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11/18/17 6:07 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Barn Swallow
11/18/17 4:17 pm Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills and Common Redpoll - Polk County
11/18/17 12:44 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Boone Co Gray Partridge
11/18/17 9:47 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Saylorville raptors
11/18/17 8:53 am Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Owls in the Ida County area
11/18/17 8:39 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Good Day!
11/17/17 7:48 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Rathbun Lake
11/17/17 2:32 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-17-17
11/17/17 1:18 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] request for Barn Owl photo
11/17/17 12:18 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Nebraska Sighting--Williamson's Sapsucker
11/17/17 8:35 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] request for Barn Owl photo
11/16/17 6:52 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] 1 Snowy Owl 2 Saw-whet Owls
11/16/17 5:02 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Des Moines Audubon program Tuesday
11/16/17 4:11 pm Bob Dick <siti1526...> [ia-bird] Lots of Pine Siskins
11/16/17 1:44 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] phoebe
11/16/17 12:09 pm candace69001 <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Re: Northern Saw-whet Owls
11/16/17 9:52 am Mary Lynn ReVoir <mlrevoir2...> [ia-bird] Re: Northern Saw-whet Owls
11/16/17 6:20 am Bob Dick <siti1526...> [ia-bird] Lots of Pine Siskins
11/15/17 9:34 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Blackhawk and Grundy
11/15/17 7:36 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Ringgold Co. Rough legged hawks
11/15/17 6:52 pm Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Raptor day
11/15/17 6:28 pm Dan Dorrance <d2dorrance...> [ia-bird] Montgomery County Short-eared Owl
11/15/17 2:49 pm akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw-whet Owls
11/15/17 5:23 am <christopher-s-jones...> [ia-bird] Iowa City Carolina wrens and pine siskins
11/14/17 2:43 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whet Owls Blackhawk County
11/14/17 2:42 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whet Owls Blackhawk County
11/13/17 9:23 pm Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] IOU update is a coming...
11/13/17 7:13 pm exnerimages <andexn...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans
11/13/17 12:46 pm RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Re: Red-necked Grebe—Saylorville
11/13/17 12:28 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Rathbun Lake
11/12/17 9:45 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Wanderings and IOU meeting
11/12/17 7:46 pm Candace Havely <kansas592...> [ia-bird] Rough Legged Hawk - Buchanan County
11/12/17 7:44 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Screech owl
11/12/17 4:24 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Common Redpoll- 2 miles south of Boone
11/12/17 3:19 pm Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] Kiwanis Park, Carter Lake, and Glenwood Cemetery
11/12/17 2:12 pm Chris Caster <cjcaster...> [ia-bird] Updated Iowa CBC Species Checklist
11/12/17 2:02 pm Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans - Allamakee Co.
11/12/17 1:45 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] IOU meeting
11/12/17 11:56 am A.G. Burnside <ag.burnside...> [ia-bird] rough-legged hawk
11/12/17 11:05 am James Scheib <jim...> [ia-bird] Northern Shrike Johnson Co. 11/9/17
11/11/17 7:21 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Red Rock
11/11/17 1:22 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Lake Bay Sea Ducks
11/11/17 10:00 am A.G. Burnside <ag.burnside...> [ia-bird] rough-legged hawk
11/11/17 9:37 am Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Western Grebe-Saylorville (Polk County)
11/11/17 9:07 am Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> [ia-bird] Enormous Tundra Swan concentration on Upper Mississippi River
11/10/17 7:51 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Chickasaw and Howard County-new(to me) eagle nests
11/10/17 7:22 pm Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] YB Loon
11/10/17 1:45 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe—Saylorville
11/10/17 9:02 am rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] buffleheads
11/10/17 9:00 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Western Grrebe at Saylorville
11/9/17 6:45 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-9-17 AMENDED TO ADD YELLOW-BILLED LOON
11/9/17 3:06 pm Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> Re: [ia-bird] Shellsburg bird walk
11/9/17 2:38 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-9-17
11/9/17 2:37 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> Re: [ia-bird] Shellsburg bird walk
11/9/17 12:29 pm Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> [ia-bird] Shellsburg bird walk
11/8/17 9:58 pm 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County Long-tailed Duck
11/8/17 2:22 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swan Lake Rathbun
11/8/17 12:21 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Crossbills in Delaware County
11/8/17 12:13 pm Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills - Johnson county
11/8/17 10:40 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon at Saylorville
11/7/17 2:26 pm Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Neal Smith NWR Birds
11/7/17 1:33 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> [ia-bird] Possible Yellow-billed Loon
11/7/17 8:39 am Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Neat addition to Doug Harr's Post
11/7/17 5:41 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> Re: [ia-bird] Dubuque Meeting Meal Registration Deadline Extension to 11/7!
11/6/17 8:44 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Dubuque Meeting Meal Registration Deadline Extension to 11/7!
11/6/17 6:46 pm <pip...> [ia-bird] Dubuque Meeting Meal Registration Deadline Extension to 11/7!
11/6/17 4:23 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Scales Pt, Johnson Co
11/6/17 4:15 pm Justin Rogers <justinrogers20...> [ia-bird] Re: Snowy owl
11/6/17 4:04 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Snowy owl
11/6/17 3:55 pm RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbill sighting- Type 2's and Type 4's Union Park in Des Moines/ Polk County
11/6/17 10:39 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas
11/6/17 10:18 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Ogden Siskins
11/6/17 5:10 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshidk co birds
11/5/17 3:26 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Peregrine
11/5/17 3:20 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] DSM area birds
11/5/17 1:48 pm <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...> [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - Wild Things
11/5/17 1:34 pm Hank Zaletel <madowl...> Re: [ia-bird] Story County - Long-tailed Ducks
11/5/17 10:30 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Credit Island Merlin
11/5/17 8:36 am Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Johnson Co ducks
11/5/17 8:09 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Yard
11/5/17 6:45 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Long-tailed Ducks
11/5/17 4:04 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Story Co Crossbill video
11/4/17 8:00 pm Stan Buman <stan...> [ia-bird] No recent sighting
11/4/17 6:32 pm Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> [ia-bird] Northwest Iowa birds - 11/4
11/4/17 4:20 pm RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Re: Saylorville birds
11/4/17 1:30 pm Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] Clarke Co. Yard Birds
11/4/17 11:49 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Eurasian Tree Sparrow
11/4/17 8:19 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Townsend's Solitaire
11/4/17 7:30 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
11/4/17 5:45 am Stan Buman <stan...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Snowy Owl / Calhoun County
11/3/17 8:26 pm Justin Rogers <justinrogers20...> [ia-bird] Re: Snowy Owl / Calhoun County
11/3/17 7:34 pm jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red Rock Loons
11/3/17 7:15 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Howard County
11/3/17 3:55 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun
11/3/17 2:37 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-3-17
11/3/17 2:22 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Deck and yard
11/3/17 10:29 am Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Fourth Saw-whet Owl
11/2/17 11:48 pm <pip...> [ia-bird] IOU Meeting Meal Registration Deadline is 11/6.
11/2/17 6:37 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Surf Scoters and Golden Eagle
11/2/17 5:07 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Crossbills - Ames
11/2/17 4:09 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Crossbills
11/2/17 4:00 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills- Riverside (Washington County)
11/2/17 3:57 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Common Redpoll, Merlins in Johnson County
11/2/17 1:12 pm Doug Sheeley <Doug.Sheeley...> [ia-bird] Short-eared owls at Chichaqua Bottoms
11/2/17 12:41 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills
11/2/17 11:27 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] 11.2.17 Plymouth County
11/2/17 11:20 am Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Calhoun County
11/2/17 10:40 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Display
11/2/17 9:45 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Dickcissel
11/2/17 8:25 am Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...> [ia-bird] Snowy Owl - NOT Sac ...Calhoun
11/2/17 8:19 am Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...> [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Sac County
11/2/17 8:15 am Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...> [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Sac County
11/1/17 7:02 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter
11/1/17 5:16 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Try for 200
11/1/17 2:15 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills- Ledges State Park
11/1/17 1:32 pm Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Great Yellowlegs-Easter Lake (Polk County)
11/1/17 12:45 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Muscatine - Snow Buntings, Red crossbills
11/1/17 11:24 am Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Snowy owl?
11/1/17 10:26 am jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Loons
11/1/17 9:58 am Rick Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills, Riverside
11/1/17 8:37 am tomtazzstone <tomtazzstone...> Re: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon - No sighting
11/1/17 8:13 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon - No sighting
11/1/17 8:10 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon - No sighting
11/1/17 6:36 am Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...> [ia-bird] Surf Scoter - Woodbury County
10/31/17 5:52 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Benton County Snowy Owl
10/31/17 4:48 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Newly rebuilt eagle nest(Chickasaw County)
10/31/17 4:14 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Snowy Owl
10/31/17 3:59 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Red Crosbills in Benton Co.
10/31/17 3:57 pm Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon
10/31/17 2:18 pm Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Bank Swallow Bend Warren County
10/31/17 2:13 pm james fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Continuing Birds
10/31/17 1:48 pm James Scheib <jim...> [ia-bird] Snowy Owl in Benton Co. 10/31/17
10/31/17 1:33 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. Rough-legged Hawks
10/31/17 11:14 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon in Linn County -Yes
10/31/17 11:11 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] More Crossbills- Washington County
10/31/17 10:10 am jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] White-winged Scoters- Saylorville
10/31/17 10:09 am jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] White-winged Scoters- Saylorville
10/31/17 8:46 am John Cecil <jcecil01...> [ia-bird] Silent Auction
10/31/17 8:14 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Benton County Snowy Owl
10/30/17 9:10 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Snowy Owl
10/30/17 5:28 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Ottumwa Cemetary Crossbills
10/30/17 4:48 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills
10/30/17 4:17 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills in Cedar Rapids
10/30/17 3:39 pm Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continuing at Mohawk Park, Cedar Rapids (Linn)
10/30/17 1:51 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon near Cedar L NO
10/30/17 10:58 am Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] New Saw-whet Owl
10/30/17 9:56 am Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Story Co crossbills
10/30/17 9:52 am Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Story Co crossbills
10/30/17 8:32 am 'dah' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Waterfowl in Polk County??
10/30/17 6:18 am Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Linn co pacific loon
10/30/17 5:57 am Jerry Toll <geritol48...> [ia-bird] Hitchcock Hawkwatch report
10/29/17 6:16 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun
10/29/17 5:02 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills - Audubon Co.
10/29/17 4:32 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continues at Mohawk Park in Cedar Rapids (Linn Co.)
10/29/17 3:15 pm Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...> [ia-bird] Re: Madison Co Crossbills
10/29/17 12:51 pm jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Madison Co Crossbills
10/29/17 12:42 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Polk Co. birds
10/29/17 10:26 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Morning walk
10/29/17 8:08 am John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Common Redpoll - Dallas County
10/29/17 7:07 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Another routine crossbill report (Ho hum...)
10/29/17 6:35 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Another routine crossbill report (Ho hum...)
10/29/17 6:13 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Another routine crossbill report (Ho hum...)
10/28/17 8:50 pm James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon Still at Mohawk at 5:00PM
10/28/17 8:26 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Red Rock
10/28/17 5:13 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills in Ida Grove Cemetery
10/28/17 4:42 pm newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills Humboldt
10/28/17 3:05 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Gulls, loon & cemetery birds + hunter owls
10/28/17 11:44 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Polk Co. Red Crossbills
10/28/17 10:13 am Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon Re-located - Cedar Rapids
10/28/17 10:04 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Red & White-winged Crossbills - Hampton Cemetery, Franklin Co.
10/28/17 10:00 am Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Re: Pacific Loon continues in Cedar Rapids
10/28/17 8:32 am RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbill-- Warren Co.
10/28/17 8:02 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continues in Cedar Rapids
10/28/17 5:57 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continues in Cedar Rapids
10/27/17 9:03 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon and scoter sp. at Cedar Lake (Linn Co.)
10/27/17 3:19 pm Larry Reis <naturalist...> [ia-bird] red crossbills
10/27/17 2:27 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 10-27-17
10/27/17 11:36 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Polk Co.—White-winged Crossbills
10/27/17 9:16 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] White winged crossbill red cross bill Pacific loon
10/27/17 7:50 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Yard birds
10/27/17 6:23 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Pine Siskin
10/26/17 4:35 pm dan.cerveny <dan.cerveny...> [ia-bird] TWO ruby-throated hummingbirds (Cedar Rapids)
10/26/17 3:56 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Polk Co. finches
10/26/17 2:08 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Backyard birds
10/26/17 11:43 am jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill-- Warren Co.
10/26/17 9:04 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Pacific Loon and Harlan's Hawk at Saylorville
10/25/17 6:26 pm Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...> [ia-bird] Jacob Krumm-
10/25/17 5:16 pm jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill-- Warren Co.
10/25/17 4:55 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] FW: Red Crossbills - Louisa Co.
10/25/17 2:25 pm Reid I. Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Cemetery Birds
10/25/17 1:55 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Black Scoters at Coralville Lake
10/25/17 12:23 pm Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...> [ia-bird] Allamakee County - Pool 9 - Red Oak Road - Waterfowl bonanza!
10/25/17 12:08 pm Bob Dick <siti1526...> [ia-bird] Junco First of the Fall Sighting
10/25/17 10:48 am John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Des Moines Crossbills
10/25/17 10:27 am drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Yet more crossbills --- Linn
10/25/17 10:22 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Ottosen Red Crossbills
10/25/17 10:05 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Des Moines Crossbills
10/25/17 9:04 am 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] over under sideways down yardbirds Pella
10/24/17 5:04 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Black Scoters at Cedar Rapids
10/24/17 4:42 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl
10/24/17 3:04 pm 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Franklin County Red Crossbills, Common Redpolls
10/24/17 10:45 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Common Redpolls Humboldt County
10/24/17 9:31 am dan.cerveny <dan.cerveny...> [ia-bird] Red crossbills and a ruby-throated hummer (Cedar Rapids)
10/23/17 11:51 am Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills Cont. Glendale Cemetery (Polk County)
10/23/17 7:11 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] lake Rathbun birds
10/22/17 4:37 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Shrikes etc. in Johnson and Iowa Counties
10/22/17 4:00 pm RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Re: Red Crossbills--Des Moines
10/22/17 2:01 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl & Crossbills
10/22/17 11:05 am jasonpaulios <jasonpaulios...> [ia-bird] Iowa City Bird Club trip - 10/22/2017
10/22/17 7:18 am Pat Schlarbaum <patschlarbaum...> Re: [ia-bird] not a sighting, Black Vulture Fayette Co.
10/22/17 6:17 am Mark Orsag <wordorsag...> Re: [ia-bird] Black Vulture Fayette Co.
10/21/17 4:33 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Bird Club outing success
10/21/17 4:11 pm Paul Skrade <skradepa...> [ia-bird] Black Vulture Fayette Co.
10/21/17 3:27 pm RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Re: Red-throated Loon - Saylorville - Polk
10/21/17 10:39 am drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] 2017-2018 CBC's
10/21/17 9:40 am Pam Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon - Saylorville - Polk
10/21/17 5:49 am William Huser <billfhuser...> [ia-bird] Broken Kettle Grasslands
10/20/17 7:46 pm Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Neal Smith NWR Birds
10/20/17 2:38 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon—Polk Co.
10/20/17 2:30 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 10-20-17
10/20/17 11:28 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Merlin- Johnson County- Hawkeye Wiildlife Area
10/20/17 6:42 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Continuing the crossbill trend...
10/20/17 5:51 am Terri Macey <tjm1895...> [ia-bird] Trumpeter Swan in Iowa City
 
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Date: 11/18/17 6:07 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Barn Swallow
Driving across the dam at Lake Rathbun I saw a swallow fly across. It was a late Barn Swallow. Better go south soon. Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 11/18/17 4:17 pm
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills and Common Redpoll - Polk County
On W Jester Park Drive near the Big Creek Spillway today, I came across a
flock of ~10 Red Crossbills. They were feeding on sunflower seeds with
some goldfinches, something I didn't expect. There was also a Common
Redpoll feeding on the ground (a lifer for me).

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Date: 11/18/17 12:44 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co Gray Partridge
Just coming back from Ames, I saw a Gray Partridge very close to the town
of Luther. The lone partridge was feeding on the side of county E57 about
100 yards east of the intersection of E57 and Highway 17 in Luther. There
are several metal grain buildings near the spot.

