Bird Checklist

for Gibson Lake / Gibson Power Plant

Gibson County, Indiana

294 species

Last updated - January 8, 2011



The Gibson Lake/Gibson Power Plant birding site is also known as the Duke Energy (Cinergy/PSI) Gibson Generating Station.  It is located in Gibson County in southwest Indiana.  This site and its location are described at the bottom of this document.


English NameScientific Name
DUCKS, GEESE, and SWANSAnatidae
  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  Dendrocygna autumnalis
  Greater White-fronted Goose  Anser albifrons
  Snow Goose  Chen caerulescens
  Ross's Goose  Chen rossii
  Cackling Goose  Branta hutchinsii
  Canada Goose  Branta canadensis
  Mute Swan  Cygnus olor
  Tundra Swan  Cygnus columbianus
  Wood Duck  Aix sponsa
  Gadwall  Anas strepera
  American Wigeon  Anas americana
  American Black Duck  Anas rubripes
  Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
  Blue-winged Teal  Anas discors
  Cinnamon Teal  Anas cyanoptera
  Northern Shoveler  Anas clypeata
  Northern Pintail  Anas acuta
  Green-winged Teal  Anas crecca
  Canvasback  Aythya valisineria
  Redhead  Aythya americana
  Ring-necked Duck  Aythya collaris
  Greater Scaup  Aythya marila
  Lesser Scaup  Aythya affinis
  Surf Scoter  Melanitta perspicillata
  White-winged Scoter  Melanitta fusca
  Long-tailed Duck  Clangula hyemalis
  Bufflehead  Bucephala albeola
  Common Goldeneye  Bucephala clangula
  Hooded Merganser  Lophodytes cucullatus
  Common Merganser  Mergus merganser
  Red-breasted Merganser  Mergus serrator
  Ruddy Duck  Oxyura jamaicensis
PARTRIDGES, GROUSE, TURKEYS, and OLD WORLD QUAILPhasianidae
  Wild Turkey  Meleagris gallopavo
NEW WORLD QUAILOdontophoridae
  Northern Bobwhite  Colinus virginianus
LOONSGaviidae
  Red-throated Loon  Gavia stellata
  Pacific Loon  Gavia pacifica
  Common Loon  Gavia immer
GREBESPodicipedidae
  Pied-billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps
  Horned Grebe  Podiceps auritus
  Red-necked Grebe  Podiceps grisegena
  Eared Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis
  Western Grebe  Aechmophorus occidentalis
PELICANSPelecanidae
  American White Pelican  Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  Brown Pelican  Pelecanus occidentalis
CORMORANTSPhalacrocoracidae
  Double-crested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus
BITTERNS, HERONS, and ALLIESArdeidae
  American Bittern  Botaurus lentiginosus
  Least Bittern  Ixobrychus exilis
  Great Blue Heron  Ardea herodias
  Great Egret  Ardea alba
  Snowy Egret  Egretta thula
  Little Blue Heron  Egretta caerulea
  Tricolored Heron  Egretta tricolor
  Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
  Green Heron  Butorides virescens
  Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax
  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  Nyctanassa violacea
IBISES and SPOONBILLSThreskiornithidae
  Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinellus
  White-faced Ibis  Plegadis chihi
STORKSCiconiidae
  Wood Stork  Mycteria americana
NEW WORLD VULTURESCathartidae
  Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura
KITES, HAWKS, EAGLES, and ALLIESAccipitridae
  Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
  Bald Eagle  Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  Northern Harrier  Circus cyaneus
  Sharp-shinned Hawk  Accipiter striatus
  Cooper's Hawk  Accipiter cooperii
  Northern Goshawk  Accipiter gentilis
  Red-shouldered Hawk  Buteo lineatus
  Broad-winged Hawk  Buteo platypterus
  Swainson's Hawk  Buteo swainsoni
