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29 Jul: @ 10:41:29 
Lake Street Beach - Piping Plover 7/29 [Matt Kalwasinski]
28 Jul: @ 17:12:00 
Eagle Marsh Osprey-- July 28 PM [Rodger Rang]
28 Jul: @ 16:02:40 
Cornfield shorebirds, Newton Co. BNST & RNPH? [Ed Hopkins]
28 Jul: @ 12:15:41 
RE: Goose Pond FWA Baird's Sandpiper [Amy Kearns]
28 Jul: @ 08:18:09 
Goose Pond FWA Baird's Sandpiper [Amy Kearns]
27 Jul: @ 20:08:03 
Johnson County Saturday - A Few Birds but Mainly Tree Damage and Water [bob carper]
27 Jul: @ 20:01:01 
Goose Pond FWA Sedge Wrens [Amy Kearns]
27 Jul: @ 17:18:24 
Miller Beach - 7/27 - Piping Plover, Whimbrel, Blue Grobeaks [MTopp7927]
27 Jul: @ 15:32:30 
Fwd: Miller Beach - 7/27 - Piping Plover, Whimbrel [Matt Kalwasinski]
27 Jul: @ 15:13:14 
Mt St Francis Sanctuary, No. Bobwhite [Del Striegel]
27 Jul: @ 13:28:22 
Miller Beach - 7/27 - Piping Plover, Whimbrel [MTopp7927]
27 Jul: @ 09:48:01 
Eagle Creek Airport Fish Crows [Spike Selig]
27 Jul: @ 09:20:37 
Allen, Huntington County Shorebirds-- July 27 AM [Rodger Rang]
26 Jul: @ 20:24:45 
Banes Hollow Road and Woodlands above Elk Creek Lake - Washington County [Brian & Melinda]
26 Jul: @ 17:10:29 
Franke BBWD; Eagle Marsh BCNH-- July 26 PM [Rodger Rang]
26 Jul: @ 14:23:14 
Eagle Creek Park, Sunday July 26, 2015 [Don Williams]
25 Jul: @ 21:41:16 
Yellow crowned night herons - Oatsville [Jeremy Ross]
25 Jul: @ 15:21:31 
Lakefront 7/25 Whimbrel, Avocet, & Willet [John & Wendy Cassady]
25 Jul: @ 14:09:21 
Salamonie & Amber Rd. [James Haw]
25 Jul: @ 10:15:55 
Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area ,Virginia Rail [john skene]
25 Jul: @ 06:09:55 
N.W.Indiana - 7/24 - Miller Beach & Grant St. [MTopp7927]
25 Jul: @ 00:48:51 
unbirded park [Liz Day]
24 Jul: @ 17:08:31 
Re: Noblesville shorebirds?? [Liz Day]
24 Jul: @ 16:30:45 
Re: Noblesville shorebirds?? [David Crouch]
24 Jul: @ 16:02:37 
Re: Red-tailed Hawk--odd plumage [Don Gorney]
24 Jul: @ 14:38:31 
Red-tailed Hawk--odd plumage [Meredig, John]
24 Jul: @ 14:14:07 
Black Tern, Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Jul 24, 2015 [Dunning, John B]
24 Jul: @ 11:49:25 
Re: Noblesville shorebirds?? [Liz Day]
24 Jul: @ 11:09:20 
Cane Ridge - NO bird sightings [John Pohl]
24 Jul: @ 09:54:33 
Amber Rd., Allen Co. shorebirds [James Haw]
24 Jul: @ 09:32:58 
Re: Eagle Marsh LEBI-- July 23 PM [zzedpowers]
23 Jul: @ 21:08:43 
Eagle Marsh LEBI-- July 23 PM [Rodger Rang]
23 Jul: @ 15:07:47 
Goose Pond - shorebirds, waders, white pelican, sedge wren [Peter Scott]
23 Jul: @ 13:53:28 
pelagic trips? [Liz Day]
23 Jul: @ 13:45:49 
Noblesville shorebirds?? [Liz Day]
23 Jul: @ 12:35:40 
Ruffed grouse season suspended (no sightings) [Kearns, Amy]
23 Jul: @ 11:54:19 
Limberlost [James Haw]
22 Jul: @ 18:57:07 
SW Allen Tidbits-- July 22 [Rodger Rang]
22 Jul: @ 17:12:13 
Immature Laughing Gull at Cane Ridge [Ben Cvengros]
22 Jul: @ 14:22:45 
pelagic trips? [Liz Day]
22 Jul: @ 12:23:13 
South Bend Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area [Spier6565]
22 Jul: @ 11:52:59 
chinook mine, Sedge Wren [Peter Scott]
22 Jul: @ 10:17:29 
Re: Sora-Brown Co [Gary Bowman]
22 Jul: @ 09:39:47 
S Kosciusko Co. Shorebirds and Goose Pond 7/21 [John Kendall]
22 Jul: @ 09:28:40 
Sora-Brown Co [Landon Neumann]
21 Jul: @ 20:35:24 
Goose Pond FWA Least Terns, shorebirds [Kearns, Amy]
21 Jul: @ 19:55:49 
Fort Wayne Black-bellied Whistling Duck [Steven Sarratore]
21 Jul: @ 19:25:11 
Homestead Road Shorebirds-- July 21 PM [Rodger Rang]
21 Jul: @ 18:45:35 
NO MAIL [Victor Riemenschneider]
21 Jul: @ 18:44:47 
Eagle Creek Fish Crows Indianapolis! [Spike Selig]





Subject: Lake Street Beach - Piping Plover 7/29
Date: Wed Jul 29 2015 10:41 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The piping plover first reported by Michael Topp two days ago, is still present near the USX break wall at Lake Street beach. There also two Willets near the Lake Street parking lot.

Matt Kalwasinski



Subject: Eagle Marsh Osprey-- July 28 PM
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 17:12 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 I noted an Osprey over the impoundments of western Eagle Marsh this afternoon after work (~15:40).  It hunted for a few minutes on both sides of the pump road dike before drifting eastward up the property.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Cornfield shorebirds, Newton Co. BNST & RNPH?
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 16:02 pm
From: birder4in AT gmail.com
 
 On Meridian N & S of SR14, 3 flooded fields. Blk-n Stilts (11) First pond
in corn S of 14. Probable Red-n Phalarope about 0.7 mi S. Scared by
vultures & possibly scared away by big semi truck.
Ed Hopkins
W Laf, IN


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Ed Hopkins
W Lafayette, IN



Subject: RE: Goose Pond FWA Baird's Sandpiper
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 12:15 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
Below is my full ebird checklist from Goose Pond FWA units GP9 and GP11N this morning. Highlights were Baird's Sandpiper and Sedge Wren. A poor photo of the Baird's is embeded in my ebird checklist. Click on it to see a larger version in my flickr.

