Longshore Flight- May 3- Quick Update

Greetings,

After a long string of north winds, it finally looks like we’ll be back in business again.  Though the current forecast has winds wobbling around back and forth, at least some south wind is in the forecast.  This couldn’t have come at better timing with the 2nd Annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival bringing over 400 birders to the area later this week.

Today, a virtually no wind day sent a few birds flying.  Aside from 391 Blue Jays, no major surprised flew by in the cool, but sunny morning.  Several firsts are now coming in, including Bobolinks, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Sedge Wren, and Gray Catbird.  We’re still seeing flyby Merlins, which are always cool.  The full list is below of all 79 species is below. 1,278 birds total.  To catch up on all the sightings, visit the eBird link.

Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  6
Mallard  1
Red-breasted Merganser  7
Common Loon  7
Horned Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  16
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  5
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Sandhill Crane  2
Killdeer  1
Bonaparte’s Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  2
Caspian Tern  17
Common Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  30
Mourning Dove  12
Chimney Swift  187
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  391
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  54
Bank Swallow  19
Barn Swallow  11
Cliff Swallow  14
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  2
Winter Wren  1
Sedge Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  2
European Starling  16
American Pipit  3
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  3
White-crowned Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  1
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  6
Bobolink  1
Red-winged Blackbird  235
Common Grackle  27
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  19
House Finch  10
Pine Siskin  5
American Goldfinch  39
House Sparrow  2

 

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