Gotta Love Those Flyways!

Last night, as predicted, a large movement of neo-tropical birds moved through Indiana, and brought the most diverse longshore flight of the season.  It was also the first day this season to surpass 100 species in one morning.  Today’s flight brought 2,743 birds of 102 species.

Radar showing bird migration last night, May 6, 2014- May 7, 2014..  Approximate time about midnight.
Radar showing bird migration last night, May 6, 2014- May 7, 2014.. Approximate time about midnight.

When large flights are predicted, you can also predict large congregations of birders.  As such, there were many eyes out today assisting the counter push past 100 species.  New counter birds for this season were Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Ovenbird, Prairie Warbler, and Least Sandpiper.  By noon, the warm are was almost sweltering.  The stiff wind prevented any of the colder off-shore water from cooling the dunes.  The forecast overnight is for the dying winds to allow the warm air draw the cooler lake air into the area, but south winds throughout the state will flood the area with more birds tonight.  Tomorrow should be another great flight.  Bring your oriole eyes with you!

Assisting Brendan today was Ed Hopkins, Jeff “Magic Eyes” McCoy, Pete and Nila Grube, and John Kendall.  Don’t forget we’re desperate to keep counting birds. Brendan has really forgotten how to do anything else.  Consider pledging to our Birdathon on May 17 to help fund bird related events and programs at the Indiana Dunes State Park!

Today’s complete 102 species list!
Canada Goose 2
Lesser Scaup 3 Landed close to shore.
Red-breasted Merganser 15
Double-crested Cormorant 11
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 16
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
Cooper’s Hawk 4
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 4
Broad-winged Hawk 9
Red-tailed Hawk 10
Sandhill Crane 11 Two flocks migrating.
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 7
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Least Sandpiper 1 FOY.
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Caspian Tern 1
Forster’s Tern 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 10
Chimney Swift 29
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 12
Red-headed Woodpecker 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 17
Peregrine Falcon 2
Eastern Phoebe 1 Migrant.
Eastern Kingbird 80
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 4
Blue Jay 494
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 3
Tree Swallow 8
Bank Swallow 17
Barn Swallow 7
Cliff Swallow 26
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 64 Migrant flocks.
Veery 2 FOY.
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 11
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 8
American Pipit 75 A flock of 12.
Cedar Waxwing 43
Lapland Longspur 2 Rattle call, and seen.
Ovenbird 1 FOY.
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Cape May Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 FOY.
Blackpoll Warbler 1 FOY.
Palm Warbler 58
Pine Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 34
Prairie Warbler 1 FOY.
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 5
Clay-colored Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Lark Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 9
Bobolink 18
Red-winged Blackbird 678
Common Grackle 19
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 98
House Finch 1
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 663
House Sparrow 1

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