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3/25/17 8:01 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] ICBC trip to Cone M
3/25/17 6:42 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes
3/25/17 6:29 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Re: Hermit Thrush
3/25/17 6:12 pm Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Loons and Plovers
3/25/17 5:37 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows
3/25/17 5:04 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush
3/25/17 4:57 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/25/17 4:40 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Horned grebes johnson county
3/25/17 1:46 pm John & Mary Jo <jmjhrtgh...> [ia-bird] Rosy-red Viewing
3/25/17 1:24 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loon, Pleasant Creek
3/25/17 12:48 pm Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...> [ia-bird] Pine Siskin- Madison Co
3/25/17 11:04 am robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg...> [ia-bird] Princeton WMA
3/25/17 10:18 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Loggerhead Shrike - Tama co.
3/25/17 6:56 am Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...> [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse / Swan Lake, State Park.
3/24/17 4:22 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Re: Harris' Sparrows
3/24/17 4:19 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Harris' Sparrows
3/24/17 4:11 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/24/17 2:43 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-24-17
3/24/17 1:36 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
3/24/17 1:15 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Am. Golden Plovers
3/24/17 11:15 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Cone Marsh Friday
3/24/17 4:00 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Brewer's Blackbirds at HWA Thursday
3/23/17 6:42 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Re: Platte river crane advice
3/23/17 5:59 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/23/17 11:06 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Barn Swallow - Polk County
3/23/17 8:17 am Bruce McKee <bgmckee641...> [ia-bird] Re: Platte river crane advice
3/23/17 6:53 am Paul Hubert <paulhubert123...> [ia-bird] Platte river crane advice
3/22/17 3:03 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Spring meeting reminder
3/22/17 12:28 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Marshall Co. birds
3/22/17 12:16 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
3/22/17 6:55 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Re: Eared Grebe
3/21/17 4:15 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows
3/21/17 3:10 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] N. Rough-winged Swallow
3/21/17 12:33 pm Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> [ia-bird] Mitchell / Worth Co. birds
3/21/17 11:11 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Eared Grebe
3/21/17 11:02 am Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Bald eagles
3/21/17 9:09 am Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Brenton area Sandhills, Dallas Co
3/21/17 8:53 am Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Waterloo Merlins
3/21/17 7:34 am Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...> [ia-bird] Smith's Longspurs - Dunbar Slough, Greene County
3/21/17 6:43 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Winter and Carolina wrens in Cedar Rapids
3/20/17 9:10 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> [ia-bird] Merlin in Glendale Cemetery 3/20 Des Moines, IA, Polk CO
3/20/17 4:06 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Louisa Co; Cone Marsh - Purple Martin
3/20/17 2:14 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Fwd: HF597 !! AKA "The WISE Solution"
3/20/17 7:38 am Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> RE: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh area, Hawkeye WMA continuing birds
3/19/17 7:45 pm Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Hickory Hills-Tama Co: Hooded Mergansers & Greenbelt Lake (W'Loo)
3/19/17 7:11 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh area, Hawkeye WMA continuing birds
3/19/17 6:48 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Big Marsh - Butler Co.
3/19/17 6:45 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Smith's, Brewer's, East and West
3/19/17 6:30 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/19/17 5:53 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek CO birds
3/19/17 9:28 am tim gedler Gedler <avesrun...> [ia-bird] Eastern Phoebe
3/19/17 9:21 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] American Pipits - Hawkeye WA
3/18/17 10:52 pm billohde <billohde...> [ia-bird] sandhill cranes
3/18/17 2:25 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-17-17
3/18/17 12:19 pm mvw <mvw...> [ia-bird] Leucistic wild turkey
3/18/17 6:25 am rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] lake ducks
3/18/17 6:00 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
3/17/17 6:34 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Brewer's Duck in Black Hawk County
3/17/17 3:21 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Varied Thrush - Blackhawk co.
3/17/17 1:40 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Golden Eagle at Hawkeye Wildlife Area
3/17/17 12:49 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Louisa County Longspurs
3/17/17 11:50 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Re: Cinnamon Teal Rutland, Humboldt County
3/17/17 11:34 am <jabbas...> Re: [ia-bird] Digest for - 5 updates in 5 topics
3/17/17 11:02 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Swan Lake, Carroll Co., birds this AM
3/17/17 9:02 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Re: Cinnamon Teal Rutland, Humboldt County
3/17/17 8:55 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Rutland, Humboldt County
3/17/17 8:39 am Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> [ia-bird] Ames Oregon Junco
3/17/17 5:44 am Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Red Rock-long-tailed duck
3/16/17 9:13 pm <mkenne...> [ia-bird] TV @ Algona
3/16/17 8:58 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Goose Lake in Johnson County
3/16/17 7:16 pm Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...> [ia-bird] At least 115 Sandhill Cranes tonight in Pool Slough WMA, Allamakee County
3/16/17 6:58 pm Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
3/16/17 4:11 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
3/16/17 2:05 pm Molly McGovern <mollymassage.mm...> Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
3/16/17 1:24 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] many ducks and geese
3/16/17 1:14 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Tree Swallows
3/16/17 11:33 am Rick Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
3/16/17 9:45 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Greater Scaup
3/16/17 9:25 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
3/16/17 9:23 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Eagles
3/16/17 5:27 am Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...> [ia-bird] Long-eared Owl
3/15/17 8:55 pm Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> [ia-bird] Lake Manawa, Iowa
3/15/17 5:24 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
3/15/17 5:08 pm Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM] <cootjr...> [ia-bird] Latest Iowa Bird Life.
3/15/17 2:04 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Another great "Bobolink" (not a sighting but good reading)
3/15/17 12:09 pm Don Robinson <robinsondonaldg...> [ia-bird] Variant Canada Goose
3/15/17 10:45 am Adam Ciha <adamciha...> [ia-bird] Re: Large Feeder Bird
3/14/17 9:28 pm Arlen Breiholz <abreiholz...> [ia-bird] Large Feeder Bird
3/14/17 8:33 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Johnson, Muscatine, Louisa Counties 3-14-17
3/14/17 5:45 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Re: Cooper's Hawk
3/14/17 5:44 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Cooper's Hawk
3/14/17 3:57 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Swan Lake SP Long-tailed Duck
3/14/17 3:28 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Field Sparrow
3/14/17 2:55 pm rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] eagle ...snow geese
3/14/17 1:58 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] Double-Bar Redwing Blackbird in Ames - Mutation?
3/14/17 10:51 am dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...> [ia-bird] Double-Bar Redwing Blackbird in Ames - Mutation?
3/13/17 6:37 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl
3/13/17 4:42 pm <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...> [ia-bird] Davenport - Fox Sparrows
3/13/17 1:55 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Winter Wren in Cedar Rapids
3/13/17 5:31 am David Griffin <birdingnm...> Re: [ia-bird] Sunken Grove WMA
3/12/17 6:54 pm <jwhitmore3603...> <jwhitmore3603...> [ia-bird] Hooded Mergansers
3/12/17 6:01 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Smith's Longspur
3/12/17 5:31 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Sunken Grove WMA
3/12/17 6:57 am John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-11-17
3/11/17 8:37 pm exnerimages <andexn...> [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe
3/11/17 7:55 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Crystal Lake and surrounding area
3/11/17 4:02 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun today
3/10/17 3:54 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Great Horned Owl
3/10/17 1:05 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Hawkeye WMA this AM, 3-10-17 (Johnson County)
3/10/17 12:57 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Eastern phoebes - Pike Run WMA Muscatine Co
3/10/17 11:31 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Black Duck
3/9/17 4:58 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl at Neal Smith NWR
3/9/17 3:55 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Holy Cranes
3/9/17 2:04 pm Allen and kadynn Hatfield <kkcrittercrazy...> [ia-bird] Re: Finch of a different color
3/9/17 10:21 am Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] Finch of a different color
3/9/17 8:27 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Chipping Sparrow
3/9/17 6:57 am <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Killdeer
3/9/17 6:25 am rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] waterfowl
3/8/17 5:32 pm Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Woodcock in Polk Co.
3/8/17 11:56 am ladjohnson <ladjohnson...> [ia-bird] Spring birds!
3/8/17 9:55 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. Turkey Vulture
3/8/17 6:00 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Hybrid Duck - Goose Lake
3/7/17 7:19 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Fwd: Ida County Moorehead Park
3/7/17 4:50 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> [ia-bird] Re: IOU member listing totals
3/7/17 1:45 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Surf scoter Dubuque
3/7/17 12:39 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] IOU spring meeting
3/7/17 12:35 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] "Shorebirding" at Coralville Lake
3/7/17 6:30 am Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Herons at Rookery at Hickman & Deer Creek Trail in Urbandale, Polk/Dallas Co.
3/6/17 8:29 pm James Mccoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Am Woodcock at Hickory Hill IC
3/6/17 7:44 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> Re: [ia-bird] Common Loon?
3/6/17 7:35 am dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...> [ia-bird] 1st Sighting in Our Ames Yard of Eurasian Invader - Ring Neck Dove
3/6/17 7:29 am Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...> [ia-bird] Common Loon?
3/5/17 9:29 pm Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> [ia-bird] Calhoun/Pocahontas Co. - 3/5
3/5/17 6:18 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/5/17 3:12 pm akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Green-winged Teal- George Wyth State Park-Black hawk Co.
3/5/17 3:06 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Re: American Robins
3/5/17 8:34 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] Eastern Phoebe - Clarke Co.
3/4/17 5:52 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Prairie Heritage Center Eagle Watch - a Golden Opportunity
3/4/17 5:51 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] A little AM Birding Polk and Dallas Counties
3/4/17 4:35 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] American White Pelicans at Saylorville
3/4/17 3:57 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> [ia-bird] Today at Elk Creek
3/4/17 3:26 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Browsing the Ann Barker Library: How times have changed.
3/4/17 12:03 pm JacobTee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Jensen Marsh- Madison Co
3/4/17 11:12 am 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans, Johnson County
3/4/17 8:42 am Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] State Bird Campaign
3/4/17 7:35 am James McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] E/W Meadowlarks
3/3/17 8:05 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Dark Morph Ross's Goose Photo - Tama Co.
3/2/17 1:34 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-2-17
3/2/17 10:09 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Raccoon River Watershed Annual Meeting
3/2/17 9:28 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Purple Finch
3/2/17 6:36 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Countless blackbirds at Ogden
3/1/17 7:17 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Re: Black Scoter - Blackhawk co.
3/1/17 2:29 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] REMINDER: IOU Field Trip to Michigan and the North Woods (Not a sighting)
3/1/17 1:20 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans at Hawkeye Wildlife Area -Johnson Co.
3/1/17 10:24 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] DSM Scoter - No
3/1/17 10:15 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter - Blackhawk co.
3/1/17 9:03 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] American Robins
3/1/17 8:14 am Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> Re: [ia-bird] American Robins
3/1/17 8:08 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Probable black headed grosbeak Dubuque
3/1/17 8:00 am <donnadea...> Re: [ia-bird] American Robins
3/1/17 7:59 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Last call for Iowa Audubon's small grants
2/28/17 10:55 pm Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> [ia-bird] American Robins
2/28/17 4:40 pm 'Dan McRoberts' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] American Pelicans Iowa City
2/28/17 4:03 pm EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Cooper's Hawks Iowa City
2/28/17 3:36 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> Re: [ia-bird] Black Scoter--Polk Co.
2/28/17 3:07 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Probable black headed grosbeak Dubuque
2/28/17 2:59 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Black Scoter--Polk Co.
2/28/17 1:49 pm Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] Eagle nest at Hendrickson Marsh Story Co.
2/28/17 10:43 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter--Polk Co.
2/28/17 10:35 am IA Ann <shannonfound...> Re: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
2/28/17 7:38 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Minnesota Vikings lead the NFL in dead birds caused by their stadium
2/28/17 7:04 am Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...> [ia-bird] Song Sparrows
2/28/17 5:05 am Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
2/27/17 7:39 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Eagle nest collapse
2/27/17 5:31 pm wewarb via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
2/27/17 3:45 pm Kai Weatherman <dainichi...> [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
2/27/17 1:45 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull at Saylorville
2/27/17 1:38 pm 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Muscatine/Louisa/Johnson Co. Birds
2/27/17 12:59 pm jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Southern Iowa Birding Sunday
2/27/17 11:07 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Beaver Bottoms Waterfowl
2/27/17 9:58 am Merle & Marsha <mghall...> RE: [ia-bird] Re: Need help deciding on a new scope
2/27/17 7:30 am David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Muscatine Co., American Woodcock
2/27/17 5:36 am Adam Ciha <adamciha...> [ia-bird] Re: Need help deciding on a new scope
2/26/17 9:15 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Appanoose County
2/26/17 8:34 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Appanoose County
2/26/17 7:29 pm Jeanne Hedges <gentlepartings...> [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
2/26/17 4:49 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
2/26/17 1:49 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Butler county
2/25/17 5:41 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
2/25/17 9:21 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Hendrickson Marsh
2/25/17 6:27 am Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Unknown bird
2/24/17 5:08 pm cindy wilson <birdercw...> [ia-bird] Many birds in the yard Harrison County 2/24
2/24/17 2:40 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 2-24-17
2/23/17 2:13 pm Shepherd, Stephanie <stephanie.shepherd...> [ia-bird] VWMP - Volunteer Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Training in Kossuth County
2/23/17 12:52 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Common Grackles- Washington County
2/23/17 12:40 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Franklin's Gull at Saylorville
 
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Date: 3/25/17 8:01 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] ICBC trip to Cone M
7 foolish people showed up, in miserable weather, to go on today’s ICBC trip to Cone Marsh, Louisa, Iowa, US 40s, rainy/misty, and windy. 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

We ended up with 37 species. We surely would have had more had the light been better and had not the windows and optics been covered by rain on one side of the car.Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Herring Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, and Common Grackle.

The Sandhills are always a treat.

To me the big treat today, was when we stopped in Lone Tree at the BP station, the pleasant young woman who was working there, asked if we were bird watching and were looking for the owls. I think that may be the first time someone as asked if we were birding.

Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 3/25/17 6:42 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes
Great article in the DM Register today by Mike Kilen:





http://www.desmoinesregister.com/search/Sandhill%20Cranes/



Jane Clark

Clive, Polk County

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Date: 3/25/17 6:29 pm
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Hermit Thrush
Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:04:21 PM UTC-5, <12mer......> wrote:
>
> Today in a shrub patch, I saw a Hermit Thrush. It was a little smaller
> than a Robin, with a spotted breast and a white throat patch. I have
> pictures at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35420098
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Date: 3/25/17 6:12 pm
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loons and Plovers
At the Upper Arm of Lake Macbride on Wednesday, I scoped a Common Loon in
fuill breeding plumage at the end of Opie Ave.

Today at the 965 bridge across the Iowa river, a small flock of American
Golden-Plovers were seen to the west mingling with Pectorals.


Randall Scheiner
Ely, IA

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Date: 3/25/17 5:37 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows
This is a late report, but we had at least 10 Fox Sparrows in a 20 ‘ X 30’ section of our backyard Monday late afternoon—the last nice day we had this week.



Jane Clark

Clive, Polk County



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Date: 3/25/17 5:04 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush
Today in a shrub patch, I saw a Hermit Thrush. It was a little smaller than
a Robin, with a spotted breast and a white throat patch. I have pictures at
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Date: 3/25/17 4:57 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Had FOY fox sparrow under feeders today. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/25/17 4:40 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned grebes johnson county

I just spotted 2 horned grebes at terry trueblood park on the south side of the lake.

Seth Dudley
Iowa City


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Date: 3/25/17 1:46 pm
From: John & Mary Jo <jmjhrtgh...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rosy-red Viewing
On this dull, dreary, rainy day it is so neat to look out the window and see 5 male Purple Finches among the 6 or 8 male House Finches on the ground underneath the feeders. Also, 1 female Purple Finch who really stands out.

Had seen 2 males 1 mile south of Osage at the feeders on Sunday.

Wish they could stay.

Mary Jo Hartogh, Mitchell County

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Date: 3/25/17 1:24 pm
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon, Pleasant Creek
Headed up to Pleasant Creek SP when I got off of work today, hoping to find a COMMON LOON, and was not disappointed. Overall waterfowl numbers are low tho.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/25/17 12:48 pm
From: Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Siskin- Madison Co
Not many Siskins this year, but just had one amongst many Goldfinches at
the thistle feeder.

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Date: 3/25/17 11:04 am
From: robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Princeton WMA

Quad-City Audubon had a field trip to the marsh at Princeton this morning.  Three showed up despite the poor weather.
High lights were a FOY Great Egret and two Horned Grebes.  Also seen were a good mix of ducks and heard a Carolina Wren singing in the rain.
Don Robinson,  Scott Co.
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Date: 3/25/17 10:18 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loggerhead Shrike - Tama co.
This morning, a Loggerhead Shrike was working the fenceline near the same area where they nested last year along county highway D-65 just east of the intersection of county highway V-37 which is about two miles south of Hickory Hills park.The bird was about a half mile east of the intersection.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 3/25/17 6:56 am
From: Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse / Swan Lake, State Park.
In the the 15 years I've been birding this park and considering the limited wooded area, this is the first time I've seen or heard a Tufted Titmouse.

