IA-BIRD
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11/29/20 6:38 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Re: Crossbills
11/29/20 1:30 pm Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...> [ia-bird] Crossbills
11/29/20 7:43 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Longtailed duck at sandy beach on the Coralville reservoir
11/29/20 5:37 am <gregory.......> <gregory.stempien...> [ia-bird] Short-Eared owl
11/28/20 5:29 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] First eBird recorded Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Boone County at our feeder in Madrid, 11/27/2020
11/28/20 1:22 pm Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...> Re: [ia-bird] Crossbills at Jester Park
11/28/20 12:18 pm Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...> [ia-bird] Ross's Goose
11/28/20 11:01 am Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Crossbills at Jester Park
11/28/20 10:13 am <kcar......> <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Long-Tailed Duck - Linn County
11/28/20 9:54 am Julie <jg441157j5x...> [ia-bird] northern shrike Monroe county
11/28/20 8:17 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Northern Shrike
11/28/20 8:01 am Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Van Buren County - Swans
11/27/20 7:42 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-27-20
11/27/20 3:32 pm Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> Re: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull, Surf Scoter in Cedar Rapids
11/27/20 2:50 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Varied Thrush- Crawford County
11/27/20 9:50 am 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Purple Finch and Carolina Wren
11/27/20 9:31 am <rrki......> <rrkirpes...> [ia-bird] Late post - Red Crossbills Dubuque Co.
11/27/20 8:58 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull, Surf Scoter in Cedar Rapids
11/27/20 6:26 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills
11/26/20 8:35 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl at Greenbelt L.
11/25/20 5:39 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk at Dickcissle Park, Boone Co. 11/25/2020
11/25/20 3:27 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee
11/25/20 12:39 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> [ia-bird] Keokuk CBC
11/25/20 11:39 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Oak Grove Recreation Area - Polk Co.
11/23/20 7:10 pm Ron Stakland <rons...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills Washington Co.
11/23/20 5:13 pm Kevin Powers <kpowers.ia...> [ia-bird] Re: Red Crossbills at Jester Park
11/23/20 11:46 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull in Cedar Rapids
11/23/20 10:29 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Lesser Goldfinch - NO
11/23/20 9:28 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbills. NOT
11/22/20 7:44 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County
11/22/20 6:42 pm Jess P <jpaint21...> [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County
11/22/20 6:41 pm Jess P <jpaint21...> [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County
11/22/20 5:55 pm Gerald White <apuffin...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Lesser Goldfinch
11/22/20 4:08 pm Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...> Re: [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrrow
11/22/20 3:58 pm Carl Kurtz <cpkurtz...> [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrrow
11/22/20 3:20 pm Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...> Re: [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whets at Hickory Hills
11/22/20 3:13 pm Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whets at Hickory Hills
11/22/20 3:00 pm <sus......> <susacat...> [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills, Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport
11/22/20 2:12 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Lesser Goldfinch
11/22/20 12:44 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] LEGO photo
11/22/20 12:18 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] LEGO photo
11/22/20 11:56 am Gerald White <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Re: Lesser Goldfinch
11/22/20 11:54 am carlbendorf <carlbendorf...> [ia-bird] Tom Kent
11/22/20 7:54 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County
11/22/20 7:53 am James Fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Lesser Goldfinch
11/22/20 7:13 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] location correction
11/21/20 5:22 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] location correction
11/21/20 3:36 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Red Rock
11/21/20 3:31 pm Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whet Owls, Hickory Hills today
11/21/20 2:58 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] evening grosbeak question (not a signing)
11/21/20 2:48 pm <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...> [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbills, Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport
11/21/20 2:46 pm James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Short eared owls
11/21/20 2:39 pm Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> [ia-bird] evening grosbeak question (not a signing)
11/21/20 1:22 pm Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...> [ia-bird] Re: Saw-Whet at Hickory Hill Help
11/21/20 1:09 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Lesser Goldfinch
11/21/20 12:34 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] White winged Scoter
11/21/20 10:47 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill - Ames
11/21/20 10:46 am Kyla Yuza-Pate <yuzapate...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting - Evening Grosbeak sightings map
11/21/20 9:44 am Barb Rimel <feists.br...> [ia-bird] Re: Saw-whet Owl Moorehead Park Ida County
11/21/20 8:04 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Northern Shrike at Redbird Farms WA
11/21/20 7:44 am <sus......> <susacat...> [ia-bird] Re: Saw-Whet at Hickory Hill Help
11/21/20 7:36 am Dylan Osterhaus <dylanmosterhaus...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull
11/21/20 6:21 am Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...> [ia-bird] Saw-Whet at Hickory Hill Help
11/21/20 5:09 am Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Summer 2020 Iowa Bird Life
11/21/20 4:57 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] tufted titmouse
11/20/20 7:49 pm ron_goo Goodman <ron_goo...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills at Jester Park
11/20/20 6:49 pm <aj...> [ia-bird] Finally - Pine SIskins
11/20/20 4:27 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet--Ida County today
11/20/20 4:19 pm Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet - Hickory Hills extra Info
11/20/20 3:46 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-20-20
11/20/20 3:40 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Re: Posting
11/20/20 9:29 am Tim Gedler <avesrun...> Re: [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse
11/20/20 9:19 am Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...> [ia-bird] Re: Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park, IC -- No luck
11/20/20 8:24 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] "Thanks" from a RB Nuthatch?
11/20/20 8:05 am Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl Moorehead Park Ida County
11/20/20 7:17 am Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...> Re: [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse
11/20/20 7:08 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse
11/20/20 6:05 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Fwd: eBird database migration complete
11/20/20 3:11 am Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Stowaway Northern Saw-whet owl -- it’s new name is Rockefeller
11/19/20 3:07 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Western Grebe
11/19/20 2:45 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Golden Eagle - Waterloo
11/19/20 11:52 am Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon Saylorville on the 19th
11/19/20 10:46 am Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> [ia-bird] WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL - Washington County
11/19/20 5:26 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeak - Waterloo
11/18/20 9:04 pm Orin K3 <orink3...> Re: [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park, IC -- No luck
11/18/20 3:28 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loons found and pointed out to me this morning by Ray Crimmins remain. I last saw them this evening across from Lakeview- South of Cherry Glen. Thank you Ray, Clayton Will Madrid
11/18/20 3:21 pm <trueiow......> <trueiowanative...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park, IC -- No luck
11/18/20 12:37 pm Shepherd, Stephanie <stephanie.shepherd...> [ia-bird] Cedar Rapids Peregrine Falcon Nesting
11/18/20 9:02 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loons at Saylorville
11/18/20 7:22 am Dana Siefer <danasiefer...> [ia-bird] Scoters
11/17/20 8:01 pm Ed <pfalcons...> Re: [ia-bird] black scoter or ruddy duck
11/17/20 4:14 pm danasiefer <danasiefer...> [ia-bird] black scoter or ruddy duck
11/17/20 2:47 pm Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...> [ia-bird] Winneshiek Golden Eagle
11/17/20 1:33 pm <kcar......> <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe, Black Ducks - Linn County
11/17/20 11:51 am 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] North Central Iowa Birding
11/17/20 10:10 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Glaucous gull Saylorville oak grove, Polk co
11/17/20 9:31 am Rick Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeak rural North Liberty
11/17/20 8:39 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Back Scoter
11/16/20 4:30 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owls Up date
11/16/20 3:18 pm <trueiow......> <trueiowanative...> [ia-bird] Re: Saw Whet Iowa City
11/16/20 6:18 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Breakfast hawk
11/16/20 4:54 am Britt Vickstrom <brittvickstrom...> [ia-bird] Saw whet in Iowa City
11/15/20 4:03 pm Joy Harvey <joy...> [ia-bird] Merlins at Glendale
11/15/20 2:14 pm <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
11/15/20 9:19 am <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Pine Siskin
11/15/20 8:47 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Saw Whet Iowa City
11/15/20 8:24 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park on n Iowa City
11/15/20 6:25 am 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Oatmeal Report
11/14/20 6:02 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] CBC
11/14/20 5:44 pm newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Humboldt County CBC DEC 28TH 2020
11/14/20 4:20 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Boone Co extra and Waxwing photos
11/14/20 11:34 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] massive longspur flock near Jefferson
11/14/20 11:27 am Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Boone County
11/14/20 8:55 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Snow Buntings
11/14/20 8:13 am Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...> [ia-bird] Cedar Waxwings Pine Siskins
11/14/20 7:47 am John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-13-20
11/14/20 7:31 am Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Ckickasaw County
11/13/20 6:11 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] 135 Lapland Longspurs
11/13/20 5:09 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Possible Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Dubuque County
11/13/20 9:29 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Carroll County American Pipits
11/12/20 11:50 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Good birding Saylorville & Big Creek
11/12/20 8:57 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] No Black scoter
11/11/20 7:01 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Rough-legged Hawk and more near Bjorkboda Marsh
11/11/20 6:06 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Wild Turkey - Saylorville Visitor Center
11/11/20 5:40 pm Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...> [ia-bird] Wild Turkey - Saylorville Visitor Center
11/11/20 3:07 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Redpolls
11/11/20 4:42 am <2y2......> <2y2m2u...> [ia-bird] night flight sounds
11/10/20 11:21 am <jrclark...> RE: [ia-bird] Ducks on the road
11/10/20 8:19 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter
11/10/20 5:38 am SYNDA JEPSEN <syndajepsen...> [ia-bird] Ducks on the road
11/9/20 3:30 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter
11/9/20 12:02 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] FW: Evening Grosbeak
11/9/20 7:41 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Western Grebe continues at Saylorville
11/8/20 5:20 pm Julie <jg441157j5x...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter at Rathbun Lake, Appanoose County
11/8/20 2:56 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plovers, Yellowlegs, Snipe - Polk Co.
11/8/20 2:25 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plovers, Yellowlegs, Snipe - Polk Co.
11/8/20 10:58 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Bays Branch Black-bellied Plover
11/8/20 9:49 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] American Black Ducks
11/8/20 6:31 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Boone County (almost Story County) - Tundra Swans
11/8/20 6:09 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Black Scotet
11/7/20 2:47 pm John and Linda Frederick <lfredrck...> Re: [ia-bird] Where have the Siskins gone?
11/7/20 2:31 pm <slugg...> Re: [ia-bird] Where have the Siskins gone?
11/7/20 12:12 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Where have the Siskins gone?
11/7/20 8:04 am Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...> [ia-bird] Bittern
11/7/20 7:44 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] Red phalarope at Saylorville
11/7/20 6:55 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] 2 Western Grebes at island view at lake rathbun. Larry and Cheryl Piatt found them at 8: 40.Tom J. Mystic
11/7/20 6:39 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee - Waterloo
11/7/20 6:28 am Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...> [ia-bird] Snow Buntings
11/7/20 5:46 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter is still at dam at Rathbun Lake. 4 Black-bellied Plovers along shore in Island View Park at 7: 30 a.m. Tom Johnson Mystic, Iowa
11/6/20 2:46 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-6-20
11/6/20 7:54 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Oak Grove, Saylorville
11/6/20 7:06 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] 3 Surf Scoters on Big Creek Lake, Polk Co.
11/6/20 3:38 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Rathbun Lake birds, Appanoose Co.
11/5/20 5:44 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Bays Branch - Don Williams Lake and Carlson RA by Boone.
11/5/20 4:54 pm Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Glendale Cemetery Merlin
11/5/20 4:40 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Redpoll & late shorebirds in Story & Boone counties
11/5/20 4:14 pm Kai Weatherman <dainichi...> [ia-bird] Close encounter of the kinglet kind in Johnson County
11/5/20 3:54 pm <clan......> <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Ames
11/5/20 10:27 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] IL side L&D 14, pool area
11/4/20 11:19 am Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Purple Finches at Iowa Arboretum, Boone Co.
11/4/20 10:05 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoters Moore Rec Area E. Pocahontas County
11/4/20 8:46 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Trumpeters
11/3/20 4:57 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Surf Scoters Moore Rec Area E. Pocahontas County
11/3/20 1:10 pm Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...> [ia-bird] Swans NW Story county
11/3/20 12:37 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Red-breasted Mergs
11/3/20 12:20 pm Dylan Osterhaus <dylanmosterhaus...> [ia-bird] Story County Redpolls
11/3/20 11:15 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Common Redpolls at Saylorville
11/3/20 10:40 am <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Prairie Falcon, Carroll County
11/3/20 10:02 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Surf Scoters Moore Rec Area E. Pocahontas County
11/3/20 9:48 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
11/3/20 8:37 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Snow Buntings cont...
11/3/20 7:46 am Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...> [ia-bird] Redpolls
11/3/20 7:25 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Snow Buntings galore
11/3/20 7:08 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks,
11/3/20 6:34 am Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...> [ia-bird] Redpolls
11/3/20 5:57 am Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> Re: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa
11/2/20 9:07 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Fall Raptor Trapping at Hitchcock Nature Center
11/2/20 7:44 am <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Harris's Sparrows
11/2/20 7:37 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Red Phalarope continues off Oak Grove RA, Saylorville Lake, Polk Co.
11/2/20 7:10 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Lots of feeder activity and a new yard bird
11/2/20 5:11 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Red-necked Grebe
11/2/20 12:28 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Port Louisa NWR EVGR photos
11/1/20 6:36 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa
11/1/20 3:48 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
11/1/20 3:22 pm <aj...> [ia-bird] Rare Birds - New Records Committee Website/Application
11/1/20 12:56 pm Dinsmore, James J <oldcoot...> [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa
11/1/20 8:12 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Redpoll et al
11/1/20 7:30 am Russell Benedict <BenedictR...> [ia-bird] Red Rock Red-neck
11/1/20 5:14 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Red-necked Grebe
10/31/20 3:38 pm david.shealer <david.shealer...> [ia-bird] Recent sightings - Deere Dike
10/31/20 1:56 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Tundra Swans at Amana
10/31/20 1:17 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Grosbeaks
10/31/20 12:50 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
10/31/20 12:49 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans at Amana
10/31/20 10:23 am jamesgattu <jamesgattu...> RE: [ia-bird] Re: Evening Grosbeaks at Port Loiusa NWR headquarters
10/31/20 9:55 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Snow Buntings
10/31/20 9:51 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Story County - Red Crossbills
10/31/20 9:39 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Evening Grosbeaks at Port Loiusa NWR headquarters
10/31/20 7:13 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Red Crossbills
10/31/20 6:36 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Red Phalarope—Polk Co.
10/31/20 6:16 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Red-necked Grebe
10/31/20 6:15 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Snow Buntings in Story County
 
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Date: 11/29/20 6:38 pm
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Crossbills
Hi Diane,
I saw the Red Crossbills at Jester Park yesterday. To find the spot I
saw them, first look at a map of the park and find Discovery Lake. It is
near the Nature Center. There are several places to park near the lake
including across the road near a picnic shelter. There are pines on the N,
S, and W sides of the lake and a trail that winds through them. I saw the
crossbills at the SW corner near a footbridge. They were in what believe
are red pines. There are quite a few of these tall pines up a a bit of a
hill and they have a lot of pine cones. The crossbills also briefly rested
in a couple of deciduous trees near the lake. Good luck!!

