weedy fields, and large agricultural fields.
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2
Turkey Vulture 5
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Killdeer 25
Wilson's Snipe 2 in a wet field
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 20
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
American Kestrel 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 20
Horned Lark 15
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 3
Winter Wren 1 this was on my wish list for the day, so I was delighted when one hopped up from a ditch in full sunlight, only 15 feet away. I just love their tiny cocked up tails.
Carolina Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 20
American Robin 20
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 100
American Pipit 5 wet fields
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15
warbler sp. 1 I caught just a split second partial view of a non-YRWA but the bird was not cooperative and I could not refind it. I'm guessing it was an OCWA but I only saw the face and part of the breast for a split second. I didn't see the undertail coverts.
Eastern Towhee 3
Field Sparrow 15
Vesper Sparrow 16 I've never seen so many on the same day in the southern tier. All morning I was finding small groups of 2-3 and then I found a flock of 8! All were seen well and if anything, this count is conservative as I made sure not to count birds twice. Birds were usually in fields or small weedy patches on the sides of the road, sometimes down in the road or perched on powerlines. A large sparrow with a long tail, larger than FISP and SOSP but not quite as big as WCSP. Bold white eye ring, pink bill, thick white malar wrapping around auriculars, white outer tail feathers. These are an uncommon breeder in Jackson County but these birds were surely migrants. I was amazed at how many I found so I checked Brock's Birds - the peak for the southern tier is 23-Oct.
Savannah Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 60
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 25
White-throated Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 25 only 1 adult
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 100 vast majority were males, adult and 1st winter
Eastern Meadowlark 25
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 25
House Finch 15 I thought this was a lot for not looking at a feeder. Most feeding on giant ragweed.
Purple Finch 3 females on ragweed
Pine Siskin 1 associating with a flock of AMGO, heard calling and seen
American Goldfinch 25
House Sparrow 20

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Amy Kearns
Mitchell



Subject: Eagle Creek Pelicans
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 19:55 pm
From: kirkleeroth AT gmail.com
 
Dave Pluckebaum found four American White Pelicans at about 6:30 pm, viewed
from the coffer dam. When he left, they were at the south end of the
waterfowl sanctuary.

-Kirk



Subject: Lakefront-ducks
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 17:41 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
 I did a lake watch at Miller and later, went to Michigan City and walked out to the lighthouse.There was a pedestrian waterfowl movement, few Bonaparte's Gulls and many groups of 2-6 Dunlin in the strong west winds, with great viewing conditions after 10:30 am.  There were no kite surfers. 
Miller Beach (Lake Co.), Lake, US-IN
Oct 28, 2014 8:05 AM - 11:58 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
29 species

Gadwall  82
American Wigeon  59
Mallard  40
Blue-winged Teal  9
Northern Shoveler  72
Northern Pintail  28
Green-winged Teal  4
Redhead  50
Ring-necked Duck  12
Greater Scaup  312
Lesser Scaup  118
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  1
Bufflehead  3
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  19
Ruddy Duck  53
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  17
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Dunlin  46
Bonaparte's Gull  47    9 juveniles 38 adults.
Ring-billed Gull  30
Herring Gull  7
Peregrine Falcon  1
Pine Siskin  5
American Goldfinch  20
Michigan City:Peregrine-1 stooped and missed on unknown shorebird, probably dunlin but shorebird disappeared.RB Merganser-12 struggling in wind and waves to find sanctuaryRing-billed Gull-8  kite surfers in abundanceHerring Gull-1Coot-7
John KendallWarsaw



