Date: 4/29/18 7:33 pm From: candace69001 <candace69001...> Subject: [ia-bird] IOU Field Trip to SE Iowa
I really enjoyed the IOU field trip to Shimek and Lacey-Keo SP; thanks to the organizers and field trip leaders and to all who attended. It was fun to meet new birders and to introduce some to these great birding hotspots that I enjoy visiting. The birds were not as numerous today as they normally are--but come May when warbler migration is in full-swing, these birding areas will be hopping!
This posting is not a complete list of all species seen by the smaller group, just some highlights.
Ely Ford at Lacy-Keosauqua S.P. did not disappoint:
Yellow-throated Warbler Northern Parula Palm Warbler Black and White Warbler Louisiana Waterthrush Red-Headed Woodpecker Eastern Towhee Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Purple Finch Singing Carolina Wren White-throated Sparrow
Shimek: Broad-winged Hawk flyover (Martin Pond) Tufted Titmouse (Donnellson Unit) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Donnellson Unit) White-eyed Vireo (Croton Unit--very good looks at this bird) Carolina Wren (Croton) Tufted Titmouse (Croton) Brown Creeper (Croton) Purple and Am. Goldfinches (Croton) White-throated Sparrow Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Farmington Unit right off Hwy 2 on my own--I struck out on the Pine Warbler but heard and saw another Yellow-throated Warbler (kind of a surprise for me at that location). I also saw a very cooperative Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Bitternut Lake (Farmington Unit off of County Road W46--Bitternut Lake campground has been a good place to see Pileated Woodpeckers in past years).
I saw on Ebird that Eric Ollie found 3 Pine Warblers in the Farmington Unit! Thanks for sharing that on ebird; I noted the GPS point for that sighting and will check it out next time I am in Van Buren County. I am glad that someone in our group got to see that species.
Thanks again for providing this birding opportunity. I am really looking forward to the IOU Spring meeting in Sioux City--got my dorm room booked and I am excited to bird a corner of the state that I haven't birded much. Much fun awaits...join us May 18-20th.