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Red-throated Loon,©Julie Zickefoose

9 Sep Mt St Francis Sanctuary Field Trip Cancelled (no sighting) [Del Striegel ]
29 Mar Browning Wetlands, Central IN Land Trust (CILTI) Property ["Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG" ]
28 Mar NW Ind (28-Mar-2015) Smith's Longspurs ["Kenneth J. Brock" ]
29 Mar two Parke County lakes - Common Loons, Common Mergansers [Peter Scott ]
27 Mar bald eagle in my backyard [Stephen Gabet ]
29 Mar Browning Wetlands, Central IN Land Trust (CILTI) ["Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG" ]
27 Mar Vigo and Clay - Great Egret, Rusty Blackbirds [Peter Scott ]
29 Mar Brown Thrasher ["Whitehead, Donald R." ]
29 Mar Re: Goose Pond FWA [Kathy McClain ]
29 Mar RE: Illiana Birds: gulls and ww scoters ["Richard Wood" ]
29 Mar 3/28-Kosciusko, LaPorte and Starke Counties Snowy Owl, both Yellowlegs, waterfowl [john kendall ]
30 Mar Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 30, 2015 [Brendan Grube ]
30 Mar Prophetstown State Park ["russ Allison" ]
30 Mar SW Allen County-- March 30 [Rodger Rang ]
27 Mar Eagle Creek Reservoir - Surf and White-winged Scoters [Don Gorney ]
30 Mar Goose Pond Sandhill Cranes and Black-necked Stilt ["Don & Char Allen" ]
29 Mar Driftwood SFA - Common Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls, and a Barn Swallow [bob carper ]
30 Mar Eagle Marsh Rusty Blackbirds-- March 30 AM [Rodger Rang ]
29 Mar Great Horned yard bird and MNWR [David Crouch ]
30 Mar Kent/McGowan Rds ["Whitehead, Donald R." ]
29 Mar Eagle Creek Park, Sunday March 29, 2015 ["Don Williams" ]
28 Mar Large Lapland Longspur Flock [Landon Neumann ]
29 Mar 3/28/15 - Lake County locations [Matt Kalwasinski ]
29 Mar pictures from 3/28 ["Wilkins, Vern W" ]
28 Mar Eagle Creek Park - 3/28/15 - Surf Scoter and Fish Crow ["Jeff Timmons" ]
30 Mar Lake Monroe ["Whitehead, Donald R." ]
29 Mar Goose Pond FWA ["Wilkins, Vern W" ]
28 Mar Illiana Birds: gulls and ww scoters ["Carolyn A. Marsh" ]
29 Mar SW Allen-- March 28 PM [Rodger Rang ]
27 Mar Common Loon, Lapland Longpspurs [Landon Neumann ]
29 Mar RE: Smiths Longspurs ["Wilkins, Vern W" ]
28 Mar Sallamonie, Mississinewa, Lake Clare [James Haw ]
29 Mar Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 29, 2015 [Brendan Grube ]
30 Mar Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne [zzedpowers ]
30 Mar Louisiana Waterthrushes, Purple Martins [jeffreyrsell ]
29 Mar Stillwater Marsh, Lake Monroe, Sunday 3/29 am [Robert Kissel ]
28 Mar South Bend Osprey 3/28/15 []
8 Mar Kankakee River Valley to I-65 Golden Eagles, White-fronted & Snow Geese, Lapland Longspurs [john kendall ]
7 Mar FOS - American Woodcock (Clark Co.) [Johnson Brian ]
8 Mar goose Pond - Marsh Madness ["Whitehead, Donald R." ]
8 Mar Celery Bog Nature Area, Mar 7, 2015 ["Dunning, John B" ]
7 Mar Salamonie, Mississinewa [James Haw ]
7 Mar Turtle Creek Reservoir - pelicans, r-th loons, scoters, and Little Gull [Steven Lima ]
7 Mar Dustin Preserve (FOY - Turkey Vulture) and Griffin Road (Rough legged Hawk)- Allen Co. [Phil ]
7 Mar NW Indiana (7-Mar-2015) ["Kenneth J. Brock" ]
7 Mar Mounds State Park 3/7/15 ["Jeff Timmons" ]
7 Mar Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 7, 2015 [Brendan Grube ]
7 Mar Re: Red-throated Loon and Long-tailed Duck; Clark and Floyd County []
7 Mar Red-throated Loon at Eagle Steel [Johnson Brian ]
6 Mar Turtle creek 3/5 [Jeremy Ross ]
6 Mar Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Loon [Landon Neumann ]
6 Mar Sandhills Jackson County [David Crouch ]
6 Mar Red-throated Loon and Long-tailed Duck; Clark and Floyd County [Colleen Craven-Becker ]
6 Mar Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 6, 2015 [Brendan Grube ]
5 Mar Miller-Showers Park Ducks [Robert Kissel ]
5 Mar Williamsburg on the Wabash ["russ Allison" ]
5 Mar Sandhill Cranes heading South, Harrison County [Del Striegel ]
4 Mar Greater Black-backed gull? [Garold Overdorf ]
4 Mar Red-shouldered Hawk [Noah Kearns ]
3 Mar Wilson's Snipe [Kathy McClain ]
3 Mar Rough-legged Hawk - Johnson County [bob carper ]
3 Mar southwest Vigo County, Turtle Creek Reservoir, Chinook Mine [Peter Scott ]
2 Mar IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8 [Robert Guth ]
2 Mar Franklin and Ripley County back roads [Bob Decker ]
2 Mar Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Red-throated Loon [Landon Neumann ]
2 Mar Illiana Birds: Trumpeter Swans ["Carolyn A. Marsh" ]
2 Mar Re: California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville [Don Gorney ]
2 Mar Gene Stratton-Porter Monthly Bird Survey March 5 ["Conrad, Tiffany" ]
2 Mar 3/1/15 - Roxanna & Lake George Canal (Lake Co.) [Matt Kalwasinski ]
2 Mar California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville [Johnson Brian ]
1 Mar Eagle Creek Park, Sunday March 1, 2015 ["Don Williams" ]
1 Mar Logansport Red-throated Loon Continues [Landon Neumann ]
1 Mar Somerville Mines/Gibson Co. Ferruginous Hawk YES! [Mark Welter ]
28 Feb Sullivan County - Little Gull, White-winged Scoters, Greater Scaup, Brown Thrasher, Merlin [A Betuel ]
1 Mar IU Ornithology class field trip to Goose Pond / Turtle Creek - round two ["Hengeveld, Susan E." ]
28 Feb Salamonie, Mississinewa [James Haw ]

Subject: Mt St Francis Sanctuary Field Trip Cancelled (no sighting)
From: Del Striegel <ddstriegel AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2015 06:51:28 -0400
Beckham Bird Club Field Trip to Mt St Francis Sanctuary in Floyd County 
scheduled today, 9-9-2015 is cancelled due to rain. 


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Subject: Browning Wetlands, Central IN Land Trust (CILTI) Property
From: "Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG" <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:24:46 -0400
Sunday, March 29, 2015. After spending time at Eagle Creek birding this morning 
and surviving a very cold wind off the water, I stopped by CILTI's Browning 
Wetlands located at Mayflower Park at 96th and Michigan Road, on the northwest 
side of Indianapolis. Water levels were relatively high. From one vantage 
point, I have a few birds to report: 



1 - Mute Swan (distinct orange bill)
34 - Tree swallows (probably more, but criss-crossing constantly across my 
field of view made them tricky to count) 

6 - Red-winged blackbirds (definitely more could be counted if a trip around 
the wetlands was made) 

22 - Coots
12 - Shovler ducks (M+F)(all were clustered in one small raft making them tough 
to count, which was odd behavior from what I've historically seen, but it's 
spring) 

3 - Hooded merganser (1M+2F)
2 - Gadwall (M+F)
1 - Red-tailed hawk


Also observed, but not counted, several Canada geese and Mallards.





Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG
Principal Geologist		
 
A.D. Environmental, Inc.
14706 Wheatfield Lane
Carmel, IN 46032
317-753-4239
ajdatt AT aol.com




Subject: NW Ind (28-Mar-2015) Smith's Longspurs
From: "Kenneth J. Brock" <kj.brock AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:13:29 -0500
Today (28-Mar_2015) John Cassady, Lynn Vernon, and I birded two lakefront sites 
and then visited Newton and Jasper counties. 


It appears that March is going out like a lion, as the morning temperature was 
13 degrees F. The Port of Indiana provided unusually good gulls, but (based on 
Steve Limaís (and others) great luck with Smithís Longspurs) we were lured to 
Newton County. We were not disappointed. In addition to the longspurs we logged 
16 duck species and 13 Rough-legged Hawks. Despite the chill, it was a very 
rewarding day. 


óPORT OF INDIANA
Redhead,20
Greater Scaup,75
Lesser Scaup,5
Common Goldeneye,1 first-cycle male
Red-breasted Merganser,50
Horned Grebe,7- 3 in alternate, 3 in basic, & one in molt
Ring-billed Gull,20
Herring Gull,120
Glaucous Gull,2- adult and a distant 1st or 2nd cycle bird
Great Black-backed Gull,12 -8 adults, 3 second-cycle, & a 1st-cycle
Mourning Dove,3
American Robin,6
Common Grackle,4

óMILLER BEACH (Lake St lot)
Ring-billed Gull,30
Great Black-backed Gull,2 adults
Song Sparrow,1

óNEWTON COUNTY
Turkey Vulture,1
Red-tailed Hawk,1
Rough-legged Hawk,1- light-morph male
Horned Lark,2
Dark-eyed Junco,1
Eastern Meadowlark,1

óTNC KANKAKEE SANDS (most waterfowl were in the pond on CR225)
Greater White-fronted Goose,120
Snow Goose,5- 4 white & one blue
Tundra Swan,30
American Wigeon,1 male
Mallard,7
Northern Pintail,8
Northern Shoveler,29
Blue-winged Teal,3
Green-winged Teal,75
Turkey Vulture,1
Northern Harrier,6- one male, 3 females, & 2 imm.
Sharp-shinned Hawk,1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk,2
Rough-legged Hawk,12- dark ad fem & male, 4 light morph, 2 dark imm, & 4 light 
imm. 

Sandhill Crane,40
Killdeer,9
Mourning Dove,1
Eurasian Collared-Dove,1 flyby
Horned Lark,6
Blue Jay,1
American Crow,4
American Robin,10
Lapland Longspur,110
SMITHíS LONGSPUR,52
American Tree Sparrow,23
Red-winged Blackbird,20
Eastern Meadowlark,10

óWILLOW SLOUGH FWA
Greater White-fronted Goose,25
Wood Duck,2
Gadwall,5
American Wigeon,3
Northern Pintail,6
Green-winged Teal,20
Redhead,12
Ring-necked Duck,75
Lesser Scaup,20
Common Goldeneye,2 males
Bufflehead,14
Hooded Merganser,2
Red-breasted Merganser,8
Common Loon,1 alternate
Pied-billed Grebe,3
Horned Grebe,4 alternate
Turkey Vulture,1
Bald Eagle,1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk,1
American Coot,1100 estimate
Eastern Phoebe,1
Blue Jay,3
Tufted Titmouse,1 singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler,1

DEMOTTE FIELDS (just east of I-65 & south of the Kankakee River)
Wood Duck,4
Northern Pintail,2
Hooded Merganser,8
Pied-billed Grebe,1
Turkey Vulture,32
Red-tailed Hawk,2
Sandhill Crane,500 estimate
Killdeer,2
Ring-billed Gull,440
Song Sparrow,1

JASPER COUNTY
Red-tailed Hawk,1
American Robin,25

SCHAHFER POWER PLANT
Turkey Vulture,22
Northern Harrier,1 female
Bald Eagle,1 adult

Ken Brock
Chesterton, IN
Subject: two Parke County lakes - Common Loons, Common Mergansers
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:49:56 +0000
Late this afternoon I checked Raccoon (Cecil Harden) Lake and Lake Tannenbaum. 
Highlights were 5 Common Loons at Raccoon Lake, and 80 Common Mergansers and 10 
other duck species at Tannenbaum. 


