Flight of the Flickers.

Today the wind came from the SSW in the early morning, but came from the northeast later on.  Our area’s most migratory woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker & Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were on the move today.  33 Flickers & 6 Sapsuckers were counted.  Sometime in the next two weeks there should be some days were these counts are multiplied for these species.  The tower’s high counts for these species are well into the hundreds.  In this area, these species will peak in April in Spring migration, so right about now is the easiest time of year to get all 7 of our woodpeckers in one day.  It is especially easy to do this here at Indiana Dunes State Park, and 6 out of 7 were found just by the tower today!

Other highlights today include a Vesper Sparrow, 3 Red-throated Loons, some Scoters (White-winged & Surf), and a small flight of raptors (would have probably been more if the wind didn’t shift).

Overall, 52 species were observed.  The complete list can be viewed here… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44370238

Yesterday’s list can also be viewed here… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44322241


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