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4/21/21 3:02 pm jody millar <jmillar...> [ia-bird] Yellow-headed Blackbird
4/21/21 2:59 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Very small bird nest
4/21/21 12:03 pm Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> [ia-bird] Wanatee Park Birding, Marion, Linn Co, Ia
4/21/21 9:39 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwits, Avocets at Hawkeye WMA
4/21/21 6:31 am 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Gray Catbird
4/21/21 5:50 am danasiefer <danasiefer...> [ia-bird] Re: Sandhill Cranes
4/20/21 6:27 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Egrets still at Birdland
4/20/21 3:45 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Egrets still at Birdland
4/20/21 3:34 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Rusty
4/20/21 3:02 pm <schbrown...> <schbrown...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes
4/20/21 2:25 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Re: Egrets still at Birdland
4/20/21 11:49 am <ron......> <ron_goo...> [ia-bird] Wave of YR Warblers (Polk County)
4/20/21 10:43 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Forster's Tern
4/20/21 9:26 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] First Warbler of the Year
4/20/21 8:55 am Susan LeMaster <sbrlemaster...> Re: [ia-bird] Fw: Bird
4/20/21 8:49 am 'Stan Buman' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> RE: [ia-bird] Fw: Bird
4/20/21 8:26 am Nan <bigwoods...> [ia-bird] Fw: Bird
4/20/21 8:10 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Egrets still at Birdland
4/20/21 5:36 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Marble Godwit still at HWMA
4/19/21 10:25 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] White-eyed Vireo
4/19/21 10:18 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit status : Hawkeye
4/19/21 9:26 am <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Bird activity during snow
4/19/21 9:17 am Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Great Egretrs
4/19/21 8:54 am EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill Park
4/19/21 7:42 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] BCNH still at HWMA
4/18/21 8:43 pm Julie <jg441157j5x...> RE: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
4/18/21 8:36 pm Julie <jg441157j5x...> RE: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
4/18/21 7:48 pm Kyla Yuza-Pate <yuzapate...> Re: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
4/18/21 7:47 pm Kyla Yuza-Pate <yuzapate...> Re: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
4/18/21 7:42 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
4/18/21 7:28 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Sedan Ibis's
4/18/21 4:13 pm Bery Engebretsen <beryeng...> [ia-bird] Jester park
4/18/21 1:34 pm Ron Stakland <rons...> [ia-bird] Mahaska County
4/18/21 10:04 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. woodland birds
4/18/21 8:14 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Yellow-bellied sapsucker- Des Moines
4/18/21 8:03 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Hawkeye wildlife management area headquarters
4/18/21 5:09 am EA <eaubrey...> RE: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
4/18/21 3:47 am Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...> [ia-bird] Varied Thrush continues in Winneshiek
4/17/21 7:37 pm Mark Madsen <mark-madsen...> Re: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
4/17/21 6:59 pm John Hanson <jlawrencehanson...> [ia-bird] Jones Co; Muskrat Slough. Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans et al.
4/17/21 5:16 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
4/17/21 5:15 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] IOU Big Weekend May 1-2
4/17/21 5:03 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Day 10- south of Boone
4/17/21 4:37 pm EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
4/17/21 4:19 pm <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...> [ia-bird] Sunderbruch Park birding, Davenport
4/17/21 3:57 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] birds up north
4/17/21 2:43 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] White Pelicans at Crawford Creek-Ida County
4/17/21 12:58 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Sora in Boone Co.
4/17/21 12:05 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Mallard × American Black Duck continues at Boone/Hamilton Co. wetlands!
4/17/21 11:16 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Polk Hermit Thrush, etc
4/17/21 7:45 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] BCNH at HWMA
4/17/21 6:54 am Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...> [ia-bird] Waterworks Prairie Park-Iowa City Purple Martins, no woodcock/Hawkeye WA Yellowleges
4/16/21 4:10 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Peregrine falcons Des Moines
4/16/21 3:07 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Some good birds in Ringgold & Union counties
4/16/21 2:10 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Mockingbird & sapsucker
4/16/21 2:01 pm James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Avocets at Hawkeye
4/16/21 11:35 am 'Gina Kaefring' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Pelicans
4/16/21 10:22 am John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-16-21
4/16/21 9:18 am Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Pelicans
4/16/21 9:09 am Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill & Great Egrets
4/16/21 8:59 am Dylan Osterhaus <dylanmosterhaus...> [ia-bird] Ada Hayden, Story County
4/16/21 8:52 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Horned Grebe at Lakevoew access, Sayloville Lake, Polk Co.
4/16/21 7:01 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Great Egrets at Saylorville Dam overflow spillway.
4/15/21 5:27 pm Julie <jg441157j5x...> [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks Van Buren County
4/15/21 5:18 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Alta Vista sandhills
4/15/21 5:09 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] SE IA today
4/15/21 6:50 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] McHugh Wetlands, Boone Co., Masterson Marsh and Bjorkboda Marsh, Hamilton Co.!
4/15/21 3:54 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] Lingering Yard Birds - Clarke Co.
4/14/21 3:54 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks in Boone Co.--Message #2
4/14/21 2:45 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes at McHugh Wetlands 4/14/21
4/14/21 2:24 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Re: Hawkeye Swanson's
4/14/21 2:23 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Hawkeye Swanson's
4/14/21 1:34 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> Re: [ia-bird]Waterworks Park Polk County
4/14/21 11:35 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Swainson’s Hawks Johnson Co.
4/14/21 10:47 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Swainson’s Hawk. Black Hawk Co!
4/14/21 10:39 am Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> Re: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks in Boone Co.
4/14/21 9:44 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks in Boone Co.
4/13/21 8:11 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Gray Lake and Waterworks Park Polk County
4/13/21 7:39 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Bjorkboda Marsh, Hamilton Co. 4/13/2021
4/13/21 3:19 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Swainson’s Hawk in Linn Co.
4/13/21 12:26 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
4/13/21 7:35 am jg441157j5x <jg441157j5x...> Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
4/13/21 7:25 am jg441157j5x <jg441157j5x...> RE: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Changes in Contributing to Seasonal Field Reports
4/13/21 6:11 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe at Pleasant Creek
4/12/21 8:37 pm <2y2......> <2y2m2u...> [ia-bird] Swainsons Hawks
4/12/21 7:51 pm Rick Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Changes in Contributing to Seasonal Field Reports
4/12/21 7:41 pm Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...> [ia-bird] Sandhills Cranes Floyd county
4/12/21 6:52 pm <moos......> <moosedogs...> [ia-bird] Pine warbler at James Miller Park in Grinnell (Poweshiek County)
4/12/21 6:45 pm <moos......> <moosedogs...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler at James Miller Park in Grinnell (Poweshiek County)
4/12/21 5:11 pm <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
4/12/21 4:13 pm <aj...> [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Changes in Contributing to Seasonal Field Reports
4/12/21 3:41 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit and Swainson's Hawk at Hawkeye WMA
4/12/21 6:06 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
4/12/21 5:44 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] No sighting - World Migratory Bird Day events
4/11/21 6:19 pm <moos......> <moosedogs...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egret pair at Rock Creek Lake State Park in Jasper County
4/11/21 4:26 pm <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks, Guthrie
4/11/21 2:31 pm Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
4/11/21 1:58 pm Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Polk City Waterworks - Polk County
4/11/21 10:32 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
4/11/21 8:50 am Chris Caster <cjcaster...> RE: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
4/11/21 5:59 am Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
4/11/21 5:14 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co bdirds
4/10/21 3:07 pm Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Spotting Scope
4/10/21 1:45 pm Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...> [ia-bird] Re: Spotting Scope
4/10/21 11:26 am Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville scoters
4/10/21 9:03 am Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] ticks, not a sighting
4/10/21 8:53 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Polk Gnatcatcher
4/10/21 8:31 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Saylorville scoters
4/9/21 6:14 pm Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis: Center Point Wetlands, Linn County
4/9/21 3:30 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-9-21
4/9/21 2:10 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Cattle Egret(s)
4/9/21 1:58 pm Ron Stakland <rons...> [ia-bird] Come Marsh sightings
4/9/21 1:31 pm Ron Stakland <rons...> Re: [ia-bird] Leucistic Red Tail
4/9/21 12:00 pm Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Great Egrets Polk City Waterworks - Polk County
4/9/21 10:19 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Warblers
4/9/21 8:53 am Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...> [ia-bird] Re: Leucistic Red Tail
4/9/21 8:08 am Ed Lins <snilde11...> [ia-bird] Leucistic Red Tail
4/8/21 6:19 pm TheOld45 <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Re: Black-bellied Plover
4/8/21 5:21 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4/8/21 4:45 pm Jess P <jpaint21...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane & White-fronted Geese
4/8/21 4:22 pm <trueiow......> <trueiowanative...> [ia-bird] Re: Smith's Longspur
4/8/21 11:16 am TheOld45 <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plover
4/8/21 11:11 am TheOld45 <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plover
4/8/21 9:19 am Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...> [ia-bird] Eastern Meadow Larks
4/8/21 8:32 am Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...> [ia-bird] Spotting Scope
4/8/21 8:21 am 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] House Wren
4/7/21 3:34 pm Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...> Re: [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe...Brenton Slough
4/7/21 3:28 pm Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...> [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe...Beaver Bottoms Wetland
4/7/21 3:06 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Smith's Longspur
4/7/21 10:51 am Jacob Newton <newtja84...> Re: [ia-bird] FW: Eurasian Wigeon
4/7/21 8:47 am Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] Big Spirit Lake waterfowl
4/7/21 2:36 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Upland Sandpiper - Saylorville Lincoln Access
4/6/21 9:08 pm Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> Re: [ia-bird] FW: Eurasian Wigeon
4/6/21 5:53 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Ely Ford. ( Van Buren county) new birds
4/6/21 3:44 pm <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Harris's Sparrows
4/6/21 2:09 pm James Fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Ospreys return
4/6/21 1:58 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] FW: Eurasian Wigeon
4/6/21 11:04 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Beaver Bottoms Wetland Waterfowl
4/6/21 11:03 am Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...> [ia-bird] Early Baltimore Oriole
4/6/21 9:08 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Solitary Sandpiper, Johnston
4/6/21 7:30 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Solitary Sandpiper, Johnston
4/5/21 12:36 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal at Wagner Rd Wetlands, Black Hawk Co.
4/5/21 12:07 pm Alan Brown <alan.brown...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal, Wagner Wetlands
4/5/21 12:04 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow and Bewick's Wren
4/5/21 11:56 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal at Wagner Rd Wetlands, Black Hawk Co.
4/5/21 11:53 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow and Bewick's Wren
4/5/21 11:48 am Alan Brown <alan.brown...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal at Wagner Rd Wetlands, Black Hawk Co.
4/5/21 10:09 am James Fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
4/5/21 10:09 am James Fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
4/5/21 10:09 am James Fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
4/5/21 8:36 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal X. Wagner Rd Wetlands
4/5/21 8:11 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird]
4/4/21 5:29 pm <trueiow......> <trueiowanative...> [ia-bird] Thrush at Swan Pond HWA
4/4/21 5:04 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Mallard x American Black Duck Hybrid at Bjorkboda Marsh, Hamilton, Co.
4/4/21 9:44 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe- Hawkeye Wildlife Area- Round Pond- Johnson County
4/4/21 7:25 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler
4/4/21 6:31 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Hawkeye
4/4/21 5:48 am 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Easter Sunday Surprise Harmon Lake
4/3/21 6:00 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Floyd County swans
4/3/21 5:25 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] A great birding day in central Iowa
4/3/21 7:21 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds are returning to Boone and Hamilton Co.
4/2/21 4:51 pm <ron......> <ron_goo...> [ia-bird] Bald Eagle nesting
4/2/21 3:03 pm James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds back at Hawkeye
4/2/21 10:11 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Big Creek Possible LBBG
4/2/21 10:07 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush
4/1/21 6:12 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-1-21
4/1/21 4:53 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Re: BWTE x CITE at Hawkeye WMA
4/1/21 3:43 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] BWTE x CITE at Hawkeye WMA
4/1/21 11:29 am Peter Leabhart <leabhartp...> [ia-bird] Loon by Deep Lakes Park in Muscatine
4/1/21 8:50 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow is currently at Sandpiper beach: Saylorville.
3/30/21 7:40 pm Roy Adolphson <roy...> [ia-bird] Common Loons at Maffitt Reservoir
3/30/21 6:54 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
3/30/21 4:20 pm <aj...> [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Something Neat on the ABA Site
3/30/21 1:54 pm Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Cedar Lake action update
3/30/21 7:35 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Field and Harris's- Polk
3/30/21 6:28 am <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Cedar Lake Cedar Rapids Action Alert
3/29/21 12:35 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] FOY (for me) Osprey returns to Big Creek
3/28/21 9:58 am Tim Gedler <avesrun...> [ia-bird] Purple Martins
3/28/21 9:27 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/28/21 8:26 am <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Eastern Towhee
3/27/21 9:30 pm Ron Stakland <rons...> [ia-bird] Johnson County GH Owl and owlet photo
3/27/21 8:18 pm Jess P <jpaint21...> [ia-bird] Walford Ducks
3/27/21 1:10 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] NRWS at Saylorville
3/27/21 12:25 pm William Huser <billfhuser...> [ia-bird] Woodbury County birds
3/27/21 10:45 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow continues, etc
3/27/21 8:51 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Swallows & phoebes near Granger
3/27/21 8:35 am 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Rare day!
3/26/21 6:57 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Purple Martin at Saylorville
3/26/21 3:10 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-26-21
3/26/21 2:07 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Johnson Co.
3/26/21 1:19 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Red-shouldered Hawk
3/26/21 10:04 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Brewer’s Blackbirds, Cone Marsh
3/26/21 9:16 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Common Loons
3/26/21 8:15 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loons
3/26/21 7:07 am Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...> [ia-bird] Brewer’s Blackbird
3/25/21 5:42 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting, Live feed from National Audubon Society Platte River Nebraska
3/25/21 2:45 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Greene Co. birds
3/25/21 1:55 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Eared Grebes & Red-breasted Mergansers
3/25/21 9:05 am Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...> [ia-bird] Hooded Merganser
3/24/21 7:34 pm <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Northern Goshawk, Carroll County
3/24/21 9:22 am EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Eastern Phoebe - Johnson County
3/24/21 7:27 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow is at Sandpiper beach Saylorville
3/24/21 4:13 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/23/21 1:45 pm Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...> [ia-bird] Cedar Waxwings
3/23/21 11:09 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] FOYs for Linn/Johnson Co.
3/23/21 9:06 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] DSM area FOYs
3/23/21 4:12 am hornhntr <hornhntr...> [ia-bird] Hooded Merganser and others
 
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Date: 4/21/21 3:02 pm
From: jody millar <jmillar...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-headed Blackbird
One yellow-headed blackbird seen at Lost Grove Lake, southeast side about 3:30 pm on 4/21/2021.

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Date: 4/21/21 2:59 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Very small bird nest
Hi,
Several people had great ideas about the very small bird nest Image that I posted as to its I.D. We finally agree that “MOST” likely it was a Red-eyed Vireo nest. See the wonderful work that Bruce Ehresman did to confirm the nest builders. Bruce notes are below. Thank you Bruce.


