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