Date: 10/25/17 8:45 pm
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Goose Pond
Dan Weber and I visited several units on a cool to chilly day, as west winds picked up by mid-morning. We got a nice mix of ducks, some late shorebirds, sparrows, Blue-headed Vireo, three warbler species (OCWA, Palm, Yellow-rumped). Huge coot numbers, and still over a hundred white pelicans.



Goose Pond FWA--Beehunter Marsh BH5S, Greene, Indiana, US
Oct 25, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber. Includes sightings of blackbirds along CR 1000W, sparrows at intersection of 1000W and 100S, and a bit of BH4. Drove Farmhouse Rd to Field M and back, walked footbridge from midway along Farmhouse Rd west a short distance to grassy dike along cattail-lined channel; looked for sparrows, etc. Then checked BH4, NW part, for pelicans to south and passerines in thickets. temp 40 deg F, partly cloudy, light wind from west.
34 species

Canada Goose 40
Gadwall 4
Mallard 14
Ring-necked Duck 3
American White Pelican 130 foraging in tight flock on water in BH4; then began to fly and swim in one direction, counted
Great Blue Heron 5
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 18 in bare farm field with blackbirds
Ring-billed Gull 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1 in tree row and adjacent shrubbery along 100W at entrance to BH4
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 5
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
European Starling 10
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 17
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 40
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 300
Brown-headed Cowbird 80
American Goldfinch 20

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Goose Pond FWA--GP5N, Greene, Indiana, US
Oct 25, 2017 10:45 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber. Birded along road (1200W) and walked to GP5 Pond east of road.
24 species

Northern Shoveler 2
Gadwall 50
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 called (monotonic trill), responding to recording, from woods west of road
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 3
Tree Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 2 flying with Tree Swallows over pond. Buff underparts, forked tail (not as deeply forked as adult, but long tail)
Carolina Chickadee 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 approached owl tape, fed in goldenrod near shrubs along road
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 25 flock feeding on poison ivy berries in trees along road
Chipping Sparrow 3 1 in breeding plumage, 2 in winter plumage
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 2

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Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool East, Greene, Indiana, US
Oct 25, 2017 11:50 AM - 1:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber. Scoped MPE2, then MPE4 after walking half a mile south on dike.
26 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Shoveler 20
Gadwall 200
American Wigeon 40
Mallard 40
Northern Pintail 2
Ring-necked Duck 70
Hooded Merganser 2
Pied-billed Grebe 16
Double-crested Cormorant 5
American White Pelican 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 perched high on snag by MPE4, then flew along Black Ditch tree line
Bald Eagle 3 adults; one pair soared together, calling; another bird sat on muskrat mound
American Coot 4600 large dispersed set of flocks in MPE2. Counted by 20's in one long scope scan.
Sandhill Crane X calls heard to west (no birds seen)
Semipalmated Plover 2
Killdeer 6
Pectoral Sandpiper 4 crisply streaked breasts, probably juveniles; in flock together, with yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 peep, stocky, rather straight and thick black bill, black legs; dull plumage; with plovers and yellowlegs
peep sp. 8 distant birds in MPE2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Ring-billed Gull 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Tree Swallow 5
Swamp Sparrow 2

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Goose Pond FWA--GP5S, Greene, Indiana, US
Oct 25, 2017 1:30 PM - 1:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber. Drove west on 300S from 1100W to parking lot overlooking 2 ponds next to Black Ditch tree row. Scoped waterfowl.
15 species

Northern Shoveler 30
Gadwall 120
Mallard 6
Northern Pintail 3
Green-winged Teal 24
Pied-billed Grebe 16
American White Pelican 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Northern Harrier 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 15
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 10

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Goose Pond FWA--GP4, Greene, Indiana, US
Oct 25, 2017 2:10 PM - 3:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber. Parked along CR1100W at check-in station, walked in along east and south side of dike to far west end of rectangular pond and marsh. Temp 49 deg F, overcast, moderate wind 10 mph from west.
21 species

Northern Shoveler 20
Gadwall 16
Mallard 3
Pied-billed Grebe 7
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sandhill Crane X calls heard to west, birds not seen
Killdeer 2
Wilson's Snipe 2
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Tree Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 red crest showing
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 with kinglet, chickadee, phoebes in shrub-filled ditch
Song Sparrow 1
American Goldfinch 5

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