>
> From: Bruce Ehresman <behresman5...>
> Subject: Re: Very small bird nest
> Date: April 21, 2021 at 10:04:49 AM CDT
> To: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
>
> Of course, Don, please do!
> ..bruce
>
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 2:51 PM Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> <mailto:<donpoggensee...>> wrote:
> Thanks Bruce,
> May I share your research with the list serve as many had reply as to what it might be. Being so small it was really a uncertain to me.
>
> Don
>
>> On Apr 20, 2021, at 11:24 AM, Bruce Ehresman <behresman5...> <mailto:<behresman5...>> wrote:
>>
>> Hey, Don,
>> I've been thinking more about the nest photograph that you sent, and I'm now pretty confident that it was built by a vireo, probably Red-eyed Vireo. I've never seen a hummingbird nest that was constructed like this one, and they all have been lined with lichens on the outside. While I first considered the possibility that this might be a suspended hummingbird nest, after looking very closely at over 100 photographs of Ruby-throated Hummingbird nests and at the Iowa Wildlife Center's legal collection of 15-20 vireo nests, this particular nest almost certainly is that of a vireo. Your photograph is so good that it is easy to look at the nest-construction details. The inside diameter of a Red-eyed Vireo nest can be about 2" and the depth is about 2" too. A silver dollar measures 1 1/2" diameter, which is pretty similar.
>>
>> This is my professional opinion, based on the evidence I've studied. :)
>> Thanks!
>> ..bruce
>>
>> On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 2:02 PM Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> <mailto:<donpoggensee...>> wrote:
>> Thanks Bruce,
>> That would be a first for me. Yes, it is very small.
>> Don
>>
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Date: 4/21/21 12:03 pm
From: Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wanatee Park Birding, Marion, Linn Co, Ia
Had a short but successful hour in the park yesterday afternoon. It was great to see birds moving in the park. I’ve been staying on the roads in the park because of all the downed trees.
Here are the highlights.
-American Widgeon, FOY
- Yellow Rumped Warbler , 2 males
- 3 Brown creeper
- Flicker
- Ruby Crowned Kinglet
- Field sparrow
- song sparrow
- Red bellied Woodpecker
- 6 pied bill grebe
- Many blue wing teal
- Great blue heron
- White breasted nuthatch
- and usual Canada goose, mallards, chickadees, wild turkey etc.

Was really fun to see the brown creepers, since so many of the trees are downed. Absent...wrens, bluebirds, other woodpeckers.
Good birding all!


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Date: 4/21/21 9:39 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marbled Godwits, Avocets at Hawkeye WMA
Shorebirding at 28 degrees this morning produced 2 MARBLED GODWITS and 7 AMERICAN AVOCETS. Scoped from James Avenue, both species
were distant. Godwits were scoped looking towards the south shore and the Avocets northwest.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/21/21 6:31 am
From: 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray Catbird
Just flew into and out of lilac in back yard!

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/21/21 5:50 am
From: danasiefer <danasiefer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Sandhill Cranes
Thank you for the report. I've seen and heard 2 birds in the same location
on four different visits to Kiowa Marsh since March 19th. I'm not sure
what time of year Sandhill Cranes nest, but I am hoping they decide to
stick around.

Dana Siefer
Buena Vista County

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:02:26 PM UTC-5 schbrown wrote:

> Spotted 2 sandhill cranes on Kiowa Marsh in Sac County. They were on the
> north side of the road back in the reeds.
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Date: 4/20/21 6:27 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Egrets still at Birdland
I also managed to find & photograph the *Snowy Egrets* (FOY) at Birdland
Marina about Noon today, after reading Reid & Pam's email while I was near
Ankeny. At Saylorville there were a couple of *Forster's Terns* (my FOY)
flying upriver from Jester Park. There was also a *Bonaparte's Gull* (FOY)
at Big Creek Lake.

Doug Harr
Ogden


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> At 5:30 pm today there was 1 snowy egret and 1 great egret at the marina.
> The snowy was under the bridge on Birdland Drive. Thanks, Tom.
> Diane Dentlinger
> Des Moines
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> On Tue, Apr 20, 2021, 4:25 PM Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
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>> The 2 Snowy Egrets and 1 Great Egret were still at Birdland Marina pond
>> at mid-afternoon.
>>
>> Tom Dougherty
>> Urbandale, IA
>>
>> On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:10:11 AM UTC-5 2birders wrote:
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>>> 1 Great Egret & 2 Snowy Egrets are at Birdland Marina pond in Des
>>> Moines, Iowa, Polk County, USA. First found by RJ Thompson.
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>>> iPhone Mail
>>> Reid & Pam Allen
>>> West Des Moines
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Date: 4/20/21 3:45 pm
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Egrets still at Birdland
At 5:30 pm today there was 1 snowy egret and 1 great egret at the marina.
The snowy was under the bridge on Birdland Drive. Thanks, Tom.
Diane Dentlinger
Des Moines

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> The 2 Snowy Egrets and 1 Great Egret were still at Birdland Marina pond at
> mid-afternoon.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale, IA
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> On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:10:11 AM UTC-5 2birders wrote:
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>> 1 Great Egret & 2 Snowy Egrets are at Birdland Marina pond in Des Moines,
>> Iowa, Polk County, USA. First found by RJ Thompson.
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>> West Des Moines
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Date: 4/20/21 3:34 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Rusty
Hey I-Birders,

Karen and Harney and I walked around Cottonwood RA below Saylorville
Dam (Polk Co.) this morning. Among the expected bird sightings we were
excited to encounter a solitary RUSTY BLACKBIRD in a tree on the
fisherman's loop. It squeaked and squawked like a rusty hinge and posed
nicely for our observation. We also spent a few entertaining minutes
watching about a dozen DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS actively fishing in the
Des Moines River among a couple of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. This species
is common enough around here during parts of the year, but I seldom have
had the opportunity to observe them fishing. The cormorants showed
themselves to be peak fish predators, appearing to have close to 100%
success on their dives. They would emerge from the water with a wriggling
silver fish in their bill, point their bill toward the sky, gobble it down,
and go back for another. It was a magical birding moment.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/20/21 3:02 pm
From: <schbrown...> <schbrown...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes
Spotted 2 sandhill cranes on Kiowa Marsh in Sac County.  They were on the north side of the road back in the reeds. 

Helen BrownSac County

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Date: 4/20/21 2:25 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Egrets still at Birdland
The 2 Snowy Egrets and 1 Great Egret were still at Birdland Marina pond at
mid-afternoon.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:10:11 AM UTC-5 2birders wrote:

> 1 Great Egret & 2 Snowy Egrets are at Birdland Marina pond in Des Moines,
> Iowa, Polk County, USA. First found by RJ Thompson.
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> iPhone Mail
> Reid & Pam Allen
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Date: 4/20/21 11:49 am
From: <ron......> <ron_goo...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wave of YR Warblers (Polk County)
There was a wave (many dozen conservatively speaking) of YR Warblers on the
bike trail along the east side of Des Moines River S.of NW 66th Ave.around
noon today. They were at mid to upper level of trees on both sides of the
power line crossing. We ID’d as many individuals as possible and all were
Yellow Rumps.

Ron Goodman
Ankeny

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Date: 4/20/21 10:43 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Forster's Tern
At Montrose riverfront (Lee County), as it was snowing and the wind
was from the NW (38 degrees) 2 Forster Terns were headed north.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/20/21 9:26 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] First Warbler of the Year
Along the Neal Smith Trail near Polk City - a male YR Warbler. Photo attached..




Ty Smedes

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Iowa

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Date: 4/20/21 8:55 am
From: Susan LeMaster <sbrlemaster...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Fw: Bird
Maybe a yellow-headed blackbird female?????

On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 10:26 AM Nan <bigwoods...> wrote:

> A friend sent me this photo of a bird taken in St. Cloud, MN. Can anyone
> identify it for me? It was with some red-winged blackbirds.
>
> Thannks
>
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> Nancy Overcott, Preston
> Fillmore County, SE MN
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Date: 4/20/21 8:49 am
From: 'Stan Buman' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Fw: Bird
Nancy, the bird in the picture is a Yellow-headed Blackbird.





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A friend sent me this photo of a bird taken in St. Cloud, MN. Can anyone identify it for me? It was with some red-winged blackbirds.



Thannks





Nancy Overcott, Preston

Fillmore County, SE MN



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Date: 4/20/21 8:26 am
From: Nan <bigwoods...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fw: Bird
A friend sent me this photo of a bird taken in St. Cloud, MN. Can anyone identify it for me? It was with some red-winged blackbirds.

Thannks


Nancy Overcott, Preston
Fillmore County, SE MN

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Date: 4/20/21 8:10 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Egrets still at Birdland
1 Great Egret & 2 Snowy Egrets are at Birdland Marina pond in Des Moines, Iowa, Polk County, USA. First found by RJ Thompson.

iPhone Mail
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Date: 4/20/21 5:36 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marble Godwit still at HWMA
Among ducks near DNR headquarters.

Jim Forde

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Date: 4/19/21 10:25 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-eyed Vireo
A singing White-eyed Vireo was back at the Croton Unit of Shimek (Lee
County) this AM.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/19/21 10:18 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit status : Hawkeye
Just letting you know that right around noon the Marbled Godwit took off to the west when the Peregrine went through.
It had flown around once before and come back, but as of 20 minutes later it is not back.

Wendy VanDeWalle

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Date: 4/19/21 9:26 am
From: <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird activity during snow
After several slow bird activity days, things picked up in the backyard
today with at least three Harris's Sparrows, Fox Sparrow, White-throated
Sparrows, Carolina Wren and surprisingly, a few male Purple Finches and one
female. Two weeks ago I thought the Harris's Sparrows had left but there
were one or two around most days last week.



Jane Clark

Clive, Western Polk County

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Date: 4/19/21 9:17 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Egretrs
Hi,
On Moorehead Lake, Ida County we had three Great Egrets and two Great blue Herons, all fishing with out fishing license.

Don


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Date: 4/19/21 8:54 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill Park
More goodies today: Ruby-crowned Kinglets in several areas, at least 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, more Yellow-rumped Warblers, Song Sparrow. Mallards
flew overhead and then a pair of Wood Ducks.



A little later in my yard (3 blocks away) a pair of Hermit Thrushes were
foraging in the gardens along with Dark-Eyed Juncos, then joined by a Fox
Sparrow, then a fledgling White-throated Sparrow. Yesterday I had a
fledgling American Goldfinch at a feeder with its mother.



What a fun time of year!



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/19/21 7:42 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BCNH still at HWMA
At Swan Lake, most east corner in trees.

Jim Forde

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Date: 4/18/21 8:43 pm
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
After I sent the photo of the Warbling Vireo nest, I looked them up on Cornell Lab and a WAVI is: “The nest is about 3 inches across and 2 to 3 inches deep, with an inner cup about 2 inches across and 1.5 inches deep.”
So, I guess it can’t be a Warbling Vireo nest if it is only 1 inch long. I did think they were very similar in appearance.
Sorry.
Julie


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Packwood, Iowa
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From: Kyla Yuza-Pate
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 9:47 PM
To: Don Poggensee
Cc: Iowa Bird List
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.

Hi Don,

I monitored grassland bird nests in MO last summer, and this one reminds me a lot of the Bell's vireos nests we encountered. The height and substrate of your nest doesn't look right for BEVI, but if it's last year's nest I am inclined to believe it was built by a vireo.

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Kyla Yuza
Ames, IA

On Sun, Apr 18, 2021, 9:42 PM Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> wrote:
Hi,  

      I found this nest last winter when the leaves were gone. It is vey small, maybe an inch in length and the opening is smaller than a silver dollar. I have seen several hummingbird nest, but all that I have seen were on a limb and not hanging.
      Any good ideas that any of you have as to what bird might have built it. Photo is much larger that what it is.


Many thanks,

Don Poggensee
Ida County
Ida Grove, Iowa

                           
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Date: 4/18/21 8:36 pm
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
Hi Don,
Attached is a photo I took of a Warbling Vireo on its nest. They seem similar, but I am definitely no expert on bird nests. Maybe someone else can chime in on this.
Julie Johnston


Julie Johnston
Packwood, Iowa
641-919-4453
http://www.juliejohnstonphotography.com
http://www.wildwingcreations.com


From: Don Poggensee
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 9:42 PM
To: Iowa Bird List
Subject: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.

Hi,  

      I found this nest last winter when the leaves were gone. It is vey small, maybe an inch in length and the opening is smaller than a silver dollar. I have seen several hummingbird nest, but all that I have seen were on a limb and not hanging.
      Any good ideas that any of you have as to what bird might have built it. Photo is much larger that what it is.


Many thanks,

Don Poggensee
Ida County
Ida Grove, Iowa

                           
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Date: 4/18/21 7:48 pm
From: Kyla Yuza-Pate <yuzapate...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
Correction: I didn't pay attention to the size. 1" long would be too small
for a vireo. Sorry about that!

On Sun, Apr 18, 2021, 9:46 PM Kyla Yuza-Pate <yuzapate...> wrote:

> Hi Don,
>
> I monitored grassland bird nests in MO last summer, and this one reminds
> me a lot of the Bell's vireos nests we encountered. The height and
> substrate of your nest doesn't look right for BEVI, but if it's last year's
> nest I am inclined to believe it was built by a vireo.
>
> Hope that helps!
>
> Cheers,
> Kyla Yuza
> Ames, IA
>
> On Sun, Apr 18, 2021, 9:42 PM Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I found this nest last winter when the leaves were gone. It is vey
>> small, maybe an inch in length and the opening is smaller than a silver
>> dollar. I have seen several hummingbird nest, but all that I have seen were
>> on a limb and not hanging.
>> Any good ideas that any of you have as to what bird might have
>> built it. Photo is much larger that what it is.
>>
>>
>> Many thanks,
>>
>> Don Poggensee
>> Ida County
>> Ida Grove, Iowa
>>
>>
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Date: 4/18/21 7:47 pm
From: Kyla Yuza-Pate <yuzapate...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
Hi Don,

I monitored grassland bird nests in MO last summer, and this one reminds me
a lot of the Bell's vireos nests we encountered. The height and substrate
of your nest doesn't look right for BEVI, but if it's last year's nest I am
inclined to believe it was built by a vireo.

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Kyla Yuza
Ames, IA

On Sun, Apr 18, 2021, 9:42 PM Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I found this nest last winter when the leaves were gone. It is vey
> small, maybe an inch in length and the opening is smaller than a silver
> dollar. I have seen several hummingbird nest, but all that I have seen were
> on a limb and not hanging.
> Any good ideas that any of you have as to what bird might have built
> it. Photo is much larger that what it is.
>
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Don Poggensee
> Ida County
> Ida Grove, Iowa
>
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Date: 4/18/21 7:42 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Very small hanging bird nest.
Hi,

I found this nest last winter when the leaves were gone. It is vey small, maybe an inch in length and the opening is smaller than a silver dollar. I have seen several hummingbird nest, but all that I have seen were on a limb and not hanging.
Any good ideas that any of you have as to what bird might have built it. Photo is much larger that what it is.