  Red-tailed Hawk  Buteo jamaicensis
  Rough-legged Hawk  Buteo lagopus
  Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
CARACARAS and FALCONSFalconidae
  American Kestrel  Falco sparverius
  Merlin  Falco columbarius
  Gyrfalcon  Falco rusticolus
  Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus
  Prairie Falcon  Falco mexicanus
RAILS, GALLINULES, and COOTSRallidae
  King Rail  Rallus elegans
  Virginia Rail  Rallus limicola
  Sora  Porzana carolina
  Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
  American Coot  Fulica americana
CRANESGruidae
  Sandhill Crane  Grus canadensis
PLOVERS and LAPWINGSCharadriidae
  Black-bellied Plover  Pluvialis squatarola
  American Golden-Plover  Pluvialis dominica
  Snowy Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
  Semipalmated Plover  Charadrius semipalmatus
  Piping Plover  Charadrius melodus
  Killdeer  Charadrius vociferus
STILTS and AVOCETSRecurvirostridae
  Black-necked Stilt  Himantopus mexicanus
  American Avocet  Recurvirostra americana
SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, and ALLIESScolopacidae
  Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularia
  Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria
  Greater Yellowlegs  Tringa melanoleuca
  Willet  Tringa semipalmata
  Lesser Yellowlegs  Tringa flavipes
  Upland Sandpiper  Bartramia longicauda
  Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus
  Hudsonian Godwit  Limosa haemastica
  Marbled Godwit  Limosa fedoa
  Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres
  Red Knot  Calidris canutus
  Sanderling  Calidris alba
  Semipalmated Sandpiper  Calidris pusilla
  Western Sandpiper  Calidris mauri
  Least Sandpiper  Calidris minutilla
  White-rumped Sandpiper  Calidris fuscicollis
  Baird's Sandpiper  Calidris bairdii
  Pectoral Sandpiper  Calidris melanotos
  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper  Calidris acuminata
  Purple Sandpiper  Calidris maritima
  Dunlin  Calidris alpina
  Stilt Sandpiper  Calidris himantopus
  Buff-breasted Sandpiper  Tryngites subruficollis
  Short-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus griseus
  Long-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus scolopaceus
  Wilson's Snipe  Gallinago delicata
  American Woodcock  Scolopax minor
  Wilson's Phalarope  Phalaropus tricolor
  Red-necked Phalarope  Phalaropus lobatus
  Red Phalarope  Phalaropus fulicaria
GULLS, TERNS, and SKIMMERSLaridae
  Black-legged Kittiwake  Rissa tridactyla
  Sabine's Gull  Xema sabini
  Bonaparte's Gull  Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
  Little Gull  Hydrocoloeus minutus
  Laughing Gull  Leucophaeus atricilla
  Franklin's Gull  Leucophaeus pipixcan
  Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis
  California Gull  Larus californicus
  Herring Gull  Larus argentatus
  Thayer's Gull  Larus thayeri
  Iceland Gull  Larus glaucoides
  Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
  Glaucous Gull  Larus hyperboreus
  Great Black-backed Gull  Larus marinus
  Least Tern  Sternula antillarum
  Caspian Tern  Hydroprogne caspia
  Black Tern  Chlidonias niger
  Common Tern  Sterna hirundo
  Arctic Tern  Sterna paradisaea
  Forster's Tern  Sterna forsteri
  Black Skimmer  Rynchops niger
SKUAS and JAEGERSStercorariidae
  Pomarine Jaeger  Stercorarius pomarinus
  Parasitic Jaeger  Stercorarius parasiticus
PIGEONS and DOVESColumbidae
  Rock Pigeon  Columba livia
  Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura
CUCKOOS, ROADRUNNERS, and ANISCuculidae