Subject: Goose Pond FWA Oct 27, GWFG, LBDO, pelicans
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 11:48 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
On Monday, I spent a bit under four hours at Goose Pond looking for shorebirds before they leave for the year. Because of the wind I did not spend any time looking specifically for sparrows or other grass birds. Waterfowl hunters were out in many units and, although I avoided those units, hunters were in adjacent units for the first few stops. Units I birded were GP4, BH3, BH5S (very briefly to confirm there were no shorebirds), GP11N, MPW, and MPE.
MPE and BH5S were the only units that did not have non-Killdeer shorebirds. GP4 along 1100W has been drawn down and showed promise but there were just 55 shorebirds with Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, and Killdeer comprising almost all of the birds. Park at the sign-in station and walk the levee south and then west. BH3 had about 50 shorebirds but half of that number (mostly Least Sandpipers) flew off when I arrived possibly due to the combo of my presence and gun blasts from BH2. A few Least remained along with several Greater Yellowlegs. GP11N only had two shorebirds on the north end with one being a Long-billed Dowitcher. While at GP11N I had 210 pelicans flying in from the north, presumably new birds, heading towards MPW/MPE. Shorebirds in the SW corner of MPW were GRYE and snipe. 
All the pelicans I saw were were in MPE. My count was 621 birds which jives well with the 360 birds seen the day before by Jerry Downs and others and the 210 (probably) new birds I saw flying in from the north.  
Although I did not try for sparrows, while walking back to my car in BH3 a probable Le Conte's (vs Nelson's) popped up for a second along the path. While walking just 100 yards in BH5S to check for shorebirds a number of White-crowned and other sparrows flushed along the levee. 
Greater White-fronted Goose 14, flying over MPE and MPW heading SWMallard 18Blue-winged Teal 20  ducks were undercountedNorthern Shoveler   40Green-winged Teal 51Pied-billed Grebe 23Double-crested Cormorant 5American White Pelican 621  https://flic.kr/p/py3r5YGreat Blue Heron 7Great Egret 22Northern Harrier 4, probably an undercountCooper's Hawk 1, along 1100W unitsBald Eagle 1     Red-tailed Hawk 1American Coot 2,508   Most in units along SR14. Confident this is an undercount.Killdeer 26Greater Yellowlegs 24   GP4, GP11N, BH3, MPWLesser Yellowlegs 3Least Sandpiper 25    Flock of 21 flew off from BH3Pectoral Sandpiper 4  Long-billed Dowitcher 1  GP11N (one of only two shorebirds present)  https://flic.kr/p/pQQHzBWilson... Snipe 50     Most in GP4 and MPWBlue Jay 1American Crow 13Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2  GP4 and BH3Tree Swallow 97Carolina Chickadee 1Cedar Waxwing 43Yellow-rumped Warbler 1Savannah Sparrow 1Song Sparrow 18White-crowned Sparrow 21Northern Cardinal 2Bobolink 1    Over GP2 and GP4Red-winged Blackbird 1,023Eastern Meadowlark 1American Goldfinch 23House Sparrow 1
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Brookville Lake
Date: Tue Oct 28 2014 10:43 am
From: billb AT earlham.edu
 
I had a short time to check a couple of places at Brookville Lake this morning. Highlights only:

Treaty Line Road (mudflats now increasing in size):

Great Blue Heron 13
Great Egret 1
Bald Eagle 2
Killdeer 93
Dunlin 3
Bonaparte's Gull 500 (est.)
Franklin's Gull 1 [Sam Fitton texted to say he had 10 at Mounds SRA on Brookville Lake, Franklin Co, this morning as well.]
Ring-billed Gull 100 (est.)

Dunlapsville Causeway and Quakertown Beach (Union Co.):

Surf Scoter 1 (1 to 4 have been present on the NW side of the causeway since 16 Oct)
Black Vulture 93 (Turkey Vulture 4)
Bonaparte's Gull 150 (total of 650 in Union Co. for the day)

Bill Buskirk
SE Wayne Co.



Subject: Northern Harrier, Redhead
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 19:58 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded Cass Co. The highlight was the
season's first Northern Harrier(we don't get many in the desert) and
Redhead. Other notables included Pine Siskins and Rusty Blackbirds.

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose 45f
Wood Duck 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Turkey Vulture 55
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 1
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 50
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 75
Cedar Waxwing 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 6
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 8
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Rusty Blackbird 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Pine Siskin 6 3 different groups 2 single birds and a flock of 4 flew
over
American Goldfinch 45
House Sparrow 1

550N
Redhead 1
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Northern Harrier 1 a mile south of the pond
American Coot 6

Indian Creek Road Cattle Pond
Canada Goose 25
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 10
Blue-winged Teal 1
White-crowned Sparrow 2

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: Sandhill Cranes
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 19:03 pm
From: dhkaiser AT sprynet.com
 

While driving south on US 31 about four miles north of Muscatatuck NWR,
Barb and I spotted five Sandhill Cranes flying toward the refuge. First
of the season and seems a little early.

Dan
Columbus



Subject: Possible Barn Owl- Porter Co.
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 16:37 pm
From: mcwolves13 AT gmail.com
 
Was out at a marshy area behind Applebee's when I saw a raptor take off. It
had cream-colored wings mixed in with sime light brown. The only other
feature I noted was Its short body compared to its wings. Took off Into
the trees near the marsh, so I couldn't relocate it. Could be a leusistic
hawk, but I doubt it.

