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8/19/19 6:36 pm 'John Longhenry' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed loon
8/19/19 6:26 pm Therese Cummiskey <theresemarguerite...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed loon
8/19/19 5:53 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] fall meeting is days away
8/19/19 4:27 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Common Nighthawks and swallows in LinnCo.
8/19/19 4:19 pm Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] Yellow billed loon
8/19/19 9:23 am Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
8/19/19 7:37 am <jmjhrtgh...> <jmjhrtgh...> [ia-bird] Black and White Warbler
8/19/19 7:24 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Yellow billed loon
8/19/19 6:21 am Dan Dorrance <d2dorrance...> [ia-bird] Eyeball view Yellow-billed Loon
8/18/19 4:49 pm S.D. <sdjbwilson...> Re: [ia-bird] Backyard
8/18/19 2:29 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Early/Late Date Spreadsheet Updated (No sighting)
8/18/19 2:10 pm 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Yellow Billed Loon
8/18/19 12:41 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Huds, Avocets Arrive at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area
8/18/19 11:54 am 'John Longhenry' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
8/18/19 10:34 am John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Black-bellied Plovers-Dallas County
8/18/19 10:29 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Dallas Co.
8/18/19 9:27 am William Scheible <thiolase...> [ia-bird] The Crane conundrum
8/18/19 9:00 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] warblers
8/18/19 8:53 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> RE: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
8/18/19 8:16 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
8/18/19 6:58 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
8/18/19 5:04 am William Scheible <thiolase...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
8/17/19 11:32 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
8/17/19 9:37 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
8/17/19 9:03 pm Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
8/17/19 8:34 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
8/17/19 5:43 pm Candace H <candace69001...> Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
8/17/19 5:35 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
8/17/19 5:19 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
8/17/19 3:28 pm Candace Havely <candace69001...> [ia-bird] YB Loon continues at Brushy Creek
8/17/19 3:28 pm David Weiss <dweiss410...> [ia-bird] Re: Carpool to Brushy Creek
8/17/19 2:54 pm Jeffrey Ollie <jeff...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon - Brushy Creek
8/17/19 1:19 pm Cecille Thompson <cecillethompson...> [ia-bird] Photos for IBL
8/17/19 8:59 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon - Brushy Creek
8/17/19 4:54 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Carpool to Brushy Creek
8/17/19 4:49 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Brushy Creek YBLO - Yes
8/16/19 6:15 pm James Huntington <jamesgattu...> [ia-bird] St Joseph Cemetery Iowa City
8/16/19 4:55 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Backyard
8/16/19 3:57 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 8-16-19
8/16/19 9:49 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon - YES
8/16/19 4:45 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
8/15/19 9:00 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Hawkeye WMA canoe day
8/15/19 4:52 pm Noelle Wagner <noelleswagner...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
8/15/19 4:52 pm Noelle Wagner <noelleswagner...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow billed Loon
8/15/19 2:06 pm Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Updated Meal Deadline for Fall Meeting
8/15/19 12:28 pm Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Yellow billed Loon
8/15/19 11:55 am Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
8/15/19 11:43 am Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
8/15/19 9:12 am 'Pamela Culbertson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
8/14/19 2:17 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed and Common Loon Brushy Creek Webster County. IA
8/14/19 2:13 pm Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon (Not a sighting)
8/14/19 9:12 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
8/13/19 5:47 pm Pip Fisher <pip...> Re: [ia-bird] RE: Yellow-billed Loon -Webster Co.
8/13/19 3:53 pm 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] RE: Yellow-billed Loon
8/13/19 2:37 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
8/13/19 12:13 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Young Gray Partridge - Linn County
8/13/19 11:53 am Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Young Gray Partridge - Linn County
8/13/19 9:56 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night-Heron in Cedar Rapids
8/13/19 9:05 am Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> [ia-bird] Fall IOU Meeting in Pella -- Unique Field Trip
8/13/19 6:56 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
8/13/19 5:54 am Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
8/13/19 5:06 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Johnson county
8/12/19 8:34 pm Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
8/12/19 6:03 pm Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <cootjr...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
8/12/19 4:36 am Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] BALD EAGLE SUMMER FISHING
8/11/19 8:45 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebes & Eastern Screech Owl
8/11/19 7:46 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Fall IOU Meeting is 2 Weeks Away!
8/11/19 5:22 pm Cecille Thompson <cecillethompson...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Call for IBL Photos Taken March-July 2018
8/11/19 5:10 pm Ann Johnson <aj0718...> [ia-bird] Re: Call for IBL Photos Taken March-July 2018
8/11/19 2:58 pm Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Fall IOU Meeting is 2 Weeks Away!
8/11/19 1:19 pm Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...> Re: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Cedar Rapids
8/11/19 11:12 am William Scheible <thiolase...> [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Cedar Rapids
8/11/19 8:36 am Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Hartman Reserve - Olive-sided Flycatcher
8/11/19 8:01 am Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] little blue heron
8/11/19 6:10 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Lake Red Rock and Pinchey Bottoms Sat.
8/10/19 2:10 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Linn Co. sod farms
8/10/19 9:26 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Black - bellied plover at Jester Park-Polk Co
8/10/19 7:57 am Cecille Thompson <cecillethompson...> [ia-bird] Call for IBL Photos Taken March-July 2018
8/9/19 3:48 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Grebes @ Trumbull Lake
8/9/19 2:16 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 8-9-19
8/9/19 6:26 am weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Re: anecdotal - Hummingbirds
8/8/19 6:15 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] odd Summer Tanager behavior in Johnston
8/8/19 4:34 pm Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] anecdotal - Hummingbirds
8/7/19 6:58 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak
8/7/19 11:41 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> Re: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite at Terra Park - Polk Co.
8/7/19 10:46 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] NOT Iowa Sighting
8/7/19 3:13 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] NOT Iowa Sighting
8/6/19 5:16 pm englander.julie <englander.julie...> [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak continues at Prairie Park Iowa City
8/6/19 2:26 pm Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Upland Sandpiper - Linn County
8/6/19 11:16 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite flyover about 11:10 AM, seen by Bill Tollefson and myself.
8/5/19 5:50 pm 'Reid I. Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kites & Upland Sandpiper
8/5/19 5:11 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kites at Terra Park - Polk Co.
8/5/19 10:35 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] American Avocets - Hawkeye Wildlife Area
8/4/19 4:51 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake - Jester Park - South lake access road.
8/3/19 8:27 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake - Jester Park - South lake access road.
8/3/19 8:10 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite in Johnston
8/2/19 2:17 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 8-2-19
8/2/19 8:20 am Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
8/2/19 6:53 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
7/31/19 7:15 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
7/30/19 10:00 pm Roger Rose <admiral.de.ruyter...> [ia-bird] BBWD Cedar Lake (Cedar Rapids)
7/30/19 8:03 pm Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...> [ia-bird] Re: Goose Lake and Green Island
7/30/19 8:03 pm Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...> [ia-bird] Goose Lake and Green Island
7/30/19 6:17 pm Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] RE: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
7/30/19 5:49 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Dunlin and others near Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
7/30/19 5:46 pm Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
7/30/19 4:41 pm William Scheible <thiolase...> [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
7/30/19 4:31 pm Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
7/30/19 10:59 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] more IOU fall meeting lodging info
7/30/19 10:10 am Julie <jg441157j5x...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting, question about BBWD and more
7/30/19 9:13 am roisenp1950 <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] FW: [NEBirds] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Manawa--A growing group?
7/30/19 8:20 am Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/30/19 8:19 am Richard Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/29/19 8:17 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/29/19 4:08 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann’s Gull
7/29/19 2:43 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Heermann’s Gull
7/29/19 1:29 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] IOU fall meeting lodging information
7/29/19 12:53 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/29/19 11:22 am Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/29/19 11:12 am Ulrike G <ulrikedg...> Re: [ia-bird] HEERMANN'S GULL at Saylorville - YES
7/29/19 8:24 am Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/29/19 8:23 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/29/19 6:12 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
7/29/19 5:55 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Red Knots
7/29/19 5:53 am 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red Knots
7/29/19 3:54 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] HEERMANN'S GULL at Saylorville
7/28/19 8:42 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] HEERMANN'S GULL at Saylorville
7/28/19 6:28 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Missisippi Kite in Johnston
7/28/19 6:12 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> Re: [ia-bird] Red Knots - Polk County
7/28/19 6:11 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes near Elma
7/28/19 4:46 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Red Knots - Polk County
7/28/19 11:58 am Dinsmore, James J <oldcoot...> [ia-bird] Summer Field Reports
7/28/19 11:36 am Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] Rick Wright's "Sparrows of North America"
7/27/19 6:15 pm Ron Stakland <rons...> [ia-bird] Hawkeye and CR sightings
7/27/19 3:19 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Good Shorebirding at Hawkeye WMA
7/27/19 12:02 pm Jerry Toll <geritol48...> [ia-bird] BBWD at Lake Manawa
7/27/19 6:19 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] BBWD Continues at Cedar Lake
7/26/19 12:00 pm Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...> Re: [ia-bird] FW: [NEBirds] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Manawa--A growing group?
7/26/19 11:46 am Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] FW: [NEBirds] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Manawa--A growing group?
7/26/19 11:42 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Willets at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area
7/26/19 11:05 am Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] UPLAND SANDPIPER, GRAY PARTRIDGE - Linn County
7/26/19 4:28 am james fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Hawkeye Wildlife Area-Blue Grosbeak
7/26/19 4:15 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Sunrise Cedar Lake Black-bellied Whistling Duck
7/25/19 8:44 pm Torin Waters <twaters72...> Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck Still at Cedar Lake
7/25/19 5:56 pm Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck Still at Cedar Lake
7/25/19 5:36 am kgustafson <kgustafson...> [ia-bird] Black and White warbler
7/25/19 5:30 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck Still at Cedar Lake
7/24/19 2:41 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 7-24-19
7/24/19 2:41 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Black-bellies Whistling Duck continues at Cedar Lake
7/24/19 11:22 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Least Terns
7/24/19 11:09 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Least Terns
7/24/19 7:23 am Pat Schlarbaum <patschlarbaum...> Re: [ia-bird] RE: Osprey misfortune
7/24/19 6:45 am Joe Boyles <Joe.Boyles...> [ia-bird] RE: Osprey misfortune
7/24/19 5:01 am Orin K3 <orink3...> Re: [ia-bird] Osprey misfortune
7/24/19 4:03 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Cedar Lake
7/23/19 5:59 pm Bill Tollefson <billtollefson6...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Cedar Lake
7/23/19 5:17 pm William Scheible <thiolase...> [ia-bird] Osprey misfortune
7/23/19 11:24 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] juvenile Crossbills, Webb IA., Clay County.
7/23/19 9:20 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake Pelicans
7/23/19 9:00 am Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...> [ia-bird] Port Louisa
7/22/19 9:42 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] American Avocets at Hawkeye WMA
7/22/19 6:25 am Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Latest issue of Iowa Bird Life
7/21/19 10:05 am James Huntington <jamesgattu...> [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak Iowa City
7/21/19 8:32 am John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Saylorville this morning
7/21/19 8:24 am S.D. <sdjbwilson...> Re: [ia-bird] No birds - No feeders
7/21/19 6:53 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Gray Partridge, Linn Co sod farms
 
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Date: 8/19/19 6:36 pm
From: 'John Longhenry' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed loon
Thanks again to the Iowa birding community for continuing to post about the Yellow-billed Loon at Brushy Creek SRA.  A couple of us from Rockford drove over this morning and were able to observe and photograph this beautiful mega rarity today.  Life birds are always great to see.
Thanks again.
John Longhenry and Steve GentRockford, IL
On ‎Monday‎, ‎August‎ ‎19‎, ‎2019‎ ‎08‎:‎26‎:‎36‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CDT, Therese Cummiskey <theresemarguerite...> wrote:

Still present as of 7:30 pm

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Date: 8/19/19 6:26 pm
From: Therese Cummiskey <theresemarguerite...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed loon
Still present as of 7:30 pm

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Date: 8/19/19 5:53 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] fall meeting is days away
Registration for meals for the 2019 Fall Meeting in Pella ends on Wednesday.
You can still register to attend up to the meeting itself. Great birding
area, great programs, great venue, great field trip leaders. Lots to like.
Be sure to sign up if you can attend.



Denny Thompson

IOU President





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Date: 8/19/19 4:27 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Nighthawks and swallows in LinnCo.
A group of at least 50 Common Nighthawks appeared to be flying on a gradual
southerly trajectory along with hundreds of swallows around the Highway
100/S 22nd Street intersection in Marion. This was seen around 6:15pm today
(8-19-19).

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 8/19/19 4:19 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow billed loon

At the dam brushy creek 5.30 pm with Imm Common.

Ross Silcock
Et al


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Date: 8/19/19 9:23 am
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
All,

I couldn't remember where I had picked up the "no more specific than county
level" public reporting of WHCR, this is per the Whooping Crane Eastern
Partnership which is the organization in charge of the reintroduction,
management, and research on the Eastern Migratory Population of WHCR.
Members include WI DNR, USFWS, USGS, and several conservation non-profits.
Their guidelines for what to do if you find a WHCR from the Eastern
Migratory Population are here (
http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/what-to-do-if-you-see-a-whooping-crane/).

Addressing the second statement (and a bit of the first statement) that
some may feel excluded by the off-list sharing of information pertaining to
rare/sensitive/listed/etc. special birds and that there is the impression
that there are two "lists" of birders ("inside" versus "outside" of a
person's circle): I don't have a problem acknowledging that these 2 lists
exist for myself and frankly for all of us. When it comes to sensitive
species, listed species, and birds in sensitive locations (private property
namely) I 100% agree that I do not often share my locations publicly and if
the location is shared with me I do not then continue on and report it
publicly. The list of who I do share some of these locations with includes
state wildlife agency (DNR) staff, federal wildlife agency (USFWS) staff,
IOU Records Committee members, and sometimes a very small number (low
single digits) of close, trusted, known good actors in the birding
community (many are academic researchers looking at birds). Almost all of
these people have a legal and/or ethical obligation to be cautious with
this information, for those that don't I have no doubts about their
judgment and I would also consult with them about these decisions as most
of them are far more experienced than me. When it comes down to a
sensitive/listed species weighing between everyone getting to see it or
ensuring the bird (or reptile/amphibian/butterfly/dragonfly/any other
sensitive or listed species) remains undisturbed I have no problem
admitting I often choose the latter. Stewardship of these species and
making sure we don't love them to death is my motivation in making this
decision. We all make our own decisions on whether to share or not, we're
not always going to make the same decision (and that's okay as long as we
all act with the best interest of the critter in mind), this conversation
has been had before here and every other place where there are nature
enthusiasts sharing sightings.

Re: countability, I am completely uninformed if any of the state
ornithological organizations are in agreement yet, whatever the committee
decides is fine by me (I don't have any dog in that fight). Everyone's list
is their own, if you want to count or not that's totally cool with me.
Regardless of countability you should feel happy that you saw one because
they're awesome birds, and submit a documentation to the records committee
and report it to the crane foundation so they can help track where all
their birds are.