Goose Pond FWA, Greene, Indiana, US
Jul 28, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: shorebird survey in GP9 and GP11N. The latter unit was a dud despite some habitat. GP9 had an early juvenile Baird's Sandpiper
35 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 30
Mallard 10
Northern Bobwhite 1
Great Blue Heron 15
Green Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1 GP10. Just saw in silhouette a bird in heavy wing molt
Killdeer 65
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 14
Baird's Sandpiper 1 Juvenile on a mud flat in GP9 with PESA and LEYE. Park at GP9 parking lot on 1400w, walk south on levee for about 0.15 mile until you're about 50-75 meters from where the levee makes a hard turn west (this is the SE corner of the unit). The shorebirds are not in the near water but the mud beyond the line of vegetation (smartweed) looking west. Scope is absolutely necessary; birds were about 75 meters from the levee today. With 90 degree temps this mud will probably dry up in a day or so.

A buffy-breasted shorebird intermediate in size (about half the size of nearby Pectoral Sandpipers, but twice as big as nearby Least Sandpipers). Black legs and bill. Attenuated body shape (too distant to see wing projection beyond the tail). "Scaly" pattern to upperside feathers. Brown rump. The buffy breast was very noticeable compared to the darker brown streaky PESA.

I took some photos but the bird was too far for my camera. I'll share images if I caught anything worth sharing, but I'm pretty sure I only caught a loch ness buffy blob.

*Edit* Below is my best image - I labeled the blurry blobs for your viewing pleasure.


Pectoral Sandpiper 21
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 1
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 10
Sedge Wren 1 singing in north end of GP9
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 5
Common Yellowthroat 5
Field Sparrow 5
Henslow's Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 5
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 5
Dickcissel 5
Red-winged Blackbird 50
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24409804

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




> Subject: Goose Pond FWA Baird's Sandpiper
> From: greenpertplus@hotmail.com
> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:17:52 -0400
> To: in-bird-l@indiana.edu
>
> Currently there is a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper in GP9 at Goose Pond FWA.
>
> Park at GP9 parking lot on 1400w, walk south on levee until you're maybe 75 meters or so from the SE corner of the unit. The shorebirds are not in the near water but the mud beyond the line of vegetation. Scope is absolutely necessary. With 90 degree temps this mud will probably dry up in a day or so.
>
> The Baird's is with about 30 Pecs, some Lesser Legs, and a couple Leasts. It's pretty easy to pick out because of the buffy breast (not as dark or steaky as Pecs) and the intermediate size (smaller than Pecs but bigger than Leasts). I tried to get a photo but it is too far for my camera.
>
> Amy Kearns
> Mitchell
>
> Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Goose Pond FWA Baird's Sandpiper
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 8:18 am
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
Currently there is a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper in GP9 at Goose Pond FWA. 

Park at GP9 parking lot on 1400w, walk south on levee until you're maybe 75 meters or so from the SE corner of the unit. The shorebirds are not in the near water but the mud beyond the line of vegetation. Scope is absolutely necessary. With 90 degree temps this mud will probably dry up in a day or so.

The Baird's is with about 30 Pecs, some Lesser Legs, and a couple Leasts. It's pretty easy to pick out because of the buffy breast (not as dark or steaky as Pecs) and the intermediate size (smaller than Pecs but bigger than Leasts). I tried to get a photo but it is too far for my camera.

Amy Kearns
Mitchell

Sent from my iPhone



Subject: Johnson County Saturday - A Few Birds but Mainly Tree Damage and Water
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 20:08 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I went out on this last Saturday of the IAS Summer Bird Count with the hope of adding a few species.  And I did add a few such as Belted Kingfisher, Spotted Sandpiper (flying), and Great Horned Owl.  Plus saw a good number of Purple Martins.  But I was more impressed by the amount of water in the rivers, lakes, and usual shorebird spots. And the amount of damage to the trees at Atterbury FWA and Laura Hare Preserve.

I posted about some of the birds I saw and added a few photos of the tree damage at http://bushwhackingbirder.com/

Bob Carper
Indianapolis



Subject: Goose Pond FWA Sedge Wrens
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 20:01 pm
From: greenpertplus AT hotmail.com
 
Highlights at Goose Pond FWA today were at least two fledgling Least Terns being fed by the adults and 6 singing Sedge Wrens. I looked hard for shorebirds but there were very few around.

Goose Pond FWA, Greene, Indiana, US
Jul 27, 2015 8:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: watched the least terns, then did a shorebird survey. BH4 MPW GP16 GP11 GP10 GP13 There were few shorebirds today. Nearly all shorebirds were in MPW. Lots of great habitat but just few shorebirds today.
66 species

Canada Goose 100
Wood Duck 200
Mallard 40
Double-crested Cormorant 100
American White Pelican 14
Great Blue Heron 30
Great Egret 100
Green Heron 3
Bald Eagle 3 pair adults MPW
Black-necked Stilt 68 true count
Semipalmated Plover 8
Killdeer 157
Spotted Sandpiper 21
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 34 true count
Stilt Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 15
Pectoral Sandpiper 20
Least Tern 7 at least 5 adults and 2 fledglings flying around the tern nesting island and areas east of there in MPW. The tern nesting island and a 200 meter buffer zone surrounding it is closed to the public.
Caspian Tern 1 alternate MPW
Black Tern 1 basic MPW
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 20
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Willow Flycatcher 5
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 8
Bell's Vireo 1
American Crow 10
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 100
Bank Swallow 1000
Barn Swallow 100
Cliff Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
House Wren 3
Sedge Wren 6 singing birds heard from county roads. 2 in BH4, 1 in MPW, 1 in GP3, 2 in GP1
Marsh Wren 1 GP16
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 5 FY
Brown Thrasher 5
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 20
Yellow Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Field Sparrow 2
Grasshopper Sparrow 3 BH4, GP3
Henslow's Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 25
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 6 NY GP9 ditch
Indigo Bunting 30
Dickcissel 10
Red-winged Blackbird 200 FY
Eastern Meadowlark 15
Orchard Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 15

View this checklist online at†http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24402065

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




Subject: Miller Beach - 7/27 - Piping Plover, Whimbrel, Blue Grobeaks
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 17:18 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
2/27
I checked Miller Beach this am. Here are Highlights.
* Photos *
MILLER BEACH:
20+D.C.Cormorants
2-Great Egrets
2-G.B.Herons
2-Mallards
1-R.T.Hawk
1-A.Kestrel
1-Killdeer
1-PIPING PLOVER *
Bands (Left Leg - Orange Flag / Double Blue Bands )
(Right Leg - Silver Band / Yellow Band) - see photos
1-WHIMBREL - (Flyby - Calling)
2=Spotted Sandippers
6-Caspian Terns
1-Belted Kingfisher
3-E.Kingbirds
6-Barn Swallows
1-Cliff Swallow (With the Barn Swallows)
1-B.C.Chickadee
1-Yellow Warbler (Flying in off the Lake)
1-Indigo Bunting
3-BLUE GROSBEAKS (1Adult Male) *
3-Field Sparrows
1-Song Sparrow

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








Subject: Miller Beach - 7/27 - Piping Plover, Whimbrel
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 15:32 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The Piping Plover is still present. Closer to the USX breakwall than the parking lot.

