Date: 3/26/17 5:29 pm From: Candace H <candace69001...> Subject: [ia-bird] Mt. Sterling Wetlands, etc.
This morning on the wetlands west of Mt. Sterling, Iowa:
14 Trumpeter Swans
140 Greater-white Fronted Geese
Handful of Snow Geese
Lots of Green-winged Teal
5 Am. White Pelican (FOY)
4 Wilson Snipe
Bald Eagle (1 sitting in nest; 1 other mature bird circling over water; 1 juvenile soaring)
2 Great Blue Herons
Noticeably absent: Eastern Meadowlark
Drove west to catch Jersey Road to go South and saw 3 Eastern Bluebirds.
Lake Sugema (seen from the access road off of Hwy 2) was really devoid of birds surprisingly.
At our place in Bentonsport, this morning we were awakened by our resident Carolina Wren and a FOY Eastern Phoebe. The Turkey Vultures were also having fun riding the wind currents above.
Mark and I just got home from Colorado and Nebraska where our best birds observed were a Mountain Bluebird at Marble, CO; a Ferruginous Hawk and Sandhill Cranes (of course) in Nebraska. On our quick drive home across Iowa on Saturday (March 18th) we saw Bald Eagles on two nests (one right outside of Percival and one right outside of Shenandoah). On the body of water just west of Shenandoah on Hwy 2 we saw a nice mix of ducks, including FOY Ruddy Duck, Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and two coyotes out hunting at the edge of the water-it was about 4:15 p.m. We thought it was odd that the coyotes were out that early. The birds seem unconcerned by them.