Roseate Spoonbill first Indiana confirmed sighting, Goose Pond, Main Pool West, Greene County, Indiana, June 11, 2009. Note: Hover mouse over photo and enlarge to "X2" to best view this image.
The following is information from Jeff McCoy regarding Roseate Spoonbill in Indiana. Jeff, John Cassidy and Lee Sterrenburg first sighted this Spoonbill on June 2nd however it was not seen again until shortly before this photograph was taken:
"There are several unconfirmed historical reports of this species including
two that were reportedly shot in the spring of 1856 a few miles east of
Vincennes. There was also a second hand report of spoonbills seen, and one
was killed, near Terre Haute several years before 1897. The third report is
of one killed near Portland (Jay County) on July 14, 1889. The specimen was
supposedly preserved by a man at Bryant, IN but it has not been located.
So, pending acceptance by the IBRC, this will be the first confirmed state
"Data from the Mid-continent Rare Birds page from WI Society for Ornithology
(which has been updated through about 2005 for most states) indicates the
following records for the Midwest for Roseate Spoonbill: Illinois (1), Iowa
(2), Kansas (8), Kentucky (2), Missouri (4), Nebraska (4), Ohio (2),
Tennessee (1), and Wisconsin (1). Interestingly, only one of the 25 records
is from the same early summer period as our bird, a 05 June, 1932 record
From Rare, Unexpected, Unusual or Extinct Indiana Birds