Date: 5/13/18 8:28 pm From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> Subject: [ia-bird] Central Iowa birding 5/13/18
I attempted to bird around the rain and storms today, first hitting Hendrickson Marsh in Story Co. before turning back west and spending a considerable amount of time hiking at Ledges State Park in Boone Co. and exploring the roads around Boone Forks WMA in Hamilton Co. I tallied 24 warbler species, (23 alone at Ledges) and observed well over 200 Catharus thrushes today. Really cool experience!
Hendrickson Marsh, Story Co.
-1 Willow Flycatcher
-1 WESTERN KINGBIRD (working a fenceline in a burned field from the parking lot on the west end)
-50+ Catharus thrushes, including multiple Gray-cheeked and Veery foraging the burned field next to the road
-35+ American Pipits, many flying over and foraging in the burned field
-8 warbler species
Ledges State Park, Boone Co.
-1 Broad-winged Hawk
-30+ Least Flycatchers
-singing Philadelphia Vireo
-singing WINTER WREN (first creek crossing down the canyon road)
-130 + Catharus thrushes, including singing Veery, multiple Gray-cheeked, and over 100 Swainson's!
-11 sparrow species, including Clay-colored and Lincoln's
-1 Summer Tanager (near the start of the canyon road)
-4 Pine Siskin
Boone Forks WMA (general area), Hamilton Co.
-25+ Least Flycatchers
-70+ Catharus thrushes
-16 warbler species, including Blue-winged and Golden-winged
-10 sparrow species, Clay-colored and multiple Lincoln's still hanging around
It's fantastic to have a nice cool May day with some incredible migration going on! Back to Ames with a bit of daylight left, a singing Northern Waterthrush was my 17th warbler species for the yard. You just can't beat this time of year.