Matt Kalwasinski


Begin forwarded message:

> From: MTopp7927
> Date: July 27, 2015, 1:28:06 PM CDT
> To: in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu
> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Miller Beach - 7/27 - Piping Plover, Whimbrel
> Reply-To: MTopp7927@aol.com
>
> 2/27
> There is a banded Piping Plover on the beach west of Lake St. Also this A.M. there was a
> flyby Whimbrel. I will make a more complete post later. - Michael Topp



Subject: Mt St Francis Sanctuary, No. Bobwhite
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 15:13 pm
From: ddstriegel AT frontier.com
 
Highlight hiking today was hearing 2 No. Bobwhite calling.  Had close views of a young wood thrush.

Mt. St. Francis Sanctuary, Floyd, Indiana, US
Jul 27, 2015 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling on foot
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: hiked a couple trails, hot humid, 90 deg.
17 species

Northern Bobwhite 2 (2 calling)
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 20 (Flying above water tower)
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Wood Thrush 3
Common Yellowthroat 3
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Indigo Bunting 4
American Goldfinch 12

Del Striegel
Georgetown, IN (Floyd County)

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24401686

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



Subject: Miller Beach - 7/27 - Piping Plover, Whimbrel
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 13:28 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
2/27
There is a banded Piping Plover on the beach west of Lake St. Also
this A.M. there was a
flyby Whimbrel. I will make a more complete post later. - Michael Topp



Subject: Eagle Creek Airport Fish Crows
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 9:48 am
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
 Three Fish Crows showed up at the rest park on the SE corner of the Eagle Creek Airport. The three congregated on the rescently storm damaged roof of one of the hangars.  They remained as they did last year for about one half hour then they flew off toward the shopping and sandwich shop area to the West (38th St. just W of West I 465 (time 7AM).
Inside the park proper each Sunday, the picnic shelters' trash cans overflow with trash from the parties that reserve and use the shelters.  The Ice skating pond is just east of one of these shelters.  The American crows and raccoons have been tearing up the trash bags  to get to the food in them, the trash not cleaned up until Monday morning.  Just after the last cars pulled out and left after the birding group's weekly get together at this pond, a Fish Crow started gaahing from the trees near the picnic shelter.  Then my wife pulled in and brought me my car's spare keys.  I am driving a car that locks itself automatically when you get out and I had left the keys safely locked inside.
I found it curious to see a vehicle piled with trash coming out of the road behind the parks western soccer fields, the parks buildings and grounds of that area used often for private parties, weddings etc.  The trash had several  large empty boxes with Budweiser written on them.  Many park users have been fined for consumption of alcohol on the park property.  If you decide to have a brewsky while you are in the park, be careful. The parks department does selectively enforce this rule.
Spike



Subject: Allen, Huntington County Shorebirds-- July 27 AM
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 9:20 am
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 I checked the status of a few fluddles this morning and found a few shorebirds.
The wet area east of Homestead at Branning is nearly gone.  Looking distantly and into the sun, I could see birds foraging there, but I didn't bother trying to scope them; they may have all been just Killdeer and starlings, for all I know.
Light and distance were a little more accommodating on the puddle south of Branning near Homestead.  Besides Killdeer, I noted Spotted (2), Solitary (1), and a small number of peeps, which looked of two sizes, but I didn't bother scoping them, either.  Pretty lazy technique, but I figured that they were Least and Semi-palmated.
The Amber Road puddle is shrinking fast but still fairly sizable.  This morning's great light, though, was wasted (too harsh?) when all I found were Killdeer and one L. Yellowlegs.
The wet area on the west side of Aboite Road just south of Redding has remained surprisingly resilient.  Today I found nine Solitary Sandpipers with the ever-present Killdeer.  With the fluddle right next to the road and the light at my back, this area provided the most satisfying shorebirding of the morning, though more variety certainly would have been appreciated.
My final check was the field south of Huntington CR E1100N just east of US-24, another fluddle that has remained fairly persistent this season, though all my previous visits have netted mostly just Killdeer.  Naturally, I saw that species here again today, but I also noted a flock of ten Semi-palmated Sandpipers.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Banes Hollow Road and Woodlands above Elk Creek Lake - Washington County
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 20:24 pm
From: mclbsl AT hotmail.com
 
I've attached my e-Bird report from this area from this afternoon's 3 hour survey.  Along with the birding, I had the pleasure of speaking with a lady who lives in the area.  She was interested in what I was doing and asked, "What kind of bird has a black body with a bright yellow head, about the size of a blackbird?" When I told her it sounded like she was referring to a yellow-headed blackbird, she said that she had one visit her feeder earlier in the year.
The other reason I wanted to note this area, especially Banes Hollow Road as I traveled it west from Rutherford Hollow Road to NW Point Road, is that I used to frequent this area often in the late '80s-early '90s. I camped there often. Friends of mine had regular success hunting ruffed grouse on property they owned at that time. Any how, whippoorwills and ruffed grouse were common there for years. For a variety of reasons, I had not been back to this area for 20 years or so. I was very pleasantly surprised to see it little changed from when I was last there. This intrigued me because if one were to find ruffed grouse anywhere in this part of the state, I think this area has some potential... though heavily wooded, there is evidence of fairly recent logging. A large section of the Banes Hollow Rd is gravel.
With all that said, I'm wondering if anyone has explored this area for ruffed grouse, etc.?

https://www.google.com/maps/place/7841+E+Banes+Hollow+Rd,+Gibson,+IN/@38.6841197,-85.9668654,853m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x0:0x0!2zMzjCsDQwJzU5LjgiTiA4NcKwNTgnMTMuNiJX!3b1!3m1!1s0x886be720ab86c901:0x4b80f9aa93283264
Ebird report from this afternoon: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24393422
Brian LowryLeota, IN



Subject: Franke BBWD; Eagle Marsh BCNH-- July 26 PM
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 17:10 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 I made a brief appearance at a family reunion held at Fort Wayne's Franke Park after work this late afternoon.  The gathering was conveniently assembled at the pavilion at the northwest corner of Shoaff Lake, so I scanned the lake as I was leaving and found the Black-bellied Whistling Duck swimming out of sight with some mallards in the southeast corner.
On my way home, then, I made a couple of stops along the northern edge of Eagle Marsh.  From a pump road overlook, I could see that the dike appears to finally be flood-free, though a good section of it looks pretty muddy.  A mink lumbered down a short length of it before disappearing into the vegetation.  And from the Boy Scout parking area, I noted an adult Black-crowned Night Heron-- a species I haven't seen since spring-- preening just above the water at the edge of one of the small ponds roughly SSE of that lot.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday July 26, 2015
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 14:23 pm
From: sailbird AT tds.net
 
Sunday morning bird walk tallied 77 species.  The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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

Don Williams








Subject: Yellow crowned night herons - Oatsville
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 21:41 pm
From: jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com
 
