Date: 10/15/18 7:08 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re:
No doubt quite a few hit those terrible looking windows in your photo!
They reflect the natural area in the foreground and the sky, which confuses
birds. Someone should monitor that building because sometimes some of the
window strikes can be saved and at the very least, the building owner
should know how many birds are dying/striking their windows. Maybe some
can be salvaged for a museum or college collection. Maybe they'll do
something to make them less a strike-hazard.

Fawn Bowden,
Riverside, IA

On Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:29:51 PM UTC-5, Diane Dentlinger wrote:
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> From: Diane Dentlinger <diane......> <javascript:>>
> Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 6:06 PM
> Subject: Cowles Commons, downtown Des Moines
> To: <dianede......> <javascript:> <dianede......> <javascript:>
> >
> If there are any birders who work in downtown Des Moines and have time to
> bird Cowles Commons at 3rd and Walnut in the next few days, I'd appreciate
> you letting me know what you see. In the past 4 days I've seen so many
> totally unexpected migrants there that it's unbelievable and I'd like to
> know what others are seeing. I'm told the south side of Cowles Commons has
> been planted with native plants and there's a thick cover now -- e.g.,
> attached photo.
> Today in about 1/2 hour I clearly saw: EASTERN TOWHEE, WINTER
> WREN, white-throated sparrows, Lincoln sparrows, song sparrows. Also, twice
> thrushes walked out onto the sidewalk. I got my binocs on the one in the
> attached photo today. I thought it was a Swainson's, but the cheeks was
> completely gray, so I don't know what to think. I realize on the
> early/late chart on IOU site, Oct. 15 would be extremely late. Later,
> another thrush came out briefly, but I didn't get a good look.
> Friday, 10/12 in about 1 hr of me mostly just standing very, very still, I
> had a catbird, wood & hermit thrushes (I know... crazy.. that's why I'm
> asking if other birders would check what they see), and sparrows: song,
> Lincoln's, white-throated, and 2 other species I'm not sure of and won't
> list my thoughts here.
> South across the street last week I also found what appeared to be a dead
> common yellowthroat. Over the past few years I've found many dead migrants
> on the sidewalk there and assume they hit the windows on the Plaza during
> migration.
> Thanks for any help.
> Diane Dentlinger
> Des Moines
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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