Date: 8/1/20 1:07 pm From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> Subject: [ia-bird] RNGR hotspot & Grr-8 shutdown in July
After receiving indications of Red-necked Grebes in courtship displays at the end of April at Jemerson Slough in Dickinson County, Skip Perkins and I stopped by there yesterday. We found five adults and three mostly grown juveniles so that was the place in northwest Iowa for these birds this year. We have not found any indication of resident grebes at Trumbull Lake this year except for PBG's.
Our collaborative Big Year did not add a single new species to the list in July and we stay at 259. We really are not missing any needed nesting species so here we go into August and the start of fall migration. May post-breeding dispersals of unusual birds and wacky weather patterns give us unexpected opportunities for additions to the list. We worked through more than twenty Semi-palmated Sandpipers yesterday at the Little Swan Lake drawdown but could not find a Western. Very good habitat will keep us coming back there! Tell any good birds you see that we are looking for them!