Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, October 20, through Friday, October 26, 2018:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-Additional Species Mentioned
Least Bittern (2nd latest)
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 PLEGADIS IBIS was seen at the Iowa River Corridor, along F15 and 2 miles west of V66 on the 24th.
A late LEAST BITTERN was seen along the western exit road of Hawkeye WA on the 25th.
3 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Amana Lily Lake on the 26th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Cedar Lake on the 23rd.
*2 PLEGADIS IBIS were seen at Dunbar Slough *in the NE quadrant of the intersection of 270th and N58 on the 24th. These birds were last seen on the 26th.
*Highlights from Lake Manawa on the 22nd included a SURF SCOTER, RED-NECKED GREBE, and a WESTERN GREBE. Both grebes were seen again on the 23rd.*
*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over the east slopes of the Loess Hills on the 24th.*