The morning migration at Indiana Dunes State Park continued again, ready or not! This morning saw more migrating birds than yesterday, with 8,424 birds flying by. Several species hit some milestones for the season that may be worth mentioning. Those being:
Sandhill Crane: 24, 947 (ok, not a milestone. maybe tomorow?)
Ring-billed Gull: 15,904 (actually hit a couple days ago)
Northern Flicker: 1,003!
American Pipit: 204
Tomorrow looks to be the magic day where we will have hit 50,000 Red-winged Blackbirds. We’re at 49,741, so you’ll want to be there early for the celebration!
Aside from the usual highlights, some folks have been curious about the full list seen. We’ve included it below for those interested. Aside from the increased passerine flight, waterfowl were down today, as well as birds of prey. Today’s best highlights were both expected loon species, a flyby Merlin, the first Lesser Yellowlegs of the season, and 229 Northern Flickers. For the third day in a row, a Palm Warbler was seen from the high dune site. We’ve now set the first, second, and third earliest spring migrants to the Dunes Area. Not on the official count, but a Hermit Thrush was also found within the park boundaries this morning too.
The Longshore List, March 21, 2012
Canada Goose 10 Ring-necked Duck 6 Bufflehead 4 Common Merganser 2 Red-breasted Merganser 39 Red-throated Loon 5 continuing flight Common Loon 1 Double-crested Cormorant 13 Great Blue Heron 7 Turkey Vulture 5 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Cooper's Hawk 4 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 7 American Kestrel 1 Merlin 1 Sandhill Crane 143 Killdeer 11 Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Ring-billed Gull 419 Mourning Dove 38 Belted Kingfisher 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4 Northern Flicker 229 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 3 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 13 Tree Swallow 17 Tufted Titmouse 2 Brown Creeper 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 6 Eastern Bluebird 21 American Robin 655 Brown Thrasher 1 European Starling 49 American Pipit 37 Lapland Longspur 37 Palm Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 Field Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 1 Red-winged Blackbird 4555 Common Grackle 1852 Brown-headed Cowbird 183 Purple Finch 2 House Finch 12 Pine Siskin 4 American Goldfinch 4
Lastly, we should thank Bernie Konrady for spending the last few mornings with us to gaze at the longshore flight. Today we had Bernie clicking off Flickers as they go by.