Date: 5/13/18 11:04 pm From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] The past 5 days of migration
Concur with John. Though we have been a little off last day and a half, I can certainly say I have never had 6 day run like this in the state much less here in Woodbury. Did a little birding in Monona county today (72 species) from 2:00-4:00 pm--after taking my wife to church and dinner. When she went to visit a smoke filled casino with some friends I decline and went birding. All of 2017 I struggle to reach 200 (actually 202) with only 4 new county tics. Today I ran in to a good number of warblers and some flycatchers. Everything was low to the ground or even on the ground. Had flock of 15 warblers (Yellow-rumped, Palm, and Yellow) working the rows in an untilled cornfield--certainly a first for me to see that kind of activity. Add 6 species--Palm, Magnolia, and Wilson's Warblers, Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and a Northern Goshawk (juvenile) to Monona to reach the 208 mark. Totally unexpected.
Checked out Table Marsh, Owego, and 280th Square for shorebirds and whatever else cared to show up. Owego--Perched Peregrine, Lesser Yellowlegs (18), Stilt Sandpiper (30+), and about 30 Dunlin appearing and disappearing in the short brush in the sheet water.
Most of the shorebird in the previously abundant 280th Square were spectacularly unimpressive with 5 Wilson's Phalarope and 1 Least Sandpiper.
80 species from 2:30-7:45 pm was way better than expected on this dull and dreary day.
*Paul O. Roisen* *Woodbury County, IA* *Mobile 712-301-2817*