Cecil M. Harden Lake, Parke, US-IN  (Raccoon Lake State Recreation Area)
Mar 28, 2015 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: drove in from north entrance; stopped at two places to observe lake. 
Weather chilly, 39 degrees, clear, fairly calm. A few boats on lake. 

10 species

Canada Goose  2
Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  1
Common Loon  5     breeding plumage birds
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  12     soaring over lake
Bonaparte's Gull  3     adults flying at south end over lake
Ring-billed Gull 90 mostly standing on sandbar near marina (75), others flying; 
only adults seen 


View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22567151 

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


Lake Tannenbaum, Parke, US-IN
Mar 28, 2015 6:10 PM - 7:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Parked at three places along county road overlooking lake from west 
side, and walked 100 yards. Beautiful though chilly weather, 36 degrees, calm 
to 5 mph wind, clear. 

30 species

Canada Goose  7
Wood Duck  2     males
Gadwall  20
Mallard  2
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  12
Green-winged Teal  4
Canvasback  5     sleeping
Ring-necked Duck  230     staying mostly near north and northeast shoreline
Lesser Scaup  3
Common Merganser 80 a roughly equal mix of males and females, flying 
frequently, swimming actively, resting in pairs 

Ruddy Duck  2
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Great Blue Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  1
American Coot  3
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull 1 adult flew over lake at 7:00, made several dives to water 
surface 

Mourning Dove  2     calling nearly continuously
Barred Owl  1     called at 7 pm, before sunset
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Eastern Meadowlark  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22567072 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: bald eagle in my backyard
From: Stephen Gabet <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:48:12 +0000 (UTC)
A bald eagle swooped over the small lake in my backyard just off State Street 
yesterday.  Its presence created a flurried evacuation of a variety of ducks. 
 Then it landed in a tall tree where it actually jumped on a squirrel nest and 
flew away with what appeared to be leaves and grass in its talons.  It circled 
the lake a few times more and disappeared to the south. 

Marcia Gabet Fort Wayne
Subject: Browning Wetlands, Central IN Land Trust (CILTI)
From: "Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG" <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:36:18 -0400
Sunday, March 29, 2015. After spending time at Eagle Creek birding this morning 
and surviving a very cold wind off the water, I stopped by CILTI's Browning 
Wetlands located at Mayflower Park at 96th and Michigan Road, on the northwest 
side of Indianapolis. Water levels were relatively high. From one vantage 
point, I have a few birds to report: 



1 - Mute Swan (distinct orange bill)
34 - Tree swallows (probably more, but criss-crossing constantly across my 
field of view made them tricky to count) 

6 - Red-winged blackbirds (definitely more could be counted if a trip around 
the wetlands was made) 

22 - Coots
12 - Shovler ducks (M+F)(all were clustered in one small raft making them tough 
to count, which was odd behavior from what I've historically seen, but it's 
spring) 

3 - Hooded merganser (1M+2F)
2 - Gadwall (M+F)
1 - Red-tailed hawk


Also observed, but not counted, several Canada geese and Mallards.




Angelo J. Dattilo, LPG
Principal Geologist		
 
A.D. Environmental, Inc.
14706 Wheatfield Lane
Carmel, IN 46032
317-753-4239
ajdatt AT aol.com







-----Original Message-----
From: Whitehead, Donald R. 
To: bloomington-birds-l 
Cc: in-bird-l 
Sent: Sun, Mar 29, 2015 4:01 pm
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Brown Thrasher


  
   
Ten minutes ago we looked out and saw a Brown Thrasher on our suet feeder - 
first of the year. We are now up to 9 Chipping Sparrows, 11 Brown-headed 
Cowbirds, and a male Red-winged Blackbird. 

   
 
   
 
   
Don Whitehead
   
Bloomington
   
whitehea AT indiana.edu
  
 

Subject: Vigo and Clay - Great Egret, Rusty Blackbirds
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:19:26 +0000
Today's highlights were 20 Rusty Blackbirds and 1 Great Egret. Also - yesterday 
(March 26), I had a flock of 20 American Pipits at Ehrmandale, NE Vigo County. 



Ehrmandale, Vigo, US-IN
Mar 27, 2015 10:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     at intersection of Davis Ave and Miami Gardens St
4 species

Red-winged Blackbird  15
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 20 part of mixed species black icterid flock that landed in 
corner of big corn field (in stubble stage) and foraged. Rusty's included 5 or 
so glossy black males in breeding plumage, 10 or so adults in transitional 
plumage with rusty on upperparts (perhaps mainly males), and a few slate gray 
breeding plumage females with yellow eyes. 

Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22544768 

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






Chinook Mine Northwest (Vigo Co), Vigo, US-IN
Mar 27, 2015 3:20 PM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove Felling Road and Swalls Drive to observe lakes. Weather cold, 
36 degrees, NW wind 10-15 mph, intermittent snow flurries, overcast. 

21 species

Canada Goose  9
Gadwall  67
American Wigeon  8
Mallard  4
Blue-winged Teal  16
Northern Shoveler  16
Redhead  40
Ring-necked Duck  210
Lesser Scaup  12
Bufflehead  13
Common Merganser  1     female, with coots
Pied-billed Grebe  12
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Northern Harrier  1
Rough-legged Hawk  1
American Coot  400
Killdeer  2
American Crow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X


View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22544889 

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






Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.), Clay, US-IN
Mar 27, 2015 4:05 PM - 4:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove Swalls east from Vigo county line 2 miles, then back west to CR 
650W, north to 500N, west to 675W. Weather 36 F, wind 10-15 mph NW, cold, 
overcast. 

13 species

Gadwall  22
Mallard  2
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  26
Green-winged Teal  12
Ring-necked Duck  40
Bufflehead  1
GREAT EGRET 1 adult with frilly back plumes (breeding plumage), standing on 
edge of small pond. My first of season here - not expected on a cold day with 
snow flurries! 

American Coot  4
American Kestrel  1
American Robin  2
European Starling 500 roosting and foraging with grackles at intersection of 
600N/650W 

Common Grackle  1000



View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22544986 

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

Subject: Brown Thrasher
From: "Whitehead, Donald R." <whitehea AT indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:00:36 +0000
Ten minutes ago we looked out and saw a Brown Thrasher on our suet feeder - 
first of the year. We are now up to 9 Chipping Sparrows, 11 Brown-headed 
Cowbirds, and a male Red-winged Blackbird. 






Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea AT indiana.edu
Subject: Re: Goose Pond FWA
From: Kathy McClain <kmcclann AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:52:20 -0400
I also stopped by Goose Pond yesterday after observing the Smith's
Longspurs in Sullivan County, and counted 525 American White Pelicans in
BH3, 25 in BH4, and another 55 in BH5. Some of the pelicans were flying
back and forth. This was between 4:00 - 5:30 pm.    Around 6:00 pm,  I
pulled over at the GP7 parking lot at the south end and quickly looked into
GP8.  I was no where near close enough to count them, but did see a large
line of tightly bunched white pelicans that had to be a separate group from
Beehunter.

Kathy McClain
Jasper, IN

On Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 10:03 PM, Wilkins, Vern W 
wrote:

>  Just a few quick notes from today.  Not sure if the American White
> Pelicans moved, or it was a different flock, but there were 540 at
> Beehunter Marsh (accurate count of what I could see, but I doubt I could
> see them all in BH5).  I didn't see them elsewhere at Goose Pond, but I
> didn't check GP8 where I saw them last weekend.
>
> A large number of shorebirds in Main Pool, seen from the south end of
> 1200.  I walked in to get a better look and was only able to find Lesser
> Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, and Pectoral Sandpipers.  I saw some flocks
> of 30-40 birds go down when I first arrived, but I didn't find any single
> species flocks that large from the levee.
>
> American Pipits (4), in the field south and east of the bridge at Main
> Pool/1200.
>
> There was a decent number of Purple Martins at GP3, and Tree Swallows.
> The Purple Martins were catching insects with the Tree Swallows over both
> GP2 and GP3, and were perched on the wires with them at GP3.  At least a
> dozen Purple Martins, and many times that number of Tree Swallows.
>
> Vern
>
>
Subject: RE: Illiana Birds: gulls and ww scoters
From: "Richard Wood" <Richard.Wood AT purduecal.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:51:28 +0000
Where is the Whiting Refinery Beach?

Richard
________________________________
From: Carolyn A. Marsh [cmarshbird AT prodigy.net]
Sent: Saturday, March 28, 2015 8:59 PM
To: In-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Illiana Birds: gulls and ww scoters

28 March 2015 Ė There were 31 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 2 
THAYERíS GULLS and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Whiting Refinery Beach. 
The north wind produced quite a sight seeing them together on the beach. At the 
Hammond Marina the usual 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and the ICELAND GULL. 


Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Subject: 3/28-Kosciusko, LaPorte and Starke Counties Snowy Owl, both Yellowlegs, waterfowl
From: john kendall <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:05:26 +0000 (UTC)
I traveled what is becoming my usual path this time of year, from Chapman Lake 
(good waterfowl count), along the upper Kankakee River Valley. 

Highlights were Snow Goose, 250 "black-billed Swans", 190 Rusty Blackbirds at 
Kankakee FWA, Snowy Owl north of US 8 east of Lacrosse, and both species of 
Yellowlegs at LaPorte Co. side of Kankakee FWA. Thanks to Bob Huguenard for the 
tip on the Snowy (which was not easy this time or on a check I made a month 
ago). 

Bob also relayed the story of a Greater White-fronted Goose (on the berm at 
Toto Road) that was banded in Barrow, AL-wow! 