Jake Harmon
Chesterton, IN



Subject: Nashville Warbler
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 16:06 pm
From: sueandtedulrich AT msn.com
 
Have been seeing Orange Crowned Warblers these past two weeks, but this morning had a Nashville. It is the latest date for a Nashville reported for Warren County  as far as I know (if anyone has a later record, please tell me).

Susan Ulrich
eastern Warren County

Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:53:28 -0400
From: landonneumann25@gmail.com
To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Rusty Blackbird, Orange-crowned Warbler

This morning I birded the a few Cass Co spots. The highlight was my fos Rusty Blackbird at France Park. I also had a late Orange-crowned Warbler and 2 Pine Siskins that flew over. I did check the 550N marsh for the Barnacle Goose. No geese were there so I guess we will never know where this bird came from.
550N PondGadwall 1Mallard 5Pied-billed Grebe 2American Coot 6

France ParkCanada Goose 7Wood Duck 6Mallard 4Turkey Vulture 50Red-tailed Hawk 1American Coot 6Killdeer 2Belted Kingfisher 2Hairy Woodpecker 2Northern Flicker 2Pileated Woodpecker 2Blue Jay 2American Crow 2Carolina Chickadee 2Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1American Robin 50Cedar Waxwing 75Orange-crowned Warbler 1Yellow-rumped Warbler 5Fox Sparrow 2Song Sparrow 2Swamp Sparrow 1White-throated Sparrow 3White-crowned Sparrow 5Dark-eyed Junco 2Northern Cardinal 2Red-winged Blackbird 50Rusty Blackbird 1Pine Siskin 2
Indian Creek Road Cattle PondCanada Goose 40Mallard 5Killdeer 6Greater Yellowlegs 1
Landon NeumannLogansport, Cass County



Subject: American Black Duck
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 14:57 pm
From: timily888 AT comcast.net
 
Had an American Black Duck feeding on our property the last 2 mornings. Unusual for our yard.

Tim & Emily...St. Joe County...500 feet from Michigan. 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Boot Lake Nature Preserve, Oct 27, 2014
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 12:41 pm
From: fab5farrells AT gmail.com
 
Boot Lake Nature Preserve, Elkhart, US-IN
Oct 27, 2014 11:40 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
30 species

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2 lifers!
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 4
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 25
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 2
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 5
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 7
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 5 2 males
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 9
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 1 Lifer!! Winter male.
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 3
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) 42
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 21
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

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Subject: Fall is here
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 9:48 am
From: annntom AT embarqmail.com
 
I did not get a lot of time outside yesterday but I got some choice
observations.
I went out in the AM when I thought I saw an Eagle. It wasn't just one
but for the first time since the Spring I saw two mature Bald Eagles but
that wasn't all. These two were taking turns strafing a lone coot, FOS.
Later while working on leaves I heard my first Cranes of the Fall, I
never got a look, and our first Junco as well.
I guess there is no turning back even though it will be near 80 today.
Tom Hougham
on Lamb Lake in SW Johnson Co

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Subject: Golden Eagle, Northern Shrike-Universal
Date: Mon Oct 27 2014 8:43 am
From: birdeaster AT hotmail.com
 
Universal Mine was a hotbed of activity Sunday, Oct 26.  Among the highlights:
Nelson's Sparrow 5 east of the training center - on the road that leads to Universal, IN
Tree Swallow - 73 on the power line and over the pond on south side of road
Cormorant - 1 Juvenile
Shovelers 10 My first for Fall
Junco 11 My first for Fall
Pied-Billed Grebe 45 They were in nearly every pond!
Harrier 3

Northern Shrike - 1 Not so unusual here in winter, but the first I have seen in October. I did take a terrible photo.

Golden Eagle 1 ADULT! This bird was observed for over a minute as it slowly circled the area and headed north. We were
observing the Nelson's Sparrows when I noticed the dark eagle. I first assumed it was going to be a juvenile Bald Eagle. Marilyn and I trained our binocs on the bird. Then we saw it had a golden head. I wanted to make sure it wasn't the light playing games with us. It was 1:53 p.m. I was lucky enough to have the Sworovski scope in the car window. It was easy to spot the eagle in the pure blue sky because several power lines paralled the car and I could line up the bird. I pushed the power from 20 to 60 and could see every feather as it slowly circled. I could even see the feathering that reached to the bright yellow feet of this bird. This is only my 4th sighting of this bird in over 42 years of birding in Illinois and Indiana.



Subject: Chinook mine, Turtle Creek Reservoir
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 22:49 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
highlight was 17 Common Loons at Turtle Creek ...

Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, US-IN
Oct 26, 2014 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
16 species

Mallard 2
Northern Shoveler 10
Ring-necked Duck 15
Pied-billed Grebe 41
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
American Coot 770
Killdeer 5
Northern Flicker 1
American Crow 20
Horned Lark 1
Tree Swallow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 300

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Turtle Creek Reservoir, Sullivan, US-IN
Oct 26, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments: visited 3 viewpoints on west side of lake (Gettinger Road, circle drive, and the dead end out of Merom)
17 species

Canada Goose 5
Gadwall 10
American Wigeon 5
Mallard 12
Redhead 10
Ring-necked Duck 15
Lesser Scaup 15
Common Loon 17 in one group
Pied-billed Grebe 40
Horned Grebe 20
Double-crested Cormorant 90
Great Blue Heron 3
American Coot 400
Bonaparte's Gull 20
Ring-billed Gull 50
Herring Gull 6 dark juvenile/first winter plumage (all)
Belted Kingfisher 1

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Subject: Lake Lemon - Oct 24-26+
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 21:15 pm
From: jhengeve AT indiana.edu
 
There were 4 gull species on the lake today, including 2 FRANKLINS GULLS and 42 BONAPARTES GULLS - seen from the base of Shuffle Ck. and from Riddle Pt..  There was a single GREAT EGRET at the east end along with 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS (FOS), and 4 RUDDY DUCKS.  More than 70 PIED-BILLED GREBES were on the lake and our first HORNED GREBES (7) of the season were at the west end.

Yesterday, we had our first AM. BLACK DUCKS (3) at the east end and on Friday, our FOS REDHEAD was at the east end.

Stretching back to a week ago Friday (i.e., 10/17), we had our final FORSTERS TERNS (5) of the year. Saturday (10/18), we saw our FOS GADWALL (4) and BONAPARTES GULLS (2), on Sunday (10/19), there were 4 AM. WIGEON (FOS), and on Monday (10/20), our FOS RUDDY DUCKS (2) were at the east end.

Lake Lemon--Hengeveld's, Brown, US-IN
Oct 24, 2014
45 species

Canada Goose 65
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 7
American Wigeon 4
Mallard 3
Blue-winged Teal 58
Green-winged Teal 1
Redhead 1
Pied-billed Grebe 35
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 18
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 600
Killdeer 4
Ring-billed Gull 64
Herring Gull 2
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 70
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 2
European Starling 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 6
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 45
House Sparrow 7

Lake Lemon--Hengeveld's, Brown, US-IN
Oct 26, 2014
37 species

Canada Goose 24
Mallard 4
Ring-necked Duck 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 4
Pied-billed Grebe 38
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 15
Cooper's Hawk 1
American Coot 1000
Ring-billed Gull 57
Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 8
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 2
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 12
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 25
House Sparrow 12

Lake Lemon--Riddle Point, Monroe, US-IN
Oct 26, 2014
33 species

Canada Goose 89
Mallard 4
Ruddy Duck 6
Pied-billed Grebe 36
Horned Grebe 7
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 43
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 750
Bonaparte's Gull 42
Franklin's Gull 2
Ring-billed Gull 81
Herring Gull 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 3
European Starling 10
Cedar Waxwing 70
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 4



Subject: Lake Monroe
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 20:20 pm
From: cathygotm AT gmail.com
 
Kayaked from Allen's Creek to Ransburg Boy Scout Camp this glorious afternoon and saw little of note except an osprey and about 700 coots in a small inlet just west of Ransburg. Among them were 6 horned grebes. Looked like more grebes in the main part of the lake but hard to is looking toward the sun. A pied-billed grebe was in the upper end of Allen's Creek and we saw a couple of kingfishers and ring-billed gulls. 

The coots were quite a sight!

Cathy Meyer
With Joan Middendorf and Susan Wannamaker

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Subject: SW Allen-- Oct. 26 AM
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 19:16 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Quick stops; few highlights:

Eagle Marsh, east end: one Pine Siskin flyover; turtle fence is now up for the upcoming berm enhancement project; much of the prairie on the east side of the berm has been mowed

Fox Island County Park: three Purple Finches hanging around the Nature Center deck area (like Don Gorney, I also enjoyed one singing rather BHVI-like); Bird Observation Building still closed

