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9/25/17 8:03 pm 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Rock Bird - YouTube
9/25/17 5:06 pm Ellen Tushar <etushar...> RE: [ia-bird] North Benton County - Monarch Migration - birds too
9/25/17 4:54 pm <pip...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting - Fall Meeting Registration is open!
9/25/17 4:21 pm Ellen Tushar <etushar...> [ia-bird] North Benton County - Monarch Migration - not a bird siting
9/25/17 2:52 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] George Wyth State Park
9/25/17 2:41 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] hummingbird picture
9/25/17 2:21 pm Larry Reis <naturalist...> [ia-bird] interesting hummingbird
9/25/17 1:10 pm LELAND SEARLES <searleslr...> [ia-bird] Question about Meetings
9/25/17 12:14 pm EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Broad-winged Hawks in Iowa City
9/25/17 11:51 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Nice diversity- Kent Park- Johnson County
9/24/17 5:50 pm <pwaters.kstate...> [ia-bird] Birding and Citizen Science Survey
9/24/17 9:46 am Mary Lynn ReVoir <mlrevoir2...> [ia-bird] Sighting chickasaw county
9/24/17 7:45 am 'Barbara Miller' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red breasted Nuthatch
9/23/17 8:15 pm <shack357...> [ia-bird] Chickasaw barn owls continuing
9/23/17 6:29 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Polk Co. nighthawks - Glendale Cemetery
9/23/17 2:25 pm Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Today's Grammer Grove Hawk Watch Report- Marshall County
9/23/17 7:18 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Backyard
9/22/17 8:40 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Re: NW Iowa sightings
9/22/17 8:35 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] NW Iowa sightings
9/22/17 5:26 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-22-17
9/22/17 5:23 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Bellevue State Park, Green Island, and Dubuque Arboretum
9/22/17 5:08 pm Randall Bonjour <rbonjour.hellotree.com...> [ia-bird] Bellevue State Park, Green Island, and Dubuque Arboretum
9/22/17 4:39 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Grammer Grove hawk watch Friday
9/22/17 1:23 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Speaking of bathing warblers!
9/22/17 1:15 pm madowl <madowl...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Phalarope & Sanderlings at Saylorville
9/22/17 12:44 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Re: Possible worm-eating warbler?
9/22/17 11:52 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> Re: [ia-bird] Warblers near Boone
9/22/17 11:31 am weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Warblers near Boone
9/22/17 7:38 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Broad-winged Hawks, Johnson County
9/21/17 4:17 pm Ken Gregory <kggregory...> [ia-bird] Grammar Grove Sept 21 9:30-3:00
9/21/17 4:12 pm Ken Gregory <kggregory...> [ia-bird] Best Day Ever at Grammar Grove Hawk Watch
9/21/17 2:31 pm Bruce Plakke <bruce.plakke...> [ia-bird] Nelson's sparrows
9/21/17 8:27 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] Possible worm-eating warbler?
9/21/17 3:52 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] More Broad-wingeds
9/20/17 8:25 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] FW: Small Grants Available
9/20/17 7:43 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Possible worm-eating warbler?
9/20/17 4:52 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite and nighthawks around Des Moines
9/20/17 3:39 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Grammer Grove hawk watch Wednesday
9/20/17 12:25 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] warblers
9/20/17 11:39 am Bob Strickland <b.born2run.s...> [ia-bird] Bird id
9/20/17 11:04 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Franklin's Gulls and American Avocets
9/20/17 9:19 am Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...> [ia-bird] Apologies for the multiple messages about Corkscrew!
9/20/17 9:14 am Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...> [ia-bird] Hurricane Irma and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
9/20/17 9:02 am Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...> [ia-bird] Irma and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
9/20/17 8:59 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Oatmeal
9/20/17 8:51 am Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] BWHA movement
9/20/17 8:11 am Adam Ciha <adamciha...> [ia-bird] Broadwings on the move in Iowa City, Johnson County
9/19/17 4:17 pm Mary Gregory <magreg0ry...> [ia-bird] Grammar Grove Hawk Watch results from Tuesday, Sept. 19
9/18/17 7:31 pm Jerry Toll <geritol48...> [ia-bird] Hitchcock HawkWatch summary as of September 17
9/18/17 4:04 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Rails in Linn County
9/18/17 2:10 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Monday migrants
9/18/17 4:35 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Broad-winged hawk migration
9/17/17 8:35 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Black Hawk County Birding
9/17/17 7:33 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Un-Fair birding
9/17/17 7:12 pm Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> [ia-bird] Re: hawks
9/17/17 7:04 pm Candace Havely <kansas592...> [ia-bird] Van Buren County birds
9/17/17 6:49 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Whimbrel
9/17/17 11:55 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Sunday afternoon
9/17/17 11:06 am Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Des Moines Audubon Tuesday
9/17/17 11:03 am John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Sunday morning
9/17/17 9:34 am drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Mesozoic birding
9/17/17 8:01 am <mkenne...> [ia-bird] USNWR shorebirds
9/17/17 7:39 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler - Johnson county
9/17/17 7:17 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Des Moines River migrants
9/16/17 4:39 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Aldo Leopold W.M.A
9/16/17 3:53 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Birds- RBNU and Parula
9/16/17 11:00 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Jester Park Campground #4 this a.m.
9/16/17 10:13 am John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Saylorville this morning
9/15/17 8:26 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Woodcock & Sandhill Cranes- Washington County
9/15/17 6:25 pm Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
9/15/17 2:17 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-15-17
9/15/17 7:27 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Merlin at HWA
9/15/17 6:50 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting- A note from the IOU List Serve Administrators
9/15/17 3:53 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> RE: [ia-bird] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Cerro Gordo County
9/14/17 11:12 pm 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Cerro Gordo County
9/14/17 8:03 pm Michael Stark <iprint4u...> [ia-bird] To the list
9/14/17 7:20 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] A day of good news.
9/14/17 6:57 pm Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> Re: [ia-bird] A day of good news.
9/14/17 6:41 pm Michael Stark <iprint4u...> [ia-bird] A day of good news.
9/14/17 5:50 pm Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Boone County Merlin
9/13/17 2:15 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Tripod head repair question
9/13/17 8:56 am Jerry Toll <geritol48...> [ia-bird] Hitchcock Hawkwatch week of Sept. 5-12
9/12/17 6:32 pm Stan Buman <stan...> Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
9/12/17 2:26 pm Don Weiss <don.weiss2...> Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
9/12/17 1:52 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] black-throated blue warbler
9/12/17 12:56 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Thanks for Help
9/12/17 10:22 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
9/12/17 8:33 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
9/12/17 8:27 am Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...> [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
9/12/17 6:14 am <shack357...> [ia-bird] Alta Vista barn owls
9/11/17 1:55 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Black-Throated Blue and Kentucky Warblers in Linn Co.
9/11/17 1:15 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] possible swallow-tailed kite
9/10/17 5:48 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] Message From Website
9/10/17 5:26 pm Ann Johnson <aj...> [ia-bird] Message From Website
9/10/17 9:35 am Mary Gregory <magreg0ry...> [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue
9/10/17 8:16 am <mkenne...> [ia-bird] Union Slough NWR
9/9/17 6:53 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Sorry, 1 more ID help
9/9/17 6:28 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] ID help
9/9/17 4:43 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Pelican Festival reminder
9/9/17 3:44 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Juvenile TV
9/9/17 11:37 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville migrants, Buffies
9/9/17 7:11 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler - Blackhawk co
9/8/17 4:50 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. "Prairie Tanager"
9/8/17 4:21 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Ovenbird Iowa City
9/8/17 3:49 pm EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Ovenbird Iowa City
9/8/17 3:40 pm Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...> [ia-bird] Fw: [mou-net] Lark Bunting - Nobles County
9/8/17 1:16 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-8-17
9/8/17 7:10 am Mark Brown <markb249...> [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler - Johnson county
9/7/17 6:44 pm jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Pinchey Bottoms- Marion Co.
9/7/17 5:38 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Black Rail lifer.....not!
9/7/17 7:07 am Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Red-breastedNuthatches in Kossuth Co
9/7/17 5:26 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Yard birds yesterday
9/6/17 3:47 pm <mkenne...> [ia-bird] Red-breastedNuthatches in Kossuth Co
9/5/17 5:44 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Ames
9/5/17 3:44 pm Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Fwd: Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise ((Iowa DNR)
9/5/17 3:31 pm Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...> Re: [ia-bird] Black Rail/Ferruginous Hawk on Labor Day
9/5/17 11:04 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Granger Sandhill Cranes are back
9/5/17 6:49 am Jerry Toll <geritol48...> [ia-bird] Hitchcock Hawkwatch Sept 4
9/4/17 6:46 pm weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Yard birds near Boone - including Peregrine Falcon
9/4/17 5:18 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Black Rail/Ferruginous Hawk on Labor Day
9/4/17 3:24 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Yard birds
9/2/17 4:00 pm Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler
9/1/17 9:38 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Mitchell / Worth Co. birds - 9/1
9/1/17 4:30 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-1-17
9/1/17 11:19 am Ulrike G <ulrikedg...> [ia-bird] Missippi Kites, NW DSM
9/1/17 5:28 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Parkers Woods
8/31/17 8:06 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Weather condition and forecast page at Windy.com
8/31/17 8:03 pm Gerald White <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Re: Weather condition and forecast page at Windy.com
8/31/17 8:01 pm Gerald White <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Weather condition and forecast page at Windy.com
8/30/17 4:50 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] new yard bird in Johnston
8/30/17 2:36 pm Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] King Rails Green Island
8/30/17 2:33 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] More good birds at Ledges SP (Boone Co.)
8/30/17 9:56 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Sept 5
8/30/17 7:10 am Paul Hertzel <phertzel...> Re: [ia-bird] Nighthawk movement
8/30/17 7:08 am Tony Moline <tonymoline...> [ia-bird] King Rails Green Island
8/30/17 4:13 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Nighthawk movement
8/29/17 8:58 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Fwd: 2017 CyHawk Big Day Fundraiser for Iowa Audubon
8/29/17 2:01 pm cindy wilson <birdercw...> [ia-bird] Black-and-white warbler in Harrison county Iowa
8/29/17 1:35 pm John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Waterworks Park Warblers - Polk County
8/29/17 10:46 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting- Hawkeye WMA Open to Canada Goose/Teal Hunting until Sept 20th
8/28/17 8:05 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone & Story Co. warblers & flycatchers
8/28/17 7:01 pm Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> [ia-bird] Birthday birding and birthday bird
8/27/17 7:07 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Hummingbird v.s. Hooded Warbler in my yard.
8/27/17 11:38 am Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Saylorville area birds
8/27/17 10:43 am Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Barred Owl Encounter
8/27/17 5:29 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Yard birds Aug 26
8/26/17 11:58 am jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Pinchey Bottoms Shorebirds- Marion Co.
8/26/17 9:25 am John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Saylorville this morning
 
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Date: 9/25/17 8:03 pm
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rock Bird - YouTube
Birders
Here is a silly video on You Tube my son found. It's a woodcock "singing" to a song by Collective Soul.
Sorry if someone thinks this shouldn't be on the list, but it's short and pretty amusing.
And if my link doesn't work, sorry.
I am computer stupid.
And proud of it😏
Art Check
Nevada
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dHkIXw8jFIQ&feature=youtu.be


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Date: 9/25/17 5:06 pm
From: Ellen Tushar <etushar...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] North Benton County - Monarch Migration - birds too
I hope it was ok to email about the Monarchs. I got a little excited.

This fall we have had good luck spotting warblers in the yard.

Black and whites have been the most numerous and I’ve seen them in pairs three times.

Tonight there were two talkative Towhees in an apple tree.

The light was waning for identifying warblers, but I was able to get a good look at a Magnolia.

A Blue Winged warbler was heard.