John Kendall
Warsaw, In

Chapman Lake
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22561438
Shamrock Sod Farm-white birds have left the area east of there, but Cranes and 
a Bald Eagle remain 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22561543
SR 39 west of road, n. of river Laporte Co.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22561649
Kankakee FWA Starke Co.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22561972
Kankakee FWA-LaPorte
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22562093
Snowy Owl area
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22562235
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 30, 2015
From: Brendan Grube <grube.brendan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:25:27 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 4:23 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar
30, 2015
To: grube.brendan AT gmail.com


Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Porter, US-IN
Mar 30, 2015 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     A west wind moving warm air from the plains into the Great
Lakes, a Common Loon flying in from the south, and the perfume of pine
trees basking in the sunshine was a fine start to the day's count. Active
counting of various species was immediate, albeit in low numbers, so a
longshore survey commenced. but Hawks coming by close, a first-of-spring
arrival, and the vocal pronouncements of an Eastern Phoebe rung in another
true day of bird migration.
53 species

Canada Goose  9
Redhead  1
White-winged Scoter  4
Common Goldeneye  1
Common Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  85
Wild Turkey  1     Tracks in the sand near the bird tower.
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  2
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  4     2 pairs flying west.
Turkey Vulture  8
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Cooper's Hawk  6
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Sandhill Crane  332
Killdeer  33
Ring-billed Gull  1616
Herring Gull  14
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Caspian Tern  3     FOY, just passed the shelf ice which stubbornly stands
still high.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  40
Mourning Dove  16
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  4
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  6
Horned Lark  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  407
European Starling  84
Cedar Waxwing  4
American Tree Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  167
Eastern Meadowlark  10
Common Grackle  38
Brown-headed Cowbird  57
House Finch  164     Flocks going west.
Pine Siskin  13
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  2

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Subject: Prophetstown State Park
From: "russ Allison" <grounds11 AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:24:45 -0400
It felt like spring today. I was at Prophetstown State park from 10:00am to
2:00pm. I saw some nest building and the Pileated  Woodpecker seen a couple
of weeks ago is now on the nest. One bird was in the tree cavity and the
other flew from the area. I also saw a pair of White breasted Nuthatches
cleaning a tree cavity of trash. The male was scolding me as the female was
doing the work. 

 Birds seen today:

Canada Goose--4--probably two pair. 

Mallard--2--a pair

Northern Shoveler--2--a pair

Blue winged Teal--7

Bald Eagle--1

Cooper's Hawk--1

Red tailed Hawk--1

American Kestrel--1

Turkey Vulture--3

American Crow--2

Red winged Blackbird--18

Northern Cardinal--4

Carolina Chickadee--2

Eastern Meadowlark--3

American Robin--4

Field Sparrow--2--FOY

Fox Sparrow--1

Song Sparrow--4

Mourning Dove--2

Brown Creeper--1

White breasted Nuthatch--2--a pair, cleaning out a cavity in a tree. 

Downy Woodpecker--2

Pileated Woodpecker--2--a pair. One bird is in a tree cavity they were
building (2) weeks ago. 

Red bellied Woodpecker--2

Ring necked Pheasant--1--FOY

Good birding

Russ Allison, West Lafayette
Subject: SW Allen County-- March 30
From: Rodger Rang <rrang AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:52:10 +0000 (UTC)
 A late morning stop at Fox Island County Park netted a couple of overdue 
annuals: two Eastern Phoebes were foraging on the sunny eastern façade of the 
Nature Center and a Belted Kingfisher was calling north of that area.  
Otherwise, highlights were Eastern Towhee (2, including my first singing bird), 
Fox Sparrow (5, some singing), a small flock of Rusty Blackbirds behind the 
wildlife building, and the brief company of Ed and Cynthia Powers.  A walk 
down to Bowman Lake, while enjoyable, netted few waterfowl-- Ring-necked Duck 
(18), Bufflehead (5), and Pied-billed Grebe (1). 

This early evening, the Homestead Road loop provided many of the same ducks had 
on recent outings-- Wood Duck (4), Gadwall (2), A. Wigeon (10), N. Pintail (6), 
GW Teal (50+), and Hooded Merganser (2) among 300 Mallards-- as well as two 
Bald Eagles (1 adult, 1 immature).  Also noteworthy along Branning Road was 
hearing the rattle of a longspur among the numerous HOLAs.  Still waiting on 
shorebirds. 

Rodger RangFort Wayne
Subject: Eagle Creek Reservoir - Surf and White-winged Scoters
From: Don Gorney <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:12:38 +0000 (UTC)
Aidan Rominger and I spent the morning at Eagle Creek Park/Reservoir, 
Indianapolis, looking for waterfowl. All effort was focused on the water by 
birding various access spots. Highlights included two Surf and four 
White-winged Scoters with an adult male of each present. All six scoters were 
from Hobie Beach southward. When we left at noon we tried to relocate the Surf 
Scoters but were not able to do so during a fairly brief search.  

There was good waterfowl diversity present. Totals below represent individual 
counts except for Lesser Scaup and some of the Redheads, which are estimates. 
The 229 Horned Grebes is a very good total from my experience at Eagle Creek. 


Eagle Creek Park, Marion, US-IN
Mar 27, 2015 8:18 AM - 11:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
45 species

Canada Goose  47
Wood Duck  13
Gadwall  1
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  28
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  33
Canvasback  13
Redhead  86
Ring-necked Duck  17
Greater Scaup  6
Lesser Scaup  375
Surf Scoter  2  adult male and female
White-winged Scoter  4  adult male, immature male, two females
Bufflehead  6
Common Goldeneye  9
Hooded Merganser  26
Red-breasted Merganser  264
Ruddy Duck  114
Common Loon  58
Pied-billed Grebe  15
Horned Grebe  229
Double-crested Cormorant  19
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  6
Turkey Vulture  2
American Coot  225
Killdeer  1
Bonaparte's Gull  42
Ring-billed Gull  392
Herring Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  12
Horned Lark  1
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
European Starling  1
American Pipit  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
Common Grackle  12
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  1
  Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com
Subject: Goose Pond Sandhill Cranes and Black-necked Stilt
From: "Don & Char Allen" <donandchar2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:31:53 -0400
Today John Eakin, Annie, and I birded Goose Pond.  Highlights were
Sandhills still present and our first BNST of the year.

*100S*

Field Sparrow  3

Red-tailed Hawk 1

European Starling XX

Northern Mockingbird 1

House Sparrow 30

Northern Flicker 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

White-crowned Sparrow 4

Bald Eagle 1 adult

*BH5*

Killdeer 5

American White Pelican 400+ BH5, BH4, BH2, GP5, MPE/W

Eastern Phoebe 4 interesting territorial disputes going on

Wood Duck 1

*BH1*

Purple Martin 2

Blue Jay 1

*BH2*

Sandhill Crane 80

Mallard 9

Northern Shoveler many various places

Ring-necked Duck X

Song Sparrow 2

Common Grackle 4

Blue-winged Teal 150+

*GP5*

Eastern Meadowlark 4

American Pipit 30+

MPW south end at bridge on 1200

Greater Yellowlegs 2

Black-necked Stilt 1

Pectoral Sandpiper 2

Chipping Sparrow 3


Don Allen
Subject: Driftwood SFA - Common Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls, and a Barn Swallow
From: bob carper <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:52:55 -0700
Saturday I headed for what has become my annual end of March search for Common 
Loons at Driftwood SFA.† Since Johnson County doesn't have an observable large 
lake or river it is my one chance to see them in the county. I wasn't 
disappointed. 


On the day I counted 7 Common Loons and 18 Horned Grebes, both personal highs 
for the county.† I also had 3 Red-breasted Mergansers which where a county 
first for me.† There was also an early Barn Swallow mixed in with 120 Tree 
Swallows and my FOS Brown Thrasher. 


But the highlight of the day were 4 Bonaparte's Gulls that came in around noon 
and spent the next couple of hours feeding around the lake.† 


I stopped at the Lowes/Walmart pond in Franklin on the way home and between the 
two sites had 20 species of waterfowl on the day. 


Photos of the above at http://bushwhackingbirder.com/

Bob Carper
Indianapolis
Subject: Eagle Marsh Rusty Blackbirds-- March 30 AM
From: Rodger Rang <rrang AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:15:24 +0000 (UTC)
 Thousands of blackbirds were moving at dawn this morning, traveling southwest 
down the Little River Valley.  That seemed like the wrong direction to me, but 
I'm not a blackbird, so what do I know?  Starting slowly at 07:15 shortly 
after I arrived, the movement consisted of flocks numbering from 20 to 200+ 
birds, and they utilized the entire width of the marsh.  The noisy birds 
flying directly over me, several hundred easily, were nearly all Rusty 
Blackbirds.  That made me wonder what the true Rusty count was among all the 
distant flocks I saw out over the marsh.  Looking into the brightening sky 
from my vantage point along the northwest boundary of the property, I had a 
hard time picking up the birds below the distant tree line.  But of those 
silhouetted above that line, most were Red-winged/Rusty Blackbirds, with very 
few grackles among them.  By 07:45, the movement was down to just a trickle. 

My only other highlight was a singing Fox Sparrow a bit farther down the length 
of the property near the pump road gate. 

Rodger RangFort Wayne
Subject: Great Horned yard bird and MNWR
From: David Crouch <Nighthawk AT prograde.net>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:38:55 -0400
This morning we had a Great-horned Owl being harassed through our yard and the 
arrival of some obvious Northbound passerines. Also a report of Saturdayís 
Muscatatuck NWR highlights. The White-crowned and Fox Sparrows are the first 
seen in the yard for a month and the Towhee and Thrasher are about on our 
typical yard arrival schedule. The Waterfowl numbers at MNWR are not notable 
but the species count of 17 Waterfowl species at late March is not bad. Dave 
Crouch Seymour 



Our Yard, Jackson, US-IN
Mar 29, 2015 8:25 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: On and off several observations of our yard in and outside of the 
house. 

24 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  5
Great Horned Owl 1 Pursued by a number of Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch and 
a couple of Crows. Flew over driveway, briefly landed in neighbors Ash tree 
then took off to South. The pursuit vocals stopped somewhat quickly as they 
group went out of sight. 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  7
Brown Thrasher  1     First seen in yard leaf litter five days ago.
European Starling  6
Eastern Towhee  1     First in yard today.
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  15
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  2

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Muscatatuck NWR - Jennings County, Jennings, US-IN
Mar 28, 2015 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Two primary scope observation points, one at Richart Lake and one at 
Stanfield Lake. 

18 species

Canada Goose  16
Mallard  2
Canvasback  2
Ring-necked Duck  105
Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  2
Ruddy Duck  3
Common Loon  1     Feeding actively.
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  6     In Basic, transitional and nearly full alternate plumages.
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  11
Purple Martin  3
Tree Swallow 125 This is not especially high, this and many more are commonly 
seen working the surface areas of the two large lakes. Perhaps a bit early bit 
Tree Swallows have been on site for at least 9 days. 

