3 warblers added, & a nice flock of plovers.

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.


What month is this?

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?

5 more species for this season’s list.

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.

Longshore survey year list up to 119.

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.

75 Species on a Beautiful Day

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

Tuesday evening & the past few mornings.

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.