Yesterday (7/24) I was in the bottoms with my kids and at 9:30 a whole flock of night herons came into the big puddle to feed with the great blues. I'd guess 7, but due to darkness and distance I won't make an official ID guess. So tonight I went in and sat and waited. One ycnh flew in earlier and sat hidden in a tree and frustratingly two more snuck in behind me. When I left at dark, there were three feeding in pool. I think the loner was a juvenile because it had some brownish streaking but was overall blue.  I think I know what I'm doing tomorrow night.
Not much else of note except more kildeer than I've ever seen, pectorals, and one sora we saw walking the ditch bank.
Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN



Subject: Lakefront 7/25 Whimbrel, Avocet, & Willet
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 15:21 pm
From: jcassady AT frontier.com
 
Randy Pals and I checked a few spot along the Lake.  Large shorebirds have been virtual no-shows along Lake Michigan until today.
Highlights:
Michigan City:  Sanderling 3 (A)Peregrine Falcon 1 (A)WILLET 1 (a) on the outer breakwall after lunchCommon Tern 1 (a)
Beverly Shores East:Sora 1
Miller Beach: (with Leland Schaum, Neal Miller, Gary Chupp et al.)AMERICAN AVOCET 1 (Alt adult female) Leland's group had this bird in sight on the beach as we arrived.WHIMBREL 1 (A)  1st spotted flying in from the NW, it eventually landed directly in front of us at Lake St. Beach!
John CassadyElkhart








 --
John K. Cassady
Elkhart, IN
jcassady@frontier.com
To view my website of bird photographs please visit
www.jkcassady.com



Subject: Salamonie & Amber Rd.
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 14:09 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I wasn't expecting a lot on this very warm, humid, cloudy day at the wrong time of year for much singing, but got a nice 61 species.  Singing indeed was low, witness two warblers, Common Yellowthroat 5, Hooded 3.  Star of the show was at least one Broad-winged Hawk in Salamonie
State Forest, main park road at fire trail 11. Also notable was one Henslow's Sparrow (scarce this year, I think) and 2 Bobolinks on Wabash Co. 680E.


The Salamonie area furnished two shorebird species, Killdeer and 2 Solitary Sandpipers on Huntington Co. 100S in a fluddle. Amber Rd, Allen Co. added more Killdeer, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 6 Least Sandpipers, 15 Pectoral Sandpipers.



Subject: Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area ,Virginia Rail
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 10:15 am
From: jkskene AT hotmail.com
 



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

Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Benton, Indiana, US
Jul 25, 2015 8:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose 17
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 21
Northern Bobwhite 3
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 9
Great Egret 2
Green Heron 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 2
Sora 3
Killdeer 18
Pectoral Sandpiper 11
Mourning Dove 15
Belted Kingfisher 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 56
Barn Swallow 9
American Robin 14
European Starling 75
Common Yellowthroat 11
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Henslow's Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 6
Dickcissel 11
Red-winged Blackbird 19
Eastern Meadowlark 1
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 6

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Subject: N.W.Indiana - 7/24 - Miller Beach & Grant St.
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 6:09 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
7/24
Here are some of the birds I saw at Miller Beach and the Grant St. Marsh

MILLER BEACH:
40+D.C.Cormorants
3-G.B.Herons
3-Great Egrets
1-B.C.Night Heron
3-Mallards
2=Wood Ducks
1-Killdeer
2-Spotted Sandpipers
1-R.T.Hawk
1-Peregrine Falcon
1-A.Kestrel
12-Caspian Terns
1-Downy W.P
1-Willow F.C.
1-E.Phoebe (Juv.)
4-E.Kingbirds
20+Barn Swallows
5-Bank Swallows
3-Rough-winged Swallows
2-A.Crows
1-Blue Jay
1-Brown Thrasher
2-B.C.Chickadees
2-A.Robins
1-Yellow Warbler
2-Indigo Buntings
1-E.Towhee
4-Field Sparrows
2-Song Sparrows
1-C.Grackle
4-Red-winged Blackbirds
6-A.Goldfinchs

GRANT St. MARSH :
60+D.C.Cormorants
2-Pied-billed Grebes
3-Least Bitterns
4-G.B.Herons
3-G.Egrets
4-B.C. Night Herons (Inc. 1 juv.)
2-Trumpeter Swans
12-Canada Geese
35+ Wood Ducks
6-Mallards
1-Hooded Merganser (Female)
1-R.T.Hawk
1-Turkey Vulture
1-Sora
7- C.Gallinules (+ 11 Chicks & Juvs.)
7-A.Cootss (+8 Chicks & Juvs.)
1-Killdeer
2-Spotted Sandpipers
6-Caspian Terns
10+Marsh Wrens
1-Willow F.C.
1-E.Kingbird
10-Barn Swallows
6-Tree Swallows
4-Bank Swallows
3-Rough-winged Swallows
2-Catbirds
2-C.Yellowthroat Warblers
1-Song Sparrows
2-C.Grackles
20+R.W.Blackbirds
4-A.Goldfinch

Also an update on the nearby Osprey nest one of the 2 chicks was on a
nearby
light tower with one of the adults flying overhead calling back and
forth with the young
bird. The nest looked empty. I assume the chicks have or soon will be
fledged.

Also at my feeders today the Red-bellied W.P. brought a young
Red-bellied and a
little later a Red-headed W.P brought a young bird (dark head) to my
suet feeders.


Michael Topp

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









Subject: unbirded park
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 0:48 am
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
In Indy, along both sides of the White River and south of 30th St., is a huge wooded park.
Does anyone ever bird this place?

Liz




Subject: Noblesville shorebirds??
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 17:08 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
There could be a covered boardwalk out to the wet parts, with blinds,
so you could get close. We could plant decoy godwits, and bloodworms.
Liz




Subject: Noblesville shorebirds??
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 16:30 pm
From: Nighthawk AT prograde.net
 
I am all in with Liz! Floodwaters receding from inundated corn and soybean fields can reveal flats that only attract mutant species created in Monsantoís laboratories. The focus on Duck attraction that seems to be in vogue among many Federal and some State natural resource biologists creates acres of emergent Duckweed, Millet, Water Lilly and whatever else has taken hold on former mud and sand flats. I also want mud and I want it now!