American Robin  6
Red-winged Blackbird  2

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Muscatatuck NWR - Jackson County, Jackson, US-IN
Mar 28, 2015 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Entrance road, VC and auto tour route areas.
36 species

Canada Goose  14
Trumpeter Swan  1
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  8
Blue-winged Teal  19
Northern Shoveler  25
Green-winged Teal  2
Ring-necked Duck  5
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Horned Grebe  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Rough-legged Hawk  1
American Coot  82
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  11
Brown Thrasher  1     Singing
Northern Mockingbird  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Common Grackle  12

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Subject: Kent/McGowan Rds
From: "Whitehead, Donald R." <whitehea AT indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:15:44 +0000
This afternoon Betsy and I made a quick trip down Kent and then McGowan Rd - 
both birding and looking for early leps. A little success in both respects; 




Birds:



     Louisiana Waterthrush - 1 (walking across rd near Stillwater S gate)



Leps:



      Mourning Cloak - 1

      E. Comma - 2



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea AT indiana.edu
Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday March 29, 2015
From: "Don Williams" <sailbird AT tds.net>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:35:42 -0400
Weather-  Sunny, windy
Temp-       35 degrees

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 64 species.  The list includes

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal 
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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


Don Williams
Subject: Large Lapland Longspur Flock
From: Landon Neumann <landonneumann25 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:01:57 -0400
I went back to the longspur field along 800n that Bud and I found
yesterday. This time I walked the field. I greatly underestimate l the
number of the flock. I had easily 1200+ Lapland Longspur. Some of the birds
were singing. A first for me. Also 50 American Pipits and a Vesper Sparrow.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County
Subject: 3/28/15 - Lake County locations
From: Matt Kalwasinski <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:20:17 +0000 (UTC)
  Saturday, March 28, I checked a few Lake County locations inthe late 
afternoon. I started at the Highland Heron Rookery where the highlightwas 
finding two young Great Horned Owls in the nest; otherwise, the site wasfairly 
quiet. As I headed for Grant Street, I noticed a decent amount ofwaterfowl east 
of rookery/Cline Ave at the site of the old Griffith Par 3 Golfcourse ‚Äď 
nothing out of the ordinary, but an interesting mix of birds. GrantStreet 
contained a good variety and number of ducks. I also checked the GreatHorned 
Owl nest at Chase Street, but I could not see any young birds in thenest. Below 
is what I saw.Matt KalwasinskiHighland HeronRookery/Cline Avenue Marsh, Lake, 
US-IN 

Mar 28, 2015 2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

Canada Goose  17
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  8
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  2
Northern Shoveler  3
Ring-necked Duck  17
Great Blue Heron  19
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sandhill Crane  1    One flying south
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  3   - 1 adult and 2 juvs
Downy Woodpecker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
American Robin  7
European Starling  26
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  16
House Sparrow  1Grant St. Marsh,Lake, US-IN
Mar 28, 2015 4:03 PM - 4:43 PM

Canada Goose  12
Gadwall  69
American Wigeon  8
Mallard  2
Green-winged Teal  6
Canvasback  9
Redhead  24
Ring-necked Duck  51
Lesser Scaup  14
Bufflehead  15
Hooded Merganser  3
Common Merganser  7
Ruddy Duck  9
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  3
American Coot  400
Ring-billed Gull  36
American Robin  3
European Starling  28
Red-winged Blackbird  8former GriffithPar 3 Golf course, Lake, US-IN
Mar 28, 2015 4:53 PM - 5:16 PM

Canada Goose  14
Wood Duck  1    Male
American Wigeon  2    Pair
Mallard  87
Green-winged Teal  8
Hooded Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
American Coot  3
Killdeer  6
Ring-billed Gull  37
American Robin  2
European Starling  2
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Subject: pictures from 3/28
From: "Wilkins, Vern W" <vwilkins AT indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:21:35 +0000
A few of the interesting birds from today.

Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk (soaring very high over Goose Pond MPW)
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/11305/category/173

Smith's Longspur (Sullivan County)
http://vw.homelinux.net/z/picture.php?/11303/category/44

Purple Martins (video of a few sitting on wire at Goose Pond GP3)
https://youtu.be/GzmbxRJHqE4

Vern
Subject: Eagle Creek Park - 3/28/15 - Surf Scoter and Fish Crow
From: "Jeff Timmons" <jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:21:49 -0400
Made a quick run to Eagle Creek this morning.  I a little slow but
definitely some interesting birds.

 

There was one Fish Crow that called out of a group of crows at the boat ramp
by the dam coming from the airport hangar.  We then went over to the airport
park and there was six birds in the walnut trees by the hangar.  We observed
the birds calling back and forth to each other for couple of minutes.  The
birds then flew to Burger King to the southeast of this location and then a
little to the west of the Burger King into the housing area as I drove by.

 

Surf Scoter were down by the dam.  The cover across the way was loaded with
birds but the heat distortion was really bad.

 


Species


Canada Goose


Wood Duck


Mallard


Blue-winged Teal


Northern Shoveler


Green-winged Teal


Ring-necked Duck


Surf Scoter


Bufflehead


Red-breasted Merganser


Ruddy Duck


Common Loon


Pied-billed Grebe


Horned Grebe


Great Blue Heron


Turkey Vulture


Cooper's Hawk


Red-shouldered Hawk


American Coot


Killdeer


Bonaparte's Gull


Ring-billed Gull


Red-headed Woodpecker


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker


Eastern Phoebe


Blue Jay


American Crow


Fish Crow


Tree Swallow


Carolina Chickadee


Tufted Titmouse


White-breasted Nuthatch


Eastern Bluebird


American Robin


Northern Mockingbird


European Starling


Dark-eyed Junco


Northern Cardinal


Red-winged Blackbird


Rusty Blackbird


Common Grackle


House Finch


American Goldfinch

 
Subject: Lake Monroe
From: "Whitehead, Donald R." <whitehea AT indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:12:44 +0000
This morning Betsy and I visited Paynetown on Lake Monroe - a beautiful, still 
morning - birding slow, but a few things of interest. The highlights: 




     Canada Goose - 16

     Gadwall - 6

     Mallard - 4

     Bufflehead - 1

     Common Loon - 6

     Horned Grebe - 2

     Double-cr. Cormorant - 37

     Black Vulture - 7

     Turkey Vulture - 25

     Bald Eagle - 1 (Basic II)

     Killdeer - 2

     Ring-billed Gull - 56

     E. Phoebe - 2

     Tree Swallow - 8

     No. Rough-winged Swallow - 1 (FOY)

     Am. Robin - 45

     Brown Thrasher - 1

     Chipping Sparrow - 5

     Co. Grackle - 55



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea AT indiana.edu
Subject: Goose Pond FWA
From: "Wilkins, Vern W" <vwilkins AT indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:03:56 +0000
Just a few quick notes from today. Not sure if the American White Pelicans 
moved, or it was a different flock, but there were 540 at Beehunter Marsh 
(accurate count of what I could see, but I doubt I could see them all in BH5). 
I didn't see them elsewhere at Goose Pond, but I didn't check GP8 where I saw 
them last weekend. 


A large number of shorebirds in Main Pool, seen from the south end of 1200. I 
walked in to get a better look and was only able to find Lesser Yellowlegs, 
Greater Yellowlegs, and Pectoral Sandpipers. I saw some flocks of 30-40 birds 
go down when I first arrived, but I didn't find any single species flocks that 
large from the levee. 


American Pipits (4), in the field south and east of the bridge at Main 
Pool/1200. 


There was a decent number of Purple Martins at GP3, and Tree Swallows. The 
Purple Martins were catching insects with the Tree Swallows over both GP2 and 
GP3, and were perched on the wires with them at GP3. At least a dozen Purple 
Martins, and many times that number of Tree Swallows. 


Vern
Subject: Illiana Birds: gulls and ww scoters
From: "Carolyn A. Marsh" <cmarshbird AT prodigy.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:59:19 -0500
28 March 2015 - There were 31 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 2
THAYER'S GULLS and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Whiting Refinery Beach.
The north wind produced quite a sight seeing them together on the beach.  At
the Hammond Marina the usual 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and the ICELAND GULL.

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Subject: SW Allen-- March 28 PM
From: Rodger Rang <rrang AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:49:35 +0000 (UTC)
 Eagle Marsh (mostly from scout lot) after work (4pm):
Canada GooseMute Swan- 2Gadwall- 24A. Wigeon- 1MallardBlue-winged Teal- 
3Ring-necked Duck- 9Bufflehead- 3Pied-billed Grebe- 2Double-crested Cormorant- 
1, my firstGreat Blue Heron- 5American Coot- 30+ 

Homestead, Branning, Amber Roads (6-7pm):
Canada GooseWood Duck- 17; 15 together in a small puddle north side of 
BranningA. Wigeon- 12+A. Black Duck- 2Mallard- manyN. Shoveler- 2N. Pintail- 
3Green-winged Teal- 60+Hooded Merganser- 4; 2 pairs on pond east side of 
AmberBald Eagle- 1Red-tailed Hawk- 1Killdeer- severalRing-billed Gull- 
59Red-bellied Woodpecker- 1 in corn stubble with blackbirdsA. Kestrel- 1Horned 
Lark- several singing and callingEastern Meadowlark- 3; one singingA noisy 
blackbird flock in wet corn stubble south of Branning at Amber- est. 250 birds 
with red-wings and Rusties comprising the bulk (very few grackles and 
starlings, and only one cowbird that I could find); the ~120-bird Rusty 
component appeared to be about 50/50 on the sex ratio 

Rodger RangFort Wayne
Subject: Common Loon, Lapland Longpspurs
From: Landon Neumann <landonneumann25 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:51:08 -0400
This morning Bud Dodrill and I birded a Cass Co this morning. The morning
started with sunshine, but quickly turned to dark and deary with snow
showers. Highlights included the continuing Common Loon at Lake Perry and a
large flock of Lapland Longspurs along 800N just west of Twelve Mile in a
weedy field. A handful of the longspurs were in almost full alternate
plumage. This is the first time I've seen longspurs in this plumage in the
county.

France Park/Georgetown Rd
Canada Goose  15
Wood Duck  25
Ring-necked Duck  3
Bufflehead  4
Hooded Merganser  1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Turkey Vulture  40
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  6
Killdeer  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  40
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  5
European Starling  25
American Tree Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  10
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  10
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  22
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Rusty Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  2000
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  1

925W Pond and Lake Cicott
Canada Goose 4
Mute Swan 1
Horned Grebe 1
Wood Duck 2
American Wigeon 2
Ring-necked Duck  40
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
American Pipit  2
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Rusty Blackbird  40

Highway 35 Marshes
Canada Goose  15
Mallard  2
Green-winged Teal  2
Redhead  3
Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Sandhill Crane  8
American Robin  25
European Starling  10
Red-winged Blackbird  5

Highway 17 Marshes
Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  24
Gadwall  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  200
Blue-winged Teal  5
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  4
Ring-necked Duck  30
Lesser Scaup  8
Sandhill Crane 6
American Coot 25
American Kestrel  1

800N Flooded Field Area just west of 700E
Green-winged Teal  6
Redhead  2
Ring-billed Gull  15
Herring Gull  1
Horned Lark  10
American Pipit  1
Lapland Longspur  400+ In weedy field along 800N just west of 600E. A
handful of birds were in alternate plumage.

Lake Perry
Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  3
Common Loon  1 continuing bird. Probably waiting for the next warm front to
leave.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County
Subject: RE: Smiths Longspurs
From: "Wilkins, Vern W" <vwilkins AT indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:52:54 +0000
Smith's Longspurs present again today in the same location. Birds seemed most 
active early and activity died down continually into the afternoon. I'd guess 
the number was possibly as high as 600. Flocks in the 350-400 range were seen 
multiple times, and I watched smaller flocks of 50-100 birds going back and 
forth across 300W, plus smaller numbers moving around constantly. I managed a 
few poor photos that I'll post later. 