Nick Osness

On Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 3:30:13 PM UTC-6 <d......>
wrote:

> Hi!
>
> I have the opportunity to head to Jester Park tomorrow. Anyone seeing
> Crossbills today? If you have seen Crossbills there this week can you
> share a recommended location?
>
> I’m not familiar with Jester Park. Any suggestions on parking location or
> park areas is appreciated.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Happy Birding,
> Diane
>
>
>

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Date: 11/29/20 1:30 pm
From: Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crossbills
Hi!

I have the opportunity to head to Jester Park tomorrow. Anyone seeing
Crossbills today? If you have seen Crossbills there this week can you
share a recommended location?

I’m not familiar with Jester Park. Any suggestions on parking location or
park areas is appreciated.

Thanks!

Happy Birding,
Diane

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Date: 11/29/20 7:43 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Longtailed duck at sandy beach on the Coralville reservoir
There is currently a long tail duck at sandy beach on the Coralville
reservoir. It is with a flock of a few canvasbacks, redheads and mallards.

James McCoy

Iowa city

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Date: 11/29/20 5:37 am
From: <gregory.......> <gregory.stempien...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-Eared owl
While walking on 20th st. south of Grinnell this morning a Short-Eared owl
flew over me 3 different times and with the bright moon I had very good
looks at the owl. I also heard 2 pairs of GH owls calling west of 2oth.

Greg Stempien
Grinnell,IA

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Date: 11/28/20 5:29 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] First eBird recorded Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Boone County at our feeder in Madrid, 11/27/2020
What fun! I saw and photographed two Eurasian Tree Sparrows feeding with
House Sparrows at our ground feeder on the patio yesterday Nov. 27, 2020,
Madrid, Boone Co.. They stayed long enough for Joanne to enjoy seeing also.
They didn't return today that we noticed. I was sure there was one here two
weeks ago but couldn't get a photo. After looking it up on eBird I see this
is the first record for Boone County!

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 11/28/20 1:22 pm
From: Merle and Marsha Hall <mghall...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Crossbills at Jester Park
And still there this afternoon in the top of the pines just east of the
footbridge.  Did not get a good shot of the male, sadly.

Merle

On 11/28/20 1:01 PM, Osness wrote:
> I found 10 or 11 Red Crossbills at Discovery Lake in Jester Parks this
> morning around 10am. They were feeding in what I think are red pines
> at the SW corner of the lake. Those trees have a great many cones this
> year.
>
> Nick Osness
> Ames, IA
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Date: 11/28/20 12:18 pm
From: Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ross's Goose
Quite far out, one lone goose mixed in with hundreds of Canada Geese and
ducks. Pretty sure juvenile Ross's based on dark legs?

This morning at Bay's Branch, Guthrie Co.

Thanks,
Karen Fieg
Grimes

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Date: 11/28/20 11:01 am
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crossbills at Jester Park
I found 10 or 11 Red Crossbills at Discovery Lake in Jester Parks this
morning around 10am. They were feeding in what I think are red pines at the
SW corner of the lake. Those trees have a great many cones this year.

Nick Osness
Ames, IA

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Date: 11/28/20 10:13 am
From: <kcar......> <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-Tailed Duck - Linn County

I thought I saw a LONG-TAILED DUCK at Pleasant Creek Lake yesterday, but
the distance was too great to be sure. I checked again today and found it
much closer, so the ID was confirmed. It was near the boat launch area on
the North arm of the lake, but when I returned to the area a half hour
later, I could not relocate it. It was moving around and diving
frequently, so was not easy to find.

Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Date: 11/28/20 9:54 am
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: [ia-bird] northern shrike Monroe county
Hi, birders,
Therese Cummiskey and I went to Monroe County on a beautiful late fall
day yesterday to see if we could find a few birds. The day started slowly, but we
persevered and were rewarded with some nice birds. The highlight was a Northern
Shrike, spotted as we meandered our way back to Albia after checking a few
spots.
Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76758491
We totaled 30 taxa, not a large number, but neither of us had ever been birding
in Monroe County, so had to find our way around. Included in the total
were Bald Eagle, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Lesser Scaup, American
Kestral, and the usual suspects. There were numerous Red-tailed Hawks
out and about yesterday.
I tried to send this yesterday, but was not allowed to send from this email address and the old one stopped working…cannot send. I will be closing that account next week. All has been fixed with this new email address.
Julie Johnston, Packwood

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Date: 11/28/20 8:17 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Northern Shrike
Birders,

I am currently viewing a NORTHERN SHRIKE actively hunting in a grassy
treeline that runs north from 290th Street, just east of the railroad
tracks in Story County, near Strautman Tree Farm (which is as busy as Grand
Central Station right now), just north of Cambridge, Iowa.

I originally scoped it in a tree roughly at 41.940281,-93.527631, but it is
currently working its way south into better binocular range.

NSHR have been very reliable in this general area over the past few years.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 11/28/20 8:01 am
From: Candace H <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Van Buren County - Swans
Thanksgiving weekend typically yields a good show at the wetlands west of
Mt Sterling, Iowa and it didn’t disappoint. My Mark (who may be becoming a
birder) and I counted at least 155 Trumpeter Swans and we saw and heard the
higher pitched calls of 4 Tundra Swans that took wing along with a small
group of Trumpeters.

Few other notable species: Juvenile Bald Eagle, lots of Great Blue Herons,
a few Gadwall and a few Northern Shovelers, Ringed-heck Pheasant and
calling Eastern Bluebirds.

Candace Havely
Black Hawk County
Waterloo

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Date: 11/27/20 7:42 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-27-20
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 21, through Friday,
November 27, 2020:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**LESSER GOLDFINCH**







-Additional Species Mentioned

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Red-throated Loon

Western Grebe

Glaucous Gull

Varied Thrush

Spotted Towhee

Red Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill

Common Redpoll





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



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



*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at the Ventura Grade of Clear Lake on the 21
st.



*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen in a yard in Waterloo on the 25th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

Between 20 and 30 RED CROSSBILLS were seen near the Holy Family Catholic
Church at New Melleray on the 27th.



*EAST:*



SCOTT COUNTY:

6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Fairmount Cemetery on the 21st. They
were last seen on the 22nd.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Kent Park on the 22nd. From the
Valley View Prairie parking area, cross the road to the large grove of
conifers. They're at the west portion of this grove.



LINN COUNTY:

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Cedar Lake on the 23rd. A SURF SCOTER joined it
on the 27th.





*SOUTHEAST:*



DES MOINES COUNTY:

A LESSER GOLDFINCH was seen at a Burlington feeder on the 21st. It was last
seen on the 22nd. The location: at the S.E. corner of Madison and Parkway
adjacent to Crapo Park. Go to the east side of the house where you can
view the feeders quite well. Don't go to the house. The residents are Bev
and Duane Shebundy. Home phone is 752-2255. They know people may come to
see the bird. Call them, but not too early.



WASHINGTON COUNTY:

11 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Lake Darling on the 21st.





*SOUTH CENTRAL:*



MARION COUNTY:

Highlights from Red Rock on the 21st included a WESTERN GREBE, GLAUCOUS
GULL, and a COMMON REDPOLL.



*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Jester Park on the 20th. 16 of them were
present on the 23rd including a Type 10, which is a possible first state
record. Most were type 4. 6 RED CROSSBILLS were present on the 25th. These
birds were last seen on the 27th.



A GLAUCOUS GULL continues at Saylorville as recently as the 21st. It was
last seen at Oak Grove, along with a RED-THROATED LOON on the 25th.



STORY COUNTY:

A flyover WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen over NE Ames on the 21st.







*WEST:*



CRAWFORD COUNTY:

A VARIED THRUSH was seen near Charter Oak on the 27th.





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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
December 4, 2020 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 11/27/20 3:32 pm
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull, Surf Scoter in Cedar Rapids
Both these birds were still present this afternoon into dark. The 2nd year
Glaucous Gull was spotted by Jamie McCoy after we had scanned the flock
several times, while birds were still pouring in. I think we found only 2
Herring Gulls in the flock on the lake. Large numbers of birds were still
present at the pond on the south side but it was too dark to check them.

Jesse Ellis
Cedar Rapids

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 10:58 AM Jim Forde <jimforde...> wrote:

> This morning an imm. GLAUCOUS GULL was floating on the main portion of
> Cedar Lake. This was the second Glaucous Gull this week.
>
> Also, one female-type SURF SCOTER was present on the main lake.
>
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Date: 11/27/20 2:50 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Varied Thrush- Crawford County
In case you're not on ebird, a VARIED THRUSH was spotted today in Crawford
County.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76764211

Fawn in Riverside

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Date: 11/27/20 9:50 am
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Purple Finch and Carolina Wren
Had my FOS beautiful male Purple Finch as well as Carolina Wren and Harris’ Sparrows at my feeders this am.
C’mon Evening Grosbeaks!!
Art Check
Nevada

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Date: 11/27/20 9:31 am
From: <rrki......> <rrkirpes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late post - Red Crossbills Dubuque Co.
Sorry for the late post. Had to drive up to Dubuque on Wednesday, and
despite the rain (and fog in some places) decided to try to find some of
those winter finches which have been wandering around.

Found a flock of 20-30 RED CROSSBILLS in the white(?) pines along the drive
up to and around Holy Family Catholic church at New Melleray. They were
there between 11 am and 1 pm at least. Lots of cones on the pines. Seemed
to be quite active despite the constant drizzle.

No crossbills across the road by New Melleray Abbey itself.

Roger Kirpes
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 11/27/20 8:58 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull, Surf Scoter in Cedar Rapids
This morning an imm. GLAUCOUS GULL was floating on the main portion of Cedar Lake. This was the second Glaucous Gull this week.

Also, one female-type SURF SCOTER was present on the main lake.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 11/27/20 6:26 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills
At least 5 RECR were in the pines at the Jester Park Discovery Pond area at 8AM this morning.

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West Des Moines

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Date: 11/26/20 8:35 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl at Greenbelt L.
I found a SAW-WHET OWL at the north end of conifer stand. Take main path by
the lake til you see an X that I marked in path. Then take a left on small
path about 30 ft., then take a right and look for the white wash under the
Red Pine . The owl is about 3 or 4 feet above the ground.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 11/25/20 5:39 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk at Dickcissle Park, Boone Co. 11/25/2020
I saw this Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk at Dickcissle Park, Boone Co.
11/25/2020. It was doing a lot of hovering while hunting as it worked its
way around the pond. When I left about 3 PM it was perched on a power pole
just West of the pond. I would think it will still be there tomorrow!

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 11/25/20 3:27 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee
The SPOTTED TOWHEE Is back at my feeders after being absent for a couple of
weeks. The visits are brief and sporadic.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 11/25/20 12:39 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Keokuk CBC
The Keokuk CBC will be held on the first Monday of the count season, Dec
14th.

If you are interested in participating this year, please feel free to reach
out to me.

John Cecil
5158509694

Thank you,

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Date: 11/25/20 11:39 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Oak Grove Recreation Area - Polk Co.
Hi Birders,

The juvenile Glaucous Gull is still visible from Oak Grove Recreation Area
on Saylorville Reservoir. It was last seen on the water amongst the
merganser flock straight west of the parking lot. Additionally, I just
finished scoping what I believe is a Red-throated Loon in the same general
area. I assume it is the same individual that was previously reported in
the vicinity. And if those two birds aren’t good enough, a couple runners
and their dog flushed a flock of 16 Common Redpolls where the trail enters
the north end of the parking lot.

Earlier today, John Bissell and I bumped into each other at the Jester Park
Discovery Pond, and then proceeded to bump into a single Red Crossbill
along with several Red-breasted Nuthatches.

Not the most pleasant day to be outside, but the birds are making up for it!

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.
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Date: 11/23/20 7:10 pm
From: Ron Stakland <rons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills Washington Co.
Late posting of 11 Red Crossbills seen at Lake Darling on Saturday. They were first seen midday by the Burkhardts and again around 3:00 by the a Staklands in the row of tall pine trees along the left roadside about a half mile in from the Highway 1 entrance. Accompanied by several Red Breasted Nuthatches.
Ron Stakland
Fairfield

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Date: 11/23/20 5:13 pm
From: Kevin Powers <kpowers.ia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Red Crossbills at Jester Park
Thanks for the heads-up! Spotted a flock of 16 Red Crossbills feeding
around Discovery Pond at Jester Park (Polk Co.) today, too—also around
noon. Seemed like they were finding plenty of cones. Attached a few photos.

Kevin Powers
West Des Moines, IA

On Friday, November 20, 2020 at 9:49:30 PM UTC-6 <ron......> wrote:

> Thursday around noon we saw two (or 3?) female Red Crossbills at Jester
> Park. They were wrapped around top branch tips of white pines earnestly
> eating pine cone seeds. Unfortunately my camera was about a quarter mile
> away so no pics.

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Date: 11/23/20 11:46 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull in Cedar Rapids
 This morning an adult GLAUCOUS GULL was at the west end of Cedar Lake among the Ring-billed Gulls. It seems like a long time since an adult has
showed up at Cedar Lake but immatures have visited more often.


Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 11/23/20 10:29 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lesser Goldfinch - NO
The LEGO did not show this morning. Disappointing a number watchers.

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Date: 11/23/20 9:28 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbills. NOT
White wing Crossbills were not located this morning in Fairmont cemetery davenport Iowa

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 22, 2020, at 11:00 PM, Paul Skrade <skradepa...> wrote:
>
> 
> Crazy is a great way to describe it! If I didn't have an 8am class in the morning I would've stayed overnight to try for it in the am. Oh, and the fact that my nearly 16-year-old daughter came along for the ride. She even drove part of the way! Honestly, I shouldn't complain about anything Paul. I've got my health and my family is doing well.
>
> Hope you are staying healthy and you and yours are well!
>
> Skrade
>
>> On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 10:34 PM Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>> Bummer! I think it might stick around. Best and most consistent is most likely AM. How is family and school with this crazy year?
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>>> On Nov 22, 2020, at 9:51 PM, Paul Skrade <skradepa...> wrote:
>>>>
>>> 
>>> Hi Roisen!
>>>
>>> We got there *JUST* after 4 and were there until dark with no luck. Beth said we missed it by 20 minutes. Ugh. Glad you got it!
>>>
>>> Skrade
>>>
>>>> On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 4:12 PM Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>>>> Lesser Goldfinch was seen again about 345 today at the parkway Road in Madison area in Burlington got some nice photos I suspect I’ll be there again tomorrow
>>>> Paul Roisen a Woodbury County 712-301-2817
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>>>> On Nov 22, 2020, at 1:56 PM, Gerald White <apuffin...> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>> 
>>>>> <DSC02181.jpg>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:53:49 AM UTC-6 James Fuller wrote:
>>>>>> Hi All,
>>>>>> The Lesser Goldfinch was still present in Burlington as of 7:45 AM and there were a
>>>>>> number of other birds present including a Redpoll, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and numerous
>>>>>> Pine Siskins.
>>>>>> Jim Fuller, Iowa City
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Date: 11/22/20 7:44 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County
I will try for them again tomorrow morning. If I see anything I’ll post
right away. It’s likely these moved on, but waves are coming through, so
being at the right place and time and perhaps having a little luck will
produce more.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 8:41 PM Jess P <jpaint21...> wrote:

>
> My husband and I attempted to relocate these crossbills this afternoon but
> without any luck. The only interesting birds was a skating Rough-legged
> Hawk in the same area.
>
> On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:54:39 AM UTC-6 markb249 wrote:
>
>> Two vocal birds right now at Kent Park. From the Valley View Prairie
>> parking area, cross the road to the large grove of conifers. They're at
>> the west portion of this grove
>>
>> Mark Brown
>> North Liberty
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Date: 11/22/20 6:42 pm
From: Jess P <jpaint21...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County
Sorry, the hawk was soaring, not skating.
Autocorrect wins today.

