Today, the 196th year bird was found by the tower, a Northern Bobwhite! Hearing that bird sing really makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time at least a century. It was first heard singing a ways west of the tower, but later on it was heard singing right by the bird feeders! One low quality picture managed to be taken…
Hopefully this bird will stay around for the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival that takes place on the 17th-20th. Another bird likely to stay is the Prairie Warbler that appears to have made his territory right next to the tower.
This southern species continues to expand its range northward, and it would be nice to see it nest this close to the tower.
No Fish Crows were seen today, but there have now been 3 Fish Crow observations from the tower this year. This is another one that we are hoping might make an appearance during the festival.
The Northern Bobwhite & an Eastern Wood-Pewee from today were new additions for the year list.
Here is today’s complete list… https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45517974
And here are a few more pictures from today…