The Birds

Park map showing longshore tower site along park’s western boundary.

Over 360 species have been recorded in the Indiana Dunes.  Brock’s “Birds of Indiana
gives detailed accounts of each of the bird species recorded.  Just as spectacular, the Longshore Birding Platform at Indiana Dunes State Park, formerly called the Green Tower site, has been the location for countless bird records, including many record high counts for the entire state of Indiana.  Below is a listing of the bird list seen from the site.

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant (new in 2015)
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Ross’ Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shovelor
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
King Eider
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
American Woodcock
Red Phalarope
Little Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-legged Kitiwake
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern
Parastic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Great-horned Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Common Nighthawk
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
FISH CROW- April 2017
American Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
Hermit Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Henslow’s Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
LeConte’s Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Lapland Longspur
Smith’s Longspur
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak (new in 2015)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
European Goldfinch (escapes in Chicago population)
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow


8 thoughts on “The Birds”

  1. Jeff McCoy chased up a Leconte’s Sparrow into the blow out at the Green Tower,and last fall my party had a sub-adult Long-tailed Jaeger circle up from the beach right over the old site.

  2. The map isn’t very useful. I still have no idea how to get to the Green Tower. Perhaps a more detailed map could be included that shows where the Green Tower is in relation to nearby roads.

  3. Going to the tower tomorrow morning! My first trip. I am really looking forward to this. Attended a seminar @ North Park College last year and Brad Bumgardner, (Staff Naturalist), from the DNR staff of the Dunes Park gave an incredibly interesting talk about the the birds of the park.

    Bringing my Crowsley Guides and my new Bushnell 12 X 42 waterproof BK4 porro prism binocks. Hope to talk with other birders there! Get some pointers.

    1. Edward,
      I hope you weren’t too disappointed in the weather. The predicted north winds and fog resulted in us not performing a longshore flight. We only count on southerly and westerly winds.

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