At my feeders I have been having several Purple finches and one Pine
Siskin. Lots of Cedar Waxwings in the area.
Larry Dau
Boone Co

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Date: 11/18/17 9:47 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville raptors
An Iowa Young Birders' outing around Saylorville Dam produced a couple of
nice raptors this morning. A very vocal RED-SHOULDERED HAWK moved around us
at the east end of Bob Shetler. (It was observed in the same area last
weekend.) Also, a MERLIN perched up along the spillway for great scope
views.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/18/17 8:53 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Owls in the Ida County area
Hi,
Checked again the Snowy Owl location this morning and we had NO sighting of the Snowy that was there. It may be in hiding or has moved on. Back in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove, Ia
we had one Saw-whet at eye level and one long-eared owl. The Saw-whet will be with us all day but may move south as it gets dark tonight. Six previous Saw-whet have pass through on the early migration that I have found. Todays bird being the seventh, trusting that this one will over winter with us.

Great birding in Western Iowa,


Don

Don Poggensee
174 Lakeview Drive
Ida Grove, Iowa 561445-8088
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Date: 11/18/17 8:39 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Good Day!
Harmon Lake Winnebago CTY Iowa
Northern Shrike (great Photo)
Rough legged Hawk

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 11/17/17 7:48 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rathbun Lake
Two Horned Grebes at the dam. Also in Island View area were 9 Common Loons,over 30 Bonaparte’s Gulls and two Dunlin. Tom Johnson Mystic, Iowa

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Date: 11/17/17 2:32 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-17-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Friday, November 10, through Friday, November
17, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Pacific Loon

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Snowy Owl

Common Redpoll







***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.







*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A PACIFIC LOON and a COMMON REDPOLL were seen at Red Rock on the 11th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A WESTERN GREBE and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen at Saylorville on the
10th. 2 WESTERN GREBES were present on the 11th. The RED-NECKED GREBE was
relocated on the 13th.*



*BOONE COUNTY:*

*A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at a feeder 2 miles south of Boone on the 12th.*





*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*2 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Smiths Bay at West Lake Okoboji on the 11th.*



*3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Emerson Bay at West Lake Okoboji on
the 11th.*



*A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Anglers Bay at Spirit Lake on the 11th.*



*SAC COUNTY:*

*A SNOWY OWL was seen near *Aruthur, Iowa is about two miles east on Hwy
175, then take county M-35 north for about 2.3 mile, until you reach 300th
street. Take 300th street east for
about a mile.











~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Tuesday,
November 21, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 11/17/17 1:18 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] request for Barn Owl photo
I have a photo of three from a nesting box in Dubuque County.
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 11/17/17 12:18 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Nebraska Sighting--Williamson's Sapsucker
I promised to report on this bird if I relocated it. I was fortunate
enough see and get photos of the Williamson's Sapsucker (Lifer) Thursday PM
in North Platte NE. The 470 miles from Liscomb to North Platte was worth
it. Kept an eye on its favorite tree fro four hours while wondering around
the neighborhood. NO show. Trip to Lake Malone (2 miles away) then back
for more looking around the sapsucker area. Still a NO show so Justin and
I wandered several hundred yards away to pick off some other species. 5
minutes later we were notified that the bird was in the tree I had been
watching. A run (waddle for me) back and got great views and some shady
photos.

Well enough about Nebraska.

God Bless.

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817*

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Date: 11/17/17 8:35 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] request for Barn Owl photo
The Cedar Rapids Gazette is writing a story about Barn Owls in Iowa. No specific locations of owl sightings will be used in the story, of course.
Since The Gazette publishes in Eastern Iowa, our reporter is trying to obtain a fairly recent photo of a Barn Owl that was taken in Eastern Iowa to print with the story. Credit to the photographer will be given, of course. And the location will be general (county or city, etc., no exact information).
If you do have a photo you'd want to share with The Gazette, you can contact me privately. Thank you.
Diana PesekCedar Rapids

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Date: 11/16/17 6:52 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 1 Snowy Owl 2 Saw-whet Owls
Hi,
First off, I found two new Saw-whet Owls in the pine trees today in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove. Also this morning I had a call of a possible Snowy Owl northeast of Arthur, Iowa.
I was in Omaha most of the morning so it was later this afternoon when I was able to check on the Snowy.
I found it, and the location from Aruthur, Iowa is about two miles east on Hwy 175, then take county M-35 north for about 2.3 mile, until you reach 300th street. Take 300th street east for
about a mile or so, and just before sunset, the snowy was on the ground about 300 years to the north. It had been seen a little farther east on 300th street that morning sitting on a small bridge.
Just after I took this photo near sunset it flew to the west back toward M-35 and I lost sight of it. This location in just inside the west edge of Sac County.

Great birds in Western Iowa,

Don




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Date: 11/16/17 5:02 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines Audubon program Tuesday
Des Moines Audubon
Tuesday, November 21st, 7:00 p.m.
The Program: Madagascar
By Paul Roisen

Paul Roisen will give a presentation on a portion of his trip to Madagascar. His trip covered so many miles and locations and he took so many photographs that he has three presentations ready and he’s not even half done. His program will cover birds, lemurs, people, habitat, and much, much more.

Des Moines Audubon meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the lunchroom of the Northwest Community Center, which is located at 51st and Franklin Avenue in Des Moines. The Center is just west of Franklin Library. There is ample parking and the building is accessible. If you have questions about this meeting place, please contact Jane Clark at 515-223-5047.


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Date: 11/16/17 4:11 pm
From: Bob Dick <siti1526...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lots of Pine Siskins
Sorry, sunflower seeds, not safflower

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Date: 11/16/17 1:44 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] phoebe
I had a late (and cold) E. Phoebe in Aspen grove Cemetery this afternoon
(Burlington/Des Moines Cty)
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 11/16/17 12:09 pm
From: candace69001 <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Northern Saw-whet Owls
Martin Lake (also known as Greenbelt Lake) is right off of Hwy 63; it is
just a bit north of the Hwy 63/Ridgeway intersection in Waterloo, IA. As
you go north on Hwy 63, you will turn left (west) on the road right across
from the "Celebration" church.

It is not part of George Wyth S. P. If you e-bird, it is listed as a
hotspot under Martin Lake and will give you the location.

Candace Havely
Waterloo, Black Hawk County

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:52:11 AM UTC-6, Mary Lynn ReVoir wrote:
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> Where is Martin Lake in Waterloo? Part of George Wyth Park?
>
> On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 4:49:09 PM UTC-6,
> akorr%<......> wrote:
>>
>> First spotted by Candace Havely and reported by Paul Roisen, the
>> Saw-whets have returned to Martin Lake in Waterloo.
>>
>>

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Date: 11/16/17 9:52 am
From: Mary Lynn ReVoir <mlrevoir2...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Northern Saw-whet Owls
Where is Martin Lake in Waterloo? Part of George Wyth Park?

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 4:49:09 PM UTC-6,
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> First spotted by Candace Havely and reported by Paul Roisen, the Saw-whets
> have returned to Martin Lake in Waterloo.
>
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Date: 11/16/17 6:20 am
From: Bob Dick <siti1526...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lots of Pine Siskins
Between Pine Siskins and Gold Finches we have gone thru 100 pounds of hull
less safflower seed this fall.

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Date: 11/15/17 9:34 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blackhawk and Grundy
Los Quatro Amigos (Tom S., Francis M., Mark P., and myself took a walkabout
through the cemeteries of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Gilbert for finches. None
wished to show themselves with the biting wind and cold. I was treated to
4 new Blackhawk species with the best being Sandhills Crane (3) and
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (1)

One new species in Grundy as Mark and I headed back to LIscomb--Cackling
Goose (2) in Grundy County Lake.

Upon arriving in LIscomb I bailed out on Mark to chase a Williamson's
Sapsucker way down in North Platte (470 additional miles). This would be
a "Lifer". I know this is in NEBRASKA but still a nice bird. Will
report if I relocated it.

God Bless, stay warm and out of the wind.


*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 11/15/17 7:36 pm
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ringgold Co. Rough legged hawks
Saw 2 rough-legged hawks soaring over Kellerton Bird Conservation today at
about 12:30.
Diane Dentlinger

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Date: 11/15/17 6:52 pm
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Raptor day
Birders,

I traveled to Cedar Rapids from Ames for a meeting today along HWY 30 where
the raptor numbers were impressive. I counted 10 Bald Eagles, 22
Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Rough-legged Hawks (FOS; one each in Story and Marshall
counties), 2 Northern Harriers (Marshall and Tama counties), and 4 American
Kestrels.

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 11/15/17 6:28 pm
From: Dan Dorrance <d2dorrance...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Montgomery County Short-eared Owl

When crossing through a corn field and CRP fence row area on our farm around 5:20 PM I spotted a Short-eared Owl perched on a fence post. It dropped down into the corn stubble and then flew off in its characteristic butterfly type flight.

Dan Dorrance
Red Oak

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Date: 11/15/17 2:49 pm
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw-whet Owls
First spotted by Candace Havely and reported by Paul Roisen, the Saw-whets
have returned to Martin Lake in Waterloo.

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Date: 11/15/17 5:23 am
From: <christopher-s-jones...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa City Carolina wrens and pine siskins
Since the mornings got frosty, Carolina wren(s) have been visiting feeders every morning. Also many pine siskins. White throated sparrows here now at least three weeks .

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Date: 11/14/17 2:43 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whet Owls Blackhawk County
11/14/17
Mark Proescholdt, Francis Moore, and I had two N. Saw-Whet Owls at Martin
Lake . The exact location for the first was *GPS: 42.810249, -92.248471*
in a Cedar tree. The 2nd was about 15 feet away to the SSW in a Pine
tree. This one had breakfast laying next to it on the branch.

Look up the coordinates on google maps and use "satellite" view. You will
then be able to see the location in relation to the trees.

Of course, keep in mind that they may move to a different tree by tomorrow
but know that they are there.


11/14/17
Blackhawk County
We also picked up RB Nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglet in the pines at the
Burns Park *GPS 42.484285,-92.373825*.

George Wyeth State Park: Red-shouldered Hawks 2 (1a 1i), Horned Grebe 1,
Fox Sparrow 3, Eastern Towhee 1 f.

*11/13/17*
Chickasaw County +9 county birds with best being Red-breasted Nuthatch,
and Red Crossbills and Pine Siskin.

Howard County: + 4 county birds best being Merlin, Red-breated Nuthatch,
and Pine Siskin

Bremer County +3 county birds. Trumpeter Swan, Rough-legged Hawk, and
Cackling Goose

*Paul O. Roisen*
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Date: 11/14/17 2:42 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whet Owls Blackhawk County
11/14/17
Mark Proescholdt, Francis Moore, and I had two N. Saw-Whet Owls at Martin
Lake . The exact location for the first was *GPS: 42.810249, -92.248471*
in a Cedar tree. The 2nd was about 15 feet away to the SSW in a Pine
tree. This one had breakfast laying next to it on the branch.

Look up the coordinates on google maps and use "satellite" view. You will
then be able to see the location in relation to the trees.

Of course, keep in mind that they may move to a different tree by tomorrow
but know that they are there.


*11/14/17*
*Blackhawk County * +9 county birds with best being Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Fox Sparrow (3), and Golden-crowned Sparrow.
We also picked up RB Nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglet in the pines at the
Burns Park *GPS 42.484285,-92.373825*.

George Wyeth State Park: Red-shouldered Hawks 2 (1a 1i), Horned Grebe 1,
Fox Sparrow 3, Eastern Towhee 1 f.

*11/13/17*
*Chickasaw County* +9 county birds with best being Red-breasted
Nuthatch, and Red Crossbills and Pine Siskin.

*Howard County*: + 4 county birds best being Merlin, Red-breated
Nuthatch, and Pine Siskin

*Bremer County* +3 county birds. Trumpeter Swan, Rough-legged Hawk, and
Cackling Goose

Another great day temperature wise and bird wise.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 11/13/17 9:23 pm
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU update is a coming...
Hello Birders who care about Iowa!

To everyone who was at the Fall IOU meeting and those who care but couldn't attend: I dare say we had a great time. Excellent food, fantastic company all in a beautiful, historic old city. Oh yeah, there were birds too.

We tallied 95 species and as Candace mentioned, the Red Crossbill at the convent was a lifer for as many as 7 people. Tundra swans and at least one other were some of the other lifers we picked up. (Yes, the crossbill was a lifer for me too!)

We may not have set record bird numbers, but with gracious hosts in the Dubuque Audobon society presenting on Prothonotary warblers and leading field trips we had a great time. I will provide the full list in the next few days. It's not all that thrilling (there were some odd misses) but I understand it's importance.

Thanks to all who helped, and if I screwed something up, please let me know. I certainly don't like to make the same mistake twice. Yes, the name tags will be better, I promise!

Again, all things considered if you weren't there, you missed a good time. But that's ok. We can see you in Sioux City on May 18-20 if we don't run into each other on the birding trail before that.

Bird well,

Pip Fisher
Vice President
Iowa Ornithologists Union

ps- Expect a survey monkey link on how things went. If you don't want to say your name, you won't have to.

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Date: 11/13/17 7:13 pm
From: exnerimages <andexn...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swans


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mississippi River, between Harpers Ferry, IA and Brownsville, MN


As already reported by Ric Zarwell, there were large concentrations of
Tundra Swans between Harpers Ferry, IA and Brownsville, MN last weekend. In
addition I counted about 150 swans on a bank in the river across from Mud
Lake, IA on Friday evening.

If you can’t make it up to northeast Iowa but like to have a glimpse what
we saw, please feel free to click the links to my blog about nature and
photography below.


http://www.exnerimages.net/blog/2017/11/13/nature-clicks-387-tundra-swans-large-numbers

http://www.exnerimages.net/blog/2017/11/13/still-intrigued


Andreas Exner

exnerimages.net


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Date: 11/13/17 12:46 pm
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Red-necked Grebe—Saylorville
Continuing off the dam at Saylorville Lake, Polk County. The bird was
located on the lake between the visitor center viewing platform and eastern
most dam pullout.

RJ Thompson
West Des Moines, IA

On Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3:45:20 PM UTC-6, Aaron Brees wrote:

> This afternoon there was a Red-necked Grebe off the dam with an Eared and
> 20+ Horned Grebe. I couldn’t find Denny’s Western.
>
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Date: 11/13/17 12:28 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rathbun Lake
This a.m. 4 Sanderlings, 2 Pectoral, and 1 Least Sandpiper we’re present in the Island View area. 42 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 10 Common Loons, and a Merlin in the same area. Tom Johnson Mystic,Ia.

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Date: 11/12/17 9:45 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wanderings and IOU meeting
Thanks to Pip Fisher for a great weekend of birding. Food was great.
Company was even better. Amar and other presenters did a great job.
Thanks to the Dubuque Audubon Club for the wonderful guiding. 10 new
county birds for Dubuque.

Mark Proescholdt and I picked up Red Crossbills in 6 counties this
weekend. Red-breasted Nuthatch in 7 counties. Brief stint into Wisconsin
on one of the field trips. Tundra Swan and Red shouldered Hawk one of 18
new state birds.

NEXT IOU Meeting-- Spring 2018 in Sioux City, IA. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR
NOW. May 18-20 !!

Mark, Francis Moore, and I are working through Howard, CHICKASAW (all caps
for Paul Hertzel), Bremer, and Blackhawk the next couple of days.

Until the next installment of Roisen Ramblings!

God Bless,


*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 11/12/17 7:46 pm
From: Candace Havely <kansas592...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rough Legged Hawk - Buchanan County
After getting my life Red Crossbills at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Dubuque
this morning at the IOU field trip in Dubuque (Thanks Dave and others for
helping me see these!) I was driving back to Waterloo and saw a
Rough-legged Hawk hovering along Hwy 20 just east of Independence.

I want to thank Pip for organizing a great meeting...well done! It was a
lot of fun, the speakers were interesting and I gleaned a lot of hints
about gulls from our keynote. There were at least seven of us for which the
Red Crossbills were lifers. Thank you Dubuque Audubon for hosting us and
sharing your time and expertise with us!

Candace Havely
Wateroo, IA
Black Hawk Co.

