Date: 11/14/17 9:29 pm From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...> Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Lake Michigan, Nov 12-13
Observations at three sites - scoters, Snowy Owl, Red-necked Grebe. Will upload photos when eBird solves the current problem.
Miller Beach, Lake Street, Lake, Indiana, US
Nov 12, 2017 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Comments: Weather: first half hour, calm, overcast, 41 F. Then light drizzle, developing into steady light rain for last hour. Started at Marquette Park Beach concession stand; not much action, so walked west past Lake Street parking area to breakwater at USX Steel impoundment, west end of Miller Beach. Spent most time watching scoters, sanderlings, etc. there. Returned to Marquette Park.
16 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 14
Green-winged Teal 1
Redhead 6 flock sleeping on water
Greater/Lesser Scaup 12
SURF SCOTER 6 juveniles in group at breakwater, diving for molluscs (handling them above water), preening. Studied in scope at 200 yards, photos. All dark body; no white in wing (wings spread when flapping on water, partly spread in diving). Triangular bill. Two bright white spots, behind eye and between eye and bill (the forward spot being vertical, not horizontal); contrasting black crown. Pale bellies (thus juvenile)
BLACK SCOTER 1 with juvenile surf scoters, diving for molluscs by breakwater. Smaller than Surfs, bill like "normal duck" (e.g., dabbler), pale brown cheek contrasts with dark crown.
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 1
Horned Grebe 29 scope scan from Marquette Park to USX. all in winter plumage
SANDERLING 6 5 juveniles working beach at water's edge, from breakwater eastward to near Lake St, then flew back. 1 adult (plain gray/white winter plumage) on boulders at breakwater, with Dunlin
DUNLIN 3 walking on boulders at breakwater; brown adult winter plumage
Ring-billed Gull 80
Herring Gull 3
SNOWY OWL 1 perched on top of breakwater wall from 2:00 to 2:10 pm, near small chain link fenced enclosure. Apparent juvenile male: large white bib on chin, throat; nape white; crown mostly white with thin gray bar. Underparts below bib (breast) heavily barred black and white. Photos (dim, through drizzle at 200-300 yards), will upload later. Bird disappeared while I was not looking.
American Crow 1
American Goldfinch 1
Michigan City Harbor, LaPorte, Indiana, US
Nov 13, 2017 6:20 AM - 9:20 AM
Comments: Studied gulls on beach at parking lot. Then walked sidewalk to catwalk and lighthouse. Did lakewatch from far side of lighthouse, observing outer breakwater and Lake Michigan, 7:15 to 9:00. Weather: 43 F, overcast, gradually becoming partly sunny. Calm.
Canada Goose 5
WHITE-WINTED SCOTER 3 group of 3 adult females (apparently) flew west outside breakwater, flying low over water (< 5 meters)
BLACK SCOTER 2 pair flew close past lighthouse from west to east, inside of breakwater. One had paler cheek than other. possible an adult female and a juvenile. Flew low over water
Bufflehead 4 flock in flight, low over water
Red-breasted Merganser 41 in flight: two singles, and five small flocks of females/immatures (1, 1, 5, 5, 6, 8, 15)
Common Loon 7 photo. 2 swimming near lighthouse, 3 on water farther out in lake, 2 flying high
Pied-billed Grebe 1 in marina
Horned Grebe 6
Ring-billed Gull 50
Herring Gull 15
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL 5 3 juveniles, 2 second-winters. on beach at dawn with Herring, Ring-billed; wary, soon dispersing as a few people walked around. photos, will upload
American Crow 2
European Starling 50 in fruit trees of Washington Park
Port of Indiana, Porter, Indiana, US
Nov 13, 2017 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
Comments: drove to public Fishing Access area, observed the waters of the impoundment. Met Ed Hopkins, John Kendall.
Canada Goose 12
Red-breasted Merganser 12
Common Loon 2
Horned Grebe 4
RED-NECKED GREBE 1 adult in winter plumage, preening, diving, across impoundment from parking area, by outer long rocky breakwall. Continuing bird, last few days (which I did not learn till later). At times alone, at other times with a few RB Mergansers, 2 Horned Grebes, three gull species. Long neck, quite reddish on sides. Throat, chest white. Dark black crown, gray back (almost as dark as crown). Yellow bill, straight. Large pale "ear" mark. Holds neck erect. Some white in wing as it preens.
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Ring-billed Gull 15
Herring Gull 6
Great Black-backed Gull 1 2nd winter plumage; sitting on water