On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 8:41:34 PM UTC-6 Jess P wrote:

>
> My husband and I attempted to relocate these crossbills this afternoon but
> without any luck. The only interesting birds was a skating Rough-legged
> Hawk in the same area.
>
> On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:54:39 AM UTC-6 markb249 wrote:
>
>> Two vocal birds right now at Kent Park. From the Valley View Prairie
>> parking area, cross the road to the large grove of conifers. They're at
>> the west portion of this grove
>>
>> Mark Brown
>> North Liberty
>>
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Date: 11/22/20 6:41 pm
From: Jess P <jpaint21...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County

My husband and I attempted to relocate these crossbills this afternoon but
without any luck. The only interesting birds was a skating Rough-legged
Hawk in the same area.

On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:54:39 AM UTC-6 markb249 wrote:

> Two vocal birds right now at Kent Park. From the Valley View Prairie
> parking area, cross the road to the large grove of conifers. They're at
> the west portion of this grove
>
> Mark Brown
> North Liberty
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Date: 11/22/20 5:55 pm
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Lesser Goldfinch
On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 4:12:49 PM UTC-6 roisenp1950 wrote:

> Lesser Goldfinch was seen again about 345 today at the parkway Road in
> Madison area in Burlington got some nice photos I suspect I’ll be there
> again tomorrow
> Paul Roisen a Woodbury County 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 22, 2020, at 1:56 PM, Gerald White <apu......> wrote:
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> 
> <DSC02181.jpg>
>
>
>
> On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:53:49 AM UTC-6 James Fuller wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>> The Lesser Goldfinch was still present in Burlington as of 7:45 AM and
>> there were a
>> number of other birds present including a Redpoll, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
>> and numerous
>> Pine Siskins.
>> Jim Fuller, Iowa City
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Date: 11/22/20 4:08 pm
From: Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrrow
In NW Story County all day today at our feeders. Sue Yeakel

On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 5:58 PM Carl Kurtz <cpkurtz...> wrote:

> This afternoon I was watching a group of sparrows including Harris, Tree,
> Juncos and a band of house sparrows. It dawned on me that one was
> different. Eventually I saw their were two of them. We had a sighting
> years ago, but have not seen one since. We are close to the center of the
> state and most reports sen to come from SE Iowa.
>
> Carl Kurtz
> NW Marshall County
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Date: 11/22/20 3:58 pm
From: Carl Kurtz <cpkurtz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrrow
This afternoon I was watching a group of sparrows including Harris, Tree, Juncos and a band of house sparrows. It dawned on me that one was different. Eventually I saw their were two of them. We had a sighting years ago, but have not seen one since. We are close to the center of the state and most reports sen to come from SE Iowa.

Carl Kurtz
NW Marshall County

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Date: 11/22/20 3:20 pm
From: Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whets at Hickory Hills
Paul,
Thanks for the spotting help! Great day at Hickory Hill!
I’m working on pictures to post now!

Happy Birding,
Diane

On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 5:13 PM Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...>
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> Today I observed 4 different NSW owls at Hickory hills, 2 of them in the
> same tree. I was also able to help others observe. I am currently working
> on video that I got today of one of them that spit a pellet out and also
> ate a mouse. Hoping to have clips before bed tonight.
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Date: 11/22/20 3:13 pm
From: Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whets at Hickory Hills
Today I observed 4 different NSW owls at Hickory hills, 2 of them in the
same tree. I was also able to help others observe. I am currently working
on video that I got today of one of them that spit a pellet out and also
ate a mouse. Hoping to have clips before bed tonight.

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Date: 11/22/20 3:00 pm
From: <sus......> <susacat...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: White-winged Crossbills, Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport
We found them today around noon following the ebird report. Ours were in
the hemlock tree closest to the entrance.

On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 4:48:49 PM UTC-6 <waltzu......>
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> Six White-winged Crossbills were seen today in the hemlock stand in
> Fairmount Cemetery. Thanks to Bill and Gayla Hickerson for finding them!
>
> Walt Zuurdeeg
> Davenport
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Date: 11/22/20 2:12 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch was seen again about 345 today at the parkway Road in Madison area in Burlington got some nice photos I suspect I’ll be there again tomorrow
Paul Roisen a Woodbury County 712-301-2817
Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 22, 2020, at 1:56 PM, Gerald White <apuffin...> wrote:
>
> 
> <DSC02181.jpg>
>
>
>> On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:53:49 AM UTC-6 James Fuller wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> The Lesser Goldfinch was still present in Burlington as of 7:45 AM and there were a
>> number of other birds present including a Redpoll, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and numerous
>> Pine Siskins.
>> Jim Fuller, Iowa City
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Date: 11/22/20 12:44 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] LEGO photo
Nice to see a picture of the Lesser Goldfinch.
2020 has a positive side.......some outstanding birds seen in Iowa.

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City

On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 2:18 PM Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
wrote:

> Here is the best photo of the Lesser Goldfinch I got. I was there less
> than five minutes. I walked right up to the feeder area, snapped a few
> shots, and left.
>
> Good birding,
> Brandon Caswell
> Marion
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Date: 11/22/20 12:18 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] LEGO photo
Here is the best photo of the Lesser Goldfinch I got. I was there less than
five minutes. I walked right up to the feeder area, snapped a few shots,
and left.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/22/20 11:56 am
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Lesser Goldfinch
[image: DSC02181.jpg]

On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:53:49 AM UTC-6 James Fuller wrote:

> Hi All,
> The Lesser Goldfinch was still present in Burlington as of 7:45 AM and
> there were a
> number of other birds present including a Redpoll, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
> and numerous
> Pine Siskins.
> Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 11/22/20 11:54 am
From: carlbendorf <carlbendorf...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tom Kent
It's with sadness I report that Tom Kent passed away yesterday in Iowa City
at age 86. Tom's contributions to Iowa birding can't be overstated and he
had an enormous impact on ornithology in Iowa.

In 2013, I had the honor of nominating Tom for the American Birding
Association's prestigious Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding
Contributions in Regional Ornithology. Tom received this award in 2014. By
way of paying tribute to Tom, I'm attaching a copy of my nominating letter.

Tom was a great friend and he will be missed by many.

Carl Bendorf
Longmont, Colorado

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Date: 11/22/20 7:54 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbills - Johnson County
Two vocal birds right now at Kent Park. From the Valley View Prairie
parking area, cross the road to the large grove of conifers. They're at
the west portion of this grove

Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 11/22/20 7:53 am
From: James Fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lesser Goldfinch
Hi All,
The Lesser Goldfinch was still present in Burlington as of 7:45 AM and there were a
number of other birds present including a Redpoll, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and numerous
Pine Siskins.
Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 11/22/20 7:13 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] location correction
Lesser Goldfinch present this morning per James Huntington.

Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 7:21 PM Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> wrote:

> In regard to the Lesser Goldfinch, the house is on the N.E. corner not the
> S.E. as I reported. Sorry for the mistake.
> Chuck Fuller
> Burlington
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Date: 11/21/20 5:22 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] location correction
In regard to the Lesser Goldfinch, the house is on the N.E. corner not the
S.E. as I reported. Sorry for the mistake.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 11/21/20 3:36 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Rock
Today at lake Red Rock, highlights were, a WESTERN GREBE , seen from the
high boat ramp at Whitebreast pt. A juv. GLAUCOUS GULL was at the north
overlook beach. And at the Fifield area, a C. REDPOLL.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 11/21/20 3:31 pm
From: Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw-Whet Owls, Hickory Hills today
I was able to observe, and help others observe, 3 different NSW owls within
the pine grove at Hickory Hills Park today. They were all within a 400
yard area of each other, and 1 was easily photographed. The other 2 were
high in the cedars that they were found in. I will be going back up in the
morning to try and re-locate them, weather permitting.

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Date: 11/21/20 2:58 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] evening grosbeak question (not a signing)
I’ve been paying attention to a lot of the feeder finds. Seems like in Iowa
they have been coming in between like 9am-noonish and rarely come back. I’m
0-3 on feeder watches in Johnson Co. where they have been seen practically
2-3 hours before I’ve arrived.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 4:39 PM Brochu, Christopher A <
<chris-brochu...> wrote:

> I've been in Evanston for a while, and according to eBird, the evening
> grosbeak irruption seen in Iowa is happening here as well.
>
> Is there a preferred time of day when they're likelier to be seen?
>
>
> Christopher A. Brochu
> Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
> University of Iowa
> Iowa City, IA 52242 USA
> phone 319-353-1808
> fax 319-335-1821
> email <chris-brochu...>
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Date: 11/21/20 2:48 pm
From: <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbills, Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport
Six White-winged Crossbills were seen today in the hemlock stand in Fairmount Cemetery. Thanks to Bill and Gayla Hickerson for finding them!

Walt Zuurdeeg
Davenport

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Date: 11/21/20 2:46 pm
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short eared owls
There are two short eared owls at the edge of the Hawkeye wildlife refuge
on cemetery road near Madson pond this evening in Johnson County.
Jamie McCoy

Iowa City

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Date: 11/21/20 2:39 pm
From: Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] evening grosbeak question (not a signing)
I've been in Evanston for a while, and according to eBird, the evening grosbeak irruption seen in Iowa is happening here as well.

Is there a preferred time of day when they're likelier to be seen?


Christopher A. Brochu
Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242 USA
phone 319-353-1808
fax 319-335-1821
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Date: 11/21/20 1:22 pm
From: Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Saw-Whet at Hickory Hill Help
[image: A7R00421.jpg]I can head back up in the morning. There are 3 owls
currently in the park.

On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9:44:24 AM UTC-6 <sus......> wrote:

> We are also interested in this owl, if anyone sees it today. We're also
> not sure where the Cedar grove is to use as a staring point. Thanks!
> ~Susa and Forrest
>
> On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 8:21:45 AM UTC-6 <d......>
> wrote:
>
>> Good Morning!
>>
>> I’m going to be able to head to Iowa City tomorrow (Sunday). If anyone
>> has any information today or early tomorrow on the Northern Saw-Whet Owl
>> could you please share?
>>
>> Here’s to a wonderful weekend filled with birds!
>>
>> Diane
>>
>>
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Date: 11/21/20 1:09 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lesser Goldfinch
I had a call from a feeder watcher and they said they had a "strange bird"
under their feeder. I went over to ,check it out and I am sure it was a
Lesser Goldfinch. It was on the ground with siskins, House Finches and
serveral Goldfinch. I was there for 30 minutes and it came back several
times. The location: at the S.E. corner of Madison and Parkway adjacent
to Crapo Park. Go to the east side of the house where you can view the
feeders quite well. Don't go to the house. The residents are Bev and
Duane Shebundy. Home phone is 752-2255. They know people may come to see
the bird. Call them, but not to early.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington
P.S. This was at 2:30 PM

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Date: 11/21/20 12:34 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White winged Scoter
A White-winged Scoter continues at the Ventura grade, west end of Clear
Lake. It is in with some scaup and others. Otherwise it was pretty quiet
on the lake, just a few ducks around.



Four Sandhill Cranes were at Zirbel Slough. Mostly the ponds have a thin
layer of ice on them.



One Red-tailed Hawk was seen, nothing airborne. Two thousand gulls,
presumed Ring-billed Gulls, were out too far on a new area to find something
different.



It was a slow day but nice to be out in the sun and no wind.



Rita Goranson

Mason City



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Date: 11/21/20 10:47 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Crossbill - Ames
Hi Birders,

This morning, we had a flyover White-winged Crossbill from our yard in
northeast Ames. Still anxiously awaiting an Evening Grosbeak to show up at
our feeders!

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.
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Date: 11/21/20 10:46 am
From: Kyla Yuza-Pate <yuzapate...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting - Evening Grosbeak sightings map
Howdy folks,

If you're a member of the Facebook group Iowa Birding, you may know that
I've been compiling Iowa Evening Grosbeak sightings and reports and
formatting them into a map.

I've been pulling data from this listserv, eBird, and Iowa-focused birding
groups to visualize which counties have had sightings, how recent the
latest sighting was, and how many sightings per county have been reported.

I used a combination of R (statistical programming language) and QGIS
(mapping software) to organize the data and visualize it. If you have any
questions about my process, feel free to send me an email directly.

I've attached today's updated map to this email. So far, 19 counties have
had reports of Evening Grosbeaks - primarily the east and central parts of
the state. Most reports are more than 2 weeks old (a lot of activity from
the beginning of November and not much since), and all counties have had
less than 4 reports total.

Here's to hoping we can get those numbers up! :)

Best,
Kyla Yuza, Ames, IA
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Date: 11/21/20 9:44 am
From: Barb Rimel <feists.br...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Saw-whet Owl Moorehead Park Ida County
Don, I would like to drive up there to see a Saw Whet Owl. I live in Omaha.
I have been following various FB groups and have seen posts about the Saw
Whet Owl...I'd love to make the drive to see and possibly photograph one. A
few of my birder friends suggested contacting you about seeing and possibly
photographing a Saw Whet Owl. Thank you.

On Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:05:45 AM UTC-6 <donpog......> wrote:

> Hi,
> After not seeing a Saw-whet Owl for 10 days , we have one this morning in
> Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove, Iowa. It is down low and wide open if any
> of you want to come today, let me know.
> It may or may not stay, as other have been here for only that one day and
> continued on their southern migration when it got dark. My cell is
> 712-369-3454 <(712)%20369-3454>.
>
>
> Don

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Date: 11/21/20 8:04 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Shrike at Redbird Farms WA
I saw a northern shrike last night at Redbird Farms in Johnson county off
of Blackdiamond Road. Jim Kettelkamp saw it again this morning. It
repeatedly went to a 10 foot black locust in the large Hillside Prairie
area just uphill from the first big Dike
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City.

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Date: 11/21/20 7:44 am
From: <sus......> <susacat...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Saw-Whet at Hickory Hill Help
We are also interested in this owl, if anyone sees it today. We're also
not sure where the Cedar grove is to use as a staring point. Thanks!
~Susa and Forrest

On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 8:21:45 AM UTC-6 <d......>
wrote:

> Good Morning!
>
> I’m going to be able to head to Iowa City tomorrow (Sunday). If anyone
> has any information today or early tomorrow on the Northern Saw-Whet Owl
> could you please share?
>
> Here’s to a wonderful weekend filled with birds!
>
> Diane
>
>
>

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Date: 11/21/20 7:36 am
From: Dylan Osterhaus <dylanmosterhaus...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull
Hello all,

The Glaucous Gull continues at Saylorville. I was able to get decent looks
this morning from the Oak Grove Beach looking NW towards Sandpiper.

Dylan Osterhaus

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Date: 11/21/20 6:21 am
From: Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-Whet at Hickory Hill Help
Good Morning!

I’m going to be able to head to Iowa City tomorrow (Sunday). If anyone has
any information today or early tomorrow on the Northern Saw-Whet Owl could
you please share?

Here’s to a wonderful weekend filled with birds!