Kevin Murphy, Ames

On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 11:37 PM Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:

> Kevin,
> You make some good points. Which brings me to a conversation that I had
> with the Crane Foundation after the posting of this bird on ebird the day I
> went over for the Yellow-billed Loon.
> To my knowledge, since I have been birding Iowa (2005). I have heard of
> two sightings via the IOU listserve. One was at Green Island (juvenile)
> and the other was a sighting that was accepted by the IOU records committee
> of a flyover in the Sioux City area several years ago.
> Sightings are not generally shared with others on the listserve but are
> shared between colleagues when rare/sensitive species are see. In speaking
> with others there a distinct belief and frustration when friends of people
> in the know get information and others do not. It should be no surprise
> this gives some people the feeling that some persons have more privileges
> or pull than others. I suggest we develop reasonable protocols and make
> sure they are distributed.
> Most importantly, we do not appear to address properly the issue of
> sensitive species on any regular basis. Yesterday, birders pulled up to
> find a couple of non-birders who noticed the bird and were our of their
> vehicle trying to get closer photos. Very understandable as the Whooping
> Crane is a pretty impressive bird species.
> Point being is that all the other states around us do have some
> protocols in place that are regularly distributed. Additionally, the
> information gets around quite quickly but most of the interactions seem to
> follow the state protocols guidelines. It seems to me that Iowa does not
> do enough to inform the public about recommended protocols for view,
> sharing, or reporting. I was not away that this bird should be reported
> to Fish and Wildlife, though I did report it to The Crane Foundation
> because the directions were very specific in the first ebird report I saw.
> I did not believe it but too a leap of faith since I had not seen a
> Whooping Crane in Iowa before.
> The International Crane Foundation recommended 100yrds if in your
> vehicle or 200yrds if out of your vehicle. I must have missed the "County
> level" reporting area.
> Per the ICR this bird is a two year old female who has made it's home in
> wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and was lost for awhile. It has taken one
> migration to Florida.
>
> *Paul O. Roisen*
> *Woodbury County, IA*
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>
>
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 11:03 PM Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
> wrote:
>
>> Sightings of WHCR are generally publicly reported to county level at the
>> most specific (and I would often discourage even that level of specificity,
>> or even publicly reporting it at all). This is for the good of the birds as
>> habituation to humans is one of their largest threats to survival as
>> adults, and they are usually pretty easily disturbed. Any sightings of
>> cranes (along with details about any auxiliary markers like color bands or
>> radio transmitters) can be reported to the state wildlife agency where the
>> bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation. If
>> you really want to see a Whooper then Necedah NWR in Wisconsin is a great
>> place to see them in a sanctioned and controlled way (and do some birding
>> in one of our many great national refuges)!
>>
>> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>>
>> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:34 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:
>>
>>> Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?
>>>
>>> On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.
>>>>
>>>> As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and
>>>> I saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I
>>>> fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking
>>>> for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.
>>>>
>>>> Candace Havely
>>>> Waterloo
>>>> Black Hawk County
>>>>
>>>> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Based on the color banding I would say WI
>>>>> Tony Moline
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Date: 8/19/19 7:37 am
From: <jmjhrtgh...> <jmjhrtgh...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black and White Warbler
Watching a Yellow Warbler swish his tail and wings through the grass on the lawn. Never see one do that. Suppose he was trying to stir up some insects for his breakfast. Then I noticed a Black and White Warbler on the trunk of the apple tree. Grabbed the binoculars but couldn’t find him again or any others. So many leaves on the trees this year, it seems. Spotted 3 Brown Thrashers which must be in migration. Cool and quiet - a perfect warbler morning.

Hopeful to see more birds,

Mary Jo Hartogh
Mitchell County

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Date: 8/19/19 7:24 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow billed loon
The common and yellow billed loons are still present at 9:15 this morning
about 50 yards north off the Brushy Creek dam in Webster county.
Diane Dentlinger
Polk county

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Date: 8/19/19 6:21 am
From: Dan Dorrance <d2dorrance...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eyeball view Yellow-billed Loon
Attached is a unique photo of the Yellow-billed Loon taken on Sunday
afternoon by the steady hand of Art Check.

Art was using his I-Phone with my spotting scope set at 60 X.

Take care.

Dan Dorrance
Red Oak

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Date: 8/18/19 4:49 pm
From: S.D. <sdjbwilson...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Backyard
The Carolinas have a wonderful song. We just had 4 juveniles fledge 2 weeks ago. The Carolina wrens moved into the pidgeon coop that was being renovated to make it mink free. The parents got within a foot of us to tell us to quit the hammering; it was disturbing the babies. That is when we saw that there were babies in the hanging basket. So the pidgeon coop project had to be delayed until the babies fledged. So glad they decided to nest here this year. Maybe we will have to put a bird house on the outside of the coop for them nest year. We so enjoyed their singing.


From: "Jim Durbin" <bugmugger187...>
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Sent: Friday, August 16, 2019 6:55:10 PM
Subject: [ia-bird] Backyard

For the last couple weeks we have had two Carolina Wrens in the yard. Both appeared to be young birds and it has been fun listening to them learn to sing. After the two weeks, they are starting to make the normal song for the wren.

Jim Durbin
1460 Douglas Court
Marion Ia 52302
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Date: 8/18/19 2:29 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Early/Late Date Spreadsheet Updated (No sighting)
With the arrival of Iowa Bird Life with the Fall 2018 field report
highlights, I have updated the early/late date spreadsheet on the IOU
website.

Please note, Iowa Bird Life journals for Winter, Spring, and Summer of 2018
are still pending, so I will update the spreadsheet accordingly as they
come out.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 8/18/19 2:10 pm
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow Billed Loon

Borders
The Yellow Billed and Common Loons were both just seen at Brushy Creek. Dan Dorrance, Marylynn and (oh my gosh I already forgot his name David? Her husband) sorry!!! Also a couple birders from Minnesota were all able to see it.
It was not by the dam however. It was about a half mile up the Northeast coastline. We followed a gravel road along the east edge of the lake and turned off the gravel to the south which led to a boat ramp and an all terrain road that branches back towards the lake right before the boat ramp.
The birds were just to the south of this giving great views.
Good luck!
Art Checj
Nevada, IA
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Date: 8/18/19 12:41 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Huds, Avocets Arrive at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area
After this morning's rain I rushed out to Hawkeye hoping to scan the shorebird habitat before the waters rose. Surprisingly, the water level was already
higher but a some habitat remained. Shorebird were fewer than yesterday but a couple flocks of waders were distant from the end of James Ave.

26 Hudsonian Godwits
5 American Avocets (a reliable migrant this season).
5 Greater Yellowlegs

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 8/18/19 11:54 am
From: 'John Longhenry' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
Thank you to all the Iowa birders that continue to keep the posts coming regarding the Yellow-billed Loon.  These posts are very much appreciated and hope that they continue next week, hopefully I will make it over to see this rarity either Monday or Tuesday!
Regards,
John Longhenry Rockford, IL


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On Sunday, August 18, 2019, 8:58 AM, Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

The loons at Brushy Creek are currently about 100 yards out around the center of the dam. They are lounging on the surface. 
Eric Ollie Ames 

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Date: 8/18/19 10:34 am
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Black-bellied Plovers-Dallas County
Following up on a tip from Aaron Brees, I checked Green Acres Sod Farm near
Waukee. There was an area of mud with standing water that held 2
Black-bellied Plovers and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Also present were many
Killdeer and a Pectoral Sandpiper.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 8/18/19 10:29 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Dallas Co.
I took a swing by some Dallas County sod farms this morning. Two
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were at the farm on the north side of 210th between
Wendover Pl. and Xavier Ave. There were two UPLAND SANDPIPERS at the 250th
St, sod farm SE of Dallas Center.



Hope to see a lot of you in Pella at the meeting next weekend. As always,
it should be a fun time.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 8/18/19 9:27 am
From: William Scheible <thiolase...>
Subject: [ia-bird] The Crane conundrum
In 2012 a Hooded Crane appeared in Nebraska, Tennessee and Indiana, always accompanied by Sandhills. It was thought by most to be the same individual that passed through 3 different states. As expected, considerable discussion ensued regarding this bird's provenance.

Ultimately the Records Committees of NE, TN, and IN accepted Hooded Crane onto their state's list, but then the ABA voted no, so once again the issue of free-flying cranes raised it's gnarly head.

As Paul has mentioned, the Iowa BRC will deal with this again at it's Fall meeting, as we are currently reviewing a record from earlier this year of Whooping Crane in Iowa that was submitted by out-of-state birders.

No easy answers, this one. Stay tuned.

[Full disclosure: the Indiana Hooded Crane
is ABA bird # 700 on my life list.]

Bill Scheible
Cedar Rapids




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Date: 8/18/19 9:00 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] warblers
Despite a thorough search, there wasn't a warbler at the park this morning.
In fact it was all of the local birds in their summer established places,
which makes one think that migration for woodland birds hasn't begun at all.
That said, there was one Olive-sided Flycatcher.



With a few more storms predicted this week, maybe that will change.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 8/18/19 8:53 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
Since ABA accepts cranes from the Wisconsin to Florida group as countable, there is no reason that we would not do so also. Attempting to identify which group the Whooping Crane comes from is certainly desirable but that should not make this a struggle as to whether it is countable or not.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa



From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf Of Paul Hertzel
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2019 1:33 AM
To: <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa



A bit of background if it helps (apologies for the length of this):

As most Iowa birders know, there are two very different populations of Whooping Crane that occur in our state. One is the natural, historic population that formerly nested widely across the northern half of North America including the state of Iowa and which has now been reduced to a population with a single concentrated summer presence at Wood Buffalo National Park in extreme northern Alberta. This population migrates along a corridor west of Iowa, but occasionally some individuals wander a bit east and through parts of Iowa.

The other is a population introduced into Wisconsin and referred to as the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP). It consists primarily of individuals and their offspring taught to migrate to Florida by the very elaborate project known as Operation Migration. Almost all of these individuals are identifiable by colored leg bands and radio transmitter antennae attached to their bodies. The success of this reintroduction is still a point of discussion and in 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service exercised its authority over the Endangered Species Act and ended the Operation Migration project. This was a controversial action, and today opinions are split on whether or not the surviving EMP has achieved an independent, sustainable status.

So, when Whooping Cranes are found in Iowa, a clear understanding of the current dynamics of the species requires that we know from which population the individuals found originate. Migrants from the natural Canadian population almost always occur in the western half of the state during predictable windows in spring and/or fall. Vagrants from the EMP almost always occur in the eastern half of the state and usually are recognizable by their bands/antennae. The former are unquestionably wild and recording their movements is fundamental to the study of this fragile population. The latter are difficult to describe as wild but are having some modest success in sustaining their numbers. It is fascinating that members of the EMP often have wandered west into Iowa, especially in the spring, to areas where their ancestors once nested.

The IOU Bird Records Committee struggles with documentations of Whooping Cranes, always attempting to determine from which population a reported individual belongs whether or not the observer addressed this. Birds believed to be from the Canadian population are accepted and recorded. Birds believed to be from the EMP currently are not accepted as wild, but this may change soon and will be a point of discussion in the annual meeting looming in October. In any case, it is important to the study of Iowa birds that we report all sightings of this species, if not to the IOU, then, as Kevin Murphy said, "to the state wildlife agency where the bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation".

Paul Hertzel
Mason City, IA



On 8/17/2019 11:03 PM, Kevin Murphy wrote:

Sightings of WHCR are generally publicly reported to county level at the most specific (and I would often discourage even that level of specificity, or even publicly reporting it at all). This is for the good of the birds as habituation to humans is one of their largest threats to survival as adults, and they are usually pretty easily disturbed. Any sightings of cranes (along with details about any auxiliary markers like color bands or radio transmitters) can be reported to the state wildlife agency where the bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation. If you really want to see a Whooper then Necedah NWR in Wisconsin is a great place to see them in a sanctioned and controlled way (and do some birding in one of our many great national refuges)!



Kevin Murphy, Ames



On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:34 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...> <mailto:<willcfish...> > wrote:

Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:

Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.



As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and I saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.



Candace Havely

Waterloo

Black Hawk County



On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......> <mailto:<tonym......> > wrote:

Based on the color banding I would say WI
Tony Moline

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Date: 8/18/19 8:16 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
A big thank you to Paul Hertzel and Kevin Murphy for the informative
information regarding the two populations of Whooping Cranes, as well as
some information on protocols. These issues have seldom, maybe never,
been addressed in such a public manner during the 14 years I have been
birding. I learned a lot about do's and don't over the years but most by
experience (not all of it positive or proper).
A secondary issue arrises when some people get information passed on
about "special" birds and others are left out for whatever reason. This
creates a feeling that there are two classes of birders in Iowa which leads
to other issues as well.
I would certainly encourage and welcome a discussion at the Fall IOU
meeting and a follow up at the Spring 2020 meeting after the Records
Committee meets in October.

*God Bless,*

*Paul O. Roisen*
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On Sun, Aug 18, 2019 at 7:04 AM William Scheible <thiolase...>
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> Iowa birders, we should all read the thoughtful and instructive comments
> of Paul Hertzel and Kevin Murphy regarding Whooping Cranes.
>
> Thanks, Paul and Kevin.
>
> Bill Scheible
> Cedar Rapids
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> *Subject:* [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
>
>
> A bit of background if it helps (apologies for the length of this):
>
> As most Iowa birders know, there are two very different populations of
> Whooping Crane that occur in our state. One is the natural, historic
> population that formerly nested widely across the northern half of North
> America including the state of Iowa and which has now been reduced to a
> population with a single concentrated summer presence at Wood Buffalo
> National Park in extreme northern Alberta. This population migrates along a
> corridor west of Iowa, but occasionally some individuals wander a bit east
> and through parts of Iowa.
>
> The other is a population introduced into Wisconsin and referred to as the
> Eastern Migratory Population (EMP). It consists primarily of individuals
> and their offspring taught to migrate to Florida by the very elaborate
> project known as Operation Migration. Almost all of these individuals are
> identifiable by colored leg bands and radio transmitter antennae attached
> to their bodies. The success of this reintroduction is still a point of
> discussion and in 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service exercised its
> authority over the Endangered Species Act and ended the Operation Migration
> project. This was a controversial action, and today opinions are split on
> whether or not the surviving EMP has achieved an independent, sustainable
> status.
>
> So, when Whooping Cranes are found in Iowa, a clear understanding of the
> current dynamics of the species requires that we know from which population
> the individuals found originate. Migrants from the natural Canadian
> population almost always occur in the western half of the state during
> predictable windows in spring and/or fall. Vagrants from the EMP almost
> always occur in the eastern half of the state and usually are recognizable
> by their bands/antennae. The former are unquestionably wild and recording
> their movements is fundamental to the study of this fragile population. The
> latter are difficult to describe as wild but are having some modest success
> in sustaining their numbers. It is fascinating that members of the EMP
> often have wandered west into Iowa, especially in the spring, to areas
> where their ancestors once nested.
>
> The IOU Bird Records Committee struggles with documentations of Whooping
> Cranes, always attempting to determine from which population a reported
> individual belongs whether or not the observer addressed this. Birds
> believed to be from the Canadian population are accepted and recorded.
> Birds believed to be from the EMP currently are not accepted as wild, but
> this may change soon and will be a point of discussion in the annual
> meeting looming in October. In any case, it is important to the study of
> Iowa birds that we report all sightings of this species, if not to the IOU,
> then, as Kevin Murphy said, "to the state wildlife agency where the bird
> was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation".
> Paul Hertzel
> Mason City, IA
>
>
> On 8/17/2019 11:03 PM, Kevin Murphy wrote:
>
> Sightings of WHCR are generally publicly reported to county level at the
> most specific (and I would often discourage even that level of specificity,
> or even publicly reporting it at all). This is for the good of the birds as
> habituation to humans is one of their largest threats to survival as
> adults, and they are usually pretty easily disturbed. Any sightings of
> cranes (along with details about any auxiliary markers like color bands or
> radio transmitters) can be reported to the state wildlife agency where the
> bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation. If
> you really want to see a Whooper then Necedah NWR in Wisconsin is a great
> place to see them in a sanctioned and controlled way (and do some birding
> in one of our many great national refuges)!
>
> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:34 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:
>
>> Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?
>>
>> On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:
>>>
>>> Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.
>>>
>>> As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and
>>> I saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I
>>> fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking
>>> for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.
>>>
>>> Candace Havely
>>> Waterloo
>>> Black Hawk County
>>>
>>> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Based on the color banding I would say WI
>>>> Tony Moline
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Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
The loons at Brushy Creek are currently about 100 yards out around the
center of the dam. They are lounging on the surface.

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Date: 8/18/19 5:04 am
From: William Scheible <thiolase...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
Iowa birders, we should all read the thoughtful and instructive comments of Paul Hertzel and Kevin Murphy regarding Whooping Cranes.

Thanks, Paul and Kevin.

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Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa


A bit of background if it helps (apologies for the length of this):

As most Iowa birders know, there are two very different populations of Whooping Crane that occur in our state. One is the natural, historic population that formerly nested widely across the northern half of North America including the state of Iowa and which has now been reduced to a population with a single concentrated summer presence at Wood Buffalo National Park in extreme northern Alberta. This population migrates along a corridor west of Iowa, but occasionally some individuals wander a bit east and through parts of Iowa.

The other is a population introduced into Wisconsin and referred to as the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP). It consists primarily of individuals and their offspring taught to migrate to Florida by the very elaborate project known as Operation Migration. Almost all of these individuals are identifiable by colored leg bands and radio transmitter antennae attached to their bodies. The success of this reintroduction is still a point of discussion and in 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service exercised its authority over the Endangered Species Act and ended the Operation Migration project. This was a controversial action, and today opinions are split on whether or not the surviving EMP has achieved an independent, sustainable status.

