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Checklist S11618264

 
Location
Indiana Dunes SP, Porter County, Indiana, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:10 AM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
2
Duration:
4 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Observers:
Brad Bumgardner
Comments:
lakewatch from pavilion rooftop with brendan grube
Species
32 species (+4 other taxa) total
4
Canada Goose
X
Blue-winged Teal
2
American Wigeon
2
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)
21
Northern Pintail
1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2
Black-bellied Plover
36
Sanderling
4
Parasitic Jaeger

First bird at 8:55am, midsize jaeger, flying with stiff falcon like wing beats. First and closest was intermediate juvenile bird with warm cinnamon underside tones and large single flash on under wings. Others were paler undersides with single underwing flashes, and farther out (~1 mile off shore).

4
jaeger sp.

Unidentified jaegers species seen flying well off shore. All dark, no features seen. Stiff falcon like flight and obvious gull harassment occurring.

8
Sabine's Gull

Amazing flight. First birds at 9:50am, 6 of 8 seen flying with Common Tern flocks. Last two were solo birds. Easily identified far off by striking "M" wing pattern, darker on outer wings, backs and inner wings a dark gray, thus juveniles. Eliminated early kittiwakes by the extent of marking on back and wing.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 8
150
Ring-billed Gull
12
Herring Gull
16
Black Tern
143
Common Tern
1
Sterna sp.

possible Arctic Tern. Seen near shore solo flying west. Very white, first expectation was Forsters, but both brendan and I began noting it's very small size, very white with pale gray back, small bill. forked tail. Flew upwards so that clouds behind it making for difficult viewing. Flew around pavilion, and began heading south. 90% sure it was Arctic, but not confident to call it.

15
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Sharp-shinned Hawk
1
Downy Woodpecker
1
Merlin
7
Peregrine Falcon

Conservative estimate. Several appeared to be returning every so often. Believed to be HY birds utilizing the high winds to attack any bird coming near them.

2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
1
Red-eyed Vireo
2
American Crow
2
Black-capped Chickadee
2
Tufted Titmouse
3
White-breasted Nuthatch
1
Catharus sp.

coming in off lake, taken by Herring gull 30 feet from shore. Obvious Catharus thrush, but gull did not show front side well enough to make ID.

10
American Robin
1
Gray Catbird
11
Purple Finch
12
American Goldfinch
1
White-throated Sparrow
1
Magnolia Warbler
1
Northern Cardinal
1
House Sparrow
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes