Date: 4/20/17 10:24 am
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Hudsonian Godwit, Vigo County

Wabash Floodplain Fields near Kennett and Arbuckle Rd., Vigo, Indiana, US
Apr 20, 2017 9:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove in from east on Kennett from Prairieton (State Hwy 63); stopped at Purple Martin house, viewed Pectorals, etc. in weedy fields, which were foot-deep in water last week but now are mostly dry with foot-high Senecio glabellus in which the sandpipers are well-hidden. Proceeded to Arbuckle, turned north, then west, finally finding a good visible flock of 450 shorebirds in the last shallow pond on north side, just west of north-south power-line and just east of where road turns north at levee. Viewed birds here from about 100 yards, roadside; they were wary but tolerated this, flushing when vehicles drove past. Most species here, including Hudsonian Godwit. -- Weather cloudy, with one brief burst of rain, south wind at 15 mph, 69 to 72 degrees F. Roads completely passable.
34 species

Canada Goose X flock heard
Wood Duck 6 group of males in flooded woods near road
Blue-winged Teal 2
Hooded Merganser 1 female in shallow temporary lake
Red-breasted Merganser 3 females or immatures, in shallow lake with shorebirds on edges, feeding, occasionally diving, once walking onto shore to rest among shorebirds
Wild Turkey 1 gobble heard
Turkey Vulture 5
Cooper's Hawk 1 heard calling in roadside woods (keks)
Bald Eagle 1 on big nest
Black-necked Stilt 6 in pairs, among Pectorals, Yellowlegs, etc. at northwest Arbuckle pond; feeding, not calling
Killdeer 2

HUDSONIAN GODWIT 1 (with 400 other shorebirds at shallow pond on northwest part of Arbuckle Rd, see Comments above). Observed feeding among other shorebirds for about 20 minutes, at 80-100 yards; and once in flight. Long bicolored bill, upturned at tip, red basal half, black distal half. In flight, black underwing axillaries and wing lining; broad white stripe across rump. (I did not notice wing stripe, but was concentrating on underwing color; the white rump also leaped out a a field mark.) No photos. Body color warm brownish around neck and upper breast (so that I first thought it was a Marbled G); some black-centered feathers on back; vent sparsely barred with black (viewed from behind). Some dark barring visible on lower breast when bird faced me, but no reddish. Black legs, long neck. Whitish line above and forward from eye. Perhaps an adult female, given that they are paler overall than male in Alternate plumage.

Dunlin 2 both with some black on belly, one red-backed
Pectoral Sandpiper 450 in two places: 200 in flocks of 20-40 in weedy wet fields hidden among Senecio glabellus, along Kennett Drive; and 250 around nw. Arbuckle Rd pond with yellowlegs, etc.
Spotted Sandpiper 1 red bill, heavily spotted breast
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 65
Lesser Yellowlegs 125
Eastern Phoebe 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 4
Purple Martin 8
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 4
House Wren 2
American Robin 3
European Starling 6
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 30
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Sparrow 1

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