Date: 8/5/17 1:00 pm From: Robert Guth <bobwgfsa...> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Pied-billed Grebe, Marsh Wrens, and thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds, Noble County
Today I visited Mallard Roost Wetland Conservation Area in Noble County. The DNR describes the location if you google it. I parked at Public Access #2 and walked along county roads. I saw thousands of birds. Before sunrise there were Marsh Wrens singing all over. Then came a few hundred American Robins flying out of the Wetland. I had a total of 51 species but a few were at other edges of the area and can be found under Noble County on eBird. Then Red-winged Blackbirds started flying out in groups of 50 to 200 birds, and this went on for about 30 minutes. There were many other interesting species as shown below, and I recommend a visit at sunrise. Thanks to Kirk Roth for finding this location and nominating it as a Hotspot. I missed the Common Gallinules, but heard Swamp Sparrows and Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Acadian and Willow Flycatchers. I also saw or heard a number of Sandhill Cranes. The bird of the day was near the end, when I saw an immature Pied-billed Grebe in the Little Elkhart River, suggesting that they likely nested there. There were no boat races, although a few canoes were present before sunrise.
I recommend a visit to this location if you live in northern Indiana.
Here are the main two lists.
Mallard Roost Wetland Conservation Area, Noble, Indiana, US
Aug 5, 2017 6:21 AM - 7:00 AM and then 7:55 to 8:21 AM
Comments: Fair sunny wind SW10 temp 55F - walking along 600N from Mallard Roost #2 Public Access site
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 49
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas) 4 Female and three half grown young
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1 This bird was a striped face immature with white on tail which probably grew up here - no parents were seen with it. It was beyond the downy stage.
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) 12 Saw 5 fly over then pairs in two places and calling in three other places - this is a large favorable wetland
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 9
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 8 Singing 7 and saw two at close range
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 297 Flying out from roost at sunrise where I counted 14,5,21,10,20,51,55,51,13,14,7,23, and then 13
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 49
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 3 Singing 3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6 Singing 1 and others seen
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4 Singing 3
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 3 Singing 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4 Singing 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 665 Flying from marsh roost I counted 10, 225, 60, 300, 60, and 10
Common Grackle (Bronzed) (Quiscalus quiscula versicolor) 25
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1