Many thanks,

Don Poggensee
Ida County
Ida Grove, Iowa



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Date: 4/18/21 7:28 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sedan Ibis's
3 Ibis were at 590 st. wetlands in southeast Appanoose County. 11 waterfowl
species also.
My first two Brown Thrashers were singing.Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 4/18/21 4:13 pm
From: Bery Engebretsen <beryeng...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jester park
The south end of the Jester Park mudflats at Saylorville was loaded with
birds today. Best birds were 9 Avocet, 6 LB Dowitcher, probably 200 Pecs,
4 semi Plovers, 25 Bonaparte's Gulls, and an estimated 650 GW Teal and 575
Shovelers. They can be viewed from the road into the Big Creek spillway on
the east side, but that is a long view and much better views are from the
west shore, although it requires about a mile walk along the shore. The
southern flats are now about a mile south of the Jester boat ramp and
parking.
Bery Engebretsen

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Date: 4/18/21 1:34 pm
From: Ron Stakland <rons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mahaska County
Maskunky March on Hwy. 92 east of Oskaloosa hosted several species this weekend:
- Many Shovelers
- Numerous Blue Winged Teal
- Several Green Winged Teal
- 1 Hooded Merganser
- 2 Red Head Ducks
- 1 Eared Grebe
-6 Ruddy Ducks
-10 Bonaparte Gulls
- 6 Ring Billed Gulls
-18 Pectoral Sandpipers
-3 Greater Yellowlegs
- Many Canada Geese
-1 Greater White Fronted Goose
-20+ Am. Coots
-2 Bald Eagles

Ron & Maricela Stakland
Fairfield

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Date: 4/18/21 10:04 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. woodland birds
Birding wooded areas near Boone this morning I managed three new FOY
species:
*Ruby-crowned Kinglet--*2 at Ledges SP
*Yellow-rumped Warbler--*1 at Ledges SP
*Eastern Towhee--*2 at Saylorville WMA south of Boone Landfill

Later, driving down McHose Drive, a gravel road along the creek that goes
through McHose Park in the city of Boone, I saw a large tree cavity in the
distance and thought that would sure be a great owl nesting place. As I
drove past it, there was a Great Horned Owl facing out into the sun. I've
seen about 3 in tree-top nests this spring, but this is the first I've seen
in a tree cavity this year, perfect for photos from the car window!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/18/21 8:14 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-bellied sapsucker- Des Moines
This morning I saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker on the west side of Easter
Lake Park in Des Moines. I also saw 2 eastern towhees and 2 brown
thrashers.
Diane Dentlinger
Polk County

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Date: 4/18/21 8:03 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Hawkeye wildlife management area headquarters
This morning at the headquarters area there was a Wilsons Phalarope, a
semi palmated plover, at least one Baird’s Sandpiper, several dunlin,
greater and lesser yellow legs and hundreds of pectoral sandpipers.

Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 4/18/21 5:09 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
I did know this, although my habit-driven wording suggested otherwise. I’m glad you clarified for the list.



Elizabeth



From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> On Behalf Of Mark Madsen
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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park



Brandon is correct. The Warbler Walks which are organized through the Iowa City Bird Club will not take place. However, I will be compiling the lists of birds seen at Hickory Hill Park for those who individually bird there during May and the last week in April. It is likely that there will be folks who will continue to bird there on their own at the usual meeting times but they will not be representing the Iowa City Bird Club and anyone one who chooses to join them will be doing so at their own risk.



Mark Madsen

On Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:16:13 PM UTC-5 <brandon.......> <mailto:<brandon.......> wrote:

I believe the Warbler Walks are not happening this year due to ongoing Covid concerns. The pathways are too narrow to socially distance correctly. Anyone can correct me if I’m wrong.



Brandon Caswell

Marion



On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 6:37 PM EA <eau......> <mailto:<eau......> > wrote:

A day late reporting, but maybe it’s worth noting.



Yesterday in Hickory Hill Park, Iowa City, I had Hermit Thrush (2), Golden-crowned Kinglet (at least 2), Yellow-rumped Warblers (at least 3), Chipping Sparrows, Barred Owls (at least 2, no doubt residents), Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (has been around for a few weeks), Eastern Phoebe (all over the place), and others. The trees are starting to leaf out already, so the warbler walks that are slated to begin in a couple of weeks will start at a disadvantage for those of us peering from below.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/18/21 3:47 am
From: Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Varied Thrush continues in Winneshiek
The Varied Thrush has been seen in our yard almost every day for more than 110 days. Each morning I am surprised he is still here.

Ellen Bell

Ridgeway

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Date: 4/17/21 7:37 pm
From: Mark Madsen <mark-madsen...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
Brandon is correct. The Warbler Walks which are organized through the Iowa
City Bird Club will not take place. However, I will be compiling the lists
of birds seen at Hickory Hill Park for those who individually bird there
during May and the last week in April. It is likely that there will be
folks who will continue to bird there on their own at the usual meeting
times but they will not be representing the Iowa City Bird Club and anyone
one who chooses to join them will be doing so at their own risk.

Mark Madsen

On Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:16:13 PM UTC-5 <brandon.......> wrote:

> I believe the Warbler Walks are not happening this year due to ongoing
> Covid concerns. The pathways are too narrow to socially distance correctly.
> Anyone can correct me if I’m wrong.
>
> Brandon Caswell
> Marion
>
> On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 6:37 PM EA <eau......> wrote:
>
>> A day late reporting, but maybe it’s worth noting.
>>
>>
>>
>> Yesterday in Hickory Hill Park, Iowa City, I had Hermit Thrush (2),
>> Golden-crowned Kinglet (at least 2), Yellow-rumped Warblers (at least 3),
>> Chipping Sparrows, Barred Owls (at least 2, no doubt residents),
>> Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (has been around for a few
>> weeks), Eastern Phoebe (all over the place), and others. The trees are
>> starting to leaf out already, so the warbler walks that are slated to begin
>> in a couple of weeks will start at a disadvantage for those of us peering
>> from below.
>>
>>
>>
>> Elizabeth Aubrey
>>
>> Iowa City
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Date: 4/17/21 6:59 pm
From: John Hanson <jlawrencehanson...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jones Co; Muskrat Slough. Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans et al.
Jones Co; Muskrat Slough. Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans et al.

Two cranes circled and called as the sun set. In the north facing field
just east of the property there were 7 trumpeters. All manner of waterfowl
too.

-john hanson
marion, ia

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Date: 4/17/21 5:16 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
I believe the Warbler Walks are not happening this year due to ongoing
Covid concerns. The pathways are too narrow to socially distance correctly.
Anyone can correct me if I’m wrong.

Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 6:37 PM EA <eaubrey...> wrote:

> A day late reporting, but maybe it’s worth noting.
>
>
>
> Yesterday in Hickory Hill Park, Iowa City, I had Hermit Thrush (2),
> Golden-crowned Kinglet (at least 2), Yellow-rumped Warblers (at least 3),
> Chipping Sparrows, Barred Owls (at least 2, no doubt residents),
> Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (has been around for a few
> weeks), Eastern Phoebe (all over the place), and others. The trees are
> starting to leaf out already, so the warbler walks that are slated to begin
> in a couple of weeks will start at a disadvantage for those of us peering
> from below.
>
>
>
> Elizabeth Aubrey
>
> Iowa City
>
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Date: 4/17/21 5:15 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU Big Weekend May 1-2
We're offering a rerun of the IOU Big Weekend on May 1-2. Unfortunately it
comes at the expense of the Spring Meeting originally planned for that
weekend. I really, really hope we can offer a more traditional IOU meeting
next fall.



The May event will work like the event we did last September. The goal is
to record as many species as we can throughout the state those two days.
Ann Johnson has added a May 1-2 option to IOU Special Counts
<https://iowabirds.org/Birds/SpecialCounts.aspx>
https://iowabirds.org/Birds/SpecialCounts.aspx . Again, this will work like
the existing County Checklists page. IOU members can log in and enter
species seen in each county. A running total will be kept so you can track
where we stand. It would be nice to cover as much of the state as possible.
Tom Dougherty has created a link to the Google Drive for
<mailto:<Iowabirds...> <Iowabirds...> that lets folks sign up for
a county to cover. Google Drive should automatically save the document once
somebody enters their name. All members have edit privileges.
<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g0aXZ2M6zA2_lOe9bM3ooQUHtlAmZwUlMdM
COyLZljA/edit?usp=sharing>
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g0aXZ2M6zA2_lOe9bM3ooQUHtlAmZwUlMdMC
OyLZljA/edit?usp=sharing.



We visited 80 counties in September so hopefully we can top that this time.
Tom checked eBird for what was seen in Iowa last year the first few days of
May and it looks like 225 species would be a good target. So plan to do
some safe birding that weekend and let's see what we find!



Denny Thompson

IOU President



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Date: 4/17/21 5:03 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Day 10- south of Boone
Ever since we first noticed him on April 8th, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
has been working his sap wells in an old fir tree in our yard. 10 days,
and he hardly leaves the spot! The "wells" have gotten quite large on two
sides of the tree. Ive attached a few decent picturees.

This sapsucker is a strict enforcer of social distancing. The old tree is
a favorite bird perch and woodpecker hangout. If any woodpecker gets
within 6-8 feet, the sapsucker chases them off. It has been really fun to
watch as he waits for favorable migration weather, I'd guess. Usually we
only see a sapsucker for a day or two.

In addition, we have a nice handful of Harris' Sparrows, and Juncos, plus a
couple of Field and Chipping Sparrows have shown up. We are back up to a
few dozen siskins and goldfinches after they cleared out during the warm
spell.

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 4/17/21 4:37 pm
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson County - Hickory Hill park
A day late reporting, but maybe it's worth noting.



Yesterday in Hickory Hill Park, Iowa City, I had Hermit Thrush (2),
Golden-crowned Kinglet (at least 2), Yellow-rumped Warblers (at least 3),
Chipping Sparrows, Barred Owls (at least 2, no doubt residents),
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker (has been around for a few
weeks), Eastern Phoebe (all over the place), and others. The trees are
starting to leaf out already, so the warbler walks that are slated to begin
in a couple of weeks will start at a disadvantage for those of us peering
from below.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/17/21 4:19 pm
From: <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sunderbruch Park birding, Davenport


Two days ago I birded Sunderbruch Park in west Davenport. Nothing especially noteworthy but the weather was perfect and I got several FOYs:




Eastern Phoebe - pair at the pedestrian bridge where they nest every year

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 7

Eastern Bluebird - 3 pair at bluebird houses scattered throughout the park

Field Sparrow - 6

Wood Duck - pair zipping over the woods

Chipping Sparrow - 1



At home, I still have at least two Red-breasted Nuthatches at my feeders.

Walt Zuurdeeg
Davenport

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Date: 4/17/21 3:57 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] birds up north
Today there were two Swainson's Hawks at a burn in Hancock county at 170th
and Yale. There was a Black-necked Stilt at Ventura Marsh in the back area.
There were two Horned Grebes in Clear Lake near the curve east of the
Baptist Camp, and some Loons but boaters made it hard to say other than
Common.



Numbers of ducks are still pretty good around the area. Lots of pelicans,
too. A few Great Egrets, Blue Herons on nests, and a few shorebirds around.
Waiting for more to come in.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 4/17/21 2:43 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White Pelicans at Crawford Creek-Ida County
Hi,
Today, I headed to Crawford Creek, Ida County to check on the 17 acre prairie burn we did several night ago. Was interested to see if we had any hawks hunting the area now that the grasses are burn.
Not seeing any hawks, we did have 35 White American Pelicans, working the lake.

Don Poggensee
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088



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Date: 4/17/21 12:58 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sora in Boone Co.
I wasn't out birding today, but returning from an errand I drove
thru Harrier Marsh WMA on 230th St., to view remains of Thursday's huge
prescribed burn. Easily viewable 12 feet from my car on the south side of
the road, among burned marsh-edge cattails, was a *Sora *(FOY).

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/17/21 12:05 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mallard × American Black Duck continues at Boone/Hamilton Co. wetlands!
The Hybrid Mallard x Black Duck is feeding on both McHugh Wetlands, Boone
Co. and Masterson Marsh, Hamilton Co.!

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/17/21 11:16 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Hermit Thrush, etc
Hi I-Birders,

Karen and Harney and I logged our FOY HERMIT THRUSH along the Des
Moines River in NW Des Moines this morning. Other migrants present were
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SWAMP and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.
Later in the morning I found an assortment of ducks and five LESSER
YELLOWLEGS in the ponds at Bob Shetler Rec Area below Saylorville Dam.
Among the duck flocks (mostly NORTHERN SHOVELERS) viewed from the dam were
a few dozen BONAPARTE'S GULLS. On the way home I stopped near Tank Park
above Camp Dodge near the west end of the dam. There is a communication
tower there and I saw 3 adult OSPREY flying around the old nest on this
tower. This was a FOY for me and the presence of three birds brought up
some questions in my mind.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/17/21 7:45 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BCNH at HWMA
Sleeping at Swan Lake, near parking lot.

Jim Forde

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Date: 4/17/21 6:54 am
From: Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Waterworks Prairie Park-Iowa City Purple Martins, no woodcock/Hawkeye WA Yellowleges
My bird class saw male and female Purple Martins at the houses on the dock
last night. However, there are usually Woodcock, Sora, and Virginia Rails
in this week. None of those were present or responded to recorded calls.

There were great looks at Greater Yellowlegs on Greencastle Road north of
Swan Lake Road.

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Date: 4/16/21 4:10 pm
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Peregrine falcons Des Moines
There were 3 peregrine falcons flying & fighting over the Des Moines R. by
the Court Av. bridge just now. It seems 2 were together because they then
perched on the antennae on the DM Police Station and the 3rd soared off &
circled above. Currently only 1 remains on the antenna at E. 1st St & Court
Av.
Diane Dentlinger
Polk Co.

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Date: 4/16/21 3:07 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Some good birds in Ringgold & Union counties
I went down to Ringgold County early this morning, then birded my way back
home, picking up 7 FOY species:

*Greater Prairie Chicken*--at Kellerton WMA
*Red-shouldered Hawk*--about 50 yds. north of Missouri line along county
blacktop straight south of Mt. Ayr
*Cliff Swallows*--several at 3-Mile Lake NW of Afton, in Union Co.
*Barn Swallows*--2 on a farm near 3-Mile Lake
*Brown Thrasher*--5 in southern Ringgold Co.
*Chipping Sparrow*--1 very near the Missouri line in Ringgold Co.
*Field Sparrow*--2 very near the Missouri line in Ringgold Co.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/16/21 2:10 pm
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mockingbird & sapsucker
After a White-winged Crossbill this morning, my interesting birding day
continued this afternoon with FOY Mockingbird and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
at East River Valley Park in Ames. What a joy spring migration is.
Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 4/16/21 2:01 pm
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Avocets at Hawkeye
There are currently 11 American Avocets in breeding plumage in front of
the headquarters area at Hawkeye wildlife refuge in JohnsonCounty. There
are hundreds of pectoral sandpipers, some yellow legs and I saw one Dunlin.

Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 4/16/21 11:35 am
From: 'Gina Kaefring' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Pelicans
Thank you.


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad


On Friday, April 16, 2021, 11:18 AM, Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> wrote:

Hi,
    There are 20 pelicans, at Crawford Creek, Ida County, and the greater Sandhill crane that was there, has left the area.


Don Poggensee
Ida County

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Date: 4/16/21 10:22 am
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-16-21
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday April 10, to Friday, April 16, 2021:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)









CASUAL:

*FISH CROW*







-Additional Species Mentioned

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Red-necked Grebe

Eastern Whip-poor-Will (2nd earliest)

Snowy Egret

White-faced Ibis

American Avocet

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Golden Eagle

Bewicks Wren

Pine Warbler

White-winged Crossbill







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



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



*NORTH CENTRAL:*

HAMILTON COUNTY:

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at Bjorkboda Marsh on the 13th.





*EAST:*

CLINTON COUNTY:

An early EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was observed at Syracuse WMA on the 10th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

A SNOWY EGRET and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Deere Dike on the
11th.



POWESHIEK COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen at James Miller Park on the 12th.



JACKSON COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Green Island WMA on the 11th.



LINN COUNTY:

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Pleasant Creek Lake on the 13th.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

5 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Terry Trueblood RA on the 13th. They were
still present on the 14th.



*SOUTHEAST:*

LEE COUNTY:

The BEWICKS WREN continues at the Argyle junkyard as recently as the 15th.



A PINE WARBLER continues at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the 15th.



DES MOINES COUNTY:

A FISH CROW was seen in the Burlington area on the 16th.