So, when Whooping Cranes are found in Iowa, a clear understanding of the current dynamics of the species requires that we know from which population the individuals found originate. Migrants from the natural Canadian population almost always occur in the western half of the state during predictable windows in spring and/or fall. Vagrants from the EMP almost always occur in the eastern half of the state and usually are recognizable by their bands/antennae. The former are unquestionably wild and recording their movements is fundamental to the study of this fragile population. The latter are difficult to describe as wild but are having some modest success in sustaining their numbers. It is fascinating that members of the EMP often have wandered west into Iowa, especially in the spring, to areas where their ancestors once nested.

The IOU Bird Records Committee struggles with documentations of Whooping Cranes, always attempting to determine from which population a reported individual belongs whether or not the observer addressed this. Birds believed to be from the Canadian population are accepted and recorded. Birds believed to be from the EMP currently are not accepted as wild, but this may change soon and will be a point of discussion in the annual meeting looming in October. In any case, it is important to the study of Iowa birds that we report all sightings of this species, if not to the IOU, then, as Kevin Murphy said, "to the state wildlife agency where the bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation".

Paul Hertzel
Mason City, IA


On 8/17/2019 11:03 PM, Kevin Murphy wrote:
Sightings of WHCR are generally publicly reported to county level at the most specific (and I would often discourage even that level of specificity, or even publicly reporting it at all). This is for the good of the birds as habituation to humans is one of their largest threats to survival as adults, and they are usually pretty easily disturbed. Any sightings of cranes (along with details about any auxiliary markers like color bands or radio transmitters) can be reported to the state wildlife agency where the bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation. If you really want to see a Whooper then Necedah NWR in Wisconsin is a great place to see them in a sanctioned and controlled way (and do some birding in one of our many great national refuges)!

Kevin Murphy, Ames

On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:34 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...><mailto:<willcfish...>> wrote:
Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:
Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.

As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and I saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.

Candace Havely
Waterloo
Black Hawk County

On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......> wrote:
Based on the color banding I would say WI
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Date: 8/17/19 11:32 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Whooping Cranes in Iowa
A bit of background if it helps (apologies for the length of this):

As most Iowa birders know, there are two very different populations of
Whooping Crane that occur in our state. One is the natural, historic
population that formerly nested widely across the northern half of North
America including the state of Iowa and which has now been reduced to a
population with a single concentrated summer presence at Wood Buffalo
National Park in extreme northern Alberta. This population migrates
along a corridor west of Iowa, but occasionally some individuals wander
a bit east and through parts of Iowa.

The other is a population introduced into Wisconsin and referred to as
the Eastern Migratory Population (EMP). It consists primarily of
individuals and their offspring taught to migrate to Florida by the very
elaborate project known as Operation Migration. Almost all of these
individuals are identifiable by colored leg bands and radio transmitter
antennae attached to their bodies. The success of this reintroduction is
still a point of discussion and  in 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service exercised its authority over the Endangered Species Act and
ended the Operation Migration project. This was a controversial action,
and today opinions are split on whether or not the surviving EMP has
achieved an independent, sustainable status.

So, when Whooping Cranes are found in Iowa, a clear understanding of the
current dynamics of the species requires that we know from which
population the individuals found originate. Migrants from the natural
Canadian population almost always occur in the western half of the state
during predictable windows in spring and/or fall. Vagrants from the EMP
almost always occur in the eastern half of the state and usually are
recognizable by their bands/antennae. The former are unquestionably wild
and recording their movements is fundamental to the study of this
fragile population. The latter are difficult to describe as wild but are
having some modest success in sustaining their numbers.  It is
fascinating that members of the EMP often have wandered west into Iowa,
especially in the spring, to areas where their ancestors once nested.

The IOU Bird Records Committee struggles with documentations of Whooping
Cranes, always attempting to determine from which population a reported
individual belongs whether or not the observer addressed this. Birds
believed to be from the Canadian population are accepted and recorded.
Birds believed to be from the EMP currently are not accepted as wild,
but this may change soon and will be a point of discussion in the annual
meeting looming in October. In any case, it is important to the study of
Iowa birds that we report all sightings of this species, if not to the
IOU, then, as Kevin Murphy said, "to the state wildlife agency where the
bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation".

Paul Hertzel
Mason City, IA


On 8/17/2019 11:03 PM, Kevin Murphy wrote:
> Sightings of WHCR are generally publicly reported to county level at
> the most specific (and I would often discourage even that level of
> specificity, or even publicly reporting it at all). This is for the
> good of the birds as habituation to humans is one of their largest
> threats to survival as adults, and they are usually pretty easily
> disturbed. Any sightings of cranes (along with details about any
> auxiliary markers like color bands or radio transmitters) can be
> reported to the state wildlife agency where the bird was found, US
> Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation. If you really want
> to see a Whooper then Necedah NWR in Wisconsin is a great place to see
> them in a sanctioned and controlled way (and do some birding in one of
> our many great national refuges)!
>
> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:34 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...>
> <mailto:<willcfish...>> wrote:
>
> Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?
>
> On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:
>
> Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.
>
> As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric
> Zarwell and I saw in mid April around New Albin has not been
> seen since April 15th. I fear this bird perished. I read the
> Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking for her #, but so far
> no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.
>
> Candace Havely
> Waterloo
> Black Hawk County
>
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......>
> wrote:
>
> Based on the color banding I would say WI
> Tony Moline
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Date: 8/17/19 9:37 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
Kevin,
You make some good points. Which brings me to a conversation that I had
with the Crane Foundation after the posting of this bird on ebird the day I
went over for the Yellow-billed Loon.
To my knowledge, since I have been birding Iowa (2005). I have heard of
two sightings via the IOU listserve. One was at Green Island (juvenile)
and the other was a sighting that was accepted by the IOU records committee
of a flyover in the Sioux City area several years ago.
Sightings are not generally shared with others on the listserve but are
shared between colleagues when rare/sensitive species are see. In speaking
with others there a distinct belief and frustration when friends of people
in the know get information and others do not. It should be no surprise
this gives some people the feeling that some persons have more privileges
or pull than others. I suggest we develop reasonable protocols and make
sure they are distributed.
Most importantly, we do not appear to address properly the issue of
sensitive species on any regular basis. Yesterday, birders pulled up to
find a couple of non-birders who noticed the bird and were our of their
vehicle trying to get closer photos. Very understandable as the Whooping
Crane is a pretty impressive bird species.
Point being is that all the other states around us do have some
protocols in place that are regularly distributed. Additionally, the
information gets around quite quickly but most of the interactions seem to
follow the state protocols guidelines. It seems to me that Iowa does not
do enough to inform the public about recommended protocols for view,
sharing, or reporting. I was not away that this bird should be reported
to Fish and Wildlife, though I did report it to The Crane Foundation
because the directions were very specific in the first ebird report I saw.
I did not believe it but too a leap of faith since I had not seen a
Whooping Crane in Iowa before.
The International Crane Foundation recommended 100yrds if in your
vehicle or 200yrds if out of your vehicle. I must have missed the "County
level" reporting area.
Per the ICR this bird is a two year old female who has made it's home in
wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and was lost for awhile. It has taken one
migration to Florida.

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 11:03 PM Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
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> Sightings of WHCR are generally publicly reported to county level at the
> most specific (and I would often discourage even that level of specificity,
> or even publicly reporting it at all). This is for the good of the birds as
> habituation to humans is one of their largest threats to survival as
> adults, and they are usually pretty easily disturbed. Any sightings of
> cranes (along with details about any auxiliary markers like color bands or
> radio transmitters) can be reported to the state wildlife agency where the
> bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation. If
> you really want to see a Whooper then Necedah NWR in Wisconsin is a great
> place to see them in a sanctioned and controlled way (and do some birding
> in one of our many great national refuges)!
>
> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:34 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:
>
>> Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?
>>
>> On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:
>>>
>>> Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.
>>>
>>> As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and
>>> I saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I
>>> fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking
>>> for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.
>>>
>>> Candace Havely
>>> Waterloo
>>> Black Hawk County
>>>
>>> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Based on the color banding I would say WI
>>>> Tony Moline
>>>>
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Date: 8/17/19 9:03 pm
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
Sightings of WHCR are generally publicly reported to county level at the
most specific (and I would often discourage even that level of specificity,
or even publicly reporting it at all). This is for the good of the birds as
habituation to humans is one of their largest threats to survival as
adults, and they are usually pretty easily disturbed. Any sightings of
cranes (along with details about any auxiliary markers like color bands or
radio transmitters) can be reported to the state wildlife agency where the
bird was found, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Crane Foundation. If
you really want to see a Whooper then Necedah NWR in Wisconsin is a great
place to see them in a sanctioned and controlled way (and do some birding
in one of our many great national refuges)!

Kevin Murphy, Ames

On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:34 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:

> Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?
>
> On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:
>>
>> Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.
>>
>> As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and I
>> saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I
>> fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking
>> for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.
>>
>> Candace Havely
>> Waterloo
>> Black Hawk County
>>
>> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......> wrote:
>>
>>> Based on the color banding I would say WI
>>> Tony Moline
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Date: 8/17/19 8:34 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
Where is this WHCR in Iowa and are there photos?

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:43:43 PM UTC-5, candace69001 wrote:
>
> Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.
>
> As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and I
> saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I
> fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking
> for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.
>
> Candace Havely
> Waterloo
> Black Hawk County
>
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 7:35 PM Tony Moline <tonym......> <javascript:>>
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>> Based on the color banding I would say WI
>> Tony Moline
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Date: 8/17/19 5:43 pm
From: Candace H <candace69001...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
Yes, it's part of the reintroduced flock from WI.

As an aside, the injured WHCR that Billy Reiter-Marolf, Ric Zarwell and I
saw in mid April around New Albin has not been seen since April 15th. I
fear this bird perished. I read the Int'l Crane Foundation reports looking
for her #, but so far no one has reported her whereabouts to the ICF.

Candace Havely
Waterloo
Black Hawk County

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> Based on the color banding I would say WI
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Date: 8/17/19 5:35 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
Based on the color banding I would say WI
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Date: 8/17/19 5:19 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whooping Crane question
Does anyone know if this individual is of Canada or Wisconsin origin?

Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 8/17/19 3:28 pm
From: Candace Havely <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] YB Loon continues at Brushy Creek
Yellow billed Loon and Common Loon seen by six+ birders off of dam road
at Brushy Creek. Birds on North side of dam, close to shore at 10:10
am when I left. Candace Havely Waterloo Black Hawk County

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Date: 8/17/19 3:28 pm
From: David Weiss <dweiss410...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Carpool to Brushy Creek
I'm interested. When were you thinking of leaving?
David Weiss
Iowa City

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 6:54:24 AM UTC-5, jgmccoy350 wrote:

> I’m planning to go to Brushy Creek in hopes of seeing the yellow billed
> loon on Sunday. If anyone from the Iowa city or Cedar Rapids area would
> like to carpool I would be happy for the company. Thanks
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> Jamie McCoy
> Iowa City
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Date: 8/17/19 2:54 pm
From: Jeffrey Ollie <jeff...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon - Brushy Creek
The loons are still here as of 4:50pm, although they have move farther out
into the lake. Still easy binocular targets.

On Sat, Aug 17, 2019, 10:59 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Birders,
>
> At Brushy Creek SRA in Webster County the continuing loons are currently
> taking a mid-day rest about 50 feet off shore from the dam at 10:55 AM,
> Saturday. Absolutely can not ask for a better view! Binoculars really not
> even needed.
>
> They seem to have molted their flight feathers, so it looks like they
> should be hanging around for a while. Come on out and see them!
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
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Date: 8/17/19 1:19 pm
From: Cecille Thompson <cecillethompson...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Photos for IBL
Wow! You really responded to that last request. We now have more than
enough for the 2018 Summer and Fall issues (photos from March through July).
Now, the focus shifts to 2019 issues. Please send photos taken in December
2018 to present (priority on December 2018 to February 2019).

While not required, "friendly" filenames are greatly appreciated. Here's a
perfect example from Brandon Caswell:
*Black-bellied Plover, Legacy WA, Hardin, 16 May, 2018. Photograph by
Brandon Caswell, Marion, IA.jpg*
It follows this pattern:

[Species], [Sighting Location], [*County* of Sighting], [Date of Sighting
in dd Mmm yyyy format]. Photograph by [Photographer Name], [Photographer’s
City of Residence], [Photographer’s State of Residence (2-letter
abbreviation)]

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Date: 8/17/19 8:59 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon - Brushy Creek
Birders,

At Brushy Creek SRA in Webster County the continuing loons are currently
taking a mid-day rest about 50 feet off shore from the dam at 10:55 AM,
Saturday. Absolutely can not ask for a better view! Binoculars really not
even needed.

They seem to have molted their flight feathers, so it looks like they
should be hanging around for a while. Come on out and see them!

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 8/17/19 4:54 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Carpool to Brushy Creek
I’m planning to go to Brushy Creek in hopes of seeing the yellow billed
loon on Sunday. If anyone from the Iowa city or Cedar Rapids area would
like to carpool I would be happy for the company. Thanks

Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 8/17/19 4:49 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brushy Creek YBLO - Yes
Mark Brown reports: loons currently being seen off the west beach looking
toward the dam.

Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 8/16/19 6:15 pm
From: James Huntington <jamesgattu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] St Joseph Cemetery Iowa City
i was cruising around the cemetery on my bicycle just before sunset this
evening. i paid particular attention to a large oak which unfortunately is
dying and has many dead branches on the top half. i enjoyed watching a
juvenile Olive-sided Flycatcher last evening, but this evening there was
something there that did not compute. i got closer, the bird was preening.
i wouldn't believe my eyes, hustled home, which was close, grabbed my
scope, and got back in time to get a scope look: Juvenile Red Crossbill.

OMG

james huntington
iowa city

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Date: 8/16/19 4:55 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Backyard
For the last couple weeks we have had two Carolina Wrens in the yard. Both
appeared to be young birds and it has been fun listening to them learn to
sing. After the two weeks, they are starting to make the normal song for
the wren.

Jim Durbin
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Marion Ia 52302
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Date: 8/16/19 3:57 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 8-16-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, August 10, through Friday, August
16, 2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**YELLOW-BILLED LOON**



CASUAL:

*LITTLE BLUE HERON*





-Additional Species Mentioned

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

American Avocet

Blue Grosbeak (East)







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



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





*EAST:*



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at the Mallard Ponds at Hawkeye WMA on the 15th.



3 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen from the DNR parking lot at Hawkeye WMA on the
15th.





*CENTRAL:*



WEBSTER COUNTY:

A YELLOW-BILLED LOON was seen at Brushy Creek RA on the 12th, and it was
seen again on the 13th. It was last seen on the 16th.





*NORTHWEST:*



CLAY COUNTY:

RED-NECKED AND WESTERN GREBES continue to be seen at Trumbull Lake on the 9
th.



DICKINSON COUNTY:

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at the Brooks Golf Course on hole #3 in
Okoboji on the 11th.



2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Grovers Lake on the 11th.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
August 23, 2019 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: 8/16/19 9:49 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon - YES
Birders,

The previously reported Yellow-billed Loon was still present at Brushy
Creek Recreation Area as of 10:45 this morning. It was actively diving
just above the dam along with the Common Loon. My apologies for the
delayed report, my phone died in the field.

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 8/16/19 4:45 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Sorry for late listing, had 3 northern waterthrushes on Monday working waters edge at Missouri crossing. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 8/15/19 9:00 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye WMA canoe day
Birders,

Dave Shealer and I met early to do something both of us have wanted to do
for a long time, canoe in and around the big pool at Hawkeye WMA. We met
early and walked Mallard Ponds trail before sunrise, seeing a male BLUE
GROSBEAK and an astonishing number of SEDGE WRENS. There was shorebird
habitat at the very end pond, after the stream crossing and taking the
right. Just prior to walking this trail we had several AMERICAN WOODCOCKS
flying around the intersection of Greencastle Ave and Swan Lake.

Round Pond was disappointing, with high vegetation. There were several
SOLITARY SANDPIPERS.

The west side of Greencastle Ave had eight distant juvenile STILT
SANDPIPERS, a dowitcher sp, plus other commons shorebirds. There were
around 800+ AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS on the east side.

We canoed from Babcock Access to Curtis Bridge Rd boat access, really
taking our time in the heart of the WMA, landing and scoping often. There
was A LOT of superb habitat between Sand Point and the DNR parking lot, but
just not really visible without getting out there in a watercraft.
Surprisingly, the big pool was VERY shallow, only several inches to maybe
around 20 inches most places. The first sizable foraging flock of peeps we
encountered were 11 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, which were at the far north end of
the west cove of Sand Point. In the canoe-access only areas we saw
numerous common shorebirds, quite a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and three
AMERICAN AVOCETS. The avocets may (?) have been viewed, but super
distantly, from the DNR parking lot.

