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 >