I spent a couple of hours out at Cone Marsh late today (Apr 16). Highlights included:
Large #s of American white pelicans (145) Several Sandhill cranes (4 and one more in farm fields to north of marsh) Palm warbler - foraging with the scad sof yellow-rumped warblers along the road into the boat launch. Franklin's gull - perched on a pole with Forster's terns in the marsh in north Forster's terns (4) - flew in to north end and perched on poles - later disrupted by ring-billed gulls N Rough-winged swallow (9) - my FOY Barn swallow (1) Yellow-rumped warbler (Myrtle) - 165 - all over in woodlands - many at levee woodland and well over 100 along the road into boat launch.
Not observed east of the marsh - loggerhead shrike at traditional area.
On my drive back to Muscatine I had 2 female Northern bobwhite (2) fly across road about 400m East of the G28/Hwy 70 intersection.