Date: 11/8/20 10:58 am From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> Subject: [ia-bird] Bays Branch Black-bellied Plover
A visit to Bays Branch WMA (Guthrie Co.) had some unexpected finds of the shorebird type. First we spent some time scoping the hundreds of waterfowl from the bluff at the south end. A good variety of species was present, including a couple dozen WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and at least four CACKLING GEESE. A whitish NORTHERN SHOVELER seen and reported by others in recent days was present as well.
Afterwards we headed to the crossover of the slough just to the north at 190th Ave. We parked on the east end in the hunters' lot and began scoping. Ducks were largely absent here, but we were excited to find shorebirds in the shallows south of the crossing, most notably a juvenile BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER which we had fantastic scope looks of, despite the wind. Others present included a few DOWITCHERS and DUNLIN, a pair of GREATER YELLOWLEGS and singles of LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. A nice morning to be out, despite the windy conditions.