Shaun Chandler
Carroll

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Date: 3/24/17 4:22 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Harris' Sparrows
Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

On Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:19:37 PM UTC-5, <12mer......> wrote:
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> Today under our bird feeder, I didn't see just Dark-Eyed Juncos. There was
> a single Harris' Sparrow under our feeder. I have pictures at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35402348
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Date: 3/24/17 4:19 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Harris' Sparrows
Today under our bird feeder, I didn't see just Dark-Eyed Juncos. There was
a single Harris' Sparrow under our feeder. I have pictures at
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Date: 3/24/17 4:11 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
In last week have had ruby-crowned kinglets, brown creepers, great blue herons, and purple finches show up.
In areas of timber we burned we have both bloodroots and snow trillium showing white. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/24/17 2:43 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-24-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, March 18, through Friday, March 24,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Purple Martin (2nd earliest)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Record early)

Smiths Longspur

Pine Warbler (Record early)







***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:*



MITCHELL COUNTY:

4 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen in a field across from the parking lot of the
Nelson Paradise WA on the 20th.





*SOUTHEAST*:



LOUISA COUNTY:

7 early PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cone Marsh on the 20th.



LEE COUNTY:

Early NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at Heron Bend south of
Montrose on the 21st.



2 early PINE WARBLERS were seen at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the
22nd.



*CENTRAL:*



*GREENE COUNTY:*

*80 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at Dunbar Slough on the 20th.*







*NORTHWEST:*



*OBRIEN COUNTY:*

*5 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at the Hanging Valley Wetland on the 19th.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
March 31, 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: 3/24/17 1:36 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
I had my FOY Horned Grebe and Bonaparte's Gull below the dam this afternoon.
The two Franklin's Gulls that showed up in late February are also still
below the dam. One of them is now quite pink on the underparts.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 3/24/17 1:15 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Am. Golden Plovers
I also saw a small (20-25) flock of Am. Golden Plovers from the NE viewing
area at Cone Marsh (Louisa County) They landed briefly and took off again.
They were in basic plumage.
There was a N. Mockingbird 4miles S. of Cone Marsh along T.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 3/24/17 11:15 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Cone Marsh Friday
Now up to six species of shorebirds in the Cone Marsh (Louisa Co,) area. New arrival is a small flock of AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, which were in the field west of Atwood and south of G28, which is just east of the marsh area.

That was the only new species I found today not already reported, that I know of. No sign of any longspurs but I didn't spend much time trying to find them with the strong winds today.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/24/17 4:00 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brewer's Blackbirds at HWA Thursday
I birded Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County before work on Thursday. Best find was two male BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS mixed in with a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds along James Avenue near the first parking lot as you go north.

Other returning birds and migrants:
--Golden-crowned Kinglet
--Hermit Thrush
--Fox Sparrow
--Swamp Sparrow

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 3/23/17 6:42 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Platte river crane advice
You may want to look into Prairie Dog WMA for burrowing owls. It may be a bit early, but I had one there in March a couple of years ago
Tony Moline

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Date: 3/23/17 5:59 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Lake Ponderosa had a FOY common loon on Thurs. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/23/17 11:06 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Barn Swallow - Polk County
Today, while cruising through Waterworks Park in Des Moines, I was surprised to see a FOY Barn Swallow over the big pond. I thought it was early, but it doesn't fall within the early dates on the website. Other FOY's today included Fox Sparrow and Double-crested Cormorant.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 3/23/17 8:17 am
From: Bruce McKee <bgmckee641...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Platte river crane advice
Be sure to stop at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor center near Alda,
they have nice displays, information and a gift shop. They have group
viewing blinds in the evening and morning. Call for a reservation. There is
a good viewing spot off the road about a mile or so south of the Crane
Trust Center where the bridge crosses the main channel of the Platte River.
There is limited parking. Get there well before sunrise or sunset, Don't
stand on the bridge - the Sheriff patrols the area.

Also, a few miles south of I-80 at the Gibbon exit is the Iain Nicolson
Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary. As you cross the main channel of the
Platte River you will see a public viewing platform on the left/east side
of the road. It is good in the morning and the evening. The Audubon center
is a little farther south and then west on a gravel road. They also have
nice displays, information, a gift shop and group viewing blinds in the
morning and evening. Call for a reservation.

During the day the Cranes will be in the fields foraging for corn. You can
drive just about anywhere in the area and see them. Park off the roads,
stay in the car, don't approach the birds. Have fun.

- Bruce McKee, Mason City

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> The wife and I are going to Grand Island this weekend to look at the
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> other ways to enhance the experience? Thanks!
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> Storm Lake
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Date: 3/23/17 6:53 am
From: Paul Hubert <paulhubert123...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Platte river crane advice
The wife and I are going to Grand Island this weekend to look at the
cranes, and anything else wearing feathers. Any advice on secret spots, or
other ways to enhance the experience? Thanks!
Chip Hubert
Storm Lake

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Date: 3/22/17 3:03 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring meeting reminder
Here's a reminder to get signed up for the 2017 spring meeting in Chariton
on May 5-7. Remember that we're doing it a bit differently this time by
partnering with the Lucas County tourism board for their inaugural Lucas
County Birding Festival. It will be open to the public, but the format will
similar to our regular IOU meetings. We'll have field trips in the mornings
and several presentations and workshops on Saturday afternoon, including a
Trumpeter Swan release. There will a banquet Saturday evening with a
keynote speaker. Our speaker this year is Heather Sanders from Ankeny. She
participated in an EarthWatch expedition last summer to study Flammulated
Owls in northern Utah. It should be a fun and informative program.



Lucas County has the second highest percentage of public land in Iowa and
has two of Iowa's Bird Conservation Areas (BCA's) - Stephens Forest and 1000
Acre Forest. The forests and grasslands host the typical southern Iowa
specialties, including Northern Bobwhite, Northern Mockingbird and several
resident warblers. While not extensive, there are several nice wetlands in
the county. As always, who knows what spring migration will bring. We'll
also offer a night outing for Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will's-widow.
There's a good chance for staked-out Barn Owl nests.



One difference from previous IOU meetings is that registration for the
festival will be handled through the Lucas County Chamber of Commerce site
instead of the IOU webpage. I've updated the Next Meeting tab on the IOU
website with links to registration
<https://charitonareachambermainstreet.ticketbud.com/lucas-county-birding-fe
stival> , festival infographic
<http://www.charitonareachambermainstreet.com/index.asp?SEC=18677B75-838B-46
8E-9826-663FCBDC9D37&Type=B_BASIC> , some lodging
<http://www.charitonareachambermainstreet.com/index.asp?SEC=52F5E585-2B54-4F
96-A96E-762F3AE9C070&Type=B_BASIC> options. As you can see, registration
costs are quite reasonable at $10/Individual, $15/couple, $20/family and
$5/student. Most of the field trips have been finalized and details are on
the IOU website. An additional trip to Pin Oak Marsh is in the works.
Workshop information will be available soon.



Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a fun and birdy weekend in Lucas
County. It has the potential to be a well-attended event, so I'd strongly
encourage you to get your lodging booked ASAP. Please contact me if you
have any questions. Hope to see you in Chariton.



Denny Thompson

IOU Vice-president



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Date: 3/22/17 12:28 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marshall Co. birds
Thanks to a tip from Mark Proescholdt, the Armstrongs and I observed several
Eurasian Tree Sparrows at a residence just north of the Grammer Grove
entrance. We also had 14 Sandhill Cranes flying around the wetlands south
of Albion.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 3/22/17 12:16 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
My first warbler for the year turned out to be a Pine Warbler (actually 2)
seen in the Farmington Unit of Shimek (Lee County). From Farmington take
J56 (Pearl Street) north to Black Oak Lake road. Go .6 of a mile and the
bird(s) were in a bare deciduous tree. There are some White Pines very
nearby. One gave a song. Later I saw one chasing the other.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 3/22/17 6:55 am
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Eared Grebe
It has been respectfully suggested by Brandon Caswell (and confirmed by two
other birders) that the photo indicates a Horned Grebe. My apology for this
incorrect ID. Two of us still have difficulty calling this a Horned Grebe.
Good that we had the photo to obtain a correct ID

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 1:11:38 PM UTC-5, akorr%<......>
wrote:
>
> Located on 3/20/2017 at Pleasant Creek by the dam
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Date: 3/21/17 4:15 pm
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows
When I was in my grove today, I heard a wet trilling. At first, I thought
it was a swamp sparrow. As I got closer, I found out it was a Fox Sparrow
with a bunch of Dark-Eyed Juncos. I also saw my first Turkey Vulture. I
have Pictures of the Fox Sparrows at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35337471

Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 3/21/17 3:10 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] N. Rough-winged Swallow
There were several Rough-winged Swallows along with a small number of Tree
Swallows flying over the Mississippi R. at Heron Bend South near Montrose
in Lee County. This seems to be an early date for the Rough-winged.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 3/21/17 12:33 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mitchell / Worth Co. birds
Hi All,


I briefly poked into Mitchell county in north central Iowa yesterday afternoon, a county I've not spent much time in. I was pleasantly surprised to turn up a few nice birds. Nelson Paradise Wildlife Area was the best stop, including my first northern Iowa Turkey Vulture of the season, Red-headed and vocal Pileated Woodpeckers, two late Snow Buntings and 4 Smith's Longspurs foraging in a harvested soybean field right across from the parking area. Fox Sparrows and Hermit Thrushes were at a few different locations. The Saint Ansgar sewage ponds held a few species of waterfowl, nothing abnormal.


Elk Creek Marsh in Worth Co. had 17 species of waterfowl, singing American Tree Sparrows, and vocal Rusty and Brewer's Blackbirds.


Two Sandhill Cranes were walking in a corn stubble field on the Winnebago Co. side, southwest of Rice Lake.


Danny Akers

Spirit Lake

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Date: 3/21/17 11:11 am
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eared Grebe
Located on 3/20/2017 at Pleasant Creek by the dam

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Date: 3/21/17 11:02 am
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bald eagles
Forwarded by Jane Clark



Two bald eagles found shot in Webster County



The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for the person or
persons responsible for shooting two bald eagles in Webster County.



"People around here are outraged," said Bill Spece, state conservation
officer with the Iowa DNR. "Both eagles were shot with a similar caliber
firearm and left for dead so it is possible that these cases are related."



Spece said the first bald eagle was an immature bird found two weeks ago by
a person hunting shed deer antlers in the Boone Forks Wildlife Area, in
southeast Webster County. The second bald eagle was a mature bird found
Saturday near the sewage lagoons at Lehigh.



The eagle was alive, but died shortly after being transported to a wildlife
rehabilitator. It had been shot twice.



The eagles were found within 10 miles of each other.



"We don't have much to go on so we are asking for the public's help to find
those responsible," Spece said.



He said people with information on the case can use the Turn in Poachers
(TIP) website at www.iowadnr.gov/tip, call the TIP hotline at 1-800-532-2020
or call him directly at 515-571-0127. Information can be left anonymously.



Bald eagles are a state and federally protected species.



Media Contact: Bill Spece, State Conservation Officer, Iowa Department of
Natural Resources, 515-571-0127.



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Date: 3/21/17 9:09 am
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brenton area Sandhills, Dallas Co
Last night at about 5:30 I saw 2 Sandhill cranes in the "traditional" field, North and east of the Brenton feedlots, in the bean stubble field along the east side of ‘Y’ avenue, south of Granger.

There were ducks and a great blue heron on the slough, but I didn't spend much time.

Bird well,

Pip Fisher
NW Polk Co.


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Date: 3/21/17 8:53 am
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Waterloo Merlins
This morning a pair of Merlins were perched on a light pole next to Papa Murphy’s Pizza on Ridgeway ave. in Waterloo. They both flew to another light pole at Flowerama and then into the residential area only a few blocks from where they nested and fledged three young last year. I wonder if they may find another nest location in the same vicinity. Will have to keep a lookout and a sharp ear for their calls while in the area.

Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Date: 3/21/17 7:34 am
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's Longspurs - Dunbar Slough, Greene County
Birders,


I had been thinking it was about time to check and see if they had returned to their normal place at Dunbar Slough, and then a few reports came in from elsewhere around the state. Monday on my way home from work I stopped by, and sure enough, upwards of 80 or more birds amidst a few groups were seen. Attached are a couple of flight photos, as well as a map of their locale for anyone interested in seeing them.


Smith's Longspur flight photography is a very similar to golf; many shots taken and one or two worth remembering.


Bird on!

matt



Matthew T. Wetrich

Jefferson, IA

Naturalist, Carroll County Conservation

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Date: 3/21/17 6:43 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Winter and Carolina wrens in Cedar Rapids
I finally had a chance to do some birding this morning (too much "dogging" lately!) so followed up on Bill Scheible's recent report of a WINTER WREN at Bever Park in Cedar Rapids. One continues in the area near the zoo and was both calling and singing -- delightful!

A nice surprise was a CAROLINA WREN, a new park bird for me, perched up and singing farther down the road.
An EASTERN PHOEBE has returned to the park, and a BROWN CREEPER made an appearance just as I completed walking the road that circles around the woods.

Diana PesekCedar Rapids

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Date: 3/20/17 9:10 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Merlin in Glendale Cemetery 3/20 Des Moines, IA, Polk CO
I don't know what the latest time in the year these birds have been present
at their wintering roost. There were 5 birds at least present within a
small section of Glendale Cemetery this evening prior to dusk. 2 of these
were Taiga and at least one Prairie race. I did not try to identify the
race of each of the birds due to light issues and laziness.

I figured they would have already migrated north.

John Cecil
Des Moines, IA

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Date: 3/20/17 4:06 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Louisa Co; Cone Marsh - Purple Martin
Hello All

I made a return visit to Cone Marsh mid-day today and wound up with 59
species including several Tree Swallows and 7 Purple Martins! A fine 1st
day of Spring.

There were still greater white-fronted geese, snow geese, trumpeter swans
(12), blue-winged teal (so pretty), American white pelicans, sandhill
cranes, and a ton of American coots.

Shorebird numbers have picked up in the past several days and I tallied
nearly 100 Wilson's snipe and 26 pectoral sandpipers, foraging with both
greater and lesser yellowlegs.

I ran into several friendly birders from Iowa City and Letts (thanks for
sharing info with me!).

My full checklist is at eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35311413


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Muscatine, IA

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Date: 3/20/17 2:14 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: HF597 !! AKA "The WISE Solution"
Some updates on the *Iowa' Water and Land Legacy *which involves an
incremental funding solution for the Natural Resources and Outdoor
Recreation Trust Fund. A great opportunity to finally get this "funded"!

Please attend if you can and help out in whatever way(s) you can.

God Bless,

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




IWiLL Leader,

First, I wanted to announce that *we finally have a bill number!* The bill
in the House Ways & Means Committee that funds the Trust Fund is *HF597
<https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF%20597>. *

Secondly, I am reaching out to see if you can help Iowa's Water and Land
Legacy <http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org>recruit supporters to attend a
few *round-table discussions this week* across the state.

Each of these round-tables will feature a leader from the IWiLL coalition
who will discuss the current status of funding the Natural Resources &
Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

The discussion will also focus on the "WISE Solution"
<http://www.iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/WISE-1-pgr-Final.pdf>
(HF597) <https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=HF%20597>a
bill introduced by Rep. Kaufmann that includes a 3/8ths of a cent sales tax
increase to fund the Trust Fund, along with a decrease in income taxes to
create a "tax-neutral" bill.

The *round-tables will be hosted in key-legislative districts*, with press
invited, to show the legislators who are "gatekeepers" to funding the Trust
Fund the high-level of constituent support this initiative has behind it.

The five educational round-tables will be* THIS FRIDAY*, March 24th, over
the noon-hour.

Here are the details:

3/24/17 FRIDAY Clinton 12:00 1:00 Pizza Ranch 1347 11th Street, Clinton Meeting
Room
3/24/17 FRIDAY Coralville 12:00 1:00 Coralville Library 1401 5th Street,
Coralville Meeting Room B
3/24/17 FRIDAY Boone 12:00 1:00 Pizza Ranch 1703 S Story Street, Boone Meeting
Room
3/24/17 FRIDAY Oskaloosa 12:00 1:00 Smokey Row 109 S Market Street,
Oskaloosa Meeting Room
3/24/17 FRIDAY Clear Lake 12:30 1:30 Lakeview Community Center 10 North
Lakeview Drive Meeting Room

Also, for those activists/organizations in the Des Moines area, we are
looking for activists who can attend one of our *upcoming phone banks *this
week on Thursday and Saturday. We will be using the phone banks to call
through our supporter-list and recruit attendees for "Fund the Trust Day"
on the Hill on April 11th.

Here are the details:

*IWiLL Phone Banks*

1)* Thursday*, March 23 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Address: 321 E. Walnut, Suite #321

* Bring phone and laptop
* Pizza and beverages

2) *Saturday*, March 25 - 10:00 am to 1:00pm
Address: 321 E. Walnut, Suite #321

* Bring phone and laptop
* Donuts and sandwiches

Any RSVPs for the round-tables or the phone banks should be emailed to
<4ruthlapointe...>

Thanks for all your help so far

*Ruth Lapointe*

641-210-2357 <(641)%20210-2357>



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Date: 3/20/17 7:38 am
From: Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh area, Hawkeye WMA continuing birds
If I knew it worked, I'd have asked if you'd seen an ivory-billed woodpecker.


