Date: 4/29/18 4:27 pm
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Southern Iowa Birding
I don't know if you saw Eric O. post with the radar but birds have been
going east and west of us, most probable explanation is the prevailing
wind. Migration fallout has lessened in Fl but I haven't any idea the
persentage of birds that pass through there.

On Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5:27:13 PM UTC-5, Ann Johnson wrote:
> 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.
> Ann Johnson
> Norwalk, IA 50211

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