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Hurshtown Res. LTDU, SNBU-- Oct. 26 PM
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 19:04 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
Eleven people attended Stockbridge Audubon Society's field trip to Hurshtown Reservoir in NE Allen County this afternoon.  We enjoyed sunny skies, warm temps, and a surprisingly nice diversity of waterfowl.  Among our 13 species of duck, the clear highlight was one LONG-TAILED DUCK, initially found by Eric Helfrich but seen by all, including by some for which it was a lifer.  We also noted our first SNOW BUNTINGS (2) of the fall.  The higher numbers below are guesstimates:

Canada Goose- 100+; I didn't even guesstimate these, so this is probably way too low.
Gadwall- 8
American Wigeon- 2, a pair; some vocalizations prior to our drive around the reservoir
American Black Duck- 2
Mallard- 30; again, probably way too low
Northern Shoveler- 2
Canvasback- 2
Redhead- 7
Ring-necked Duck- 40
Lesser Scaup- 20
Long-tailed Duck- 1
Hooded Merganser- several noted by profile with binocs, but not found while scanning the mixed flocks with scopes
Red-breasted Merganser- 1
Ruddy Duck- 15
Common Loon- 1
Pied-billed Grebe- 5
Horned Grebe- 10
Double-crested Cormorant- 4
Bald Eagle- 3 (two adult, one imm.)
Eagle species- one bird, backlit and flying away, that initiated some discussion and wishes for a better look
Red-tailed Hawk- 2
American Coot- 450+
Killdeer- 7
Bonaparte's Gull- 20 or so
Ring-billed Gull- 50 or so (also 43 at the not-too-distant Cedarville Reservoir prior to the trip)
Herring Gull- 6
Rock Pigeon- a couple of flocks of 20 or so above the farm fields surrounding the property
Falcon species- a quick look at a small bird panicking a flock of starlings before it dove out of sight; this was as close as we got to a parrot on this outing
Blue Jay- 4
European Starling- several small flocks out over the fields
Snow Bunting- 2, our first of fall
White-crowned Sparrow- 2
Red-winged Blackbird- 50 or so in one small flock
House Sparrow- 5 at front gate

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne



Subject: Indiana Dunes State Park
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 14:46 pm
From: grube.brendan AT gmail.com
 
In-bird
Too many ducks to count individually. An average flock size of 30 was
assigned, and the number of flocks was counted from early morning till noon
when they were still moving.
7410 Ducks were counted in total.
Unlike the previous days observation, today's ducks were mostly Scaup.
Species seen:
Mallard
Redhead
Canvasback
Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
Bufflehead
Black Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Wood Duck
Norther Shoveler
Red-breasted Merganser

Additional species seen:
Red-necked Grebe 1
Loon Species 5 with a likely Pacific Loon landing near Beverly Shores.
Jaeger Species 1
Forster's Tern 1
Bonaparte's Gull 6

Brendan Grube



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday October 26, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 14:23 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Weather-  Sunny
Temp.- 60's

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 74 species. The list includes

Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams



Subject: Ft. Harrison State Park - PUFI, PISI,
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 14:15 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A chilly but beautiful morning at Ft. Harrison State Park, Indy on October 26. The last of the 2014 migration bird walks produced a bit over 40 species. Highlights included two Purple Finches, including an imm. male singing its vireo song once, a number of Pine Siskins heard in flight, Horned Lark, Gray Catbird, and Swamp Sparrow. We had an interesting encounter with a Northern Flicker that was frozen on a grape vine. This was the general area I had seen the Cooper's Hawk at dawn so maybe that hawk was nearby. Whatever the reason, we had fun marveling at the bird's beauty. The complete list of birds is below.
This was the last bird walk of 2014 that I will lead at Fort Harrison. I can't believe that this rounds out the end of my 16th year of leading bird walks at Fort Harrison. It's not quite Fred Wooley numbers from Pokagon State Park, but it hasn't been a bad run. Thanks to everyone who came out to bird with me in 2014. I greatly enjoyed the time we spent together. See you April 5, 2015 for the first of the spring bird walks at Fort Harrison.
Canada Goose  15
Wood Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Cooper's Hawk  1  adult seen before the walk when it called a few times
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1   https://flic.kr/p/pPDHyy
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  1
Horned Lark  1
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  5
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  13
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Eastern Towhee  4
Chipping Sparrow  4, numbers way down from a week ago
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  13
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
Northern Cardinal  11
Red-winged Blackbird  70
Common Grackle  15
House Finch  6
Purple Finch  2    1 imm male  and 1 unknown. Young male singing vireo-type song. Brief view of birds.
Pine Siskin  8  Very conservative count of flyovers. 
American Goldfinch  12
 
Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird II
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 12:54 pm
From: timgrif396 AT gmail.com
 
Just like Dan Collins, I too had Ruby-throated Hummingbird this morning.
Had not seen one since Wednesday but one was back early this morning.
Also, as I was driving to work I spotted a VERY DARK hawk sitting along
Rt 66 (Lloyd Expressway) about 1/2 mile west of Frame Rd. This hawk
appeared to be a Red-tailed but the breast was almost entirely dark with
very little streaking. Reminded me of the Harlan's that was hanging around
Cane Ridge a few years back.


