IA-BIRD
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4/24/17 5:04 pm 'saraisgreen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Jester Park Pine Warbler - YES
4/24/17 3:51 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] help needing identifying bird
4/24/17 3:23 pm 'Pamela Culbertson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] help needing identifying bird
4/24/17 3:04 pm Lynn & Steve Brase <lsbrase...> [ia-bird] help needing identifying bird
4/24/17 1:42 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Kentucky Warbler
4/24/17 1:35 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Am. Redstart in Linn County
4/24/17 12:03 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Mockingbird singing south of Boone
4/24/17 11:58 am John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Jester Park this morning
4/24/17 11:24 am David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Muscatine County - Wildcat Den SP
4/24/17 10:44 am Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Cattle Egrets-Ida County
4/24/17 8:27 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Palm Warbler
4/24/17 7:21 am EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] FOY Gray Catbird
4/24/17 5:40 am Ed <pfalcons...> Fwd: [ia-bird] Glossy Ibis - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
4/23/17 7:45 pm Don Weiss <don.weiss2...> [ia-bird] Pileated Woodpecker at Geode
4/23/17 7:36 pm Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...> [ia-bird] Swan Lake: Carroll Co.
4/23/17 6:26 pm Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...> Re: [ia-bird] Big Wall Lake Wright County yes!
4/23/17 6:04 pm Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...> [ia-bird] Bobwhite, Madison County
4/23/17 5:05 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Prothononary Warbler
4/23/17 4:29 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Lee County highlights
4/23/17 3:49 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> Re: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh Shorebird habitat 4-23-17
4/23/17 3:18 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] N. Mockingbird in Iowa Co.
4/23/17 1:32 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
4/23/17 1:30 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
4/23/17 1:07 pm Gerald White <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh Shorebird habitat 4-23-17
4/23/17 12:21 pm Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...> Re: [ia-bird] Glossy Ibis - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
4/23/17 10:59 am Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> Re: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
4/23/17 10:17 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
4/23/17 8:23 am Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Big Wall Lake Wright County
4/23/17 7:49 am Richard Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] Bird ID needed
4/23/17 7:14 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Heron - Hawkeye WA
4/23/17 6:45 am uphawkeye <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
4/23/17 5:16 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe, Crystal Lake
4/22/17 10:15 pm Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Smith's Longspurs - Hardin County
4/22/17 8:06 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Ibis and more for Earth Day
4/22/17 5:09 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Northern Waterthrush
4/22/17 3:00 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Good birding in Polk & Boone Counties
4/22/17 2:56 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
4/22/17 2:42 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Re: Cerulean Warbler Tour
4/22/17 2:40 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Re: Cerulean Warbler Tour
4/22/17 2:40 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Fwd: Cerulean Warbler Tour
4/22/17 1:06 pm Kelly Gustafson <kgustafson...> RE: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
4/22/17 10:00 am Bob D <siti1526...> [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
4/22/17 7:31 am 'katiewendler' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
4/22/17 5:26 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Buffalo Iowa
4/21/17 9:47 pm James McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts at Cone Marsh
4/21/17 8:00 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Iowa, Benton, Tama County Sightings
4/21/17 7:34 pm 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Clinton & Jackson Counties
4/21/17 6:33 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Bird ID needed
4/21/17 5:38 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Heron
4/21/17 4:25 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
4/21/17 3:52 pm Stan Buman <stan...> [ia-bird] No sighting - bigger lens offer
4/21/17 3:44 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Glossy Ibis - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
4/21/17 3:17 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Brown Thrasher
4/21/17 2:28 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Jester shorebirds
4/21/17 1:40 pm drbeel <drbeel...> Fwd: [ia-bird] birding festival welcome letter from Chariton's mayor
4/21/17 1:28 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Yellow Throat
4/21/17 1:20 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-21-17
4/21/17 1:11 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] birding festival welcome letter from Chariton's mayor
4/21/17 1:02 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Trueblood Piping Plover
4/21/17 9:53 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Piping Plover at Terry Trueblood
4/21/17 9:51 am Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
4/21/17 9:49 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] !!! Funding the TRUST (Land and Water) GREAT NEWS!!!
4/21/17 9:20 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Piping Plover at Terry Trueblood
4/21/17 7:56 am EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Great-Crested Flycatcher
4/21/17 5:01 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: BBAS Birding Trip to Texas (No sighting)
4/21/17 4:03 am 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> RE: [ia-bird] Re: Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
4/20/17 8:56 pm Rick Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
4/20/17 8:45 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
4/20/17 8:09 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Re: Red-necked Grebe - Polk County
4/20/17 7:06 pm Lorinda Hoover <hoovmoss...> [ia-bird] Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
4/20/17 6:04 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> [ia-bird] Silent Auction
4/20/17 5:30 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Yard birds
4/20/17 5:00 pm John F Smeltzer <johnsmeltzer...> [ia-bird] Osprey - Dickinson County
4/20/17 4:55 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Dallas & Lucas County birds
4/20/17 4:29 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Yard
4/20/17 3:56 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Polk Co. godwit, longspurs
4/20/17 2:54 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Marsh Farm Wetland - Dallas County
4/20/17 2:46 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] BBAS Birding Trip to Texas (No sighting)
4/20/17 1:42 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Prothonotary Warbler and Warbling Vireo
4/20/17 1:35 pm Bruce Plakke <bruce.plakke...> Re: [ia-bird] Prairie Lakes, avocet, yellow warbler, etc.
4/20/17 12:43 pm Reid Allen <2birders...> Re: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe - Polk County
4/20/17 11:30 am Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Prairie Lakes, avocet, yellow warbler, etc.
4/20/17 10:52 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Avocet - Prairie Lakes park
4/20/17 10:12 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe - Polk County
4/20/17 9:56 am Abby Terpstra <aterpstra...> [ia-bird] Invitation to bird with Paul Skrade in Allamakee Co. May 13th
4/20/17 9:44 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Fwd: Urge Rep Carlin--Support HF612
4/19/17 5:44 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Keokuk County news
4/19/17 4:34 pm Todd Burkhardt <todd.burkhardt.tb...> Re: [ia-bird] Abridged summary of - 16 updates in 14 topics
4/19/17 3:39 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Piping Plover at Jester
4/19/17 2:29 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] White tailed kite-NOT
4/19/17 2:23 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Whooping Cranes ? at Coralville Lake
4/19/17 2:12 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Green Heron at Hawkeye WMA
4/19/17 1:35 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Common Yellowthroat
4/19/17 11:46 am Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Whooping cranes in Iowa City?????
4/19/17 11:14 am Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...> [ia-bird] Re: Eurasian Wigeon continues
4/19/17 9:10 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] Hummingbird - Clarke co.
4/19/17 8:21 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird Palo Alto County
4/19/17 7:44 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Eurasian Wigeon continues
4/19/17 5:15 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Terry Trueblood
4/19/17 5:15 am Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler at Swiss Valley Campground (Dubuque County)
4/18/17 7:41 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Mockingbird near Boone
4/18/17 5:34 pm Larry Reis <naturalist...> [ia-bird] white-tailed kite near Cardinal Marsh
4/18/17 5:08 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Shallow lake management shorebird opportunity
4/18/17 4:43 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Spring Meeting and Lucas County Birding Festival
4/18/17 4:17 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Blackpoll
4/18/17 3:38 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Re: Eurasian Wigeon, Woodbury County
4/18/17 1:20 pm Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...> [ia-bird] Re: Eurasian widgeon
4/18/17 9:00 am Lisa Ralls <skybluewaters63...> [ia-bird] Re: Late RB Nuthatch
4/18/17 6:36 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Eurasian widgeon
4/18/17 5:45 am VisteSparkman, Karen <karen_vistesparkman...> [ia-bird] Sedge Wrens and Grasshopper Sparrows
4/17/17 8:52 pm <rehahnhill...> <rehahnhill...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Allamakee County
4/17/17 8:39 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Correction to Lucas Co. Birding Festival earlier email
4/17/17 7:46 pm Tucker J. Lutter <lutter...> [ia-bird] Eurasian Wigeon, Woodbury County
4/17/17 7:33 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Cone and continuing Coralville Res shorebirds
4/17/17 7:14 pm 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] SE Iowa Birds
4/17/17 7:07 pm Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Pool Slough - Allamakee County
4/17/17 6:47 pm Blanca <bonkers...> [ia-bird] FOY Whip-poor-will
4/17/17 4:45 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Lucas Co. Birding Festival & IOU meeting
4/17/17 3:53 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush
4/17/17 3:50 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Pectoral Sandpipers
4/17/17 3:08 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Pintail Wetland - Hardin Co.
4/17/17 2:40 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush
4/17/17 11:17 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit and Avocets in Johnson Co.
4/17/17 11:17 am Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Eastern Wood-Pewee at Swiss Valley Campground
4/17/17 11:08 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] House Wren
4/16/17 8:40 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Louisa Co., Cone Marsh
4/16/17 6:05 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Late RB Nuthatch
4/16/17 6:02 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Late RB Nuthatch
4/16/17 3:25 pm Dean Hester <dhester1994...> [ia-bird] Prothonotary Warbler in Iowa City
4/16/17 7:59 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis - Dunbar Slough
4/15/17 6:58 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler - Bremer co.
4/15/17 6:16 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeak- Washington County
4/15/17 4:00 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
4/15/17 3:57 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Good migration timing
4/15/17 2:14 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] More from Dunbar Slough, Greene Co.
4/15/17 1:14 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] White-eyed Vireo
4/15/17 12:28 pm Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Dunbar Slough
4/15/17 9:50 am John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] North Iowa Birds this Morning
4/15/17 9:16 am Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Casey's Floodplain Waterloo
4/15/17 8:57 am chammes7 <chammes7...> [ia-bird] Brown Thrashers - Weise Slough, Muscatine co.
4/15/17 8:28 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] red-bellied wood pecker vs. wood duck - question
4/15/17 7:32 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush - Johnson county
4/15/17 7:21 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal--Saylorville
4/14/17 11:32 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Monona Co.
4/14/17 7:40 pm Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> [ia-bird] Osceola / Lyon Cos. - 4/14
4/14/17 6:01 pm Tucker J. Lutter <lutter...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Monona Co.
4/14/17 5:32 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Chimney Swift
4/14/17 4:47 pm Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Des Moines birds
4/14/17 1:37 pm Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird​-Jester Park
4/14/17 1:12 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt
4/14/17 10:35 am James Scheib <jim...> [ia-bird] Johnson Co. Yellow-throated Warbler
4/14/17 10:30 am James Scheib <jim...> [ia-bird] Johnson Co. Pine Warbler 4/13/17
4/14/17 7:53 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis, Dunbar
4/14/17 6:37 am Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis, Dunbar
4/13/17 8:20 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-13-17
4/13/17 7:43 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Plymouth County
4/13/17 4:59 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] PUFI Johnson question
4/13/17 3:02 pm Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] McIntyre Woods State Park
4/13/17 12:31 pm Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Dunbar Slough shorbs
4/13/17 12:06 pm Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Office warblers
4/13/17 9:56 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Eared Grebe
4/13/17 9:11 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe
4/13/17 6:27 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe
4/13/17 5:35 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler - Johnson county
4/12/17 9:10 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Bird finds in Cerro Gordo Co.
4/12/17 8:04 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] George Wyth Park - Waterloo
4/12/17 2:23 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Muscatine - White-faced ibis
4/12/17 2:21 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Great-tailed Grackle
4/12/17 2:07 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Re: American Coots
4/12/17 2:07 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] American Coots
4/12/17 1:23 pm Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Granger Birds
4/12/17 12:17 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Walnut Woods S.P.
4/12/17 11:59 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] American Avocet and Robin in Johnson Co.
4/12/17 10:26 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Bonaparte's Gulls
4/12/17 9:55 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Granger birds
4/12/17 8:11 am Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...> [ia-bird] Jester Park Shorebirds
4/12/17 5:22 am David Griffin <birdingnm...> Re: [ia-bird] Harrison County 4.11.17
4/11/17 7:57 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Harrison County 4.11.17
4/11/17 5:46 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Spring meeting is fast approaching
4/11/17 2:10 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] 38 White-faced Ibis at Amana Lily Lake
4/11/17 10:57 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane AA Call Park Kossuth County.
4/11/17 9:22 am Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...> [ia-bird] Great Horned owlet
4/11/17 8:42 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Broad-winged Hawk
4/11/17 4:47 am Bob D <siti1526...> [ia-bird] New Yard Birds in Past Two Days
4/10/17 3:25 pm Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe - Hawkeye WA
4/10/17 1:13 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Parula Warbler
4/10/17 10:41 am Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Narrow View, 2 FOY Johnson Co
4/10/17 10:29 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Polk County FOY's
4/10/17 7:01 am Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...> [ia-bird] Great-tailed Grackles - Woodbury County
4/10/17 6:21 am S.D. <sdjbwilson...> [ia-bird] Peregrine falcon and wood duck
4/10/17 5:34 am VisteSparkman, Karen <karen_vistesparkman...> [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrows
4/9/17 7:06 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Pasqueflower walk with birds
4/9/17 6:00 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Couple of notable FOY today
4/9/17 5:32 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Meadowlarks
4/9/17 4:56 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Floyd County pelicans
4/9/17 4:53 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler
4/9/17 3:40 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> [ia-bird] Re: Clear Lake
4/9/17 3:18 pm <rehahnhill...> <rehahnhill...> [ia-bird] Allamakee County
4/9/17 2:18 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] House Wren
4/9/17 1:20 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Yesterday's ICBC Field trip
4/9/17 12:57 pm John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Cliff Swallow - Boone County
4/9/17 10:47 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines ospreys
4/9/17 10:30 am <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...> [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - Tips on How to Photograph Birds
4/9/17 9:02 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Re: Pelicans at Big Woods Recreation Area lake
4/9/17 8:58 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Pelicans at Big Woods Recreation Area lake
4/9/17 6:04 am Keith Dyche <kadd27...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow
4/8/17 7:11 pm Michael Stark <iprint4u...> [ia-bird] Pelicans at Lake McBride.
4/8/17 7:03 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/8/17 3:58 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Polk County Birds
4/8/17 10:43 am Michael Stark <iprint4u...> [ia-bird] Pelicans, Lake McBride Causway
4/8/17 7:48 am chammes7 <chammes7...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane pair, Weise Slough- Muscatine Co.
4/8/17 6:54 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Fish Crow
4/7/17 7:35 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Re: Boone Co. Sandhill Cranes
4/7/17 5:58 pm <mp410wj...> [ia-bird] Sue Spieker death
4/7/17 4:12 pm Ken S. <moosedogs...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal at Otter Creek Marsh WMA
4/7/17 3:01 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-7-17
4/7/17 2:55 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. Sandhill Cranes
4/7/17 2:42 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Lake Macbride Area Tidbits
4/7/17 2:23 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] re: Bewicks's Wren
4/7/17 2:18 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Bewick's Wren
4/7/17 11:35 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] Phoebe nesting - Clarke Co.
4/7/17 10:37 am Linda & Robert Scarth <scarth...> [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush
4/6/17 5:43 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/6/17 5:17 pm Ken S. <moosedogs...> [ia-bird] Common Loon on/above Otter Creek Lake
4/6/17 1:43 pm Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] Cormorant
4/6/17 8:04 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Osprey
4/6/17 6:01 am Adam Ciha <adamciha...> [ia-bird] Purple Martins (Johnson Co)
4/5/17 7:21 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush
4/5/17 6:38 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Kinglets
4/5/17 6:12 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Correction on Big Day list
4/5/17 3:47 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> [ia-bird] Bird Safe glass- Bell Museum
4/5/17 3:06 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Kent Park today, mostly
4/5/17 9:58 am englander.julie <englander.julie...> [ia-bird] Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4/5/17 7:42 am Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> [ia-bird] Record Early Yellow Rail (no sighting)
4/5/17 7:38 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Final BBS request for Iowa volunteers
4/4/17 5:38 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/4/17 4:14 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun
4/4/17 4:11 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun waterfowl
4/4/17 2:56 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Afternoon check for Cinnamon
4/4/17 2:48 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Water and Land TRUST FUND NOT a sighting
4/4/17 1:54 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Horned Grebe Moorehead Park Lake-Ida County
4/4/17 12:48 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Fish Crow - no
4/4/17 11:25 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Fwd: April 11th--will you be there?
4/4/17 11:02 am <shack357...> [ia-bird] North Washington eagle nest
4/4/17 10:45 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Common loon -- Saylorville Lake
4/4/17 10:43 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood- Johnson County this morning
4/4/17 10:41 am Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - No
4/4/17 9:55 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow - no
4/4/17 8:38 am <mkenne...> [ia-bird] new spring birds
4/3/17 7:03 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Sue Spieker
4/3/17 3:56 pm Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds, Osprey, Cranes
4/3/17 3:01 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Towhee
4/3/17 1:56 pm Bery Engebretsen <beryeng...> [ia-bird] Fish crow yes
4/3/17 12:32 pm Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Mason City hybrid duck
4/3/17 12:27 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Ida county
4/3/17 12:07 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] New Yard Bird
4/3/17 10:50 am Ulrike G <ulrikedg...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow - NO
4/3/17 9:56 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
4/3/17 8:42 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Fish Crow continues at Saylorville
4/3/17 8:22 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Re: Fish Crow continues at Saylorville
4/3/17 7:51 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow continues at Saylorville
4/3/17 5:44 am Anthony Hertzel <axhertzel...> Re: [ia-bird] Mason City hybrid duck
4/2/17 8:21 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> [ia-bird] Re: Mason City hybrid duck
4/2/17 8:19 pm Rick Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
4/2/17 7:40 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> Re: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
4/2/17 7:34 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
4/2/17 7:24 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> Re: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
4/2/17 7:02 pm James McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
4/2/17 6:52 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Personal lists and a Question
4/2/17 6:43 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Chickasaw County-returning sandhill cranes
4/2/17 6:19 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] ICBC Field Trip FW Kent P and Goose L
4/2/17 1:59 pm Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Continues at Ledges/Boone Co.
4/2/17 1:02 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Brown Thrasher- Washington County
4/2/17 12:17 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Spring
4/2/17 11:41 am Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] Spring
4/2/17 10:13 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow
4/2/17 10:12 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds:
4/2/17 9:57 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow
4/2/17 8:29 am <etushar...> [ia-bird] Common Loons - Linn County
4/2/17 8:26 am John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Trying to send possible Fish Crow photo again
4/2/17 8:24 am John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Possible Fish Crow Photo
4/2/17 8:21 am John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Possible Fish Crow at Saylorville
4/1/17 7:57 pm cindy wilson <birdercw...> [ia-bird] Lots of Pelicans and more
4/1/17 7:10 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Ducks in Ida County
4/1/17 5:42 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] March Big Day 2017--sorry for the late post
4/1/17 4:22 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] April Fool out birding
4/1/17 3:49 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Black Scoter
4/1/17 3:07 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone-Story-Polk birds today
4/1/17 1:49 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] A crowning achievement
4/1/17 1:14 pm Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> [ia-bird] cone marsh bobwhite
4/1/17 1:13 pm Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] House Wren
4/1/17 12:42 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Loggerhead Shrikes, Cone Marsh
4/1/17 12:31 pm Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Horned Grebe continues Ada Hayden Park
4/1/17 10:58 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] American Pipits, Johnson Co.
4/1/17 9:49 am Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal still present
4/1/17 9:40 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Smith's Longspurs, east of Lone Tree
4/1/17 7:56 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Pileated Woodpeckers and Hellaborus
4/1/17 7:13 am John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal--yes
4/1/17 5:33 am Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...> [ia-bird] Golden-crowned Kinglet NW Story County
3/31/17 8:35 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh- Louisa County today
3/31/17 8:05 pm uphawkeye <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Ledges State Park Cinnamon Teal - Directions
3/31/17 6:23 pm Ken Wiggers <ken.wiggers...> [ia-bird] "Kingfrogger"
3/31/17 5:51 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Cedar Rapids
3/31/17 2:54 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - Boone
3/31/17 2:48 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-31-17
3/31/17 2:44 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - Boone
3/31/17 2:09 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon update?
3/31/17 1:25 pm Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon update?
3/31/17 12:32 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Eastern Towhee
3/31/17 7:34 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Golden eagle Otter Creek marsh
3/30/17 5:54 pm Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Horned Grebe - Raccoon River Park
3/30/17 4:11 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Savannah Sparrow
3/30/17 2:38 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Federal Breeding Bird Survey Iowa volunteers needed!
3/30/17 2:18 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] Cinnamon continues- closeup photos female
3/30/17 2:06 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon continues- closeup photos female
3/30/17 1:12 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Female - Ledges-Boone
3/30/17 11:58 am Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> [ia-bird] Cattle Egret Noelridge Park NE Cedar Rapids
3/30/17 11:20 am Kai Weatherman <dainichi...> [ia-bird] Longfellow Wood Ducks in Iowa City
3/30/17 10:06 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Seven city sod
3/30/17 10:05 am Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Female - Ledges-Boone
3/30/17 9:56 am drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Osprey in Cedar Rapids
3/29/17 3:46 pm Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teals - Image
3/29/17 3:13 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Continues
3/29/17 2:52 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> RE: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Continues
3/29/17 1:54 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Continues
3/29/17 1:25 pm <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
3/29/17 9:20 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Continues
3/29/17 9:03 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Grebes
3/28/17 9:35 pm Tucker J. Lutter <lutter...> [ia-bird] PILEATED WOODPECKER, GOLDEN EAGLE, and GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE in NW Iowa:
3/28/17 7:24 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Swan Lake/Sand Point area this AM
3/28/17 7:04 pm Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Otter Creek Marsh, Tama Co.
3/28/17 4:44 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Greene County birds
3/28/17 3:07 pm Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> [ia-bird] Iowa City eastern phoebe
3/28/17 3:02 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] re: Louisiana Waterthrush
3/28/17 3:01 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Ledges SP
3/28/17 1:08 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Many ducks at Hendrickson Marsh
3/28/17 12:54 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush
3/28/17 12:52 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Kellerton visit
3/28/17 7:51 am Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Field Sparrows-Wapello County
3/27/17 7:32 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Re: American Woodcock
3/27/17 6:39 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Dunbar area today
3/27/17 6:26 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Golden Eagle at George Wyth S.P.
3/27/17 5:16 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Shorebirding at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area
3/27/17 4:21 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Muscatine - Yellow-rumped warbler, Palm Warbler
3/27/17 4:08 pm <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] American Woodcock
3/27/17 2:53 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Birding vs shopping in Boone & Story counties
3/27/17 1:25 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Yellow-rumped warbler -- Saylorville Lake
3/27/17 12:22 pm Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Great Egrets in Mahaska County
3/27/17 11:45 am robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg...> [ia-bird] Pigeon Creek Park, Bettendorf
3/27/17 9:07 am Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Iowa Bird Life Editor Needed!
3/26/17 9:21 pm Keith Dyche <kadd27...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Riverton WA Fremont County
3/26/17 7:04 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Wood Ducks are back near Boone
3/26/17 5:58 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Mergansers and more
3/26/17 5:51 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/26/17 5:29 pm Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Mt. Sterling Wetlands, etc.
3/26/17 2:28 pm Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Granger Sandhill Cranes
3/26/17 1:37 pm Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...> [ia-bird] Lake Macbride swimming with waterfowl and gulls
3/26/17 10:34 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Newbies at Hwy 30 pits, Boone Co.
3/26/17 9:27 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Long live the king (and queen)
3/26/17 9:22 am Raven <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Long live the king (and queen)
 
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Date: 4/24/17 5:04 pm
From: 'saraisgreen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jester Park Pine Warbler - YES
Just found a single pine warbler past campground 5 in a pine on the other side of the street. Also found a Ray Cummins.

Sara McMillan
Polk County

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Date: 4/24/17 3:51 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] help needing identifying bird
Rather than suggest first summer Redwing male, I think this is one of the female Redwingeds that have significant amounts of red, often in the area that this bird is showing red.

It is not clear who these birds are. Some people hypothesize that they are old females.

Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 4/24/17 3:23 pm
From: 'Pamela Culbertson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] help needing identifying bird
First summer male Red-winged Blackbird?
Pam Culbertson
Des Moines

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Date: 4/24/17 3:04 pm
From: Lynn & Steve Brase <lsbrase...>
Subject: [ia-bird] help needing identifying bird
Can anyone please help me identify this bird? I’ve tried bird books but no luck. Really enjoy everyone’s posts. Thank you. Lynn Brase, Bremer Co.

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Date: 4/24/17 1:42 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Kentucky Warbler
A few things from the Shimek/Croton Unit in Lee County.
A Kentucky Warbler and a Worm-eating Warbler were back along with a
Yellow-throated Vireo along the road close to the parking lot. Also, a
Summer Tanager was singing within a mile
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/24/17 1:35 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Am. Redstart in Linn County


Yet another in the growing number of record or near record early arrivals reported across the state this Spring. A male Am. Redstart was flitting about Shaver Park in NE Cedar Rapids this afternoon. 
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 






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Date: 4/24/17 12:03 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mockingbird singing south of Boone
This morning between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm a Northern Mockingbird sang
frequently from various perches on the north side of our yard. Not a new
yard bird, but new for the yard! I saw him fly off toward the neighbors and
have not heard him since, but there is a lot of Goldfinch chatter and wind
in the trees.

