Goose Pond FWA and Greene-Sullivan State Forest May 5-7, 2018
Fifteen members of Fort Wayne's Stockbridge Audubon chapter spent the weekend at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area and the adjacent Greene-Sullivan State Forest. There were not too many waterfowl or shorebirds, but this was more than offset by excellent close-up looks at some species not often found in the Fort Wayne area, and by a fairly good warbler wave. A total of 115 species were recorded.
Canada Goose Wood Duck Gadwall Mallard Blue-winged Teal Northern Shoveler Ring-necked Duck Northern Bobwhite (all over) Wild Turkey Pied-billed Grebe Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Great Egret Cattle Egret (12 following a tractor like it was an antelope herd) Black-crowned Night-Heron Turkey Vulture Bald Eagle (two large nests) Northern Harrier Cooper's Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Sora American Coot Sandhill Crane Black-necked Stilt American Golden Plover (30+ in field in evening light, beautiful) Killdeer Spotted Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs Dunlin Pectoral Sandpiper Wilson's Snipe Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Common Nighthawk (downtown Linton) Chimney Swift Ruby-throated Hummingbird Red-headed Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker Downey Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Northern Flicker American Kestrel Eastern Wood-Pewee Willow Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Great Crested Flycatcher Eastern Kingbird White-eyed Vireo Bell's Vireo Yellow-throated Vireo Blue-headed Vireo Warbling Vireo Red-eyed Vireo Blue Jay American Crow Horned Lark Tree Swallow Bank Swallow Cliff Swallow Barn Swallow Carolina Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch House Wren Carolina Wren Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Ruby-crowned Kinglet Eastern Bluebird Veery Swainson's Thrush American Robin Gray Catbird Brown Thrasher Northern Mockingbird European Starling Ovenbird Prothonotary Warbler Tennessee Warbler Common Yellowthroat Northern Parula Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Palm Warbler Pine Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Eastern Towhee Chipping Sparrow Field Sparrow Savannah Sparrow (very close and in open) Grasshopper Sparrow (ditto) Henslow's Sparrow (ditto) Song Sparrow Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Summer Tanager Scarlet Tanager Northern Cardinal Rose-breasted Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak (almost a junk bird) Indigo Bunting Dickcissel Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Meadowlark Common Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird Orchard Oriole Baltimore Oriole House Finch American Goldfinch House Sparrow
Always a good time in Linton. Good weather, beautiful scenery. Eric Helfrich, Stephanie Wagner, Trip Leaders