Date: 5/13/18 8:28 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Central Iowa birding 5/13/18
Hi All,

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!

-23 warbler species, including: 3 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, 7 Golden-winged, 1 Prothonotary, ~50 Tennessee, 1 Mourning, 1 Cape May, and 1 female CERULEAN

-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.

Danny Akers


You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "IA-BIRD" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to ia-bird+<unsubscribe...>
To post to this group, send email to <ia-bird...>
Visit this group at
To view this discussion on the web visit<BN6PR10MB1809980DC7CD6EA372C783C1DA9C0...>
For more options, visit

Join us on Facebook!