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Date: 11/12/17 7:44 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Screech owl
Sitting her messing around on the computer, I can hear a screech owl calling outside my window from time to time. Got my nest box up too late last year, but it's still up so here's hoping for this year.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 11/12/17 4:24 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Redpoll- 2 miles south of Boone
This afternoon we managed to spot a Common Redpoll below a sunflower feeder
with a number of Goldfinches, Juncos and House Finches. He was in constant
motion, so I did not get a pleasingly sharp photo, but it was still fun to
watch for a few minutes. One photo included.

Also in the area, lots of Goldfinches and Juncos, a couple of Flickers,
Bluebirds and one or two each of White-throated, Harris', Fox and Tree
Sparrows. I hiked the creek in Ledges State Park yesterday and it was
pretty quiet, with the exception of a Bald Eagle, a couple of Gold-crowned
Kinglets and a handful of Red-headed Woodpeckers. Looks like it will be a
good winter for them.

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 11/12/17 3:19 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Kiwanis Park, Carter Lake, and Glenwood Cemetery
Hi all,



Spent a leisurely couple hours poking around in sw Iowa today.



For Canada Goose aficionados, I've posted pics from Kiwanis Park, Carter
Lake, of what I believe is a flock derived from the well-documented hybrid
zone between hutchinsii Cacklers and interior Canadas along the west shore
of Hudson Bay, where our western Iowa hutchies and interiors come from. I'm
very interested in comments. I found several birds in the flock that I think
are intergrades, but probably 80% at least looked like interiors.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40473907



Also looked in at Glenwood Cemetery, where I found an interesting junco.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40473786



Ross



Ross Silcock

Seasonal Reports Compiler

Nebraska Bird Review

Tabor, IA

402-618-4933



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Date: 11/12/17 2:12 pm
From: Chris Caster <cjcaster...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Updated Iowa CBC Species Checklist
http://www.iowabirds.org/Connections/Documents/CBC%20Species%20List.pdf

This message is primarily for those CBC compilers out there. The species checklist available on the IOU’s CBC webpage has been updated to reflect the current eBird taxonomy, which the National Audubon Society reports using. I don’t know whether this follows the American Ornithological Society taxonomy.

It will make my task so much easier if all CBC compilers download this file and use it when submitting their count reports. Otherwise I’m forced to skip back and forth on my spreadsheet, which gets tiring and I have been known to make mistakes.

So through out all those old forms---PLEASE.

And Thanks.

Chris Caster
Coralville

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Date: 11/12/17 2:02 pm
From: Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swans - Allamakee Co.
IA-Birders:

This morning I found approximately 2,000 Tundra Swan along Red Oak Road and upstream from the dike lead eastward to Lock & Dam 9, south of Lansing and north of Harpers Ferry, in Allamakee Co. A local homeowner told me all or nearly all of the swans had arrived overnight.

This is the weekend when we used to hold the Rivers & Bluffs Fall Birding Festival, and the typical high numbers of waterfowl and other water birds were present again this year. That included scores of thousands of Canvasback and other diving ducks, large numbers of dabbling ducks, 3 late Pectoral Sandpipers, about a dozen snipe and a couple of dozen distant shorebirds birders from Illinois and Wisconsin thought were Dunlin. A Common Loon and several other kinds of non-waterfowl waterbirds were also found. Nothing really unexpected was seen, but the variety and big numbers provided considerable enjoyment.

It is worth noting that the man-made islands that have been under construction in the lower end of Pool 9 will very likely provide the same super abundance of food items for swans and other waterfowl that is currently attracting enormous numbers of swans to Pool 8, 11-miles north of the Iowa border. This bodes well for Iowa birders interested in really large concentrations of Tundra Swans in the next several years.

Happy birding,




Ric

Ric Zarwell
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Lansing, IA 52151-0299
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Date: 11/12/17 1:45 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU meeting
Thanks for everyone’s hard work!
17 species 20 minutes at the feeders!
Red Breasted Nuthatches and Pine Siskins

Trumpeter Swans at West Lake Scott CTY

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 11/12/17 11:56 am
From: A.G. Burnside <ag.burnside...>
Subject: [ia-bird] rough-legged hawk
This morning I watched a juvenile light morph rough-legged hawk. It perched in the topmost branches of a small burr oak for more than ten minutes, scanning the ground most of the time. Smaller birds came to challenge it---jays first, then a pair of cardinals and then a northern mockingbird. It finally spread its wings and dropped down into the brushy roadside, emerging a minute or so later with nothing I could see in its talons.

Anne Burnside
Davis County

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Date: 11/12/17 11:05 am
From: James Scheib <jim...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Shrike Johnson Co. 11/9/17
Northern Shrike Johnson Co. 11/9/17

Jim Fuller and I found this Northern Shrike last Thursday at the west end of the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area
where Swan Lake Road ends at Cemetery Rd NW.
It was also seen a week earlier but a fleeting view did not allow for a good ID.
This photo shows a first year Northern Shrike at a good angle.

James Scheib
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Date: 11/11/17 7:21 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Rock
This morning,I saw a PACIDIC LOON from the high boat ramp in the Whitebreast area and a COMMON REDPOLL over by the point.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone.
Waterloo

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Date: 11/11/17 1:22 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Bay Sea Ducks
This morning in Dickinson County Ed Thelen and I had good luck with sea
ducks. We met at Smith's Bay on West Lake Okoboji and found two
female/immature Black Scoters to start the day. Then up at Angler's Bay on
Spirit Lake a male White-winged Scoter was with a considerable mixed flock
of other diving ducks. Divers were on the move and we had several good
mixed flocks with birds coming and going as we watched. At Emerson Bay back
at West Lake Okoboji we found three female/immature White-winged Scoters.
We thought at first they were Surf Scoters for a scoter trifecta but as they
surfaced together the white patches were plainly evident.



An American Pipit was rock-hopping on the frozen shoreline of Spirit Lake
and near Lake Park a large mixed flock of blackbirds was predominantly Rusty
Blackbirds estimated at 300. It has been many years since seeing such a
concentration of that species. At the Silver Lake cemetery there were many
cones on the ground but not a single crossbill in the trees.



Lee A Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 11/11/17 10:00 am
From: A.G. Burnside <ag.burnside...>
Subject: [ia-bird] rough-legged hawk
This morning I watched a juvenile light morph rough-legged hawk. It
perched in the topmost branches of a small burr oak for more than ten
minutes, scanning the ground most of the time. Smaller birds came to
challenge it---jays first, then a pair of cardinals and then a northern
mockingbird. It finally spread its wings and dropped down into the brushy
roadside, emerging a minute or so later with nothing I could see in its
talons.

Anne Burnside
Davis County

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Date: 11/11/17 9:37 am
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Grebe-Saylorville (Polk County)
Currently watching two Western Grebe beyond some scattered Common Loon on
the western pullout at Saylorville dam.

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Date: 11/11/17 9:07 am
From: Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Enormous Tundra Swan concentration on Upper Mississippi River
IA-Birders:

Friday afternoon I made a trip up the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River from Lansing, Allamakee County, to La Crosse, WI to get some work done on our vehicle. I was looking for some R & R plus big numbers of waterfowl, and certainly found it. What I saw at the Fish & Wildlife Service viewing deck 22.5 miles north of Lansing or 11-miles north of the Iowa border (about 4-miles south of Brownsville, MN) was a truly incredible number of Tundra Swans. The dense concentration and its wide distribution exceeded anything I have ever seen for this species on the big river.

From previous experience while providing field trips to this exact location as part of the Rivers & Bluffs Fall Birding Festival, as well as other ongoing observations, I know what a gathering of 15 to 18,000 Tundra swans looks like (confirmed by FWS plane surveys, aerial photos, etc.). So I’d estimate what I saw on Friday, may have been in the 22 - 25,000 range, and possibly hundreds more swans. The views and sounds were truly incredible. A world class wildlife experience! And swans continued to arrive. With slightly more moderate temperatures, it is likely this outstanding opportunity will persist for some days or possibly for a couple of weeks.

The afore mentioned viewing deck (actually there are two such viewing stations) provide by far the best location for enjoying enormous fall concentrations of this iconic species. Surprisingly, at times hundreds of Tundra Swans, Canada Geese and assorted ducks are within unobstructed view, approx. 300 feet from observers. Much of this can be attributed to a system of recently constructed islands and the abundance of waterfowl food now provided. Also, the two viewing stations provide maximum comfort (w/informative kiosks, porta-potty, etc.) and could hardly have been placed at better locations.

I was going to check Red Oak Road in Allamakee County, south of Lansing and north of Harpers Ferry, for Tundra Swan numbers this morning and report that to IA-BIRD as well. But freezing rain persuaded me to remain off the roads, at least for a while. Red Oak Road has been mentioned by many birders as the single best place in Iowa to observe large concentrations of Tundra Swans.

Happy Birding,


Ric

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Date: 11/10/17 7:51 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Chickasaw and Howard County-new(to me) eagle nests
On the way to work this morning I noticed an eagle nest overlooking the pasture at the intersection of 140th ST and Fayette Avenue(east of Colwell). Didn't see any eagles in the area, but it's early in the season. Not sure yet if this nest is new for the year.

Also found a nest on the south side of Lylah's Marsh north of Elma-being public access land I'm sure this nest is known. Both nests are on the small side for an eagle nest, so most likely "young" nests.
Brings the total of nests I check in on from time to time to 13.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 11/10/17 7:22 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] YB Loon
Has anyone looked for the Yellow-billed Loon lately? No sightings on eBird
or posts to IA-BIRD (except John Bissell's report 7 Nov). Is the lake
freezing up?



Ross



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Date: 11/10/17 1:45 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe—Saylorville
This afternoon there was a Red-necked Grebe off the dam with an Eared and
20+ Horned Grebe. I couldn’t find Denny’s Western.

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Date: 11/10/17 9:02 am
From: rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] buffleheads
raft of ~25 on East Hottes lake Dickinson county, tight group frolicking at
sunset

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 11/10/17 9:00 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Grrebe at Saylorville
I had a Western Grebe off the center overlook at Saylorville Dam this
morning. The waterfowl mix is changing with good numbers of Common
Goldeneye and Common Mergansers and lots of Buffleheads.



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Johnston

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Date: 11/9/17 6:45 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-9-17 AMENDED TO ADD YELLOW-BILLED LOON
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 4, through Thursday,
November 9, 2017: AMENDED



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**YELLOW-BILLED LOON**









-Additional Species Mentioned

Tundra Swan

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Prairie Falcon

Townsends Solitaire

Red Crossbill

Common Redpoll

Eurasian Tree Sparrow







***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.
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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.











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was heard at Lime Springs Nature Area on the 3rd.



A YELLOW-BILLED LOON was photographed at Clear Lake on the 7th.



A LONG-TAILED DUCK and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Clear Lake on the 8
th.









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

9 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at FW Kent Park on the 8th.



DELAWARE COUNTY:

8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Bailys Ford County Park on the 8th.





*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A RED-THROATED LOON and a PACIFIC LOON were seen at Red Rock on the 3rd.



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at Lake Rathbun on the 8th.









*CENTRAL:*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*A EURASIAN TREE SPARROW was seen at *16069 680th Ave on the 4th.



2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at Sopers Mill on the 5th.



POLK COUNTY:

Highlights from Saylorville on the 4th included 2 PACIFIC LOONS, a BLACK
SCOTER, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK. One of the PACIFIC LOONS was seen around
Lakeview on the 8th.



10 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Union Park in Des Moines on the 6th.



JASPER COUNTY:

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at the Bison enclosure at Neal Smith NWR on the 7
th.





*NORTHWEST:*



*CHEROKEE COUNTY:*

*A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen north of Cherokee on the 4th.*



*OBRIEN COUNTY:*

*A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was seen along 470th St in the Waterman Prairie area
on the 4th.*











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November 17, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 11/9/17 3:06 pm
From: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Shellsburg bird walk
Welcome to Iowa! The park is in southeast Benton County in the town of Shellsburg, just east of the elementary school. Shellsburg is not too far from Cedar Rapids (to the north).

> On Nov 9, 2017, at 4:37 PM, David Griffin <birdingnm...> wrote:
>
> Ruby
>
> Sounds great - best of luck with the new club chapter!
>
> I'm newish to Iowa and not entirely familiar with many place names, so for my sake and others could you mention where/what county/town this all will take place?
>
> Thanks!
> David Griffin
> Muscatine
>
>> On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM, Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> wrote:
>> ​My daugh​ter Coralee and another young birder from western Iowa have started an Iowa chapter of the new birding group Whimbrel Birders Club (managed by young birders but open to all). The Iowa chapter is called Iowa Bobolinks. The club is described as a birding club truly meant for all ages, meaning we offer walks for anyone 0 to 100.
>>
>> Their first walk is scheduled for tomorrow, November 10, beginning at 10AM at the Shellsburg Prairie Forest Trail and lasting roughly an hour. If you're in the area feel free to join the walk--very very low key, everyone is welcome, no birding experience even required. Meet at the trailhead prior to 10AM, located at the intersection of Cottage and Pearl Streets NW. Trail loop is around a mile in length.
>>
>> Ruby and Coralee Bodeker
>> Benton Co.
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Date: 11/9/17 2:38 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-9-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 4, through Thursday,
November 9, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Tundra Swan

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Prairie Falcon

Townsends Solitaire

Red Crossbill

Common Redpoll

Eurasian Tree Sparrow







***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.











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was heard at Lime Springs Nature Area on the 3rd.



A LONG-TAILED DUCK and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Clear Lake on the 8
th.









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

9 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at FW Kent Park on the 8th.



DELAWARE COUNTY:

8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Bailys Ford County Park on the 8th.





*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A RED-THROATED LOON and a PACIFIC LOON were seen at Red Rock on the 3rd.



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at Lake Rathbun on the 8th.









*CENTRAL:*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*A EURASIAN TREE SPARROW was seen at *16069 680th Ave on the 4th.



2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at Sopers Mill on the 5th.



POLK COUNTY:

Highlights from Saylorville on the 4th included 2 PACIFIC LOONS, a BLACK
SCOTER, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK. One of the PACIFIC LOONS was seen around
Lakeview on the 8th.



10 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Union Park in Des Moines on the 6th.



JASPER COUNTY:

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at the Bison enclosure at Neal Smith NWR on the 7
th.





*NORTHWEST:*



*CHEROKEE COUNTY:*

*A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen north of Cherokee on the 4th.*



*OBRIEN COUNTY:*

*A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was seen along 470th St in the Waterman Prairie area
on the 4th.*











~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




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The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 17, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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515-423-6108

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Date: 11/9/17 2:37 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Shellsburg bird walk
Ruby

Sounds great - best of luck with the new club chapter!

I'm newish to Iowa and not entirely familiar with many place names, so for
my sake and others could you mention where/what county/town this all will
take place?

Thanks!
David Griffin
Muscatine

On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM, Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> wrote:

> ​My daugh​ter Coralee and another young birder from western Iowa have
> started an Iowa chapter of the new birding group Whimbrel Birders Club
> (managed by young birders but open to all). The Iowa chapter is called Iowa
> Bobolinks. The club is described as *a birding club truly meant for all
> ages, meaning we offer walks for anyone 0 to 100.*
>
> Their first walk is scheduled for tomorrow, November 10, beginning at 10AM
> at the Shellsburg Prairie Forest Trail and lasting roughly an hour. If
> you're in the area feel free to join the walk--very very low key, everyone
> is welcome, no birding experience even required. Meet at the trailhead
> prior to 10AM, located at the intersection of Cottage and Pearl Streets NW.
> Trail loop is around a mile in length.
>
> Ruby and Coralee Bodeker
> Benton Co.
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Date: 11/9/17 12:29 pm
From: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shellsburg bird walk
​My daugh​ter Coralee and another young birder from western Iowa have
started an Iowa chapter of the new birding group Whimbrel Birders Club
(managed by young birders but open to all). The Iowa chapter is called Iowa
Bobolinks. The club is described as *a birding club truly meant for all
ages, meaning we offer walks for anyone 0 to 100.*

Their first walk is scheduled for tomorrow, November 10, beginning at 10AM
at the Shellsburg Prairie Forest Trail and lasting roughly an hour. If
you're in the area feel free to join the walk--very very low key, everyone
is welcome, no birding experience even required. Meet at the trailhead
prior to 10AM, located at the intersection of Cottage and Pearl Streets NW.
Trail loop is around a mile in length.

Ruby and Coralee Bodeker
Benton Co.

