After experiencing 44" of snow in Mason City since March 22nd, strong southerly winds are finally bringing lots of migrants to north Iowa.
A group of 28 American Avocets was seen in Clear Lake, off the beach at McIntosh State Park. Other shorebirds seen north of Ventura included 1 Willet, both Dowitchers, Semipalmated Plover, Spotty, Least, and Pec Sandpiper, and Lesser Yellowlegs. A Red-necked Grebe was also near the beach at McIntosh. A couple Horned Grebe around too.
At Parker's Woods (Mason City), several warbler species are being seen. Still most numerous are the Yellow-rumps, but Orange-crowned Warblers seemed to be everywhere this morning. Also had several Black-and-white and Nashville Warblers, along with some Northern Waterthrush and a Common Yellowthroat. Had a Gray Catbird, Blue-headed Vireo, a Carolina Wren, Least Flycatchers, and White-Crowned Sparrows there too.
In local backyards today were Clay-colored, Lincoln's, White-throated, and Harris's Sparrows. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles are being seen as well.