I was on the main dike shortly before Brandon and his group were; I saw a chipping sparrow there.




chris


Christopher A. Brochu
Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Vice Chair & Chair-Elect, CLAS Faculty Assembly
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242 USA
phone 319-353-1808
fax 319-335-1821
email <chris-brochu...>
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From: <ia-bird...> [<ia-bird...>] on behalf of Brandon Caswell [<brandon.caswell83...>]
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:11 PM
To: <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh area, Hawkeye WMA continuing birds

Birders,

One last "hurrah" of birding today on the last day of spring break. 72 species leaving my driveway and back with 22 being waterfowl "sensu stricto". Jason McCurdy, Dean Hester, and a couple other geoscience grad. students and I went down to Cone Marsh this morning. We soon ran into a Chris Brochu, who was down making a pass around the marsh. I greeted his, "Seeing anything?" salutation with, "Oh, just (insert rare Eurasian duck species names)", to which he replied, "You mean you haven't seen any....(insert additional Eurasian duck species, also including Mandarin Duck)...yet?". Surprisingly, Dean later spotted a Mandarin Duck flying in a small flock of Wood Ducks along the main dike! WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT???

Other highlights from Cone:
-also running into and meeting Ron Stakland and two others in his birding party, always great to meet new faces in birding, and passionate birders too
-FOY Tree Swallow
-Rusty Blackbirds were abundant around the marsh, we ran into them on four separate occasions
-lingering Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes groups very active and flying all over the place
-American Woodcocks were still in the same spot along the road going to the boat ramp on the west side (off V Avenue) and I was able to get our group and Ron's on them, providing some awesome looks at them doing their "bobbing walk"
-continuing 30+ Wilson's Snipe feeding in a single location along 220th, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers
-we didn't see any longspurs, although Ron later contacted me that his group found Laplands along Atwood Ave north of G28

Hawkeye WMA
-continuing Tundra Swans at Round Pond, I counted four with a dozen Trumpeters
-Northern Shrike on the walk out to see the pipits at Sand Point
-continuing American Pipits (FOY) at the base of the "West Cove" at Sand Point
-FOY Franklin's Gull at Mid-River Marina, along I-965, Coralville Reservoir

Good spring birding to all,
Brandon Caswell
Marion




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Date: 3/19/17 7:45 pm
From: Candace H <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hickory Hills-Tama Co: Hooded Mergansers & Greenbelt Lake (W'Loo)
There were two male Hooded Mergansers calling and displaying for a single
female Hoodie in the small pond east of the campground at Hickory Hills in
Tama County, just south of Waterloo.



Other birds seen at Hickory Hills today include:

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Saw-whet Owl

10 Eastern Bluebirds

Pileated Woodpecker (heard)

Downy Woodpeckers

White-breasted Nuthatch

Am. Robins

Hairy Woodpecker

Chickadees

Crows

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Canada Geese





At Greenbelt Lake in Waterloo:

1 lone male Northern Shoveler

2 pair of Gadwall

About 10 Mallards

Canada Geese

Chickadees

Crows

1 mature Bald Eagle did a fly over the lake

No Saw-whet that I could find.



Candace Havely

Waterloo, IA

Black Hawk County



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Date: 3/19/17 7:11 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh area, Hawkeye WMA continuing birds
Birders,

One last "hurrah" of birding today on the last day of spring break. 72
species leaving my driveway and back with 22 being waterfowl "sensu
stricto". Jason McCurdy, Dean Hester, and a couple other geoscience grad.
students and I went down to Cone Marsh this morning. We soon ran into a
Chris Brochu, who was down making a pass around the marsh. I greeted his,
"Seeing anything?" salutation with, "Oh, just (insert rare Eurasian duck
species names)", to which he replied, "You mean you haven't seen
any....(insert additional Eurasian duck species, also including Mandarin
Duck)...yet?". Surprisingly, Dean later spotted a Mandarin Duck flying in
a small flock of Wood Ducks along the main dike! WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT???

Other highlights from Cone:
-also running into and meeting Ron Stakland and two others in his birding
party, always great to meet new faces in birding, and passionate birders too
-FOY Tree Swallow
-Rusty Blackbirds were abundant around the marsh, we ran into them on four
separate occasions
-lingering Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes groups
very active and flying all over the place
-American Woodcocks were still in the same spot along the road going to the
boat ramp on the west side (off V Avenue) and I was able to get our group
and Ron's on them, providing some awesome looks at them doing their
"bobbing walk"
-continuing 30+ Wilson's Snipe feeding in a single location along 220th,
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers
-we didn't see any longspurs, although Ron later contacted me that his
group found Laplands along Atwood Ave north of G28

Hawkeye WMA
-continuing Tundra Swans at Round Pond, I counted four with a dozen
Trumpeters
-Northern Shrike on the walk out to see the pipits at Sand Point
-continuing American Pipits (FOY) at the base of the "West Cove" at Sand
Point
-FOY Franklin's Gull at Mid-River Marina, along I-965, Coralville Reservoir

Good spring birding to all,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 3/19/17 6:48 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Big Marsh - Butler Co.
Today I walked the big loop on the dikes from the south boat ramp at Big Marsh. It is a good two hour walk. Some highlights:

Rusty Blackbirds - 3
A Pectoral Sandpiper - with killdeer and behaving like a killdeer
Wilson’s snipe
Trumpeter swans - 10
Am. Pipits - 5 + 4 = 9
Harrier hawk - gray ghost male with prey
A mink
Many diving ducks
Still quite a few snow and speckle bellied geese

Tom Schilke - Waterloo


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Date: 3/19/17 6:45 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's, Brewer's, East and West
Both Eastern and Western Meadowlarks were singing in the Waterman and Little
Sioux valleys this morning. Easterns were FOY here in northwest Iowa.
Brewer's Blackbirds were mixed with redwings and other icterids at a White
Ave. farmstead. While hiking in to check the waterfowl in the Hanging
Valley wetland at Waterman Prairie five Smith's Longspurs rose up and
rattled at us from a short mowed prairie area. Five Trumpeter Swans ran
towards us across the water and lifted into the wind not far over our heads
as we stood slack-jawed but smiling at our good fortune.



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 3/19/17 6:30 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Forgot to mention 75 ruddy ducks at Rock Creek. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/19/17 5:53 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek CO birds
Rock Creek Lake on Sunday Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell
200-300 lesser scaup
3- canvasback
2 – buffleheads
few ringnecks
mallards
100+ greenwing teal
bluewing teal
gadwall
12 bald eagles
1 –white pelican
200+ ringbill gulls
Best find were 2 sandhill cranes in breeding plumage
north of lake keeping geese and ducks out of an area.

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Date: 3/19/17 9:28 am
From: tim gedler Gedler <avesrun...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Phoebe
An Eastern Phoebe showed up in my yard today scoping things out in the area
where the species nested last season. I figured SE winds might bring in
some FOS arrivals. Still awaiting Purple Martins!
Tim Gedler
West Des Moines

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Date: 3/19/17 9:21 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Pipits - Hawkeye WA
There are currently at least five American Pipits at Sand Point, Hawkeye WA
in Johnson county. As soon as you enter the point, they are at the south
end of the body of water that is west of the point. Thanks to Kevin Ripka
who found them earlier this morning and alerted me of their presence.

Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 3/18/17 10:52 pm
From: billohde <billohde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] sandhill cranes
Approximately 100 sandhill cranes in the first field SW of New Albin in Allamakee County right along highway 26 just before sunset. There were also 12 on the Pool Slough WMA and they were doing some dancing. Tens of thousands mallards flying up the Upper Iowa River and field feeding in floodplain crop fields--quite the spectacle along the first couple miles of Iowa River Drive off 26.

Bill Ohde
Decorah

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Date: 3/18/17 2:25 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-17-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Sunday, March 12, through Friday, March 17,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Long-tailed Duck

Golden Eagle

Smiths Longspur







***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*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over Round Pond on the 17th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



LOUISA COUNTY:

A SMITHS LONGSPUR was seen in the Cone Marsh area just N. of G28 along the
Louisa/Muscatine Rd on the 12th. It was seen again on the 14th.



SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen along T Ave south of Highway G28 on the 17th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen by the east end of the Red Rock dam on the 16th.







*WEST:*



*CARROLL COUNTY:*

*A LONG-TAILED DUCK is still being seen at Swan Lake SP on the 14th. It was
last seen on the 17th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*HUMBOLDT COUNTY:*

*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen in a gravel pit south of Rutland on the 17th. The
location of this pit is* at the intersection of Iowa Ave and 205th St.











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
March 24, 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: 3/18/17 12:19 pm
From: mvw <mvw...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Leucistic wild turkey
Have a leucistic wild turkey hen hanging out with the rest of the flock.
They come to feed under our birdfeeders nearly every day but she's not
always with them.



Vicki Wilson

On the Wapsi north of Jesup



"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into
the light."


Norman B. Rice



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Date: 3/18/17 6:25 am
From: rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] lake ducks
yesterday along Marble Beach shoreline Big Spirit Lake....in flight, on
lake and diving ...common and hooded mergansers, scaup, canvasbacks, golden
eye, buffle head , red headed, ring neck...

today two eagles on edge of remaining ice

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 3/18/17 6:00 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
At Diamond Lake lots of lesser scaup, FOY pied-billed grebe. At farm had FOY flyover great blue heron on Friday. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/17/17 6:34 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brewer's Duck in Black Hawk County
I just returned from vacation yesterday so I decided to take my bike out
today and try to tack on a few year birds. I traveled to the three best
places in the county for waterfowl: George Wyth, Big Woods Lake, and
Prairie Lakes. Nothing too special was seen at George Wyth other than 18
Double-crested Cormorants and a handful of Red-breasted Mergansers. Big
Woods Lake yielded a Pied-billed Grebe, 3 male Red-breasted Mergansers, a
handful of Green-winged Teals, and strong numbers of Ring-necked Ducks
which exceeded 100. Prairie Lakes was my final destination for the day. I
arrived to see over 300 ducks on the main lake. Canvasbacks showed up in
strong numbers with at least 140 birds. However, the find of the day was
observed at Prairie Lakes when I found a Brewer's Duck (Gadwall x Mallard
hybrid) mixed in with the Gadwalls that were present. Most of the ducks on
the lake took off in a skein at precisely 5 o'clock and headed northwest.
Photos of the Brewer's Duck can be viewed in my eBird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35243376

Good birding,
-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 3/17/17 3:21 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Varied Thrush - Blackhawk co.
I just came from Cedar River Milling feed mill in Gilbertville, and the owner showed me a photo of a male Varied Thrush that was taken at a feeder just outside of Gibertville this week. I will be going there tomorrow to check it out. I will post an update if it is still there.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone

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Date: 3/17/17 1:40 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Golden Eagle at Hawkeye Wildlife Area
This morning I saw a juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE overhead near Round Pond and later at Mallard Ponds. Last seen heading
1 mile west and dropping down into fields there. Other birds of interest today were;

4 Tundra Swans (Round Pond)
25 Rusty Blackbirds (Swan Lake Rd. X Half Moon Ave.)
1 Ross's Goose (Swan Lake)
1 Turkey Vulture
Sandhill Cranes (heard)

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 3/17/17 12:49 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Louisa County Longspurs


This morning Linda Rudolph and I found a frustratingly active flock of roughly 80 Lapland and Smith's Longspurs along T Ave. South ofHwy. G28.  They were essentially West of the road and across fromthe pig confinement facility. 
The birds altered between swirling flocks and feeding on the ground behind clumps of dirt or down in furrows. Typical.  Linda was able to confirm 2 near breeding plumage Smith's, and both of us ID'd Laplands, but many of the birds appeared to be first-Winter phasing into breeding attire.  They produced a cacophonyof mixed flight songs, difficult for usto clearly distinguish. 
Some other sightings at Cone Marsh included a flock of 24 Ross's Geese, flocks of 11 and 5 Sandhill Cranes, 2 each of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers, Greater Scaup viewed from the dike, and FOY Eastern Phoebe, in my mind a true harbinger of Spring.  
At T Ave./220th St., the 2 Cedars on the NE corner have been cut down. We have reason to believe that the annually seen pair of Loggerhead Shrikes have nested in those trees.Sad.
Good birding.Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 






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Date: 3/17/17 11:50 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Cinnamon Teal Rutland, Humboldt County
I checked the gravel pit at 1PM this afternoon, the group of teal were
gone, which means they are out in the wind somewhere. They may return as
well, there's lots of little pits around that are now partially open, and
of course the river is open. I didn't swing past Ottosen Potholes because
my poor car may not achieve entrance or escape velocities. I may check
accessibility tomorrow, but with how up and down the access road is, I
could definitely see it being drifted in the lows and resiliently high.

I happened to pick up some Pintails and Buffleheads and a couple geese
species on some of the other secret lost places in the county.

Jacob Newton
Ottosen, Iowa.

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Date: 3/17/17 11:34 am
From: <jabbas...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Digest for - 5 updates in 5 topics
Please change my email address to <jabbas63...> thank you
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http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/t/9725412419cf6ca5
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http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/t/139a61b0985af19f
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Date: Mar 08 11:56AM -0800
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/msg/4df27f277678a

This week we have had a lone male Bluebird at the birdbath several times.
Our first Chipping S!parrow showed up on Monday. And today, in the yard,
were an Eastern Phoebe on the clothes line and a female Rose-breasted
Grosbeak at the feeder.
LInda Johnson
Lee County
Fort Madison



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Topic: Boone Co. Turkey Vulture
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/t/9725412419cf6ca5
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From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Date: Mar 08 11:55AM -0600
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/msg/4d895934ef250

Observed a Turkey Vulture (FOY) over the Des Moines River near Fraser, in
northern Boone Co. this morning.

Doug Harr
Ogden



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Topic: Hybrid Duck - Goose Lake
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/t/a5a35c6dbd04662e
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From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Date: Mar 08 08:00AM -0600
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/msg/4cbc7e4e5cf14

For anyone interested in hybrids, there is a male Ring-necked X Scaup at
the far East end of Goose Lake. This is in North Liberty, Johnson county.

Mark Brown
North Liberty



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Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/t/139a61b0985af19f
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From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Date: Mar 07 09:19PM -0600
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/msg/4a8c20b9d933d




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Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/t/a0bbb32f3be06112
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From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Date: Mar 07 06:50PM -0600
Url: http://groups.google.com/group/ia-bird/msg/4a0a2ce09c19f

The IOU member 2016 listing totals have been up for about a month
now, and I haven't had any comments. I guess that's a good sign, but
if it's because you didn't know to check, please do so and let me
know if there are errors. To visit the list pages, go to
http://iowabirds.org/ and follow the drop down menu under Iowa's
Birds to the IOU Listing Report. There are three distinct pages.

In my opinion, the details of Paul Roisen's amazing year, alone, are
worth a visit. Other notable events:
* Jim Fuller added bird #214 to his gold standard Johnson County yard list.
* Linda Rudolph held her position of first place in the Top Birder
ranking for the second year in a row
* The November Big Day record of 87, a 13-year-old record, was broken
by Jeff Livingston and Nathan Miller
* Jay Gilliam found 205 species. . . on bicycle
* Ray Cummins did not find a new bird in Appanoose County so his
total remains at 299 in the county.
* Rita Goranson caught me in Floyd County, a county I have been
trying to hide from the birding community.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City






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Date: 3/17/17 11:02 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swan Lake, Carroll Co., birds this AM
Just got back from Swan Lake where (among thousands of waterfowl) I easily
spotted the Long-tailed Duck Matt W. has been reporting there recently. It
was one of 20 waterfowl species I observed there this morning, including 3
other FOY ducks for me: Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, & Ruddy Duck.
Also saw my FOY Pied-billed Grebes.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 3/17/17 9:02 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Cinnamon Teal Rutland, Humboldt County
Gravel pit is at the intersection of Iowa Ave and 205th St, south of
Rutland south of the West Des Moines River bridge.

On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:55:39 AM UTC-5, newtja84 wrote:
>
> About fifteen minutes ago I saw a male Cinnamon Teal (or heavily Cinnamon
> hybrid teal) in a gravel pit south of Rutland Iowa in Humboldt County. It
> was with a mixed flock of waterfowl (Ring-necked, Am. Wigeon, Canvasback,
> Redhead, Mallards, Gadwalls, Canada Geese, Green-winged Teal) heavily
> associating with a subflock of Blue-winged teal.
>
> Jacob Newton
> Humboldt County, IA
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Date: 3/17/17 8:55 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Rutland, Humboldt County
About fifteen minutes ago I saw a male Cinnamon Teal (or heavily Cinnamon
hybrid teal) in a gravel pit south of Rutland Iowa in Humboldt County. It
was with a mixed flock of waterfowl (Ring-necked, Am. Wigeon, Canvasback,
Redhead, Mallards, Gadwalls, Canada Geese, Green-winged Teal) heavily
associating with a subflock of Blue-winged teal.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County, IA

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Date: 3/17/17 8:39 am
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ames Oregon Junco
This morning I had an Oregon race Dark-eyed Junco at my feeders in Ames,
and the single Brown Creeper I've seen on and off this winter has turned
into a pair of them. Good birding!

