Date: 5/10/19 6:01 pm
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Humboldt County Big Day
Correction, short-billed dowitcher (we vacillated on this for a bit, but
reviewing the photos, the back of the bird looks pretty flat and even
rather than the 'humped' or 'football' look of Long-billed).

On Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:48:53 PM UTC-5, newtja84 wrote:
>
> Paul Skrade and I conducted a Big Day today in Humboldt County. We ended
> up with 101 species during our survey period (I would later find four more
> after we had split our separate ways). Most interesting things included
> what we think were two Peregrine Falcons (one near Florida Ave, and one at
> Ottosen Potholes [the one at the potholes had caught a prey item]).
> Migrants in north central Iowa are still running their first phase waves.
> The warblers we had were largely Yellow-rumped, Palms, Nashville,
> Orange-crowned; though we did end up pulling both waterthrush species from
> Gotch Park (as well as some later migrants like American Redstart, Wilson's
> and Black-and-white Warblers). We got a Yellow Warbler at Willow Access,
> and a profusion of thrushes (Gray-cheeked, Swainson's and Hermit).
> Shorebirds were lackluster, with a Long-billed Dowitcher being the best of
> the group. We were also able to snag a Northern Harrier late in the day as
> well. We had more waterfowl than the last couple of week's would've
> suggested including some Ruddy Ducks at the potholes, along with a group of
> Lesser Scaup and some Gadwalls. Rails were active at the potholes, and we
> did see an American Bittern, and a Great Egret there. We had a good swath
> of sparrows, Clay-colored, Vesper, Lark, White-crowned, White-throated,
> Harris', Lincoln, Swamp, Savannah, Grasshopper, Song, Chipping, Field were
> all seen. Similarly Icterids were on display, as we got both meadowlarks,
> both orioles and all the blackbirds save Great-tailed Grackle (which would
> be surprising), Rusty and Brewer's. We got both nuthatches at Gotch as
> well. We did get an Eastern Screech Owl, and very vocal Barred Owls but
> missed Great Horned (that was a scheduling issue on my part....they are
> very much present in the county).
>
> We had some noticeable misses, American Kestrel, Eastern Kingbird,
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Northern Shoveler were gotten by me alone (but
> they don't count in the Big Day figuring). We also dipped on Great Blue
> Heron which seems a ridiculous miss considering we found what would be
> considered 'more difficult' heron species. We didn't find any pelicans,
> and we didn't find any Indigo Buntings...We also didn't find any
> Dickcissels or Eastern Towhees...
>
> Jacob Newton
> Humboldt County
>

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