Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, December 16, through Thursday, December 21, 2017:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-Additional Species Mentioned
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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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.
A SNOWY OWL was seen southeast of the intersection of James Ave and F28. This is just west of the North Liberty exit off of Interstate 380 on the 16 th. This bird was last seen on the 21st .
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hawkeye WA on the 16th. It was seen from Sand Point walk north of Swan Lake to bean field on left. This bird was last seen on the 17th.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at a feeder in Iowa City on the 21st.
A SNOWY OWL was seen on the west side of 26th St. S.W. north of 76th Ave on the 17th.
A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Eastern Iowa Airport on the 20th. This bird was seen was seen along Cherry Valley Rd SW, which runs north-south along the western side of the airport's property. This is south of Wright Brothers Blvd W.
An ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Red Rock on the 16th.
Highlights from Red Rock on the 17th included a LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2 ICELAND GULLS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and a GLAUCOUS GULL.
*Highlights from Saylorville on the 16th included a GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and an ICELAND GULL.*
*About 100 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Red Feather Prairie at Saylorville on the 16th. 22 were still present on the 20th.*
*130 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Sandpiper RA at Saylorville on the 16th.*
*A SNOWY OWL was seen on a sign right near the Kansas City exit of southbound I-35 on the 19th.*
*7 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the SE corner of Glendale Cemetery on the 20th.*
*A SNOWY OWL was seen off Highway 63 5-7 miles north of Toledo on the 15th.*
*A SNOWY OWL was seen *on the south side of 210th/Lincoln Way, just east of Hwy 17 on the 16th.
*A SNOWY OWL was seen *sitting on the Hwy 17 exit sign on the north side of hwy 30 on the 16th. This bird was seen again on the 17th. This bird was last seen on the 20th.
*A SNOWY OWL was seen at the intersection of V Ave and Highway 30 on the 17th.*
*A SNOWY OWL was seen along I-35 *about 1.5 miles north of the Ames 13th street access on the 21st.
*A SNOWY OWL was seen *on a power pole on 215th St north of Mahr Ave on the 16th. This is just SW of Glenwood.
*A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was seen on the north side of Swan Lake SP on the 19th. *To reach the area, park near the eastern most closed turnout (first one west of the north cabin turn off) and walk straight south.
*A SNOWY OWL was seen just west of Taylor Ave on Highway 20 east of Fort Dodge on the 17th.*
*A SNOWY OWL was seen just west of the Spencer airport on the 17th.*
*2 SNOWY OWLS were seen on the south shore of Spirit Lake on the 18th.*