IA-BIRD
Received From Subject
4/21/18 7:36 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Mason City osprey
4/21/18 6:34 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night-Heron at Cedar Rapids
4/21/18 3:01 pm EA <eaubrey...> RE: [ia-bird] yard
4/21/18 2:28 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal, Jefferson (new locale)
4/21/18 11:17 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] yard
4/21/18 10:11 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Caspian Tern
4/21/18 9:56 am Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swan in Black Hawk Co.
4/21/18 9:19 am Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake
4/21/18 9:12 am Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Broad-wing Hawks
4/21/18 8:57 am James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Pine warbler Hawkeye Wildlife Refuge
4/21/18 8:44 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loon
4/21/18 7:57 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Coffee and oatmeal birds and more
4/20/18 7:56 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Des Moines Green Heron
4/20/18 7:51 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Two Winter Birds Still Around in Linn/Johnson Counties
4/20/18 6:42 pm Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh passerines
4/20/18 6:13 pm Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Yard bird
4/20/18 5:21 pm Stan Buman <stan...> [ia-bird] Swan Lake State Park - Carroll County
4/20/18 3:51 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] McFarland and Loons
4/20/18 3:29 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow
4/20/18 2:56 pm 'jacobtee' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwits-- Warren Co.
4/20/18 2:28 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-20-18
4/20/18 2:18 pm Dan Cohen <bccbdan...> [ia-bird] invasion
4/20/18 2:05 pm jody millar <jmillar...> [ia-bird] Horned grebes, Ruddy Ducks at Lost Grove Lake, Scott County
4/20/18 12:06 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh highlights today
4/20/18 12:06 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone County woodcock and more
4/20/18 11:25 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon (photo) in Linn Co.
4/20/18 8:55 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Polk County ibis
4/19/18 8:54 pm Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] FW: Mew Gull - Scott Co. 4/18
4/19/18 7:56 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwits and more
4/19/18 6:26 pm Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit AND Whimbrel - Fairfield Airport
4/19/18 4:50 pm <mkenne...> [ia-bird] bird behavioral (rhetorical) question
4/19/18 4:20 pm Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] LARGE NEST... EAGLE or GBH
4/19/18 2:41 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit
4/19/18 2:28 pm Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Sora, Johnson County
4/19/18 12:48 pm Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit, Roberts Creek, Marion Co
4/19/18 11:31 am Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - Woodbury Co
4/19/18 11:27 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Birds near Bjorkboda Marsh
4/19/18 10:39 am Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...> [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Herons - Dunbar Slough
4/19/18 9:18 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Re: Sanderling - Polk County
4/19/18 9:16 am Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...> [ia-bird] Long-eared owl at Jacob Krumm
4/19/18 9:08 am John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl- Polk county
4/18/18 7:03 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Johnson Co Yellow Headed Blackbird
4/18/18 6:10 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] IOU Spring Meeting (not a sighting)
4/18/18 3:09 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Backyard
4/18/18 1:22 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Bewick's Wren
4/18/18 12:54 pm RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Re: Sanderling - Polk County
4/18/18 12:42 pm donbrown34 <donbrown34...> [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows galore
4/18/18 12:27 pm randall.scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Re: Smith's Longspur, Linn Co.
4/18/18 12:25 pm Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Smith's Longspur, Linn Co.
4/18/18 10:22 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Sanderling - Polk County
4/18/18 6:14 am Austin Chipps <chippsa1...> [ia-bird] South of Whitebreast Recreation (Lake Red Rock)
4/17/18 9:28 pm Doug Sheeley <Doug.Sheeley...> [ia-bird] Chichaqua Bottoms
4/17/18 8:01 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] A "Loonie" day in Polk County
4/17/18 6:51 pm Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Brown Creepers, Loons & Turkeys - Tama & Black Hawk Counties
4/17/18 6:31 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Fish Crow
4/17/18 4:47 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Woodbury County 4.17.18
4/17/18 4:12 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Forster's Tern - Polk Co.
4/17/18 3:07 pm Julie <jg441157j5x...> [ia-bird] Whimbrel or Godwit
4/17/18 2:58 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Piping Plover and other Shorebirds - Johnson Co.
4/17/18 2:30 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: Whimbrel - Fairfield
4/17/18 2:11 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> FW: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County
4/17/18 1:55 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County
4/17/18 11:53 am Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird- Washington County
4/17/18 9:15 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Woodcock
4/17/18 8:44 am Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...> [ia-bird] Whimbrel - Fairfield
4/17/18 8:27 am Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...> [ia-bird] Jacob Krumm-Grinnell area
4/17/18 8:15 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Horned Grebe
4/17/18 7:09 am Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Al Batt quote (not an observation)
4/17/18 7:04 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Al Batt quote (not an observation)
4/16/18 7:42 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Rock Falls today
4/16/18 6:42 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> Re: [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option
4/16/18 6:41 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> Re: [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option
4/16/18 6:39 pm Lorinda Hoover <hoovmoss...> [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option
4/16/18 4:55 pm Gmail <mcmeetz1...> [ia-bird] American White Pelicans
4/16/18 4:02 pm james fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Better yard birds today
4/16/18 3:40 pm akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] American Woodcock
4/16/18 3:05 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Osprey, Hermit Thrushes in Boone Co.
4/16/18 2:25 pm Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] loon and egrets - clarke co.
4/16/18 2:08 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loon
4/16/18 10:12 am Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...> [ia-bird] Jacob Krumm
4/16/18 9:26 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Silent auction
4/16/18 8:47 am John Cecil <jcecil01...> [ia-bird] Silent auction
4/15/18 8:35 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Turtledove=Eurasian Collard Dove!
4/15/18 6:23 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] latest yard birds Pella
4/15/18 5:20 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> [ia-bird] Crazy day of birds, in North Iowa
4/15/18 5:04 pm EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Yard bird adds - Iowa City
4/15/18 2:36 pm Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Loons & Osprey at Hickory Hills- Tama County
4/15/18 2:26 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Jester Park
4/15/18 1:52 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] April 15th??
4/15/18 1:23 pm drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] April 15th??
4/15/18 1:13 pm Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] New Yard Bird
4/15/18 1:07 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/15/18 12:35 pm <christopher-s-jones...> [ia-bird] loon woodcock
4/15/18 12:30 pm Julie <jg441157j5x...> [ia-bird] Cock Pheasants Jefferson County
4/15/18 11:59 am Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] 2 dozen Common Loons in Black Hawk Co.
4/15/18 11:46 am EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Yard birds Iowa City
4/15/18 11:45 am weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...> [ia-bird] Feeder-fest south of Boone
4/15/18 11:39 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [ia-bird] Hermit Thrushes galore - Ames
4/15/18 11:25 am <donnadea...> [ia-bird] Chipping Sparrow
4/15/18 10:20 am james fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Yard and feeder nirds
4/15/18 10:12 am Scott Garrett <scottandcate...> [ia-bird] FOY Yard birds-Black Hawk Co.
4/15/18 8:49 am Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...> [ia-bird] Yellow-headed Black birds
4/14/18 8:37 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] No Mountain Bluebird
4/14/18 6:18 pm Stan Buman <stan...> [ia-bird] Swan Lake State Park - Carroll, IA
4/14/18 3:30 pm <onespayiowa...> [ia-bird] Jumer's Casion, again. Seriously?
4/14/18 3:28 pm Tyler Grant <tgrant77...> [ia-bird] Ledges State Park - Boone Co
4/14/18 2:02 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Des Moines FOYs
4/14/18 11:32 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Cattle Egret - Blackhawk co.
4/14/18 11:07 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] IOU Spring Meeting INFO (not a sighting)
4/14/18 10:44 am Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon at Grundy co. Lake
4/13/18 10:05 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Turtle Dove
4/13/18 7:32 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County
4/13/18 7:02 pm Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Osprey
4/13/18 6:41 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Bird Migration
4/13/18 6:28 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/13/18 5:50 pm Charles Wittman <chaswitt...> [ia-bird] FOY gc kinglet
4/13/18 5:13 pm RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...> [ia-bird] Raptor flyovers in West Des Moines IA Broad Winged Hawks and more...Polk County
4/13/18 3:35 pm Ulrike G <ulrikedg...> [ia-bird] Near window strike - RTHA!
4/13/18 3:17 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] McFarland Park today & Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in my yard
4/13/18 3:14 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-13-18
4/13/18 3:04 pm Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Common Loon & Cormorants @ Hickory Hills, Tama County
4/13/18 2:48 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] atypical yard birds today and some FOY
4/13/18 2:30 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Warblers
4/13/18 2:15 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] FOYs is Pocahontas County
4/13/18 1:32 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Rufous Hummingbird North of Galva,, Iowa
4/13/18 1:29 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Rufous Hummingbird--Ida County
4/13/18 12:51 pm bonkers <bonkers...> Re: [ia-bird] FOY's today
4/13/18 12:42 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Burrowing Owl window kill downtown Dsm
4/13/18 11:57 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Water Works--Polk Co.
4/13/18 10:39 am drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler
4/13/18 10:35 am mcgriffin <mcgriffin...> [ia-bird] Mtn. Bluebird no sighting
4/13/18 10:18 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Loggerhead shrike Cone Marsh
4/13/18 10:10 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] FOY's today
4/13/18 9:53 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] yard
4/13/18 9:45 am Charles Wittman <chaswitt...> [ia-bird] warbler in Fayette Co.
4/13/18 9:20 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] new yard bird in Johnston
4/13/18 8:15 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Come Marsh
4/13/18 7:30 am Russell Benedict <BenedictR...> [ia-bird] More FOYs
4/13/18 4:48 am Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...> [ia-bird] Long billed Dowitcher
4/12/18 7:12 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird - NO
4/12/18 7:01 pm Austin Chipps <chippsa1...> [ia-bird] Kish-Ke-Kosh and South Skunk River Wildlife Area
4/12/18 5:19 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] FOY Swallow trifecta- Johnson County
4/12/18 5:17 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] No. Goshawk - Blackhawk co.
4/12/18 5:06 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> Re: [ia-bird] Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co
4/12/18 4:50 pm 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird - NO
4/12/18 4:32 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> Re: [ia-bird] Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co
4/12/18 4:23 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] A great birding day in central Iowa
4/12/18 4:06 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Re: Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co
4/12/18 3:02 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> Re: [ia-bird] 3 of a Kind at Casino in Jefferson
4/12/18 2:32 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co
4/12/18 2:24 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Caspian Tern
4/12/18 12:59 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit tops Johnson Co. Shorebirds
4/12/18 12:27 pm Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Bonaparte's Gulls at Anderson Lake
4/12/18 10:54 am Julie <jg441157j5x...> RE: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
4/12/18 10:48 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
4/12/18 10:25 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
4/12/18 9:16 am Adam Ciha <adamciha...> [ia-bird] Purple Martins - Johnson Co
4/12/18 6:29 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] FOY Brown Thrasher
4/12/18 6:13 am Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...> [ia-bird] Re: Prairie Chickens and Mountain Bluebird
4/12/18 6:13 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
4/12/18 6:13 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
4/11/18 7:16 pm horticulturemama <horticulturemama...> [ia-bird] Pelicans-Black Hawk County
4/11/18 6:51 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...> [ia-bird] 3 of a Kind at Casino in Jefferson
4/11/18 6:37 pm randall.scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Re: Prairie Chickens and Mountain Bluebird
4/11/18 5:50 pm Reid Allen <2birders...> [ia-bird] Prairie Chickens and Mountain Bluebird
4/11/18 5:28 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Woodcocks- Belgum Grove, Johnson County
4/11/18 4:58 pm John Cecil <jcecil01...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
4/11/18 4:32 pm Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh today, PIPITS, PLOVER, BREWERS B.B., Etc.
4/11/18 12:36 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
4/11/18 11:00 am Dan Cohen <bccbdan...> [ia-bird] FoY YR and hermit thrush
4/11/18 10:53 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Hermit thrush Walnut Woods SP
4/11/18 10:28 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Foy Scott and Muscatine
4/11/18 9:51 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
4/11/18 8:43 am Justin Ferguson <jferguson1869...> [ia-bird] Tree Swallows
4/11/18 7:58 am stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
4/11/18 7:44 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
4/11/18 7:27 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
4/11/18 7:20 am Russell Benedict <BenedictR...> [ia-bird] First of the year
4/11/18 5:42 am Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...> [ia-bird] Great Egret in Jones County
4/11/18 5:28 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. incredible blackbird flock
4/10/18 6:35 pm Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...> [ia-bird] West Ames Woodcock and a FOY bat
4/10/18 4:50 pm T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
4/10/18 4:06 pm <onespayiowa...> [ia-bird] Jumer's Casino, Milan, IL
4/10/18 2:44 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler
4/10/18 2:30 pm Terri Macey <tjm1895...> [ia-bird] Northern Shovelers and Lesser Scaup- Johnson County
4/10/18 12:43 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Hawkeye WMA-Sand Point & Swan Lake
4/10/18 10:50 am Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Northern Harrier in front yard and more - Boone
4/10/18 8:33 am billohde <billohde...> [ia-bird] Winter wren
4/10/18 8:09 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Loggerhead Shrike at Cone Marsh
4/9/18 9:02 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone Co. Krider's Red-tail
4/9/18 6:08 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Webster County birds
4/9/18 5:28 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Late Glaucous Gull at Cedar Rapids
4/9/18 3:02 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Re: IOU/ICBC Field Trip To Shimek State Forest (Not a sighting)
4/9/18 2:31 pm Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] IOU/ICBC Field Trip To Shimek State Forest (Not a sighting)
4/9/18 12:05 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Smith’s Longspurs -Polk Co
4/9/18 11:51 am Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Boone County Today
4/9/18 9:03 am Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Odd bird Notes
4/9/18 8:32 am T J <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] No Mountain Bluebird
4/9/18 8:15 am msmac38 <msmac38...> [ia-bird] Brown -Headed Cowbirds Tama Co.
4/9/18 4:31 am Stan Buman <stan...> [ia-bird] Horned-Grebe
4/8/18 2:03 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/8/18 1:57 pm <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...> [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - warblers
4/8/18 1:42 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Crossbill Conifer Correction
4/8/18 1:13 pm Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...> [ia-bird] Grinnell-Jacob Krumm area
4/8/18 11:25 am Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...> [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plover: Rapp Park (Page Co.)
4/8/18 10:52 am Diana & Glenn Watt <wattsup...> [ia-bird] Van Buren Waterthrush
4/8/18 9:16 am Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills at Cedar Rapids
4/8/18 8:46 am 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] two teals at tailwater
4/8/18 8:16 am Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...> [ia-bird] Photographs
4/8/18 7:56 am randall.scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Re: Mountain Bluebird, Davis Co.
4/8/18 7:53 am Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird, Davis Co.
4/8/18 7:26 am lgdau9 <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Woodcock Boone Co
4/7/18 7:04 pm Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Sweet Marsh
4/7/18 6:46 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl- Ida County
4/7/18 6:28 pm Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> [ia-bird] Barred owl squaw creek park, Linn County, IA
4/7/18 6:24 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Late afternoon birding
4/7/18 3:40 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...> [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks - Greene County
4/7/18 3:16 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Redpoll still around N Johnson Co
4/7/18 1:11 pm Sharon Somers <sosomers49...> [ia-bird] Rusty Blackbirds Johnson Co
4/7/18 10:06 am Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> [ia-bird] Northern Goshawk and Red-breasted Nuthatch, Linn Co
4/7/18 9:36 am James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Am Golden plover cone marsh
4/7/18 9:10 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Common Loons- Johnson County
4/7/18 8:18 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/7/18 7:18 am Ed <pfalcons...> [ia-bird] Long-tailed Ducks still in Dickinson county
4/7/18 7:03 am Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
4/7/18 5:18 am Gerald White <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Warblers
4/6/18 5:33 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-6-18
4/6/18 5:01 pm Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...> [ia-bird] Townsend's Solitaire at George Wyth S.P.
4/6/18 9:29 am Britt Vickstrom <brittvickstrom...> [ia-bird] Leucistic American Tree sparrow - Nahant Marsh, Scott County
4/6/18 9:23 am Pam Allen <2birders...> Re: [ia-bird] Smith’s Longspurs—Polk Co.
4/5/18 4:48 pm Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Smith’s Longspurs—Polk Co.
4/5/18 4:46 pm Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills in Newell
4/5/18 3:59 pm Don Poggensee <donpog...> [ia-bird] : Snowy Owl
4/5/18 3:11 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Boone & Greene Co. birds
4/5/18 11:50 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
4/5/18 9:03 am drbeel <drbeel...> [ia-bird] Osprey in Cedar Rapids
4/5/18 8:55 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] GHO nest
4/5/18 8:17 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Foy Eastern Towhee
4/5/18 7:04 am Ray Cummins <raymond.madeline...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon
4/5/18 6:46 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loons
4/5/18 4:46 am Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...> [ia-bird] Short-eared Owls
4/4/18 8:41 pm James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Winter wren at Sand Point
4/4/18 6:39 pm Ross Silcock <silcock...> [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush 3 April 2018
4/4/18 6:38 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
4/4/18 6:35 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gulls at C. R.'s Cedar Lake
4/4/18 12:01 pm Jason Newton <jasonmichaelnewton...> [ia-bird] Golden Eagle - Emmet Co.
4/4/18 5:36 am EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows and Hermit Thrush - Iowa City
4/3/18 12:18 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Johnson County- Kent park & Terry Trueblood
4/3/18 10:55 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] FOY's at Des Moines Waterworks Park
4/3/18 9:31 am dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...> [ia-bird] Yesterday's Visitor - a Partially Albino Junco in Ames
4/2/18 9:01 pm james fuller <jnkfuller...> [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Johnson Co.
4/2/18 6:04 pm Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> [ia-bird] Clear Lake Waterfowl & another Winter Storm Warning
4/2/18 1:52 pm 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] single fox sparrow Pella
4/2/18 1:00 pm dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...> [ia-bird] Half a dozen Fox Sparrows in Ames today
4/2/18 11:16 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Polk County Birds
4/2/18 9:58 am Ulrike G <ulrikedg...> Re: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon - Saylorville
4/2/18 8:44 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loon
4/2/18 8:25 am 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Winter Wren in Cedar Rapids
4/2/18 7:51 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Saylorville Osprey
4/1/18 7:01 pm Adam Ciha <adamciha...> [ia-bird] Re: Fox Sparrows
4/1/18 6:42 pm Bradley King <bdking...> [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush, Polk County
4/1/18 6:26 pm stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun today
4/1/18 5:17 pm Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Common Loon-Hickory Hills Tama County
4/1/18 4:44 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Pipits and more
4/1/18 4:34 pm Kai Weatherman <dainichi...> RE: [ia-bird] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker - Johnson County
4/1/18 3:57 pm EA <eaubrey...> [ia-bird] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker - Johnson County
4/1/18 2:22 pm akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush
4/1/18 1:55 pm James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...> [ia-bird] Red-breasted Mergansers Lake McBride
4/1/18 10:33 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Eastern Tohwee, Boone Co.
4/1/18 10:31 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
4/1/18 7:16 am Aaron Brees <aebrees...> [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon - Saylorville
4/1/18 7:12 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows
4/1/18 6:49 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Winter Wren
4/1/18 6:02 am stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...> [ia-bird] Sat. Morning radio
3/31/18 8:05 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Eastern Towhee & Yellow-rumped Warbler- Muscatine County
3/31/18 7:08 pm Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...> [ia-bird] Linn County, Iowa, Squaw Creek Park
3/31/18 6:46 pm Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...> [ia-bird] Loons and More @ Lake Macbride (Johnson Co)
3/31/18 6:28 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull , Horned Grebes, C. Loons in Linn Co.
3/31/18 4:52 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/31/18 12:15 pm Connor Langan <clangan16...> [ia-bird] Common Loon at Riverview RA Black Hawk Co.
3/31/18 7:41 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Volunteers needed for federal Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS) in Iowa
3/31/18 6:38 am Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...> [ia-bird] Common Loon, Cedar Lake, Madison Co.
3/31/18 4:43 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] FOY's at Des Moines Waterworks Park
3/30/18 12:19 pm 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] spring arrivals
3/30/18 11:41 am Osness <ravenbuddhanow...> [ia-bird] Hendrickson Marsh
3/30/18 9:47 am akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loon
3/30/18 8:19 am Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] American Woodcocks in Johnston - at Merle Hay and I-80/35
3/30/18 5:56 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] 2 Common Loons
3/30/18 5:53 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Wood Ducks
3/30/18 5:46 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Common Loon
3/30/18 4:06 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Re: American Woodcocks in Johnston
3/30/18 3:45 am Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Re: Prairie chickens
3/29/18 4:23 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Johnson co loon
3/29/18 3:49 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-29-18
3/29/18 2:10 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Yellow-rumped Warbler Johnson Co a week or two ago
3/29/18 2:00 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] mostly Worth County
3/29/18 12:23 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] FOY's
3/29/18 11:55 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] FOY's
3/29/18 10:22 am Ed <pfalcons...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Long-tailed Ducks in Dickinson county
3/29/18 9:57 am Ann Johnson <aj...> RE: [ia-bird] wood pewees?
3/29/18 9:22 am patschlarbaum <patschlarbaum...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie chickens
3/29/18 9:21 am Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...> [ia-bird] wood pewees?
3/29/18 9:07 am Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] Com Redpoll
3/29/18 6:32 am <blbrown1...> Re: [ia-bird] Phoebe
3/29/18 5:23 am Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...> [ia-bird] Re: Prairie chickens
3/28/18 6:56 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] American Woodcocks in Johnston
3/28/18 5:50 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Peregrine Falcon -- downtown Des Moines
3/28/18 5:44 pm newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Re: Long-tailed Ducks in Dickinson county
3/28/18 5:20 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Re: [ia-bird] Phoebe
3/28/18 3:46 pm <mkenne...> [ia-bird] raptor movement
3/28/18 2:49 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Phoebe
3/28/18 9:23 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Lark Sparrow
3/28/18 9:10 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Fun day at Cone Marsh
3/28/18 8:33 am Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...> [ia-bird] Fwd: Ordinance #18-12
3/28/18 8:22 am David Wagner <daveandlizwagner...> [ia-bird] Possible Red Throated Loon
3/28/18 8:00 am d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Brewers Blackbird
3/28/18 6:11 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Last call to enter your 2017 lists (no sighting)
3/28/18 5:55 am Ed <pfalcons...> [ia-bird] Long-tailed Ducks in Dickinson county
3/27/18 9:30 pm tim gedler Gedler <avesrun...> [ia-bird] Fwd: Delivery Status Notification (Delay)
3/27/18 4:43 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] Cardinal Marsh-cranes yes, swans no
3/27/18 2:40 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow in Ogden
3/27/18 9:12 am Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Fox Sparrow X 2
3/27/18 6:37 am Chafa, Doug <doug.chafa...> [ia-bird] Oddly colored robin
3/26/18 8:59 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Spring Meeting Registration
3/26/18 6:06 pm Richard Hollis <xiboia...> [ia-bird] storm birds
3/26/18 5:56 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/26/18 3:00 pm Douglas Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Great Blue Herons & a Fox Sparrow
3/26/18 1:25 pm d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Great Horned Owl
3/26/18 12:16 pm John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Common Loon - Polk County
3/26/18 12:13 pm Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...> [ia-bird] Prairie chickens
3/26/18 6:41 am Pip Fisher <pip...> [ia-bird] Spring IOU Meeting Registration Open on website!
3/25/18 6:32 pm Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...> [ia-bird] Cardinal Marsh in Winneshiek County
3/25/18 5:58 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/25/18 4:36 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawk
3/25/18 2:39 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Flyover Red Crossbills - Polk County
3/24/18 6:52 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Short-eared Owls at Cedar Rapids Airport
3/23/18 8:33 pm msmac38 <msmac38...> [ia-bird] Sandhill Cranes Tama Co
3/23/18 4:52 pm Candace H <candace69001...> [ia-bird] Lake Sugema Van Buren County Ducks
3/23/18 2:57 pm John Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-23-18
3/23/18 12:37 pm Keith Carris <kcarris38...> [ia-bird] Loon & Grebes - Linn County
3/22/18 8:12 pm newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Palo Alto County
3/22/18 7:12 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Dunbar Slough Pectoral sandpiper
3/22/18 6:46 pm Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
3/22/18 3:42 pm lgdau9 <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Boone County
3/22/18 1:44 pm Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans, Amana Lake
3/22/18 12:40 pm Maridel <mp410wj...> Re: [ia-bird] Vultures
3/22/18 10:07 am <Tornataornata...> [ia-bird] Re: Lake McBride Scaup and Red Breasted Merganser invasion.
3/22/18 8:58 am Elliott Bedows <ebedows...> [ia-bird] RE: [NEBirds] American Woodcocks - Douglas Co.
 
