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Warbler Mania

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 beat for the tower site.

Backing up first, Monday, April 30 was the first south wind in nearly a week.  There was a good movement yesterday of blackbirds, and a few first arrivals as well, including the first oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Palm Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Bank Swallow.  Over 3,200 birds flew past, comprising 68 species.

By far the highlight on Monday was the dunes’s area’s third ever FISH CROW.  This was also the second one at the site this year and first ever video/audio documented bird.

On Tuesday, 80 species were logged in a shortened survey until 10:30am.  In this period over 5,000 birds were counted.  The dawn flight was intense in warblers and other first arrivals.  Though blackbirds still made up the largest total, Yellow-rumped Warblers flew by in the strong winds, with 800+ being seen.  Equally impressive for the site, over 300 Palm Warblers went by.  The warbler list was immense, with Blue-winged, Blackburnian, Yellow, Pine, Cape May, Nashville, Tennessee, and Orange-crowned all being seen.  Unusual at this date as well, as the appearance of both Bay-breasted and Blackpoll Warbler.

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Eastern Kingbird on May 1, 2018

Orioles impressed with 62 Baltimore Orioles and 8 Orchard Orioles.  Their Bobolink cousins also appeared today.  The first kingbirds arrived today.  Finally, finches did well as well.  Both Purple Finches and Pine Siskins were up, and goldfinches topped 500 birds!

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Blue-winged Warbler on May 1, 2018.

The south winds should continue overnight for another good day on Wednesday if you’re near the dunes area.  Come on out.

Here are the official totals for:
Monday, April 30- https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45108443
Tuesday, May 1-https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45141730

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FISH CROW!

After a weekend of north winds, the longshore survey at Indiana Dunes State Park has been ready for action again.  Monday brought virtually no flight, as winds remained north overnight, just shifting to east and then southeast during the day.  Which led today and tomorrow and the best chance for some major influx of birds before the next round of rain arrives.  The basic predictions were for a build up of birds to begin today with the larger total count occurring tomorrow.  We’ll see how it pans out, but for today, total number of birds was down, but diversity was good.  the 74 species (73 + 1 future split) was the highest yet this season.  2,081 birds were counted today.

Let’s start with the basics.  2 Loons and a single Red-breasted Merganser show that the waterbird flight is winding down.  Now the attention turns towards the beach where an assortment of shorebirds are now starting to move through the area.  On any given day, who know’s what may be seen.  Today, a Semipalmated Plover and 3 Spotted Sandpipers joined 6 Solitary Sandpipers in the air.

Today’s hawkflight was modest, as it has been throughout the season.  121 birds constitutes a hawkflight, but not by much.  Sharpies were most numerous, with 36 birds, followed by 34 Red-tailed Hawks.  Another Merlin flew past today, making the 31st bird of the season.  Or a single one has flown past 31 times!  We figure the former…

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Blue Jay over the tower site.

the Blue Jay movement continues to ramp up.  Counts the last week have been: 63, 71, 164, 456, and today’s 477.  We predict counts over 1,000 by tomorrow.

The obvious elephant in the checklist room is today’s FISH CROW.  The bird was heard calling from the far side of the West Lot, in front of the tower.  A quick dash located the smaller size crow, sealing in the 273rd eBird species for the longshore tower hotspot.  It is also only the second record of Fish Crow for the state, north of Indy.  The first being a small group that hung out at the Three Oaks Landfill in Berrien Co, MI a few years ago that would come across the Indiana line to roost and was logged by a few birders at the time.

Rounding out the highlights for the day was a rare “Audubons” Yellow-rumped Warbler.  This is only the second record for the site.  If future splits do occur, this could make species 274 for the tower list.  At the feeders a Clay-colored Sparrow joined a lingering Dark-eyed Junco.  The Clay-colored sang throughout the morning.

See today’s diverse list here.