Between 2:15-4 pm Tuesday afternoon I looked for soaring migrants near the junction of Hwy 30 and the Des Moines River in Boone County. For the first hour it was cloudy but I did see 9 American White Pelicans in a huge kettle of Franklin's Gulls, some climbing into the clouds. Also seen was a Bald Eagle and likely a N. Harrier.
Around 3:15 the sun came out and the clouds lined up in streets and the soaring really heated up. Many pelican flocks, two numbering over 100 with a total estimate around 435. Hundreds of Franklin's Gulls. Four more Bald Eagles, 55 Blue Jays in one flock, 2 Sharp-shinned and a Cooper's Hawk, plus 2 Osprey. Several raptors were very high with wings held back, heading south but unidentified.