Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, September 16, through Friday, September 22, 2017:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-Additional Species Mentioned
Little Blue Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Black-throated Blue Warbler
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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.
A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Hickory Hill Park on the 17th.
A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Dubuque Arboretum on the 22nd.
A COMMON GALLINULE and a WHIMBREL were seen at Green Island WMA on the 22nd.
DES MOINES COUNTY:
A WHIMBREL was seen at Green Bay Bottoms on the 16th.
A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Pinchey Bottoms on the 17th.
*12 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Jester Park on the 16th, and 16 were seen on the 17th.*
*3 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Grays Lake on the 20th.*
*A MISSISIPPI KITE was seen over Ashworth Park on the 20th.*
*A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at the Hitchcock Hawkwatch on the 17th.*
*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Smiths Bay at Spirit Lake on the 17th.*
*A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Little Swan Lake Marsh on the 17th.*