Dave Crouch Seymour

On Jul 24, 2015, at 12:49 PM, Liz Day wrote:

Apparently, the Noblesville shorebird pond, where the white-rumped sandpipers were, is now filled with vegetation, and is unlikely to have shorebirds henceforth.
:-(

We could have shorebird habitat near Indianapolis by buying a farm and paying someone to keep it in bare mud. Is it harder than that? That's all they seem to need in places where they stop. With all the money spent on habitat for other birds, it's crazy that there is nothing at all for shorebirds. The NRCS is crazy too, with their insistence on planting stuff. I want mud and I want it now.
:-(

Liz
Indy





Subject: Red-tailed Hawk--odd plumage
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 16:02 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I don't see anything that would lead me to calling the bird a Krider's x Eastern RTHA. It appears to be within the variability of the eastern subspecies. Paler plumage color on the head and scapulars may just be feather wear since those feathers are almost a year old. 
Even with a partial Krider's, I'd expect tail to be lighter, probably with some barring noticeable; the head should be whiter rather than what I perceive as faded brown; and possibly more mottling on the upperwing coverts. 
 Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com

From: "Meredig, John"
To: "in-bird-l@list.indiana.edu"
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 3:38 PM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Red-tailed Hawk--odd plumage

I was wondering if any hawk experts out there would like to comment on this red-tailed hawk that I saw yesterday in Warrick Co. I would assume it must have some Kriders blood?? There were two adults and a juvenile interacting, and the other adult was a textbook Eastern redtail--dark head, very prominent belly band, and it provided a very nice contrast with this one.
Three photos are uploaded with my e-bird list:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24355841
Thanks in advance!
John MeredigRockport






Subject: Red-tailed Hawk--odd plumage
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 14:38 pm
From: jm3 AT evansville.edu
 
I was wondering if any hawk experts out there would like to comment on this red-tailed hawk that I saw yesterday in Warrick Co. I would assume it must have some Kriders blood?? There were two adults and a juvenile interacting, and the other adult was a textbook Eastern redtail--dark head, very prominent belly band, and it provided a very nice contrast with this one.


Three photos are uploaded with my e-bird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24355841


Thanks in advance!


John Meredig

Rockport



Subject: Black Tern, Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area , Jul 24, 2015
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 14:14 pm
From: jdunning AT purdue.edu
 
I visited Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area in eastern Benton County this morning to check on conditions.  As expected, there is a ton of open water and I believe good potential for shorebird habitat (if it ever stops raining...).  There are a number of areas that should drain down (if it ever stops raining...) and result in exposed mud flats. In particular, the areas just north and south of County Road 200 North, where it bisects the refuge, flooded deep enough to drown the marsh vegetation that had covered the areas almost completely (most of that vegetation was invasive, so no big loss. And it will grow back).  The conditions now are similar - assuming that the water recedes through August - to that seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s when we routinely got very close looks at American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Plegadis ibis and tons of shorebirds in this area.  The water is still too deep for shorebirds (I had nothing but Killdeer today) but it is receding - all the area right along the county road was flooded enough to kill the roadside vegetation but is now exposed.

Best bird from this morning was 1-2 BLACK TERN(S). I saw a flying tern over the northern basin and then another one sitting on a stump emerging from the western end of the northern basin. But it could have been the same individual. This is earlier than the early fall dates given in Ken Brock's opus on Indiana birds. Previous trips by other people this month as recorded on ebird did not report the species.

I could only stay about 45 minutes as a local farmer showed up to spray pesticide on adjacent fields and I didn't want to be in the way (there was little wind, so it was a good day to be spraying). I didn't have time to work the southern basins very well.

Barny
Misner13@frontier.com

Pine Creek Gamebird Habitat Area, Benton, Indiana, US Jul 24, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
30 species

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 44
Mallard 8
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Bobwhite 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 42
Great Egret 3
Sora 3
Killdeer 7
Black Tern 1 seen flying and perched on standing snag
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
Tree Swallow 79
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 11
American Robin 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Dickcissel 3
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
American Goldfinch 3

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Subject: Noblesville shorebirds??
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 11:49 am
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Apparently, the Noblesville shorebird pond, where the white-rumped
sandpipers were, is now filled with vegetation, and is unlikely to
have shorebirds henceforth.
:-(

We could have shorebird habitat near Indianapolis by buying a farm
and paying someone to keep it in bare mud. Is it harder than that?
That's all they seem to need in places where they stop. With all the
money spent on habitat for other birds, it's crazy that there is
nothing at all for shorebirds. The NRCS is crazy too, with their
insistence on planting stuff. I want mud and I want it now.
:-(

Liz
Indy




Subject: Cane Ridge - NO bird sightings
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 11:09 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
 If you go to the Cane Ridge Observation Deck in Gibson County, beware thatthere may be a skunk den under the boardwalk. Saw 3 - looked like a parentand 2 young - go under the walkway and did not see them come out. About 10 am EDT this morning, may have been returning from a night's foraging.John Pohl, Vincennes, Indiana



Subject: Amber Rd., Allen Co. shorebirds
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 9:54 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
The flooded \field on Amber Rd. is now right for shorebirds.  This morning it had
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 3
Pectoral Sandpiper 13


Jim Haw



Subject: Eagle Marsh LEBI-- July 23 PM
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 9:32 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
First Least Bittern since 2011.  Ed



-----Original Message-----
From: Rodger Rang
To: IN-BIRD-L
Sent: Thu, Jul 23, 2015 10:08 pm
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Eagle Marsh LEBI-- July 23 PM


I strolled the main drive of Eagle Marsh this evening (8:05-8:50), enjoying fine
weather and good birding. A most pleasant surprise was flushing a Least
Bittern, a species not found on the property yet this year as far as I know.
It's short flight above the cattails provided a satisfactory view, and it was
quite vocal both in flight and after it landed out of sight. Other highlights
included a few rails and a nice flight of egrets. My list (which is still
noticeably SEWR-less) of 26 species:

Canada Goose- 10
Wood Duck-
8
Mallard
Hooded Merganser- 1
Least Bittern- 1
Great Blue Heron- 3
Great
Egret- 18 (1,2,1,14) flew by in the direction of the Serv-All ponds
Green
Heron- 4
Virginia Rail- 1 (male kiddick calls)
Sora- 3 (whinnies,
calls)
Killdeer- 1 flyover
Mourning Dove- 1
(un)Common Nighthawk- 1; haven't
noted one here since spring; harassed by swallows (aren't there plenty of
mosquitoes to go around this summer?)
Belted Kingfisher- 2, one fishing over
the flooded drive near the parking lot
Willow Flycatcher- 1
Purple Martin-
heard several beyond the barn (I didn't walk past the flooded section of
drive.)
Barn Swallow- 10+
Marsh Wren- 2 singing, one collecting cattail
fluff
Still no Sedge Wren-- rats
American Robin- 2
E. Starling
C.
Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Indigo Bunting- 3 singing
Red-winged Blackbird-
many dozen
Common Grackle- several dozen
American Goldfinch- 1

Then,
because I could see GREGs gathering in the distance at the Serv-All ponds before
my walk, and because more egrets flew by me heading that direction during my
walk, I drove down Engle Road to that property after my walk to count them.
From my chosen parking spot, I counted 58 Great Egrets and 38 DC Cormorants
sharing a large clump of willows. But as I was traveling down the road
afterwards heading home, I could see more egrets on the back side of that clump,
so they probably numbered in the 60s or 70s in total. The only other species of
interest at that property was Bald Eagle (two adults).

