Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, September 30, through Thursday, October 5, 2017:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-Additional Species Mentioned
Little Blue Heron
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.
3 BLUE GROSBEAKS were seen at Waterworks Prairie Park on the 30th. They were seen at the south end of the largest pond.
A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Wickiup Hill on the 1st.
A YELLOW RAIL was seen at Green Island WMA in the prairie area west of 501st St on the 1st.
A LITTLE GULL and 47 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen from Whitebreast Beach at Red Rock on the 28th.
*A PLEGADIS IBIS was seen at Rock Creek SP at a marsh on the north side of F27 on the 28th.*
*4 PLEGADIS IBIS were seen flying over an Ames yard on the 30th.*
*2 RED CROSSBILLS were heard flying over an Ames yard on the 1st.*
*2 PLEGADIS IBIS were seen at Marsh Farm Wetland on the 1st. They were last seen on the 5th.*
*A YELLOW RAIL was seen at a private prairie on the 1st.*
*A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at the Hitchcock Hawkwatch on the 3rd.*
*A LITTLE BLUE HERON and a SABINES GULL were seen at Little Swan Lake on the 30th.*