Over the weekend our favorite yard birds were Black and Whites, Ovenbird, Cape May and Chestnut Sided Warblers as well as two Blue Headed Vireos, a Yellow Throated Vireo and a Red Breasted Nuthatch.

Thanks,

Ellen Tushar


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From: Ellen Tushar
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 6:21 PM
To: <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] North Benton County - Monarch Migration - not a bird siting

I’m 5 miles north of Shellsburg and there are Monarch’s high and low.  I’d say I’ve seen more than 100 and they are still coming.

Look up if you are in the area.

Thanks,
Ellen Tushar

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Sent: Sunday, April 2, 2017 10:28 AM
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Subject: Common Loons - Linn County


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

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Date: 9/25/17 4:54 pm
From: <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting - Fall Meeting Registration is open!
Howdy Fellow Birders-

While much activity has been taking place to plan the meeting in Dubuque from 11/10-12/17, I have done a terrible job of getting the information out.

You can now login to the website and register for the meeting. The urgency is surrounding reserving the hotel rooms at the Dubuque Holiday Inn. The block of reserved rooms is only held until 10/11.

I haven’t completed all the information, but wanted to at least get the main details out in the community.

If you have questions or want other information, please reach out to me directly. I’ll try to get all the specifics listed on the site this weekend.

Thanks,

Pip Fisher
Vice President
Iowa Ornithologists Union
<Pip...>
515-745-5472

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Date: 9/25/17 4:21 pm
From: Ellen Tushar <etushar...>
Subject: [ia-bird] North Benton County - Monarch Migration - not a bird siting
I’m 5 miles north of Shellsburg and there are Monarch’s high and low. I’d say I’ve seen more than 100 and they are still coming.

Look up if you are in the area.

Thanks,
Ellen Tushar

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Sent: Sunday, April 2, 2017 10:28 AM
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Subject: Common Loons - Linn County


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

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Date: 9/25/17 2:52 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] George Wyth State Park
One of the better places to bird this time of year in George Wyth State Park in Waterloo is the Canfield area. A sign points you to the parking lot. I park next to the paved bike trail and follow it south towards the river until it splits near the highway and then turn back on the dirt easement road. Along the rutted road are quite a few puddles that birds use to bathe and get a drink, zipping in and out from thick brush. The food source is heavy this time of year with grape, dogwood, choke cherry, black cherry, hawthorn, etc. The puddles and food attract more birds than I have been seeing in other places.

This morning was better than usual with 57 species (12 warbler sp.) More numbers for once, too. Some highlights:

Golden-winged Warbler
Bay-breasted warbler
Canada Warbler
No. Parulas - one was singing
Red shouldered hawk - no other hawks though
Philadelphia Vireo
R.C Kinglets
W.T. sparrows
Scarlet Tanager
Pileated Woodpecker
Baltimore Oriole
Waxwings, robins, catbirds having a field day.
Gray Squirrel - unusual for Waterloo

Tom Schilke- Waterloo








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Date: 9/25/17 2:41 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] hummingbird picture
Larry,

This looks perfectly fine for female-type Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Its
large size appears to be an optical illusion where, as a friend pointed out
to me, the bird is probably closer to the camera than the feeder.

Best,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 9/25/17 2:21 pm
From: Larry Reis <naturalist...>
Subject: [ia-bird] interesting hummingbird
I got this photo from a couple in Decorah on Sept. 17 who saw what they thought was a huge hummingbird. I was on vacation at the time and just looked at it today. Photo quality is not the best, but maybe somebody can ID it better than me. My thought is possibly a magnificent hummingbird, but I don't have much experience with hummers. Interesting find, anyway.

Larry Reis
Calmar

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Date: 9/25/17 1:10 pm
From: LELAND SEARLES <searleslr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Question about Meetings
Have the spring and fall meetings in 2018 been set as far as dates and locations? I'd like to get these into The Iowa Phenology calendar, among all the natural events that are going on.


Thanks,


Lee Searles


Leland Searles, Consultant & Photographer
Leeward Solutions, LLC
Regulatory: stream assessment, wetlands delineation, endangered species assessment
Private contractual: plant inventories, planning & restoration (prairies, streams, wetlands)
515-979-6457
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Date: 9/25/17 12:14 pm
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Broad-winged Hawks in Iowa City
This morning around 10:30 I had to pull over in the vicinity of Riverside
Drive and Hwy 6 so I could watch several kettles of BWHAs moving slowly to
the south. I tried to count but by the time I got to 25 more and more hawks
came into view, so I'm estimating there were at least 100.



I've also had warblers in my back yard the last couple of days - Magnolia,
Nashville, Wilson's, Golden-winged, Black and White, and possibly a Pine.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 9/25/17 11:51 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Nice diversity- Kent Park- Johnson County
I walked some of the trails around the Conservation Education Center at Kent Park this morning. I tallied 40 species.

Some of the highlights were:

Solitary Sandpipers-2

Yellow-throated, Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireos

8 species of warblers including Black-and-White, Bay-breasted, Northern Parula and Magnolia.

My First of Fall for Johnson County -Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.


Linda Rudolph

Coralville

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Date: 9/24/17 5:50 pm
From: <pwaters.kstate...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Birding and Citizen Science Survey


Hello,

My name is Paul Waters and I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in
Park Management and Conservation at Kansas State. As part of my studies I
am doing research on the motivations of birders and their participation in
citizen science projects. I would appreciate if you could assist with this
research by taking a survey about your personal opinions of birding and
citizen science. The results from this survey will inform my research that
will enable citizen science project developers to better understand their
participants and create or alter projects in order to better serve both
birders and the scientific community. Your help is very important to the
success of this project. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes.

Link to survey:

https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1QSzKlq1dOm19rf

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thanks,
Paul Waters
<pwaters...>

Manhattan, KS

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Date: 9/24/17 9:46 am
From: Mary Lynn ReVoir <mlrevoir2...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sighting chickasaw county
9/23 11am: Nashua, IA

approximately 100 broad winged Hawks escorted by bald eagle.

5 white pelicans

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Date: 9/24/17 7:45 am
From: 'Barbara Miller' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red breasted Nuthatch
Was playing the RB Nuthatch call on my Audubon app. It finished and I was still hearing a RBN. Apparently, the one I heard last night was responding to my Aububon call and was outside my house. Actually I believe I heard two but only saw one. First one here in over 10 years.
Barb Miller
61st & Woodland
Des Moines



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Date: 9/23/17 8:15 pm
From: <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chickasaw barn owls continuing
Took my daughter out looking this evening, heard the owls before we saw them, but we saw two flying around and heard a third-they're definitely sticking around and I'm pretty sure the nest/roost is in the top of one of the grain bins at the elevator-there's always one sitting on the upper catwalk.

We kept our distance, and she was the one who spotted them first-even better experience than me pointing them out for her(she's 8). I explained to her how rare they are for the area-she's interested enough there might be a school report in it.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 9/23/17 6:29 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk Co. nighthawks - Glendale Cemetery
Stopped by Glendale Cemetery around 7pm this evening looking for the
merlins. Didn't see any but saw many common nighthawks all over the
cemetery. I wasn't really sure how to count them so put down a dozen for
my eBird report, which was probably a conservative estimate.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale

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Date: 9/23/17 2:25 pm
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Today's Grammer Grove Hawk Watch Report- Marshall County
This is a partial report of today’s flight covering the hours from 10am to 2pm. The hawk watch continues to set records this year and today was a lot of fun. At one point we had a “river” of Broad-winged Hawks streaming overhead, with some of them pausing to kettle and gain altitude. We estimated 350 individuals in this one group.

Turkey Vulture-19
Sharp-Shinned Hawk-33
Cooper’s Hawk-2
Accipiter Sp-1
Bald Eagle-11
Broad-winged Hawk- 477
Red-tailed Hawk- 5

Linda Rudolph
Coralville

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Date: 9/23/17 7:18 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Backyard
Good Morning
31 species in backyard walk this morning!
Golden and BlueWinged Warblers!
Daytime Barred Owl....after night time visit
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 9/22/17 8:40 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: NW Iowa sightings
Forgot to mention there was also a *Wilson's Snipe* on the pasture marsh
mudflats near Pickerel Lake.

Doug Harr

On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:35 PM, Douglas Harr <dnharr...> wrote:

> Traveling up to Waterman Prairie in O'Brien Co. today, to meet with a
> class of ISU landscape architecture students, I found 4 *Sandhill Cranes*
> in a recently mowed hayfield NW of Humboldt. Near the Hwy 10 bridge where
> it crosses the Little Sioux River in SE O'Brien County, a *Swainson's
> Hawk* was seen circling overhead. Finally, on my mid-afternoon return
> tip to Ogden I stopped at Pickerel Lake in the NW corner of Buena Vista
> Co. Winds were far too strong on the lake to find anything, but there was
> a nice bird mix on a small.nearly dry pasture marsh just NW of the lake.
> Besides Mallards, Killdeer, & a *Great Egret*, the mudflats were hosting
> several shorebirds, including a *Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs *(standing
> side by side in great light for perfect species comparison),* Least
> Sandpipers, a Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpipers *and a single*
> Black-bellied Plover.*
>
> Doug Harr
> Ogden
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Date: 9/22/17 8:35 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] NW Iowa sightings
Traveling up to Waterman Prairie in O'Brien Co. today, to meet with a class
of ISU landscape architecture students, I found 4 *Sandhill Cranes* in a
recently mowed hayfield NW of Humboldt. Near the Hwy 10 bridge where it
crosses the Little Sioux River in SE O'Brien County, a *Swainson's Hawk*
was seen circling overhead. Finally, on my mid-afternoon return tip to
Ogden I stopped at Pickerel Lake in the NW corner of Buena Vista Co. Winds
were far too strong on the lake to find anything, but there was a nice bird
mix on a small.nearly dry pasture marsh just NW of the lake. Besides
Mallards, Killdeer, & a *Great Egret*, the mudflats were hosting several
shorebirds, including a *Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs *(standing side by
side in great light for perfect species comparison),* Least Sandpipers, a
Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpipers *and a single* Black-bellied
Plover.*

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 9/22/17 5:26 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-22-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, September 16, through Friday,
September 22, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Little Blue Heron

Northern Goshawk

Mississippi Kite

Common Gallinule

American Avocet

Whimbrel

White-rumped Sandpiper

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Pine Warbler







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



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







*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Hickory Hill Park on the 17th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Dubuque Arboretum on the 22nd.



JACKSON COUNTY:

A COMMON GALLINULE and a WHIMBREL were seen at Green Island WMA on the 22nd.





*SOUTHEAST*:



DES MOINES COUNTY:

A WHIMBREL was seen at Green Bay Bottoms on the 16th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Pinchey Bottoms on the 17th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*12 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Jester Park on the 16th, and 16 were seen
on the 17th.*



*3 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Grays Lake on the 20th.*



*A MISSISIPPI KITE was seen over Ashworth Park on the 20th.*





*WEST:*



*POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY:*

*A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at the Hitchcock Hawkwatch on the 17th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Smiths Bay at Spirit Lake on the
17th.*



*A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Little Swan Lake Marsh on the 17th.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
September 29, 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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515-423-6108

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Date: 9/22/17 5:23 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bellevue State Park, Green Island, and Dubuque Arboretum
Whimbrel is a very good bird for Green Island. It would be great if you could report this on eBird
Tony Moline Dubuque

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Date: 9/22/17 5:08 pm
From: Randall Bonjour <rbonjour.hellotree.com...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bellevue State Park, Green Island, and Dubuque Arboretum
68 birds on my list during a three day camping trip to this area. Listing
the highlights for Bellevue State Park:

Nelson's Sparrow
Pheasant
Wood Thrush
Black-throated Green Warbler
Bob-O-Link
Black and White Warbler



Dubuque Arboretum:

Blue-winged Warbler
Pine Warbler
Cooper's Hawk

Green Island:

Sora
Common Moorhen
Whimbrel

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Date: 9/22/17 4:39 pm
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Grammer Grove hawk watch Friday
Friday 9-22-179 a.m. to 2 p.m.Total raptors -- 373
Observers: Ken Gregory, Mark Proescholdt, Diana Pesek
14 Turkey Vultures2 Ospreys2 Bald Eagles13 Sharp-shinned Hawks3 Cooper's Hawks333 Broad-winged Hawks5 Red-tailed Hawks1 American Kestrel
Total Broad-wingeds season-to-date -- 3312Total raptors season-to-date -- 3817
Diana PesekCedar Rapids

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Date: 9/22/17 1:23 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Speaking of bathing warblers!
I had to post this, too!
Anne Sloth
Poolside in Grundy County





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Date: 9/22/17 1:15 pm
From: madowl <madowl...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Phalarope & Sanderlings at Saylorville
At 1:30 PM today, an immature Red-necked Phalarope and three Sanderlings
were located at Sandpiper Beach at Saylorville Reservoir.