We finished the day with 80 species around the Hawkeye WMA area.

I've been seeing some recent eBird lists from Minnesota and the shorebird
diversity seems much better there, so hoping that shifts down our way soon,
especially in time for the IOU meeting.

eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59013850

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell, Marion
Dave Shealer, Dubuque

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Date: 8/15/19 4:52 pm
From: Noelle Wagner <noelleswagner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
Still present with the Common Loon just below the dam at 3:40.

On Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 2:28 PM Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> wrote:

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> I'm sorry, I should have been more specific in my previous email. The
> Yellow billed Loon and Common Loon were both present at 1:30.
>
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Date: 8/15/19 4:52 pm
From: Noelle Wagner <noelleswagner...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow billed Loon
Sorry, I meant above the dam.

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> I'm sorry, I should have been more specific in my previous email. The
> Yellow billed Loon and Common Loon were both present at 1:30.
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Date: 8/15/19 2:06 pm
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Updated Meal Deadline for Fall Meeting
Howdy Folks-



As an FYI, we have extended the meal registration deadline for the fall
meeting which is happening in just over a week! You can now still register
for meals until Wednesday 8/21. We have a great facility for the meeting,
and I'm very excited about the events at this meeting.



We'll have a cash bar available on Friday evening during our "welcome
reception" time as well as during the Saturday Evening Banquet.
Unfortunately we are not allowed to bring in any of our own beverages at
this location.



If you know of any budding filmmakers, please let them know about this
opportunity. Tim Barksdale will be spending time on Sunday morning making
himself available to anyone who wants to learn more about filmmaking and
specifically nature documentaries.



I look forward to seeing many of you in Pella!



Thanks,



Pip Fisher

Vice President

Iowa Ornithologists Union

515-745-5472

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Date: 8/15/19 12:28 pm
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow billed Loon

I'm sorry, I should have been more specific in my previous email. The Yellow billed Loon and Common Loon were both present at 1:30.

Jake Wiese
Lacona, Warren County


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Date: 8/15/19 11:55 am
From: Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
I am hoping to view the loons this weekend, hopefully, they will still be
there. I'm not very educated about loons, but are these two considered a
pair? A possible mating pair? Or are they just hanging out together?
Thoughts?

Thank you,

Karen Fieg
Grimes

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> The Loons are still present at 1:30 pm they are in the middle of the lake
> getting closer to shore.
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Date: 8/15/19 11:43 am
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon
The Loons are still present at 1:30 pm they are in the middle of the lake getting closer to shore.

Jake Wiese
Lacona, IA
Warren County


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Date: 8/15/19 9:12 am
From: 'Pamela Culbertson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
Yellow Loon and friend presently located off the dam at Brushy Creek.

Pam Culbertson
Des Moines, IA

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> On Aug 14, 2019, at 11:12 AM, Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
> Hank Zaletel reports that both loons are currently present off of the dam. 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 14th.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
>
>> On Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 8:03 PM Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <cootjr...> wrote:
>> Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle. Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture, and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds!
>>
>> Chasers - go!
>>
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Date: 8/14/19 2:17 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed and Common Loon Brushy Creek Webster County. IA
Good afternoon all,
What a great time we had seeing the two loons hanging our like family.
Additionally running into a lot of Iowa birders and at least 4 out-of
-state people.
Just below is an *ebird checklist* with photos of both the Yellow-billed
Loon and the Common Loon that have been hanging out at Brushy Creek for
several months according to a DNR person we spoke with yesterday.
Apparently, no one notice the difference so it went unnoticed.

One of the photos shows the big difference in both size of the loons and
the bills. The bill is long enough to give the impression of a mini-heron.

*eBird checklist*: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58965373 enjoy.

God Bless,

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

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Date: 8/14/19 2:13 pm
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon (Not a sighting)
Hey everyone,

I was thinking about heading up to Brushy Creek State Rec to check out the Loon. I wanted to see if anyone had a current update and if it was still present before making the trip up?

Thanks
Jake Wiese Warren County


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Date: 8/14/19 9:12 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
Hank Zaletel reports that both loons are currently present off of the dam.
11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 14th.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Mon, Aug 12, 2019, 8:03 PM Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <cootjr...>
wrote:

> Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the
> possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a
> photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but
> the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle.
> Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in
> profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed
> Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to
> confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I
> believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In
> the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the
> right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture,
> and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location
> is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart
> for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds!
>
> Chasers - go!
>
> Steve
> **********
> Stephen J. Dinsmore
> Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
> Iowa State University
> 203 Science II
> Ames, IA 50011
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Date: 8/13/19 5:47 pm
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] RE: Yellow-billed Loon -Webster Co.
We (Tyler Grant, Carol, Lincoln, my mother in law Sue and myself) are currently (7:47 pm) viewing the yellow-billed and the common loon from the north fishing jetty at Brushy Creek in Webster county.

Nice, easy, 50-75 yard views, and they appear to be heading towards us.

Bird well and see you in Pella!

Pip Fisher
Northern Polk Co.

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> On Aug 13, 2019, at 5:53 PM, 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> wrote:
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> Still present @ 4:40PM.
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Date: 8/13/19 3:53 pm
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] RE: Yellow-billed Loon
Still present @ 4:40PM.

iPhone Mail
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Date: 8/13/19 2:37 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
Yellow-billed Loon continues at 4:30 PM Tuesday, 8/13. It is actively
feeding along the dam with the Common Loon.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 7:54 AM Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...> wrote:

> Still present, 7:50am
>
> Joe Jungers
>
> On Aug 12, 2019, at 10:33 PM, Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
> wrote:
>
> I also observed the Common and Yellow-billed Loon pair briefly this
> evening as I was only 10 minutes away from Brushy Creek Recreation Area
> doing some birding and hunting season scouting after work. I'd echo all
> Steve's statements about the identification of this pair of birds. The two
> birds seemed to be closely associating which really highlighted the stark
> differences between them. Both birds were actively foraging and spending a
> lot of time underwater while I was there but still provided plenty of good
> looks through a scope. Great bird!
>
> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>
> On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 8:03 PM Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <
> <cootjr...> wrote:
>
>> Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the
>> possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a
>> photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but
>> the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle.
>> Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in
>> profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed
>> Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to
>> confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I
>> believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In
>> the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the
>> right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture,
>> and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location
>> is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart
>> for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds!
>>
>> Chasers - go!
>>
>> Steve
>> **********
>> Stephen J. Dinsmore
>> Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
>> Iowa State University
>> 203 Science II
>> Ames, IA 50011
>> Phone: 515-294-1348
>> E-mail: <cootjr...>
>> Web: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cootjr/
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Date: 8/13/19 12:13 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Young Gray Partridge - Linn County
I just got done checking both Linn Co. sod farms on my way back from the
Yellow-billed Loon. I didn’t see any Buff-breasted Sandpipers. There was a
lot of work being done on each farm, mowing, extracting sod, etc. Maybe
around 30 Killdeer tops between both farms. Didn’t see any Upland
Sandpipers, but not the most ideal time of day to be looking.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion


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> Todays sighting of GRAY PARTRIDGE at the Deal Road Sod Farm was that of
> two YOUNG birds. It has been assumed that they were probably nesting in
> the area, but now it is confirmed. They were between the access road and
> the maintenance building. I first saw them "sneaking" across Deal Road
> from the bean field with their heads low to the ground, before going into
> the sodded area.
>
> There were also six UPLAND SANDPIPERS near the North end of the sod farm
> and one scurrying along the gravel access road on the South end.
>
> I keep checking this area hoping for a Buff Breasted Sandpiper, but so
> far, no luck. Maybe the sighting of one near Tiffin will shortly result in
> them showing up here.
> Keeping my fingers crossed!
>
>
>
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> Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Date: 8/13/19 11:53 am
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Young Gray Partridge - Linn County
Todays sighting of GRAY PARTRIDGE at the Deal Road Sod Farm was that of two
YOUNG birds. It has been assumed that they were probably nesting in the
area, but now it is confirmed. They were between the access road and the
maintenance building. I first saw them "sneaking" across Deal Road from
the bean field with their heads low to the ground, before going into the
sodded area.

There were also six UPLAND SANDPIPERS near the North end of the sod farm
and one scurrying along the gravel access road on the South end.

I keep checking this area hoping for a Buff Breasted Sandpiper, but so far,
no luck. Maybe the sighting of one near Tiffin will shortly result in them
showing up here.
Keeping my fingers crossed!


Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Date: 8/13/19 9:56 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night-Heron in Cedar Rapids
Early this morning I spotted an adult BCNH along the shoreline of the larger portion of Cedar Lake. I was on the first bridge near the end of Shaver Road and the bird was between of the restrooms and deli & brew. I imagine it roosts in the big trees that it was under.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 8/13/19 9:05 am
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fall IOU Meeting in Pella -- Unique Field Trip
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming fall meeting! I
wanted to send out some information about a unique field trip I have been
coordinating to make everyone aware of it. We will be offering a boat based
field trip in the upper reaches of Lake Red Rock and/or Pinchey Bottoms to
allow birders much closer access to the vast expanses of
shorebird/waterbird habitat present (much of which is inaccessible or not
visible by any other means).

Transportation will be done from one of the nearby boat ramps via boats
with mud motors (if you aren't aware of what these are, think of them as
4WD for a boat) to get through much of the shallow areas. Because of this,
signup for this field trip will be capped relatively low (probably ~15
attendees, the number will be finalized after our final scouting run the
week before the meeting) and first come/first served as we won't have the
space or time to accommodate an unlimited number of attendees.

If you plan on signing up for this trip please be aware it will likely
involve a high degree of mobility (getting in and out of the boat multiple
times, probably in shallow or muddy conditions, walking through mucky/muddy
conditions on the islands present) and may be very hot with no shade or
respite from the sun so please plan accordingly. Much of this birding will
likely be scope-based and highly focused on looking through flocks of
shorebirds/gulls/pelicans (hopefully HEAPS AND PILES of shorebirds and
gulls and pelicans). If this sounds like your cup of tea then please
consider arriving right at the start of activities Friday and signing up!

Kevin Murphy, Ames

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Date: 8/13/19 6:56 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
Yellow-billed Loon is present at the dam. East pull off is best! Big Creek
Lake, Webster County, Clayton Will



On Tue, Aug 13, 2019, 7:54 AM Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...> wrote:

> Still present, 7:50am
>
> Joe Jungers
>
> On Aug 12, 2019, at 10:33 PM, Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
> wrote:
>
> I also observed the Common and Yellow-billed Loon pair briefly this
> evening as I was only 10 minutes away from Brushy Creek Recreation Area
> doing some birding and hunting season scouting after work. I'd echo all
> Steve's statements about the identification of this pair of birds. The two
> birds seemed to be closely associating which really highlighted the stark
> differences between them. Both birds were actively foraging and spending a
> lot of time underwater while I was there but still provided plenty of good
> looks through a scope. Great bird!
>
> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>
> On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 8:03 PM Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <
> <cootjr...> wrote:
>
>> Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the
>> possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a
>> photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but
>> the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle.
>> Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in
>> profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed
>> Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to
>> confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I
>> believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In
>> the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the
>> right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture,
>> and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location
>> is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart
>> for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds!
>>
>> Chasers - go!
>>
>> Steve
>> **********
>> Stephen J. Dinsmore
>> Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
>> Iowa State University
>> 203 Science II
>> Ames, IA 50011
>> Phone: 515-294-1348
>> E-mail: <cootjr...>
>> Web: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cootjr/
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Date: 8/13/19 5:54 am
From: Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
Still present, 7:50am

Joe Jungers

> On Aug 12, 2019, at 10:33 PM, Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> wrote:
>
> I also observed the Common and Yellow-billed Loon pair briefly this evening as I was only 10 minutes away from Brushy Creek Recreation Area doing some birding and hunting season scouting after work. I'd echo all Steve's statements about the identification of this pair of birds. The two birds seemed to be closely associating which really highlighted the stark differences between them. Both birds were actively foraging and spending a lot of time underwater while I was there but still provided plenty of good looks through a scope. Great bird!
>
> Kevin Murphy, Ames
>
>> On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 8:03 PM Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <cootjr...> wrote:
>> Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle. Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture, and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds!
>>
>> Chasers - go!
>>
>> Steve
>> **********
>> Stephen J. Dinsmore
>> Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
>> Iowa State University
>> 203 Science II
>> Ames, IA 50011
>> Phone: 515-294-1348
>> E-mail: <cootjr...>
>> Web: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cootjr/
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Date: 8/13/19 5:06 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Johnson county
A single Buff-breasted Sandpiper is currently at James Ave Sod Farm just
west of North Liberty. It's working the field immediately south of the
intersection of James Ave and 270th St.

Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 8/12/19 8:34 pm
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
I also observed the Common and Yellow-billed Loon pair briefly this evening
as I was only 10 minutes away from Brushy Creek Recreation Area doing some
birding and hunting season scouting after work. I'd echo all Steve's
statements about the identification of this pair of birds. The two birds
seemed to be closely associating which really highlighted the stark
differences between them. Both birds were actively foraging and spending a
lot of time underwater while I was there but still provided plenty of good
looks through a scope. Great bird!

Kevin Murphy, Ames

On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 8:03 PM Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <
<cootjr...> wrote:

> Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the
> possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a
> photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but
> the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle.
> Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in
> profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed
> Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to
> confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I
> believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In
> the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the
> right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture,
> and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location
> is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart
> for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds!
>
> Chasers - go!
>
> Steve
> **********
> Stephen J. Dinsmore
> Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
> Iowa State University
> 203 Science II
> Ames, IA 50011
> Phone: 515-294-1348
> E-mail: <cootjr...>
> Web: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cootjr/
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Date: 8/12/19 6:03 pm
From: Dinsmore, Stephen J [ENT] <cootjr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Loon.
Today I received an email from Stewart Nelson of Ames asking about the possibility of seeing Common Loons in Iowa now. He later forwarded me a photo showing two loons: one was clearly a basic-plumaged Common Loon, but the second bird was a bit out of focus and positioned at an odd angle. Despite these challenges, I thought the second bird's bill looked large in profile and pale, and wondered about the possibility of a Yellow-billed Loon. This evening I followed up on the sighting and was surprised to confirm my hunch - the second bird is a subadult Yellow-billed Loon. I believe this is the sixth record for Iowa, and the second from summer. In the attached photo the Yellow-billed is on the left and the Common on the right. Note the differences in bill size, shape, and color, head posture, and the generally pale-headed appearance of the Yellow-billed. The location is Brushy Creek Recreation Area in Webster County. Many thanks to Stewart for prompting me to take a closer look at these birds!

Chasers - go!

Steve
**********
Stephen J. Dinsmore
Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management
Iowa State University
203 Science II
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-1348
E-mail: <cootjr...><mailto:<cootjr...>
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Date: 8/12/19 4:36 am
From: Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BALD EAGLE SUMMER FISHING
mature bald eagle "joined" gulls and terns fishing Big Spirit Lake last
evening....dipped down in flight and grabbed a small fish

bob thorbrogger
Spirit Lake

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Date: 8/11/19 8:45 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebes & Eastern Screech Owl
In Dickinson County this morning I observed two adult *Red-necked Grebes*
with 2 young at Grover's Lake, near the MN state line. Karen Disbrow also
viewed them, as we had both gone birding after completing our staffing the
IOU and Iowa Audubon booths at Saturday's Okoboji Blue Water Festival.
These are likely the same RNGRs Lee Schoenewe reported about a month ago,
adults with a larger young brood at that time.

Back home at 10:15 this evening I an *Eastern Screech Owl* was whinnying in
our backyard--a new yard bird for us in Ogden after living here for for 18
years.

Doug Harr

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Date: 8/11/19 7:46 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Fall IOU Meeting is 2 Weeks Away!
Pip,
Do you have a list of the field trips so I can make so possible plans
for Saturday and Sunday? Thanks.

