Date: 6/25/20 6:28 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] Grr-8 Big Sioux River foray
Yesterday Joe Jungers and I worked the Big Sioux River corridor in Sioux and Lyon counties. At Oak Grove Park we had both cuckoos, Bell's Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch and at least two Wood Thrush.
At Blood Run in Lyon County we had a pair of Grey Partridge, Henslow's Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow and nesting Eastern Meadowlarks. Two Clay-coloreds counter singing were at Hidden Bridge and there were lots of towhees heard. A number of Grasshopper Sparrows were heard by Joe in the Big Sioux River complex and I believed him! I tried to turn an immature male Orchard Oriole in poor light into a Bullock's but in good light we realized my error as he, two females and an adult male fought over good territory. We talked about Loggerhead Shrikes and YB Chats but they either did not hear us or didn't want us to know they were there.
We have only added three species so far in June to the Big Year but we have such a good list that all the easy ones are already on it! May the second half of this year produce some good and unusual additional surprises!