Date: 5/13/18 10:14 am From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Migrants
Karen, Harney and I just returned from a morning birding at Cottonwood Rec Area below Saylorville Dam (Polk Co.). We had a plethora of birds, as I suspect you all experienced this fine weekend as well. One highlight from today was a pair of WHITE-EYED VIREOS, which we first heard, then located and got terrific looks at. While this species wouldn't be considered "rare" in this area, it is decidedly uncommon. We had good luck with warblers this morning, with a surprising four MOURNING WARBLERS. Two VEERYS were also an unexpected thrill, and we had a nice sighting of the uncommon YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER as well.
Pardon the late report, but yesterday our outing to Cherry Glen and Oak Grove (east side of Saylorville Lake) was similarly outstanding, with a total of twenty warbler species, including an astonishing four CAPE MAY WARBLERS. Three BLACKBURNIAN, five BLACK-THROATED GREEN and ten MAGNOLIA WARBLERS seemed like a decadent abundance. Three PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER were also noteworthy. Multiple SCARLET and SUMMER TANAGERS were present. A male of the latter spent about 20 minutes foraging in the mowed grass, repeatedly hopping up a foot or so to flycatch. We weren't really trying to approach him, but he ignored us to such an extent that as we birded the forest edge we found ourselves within about five meters of this unusual behavior.
Today's PALM and MOURNING WARBLERS and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH brought our weekend warbler species total to a delightful 23. Of species one could expect at this site only Canada and Yellow-throated somehow escaped our scrutiny. I hope many of you had similar luck in your birding endeavors. Looking forward to seeing many of your next weekend at IOU.