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

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