Date: 10/30/20 4:20 pm From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 10-30-20
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, October 24, through Friday, October 30, 2020:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
*GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL*
-Additional Species Mentioned
Tundra Swan (Central)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
***NEW!**************** For more up to date information on rarities in the state of Iowa, visit the Iowa Birds and Birding website at www.iowabirds.org. ************************
Species in ALL CAPS can be classified into three categories in the state of Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED, ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species; or 3) record early or late date or unusual for time of year. Any species with three asterisks (***species***) would represent a first record for Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should be observed and documented very carefully. Species with two asterisks (**species**) are species that are either ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular species, and should also be documented. Species with one asterisk (*species) should have some details of the observation provided.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Terry Trueblood RA on the 24th.
2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Coralville Lake from Scales Point on the 25 th.
A SURF SCOTER was seen at Terry Trueblood RA on the 26th.
A BLACK SCOTER and a WESTERN GREBE were seen at Coralville Lake from Scales Point on the 27th. The WESTERN GREBE was last seen on the 29th.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at Waterworks Park in Iowa City on the 30th. Specifically, it was seen From the north parking area, walk west on the paved trail. Go south at the four way intersection. Shortly after there will be a pond (known locally as the rail pond) on the east side of the trail with willows in between. This is where the bird was foraging.
2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen from the west overlook parking lot of the Coralville dam on the 29th.
A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen at the Grand Mound Sewage Lagoons on East St on the 25th.
3 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Cedar Lake on the 27th.
A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Lock and Dam 15 on the 28th.
2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in the parking lot of the Mt Auburn Bridge access to the Cedar River on Benton/Buchanan Ave on the 30th.
7 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at the feeders at Port Louisa NWR on the 30th. Directions: Best way to get to this location from hiway 61 south of Grandview take County Road G-56 east to County Road X-61. Go south on X-61 a mile or two and the Port Louisa buildings are on the east side of the road.
Highlights from Saylorville on the 24th included multiple WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, a SURF SCOTER, 3 BLACK SCOTERS, a WESTERN GREBE and 9 TUNDRA SWANS.
20 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen from the Big Creek spillway on the 24th.
A PACIFIC LOON was seen at Saylorville from Lakeview RA on the 25th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Raccoon River Park on the 25th.
A SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen at Terra Park on the 25th.
2 RED-NECKED GREBES and a WESTERN GREBE were seen at Big Creek on the 27th.
4 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Ada Hayden Park on the 25th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the south lake of Ada Hayden Park on the 29th. It was last seen on the 30th.
A BLACK SCOTER was seen at West Lake Okoboji on the 24th.