Date: 10/1/17 7:22 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa City birders at Grammer Grove 9-30-17
Yesterday six members of the Iowa City Bird Club joined Mark Proescholdt and
several other birders at the Grammer Grove Wildlife Area (Marshall County)
for the day's hawk watch. We also birded some of the woodland trails.
Broad-wing Hawk migration is petering out, but Turkey Vulture and
Sharp-shinned Hawk numbers were very good. Highlights of the day included 3
Merlins, a Peregrine, an Osprey, a Blue-headed Vireo, a Brown Creeper,
Winter Wrens (heard), both Kinglets, Red-breasted Nuthatches, White-throated
Sparrows, and a large stream of Franklin's Gulls that appeared just as the
last Iowa City contingent was loading up to leave.



Below are numbers for the raptors (which differ from Mark's numbers because
mine don't include the raptors counted while the Iowa City group was in the
woods):



33 Turkey Vultures

1 Osprey

11 Bald Eagles

26 Sharp-shinned Hawks

2 Broad-winged Hawks

5 Red-tailed Hawks

3 Merlins

1 Peregrine Falcon

3 buteo sp



Other birds seen or heard:

Ring-necked Pheasant (female)

Franklin's Gull (75+)

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker (many)

Eastern Phoebe

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay (many)

American Crow

Barn Swallow (many)

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren (heard)

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Yellow-rumped Warbler (many)

Common Yellowthroat

White-throated Sparrow (several flocks)

Northern Cardinal

American Goldfinch



Participants: Elizabeth Aubrey, Jerry Denning, Charmaine Kleiber, Terri
Macey, Linda Quinn, and Sharon Somers (ICBC group), and Ken and Mary Ann
Gregory, Candace Havely, Eric Ollie, and Mark Proescholdt. It was a
beautiful day, and many thanks to Mark for his generous hosting, wonderful
good cheer, and stellar expertise!



Elizabeth Aubrey

On behalf of the Iowa City Bird Club

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