--
Tim E. Griffith
Newburgh, IN



Subject: Vanderburgh Co - Ruby-throated hummingbird
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 11:43 am
From: birder AT insightbb.com
 
After entering my ebird data for Cane Ridge- a ruby-throated hummingbird show up at my feeder.  My latest record by far.

Dan Collins
Evansville, IN



Subject: Cane Ridge, Gibson, Co. - Franklin's gulls (27)
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 11:16 am
From: birder AT insightbb.com
 
There was almost as much birder diversity today on the observation deck as there were birds...even a few Indy birders were spotted on the observation deck this morning (safe travels):

Highlights:

Waterfowl - many species better birds included redheads, blacks, n. pintail, gw teal, bw teal (2), l. scaup (2), ruddy and bufflehead(2)

Shorebirds - dunlin, least sandpiper, both yellowlegs, Wilson's snipe

Gulls - herring, ring-billed, Bonaparte's and Franklin's (27) - individually counted. Most I have ever seen in Indiana. Lisa Bowman felt she had spotted the laughing gull at one point.

Warblers - palm (1) near observation deck.

Spotted my first fall white-crowned sparrows at TBS on the way home. Numerous savannah sparrows south of Cane Ridge in agricultural fields.

Good birding,

Dan Collins
Evansville, IN



Subject: DeKalb Co. Cackling Goose
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 9:38 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
One Cackling Goose was with a flock of Canadas that flew into a gravel pit on the north side of the DeKalb/Allen County line just west of Allen Co.'s Griffin Rd.  This is my first for DeKalb. Co.


I was surprised to see a hunting blind on Griffin Rd. pond for the first time.


Jim Haw



Subject: Snow Bunting and other birds
Date: Sun Oct 26 2014 5:45 am
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com
 
I walked Saturday along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail NE of Goshen. The Snow
Bunting was the best surprise. There were about 45 species in total. The
most productive areas are reported below:

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail--CR33 to CR26, Elkhart, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 8:06 AM - 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast cloudy wind SW8 temp 54F Submitted from
BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
29 species

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 7
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 9 Eating grapes high in canopy
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1 Singing
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 10
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 7
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 Heard chatter call and saw small
brown wren in weedy edge fence row near forest
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 3 Saw gold crown
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2 Seen and heard - saw
eyering and black wingbar
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 8
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1 Thrush in tree with buffy
face light spots underneath and eye ring - seen for 10 seconds with
binoculars 8x42 at 30 feet. This bird was not raising and lowering its tail
as a Hermit Thrush would.
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 62
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 Heard and seen - mimicked a
Robin then a blue jay and made other multiple notes
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1 Heard Che-wink call
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 10 Many on move with breast spot and
heavy streaks
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 4 1 adult 3 immatures
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 9
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 149
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 9

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Pumpkinvine Nature Trail--CR26 to CR28, Elkhart, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 9:25 AM - 10:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
Comments: Mostly cloudy with low clouds and mist wind SW7 temp 52F Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
24 species (+1 other taxa)

duck sp. (Anatinae sp.) 9 Flock of 9 ducks at 1/2 mile flying over and
were not Mallard
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 25
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 8
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 18
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 5
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 3
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) 1 This bird was a surprise- I
looked up and saw it 25 feet ahead on asphalt trail between corn and
soybean fields just after the Horned Lark flat where we see Horned Larks
all year. Bird was a little larger than Horned Lark with very white belly
and much white and brown on top. It flew off showing large white patch on
wing. I see there was movement this week in northern Illinois and in
Michigan for Snow Buntings.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 16 Many on the move
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 12 Saw white throat
yellow eyespot and heard calls
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 8
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 11
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 37

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Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Elkhart, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 10:38 AM - 11:44 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.7 mile(s)
Comments: Cloudy with haze and mist and a little sun briefly wind W12
temp 56F Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
19 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 7
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 5
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 Singing
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 36
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 7
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1 All yellow-green warbler
with broken eyering yellow under tail coverts and fine white edges of
primaries
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 5
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 26 Saw white throats
and heard calls
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 16
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 13