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Date: 11/8/17 9:58 pm
From: 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County Long-tailed Duck
At Clear Lake today, trying to relocate the Yellow-billed Loon found by Carolyn Fischer, I checked a couple spots along South Shore Drive on my way home, and found a Long-tailed Duck. No luck on the Yellow-billed Loon, but other birders did find a Red-throated Loon off State Park Beach today as well.
Betty LucasMason City, IA

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Date: 11/8/17 2:22 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swan Lake Rathbun
Mike Stephens sited two adult Tundra Swans this a.m. This is unusual for
our area. There was also 7 species among the 1500 ducks. There were also
two Horned Grebes and a 35 Bonaparte's Gulls. Tom Johnson Mystic , Ia.

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Date: 11/8/17 12:21 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crossbills in Delaware County


This morning I found 8 Red Crossbills at Bailey's Ford County Park. Given all the recent reports of this species, one might consider this to be ho hum, but Red Crossbills have never been reported in the county.  It brings my total in Delaware to 204, edging me ever closer to my goal of 208 species in my adopted county.
The birds quickly flew to the North,possibly to extensive plantings in Milo Forest, but I was too hungry to pursue them and headed instead to the Burger King in Manchester. 
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 






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Date: 11/8/17 12:13 pm
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills - Johnson county
Just had a group of 9 at Kent Park in Johnson county. Keep following the
main road to the right. They're working the pines on the right side of the
road just pass the turnoff to Red Haw Shelter.

Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 11/8/17 10:40 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon at Saylorville
It's been a good fall for Pacific Loons at Saylorville. One provided a nice
side-by-side comparison with a Common Loon off Lakeview this morning.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/7/17 2:26 pm
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Neal Smith NWR Birds
This afternoon I saw a COMMON REDPOLL in the bison enclosure. It flushed
and perched on the fence, then repeated the same route about 1/2 an hour
later. It’s my first one on the Refuge, although some were seen on the CBC
a few years ago. Later, when I returned to the visitor center, I heard a
BELTED KINGFISHER rattle and looked up to see one flying over. Not an
expected prairie bird! ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and NORTHERN HARRIERS were also
present on the Refuge today.
Karen Viste-Sparkman
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Date: 11/7/17 1:33 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible Yellow-billed Loon
This loon was seen early this afternoon on
Clear Lake, in Cerro Gordo County.
Picture clarity is poor, as it was taken with
my scope & iPhone.
Reviews of the photo have been mixed so far.
If possible post this on Iowa Birding for me.

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City

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Date: 11/7/17 8:39 am
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Neat addition to Doug Harr's Post
We are at the cabin in NW Wisconsin. Just bought Duluth News Tribune at store. Largest front page story is about new MN Breeding Bird Atlas with 2 large photos, a Pileated and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. It cover 2/3rds of front page and continued on another. They know what news is important up here!

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Date: 11/7/17 5:41 am
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Dubuque Meeting Meal Registration Deadline Extension to 11/7!
I would have liked to bring my wife to the dinner ,but it looks like that is not an option without registration for the entire event which she will not be attending.
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 11/6/17 8:44 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Dubuque Meeting Meal Registration Deadline Extension to 11/7!
Thanks for the reminder, Pip!

Hello all,
I just check the website and we only have 57 people signed up. This may
be like record low numbers in the last 20 years. Hope more of you all can
join us in Dubuque.

You do NOT have to be a member of the IOU to attend! Of course, we would
love to sign you up if you enjoy the meeting.

Any questions please feel free to email Pip or even I would be most willing
to answer any questions (email or 712-301-2817).

God Bless and see you in Dubuque!



*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817*

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> As always, we’ll take meeting registrations up until the meeting…
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> Thanks and see you this weekend in Dubuque!
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Date: 11/6/17 6:46 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Dubuque Meeting Meal Registration Deadline Extension to 11/7!
Good Evening Birders-

If you waited to sign up for the meals for the meeting this weekend, you have one last chance. The numbers have to be called in tomorrow 11/7, so if you want to sign up for meals, this is really the LAST possible minute.

As always, we’ll take meeting registrations up until the meeting…

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Date: 11/6/17 4:23 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Scales Pt, Johnson Co
6 Common Loons
150 Ruddy Ducks
200+ Mallards
200+ Le Sc

I am sure there were other things out there, but I did not see them. Most of them were between the marina’s docks and the far shore, closer to the far shore than to the Point.
Seth’s Snow Bunting was not seen.

There is a decent amount a conifers near the point shown on map — I’ve seen no Crossbills there, yet.

I have marked the direction towards Macbride Nature Recreation Area, where today Tamra Elliott hear loons calling today.

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Date: 11/6/17 4:15 pm
From: Justin Rogers <justinrogers20...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Snowy owl
I looked Sunday for 2.5 hours and made passes all around that area on
gravel roads and came up empty. Watch out for the white jugs on stakes in
the fields - they really get your heart racing until you zoom in on them
only to find they are marking culverts in the fields...

-Justin Rogers
Ankeny, IA



On Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:04:26 PM UTC-6, donpog wrote:
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> Any updates on the Snowy that was seen north of Lake City?
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> Don Poggensee
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Date: 11/6/17 4:04 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy owl
Hi,
Any updates on the Snowy that was seen north of Lake City?

Don

Don Poggensee
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Date: 11/6/17 3:55 pm
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbill sighting- Type 2's and Type 4's Union Park in Des Moines/ Polk County
I found a small flock of ten Red Crossbills at Union Park in Des Moines
this afternoon. They were in a bare tree next to a pine stand located to
the east of the Rocket Slide. I captured some audio and Tim S. at E Bird
identified them as 2's and 4's. The park has a decent amount of conifers
with a good cone crop, so maybe they will stick around for awhile.

RJ Thompson
West Des Moines, IA

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Date: 11/6/17 10:39 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas
To all Iowa birders:

I'd encourage you all to view the just-released online version of
Minnesota's very first Breeding Bird Atlas, especially if you enjoy birding
in Minnesota. The project has been under auspices of Audubon Minnesota, on
whose board of directors I serve, and for which I conducted several survey
blocks in N Central Minnesota for 4 years of their 5-year BBA surveys. The
note below from Kristin Hall with whom Bruce Erhesman and I have worked
many times, both in Minnesota and Iowa.

Doug Harr
President
[image: Inline image 1]

**********************************************************************************************************

*The MN BBA was published on-line today and is now officially available
at https://mnbirdatlas.org/ <https://mnbirdatlas.org/>. As with any
Breeding Bird Atlas, this effort was herculean in scope and scale. It would
not have been possible without the efforts of 100’s of people dedicating
1000’s of hours. Please feel free to dive into what this interactive Atlas
has to offer and distribute the link far and wide! Thanks to all who made
this impressive feat possible.*

*Kristin Hall*
*Conservation Manager*
*Audubon Minnesota*

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Date: 11/6/17 10:18 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ogden Siskins
One or two Pine *Siskins* have appeared at our feeders in Ogden (Boone Co.)
the past two days, and this noon we now have a flock of 8.

Doug Harr

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Date: 11/6/17 5:10 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshidk co birds
Sunday at Rock Creek Lake had 1 blue-winged teal, 10 green winged teal, 15-20 scaup, 3 white pelicans, 2 cormorants, and a bald eagle flushing them. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 11/5/17 3:26 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Peregrine
Peregrine was on the northeast corner of Mid American Building this afternoon
Davenport Iowa

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 11/5/17 3:20 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] DSM area birds
Hi I-Birders,

Karen, Harney, and I walked at Beaver Creek Greenbelt this afternoon
(adjacent to Terra Park, Johnston, Polk Co.) and saw a few birds worth
mentioning. A lone RED CROSSBILL flew over us, calling, heading west. In
the woods we had a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and a brushy area yielded some
AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS along with single FOX and HARRIS'S SPARROWS.
Yesterday a CAROLINA WREN visited our feeder twice, and I heard the cheeky
devil's cheery song ringing out from the woods behind our house in the
chill of the morning. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Dubuque
next weekend.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 11/5/17 1:48 pm
From: <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - Wild Things
The Quad City Audubon Society will hold its monthly program this Thursday , Novem ber 9 . Jim Frink, local naturalist, will give a presentation on Wild Things . Be treated to Jim's vast knowledge base on local flora and fauna including reptiles, snakes, flowers, insects, and mushrooms.

QCAS monthly meetings are open to the public and begin at 7:00 p.m. Our meetings are held at the Butterworth Center located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, Illinois.
Walt Zuurdeeg
Quad City Audubon Society


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Date: 11/5/17 1:34 pm
From: Hank Zaletel <madowl...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Story County - Long-tailed Ducks
The birds were viewed briefly at 9:40 AM and then took off heading south. A search of Peterson Pits and Ada Hayden did not turn up the birds.

Hank Zaletel
Nevada




From: Eric Ollie
Sent: Sunday, November 05, 2017 8:45 AM
To: Iowabirds ; Eric Ollie
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Long-tailed Ducks


I am currently viewing two female Long-tailed Ducks at a pond at Soper's Mill, just north of Ames and East of Gilbert, on the South Skunk River in Story County.


Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 11/5/17 10:30 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Credit Island Merlin

My wife and I just observed a Merlin approx 100 yards south of The Lodge at Credit Island Davenport Iowa. This is almost the exact location we observed one approximately 5 years ago! Brent Langley took excellent photos of that one not so fortunate today!
Great view with binoculars!

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa
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Date: 11/5/17 8:36 am
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson Co ducks

I went out to Scales Bend Point outside of North liberty yesterday to look for water fowl. There were 16 common loons, 4 horned grebes, gadwall, green winged teals, mallards, ring billed and herring gulls present. The highlight was a single snow bunting foraging along the edge of the sand volleyball pits there.

Bird on,
Seth Dudley
Iowa City


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Date: 11/5/17 8:09 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard
Still have a Hermit Thrush and Winter Wren in the yard.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 11/5/17 6:45 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Long-tailed Ducks
I am currently viewing two female Long-tailed Ducks at a pond at Soper's
Mill, just north of Ames and East of Gilbert, on the South Skunk River in
Story County.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 11/5/17 4:04 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story Co Crossbill video
First stop on the Big Blue Stem Audubon monthly outing yesterday was the
Nevada Cemetery to look for crossbills. Eric Ollie spotted these four and
I was able to get some video.

https://youtu.be/0w5w0rC77Xk - Four crossbills 30 seconds

https://youtu.be/AcTDssdEJrQ - Closeup of male crossbill feeding. 2
minutes

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Date: 11/4/17 8:00 pm
From: Stan Buman <stan...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No recent sighting
I photographed this Sandpiper in mid-April at Dunbar Slough. I need help with the id. Any thoughts?

Stan Buman
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Date: 11/4/17 6:32 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northwest Iowa birds - 11/4
Hi All,


I had an appointment in Cherokee this morning and birded around the area afterwards. A few nice birds around, but some heavy drizzle by early afternoon made birding difficult. Some highlights:


13 species of waterfowl, including my first Red-breasted Mergansers of the fall at Little Storm Lake, Buena Vista Co.

30+ Common Loons on Storm Lake, Buena Vista Co.

5 Horned Grebes - Storm Lake, Buena Vista Co.

1 Pileated Woodpecker - Martin Area Co. Park, Cherokee Co.

1 PRAIRIE FALCON - north of Cherokee, Cherokee Co.

1 Townsend's Solitaire - vocalizing, traditional location along 470th St. in the Waterman Creek area, O'Brien Co.

1 Clay-colored Sparrow - very crisp looking bird, Spring Lake Park, Cherokee

Red Crossbills - flocks/singles in Cherokee and Sac Co.


Hundreds of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings were present in the Waterman Creek area in O'Brien and Clay Counties as well.


Danny Akers

Ames

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Date: 11/4/17 4:20 pm
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Saylorville birds
Following up on Aaron's reports I birded Saylorvile Lake this afternoon
with my daughter. We scoped the Long-tailed Duck off the east dam pullout
it was pretty distant near a raft of Lessser Scaup. We found one of the
Pacific Loons at Cherry Glen in a loose group of Common Loons. We had a
Harlan's Hawk at Oak Grove, it was chased right over the road by a handful
of Crows. Maybe this is the same bird that was seen a week or so ago at
Lincoln's. We had no luck on the Black Scoter or Sandhill Crane but did
have six Snow Buntings fly over us after they were flushed by a Coopers
Hawk in the draw next to the parking lot at Lakeview.

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30:35 AM UTC-7, Aaron Brees wrote:
>
> This morning at Saylorville:
> Long-tailed Duck—off the dam
> Black Scoter—Oak Grove
> Pacific Loons—Oak Grove, off the dam
> Snow Bunting—dam
> Sandhill Crane—pond below dam
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Date: 11/4/17 1:30 pm
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Clarke Co. Yard Birds
Dozens of Robins
Multiple Yellow-rumped Warblers
Several Pine Siskins
1 Red-Headed woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied sapsucker

Steve
Rural Clarke Co.


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Date: 11/4/17 11:49 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Birders,

I just found a Eurasian Tree Sparrow at a farmstead in Story County, well
away from Skunk River. I briefly caught a very good look at the cheek spots
on a definite Passer genus sparrow. It was at 16069 680th Ave, about a
tenth of a mile south of 160th St. at a bridge over a small creek. It
disappeared before I could get a picture.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 11/4/17 8:19 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Townsend's Solitaire
Yesterday while checking the pines at Lime Creek Nature Center for owls, I
could hear a Townsend's Solitaire calling in the area. Unfortunately no
owls were seen although the crows were excited about something.



Rita Goranson

Cerro Gordo County



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Date: 11/4/17 7:30 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
This morning at Saylorville:
Long-tailed Duck—off the dam
Black Scoter—Oak Grove
Pacific Loons—Oak Grove, off the dam
Snow Bunting—dam
Sandhill Crane—pond below dam

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Date: 11/4/17 5:45 am
From: Stan Buman <stan...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Snowy Owl / Calhoun County
I watched it Thursday evening for about 45 minutes, from the comfort of my vehicle. Towards the end of my viewing, it started preening, which was fun to watch. Then, it flew about 25' to the north, and perched momentarily on a dirt pile, eventually flying off to the northeast around dusk.

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On Nov 3, 2017, at 10:27 PM, Justin Rogers <justinrogers20...><mailto:<justinrogers20...>> wrote:

Anyone have any updates on this particular snowy? Might be venturing out tomorrow. Will post updates if I have any success :) Thank you!

-Justin Rogers




On Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1:20:11 PM UTC-5, Matt Wetrich wrote:
Birders,

At 1pm the Snowy was in the same place previously reported by Shaun. (Included below)

Bird on!

Matt Wetrich
-------- Original message --------
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Date: 11/2/17 10:15 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: <ia-......><javascript:>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Sac County

There is currently a Snowy owl 6 miles North of Lake City on N41 just south of 300th st.
The bird is sitting 100 yards out in the field on the West side of N41. There are two large trees on the edge of the road and the bird can be seen at he 1 o'clock position behind the freshly ripped section of the field

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Date: 11/3/17 8:26 pm
From: Justin Rogers <justinrogers20...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Snowy Owl / Calhoun County
Anyone have any updates on this particular snowy? Might be venturing out
tomorrow. Will post updates if I have any success :) Thank you!

-Justin Rogers




On Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1:20:11 PM UTC-5, Matt Wetrich wrote:
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> Birders,
>
> At 1pm the Snowy was in the same place previously reported by Shaun.
> (Included below)
>
> Bird on!
>
> Matt Wetrich
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Shaun Chandler <shaunrc......> <javascript:>>
> Date: 11/2/17 10:15 AM (GMT-06:00)
> To: <ia-......> <javascript:>
> Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Sac County
>
> There is currently a Snowy owl 6 miles North of Lake City on N41 just
> south of 300th st.
> The bird is sitting 100 yards out in the field on the West side of N41.
> There are two large trees on the edge of the road and the bird can be seen
> at he 1 o'clock position behind the freshly ripped section of the field
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Date: 11/3/17 7:34 pm
From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Rock Loons
I birded the main lake late this afternoon from the Whitebreast area and found a Pacific Loon off of the high boat ramp and a juvenile Red-throated Loon off of the Church Road (Inwood Dr).


Good birding...