Kevin Murphy, Ames

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Date: 3/17/17 5:44 am
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Rock-long-tailed duck
A trip away from the snow and ice to Red Rocks reservoir near Pella Thursday afternoon near Pella was productive. Some highlights:

Long-tailed Duck - female, near a few Greater Scaup by east end of the dam
Ruddy Ducks - 3, FOY
Great Blue Herons - 4 in shaggy breeding plumage
Mergansers - all 3 sp.
Pied-billed Grebe - FOY
Cormorants - 4 FOY
Am. White Pelicans - with casques -wonder if they overwintered
A few Herring Gulls mixed with the abundant Ring-bills.
Jaarsma donuts - 4

Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Date: 3/16/17 9:13 pm
From: <mkenne...>
Subject: [ia-bird] TV @ Algona
Karla beat me to it- she spotted our first Turkey Vulture of the season
today. Kinda surprised, given the still-extensive snow cover, but
hopefully that's about to change!

Matthew Kenne

Algona, Iowa

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Date: 3/16/17 8:58 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Goose Lake in Johnson County
Stopped by Goose Lake this morning and there were a good variety of
waterfowl present. Only a little ice, mostly open water and it was fun
watching all the diving ducks popping up, as well as the dabblers. Also,
lots of Grackles present along the tops of the condos and in the bushes
there along the road where they like to nest. Some of the ducks were
sleeping and far off, so it was hard to tell what they were (looked like
Canvasbacks). ~ Fawn in Washington County


- Canada Geese
- Mallard
- Wood Duck
- Ring-billed Duck
- Redheads
- Pied-billed Grebe
- Scaup
- Bufflehead
- Ruddy Duck
- Northern Shovelers
- Canvasbacks?

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Date: 3/16/17 7:16 pm
From: Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] At least 115 Sandhill Cranes tonight in Pool Slough WMA, Allamakee County
I took the family down to Pool Slough WMA tonight to listen for American
Woodcock in Allamakee County. No luck hearing Woodcock, but we did witness
the largest flock of Sandhill Cranes I've ever seen in Iowa. I counted at
least 115 cranes congregating to the north of Army Road just east of the
second levee. A few were dancing, while others were preening or milling
around among the willows, and still more pairs flew in after I took this
photo and the light faded. I also observed 18 Trumpeter Swans, 39 Tundra
Swans, along with 11 other species of waterfowl, and a bonus Northern
Shrike. Upper Pool 9 has been inundated with waterfowl the last couple
weeks, especially along the Great River Road from Lansing to New Albin and
further into Minnesota. Too many to count seemingly create tornadoes of
waterfowl spiraling over the Refuge and crop fields near New Albin and west
up the Upper Iowa River valley. Very impressive!

Billy Reiter-Marolf
Allamakee County
New Albin, Iowa

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Date: 3/16/17 6:58 pm
From: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
Here's how "revenue neutral" is supposed to work according to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation blog posting about the tax:

Reduces individual income taxes for all Iowans by zeroing out the lowest tax brackets proportionally to the increase in sales tax.
Converts the sales tax on pressurized water into a water excise tax and creates a drinking water treatment financial assistance program for installing or upgrading drinking water infrastructure and source water protection projects. This program functions independently of the Trust Fund and is managed by the Iowa Finance Authority."
Hope this helps, more information can be found here: http://www.inhf.org/blog/press-center/wise-bill/

Ruby Bodeker, Benton County

> On Mar 16, 2017, at 6:11 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>
> Rick, Ty, Joe and anyone else how wishes to chime in:
>
> So, how does revenue neutral affect a 3/8 cent tax that goes completely for the Trust fund? Nothing should be robbed from other programs as the 3/8 cent is what the Trust will get nothing more nothing less. Now I could be completely misunderstanding funding. Iowa citizens have spoken and they clearly wish this to happen even with the 3/8 cent sales tax raise. Additionally, the legislature could include some additional 1/8 or 5/8 cent and make money for other things as well.
>
> Not related to income tax and will not penalize schools or any other program.
>
> Anyway, would appreciate if someone wouldh be able help clarify this for me--especially if I have it wrong.
>
> God Bless,
>
> Paul O. Roisen
> Woodbury County, IA
> Mobile 712-301-2817
>
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Date: 3/16/17 4:11 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
Rick, Ty, Joe and anyone else how wishes to chime in:

So, how does revenue neutral affect a 3/8 cent tax that goes completely for
the Trust fund? Nothing should be robbed from other programs as the 3/8
cent is what the Trust will get nothing more nothing less. Now I could be
completely misunderstanding funding. Iowa citizens have spoken and they
clearly wish this to happen even with the 3/8 cent sales tax raise.
Additionally, the legislature could include some additional 1/8 or 5/8 cent
and make money for other things as well.

Not related to income tax and will not penalize schools or any other
program.

Anyway, would appreciate if someone wouldh be able help clarify this for
me--especially if I have it wrong.

God Bless,

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

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Date: 3/16/17 2:05 pm
From: Molly McGovern <mollymassage.mm...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
Hello, Joe McGovern here(sorry).

Very valid concern, so let your legislator know. Maintaining the existing
formula is critical. They need to hear from you!

No bill number,yet.

http://www.iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/

Joe

On Mar 16, 2017 1:33 PM, "Rick Hollis" <xiboia...> wrote:

> So glad this is in to the legislature. They had 12 Gop legislators sign
> on as. Cosponsors. My only fear is by being tax neutral it means we are
> taking our water $$ out of some other program. Some other program which
> is already strapped for funds
>
> Have heard a bill number yer
>
> Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA
>
> On Mar 16, 2017, at 11:25 AM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>
> Please get involved!
>
> The IOU invested $5000 several years ago to help get this started. We
> cannot let this opportunity get away from us. The future of Iowa water and
> land depends on this tax that will allow us to begin this great works.
>
> We have some exciting news to share -- today a bill to finally fund the
> Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund was officially introduced
> in the Iowa House of Representatives!
>
> We have been waiting for this moment for more than six years since the
> Trust Fund was created with support from 63% of Iowa voters in 2010. The
> bill -- the "WISE (Water, Infrastructure, Soil for our Economy) Solution"--
> will fund the Trust and finally fulfill the will of the voters.
>
> *Help us get the WISE Solution signed into law. Share the graphic below on
> social media to help spread the word.*
> <http://metrics.mmailhost.com/?r=MTAwMg0KSjM4MTgxMi1UU01JQS0xLTYtDQoxMTE2MDQ4DQoxOTEwMDAwMDY3YTllNWENCmh0dHA6Ly93d3cuaW93YXN3YXRlcmFuZGxhbmRsZWdhY3kub3JnL3dpc2Utc29sdXRpb24vI3NoYXJlDQp0cnVlDQpyb2lzZW5wMTk1MEBnbWFpbC5jb20%3d>
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>
>
> <http://metrics.mmailhost.com/?r=MTAwMg0KSjM4MTgxMi1UU01JQS0xLTYtDQoxMTE2MDQ4DQoxOTEwMDAwMDY3YTllNWENCmh0dHA6Ly93d3cuaW93YXN3YXRlcmFuZGxhbmRsZWdhY3kub3JnL3dpc2Utc29sdXRpb24vI3NoYXJlDQp0cnVlDQpyb2lzZW5wMTk1MEBnbWFpbC5jb20%3d>
> <http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/wise-solution#share>
> <http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/wise-solution#share>
>
> As you probably know, the Trust Fund remains empty because it requires a
> sales tax increase for funding. Well, the WISE solution is a
> revenue-neutral bill that increases the sales tax over three years by 1/8th
> of a cent each year, while lowering the state income tax by an equal
> amount. And the bill guarantees that at least 60% of the funding must be
> dedicated towards the Nutrient Reduction Strategy outlined by the experts
> as the best solution to cleaning up our waterways.
>
> Talk to your legislator and ask that he or she support the WISE Solution. We
> are closer than ever to finally funding the trust fund that was created six
> years ago, so let's keep up the incredible momentum!
>
> -- Iowa's Water and Land Legacy
>
> P.S. -- As of today we have 126 county supervisors, Republicans and
> Democrats, from across Iowa who have officially endorsed funding the trust
> fund -- the momentum continues!
>
> God Bless,
> *Paul O. Roisen*
> *Woodbury County, IA*
> *Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>*
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Date: 3/16/17 1:24 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] many ducks and geese
A tour around Clear Lake found the water mostly frozen and only a handful of
geese and ducks about, however in every pond and puddle south of the lake
and where there are open spaces without snow in corn stubble there are
thousands of ducks and geese waiting to go north again! Twenty-two species
of waterfowl including at least 40 Tundra swans were seen. A few Ross' were
with the smaller numbers of Snows, predominantly there were White-fronted
Geese everywhere. At one spot Canada Geese were lined up along the creek
for a quarter of a mile or more, just to be by water and maybe food.



Some small flocks of Robins, a few Laplands, and strings of blackbirds made
the 36 degree weather really nice !!!



Rita Goranson

Cerro Gordo County

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 3/16/17 1:14 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tree Swallows
6 Tree Swallows were on a wire along Tama Rd. in Des Moines County this
afternoon.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 3/16/17 11:33 am
From: Rick Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
So glad this is in to the legislature. They had 12 Gop legislators sign on as. Cosponsors. My only fear is by being tax neutral it means we are taking our water $$ out of some other program. Some other program which is already strapped for funds

Have heard a bill number yer

Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA

> On Mar 16, 2017, at 11:25 AM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>
> Please get involved!
>
> The IOU invested $5000 several years ago to help get this started. We cannot let this opportunity get away from us. The future of Iowa water and land depends on this tax that will allow us to begin this great works.
>
> We have some exciting news to share -- today a bill to finally fund the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund was officially introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives!
>
> We have been waiting for this moment for more than six years since the Trust Fund was created with support from 63% of Iowa voters in 2010. The bill -- the "WISE (Water, Infrastructure, Soil for our Economy) Solution"-- will fund the Trust and finally fulfill the will of the voters.
>
> Help us get the WISE Solution signed into law. Share the graphic below on social media to help spread the word.
>
>
>
> As you probably know, the Trust Fund remains empty because it requires a sales tax increase for funding. Well, the WISE solution is a revenue-neutral bill that increases the sales tax over three years by 1/8th of a cent each year, while lowering the state income tax by an equal amount. And the bill guarantees that at least 60% of the funding must be dedicated towards the Nutrient Reduction Strategy outlined by the experts as the best solution to cleaning up our waterways.
>
> Talk to your legislator and ask that he or she support the WISE Solution. We are closer than ever to finally funding the trust fund that was created six years ago, so let's keep up the incredible momentum!
>
> -- Iowa's Water and Land Legacy
>
> P.S. -- As of today we have 126 county supervisors, Republicans and Democrats, from across Iowa who have officially endorsed funding the trust fund -- the momentum continues!
>
> God Bless,
>
> Paul O. Roisen
> Woodbury County, IA
> Mobile 712-301-2817
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Date: 3/16/17 9:45 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Greater Scaup
S Concord and Utah Davenport Is
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Is

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Date: 3/16/17 9:25 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IMPORTANT!! Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund (NOT a sighting)
Please get involved!

The IOU invested $5000 several years ago to help get this started. We
cannot let this opportunity get away from us. The future of Iowa water and
land depends on this tax that will allow us to begin this great works.

We have some exciting news to share -- today a bill to finally fund the
Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund was officially introduced
in the Iowa House of Representatives!

We have been waiting for this moment for more than six years since the
Trust Fund was created with support from 63% of Iowa voters in 2010. The
bill -- the "WISE (Water, Infrastructure, Soil for our Economy) Solution"--
will fund the Trust and finally fulfill the will of the voters.

*Help us get the WISE Solution signed into law. Share the graphic below on
social media to help spread the word.*
<http://metrics.mmailhost.com/?r=MTAwMg0KSjM4MTgxMi1UU01JQS0xLTYtDQoxMTE2MDQ4DQoxOTEwMDAwMDY3YTllNWENCmh0dHA6Ly93d3cuaW93YXN3YXRlcmFuZGxhbmRsZWdhY3kub3JnL3dpc2Utc29sdXRpb24vI3NoYXJlDQp0cnVlDQpyb2lzZW5wMTk1MEBnbWFpbC5jb20%3d>
<http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/wise-solution#share>

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<http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/wise-solution#share>
<http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/wise-solution#share>

As you probably know, the Trust Fund remains empty because it requires a
sales tax increase for funding. Well, the WISE solution is a
revenue-neutral bill that increases the sales tax over three years by 1/8th
of a cent each year, while lowering the state income tax by an equal
amount. And the bill guarantees that at least 60% of the funding must be
dedicated towards the Nutrient Reduction Strategy outlined by the experts
as the best solution to cleaning up our waterways.

Talk to your legislator and ask that he or she support the WISE Solution. We
are closer than ever to finally funding the trust fund that was created six
years ago, so let's keep up the incredible momentum!

-- Iowa's Water and Land Legacy

P.S. -- As of today we have 126 county supervisors, Republicans and
Democrats, from across Iowa who have officially endorsed funding the trust
fund -- the momentum continues!

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

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Date: 3/16/17 9:23 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eagles
On of the best Eagle watching days of the winter!
Credit Island ....S Concord
Counted 18 so far this morning .....15 immatures
Dick Sayles
Buffalo IA

Time to watch bouncing 🏀🏀🏀🏀

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Date: 3/16/17 5:27 am
From: Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-eared Owl
I haven't had much time for birding recently so it's nice when the birds come visit me. Last night Karla and I woke to a hooting Long-eared Owl. It's hard to get back to sleep when I get so excited.

Joe Jungers
Sioux County

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Date: 3/15/17 8:55 pm
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Manawa, Iowa
We went to Lake Manawa this evening and found the lake teeming with birds:

Snow Goose - 14
Canada Goose - 16
Mallard - 10
Gadwall - 6
Shoveler - 8
Lesser Scaup - approx. 300
Redhead - 6
Canvasback - approx. 100
Ring-necked Duck - 15
Common Goldeneye - 3
Common Merganser - approx. 100+
Red-breasted Merganser - 10
Hooded Merganser - 2
American White Pelican - 250
Bald Eagle - 19
Ring-billed Gull - approx. 15,000+
Herring Gull - 1 adult


Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
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Date: 3/15/17 5:24 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
Had FOY song sparrow show up at the farm today. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/15/17 5:08 pm
From: Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM] <cootjr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Latest Iowa Bird Life.
Birders-


The most recent issue of Iowa Bird Life (Volume 86, Number 3) is now available to all current IOU members by logging in to the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union web page (http://www.iowabirds.org/). Enjoy!


Steve

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Iowa State University
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Ames, IA 50011
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Date: 3/15/17 2:04 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Another great "Bobolink" (not a sighting but good reading)
Thanks to the team that puts our the IOU Newsletter.

*Congratulations to John Bissell*--Volunteer of the Year by the Des Moines
Parks and Recreation Department. He has been leading bird walks at Gray's
Lake every Wednesday at 11:00 am for 10 years.

Nice article about Coralee Bodeker--*Meet and Iowa Young Birder. *Available
to IOU members.

If you are not yet a member of the IOU please consider joining us to help
promote birding areas, conservation, and growth of young birders.

*God Bless,*

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

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Date: 3/15/17 12:09 pm
From: Don Robinson <robinsondonaldg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Variant Canada Goose
On Lakeshore Drive in Laclaire there was a Canada without any trace of a
white cheek patch. Sibley's shows it as "occasional variant".

Don Robinson, Scott Co.

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Date: 3/15/17 10:45 am
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Large Feeder Bird
nice!

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Date: 3/14/17 9:28 pm
From: Arlen Breiholz <abreiholz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Large Feeder Bird
The Cardinals and Chickadees weren't at all happy to have this Barred Owl perched above my safflower feeders. He was calling out back later this evening.

https://flic.kr/p/SHYgm5

Arlen Breiholz
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/14/17 8:33 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson, Muscatine, Louisa Counties 3-14-17
Birders,

Despite the chilly temps it was a great morning of birding. I had 69
species with 21 species of waterfowl (swans, geese, ducks) between Wiese
Slough (Muscatine Co.), Cone Marsh (Louisa Co.), Terry Trueblood, Lake
Ridge Pond, and Goose Lake (last three in Johnson Co.). My best guess is
that when things get warmer, like maybe this weekend, there will be a peak
in waterfowl diversity in our area IF there are any geese around.
Strangely, I couldn't detect any Greater White-fronted, Snow, or Ross's at
all today, although I "power birded" for the most part. I suspect I may
have missed some straggling geese at Cone. On my way out of Cone I got
excited when I saw a field full of white geese, alas, they were decoys.