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Butts Lake, Elkhart, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 10:59 AM - 11:06 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Cloudy temp 56F Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS,
version 1.8
8 species

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 1
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 11
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 8

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--
Robert W. Guth
bobwgfsa AT gmail.com



Subject: Rusty Blackbird, Orange-crowned Warbler
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 20:53 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning I birded the a few Cass Co spots. The highlight was my fos
Rusty Blackbird at France Park. I also had a late Orange-crowned Warbler
and 2 Pine Siskins that flew over. I did check the 550N marsh for the
Barnacle Goose. No geese were there so I guess we will never know where
this bird came from.

550N Pond
Gadwall 1
Mallard 5
Pied-billed Grebe 2
American Coot 6

France Park
Canada Goose 7
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 4
Turkey Vulture 50
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 6
Killdeer 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 50
Cedar Waxwing 75
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Rusty Blackbird 1
Pine Siskin 2

Indian Creek Road Cattle Pond
Canada Goose 40
Mallard 5
Killdeer 6
Greater Yellowlegs 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



Subject: 4 Osprey @ 4 Winds Resort
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 20:28 pm
From: ROBERT_BARBER_389 AT comcast.net
 
Yesterday afternoon Darlynn and I had 4 Osprey circling overhead at 4 Winds Resort at Fairfax.
https://secure.flickr.com/phot...

One of the four looking at me while I was looking at him. All 4 riding the air currents over the marina for about 45 minutes before drifting south.
Not much else to report other than a Ruby-crowned Kinglet at the far north end of the beach parking lot on the east side. It stayed pretty well hidden and what images I took are not worth anything other than ID shots. Still a nice bird to find and watch.

Robert E. Barber
3322 Tunnelton Road
Bedford, IN. 47421
H: 812-277-0347
C:812-797-2856
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Subject: Posey Co.: Twin Swamps Nature Preserve
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 18:16 pm
From: cr4d AT twc.com
 
Highlight: 1 Winter Wren


IN Twin Swamps Nature Preserve, Posey, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 10:15 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walked the loop.
14 species

Wood Duck 10
Red-headed Woodpecker 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Tufted Titmouse X
White-breasted Nuthatch X
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin X
Eastern Towhee 1
Common Grackle 1500

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Charlie
Henderson KY





Subject: Posey Co.: Hovey Lake FWR
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 18:16 pm
From: cr4d AT twc.com
 
Highlight: Am. White Pelicans


Saw several Vs of geese high overhead, probably 350, but could not ID.



IN Hovey Lake FWA, Posey, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 8:05 AM - 10:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Walked the Rail Marsh Levee from the Drain Gate to the Red Gate and back via the new levee.
35 species

Wood Duck 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 500 very conservative estimate
American White Pelican 100 Photos if anyone wants to see.
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 4
Great Egret 7
Bald Eagle 4 1 ad. pair side by side in a bald cypress & 2 imm.
Mourning Dove 10
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Tree Swallow 500
Carolina Chickadee X
Tufted Titmouse X
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin X
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling X
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 30
White-throated Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
American Goldfinch X

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Charlie
Henderson KY





Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Franklin's Gulls, Siskins, Greater White-fronted
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 17:01 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Today, from approximately 11:30am to 12:30pm, Aidan Rominger and I did a stationary observation near the end of the handicapped road at Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis. Other birders were present as well. Highlights included Franklin's Gulls (2), Greater White-fronted Goose, Osprey, Ruddy Duck, Horned Grebe (2), Barn Swallow, Bald Eagle (2), and Pine Siskins (10+).

Greater White-fronted Goose 1, nature sanctuary with small number of CanadasCanada Goose  8
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  6
Northern Shoveler  5
Ruddy Duck  8
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  6
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  2, 4th year and adult
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  75
Killdeer  32
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Bonaparte's Gull  12
Franklin's Gull  2, both first winter
Ring-billed Gull  100
Belted Kingfisher  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  12
Horned Lark  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Pine Siskin  10, flyovers
American Goldfinch  2 
Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com



Subject: Lakefront (25-Oct-14) Lesser Black-backed Gull & Northern Shrike
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 16:21 pm
From: kj.brock AT comcast.net
 
Today (25-Oct-14) John Cassady, Randy Pals, Brenda Turthsarelli, and I birded the Indiana lakefront from Michigan City Harbor to the Hammond Sanctuary.