Jay Gilliam
Norwalk

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Date: 11/3/17 7:15 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Howard County
Seeing people post about having seen a snowy owl so early got me to go look near Saratoga today-it's been a great spot for at least 4 years. None today but it was a good trip anyway. Drove a loop through Elma to Highway 9, back and forth on the gravel roads surrounding Saratoga and into Cresco.

Total of 14 bald eagles(mostly mature, I think there were 4 juvies), three mature and one juvenile redtail hawk, two rough-legged hawks, one sharp-shinned and two unidentified(possibly broad-winged) hawks.

9 of the eagles were gathered in a field on the east side of the Elma blacktop about half a mile south of Highway 9. Found this interesting, there is no major water there and there was no roadkill nearby, but this is the third year I have seen eagles congregate in that particular field. Most of the rest of the birds mentioned were on Iris Avenue in the stretch going north to 70th ST, and the rough-leggeds were two miles west(didn't check the road).

Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 11/3/17 3:55 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun
Searched a few pine groves and struck out on Crossbills, Redpolls, or even Red-breasted Nuthatch. Lower tier county is waiting. I did have Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, and 3 Horned Grebes at the lake. At home did have a Turkey Vulture. Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 11/3/17 2:37 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-3-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, October 28, through Friday, November
3, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Golden Eagle

American Avocet

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Iceland Gull

Snowy Owl

Red Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill

Common Redpoll







***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.











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



FRANKLIN COUNTY:

RED AND WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS as well as COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the
Hampton Cemetery on the 28th.



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

2 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Clear Lake on the 2nd.



A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Union Hills WMA on the 2nd.



A RED CROSSBILL was seen in Mason City on the 2nd.









*EAST*:



LINN COUNTY:

A PACIFIC LOON and a probable SURF SCOTER was seen at Cedar Lake on the 27th.
It was seen again on the morning of the 28th, but eventually moved to the
lagoon at Mohawk Park. It was last seen at Mohawk Park on the 31st.



RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Cedar Memorial Cemetery on the 30th.



BENTON COUNTY:

A SNOWY OWL was seen along 19th Ave Between 66th and 67th St. NW of Van
Horne on the 30th. It was seen again on the 31st.



30 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Hannen Lake on the 31st.



MUSCATINE COUNTY:

RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Greenwood Cemetery on the 31st.



RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Wildcat Den SP on the 1st.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Scales Point on the 1st.



A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City on the 2nd.









*NORTHEAST:*



WINNESHIEK COUNTY:

25 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Lake Meyer on the 27th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



WAPELLO COUNTY:

20 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Ottumwa Cemetery on the 30th.



WASHINGTON COUNTY:

30 RED CROSSBILLS and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were seen at Riverside
Conservation Park on the 31st. They were last seen on the 2nd .









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Red Rock at the partially submerged bridge
off County Rd G28 on the 28th.



A RED-THROATED LOON, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and 40 RED CROSSBILLS were seen
at Red Rock on the 28th.







*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*3 RED CROSSBILLS are still being seen at Glendale Cemetery as recently as
the 28th.*



*2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Jester Park on the 29th.*



*2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Saylorville on the 31st.*



*A PACIFIC LOON was seen at Saylorville on the 1st.*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*60 RED CROSSBILLS and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were seen at the Nevada
Cemetery on the 29th. Both species of CROSSBILLS were still present on the
30th.*



*RED and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in an Ames neighborhood on the
2nd. These were near the high school.*



*DALLAS COUNTY:*

*A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at the Brethren Cemetery on the 29th.*



*BOONE COUNTY:*

*Approximately 30 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Ledges SP on the 1st.*



*JASPER COUNTY:*

*RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Newton Cemetery on the 2nd.*



*RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Rock Creek SP on the 2nd.*









*SOUTHWEST:*



*MADISON COUNTY:*

*40 RED and 10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Winterset Cemetery
on the 29th.*









*WEST:*



*AUDUBON COUNTY:*

*40 RED CROSSBILLS and 4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Audubon Cemetery
on the 29th.*



*30 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Littlefield County Park on the 29th.*



*MONONA COUNTY:*

*2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Onawa Cemetery on the 1st.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues to be seen at Smiths Bay on West Lake
Okoboji on the 28th*



*An ICELAND GULL was seen at Sandbar Slough on the 28th.*



*A PACIFIC LOON was seen at Anglers Bay on the 28th.*



*COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Lake Park Cemetery on the 28th.*



*HUMBOLDT COUNTY:*

*12 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Union Cemetery in Humboldt on the 28th.*



*IDA COUNTY:*

*20 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Ida Grove Cemetery on the 28th.*



*WOODBURY COUNTY:*

*A SURF SCOTER was seen at Bacon Creek in Sioux City on the 1st. It was
last seen on the 2nd.*



*CALHOUN COUNTY:*

*A SNOWY OWL was seen *6 miles North of Lake City on N41 just south of
300th St on the 2nd.



PLYMOUTH COUNTY:

A RED CROSSBILL was seen at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars on the 2nd.











~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 10, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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515-423-6108

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Date: 11/3/17 2:22 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Deck and yard
This afternoon time on the deck and yard 24 Species!
Red breasted Nuthatch
Fox Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Best sunshine!!!

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 11/3/17 10:29 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fourth Saw-whet Owl
Hi,
This morning I found our fourth Saw-whet Owl in the pines trees in Moorehead Park. The prior three were gone the next morning after I had located them. This may be the end of the early migration, or the start of the ones that will stay with us all winter. One thing is certain, this one will stay all day if anyone of you are close to Ida Grove, I would be happy to show this one to you.
After dark it may also be gone.


Don

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Date: 11/2/17 11:48 pm
From: <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU Meeting Meal Registration Deadline is 11/6.
Hey Everyone-

If you are waiting for the last minute for register for meals for the Fall Meeting, the last minute is here! Please register by 11/6 at noon so I can submit the food order.

If you are interested in a vegetarian option for the banquet, please email me. I have learned that we could also have vegetarian lasagna if there was enough demand for it. I apologize that this was not better publicized.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Dubuque!

Pip Fisher
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Date: 11/2/17 6:37 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Surf Scoters and Golden Eagle
A trip around Clear Lake this afternoon found two Surf Scoters, continuing
on North Shore Drive to the west, six Horned Grebes, and at least thirteen
C. Loons. Many of the marshes have a layer of ice so the ducks are
beginning to pour into the lake.



An adult Golden Eagle was seen at Union Hills along with two Bald Eagles.



So far one lone Red Crossbill is in Mason City.



Rita Goranson

Betty Lucas



Cerro Gordo County

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Date: 11/2/17 5:07 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crossbills - Ames
Hi All,

Arrived home just before 6 PM to find my Ames neighborhood full of RED CROSSBILLS. A single bird calling incessantly while trying to fill my feeders tipped me off before a flock of 30-35 showed up in the trees around the house, including at least 3 WHITE-WINGED. A fair number were still calling in the patch of timber to my north, near the high school, so I’d estimate upwards of 50 birds or more! I’ve got about 2 minutes of audio and I’ll be curious to determine which “Type” these are. Very cool!

Although this irruption has been underway for over two months, it is nice to see that this phenomenon has (finally) come to the attention of the birding community at large.

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 11/2/17 4:09 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crossbills
I checked six cemeteries and six other locations with good conifer stands
in central Iowa today. Lots of kinglets, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and
sparrows but few finches. I had a small flyover flock of Red Crossbills and
a late Blue-headed Vireo at the Newton Cemetery. There were two small
flocks of Red Crossbills around the campground at Rock Creek SP. These
flocks sounded different and stayed segregated, so I’m guessing they will
prove to be different call types once I get the audio reviewed.
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Date: 11/2/17 4:00 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills- Riverside (Washington County)
I found them feeding again this morning on the very tall pine trees on the
left/south side of the Conservation Park Driveway, but the flock was about
half the size of the previous day, 12 or so present. I watched them fly
off west and have seen them also coming from that direction, so I assume
they're feeding on some conifer cones somewhere over that way or maybe just
roost over that way. There are mature conifers scattered around town, so I
imagine they could be feeding from any of them. Weather was foggy and
overcast this morning, so not the best for photos. They were also at the
top of some 75' tall trees. I was thinking a scope would've been nice, if
they'd only stay put long enough....

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40269262

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 11/2/17 3:57 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Redpoll, Merlins in Johnson County
Birders,

This morning while waiting for the bus at Finkbine parking lot I had a low
flyover MERLIN (FOY). On the way home a quick pitstop at the North Dodge
Hy-Vee yielded yet another Merlin atop a spruce.

One last quick stop at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City yielded a COMMON
REDPOLL (FOY) feeding alongside a large continuing flock of PINE SISKIN.
Still no crossbills despite several stops here over the last week.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

Best,
Brandon

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Date: 11/2/17 1:12 pm
From: Doug Sheeley <Doug.Sheeley...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-eared owls at Chichaqua Bottoms
Short-eared owls singles have been seen flying along the entrance road (NE 80th Street) to Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt at dawn and dusk several times this week including last evening. One was also seen in the SW corner of the controlled waterfowl hunting area early Tuesday morning, but access to this area is regulated until December 1.

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Date: 11/2/17 12:41 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills


It has come to my attention that birders in surrounding states (New Hampshire, Michigan, Kansas, Arizona, to name a few) have been encountering flocks of Red Crossbills in the past few weeks.  Perhaps it's time for Iowans to start checking local conifer groves (cemeteries can be quite good) for the presence of these charming nomads.
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 
"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there".                                     George Harrison 




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Date: 11/2/17 11:27 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 11.2.17 Plymouth County
Needing 2 species to get to 200 in Plymouth County I headed out this AM for
a little outing. Stopped by Bacon Creek in Sioux City for a look at the
Surf Scoter who obligingly swam by about 30 feet off the shore. Too bad
so much overcast but cool anyway.

Merrill Cemetery--
Red-breasted Nuthatch calling but I never was able to locate it.
Memorial Cemetery--Le Mars
Nice cemetery with lots of pine, cedar, and some deciduous. One would
think that after 13 years of looking for RBNuthatches 1 would be enough...
Red-breasted Nuthatch 6
Red Crossbill 1 (immature/female)

Surprised Anna by arriving home before noon. She wondered if I was not
feeling well. I replied that I was overwhelmed with RBNU and that the Red
Crossbill put me at 200 hundred for Plymouth therefore I felt obliged to
come home and get some real work done.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
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Date: 11/2/17 11:20 am
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Calhoun County
Birders,

At 1pm the Snowy was in the same place previously reported by Shaun. (Included below)

Bird on!

Matt Wetrich
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From: Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...>
Date: 11/2/17 10:15 AM (GMT-06:00)
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Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Sac County

There is currently a Snowy owl 6 miles North of Lake City on N41 just south of 300th st.
The bird is sitting 100 yards out in the field on the West side of N41. There are two large trees on the edge of the road and the bird can be seen at he 1 o'clock position behind the freshly ripped section of the field

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Date: 11/2/17 10:40 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Display
Location near Vail and New Era road Muscatine County....pair of Northern Harriers in aerial display just yards off the ground.
Poor photo

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 11/2/17 9:45 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dickcissel
Presently observing Dickcissel near Saulsbury Bridge Muscatine County. Hard service road near curve sign just past Saulsbury Bridge area parking lot. Trying to get photo

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Date: 11/2/17 8:25 am
From: Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl - NOT Sac ...Calhoun
Apologies but the snowy Owl north of Lake City is in Calhoun County I believe ?

Shaun Chandler

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Date: 11/2/17 8:19 am
From: Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Sac County
The bird is south of the tracks approx 200-300 yards.



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Date: 11/2/17 8:15 am
From: Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl / Sac County
There is currently a Snowy owl 6 miles North of Lake City on N41 just south of 300th st.
The bird is sitting 100 yards out in the field on the West side of N41. There are two large trees on the edge of the road and the bird can be seen at he 1 o'clock position behind the freshly ripped section of the field

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Date: 11/1/17 7:02 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter
After striking out on both the Pacific Loon (at Cedar Rapids) and the Snowy
Owl (at Van Horne) I did find a Black Scoter late this morning at Scales
Pointe at Coralville Lake. A single was among 6 or so Ruddy Ducks
and was a probable female.
Also, I was amazed to find 50 Sandhill Cranes in a bean stubble field on
the south side of Cone Marsh (Louisa County). Must be migrants.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 11/1/17 5:16 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Try for 200
Have been working on getting to 200 ticks in Monona County all year but was
till short by three. Thought with all the crossbills being seen I might
have a chance at new species. Covered 4 cemeteries before hitting Onawa
Cemetery which I had never visited before. Turn out to have a lot of
potential though today was not one of those days. Surprise was a
Red-breasted Nuthatch which flew in to my opening my door. 13 years to
find one in this county and it just drops in. Eventually two
immature/female Red Crossbills perched on a tree then off to the other
side. Relocated them several time but still two and no WW Crossbills. A
Merlin and a Harrier were hanging around the Whiting Cemetery but little
activity overall.

199 but now only down to one.

Any day you can be outside is a great day.

God Bless,

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Date: 11/1/17 2:15 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills- Ledges State Park
This afternoon I hiked over to the old pine plantation in the northern,
undeveloped portion of Ledges State Park. 15-30 Red Crossbills were there,
moving about and feeding in small groups.

There were at least 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches, and probably many more.
Also in the area, numerous chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers checking the pine
cones, and White-breasted Nuthatches. There were also 8-10 Yellow-rumped
Warblers and a couple of Gold-crowned Kinglets.

This is no easy place to hike and see birds any more. As the pine groves
decline, the invasive shrubs have become impenetrable in large areas,
including Rosa Rugosa, Autumn Olive and Barberry.

On my way back I encountered 8 Purple Finches and around the feeders I have
Pine Siskins, White-throated Sparrows, a couple of Harris' Sparrows and a
White-crowned Sparrow.

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 11/1/17 1:32 pm
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Yellowlegs-Easter Lake (Polk County)
Currently there is a Greater Yellowlegs in amongst a flock of Canada Geese
at the SE corner of the emptied lake. I also saw a bobcat run across the
road.

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Date: 11/1/17 12:45 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine - Snow Buntings, Red crossbills
Hello All

This morning while looking for gulls and waterbirds I observed 3 Snow
Buntings at Riverside Park in downtown Muscatine. The buntings were
foraging in mowed turf and in rip rap at the north side of the boat docks.
Quite a surprise for me as I approached a pied-billed grebe...slightly
distracting as I was able to get within about 15 feet of the buntings!

Yesterday I had Red Crossbills at Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine and this
morning another bunch at Wildcat Den State Park.

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Date: 11/1/17 11:24 am
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy owl?
Has anyone seen the Benton Co snowy owl today. I was thinking of driving up there this afternoon but hadn't heard anything about it since yesterday evening.


Seth Dudley

Iowa City

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Date: 11/1/17 10:26 am
From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Loons
Over lunch today, I briefly scoped the lower end of Saylorville Lake from Lakeview RA and the dam pullouts. Things must be freezing up north because the first big push of loons showed up. Highlights include:


84 Common Loons
1 Pacific Loon (off of Lakeview)
1 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Horned Grebe


Good birding...


Jay Gilliam
Norwalk

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Date: 11/1/17 9:58 am
From: Rick Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills, Riverside
Still here. St this moment they are 1/4 mile S in a lone pine in front of the old school.


Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA

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Date: 11/1/17 8:37 am
From: tomtazzstone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon - No sighting


Thanks Diana. Yeah,  maybe it's moved on.
Tommy Stone 


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Date: 11/1/17 10:13 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>, Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon - No sighting

I checked briefly before work but did not see it. But it was just a quick scan so I could have missed it.

Diana PesekCedar Rapids









On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:10:28 AM CDT, Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> wrote:





Just wondered if anyone has seen the loon this morning at Mohawk park? Thinking about making an attempt.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone,
Waterloo

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Date: 11/1/17 8:13 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon - No sighting
I checked briefly before work but did not see it. But it was just a quick scan so I could have missed it.

Diana PesekCedar Rapids


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Just wondered if anyone has seen the loon this morning at Mohawk park? Thinking about making an attempt.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone,
Waterloo

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Date: 11/1/17 8:10 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon - No sighting
Just wondered if anyone has seen the loon this morning at Mohawk park? Thinking about making an attempt.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone,
Waterloo

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Date: 11/1/17 6:36 am
From: Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Surf Scoter - Woodbury County
Surf Scoter was observed at Bacon Creek in Sioux City at 8AM this morning.
The bird was able to be viewed from the 1st parking lot as you enter the
park.