I made the combo of two pictures from video clips.

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 4/24/17 11:58 am
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jester Park this morning
This morning, 2 American Avocets continue at the downstream end of Jester
Park. Also continuing are the Pine Warbler(s) and a Red-breasted Nuthatch
in the pines at Camp area 5.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/24/17 11:24 am
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine County - Wildcat Den SP
I spent a few hours at Wildcat Den SP today. Highlights included:

blue-gray gnatcatcher (many pairs and widespread)
palm warbler (1 foraging in large upper picnic area)
house wren (many, widespread, one at nest cavity)
yellow-throated warbler (2 singing males)
northern parula (2 singing males)
Louisiana waterthrush (2 calling)
swamp sparrow (2)

Full checklist at eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36234885

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Date: 4/24/17 10:44 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cattle Egrets-Ida County
Hi,
I saw and photographed 6 Cattle Egrets this morning, on the east edge of Battle Creek Iowa, where the old city swimming pool was located. This is just to the east of the Battle Creek School, now closed.

Don

Don Poggensee
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
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Date: 4/24/17 8:27 am
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler at Prairie Lakes, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Co. Sighting at
south end of main body of water in the shrubs. Just off the bike trail to
either side.

Alan Orr

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Date: 4/24/17 7:21 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY Gray Catbird
Iowa City back yard suet feeder this morning.



Elizabeth Aubrey

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Date: 4/24/17 5:40 am
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Subject: Fwd: [ia-bird] Glossy Ibis - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
Hello,
This morning (7:00 am) at Trumbull Lake in Clay county among the 24 ibis spp I was able to ID at least one glossy ibis. Location given below in Danny's post
Good Birdin,'
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On Apr 21, 2017 5:44 PM, "Danny Akers" <birdmandan1231...><mailto:<birdmandan1231...>> wrote:
Hi All,

Just found what appears to be a GLOSSY IBIS among 20+ White-faced Ibis at Trumbull Lake in Clay Co. The Ibis are all at the north end, accessed from the west side of the lake, take the dirt path all the way north and scan the west side of the marsh up here. Photo on the Iowa Birding Facebook group.

Danny Akers
Spirit Lake


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Date: 4/23/17 7:45 pm
From: Don Weiss <don.weiss2...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pileated Woodpecker at Geode
I found a Pileated Woodpecker at Geode State Park in Henry County this afternoon not far from the park office.

Don Weiss
Burlington

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Date: 4/23/17 7:36 pm
From: Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swan Lake: Carroll Co.
Took an early morning trip over to Carroll to bird around Swan Lake.
Notables: Gadwall, Osprey, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pelican, Hooded Merganser,
Belted Kingfisher, lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Pie-billed Grebe,
Northern Shoveller.
Also watched a mink scampering along the rocks.
What a wonderful park and the trail system is amazing!
https://flic.kr/p/TV76pS (osprey pic)

Also spotted Albert the Bull on the way home!

Jake Welchans
DSM, IA

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Date: 4/23/17 6:26 pm
From: Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Big Wall Lake Wright County yes!
We stopped by Wall Lake this afternoon and found 2 American Bitterns in the
roadside ditches. They both froze in a gorgeous pose, but of course, my
camera was home. We also located an active Bald Eagle nest and a Northern
Harrier. Great birding this weekend!
Sue Yeakel, Story County


On Apr 23, 2017 10:23 AM, "Connor Langan" <clangan16...> wrote:

Riley Henry and I spent the day birding in Franklin, Hardin, and Wright
Counties yesterday. We started at Prairie Bridges Park in Ackley. It had
been a great stop for us last year but this year there wasn't much to be
seen other than a thrasher and a sapsucker. Pintail Wetlands had some
decent variety. A few Soras and Marsh Wrens were found, a kettle of 8
Broad-winged Hawks flew over us, and Swamp Sparrows were present in
abundant numbers. The highlight of Pintail Wetlands was a Sedge Wren that
was singing right by the observation deck.

The highlight of the day was birding at Big Wall Lake in Wright County.
Many species could be heard upon our arrival. Highlights from Big Wall Lake
include: Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Sora, a Sandhill Crane, a Northern
Harrier, a Red-necked Grebe, an American Bittern, and a flock of 33
American Golden-plovers that flew around the lake. I would've liked to have
spent more time here but I was in a crunch for time as it was so I was only
able to bird here for about 35 minutes. Definitely a place worth checking
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Date: 4/23/17 6:04 pm
From: Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bobwhite, Madison County
Stopped along a gravel road in Madison County to check out a couple of
sparrows... and 3 Bobwhite scurried across the road! I have heard
Bobwhite's before but this is the first time I have ever seen them!
The sparrows were all Chipping :)

Sharon Bauer
Winterset

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Date: 4/23/17 5:05 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prothononary Warbler
Does anyone have any suggerstions for places to find Prothononary Warblers
around Cedar Rapids? I usually find them along Blairsferry near the Cedar
River but wondered if there are other places to find them.

Jim Durbin
1460 Douglas Court
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Date: 4/23/17 4:29 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lee County highlights


Argyle junkyard:
     Bewick's Wren displaying nicely in     the auxiliary junkyard across the      road from the main facility 
Shimek SF, Croton unit:
     Pair of Black-and-white Warblers,      each carrying nesting material (!)
     Near record early Indigo Bunting
     Blue-headed and White-eyed             Vireos 
Shimek SF, Donnellson unit:
     Pine Warblers (2), best looks ever.     This species seems to be unusually     common in Iowa this Spring.
      Louisiana and Northern Water-      -thrushes w/in feet of each other
A beautiful Shakespeare's birthday.
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids      


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Date: 4/23/17 3:49 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh Shorebird habitat 4-23-17
To expand on Mr. White's post....

I spent 3 hrs at Cone Marsh today with Gerald White. Thanks for lugging me
out to some of your special spots!

I declare that today had the calmest air since I moved to Iowa 2.5 months
ago - indeed I nearly fell over without the constant breeze pushing against
me!

The water levels were drawn down, especially north of dike, much more than
during my visit just 3 days ago. This has created a huge amount of
shorebird habitat that was being occupied by tons of greater and lesser
yellowlegs and pectoral sandpipers. There were several 100s of these birds.

Highlights from today included:
Greater white-fronted goose (3)
Sandhill crane (10 including a pair with 2 tiny colts!)
American white pelican (350)
Broad-winged hawk (3 soaring high above pelicans over north end of marsh)
Semipalmated plover (3)
Dowitcher sp. (2)
Spotted sandpiper (3)
Solitary sandpiper (4)
Palm warbler (1 continuing[?] bird near boat launch)

My full checklist is at eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36212469

While driving around the area west of Cone Marsh we found a Lark sparrow
along 235th St.

Just north of the T Ave/220th St intersection 3 Northern bobwhite flushed
from the roadside.

Just north of the T Ave pull off spot I saw my FOY Eastern kingbird.

David


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> The state is drawing down both ends of the marsh and shorebirds were
> plentiful, not too diversified but birds everywhere.
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Date: 4/23/17 3:18 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] N. Mockingbird in Iowa Co.
This afternoon a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was along Y Ave. about 1/2 mile north of 220th Trail (Amana Rd.).
It's not a plain bird when it flies! Same spot as last year's sighting.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/23/17 1:32 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
If anyone keeps track of these birds, there was one bright male and two
distinct female birds. Maybe they will stick around?

John

On Apr 23, 2017 3:30 PM, "John Cecil" <jcecil01...> wrote:

> I found 3 distinct individual birds this afternoon about 2pm. There may
> have been more but that is all I could discern at one time.
>
> I would feel fortunate to see three pine warblers in a year in Iowa. It is
> cool and odd to see several together.
>
> Thanks for posting.
>
> John Cecil
>
> On Apr 23, 2017 12:59 PM, "Tyler Grant" <tgrant77...> wrote:
>
>> I relocated 1 or 2 pine warblers at about 9:30 AM. I was already at
>> Jester Park, so took off to look for them. I couldn't find them in the
>> pines by Campground 5, so played some audio and they sang back. They were
>> across the ravine to the west, near some pines. Attached is a lousy but
>> recognizable photo of one of the singers. I think there were 2 singing,
>> but most of the time only 1 was singing.
>>
>> Tyler Grant
>> Ames
>>
>> On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 8:45 AM, uphawkeye <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>>
>>> I am resending this because I can find no record of it going through the
>>> first time I sent it.
>>>
>>> This morning I came across a small flock of PINE WARBLERS at Jester
>>> Park. There were at least two, I think three, maybe even four. They were in
>>> the Pine Trees behind Campground 5,the supervised youth campground. I would
>>> guess that there is a good chance to relocate them.
>>>
>>> In the same location I also had a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a CAROLINA
>>> WREN.
>>>
>>> I also found a very vociferous LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along whichever
>>> trail that runs along the creek beneath the Fox Run trail, which is just
>>> south of where the road is closed for construction. Easy to follow your
>>> ears to him.
>>>
>>> Additionally, there are two AMERICAN AVOCETS continuing and I found my
>>> FOY GRAY CATBIRD.
>>>
>>> Eric Ollie
>>> Ames
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Date: 4/23/17 1:30 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
I found 3 distinct individual birds this afternoon about 2pm. There may
have been more but that is all I could discern at one time.

I would feel fortunate to see three pine warblers in a year in Iowa. It is
cool and odd to see several together.

Thanks for posting.

John Cecil

On Apr 23, 2017 12:59 PM, "Tyler Grant" <tgrant77...> wrote:

> I relocated 1 or 2 pine warblers at about 9:30 AM. I was already at
> Jester Park, so took off to look for them. I couldn't find them in the
> pines by Campground 5, so played some audio and they sang back. They were
> across the ravine to the west, near some pines. Attached is a lousy but
> recognizable photo of one of the singers. I think there were 2 singing,
> but most of the time only 1 was singing.
>
> Tyler Grant
> Ames
>
> On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 8:45 AM, uphawkeye <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
>> I am resending this because I can find no record of it going through the
>> first time I sent it.
>>
>> This morning I came across a small flock of PINE WARBLERS at Jester Park.
>> There were at least two, I think three, maybe even four. They were in the
>> Pine Trees behind Campground 5,the supervised youth campground. I would
>> guess that there is a good chance to relocate them.
>>
>> In the same location I also had a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a CAROLINA
>> WREN.
>>
>> I also found a very vociferous LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along whichever
>> trail that runs along the creek beneath the Fox Run trail, which is just
>> south of where the road is closed for construction. Easy to follow your
>> ears to him.
>>
>> Additionally, there are two AMERICAN AVOCETS continuing and I found my
>> FOY GRAY CATBIRD.
>>
>> Eric Ollie
>> Ames
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Date: 4/23/17 1:07 pm
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh Shorebird habitat 4-23-17


The state is drawing down both ends of the marsh and shorebirds were
plentiful, not too diversified but birds everywhere.

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Date: 4/23/17 12:21 pm
From: Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Glossy Ibis - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
9 Glossy Ibis continue at Trumball Lake as Danny described. I was missing
my scope till the Ibis walked closer through the reeds and took flight into
the sunshine. Great looks!
Sue Yeakel

On Apr 21, 2017 5:44 PM, "Danny Akers" <birdmandan1231...> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Just found what appears to be a GLOSSY IBIS among 20+ White-faced Ibis at
> Trumbull Lake in Clay Co. The Ibis are all at the north end, accessed from
> the west side of the lake, take the dirt path all the way north and scan
> the west side of the marsh up here. Photo on the Iowa Birding Facebook
> group.
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> Danny Akers
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Date: 4/23/17 10:59 am
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
I relocated 1 or 2 pine warblers at about 9:30 AM. I was already at Jester
Park, so took off to look for them. I couldn't find them in the pines by
Campground 5, so played some audio and they sang back. They were across
the ravine to the west, near some pines. Attached is a lousy but
recognizable photo of one of the singers. I think there were 2 singing,
but most of the time only 1 was singing.

Tyler Grant
Ames

On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 8:45 AM, uphawkeye <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> I am resending this because I can find no record of it going through the
> first time I sent it.
>
> This morning I came across a small flock of PINE WARBLERS at Jester Park.
> There were at least two, I think three, maybe even four. They were in the
> Pine Trees behind Campground 5,the supervised youth campground. I would
> guess that there is a good chance to relocate them.
>
> In the same location I also had a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a CAROLINA
> WREN.
>
> I also found a very vociferous LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along whichever trail
> that runs along the creek beneath the Fox Run trail, which is just south of
> where the road is closed for construction. Easy to follow your ears to him.
>
> Additionally, there are two AMERICAN AVOCETS continuing and I found my FOY
> GRAY CATBIRD.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
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Date: 4/23/17 10:17 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
Checked again this morning ~10:45, but NO AVOCET present. Not much of
anything around the lake except people.

Fawn



On Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:31:18 AM UTC-5, katiewendler wrote:
>
>
> 9-9:20am this morning i was at Terry trueblood in Iowa City. there was one
> American Avocet in the middle pool by the main parking lot.
>
> I also had a foy Yellow Warbler and watched a Belted King Fisher catch a
> fish.
>
> No plovers or other shore birds at that time.
>
> Kt Long
> Iowa City
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 4/23/17 8:23 am
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Big Wall Lake Wright County
Riley Henry and I spent the day birding in Franklin, Hardin, and Wright
Counties yesterday. We started at Prairie Bridges Park in Ackley. It had
been a great stop for us last year but this year there wasn't much to be
seen other than a thrasher and a sapsucker. Pintail Wetlands had some
decent variety. A few Soras and Marsh Wrens were found, a kettle of 8
Broad-winged Hawks flew over us, and Swamp Sparrows were present in
abundant numbers. The highlight of Pintail Wetlands was a Sedge Wren that
was singing right by the observation deck.

The highlight of the day was birding at Big Wall Lake in Wright County.
Many species could be heard upon our arrival. Highlights from Big Wall Lake
include: Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Sora, a Sandhill Crane, a Northern
Harrier, a Red-necked Grebe, an American Bittern, and a flock of 33
American Golden-plovers that flew around the lake. I would've liked to have
spent more time here but I was in a crunch for time as it was so I was only
able to bird here for about 35 minutes. Definitely a place worth checking
out again.

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Date: 4/23/17 7:49 am
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Bird ID needed
Regarding the Black-headed Sparrow.

Almost all of the posts [here and Facebook] centered on Song Sparrow or Swamp Sparrow. Some went with Swamp due to the reddish in the wing.

My personal opinion is that is is Song Sparrow. I see nothing that clearly points to Swamp Sparrow — the wing is bright for a SOSP but not that bright it you figure that all the pigmentation is messed up. The bird’s mate, and he is clearly giving her some goodies or is getting ready to nestlings, look like a SOSP not a female SWSP.

To argue that that he is a Swamp Sparrow, you are really arguing that
1 he has some messed up genes or gene expression, and
2 He is mating with the wrong species.
I could buy one or the other argument, but the chances of both seem perishingly small.

Someone suggested w need DNA.
Someone else pointed out how close this bird is to a Eurasian sparrow, the Rustic Bunting.


Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA


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Date: 4/23/17 7:14 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Heron - Hawkeye WA
Currently​ on the north side of Swan Lake, Hawkeye WA, Johnson county. It
can be seen from the east part of the lake near the entrance to Sand Point
if you look west along the shoreline, but I'm getting a better look parked
near the 2564 driveway. Thanks to Jim Forde for the tip. He reported
seeing three here earlier this morning.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 4/23/17 6:45 am
From: uphawkeye <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
I am resending this because I can find no record of it going through the first time I sent it.

This morning I came across a small flock of PINE WARBLERS at Jester Park. There were at least two, I think three, maybe even four. They were in the Pine Trees behind Campground 5,the supervised youth campground. I would guess that there is a good chance to relocate them.

In the same location I also had a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a CAROLINA WREN.

I also found a very vociferous LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along whichever trail that runs along the creek beneath the Fox Run trail, which is just south of where the road is closed for construction. Easy to follow your ears to him.

Additionally, there are two AMERICAN AVOCETS continuing and I found my FOY GRAY CATBIRD.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 4/23/17 5:16 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe, Crystal Lake
Birders,

There is a gorgeous Red-necked Grebe right off the campground at Crystal
Lake (glacial lake by the town Crystal Lake, IA).

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 4/22/17 10:15 pm
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's Longspurs - Hardin County
I followed up on Bob Schilke's longspurs in Hardin County this morning. I
found 30+ Smith's Longspurs in the new conservation property he previously
described next to D15. I found the birds in about the center of the NW
quadrant of the property, just west and southwest of a small patch of
surface water.

At Pintail Wetland I had 3 Sora, a FOY Palm Warbler working the willows, 12
Wilson's Snipes, and 4 Marsh Wrens.

At Chichaqua Bottoms I couldn't find any early warblers, except a single
Yellow-rumped Warbler, but I had 2 FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Sandhill
Cranes were vocalizing in the field north of the bottoms trail, as they
were last time I was there.

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Date: 4/22/17 8:06 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ibis and more for Earth Day
Following up this morning on Danny Akers sighting of ibis at Trumbull Lake
Joe Jungers and I found 29 White-faced Ibis and 2 Glossy Ibis. I had joined
Danny last night after his report and right after the resident Bald Eagle
swooped through and scattered all the birds leaving us with just a couple of
fly-by ibis sp. Joe and I also had a couple of Am Bittern vocalizing, ten
Horned Grebes, eight Eared Grebes and three Red-necked Grebes among a
variety of waterfowl today. Highlights from the bird club tour in Dickinson
County yielded more Horned and Eared Grebes, a single Snow Goose, Forster's
Terns, Northern Harrier and a Willet sleeping on one leg on the rocks at the
Grade at Spirit Lake. Earth Day was beautiful in this part of the world!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 4/22/17 5:09 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Waterthrush
A Northern Waterthrush was seen at Blackhawk Bottoms in Des Moines County
this AM. This is somewhat early, but not the earliest.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/22/17 3:00 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Good birding in Polk & Boone Counties
Sought out and found the *Hudsonian *and* Marbled Godwits* (both FOY) at
Jester Park this morning, along with several other birders--thanks to Aaron
Brees for posting those (no avocets, however). Also found a FOY
*Orange-crowned
Warbler* and FOY *Hermit Thrush* at Cottonwood Access, below Saylorville
Dam. Returning to Boone Co. I saw FOY *Barn Swallows* at Big Creek State
Park. Finally, I checked out Ledges SP and found not much bird activity
there this afternoon, although I did observe 2 more Hermit Thrushes in the
woods near Oakwood picnic Area.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/22/17 2:56 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
Still there as of 4:15 on the sandy peninsula near the main parking lot.
Lighting was pretty harsh with the bright sun, but sunset should be
perfect for photos if it hangs around. No Piping Plover that I could
find.......

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA


On Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:06:46 PM UTC-5, kgustafson wrote:
>
> Still there at 3:00.
>
>
>
> Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Bob D <siti......> <javascript:>>
> Date: 4/22/17 12:01 PM (GMT-06:00)
> To: IA-BIRD <ia-......> <javascript:>>
> Subject: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
>
> At 11:45 a.m. the Avocet was still present in the same general area.
>
> On Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:31:18 AM UTC-5, katiewendler wrote:
>>
>>
>> 9-9:20am this morning i was at Terry trueblood in Iowa City. there was
>> one American Avocet in the middle pool by the main parking lot.
>>
>> I also had a foy Yellow Warbler and watched a Belted King Fisher catch a
>> fish.
>>
>> No plovers or other shore birds at that time.
>>
>> Kt Long
>> Iowa City
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 4/22/17 2:42 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Cerulean Warbler Tour
Skip my "Done!" message''--that was meant to tell Karen Disbrow I'd sent
our the Cerulean tour announcement, but I hit the IA-Bird reply by mistake.

On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 4:40 PM, Douglas Harr <dnharr...> wrote:

> Done!--Doug
>
> On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 4:40 PM, Douglas Harr <dnharr...> wrote:
>
>> Am forwarding the following announcement at the request of Karen Disbrow,
>> whose Yahoo email doesn't always work well.--Doug Harr
>>
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Karen Disbrow <k_disbrow...>
>> Date: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 11:57 AM
>>
>> We are sponsoring a Cerulean Warbler tour with Robert Vavra on the Maiden
>> Voyage tour boat in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River on
>> Sunday, May 21. This is a great way to see and hear Ceruleans as well as a
>> great variety of other birds. Boat leaves from public dock at McGregor,
>> Iowa at 9 a.m. $25 per person which also helps support Cerulean Warbler
>> monitoring in the Driftless Region of Northeast Iowa. RSVP with Jon
>> Stravers - e-mail: <hawk...> or by phone 563-880-8046
>> <(563)%20880-8046>
>> <https://www.facebook.com/n/?photo.php&fbid=1270087609693451&set=gm.996921160411216&type=3&aref=1492563153776209&medium=email&mid=996921160411216&n_m=<k_disbrow...>
>>
>>
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Date: 4/22/17 2:40 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Cerulean Warbler Tour
Done!--Doug

On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 4:40 PM, Douglas Harr <dnharr...> wrote:

> Am forwarding the following announcement at the request of Karen Disbrow,
> whose Yahoo email doesn't always work well.--Doug Harr
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Karen Disbrow <k_disbrow...>
> Date: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 11:57 AM
>
> We are sponsoring a Cerulean Warbler tour with Robert Vavra on the Maiden
> Voyage tour boat in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River on
> Sunday, May 21. This is a great way to see and hear Ceruleans as well as a
> great variety of other birds. Boat leaves from public dock at McGregor,
> Iowa at 9 a.m. $25 per person which also helps support Cerulean Warbler
> monitoring in the Driftless Region of Northeast Iowa. RSVP with Jon
> Stravers - e-mail: <hawk...> or by phone 563-880-8046
> <(563)%20880-8046>
> <https://www.facebook.com/n/?photo.php&fbid=1270087609693451&set=gm.996921160411216&type=3&aref=1492563153776209&medium=email&mid=996921160411216&n_m=<k_disbrow...>
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Date: 4/22/17 2:40 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: Cerulean Warbler Tour
Am forwarding the following announcement at the request of Karen Disbrow,
whose Yahoo email doesn't always work well.--Doug Harr


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Karen Disbrow <k_disbrow...>
Date: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 11:57 AM

We are sponsoring a Cerulean Warbler tour with Robert Vavra on the Maiden
Voyage tour boat in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River on
Sunday, May 21. This is a great way to see and hear Ceruleans as well as a
great variety of other birds. Boat leaves from public dock at McGregor,
Iowa at 9 a.m. $25 per person which also helps support Cerulean Warbler
monitoring in the Driftless Region of Northeast Iowa. RSVP with Jon
Stravers - e-mail: <hawk...> or by phone 563-880-8046
<(563)%20880-8046>
<https://www.facebook.com/n/?photo.php&fbid=1270087609693451&set=gm.996921160411216&type=3&aref=1492563153776209&medium=email&mid=996921160411216&n_m=<k_disbrow...>

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Date: 4/22/17 1:06 pm
From: Kelly Gustafson <kgustafson...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
Still there at 3:00.



Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone


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Date: 4/22/17 12:01 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood

At 11:45 a.m. the Avocet was still present in the same general area.

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:31:18 AM UTC-5, katiewendler wrote:

9-9:20am this morning i was at Terry trueblood in Iowa City. there was one American Avocet in the middle pool by the main parking lot.

I also had a foy Yellow Warbler and watched a Belted King Fisher catch a fish.

No plovers or other shore birds at that time.

Kt Long
Iowa City


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/22/17 10:00 am
From: Bob D <siti1526...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: American Avocet at Terry Trueblood
At 11:45 a.m. the Avocet was still present in the same general area.

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:31:18 AM UTC-5, katiewendler wrote:
>
>
> 9-9:20am this morning i was at Terry trueblood in Iowa City. there was one
> American Avocet in the middle pool by the main parking lot.
>
> I also had a foy Yellow Warbler and watched a Belted King Fisher catch a
> fish.
>
> No plovers or other shore birds at that time.
>
> Kt Long
> Iowa City
>
>
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Date: 4/22/17 7:31 am
From: 'katiewendler' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Avocet at Terry Trueblood

9-9:20am this morning i was at Terry trueblood in Iowa City. there was one American Avocet in the middle pool by the main parking lot.
I also had a foy Yellow Warbler and watched a Belted King Fisher catch a fish. 
No plovers or other shore birds at that time.
Kt LongIowa City

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Date: 4/22/17 5:26 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Buffalo Iowa
PIne Warbler continues, also FOY Gray Catbird
Lots of activity

Dick Sayles

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Date: 4/21/17 9:47 pm
From: James McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts at Cone Marsh
Male and female seen on the shore just north of the dike on the west side.
Sedge wren singing next to the parking lot. Photo of stilts attached.



Jamie McCoy

Iowa City

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Date: 4/21/17 8:00 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa, Benton, Tama County Sightings
This morning 11 AMERICAN AVOCETS were at Amana Lily Lake's northwest corner which were initially rafted offshore. I'd love to
see an underwater view of this species swimming!