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Date: 4/21/18 7:36 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mason City osprey
Spotted an osprey in Mason City this morning, off South Federal just west of the driveway to the State Patrol office sitting in the field a few yards from the road with a kill. Beautiful fully mature bird. Also saw a large group(100+) of pelicans on the big pond just south of the Avenue at the Federal exit.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/21/18 6:34 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night-Heron at Cedar Rapids
Tonight an adult flying BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was the highlight of Cedar Lake. Second place went to a continuing adult
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. BCNHs are seen less often in the spring than in the fall so it was a pleasant surprise. Gull numbers were really down from 2 days ago which must have been the peak. That day had as many Ring-billed Gulls as any day I can remember at the lake.

Also I saw my FOY gosling which somehow survived a prolonged running of the gauntlet of RB Gulls. Where were the parents? After taking a beating it finally found its way to an adult goose. My last scoping was of them touching, beak to beak. A happier ending than I expected.

Jim Forde
cedar Rapids


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Date: 4/21/18 3:01 pm
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] yard
I still have juncos in my yard today.



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City



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Subject: [ia-bird] yard



It appears there was a movement of birds last night as our juncos and purple finches are gone today.




Jim Durbin
1460 Douglas Court
Marion Ia 52302

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Date: 4/21/18 2:28 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal, Jefferson (new locale)
Birders,

I just found another/the same from last week Cinnamon Teal while scanning a flooded corn field adjacent to the USDA office parking lot in Jefferson (Greene County)

To get to this parking lot, go south of hwy 30 a short distance on hwy 4. It is the first driveway south of the lumber yard on east side of the hwy.

Happy Earth Day Eve!

Bird on!
Matt

Matt Wetrich
Jefferson
Naturalist, Carroll County Conservation

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Date: 4/21/18 11:17 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] yard
It appears there was a movement of birds last night as our juncos and
purple finches are gone today.

Jim Durbin
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Marion Ia 52302
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Date: 4/21/18 10:11 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern at Dog training area of Princeton Marsh
Scott Cty Iowa

Dick And Kit Sayles

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Date: 4/21/18 9:56 am
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swan in Black Hawk Co.
There is currently an adult Tundra Swan at Prairie Lakes Park in Black Hawk County. It’s sitting in the grass with some Canada Geese right now and it’s roughly the same size as them. The bird just flew in about 10 minutes ago. There’s also 5 Common Loons on the main lake and the continuing flock of Snow Geese.

