Correction: Apparently Pintails are not known to nest in Polk County. There were, however, at least four adult males, with no visible females, on the South Slough Pond, more likely odd oversummering birds than nesters.
On Fri, Jun 22, 2018, 2:17 PM Caleb Centanni <caleb...> wrote:
> Hi folks, > > Evan and I, Alan Contreras, and Oscar Harper birded Baskett Slough NWR in > Polk and Ankeny NWR in Marion today. Most notable at Baskett were large > nesting populations of water birds, particularly Gadwall, of which there > were nearly 40 adults and two groups of chicks visible. Over 20 Ruddy Duck > chicks were also seen with two adult females and an adult male, as well as > Coots and Grebes with young. Other presumably nesting birds were Pintails, > Mallards, Stilts (chick seen), and Yellow-headed Blackbirds (female feeding > juvenile). Also present were were Ring-necked Duck, Lazuli Bunting and > Horned Lark from the 22 overlook, Yellow Warbler at the Narrows, and > Wilson's Phalarope, Green Heron, Great Egret, and American Bittern on the > transect road through the South Slough Pond south of Coville Rd. > > At Ankeny, Pintail Marsh was relatively low in activity except for nesting > Grebes, a Gadwall, and a pair of Ring-necked Ducks. The productive Willow > brush at the Eagle Marsh Overlook produced a very cooperative > Yellow-breasted Chat singing from the top of a snag, a Yellow Warbler, and > a very unexpected Rooster (!) Cock-a-doodle-dooing from inside of a large > Willow. One Green Heron and one American Bittern were present on the pond. > > Overall, it was a great day for June. > > Good birding, > > Caleb Centanni > > >