Date: 4/27/19 9:15 am From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines River arrivals, Blue-headed Vireo
Karen, Harney and I strolled along the Des Moines River in north Des Moines near Tai Village late Friday afternoon. A few noteworthy birds appeared, including BROAD-WINGED HAWK, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and our FOY CHIMNEY SWIFT. A BROWN THRASHER was singing lustily near the large pond. The vegetation along this pond has improved over the years, and we've had marsh wren here a couple of times in migration and the occasional green heron is seen here. On our walk I spotted the rear end of a SORA disappearing into the cattails. We could see its bright triangular bill back in the shadows, then observed it come back out of the reeds and forage in some shorter grass. Later, on our return, the bird was still foraging there and we watched it for a few more minutes. I don't believe we've encountered this species here before. I'm glad the marsh looks acceptable to a migrating sora. As I was writing this on Saturday morning, several small birds appeared in one of our oak trees, including RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and most exciting, BLUE-HEADED VIREO. Looking forward to seeing many of you next weekend.