Date: 7/16/17 10:01 am From: Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Black-necked Stilts - Madison County - Successful Nesting Confirmed
Per my prior emails I have been trying to monitor the Blacked-necked Stilts in the field on the north side of Anderson. This field is pretty low and especially this year has held a lot of water. There is a mound in the middle that always stays dry. The field almost dried up but then monsoon season started and it still has a lot of water. There was one bird that was constantly sitting on the south east corner of the mound. I left for vacation and when I came back there was more water and the birds had moved back a bit. The field is now growing a lot of vegetation and cattails. However, I was able to get a quick glimpse of two young birds this past week. It was great to confirm that they have successfully nested. I am not sure if others are interested or not but I will warn you that with the vegetation I have only seen the young once and even the adults are very difficult to find right now. If the field starts to dry up it may pull the birds closer to the road and more in the open. I would say you have 50/50 chance at seeing the adults at this point. Easiest way to explain the location is to click on the eBird link below and click on the map hyperlink. Birds are in the middle of the north side and either behind the mound in the middle or to the east/right of it.