51 species were found at the tower this morning, & even now on the last day of the survey, one new species was added to this season's list, Chestnut-sided Warbler. Other highlights from today were a Eurasian Collared-Dove, a Black-billed Cuckoo, a late Pine Siskin, and another large flight of Cedar Waxwings (2,446 of which were counted today). The list from … Continue reading An overview of today, May, & the entire spring.
Here on the 2nd to last day of this spring's Longshore Flight Survey, another species was added to this season's list that was a very unexpected one. A flock of 4 Fish Crows flew from east to west past the tower at 7:57 A.M.. This puts a total of 4 Corvid species on the 2019 tower list: … Continue reading Fish Crows make a 2019 appearance.
Yesterday there was a total of 51 species found at the tower, and 58 today. The flight however, was much larger yesterday than today. Just like the past week, Cedar Waxwing continues to be the most numerous species. 271 of them were counted today, and another great flight of 5,460 waxwings occurred yesterday. A highlight … Continue reading May 29th-30th.
There is now less than one week left of this spring's longshore flight survey. Today, one new species was added to the tower's 2019 list, Western Kingbird. This was definitely the best bird of the day. Other highlights from the 55 species found this morning were an American White Pelican (seen above), and a Peregrine … Continue reading The final lap of spring migrants.
Out of the 7,347 birds counted today, 6671 of them were Cedar Waxwings. Based on what I can see on eBird, this appears to be the 2nd highest single day count for this species at the tower. A true sign that we are in the late end of the spring migration. Other highlights among the 71 … Continue reading A river of Waxwings.
Over the past 3 days, 3 new species were added to the tower's 2019 list: Blue Grosbeak, Mourning Warbler, & Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. The Blue Grosbeak was originally found on Tuesday afternoon, but it has been found near the tower every day since. Pictures of the Blue Grosbeak can be seen both above and below. For the past 2 … Continue reading Blue Grosbeak & other interesting finds.
Once again, many people got to enjoy some great birding and fun events during this year's birding festival. Among the many field trips offered, one that took place every morning was a visit to the longshore flight tower. Over the course of the festival, the tower's year list has now broken 200 species! At the … Continue reading Indiana Dunes Birding Festival 2019
It's May 15th, and the first events of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival have already begun! This morning's count at the longshore tower resulted in 70 species, 3 of which were new for the season: Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, & Willow Flycatcher. Most actively migrating today were Double-crested Cormorants with 245 counted, Blue Jays with … Continue reading The festival begins!
As you've no doubt seen we haven't had much an opportunity to post much the last few days. Consistent north winds have all but essentially shut down visible migration from the tower site. To date however, 194 species have been logged at the tower this season. We've already exceeded last year's total individual count by … Continue reading Cusp of Neotropical Madness
There was a very good flight today with 105 species & 3,837 individual birds counted. The weather eventually lightened up, but it was a very rainy morning. At daybreak, the beach was full of gulls, terns, and shorebirds. A total of 15 Forster's Terns were counted today and 4 of the shorebird species found today … Continue reading 105 species today!