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Location
SJC-NW-South Bend-Temporary Grasslands, St. Joseph County, Indiana, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:40 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
0.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Eric Michael
Comments:
Clear. @ 3-4 inches of snow cover. 38-39 F, 68-62 Rh, 8-13 mph SSW-SW, 29.95 in ^, 134-359 w/m2

If you get close to the fence someone will think you are a terrorist preparing to jump the fence and the Airport Police will be called and come out. Best to call the Airport Authority first to let them know you are there. 282-4593 X 0 Julie or Tyler.
Species
7 species total
16
Wild Turkey

© Eric Michael

© Eric Michael

2
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Snowy Owl

On the ground for the duration of the observation and was settled behind a windward windbreak. Looks to be a first year female due to the dark coloration to the body. Face was pure white. Top of head had patch of dark coloration. Was about half a scope width from being with the same view as the closer Short-eared Owl. Also continually scanning the horizons, but not moving. Several small planes went past it and it didn't seem to mind.
No owl encountered a plane while I was there. If it had it would be listed on this search engine. https://wildlife.faa.gov/database.aspx No birds have encountered planes at South Bend Regional in the last month it appears.

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Showing near edge of plowed snow from runway and proximity of bird to runway.

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female

© Eric Michael

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Female
1
Short-eared Owl

Came flying over me from the southeast and landed about 100 yards away to say Hello. Stayed there for a short while then flew and landed on a rock a short distance away. It remained near the rock for the remainder of the observation and was there when I left. Continually scanning the horizons and gazing in my direction. Seen perfectly with the scope near the same location for over an hour. Was just a bit to the right of having both owls in the same scope view, with the Short-eared Owl being much closer. Several small planes passed by on the runway, but the owl did not move.

© Eric Michael

Landing after flying over me from the southeast. Saw the shadow then the bird. Landed about 100 yards away. Not much of a pale wing patch on the primaries, so maybe an immature.

© Eric Michael

at first location

© Eric Michael

at first location

© Eric Michael

Talons, at first location

© Eric Michael

Taking flight from the first location to land on the rock.

Age:
Adult

© Eric Michael

Several smaller planes passed by while I was there, but it didn't seem to phase the owl.

© Eric Michael

It's a little devil with the short ear tufts raised. Upper chest was densely streaked becoming more sparsely streaked below on a tan belly and mid chest.

© Eric Michael

It had hopped down off the rock to the left in the photo and then walked through the snow to where it is. Ear tufts still raised.

© Eric Michael

It kept it's ear tufts up for quite awhile. Must have been hungry.

© Eric Michael

Side view of the flat face.

2
American Kestrel
6
Snow Bunting
2
House Finch
 

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

Yes