At mid-morning I located a PINE WARBLER in the pines of Hannen Lake Park. Since there has been several seen this spring I thought
I'd give it a try and luckily it was singing.

Later I visited Otter Creek Marsh which had fairly high water levels with sheet-water in area fields. Blue-winged Teal and Coots
dominated the marsh. I flushed a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and several Sora but being past noon most birds seemed hunkered down.
A Marsh Wren was loud but well hidden.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 4/21/17 7:34 pm
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Clinton & Jackson Counties
I spent the day roaming around Clinton and Jackson counties. The highlight
was a loose flock of 4 PINE WARBLERS at Mockridge Wildlife Preserve in
Clinton Co. I don't think I've seen that many together in migration before.
Other sightings:

Syracuse Wildlife Area, Clinton County
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 6
Nashville Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 6

Goose Lake, Clinton Co.
Trumpeter Swan 3
Horned Grebe 4
Sora 6
Marsh Wren 1

Green Island Wildlife Area, Jackson Co.
Trumpeter Swan 16
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Great Egret 11
Northern Harrier 1
Sora 5
Common Gallinule 4
Sandhill Crane 19
Forster's Tern 3
Northern Waterthrush 1

Muskrat Slough, Jones Co.
Bank Swallow 2

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 4/21/17 6:33 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird ID needed
This bird was photographed near Ciha Fen Preserve in NE Johnson Co.
.

Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 4/21/17 5:38 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Heron
Hi,
We have four Black-crowned Night Heron tonight in the same tree on the west side of Moorehead Park Lake, Ida County west of Ida Grove.


Don

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Date: 4/21/17 4:25 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk County - Jester Park
I relocated Aaron's American Avocets, Marbled and Hudsonian Godwits, as
well as the Piping Plover reported earlier. I also found a Snowy Egret.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 4/21/17 3:52 pm
From: Stan Buman <stan...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No sighting - bigger lens offer
If anybody is looking for a bigger Canon lens to photograph birds, please contact me.

Stan Buman
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Date: 4/21/17 3:44 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glossy Ibis - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
Hi All,

Just found what appears to be a GLOSSY IBIS among 20+ White-faced Ibis at Trumbull Lake in Clay Co. The Ibis are all at the north end, accessed from the west side of the lake, take the dirt path all the way north and scan the west side of the marsh up here. Photo on the Iowa Birding Facebook group.

Danny Akers
Spirit Lake

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Date: 4/21/17 3:17 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Thrasher
Today, a Brown Thrasher was feeding under the bird feeders. When I went
outside, I noticed it was singing it's song. I got a sharp picture at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36151277.



Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 4/21/17 2:28 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jester shorebirds
There are currently 20 American Avocets, 5 Hudsonian Godwits, and 2 Marbled
Godwits off Jester.


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Date: 4/21/17 1:40 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: Fwd: [ia-bird] birding festival welcome letter from Chariton's mayor


Birders, having participated in last year's multi-sponsored Tourism Lucas County Big Day of Birding, I highly recommend attending this year's Spring IOU meeting.  A trip to Scotland for some caber tossing will keep me from attending, but it certainly looks like a bang-up weekend is in storefor Iowa birders. 
Carry on!
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 




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From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Date: 4/21/17 3:10 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: 'IA-BIRD Iowa Birds' <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] birding festival welcome letter from Chariton's mayor

Chariton has officially rolled out the red carpet for IOU members.  The attached letter from the mayor sums up why you should attend the Lucas County Birding Festival (and IOU Spring Meeting).  It’s only one week until the meal registration cutoff, so please get registered ASAP. See you soon,Denny Thompson                                                                                          

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Date: 4/21/17 1:28 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Yellow Throat
Grabbing the camera 🎥 just heard and watched a common yellow Throat flirt trough the yard!

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/21/17 1:20 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-21-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Friday, April 14, through Friday, April 21,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:



**EURASIAN WIGEON**

**WHITE-TAILED KITE**









CASUAL:



*BEWICKS WREN*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Red-necked Grebe

Least Bittern (Record early)

Plegadis Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Snowy Egret

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Piping Plover

Short-billed Dowitcher (Record early)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Record early)

Blue-headed Vireo (Record early)

Warbling Vireo (2nd earliest tie)

Sedge Wren (Record early)

Gray-cheeked Thrush (Record early)

Pine Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler (Record early)

Prothonotary Warbler (Record early tie)

Common Yellowthroat (2nd earliest tie)

Yellow Warbler (2nd earliest tie)

Ovenbird (2nd earliest)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Record early)

Smiths Longspur

Baltimore Oriole (2nd earliest)







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



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











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



HARDIN COUNTY:

15 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at a new wetland north of D15 on the 17th.









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen at some feeders in Iowa City on the 14th.



2 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen from the DNR headquarters parking lot on the 17
th.



7 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen in the waters above Scales Point and Sandy
Beach on the 17th.



An early PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen on the Iowa City Rverside Trail
south of Iowa City on the 16th.



A PINE WARBLER was seen at Hickory Hills Park on the 19th.



A PIPING PLOVER was seen at Terry Trueblood RA on the 21st.



SCOTT COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen in a back yard in Buffalo on the 20th.









*NORTHEAST:*



BREMER COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen at the south section of Sweet Marsh on the 15th.



ALLAMAKEE COUNTY:

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen at Poole Slough on the 17th.



WINNESHIEK COUNTY:

A WHITE-TAILED KITE was photographed 1 mile north of Cardinal Marsh on the
county line road on the 18th.



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

An AMERICAN AVOCET and an early YELLOW WARBLER were seen at Prairie Lakes
Park on the 20th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



DES MOINES COUNTY:

2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen in a flooded field along Tama Rd., 2/10 of
a mile south of the Tama boat access on the 14th.



An early GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Aspen Grove Cemetery on the 17th.



An early PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen along Sullivan Slough Rd on the 20th.



WASHINGTON COUNTY:

An early ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder in Riverside on the 15
th.



LEE COUNTY:

The Argyle junkyard BEWICKS WRENS continue and were last seen on the 17th.



An early OVENBIRD was seen at the Croton Unit of Shimek SF on the 17th.



A PINE WARBLER continues at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the 17th.



An early COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen at Heron Bend South on the 19th.



KEOKUK COUNTY:

An early BLACKPOLL WARBLER was seen at Belva Deer RA on the 18th.



An early WARBLING VIREO and a PINE WARBLER were seen on the 19th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



CLARKE COUNTY:

An early RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen at a rural feeder on the 19th.



30 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen on Highway 34 at the Clarke/Lucas County line
on the 20th.









*CENTRAL:*



*GREENE COUNTY:*

*3 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at Dunbar Slough on the 13th. 4 were present
along with 2 early SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS on the 15th. 5 WHITE-FACED IBIS
were seen at the 270th St pool on the 16th.*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at Jester Park on the 15th.*



*An early BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at Waterworks Park on the 20th.*



*A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Grays Lake on the 20th.*



*A PIPING PLOVER was seen at Jester Park on the 19th.*



*SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at an organic farm northeast of Polk City on
the 20th.*



*JASPER COUNTY:*

*Early SEDGE WRENS are being seen at Neal Smith NWR on the 17th.*







*WEST:*



*MONONA COUNTY:*

*A SNOWY EGRET was seen at Blue Lake on the 14th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*OSCEOLA COUNTY:*

*An early BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen at Iowa Lake on the 14th.*



*CLAY COUNTY:*

*A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Trumbull Lake on the 15th.*



*WOODBURY COUNTY:*

*A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Owego Wetlands on the 17th. It was seen
again on the 18th along with 3 PLEGADIS IBIS. The EURASIAN WIGEON was last
seen on the 19th.*


* An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Table Marsh on the 17th.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 28, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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

515-423-6108

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Date: 4/21/17 1:11 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] birding festival welcome letter from Chariton's mayor
Chariton has officially rolled out the red carpet for IOU members. The
attached letter from the mayor sums up why you should attend the Lucas
County Birding Festival (and IOU Spring Meeting). It's only one week until
the meal registration cutoff, so please get registered ASAP.



See you soon,

Denny Thompson






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Date: 4/21/17 1:02 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Trueblood Piping Plover
The piping plover was still present at Terry Trueblood as of 1:30 this afternoon. He was still located in the inlet are but more towards where it meets the main part of the lake. He tends to blend in and move around a lot. It was hard to get a good look with binoculars but easy with a scope.


Seth Dudley

Iowa City

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Date: 4/21/17 9:53 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Piping Plover at Terry Trueblood
Piping Plover continues at noon near the entrance to the inlet on the NE
side of the lake. It's a beaut Clark!!!!

Best,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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> Saw an eBird report and followed up. There is a PIPING PLOVER at Terry
> Trueblood in Iowa City.
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Date: 4/21/17 9:51 am
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
This beautiful morning at East River Valley Park in Ames my sightings
included the following:
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3
Orange-crowned Warbler - 3
Myrtle Warbler - 6
Broad-winged Hawk - 8
White-throated Sparrow - 5

Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 4/21/17 9:49 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] !!! Funding the TRUST (Land and Water) GREAT NEWS!!!
Received this from Grant Young this AM. Please help out on this as well.
Passed the HOUSE now on to the SENATE./

Paul --

I can't believe it.

Last night -- after hours of debate on the House floor, we got our vote.
And it's good news: More than 75 members voted for the House water quality
bill, an excellent bill that is a giant step towards funding the Trust. The
hundreds of letters and phone calls worked.

But we can't stop yet. We still have to pass this bill through the Senate.

*We need you right now. Contact your state senator and tell them to support
the House bill that was approved last night
<https://click.ngpvan.com/h/147477/1442061?nvep=ew0KICAiVGVuYW50VXJpIjogIm5ncHZhbjovL3Zhbi9UU00vVFNNSUEvMS81ODIwOSIsDQogICJEaXN0cmlidXRpb25JZCI6IG51bGwsDQogICJEaXN0cmlidXRpb25VbmlxdWVJZCI6ICI1ZjRkOTBhZi1hZTI2LWU3MTEtODBjMy0wMDBkM2ExMDRkY2QiLA0KICAiRW1haWxNZXNzYWdlSWQiOiAiMzUwNzA4ODMtNGMyNi1lNzExLTgwYzMtMDAwZDNhMTA0ZGNkIiwNCiAgIkVtYWlsTWVzc2FnZUNvbnRlbnRJZCI6ICIzNjA3MDg4My00YzI2LWU3MTEtODBjMy0wMDBkM2ExMDRkY2QiLA0KICAiRW1haWxBZGRyZXNzIjogInJvaXNlbnAxOTUwQGdtYWlsLmNvbSIsDQogICJEaXN0cmlidXRpb25UcmFja2FibGVJdGVtSWQiOiAwDQp9&hmac=jxsbuFFlKpJAtVB8ZtUd85mo0wLcKYzrBk2G2MDCsy8=>.*

I'm still in shock from last night, and I'm even more fired up about the
next step. *We made our voices heard to members of the House*, *now it's on
to the Senate.*

Let's get this done.

Grant

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Date: 4/21/17 9:20 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Piping Plover at Terry Trueblood
Saw an eBird report and followed up. There is a PIPING PLOVER at Terry Trueblood in Iowa City.

Diana

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Date: 4/21/17 7:56 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great-Crested Flycatcher
This morning in Hickory Hill Park, Iowa City (I'm getting a jump on the
Warbler Walks), I'm pretty sure I spotted a Great-Crested Flycatcher between
the triangle and the south canyon. I'm still (forever) a newbie, but this
bird had a crowned head and flat bill, darkish upper parts and a rusty tinge
along its wings (I couldn't see its tail) and a distinct yellow wash on its
underparts. It was biggish. It was making quick forays high among the
branches. Is there anything else it could be? Seems early for this bird.
But probably shouldn't take my word for it.



I also watched a Cooper's Hawk having breakfast and then later brooding or
incubating in its nest (east side of the park across from the south mature
growth area) and a Broad-Winged Hawk perched along the north canyon.



Others:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Turkey Vulture (soaring)

White-Throated Sparrows (lots)

Some kind of Thrush, possibly a Hermit but I had only a split-second view

Black-Capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals,
House Wrens (singing)



I didn't see any actual warblers, but I'm sure I missed some.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/21/17 5:01 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: BBAS Birding Trip to Texas (No sighting)
Correction: the dates of the trip are Saturday, November 11th (not the
10th) to Saturday, November 18th. Sorry for any confusion.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Apr 20, 2017 4:46 PM, "Eric Ollie" <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Big Bluestem Audubon Society
> is excited to announce a birding trip to the
> Lower Rio Grande Valley and Gulf Coast of Texas!!!
>
>
> Big Bluestem Audubon Society, based in Ames, IA, will be leading a birding
> tour of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and Gulf Coast of Texas that
> will include *six full days* of subtropical birding. The LRGV is one of
> the elite birding hotspots in the United States, with some species that are
> seen nowhere else in the United States, that every true birder needs to
> visit at least once. The LRGV and the Texas Gulf Coast also offer an
> amazing array of butterflies, odonates, herptiles and mammals
>
> A few of the many amazing birds that we will be targeting on this trip
> will include:
>
> Plain Chachalaca, Common Pauraque, Least Grebe, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee,
> Couch's and Tropical Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Red-billed Pigeon,
> White-tipped Dove, Black-crested Titmouse, Audubon's and Altamira Oriole,
> Gray-colored Thrush, Green and Ringed Kingfisher, Aplomado Falcon, Crested
> Caracara, Harris’s, Gray, Zone-tailed and White-tailed Hawk, Whooping
> Crane, Groove-billed Ani, Northern Beardless-Tyrranulet, Golden-fronted and
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Tricolored and Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret,
> White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy, Piping and Wilson's Plover, Royal,
> Sandwich and Gull-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Red
> Knot, Mottled Duck, Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Monk Parakeet
> and Red-crowned Parrot, plus many, many more, including the possibility of
> rarities that wander up from Mexico!
>
>
> - *WHEN:* Saturday, November 10th through Saturday, November 18th, 2017
> - *WHERE*: We will be based out of Weslaco, TX, in the heart of the
> LRGV! We may range anywhere between the Laredo, Corpus Christi and
> Brownsville areas.
> - *COST*: *$1000* for a double-occupancy hotel room and *$1400* for a
> single-occupancy hotel room. A deposit of *$**250* will secure one of
> the twenty slots for the trip. *Only full payment by 8/11/17 will
> guarantee trip participation*. This fee includes:
>
> - Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express Weslaco for
> 7 nights, including a hot breakfast
> - All transportation while in Texas
> - Birding guides/drivers
> - All entrance and excursion fees
> - A four-hour boat excursion out of Rockport, TX across Aransas
> Bay to Aransas NWR to get close looks at the over-wintering Whooping Cranes
> and other wildlife of all kinds!
>
> NOTE: This fee does not include transportation to and from
> Texas. All participants are responsible for providing their own
> transportation to and from Weslaco, TX and for all meals, excluding
> breakfast, which is provided by the hotel.
>
> - *WHO*: All birders are eligible to participate! We have set a cap of
> 20 participants for this trip, with a minimum of 13 participants needed for
> the trip to proceed. *Registration will be closed at the end of the
> day on Friday, August 11th.*
> - *HOW*: Send an email to Eric Ollie (BBAS Field Trip Chair) at
> <uphawkeye...> stating:
>
> - Your name
> - Your full mailing address
> - Your phone number
> - Your email address
> - Whether you want a double or single-occupancy hotel room (Only
> 4 single-occupancy rooms will be guaranteed!)
> - For those who choose double-occupancy, please include the
> name of the person you will be sharing a room with, or you may be paired up
> with another participant.
>
>
> Emails will be responded to with more information,
> registration materials and answers to any questions you may have.
>
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames, IA
>
>

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Date: 4/21/17 4:03 am
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Re: Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
The Iowa City Bird Club Hickory Hill Park Warbler Walks in Iowa City start
next Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 a.m., and continue every weekday through May
25. We meet in the parking lot at the end of Conklin Lane, at the north end
of the park. They last approximately 90 minutes, sometimes longer if we
can't tear ourselves away from all the birds.

We also have a trip this Saturday at 8 a.m. to Terry Trueblood Recreation
Area and Waterworks Prairie Park, and a trip Sunday April 30 at 8 a.m. to
Hickory Hill Park. Both trips meet at the Hy-Vee parking lot, 1125 N Dodge
St. in Iowa City.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf
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Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:56 PM
To: Fawn Bowden
Cc: IA-BIRD
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next
week?


Kent p walks are 1st and 3rd Weds only


Rick Hollis
rural North Liberty IA

On Apr 20, 2017, at 10:45 PM, Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> wrote:



Rick Hollis leads one each Wednesday at 8:00 AM at FW Kent Park.......

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:06:34 PM UTC-5, hoovmoss wrote:

I will be in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area all next week for vacation, and
I'm wondering if there are any warbler walks or other birding events in the
area that week.

Lorinda Hoover



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Date: 4/20/17 8:56 pm
From: Rick Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
Kent p walks are 1st and 3rd Weds only


Rick Hollis
rural North Liberty IA

> On Apr 20, 2017, at 10:45 PM, Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> wrote:
>
> Rick Hollis leads one each Wednesday at 8:00 AM at FW Kent Park.......
>
>> On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:06:34 PM UTC-5, hoovmoss wrote:
>> I will be in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area all next week for vacation, and I’m wondering if there are any warbler walks or other birding events in the area that week.
>>
>> Lorinda Hoover
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Date: 4/20/17 8:45 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
Rick Hollis leads one each Wednesday at 8:00 AM at FW Kent Park.......

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:06:34 PM UTC-5, hoovmoss wrote:
>
> I will be in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area all next week for vacation,
> and I’m wondering if there are any warbler walks or other birding events in
> the area that week.
>
> Lorinda Hoover

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Date: 4/20/17 8:09 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Red-necked Grebe - Polk County
The red-necked grebe was there this evening, too. I posted some pictures
on my eBird report. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36131725

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 12:12:07 PM UTC-5, John Bissell wrote:
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> There is currently a fully breeding plumaged Red-necked Grebe at Gray’s
> Lake. It was swimming with some Pied-billed Grebes fairly close to the dock.
>
>
>
> Waterworks Park had some interesting FOY’s today including Chimney Swifts,
> Spotted Sandpipers at the big pond, and a vocalizing Baltimore Oriole by
> the foot bridge.
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> John Bissell
>
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Date: 4/20/17 7:06 pm
From: Lorinda Hoover <hoovmoss...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warbler Walks in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids next week?
I will be in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area all next week for vacation, and I’m wondering if there are any warbler walks or other birding events in the area that week.

Lorinda Hoover

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Date: 4/20/17 6:04 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Silent Auction
Hello fellow birders,

I am going to be holding the Silent Book Auction this spring at our meeting
on the 5th-7th of May.

Please take a look through your own personal collections and see if there
are any books that you are ready to pass on for a good cause. Any book
related to natural science is welcome. Used optics, outdoor apparel and
other nature related gear is all welcome. Please refrain from bringing old
magazines, newsletters, and cassette tapes as these rarely resell and go
into the dumpster or recycling. Art is often a good seller as well but
please be mindful that images of very common birds usually gain no bids (I
have a growing collection of Mallard, Cardinal, and Canada Good prints
stacked in my basement.)

All of the proceeds go to help support our publications costs. We have
raised an average of over $400 a meeting which is a huge help to our
organization. Please bring the books on Friday evening, if you are able, so
i can get everything set up.

I am really looking forward to this meeting and I hope to see many of you
in a just a few weeks!

Thank you,

John Cecil

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Date: 4/20/17 5:30 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds
Continuing Red Headed Woodpecker
Additionally Pine Warbler,Black and White, dozen white throated Sparrow and two junco's

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/20/17 5:00 pm
From: John F Smeltzer <johnsmeltzer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey - Dickinson County


Watched an osprey on the south shore of Spirit Lake this afternoon hunting near Ainsworth-Orlean Beach.

John F. Smeltzer
Spirit Lake

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Date: 4/20/17 4:55 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dallas & Lucas County birds
On the way to a Lucas Co. Birding Festival planning meeting at Chariton
today I saw the following species (plus lots of other more common ones)

- 2 *Cattle Egrets* (FOY)--1 mi. N. of the IA Hwy 44/US 169 jct. in
Dallas County
- ~30 *Smith's Longspurs *(FOY)--flying across Hwy 34 about on the
Clark/Lucas County line
- Several *Red-headed Woodpeckers* in Chariton and at Red Haw State Park

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/20/17 4:29 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard
Just had a Red-headed Woodpecker in the yard. Rare for the yard in Marion.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 4/20/17 3:56 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Co. godwit, longspurs
This evening a small flock of Smith's Longspurs and a Hudsonian Godwit were
at a damp spot on the west side of the road at the "Organic farm" eBird
hotspot northeast of Polk City.


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Date: 4/20/17 2:54 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Marsh Farm Wetland - Dallas County
This afternoon at Marsh Farm Wetland, there are the following shorebirds:

1 Willet
4 Dunlin
12 Long-billed Dowitchers
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
Killdeer

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/20/17 2:46 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BBAS Birding Trip to Texas (No sighting)
Big Bluestem Audubon Society
is excited to announce a birding trip to the
Lower Rio Grande Valley and Gulf Coast of Texas!!!


Big Bluestem Audubon Society, based in Ames, IA, will be leading a birding
tour of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and Gulf Coast of Texas that
will include *six full days* of subtropical birding. The LRGV is one of the
elite birding hotspots in the United States, with some species that are
seen nowhere else in the United States, that every true birder needs to
visit at least once. The LRGV and the Texas Gulf Coast also offer an
amazing array of butterflies, odonates, herptiles and mammals

A few of the many amazing birds that we will be targeting on this trip will
include:

Plain Chachalaca, Common Pauraque, Least Grebe, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee,
Couch's and Tropical Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Red-billed Pigeon,
White-tipped Dove, Black-crested Titmouse, Audubon's and Altamira Oriole,
Gray-colored Thrush, Green and Ringed Kingfisher, Aplomado Falcon, Crested
Caracara, Harris’s, Gray, Zone-tailed and White-tailed Hawk, Whooping
Crane, Groove-billed Ani, Northern Beardless-Tyrranulet, Golden-fronted and
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Tricolored and Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret,
White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy, Piping and Wilson's Plover, Royal,
Sandwich and Gull-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Red
Knot, Mottled Duck, Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Monk Parakeet
and Red-crowned Parrot, plus many, many more, including the possibility of
rarities that wander up from Mexico!


- *WHEN:* Saturday, November 10th through Saturday, November 18th, 2017
- *WHERE*: We will be based out of Weslaco, TX, in the heart of the
LRGV! We may range anywhere between the Laredo, Corpus Christi and
Brownsville areas.
- *COST*: *$1000* for a double-occupancy hotel room and *$1400* for a
single-occupancy hotel room. A deposit of *$**250* will secure one of
the twenty slots for the trip. *Only full payment by 8/11/17 will
guarantee trip participation*. This fee includes:

- Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express Weslaco for 7
nights, including a hot breakfast
- All transportation while in Texas
- Birding guides/drivers
- All entrance and excursion fees
- A four-hour boat excursion out of Rockport, TX across Aransas
Bay to Aransas NWR to get close looks at the over-wintering Whooping Cranes
and other wildlife of all kinds!

NOTE: This fee does not include transportation to and from
Texas. All participants are responsible for providing their own
transportation to and from Weslaco, TX and for all meals, excluding
breakfast, which is provided by the hotel.

- *WHO*: All birders are eligible to participate! We have set a cap of
20 participants for this trip, with a minimum of 13 participants needed for
the trip to proceed. *Registration will be closed at the end of the day
on Friday, August 11th.*
- *HOW*: Send an email to Eric Ollie (BBAS Field Trip Chair) at
<uphawkeye...> stating:

- Your name
- Your full mailing address
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- Whether you want a double or single-occupancy hotel room (Only
4 single-occupancy rooms will be guaranteed!)
- For those who choose double-occupancy, please include the name
of the person you will be sharing a room with, or you may be paired up with
another participant.


Emails will be responded to with more information, registration
materials and answers to any questions you may have.


