Rare bird sighting at Dunes Nature Center: Indiana Dunes State Park was
invaded with birdwatchers from three states as a rare winter bird, not seen
reliably in 10 years, showed up at the Nature Center feeders. The bird is
called an Evening Grosbeak, and looks like a giant goldfinch. It was seen
Saturday and Sunday, Oct 27 and 28, with flocks as large as 8 birds. These
and other "winter finches" are pointing to a larger seed crop failure in the
far north, driving these birds farther south.
(Photo by Byron Butler of Chesterton)