-Connor Langan
Waterloo

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Date: 4/21/18 9:19 am
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Lake
Hey I-Birders,

This morning Harney and I visited the lake (Polk Co.) to see what
might be around. Noteworthy birds at Cherry Glen included
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, OSPREY, HERMIT THRUSHES
and EASTERN TOWHEE (FOY). A stop later at Cottonwood found FIELD
SPARROW (FOY) and EASTERN MEADOWLARK on the entry road and at the pond
were at least 50 HOODED MERGANSERS and a dozen or so BLUE-WINGED TEAL
among the other waterfowl species. An opossum scuttling along the
water's edge was an unexpected daylight sight.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
Waiting for the trees to leaf out in NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/21/18 9:12 am
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Broad-wing Hawks
Hi,
The Broad-winged hawks have arrived in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove. This morning on the drive through I counted 7 Broad-winged on the roads that was open,
with the west side of the park closed to traffic because of road condition.


Don

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Date: 4/21/18 8:57 am
From: James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine warbler Hawkeye Wildlife Refuge

Birders, I saw a Pine Warbler 200 yards east of the sandy point trail on the wide grassy path this morning. The water is higher at sandy point with little remaining mudflats. I didn’t see much shorebird variety, just yellowlegs, pectorals and snipe.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City
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Date: 4/21/18 8:44 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon
West lake common Loons continue
Lake off Y48 and also on lake along 280

Scott Cty
Iowa

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/21/18 7:57 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Coffee and oatmeal birds and more

Daffodils instead of snow
Also
Purple Finch
Brown Thrashers
Eastern Towhee and more
Nice morning

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa
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Date: 4/20/18 7:56 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines Green Heron
Hey I-Birders,

Karen, Harney, and I had a nice walk along the Des Moines River
this afternoon. Highlights included two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS,
two SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, WINTER WREN, several SWAMP SPARROWS, and a
GREEN HERON. Hope y'all can get out this weekend on the birding
trail.

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/20/18 7:51 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Two Winter Birds Still Around in Linn/Johnson Counties
This evening I was really surprised to find the 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL I last saw 10 days ago at Cedar Lake. Tonight it was near Sandy Beach at Coralville Lake
and is now record late by 5 days and counting. Will it return to Cedar Rapids?

Also tonight I drove by the Eastern Iowa Airport and a SHORT-EARED OWL was again flying at the west end. This species dates back to December 12th at this location.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/20/18 6:42 pm
From: Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh passerines
I drove around Cone Marsh (Louisa County) a little bit this morning. I didn't get the same amount of shorebird diversity Bill and Linda reported earlier, but I got some cool non-waterbird surprises, including a winter wren and a late American tree sparrow.


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Date: 4/20/18 6:13 pm
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard bird
We have had several purple finches and fox sparrows in the yard for a few
days. Also addeda new yard bird. Had a sandhill crane fly over while I was
racking leaves.

jim durbin
marion, ia

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Date: 4/20/18 5:21 pm
From: Stan Buman <stan...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swan Lake State Park - Carroll County
6 Common Loons have been frequenting the lake for the past week. They were still present at 6:00 p.m. tonight.

This morning, a Black-Crowned Night Heron landed in a tree near the pump house (just NW of the fish house).

Stan Buman

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Date: 4/20/18 3:51 pm
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] McFarland and Loons
Not as many birds at McFarland Park (near Ames) as last Friday, but I did
see over 15 Hermit Thrushes, 2 Winter Wrens, 9 Myrtle Warblers, a FOY
Eastern Towhee, and an Osprey down the road from the park. At Ada Hayden
there were 5 Common Loons. At Little Wall Lake not many ducks, but a good
number of Ruddy Ducks. At close range I got to see the hilariously large
webbed feet of a Coot.
Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 4/20/18 3:29 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Henslow's Sparrow
There were several singing Henslow's Sparrows at the usual place near Lake
Sugema in Van Buren County this AM.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/20/18 2:56 pm
From: 'jacobtee' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwits-- Warren Co.


There are currently 17 Hudsonian Godwits amongst the 8 species of shorebirds at Bank Swallow Bend WA in Warren County.
Good birding...
Jay Gilliam Norwalk
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Date: 4/20/18 2:28 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-20-18
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, April 14, through Friday, April 20,
2018:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**FISH CROW**









CASUAL:

*BEWICKS WREN*

*MEW GULL*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Red-throated Loon

White-faced Ibis

Northern Goshawk

Piping Plover

Marbled Godwit

Whimbrel

Sanderling (3rd earliest)

Smiths Longspur







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



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









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A PIPING PLOVER and a MARBLED GODWIT were seen from the DNR Headquarters
parking lot at the Hawkeye WA on the 17th.



LINN COUNTY:

A SMITHS LONGSPUR was seen south of the Eastern Iowa Airport on Walford Ave
between 18th and 34th St on the 18th.



A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Pleasant Creek Lake on the 20th.



SCOTT COUNTY:

A MEW GULL was seen at Lock and Dam 15 on the 18th.





*SOUTHEAST*:



JEFFERSON COUNTY:

A MARBLED GODWIT and a WHIMBREL were seen at the Fairfeld Airport on the 17
th.



LEE COUNTY:

A BEWICKS WREN has returned to the Argyle junkyard and was seen on the 18th.



DES MOINES COUNTY:

A FISH CROW was seen at Starrs Cave on the 17th.



LOUISA COUNTY:

A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Cone Marsh on the 20th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



APPANOOSE COUNTY:

2 MARBLED GODWITS were seen on the backwaters of Lake Rathbun on the 19th.
Directions: go north of of 474th st. on113th Ave which changes to 115th
ave. and drive until the road ends in the backwaters of Lake Rathbun.









*CENTRAL:*



*GRUNDY COUNTY:*

*A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Grundy County Lake on the 14th.*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*An early SANDERLING was seen at Grays Lake on the 18th. It was last seen
on the 19th.*



*5 WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at the beach at Big Creek SP on the 20th.*





*NORTHWEST:*



*WOODBURY COUNTY:*

*A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on the 17th.*



*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen *on a pond just north of the intersection of Elk
Creek Road and Glen Ellen Road on the 19th.



*7 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at the Dairy Ponds on the 19th.*









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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 27, 2018 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 4/20/18 2:18 pm
From: Dan Cohen <bccbdan...>
Subject: [ia-bird] invasion
Is it just me, or has this week witnessed the largest invasion of hermit
thrushes the world has ever seen? J



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Date: 4/20/18 2:05 pm
From: jody millar <jmillar...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned grebes, Ruddy Ducks at Lost Grove Lake, Scott County

Three horned grebes were spotted today from the dam on the east side of the lake, along the northern edge. Also seen were Rudy Ducks, and Buffleheads. Lesser Scaup and Coots were seen further west on the lake. 4:00 pm, Friday, 4/20 2018 Jody Millar.
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Date: 4/20/18 12:06 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh highlights today
Birders
Linda Rudolph and I toured Cone Marsh in Louisa County this morning.  Virginia Rail and Marbled Godwit, South of 220th at the culvert.  Dunlin were also here.  American Golden Plover in recent burn North of 220th.  Lingering Snow and White-fronted Geese.  26 Sandhill Cranes.
Totalled 62 species. Did not see any Loggerhead Shrikes at T/220th.
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Date: 4/20/18 12:06 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone County woodcock and more
Birding Ledges State Park & vicinity near Boone this morning, I found 4 new
FOY species:

- American Woodcock--3 (flushed in woods just west of Oakwood Picnic
Area--always a good area to find woodcock in spring)
- White-throated Sparrows--12
- Yellow-rumped Warblers--1 male & 1 female
- Brown Thrasher--1

There was a big flock of Song Sparrows (~45) at McCoy Wildlife Area, next
to the Boone Wildlife Research Station, and there were also Am. Tree
Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows and Fox Sparrows mixed in with them. Saw lots
of other birds, but maybe the best of the morning was a leucistic robin
seen right near where I flushed the woodcock. Photo is attached.

It seems like the change to nicer weather has started moving the birds
through again, and on the radar at 10:30 last night it looked like there
were some big northbound movements ocurring.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/20/18 11:25 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon (photo) in Linn Co.
This morning I spotted a RED-THROATED LOON at Pleasant Creek Lake, west of the beach. I was struck by the color gray of its crown which looked
like breeding plumage gray to me. If so this would be the closest to that plumage I've seen in Iowa.

Common Loons must be at peak numbers as 20 or so were present and also at least 5 Horned Grebes.

A Belted Kingfisher was an unusual sight on my way to the lake via a gravel road. At a farm I saw the bird fly across the road and back landing atop
a corn crib. I stopped and watched and it seemed to favor that perch. I figured there must be some water around but there was none, not even a creek,
that I could see in any direction. This was a first for me but I assume the bird will move on.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 4/20/18 8:55 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk County ibis
Five WHITE-FACD IBIS were at the Big Creek Lake beach this morning.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 4/19/18 8:54 pm
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FW: Mew Gull - Scott Co. 4/18
Hi all,

A bit of a belated report, Kelly McKay called me this evening to pass along that he had a 1st winter type MEW GULL at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport last night, 4/18.

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 4/19/18 7:56 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marbled Godwits and more
Anna and I went out around 5:15pm after we heard about some Marbled
Godwits. We did not find those bird but ran into Bob Livermore who told
us that they had see 7 Marbled Godwit at the Dairy Ponds, 7 Willet at JR
Sod, and a Cinnamon Teal at Elk Creek Rd Pond.

We had good numbers of birds and species during our 3 hours 40 species and
1200+ individuals.

New Year birds
Redhead
Marbled Godwits Dairy Pond
Willet JR Sod
Osprey (nesting pair)

Smith's Longspur
Lapland Longspur (in same flock)

We missed the Cinnamon Teal in the rapidly declining 8:15 light but I think
it still might be there hiding in the grasses along the edge of the pond.

God Bless and stay safe.

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 4/19/18 6:26 pm
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit AND Whimbrel - Fairfield Airport
Birders,

On Tuesday, April 16, 2018, I posted that a colleague had contacted me
regarding a possible Whimbrel at the Fairfield Airport in Jefferson
County. Many thanks to Julie Johnston and Diane Porter for following up on
the report and posting fantastic photos of a Marbled Godwit which they both
located at the airport.

Attached is a photo received from my colleague Orrin Jones, Waterfowl
Biologist with the Iowa DNR, taken at the Fairfield Airport on April 16,
2018 around 8 AM. Although distant, the photo shows a large shorebird with
a long, slender body and slightly de-curved bill. I believe the bird
pictured here is indeed a Whimbrel.

So, it appears the Fairfield Airport was the place to be for uncommon
shorebirds on Tuesday!

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 4/19/18 4:50 pm
From: <mkenne...>
Subject: [ia-bird] bird behavioral (rhetorical) question
So, as streams of Broad-winged Hawks migrate north over Iowa at this
time, how do they respond to encountering the endless white snow sea
covering northern Iowa? Will they hold up and try to skirt around the
obstacle as though it was the blue sea of the Gulf or Lake Superior?

Matthew Kenne

Algona, Iowa

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Date: 4/19/18 4:20 pm
From: Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] LARGE NEST... EAGLE or GBH
1/2 mi N of entrance to Minnwaukon Park (north shore of Big Spirit Lake)
in line of trees along drainage from Loon Lake MN to Big Spirit Lake IA

have seen GBHs in nearby slough and open water on Big Spirit but can't see
species on the nest for confirmation

5 miles to the W off MN hwy 86 is a GBH rookery

would appreciate any observation by birders watching the waterfowl along
the "grade" on the MN and IA border

bob thorbrogger Dickinson County

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Date: 4/19/18 2:41 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit
Mike Stephens called me at noon today and told me about the Godwits and I
went to the location and they had remained. This is in the western part of
Appanoose County . The location is go north of of 474th st. on113th Ave
which changes to 115th ave. and drive until the road ends in the
backwaters of Lake Rathbun.This on the south fork of Charitan River. The
Godwits were together in the shallow water. There were 2 Marbled and 1
Hudsonian and the size difference was interesting. On 113th Ave. a
Rough-legged Hawk was spotted which seemed late for here.Tom Johnson,
Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 4/19/18 2:28 pm
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sora, Johnson County
There is a Sora quietly foraging in the little pond at Waterworks Park. This is the little pond below the retainment ponds.

Linda Rudolph
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Date: 4/19/18 12:48 pm
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hudsonian Godwit, Roberts Creek, Marion Co
Hey all-

I think this is worth passing along... Marla Mertz posted a photo of a
HUDSONIAN GODWIT taken today at Roberts Creek in Marion County.

Good birding!

Jesse Ellis
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/19/18 11:31 am
From: Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - Woodbury Co
At lunch today I found a cinnamon teal between Sioux City and Sgt. Bluff.
The bird is on a pond just north of the intersection of Elk Creek Road and
Glen Ellen Road. It was VERY close to the road, so I didn't spend much
time trying to photograph it as not to flush it. I did attach a blurry
photo tho. Also, 2 willets at the sod farm east of Sgt Bluff.

Rob Towler
Sioux City

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Date: 4/19/18 11:27 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Birds near Bjorkboda Marsh
This morning I birded the Boone/Hamilton County line, at Bjorkboda Marsh
and some private wetlands a mile to the west. Found Yellow-headed
Blackbirds (FOY), Rusty Blackbirds (FOY) and Swamp Sparrows (FOY)
It was a good area for a variety of other sparrows, including Savanna
(many), Song, American Tree & Lincoln's. Also lots of pelicans, coots and
waterfowl, including some late Snow & White-fronted Geese still hanging
around.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/19/18 10:39 am
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-crowned Night Herons - Dunbar Slough
Birders,


Late Wednesday evening I found two Black-crowned Night Herons huddled together and sleeping on the Hunter Tract at Dunbar Slough in western Greene County. I have attached a map with a circled area where they were. A scope would be required as you look west from B Ave. This is approx .5 north of 290th Street. There is a LOT of waterfowl still present, with new arrivals showing up on the regular.


