Date: 1/8/18 11:59 am From: VisteSparkman, Karen <karen_vistesparkman...> Subject: [ia-bird] Neal Smith NWR CBC
The Neal Smith NWR CBC took place on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 under cold conditions, but not as cold as it had been for the previous week. We had 18 participants and 45 bird species count day, plus two count week species. Notable sightings were a PRAIRIE FALCON and 13 EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS, both count firsts. The Eur. Tree Sparrows were found at two farmsteads, so they have apparently successfully invaded Jasper County. HARRIS'S SPARROW and SHORT-EARED OWL were both found count week but not during the count.
Record high numbers were found for the following species: Northern Bobwhite 12 (only recorded once previously) Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Cooper's Hawk 4 (tie) Red-tailed Hawk 52 Rough-legged Hawk 11 Red-headed Woodpecker 4 Horned Lark 388 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 (tie--recorded on 6 counts) Dark-eyed Junco 662 Swamp Sparrow 4 (tie) Eastern Towhee 1 (tie--recorded on 3 counts) House Finch 81
LAPLAND LONGSPUR missed the record by one bird, with 119 this year. 33 MEADOWLARKS were seen, with at least some identified as Westerns.
Additional species that are often missed but were found this year include EASTERN BLUEBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, COMMON GRACKLE, AND PURPLE FINCH. Only one HAIRY WOODPECKER was found this year. Notable misses were Great Horned Owl and American Kestrel. -- Karen Viste-Sparkman Wildlife Biologist Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 399 9981 Pacific Street Prairie City, IA 50228 office: 515-994-3400 cell: 641-521-5720
"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all." E. O. Wilson