Date: 9/4/17 6:46 pm From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds near Boone - including Peregrine Falcon
Today while laboring over a door on sawhorses, I saw the reflection of an angular soaring bird in the glass. A new way to spot birds while otherwise attempting to be "productive". After spinning around and locating it in the smoky sky, I was pretty sure it was a Peregrine Falcon. It disappeared over the tree tops, but I ran to get my binoculars hoping for a better view. I relocated it to the south and it took a crazy acrobatic dive, and then faced north to gain altitude and came closer. I couldn't really make out the mustache but I could see a lighter throat. The shape, power and darkness overall on the underside made it a Peregrine Falcon - new "yard " bird #173.
Elsewhere in the yard, we had 5 male Baltimore Orioles, a female and a handful of juveniles. Unlike reports from northern and eastern Iowa, warblers have been thin, but that could change tonight. We've regularly seen a Redstart, Common Yellowthroats are still around, and yesterday a Magnolia Warbler.
Karl Jungbluth 2 miles south of Boone and the IMCA Supernationals (identified by ear)