Vern
________________________________________
From: bobwgfsa AT gmail.com [bobwgfsa AT gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:57 PM
To: in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Smiths Longspurs

Really nice numbers in Sullivan County at the hayfield SW of 300 W and 300 N. 
By going west from US41 on paved road, we parked at corner of above two roads 
and walked south on the muddy road 1/4 mile. We saw 300 Smiths Longspurs fly 
off within 3 minutes. Saw 354 including that flock but in a few minutes we had 
420 coming back mostly in groups of 20 to 40. We saw these at 6 pm today. I 
will post details on ebird by Sunday. 

Bob Guth


Sent from my iPod
Subject: Sallamonie, Mississinewa, Lake Clare
From: James Haw <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:30:21 -0400
It would have been a perfect day weatherwise if it had been 30 degrees warmer. 
My nose and I don't take kindly to teens and 20s. Still, I found 63 species and 
added 6 to my annual list in the Salamonie (S) area, above Mississinewa Dam 
(M), and at Lake Clare (LC) in Huntington, another all-driving day. At 
Mississinewa, I had 2 distant scoters with the wrong angle of the sun.. One was 
definitely an ad. male Surf Scoter, the other probably a White-winged. 



Canada Goose
Am. Wigeon 2 S, 1 M
Mallard
blue-winged Teal 25 M
N. Shoveler 4 S
Green-winged Teal 2 M
Canvasback 1 S, 10 M, 4 LC
Redhead 100 S, 10 M
Ring-necked Duck 33 S, 10 M
Greater Scaup 2 M
Lesser Scaup 24 S, 50 M, 60 SC
SURF SCOTER 1 M
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 1 M
Bufflehead 4 S, 12 M
Common Goldeneye 3 M
Hooded Merganser 16 S, 9 M
Red-breasted Merganser 6 S, 128 M
Common Merganser 5 S, 25 M
Ruddy Duck 6 S
COMMON LOON 6 LC
Horned Grebe 1 S, 2 LC
Great Blue Heron 5 S, 1 M
GREAT EGRET 1 S
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle 5 S
Red-tailed Hawk
Am. Kestrel
Am. Coot 2 S, 20 LC
Sandhill Crane S; heard distantly as they were flying
Killdeer
Ring-billed gull 360 S, 150 M
Herring Gull 3 S, 1 M
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Woodpecker:  Red-headed 1 S, Red-bellied,, Downy, N. Flicker
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-br. Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 2 S
Am. Robin
Eur. Starling
Am. Pipit 1 S
Am. Tree Sparrow 10 S
FOX SPARROW 3 M
SWAMP SPARROW 1 S
White-crowned Sparrow 1 S
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
N. Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
E. Meadowlark 2 S
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin 1 S
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw



Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 29, 2015
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Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:29:48 -0400
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Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Porter, US-IN
Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Deathly cold winds bearing down from the south at gusts to
40knots. High cirrus coming in early from the northwest with peeks of sun
culminating in eye piercing ice pellets and rain by noon. The lake has
mysterious new ice formations scattered across the expanse of water,
beginning to drift from shore.
55 species

Snow Goose  1     Flying with cranes.
Canada Goose  101
Wood Duck  8
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  8
Northern Pintail  9
Green-winged Teal  2
Redhead  52
Lesser Scaup  8
White-winged Scoter  3
Common Goldeneye  1
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  4
Red-breasted Merganser  19
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  6
Horned Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  5
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  7
Cooper's Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Sandhill Crane  576
Killdeer  46
Ring-billed Gull  380
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  9
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2     FOY.
American Kestrel  7
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  23
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  1207
European Starling  10
American Tree Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  7
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  144
Eastern Meadowlark  6
Common Grackle  242
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  1
House Sparrow  3

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Subject: Eagle Marsh, Ft Wayne
From: zzedpowers <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:00:20 -0400
After Cynthia and I completed the last Project FeederWatch of the season at Fox 
Island, we took a walk at Eagle Marsh. We were treated to our first Pied-billed 
Grebe and Tree Swallows of the year. 


Eagle Marsh, Allen, US-IN
Mar 30, 2015 12:10 PM - 1:25 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
Comments:     52-57 deg, sunny, strong wind
15
species

Canada Goose  15
Gadwall  4
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  2
Green-winged Teal  10
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  30
Ring-billed Gull  60
Tree Swallow  3
American Robin  1
Song Sparrow  4

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Ed Powers, Allen County
Subject: Louisiana Waterthrushes, Purple Martins
From: jeffreyrsell <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:44:02 -0400
We found 3 singing Louisiana Waterthrushes, along a creek in northern 
Washington county on Sunday, March 29. Also, a few Purple Martins have finally 
shown up at my martin colony of gourds. There were 5 this morning, Monday, 
March 30. Jeff Sells Pekin, IN 
Subject: Stillwater Marsh, Lake Monroe, Sunday 3/29 am
From: Robert Kissel <bluesdoc AT bluemarble.net>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:32:34 -0400
I birded Stillwater, along with John Eakin, this morning from roughly 
9:30am-Noon. Many species and numbers of ducks still present. Notably I saw 1 
duck that looked like a Ring-necked duck but had a bright yellow bill that was 
mid way in shape & size between a Ring-necked Duck and a N Shoveler. This 
individual also was throwing its head back in some form of mating display but I 
didnít see any other ducks, male or female, responding to this display. Weather 
was sunny, 34 at the start and a strong wind form the West. 


Canada Geese	150
Wood Duck 		4
Gadwall			75
American Wigeon	65
Mallard			80
Blue-winged Teal	22
N Shoveler		125
N Pintail			2
Green-winged Teal	40
Redhead			300
Ring-necked Duck	1500+
Lesser Scaup		30
Canvasback		6
Bufflehead		25
Pied-billed Grebe	6
Am Coot			185
Bald Eagle 		2 (2 ADs)
Tree Swallow		16
Pileated WP		2
Red Headed WP	1


Bob Kissel
Bloomington
Subject: South Bend Osprey 3/28/15
From: Spier6565 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:33:07 +0000 (UTC)
North Chain Lake (Bass Lake) finally thawed last Monday 3/23. An immature Bald 
Eagle was briefly over the lake later that afternoon along with 2 Common Loons. 
Today, an Osprey appeared for the first time this season. An Osprey nest 
platform has been up on South Chain Lake for several years, but as far as I 
know, a nest has never been built... despite the fact that we see them 
regularly over the lake throughout the summer. 12 Wood Ducks (11 males), a 
Horned Grebe and a Common Loon are also on the lake today. 


Jim Spier 
South Bend 

Subject: Kankakee River Valley to I-65 Golden Eagles, White-fronted & Snow Geese, Lapland Longspurs
From: john kendall <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 01:35:06 +0000 (UTC)
  After 3 unsuccessful February trips along the Kankakee targeting Golden 
Eagle, I tried again.  Only upon my 2nd stop today was I rewarded at 
Nipsco-Wheatfield (Schafer Station) with two Golden Eagles (one sub-adult or 
adult) flying with 4 Bald Eagles.  The first-year Golden gave a decent 
showing a few minutes later, along with Jeff McCoy (photos).  I saw a total of 
10 Bald Eagles along the river. 

Amongst a modest group of hardy Canada Geese at Kankakee FWA  were one 
White-fronted Goose, along with 2 Snow Geese. All my stops held good numbers of 
Lapland Longspurs in favored fields and a few Snow Buntings, most notably 
on 1400 West in Pulaski Co.- where I counted 1500 LALO's  and there were 
probably more to the west.    Finally, some early migrants, including hardy 
bluebirds. 

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jckendall
Old Shamrock Sod Farm, LaPorte, US-IN
Mar 7, 2015 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
2 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rough-legged Hawk  4
Kankakee State FWA, Starke, US-IN
Mar 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
27 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  1
Snow Goose  2
Canada Goose  140
Mallard  28
Wild Turkey  8
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
Mourning Dove  7
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Horned Lark  12
Eastern Bluebird  3
European Starling  76
Lapland Longspur  50
Snow Bunting  12
American Tree Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  5
White-crowned Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  11
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  6
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  13

Shafer Generating Station, Jasper, US-IN
Mar 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
31 species

Canada Goose  100
Mallard  75
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Golden Eagle  2     

Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  6
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Sandhill Crane  300
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  5
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  11
Horned Lark  6
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  30
Lapland Longspur  50
Snow Bunting  6
American Tree Sparrow  13
Song Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  2

Demotte Fields, Jasper, US-IN
Mar 7, 2015 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
9 species

Canada Goose  8
Mallard  12
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Lapland Longspur  1500
Snow Bunting  200
Subject: FOS - American Woodcock (Clark Co.)
From: Johnson Brian <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:57:42 -0800




Subject: goose Pond - Marsh Madness
From: "Whitehead, Donald R." <whitehea AT indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:42:00 +0000
Bob Kissel, Betsy, and I manned the observation spot at Double Ditches from 
11-1 today as part of Marsh Madness. Water almost entirely frozen - but a few 
perched raptors and birds in the air. the highlights: 




     Greater White-fr. Goose - 44

     Canada Goose - 12

     Mallard - 1

     Bald Eagle - 3 (2 ad, 1 juv)

     No. Harrier - 8

     Red-sh. Hawk - 1

     Rough-legged Hawk - 3 (all light phase)

     Am. Kestrel - 1

     Sandhill Crane - 900

     Am. Tree Sparrow - 4

     Song Sparrow - 2

     Red-winged Blackbird - 16



Don Whitehead

Bloomington

whitehea AT indiana.edu
Subject: Celery Bog Nature Area, Mar 7, 2015
From: "Dunning, John B" <jdunning AT purdue.edu>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:40:40 +0000
Seven folks gathered for a Sycamore Audubon Society field trip at Celery Bog 
this morning. We looked over the continuing assortment of waterfowl at the Bog, 
then drove some county roads looking for the longspurs and Snow Buntings 
reported earlier. Alas, we found only Horned Larks and American Kestrels in the 
latter effort. 


Barny
misner13 AT frontier.com

Celery Bog Nature Area, Tippecanoe, US-IN
Mar 7, 2015 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
22 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  3
Canada Goose  150
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  1
Canvasback  4
Redhead  6
Lesser Scaup  3
Common Goldeneye  4
American Coot  4
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  8
Song Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Northern Cardinal  5
American Goldfinch  1

Southern Tippecanoe County (areas around C.R. 800 South, 100 East and 300 East)
Great Blue Heron    1
Mourning Dove     15
American Kestrel    4
Horned Lark         8
European Starling    20
Vesper Sparrow    1



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Subject: Salamonie, Mississinewa
From: James Haw <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:54:25 -0500
Marisa Windell and I duplicated my route of last SAturday along the WAbash from 
Huntington to Lagro (W), around Salamonie but not through the State Forest; 
road looked icy (S), and the Mississinewa below the dam from the Seven Pillars 
upstream to SR 124 (M). We got 41 species and clear signs of spring migration. 



Canada Goose
Mute Swan 1 M
Wood Duck 4 M
Mallard
.N. Pintail 1 M
Common Goldeneye 40 M
Common Merganser 20 W, 20 M
Great  Blue Heron 15-20 total
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Am. Kestrel
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl 1 on nest W
Red-headed Woodpecker 3 S nature center
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chcikadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-br. Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 1 W, 1 M
E. bluebird 1 m
Am. Robin
Eur. Starling
Am. Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow 4 W
Chipping Sparrow 1 W with Fields
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 4 W
Dark-eyed Junco
Lapland Longspur 1 W
N. Cardinal
Red--winged Blackbird 1 W
Brown-headed Cowbird 6 S; feeder on Pefley Rd.
House Finch
Pine Siskin 2 S nature center
Am. Goldlfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw
Subject: Turtle Creek Reservoir - pelicans, r-th loons, scoters, and Little Gull
From: Steven Lima <Steven.Lima AT indstate.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:54:23 +0000
I spend a few hours at Turtle Creek today, with the following highlights:

American White Pelicans - 14
Red-throated Loons - at least 4
White-winged Scoters - 2 adult males
Little Gull - finishing its 18th week at this site.

The loons were most easily seen from Gettinger Point. From there, Susan and Jim 
Hengeveld and I determined that there were at least 3 RTLOs, and a fourth 
joined the original trio not long after Susan and Jim headed south to see the 
pelicans. The scoters spent most of their time at the mouth of the bay along 
Gettinger Road (about at point 39.068690, -87.538899). The Pelicans were 
visible both from the boat ramp and Market Street. Of the 14 pelicans present 
when I arrived, 10 left fairly quickly, with 4 lingering for decent views. As 
usual, there were lots of Horned Grebes and Pied-billed Grebes, but few ducks 
overall (at least before the evening influx of roosting waterfowl). 


CR 700 was getting pretty soft and muddy late in the afternoon, but still 
passable for a sedan-type vehicle. It may be considerably worse tomorrow 
afternoon. 


Steve Lima
Terre Haute
Subject: Dustin Preserve (FOY - Turkey Vulture) and Griffin Road (Rough legged Hawk)- Allen Co.
From: Phil <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:21:49 +0000 (UTC)
 A beautiful afternoon could not be ignored, so my son and I went to the ACRES 
Dustin Preserve on Chapman Road this afternoon for a slushy, sloggy walk in the 
woods.  The highlights..... 

Turkey Vulture - FOYBarred OwlBrown CreeperRed Headed WoodpeckerEastern 
Bluebirds 

On the way home, on a whim, went north on Griffin Road and was rewarded with 
great looks at a Dark Phase Rough Legged Hawk.  Great looking bird in 
wonderful light.  

Phil Wixom 
Subject: NW Indiana (7-Mar-2015)
From: "Kenneth J. Brock" <kj.brock AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:19:37 -0600
Today (7-Mar-2015) John Cassady, Randy Pals, Lynn Vernon, and I birded the 
lakefront and parts of Newton County. Leland Shaum and his group joined us for 
the lakefront portion. 


It was the warmest day since December; the van temperature gauge reached 50 
degrees. We enjoyed bright sunshine and a modest sw breeze. The lakefront 
yielded little of interest so we elected to again try Kankakee Sands. Though we 
saw fewer Rough-legs than last Saturday, the birding was very enjoyable. 


REYNOLDS CREEK GAMEBIRD HABITAT AREA
Horned Lark,17
Blue Jay,10
American Crow,10
Lapland Longspur,1
American Tree Sparrow,6
Northern Cardinal,1

CENTRAL BEVERLY SHORES (along Beverly Drive)  Red-shouldered Hawk,1

WEST BEVERLY SHORES
Bald Eagle,1 adult perched in a tall tree
Red-headed Woodpecker,4
Red-bellied Woodpecker,1
Blue Jay,12
Eastern Bluebird,1
European Starling,3
Northern Cardinal,1
Red-winged Blackbird,8

PORTAGE LAKEFRONT PARK
Gadwall,1 male
Greater Scaup,10
Surf Scoter,1
White-winged Scoter,4- 2 adults & 2 females
Common Goldeneye,30
Horned Grebe,2
Ring-billed Gull,3
Herring Gull,60
Great Black-backed Gull,6- 5 adults & a first-cycle

PORTER CO ALONG I-90	Wild Turkey,4

HAMMOND along Calumet Ave	Great Blue Heron,1

WHITING REFINERY BEACH  (we were joined by Ed Hopkins)
Mute Swan,2
American Black Duck,2
Common Goldeneye,3
Bufflehead,2
Ring-billed Gull,20
Herring Gull,90
Great Black-backed Gull,16- 10 adults, 2 third, 2 second, & 3 first-cycles
GREAT LAKES GULL1 adult (probable Herring X Great Black-backed hybrid- likely 
the same individual we reported on 24 January) 

Peregrine Falcon,2

ROXANA POND AREA (with Ed Hopkins)
Mute Swan,5
Gadwall,10
Mallard,120
Redhead,39
Greater Scaup,7
Common Goldeneye,5
Bufflehead,6
Red-breasted Merganser,2
Cooperís Hawk,1 adult
American Coot,2
Ring-billed Gull,70
Herring Gull,5

S. LAKE COUNTY ALONG I-65
Red-tailed Hawk,2
Rough-legged Hawk,1- light morph

NEWTON COUNTY 
Northern Harrier,1 adult male
Red-tailed Hawk,2
Rough-legged Hawk,1 adult male light morph

JASPER COUNTY ALONG I-65
WILD TURKEY,8
Red-tailed Hawk,4
Rough-legged Hawk,1- light morph
Horned Lark,1

TNC KANKAKEE SANDS
Ring-necked Pheasant,1 male
Northern Harrier,2 adult male & an immature
Rough-legged Hawk,10- Light morphs (3 no data, 3 imm, 2 ad females, & an adult 
male) Dark morph one adult female. 

Mourning Dove,25
Horned Lark,14
American Crow,3
Lapland Longspur,3
Snow Bunting,1
American Tree Sparrow,10
Dark-eyed Junco,3

WILLOW SLOUGH FWA
Canada Goose,250
Red-tailed Hawk,3
American Coot,2
Horned Lark,3
Blue Jay,3
American Crow,110
Dark-eyed Junco,4

LASALLE FWA (mostly frozen)
Bald Eagle,1 first-cycle
Red-tailed Hawk,3

Ken Brock
Chesterton
Subject: Mounds State Park 3/7/15
From: "Jeff Timmons" <jeffreytimmons AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:29:55 -0500
I walked about 2 miles around Mounds State Park this morning.  I was able to
locate the Winter Wren thanks to the Mink that was along the river which had
the wren excited.  Other highlights include a Wood Duck and 7 Pine Siskin at
the nature center.

 

Complete list is below

 


Species


Canada Goose


Wood Duck


Mallard


Cooper's Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Mourning Dove


Barred Owl


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Downy Woodpecker


Hairy Woodpecker


Northern Flicker


Pileated Woodpecker


American Crow


Carolina Chickadee


Tufted Titmouse


White-breasted Nuthatch


Winter Wren


Carolina Wren


Eastern Bluebird


American Robin


Song Sparrow


White-throated Sparrow


Dark-eyed Junco


Northern Cardinal


House Finch


Pine Siskin


American Goldfinch

 

Jeff TImmons

 
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 7, 2015
From: Brendan Grube <grube.brendan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:32:31 -0500
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Subject: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar
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Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Porter, US-IN
Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Lots of Sunshine today, with more normal temperatures up to
45F and a gentle wind turning gusty southwest. A lot of icebergs floating
around on the lake and still plenty of snow cover yet to melt away. Jeff
McCoy made it out by the 2nd day of counting, in hopes of a hawk watch,
which failed to occur. But a nice species count with appreciable views of
the lake birds, always makes for a good lakefront stop at the bird tower.
For a second day in a row, the trail 3 loop was a real slog in the deep
snow and birds are scarce in the clearings.
39 species

Canada Goose  1
Mute Swan  2     Whistling by in the early morning quiet, heading for Wolf
Lake.
Redhead  9
Lesser Scaup  41
White-winged Scoter  24
Long-tailed Duck  3     flying to the west.
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  21
Red-breasted Merganser  8
Red-throated Loon  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  4     Came by individually in the morning and then 3 came back
together high over the lake.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  4     Catching an updraft circling high and going east
Herring Gull  381     All the big gulls were flying west.
Glaucous Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  21     Heading west.
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Horned Lark  38     Some flocks forming along the beach and flying westward.
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  2
European Starling  14
Lapland Longspur  1     With Larks on the beach.
American Tree Sparrow  21
Dark-eyed Junco  7
Northern Cardinal  1
House Finch  4
Pine Siskin  1
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Subject: Re: Red-throated Loon and Long-tailed Duck; Clark and Floyd County
From: <rosehensel AT twc.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:16:51 -0500
Thanks for posting. We saw all but the long tail duck late morning. I sure 
looked for it, but, probably it is there and we missed it. Only difference is 
there were about 100 ring bill gulls, and a lot more coots. We didnt see the 
snow goose either. Just the one that is always over there with the domestics. 

---- Colleen Craven-Becker  wrote: 
Colleen and I were really surprised to find so much open water at Sam Peden 
community park today and more surprised to find a LTDU... 

The loon is in a cove off the Ohio River where conditions for feeding are much 
more favorable. 


Eagle Steel (Jeffersonville, IN), Clark, US-IN
Mar 6, 2015 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Red-throated Loon on the east side of inlet against barges on right. 
Actively feeding. no photo op. Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6 

4 species

Red-throated Loon  1   (Possibly same bird we found 2-24-15 on Ohio River)
Great Blue Heron  2
Ring-billed Gull  25
Herring Gull  7

Sam Peden Community Park, Floyd, US-IN
Mar 6, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Photos    Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
18 species

Snow Goose  1
Canada Goose  75
Mallard  15
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  1
Canvasback  4
Redhead  18
Ring-necked Duck  6
Lesser Scaup  11
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  2
Hooded Merganser  2
American Coot  19
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  1
American Robin  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

Tom and Colleen Becker
Floyd County, IN



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Subject: Red-throated Loon at Eagle Steel
From: Johnson Brian <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:39:29 -0800




Subject: Turtle creek 3/5
From: Jeremy Ross <jeremy.ross AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:04:38 -0500
I was off school with a bright sunny day and the snow was less up north, so me 
and the family headed to turtle creek. Immediately after parking at the turn 
around my son pointed out two white wing scoters! They visible on and off for 
the two hours we were there. I got a very very quick and undesirable view of 
the little gull - way across the lake but in good clear light. A red throated 
loon was out near a large raft of horned grebe. It too was visible most of the 
afternoon. Large numbers of common mergansers and gulls formed a large, feeding 
mixed flock between both viewing points. (I'm convinced the birds knew I 
couldn't see them there!) Other thing to note was the lack of ducks! I didn't 
see any divers or other puddle ducks except a few mallards! I'm convinced they 
were present but on the east side. 

Jeremy Ross
Petersburg, IN 
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Loon
From: Landon Neumann <landonneumann25 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:46:11 -0500
This morning I worked the Wabash River. The highlight were the continuing
Long-tailed Duck and Red-throated Loon. Another highlight was seeing a
flock of 23 Greater Scaup. This is the counties new high count for Greater
Scaup. The old high count was 15, which was last year.

Confluence- 50% frozen
Canada Goose  600
Mallard  10
Red-throated Loon  1     Continuing adult at confluence by railroad bridge.