God Bless,

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


On Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 4:58 PM Pip Fisher <pip...> wrote:

> Howdy Birders-
>
>
>
> In case you haven’t been watching the calendar, the Fall IOU Meeting in
> Pella is just 2 weeks away! Friday 8/23 we’ll kick things off as we gather
> to decide which field trip you want attend and catch up with old friends.
> Saturday there are field trips in the morning and presentations and the IOU
> Membership meeting in the afternoon. Saturday evening is the banquet with a
> presentation by Tim Barksdale “Filming the End of Nature.”
>
>
>
> Sunday we’ll have more field trips followed by a round-up of what we saw
> and a final debrief.
>
>
>
> You don’t need to be a member of the IOU to attend the meeting. Your $20
> registration gets you into EVERYTHING! Meals are separate, but not required.
>
>
>
> Additionally, this meeting will have something special that we haven’t
> done before. Our keynote speaker Tim Barksdale has arranged for us to be
> able to show several unreleased nature films by other world class nature
> documentary producers. There will be a screening room running all day
> Saturday and Sunday morning showing these films. The films alone are worth
> the $20 registration fee. The titles include: *Tale of the Tides*, by
> Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone, *Secret Life of Cats* by Allison Argo, *March
> of the Penguins*, *Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life*, *Winged
> Migration*, and at least one of the *Life of Birds* programs. Last and
> certainly not least: Two films by Tim Barksdale: *Adventures with
> Birdman, Episode Ecuador-Jocotoco Antpitta* and *Battle on the Booming
> Grounds.*
>
>
>
> Registration deadline is 8/15 for meals. You can register for the meeting
> on-site, your name tag just won’t be as pretty. J
>
>
>
> Contact me if you have any questions or have an afternoon presentation you
> are dying to present to a group of birders and nature lovers!
>
>
>
> Bird Well,
>
>
>
> Pip Fisher
>
> Vice President
>
> Iowa Ornithologists Union
>
> 515-745-5472
>
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Date: 8/11/19 5:22 pm
From: Cecille Thompson <cecillethompson...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Call for IBL Photos Taken March-July 2018
Thanks, Ann!

All - It works best with my process if you send them directly to me (
<cecillethompson...>). Please include the following information for
each photo:

Species, Sighting Location, County of Sighting, Date of Sighting


No need to wait for a specific "start date" to send your photos. Go ahead
and send them as you process them!


Thanks!

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> Just to piggy-back on Cecille's message for photos, we are working hard to
> get Iowa Bird Life back up to speed so also need photos for all of 2019.
> Cecille can file them for the appropriate season so keep them coming!
> Ann Johnson
>
> On Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 9:57:52 AM UTC-5, Cecille Thompson wrote:
>>
>> Publications Committee is working hard to bring our IBL issues caught
>> up. Final prep is taking place for 2018 volume 2. For 2018 volumes 3 and
>> 4 we are very short on photos. If you've been hanging on to yours, now is
>> the time to get them submitted. I know several exist on some of your
>> cameras (or computers).
>> Deadline for photos taken March-May 2018: Friday, 8/23
>> Deadline for photos taken June-July 2018: Friday, 9/6
>> Thanks for participating!
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Date: 8/11/19 5:10 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj0718...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Call for IBL Photos Taken March-July 2018
Just to piggy-back on Cecille's message for photos, we are working hard to
get Iowa Bird Life back up to speed so also need photos for all of 2019.
Cecille can file them for the appropriate season so keep them coming!
Ann Johnson

On Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 9:57:52 AM UTC-5, Cecille Thompson wrote:
>
> Publications Committee is working hard to bring our IBL issues caught up.
> Final prep is taking place for 2018 volume 2. For 2018 volumes 3 and 4 we
> are very short on photos. If you've been hanging on to yours, now is the
> time to get them submitted. I know several exist on some of your cameras
> (or computers).
> Deadline for photos taken March-May 2018: Friday, 8/23
> Deadline for photos taken June-July 2018: Friday, 9/6
> Thanks for participating!
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> Johnston/Polk
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Date: 8/11/19 2:58 pm
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fall IOU Meeting is 2 Weeks Away!
Howdy Birders-



In case you haven't been watching the calendar, the Fall IOU Meeting in
Pella is just 2 weeks away! Friday 8/23 we'll kick things off as we gather
to decide which field trip you want attend and catch up with old friends.
Saturday there are field trips in the morning and presentations and the IOU
Membership meeting in the afternoon. Saturday evening is the banquet with a
presentation by Tim Barksdale "Filming the End of Nature."



Sunday we'll have more field trips followed by a round-up of what we saw and
a final debrief.



You don't need to be a member of the IOU to attend the meeting. Your $20
registration gets you into EVERYTHING! Meals are separate, but not required.



Additionally, this meeting will have something special that we haven't done
before. Our keynote speaker Tim Barksdale has arranged for us to be able to
show several unreleased nature films by other world class nature documentary
producers. There will be a screening room running all day Saturday and
Sunday morning showing these films. The films alone are worth the $20
registration fee. The titles include: Tale of the Tides, by Mark Deeble and
Victoria Stone, Secret Life of Cats by Allison Argo, March of the Penguins,
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, Winged Migration, and at least one of
the Life of Birds programs. Last and certainly not least: Two films by Tim
Barksdale: Adventures with Birdman, Episode Ecuador-Jocotoco Antpitta and
Battle on the Booming Grounds.



Registration deadline is 8/15 for meals. You can register for the meeting
on-site, your name tag just won't be as pretty. :)



Contact me if you have any questions or have an afternoon presentation you
are dying to present to a group of birders and nature lovers!



Bird Well,



Pip Fisher

Vice President

Iowa Ornithologists Union

515-745-5472

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Date: 8/11/19 1:19 pm
From: Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Cedar Rapids
I also saw a male and female (or juvenile) summer tanager, my FOY, at
Jester Park lodge area parking lot. Calling and calling to me to go away.
Also, across Saylorville Lake, at the top of the spillway in Polk City, a
pair of Osprey flying and calling to each other. Did not stay long, as a
pontoon boat was coming around the bend.

Karen Fieg
Grimes

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> The 1.8 mile multi purpose trail at Prairie Park Fishery in SE Cedar
> Rapids is used by runners, dog walkers, cyclists, farriers, mimes, retired
> phlebotomists, you know, the usual cast of characters. Today, at the 0.3
> mile marker (or 1.5 mile depending on your point of view),
> I heard the kitti-tuck call of a Summer Tanager, and soon a male popped
> into view.
>
> A number of people (2 to be precise) have asked about my ongoing 5MR
> year. This SUTA is species #122, all found within 5 miles of my
> refrigerator. It has been a feel good pursuit, as my carbon footprint has
> been much smaller than usual this year.
>
> Bill Scheible
> Cedar Rapids
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Date: 8/11/19 11:12 am
From: William Scheible <thiolase...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Cedar Rapids
The 1.8 mile multi purpose trail at Prairie Park Fishery in SE Cedar Rapids is used by runners, dog walkers, cyclists, farriers, mimes, retired phlebotomists, you know, the usual cast of characters. Today, at the 0.3 mile marker (or 1.5 mile depending on your point of view),
I heard the kitti-tuck call of a Summer Tanager, and soon a male popped into view.

A number of people (2 to be precise) have asked about my ongoing 5MR year. This SUTA is species #122, all found within 5 miles of my refrigerator. It has been a feel good pursuit, as my carbon footprint has been much smaller than usual this year.

Bill Scheible
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 8/11/19 8:36 am
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hartman Reserve - Olive-sided Flycatcher
This morning, in preparation for our afternoon Audubon talk and walk on Birds of Hartman/Bird Friendly Iowa, I walked the trails around Hartman Reserve in Waterloo for an hour. Pretty quiet except for the usuals, including a Carolina Wren, family of Indigo Bunting, etc. . Then while standing by the feeders an Olive Sided Flycatcher started singing down below. Clear as day - Quick, three beers - over and over again. I thought I was hearing things as I rarely hear them in Iowa. The early date for one is Aug. 2 and soon migration will pick up as will better chances of seeing this bird and others. Maybe we will actually see it this afternoon.

Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Date: 8/11/19 8:01 am
From: Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] little blue heron
"resides" at Brooks golf course ponds on yellow course hole # 3...Okoboji
Iowa

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 8/11/19 6:10 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Red Rock and Pinchey Bottoms Sat.
Yesterday I made the long journey to mainly look for shorebirds. The reservoir was pretty quiet, only some R-b Gulls with several Franklin's Gulls and a few Forster's Terns. I did get a BUFF-BREASTED S. in the Whitebreast pt. area

At Pinchey Bottoms, there is some really good looking shorebird habitat, and it should be prime for the upcoming meeting. Here, I tallied 14 species of shorebirds. The more notables being a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, a BLACK-BELLIED P. and 2 W. PHALAROPES.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo


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Date: 8/10/19 2:10 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Linn Co. sod farms
Today at the Troy Mills Rd/Deal Rd sod farm there were no less than eight
UPLAND SANDPIPERS along the north edge and far northwest corner of the
property. At the southern edge along Deal Rd, a pair of GRAY PARTRIDGE were
seen again, by where a gravel access road goes north into the sod farm.
Both meadowlark species were either singing or vocalizing.

The other sod farm west of Alburnett had a very healthy amount of Horned
Lark, many of which were juveniles. Distant meadowlarks did their best
impressions of Buff-breasted Sandpipers.

I wasn’t able to locate a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at either sod farm.
Perhaps I’m too late in my search.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 8/10/19 9:26 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black - bellied plover at Jester Park-Polk Co
The Des Moines Audubon outing found the plover in the mud flats across from the RV Campground ( not sure the campground number). It could also be seen from campground 4 too.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 8/10/19 7:57 am
From: Cecille Thompson <cecillethompson...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Call for IBL Photos Taken March-July 2018
Publications Committee is working hard to bring our IBL issues caught up.
Final prep is taking place for 2018 volume 2. For 2018 volumes 3 and 4 we
are very short on photos. If you've been hanging on to yours, now is the
time to get them submitted. I know several exist on some of your cameras
(or computers).
Deadline for photos taken March-May 2018: Friday, 8/23
Deadline for photos taken June-July 2018: Friday, 9/6
Thanks for participating!
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Date: 8/9/19 3:48 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Grebes @ Trumbull Lake
Found a pair of Red-necked Grebes & a Western Grebe on Trumbull Lake early
this afternoon. No wind, so lake was like glass. But Grebes were a long way
out, causing heat waves to make scope hard to use above 20-40 mm range.

Doug Harr

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Date: 8/9/19 2:16 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 8-9-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, August 3, through Friday, August 9,
2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE





-Additional Species Mentioned

Mississippi Kite

American Avocet

Blue Grosbeak (East)



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



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





*EAST:*



JOHNSON COUNTY:

5 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen from the end of James Ave at the Hawkeye WA on
the 5th.



A BLUE GROSBEAK continues at Prairie Park in Iowa City on the 6th.



*SOUTHEAST:*



LEE COUNTY:

A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen off Mississippi River Road and Koelher Lane on the
7th.







*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen at Terra Park on the 3rd. This bird was last
seen on the 7th.





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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
August 16, 2019 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: 8/9/19 6:26 am
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: anecdotal - Hummingbirds
Steve: Thanks for the post. Is the lack of understory a new development
this year? Up here by Boone, the few prickly ash near me were defoliated
not long after leafing out but I never saw the caterpillars.

Although I'm not a keen record keeper, it seems the hummingbird nesting was
"late" this year. We had the normal 2-3 males and a few females around our
house, but only in the past few days have we seen confirmed immatures. The
males are just lazying around at the moment. Interest in the feeders has
ebbed and flowed all summer- pretty slow right now too. I just attributed
it to availability of natural food, but I'm no expert! We never do see
hoards of hummers at our feeders.

Karl Jungbluth, 2 miles south of Boone

On Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:34:13 PM UTC-5, saharv23 wrote:
>
> Normally this time of year I'm feeding 32 - 48 oz/day of nectar to
> uncountable hoards of ruby-throated hummingbirds: fledglings are flocking
> the feeders and the early migrating males are competing with them. This
> year there is a paucity of the wee flitterers, and I'm feeding less than 8
> oz/day. A near 50/50 mix of m/f. adults.
>
> Another observation is that locally, in my adjacent oak/hickory timber,
> there is a definite lack of understory. e.g. prickly ash, buck brush where
> one might expect RTHU to nest.
> Comments?
>
> Steve
> rural Clarke County
>
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Date: 8/8/19 6:15 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] odd Summer Tanager behavior in Johnston
I had a pair of SUMMER TANAGERS around the yard through May, but they
disappeared after that. In the third week of July, an adult male showed up
in the neighborhood. Ever since, it has called for hours every evening. He
starts around 5:30 - 6:00 and doesn't stop until 8:00. It never shuts up!
He doesn't sing, just does the chuckling call. He stays in the treetops and
moves around a bit, but it's a small territory. I occasionally hear a
second bird, but a couple of nights ago it also called for almost two hours.
Any idea what's going on?



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 8/8/19 4:34 pm
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] anecdotal - Hummingbirds
Normally this time of year I'm feeding 32 - 48 oz/day of nectar to
uncountable hoards of ruby-throated hummingbirds:  fledglings are
flocking the feeders and the early migrating males are competing with
them.  This year there is a paucity of the wee flitterers, and I'm
feeding less than 8 oz/day.   A near 50/50 mix of m/f. adults.

Another observation is that locally, in my adjacent oak/hickory timber,
there is a definite lack of understory.  e.g. prickly ash, buck brush
where one might expect RTHU to nest.
Comments?

Steve
rural Clarke County

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Date: 8/7/19 6:58 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak
I spotted a Blue Grosbeak in.Lee County. It was at 40.51644 by -91.3805.
This is off Mississippi River Road and Koelher Lane
Tom Johnson Mystic, Iowa




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Date: 8/7/19 11:41 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite at Terra Park - Polk Co.
I saw one Mississippi kite fly over the parking lot at Terra Park in
Johnston at 12:15 today.
Diane Dentlinger
Des Moines

On Mon, Aug 5, 2019, 7:11 PM Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
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> I decided to check out the MS kites at Terra Park today just after 11am
> and saw three kites soaring around the pond. I could have parked in the
> main lot and not left the car and had good views of all three.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale, IA
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Date: 8/7/19 10:46 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] NOT Iowa Sighting
I see you got the bird this AM, congratulations!

James Huntington and I went down yesterday and saw it. Definitely worth the
trip. Emiquon NWR is about two hours south of the Quad Cities or about an
hour east of Keokuk. It was built to help restore habitats destroyed when
the flow of the Illinois River was reversed many, many years ago. There is
also a white morph male Ruff at the dike located near Goofy Ridge. This is
25 minutes from the Little Stint location. Both locations have hundreds to
thousands of shorebirds right now, with great diversity.

The stint is being seen between the North Globe and South Globe units, park
here (40.3418277, -90.0929520). Park here for the Ruff, (40.3995729,
-89.9418516).

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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> My truck unexpectedly took me over to Illinois for a try at the Little
> Stint seen there. Arrived 6:15. Bird was on the ground in someone's
> scope but before I was able to check it out many of them flushed as if a
> Peragrine had come over but we did not sight anything. Searched until
> 8:10 and got what I think was the bird but lighting was so poor and I
> wanted so badly to see it that it could have been a figment of my often
> dotty mind. Stayed over and will head out for the AM session in hopes of
> getting a look that allows me to put it on my list.
>
> Thanks for letting me share my out of state "walkabout" thanks to my
> truck's mind of it's own.
>
> God Bless,
>
> *Paul O. Roisen*
> *Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 8/7/19 3:13 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] NOT Iowa Sighting
My truck unexpectedly took me over to Illinois for a try at the Little
Stint seen there. Arrived 6:15. Bird was on the ground in someone's
scope but before I was able to check it out many of them flushed as if a
Peragrine had come over but we did not sight anything. Searched until
8:10 and got what I think was the bird but lighting was so poor and I
wanted so badly to see it that it could have been a figment of my often
dotty mind. Stayed over and will head out for the AM session in hopes of
getting a look that allows me to put it on my list.

Thanks for letting me share my out of state "walkabout" thanks to my
truck's mind of it's own.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 8/6/19 5:16 pm
From: englander.julie <englander.julie...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak continues at Prairie Park Iowa City
I saw the Blue Grosbeak today along the same location James Huntington
described in an earlier post. This bird was slightly farther down going SW
from the fishing dock. Standing in front of a black bench with the plate,
"Wallace Family, Happy Memories", looking toward the big pond, the bird
was singing at the top of a small Oak tree. Happy memories....indeed. A
lifer for me. On this walk, I also saw a couple of Green Herons.

Julie

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Date: 8/6/19 2:26 pm
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Upland Sandpiper - Linn County
I had a second encounter with Upland Sandpiper today at the Sod Farm at
Deal Rd. and Troy Mills Rd. in Northern Linn County. Today, they were
hanging out near the North fence line and a scope was needed. There were
two Uplands viewed from Troy Mills Road looking toward the West. The grass
has been mowed short, but there is some taller cover crop further West and
weeds along the fence row that could have hidden others from view.

Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Date: 8/6/19 11:16 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite flyover about 11:10 AM, seen by Bill Tollefson and myself.
I had the pleasure of a chance meeting of Bill Tollefson from Cedar Rapids
this morning at the East end of Terra Park in Johnston while I was using
the life jacket shelter as a bird blind!
After we watched the sky and visited a little bit Bill walked toward West
end of the park. I heard two shrill calls and looked NE to see a MK coming
toward me.
It turned and went directly North over the trees and I was able to get one
photo. Wow they are fast! I looked up and Bill was walking back toward me
and I thought he may have seen it too.
He had seen the MK as it flew North and out of sight over the tree tops.
Great morning! Clayton Will Madrid, IA. August 6, 2019

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Date: 8/5/19 5:50 pm
From: 'Reid I. Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kites & Upland Sandpiper
This afternoon, about 1:20PM, Pam and I saw 2 Mississippi Kites circling
above the trees to the east of Terra Park in Johnston. We had parked
near the playground and waited only 30 minutes before the kites appeared.

Earlier today, we found one Upland Sandpiper in a field just east of T
Avenue and just north of 250th Street in Dallas County.  This is the
traditional sod farm on 250th.  The field seemed to have been mowed/cut
recently.

Reid & Pam Allen
West Des Moines

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Date: 8/5/19 5:11 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kites at Terra Park - Polk Co.
I decided to check out the MS kites at Terra Park today just after 11am and
saw three kites soaring around the pond. I could have parked in the main
lot and not left the car and had good views of all three.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA


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Date: 8/5/19 10:35 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Avocets - Hawkeye Wildlife Area
Lately, shorebirding at Hawkeye has settled into a routine of scoping many Pecs plus a few extras. Today the extras improved with 5 AMERICAN AVOCETS, scoped
N.W. from the end of James Ave. at a very long distance. At Sand Point some of the other extras were;

2 Stilt Sandpipers (Juv. and adult)
1 Short-billed Dowitcher (Juv.)
2 Baird's Sandpipers (adults)

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 8/4/19 4:51 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake - Jester Park - South lake access road.
Granger, Iowa, Saylorville Lake mud flats East of Jester Park campground
#2. August 3, 2019

On Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at 10:27 PM Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:

> This evening I had the pleasure of viewing a thousand or two shorebirds
> from the road below the barricade with Terry and Mark Proescholdt.
> We saw Baird's, Stilt, Pectoral, Solitary and Least Sandpiper's along with
> the hundreds of Killdeer, Pelicans and some ducks before it got too dark to
> see anymore.
> Since the Corp has been permitted to draw down the lake 2.5' more than
> previous years it makes for a lot more mud flats but the birds are a lot
> further out.
>
> Clayton Will, Madrid, Iowa
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Date: 8/3/19 8:27 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake - Jester Park - South lake access road.
This evening I had the pleasure of viewing a thousand or two shorebirds
from the road below the barricade with Terry and Mark Proescholdt.
We saw Baird's, Stilt, Pectoral, Solitary and Least Sandpiper's along with
the hundreds of Killdeer, Pelicans and some ducks before it got too dark to
see anymore.
Since the Corp has been permitted to draw down the lake 2.5' more than
previous years it makes for a lot more mud flats but the birds are a lot
further out.

Clayton Will, Madrid, Iowa

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Date: 8/3/19 8:10 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite in Johnston
I had a MISSISSIPPI KITE again this morning at Terra Park in Johnston. It
flew over me at the north end of the Doc Brown Loop.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 8/2/19 2:17 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 8-2-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Thursday, July 25, through Friday, August 2,
2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



UNRECORDED:

***HEERMANN’S GULL***



ACCIDENTAL:

**RED KNOT**



CASUAL:

*BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK*





-Additional Species Mentioned

Mississippi Kite

Common Gallinule

Piping Plover

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Blue Grosbeak (East)





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



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





*EAST:*



LINN COUNTY:

A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK continues at Cedar Lake on the 25th. It was
last seen on the 30th .



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen along James Ave at the Hawkeye WA on the 26th.



Shorebird highlights from Hawkeye WA between Sand Point and James Ave ON
THE 27th included PIPING PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and 2 MARBLED GODWITS.



JACKSON COUNTY:

COMMON GALLINULES are still being seen at Green Island WMA on the 30th.





*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A HEERMANN’S GULL and 5 RED KNOTS were seen from the Big Creek spillway on
the 28th. All were still present on the 29th.



A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen at Terra Park in Johnston on the 28th.





*WEST:*



POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY:

As many as 10 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS are being seen at Lake Manawa
as recently as the 27th.





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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
August 9, 2019 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: 8/2/19 8:20 am
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
Thanks, Clayton!

Carolyn

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 2, 2019, at 8:53 AM, Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:
>
> No Heermann's Gull or Red Knots on August 1st or 2nd at Saylorville Reservoir. I thought it might have been out in the middle last evening but enlarging the photo I don't think so.
> This morning 8/2 I scoped all of the mud flats several times from the Big Creek Spillway access without success.
>
> Clayton Will, Madrid, IA
>
>> On Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:31:10 PM UTC-5, silcock wrote:
>> Just checked eBird, no sightings yet reported for today 30 July. Did anyone see the gull and/or the knots today? I haven't been able to make it to DM until tomorrow at the earliest, unfortunately.
>>
>> Ross
>>
>> Ross Silcock
>> Seasonal Reports Compiler
>> Nebraska Bird Review
>> Co-Author "Birds of Nebraska- Online"
>> www.birdsofnebraska.org<http://www.birdsofnebraska.org>
>> Tabor, IA 51653
>> 402-618-4933
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 8/2/19 6:53 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
No Heermann's Gull or Red Knots on August 1st or 2nd at Saylorville
Reservoir. I thought it might have been out in the middle last evening but
enlarging the photo I don't think so.
This morning 8/2 I scoped all of the mud flats several times from the Big
Creek Spillway access without success.

Clayton Will, Madrid, IA

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:31:10 PM UTC-5, silcock wrote:
>
> Just checked eBird, no sightings yet reported for today 30 July. Did
> anyone see the gull and/or the knots today? I haven't been able to make it
> to DM until tomorrow at the earliest, unfortunately.
>
> Ross
>
> Ross Silcock
> Seasonal Reports Compiler
> Nebraska Bird Review
> Co-Author "Birds of Nebraska- Online"
> www.birdsofnebraska.org<http://www.birdsofnebraska.org>
> Tabor, IA 51653
> 402-618-4933
>
>
>
>
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Date: 7/31/19 7:15 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
Wednesday, July 31, 8:00 AM. The Heermann's Gull was not present. A lot of
shorebirds way out on the mud flats and a couple thousand American White
Pelicans. Clayton Will, Madrid, Iowa

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:31:10 PM UTC-5, silcock wrote:
>
> Just checked eBird, no sightings yet reported for today 30 July. Did
> anyone see the gull and/or the knots today? I haven't been able to make it
> to DM until tomorrow at the earliest, unfortunately.
>
> Ross
>
> Ross Silcock
> Seasonal Reports Compiler
> Nebraska Bird Review
> Co-Author "Birds of Nebraska- Online"
> www.birdsofnebraska.org<http://www.birdsofnebraska.org>
> Tabor, IA 51653
> 402-618-4933
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 7/30/19 10:00 pm
From: Roger Rose <admiral.de.ruyter...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BBWD Cedar Lake (Cedar Rapids)
BBWD was present at 7:00 PM 7/30/2019.





Roger Rose

North Liberty

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Date: 7/30/19 8:03 pm
From: Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Goose Lake and Green Island
Oh, shoot, forgot to mention the short billed dowitchers at Green Island.
A first for me! :-)

Jeanne
Buffalo, IA

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 10:03:02 PM UTC-5, Jeanne Hedges wrote:
>
> I won't list all the things we saw this time. The highlights were a rusty
> blackbird at Goose Lake along the access road back to the boat ramp and at
> Green Island we saw several common gallinules, one with a baby, a pair of
> trumpeter swans and several sandhills. Perhaps the most fun, though
> obviously not rare, were quite a few pied billed grebe babies. They are
> pretty adorable. Watched one baby gobble down a fish Dad caught that was
> about half as big as the baby. I assumed it was Dad because he caught the
> fish and was fiddling around with it too long so the other adult who was
> watching the kids (presumably Mom) came over and grabbed it away from him
> and fed it immediately to the baby. "Don't mess around, Dad, just feed the
> kid!"
>
> Jeanne
> Buffalo, IA
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Date: 7/30/19 8:03 pm
From: Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Goose Lake and Green Island
I won't list all the things we saw this time. The highlights were a rusty
blackbird at Goose Lake along the access road back to the boat ramp and at
Green Island we saw several common gallinules, one with a baby, a pair of
trumpeter swans and several sandhills. Perhaps the most fun, though
obviously not rare, were quite a few pied billed grebe babies. They are
pretty adorable. Watched one baby gobble down a fish Dad caught that was
about half as big as the baby. I assumed it was Dad because he caught the
fish and was fiddling around with it too long so the other adult who was
watching the kids (presumably Mom) came over and grabbed it away from him
and fed it immediately to the baby. "Don't mess around, Dad, just feed the
kid!"

Jeanne
Buffalo, IA

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Date: 7/30/19 6:17 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] RE: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
Bill and folks who replied- I’m trying to be a good Iowan and look east on occasion- I appreciate the replies even though they suggest the Heermann’s Gull has moved. Maybe it’s now looking west and heading home across Nebraska. By the way, Hiway 2 is open and I can actually drive directly to Nebraska!

Thanks again to those who responded.

Ross

From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> On Behalf Of William Scheible
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:41 PM
To: Ross Silcock <silcock...>; 'IA-BIRD (<ia-bird...>)' <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?

Ross, the bird is in Iowa, not Nebraska.
Hang loose, old timer!
Bill
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Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:31:03 PM
To: 'IA-BIRD (<ia-bird...><mailto:<ia-bird...>)' <ia-bird...><mailto:<ia-bird...>>
Subject: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?

Just checked eBird, no sightings yet reported for today 30 July. Did anyone see the gull and/or the knots today? I haven’t been able to make it to DM until tomorrow at the earliest, unfortunately.

Ross

Ross Silcock
Seasonal Reports Compiler
Nebraska Bird Review
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www.birdsofnebraska.org<http://www.birdsofnebraska.org>
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Date: 7/30/19 5:49 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dunlin and others near Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
Hi All-
The (permanently) flooded field just south of Sand Lake at Terry
Trueblood had a lot of shorebirds this evening when I stopped to look
briefly. Unfortunately the lighting was terrible and made the birds pretty
silhouetted. I did see a few Dunlin and a couple birds Dunlin-sized that
did not seem to be Dunlin (not sure what they were), Yellowlegs and perhaps
Least. Mallards and a few Teal there as well. It will probably be worth
checking out regularly, in better lighting, to see what's passing
through.........

Fawn in Riverside

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Date: 7/30/19 5:46 pm
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
Stuart and I searched for the Heerman’s Gull at the spillway and other
sites around Saylorville with no success. We found a Paul Skrade, who also
was unsuccessful. We checked Sandpiper Beach and below the dam at Bob
Shetler.
Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines

On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 6:31 PM Ross Silcock <silcock...>
wrote:

> Just checked eBird, no sightings yet reported for today 30 July. Did
> anyone see the gull and/or the knots today? I haven't been able to make it
> to DM until tomorrow at the earliest, unfortunately.
>
> Ross
>
> Ross Silcock
> Seasonal Reports Compiler
> Nebraska Bird Review
> Co-Author "Birds of Nebraska- Online"
> www.birdsofnebraska.org<http://www.birdsofnebraska.org>
> Tabor, IA 51653
> 402-618-4933
>
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Date: 7/30/19 4:41 pm
From: William Scheible <thiolase...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
Ross, the bird is in Iowa, not Nebraska.
Hang loose, old timer!

Bill

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Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:31:03 PM
To: 'IA-BIRD (<ia-bird...>)' <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?

Just checked eBird, no sightings yet reported for today 30 July. Did anyone see the gull and/or the knots today? I haven’t been able to make it to DM until tomorrow at the earliest, unfortunately.

Ross

Ross Silcock
Seasonal Reports Compiler
Nebraska Bird Review
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www.birdsofnebraska.org<http://www.birdsofnebraska.org>
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Date: 7/30/19 4:31 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull, Red Knots?
Just checked eBird, no sightings yet reported for today 30 July. Did anyone see the gull and/or the knots today? I haven't been able to make it to DM until tomorrow at the earliest, unfortunately.

Ross

Ross Silcock
Seasonal Reports Compiler
Nebraska Bird Review
Co-Author "Birds of Nebraska- Online"
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Tabor, IA 51653
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Date: 7/30/19 10:59 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] more IOU fall meeting lodging info
Paul Roisen was able to get the Pella Super 8 to reserve ten rooms for our
group for $65/night. You have to reserve them by August 9th.



Thanks,

Denny Thompson



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Date: 7/30/19 10:10 am
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting, question about BBWD and more
I am referring to the BBWD, Heerman’s Gull and Red Knots. Unable to go earlier, but if they are still around could go tomorrow or Thursday. Would need locations for them.
Thank you.

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Packwood, Iowa
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Date: 7/30/19 9:13 am
From: roisenp1950 <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] FW: [NEBirds] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Manawa--A growing group?
Karen,
Did you ever receive instruction on how to get to see the Black-Bellied
Whistling Ducks? If not, please let me know. God Bless.

God Bless,

Paul Roisen

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Date: 7/30/19 8:20 am
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
Indeed!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 30, 2019, at 10:19 AM, Richard Hollis <xiboia...> wrote:
>
> And all of those folks spent some money doing that, whether it was gas or food or what not. Would be nice if the Register had a note about it.
>
>
> Rick Hollis
> rural North Liberty IA
>
> 319 665 3141
> 319 541 8085 [mobile]
>
> <xiboia...>
>
>> On Jul 29, 2019, at 10:17 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>>
>> It was a great pleasure so see so many of friends and fellow birders today at the Herrmann's Gull location. It would be interesting to compile a list all the people who managed to make it over today snd view this incredible bird that Arron Brees found and posted so quickly.
>>
>> Here are the people that I spoke to today or know showed up. If I left someone out please let me know so they can be added to the list. Nothing special about this list just interesting keeping track of the people who come to see this beautiful gull.
>>
>> Aaron Brees IA
>> Jay Gilliam IA
>> Brandon Caswell IA
>> Ray Cummins IA
>> Denny Thompson IA
>> R.J. Thompson IA
>> Ann Johnson IA
>> Chris Edwards IA
>> Art Check IA
>> Eric Ollie IA
>> John Bissell IA
>> Wolf Oesterreich. IA
>> Jacob Newton IA
>> Dylan Osterhaus IA
>> Tommy Stone IA
>> Keith Dyche IA
>> Mark Proescholdt IA
>> Terry Proescholdt IA
>> Gerald White IA
>> Ulrick and Nadia Grimaldi IA
>> Diane Dentlinger IA
>> Carolyn Fischer IA
>> Betty Lucas IA
>> Curt Nelson IA
>> Pam Allen IA
>> Reid Allen IA
>> James Huntington IA
>> Gerald Denning IA
>> Diana Pesek IA
>> Joe Junger IA
>> Karla Junger IA
>> Hank Zaletel IA
>> Loren Padelford Nebraska
>> Babs Padelford Nebraska
>> Melissa Cory IA
>> Bob Cecil IA
>> John Cecil IA
>> Clayton Will IA
>> Bill Thomas ??
>> Jayden Bowen ??
>> Connor Lanagan IA
>> Danny Akers IA
>> Tony Moline IA
>> Craig Kruse IA
>> ????
>> Randy Nichols ??
>> Tyler Harms IA
>> Paul Roisen IA
>> ????
>> ????
>> There are two/three persons that I should have put down but my failing memory is true to form--it has failed me.
>>
>> If you know of anyone else who was blessed with see this 1st Record Herrmann's Gull please let me know. Also I am unsure of the state these people are from ??.
>>
>> Paul O. Roisen
>> Woodbury County, IA
>> Mobile 712-301-2817
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Date: 7/30/19 8:19 am
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
And all of those folks spent some money doing that, whether it was gas or food or what not. Would be nice if the Register had a note about it.