*CENTRAL:*

POLK COUNTY:

A SURF SCOTER and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen at Saylorville on the 10th.
They were last seen on the 11th.



An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Des Moines Waterworks Park on the 13th.



JASPER COUNTY:

2 SNOWY EGRETS were seen at Rock Creek SP on the 11th.



STORY COUNTY:

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen in a yard in Ames on the 16th.



*WEST:*

SHELBY COUNTY:

A SNOWY EGRET was seen at Prairie Rose SP on the 11th.



*NORTHWEST:*

DICKINSON COUNTY:

3 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Diamond Lake WMA on the 10th.



SIOUX COUNTY:

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at the Puddle Jumper Trail Marsh on the 14th.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 23, 2021 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: 4/16/21 9:18 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pelicans
Hi,
There are 20 pelicans, at Crawford Creek, Ida County, and the greater Sandhill crane that was there, has left the area.


Don Poggensee
Ida County

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Date: 4/16/21 9:09 am
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill & Great Egrets
This morning I was treated to the very unusual sighting of a White-winged
Crossbill taking a bath in the bird bath in our backyard here in Ames.
Seemed to be a solitary bird. Yesterday I saw three Great Egrets in the
large pond south of Union Grove Lake in Tama county. There was also a large
flock of pelicans on Union Grove Lake.
Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 4/16/21 8:59 am
From: Dylan Osterhaus <dylanmosterhaus...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ada Hayden, Story County
Enjoyed a very nice walk this morning at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames
with a few other ISU graduate students. 53 species in total. Most notable
were 8 Horned Grebes, a single Sandhill Crane that flew off to the north,
two groups of Common Loons (8 in one group, 3 in another) flying north
overhead, multiple Osprey (including one perched on a cell phone tower near
the park), and FOY Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Dylan Osterhaus
Story County

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Date: 4/16/21 8:52 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned Grebe at Lakevoew access, Sayloville Lake, Polk Co.
There is a Horned Grebe at Lakeview access, Saylorville Lake, Polk Co..
last seen not far off shore between the boat ramps.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/16/21 7:01 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Egrets at Saylorville Dam overflow spillway.
There are currently 11 Great Egrets in the basin below the Saylorville Lake
overflow dam at 9 AM Friday. Also a Pileated Woodpecker doing his thing up
in the woods near the Army Corps. Admin. Building.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/15/21 5:27 pm
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks Van Buren County
The day started out with me taking Therese Cummiskey with me to Lacey Keosauqua to find a possible nest hole of Pileated Woodpeckers. She and Gay Chapman had seen one at this tree last week, but weren’t sure if they were using it or just checking it out. We found it and they are using it. While I was waiting for him to come out of the nest, Brandon Caswell came by and said there were Swainson’s Hawks over where the DNR was burning.
Needless to say, we went there and saw 6 Swainson’s for sure, but there may have been more. Attached are a couple photos.
Thanks Brandon! We were so focused on small birds, we may or may not have gone to check out the burn area. And sorry about your flat tire.
Sometimes our birding excursions don’t follow the original intent.
Julie Johnston, Packwood


Julie Johnston
Packwood, Iowa
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Date: 4/15/21 5:18 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Alta Vista sandhills
Took my daughter out bike riding and birdwatching right around town after school tonight, in the pasture on the south edge of town, right on the edge of city limits we spotted a pair of sandhills-very tolerant of us stopping to watch. They walked around feeding for a few minutes and we even saw them mating, we sat in the ditch and watched them with binoculars for half an hour. Had some brief excitement when my daughter thought she saw a band on one of their legs but that was a false alarm. Nice evening to be outside, for sure!
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/15/21 5:09 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] SE IA today
Birders,

An impromptu visit to Cone Marsh led to an even more impromptu visit to SE
Iowa.

Highlights in SE Iowa (Lee and Van Buren Co’s), mostly Chuck Fuller
repeats...

Argyle junkyard: Bewick’s Wren was singing upon arrival and did so the
entire stay, it did show for a bit; N. Rough-winged Swallow

Croton Unit: Louisiana Waterthrush (several), E. Towhee, Pileated
Woodpecker, Winter Wren

Farmington Unit (Coal Mine Hollow Dr): I got out of my vehicle and within
seconds saw Pine Warbler “chick making”

Lake Sugema (the lake of many pronunciations): several Swainson’s Hawks
working a large, active prairie burn on the NW side, the “Henslow’s fields”
as some know it...crippling looks at a couple hawks perched close to the
road...bonus Red-shouldered Hawk on the way to L-K State Park

Ely Ford: I seemed to be firing on all birding cylinders when alas, 2 hours
to manage a flat tire that happened as I crossed the stone
bridge...although I got to listen to Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, and N. Parula for the duration, Pileated Woodpeckers

11 FOYs (142 for the year) and 73 species today (target birding to
boot)...also to note...Chipping Sparrows were everywhere down there and B.
Thrashers were prevalent as well

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 4/15/21 6:50 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] McHugh Wetlands, Boone Co., Masterson Marsh and Bjorkboda Marsh, Hamilton Co.!
I have had quite a few requests as to where McHugh Wetlands are located.
They are five miles South of Stanhope, IA and two miles West of Highway 17
across the road from Masterson Marsh and run a mile SW. I visited with Jim
McHugh again yesterday evening and told him how important along with how
much his wetlands were appreciated! I told him they are recognized on eBird
a worldwide birding community as McHugh Wetlands since we first visited
four years ago and I couldn't find a designation for the Boone County
wetlands. Jim was very pleased and always expresses his enthusiasm for
seeing the wildlife and people like myself enjoying the area.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/15/21 3:54 am
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lingering Yard Birds - Clarke Co.
A group of 20-30 purple finches remain at my BOSS feeders / water source
since arriving in January.
Also a Red-Breasted Nuthatch was picking grit out of my driveway
yesterday.   One had been around
most of the winter but I hadn't seen it for a week or so.

Also downy woodpeckers are keeping the hummingbird feeders fresh as we
wait the arrival of the RTHU.

Steve
rural Clarke Co.

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Date: 4/14/21 3:54 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks in Boone Co.--Message #2
I spent a lot of time watching the huge prescribed burn at Harrier Marsh
WMA today and tried to get a lot of *Swainson's Hawk* photos (2 are
attached). I ended up counting at least 15 SWHAs (FOY) there, 3 *Red-tailed
Hawks*, 2 *Broad-winged Hawks* (FOY), 2 *Turkey Vultures*, 1 *Northern
Harrier* and 2 *American Kestrels* (one carrying a snake it caught after
the burn).

I also drove up to Bjorkboda Marsh, where I had 2 flocks of *Greater
Yellowlegs* (FOY), 1 *Ross's Goose* (FOY) and 1 *Vesper Sparrow* (FOW),
plus a big variety of other waterfowl (but no Long-tailed Duck). Hamilton
County Conservation was also burning prairie north of Bjorkboda, where I
saw 3 more Swainson's Hawks circling the area there.

This was a cold & breezy but great birding day, bringing my 2021 Iowa list
to an even 100 species. It was just a fantastic day to see *so many*
Swainson's Hawks!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/14/21 2:45 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes at McHugh Wetlands 4/14/21
There are two Sandhill Cranes at McHugh Wetlands, Boone County. I sure hope
they will nest here!

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/14/21 2:24 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Hawkeye Swanson's
This was at 4.24 pm

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The swainsons hawks are still present at Hawkeye WMA in Johnson Co. They are hunting in the previously reported location. I got good looks at them from the parking lot on the south side of the road, a half mile past round pond.

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Iowa city

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Date: 4/14/21 2:23 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye Swanson's
The swainsons hawks are still present at Hawkeye WMA in Johnson Co. They are hunting in the previously reported location. I got good looks at them from the parking lot on the south side of the road, a half mile past round pond.

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Iowa city

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Date: 4/14/21 1:34 pm
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird]Waterworks Park Polk County
This morning, while looking for the avocet Paul found yesterday at
Waterworks park, I saw 2 greater yellowlegs (tututu call) and a
yellow-rumped warbler. I wasn't able to relocate the avocet.

I also saw what I think were 3 river otters cavorting as they swam upstream
in the Raccoon River.

Diane Dentlinger
Des Moines

On Tue, Apr 13, 2021, 10:11 PM Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:

> Did a couple of hours along MLK and Fleur Drive (Woodland Cemetery (Hermit
> Thrush) , Gray's Lake (possible Greater Scaup males) by the walkway bridge
> and moving SW, and Waterworks Park (American Avocet) in the on the east end
> of pond 41.5708, -93.65087. Not a lot of species as many of the waterfowl
> have left and it was quite windy but a nice relaxed couple of hours in the
> afternoon.
>
> God Bless,
>
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> *Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 4/14/21 11:35 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson’s Hawks Johnson Co.
Jayden Bowen has 3-4 Swainson’s Hawks about half a mile west of Round Pond
along Swan Lake Rd. They are sticking to a prescribed burn.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 4/14/21 10:47 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson’s Hawk. Black Hawk Co!
I finally got my Swainson’s! 🎉

Prairie burn at Dunkerton and Sage rd.
It did take off. I’m not sure if it landed again or went off to the SW.

Happy birding!
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Date: 4/14/21 10:39 am
From: Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks in Boone Co.
Good report, Doug.

I feel certain that strong westerly and north westerly winds in recent days has brought Iowa the influx of Swainson’s Hawks. And they really like to hunt near where burning takes place. Several years ago, early on a very foggy morning, I counted 74 Swainson’s Hawks a few miles west of Spencer. Maybe 95% were on the ground or perched on short fence posts, making me think they probably roosted where I counted them.


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> On Apr 14, 2021, at 11:44 AM, Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> wrote:
>
> I am watching DNR & USFWS do prescribed burn at Harrier Marsh WMA. Have counted at least 7 Swainson's Hawks circling the burn, + Red-tails, a harrier, some vultures & others still not ID-able due to distance.
>
> Doug Harr
> Ogden
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Date: 4/14/21 9:44 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks in Boone Co.
I am watching DNR & USFWS do prescribed burn at Harrier Marsh WMA. Have
counted at least 7 Swainson's Hawks circling the burn, + Red-tails, a
harrier, some vultures & others still not ID-able due to distance.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/13/21 8:11 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray Lake and Waterworks Park Polk County
Did a couple of hours along MLK and Fleur Drive (Woodland Cemetery (Hermit
Thrush) , Gray's Lake (possible Greater Scaup males) by the walkway bridge
and moving SW, and Waterworks Park (American Avocet) in the on the east end
of pond 41.5708, -93.65087. Not a lot of species as many of the waterfowl
have left and it was quite windy but a nice relaxed couple of hours in the
afternoon.

God Bless,

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*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 4/13/21 7:39 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Bjorkboda Marsh, Hamilton Co. 4/13/2021
I was lucky enough to find a Long-tailed Duck at Bjorkboda Marsh, Hamilton
Co. 4/13/2021 this evening. Also some good ducks and shore birds. Also some
Rusty Blackbirds.
On the way there were three Swainson's Hawks feeding well following a
farmer working a field along Hwy. 17 South of Jordan. in Boone, Co.!

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/13/21 3:19 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson’s Hawk in Linn Co.
On the way to pick up my daughter at daycare I saw a SWAINSON’S HAWK along
Highway 13, just southeast of Wanatee Park, near Marion. I was luckily able
to pull over and get some photos. I initially saw the bird backlit and
hover hunting. I figured it was either a Red-Tailed or late Rough-legged,
but after it banked I was like, “BINGO”!

Not sure what’s going on, but this is the second year in a row with
multiple SWHA reports in the Eastern Iowa corridor. Perhaps they have had a
more eastward-directed spring migration as of late? Maybe they are coming
through every year in small numbers with a small window of time and are
missed? Something to ponder.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 4/13/21 12:26 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
Congratulations Wendy! Despite the pandemic 2020 was a great year for
birding. The article in your local newspaper is well deserved.

Clayton Will
Madrid

On Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 9:35 AM jg441157j5x <jg441157j5x...> wrote:

> Personally, I am more concerned about habitat loss than climate change.
> Julie Johnston, Packwood
>
>
>
> Sent from my U.S.Cellular© Smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
> Date: 4/12/21 8:06 AM (GMT-06:00)
> To: Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...>
> Cc: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>, <ia-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
>
> Thank you all!
> Thank you so much to Ruby for the great way she put it all together!
> I try to speak up about climate change any time I have a platform. I
> encourage you all to do the same. The best thing you can do is simply say
> to your neighbor, “Hey, what do you think about climate change?” Then give
> your personal reason why you are concerned about it; birds, etc., etc.
> That will get the wheels turning. I truly believe in the “butterfly”
> effect!
> I wish you all great experiences in the outdoors this year!
>
> Take care,
> Sincerely,
> Wendy VanDeWalle
>
> PS. I’ve already added 4 new birds to my Linn Co list and 4 new lifers to
> my Iowa list this year. 😊🎉
>
> On Apr 11, 2021, at 4:31 PM, Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> wrote:
>
> Thank you for sharing this article about birding from Wendy’s
> perspective. It was wonderful to highlight a big year can still be
> accomplished on a “ close to home” location.
> I wish more informative articles like this would be written for
> newspapers.
> Great job Ruby. I applaud your writing.
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Apr 11, 2021, at 7:59 AM, Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> wrote:
>
> Hello!
>
> A few months back I wrote a story for our local newspaper about Wendy
> VanDeWalle (rural Brandon) and her 2020 big year. It was a well-received
> story here locally and many folks commented they had no idea about ‘this
> birding world’—so thank you, Wendy, for allowing me to tell your story and
> helping open more people’s eyes to birding! Link to story below (hope it’s
> not behind the paywall).
>
> http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/2020-is-for-the-birds/article_84da92d8-975d-5708-b401-bbd302701101.html
>
> Ruby Bodeker
> Benton Co, Iowa
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Date: 4/13/21 7:35 am
From: jg441157j5x <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
Personally, I am more concerned about habitat loss than climate change. Julie Johnston, Packwood Sent from my U.S.Cellular© Smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> Date: 4/12/21 8:06 AM (GMT-06:00) To: Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> Cc: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>, <ia-bird...> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting Thank you all!Thank you so much to Ruby for the great way she put it all together! I try to speak up about climate change any time I have a platform. I encourage you all to do the same.  The best thing you can do is simply say to your neighbor, “Hey, what do you think about climate change?” Then give your personal reason why you are concerned about it; birds, etc., etc.   That will get the wheels turning.  I truly believe in the “butterfly” effect!I wish you all great experiences in the outdoors this year! Take care, Sincerely, Wendy VanDeWalle PS. I’ve already added 4 new birds to my Linn Co list and 4 new lifers to my Iowa list this year. 😊🎉On Apr 11, 2021, at 4:31 PM, Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> wrote:Thank you for sharing this article about birding from Wendy’s perspective. It was wonderful to highlight a big year can still be accomplished on a “ close to home”  location.I wish more informative articles like this would be written for newspapers. Great job Ruby. I applaud your writing.Sent from my iPadOn Apr 11, 2021, at 7:59 AM, Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> wrote:Hello!A few months back I wrote a story for our local newspaper about Wendy VanDeWalle (rural Brandon) and her 2020 big year. It was a well-received story here locally and many folks commented they had no idea about ‘this birding world’—so thank you, Wendy, for allowing me to tell your story and helping open more people’s eyes to birding! Link to story below (hope it’s not behind the paywall).http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/2020-is-for-the-birds/article_84da92d8-975d-5708-b401-bbd302701101.htmlRuby Bodeker Benton Co, Iowa 



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Date: 4/13/21 7:25 am
From: jg441157j5x <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Changes in Contributing to Seasonal Field Reports
This is great news!Sent from my U.S.Cellular© Smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: <aj...> Date: 4/12/21 6:13 PM (GMT-06:00) To: <ia-bird...> Subject: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Changes in Contributing to Seasonal Field Reports As some of you are aware, we have gone through a number of growing pains over the past several years as birder practices change and the use of eBird has increased. Throughout this process we have tried very hard to maintain the consistently fine quality of our seasonal summaries compiled by field reports editors for publication in Iowa Bird Life and North American Birds. I won’t go through all of the logistics here, but the bottom line is now you can enter your significant sightings in eBird or the IOU website (https://iowabirds.org/Birds/SeasonalReports.aspx). There is no need to duplicate reports so the eBird upload tool is now gone. If you have entered it in eBird and it has been approved, the seasonal editors will have it. Whether you choose to use one tool or the other or even a combination of both, your sightings are important to develop a snapshot view of a season. Thanks for contributing and don’t forget to document that rare bird at https://iowabirdrecords.org/Reporting/.Ann JohnsonNorwalk (Warren County)  



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Date: 4/13/21 6:11 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe at Pleasant Creek
Near dam and beach.

