Date: 11/5/20 4:40 pm From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> Subject: [ia-bird] Redpoll & late shorebirds in Story & Boone counties
I checked Tedesco Environmental Ed. Learning Center at Ames this morning and saw one *Common Redpoll *with a flock of goldfinches & House Finches. There might have been more redpolls, but before I could scan the entire mixed flock, a *Cooper's Hawk *flew over and exploded the finch flock completely out of sight.
Then I went north to check out Little Wall Lake and Anderson Lake (AKA Goose Lake) at Jewell where I found 12 species of ducks. Next, I returned home via Bjorkoboda Marsh and nearby wetlands. At private land McHugh Marsh I saw 5 *Willets *(a near record late date???), and at a nearby CWRP wetland there were 3 *Wilson's Snipe* and 4 *Dowitchers *(probably *Long-billed*, but hard to be sure at a long distance). In my 3 1/2 hour drive I managed to find 44 species--not bad for a beautiful warm and quiet morning with mirror-like lakes!