Date: 4/29/18 3:27 pm From: Ann Johnson <aj...> Subject: [ia-bird] Southern Iowa Birding
It was an interesting day. I started out at Mine Pond in Stephen's State Forest (Lucas Co.) hoping for a few early warblers. I had exactly one - an expected Louisiana Waterthrush. Other than that, not even a Yellow-rumped but I did find my first of the spring Swainson's Thrush. I then headed for the Kellerton Grasslands (Ringgold Co.), hoping for a few grassland species. The only bird of note was a gorgeous Rough-legged Hawk. That seems a tad late for southern Iowa. I may have picked up the call of a Henslow's Sparrow but the wind was playing tricks with sound. In Decatur Co. I made a loop through the Dekalb WA but the woods were quiet. At the end of the road, however, was my first Eastern Kingbird of the year. A quick stop at Jensen Marsh (Madison Co.) produced the expected waterfowl and shorebirds. The final stop of the day was at Bank Swallow Bend (Warren Co.) which has had a nice variety of shorebirds this spring. Hoping for a nice turnover in individuals, I scanned the mudflats and shallow water and only came up with turtles! The species list was pretty scant and somewhat puzzling but it was a beautiful day to get out.