Rick Hollis
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> On Jul 29, 2019, at 10:17 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>
> It was a great pleasure so see so many of friends and fellow birders today at the Herrmann's Gull location. It would be interesting to compile a list all the people who managed to make it over today snd view this incredible bird that Arron Brees found and posted so quickly.
>
> Here are the people that I spoke to today or know showed up. If I left someone out please let me know so they can be added to the list. Nothing special about this list just interesting keeping track of the people who come to see this beautiful gull.
>
> Aaron Brees IA
> Jay Gilliam IA
> Brandon Caswell IA
> Ray Cummins IA
> Denny Thompson IA
> R.J. Thompson IA
> Ann Johnson IA
> Chris Edwards IA
> Art Check IA
> Eric Ollie IA
> John Bissell IA
> Wolf Oesterreich. IA
> Jacob Newton IA
> Dylan Osterhaus IA
> Tommy Stone IA
> Keith Dyche IA
> Mark Proescholdt IA
> Terry Proescholdt IA
> Gerald White IA
> Ulrick and Nadia Grimaldi IA
> Diane Dentlinger IA
> Carolyn Fischer IA
> Betty Lucas IA
> Curt Nelson IA
> Pam Allen IA
> Reid Allen IA
> James Huntington IA
> Gerald Denning IA
> Diana Pesek IA
> Joe Junger IA
> Karla Junger IA
> Hank Zaletel IA
> Loren Padelford Nebraska
> Babs Padelford Nebraska
> Melissa Cory IA
> Bob Cecil IA
> John Cecil IA
> Clayton Will IA
> Bill Thomas ??
> Jayden Bowen ??
> Connor Lanagan IA
> Danny Akers IA
> Tony Moline IA
> Craig Kruse IA
> ????
> Randy Nichols ??
> Tyler Harms IA
> Paul Roisen IA
> ????
> ????
> There are two/three persons that I should have put down but my failing memory is true to form--it has failed me.
>
> If you know of anyone else who was blessed with see this 1st Record Herrmann's Gull please let me know. Also I am unsure of the state these people are from ??.
>
> Paul O. Roisen
> Woodbury County, IA
> Mobile 712-301-2817
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Date: 7/29/19 8:17 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
It was a great pleasure so see so many of friends and fellow birders today
at the Herrmann's Gull location. It would be interesting to compile a list
all the people who managed to make it over today snd view this incredible
bird that Arron Brees found and posted so quickly.

Here are the people that I spoke to today or know showed up. If I left
someone out please let me know so they can be added to the list. Nothing
special about this list just interesting keeping track of the people who
come to see this beautiful gull.

Aaron Brees IA
Jay Gilliam IA
Brandon Caswell IA
Ray Cummins IA
Denny Thompson IA
R.J. Thompson IA
Ann Johnson IA
Chris Edwards IA
Art Check IA
Eric Ollie IA
John Bissell IA
Wolf Oesterreich. IA
Jacob Newton IA
Dylan Osterhaus IA
Tommy Stone IA
Keith Dyche IA
Mark Proescholdt IA
Terry Proescholdt IA
Gerald White IA
Ulrick and Nadia Grimaldi IA
Diane Dentlinger IA
Carolyn Fischer IA
Betty Lucas IA
Curt Nelson IA
Pam Allen IA
Reid Allen IA
James Huntington IA
Gerald Denning IA
Diana Pesek IA
Joe Junger IA
Karla Junger IA
Hank Zaletel IA
Loren Padelford Nebraska
Babs Padelford Nebraska
Melissa Cory IA
Bob Cecil IA
John Cecil IA
Clayton Will IA
Bill Thomas ??
Jayden Bowen ??
Connor Lanagan IA
Danny Akers IA
Tony Moline IA
Craig Kruse IA
????
Randy Nichols ??
Tyler Harms IA
Paul Roisen IA
????
????
There are two/three persons that I should have put down but my failing
memory is true to form--it has failed me.

If you know of anyone else who was blessed with see this 1st Record
Herrmann's Gull please let me know. Also I am unsure of the state these
people are from ??.

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

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Date: 7/29/19 4:08 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann’s Gull
Still present at 6pm. No sign of Knots at the moment

On Mon, Jul 29, 2019, 4:43 PM John and Anna Bissell <
<john.annabissell...> wrote:

> Still present and easily viewed at the Big Creek spillway as of 4:40.
>
> Good birding
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> Grimes
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Date: 7/29/19 2:43 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Heermann’s Gull
Still present and easily viewed at the Big Creek spillway as of 4:40.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 7/29/19 1:29 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU fall meeting lodging information
The AmericInn in Pella is offering rooms to IOU fall meeting participants
for $100/night which is a $30 discount. Just mention that you're part of
the birdwatching group. Other lodging options are listed on the meeting
page <https://iowabirds.org/IOU/NextMeeting.aspx>
https://iowabirds.org/IOU/NextMeeting.aspx. Hope to see you there.



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Date: 7/29/19 12:53 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
Heermann,s present at 2:45.
Big Creek Spillway.

Carolyn Fischer

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 29, 2019, at 1:21 PM, Ann Johnson <aj...> wrote:
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> Just wanted to let folks know that as I meandered home from the spillway I made a stop at the lower Cherry Glen parking area. At about 11:50 the Heermann’s flew by close to shore and kept going towards the dam. I lost it so don’t know if it went over the dam to the river or not. About 20 minutes later it came by again heading back toward Polk City.
>
> Ann Johnson
> Norwalk (Warren County)
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>
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> From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> On Behalf Of Tyler M. Harms
> Sent: Monday, July 29, 2019 10:23 AM
> To: IA-BIRD Iowa Birds <ia-bird...>; Reid Allen <2birders...>
> Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
>
> Folks,
>
> Both the Heermann's Gull and the Red Knots are still present as of 10:15 AM. The knots are distant west of the parking lot and the gull comes and goes, mostly to the south.
>
> Tyler Harms
> Ames, Story Co.
>
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 8:12 AM 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> wrote:
> Both still at Saylorville, near Big Creek spillway.
> Get there!!!
>
> iPhone Mail
> Pam & Reid Allen
> West Des Moines, Iowa
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Date: 7/29/19 11:22 am
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
Just wanted to let folks know that as I meandered home from the spillway I made a stop at the lower Cherry Glen parking area. At about 11:50 the Heermann’s flew by close to shore and kept going towards the dam. I lost it so don’t know if it went over the dam to the river or not. About 20 minutes later it came by again heading back toward Polk City.



Ann Johnson

Norwalk (Warren County)







From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> On Behalf Of Tyler M. Harms
Sent: Monday, July 29, 2019 10:23 AM
To: IA-BIRD Iowa Birds <ia-bird...>; Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots



Folks,



Both the Heermann's Gull and the Red Knots are still present as of 10:15 AM. The knots are distant west of the parking lot and the gull comes and goes, mostly to the south.



Tyler Harms

Ames, Story Co.



On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 8:12 AM 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> <mailto:<ia-bird...> > wrote:

Both still at Saylorville, near Big Creek spillway.

Get there!!!

iPhone Mail

Pam & Reid Allen

West Des Moines, Iowa

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Date: 7/29/19 11:12 am
From: Ulrike G <ulrikedg...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] HEERMANN'S GULL at Saylorville - YES
Just seen at 1:05 pm. Same spot.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2019, 5:54 AM Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
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> Gull is still here early AM 7-28. Right off parking area with concrete
> dividers. Just Jay and I.
>
> Brandon Caswell
> Marion
>
> On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 22:56 Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
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>> Holy shit!!!! Congrats!!!! I’ll be there super early tomorrow! Like 5:45a
>> probably, maybe earlier. Driving down from Forest City.
>>
>> On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 22:42 Aaron Brees <aebrees...> wrote:
>>
>>> Disregard my previous report of a very dark juv. California Gull. I
>>> wasn't satisfied with that ID after reviewing my photos, suspecting that is
>>> was actually a juv. Heermann's, and the experts agree that's what it is.
>>> To look for this bird, take West Jester Park Drive in Polk City all the way
>>> to its end, which will be the parking lot at the Big Creek spillway. The
>>> bird was walking around on the point there.
>>>
>>> Aaron Brees
>>> Polk City, Iowa
>>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/abrees/
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Date: 7/29/19 8:24 am
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
Thanks for posting update.

Carolyn

On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 10:23 AM Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> wrote:

> Folks,
>
> Both the Heermann's Gull and the Red Knots are still present as of 10:15
> AM. The knots are distant west of the parking lot and the gull comes and
> goes, mostly to the south.
>
> Tyler Harms
> Ames, Story Co.
>
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 8:12 AM 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <
> <ia-bird...> wrote:
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>> Both still at Saylorville, near Big Creek spillway.
>> Get there!!!
>>
>> iPhone Mail
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>> West Des Moines, Iowa
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Date: 7/29/19 8:23 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
Folks,

Both the Heermann's Gull and the Red Knots are still present as of 10:15
AM. The knots are distant west of the parking lot and the gull comes and
goes, mostly to the south.

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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> Both still at Saylorville, near Big Creek spillway.
> Get there!!!
>
> iPhone Mail
> Pam & Reid Allen
> West Des Moines, Iowa
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Date: 7/29/19 6:12 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Heermann's Gull + Knots
Both still at Saylorville, near Big Creek spillway.
Get there!!!

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Date: 7/29/19 5:55 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Red Knots
It was reported on Facebook that the Red Knots were present this morning.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Mon, Jul 29, 2019, 7:53 AM 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <
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> Does anyone know if the Red Knots are still present This morning at Big
> Creek Spillway?
> Thanks
> Art Check
> Nevada
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Date: 7/29/19 5:53 am
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Knots
Does anyone know if the Red Knots are still present This morning at Big Creek Spillway?
Thanks
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Date: 7/29/19 3:54 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] HEERMANN'S GULL at Saylorville
Gull is still here early AM 7-28. Right off parking area with concrete
dividers. Just Jay and I.

Brandon Caswell
Marion

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> Holy shit!!!! Congrats!!!! I’ll be there super early tomorrow! Like 5:45a
> probably, maybe earlier. Driving down from Forest City.
>
> On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 22:42 Aaron Brees <aebrees...> wrote:
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>> Disregard my previous report of a very dark juv. California Gull. I
>> wasn't satisfied with that ID after reviewing my photos, suspecting that is
>> was actually a juv. Heermann's, and the experts agree that's what it is.
>> To look for this bird, take West Jester Park Drive in Polk City all the way
>> to its end, which will be the parking lot at the Big Creek spillway. The
>> bird was walking around on the point there.
>>
>> Aaron Brees
>> Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 7/28/19 8:42 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] HEERMANN'S GULL at Saylorville
Disregard my previous report of a very dark juv. California Gull. I wasn't
satisfied with that ID after reviewing my photos, suspecting that is was
actually a juv. Heermann's, and the experts agree that's what it is. To
look for this bird, take West Jester Park Drive in Polk City all the way to
its end, which will be the parking lot at the Big Creek spillway. The bird
was walking around on the point there.

Aaron Brees
Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 7/28/19 6:28 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Missisippi Kite in Johnston
After seeing an eBird report of three MISSISSIPPI KITES at Terra Park in
Johnston this morning, I picked up one around noon at the Doc Brown
trailhead.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 7/28/19 6:12 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Red Knots - Polk County
There is also an extremely dark juv. California Gull walking around on the
shore as seen from the parking lot at this location.



On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 6:46 PM John and Anna Bissell <
<john.annabissell...> wrote:

> Aaron Brees asked me to post that he is currently looking at 5 molting
> adult Red Knots off the Big Creek spillway. Map attached.
>
> Good birding
> John Bissell
> Grimes
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Date: 7/28/19 6:11 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes near Elma
Spotted a pair of sandhills, with at least one colt, in the field north of 110th ST a mile west of the Elma corner. The youngster was about a foot tall and walking along with the adults feeding. I've been watching this pair all season but this is the first sign I've had of them having a nets, other than the fact they've stayed there.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 7/28/19 4:46 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Knots - Polk County
Aaron Brees asked me to post that he is currently looking at 5 molting
adult Red Knots off the Big Creek spillway. Map attached.

Good birding
John Bissell
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Date: 7/28/19 11:58 am
From: Dinsmore, James J <oldcoot...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Field Reports
Birders

The summer 2019 field season (June-July) is almost over and it is time to report your sightings for that season. These can be entered through the Iowa Ornithologists' Union website. Directions are given under Iowa Birds, Report your sightings. Besides reports of rare birds, species of most interest are those that have breeding ranges that do not cover all of Iowa, species whose breeding populations in Iowa are small or declining or are of conservation interest, and late spring and early fall migrants. I seldom say much about common nesting species (e.g., American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, etc). Probably the best guide is to look at recent reports for the summer season which are in the fourth issue of Iowa Bird Life each year. The Iowa distribution of many species is constantly changing and your reports help document these changes. Good examples of such species are Blue Grosbeak and Northern Mockingbird. Bird reports sent to eBird are not automatically sent to the I.O.U. database. I appreciate your contributions, whether it is a single or multiple sightings. Collectively they provide the most recent record of birds found in Iowa for the summer season. Thank you for your contributions.

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Date: 7/28/19 11:36 am
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rick Wright's "Sparrows of North America"
If you haven't yet obtained a copy of this book, I urge you to do so! It reads as though it is a biological novel, with Rick's erudition on full display. Even so, the book is a comprehensive treatment of taxonomy, field identification, and distribution of the North American sparrows.

One of my favorite passages reads:

"Nevertheless, the naming of Savannah Sparrow races remained a thriving exercise in the first half of the twentieth century, coming eventually to a total of 28 described races. The descriptive tradition reached what was presumably intended to be its acme in the revision carried out by James L. Peters and Ludlow Griscom in 1938. As an exercise in typological connoisseurship conducted by two pairs of keen and experienced eyes, the paper they produced is a monument to taxonomic methods that would soon be rendered obsolete by advances in genetics, evolutionary theory, and molecular biology."

C'est la vie.

Ross

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Date: 7/27/19 6:15 pm
From: Ron Stakland <rons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye and CR sightings
Notable sightings at Hawkeye WMA today:
- Great looks at Osprey family around cell tower on Swan Lake Road east of James.
- Sedge Wren in field at first pullout on James north road.
- Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated and Solitary Sandpipers in pond north of E/W section of James.

At Cedar Lake in Cedar Rapids - Black Ballied Whistling Duck continues as of 5:00 p.m.
- Sod Farm on Troy Mills struck out on both Uplands and Partridges, but saw many Horned Larks and countless Killdeer.

Stakland’s and Burkhardts
Fairfield

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Date: 7/27/19 3:19 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Good Shorebirding at Hawkeye WMA
Today shorebirding was much better than I expected at Hawkeye. There were many shorebirds that were inaccessible but also an equal number that were.
Those were confined to the area between Sand Point and James Ave. and most were scopeable from Sand Point's base walking the shoreline east. I ended up with 15 species which included;

1 Piping Plover (James Ave.)
2 Marbled Godwits (James Ave.)
1 Ruddy Turnstone (far east of Sand Point)
1 Baird's Sandpiper (FOS)

Also, 20 Forster's Terns and several Black Terns. Pelicans seemed to have doubled.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 7/27/19 12:02 pm
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BBWD at Lake Manawa
Located the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Manawa at the same place
as Jan Greer described yesterday. I saw 9 of them. I have not reported this
on the birdlines previously because I heard it third hand, but at least one
BBWD was seen June 27 on the Iowa side of the Bellevue Bridge Road a little
south of Lake Manawa on a private road. I was thinking that perhaps they
nested there so I looked and determined that all 9 of the BBWD I saw today
were in adult plumage. Also present on the Lake were 5 Forester's Terns.



Jerry Toll

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Date: 7/27/19 6:19 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BBWD Continues at Cedar Lake
The BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING duck is still at the mentioned location as of 8:15 am.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 7/26/19 12:00 pm
From: Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] FW: [NEBirds] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Manawa--A growing group?
I am going to the Omaha Zoo next Friday with grandkids. Would love to
check on these ducks! I know great directions have been posted, but I've
never been to Lake Manawa, so would need to know the best way to get
there. Hopefully, they will still be there next Friday!
Thank you!

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> That duck that hangs out by the tree- any chance it might be nesting? It
> was hanging out there several days ago as well. Not sure how quiet that
> yard is, but it just might work.
>
> Ross
>
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> Ross Silcock,
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> This morning there were 10 black-bellied whistling-ducks at Lake Manawa.
> Five on the dock by the blue-tarped boat in the canal south of the outlet
> on the west side of the lake and five in the grass by the same dock. All 10
> visible at the same time—and one lazy duck sleeping behind a tree in the
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Date: 7/26/19 11:46 am
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FW: [NEBirds] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake Manawa--A growing group?
A wild theory from NEBIRDS!

Ross


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That duck that hangs out by the tree- any chance it might be nesting? It was hanging out there several days ago as well. Not sure how quiet that yard is, but it just might work.

