On the way to Albany where my Mom lives, I stopped at Ankeny. I always do. Shortly after I stopped when Marty Cunningham and I were visiting and birding, a 1st winter BONAPARTE'S GULL landed for 5 minutes or so at Pintail Marsh, it came in for real nice views before it left again a cute bird. My disapproval of Gulls only goes to the larger pink legged ones. Getting late, 3 BARN SWALLOWS were around..otherwise a dozen DUNLIN seemed to be looking for a place to land, but the water is too high for exposed mud. Some LEAST Sandpipers similarly
For awhile now there's been a couple BLACK PHOEBES and imm RED SHOULDERED Hawks around..