Waiting

Desperately waiting for a north wind, Green Tower Site, May 10, 2012.

Thursday, May 10 was an absolutely fabulous day to be out and about.  Despite an early chill, the day warmed up nicely, and bird activity in the park continued into the afternoon hours.

Starting calm, winds quickly turned southwest (though very light) for an hour, before the lake breeze and continued northwest winds took over for the rest of the day.  It was an overall slow morning flight with only 912 individual birds logged.  No new birds for the season were counted today.

One particular oddity seen today was a nearly all white Blue Jay.   This leucistic bird, similar to the one pictured here, was migrating with a larger group of jays, all heading west today.  A first for the counters present.

Other highlights of the morning were 1 Merlin, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Philadelphia Vireo, a high spring tally of 6 Orange-crowned Warblers (warblers haven’t peaked yet!), a super late Dark-eyed Junco, and 7 Pine Siskin.

The distinctive Zonotrichia sparrows are peaking now through the dunes.  Those in this area being the White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows.  A few more were logged migrating today, and this chap, below, was seen further in the park.  Many may exit out tonight as the winds finally shift to the south after midnight.  Tomorrow should be a busier day from the old Green Tower site.

White-crowned Sparrow in Indiana Dunes State Park, 5/10/12.
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