Hank Zaletel
Nevada

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Date: 9/22/17 12:44 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Possible worm-eating warbler?
Wow! Thanks for the ID! This is a new yard bird for me and we have lots of
berries this time of year (of course, for the birds!)
Anne Sloth
Grundy County


On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 9:43:20 PM UTC-5, horticulturemama
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> Pictures taken 9-12 at my house. The pictures are bad, sorry. If this is a
> worm eater, it is eating a berry from my Virginia Creeper!
> If this is not a worm eating warbler-any ideas?
>
> Thanks!
> Anne Sloth
> Grundy County
>
>
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Date: 9/22/17 11:52 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Warblers near Boone
In the fall this is a typical happening in my yard. A small flock will show
up an in a short time will disappear in spite of me wanting them to hang
around.

jim durbin
marion, ia

On Sep 22, 2017 1:31 PM, "weatherbird58" <weatherbird58...> wrote:

> I've been experimenting with a rock pile bird bath and a recirculating
> bubbler. This morning it got active for a short time. First 3 chickadees
> came in for a drink and a quick bath. Next thing we knew, there were two
> Nashville's, a Magnolia and two Black-throated Green Warblers taking a
> look. One of the Nashville's tried to surf the bubbler but was too
> skittish to make much progress. Then we saw 3 Chestnut-sided Warblers, all
> of which eventually took a bath- briefly two at once!
>
> A short time later they cleared out and I circled the yard without a sign
> of migrant activity. Yesterday I heard Ruby-crowned Kinglet and
> Red-breasted Nuthatch.
>
> Karl Jungbluth
> 2 miles south of Boone
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Date: 9/22/17 11:31 am
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers near Boone
I've been experimenting with a rock pile bird bath and a recirculating
bubbler. This morning it got active for a short time. First 3 chickadees
came in for a drink and a quick bath. Next thing we knew, there were two
Nashville's, a Magnolia and two Black-throated Green Warblers taking a
look. One of the Nashville's tried to surf the bubbler but was too
skittish to make much progress. Then we saw 3 Chestnut-sided Warblers, all
of which eventually took a bath- briefly two at once!

A short time later they cleared out and I circled the yard without a sign
of migrant activity. Yesterday I heard Ruby-crowned Kinglet and
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 9/22/17 7:38 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Broad-winged Hawks, Johnson County
I am watching about 50 Broad-winged Hawks that look like they just lifted off from around the Coralville Reservoir and are circling and heading South. They sure are fun to watch.

Linda Rudolph
Coralville

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Date: 9/21/17 4:17 pm
From: Ken Gregory <kggregory...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Grammar Grove Sept 21 9:30-3:00
Turkey Vultures - 14

Bald Eagles - 3

Harrier -1

Sharp Shin - 23

Cooper's - 2

Broadwings - 701

Redtails - 3

Peregrines - 2


Total - 749


Broadwings total for the year - 2859

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Date: 9/21/17 4:12 pm
From: Ken Gregory <kggregory...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Best Day Ever at Grammar Grove Hawk Watch
Sept. 20

Turkey vultures - 32

Osprey - 1

Bald Eagles - 6

Sharp Shins - 34

Cooper's Hawk - 1

Broadwings - 1332

Redtails - 5

Merlin - 1

Kestral - 2

Peregrines - 3


Buteo sp. 1

Unidentified - 3


Total for the day - 1421


Total broadwings for the year - 2181 Old record - 1703

Total hawks for the year - 2581

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Date: 9/21/17 2:31 pm
From: Bruce Plakke <bruce.plakke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Nelson's sparrows
Spotted a couple of Nelson’s sparrows this morning in the small trees by the pond east of South Prairie lake in Cedar Falls at around 9:30.
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Date: 9/21/17 8:27 am
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible worm-eating warbler?
Looks good for a red eyed vireo
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 9/21/17 3:52 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] More Broad-wingeds
Just found a voicemail from Mark that I missed last evening. After I left the hawk watch at Grammer Grove at 3 pm, he saw another 1026 Broad-winged Hawks!

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids
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Date: 9/20/17 8:25 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FW: Small Grants Available
FYI



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We Are Prairie Biotic Research (PBR) is an all-volunteer, scientific public charity established in 2000 to foster basic biotic research in prairies and savannas. One way we do this is through a competitive Small Grants Program that funds grants up to $1500 to individuals for the study of any grassland taxon anywhere in the USA. We support both natural history and experimental science. We are especially eager to support independent researchers (those lacking institutional support), but anyone having a U.S. Social Security number may apply. Since 2002, we’ve awarded 275 grants worth $264,236 to people in 37 states to study insects, plants, mammals, reptiles, slime molds, mycorrhizal fungi, spiders, snails, amphibians, birds, fish, invasive species, effects of management, and the human dimensions of conservation. Many of these grants supported graduate student research. We believe in the importance of collecting voucher specimens that will be carefully curated as information-rich specimens and donated to a public institution; we are not categorically against collecting specimens, as some citizen science groups are. In 2018, we expect to fund at least 20 grants of up to $1500 each with the donations we have received, including some restricted by donors for work in IA or WI.



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Date: 9/20/17 7:43 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible worm-eating warbler?
Pictures taken 9-12 at my house. The pictures are bad, sorry. If this is a
worm eater, it is eating a berry from my Virginia Creeper!
If this is not a worm eating warbler-any ideas?

Thanks!
Anne Sloth
Grundy County


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Date: 9/20/17 4:52 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mississippi Kite and nighthawks around Des Moines
Had to attend a meeting in Des Moines this afternoon and run some errands
before attending. I had a few minutes to kill prior to the meeting, so I
stopped at Ashworth Park to scan the sky for a *Mississippi Kite*, which
I've searched for all summer (at least a dozen times), both here and in
West Des Moines, where the species has been seen frequently this summer.
While not expecting anything again, about 5 minutes after I pulled into a
parking space near the pond, there was a kite passing directly
overhead--viewed with binocs and easily identified, my FOY for this bird!

On the way home after my afternoon meeting I headed north towards Ankeny on
Hwy 415, and just about a mile south of the new Prairie Trail development
area, there were approximately 40 *Common Nighthawks* circling around (but
headed south) right above the highway.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 9/20/17 3:39 pm
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Grammer Grove hawk watch Wednesday
Today, between 10 am and 3 pm, Mark Proescholdt and I counted the following 395 migrating raptors:

29 Turkey Vultures
1 Osprey
3 Bald Eagles
22 Sharp-shinned Hawks
1 Cooper's Hawk
329 Broad-winged Hawks
5 Red-tailed Hawks
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Buteo sp.
3 Unidentified raptors

Season-to-date: 1178 Broad-winged Hawks have gone through at Grammer Grove (near Liscomb in Marshall County), which is the fourth highest number of Broad-wingeds recorded there, and the Broad-winged migration season is not over yet.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 9/20/17 12:25 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] warblers
A flock of about forty warblers was in the park this a.m. producing ten
species, including Bay Breasted, Parula, Golden=winged, Orange-crowned and
others. A number of Swainson's Thrushes have been seen this fall, and
yesterday and the day before Wood Thrushes were going through. Broad-winged
hawks, Osprey, Sharpies and many turkey vultures have been migrating through
here also.



The Yellow-crowned Night-heron was seen Thurs and Friday of last week, but
not Sat. or Sunday. Now the water has risen with the rain we had and the
habitat has changed at Zirbel Slough.



Rita Goranson

Parker's Woods

Mason City, Iowa





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Date: 9/20/17 11:39 am
From: Bob Strickland <b.born2run.s...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird id
Seen in Rocky Mountain National Park. Can u id it ? Thanks!

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Date: 9/20/17 11:04 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Franklin's Gulls and American Avocets
Today over my lunch break, I did not encounter much in the way of passerine migrants at Des Moines Waterworks Park. I did see on my way out of the park a large swarm of about 2000-3000 Franklin's Gulls flying over head and also landing across the street at Gray's Lake.

Also, at Gray's Lake, there were 3 American Avocets on the point.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 9/20/17 9:19 am
From: Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Apologies for the multiple messages about Corkscrew!
I kept getting a message that the message was undeliverable. Sorry for the duplicates.
Dick Stilwell

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Date: 9/20/17 9:14 am
From: Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hurricane Irma and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
For those of you that have visited Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in SW Florida and might be interested in how it fared with hurricane Irma I have attached a link to an article in the local paper. They are in recovery mode but still without power and water. Attempts are being made to rescue orchids and other tropical plants that were growing on the centuries old trees. As you can see in the article the swamp sustained a lot of damage.
http://files.constantcontact.com/98312221301/e41769eb-227e-4910-8a03-b1c411448efb.pdf
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West Des Moines, IA and Bonita Springs, FL
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Date: 9/20/17 9:02 am
From: Dick Stilwell <dickstilwell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Irma and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

For those of you that have visited The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in SW Florida and might be interested in how it fared with hurricane Irma I have attached a link to an article in the local paper. They are in recovery mode but still without power and water. Attempts are being made to rescue orchids and other tropical plants that were growing on the centuries old trees. As you can see in the article the swamp sustained a lot of damage.
http://files.constantcontact.com/98312221301/e41769eb-227e-4910-8a03-b1c411448efb.pdf

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Date: 9/20/17 8:59 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Oatmeal
Good Morning
29 species observed from the upper deck this morning. (45 minutes)
Highlight Red Breasted Nuthatches

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 9/20/17 8:51 am
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] BWHA movement
This Sunday in Mitchell Co. I saw 175+ Broad-winged Hawks. I scoped a
kettle of 75 birds approximatley 2 miles away, giving me the heads-up that
they were on the move. I then spent considerable time simply looking
up...waiting, and was rewarded with another kettle of 100+ birds soaring
overhead, 1/2 mile high.

Randall Scheiner
Ely, IA

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Date: 9/20/17 8:11 am
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Broadwings on the move in Iowa City, Johnson County
Just stepped outside at work and had several hundred broad wings fly over
and still moving in smaller groups; winds are keeping them low today! :)
Towncrest area in Iowa City.

Adam Ciha
Hills, Iowa

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Date: 9/19/17 4:17 pm
From: Mary Gregory <magreg0ry...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Grammar Grove Hawk Watch results from Tuesday, Sept. 19
Turkey Vulture - 41

Osprey - 2

Bald Eagle - 4

Sharpshin - 22

Cooper's Hawk 2

Broadwing - 32

Redtail - 2

Peregrine 3

Buteo sp. - 2

Observers - Mark Proescholdt, Ken Gregory, Mary Ann Gregory, Diana Pesek

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Date: 9/18/17 7:31 pm
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hitchcock HawkWatch summary as of September 17
On the 17th the HawkWatch recorded over 100 individuals for the first time
this season. Diversity was good also with 11 species including the first
Goshawk. Only a third were turkey vultures with a good showing by
sharp-shins and broadwings (21 each). 3 of the 5 falcons were seen.

Season totals thus far:

Turkey Vulture-392

Osprey-54

Bald Eagle-36

Northern Harrier-9

Sharp-shinned Hawk-59

Cooper's Hawk-61

Northern Goshawk-1

Broad-winged Hawk-57

Red-tailed Hawk-51

Swainson's Hawk-4

American Kestrel-14

Merlin-10

Peregrine Falcon-14

Mississippi Kite-1

Unknown buteo-2

N=765



Jerry Toll

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Date: 9/18/17 4:04 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rails in Linn County


Birders
Late this afternoon a Virginia Rail was probing the mud at the boardwalk pond at Wickiup Hill.  There were also 3 Soras, 2 Muskrats and a Mink.
Also had a brief look at an almost certain Ammodramus sparrow. I favor Nelson's over LeConte's, but it will remain an unknown. 
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Date: 9/18/17 2:10 pm
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Monday migrants
Vacation and some birding time finally!

Between Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City (Johnson County) and Squaw Creek Park in Marion (Linn County) today I saw:
--2 Sharp-shinned Hawks--around 20 Broad-winged Hawks--1 Least Flycatcher--1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet--1 Swainson's Thrush--4 Vireo species --11 Warbler species (plus there were a couple of other species seen before I arrived at either location)
Nice overnight migration finally!
Diana PesekCedar Rapids

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Date: 9/18/17 4:35 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Broad-winged hawk migration
Yesterday, Hawk Ridge in Duluth recorded 26,000+ Broad-winged Hawks!

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 9/17/17 8:35 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Hawk County Birding
I spent some time at Hartman Reserve and George Wyth State Park today. 9
warbler species were seen. The highlights of which were: 1 Blue-winged
Warbler at Hartman, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler at both locations, 1
Black-throated Green Warbler at George Wyth, and 1 Magnolia Warbler at each
location. A Philadelphia Vireo was seen at Hartman as well. As I ended the
day at George Wyth I came across a tanager that was perched at the top of a
tree. It would catch bugs on the wing and then return to the same tree. The
tanager was seen in good light and appeared to be yellow as I looked at it
through my binoculars. I never got a good look at its wings. It looked good
for a first winter male Western Tanager to me, but without sufficient
pictures I can't be sure of the ID.

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 9/17/17 7:33 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Un-Fair birding
This morning before going to the last day of the Clay County Fair the
Jungers and I made a trip up around Spirit Lake and over to Little Swan Lake
in Dickinson County. An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was at Smith's Bay,
25 Forster's Terns and three Common Terns were at the Grade, and at Little
Swan Lake marsh we found Black-bellied Plover, Am Golden Plover, Stilt
Sandpipers, Dunlin, Red-necked Phalarope and an immature Little Blue Heron.
Other than that we didn't see much.



At the fair we identified Clydesdales, Belgians and Percherons; six of each
with attached wagons. All magnificent big horses of a different color. As
I type this fireworks signal the end of the 100th anniversary of the Clay
County Fair. Can't wait until next September!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 9/17/17 7:12 pm
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: hawks
Climbed onto the back roof tonight in the manner of Lee Schoenewe
(binoculars and red wine) and counted a few hawks, including my
first 7 migrant Broad-wingeds. Also 2 soaring Cooper's Hawks, and 1
fast, low-flying Peregrine. Nighthawks continue to move through,
including 61 more tonight.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City


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Date: 9/17/17 7:04 pm
From: Candace Havely <kansas592...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Van Buren County birds
Most notable, an Ovenbird was foraging under the feeders at the bird blind
in Lacey Keo SP. Other birds at the blind were the regulars: Hairy & Downy
WP, Tufted Titmice, BC Chickadees & several WB Nuthatches. Otherwise it was
quiet birding for me this a.m. with the exception of singing Carolina Wrens
& vocalizing Pileateds along the trail east of Ely Ford.

This afternoon in our yard in Bentonsport there were many Cedar Waxwings
(including juveniles), our resident Red-headed Woodpecker, our Carolina
Wrens, a few N. Parulas and a small flock of Chipping Sparrows.

The fall colors are starting to appear already in SE Iowa and there are
even some trees showing autumn colors on my block here in Waterloo when I
got back home. I love this time of year...

Candace Havely
Waterloo/Bentonsport
Black Hawk/Van Buren counties

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Date: 9/17/17 6:49 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whimbrel
A single Whimbrel was seen in Green Bay Bottoms on Saturday. According to
National Geographic birds, the plumage appeared to be that of a Juvenile.
I did not relocate the bird today.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 9/17/17 11:55 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Sunday afternoon
Avocets are still present off Jester campground 4. I counted 16 along with
4 Red-necked Phalaropes. There is also a Western Grebe off the dam with a
flock of coots.
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Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 9/17/17 11:06 am
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines Audubon Tuesday
Des Moines Audubon Program

Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.

The History of the Iowa State Preserves System

By John Pearson, Ecologist, Iowa DNR



Des Moines Audubon meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the lunchroom
of the Northwest Community Center, which is located at 51st and Franklin
Avenue in Des Moines. The Center is just west of Franklin Library. If you
have questions about the meeting place or the program, please contact Jane
Clark at 515-223-5047 or <jrclark...> .



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Date: 9/17/17 11:03 am
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Sunday morning
I took another lap around Saylorville this morning. Like the Sparkman's
noted, I also saw several groups of Gray Catbirds and good numbers of
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Other noteworthy birds included Blue-headed Vireo,
Wilson's Warbler, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Polk City WA. There were
also 2 Black-bellied Plovers at Oak Grove.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 9/17/17 9:34 am
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mesozoic birding


Birders 
On a recent trip to Oregon, my 10 y.o. grandson, a nascent paleobiologist, shared with me his new Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds, an informative text indeed.
Imagine, then, my surprise earlier this morning when I spied 2 Marsh's Neglected Birds (Iaceornis marshi)at Prairie Park Fishery in S.E. Cedar Rapids.  On further review, however, my mistaken identification proved to be a pair of Franklin's Gulls, early for this area.
Silly me.  The Mesozoic period ended years before I was even born!
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 


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Date: 9/17/17 8:01 am
From: <mkenne...>
Subject: [ia-bird] USNWR shorebirds
There's much more mud showing now, with Killdeer the most numerous
species today. There were a couple of molting adult Golden Plover on the
flats, as well as a juv Sanderling, and 11 Buff-breasted off in the
weeds. The oxygen level in B Pool bottomed out this week, so now there
are scores of "carp islands" for a pair of juv Red-necked Phalaropes to
swim "S"s and curly-Qs around.

The tour route is open until Wed the 20th.

Matthew Kenne

Algona, Iowa

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Date: 9/17/17 7:39 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler - Johnson county
Another male at Hickory Hill Park this morning, at the clearing north of
the retention dam, same location as last week.

Mark Brown
North Liberty

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Date: 9/17/17 7:17 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines River migrants
Hey I-Birders,

Karen and I walked with Harney along the Des Moines River this morning
and found a great deal of bird activity in the wake of last night's
thunderstorm. Large numbers of GRAY CATBIRDS and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS
were present, indicating migratory movement. More interesting, of course,
were the less abundant migrants. We had a nice look at a PHILADELPHIA
VIREO, and we tallied seven warbler species including AMERICAN REDSTART, N.
PARULA, YELLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE, BLACK AND WHITE, and WILSON'S
WARBLER. Also of interest were four CASPIAN TERNS heading south above the
river, a PEREGRINE FALCON cruising the river floodplain, and a MARSH WREN
in the cattails along the pond next to Tai Village. Hope you can get out
today and find some migrants of your own.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 9/16/17 4:39 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Aldo Leopold W.M.A
This morning,there was a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,4 GOLDEN PLOVERS and a BUFF-BREASTED S.mingling with some Killdeers in the field by the east parking lot. There was also a PEREGRINE F.and a MERLIN harassing the shorebirds in the area. Of non avian species, I enjoyed close looks at an Otter.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 9/16/17 3:53 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Birds- RBNU and Parula
Hey I-Birders,

Harney and I walked around Cherry Glen and Oak Grove picnic areas (E.
side of Saylorville Res., Polk Co.) this morning. At first it was
unusually quiet, though it may just have been too early. Eventually Cherry
Glen yielded a flock of little birds and I heard the tin trumpet of a
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. With a little patience I got great looks at it.
There were chickadees there, as well as two or three warblery things with
some yellowish plumage showing- perhaps a kinglet was present, though I
didn't hear one vocalize. Viewing conditions weren't great, and they
didn't linger. I did get glasses on one of the birds and was surprised to
see a NORTHERN PARULA, not something I'm used to seeing in fall migration.
There was nothing else that was too remarkable, though a single
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER on the narrow lakeshore north of the CG boat ramp was
noteworthy.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 9/16/17 11:00 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jester Park Campground #4 this a.m.
There were about a dozen American avocets among a group Canadian geese and
a large number of ducks this morning around 11am. They were well across
the river and a scope is needed to get a good look at them.

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Date: 9/16/17 10:13 am
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville this morning
I took a lap around Saylorville this morning, and saw the following birds
of interest:

Peregrine Falcon and the continuing juvenile Blue Grosbeak at Sandpiper

Orange-crowned Warbler, Least Flycatcher, and 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets at
Cherry Glen.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 9/15/17 8:26 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Woodcock & Sandhill Cranes- Washington County
While birding the Riverside Bike Trail today (Washington County), I flushed
an American Woodcock from a muddy creek bed. I was actually looking right
at it (it had froze) and didn't even notice it immediately, until it moved!
It was so well camouflaged. That was pretty cool, as they're hard to
actually see, but was also surprised to hear Sandhill Cranes calling (this
is a wooded trail) and looking up, saw 3 of them flying north(?). Also
spotted a Swainson's Thrush, TONS of Catbirds, Cedar Waxwings, and
hatch-year Indigo Buntings, among the usual birds. Not a single warbler!
Also a few migrating Monarchs. Pretty quiet overall, but maybe the north
winds this weekend will encourage some stronger migration.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 9/15/17 6:25 pm
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
Today I saw an immature or female SUMMER TANAGER in our yard in Des Moines.
We saw one last year on September 2.

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines
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Date: 9/15/17 2:17 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-15-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, September 9, through Friday,
September 15, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Black-throated Blue Warbler







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



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











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in the north pool of Zirbel Slough on
the 14th.









*EAST*:



LINN COUNTY:

A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Squaw Creek Park on the 11th.



BUCHANAN COUNTY:

A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Fontana Park on the 12th.









*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Greenbelt Lake on the 9th.







*CENTRAL:*



*MARSHALL COUNTY:*

*A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Grammar Grove WA on the 9th.*









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The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
September 22, 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: 9/15/17 7:27 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Merlin at HWA
One of my favorite birds, a MERLIN, is currently perched in a tree about 50 yards north of Swan Lake at Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County, toward west end of lake.

A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK also was in the area but was moving.

Diana Pesek
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Date: 9/15/17 6:50 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting- A note from the IOU List Serve Administrators


Discussion about Lock and Dam 14 and Eagles is closed. Please respect List Serve readers and do not post any more about this topic. It appears to be potentially controversial.



I would like to encourage all bird watchers to post to the IOU List Serve. Fall bird watching season is here. Warblers are migrating through and soon raptors will be flying South in larger numbers. It is informative and fun to read what everyone is seeing across the state and it takes everyone posting to keep the List Serve active.



Don’t hesitate to contact Linda Rudolph at <lgrudolph...><mailto:<lgrudolph...> if you have a question about posting or problems with posting.



Thank you,



Linda Rudolph

Coralville



Rick Hollis

Iowa City

IOU List Serve Co-Administrators



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Date: 9/15/17 3:53 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Cerro Gordo County
Additionally, even from the hill, the birds are out a considerable distance. It takes a good scope and the later afternoon light to be able to figure out what is out there.



