Date: 6/16/20 5:00 pm From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> Subject: [ia-bird] Laugher in Ventura yesterday
Hey IA Birders! I'm a vagrant from California living and working in Iowa for most of this year. I loved spring migration here, but so far the summer seemed rather slow birding-wise... until yesterday, when I stopped by a pond along Highway 18 in Ventura (Cerro Gordo Co.) where a tattered 1st-summer LAUGHING GULL was hanging with a small flock of RING-BILLS. It's the pond at Warp Drive Inc., along 18 just west of Cardinal Ave. (it's strictly closed to the public, maybe due to COVID-19, so if you look for the bird, view only from the roadside). I stopped by again today and didn't see the Laugher, but there were even more gulls, all on the far side of the pond and some with heads tucked, so it could have still been there but overlooked.