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Checklist S40513910

 
Location
Miller Beach, Lake Street, Lake County, Indiana, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
3.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Peter Scott
Comments:
Weather: first half hour, calm, overcast, 41 F. Then light drizzle, developing into steady light rain for last hour. Started at Marquette Park Beach concession stand; not much action, so walked west past Lake Street parking area to breakwater at USX Steel impoundment, west end of Miller Beach. Spent most time watching scoters, sanderlings, etc. there. Returned to Marquette Park.
Species
16 species (+1 other taxa) total
14
1
6

flock sleeping on water

12
Greater/Lesser Scaup
6

juveniles in group at breakwater, diving for molluscs (handling them above water), preening. Studied in scope at 200 yards, photos. All dark body; no white in wing (wings spread when flapping on water, partly spread in diving). Triangular bill. Two bright white spots, behind eye and between eye and bill (the forward spot being vertical, not horizontal); contrasting black crown. Pale bellies (thus juvenile)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 6

© Peter Scott

Surf Scoter in background, sleeping Redheads in foreground

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Sex Unknown

© Peter Scott

two Surf Scoters ... distance blurs facial spots, note bill/head structure

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1

with juvenile surf scoters, diving for molluscs by breakwater. Smaller than Surfs, bill like "normal duck" (e.g., dabbler), pale brown cheek contrasts with dark crown.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1

© Peter Scott

Black Scoter on left, two Surf Scoters center and right. Distance, zoom blurs facial details. Note bill, head structure.

20
2
1
29

scope scan from Marquette Park to USX. all in winter plumage

6

5 juveniles working beach at water's edge, from breakwater eastward to near Lake St, then flew back. 1 adult (plain gray/white winter plumage) on boulders at breakwater, with Dunlin

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 5 1

© Peter Scott

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Sex Unknown

© Peter Scott

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Sex Unknown
3

walking on boulders at breakwater; brown adult winter plumage

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 3
80
3
1

perched on top of breakwater wall from 2:00 to 2:10 pm, near small chain link fenced enclosure. Large white bib on chin, throat; nape white; crown mostly white with thin gray bar. These features fit those described for juvenile male by D. Parmelee in Birds of North America species account. Underparts below bib (breast) heavily barred black and white. Photos (dim, through drizzle at 200-300 yards), will upload later. Bird disappeared while I was not looking.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown

© Peter Scott

whiteness of nape seen here, with head turned

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Male

© Peter Scott

distant shot (not fully zoomed in), showing more of the breakwall on which owl is perched

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Male

© Peter Scott

barred underparts (breast downward)

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Male

© Peter Scott

head framed by gray crown bar, bill, eyes

Age:
Juvenile
Sex:
Male
1
1
 

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Yes