Sewage Plant Road-50% frozen
Canada Goose  5
Canvasback  4
Greater Scaup  23 new count high count. Hard to get counts of 10+ around
here.
Lesser Scaup  1
Common Goldeneye  10
Common Merganser  5
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Crow  2
American Robin  2

Georgetown Rd- 25% frozen
Canada Goose  100
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  50
Ring-necked Duck  3
Greater Scaup  1
Long-tailed Duck  1     Continuing immature male at the bridge.
Common Goldeneye  60
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  4
Bald Eagle  10
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Crow  5
American Tree Sparrow  5

18th St Bridge. The river here is 100% frozen except for the area around
the bridge where it opens to 25% frozen.
Canada Goose  50
Mute Swan  6
Common Goldeneye  2

Lewisburg- The river here is 100% frozen except for the area around the
bridge where it opens to 25% frozen.
Canada Goose  300
American Black Duck  2
Common Goldeneye  5
Common Merganser  1

Eel River Dam- 100% open
Canada Goose 25
Mallard 20
Redhead 1

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County
Subject: Sandhills Jackson County
From: David Crouch <Nighthawk AT prograde.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:51:00 -0500
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes remain in several sections of Jackson County. 
Today there were at least 6,000 seen in the greater ďEwing BottomsĒ area and 
another 1,000 North of US50 just East of Crane Hill. These all may well be part 
of the many thousands that have wintered in the Muscatatuck NWR sanctuary or 
perhaps a Northbound migration has begun. Dave Crouch Seymour 


Ewing Bottoms, Jackson, US-IN
Mar 6, 2015 9:45 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
Comments: Starting at Sheildstown Bridge and going West and North then 
eventually South and then West and North. 300N was northern limit, US50 
southern limit and 310W western limit. 

20 species

Canada Goose  40
Mallard  45
Common Merganser  1     One male at confluence of Indian Creek and East Fork.
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Sandhill Crane  6000
Killdeer  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  17
Mourning Dove  5
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  6
Horned Lark  180
American Robin  1
European Starling  45
Lapland Longspur  30     One nice flock along 200W.
American Tree Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Eastern Meadowlark  13
House Sparrow  10

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Subject: Red-throated Loon and Long-tailed Duck; Clark and Floyd County
From: Colleen Craven-Becker <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:34:21 -0500
Colleen and I were really surprised to find so much open water at Sam Peden 
community park today and more surprised to find a LTDU... 

The loon is in a cove off the Ohio River where conditions for feeding are much 
more favorable. 


Eagle Steel (Jeffersonville, IN), Clark, US-IN
Mar 6, 2015 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Red-throated Loon on the east side of inlet against barges on right. 
Actively feeding. no photo op. Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6 

4 species

Red-throated Loon  1   (Possibly same bird we found 2-24-15 on Ohio River)
Great Blue Heron  2
Ring-billed Gull  25
Herring Gull  7

Sam Peden Community Park, Floyd, US-IN
Mar 6, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Photos    Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
18 species

Snow Goose  1
Canada Goose  75
Mallard  15
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  1
Canvasback  4
Redhead  18
Ring-necked Duck  6
Lesser Scaup  11
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  2
Hooded Merganser  2
American Coot  19
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  1
American Robin  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

Tom and Colleen Becker
Floyd County, IN



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar 6, 2015
From: Brendan Grube <grube.brendan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:24:13 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 2:20 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Mar
6, 2015
To: grube.brendan AT gmail.com


Indiana Dunes SP -- Observation (Green) Tower, Porter, US-IN
Mar 6, 2015 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Spirit Sun ruled the day, as blue skies prevailed. Southwest
winds blew in early and wind-chilled the already subzero air temperature.
Leads in the pack ice were just forming and are sure to shift waterbirds
into sight in the coming day or two. Apex Gulls-Herring and Black
backs-were the primary movers, although cut off early by the gusty wind.
Local birds are finding lots of dropped seed at the feeding station, and
have begun to attract migrants. Nonetheless, there was more looking than
seeing, as we are in the beginning of the first window of migration into
spring.
23 species

White-winged Scoter  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull  166
Glaucous Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  17     All flying west.
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  4
Horned Lark  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Cedar Waxwing  5
Lapland Longspur  2
American Tree Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  4
House Sparrow  1

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Subject: Miller-Showers Park Ducks
From: Robert Kissel <bluesdoc AT bluemarble.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:25:01 -0500
About 1:30pm, I drove by the upper water filtering pond of Miller-Showers Park 
on 17th Street between College & Walnut and saw 2 ducks with white flanks. I 
pulled in the parking lot and IDíd 2 male Lesser Scaup as well as a male and 
female Mallard. While the Mallards were lolling around the 1/2 open water, the 
Scaup were actively feeding in and around the ice edges then and when I 
returned around 3:30pm. The Scaup did seem at times skittish about the urban 
noises, in particular several sirens-awailing vehicles, but did not fly off. 
The Mallards were not present at 3:30pm. 


Bob Kissel
Bloomington
Subject: Williamsburg on the Wabash
From: "russ Allison" <grounds11 AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:44:20 -0500
I visited (Williamsburg on the Wabash) appt. Complex and Prophetstown State
park today. I started at 10:30am and finished at 3:30pm. It was cold but the
sun was out  for a change. At the Appt. complex I had (7) Common Goldeneye
Ducks on the Wabash. I still have 3 or more Great Blue Herons hanging
around. I next went to Prophetstown State park. I had Northern Harriers, and
Rough-legged Hawks. 

 

Williamsburg--birds seen

Common Goldeneye--7

Canada Goose--15

Great blue Heron--3

Bald Eagle--1--immature

Red tailed Hawk--2

American Crow--10

American Robin--15

Downy Woodpecker--1

Ring billed Gull--2

 

Prophetstown  State Park:

Mallard --4

Great blue Heron--1

Northern Harrier--2

Red tailed Hawk--2

Rough legged Hawk--2

American Crow--4

Carolina Chickadee--5

American tree Sparrow--15

White breasted Nuthatch--1

 

Good birding 

Russ Allison, West lafayette

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes heading South, Harrison County
From: Del Striegel <ddstriegel AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:24:16 -0500
Went snowshoeing this morning in neighbors fields. Highlight was 275+ Sandhills 
flying south around 10:30 am. Only other birds seen were 2 Horned Larks. 
Location is near Lanesville Exit 113 on I-64W. 


Del Striegel
Georgetown, IN

Subject: Greater Black-backed gull?
From: Garold Overdorf <solomogo AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:45:47 -0500
Birding at Norway Dam, Monticello in White County. Along with the Ring-billed 
and Herring gulls, I saw a larger gull with a much darker back standing at the 
water's edge. I'm not the most experienced birder. What is the likelihood of 
this being a Greater Black-backed gull? If not, any idea what it may have been? 


Gary Overdorf
Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk
From: Noah Kearns <noahkearns AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:43:42 -0500
As I was home today getting over some illness I was watching the feeders with 
June and Lyra. As we watched an adult Red-shouldered Hawk snagged a smaller 
gray squirrel that was eating seeds on the ground. The bird flew about 20 ft 
and proceeded to kill and start to dismember the squirrel in our driveway. We 
watched until the dogs saw it and started barking. The hawk took off into the 
woods with its prize. A pretty exciting moment! 


Noah June and Lyra Kearns
Mitchell IN
 		 	   		  
Subject: Wilson's Snipe
From: Kathy McClain <kmcclann AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:07:53 -0500
On the way home from work, I noticed that the small retention
pond/ditch on Division
Rd between St Charles and US 231 S was completely flooded from all the rain
we have been getting today.  Looking closer, I counted five  Wilson's Snipe
in the grass just above the edge of the water.  They appeared to be
patiently waiting for the water to subside.

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

Kathy McClain
Jasper, IN
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk - Johnson County
From: bob carper <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 03:29:45 -0800
I spent Saturday morning pursuing a dark-phase hawk that I wavered on between a 
Harlan's and Rough-legged Hawk. Turned out to be the latter. 


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


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


Bob Carper
Indianapolis† 
Subject: southwest Vigo County, Turtle Creek Reservoir, Chinook Mine
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott AT indstate.edu>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 02:48:27 +0000
The morning after a 6 to 8 inch snowfall was a pleasant sunny day. I drove 
south from Terre Haute to Sullivan County on Hwy 63, explored the accessible 
areas of Turtle Creek Reservoir, and returned north, stopping at Chinook Mine. 
Highway 63 had many flocks of Horned Larks on the roadside: over 1000 birds in 
Vigo County from the Penitentiary to Sullivan County, and another 500 or more 
in Sullivan County. 

Besides these, highlights were 1 SNOW BUNTING, 1 AMERICAN PIPIT, 2 continuing 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 3 Rusty Blackbirds for the Blitz. 


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

3 species

Horned Lark  75
Lapland Longspur 20 with Horned Larks, on snow-covered gravel road and adjacent 

SNOW BUNTING 1 with Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. no buff on this bird; 
gray and white, with prominent white wing-patch. Like illustrations of adult 
female breeding plumage. 


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

33 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  24
Canada Goose  700
Mallard  18
Northern Pintail  9
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 2 adult males - continuing birds, where "bay" along 
Gettinger Rd joins main reservoir. Noted black body, white wing patch (on one 
bird), white comma below eye, orange bill, large size relative to Mallards. 

Hooded Merganser  45
Common Merganser  1
Pied-billed Grebe 55 within the usual range of numbers at this warm-water 
reservoir in winter 

Horned Grebe  5
Great Blue Heron 9 8 at north end, CR 25N, vocalizing loudly as they displaced 
each other along shore. 

Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1     adult
American Coot  25
Ring-billed Gull 100 including about 20 with Hooded Mergansers in middle of 
lake 

Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  5
Horned Lark  80     on snowy roadsides
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
AMERICAN PIPIT 1 at CR25N causeway, on rocky shore of peninsula under powerline 

American Tree Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow  1     on snowy roadside of Market St
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1     cattail marsh
White-throated Sparrow  5
White-crowned Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  20     mixed flock with Grackles at CR25N
Eastern Meadowlark  3
RUSTY BLACKBIRD  3     2 males, 1 female on icy shore at CR25N
Common Grackle  30     mixed flock with Red-wings at CR25N

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

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

18 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 1200 counted by 20's; species has become common 
last few winters in this area 

Snow Goose  5     2 dark phase, 3 white phase
Canada Goose  4200
TRUMPETER SWAN 2 adults, plunging necks in water and feeding among mass of 
Redheads, other ducks, GWF Gees 

Gadwall  10
Mallard  120
Northern Pintail  2     adult males
Canvasback  10
Redhead  160
Ring-necked Duck  70
Common Goldeneye  10
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1     immature
American Coot  3
American Crow  10
Eastern Bluebird  1     heard
Red-winged Blackbird 10 territorial adult males, perched on shrubs, scattered 


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Subject: IN Pheasant Ridge Pond N of CR8
From: Robert Guth <bobwgfsa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:12:27 -0500
Concerning the Common Goldeneye roost location, it was pointed out to me that 
the roads are tricky there in Elkhart County. Off County Road 17 just north of 
the St. Joseph River, turn east, not west, on Bristol Street (County Road 10). 
After a couple curves in the road, the Pheasant Ridge Pond is to the north. At 
that point, the road is renamed CR8 however. I hope this clarifies the 
location. The pond is easily seen on Google Maps. 

