Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lakefront and Eagle Creek

On Thursday, Ted Meyer and I took a day trip up to the Indiana Lakefront to look for gulls. After the first few stops we were wondering if we would find any gulls at all. Michigan City was completely iced in as were 2 other places that we stopped. Our next stop was in Whiting. While attempting to find the refinery beach, we saw a dark-backed gull fly by close to shore. We quickly got a scope on the bird and identified it as a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

We were finally able to find the warm water outlet at the Whiting Refinery Beach and quickly found many great gulls. Among the numerous Herring Gulls, there were some Great Black-backed Gulls, 6 Glaucous Gulls, and my lifer Iceland Gull!

Toady, Saturday, Eric and I birded at Starling Sanctuary and Eagle Creek Park. While we didn't have anything exceptional, there was a nice diversity of very tame sparrows including at least 3 Fox Sparrows.

At noon, the Indiana Young Birders Club held its first event. We conducted a Great Backyard Bird Count at the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center. We ended with 18 species on the count and had many people come through in the three hours that we were there!

Lapland Longspur along Maloney Road


Ali Iyoob said...

Starling Sanctuary? Who wants to help the starling! Congrats on your lifer.

Eric Ripma said...

Fortunately Starling Sanctuary wasn't named after the bird but for someone with the last name of Starling.

Ali Iyoob said...

Oh, that's good :-)