Date: 4/15/17 3:57 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Good migration timing
As the rain clouds broke late this morning I approached a good sheetwater spot in northern Clay County. There were five Am Pipits and a couple of Killdeer as I stepped out of my vehicle but nothing else. Then 9 Greater Yellowlegs came in and closely thereafter 28 Am Golden Plovers. They all left and a flock of 12 Pectorals and 2 peeps circled the water but kept on moving north. Then in short order: 6 Greater Yellowlegs; 11 Lesser Yellowlegs; and 4 Greater Yellowlegs all came as separate groups and left again with none of these flocks spending more than a couple of minutes on their feet in the shallow water. Either nothing to hold them or antsy to keep moving in their focused spring migration but this all occurred in less than a half hour.
Later at Trumbull Lake there was one Eared Grebe, five Horned Grebes and one Red-necked Grebe amongst lots of coots, PBG's and plenty of waterfowl. Boy, are they all handsome in breeding plumage. An Am Bittern was also there vocalizing. Tomorrow there will be Happy Easter eggs!