The vast majority of Cone Marsh was frozen, however, the open areas were
overflowing with waterfowl! I was bedazzled at the west side
overlook/parking lot when, to my surprise, a Hermit Thrush (FOY) flew out
near my car. It appeared some robins had done a good job clearing away
snow and this had caused a feedback loop, where White-throated Sparrows,
cardinals, and juncos were also helping uncover the ground. Why was I
really bedazzled? I eventually noticed two American Woodcocks probing with
them! I was able to get my best Hermit Thrush and woodcock photos to date,
which I'll try to post at some later time.

All this excitement and I even got in five solid hours of work on campus!

Other highlights around and near Cone:

--Chuck Fuller's Smith's Longspur(s) were clearly heard with a small group
of Laplands (I only managed one crumby photo of the bird flying), both
FOYs...both species stages in decent numbers in this same place last year
(about a mile north of G-28 aka 230th St on Atwood Ave, it's north of the
hog confinement, both sides of the road)

--Western Meadowlark singing at traditional T Ave/220th St intersection,
FOY (no sign of Loggerhead Shrikes yet)

--both the single Greater Yellowlegs (FOY) and two Lesser Yellowlegs were
holding on in a tiny patch of unfrozen water...the Lessers looked just fine
and the Greater looked perturbed (I suspect all of the water along 220th
will completely freeze tonight, but who knows)

--at least three Tundra Swans were seen off the west overlook/parking lot,
one sporting yellow loral...one interesting thing I've noticed is that many
of the Trumpeter Swans I've seen lately have the yellowish cast to the head
while the Tundras are white

I stopped at Cedar Lake on my way home to see if I could pick up another
FOY in Double-crested Cormorant, but no dice. There were an absolute SILLY
number of Ring-billed Gulls.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 3/14/17 5:45 pm
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Cooper's Hawk
Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:44:17 PM UTC-5, <12mer......> wrote:
>
> Yesterday, my brother looked out the window and said, "There's an
> eagle!!!!". Apparently, it wasn't an eagle, but a Cooper's Hawk. I have
> pictures at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35164466.
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Date: 3/14/17 5:44 pm
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cooper's Hawk
Yesterday, my brother looked out the window and said, "There's an
eagle!!!!". Apparently, it wasn't an eagle, but a Cooper's Hawk. I have
pictures at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35164466.

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Date: 3/14/17 3:57 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swan Lake SP Long-tailed Duck

Birders,

The female Long-tailed Duck that I first reported February 1st continues. I assume she has been around this entire time, as I have seen her from time to time, making it at least 42 days being present.

The expected diversity of waterfowl is also being seen, nearing 20 species right now. Swan Lake State Park is just southeast of the city of Carroll in Carroll County.

Dunbar Slough, in western Greene County appears to have at least one active Canda Goose nest, based on behavior.

Bird on!

Matt Wetrich
Jefferson, Greene County
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Date: 3/14/17 3:28 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Field Sparrow
Today in Lee County, I found a Hermit Thrush and a Field Sparrow (actually
singing). These are early arrivals or over wintering birds.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 3/14/17 2:55 pm
From: rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] eagle ...snow geese
S of hwy 9 Sorrel ave Osceola county along Ocheyedan River ...eagle left
its perch in a tree and immediately large flock of snow geese nearby on
river and adjacent pasture took flight...it was aerial chase, as the eagle
flew into the flying flock disappearing amongst the geese...it came out
later without successfully grabbing a goose...a great spring scene

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 3/14/17 1:58 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Double-Bar Redwing Blackbird in Ames - Mutation?
Hi guys

I believe this second wing bar is the tips where the winter plumage has not yet worn off.
I call your attention to recent post https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1529217053757686&set=gm.968771473226185&type=3&theater

Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




> On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:50 PM, dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...> wrote:
>
> We had over 200 Redwings and Grackles come in out of the storm yesterday morning (including one female cowbird and one female redwing blackbird). Later yesterday I final got some halfway decent pictures of this unusual redwing blackbird with two distinct wing bars. I've been enjoying redwings since I was a kid on our farm but this is the first time I've ever seen this.
> Bob Kerksieck
> Ames, Iowa
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Date: 3/14/17 10:51 am
From: dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Double-Bar Redwing Blackbird in Ames - Mutation?
We had over 200 Redwings and Grackles come in out of the storm yesterday morning (including one female cowbird and one female redwing blackbird). Later yesterday I final got some halfway decent pictures of this unusual redwing blackbird with two distinct wing bars. I've been enjoying redwings since I was a kid on our farm but this is the first time I've ever seen this.

Bob Kerksieck

Ames, Iowa

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Date: 3/13/17 6:37 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl
One Short-eared Owl along with first Blue-winged Teal were seen this afternoon at the Sedan Bottoms area in Appanoose County. Mike Stephens and went to the same area he spotted 2 Short-eared two nights ago. We also had 6 Snipe and 5 Northern Harriers. Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 3/13/17 4:42 pm
From: <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Davenport - Fox Sparrows
Eleven Fox Sparrows on the roadways in Fairmount Cemetery. The 5" snowfall last night forced them out of the woods and ravines. Other sparrows - song and american tree - were also working the pavement.

A dozen bluebirds and 20-25 Cedar Waxwings in the cemetery. Many male Robins throughout and they looked plumper than usual - perhaps a strong juniper crop.

Walt Zuurdeeg
Davenport

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Date: 3/13/17 1:55 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Winter Wren in Cedar Rapids


Birders, Bever Park in S.E. Cedar Rapids is a reliable hot spot in April for a particular cadre of migrants (Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Winter Wren, both Kinglets, Hermit Thrush).Today, on a non-structured stroll along the plowed circular drive, withno particular goal in mind other than fresh air, I saw a Winter Wren across from the children's petting zoo. The bird stood out against the white backdrop of 5" of new fallen snow.  
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 








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Date: 3/13/17 5:31 am
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Sunken Grove WMA
Zachary

What a great birthday present from your Dad! Sounds like a great time -
goldeneyes are great fun to watch!

On Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 6:31 PM, <12mercer34...> wrote:

> My dad took me to Sunken Grove and Leo Shimon Marsh for my birthday. At
> Sunken Grove, I saw 10 species of waterfowl, including 20 Ross' Geese
> traveling with the Canada Geese. The most exciting part was when I scared
> 10 Bald Eagles. 2 of them were adults, the rest juveniles. At the marsh
> east of Sunken Grove, I saw 14 species of waterfowl, the most exciting part
> was when two Common Goldeneyes flew in. I also saw Green-Winged Teals and
> Lesser Scaup.
>
> Zachary Mercer
> Fonda, IA
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Date: 3/12/17 6:54 pm
From: <jwhitmore3603...> <jwhitmore3603...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hooded Mergansers
I saw 13 Hooded Mergansers and 1 Double Crested Cormorant at Credit Island
in
Davenport, Iowa today.

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Date: 3/12/17 6:01 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's Longspur
Today in the Cone Marsh area just N. of G28 along the Louisa/Muscatine rd.
I had a single (basic plumage) Smith's Longspur. It gave me close and a
good look. It was with a pair of Horned Larks in the middle of the road.
This seems early for a Smith's. On the south side of the South rd. at Cone
Marsh itself two Lesser Yellowlegs and one Greater and several Pectoral
Sandpipers along with many Wilson's Snipe. Two Sandhill Cranes were seen
from the west side.
On Saturday in Lee county, I was taking the Iowa City group out and at
least two of us saw a Spotted Towhee (near Ft. Madison).
Chuck fuller
Burlington

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Date: 3/12/17 5:31 pm
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sunken Grove WMA
My dad took me to Sunken Grove and Leo Shimon Marsh for my birthday. At
Sunken Grove, I saw 10 species of waterfowl, including 20 Ross' Geese
traveling with the Canada Geese. The most exciting part was when I scared
10 Bald Eagles. 2 of them were adults, the rest juveniles. At the marsh
east of Sunken Grove, I saw 14 species of waterfowl, the most exciting part
was when two Common Goldeneyes flew in. I also saw Green-Winged Teals and
Lesser Scaup.

Zachary Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 3/12/17 6:57 am
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-11-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Friday, March 3, through Saturday, March 11,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)











-Additional Species Mentioned

Surf Scoter

Golden Eagle

Lesser Yellowlegs (2nd earliest)







***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*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

An early LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Twin View Heights on the 7th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

A SURF SCOTER was seen at Mud Lake Park in Dubuque on the 7th.





*NORTHWEST:*



*OBRIEN COUNTY:*

*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen along Waterman Blvd on the 4th.*











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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
March 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: 3/11/17 8:37 pm
From: exnerimages <andexn...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Green Island Wetlands, Jackson County, Iowa


4 Wilson’s Snipe


Read more in my blog and see some images:
http://www.exnerimages.net/blog/2017/3/11/nature-clicks-360-wilsons-snipe-early-appearance



Andreas Exner

exnerimages.net

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Date: 3/11/17 7:55 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crystal Lake and surrounding area
Birders,

I am up in Hancock County visiting family and decided to run a route that
takes me to Crystal Lake. About 2.5 miles east of Crystal Lake are some
gravel pits that held a nice amount of waterfowl. The best surprise was a
lone Tundra Swan.

Crystal Hills WMA marsh habitat was completely frozen.

It appears that waterfowl could be bottlenecking in this area due to the
recent cold snap. Crystal Lake had a lot of open water, hosting no less
than 17 species of waterfowl (what I could detect) and some in impressive
amounts. This included a large raft of Buffleheads, a good amount of all
three mergansers, and small rafts of other divers. The west side/cove of
the lake, which appears inaccessible to the public, seemed to be hosting a
huge amount of waterfowl. I wasn't able to make out much besides swans and
Mallards as distance, heat shimmer, and low lighting were working against
me. There is an adjacent pond on the NE side of the lake that had a group
of Cackling Geese mixed in with Canadas along with an impressive amount of
Ring-necked Ducks. The ag. field east of that pond had overnighting
Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese.

Tomorrow morning I am going to see if Myre Slough has open water. If that
is a bust I'll go back to Crystal Lake to see how close I can actually get
to the west side.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 3/11/17 4:02 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun today
Three Horned Grebes were at the dam of Lake Rathbun. 7 Fox Sparrows and 2 Golden Crowned Kinglets were present around the lake. A Northern Shrike was seen at the same area I found one 2 years ago also.Many duck species present with new for me this year were Red-breasted Merg.
and Bufflehead. A Pied-billed Grebe also. Tom Johnson Mystic Ia.
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Date: 3/10/17 3:54 pm
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Horned Owl
I saw a Great Horned Owl when walking around in our grove just east of
Fonda, IA. There were also Hairy Woodpeckers and White-Breasted Nuthatches.
I have pictures at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35014345.

Zachary Mercer
Fonda IA

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Date: 3/10/17 1:05 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye WMA this AM, 3-10-17 (Johnson County)
Birders,

Dean Hester and I went out to Hawkeye WMA this morning with the hopes to
get him Harris's Sparrow. We eventually found the continuing bird along
James Ave, which was a lifer for him. We ended up with 55 species on a
very brisk and windy morning.

Highlights:

-nice mixed blackbird flock near the Harris's Sparrow location, with
multiple Rusty Blackbirds; there was one nice male in breeding plumage,
although just a very small hint of rust still on the wings

-14 duck species with a single Blue-winged Teal at Gun Club Ponds, an
influx of Wood Ducks was noticed

-seven species of sparrows including the Harris's, several Fox Sparrows and
a single White-crowned

-two Tundra Swans were continuing at Round Pond, along with several
Trumpeters; also a large mixed geese flock at Round Pond with about 85%
Greater-white Fronted, lots of Snow and a few Ross's Geese

Perhaps the best thing was an American Woodcock we flushed off the side of
James Avenue while looking for the Harris's. We didn't get any pictures
unfortunately, but got some good looks!

We could not find a Mourning Dove to save our lives!!!!!!!

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 3/10/17 12:57 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern phoebes - Pike Run WMA Muscatine Co
I located one Eastern phoebe today at Pike Run WMA in Muscatine County,
then on my drive back to town saw 2 others foraging just west of 170th St
(at the old Cedar River bridge abutment) in Muscatine County. Photos and
full checklists are on eBird.

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Date: 3/10/17 11:31 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Duck
Location S Concord across from
Enchanted Island. Not on river side but large group in flood water. Approx 100 mallards
Two Black Ducks

Davenport Iowa

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 3/9/17 4:58 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl at Neal Smith NWR
After dining at the world-famous Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe in Prairie City,
Cecille and I drove through Neal Smith NWR where we had a NORTHERN HARRIER
and SHORT-EARED OWL hunting at sunset.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 3/9/17 3:55 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Holy Cranes
Minimum 106 Sandhill Cranes at Green Island in Jackson county this evening. Most I've seen anywhere but Nebraska.
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 3/9/17 2:04 pm
From: Allen and kadynn Hatfield <kkcrittercrazy...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Finch of a different color

House Finches are generally red, but under certain circumstances they may
be orange or yellow instead. Different subspecies may show color
variations, but differences in color are also attributed to diet. When a
bird is molting, its diet will determine the colors of its new feathers.(birds
can’t make bright red or yellow colors directly). If a diet lacks certain
pigments, then a House Finch may end up orange or yellow instead of its
usual red.
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:21:37 PM UTC-6, Virginia McKenzie wrote:
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> I have a lot of house finches that visit my feeders but today one caught
> my eye. Where they are usually a rosy red or dark red orange this one was
> almost yellow, he was a rusty yellow on his head with the usual brown
> stripes.
> Any suggestions on his unusual coloring?
>
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> Tama Co.
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Date: 3/9/17 10:21 am
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Finch of a different color
I have a lot of house finches that visit my feeders but today one caught my eye. Where they are usually a rosy red or dark red orange this one was almost yellow, he was a rusty yellow on his head with the usual brown stripes.
Any suggestions on his unusual coloring?

Virginia McKenzie
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Date: 3/9/17 8:27 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chipping Sparrow
FOY Chipping Sparrow
Buffalo Iowa

Dick Sayles

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Date: 3/9/17 6:57 am
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Killdeer
Killdeer were flying over migrating. There was also ring-billed gulls
flying to twin lakes to Storm Lake.

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Date: 3/9/17 6:25 am
From: rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] waterfowl
snow geese tucked up against cattails along W shore of Rush Lake Osceola
County while west wind BLEW yesterday

hundreds of (almost exclusively) scaup on pond Jemmerson Slough yesterday

today divers on N end of East Lake Okoboji

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 3/8/17 5:32 pm
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Woodcock in Polk Co.
Heard a woodcock peenting in the yard while I was collecting maple sap @ roughly 6:45 this evening. Later, I think I inadvertently flushed it. I walked along a row of trees and a woodcock sized and shaped bird tore out above me into the open field. Admittedly I didn't see it clearly but I am confident that's what it was. I also am confident I was far more startled than the bird. (I was pretty sure it was across the road, so I really did not expect it.)

"The yard" is just SW of the Hwy 17 bridge over Saylorville/DSM River.

Bird well!

Pip Fisher
Gibbsville, IA (NW Polk Co)

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Date: 3/8/17 11:56 am
From: ladjohnson <ladjohnson...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring birds!
This week we have had a lone male Bluebird at the birdbath several times.
Our first Chipping S!parrow showed up on Monday. And today, in the yard,
were an Eastern Phoebe on the clothes line and a female Rose-breasted
Grosbeak at the feeder.
LInda Johnson
Lee County
Fort Madison

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Date: 3/8/17 9:55 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. Turkey Vulture
Observed a Turkey Vulture (FOY) over the Des Moines River near Fraser, in
northern Boone Co. this morning.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 3/8/17 6:00 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hybrid Duck - Goose Lake
For anyone interested in hybrids, there is a male Ring-necked X Scaup at
the far East end of Goose Lake. This is in North Liberty, Johnson county.

Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 3/7/17 7:19 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: Ida County Moorehead Park
>
> Hi,
> We are wrapping up our Saw-whet Owls free tour in Moorehead Park for the 2016 to 2017 winter season. Since November 01-2016 until yesterday March 6th. 2017, I have led 363 people viewers
> out to see one or two saw-whet Owls.
> With the very strong south winds Monday night into Tuesday morning, our Saw-whets have headed back north.
>
>
> Our Best,
>
> Don
>
> Don Poggensee
> 174 Lakeview Drive
> Ida Grove, Iowa 51445
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Date: 3/7/17 4:50 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: IOU member listing totals
The IOU member 2016 listing totals have been up for about a month
now, and I haven't had any comments. I guess that's a good sign, but
if it's because you didn't know to check, please do so and let me
know if there are errors. To visit the list pages, go to
http://iowabirds.org/ and follow the drop down menu under Iowa's
Birds to the IOU Listing Report. There are three distinct pages.

In my opinion, the details of Paul Roisen's amazing year, alone, are
worth a visit. Other notable events:
* Jim Fuller added bird #214 to his gold standard Johnson County yard list.
* Linda Rudolph held her position of first place in the Top Birder
ranking for the second year in a row
* The November Big Day record of 87, a 13-year-old record, was broken
by Jeff Livingston and Nathan Miller
* Jay Gilliam found 205 species. . . on bicycle
* Ray Cummins did not find a new bird in Appanoose County so his
total remains at 299 in the county.
* Rita Goranson caught me in Floyd County, a county I have been
trying to hide from the birding community.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City

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Date: 3/7/17 1:45 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Surf scoter Dubuque
There is currently a female surf scoter at mud Lake Park in Dubuque. Viewing is from the road between the marina and the river . A horned grebe is also on hand as well as the usual assortment of ducks
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 3/7/17 12:39 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU spring meeting
The IOU 2017 spring meeting will be held in Chariton on May 5-7. We're
doing it a bit differently this time by partnering with the Lucas County
tourism board for their inaugural Lucas County Birding Festival. It will be
open to the public, but the format will similar to our regular IOU meetings.
We'll have field trips in the mornings and several presentations and
workshops on Saturday afternoon, including a Trumpeter Swan release. There
will a banquet Saturday evening with a keynote speaker. Our speaker this
year is Heather Sanders from Ankeny. She participated in an EarthWatch
expedition last summer to study Flammulated Owls in northern Utah. It
should be a fun and informative program.



Lucas County has the second highest percentage of public land in Iowa and
has two of Iowa's Bird Conservation Areas (BCA's) - Stephens Forest and 1000
Acre Forest. The forests and grasslands host the typical southern Iowa
specialties, including Northern Bobwhite, Northern Mockingbird and several
resident warblers. While not extensive, there are several nice wetlands in
the county. As always, who knows what spring migration will bring. We'll
also offer a night outing for Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will's-widow.
There's a good chance for staked-out Barn Owl nests.



Attached is an infographic that outlines the details (as of now) about the
festival. One difference from previous IOU meetings is that registration
for the festival will be handled through the Lucas County Tourism Board site
instead of the IOU webpage. The registration process is still being
finalized, but once it's completed I will have links to the site on the IOU
website under the Next Meeting tab. As you can see, registration costs are
quite reasonable at $10/Individual, $15/couple, $20/family and $5/student.



Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a fun and birdy weekend in Lucas
County. Registration will be available soon. I'll be sending out more
information as it becomes available, but please contact me if you have any
questions. Hope to see you in Chariton.



Denny Thompson

IOU Vice-president





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Date: 3/7/17 12:35 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] "Shorebirding" at Coralville Lake
This morning at Twin View Heights I enjoyed seeing my first "true" shorebirds of the year. It's early so the
numbers were minimal but many are sure to follow soon. Killdeer are already common.

1 Lesser Yellowlegs (2nd earliest)
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (4 or 5th earliest?)

Also today, there were a couple thousand Snow Geese, etc. at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area, west of the DNR headquarters.
I had some fair scoping from Amana Road but the distance and backlighting were not helpful. Ross's Geese were present.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 3/7/17 6:30 am
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Herons at Rookery at Hickman & Deer Creek Trail in Urbandale, Polk/Dallas Co.
Good Morning-

This morning on my drive in to work, I noticed 7-8 Great Blue Herons hanging out in the sycamore tree, just north of Hickman Road where it crosses Walnut Creek at the Urbandale/Clive border.

If you haven't seen it previously, the rookery is visible from the frontage road to Great Western Bank at 13150 Hickman Road. This is very close to the Polk/Dallas county line.

I noted birds in the tree about a week ago, but they were gone again when I went back to confirm what I saw, until today.

Have a great day!

Pip Fisher
NW Polk County
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Date: 3/6/17 8:29 pm
From: James Mccoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Am Woodcock at Hickory Hill IC
At least 3 Am Woodcock were seen and heard doing their peenting and twittering flight display in the most southeast hillside grassland area at 6:15 tonight in hickory hill park in Iowa City.
Jamie McCoy

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Date: 3/6/17 7:44 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Common Loon?
Hi Mike. I don't remember anyone reporting a Common Loon yet this year.


There are several ways to look up this type of information that I can think of.


Probably the one I would do first is a search on eBird to see if any Common Loons had been reported in Iowa this year. I can see that none have been. You can search for any species, location and date that you want. Here is a link to the start of this type of search. http://ebird.org/ebird/explore


Also, the IOU website has some wonderful data bases. Here is a link to the page. You can create your own dataset. http://iowabirds.org/Birds/DataSets.aspx


Finally, Rick Hollis created a small booklet: A Field Checklist of The Birds of Iowa. This has the expected distribution of bird species in Iowa. Here is a link to the page for you to purchase one for your reference. http://iowabirds.org/IOU/Merchandise.aspx

I hope this answers your question.

Linda Rudolph
Coralville




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Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon?

Hello Folks;

Has anyone observed Common Loon entering Iowa this season?

I’m interested in any reports,

Thanks!

Mike

Story County, Milford TWSP

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Date: 3/6/17 7:35 am
From: dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 1st Sighting in Our Ames Yard of Eurasian Invader - Ring Neck Dove


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Date: 3/6/17 7:29 am
From: Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon?
Hello Folks;

Has anyone observed Common Loon entering Iowa this season?

I’m interested in any reports,

Thanks!

Mike

Story County, Milford TWSP

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Date: 3/5/17 9:29 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Calhoun/Pocahontas Co. - 3/5
Hi All,


While en route back to northwest Iowa this afternoon and evening, I made a couple of stops at South Twin Lake in Calhoun Co. and Sunken Grove WMA in Pocahontas Co. Waterfowl has made an impressive push towards northern Iowa in the last couple days. I had 17 species of waterfowl at South Twin Lake and a good mix of icterids, including Rusty and Brewer's Blackbirds.


Sunken Grove was the real highlight and I spent the final hour of daylight here. The best bird was a totally unexpected MARSH WREN chattering in a wet ditch with cattails south of the main bodies of water. A playback yielded a response with visual confirmation. I tallied a whopping 24 species of waterfowl (plus Coot), with massive numbers of geese: 17,000 Greater White-fronted, 43,000+ Snow Geese, 1400+ Ross's Geese. Several thousand ducks were present with Mallards being the most numerous (2700), followed by Gadwall (1400), Northern Pintail (1200) and Ring-necked Duck (1000). Two American Woodcocks were calling in the fields on the road out after dusk and a pair of Barred Owls were dueting back and forth. Easily over 100,000 icterids descended upon the marshes as dusk approached, with a solid 80% or so being Red-winged Blackbirds. Rusty and Brewer's Blackbirds were also present, as were at least 4 Great-tailed Grackles interspersed in the flocks. Several Swamp Sparrows were back and already singing.


Also had my first Turkey Vulture of the year in Ames over the lunch hour.

Danny Akers

Spirit Lake

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Date: 3/5/17 6:18 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Sunday morning, north half of Marsh Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell
5000-8000 snow geese
3000-4000 white- fronted geese
1 group of 5 Ross’s geese
500-800 Canadies
8-12 buffleheads
bluewing teal
green wing teal
3 pintails
gadwalls
mallards
american widgeon
lesser scaup
ringnecks
severalgroups of coots
39 trumpeter swans
saw 6 sandhills and heard many more
1 tiger salamander

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Date: 3/5/17 3:12 pm
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Green-winged Teal- George Wyth State Park-Black hawk Co.
Four Green-winged Teal spotted in a small wetland section of George Wyth
State park north of 218. Photo shot with Cannon Power Shot SX 50 HS at 120
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Date: 3/5/17 3:06 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: American Robins
I saw this story on the allaboutbirdsorg website that discusses robins in
winter. Thought you might be interested.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/more-robins-are-sticking-around-in-winter/

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:55:46 AM UTC-6, birdingricz wrote:
>
> IA-Birders:
>
> I’ve been out of the loop for awhile and may have missed a report of
> American Robins on the list. But wanted to mention that Betty & I saw 2
> American Robins in Boone County on Feb. 28. Seems quite early to me.
> Wonder what the reality deniers might think of this, and also how this
> “winter” has been. . . . . . .
>
> Happy Birding!
>
>
>
> Ric
>
> Ric Zarwell
> Email: <Birdi......> <javascript:>
> Mobile: 563-419-4991
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Date: 3/5/17 8:34 am
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Phoebe - Clarke Co.
FOS tail waggin' on my deck rail.

Steve Harvey
rural Clarke co.

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Date: 3/4/17 5:52 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Heritage Center Eagle Watch - a Golden Opportunity
As often as not the Eagle Watch in O'Brien County turns up a Golden Eagle
among all the Balds in the Waterman Creek/Little Sioux River valleys and
today was no exception. Perched in a large tree along Waterman Blvd. the
adult Golden first gave good scope views and then circled above our little
caravan as if curious about our watchful motives. Flocks of
speckled-bellied geese flew by and two independent pairs of Trumpeter Swans
were elevated migrants moving north as Common and Hooded Mergansers swam and
dove in the river below. Bluebirds and kestrels performed high wire acts
and two Rusty Blackbirds seemed out of place with a flock of robins and
waxwings. A small flock of Killdeer were also here already, and
Rough-legged Hawks were still hanging around. The eagle nest female was
sitting tight and then the male brought in a special stick to impress her
with his special attention while the humans in attendance oohed and aahed.



Pat Schlarbaum and Ty Smedes helped entertain the hundreds of Nature Center
visitors as if the birds themselves were not enough. It was a beautiful day
in more ways than one and the people who showed up clearly had fun! May
eagles always be with us!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 3/4/17 5:51 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] A little AM Birding Polk and Dallas Counties
Finally a little birding :-)

Some places kind of dead some quite birdy. Spring seems to be here.
12 new year birds
Highlights:
Killdeer 3
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
All three merganser species
Franklin's Gull 1

Below are the eBird checklists if you have any interest.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966580 Morningstare
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966581 Pine Hill Cemetery
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966578 Bob Shelter
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966577 Dam Pullouts
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966579 OakGrove
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966582 Lincoln Access
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966576 Jester
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966528 Brenton Slough
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34966575 Marsh Family Farm

God Bless,

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

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Date: 3/4/17 4:35 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American White Pelicans at Saylorville
Parked below the Saylorville dam, I noticed a group of 17 American White
Pelicans in formation flying towards the dam. A few minutes later I talked
to another birder and he said he saw about 50 flying much higher in
addition to the group I saw (he saw them, too). I headed to Jester Park
figuring they may be roosting in their usual spots and found about 45 in
the middle off the lake just opposite Campground #3. I posted on EBird
which called it 'rare' for this time of year so I included a picture (take
through my scope so not great but the best I could do at the moment).

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Date: 3/4/17 3:57 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Today at Elk Creek
Birders

This afternoon at Elk Creek Unit, off Grouse Ave, in Worth County, a mix of 17 species of
waterfowl were present. And, 10-Trumpeter Swans.
Still seeing high numbers of Greater-White-fronted Geese, Pintails, and Canvasbacks.
Meadowlarks, and Killdeer were seen.
Also, local Sandhill Cranes have returned.

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City
Cerro Gordo Co.

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Date: 3/4/17 3:26 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Browsing the Ann Barker Library: How times have changed.
Two back to back notes in Iowa Bird Life Vol II number 3, September 1932
Increase of the Starling in Northeast Iowa by CHAS. J. SPIKER,

Field Characters of the Starling by PHILIP A. DU MONT.

Further along in the same issue was an advertisement for the THE OOLOGIST


Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 3/4/17 12:03 pm
From: JacobTee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jensen Marsh- Madison Co
Today Rick Trieff and I birded Jensen Marsh in Madison Co. Highlights
include 18 species of waterfowl (including Tundra Swans), a large number of
American Coots, American Pipits, Wilson's Snipe, and a Field Sparrow.
Details are here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34956539


Good birding...

Jay Gilliam
Norwalk, IA

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Date: 3/4/17 11:12 am
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swans, Johnson County
This morning at Round Pond at Hawkeye Wildlife Area there were still 30
swans including at least 12 TUNDRA SWANS. As Jim Forde mentioned, the road
to Round Pond is barricaded, and it's a one-mile walk from the barricade to
Round Pond. But they were Johnson County bird #313 for me, so the walk was
worth it! Also present there were 3 SANDHILL CRANES and several hundred
ducks including REDHEADS and RUDDY DUCKS.

Scattered around the south side of Hawkeye I found 16 duck species including
COMMON MERGANSERS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and BUFFLEHEADS at Half Moon Lake
a.k.a. Crescent Pond, HOODED MERGANSERS and 580 GADWALL at Swan Lake, and
FOY WOOD DUCKS along James Avenue. Half a dozen flocks of 20-50 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE passed overhead. My FOY GREAT BLUE HERON was also along
James Avenue.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 3/4/17 8:42 am
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] State Bird Campaign
is there anyone still out there who was involved with making the Goldfinch the state bird. I know the IOU passed a resolution nominating the Goldfinch as a our state bird in 1922, but the legislatatures actions did not occur until 1933.

I realize that this means that anyone who does remember this would be pretty old.

Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 3/4/17 7:35 am
From: James McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] E/W Meadowlarks
Eastern and Western Meadowlarks seen and heard at Sycamore Bottoms in Iowa
City yesterday. A picture of each attached.



Jamie McCoy

Iowa City

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Date: 3/3/17 8:05 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dark Morph Ross's Goose Photo - Tama Co.
Today at Otter Creek Marsh I spent much time and effort scoping Snow Geese for a dark morph Ross's Goose.
It was like looking for a needle in a haystack except that haystacks don't move away from you to the farthest corner of the marsh nor does a haystack constantly rearrange the straw while your looking. So I found the task
demanding but there were times when the geese were within range (60X), the light was good and eagles absent.
Maybe the dark morph isn't as rare as I think and it's just scoping one that is the difficult part.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/2/17 1:34 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-2-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, February 25, through Thursday, March
2, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE











-Additional Species Mentioned

Black Scoter (Record early)

Glaucous Gull







***NEW!****************
For more up to date information on rarities in the state of Iowa, visit the
Iowa Birds and Birding website at www.iowabirds.org.
************************



Species in ALL CAPS can be classified into three categories in the state of
Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED, ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species;
or 3) record early or late date or unusual for time of year. Any species
with three asterisks (***species***) would represent a first record for
Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should be observed and documented very carefully.
Species with two asterisks (**species**) are species that are either
ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular species, and should also be
documented. Species with one asterisk (*species) should have some details
of the observation provided.









*EAST*:



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

A probable BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was seen at the feeders at the Swiss
Valley Nature Center on the 28th.









*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

Another early BLACK SCOTER was seen on the John Deere Pond in Waterloo on
the 1st.







*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Saylorville on the 27th.*



*An early BLACK SCOTER was seen at Grays Lake on the 28th.*







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




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



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





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

<john.annabissell...> <jabissell...>

515-423-6108

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Date: 3/2/17 10:09 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Raccoon River Watershed Annual Meeting
This may be of interest to folks on the lists... It is free and open to the public..

Ty Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
4732 72nd Street
Urbandale
Iowa 50322-1148

www.smedesphoto.com
phone #515-270-9086

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" - Thomas Jefferson

From: MIKE DELANEY
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:31 AM
Life in the Raccoon River 2017—March 4

Hotel Pattee, Perry, Iowa



Members: Could you forward this e-mail to close friends who might be interested in our free conference we have a great program with lunch available for Saturday? Banquet reservations are closed at 68.



Please let Mike Delaney know if you plan to attend the conference on Saturday. It helps with planning our lunch. (<mikedelaney1...> 515-339-0438).



Here is the full program for you to review. The conference is an official Aldo Leopold Weekend event. Aldo will be smiling down on our activities. It is free and open to the public.



March 4, 2017

9:00 Introduction—Steve Roe, President--RRWA

9:15 Katie Van Dooren and Peter Levi---Water quality patterns in the Raccoon River basin across space and through seasons

10:00 Chris Aurand and Thomas Rosburg-- Monarch populations, reproduction and habitat in the Raccoon River Watershed

10:45 Dr. Amy Burgin -- Land Use & Practices

11:45 Danielle Donkerloot –Izaak Walton League water quality project in Iowa.

12:30 lunch will be served in the hotel

1:00 Michelle Soupir—Black Hawk Lake Project

1:45 Chris Henning— Conservation and Cover Crops

2:30 Eileen Miller--Nature Photos from the Raccoon

To register contact: <mikedelaney1...>




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Date: 3/2/17 9:28 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Purple Finch
Purple Finch Male 2'd day in a row at the feeders

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa
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Date: 3/2/17 6:36 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Countless blackbirds at Ogden
About 7:25 this morning I looked out our front windows and watched a
massive mixed blackbird flock flying over Ogden (Boone Co.) The line
continued *nonstop for 8-9 minutes*, and I'm sure it had been going over
before I happened to look out the window. It was impossible to count
birds, but there's no doubt at least 50,000 passed overhead. That's
probably a conservative estimate and doesn't include what might have flown
over before I first saw them--total numbers might even have approached
100,000. Redwings and grackles were both obvious, but we often also see
rusties, brewer's & cowbirds migrate through Ogden (and sometimes land in
our backyard), so I suspect this flock probably had all 5 species.

It apeared like they might have been taking off from Harrier Marsh WMA/WPA
on the south side of town. Gigantic numbers of blackbirds frequently roost
overnight on Harrier Marsh in both spring and fall migrations. If you're
not familiar with Harrier Marsh, it is about 450 acres of restored prairie
and wetlands--some of the best stopover habitat in central Iowa.