Rodger Rang
Fort
Wayne











GREG, DCCO, BAEA





Subject: Eagle Marsh LEBI-- July 23 PM
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 21:08 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I strolled the main drive of Eagle Marsh this evening (8:05-8:50), enjoying fine weather and good birding.† A most pleasant surprise was flushing a Least Bittern, a species not found on the property yet this year as far as I know.† It's short flight above the cattails provided a satisfactory view, and it was quite vocal both in flight and after it landed out of sight.† Other highlights included a few rails and a nice flight of egrets.† My list (which is still noticeably SEWR-less) of 26 species:

Canada Goose- 10
Wood Duck- 8
Mallard
Hooded Merganser- 1
Least Bittern- 1
Great Blue Heron- 3
Great Egret- 18 (1,2,1,14) flew by in the direction of the Serv-All ponds
Green Heron- 4
Virginia Rail- 1 (male kiddick calls)
Sora- 3 (whinnies, calls)
Killdeer- 1 flyover
Mourning Dove- 1
(un)Common Nighthawk- 1; haven't noted one here since spring; harassed by swallows (aren't there plenty of mosquitoes to go around this summer?)
Belted Kingfisher- 2, one fishing over the flooded drive near the parking lot
Willow Flycatcher- 1
Purple Martin- heard several beyond the barn (I didn't walk past the flooded section of drive.)
Barn Swallow- 10+
Marsh Wren- 2 singing, one collecting cattail fluff
Still no Sedge Wren-- rats
American Robin- 2
E. Starling
C. Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Indigo Bunting- 3 singing
Red-winged Blackbird- many dozen
Common Grackle- several dozen
American Goldfinch- 1

Then, because I could see GREGs gathering in the distance at the Serv-All ponds before my walk, and because more egrets flew by me heading that direction during my walk, I drove down Engle Road to that property after my walk to count them. From my chosen parking spot, I counted 58 Great Egrets and 38 DC Cormorants sharing a large clump of willows. But as I was traveling down the road afterwards heading home, I could see more egrets on the back side of that clump, so they probably numbered in the 60s or 70s in total. The only other species of interest at that property was Bald Eagle (two adults).

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne











GREG, DCCO, BAEA



Subject: Goose Pond - shorebirds, waders, white pelican, sedge wren
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 15:07 pm
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 

Goose Pond FWA -- Main Pool West, Greene, Indiana, US
Jul 23, 2015 8:40 AM - 1:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber. Main effort: 8:40 am - 12:40 pm, walked about 2 miles southeast down the diagonal levee dividing MPW and MPE, checking mudflats in MPW for shorebirds. Passed Double Ditches and the sightline southward over inundated CR1200W, and a half mile beyond that; returned. Grass mowed not long ago, about ankle high, except for one tall grass stretch of 100 or 200 yards. Weather: 64 to 87 degrees, sunny, calm to breezy. Plenty of ticks. -- Second site: South end of MPW (MPW3), bridge at north end of CR1200W, looking north to tern island (1:05-1:20 pm).
46 species

Canada Goose 20
Wood Duck 20 includes two broods of small ducklings
Mallard 10
Pied-billed Grebe 3 calls heard
Double-crested Cormorant 4
American White Pelican 14 two flocks at far southeast end of MPW4.
Great Blue Heron 45
Great Egret 75
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 adults
Bald Eagle 2 adults
Common Gallinule 1 adult, visual
Black-necked Stilt 18
Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 125
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 65 rather evenly distributed across 2 miles of intermittent mudflats adjacent to marsh. The second most common shorebird after Killdeer, today
Least Sandpiper 20
Pectoral Sandpiper 50
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Least Tern 2 adults flying over Tern island; viewed from south end MPW and bridge on CR1200W. Small numbers have been present most of summer.
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Willow Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 5
Bell's Vireo 8 all singing
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 20
Bank Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 20
House Wren 4
Sedge Wren 1 singing in marsh vegetation at MPW-3 viewpoint, at north end of CR1200W
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 2
Common Yellowthroat 15
Yellow Warbler 3
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 10
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 5
Dickcissel 1
Red-winged Blackbird 150
Eastern Meadowlark 2
American Goldfinch 12

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Subject: pelagic trips?
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 13:53 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
My error - there was, in fact, a jaeger at Eagle Creek, in fall 2011.
(Most of 2011 I was incapacitated and not birding, so I didn't hear of.)

Really - there are no pelagic trips being done this fall by any of
our birding groups?? Not one person is going out onto the Lake to
look for stuff?

Liz
Indianapolis




Subject: Noblesville shorebirds??
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 13:45 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Has anyone checked the Noblesville pool to see whether any shorebirds
are there?

Liz
Indianapolis




Subject: Ruffed grouse season suspended (no sightings)
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 12:35 pm
From: AKearns AT dnr.in.gov
 
I thought IN-BIRDers would like to know that the recent Biennial Rule Package rule changes are now in effect.

The Ruffed Grouse hunting season has been suspended, statewide.

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

From: Amy Kearns [mailto:greenpertplus@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:12 AM
To: IN_BIRD
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Ruffed Grouse (NO SIGHTINGS)

I think birders might be interested in the recently proposed rule changes by IDNR, including a proposal to suspend the Ruffed Grouse season statewide. If approved, these new rules would go into effect in 2015. You can read a summary of the proposed changes on the DNR website here:

http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild...

I've copied and pasted the section about grouse below:

312 IAC 9-4-10: Suspend the ruffed grouse season statewide.
Ruffed grouse is projected to drop below "viable population levels" within the next couple of years in portions of its existing range in south central Indiana. Annual roadside surveys continue to find little or no presence of ruffed grouse in many stops along control routes. No drumming male ruffed grouse were heard on the 14 roadside survey routes (15 stops/routes) during the 2013 survey period and only one grouse has been heard on these routes in four years. The five-year (2009-2013) mean drumming index for the control routes was less than 0.01 drummers per stop (about 1 drummer heard every 190 stops), which is less than 1 percent of levels recorded during the peak years of 1979-81. For the eighth consecutive year, no drumming activity centers were located on the Maumee Grouse Study Area where population monitoring began in the early 1960s. Advancement of forest succession (maturity) is a major reason for decline of the ruffed grouse. Prospects for a population recovery are dismal and extirpation seems possible.



I also want to comment that while this initially seems like great news for grouse, I think it's important to consider the deeper effects of losing the incentive for grouse-hunting property owners to continue to manage their property for grouse. The loss of "young forest" habitat is thought to be the major driver for the decline of grouse in Indiana.

Amy Kearns
Mitchell









Subject: Limberlost
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 11:54 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
I picked the wrong morning to bird Limberlost Swamp, Adams and Jay Cos.  The water that had closed the county line road is gone, and a work crew was removing he big cottonwood that has been a marker for so may good birds.  This tree fell in the last big wind and rain a couple of weeks ago.  At any rate, county line road was closed from 50E to 300W, making most of Limberlost inaccessible.  I got lots of Killdeer, plus 3 Least and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers on 300W north of the bridge, lots of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets but not muich else.  Loblolly Marsh had water but very few birds.