Eric Ollie
Ames, IA

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Date: 4/20/17 1:42 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prothonotary Warbler and Warbling Vireo
I saw from last week a post of a very early Prothonotary Warbler. I saw my
first today at Sullivan's Slough Rd.(Des Moines County). This is 4 days
earlier than any other year for me.
Also, I had a Warbling Vireo at Blackhawk Bottoms.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/20/17 1:35 pm
From: Bruce Plakke <bruce.plakke...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Prairie Lakes, avocet, yellow warbler, etc.
Still there at 3:00. That is a regular Pepsi not diet if anyone needs it for FOY 👍

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> On Apr 20, 2017, at 1:30 PM, Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> wrote:
>
> Prairie Lakes -Cedar Falls
> Tom Stone found an Avocet and 2 Franklins Gulls this morning - still there at noon.
> On the small point near the shelter on the south end, the size of my living room.
> Also:
> Herring Gulls - 3 - third cycle
> Pectoral - 1
> Least Sandpiper - 1
> Spotted - 2
> Gr. Yellow legs - 11
> 20 oz. Pepsi bottle - 1
>
> In the plums - now in full bloom
> Yellow warbler - early
>
> Big Woods Lake
> Common Loon
>
> Geo. Wyth in the plums
> Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
> Palm - 1
>
> Greenbelt Lake
> Solitary Sandpiper - FOY
>
> Wednesday - Hickory Hills
> Pine Warbler and Palm warbler
> Osprey fishing - 2
> about 50 bird species from a group bird walk
>
> Cedar Hills Sand Prairie - Monday after dusk
> Henslow’s Sparrow
> Woodcock - at least 10 from the road, 4 in the burned area
> Wilson’s snipe - winnowing
> Coyotes howling
> E. Gray tree frogs - 3
>
> Beaver Valley Wetland
> The regional airport for Pelicans
> Sit on the deck in the morning and watch them circle for a landing, approach, take off, eject waste, sit on the tarmac.
> Blandings turtle - hit by a car
> Bullfrog - ironed out on the highway.
>
> Tom Schilke - Waterloo
>
>
>
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Date: 4/20/17 12:43 pm
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe - Polk County
Still present at 2:45PM.

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Pam & Reid Allen
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> On Apr 20, 2017, at 12:12 PM, John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> wrote:
>
> There is currently a fully breeding plumaged Red-necked Grebe at Gray’s Lake. It was swimming with some Pied-billed Grebes fairly close to the dock.
>
> Waterworks Park had some interesting FOY’s today including Chimney Swifts, Spotted Sandpipers at the big pond, and a vocalizing Baltimore Oriole by the foot bridge.
>
> Good birding,
> John Bissell
> Grimes
>
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Date: 4/20/17 11:30 am
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Lakes, avocet, yellow warbler, etc.
Prairie Lakes -Cedar Falls
Tom Stone found an Avocet and 2 Franklins Gulls this morning - still there at noon.
On the small point near the shelter on the south end, the size of my living room.
Also:
Herring Gulls - 3 - third cycle
Pectoral - 1
Least Sandpiper - 1
Spotted - 2
Gr. Yellow legs - 11
20 oz. Pepsi bottle - 1

In the plums - now in full bloom
Yellow warbler - early

Big Woods Lake
Common Loon

Geo. Wyth in the plums
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Palm - 1

Greenbelt Lake
Solitary Sandpiper - FOY

Wednesday - Hickory Hills
Pine Warbler and Palm warbler
Osprey fishing - 2
about 50 bird species from a group bird walk

Cedar Hills Sand Prairie - Monday after dusk
Henslow’s Sparrow
Woodcock - at least 10 from the road, 4 in the burned area
Wilson’s snipe - winnowing
Coyotes howling
E. Gray tree frogs - 3

Beaver Valley Wetland
The regional airport for Pelicans
Sit on the deck in the morning and watch them circle for a landing, approach, take off, eject waste, sit on the tarmac.
Blandings turtle - hit by a car
Bullfrog - ironed out on the highway.

Tom Schilke - Waterloo





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Date: 4/20/17 10:52 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Avocet - Prairie Lakes park
Tom Stone sr reports seeing a lone Avocet off the peninsula near the shelter this morning at the main lake in Cedar Falls.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 4/20/17 10:12 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe - Polk County
There is currently a fully breeding plumaged Red-necked Grebe at Gray's Lake. It was swimming with some Pied-billed Grebes fairly close to the dock.

Waterworks Park had some interesting FOY's today including Chimney Swifts, Spotted Sandpipers at the big pond, and a vocalizing Baltimore Oriole by the foot bridge.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/20/17 9:56 am
From: Abby Terpstra <aterpstra...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Invitation to bird with Paul Skrade in Allamakee Co. May 13th
Birding with Paul Skrade near Decorah - Saturday, May 13th, 7-10am<x-apple-data-detectors://0>
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation invites birding enthusiasts to Heritage Valley, a private reserve not usually open to the public, for a bird walk on Saturday, May 13th, 7-10am. Heritage Valley is 1000+ acres in western Allamakee County, containing wooded bluffs, hillside prairies, and more than 3 miles of the Upper Iowa River.
Paul Skrade, Assistant Professor of Biology at Upper Iowa University, is currently studying the breeding behavior of Acadian Flycatchers and Cerulean Warblers in Northeast Iowa and is sure to be a good companion for exploring the wilds of Heritage Valley.

Open to the public.
Expect rugged terrain and gravel roads. Dress for the weather. BYO binoculars and water bottle.
RSVP required to Abby at <aterpstra...><mailto:<aterpstra...> or 515-288-1846 x15. Group size limited to 10.
Meetup location & directions given in response to RSVP.

Abby Hade Terpstra
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515-288-1846, ext. 15
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Date: 4/20/17 9:44 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: Urge Rep Carlin--Support HF612
Folks it looks like the some of our legislative people in Des Moines are
work hard to DEFEAT any chance of the Natural Resources & Outdoor
Recreation Trust Fund actually being funded!!

The alternative proposals are so much worse and threaten the possibility of
even future funding.

I so not get the mentality of so many of these people. The old Fram
commercial of pay me now or may more later to rebuild your motor is an apt
analogy.

Take care of this now or pay much much much more later in health costs,
costs to clean the water for safe drinking, and maybe we will be the next
"Flint" situation.

Seems many of our representatives are either just plain short-sighted or
deep in the pocket of some from of lobbying efforts.

Take the time to contact (see last paragraph below). Contact as many
others as you can. Write a strong letter outlining your thoughts--feel
free to use the stuff below from Ruth or even a variation on my point(s)
above.

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From: Ruth Lapointe <4ruthlapointe...>
Date: Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Subject: Urge Rep Carlin--Support HF612
To: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>


Paul,


Thank you for your support for the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation
Trust Fund. I'm reaching out to ask for your immediate help with important
water quality/conservation legislation. With about 2 days left of the
legislative session, it appears *our bill that Funds the Trust will
continue to be stalled *in a House Committee for the duration of session.


Instead of deciding to moving this bill forward, *the House will be
debating two other water quality bills TODAY/TONIGHT. *


One is SF 512. If passed, this bill would silence Trust Fund advocates for
up to 10 years because its programming and structure is incompatible.
Additionally, SF512 takes valuable funds from the Rebuilding Iowa
Infrastructure Fund (RIIF) , and it does not prioritize watershed
management and offers no accountability. .


As a Trust Fund advocate we are asking for your* help passing **HF612.*

*HF612* is a bill introduced by House Rep. Chip Baltimore that prioritizes
watershed management, offers reliable accountability measures, and
would* increase
the odds of the Trust Fund being funded *in future years because it
provides a skeleton structure that adds clarifying language to the Trust
Fund.



In summary, *HF 612 is the step we need to get the trust fund funded and
implemented.*


*Would you be able to contact Rep. Carlin to say:*

"*Please vote to pass HF612* to address our state's water quality needs
--and not SF512--as the former could be a platform to pass funding for the
Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, a
constitutionally-protected fund to be used for water quality, conservation,
and outdoor recreation, and the latter has far less accountability in funds
that are distributed and "robs Peter to pay Paul" given that it would take
from the RIIF fund."


*<jim.carlin...> <jim.carlin...>*


Please let me know if you can do this, and, if so, if you hear back.


Thanks for any help you can give!


*Ruth Lapointe*
Grassroots Organizer
641-210-2357 <(641)%20210-2357>
Iowa's Water and Land Legacy <http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/>

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Date: 4/19/17 5:44 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Keokuk County news


Singing Warbling Vireo (2nd earliest?), Red-breasted Merganser and Pine Warbler (both county firsts), 16 North bound Broad-winged Hawks and Henslow's Sparrows at 3 locations.
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 





 


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Date: 4/19/17 4:34 pm
From: Todd Burkhardt <todd.burkhardt.tb...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Abridged summary of - 16 updates in 14 topics
Palm warbler at Jefferson county Park in Fairfield on Tuesday.

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- Late RB Nuthatch <#m_-3765204365462402812_group_thread_6> - 1 Update
- Sedge Wrens and Grasshopper Sparrows
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- Black-necked Stilt - Allamakee County
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- Correction to Lucas Co. Birding Festival earlier email
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- Cone and continuing Coralville Res shorebirds
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- SE Iowa Birds <#m_-3765204365462402812_group_thread_11> - 1 Update
- Black-necked Stilt - Pool Slough - Allamakee County
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- FOY Whip-poor-will <#m_-3765204365462402812_group_thread_13> - 1 Update

white-tailed kite near Cardinal Marsh
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Larry Reis <naturalist...>: Apr 19 12:34AM

On the way to a program in Cresco this afternoon, I photographed this
white-tailed kite about a mile north of the marsh on the county line road.
I looked for it after my program around Cardinal Marsh ...more
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Shallow lake management shorebird opportunity
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"Lee Schoenewe" <lschoe...>: Apr 18 07:08PM -0500

Little Swan Lake in eastern Dickinson County is undergoing a drawdown as
part of a shallow lake management plan for that body of water. The water
control structure is being constructed and mudflats ...more
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Spring Meeting and Lucas County Birding Festival
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Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>: Apr 18 06:43PM -0500

Good evening all,
A plug of the IOU meeting and the Lucas County Birding Festival. The
incredible habitat alone should bring people in for this great event. Add
in the work that has gone into ...more
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Blackpoll
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drbeel <drbeel...>: Apr 18 06:17PM -0500

Birders
This afternoon Linda Rudolph and I found a handsome male Blackpoll Warbler
at Belva-Deer Recreation Area in Keokuk County. Evidently this is a record
early date for this species in Iowa. ...more
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Eurasian Wigeon, Woodbury County
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"Tucker J. Lutter" <lutter...>: Apr 17 07:46PM -0700

Hello Birders,
Paul Roisen and I made a trip through Woodbury, Monona, and Harrison
Counties today. We had 90 species, the highlight being a Eurasian Wigeon at
the Owego Wetlands Complex in ...more
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Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>: Apr 18 10:38PM

EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the previously reported location at this time.
3 Ibis species just flew south of me. Least Bittern and Lark Sparrow also
vocalizing.

Danny Akers
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Eurasian widgeon
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Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>: Apr 18 08:36AM -0500

Keith Dyche relocated the Eurasian widgeon this morning around 8 AM same
location as yesterday God bless
Paul Roisen Woodbury county
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Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...>: Apr 18 01:20PM -0700

Bill Huser and I had no luck relocating the bird at noon today.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 8:36:25 AM UTC-5, roisenp1950 wrote:
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Late RB Nuthatch
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Lisa Ralls <skybluewaters63...>: Apr 18 09:00AM -0700

We had a red-breasted nuthatch at our feeder on Sunday in Buffalo Center
(Winnebago County). That was later than we usually see them, although we
did see one in May, 2014, at Thorpe Park and also ...more
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Sedge Wrens and Grasshopper Sparrows
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"VisteSparkman, Karen" <karen_vistesparkman...>: Apr 18 07:45AM -0500

Yesterday and today I heard several SEDGE WRENS at Neal Smith NWR. This
morning I heard my first GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in the bison enclosure.
HENSLOW'S SPARROW numbers seem to have increased in the ...more
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Black-necked Stilt - Allamakee County
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"<rehahnhill...>" <rehahnhill...>: Apr 18 03:51AM

Thanks for your excellent, precise account, Bill I thought all those were
Snow Geese! I have seen a sora there before and was searching the tall
grass, but no luck. Want to report the dazzling ...more
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Correction to Lucas Co. Birding Festival earlier email
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Douglas Harr <dnharr...>: Apr 17 10:39PM -0500

The message I sent earlier today had an incorrect date. The Birding
Festival/IOU meeting online registration is *due by April 28*, *not* April
26. I'm pasting in the entire message again below, ...more
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Cone and continuing Coralville Res shorebirds
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Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>: Apr 17 09:33PM -0500

Birders,

James Huntington and I took a quick trip down to Cone Marsh this afternoon
to find the Great-tailed Grackle and whatever else. We struck out on the
grackle again. We were there in the ...more
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SE Iowa Birds
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"Chris Edwards" <credwards...>: Apr 17 09:14PM -0500

Highlights from a beautiful day in Lee and Van Buren counties today:

Argyle Junkyard
Bewick's Wren - pair, male singing frequently on both sides of road near
school bus with "Keep Out" sign. ...more
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Black-necked Stilt - Pool Slough - Allamakee County
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Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...>: Apr 17 09:07PM -0500

Hey Birders,

Tonight I followed up on an eBird alert for a Black-necked Stilt in Pool
Slough WMA that was first reported on Saturday and again on Sunday. I was
able to relocate the bird ~0.5 ...more
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FOY Whip-poor-will
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"Blanca" <bonkers...>: Apr 17 08:47PM -0500

Just heard my FOY whip-poor-will in the back yard, no juncos and a few
morels, spring is here!



Blanca

SE Warren County



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Date: 4/19/17 3:39 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Piping Plover at Jester
A PIPING PLOVER was at the south end of the Jester mudflats late this
afternoon.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 4/19/17 2:29 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White tailed kite-NOT
I left Home at 5 AM to look for the kite of course hopefully get some county Birds get some county birds had a great day But the kite was nowhere in my sight Monday anyway should be home by 10 God bless

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> Thanks to a tip by JF I saw my FOY Green Heron at Swan lake today. It was on the Northwest shore, near the open area by the farm house. Also saw my FOY Orange Crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler and Lark Sparrow down the Sand Point trail just past the pond.
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Date: 4/19/17 2:23 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whooping Cranes ? at Coralville Lake
This morning I scoped Hoosier Creek Bay (a.k.a. Twin View Heights/ Sandy Beach) and didn't see any cranes
but 5 or 6 Trumpeter Swans were present. They cautiously passed by me uttering their weak vocalizations.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/19/17 2:12 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Green Heron at Hawkeye WMA
Thanks to a tip by JF I saw my FOY Green Heron at Swan lake today. It was on the Northwest shore, near the open area by the farm house. Also saw my FOY Orange Crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler and Lark Sparrow down the Sand Point trail just past the pond.



Seth Dudley

Iowa City

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Date: 4/19/17 1:35 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Yellowthroat
Another early date: a singing Common Yellowthroat was at Heron Bend South
(Lee County).
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/19/17 11:46 am
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whooping cranes in Iowa City?????
I ran into a birder out at Hawkeye WMA this morning who told me that they spotted whooping cranes leaving Hoosier Creek from Twin View Heights. They seemed to think that hey were migrating up to Wisconsin. This is UNCONFIRMED but it seemed worth mentioning.


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Iowa City, IA

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Date: 4/19/17 11:14 am
From: Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Eurasian Wigeon continues
Wigeon was observed at noon today. Was visible for only a minute or so and
disappeared out of sight behind the mud point coming from the east shore.
It was with 3-4 Am. wigeon. I looked from 6:40-7:30 this morning and never
saw the bird.....so be patient.

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> Between bouts of pouring rain, I was able to locate the Eurasian Wigeon
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Date: 4/19/17 9:10 am
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hummingbird - Clarke co.
2 hours after hanging a feeder on the south side of our house, had our
earliest ruby-throated hummingbird (male) visit.
It only took a local downy woodpecker 10 minutes to find the feeder on
the N. side of the house.

Steve Harvey
rural Clarke Co.

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Date: 4/19/17 8:21 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird Palo Alto County
Single individual observed 1 mile west of West Bend, Palo Alto county, Iowa
in a private farmstead on the NW corner of the intersection between 475th
ST and 570 Ave. I saw the bird whilst driving east, the bird flew across
the road into a bush, white flashes of underwing patches caught my
attention. I stopped, turned around and caught more fleeting glimpses of
white wing bars on a Brown Thrasher sized bird. I psshed a little and the
bird came out onto a fence post for a few seconds, long enough to register
its light gray body, lack of facial mask, and long thrasher-like bill.
Lack of mask and the bill structure excludes either shrike species, the
light gray body and white wing patches exclude other expected mimid
species. Unfortunately the individual was very fidgety and the traffic
kept it bouncing back into a bush before disappearing north into a grove on
the north side of the farmstead, I was unable to get a photo.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County

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Date: 4/19/17 7:44 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian Wigeon continues
Between bouts of pouring rain, I was able to locate the Eurasian Wigeon
this morning at Owego.

Denny Thompson
Johnston

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Date: 4/19/17 5:15 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Terry Trueblood
Shorebird numbers and diversity has picked up slightly at Terry Trueblood
RA in Johnson county, with two Stilt Sandpipers and a Solitary Sandpiper as
new arrivals. Two Forster's Terns we're another FOY for me.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 4/19/17 5:15 am
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler at Swiss Valley Campground (Dubuque County)
This morning before work I checked the woods along creek near my campsite,
and was amazed to hear a Black-throated Green Warbler singing.

The Eastern Wood-Pewee was calling most of yesterday, but I did not hear it
this morning.

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Date: 4/18/17 7:41 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mockingbird near Boone
Tuesday morning we briefly saw a Northern Mockingbird in our yard 2 miles
south of Boone.

Also, several singing House Wrens today and quite a few White-throated
Sparrows.

The Wood Duck is now sitting on eggs in the box in our front yard tree.

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 4/18/17 5:34 pm
From: Larry Reis <naturalist...>
Subject: [ia-bird] white-tailed kite near Cardinal Marsh
On the way to a program in Cresco this afternoon, I photographed this white-tailed kite about a mile north of the marsh on the county line road. I looked for it after my program around Cardinal Marsh but could not relocate it. There were 2 peregrine falcons hunting waterfowl on the marsh though. FOY palm warblers there too.

Larry Reis
Calmar, IA

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Date: 4/18/17 5:08 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shallow lake management shorebird opportunity
Little Swan Lake in eastern Dickinson County is undergoing a drawdown as
part of a shallow lake management plan for that body of water. The water
control structure is being constructed and mudflats are appearing. The
Prairie Lakes Audubon bird club has an outing scheduled for this Saturday,
4/22, at 9:00 AM at the Dickinson County Nature Center. We will be headed
directly to Little Swan to check this developing habitat for shorebirds, et
al and will then return via the grade at Spirit Lake and an additional
mudflat spot at the goose pond on the south end of West Hottes Lake. Time
permitting we will also check Grover's Lake and Diamond Lake areas with the
expectation of finding good birds by being in good habitat. Join us if you
can! Earth Day celebrations will also be taking place at the Nature Center
in the afternoon so there will be plenty to do. May the birds and the green
and the science be with us all as Earth Day comes and goes this week!!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 4/18/17 4:43 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring Meeting and Lucas County Birding Festival
Good evening all,
A plug of the IOU meeting and the Lucas County Birding Festival. The
incredible habitat alone should bring people in for this great event. Add
in the work that has gone into it for over a year and it seems that should
be an incredible event. A Birding Festival in Iowa!! I am thinking that
IOU members would be the perfect people to help "kick off" this inaugural
event in proper fashion.
Just heard from the organizers that we have only 35 people from the IOU
signed up. Price is only $10 (cheapest rate in many years due to the
sponsors who are supporting this even). We are only 10 days away from the
deadline for meals. It is easy to sign up by clicking on the following
link:
https://charitonareachambermainstreet.ticketbud.com/lucas-county-birding-festival
.
Hope to see you there.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>*

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Date: 4/18/17 4:17 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blackpoll


Birders
This afternoon Linda Rudolph and I found a handsome male Blackpoll Warbler at Belva-Deer Recreation Area in Keokuk County.  Evidently this is a record early date for this species in Iowa.
As Ann Johnson has recently pointed out, there have been numerous early records in Iowa this Spring, and it is important to document these occurrences, as it may signify a trend.
Good birding.
Bill Scheible Linda Rudolph 







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Date: 4/18/17 3:38 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Eurasian Wigeon, Woodbury County
EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the previously reported location at this time. 3 Ibis species just flew south of me. Least Bittern and Lark Sparrow also vocalizing.

Danny Akers

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From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> on behalf of Tucker J. Lutter <lutter...>
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 9:46:18 PM
To: IA-BIRD
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian Wigeon, Woodbury County

Hello Birders,
Paul Roisen and I made a trip through Woodbury, Monona, and Harrison Counties today. We had 90 species, the highlight being a Eurasian Wigeon at the Owego Wetlands Complex in Woodbury Co. It was first seen at 3:30 pm and was still present when we left at 5:30 pm. It was seen on the large pond to the south of 290th Street, just east of the intersection with Franklin Ave. There is a parking lot off the south side of 290th Street that marks the spot. 8 birders observed the wigeon and no signs of hybridization were present.
Some other highlights included 10 Swainson's Hawks following a tractor to the east of Owego Wetlands. Table Marsh in Woodbury Co. produced an two Cattle Egrets, an American Bittern, a Virginia Rail, an American Avocet and 2 Great-tailed Grackle. The Dairy Ponds in Woodbury Co. had two Cattle Egrets and two Baird's Sandpipers. Davis Marsh in Monona Co. produced a FOY Orange-crowned Warbler. Shorebird numbers and diversity remains low and waterfowl numbers were moderate with most of the expected species being seen in small numbers with the exception of the large numbers of Blue-winged Teal.
Also, I observed 6 Broad-winged Hawks at Brown's Lake in Woodbury Co. yesterday.

Good Birding,

Tucker J. Lutter
Bronson, IA



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Date: 4/18/17 1:20 pm
From: Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Eurasian widgeon
Bill Huser and I had no luck relocating the bird at noon today.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 8:36:25 AM UTC-5, roisenp1950 wrote:
>
> Keith Dyche relocated the Eurasian widgeon this morning around 8 AM same
> location as yesterday God bless
> Paul Roisen Woodbury county

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Date: 4/18/17 9:00 am
From: Lisa Ralls <skybluewaters63...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Late RB Nuthatch
We had a red-breasted nuthatch at our feeder on Sunday in Buffalo Center
(Winnebago County). That was later than we usually see them, although we
did see one in May, 2014, at Thorpe Park and also had a pair nest at Thorpe
Park in 2012.

On Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 8:02:30 PM UTC-5, dnharr wrote:
>
> A *Red-breasted Nuthatch* was at our feeders in Ogden this afternoon--the
> latest in Spring that I've ever seen one here. We had one consistently
> visiting from last October until early February, then none seen again until
> today.
>
> Doug Harr
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Date: 4/18/17 6:36 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian widgeon
Keith Dyche relocated the Eurasian widgeon this morning around 8 AM same location as yesterday God bless
Paul Roisen Woodbury county

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Date: 4/18/17 5:45 am
From: VisteSparkman, Karen <karen_vistesparkman...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sedge Wrens and Grasshopper Sparrows
Yesterday and today I heard several SEDGE WRENS at Neal Smith NWR. This
morning I heard my first GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in the bison enclosure.
HENSLOW'S SPARROW numbers seem to have increased in the last week, and
eBird is still flagging them as rare even though the third week in April is
when I typically expect them. Since there has been no burning on the refuge
for over a year, this should be a good year for them. There's still a
chance some burning may happen but I'm not optimistic. EASTERN MEADOWLARK
numbers also are higher than usual in the absence of burning.
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9981 Pacific Street
Prairie City, IA 50228
office: 515-994-3400
cell: 641-521-5720

"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them
all."
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Date: 4/17/17 8:52 pm
From: <rehahnhill...> <rehahnhill...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Allamakee County
Thanks for your excellent, precise account, Bill I thought all those were Snow Geese! I have seen a sora there before and was searching the tall grass, but no luck. Want to report the dazzling Black-necked Stilt was still on Army Road today. With those red legs and snappy black and white colors, it is a sight to behold. As I am prone to say,
"Never in my 71 years have I had this thrill!!" Paula Rehahn-Hill
Allamakee County
Army Road, New Albin Marsh
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Date: 4/17/17 8:39 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Correction to Lucas Co. Birding Festival earlier email
The message I sent earlier today had an incorrect date. The Birding
Festival/IOU meeting online registration is *due by April 28*, *not* April
26. I'm pasting in the entire message again below, with the corrected date.

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


Attached is a brand new document with *ALL* the details planned for the
weekend of May 5-7, at the *Lucas County Birding Festival and Spring Iowa
Ornithologists' Union Meeting*. This PDF file has the full field trip
schedule & destinations; list of workshops & special presentations;
exhibitors; lodging locations; online registration links (page 3) and much
more.

Registrations are lagging, and the fast-approaching deadline for anyone
wanting to register and include the banquet and other meals is Friday,
April 28. *PLEASE, sign up as soon as possible* if you are considering
attending. It will be possible to register at the event itself, but you
will NOT be able to take advantage of the meal and banquet package offered
only to pre-registrants.

Lucas County, Chariton, and all the event co-sponsors are hoping to make
this one of the biggest Iowa birding events staged in the last 10 years.
Hope to see lots of you at this big birding festival!