Diane

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Date: 11/21/20 5:09 am
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer 2020 Iowa Bird Life
The Summer 2020 issue of *Iowa Bird Life* is now available on the IOU
website. Members may view it by logging into www.iowabirds.org. Below is
the list of contents:

Sage Thrasher at Saylorville Reservoir by Stephen J. Dinsmore
Meet an Iowa Birder—Candace Havely by Stuart Sparkman
Report of the Records Committee for 2019 by Paul Hertzel
Birding Area: Green Island Wildlife Management Area, Jackson County by Eric
Ollie and Tony Moline
Field Reports—Spring 2020 by Connor Patrick Langan
Stranded in Johnson County: Spring 2020 Shorebirding Bonanza by Brandon
Caswell
An Ibis Spring in Iowa by Larry Dau
Book Review: Warblers and Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year
of Birding by Maria Story
Book Review: Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor by Rick Hollis
Iowa Ornithologists’ Union Board Meeting by Sharon Bauer
Fifty Years Ago in Iowa Bird Life by James J. Dinsmore


Thanks to all who made this issue possible. Enjoy!
Karen Viste-Sparkman, editor

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Date: 11/21/20 4:57 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] tufted titmouse
For three years we have had one to several Tufted Titmouse this far north.
At the same time, Carolina Wrens moved in. The Carolina Wren has expanded
with a number having been seen in different areas this year. However Tufted
Titmouse has declined and in fact was not reported at all this year in the
area. It seems that the Titmouse has only one spot in the Waterloo area
where it can be found. Otherwise Boone or Iowa City is the place to go. It
is seen up the Mississippi River as far as La Crosse.



I find it strange that one species, perhaps with global warming, has spread
into our area, and another tried to get a hold in here and then left the
area. Is it what the birds are eating that determines if they stay in an
area??? Is it habitat ??? What would make one species continue on and the
other to quit the area??? We had looked forward to having the Titmouse in
our yards but that isn't going to happen any time soon.



Thank you to those who responded to my initial request. And if anyone has
any ideas on the above matter, please let me know.



Rita G.

Mason City

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Date: 11/20/20 7:49 pm
From: ron_goo Goodman <ron_goo...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills at Jester Park
Thursday around noon we saw two (or 3?) female Red Crossbills at Jester Park. They were wrapped around top branch tips of white pines earnestly eating pine cone seeds. Unfortunately my camera was about a quarter mile away so no pics.

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Date: 11/20/20 6:49 pm
From: <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Finally - Pine SIskins
I was feeling really left out but this afternoon finally had a small flock
of Pine Siskins at my finch feeders. Tomorrow an Evening Grosbeak?



Ann Johnson

Norwalk (Warren County)





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Date: 11/20/20 4:27 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet--Ida County today
Hi,
10 people got to see & photograph a Saw-whet here in Moorehead Park today, down low and wide open.


Don

Don Poggensee
Ida Grove, Iowa

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Date: 11/20/20 4:19 pm
From: Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet - Hickory Hills extra Info
I was able to locate the NSW today(with a bit of help) in the same general
location as the previous sightings(same grove), but he was about 400 yards
further East, along the path on the eastern edge of the grove.
I marked the spot with a beer bottle I found in the area, wedged between 2
trees. If you look to the west from the trail at that point, you will see
a tree that is V shaped at the base. Follow the left side of the V up
about 40-50 feet(about 4-5 feet from the top of the tree, and that is where
he was seen today.

If there are any questions, I may be able to head back up a few times over
the next week to see if he is still around, or to help others. Happy
Birding.

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Date: 11/20/20 3:46 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-20-20
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 14, through Friday,
November 20, 2020:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**EVENING GROSBEAK**







-Additional Species Mentioned

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Red-throated Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Glaucous Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Golden Eagle

Spotted Towhee

Scarlet Tanager

Red Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill





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



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



*NORTH CENTRAL:*



FRANKLIN COUNTY:

6 RED CROSSBILLS and 15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Hampton
Cemetery on the 17th.



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Clear Lake on the 17th.



A late SCARLET TANAGER was seen at a feeder in Mason City on the 17th.



*NORTHEAST:*



WINNESHIEK COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Cardinal Marsh on the 17th.



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

An EVENING GROSBEAK was heard as a flyover in Waterloo on the 19th.



A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over Waterloo on the 19th.



*EAST:*



JOHNSON COUNTY:

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder near North Liberty on the 17th.



LINN COUNTY:

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Pleasant Creek Lake on the 17th.



*SOUTHEAST:*



WAPELLO COUNTY:

A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Lake Wapello on the 17th.



WASHINGTON COUNTY:

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen in the SW part of the county on the 19th.



*SOUTH CENTRAL:*



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

A WESTERN GREBE continues at the Island View area of Lake Rathbun on the 19
th.



*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen at a yard near Red Feather Prairie on the 14th.



GLAUCOUS AND LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Oak Grove at
Saylorville on the 17th. These birds were last seen on the 18th.



2 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at Saylorville on the 18th. One was
relocated on the 19th.





*NORTHWEST:*



BUENA VISTA COUNTY:

3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen from Scout Park at Storm Lake on the 17th.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 27, 2020 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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515-423-6108

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Date: 11/20/20 3:40 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Posting
Ron

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You are a member with allowed posting. Unfortunately many of us do not see the message we post. Mine go into my Junk mailbox.


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> On Nov 20, 2020, at 1:01 PM, ron_goo Goodman <ron_goo...> wrote:
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> I can’t seem to find the link to post a new observation.
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Date: 11/20/20 9:29 am
From: Tim Gedler <avesrun...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse
Rita- they have reliably appeared at the feeding station at George Wyth
State Park in the past....

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Date: 11/20/20 9:19 am
From: Paul Brooks <paulbrooks27944...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park, IC -- No luck
Good morning. I have located the Saw whet and am currently in the park. I
will be here until around 3pm.

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> who responded to my earlier message asking for information on locating the
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> Although I located the partially burnt log yesterday, I was unsuccessful in
> finding the bird. My companion and I checked several trees in the area but,
> alas, we struck out. Perhaps someone else will have better luck (or
> ability!) searching for the owl in coming days.

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Date: 11/20/20 8:24 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] "Thanks" from a RB Nuthatch?
I was just refilling our bird feeders when our 3-month resident
Red-breasted Nuthatch flew over my head to land on branch 15 inches in
front of my face. It sat there & watched me fill the feeder, then hopped on
to eat as I walked away. I guess it wanted to thank me for a morning brunch
!

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Ogden

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Date: 11/20/20 8:05 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl Moorehead Park Ida County
Hi,
After not seeing a Saw-whet Owl for 10 days , we have one this morning in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove, Iowa. It is down low and wide open if any of you want to come today, let me know.
It may or may not stay, as other have been here for only that one day and continued on their southern migration when it got dark. My cell is 712-369-3454.


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Date: 11/20/20 7:17 am
From: Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse
Rita,
If you ever get to the Des Moines / Saylorville area they are dependable
visitors at the feeders at the Saylorville Visitor Center.

Good luck!

Diane

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Date: 11/20/20 7:08 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tufted Titmouse
Is anyone seeing a Tufted Titmouse in the Waterloo or Iowa Falls area on a
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Thanks.



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Date: 11/20/20 3:11 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Stowaway Northern Saw-whet owl -- it’s new name is Rockefeller
Sent by Bob Scarth,

Don
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>
> From: <scarth...>
> Subject: Stowaway Northern Saw-whet owl -- it’s new name is Rockefeller
> Date: November 19, 2020 at 7:40:33 PM CST
> To: "Don Poggensee" <donpoggensee...>
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> Don,
> Stowaway Northern Saw-whet owl - it’s new name is Rockefeller
>
> You might want to put it on [IA-Bird]
>
> https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1248166 <https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1248166>
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Date: 11/19/20 3:07 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Grebe
A Western Grebe is at Island View area at Lake Rathbun today. Tom Johnson.
Mystic, Ia.
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Date: 11/19/20 2:45 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Golden Eagle - Waterloo
This afternoon as I was talking with a friend at a funeral service outside,
I saw an ad. GOLDEN EAGLE soaring overhead right over the church. The
church is right across the highway from Greenbelt Lake, which is the
direction it came from.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 11/19/20 11:52 am
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon Saylorville on the 19th
This morning about 10:30 I saw a single Red-throated Loon from the east
pull-out on the top of the Saylorville Dam. It was far out in the lake,
needed my scope. FYI: the Bob Shetler recreation area below the dam is
closed for several weeks while they do repairs to the outflow channel.
Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 11/19/20 10:46 am
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: [ia-bird] WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL - Washington County
Hey all-

Christie Meader just posted a male White-winged Crossbill to the Iowa
Birding Facebook group from SW Washington County.

There have been reports of this species *farther south* of us already in
Missouri, as well. If you're not already aware, ALL the winter finches are
irrupting in the east and we should expect spillover. Both redpolls, both
crossbills (but more White-winged), and yes, BOTH EVENING AND PINE
GROSBEAK. Keep your eyes peeled and on your feeders, and ears open for all
these species' distinctive calls.

Jesse Ellis
Coe College
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Date: 11/19/20 5:26 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeak - Waterloo
This morning as I was leaving for work, at about 6:40 , I heard a flyover
EVENING GROSBEAK giving it's " jeer " call. Which sounds very similar to
that of a Gray-cheeked Thrush. So keep your eyes on your feeders when you
can.

Good birding,
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Waterloo

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Date: 11/18/20 9:04 pm
From: Orin K3 <orink3...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park, IC -- No luck
Hi, folks:
I am a retired watcher with time. My favorites are hawks, owls, and
woodpeckers. My best "luck" has involved factory applied permethrin camo
outfits, ditto - very light weight folding chairs, blinds, 15 x 50 canon
binos,1 or more hour quiet, stationary observations, dated micro-recorders,
logs, and many ex parte conversations.
Good luck, OrinK3 in north-central
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> I would like to thank everyone (especially Britt, Ron, Brandon, and James)
> who responded to my earlier message asking for information on locating the
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> Although I located the partially burnt log yesterday, I was unsuccessful in
> finding the bird. My companion and I checked several trees in the area but,
> alas, we struck out. Perhaps someone else will have better luck (or
> ability!) searching for the owl in coming days.
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Date: 11/18/20 3:28 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loons found and pointed out to me this morning by Ray Crimmins remain. I last saw them this evening across from Lakeview- South of Cherry Glen. Thank you Ray, Clayton Will Madrid


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Date: 11/18/20 3:21 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park, IC -- No luck
I would like to thank everyone (especially Britt, Ron, Brandon, and James)
who responded to my earlier message asking for information on locating the
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Date: 11/18/20 12:37 pm
From: Shepherd, Stephanie <stephanie.shepherd...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cedar Rapids Peregrine Falcon Nesting
Hi!

I'm wondering if anyone in the Cedar Rapids area was able to document any
nesting this past season for the Cedar Rapid's Peregrines? Any information
would be much appreciated!

Thank you!

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Date: 11/18/20 9:02 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loons at Saylorville
Ray Cummins found two RED-THROATED LOONS off Oak Grove this morning. They
kept moving south and were last seen from Cherry Glen. The LESSER
BLACK-BACKED and GLAUCOUS GULL are still present off Oak Grove.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/18/20 7:22 am
From: Dana Siefer <danasiefer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Scoters
Since I can't submit on ebird with the web site down, if anyone wants to
see those possible black scoters they were seen the past 2 days from Scout
Park just west of Buena Vista University campus. If you set up a scope by
the lighthouse that gives a good view. Morning viewing is good but
afternoon sun makes things tough. I usually try to look each night at
sunset. There is also Cicle Park direclty south of the football field that
can offer closer views at times. Heres a drawing of good viewing locations
(two x's) and area circled where birds were. Incidentally this is same
location that surf scoters and white-wing scoters were seen recently.
Dana

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Date: 11/17/20 8:01 pm
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] black scoter or ruddy duck
Yup , Black Scoters! Nice find!

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/17/20 4:14 pm
From: danasiefer <danasiefer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] black scoter or ruddy duck
Hi,

Can someone please tell me if these are ruddy ducks or black scoters? I saw
them on Storm Lake tonight at sunset, there were 5 of them. Some did not
have the white face patch. This was the only photo that turned out in
between waves.

Also, if they are ruddy ducks, what about their appearance gives away their
ID? When I look at photos I can't decide and I have already mistaken one
for the other this year.

Thanks,
Dana



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Date: 11/17/20 2:47 pm
From: Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Winneshiek Golden Eagle
Today as I looked out over the Turkey River Valley at Cardinal Marsh, I saw a juvenile Golden Eagle circling nearby. The bird was close enough to see the crisply marked white tail base and good sized underwing white areas. This may be the second time I have seen a Golden Eagle from the house.

Happy Birding,

Ellen Bell

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Date: 11/17/20 1:33 pm
From: <kcar......> <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe, Black Ducks - Linn County
Today there was a RED-NECKED GREBE at Pleasant Creek Lake north of Palo.
It was hanging out near a rock fishing jetty near the South end of the
dam. There was a COMMON MERGANSER and a pair of GREATER SCAUP at the very
north end of the North Arm of the lake. There has been a disturbing lack
of waterfowl on Pleasant Creek Lake this fall!

The Marsh at Power Plant Rd. and Hollenbeck Rd. had the usual large number
of TRUMPETER SWANS, a few TUNDRA SWANS and a few dabbling ducks including
two AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS.

Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Date: 11/17/20 11:51 am
From: 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] North Central Iowa Birding
The Hampton Cemetery in Franklin County was a busy spot this morning. Several RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a flock of two dozen PINE SISKINS were seen, along with 15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a group of 6 RED CROSSBILLS. I tried to get a recording of the Red Crossbills, but the cold temps drained my phone battery before I could. I doubt that the crossbills will stick around as there aren't many cones on the pine trees this year. At Clear Lake in Cerro Gordo County a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was on the far west end near the Ventura grade. TRUMPETER SWANS are starting to gather in large groups (50+) in the cornfields with a few TUNDRA SWANS mixed in. Seems like it's been a good year for CAROLINA WRENS up here. Rita Goranson and Carolyn Fischer continue to see one in their yards occasionally. At my feeders I still have WHITE-THROATED, HARRIS'S, and FOX SPARROWS, and strangely a lingering female SCARLET TANAGER joined the sparrow crew a week ago and continues on. She subsists on sunflower hearts/chips that are scattered on the ground, and often hangs out with the sparrows in the brush pile.

Betty LucasMason City

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Date: 11/17/20 10:10 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous gull Saylorville oak grove, Polk co
I believe there is a glaucous gull off Oak Grove towards Sandpiper.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 11/17/20 9:31 am
From: Rick Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeak rural North Liberty
Brushing my teeth when Janet called me to the feeders. A single Evening Grosbeak, in all its glory was on our feeders.


Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA

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Date: 11/17/20 8:39 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Back Scoter
Black Scoter at Lake Wapello at 10:30 today. First turnoff to view lake
going west. Wonder if this came from Lake Rathbun
Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 11/16/20 4:30 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owls Up date
Hi,
I have many people asking and wanting to come to see or photograph the Saw-whet Owl here in Moorehead Park. We have had, five or six on the early migration, that were here for only the day they were found and when it got dark each of them continued their migration.
Being warm here, as well as up north, may have kept some up north from moving south. In the last 10 days we have only had one and it was gone that night so--- now nothing to report.
If we do find one early morning, I will call the people that may want to come for that day, otherwise we are waiting for the wintering one that will stay until Mid March.

