First official count day of the season.

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.

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Spring Training

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

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 … Continue reading FISH CROW!

Butter Butt Influx

Happy Easter.  No longshore flight officially is taking place today due to the holiday. However, Saturday, April 15th brought a very warm day to the dunes and is worth reporting.  Overnight spotty storms and south winds created a warm wind at dawn that increased through the day.  Like a good Saturday does, a contingent of … Continue reading Butter Butt Influx

A Good Friday Count!

Today, Friday April 14 saw the return of another moderate flight of birds over the dunes.  Though winds were east overnight, they quickly turned southeast after dawn, which served to facilitate some migration today.  The icterid flight was lower than has been seen in recent weeks, but when combined with the overall diversity of birds, it … Continue reading A Good Friday Count!

Pine Siskins never end!

With heavy heat and humidity, things are far different than when things started in March.  However, in March we were happy to see Pine Siskins migrating.  Some three months later, they're still moving.  99 seen yesterday!  As we enter into Memorial Day Weekend, remember... bird migration is still happening!  Here is yesterday's complete list of … Continue reading Pine Siskins never end!

Migration Waning

Greetings to those joining us.  It's been a while since we posted an update.  This tends to happen each year around this time.  Things get crazy at the park. Between getting ready for summer visitors, the bird festival, birdathons, and other activities, the blog sometimes takes a hit.  Despite this the birds have been coming. … Continue reading Migration Waning

Stand Still- rarities coming!

Well it's been a quiet week at Lake Michigan, Indiana, our hometown, out on the edge of the migration.  Things got a little colder here this last week.  While Sunday and Monday brought a mini heat wave and the pulse of migrants, a strong north wind clipper quickly shut off that valve Tuesday morning.  Fortunately … Continue reading Stand Still- rarities coming!

Bonanza of New Arrivals

With real south winds overnight, not those pesudo southeast imposters, a good movement of bird arrived in the dunes.  With dawn before 6am, and a beautiful spring dune scene unfolding, new songs could be heard all around.  As expected, the longshore flight benefited with by producing the highest species total for the season.    The … Continue reading Bonanza of New Arrivals

An Old Fashioned Dunes Hawk Watch!

Sunday, April 24, saw the return of another dunes longshore flight count after two days of unpleasant weather.  Winds were late to turn to the south, finally shifting after midnight, resulting in the sunrise temperature being a chilly 49 degrees as the south winds started picking up.  As such, little arrived as far as new … Continue reading An Old Fashioned Dunes Hawk Watch!