Doug Harr
Iowa Audubon,
Iowa Ornithologists' Union,
& Birding Festival Steering Committee

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Date: 4/17/17 7:46 pm
From: Tucker J. Lutter <lutter...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian Wigeon, Woodbury County
Hello Birders,
Paul Roisen and I made a trip through Woodbury, Monona, and Harrison
Counties today. We had 90 species, the highlight being a Eurasian Wigeon at
the Owego Wetlands Complex in Woodbury Co. It was first seen at 3:30 pm and
was still present when we left at 5:30 pm. It was seen on the large pond to
the south of 290th Street, just east of the intersection with Franklin Ave.
There is a parking lot off the south side of 290th Street that marks the
spot. 8 birders observed the wigeon and no signs of hybridization were
present.
Some other highlights included 10 Swainson's Hawks following a tractor
to the east of Owego Wetlands. Table Marsh in Woodbury Co. produced an two
Cattle Egrets, an American Bittern, a Virginia Rail, an American Avocet and
2 Great-tailed Grackle. The Dairy Ponds in Woodbury Co. had two Cattle
Egrets and two Baird's Sandpipers. Davis Marsh in Monona Co. produced a FOY
Orange-crowned Warbler. Shorebird numbers and diversity remains low and
waterfowl numbers were moderate with most of the expected species being
seen in small numbers with the exception of the large numbers of
Blue-winged Teal.
Also, I observed 6 Broad-winged Hawks at Brown's Lake in Woodbury Co.
yesterday.

Good Birding,

Tucker J. Lutter
Bronson, IA


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Date: 4/17/17 7:33 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone and continuing Coralville Res shorebirds
Birders,

James Huntington and I took a quick trip down to Cone Marsh this afternoon
to find the Great-tailed Grackle and whatever else. We struck out on the
grackle again. We were there in the afternoon and the birding wasn't too
spectacular (54 species), although our highlight was an early CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW. I saw another report on eBird just north of Burlington this
morning for this species that had great photos.

Water levels are high at Cone right now. The waterfowl have really dropped
off lately, with single to very few diving duck species. There was a flock
of around 20 Bonaparte's Gulls rafting and flying off and on north of the
dike. American White Pelicans were either floating or flying at multiples
levels of stratification throughout the air column above the marsh.

At Sandy Beach in Johnson County Jim Forde's seven AMERICAN AVOCETS were
WAY distant and NW of Scales Point. If they held that current position
they would have good light on them from the point in the AM as Jim
mentioned. The single HUDSONIAN GODWIT was just east of a grounded flock
of pelicans along Sandy Beach (east of the main beach). The bird slept and
preened most of the time we were there. With a good scope this bird would
be visible from Twin View Heights in the AM. You could probably still get
it closer at Sandy Beach too in less desirable lighting. That is, if it
stays in the general area where we saw it last. Pelicans were highly
stratified in the air column over Sandy Beach as well, some SUPER high up.

I checked on some Cattle Egrets that were reported on Oak Ave NE just west
of Solon, but was not able to find anything.

Best,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 4/17/17 7:14 pm
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] SE Iowa Birds
Highlights from a beautiful day in Lee and Van Buren counties today:

Argyle Junkyard
Bewick's Wren - pair, male singing frequently on both sides of road near
school bus with "Keep Out" sign.
Purple Finch 1

Shimek State Forest-Croton Unit
Broad-winged Hawk 1
All 7 woodpecker sp.
White-eyed Vireo 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Ovenbird 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Northern Parula 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1

Shimek State Forest-Farmington Unit
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Winter Wren 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 2

Mt. Sterling Area including Fox River WMA
13 waterfowl sp. including
Greater White-fronted Goose 2
Snow Goose 2
Trumpeter Swan 2
Hooded Merganser 3
Bald Eagle - pair at nest
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Sora 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Henslow's Sparrow 1

My Heard Bird Big Year took a big leap forward today -- I added 17 species
for a total of 96 for the year, more than halfway to my goal of 180.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 4/17/17 7:07 pm
From: Billy Reiter-Marolf <wreiterm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Pool Slough - Allamakee County
Hey Birders,

Tonight I followed up on an eBird alert for a Black-necked Stilt in Pool
Slough WMA that was first reported on Saturday and again on Sunday. I was
able to relocate the bird ~0.5 miles down Army Road on the north side of
the road. It was foraging along with several Lesser Yellowlegs and a few
Greater Yellowlegs. Other highlights included 53 Sandhill Cranes, 8
continuing Ross's Geese, 2 Snow Geese, 80 Greater White-fronted Geese, and
19 Great Egrets. I also heard a Sora calling. The water level is rising on
the river, so the current shorebird habitat may be underwater by the
weekend.

Good Birding!

Billy Reiter-Marolf
Allamakee County
New Albin, Iowa

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Date: 4/17/17 6:47 pm
From: Blanca <bonkers...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY Whip-poor-will
Just heard my FOY whip-poor-will in the back yard, no juncos and a few
morels, spring is here!



Blanca

SE Warren County



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Date: 4/17/17 4:45 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lucas Co. Birding Festival & IOU meeting
Attached is a brand new document with *ALL* the details planned for the
weekend of May 5-7, at the *Lucas County Birding Festival and Spring Iowa
Ornithologists' Union Meeting*. This PDF file has the full field trip
schedule & destinations; list of workshops & special presentations;
exhibitors; lodging locations; online registration links (page 3) and much
more.

Registrations are lagging, and the fast-approaching deadline for anyone
wanting to register and include the banquet and other meals is Friday,
April 26. *PLEASE, sign up as soon as possible* if you are considering
attending. It will be possible to register at the event itself, but you
will NOT be able to take advantage of the meal and banquet package offered
only to pre-registrants.

Lucas County, Chariton, and all the event co-sponsors are hoping to make
this one of the biggest Iowa birding event staged in the last 10 years.
Hope to see lots of you at this big birding festival!

Doug Harr
Iowa Audubon,
Iowa Ornithologists' Union,
& Birding Festival Steering Committee

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Date: 4/17/17 3:53 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush
Hi All,

It’s hard to get a good feel for what migration means this year and if this is sign of things to come. Many species seem to be early, some exceptionally so. Please, please, please make sure you make note of these by reporting them to seasonal field reports so the information gets published. I would also encourage a short documentation of any record early species for use by the seasonal editors.



Ann Johnson

Norwalk, IA









From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf Of Ellen Fuller
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 4:40 PM
To: <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush



It seems this year many sp. are putting in an early appearance as there was a Gray-cheeked Thrush in Aspen Grove Cemetery.

Chuck Fuller

Burlington

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Date: 4/17/17 3:50 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pectoral Sandpipers
At the sand pits south of Dunlap, there were Pectoral Sandpipers feeding by
the shore. There were also about 15 Double-Crested Cormorants.




Zach Mercer
Dunlap, Iowa

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Date: 4/17/17 3:08 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pintail Wetland - Hardin Co.
An early morning trip to Pintail Wetland in Hardin Co. and the new (still unnamed) nearby wetland north of D15 netted 40 prairie/wetland species. Some highlights:

Pintail Wetland - R ave.
Upland Sandpiper - one or two wolf-whistling from the plowed field to the west
Sedge wren - north of the deck, earliest for me
Snow geese - 2
Western and Eastern Meadowlarks - wonder if they hybridize here?
Sora
Savannah Sparrow - back in force
Swamp Sparrows - abundant

The new area
Gray Partridge - 2
Lapland longspurs - quite a few
Smith’s longspurs - 12 or more
Pectoral sandpipers - about 50 out in the short grass
Wilson’s snipe - the most I have ever seen, 50-100
Vesper Sparrow - singing (or was it cussing) in the ear of a female cowbird 6 inches away.
Many painted lady butterflies

An observation tower is being built at Pintail next to the deck.

The new prairie wetland area off D15 has been seeded to prairie with the wetland construction delayed until fall which will add 80 acres of water/wetland to the site. The mowed fields are good for longspurs now and were last year at this same time.

Tom Schilke - Waterloo




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Date: 4/17/17 2:40 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush
It seems this year many sp. are putting in an early appearance as there was
a Gray-cheeked Thrush in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/17/17 11:17 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit and Avocets in Johnson Co.
This morning 7 AMERICAN AVOCETS and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT were wading the shallow waters above Scales Pointe and Sandy Beach.
They might be scoped distantly from either location with favorable conditions and morning sun to the east.

Also, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS continue at Hawkeye WMA since Saturday. They were distant from the DNR Headquarters parking lot
on Amana Road and wading northwest of Sand Point.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/17/17 11:17 am
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Wood-Pewee at Swiss Valley Campground
I know that it is likely very early, as I was humbled​ by last year, haha.
However, a very vocal Eastern Wood-Pewee is calling now at Swiss Valley
Campground in Dubuque County.


Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Date: 4/17/17 11:08 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] House Wren
FOY House Wren

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/16/17 8:40 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Louisa Co., Cone Marsh
I spent a couple of hours out at Cone Marsh late today (Apr 16).
Highlights included:

Large #s of American white pelicans (145)
Several Sandhill cranes (4 and one more in farm fields to north of marsh)
Palm warbler - foraging with the scad sof yellow-rumped warblers along the
road into the boat launch.
Franklin's gull - perched on a pole with Forster's terns in the marsh in
north
Forster's terns (4) - flew in to north end and perched on poles - later
disrupted by ring-billed gulls
N Rough-winged swallow (9) - my FOY
Barn swallow (1)
Yellow-rumped warbler (Myrtle) - 165 - all over in woodlands - many at
levee woodland and well over 100 along the road into boat launch.

Not observed east of the marsh - loggerhead shrike at traditional area.

On my drive back to Muscatine I had 2 female Northern bobwhite (2) fly
across road about 400m East of the G28/Hwy 70 intersection.

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Date: 4/16/17 6:05 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Late RB Nuthatch
I had a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches today in Clinton.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 8:02 PM, Douglas Harr <dnharr...> wrote:

> A *Red-breasted Nuthatch* was at our feeders in Ogden this afternoon--the
> latest in Spring that I've ever seen one here. We had one consistently
> visiting from last October until early February, then none seen again until
> today.
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Date: 4/16/17 6:02 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late RB Nuthatch
A *Red-breasted Nuthatch* was at our feeders in Ogden this afternoon--the
latest in Spring that I've ever seen one here. We had one consistently
visiting from last October until early February, then none seen again until
today.

Doug Harr

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Date: 4/16/17 3:25 pm
From: Dean Hester <dhester1994...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prothonotary Warbler in Iowa City


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Spotted this (tied for record early) Prothonotary Warbler on the Iowa City
Riverside Trail south of Iowa City.

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Date: 4/16/17 7:59 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis - Dunbar Slough
Five WHITE-FACED IBIS continued at the 270th St. pool of Dunbar Slough in extreme western Greene Co. this morning. 13 species of shorebirds were present including 100+ American Golden Plovers, a Semipalmated Plover, Stilt Sandpiper, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher and a single Willet.

Danny Akers

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Date: 4/15/17 6:58 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler - Bremer co.
A Pine Warbler was singing and offered some great looks at the south section of Sweet Marsh today near the first parking lot.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 4/15/17 6:16 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeak- Washington County
I was surprised to see a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at my
sunflower/safflower feeder at dusk. Also, a FOY male Eastern Towhee was
there at dusk on the ground under the feeders.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/15/17 4:00 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville birds
Hey I-Birders,

Karen and I walked around the Cottonwood Recreation Area below the
Saylorville Dam this morning and encountered several migrants along the
way. There were singing BROWN THRASHERS (FOY for me), a couple small
flocks of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.
Further along near the pond at the picnic area were two TREE SWALLOWS and a
WARBLING VIREO. On our way home we heard from the car window a
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER in the sycamores at the west end of the NW 66th
bridge (under construction), so I backtracked and we easily found him and
enjoyed his merry cascading solo. A NORTHERN PARULA in the same tree
seemed a rival to his singing and was also easily observed as the trees are
only threatening to leaf out thus far. SWAMP and LINCOLN'S SPARROW and
HOUSE WREN were also seen and heard. Closer to home, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK
has been calling in the forest behind our house this afternoon. What a
great time of spring to go out- never knowing exactly what new returnees to
expect.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/15/17 3:57 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Good migration timing
As the rain clouds broke late this morning I approached a good sheetwater
spot in northern Clay County. There were five Am Pipits and a couple of
Killdeer as I stepped out of my vehicle but nothing else. Then 9 Greater
Yellowlegs came in and closely thereafter 28 Am Golden Plovers. They all
left and a flock of 12 Pectorals and 2 peeps circled the water but kept on
moving north. Then in short order: 6 Greater Yellowlegs; 11 Lesser
Yellowlegs; and 4 Greater Yellowlegs all came as separate groups and left
again with none of these flocks spending more than a couple of minutes on
their feet in the shallow water. Either nothing to hold them or antsy to
keep moving in their focused spring migration but this all occurred in less
than a half hour.



Later at Trumbull Lake there was one Eared Grebe, five Horned Grebes and one
Red-necked Grebe amongst lots of coots, PBG's and plenty of waterfowl. Boy,
are they all handsome in breeding plumage. An Am Bittern was also there
vocalizing. Tomorrow there will be Happy Easter eggs!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 4/15/17 2:14 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] More from Dunbar Slough, Greene Co.
My morning trip to Dunbar Slough turned up the following:

4 white-faced Ibis (FOY), 3 on one side of a dike and 1 on other side.
14 Long-billed Dowitchers (FOY)
2 Short-billed Dowitchers (FOY)--difficult to separate, but 95% sure
~120 American Golden Plovers (FOY), mostly still in winter plumage
1 Least Sandpiper (FOY)
1 Semi-palmated Plover (FOY)
Lots of Franklin's Gulls
Lots of Lesser Yellowlegs & a few Greater Yellowlegs

And, on (or above) nearby public grasslands:

Many Savanna Sparrows
Many Vesper Sparrows (FOY)
2 Lark Sparrows (FOY)
1 Swainson's Hawk (FOY)

Then back to Boone for a quick hike on Lost Lake Trail at Ledges State Park:

1 Broad-winged Hawk (FOY)
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
LOTS of Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Pileated Woodpecker
but not much else new to find there.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/15/17 1:14 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-eyed Vireo
At the Croton Unit of Shimek Forest near the parking lot there was a
singing White-eyed Vireo.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/15/17 12:28 pm
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dunbar Slough
Joining many shorbs today were 1 Willet & 13+ Long-billed Dowitchers & 1 White-faced Ibis.

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Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, Iowa


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Date: 4/15/17 9:50 am
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] North Iowa Birds this Morning
I checked spots in Winnebago, Hancock, Worth and Cerro Gordo Counties this morning. I picked up 8 FOYs including the following:

Myre Slough- Winnebago County
FOY Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great Egret, Sora, Virginia Rail, Sedge Wren, and Marsh Wren

Hanlontown Slough - Worth County
FOY American Bittern (2)

Sheetwater at Hanlontown along Highway 9
Lesser Yellowlegs, and a FOY Pectoral Sandpiper.

Waterfowl remain numerous at all marshes, and Mallard Marsh in Cerro Gordo County had both species of Yellowlegs in good numbers along with Bonaparte's Gulls in various stages of plumage.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes



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Date: 4/15/17 9:16 am
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Casey's Floodplain Waterloo
There are currently 9 Pectoral Sandpipers, 4 Savannah Sparriws, a Greater Yellowlegs, and a Brewer's Blackbird present at the Casey's Floodplain area along Highway 63. The shorebirds were present in the floodplain at the end of the road. Another bird of interest was a lone Snow Goose that flew over while I was there.

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 4/15/17 8:57 am
From: chammes7 <chammes7...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Thrashers - Weise Slough, Muscatine co.
This AM saw 8 Birds within 15 min on the north or 1st road in the WMA. Definitely a record for the number!

Cyndi HAMMES, Wilton

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Date: 4/15/17 8:28 am
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] red-bellied wood pecker vs. wood duck - question
This morning backing out of a wood duck house we saw a RBWO with a
feather in its beak. It hung for a moment then flew away as we
approached. This box was successful last year and I've seen WODU on the
pond 'neath the box this spring, but don't know if they are nesting
there. Do woodpeckers prey on duck eggs? Could the 'pecker be usurping
a convenient nesting place? Comments please.

Steve Harvey
rural Clarke Co.

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Date: 4/15/17 7:32 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush - Johnson county
Currently singing along the Squire Point trail at the Coralville
Reservoir. Take a right at the first fork in the trail. Started to hear
the bird in the vicinity of the green vault bar and finally saw it down
near the foot bridge.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 4/15/17 7:21 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal--Saylorville
There is currently a male Cinnamon Teal on the upper end of the flats off
Jester Park.
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Date: 4/14/17 11:32 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Monona Co.
Thanks to Tucker for finding the Snowy Egret. 12 Great Egrets and Snowy
on south side of 175 (Lewis and Clark SP) and three more Great Egrets up on
the north end of Blue Lake. New county bird.

Osprey are back at both Monona and Woodbury county location. Two new year
birds for the day despite the rain which was quite a downpour at times.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
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> There was a Snowy Egret at Blue Lake in Monona County today. It was on the
> south side of Hwy 175. It was later seen on the north side of the lake.
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Date: 4/14/17 7:40 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osceola / Lyon Cos. - 4/14
Hi All,


I spent some time dodging rain showers in Osceola and Lyon Counties this afternoon and tallied a surprising 80 species. At least 19 species of waterfowl are still around, including at least a couple of Ross's Geese near Sibley. Broad-winged and Swainson's Hawks were both on the move and a Loggerhead Shrike was hunting near the Sibley airfield. Arguably the highlight of the day was a vocal BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Iowa Lake in Osceola Co., which appears to be record early. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Parula, and Field Sparrow were just a few of my firsts of the year. I enjoyed watching 40+ Chipping Sparrows foraging in a small, recently burned field in Lyon Co. as well. I encountered a fascinating group of Dark-eyed Juncos at Lake Pahoja in Lyon Co., which appeared to contain at least 1 very crisp Oregon Junco and at least 3 "clear" cismontanus intergrades.


Just across the state line into South Dakota (about 3.5 miles), I encountered a small wet field that held 8 species of shorebirds, including an American Golden-Plover, 6 Hudsonian Godwits, and my first Solitary Sandpiper of the year.


Danny Akers

Spirit Lake

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Date: 4/14/17 6:01 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Monona Co.
There was a Snowy Egret at Blue Lake in Monona County today. It was on the south side of Hwy 175. It was later seen on the north side of the lake.

Tucker Lutter
Bronson, IA

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Date: 4/14/17 5:32 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Chimney Swift
At 7PM several Chimney Swifts were circling over my house.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/14/17 4:47 pm
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines birds
This afternoon, just after the thunderstorms abated, Stuart and I walked
the Trestle Trail along the Des Moines River in Des Moines. The birds were
very active, and included a singing CAROLINA WREN, a singing MARSH WREN,
and two HOUSE WRENS, one of which was singing. Near the parking lot we saw
a swallow fly in and land on a wire, and it turned out to be our FOY
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. American Robins and House Finches were seen
building nests, and a pair of Northern Cardinals were partaking in some
amorous behavior. Spring is here!

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines

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Date: 4/14/17 1:37 pm
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird​-Jester Park
Currently watching a very wet Northern Mockingbird at Jester Park (Polk
County).

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Date: 4/14/17 1:12 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt
In a partially flooded field along Tama Rd. 2/10 of a mile south of the
Tama boat access, there were two Black-necked Stilts. This is in Des
Moines County just n. of Burlington.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/14/17 10:35 am
From: James Scheib <jim...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson Co. Yellow-throated Warbler
I awoke to the song of this Yellow-throated Warbler on Wednesday the 12th and had some photos of it before breakfast.
Location: Ten Longview Knoll NE, Iowa City.

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Date: 4/14/17 10:30 am
From: James Scheib <jim...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson Co. Pine Warbler 4/13/17
This Pine Warbler visited three different feeders Thursday afternoon: suet, peanuts, hulled sunflower.
At Ten Longview Knoll NE, Iowa City.

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Date: 4/14/17 7:53 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis, Dunbar
My eBird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35933466

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Apr 14, 2017 8:37 AM, "Matt Wetrich" <go_tweeting...> wrote:

>
> Birders,
>
> Before the sun sat last night, I made a quick stop by the outstanding
> shorebird habitat along the county line and 270th at Dunbar Slough in
> Greene County.
>
> Along with a similar lineup to what the Allens reported, I saw one Eric
> Ollie (who probably has a more thorough report) and had three White-faced
> Ibis fly in.
>
> Fun time of year when the birds are changing by the hour, at times!
>
> Bird on!
>
> Matt
>
>
> Matt Wetrich
> Jefferson, Greene Co.
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Date: 4/14/17 6:37 am
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-faced Ibis, Dunbar

Birders,

Before the sun sat last night, I made a quick stop by the outstanding shorebird habitat along the county line and 270th at Dunbar Slough in Greene County.

Along with a similar lineup to what the Allens reported, I saw one Eric Ollie (who probably has a more thorough report) and had three White-faced Ibis fly in.

Fun time of year when the birds are changing by the hour, at times!

Bird on!

Matt


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Date: 4/13/17 8:20 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-13-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, April 8, through Thursday, April 13,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**FISH CROW**









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Surf Scoter

Red-necked Grebe

White-faced Ibis

American Avocet

Marbled Godwit

Sanderling (2nd earliest)

Gray-cheeked Thrush (Record early)

Smiths Longspur

Pine Warbler







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



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











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A SURF SCOTER was seen off City Beach at Clear Lake on the 9th.









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

38 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at Amana Lily Lake on the 11th.



An AMERICAN AVOCET and an early SANDERLING were seen at the Sandy Beach
area of Coralville Lake on the 12th.



A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the east end of Swan Lake on the 10th.



MUSCATINE COUNTY:

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Discovery Park on the 12th.









*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A RED-NECKED GREBE, PINE WARBLER, and an early GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were
seen at George Wyth SP on the 13th.







*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A FISH CROW continues to be seen at Oak Grove beach at Saylorville, and
was last seen on the 9th.*



*A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Jester Park on the 12th.*



*TAMA COUNTY:*

*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at Otter Creek Marsh on the 7th.*



*GREENE COUNTY:*

*4 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at Dunbar Slough on the 13th.*







*NORTHWEST:*



*OBRIEN COUNTY:*

*3 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen near the Hanging Valley Wetland on the 9th.*











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




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



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





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 4/13/17 7:43 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Plymouth County
Quick afternoon run up through Plymouth County. Need 4 species to get to
200 so stop one was LG Everist (used to be Higman Quarry). After 12 years
of regular visit a single Common Loon was in the NE bay as you enter the
property (permission required) 197!! Three to go. Quite birdy 6 Song
Sprarrow in one spot on a side road. Good numbers of Vespers and Butcher
Road south of Broken Kettle had a group of about 25 Field Sparrow.

One new year bird-Lincoln's Sparrow 1

God Bless,

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Date: 4/13/17 4:59 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] PUFI Johnson question
I had two what I thought were female Purple Finches spend a good bit of today, off and on, at my feeders. They both lacked a bit of the crisp brown and white I expect for female PUFIs, but I did not think much of their sex until I looked at the photos, These are 2 from a series of frames I took when both were side by side. The bird on my left clearly has a bit of colored wash on it throat and on the under its shoulder. The bird on the right has much more subtle hints of color, but it is there.

So is this what some females look like, or are these young males or what. I invite comment.


Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 4/13/17 3:02 pm
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...>
Subject: [ia-bird] McIntyre Woods State Park
Approximately 100 white pelicans are making there way across the lake in McIntyre Woods State Park in Cerro Gorda county.

Virginia McKenzie

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Date: 4/13/17 12:31 pm
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dunbar Slough shorbs
4 White-faced Ibis were with American Golden-Plovers, Semipalmated Plover, Dublin, Least & Pectoral Sandpipers, and both yellowlegs.

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Date: 4/13/17 12:06 pm
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Office warblers
Birders,

Currently, both a Northern Parula and Louisiana Waterthrush are singing in
Ledges State Park near the Wildlife Research Station. Nothing like adding
a couple FOYs from your office chair!

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 4/13/17 9:56 am
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eared Grebe
At Swan Lake Park in Carroll County this noon in the eastern portion of the lake. Also, there are at least 3 Horned Grebes present.

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Date: 4/13/17 9:11 am
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe
Same bird found by Ton Stone 4/13/2017. Located in Black Hawk Co.,
Waterloo, on George Wyth Lake. Photo at 8:30am with a Cannon Power Shot
SX50 at about 130 yards. Thus the lack of sharpness.

Alan Orr

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Date: 4/13/17 6:27 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe
Tom Stone requested I post for him a sighting of a Red-necked Grebe at
George Wyth Park, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co. Bird is on the main body of
water in breeding plumage.