Don


Don Poggensee
174 Lakeview Drive
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
712-364-3491

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Date: 11/16/20 3:18 pm
From: <trueiow......> <trueiowanative...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Saw Whet Iowa City
I was unsuccessful in locating the owl in Hickory Hill. I wonder if I was
in the correct place as I never found either of these markers. Perhaps I
was in the wrong location. Could someone provide a bit more information
about the location of the deer path? I entered the park on the 1st Avenue
side and followed the primitive trail to the East New Growth Area where I
thought the Cedar Grove is located. I saw several Cedar trees after
following a very narrow path over the primitive trail, but never saw the
burned log. Should I have entered on the Conklin side instead? Thank you
for any additional information anyone can offer. I'd like to try again
tomorrow.
Eliza Willis
Iowa City

On Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 10:47:00 AM UTC-6 jgmccoy350 wrote:

> If anyone wants to see the bird I marked the spot. There is a fairly well
> worn Deerpath on the downhill side of the Cedar Grove. I put a partially
> burned log where you need to go off trail. If you look straight up hill
> from that point you will see a green plastic bag on a cedar bush. If you
> stand with the plastic bag near your right hand and look up hill you will
> see the bird about 15 feet up in a fairly thin Cedar.
>
> Jamie McCoy
> Iowa City
>

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Date: 11/16/20 6:18 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Breakfast hawk
Coop having breakfast in our backyard this morning (hope it was just a
tasty House Sparrow).

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/16/20 4:54 am
From: Britt Vickstrom <brittvickstrom...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw whet in Iowa City
Thank you so much to James McCoy for alerting about the Saw Whet. I have
waited 5 years to see one. His directions were very helpful. I can't stop
smiling. It was a blustery day, but owl opened its eyes for a few times
when the wind really picked up. It was glorious

I also bumped into another birder as I was leaving and was able to show him
where it was.

I'm a newish birder. I am so thankful to geek out with others people about
birds. I'm grateful for this listserv and the community

This is how I first learned of Saw-whets, the Rick Mercer Report. (I lived
near the Canadian border about 10 years in NY, and am kicking myself for
not being a birder then) It was a like a combo of The Daily Show with
Charles Kurault's On the Road https://youtu.be/U2lNd9Z9ZmI

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Date: 11/15/20 4:03 pm
From: Joy Harvey <joy...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Merlins at Glendale
On this clear, cool & windy evening I saw 2 Merlins simultaneously at 4:40
p.m. atop spruce trees at the northern ends of Block 20 and 21 in Glendale
Cemetery in DSM. At 4:50 there was one in a spruce in Block 33-b on the far
west side of the cemetery, but the tree in Block 20 was vacated. At 5:00 I
saw one in an oak tree in the middle of Block 37-i at the northern end (in
sight of the Northwest Community Center). It was subsequently strafed by
another Merlin, and both flew off together. I went back to the south, and
one was still sitting in Block 20, so I'm thinking there may have been 3
altogether, a first for this fall.



Roy Adolphson

Polk County (DSM)

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Date: 11/15/20 2:14 pm
From: <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
Another surprise visitor on the patio a few minutes ago was a Lincoln's
Sparrow. I have seen them in the yard in April several times, but only a
few times in the fall.



Jane Clark

Clive, Polk County

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Date: 11/15/20 9:19 am
From: <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Siskin
A single Pine Siskin visited our patio a few minutes ago while a Carolina
Wren searched for safflower morsels in the feeder.



Jane Clark

Clive, Polk County

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Date: 11/15/20 8:47 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw Whet Iowa City
If anyone wants to see the bird I marked the spot. There is a fairly well
worn Deerpath on the downhill side of the Cedar Grove. I put a partially
burned log where you need to go off trail. If you look straight up hill
from that point you will see a green plastic bag on a cedar bush. If you
stand with the plastic bag near your right hand and look up hill you will
see the bird about 15 feet up in a fairly thin Cedar.

Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 11/15/20 8:24 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Saw Whet Owl at Hickory Hill Park on n Iowa City
There is a northern saw whet owl in the usual Cedar Grove in Hickory Hill
Park in Iowa city right now.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 11/15/20 6:25 am
From: 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Oatmeal Report
Coopers Hawk watching while enjoying morning Oatmeal and garden raspberries.
Two Purple Finch to match!
Very windy!
Dick and Kit Sayles
Buffalo Iowa


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Date: 11/14/20 6:02 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] CBC
Hi,
Ida County CBC will be on January 02, 2021. Owl walk at 7 a,m. CBC starts at Ed Center in Moorhead Park at 8 A.M. Best-ever Chill at Noon to 1 p.m. Total up count at 3 p.m. with pie and ice-cream.

Info. Don Poggensee. <donpoggensee...> <mailto:<donpoggensee...>. Best County CBC EVER.

Don


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Date: 11/14/20 5:44 pm
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Humboldt County CBC DEC 28TH 2020
It's that time of year again. Humboldt County Christmas Bird Count will be
Monday, Dec. 28th 2020. We're going to try and keep things a little thinner
this year (HA) due to COVID, but I still have an open call out for feeder
watchers who live in Humboldt, Dakota City and Rutland (especially this
year that calls for significant chances of cool things showing up at
feeders). We won't have any formal meetings, if we have field crews with
more than one person I am vehemently urging individual car use for
unrelated/non-cohabitating persons, and that all medically suggested COVID
precautions be observed as much as possible (not as much as personally
comfortable...as much as possible). I'm going to throw this on here, and I
have it listed on the IOU (www.iowabirds.org
<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iowabirds.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0lJB7KH7_Waq81WmkJzS0q-AtrKqsWrCX4dSmq9jEdujJha3_Pkl9qdag&h=AT3pp4Q0aGlseoXC8H4o6K526fa_UnstzeSMAgoNXwzaPWaRkoF8MAMsKIqzO-7b3JCvUtrZ-qbQXWaMsBUtFPq0NLUzU_X4UoOkOpPrwgfIefQF80h0XtJNPSbDtb2gNQ&__tn__=-UK-R&c[0]=AT34WtvLxrypUpcM3yXme1Iw9mXlpQ4ctw35kbaDl4WEQPLu_ybiLThxWdZBPGbIWxpCyHxkhlwJYWrr1PRTIH5T_Df4fKzCTQvYiZ02yAYrbI8g8IOY5WUZwQQryi7NyOvy6W3lCyy8YtmckS6UENMrh-2ex9eUZuVRgsByHStWOQ2-TvY6OloYrUV9VVoT4nG7vqEift0>)
events page too...

You can get a hold of me via the events page or by emailing
<humboldtcbc...>


https://www.facebook.com/events/3351935761583998
<https://www.facebook.com/events/3351935761583998/?__cft__[0]=AZUhMijrHZ-MAbMoDZo9Wq-NQQEe82OjQ83OQR7ZwcG1SZJ3-ydGY3Qus0ZKJ1_O-cK1a1Nhc4YyejHgiM64Pf8oqi37PPj4BYx9vEXt-LORzMwTBN9gH7XYt8RS6Jwc1XVzLdZjeT_heWB7l5nCGp2mOrs6byfkG2I2u13fnlcvlqZquVQMRROLwKiQ-YOnCTY&__tn__=-UK-R>

Jacob Newton

Humboldt Co, IA

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Date: 11/14/20 4:20 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co extra and Waxwing photos
We also had 2 Pine Siskins show up today for about an hour.
Even though the lighting was horrible today, I put on the flash and sat on
the front porch for Waxwing photos. They are so fun to photograph. I
figure I better try for photos while I can. One Crabapple tree is empty.
The other down to last 1/3 closest to the house. They always eat those
last.
Larry Dau
Boone Co.

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Date: 11/14/20 11:34 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] massive longspur flock near Jefferson
I am stopped on an intersection of gravel roads: 190th St. & Orchard Ave.
in Greene Co. At least 600 Lapland Longspurs just flew across the road in
front of me. Biggest flock I've seen in Central Iowa for about 5 years.
Also had a smaller flock & Snow Buntings on Hwy 30 near Grand Junction
earlier today.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/14/20 11:27 am
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone County
Watching lots of activity around the yard and at the feeders the last
couple of days. Notable sightings::
8 Purple Finches
1 Song Sparrow
4 Harris' Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Northern Flicker
4 Robins
4 Tufted Titmouse
16 Cedar Waxwings
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Opossum
6 Deer

The Waxwings and Robins are hitting the 2 Crabapple trees out front. Both
trees were loaded with Crabapples this year, but are now almost empty.
Usually they never eat them until February!
Larry Dau
Boone CO.

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Date: 11/14/20 8:55 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Snow Buntings
.Hey I-Birders,

Sometimes the fourth time is the charm. The SNOW BUNTINGS reported
several times in the last week at "the point" at Oak Grove beach
(Saylorville Res, Polk Co.) were seen well this morning by Karen, Harney,
and me. We counted eight individuals, giving us good, close views on the
ground before taking flight. The success of the mission was likely
arriving early in the morning.

Other noteworthy recent sightings include a late BROWN THRASHER at Red
Feather Prairie on Thursday. Yesterday at the north end hedgerow at Red
Feather we had two HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and the yard opposite the upper
parking lot contained an unexpected female SPOTTED TOWHEE which we first
located by voice and then had lovely looks at. Scoping from the dam
yielded several COMMON LOONS and some distant duck flocks of various
species which included our FOS COMMON GOLDENEYES.

Good Birding,
Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 11/14/20 8:13 am
From: Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cedar Waxwings Pine Siskins
Today a dozen or so CW came through. A few days ago there was two Pine
Siskins at the finch feeder.

Kevin Holm
Story City

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Date: 11/14/20 7:47 am
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-13-20
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 7, through Friday, November
13, 2020:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**EVENING GROSBEAK**



CASUAL:

*RED PHALAROPE*





-Additional Species Mentioned

Tundra Swan (Central)

Black Scoter

Western Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Spotted Towhee

Common Redpoll





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



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



*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a Mason City feeder on the 9th.



*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen at a feeder in Waterloo on the 7th.





*SOUTHEAST:*





DES MOINES COUNTY:

2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington on the 11
th.



*SOUTH CENTRAL:*



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

The BLACK SCOTER continues at the dam at Lake Rathbun on the 7th. The
WESTERN GREBES were also still being seen from Island View at Lake Rathbun.
The BLACK SCOTER was last seen on the 10th. The WESTERN GREBES were last
seen on the 12th.



*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A RED PHALAROPE is still being seen from Oak Grove at Saylorville on the 7th
.



A WESTERN GREBE continues at Saylorville on the 8th.



A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Big Creek on the 12th.



BOONE COUNTY:

2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on the 8th about 50 yards north of 150th St and a
quarter mile west of the Boone/Story county line, just northwest of Ames
and west of Gilbert.







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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 20, 2020 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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515-423-6108

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Date: 11/14/20 7:31 am
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ckickasaw County
Spotted a dark morph rough legged hawk this morning on Gilmore Avenue, 2 miles south of Alta Vista.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 11/13/20 6:11 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 135 Lapland Longspurs
A huge flock that I estimated to be between 125 and 150 Lapland Longspurs
flew up from the road into the field just before sunset this evening.
Location is 130th St. one mile West of Hwy. 169 in Dallas County between
Perry and Bouton.
I was on the way home from Bays Branch where I saw
2 American Pipits
3 Dunlin
Thousands of ducks and geese. Lots of Mallards, Green-winged Teal and
Northern Pintail. The hillside below the maintenance building was covered
with Canada Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 11/13/20 5:09 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Dubuque County
A person I follow on Twitter tweeted that she saw a Fork-tailed Flycatcher
in the Eagle Point District just off Fengler in Dubuque today. They are
pretty distinctive birds so I thought it worth posting to the list in case
some locals want to follow up in the morning.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 11/13/20 9:29 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Carroll County American Pipits
At Swan Lake State Park this morning I had close views of 2 American Pipits
bobbing their tails and feeding. There were also 2 Wilson's snipe and about
40 greater white-fronted geese. These were all close to the bird blind on
the west side of the park.

Diane Dentlinger
Des Moines

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Date: 11/12/20 11:50 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Good birding Saylorville & Big Creek
I took my weekly swing trip down to Saylorville & Big Creek Lakes this
morning, managing to get a list of 56 species. Some of the good
observations included a flock of *Snow Geese *(headed down river near
Madrid); 6 *Horned Grebes, *1* Red-necked Grebe* and at least 37 *Bonaparte's
Gulls* at Big Creek; more than 40 *Common Loons on Saylorville Lake;
*a *Rough-legged
Hawk* west of Luther; and a mixed flock of *Purple Finches* and *Cedar
Waxwings* all feeding on a crab apple tree along the road at Jester Park.

There were at least 15 species of ducks in good-sized flocks on
Saylorville, but 90% were sleeping with heads tucked, at a long distance
out and in poor light, so there might have been several more than what I
managed to ID.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/12/20 8:57 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No Black scoter
I did not find the Black Scoter along the dam where it has been regularly.
The Wester Grebes were still present, 6 Comon loons and 200 ducks were
present. Sparrows were moving . I found Harris, Field, Fox,Tree, and Junco
in one area.
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Date: 11/11/20 7:01 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rough-legged Hawk and more near Bjorkboda Marsh
Birding the north edge of Boone County today, I found a *Rough-legged
Hawk *(FOS)
east of the unincorporated tiny town of Ridgeport. Then, a few miles to
the east and near Bjorkboda Marsh were 6 *Brewers Blackbirds* landing and
feeding in a corn stubble field.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/11/20 6:06 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Wild Turkey - Saylorville Visitor Center
They are regular customers at the visitor center feeders. Great looking
bird.
Clayton Will, Madrid


On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 7:39 PM Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
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> I stopped at Saylorville Visitor Center Feeders looking for Tufted
> Titmouse and along came a Wild Turkey. He was enjoying the dropped bird
> seed!
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> I was the only one there and stayed quiet. He stayed around about 20
> minutes. What a beauty!
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> Happy Birding,
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Date: 11/11/20 5:40 pm
From: Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wild Turkey - Saylorville Visitor Center
I stopped at Saylorville Visitor Center Feeders looking for Tufted Titmouse
and along came a Wild Turkey. He was enjoying the dropped bird seed!

I was the only one there and stayed quiet. He stayed around about 20
minutes. What a beauty!

Happy Birding,
Diane

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Date: 11/11/20 3:07 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Redpolls
There were two Common Redpolls in Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington (Des
Moines County) this morning.
Chuck fuller
Burlington

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Date: 11/11/20 4:42 am
From: <2y2......> <2y2m2u...>
Subject: [ia-bird] night flight sounds
Taking Gracie-girl out for her last walk of the day, our dog paused as we
approached our house, ears alert. I started to hear it, too, and took down
the hood of my coat: I'm pretty sure I was hearing sandhill cranes flying
overhead with their distinctive calls. I never did get a visual on them,
but it thrilled my heart to hear their calls for several minutes!
--Kristy May, Cherokee

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Date: 11/10/20 11:21 am
From: <jrclark...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Ducks on the road
From Iowa DNR today, forwarded by Jane Clark



Nov. 10, 2020
For immediate release

Media Contacts: Orrin Jones, State Waterfowl Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 641-231-1957, or Steve Griebel, State Conservation Officer, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 712-301-4009.


