Date: 10/12/17 8:49 am From: David Griffin <birdingnm...> Subject: [ia-bird] Kossuth County - Winter arrivals, Migrants, and Stragglers
I was in Kossuth County earlier this week (Sun-Wed) and had some winter arrivals, a few migrants, and some stragglers.
On my drive to Kossuth County there was a nice storm front moving in on Sunday and many Franklin's gulls (1000s) were on the move; for example: I had continuous hordes of southbound gulls for nearly 20 miles between I35 (Worth Co) and Thompson (Winnebago Co). More Franklin's gulls were moving through Kossuth County on Sunday afternoon.
In Kossuth County: Stragglers included DICKCISSEL, Eastern phoebes, Tree swallows, Barn swallows
Migrants included FERRUGINOUS HAWK, Osprey, LeConte's and Nelson's sparrows, Yellow-rumped warblers, Palm warblers
Winter arrivals included Fox sparrow, Dark-eyed junco, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned kinglets, Smith's longspurs.
It seems there's been quite a bit of rain in Kossuth County the past 2 weeks and many of the open water areas, drainage ditches and rivers were full, as well as much standing water in farm fields.