Alan Orr

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Date: 4/13/17 5:35 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler - Johnson county
A Yellow-throated Warbler is singing at the parking​ lot of the Devonian
Fossil Gorge. This is near the dam at the Coralville Reservoir in Johnson
county.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 4/12/17 9:10 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird finds in Cerro Gordo Co.
On my way to Mason City this afternoon (to present an Iowa Audubon program)
I birded my way through marsh country. Managed to pick up 4 FOY species,
including *Wilson's Snipe* and *Greater Yellowlegs, *at the Union Hills
BCA/IBA--species I'm surprised I hadn't seen earlier yet this year. But
the day's best were FOY *Yellow-headed Blackbirds* also at Union Hills, and
a lone *Forster's Tern* perched on a piece of driftwood way out on the
middle of Clear Lake.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/12/17 8:04 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] George Wyth Park - Waterloo
This morning a group of 16 leisurely birded George Wyth Park In Waterloo focusing on an area near the bird blind. Some highlights:

Gray-cheeked thrush - early
Pine Warbler - early
Horned grebe
Red-shouldered hawk - carrying a snake across the river
Cooper’s hawk - at a nest
Vesper sparrow
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow - rumped warbler - many
Osprey
Bonaparte’s Gull
about 40 other bird species

Tom Schilke - Waterloo



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Date: 4/12/17 2:23 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine - White-faced ibis
This morning I had a flock of white-faced ibis fly over Discovery Park in
Muscatine. The 23 birds were flying north-northwest.

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Date: 4/12/17 2:21 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great-tailed Grackle
At Cone Marsh today (Louisa County) there was a single male Great-tailed
Grackle. It was along the south side road. This is only the second time
for me in Louisa County, both being at Cone Marsh.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/12/17 2:07 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: American Coots
Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4:07:21 PM UTC-5, Zachary Mercer wrote:
>
> Today, I walked to the Fonda lagoons (I call it turd pond). I saw good
> amounts of ducks and there was a goose with her goslings. I have a picture
> of an american coot attached.
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Date: 4/12/17 2:07 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Coots
Today, I walked to the Fonda lagoons (I call it turd pond). I saw good
amounts of ducks and there was a goose with her goslings. I have a picture
of an american coot attached.

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Date: 4/12/17 1:23 pm
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Granger Birds
At 7:45 this morning there were about 200 pelicans along the west side of Xavier Rd., just south of Beaver Bottoms Wetland, south of Granger, in Dallas Co... Was a great morning for still and video photography, with RC Kinglets, singing RW Blackbirds, BW Teal pairs, the pelicans, and my main objective....a nest of 6 Canada goslings hatching and crawling around the nest and on mom’s back.. Photographed until 10:30am, when mom walked down the side of the rat-house and called them down to the water.. Then away they went!

Some mornings are just magical!

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Date: 4/12/17 12:17 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Walnut Woods S.P.
It really felt and sounded like spring at Walnut Woods S.P. this morning.
Some of the highlights for Diane Dentlinger and I were: Pileated
Woodpecker, House Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet (lots), Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Northern Parula, Chipping
Sparrows (lots), and singing White-throated Sparrows. The Osprey pair was
on their cell tower and the Purple Martin colony on Army Post Rd. was quite
active. It was a good morning to b e out.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 4/12/17 11:59 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Avocet and Robin in Johnson Co.
This morning shorebird numbers were a bit down at Twin View Heights/Sandy Beach but a couple FOYs were
present.

1 American Avocet
1 Sanderling (2nd earliest)
Long-billed Dowitchers
Dunlins
Baird's Sandpipers
0 Killdeer (now rare on the flats)

Earlier I got a tip from Tom Billerbeck of a partial albino Robin along Hwy. 965 (south of Iowa River
bridge and just south of where 380 crosses overhead). I had no trouble spotting it on the power lines to
the west and it reminded me of a male Snow Bunting with its white head and breast. Not a bad look.


Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/12/17 10:26 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Bonaparte's Gulls
11 Bonaparte's Gulls on Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Co. at
noon 4/12/2017

Alan and Karen Orr

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Date: 4/12/17 9:55 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Granger birds
At 7:45 this morning there were about 200 pelicans along the west side of Xavier Rd., just south of Beaver Bottoms Wetland, south of Granger, in Dallas Co... Was a great morning for still and video photography, with RC Kinglets, singing RW Blackbirds, BW Teal pairs, the pelicans, and my main objective....a nest of 6 Canada goslings hatching and crawling around the nest and on mom’s back.. Photographed until 10:30am, when mom walked down the side of the rat-house and called them down to the water.. Then away they went!

Some mornings are just magical!


Ty Smedes

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Date: 4/12/17 8:11 am
From: Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jester Park Shorebirds
46 species of birds at Jester Park this morning included the following
shorebirds: Marbled Godwit (extreme south end), Semipalmated Plover,
Killdeer, Dunlin , Pectoral, and Wilson Snipe. Ray Cummins Ankeny, Ia.



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Date: 4/12/17 5:22 am
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harrison County 4.11.17
Paul (and all)

Regarding your comment about DeSoto NWR I checked out their website and
copied this pertinent info:

"Public Use
April 15-October 14:
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) public use areas open April 15 each
year. The auto tour road will be open including portions that were closed
during the migration periods. Visitors will be able to hike the nature
trails, fish, boat, bird watch, etc. Canoes and kayaks are also a great way
to enjoy the spring at the refuge.

Fishing and boating is permitted at DeSoto beginning on April 15. Anglers
need either an Iowa or Nebraska license and are reminded that minimum
length limits and creel limits are in effect. Trailered boats can be
launched at Middle Boat Ramp; hand launch (only) is permitted at the
Bertrand Discovery area. Refer to the refuge regulations brochure for
fishing and boating regulations.

Mushroom gathering on the refuge for personal consumption only is permitted
in the open areas of the refuge from April 15 to October 14. See the
refuge regulations brochure, found at the entrance kiosks and visitor
center, for the map.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent wildlife viewing
opportunities. A wide variety of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland
birds, neotropical migrants, mammals and many others can be seen at the
refuge. Look for wildlife from the DeSoto Visitor Center, from refuge roads
and while hiking refuge trails. You will find the largest concentrations of
migrating birds in the spring and fall."

Additionally, I believe the refuge had some planned Rx burns planned
recently, which could mean additional (temporary) closures.

DeSoto NWR website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Desoto/about.html

David Griffin
Muscatine


On Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 9:57 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:

> Took an impromptu trip to Harrison County for a little exploration of
> areas I have not spent much time in. Nothing spectacular but found 7
> Wilson Snipe during a very brief run through the NWR--Sad is that they have
> almost everything closed off trails, viewing platforms, no mushroom hunting
> or fishing until April 15th. Nothing at the feeders and very few waterfowl.
>
> Did see see all the expected icterids including 1 Great-tailed Grackle and
> 3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds (2 group of the year for me). Ruby-crowned
> Kinglet and Rusty were new county birds.
>
> Generally it was not a very birding day except for numerous mixed flocks
> of blackbirds. Roy Lake had good numbers but only four species of
> shorebirds. Lots of edge and mud for shorebirds if the we do not get too
> much rain in the near future
>
> Fun day!
>
> God Bless,
>
> *Paul O. Roisen*
> *Woodbury County, IA*
> *Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>*
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Date: 4/11/17 7:57 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harrison County 4.11.17
Took an impromptu trip to Harrison County for a little exploration of areas
I have not spent much time in. Nothing spectacular but found 7 Wilson
Snipe during a very brief run through the NWR--Sad is that they have almost
everything closed off trails, viewing platforms, no mushroom hunting or
fishing until April 15th. Nothing at the feeders and very few waterfowl.

Did see see all the expected icterids including 1 Great-tailed Grackle and
3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds (2 group of the year for me). Ruby-crowned
Kinglet and Rusty were new county birds.

Generally it was not a very birding day except for numerous mixed flocks of
blackbirds. Roy Lake had good numbers but only four species of
shorebirds. Lots of edge and mud for shorebirds if the we do not get too
much rain in the near future

Fun day!

God Bless,

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

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Date: 4/11/17 5:46 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring meeting is fast approaching
Here's a reminder to get signed up for the 2017 spring meeting in Chariton
on May 5-7. We're holding it in conjunction with the Lucas County Birding
Festival. Please note that the deadline for meal signup is 8:00 p.m. on
Friday, April 28th. That's one week prior to the meeting as opposed to our
usual five day cutoff, so it's really important to get your registration and
meal signup completed ASAP.



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



This should be a great meeting with interesting programs and a top notch
list of field trips. Thanks for getting yourself and your family or friends
signed up for a great IOU weekend. See you soon in Chariton.



Denny Thompson

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Date: 4/11/17 2:10 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 38 White-faced Ibis at Amana Lily Lake
That's a lot of Ibis for eastern Iowa! The location was the northwest corner of the lake, next to the
highway. They were feeding but the lake doesn't seem to have enough marshy habitat to hold them long.
Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/11/17 10:57 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane AA Call Park Kossuth County.
Whilst doing a short hike looking for potential Mourning Cloaks and other
early butterflies at AA Call Park, I was shocked to hear and then see a
single Sandhill Crane flyover the area, it caught a thermal and then
continued northward I think. I had a Common Green Darner flying around and
some vocalizing Cooper's Hawks but nothing else of significant note.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County

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Date: 4/11/17 9:22 am
From: Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Horned owlet
We have a owlet about 3 weeks old that may need help. I found this owlet
that had fallen out of a nest over 1 week ago-so we put up another
artificial nest and the parents were caring for it but unfortunately last
Sat. evening some kids tore down the nest and abused the owlet. Somebody
got a hold of it and was caring for it and then we got it yesterday and
built a new nest in the same area(placed the owlet in nest) but I think the
parents are not around. We will give it one more night to see if the
parents will show up. If not I wonder if anyone knows of an accessible nest
not too far from the Grinnell area that we could relocate it if the parents
don`t show up tonight. If anyone does please call me at 641-260-0592.

Thank you

Greg Stempien
Grinnell,IA

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Date: 4/11/17 8:42 am
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Broad-winged Hawk
Just now at Cherry Glen area at Saylorville Lake, Polk County.
iPhone Mail
Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Date: 4/11/17 4:47 am
From: Bob D <siti1526...>
Subject: [ia-bird] New Yard Birds in Past Two Days
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a Purple Finch, and an Eastern Phoebe

Bob Dick
Iowa City

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Date: 4/10/17 3:25 pm
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe - Hawkeye WA
Brandon Caswell just called to report a Red-necked Grebe at the east end of
Swan Lake at Hawkeye Wildlife Area, Johnson county.

Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 4/10/17 1:13 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Parula Warbler
A few things from SE Iowa. At Lacey Keosauqua St. Park there were Parula
Warbler, several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Louisiana Waterthrush (seen at 4
different locations, and Yellow-throated Warbler all in the vicinity of the
Mormon bridge. At 2 locations outside the park I heard Henslow's Sparrows,
one location was at the usual field.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/10/17 10:41 am
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Narrow View, 2 FOY Johnson Co
In the narrow view of Johnson Co, seen through my back window, I had FOY Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrasher this morning

Rick Hollis

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Date: 4/10/17 10:29 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Polk County FOY's
Today at Des Moines Waterworks Park, I saw FOY House Wrens and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Over at Gray's Lake, I saw a FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/10/17 7:01 am
From: Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great-tailed Grackles - Woodbury County
Five Great-tailed Grackles observed at Brower's Lake south of Sgt. Bluff,
IA on Sunday 4-9. Four males (one calling) and one female. Picture of 3
males attached.

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Date: 4/10/17 6:21 am
From: S.D. <sdjbwilson...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Peregrine falcon and wood duck
Yesterday my youngest son stopped on a street near Saunders Park in Mt. Pleasant to what he thought was an injured owl flopping in the middle of the street with feathers flying. When he stopped however a female wood duck took off flying with the falcon in hot pursuit. I knew these falcons were deadly to pidgeons; but I did not realize they are predators of wood ducks. Mama wood ducks are sitting on eggs right now. Hope she made it back to the nest.

Joy Wilson Henry County
Mt. Pleasant

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Date: 4/10/17 5:34 am
From: VisteSparkman, Karen <karen_vistesparkman...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrows
This morning on my drive in to work I heard at least 4 HENSLOW'S SPARROWS
singing from the prairie at Neal Smith NWR.
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Date: 4/9/17 7:06 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pasqueflower walk with birds
This afternoon at the Waterman Prairie complex in O'Brien County a group
explored the Hanging Valley wetland high above the Little Sioux River valley
targeting pasqueflowers on native prairie slopes which were found in
abundance. For those looking up instead of down three Smith's Longspurs
left the short stubble in a field along the way, an early Swainson's Hawk
soared past, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron flew to the far end of the
wetland and then gave good scope views while standing between nesting geese
on two rat houses. A pelican flock flew in, fished cooperatively and then
soared up a thermal and away to entertain the crowd. Near an old wooden
post alone on a hill owl pellet remnants were found but nothing fresh to
indicate recent activity.



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 4/9/17 6:00 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Couple of notable FOY today
Birders,

A friend told me she had a Black and White Warbler at Whiterock Conservancy in Guthrie County today.

In Jefferson (Greene County) I had a few Purple Martins in scoping things out in my neighborhood.

Bird on!

Matt


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Jefferson




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Date: 4/9/17 5:32 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Meadowlarks
Today, I was in our grove, and from the west side I heard a Western
Meadowlark. About 20 seconds later, I heard the Eastern Meadowlark's
high-pitched notes to the east of the Grove.

Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 4/9/17 4:56 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Floyd County pelicans
Driving home this evening I noticed a huge group of pelicans on the pond along the Avenue on the NE side of the Nora Springs offramp(mile 195). Easily a couple hundred birds, and there may have been some swans mixed in-tough to tell driving by at highway speed. The pond would probably be visible through binoculars at the top of the offramp for any who want a good look.

Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/9/17 4:53 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler
At Starr's Cave today the Yellow-throated Warbler has returned. This is in
Des Moines Cty outside Burlington. It was in a Sycamore Tree next to the
visitor's center.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/9/17 3:40 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Clear Lake
There was a male Surf Scoter just off City Beach at Clear Lake this
afternoon. The bird had a bright yellow/orange bill and a white patch
on the back of its neck, although the patch was not yet bright and
crisp. It was swimming on the outer edge of the raft of Coots, moving
in a counter-clockwise direction around the lake.

There are already quite a few boats on the lake, and
dock-construction was heavy all around the lake. Still, I was able to
find a couple of Horned Grebes, 13 Common Loons, two dozen
Buffleheads, several hundred Ruddy Ducks, many scaup, and both
cormorants and pelicans. Gulls were Ring-billed and Bonaparte's, and
the only shorebirds I could find were 4 Greater Yellowlegs at Lekwa
Marsh, and 4 Lesser Yellowlegs at 5-Goose Pond.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City

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Date: 4/9/17 3:18 pm
From: <rehahnhill...> <rehahnhill...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Allamakee County
In Allamakee County on Army Road in the New Albin Marsh for the last two weeks there have been roughly 100 Great White-breasted Geese accompanied by around 20 Snow Geese. Sometimes they go roaming but have always been back by sunset. Other species are dwindling but go north down the road to where the curve is to see Green-winged Teal and Blue-winged Teal. Have been eight Lesser Yellowlegs. Many shovelers and coots with a couple Ring necks and scattered Canada geese are in the large areas of open water. Much less variety than two weeks ago. One solitary Sandhill Crane today at the marsh where three weeks ago there were swarms. Haven't heard any at all for the last two weeks. The Trumpeter Swans are nest building between New Albin and Lansing in their usual place. Saw three Great Egrets there too. Great Blue Heron is staying put just south of Lansing city limits. A wee Red-breasted Nuthatch remains at our river feeders south of Lansing. He is not a "regular" visitor. Paula Rehahn-Hill, Lansing, IA, Allamakee County Have seen an adult eagle once on the old nest but only once.
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Date: 4/9/17 2:18 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] House Wren
A House Wren just appeared on our deck April 9. The earliest dates I have in my book previously are two on April 15 in 2001 and 2012.

Jane Clark
Clive, Western Polk County

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Subject: [ia-bird] House Wren

This morning Stuart and I were surprised to see a HOUSE WREN along the Des Moines River in Des Moines. It was silent, but hopped around in the bare branches of some shrubs, so we got clear looks. The long tail and lighter color ruled out Winter Wren.

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines



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Date: 4/9/17 1:20 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yesterday's ICBC Field trip
Good weather! What happened?

Apr 8, 2017

Hawkeye WMA, Johnson Co IA 7:30 to 11 AM 10.00 miles

Swan L, pond N of Swan, Gun Club Ponds, Greencastle Causeway, Round Pond, Trail S of Round Pond

12 birders: JD, KD, DD, PH, JH, RH [leader], TM, R McG, BR, PT, BW, DW.

42 Species: 25 Canada Goose, 8 Wood Duck, 100 Gadwall, 1 American Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 25 Blue-winged Teal, 40 Northern Shoveler, 1 Green-winged Teal, 14 Ring-necked Duck, 4 Hooded Merganser, 12 Pied-billed Grebe, 25 Double-crested Cormorant, 51 American White Pelican, 4 Turkey Vulture, 2 Osprey, 1 Northern Harrier, 3 Bald Eagle, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 50 American Coot, 1 Killdeer, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Mourning Dove, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 5 Northern Flicker, 3 Eastern Phoebe, 5 American Crow, 11 Tree Swallow, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Eastern Bluebird, 9 American Robin, 1 European Starling, 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), 1 Chipping Sparrow, 7 Field Sparrow, 4 Dark-eyed Junco, 15 Song Sparrow, 2 Swamp Sparrow, 3 Northern Cardinal, 10 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Brown-headed Cowbird.

Chorus Frogs [code 3], N Leopard Frog [code 1].



On my way home, I made a Brief birdless stop at James Av Sod Farm.



Goose Lake, North Liberty IA 12 to 12:10 PM

4 species: 15 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard, 30 Northern Shoveler, 3 Common Grackle.



Fox Run Pond, North Liberty, Iowa 12:20 to 12:25 PM

3 species: Canada Goose 10, Lesser Scaup 6, Pied-billed Grebe 3.


The Scaup were


Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 4/9/17 12:57 pm
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cliff Swallow - Boone County
While biking over the High Trestle bridge near Madrid, I saw a single Cliff Swallow with a group of Tree Swallows. The Grimes Purple Martin colony is back as well with 8 present near downtown Grimes.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/9/17 10:47 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines ospreys
There are two ospreys on the platform behind the Wells Fargo offices on
Jordan Creek Parkway. From the osprey cam, it looks like they are just
starting their nest building.

http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Osprey-Cam

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Date: 4/9/17 10:30 am
From: <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - Tips on How to Photograph Birds
The Quad City Audubon Society will hold its monthly program this Thursday , April 13 . Larry Williams will present his program - Tips on How to Photograph Birds.

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


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Date: 4/9/17 9:02 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Pelicans at Big Woods Recreation Area lake
Sorry. I uploaded the incorrect file

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> American White Pelicans at Big Woods Lake, Black Hawk Co.
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Date: 4/9/17 8:58 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Pelicans at Big Woods Recreation Area lake
American White Pelicans at Big Woods Lake, Black Hawk Co.

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Date: 4/9/17 6:04 am
From: Keith Dyche <kadd27...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow
The Fish Crow is present between Cherry Glen and Oak Grove.

Keith Dyche

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Date: 4/8/17 7:11 pm
From: Michael Stark <iprint4u...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pelicans at Lake McBride.
Easily 1,000 today feeding on a large fish kill. Some Cormarants also present. Located both sides of causeway a.m. Settled on east side this evening.

Mike Stark
Marion

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Date: 4/8/17 7:03 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Had FOY brown thrasher and 2 field sparrows on farm. Banded some today, had 1st ever winter wren. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell.

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Date: 4/8/17 3:58 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk County Birds
I got out for about an hour this afternoon. Things are apparently moving on
the south wind. At Dale Maffitt park I had the first group of Chipping
Sparrows (~30) of the spring. No Common Loons that I could find but there
were a number of kayakers out and about. I first saw a returning Osprey on
the cell tower on Army Post Rd. a week ago. Still no mate evident today.
Most surprising was a new Polk County bird for me as I was on my way home
from the grocery store. Just south of Southridge Mall a Swainson's Hawk flew
over fairly low giving a great but brief view.



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Date: 4/8/17 10:43 am
From: Michael Stark <iprint4u...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pelicans, Lake McBride Causway
Fair number in nice and close. 12:30 p.m.

Mike Stark
Marion

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Date: 4/8/17 7:48 am
From: chammes7 <chammes7...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane pair, Weise Slough- Muscatine Co.
Got up close to a pair on the levee at the south end of the slough. Very protective of the area so hopefully they will be there for awhile. Cormorants, White Egret, Pelicans and 8 duck species on the waters.

Cyndi & Calise Hammes
Wilton

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Date: 4/8/17 6:54 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Fish Crow
This bird is still present. It is currently calling from the shoreline
rocks at Oak Grove.
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Date: 4/7/17 7:35 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Boone Co. Sandhill Cranes
I saw and heard 4 Sandhill Cranes as they flew directly over my house, also
this morning. My location would be about a mile north and a little east of
Doug's location, so they could have been the same birds.

Karl Jungbluth, 2 miles south of Boone

On Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4:55:57 PM UTC-5, dnharr wrote:
>
> At least 2 Sandhill Cranes were heard calling while apparently flying up
> the Des Moines River at Ledges State Park this morning. I was birding in
> forest at the adjacent McCoy WMA so could not see the birds flying but the
> calls were unmistakable.
>
> Doug Harr
> Ogden
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Date: 4/7/17 5:58 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Sue Spieker death
Sue passed away on April 1st. She had been ill for quite a while.

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 4/7/17 4:12 pm
From: Ken S. <moosedogs...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal at Otter Creek Marsh WMA
Attached are a couple of photos of cinnamon teal that were at Otter Creek
Marsh Wildlife Management Area (Tama County) this morning.

Other bird species viewed this morning at OCM WMA included:

American coot
American crow
American robin
American white pelican
Bald eagle (1 remained on nest)
Belted kingfisher
Blue-winged teal
Bufflehead
Canada goose
Gadwall
Great blue heron
Greater white-fronted goose (several hundred)
Green-winged teal
Hooded merganser
Lesser scaup
Mallard
Northern cardinal
Northern harrier
Northern shoveler
Pied-billed grebe
Ring-necked duck
Red-winged blackbird
Sandhill crane
Snow goose (several hundred)
Song sparrow
Tree swallow
Trumpeter swan (at least 4)
Wood duck
Yellow-shafted flicker

Ken Saunders II

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Date: 4/7/17 3:01 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-7-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, April 1, through Friday, April 7,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**FISH CROW**









CASUAL:

*BEWICKS WREN*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Black Scoter

Lesser Black-backed Gull

House Wren (2nd earliest)

Smiths Longspur

Pine Warbler







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



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







*EAST*:



LINN COUNTY:

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Cedar Lake on the 31st.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

50 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen just south of the intersection of Highway 22
and Wapello on the 1st.



A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the north arm of Lake McBride on the
7th.



*SOUTHEAST*:



LEE COUNTY:

2 BEWICKS WRENS were seen at the Argyle junkyard on the 7th.



A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the 7th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

A BLACK SCOTER was seen from the beach at Honey Creek Resort at Lake
Rathbun on the 1st.









*CENTRAL:*



*BOONE COUNTY:*

*A CINNAMON TEAL continues to be seen in the pond at Lower Ledges SP on the
1st. It was last seen on the 3rd.*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*An early HOUSE WREN was seen along the Des Moines River in Des Moines on
the 1st.*



*A FISH CROW was seen flying back and forth between Oak Grove and Cherry
Glen at Saylorville on the 2nd. It was last seen on the 4th .*







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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 14, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

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Date: 4/7/17 2:55 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. Sandhill Cranes
At least 2 Sandhill Cranes were heard calling while apparently flying up
the Des Moines River at Ledges State Park this morning. I was birding in
forest at the adjacent McCoy WMA so could not see the birds flying but the
calls were unmistakable.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/7/17 2:42 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Macbride Area Tidbits

Surprising today was an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL rafted with Bonaparte's and Ring-billed gulls on the the north arm of Lake Macbride. This was the first time I've seen one at the lake. Also, Common Loons and
Horned Grebes in breeding plumages continue and pelicans were scattered everywhere.

A pair of Purple Martins have arrived to the Solon recreation area at the west end of north Macbride.

Shorebirding was fair at Twin View Heights with 7 species topped by Dunlins, Baird's and Long-billed Dowitchers.
An Eurasian Collared-Dove was another first for me at that location.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/7/17 2:23 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] re: Bewicks's Wren
Again, I forgot to sign my post re: Bewick's Wren
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/7/17 2:18 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bewick's Wren
A pair of Bewick's Wrens were very much interested in each other at the
junk yard 3 miles west of Argyle in Lee County. This is seems early as it
was the 10th when first seen last year. Also, a singing Pine Warbler was
seen at the Farmington Unit of Shimek at the usual location (even though
they have cut some trees in the immediate area).

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Date: 4/7/17 11:35 am
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Phoebe nesting - Clarke Co.
An Eastern phoebe has built a nest in it's usual spot under the roof of
small deck off the pole barn. No eggs yet.

Steve Harvey
Rural Clarke Co.

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Date: 4/7/17 10:37 am
From: Linda & Robert Scarth <scarth...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush
A Hermit Thrush was in the backyard this morning flicking its tail and
turning over leaves. We often see one traveling through at the end of the
first week of April. Sometimes it stays a few days.