  Yellow-billed Cuckoo  Coccyzus americanus
  Black-billed Cuckoo  Coccyzus erythropthalmus
BARN OWLSTytonidae
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TYPICAL OWLSStrigidae
  Eastern Screech-Owl  Megascops asio
  Great Horned Owl  Bubo virginianus
  Snowy Owl  Bubo scandiacus
  Barred Owl  Strix varia
  Short-eared Owl  Asio flammeus
GOATSUCKERSCaprimulgidae
  Common Nighthawk  Chordeiles minor
  Eastern Whip-poor-will  Caprimulgus vociferus
SWIFTSApodidae
  Chimney Swift  Chaetura pelagica
HUMMINGBIRDSTrochilidae
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Archilochus colubris
KINGFISHERSAlcedinidae
  Belted Kingfisher  Megaceryle alcyon
WOODPECKERS and ALLIESPicidae
  Red-headed Woodpecker  Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  Red-bellied Woodpecker  Melanerpes carolinus
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus varius
  Downy Woodpecker  Picoides pubescens
  Hairy Woodpecker  Picoides villosus
  Northern Flicker  Colaptes auratus
  Pileated Woodpecker  Dryocopus pileatus
TYRANT FLYCATCHERSTyrannidae
  Olive-sided Flycatcher  Contopus cooperi
  Eastern Wood-Pewee  Contopus virens
  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  Empidonax flaviventris
  Acadian Flycatcher  Empidonax virescens
  Willow Flycatcher  Empidonax traillii
  Least Flycatcher  Empidonax minimus
  Eastern Phoebe  Sayornis phoebe
  Great Crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus crinitus
  Western Kingbird  Tyrannus verticalis
  Eastern Kingbird  Tyrannus tyrannus
SHRIKESLaniidae
  Loggerhead Shrike  Lanius ludovicianus
VIREOSVireonidae
  White-eyed Vireo  Vireo griseus
  Bell's Vireo  Vireo bellii
  Yellow-throated Vireo  Vireo flavifrons
  Blue-headed Vireo  Vireo solitarius
  Warbling Vireo  Vireo gilvus
  Philadelphia Vireo  Vireo philadelphicus
  Red-eyed Vireo  Vireo olivaceus
JAYS, MAGPIES, and CROWSCorvidae
  Blue Jay  Cyanocitta cristata
  American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos
LARKSAlaudidae
  Horned Lark  Eremophila alpestris
SWALLOWSHirundinidae
  Purple Martin  Progne subis
  Tree Swallow  Tachycineta bicolor
  Northern Rough-winged Swallow  Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  Bank Swallow  Riparia riparia
  Cliff Swallow  Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
CHICKADEES and TITMICEParidae
  Carolina Chickadee  Poecile carolinensis
  Tufted Titmouse  Baeolophus bicolor
NUTHATCHESSittidae
  White-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis
CREEPERSCerthiidae
  Brown Creeper  Certhia americana
WRENSTroglodytidae
  Carolina Wren  Thryothorus ludovicianus
  House Wren  Troglodytes aedon
  Winter Wren  Troglodytes hiemalis
  Sedge Wren  Cistothorus platensis
  Marsh Wren  Cistothorus palustris
KINGLETSRegulidae
  Golden-crowned Kinglet  Regulus satrapa
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Regulus calendula
OLD WORLD WARBLERS and GNATCATCHERSSylviidae
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  Polioptila caerulea
THRUSHESTurdidae
  Northern Wheatear  Oenanthe oenanthe
  Eastern Bluebird  Sialia sialis
  Mountain Bluebird  Sialia currucoides
  Veery  Catharus fuscescens
  Gray-cheeked Thrush  Catharus minimus
  Swainson's Thrush  Catharus ustulatus
  Hermit Thrush  Catharus guttatus
  Wood Thrush  Hylocichla mustelina
  American Robin  Turdus migratorius
MOCKINGBIRDS, THRASHERS, and ALLIESMimidae
  Gray Catbird  Dumetella carolinensis
  Northern Mockingbird  Mimus polyglottos
  Brown Thrasher  Toxostoma rufum
STARLINGS and ALLIESSturnidae
