Date: 9/26/17 7:28 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Soaring migrants Boone County
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
>

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