Linda

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Date: 4/6/17 5:43 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Had a flyover FOY osprey right over house. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 4/6/17 5:17 pm
From: Ken S. <moosedogs...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon on/above Otter Creek Lake


Attached are a couple of photos of a common loon that was on (above) Otter Creek
Lake (Tama County park northeast of Toledo) shortly after 8:30 a.m. this morning. The
photographs were taken directly west of the Visitor Center from the little jetty
on the east shore line. The common loon flew west and I did not see it return while I was on site.


Other birds viewed at Otter Creek Lake County Park this morning:


3 to 5 American robins

1 blue-winged teal drake

3 to 5 brown creepers

5 Canada geese

2 Cooper's hawks

1 downy woodpecker

5 to 10 eastern bluebirds

multiple golden-crowned kinglets

15 to 20 lesser scaup

1 pair of mallards

10 to 15 northern shovelers

5 to 10 ring-necked ducks

1 sharp-shinned hawk (disrupted bluebird viewing)

3 to 5 turkey vultures

3 to 5 yellow-shafted flickers


Happy birding!

Ken Saunders II

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Date: 4/6/17 1:43 pm
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cormorant
I was traveling north on 330/65 in Polk Co. there was a Cormorant sitting on some brush by the pond on the east side of the road.
Virginia McKenzie

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Date: 4/6/17 8:04 am
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey
One has returned to the cell tower at the intersection of SE42nd & Army Post Road in West Des Moines.

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Date: 4/6/17 6:01 am
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Purple Martins (Johnson Co)
Purple Martins have returned to the colony at the Hills, Casey's store.
not sure when they arrived, but were very active this morning when i
stopped by, counted 8 for-sure, always a treat to see them return!

Adam Ciha
Hills, Iowa

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Date: 4/5/17 7:21 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush
The Louisiana Waterthrush has returned to the Mormon stone bridge at Lacey
Keosauqua (Van Buren Cty) this cold, wet, and windy AM. Yesterday the
Louisiana Waterthrush (Henry County) was singing at the Geode stone bridge
location (probable nester).
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/5/17 6:38 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Kinglets
Had a FOY ruby-crowned kinglet
Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 4/5/17 6:12 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Correction on Big Day list
Nathan Miller noted that I failed to include Horned Lark and Hermit Thrush
on the main list. Had them on Avisys and eBird list but failed to include
them on the total day list. Final tally was 106.

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Date: 4/5/17 3:47 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird Safe glass- Bell Museum
https://twin-cities.umn.edu/news-events/new-bell-museum-features-bird-safe-glass-windows

Good news for Minnesota birds!


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Date: 4/5/17 3:06 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Kent Park today, mostly
5 April 2017

F.W. Kent County Park 4 birders sat in the blind on this cold dreary morning 8:00 AM 90 Minutes

16 species: 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 5 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 4 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Tufted Titmouse, 3 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Field Sparrow, 10 Dark-eyed Junco, 2 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 Eastern Towhee, 8 Northern Cardinal, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 House Finch, 15 American Goldfinch.



I continued on my own to

F.W. Kent County Park Lake 9:45-9:55

4 species: 12 Lesser Scaup, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 16 Tree Swallow, 5 American Robin.



Goose Lake 10:19 AM-10:29

3 species: 40 Northern Shoveler, 1 Bufflehead, & 1 Pied-billed Grebe.



Fox Run Pond, Johnson, Iowa, US 10:30 AM - 10:35 AM


3 species: 1 Canvasback, 12 Lesser Scaup, & 1Pied-billed Grebe.


Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 4/5/17 9:58 am
From: englander.julie <englander.julie...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ruby-crowned Kinglet
FOY Ruby-Crowned Kinglet this morning in Iowa City.

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Date: 4/5/17 7:42 am
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Record Early Yellow Rail (no sighting)
Birders,

The Iowa State University bird collection received a specimen of a Yellow
Rail found freshly dead near Ames on 4/3/2017 (photo attached, record early
by one day). Prior to this the three record early dates for YERA were 4
April 1991, 10 April 1998, and 13 April 1983.


Good birding,

Kevin Murphy, Ames

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Date: 4/5/17 7:38 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Final BBS request for Iowa volunteers
This is a second and final attempt to get our 2017 vacant routes filled
with volunteers to conduct the annual federal Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS).
There are now 3 vacant routes remaining, a couple of which have not been
filled for some time and really need to get back into the mix.
Fortunately, we have filled 4 routes in eastern and central Iowa with new
volunteers over the past week, but it certainly would be great to try
filling all our routes for the first time in many, many years!

The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the longest-running,
scientifically-designed bird survey in the nation, and data collected is
*critical* for determining trends in bird populations and to help
biologists plan how to deal with species declines. Because of frequent
vacancies in the 33 current routes in Iowa, there is often lack of enough
data to hamper conservation planning, details for updated breeding bird
atlases, T&E species evaluations, and more.

If you would consider volunteering to fill a vacant Iowa BBS route, here is
some basic information about the survey & requirements for volunteers:

- Each 25-mi. survey must be conducted at sunrise one time between late
May & early July (typical survey takes about 4 hours).
- New volunteers must view about an hour of training material on the BBS
website.
- Volunteers must try to conduct their route for at least 3 consecutive
years (or the data may not be usable).
- You need basic bird identification skills for most of Iowa's more
common species.
- Volunteer may optionally have someone come along as a driver or data
recorder (but that person cannot help ID the birds)

Here is a list of our 3 remaining vacant BBS routes in Iowa (named after
nearby towns) and their general locations. All three remaining vacancies
are in western Iowa, where we are always seem to be short on birders:

- Neola--in Pottawattamie Co., NE of Council Bluffs
- Pierson--in Woodbury & Plymouth Co's, E of Sioux City
- Washta--in Cherokee & Woodbury Co's, E of Sioux City

Give this request some serious thought, as the BBS provides the most
important annual bird data for all of North America--and "citizen
scientists" are the most important people to help conduct these surveys.

Please reply to this final 2017 request if you'd consider a route, and let
me know which one. You might first want to go to the BBS website and review
additional information before letting me know:
*https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/index.cfm
<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/index.cfm>* .

However, I need the names and contact info (address, phone & email) for new
volunteers and must submit that information to the BBS office in the next
couple of weeks, giving them time to provide you with maps, data forms,
volunteer papers needing signatures, etc. before the count period begins.
If I've not met you before or don't know of your birding background, please
include a description of your birding abilities, or the name of someone who
can testify to your basic bird ID skills.

Doug Harr
Iowa Breeding Bird Survey Coordinator

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Date: 4/4/17 5:38 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
FOY towhee under feeders. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 4/4/17 4:14 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun
I forgot to mention 22 Common Loons. Tom J.

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Date: 4/4/17 4:11 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun waterfowl
Paul Egeland, Mike Stephens and went to check on the Black Scoter that Mike
and I saw on Sun. We did not locate this bird or other scoters. We did see
tremendous change from 2 days ago. 21 species of waterfowl were seen with
175 Red-breasted Mergansers, 450 Cormorants, 6 Eared Grebes in breeding
plumage and at least 8 Horned Grebes. The grebes were at the dam. We also
had a woodpecker sweep with a beautiful Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in
breeding plumage. Male and female Pileated were at my home on suet. We also
had a Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Brown Thrasher and of course
Cowbirds all first for me this spring. Watch out north Iowa spring is
moving fast. Tom Johnson Mystic, Iowa



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Date: 4/4/17 2:56 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Afternoon check for Cinnamon
Checked twice this afternoon. Still no Cinnamon at Ledges. I think he has moved on to bigger ponds!
Larry Dau
Boone County

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Date: 4/4/17 2:48 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Water and Land TRUST FUND NOT a sighting
Dear Friends -

We have waited 10 (long) years.

But there is finally legislation to fully fund the Natural Resources and
Outdoor Trust Fund with a huge chance at becoming law!

But without you, we won't make it happen.

Join Iowa's Water & Land Legac <http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/>y
on *Tuesday,
April 11* for our "Day on the Hill" - and we'll give you pizza and a
t-shirt just for showing up!

Sign up right away: http://www.iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/take-action/
join-us-capitol/


We have an exciting program awaiting you, including:


* Exclusive roundtable discussion with the CEOs of Ducks Unlimited,
Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation

* Craft Brewer discussion on the importance of clean water

* Meetings with your legislators encouraging them to support the WISE
legislation to fund the trust

* And much, much more!


This will all be moderated by popular radio and TV star Outdoors Dan!

Don't miss it - sign up right away by clicking here<
http://www.iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/take-action/join-us-capitol/> - and
after you sign up, forward this email to everyone you know and encourage
them to do so as well.



On to victory -

Grant Young | 515-402-6715 | <grantyoung72...>

Fowarded by

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Date: 4/4/17 1:54 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned Grebe Moorehead Park Lake-Ida County
Hi,
The Horned Grebe continues on Moorehead Park Lake, Ida County west of Ida Grove. Finally had a morning with some sunlight for better photos.


Don

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



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Date: 4/4/17 12:48 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Fish Crow - no
Am watching Fish Crow right now at Oak Grove ,Saylorville Lake. Hanging out
with coots just south of parking area. 2:45 pm.

Doug Harr

On Apr 4, 2017 11:55 AM, "Dennis Thompson" <cndthomps...> wrote:

> I met several folks looking for the Saylorville Fish Crow this morning,
> but I don’t believe it was seen by anyone. Great Egrets have arrived en
> masse, with 17 below the dam. There were also good numbers of Tree
> Swallows around the lake.
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Date: 4/4/17 11:25 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: April 11th--will you be there?
Hello all,

I'm reaching out on behalf of Iowa's Water and Land Legacy
<http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/> to ask for your help regarding the:
"Fund the Trust" Day on the Hill. We have the best chance ever to begin
the funding of the Trust. We need your help and attendance if at all
possible.

1) *If you could help out by attending "Fund the Trust" Day on the Hill
<http://www.iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/take-action/join-us-capitol/> it
would be most appreciated.*

Here are the details:

*Date:* Tuesday, *April 11th*, 2017
*Time: *10AM-2PM (Doors open 8:30AM)
*Location:* Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Ave, 2nd floor Rotunda

2) *I would like to have a list of the people who could possible help out
with this important event.*

3) Also please click on the following *RSVP link: *http://www.iowaswaterand
landlegacy.org/take-action/join-us-capitol/ to that organizers have a count
so that they have a t-shirt and enough lunch for all that show up.

*Let me know at your earliest convenience. *

Thanks for all your help with this effort!

Sincerely,

*Paul Roisen* (for Ruth Lapointe)

*Ruth Lapointe*
Grassroots Organizer
Iowa's Water and Land Legacy <http://iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org/>

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Date: 4/4/17 11:02 am
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] North Washington eagle nest
Drove past the nest that fell out of the tree in the last snowstorm we had, and saw that the eagles have rebuilt. Previously they were near the center of the pasture, they've moved to a tree in the northwest corner, 200-300 yards from the original. Doubtful on eggs this year, but there's still a nest there.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/4/17 10:45 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common loon -- Saylorville Lake
At Cherry Glen.

Diane Dentlinger
Polk Co.

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Date: 4/4/17 10:43 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood- Johnson County this morning
I went to Terry Trueblood this morning, thinking I'd just stop by briefly
and see what was there, but the birds were just wonderful right after the
rain, so I ended up staying an hour and a half.

A *Horned Grebe*, *almost* completely in breeding plumage, was seen on
the NW side of the lake. Many *Red-breasted Mergansers* congregated on the
SW side of the lake, males displaying, quite fun to watch. A *Common Loon*,
male, in breeding plumage, was fishing on the SE corner of the lake.
Several FOY *Field Sparrows* were seen. Many, many *Eastern Bluebirds* were
all around, obviously taking note of the new housing that was just put up
for them. I've never seen so many there actually. *Fox Sparrows* and *White-throated
Sparrows* were working over the damp leaf litter. Just as I was planning
on leaving an *Osprey* starting to hover maybe 50' in front of me, making
it hard to want to leave! Also several immature *Bald Eagles* as well. A
group of 5 *Cormorants* flew overhead, headed north.

Really, a great display of spring birds, go check it out!

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/4/17 10:41 am
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - No
With a partially sunny day. i decided to go across the river to Ledges and
check on the Cinnamon Teal. Upon arrival, only a pair of Mallards, a pair
ow Wood ducks and a pair of Canada Geese. There was a Belted Kingfisher, 6
Yellow-rump Warblers and both Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, also
present.
After a half hour, some Blue-winged Teal came in. Most went up a bay on
the other side of the pond. Not sure if it the same group of BWT's as
before, as 3 females were present with 7 males. After an hour and half, no
Cinnamon.
Larry Dau
Boone Iowa

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Date: 4/4/17 9:55 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow - no
I met several folks looking for the Saylorville Fish Crow this morning, but
I don't believe it was seen by anyone. Great Egrets have arrived en masse,
with 17 below the dam. There were also good numbers of Tree Swallows around
the lake.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 4/4/17 8:38 am
From: <mkenne...>
Subject: [ia-bird] new spring birds
I failed to coax out the sun this morning at Wildin Prairie, Kossuth Co,
but I did hear Soras calling, and enjoyed watching a Short-eared Owl get
up and circle around before settling onto the other end of the property.


Matthew Kenne

Algona,Iowa

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Date: 4/3/17 7:03 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sue Spieker
Maridel Jackson posted this on Facebook today and I wanted to share with the
rest of the IOU community. Sue was an active member of the IOU and was
secretary several years ago. No doubt many in the Des Moines area have
birded with her over the years.

http://www.olearyfunerals.com/notices/Susan-Spieker



Ann Johnson

Norwalk, IA





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Date: 4/3/17 3:56 pm
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds, Osprey, Cranes
Hi all,

This afternoon I managed to pick out 1 Dunlin and 4 Baird's Sandpipers from
a mess of Pecs and Yellowlegs at Twin View Heights.

At Cedar Lake I spotted my FOY Horned Grebe and Bonaparte's Gull. The
Osprey was present at the tower just up the road at J Ave and Wenig.

Yesterday I heard Sandhill Cranes from my backyard in Ely.

Good Birding,
Randall Scheiner
Ely, IA

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Date: 4/3/17 3:01 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Towhee
Hey I-Birders,

Showers deterred everyone but me off the path along the Des Moines River
this afternoon, and the birds were extremely active. Both RUBY-CROWNED and
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were present, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and a
couple of FOX SPARROWS augmented the dozens of SONG SPARROWS present. A
pleasant surprise as I neared my car was a flash of white which proved to
be an EASTERN TOWHEE in the underbrush. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in
the back yard with the many juncos, and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD alit near the
feeder, brightening a dreary day with his brilliant plumage.

Happy spring and good birding,

Stuart Sparkmn
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/3/17 1:56 pm
From: Bery Engebretsen <beryeng...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish crow yes
At 3:45 the suspect bird was calling and easily observed from the Oaks at
the top of the boat ramp at Cherry Glenn. Having just returned from DC I
have to say that this call is not quite like the calls out there, but could
be regional difference.
Got decent pics.

Bery Engebretsen

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Date: 4/3/17 12:32 pm
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Mason City hybrid duck
I think it has some Widgeon in it...

My two cents worth..


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Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Mason City hybrid duck

I'm not convinced it has any Mallard or Gadwall
genes. After an internet search in support of my
Shoveler X Wigeon guess, I came across this photo
of an alleged Blue-winged Teal X Green-winged Teal photographed in Texas.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/444365@N25/discuss/72157629522125551/

There are a couple of other photos of this teal
hybrid too, and they look pretty much the same.

Paul Hertzel


At 09:40 PM 4/2/2017, you wrote:
>I'll throw out shoveler x Gadwall. There are a
>few photos of this combo online that are similar.Â

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Date: 4/3/17 12:27 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ida county
Thanks Don Poggensee I have seen my first horned grebe. Morehead park
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> On Apr 3, 2017, at 2:07 PM, Larry Dau <lgdau9...> wrote:
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> In a flooded area just outside our addition and about 1000 feet from my house was a Great-tailed Grackle in a small tree near the water.
> Larry Dau
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> Spark's Cemetery Area
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Date: 4/3/17 12:07 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] New Yard Bird
In a flooded area just outside our addition and about 1000 feet from my
house was a Great-tailed Grackle in a small tree near the water.
Larry Dau
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Date: 4/3/17 10:50 am
From: Ulrike G <ulrikedg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow - NO
Nadia and I started at Cherry Glenn around 11:15 (? I didn't check my
clock) and worked our way north, hitting Oak Grove, the Saylorville
Wildlife Refuge, and Sandpiper. We found 3 American Crows at Sandpiper, up
near the playground, but that's it for corvids. The rain was pretty
miserable, so we tried to stay in the vehicle as much as possible.

We did find one Red-breasted Merganser at the Refuge area, and three Wood
Ducks at Cottonwood on the way back home. Also noticed the Canada Goose &
Ring-necked Duck nests at Cottonwood. Otherwise, lots of Coots (including
one carrying a frog and being chased by two others at Oak Grove, which
provided some comedy relief), a handful of Shovelers & Blue-winged Teal,
and quite a few Ring-necked Ducks provided the majority of birds seen.

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Date: 4/3/17 9:56 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal

Still present at Leger State Park 11:56 AM
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> On Apr 3, 2017, at 10:21 AM, Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> wrote:
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> Paul Roisen and I just had the Fish Crow at the far north end of Cherry Glen. It's bouncing back and forth between there and Oak Grove.
>
> Danny Akers
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> From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> on behalf of Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
> Sent: Monday, April 3, 2017 9:51:17 AM
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> Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow continues at Saylorville
>
> The FISH CROW is still present (and quite vocal) at Saylorville. It flushed from Oak Grove beach, but landed at the first peninsula to the south. It was still there when I left at 9:30.
>
> Denny Thompson
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Date: 4/3/17 8:42 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Fish Crow continues at Saylorville
Fish Crow photographed and vocalizing last seen heading from Oak Grove around the bend into the marina area good luck

Sent from my iPhone

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> The FISH CROW is still present (and quite vocal) at Saylorville. It flushed from Oak Grove beach, but landed at the first peninsula to the south. It was still there when I left at 9:30.
>
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Date: 4/3/17 8:22 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Fish Crow continues at Saylorville
Paul Roisen and I just had the Fish Crow at the far north end of Cherry Glen. It's bouncing back and forth between there and Oak Grove.

Danny Akers

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The FISH CROW is still present (and quite vocal) at Saylorville. It flushed from Oak Grove beach, but landed at the first peninsula to the south. It was still there when I left at 9:30.

Denny Thompson
Johnston

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Date: 4/3/17 7:51 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow continues at Saylorville
The FISH CROW is still present (and quite vocal) at Saylorville. It flushed
from Oak Grove beach, but landed at the first peninsula to the south. It
was still there when I left at 9:30.



Denny Thompson

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Date: 4/3/17 5:44 am
From: Anthony Hertzel <axhertzel...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mason City hybrid duck
See illustrations on plate 40 and text on page 394 of Reeber (2015).

Reeber, Sebastien. 2015. Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An identification guide. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ. 656 pp.

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Date: 4/2/17 8:21 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Mason City hybrid duck
I'm not convinced it has any Mallard or Gadwall
genes. After an internet search in support of my
Shoveler X Wigeon guess, I came across this photo
of an alleged Blue-winged Teal X Green-winged Teal photographed in Texas.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/444365@N25/discuss/72157629522125551/

There are a couple of other photos of this teal
hybrid too, and they look pretty much the same.

Paul Hertzel


At 09:40 PM 4/2/2017, you wrote:
>I'll throw out shoveler x Gadwall. There are a
>few photos of this combo online that are similar.Â

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Date: 4/2/17 8:19 pm
From: Rick Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
James. Such a neat bird.

With ducks, I think every hybrid possible has been recoded. For a lot of pictures on line, it seems to me that parentage --- unless you have seen the parents* and watched it grow up, you are just whistling into the wind --- and are really just guessing.

* even if you seen the pair, unless you can guarantee that she didn't step out or some other drake didn't force his way him. Or that someone didn't dump an egg in the nest.

Just my thoughts.

Continued Good Birding,

Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA

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Date: 4/2/17 7:40 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
I'll throw out shoveler x Gadwall. There are a few photos of this combo
online that are similar.

On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 9:02 PM James McCoy <mccoyfam...> wrote:

> This odd duck was seen on 280th St in Mason City on 3/31/17. I’m
> guessing Mallard-N. Shoveler hybrid. Any other thoughts?
>
>
>
> Jamie McCoy
>
> Iowa City
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Date: 4/2/17 7:34 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
Brewer's Duck - Mallard X Gadwall?

Ann Johnson
Norwalk, IA



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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?

At 09:02 PM 4/2/2017, James McCoy wrote:
>This odd duck was seen on 280th St in Mason City on 3/31/17. I'm
>guessing Mallard-N. Shoveler hybrid. Any other thoughts?
> Jamie McCoy
>Iowa City

What a great bird, Jamie. Very distinctive, very unique. I've never seen one like it before.

My guess is Shoveler X Wigeon, although I don't know if that hybrid has been recorded. That would be something to look up.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City

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Date: 4/2/17 7:24 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
At 09:02 PM 4/2/2017, James McCoy wrote:
>This odd duck was seen on 280th St in Mason City on 3/31/17. I'm
>guessing Mallard-N. Shoveler hybrid. Any other thoughts?
> Jamie McCoy
>Iowa City

What a great bird, Jamie. Very distinctive, very unique. I've never
seen one like it before.

My guess is Shoveler X Wigeon, although I don't know if that hybrid
has been recorded. That would be something to look up.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City

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Date: 4/2/17 7:02 pm
From: James McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mallard-Shoveler hybrid?
This odd duck was seen on 280th St in Mason City on 3/31/17. I'm guessing
Mallard-N. Shoveler hybrid. Any other thoughts?



Jamie McCoy

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Date: 4/2/17 6:52 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Personal lists and a Question
So a question —do Woodcock always make noise when they fly. See my Shorebird description in the next paragraph.

2 April 2017 6:20 AM taking the dog out back Rural North Liberty sounded like Spring. Multiple things singing at once: robins, cardinals, juncos a few sparrows. And the first Ea Phoebe has returned to our neighborhood. 1 shore bird flew up from the Corps land and right over the house, going may 201 over my head. It was shaped sort of like the space ships of the 1940s – fat in the middle and almost pointed at top and nearly pointed at the tails. My only guess is that is was a Woodcock.




2 April 2017 7:10 AM - 8 PM from rural North Liberty to F.W. Kent County Park: Ring-billed Gull 400

Leading ICBC Caravan from F.W. Kent County Park to Tom’s Pond 1 pair Canada Goose, 1 pair American Kestrel on a wire a ways S of Tom’s Ponds, nn Blackbird sp, 4 Mdwlrk sp.




Rick Hollis

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Date: 4/2/17 6:43 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chickasaw County-returning sandhill cranes
Saw at least 3, possibly 4 sandhills this morning on the private land across the road from the Ackerson Easterly wildlife area, where the field meets the weeds. I saw a pair last year in the same location very consistently so will definitely be watching for nesting activity.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/2/17 6:19 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] ICBC Field Trip FW Kent P and Goose L
A Johnson Co Twofer.

Apr 2, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM ICBC Field Trip F.W. Kent County Park, Johnson, Iowa, US


1.25 mile(s) 11 Birders

34 species: Canada Goose 5, Wood Duck 3, Ring-necked Duck 8, Lesser Scaup 12, Wild Turkey 3, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 4, Turkey Vulture 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 5, Eastern Phoebe 3, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 5, Black-capped Chickadee 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Brown Creeper 1, ¿Winter Wren 1?, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 11, European Starling 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 5, Field Sparrow 2, Fox Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco 3, Song Sparrow 3, Northern Cardinal 5, Red-winged Blackbird 6, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 6, Purple Finch 2, American Goldfinch 5.

Always a treat to see the first Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Ea. Phoebe, and Butterbutts of the season. We were also thrilled with a chance to listen to rare Stereophonic Field Sparrows.




Apr 2, 2017 11:05 AM - 11:30 AM ICBC field trip Goose Lake, Johnson, Iowa, US


19 species Canada Goose 10, Mallard 15, Blue-winged Teal 1, Northern Shoveler 25, Lesser Scaup 4, Bufflehead 2, Ruddy Duck 10, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Horned Grebe 1, American White Pelican 20, Turkey Vulture 3, American Coot 4, Killdeer 1, Ring-billed Gull 1, Mourning Dove 2, American Crow 2, Song Sparrow 3, Red-winged Blackbird 4, Common Grackle 20.

I think al1 told we have 40 couple species. Although it was spitting rain as we started, we really saw no rain on the trip.


Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 4/2/17 1:59 pm
From: Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal Continues at Ledges/Boone Co.
The Cinnamon Teal previously reported still at Ledges today at 1:30 pm.
Thanks also to Eric Ollie for the spot on directions and location!
Sharon Bauer

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Date: 4/2/17 1:02 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Thrasher- Washington County
FOY Brown Thrasher singing his heart out this morning in Washington County.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/2/17 12:17 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring
After watching Brown Creepers out my kitchen window since they arrived last fall, I haven’t seen one for two days. However, a Song Sparrow or two have arrived and White-throated Sparrows that have been absent since December have returned. And a Golden-crowned Kinglet put on a good show late this morning.