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Date: 10/31/17 5:52 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Benton County Snowy Owl
Birders,

I checked for the Benton Co. Snowy Owl from about 4-5:15pm. Despite a large
search effort I came up empty-handed. I am not surprised though. I’m at
least 0-10 on solo Snowy Owl chases in Iowa. Perhaps I need to invite Diana
Pesek next time I go!

A consolation prize was two sizable flocks of Lapland Longspurs with at
least a pair of Smith’s rattling their way along. Interesting observation
was that the Smith’s never made a tight formation with the Laplands. They
skirted the flock, exhibiting a sort of “fission/fusion” relationship with
the Laplands. This made them easier to lock in on for photo attempts.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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> Jim Forde called and asked me to let birders know that he relocated the
> SNOWY OWL reported from Benton County. He found it at 1875 68th Street
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=1875+68th+Street&entry=gmail&source=g> around
> a confinement building. This is NW of Van Horne and approximately 1/4 mile
> west of 19th Ave.
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Date: 10/31/17 4:48 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Newly rebuilt eagle nest(Chickasaw County)
Shortly after fledge last season, the eagle nest on 100th ST(Chickasaw/Howard County line) just east of HWY63 blew down in the big windstorm we had. Drove past there this evening and saw that they've rebuilt a few hundred yards to the west of the original nest-what I found interesting was this nest is actually closer to the farmhouse than the previous one.

I have spoken with the landowners about this nest, and they said the eagles have been there at least 12 years(the wife said they'd been married 10 years at the time and the nest was well established when they got married). The nest is very visible from the road, southwest of the house at about a 45% angle. I was thrilled to see they'd rebuilt-this is the first pair I started watching.

Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 10/31/17 4:14 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl



At dusk, the Benton Co SNOWY OWL has moved to the light poles north of the 19th and 68th intersection.



Great way to finish the day after work!



Diana Pesek

Cedar Rapids








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Date: 10/31/17 3:59 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crosbills in Benton Co.
Today I checked the extensive pines at Hannen Lake for a second time and finally found Red Crossbills (30).
I suspect they were type 2 but will have to research it. Also 2 Rough-legged Hawks.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 10/31/17 3:57 pm
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon
From 12:30 til 1:00 the Pacific Loon was present at Mohawk Park. Also had
the pleasure of meeting Jim Fuller and Jim Scheib.

Good Birding,
Randall Scheiner
Ely, IA

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Date: 10/31/17 2:18 pm
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bank Swallow Bend Warren County
Has anyone been to Bank Swallow Bend in Indianola lately? There were two birds in particular that I had trouble identifying this afternoon. A long the edge of the wetland in the mud flats I believe there are Wilson's Snipe scattered along the edge. Their backs and head was streaked. At first I thought they were long billed Dowitchers but I am not sure. Has anyone else seen Wilson's Snipes in this area?
The second bird was a small slender bird with a long neck that I can not identify. It kept diving underwater. It looked very similar to an Anhinga which I know would not be up here in Iowa. It was hard to get a color description. Has anyone seen a similar bird before or know what bird I've described? I do not believe they were Cormorants. Thanks

Jake Wiese
Indianola
Warren County



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Date: 10/31/17 2:13 pm
From: james fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Continuing Birds
Snowy Owl NW of Van Horne Noon

Pacific Loon Mohawk Park Cedar Rapids 1PM

Red Crossbills Riverside Conservation Park 3PM

Jim Fuller Jim Scheib Iowa City

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Date: 10/31/17 1:48 pm
From: James Scheib <jim...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl in Benton Co. 10/31/17
At noon Jim Fuller and I observed the (female?) Snowy Owl relocated by Jim Ford this morning at 1875 68th St NW of Van Horne. It was enjoying the warmth of the concrete base to storage bins. Photo attached

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Date: 10/31/17 1:33 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. Rough-legged Hawks
2 Rough-legged Hawks near Boone this morning. One about 2 blocks S of Hwy.
30 and the race track, the other about 2 mi. SE of Ledges State Park.

Doug Harr & Bruce Ehresman

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Date: 10/31/17 11:14 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon in Linn County -Yes
Just wanted to mention I located the Pacific Loon about 11:30 AM today at
the south end of Mohawk Park in Cedar Rapids- Linn County. It was near the
Cormorants, but was usually a little bit separate from them, sometimes more
in with the floating Gulls. Also spotted a River Otter there which was a
treat!

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 10/31/17 11:11 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] More Crossbills- Washington County
There is a good spot in Riverside with some mature conifers, Riverside
Conservation Park, so I thought I'd check it out this morning for
Crossbills and sure enough, almost immediately, I located a nice sized
flock of 25-30 RED CROSSBILLS, with a few PINE SISKINS also feeding with
them. I believe there were at least one WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL mixed in
the group, I know I saw at least one with wing bars, but not sure if I got
any photos of that one in particular. They were pretty active most of the
time and at the tops of tall trees, so not easy to see them all well. I
went back after lunch and they were still there and even went lower for me
to a crab apple tree and sat preening and chattering for a bit.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 10/31/17 10:10 am
From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Scoters- Saylorville
I birded from the Saylorville dam for a short time today over my lunch hour. I didn't have time to sort through the few thousand ducks that were present but I did find two White-winged Scoters off of the east pullout. The scoters were separate from the large rafts of ducks, they were relatively close compared to the rafts, and were hanging out with a small group of Ruddy Ducks.


Good birding...


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Norwalk

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Date: 10/31/17 10:09 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Scoters- Saylorville
I birded from the Saylorville dam for a short time today over my lunch hour. I didn't have time to sort through the few thousand ducks that were present but I did find two White-winged Scoters off of the east pullout. The scoters were separate from the large rafts of ducks, they were relatively close compared to the rafts, and were hanging out with a small group of Ruddy Ducks.


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Norwalk

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Date: 10/31/17 8:46 am
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Silent Auction
Hello Iowa Birders,

I will not be holding the silent Auction at the fall IOU meeting. I am
still on the fence on if I will personally make it up there at all.

If you have book donations please hold off on bringing them until the
spring meeting.

Thank you,

John Cecil

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Date: 10/31/17 8:14 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Benton County Snowy Owl
Jim Forde called and asked me to let birders know that he relocated the SNOWY OWL reported from Benton County. He found it at 1875 68th Street around a confinement building. This is NW of Van Horne and approximately 1/4 mile west of 19th Ave.
Diana PesekCedar Rapids

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Date: 10/30/17 9:10 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Owl
Just passing along information received through the website -

Snowy owl, Benton county. 19th Ave Between 66th and 67th st. NW of Van
Horne. 10:45 am on 10-30-17. Conservation staff took photo and reporting.
Not there in afternoon.



Ann Johnson

Norwalk, IA





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Date: 10/30/17 5:28 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ottumwa Cemetary Crossbills
20 Red Crossbills were spotted in the Ottumwa Cemetery by Becky Johnson and finally by me. Tom and Becky Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 10/30/17 4:48 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills
Wandered over to Malverne IA on a tip from Keith D. Very quite, very
cold, very windy with 3 Red Crossbills on and a total of 3 species. That
was the big Iowa news from me.

God Bless,

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Date: 10/30/17 4:17 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills in Cedar Rapids
Birders,

I found a small flock of RED CROSSBILLS at Cedar Memorial cemetery in Cedar
Rapids this evening. This morning there was a flock of 30+ PINE SISKINS at
Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City. It seems like the finch irruption is
starting to pick up in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor.

Good birding,
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Date: 10/30/17 3:39 pm
From: Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continuing at Mohawk Park, Cedar Rapids (Linn)
Spotted the Pacific Loon at 5:10 PM this afternoon (Mon, 30 Oct).

It was diving a lot when we first arrived, but then gave us great looks for about 5 minutes floating right out in the open. We watched from the end of the gravel road in Mohawk Park (as far as you can drive in).

Mark & Deb Rolfes
Solon (Johnson)

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Date: 10/30/17 1:51 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon near Cedar L NO
I birded alone, but Don Ohde was in the area and did not see the loon either.


Mohawk park cedar Rapids IA, Linn County, Iowa, US

Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:28 PM

Traveling 140 minutes 75.0 mile(s)

5 species total

10 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard , 1 Pied-billed Grebe , 160 Double-crested Cormorant , and 75 Ring-billed Gull.


Cedar Lake, Linn County, Iowa, US

Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:34 PM

Traveling 13 minutes 0.5 mile(s)

3 species total

40 Gadwall , 2 Mallard , 4 Ruddy Duck, and 10 Ring-billed Gulls/


Fun watching the gulls at the SE end of Cedar L. I kept trying to watch them and study their heads, but they were always flying away from me. They flew to NW and when they wanted to return to their original position they soared a bit higher and let the winds take them back.

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Date: 10/30/17 10:58 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] New Saw-whet Owl
Hi,
Checking the pine trees in Moorehead Park this morning, I found our third Saw-whet Owl. It is getting near the time that maybe, they will stay with us over the winter months.
I will check on this one again in the morning to see if it is still with us.


Don

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Date: 10/30/17 9:56 am
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story Co crossbills

Here is a picture of a dozen or so red crossbills feeding on the side of the nevada cemetary road. Very easy to find today.

Bird on
Seth Dudley
Iowa City


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Date: 10/30/17 9:52 am
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story Co crossbills

I was just at the Nevada cemetery. Dozens of red and a few white winged crossbills present. Also pine siskins brown creepers and red breasted nuthatches.


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Date: 10/30/17 8:32 am
From: 'dah' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Waterfowl in Polk County??
What has everyone been seeing for ducks in and around central Iowa? I haven't found many non-common waterfowl and wondered if I'm going to the wrong places. Thanks!Deb

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Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 8:18 AM
Subject: [ia-bird] Linn co pacific loon



The Pacific loon was still present at 8:00 this morning at Mohawk park in Cedar rapids. I spotted it just off of the parking lot at south end of access road. It was mixed in with gulls and cormorants. Not far off if shore. Good looks with just binoculars. 
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Date: 10/30/17 6:18 am
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Linn co pacific loon


The Pacific loon was still present at 8:00 this morning at Mohawk park in Cedar rapids. I spotted it just off of the parking lot at south end of access road. It was mixed in with gulls and cormorants. Not far off if shore. Good looks with just binoculars.

Seth Dudley
Iowa City

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Date: 10/30/17 5:57 am
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hitchcock Hawkwatch report
Greetings all,

A slow week at Hitchcock with only 261 raptors reported in the past week.

Here are the seasonal totals thus far:

Turkey Vulture-3978

Osprey-98

Bald Eagle-149

Northern Harrier-131

Sharp-shinned Hawk-641

Cooper's Hawk-221

Northern Goshawk-7

Red-shouldered Hawk-6

Broad-winged Hawk-752

Red-tailed Hawk-1254

Rough-legged Hawk-2

Swainson's Hawk-61

Ferruginous Hawk-2

Golden Eagle-6

American Kestrel-39

Merlin-58

Peregrine Falcon-77

Prairie Falcon-2

Mississippi Kite-4

Unknown accipiter-13

Unknown Buteo-41

Unknown falcon-6

Unknown eagle-0

Unknown raptor-22

Total-7570

Total for October -5613

All 19 regularly occurring raptor species at Hitchcock have now been
observed.



Jerry Toll

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Date: 10/29/17 6:16 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun
Present today were 3 Horned Grebes, Loggerhead Shrike, my first Pine Siskin and Purple Finch today. One lone Turkey Vulture may leave soon. Tom Johnson Mystic, Iowa.

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Date: 10/29/17 5:02 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills - Audubon Co.
Hi All,

Continuing the reports on the Iowa Crossbill Listserv, this afternoon and evening I had flocks of Red Crossbills at the cemetery on the north side of Audubon (40 birds) and Littlefield Co. Park (30 birds). I also had at least 4 Common Redpolls drop into my scope view at the Audubon Cemetery while watching the Crossbills there.

First big movement of American Robins at Littlefield and a late Clay-colored Sparrow was of note there as well.

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 10/29/17 4:32 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continues at Mohawk Park in Cedar Rapids (Linn Co.)
Birders,

The PACIFIC LOON was still at Mohawk Park around 5pm today. Hats off to
Keith Carris for checking this place out and relocating the bird! It was
actually difficult to find at first, lurking in a large raft of
Double-crested Cormorants.

Also, this loon is another one of the great finds in our area by Jim Forde!

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 10/29/17 3:15 pm
From: Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Madison Co Crossbills
On a tip from Jay, I found the Red Crossbills this afternoon. Did not find
the White-winged, but will try again. Life bird for me, and also a learning
experience. Had as many as 9 Siskins this afternoon on the thistle seed.

On Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:51:47 PM UTC-5, jacobtee wrote:
>
> I birded Winterset Cemetery in Madison Co. this morning to look for winter
> finches. Highlights were:
>
> 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
> 1 Carolina Wren
> 140+ Cedar Waxwings
> 11 Yellow-rumped Warblers
> 2 Chipping Sparrows
> 22 White-throated Sparrows
> 40 Red Crossbills
> 10 White-winged Crossbills
> 5 Pine Siskins
>
>
> Good birding...
>
> Jay Gilliam
> Norwalk, IA
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Date: 10/29/17 12:51 pm
From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Madison Co Crossbills
I birded Winterset Cemetery in Madison Co. this morning to look for winter finches. Highlights were:


1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
140+ Cedar Waxwings
11 Yellow-rumped Warblers
2 Chipping Sparrows
22 White-throated Sparrows
40 Red Crossbills
10 White-winged Crossbills
5 Pine Siskins




Good birding...


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Norwalk, IA

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Date: 10/29/17 12:42 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Co. birds
Today there was a small loon off Sandpiper looking back toward the mile
long bridge. I never could determine whether it was a Pacific or a
Red-throated. Hopefully it sticks around for better looks. At Jester by the
cabins, I had a couple of flyover Red Crossbills.
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Date: 10/29/17 10:26 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Morning walk

Kit and I walked the new Buffalo Bike and walking path this morning! Along part of the path the city had removed a beautiful area of cattails. The area has new growth and today walking buy we flushed a Wilson’s Snipe. Hope the city lets the cattails return!
We tallied nice variety of birds....Bluebirds almost always along the path.
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa
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Date: 10/29/17 8:08 am
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Redpoll - Dallas County
I attempted to join the Crossbills craze by checking out Brethren Cemetery
just east of Dallas Center on highway 44. No Crossbills, but there are a
few trees that may be to their liking. I did find a Common Redpoll that
briefly stopped and landed atop a Spruce.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 10/29/17 7:07 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Another routine crossbill report (Ho hum...)
I took a picture of the flock when it flew and was able to count at least
46 birds in the crossbill flock. They flew to the south, then a smaller
flock of about a dozen crossbills flew in from the north a few seconds
later, so I think there could be as many as 55-60 crossbills in the Nevada
Cemetery area.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Oct 29, 2017 8:35 AM, "Eric Ollie" <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Update: I have now clearly seen the crossed bills and was able to count 28
> birds in the flock photographically.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
>
> On Oct 29, 2017 8:13 AM, "Eric Ollie" <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
>> Birders,
>>
>> I am currently following a flock of around 20 crossbills (which are most
>> likely Red Crossbills) at the Nevada Cemetery in central Story County. It
>> is a little too dark yet to see them well, but their call is spot on,
>> moving from coniferous tree to coniferous tree chattering away.
>>
>> I have found a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned
>> Kinglets so far, as well. I have only just arrived.
>>
>>
>> Eric Ollie
>> Ames
>>
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Date: 10/29/17 6:35 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Another routine crossbill report (Ho hum...)
Update: I have now clearly seen the crossed bills and was able to count 28
birds in the flock photographically.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Oct 29, 2017 8:13 AM, "Eric Ollie" <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Birders,
>
> I am currently following a flock of around 20 crossbills (which are most
> likely Red Crossbills) at the Nevada Cemetery in central Story County. It
> is a little too dark yet to see them well, but their call is spot on,
> moving from coniferous tree to coniferous tree chattering away.
>
> I have found a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned
> Kinglets so far, as well. I have only just arrived.
>
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
>

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Date: 10/29/17 6:13 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Another routine crossbill report (Ho hum...)
Birders,

I am currently following a flock of around 20 crossbills (which are most
likely Red Crossbills) at the Nevada Cemetery in central Story County. It
is a little too dark yet to see them well, but their call is spot on,
moving from coniferous tree to coniferous tree chattering away.

