Alan Contreras, Tye Jeske, Evan, and I birded the wetlands at Fern Ridge, Finley NWR, and Ankeny NWR today. Here's a summary of shorebirds at Ankeny and Fern Ridge:
Killdeer--30 Semipalmated Plover--7 Greater Yellowlegs--40 Spotted Sandpiper--4 Western Sandpiper--120ish Least Sandpiper--20 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER--1 Dowitchers--30 WILSON'S PHALAROPE--8
Ankeny (all Eagle Marsh):
Killdeer--20 G Yellowlegs--2 Least--40 Western--5 Wilson's Phal--1 juvenile
In other birds, one Willow Flycatcher singing on Royal Trail at FR. A BC NIGHT-HERON and a Bittern flushed from the marshes. 14 Pelicans, 2 Wood Ducks, 2 Hooded Mergansers. A Great-horned Owl appeared to be hunting from a snag above the ponds in broad daylight. 4 Virginia Rails. Several Purple Martin's and Cliff Swallows.
Finley was mostly dry but for young Coots and 2 Cinnamon Teal.
Ankeny (Pintail) held maybe 20 PB Grebes, including young, and also Coots. Mostly surprising was five recently fledged RUDDY DUCK chicks, along with two bright basic-plumage males. 8 Wood Ducks.
Eagle had little other than shorbs, Cliff Swallows.