Date: 4/30/18 4:24 am From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> Subject: [ia-bird] Weekend Henslow's, Sora
We got out and birded this weekend, of course. Highlights included at least two HENSLOW'S SPARROWS at Red Feather Prairie (E side of Saylorville Lake, Polk Co.) FIELD SPARROWS were about as well, and an OSPREY put in an appearance.
At the Des Moines River yesterday morning we had CAROLINA WREN, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, and BARRED OWL. A truly unexpected bird was a SORA sounding off in the small reed bed on the pond next to the Tai Village site. These cattails have been improving little by little as habitat over the years, and now we get regular Swamp Sparrows, the occasional Green Heron as well as Marsh Wren in migration, but Sora was not expected in this meager patch. Yet it must have looked good enough for a tired Sora needing a place to shelter and rest up.
Trees are leafing out. Can warblers be on their way?