Catching Up

It’s been a whirlwind week for writing blogs.  It’s been a good thing that north winds have been set in place for most of the week, as many birds would have been back logged from being reported here.

The annual Indiana Audubon Society Big May Day Count resulted in many birders scouring the county, but our official counter took a usual southern county assignment.  The resulting miss did not create any large data holes on Saturday, May 12, as some pinch hitters recorded very few migrants ahead of a cold front that moved through later that morning.

Under north winds, a small count was conducted on Monday, May 14.  Highlights included: 3 White-winged Scoters, 3 Red-throated Loons, 1 Thayer’s Gull (new season bird), and a Wilson’s Warbler.

With the first peak of south winds, the Thursday, May 17 count logged a few more birds.  1,039 to be exact.  No new birds were logged, but an eclectic list of early season birds and late season arrivals rounded out the morning.  Highlights included: 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Tern, 43 Eastern Kingbirds, a late season surge of 20 Eastern Bluebirds, 295 Cedar Waxwings, a Summer Tanager, and a whooping 21 late Pine Siskins.

South winds look to set up for several days now.  We hope to get some good birds for the last few weeks as spring migration comes to a close.  As we end our first season in official counting, construction officially begins on the new Green Tower bird platform.  We hope to count from atop next spring.  Our DNR Birdathon team also goes out this upcoming Saturday, in search of 150 species to raise money for the final completion, landscaping, and interpretive signage of the new tower.  It’s not too late to make a pledge to support this amazing Hoosier birding location.

Full list from today:

Canada Goose 9
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 16
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 22
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Sandhill Crane 1
Killdeer 1
Dunlin 1
Ring-billed Gull 30
Herring Gull 2
Caspian Tern 11
Common Tern 1
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 75
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Least Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 43
Blue Jay 168
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 2
Bank Swallow 21
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 18
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 20
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 295
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 14
Bobolink 6
Red-winged Blackbird 126
Common Grackle 39
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 11
House Finch 1
Pine Siskin 21
American Goldfinch 29
House Sparrow 1


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