Bird on!


Matt



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Jefferson

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Date: 4/19/18 9:18 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Sanderling - Polk County
The sanderling continues at Gray’s Lake on the point as previously described. It’s been on the beaches on both sides and in the grassy area at the end of the point.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/19/18 9:16 am
From: Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-eared owl at Jacob Krumm
The Long-eared owl was at the same location where I 1st saw it on
1/31/18,still waiting for it to head north.
Also saw a Barred owl and heard another one.
At Arbor lake saw; Osprey, Bald eagle,2 Great horned owls and 2 FOS Brown
Thrashers.

Greg Stempien
Grinnell,IA

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Date: 4/19/18 9:08 am
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl- Polk county
There is currently a Short-eared Owl flying around the small ponds at Des
Moines Waterworks Park.

Good birding
John Bissell
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Date: 4/18/18 7:03 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson Co Yellow Headed Blackbird
This evening around 6:30 I decided to make the most of the snow and stopped by Sycamore Bottoms on the south edge of Iowa City on my way home. Among the usual suspects were buffleheads, scaups, coots, shovelers, 3 trumpeter swans, hermit thrush, song, tree and white throated sparrows. As I was driving out via the road leading to the parking lots for the apartment buildings I spotted a lone Yellow Headed Blackbird atop one of the trees in front of the apartments. I was able to snap one blurry picture through the snow before it flew off to the south towards the wetlands. This was a county bird for me so it was a very pleasant surprise on a not so pleasant evening.


Seth Dudley

Iowa City

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Date: 4/18/18 6:10 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU Spring Meeting (not a sighting)
Just a reminder that the deadline for getting the special IOU rate at
Stoney Creek Inn expires TONIGHT. Marina Inn expires the April 27. Dorm
rooms are filling up very rapidly even though we were extended to 30 rooms.

Registration and info here!! Remember that you need to register for the
meeting and meals and also for hotels. The dorm rooms are through he IOU
but you need to register separately (if you pay by check BOTH can be paid
for by check) If you use Pay Pal there will be separate billing for each.

Info and registration here: https://iowabirds.org/IOU/NextMeeting.aspx

God Bless,

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Date: 4/18/18 3:09 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Backyard
Backyard birds today included a Field Sparrow, perhaps the first one I've
seen in our yard-just 15 feet away. I opened the window hoping to hear it
sing, but didn't. Instead, I heard a Fox Sparrow singing in the Greenbelt
behind the house. Also saw a Brown Creeper earlier today.



Jane Clark

Clive along Walnut Creek

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Date: 4/18/18 1:22 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bewick's Wren
The Bewick's Wren is back at the junkyard (Lee County) this cold morning
(11 AM). Last year it was here on the 7th of April. It was near the old
bus with the "keep out" sign on the rear window.

Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/18/18 12:54 pm
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Sanderling - Polk County
At 1:30pm the Sanderling John found was continuing to feed on the shore
along the west side of the point. It was joined by a half a dozen Cliff
Swallows and an American Pipit. The Spotted Sandpiper was continuing on
the shore in front of the back parking lot which would be on the south side
of the lake and was joined by a Baird's Sandpiper and Lesser
Yellowlegs plus many Yellow-rumped Warblers.

RJ Thompson
West des Moines IA

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:22:06 PM UTC-5, John Bissell wrote:

> This morning, I observed a surprisingly diverse number of shorebirds for
> Gray’s Lake. On the sandy point were a Pectoral Sandpiper, a Lesser
> Yellowlegs, and an early Sanderling still in basic plumage.
>
>
>
> On another small beach across the lake were a FOY Spotted Sandpiper, and a
> pair of Killdeer for a total of 5 species of shorebirds. Usually, there are
> just Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers at Grays.
>
>
>
> In the trees and along the shoreline were numerous Flickers, Eastern
> Phoebes, A couple of Hermit Thrush, many Yellow-rumped Warblers, and some
> Fox Sparrows.
>
>
>
> On the lake itself were still many Red-breasted Mergansers, Pied-billed
> Grebes, a couple of Common Loons, and my FOY Bonaparte’s Gulls (About a
> dozen)
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> John Bissell
>
> Grimes
>
>
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Date: 4/18/18 12:42 pm
From: donbrown34 <donbrown34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows galore
I have been seeing some fox sparrows here by Browns Woods in West Des
Moines, but never anything like at the moment. From my window I see no
less than 11 of the pretty little fellows foraging at the edge of my back
lawn, where it backs up to a wooded ravine which connects with Browns
Woods. Hermit thrushes have been around also for a few days, as well as
several (4-6) golden crowned kinglets and an eastern towhee coming to my
neighbor's feeder. Bad weather has a silver lining.

Don Brown

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Date: 4/18/18 12:27 pm
From: randall.scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Smith's Longspur, Linn Co.
More specifically, it was halfway between 18th and 34th St.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 1:25:43 PM UTC-6, randall.scheiner wrote:
>
> I had great looks at a Smith's Longspur in a mixed flock of mostly
> Savannah and Vesper sparrows today. It flew to the road and was very
> cooperative as I fixed my scope upon it. The location was south of the
> Eastern Iowa Airport on Walford Ave between 6th and 34th St.
>
> Good Birding,
> Randy Scheiner
> Ely, IA
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Date: 4/18/18 12:25 pm
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith's Longspur, Linn Co.
I had great looks at a Smith's Longspur in a mixed flock of mostly Savannah
and Vesper sparrows today. It flew to the road and was very cooperative as
I fixed my scope upon it. The location was south of the Eastern Iowa
Airport on Walford Ave between 6th and 34th St.

Good Birding,
Randy Scheiner
Ely, IA

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Date: 4/18/18 10:22 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sanderling - Polk County
This morning, I observed a surprisingly diverse number of shorebirds for Gray's Lake. On the sandy point were a Pectoral Sandpiper, a Lesser Yellowlegs, and an early Sanderling still in basic plumage.

On another small beach across the lake were a FOY Spotted Sandpiper, and a pair of Killdeer for a total of 5 species of shorebirds. Usually, there are just Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers at Grays.

In the trees and along the shoreline were numerous Flickers, Eastern Phoebes, A couple of Hermit Thrush, many Yellow-rumped Warblers, and some Fox Sparrows.

On the lake itself were still many Red-breasted Mergansers, Pied-billed Grebes, a couple of Common Loons, and my FOY Bonaparte's Gulls (About a dozen)

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/18/18 6:14 am
From: Austin Chipps <chippsa1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] South of Whitebreast Recreation (Lake Red Rock)
Last night on my way from Pella to private property just south of
Whitebreast Recreation area, I saw a Broad-winged Hawk on a wire past Bos
Landen golf course. Over the damn, an Osprey was soaring above the
pelicans. Got good looks at Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs side by side. On
the property, notable species were: Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows,
Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Brown Thrasher, loads of Rusty Blackbirds,
several Brown Creepers and a Belted Kingfisher flew overhead. The pond on
the property had Blue and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers,
Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks.

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Date: 4/17/18 9:28 pm
From: Doug Sheeley <Doug.Sheeley...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chichaqua Bottoms
Was fun to get up close looks at two AMERICAN BITTERNS this evening on the north dike of the controlled marsh at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt in NE Polk County. The second bird was incredibly tame, allowing my dog and I to pass by at 30 feet while slowly working its way - head pointed straight up - toward heavier cover. Pretty comical!

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Date: 4/17/18 8:01 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] A "Loonie" day in Polk County
Birding my way to Des Moines this afternoon, to give an evening bird
program, I stopped at Big Creek State Park. Big Creek Lake was absolutely
covered with pelicans and cormorants, but mixed in with them were many
Common Loons. I counted at least 31 loons and couldn't even see all parts
of the lake, so there were probably more.

Down at Cottonwood Access, below Saylorville Dam, there were several more
Hermit Thrushes plus my FOY Brown Creeper, which I managed to get some
portraits of, and several FOY Tree Swallows. Also saw about 6 Cooper's
Hawks and 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks in the area, all appearing to be headed
north in migration.

Before leaving home this Noon we were 4 Fox Sparrows and 2 Lincolns
Sparrows under our feeders. Fox Sparrows have now been here daily for over
2 weeks. It looks like they've converted from a forest species to an open
farm town species!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/17/18 6:51 pm
From: Candace H <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Creepers, Loons & Turkeys - Tama & Black Hawk Counties
While 2 Common Loons and the Osprey were still present and vocal (so cool
to hear each of these birds) at Hickory Hills this afternoon, the bird of
the day was the Brown Creeper. There were 6 of them... Seen in different
parts of the park, so I wasn't counting the same birds twice. Even saw one
on a Burr Oak before I got out of the car! Watched one forage via my
scope... Pretty fun to watch it up close.

Also saw a Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers and
lots of E. Phoebes & Tree Swallows and the usual ducks.

On another note, for the last two days I've had a nice Hermit Thrush in my
yard. A first for my yard list!

Saw a field with about 15-18 Wild Turkeys (1 Tom was displaying) right east
of Cedar Falls around noon today. Didn't expect to see such a gathering of
them right off Hwy 218 at that location.

Candace Havely
Waterloo
Black Hawk County

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Date: 4/17/18 6:31 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fish Crow
At Starr's Cave I HEARD and saw a Fish Crow. This in Des Moines County,
outside Burlington
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/17/18 4:47 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Woodbury County 4.17.18
Not as big a day as many of you have last this week but never the less a
good day for our area lately. Sunny!!!! Snow is melting (almost gone)
just is time for tomorrow's predicted snowfall.
Any 65 species best being the 12 new year birds
Northern Goshawk (juvenile)
Forster's Tern 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Fox Sparrow 1
Hermit Thrush 5
Canvasback 1
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Great Egret 2
Franklin's Gull 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird 11 total in three locations
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird

Also 7 Bonaparte's Gull (first ever at Gelita)

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 4/17/18 4:12 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Forster's Tern - Polk Co.
Saw a FOY Forester's Tern this afternoon at the back pond below the dam at
Saylorville. He wasn't hard too notice as there wasn't much in the air (or
in the water for that matter).

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/17/18 3:07 pm
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whimbrel or Godwit
Here is a photo of the bird in question at the Fairfield Airport. I believe it is a Marbled Godwit. It was in a grassy area next to the runway and feeding on worms or nightcrawlers.


Julie Johnston
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Date: 4/17/18 2:58 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Piping Plover and other Shorebirds - Johnson Co.
There's a couple thousand shorebirds at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area and I totaled 14 species today. But scoping wasn't the best as the air
was cold and sunshine warm. The minority of shorebirds, not Yellowlegs or Pecs, included;

1 Piping Plover (East of DNR Headquarters on off-shore flats.)

1 Marbled Godwit (South of DNR Headquarters parking lot.)

1 Hudsonian Godwit (East of Sand Point's base.)

1 Semi-palmated Plover

1 Am. Woodcock ("moonwalking" across Swan Lake Rd.)

0 Least Sandpipers (none seen yet!)

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/17/18 2:30 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Whimbrel - Fairfield
Diane Porter saw a Marbled Godwit at the Jefferson Airport today. Could
there have been some confusion about the species? She has a photo of the
bird and says it was alone walking around in the grass..........

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:44:51 AM UTC-5, Tyler Harms wrote:
>
> Hi Birders,
>
> A colleague sent me a photo of a Whimbrel taken at the Fairfield Airport
> in Jefferson County this morning. The bird was still present as of about 9
> AM.
>
> Take care,
>
> Tyler Harms
> Ames, Story Co.
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Date: 4/17/18 2:11 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: FW: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County
Forgot to mention the eight Yellow-headed Blackbirds in trees with other blackbirds in the town of Ventura. Strange place for them.



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Subject: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County



I had some surprises while birding today. Ducks and geese still at all-time highs with open shallow ponds. The lake is still half frozen or more but full of waterfowl. Otherwise we are covered in snow. At Clear Lake there was a lone Eared Grebe on the west end near the curve. I call it Deadman’s Curve. At Ventura grade, a Black-crowned Night Heron flew into the dead grasses by the road. At Union Hills the ducks along the blacktop spooked and up flew an American Bittern with them. It landed on the south side and sat there with its nose in the air. At Zerbil Slough there were two Sandhill Cranes. Hopefully they stay around. All in all, 72 or so species with a sun out and decent temps. Of course snow is forecast for Wednesday.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa




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Date: 4/17/18 1:55 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County
I had some surprises while birding today. Ducks and geese still at all-time
highs with open shallow ponds. The lake is still half frozen or more but
full of waterfowl. Otherwise we are covered in snow. At Clear Lake there
was a lone Eared Grebe on the west end near the curve. I call it Deadman's
Curve. At Ventura grade, a Black-crowned Night Heron flew into the dead
grasses by the road. At Union Hills the ducks along the blacktop spooked
and up flew an American Bittern with them. It landed on the south side and
sat there with its nose in the air. At Zerbil Slough there were two
Sandhill Cranes. Hopefully they stay around. All in all, 72 or so species
with a sun out and decent temps. Of course snow is forecast for Wednesday.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 4/17/18 11:53 am
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Mockingbird- Washington County
My neighbor, Gail Heater, reports a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in her yard this
morning! We're located in NE Washington County.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/17/18 9:15 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Woodcock
Just flushed Woodcock in the backyard

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/17/18 8:44 am
From: Tyler M. Harms <tyharms...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Whimbrel - Fairfield
Hi Birders,

A colleague sent me a photo of a Whimbrel taken at the Fairfield Airport in
Jefferson County this morning. The bird was still present as of about 9 AM.