Jane Clark

Clive

Western Polk County

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Date: 4/2/17 11:41 am
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring
Spring has come to Tama Co., a Goldfinch in bright breeding plumage visited our feeders this afternoon! We have had several pairs over the last couple of weeks but none were bright yellow. It sure did light up a dreary Sunday.
Virginia McKenzie

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Date: 4/2/17 10:13 am
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow
Just now at Cherry Glen/Saylorville on beach north of parking lot.

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Date: 4/2/17 10:12 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek Co birds:
Rock Creek Lake on Sunday Morning Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell
shovelers 100+
ruddy ducks 50-75
gadwalls few
mallards
lesser scaup down to 50-75 from 300
5-10 white pelicans
4 piedbilled grebes
north of lake on ponds were
blue-wing teal
green-wing teal 100+
no sandhills
5 red-breasted mergansers

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Date: 4/2/17 9:57 am
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow
At 11:30 it flew north from Cherry Glen area. Not relocated yet.

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Date: 4/2/17 8:29 am
From: <etushar...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loons - Linn County

As of 10:00 am, there were two Common Loons close to the dam at Palo’s Pleasant Creek Recreation Area.

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Date: 4/2/17 8:26 am
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Trying to send possible Fish Crow photo again


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Date: 4/2/17 8:24 am
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible Fish Crow Photo
Please see attached. It appeared smaller when I was scoping it.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/2/17 8:21 am
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible Fish Crow at Saylorville
I am currently at Cherry Glen where I recorded the call of a smallish Crow on the north end where the pavement turned to gravel. I have attached the recording. Unfortunately a guy in a truck with dogs drove up that way and drove the crow further north towards oak grove. I think it's still in the area and will try to relocate it. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts on the recording. The call is at the 10 second mark as well as the end. I will send a follow up post with a photo.

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John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/1/17 7:57 pm
From: cindy wilson <birdercw...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lots of Pelicans and more
4-1-17 At Wilson Island State Park (Western Iowa) and on the road to there
(DeSoto Ave) we saw:
200+ Pelicans
Great Blue Heron
Wood Ducks
Canada Geese
Shovelers
Meadow Larks
A Flock of mixed blackbirds:
Grackles,
Red Winged Blackbirds,
Yellow Headed Black Birds
Eastern Kingbird
Killdeer

~Cindy Wilson

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Date: 4/1/17 7:10 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ducks in Ida County
Hi,
I did a quick check on the duck migration here in Ida county. A Crawford Creek lots of Mallards, several Pintails, lots of N.shovelers, lot of L Scaups, two Ruddy ducks, & Blue-winged teal, and several Canvasback.
Moorehead Park Lake had Shovelers, L. Scaups, Mallards, several Pied-billed Grebe., three Wood Ducks, and one Beautiful Male Horned Grebe. Light was poor but a fair photo.

Don

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Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
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Date: 4/1/17 5:42 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] March Big Day 2017--sorry for the late post
My friend Nathan Miller, a seriously talented birder, from the Lamoni area
in Decatur County invited me to participate in a attempt to break the March
Big Day record which I think is 102 set awhile back with by the Fuller
brothers and John Ruthenbeck.

Date: March 31, 2017
Starting Temp 42
End Temp 46
Starting Wind 12-15mph
Ending Wind 3-4mph
Sky overcast all day with one very brief sprinkle
Start time 6:00AM
End time 7:30PM
Counties covered: Appanoose, Decatur, Ringgold
All three counties had received considerable rain and mud was everywhere..

The AM started off quite well with Eastern Screech and American Woodcock
vocalizing. Brief run to Kellerton (Ringgold) which sported a
Rough-legged Hawk and 25 or so Greater Prairie Chickens be harassed by two
Northern Harriers.

Back to Decatur County hitting Lake LaShane, Lamoni Sewage Lagoons, Little
River Lake, back to the "Decatur Boys" property, and Nine Eagles State Park.
Best birding start to a day this year: 52 species by 9:00, 82 by 10:30.

On our way to Rathbun Dam we realized that with all the species we had
gathered we did not have an American Goldfinch yet. This seemed rather
surprising and a little concerning since we would need every species we
could possibly locate to have a chance. Mike and Vicki Stephens indicated
that they indeed did have Am Goldfinch but not much else. A 3 minute stop
snared this species and as it turned out we did not see or hear another
goldfinch all day.

Our first run to Lake Rathbun produced Snow and Ross's Goose, Horned and
Eared Grebe, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers as well as several Herring
Gulls moving us to *91 species by 2:30PM.*

We had missed Northern Bobwhite in Ringgold and Decatur. It was getting
late and still 8 species short of 100--which was my original goal since I
had only 99 species total from Jan 1 through March 30. Nathan on the other
hand would not be satisfied without at least a tie. Truthfully, I was
tensing up a little as my competitive nature gnawed at my insides Reality
was beganning to set in and the rest of the day was a real grind with lots
of vehicle miles and walking.

However, considering we had missed Mallard, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar
Waxwing, Trumpeter Swan, and both expect accipiters and had seen any
shorebirds yet we still optimistic about our chances but daylight and
places to bird were fast decreasing.

Sedan Bottoms was kind of our last chance still needing 11 to tie and 12 to
break the record. Possible birds: Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling
Goose, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Northern Pintail--Shorebirds with
possible Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral, Wilson's Snipe--Cooper's
and Sharp-shinned, Barred Owl, and Belted Kingfisher. If we got them all
we would be successful! Chipping Sparrow was hoped for but we were kind of
out of habitat for a even an early visit from this species.

Mallard, Hooded Merganser, a Great Egret is perched in a tree, Greater
Yellowlegs, and GWF Goose popped up quickly (96). As we headed back into
Pool 8 we surprised wonderful views of a (IMHO) late Short-eared Owl (97).
The Red-shoulded Hawks on Nathan's property were a no show so we tried
for the one that had been down on 590th but no luck. Birds activity was
dropping rapidly. As we walked out we were really starting to feel the
weight of not even making 100. But.... Barred Owl starts vocalizing (98)
and then about 110 Pectorals get up from "who knows where" to get us to
(99). We are know out of ideas so drive the Sedan Bottom roads a little.
A lone Northern Pintail (100) flies over with a bunch of teal and
mallards. Then a couple of Cacking Goose show up in a hidden pond (101).
My stomach unknots a little since 100 feels so much better than 99. S*o
why is that we do not feel the same way when we go to the store?? Doesn't
1.99 seem much cheaper than 2.00 dollars. Yep I am still tired from last
night.*

Still not Belted Kingfisher. *We have seen more ponds and crossed more
creeks, steams, and rivers than Noah's Ark and NO Belted Kingfisher*! No
accipiters, no snipe, no swans, no sandhill crane, no lesser yellowlegs, on
Canvasback. It is 6:30 and with the overcast it is getting to then end of
the day.

Head back towards Decatur and hope to see an accipiter or swan or
canvasback along the road? we only need ONE to tie!! As we come through
Centerville my Subaru balks at heading home and unexpectedly heads to the
Rathbun. Hum, why not we have would have about 20 minutes of reasonable
light on the lake. Nothing new on the lake. We approach the north end
of the dam (no one is coming) so we pause and scan. Nathen remarks that
there are possibly some small gulls up by the Marina but maybe then are
just far away. We speed over there as the light is fading past. As we
park we immediately notice a Bonaparte's Gull (102) then 2, 3, 6. We count
16. High 5's are exchanged as we have at least tied the record. A couple
more small Gulls. Can't make them out. Get out scope. Two more
Bonaparte's Gull "No 3 NO that's a Franklin's YES two more. We are 103.
Emotionally worn out we pack up and head out to drop off Nathan.

Amazing moment of the day for me I hear a Red-Shouldered Hawk scream
except is seems very muted and has a slightly different timber but yet it
does not sound far away. I hear it again and stop and listen and Nathan
just says that is a Blue Jay. On this point I am skeptical but I hear a
gain and sure enough it was a Blue Jay. When the Red-shoulded pair were
there at least one of the Blue Jay's leaned to mimic it incredibly well. I
had never heard such an accurate vocalization as that from this species.

850 miles in 36 hours--with actual Big Day vehicle miles of 320 and about 4
miles of walking made for a very tired Paul by the time he returned to
Sioux City at 3AM Saturday.

Shock of today. We did not have a checklist with us so wrote everything
down on a large pad. This morning when I transferred the list to a
checklist I found we had forgot to write down our sightings of American
Tree Sparrow on the MAIN list. So 104 it is.

A great thanks to Nathan who has incredible ability to identify chips and
calls and songs from many many of the species

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>*

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Date: 4/1/17 4:22 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] April Fool out birding
Sometimes by the end of March I have hit 100 species for the year here in
northwest Iowa but more often than not I have not. Yesterday I was at 95
species so this morning I took a long walk along the old railroad
right-of-way next to the Little Sioux River south of Spencer. I added lots
of Fox Sparrows, a couple of Swamp Sparrows, nine Golden-crowned Kinglets, a
single Hermit Thrush and three Greater Yellowlegs to my year list. 100
species on the nose! No foolin'. Fresh air, good exercise and a nature
escape from reality. Life doesn't get any better than this!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 4/1/17 3:49 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Scoter
One Black Scoter and one Common Loon off swim beach at Honey Creek Resort.
Appanoose County this p.m. This where 12 had been reported. Tom
Johnson.Mystic, Ia

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Date: 4/1/17 3:07 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone-Story-Polk birds today
I made a 5.5 hour loop from Ogden through Boone Co., Story Co. & northern
Polk Co. today (with an occasional short hike) and ended up with 56 bird
species--my best day of the year so far. Most were common species everyone
has been seeing the past few weeks, but I managed 2 FOY finds, both at
McCoy Wildlife Area, on the SE side of Ledges State Park. Taking a short
walk down the road from the parking area, I found a *Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker *on an field edge oak tree*,* and about 50 meters further south,
at the edge of main timber, was a flock of 9 *Fox Sparrows*. Also I saw
the Cinnamon Teal for the 5th consecutive day.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/1/17 1:49 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] A crowning achievement



It seems like only yesterday that no one asked me if I was taking my occasionally annual trip to Tongueinshiek County.  Well, today I did just that, focusing on the NE quadrant of the SW section, ie, the central portion of the county.
As has become the norm, I found an unbelievable group of birds, each of them a first state record for Iowa. 
---  White-crowned Pigeon ---  Red-crowned Parrot ---  Violet-crowned Hummingbird ---  Gray-crowned Yellowthroat---  Golden-crowned Warbler ---  Rufous-crowned Sparrow 
As always, documentations will be forwarded to the IOU Bird Records Committee.  Because I'm on the committee, I will of course recuse myself and enjoy an adult beverage. 
Happy April to all Iowa birders. 
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 




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Date: 4/1/17 1:14 pm
From: Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] cone marsh bobwhite
I fllushed a small covey of bobwhite on the west side of Cone Marsh this morning.


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Date: 4/1/17 1:13 pm
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] House Wren
This morning Stuart and I were surprised to see a HOUSE WREN along the Des
Moines River in Des Moines. It was silent, but hopped around in the bare
branches of some shrubs, so we got clear looks. The long tail and lighter
color ruled out Winter Wren.

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Date: 4/1/17 12:42 pm
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loggerhead Shrikes, Cone Marsh
Last but not least for today's bird sightings -- a pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES was working the usual shrike area along T Avenue in the SE corner of Cone Marsh, Louisa County.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 4/1/17 12:31 pm
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned Grebe continues Ada Hayden Park
I birded all morning and added 34 species to my yearly list.

Added Cinnamon Teal, both kinglets, brown creeper, Eastern Phoebe and fox
sparrows at Ledge SP.

Checked Harrier Marsh, Slater treatment ponds, Sandpiper Rec Area. Got some
Red-breasted Mergansers at the dam pullouts.

All the way back at Roland Wildlife Area, the vegetation seems too high for
longspurs this year, but Savannah Sparrows are a dime a dozen. Saw some
sandpipers that were probably pectoral, but couldn't get a good look.

A pair of horned grebes continues at Ada Hayden Park in Story County, right
in front of the all the fishermen at the parking lot. Got great views.

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Date: 4/1/17 10:58 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Pipits, Johnson Co.
Farther south on Wapello (between 660th and 680th -- see Smith's Longspurs post for directions) -- there is a small flock of AMERICAN PIPITS on east side of road in bare field. These are farther out from road than the longspurs were, and the heat distortion makes finding them very difficult. Luckily I saw them in flight and landing.

Also have seen a couple of VESPER SPARROWS and a mixed flick of blackbirds that included RUSTY along Wapello.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/1/17 9:49 am
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal still present
At 11:45 the Cinnamon teal is still present



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Date: 4/1/17 9:40 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's Longspurs, east of Lone Tree
There is a small flock of ~50 SMITH'S LONGSPURS just south of the intersection of Highway 22 and Wapello in Johnson County. This is east of Lone Tree.

A few are starting to tradition to breeding plumage, but not quite there yet. Scope helpful to find them in the corn stubble on the west side, although they have also been flying across the road and can be seen that way with binocs.

They just flew to the east side of the road in a group and are now in the bare field on the east side.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/1/17 7:56 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Pileated Woodpeckers and Hellaborus
2 Pileated Woodpeckers
Song Sparrow
Eastern Phoebe
Both Kinglets
And Hellaborus
Stalking photos of Pileated

Dick Sayles
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Date: 4/1/17 7:13 am
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal--yes
Still present at 9 this Saturday morning. Also present we're both Kinglets, many Wood Ducks, and Blue-winged Teal

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/1/17 5:33 am
From: Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Golden-crowned Kinglet NW Story County
Birders,
We just saw a perky little kinglet working our privet hedge this morning!
First ever for me.
Rejoicing, Sue Yeakel
NW Story County

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Date: 3/31/17 8:35 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh- Louisa County today
I drove around Cone Marsh today around noon. Did not have the time I
would've liked to really look more thoroughly, but the place was just
hoppin' with activity! Lots of ducks and great habitat for shorebirds.
Highlights for me were a flock of Wilson's Snipes and Long-billed
Dowitchers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, American Widgeons, Ruddy Ducks
with males in breeding plumage (love those pretty blue bills!), a female
Belted Kingfisher and a nocturnal mammal- Raccoon!

My ebird list:

eBird Checklist – Cone Marsh, Iowa – Fri Mar 31, 2017 – 38 species
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35598100

Fawn Bowden

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Date: 3/31/17 8:05 pm
From: uphawkeye <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ledges State Park Cinnamon Teal - Directions
Greetings!

I received a couple of inquiries for specific directions to the location of
the Cinnamon Teal currently (at least as of 6:15 PM on Fri 3/31) at Ledges
State Park in Boone County, so in case anyone else was interested in seeing
it and would like a little more information on how to find it, I have
prepared the following:

You can input the GPS coordinates:

Latitude: 41.99648607
Longitude: -93.89266166

into your preferred mapping application, or follow these directions:

From the intersection of US 30 and S. Story St. in Boone, IA, turn south on
S. Story St. and continue for ~3/4 of a mile until you come to a
T-intersection. Turn Right (West) onto Oriole Rd. (Hwy 160). Follow Oriole
Rd for 2.9 miles west and then follow the bend around to the south down the
hill until you pass through the entrance marker for Ledges State Park which
is made out of large limestone blocks. You have arrived! The pond that the
CITE has been in is immediately south of the limestone marker on the right
(west). If you get to the intersection of Oriole RD and the end of the
canyon road (250th St.) and a parking lot you have gone too far. The CITE
is very active and moves in and out of cover, so if you don't see it
immediately, be patient. He may still be there and could very well show up
soon.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 3/31/17 6:23 pm
From: Ken Wiggers <ken.wiggers...>
Subject: [ia-bird] "Kingfrogger"
I watched this evening (~6:30) a Belted Kingfisher work the creek north of
the house. It dived, sat on a branch over the creek and worked about 5
minutes with success in swallowing a frog. The annual Eastern Phoebe was
flycatching part of the time this late afternoon by just skimming the water
(~8'x15') if a small pond. Three Wood duck pairs were on the creek today, 2
pairs are frequently here, one pair daily and using the Wood duck box.
Story county, 5 miles south of Ames. 3.31.17

*Ken*

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Date: 3/31/17 5:51 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Cedar Rapids
Cedar Lake continues to attract gulls with an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED being new tonight. All adult gulls are
looking pretty spiffy right now in their breeding plumages but this gull had no peers. Also, 9 Am. Herring Gulls
present were the most I've seen lately.

One Horned Grebe in transitional plumage remains of the pair that were regular this month.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/31/17 2:54 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - Boone
CITE still present at 4:52, along with several Ruby-crowned and
Golden-crowned Kinglets, an Eastern Phoebe and a calling Eastern
Screech-Owl.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Mar 31, 2017 4:44 PM, "Larry Dau" <lgdau9...> wrote:

> Still there at 3 PM. There are mostly male BWT's with him. Find the
> female and you will find him.
> Larry Dau
> Boone Co
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Date: 3/31/17 2:48 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-31-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, March 25, through Friday, March 31,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Golden Eagle

Smiths Longspur

Louisiana Waterthrush (3rd earliest)







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



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









*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over Brinker Lake at George Wyth SP on the 27th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



HENRY COUNTY:

An early LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at the stone bridge at the north
end of the lake at Geode SP on the 28th.







*CENTRAL:*



*GREENE COUNTY:*

*SMITHS LONGSPURS continue to be seen in the field south of the Hunter
Tract at Dunbar Slough on the 27th.*



*BOONE COUNTY:*

*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen on a pond at lower Ledges SP on the 28th. It was
seen again on the 29th. It was last seen on the 31st.*



*TAMA COUNTY:*

*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Otter Creek Marsh on the 31st.*









*SOUTHWEST:*



*FREMONT COUNTY:*

*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at Riverton WA *where the slight curve in road is
on 314th Ave, North of 250th on the 26th.









*WEST:*



*MONONA COUNTY:*

*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen 1 mile north of Turin on the 28th.*







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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 7, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 3/31/17 2:44 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - Boone
Still there at 3 PM. There are mostly male BWT's with him. Find the
female and you will find him.
Larry Dau
Boone Co

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Date: 3/31/17 2:09 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon update?
Cinnamon Teal has been at Ledges SP again all of today. This is 4th day in
a row it has been seen there, and lots of cars stopped to watch it this
morning.

Doug Harr
Ogden

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 3:25 PM, Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> wrote:

> Has anyone see the Cinnamon teal today? I wanted to make a trip up but
> didn't want to go all the way there if it's not there. Thanks Jake
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Date: 3/31/17 1:25 pm
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon update?
Has anyone see the Cinnamon teal today? I wanted to make a trip up but didn't want to go all the way there if it's not there. Thanks Jake



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Date: 3/31/17 12:32 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Towhee
Foy
Sayles house
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 3/31/17 7:34 am
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Golden eagle Otter Creek marsh
There is currently a golden eagle soaring over Otter Creek marsh in Tama county
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 3/30/17 5:54 pm
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned Grebe - Raccoon River Park
A single HOGR is near the fishing pier at the park in West Des Moines.

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Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Date: 3/30/17 4:11 pm
From: <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Savannah Sparrow
Today, I had my FOY Savannah Sparrow

Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 3/30/17 2:38 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Federal Breeding Bird Survey Iowa volunteers needed!
Once again it's time to attempt getting our vacant routes filled with
volunteers to conduct the annual federal Breeding Bird Surveys. There are
7 vacant routes in Iowa right now, a couple of which have not been filled
for some time and really need to get back into the mix. The Breeding Bird
Survey (BBS) is the longest-running, scientifically-designed bird survey in
the nation, and data collected is *critical* for determining trends in
bird populations and to help biologists plan how to deal with species
declines. Because of frequent vacancies in the 33 current routes in Iowa,
there is often lack of enough data to hamper conservation planning, details
for updated breeding bird atlases, T&E species evaluations, and more.

If you might care to volunteer to fill a vacant Iowa BBS route, here is
some basic information about the survey & requirements for volunteers:

- Each 25-mi. survey must be conducted at sunrise one time between late
May & early July (typical survey takes about 4 hours).
- New volunteers must view about an hour of training material on the BBS
website.
- Volunteers must try to conduct their route for at least 3 consecutive
years (or the data may not be usable).
- You need basic bird identification skills for most of Iowa's more
common species.
- Volunteer may optionally have someone come along as a driver or data
recorder (but that person cannot help ID the birds)

Here is a list of currently vacant BBS routes in Iowa (named after a nearby
town) and their general locations:

- Neola--in Pottawattamie Co., NE of Council Bluffs
- Prairiesburg--in Linn & Delaware Co's., NE of Cedar Rapids
- Dinsdale--along the Black Hawk & Grundy Co. line, SW of Waterloo
- Clare--in Webster & Humboldt Co's, NW of Fort Dodge
- Pierson--in Woodbury & Plymouth Co's, E of Sioux City
- Washta--in Cherokee & Woodbury Co's, E of Sioux City
- Lafayette--in Linn & Benton Co's, N of Cedar Rapids


Give this request some serious thought, as the BBS provides the most
important annual bird data for all of North America--and "citizen
scientists" are the most important people to help conduct these surveys.

Please reply to this note if you'd consider doing a route, and let me know
which one. You might first want to go to the BBS website and review
additional information before letting me know:
*https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/index.cfm
<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/index.cfm>* . However, I need the names and
contact info for new volunteers and must submit that information to the BBS
office in April, giving them time to provide you with maps, data forms,
volunteer papers needing signatures, etc. before the count period begins.
If I've not met you before or don't know of your birding background, please
include a description of your birding abilities, or the name of someone who
can testify to your basic bird ID skills.

Doug Harr
Iowa Breeding Bird Survey Coordinator

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Date: 3/30/17 2:18 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Cinnamon continues- closeup photos female
I believe this is a female Blue-winged Teal. The following page shows both species at probably the extreme end for ID, but I think the photos are diagnostic.

http://sandiegogreg.blogspot.com/2014/01/id-female-blue-winged-and-cinnamon-teal.html



Ann Johnson

Norwalk, IA







From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf Of Larry Dau
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:07 PM
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Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon continues- closeup photos female



As of 3 PM Cinnamon Teal was present in lower Ledges Park. Came in close for a bit and i was able to get some nice closeups of male and female. One shows female's bill. These came out pretty well, considering lighting. So maybe a determination on the female can be made?

Larry Dau

Boone Co





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Date: 3/30/17 2:06 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon continues- closeup photos female
As of 3 PM Cinnamon Teal was present in lower Ledges Park. Came in close
for a bit and i was able to get some nice closeups of male and female. One
shows female's bill. These came out pretty well, considering lighting. So
maybe a determination on the female can be made?
Larry Dau
Boone Co

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Date: 3/30/17 1:12 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Female - Ledges-Boone
Went back to Ledges again today to see if the Cinnamon was still there (it
was). There were about 7 male Blue-wings, the male Cinnamon, and a couple
of female teal. They were all farther out from the shoreline today, so not
quite as easy to look at details or get closer photos. However, the female
hanging out most often with Mr. Red this morning did appear to have a
slightly spatulate bill, 2 small crescents around the eyes, and the light
patch behind the bill did not appear to connect to any lighter color on its
chin (which it usually does on female Blue-wings). So I'd say there a 90%
chance that was a female Cinnamon. And maybe the female Blue-wing out
there thinks that guy is handsome enough to hang out with him sometimes,
too!

Doug Harr
Ogden

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Larry Dau <lgdau9...> wrote:

> Here is a photo with the female I saw with the male teal. She is in
> front, so not main object of focus, but fairly clear. Hard to tell. Has
> dark eye line and bill does not seem real shovelor shape. But face is pale
> and not seeing crescents. I note that the bill was not the shape of the
> male's bill. This could be a different female, though.
> Larry Dau
> Boone Co
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Date: 3/30/17 11:58 am
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cattle Egret Noelridge Park NE Cedar Rapids
Bird is in breeding plumage,. It is sitting on a small spit in the pond on
the west central side of the park. Easily visible from Council Road as you
drive and from the parking lot south of the pond.

Jesse Ellis
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/30/17 11:20 am
From: Kai Weatherman <dainichi...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Longfellow Wood Ducks in Iowa City
A pair of Wood Ducks has returned to the large silver maple tree in front of
742 S 7th Ave in Iowa City, first hearing them on Saint Patrick's Day, and
have seen them in the maple tree from time to time since then, once with
another female. Around 8:20 this morning the female, who is often rather
restless compared to the male, found her way into the nest cavity that was
used last year, but did not tarry there long. Soon enough both male and
female took to the air. Taking a stroll in the neighbor a short time ago, I
heard a Wood Duck flight call, looked up and saw one flying down the south
branch of Ralston Creek. When I reached the bridge on Central Avenue that
spans Ralston Creek I was delighted to hear and then observe a paddling of
nine male and three female Wood Ducks a little way north of the bridge, and
pleased that I happened to bring my compact binoculars with me on the walk.




Kai Weatherman

Iowa City

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Date: 3/30/17 10:06 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Seven city sod
American Golden Plover
Dowitchers
pectoral sandpiper
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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