Jim Forde
C.R.

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Date: 4/12/21 8:37 pm
From: <2y2......> <2y2m2u...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainsons Hawks
My brother-in-law was discing my Dad's hay ground today, seven miles south
of Marshalltown/2 miles north of Ferguson. He send pictures that I can't
figure out how to attach (sorry). It was a a really nice picture...
He said a kettle of 15-20 hawks hovered near him as he worked, dropping
down close to the tractor several times to snag mice snacks: Swainsons
Hawks.

--Kristy May, Cherokee

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Date: 4/12/21 7:51 pm
From: Rick Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Changes in Contributing to Seasonal Field Reports
Very nice.


Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA

> On Apr 12, 2021, at 6:13 PM, <aj...> wrote:
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Date: 4/12/21 7:41 pm
From: Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhills Cranes Floyd county
Witness two vocal Sandhill Cranes doing their ritual mating dance southeast
of Charles City close to the Cedar River today.

Kevin Holm
Story City

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Date: 4/12/21 6:52 pm
From: <moos......> <moosedogs...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine warbler at James Miller Park in Grinnell (Poweshiek County)
Hi Iowa Birders,

Dave Bray found a pine warbler late this morning at James Miller Park in
Grinnell. Other warblers Dave found here today include yellow-throated and
yellow-rumped (myrtle).

Attached are images of the PIWA and the YTWA.

Ken Saunders II
Grinnell - Poweshiek

[image: PIWA - 21-0412 - 0009E. S 1.0 - SH 5 - HI 5 - 600 x 750.jpg]

[image: YTWA - 21-0412 - 0224E. S 0.5 - SH 15 - HI 30 - 600 x 750.jpg]

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Date: 4/12/21 6:45 pm
From: <moos......> <moosedogs...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler at James Miller Park in Grinnell (Poweshiek County)
Hi Iowa Birders,

Dave Bray found a male pine warbler at James Miller Park in Grinnell late
this morning. Other warblers Dave found here today include a
yellow-throated and a yellow -rumped (myrtle).

Attached are images of the PIWA and the YTWA.

Ken Saunders II
Grinnell - Poweshiek

[image: YTWA - 21-0412 - 0224E. S 0.5 - SH 15 - HI 30 - 600 x 750.jpg]

[image: PIWA - 21-0412 - 0009E. S 1.0 - SH 5 - HI 5 - 600 x 750.jpg]

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Date: 4/12/21 5:11 pm
From: <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
A Lincoln's Sparrow just made an appearance off the patio. Yesterday there
was one Harris's Sparrow, and there are still a few White-throated Sparrows
and juncos in the backyard.



Jane Clark

Clive, Western Polk County

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Date: 4/12/21 4:13 pm
From: <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Changes in Contributing to Seasonal Field Reports
As some of you are aware, we have gone through a number of growing pains
over the past several years as birder practices change and the use of eBird
has increased. Throughout this process we have tried very hard to maintain
the consistently fine quality of our seasonal summaries compiled by field
reports editors for publication in Iowa Bird Life and North American Birds.
I won't go through all of the logistics here, but the bottom line is now you
can enter your significant sightings in eBird or the IOU website
(https://iowabirds.org/Birds/SeasonalReports.aspx). There is no need to
duplicate reports so the eBird upload tool is now gone. If you have entered
it in eBird and it has been approved, the seasonal editors will have it.
Whether you choose to use one tool or the other or even a combination of
both, your sightings are important to develop a snapshot view of a season.
Thanks for contributing and don't forget to document that rare bird at
https://iowabirdrecords.org/Reporting/.



Ann Johnson

Norwalk (Warren County)





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Date: 4/12/21 3:41 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit and Swainson's Hawk at Hawkeye WMA
Today, it was surprising when I scoped a male HUDSONIAN GODWIT from the end of James Avenue. It was in the company of a few Greater Yellowlegs
on the very large mud flat below. But that pretty much was it for my shorebirding as whitecaps started to cover the waters.

But the wind wasn't bad for raptor sightings as a light-morph SWAINSON'S HAWK crossed my path near Round Pond while driving east. It had little
choice but to go with the wind and quickly was out of sight.

Also, while walking the refuge boundary east of Sand Point Access I happened upon Brandon's Cinnamon Teal hybrid in waters to the north. Looks
like it will be around as long as the other teal are, and there are a lot of them.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/12/21 6:06 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
Thank you all!
Thank you so much to Ruby for the great way she put it all together!
I try to speak up about climate change any time I have a platform. I encourage you all to do the same. The best thing you can do is simply say to your neighbor, “Hey, what do you think about climate change?” Then give your personal reason why you are concerned about it; birds, etc., etc. That will get the wheels turning. I truly believe in the “butterfly” effect!
I wish you all great experiences in the outdoors this year!

Take care,
Sincerely,
Wendy VanDeWalle

PS. I’ve already added 4 new birds to my Linn Co list and 4 new lifers to my Iowa list this year. 😊🎉

> On Apr 11, 2021, at 4:31 PM, Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> wrote:
>
> Thank you for sharing this article about birding from Wendy’s perspective. It was wonderful to highlight a big year can still be accomplished on a “ close to home” location.
> I wish more informative articles like this would be written for newspapers.
> Great job Ruby. I applaud your writing.
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>>> On Apr 11, 2021, at 7:59 AM, Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> wrote:
>>>
>> Hello!
>>
>> A few months back I wrote a story for our local newspaper about Wendy VanDeWalle (rural Brandon) and her 2020 big year. It was a well-received story here locally and many folks commented they had no idea about ‘this birding world’—so thank you, Wendy, for allowing me to tell your story and helping open more people’s eyes to birding! Link to story below (hope it’s not behind the paywall).
>> http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/2020-is-for-the-birds/article_84da92d8-975d-5708-b401-bbd302701101.html
>>
>> Ruby Bodeker
>> Benton Co, Iowa
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Date: 4/12/21 5:44 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No sighting - World Migratory Bird Day events
Good morning birders,

World Migratory Bird Day is May 8, 2021, and I'm working to compile a list
of all events and/or activities associated with this exciting day to share
with young birders and their families. If you are aware of any events in
your area organized to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, would you mind
sharing them with me off list? Please share any pertinent details about the
event including location, time, cost, etc., along with any web links if
available.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Tyler Harms
Iowa Young Birders
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 4/11/21 6:19 pm
From: <moos......> <moosedogs...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret pair at Rock Creek Lake State Park in Jasper County
Hi Iowa Birders,

Dave Bray found a pair of snowy egrets at Rock Creek Lake State Park late
this afternoon. They were located on the pond adjacent to the park road on
the west side of the lake about 2/3 of the distance to the beach area
(starting from the north terminus just west of causeway).

Attached is a photo of one of the SNEG pair.

Ken Saunders II
Grinnell - Poweshiek

[image: SNEG - 21-0411 - 0013E. S 0.5 - SH 0 - HI 90 - 600 x 750.jpg]

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Date: 4/11/21 4:26 pm
From: <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks, Guthrie
Birders,
Impressive show of Swainson's Hawks right now (6:15pm) in Guthrie Co.
Take Wood Rd .4 miles south off of Hwy 141. Look west down the fence
line to the west where the prairie was plowed (probably a burn break)
between there and a nearby burned area there were 30+!! I'll post
some images tonight.
Bird on!
Matt Wetrich Naturalist, Carroll CCB

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Date: 4/11/21 2:31 pm
From: Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
Thank you for sharing this article about birding from Wendy’s perspective. It was wonderful to highlight a big year can still be accomplished on a “ close to home” location.
I wish more informative articles like this would be written for newspapers.
Great job Ruby. I applaud your writing.


Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 11, 2021, at 7:59 AM, Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> wrote:
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> Hello!
>
> A few months back I wrote a story for our local newspaper about Wendy VanDeWalle (rural Brandon) and her 2020 big year. It was a well-received story here locally and many folks commented they had no idea about ‘this birding world’—so thank you, Wendy, for allowing me to tell your story and helping open more people’s eyes to birding! Link to story below (hope it’s not behind the paywall).
> http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/2020-is-for-the-birds/article_84da92d8-975d-5708-b401-bbd302701101.html
>
> Ruby Bodeker
> Benton Co, Iowa
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Date: 4/11/21 1:58 pm
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk City Waterworks - Polk County
Good afternoon,
Pretty productive afternoon at Polk City Waterworks. Highlights: very vocal
American Bittern, juvenile Wilson's Phalarope, and a large flock of
Pectoral Sandpipers. Lots of other sandpipers present.

Seth Chamberlain
Ankeny, IA
Polk County

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Date: 4/11/21 10:32 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
Ruby, Wendy, and all,
Agree 100% with Mr. Chris Caster. Excellent article by Ruby and
wonderful information and insight by Wendy. More articles about birds
would be so great to share on the IOU Listserve.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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On Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 7:59 AM Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> wrote:

> Hello!
>
> A few months back I wrote a story for our local newspaper about Wendy
> VanDeWalle (rural Brandon) and her 2020 big year. It was a well-received
> story here locally and many folks commented they had no idea about ‘this
> birding world’—so thank you, Wendy, for allowing me to tell your story and
> helping open more people’s eyes to birding! Link to story below (hope it’s
> not behind the paywall).
>
> http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/2020-is-for-the-birds/article_84da92d8-975d-5708-b401-bbd302701101.html
>
> Ruby Bodeker
> Benton Co, Iowa
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Date: 4/11/21 8:50 am
From: Chris Caster <cjcaster...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
Well I have to say that was a very nicely written, informative and inspiring article. Hats off to Wendy for sharing and Ruby for putting that together. I really appreciate what you did there.



Chris Caster

Coralville



From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> On Behalf Of Ruby Bodeker
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:00 AM
To: <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting



Hello!



A few months back I wrote a story for our local newspaper about Wendy VanDeWalle (rural Brandon) and her 2020 big year. It was a well-received story here locally and many folks commented they had no idea about ‘this birding world’—so thank you, Wendy, for allowing me to tell your story and helping open more people’s eyes to birding! Link to story below (hope it’s not behind the paywall).

http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/2020-is-for-the-birds/article_84da92d8-975d-5708-b401-bbd302701101.html



Ruby Bodeker

Benton Co, Iowa

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Date: 4/11/21 5:59 am
From: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Big Year article-NOT a sighting
Hello!

A few months back I wrote a story for our local newspaper about Wendy VanDeWalle (rural Brandon) and her 2020 big year. It was a well-received story here locally and many folks commented they had no idea about ‘this birding world’—so thank you, Wendy, for allowing me to tell your story and helping open more people’s eyes to birding! Link to story below (hope it’s not behind the paywall).
http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/2020-is-for-the-birds/article_84da92d8-975d-5708-b401-bbd302701101.html

Ruby Bodeker
Benton Co, Iowa

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Date: 4/11/21 5:14 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co bdirds
Had brown thrasher and towhee show up along with kinglets. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 4/10/21 3:07 pm
From: Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Spotting Scope
We've had a small pair of Vortex binoculars repaired as well.  Mailed
them on Monday, received them back on Thursday, no questions ask.  Of
course, that was pre-COVID postal service.

I've made use of the reviews and other information on
http://www.birdwatching.com <http://www.birdwatching.com>. It's a nice
drive, if you have the time.  I would contact them first, if you're
interested in something in particular, to see if they have it on hand. 
Might send them a note and tell them what specifics you're looking for
and price range.  They'd likely have suggestions.

Merle


On 4/10/21 3:45 PM, Neil Bernstein wrote:
> Hi Diane,
> Vortex has a lifetime unconditional warranty....and they honor it with
> smiles. They just replaced my ocular.  I dropped a Nikon scope, which
> used to have the same warranty. Nikon replaced the scope without
> question, but I see that they no longer have that warranty.  I have
> the top of the line Vortex, but it will not compare to the ones that
> cost $2,000 - 4000.
>
> On Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:32:27 AM UTC-5 <d......>
> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I’d like to purchase a spotting scope. Preferably one that has an
> adapter for and iPhone for pictures.
>
> Can anyone provide things to look for or to avoid?
>
> Can anyone suggest a store in the Des Moines area where I might
> try them out?
>
> Thanks,
> Diane
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Date: 4/10/21 1:45 pm
From: Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Spotting Scope
Hi Diane,
Vortex has a lifetime unconditional warranty....and they honor it with
smiles. They just replaced my ocular. I dropped a Nikon scope, which used
to have the same warranty. Nikon replaced the scope without question, but I
see that they no longer have that warranty. I have the top of the line
Vortex, but it will not compare to the ones that cost $2,000 - 4000.

On Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:32:27 AM UTC-5 <d......> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I’d like to purchase a spotting scope. Preferably one that has an adapter
> for and iPhone for pictures.
>
> Can anyone provide things to look for or to avoid?
>
> Can anyone suggest a store in the Des Moines area where I might try them
> out?
>
> Thanks,
> Diane
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Date: 4/10/21 11:26 am
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville scoters
The scoters that Aaron Brees spotted were still present at 1:20 this
afternoon.

Seth Chamberlain
Ankeny, IA
Polk County

On Sat, Apr 10, 2021, 10:31 AM Aaron Brees <aebrees...> wrote:

> There are currently two scoters, one White-winged and one Surf, off the
> dam at Saylorville Lake, Polk County.
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Date: 4/10/21 9:03 am
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] ticks, not a sighting
Be careful out there fellow birders, it's that time of the year again. I found 4 ticks on me yesterday after a short hike in Johnson Co.

Seth Dudley
Iowa City

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Date: 4/10/21 8:53 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Gnatcatcher
Hey I-Birders,

Karen, Harney, and I made a loop through Beaver Creek Greenbelt this
morning in Johnston (Polk Co.). We were surprised to find a very early
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in the forest, less than a week after the earliest
record date (April 4). Also spotted was our FOY CHIPPING SPARROW. A
couple of SWAMP SPARROWS were hanging out near Beaver Creek.
At one interesting moment on our walk we saw several birds foraging on
the path ahead. There was a bright red NORTHERN CARDINAL, a bright blue
EASTERN BLUEBIRD, a bright yellow AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and a WHITE-BREASTED
NUTHATCH all with a few feet of each other on the ground. It struck us as
a set of “pretty” birds one might see on a Christmas card together and
think “These bird species would never be this close to one another at the
same time.” Always something interesting with birds.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/10/21 8:31 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville scoters
There are currently two scoters, one White-winged and one Surf, off the dam
at Saylorville Lake, Polk County.

