Today (21-Oct-2017) John Cassady, Jeff McCoy, Randy Pals, Lynn Vernon, and I birded several lakefront sites.
We began at the Hammond Sanctuary, where we enjoyed a spectacular morning. Clouds of sparrows and copious Orange-crowned Warblers greeted us. As the group moved along Randy Pals suddenly announced that he had a first-cycle Harris’s Sparrow on the road. In contrast to most Harris’s this bird lingered long enough for all present to obtain a look. Then Matt Kalwasinski dug a Nelson’s Sparrow out of a tiny cattail stand. While we ogled the unusually obliging Nelson’s, Matt Beatty found a LeConte’¬s on the other side of the cattails. What an incredible experience. For the morning we logged 14 sparrow species including both orange sparrows and a Harris’s.
—HAMMOND SANCTUARY (we were joined by Matthew Beatty, Matt Kalwasinski, Nick Kiehl, Landon Neumann, and Kristin Stratton.)
Bald Eagle,1 adult
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,2 juvs
Orange-crowned Warbler,17- this ties Indiana’s second largest count behind the 23 that Brendan Grube logged at Beverly Shores on 24 October 2009.
Eastern Towhee,1 male
Harris’s Sparrow,1 first-cycle
—FORSYTHE PARK & ADJACENT WOLF LAKE
Great Blue Heron,2
—GEORGE LAKE (high water, no mudflats)