Take care,

Tyler Harms
Ames, Story Co.

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Date: 4/17/18 8:27 am
From: Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jacob Krumm-Grinnell area
At Jacob Krumm heard 3 Barred owls( one seen) saw Long-eared owl in same
area where seen before but well hidden in bushes which was probably good as
a Great Horned owl was perched on a tree above the bushes and in bushes
across Long-eared a sharpie was perched,also heard another Great Horned
owl. Red-tailed hawk still on nest. At Arbor lake Osprey is still around,
Great Horned owlet just peeking above nestbox with parents nearby. At Bald
eagle nest on 40th North of 360th Bald eagle was perched nearby. On 370th
near 80th Great Horned owlet growing fast and Red-tailed hawk still on
nest. Also saw 2 sharpies and 1 Coopers hawk.

Greg Stempien
Grinnell,IA

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Date: 4/17/18 8:15 am
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned Grebe
Horned Grebe at Prairie Lakes, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk Co. Bird located
Monday by David Eastman

Alan Orr

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Date: 4/17/18 7:09 am
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Al Batt quote (not an observation)
Doug, here is another quote of Al Batt’s, I like,

“A bird can change the direction of a day....and so can a beautiful
feather.”

Carolyn Fischer

On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 9:04 AM Douglas Harr <dnharr...> wrote:

> Found a short item worth quoting from Al Batt's latest can column in
> Birdwatcher's Digest (Al is a well-known Minnesota birder, humorist, writer
> & speaker). I think this probably describes most of us:
>
> *"A day without birding is like---I've no idea what that's like. I notice
> birds. That's what a birder does."*
>
> Doug Harr
> Ogden
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Date: 4/17/18 7:04 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Al Batt quote (not an observation)
Found a short item worth quoting from Al Batt's latest column in
Birdwatcher's Digest (Al is a well-known Minnesota birder, humorist, writer
& speaker). I think this probably describes most of us:

*"A day without birding is like---I've no idea what that's like. I notice
birds. That's what a birder does."*

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/16/18 7:42 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rock Falls today
Drove through Rock Falls this morning, saw a few gray partridges a mile south of town along Vine Avenue, and a group of four birds drinking meltwater in Wilkinson Park that I thought were woodcocks, now that I'm home looking at the one photo I was able to get I'm thinking Wilson's snipe? pic attached.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/16/18 6:42 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option
Lorinda** Sorry about that! Autocorrect is so convenient sometimes! :D



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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option

Florida,

Send me a private email with your phone number and I'll have a local rehabber give you a call.

Cheers,
Matt


Matt Wetrich
Jefferson
Naturalist, Carroll County Conservation



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Subject: [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option

I was just contacted by a parishioner (I’m a pastor) who found an injured pied-billed Grebe. They know I’m a birder and contacted me asking both for an identification and wondering what to do to help it. They live in rural Carroll County, not far from Lanesboro. Is there an animal rehab person in the area who could come and get it or to whom they could take it? Any interim care instructions?

Lorinda Hoover

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Date: 4/16/18 6:41 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option
Florida,

Send me a private email with your phone number and I'll have a local rehabber give you a call.

Cheers,
Matt


Matt Wetrich
Jefferson
Naturalist, Carroll County Conservation



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I was just contacted by a parishioner (I’m a pastor) who found an injured pied-billed Grebe. They know I’m a birder and contacted me asking both for an identification and wondering what to do to help it. They live in rural Carroll County, not far from Lanesboro. Is there an animal rehab person in the area who could come and get it or to whom they could take it? Any interim care instructions?

Lorinda Hoover

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Date: 4/16/18 6:39 pm
From: Lorinda Hoover <hoovmoss...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Injured Grebe Carroll County--is there a rehab option
I was just contacted by a parishioner (I’m a pastor) who found an injured pied-billed Grebe. They know I’m a birder and contacted me asking both for an identification and wondering what to do to help it. They live in rural Carroll County, not far from Lanesboro. Is there an animal rehab person in the area who could come and get it or to whom they could take it? Any interim care instructions?

Lorinda Hoover

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Date: 4/16/18 4:55 pm
From: Gmail <mcmeetz1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American White Pelicans
In Ames, on south 16th east of the Skunk River are 8 American White Pelicans in the small borrow pond
Mike
Milford TWSP Story County

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Date: 4/16/18 4:02 pm
From: james fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Better yard birds today
Hi All,
Even though I didn't have much time to watch. the wintry bird yard festival
was eve better than yesterday. All the birds of yesterday were still around
except the RC Kinglet at the feeder, but there were now 4 Yellow-rumped
warblers constantly gobbling uo the suet and sunflower hearts. In additiuon
there were White-throated Sparrow and Song Sparrow at the feeders,
and six woodpecker species, nicluding Flicker, Pileated. and Sapsucker.
The raptors also appeared with Cooper's and Sharp-shinned, Broad-winged,
and Red-tailed Hawks, plus Osprey. Keep looking out the window, and
don't be surprised to have unusual sightings
Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 4/16/18 3:40 pm
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Woodcock
American Woodcock in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County.
Observed at our residence.

Alan and Karen Orr

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Date: 4/16/18 3:05 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey, Hermit Thrushes in Boone Co.
On the way to Ames thIs morning, I saw an Osprey (FOY) flying up the Des
Moines River over old Hwy 30, between Ogden & Boone. I stopped at Emma
Mcarthy Lee Park in Ames later this afternoon to find some FOY Hermit
Thrushes and saw nearly a dozen in about 10 minutes, plus took some
portraits (one attached).

Something else I noticed along about a 3-mile stretch of old Hwy 30 today,
was at least a dozen dead birds laying on the roadsides. It looked like
they were probably hit by cars during this past weekend's storm. At least 4
were juncos, 1 robin, 3 or 4 blackbirds, a flicker, a Hermit Thrush, a
couple of unidentifiable sparrows and even a Downy Woodpecker! Sure hope
there weren't a lot of other roads in Iowa with something like this.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/16/18 2:25 pm
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] loon and egrets - clarke co.
1 common loon and 3 egrets on Grade Lake in Osceola @ 3:15pm.

Steve Harvey

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Date: 4/16/18 2:08 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon

Two common Loons
Continue at West Lake
Scott County

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa
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Date: 4/16/18 10:12 am
From: Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jacob Krumm
At Jacob Krumm saw the Long eared- owl perched where I have seen it this
winter,also on same trail saw another Long or Short-eared owl. This part of
the trail has been active for owls this winter/spring. On the 11th of April
on same section of trail saw 3 Long and or Short eared owls. I am surprised
they have not migrated North yet. Also found another Red-tailed hawk nest
in east section of Jacob Krumm. Also at Arbor lake saw FOS Osprey yesterday
and today.

Greg Stempien
Grinnell,IA

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Date: 4/16/18 9:26 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Silent auction
John and all,

There will be plenty of help to handle books here on Friday night. We
will have a cart to help us and parking is available right at the door.

God Bless,



*Paul O. Roisen*
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On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:47 AM, John Cecil <jcecil01...> wrote:

> Hello birders,
>
> I will be attending a seminar the weekend of May, 18th and will not be
> able to attend the spring meeting. So, I will not be setting up the silent
> book auction. I know this is something people look forward to and has been
> a fun part of the meetings in the past. So, I am asking if anyone would
> like to take up the small responsibility of doing it in my place? I takes
> about an hour and a half to set up and usually there are people around who
> jump in to help. The only qualification would be that you are fit enough to
> haul some boxes of books around or are nice enough to be able to enlist the
> help of others. If you are interested please send me an email and I will
> coordinate with you to get some of the books in storage to you.
>
> Also, I would be interested in passing the torch on to another willing
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> daughter is starting to show more interest in birding and I would like to
> start bringing her to meetings. I usually camp and with the added
> difficulties of having a small child with me, it all just seems a little
> too much for me to handle. If anyone is interested please let me know.
>
> Thank you and good birding,
> John Cecil
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Date: 4/16/18 8:47 am
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Silent auction
Hello birders,

I will be attending a seminar the weekend of May, 18th and will not be able
to attend the spring meeting. So, I will not be setting up the silent book
auction. I know this is something people look forward to and has been a fun
part of the meetings in the past. So, I am asking if anyone would like to
take up the small responsibility of doing it in my place? I takes about an
hour and a half to set up and usually there are people around who jump in
to help. The only qualification would be that you are fit enough to haul
some boxes of books around or are nice enough to be able to enlist the help
of others. If you are interested please send me an email and I will
coordinate with you to get some of the books in storage to you.

Also, I would be interested in passing the torch on to another willing
person. It has been a fun part of the meetings for me in the past. Now, my
daughter is starting to show more interest in birding and I would like to
start bringing her to meetings. I usually camp and with the added
difficulties of having a small child with me, it all just seems a little
too much for me to handle. If anyone is interested please let me know.

Thank you and good birding,
John Cecil

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Date: 4/15/18 8:35 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Turtledove=Eurasian Collard Dove!
I apologize for my mistake in identifying my "Turtledove"! I used an old
bird book and
thanks to Eric Ollie, I now know better!
My backyard was busy, like a lot of you, too. Pictures of a beautiful Brown
Thrasher
and a Flicker.
Anne Sloth
Grundy County




















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Date: 4/15/18 6:23 pm
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] latest yard birds Pella
Had fox sparrows all day digging through snow and leaf litter about 14 to 20 of them. One white throated sparrow, a brown thrasher at a platform feeder suggesting a certain food related desperation and lastly a brown headed cowbird
Steve Johnson within Pella town limits

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Date: 4/15/18 5:20 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crazy day of birds, in North Iowa
Birders

With the blizzard here in Mason City, Friday, rain, & Saturday snow, came hundreds of birds into the yards looking for food & shelter. Never had to leave the house for a day of birding! 43 species of birds!
From Rusty Blackbirds to Wilson Snipes, and
Yellow-rump Warblers, it made a April Blizzard, a fun birding day!

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City
Cerro Gordo Co.
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Date: 4/15/18 5:04 pm
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard bird adds - Iowa City
So later today I got good views of Ruby-crowned Kinglets (more than one, I
think) and Brown Creeper (one for sure).



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/15/18 2:36 pm
From: Candace H <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loons & Osprey at Hickory Hills- Tama County
There are five Common Loons on Casey Lake this afternoon at Hickory Hills.
I've heard vocalizations twice. I also had an FOY Osprey who I watched fish
successfully. It was also quite vocal. Watched the Osprey through the
scope while it was perched on top of a Burr Oak near the water; it was
alternating balancing on 1 leg. Pretty fun to watch the behaviors.

I also saw the 3 COLO's and the Lesser Yellowlegs at Greenbelt Lake that
Connor reported today. Also at Greenbelt Lake, I saw 11 Red-breasted
Mergansers, a bunch of Pied-billed Grebes, a FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler and
my FOY Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Candace Havely
Waterloo
Black Hawk County

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Date: 4/15/18 2:26 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jester Park
Jester Park had approximately 75 Hermit Thrushes through 1 loop through the
park. Also present in good numbers were Eastern Phoebes and Fox Sparrows.

I received a text from Andy Schmitz on Friday that there were a few Purple
Martins at the nest boxes at the Brenton Arboretum in Dallas County. I
don’t expect things to end well for them if they stuck around this weekend.

Probably a lot more fun for birders than birds.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/15/18 1:52 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] April 15th??
April 15th--Any here I have been worrying about my taxes! Had a friend
that went out birding in eastern NE yesterday before and during the storm.
94 species!! How crazy is that.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 3:23 PM, drbeel <drbeel...> wrote:

> Birders
>
> This date is reliably when Rough-winged Swallows return to their nesting
> cliffs on the Cedar River at Palisades-Kepler SP in Linn County. However,
> today seems more like January 105th, and the swallows were no shows.
>
> The park was fabulously birdy around noon, however, with most of the birds
> seeking food on the roadsides. Hermit Thrushes (which seem to be
> uncommonly common this year), Fox Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows and Juncos (a
> pairing I don't normally see together), Eastern Phoebes, and 2 species that
> I rarely encounter on the ground (Pine Siskins and Ruby-crowned Kinglets).
>
> Also saw a Winter Wren foraging in downed timber.
>
> Bill Scheible
> Cedar Rapids
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Date: 4/15/18 1:23 pm
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] April 15th??
Birders
This date is reliably when Rough-winged Swallows return to their nesting cliffs on the Cedar River at Palisades-Kepler SP in Linn County.  However, today seems more like January 105th, and the swallows were no shows.
The park was fabulously birdy around noon, however, with most of the birds seeking food on the roadsides.  Hermit Thrushes   (which seem to be uncommonly common this year), Fox Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows and Juncos (a pairing I don't normally see together), Eastern Phoebes, and 2 species that I rarely encounter on the ground (Pine Siskins and Ruby-crowned Kinglets).
Also saw a Winter Wren foraging in downed timber.
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 






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Date: 4/15/18 1:13 pm
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] New Yard Bird
This fellow just arrived in the yard -- Yellow-headed Blackbird.
-Reid & Pam Allen
West Des Moines

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Date: 4/15/18 1:07 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Rock Creek Lake had 50+ white pelicans, lots of cormorants, 40+ red-breasted mergansers, few common mergansers, hundreds of ringbilled gulls, pied-billed grebes, a few whitefront geese, and at least 11 common loons. At home under feeders had FOY harris sparrow, FOY white-throated sparrow, 3 fox sparrows. Along road had male harrier hunting and a lone male bluebird. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 4/15/18 12:35 pm
From: <christopher-s-jones...>
Subject: [ia-bird] loon woodcock
Friday: common loon at IC Water Treatment Plant Pond
Today: numerous chipping sparrows at feeders this morning
Terry Trueblood: American woodcock flying at north end; hermit thrush on
west side. Also Eastern kingbird, numerous flickers.