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Date: 4/9/21 6:14 pm
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis: Center Point Wetlands, Linn County
Hello birders!
Today, I was happily videoing a cooperative Sandhill Crane with my cell phone, when lo and behold an Ibis flew into view!!! I was able to grab my camera too, but the light was very poor. Brandon Caswell was able to re-find it later and confirm that it was a White-faced! Apparently, it’s the third earliest record. Fun!!!

Happy birding!!

Wendy VanDeWalle
Buchanan County

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Date: 4/9/21 3:30 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-9-21
Iowa RBA birds reported from Friday, April 2, through Friday, April 9, 2021:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**EURASIAN WIGEON**



CASUAL:

*FISH CROW*





-Additional Species Mentioned

Blue-winged Teal X Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal Hybrid

White-faced Ibis (3rd earliest tie)

Solitary Sandpiper (3rd earliest)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Broad-winged Hawk (2nd earliest)

Bewicks Wren

Pine Warbler

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (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:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at a pond on 290th St east of Spruce Ave NE of
Mason City on the 6th. This pond is on private property, but can be viewed
from the road.



*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A CINNAMON TEAL HYBRID was seen at the Wagner Rd Wetlands on the 5th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen on the campus of Loras College on the 6th.



*EAST:*



JACKSON COUNTY:

12 early BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen kettling over Green Island WMA on the
1st.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A BLUE-WINGED TEAL X CINNAMON TEAL was seen at Swan Lake at Hawkeye WMA on
the 6th.



LINN COUNTY:

An early WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Center Point Wetlands on the 9th.



*SOUTHEAST:*



VAN BUREN COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the 5th.



LEE COUNTY:

A BEWICKS WREN was seen at the Argyle Junkyard on the 5th.



MAHASKA COUNTY:

An early BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen on the 6th.







*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A possible LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Big Creek on the 2nd.



A FISH CROW continues to be seen at Sandpiper RA at Saylorville on the 3rd.



An early SOLITARY SANDPIPER was seen along the Beaver Creek Greenbelt trail
near Terra Park on the 6th.



STORY COUNTY:

An early BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at Ada Hayden Park on the 7th.





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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 16, 2021 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: 4/9/21 2:10 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cattle Egret(s)
There were 2 Cattle Egrets (with some cows) at the jct. of Irish Ridge Road
and Golf Course Road (Des Moines County). They were in the field SW near a
pond.

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Date: 4/9/21 1:58 pm
From: Ron Stakland <rons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Come Marsh sightings
An early morning jaunt to Cone Marsh in Louisa County yielded the following species of note today (in addition to the usual suspects):
2 Wilson’s Snipe
2 Least Sandpipers
5 Pectoral Sandpipers
4 Greater Yellowlegs
200+ Lapland Longspurs (Atwood Ave, no Smiths seen)
15+ Trumpeter Swans
Sandhill Cranes heard but not seen
Osprey
3 Bald Eagles
Bonus car sighting of ultra-white Red Tailed Hawk just east of Washington, as reported by Ed Lin. Same spot where I saw it last year.

Ron Stakland
Fairfield


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Date: 4/9/21 1:31 pm
From: Ron Stakland <rons...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Leucistic Red Tail
I saw this Red Tail this morning around 7:00 as I was driving to Cone Marsh. Exact same place where I reported it last year. Nice photo! It would never tolerate me getting out of my car to set up a shot.
Ron Stakland
Fairfield

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> On Apr 9, 2021, at 10:08 AM, Ed Lins <snilde11...> wrote:
>
> 
> <Resized95411995White95Leucistic95Hawk957354344603931.jpg>
> After first being mentioned on this list-serve last fall, several of us have seen this bird over the winter. Finally a friend was able to get this photo. This hawk is usually seen along Highway 92 near it's intersection with Spruce Avenue, between Washington and Ainsworth here in Washington County.
>
> Ed Lins, Washington
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Date: 4/9/21 12:00 pm
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Egrets Polk City Waterworks - Polk County
Good Afternoon,
On the north side of the lake at Polk City Waterworks are 7 GREAT EGRET.

Seth Chamberlain
Ankeny, IA

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Date: 4/9/21 10:19 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers
In SE Iowa (Des Moines, Lee, and Van Buren counties0 there were 5 sp. of
warblers---Pine, Louisia Waterthrush,
Yellow-throated, N. Parula, and Yellow-rumped. Four sp. of residents and
one going farther north. These were seen during the past week.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/9/21 8:53 am
From: Ric Zarwell <birdingricz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Leucistic Red Tail
Nice photo by a friend of Ed Lins. This Red-tail looks very much like the bird that was seen over a number of years in northern Winneshiek Co. near border with Minnesota. That individual was trapped and banded by the late and wonderful Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project. I was fortunate to get good looks at that bird, and it was startling to see flying in bright sunlight.


Ric

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> On Apr 9, 2021, at 10:08 AM, Ed Lins <snilde11...> wrote:
>
> <Resized95411995White95Leucistic95Hawk957354344603931.jpg>After first being mentioned on this list-serve last fall, several of us have seen this bird over the winter. Finally a friend was able to get this photo. This hawk is usually seen along Highway 92 near it's intersection with Spruce Avenue, between Washington and Ainsworth here in Washington County.
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Date: 4/9/21 8:08 am
From: Ed Lins <snilde11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Leucistic Red Tail
[image: Resized95411995White95Leucistic95Hawk957354344603931.jpg]After
first being mentioned on this list-serve last fall, several of us have seen
this bird over the winter. Finally a friend was able to get this photo.
This hawk is usually seen along Highway 92 near it's intersection with
Spruce Avenue, between Washington and Ainsworth here in Washington County.

Ed Lins, Washington

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Date: 4/8/21 6:19 pm
From: TheOld45 <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Black-bellied Plover
I have had three people suggest that the birds are Golden Plover. After
further study, I agree with them.
Gerald White

On Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1:16:14 PM UTC-5 TheOld45 wrote:

> Two of three birds in a wet field Muscatine County, two miles north of
> G-28 on Atwood ave.
> Gerald White[image: DSC02953.jpg]
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Date: 4/8/21 5:21 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher has returned to tne Donnellson Unit of Shimek
(Lee County).
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/8/21 4:45 pm
From: Jess P <jpaint21...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane & White-fronted Geese
My Mom and I drove around a bit tonight in Iowa/Johnson counties and saw an
incredibly large number of Northern Shovelers and both Blue-Winged and
Green-Winged Teal in many places. We had a Sandhill Crane fly over at
Hawkeye WMA, viewed from the north side west of the headquarters area. We
also saw a large number of Greater White-fronted Geese at the High Amana
Wetlands. There were a lot of shorebirds near the headquarters area but we
were losing light and didn't have a tripod with us for the scope so ID was
challenging.

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Date: 4/8/21 4:22 pm
From: <trueiow......> <trueiowanative...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Smith's Longspur

Lapland and Smith's Longspurs were continuing near this morning. They were
in the field on the north side of 220th St. directly in front of the hog
confinement building. We were able to identify five Lapland and two Smith's
when they came close to the road but saw a larger group flying.
On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:06:44 PM UTC-5 cfuller989 wrote:

> At Cone Marsh today: Both Smith's and Lapland Longspurs were along 220th
> St. west of "T" ave. on the south side of the road near the hog confinement
> building.
> Many,many Laplands.
> Chuck Fuller
> Burlington
> P.S. A Sandhill Crane was sitting on a nest seen from the east side.
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Date: 4/8/21 11:16 am
From: TheOld45 <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plover
Two of three birds in a wet field Muscatine County, two miles north of G-28
on Atwood ave.
Gerald White[image: DSC02953.jpg]

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Date: 4/8/21 11:11 am
From: TheOld45 <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plover
Three birds in wet field about two miles north of G-28 on Atwood Ave,
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Date: 4/8/21 9:19 am
From: Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Meadow Larks
Listening to a couple of Eastern Meadow Larks located along the NE edge of
Story City in Story County.
Kevin Holm
Story City

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Date: 4/8/21 8:32 am
From: Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spotting Scope
Hello,

I’d like to purchase a spotting scope. Preferably one that has an adapter
for and iPhone for pictures.

Can anyone provide things to look for or to avoid?

Can anyone suggest a store in the Des Moines area where I might try them
out?

Thanks,
Diane

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Date: 4/8/21 8:21 am
From: 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] House Wren
Good Morning
House Wren
Buffalo Iowa
Dick Sayles
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Date: 4/7/21 3:34 pm
From: Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe...Brenton Slough
Sorry!  This should be Brenton Slough, not Beaver Bottoms.  I'd just
read Ty's message and had it in my head, I guess.

Merle

On 4/7/21 5:27 PM, Merle and Marsha Hall wrote:
>
> Like Ty said yesterday, most of the ducks have moved on.  There's
> still a few of each floating around, though.  This morning, we watched
> a pair of Wilson's Snipe very close to the road (15'?) at the north
> end of the large pond on the west side and then a lone one farther out
> at the south end.  It was worth a trip down the road.
>
> Merle
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Date: 4/7/21 3:28 pm
From: Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe...Beaver Bottoms Wetland
Like Ty said yesterday, most of the ducks have moved on.  There's still
a few of each floating around, though.  This morning, we watched a pair
of Wilson's Snipe very close to the road (15'?) at the north end of the
large pond on the west side and then a lone one farther out at the south
end.  It was worth a trip down the road.

Merle

Dallas County

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Date: 4/7/21 3:06 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's Longspur
At Cone Marsh today: Both Smith's and Lapland Longspurs were along 220th
St. west of "T" ave. on the south side of the road near the hog confinement
building.
Many,many Laplands.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington
P.S. A Sandhill Crane was sitting on a nest seen from the east side.

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Date: 4/7/21 10:51 am
From: Jacob Newton <newtja84...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] FW: Eurasian Wigeon
The Eurasian wigeon wasn't observed this morning. There was only a single
American legend observed along with a small group of about 5 to 10
shovelers similar number of blue winged teal and mallard. I checked just
recently right afternoon there are no real obvious changes in presents at
the site some of the people that were there this morning had suggested
they'd see me sizeable contingent Wigeons but nothing conclusive as to any
of them being Eurasian. Considering that Kevin saw a large group of these
birds move Free dusk I can't help but conclude that possibly do that means
for probably continued on their way before the front hit.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County

On Tue, Apr 6, 2021, 23:08 Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> wrote:

> Thanks to Betty Lucas/Rita G/Carolyn Fischer for the find and getting the
> word out on this bird. I observed the Eurasian Wigeon from about 6:45 until
> 8. Right at dark a large chunk (possibly all) of the puddle ducks lifted
> off the pond and flew to the west. I'll second Rita's recommendation to
> bring a scope if anyone goes to search for it tomorrow.
>
> While watching the EUWI I also had a Wilson's Snipe winnow and an American
> Woodcock peenting in the wet meadow/woodlot on the opposite side of the
> road from this pond.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>
> On Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 3:58 PM Rita Goranson <ritag...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> The Eurasian Wigeon that Betty Lucas found at a pond on 290th , east of
>> Spruce, and northeast of Mason City, is on a private wetlands. To view the
>> bird one must scope from the road. There were a number of American Wigeons
>> in the pond and other ducks.
>>
>>
>>
>> Rita Goranson
>>
>> Mason City, Iowa
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Date: 4/7/21 8:47 am
From: Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Big Spirit Lake waterfowl
lake calm today...covered with ducks: shovelers, scaup etc

bob thorbrogger
spirit lake

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Date: 4/7/21 2:36 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Upland Sandpiper - Saylorville Lincoln Access
I heard and recorded a bird calling yesterday will walking the trail next
to the Equestrian Center at Saylorville. I never did see the bird and
didn't recognize the call but figured out later it was a quite early Upland
Sandpiper. There is a pasture next to the spot where the bird was
calling.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S84937356

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/6/21 9:08 pm
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] FW: Eurasian Wigeon
Thanks to Betty Lucas/Rita G/Carolyn Fischer for the find and getting the
word out on this bird. I observed the Eurasian Wigeon from about 6:45 until
8. Right at dark a large chunk (possibly all) of the puddle ducks lifted
off the pond and flew to the west. I'll second Rita's recommendation to
bring a scope if anyone goes to search for it tomorrow.

While watching the EUWI I also had a Wilson's Snipe winnow and an American
Woodcock peenting in the wet meadow/woodlot on the opposite side of the
road from this pond.

Good birding!

Kevin Murphy, Ames

On Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 3:58 PM Rita Goranson <ritag...> wrote:

>
>
> The Eurasian Wigeon that Betty Lucas found at a pond on 290th , east of
> Spruce, and northeast of Mason City, is on a private wetlands. To view the
> bird one must scope from the road. There were a number of American Wigeons
> in the pond and other ducks.
>
>
>
> Rita Goranson
>
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Date: 4/6/21 5:53 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ely Ford. ( Van Buren county) new birds
Parula Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Swainson's Thrush were found.
Photo of thrush will be on e-bird. Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 4/6/21 3:44 pm
From: <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harris's Sparrows
I have enjoyed watching 1-4 Harris's Sparrows almost every day since
November 2, 2020, but I haven't seen them since Friday, April 2. I think
they have gone with the wind after spending 5 months entertaining me.



Jane Clark

Clive, Western Polk County

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Date: 4/6/21 2:09 pm
From: James Fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ospreys return
Today there were three Ospreys at the cell tower where they have nested the past
Several years along Swan Lake Road west of I-380 in Johnson County.

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Date: 4/6/21 1:58 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FW: Eurasian Wigeon


The Eurasian Wigeon that Betty Lucas found at a pond on 290th , east of Spruce, and northeast of Mason City, is on a private wetlands. To view the bird one must scope from the road. There were a number of American Wigeons in the pond and other ducks.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 4/6/21 11:04 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Beaver Bottoms Wetland Waterfowl
We lost about half our waterfowl between Sunday and Monday, but there were still enough birds yesterday morning to make it interesting, and I’ve attached a few photos. Last summer’s drought allowed shoreline sedges and other plants to advance into the dry ponds a few feet, creating ideal feeding conditions this spring, when ponds refilled, albeit at a lower level. Consequently an exceptional number of waterfowl hung around through last weekend. Although large numbers of BW still Teal persist, I’m sure most waterfowl rode the friendly south winds and are now in Minnesota or the Dakotas.
Beaver Bottoms Wetland is private Wetland located approximately 1 mile south of Granger, across the Beaver Creek Bridge and along the west side of Xavier Rd.


Ty Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
Polk City
Iowa

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Date: 4/6/21 11:03 am
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Early Baltimore Oriole
Birders,

An adult Baltimore Oriole was reported from Mahaska County this morning via the Iowa Birding Facebook page. I confirmed that this photo was hers from their yard this morning and not one pulled from the web. I believe this is an early date by 10 days, according to the IOU website.

Keep your eyes peeled!

Bird on,

Matt Wetrich
Naturalist, Carroll CCB
[cid:478e29a4-6204-4b8c-bdea-0120ebb88406]

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Date: 4/6/21 9:08 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Solitary Sandpiper, Johnston
Hi Stuart,

Here is a photo from April 2, 2021 I took in Hamilton County, a mile North
of Bjorkboda Marsh of some of the 6 Solitary Sandpipers present in a cattle
watering hole. I eBirded this photo but it's yet to be confirmed on there.
On April 3, 2021 I was at Bays Branch and a flock of 21 flew right over me
calling.

