Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, April 8, through Thursday, April 13, 2017:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-Additional Species Mentioned
Sanderling (2nd earliest)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Record early)
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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.
CERRO GORDO COUNTY:
A SURF SCOTER was seen off City Beach at Clear Lake on the 9th.
38 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at Amana Lily Lake on the 11th.
An AMERICAN AVOCET and an early SANDERLING were seen at the Sandy Beach area of Coralville Lake on the 12th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the east end of Swan Lake on the 10th.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Discovery Park on the 12th.
BLACK HAWK COUNTY:
A RED-NECKED GREBE, PINE WARBLER, and an early GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were seen at George Wyth SP on the 13th.
*A FISH CROW continues to be seen at Oak Grove beach at Saylorville, and was last seen on the 9th.*
*A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Jester Park on the 12th.*
*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at Otter Creek Marsh on the 7th.*
*4 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at Dunbar Slough on the 13th.*
*3 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen near the Hanging Valley Wetland on the 9th.*