Doug Harr

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Date: 3/1/17 7:17 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Black Scoter - Blackhawk co.
I drove out to the Newell Street John Deere pond around 4:30 this afternoon
and wasn't able to relocate the female type Black Scoter after a solid
thirty minutes of scanning the pond with my camera. 50 or so Ring-necked
Ducks were seen on the pond as well as a lone male Canvasback.

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:15:15 PM UTC-6, Tommy Stone wrote:
>
> This morning at work, I observed a female type Black Scoter on the John
> Deere pond (n.e. site ) My dad, Tom Stone sr. reported it was still there
> about an hour ago. The pond is on private property off of Newell st. in
> Waterloo on north side of road. The pond has been great for waterfowl
> probably because there is very little human disturbance.
>
> Good birding,
> Tommy Stone, Waterloo
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Date: 3/1/17 2:29 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] REMINDER: IOU Field Trip to Michigan and the North Woods (Not a sighting)
Greetings birders!!!

The IOU Events Committee would like to remind everyone that there are
still *four
slots currently available* (as of 4:30 PM on 3/1/17) for our exciting trip
to the North Woods of Michigan to find Kirtland's Warblers and MUCH, MUCH
MORE!!!

The trip dates are from Saturday, May 20th through Thursday, May 25th.

The cost is $825 to share a hotel room with a friend (maybe a new one!) or
$1025 to have a hotel room for yourself. The trip fee will cover all
transportation costs and five nights of hotel rooms.

A $100 deposit is all it takes to reserve a slot on the trip.

Half of the slots have already been reserved, so if you are interested,
don't wait too long to act!

Below is the original announcement:








We will be taking a six-day, out-of-state North Woods birding trip to
Michigan. The main focus of this trip will be to find *Kirtland's Warblers*,
which nearly became extinct by the mid 20th Century (but are now recovering
well) and now nest almost exclusively in the young Jack Pine forests of
the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We will then drive north over the Mackinac
Bridge to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where we will search the boreal
forest for birds in such places as the Whitefish Bay Bird Observatory
(located on a natural geographical "funnel" for migrating birds),
Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Seney National Wildlife Refuge. We will
finish out with stops in Manistique and Escanaba on the west side of Lake
Michigan.



Some of the other birds that we could potentially find on this trip
include Black-backed Woodpecker, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Connecticut
Warbler, Pine Warbler, Piping Plover, Red-breasted Merganser, Common
Merganser, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Boreal
Chickadee, Winter Wren, Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Northern
Goshawk, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Veery, Yellow Rail, LeConte's Sparrow,
Spruce Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Evening Grosbeak, Purple
Finch, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Gray
Jay and Common Raven, among many others. Many warbler (and other) species
that only pass through Iowa can be found nesting in this area. Moose, Gray
Wolves, Black Bears and porcupines, while fairly shy and secretive can also
be found!



Keep in mind that this is a “birding trip” planned by birders, for birders.
This means that birding will be the overriding focus and that the day may
begin and end at odd hours, very possibly before sunrise. Some meals will
be in nice restaurants, but some meals may be food bought on the run at a
convenience store. We will do our best to keep to some kind of reasonable
schedule.



• This trip is available to *IOU members only*. The cost of
an IOU membership starts for as low as $25!

• The dates for this trip will be from *Saturday, May 20th -
Thursday, May 25th, 2017*.

• At this time, the ESTIMATED cost (subject to change) for
the trip is *$825.00* per person for a double-occupancy hotel room. To have
a room for yourself, the single-occupancy premium will be $200.00 for a
total of $1025. If you are a single but want to double-up with someone, we
can *try* to pair you up with someone (no promises). The $825/$1025 cost
covers only transportation, five nights of lodging and tolls, and entrance
fees.

• *NOT included:* Meals, snacks, drinks, personal items etc.

• At this time, we are limiting this trip to 8 participants
(a minimum of 7 might necessitate as small increase).

• The 8 slots will be reserved on a first come, first serve
basis, as deposits are received.



Transportation Mode: Two Grand Caravans (or similar, 7 passenger) 5
people per vehicle.



To register for the trip please send an email to Paul Roisen at:
<roisenp1950...> Paul will reply with the necessary registration
materials.



Please make sure you mail your registration form and checks (make them out
to the IOU) to the *registrar* for this trip:


Paul Roisen

4420 3rd Ave

Sioux City, IA 51105



If you have any questions, please email Paul Roisen (<roisenp1950...>)
or Eric Ollie (<uphawkeye...>).



Thanks! Looking forward to a great trip!!



Eric Ollie and Paul Roisen, Co-leaders

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Date: 3/1/17 1:20 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swans at Hawkeye Wildlife Area -Johnson Co.
Today I walked to Round Pond (the road being closed) and found it to be one of the better waterfowl spots at Hawkeye.
Surprising for me were 11 TUNDRA SWANS which seems like a good number for this area. Also present were 34 Trumpeter Swans,
many White-fronted Geese, and moderate numbers of diving and puddle ducks.

Earlier in the day a taiga Merlin was perched just east of Swan Lake and a Red-shouldered Hawk flew across Scales Bend Road
in the area of the 2150 to 2200 addresses. Waterfowl and gulls were unusually totally absent at Scales Pointe.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/1/17 10:24 am
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] DSM Scoter - No
The Female Black Scoter, first found by Aaron Brees yesterday, was not
at Gray's Lake in Des Moines this morning.


We did see a FOY Turkey Vulture on South Jordan Creek Parkway, south of
Wells Fargo, this morning.

Reid & Pam Allen

West Des Moines, Iowa

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Date: 3/1/17 10:15 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter - Blackhawk co.
This morning at work, I observed a female type Black Scoter on the John Deere pond (n.e. site ) My dad, Tom Stone sr. reported it was still there about an hour ago. The pond is on private property off of Newell st. in Waterloo on north side of road. The pond has been great for waterfowl probably because there is very little human disturbance.

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Date: 3/1/17 9:03 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] American Robins
We have Robins all year long (varying according to food availability) in
Central Iowa as well. They retreat from the lawns and open spaces to the
cover and berries of the trees, so they are harder to find, but many do
overwinter on Iowa.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Mar 1, 2017 10:14 AM, "Clem Klaphake" <ckavian...> wrote:

> Ric,
> In eastern Nebraska we have Robins all winter long - most, if not all of
> our CBCs have them. If you have an area with lots of cedar trees they will
> hang around all winter.
> In the last week I have had Robins singing at 5:30 a.m. every morning.
> This morning I had one carrying nesting material. My mother used to say
> when the first Robin
> shows up you know spring is here - well that went out the window many
> years ago.
> Clem Klaphake
> Bellevue, NE
>
> On 3/1/2017 12:55 AM, Ric Zarwell wrote:
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> IA-Birders:
>
> I’ve been out of the loop for awhile and may have missed a report of
> American Robins on the list. But wanted to mention that Betty & I saw 2
> American Robins in Boone County on Feb. 28. Seems quite early to me.
> Wonder what the reality deniers might think of this, and also how this
> “winter” has been. . . . . . .
>
> Happy Birding!
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Date: 3/1/17 8:14 am
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] American Robins
Ric,
In eastern Nebraska we have Robins all winter long - most, if not all of
our CBCs have them. If you have an area with lots of cedar trees they
will hang around all winter.
In the last week I have had Robins singing at 5:30 a.m. every morning.
This morning I had one carrying nesting material. My mother used to
say when the first Robin
shows up you know spring is here - well that went out the window many
years ago.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

On 3/1/2017 12:55 AM, Ric Zarwell wrote:
> IA-Birders:
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> I’ve been out of the loop for awhile and may have missed a report of
> American Robins on the list. But wanted to mention that Betty & I
> saw 2 American Robins in Boone County on Feb. 28. Seems quite early
> to me. Wonder what the reality deniers might think of this, and also
> how this “winter” has been. . . . . . .
>
> Happy Birding!
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>
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Date: 3/1/17 8:08 am
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Probable black headed grosbeak Dubuque
Updated: it is possible that this bird was an orange female purple finch. One was spotted and photographed at the feeders this morning. While it does not have the pale bill I noted yesterday, the coincidence raises the possibility
Tony Moline

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Date: 3/1/17 8:00 am
From: <donnadea...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] American Robins
I live in Ames, and yesterday (Feb. 28) I had 9 Robins in my yard at one time.

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Subject: [ia-bird] American Robins

IA-Birders:

I’ve been out of the loop for awhile and may have missed a report of American Robins on the list. But wanted to mention that Betty & I saw 2 American Robins in Boone County on Feb. 28. Seems quite early to me. Wonder what the reality deniers might think of this, and also how this “winter” has been. . . . . . .

Happy Birding!



Ric

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Date: 3/1/17 7:59 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Last call for Iowa Audubon's small grants
Just a last-minute reminder that any applications for Iowa Audubon's 2017
small grants must be received by *midnight tonight*, in order to be
considered for funding. Grant applications will be reviewed and scored at
our March 19 board meeting, with winners announced by no later than April
15.

If you still wish to make a last-minute application, go to our small grants
webpage for instructions and application form:

http://iowaaudubon.org/Pages/IowaAudubon.aspx?pg=9

Applications at this late date would have to be emailed (address noted on
application form) directly to me by midnight tonight.

Doug Harr
President
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Date: 2/28/17 10:55 pm
From: Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Robins
IA-Birders:

I’ve been out of the loop for awhile and may have missed a report of American Robins on the list. But wanted to mention that Betty & I saw 2 American Robins in Boone County on Feb. 28. Seems quite early to me. Wonder what the reality deniers might think of this, and also how this “winter” has been. . . . . . .

Happy Birding!



Ric

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Date: 2/28/17 4:40 pm
From: 'Dan McRoberts' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] American Pelicans Iowa City
My second grade class watched a spiraling flock of pelicans today out our Horace Mann Elementary classroom window facing Dodge Street. The pelicans flew north. 
Dan McRobertsIowa City

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Subject: [ia-bird] Cooper's Hawks Iowa City

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Date: 2/28/17 4:03 pm
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cooper's Hawks Iowa City
This morning I watched 2 Cooper's Hawks moving about and perching in Hickory
Hill Park in Iowa City. They were in the vicinity of where COHAs have had a
nest in the past, and although I saw what looked like a very loose
collection of sticks high in a tree near where they were, I can't be sure it
qualifies as a nest. It's east of the trail along Ralston Creek South and
the South Mature Growth Area, near the 7th Ave. entrance.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 2/28/17 3:36 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black Scoter--Polk Co.
At 12:43 PM 2/28/2017, Aaron Brees wrote:
>There is currently a female Black Scoter at Gray's Lake in Des Moines.

I believe the Black Scoter is record-early by more than a month.
Whoever goes to see it, try to get some photos, for the record.
Historically, the only February appearance in Iowa was a group of 3
in mid-month on the Mississippi River back in 1948.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City

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Date: 2/28/17 3:07 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Probable black headed grosbeak Dubuque
I stopped to watch the feeders at Swiss Valley nature center in Dubuque this afternoon and was surprised to see a grosbeak come to one of the platform feeders. It had a bold white eyebrow and orange tones in the breast. Unfortunately I had left my camera in the car thinking I would not see anything at the feeders I would need to justify. I took a quick photo with my phone (which later would reveal the bird with it's head down, great) and ran out to my car to grab my camera as quickly as I could. When I returned the bird was gone. I waited another hour and the bird did not return. The bird was definitely a grosbeak and my first impression was black-headed female but without a photo I have not totally ruled out female rose breasted which would be almost more crazy.
I plan to follow up tomorrow.

Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 2/28/17 2:59 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black Scoter--Polk Co.
Still present at 5pm.

Thanks Aaron

On Feb 28, 2017 12:43 PM, "Aaron Brees" <aebrees...> wrote:

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Date: 2/28/17 1:49 pm
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eagle nest at Hendrickson Marsh Story Co.
Observed two eagles at the nest. One was perched in a tree near the nest the other eagle was in the nest. The one in the nest flew to a nearby tree, they called to each other and the male swooped down, mated and then sat next to his mate until she returned to the nest. He resumed his perch overlooking the nest. Hopefully we will be able to observe babies from this pair.
Virginia McKenzie
Tama Co

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Date: 2/28/17 10:43 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter--Polk Co.
There is currently a female Black Scoter at Gray's Lake in Des Moines.
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Date: 2/28/17 10:35 am
From: IA Ann <shannonfound...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
Let me strongly second this opinion.

Eagle used to be the go-to place for optics. For quality of product to be sure. But even better: advice and long-standing care for any reason from a birding standpoint. And from a staff oriented towards birding needs

I too knew the people fired summarily without any indication of anything being wrong.

One came back from a long-overdue vacation with his family (including 2 young children) to be told to leave. He was not needed.

Anywhere else would be a better choice to give any of our support to. I don’t know it for a fact, but I would guess that as the the 3 fired were there to help BIRDERS, the owner(s) wanted to sell more to the hunting crowd. Less information needed to sell a rifle scope that what a birder needs.

As far as price, I would never recommend one of the “they’re really good for the price” models.

Save your nickels and get a top quality scope. You will not be sorry.

Doug Chapman


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> On Feb 28, 2017, at 7:04 AM, Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> wrote:
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> Previously I would have recommend contacting Eagle Optics, because for decades this mail order business likely had the widest selection of scopes and bins anywhere in the U.S., had incredible customer service, and excellent prices too. Over the years I’d purchased numerous bins (a good number as gifts for grandsons and other family members), and also two scopes. I’d encouraged dozens of birders and would be birders to begin optics shopping with Eagle Optic. BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND E.O. AGAIN.
>
> Several months ago in a move that caught all workers by surprise, the owner of Eagle Optics quickly fired his top 3 sales people including the head of the sales department. All 3 had become friends of mine over the years. Since this surprise and immediate firing, I’ve been told by 2 of 3 who lost jobs in the blink of an eye why this had happened. Seems the owner wishes to live off of the good name employees earned for Eagle Optics and in the future sell little else but Vortex optics, an in-house brand that he makes an enormous profit on. . . . . as compared to more reputable brands that were previously offered. There may be some near-term deals on brands like Zeiss, and Leica; but the real Eagle Optics I knew for several decades is no more. Birders should be aware of these truths.
>
> I’d now say carefully check out several different brands of bins or scopes. Handle each to ensure they’re comfortable in your hands and provide a sharp focus. Then purchase the very best you can afford because if you’re a serious birder, or if your eyes are getting older, you are rather likely to want to get even better optics in the future. Thus, start with the best you can afford, and those are likely to provide a greater viewing experience and last you a maximum number of years.
>
> High quality optics are truly important.
>
> Good luck!
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Ric
>
> Ric Zarwell
> Email: <BirdingRicZ...> <mailto:<BirdingRicZ...>
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>> From: wewarb via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> <mailto:<ia-bird...>>
>> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
>> Date: February 27, 2017 at 7:31:01 PM CST
>> To: <gentlepartings...> <mailto:<gentlepartings...>, <ia-bird...> <mailto:<ia-bird...>
>> Reply-To: <wewarb...> <mailto:<wewarb...>
>>
>> I also recommend Michael and Diane Porter at Birdwatching.com <http://birdwatching.com/>. Michael is the optics reviewer at "Birdwatcher's Digest" and both he and Diane have years of experience with binoculars and scopes and are an Iowa business. Check out their website for scope reviews or call them for one on one assistance.
>>
>> Bob Cecil
>> Comala Col. MX
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jeanne Hedges <gentlepartings...> <mailto:<gentlepartings...>>
>> To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> <mailto:<ia-bird...>>
>> Sent: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 9:29 pm
>> Subject: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
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>> My current scope, a Celestron, has already fallen apart after less than 2 years. Very disappointing. I feel I should step up just a little but I have to say I can't afford anything much more expensive. Can anyone recommend a scope in the $200-300 range? Thank you!
>>
>> Jeanne
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Date: 2/28/17 7:38 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Minnesota Vikings lead the NFL in dead birds caused by their stadium
The following URL is a link to a news article about how many birds are now
dying from collisions with the gigantic glass walls of the new US Bank
Stadium in Minneapolis:

http://www.citypages.com/news/us-bank-stadium-is-a-bird-killing-machine/414865323

As I member of the Board of Directors for Audubon Minnesota, I was part of
the conservation organization putting up the biggest fight 2 years ago, to
convince the Minnesota Vikings to substitute "bird-friendly glass" in their
stadium construction. It was basically the Vikings' owner who still
refused to do this, even though he had a budget of an *extra* $20 million
to cover unexpected construction costs (bird-friendly glass would have used
only about 4% of those extra available dollars). So a movement of local
volunteers was started to collect collision-killed birds around the
stadium, and this article reveals some preliminary findings from this past
fall (with a full report to come out in about 2 years).

Iowans need to be aware of a newly-planned, mostly glass-walled skyscraper
for downtown Des Moines. The nearby Des Moines River is a major bird
migration pathway through central Iowa, so unless bird-friendly glass in
incorporated into the 33-storey design, we may realize something similar to
the situation in Minneapolis.