I have found a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned
Kinglets so far, as well. I have only just arrived.


Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 10/28/17 8:50 pm
From: James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon Still at Mohawk at 5:00PM
Mohawk Park lagoon, Cedar Rapids. Photos attached.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 10/28/17 8:26 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Rock
Today I did some birding around lake Red Rock. First stop was at the partially submerged bridge off of co.highway G-28.Here, I scoped a single AM. AVOCET among some gulls and pelicans.AT the boat marina cove I ran into Aaron Brees, where we both got some decent scope views of a juv. RED-THROATED LOON. I also flushed 3 FOS SNOW BUNTINGS along the shoreline. In the Whitebreast Pt.area I got a brief look at a calling flyover WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL. And at the cemetery overlook I counted 40+ RED CROSSBILLS. Thanks to Aaron's message. On the way home I saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Rock Creek S.P. and a HARLAN'S R.T. HAWK along H.W.30.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 10/28/17 5:13 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills in Ida Grove Cemetery
Hi,
Late this afternoon I check the tall spruce trees in the Ida Grove Cemetery. There are about 26 old Spruce trees and the ones with pine cones had red crossbill activity.
They were hard to count, but I put the total at maybe 20 or so.

Don

Don Poggensee
174 Lakeview Drive
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Date: 10/28/17 4:42 pm
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills Humboldt
Went out hoping to find some White-winged Crossbills in Humboldt County,
didn't find any, but did find a flock of about 12 Red Crossbills in the NW
corner of Union Cemetery in the city of Humboldt this afternoon.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County, IA

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Date: 10/28/17 3:05 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gulls, loon & cemetery birds + hunter owls
In Dickinson County this morning we found the Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Smith's Bay and the Iceland Gull still around at Sandbar Slough. While
trying to turn one of the Bonaparte's Gulls out over Angler's Bay into a
Sabine's Gull (which we could not accomplish) we found a Pacific Loon diving
near a Common Loon. On the way to the Lake Park Cemetery we found a flock
of ~60 Brewer's Blackbirds in a pasture. Once at the cemetery we found a
small flock of redpolls, a siskin and a Red-breasted Nuthatch. I still need
a Red Crossbill in Dickinson County so of course in this banner year for
them we could not find one.



A report from a pheasant hunter this morning of Short-eared Owl in a
traditional private wet sedge meadow location south of Spencer and one this
afternoon of a Barn Owl seen twice while hunting CRP ground northwest of
Spencer. May good birds be with all of us!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 10/28/17 11:44 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Co. Red Crossbills
There were three crossbills at Glendale Cemetery in Polk Co. around
12:45pm today. As you enter the cemetery and drive to the bottom of the
hill just past the first drive on the right, there are about a dozen
scraggly pines on the right. . They were at the top of the tallest tree in
that group.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 10/28/17 10:13 am
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon Re-located - Cedar Rapids
The Pacific Loon was present at the lagoon at Mohawk Park, which is just
north of Cedar Lake, between 11:00 - 11:30 today. It was close enough to
see every feather.

It appears to be an adult in non-breeding plumage, as the necklace was
quite visible.

Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 10/28/17 10:04 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red & White-winged Crossbills - Hampton Cemetery, Franklin Co.
Hi All,

Both RED and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS are present at the Hampton Cemetery in Franklin Co. I’ve spent the last 90 minutes walking around, getting some recordings, multiple small groups of each. Other notables include a flyover Common Loon, 15+ Red-breasted Nuthatches, 50! Golden-crowned Kinglets, and at least 2 COMMON REDPOLLS.

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 10/28/17 10:00 am
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Pacific Loon continues in Cedar Rapids
I re-located the Pacific Loon at the Lagoon at Mohawk Park. It was seen
well there between 11:00 and 11:30

Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids

On Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:57:45 AM UTC-5, keesiemom wrote:
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> Jim Forde just called and asked me to let people know that the PACIFIC
> LOON continues this morning at Cedar Lake in Cedar Rapids.
>
> Diana Pesek
> Cedar Rapids
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Date: 10/28/17 8:32 am
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbill-- Warren Co.
Jay- Are you still good with visitors stopping by?

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:16:24 PM UTC-7, jacobtee wrote:
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> This evening I had an immature White-winged Crossbill at my feeders in
> Warren Co.
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> Good birding...
>
> Jay Gilliam
> Norwalk
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Date: 10/28/17 8:02 am
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continues in Cedar Rapids
This bird was observed flying away from the lake at approximately 9:45 AM
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 10/28/17 5:57 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon continues in Cedar Rapids



Jim Forde just called and asked me to let people know that the PACIFIC LOON continues this morning at Cedar Lake in Cedar Rapids.



Diana Pesek

Cedar Rapids








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Date: 10/27/17 9:03 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon and scoter sp. at Cedar Lake (Linn Co.)
Birders,

There was a PACIFIC LOON at Cedar Lake late this evening. Also, an
apparent SURF SCOTER photobombed one of the shots of the loon. The weather
started getting nasty and winds picked up after the Sun had set, really
hindering ID of the loon. It was not clear if the loon left the lake or
not. It was last seen flying circles about the lake. Also, the loon was
ID'd post visit from my photos and with the help of experienced birding
friends. I did not originally locate this bird.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40162644

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 10/27/17 3:19 pm
From: Larry Reis <naturalist...>
Subject: [ia-bird] red crossbills
Saw 25 red crossbills feeding on red pine tree cones at Lake Meyer Park this evening. There were also 16 purple finches and 3 red-breasted nuthatches in the park today.

Larry Reis
Calmar, IA

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Date: 10/27/17 2:27 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 10-27-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, October 21, through Friday, October
27, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**FERRUGINOUS HAWK**









CASUAL:

*BLACK VULTURE*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Plegadis Ibis

American Avocet

Iceland Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Red Crossbill

White-winged Crosbill

Common Redpoll





***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.











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A SURF SCOTER was seen at Clear Lake on the 23rd.



FRANKLIN COUNTY:

24 RED CROSSBILLS and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Hampton Cemetery
on the 24th. 4 COMMON REDPOLLS were present on the 25th.









*EAST*:



LINN COUNTY:

3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Cedar Lake on the 24th.



3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Pinicon Ridge Park on the 25th.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

2 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Scales Point on the 25th.







*NORTHEAST:*



FAYETTE COUNTY:

A BLACK VULTURE was seen just east of Highway 150 between West Union and
Fayette on the 21st.







*SOUTHEAST*:



LOUISA COUNTY:

70 RED CROSSBILLS were seen throughout the county on the 25th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



WARREN COUNTY:

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen at a feeder in Norwalk on the 25th. It
was last seen on the 26th. This bird was last seen on the 27th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A RED-THROATED LOON and 5 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen off the dam at
Saylorville on the 20th. Both were still present on the 21st.*



*8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines on the 22nd.
They were last seen on the 23rd. 20 were seen on the 25th. These birds were
last seen on the 27th.*



*4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Glendale Cemetery on the 24th..*



*A PACIFIC LOON was seen at Saylorville on the 26th.*



*13 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were observed at Glendale Cemetery on the 26th.*







*NORTHWEST:*



*WOODBURY COUNTY:*

*6 PLEGADIS IBIS were seen at Owego Wetland on the 18th.*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was seen at Jemmerson Slough on the 21st.*



*A ICELAND GULL was seen at Sandbar Slough on the 21st.*



*2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Smiths Bay at West Lake Okoboji
on the 21st.*



*IDA COUNTY:*

*12 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Ida Grove Country Club on the 22nd.*



*HUMBOLDT COUNTY:*

*4 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Ottosen on the 24th.*



*8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Ottosen on the 25th.*











~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 3, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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515-423-6108

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Date: 10/27/17 11:36 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Co.—White-winged Crossbills
Yesterday I reported 13 Common Redpolls from Glendale Cemetery. This was a
chattering flyover flock that I didn’t get much of a look at as I was
scrambling to get an audio recording. Based on them not being Red
Crossbills or siskins, combined with probability and some preliminary
research, I thought they were redpolls. But due to some lingering doubts, I
sent the audio to an expert, and he IDed them as White-winged Crossbills. I
wanted to make this correction and mention that chattering WWCRs sound
fairly similar to redpolls which sound similar to siskins, so be careful
not blow off a better bird like I nearly did. And, a good example of why
it’s a good idea to take audio.
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Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 10/27/17 9:16 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White winged crossbill red cross bill Pacific loon

White wing crossbill at Jay’s easy! Red Crossbills Glendale Cemetery 3 heard as flyovers two more perched. No luck with Pacific Loon.
God bless
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> Full contingent of winter birds this morning while enjoying the oatmeal, however I am not on the deck.
> First Pine Siskin (3)
>
> Dick Sayles
> Buffalo Iowa
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Date: 10/27/17 7:50 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds
2 hermit thrushes, 2 fox sparrows, whitethroated sparrows and juncos along
with the regular yard birds.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 10/27/17 6:23 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Siskin
Full contingent of winter birds this morning while enjoying the oatmeal, however I am not on the deck.
First Pine Siskin (3)

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 10/26/17 4:35 pm
From: dan.cerveny <dan.cerveny...>
Subject: [ia-bird] TWO ruby-throated hummingbirds (Cedar Rapids)
Incredibly, a second immature ruby-throated hummingbird showed up in my
Cedar Rapids yard this evening. I walked out the door and heard a hummer
call typically associated with chasing. I saw one hummer fly into the
serviceberry tree and then saw one feeding at one of my large salvias. I
saw the two of them multiple times over the next twenty minutes as it got
dark. Now, I have to figure out a way to keep two hummers alive this
weekend. I'm going to re-hang a couple of my feeders that have yellow
flower petals around the ports, which will hopefully attract the hummers.
The two feeders I currently have out are all red and are being ignored.

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Date: 10/26/17 3:56 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Co. finches
Today at Glendale Cemetery, I had at least 8 Red Crossbills, 13 Common
Redpolls, siskins, and a sapsucker. This evening there was a single adult
male Red Crossbill at Highland Memory Garden cemetery south of Ankeny.
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Date: 10/26/17 2:08 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Backyard birds
Cleaning up the yard and birding
30 Species
Best of the flock
Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwings
Tufted Titmouse first in some time.
Amazing amount of robins and juncos
Both Kinglets

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 10/26/17 11:43 am
From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill-- Warren Co.
The juvenile White-winged Crossbill continues at my feeders in Norwalk. If anybody is interested in looking for it, my address is 1004 Meadow Drive. Park in the driveway or west side of the street and go through the gate on the north side of the house to see the feeders. The crossbill spends a lot of time on the ground under the feeders.


Good birding...


Jay Gilliam
Norwalk



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This evening I had an immature White-winged Crossbill at my feeders in Warren Co.


Good birding...


Jay Gilliam
Norwalk

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Date: 10/26/17 9:04 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pacific Loon and Harlan's Hawk at Saylorville
There must have been a modest influx of loons last night, as a dozen COMMON
and a PACIFIC LOON were north of Lakeview this morning. A HARLAN'S HAWK was
perched up nicely at Lincoln Access.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 10/25/17 6:26 pm
From: Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jacob Krumm-

When walking at Jacob Krumm I saw 2 Short-eared owls flying in the east
section of Jacob Krumm in same area I have seen them in other years, this
was the 1st time however I saw more then one.

Greg Stempien
Grinnell,IA

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Date: 10/25/17 5:16 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill-- Warren Co.
This evening I had an immature White-winged Crossbill at my feeders in Warren Co.


Good birding...


Jay Gilliam
Norwalk

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Date: 10/25/17 4:55 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FW: Red Crossbills - Louisa Co.
Hi All,

Kelly McKay just called me to pass along he had about 70 RED CROSSBILLS while conducting surveys in Louisa Co. today. He mentioned they flew over in 2 vocal groups. I thought it significant enough to pass along. Keep those eyes and ears open!

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 10/25/17 2:25 pm
From: Reid I. Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cemetery Birds
At the Hampton Cemetery today, Pam and I found Common Redpolls,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Golden-crowned Kinglets plus a lot of
juncos.  But no crossbills.

So, on the way home, we stopped at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. 
There we found Ann Johnson, R. J. Thompson, and Roy Adolphson, who was
taking photos of guess what -- Red Crossbills!

The birds were in a pine tree loaded with cones.  As you enter the
cemetery and drive downhill on the main road, at the bottom of the hill
you will see two mausoleums with the names of Macomber and Wheeler. 
Just above them on a hill you'll see the tree.  At least that was where
the birds were this afternoon.

Reid & Pam Allen
West Des Moines

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Date: 10/25/17 1:55 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoters at Coralville Lake
Early this morning Scales Pointe was a lively spot after a day of north winds. Diving ducks had showed up
in numbers for the first time and the notables were;

2 Juv./female Black Scoters (at times could have been seen from other shores)
9 Common Loons (most moved on as far as I could tell)
3 Horned Grebes

The Hawkeye WMA refuge was a disappointment, in comparison, as it had less waterfowl than previously.

1 Common Loon (always an odd sight on those shallow waters)
2 Horned Grebes

Also, I saw 4 flying Sandhill Cranes farther west at Hawkeye.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 10/25/17 12:23 pm
From: Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Allamakee County - Pool 9 - Red Oak Road - Waterfowl bonanza!
It was a waterfowl bonanza this morning along Red Oak Rd. in Allamakee
County. Huge rafts of ducks stretched from Lock and Dam 9 all the way up to
the Wexford Delta and the south end of the newly constructed Harpers Slough
Islands. They must have covered more than a mile of river from north to
south. I estimate more than 13,000 individual birds made up of 16 species
of waterfowl. Canvasback were the most numerous followed by Lesser Scaup,
Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, and a few Common Goldeneye. A
scope is a necessary to view most of the divers well. Dabblers and a few
more divers were congregated closer to the road on the south side of
Wexford. Mallards, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, American
Wigeon, and Wood Duck were all present along with Canada Geese, one
Redhead, four Tundra Swan, one American Black duck, and one Black Duck x
Mallard hybrid. The river level is going down so the near shore habitat
should continue to improve for dabblers. This area is closed to waterfowl
hunting so definitely a great place to get out and watch ducks do their
thing.

Billy Reiter-Marolf
New Albin, IA

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Date: 10/25/17 12:08 pm
From: Bob Dick <siti1526...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Junco First of the Fall Sighting
In our Yard Today

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Date: 10/25/17 10:48 am
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Des Moines Crossbills
I checked out Glendale yesterday prior to sunset. I did not see any
Crossbills, however there were three Merlin perched near and area where I
saw a lot of cones on the ground. So the flock may have been hunkered down.

In Section L, all the way on the north side of the Cemetery, there was a
flock of 4 Common Redpoll that flew in from the north and were working
south. It was extremely windy so viewing them was very difficult.

John Cecil.
Des Moines, IA


On Oct 25, 2017 12:05 PM, "Douglas Harr" <dnharr...> wrote:

Took a break from running several errands in the DSM metro area this
morning & spent a half hour at Glendale Cemetery. Red Crossbill flock flew
over twice, then landed in a white pine. Did not get a perfect count but
there were about 20 in the flock. Lots of white pines with good cone crop,
so crossbills should remain at cemetery for some time.

Doug Harr

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Date: 10/25/17 10:27 am
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yet more crossbills --- Linn


This morning Linda Rudolph and I found 3 Red Crossbills, 12 Pine Siskins and 7 Red-breasted Nuthatches at Pinicon Ridge Park(Central City) in Linn County.Also had a late Blue-headed Vireo. Watched a Cooper's Hawk mantleit's prey (Robin?).
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 





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Date: 10/25/17 10:22 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ottosen Red Crossbills
A group of 8 Red Crossbills were crisscrossing Ottosen, hitting numerous
coniferous trees. I caught a little video of them vocalizing while basking
in a deciduous tree... The cone crops at the Union Cemetery in Humboldt
were decent, so I may make some trips latter to keep an eye on those as
well...

Jacob
Humboldt County


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Date: 10/25/17 10:05 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines Crossbills
Took a break from running several errands in the DSM metro area this
morning & spent a half hour at Glendale Cemetery. Red Crossbill flock flew
over twice, then landed in a white pine. Did not get a perfect count but
there were about 20 in the flock. Lots of white pines with good cone crop,
so crossbills should remain at cemetery for some time.

