Date: 11/3/17 2:21 pm
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Hillenbrand FWA, Greene Co.
I birded this refuge for the first time for eBird purposes (it's a hotspot with 5 previous visits). I worked mainly east of Hwy 59, an area of strip pit lakes (with almost no waterfowl), a mixture of mostly short stature mixed deciduous-pine forest (short Virginia pines), and tall grass and forbs mixed with juniper and other shrubs. A mix of paved and gravel roads. To the west of Hwy 59 are the extensive tall grass prairie restoration grasslands, near Moss Lake. Pleasant, productive birding. The highlights were adding two personal Greene County species (Fox Sparrow, Purple Finch), and seeing a very large flock of Cedar Waxwings.

Hillenbrand FWA, Greene, Indiana, US
Nov 3, 2017 9:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove throughout the FWA, almost entirely east of Hwy 59, with a late check (2:50-3:15) of the west side (Moss Lake). Stopped in several places for walk-around birding. Drove east on Greene CR 700N, stopping along road and at Midland Lake, then south on 1100W, detouring to Horseshoe Lake, then 475N to east boundary, and south on 1100W to 400N. West on 625N, stopping a few times, and out to Midland. Weather overcast at mid-morning, clearing totally by noon; wind about 10 mph, steadily all day; air temps 52 degrees F to 60 F. Quiet, few vehicles.
39 species

Canada Goose 1
Gadwall 2
Mallard 3
Pied-billed Grebe 7
Turkey Vulture 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 one heard softly calling, in response to recording
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 25 scattered across refuge, groups of 5 or fewer; several with waxwing flocks
American Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 11
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 3 all on one branch; in wooded area, responding to recordings of owl and thrush calls
American Robin 75
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 225 one big flock of 150 seen early along 700N near Hwy 59; perched in trees above bush honeysuckle stand in which a dozen or more were feeding on fruits. This flock counted by ten's. Subsequently, three flocks of about 50 each were seen within a few miles of this site. It seemed likely that at least half of these were new birds, not counted at first site.
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 in mixed flock with white-throated sparrows, etc
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 one pair, and three singles in different areas
Field Sparrow 6
Fox Sparrow 2 singles, with mixed flocks of other sparrows
Dark-eyed Junco 33
White-crowned Sparrow 7
White-throated Sparrow 47 most common and widely encountered sparrow of the day
Song Sparrow 18
Swamp Sparrow 7
Eastern Towhee 8
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 29
Purple Finch 2 females, together in woods, fairly high in maples; calls heard first
American Goldfinch 19

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