Having family ties to the area around South English, I try to get down that way every so often. Today at Belva-Deer Recreation Area, I added 2 new species to the county list --- Franklin's Gull and Bay-breasted Warbler. This is, I believe, the first time I've ever combined these 2 species in the same sentence. Lots of Yellow-rumps, 5 Palms and a Nashville.
In an effort to find Ammodramus sparrows, I checked Fuller Green Valley, where I've had success in the past. The marsh has no water whatsoever, a first. A mild breeze may have kept sparrows under cover, as I had only a brief view of a likely Ammodram. Sparrows in general were hard to come by today.
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids