IA-BIRD
Received From Subject
5/28/17 7:01 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Bobwhites (and a Blanding's Turtle) at Cone Marsh- Johnson County
5/28/17 6:02 pm Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] Two White-eyed Vireos at Glenwood Archeological Preserve
5/28/17 4:44 pm James Mccoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Hanging rock birds
5/28/17 12:34 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Common Gallinule -- Carroll County
5/28/17 12:08 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit - Pintail Wetland
5/28/17 10:37 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Western Kingbird - Ames
5/28/17 9:50 am Mark Madsen <mark-madsen...> [ia-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher and more in Iowa City
5/28/17 9:42 am Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Saylorville area birds
5/28/17 9:04 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Common Gallinule -- Carroll County
5/27/17 4:39 pm cindy wilson <birdercw...> [ia-bird] Tanagers - Scarlet and Summer in Harrison County
5/27/17 4:04 pm Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Common Gallinules, Prothonotary Warblers - Green Island WMA, Jackson County
5/27/17 11:52 am <photobird...> [ia-bird] Black Swan Lee County Trumpeter Marsh
5/27/17 10:40 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Least Bittern, Cone Marsh
5/27/17 10:02 am 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Prothonotary Warblers, Johnson Co.
5/27/17 8:26 am robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg...> [ia-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo, Bettendorf
5/27/17 7:31 am Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...> [ia-bird] summer tanagers
5/26/17 4:09 pm 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Shimek State Forest - Donnellson Unit
5/26/17 4:00 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Monroe County
5/26/17 3:32 pm James Mccoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Great shorebirds at cone!
5/26/17 2:04 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Late Kinglet
5/26/17 1:32 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Princeton
5/26/17 1:18 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Acadian Flycatcher in Johnston
5/26/17 9:06 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Snowy
5/26/17 9:04 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egrets
5/26/17 8:09 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Yellow River Forest Field Trip/Outing
5/26/17 7:52 am robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Princeton
5/25/17 7:58 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Pleasant Creek breeders -- YES
5/25/17 3:43 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-25-17
5/25/17 5:55 am Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Correction on Yellow-breasted Chat
5/24/17 6:32 pm Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat Possibly
5/24/17 6:23 pm Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Marsh Farm Wetland, Spotted Sandpipers
5/24/17 4:26 pm Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...> [ia-bird] Veery in Winneshiek County
5/24/17 1:18 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler at Hawkeye Wildlife Area
5/24/17 11:38 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane near Whiterock Conservancy
5/24/17 10:30 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING -- John Bissell
5/24/17 6:55 am Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Mockingbird, Swan Lake
5/24/17 5:17 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican (no)
5/23/17 6:50 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Pat Schlarbaum article
5/23/17 5:34 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] Brown pelican report
5/23/17 5:09 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Brown pelican report
5/23/17 2:06 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpipers - Dunbar Slough
5/23/17 1:01 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] IOU Field Trip to Yellow River State Forest (no sighting)
5/23/17 7:55 am Ken Wiggers <ken.wiggers...> [ia-bird] White-winged dove
5/23/17 7:17 am Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...> [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
5/23/17 5:33 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak and Snowy Egret - Northwest IA
5/22/17 6:12 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat - Polk Co.
5/22/17 5:11 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Pintail Wetlands - Hardin Co.
5/22/17 2:44 pm Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] Birthday Treat
5/22/17 2:02 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> Re: [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstones - Cone Marsh, Louisa Co.
5/22/17 1:18 pm Grantridge via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Black Terns and Sandhill Cranes in Story County
5/22/17 12:13 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstones - Cone Marsh, Louisa Co.
5/22/17 11:10 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher- Clear Creek Trail, Johnson County
5/22/17 11:07 am chammes7 <chammes7...> [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Musc. County
5/22/17 11:07 am Carl Kurtz <cpkurtz...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane
5/22/17 9:09 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] mason city
5/22/17 8:42 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Warblers
5/22/17 8:33 am weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler storm continues- Ledges SP
5/22/17 8:24 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kites return to West Des Moines
5/22/17 7:08 am 'Janet Greer' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat in birdbath--Council Bluffs
5/21/17 5:01 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Re: Laughing Gull
5/21/17 4:40 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
5/21/17 3:22 pm Mark Brown <markb249...> Re: [ia-bird] Cerulean
5/21/17 3:02 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egret at Otter Creek Marsh
5/21/17 2:37 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Cerulean
5/21/17 1:35 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Yellow Breasted Chat Mines of Spain Dubuque
5/21/17 11:41 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler - Audubon Co.
5/21/17 11:25 am 'Jay Gilliam' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
5/21/17 11:19 am 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler
5/21/17 9:58 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstone at Saylorville
5/21/17 9:48 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
5/21/17 8:02 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Kentucky Warbler- Hanging Rock Woods, Johnson County
5/21/17 7:58 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Pilot Knob "misty morning" warbler explosion
5/21/17 7:18 am 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Iowa City
5/21/17 6:44 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Laughing Gull--Saylorville
5/20/17 4:20 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Whimbrel Deere Dike Dubuque
5/20/17 2:48 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Clinton County - Prothonotary Warbler
5/20/17 1:06 pm James Mccoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Warblers, hickory hill Iowa city
5/20/17 12:32 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Common Gallinules in Linn Co.
5/20/17 12:16 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Northern Parula at Saylorville
5/20/17 11:34 am Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Saylorville area birds
5/20/17 10:54 am jdale9004 <jdale9004...> [ia-bird] Western kingbird Ankeny
5/19/17 5:43 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Marsh Farm Wetland, Dallas Co.
5/19/17 5:06 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-19-17
5/19/17 5:06 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Cattle and Snowy Egret, Carroll Wal-Mart
5/19/17 11:49 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak--Des Moines
5/19/17 9:29 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Dubuque Laughing Gull - YES
5/19/17 9:29 am david.shealer <david.shealer...> [ia-bird] DBQ LAGU continues
5/19/17 7:50 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
5/19/17 6:32 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler - Ankeny, Polk Co.
5/19/17 5:41 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Brown pelican -- no
5/19/17 5:16 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] backyard birds yesterday
5/18/17 8:00 pm brandon.caswell83 <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Lee and Van Buren Co.'s today
5/18/17 7:12 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Late Snow Goose
5/18/17 7:11 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Hawkeye Wildlife Area Update
5/18/17 6:57 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
5/18/17 6:55 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Lee and Van Buren Co.'s today
5/18/17 1:17 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Ledges SP & McHose City Park birds
5/18/17 1:03 pm Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> FW: [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper - Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
5/18/17 12:16 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Linn County
5/18/17 10:40 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
5/18/17 10:29 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Cattle Egets
5/18/17 10:19 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] No sighting
5/18/17 9:59 am Rick Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] No sighting
5/18/17 8:08 am david.shealer <david.shealer...> [ia-bird] Laughing Gull-Dubuque
5/18/17 7:03 am jessica bolser <jabolser11...> [ia-bird] Spring Bird Festival - Port Louisa NWR - May 20th 7-11am
5/17/17 7:58 pm Hank Zaletel <madowl...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
5/17/17 7:08 pm Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> [ia-bird] Emmet Co. 5/17
5/17/17 2:58 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican Johnson NO
5/17/17 2:58 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican at Hawkeye Widlife Area
5/17/17 2:37 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo
5/17/17 12:31 pm Christopher Caster <libertydental...> Re: [ia-bird] Poweshiek County Birds
5/17/17 10:42 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek County Birds
5/17/17 10:34 am Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...> [ia-bird] Piping Plover
5/17/17 9:44 am Justin Ferguson <jferguson1869...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
5/17/17 8:31 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Re: Brown Pelican at HWA
5/17/17 8:17 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican at HWA
5/17/17 7:48 am roosterfaye <roosterfaye...> [ia-bird] Center Point wetlands
5/17/17 7:45 am Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> [ia-bird] Center Point wetlands
5/16/17 7:45 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] May 16, 2017
5/16/17 6:47 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Monroe and Wapello Co.'s today
5/16/17 5:33 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Carolina wren Pella
5/16/17 5:02 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
5/16/17 4:51 pm John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Whimbrels -- Polk County
5/16/17 2:18 pm John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
5/16/17 1:25 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler--SSF-Thousand Acres Unit
5/16/17 6:50 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Chuck's and Prairie Warbler
5/16/17 4:56 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Story Co. Loon
5/15/17 7:18 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler still there!
5/15/17 4:38 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Scott County 5.15.17
5/15/17 4:10 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] warblers from May 10 SE Pella
5/15/17 3:20 pm 'Janet Greer' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Fledglings
5/15/17 1:50 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite
5/15/17 12:07 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Cerro Gordo County
5/15/17 10:53 am stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler
5/14/17 7:55 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] possible Fish crow location
5/14/17 6:45 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Continuing Prairie Warbler - Monroe county
5/14/17 6:45 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Nathan Pieplow speaking at Jester Park Lodge on Tuesday
5/14/17 6:25 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Wings & Wetlands Weekend
5/14/17 6:12 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> Re: [ia-bird] Continuing Prairie Warbler - Monroe county
5/14/17 6:10 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Possible Fish Crow
5/14/17 5:13 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Denny Thompson
5/14/17 4:22 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] meeting wrap-up
5/14/17 3:25 pm JacobTee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Common Gallinules at Center Point
5/14/17 3:10 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] meeting wrap-up
5/14/17 11:47 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Common Gallinules at Center Point
5/14/17 9:26 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite - Ankeny
5/14/17 9:11 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Continuing Prairie Warbler - Monroe county
5/14/17 8:43 am 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Johnson County This Morning
5/14/17 7:56 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Hancock Sandhills
5/14/17 7:32 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler in Johnston
5/13/17 7:40 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstone at Coralville Lake
5/13/17 5:33 pm Larry Reis <naturalist...> [ia-bird] Willets at Cardinal Marsh
5/13/17 4:20 pm Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM] <cootjr...> [ia-bird] Central Iowa big day.
5/13/17 4:05 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Fwd: witnessing a a new warbler behavior
5/13/17 3:45 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> [ia-bird] Re: Howard County
5/13/17 1:45 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Left highlight off previous message
5/13/17 1:30 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Special day North Iowa
5/13/17 1:24 pm Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Acadian Flycatcher at Ledges State Park, Boone County
5/13/17 8:46 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> Re: [ia-bird] ID help? poss Western Tanager NOPE
5/13/17 8:08 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] ID help? poss Western Tanager
5/13/17 7:11 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Cuckoo
5/13/17 5:36 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Warblers
5/12/17 9:52 pm exnerimages <andexn...> [ia-bird] Orioles, higher numbers
5/12/17 9:43 pm Michael Stark <iprint4u...> [ia-bird] Green Heron fishing/foxes
5/12/17 8:15 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Acadian Flycatcher--Des Moines
5/12/17 7:28 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Turkey nesting in interesting location
5/12/17 7:10 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
5/12/17 6:21 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Good week, great day!
5/12/17 6:18 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Belated multi date reports
5/12/17 6:18 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Good week, great day!
5/12/17 5:18 pm 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Muskrat Slough, Jones Co.
5/12/17 3:04 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Re: Prairie Falcon in Black Hawk County
5/12/17 2:45 pm Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Chats at Pleasant Creek - Linn Co.
5/12/17 2:38 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-12-17
5/12/17 2:07 pm jamesgattu <jamesgattu...> [ia-bird] Hooded Warbler Iowa City
5/12/17 10:45 am John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Painted Bunting (No Sighting)
5/12/17 10:28 am Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Prairie Falcon in Black Hawk County
5/12/17 9:44 am Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes at Little Wall
5/12/17 8:31 am Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...> [ia-bird] Dickcissel
5/12/17 8:17 am Jill Beckman <birdbrains...> [ia-bird] White-winged Dove in Johnson County
5/11/17 7:35 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Bremer co.
5/11/17 6:22 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher
5/11/17 6:12 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Chestnut-sided and other colorful migrants in Ames
5/11/17 4:38 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Great Boone County Birding!
5/11/17 4:33 pm patschlarbaum <patschlarbaum...> RE: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County today
5/11/17 2:48 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County today
5/11/17 1:06 pm Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood prothonotary
5/11/17 12:06 pm james fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Herons in Johnson County
5/11/17 11:36 am Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Pammel Woods, ISU campus
5/11/17 11:26 am dave eastman <daveeastman929...> [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler heard Waterloo.
5/11/17 9:48 am rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] grassland and wetland FOY
5/11/17 8:33 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] White Eyed Vireo Dubuque
5/11/17 7:16 am 'saraisgreen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Warblers in Greenwood Park - Des Moines Wed., May 10
5/10/17 7:22 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird in Black Hawk County
5/10/17 6:26 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Nighthawk
5/10/17 5:04 pm 'katiewendler' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Hooded Warbler yard bird! Iowa City
5/10/17 5:03 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> Re: [ia-bird] Painted Bunting (No Sighting)
5/10/17 4:17 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Dunlins, peeps and Bank Swallows @ Terry Trueblood, Johnson County
5/10/17 3:56 pm Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Painted Bunting (No Sighting)
5/10/17 3:00 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Yellow warblers and sandhill cranes
5/10/17 11:07 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Least Bittern in Boone Co.
5/10/17 7:49 am Abby Terpstra <aterpstra...> [ia-bird] This Saturday - Birding in Allamakee Co. with Paul Skrade
5/10/17 7:14 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Thrush explosion continues
5/9/17 9:29 pm <jg441157j5x...> [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
5/9/17 8:53 pm Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow - Linn County
5/9/17 8:50 pm Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...> [ia-bird] Common Nighthawks
5/9/17 8:36 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Black Hawk County
5/9/17 8:12 pm Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] More FOYs today
5/9/17 7:57 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] Thrush explosion continues
5/9/17 7:48 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Thrush explosion continues
5/9/17 7:46 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Correction: Thrush, not Warbler
5/9/17 7:19 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Western Sandpiper at Coralville Lake
5/9/17 7:10 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] 16 warbler day on Tuesday
5/9/17 6:25 pm Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> Re: [ia-bird] Blue Jay explosion!
5/9/17 6:06 pm mvw <mvw...> [ia-bird] Blue Jay explosion!
5/9/17 3:05 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Marsh Farm Wetland - Dallas County
5/9/17 2:39 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak and Bell's Vireo
5/9/17 2:34 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood shorebirds continue
5/9/17 2:30 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] new yard bird
5/9/17 1:36 pm dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...> [ia-bird] Our 1st Orchard Oriole Visitor of the Year Posed Nicely for Pics - Ames Iowa!
5/9/17 1:10 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Muscatine Warblers and Vireos
5/9/17 12:38 pm James Scheib <jim...> [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak, Lee Co
5/9/17 12:09 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Ames Warblers
5/9/17 12:07 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat at Hickory Hill Park [Johnson Co.]
5/9/17 11:05 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Western Kingbirds--Des Moines
5/9/17 10:37 am Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Thrush ID help
5/9/17 8:40 am Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] Red Headed Woodpeckers
5/9/17 5:16 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Linn Co. Common Gallinule continues
5/9/17 4:00 am JacobTee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Western Kingbird-- Polk Co
5/9/17 2:09 am Ken Wiggers <ken.wiggers...> [ia-bird] Whip-poor-will
5/8/17 9:30 pm Grantridge via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes in Story County
5/8/17 8:07 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Blackhawk co. migrants...
5/8/17 8:04 pm 'rrundquist' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Barn Owl in the back yard!
5/8/17 7:50 pm David Griffin <birdingnm...> [ia-bird] Muscatine County FOYs (common nighthawk, least flycatcher, warblers)
5/8/17 7:22 pm Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] North-central Iowa FOYs
5/8/17 7:06 pm Todd Burkhardt <todd.burkhardt.tb...> [ia-bird] Birding Hawkeye-Swan Lake 5/8
5/8/17 6:46 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Robinson Bird Sanctuary
5/8/17 6:31 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Bird Sounds, Decoded, by Nathan Pieplow
5/8/17 5:16 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Golden-winged and Swainson's in Ames
5/8/17 3:38 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> [ia-bird] Bobolink- Worth County
5/8/17 3:16 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Ames "Thrush Rush" + many more birds
5/8/17 3:09 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red breasted nuthatch still here- Pella
5/8/17 2:59 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] male ruby throated hummingbird pella
5/8/17 2:52 pm <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...> [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - Impact of wind farms on birds and bats
5/8/17 2:37 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] warblers
5/8/17 1:36 pm 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Yellow-headed Blackbirds
5/8/17 12:45 pm 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler (no sighting)
5/8/17 10:01 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Hickory Hill Park (Johnson Co.) later morning
5/8/17 9:16 am Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Ida County Birds
5/8/17 7:01 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] RE: Lucas County Birding Festival birds
5/8/17 6:33 am Ed <pfalcons...> [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
5/7/17 8:04 pm <jg441157j5x...> RE: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler, Monroe County
5/7/17 7:25 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Re: [ia-bird ]
5/7/17 6:14 pm Bob Dick <siti1526...> [ia-bird] Re: Yard Birds Warblers, Iowa City
5/7/17 5:23 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Lucas County Birding Festival birds
5/7/17 5:11 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Re: [ia-bird ]
5/7/17 2:40 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Polk County - Prothonotary Warblers
5/7/17 11:21 am Jim Schmit <schmit...> [ia-bird] Fist Orioles 5/6/1027 urban Des Moines
5/7/17 11:19 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Common Gallinule in Linn Co.
5/7/17 11:06 am Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues
5/7/17 10:14 am Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Pocahontas County Birds
5/7/17 10:09 am Jim Murdock <jmurdock1510...> [ia-bird] Prairie warbler Brookside Park, Ames, yesterday
5/7/17 10:09 am 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler, Monroe County
5/7/17 10:05 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Western Tanager at 2061 520 st. centerville Ia at noon today. There yesterday at 5 pm. Homeowner wecomes borders. Tom J for Larry Piatt.
5/7/17 9:37 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Ibis--Marsh Farm Wetland
5/7/17 8:13 am Bob Dick <siti1526...> [ia-bird] Yard Birds Warblers
5/7/17 6:24 am Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...> [ia-bird] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
5/6/17 7:37 pm Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Dunbar Slough and Jester Park birds
5/6/17 4:35 pm Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...> Re: [ia-bird] White Crown Sparrow
5/6/17 2:58 pm Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] White Crown Sparrow
5/6/17 12:13 pm Kai Weatherman <dainichi...> [ia-bird] Scarlet Tanager at Amana Nature Trail
5/6/17 10:46 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Cerulean Warbler - Johnson county
5/6/17 6:16 am Lynn & Steve Brase <lsbrase...> [ia-bird]
5/6/17 5:23 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egret at Big Marsh
5/6/17 4:33 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Sanderlings and Common Moorhen - Hawkeye WA
5/5/17 8:17 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Green heron
5/5/17 6:34 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Common Gallinule at Otter Creek Marsh
5/5/17 6:31 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Thrush
5/5/17 4:00 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Avocet, Sanderlings at Hawkeye WMA
5/5/17 3:54 pm Bob Dick <bobd9333...> [ia-bird] Yard Birds:
5/5/17 11:55 am Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warblers in Des Moines
5/5/17 11:00 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues at Red Rock.
5/5/17 10:53 am John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues...
5/5/17 8:36 am weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] North Ledges SP Friday Morning
5/5/17 6:41 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues at Red Rock.
5/4/17 7:17 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/4/17 4:27 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebes and.... at Otter Creek Marsh
5/4/17 3:41 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> RE: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 3:39 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 3:38 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 3:06 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> RE: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 3:05 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-4-17
5/4/17 2:24 pm Masked Ermine <newtja84...> Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 2:21 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 1:55 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 1:51 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
5/4/17 1:49 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Black-bellies Whistling Ducks - Council Bluffs
5/4/17 10:08 am Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...> Re: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
5/4/17 8:04 am Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...> [ia-bird] Errington Marsh
5/4/17 7:50 am Gerald White <apuffin...> Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville Visitor Center WETA Yes
5/4/17 6:17 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Re: Black-bellies Whistling Ducks - Council Bluffs
5/4/17 5:30 am janetgreer via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Western Tanager found dead in Minnesota
5/4/17 5:05 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Black-bellies Whistling Ducks - Council Bluffs
5/3/17 8:13 pm <mkenne...> [ia-bird] Yellow Rail in Kossuth Co
5/3/17 7:55 pm James Mccoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Clay colored and white crowned sparrows
5/3/17 7:49 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Hardin Co.
5/3/17 7:47 pm Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
5/3/17 7:25 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville Visitor Center WETA Yes
5/3/17 7:20 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> [ia-bird] Silent Auction
5/3/17 6:58 pm Gerald White <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Visitor Center WETA Yes
5/3/17 6:30 pm Hank Zaletel <madowl...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/3/17 5:53 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone-Dallas-Polk Co. birds
5/3/17 5:16 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Dickcissel
5/3/17 5:14 pm Tucker J. Lutter <lutter...> Re: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues...
5/3/17 4:30 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Boyson park Marion
5/3/17 4:23 pm james fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] SW Iowa
5/3/17 4:13 pm 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Oriole and Grosbeak
5/3/17 4:08 pm Obrecht, Joshua D [DSN] <jobrecht...> [ia-bird] Story County - Western Tanager
5/3/17 3:57 pm 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Baltimore Oriole
5/3/17 3:56 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] FOY Warbling Vireo, Johnson Co
5/3/17 3:38 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night-Heron at Hawkeye WMA
5/3/17 12:49 pm <donnadea...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/3/17 12:26 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Fun Chase
5/3/17 11:22 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Dunbar Slough
5/3/17 9:57 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> Re: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues...
5/3/17 9:42 am EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Yard sparrows
5/3/17 9:24 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican - Red Rock
5/3/17 8:23 am Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] Boblinks - Clarke Co.
5/3/17 8:08 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Ames Western Tanager continues
5/3/17 7:30 am Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> Re: [ia-bird] Boone County Marbled Godwits/Willets/Dowitchers
5/3/17 7:28 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues...
5/3/17 7:00 am Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Western Tanager - Saylorville
5/3/17 5:51 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Interesting
5/2/17 8:07 pm Rick Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] New yard bird johnson co
5/2/17 7:35 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Little Swan Lake - Dickinson Co.
5/2/17 7:25 pm Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> [ia-bird] Boone County Marbled Godwits/Willets/Dowitchers
5/2/17 6:59 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Brown Pelican - Red Rock
5/2/17 5:57 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Black Hawk County Birding
5/2/17 5:56 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Terry Trueblood Caspian Terns
5/2/17 5:54 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] May 2 Plymouth Co
5/2/17 5:23 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Re: Pelicans
5/2/17 5:12 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Pelicans
5/2/17 4:56 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/2/17 4:40 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Linn County Sightings Today
5/2/17 4:27 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/2/17 3:28 pm Jim Schmit <schmit...> [ia-bird] first R.T. Hummingbird - urban Des Moines May 2
5/2/17 2:38 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Avocets Deere Dike Dubuque
5/2/17 1:15 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/2/17 11:54 am Bob Dick <bobd9333...> [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood Caspian Terns
5/2/17 11:14 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Avocets Deere Dike Dubuque
5/2/17 11:08 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Birding Ledges SP & Harrier Marsh + something for "mammal-watchers"
5/2/17 10:36 am S.D. <sdjbwilson...> Re: [ia-bird] Red-headed Woodpeckers
5/2/17 10:31 am 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh Etc.
5/2/17 10:07 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Des Moines Waterworks Park birds this morning
5/2/17 9:46 am 'Barbara Miller' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red-headed Woodpeckers
5/2/17 9:16 am Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...> [ia-bird] Western Tanager
5/2/17 7:32 am Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Avocets at Marsh Farm Wetland
5/2/17 7:10 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/2/17 7:09 am Abby Terpstra <aterpstra...> [ia-bird] Birding with Paul Skrade near Decorah on May 13th
5/2/17 6:41 am dave eastman <daveeastman929...> [ia-bird] Willets @ Prairie Lakes in Cedar Falls
5/1/17 7:29 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] May 1,2017
5/1/17 4:36 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Willets in Cedar Rapids
5/1/17 4:27 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 3:13 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 2:21 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] red breasted nuthatch(es) Pella
5/1/17 2:16 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Orange crowned warbler Pella
5/1/17 1:14 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 12:59 pm <chaswitt...> [ia-bird] rose-breasted grosbeak
5/1/17 12:27 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 11:42 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 10:16 am <donnadea...> [ia-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
5/1/17 10:06 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Des Moines Waterworks Park and Grays Lake this morning
5/1/17 10:03 am Keith Dyche <kadd27...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe
5/1/17 10:02 am Dan Cohen <bccbdan...> [ia-bird] Peregrine in Independence
5/1/17 9:14 am terry proescholdt <tproesch...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 9:06 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 8:32 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Western Tanager
5/1/17 8:17 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. Lincoln's Sparrows
4/30/17 6:00 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Hamilton Huns
4/30/17 2:28 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Am. Avocet and Shorebirds at Coralville Lake
4/30/17 2:25 pm Derva Burke <dburke...> [ia-bird] American Bittern and Yellow rumps at Pool Slough, New Albin, IA
4/30/17 11:15 am Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...> [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrow
4/30/17 10:45 am Pam Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Western Tanager - Polk County - NO
4/30/17 10:05 am Bob Dick <siti1526...> [ia-bird] Caspian Terns Terry Trueblood
4/30/17 8:45 am Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Teal yell "Duck!"
4/30/17 7:23 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Western Tanager--Jester
4/29/17 6:19 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Lucky Day
4/29/17 6:02 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird - Ankeny
4/29/17 4:42 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Partial Albino Robin Photo (Johnson Co.)
4/29/17 3:44 pm James Mccoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Caspian tern, avocets at Trueblood
4/29/17 7:30 am Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Yellow Rail in Black Hawk County
4/28/17 8:03 pm Rick Hollis <xiboia...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: And more Willets
4/28/17 7:05 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Re: And more Willets
4/28/17 6:39 pm Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...> Re: [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat
4/28/17 5:54 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-28-17
4/28/17 5:52 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egret at Saylorville - No
4/28/17 2:57 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> [ia-bird] RE: Willets
4/28/17 2:36 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Baby Birds Already?
4/28/17 2:34 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Snowy Egret below Saylorville dam
4/28/17 2:05 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat
4/28/17 1:47 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Re: And more Willets
4/28/17 12:31 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: ruff still at Cone Marsh
4/28/17 12:06 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Re: And more Willets
4/28/17 12:03 pm Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> RE: [ia-bird] And more Willets
4/28/17 12:01 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] And more Willets
4/28/17 11:35 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Willets Invade Eastern Iowa
4/28/17 9:41 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit, Willets, and Terns at George Wyth S.P.
4/28/17 9:37 am rons <rons...> [ia-bird] Recent Delights at Cone Marsh
4/28/17 9:14 am James Scheib <jim...> [ia-bird] Johnson Co. Summer Tanager 4/27/17
4/28/17 7:54 am Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> [ia-bird] ruff still at Cone Marsh
4/28/17 7:42 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] final call for spring meeting meal signup
4/28/17 7:14 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Orchard Oriole
 
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Date: 5/28/17 7:01 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bobwhites (and a Blanding's Turtle) at Cone Marsh- Johnson County
Beautiful day birding at Cone Marsh this morning. Not many birds
concentrated in any one area, but slowly working our way through, we
tallied 55 species, including a pair of BOBWHITE'S along 220th St. walking
along the road near the grassy field on the north side of the road just
west of "T" Ave. VESPER, LARK, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS along "T Ave.
FORSTER'S TERNS (3), WHITE-RUMPED, LEAST AND SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS (not
many) seen from the dike area. Other shorebirds were present on the north
side, but too distant to ID. Did not see any Shrikes today.

For those interested in turtles, we saw a nice sized Blanding's Turtle on
the south side of the marsh. A Coyote was also seen walking along the east
side of the dike.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 5/28/17 6:02 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Two White-eyed Vireos at Glenwood Archeological Preserve
After one found by Shari Schwartz a couple days ago, I refound that one in
the switchback area plus another singing a different song in the south end
of the park. Sonograms for both are in my eBird checklist:



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Tabor, IA

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Date: 5/28/17 4:44 pm
From: James Mccoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hanging rock birds
This morning I went to Hanging Rock wildlife area at the northwest corner of the Hawkeyes wildlife area in Johnson county for the first time. What a gem! Dense old forest with no honeysuckle and minimal garlic mustard. Bird highlights were two cerulean warblers, Kentucky warbler, lots of ovenbirds, Acadian flycatchers and at least 5 scarlet tanagers. I'm hoping to go back tomorrow afternoon and clean up that one patch of garlic mustard.

Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 5/28/17 12:34 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Common Gallinule -- Carroll County
Common Gallinule(s?) relocated around 2:20 PM. I believe I got responses
from two individual birds after playing a recording of their call. They
seemed to be deep in the reeds directly across the slough from the picnic
area.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On May 28, 2017 11:04 AM, "Diane Dentlinger" <dianedentlinger...>
wrote:

> This morning at about 9:00 a.m., there was a common gallinule at Swan Lake
> State Park in Carroll Co. Coming in the park's main entrance and taking a
> left on to Swan Lake Rd., it was in a quiet back water area on the first
> pull out picnic area on the right.
> Diane Dentlinger
> Polk Co.
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Date: 5/28/17 12:08 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit - Pintail Wetland
A MARBLED GODWIT was a nice surprise at Pintail Wetland in Hardin co. this morning, considering the water level was a bit high and it's getting towards the end of the spring migration for shorebirds. Some other interesting birds were, a pair of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, an UPLAND SANDPIPER, a VIRGINIA RAIL(heard),6 BLACK TERNS, and 20 or so YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone , Waterloo

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Date: 5/28/17 10:37 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Kingbird - Ames
Hi All,

As of ~20 minutes ago, a WESTERN KINGBIRD was vocalizing north of the intersection of E 2nd St. and N. Bourne Ave. in Ames, Story Co. this is near the waste transfer station just north of Lincoln Way. I did not immediately observe the bird when I left the area.

Danny Akers

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Date: 5/28/17 9:50 am
From: Mark Madsen <mark-madsen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher and more in Iowa City
One of the nicest and easiest spots to see spring migrants in Iowa City is
the Mormon Trek Handcart Park and the connecting Clear Creek Bike Trail. I
pulled into the Handcart parking lot about 6:30 this morning and I
immediately heard: "Qick3 Beers! and got a great look at a displaying
Olive-sided Flycatcher. In about an hour walk, I saw the following:

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Black-capped chicadee
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Baltimore Oriole
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Mark Madsen

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Date: 5/28/17 9:42 am
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville area birds
Yesterday Stuart and I found a female MOURNING WARBLER and a singing
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Lincoln access.
This morning we had a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and a singing MOURNING WARBLER at
Cherry Glen. Both mornings we also heard ALDER FLYCATCHERS.
Karen Viste-Sparkman
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Date: 5/28/17 9:04 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Gallinule -- Carroll County
This morning at about 9:00 a.m., there was a common gallinule at Swan Lake
State Park in Carroll Co. Coming in the park's main entrance and taking a
left on to Swan Lake Rd., it was in a quiet back water area on the first
pull out picnic area on the right.
Diane Dentlinger
Polk Co.

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Date: 5/27/17 4:39 pm
From: cindy wilson <birdercw...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tanagers - Scarlet and Summer in Harrison County
We have our Summer Tanagers back this year in our yard-Missouri Valley, IA

Scarlet Tanager was spotted by my son this afternoon at the Gleason-Hubel
Wildlife area.

Cindy Wilson

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Date: 5/27/17 4:04 pm
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Gallinules, Prothonotary Warblers - Green Island WMA, Jackson County
I had a great visit to Green Island today. I found:
4- Prothonotary Warblers- in the flooded woodlands when I walked the dike on the South edge of the area. I also could see Gar in the water, which was a first for me.
13- Common Gallinule, all adults – throughout the area
Other birds of note:
11- Trumpeter Swans- including 6 cygnets
175- Double-crested Cormorants- This is an estimate. It was really interesting to watch them interact with the Pelicans. In the morning, small flocks of pelicans were flying low over the water, trailed by their own flock of Cormorants. Then when the Pelicans set down, the cormorants were right in among them.
29- Great Egrets
1-Broad-winged Hawk
3- Sandhill Cranes
2-Black Terns
14- Marsh Wrens- very vocal along Fish Road

Linda Rudolph
Coralville



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Date: 5/27/17 11:52 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Black Swan Lee County Trumpeter Marsh
We are currently (1:25pm) watching a Black Swan at Trumpeter Marsh. This is along Highway 61 just north of Montrose IA. Lee County. We saw it fly, what beautiful white wing tips. We are just in awe!
N 40' 34.457'
W 091' 25.692'

Sarah Bissell
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Date: 5/27/17 10:40 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Least Bittern, Cone Marsh
I flushed a LEAST BITTERN this morning on the south side of Cone Marsh, Louisa County. (Got out of the car to look at a Marsh Wren and the Bittern flushed and moved toward the water edge.) Location was the marshy area on the south side of the road, in between the causeway pull offs and the parking lot. Park on the road just past the two signs saying Public Hunting and No Driving on Area that are on north side of road.

I saw it fly again once, and a small group of us got another brief look at it flying too, but sightings were spaced far apart. Would be a difficult area to tromp through to try to flush it.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/27/17 10:02 am
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prothonotary Warblers, Johnson Co.
This morning at Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County, 3 PROTHONOTARY
WARBLERS were fighting over territories at the far NW corner of Round Pond.
The spot is an easy 0.7-mile walk on the dike from the parking lot. There
was also a family of EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS with fledglings at the same
location, and along the walk were a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, an ORCHARD ORIOLE,
and most surprising, a singing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER.

Along Swan Lake Road just south of Round Pond, a NORTHERN BOBWHITE flushed
from the roadside and a HOODED MERGANSER flew past.

A walk to the Mallard Ponds produced several BELL'S VIREOS and WILLOW
FLYCATCHERS, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, two more ORCHARD ORIOLES, and another
NORTHERN BOBWHITE.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 5/27/17 8:26 am
From: robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo, Bettendorf

Black-billed just seen from parking lot at Pigeon Creek Park.
Often see Yellow-billed at this small park.
No migrants left except Tennessee W.
Don Robinson, Scott Co.

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Date: 5/27/17 7:31 am
From: Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] summer tanagers
We’ve had a pair of female summer tanagers fighting their reflection in our windows and a male summer tanager watching the commotion from a safe distance.
http://www.pbase.com/stilwellr/image/165534911

Dick Stilwell
W Des Moines

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Date: 5/26/17 4:09 pm
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shimek State Forest - Donnellson Unit
I spent the morning and early afternoon hiking around the Donnellson Unit of
Shimek State Forest in Lee County. Notable breeding residents included:

Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Acadian Flycatcher 12
Carolina Wren 2
Wood Thrush 5
Ovenbird 38
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Blue-winged Warbler 3
Kentucky Warbler 4
Northern Parula 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 8
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Summer Tanager 3
Scarlet Tanager 2

Notably absent was Hooded Warbler -- I covered all the spots where I've
found them in previous years with no luck.

I only found four migrant species, all singles: Least Flycatcher, Tennessee
Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Canada Warbler.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 5/26/17 4:00 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Monroe County
Mike and Vicky Stephens, Dwight Blumer and I met Ray Cummins to check on
the Prairie Warbler and Pine Warbler. We observed a cooperative
Grasshopper Sparrow and a Loggerhead Shrike on 130st. on the way then the
spotty rain picked our spot and it was decided not to travel the road even
with 4 wheel drive and a high vehicle, We did search for the Pine in
pouring rain with no success. We were found a wetland with 6 species
including a Black-bellied Plover and Bairds. Summer tanager was a good find
but we did not relocate a Great-tailed Grackle I found I Monroe County last
week. Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 5/26/17 3:32 pm
From: James Mccoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great shorebirds at cone!
There are great mudflats along the dike at Cone Marsh right now with 60-80 shorebirds including one red-necked phalarope.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City


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Date: 5/26/17 2:04 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late Kinglet


Birders
Hard on the heels of a host of early arriving species this Spring, a late Ruby-crowned Kinglet was cavorting in my urban back yard this afternoon. 
And, in other news, yesterday Linda Rudolph and I happened upon a solo Gray Partridge on 55th St Drive in NE Benton County. 
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Date: 5/26/17 1:32 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Princeton
Don,

Thanks for the posting of the Snowy! Would have loved to get a chance at
it but Sioux City is too far to go this year.

God Bless,

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> There is a Snowy right now on US 67 just North of Princeton in a flooded
> corn field
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> Don Robinson, Scott Co.
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Date: 5/26/17 1:18 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Acadian Flycatcher in Johnston
Well, that was interesting. While I was digging around in the yard this
afternoon, an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was quite vocal for about 10 minutes. It
moved around a lot and I didn't get a good look. I did get a good look at
the SCARLET TANAGER that seemed to be following the flycatcher around. I
had a 1st-spring SUMMER TANAGER around the feeders a couple of weeks ago,
but that's the first indication of a Scarlet in the neighborhood. Guess
birds are still on the move.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/26/17 9:06 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy
Not plural one egret

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 5/26/17 9:04 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egrets still North of Princeton Iowa Hwy 67. Flooded cornfield. (Photo) Scott County Iowa
Thanks
Don Robinson

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Date: 5/26/17 8:09 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow River Forest Field Trip/Outing
Great opportunity to visit one of the premier places in Iowa for birding,
scenery, and habitat. Only 28 days left before the trip.

Even if you have been there before there is always something cool that is
found or happens.

Below is the link to the report from last year. Includes comments from
participants and a list of the birds seen.

https://iowabirds.org/Connections/TripReports.aspx?id=13


Click here to sign up:
http://www.iowabirds.org/Connections/SpecialEvents.aspx Click on the
REGISTER button on left hand side

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 5/26/17 7:52 am
From: robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret, Princeton

There is a Snowy right now on US 67 just North of Princeton in a flooded corn field(West of the WMA)
Don Robinson, Scott Co.

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Date: 5/25/17 7:58 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pleasant Creek breeders -- YES
Birders,

Today I spent a few hours around Pleasant Creek RA in Linn County.
Fortunately, I connected with the vast majority of notable breeders for the
area. I first checked the lake and the only interesting thing was a first
summer COMMON LOON. Hiking three miles round trip from the east parking
access (along Pleasant Creek Rd), I split the the prairie "bowl" down the
middle and turned around just past Strawn Rd (where the large power lines
cut the area).

Highlights:

*GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS singing in the fields around the intersection of
Pleasant Creek Rd and Lewis Bottoms Rd

--prairie "bowl"--
*HENSLOW'S SPARROWS (6+) in the small transect that I hiked, undoubtedly
many more
*SEDGE WREN
*BELL'S VIREO

--habitat at the end of Strawn Rd--
*WOOD THRUSH
*BARRED OWL
*BLUE-WINGED WARBLER
*WHITE-EYED VIREO
*YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (2+), take trail west out of the far west end of
parking lot, they were in the hedgerow habitat in the immediate vicinity
*BELL'S VIREO (3+)

There were many Empids out and about and I managed:
*two ALDER FLYCATCHERS (heard only) along withYELLOW-BELLIED, LEAST, and
WILLOW FLYCATCHERS
*EASTERN PHOEBE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and GREAT CRESTED
FLYCATCHERS rounded out that bunch

It is *pleasant* to know this area is protected and that these species are
still coming back annually.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 5/25/17 3:43 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-25-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, May 20, through Thursday, May 25,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**BROWN PELICAN**









CASUAL:

*PRAIRIE WARBLER*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Snowy Egret

Mississippi Kite

Common Gallinule

Black-necked Stilt

Whimbrel

Ruddy Turnstone

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Laughing Gull

White-winged Dove

Connecticut 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:*



WINNEBAGO COUNTY:

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Pilot Knob SP along Dead Mans Lake on the
21st.









*EAST*:



LINN COUNTY:

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Wickiup Hill NA on the 20th.



2 COMMON GALLINULES were seen at the Center Point Wetlands on the 20th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

Highlights from Deere Dike on the 20th included the continuing LAUGHING
GULL, 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and a WHIMBREL.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen in the far northern end of Hickory Hill Park
on the 21st. From the NE corner of the Lower Field, take the trail that
leads NW up the hill, roughly parallelling the creek. The bird was singing
primarily on the right (north) side of this trail.



A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen on the south side of Amana Road about 2
miles west of Greencastle Ave at Hawkeye WA on the 24th.



SCOTT COUNTY:

A BROWN PELICAN was seen at Credit Island on the 23rd.







*SOUTHEAST*:



MONROE COUNTY:

The Prairie Warbler continues to be seen continues to be seen along 505th
Ave, .5 mile north of 130th St on the 14th. This is just past the point on
505th that sharply turns to the west. This bird was last seen on the 21st.



LOUISA COUNTY:

16 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen at Cone Marsh on the 22nd.







*CENTRAL:*



*DALLAS COUNTY:*

*A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen at Marsh Farm wetland on the 19th.*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A LAUGHING GULL and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen at Saylorville on the
21st. The LAUGHING GULL was last seen at Oak Grove on the 23rd.*



*3 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen around the address of 805 29th St in West
Des Moines on the 22nd.*



*TAMA COUNTY:*

*A SNOWY EGRET was seen at the east end of Otter Creek Marsh on the 21st.*



*BOONE COUNTY:*

*A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Ledges SP on the 22nd.*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen 5 miles south of Ames on 280th St on the
23rd.*



*GREENE COUNTY:*

*2 RUDDY TURNSTONES and 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at Dunbar
Slough on the 23rd. They were seen in the 270th St pool.*







*WEST:*



*AUDUBON COUNTY:*

*A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Nabotna Pond Park on the 21st.*



*CARROLL COUNTY:*

*A SNOWY EGRET was seen at a retention pond in front of the Carroll Wal
Mart on the 19th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*A SNOWY EGRET was seen *just west of the Hwy 9 and 135th Ave intersection,
in a flooded field immediately west of the John Deere building on the 23rd.

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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
June 2, 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: 5/25/17 5:55 am
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Correction on Yellow-breasted Chat
My last email I sent last night was asking if it's possible I heard a Yellow-breasted Chat at Lake Aquabi. Now thinking about it and researching it was a common nighthawk.
Thanks
Jake



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Date: 5/24/17 6:32 pm
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat Possibly
I am out at Lake Aquabi in Warren County down by the beach shelter. I hear a call that is very similar to a Yellow-breasted Chat call. Is there any other bird that has a similar call? It's around 8:30 right now. I don't know if Chats would be calling this late. Thanks

Jake



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Date: 5/24/17 6:23 pm
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marsh Farm Wetland, Spotted Sandpipers
Howdy Birders-

This morning (5/24) Barb Fisher-Krueger and I visited the Marsh Farm Wetland in Dallas Co. Highlights were 15-20 black terns, 2 great egrets, and a pair of spotted sandpipers. There were very few shorebirds present. We then went to Brenton Slough, where the Green Heron was the most interesting bird we saw.

I returned to the Marsh Farm Wetland this evening and found 6 spotted sandpipers in the rocks at the outlet. The black terns were not to be found. There were two white terns with large orange bills and black caps. I believe they were Forsters terns, but not confidently. If behavior is diagnostic, they would plunge into the water from 10-15 feet with a big splash while hunting. It was fun to watch.

Bird well,

Pip Fisher
NW Polk Co



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Date: 5/24/17 4:26 pm
From: Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Veery in Winneshiek County
I was delighted to hear a Veery today. In the morning I heard it faintly south of us in Cardinal Marsh. Late in the day it was at the edge of the yard, and then it moved off to the North. This was only the second time I have heard one in the 14 years we have lived here.

Ellen Bell

Just north of Cardinal Marsh


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Date: 5/24/17 1:18 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler at Hawkeye Wildlife Area
This morning a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was singing on the south side of Amana Road about 2 miles west of Greencastle Ave.
A red barn with a large letter "P" (painted in white) marks the spot of this Hawkeye access. Also a CERULEAN WARBLER was
singing near the gate and an Alder Flycatcher was farther down the access road.

Lastly, an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and Mallards were distant from the DNR Headquarters parking lot.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids




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Date: 5/24/17 11:38 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane near Whiterock Conservancy
Birding around Whiterock Conservancy lands (Guthrie Co.) and other nearby
areas this morning I found a *Sandhill Crane* in a private wet pasture,
just across the road from the south side of McCord Pond WMA. Does anyone
know of a previous record for Sandhills in Guthrie Co.?

Pastures and other grasslands in the area were simply jammed with
Dickcissels, Eastern Kingbirds and Bobolinks. Maybe this whole region
should be called the "Bobolink Hills"!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/24/17 10:30 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] NO SIGHTING -- John Bissell
Just wanted to thank John Bissell for spreading the word about IOU. John
has been leading weekly birding walks around Gray's Lake in Des Moines
every spring for 10 years. I joined about 15 birders today and noticed in
between John pointing out redstarts, blackpoll, warbling vireo, Swainson's
thrush, etc., he also fielded questions about other opportunities to go
birding with others. John explained IOU, Des Moines Audubon and Young
Birders. When someone asked if there were any qualifications to join IOU,
he clearly said NO, and people are welcome. He does a good job. Thanks.
Diane Dentlinger
Polk Co.

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Date: 5/24/17 6:55 am
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mockingbird, Swan Lake
Birders,


There is currently a Northern Mockingbird at the Thelen Bird Sanctuary (bird blind area) at Swan Lake State Park. My first in 10 years here.

Bird on!

Matt Wetrich
Jefferson

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Date: 5/24/17 5:17 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican (no)
Searched Credit Island area 6:15 to 7:15 Wed Morning 8 White Pelicans, no Brown Pelican.
Will try agin later this morning

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 5/23/17 6:50 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pat Schlarbaum article
In the Monday, May 22nd edition of the Des Moines Register, there is an
excellent article about Pat Schlarbaum, written by Mike Kilen.



Pat Schlarbaum's mission was no flight of fancy. He put a public face on
getting Iowans to 'do more' for birds.

A life's work reveling in the rapture of raptors



Jane Clark

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Date: 5/23/17 5:34 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Brown pelican report
In 2005 a Brown Pelican appeared at Spirit Lake on 14 July. Presumably the same bird made its way to Saylorville/Jester Park by 30 July and stayed for nearly a month. The last report was from Red Rock on 18 November. I think general agreement was that this was the same bird pretty much following the Des Moines River back south. This bird is even more interesting in that it seems to be changing river valleys.

Ann Johnson
Norwalk, IA

Just saw an ebird report that the BROWN PELICAN is at Credit Island in Davenport today. Maybe it will find its way back to the ocean yet!

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 5/23/17 5:09 pm
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown pelican report
Just saw an ebird report that the BROWN PELICAN is at Credit Island in Davenport today. Maybe it will find its way back to the ocean yet!

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 5/23/17 2:06 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Buff-breasted Sandpipers - Dunbar Slough
Hi All,


Just scanned the 270th St. pool of Dunbar Slough in Greene Co. between rain showers. 12 species of shorebirds were present, including 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES. Several Sanderlings and Wilson's Phalaropes were also present.


Viewing requires some persistence with the mudflat vegetation swallowing up a lot of the line of sight. I wouldn't have even seen the Buff-breasted had they not wandered out to the water's edge for a brief moment. The Turnstones flew in with a mixed flock and quickly blended into the vegetation at the north end. Look for a number of Sanderlings and they may be in the same general area.

Danny Akers

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Date: 5/23/17 1:01 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU Field Trip to Yellow River State Forest (no sighting)
I am pleased to announce the IOU Events Committee's first field trip
organized as a standing committee!

On Saturday, June 17th, we will be visiting *Yellow River State Forest* in
Northeast Iowa's Allamakee County. Dr. Paul Skrade, a professor at Upper
Iowa University, will be on hand to help guide the trip. Yellow River State
Forest was officially designated as a Globally Important Bird Area,
primarily for its prime nesting habitat for the threatened Cerulean Warbler.
This is also a great place to find Blue-winged Warblers, Acadian
Flycatchers, Veery and much, much more! We will meet at the Yellow River SF
Headquarters parking lot by 7:00 AM. The field trip will commence rain or
shine. The field trip is scheduled to last until 12:00 PM, but we may have
a possible optional extension in the afternoon.

This is a rare opportunity to bird one of Iowa's top birding locations with
experienced IOU birders and a professional ornithologist, who conducts
research in this area.

This was such a popular, successful and thoroughly enjoyable field trip
last year that we are offering it again for the second year in a row!

For IOU members there will be a fee of $5.00. Non-members will have a fee
of $10.

Pre-registration on IOU's website (
https://iowabirds.org/Connections/SpecialEvents.aspx ) is required and the
fee is non-refundable.

Send your fee payment to:

Eric Ollie
1512 Ridgewood Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Thank you and good birding!

Eric Ollie
IOU Events Committee Chair

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Date: 5/23/17 7:55 am
From: Ken Wiggers <ken.wiggers...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged dove
White-winged dove. 9:10 a.m. May 23, 2017, Story county, 5 miles south of
Ames on 280th St. On a utility wire, chased off by a Eurasian Collared
dove.

*Ken*

*"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we
understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught" ---**Baba
Dioum*

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Date: 5/23/17 7:17 am
From: Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
The Laughing Gull was present @ Oak Grove this morning along with 135
Franklin's Gulls, 4 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Common Tern, and several
Sanderlings. Ray Cummins/Ankeny IA.



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Date: 5/23/17 5:33 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak and Snowy Egret - Northwest IA
An immature/female Blue Grosbeak was at Rush Lake in Osceola county earlier
this morning. It was along the Van Buren Ave entrance off of Hwy 9, near
the boat launch. A Bell's Vireo was singing here as well. Shortly after,
there was a Snowy Egret in western Dickinson county just west of the Hwy 9
and 135th Ave intersection, in a flooded field immediately west of the John
Deere building.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 5/22/17 6:12 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat - Polk Co.
Hi All,

A Yellow-breasted Chat is back at the traditional NE 118th Ave. location at Chichaqua as of this evening. It was sporadically calling and half heartedly singing. A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers and a Black-billed Cuckoo were also calling here.

I've been out here a few times over the last couple years and sworn I've heard a partial White-eyed Vireo song near the bridge. The only thing I could turn up there tonight (while hearing these spurts) was a Gray Catbird. Perhaps something for others visiting the area to keep an ear out for.

Also of note, I flushed a Cattle Egret in a flooded field just northeast of Errington Marsh and the Western Kingbirds have returned to the Dewey Dealerships in Ankeny. I looked for the Laughing Gull at Saylorville briefly and didn't see a single gull.

Danny Akers

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Date: 5/22/17 5:11 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pintail Wetlands - Hardin Co.
This morning at Pintail Wetlands on R Ave. in Hardin Co. The viewing tower next to the deck (funded in part by the IOU) is now open. A few minor tweaks are yet to be done. Easy viewing with binos or a scope. I spent a half hour on the tower (25 sp. ) and then took a walk around the water. Some highlights and surprises:

Nelson’s Sparrows - 5 in one clump, probably more, on the south end in wet sedges and brown cattail clumps. They were singing, too. Sounded like walking into a frying pan.

Least Bittern - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 1
Yellow-headed Blackbirds - at least 15
Black Terns - 6
Great Egret - 1, new one for me here
Bank Swallow - another new one for this place
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wrens - abundant like mice
Ruddy Ducks - 8
Lots of goofy sounds

About 30 other species - most can be seen or heard from the deck.

Tom Schilke - Waterloo




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Date: 5/22/17 2:44 pm
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Birthday Treat
As I stood quietly in the woods, I heard the unmistakable hummm of a
hummingbird. I stood still and a female appeared and literally looked
me in the eye. It hovered back and forth 4 -8" from my face for about
5-10 seconds before moving on.
I enjoy spotting a hummer 'in the wild' (away from feeders) but this was
truly an amazing avian moment.

Steve Harvey
Clarke County

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Date: 5/22/17 2:02 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstones - Cone Marsh, Louisa Co.
Danny - Thanks for posting.

Before I left Cone Marsh I checked the boat ramp area again, but the RUDDY
TURNSTONES were not there. At some point a bald eagle soared by and put
everything on the move. I left the area via the south side and suspect
that the ruddy turnstones and other shorebirds may be at the very north
edge of the marsh, as there was a lot of mud flat habitat there.

Other highlights included many, many black terns, olive-sided flycatcher,
Acadian, Willow and "Trail's" flycatchers, 9 species of warblers including
black and white, blackpoll warbler, Canada, and Wilson's.

I did NOT observe any loggerhead shrikes at the traditional spot east of
the marsh.

David

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> David Griffin messaged me to pass along that he has 16 RUDDY TURNSTONES at
> Cone Marsh in Louisa Co. 4 were loafing right at the boat ramp. This was as
> of 1 PM.
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Date: 5/22/17 1:18 pm
From: Grantridge via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Terns and Sandhill Cranes in Story County
I was surprised to see five or six black terns skimming over our small
prairie/wetland complex late yesterday afternoon (5/21/17). It is located
about a mile southeast of the intersection of I-35 and Highway 30. Two
sandhill cranes have also been spending time there for the past few weeks.

Cindy


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Ames, IA 50010

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The sand-hill crane goes walking
Across the field by the flashing weir,
Slowly, solemnly stalking." (Mary Austin)

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Date: 5/22/17 12:13 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstones - Cone Marsh, Louisa Co.
Hi All,


David Griffin messaged me to pass along that he has 16 RUDDY TURNSTONES at Cone Marsh in Louisa Co. 4 were loafing right at the boat ramp. This was as of 1 PM.

Danny Akers

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Date: 5/22/17 11:10 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher- Clear Creek Trail, Johnson County
A cooperative *Olive-sided Flycatcher* was seen on the west end of Clear
Creek Trail at 11:15 this morning on the south side of the trail in the
somewhat open area with large Oaks. A very yellow *Philadelphia Vireo* was
also seen a little deeper/east into the wooded area, but I failed to get a
photo.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 5/22/17 11:07 am
From: chammes7 <chammes7...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Musc. County
At Weise Slough WMA this morning from 10-11:30, I got some good pics of FOY not too shy, YBC! No vocalization.
Also 2 very rough winged Sandhill Cranes overhead. Indigo Bunting, Brown Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, and Warbling Vireo all around.

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Date: 5/22/17 11:07 am
From: Carl Kurtz <cpkurtz...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Crane
There was a fly-over sandhill crane near us in Western Marshall County about 10 am. this morning. I could not see the bird, but the call is one you can never forget once you have been to the Platte during spring migration.

Carl Kurtz
Western Marshall County
Central IA

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Date: 5/22/17 9:09 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] mason city
Warblers have been pushing through here the last couple of days, also,
despite the rain. The warblers have been mostly at the trail at East Park
since Parker's Woods is a Jungle from the rains and birds are hard to see.
I found Betty's Connecticut at East Park; there were two to three Mourning,
Canada, Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Golden-winged, Black-poll, etc in the last
few days. I am still missing a Cape May. Flycatchers and thrushes, tho no
Olive-sided yet.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 5/22/17 8:42 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers
Thought migration was about over but have had 12 species in the yard this
morning. Golden-winged, Mourning, Blackpoll and Cape May are ones I
consider best. Still waiting for the Connecticut.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 5/22/17 8:33 am
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler storm continues- Ledges SP
This Monday morning, 8:45-9:00 am a Connecticut Warbler was foraging and
singing occasionally beyond the east (left) side of Lost Lake in Ledges
State Park. The bird hung out long enough that I could see it singing in
full binocular view and record the song on my phone. Dark and greenish
overall in the understory, I could see the full eye ring and the blackish
very bottom of the hood. To find the location, follow the trail around the
east side of Lost Lake, head down hill over the dike into the broad creek
valley about 100 yards. It was along the right slope, and Doug Harr heard
it about 10:00 am higher up the ridge.

The mosquitoes and black flies are horrendous around Lost Lake. Wear
protective clothing and bring your repellent if you venture in!!! I found
6 other warbler species, plus several Least Flycatchers and a handful of
Swainson's Thrushes for migrants, but my main goal once getting good views
of the Connecticut Warbler was to retreat!

Karl Jungbluth, Boone


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Date: 5/22/17 8:24 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kites return to West Des Moines
Steve and Betty Warywoda told me that up to three MISSISSIPPI KITES have
returned to their neighborhood. They live at 805 29th in West Des Moines.
The kites have been observed carrying nesting material, but they haven't
located the nest yet.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/22/17 7:08 am
From: 'Janet Greer' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat in birdbath--Council Bluffs

I was astonished to see a Yellow-breasted Chat in the birdbath last evening about 6:30. I am used tp seeing some more unusual birds use the bird bath under dry conditions but my rain gauge topped out at over 5” while I was gone from home the last part of last week. The pasture behind my suburban lot is being overtaken at its edges by invasive honeysuckle. The honeysuckle must help the chat feel at home. I have not heard it or seen it this morning.
Janet Greer
Pottawattamie County
Council Bluffs

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Date: 5/21/17 5:01 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Laughing Gull
LAUGHING GULL actively preening on the beach at Sandpiper right now.

Danny Akers

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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull

At 3:30 this afternoon the Laughing Gull was sleeping on the beach about a hundred yards N of the parking area at Cherry Glen.

Doug Harr
Ogden

On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 1:19 PM, 'Jay Gilliam' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...><mailto:<ia-bird...>> wrote:
The Laughing Gull is back at Sandpiper Beach.

Good birding...

Jay Gilliam
Norwalk

Reid Allen <2birders...><mailto:<2birders...>> wrote:
At Saylorville Sandpiper, but lots of windsurfers. Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstone at Cherry Glen.

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Date: 5/21/17 4:40 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
At 3:30 this afternoon the Laughing Gull was sleeping on the beach about a
hundred yards N of the parking area at Cherry Glen.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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> The Laughing Gull is back at Sandpiper Beach.
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>> At Saylorville Sandpiper, but lots of windsurfers. Sanderlings and Ruddy
>> Turnstone at Cherry Glen.
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Date: 5/21/17 3:22 pm
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cerulean
Yes, two singing birds were present when I last visited this spot on May 9.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 5/21/17 3:02 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret at Otter Creek Marsh
This morning a SNOWY EGRET was at the east end of the marsh, which I scoped from the north/south dike that
closely parallels the entrance road. AW Pelicans and Great Egrets were resting in vicinity of the egret and
2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were vocal in the cattails.

The marsh had shorebird habitat at the northwest section but I saw only one flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers.
13 Caspian Terns, 5 Sandhill Cranes, 6 Great Egrets and 3 Ring-necked Ducks were also present at the west end.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/21/17 2:37 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cerulean
Has the Cerulean been seen at Squire's Point this year?

jim durbin
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Date: 5/21/17 1:35 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow Breasted Chat Mines of Spain Dubuque
There is a very vocal Chat along the Prairie Ridge Trail at Mines of Spain in Dubuque. It is located just past the woodland pond where there is thick head high brush boardering the prairie. This location is a traditional spot for Bell's Vireo and two are also present.
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 5/21/17 11:41 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler - Audubon Co.
Hi All,


I spent my lunch hour at Nabotna Pond Park northeast of Audubon in Audubon County. A little patch of a park, it doesn't look like much but even with the winds today it was fairly birdy. Best bird was a singing adult male CONNECTICUT WARBLER that gave me some brief, but wonderful views. 11 warbler species were present including lingering Orange-crowned, a pair of Northern Parulas, several Wilson's, and an adult male Mourning. An Olive-sided Flycatcher and an immature male Blue Grosbeak were both silently foraging, and really late was a vocal flyover AMERICAN PIPIT that called several times.

Danny Akers

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Date: 5/21/17 11:25 am
From: 'Jay Gilliam' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
The Laughing Gull is back at Sandpiper Beach.

Good birding...

Jay Gilliam
Norwalk

Reid Allen <2birders...> wrote:
>At Saylorville Sandpiper, but lots of windsurfers. Sanderlings and
>Ruddy Turnstone at Cherry Glen.
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Date: 5/21/17 11:19 am
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler
Birders
I am currently watching and listening to the still present Prairie Warbler in Monroe County as previously described
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Date: 5/21/17 9:58 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstone at Saylorville
Didn't have any luck with the Laughing Gull, but 19 SANDERLINGS and a RUDDY
TURNSTONE were feeding along the lakeshore at Cherry Glen around 11:00.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/21/17 9:48 am
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull
At Saylorville Sandpiper, but lots of windsurfers. Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstone at Cherry Glen.

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Date: 5/21/17 8:02 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Kentucky Warbler- Hanging Rock Woods, Johnson County
I didn’t have much luck this morning between the wind and the mist. I was headed back to the car when I heard and then saw a Kentucky Warbler along the West side of the path, not too far from the parking lot.
Linda Rudolph
Coralville

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Date: 5/21/17 7:58 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pilot Knob "misty morning" warbler explosion
Birders,

I spent a few hours this early morning at Pilot Knob State Park. When I
started it was around 45 degrees and misting. I decided to start hiking
trails at the first pullover on the left after entering the main stone
gate. Deadman's Lake produced an INCREDIBLE amount and diversity of
warblers. What was also incredible is that they were feeding along the low
edges of the lake/bog...it felt like what I would imagine Magee Marsh is
like on a good day. As soon as lighting got better I started having a 'hay
day' photographing warblers, although the light really never got THAT good.

Along Deadman's Lake:

-18 species of warblers including a singing CONNECTICUT, several male
MOURNING, a female CAPE MAY, a female BLACKPOLL, several CANADA, several
MAGNOLIA
-there were more SWAINSON'S THRUSH than you could shake a stick at
-pairs of SCARLET TANAGER and WOOD THRUSH
-single YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER

Road up along near the tower:
-10 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS foraging in the road along a turn with a couple
female INDIGO BUNTINGS
-a tree that seemed to have a small flock of BLACKPOLL WARBLERS
-two clearly heard BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS
-YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER

It was hard to pull myself away from the park. I could have spent the
entire day there birding, although it was pretty cold and the mist seemed
to pick up as I left.

HOW FITTING in the Globe Gazette (Mason City paper) this morning there is
an article entitled, "Stalking wood warblers a daunting challenge". Not so
challenging this morning, just getting lucky by being at the right place,
at the right time, during the right conditions.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 5/21/17 7:18 am
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Iowa City
This morning a singing Connecticut Warbler was found by Mark Madsen in the
far northern part of Hickory Hill Park, close to Pappy Dickens Preserve.
From the NE corner of the Lower Field, take the trail that leads NW up the
hill, roughly parallelling the creek. The bird was singing primarily on the
right (north) side of this trail, and when last seen at 8:15 was about 50
yards north of the trail near the creek. See park map showing the Lower
Field here:

http://www.icbirds.org/hhp/hhp2x10in100k.jpg

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 5/21/17 6:44 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull--Saylorville
There is a Laughing Gull on the rock jetty at Cherry Glen.


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Date: 5/20/17 4:20 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whimbrel Deere Dike Dubuque
The mudflat south of the island at Deere Dike continues to impress this week with a Whimbrel joining the mix this afternoon. A Black Bellied Plover was also present with the usual assortment of shorbs. A few more Franklin's Gulls have arrived as well. The Laughing Gull was present this morning but I did not look for it too intently this afternoon. Also present earlier were two Ruddy Turnstones that were also not seen this afternoon.
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 5/20/17 2:48 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Clinton County - Prothonotary Warbler
On a hunch, after finding what looked to be perfect habitat, I played a
recording of a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Walnut Grove Park, by Toronto in
Western Clinton County, and got a strong and immediate reaction from a very
territorial male, which actually landed on a bench not four feet away from
me. Fun stuff!

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 5/20/17 1:06 pm
From: James Mccoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers, hickory hill Iowa city
The park is alive with warblers this afternoon: Blackburnian, Canada, magnolia, chestnut sided.... we heard a mourning warbler in the rain this morning. Had an olive sided Flycatcher just now.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 5/20/17 12:32 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Common Gallinules in Linn Co.
It was a rainy morning but I was able to find a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Wickiup Hill N.A. The warbler was singing
and I suspected it might come out of the undergrowth to a less wet perch to sing and after 10 minutes it did! The
location was the oak savanna which begins shortly after passing the learning center and pond observation deck.

I also rechecked the Center Point wetlands but conditions continued rainy and marsh birds were somewhat backlit.
Two COMMON GALLINULES were still present and I heard a third on the other side of the road. They can appear and disappear just like magic and I'm wondering how long they'll be around as the marsh seems undersized for nesting.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/20/17 12:16 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Parula at Saylorville
While I was standing on the riverbank at Cottonwood sorting through the mass
of swallows, a small bird flew into the bushes below me. It turned out to
be a NORTHERN PARULA and it gave me a great look. That's the first time
I've ever had a "foot-level" view of that canopy species.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/20/17 11:34 am
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville area birds
This morning Stuart and I walked from Sycamore access to Cottonwood
Recreation area below the dam at Saylorville. Although there seemed to be
quite a bit of activity, the dripping trees and wind made seeing and
hearing birds a challenge. We managed to find some good birds, though with
highlights being a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, a MOURNING WARBLER, a
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, our FOY YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a couple of ALDER
FLYCATCHERS (singing) and a late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (singing).

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines

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Date: 5/20/17 10:54 am
From: jdale9004 <jdale9004...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western kingbird Ankeny
Western kingbird on 1-35 southbound at the Oralabor exit. On your left as you get off the interstate.

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Date: 5/19/17 5:43 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Marsh Farm Wetland, Dallas Co.
One Black-necked Stilt is present at Marsh Farm Wetland in Dallas Co. at this time. It is bathing in front of one of the strips of vegetation in the pool at the far (northwest) end of the marsh.

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Date: 5/19/17 5:06 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-19-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, May 13, through Friday, May 19, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**BROWN PELICAN**









CASUAL:

*PRAIRIE WARBLER*

*BEWICKS WREN*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Western Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

White-faced Ibis

Snowy Egret

Common Gallinule

Mississippi Kite

American Avocet

Black-necked Stilt

Piping Plover

Ruddy Turnstone

Whimbrel

Laughing Gull

Pine Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Connecticut Warbler

Blue Grosbeak (Central)







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



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











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at Mallard Marsh on the 15th.









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Sandy Beach on the 13th.



2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at Twin View Heights west of Solon on the 14
th.



A BROWN PELICAN was seen from the parking lot at James Ave at Hawkeye WA on
the 17th.



3 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Sand Point on the 17th.



LINN COUNTY:

Up to 4 COMMON GALLINULES were seen in a wetland area on the western
outskirts of Center Point on the 14th. They were last seen on the 16th.



A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Boyson Park in Marion on the 18th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

2 SNOWY EGRETS and a LAUGHING GULL were seen at Deere Dike on the 18th. The
LAUGHING GULL was seen again on the 19th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



MONROE COUNTY:

A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues to be seen along 505th Ave, .5 mile north of
130th St on the 14th. This is just past the point on 505th that sharply
turns to the west. This bird was last seen on the 16th.



A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Thousand Acres Unit of Stephens SF on the 16
th. There is a parking lot and service road at this spot. Walk the service
road west 150-200 yards to where it first becomes heavily rutted, and the
bird was persistently singing in the pines to the south.



WAPELLO COUNTY:

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Ottumwa Park on the 15th. 3 were present
on the 16th.



LEE COUNTY:

The BEWICKS WREN is still being seen at the Argyle junkyard on the 18th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



LUCAS COUNTY:

A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was heard at the usual location along 137th Ave on the
16th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A HOODED WARBLER was seen at Jester Park on the 13th.*



*A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen in a yard in Johnston on the 14th.*



*A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Ankeny on the 14th.*



*3 WHIMBRELS were seen at Jester Park on the 16th.*



*A PIPING PLOVER was seen at Jester Park on the 17th.*



*A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed in a yard in Ankeny on the 18th.*



*A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at Waterworks Park on the 19th.*



*DALLAS COUNTY:*

*2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at Marsh Farm Wetland on the 16th. They
were seen again on the 17th.*







*WEST:*



*GUTHRIE COUNTY:*

*A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Bays Branch on the 12th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*CLAY COUNTY:*

*3 WESTERN GREBES and 5 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Trumbull Lake on the
12th.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
May 26, 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: 5/19/17 5:06 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cattle and Snowy Egret, Carroll Wal-Mart
Birders,

There is currently 3 Cattle Egrets and 1 Snowy Egret at the retention pond in front of the Carroll Wal-Mart on the west side of Carroll.

Bird on!

Matt Wetrich
Jefferson

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Date: 5/19/17 11:49 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak--Des Moines
Over my lunch break I found a young male Blue Grosbeak at Water Works
Park. If you take the old wooden bridge over the river, it was singing
just into the woods to the west. There was a Summer Tanager right at the
north end of the bridge as well.


Aaron Brees

Polk City, Iowa

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Date: 5/19/17 9:29 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dubuque Laughing Gull - YES
Laughing Gull still present around 10:30 am along the south mudflats at
Deere Dike in Dubuque. It was with a Franklin's Gull in breeding plumage as
well as some Ring-billed Gulls.

Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 5/19/17 9:29 am
From: david.shealer <david.shealer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] DBQ LAGU continues
The Laughing Gull at Deere Dike continues this morning. It was joined by
an adult Franklin's Gull, providing nice size & plumage comparisons.

Dave Shealer
Dubuque
Dubuque Co.

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Date: 5/19/17 7:50 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
Stopped by briefly this morning.......all the nice shorebird habitat is
under water :/ There were only a couple peeps there and duck.

Fawn

On Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:40:28 PM UTC-5, Fawn Bowden wrote:
>
> The last two mornings have yielded a nice variety and number of
> shorebirds.
>
> Today there were 4 male *Wilson's Phaloropes* (fun to watch their
> spinning)*, a Short-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plovers & Sandpipers,
> White-rumped Sandpipers, Leasts, and Pectoral Sandpipers*. There is also
> a *Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird and Orioles* who likes to hang out
> at the top of the trail down to the mudflats. The Orioles love eating the
> Honey Locust blossoms there. An *Osprey* was fishing above the lake
> today. In the wooded area, many *Indigo Buntings* are singing and
> foraging.
>
> Fawn Bowden
> Riverside, IA
>
>
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Date: 5/19/17 6:32 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler - Ankeny, Polk Co.
Hi All,


I'm not exactly sure where all these birds came from with the rain last night, but there's a roving flock of passerines in my mother's neighborhood in NE Ankeny, Polk Co., including a singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER. Other vocal Warblers in the last ~20 minutes were Wilson's, Canada, Magnolia, Yellow, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, and a Cape May (which may or may not be the same bird that was also singing here last night). A couple of Baltimore Orioles are chattering, along with a calling Rose-breasted Grosbeak and several Red-eyed Vireos. It's been silent here now for about 5 minutes, but I'll report back if anything becomes consistent and reliable.


--- Danny Akers

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Date: 5/19/17 5:41 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown pelican -- no
There are significantly more American White Pelicans at the Coralville reservoir this morning as compared to yesterday, but I didn't find the Brown Pelican.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapuds

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Date: 5/19/17 5:16 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] backyard birds yesterday
We had nine species of warblers in the yard yesterday. Best were 3 Mourning
and 2 Blackpoll Warblers. Had at least 6 Tennessee's but suspect there was
probably a dozen. At one time, had 5 in the water taking a bath.
I had to go through my photos to be sure on the Mournings. One was the bird
from Tuesday that had no black bib.

I also went to Pleasant Creek Rec Area in the mornings and had at least 15
Henslow's calling. there was a Chat at the end of Strawn Road in the
parking lot.

Jim Durbin
1460 Douglas Court
Marion Ia 52302
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Date: 5/18/17 8:00 pm
From: brandon.caswell83 <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lee and Van Buren Co.'s today
Birders,

I made an error in my previous post. I went to Fox River WMA, not Fox Run WMA. This area is just east of Mt Sterling, IA. Also, the dike complexes I was referring to are at Fox River WMA.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 5/18/17 7:12 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late Snow Goose
Hello Birders,

There has been a late snow goose hangin' out around Fonda, IA.

Zach Mercer
Fonda

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Date: 5/18/17 7:11 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye Wildlife Area Update
Today I scoped Hawkeye's main pool early and late but could not relocate the Brown Pelican. But I did some walking
on the north side and was surprised to find more shorebirds than I expected, being dispersed in vegetation so it was
easy to overlook them from afar. I ended with 12 shorebird species and today's notables were;

1 Hudsonian Godwit
3 Black-bellied Plovers
2 Stilt Sandpipers
1 Yellow-head Blackbird (1st spring male?)
35 Franklin's Gulls
2 Cattle Egrets (snuggled among pelicans)

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 5/18/17 6:57 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
Linda-

Upon looking closer at my photos, what I thought was the Short-billed
Dowitcher was actually the Stilt Sandpiper. Wish I would have seen the
Hudsonian Godwit, but maybe tomorrow :)

Fawn

On Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:40:28 PM UTC-5, Fawn Bowden wrote:
>
> The last two mornings have yielded a nice variety and number of
> shorebirds.
>
> Today there were 4 male *Wilson's Phaloropes* (fun to watch their
> spinning)*, a Short-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plovers & Sandpipers,
> White-rumped Sandpipers, Leasts, and Pectoral Sandpipers*. There is also
> a *Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird and Orioles* who likes to hang out
> at the top of the trail down to the mudflats. The Orioles love eating the
> Honey Locust blossoms there. An *Osprey* was fishing above the lake
> today. In the wooded area, many *Indigo Buntings* are singing and
> foraging.
>
> Fawn Bowden
> Riverside, IA
>
>
>

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Date: 5/18/17 6:55 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lee and Van Buren Co.'s today
Birders,

Despite getting down to Lee County late, the cool day kept birds out and
singing. I did a fair amount of bushwhacking way back into the ravines in
the Croton Unit looking for Worm-eating Warbler, but I was not successful
with that. I was not shorted in my efforts, however.

Highlights (Lee Co.):

-NORTHERN BOBWHITE on a fence post just west of Argyle posed for pics
-YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and BEWICK'S WREN at Argyle junkyard
-KENTUCKY WARBLER (2), CERULEAN, BLUE-WINGED, BLACKBURNIAN,
YELLOW-THROATED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARLERS among a dozen warbler species
at the Croton Unit
-EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, BARRED OWL, RED-SHOULDERED and BROAD-WINGED HAWKS at
Croton
-ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, SCARLET AND SUMMER TANAGERS at Croton Unit
-along Croton Rd on the way to Farmington there were BOBOLINK and
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW

Highlights (Van Buren Co.):

-Farmington Unit, Coal Mine Hollow Dr had continuing PINE WARBLER,
YELLOW-THROATED -WARBLERS
-Fox Run WMA had BELL'S VIREO, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, BLACK TERNS

I was not able to find any shorebird habitat down at dike complexes,
however, I did not have much time to give that a really thorough search.
From what I could tell the complexes were too high to sustain shorebirds.

*Notable Misses at Shimek*: Blue Grosbeak, White-eyed Vireo, Black-billed
Cuckoo


On the way home I checked Terry Trueblood RA in Johnson Co. for shorebirds
(Hudsonian Godwit was continuing) and Boyson Trail in Linn Co. for the
Connecticut Warbler (dipped on the CT). I finished the day with 104
species. An absolutely beautiful day to be out!

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 5/18/17 1:17 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ledges SP & McHose City Park birds
I forgot to post last night that I found two *Wood Thrushes*, two FOY
*Veeries*, and a continuing heap of *Swainson's Thrushe*s along Lost Lake
Trail at Ledges SP yesterday. But huge swarms of mosquitoes finally drove
me out before finding much else of interest.

Today I made a birding quick stop along Maple Canyon Road in Boone's McHose
City Park. Not many birds on this cool, windy & damp morning until I
reached the south end of the road by the Water Pollution Control Facility.
In the edge of the woods there I found FOY *Mourning Warbler *and FOY
*Philadelphia
Vireo.*

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/18/17 1:03 pm
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: FW: [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper - Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
After seeing Fawn’s post, I stopped by Terry Trueblood this afternoon. I didn’t see the Short-billed Dowitcher, but a Hudsonian Godwit and Stilt Sandpiper were nice additions to the shorebird mix. The Wilson’s Phalaropes were still there and as Fawn said they were fun to watch.

Linda Rudolph
Coralville

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From: Fawn Bowden<mailto:<fawnda10...>
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Subject: [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood- Johnson County

The last two mornings have yielded a nice variety and number of shorebirds.

Today there were 4 male Wilson's Phaloropes (fun to watch their spinning), a Short-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plovers & Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers, Leasts, and Pectoral Sandpipers. There is also a Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird and Orioles who likes to hang out at the top of the trail down to the mudflats. The Orioles love eating the Honey Locust blossoms there. An Osprey was fishing above the lake today. In the wooded area, many Indigo Buntings are singing and foraging.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA


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Date: 5/18/17 12:16 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Linn County


Birders 
Shortly after noon today I found a Connecticut Warbler at Boyson Park in Marion.  The bird was quietly foraging along the creek, near the foot bridge at the NW corner of the park.
This is only the third time I've found this species in Iowa, but hey, every six years ain't half bad.
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 




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Date: 5/18/17 10:40 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood- Johnson County
The last two mornings have yielded a nice variety and number of shorebirds.


Today there were 4 male *Wilson's Phaloropes* (fun to watch their spinning)*,
a Short-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plovers & Sandpipers, White-rumped
Sandpipers, Leasts, and Pectoral Sandpipers*. There is also a *Willow
Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird and Orioles* who likes to hang out at the top
of the trail down to the mudflats. The Orioles love eating the Honey
Locust blossoms there. An *Osprey* was fishing above the lake today. In
the wooded area, many *Indigo Buntings* are singing and foraging.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA


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Date: 5/18/17 10:29 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cattle Egets
Don Poggensee reports 20 Cattle Egrets 1 mile west of I35 on Hwy 34. In a
field with cattle. That would be about 3 miles west of Oceola, IA

God Bless,
*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 5/18/17 10:19 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] No sighting
I spent a little time looking and did not see it. But I was not very thorough so I think it would be good to keep checking.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

> On May 18, 2017, at 11:59 AM, Rick Hollis <xiboia...> wrote:
>
> Has anyone looked today for the Brown Pelican at hawkeye?
>
>
> Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA
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Date: 5/18/17 9:59 am
From: Rick Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No sighting
Has anyone looked today for the Brown Pelican at hawkeye?


Rick Hollis. rural North Liberty IA

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Date: 5/18/17 8:08 am
From: david.shealer <david.shealer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Laughing Gull-Dubuque
There is presently a first-summer Laughing Gull on the mudflat south of the
island at Deere Dike, north of Dubuque. Also seen this morning were two
Snowy Egrets and Wilson's Phalarope among usual collection of shorebirds.

Dave Shealer
Dubuque
Dubuque Co.

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Date: 5/18/17 7:03 am
From: jessica bolser <jabolser11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring Bird Festival - Port Louisa NWR - May 20th 7-11am
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge (in SE Iowa) is having a Spring Bird Festival on Saturday May 20th from 7am - 11am. The event is free and all are welcome!

Activities include:
7 am - 10 am: Songbird Banding Demonstrations (weather-permitting)
7:30 am: Guided Bird Hike (weather-permitting)
8:30 am: Kids and Family-Friendly Guided Bird Walk (weather-permitting)
10:30 am: Bird Talk Program - An Introduction to Learning Bird Songs and Calls
7 am - 11 am: Kids Activities

Check out Port Louisa NWR's Facebook page for more details: <http://1.usa.gov/1WrwAsp> https://www.facebook.com/PortLouisaNWR/<https://www.facebook.com/PortLouisaNWR/?ref=bookmarks>

Jessica Bolser
Wapello, Louisa Co.

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Date: 5/17/17 7:58 pm
From: Hank Zaletel <madowl...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
Stilts seen at 3:45 just before storm hit.

Hank Zaletel
Nevada

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> Stilts still present this morning at 11am.
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Date: 5/17/17 7:08 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Emmet Co. 5/17
Hi All,


I checked out Cheever Lake and Fort Defiance State Park, both near Estherville in Emmet Co., this evening. Cheever Lake had the largest concentration of Black Terns I think I've ever seen in Iowa, estimating 320+ foraging over the lake. I had seen several groups of this species today, particularly over crop land, so I'm curious if the first round of storms this morning/early afternoon grounded a good number of birds. Also of note here were no less than 4 vocal American Bitterns.


At Fort Defiance, a few mixed migrant flocks were moving around, predominated by Tennessee (30+) and Yellow (15+) Warblers. Single Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Orange-crowned Warblers were lingering and a female Blackburnian was my FOY. Perhaps more notably here were traditional "eastern" species for this corner of the state. A Red-shouldered Hawk was vocalizing in a ravine near the lodge, as was a Pileated Woodpecker and at least 3 Tufted Titmice.


As I sat down at my computer a few minutes ago, I was surprised to hear a Western Kingbird sputtering from a hedgerow south of my apartment here in Spirit Lake.


Danny Akers

Spirit Lake

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Date: 5/17/17 2:58 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican Johnson NO
I looked for the Brown Pelican at Hawkeye WA around 2 pm. I did not see it, but with 50 Am White Pelicans, tightly clustered together, the tiny Brown Pelican could easily be hidden. The AMPE were easily visible from the parking lot at the far N end of James Ave. Most were in a single tight cluster with a few singles to the NE but near the the larger batch.

Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 5/17/17 2:58 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican at Hawkeye Widlife Area
This morning an adult BROWN PELICAN was distant on the main pool between Sand Point and DNR Headquarters (Amana Road).
This area is a roosting spot for Hawkeye's pelicans and I expect they will return this evening and be present in the morning. Sand Point is closest to this spot but vegetation might obscure some pelicans. The end of James Ave. is good for scoping
in the morning and the DNR Headquarter's parking lot is good early and late. Backlighting is the main scoping problem except
on overcast days.

Also present off Sand Point today were;

3 AMERICAN AVOCETS
4 Franklin's Gulls
20 Black Terns
12 Forster's Terns
2 Caspian Terns

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 5/17/17 2:37 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo
A calling Black-billed cuckoo was seen at Shimek/Croton just after crossing
the creek up from the usual parking lot.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 5/17/17 12:31 pm
From: Christopher Caster <libertydental...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Poweshiek County Birds
Nice photos! As I look at those baby birds, I now realize why mother birds lay eggs!

Chris Caster
Coralville

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Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:41 PM
To: iowa bird listing
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek County Birds

Woodcock photos
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Date: 5/17/17 10:42 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek County Birds
Woodcock photos

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Date: 5/17/17 10:34 am
From: Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Piping Plover
A cooperative Piping Plover was on the road to the southern most viewing
location at Jester park this morning. Also two Black-necked Stilts continue
@ Marsh Farm Wetlands. Ray Cummins/Ankeny IA.



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Date: 5/17/17 9:44 am
From: Justin Ferguson <jferguson1869...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
Stilts still present this morning at 11am.

Justin Ferguson
Clive

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Date: 5/17/17 8:31 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Brown Pelican at HWA
Jim and I are currently viewing the BROWN PELICAN from the parking lot at the end of James Ave.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

> On May 17, 2017, at 10:06 AM, Diana Pesek <keesiemom...> wrote:
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> Jim Forde reports a BROWN PELICAN at Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County this morning. It can be seen with the pelican flock in the middle of the reservoir.
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Date: 5/17/17 8:17 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican at HWA
Jim Forde reports a BROWN PELICAN at Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County this morning. It can be seen with the pelican flock in the middle of the reservoir.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/17/17 7:48 am
From: roosterfaye <roosterfaye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Center Point wetlands
And now a Sandhill Crane

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Date: 5/17/17 7:45 am
From: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Center Point wetlands
The Sora is currently in the Center Point (Linn Co) wetlands south of Cedar Ridge Road. Lots of Canada Geese with goslings, muskrats swimming around, Mallards, a Pied-billed Grebe...still looking for the C.Gallinule.

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Date: 5/16/17 7:45 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] May 16, 2017
Scott County to West Des Moines via Johnson, Linn, Dallas and Polk. Long
Day but good results.
Headed for Twin Heights in Johnson looking for Caspian Tern (YES) and
Black-necked Stilt (NOT)
Next to Center Pointe Wetlands in Linn with hopes of Sora (NO) and Common
Gallinule (YES 1)
Pleasant Creek SP for Yellow-breasted Chat (YES 2)
Also picked up White-eyed Vireo, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, and a
Blue Grosbeak.
Zooming to West Des Moines for grandson Stephen'sHonor Concerts for West
Des Moines 6th graders when information about Black-necked Stilt and other
good shorebirds in Dallas followed by three Whimbrels found by Mark
Proescholdt at Jester. Yes we were late to West Des Moines but did not
miss Steffen's Concerts. He qualified in Choir (solo), Band (drum solo).
and Orchestra (percussion) ( a little Grandfatherly pride).

What a patient trooper of a wife I have. Good news was that she met Mark
Proescholdt in person for the first time.

God Bless all and a special thanks to all of you who post on such a regular
basis. What a great thing we have going for us through the IOU.


Surprise of the trip was finding out that a Song Sparrow was a new bird for
Linn Co. How could that be??

*Paul O. Roisen*
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Date: 5/16/17 6:47 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Monroe and Wapello Co.'s today
Birders,

I arrived at the Prairie Warbler just as a Pam and Reid Allen were on the
way out. I had 40 species for the vicinity. On the way to Lovilia (130th
St) there were numerous Grasshopper Sparrows and Bobolinks among the
stunning countryside scenery. Between the forests and the pastureland I
can see how Monroe must rank up there in its breadth of critical bird
habitats. It was a lovely part of the state I have not seen much of.

South of Knoxville I had a Northern Mockingbird just north of the
intersection of 130th Pl and Highway 14, but south of the entrance to the
mine on the east side of the road.

At Memorial Park in Ottumwa I stumbled upon three Mississippi Kites, two
which were copulating. I was able to get their picture. I hope I didn't
embarrass them too much!

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell

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Date: 5/16/17 5:33 pm
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Carolina wren Pella
Sighted this afternoon in front of front door
Steve Johnson, Pella

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Date: 5/16/17 5:02 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
Black-bellied Plover not seen. Hudsonian Godwit 1. Thanks to John B. for the timely post

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> There are currently 2 Black-necked Stilts at Marsh Farm Wetland. Also present are Stilt Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Black-bellied Plover and other more common shorebirds.
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Date: 5/16/17 4:51 pm
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whimbrels -- Polk County
Mark Proescholdt found 3 Whimbrels earlier today at Jester Park. They were seen as recently as 6:15 but Jay Gilliam saw them get up with some Terns and they have not been relocated. I am posting this at Pam and Reid Allens request as they did see the Whimbrels about an hour ago.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 5/16/17 2:18 pm
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts -- Dallas County
There are currently 2 Black-necked Stilts at Marsh Farm Wetland. Also present are Stilt Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Black-bellied Plover and other more common shorebirds.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 5/16/17 1:25 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler--SSF-Thousand Acres Unit
After viewing the Prairie Warbler this morning, I checked the other side of
the Thousand Acres Unit and found a territorial Pine Warbler. It is at the
map link on this checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36910952

There is a parking lot and service road at this spot. Walk the service
road west 150-200 yards to where it first becomes heavily rutted, and the
bird was persistently singing in the pines to the south.

Aaron Brees
Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 5/16/17 6:50 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chuck's and Prairie Warbler
After missing out on Chuck-will's-widow at the festival, I decided to try
for it and the Prairie Warbler this morning before the rains arrive.
Despite the wind, I was able to hear one Chuck-will's-widow at the usual
location along 137th. The Prairie Warbler was also active on its territory
In the Thousand Acre Unit. Other highlights from there included both
cuckoos, Alder Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler (2) and
Clay-colored Sparrow.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/16/17 4:56 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story Co. Loon
Hi Birders,

My apologies for the delayed post. Yesterday evening, there was a loon on
Ada Hayden Lake just north of Ames. Body size, bill size, and head shape
indicated a Common Loon but I didn't have binoculars to get a good look.
Also present were 19 American White Pelicans.

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 5/15/17 7:18 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler still there!
Today I traveled to Chariton for a final meeting to review success of the
Lucas Co. Birding Festival, for deciding what might be done (if anything)
in the future. Since I was only about 25 miles from the Prairie Warbler
location in the Thousand Acre Unit of Stephens State Forest, I decided not
miss an opportunity to see a species I last observed in Florida in 1998.

The warbler was in exactly the same place where it has been seen over the
past week, singing its lungs out in brush at the side of a dirt road. (I'm
guessing he's trying to attract a mate, but SE Missouri may be a long
distance for a female to hear him.)

Anyway, he posed for many wonderful photo portraits within 15-30 ft. of me,
and I'm attaching a couple of shots for you. If anyone else plans to go
find him and it happens to rain first, you might want to have a tracked
vehicle or else plan to be stuck in an Iowa semi-wilderness area for a
couple of days.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/15/17 4:38 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Scott County 5.15.17
Arrived at Wapsi Environmental Center at 5:45 with great hopes. To make a
long story short (for a change)--only one non-breeding warbler today
(Tenn). But did pick up three year birds and three county birds to put me
at 202 for Scott-Goal accomplished for the weekend.

Maybe YB Chat, Black-necked Stilt, and Connecticut tomorrow as I take the
short (never) way to West Des Moines.

Congrats to those who saw the Prairie Wabler and Mississippi Kite today.

God Bless to all.

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Date: 5/15/17 4:10 pm
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] warblers from May 10 SE Pella
One male chestnut sided, one most likely black throated blue female and another likely blackpoll female

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Date: 5/15/17 3:20 pm
From: 'Janet Greer' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fledglings

On Saturday May 13 parent Carolina Wrens and Blue Jays were feeding fledglings in the yard here in Council Bluffs, IA. Seems early to me.

Janet Greer
Pottawattamie Co
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Date: 5/15/17 1:50 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite
At 7:45 this morning at the Ottumwa Park off Elm Street, near the Ottumwa
Bulldog water tower, a single Mississippi Kite flew low --down near the
pond at the bottom of the hill.
Also, thanks to TJ and Mike for getting me to the right location for the
Prairie Warbler. Heard and seen,.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 5/15/17 12:07 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilt - Cerro Gordo County

Birders

While birding Mallard Marsh this morning, we found two Black-necked Stilts.
They were feeding along the muddy west edge of the pond.

Katie Byerly
Betty Lucas
Carolyn Fischer

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Date: 5/15/17 10:53 am
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler
The Prairie Warbler was at the same location this a.m. Singing as soon as we pulled up. I believe the easiest way to get there is find 130st at the south part of Lovilla and follow this to 505th ave. and go .5 mile north. Tom Johnson Mystic along with Mike Stephens

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Date: 5/14/17 7:55 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] possible Fish crow location
Sorry I didn't give the location of the possible Fish Crow.
Go to Sullivan Slough Road (south of Burlington via Summer Street Road).
Go past the entrance to the Alliant Power Plant and start searching once
you get into the flooded forest.
Chuck fuller
Burlington

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Date: 5/14/17 6:45 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Continuing Prairie Warbler - Monroe county
Here are the approximate GPS coordinates for the Prairie Warbler:

41.124681,-93.077547

Eric Ollie
Ames

On May 14, 2017 8:12 PM, "Ellen Fuller" <cfuller989...> wrote:

What part of Monroe County are these roads? Thanks for any help you can
give me.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington


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> The Prairie Warbler was easy to see and hear in the previously described
> location in Monroe county earlier this morning, along 505th Ave, .5 mile
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Date: 5/14/17 6:45 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Nathan Pieplow speaking at Jester Park Lodge on Tuesday
Des Moines Audubon Society and Polk County Conservation invite you to attend
a program on Bird Sounds, Decoded, by author Nathan Pieplow. The program
will be held at Jester Park Lodge on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Bird Sounds, Decoded

Identifying birds by sound is a crucial skill that can be difficult to
learn. Author Nathan Pieplow has devised a system that lets you identify
bird sounds without having to memorize them. The Peterson Field Guide to
Bird Sounds lets you look up sounds, the way you look up words in the
dictionary. The key is learning to visualize sounds. Nathan's clear,
practical instructions for visualizing sounds will make you a better
listener. You will hear details in sound that you hadn't noticed before, and
you will have the vocabulary to describe those details. Nathan will help you
identify birds by their sounds, but he will also help you understand birds
by their sounds. For the sounds of birds are a language, carrying messages
from one bird to another. To understand the language, and decode the
messages, all you need is the right dictionary.

Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds. He
blogs about bird sounds at the website Earbirding.com. He is one of the
authors of the Colorado Birding Trail and a former editor of the journal
Colorado Birds. He teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of
Colorado in Boulder.

Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/14/17 6:25 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wings & Wetlands Weekend
Today the Wings and Wetlands Weekend concluded with the official tally at
163 species! A cooperative effort in Clay, Dickinson, O'Brien and Palo Alto
counties the area naturalists put a variety of programming together for the
celebration. Two of the field outings had fantastic views of male Scarlet
Tanagers singing on territory and there is no better bird to excite birder
passion. Although 18 warbler species were seen the numbers of individual
birds was low for all except Yellow-rumped, The big miss for the weekend
was Wild Turkey. Maybe they thought we were turkey hunters. Unusual
sightings were Glossy Ibis, Red-shouldered Hawk and Bonaparte's Gull.
Eastern Kingbird migration peaked at Huston Park this morning and we got
tired of looking at them! Enjoy the balance of this spring migration!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 5/14/17 6:12 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Continuing Prairie Warbler - Monroe county
What part of Monroe County are these roads? Thanks for any help you can
give me.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington


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Date: 5/14/17 6:10 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible Fish Crow
While watching a Prothonotary warbler feeding and singing a heard the call
of a crow several times. It sounded like a Fish Crow, so I waited a
minute, but it didn't call again. I had to dig out my tape of the Fish
Crow and by the time I played the call, I got no response. The recording
sounded exactly like what I heard. I never saw the bird and I know young
American Crows sound somewhat like Fish Crows so it goes down as a possible
and not a definite.
Chuck fuller
Burlington

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Date: 5/14/17 5:13 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Denny Thompson
Another well organized meeting by Denny Thompson! I think we missed the
boat when it came to making a big deal about the people who serve or have
served on the IOU Board of Directors. Dennis mentioned both Linda Rudolph
(2 years) and Gerald White (4 years) but no mention was really made about
the dedication and detail that Denny Thompson put into the last FOUR years
as Vice-President of the IOU. He organized 8 meetings all around the
state producing an unique event for each of those 8 events. He took the
time to visit each site multiple times to insure, as much as possible, that
we had a good venues, meals, and fellowship. Additionally, he sent out
communications to birds all over the North and South American continents
encouraging them to come for a visit to Iowa during the times of our
meetings. Of course they showed up and we were blessed with some rather
uncommon birds. Latest example were three birds in Lucas County that had
not previously been officially recorded prior to the IOU meeting--Greater
Scaup, Common Gallinule, and Peregrine
Falcon. Additional bird was a Prairie Warbler seen by some on the way home.

Denny did a marvelous job of spreading the meeting around the state and
even did provided us with a dual state meeting with Nebraska.
Camanche/Clinton (Eastern Iowa)
Bellvue, NE (Western Iowa)
Ankeny (Central Iowa)
Algona (Northern Iowa)
Fort Madison (Southeastern Iowa)
Ames (Central Iowa)
Lakeside Labs (Northwest Iowa)
Chariton (South Central Iowa)

The number of species seen (average) for the years he served was:
Spring meeting was 172 which is 5 more per meeting than the last 12
Years I have tracking
Fall meeting was 144 which was about 9 more per meeting for the 12
years.

Clearly a lot of work and thought went into organizing these great meetings.

*THANK YOU SO MUCH DENNIS and CECILLE!*

Dubuque--Fall 2017--is already 95% organized for our new incoming
Vice-President, Pip Fisher.

Please do not hesitate to give them both a personal thank you via
Listserve, snail mail, Facebooks, etc etc.


The IOU Spring meeting was another wonderful event with great fellowship
and exceptional birding on some of the field trips.

Maybe the highlight for me was seeing the incredible habitat in that county
compared to much of the NW counties and central counties. I would
encourage all of you to actively take part in effort to get landowners to
consider working with the conservation groups in Iowa to improve their
lands now and also to strongly consider land easements and land trusts so
that they insure their land can be part the amount of the Iowa land that is
protected for our children and generations to come.

God Bless.

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 5/14/17 4:22 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] meeting wrap-up
Here is the link to the IOU Spring meeting report. Being a little (lot)
slow I did eventually find it.

http://www.iowabirds.org/IOU/MeetingDetail.aspx?mtg=65

God Bless,


*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 5/14/17 3:25 pm
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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Common Gallinules at Center Point
I just happened to have passed Center Point ten minutes before Jim posted
this so I went back to check it out. There are actually three, and maybe
four, Common Gallinules present. There was one in thick cover that I
couldn't get a great look at but appeared to have the white horizontal stripe of
a gallinule.

Thanks Jim!

Good birding...

Jay Gilliam
Norwalk, IA


In a message dated 5/14/2017 1:47:08 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
<jimforde...> writes:

Around 11 a.m. I found 2 COMMON GALLINULES in the wetlands at the western
outskirts of Center Point.
This has been the first year I've seen this species in Linn County and now
the count is up to three!
I call the wetland "Center Point Marsh" and it's at the intersection of
Urbana and Cedar Ridge roads.
Also Sora, Pied-billed Grebes, Coots and Blue-winged Teal were present.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 5/14/17 3:10 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] meeting wrap-up
A recap of last weekend's Birding Festival and Spring Meeting has been added
to the IOU website under the Meetings tab. Again, thanks to all who made
the weekend such a success.



Denny Thompson

Former IOU Vice-president

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Date: 5/14/17 11:47 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Gallinules at Center Point
Around 11 a.m. I found 2 COMMON GALLINULES in the wetlands at the western outskirts of Center Point.
This has been the first year I've seen this species in Linn County and now the count is up to three!
I call the wetland "Center Point Marsh" and it's at the intersection of Urbana and Cedar Ridge roads.
Also Sora, Pied-billed Grebes, Coots and Blue-winged Teal were present.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 5/14/17 9:26 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite - Ankeny
Hi All,

About 11 AM, I had an adult MISSISSIPPI KITE flying over East 1st St. in Ankeny, Polk Co. Haven't heard any reports out of the traditional Des Moines locations yet this year.

A walk through Heritage Park, also in Ankeny, early this AM was slow, with a singing SUMMER TANAGER being the highlight.

Danny Akers

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Date: 5/14/17 9:11 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Continuing Prairie Warbler - Monroe county
The Prairie Warbler was easy to see and hear in the previously described
location in Monroe county earlier this morning, along 505th Ave, .5 mile
north of 130th St. This is just past the point on 505th that sharply turns
to the west.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 5/14/17 8:43 am
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson County This Morning
Early this morning Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City was very birdy, although
there wasn't a lot of diversity with 13 warbler species. It seems like the
warbler migration is progressing very quickly. Highlights:

Mourning Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 6
Golden-winged Warbler 4
Magnolia Warbler 5
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
Swainson's Thrush 6
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1

Then after a call from James Huntington (thanks James!) I went to Twinview
Heights west of Solon and saw the following:

Black-necked Stilt 2
Semipalmated Plover 65
Dunlin 25
Caspian Tern 3

There were hundreds of peeps but distance made viewing difficult. The
reservoir is rising quickly and the viewable habitat may not last much
longer.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 5/14/17 7:56 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hancock Sandhills
Checked this morning
2 adults
2 young

Dick Sayles
TOday Forest City

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Date: 5/14/17 7:32 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler in Johnston
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER is currently singing in my neighbor's yard. It's
actually a ravine that runs all the way to the Des Moines river. It's the
4th time I've had one in my neighborhood.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/13/17 7:40 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ruddy Turnstone at Coralville Lake
Tonight a single RUDDY TURNSTONE was walking the shoreline at Sandy Beach. Shorebirding remains poor
but there seemed to be an influx of Least Sandpipers into the abundant shorebird habitat in this area.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/13/17 5:33 pm
From: Larry Reis <naturalist...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Willets at Cardinal Marsh
There were 6 willets at Cardinal Marsh today. Other birds of note included 1 Ross's goose, 2 trumpeter swans and 10 sandhill cranes.

Larry Reis
Calmar IA

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Date: 5/13/17 4:20 pm
From: Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM] <cootjr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Central Iowa big day.
Yesterday (12 May) Tyler Harms and I did a big day in central Iowa. It was a beautiful day to be outside and the birds cooperated reasonably well. The highlights included a White-faced Ibis at Bays Branch, a red morph Eastern Screech-Owl that mobbed us twice at midday, and a late Red-breasted Nuthatch and singing male Hooded Warbler at Jester Park. For the day we tallied 17 waterfowl species, just 13 shorebird species, and 19 warbler species. Our final total was 164 species, a bit lower than usual.


Steve

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Date: 5/13/17 4:05 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: witnessing a a new warbler behavior
jim durbin
marion, ia
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Di Bradbury" <dibsia1...>
Date: May 13, 2017 6:01 PM
Subject: witnessing a a new warbler behavior
To: "Jim Durbin" <bugmugger187...>
Cc:

can you share in bird line jim it wouldn't go
>
> In Cedar Rapids Linn Co early this morning as i looked down from my
> bedroom window I saw a flutter
> of yellow rump warblers they
> were bathing in the cups of my huge leafed Hosta moving along the moist
> surface every which way with delight and ignoring my tiny water feature
> diane bradbury
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Date: 5/13/17 3:45 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Howard County
Yesterday, Howard County tried to conceal it's birds from us, but we
managed to find 112 of them starting with a Nighthawk at 4:30am, and
ending with a Bank Swallow in late afternoon. Howard County has no
cattail marsh habitat, very little open water, and we could not find
any sheet water or shorebird habitat anywhere, so our list was short
on waterfowl and shorebirds. But we did find Sandhill Cranes at two
locations, and 18 species of warblers, including 37 Palm Warblers on
the day. It was also encouraging to find a pair of Northern Harriers
actively hunting over the Hayden Prairie.

Paul Skrade
Ric Zarwell
Paul Hertzel


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Date: 5/13/17 1:45 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Left highlight off previous message
Sandhill crane pair with colt! (Hancock CTY)


Dick Sayles
Forest City this weekend

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Date: 5/13/17 1:30 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Special day North Iowa
Over 100 species in Cerro Gordo Hancock and Winnebago county and the day is not done!
Highlights Gray Partridge, Blue Headed Vireo, Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Wilsons Warbler, numerous other species, young just out of the nest Woodies, Canada Geese! Numerous Pheasants!
Northern Harrier. Total of 3 nesting pair of Trumpeter Swans and 9 total birds!
Yellow Warblers everywhere!
Special Day

Dick Sayles
(Forest City this weekend)

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Date: 5/13/17 1:24 pm
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Acadian Flycatcher at Ledges State Park, Boone County
I was looking for Doug Harr's Kentucky Warbler southeast of Lost Lake near
a small stream and found an Acadian Flycatcher. A recording and photo are
in my ebird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36789686

Tyler Grant,
Ames

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Date: 5/13/17 8:46 am
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] ID help? poss Western Tanager NOPE
Bingo, Doug.
I got another better longer look and came to your conclusion also.
Listened to the call online which helped.
Thanks
Steve

On 5/13/2017 10:31 AM, douglas chapman wrote:
> First year male Summer Tanager?
>
> Doug Chapman
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> Sent from my iPhone
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> Sent from my iPhone
> On May 13, 2017, at 10:08 AM, Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
> <mailto:<saharv23...>> wrote:
>
>> Having just my Binocs I saw a bird high in an Oak tree that I guessed
>> might be a WETA . Never having seen one before and not having a
>> guide with me I tried to memorize what ID marks/colors I could. 5
>> minutes later was at the house looking at the guide and online pix
>> and things seemed correct except my memory gave the bird a full cape
>> of red/orange rather than just the head. extending 1/2 way down the
>> chest before transitioning to a yellow/tan body. I went back with a
>> guide,but, of course, couldn't relocate it.
>> Any thoughts?
>>
>> Steve Harvey
>> Rural Clarke Co.
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Date: 5/13/17 8:08 am
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] ID help? poss Western Tanager
Having just my Binocs I saw a bird high in an Oak tree that I guessed
might be a WETA . Never having seen one before and not having a guide
with me I tried to memorize what ID marks/colors I could. 5 minutes
later was at the house looking at the guide and online pix and things
seemed correct except my memory gave the bird a full cape of red/orange
rather than just the head. extending 1/2 way down the chest before
transitioning to a yellow/tan body. I went back with a guide,but, of
course, couldn't relocate it.
Any thoughts?

Steve Harvey
Rural Clarke Co.

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Date: 5/13/17 7:11 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cuckoo
Yellow billed Cuckoo 3 tenths of mile east of 130th Avenue on 480 St north side of road.
Harmon Lake property.
Winnebago CTY Iowa

Dick Sayles

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Date: 5/13/17 5:36 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers
Everywhere
Harmon Lake Winnebago CTY

Dick Sayles

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Date: 5/12/17 9:52 pm
From: exnerimages <andexn...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Orioles, higher numbers


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Little Maquoketa River Valley, near Durango, Dubuque County, Iowa


5 Orchard Orioles

10 Baltimore Orioles


The highest numbers we ever had in our yard during the last 13 years since
we started keeping records.


Read more in my blog and see some photos:


http://www.exnerimages.net/blog/2017/5/11/nature-clicks-375-orchard-orioles


http://www.exnerimages.net/blog/2017/5/9/ready-for-the-orioles



Andreas Exner

exnerimages.net

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Date: 5/12/17 9:43 pm
From: Michael Stark <iprint4u...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Green Heron fishing/foxes
Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the heads of the nest out there. If your having your morning coffee and can't find anything out the window by the feeders to enjoy, I have some passable images of a Greenie feeding at Wickiup, and some baby foxes. All mothers love babies.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/barbedwirephoto/

Mike Stark
Marion

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Date: 5/12/17 8:15 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Acadian Flycatcher--Des Moines
An Acadian Flycatcher has returned to Ashworth Park just south of the
swimming pool parking lot. Summer and Scarlet tanagers, Louisiana
Waterthrush, and a pair of Broad-winged Hawks are also present in the same
general area.

Aaron Brees
Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 5/12/17 7:28 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Turkey nesting in interesting location
A friend of mine who lives near the intersection of Taft and 345th ST near Forest City called me the other day to let me know he had a turkey nesting in his backyard, 15 feet from his house. Cluster of 3 trees with about 5X10 feet of tall weeds in the middle, no other cover for 25-30 yards. Drove over tonight after work to take a look and get photos, light was in the wrong position for truly good shots but it was neat to see something that wary, that close to an occupied house.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 5/12/17 7:10 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Had a once in lifetime event tonight. While riding around prairie in golfcart came upon a woodcock, got out of cart approached, got within 1 ft., she flushed and we found 4 chicks, got pictures. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 5/12/17 6:21 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Good week, great day!
Awesome!! Need Caspian, Common, Red-necked, Least Bittern, Cape May,
Black-bellied Plover, Glossy Ibis, and Ruddy Turnstone. Send them to
Scott County ASAP or to Woodbury on Tuesday if you could.

What a great day is right.

God Bless

*Paul O. Roisen*
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On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> wrote:

> Earlier this week I found two Cattle Egrets along the Little Sioux River
> and then received a phone call from a fellow conservation board member who
> had a Barn Owl in the equipment shed on his farm in southern Clay County.
> It was a new county bird for me #303. Then I found a Glossy Ibis in a
> wetland near Pickerel Lake and later in the day two Ruddy Turnstones at the
> goose pond south of West Hottes Lake in Dickinson County.
>
>
>
> Today Joe and I kicked off Wings and Wetlands Weekend with 142 species in
> a tour of Clay, Palo Alto and Dickinson counties. Three Western Grebes and
> five Red-necked Grebes were at Trumbull Lake with Am and Least Bitterns
> vocalizing. Sixteen species of warblers with Cape May and N Parula the
> highlights. The grade at Spirit Lake held all four tern species with 29
> Black Terns, 12 Forster’s Terns, 3 Caspian Terns and 2 Common Terns. Also
> on the rock bridge were Black-bellied Plover, Am Golden Plover, Dunlin,
> Long-billed Dowitcher and Spotted Sandpiper. It was a hot spot!
>
>
>
> We will see what the rest of the weekend brings. May the birds be with us!
>
>
>
> Lee A. Schoenewe
>
> Spencer
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Date: 5/12/17 6:18 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Belated multi date reports
Hello all,
Too much birding, not enough sleep, some internet issues, and a little
bit of procrastination so... Good numbers are due to having the incredible
Mark Proescholdt with me the whole time and also the many outstanding
birders on the IOU/Lucas County Birding Festival Field trips.
*May 5*
Missed Western Tanagers in Ames and Saylorville Visitor Center
Nice looks and photos of Brown Pelican at Red Rock
77 species
Finally found warbler species #3 for the year (in western Iowa they
deliberately hide from me and laugh).
1 new species not previously reported in Lucas County (Common Gallinule
at Red Haw)
*May 6*
80 species on Rathbun IOU/Lucas County Birding Festival Field trip
2 new Lucas County species not previously reported in Lucas County
(Greater Scaup and Peregrine Falcon)
10 Warbler species
*May 7*
68 species (66 in Lucas on IOU/Birding Festival Field Trip)
1 Prairie Warbler (Monroe County found by Chris Edwards)
1 Western Tanager (Appanoose County in Centerville found by friend of
Tom Johnson)
11 Warbler Species
*May 8*
58 species in Marshall County (Grammar Grove Park and GG Cemetery/Sewage
lagoons)
16 species of Warblers
*May 9*
100 species (Marshall Co., Tama County, Grundy County as we wound our
way to stay at Tom Schilke's house
and to do a Madagascar Presentation for Prairie Rapids Audubon
Society.
17 warblers species (11 from the Grammar Grove parking lot alone). At
least 4 Golden-winged Warblers--1 within 12 feel at eye level (no camera of
course).
1 Olive-sided Flycatcher.
*May 10 *(the AM Mark, Tom, and I joined the PRAS Wednesday Walk at
Fontana Park in Buchanan
93 species in Buchanan and Blackhawk Counties.
15 warbler species

Arrive home at 10:02PM

Jumped from 168 species to 222 for the year during that trip
Added 87 county ticks during that period. Moving one county to 150 and one
county to 125

*May 11*
Rested and tried to make some progress on the jobs I had neglected while
gone. NO birding and I really did not care--heresy!!!

*May 12*
Took my wife shopping and to a doctor's appointment-picked up an FOY with
a Western Kingbird flying around in the Hyvee parking lot across from the
doctor's office
Off to Davenport for Mother Day.
Stopped by Terry Trueblood in Johnson County to pick up another
FOY--Willet--on a tip from James Huntington.

224 for the year--within 26 of my 250 goal for 2017. I have promised
myself I will not run around like the crazy person I was last year.

211 county ticks for the year--accomplished goal for the year so everything
is gravy from here on out.

Goal for this weekend--3 new Scott County Birds which would make 200 HOPE
springs eternal.

God Bless and hope you all celebrate the Mom's in your lives and give them
a GREAT GREAT DAY!

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 5/12/17 6:18 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Good week, great day!
Earlier this week I found two Cattle Egrets along the Little Sioux River and
then received a phone call from a fellow conservation board member who had a
Barn Owl in the equipment shed on his farm in southern Clay County. It was
a new county bird for me #303. Then I found a Glossy Ibis in a wetland near
Pickerel Lake and later in the day two Ruddy Turnstones at the goose pond
south of West Hottes Lake in Dickinson County.



Today Joe and I kicked off Wings and Wetlands Weekend with 142 species in a
tour of Clay, Palo Alto and Dickinson counties. Three Western Grebes and
five Red-necked Grebes were at Trumbull Lake with Am and Least Bitterns
vocalizing. Sixteen species of warblers with Cape May and N Parula the
highlights. The grade at Spirit Lake held all four tern species with 29
Black Terns, 12 Forster's Terns, 3 Caspian Terns and 2 Common Terns. Also
on the rock bridge were Black-bellied Plover, Am Golden Plover, Dunlin,
Long-billed Dowitcher and Spotted Sandpiper. It was a hot spot!



We will see what the rest of the weekend brings. May the birds be with us!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 5/12/17 5:18 pm
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muskrat Slough, Jones Co.
An early morning paddle around Muskrat Slough produced the following:

Trumpeter Swan pair
Sora 21 (very vocal!)
Sandhill Crane 3
Black Tern 2
Forster's Tern 4
Marsh Wren 19
Yellow-headed Blackbird pair

Later at our wooded property near Stone City:

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
And a dozen warbler species including Golden-winged, Blue-winged,
Yellow-throated, and Canada.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 5/12/17 3:04 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie Falcon in Black Hawk County
Here are those two pictures that I got of what appears to be a Prairie
Falcon. The pictures aren't too good, but they look to be ID'able;
especially the picture that is backlit. In that picture the dark underwing
coverts, pale tail, light secondaries, and even some of the facial markings
can be seen.

Other highlights from the day included:
-Bell's Vireo (located a mile or so west of Schaefer Natural Area along the
nature trail)
-Chestnut-sided Warbler (SNA)
-4 Northern Waterthrush
-1 Canada Warbler
-Orchard Oriole (CRNRA)
-Grasshopper Sparrow
-Lark Sparrow

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

On Friday, May 12, 2017 at 12:28:45 PM UTC-5, Connor Langan wrote:
>
> Just a few minutes ago I had a PRAIRIE FALCON fly over me at Schaffer
> Natural Area just northwest of Gilbertville. I got one nice picture of the
> bird in which the pure white tail, dark underwing coverts, and light
> secondaries are visible. I'll post the picture to this listserv when I get
> back home. It wasn't until after I'd gotten two pictures and the bird flew
> off that I realized what I had. I've been scanning the past 15 minutes but
> have not been able to relocate the bird. It was last seen heading
> southwest.
>
> -Connor Langan
> Waterloo
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Date: 5/12/17 2:45 pm
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chats at Pleasant Creek - Linn Co.
Today, there were two Yellow-Breasted Chats at Pleasant Creek State Park.
Take the Strawn Road entrance on the far west end of the park all the way
to the lake. There is a boat ramp there and a large parking lot. Take the
trail to the west from the parking lot until you get in the area where the
power transmission lines cross above the trail. The Chats are in this
area, and you should hear them clearly well before you get there. You
might even hear them from the parking lot!

There are also White-Eyed Vireos in this area.

The third time was the charm, as I finally found the Common Moorhen
reported by Jim Forde earlier in the week in the Marsh just South of the
park.

Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Date: 5/12/17 2:38 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-12-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Friday, May 5, through Friday, May 12, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**BROWN PELICAN**









CASUAL:

*WESTERN TANAGER*

*PRAIRIE WARBLER*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Red-necked Grebe

Snowy Egret

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White-faced Ibis

Common Gallinule

American Avocet

Western Sandpiper

White-winged Dove

Prairie Falcon

Barn Owl

Hooded Warbler

Connecticut Warbler

Blue Grosbeak (Southeast)







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



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









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen from the DNR Headquarters parking lot at
Hawkeye WA on the 5th.



A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Hawkeye WA North on the 6th. Specifically,
Park in the first small lot west of the Amana Rd and Blaine Cemetery Rd
intersection. They are in the large pool to the south.



A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen at Sandy Beach at Coralville Reservoir on the 9
th.



A HOODED WARBLER was seen in an Iowa City yard on the 10th.



A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen in an Iowa City yard on the 12th.



A HOODED WARBLER was seen at Hickory Hill Park on the 12th.



LINN COUNTY:

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Lewis Bottoms Marsh on the 7th.
Specifically, it's a wetland south of Pleasant Creek at the Hollenbeck and
Power Plant Road elbow. It was seen again on the 9th.









*NORTHEAST:*



BUTLER COUNTY:

A SNOWY EGRET was seen at Big Marsh on the 6th.



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed in the Robinson Bird Sanctuary in
Waterloo on the 11th.



A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen at Schaffer Natural Area on the 12th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



MONROE COUNTY:

A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen in the NW part of the county on the 7th.
Directions: from the intersection of 130th St. and 520th Ave., go west 0.8
miles on 130th Street, then 0.5 miles north on 505th Avenue. Bird was
easily seen and heard from the road. Both 130th St and 505th Ave are
heavily rutted dirt roads and I don't think I'd attempt it in a
low-clearance vehicle.



LEE COUNTY:

A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen 2 miles west of Argyle where “Belfast turns 90
degrees” on the 9th.



VAN BUREN COUNTY:

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Mt Sterling Marsh on the 9th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A BROWN PELICAN continues below the dam at Red Rock, and was last seen on
the 7th.



APPANOOSE COUNTY:
A WESTERN TANAGER was seen at a residence in Centerville on the 7th.
Specifically, the address is 2061 520th st. and they are welcoming of
birders.











*CENTRAL:*



*TAMA COUNTY:*

*2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Otter Creek Marsh on the 4th.*



*A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Otter Creek Marsh on the 5th.*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*A WESTERN TANAGER continued at an Ames residence until the 4th.*



*DALLAS COUNTY:*

*A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Marsh Farm Wetland on the 7th.*







*NORTHWEST:*



*WOODBURY COUNTY:*

*A BARN OWL was seen in a yard in Sioux City on the 9th.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
May 19, 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: 5/12/17 2:07 pm
From: jamesgattu <jamesgattu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hooded Warbler Iowa City
This morning there was a Hooded Warbler in Hickory Hill Park.

Take exit 246 I-80. Proceed toward town about 1 mile to Conklin. Take Conklin to the park. Looking toward the shelter, take the trail to your right down the hill into the 'South Canyon'. Follow the trail along the creek to a small bridge which crosses the stream. The warbler was here and up the steep trail to the right.

James Huntington
Iowa City

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Date: 5/12/17 10:45 am
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Painted Bunting (No Sighting)
Painted Bunting is not out of the question but is a very rare bird in Iowa.

Where does he live? I could swing by there and listen. Would be able to
tell pretty quickly if the bird is singing.

John

On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 7:03 PM, David Griffin <birdingnm...> wrote:

> How about House Finch - males can be robustly red and throw people off
> when they don't expect it, or only get brief glimpses of the bird. Plus,
> it would be more likely that something like House finch would be there for
> 2 weeks singing, than it would for a Painted bunting.
>
> Just my 2 cents...
>
> David
>
>
> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 5:56 PM, Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> wrote:
>
>> Hey everyone,
>> My uncle who lives on the south side of Des Moines for the past two weeks
>> has heard a bird he cannot identify. He has tried to make an ID on it but
>> this bird is high up in the oak tree and he cannot get a good look at it.
>> He briefly caught a glimpse of it and saw a rufus breast. He has been doing
>> research on its call and thinks it could possible be a Painted Bunting. Is
>> there any chance a Painted Bunting would make its way up to Iowa? I know
>> they are usually down south but with the severe weather recently could it
>> have pushed this bird north? I've had him listen to other birds like
>> Tanagers and Rose-breasted grosbeaks but he says they are not it. Any
>> ideas? Thanks
>>
>> Jake Wiese
>> Warren County
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone
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Date: 5/12/17 10:28 am
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Falcon in Black Hawk County
Just a few minutes ago I had a PRAIRIE FALCON fly over me at Schaffer Natural Area just northwest of Gilbertville. I got one nice picture of the bird in which the pure white tail, dark underwing coverts, and light secondaries are visible. I'll post the picture to this listserv when I get back home. It wasn't until after I'd gotten two pictures and the bird flew off that I realized what I had. I've been scanning the past 15 minutes but have not been able to relocate the bird. It was last seen heading southwest.

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 5/12/17 9:44 am
From: Kevin Holm <kevinholm74...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes at Little Wall
Just set up the camper as two cranes flew over. Their trill voices preceded
them as I wondered what was coming over. Talking to an employee the pair
have been here for awhile.
Kevin Holm
Hamilton County

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Date: 5/12/17 8:31 am
From: Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dickcissel
Good Morning;

A Drive from Colo past the Bogs to our prairie TWSP (Milford in Story)
I quit counting Dickcissel males after number 25 and still had 7 miles to go

Also 2 Upland Sandpipers near Colo bogs on 730th ave (Story County)

Mike, Milford TWSP, Story County

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Date: 5/12/17 8:17 am
From: Jill Beckman <birdbrains...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White-winged Dove in Johnson County
A VERY unexpected visitor to my deck this morning. Two (extremely) low-quality iPhone photos are attached.

Jill Beckman
Coralville
Johnson County




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Date: 5/11/17 7:35 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bremer co.
Today I did some birding in Bremer co. at Aldo Leopold W.A. and Sweet Marsh. Some highlights were 21 species of Warblers including a 2 male CAPE MAYS,1 BAY-BREASTED and a MOURNING W. Other interesting birds were a 1st year SUMMER TANGER,1 WILLET,1 AM. BITTERN, 1 OLIVE-SIDED F.and 4 R.S.HAWKS. Two which were at an active nest.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 5/11/17 6:22 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher
When reporting my other birds seen in Boone County today I forgot to list
another FOY species. After leaving Ledges State Park from the lower
northside entrance, I took Montana Road (a gravel road heading NW to Hwy
30) and found an *Olive-sided Flycatcher* near an old bridge over a creek.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/11/17 6:12 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chestnut-sided and other colorful migrants in Ames
Highlights today at TNC's Ames High Prairie:

CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKBURNIAN, GOLDEN-WINGED, NASHVILLE, and BLACK AND WHITE
WARBLERS; RED-EYED, BLUE-HEADED, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS. GRAY CATBIRDS
and INDIGO BUNTINGS sang, , a LINCOLN'S SPARROW put in an unexpected
appearance, and I spotted a flyover BROAD-WINGED HAWK carrying a smaller
bird in its talons. Great day to be out.

The bird names mentioned above contain the colors red, blue, yellow, black,
white, chestnut, golden, gray and indigo. Sadly, no black-throated green
or orange-crowned warbler, purple martin, brown thrasher, or scarlet
tanager. Maybe tomorrow. Hope you had such a colorful day.

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 5/11/17 4:38 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Boone County Birding!
This morning I spent about an hour on the Lost Lake Trail at Ledges State
Park and found 10 species of warblers, including the following FOYs:

*Blue-winged Warbler *(perched on branch at Parking lot)
*Golden-winged Warbler *(east end of Lost Lake)
*Magnolia Warbler *(ridge on SE end of Lost Lake)
*Kentucky Warbler *(heard singing south of SE ridge at Lost Lake)

Also had an FOY *Scarlet Tanager *at the lake.

Three more warbler species were also seen while just driving through the
park. I stopped at the DNR Research Station and told Bruce Ehresman, who
the took some time off and has just informed me he had 22 warbler species
on the Lost Lake Trail--always one of the *BEST *warbler stopovers in Iowa!

The park was still full of *Swainson's Thrushes* plus a coupe of *Wood
Thrushes*.

Also had more FOYs at Harrier Marsh (*Bobolink & Marsh Wren)*, then came
home and had lunch on our back deck in Ogden while observing *Baltimore
Oriole*s, a *Least Flycatcher*, *White-crowned Sparrows *and 2 FOY *Harris
Sparrows*.

I ended up with 68 species in a 3.5 hour period.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/11/17 4:33 pm
From: patschlarbaum <patschlarbaum...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County today


thanks for sharing wonderful day Rita !!
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-------- Original message --------From: Rita Goranson <ritag...> Date: 5/11/17 4:48 PM (GMT-06:00) To: Iowa list for birds <ia-bird...> Subject: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County today
I tallied up 101 birds in C G co. today from 8 to 4 pm.  I had 19 species of warblers between Parker’s Woods and McIntosh State Park including Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Canada, Golden-winged and a number of sashaying N. Waterthrush.  Many Palm Warblers were bobbing their way across the county. Ten waterfowl species, several singing Wood Thrush, and a Carolina Wren singing with no mate in sight at Parker’s Woods. Nine shorebird species including two Willets still hanging out at the jetty at Ventura. No rare birds, just nice to see so many species and to be hearing birds singing instead of the silence of winter. Rita GoransonMason City, Iowa 

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Date: 5/11/17 2:48 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County today
I tallied up 101 birds in C G co. today from 8 to 4 pm. I had 19 species of
warblers between Parker's Woods and McIntosh State Park including
Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Canada, Golden-winged and a number of sashaying N.
Waterthrush. Many Palm Warblers were bobbing their way across the county.



Ten waterfowl species, several singing Wood Thrush, and a Carolina Wren
singing with no mate in sight at Parker's Woods.

Nine shorebird species including two Willets still hanging out at the jetty
at Ventura.



No rare birds, just nice to see so many species and to be hearing birds
singing instead of the silence of winter.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa



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Date: 5/11/17 1:06 pm
From: Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood prothonotary

I stopped at Terry Trueblood for a brief time around mid-day. I didn't see a prothonotary warbler, but definitely heard one.




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Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Chair, CLAS Faculty Assembly
University of Iowa
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Date: 5/11/17 12:06 pm
From: james fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Herons in Johnson County
Hi All,
This morning two Black-crowned Night Herons were present at
Swan lake in Johnson County. Other notables there were
Prothonotary Warbler, a late Canvasback, and Willow Flycatcher.

Jim Fuller, Iowa City
Jim Scheib, Iowa City

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Date: 5/11/17 11:36 am
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pammel Woods, ISU campus
I birded Pammel Woods on ISU campus with Tyler Harms over lunch today. A
Summer Tanager was working the east side of the woods. Inside we had a
Bay-Breasted Warbler (a lifer for me) along with 7 other warbler species
and 4 vireo species.

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Date: 5/11/17 11:26 am
From: dave eastman <daveeastman929...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Connecticut Warbler heard Waterloo.
Heard only in Robinson Bird Sanctuary this morning. The location was
approximately 0.70 mile north of the parking area on Shaulis Rd. The trail
passes close to the bank of the creek and an alternate route has been
recently mowed to provide a safer route. The bird was heard in the dense
brush, no visual sighting. Thanks to Connor Langan's posts/eBird reports
for alerting me to this great warbler location.

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Date: 5/11/17 9:48 am
From: rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] grassland and wetland FOY
pasture W side of hwy 71 1.75 mi N of hwy 9 Dickinson county

5 male bobolinks on fence, 1 female in grass

in cattails at pond edge 2 male and 1 female yellow headed backbirds

ducks on pond and many RWBs

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 5/11/17 8:33 am
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White Eyed Vireo Dubuque
There was at least one, possibly two white eyed vireo around the two ponds on the wetlands trail at Mines of Spain this morning. It was very vocal. I first encountered it in the area between the two ponds and later had it again or another one between the Horseshoe Bluff area and the main pond

Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 5/11/17 7:16 am
From: 'saraisgreen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers in Greenwood Park - Des Moines Wed., May 10
Late yesterday afternoon I tallied ten species of warbler in Greenwood Park with the best being Canada warbler, Golden-winged warbler, Blackburnian warbler and Magnolia warbler. I heard a Chestnut-sided warbler I couldn't locate. It was a very active afternoon and I was able to see (and hear) an assortment of other birds.

Sorry for the late post.

Sara McMillan
Des Moines

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Date: 5/10/17 7:22 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird in Black Hawk County
It was a productive afternoon at Robinson Bird Sanctuary in which I tallied
65 species in 3 hours. The highlight was a Northern Mockingbird that I
found right as I was about to leave. The bird was located north of Shaulis
Road west of Highway 63 in some bushes near a private quarry. This is the
first Northern Mockingbird I've ever seen in Iowa.
Other highlights include:
-Golden-winged Warbler (2)
-Blue-winged Warbler
-Blackburnian Warbler
-Mourning Warbler (flagged as 'early' on eBird)
-Canada Warbler
-Magnolia Warbler
-Yellow-throated Vireo
-White-crowned Sparrow (12)
-Scarlet Tanager

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 5/10/17 6:26 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Nighthawk
Hey I-Birders,

Highlights of today's birding:

Brookside Park, Ames: EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (FOY), GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (at
least 4), BLACKPOLL WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER (FOY), YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO. Many warblers about, but poor viewing conditions.

Along the Des Moines River, Des Moines: CAROLINA WREN, BARRED OWL,
WILSON'S WARBLER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK (FOY).

Good BIrding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 5/10/17 5:04 pm
From: 'katiewendler' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hooded Warbler yard bird! Iowa City


Just had a female hooded warbler in our backyard in Iowa City. Brandon Caswell was able to come over and take its picture! So exciting! 
Kt LongIowa City

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Date: 5/10/17 5:03 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Painted Bunting (No Sighting)
How about House Finch - males can be robustly red and throw people off when
they don't expect it, or only get brief glimpses of the bird. Plus, it
would be more likely that something like House finch would be there for 2
weeks singing, than it would for a Painted bunting.

Just my 2 cents...

David


On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 5:56 PM, Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> My uncle who lives on the south side of Des Moines for the past two weeks
> has heard a bird he cannot identify. He has tried to make an ID on it but
> this bird is high up in the oak tree and he cannot get a good look at it.
> He briefly caught a glimpse of it and saw a rufus breast. He has been doing
> research on its call and thinks it could possible be a Painted Bunting. Is
> there any chance a Painted Bunting would make its way up to Iowa? I know
> they are usually down south but with the severe weather recently could it
> have pushed this bird north? I've had him listen to other birds like
> Tanagers and Rose-breasted grosbeaks but he says they are not it. Any
> ideas? Thanks
>
> Jake Wiese
> Warren County
>
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Date: 5/10/17 4:17 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dunlins, peeps and Bank Swallows @ Terry Trueblood, Johnson County
I checked briefly at Terry Trueblood this evening 5:45 for
shorebirds.......a flock of Dunlins in breeding plumage were busy foraging
and also a flock smaller peeps, which I am not sure of. Bank Swallows were
numerous, swooping over the shorebird area.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 5/10/17 3:56 pm
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Painted Bunting (No Sighting)
Hey everyone,
My uncle who lives on the south side of Des Moines for the past two weeks has heard a bird he cannot identify. He has tried to make an ID on it but this bird is high up in the oak tree and he cannot get a good look at it. He briefly caught a glimpse of it and saw a rufus breast. He has been doing research on its call and thinks it could possible be a Painted Bunting. Is there any chance a Painted Bunting would make its way up to Iowa? I know they are usually down south but with the severe weather recently could it have pushed this bird north? I've had him listen to other birds like Tanagers and Rose-breasted grosbeaks but he says they are not it. Any ideas? Thanks

Jake Wiese
Warren County



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Date: 5/10/17 3:00 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow warblers and sandhill cranes
Took a spur of the moment trip with my wife and father in law to look at wreckage of the collapsed bridge on the Upper Iowa-what a mess. But while watching the cleanup crew a small group of yellow warblers showed up in the trees above our heads, definitely a pretty little bird.

On the way home, on 200th Street we spotted a pair of sandhill cranes at crane Creek Wildlife Area, about 100 yards east of the steel bridge. Have heard cranes on 200th St near Royal Avenue this year too, but haven't spotted them there yet.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 5/10/17 11:07 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Least Bittern in Boone Co.
Phil Walsh and I flushed a LEAST BITTERN from the west end of Harrier Marsh
this morning.



Denny Thompson

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Date: 5/10/17 7:49 am
From: Abby Terpstra <aterpstra...>
Subject: [ia-bird] This Saturday - Birding in Allamakee Co. with Paul Skrade
Spots still available!
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.


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Date: 5/10/17 7:14 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Thrush explosion continues
I had a FOY WOOD THRUSH singing beautifully here at Hickory Hills Park in
Johnson County.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:47:59 PM UTC-5, dnharr wrote:
>
> Before heading to Des Moines for a meeting this morning I made a 45-minute
> stop at Ledges SP and birded the Lost Lake Trail. There were at least 7
> species of warblers (plus a couple I could not get a good ID for). But the
> woods were loaded with thrushes. I counted *at least* 14 Swainson's
> Thrushes along the trail, plus one Hermit & one Gray-cheeked. The SWTHs
> were so tame and busy foraging that they made many poses for pictures. One
> is attached.
>
> Doug Harr
> Ogden
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Date: 5/9/17 9:29 pm
From: <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
I don’t know why this won’t let me address to <Ia-bird...> It always comes up with your name Chris. I sent one to ia-bird@googlegroups and computer said it was sent and I did not get a message saying it was undeliverable. However, I didn’t get it, so assuming no one else did either.

I had a summer tanager in my yard in rural Jefferson County today. First ever as far as I know.
Julie Johnston
Packwood

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Date: 5/9/17 8:53 pm
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow - Linn County
Today I had a close encounter with a Henslow's Sparrow (only 15 Feet) . We
looked at each other for several minutes at close range.
This was at the "Bowl area" at Pleasant Creek State Park North of Palo. To
access this area, go to the Strawn Road access to the Park which is on the
west side of the park area. Just before entering the Park, take a right
turn into the Equestrian area and go all the way to the end of the road
where there is a picnic shelter and parking area. I just walked out into
the meadow toward the northeast and didn't have to walk more than a couple
of hundred yards.

If you need more info on how to get there, e-mail me personally.

Keith Carris
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Date: 5/9/17 8:50 pm
From: Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Nighthawks
This evening we had 3 common Nighthawks working along the edges of the tree line and over the prairie.

Earlier this afternoon a Sandhill Crane pair flew in from the south over the prairie and then banked and turned to the southwest. They are most likely the Sandhill Cranes Cindy Hildebrand reported earlier as Her pond is only about 6 miles or so southwest of us.

Since last Friday (5th) we have had 2 Am. Bitterns calling periodically from the cattail choked marsh in the south portion of our prairie. Thursday the 4th, Todd Burras and I flushed one of them.

Mike, Milford TWSP
Story County

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Date: 5/9/17 8:36 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager in Black Hawk County
After school today I biked over to Greenbelt Lake and followed up on Tommy
Stone's report from yesterday. A Blue-winged Warbler was heard at close
range in the strip of pine trees but I couldn't get a visual despite
thorough investigating. The rest of the warblers were somewhat average with
a pair of Wilson's Warblers, a male Northern Parula, and a Magnolia Warbler
being the highlights of the warblers. The real highlight of the day was a
beautiful male Summer Tanager in its adult plumage. The tanager was
associating with a group of vireos and warblers at the west end of the
forest right by the creek. This is the third year in a row I've found this
species in Black Hawk County in May. Exactly a year ago to this day I found
an immature male Summer Tanager at Robinson Bird Sanctuary. My eBird
checklist with pictures of the tanager can be viewed here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36695158

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 5/9/17 8:12 pm
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] More FOYs today
Hi Birders,

Once again, with little effort and even no active birding I was able to
stumble upon more FOYs in central Iowa today. I heard a Yellow-throated
Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Chestnut-sided Warbler singing from my
office window in Ledges State Park this morning. This evening, I heard a
Swainson's Thrush singing from my yard in northeast Ames, and (finally) had
a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visit our feeders. Lastly, I had a Common
Nighthawk over downtown Ames this evening.

I sure love this time of year!

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 5/9/17 7:57 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Thrush explosion continues
I second Doug’s observations. I spent nearly two hours at Walnut Woods SP in SW Polk County and counted a minimum of 24 Swainson’s Thrushes. I’m sure there were many others back in the woods, but I tried my best to make sure I didn’t double-count any.. I never could make one into a Gray-cheeked. Beautiful day to be out and about.



Ann Johnson

Norwalk, IA







From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf Of Douglas Harr
Sent: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 9:48 PM
To: IA-Bird ListServe <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Thrush explosion continues



Before heading to Des Moines for a meeting this morning I made a 45-minute stop at Ledges SP and birded the Lost Lake Trail. There were at least 7 species of warblers (plus a couple I could not get a good ID for). But the woods were loaded with thrushes. I counted at least 14 Swainson's Thrushes along the trail, plus one Hermit & one Gray-cheeked. The SWTHs were so tame and busy foraging that they made many poses for pictures. One is attached.



Doug Harr

Ogden

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Date: 5/9/17 7:48 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Thrush explosion continues
Before heading to Des Moines for a meeting this morning I made a 45-minute
stop at Ledges SP and birded the Lost Lake Trail. There were at least 7
species of warblers (plus a couple I could not get a good ID for). But the
woods were loaded with thrushes. I counted *at least* 14 Swainson's
Thrushes along the trail, plus one Hermit & one Gray-cheeked. The SWTHs
were so tame and busy foraging that they made many poses for pictures. One
is attached.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/9/17 7:46 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Correction: Thrush, not Warbler
Was my face red! Yes, you figured out that I meant at Swainson's Thrush
singing in the yard, not a Swainson's Warbler. Thanks to those who pointed
it out.

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Date: 5/9/17 7:19 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Sandpiper at Coralville Lake
Not many shorebirds at Sandy Beach tonight but there was a particularly good one, a WESTERN SANDPIPER. Its plumage
wasn't quite at breeding peak but I always feel lucky to see this handsome species in the spring. The variety of the
shorebirds at very close range was enjoyable.

Also, 3 WILLETS were wading in Hoosier Bay and I experienced a wave of Blue Jays overhead.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/9/17 7:10 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 16 warbler day on Tuesday
Hey I-BIrders,

Great day for birding on Tuesday, as I'm sure you all discovered. A
BLACKPOLL WARBLER greeted me in our front yard oak tree as I left for
work. A morning walk at Brookside Park in Ames was extremely fruitful,
yielding GOLDEN-WINGED, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED,
ORANGE-CROWNED, BLACK AND WHITE, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, OVENBIRD, N.
WATERTHRUSH, AM. REDSTART, and N. PARULA. Other notables were WARBLING,
YELLOW-THROATED, and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and LEAST
FLYCATCHER.
When I got home to Des Moines, a Swainson's Warbler was singing in the
back yard. As the day wound down, I took an evening walk along the Des
Moines River in the waning light, hoping to pad my total by scaring up a
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. I was successful, but not before also adding WILSON'S
(3 of them) and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. What a great day! Could
have been even more amazing birding day without the inconvenience of work.
Hope you were all out welcoming our colorful avian friends.

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 5/9/17 6:25 pm
From: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Blue Jay explosion!
We had our FOY Indigo Bunting at our feeders here in northeastern Benton Co today--so perhaps tomorrow you'll spot one as you're just one county north of me. :)

Ruby Bodeker

> On May 9, 2017, at 8:06 PM, mvw <mvw...> wrote:
>
> Had an explosion of blue jays at our feeding stations yesterday. Must have been 40 or so. Also making appearances were FOY Baltimore orioles and this morning our first hummer showed up. Still waiting for an indigo bunting sighting. They’re late.
>
> Vicki Wilson
> On the Wapsi in Buchanan County.
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> “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”
> Norman B. Rice
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Date: 5/9/17 6:06 pm
From: mvw <mvw...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Jay explosion!
Had an explosion of blue jays at our feeding stations yesterday. Must have
been 40 or so. Also making appearances were FOY Baltimore orioles and this
morning our first hummer showed up. Still waiting for an indigo bunting
sighting. They're late.



Vicki Wilson

On the Wapsi in Buchanan County.



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


Norman B. Rice



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Date: 5/9/17 3:05 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marsh Farm Wetland - Dallas County
This afternoon at Marsh Farm Wetland, there were the following birds of
interest:

3 species of Tern including about 40 Forster's, a Black, and about 20
Caspians
A dozen Franklin's Gulls
Short and Long-billed Dowitchers
Great Egret
FOY Savanah Sparrow

By far, the most Terns Ive seen out there at one time.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 5/9/17 2:39 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak and Bell's Vireo
The Blue Grosbeak and the Bell's Vireo highlighted a trip through Lee and
Van Buren County yesterday (see Jim Scheib's picture). The Bell's Vireos
(at least 2) were along the west hedgerow adjacent to the Henslow's
Sparrow's field. Other notables: Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged
Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler (Des Moines County), Pine
Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, both tanagers,
Henslow's Sparrow.
Jim Scheib
Jim Fuller
John Rutenbeck
Chuck Fuller

Today at Mt Sterling (Van Buren County) there was a first spring
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Also saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at
Shimek/Croton.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 5/9/17 2:34 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Terry Trueblood shorebirds continue
Birders,

Standing here wtih Dean H and James H at the NE corner/inlet.

-1 Willet
-several White-dumped Sandpipers
-1 Sanderling in gorgeous basic plumage
-Semipalmated, Least, Spotted, Solitary Sandpipers
-Wilson's Phalarope male and female
-Lesser Yellowlegs

Photography is crazy!!!!

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 5/9/17 2:30 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] new yard bird
A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD made a noisy pass through the neighborhood this
afternoon.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 5/9/17 1:36 pm
From: dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Our 1st Orchard Oriole Visitor of the Year Posed Nicely for Pics - Ames Iowa!
We got many nice pics! Am including one for the group.


Bob Kerksieck

621 Garden Road

Ames, IA

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Date: 5/9/17 1:10 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine Warblers and Vireos
I took a walk along the paved path at the Muscatine Community YMCA late
this morning (Cedar St and Logan St). The path winds along a dense mixed
woodland and then through a mature oak woodland.

I hit the area at just the right time and wound up with 17(!) warbler
species including CANADA WARBLER, bay-breasted, golden-winged, Tennessee,
Kentucky, magnolia, palm, black-throated green, and Wilson's.

Vireos included blue-headed, red-eyed, Philadelphia, and warbling.

Other recent migrants included veery, Swainson's and wood thrush, a least
flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, and indigo bunting.​

This was the kind of local impromptu spring birding walk I was looking
forward to when I moved to Iowa 2 months ago - and it nearly beat me ;)

Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36685275

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Date: 5/9/17 12:38 pm
From: James Scheib <jim...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blue Grosbeak, Lee Co
This Blue Grosbeak was 2 miles west of Argyle Monday morning where Belfast turns 90 degrees.. Enjoy.

James Scheib
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Date: 5/9/17 12:09 pm
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ames Warblers
Today was a fine day for warblers in Ames with 10 species in Brookside
Park, 4 additional species at Pammel Woods, 1 additional specie at Emma
McCarthy Lee Park and 2 additional species at my home residence for a total
of 17 species. The highlight was to get great looks at Canada Warblers at
both Brookside and Pammel Woods. They are such a nice bird. Both were
singing too. Other sightings included Wilson Warbler, Golden-winged
Warbler, a couple of Blackpoll Warblers, at least 10 Black and White
Warblers, and lastly a beautiful Magnolia Warbler in our elm tree when I
returned home.
Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 5/9/17 12:07 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-breasted Chat at Hickory Hill Park [Johnson Co.]
Birders,

Late morning at the Magic Corner there was a YELLOW BREASTED-CHAT working
the edge habitat south down the hillside.

There was definitely turnover from last night, with Palm and
Black-and-white Warblers vacating. We had a more flycatchers today and
several new warblers. A couple male Scarlet Tanagers were nice too.
Northern Parula, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, and Chestnut-sided
Warblers were quite vocal all over the park.

eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36681639

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell, Marion
James Huntington, Iowa City

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Date: 5/9/17 11:05 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Kingbirds--Des Moines
Inspired by Jay's post, I checked traditional downtown WEKI spots over
lunch. A pair was very conspicuous on the wires and investigating
potential nest sites at the MLK power station. Another was on the wires
along Des Moines Street at the DMACC/Mercy Clinic buildings between E. 13th
and E. 14th. This spot has been pretty consistent for several years even
as this species has seemed to become irregular on the rest of the Capitol
complex.

See map links on eBird checklists for specific locations:
MLK; http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36683610
Des Moines St: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36683813

Aaron Brees
Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 5/9/17 10:37 am
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Thrush ID help
I am currently looking at a thrush and need help identifying it. I am at Lake Aquabi in Warren County. In a picnic area next to the lake. the thrush I am looking at is brown with black dots on upper breast but does not go all the way down its chest. There is a whitish outlining around its eye. I belive this to be a Swainson Thrush but not sure. I know it is not a wood thrush. It is either Swainson or Hermit. It is very quiet not making any sounds or calls. Thanks Jake



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Date: 5/9/17 8:40 am
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Headed Woodpeckers
I just saw three RHW chasing each other across the house yard. I knew we had two and noticed they were very noisy this morning now I know why.
We have many Orioles at the feeders a long with hummingbird. Also had a dickcissel in breeding plumage hanging around.
Virginia McKenzie
Tama Co.

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Date: 5/9/17 5:16 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Linn Co. Common Gallinule continues
The COMMON GALLINULE found by Jim Forde at the Lewis Bottoms marsh area near Pleasant Creek SRA continues.

I would suggest morning viewing, as I tried for it on Sunday afternoon after seeing the report, but the light and heat distortion at that time of day made the long-distance scoping difficult. Light was great this morning early before work and I had very clear looks at the marsh birds.

Thanks, Jim! This is a new Linn Co. bird for me!

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/9/17 4:00 am
From: JacobTee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Kingbird-- Polk Co
Last night on the southside of Des Moines there was a Western Kingbird on
the wires north of where they nested the last few years. The general area
is near Rexco Equipment at SW56th St and SW Leland Ave.

Good birding...

Jay Gilliam
Norwalk, IA

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Date: 5/9/17 2:09 am
From: Ken Wiggers <ken.wiggers...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whip-poor-will
A Whip-poor-will was calling at dusk May 8th in the woods north of the
house. Story county, about 5 miles south of Ames.

*Ken*

*"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we
understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught" ---**Baba
Dioum*

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Date: 5/8/17 9:30 pm
From: Grantridge via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes in Story County
Two Sandhill Cranes have been spending time on our small wetland complex
southeast of Ames for the past two weeks.

Cindy

Cindy Hildebrand
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Ames, IA 50010

"Whenever the days are cool and clear,
The sand-hill crane goes walking
Across the field by the flashing weir,
Slowly, solemnly stalking." (Mary Austin)

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Date: 5/8/17 8:07 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Blackhawk co. migrants...
This afternoon I did some birding at the Greenbelt area near Martin lake and ran into a nice pocket of warblers and other migrant passerines. I tallied 19 species of warblers in a couple hours.some of the more notables were, a CERULEAN W.,a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH ,3 GOLDEN-WINGED W. and a BLUE-WINGED W. And I also saw a unexpected BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO which seem to be somewhat difficult to find in recent years.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 5/8/17 8:04 pm
From: 'rrundquist' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Barn Owl in the back yard!
Barn Owl
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A very light-colored, medium-sized, "non-eared" owl flew into my spruce
tree in the backyard chased by 10+ angry crows around 8:00 PM this evening.
The owl had something in its mouth, presumably a young crow. The owl had no
barring on the front and had bare looking exposed legs. All flew off
instantaneously. No chance for a photo.


This was shortly after our FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird showed up at
Maria's hummingbird feeder.


Glad that we decided to do a little yard work!


Rex Rundquist

Sioux City

Woodbury County

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Date: 5/8/17 7:50 pm
From: David Griffin <birdingnm...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Muscatine County FOYs (common nighthawk, least flycatcher, warblers)
I spent some time this morning walking one of my favorite birding spots in
Muscatine - the Running River Trail near Canon Ave and River Rd.

It was very birdy with many FOYs and orioles singing all over the place.

I had a least flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, migrating flocks of blue jays
always cool to see), 12 species of warblers*, indigo bunting, orchard
orioles and numerous Baltimore orioles.
​*

Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
​Nashville warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

​This evening on a group bike ride I had 2 singing veery, eastern kingbird,
and indigo bunting.​ After the ride while enjoying an adult beverage with
the group I spent most of the time watching chimney swifts staging and had
my FOY (slightly early) common nighthawk(s).

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Muscatine, IA

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Date: 5/8/17 7:22 pm
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] North-central Iowa FOYs
Birders,

I visited several wetland areas throughout north-central Iowa today.
Despite looking for waterfowl, I stumbled upon many FOYs, the highlight of
which was a singing Cerulean Warbler at Myre Slough in Winnebago County.
The bird was singing frequently and I was able to locate it for a visual
confirmation. Believe it or not, I also though I heard a CERW at
Michaelsen Marsh in Kossuth County earlier in the day but wasn't able to
confirm visually. Other FOYs and highlights included:

*Otter Creek Wildlife Area (Wright County)*
Baltimore Oriole - FOY

*Blue-wing WPA (Kossuth County)*
Bobolink - FOY
Yellow-headed Blackbird - several

*Michaelsen Marsh (Kossuth County)*
Northern Waterthrush - FOY
Orange-crowned Warbler - FOY
Common Yellowthroat - FOY
Yellow Warbler - FOY
Palm Warbler - FOY
Yellow-rumped Warbler - several

*Copp Prairie WPA (Kossuth County)*
Upland Sandpiper - FOY

*Myre Slough (Winnebago County)*
Black Tern - FOY
Least Flycatcher - FOY
Great Crested Flycatcher - FOY
Eastern Kingbird - FOY
Warbling Vireo - FOY
Black-and-White Warbler - FOY

Happy Migration!

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 5/8/17 7:06 pm
From: Todd Burkhardt <todd.burkhardt.tb...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Birding Hawkeye-Swan Lake 5/8



Fairfield birding group made up of Burkhardts and Staklands visited Hawkeye
WMA-Swan Lake today (5/8) around 5:30 pm. We were there for about 45 min to
an hour with nice lighting and no wind. Lots of activity about 25 yards
north of the parking lot and Swan Lake.



2 Redstarts

1 Nashville Warbler

2 Black and White Warbler

1 Magnolia Warbler

1 Chestnut-Sided Warbler (very bright and gorgeous))

1 Indigo Bunting

Numerous white-throated sparrows

1 Yellow-billed cuckoo

1 Eastern Towhee

1 Yellow Warbler

Warbling Vireo



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Date: 5/8/17 6:46 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Robinson Bird Sanctuary
A good day at Robinson Bird Sanctuary today. For the first time this year
it felt as though warbler migration has truly kicked off. I tallied 58
species in 2 hours and 45 minutes. This included 15 warbler species.
Highlights include:
-7 Northern Waterthrush
-2 Golden-winged Warblers
-2 Chestnut-sided Warblers
-3 Ovenbirds
-1 Magnolia Warbler
-18 Palm Warblers (most abundant warbler of the day)
-1 Veery
-1 Eastern-wood Pewee
-1 Swamp Sparrow (unusual for RBS)

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 5/8/17 6:31 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird Sounds, Decoded, by Nathan Pieplow
Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m., Jester Park Lodge



Birders:



Des Moines Audubon Society and Polk County Conservation invite you to attend
a program on Bird Sounds, Decoded, by author Nathan Pieplow. The program
will be held at Jester Park Lodge on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Bird Sounds, Decoded

Identifying birds by sound is a crucial skill that can be difficult to
learn. Author Nathan Pieplow has devised a system that lets you identify
bird sounds without having to memorize them. The Peterson Field Guide to
Bird Sounds lets you look up sounds, the way you look up words in the
dictionary. The key is learning to visualize sounds. Nathan's clear,
practical instructions for visualizing sounds will make you a better
listener. You will hear details in sound that you hadn't noticed before, and
you will have the vocabulary to describe those details. Nathan will help you
identify birds by their sounds, but he will also help you understand birds
by their sounds. For the sounds of birds are a language, carrying messages
from one bird to another. To understand the language, and decode the
messages, all you need is the right dictionary.

Nathan Pieplow is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds. He
blogs about bird sounds at the website Earbirding.com. He is one of the
authors of the Colorado Birding Trail and a former editor of the journal
Colorado Birds. He teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of
Colorado in Boulder.

For information, please contact Jane Clark at <jrclark...>





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Date: 5/8/17 5:16 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Golden-winged and Swainson's in Ames
Hey I-Birders,

I walked down the ravine at Ames High Prairie today and had a nice
look at a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. Also had a FOY SWAINSON'S THRUSH. Other
warblers were NASHVILLE, ORANGE-CROWNED, BLACK AND WHITE, and AM.
REDSTART. Hope y'all had some migrant experiences today. Great to see so
many of you in Chariton.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkrman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 5/8/17 3:38 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bobolink- Worth County

FOY Bobolink in Worth County this
afternoon.
FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird
at feeder in our yard.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Orchard &
Baltimore Orioles are back too.

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City

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Date: 5/8/17 3:16 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ames "Thrush Rush" + many more birds
Had to take my car to Ames today for some repairs I thought would take all
morning. But it only took a half hour, so I decided to do some birding at
Brookside Park. Except for several *Yellow-rumps* & one *Ovenbird* it was
mostly empty of warblers, but there were some orioles and grosbeaks.
However, the best birds were these: *Swainson's Thrush* (4-FOY), *Gray-cheeked
Thrush* (1-FOY) & *Wood Thrush* (1-FOY). The most fantastic view was of
the Gray-cheeked and Wood Thrushes each sitting on a very low branches on
opposite sides of the same tree trunk, and perched about 10 ft. away on
another low tree branch was a Swainson's, That's the first time I've ever
seen all 3 of those species almost side-by-side, making for a great
comparison view! Unfortunately I did not have my camera along to get a
photo because I hadn't expected to have time for birding.

After finishing a couple of errands and still having some time, I decided
to try birding Emma McCarthy Lee Park in Ames, a place I did not know
existed until about a week ago when I drove past it after viewing the
Western Tanager. From the west end of the park I hiked a streamside
wood-chip trail and found a bundle of birds, including the following:

*Red-eyed Vireo *(1)
*Yellow-throated Warbler *(1)
*Warbling Vireo *(3)
*Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* (1)
*Great Crested Flycatcher *(1-FOY)
*Common Yellowthroat* (2)
*Chestnut-sided Warbler *(3-FOY)
*Northern Parula *(2-FOY)
*Tennessee Warbler *(2)
*Orange-crowned Warbler *(1)
*Palm Warbler *(2)
*Black-and-white Warbler *(2-FOY)

That park is going on my list of places to check more frequently!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/8/17 3:09 pm
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red breasted nuthatch still here- Pella
Has been perhaps 2 since last October
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Date: 5/8/17 2:59 pm
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] male ruby throated hummingbird pella
came to Dicentra spectabilis and Aquilegia canadensis at 8:45 am and again at 10:30am
SRJ

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Date: 5/8/17 2:52 pm
From: <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - Impact of wind farms on birds and bats
The Quad City Audubon Society will hold its monthly program this Thursday , May 11 . Amber Schorg, Biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Moline, Illinois, will present a program on the impact of wind farms on birds and bats.

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: 5/8/17 2:37 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] warblers
A few warblers today at Parker's Woods including blue winged and golden
winged but only one small pocket of them and with the wind it was not easy.
Also thrushes, scarlet tanager, r b grosbeak and catbird. A few
flycatchers, Least, Pewee and Great crested. Finally an oriole at the park.



Nothing like the wonderful weekend of birding down in Lucas county. The
habitat there is awesome. I had no idea what was there. Certainly the
Kentucky warblers were wonderful to see; hearing whip poor wills all over
the place was nice.



Thanks to all who made the weekend such a fun time.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 5/8/17 1:36 pm
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-headed Blackbirds
This morning at Otter Creek Marsh in Tama County, at least 7 male
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were along the north-south dike at the east end of
the marsh, and another male was in the NW part of the marsh. This is good
news -- this species has become hard to find in eastern Iowa.

Great-tailed Grackles have become even harder to find in eastern Iowa.
What's the status of these two species elsewhere in the state?

Following up on a couple of other sightings, the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in NE
Iowa County was singing this morning along Y Ave. 0.25 miles north of 220th
Trail. And at Hanging Rock Woods in NW Johnson County, 1 CERULEAN WARBLER,
1 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were present.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Date: 5/8/17 12:45 pm
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler (no sighting)
Any word if the Prairie Warbler was seen today again in southern Iowa?
Thanks
Art Check
Nevada


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Date: 5/8/17 10:01 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hickory Hill Park (Johnson Co.) later morning
Birders,

The "birdiness" really pick up around 10am for James Huntington and I at
Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City. This was similar to last Saturday at
Hawkeye WMA. A thrush slam was almost attained, only miss being Eastern
Bluebird (didn't have time to go to the nesting boxes). Apologies if I am
overstepping the Warbler Walk sightings, which saw many of the same birds
and whom gave us some information as they left. That was much appreciated!

Highlights:
--VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S, and a late HERMIT THRUSH
--13 species of warblers (GOLDEN AND BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA, TENNESSEE)
--NORTHERN HARRIER and WILD TURKEY, not typically seen in the park
--cooperative RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, also several of the thrush species
were cooperative for photos

eBird list:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36653907

Also, many thanks to the city workers, who were removing invasive
honeysuckle.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell, Marion
James Huntington, Iowa City

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Date: 5/8/17 9:16 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ida County Birds
Hi,
We have a Rufous-sided Towhee singing up a storm near the playground in Moorehead Park, Ida County and below my home just north of the Ida Grove, Iowa airport this morning I had our first
Bobolink checking out the grassland where we have had them for many years. It is somewhat sad as when they nest, the owners bale the grass about the time of nesting. See the two attached photos.

Don

Don Poggensee
174 Lakeview Drive
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
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Date: 5/8/17 7:01 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] RE: Lucas County Birding Festival birds
I received a belated report of an Upland Sandpiper south of Chariton, so
that bumps the total to 159.



Denny Thompson

Johnston



From: Dennis Thompson [mailto:<cndthomps...>]
Sent: Sunday, May 7, 2017 7:23 PM
To: 'IOU Listserve' <ia-bird...>
Subject: Lucas County Birding Festival birds



The inaugural Lucas County Birding Festival was a big success. The
facility, food, weather, and especially the people made for a very rewarding
weekend. The birding was not bad in itself. Despite of being limited to
Lucas County, we tallied 158 species. Bruce Ehresman told me they were
hoping for 135 species, so we smashed that expectation! Migrants were
generally sparse, but healthy water levels in the upper Rathbun area helped
boost waterfowl and shorebird numbers. I'll have the full list included
with the meeting wrap-up on our website, but here's a synopsis and some
highlights.



* 14 species of waterfowl included a Greater Scaup and possible
Cackling Goose



* 12 species of shorebirds, including American Woodcock on the night
excursion



* Bruce estimated 20 (!) Eastern Whip-poor-wills at the limited area
of the Lucas unit where we held the night excursion. The sound was almost
overwhelming. A couple of Chuck-will's-widows were heard by some folks
amidst the Whip din. A few Common Nighthawks were heard in Chariton.



* All 7 woodpecker species



* 22 warbler species. Numbers were generally scarce, although Lucas
County has to be the Kentucky Warbler capital of Iowa.



* 14 species of sparrows



Sharp-shinned Hawk, Common Gallinule, Peregrine Falcon, Red-breasted
Nuthatch (2 locations) and Great-tailed Grackle were nice finds. It was
disappointing not to locate any Upland Sandpipers or Loggerhead Shrikes.



As I mentioned, I hope to have a wrap-up on the weekend posted on the
website soon. Thanks to all who made the festival a great success. It's
always a lot of fun to share a weekend with the Iowa birding community.



Denny Thompson

IOU (outgoing) vice-president















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Date: 5/8/17 6:33 am
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
Hello ,
I currently have a female summer tanager feeding on oranges in my backyard - also had rose breasted grosbeak, catbird and hummingbird in yard this am - migration is on!!

Good Birdin',

Ed Thelen
Spirit Lake, Iowa

712-320-2440



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Date: 5/7/17 8:04 pm
From: <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler, Monroe County
Chris,
Paul told me about the warbler, so I went to find it. Golly, Gee Whiz, Gosh!!! I live in the country and have some dirt roads near me, so I am not unfamiliar with them. However, had Paul and Mark not warned me about what to expect, I would probably never have taken that road alone! Why on earth were YOU on it? Have you seen or heard the Prairie Warbler there in the past??
This was a life bird for me. Thank you!

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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Sent: Sunday, May 7, 2017 12:09 PM
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Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler, Monroe County


I found a singing male Prairie Warbler this morning in NW Monroe County. Directions: from the intersection of 130th St. and 520th Ave., go west 0.8 miles on 130th Street, then 0.5 miles north on 505th Avenue. Bird was easily seen and heard from the road. Both 130th St and 505th Ave are heavily rutted dirt roads and I don't think I'd attempt it in a low-clearance vehicle.
Chris Edwards
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Date: 5/7/17 7:25 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: [ia-bird ]
Sorry all. Just noticed that my iPhone does not include my name or county
at the bottom. Apologies to all.

Prairie Warlber was in Monroe County
Western Tanager was in Appanoose County
Paul Roisen
Woodbury County

*Paul O. Roisen*
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On Sun, May 7, 2017 at 7:11 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:

>
> Western Tanager see nicely about 530 in Centerville. Mark P Candace
> Christie and I were joined by Erik O. for lovely looks at the prairie
> warbler easy find
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On May 7, 2017, at 4:40 PM, Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
> On my way home from the Spring IOU meeting in Chariton (actually, on my
> way home from getting my lifer Prairie Warbler in Monroe County - THANK YOU
> Chris Edwards!) I decided to stop at Chichaqua Bottoms in Polk County to
> see if I could find a Prothonotary Warbler. YES! More than one! They are
> back in their old haunts at the beginning of the Cardinal Flower trail and
> by the campground.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
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Date: 5/7/17 6:14 pm
From: Bob Dick <siti1526...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Yard Birds Warblers, Iowa City


On Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10:13:22 AM UTC-5, Bob Dick wrote:
>
> Ones identified this morning were:
>
> Blackburnian
> Black-throated Green
> Black-and-white
>
> An several others.
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Date: 5/7/17 5:23 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lucas County Birding Festival birds
The inaugural Lucas County Birding Festival was a big success. The
facility, food, weather, and especially the people made for a very rewarding
weekend. The birding was not bad in itself. Despite of being limited to
Lucas County, we tallied 158 species. Bruce Ehresman told me they were
hoping for 135 species, so we smashed that expectation! Migrants were
generally sparse, but healthy water levels in the upper Rathbun area helped
boost waterfowl and shorebird numbers. I'll have the full list included
with the meeting wrap-up on our website, but here's a synopsis and some
highlights.



* 14 species of waterfowl included a Greater Scaup and possible
Cackling Goose



* 12 species of shorebirds, including American Woodcock on the night
excursion



* Bruce estimated 20 (!) Eastern Whip-poor-wills at the limited area
of the Lucas unit where we held the night excursion. The sound was almost
overwhelming. A couple of Chuck-will's-widows were heard by some folks
amidst the Whip din. A few Common Nighthawks were heard in Chariton.



* All 7 woodpecker species



* 22 warbler species. Numbers were generally scarce, although Lucas
County has to be the Kentucky Warbler capital of Iowa.



* 14 species of sparrows



Sharp-shinned Hawk, Common Gallinule, Peregrine Falcon, Red-breasted
Nuthatch (2 locations) and Great-tailed Grackle were nice finds. It was
disappointing not to locate any Upland Sandpipers or Loggerhead Shrikes.



As I mentioned, I hope to have a wrap-up on the weekend posted on the
website soon. Thanks to all who made the festival a great success. It's
always a lot of fun to share a weekend with the Iowa birding community.



Denny Thompson

IOU (outgoing) vice-president















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Date: 5/7/17 5:11 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: [ia-bird ]

Western Tanager see nicely about 530 in Centerville. Mark P Candace Christie and I were joined by Erik O. for lovely looks at the prairie warbler easy find
Sent from my iPhone

> On May 7, 2017, at 4:40 PM, Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:
>
> On my way home from the Spring IOU meeting in Chariton (actually, on my way home from getting my lifer Prairie Warbler in Monroe County - THANK YOU Chris Edwards!) I decided to stop at Chichaqua Bottoms in Polk County to see if I could find a Prothonotary Warbler. YES! More than one! They are back in their old haunts at the beginning of the Cardinal Flower trail and by the campground.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
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Date: 5/7/17 2:40 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk County - Prothonotary Warblers
On my way home from the Spring IOU meeting in Chariton (actually, on my way
home from getting my lifer Prairie Warbler in Monroe County - THANK YOU
Chris Edwards!) I decided to stop at Chichaqua Bottoms in Polk County to
see if I could find a Prothonotary Warbler. YES! More than one! They are
back in their old haunts at the beginning of the Cardinal Flower trail and
by the campground.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 5/7/17 11:21 am
From: Jim Schmit <schmit...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fist Orioles 5/6/1027 urban Des Moines
Fist Orioles 5/6/1027 urban Des Moines

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Date: 5/7/17 11:19 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Gallinule in Linn Co.
This morning I briefly scoped a COMMON GALLINULE at what I call "Lewis Bottoms Marsh". Actually it's a wetland south of Pleasant Creek
at the Hollenbeck and Power Plant Road elbow. Because of high water I've been checking it and today found the bird I've been looking for. It's private land and viewing is looking to the west so mornings have good light.

Pleasant Creek Lake still has 3 Common Loons but none in breeding plumage.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/7/17 11:06 am
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues
I relocated the Brown Pelican at Howell Station at 12:30 PM today. There
were only 7 American White Pelicans there at that time, the Brown Pelican
was still hidden from view completely at times by its much larger cousins.

Kevin Murphy, Ames

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Date: 5/7/17 10:14 am
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pocahontas County Birds
Hello Birders,
This morning, I had to pick up rocks in a field, the most boringest job in
the world. (So boring I use bad grammar!) Luckily, there were birds by
where I was picking up rocks, so it was less boringer. (Bad grammar again!)
I had a FOY Chimney Swift and Eastern Kingbird. There was also 2 Great Blue
Herons that flew over.

Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 5/7/17 10:09 am
From: Jim Murdock <jmurdock1510...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie warbler Brookside Park, Ames, yesterday
Yesterday I saw a very probable Prairie Warbler at Brookside Park. Since
this is a casual species in Iowa, I give the following documentation. If
anyone knows of possibilities that I missed, please notify me either here
or privately. If there are no responses I will submit this to the IOU.

My first impression of this warbler was of yellow underparts and black side
streaking (distinct, short streaks, not run together). The upper parts of
the bird (head, back, folded wings, upper tail) were a uniform greyish
color. The bird was perhaps 25 feet high, feeding in a tree, and I watched
it for about 10 minutes. It was quite calm for a warbler, never doing any
sort of display or rapid movements. After maybe 8 minutes it moved to the
next nearby tree and stayed about 2 minutes, then disappeared. The light
was mottled, and I never saw the entire bird in good sunlight at one time,
but got good looks at each part except the throat. (I did not know to look
for the chin mark that is emphasized in the picture in Sibley.)

The bird resisted all of my attempts to make it into a Myrtle or Magnolia
warbler: There was no visible white in the wings at all, either wing bars
or white patch. There was no visible rump patch as the bird moved around.
Also the yellow did not seem limited (as in Myrtle), nor did the streaks
run together to form a black region. I found no other markings besides
those named above. Unfortunately I did not follow it flying to the
nearby tree, rather relocated it there after it did, so I did not see the
wings or tail in flight.. (These trees were in a grassy part of the park
near Squaw Creek.)

I was familiar with Prairie Warblers on the east coast between 1963 and
1976, when I moved to Ames. Since then I have only seen one, and that was
in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo in 2012.
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Jim Murdock
Dept. of Mathematics (emeritus)
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
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Date: 5/7/17 10:09 am
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Warbler, Monroe County

I found a singing male Prairie Warbler this morning in NW Monroe County. Directions: from the intersection of 130th St. and 520th Ave., go west 0.8 miles on 130th Street, then 0.5 miles north on 505th Avenue. Bird was easily seen and heard from the road. Both 130th St and 505th Ave are heavily rutted dirt roads and I don't think I'd attempt it in a low-clearance vehicle.
Chris Edwards
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Date: 5/7/17 10:05 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Tanager at 2061 520 st. centerville Ia at noon today. There yesterday at 5 pm. Homeowner wecomes borders. Tom J for Larry Piatt.


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Date: 5/7/17 9:37 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ibis--Marsh Farm Wetland
There is an ibis at Marsh Farm Wetland, Dallas Co. I think it is a basic
White-faced and not a Glossy, but the heat waves are too bad to say for
sure right now.


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Date: 5/7/17 8:13 am
From: Bob Dick <siti1526...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard Birds Warblers
Ones identified this morning were:

Blackburnian
Black-throated Green
Black-and-white

An several others.


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Date: 5/7/17 6:24 am
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs


I am writing once again to ask the birding community for recordings of
Mourning Warbler songs during spring migration. It is an opportunity to
participate in a Citizens Science Project with two specific goals. 1)
Evaluate the use of birdsong as a new tool for studying bird migration. 2)
Determine whether different song populations of Mourning Warblers (Western,
Eastern, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland) migrate together or separately to their
respective areas of the species’ breeding range. This posting is for year
three of this project. I am making substantial progress and want to thank
everyone who has contributed so far.



All you need to contribute is a smartphone with a voice recording app and
some luck. The web page link below describes the project and how to make
recordings on your Smartphone in more detail (note - I have also been able
to make recordings from videos that birders have sent me).



MOWA song mapper

http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html



Here is a link to the recent national Audubon Society story on this
research.



Audubon Society reporting

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2017/this-guy-mapping-how-warblers-migrate-just



If you manage to get some recordings, please send them to the Mourning
Warbler Sound Lab (jpitocchATanselm.edu). I would really appreciate your
help and contributions to this Citizens Science Project.



Dr. Jay Pitocchelli

Biology Department

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH 03102



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Date: 5/6/17 7:37 pm
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dunbar Slough and Jester Park birds
At Dunbar Slough on 270th Street today there were well over 100 Lesser
Yellowlegs, several Dowitchers, and Pectoral Sandpipers. I walked behind
the dike to the back (north end) and found Dunlins, Semipalmated plovers,
White-Rumped Sandpipers, and Baird's Sandpipers.

In a field puddle got my FOY solitary sandpiper.

At Jester Park, I looked in vain for Pine Warblers and Louisiana
Waterthrush. Still no warblers except some yellow-rumped and a palm
warbler. I came across a thrush, but couldn't figure out which kind of
thrush before I lost it. It seemed most like Swainson's Thrush, but I
can't be sure.

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Date: 5/6/17 4:35 pm
From: Ruby Bodeker <roosterfaye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] White Crown Sparrow
We had one today, too! We also had a healthy flock of White-throated Sparrows and several Harris's Sparrows mixed in.

Ruby Bodeker
Benton Co

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> Just saw a white crown sparrow hanging out in our fence row until my dog just had to stroll by!
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Date: 5/6/17 2:58 pm
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack...>
Subject: [ia-bird] White Crown Sparrow
Just saw a white crown sparrow hanging out in our fence row until my dog just had to stroll by!
Virginia McKenzie
Tama Co

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Date: 5/6/17 12:13 pm
From: Kai Weatherman <dainichi...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Scarlet Tanager at Amana Nature Trail
On a brief, midmorning visit to the Amana Nature Trail I was greeted by
singing American Redstarts and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, as three Redheaded
Woodpeckers skirmished around one of the tall, dead trees near the entrance
to the trail. Not far into the woods I started to hear a Scarlet Tanager
sing. So I continued at a cautious pace, eventually losing aural contact.
Shortly thereafter, while observing a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers, the
Scarlet Tanager soundlessly slipped into view, and soon enough begin singing
again. After a few minutes, approaching human presence caused us both to
move on. A couple of Hermit Thrushes could also be heard in the vicinity,
but not close enough or accessible to viewing.



Yesterday afternoon on a short hike on the Hoover Nature Trail, not far from
West branch, I encountered numerous White-crowned Sparrows, a White-throated
Sparrow, and three singing Brown Thrashers, as well as my FOY Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks.



Kai Weatherman

Iowa City

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Date: 5/6/17 10:46 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cerulean Warbler - Johnson county
After relocating the Sanderlings, but dipping on the Common Gallinule mid
morning, a small group of us headed to Hanging Rock Woods at the west
portion of Hawkeye WMA. Although migration still hasn't kicked in yet, we
managed around ten Warbler species, with the highlight being a singing
Cerulean Warbler that gave great looks near the parking area. Non warbler
highlights included three Pileated Woodpeckers and a rather late
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

James Huntington
Dean Hester
Brandon Caswell
Mark Brown

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Date: 5/6/17 6:16 am
From: Lynn & Steve Brase <lsbrase...>
Subject: [ia-bird]
The Baltimore Orioles have made it to Bremer County. Saw our first male this am. Glad the oranges were out.

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Date: 5/6/17 5:23 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snowy Egret at Big Marsh
My dad and I are currently watching a Snowy Egret below the spillway next to the main parking lot along highway 14.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 5/6/17 4:33 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sanderlings and Common Moorhen - Hawkeye WA
At least six Sanderlings continue this morning at Hawkeye WA north, Johnson
county. Park in the first small lot west of the Amana Rd and Blaine
Cemetery Rd intersection. They are in the large pool to the south. A
Common Moorhen was foraging halfway between the parking lot and this pool.


Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 5/5/17 8:17 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Green heron
Went out for a walk with my daughter around Alta Vista last night, along the stream at the north edge of town by the big LP tank across from the yard waste dump. Stumbled on a nesting Canada goose that a neighbor told me has nested there for years, and a green heron at the base of the dam-really not mugh of a dam, but there are some concrete pillars, the goose is nesting on top of the middle one, and the heron was walking the stream edge below. First green I've seen in years.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 5/5/17 6:34 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Gallinule at Otter Creek Marsh
On my way home from checking out the Brown Pelican at Red Rock, I stopped at Otter Creek Marsh and flushed a COMMON GALLINULE at the west section on the east side of the dike. I also flushed an adult B-C NIGHT HERON and heard a VIRGINIA RAIL giving it's grunting call along with many SORAS. And about a mile north of Hickory Hills park in Tama co. I saw a UPLAND SANDPIPER perched on a utility wire.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 5/5/17 6:31 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Thrush
Just had a Hermit Thrush come into the water feature in the yard. Just
happened to be sitting on the deck and saw him moving. Had to use binos to
decide.
Just had a Green Heron fly over while writing this.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 5/5/17 4:00 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Avocet, Sanderlings at Hawkeye WMA
Shorebirding remains unimpressive even though good habitat exists. The only highlights today were a lone
AMERICAN AVOCET scoped distantly from the DNR Headquarters parking lot and 10 SANDERLINGS east of the gun
range and south of Amana Road in the distant pool. All the Sanderlings were very pale grey.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/5/17 3:54 pm
From: Bob Dick <bobd9333...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard Birds:
Hummingbirds today.
Blue-gray Gnatcher earlier this week.
Indigo Bunting on April 26th.

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Date: 5/5/17 11:55 am
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warblers in Des Moines
We saw two Yellow-throated Warblers in Water Works Park in Des Moines this
morning. Also heard a Red-eyed Vireo in addition to 6 or more Warbling
Vireos.
Nick Osness
Ames, IA

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Date: 5/5/17 11:00 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues at Red Rock.
Absolutely gorgeous looking brown pelican one of the nicest I've seen when you get to see him.

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 5, 2017, at 8:41 AM, Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> wrote:
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> At the same location in previous reports but difficult to see at times among the larger White Pelicans.
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Date: 5/5/17 10:53 am
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues...
This bird is still present as of 12:30

On May 3, 2017 9:28 AM, "Brandon Caswell" <brandon.caswell83...>
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> Birders,
>
> I just received word that the Brown Pelican is resting at the same
> location at Howell Station, below the dam at Lake Red Rock. Access is from
> the campground.
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> Good birding,
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Date: 5/5/17 8:36 am
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] North Ledges SP Friday Morning
Spent 2 hours in the north back country of Ledges SP Friday morning with 44
species. Beautiful out but pretty slow overall. 7 warbler species
including N. Parula, LA Waterthrush and Black-throated Green. Came across
a Carolina Wren.

NOT on the list were raptors, only a Phoebe in the flycatcher family, and
no vireos. Migrants must still be waiting for winds to turn south of us
(Sunday-Monday???).

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 5/5/17 6:41 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues at Red Rock.
At the same location in previous reports but difficult to see at times among the larger White Pelicans.

Good birding,
TommyStone, Waterloo

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Date: 5/4/17 7:17 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
After not seeing the WETA since early this morning, I was informed by the
homeowner that they could hear the WETA calling from cover, but didn't see
it.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM, Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> I just heard from a non-birder coworker of the WESTERN TANAGER that has
> been visiting her feeders for the last three days, Friday, Saturday and
> Sunday. She showed me a picture and it is a legitimate sighting.
>
> I obtained permission to give out her home address, 1222 Scott Street in
> Ames, just west of ISU campus, where Scott intersects with Ontario.
>
> Eric Ollie
> Ames
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Date: 5/4/17 4:27 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebes and.... at Otter Creek Marsh
Today 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were at the last pool of the west end of Otter Creek Marsh. They weren't together but might
be of the right sexes to be paired. There was a Red-necked Grebe at this pool years ago which stayed for a long time
so it will interesting to see what happens.

Also at that location I flushed 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS (2 adults, 1 juv. type) and scoped a male GREATER SCAUP.

At the east end parking lot of the main dike I again encountered a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD which acted like it
was on territory. It didn't vocalize much but just enough to alert me. It was on the north/south end dike that parallels
the entrance road.

Also heard a few Marsh Wrens and many Sora around the marsh.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/4/17 3:41 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
The brown pelican actually was below the dam. It was sleeping on a sandbar with white pelicans. I had to hike along the shoreline a little bit to find it
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 5/4/17 3:39 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
I just heard from the homeowner at the Ames WETA site and she said that she
hasn't seen it since early this morning, where she usually sees it quite
othen. It may have moved along.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On May 4, 2017 3:51 PM, "Paul Roisen" <roisenp1950...> wrote:

> Just wondering if either Western Tanager (Saylorville or Ames) have been
> seen today. Also looking for update on Brown Pelican. May take the long
> way to the IOU meeting tomorrow.
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> God Bless,
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Date: 5/4/17 3:38 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
I waited for an hour for the tanager it did not show. Brown Pelican was present
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 5/4/17 3:06 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
The Saylorville Western Tanager was not present early morning nor early afternoon, at least to my knowledge.



Denny Thompson

Johnston



From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf Of Paul Roisen
Sent: Thursday, May 4, 2017 3:52 PM
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Subject: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)



Just wondering if either Western Tanager (Saylorville or Ames) have been seen today. Also looking for update on Brown Pelican. May take the long way to the IOU meeting tomorrow.



God Bless,




Paul O. Roisen

Woodbury County, IA

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Date: 5/4/17 3:05 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 5-4-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, April 29, through Thursday, May 4,
2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**BROWN PELICAN**









CASUAL:

*WESTERN TANAGER*

*BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

White-winged Scoter

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Snowy Egret

White-faced Ibis

Yellow Rail

Common Gallinule

American Avocet

Black-necked Stilt

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Smiths Longspur





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



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











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



HARDIN COUNTY:

2 RUDDY TURNSTONES and 100+ SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at the new wetland
at the intersection of Q Ave and D 15 on the 3rd.









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

12 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Terry Trueblood RA on the 30th.



An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at the Sandy Beach area of Coralville Lake on
the 30th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

14 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Deere Dike on the 2nd.



LINN COUNTY:

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Pleasant Creek Lake on the 2nd.



A YELLOW RAIL was seen at Chain-O-Lakes on the 2nd.









*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A YELLOW RAIL was seen at the wetlands of Wagner and Dunkerton Rd on the 28
th.



ALLAMAKEE COUNTY:

A SNOWY EGRET was seen at Poole Slough on the 30th.







*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A BROWN PELICAN was seen below the dam at Red Rock on the 2nd. It was last
seen on the 3rd.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A WESTERN TANAGER and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Jester Park
on the 30th.*



*A WESTERN TANAGER was seen at the Saylorville visitor center on the 2nd.
It was last seen on the 3rd.*



*An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Jester Park on the 3rd.*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*A WESTERN TANAGER was seen at a feeder on Scott Ave in Ames on the 1st. It
was last seen on the 3rd.*



*DALLAS COUNTY:*

*7 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Marsh Farm Wetland on the 1st. They were
last seen on the 3rd.*









*SOUTHWEST:*



*PAGE COUNTY:*

*A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Rapp Park on the 1st.*



*FREMONT COUNTY:*

*10 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at Secret Lake on the 3rd.*



*Highlights from Forney Lake on the 3rd included a CINNAMON TEAL, COMMON
GALLINULE, and 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS.*









*WEST:*



*MONONA COUNTY:*

*2 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Blue Lake on the 1st.*



*POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY:*

*BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were seen at a grain elevator at the
intersection of Ave G and 8th St on the 2nd. 2 were seen at Big Lake Park
on the 4th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*WOODBURY COUNTY:*

*An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at the Owego Wetlands on the 29th.*



*PLYMOUTH COUNTY:*

*30 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen kittling in the NW part of the county on the
2nd.*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*A WESTERN GREBE was seen at Little Swan Lake on the 2nd.*



*CLAY COUNTY:*

*Highlights from Trumbull Lake on the 3rd included 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 4
RED-NECKED GREBES, AND A WESTERN GREBE. These birds were last seen on the
4th.*



*KOSSUTH COUNTY:*

*A YELLOW RAIL was seen in a wet prairie area on the 3rd.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
May 12, 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: 5/4/17 2:24 pm
From: Masked Ermine <newtja84...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
I did not see the Brown Pelican this morning. But I only hung around the
Howell station because that's where all the white pelicans were and then
the thermals kicked in and they lifted. IT could very well still be at Red
Rock...but it was not below the dam at the Howell station location this
morning from 9-11.


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> And the hourly Iowa eBird report that I subscribe to lists the Brown
> Pelican as seen today.
>
> On a completely different note -- shorebird habitat at Cone Marsh in
> Louisa County (where Ruff was just a few days ago) is completely gone. High
> water now. Darn weather!
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Date: 5/4/17 2:21 pm
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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
And the hourly Iowa eBird report that I subscribe to lists the Brown Pelican as seen today.
On a completely different note -- shorebird habitat at Cone Marsh in Louisa County (where Ruff was just a few days ago) is completely gone. High water now. Darn weather!

Diana

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Date: 5/4/17 1:55 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
The Ames Western Tanager was seen this morning.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On May 4, 2017 3:51 PM, "Paul Roisen" <roisenp1950...> wrote:

> Just wondering if either Western Tanager (Saylorville or Ames) have been
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> God Bless,
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Date: 5/4/17 1:51 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Tanage and Brown Pelican (not a sighting)
Just wondering if either Western Tanager (Saylorville or Ames) have been
seen today. Also looking for update on Brown Pelican. May take the long
way to the IOU meeting tomorrow.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 5/4/17 1:49 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Black-bellies Whistling Ducks - Council Bluffs
Black-bellied Whistling Duck relocated but NOT at the location shown in the
photo. Way to much human and vehicle activity including lots of big
trucks unload grain. A number of nice areas for them to roost or hide but
still was lucky to chance on them at the last place I checked--ended up
going north to Big Lake Park (north of Council Bluffs and east of I-29.
They were up against the reeds in the northeast corner. Had to use a
scope to ID them Only 2 there that I could see.

Lake Manawa was pretty dead with a lone Forster's Tern who seemed unfazed
as I approach the the boat ramp on the west side facing the expensive
homes. Allowed me to approach with in 35 feet and take some decent photos.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
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Date: 5/4/17 10:08 am
From: Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
The Black-necked Stilts were still present this morning at 7:30. I didn't see the Black-crowned Night-Heron but I had a Sandhill Crane fly into a nearby pasture. Also couldn't find any Eared or Horned Grebes but did find a Western and Red-necked Grebe as well as a Common Loon.

Joe Jungers
Sioux County

> On May 3, 2017, at 9:46 PM, Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
>
> I spent a couple hours on both sides of Trumbull Lake in Clay Co. this evening and wasn't disappointed. The highlight was a pair of BLACK-NECKED STILTS at the inlet on the north side of the marsh, accessed from the west side. This is the exact location where the Glossy and White-faced Ibis were a bit over a week ago.
>
> 15 species of waterfowl were still present, including most of the puddle ducks, a pair of Canvasbacks, and good numbers of Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead and Ruddy Duck.
> All 5 regular Iowa grebes were present, including 4 Red-necked and 1 Western.
> A Black-crowned Night-Heron flushed while I was scanning from the east side and disappeared back into the cattails just as quickly.
> A pair of Sandhill Cranes flew south overhead, bugling all the way.
> At least 4 Common Terns were present among 30+ Forster's Terns.
> I estimated nearly 4,000 swallows during my time here, only missing Purple Martin.
> Despite some poor migrating conditions, there was absolutely some turnover last night, with a nice pulse of Palm Warblers (40+) and Yellow-rumped (90+) with single Northern Waterthrush and Common Yellowthroat. Several Orange-crowned still around.
>
>
> A quick walk around Lost Island Lake State Park didn't produce a whole lot, a handful of warblers including a Black-and-white and a Northern Waterthrush, but a late Winter Wren was pretty unexpected.
>
>
> Danny Akers
>
> Spirit Lake
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Date: 5/4/17 8:04 am
From: Ray & Madeline Cummins <raymond.madeline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Errington Marsh
I had 44 species @ Errington from 6:30am to 9:15 Am. They included: Hooded
Merganser 6, Ring-necked Duck 1, Eared Grebe 2, Am Bittern 1+, Sora 6, Am
Golden Plover 25, Least S. 1,White-rumped S. 1, Pectoral S. 1, Spotted S. 1,
L. Yellowlegs 32, Wilson Phalarope 2, Lincoln's Sparrow 3, and Vesper
Sparrow 1. The Eared Grebes were in the big middle pond and the shorebirds
were in the NW corner of the field East of the shooting range. Ray
Cummins/Ankeny, IA.



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Date: 5/4/17 7:50 am
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville Visitor Center WETA Yes
I have some sharp photos of the visitor center bird if anyone want's to use
them for comparison
Gerald

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:25:57 PM UTC-5, jcecil01 wrote:
>
> The question was raised on a different forum wondering if Aaron's bird at
> campground #5 at Jester was the same bird as the one at the visitor's
> center. I doubt that it is. But, it got me thinking, I wonder if anyone has
> checked the feeders and the bird blind at Jester Park to see if the Western
> Tanager there has found its way to that spot. It was not far from where the
> bird was first located. Just a thought. How crazy would it be if we had
> three birds in Iowa at one time.
>
> I was also speculating that this most recent set of severe storms could
> have, in advance of their arrival, pushed these birds on a more eastern
> path on their migration. This type of behavior has been noted in
> neotropical migrants before.
>
> John Cecil
>
> On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 8:58 PM, Gerald White <apu......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
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>> The Western Tanager was using the peanut feeder and foraging in the top
>> of the surrounding canopy late afternoon on 5-3-17
>> Gerald White
>> Muscatine, IA
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Date: 5/4/17 6:17 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Black-bellies Whistling Ducks - Council Bluffs
Sorry folks, photo is now attached.

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 7:05 AM Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> wrote:

> Birders,
>
> On Tuesday, I received a report from a friend, DNR Biologist Matt
> Dollison, of a small group of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Council
> Bluffs (photo attached). The were seen near a grain elevator at 8th &
> Ave G in Council Bluffs. Apparently they've been there for about two
> weeks. Those are the only details I have as this was a third-hand report.
> I apologize for the delay.
>
> Take care,
>
> Tyler Harms
> Ames, Story Co.
>
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Date: 5/4/17 5:30 am
From: janetgreer via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Tanager found dead in Minnesota
Adding to the information about the Western Tanager phenom, an adult male was found dead in Glenwood, Minnesota. A picture of the bird is on the ABA Facebook page What’s this bird? this morning. Perhaps there are even more of these birds in IA and MN.
Janet Greer, Pottawattamie County, Council Bluffs

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Date: 5/4/17 5:05 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellies Whistling Ducks - Council Bluffs
Birders,

On Tuesday, I received a report from a friend, DNR Biologist Matt Dollison,
of a small group of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Council Bluffs (photo
attached). The were seen near a grain elevator at 8th & Ave G in Council
Bluffs. Apparently they've been there for about two weeks. Those are the
only details I have as this was a third-hand report. I apologize for the
delay.

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 5/3/17 8:13 pm
From: <mkenne...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow Rail in Kossuth Co
Like Boston sang- "It's been such a long time..."

I accidentally flushed a Yellow Rail today in a wet prairie area when I
wasn't even looking for one. Quartering away from me, I got a really
nice look as it flew off and dropped into the marshy stuff. Didn't even
raise up the binocs- just stopped and enjoyed the big picture of a
creature in its habitat that I last encountered over 35 years ago.
Smiled and shook my head, and continued splashing along.

Matthew Kenne

Algona, Iowa

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Date: 5/3/17 7:55 pm
From: James Mccoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Clay colored and white crowned sparrows
Seen on Saddleback wetland trail today at 5:00PM
Jamie McCoy
Iowa city

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Date: 5/3/17 7:49 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hardin Co.
After a pleasant morning trying for a turkey and mushrooms (no luck) I made a quick stop at Pintail Wetlands and the new conservation area bordered by D15 and Q. Some highlights:

Pintail - from the deck
Wilson’s Phalarope - 3
10 species of waterfowl

New area
Smith’s Longspurs - abundant - over 100
Ruddy Turnstone - 2 flyover
Western Meadowlarks - very vocal
Grasshopper Sparrows
Savannah Sparrows
Pectoral and Least Sandpipers
Killdeer - a chick

Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Date: 5/3/17 7:47 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-necked Stilts - Trumbull Lake, Clay Co.
Hi All,


I spent a couple hours on both sides of Trumbull Lake in Clay Co. this evening and wasn't disappointed. The highlight was a pair of BLACK-NECKED STILTS at the inlet on the north side of the marsh, accessed from the west side. This is the exact location where the Glossy and White-faced Ibis were a bit over a week ago.


15 species of waterfowl were still present, including most of the puddle ducks, a pair of Canvasbacks, and good numbers of Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead and Ruddy Duck.

All 5 regular Iowa grebes were present, including 4 Red-necked and 1 Western.

A Black-crowned Night-Heron flushed while I was scanning from the east side and disappeared back into the cattails just as quickly.

A pair of Sandhill Cranes flew south overhead, bugling all the way.

At least 4 Common Terns were present among 30+ Forster's Terns.

I estimated nearly 4,000 swallows during my time here, only missing Purple Martin.

Despite some poor migrating conditions, there was absolutely some turnover last night, with a nice pulse of Palm Warblers (40+) and Yellow-rumped (90+) with single Northern Waterthrush and Common Yellowthroat. Several Orange-crowned still around.



A quick walk around Lost Island Lake State Park didn't produce a whole lot, a handful of warblers including a Black-and-white and a Northern Waterthrush, but a late Winter Wren was pretty unexpected.



Danny Akers

Spirit Lake

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Date: 5/3/17 7:25 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Saylorville Visitor Center WETA Yes
The question was raised on a different forum wondering if Aaron's bird at
campground #5 at Jester was the same bird as the one at the visitor's
center. I doubt that it is. But, it got me thinking, I wonder if anyone has
checked the feeders and the bird blind at Jester Park to see if the Western
Tanager there has found its way to that spot. It was not far from where the
bird was first located. Just a thought. How crazy would it be if we had
three birds in Iowa at one time.

I was also speculating that this most recent set of severe storms could
have, in advance of their arrival, pushed these birds on a more eastern
path on their migration. This type of behavior has been noted in
neotropical migrants before.

John Cecil

On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 8:58 PM, Gerald White <apuffin...> wrote:

> The Western Tanager was using the peanut feeder and foraging in the top of
> the surrounding canopy late afternoon on 5-3-17
> Gerald White
> Muscatine, IA
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Date: 5/3/17 7:20 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Silent Auction
Hello everyone,

This is a last minute reminder to please pack and bring your contributions
to the IOU silent book auction at the upcoming meeting this weekend.

Your contributions make this whole thing happen and trust me, what is
leftover from the last meeting will not bring the money and excitement that
the books on your shelves will bring.

If you have any books you are done with or have the ability to part with,
please bring them and share.

Thank you all and see you this weekend.

John Cecil

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Date: 5/3/17 6:58 pm
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Visitor Center WETA Yes
The Western Tanager was using the peanut feeder and foraging in the top of
the surrounding canopy late afternoon on 5-3-17
Gerald White
Muscatine, IA

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Date: 5/3/17 6:30 pm
From: Hank Zaletel <madowl...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
Bird seen Wednesday night 7 PM.

Hank Zaletel
Nevada


From: Eric Ollie
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:56 PM
To: Iowabirds ; Eric Ollie
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager


Picture attached.


Eric Ollie
Ames


On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM, Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

I just heard from a non-birder coworker of the WESTERN TANAGER that has been visiting her feeders for the last three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She showed me a picture and it is a legitimate sighting.


I obtained permission to give out her home address, 1222 Scott Street in Ames, just west of ISU campus, where Scott intersects with Ontario.


Eric Ollie
Ames



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Date: 5/3/17 5:53 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone-Dallas-Polk Co. birds
I made a 4-hour loop this morning from Ogden, to Brenton Slough, Marsh Farm
Wetland, Saylorville Lake, & return this morning, managimg to pick up 58
species, including the following 7 FOYs:

- *Sora* (Harrier Marsh)
- *American Avocet* (Jester Park Flats, Saylorville)
- *Willet* (flooded field near Granger)
- *Caspian Tern* (Marsh Farm Wetland)
- *Chimney Swift* (Ogden)
- *Gray Catbird* (Beaver Creek near Grangezr)
- *Palm Warbler* (Saylorville visitor center)

A few other good species seen, but not for the first time this year:

- *Sandhill Cranes* (near Brenton Slough)
- *Red-headed Woodpecker* (several locations)
- *Pileated Woodpecker* (Jester Park)
- *Warbling Vireo* (South of Granger near Beaver Creek)
- *Orange-crowned Warble*r (Ogden)
- *Western Tanager* (Saylorville visitor center--now the third central
Iowa county where I've seen this species in the past 2 years! Are we in
Iowa or the Rocky Mountains???)

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 5/3/17 5:16 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dickcissel
Jim,
I see I am too late to list the Dickcissel I saw along the Franklin Rd.
near West Point.
Chuck

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Date: 5/3/17 5:14 pm
From: Tucker J. Lutter <lutter...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Brown Pelican continues...
The Brown Pelican is still present at 7pm tonight.

Tucker Lutter

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Date: 5/3/17 4:30 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boyson park Marion
Had 2 Broad Wing hawks and a gnatcatcher this afternoon.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 5/3/17 4:23 pm
From: james fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] SW Iowa
Hi All,
A southwest Iowa trip on Tuesday, May 2 produced 91 species
with a notable lack of passerines. Highlights include:

Kellerton Lek: 3 Greater Prairie Chickens and as many as
5 Upland Sandpipers along entrance road.

Sheetwater areas along highway 2 in Taylor, Page, and
Fremont Counties: Notables were Black-necked Stilt, Willets,
LB Dowitchers, White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Rednecked
Phalaropes, and numerous Wilson's Phalaropes.

Rapp County Park, Shenandoah: Cattle Egret, Forster's
Terns, Snow Geese, and Swainson's Hawk.

Riverton WA: Virginia Rail and Soras, Great-tailed Grackle.

Secret Lake (Fremont County): 10 White-faced Ibis (Later
what may have been the same group were seen along
Fremont County Road L-31 near McPaul) LB Dowitchers
and SB Dowitchers.

Forney Lake: Cinnamon Teal (Drake with BW Teal west of
west end of lake in a pothole on north side of road just east
of the RR tracks)., Common Moorhen, 3 Avocets, numerous
Phalaropes and Franklin's Gulls all seen from the boat
landing looking north.

JIm Fuller, Iowa City
Chuck Fuller, Burlington


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Date: 5/3/17 4:13 pm
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Oriole and Grosbeak
Just had FOS male Baltimore Oriole and male Rose Breasted Grosbeak at my feeders
Art Check
Nevada

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Date: 5/3/17 4:08 pm
From: Obrecht, Joshua D [DSN] <jobrecht...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Western Tanager
Just viewed the WESTERN TANAGER in Ames. It flew behind the house to the south.

Josh Obrecht
Ames

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Date: 5/3/17 3:57 pm
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Baltimore Oriole
Just had my FOS male Baltimore Oriole at my feeder tonight
Yay!!
Art Check
Nevada

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Date: 5/3/17 3:56 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY Warbling Vireo, Johnson Co
I had at least one possible 2 WAVI singing at Round Lake, HWA, Johnson Co

Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty, IA




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Date: 5/3/17 3:38 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night-Heron at Hawkeye WMA
A handsome adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at the west end of Swan Lake this morning. It was perched above the water
looking for prey even tho it was daytime.

Later I flushed an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK in small wetlands west of Babcock Access.

Shorebirding wasn't impressive today but there was variety. One WILLET was south of Amana Road, just east of the Gun Range.
Twin View Heights (Coralville Lake) had 15 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, which marked an influx of the species.

Jim Forde
cedar Rapids

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Date: 5/3/17 12:49 pm
From: <donnadea...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager
The tanager was still there at 2:15 today (Wednesday). I didn't even get out of the car. Pulled up on Scott Ave. so I could see feeders between the trees, bird appeared almost immediately on the tube feeder, stayed about one minute, and then off again.

Beautiful look!

Donna Flanagan
Ames

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From: "Eric Ollie" <uphawkeye...>
To: "Iowabirds" <ia-bird...>, "Eric Ollie" <uphawkeye...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 6:56:54 PM
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Story County - Western Tanager

Picture attached.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM, Eric Ollie < <uphawkeye...> > wrote:



I just heard from a non-birder coworker of the WESTERN TANAGER that has been visiting her feeders for the last three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She showed me a picture and it is a legitimate sighting.

I obtained permission to give out her home address, 1222 Scott Street in Ames, just west of ISU campus, where Scott intersects with Ontario.

Eric Ollie
Ames







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