Migrating waterfowl killed by vehicles after confusing wet pavement for wetlands Monday night


A unique weather phenomenon caused migrating waterfowl in northwest Iowa to mistake wet parking lots and roads with wetlands and marshes last night, resulting in hundreds being stuck and killed by vehicles.

State Conservation Officer Steve Griebel, of Woodbury County, started getting phone calls and text messages about ducks on the road around 9:30 p.m. Monday, then again early Tuesday morning. He saw it firsthand today while heading east on Hwy. 20 toward Hwy. 71.

“I counted over 200 dead ducks on the highway, and can only imagine how many dead ones were out of sight in the ditch,” Griebel said. “It was all different species – mostly bluebills, but there were mallards, buffleheads, teal. It must have been an epic migration.”

The migration began when bitter cold settled into central Canada and the Dakotas sending ducks and geese south, and then turned fatal when the waterfowl encountered a strong mixed precipitation weather front and needed to set down.

“Situations similar to this one has been known to occur when you have extreme cold weather that collides with a strong front,” said Orrin Jones, state waterfowl biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “This is a unique, one-time event that there’s nothing much we could do about, and should be over now.”

Those looking to utilize the road killed ducks will need to be properly licensed, which means a valid hunting license, habitat fee, migratory game bird fee and federal duck stamp and follow daily bag and possession limits.

Unique weather phenomenon in the Upper Midwest seems to occur in November and the most famous occurred on Armistice Day in 1940, that started with temperatures in the mid-50s and ended with more than a foot of snow, and 150 people and thousands of livestock dead.





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Date: 11/10/20 8:19 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter
The Black Scoter and one goldeneye are right. at the base of dam halfway
across at 10:00 a.m. today Tom J. Mystic

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Date: 11/10/20 5:38 am
From: SYNDA JEPSEN <syndajepsen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ducks on the road
Last night I was driving home in the rain around 10 pm and there were ducks
sitting on the highway, not in a group. They would not move as I
approached. Over the distance of about 1 1/2 miles there were 8 of them.
I was driving on Hwy 175 between Ida Grove and Battle Creek. Any idea why
they were on the road and would not fly away?

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Date: 11/9/20 3:30 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter
The Black Scoter still continues at the base of the dam at Lake Rathbun,
The two Western Grebes were seen on Intaglio Place in the Island View
area.
They were seen from the parking lot at the restroom. A Horned Grebe was
seen from the bridge in the Bridgeview Area . I met a birder from Missouri
who enjoyed the birds. Tom johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 11/9/20 12:02 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FW: Evening Grosbeak


An Evening Grosbeak has come into my feeders three times today. It doesn’t stay long and off it goes. The Carolina Wren popped in for a minute. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was here early on.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 11/9/20 7:41 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Grebe continues at Saylorville
The WESTERN GREBE was fairly close to the Visitor Center platform this
morning. There were 17 COMMON LOONS and not a single waterfowl. That was
weird.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/8/20 5:20 pm
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter at Rathbun Lake, Appanoose County
I-Birders,
Yesterday I went to Rathbun Lake to see if I could find the Black Scoter previously reported. I could not find it, nor the Western Grebes. However I was able to find the Black-bellied Plovers, only 3 of them.
After Tom Johnson reported the Scoter still at the dam this morning, I decided to try again, after I got done canning the pears. I got there around 3:15 and couldn’t see the Scoter. I drove across the dam and back, then back again. I called Tom to ask where to look, and he was kind enough to drop whatever he was doing to come help me find it. Since he knew where to look, we spotted it right away. I even got some photos.
In addition to the Scoter, we found the 2 Western Grebes, 16 Common Mergansers, 1 Pelican, maybe 100 Canada Geese, many gulls, 75 or so Red-winged Blackbirds, 6 Juncos, 1 Green-winged Teal, 1 Common Goldeneye, 1 Blue Jay, 3 Bald Eagles, 1 Pied-billed Grebe. Yesterday among the many Ring-billed Gullse, I found 4 Franklin’s Gulls. I did not see them today.
Many thanks to TJ for being my expert guide for the day. I think the Scoter was diving when I was looking for it before Tom arrived. Or, maybe his eyes are better!
In addition to a beautiful weather day, it was a pretty good birding day too!
Julie Johnston, Packwood

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Date: 11/8/20 2:56 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plovers, Yellowlegs, Snipe - Polk Co.
Just a reminder to wear Hunter Orange if you go into this area. Bow season
is on, and there have been duck hunters setting out decoys from shore just
South of the Kayak launch and from boats lakeside of the jetty.

Clayton Will
Madrid

On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 4:25 PM Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
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>
> I found three black-bellied plovers in this area today along with many
> yellowlegs and three Wilson Snipes. Some yellowlegs were at the small boat
> ramp at the top left of the pic. The snipe and plowers were found in the
> two small pools of water/mudflats just above the two jettys. There is a
> small parking area off the road leading to the boat ramp. On south side is
> a path that leads down to the jetty on the right.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale, IA
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Date: 11/8/20 2:25 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plovers, Yellowlegs, Snipe - Polk Co.

I found three black-bellied plovers in this area today along with many
yellowlegs and three Wilson Snipes. Some yellowlegs were at the small boat
ramp at the top left of the pic. The snipe and plowers were found in the
two small pools of water/mudflats just above the two jettys. There is a
small parking area off the road leading to the boat ramp. On south side is
a path that leads down to the jetty on the right.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA






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Date: 11/8/20 10:58 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bays Branch Black-bellied Plover
Hey I-Birders,

A visit to Bays Branch WMA (Guthrie Co.) had some unexpected finds of
the shorebird type. First we spent some time scoping the hundreds of
waterfowl from the bluff at the south end. A good variety of species was
present, including a couple dozen WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and at least four
CACKLING GEESE. A whitish NORTHERN SHOVELER seen and reported by others in
recent days was present as well.

Afterwards we headed to the crossover of the slough just to the north
at 190th Ave. We parked on the east end in the hunters' lot and began
scoping. Ducks were largely absent here, but we were excited to find
shorebirds in the shallows south of the crossing, most notably a juvenile
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER which we had fantastic scope looks of, despite the
wind. Others present included a few DOWITCHERS and DUNLIN, a pair of
GREATER YELLOWLEGS and singles of LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER,
and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. A nice morning to be out, despite the windy
conditions.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 11/8/20 9:49 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Black Ducks
Among hundreds of Mallards at the south end of Bay’s Branch (Guthrie County), there was one ABDU.

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Reid & Pam Allen
West Des Moines

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Date: 11/8/20 6:31 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone County (almost Story County) - Tundra Swans
Greetings!

I found 31 Trumpeter Swans and 2 adult Tundra Swans in a cornfield in
extreme Eastern Boone County. They are about 50 yards north of 150th St and
a quarter mile west of the Boone/Story county line, just northwest of Ames
and west of Gilbert.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 11/8/20 6:09 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scotet
The Black Scoter was at face of dam at Lake Rathbun at 7:40 this morning.
Tom Johnson, Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 11/7/20 2:47 pm
From: John and Linda Frederick <lfredrck...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Where have the Siskins gone?
Missouri...

Linda Frederick
Rolla, MO

On Saturday, November 7, 2020, Richard Hollis <xiboia...> wrote:

> During the week of 10/11-18 we saw the following, mostly at our feeders:
> 4 Mourning Dove, 0 [30 one day] Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk,
> 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 4 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 4 Blue
> Jay, 2 American Crow, 4 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse,
> 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 White-breasted Nuthatch, 0 [1 Last week]
> American Robin, 1 Carolina Wren, 4 House Sparrow, 0 [1 Last week] Eurasian
> Tree Sparrow, 3 House Finch, 2 Purple Finch, 20-30 Pine Siskin, 5 American
> Goldfinch, 3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), 0 [Last week] White-crowned
> Sparrow, 4 White-throated Sparrow, and 4 Northern Cardinal.
>
> The week that includes 10/31 to 11/7 we saw the following. 8 Mourning
> Dove, 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 3 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 7
> Blue Jay, 4 American Crow, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse, 1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 American Robin, 1
> Carolina Wren, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Eurasian Tree Sparrow, 6 House Finch, 3
> Purple Finch, 4 Pine Siskin, 20 American Goldfinch, 7 Dark-eyed Junco
> (Slate-colored), 0 White-crowned Sparrow, 66 White-throated Sparrow, and 6
> Northern Cardinal.
>
> I call your attention to
>
> 20-30 Pine Siskin and 5 American Goldfinch
>
> 4 Pine Siskin, 20 American Goldfinch
>
> Where did the Pine Siskins go?
> Rick Hollis
> rural North Liberty IA
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Date: 11/7/20 2:31 pm
From: <slugg...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Where have the Siskins gone?



I have also been wondering where the Pine Siskins have gone.
I
had 30 to 35 Siskins at my birdfeeders in Ventura, Iowa (Cerro
Gordo
County) the end of October.  Now I have only 5 Siskins
and 5
Goldfinches. Hopefully they just moved farther south, and
we will get
some new northern migrants when the weather changes
again.  I am
still having a Red-'Breasted Nuthatch.and had 1 
Female Purple
Finch today. 
Paulette Lugg

  On Sat,
November 7, 2020 2:12 pm, Richard Hollis wrote:
> During the week
of 10/11-18 we saw the following, mostly at our feeders:
> 4
Mourning Dove, 0 [30 one day] Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2
>
Red-bellied Woodpecker, 4 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 4 Blue
> Jay, 2 American Crow, 4 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse,
1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 White-breasted Nuthatch, 0 [1 Last
week] American
> Robin, 1 Carolina Wren, 4 House Sparrow, 0 [1
Last week] Eurasian Tree
> Sparrow, 3 House Finch, 2 Purple Finch,
20-30 Pine Siskin, 5 American
> Goldfinch, 3 Dark-eyed Junco
(Slate-colored), 0 [Last week] White-crowned
> Sparrow, 4
White-throated Sparrow, and 4 Northern Cardinal.
>
> The
week that includes 10/31 to 11/7 we saw the following. 8 Mourning
> Dove, 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 3 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy
Woodpecker, 7
> Blue Jay, 4 American Crow, 3 Black-capped
Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse, 1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2
White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 American Robin, 1
> Carolina Wren, 4
House Sparrow, 1 Eurasian Tree Sparrow, 6 House Finch, 3
> Purple
Finch, 4 Pine Siskin, 20 American Goldfinch, 7 Dark-eyed Junco
>
(Slate-colored), 0 White-crowned Sparrow, 66 White-throated Sparrow, and
6
> Northern Cardinal.
>
> I call your attention
to
>
> 20-30 Pine Siskin and 5 American Goldfinch
>
> 4 Pine Siskin, 20 American Goldfinch
>
>
Where did the Pine Siskins go?
>
> Rick Hollis
>
rural North Liberty IA
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Date: 11/7/20 12:12 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Where have the Siskins gone?
During the week of 10/11-18 we saw the following, mostly at our feeders: 4 Mourning Dove, 0 [30 one day] Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 4 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 4 Blue Jay, 2 American Crow, 4 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 White-breasted Nuthatch, 0 [1 Last week] American Robin, 1 Carolina Wren, 4 House Sparrow, 0 [1 Last week] Eurasian Tree Sparrow, 3 House Finch, 2 Purple Finch, 20-30 Pine Siskin, 5 American Goldfinch, 3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), 0 [Last week] White-crowned Sparrow, 4 White-throated Sparrow, and 4 Northern Cardinal.

The week that includes 10/31 to 11/7 we saw the following. 8 Mourning Dove, 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 3 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 7 Blue Jay, 4 American Crow, 3 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 American Robin, 1 Carolina Wren, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Eurasian Tree Sparrow, 6 House Finch, 3 Purple Finch, 4 Pine Siskin, 20 American Goldfinch, 7 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), 0 White-crowned Sparrow, 66 White-throated Sparrow, and 6 Northern Cardinal.

I call your attention to

20-30 Pine Siskin and 5 American Goldfinch

4 Pine Siskin, 20 American Goldfinch

Where did the Pine Siskins go?

Rick Hollis
rural North Liberty IA

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Date: 11/7/20 8:04 am
From: Karen Fieg <karenlfieg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bittern
Watched an American Bittern struggling with a frog below Mile Long Bridge,
Saylorville Lake, Polk Co. My FOY bittern and pretty sure that's my last
bittern for me for 2020. Also had large flock of Rusty Blackbirds at far
north end of Big Creek in marshy area. This morning.

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Date: 11/7/20 7:44 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red phalarope at Saylorville
Phalarope is currently 50 to 70 yards straight out from the point at
Sandpiper on the Saylorville reservoir. Thanks for Kayden Hatfield and RJ
Thompson for guiding me to this bird.

James McCoy

Iowa city city

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Date: 11/7/20 6:55 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 2 Western Grebes at island view at lake rathbun. Larry and Cheryl Piatt found them at 8: 40.Tom J. Mystic


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Date: 11/7/20 6:39 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee - Waterloo
A female SPOTTED TOWHEE just showed up at my feeders.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 11/7/20 6:28 am
From: Diane Crookham-Johnson <dcj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snow Buntings
Watching 6 Snow Buntings at Oak Grove, Saylorville right now.
Sat, Nov 7 at 7:58 am

Happy Morning!

Diane

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Date: 11/7/20 5:46 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter is still at dam at Rathbun Lake. 4 Black-bellied Plovers along shore in Island View Park at 7: 30 a.m. Tom Johnson Mystic, Iowa


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Date: 11/6/20 2:46 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-6-20
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, October 31, through Friday, November
6, 2020:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**EVENING GROSBEAK**



CASUAL:

*RED PHALAROPE*

*BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK





-Additional Species Mentioned

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

White-winged Scoter

WILLET (Record late)

Prairie Falcon

Summer Tanager

Red Crossbill

Common Redpoll

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Central)





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



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





*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Greenbelt Lake on the 30th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

4 SURF SCOTERS and 3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Deere Dike on the 30th.



A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK was seen at an impounded marsh in Dubuque on
the 30th.



WINNESHIEK COUNTY:

10 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen near Cardinal Marsh on the 3rd.



*EAST:*



POWESHIEK COUNTY:

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder in rural Grinnell on the 1st.



*SOUTHEAST:*



DES MOINES COUNTY:

7 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a residence north of Burlington on the 31st.
10 were present on the 3rd.



*SOUTH CENTRAL:*



MARION COUNTY:

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Red Rock on the 1st.



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

A BLACK SCOTER and 2 WESTERN GREBES were seen at Lake Rathbun on the 5th.
The BLACK SCOTER was off the dam and the WESTERN GREBES were seen from
Island View Park.



*CENTRAL:*



STORY COUNTY:

A RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Ada Hayden Park on the 31st. It was last
seen on the 2nd .



4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Nevada Cemetery on the 31st.



5 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Tedesco Environmental Center on the 3rd.
They were last seen on the 5th.



A late SUMMER TANAGER was seen at Tedesco Environmental Center on the 5th.



5 late WILLETS were seen at Mchugh Marsh on the 5th.



POLK COUNTY:

A RED PHALAROPE was seen off the dam at Saylorville on the 31st. Also
present were 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, a WESTERN GREBE, and a RED-NECKED
GREBE. The RED PHALAROPE was last seen on the 6th .



A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at Red Feather Prairie at Saylorville on the 1st.



A EURASIAN TREE SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Grimes on the 2nd.