Clayton Will
Madrid

On Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 9:30 AM Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> wrote:

> Hey I-Birders,
>
> Harney and I walked a loop of the Beaver Creek Greenbelt Trail adjacent
> to Terra Park in Johnston (Polk Co.) this morning. I was astonished to
> encounter a SOLITARY SANDPIPER along Beaver Creek in the wooded portion of
> the trail. I was able to observe the bird for about 10 minutes as it
> foraged at the water's edge. I have never seen a SOSA at this location
> before, but migration doesn't care about one's expectations! According to
> the IOU website, this is the third earliest spring Iowa record for this
> species, the earliest being April 4.
>
> It was a lovely morning to be out, and though we did not see many
> sparrows, we had singles of FIELD SPARROW and SWAMP SPARROW, and there were
> still a couple of vocal HARRIS'S SPARROWS not far from the parking lot. A
> FOY for the year was a chatty RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. On the home front, a
> CAROLINA WREN is singing merrily behind the house, and a couple of EASTERN
> PHOEBES seem to be eyeing the back of our garage, a place phoebes have
> nested before. Fingers are crossed.
>
>
> For fans of non-avian critters, I thought I'd mention that Karen and I
> were out at Rock Creek State Park (Jasper Co.) on Sunday and while scoping
> some COMMON LOONS I spotted a River Otter in the water. This is the second
> otter I've seen in a month's time- surprising!
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Stuart Sparkman
> NW Des Moines
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Date: 4/6/21 7:30 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Solitary Sandpiper, Johnston
Hey I-Birders,

Harney and I walked a loop of the Beaver Creek Greenbelt Trail adjacent
to Terra Park in Johnston (Polk Co.) this morning. I was astonished to
encounter a SOLITARY SANDPIPER along Beaver Creek in the wooded portion of
the trail. I was able to observe the bird for about 10 minutes as it
foraged at the water's edge. I have never seen a SOSA at this location
before, but migration doesn't care about one's expectations! According to
the IOU website, this is the third earliest spring Iowa record for this
species, the earliest being April 4.

It was a lovely morning to be out, and though we did not see many
sparrows, we had singles of FIELD SPARROW and SWAMP SPARROW, and there were
still a couple of vocal HARRIS'S SPARROWS not far from the parking lot. A
FOY for the year was a chatty RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. On the home front, a
CAROLINA WREN is singing merrily behind the house, and a couple of EASTERN
PHOEBES seem to be eyeing the back of our garage, a place phoebes have
nested before. Fingers are crossed.


For fans of non-avian critters, I thought I'd mention that Karen and I
were out at Rock Creek State Park (Jasper Co.) on Sunday and while scoping
some COMMON LOONS I spotted a River Otter in the water. This is the second
otter I've seen in a month's time- surprising!

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/5/21 12:36 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal at Wagner Rd Wetlands, Black Hawk Co.
I’ve been observing the bird for about half an hour and have taken lots of
photos. I think the potential for Northern Shoveler x Cinnamon Teal or that
hybrid back-crossed with pure Cinnamon Teal is on the table.

The bill seems heavy, the green in the head seems excessive, and the
scapular stripes on the back are solid white, more reminiscent of a
shoveler. Although not a game-changer, it’s been courting a female shoveler
the entire time.

Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 1:56 PM Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
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> See Al Brown’s previous message. Here is a photo that Alan Orr took.
> Happy dance by Wendy! 🎉🎉
>
> Wendy VanDeWalle
>
>
>
>
>
> On Apr 5, 2021, at 1:48 PM, Alan Brown <alan.brown...> wrote:
>
> I checked out the bird recently reported by Wendy VanDeWalle at the
> wetlands at the intersection of Wagner Rd. and Dunkerton Rd. just north of
> Waterloo. It looks to me like a typical adult male Cinnamon Teal in
> breeding plumage. In the bright sunlight, there is a greenish iridescence
> in the head when viewed from some angles, but the head looks completely
> cinnamon in color from other angles. I tried to do some internet research
> on this point. Certainly some of the pictures labeled as Cinnamon teal
> show this green iridescence in the head, as does my copy of the Sibley
> guide, 2nd ed., so I presume that this characteristic is consistent with
> Cinnamon Teal. It does not show any of the illustrated characteristics of
> a cinnamon x blue-winged teal hybrid, which is the only hybrid with
> Cinnamon Teal that I have been able to find mentioned in any of my
> reference sources. I would guess that any other cinnamon teal hybrid would
> be quite rare.
>
>
> Al Brown
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Date: 4/5/21 12:07 pm
From: Alan Brown <alan.brown...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal, Wagner Wetlands
Cinnamon teal x shoveler is an interesting thought. The bird is hanging
with a small flock of shovelers. The bill on cinnamon teal is usually
between that of blue-winged teal and shoveler in size and shape. One thing
I see in the picture, which was not apparent in the postures that I was
able to observe through the scope, is the pale area near the rump. That
might also suggest some shoveler heritage?

Al Brown
Cedar Falls

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Date: 4/5/21 12:04 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow and Bewick's Wren
Here is the entire message. At two locations, there was a singing Henslow
Sparrow. At the usual location outside Lacey-keosauqua State Park (Van
Buren County) at least one was singing.
The Bewick's Wren was back at the junk yard west of Argyle (Lee County).
At L-K State Park (Van Buren County) at least one Yellow-throated Warbler.
Also, in the area I had a N. Mocjingbird.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/5/21 11:56 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal at Wagner Rd Wetlands, Black Hawk Co.
See Al Brown’s previous message. Here is a photo that Alan Orr took.
Happy dance by Wendy! 🎉🎉

Wendy VanDeWalle





> On Apr 5, 2021, at 1:48 PM, Alan Brown <alan.brown...> wrote:
>
> I checked out the bird recently reported by Wendy VanDeWalle at the wetlands at the intersection of Wagner Rd. and Dunkerton Rd. just north of Waterloo. It looks to me like a typical adult male Cinnamon Teal in breeding plumage. In the bright sunlight, there is a greenish iridescence in the head when viewed from some angles, but the head looks completely cinnamon in color from other angles. I tried to do some internet research on this point. Certainly some of the pictures labeled as Cinnamon teal show this green iridescence in the head, as does my copy of the Sibley guide, 2nd ed., so I presume that this characteristic is consistent with Cinnamon Teal. It does not show any of the illustrated characteristics of a cinnamon x blue-winged teal hybrid, which is the only hybrid with Cinnamon Teal that I have been able to find mentioned in any of my reference sources. I would guess that any other cinnamon teal hybrid would be quite rare.
>
> Al Brown
> Cedar Falls
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Date: 4/5/21 11:53 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow and Bewick's Wren


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Date: 4/5/21 11:48 am
From: Alan Brown <alan.brown...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal at Wagner Rd Wetlands, Black Hawk Co.
I checked out the bird recently reported by Wendy VanDeWalle at the
wetlands at the intersection of Wagner Rd. and Dunkerton Rd. just north of
Waterloo. It looks to me like a typical adult male Cinnamon Teal in
breeding plumage. In the bright sunlight, there is a greenish iridescence
in the head when viewed from some angles, but the head looks completely
cinnamon in color from other angles. I tried to do some internet research
on this point. Certainly some of the pictures labeled as Cinnamon teal
show this green iridescence in the head, as does my copy of the Sibley
guide, 2nd ed., so I presume that this characteristic is consistent with
Cinnamon Teal. It does not show any of the illustrated characteristics of
a cinnamon x blue-winged teal hybrid, which is the only hybrid with
Cinnamon Teal that I have been able to find mentioned in any of my
reference sources. I would guess that any other cinnamon teal hybrid would
be quite rare.

Al Brown
Cedar Falls

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Date: 4/5/21 10:09 am
From: James Fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
There was a Pine Warbler today at the Farmington Unit of the Shimek State
Forest.
Chuck Fuller, Burlington and Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 4/5/21 10:09 am
From: James Fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
There was a Pine Warbler today at the Farmington Unit of Shimek State
Forest.
Chuck Fuller, Burlington and Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 4/5/21 10:09 am
From: James Fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
There was a Pine Warbler today at the Farmington Unit of Shimek State Forest.

Chuck Fuller Burlington and Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 4/5/21 8:36 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon teal X. Wagner Rd Wetlands
Hello all.
There is currently a Cinnamon teal that I think is crossed with something else at the Wagner road wetlands in Black Hawk county.
Wendy VanDeWalle

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Date: 4/5/21 8:11 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird]
The Mallard x American Black Duck Hybrid at the back of Bjorkboda Marsh,
Hamilton, Co. Continues this morning March 5 atop the same muskrat house he
was on yesterday. I waited 2 hours for it to come out of the weeds in the
NE corner.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/4/21 5:29 pm
From: <trueiow......> <trueiowanative...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Thrush at Swan Pond HWA

I was very delighted to see a thrush today (April 4) at Swan Lake. It
emerged at the edge of the field next to the road into the parking lot. My
birding partner got longer looks than I did. I saw the back well which was
a uniform reddish brown color. My companion saw a white throat but not the
bird's chest or face. It definitely wasn't a Hermit, Gray-cheeked or
Swainson's. I have seen/heard Wood Thrushes in this area in the fall. Could
it have been here this early? Though smaller than a robin, it seemed larger
than a Veery to me. Sadly, I did not hear it singing.

I'd like to report it to eBird but am hesitant without being more certain
about the identification.

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Date: 4/4/21 5:04 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mallard x American Black Duck Hybrid at Bjorkboda Marsh, Hamilton, Co.
I found a Mallard x American Black Duck Hybrid at the back of Bjorkboda
Marsh, Hamilton, Co. around 6PM this Easter Sunday.

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Date: 4/4/21 9:44 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wilson's Snipe- Hawkeye Wildlife Area- Round Pond- Johnson County
There were at least 38 Wilson's Snipe at Round Pond this morning. They were restless and flying back and forth in a way that I don't remember seeing before. I enjoyed watching them and having them flying made them a little easier to count.

Linda Rudolph
Coralville

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Date: 4/4/21 7:25 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler
Both the Yellow-throated Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush have returned to
the Cedar Creek Bridge at Geode State Park (Henry County).
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/4/21 6:31 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Hawkeye
I had greater yellow legs, pectoral sandpaper and a breeding plumage
spotted Sandpiper at the Hawkeye wildlife area headquarters this morning.

Jamie McCoy

Iowa City

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Date: 4/4/21 5:48 am
From: 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Easter Sunday Surprise Harmon Lake
4 Gray Partridge south side of Harmon Lake near entrance 😀😀😀😀😀😀

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa/Forest City

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Date: 4/3/21 6:00 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Floyd County swans
Spotted two trumpeters in the pond along Highway 18, mile marker 200(between Rockford and Rudd) on the north side of the road this afternoon, both had neck collars. I was able to pull over on the gravel and get a look through binoculars but couldn't make out the collar numbers due to position of the sun.


The pond is both private and posted, so looking from the road was the best I could do. Maybe someone else can get a look at the numbers at a better time of day.

Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/3/21 5:25 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] A great birding day in central Iowa
I spent about 7 hours today, circling around through Boone, Greene, Guthrie
and Dallas counties, ending up with a day list of 68 species, my best day
of the year so far!
Although I didn't find some things I thought likely, I did end up with 3
new FOY species: 3 *Fox Sparrows* (at Lemmon WMA south of Panora), 1 *Savanna
Sparrow *(near NE corner of Bays Branch Wildlife Area), and 6 *Great-tailed
Grackles* (right by 190th St. bridge over the middle of Bays Branch WMA).
I'm attaching photos I took of both a male and female GTGR, and also an
Eastern Bluebird I photographed at Whiterock Conservancy.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/3/21 7:21 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds are returning to Boone and Hamilton Co.
Yesterday afternoon I was glad to see 6 Pectoral Sandpipers and 4 Wilson's
Snipe in the Bjorkboda Marsh/McHuge Wetlands area. Also the heads of two
Eaglets popping up over the edge of a Bald Eagle nest and last week I saw
what looked like two baseballs in a Great Horned Owl nest. A good size
flock of Greater-white Fronted Geese came in while I was there and many
Canada Geese are sitting on nests with a good variety of ducks nearby. Well
over 1,000 Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds, 450
Robins and a few Killdeer along with Meadowlarks feeding on earthworms.They
were out of the strong South wind on the North slope West of McHugh Wetland
on the way to the USDA wetland West of there 1/2 mile.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 4/2/21 4:51 pm
From: <ron......> <ron_goo...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bald Eagle nesting
Bald Eagles seen incubating several days this week at nest near Cottonwood.
Ron Goodmanp

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Date: 4/2/21 3:03 pm
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds back at Hawkeye
I had 70 pectoral sandpipers at Sandpoint this afternoon.
Jamie mccoy Johnson county

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Date: 4/2/21 10:11 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Big Creek Possible LBBG
Hey I-birders,

Karen, Harney, and I visited Big Creek SP ( northern Polk Co.) this morning
and had a windy walk. Of interest was a distant solitary gull on the water
about even with the jetty at the north end. We had a scope view and
noticed immediately an unusually dark mantle, a largish bill, and a robust
rather than delicate body shape. It was too distant to see details of the
eye. The bill had an obvious mark, though I couldn’t see its color. We
saw the bird through a scope briefly, then it flew south, rather high,
along the western shore of the lake. I viewed it in flight through the
scope and could see a lot of black on the outer third of the wings from
below, including the trailing edge. We did not locate it later. I believe
this was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and suggest people at Big Creek and
Saylorville this weekend keep an eye out for it.

Also seen was a couple of COMMON LOONS flying over the lake, a FOY
VESPER SPARROW around the marina parking lot, and several TREE SWALLOWS.
As we walked through a wooded area we had an enchanting encounter with a
pair of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS as well as a fussy pair of COOPER’S HAWKS
who were acting like they had a nest nearby.

Good Birding

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/2/21 10:07 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush
The Louisiana Waterthrush has returned to Lacey-Keosauqua State Park at the
Mormon bridge (Van Buren County). Seen at 8 AM this morning.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/1/21 6:12 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-1-21
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, March 27, through Friday, April 2,
2021:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)





CASUAL:

*FISH CROW*

*CALIFORNIA GULL*





-Additional Species Mentioned

Blue-winged Teal X Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Golden Eagle

Northern Goshawk

Pine Warbler





***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.





*NORTHEAST:*



BUTLER COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE is still being seen at Big Marsh on the 27th.



*EAST:*



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A BLUE-WINGED TEAL X CINNAMON TEAL was seen at the pond just north of the
Swan Lake parking lot on the 1st.



*SOUTHEAST:*



VAN BUREN COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the 30th.





*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A FISH CROW continues at Sandpiper RA at Saylorville on the 27th. It was
last seen on the 1st.



A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at the ISU Ag and Home Ec Wetland on the 27th.





*WEST:*



POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY:

A CALIFORNIA GULL was seen at Lake Manawa on the 27th.



*NORTHWEST:*



WOODBURY COUNTY:

A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at New Lake on the 27th.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 9, 2021 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: 4/1/21 4:53 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: BWTE x CITE at Hawkeye WMA
Correction: Swam Lake parking lot is on Swan Lake Rd, not Amana Rd.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 5:42 PM Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
wrote:

> Birders,
>
> While out looking for Garganey and Cinnamon Teal at Hawkeye WMA I stumbled
> into a Blue-winged Teal x Cinnamon Teal. Having seen four breeding plumage
> Cinnamon Teal in Johnson County already, the hybrid seemed like an even
> better find. I seem to not have an affinity for finding duck hybrids, only
> ever finding Mallard x American Black Duck, so this was a peasant surprise.
>
> The duck is on the pond just north of the Swan Lake parking lot, which is
> along Amana Road on the northeast corner of Swan Lake, Hawkeye WMA. Hike a
> few minutes north on the access road out to Sand Point (north) and before
> the habitat opens into ag fields the pond is on the right side.
>
> Good birding,
> Brandon Caswell
> Marion
>

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Date: 4/1/21 3:43 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BWTE x CITE at Hawkeye WMA
Birders,

While out looking for Garganey and Cinnamon Teal at Hawkeye WMA I stumbled
into a Blue-winged Teal x Cinnamon Teal. Having seen four breeding plumage
Cinnamon Teal in Johnson County already, the hybrid seemed like an even
better find. I seem to not have an affinity for finding duck hybrids, only
ever finding Mallard x American Black Duck, so this was a peasant surprise.