Jim Haw



Subject: SW Allen Tidbits-- July 22
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 18:57 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
 I ate breakfast before work this morning at an Eagle Marsh overlook just west of the water utility (05:05-05:20), noting a nice chorus of Green Frogs but also a few birds, including a Virginia Rail (male advertising call) and a Willow Flycatcher (song, call).
Though Green Heron flyovers at the Lutheran Hospital campus had seemed to taper off the last week or so, today at lunch (13:10-13:35) I again noted three birds flying over, each heading from the direction of the marsh and toward I-69 and (possibly) the nesting area in our neighborhood.
Tonight (18:30-18:45), the puddle east of Homestead at Branning was much smaller and held many fewer birds than last night-- still lots of Killdeer, but only one L. Yellowlegs and two Pectorals.  West of there, at Amber Road just north of Branning, I noted an adult Red-headed Woodpecker.  The puddles on the west side of Amber have finally receded enough to expose some muddy edges but tonight hosted only Killdeer.
Rodger RangFort Wayne



Subject: Immature Laughing Gull at Cane Ridge
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 17:12 pm
From: bencvengros AT gmail.com
 
I went to Cane ridge today after going to Evansville airport to look for the western kingbird. The western kingbird is still there. I found it perched on the fence along William L. Brooks Rd. I watched it for a few minutes and got pictures. It flew toward the radio tower and perched on the fence on the back side of the tower. I was able to observe it for a while as it caught insects and competed with kestrels for the area. 

At Cane Ridge, I watched (from the viewing platform) least terns and caspian terns catch fish. At noon, I was ready to leave when I noticed what seemed to be a gull in the distance. It had a black bill that was smaller than the orange bill of a caspian tern. The bird kept to itself, flying high in the distance. Steve Lima was able to confirm the bird after seeing my pictures. Here are my pictures:

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

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

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

Ben Cvengros



Subject: pelagic trips?
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 14:22 pm
From: lizday44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Does anyone know of any pelagic trips in Lake Michigan this fall, to
look for jaegers or other lake-type birds?

(Also, are there any shorebirding trips planned anywhere at any time?)

If they cost money and so are unmentionable, please email me privately.

thank you.....

Liz
Indianapolis
(where no one has ever seen a jaeger and the water level at Eagle
Creek is lowered for shorebirds in *October*, about the most useless
thing short of a fish with a bike)




Subject: South Bend Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 12:23 pm
From: Spier6565 AT comcast.net
 
Yesterday 7/21/15 at Beverly D. Crone Restoration Area:

Sedge Wren - 1 seen / 2 or 3 heard
Dickcissel - 2 including a juvenile
Song Sparrow - 12
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Yellow Warbler - 1
Chimney Swift - 1

We had an immature Bald Eagle on North Chain Lake last Thursday. Also of recent note were two Peregrine Falcons repeatedly diving at a gull in downtown South Bend (seen from Four Winds Field). Their efforts seemed clumsy; we guessed they may have been two juvenile birds that have recently fledged.

Jim Spier





Subject: chinook mine, Sedge Wren
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 11:52 am
From: Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu
 
Heard my first Sedge Wren of the season.  Henslow's and Field Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, and Bell's Vireos were singing vigorously.

Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.), Clay, Indiana, US
Jul 22, 2015 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove the usual square circuit from County Road 650W and 600N intersection, east to 550W, south to 500N, west to 650W, north to 600N. Walked for 20 minutes in two places, along road. Mostly in DNR areas of tallgrass prairie, forbs, and cool season grasses, and patches of trees. Weather calm, sunny, 64-68 degrees.
35 species

Northern Bobwhite 2
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 12
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Bell's Vireo 5
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 1
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
House Wren 3
Sedge Wren 1 singing (unseen) along east side of CR 550W near T intersection with 600N. A traditional spot, which will fill in with more individuals in next two weeks. My first of year
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 3
Brown Thrasher 7 many on road, along with robins
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 5
Common Yellowthroat 15
Eastern Towhee 6
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 20 singing well
Grasshopper Sparrow 3 silent, visuals
Henslow's Sparrow 14 all singing, all but one along CR 550W and 600N within half-mile of 550W.
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Blue Grosbeak 3
Indigo Bunting 8
Dickcissel 5
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Eastern Meadowlark 8
American Goldfinch 6

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Subject: Sora-Brown Co
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 10:17 am
From: otus44 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Earlier this week we were made aware of a number of Soras near us in Illinois across the river from Vincennes.
This is even further south than Bloomington and Brown county. The people who reported them saw several of them. We went to the area the following day and although didn't see any, we heard possibly a dozen calling spontaneously. They were in a flooded soy bean field. They must be migrants.

Gary Bowman
Vincennes, IN

At 10:28 AM 7/22/2015 -0400, you wrote:

>This morning while watching a Blue Grosbeak in a field along Brummetts Creek rd just north of 46 I had a Sora call in the field. Not sure what to think of it being this far south. The field in the back turns wet so I guess it's possible it could have bred there or maybe it's just an early migrant. Who knows, odd bird for July.
>
>Landon Neumann
>Nashville, IN for summer





Subject: S Kosciusko Co. Shorebirds and Goose Pond 7/21
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 9:39 am
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
A flooded field I have been watching held some hard to find county shorebirds north of 900 S./400 E.  The Bobolink and Dickcissel field across 900 S was freshly cut - just upon fledgling.  
Goose Pond held shorebirds at MPW - best seen from a small parking lot between the HQ and the checkin station on 59. Best one was a Short-billed Dowitcher. Birds to the south in the center of MPW were pretty far away looking from any of the spotting/parking locations including along 59.
Kosc. Co. 900W/400E
Semipalmated Plover-1
Killdeer-53
Least SP-5
Semipalmated SP-2
Solitary SP-3
Spotted SP-7
Lesser Yellowlegs-1

GP MPW :
Pectoral SP-22
Killdeer 100+
Solitary SP-6
Spotted SP-4
B-N Stilt - 42
Lesser Yellowlegs-4
Greater Yellowlegs-8
Short-billed Dowitcher -1
Least SP-7
Semipalmated SP-1

John Kendall
Warsaw






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Subject: Sora-Brown Co
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 9:28 am
From: landonneumann25 AT gmail.com
 
This morning while watching a Blue Grosbeak in a field along Brummetts
Creek rd just north of 46 I had a Sora call in the field. Not sure what to
think of it being this far south. The field in the back turns wet so I
guess it's possible it could have bred there or maybe it's just an early
migrant. Who knows, odd bird for July.

Landon Neumann
Nashville, IN for summer



Subject: Goose Pond FWA Least Terns, shorebirds
Date: Tue Jul 21 2015 20:35 pm
From: AKearns AT dnr.in.gov
 
Jim Brown and I birded Goose Pond FWA Main Pool West today. The highlight was fledgling Least Terns. Please see my ebird checklist below for details about the terns and shorebirds, including viewing locations for both.