The morning began with a thick overcast and fog, but by 10:00AM it cleared and the bright sunlight elevated the temperature to 72 degrees. The westerly breezes were light. Despite these conditions we enjoyed a surprisingly good duck flight, especially dabblers. Our best find was a juvenile Northern Shrike in Beverly Shores.

Highlights

MICHIGAN CITY HARBOR
Northern Pintail,1
Green-winged Teal,2
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,1 unusually small adult
Chandeleur Gull,1 continuing adult

BEVERLY SHORES along Bev. Drive
NORTHERN SHRIKE,1 brown youngster- just east of St Clair St- ties the lakefronts 5th earliest fall record
Golden-crowned Kinglet,2

BEVERLY SHORES LAKEFRONT (nice duck movement)
Gadwall,18
American Wigeon,38
Blue-winged Teal,3
Northern Shoveler,13
Northern Pintail,5
Green-winged Teal,78
Canvasback,4
Redhead,26
Ring-necked Duck,71
Greater Scaup,5
Lesser Scaup,6
Hooded Merganser,4
Horned Grebe,2
Peregrine Falcon,1

PORT OF INDIANA dead except for a Sharp-shinned Hawk

MILLER BEACH (we joined Tom Beeke)
Wood Duck,1
Gadwall,18
Northern Pintail,4
Green-winged Teal,9
Canvasback,4
Redhead,30
Ring-necked Duck,15
Greater Scaup,10
Lesser Scaup,60
Surf Scoter,1
Ruddy Duck,27
Horned Grebe,9
Franklins Gull,1
Bonapartes Gull,17
Pine Siskin,1

ROXANA POND (from I-90) Great Egret,1

FORSYTHE PARK and adjacent Wolf Lake
Great Egret,2
Orange-crowned Warbler,2
Swamp Sparrow,1

HAMMOND SANCTUARY (with Tom Beeke)
Golden-crowned Kinglet,7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,1
Yellow-rumped Warbler,8
Fox Sparrow,1
White-throated Sparrow,7
White-crowned Sparrow,1 first-cycle

OGDEN DUNES (from U.S. 12) Northern Mockingbird,1

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN




Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 14:11 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 

I had a very modest list to show for my efforts at the west end today. The wind might have been keeping some of the birds down in shelter. Nevertheless, it was a nice day for a walk.

Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Oct 25, 2014 12:55 PM - 2:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
Comments: 65-70 F, clear, moderate to strong wind
10 species

Mallard 30
Northern Shoveler 2
Northern Pintail 2
Ruddy Duck 7
American Coot 96
Ring-billed Gull 66
Blue Jay 1
European Starling 25
Red-winged Blackbird 5
American Goldfinch 2

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Ed Powers, Allen County



Subject: Franklins at Eagle Creek
Date: Sat Oct 25 2014 12:30 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
Two first winter Franklin's Gulls have been on and off in the air and on mudflats at end of handicapped road at Eagle Creek Park, Indy at midday today.

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Subject: Pigeon River FWA - 10/24/14
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 22:27 pm
From: splew AT lakeland.k12.in.us
 
Birders, 

Today, I woke up not expecting to do much birding. This afternoon, my wife and I had a chance to bird Pigeon River FWA in LaGrange County. I did not expect much. We went for the colors mostly. At the FWA headquarters, we went back to the boat launch. I phished and played a Le Conte' Sparrow tape. Immediately, two birds flew in. The first was a Song Sparrow. The second was much smaller and acted differently. It popped out for just a second. It was a Le Conte's Sparrow! I almost yelled out loud! I have spent the past several weeks scouring weeds and swamps for something good. Finally a pay off!

Tonight, I spent an hour and a half birding the same location. I had three locations scouted out for N. Saw-Whet Owl. My plan was to bird all three locations for roughly an hour, alternating playing a tape and stopping to listen. I only made it to the first stop. An owl called after 15 minutes. Thinking I heard it wrong, I kept at it. It called again! I went towards the call to try to locate the bird. Unfortunately, it stopped calling.

What a day!

Sam Plew
LaGrange, Indiana
Facebook: LaGrange County Birding


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Subject: Barnacle Goose-No
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 19:09 pm
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This evening Kirk Roth, Bud Dodrill, my brother, and I did a sunset goose
watch at the 550N pond. We didn't have any geese fly in. Kirk was saying
that geese often come in for the night very late. Because of that I'll try
again at sunrise tomorrow. If the bird never shows then I guess this bird
will just have to be put to rest and we will never know where it came
from....

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County



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