Doug Harr

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Date: 10/25/17 9:04 am
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] over under sideways down yardbirds Pella
before the big winds, on the 22nd- had one juvenile yellow rumped warbler, one golden crowned kinglet, and one ruby throated hummingbird
Stephen JohnsonPella

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Date: 10/24/17 5:04 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoters at Cedar Rapids
Tonight there was a trio of juv./female BLACK SCOTERS on Cedar Lake. A Horned Grebe also. Ring-billed Gulls are getting
numerous but only one American Herring Gull at dusk.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 10/24/17 4:42 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl
Hi,
Searching the pine trees in Moorhead Park this afternoon, I found our second Saw-whet owl. The one I found on Sunday left that Sunday evening when it got dark.
This one may also be headed south as it gets dark tonight, and be part of the early migration. This one was found in a different location then the first one on Sunday.


Don Poggensee
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
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Date: 10/24/17 3:04 pm
From: 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Franklin County Red Crossbills, Common Redpolls
Since everyone seems to be finding Red Crossbills lately, Rita Goranson and I drove down to the Hampton cemetery to check for them. Sure enough, we found approx 24 Red Crossbills and 2 Common Redpolls, along with several Red-breasted Nuthatches and Brown Creepers. We did not attempt to record the calls of the Crossbills, since the wind was blowing around 45mph at the time.
We then quickly checked Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo County) and found a Horned Grebe in with the Coots. A Surf Scoter was also seen at Clear Lake yesterday, but we couldn't relocate it today.
Betty LucasRita Goranson
Mason City

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Date: 10/24/17 10:45 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Redpolls Humboldt County
Had four Common Redpolls working on some pines in Ottosen this morning.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County, IA

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Date: 10/24/17 9:31 am
From: dan.cerveny <dan.cerveny...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red crossbills and a ruby-throated hummer (Cedar Rapids)
The immature ruby-throated hummer, which arrived in my yard on the 17th, is
still here. It will be in trouble when all of my salvia blooms freeze and
disappear in a few days.

A few mornings ago I saw what appeared to be a small flock (~15) of red
crossbills in a little suburban creek area near my house. Most of them
were red, although they did not appear to be house finches. There were
also some yellow-ish birds mixed in. Several of them poked around in the
conifers in front of a small power station. I had never seen a red
crossbill before, but I had seen several mentions of them, recently, in
this group and on the Iowa Birding Facebook page, so that's what popped
into my head when I saw these birds. Online photos definitely match what I
saw.

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Date: 10/23/17 11:51 am
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills Cont. Glendale Cemetery (Polk County)
At the previously mentioned group of conifers (top of the hill and north of
the pond at Glendale Cemetery) I observed three RED CROSSBILL foraging on
the tree crowns.

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Date: 10/23/17 7:11 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] lake Rathbun birds
Mike and Vicky Stephens, Ray Cummins, and I birded Lake Rathbun yesterday
A.M. Highlights were 56 species with over 300 Gadwall, 2 Long-billed
Dowichers, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs,6 Bonaparte's Gulls, House Wren,
Blue-headed Vireo and many Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Yellow-rumped
Warblers. 7 species of sparrows included Le Conte's, Juncos and 18
White-crowned Sparrows. I found my first Horned Grebe off the dam that
afternoon on my way to Albia. Paul Egeland had a Winter Wren at his home
close to Rathbun the same day. Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 10/22/17 4:37 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shrikes etc. in Johnson and Iowa Counties
Today I had my FOS NORTHERN SHRIKE at the west end of Hawkeye WMA. The shrike flew after a passing sparrow and a mad chase
ensued until the shrike finally gave up. It just couldn't make the tight turns the smaller bird did. I wondered what would
have happed if it had caught the sparrow. A controlled crash followed by a deadly wrestling match was my best guess.

Yesterday, I also saw another Shrike near Hawkeye, along Cemetery Road on the power lines. It was the first juvenile type LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE I've seen. With fine breast barring and less distinct mask it was an interesting look.

Also interesting looking was a possible BREWER'S DUCK (Gadwall X Mallard) at Amana Lily Pond. The Mallard features weren't that obvious but a similar hybrid is on the internet. Hybrids aren't for everyone but the male Gadwalls with their big puffy heads should be. I had good scoping of them.

On the way home I spotted a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at the traditional spot on Y Ave. in Iowa Co. It dropped down before I could
study it but suspected it was not adult.

Finally, a couple miles farther north on Y Ave. about 50 Eurasian-Collared Doves lined the power lines. Might be my high count.

Jim Forde
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Date: 10/22/17 4:00 pm
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Red Crossbills--Des Moines
I relocated the Red Crossbills around 4:30pm with five additional birds in
two conifers on the hill just north of the pond. Birds were very active
and vocal in flight. I was able to snap a few quick photos before they
headed off to the NE of the cemetery.

RJ Thompson
West Des Moines, IA

On Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:01:39 AM UTC-7, Aaron Brees wrote:
>
> I had three Red Crossbills at Glendale Cemetery over the lunch hour. They
> were eating grit off the road and then were flushed by a Merlin, but were
> still calling in the area after it left. From the pond, if you continue on
> the main road as it curves north and uphill, there are a couple of tall
> pines that are very heavily loaded with cones at the top. The birds were
> on the road beneath those trees.
>
> Aaron Brees
>
> Polk City, Iowa
>
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Date: 10/22/17 2:01 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl & Crossbills
Hi,
While checking the pine trees in Moorehead Park this afternoon, I found our first Saw-whet Owl of the 2017-18 season. This is the earliest date that I have found one, in the last 28 years.
We had one on Oct 30 st. one year and also one year we had one on Oct 31 st. here in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove.

Bill Zales & his wife were at the Ida Grove Country Club this afternoon and I stopped in to see them. Bill reported that they had 10 to 12 Red Crossbills in the tall spruce trees near the club house also this afternoon.


Great birding in Ida County,


Don Poggensee
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Date: 10/22/17 11:05 am
From: jasonpaulios <jasonpaulios...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa City Bird Club trip - 10/22/2017
The Iowa City Bird Club had a field trip today to the River Valley Wetland
(Cedar County). We were in search of fall migrants and found some despite
the intermittent rain. Yellow-rumped Warblers were still plentiful and
were overhead almost the entire walk, it was difficult to know whether we
were seeing new birds or the same flock. At one point we watched them feast
on Poison Ivy berries. Of the sparrow species we found, we ended up having
great looks at everything but American Tree Sparrow. I think everyone saw
the flyby Northern Harrier well and we said goodbye to what were likely the
last Phoebes of the season. I thought I heard a lone Pine Siskin flyover
but it got away before confirming. Our biggest miss was probably Lincoln's
Sparrow, I assumed this one would be pretty easy today. I had to leave the
group a little after 10, the others went on to visit Bickett-Rate Farm to
see the Althea Sherman Swift Tower.

Highlights were: Greater White-fronted Goose, Northern Harrier, Eastern
Phoebe, American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and
Swamp Sparrow. Full checklist is at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40065881

Jason Paulios
Iowa City, IA

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Date: 10/22/17 7:18 am
From: Pat Schlarbaum <patschlarbaum...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] not a sighting, Black Vulture Fayette Co.
thanks for all your service and contributions to conservation Mark, good
climbing to you
On Oct 22, 2017 8:17 AM, "Mark Orsag" <wordorsag...> wrote:

Paul,
Congratulations! We have had a couple of Black Vultures at Hitchcock
Hawkwatch over the years, but it has been a while. Though I am no longer in
charge there or even one of the regulars (too busy with work, family, and
rock climbing), I was up there the last couple of weekends and heard the
current paid counter and other regulars express surprise and regret that a
Black Vulture hadn't turned up in this year of near record Turkey Vulture
migration at Hitchcock. Well one did turn up in the state-- thanks for the
report. I will let them know in case they didn't catch your post.

Best,
Mark O


On October 21, 2017 at 7:10 PM Paul Skrade <skradepa...> wrote:

Birders,

This morning en route from Decorah to Fayette I spotted a Black Vulture
trying to gain altitude <200m east of Hwy 150, between West Union & Fayette
(just north of Jade Rd). I was able to get my scope on it from the side of
the road but couldn't get any photos. I tracked it for about 10 min but
lost it when I tried to find a better spot to try and photograph it. There
were four Turkey Vultures (including an immature bird) and an adult Bald
Eagle nearby for comparison. Bird had silvery/pale primaries with dark
secondaries and coverts, short squared off tail, dark and pointed head, and
didn't soar with a dihedral pattern, much flatter than a Turkey Vulture.

It was trying to head south so keep your eyes open!

Paul Skrade
Decorah, Winneshiek Co.

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Date: 10/22/17 6:17 am
From: Mark Orsag <wordorsag...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black Vulture Fayette Co.
Paul,
Congratulations! We have had a couple of Black Vultures at Hitchcock Hawkwatch over the years, but it has been a while. Though I am no longer in charge there or even one of the regulars (too busy with work, family, and rock climbing), I was up there the last couple of weekends and heard the current paid counter and other regulars express surprise and regret that a Black Vulture hadn't turned up in this year of near record Turkey Vulture migration at Hitchcock. Well one did turn up in the state-- thanks for the report. I will let them know in case they didn't catch your post.

Best,
Mark O


> On October 21, 2017 at 7:10 PM Paul Skrade <skradepa...> wrote:
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> Birders,
>
> This morning en route from Decorah to Fayette I spotted a Black Vulture trying to gain altitude <200m east of Hwy 150, between West Union & Fayette (just north of Jade Rd). I was able to get my scope on it from the side of the road but couldn't get any photos. I tracked it for about 10 min but lost it when I tried to find a better spot to try and photograph it. There were four Turkey Vultures (including an immature bird) and an adult Bald Eagle nearby for comparison. Bird had silvery/pale primaries with dark secondaries and coverts, short squared off tail, dark and pointed head, and didn't soar with a dihedral pattern, much flatter than a Turkey Vulture.
>
> It was trying to head south so keep your eyes open!
>
> Paul Skrade
> Decorah, Winneshiek Co.
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Date: 10/21/17 4:33 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird Club outing success
This morning the rain let up just as the Prairie Lakes Bird Club outing was
to start in Dickinson County and left us with just the wind to contend with.
The first good bird was an immature Ferruginous Hawk that flew into a grove
of trees in the Jemmerson Slough complex and sat to give all a scope view.
Of course it flew off as our photographer leaned out of the van that was
pulling up for a closer shot. Fifteen species of Anatidae included six
Greater Scaup at Angler's Bay on Spirit Lake but nothing else unusual. At
Sandbar Slough we found a Kumlien's Iceland Gull and a year ago I would have
been much more excited to add that bird to my list than I am now having seen
any number of Thayer's Gulls over the years.



Over the past week there have been not one but two Lesser Black-backed Gulls
loafing with the other gulls on the docks at Smith's Bay but they were
nowhere to be found today. The wind switched as the cold front came through
this afternoon so more and different birds to come!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 10/21/17 4:11 pm
From: Paul Skrade <skradepa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Vulture Fayette Co.
Birders,

This morning en route from Decorah to Fayette I spotted a Black Vulture
trying to gain altitude <200m east of Hwy 150, between West Union & Fayette
(just north of Jade Rd). I was able to get my scope on it from the side of
the road but couldn't get any photos. I tracked it for about 10 min but
lost it when I tried to find a better spot to try and photograph it. There
were four Turkey Vultures (including an immature bird) and an adult Bald
Eagle nearby for comparison. Bird had silvery/pale primaries with dark
secondaries and coverts, short squared off tail, dark and pointed head, and
didn't soar with a dihedral pattern, much flatter than a Turkey Vulture.

It was trying to head south so keep your eyes open!

Paul Skrade
Decorah, Winneshiek Co.

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Date: 10/21/17 3:27 pm
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Red-throated Loon - Saylorville - Polk
Loon continuing at 4:30pm on the east side of the dam pullouts.

RJ Thompson
West Des Moines, IA

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 9:40:21 AM UTC-7, 2birders wrote:
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> Hi all,
> The Red-throated Loon reported yesterday by Aaron Brees continues off the
> dam at Saylorville. The American Avocets also reported by Aaron were
> present this a.m. as well.
> Good Birding!
> Pam Allen
> West Des Moines, IA
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Date: 10/21/17 10:39 am
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 2017-2018 CBC's


Folks, is it too early to begin posting dates for the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts in Iowa?
Thanks.
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids (Irregular visitor to Iowa in December)




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Date: 10/21/17 9:40 am
From: Pam Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon - Saylorville - Polk
Hi all,
The Red-throated Loon reported yesterday by Aaron Brees continues off the dam at Saylorville. The American Avocets also reported by Aaron were present this a.m. as well.
Good Birding!
Pam Allen
West Des Moines, IA

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Date: 10/21/17 5:49 am
From: William Huser <billfhuser...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Broken Kettle Grasslands
FRIDAY, 10/20/17, Plymouth County, very windy from south

A. Tree Sparrow, 1-2. FOS
Field Sparrow, 2
Plus Lincoln's, White crowned, white throated, Clay colored, Song, Juncos
and Eastern Towhee.

Red tailed Hawk, 1 dark phase
Sharp shinned Hawk. 1

Bill Huser & Jerry Probst

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Date: 10/20/17 7:46 pm
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Neal Smith NWR Birds
Just the typical grassland birds...this morning I saw my first SHORT-EARED
OWL of the season, in the exact same place another staff member saw one
yesterday, at the intersection of the entry road and the bison road.
NORTHERN HARRIERS have been around for at least a couple weeks. This
morning I also had a couple of LECONTE’S SPARROW, a couple of SEDGE WRENS,
and a couple lingering FIELD SPARROWS (according to eBird, two are rare
now, but one is not) along with a good asssortment of other sparrows. An
EASTERN MEADOWLRK was vocalizing along the entry road. I heard an AMERICAN
PIPIT fly over.

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines
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Date: 10/20/17 2:38 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon—Polk Co.
Late this afternoon there was a Red-throated Loon and 5 avocets off the
damn at Saylorville.
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Date: 10/20/17 2:30 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 10-20-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, October 14, through Friday, October
20, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)











CASUAL:

*LITTLE GULL*

*SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD*

*CALIFORNIA GULL*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

MARBLED GODWIT (Record late)

Sabines Gull

Townsends Solitaire

Red Crossbill







***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.











*EAST*:



SCOTT COUNTY:

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Lock and Dam 13 on the 16th.



A 3W CALIFORNIA GULL was seen at Lock and Dam 14 on the 16th. Another
adult CALIFORNIA GULL was seen on the river at Bettendorf.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Amana Lily Pond on the 19th.







*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A late MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Runnells WA on the 14th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A LITTLE GULL was seen at Runnells WA on the 14th.*



*19 SURF SCOTERS and a SABINES GULL were seen at Big Creek on the 15th.*



*3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines on the 19th.*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen over Ames on the 20th.*









*WEST:*



*HARRISON COUNTY:*

*A SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen at a feeder in Missouri
Valley on the 16th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*PLYMOUTH COUNTY:*

*A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was seen at the Broken Kettle Grasslands on the
17th.*



*KOSSUTH COUNTY:*

*20 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Riverview Cemetery on the 17th, and were
last seen on the 19th.*











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The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
October 27, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 10/20/17 11:28 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Merlin- Johnson County- Hawkeye Wiildlife Area
Bill Scheible and I found a Merlin this morning on Swan Lake Road at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area. It was in the same location as the ones that Mark Brown found last month. That is it was in the trees to the North of the road, right by Swan Lake and to the West of the new Swan Lake parking lot .


Linda Rudolph

Coralville

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Date: 10/20/17 6:42 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Continuing the crossbill trend...
Hi Birders,

This morning I had a flock of 8 Red Crossbills fly over our yard in
northeast Ames, which completes our crossbill list for the yard. The
Red-breasted Nuthatch and handful of Pine Siskins are still in the area as
well.

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 10/20/17 5:51 am
From: Terri Macey <tjm1895...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Trumpeter Swan in Iowa City
We have had a Trumpeter Swan for the past 2 days in our very suburban,
man-made pond at the condo complex where I live in Iowa City. S/he is
hanging out near the swan decoy that is kept in the pond to scare off the
geese (at least that's what I've been told about the decoy).

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