Date: 12/29/17 1:40 pm
From: Kenneth J. Brock <kj.brock...>
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] NW Indiana (29-Dec-2017)
Today John Cassady, Randy Pals, Lynn Vernon, and I birded the Indiana lakefront and then made a run to the Elkhart Landfill.

The day was very cold, 3 to 17 degrees F. There was a thin blanket of snow on the ground plus occasional flurries.

—WHITING REFINERY BEACH
Redhead,6
Greater Scaup,235
Common Goldeneye,12
Common Merganser,6
Red-breasted Merganser,70
Herring Gull,20

—WHITING PARK (no sign of the Harleys)
Common Goldeneye, 38
Bufflehead,2 pair
Common Merganser,6
Red-breasted Merganser,70
Ring-billed Gull,10
Glaucous Gull,1 flyby first-cycle
Great Black-backed Gull, flyby adult
Common Merganser,6

—ROXANA POND AREA
Canada Goose,105
Wood Duck,1 female
Gadwall,9
Mallard,180
Hooded Merganser,8
Common Merganser,3
Great Blue Heron,1
Red-tailed Hawk,1
Belted Kingfisher,1
Northern Cardinal,8

—MILLER BEACH (Lake St. Lot- saw Michael Topp, sort of)
Common Goldeneye,5
Snowy Owl,1- on U.S. Steel slag pile- rather pale, IMF?

—PORT OF INDIANA
Mallard,400
Redhead,25
Greater Scaup,200
Common Goldeneye,20
Bufflehead,13
Common Merganser,65
Red-breasted Merganser,30
American Coot,30
Herring Gull,22
Great Black-backed Gull,2 adults
American Kestrel,1

—ELKHART LANDFILL
Rough-legged Hawk,2 imm & ad female, both light morphs
Herring Gull,50+ undercount
Iceland Gull (Thayer’s type),3- adult, 3rd-cycle, & 1st-cycle
Glaucous Gull,1 1st-cycle

Ken Brock
Chesterton

 
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