  European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris
WAGTAILS and PIPITSMotacillidae
  American Pipit  Anthus rubescens
WAXWINGSBombycillidae
  Cedar Waxwing  Bombycilla cedrorum
LONGSPURS and ALLIESCalcaridae
  Lapland Longspur  Calcarius lapponicus
  Smith's Longspur  Calcarius pictus
  Snow Bunting  Plectrophenax nivalis
WOOD-WARBLERSParulidae
  Blue-winged Warbler  Vermivora pinus
  Golden-winged Warbler  Vermivora chrysoptera
  Tennessee Warbler  Oreothlypis peregrina
  Orange-crowned Warbler  Oreothlypis celata
  Nashville Warbler  Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  Northern Parula  Parula americana
  Yellow Warbler  Dendroica petechia
  Chestnut-sided Warbler  Dendroica pensylvanica
  Magnolia Warbler  Dendroica magnolia
  Cape May Warbler  Dendroica tigrina
  Yellow-rumped Warbler  Dendroica coronata
  Black-throated Green Warbler  Dendroica virens
  Blackburnian Warbler  Dendroica fusca
  Yellow-throated Warbler  Dendroica dominica
  Pine Warbler  Dendroica pinus
  Palm Warbler  Dendroica palmarum
  Bay-breasted Warbler  Dendroica castanea
  Blackpoll Warbler  Dendroica striata
  Cerulean Warbler  Dendroica cerulea
  Black-and-white Warbler  Mniotilta varia
  American Redstart  Setophaga ruticilla
  Prothonotary Warbler  Protonotaria citrea
  Worm-eating Warbler  Helmitheros vermivorus
  Ovenbird  Seiurus aurocapilla
  Northern Waterthrush  Parkesia noveboracensis
  Louisiana Waterthrush  Parkesia motacilla
  Kentucky Warbler  Oporornis formosus
  Connecticut Warbler  Oporornis agilis
  Mourning Warbler  Oporornis philadelphia
  Common Yellowthroat  Geothlypis trichas
  Wilson's Warbler  Wilsonia pusilla
  Canada Warbler  Wilsonia canadensis
  Yellow-breasted Chat  Icteria virens
TANAGERSThraupidae
  Summer Tanager  Piranga rubra
  Scarlet Tanager  Piranga olivacea
NEW WORLD SPARROWS and ALLIESEmberizidae
  Eastern Towhee  Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  American Tree Sparrow  Spizella arborea
  Chipping Sparrow  Spizella passerina
  Clay-colored Sparrow  Spizella pallida
  Field Sparrow  Spizella pusilla
  Vesper Sparrow  Pooecetes gramineus
  Savannah Sparrow  Passerculus sandwichensis
  Grasshopper Sparrow  Ammodramus savannarum
  Le Conte's Sparrow  Ammodramus leconteii
  Nelson's Sparrow  Ammodramus nelsoni
  Fox Sparrow  Passerella iliaca
  Song Sparrow  Melospiza melodia
  Lincoln's Sparrow  Melospiza lincolnii
  Swamp Sparrow  Melospiza georgiana
  White-throated Sparrow  Zonotrichia albicollis
  White-crowned Sparrow  Zonotrichia leucophrys
  Dark-eyed Junco  Junco hyemalis
CARDINALS and ALLIESCardinalidae
  Northern Cardinal  Cardinalis cardinalis
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak  Pheucticus ludovicianus
  Blue Grosbeak  Passerina caerulea
  Indigo Bunting  Passerina cyanea
  Dickcissel  Spiza americana
BLACKBIRDS and ALLIESIcteridae
  Bobolink  Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  Red-winged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus
  Eastern Meadowlark  Sturnella magna
  Yellow-headed Blackbird  Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  Rusty Blackbird  Euphagus carolinus
  Brewer's Blackbird  Euphagus cyanocephalus
  Common Grackle  Quiscalus quiscula
  Brown-headed Cowbird  Molothrus ater
  Orchard Oriole  Icterus spurius
  Baltimore Oriole  Icterus galbula
FINCHES and ALLIESFringillidae
  House Finch  Carpodacus mexicanus
  Pine Siskin  Carduelis pinus
  American Goldfinch  Carduelis tristis
OLD WORLD SPARROWSPasseridae
  House Sparrow  Passer domesticus
 