Doug Harr
Iowa Audubon
& Audubon Minnesota

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Date: 2/28/17 7:04 am
From: Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Song Sparrows
Good Morning;

This AM while counting the Tree Sparrows Harris Sparrows and Junco at our feeders we have 2 Song Sparrows. After perching in a nearby mulberry tree one of them started a half-hearted song and got it going on the second try.

Mike

Milford TWSP Story Co.


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Date: 2/28/17 5:05 am
From: Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
Previously I would have recommend contacting Eagle Optics, because for decades this mail order business likely had the widest selection of scopes and bins anywhere in the U.S., had incredible customer service, and excellent prices too. Over the years I’d purchased numerous bins (a good number as gifts for grandsons and other family members), and also two scopes. I’d encouraged dozens of birders and would be birders to begin optics shopping with Eagle Optic. BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND E.O. AGAIN.

Several months ago in a move that caught all workers by surprise, the owner of Eagle Optics quickly fired his top 3 sales people including the head of the sales department. All 3 had become friends of mine over the years. Since this surprise and immediate firing, I’ve been told by 2 of 3 who lost jobs in the blink of an eye why this had happened. Seems the owner wishes to live off of the good name employees earned for Eagle Optics and in the future sell little else but Vortex optics, an in-house brand that he makes an enormous profit on. . . . . as compared to more reputable brands that were previously offered. There may be some near-term deals on brands like Zeiss, and Leica; but the real Eagle Optics I knew for several decades is no more. Birders should be aware of these truths.

I’d now say carefully check out several different brands of bins or scopes. Handle each to ensure they’re comfortable in your hands and provide a sharp focus. Then purchase the very best you can afford because if you’re a serious birder, or if your eyes are getting older, you are rather likely to want to get even better optics in the future. Thus, start with the best you can afford, and those are likely to provide a greater viewing experience and last you a maximum number of years.

High quality optics are truly important.

Good luck!








Ric

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> Begin forwarded message:
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> From: wewarb via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
> Date: February 27, 2017 at 7:31:01 PM CST
> To: <gentlepartings...>, <ia-bird...>
> Reply-To: <wewarb...>
>
> I also recommend Michael and Diane Porter at Birdwatching.com. Michael is the optics reviewer at "Birdwatcher's Digest" and both he and Diane have years of experience with binoculars and scopes and are an Iowa business. Check out their website for scope reviews or call them for one on one assistance.
>
> Bob Cecil
> Comala Col. MX
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeanne Hedges <gentlepartings...>
> To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
> Sent: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 9:29 pm
> Subject: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
>
> My current scope, a Celestron, has already fallen apart after less than 2 years. Very disappointing. I feel I should step up just a little but I have to say I can't afford anything much more expensive. Can anyone recommend a scope in the $200-300 range? Thank you!
>
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Date: 2/27/17 7:39 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eagle nest collapse
Drove by the eagle nest on the north edge of North Washington this morning, at some point since the snowstorm it fell out of the tree. Not sure if they had any eggs yet, or if an adult was injured or killed. One of the adults was perched in a nearby tree so if the other is OK there's a chance they might rebuild nearby. I was worried this one would collapse since seeing how big the nest had gotten, it was in a weaker area of the tree and already pretty large at 2 years(about 8 feet tall).

I did email DNR and let them know as well, it may or may not have already been reported to them.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 2/27/17 5:31 pm
From: wewarb via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope

I also recommend Michael and Diane Porter at Birdwatching.com. Michael is the optics reviewer at "Birdwatcher's Digest" and both he and Diane have years of experience with binoculars and scopes and are an Iowa business. Check out their website for scope reviews or call them for one on one assistance.

Bob Cecil
Comala Col. MX


-----Original Message-----
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Subject: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope



My current scope, a Celestron, has already fallen apart after less than 2 years. Very disappointing. I feel I should step up just a little but I have to say I can't afford anything much more expensive. Can anyone recommend a scope in the $200-300 range? Thank you!


Jeanne

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Date: 2/27/17 3:45 pm
From: Kai Weatherman <dainichi...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
Prompted by Chris's post, I stopped out at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area hoping to catch sight of the Hooded Merganser, but instead first noticed several Red-breasted Merganser with a group of ducks in the middle of the lake, before catching sight of the Hooded Mergansers closer toward the western shore, not far from several Common Goldeneye. Thanks for the tip, Chris.

Kai Weatherman
Iowa City

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Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 3:38 PM
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Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine/Louisa/Johnson Co. Birds

I visited several spots in Muscatine, Louisa, and Johnson counties today.
There was good waterfowl diversity with 21 species.

Weise Slough, Muscatine County
Greater White-fronted Goose 2500
Snow Goose 2500
Ross's Goose 3
Trumpeter Swan 7
Sandhill Crane 3
Northern Shrike 1
Winter Wren 1
Rusty Blackbird 1
Nine duck species with Mallards and Gadwalls most numerous.

Cone Marsh, Louisa County
Greater White-fronted Goose 3000
Snow Goose 400
Ross's Goose 7
Trumpeter Swan 29
American White Pelican 35
Northern Harrier 1
Sandhill Crane 9
Twelve duck species with Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, and Lesser Scaup most numerous, and FOY Ruddy Ducks.

Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, Johnson County Greater Scaup 1 (male) Hooded Merganser 15

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 2/27/17 1:45 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull at Saylorville
A 1st year Glaucous Gull was feeding off Oak Grove this afternoon. It's
probably the same bird that was at the marina last week.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 2/27/17 1:38 pm
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine/Louisa/Johnson Co. Birds
I visited several spots in Muscatine, Louisa, and Johnson counties today.
There was good waterfowl diversity with 21 species.

Weise Slough, Muscatine County
Greater White-fronted Goose 2500
Snow Goose 2500
Ross's Goose 3
Trumpeter Swan 7
Sandhill Crane 3
Northern Shrike 1
Winter Wren 1
Rusty Blackbird 1
Nine duck species with Mallards and Gadwalls most numerous.

Cone Marsh, Louisa County
Greater White-fronted Goose 3000
Snow Goose 400
Ross's Goose 7
Trumpeter Swan 29
American White Pelican 35
Northern Harrier 1
Sandhill Crane 9
Twelve duck species with Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Ring-necked
Duck, Northern Pintail, and Lesser Scaup most numerous, and FOY Ruddy Ducks.

Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, Johnson County
Greater Scaup 1 (male)
Hooded Merganser 15

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 2/27/17 12:59 pm
From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Southern Iowa Birding Sunday
I did some county-listing/birding in southern Iowa on Sunday. I spent most of my time in Ringgold Co. but also spent some time in Taylor, Decatur, and Clarke. Eastern Meadowlarks were singing and fairly common, there are still Rough-legged Hawks around the area, and it seemed like anytime I looked up there were flocks of geese heading north. I came upon one big group of ~5000 geese that were circling a small pond and I watched them for quite a while as they slowly descended and landed on the water. Unlike the past couple of weeks where goose flocks were mainly Snow Geese, there were probably 30% or more Ross's Geese in this group. Other highlights include:


- 11 Greater Prairie Chickens on the Kellerton WMA lek
- a covey of 14 Northern Bobwhites in southern Ringgold Co.
- 1 Northern Shrike at Ringgold WMA
- single Golden-crowned Kinglets at two locations in Ringgold Co.
- 1 adult Red-shouldered Hawk at Sand Creek WMA in Decatur Co.
- 1 Eastern Towhee at Turkey Ridge WA in Clarke Co.




Good birding...


Jay Gilliam
Norwalk, IA

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Date: 2/27/17 11:07 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Beaver Bottoms Waterfowl
Following a weekend of presentations in Prairie duChein and Dubuque I dropped by Beaver Bottoms Wetlands this morning, south of Granger and in Dallas County. At every bend in every back-water and pond, ducks erupted by the hundreds! Mostly Mallards and Gadwall, with a sprinkling of Hooded Mergansers and GW Teal.. Also Pied-billed Grebe, but no Woodies yet..

Yesterday morning I spotted a few Sandhill Cranes along the north side of Prairie duChein when I left and started south. They were along the river (behind the Cabela’s store).


Ty Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
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Urbandale
Iowa 50322-1148

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Date: 2/27/17 9:58 am
From: Merle & Marsha <mghall...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Re: Need help deciding on a new scope
I agree with the Vortex warranty comment. We shipped a pair of binoculars to them on a Monday and had them back in hand by the weekend.
Also, the good folks at birdwatching.com in Fairfield have reviews that are worth a read.
Merle
-------- Original message --------From: Adam Ciha <adamciha...> Date: 2/27/17 7:36 AM (GMT-06:00) To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Need help deciding on a new scope
These start a little higher than mentioned, but also come with a lifetime warranty-you break it, they replace it!  and the few times I've talked with/dealt with their company, I have been very pleased with the interactions/responses.  I have the former generation of the Razor HD and love it!!!  May be worth a look? Several area sporting good stores carry Vortex lines now.

http://www.vortexoptics.com/category/spotting_scopes

http://www.vortexoptics.com/content/vip_warranty


Adam Ciha
Hills, Iowa





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Date: 2/27/17 7:30 am
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine Co., American Woodcock
I had my first couple of American woodcocks yesterday evening here in
Muscatine. One was calling and one was flying around in broad circles.

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Date: 2/27/17 5:36 am
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Need help deciding on a new scope
These start a little higher than mentioned, but also come with a lifetime
warranty-you break it, they replace it! and the few times I've talked
with/dealt with their company, I have been very pleased with the
interactions/responses. I have the former generation of the Razor HD and
love it!!! May be worth a look? Several area sporting good stores carry
Vortex lines now.

http://www.vortexoptics.com/category/spotting_scopes

http://www.vortexoptics.com/content/vip_warranty


Adam Ciha
Hills, Iowa

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Date: 2/26/17 9:15 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Appanoose County
I had my first turkey vulture today. Yesterday we had all normal woodpeckers in our yard except for Red-headed W.P. Both male and female Pileated were present. 6 Rusty Blackbirds and a few Grackles were here also. We only had an inch of snow but helped with the birds. TomJohnson Mystic Iowa

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Date: 2/26/17 8:34 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Appanoose County
I had my first Turkey Vulture today. Yesterday with our big snowfall of 1
inch brought in all woodpecker species normal for Iowa in our yard except
for Red-head. Both male and female Pileated were present. Also present
were my first Rustys and Grackles for a while. The Lark Bunting did not
return to Mike Stephens yard with the snow. Tom Johnson Mystic Iowa

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Date: 2/26/17 7:29 pm
From: Jeanne Hedges <gentlepartings...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Need help deciding on a new scope
My current scope, a Celestron, has already fallen apart after less than 2
years. Very disappointing. I feel I should step up just a little but I
have to say I can't afford anything much more expensive. Can anyone
recommend a scope in the $200-300 range? Thank you!

Jeanne

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Date: 2/26/17 4:49 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
Rock Creek Lake on Sunday at 4:00. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell
90-100 ringbilled gulls
8 – 10 bald eagles
4 green-winged teal FOY
15 –20 gadwalls
200 mallards
100 scaup
100 ringneck ducks
30 canvasbacks
30 –40 redheads
2 red-breasted mergansers
10 –15 hooded mergansers
6 buffleheads
no goldeneyes or common mergansers
10-15 pintails
belted kingfisher FOY

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Date: 2/26/17 1:49 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Butler county
Big Marsh in Butler County was full of waterfowl today. All species of
geese, including a Ross' and thousands of White-fronted were found besides
at least 16 species of duck. It was fun seeing the area so full of water.
Many times Big Marsh is mostly dry. There were about fifteen eagles in the
area, also, a Blue Heron and a Belted Kingfisher.



Couldn't find much but Canada Geese in Franklin County.



Rita (and Al) Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 2/25/17 5:41 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds
Went to Rock Creek Lake late Sat. afternoon. Bob Van Ersvelde
50 –75 pintail
50 – 75 canvasbacks
500 mallards
200 ringnecks
200 scaup
20 buffleheads
6 gadwalls
1 goldeneye
15 hooded mergansers
2 red-breasted mergansers
30 redheads
200 ringbilled gulls

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Date: 2/25/17 9:21 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Hendrickson Marsh
Birders,

I am currently viewing a large flock of Snow Geese (~7500+) that just
landed at Hendrickson Marsh on the Story/Marshall County border. There are
also ~2500 Greater White-fronted Geese as well as at least 12 other species
of waterfowl in good numbers.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 2/25/17 6:27 am
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Unknown bird
Hey all
I am down in Louisiana doing a little bit of birding and I heard a bird I am unfamiliar with. Best way to describe it's call is a high pitched two note beep. I compare it to a timer going off "beep beep" "beep beep". The bird was up high and with the sun shining so I could not get a good look at it. We are at Lake St John in Ferriday, LA. Any thoughts? Thanks Jake



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Date: 2/24/17 5:08 pm
From: cindy wilson <birdercw...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Many birds in the yard Harrison County 2/24
Last night and today in Western Iowa we had rain, ice, and snow cover (4"
perhaps).

We had an number of birds at the feeder. I had to work so I couldn't count
all of them!

30 Turkeys
Large flocks of Red-wing blackbirds (25+ at a time) a good mix of males and
females.
At least 1 Rusty Blackbird
10 Starlings
Purple finch
American Tree Sparrows

The usual's:
Cardinals
House sparrows
Am Goldfinch
WB nuthatch
BC Chickadees
Downey's
Hairy's
Red Bellied Woodpeckers
House finches
Junco's

Cindy Wilson
Missouri Valley, IA


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Date: 2/24/17 2:40 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 2-24-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, February 11, through Friday,
February 24, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**LARK BUNTING**







-Additional Species Mentioned

Long-tailed Duck

Kumliens Gull

Glaucous Gull

Thayers Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Iceland Gull

Townsends Solitaire







***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.







*EAST*:



SCOTT COUNTY:

Highlights from Nahant Marsh on the 12th included 3 THAYERS GULLS, A
GLAUCOUS GULL, and a KUMLIENS GULL.



LINN COUNTY:

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Cedar Lake on the 19th.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen above the Coralville Lake dam on the 19
th.



JACKSON COUNTY:

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Sabula on the 18th.







*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

A LARK BUNTING has been seen at a feeder near Centerville on the 11th.



MARION COUNTY:

Highlights from Red Rock on the 13th included the continuing LONG-TAILED
DUCK, 2 THAYERS GULLS, and a GLAUCOUS GULL. These birds were seen again on
the 19th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A THAYERS GULL was seen at Waterworks Park in Des Moines on the 16th.*



*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Big Creek on
the 17th. The ICELAND GULL was relocated between the mile long bridge and
the Big Creek spillway on the 19th.*



*A GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the
Saylorville marina on the 21st.*





*WEST:*



*SHELBY COUNTY:*

*A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE continues to be seen at the first shelter area west
of the park office at Prairie Rose SP on the 10th. The same bird and
possibly a second were seen in the same area on the 18th.*



*CARROLL COUNTY:*

*A LONG-TAILED DUCK continues at Swan Lake SP as recently as the 12th.*





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The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
March 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: 2/23/17 2:13 pm
From: Shepherd, Stephanie <stephanie.shepherd...>
Subject: [ia-bird] VWMP - Volunteer Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Training in Kossuth County
Hi All -

If anybody is interested in being trained as a volunteer eagle nest monitor
for the DNR, we will be holding a workshop in partnership with Kossuth
County Conservation on March 4th. We have targeted this area for a
training because there are a number of nests in the county that need a
monitor. You can find out more about the Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring
Program at www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp/.

The date is coming up quick, pre-registration is required and size of the
class is limited, so if you are interested in attending the workshop it's
probably best to e-mail (<vwmp...>) or call (listed below) before
Wednesday March 1. Here's the info on the workshop:


*Workshops require a $5 registration fee which pays for training materials,
a frog and toad call CD or bird identification guide, and certification
costs. To register, please download and complete the registration form for
the desired workshop and return it with the $5 fee to: VWMP; Boone Wildlife
Research Station; 1436 255th St.; Boone, IA 50036. Registration for each
workshop will be first come, first served and is limited to 15 people per
workshop.*

- *March 4, 2017 – Kossuth County TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, LOCATION:
Water's Edge Nature Center, Algona, IA*

Thank you! Hope to hear from you if you are interested!

Stephanie

P.S. There are also 3 Frog and Toad Call Survey workshops scheduled for
April in Johnson, Marion and Dickinson Counties. Check out the website for
dates and times!

[image: DNRlogo_black.jpg]

Stephanie Shepherd | Wildlife Diversity Biologist

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

P 515-432-2823 ext 102 | F 515-432-2835 | 1436 255th St., Boone, IA 50036

www.iowadnr.gov

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Date: 2/23/17 12:52 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Grackles- Washington County
There are ~500 Common Grackles, with a spattering of Starlings and
Red-winged Blackbird, foraging in my back yard at the moment.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 2/23/17 12:40 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Franklin's Gull at Saylorville
This afternoon, a Franklin's Gull in full breeding plumage was hanging out
with 3000 Ring-billed buddies on the last bit of ice off the dam. Some
other counts/estimates include 1130 Northern Pintails at Jester and 1700
Common Mergansers on the main lake.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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