Date: 3/19/17 6:45 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's, Brewer's, East and West
Both Eastern and Western Meadowlarks were singing in the Waterman and Little Sioux valleys this morning. Easterns were FOY here in northwest Iowa. Brewer's Blackbirds were mixed with redwings and other icterids at a White Ave. farmstead. While hiking in to check the waterfowl in the Hanging Valley wetland at Waterman Prairie five Smith's Longspurs rose up and rattled at us from a short mowed prairie area. Five Trumpeter Swans ran towards us across the water and lifted into the wind not far over our heads as we stood slack-jawed but smiling at our good fortune.