Today's (4/6/19) longshore flight was greeted with much cooler temperatures then predicted (44 vs forecasted 50 degrees). The result brought a dense fog advisory to the lakefront area. At dawn, low fog hung in the prairie valleys and along the lake. Despite this it was a beautiful sunrise that burned the fog off until the … Continue reading 75 Species on a Beautiful Day
The winds were very light on this sunny day (3/19/19), and some nearby habitats in the national park were having prescribed burns today as seen in today's featured image. There was once again a morning flight of blackbirds with 3,537 Red-winged Blackbirds & 1,534 Common Grackles counted today. There was also some raptor movement today … Continue reading It was a Sunny & Smoky Day.
Tuesday, May 1 brought a flood of migrants into the dunes area. Overnight winds from Sunday and Monday night created one of the most memorable warbler mornings at the tower in a long time. In addition to the warblers that were moving, a new record for total new arrivals in one day may have been … Continue reading Warbler Mania
As the lions or lambs of March goes out and April slides in, we finally had the first major south wind push of the season. Winds this morning, were nearly due south, slightly SW. Mostly cloudy skies gave way to full cloudiness and eventually rain by 9am. But in the 2 hr 40 minutes of … Continue reading 18,000 Bird Morning!
Like yesterday, the wind came from the East-Southeast, only this time about 2-3 times faster. Occasionally a gust would blow through capable of blowing a scope over, I had to hold on tight to that tripod! But here we are at day 2, and 2 new species are added for the season, 2 Black Scoters, … Continue reading 3/5/2018
It was a pretty decent day to start the season off. It was clear and cold, much of the morning was below freezing, and the wind was coming from the East-Southeast. There was a movement of Sandhill Cranes totaling 2,052. Raptors included Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered & Red-tailed Hawks, & American Kestrel. A flock … Continue reading First official count day of the season.
The 2018 Longshore Flight Survey is set to begin soon! This year marks the 6th year of counting atop the old "Green Tower" site at Indiana Dunes State Park. Thus far we have identified 1.2 million birds as they migrate north and out of Indiana. For the first five years we were lucky to have … Continue reading Spring Training
Greetings from the dunes, It's been a week or so since we've been able to provide an update. Having the bloggers out of town during the one week in May when the winds have actually been southerly has been a bummer for both the bloggers and those that enjoy the daily updates. So with that, … Continue reading Latest Bonanza of Birds
Greetings, Our apologies for the delayed postings. With the Dunes Birding Festival and general spring bird craziness, we've not had a chance to give an update recently. As most know, the north winds have set up a block and really slowed down migration here in the dunes. Many neo-tropical migrants have been delayed up to … Continue reading Quick May Update
After a brutal cold and rainy weekend, overnight south winds helped push another wave of birds into the dunes late last night and into the morning. As is such, we were out today to do another longshore flight. The current forecast the coming week doesn't look so good for longshore counting, so we were eager … Continue reading Chimney Swift Chaos