3 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Cherry Glen at Saylorville on the 3rd.



3 SURF SCOTERS, 2 BLACK SCOTERS and a WESTERN GREBE were seen at Big Creek
on the 6th.



A WESTERN GREBE was seen from Oak Grove at Saylorville on the 6th.





*WEST:*



CARROLL COUNTY:

A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen just south of Willy on the 3rd.



*NORTHWEST:*



POCAHONTAS COUNTY:

2 SURF SCOTERS were seen at the north pond of Moore RA on the 3rd. This is
located ½ mile north of Highway 3 on County Rd P15.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 13, 2020 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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515-423-6108

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Date: 11/6/20 7:54 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Oak Grove, Saylorville
Hey I-Birders,

Karen, Harney, and I stopped by Oak Grove Beach this morning at
Saylorville Reservoir (Polk Co.), hoping for a look at the RED PHALAROPE.
After some scoping Karen located the bird in the direction of the bridge
and, though somewhat distant, got nice views due to calm waters and
excellent light conditions. Nearby I spotted a WESTERN GREBE, which is a
nice find. Not much else on the lake, though we saw about 30 or so COMMON
LOONS and three RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. An AMERICAN PIPIT flew over us at
one point. I wonder how long this phalarope will stick around. Must be
finding enough to eat.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 11/6/20 7:06 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 3 Surf Scoters on Big Creek Lake, Polk Co.
There are 3 Surf Scoters on Big Creek Lake, Polk Co. 8:45 AM. Viewed from
Cadet shelter. I walked down to the shore where the two picnic tables are
located. Same general area as Western Grebe hangs out mid lake! Clayton
Will, Madrid

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Date: 11/6/20 3:38 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rathbun Lake birds, Appanoose Co.
Our first birding trip to Rathbun Lake was eventful as we had a Black
Scoter off the dam and at Island View Park we saw two Western Grebes and a
LeConte Sparrow.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 11/5/20 5:44 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bays Branch - Don Williams Lake and Carlson RA by Boone.
Bays Branch had thousands of ducks and geese. The all white Northern
Shoveler is still there although pretty muddy compared to the first time I
saw it mid October. The most remarkable birds were 18 Greater Yellowlegs, a
Wilson's Snipe along with some Rusty Blackbirds in the North end and 15
Trumpeter Swans.
At Don Williams lake there were only Pied-billed Grebes on the water but a
large stand of Pine trees on the West side looked Owly so I walked the
trails that wind through them and did see one Barred Owl. Sitting at a
picnic table for a half hour watching the Grebes and fall tree reflections
on dead calm water was the highlight of this 75 degree day.
Stopping by Jay Carlson area West of Boone there were 75 Ring-billed Gulls
and on the river South of the bridge two Greater Yellowlegs.

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 11/5/20 4:54 pm
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glendale Cemetery Merlin
It wasn’t planned, but at the last moment, I decided to duck into Des Moines’ Glendale Cemetery at 5:00pm tonight, while driving past on university Ave. Drove up the hill, to block #20 and a Merlin was perched at the top of a pine – the only pine on the block with the highest 6ft dead - providing great visibility.

Also – for got to report that while sitting on my deer stand a half hr. before sunrise, a Woodcock went winging by. And heard a Pileated calling in the distance.


Ty Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
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Iowa

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Date: 11/5/20 4:40 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Redpoll & late shorebirds in Story & Boone counties
I checked Tedesco Environmental Ed. Learning Center at Ames this morning
and saw one *Common Redpoll *with a flock of goldfinches & House Finches.
There might have been more redpolls, but before I could scan the entire
mixed flock, a *Cooper's Hawk *flew over and exploded the finch flock
completely out of sight.

Then I went north to check out Little Wall Lake and Anderson Lake (AKA
Goose Lake) at Jewell where I found 12 species of ducks. Next, I
returned home via Bjorkoboda Marsh and nearby wetlands. At private land
McHugh Marsh I saw 5 *Willets *(a near record late date???), and at a
nearby CWRP wetland there were 3 *Wilson's Snipe* and 4 *Dowitchers *(probably
*Long-billed*, but hard to be sure at a long distance). In my 3 1/2 hour
drive I managed to find 44 species--not bad for a beautiful warm and quiet
morning with mirror-like lakes!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/5/20 4:14 pm
From: Kai Weatherman <dainichi...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Close encounter of the kinglet kind in Johnson County
Seeking solitude and quiet at Hanging Rock Ridge (HWA) this afternoon, I enjoyed the long walk out and back, surprised on my return trip to see a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglet's emerge while foraging amidst the dense, dead foliage still clinging to an oak tree to the side of the path, felled by the derecho this summer. Somewhat similar to Doug's experience, one of them approached so closely that I could almost reach out for it. I didn't have my camera with me, so I simply enjoyed a close encounter of the kinglet kind ;-). A fine cap to a beautiful second summer afternoon.



Kai Weatherman

Iowa City



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Subject: [ia-bird] Tame migrant poses for photos



While doing some backyard work this afternoon there was a large variety of migrant birds that seemed quite tame. When our daily little Red-breasted Nuthatch showed up again, I went in to get my camera to try getting close-up pictures. On my return outside, that bird had disappeared, but suddenly a Golden-crowned Kinglet was hopping straight toward me from under our pine trees. I had to keep backing up to take photos because it got so close to me. But I ended up with some nice photos!



Doug Harr

Ogden

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Date: 11/5/20 3:54 pm
From: <clan......> <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Ames
While searching for the Common Redpolls that have been reported at Tedesco
Environmental Learning Corridor the past few days, I discovered a late
female Summer Tanager hawking insects along the creek in the northwest
corner of the park. I whiffed on the Common Redpolls, but the Summer
Tanager was certainly a nice consolation! An image of the Summer Tanager is
attached below.

-Connor Langan
Ames

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Date: 11/5/20 10:27 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IL side L&D 14, pool area
All three scoters found by Steve Freed this morning above dam. Very close
looks as barges are deployed upstream (pushes them towards the viewing area
on IL side). Birds are in IL, 100-200 yards from navigable channel. One
WWSC, 8 BLSC, 5 SUSC. At one point all of them were rafting close, with the
WW showing its white.

Best,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/4/20 11:19 am
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Purple Finches at Iowa Arboretum, Boone Co.
Three Purple Finches (possibly more) were seen on the south boundary of the
Iowa Arboretum this morning, near the closed road gate into the former
Cloverwood 4H Camp.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/4/20 10:05 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoters Moore Rec Area E. Pocahontas County
Not seen today, they were a one day event.

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 12:02:38 PM UTC-6 newtja84 wrote:

> A pair of Surf Scoters were found at Moore Rec Area E Pocahontas county
> North pond. This is a small property that used to be a quarry; it is
> located on P15 ~0.5 mi north of HWY 3 in Pocahontas County. There are two
> ponds, the birds were on the north ponds and the only birds on the water
> (lots of pipit or longspur action thinking longspur, but honestly wasn't
> focused on them). I also noted a small flock of Pine Siskin bouncing around
> the property…
>
> Should note that the blacktop this property is on is very active with
> heavy trucks coming and out of the active limestone quarry....do defer to
> said trucks.
>
> Jacob Newton
> Humboldt County, IA
>
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Date: 11/4/20 8:46 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Trumpeters
There are 53 in the wetland at the corner of Hollenbeck and Powerplant Road
west of the power plant in Palo. Also mixture of ducks.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 11/3/20 4:57 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Surf Scoters Moore Rec Area E. Pocahontas County
Thank you for posting Jacob, I was able to get up there and take some
photos this afternoon.
Life birds for me!

Clayton Will
Madrid

On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 12:02 PM newtja84 <newtja84...> wrote:

> A pair of Surf Scoters were found at Moore Rec Area E Pocahontas county
> North pond. This is a small property that used to be a quarry; it is
> located on P15 ~0.5 mi north of HWY 3 in Pocahontas County. There are two
> ponds, the birds were on the north ponds and the only birds on the water
> (lots of pipit or longspur action thinking longspur, but honestly wasn't
> focused on them). I also noted a small flock of Pine Siskin bouncing around
> the property…
>
> Should note that the blacktop this property is on is very active with
> heavy trucks coming and out of the active limestone quarry....do defer to
> said trucks.
>
> Jacob Newton
> Humboldt County, IA
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Date: 11/3/20 1:10 pm
From: Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swans NW Story county
We were surprised to see 4 (trumpeter?) swans flying south, over our
pasture this morning.
Sue

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Date: 11/3/20 12:37 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Red-breasted Mergs
Hey I-Birders,

I had no luck this afternoon with the continuing Red Phalarope at Oak
Grove (Saylorville Res, Polk Co.), but I also stopped at Cherry Glen, where
I found three RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Other than that, very little in the
way of water birds besides loons and gulls. I couldn't believe how many
people were at the lake this afternoon. It was like the Fourth of July.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 11/3/20 12:20 pm
From: Dylan Osterhaus <dylanmosterhaus...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County Redpolls
Hello everyone,

There is currently a mixed flock of Common Redpoll and American Goldfinch
right in front of the covered overlook at Tedesco Environmental Learning
Corridor in South Ames, Story County. Counted 5 Common Redpolls and
approximately 20 American Goldfinch.

Dylan Osterhaus

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Date: 11/3/20 11:15 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Redpolls at Saylorville
About an hour ago, I saw 3 Common Redpolls along the lower Cherry Glen parking lot feeding with a flock of American Goldfinches.

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Date: 11/3/20 10:40 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Falcon, Carroll County
Birders,
Around noon a probable Prairie Falcon flew across the road in front of
me. Just south of Willy in SE Carroll County. It headed north in a
hurry. This region has had Prairie Falcon sightings in recent late
fall/winters.

Bird on!
Matt Wetrich Naturalist, Carroll CCB

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Date: 11/3/20 10:02 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Surf Scoters Moore Rec Area E. Pocahontas County
A pair of Surf Scoters were found at Moore Rec Area E Pocahontas county
North pond. This is a small property that used to be a quarry; it is
located on P15 ~0.5 mi north of HWY 3 in Pocahontas County. There are two
ponds, the birds were on the north ponds and the only birds on the water
(lots of pipit or longspur action thinking longspur, but honestly wasn't
focused on them). I also noted a small flock of Pine Siskin bouncing around
the property…

Should note that the blacktop this property is on is very active with heavy
trucks coming and out of the active limestone quarry....do defer to said
trucks.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County, IA

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Date: 11/3/20 9:48 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
The RED PHALAROPE continues off Oak Grove. The SNOW BUNTINGS reported from
the point earlier in the morning had been replaced by seven AMERICAN PIPITS
by mid-morning. 20+ COMMON LOONS could be seen from there. Diane
Dentlinger and I checked for the Common Redpoll at Red Feather Prairie but
didn't have any luck. A NORTHERN SHRIKE made an appearance in the area so
that was nice sighting.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/3/20 8:37 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snow Buntings cont...
There were a couple of groups moving around and the first big distant group very well could have been Longspurs. I didn’t realize they made a similar sound. There was a smaller group that I think were Snow Buntings. Quite an interesting year!

Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon

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Date: 11/3/20 7:46 am
From: Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Redpolls
Yesterday morning the first birds I saw were a flock of 10 common redpolls busily eating in a birch tree not far from my bedroom window. That is a great start to the day.

Ellen Bell in Winneshiek County on the north edge of Cardinal Marsh

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Date: 11/3/20 7:25 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snow Buntings galore
I just had a flock of probably around 300 Snow Buntings stop briefly in the fields just south of my house!!
Benton-Buchanan Ave in Buchanan County.
Most of them took off to the South- East.

Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon. Buchanan County.

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Date: 11/3/20 7:08 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks,
Just had a call from John Carter. He had 10 Evening Grosbeaks this
morning. See my earlier post as to directions. Call first
Chuck Fuler
Burlington

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Date: 11/3/20 6:34 am
From: Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Redpolls
This morning the first birds I saw were a flock of 10 redpolls busily eating in a birch tree not far from my bedroom window. That is a great start to the day.

Ellen Bell in Winneshiek County on the north edge of Cardinal Marsh

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Date: 11/3/20 5:57 am
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa
Jim and All-

The period you refer to here in the 70s and 80s corresponds, if I recall
correctly, to a peak of both spruce budworm and of Evening Grosbeak
population in the boreal forests north of here. Spruce Budworm follows a
boom and bust cycle feeding on balsam fir, and there were many records of
EVGR across Minnesota at that time as well. Once the budworms died off a
bit, the grosbeaks dwindled as well (I think some spruce/fir specialist
warblers did too? Cape May, for instance?).

Now, in northern MN and S Ontario, budworms are doing very well again and
in the past two years in northern MN at the Coe College Wilderness Field
Station I have had regular detections of Evening Grosbeak in the summer,
suggesting local breeding (we had a juvie show up two summers ago, the
first detection at the station since a huge flock was present in... the mid
80s.)

The movements of many different winter finches this year (siskins,
crossbills, possibly redpolls and even maybe Pine Grosbeaks, out east at
least) suggest that tree crops were bad. I would guess that high
reproduction and poor winter food sources have combined to push them out
of their regular winter range.

Jesse Ellis
Coe College
Cedar Rapids

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 2:56 PM Dinsmore, James J <oldcoot...>
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> Birders
>
> The recent flurry of reports of Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa and a discussion
> I had this morning with son Steve reminded me that I had written a paper on
> that subject some years ago. The paper, "Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa: An
> avian mystery" appeared in the now defunct IOU News, volume 26, no 1, pp
> 6-7 published in 2010. Some of you may still have copies of that issue. The
> paper pointed out that the species had been a fairly regular but rare
> winter bird in Iowa in the 1970s and 1980s and was seen on CBCs all but
> three years from 1970-1990 but then virtually disappeared from Iowa. The
> last report of one was in Fairfield in 1998. Since 2010, there have been a
> few reports in Iowa but it has remained a rare bird here with no real
> explanation for its disappearance. My only personal experience with the
> species in Iowa was a few seen in Ames on a class field trip in March 1978.
> One of the lucky observers that day is now an (unnamed) active
> birder/member of the IOU.
>
> With the advent of eBird and so many more people now looking at birds, it
> will be interesting to see if there are more observations in Iowa and
> elsewhere of this very different looking species that often visits bird
> feeders. Keep watching.
>
> jim dinsmore
> The Villages, FL
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Date: 11/2/20 9:07 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fall Raptor Trapping at Hitchcock Nature Center

I thought list subscribers might enjoy the attached fast-moving action sequence of low-res images I’ve attached - showing the trapping of a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk this fall.

As a registered volunteer at Pottawattamie County’s Hitchcock Nature Center, I spend a few days each fall season, assisting Jerry Toll with diurnal raptor trapping. I help with opening nets for the day, removing birds, and closing the nets, as well as resetting them following a capture. Having used photos to illustrate several feature articles for Iowa Outdoors Magazine, I also contribute many images to Jerry and the Nature Center - for their use in educating the public. Each year is exciting – never knowing what might come into the nets on a given day.

The attached photos: Responding to the lure bird – a Redtail stoops (diving) from high above - tucking his wings above his back and rocketing downward. Closing the distance quickly, he brakes just a few feet from his quarry - spreading his wings and fanning his tail downward. As he reaches for his victim, the lure bird is pulled just out of reach, the net is tripped, and he’s caught. Following removal from the net, he is taken to the blind, where his general condition is assessed and logged, along with weight and several measurements. Lastly, a leg band is attached, and he’s allowed to continue his adventurous journey- now logged as part of Iowa’s fall raptor migration!

