Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, December 30, through Friday, January 5, 2018:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
*GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL*
-Additional Species Mentioned
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
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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 BROWN THRASHER continues to be seen at the feeders at Thorpe Park on the 3 rd.
2 SNOWY OWLS were seen west of North Liberty on the 29th. One on a power pole on 260th St. and the other perched on a fence post just north of F-28, midway between James Ave. and I-380. One of the birds was last seen in this area on the 2nd.
A SNOWY OWL was seen along Hwy 61 at marker 108 which is just east of Blue Grass on the 3rd.
BLACK HAWK COUNTY:
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen along Maxfield Rd. about a quarter mile west of the intersection of Waverly Rd. on the 3rd.
A LONG-TAILED DUCK and a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen below the dam at Red Rock on the 30th.
*A BROWN THRASHER was seen at a property just SE of Ames on the 29th.*