TOTAL SPECIES COUNT FOR GIBSON LAKE:  294

The above species count is for all birds in the above list. It does not include Whooping Crane or Trumpeter Swan (below), uncountable species.

*Whooping Crane: a first-year bird with leg bands and a transmitter was present from November 4, 2007, through November 23. This bird was identified as DAR 46-07 Whooping Cranes were also present in fall/early winter of 2008.

*Trumpeter Swan: December 21, 2008; Gary and Lisa Bowman

IBRC Review List species are in blue.           top


This checklist should not be considered an official checklist, but instead a reliable guide to the birds that may be found at the Duke Gibson Generating Station property in the right season.

List Contributors

Gary Bowman, Lisa Bowman, Denny Jones, Chuck Mills, IBRC

Location

Gibson Lake is in southwest Indiana about half way between Vincennes and Evansville--21 miles south of Vincennes and 26 miles north of Evansville. It is eight miles west of U.S. 41 and about nine miles west-northwest of Princeton off State Road 64.

Gibson Lake is immediately north of Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area. Together, Gibson Lake and Cane Ridge, along with Coffee Bayou Natural Area and Tern Bar Slough Restoration area and surrounding land, make up one of 26 Indiana Important Bird Areas (IBA) -- the Cane Ridge-Gibson Lake IBA (map).

See the Indiana Audubon web site for detailed directions to Gibson Lake.  Also see these printable maps.

Important:  See access information below.

Description (from http://www.indianaaudubon.org/Birds/BirdingSites/CaneRidgeGibsonLake/tabid/161/Default.aspx)

The entire Gibson property consists of about 6,000 acres of reservoir, ponds, and wetlands. Gibson Lake itself is a 3,000-acre cooling reservoir with a surrounding levee and a 2-mile-long breakwater down the center. Because the warm water discharge keeps the lake from freezing in the winter, it often accumulates thousands of ducks and geese when the local lakes freeze. Winter also brings eagles to Gibson Lake! A typical day's drive around the levee produces at least two Bald Eagles.

There are retaining ponds on the west and northeast sides of the lake, as well natural ponds and wetlands along the east, southeast, south, and southwest sides of the lake on the county roads. The Gibson Lake Wildlife Habitat Area (DeLorme p. 54 G6) is located on the Gibson property on the north side of the lake. This 160-acre area of natural wetlands is open to the public and accessible via two trails that course through woodlands and grassy areas on their way to the wetlands. In drought years the various ponds and wetlands around the property become resting areas for shorebirds that seek out mudflats during the fall flight.

The Gibson Lake property [with Cane Ridge] contains one of only two nesting areas for Least Terns in Indiana. The Least Terns can usually be viewed from mid June through mid August from the observation platform at Cane Ridge. Because these birds are endangered in the state and need protection, all visitors should be careful not to disturb them. There are certain areas of the property that are off limits to EVERYONE during the breeding season, so visitors should refrain from attempting to gain access into the restricted areas set aside for their nesting.

Although not on Duke property itself, the adjacent property to the west along the Wabash River can be an excellent riparian birding area in the spring and fall. This narrow stretch of woods runs along a county road that varies from asphalt to dirt, with the dirt portion being prone to flooding when heavy spring rains occur. To the south, the road ends at a closed bridge at Coffee Bayou, a recently purchased Nature Conservancy property.  [See Cane Ridge-Gibson Lake Important Bird Area and Wabash River Corridor Conservation Lands.]

Access

Access to the Duke Energy Gibson Generating Station property is strictly controlled. You will not be allowed in unless you or a companion has obtained a letter of permission. Even then you will have access only to certain areas. There are now only four or so birders who have access to the central breakwater. See the Indiana Audubon web site for additional information about access.


Gary Bowman, 2805 Prospect Ave., Vincennes, IN 47591   /  (812) 886-6268
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last modified: January 8, 2011

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