Bob Guth
Goshen  (Elkhart County)
bobwgfsa at gmail.com
Subject: Franklin and Ripley County back roads
From: Bob Decker <bdecker.bird AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:24:56 -0500
Went looking for Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspur a-- no luck.

Northern Ripley County Road US-IN-Sunman-12552-12658 N Spades Rd, Ripley, US-IN
Mar 2, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 19 species Black Vulture 2 Turkey Vulture 5 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Mourning Dove 7 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 17 Horned Lark 165 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 2 European Starling 43 Eastern Towhee 3 American Tree Sparrow 2 Song Sparrow 1 Dark-eyed Junco 12 Northern Cardinal 5 Eastern Meadowlark 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID= SW Franklin County back roads US-IN-Batesville-2102 Sunman Rd, Franklin, US-IN Mar 2, 2015 12:38 PM - 12:48 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 13 species Black Vulture 5 Turkey Vulture 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 3 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 11 Horned Lark 33 American Robin 2 European Starling 17 Eastern Towhee 1 Dark-eyed Junco 7 Northern Cardinal 1 Eastern Meadowlark 16 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22147515 Versailles SP, Ripley, US-IN Mar 2, 2015 5:03 PM - 5:48 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Walking
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 12 species Canada Goose 300 Mallard 5 Canvasback 1 Mourning Dove 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 American Crow 2 Carolina Wren 2 American Robin 2 Eastern Towhee 1 American Tree Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22147319 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Bob Decker Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Red-throated Loon
From: Landon Neumann <landonneumann25 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:54:21 -0500
I wasn't planning on birding today, but I had time to kill this afternoon
and it was so nice outside I decided to go out and work the river. Glad I
did. The highlights included Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, and
Red-throated Loon. Back to back years for White-winged Scoter and
Long-tailed Duck in the county! I think this will be the peak for the Cass
sea duck invasion this year. Looks like we are going to be on a warming
thread starting Friday.

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

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

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

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

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County
Subject: Illiana Birds: Trumpeter Swans
From: "Carolyn A. Marsh" <cmarshbird AT prodigy.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:16:20 -0600
I continue to report the whereabouts of the banded Trumpeter Swan(s) to the
Bird Banding Lab. This year the bi-state Trumpeter 71 E has paired up with
another one. I noticed them together at Hammond George Lake, bi-state Wolf
Lake and now continuing at East Chicago Roxanna Pond/Grand Calumet River. If
there is adequate secluded and sheltered nesting habitat, they may find a
place to stay through the year in the region. Human disturbance would be a
big problem for the swans. 

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Subject: Re: California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville
From: Don Gorney <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:58:47 +0000 (UTC)
A note of caution for newer birders and a reminder for not so new birders that 
almost all of the Ohio River at and near the Falls of the Ohio lies within 
Kentucky's border. Nearly 100% of the fossil beds, the dam, and the floodwall 
are all in Kentucky. 


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


Be aware of the border when submitting records to eBird or the Indiana Bird 
Records Committee from along the Ohio River.  Providing details about the 
location is often critical to these reports so that it can be determined that 
the bird was actually seen in Indiana. It's not where you are standing that 
counts; it's where the bird is located. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/70381922 AT N08/16079901097 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/70381922 AT N08/16264916282   Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
317.501.4212
dongorney AT yahoo.com
 
      From: Johnson Brian 
 To: IN-BIRD-L  
 Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 7:40 AM
 Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville
   
Kentucky birding guru Brainard Palmer-Ball spotted an adult CALIFORNIA GULL on 
02/28 amidst the numerous Herrings and Ring-billeds.  Bird was relocated 
yesterday in the same location, in front of the wall in the pools below the 
dam.  Early evening seems to be the best time to chase this bird, as the gulls 
here go out and about and feed during the day elsewhere.  


Multiple observers present, distant photos taken.  Bird is intermediate in 
size between HEGU and RBGU with slightly darker mantle.  Good luck to those 
who venture to the South today. 

Brian "Living hard will take its toll."


   
Subject: Gene Stratton-Porter Monthly Bird Survey March 5
From: "Conrad, Tiffany" <TConrad AT indianamuseum.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:07:54 +0000
The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is conducting a base line survey 
on 80 acres of former farm land in Rome City, Indiana. The information will be 
used to reference against once the land is restored to wetland and prairie 
grassland. Monthly surveys of the land will be compiled for 5 years and 
submitted to the Indiana Academy of Science discussing the impact of the 
restoration of the land and the increased diversity of bird species. The survey 
will be taking place in the farm fields to the west of the Gene Stratton-Porter 
main property, with 5 specific locations in the fields as survey points. We 
will meet at the Carriage House Visitor's Center at the Gene Stratton-Porter 
State Historic Site at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday March 5th . We are located at 1205 
Pleasant Point, Rome City, IN 46784. If you have any questions please contact 
the site naturalist, Tiffany, at 260.854.3790. 


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



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

Subject: 3/1/15 - Roxanna & Lake George Canal (Lake Co.)
From: Matt Kalwasinski <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:26:26 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday (3/1), around 4 pm, I decided to check RoxannaPond and Lake George 
Canal. Highlights at Roxanna were a juvenile Black-CrownedNight Heron, a decent 
number of Redheads, Trumpeter Swan 71E, and what Ibelieve to be an albino 
Mallard. I assume this is the same bird that I had onthe Little Calumet River 
near Carlson Oxbow last August. There are pictures onmy flickr site from both 
sightings. The highlight at Lake George Canal was 21White-winged Scoters. Below 
are my complete lists. 

Matt Kalwasinski
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mkalwasinski/ RoxannaNeighborhood (East 
Chicago), Lake, US-IN 

Mar 1, 2015 4:10 PM - 4:35 PM

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

Mallard  6
Greater/Lesser Scaup  100    - quick estimate; failing light andtime
White-winged Scoter  21    
Common Goldeneye  15
Hooded Merganser  9
Common Merganser  6
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Herring Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Subject: California Gull, Falls of the Ohio SP, Clarksville
From: Johnson Brian <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:40:42 +0000 (UTC)
Kentucky birding guru Brainard Palmer-Ball spotted an adult CALIFORNIA GULL on 
02/28 amidst the numerous Herrings and Ring-billeds.  Bird was relocated 
yesterday in the same location, in front of the wall in the pools below the 
dam.  Early evening seems to be the best time to chase this bird, as the gulls 
here go out and about and feed during the day elsewhere.  


Multiple observers present, distant photos taken.  Bird is intermediate in 
size between HEGU and RBGU with slightly darker mantle.  Good luck to those 
who venture to the South today. 

Brian "Living hard will take its toll."
Subject: Eagle Creek Park, Sunday March 1, 2015
From: "Don Williams" <sailbird AT tds.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:25:11 -0500
Weather    Cloudy
Temp.  Mid 20's
 Snow  7"

Sunday morning bird walk tallied 24 species.  The list includes

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

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


Don Williams



Subject: Logansport Red-throated Loon Continues
From: Landon Neumann <landonneumann25 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:49:15 -0500
The adult Red-throated Loon that first showed up on Friday was still there
at the confluence this afternoon. It seems very loyal to its spot by the
railroad bridge.

Landon Neumann
Logansport, Cass County
Subject: Somerville Mines/Gibson Co. Ferruginous Hawk YES!
From: Mark Welter <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 04:54:17 +0000 (UTC)
Amy Hodson and I traveled to the Hemmer Woods area of Somerville Mines in 
Gibson County today 2/28, having seen the FERRUGINOUS HAWK reported on eBird 
yesterday, after an apparent absence of more than 2 weeks. 


From the intersection of CR900S and 1050E (across from the "Ferruginous Hawk 
tree" fronting Hemmer Woods), we scanned for several minutes and finally picked 
the bird up well to the west, circling high in the air and slowly drifting 
south. As we watched, the bird quickly shed altitude and made a mock stoop on a 
Northern Harrier before climbing again to resume its circling. We notified Evan 
Speck, who was in the area and joined us a few minutes later, just in time to 
see the bird land atop a utility pole along 950E. We high-tailed it over there 
and re-found the bird, which proceeded to take off and climb high into the sky, 
where it briefly soared with, and then was harassed by, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. 
The Ferruginous then set its wings and passed directly over our position at 
extreme altitude, finally disappearing from sight as it headed east toward 
Hemmer Woods.  

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Subject: Sullivan County - Little Gull, White-winged Scoters, Greater Scaup, Brown Thrasher, Merlin
From: A Betuel <ykcul88 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:58:11 -0500
     I spent some time this afternoon and evening checking out Turtle Creek
and N CR 350 N (old Minnehaha I believe). I was able to spot the Little
Gull and Scoters from CR 700 and picked up the 2 Greater Scaup from Market
street. The haze on the lake was problematic and many distant birds went
unidentified. On the way to the old Minnehaha area a Brown Thrasher flushed
near the road. Once arriving at the CR 350 location I quickly picked up my
target species, a Marlin, and had decent waterfowl activity in the few open
spots of water. Lots of blackbirds were flying from N-S near sunset
presumably to a roost not too far away. Below are my totals for the day.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22112230
-- 
*Adam M Betuel*
*Indiana State University*
*PhD Candidate - Biology*
*ykcul88 AT gmail.com *
*abetuel AT sycamores.indstate.edu *
Subject: IU Ornithology class field trip to Goose Pond / Turtle Creek - round two
From: "Hengeveld, Susan E." <shengeve AT indiana.edu>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 02:41:59 +0000
Jim and I had another good field trip with my ornithology class this 
afternoon/evening. Perhaps not as exciting as yesterday's, but still exciting 
for the students. Had better looks at some things than we did yesterday (e.g., 
Sandhill Cranes on the ground instead of just flying, Rough-legged Hawks 
cooperating). Regardless, it was a good day out. Got out of there just as the 
snow was starting and were able to get ahead of the weather as we drove east 
toward Bloomington. 


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


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


Overall list:
Greater White-fronted Geese -50
Snow/Ross's Geese - 2 (probably snow ó seen flying and boy did they look small 
flying next to a Canada!) 

Canada Geese -100ís
Northern Shoveler -6
Redhead - 7
White-winged Scoter -3
Hooded Merganser - 250
Common Merganser - 5
Red-breasted Merganser -3

Wild Turkey - 40

Pied-billed Grebe - 40
Horned Grebe - 60

Double-crested Cormorant -1

Great Blue Heron - 8

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

American Coot - 60
Sandhill Crane - 300

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

Rock Pigeon - 12
Mourning Dove - 20

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

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

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

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

shengeve AT indiana.edu
office -- Morrison Hall 202
office phone -- 812-855-5239
Subject: Salamonie, Mississinewa
From: James Haw <in-bird-l AT list.indiana.edu>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:54 -0500
Desperately hungry for a real day of birding, I decided to test myself by going 
to Salamonie on this cold, but mostly sunny day with light winds until 
midafternoon. Worked out well enough that I went on to Mississinewa to check 
the river from the Seven Pillars upstream to SR 124, where there were a number 
of rarities last year about this time. That was last year, not this one, I 
found..A good day nevertheless with 38 species and several goodies. 



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



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

N. Cardinal
House Finch
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Jim Haw