What a day. Headed out at 6:30 with hopes that the rain had knocked down some migrants. Plans was for 3 hours of birding the home to get some work done. 12 hours and 30 minutes later and no food until I return to a patient wife.
Overcast and some light rain but no bothersome wind to speak of.
Best birding day in years--not so much for the number of species, which surprised me, but rather the number of individuals and then number of new birds for the year. First real day of decent shore birding--which turned out to be incredible.
Highlights: 91 species for the day 18 new year birds 16 Shorebird species *Dowitcher species--562* with the largest group being roughly 240-- several other groups of 80, 76,60, 45, plus some smaller groups. Able to ID some SBilled and some LBilled but most were to far away to really ID. * Wilson's Phalarope--150* *Clay-colored Sparrows*--4 locations *Yellow Warble, Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat*, and Yellow-rumped Warbler *in a group* along a fence line at Owego Wetlands hawking insects. Twice as many warbler species as I had previously for the year. Palm Warbler is not a given in Woodbury annually. *American Bittern* 2 in different locations *Cattle Egret* 6--one of our group had 40+. Also not a given in Woodbury county anymore. *Cinnamon Teal*--still present *Eared Grebe* close to the road.
Needless to say I did not notice I was hungry until I got home as smelled the food.
I think Spring is finally here.
God Bless and hoping you all have some great birding days ahead.
*Paul O. Roisen* *Woodbury County, IA* *Mobile 712-301-2817*