P.S. As of 9:25 pm, radar shows a massive migration night across Iowa and surrounding states, as might be expected after such a long spell of warm weather and southerly winds.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 9:22:16 PM UTC-5, weatherbird58 wrote: > > 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. > > Karl Jungbluth >