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Date: 4/15/18 12:30 pm
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cock Pheasants Jefferson County
We used to see a lot of pheasants, then they dwindled. Now I see them more often. Never before was I privilege to witness a fight between the males, whether it was over territory or the hens I do not know. I watched them for about 25 minutes. First they faced off, then the chase began. Total chase was about 13 minutes and I would guess the distance covered was about 1-1/4 mile. It is a good thing it was shortly after sunrise today (Sunday) and it was snowing. No other vehicles about on gravel roads. I followed them north, then turned around and followed them south to an intersection where I thought I lost them. However, they were running down the middle of the road, headed west. I followed for ¼ mile, they went back east, through the field. I backed down the road. This process was repeated at least 3 times before they fought, then another brief chase and there was only one left. A couple of photos attached.
They moved the fight into the ditch, very close to my vehicle. I was shooting out the passenger window from the driver’s side and they were too close for good images. It was a fun experience anyway.
Julie Johnston
Packwood, Iowa

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Date: 4/15/18 11:59 am
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 2 dozen Common Loons in Black Hawk Co.
Riley Henry and I went out and checked the lakes around Black Hawk County
today. We first stopped at George Wyth State Park. There we got 15 Common
Loons--13 on GW Lake, 1 on Alice Wyth Lake, and 1 on Brinker Lake. There
were also many Eastern Phoebes, YRW's, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, an
Osprey, a lone Greater white-fronted Goose on Alice Wyth Lake, and 31
Hermit Thrush along the roads. Next we checked Big Woods Lake. There we got
2 COLO's and 19 Pelicans on the lake. After that, we checked Prairie Lakes
Park where we found 4 COLO's and a skein of 200 or so Snow Geese that
circled the lake. Finally, we went to Greenbelt Lake. There, we got 3
COLO's and a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs. One of the Common Loons at
Greenbelt Lake even sang while we watched it. That was a first for me! I'm
sure good birds will continue to be grounded on the lakes in the coming
days as the snow keeps coming in.


-Connor Langan
Black Hawk County

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Date: 4/15/18 11:46 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard birds Iowa City
It's fun in the yard these days, the birds are with the calendar whether the
atmospheric conditions are or not.



Yesterday I had my FOS Chipping Sparrow and a kinglet that was moving too
fast for me to see which kind (but I suspect Golden-crowned), and today FOS
Yellow-Rumped Warbler in my yard. Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers and Fox
Sparrows continue, along with White-Throated and House Sparrows, Juncos,
House Finches, Goldfinches, Mourning Doves, Downies, Starlings, Crows,
Robins, Chickadees, an occasional Pine Siskin, Blue Jays, bajillions of
Cardinals, and a few minutes ago an adult Cooper's Hawk stalking lunch
without success (in my yard, at least).



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/15/18 11:45 am
From: weatherbird58 <weatherbird58...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Feeder-fest south of Boone
As in Iowa City, 4" of snow brought mobs of birds to the feeders this
morning including an Orange-crowned and a Yellow-rumped Warbler, 9 Fox
Sparrows plus several Song, Chipping and Swamp and first this spring
White-throated Sparrow. We picked out a single Rusty and a single female
Yellow-throated Blackbird among the gobs of Redwings and grackles. Several
Purple Finches and Pine Siskins plus a couple dozen Goldfinches added
color. Sharpie only sped through once, so the birds really lingered. 34
species total out the kitchen window. I hope the insect eaters make it
through.

Karl Jungbluth, 2 miles south of Boone

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Date: 4/15/18 11:39 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hermit Thrushes galore - Ames
Hi all,

While running errands around Ames today, as is relatively normal with these late spring snowstorms, I noticed numbers of Hermit Thrushes on sidewalks and roadsides and opted to cruise some residential neighborhoods to see how many I could tally. I blew my own expectations out of the water, in an approximate 8 mile track, I counted over 130 roadside Hermit Thrushes and over 200 Fox Sparrows. I even had a couple Eastern Phoebes. This reminded me a lot of chasing the Scott’s Oriole in Estherville back in 2008 where a light snow had dropped crazy numbers of Hermit Thrushes in town and at Fort Defiance State Park nearby that particular morning.

The feeders here at home are even busier than yesterday with 2-3” of fresh snow. 16 Fox Sparrows are my high count so far and a stunning Oregon Junco made an appearance so far today.

Danny Akers
Ames

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Date: 4/15/18 11:25 am
From: <donnadea...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Chipping Sparrow
FOY hungry little Chippy on snow-covered, wind-blown deck feeder about Noon today .



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Date: 4/15/18 10:20 am
From: james fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yard and feeder nirds
Hi All,
What a day to sit and look out the window. The feeders have been
unbelievably active and three birds that normally don't shpw up at
feeders have been there constantly....Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-
rumped Warbler, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Also many Purple Finches,
Chipping Sparrows, a Sapsucker, Pine Siskins, and all the normal
suspects. Cormorants and Pelicans and gulls on the river and numerous waterfowl
on the pond and river.
For birds this sure beats normal springtime weather.
Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 4/15/18 10:12 am
From: Scott Garrett <scottandcate...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY Yard birds-Black Hawk Co.
Was surprised to see a FOY *Eastern Towhee *drop by briefly this morning
into the newly fallen snow & moments later saw a FOY *Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker* drilling on a River Birch. They joined a FOY *Brown-headed
Cowbird *which was in a seed tray & a first-in-the-yard this year, a* Fox
Sparrow.* One White-crowned sparrow & a Song sparrow were in with a number
of Juncos, Starlings, Red-winged blackbirds & Robins. Spring will get here
yet!

Scott Garrett
Cedar Falls, IA

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Date: 4/15/18 8:49 am
From: Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-headed Black birds
This morning we had our FOY male Yellow-headed Black Birds sheltering along our west marsh.

I also received a report last evening from my brother-in-law who lives northwest of Mason City along the Winnebago River that male Yellow-headed Black Birds are part of a mixed flock of Red-winged Black Birds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Common Grackles.

Mike

Milford TWSP, Story County

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Date: 4/14/18 8:37 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No Mountain Bluebird
I spent an hour in the area south of Moulton and no luck for the Mountain Bluebird. Did have Loggerhead Shrike just east of the area on Clay Ave. Tom J. Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 4/14/18 6:18 pm
From: Stan Buman <stan...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swan Lake State Park - Carroll, IA
6 Common Loons and one Horned Grebe were the most notable birds on the lake today. The Horned Grebe hung out with 3 Ruddy Ducks.

Stan Buman
(712) 830-7713

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Date: 4/14/18 3:30 pm
From: <onespayiowa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Jumer's Casion, again. Seriously?
OK. So I hike and paddle until my joints hurt to get to remote areas to
try to find unusual and wonderful birds and I find all I have to do is have
a tailgaiter in the parking lot of the local casino? Geez.

Two new species for my life list: a Forester's tern and 3 Bonaparte's
gulls. And the biggest group of cormorants I've ever seen. Couldn't find
the common loons this time, but the red breasted mergansers were still
there dancing away.

Jeanne
Buffalo, IA

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Date: 4/14/18 3:28 pm
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Ledges State Park - Boone Co
I went over to Ledges for a few minutes this afternoon to get my birding
fix. I had a pretty good 90 mins. Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrushes
(one singing in the woods), a Winter Wren popped out when I was playing
Hermit Thrush audio, two Vesper Sparrows (funny, because I missed them
entirely last year), lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and one Golden-crowned
Kinglet. An Osprey was hanging out for some reason. I saw it perched at
two different places on the road. The only species I didn't see that I was
looking for was Fox Sparrow.

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Date: 4/14/18 2:02 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines FOYs
Hey IBIrders,

Karen and I found a window in the inclement weather for Harney's
afternoon walk by the Des Moines River. It was surprisingly birdy,
with FOYs (for me) CHIPPING and SWAMP SPARROWS, BROWN THRASHER,
AMERICAN COOT, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were
conspicuous, and a HERMIT THRUSH made an appearance, as did a small
squadron of AM WHITE PELICANS cruising overhead. The highlight of the
afternoon was a PEREGRINE FALCON making a bold pass upriver, then
skirting the ridge above us on the way back down the river, giving us
very nice looks. He (she?) was majestic.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 4/14/18 11:32 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cattle Egret - Blackhawk co.
On my way back to get photos of RTL., I saw a northbound CATTLE EGRET crossing H.W.20. As of 1:30 , the RED-THROATED LOON was still present on Grundy co Lake near a C. Loon for comparison. Other notables were a foy. BONAPARTE'S GULL and a HORNED GREBE on the lake.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 4/14/18 11:07 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU Spring Meeting INFO (not a sighting)
Greeting from Sioux City,

The 2018 IOU Spring Meeting is approaching rather rapidly.

A couple of things to keep in mind--*There are deadlines for any special
rate accommodation (listed below)*

Stoney Creek--a rather fancy hotel that would be great for someone wishing
to celebrate a special occasion that weekend.
DEADLINE for special rate is April 18 (Wednesday)
Marina Inn--DEADLINE for special rate is April 28
New Victoria Inn and Suites--DEADLINE for special rate is May 1
Country Inn and Suites--DEADLINE for special rate is May 1
Dorm Rooms--BEST DEAL available DEADLINE for special rate is May 1
(only 11 rooms left) We are working to extend the deadline but I
would not count on it.

To register for any of the *accommodations* options, click on the BLUE
colored link.

Briar Cliff Dorm Rooms <http://iowabirds.org/IOU/Rooms.aspx?id=67>

- on campus
$20 per person

- New Victoria Inn and Suites
<https://www.newvictorianinn.com/location/sioux-city-iowa/>
3101 Singing Hills Blvd, Sioux City
712-233-2302
$79.99 plus Tax ($15 for pets)
Reserve by May 1

- Country Inn and Suites
<https://www.countryinns.com/north-sioux-city-hotel-sd-57049/sddakota>
151 Tower Rd, Dakota Dunes, SD
605-232-3500
$95.00 plus Tax (refer to block code 1805IOUBLO) /
Reserve by May 1

- Stoney Creek Inn
<http://www.stoneycreekhotels.com/hotel/travel/siouxcity/home.do>
300 3rd St, Sioux City, IA 51101
(712) 234-1100
$119.00 plus tax Deluxe King OR Double Queen
Reserve by April 18

- Marina Inn--Delta Hotels by Marriott South Sioux C
<https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/suxde-delta-hotels-south-sioux-city-riverfront/>
385 East 4th Street, South Sioux City, Nebraska 68776
402-494-4000
$104 plus tax
Reserve by April 27

Also, meals need to be requested by May 10th. We Iowan's have a habit of
waiting until the last minute to register. Times are a changing and most
caterers and hotels wish a little more lead time to properly prepare. I
would suggest registering early to both help the IOU and the caterers to
better prepare.

*Register here for the meeting:*
https://iowabirds.org/IOU/NextMeeting.aspx


God Bless,

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

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Date: 4/14/18 10:44 am
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon at Grundy co. Lake
This morning, I found an ad. RED-THROATED LOON in basic plumage on Grundy co. Lake. The bird took flight and made several laps around the lake giving me some good fly by looks. It eventually took off headed northwest. This was at 9:30 a.m. I waited around for a half hour or so hoping it would return, but it didn't. My dad just called and said it was there at 11:00 in the northwest corner of lake.
He said it was flying around as he arrived and then landed.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 4/13/18 10:05 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Turtle Dove
Hi All,
Turtle Dove (lifer), Chipping Sparrows, Purple Finches, Hermit Thrushes,
Golden-Crowned Kinglet,
possible Brown Creeper, among others just today in my Grundy County back
yard!

Anne Sloth
Grundy County


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Date: 4/13/18 7:32 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cerro Gordo County
Saw a Krider's redtail on Fallspark Drive near Rock Falls this morning, about halfway between the eagle nest and California Avenue, and north of Mason City on the far south edge of the pond at the corner of 290th ST and Poplar Avenue my first great egrets of the year(a group of about 8 birds). There were also several common mergansers on the pond.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 4/13/18 7:02 pm
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey
This evening we had a FOY and yard bird #107--OSPREY. It was perched in a
snag behind our house eating a goldfish. We're not sure which neighbors
have a pond large enough for an Osprey to fish in, but they provided a good
meal.

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines

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Date: 4/13/18 6:41 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bird Migration
Des Moines Audubon Program
Using Weather Radar to Monitor Bird Migration
Tuesday, April 17th, 7 p.m.
By Karl Jungbluth

Karl Jungbluth will demonstrate the use of weather radar to monitor
nocturnal bird migration. Karl has over 20 years of experience studying Iowa
birds, and his career with the National Weather Service gave him unique
insights into the techniques of tracking migrants. He’ll discuss how we can
augment our understanding of migration and improve our birding success by
interpreting bird signatures on spring or autumn weather radar.  Karl will
place special emphasis on predicting “fallouts” of colorful migrants in
central Iowa.

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. 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: 4/13/18 6:28 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Had FOY phoebe and golden-crown kinglet. Also had 1st 4 snow trilliums in bloom. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 4/13/18 5:50 pm
From: Charles Wittman <chaswitt...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY gc kinglet
For a gloomy day, there were 2 golden crowned kinglets at Gilbertson County
Park near Elgin (Fayette Co.) They are FOY for me as were the butterbutts
I reported earlier today.
At the opposite end of the scale, two first of the day adult bald eagles at
the park.