Goose Pond FWA -- Main Pool West, Greene, Indiana, US
Jul 21, 2015 9:45 AM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Watching the Least Tern nesting island from the 1200 W bridge south of MPW, then traveling the entire perimeter of MPW on the perimeter dikes and SR 59. The best shorebird area today was the NE corner of MPW ("MPW1" on the waterfowl draw map), easily accessible by parking at the NE levee parking lot and walking up onto the dike, or by parking at the check-in stand and hiking that levee to look at the area SE of the check-in stand. Many shorebirds are visible from the dikes here and there is ample mudflat habitat. To see more, birders can hike the northeast levee in a southeastern direction - today, decent shorebird habitat and shorebirds extended southeast along this levee for about a half mile.

The waterfowl draw map is the best map of GPFWA for birders because it shows you the levees. Download it here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild...
53 species

Canada Goose 100
Wood Duck 200 downy young
Mallard 75
Northern Bobwhite 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 100
American White Pelican 10
Great Blue Heron 50
Great Egret 75
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 adults flushed from treed ditch area
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 1
Common Gallinule 2
Black-necked Stilt 44 almost exclusively in family groups of 4-6, fully-feathered chicks are still easily distinguished from adults
Semipalmated Plover 7
Killdeer 170 still a few downy young
Spotted Sandpiper 11 some feathered juveniles
Solitary Sandpiper 5 all in the far NE corner of MPW
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 97
Stilt Sandpiper 6 alternate adults - very pretty. In 3 groups
Least Sandpiper 15
Pectoral Sandpiper 143
Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 alternate adult
Least Tern 10 Seven adults and 3 recent fledglings at the Least Tern nesting island. Fledglings were making short flights but mostly sitting on the mudflats outside the tern island and being fed small fish by the adults. There was still some activity on the island (adults landing in the same area repeatedly), suggesting a possible 3rd nest with nestlings. This is the 3rd year that Least Terns have nested at GPFWA, and 3 is the highest fledgling count ever seen from this island, which is very promising for the future of this northern colony. (In 2014, no fledglings were reported. In 2013, one fledgling was seen.)

The island and a 200 meter radius surrounding it is closed to the public. Today a birder photographer was seen walking on 1200 W. When questioned, he admitted that he didn't see the posted "Least Tern Nesting Area No Trespassing" and "Waterfowl Resting Area Authorized Personnel Only" signs. He said he spent 30 minutes standing on the tern island photographing the adult terns, which were mobbing him and trying to drive him away from their nesting area. Least Terns are sensitive to disturbance, and disturbance from humans is part of the reason why this Interior population is federally endangered. Disturbances from people, especially repeat or prolonged disturbances, can have very negative consequences for this small nesting colony, and could result in the loss of the chicks (from predation or exposure). A worse-case scenario would be total abandonment of the colony. Please stay away from the tern nesting island and give these birds the space they need during the sensitive nesting season.

The best place to view Least Terns at Goose Pond FWA is the bridge on the south end of 1200 W, south of MPW and the nesting island. This is a quarter mile south of the island, so a scope is helpful. The bridge is the best site simply because of the slight elevation. There is even some shade here in the mornings. Goose Pond FWA is not the best location for Least Tern photography. To photograph nesting Least Terns in Indiana, please visit Cane Ridge WMA, part of Patoka River NWR, south of Gibson Lake, west of Princeton, in Gibson County Indiana. Here, a tall observation tower gives excellent looks at least terns sitting on their nests and taking care of their chicks. The terns will forage in the moat directly in front of the observation tower, and will fly right over the tower. The Cane Ridge colony is large, with over 50 adults this year, and there are adjacent nesting colonies that forage in the Cane Ridge tern pool as well. Cane Ridge is also excellent for shorebirds and other birds in general, and is close to nearby birding hotspots within Patoka River NWR.
Forster's Tern 1 alternate adult
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 10
Willow Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 8 one adult seen sitting on her nest, panting. The nest was in a tree in a ditch line along the levee and was at about eye-level. I am used to looking up at EAKI nests so this was a treat to see.
Bell's Vireo 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow X
Purple Martin X
Tree Swallow X
Bank Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Cliff Swallow X
House Wren 2
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 5
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 15
Dickcissel 10
Red-winged Blackbird 200
American Goldfinch 5

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Amy Kearns
Assistant Biologist
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife, Mitchell
akearns@dnr.in.gov
(812) 849-4586



Subject: Fort Wayne Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Date: Tue Jul 21 2015 19:55 pm
From: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
 
After a failed attempt to spot the Black-bellied Whistling Duck yesterday afternoon, I returned to Franke Park this evening about 7:30 pm. The duck was present on the southwest corner of the lake, still hanging with the mallards and semi-mallards. An Indiana bird for me!
Steve Sarratore

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Subject: Homestead Road Shorebirds-- July 21 PM
Date: Tue Jul 21 2015 19:25 pm
From: rrang AT frontier.com
 
I again visited the intersection of Homestead and Branning Roads in southwest Allen County this evening (6:30-7) and found the puddle straight east of that junction to have less water and more birds than yester eve.† Birders with better scopes and more patience might provide a more thorough accounting, but this is the list that I managed:

Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper- 2
Greater Yellowlegs- 1
Lesser Yellowlegs- 10+
Semipalmated Sandpiper- 8
Least Sandpiper- 1; heard only
Pectoral Sandpiper- 3
Short-billed Dowitcher- 1

Rodger Rang
Fort Wayne




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Date: Tue Jul 21 2015 18:45 pm
From: vriemens AT earthlink.net
 
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Subject: Eagle Creek Fish Crows Indianapolis!
Date: Tue Jul 21 2015 18:44 pm
From: spikeselig AT sbcglobal.net
 
 Today at 6pm, I walked out of AutoZone's store at 5500 west and just north of  38th street.  There were 3 Fish Crows on the sign and power pole in front of the stores door.  The birds "gaahed" several times then flew west so I followed in my car to the next major parking lot west, Eskenazi Health 5515 W 38th.  The Crows joined other Fish Crows on the roof but only 2 or three were visible at one time.  then all flew up and took off North crossed over West 38th St. and flew into subdivisions west of Moller Rd. There were 7 in the flock. The Crows had kind of stayed in hiding while they were nesting and were seen possibly every other week during nesting season.  John Munchour lives near where they are thought to nest SE of the 56th St. EC Park entrance.  He saw one one carrying nesting material earlier this summer a couple blocks E of the Hobie Cat Beach.  Norm Smith has not been putting out the food at the playground-rest park-picnic area. The Crows have not frequented this airport area as much this summer as they did last Fall. I hope Norm is all right.
Seeing 7 together together like this to me is good news and I hope it means that these  crows have decided to make this area part of their normal range. The 7 have fed in the parking lots of Target and the sandwich shops for some time now.  Finding them when you are looking has been tough this summer. It looks like their post breeding flock is now organized and I suspect finding them between Rick's Café, 46th St. to the North,  and Moller Rd. to the East. is going to get easier. The trick I have found for finding them that seems to work best is to keep your windows down and listen for the odd Gaahh calls.
Spike



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