Date: 11/8/17 8:29 am
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Chinook mine waterfowl, Vigo
Last night at sundown I spotted two possible W-w Scoters at northeast end of "Tabortown Lake", viewed from Swalls. Distance (0.3 miles) and poor light prevented confirmation. I checked this morning and they were gone. Today's waterfowl included a Snow or Ross's Goose flying with Canadas; a Horned Grebe; and 10 duck species.

Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, Indiana, US
Nov 8, 2017 8:15 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked lakes, ponds along Felling Rd, Swalls Rd, and cattle pond across (east of) Tabortown Rd from Wabash Valley Fitness Center. Temps cool (37 F) but little wind, sunny, clear.
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow/Ross's Goose 1 white goose with black outer wings, flying over me along Swalls Rd with group of 10 Canada Geese. Seemed small over all (impression of a gull amidst Canadas), but neck seemed relatively long.
Canada Goose 30 some in stubble corn fields, others in flight, some on cattle pond
Wood Duck 2
Northern Shoveler 50
Gadwall 40
Mallard 240 about 120 in smaller cattail-lined pond with twice as many coots; most of these flew to county line lake after road crew began working; I counted 230 on county line lake. Many males in breeding plumage.
American Black Duck 3 with mallards, on cattail lake and later county line lake
Ring-necked Duck 40
Lesser Scaup 10
Bufflehead 3
Hooded Merganser 3
Ruddy Duck 3 two mostly brown, one with white cheek
Pied-billed Grebe 40
Horned Grebe 1 Tabortown Lake, with Pied-bills. winter plumage
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Harrier 1
Killdeer 12 most at cattle pond
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
American Crow 100
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Savannah Sparrow 1 on fence post by road
Red-winged Blackbird 20

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