Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, February 11, through Friday, February 24, 2017:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-Additional Species Mentioned
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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Species in ALL CAPS can be classified into three categories in the state of Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED, ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species; or 3) record early or late date or unusual for time of year. Any species with three asterisks (***species***) would represent a first record for Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should be observed and documented very carefully. Species with two asterisks (**species**) are species that are either ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular species, and should also be documented. Species with one asterisk (*species) should have some details of the observation provided.
Highlights from Nahant Marsh on the 12th included 3 THAYERS GULLS, A GLAUCOUS GULL, and a KUMLIENS GULL.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Cedar Lake on the 19th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen above the Coralville Lake dam on the 19 th.
2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Sabula on the 18th.
A LARK BUNTING has been seen at a feeder near Centerville on the 11th.
Highlights from Red Rock on the 13th included the continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2 THAYERS GULLS, and a GLAUCOUS GULL. These birds were seen again on the 19th.
*A THAYERS GULL was seen at Waterworks Park in Des Moines on the 16th.*
*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Big Creek on the 17th. The ICELAND GULL was relocated between the mile long bridge and the Big Creek spillway on the 19th.*
*A GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Saylorville marina on the 21st.*
*A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE continues to be seen at the first shelter area west of the park office at Prairie Rose SP on the 10th. The same bird and possibly a second were seen in the same area on the 18th.*
*A LONG-TAILED DUCK continues at Swan Lake SP as recently as the 12th.*