200,998 Birds and Counting!

After a five day absence from the tower site, Friday, April 13 brought more good luck than bad luck.  It was a pleasant morning to watch several new arrivals for the tower site this season.  Those new for the old Green Tower this spring included, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, and Savannah Sparrow.

Today’s 2,755 birds surpassed the 200,000 bird mark this season.  While we’ll claim that the Ross’s Goose was number 200,000, it was likely one of the many female Red-winged Blackbirds that flew over today.

Strangely, Ross’s Geese have been reported this season in the area, only to be found flying over the tower later.  Today, after a report of a lone bird in Chesterton, a single Ross’s Goose was seen well flying nearshore with 14 Canada Geese.  This spring has been incredible for Ross’s Geese in the dunes.  With approximately 20 birds seen total in the dunes before 2012, we’ve logged nearly half of that just this spring.

Ross's Goose in Chesterton this week.
Ross's Goose in Chesterton this week.

Other birds posting good counts included 10 Red-throated Loons, 42 Caspian Terns, 6 Purple Martins, 63 Tree Swallows, 16 N Rough-winged Swallows, 25 Barn Swallows, 33 Lapland Longspurs, 35 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and 4 Purple Finches.

Fortunately, two more days of south wind are in the forecast.  Let’s hope that rain does not put too much of a hamper on the count so we can get in full swing again.



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