Ross


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This morning there were 10 black-bellied whistling-ducks at Lake Manawa. Five on the dock by the blue-tarped boat in the canal south of the outlet on the west side of the lake and five in the grass by the same dock. All 10 visible at the same time—and one lazy duck sleeping behind a tree in the same yard that remained in an unidentified state.

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Date: 7/26/19 11:42 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Willets at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area
Shorebirds were a little more numerous today but far from satisfying in numbers. At the end of James Ave. I scoped 2 WILLETS at what must have been Hubble Telescope distances. Luckily they flapped their wings, as they looked like Greater Yellowlegs that far away. Diversity was good by recent standards with 11 species without a Solitary.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 7/26/19 11:05 am
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] UPLAND SANDPIPER, GRAY PARTRIDGE - Linn County
This morning, there were two UPLAND SANDPIPERS at the sod farm at Deal Road
and Troy Mills Rd. The first was way to the north, near the north end.
The second was much closer and provided a lengthy scope view. It was near
the closest drainage area to Deal Rd to the West of the access road. There
were also many KILLDEER present as usual.

I also spotted a pair of the previously reported GRAY PARTRIDGE which were
along the edge of Deal Road. They were only a hundred yards or so West of
the maintenance shed on the corner.

I was fortunate that there were only a couple of other vehicles using these
roads as the dust is just ridiculous right now.

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Date: 7/26/19 4:28 am
From: james fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye Wildlife Area-Blue Grosbeak
Hi All,
On Thursday, at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County
A male Blue Grosbeak was located along James Avenue where
The road jogs to the east. In addition there was a Black-billed Cuckoo
At the Swan Lake parking lot (also there a week ago), a female Hooded
Merganser on Swan lake, and 2 Sandhill Cranes at the Babcock
Access (where there were 4 last week.
Good Birding,
Jim Fuller and Jim Scheib, Iowa City

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Date: 7/26/19 4:15 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sunrise Cedar Lake Black-bellied Whistling Duck
The good news this morning was the tracks were barren of any railroad cars! A sight that is rare as the duck itself. The BBWD was still at the far end of the patriotic grassy flat with an American flag. I had a good look from the second bridge which is farther down from the parking lot bridge, towards distant Quaker Oats.

Still no Black-crowned Night-Herons which could show up at any time.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 7/25/19 8:44 pm
From: Torin Waters <twaters72...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck Still at Cedar Lake
I observed the duck with Mark and Deb this evening. Viewing conditions
were definitely challenging with the train in the way, but there was a
window between two train cars where the bird could be seen standing on the
southern end of the island in the east lake. Driving home on 380 afterward,
I was tempted to stop, as the view from the highway was so much better!

Torin Waters
North Liberty, IA

On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 7:56 PM Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...> wrote:

> The Black-bellied Whistling Duck was still present at 6:30 pm this
> evening. Unfortunately, so were the train cars.
> We got a quick look thanks to another birder who already had it in his
> scope. It moved shortly after we got a look. We were unable to relocate
> it, but viewing of the lake was obstructed due to the train cars.
>
> Mark & Deb Rolfes
> Solon, IA
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Date: 7/25/19 5:56 pm
From: Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck Still at Cedar Lake
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck was still present at 6:30 pm this evening. Unfortunately, so were the train cars.
We got a quick look thanks to another birder who already had it in his scope. It moved shortly after we got a look. We were unable to relocate it, but viewing of the lake was obstructed due to the train cars.

Mark & Deb Rolfes
Solon, IA

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Date: 7/25/19 5:36 am
From: kgustafson <kgustafson...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black and White warbler
Heard and saw a black & white warbler on 160th street north of Burlington this morning

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Date: 7/25/19 5:30 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck Still at Cedar Lake
At 7 a.m. the BBWD was sleeping at the same location as yesterday. There were more cars on the train tracks but I could scope it at the last car. In the past, railroad
cars have been pulled out around 5 p.m. or so leaving open viewing of this water but who knows if they will do that tonight. Also, beware of poison ivy along the trail.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 7/24/19 2:41 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 7-24-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 24,
2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)





CASUAL:



*BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK*





-Additional Species Mentioned

American Avocet

Least Tern

Red Crossbill

Blue Grosbeak (East)





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



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





*EAST:*



JOHNSON COUNTY:

BLUE GROSBEAKS were seen at Waterworks Prairie Park on the 21st.
Specifically, they were along the trail which runs between the river and
the largest pond, near the fishing dock, actually right by a painted mile
post on the road '6 1/4' and by a bluebird box #10



6 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen from James Ave at Hawkeye WMA on the 22nd.



LINN COUNTY:

A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK was seen at Cedar Lake on the 23rd. It was
seen again on the 24th.







*SOUTHWEST:*



MILLS COUNTY:

4 LEAST TERNS were seen at the Mid American power plant on the 24th. They
were viewed from Basswood Rd.



*WEST:*



POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY:

6 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS continue at Lake Manawa as recently as the
24th.



*NORTHWEST:*



CLAY COUNTY:

5 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at a feeder in Webb on the 23rd.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
August 2, 2019 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: 7/24/19 2:41 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellies Whistling Duck continues at Cedar Lake
Duck continues on south section of Cedar Lake in Linn County (Cedar Rapids)
at 4:30pm per Dave Shealer.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 7/24/19 11:22 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Least Terns
Just received a photo graph of 6 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Lake
Manawa. The were along the water's edge at a home looking west of S.
Shore Drive (S. Shore drive runs along the west and south sides of Lake
Manawa.

God Blees,

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


On Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 1:09 PM Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> wrote:

> The three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS are still hanging out along the
> west side of Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs. They’re just south of the
> Westlake Village Road entrance. A group of four LEAST TERNS that included
> three juveniles was at the first pond north of the Mid-American power plant
> in Mills county. They could be viewed from Basswood Road. This is just
> north of where the Piping Plovers used to nest. I also had a BLUE GROSBEAK
> in the area.
>
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Date: 7/24/19 11:09 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Least Terns
The three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS are still hanging out along the west
side of Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs. They're just south of the Westlake
Village Road entrance. A group of four LEAST TERNS that included three
juveniles was at the first pond north of the Mid-American power plant in
Mills county. They could be viewed from Basswood Road. This is just north
of where the Piping Plovers used to nest. I also had a BLUE GROSBEAK in the
area.



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Johnston

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Date: 7/24/19 7:23 am
From: Pat Schlarbaum <patschlarbaum...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] RE: Osprey misfortune
Thanks for sharing, Bill. Keeping fingers crossed with good fortune for
remaining Osprey young.

On Wed, Jul 24, 2019, 8:45 AM Joe Boyles <Joe.Boyles...>
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> I would suspect it was a Bald Eagle attack, especially if it was a daytime
> event. There is lots of documentation of eagles taking young ospreys from
> nests. Easy, low risk meal for the eagle, as well as reducing competition
> from a predators point of view. Unfortunately, they often continue
> returning until the nest is empty. Hopefully the remaining chick will
> fledge before the eagle returns.
>
>
>
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> *From:* <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> *On Behalf Of
> *William Scheible
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:18 PM
> *To:* Bird List Iowa <ia-bird...>
> *Subject:* [ia-bird] Osprey misfortune
>
>
>
> One of the adult Cedar Rapids Ospreys has died in the nest, lying on its
> side with one wing extended in a grotesque posture. One adult visits the
> nest periodically and there is one chick, nearly ready to fledge. I cannot
> confirm the presence of its 2 siblings.
>
> A non-birder neighbor saw a "violent fight" at the nest a couple of days
> ago. Was this a territorial dispute or an attack by another raptor?
> Great-horned Owl comes to mind, although the altercation was in daylight on
> one of those inhumanely hot days.
>
> At best, obviously, we can hope for one successful fledging this year and
> perhaps
>
> our surviving adult will return next year with
>
> a new mate.
>
> This is at the cell tower at Wenig/J Ave. in
>
> NE Cedar Rapids.
>
> Bill Scheible
>
> Cedar Rapids
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Date: 7/24/19 6:45 am
From: Joe Boyles <Joe.Boyles...>
Subject: [ia-bird] RE: Osprey misfortune
I would suspect it was a Bald Eagle attack, especially if it was a daytime event. There is lots of documentation of eagles taking young ospreys from nests. Easy, low risk meal for the eagle, as well as reducing competition from a predators point of view. Unfortunately, they often continue returning until the nest is empty. Hopefully the remaining chick will fledge before the eagle returns.

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From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> On Behalf Of William Scheible
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:18 PM
To: Bird List Iowa <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey misfortune

One of the adult Cedar Rapids Ospreys has died in the nest, lying on its side with one wing extended in a grotesque posture. One adult visits the nest periodically and there is one chick, nearly ready to fledge. I cannot confirm the presence of its 2 siblings.
A non-birder neighbor saw a "violent fight" at the nest a couple of days ago. Was this a territorial dispute or an attack by another raptor? Great-horned Owl comes to mind, although the altercation was in daylight on one of those inhumanely hot days.
At best, obviously, we can hope for one successful fledging this year and perhaps
our surviving adult will return next year with
a new mate.
This is at the cell tower at Wenig/J Ave. in
NE Cedar Rapids.
Bill Scheible
Cedar Rapids




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Date: 7/24/19 5:01 am
From: Orin K3 <orink3...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Osprey misfortune
Good luck with that fledgling, Bill.

I have two Bald Eagle nests on Piscasaw Creek here in southeastern Boone
County, IL. The easier nest to monitor is only 103 yards from the road.
Two fledglings - both now flying for about 10 days in the 3 yr old nest.

The older nest was recently re-built, as of Dec 01, 2017, built by the
current parents after a 2017 May-June series of storms knocked down an
earlier, circa 2007, nest in the same clump of trees. There is one
fledgling there, but both the new and older nests are about 406 yards (by
golf gadjet).

The attached cell phone pic is of the fledglings in "pre-fight exercise"
mode at the Angling road site.

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On Tue, Jul 23, 2019, 19:17 William Scheible <thiolase...> wrote:

> One of the adult Cedar Rapids Ospreys has died in the nest, lying on its
> side with one wing extended in a grotesque posture. One adult visits the
> nest periodically and there is one chick, nearly ready to fledge. I cannot
> confirm the presence of its 2 siblings.
>
> A non-birder neighbor saw a "violent fight" at the nest a couple of days
> ago. Was this a territorial dispute or an attack by another raptor?
> Great-horned Owl comes to mind, although the altercation was in daylight on
> one of those inhumanely hot days.
>
> At best, obviously, we can hope for one successful fledging this year and
> perhaps
> our surviving adult will return next year with
> a new mate.
>
> This is at the cell tower at Wenig/J Ave. in
> NE Cedar Rapids.
>
> Bill Scheible
> Cedar Rapids
>
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Date: 7/24/19 4:03 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Cedar Lake
Duck continues this AM between island on south lake and far south set RR of
tracks. Nice find Bill!

Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 19:59 Bill Tollefson <billtollefson6...>
wrote:

> At 7:00 pm today, a Black-bellied Whistling Duck was standing on the west
> end of the lighthouse island south of the railroad tracks at Cedar Lake.
>
> Bill Tollefson
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Date: 7/23/19 5:59 pm
From: Bill Tollefson <billtollefson6...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Cedar Lake
At 7:00 pm today, a Black-bellied Whistling Duck was standing on the west
end of the lighthouse island south of the railroad tracks at Cedar Lake.

Bill Tollefson
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 7/23/19 5:17 pm
From: William Scheible <thiolase...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey misfortune
One of the adult Cedar Rapids Ospreys has died in the nest, lying on its side with one wing extended in a grotesque posture. One adult visits the nest periodically and there is one chick, nearly ready to fledge. I cannot confirm the presence of its 2 siblings.

A non-birder neighbor saw a "violent fight" at the nest a couple of days ago. Was this a territorial dispute or an attack by another raptor? Great-horned Owl comes to mind, although the altercation was in daylight on one of those inhumanely hot days.

At best, obviously, we can hope for one successful fledging this year and perhaps
our surviving adult will return next year with
a new mate.

This is at the cell tower at Wenig/J Ave. in
NE Cedar Rapids.

Bill Scheible
Cedar Rapids





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Date: 7/23/19 11:24 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] juvenile Crossbills, Webb IA., Clay County.
Webb Iowa - 7/23/2019 - 4 to 5 juvenile Crossbill's with a yellowish tinge
on the breast at a friends feeder in Clay County this morning. .

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Date: 7/23/19 9:20 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake Pelicans
Both yesterday and again today there are a few dozen pelicans on the mud
flats north of the mile-long bridge.

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Date: 7/23/19 9:00 am
From: Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Port Louisa
Port Louisa is just one giant swamp right now so put my kayak in the ditch
along the road and just started paddling through the trees. In order of
appearance:

Turkey vulture
Red winged blackbird
Killdeer
Spotted sand piper
Blue heron
Wood duck
House wren
Tree swallow
Red headed woodpecker
Chickadee
Yellow billed cuckoo
Robin
Prothonotary warbler
White breasted nuthatch
Barred owl
Northern oriole
Redstart
Downie woodpecker
Cardinal
Pheasant
Eastern kingbird
Barn swallow

There were several pairs of prothonotary warblers (first noticed when they
came out to yell at the owl) and being in my kayak I actually came across a
nest cavity and watched them feed their babies for awhile. Pretty neat.
Tried to get pictures, but just had my phone camera. I haven't figured out
how to download them yet. One of today's tasks.

Jeanne
Buffalo

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Date: 7/22/19 9:42 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Avocets at Hawkeye WMA
 This morning 6 AMERICAN AVOCETS were scopeable from the end of James Ave. which were probably the same as a pair and four I scoped earlier from Amana Rd.
It seemed the main pool's birds were moving around quite a bit early, especially the pelicans. Round Pond was unimpressive but had some shorebirds and gulls.

James Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 7/22/19 6:25 am
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Latest issue of Iowa Bird Life
I.O.U. members may now view the latest issue of Iowa Bird Life (Volume 89,
Issue 1) by logging in to www.iowabirds.org. Please note that several
issues of volume 88 have not been published yet, but they are in the works.
Thanks to all who contributed. Enjoy!
Karen Viste-Sparkman, editor

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Date: 7/21/19 10:05 am
From: James Huntington <jamesgattu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak Iowa City
finally! a pair of Blue Grosbeaks at the Prairie Park in Iowa City,
Johnson Co. they were along the trail which runs between the river and the
largest pond, near the fishing dock, actually right by a painted mile post
on the road '6 1/4' and by a bluebird box #10. nearby, on a tall snag, i
was surprised to see a Eurasian Tree Sparrow. young Orchard Orioles seem to
be everywhere.

james huntington
iowa city

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Date: 7/21/19 8:32 am
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville this morning
I checked the Saylorville beaches this morning for waterbirds and the
previously reported Fish Crows. I found a group of Crows at Cherry Glen
beach, but after some study, they were adult and juvenile American Crows.

There was a Sanderling still in alternate plumage at Cherry Glen. At Oak
Grove, I saw 2 Franklin’s Gulls and 5 Forster’s Terns. A Bell’s Vireo was
also singing here.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 7/21/19 8:24 am
From: S.D. <sdjbwilson...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] No birds - No feeders
Corn is tasseling now; so the coons will soon be distracted by fresh corn on the cob hopefully



From: "Steve Harvey" <saharv23...>
To: "Iowa bird" <ia-bird...>
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2019 2:04:04 PM
Subject: [ia-bird] No birds - No feeders

Due to the population explosion of raccoons, I've taken my BOSS feeders down for the first time since moving here 30 years ago. Youngsters are following and learning from Mom. I've been unable to deter the nightly bandits from raiding and tearing down my feeders. Even the one protected by a 'pet friendly' electric fence draws the critters in to glean from the tailings left by the birds. My neighbors are also complaining about raiders in there cat food etc. Years ago I gave up trying to raise sweet corn. Hopefully a couple of weeks with nothing here to eat, will encourage them to move elsewhere. I'm leaving by hummingbird feeders up, but will bring them in at night.

Steve
rural Clarke County


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Date: 7/21/19 6:53 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray Partridge, Linn Co sod farms
There were two separate pairs of partridge on Deal Rd, along the southern
edge of the sod farm at Deal Rd/Troy Mills Rd. I’ve been waiting to see
them here, especially since there have been past reports in this area and
NW Linn Co in general. Oddly, there were few Killdeer at this location, but
plenty of meadowlarks, with both species singing. Viewing conditions at
this farm are looking primed for upcoming “grasspiper” influx, as it has a
vast amount of healthy sod.

The other sod farm west of Alburnett had 65+ Killdeer, most at the far NE
corner. Much of the NW portion had recently turned soil, which was nice to
see.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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