Charles Wittman
Clermont, Iowa

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Date: 4/13/18 5:13 pm
From: RJ Thompson <thompsonryan309...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Raptor flyovers in West Des Moines IA Broad Winged Hawks and more...Polk County
I had eight species of raptors fly over my house in West Des Moines from
5:30-6:30pm including 56 Broad Winged hawks. All these birds were headed
NE.

RJ Thompson
West Des Moines IA

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Date: 4/13/18 3:35 pm
From: Ulrike G <ulrikedg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Near window strike - RTHA!
How windy is it? I just had a Red-tailed Hawk blown into my front window.
This was not a head-on collision, but its inner wing scraped the window
before it swerved away and up over the top of the house. Nadia & I ran to
the back door and observed it fly briefly before it moved out of sight. (I
believe the hawk was going after a squirrel in the front yard before it got
caught in the breeze?)

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Date: 4/13/18 3:17 pm
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] McFarland Park today & Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in my yard
I wanted to do some birding out of the wind today so I went to McFarland
Park in Ames and was rewarded with lots birds. On the ridge of the nature
trail looking down at the creek I saw both Kinglets and a couple of Myrtle
Warblers. Since I was above them I could see the color of their crowns.
Neat. All of them appeared to be eating insects on the surface of the
water. Food is hard to find with this weather. I also saw 2 Phoebes, 20+
Flickers, at least that many Fox Sparrows, a couple of Swamp Sparrows, a
dozen or so Hermit Thrushes, at least 100 Juncos, and 2 Brewer's
Blackbirds. In my yard this morning I saw 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
Nick Osness
Ames

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Date: 4/13/18 3:14 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-13-18
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, April 7, through Friday, April 13,
2018:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**FISH CROW** (Probable)

**RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD**









CASUAL:

*MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Long-tailed Duck

Northern Goshawk

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (Record early)

Marbled Godwit

Pine Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler (3rd earliest)

Smiths Longspur

Red Crossbill

Common Redpoll







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



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









*EAST*:



LINN COUNTY:

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in a yard in Cedar Rapids on the 7th.



3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Morgan Creek Arboretum on the 8th.



An early BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was seen in a yard in Cedar Rapids on
the 13th.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A COMMON REDPOLL continues at a feeder in North Liberty on the 7th.



A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Sand Point on the 12th.



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen over Waterloo on the 12th.





*SOUTHEAST*:



DAVIS COUNTY:

A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was seen about 5 miles southeast of Moulton on Buck
Ave, halfway between 306th and 315th St. on the 7th. This bird was last
seen on the 12th.



LEE COUNTY:

A probable pair of FISH CROWS were seen along County Rd X23 about .2 miles
off US 61 on the 10th.



A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the 11th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



LUCAS COUNTY:

A CINNAMON TEAL continues at Red Hawk SP on the 7th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*At least 200 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at the organic farm on the 9th.*



*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at the pond at Ashworth Park on the 11th. *



*GREENE COUNTY:*

*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at the pond at the Wild Rose Casino on the 11th.
It was last seen on the 12th.*









*SOUTHWEST:*



*PAGE COUNTY:*

*An early BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Rapp Park on the 7th.*







*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS are still being seen at East Okoboji on the 7th.*



*IDA COUNTY:*

*A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was photographed at a feeder north of Galva on the
13th. The homeowner is open to visitors, but the homeowners need to be
emailed first. The homeowners are Jeff and Lisa Naslund, and their email is
*<lisa...> They can also be texted at 515-984-0661











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 20, 2018 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 4/13/18 3:04 pm
From: Candace H <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon & Cormorants @ Hickory Hills, Tama County
There were the usual ducks at Hickory Hills in Tama County this afternoon,
but I also observed a stunning Common Loon in full breeding plumage and two
Double-creasted Cormorants who were sitting side by side on a stump in the
middle of Casey Lake.

Candace Havely
Waterloo, Iowa
Black Hawk County

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Date: 4/13/18 2:48 pm
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] atypical yard birds today and some FOY
my yard in city limits of Pella
purple finch 6 f and 2 mchipping sparrowhermit thrushbrown thrasherbrown creeperyellow bellied sapsuckereastern phoebered breasted nuthatch m and f
Steve Johnson

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Date: 4/13/18 2:30 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers
Thursday and Friday, I saw 6 warbler sp., 4 of them nesters and 2
migrants. They were: Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler (also seen
earlier in the week), N. Parula, Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped and
Orange-crowned.
Also, spotted a lone Broad-winged Hawk heading in a northerly direction.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/13/18 2:15 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOYs is Pocahontas County
Hi Birders,

I missed school today because I was sick, but was blessed to see 3 FOY
birds without leaving my house. They were:
-2 Purple finches
-1 Eastern Bluebird
-1 Fox Sparrow

Photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44534950

Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

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Date: 4/13/18 1:32 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rufous Hummingbird North of Galva,, Iowa
Hi,
I got a message this morning of a Rufous Hummingbird at a friend's home North of Galva, Iowa. After seeing Lisa's photos, I headed up to Galva, Iowa to also, record this
wind-blowen Hummer. In route, I called Paul Roisen and knowing Paul, if he was anywhere near, he would head my way, also.
We both got images, during the really adverse weather conditions, of the male Rufous coming to a feeder. The first view is the feeder set-up, with a very limited area to record this bird. Here are a couple of images I made of this beautiful Hummer.
The home owner is willing to have visitors, only after contacting her by e-mail or text. The weather here is light rain and 30 to 40 m.p.h. winds, with thunderstorm and possible
3 to 5 inchs of snow during the day on Saturday. I will try and keep track, if the bird stays through this major winter storm headed this way.

Don Poggensee
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445
712-36403491

Home Owner

Jeff & Lisa Naslund

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Date: 4/13/18 1:29 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rufous Hummingbird--Ida County
Rufous Hummingbird seen yesterday and today just north of Galva, IA

Don Poggensee, his wife, and I saw and photograph a male Rufous Hummingbird
today despite wind gust between 25-40mph out of the ENE. You are welcome
to visit but requested to make contact with Lisa first. *TEXT* her
515-984-0661 *OR* email her: <lisa...>

*Address*: 6077 130th St, Galva, IA 51020 *GPS*: 42.52, -95.414
Brick house with outbuilding.

God Bless and travel safe if you go.

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

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Date: 4/13/18 12:51 pm
From: bonkers <bonkers...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] FOY's today
FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler came to my window, I didn't have to look for it.Many purple finches this week.Juncos are still here.
BlancaSE Warren




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Today at Des Moines Waterworks Park, I saw my FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler.
 
At Gray’s Lake, there was a FOY Cliff Swallow mixed in with the Tree Swallows.
 
Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes
 




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Date: 4/13/18 12:42 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Burrowing Owl window kill downtown Dsm
Birders,

I received the attached photos of a window-killed Burrowing Owl at the Meredith Building in downtown Des Moines this morning. The body is making its way to folks with the proper salvage permits.

Ya just never know!

Bird on!
Matt


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Date: 4/13/18 11:57 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Water Works--Polk Co.
A Yellow-throated Warbler has returned to the main pine grove by the
crabapples at Water Works. On the back pond, there was a big flock of Tree
Swallows with a Barn Swallow mixed in.

Aaron Brees
Polk City, Iowa
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Date: 4/13/18 10:39 am
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler
Imagine my surprise when I looked out into my paltry backyard this morning and saw an extremely early and apparently discombobulated male Black-throated Green Warbler poking around a Boxelder Tree.  And this with snow predicted for Sunday!
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 
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Date: 4/13/18 10:35 am
From: mcgriffin <mcgriffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mtn. Bluebird no sighting
Checked the area in Davis County between 11 and 12:30 No sighting. Talked to a lady who lives close and she said they haven't seen it today.

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Date: 4/13/18 10:18 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loggerhead shrike Cone Marsh
220th and T ave Cone Marsh Louisa Cty
Just relocated

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/13/18 10:10 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY's today
Today at Des Moines Waterworks Park, I saw my FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler.

At Gray's Lake, there was a FOY Cliff Swallow mixed in with the Tree Swallows.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/13/18 9:53 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] yard
In the last couple days have had Pine Siskins, Purple Fiches, a Hermit
Thrush, 2 Brown Thrasher, a White-throated Sparrow and several Juncos.
Jim Durbin
1460 Douglas Court
Marion Ia 52302
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Date: 4/13/18 9:45 am
From: Charles Wittman <chaswitt...>
Subject: [ia-bird] warbler in Fayette Co.
Returned from the post office to find a half dozen of these yellow rumps in
a maple in the backyard (Clermont). Brightened a dreary day.

Charles Wittman
Clermont, Fayette Co.

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Date: 4/13/18 9:20 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] new yard bird in Johnston
A WINTER WREN was a nice surprise as it puttered around under the feeders
this morning.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 4/13/18 8:15 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Come Marsh
No Shrikes....
Lots of Shorebirds

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/13/18 7:30 am
From: Russell Benedict <BenedictR...>
Subject: [ia-bird] More FOYs
My ornithology class had a great field trip yesterday on the hiking trails below the dam at Lake Red Rock. Had my first of the year Bonaparte's Gulls, Pectoral Sandpiper, and singing Field Sparrow. But we had great views of lots of birds. I love hearing students get excited by even the common things. The birds that drew the greatest reaction from my 12 kids were a super close look at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet with its red cap exposed, a drumming Downy Woodpecker, and Eastern Phoebes and a female Northern Cardinal carrying nesting material. It is nice to be reminded of how beautiful and amazing even the common birds are. Russ, Pella / Knoxville.


Russ Benedict

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Director of Prairies For Agriculture Project

Department of Biology, Central College

812 University Street | Campus Box 09 | Pella, Iowa 50219
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Subject: [ia-bird] FOY Swallow trifecta- Johnson County

Today I saw my FOY TREE SWALLOWS(2) in the morning, and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW in the afternoon(1), both at the pond at Belgum Grove in Johnson County. At the Casey's in Hills and also at the Martin Colony in Riverside, I saw my FOY PURPLE MARTINS. Hopefully they'll be able to find enough to eat to make it through until M/Tu when it warms up again.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/13/18 4:48 am
From: Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long billed Dowitcher
Stopped at Jensen Marsh- Madison county after work Thursday. Lots of
activity. Mud flats were full of little shorebirds! My ID got me to greater
and lesser yellowlegs, Wilson's snipe, Baird's and pectoral sandpipers and
1 Long billed dowitcher. Others too far and fast for me to ID.

Sharon Bauer
Winterset

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Date: 4/12/18 7:12 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird - NO
Bill and Chris, Very sorry to hear you missed the bird.

I last saw the Mountain Bluebird at 8:01. Arrived to the bird cavorting
on the road and occasionally sitting on one of the post on either side of
the road. Here is the rest of the story: Yesterday I spend about 2
hours looking for the bird from 5:00 to 6:50PM. Finally did a loop around
the area and came back around 7:10. The bird was on the east west fence on
the about 150 yards east of the road. During the time I was there I did
not see a single vehicle.
Today however. Just after I got four photos a PU truck came barreling
past me (seemed like 90mph but I am sure it was closer to 50 but did not
slow down or pause even though I had my camera up. The bird flew west of
the road about 200 yards an perched on the top of a tree. I waited quite
some time watching it and when I glanced around it was gone. I stayed
another 35 minutes during which 5 more vehicles came by all slowed down
expect one and one person stopped to find out what I was doing. Never saw
the bird again but I did tell the couple to keep an eye out for this
incredible bird. I think it is possible that it is still around. Hope
some more people for the Appanoose birding club try for it and report it
again. Great day to be out birding but I did notice that the ground and
the air down there was unbelievably DRY. Up here in Sioux City everything
is still soggy and moist (though it did dry out a lot today in preparation
for the impending SNOW predicted for Saturday.

Missed the Eared Grebe at Wapello but has FOY Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned
and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets along with Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
Pectoral Sandpiper and Wilson's Snipe in the county.

God Bless,

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Date: 4/12/18 7:01 pm
From: Austin Chipps <chippsa1...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Kish-Ke-Kosh and South Skunk River Wildlife Area
Took a drive just north of Pella to a couple of my favorite areas:
Kish-Ke-Kosh Prairie and the South Skunk River WMA. Highlights from the
South Skunk River were 2 *Horned Larks* in adjacent farm fields, 3 *Hermit
Thrush* individuals in the woods surrounding the oxbow and what I believe
to be a *Swainson's Hawk* soaring overhead. Was wondering if anyone had
seen one in the same area. Also present were *Lesser Yellowlegs*, *Wilson's
Snipe*, a *Northern Harrier*, *Tree Swallows* and a pair of *Bald Eagles*
guarding a massive nest above the oxbow. (Several species of waterfowl also
present)

Kish-Ke-Kosh was fairly quiet aside from several *Eastern Meadowlarks *singing
nearby. The highlight from that location was one *LeConte's Sparrow*, who
first revealed itself when I was just three feet away. After some patience,
I finally located the bird running along the ground and was able to get
some good looks.


The weather was perfect!

