North Wind Downtime

As today, Wednesday, May 8th, comes to a close, north winds continue to insert their cooler and ornithologically unfriendly winds.  Today’s been the fourth day of consistent north winds.  Anyone on the high dunes these last few days would hardly believe we’ve been watching 370,000+ birds the last few months.

Fortunately, bird migration continues on.  Warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, and other migrating birds are being seen in the backdune forests of the park.  North winds also bring more comfortable temperatures, making birding enjoyable before the mass mosquitoes join us.  Tomorrow should be a tease of south winds ahead of another cold front.  Cooler temperatures will set in during the IAS annual Big May Day Count on Saturday.  Saturday is also International Migratory Bird Day.  Birds will be here to celebrate for beginning birders and experienced birders alike.

Rare Eurasian Wigeon being found at Grant St. Wetlands, just 15 miles west of the state park.  Photo courtesy Ryan Sanderson.
Rare Eurasian Wigeon being found at Grant St. Wetlands, just 15 miles west of the state park. Photo courtesy Ryan Sanderson.

For bird enthusiasts at the state park on Saturday, check out several hours of migrant banding being done from 1:30pm-4pm.  Visit the Wilson Shelter area where we’ll be attempting to band the bright yellow birds arriving now.  We hope to show off the many migrating warblers, such as our nesting Prothonotary and Yellow Warblers.

Yellow Warbler in Dunes State Park.
Yellow Warbler in Dunes State Park.
The local Prothonotary Warbler is back at the Wilson boardwalk, Indiana Dunes State Park.
The local Prothonotary Warbler is back at the Wilson boardwalk, Indiana Dunes State Park.

Join us tomorrow for a longshore flight or come by this weekend in what will surely be some good birding.

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