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Checklist S14164716

 
Location
Indiana Dunes SP, Porter County, Indiana, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat May 18, 2013 8:15 AM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
5
Duration:
29 minute(s)
Observers:
Brad Bumgardner
Comments:
N/A
Species
30 species total
2
Canada Goose
2
Mallard
2
Mourning Dove
1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
17
Ring-billed Gull
1
Herring Gull
1
Caspian Tern
12
Double-crested Cormorant
2
Great Blue Heron
1
Turkey Vulture
1
Swallow-tailed Kite

Circumstances: While conducting our annual big day birdathon, our team of Penny Starin, Matt Kalwasinski, Alex Forsythe, and I joined Brendan Grube at the longshore birding dune. We had planned on 20 minutes of viewing before birding the park. After 20 minutes, Matt and Alex had returned from the front dune (aka Jeff¿s Bluff). I turned to the left (west) and happened to notice a bird of prey far to the west over the Porter Beach area. At first glance, it appeared to be a strange looking accipiter, with slender wings and a long tail. I attempted to get the bird in the scope, but after three seconds (and folks entering my line of sight), I reverted back to the binoculars. It was then I continued to observe features that led me to ID the bird as a Swallow-tailed Kite. At that moment both Brendan and I yelled out simultaneously. Brendan yelled, ¿Swallow-tailed Kite¿ at the same time that I yelled, ¿What the hell!¿ Everyone raced towards the west end of the dune top to attempt further viewing. Within 10 seconds of this encounter, the bird had disappeared, heading west.

Description: After initially viewing the bird it became obvious that the bird was not an accipiter and it¿s entire form was different from either accipiter, buteo, or falcon. The bird banked momentarily, allowing for me to see the darker wings, and completely white body undersides. It was white from beak to belly. The tail was then spread, showing the forked tail that was not initially evident. The tail was dark. Brendan described immediately seeing the bird¿s uppersides, which were described to be all dark.

1
Red-bellied Woodpecker
1
Eastern Wood-Pewee
1
Warbling Vireo
100
Blue Jay
10
Tree Swallow
5
Bank Swallow
16
Barn Swallow
3
Cliff Swallow
1
Black-capped Chickadee
1
Red-breasted Nuthatch
2
Eastern Bluebird
45
American Goldfinch
2
Chipping Sparrow
5
White-crowned Sparrow
1
White-throated Sparrow
2
Eastern Towhee
1
Baltimore Oriole
2
Northern Cardinal
2
House Sparrow
 

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

Yes