Date: 7/21/17 7:26 am
From: Edward M Hopkins <hopkinse...>
Subject: Fw: [IN-BIRD-L] Wandering Tattler Recap
Contrarily to what Don said, the Tattler was in full view for the first 1.5 hours or so on the S side of the outer breakwater. For a bad series of smart phone digiscope photos see the eBird report:


Ed Hopkins

W Lafayette

From: Don Gorney <in-bird-l...>
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 1:52 AM
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Wandering Tattler Recap

The Wandering Tattler found by Eric Michael, Brad Bumgardner, and John Kendall on the breakwall at Michigan City Harbor shortly after noon on July 20 was seen sporadically throughout the afternoon. It was last seen at approx 5:30m CST, although observers thought the bird was still present. Unfortunately, the bird spent 99% of the time on the far side of the breakwall and only made occasional appearances in the afternoon. The bird was only seen on the east side of the breakwall between the left "rock pile" and the end of the breakwall. Many of the occasional afternoon sightings occurred at the left "rock pile". When you look at the breakwall there is a west/left and east/right rock pile on either side of a stretch of flat concrete near the east end.

Conditions were not very good for photos. Brad Bumgardner may have obtained the best photos during the initial sighting. A handful of Brad's photos are viewable on the Indiana Advanced Birding group on Facebook. Others obtained photos but none have been posted as I compose this email. The bird appears to be an adult well into basic molt.

I think Gray-tailed Tattler can be ruled out by the bird's very narrow supercilium that does not extend beyond the eye and the wing tips extending well past the tail.

A number of birders are expected to be present early in the morning on June 21. The Birding Indiana Advanced Birding group on Facebook is likely the best place to follow news of the bird's presence or non-presence.

Michigan City Harbor is located in Washington Park. For mapping, I recommend using 2 On The Lake, Michigan City, IN which is the address of the Parks Dept located next to the beach parking lot. On The Lake is not a real road. It's just a driving lane through the parking lot. Viewing is from the north or backside of the lighthouse.

Don Gorney
Indianapolis, IN
dongorney AT

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