The duck is on the pond just north of the Swan Lake parking lot, which is
along Amana Road on the northeast corner of Swan Lake, Hawkeye WMA. Hike a
few minutes north on the access road out to Sand Point (north) and before
the habitat opens into ag fields the pond is on the right side.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 4/1/21 11:29 am
From: Peter Leabhart <leabhartp...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loon by Deep Lakes Park in Muscatine
Wednesday afternoon I spotted a Common Loon in a sandpit on the north side
of Maple Grove Road. Maple Grove Road is near Deep Lakes Park in
Muscatine. Also seen were Lesser Scaup, Ringneck duck, Canvas Back,
Redheads, Hooded Mergansers, and one BufflleHead. Maple

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Date: 4/1/21 8:50 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow is currently at Sandpiper beach: Saylorville.


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Date: 3/30/21 7:40 pm
From: Roy Adolphson <roy...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loons at Maffitt Reservoir
This evening I checked Maffitt Reservoir for previously reported loons.
When I arrived just before 6 p.m., I could see one several hundred yards out
from the dam. When I came back to the dam pull-out at 6:15, there were two
Common Loons in breeding plumage at closer range, sometimes as close as 20
yards from the dam. One loon had caught what appeared to be a crayfish.
There was no other waterfowl activity besides a couple of CANGs.



Roy Adolphson

Polk County (DSM)

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Date: 3/30/21 6:54 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
There was a Pine Warbler (non singing) at the usual spot in the Farmington
Unit of Shimek. This is in Van Buren County.
Jim and Chuck Fuller
Iowa City and Burlington

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Date: 3/30/21 4:20 pm
From: <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING: Something Neat on the ABA Site
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting antsy to start traveling
again. This new listserv aggregator is being introduced in the next week.
Take a look at the short video and see if it might be something you would
find useful. https://www.aba.org/aba-birding-news-update/



Ann Johnson

Norwalk (Warren County)





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Date: 3/30/21 1:54 pm
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cedar Lake action update
Hello all.
Please see my previous post first if you haven’t.
I have gotten more information and it sounds like the clearing of the trees on the north side of Cedar Lake is pretty much done. That’s good news, unless of course they did a bunch more over the last two days.
So I hope you will speak up about the boardwalk and the increased boat traffic.
One of the things that I’ve thought of since, is that the purpose of a boardwalk is to get close to the lake. That is already pretty much already accomplished there since a lot of the trail is right next to shore. I don’t think there is any more to gain and you would lose the migrating ducks and loons.

Sincerely,
Wendy VanDeWalle


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Date: 3/30/21 7:35 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Field and Harris's- Polk
Hey I-Birders,

Karen and Harney and I had a breezy walk this morning nearly devoid of
birds at Terra Park in Johnston. As we returned to the parking area our
fortunes changed. We heard a singing HARRIS'S SPARROW and, investigating a
brushy area nearby we found a party of four of these handsome singers. A
quick pish later a FIELD SPARROW had popped up near them and given us a
great look and our FOY of the day.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 3/30/21 6:28 am
From: <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cedar Lake Cedar Rapids Action Alert
 

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Date: 3/29/21 12:35 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY (for me) Osprey returns to Big Creek
Having been in Des Moines this morning Joanne and I took lunch to Cherry
Glen where the wind was atrocious. On the way home I took the opportunity
to see if any of the Ospreys had returned at Big Creek SP, Polk Co. To my
surprise there sat one on a dead tree eating a large Shad. 3/29/2021 I hope
they do better with their nest building on the communication tower than
last year.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 3/28/21 9:58 am
From: Tim Gedler <avesrun...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Purple Martins
At least 3 Purple Martins were observed checking out the nest structures at
Purple Martin Lake in SW West Des Moines. This is the 7th season that
Purple Martins have returned to the area from wintering sites in South
America.
Tim Gedler -WDM Polk County

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Date: 3/28/21 9:27 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Just visited Rock Creek Lake, had 12 ruddy ducks, lots lesser scaup, pair of camvasback, some buffleheads, mallards, common mergansers, and 25-30 red-breasted mergansers. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/28/21 8:26 am
From: <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Towhee
This morning an Eastern Towhee was a surprise visitor in the backyard.



Along with Harris's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song
Sparrow and juncos.



Jane Clark

Along Walnut Creek in Clive

Western Polk County



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Date: 3/27/21 9:30 pm
From: Ron Stakland <rons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson County GH Owl and owlet photo
The Great Horned Owl mother and baby are resting comfortably in their usual tree on Jayne St. in Lone Tree. Photo taken thru my scope at a respectful distance!
Ron Stakland
Fairfield

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Date: 3/27/21 8:18 pm
From: Jess P <jpaint21...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Walford Ducks
There were a few dozen Canvasback & Bufflehead on the city lagoons in
Walford this evening (Benton/Linn Co.), along with a small handful of
Ring-necked Ducks. Check your local puddle ponds as you never know what you
might find.

Jess Painter

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Date: 3/27/21 1:10 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] NRWS at Saylorville
While having lunch at Sandpiper Rec Area today I spotted a small flock (9)
of *Northern Rough-winged Swallows* (FOY) working not too far away from the
shoreline. Unfortunately I could not find the Fish Crows, & it's the third
time I've searched for them here in the past 2 weeks!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 3/27/21 12:25 pm
From: William Huser <billfhuser...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Woodbury County birds
Saturday, 3/27/21 Highlights and First of Year (FOY):
*New Lake*:
*Cinnamon Teal, *1 male (FOY)

*Brown's Lake:*
Osprey, 1 (FOY)

*Snyder Bend*
Franklin Gull, 3 (FOY)
Ring-billed Gull, 7 ad.
Lesser Yellowlegs, 7
Greater Yellowlegs, 1
Baird's Sandpiper, 11 (FOY)
Tree Swallow, 2 (FOY)

*Sandhill Lake:*
Ross Goose, 5
Herring Gull, 1 adult
Ring-billed Gull, 1 ad.
Baird's Sandpiper, 2

A good selection of ducks was present at each location.

Rob Towler, Sioux City, IA
Bill Huser, South Sioux City, NE

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Date: 3/27/21 10:45 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow continues, etc
Hey I-Birders,

Karen, Harney, and I started the morning with a walk through Terra Park
in Johnston (Polk Co.). Betrayed by their song, we found four beautiful
HARRIS'S SPARROWS in the trees behind the help-yourself mulch pile near the
entrance. Further along, our FOY SWAMP SPARROWS made an appearance, as
well as our first *female *RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS of the year.

Afterwards, Harney and I continued with a survey of Saylorville
Reservoir sites. At Polk City Wildlife Area and the north end of Big Creek
Lake were a few duck flocks including LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK,
GADWALL, MALLARD, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, and the merganser triple crown. The latter site produced my
FOY COMMON LOON in beautiful breeding plumage just off the fishing jetty.

Heading back south, I stopped at Sandpiper Rec Area, just north of the
marina. I had ducks on my mind, none of which were visible from there. As
I was heading out, I stopped my car near a brushy area that often has
sparrows. Over the car engine I heard the FISH CROW (which I had
completely forgotten had been reported here), so I backtracked and
approached the bird, who was in the trees between the parking lot and the
lake, ultimately getting decent looks and an excellent recital from this
avian performer. Our last stop was Oak Grove beach, from where we saw
about 30 TREE SWALLOWS swarming over the water near the marina entrance. I
can report that a sizable naval unit of AMERICAN COOTS has arrived at the
reservoir, another FOY for me. In all, a great early spring morning out
for us with some nice bird sightings.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 3/27/21 8:51 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swallows & phoebes near Granger
Birding along Xavier Ave crossing Beaver Creek this morning have found 2
new FOYs: Eastern Phoebes & several Tree Swallows. Although cool, damp &
cloudy, the first 2 hours (only on the road so far) is building my day's
list very fast!

Doug Harr

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Date: 3/27/21 8:35 am
From: 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rare day!
Not everyday that you have Ring Neck Pheasant and Red Shouldered Hawk as yard birds!
Add early morning 2nd CoVid shot.....and sunshine.....it’s a good day

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 3/26/21 6:57 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Purple Martin at Saylorville
A somewhat early PURPLE MARTIN was seen at Sandpiper Beach this afternoon.
I still have PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS at my feeders and they were
joined yesterday by a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Must still be winter at my
place.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 3/26/21 3:10 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-26-21
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, March 20, through Friday, March 26,
2021:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)





CASUAL:

*FISH CROW*





-Additional Species Mentioned

BLACK-NECKED STILT (Record early)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Snowy Owl

Golden Eagle

Northern Goshawk





***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:*



BUTLER COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Big Marsh on the 20th.



*NORTHEAST:*



WINNESHIEK COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over the Seed Savers Exchange on the 21st.



*EAST:*



JOHNSON COUNTY:

5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Scales Point at Coralville Lake on
the 26th.





*SOUTH CENTRAL:*



WARREN COUNTY:

An early BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen at Bank Swallow Bend on the 20th.



*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Saylorville on the 19th.



A FISH CROW continues to be seen around the Saylorville marina as recently
as the 24th .



TAMA COUNTY:
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Otter Creek Marsh on the 20th.



STORY COUNTY:

A SNOWY OWL was seen along Chestnut St near Ames on the 20th.





*WEST:*



CARROLL COUNTY:

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Swan Lake SP on the 24th.





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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 2, 2021 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: 3/26/21 2:07 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Johnson Co.
Ring-billed Gulls number in the thousands but if you look hard enough there are still a few large white-headed to be found mixed in. Today I scoped a surprising 5 LESSER-BLACKED GULLS. Scales Pointe and area yielded 3 adults plus a 1st-winter while Hawkeye WA had one
adult, I scoped from the Hwy. 965 bridge. This looks like yet another British invasion of sorts!

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/26/21 1:19 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-shouldered Hawk
Hey I-Birders,

At the end of an otherwise nice but unremarkable walk at Cottonwood Rec
Area below Saylorville Dam (Polk Co.) this morning Karen and Harney and I
saw a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK being badgered by two AMERICAN CROWS. The hawk
alit for a couple of minutes and allowed us a decent look before heading
north toward Shetler RA. Beautiful and seldom-seen bird for me.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 3/26/21 10:04 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brewer’s Blackbirds, Cone Marsh
Along T Avenue, just south of the first CAFO on the east side of the road, south of G-28, there is a small flock of blackbirds that contains a few BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS. This is at Cone Marsh in Louisa County.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/26/21 9:16 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Common Loons
Now 2 Horned Grebes at the south end of Big Creek in the channel to the spillway. The COLO have flown somewhere.

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West Des Moines

> On Mar 26, 2021, at 10:16 AM, 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> wrote:
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> There are two COLO at the south end of Big Creek SP currently.
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> iPhone Mail
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Date: 3/26/21 8:15 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loons
There are two COLO at the south end of Big Creek SP currently.

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West Des Moines

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Date: 3/26/21 7:07 am
From: Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brewer’s Blackbird
12 or so BB were along the pond going through the leaf litter and grasses
this morning.
Kevin Holm
Story City

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Date: 3/25/21 5:42 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting, Live feed from National Audubon Society Platte River Nebraska
https://www.facebook.com/18709174006/videos/510660686977400

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 3/25/21 2:45 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Greene Co. birds
Focusing on Dunbar Slough and portions of the Raccoon River west of
Jefferson paid off well this afternoon, with 48 species viewed in about 3.5
hours. I totaled 19 species of waterfowl, finding *Green-winged Teal* the
most abundant yet this year. But my best finds for the day were 4 FOY
species: *Ruddy Ducks, Lesser Yellowlegs, Turkey Vultures* and* Rusty
Blackbirds.*

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 3/25/21 1:55 pm
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eared Grebes & Red-breasted Mergansers
Today I saw a pair of Eared Grebes at Big Creek Lake near the swimming
beach. Later at Bob Shetler recreation area below the dam at Saylorville I
saw 20 Red-breasted mergansers at the eastern-most pond. Also heard a
Phoebe there. Looked for the Fish Crow at various places at Saylorville,
but did not find it. Thousand of ducks were present at Saylorville
including many Green-winged Teal males making their frog-like call. Very
amusing.
Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 3/25/21 9:05 am
From: Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hooded Merganser
I had a pair of HM in my timbered pond this morning. It was an unexpected
sighting.
Kevin Holm
Story City

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Date: 3/24/21 7:34 pm
From: <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Goshawk, Carroll County
 

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Date: 3/24/21 9:22 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Phoebe - Johnson County
landed for a millisecond on a branch in my maple tree.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 3/24/21 7:27 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow is at Sandpiper beach Saylorville
Tom DoughertyUrbandale, IA

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Date: 3/24/21 4:13 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Sorry for late post. Over weekend had FOY song sparrow, chipping sparrow, eastern meadowlark. Also had a rough-legged hawk and wood duck pair back on pond. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/23/21 1:45 pm
From: Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cedar Waxwings
A dozen or so CW came through my yard this afternoon.
Kevin Holm
Story City

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Date: 3/23/21 11:09 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOYs for Linn/Johnson Co.
I found three newcomers this morning as I checked the local waters.

Cedar Lake- FOY 3 Horned Grebes of basic, alternate and transitional plumages. A trio for the fieldguides.

Pleasant Creek- FOY 1 Common Loon and 150 divers.

"Lewis Bottoms Marsh"- 6 Tundra Swans, 2 Ross's Geese.

Lake Macbride- 2 Common Loons

Hawkeye WMA- FOY 3 Greater Yellowlegs

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids




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Date: 3/23/21 9:06 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] DSM area FOYs
Hey I-Birders,

Karen, Harney, and I took a rainy walk along the Des Moines River in
NW Des Moines this morning, and were rewarded with a few 2021 firsts. We
encountered three EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and enjoyed their delightful sneezy
calls. A single DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT flew upriver towards Saylorville
Dam. Near the large pond adjacent to Tai Village we were happy to listen
to a performance of boreal chorus frogs. On the pond itself was a lonely
looking PIED-BILLED GREBE, yet another FOY for us.
The biggest highlight of the morning was a mammal. As we passed the
pond on our return trip I heard something splash in the water. This was
right at the terminus of an animal trail on which I've seen a beaver a
couple of times, and I expected to see the nose and tail of a beaver or
muskrat cruising away from us across the water. But instead, we saw a head
and neck emerge from the surface and a little whiskery face staring back at
us. I've walked this trail over 100 times a year for over ten years and
had never before seen a river otter here, or anywhere at all near
Saylorville Lake at all for that matter. But there he (she?) was in his
riparian glory. After a few moments he had had enough of the sight of us
and submerged. We stuck around a bit to see if we could see the otter
climb out of the water, but the critter waited us out below or snuck out
unobserved and we had to depart. Still, combined with the avian FOYS, the
otter was a lovely surprise for a dreary morning. Spring is truly here.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 3/23/21 4:12 am
From: hornhntr <hornhntr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hooded Merganser and others
Yesterday afternoon while working I was driving over the Lake Panorama
dredge pond on the NW side of the lake and as I was driving over silt basin
pond dam there was a pretty male Hooded Merganser with 2 females swimming
next to the road. Also, there was many ring necked ducks and others I
couldn't id from the road while driving.

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