Date: 4/30/18 6:04 pm From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> Subject: [ia-bird] Central Iowa birding
Diane Dentlinger, Lynn Marsh and I did a big loop through Central Iowa today. We visited Saylorville, Big Creek, Jester, Dunbar Slough and Bay's Branch. Despite the horrible conditions, we tallied 116 species. I had 26 FOYs! 7 warbler species included a GOLDEN-WINGED back in the sycamores at Cottonwood. Surprises at Jester were a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Campground #4. AMERICAN BITTERN and VIRGINIA RAIL were at Dunbar. Lynn picked out an UPLAND SANDPIIPER in a pasture along the dirt road that runs along the north side of Bay's Branch. The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE perched on a fence along 190th at Bay's Branch with nary a tree nor bush in sight was very odd. It was a tough day to be out, but turned out to be worth it.