Rob and I had been planning on heading up to the Indiana lakefront for the past few days, so when a Barnacle Goose showed up, not too far away in Illinois, we decided to make a day of it. We had high hopes as we arrived at the pond behind the shopping mall that the bird had been using. Unfortunately, the bird was no where to be seen. There were many Canada and Cackling Geese in the area so we checked lots of other areas without any luck.
After our unsuccessful and time consuming search we headed to Dunes State Park to look for redpolls. This time we were met with much more success when 15-20 or more dropped into the feeders. There were also American Goldfinch, Pine Siskins, and Purple Finches mixed in with the other feeder birds.
|Clay-colored Sparrow at Ogden Dunes|
|Common Redpolls and American Goldfinches|