Rita Goranson



From: 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD [mailto:<ia-bird...>]
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Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Cerro Gordo County



Warbler-watching has been pretty slow recently up here in northern Iowa (dry weather maybe?...I don't know), so headed over to Zirbel Slough to check on the shorebird situation Thursday evening. The slough is being drawn down, and this combined with our dry conditions has created ideal habitat.



The north pool of the slough held 10 species of shorebirds, but best of all, a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron was spotted in the far southeast corner of the pool. Best view of the north pool is scoping from the hill just north of the parking lot.





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Date: 9/14/17 11:12 pm
From: 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Cerro Gordo County
Warbler-watching has been pretty slow recently up here in northern Iowa (dry weather maybe?...I don't know), so headed over to Zirbel Slough to check on the shorebird situation Thursday evening. The slough is being drawn down, and this combined with our dry conditions has created ideal habitat.
The north pool of the slough held 10 species of shorebirds, but best of all, a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron was spotted in the far southeast corner of the pool. Best view of the north pool is scoping from the hill just north of the parking lot.

Betty LucasMason City

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Date: 9/14/17 8:03 pm
From: Michael Stark <iprint4u...>
Subject: [ia-bird] To the list
I have been e mailed by folks in the past asking me to never post on this list as I cannot speak or write or spell well enough for them, and am a embarrassment of bird knowledge. Then adding the line my photos were no good also. Which were posted with the intention of viewing pleasure for those not able to go out all the time to see birds. Now I see nothing can surprise me here. I have met Brandon at events in the past and never realized I had ever done anything to upset him.
And folks wonder why we are divided when we can't even begin to get along. I feel sorry for you folks with the attitude displayed here.

Mike Stark
Marion

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Date: 9/14/17 7:20 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] A day of good news.
Birders,

I could write a long and winded essay about how I vehemently and utterly
100% DO NOT SUPPORT THE POLES. I think I'll pass on the essay.

All I will say is the Mississippi River is flanked by thousands upon
thousands of mature trees. Lock & Dam 14 is a good place for the eagle
photographers (whom most are not birders, that's a fact) to feed all the
"starving" eagles on a nearly daily basis in the winter (...we'll, if the
lighting is good enough). The poles aren't about the eagles or their
well-being whatsoever. It's all about the photographers being happy. Let's
face it, if you have the kind of money to tote around a $30K camera to take
eagle pictures with, on a balmy Wednesday in December, you've got some sway
in erecting the utility poles that draw the eagle to you! Bon appetite!!!!!

Regards,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 8:57 PM Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> wrote:

> Jay Brooks (Quad Cities) called and asked for my thoughts on this idea,
> before he went forward.. Following the death and removal of the favorite
> eagle perch trees, I’m sure it will benefit returning eagles this winter..
> Kudos to the Corps of Engineers and Mid-American Energy for making this
> happen...
>
> Ty Smedes
>
> Ty Smedes Nature Photography
> 4732 72nd Street
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=4732+72nd+%0D+Street+Urbandale+Iowa+50322&entry=gmail&source=g>
> Urbandale
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=4732+72nd+%0D+Street+Urbandale+Iowa+50322&entry=gmail&source=g>
> Iowa 50322
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=4732+72nd+%0D+Street+Urbandale+Iowa+50322&entry=gmail&source=g>
> -1148
>
> www.smedesphoto.com
> phone #515-270-9086
>
> "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I
> have of it" - Thomas Jefferson
>
> *From:* Michael Stark <iprint4u...>
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:41 PM
> *To:* <ia-bird...>
> *Subject:* [ia-bird] A day of good news.
>
> Came home after work to watch a Coopers Hawk in my backyard trying to
> catch my little chipmunks on foot. Never saw that before! Jumping at them
> through the bushes and in general a act of frustration.
> Best news of all for those that photograph Eagles. Today at Lock & Dam #14
> Mid-American energy erected three telephone pole with perches for the
> Eagles to rest on, and eye their fish for the next meal. These replace the
> three large trees that died and were removed. Also a group is going to
> bring in and plant ten trees from the southern states that will hopefully
> take hold and grow in the poor fill dirt at the dam. A big thanks to Jay
> Brooks for heading up this effort.
>
> Link to story
> http://wqad.com/2017/09/14/local-photographers-hope-new-perches-by-lock-and-dam-14-attract-more-eagles/
>
> Mike Stark
> Marion
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Date: 9/14/17 6:57 pm
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] A day of good news.
Jay Brooks (Quad Cities) called and asked for my thoughts on this idea, before he went forward.. Following the death and removal of the favorite eagle perch trees, I’m sure it will benefit returning eagles this winter.. Kudos to the Corps of Engineers and Mid-American Energy for making this happen...

Ty Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
4732 72nd Street
Urbandale
Iowa 50322-1148

www.smedesphoto.com
phone #515-270-9086

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" - Thomas Jefferson

From: Michael Stark
Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:41 PM
To: <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] A day of good news.

Came home after work to watch a Coopers Hawk in my backyard trying to catch my little chipmunks on foot. Never saw that before! Jumping at them through the bushes and in general a act of frustration.
Best news of all for those that photograph Eagles. Today at Lock & Dam #14 Mid-American energy erected three telephone pole with perches for the Eagles to rest on, and eye their fish for the next meal. These replace the three large trees that died and were removed. Also a group is going to bring in and plant ten trees from the southern states that will hopefully take hold and grow in the poor fill dirt at the dam. A big thanks to Jay Brooks for heading up this effort.

Link to story http://wqad.com/2017/09/14/local-photographers-hope-new-perches-by-lock-and-dam-14-attract-more-eagles/

Mike Stark
Marion
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Date: 9/14/17 6:41 pm
From: Michael Stark <iprint4u...>
Subject: [ia-bird] A day of good news.
Came home after work to watch a Coopers Hawk in my backyard trying to catch my little chipmunks on foot. Never saw that before! Jumping at them through the bushes and in general a act of frustration.
Best news of all for those that photograph Eagles. Today at Lock & Dam #14 Mid-American energy erected three telephone pole with perches for the Eagles to rest on, and eye their fish for the next meal. These replace the three large trees that died and were removed. Also a group is going to bring in and plant ten trees from the southern states that will hopefully take hold and grow in the poor fill dirt at the dam. A big thanks to Jay Brooks for heading up this effort.

Link to story http://wqad.com/2017/09/14/local-photographers-hope-new-perches-by-lock-and-dam-14-attract-more-eagles/

Mike Stark
Marion

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Date: 9/14/17 5:50 pm
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone County Merlin
Birders,

This morning while checking some wetlands in northeast Boone County, I
enjoyed watching an American Kestrel chase a Merlin for nearly 15 minutes.
At first I thought it was two kestrels, but when both birds lit on some hay
bales I was able to get my spotting scope and confirm the Merlin. Watching
the birds made me think of two children chasing each other around the park!

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 9/13/17 2:15 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tripod head repair question
I have a Manfrotto R-128LP head under my tripod and the friction plate, which is what holds the scope in place vertically is getting loose and I need to replace. I can easily by replacement friction plate, but cannot figure out how to get to it the tripod.

If any one knows how to do this, let me know.


Rick Hollis
3524 Cumberland Ridge Rd NE
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Date: 9/13/17 8:56 am
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hitchcock Hawkwatch week of Sept. 5-12
Greetings all,

After a great start to the season with cool weather and NW winds to help, it
changed on the 7th with winds from the south and low numbers of migrating
raptors except turkey vultures. There are some notable exceptions. A
surprising number of early bald eagles and broad-winged hawks and we had our
first Mississippi Kite.

Season totals so far:

Turkey Vulture-285

Osprey-27

Bald Eagle-28

Northern Harrier-4

Sharp-shinned Hawk-28

Cooper's Hawk-51

Broad-winged Hawk-27

Red-tailed Hawk-37

Swainson's Hawk-1

American Kestrel-7

Merlin-5

Peregrine Falcon-2

Mississippi Kite-1

Unknown buteo-2

Total-505



Jerry Toll

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Date: 9/12/17 6:32 pm
From: Stan Buman <stan...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
If you decide to go with Canon, I have a 500mm f4 plus a 2x teleconverter for sale.

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On Sep 12, 2017, at 4:26 PM, Don Weiss <don.weiss2...><mailto:<don.weiss2...>> wrote:

Jake, I agree with everyone regarding lens choice. I have a 150-600 zoom that works pretty well for everything except eagles who like to congregate on the other side of the river.

As far as the D40, it's a pretty old camera with on about 6 megapixels. You would be better off getting a newer, but still used D3300 or D5300 or similar. You will have a lot more pixels to work with.

Don Weiss
Burlington, IA

On Sep 12, 2017, at 10:27 AM, Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...><mailto:<jwiese66...>> wrote:

Hey everyone I am looking for a good camera and I wanted to know if a Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens would be a good for birding and taking pictures of wildlife. I am new to photography thanks

Jake Wiese
Indianola



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Date: 9/12/17 2:26 pm
From: Don Weiss <don.weiss2...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
Jake, I agree with everyone regarding lens choice. I have a 150-600 zoom that works pretty well for everything except eagles who like to congregate on the other side of the river.

As far as the D40, it's a pretty old camera with on about 6 megapixels. You would be better off getting a newer, but still used D3300 or D5300 or similar. You will have a lot more pixels to work with.

Don Weiss
Burlington, IA

On Sep 12, 2017, at 10:27 AM, Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...><mailto:<jwiese66...>> wrote:

Hey everyone I am looking for a good camera and I wanted to know if a Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens would be a good for birding and taking pictures of wildlife. I am new to photography thanks

Jake Wiese
Indianola



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Date: 9/12/17 1:52 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] black-throated blue warbler
This afternoon about 1:45 while taking a group of fifth graders birding as a part of the Buchanan County annual 5th grade day we came across a male black throated blue warbler. It was with a red-breasted nuthatch and black and white warbler on a trail near the rental cabins at Fontana Park. It was cooperative and many of the kids got to see it. There is a foot bridge on near the lake. Before the bridge a trail goes left between tall white pines and a gully. It was near where the trail begins Small groups of birds were found on the trails throughout the wooded area. Nice area to hike and be out on a day like this. Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Date: 9/12/17 12:56 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Thanks for Help
I just wanted to say thanks for the ID help!!!!
Anne Sloth
Grundy County

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Date: 9/12/17 10:22 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
If you buying a camera primarily for birds, with a DSLR you need at least
300mm lens to be able to have any real chance at getting good results. The
birds still have to be fairly close, though. A 400mm lens will suffice
maybe 80-90% of the time, so that is where I would start. A 400mm with a
1.4x extender or a 500mm lens is what really gets you in the game, but that
is really getting pricey at that point.

Unless you are willing to commit significant $$$ to your bird photography,
I would otherwise recommend getting a "super-zoom" point-and-shoot camera.
Much smaller, lighter, easier to use and cheaper than going the DSLR route
with incredible zoom and picture quality. Canon and Nikon make some great
cameras in this category.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 9/12/17 8:33 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
For birds you need at least a 300mm with an extender. 400 or 500 mm is
better.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 9/12/17 8:27 am
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Nikon D40 Camera
Hey everyone I am looking for a good camera and I wanted to know if a Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm lens would be a good for birding and taking pictures of wildlife. I am new to photography thanks

Jake Wiese
Indianola



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Date: 9/12/17 6:14 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Alta Vista barn owls
Heard the owls calling again last night about 10:30 after a week of nothing. Seems like they stay quiet and in hiding on cooler nights, last night was actually the lowest temperature I've heard them in, but warmer than it has been.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, Ia
Chickasaw County

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Date: 9/11/17 1:55 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-Throated Blue and Kentucky Warblers in Linn Co.
Today, warbler numbers were only fair at Squaw Creek Park but a lot of walking yielded 19 species topped by a
male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER and skulking KENTUCKY WARBLER (last warbler of the day!). Also seen were Mourning,
Blue-winged, Yellow, N. Waterthrush and 2 Carolina Wrens (I've been hearing them everywhere.) Blackburnian-NOT.

The headline warblers were found after 11 a.m. in the S.W. section of the park. They were midway along the small
creek and trail that runs east and west in the timbered valley. A big parking lot and old fashioned restrooms mark
the west trailhead.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 9/11/17 1:15 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] possible swallow-tailed kite
Our Audubon chapter received a notice of what was described as a swallow-tailed kite at a farm SE of Independence at 2142 262nd St, The person watched it preen for two hours today, looked it up in a bird book, but didn’t have a camera at the time. It left the yard by the time we got this but may be in the area. Permission was granted to post the sighting in the hopes someone else may see it in the area and get a photo. The area is fairly wooded.

Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Date: 9/10/17 5:48 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Message From Website
Just to be clear, I am not the finder of this bird. Someone just reported it through the website.



From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf Of Ann Johnson
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Subject: [ia-bird] Message From Website



For anyone who is out wandering around tomorrow and wants to check this out…

“Just wanted to let you know that I believe I spotted a Curved Bill Thrasher at Red Feather Prairie at Saylorville Lake this weekend. I have a BS in Biology from U of Iowa and I am an avid outdoors person and I got a very good look at this bird and I knew it was not our usual Thrasher. I did not get a photo but I am confident in the sighting and wanted you to know FYI.”



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Norwalk, IA









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Date: 9/10/17 5:26 pm
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Message From Website
For anyone who is out wandering around tomorrow and wants to check this out.

"Just wanted to let you know that I believe I spotted a Curved Bill Thrasher
at Red Feather Prairie at Saylorville Lake this weekend. I have a BS in
Biology from U of Iowa and I am an avid outdoors person and I got a very
good look at this bird and I knew it was not our usual Thrasher. I did not
get a photo but I am confident in the sighting and wanted you to know FYI."



Ann Johnson

Norwalk, IA









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Date: 9/10/17 9:35 am
From: Mary Gregory <magreg0ry...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue
Yesterday, Sept 9 at Grammar Grove in Marshall County, I spotted a Black-throated Blue warbler. If you go west on a trail leading away from the camp ground, walk about ten yards and stop. That area was a hot bed of vireos, warblers, Swainson's thrush, and catbird. This was about 10 AM.


The hawk watch at Grammar Grove will start any time now, particularly Sept. 13-30.

Mary Ann Gregory

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Date: 9/10/17 8:16 am
From: <mkenne...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Union Slough NWR
It was very active at USNWR this morning- fewer shorebirds than
previously, but far more waterfowl, herons, coots, and swallows. At
least 4 Bald Eagles, 3 Harriers, and Peregrine were patrolling around B
Pool, making a mess of things every time I got settled into scanning the
crowds. The immature Peregrine was absolutely hating on one of the
Harriers for several minutes- along more than a quarter mile of
shoreline, the Harrier was harassed mercilessly like it was the
Peregrine's job. It literally flew rings around the Harrier at one
point! A single adult Black-bellied Plover stood out, a juv Red-necked
Phalarope weaved throughout a working flock of Greater Yellowlegs, and I
managed to get a count of 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at one point before
everything blew up (again!). I think the auto tour route is still open
throughout this week, but it's best to check before making a long drive.


Matthew Kenne

Algona, Iowa

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Date: 9/9/17 6:53 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sorry, 1 more ID help
Is this just an immature House Sparrow or some kind of hybrid?
Thanks again!!!!
Anne Sloth
Grundy County

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Date: 9/9/17 6:28 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] ID help
Hi again,
Are these birds winter wrens or just house wrens? If they are winter wrens
and there is the baby-do they migrate that young, or would they have nested
here?
Thanks much!
Anne Sloth
Grundy County

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Date: 9/9/17 4:43 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pelican Festival reminder
Just a final note to remind everyone of the annual Pelican Festival, held
tomorrow (Sunday) at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area on the NW side of Coralville
Lake. Hope some of you might be able to attend, or might be willing to
help visitors with pelican viewing by spotting scopes. The information
poster & site map is an attachment to this note.

Doug Harr
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Date: 9/9/17 3:44 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Juvenile TV
Every year we have TV nest close to us. All this summer a family of 3 has
sat in a half-dead cottonwood tree visible from our house. Got a few good
pics of the baby.
Anne Sloth
Grundy County
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Date: 9/9/17 11:37 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville migrants, Buffies
Hey I-Birders,

Karen and I walked with Harney at Cherry Glen and Oak Grove rec areas
(E. side of Saylorville Lake, Polk Co.). At Cherry Glen we found two BUFF
BREASTED SANDPIPERS and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER at the water's edge just
north of the boat ramp. In the picnic areas we found AMERICAN REDSTART, as
well as NASHVILLE, GOLDEN-WINGED (2), BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED
GREEN, BLACKBURNIAN, WILSON'S, and TENNESSEE WARBLERS. Beautiful day for
seeing migrants!

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 9/9/17 7:11 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler - Blackhawk co
There is currently a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at Greenbelt lake just off the main trail going towards the creek and about 20 yards or so from the creek. It's associated with a small group of other warblers.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 9/8/17 4:50 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. "Prairie Tanager"
I was having coffee on our back deck early this morning & looked up at the
top spire of a spruce tree in our yard, where virtually every resident or
migrating species likes to perch in the morning sun (I like to call it our
"bird throne"). At first glance it appeared goldfinch-like, except much
larger and with no wingbars. I grabbed the binoculars I always have with
me during coffee, and with a close look it was obviously an adult male *Scarlet
Tanager* already in winter plumage.

Ogden is a small open prairie town two miles from the nearest forest along
the Des Moines River, so I've never seen a SCTA here in town before. But
it was sure nice to add this "prairie tanager" to our yard list!

Doug Harr
Ogden, IA

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Date: 9/8/17 4:21 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Ovenbird Iowa City
Gail Heater and I also saw an Ovenbird around lunch time at the Port Louisa
Headquarters (Louisa County) today on the lower part of the trail.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside

On Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:49:11 PM UTC-5, EA wrote:
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Date: 9/8/17 3:49 pm
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ovenbird Iowa City
I was quite surprised by a quick glimpse of an Ovenbird underneath my
feeders this afternoon.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 9/8/17 3:40 pm
From: Danny Akers <BirdManDan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fw: [mou-net] Lark Bunting - Nobles County
Hi All,


Just catching up with this report of two LARK BUNTINGS on the Osceola, IA / Nobles, MN county lines yesterday. This would be along 100th St. roughly between Starling and Taft Avenues on the Osceola Co., Iowa side.


Danny Akers

Ames


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At about 4:00 PM Thursday we found a Lark Bunting perched on a powerline
along 100th Street about 2 miles east of Lake Bella State WMA in eastern
Nobles County. This is the state line and the bird was 1st observed while
perched on the Iowa side of the road and then it flew into the corn field
on north side and was joined by another Bunting and they flew off to the
west towards the WMA.

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Date: 9/8/17 1:16 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-8-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, September 2, through Friday,
September 8, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**FERRUGINOUS HAWK**







-Additional Species Mentioned

Ruddy Turnstone

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Red Crossbill

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Central)







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



WORTH COUNTY:

6 RED CROSSBILLS were seen flying over Elk Creek Marsh on the 1st.









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at the “magic corner” of Hickory
Hill Park on the 8th.











*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Pinchey Bottoms on the 5th. 2 were present on
the 7th.









*CENTRAL:*



*BOONE COUNTY:*

*A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Ledges SP on the 2nd.*



*STORY COUNTY:*

*A EURASIAN TREE SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Ames on the 5th.*







*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*2 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS were seen near Cayler Prairie on the 4th. *













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The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
September 15, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
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Date: 9/8/17 7:10 am
From: Mark Brown <markb249...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler - Johnson county
Male seen a short time ago at the "Magic Corner" of Hickory Hill Park, in
the clearing just north of the retention dam.

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Date: 9/7/17 6:44 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Pinchey Bottoms- Marion Co.
Pinchey Bottoms is about dried up and is basically a huge mudflat with a few puddles of shallow water. There were about 400 shorebirds remaining this evening.. A young Peregrine Falcon and an adult female Taiga Merlin kept the frantic shorebirds scattered then they decided to chase each other. The feisty Merlin also took some swipes at a Northern Harrier. Despite the low number of shorebirds the diversity was good with 14 total species. Highlights were two Ruddy Turnstones and 13 Sanderlings. At sunset the birds finally settled down and grouped together in a puddle right off the boat ramp, allowing for great scope views. I don't think they will be there for much longer.


Good birding...


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Norwalk, IA

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Date: 9/7/17 5:38 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Rail lifer.....not!
On Labor Day I posted adding the Black Rail to my life list and my Dickinson
County list. Today I am officially rescinding both of those designations.
Although I am one of the last people on earth who is not on Bookface, I am
privy to the photos Joe took and posted of what I now believe is the same
dark rail I had a brief encounter with that day. Thank goodness for
talented photographers and the evidence for further review their efforts
provide. Good learning occurs for the curious and open-minded among us. I
now know much more about Black Rail than I ever did and one day I will
indeed find one most likely by hearing it. Reading from my Bent series
books is always enlightening and the entries for rails were quite
entertaining. At least we now have photos instead of lead shot for the
study of birds.



I still do not know what the bird is that Joe photographed. The bird I saw
did not have the size or beak of an immature (dark) Virginia Rail so that
suggestion does not hold water for me. A melanistic Sora is my best guess
with the white streaking instead of speckling on the back but my problem
there is that the wings in the photos are not as long as I expect them to be
for a Sora. A melanistic Yellow Rail would, I believe, still have white
patches on the trailing edge of the wings so although the size, shape and
wings would all be good that is out, too. In my search for discovery the
best match I came up with was an Australian Spotted Crake! But, I am not
going to count it as that either!



I will be documenting and am confident about the immature light phase
Ferruginous Hawk, a beautiful bird. It is #301 for me for Dickinson County
and that is a very respectable number. May all of you see a bird that you
need to research and learn more about to be certain of your ID!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 9/7/17 7:07 am
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Red-breastedNuthatches in Kossuth Co
We are seeing the Red-breasted NH's
in Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co., too.

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City

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> On Sep 6, 2017, at 5:47 PM, <mkenne...> wrote:
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> There were at least a half-dozen RBNU foraging around Riverview Cemetery in Algona this afternoon. I suppose they might wander and overwinter in family groups for teaching purposes?
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Date: 9/7/17 5:26 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds yesterday
Only had 2 species in the morning but by dark had added another 9 species.
Had a Canada right before dark. Also Swainson and Gray Cheek Thrushes.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 9/6/17 3:47 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Red-breastedNuthatches in Kossuth Co
There were at least a half-dozen RBNU foraging around Riverview Cemetery
in Algona this afternoon. I suppose they might wander and overwinter in
family groups for teaching purposes?

Matthew Kenne

Algona, Iowa

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Date: 9/5/17 5:44 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Ames
Hi All,

While sitting on my patio enjoying this wonderful fall evening, a EURASIAN TREE SPARROW briefly appeared at the feeders in my Ames yard. I presume this is the same bird I had several weeks ago. If anything, it has shown it's not super reliable and I'll update if anything changes on that front.

Some other fun yard observations this evening: 70+ Chimney Swifts (flying northwest), 5 f/imm. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 1 Carolina Wren, and Tennessee, Bay-breasted, Nashville Warblers and American Redstarts.

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 9/5/17 3:44 pm
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise ((Iowa DNR)
Barn Owls have had a good nesting season in Iowa! See forward article
below:

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Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 12:24 PM
Subject: Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise ((Iowa DNR)
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State wildlife experts are crediting a series of mild winters and an
abundance of meadow vole prey in grasslands for a nesting boon for barn
owls, primarily across southern Iowa.

