It’s on!

Just a quick update for everyone!

The north winds that have persisted since April 20 are about to finally depart.  We have nearly a week of straight south winds coming that will seriously amplify the bird migration in the dunes.  While other sites to our south have enjoyed a trickling of good birds, particularly south of Indy, the dunes area has been practically starved.  The current push of south winds coming after mid-night tonight and into next week should bring dozens of new arrivals each day.  Expect thousands of Blue Jays, joining a good longshore flight of orioles, warblers, flycatchers and more.  We expect Saturday to be good, but Sunday should be excellent!

Below are the wind maps forecasted for the early morning, Saturday-Monday.

Saturday morning.
Saturday morning.
Sunday morning.
Sunday morning.
Monday morning.
Monday morning.

A weak north wind still persisted this morning, but we got a small count in.  Most major new arrival was White-eyed Vireo.  Also two hummingbirds have been battling it out at the state park nature center feeders this morning.  A late American Tree Sparrow was also noteworthy, but given the winds, not too surprising.

Here’s today’s brief count:

Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 2
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 1
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 12
Cooper’s Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sandhill Crane 3
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 14
Herring Gull 20
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Caspian Tern 8
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
White-eyed Vireo 1 FOY.
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 6
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 2
European Starling 3
Pine Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 3
American Tree Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 6
Vesper Sparrow 2
Lark Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 1


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