Date: 10/23/17 5:43 pm From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Chinook Mine, Gallinule and Short-eared owls
I discovered the gallinule on my own, but checking eBird found that Ryan Sanderson found it earlier this afternoon and has a photo. It's a good local record for the date. Also had my first Chinook Short-eared Owls for the fall (first time I've checked).
Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, Indiana, US
Oct 23, 2017 5:40 PM - 6:40 PM
Comments: During a partial let-up on a day when it rained for several hours (cool, 52 deg F), I checked lakes along Felling Av and Swalls Rd. Intermittent rain, then sun and a double rainbow. Big "county line lake" along Swalls can be viewed only from county line intersection (Clay/Vigo) due to the tall corn still unharvested.
16 species (+2 other taxa)
Northern Shoveler 20
American Wigeon 10
Northern Pintail 11 with Mallards, on small pond, half-hidden by vegetation
teal sp. 3
dabbling duck sp. 50 distant, on county line lake
Pied-billed Grebe 24 scattered on 4 lakes and ponds
Great Blue Heron 3
Northern Harrier 1
COMMON GALLINULE 1 juvenile, with about 12 coots on small cattail-lined pond north side of Swalls. Bird appeared to be "leading" a single file of coots foraging on edge of pond and cattails. Smaller than coots, with prominent white flank stripe. Rest of body not as dark as coots. Light colored on throat and chin. Seen earlier today by Ryan Sanderson (I discovered afterward) who has a photo.
American Coot 70
Tree Swallow 30 flying low, foraging over "county line lake"
American Robin 5
European Starling 250
Cedar Waxwing 6
Red-winged Blackbird 200
Common Grackle 10
Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.), Clay, Indiana, US
Oct 23, 2017 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Comments: Drove a rectangular route, east on CR500N (=Swalls) from Vigo line to 550W, north to 600N, west to 650W, south to 500N. Looked for harriers and owls at sunset, dusk. Rain throughout day, ceasing just before sunset, when sun came out.
Northern Harrier 4 3 on hill/ridge north of CR500N, viewed midway between 650W and 550W. 1 north of there, viewed from 600N, interacting with Short-eared Owls
Mourning Dove 4
Great Horned Owl 1 perched on roadside wires along 650W, about 0.1 miles north of CR 500N; flew down to field, then perched on branch of roadside tree. ID by size and silhouette of "horns"
SHORT-EARED OWL 3 viewed from CR 600N, between 650W and 550W. I parked on crest of hill about 0.2 mi west of 650W, then walked downhill to west, periodically scanning the Chinook FWA grassland to south, and the ridgeline. at 7:06 pm, saw first foraging owls -- two, then a third, also a harrier -- over grassland on hill, and near edge of a field. Owls were in view in flight (at about 0.3 miles distance) for another 7 minutes, then vanished. One seen later at 7:21 pm. The lower elevation I was at, looking up at grassland and horizon, helped me pick out the owls. My first-of-fall Short-ears.