Sadly, it is once again time to put an end to the Longshore Flight Survey for the season. There will still be great birding opportunities in the Indiana Dunes area year-round though. First we'll start with the last few days. 45-55 species has been the typical count for the last few days. The most numerous … Continue reading Looking back on the spring of 2020.
In the past few days, bird migration has started to look a lot duller than not long ago. Good thing this area offers a diverse variety of nesting birds all summer. Cedar Waxwings have been the most numerous migrant in the past few days. There were some interesting sightings on the 27th including a late … Continue reading The pace slows down.
For multiple days in a row now, there have been southerly winds in the area. There have been good numbers of birds in the last few days, and there were also a number of recent rarities. As typical of late may, the most numerous migrants have been Cedar Waxwings & Blue Jays. Here are their … Continue reading A weekend of high quality sightings.
All morning was overcast, but the amount of fog fluctuated from zero to quite dense multiple times. During the moments of fog, all of a sudden several warblers would show up in the trees very close to the tower. This included such highlights as a Golden-winged, 2 Blackburnian, a Blackpoll, a female Canada, & a Wilson's. It also included … Continue reading Waves of fog.
Wind conditions have been similar for two days in a row now, and the birds observed from the tower are comparable as well. There was a small flight today, Blue Jays and Double-crested Cormorants were the most numerous species. 259 Blue Jays & 204 Double-crested Cormorants were counted today. 884 individual birds were counted in total & … Continue reading Breeze from the east.
The Indiana Dunes area has been at maximum bird diversity for the past few days now. Many new species have been added to the tower's year list, it is now at 205. One of the most epic flights the tower ever had happened on the 15th. Unfortunately, many of the counts were estimated. Brad Bumgardner's … Continue reading Year list up to 205.
So far, it looks like the recent overnight southerly winds have brought up lots of birds. With most of this part of the country now getting thunderstorms though, there was not much of a morning flight with one exception, shorebirds. The highlight of the morning would definitely have to be the 24 Short-billed Dowitchers that … Continue reading A morning for the shorebirds.
Today at the tower, 85 species were identified, & 1,043 individual birds were counted. It still seems like today's flight was small, and there are still a lot of absent birds that would normally be in this area by now. 4 of the species found today were new for this year's list: Blackburnian Warbler, Wilson's … Continue reading 85 species today.
Clear blue skies, and almost calm west wind describes this morning at the tower. There was not a large movement of birds, however 2 species were found that were new for this year's list: Swainson's Thrush & Blue Grosbeak. The Blue Grosbeak can be seen above and below. There were 58 species found by the tower today … Continue reading A blue visitor.
On Thursday morning, I put out orange slices next to the tower. Eventually a Baltimore Oriole came to feed from one of them. Later a House Finch ate some orange too. But the first bird in the morning to come and eat some orange was a beautiful male Summer Tanager. This was the first one found … Continue reading Orange you glad it was a Tanager?