Date: 11/4/17 7:46 pm
From: zzedpowers <in-bird-l...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Stockbridge Audubon field trip to Lake Michigan





We set off from Ft Wayne with nine birders, picking up more along the way for a total of 12. Michigan City harbor seemed strangely quiet, but with a few good birds. We cruised down Beverly Drive in light rain, without really stopping. Lakeview in the National Lakeshore was a convenient rest stop, and a chance to say hello to Jeff McCoy, et al, but the prospect of Red Crossbills lure us on, so we didn't stay long. At Indian Dunes State Park, we had a flyover of crossbills, identified by their chatter more than visually; then it started to rain in earnest.


That seemed to be a good time for lunch. But with the crossbill being a life bird for about half our group, we returned to the park for a better look. We didn't get a better look at first, so we repaired to the Nature Center to watch feeders for a while. Finally, our bird returned to the tops of the tall pines near the entrance kiosk, and all got good scope looks.


Total species count, 38


Michigan City Harbor, LaPorte, Indiana, US

Nov 4, 2017 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: 45 F, light wind, light rain
8 species

Lesser Scaup 100
Black Scoter 25
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Sanderling 2
Parasitic Jaeger 1 A flyby bird. Smaller and less bulky than Pomarine Jaeger
Ring-billed Gull 70
Short-eared Owl 1
Snow Bunting 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40310639

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Beverly Shores--Beverly Drive Central, Broadway to Lake Shore County Road, Porter, Indiana, US
Nov 4, 2017 10:05 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
15 species

Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 100
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 30
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40311047

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Beverly Shores--Lakefront, Porter, Indiana, US
Nov 4, 2017 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Poor visibility due to light mmist
6 species

Horned Grebe 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Robin 2
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40311111

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Indiana Dunes SP, Porter, Indiana, US
Nov 4, 2017 11:05 AM - 1:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
17 species

Common Loon 4
Horned Grebe 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Red Crossbill 55
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40311214

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Others seen along US 30 on the way from Ft Wayne:


Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret - just east of Plymouth
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
European Starling


Ed Powers & Eric Helfrich, co-leaders






 
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