Date: 12/28/17 4:15 pm
From: Peter Scott <Peter.Scott...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] mine birds, Vigo and neighboring counties
I checked Farmersburg Mine in south Vigo county and adjacent Sullivan co., then Chinook mine in Vigo/Clay. One inch snow cover on fields, lakes partly or totally frozen, 22 degrees F; a few days into a cold snap. Saw a total 5 Short-eared Owls foraging in mid- and late afternoon.


Farmersburg Mine, Vigo, Indiana, US
Dec 28, 2017 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked pond on north side of Hwy 246 (Farmersburg Rd), another just east of there, drove Briggs Rd south to Sullivan county line, criss-crossed Vigo part of mine, drove north on Cumminsville Rd to buildings where road ends. Snow cover of 1 inch, cold (22 F), sunny, clear, calm. Majority of lakes frozen, two or three partly open.
17 species

Snow Goose 2
Greater White-fronted Goose 100
Canada Goose 300
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 5
Mallard 10
Common Goldeneye 10
Hooded Merganser 10
Northern Harrier 4
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 3
American Crow 8
Horned Lark 70 four scattered flocks
Lapland Longspur 1 heard among larks
American Tree Sparrow 40
Savannah Sparrow 2
Eastern Meadowlark 36

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Farmersburg Mine - Sullivan Co. portion, Sullivan, Indiana, US
Dec 28, 2017 2:45 PM - 3:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Criss-crossed open grassland southern portion of mine, on Sullivan county roads 300E, 400E, and 1100 N.
7 species

Northern Harrier 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
SHORT-EARED OWL 3 flying in broad daylight, all three together near intersection of 1100N and 300E.
American Kestrel 1
Horned Lark 11
American Tree Sparrow 35
Eastern Meadowlark 15

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Chinook Mine North (Vigo Co.), Vigo, Indiana, US
Dec 28, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked lakes, fields along Swalls and Felling Roads. Tabortown lake about half open, county line lake all frozen. 1 inch snow cover, temp 22 F. Clear, calm.
17 species

Canada Goose 600
Northern Shoveler 30
Gadwall 250
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 200
Canvasback 1
Redhead 5
Ring-necked Duck 100
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 25
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1
American Coot 35
SHORT-EARED OWL 1 flying around on first hill east of Tabortown lake, with harriers and Rough-leg
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4

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Chinook Mine Northeast (Clay Co.), Clay, Indiana, US
Dec 28, 2017 4:50 PM - 5:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: drove rectangular circuit of county roads 500N, 550W, 600N, 650 W.
9 species

Canada Goose 1000 evening flight
Northern Harrier 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Barred Owl 1 perched in open at 5:10, north end of 650W
SHORT-EARED OWL 1 flying south of 500N, east of 650W
American Tree Sparrow 15
Northern Cardinal 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1

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