Date: 11/14/20 8:55 am From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Snow Buntings
Sometimes the fourth time is the charm. The SNOW BUNTINGS reported several times in the last week at "the point" at Oak Grove beach (Saylorville Res, Polk Co.) were seen well this morning by Karen, Harney, and me. We counted eight individuals, giving us good, close views on the ground before taking flight. The success of the mission was likely arriving early in the morning.
Other noteworthy recent sightings include a late BROWN THRASHER at Red Feather Prairie on Thursday. Yesterday at the north end hedgerow at Red Feather we had two HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and the yard opposite the upper parking lot contained an unexpected female SPOTTED TOWHEE which we first located by voice and then had lovely looks at. Scoping from the dam yielded several COMMON LOONS and some distant duck flocks of various species which included our FOS COMMON GOLDENEYES.