So far this summer, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has
received 25 reports of barn owl nests, most coming in the last three weeks,
including a nest in Chickasaw County which is the first report since before
1960. This is the fourth year in a row that the number of reported nesting
barn owls has increased. The barn owl has no federal listing, but is listed
as a state endangered species in Iowa.

“This is really great news that things are going well for barn owls,” said
Bruce Ehresman, wildlife biologist with the Iowa DNR.

He said many of the calls are coming from ag producers who find the owls
nesting in their grain bins or silos while preparing to move products. He
said grain bins are perfect for nesting barn owls – the structure keeps
invaders, like raccoons, out and keeps the young in, until they can fly.
Owls aren’t too picky, he said. They will nest on the floor of the bin or
on top of any grain stored within it.

“What we have been telling farmers is that if they can wait for a week or
two, the owls will likely fledge and the issue will resolve itself. Once
the birds are gone, owners can close off the owl entry points to prevent
them from again using the grain bin as a nesting site,” Ehresman said.

He said the producer should call their local conservation officer or
wildlife biologist to report nesting barn owls, and if waiting for young to
fledge is not an option, then there may be an opportunity to work with a
local wildlife rehabilitator.

“We really would like to leave the young alone if at all possible. Moving
them is the absolute last resort,” he said. “We want to minimize nest
disturbance to avoid having the adult abandon the nest, and we strongly
encourage birders who are looking to add barn owl to their list to view
them from a distance.”

Since the owls are using the area to rear their young, Ehresman has been
encouraging producers to install a nesting box as an alternative to the
grain bin. The Iowa DNR has information to build and install barn owl boxes
on its website at
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Date: 9/5/17 3:31 pm
From: Joe Jungers <lotusjungers...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Black Rail/Ferruginous Hawk on Labor Day
After Lee called me yesterday about the Black Rail and Ferruginous Hawk I headed to Cayler Prairie to try to find them. I was able to find one of the two Ferruginous Hawks so, as it was approaching dusk I decided to try for the rail. I brought my camera with the slim hope that I could get a photo of it. The grass was tall and the water was deeper than my boots but with Karla's help the rail flushed and without even raising the camera to my eye, I pointed towards it and started snapping pictures. I managed to get 3 okay photos of the Black Rail, which was more than I hoped for. That's not even the craziest part. Today I saw a group of migrants; Blue-headed Vireo, Canada Warbler, Chestnut-side Warbler ect. so I decided to go search for other migrants. I crossed the bridge and started walking the CRP along the creek and from the same area where I have been seeing Virginia Rail and Sora for the past few weeks a small dark, white specked rail flushed three feet in front of me. It was without a doubt a Black Rail. I'm not sure how often they come through here in migration but last fall I flushed a small sparrow sized dark rail while combining corn but having never seen a Black Rail I talked myself out of it being a possibility. After positively identifying the one yesterday I am certain that was a Black Rail last fall as well.

Joe Jungers
Sioux County

> On Sep 4, 2017, at 7:18 PM, Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...> wrote:
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> Thanks to Karen Disbrow and Bob Cruden I added two great birds to my Dickinson County list today on Labor Day. Black Rail was a lifer for me and for Karen.
>
> The story goes that I missed a voicemail yesterday on our land line from Karen about having seen what she believed were Ferruginous Hawks(2) near Cayler Prairie in Dickinson County. Nancy and I took a hike at the Freda Hafner Kettlehole this morning of our own accord and then visited the local Labor Day flea markets at the lakes. Upon arriving home mid-afternoon I did get a second message from Karen this time about not only the hawks seen again today but that Bob had flushed a Black Rail last night when taking an evening water temperature reading in a small wetland near Cayler Prairie. The data gathering is why they were out that way in the first place.
>
> I met them late this afternoon at the wetland (which is just northwest of the T intersection of 170th St. and 170th Ave) and while Bob was sampling the water temperature and with Karen watching from dry ground I waded around the far side in the weedy water edge and kicked out a small dark rail who flew out over the water and back again. I also played the tape call several times in the wind but got no response from that. Coming back around the wetland I also kicked up a Sora which gave a good size and coloring perspective.
>
> Then as they drove back to Lakeside Lab I got a call from Karen that they had seen the Ferruginous Hawks again and they were headed my way as I had driven north to go around the section to the east side of Cayler Prairie. As I came south to the eastside power station a large light hawk flew off a telephone pole and in my binoculars I could see it was a light juvenile Ferruginous. I got the scope on it and watched for several minutes as it hovered and hunted over the grassland.
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> What a beautiful bird and what a wonderful Labor Day to remember!!
>
> Lee A. Schoenewe
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Date: 9/5/17 11:04 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Granger Sandhill Cranes are back
The Sandhill Cranes have returned to their south-of-Granger fall staging area. I didn’t see them, but heard them while nearby at Beaver Bottoms Wetland (just to the north) each of the past 2 days.. Crops are still in the fields, and it sounded like they were on the grassy hillside just north of the Brenton feedlot.

Ty Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
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Urbandale
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Date: 9/5/17 6:49 am
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hitchcock Hawkwatch Sept 4
Turkey Vulture- 16

Osprey- 1

Bald Eagle- 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk- 1

Coopers Hawk- 2

Broad-winged Hawk- 1

Red-tailed Hawk- 3

Peregrine Falcon- 1

AM. Kestrel- 2

N=28



Diversity is picking up despite a smoke-filled sky all day.

Jerry Toll

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Date: 9/4/17 6:46 pm
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds near Boone - including Peregrine Falcon
Today while laboring over a door on sawhorses, I saw the reflection of an
angular soaring bird in the glass. A new way to spot birds while otherwise
attempting to be "productive". After spinning around and locating it in the
smoky sky, I was pretty sure it was a Peregrine Falcon. It disappeared
over the tree tops, but I ran to get my binoculars hoping for a better
view. I relocated it to the south and it took a crazy acrobatic dive, and
then faced north to gain altitude and came closer. I couldn't really make
out the mustache but I could see a lighter throat. The shape, power and
darkness overall on the underside made it a Peregrine Falcon - new "yard "
bird #173.

Elsewhere in the yard, we had 5 male Baltimore Orioles, a female and a
handful of juveniles. Unlike reports from northern and eastern Iowa,
warblers have been thin, but that could change tonight. We've regularly
seen a Redstart, Common Yellowthroats are still around, and yesterday a
Magnolia Warbler.

Karl Jungbluth
2 miles south of Boone and the IMCA Supernationals (identified by ear)

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Date: 9/4/17 5:18 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black Rail/Ferruginous Hawk on Labor Day
Thanks to Karen Disbrow and Bob Cruden I added two great birds to my
Dickinson County list today on Labor Day. Black Rail was a lifer for me and
for Karen.



The story goes that I missed a voicemail yesterday on our land line from
Karen about having seen what she believed were Ferruginous Hawks(2) near
Cayler Prairie in Dickinson County. Nancy and I took a hike at the Freda
Hafner Kettlehole this morning of our own accord and then visited the local
Labor Day flea markets at the lakes. Upon arriving home mid-afternoon I did
get a second message from Karen this time about not only the hawks seen
again today but that Bob had flushed a Black Rail last night when taking an
evening water temperature reading in a small wetland near Cayler Prairie.
The data gathering is why they were out that way in the first place.



I met them late this afternoon at the wetland (which is just northwest of
the T intersection of 170th St. and 170th Ave) and while Bob was sampling
the water temperature and with Karen watching from dry ground I waded around
the far side in the weedy water edge and kicked out a small dark rail who
flew out over the water and back again. I also played the tape call several
times in the wind but got no response from that. Coming back around the
wetland I also kicked up a Sora which gave a good size and coloring
perspective.



Then as they drove back to Lakeside Lab I got a call from Karen that they
had seen the Ferruginous Hawks again and they were headed my way as I had
driven north to go around the section to the east side of Cayler Prairie.
As I came south to the eastside power station a large light hawk flew off a
telephone pole and in my binoculars I could see it was a light juvenile
Ferruginous. I got the scope on it and watched for several minutes as it
hovered and hunted over the grassland.



What a beautiful bird and what a wonderful Labor Day to remember!!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 9/4/17 3:24 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds
10 species of warblers today but best bird a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 9/2/17 4:00 pm
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler
Hey Birders,

I saw a Black-throated Blue Warbler today at Ledges State Park, Boone Co.
Completely unexpected lifer! It was in a small flock of 4 warblers and
they were on the move, so I didn't see it for long.

Other than that, didn't see too many warblers. A few Magnolia Warblers and
Chestnut-sided Warblers.

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Date: 9/1/17 9:38 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mitchell / Worth Co. birds - 9/1
Hi All,

I briefly hit a couple locations in Mitchell and Worth counties this afternoon/evening after work.

Spring Park near Osage in Mitchell Co. held one of the coolest warbler flocks / experiences I've had in recent memory, with 70+ Warblers of 14 species literally dripping out of the foliage in one small area of the park. Of note here was a female CERULEAN and 2 BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, but also excellent numbers of Golden-winged, Black-and-White, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, and nearly 30 Chestnut-sided. 2 Pileated Woodpeckers here were also noteworthy.

At Elk Creek Marsh in Worth Co., the most noteworthy observation was a vocal flyover flock of 6 RED CROSSBILLS. These were along the mowed path, east of the parking area at the north end of Evergreen Ave. (Crossbills have been on my radar for a couple weeks with the considerable movement of this species in Minnesota right now). A similar variety (albeit considerably lower numbers) of Warblers were present in the area here as well, with Black-and-White and Bay-breasted being most numerous. I flushed a covey of 23 Gray Partridge on my way out of the area.

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 9/1/17 4:30 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 9-1-17
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, August 26, through Friday, September
1, 2017:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)











CASUAL:

*KING RAIL*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Mississippi Kite

American Avocet

Western Sandpiper

Ruddy Turnstone

Hooded Warbler





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



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





*EAST*:



JACKSON COUNTY:

2 KING RAILS were seen along Fish Lake Rd at Green Island WMA on the 29th.
One was seen again on the 30th.









*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A HOODED WARBLER was seen in a back yard in Waterloo on the 27th.





*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

4 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Pinchey Bottoms on the 26th.



2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS were seen at Pinchey Bottoms on the 27th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Saylorville on the 26th. It was seen again
on the 27th. *



*2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen flying over NW Des Moines on the 1st.*







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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
September 8, 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: 9/1/17 11:19 am
From: Ulrike G <ulrikedg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Missippi Kites, NW DSM
Nadia & I found a pair of Mississippi Kites circling above the corner of
Meredith and Merle Hay. I reported it on eBird. One Kite was still there
when I drove by 15 minutes ago.

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Date: 9/1/17 5:28 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Parkers Woods
Thirteen species of warblers at the park yesterday, however all in just one
small flock of warblers going through the park. A gray cheeked thrush and
otherwise it was rather quiet.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 8/31/17 8:06 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Weather condition and forecast page at Windy.com
Hopefully those winds are blowing all the jaegers on Lake Michigan to Iowa!

Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:03 PM Gerald White <apuffin...> wrote:

> Forgot to mention that click anywhere for detailed forecast
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>> https://www.windy.com/?41.405,-91.032,5
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Date: 8/31/17 8:03 pm
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Weather condition and forecast page at Windy.com
Forgot to mention that click anywhere for detailed forecast

On Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:01:38 PM UTC-5, Gerald White wrote:
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> The best site I have found for weather info. Also has an IPhone / Android
> App called Windyty.
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> https://www.windy.com/?41.405,-91.032,5
> Gerald White
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Date: 8/31/17 8:01 pm
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Weather condition and forecast page at Windy.com
The best site I have found for weather info. Also has an IPhone / Android
App called Windyty.

https://www.windy.com/?41.405,-91.032,5
Gerald White

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Date: 8/30/17 4:50 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] new yard bird in Johnston
I saw a new yard/county/state/ABA/lifer bird this afternoon, although
getting IOU Records Committee approval could be problematic. A female
Common Peafowl showed up at my feeders. It actually wasn't a big surprise,
as she's been hanging out with a female Wild Turkey about 200 yards from my
house for about a month. She showed up with four turkeys (two adults and
two youngsters) at my place. Nobody has any idea where she came from,
although I'm sure she's a natural vagrant from Sri Lanka.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 8/30/17 2:36 pm
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] King Rails Green Island
One KIRA was relocated by another birder today at 1230 and viewed and photographed by myself at 3. It was located on the east side of Fish Lake Rd. just south of the 2nd small parking area.
Tony Moline
Dubuque

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Date: 8/30/17 2:33 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] More good birds at Ledges SP (Boone Co.)
This morning I hiked up the canyon road at Ledges State park. It has been
closed all year because of a spring storm road wash-out, so there are NO
cars in this normally swamped part of the park. In three hours I saw only
4 hikers, 2 runners and 4 bicyclists, and the canyon was so quiet it was
almost a wilderness-like experience. Nice early weekday mornings since
schools started have made birding outstanding here.

Lots of birds were observable and even hearable. Some of today's best were:
Black-billed Cuckoo (FOY for me--foraging in sunlit tree 20 yards away)
Yellow-throated Vireo--2
Blue-headed Vireo--3
Warbling Vireo--1
Philadelphia Vireo--1 (foraging near a Red-eyed, for *great* comparison!)
Red-eyed Vireo--nearly uncountable numbers
Carolina Wren--3 (all singing loudly in different areas)
Black & White Warbler--3
Tennessee Warbler--2
Nashville Warbler--2
American Redstart--6+
Chestnut-sided Warbler--2
Wilson's Warbler--1
(Unidentifiable warblers--several moving in thick leaves and hard to see)
Scarlet Tanager--2

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 8/30/17 9:56 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sept 5
Joyce and I are hosting the Sept potluck for Audubon. If any birders in the
area would like to come, you are welcome. It would give you a chance to see
the yard where I do a lot of my photography. Bring a dish and service if
you would like to eat. Also bring your cameras.
RSVP so I can make sure to have enough tables and chairs.

Jim Durbin
1460 Douglas Court
Marion Ia 52302
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Date: 8/30/17 7:10 am
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Nighthawk movement
There also was a huge flight over Mason City last night. From the
roof of our house, Tammy and I estimated 950 nighthawks between 6pm
and nightfall. Also, many Franklin's Gulls in the air, and warblers
in the trees.

Paul Hertzel
Mason City


At 06:13 AM 8/30/2017, 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD wrote:
>Last evening, just across the border in Rock Island, Illinois, while
>taking my weekly nosework class with the pup I saw a flock of around
>50 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS moving southward.
>Diana Pesek

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Date: 8/30/17 7:08 am
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] King Rails Green Island
On Saturday I saw a bird that was heavily backlit along Fish Lake Rd that gave me the impression of a large rail. We got out of the car to put a scope on it to get better details and the bird flushed. On Monday, Bob Walton emailed me to inform me he saw a King Rail on the opposite side of Fish Lake Rd. Yesterday, Ethan and Cindy Brown found and photographed two KIRA on Fish Lake Rd. I believe this road closes on Friday Moline
Dubuque
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Date: 8/30/17 4:13 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Nighthawk movement
Last evening, just across the border in Rock Island, Illinois, while taking my weekly nosework class with the pup I saw a flock of around 50 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS moving southward.

Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 8/29/17 8:58 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: 2017 CyHawk Big Day Fundraiser for Iowa Audubon
To all Iowa Birders:

I'm forwarding Eric Ollie's Big Bluestem Audubon email from Aug. 8 (see
below). This is a full description of the coming Sept. 17 CyHawk Birding
Challenge fundraiser, plus an attached set of rules for participants. The
Iowa City Bird Club has asked that I forward Eric's note statewide so that
Hawkeye birders have all the same information as Cyclone birders. I've
edited contact information to Eric's note, adding instructions for Hawkeye
birders on how to sign up.

Doug Harr
Iowa Audubon

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From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>

Greetings!

The 2017 CyHawk Big Day will be held on Sunday, September 17th.

Teams of birders will bird for either the Cyclones (Big Bluestem Audubon
Society) or the Hawkeyes (Iowa City Bird Club). The side that builds the
highest cumulative total of bird species in that 24-hour period (midnight
to midnight) will win the coveted Kent-Dinsmore Trophy and bragging rights
for the next year. Each team must have at least two people and two people
must identify each bird for it to count. As long as all other rules
(attached) are being followed, you can bird for 24 minutes or for 24 hours
(anywhere in Iowa), as long or as short as you like. Any help could be the
effort that puts us over the top!

To bird for BBAS and the Cyclones, register by emailing Eric Ollie at
<uphawkeye...>

​To bird for ICBC and the Hawkeyes, register by sending a text message to
Karen Disbrow's cell phone at *319-​430-0315*.

This year we are doing something special. Each participant will need to pay
a $5.00 entrance fee. All money raised will be donated to Iowa Audubon!

Send your $5.00/person entrance fee to Eric Ollie at:

1512 Ridgewood Ave
Ames, IA 50010

​If you are birding for the Cyclones, send (or give) a $5.00 entrance fee
*check* (payable to *Iowa Audubon*) to Karen Disbrow at:

1917 I Street
Iowa City, IA 52240-2038

Big Bluestem and the Cyclone birders have lost to ICBC and the Hawkeye
birders for the first three years of this competition
​.​
. If there is any way that you can help out
​ *either* team​
and raise money for Iowa Audubon it would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks!

Eric Ollie
BBAS President

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Date: 8/29/17 2:01 pm
From: cindy wilson <birdercw...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-and-white warbler in Harrison county Iowa
Black-and-white warbler at our house Missouri Valley-Harrison county Iowa. The bird was taking a bath in our wheel barrel that had some rocks and some water from working in the garden.
Cindy Wilson

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Date: 8/29/17 1:35 pm
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Waterworks Park Warblers - Polk County
Over my lunch hour at Des Moines Waterworks Park, I was able to find 8 species of warbler in about 15 minutes:

Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Bay-breasted (FOY)
Blackburnian
Chestnut-sided
Black-and-White
American Redstart

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 8/29/17 10:46 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting- Hawkeye WMA Open to Canada Goose/Teal Hunting until Sept 20th
I thought those who frequent Hawkeye WMA in Swisher might want to be aware
that they are having a special hunting season for Canada Geese and an
experimental season for Teal. Below is the release from the DNR. ~Fawn

Refuge on Hawkeye Wildlife Area open for teal, special September Canada
goose seasons

Swisher, Iowa - The wildlife refuge section of the Hawkeye Wildlife Area on
the west side of the Coralville Reservoir will be open to hunting until
Sept. 20, to allow hunters access to public hunting areas for the special
September Canada goose season for the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids zone as
well as for the experimental teal season.

“The purpose of the season is to reduce the population of resident Canada
geese in the corridor and the wildlife refuge covers a sizable portion
within the zone on the public area. By opening the refuge, we can provide
hunter access that we believe will help reduce the number of local Canada
geese,” said Tim Thompson, wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR.

The DNR has maps with the special September Canada goose zone boundaries
highlighted online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Migratory-Game-Birds
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Beginning Sept. 20, no hunting for any species will be allowed in the
refuge to allow waterfowl and other birds a place to rest during the fall
migration.

*Media Contact*: Tim Thompson, Wildlife Biologist, Iowa Department of
Natural Resources, 319-330-7013.

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Date: 8/28/17 8:05 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone & Story Co. warblers & flycatchers
Birding at Ledges State Park (Boone) and Emma McCarthy Lee City Park (Ames)
this morning, I managed to find a nice variety of mostly woodland birds.
Some of the best I observed today were as follows (L=Ledges; E=Emma Lee
Park):

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (L)
Red-headed Woodpeckers (L)--at least 5
Olive-sided Flycatcher (L)
Acadian Flycatcher (L)
Least Flycatcher (L & E)--at least 18-20
Philadelphia Vireo (L)
Carolina Wren (L)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (L)--2
Swainson's Thrush (L)
Golden-winged Warbler (L)
B&W Warbler (E)
Nashville Warbler (L & E)
Mourning Warbler (L)
American Redstart (L & E)--lots!
Scarlet Tanager (L)

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 8/28/17 7:01 pm
From: Lee Schoenewe <lschoe...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Birthday birding and birthday bird
Sunday morning the Prairie Lakes Audubon Bird Club helped me celebrate my
birthday with a field trip to the Kettleson Hogsback area and the Spirit
Lake Grade and Mini Wakan SP in Dickinson County. While we saw nothing too
unusual we had good weather and great comradery. At the Grade there were 38
Forster's Terns for a good migration concentration and one immature Common
Tern looking like it was left out of the tern group. Warblers were only a
handful of expected species and time ran out before we could travel to
Little Swan Lake for shorebirds. With all the recent rain there may not
have been much mudflat shore left open.



Towards the end of the day and before a badly needed nap I did finally find
two Buff-breasted Sandpipers sneaking around in a weed patch at the local
sod farm. I had not found them despite searching regularly this year so I
was happy to see them and declare them the "Birthday Bird of 2017"!



Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Date: 8/27/17 7:07 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hummingbird v.s. Hooded Warbler in my yard.
While playing with my son T.J. in our back yard early this evening, I noticed a R.T. Hummingbird persistently chasing another small bird in our Dwarf Cherry tree. I went to investigate and get a closer look and was surprised to see it was a HOODED WARBLER! It briefly perched on our fence and was able to see the white edges on the tail and a faint hood.It appeared to be a 1st year female.The hummingbird continued to harass the H. Warbler and eventually drove it off.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone, Waterloo

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Date: 8/27/17 11:38 am
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville area birds
This morning Stuart and I took Harney the wonder dog to Saylorville, where
we checked the beaches, then walked both picnic areas at Cherry Glen and
Oak Grove. A RUDDY TURNSTONE and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER continued at
Cherry Glen, with the Turnstone flying in to Oak Grove while we were there.
We found some mixed flocks at the picnic areas that included 7 species of
warblers, including 3 CANADA WARBLERS, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, single
WILSON'S, BLACK-AND-WHITE, and TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and at least 10
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS.

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines

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Date: 8/27/17 10:43 am
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Barred Owl Encounter
On my morning walk along Beaver Creek, behind IPTV in Johnston, I came upon a Barred Owl, no more than 30ft from the path, and no more than 4ft off the ground. He was perched facing me, with his head swiveled 180 degrees to the rear, gazing into the meadow behind. I started talking to him, and he slowly swiveled his head around, to take a look at me.. I thought he would flush when I resumed walking down the trail, but he barely looked as I departed.. So many birds become especially frightened when the perceived threat is above them, but this individual was apparently quite used to human traffic along the trail.. And interesting encounter...


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Date: 8/27/17 5:29 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds Aug 26
Had 7 species of warblers plus Red-vireos and a Veery. Blackburnian and
Hooded best warblers.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 8/26/17 11:58 am
From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pinchey Bottoms Shorebirds- Marion Co.
I ran into Tommy Stone at Pinchey Bottoms this morning and we spent a couple of hours sifting through the 2000 or so shorebirds that were present. We ended up with 17 species, including 41 (!!) Red-necked Phalaropes, 4 American Avocets, 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 1 Wilson's Phalarope, and 1 Sanderling. Pectoral, Least, and Stilt Sandpipers were the predominant species present.


Good birding...


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Norwalk, IA

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Date: 8/26/17 9:25 am
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Shorebirds at Saylorville this morning
This morning at Saylorville the following shorebirds of interest were at Saylorville:

Ruddy Turnstone at Sandpiper beach
Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the south end of Oak Grove beach
Sanderlings at Sandpiper, Oak Grove, and Cherry Glen
Bairds Sandpiper at Oak Grove

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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