Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, October 13, through Friday, October 19, 2018:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-Additional Species Mentioned
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (Record late)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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Species in ALL CAPS can be classified into three categories in the state of Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED, ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species; or 3) record early or late date or unusual for time of year. Any species with three asterisks (***species***) would represent a first record for Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should be observed and documented very carefully. Species with two asterisks (**species**) are species that are either ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular species, and should also be documented. Species with one asterisk (*species) should have some details of the observation provided.
A WESTERN GREBE was seen at Legacy WA on the 15th.
6 SURF SCOTERS were seen at the north arm of Lake McBride on the 13th.
4 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen from James Ave at Hawkeye WA on the 16th. They were seen again on the 17th.
A THAYERS GULL was seen at Coralville Lake on the 18th.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Cedar Lake on the 13th.
BLACK HAWK COUNTY:
9 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Prairie Lakes in Cedar Falls on the 13th.
*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Grammar Grove Hawkwatch on the 15th.*
*12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Saylorville on the 16th.*
*4 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Saylorville on the 18th.*
*A SPRAGUES PIPIT was heard as a flyover NE of Greenfield on the 16th.*
*Highlights from Lake Manawa on the 12th included 1 SURF SCOTER, 150 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 1 SNOWY EGRET, and a LAUGHING GULL.*
*A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Lake Manawa on the 18th.*
*A late SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at a sod farm NW of Spencer on the 14th.*
*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Smiths Bay on the 14th.*