423,874

Today we closed another chapter on another great longshore flight season.  It's been a rewarding year all around.  Today's flight ended almost like it began, with an Eastern Meadowlark.  5,302 birds went past today, and like it's been lately Cedar Waxwings again made up the vast majority of them (5,143). Best birds of the day … Continue reading 423,874

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Final Checklists

Ornithological spring is quickly coming to a close.  While May 31 will end the official spring count, many lingering migrants can still be found in June.  Local dune birders often use June 5 as a better signal of summer.  Given the spring we've had, expect many lingering migrants to still be seen after this weekend. … Continue reading Final Checklists

Super Waxwing Flight (and quiz answer)

Spring marches on in the dunes.  Today, March 29, brought on another longshore flight to record and take note of.  Just when things look to thin out, birds typical of other weeks or months are seen migrating past the longshore platform.  When will spring migration actually end this year? Today's flight of 11,844 birds was … Continue reading Super Waxwing Flight (and quiz answer)

Late Dune Migrants (and a photo quiz)

With Memorial Day out of the way, the summer has unofficially started.  We have one last week to wrap up our 2013 Spring Longshore Flight Count.  Late and unexpected migrants are still around to be seen flying past the point.  New species are still being logged from the dune top, including a new tower species … Continue reading Late Dune Migrants (and a photo quiz)

Longshore Flight, May 21

May 21 brought another 4,000 bird morning over the high dunes of Indiana Dunes State Park.  Migration is still going strong.  You could tell warblers were still moving this morning just by the new sounds as you entered the park.  An incredibly intense storm rolled through after midnight, bringing a quick inch of rain.  This … Continue reading Longshore Flight, May 21

1 Location, 400,000 Birds

Monday, May 20 brought one of the warmest day of the season.  By 10am, birds are slowing down, and our counters are seeking shade atop the high dunes here.  With good south winds pumping migrants through the area, migration continues and marches on.  The last birds are winging their way to the northwoods and beyond. … Continue reading 1 Location, 400,000 Birds

Birding Blitz

The weekend brought steady south winds and steady migration through the dunes.  A colder season has now brought the main warbler migration to peak levels.  Combine this with excellent flycatcher, oriole, and other neotropical migrants, and birding the dunes is worth it's reputation currently. The weekend brought over 3,500 logged birds over the high dunes. … Continue reading Birding Blitz

Armchair Birding!

Today was the Indiana Audubon Society's Big May Day Bird Count.  Birders from throughout the state were out logging all the possible birds to be found in Indiana.  Maybe more importantly, it was International Migratory Bird Day!  If you visited the state park today, there was an assortment of bird related programming going on, whether … Continue reading Armchair Birding!