|A Black-throated Blue Warbler at the Migrant Trap|
More of our young birders arrived and started to make their way the mile down the beach for the knot but unfortunately, a Cooper's Hawk flew in and scared the bird away just 2 minutes before they made it. We all made the long walk back down the beach together and we were almost to the parking lot when Aidan, one of our young birders, asked what bird was calling. I looked up to find the Whimbrel flying by!
We spent the rest of the morning searching for warblers on the west end of the lakefront, Hammond Lakefront Park and Migrant Trap and Whiting Park, and ended with a nice total of 13 species! We returned to Miller Beach in the afternoon and again made the walk down the beach to look for shorebirds in the impoundment. The highlights were both an American Golden and a Black-bellied Plover offering side by side comparisons!
On the way back to Indianapolis, two of the young birders, Aidan and Nick, and I made a stop at the Lebanon Sod Farm to try to get Aidan his lifer Buff-breasted Sandpiper. We were amazed by the number of American Golden-Plovers and the variety of plumage that they were in.
|One of the American Golden-Plovers the has partially molted.|
|This American Golden-Plover has started to molt but is still showing quite a bit of breeding plumage. (Photo by Aidan Rominger)|
|A distant shot of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper.|