Today, a minimum of 75 species of birds, and 7,936 individual birds were counted. Easily the best sighting of the day was a flock of about 40 American Golden-Plovers that flew east, south of the tower. This was the first time since 2015 that this species has been found at this site. At least 5 … Continue reading 3 warblers added, & a nice flock of plovers.
Just in the past week, we have seen snowfall, 70+ degree days, heavy rain, and today's 20+ m.p.h. winds from the north-northeast made it feel like a cold autumn day. Most of the birds seen today were at ground level. The species that were on the move the most were Ring-billed Gulls, Caspian Terns, Red-breasted … Continue reading What month is this?
Before I go on about today, I will mention that I went back out yesterday to see if there was any kind of evening flight. Most notable was probably a good movement of swallows. 27 total species of birds were found during this hour & a half long visit. Here is the checklist from yesterday … Continue reading Along came a cold front.
Another great flight happened today with 8,041 individual birds counted, and 76 species identified. Two days in a row now, there has been a good raptor flight. 84 raptors among 12 different species were counted today. They were: 42 Turkey Vultures, 4 Osprey, 8 Northern Harriers, 6 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 5 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Broad-winged Hawks (new species … Continue reading 5 more species for this season’s list.
After a cold weekend, this morning started out cloudy and warm 54 degrees, which felt a lot colder with the strong southwest winds blowing. As it got closer to noon, the air temperature broke 70 degrees, and the burning sunlight felt quite warm. 64 total species of birds were found at the longshore tower today, … Continue reading Cold winds & hot sun.
Just about every day, new species are being added to this season's list. Since the previous blog post, Chimney Swift, Swamp Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, & Forster's Tern have all been added. The Lark Sparrow was first found today and this is now our earliest arrival date of one by one day. The previous earliest arrival date was 4/14/2017. In the … Continue reading Longshore survey year list up to 119.
This Tuesday & Wednesday, the wind came from the northwest & northeast, no counts were done. Our latest count data comes from Monday the 8th, & today. On Monday, 65 species were found at the tower, and 3,333 individual birds were counted. Ruby-crowned Kinglet was a new one for the season on Monday. After Sunday's state … Continue reading A review of the past few days.
O.K., just to clarify, the word yellowhammer is both the name of a bird from Eurasia, as well as a nickname of our Northern Flicker here in North America. Today our crew of 5 at the tower were truly reminded of how much of a migration superhighway Indiana Dunes is. 83 species of birds were … Continue reading Smashin’ those records like a yellowhammer!
Today's (4/6/19) longshore flight was greeted with much cooler temperatures then predicted (44 vs forecasted 50 degrees). The result brought a dense fog advisory to the lakefront area. At dawn, low fog hung in the prairie valleys and along the lake. Despite this it was a beautiful sunrise that burned the fog off until the … Continue reading 75 Species on a Beautiful Day
After the great flight that happened on Tuesday, I went back out to see if any American Woodcocks would come out and display. Sure enough, at least 3 of them did! Here is a complete list from Tuesday evening... https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54520354 On Wednesday, 51 species were observed by the tower, including these Pine Siskins. Wednesday's complete list is here... https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54520780 … Continue reading Tuesday evening & the past few mornings.