Date: 11/14/17 9:22 pm
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Goose Pond
Four of us visited different areas of Goose Pond on a beautiful sunny day. Highlights included Tundra Swans, GWF Geese, Sandhill Cranes (1000 +), Osprey, Rough-legged hawks, Canvasbacks ...


Goose Pond FWA (Please consider using a more specific location.), Greene, Indiana, US
Nov 14, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber, Bob Kissel, Don Whitehead. Various points on west side of Hwy 59. Began on 400S (road to Visitor center, field E) Met at Visitor Center, viewed cranes and raptors from that high point. Drove west on 400S to 1450W, north to 275S, east to farm house at edge of GP8, then north to 200S, and east to Hwy 59. Proceeded south to Double Ditches, viewing GP16, then south on Hwy 59. Sunny, light wind, 37 degrees F.
19 species

Northern Shoveler 30
Gadwall 60
Mallard 50
American Black Duck 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Northern Harrier 9
Red-tailed Hawk 5
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Sandhill Crane 1000 Standing in corn fields north of Visitor Center. Counted by 50's in one scope scan. Driving through area afterward, saw more small groups, so this count is probably an underestimate.
Whooping Crane 4
American Kestrel 3
Horned Lark 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 1000 dense flock in flight, and on crop field
Red-winged Blackbird 300
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Rusty Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 2

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Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool West south bridge (CR1200W), Greene, Indiana, US
Nov 14, 2017 10:45 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber, Bob Kissel, Don Whitehead. Parked at end of road and viewed Main Pool West from south end.
9 species

Osprey 1 soaring over wetlands (near Tern Island), hovering; chased away by Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier 3
Ring-billed Gull 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 1
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Rusty Blackbird 3
American Goldfinch 5

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Goose Pond FWA--Main Pool East, Greene, Indiana, US
Nov 14, 2017 11:30 AM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Dan Weber, Bob Kissel, Don Whitehead. Observed MPE 2 for an hour with scopes, then walked slowly around MPE4. Met George Stewart, photographer from Ohio.
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 30 two flocks (apparently), one of 14, one of 16; in flight, calling
Tundra Swan 10 resting, preening on water in MPE2, surrounded by Ring-billed Gulls, coots. Distant (200-300 yards), but studied in scope. Size seemed small for swan. head rounded, relatively "petite". Upper bill edge angled vertically downward. No yellow spots seen, too distant for that (if present). Eventually 9 took flight, giving "hoh" calls which matched well with calls on Sibley app, and contrasted with Trumpeter calls. photos
Northern Shoveler 4
Gadwall 40
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 140
Canvasback 36
Ring-necked Duck 2
Hooded Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Pied-billed Grebe 20
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Northern Harrier 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 240
Greater Yellowlegs 6 MPE4
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Ring-billed Gull 25 clustered by Tundra Swans, resting on a sandbar, and flying over area
Herring Gull 1 adult, yellow bill, pink legs, large size compared to Ring-billed with which it sat
gull sp. 1 an apparent 2nd winter bird, probably Herring, too distant to be certain (size compared with Ring-billed)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 2
American Tree Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 2

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