Date: 5/9/18 8:36 pm From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Subject: [ia-bird] Woodbury County May 9
Did a little work around the home today but felt the birds calling so.... Decided to spend 3-4 hours and hit some of the destinations we hope to visit during the Field Trips during the Spring IOU Meeting here in Sioux City.
No big plans but hoped for 5-10 new year birds.
Shocked myself with 18 new year birds and 101 species for the day. OK, the truth is that things went so well that except for a brief stop at home around 2:00 pm for a quick lunch, I ended up spending 10 1/2 hours birding and only quite when it got to dark to make out shorebirds.
Started with Bacon Creek (first visit of the year) and ran into all kinds of birds 11:12 to 1:02 49 species Highlights: Connecticut Warbler (first in 6 years), Tufted Titmouse (incredibly rare in Woodbury), Blackpoll female, Wilson's Warbler (2) and Blue-headed Vireo (2) and 10 species of warbler (this would be above my average for warblers in Woodbury in a whole year).
Maybe the shear numbers of individuals of some species 32 Yellow Warbler (27 at Bacon Creek-BC), 11 Swainson's Thursh (all at BC), Tons of shorebirds (16 species) Areas of concentration were 1) west end of North New Lake and 2) most of them in sheet water area known as The Square.
New drop in--Dickcissel 7, Eastern Kingbird 4, Eared Grebe--a flotilla of 5), Upland Sandpiper (2).
*Paul O. Roisen* *Woodbury County, IA* *Mobile 712-301-2817*