Date: 11/4/19 2:43 pm From: Roy Gerig <roygerig...> Subject: [obol] Polk Mockingbird, Say's Phoebe and Marion Trumpeter 11/4
I chased down the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD that Paul Adamus reported on eBird yesterday, and found it in exactly the same place, 0.5 miles down Sauerkraut Rd, north of Airlie Rd. I did not know that there is a nice pond there, directly across the road, where there was a Greater Yellowlegs, Great Egret and some Hooded and Common Mergs.
On the way to Ankeny, north from Buena Vista I saw a beautiful SAY'S PHOEBE about a mile north along BV Road, just south of 10165 Buena Vista Rd. SAPH is one of my favorite birds. There was no traffic and there is no shoulder to speak of so I stopped in the roadway and watched it for awhile, with the other eye in my rear view mirror
At Pintail Marsh the TRUMPETER SWAN was still there just before noon. Field marks that don't often get mentioned are a reddish "grin patch" similar to the grin patch in Snow Goose. I have not seen this in Tundras and, this time of year at least, yellowish stained head like the same difference in Snow goose and Ross' Goose. This bird is not very much larger than the half dozen Tundras there. I saw this TRUS a day or two ago but forgot to report it when I saw it had been reported already. It has become less uncommon in recent years to see TRUS away from their traditional wintering area which is from Airlie to Suver.