Date: 6/26/20 6:15 am
From: <angela......> <angela.battle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Neal Smith NWR
I live in southern Iowa on a modest two acres surrounded by alfalfa fields.
For weeks I heard Northern Bobwhite close and far down in my field and
closer to the house and then farther again, moving back and forth in what
seemed to be a defined territory. Every morning, every evening, and even
during the day, Bobwhite called and sang. Last Tuesday the alfalfa field
was mowed down and I have not heard Northern Bobwhite since, not once, even
as I listen and listen and hope. I walked the road the next morning and
also saw two pairs of Bobolink clearly displaced by the mowing of their
nests. This is the reality out here.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 8:44:10 PM UTC-5 Karen Viste-Sparkman wrote:

> I've finally been able to go to Neal Smith NWR regularly in the last
> couple of weeks, after basically missing spring. There have been some birds
> of note recently. NORTHERN BOBWHITE have been heard and seen in widely
> spaced parts of the refuge. Today one was heard from the visitor center
> parking lot. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT has been singing from near the parking
> lot of the Savanna Trail. BELL'S VIREOS were also heard there this morning.
> Of course, HENSLOW’S SPARROWS are singing everywhere in the prairie, which
> went completely unburned this year. It was a beautiful day to be out and
> the wildflowers are gorgeous right now.
> Karen Viste-Sparkman
> Des Moines

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