Listed as one of the top 25 Hawk Watches in the country, a formal Raptor Migration Count has been conducted at Hitchcock for nearly 30 years! The Nature Center also features an observation tower where the public is encouraged to view migrating raptors – often passing at eye-level.

Hats off to Jerry – for 12 years of collecting raptor trapping data, used for scientific trend analysis, and to Pottawattamie County for their support of the raptor trapping and hawk watch efforts! It’s all about the science – and science matters!


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Date: 11/2/20 7:44 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Harris's Sparrows
This morning there were at least 4 Harris's sparrows on our patio. Two were
in disagreement over which one was the better singer, as they dueled and
postured for several minutes. All seems to be settled now.



Jane Clark

Along Walnut Creek in Clive

Polk County

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Date: 11/2/20 7:37 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Phalarope continues off Oak Grove RA, Saylorville Lake, Polk Co.
The Red Phalarope Aaron Brees found continues off Oak Grove RA, Saylorville
Lake, Polk Co.. I was able to get some pretty good video of it repeatedly
flying and landing to grab a morsel of food as it worked into the wind.
9:15 AM, Nov. 2, 2020 To many Common Loons the length of the lake to count!
It's a great day!!!

Clayton Will
Madrid

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Date: 11/2/20 7:10 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lots of feeder activity and a new yard bird
This morning Ive had lots of activity at the feeders:

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Photographed and a new yard bird)
Several Pine Siskins
A Harris's Sparrow that keeps trying to get into my kitchen
An Eastern Bluebird (Only the 2nd time Ive ever seen one in my yard)

No Redpolls or Evening Grosbeaks yet, but there seems to be an air of inevitability perhaps.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 11/2/20 5:11 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Red-necked Grebe
The Red-necked Grebe is present again this morning at Ada Hayden in Ames,
for the 5th day. (Monday, November 2)

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 7:14 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> The Red-necked Grebe continues this morning (Sunday, November 1)at Ada
> Hayden Heritage Park in Ames.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
>
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 8:09 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
>> Just got word from Wolf Oesterreich that the Red-necked Grebe was
>> relocated this morning (Friday, 10/30) on the south lake at Ada Hayden
>> Heritage Park in Ames.
>>
>> Eric Ollie
>> Ames
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 8:04 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>>
>>> Greetings!
>>>
>>> I just received a report from Wolf Oesterreich that there is currently a
>>> Red-necked Grebe on the south lake at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames.
>>>
>>> Eric Ollie
>>> Ames
>>>
>>

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Date: 11/2/20 12:28 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Port Louisa NWR EVGR photos
I was extremely lucky to see these birds when I did. I really wish they
would have stayed an extra day for people.

I attached one photo from the Port Louisa NWR flock. More photos in
attached eBird checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75607076

I hope everyone else can get a chance to see these soon!

Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/1/20 6:36 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa
Good evening all,

Thanks to James Dinsmore for an excellent recap of recent viewings of Iowa
Evening Grosbeaks.
7 reported at Port Louisa NWR on Friday (Oct. 30th). I could not
resist and took off from West Des Moines arriving 5:15 PM where I joined 3
others but we did NOT see any of the birds despite staying until dark.
Being rather convinced that these birds are an "early to bed and early to
rise" species I took a hotel in Muscatine overnight so I could be there at
7:30PM. Despite persistence and being joined by 15 other birders, this
flock was not seen again. I returned to West Des Moines for the 16th BDay
for one of my grandsons. Another flock seen later in the day by Chuck F
and James H. at John Carter's home just northwest of Burlington. Having
already planned to visit my son and family in Davenport, my wife and I
called John Carter to see if we could come visit him on the "roundabout"
route to Davenport. We arrived and were able to see one male there today
about 1:45PM (after a very short10 minute wait). Something flushed all
the birds and we did not see it again during the next hour. Thanks to John
Carter's welcome in his home today I was blessed to add #375 for Iowa--one
reasonable photo in the shade of a feeder. It was seen again by another
couple later in the afternoon. Bob (Grinnel) reported one at a feeder
there. Wisconsin and states south and east over to the Atlantic coast
have reported some as well. Keep an eye out, I am convinced there will be
more sightings of this very cool bird.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
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Date: 11/1/20 3:48 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Had a single evening grosbeak show up at a feeder in Grinnell. Haven’t seen it today. Was a male. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 11/1/20 3:22 pm
From: <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rare Birds - New Records Committee Website/Application
Hi All,

With the influx of Evening Grosbeak records, I wanted to draw your attention
to the updated Iowa Records Committee site - https://iowabirdrecords.org/.
This recent upgrade has now been published and I hope you find it useful.
Functionally, it is now useable on a cell phone so it should be much easier
to even document a rare bird while you are in the field. Try it out
sometime. The review list changes year to year as the status changes for
some species. Be sure to review it from time to time -
https://iowabirdrecords.org/ReviewList.aspx.



The site is also a treasure trove of information on the evidence that goes
into the species and status of those species on the Iowa list. It includes
all records that have been acted upon the Iowa committee since 2000 with the
rest to be added hopefully this winter. The various reports -
https://iowabirdrecords.org/Reports/ - will help the curious answer such
questions as 1) how many recent records are there of Swallow-tailed Kite?;
or 2) what records have been processed so far this year?; or even 3) what is
the last species added to the Iowa list? Records Mapping gives you a good
visual of the distribution of rare species in the state.



Ann Johnson

Norwalk (Warren County)





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Date: 11/1/20 12:56 pm
From: Dinsmore, James J <oldcoot...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa
Birders

The recent flurry of reports of Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa and a discussion I had this morning with son Steve reminded me that I had written a paper on that subject some years ago. The paper, "Evening Grosbeaks in Iowa: An avian mystery" appeared in the now defunct IOU News, volume 26, no 1, pp 6-7 published in 2010. Some of you may still have copies of that issue. The paper pointed out that the species had been a fairly regular but rare winter bird in Iowa in the 1970s and 1980s and was seen on CBCs all but three years from 1970-1990 but then virtually disappeared from Iowa. The last report of one was in Fairfield in 1998. Since 2010, there have been a few reports in Iowa but it has remained a rare bird here with no real explanation for its disappearance. My only personal experience with the species in Iowa was a few seen in Ames on a class field trip in March 1978. One of the lucky observers that day is now an (unnamed) active birder/member of the IOU.

With the advent of eBird and so many more people now looking at birds, it will be interesting to see if there are more observations in Iowa and elsewhere of this very different looking species that often visits bird feeders. Keep watching.

jim dinsmore
The Villages, FL

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Date: 11/1/20 8:12 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Redpoll et al
Hey I-Birders,

Karen, Harney and I walked Red Feather Prairie this morning (SE
Saylorville Reservoir, Polk Co.). The cheery sunshine would belie the
chilly wind that threatened to blow us into the lake. A hungry
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK presented itself as we first exited the car, and posed
properly for viewing. Few birds were seen along the trail due to the wind,
but at the southern point we spotted a FOS HERRING GULL loafing with a
flock of RING-BILLED GULLS. Along the hedgerow at the north end the number
of sparrows was way down from a couple weeks ago, but we still managed to
spot two HARRIS'S SPARROWS sitting up high. Small flocks of AMERICAN
GOLDFINCH were scattered here and there, and we spotted a group of four
PINE SISKINS among one large gathering in a bush. Nearby, a solitary bird
atop a cedar tree proved to be a FOS COMMON REDPOLL, which posed for a
lengthy study of its features. A few EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were about, and a
single EASTERN MEADOWLARK flushed in front of us at one point.

Later, at Bob Shetler Rec Area in the lee of the dam, we checked out
the ponds. Last Thursday I had seen 54 HOODED MERGANSERS (which I did not
report) on the easternmost pond, and I noticed another birder reported on
the listserv subsequently having a few more than that. In the same spot
today there were approximately 110 hoodies, with over a dozen RING-NECKED
DUCKS mixed in. Also present was a pair of FOS BUFFLEHEADS. On the home
front, a CAROLINA WREN was next to our driveway as we left, and I noticed
just as I began writing this report that it was on the back yard suet
feeder with a companion, the first time I've seen two in the yard this
year.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 11/1/20 7:30 am
From: Russell Benedict <BenedictR...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Rock Red-neck
Good morning,

Currently looking at a Red-necked Grebe from the beach at North Overlook at Lake Red Rock. This was one of my nemesis birds but worth the wait. Also a group of Ruddy Ducks present. Russ from Pella / Knoxville.


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Director of Prairies For Agriculture Project

Department of Biology, Central College

812 University Street | Campus Box 09 | Pella, Iowa 50219
Office: 641-628-5173
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Date: 11/1/20 5:14 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Red-necked Grebe
The Red-necked Grebe continues this morning (Sunday, November 1)at Ada
Hayden Heritage Park in Ames.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 8:09 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Just got word from Wolf Oesterreich that the Red-necked Grebe was
> relocated this morning (Friday, 10/30) on the south lake at Ada Hayden
> Heritage Park in Ames.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
>
> On Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 8:04 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
>> Greetings!
>>
>> I just received a report from Wolf Oesterreich that there is currently a
>> Red-necked Grebe on the south lake at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames.
>>
>> Eric Ollie
>> Ames
>>
>

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Date: 10/31/20 3:38 pm
From: david.shealer <david.shealer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Recent sightings - Deere Dike
Notable species over the past 24 hours at Deere Dike, Dubuque, include 4
Surf Scoters, 3 Black Scoters, 2 Horned Grebes, and 2 American Black Ducks
yesterday afternoon (30 Oct.). This morning, I had a continuing (?)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow at my feeder, and a first county record BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTING DUCK in the impounded marsh behind my house.

Dave Shealer
Dubuque
Dubuque County

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Date: 10/31/20 1:56 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Tundra Swans at Amana
I read that you should report the Trumpeters with collars.......they are
doing a special study regarding migration and dispersion. You can report
and read about it here:
Trumpeter Swan study
<https://trumpeterswan.netlify.app/tab_google_form.html>

Fawn in Riverside

On Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 2:49:16 PM UTC-5 Jim Forde wrote:

> Today I made a stop at the Lily Lake and wasn't too surprised to find many
> swans. I didn't check everyone but did come up with
> 7 TUNRA SWANS, one being juvenile. One of the Trumpeters had a white bulky
> collar, maybe a transmitter?
>
> Jim Forde
> Cedar Rapids
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Date: 10/31/20 1:17 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Grosbeaks
I forgot to sign my post. Sorry
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 10/31/20 12:50 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
I was at Port Louisa, along with many others and did not see the
Grosbeaks. HOWEVER, James Huntington called me around 1PM to tell me they
were not seen. At the time, I was on the phone with a good birder and he
had just photograhed Evening Grosbeaks at his feeder. I called James back
and we met at this persons house and after a wait of 15 minutes, 5 males
and 2 females showed up They stayed for 10 minutes eating sunflower seeds
and then left. This was at 2PM.
Directions: North of Burlington approx 2 miles on US 61 to Flint Bottom
Road and then west to 12113 Flint Valley Rd. John Carter is the owner and
he is very eager to show you the birds if they stay around. Call first.
His cell phone # is 319-850-1287. He will not be home tonight, but plans
to be around all day tomorrow.

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Date: 10/31/20 12:49 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swans at Amana
Today I made a stop at the Lily Lake and wasn't too surprised to find many swans. I didn't check everyone but did come up with
7 TUNRA SWANS, one being juvenile. One of the Trumpeters had a white bulky collar, maybe a transmitter?

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 10/31/20 10:23 am
From: jamesgattu <jamesgattu...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Re: Evening Grosbeaks at Port Loiusa NWR headquarters

No grosbeaks as of 12:20.James HuntingtonIowa City Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> Date: 10/31/20 11:39 AM (GMT-06:00) To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Evening Grosbeaks at Port Loiusa NWR headquarters I got a text from my neighbor Gail Heater about 11 AM today saying that she was at Port Louisa and the Evening Grosbeaks at the visitor center feeders have NOT made an appearance as of yet.  Hopefully they will at some point.  She said the parking lot was full of hopeful birders however!Fawn in RiversideOn Friday, October 30, 2020 at 2:43:56 PM UTC-5 <brandon.......> wrote:Three males and four females are coming in to feeders now. Park at the front of the headquarters, there are five spots. Walk towards front door entrance and go right around building. Looks are crippling.Brandon CaswellMarionOn Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 2:11 PM Brandon Caswell <brandon.......> wrote:Jessica Bolser found a small flock of EVENING GROSBEAKS at the feeders outside her window. I’m watching them now! 😍Brandon CaswellMarion





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Date: 10/31/20 9:55 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snow Buntings
I meant SNBU still present, not crossbills! Sorry.

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Date: 10/31/20 9:51 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Story County - Red Crossbills
Still present at 11:45am.

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> On Oct 31, 2020, at 9:13 AM, Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
> 
> I just found four Red Crossbills at the Nevada Cemetery.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
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Date: 10/31/20 9:39 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Evening Grosbeaks at Port Loiusa NWR headquarters
I got a text from my neighbor Gail Heater about 11 AM today saying that she
was at Port Louisa and the Evening Grosbeaks at the visitor center feeders
have NOT made an appearance as of yet. Hopefully they will at some point.
She said the parking lot was full of hopeful birders however!

Fawn in Riverside

On Friday, October 30, 2020 at 2:43:56 PM UTC-5 <brandon.......> wrote:

> Three males and four females are coming in to feeders now. Park at the
> front of the headquarters, there are five spots. Walk towards front door
> entrance and go right around building. Looks are crippling.
>
> Brandon Caswell
> Marion
>
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 2:11 PM Brandon Caswell <brandon.......>
> wrote:
>
>> Jessica Bolser found a small flock of EVENING GROSBEAKS at the feeders
>> outside her window. I’m watching them now! 😍
>>
>> Brandon Caswell
>> Marion
>>
>

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Date: 10/31/20 7:13 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Red Crossbills
I just found four Red Crossbills at the Nevada Cemetery.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 10/31/20 6:36 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Phalarope—Polk Co.
There is a Red Phalarope off the Saylorville dam. It’s flying all over then
landing briefly on the water in the middle of lake. Also present are
Red-necked and Western Grebes.

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Date: 10/31/20 6:16 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Red-necked Grebe
Wolf reports that the Red-necked Grebe is again present this morning
(Saturday, October 31st).

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 8:09 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Just got word from Wolf Oesterreich that the Red-necked Grebe was
> relocated this morning (Friday, 10/30) on the south lake at Ada Hayden
> Heritage Park in Ames.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
>
> On Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 8:04 AM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
>> Greetings!
>>
>> I just received a report from Wolf Oesterreich that there is currently a
>> Red-necked Grebe on the south lake at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames.
>>
>> Eric Ollie
>> Ames
>>
>

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Date: 10/31/20 6:15 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Snow Buntings in Story County
6 SNBU refound Saturday morning on 580th at 42.052216,-93.541156.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 5:25 PM Dylan Osterhaus <dylanmosterhaus...>
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I just had a flock of six Snow Buntings
> on 580th Ave. between 200th and 210th st. in Story County just east of
> Ames. They flushed and landed back on the road in the same area multiple
> times.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Dylan Osterhaus
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