Austin

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Date: 4/12/18 5:19 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY Swallow trifecta- Johnson County
Today I saw my FOY *TREE SWALLOWS*(2) in the morning, and *NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW* in the afternoon(1), both at the pond at *Belgum
Grove* in Johnson County. At the *Casey's in Hills* and also at the Martin
Colony in Riverside, I saw my FOY *PURPLE MARTINS*. Hopefully they'll be
able to find enough to eat to make it through until M/Tu when it warms up
again.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/12/18 5:17 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No. Goshawk - Blackhawk co.
On the way home from picking our son up from daycare, a soaring large accipter caught my attention. I was able to i.d. it as a N.GOSHAWK by the size, as large as a Red-tailed Hawk. This was near H.W. 218 in Waterloo.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 4/12/18 5:06 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co
Larry, ok, thanks. I see now the large size is a common characteristic for
domestics. I looked through the various domestic pictures but didn't find
one that looked like this but I guess there is a large amount of variation
in how they look. Tom


On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:32:03 PM UTC-5, lgdau9 wrote:
>
> I believe this bird is a domestic Mallard, if it is in the pond by the
> cabins. It is pure black with a green head. There are domestics this
> color. He has been at the pond for 2 or 3 weeks. I figured he was dropped
> off. He could be a very dark wild bird. You can post the photos and see
> what others say. He is very neat to view in sunlight.
>
> On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 4:32 PM, Tom Dougherty <tom.doug......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>> I believe there is an American Black Duck x Mallard at the Discovery
>> Pond. It is noticeably larger than a mallard, has a mallard head shape and
>> color but a very dark chocolate brown body. I’ll post pictures when I get
>> home.
>>
>> Tom Dougherty
>> Urbandale, IA
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Date: 4/12/18 4:50 pm
From: 'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird - NO
The Mountain Bluebird in Davis County was a no-show for Bill Scheible and me
between 10:30 - 2:00 today.

Lake Wapello State Park provided a nice consolation prize with a beautiful
breeding-plumaged EARED GREBE, along with 50+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS, a pair of
slightly late COMMON GOLDENEYES, a COMMON LOON, and several more common
waterfowl species.

Our day's haul was enough to push the Davis County checklist on the IOU
website to 200 species, leaving only 5 forlorn counties below that
threshold.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA



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Date: 4/12/18 4:32 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co
I believe this bird is a domestic Mallard, if it is in the pond by the
cabins. It is pure black with a green head. There are domestics this
color. He has been at the pond for 2 or 3 weeks. I figured he was dropped
off. He could be a very dark wild bird. You can post the photos and see
what others say. He is very neat to view in sunlight.

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 4:32 PM, Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
wrote:

> I believe there is an American Black Duck x Mallard at the Discovery Pond.
> It is noticeably larger than a mallard, has a mallard head shape and color
> but a very dark chocolate brown body. I’ll post pictures when I get home.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale, IA
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Date: 4/12/18 4:23 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] A great birding day in central Iowa
This morning I did some birding at Ledges State Park, in Boone County, next
went to Swan Lake in Carroll Co., then finished up at Dunbar Slough WMA and
Squirrel Hollow CCB area in Greene Co. I ended up with 69 species, the
most I've been able to get in one day yet this year. Some of the best were:

Brewers Blackbirds--small flock of 12 at Oakwood Picnic area, Ledges S.P.
Dunlin (FOY)--one at Dunbar Slough
Vesper Sparrow (FOY)--two at Dunbar Slough
Golden-crowned Kinglet (FOY)--one at Squirrel Hollow CCB area
Carolina Wren--one at Squirrel Hollow CCB area

I checked all the ponds at the Casino at Jefferson but could not find the
Cinnamon Teal that Matt Wetrich has seen there again today.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/12/18 4:06 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co

Attached is a picture of the mallard hybrid I saw at the Discovery Pond at
Jester Park. The hybrid is noticeably larger than the mallard which seems
a bit odd to me since the American Black Duck and Mallard are similar
sizes.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Tom

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 4:32:11 PM UTC-5, Tom Dougherty wrote:
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> I believe there is an American Black Duck x Mallard at the Discovery Pond.
> It is noticeably larger than a mallard, has a mallard head shape and color
> but a very dark chocolate brown body. I’ll post pictures when I get home.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/12/18 3:02 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] 3 of a Kind at Casino in Jefferson
Birders,

The Cinnamon Teal is still around at the Wild Rose casino ponds in Jefferson. Spefically, it is in the eastern most pond along hwy 4.

Bird on!

Matt


Matt Wetrich
Jefferson
Naturalist, Carroll County Conservation


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Date: 4/11/18 8:51 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: IA-Bird ListServe <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 3 of a Kind at Casino in Jefferson


Birders,


Among other waterfowl, all three species of teal were seen this evening around the small ponds around the Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson (Greene Co). The Cinnamon Teal was seen from Hwy 30 in the southwestern most pond. Guess I'm going to have to officially start a casino list!


Other birds of interest from this evening:


Purple Martin in my Jefferson neighborhood.


Dunbar Slough, pool viewed from 270th: increasing number of shorebirds, with Wilson's Snipe, Pectoral, both yellowlegs, and Baird's. Also 14 Great-tailed Grackle were in the pasture on the south side of 270th. Tree Swallows and Ruby-crowned Kinglet were seen near the eagle nest grove on B Ave.


Bird on!


Matt



Matt Wetrich

Jefferson

Naturalist, Carroll County Conservation

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Date: 4/12/18 2:32 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hybrid Mallard at Discovery Pond, Jester Park, Polk Co
I believe there is an American Black Duck x Mallard at the Discovery Pond. It is noticeably larger than a mallard, has a mallard head shape and color but a very dark chocolate brown body. I’ll post pictures when I get home.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/12/18 2:24 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Caspian Tern
A Caspian Tern is hanging out with the Ring-billed Gulls across the street
in the pond.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 4/12/18 12:59 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marbled Godwit tops Johnson Co. Shorebirds
Shorebirds are getting to number in the hundreds at Hawkeye WMA and Coralville Lake. I had 3 FOYs today.

1 Marbled Godwit (far east of Sand Point's base.)

1 Long-billed Dowitcher (Twin View Heights)

American Golden-Plovers

Dunlins

Baird's Sandpipers

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids


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Date: 4/12/18 12:27 pm
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Bonaparte's Gulls at Anderson Lake
I had another nice outing up to Wall Lake and Anderson Lake (east of
Jewell) this morning. On the way up HWY 69 I saw 6 Snipe in a wet
cornfield. Other than a large flock of Snow Geese at Little Wall, there
weren't many other ducks. The DNR was burning the prairie east of the lake.
At Anderson Lake there was again a very nice number of ducks that included
about 20 Canvasbacks, a Hooded Merganser male, and two dozen Ruddy Ducks
with their very bright blue bills. Over a thousand Snow Geese were still
there, but on the far west side which made it impossible for me to
determine if there were any Ross' Geese like before. As I was watching the
ducks, 8 White Pelicans and 7 Bonaparte's Gulls flew in. Hawk-wise I say a
Harrier and got a great look at a Rough-legged. Also saw my FOY Tree
Swallow.
Nick Osness
Ames, IA

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Date: 4/12/18 10:54 am
From: Julie <jg441157j5x...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
I agree with Paul. It is very helpful to know it was not seen (today, recently, whatever). It is also helpful when saying you saw a “bird at the same location as stated by someone yesterday” to repeat that location. Otherwise one has to go back through all the emails to find the one with that location listed.
Thanks in advance.
Julie Johnston,
Packwood, IA

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From: Paul Roisen
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:48 PM
To: Tom Dougherty
Cc: IA-BIRD
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co


It is extremely appreciated when people post that they have not seen a Bird that people might be looking for thanks very much Tom God bless
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 12, 2018, at 12:25 PM, Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> wrote:
>
> Did not relocate the Cinnamon Teal at noon at Greenwood Park pond. A FOY yellow-dumped warbler was nice enough to land in front of myself and another birder though so that was cool.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale, IA
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Date: 4/12/18 10:48 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co

It is extremely appreciated when people post that they have not seen a Bird that people might be looking for thanks very much Tom God bless
Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 12, 2018, at 12:25 PM, Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> wrote:
>
> Did not relocate the Cinnamon Teal at noon at Greenwood Park pond. A FOY yellow-dumped warbler was nice enough to land in front of myself and another birder though so that was cool.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale, IA
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Date: 4/12/18 10:25 am
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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
Did not relocate the Cinnamon Teal at noon at Greenwood Park pond. A FOY yellow-dumped warbler was nice enough to land in front of myself and another birder though so that was cool.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/12/18 9:16 am
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Purple Martins - Johnson Co
Observed 4 Purple Martins scouting out the nest colony at our local Casey's
in Hills this morning. Also have a pair of Purple Finches at the feeders
today among the many house finches, and other more regular visitors. A
welcome surprise to start the day!

Adam Ciha
Hills, Iowa

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Date: 4/12/18 6:29 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] FOY Brown Thrasher
Foy
Brown Thrasher
Raking leaves Buffalo Iowa
Beautiful Morning
Dick Sayles

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Date: 4/12/18 6:13 am
From: Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie Chickens and Mountain Bluebird
My mom & I visisted Kellerton yesterday also! We were there at sunrise and
counted 24 from the platform. Totally worth the early-morning drive.
We drove the dirt rounds around the conservancy and saw Northern Harriers,
Wilson's Snipes and 1 American Bittern.
Beautiful day to be in southern Iowa.

Jacob Welchans

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:50:03 PM UTC-5, 2birders wrote:
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> Pam and I decided to see the Kellerton Prairie Chickens and then go for
> the Mountain Bluebird today.
>
> We found 18 Greater Prairie Chickens at the Kellerton viewing area. A
> little later we came upon another, in a tree, on Highway R18 (Elk Chapel
> Road) in Decatur County. This location is only about 7 miles east of the
> Kellerton lek. We also found two Loggerhead Shrikes in this same area.
>
> We then worked our way to the previously described site of the Mountain
> Bluebird in the far southwestern corner of Davis County. The bluebird put
> on a wonderful show along the highway fence line.
>
> Images of the "treed" Prairie Chicken and the Mountain Bluebird are below.
>
> Good Birding to All!
>
> Reid and Pam Allen
> West Des Moines
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Date: 4/12/18 6:13 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...> wrote:

> Birders,
>
>
> Among other waterfowl, all three species of teal were seen this evening
> around the small ponds around the Wild Rose Casino in JeffersonI'm
>
>
> Other birds of interest from this evening:
>
>
> Purple Martin in my Jefferson neighborhood.
>
>
> Dunbar Slough, pool viewed from 270th:
>


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Date: 4/12/18 6:13 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
Mountain bluebird beautiful showing on Buck Avenue nice photos about 7:50AM
on still there.Gorgeous day hope you get down to see it all

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Date: 4/11/18 7:16 pm
From: horticulturemama <horticulturemama...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pelicans-Black Hawk County
I saw 2 pelicans flying over the 1st St. bridge over the Cedar River in
Cedar Falls.
I was gawking out the car so much, I just about drove into the river!!!!

Anne Sloth
Grundy County


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Date: 4/11/18 6:51 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 3 of a Kind at Casino in Jefferson
Birders,


Among other waterfowl, all three species of teal were seen this evening around the small ponds around the Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson (Greene Co). The Cinnamon Teal was seen from Hwy 30 in the southwestern most pond. Guess I'm going to have to officially start a casino list!


Other birds of interest from this evening:


Purple Martin in my Jefferson neighborhood.


Dunbar Slough, pool viewed from 270th: increasing number of shorebirds, with Wilson's Snipe, Pectoral, both yellowlegs, and Baird's. Also 14 Great-tailed Grackle were in the pasture on the south side of 270th. Tree Swallows and Ruby-crowned Kinglet were seen near the eagle nest grove on B Ave.


Bird on!


Matt



Matt Wetrich

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Date: 4/11/18 6:37 pm
From: randall.scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie Chickens and Mountain Bluebird
Great photos!

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:50:03 PM UTC-5, 2birders wrote:
>
> Pam and I decided to see the Kellerton Prairie Chickens and then go for
> the Mountain Bluebird today.
>
> We found 18 Greater Prairie Chickens at the Kellerton viewing area. A
> little later we came upon another, in a tree, on Highway R18 (Elk Chapel
> Road) in Decatur County. This location is only about 7 miles east of the
> Kellerton lek. We also found two Loggerhead Shrikes in this same area.
>
> We then worked our way to the previously described site of the Mountain
> Bluebird in the far southwestern corner of Davis County. The bluebird put
> on a wonderful show along the highway fence line.
>
> Images of the "treed" Prairie Chicken and the Mountain Bluebird are below.
>
> Good Birding to All!
>
> Reid and Pam Allen
> West Des Moines
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Date: 4/11/18 5:50 pm
From: Reid Allen <2birders...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie Chickens and Mountain Bluebird
Pam and I decided to see the Kellerton Prairie Chickens and then go for
the Mountain Bluebird today.

We found 18 Greater Prairie Chickens at the Kellerton viewing area. A
little later we came upon another, in a tree, on Highway R18 (Elk Chapel
Road) in Decatur County.  This location is only about 7 miles east of
the Kellerton lek.  We also found two Loggerhead Shrikes in this same area.

We then worked our way to the previously described site of the Mountain
Bluebird in the far southwestern corner of Davis County. The bluebird
put on a wonderful show along the highway fence line.

Images of the "treed" Prairie Chicken and the Mountain Bluebird are below.

Good Birding to All!

Reid and Pam Allen
West Des Moines

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Date: 4/11/18 5:28 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Woodcocks- Belgum Grove, Johnson County
There were several *AMERICAN WOODCOCKS* flying high this evening at *Belgum
Grove* in Johnson County on the south side of the pond.

Also there, *AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, SHOVELERS,
PIED-BILL GREBES, SCAUP*, and *GREEN-WINGED TEAL*.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/11/18 4:58 pm
From: John Cecil <jcecil01...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
Not located at dusk. There were 4 blue- winged teal present.

John Cecil

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> This bird is still present on the main pond at Ashworth Park but
> occasionally swims out of sight in the cattails.
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Date: 4/11/18 4:32 pm
From: Keith Carris <kcarris38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh today, PIPITS, PLOVER, BREWERS B.B., Etc.
There was a lot of activity at the burn area at the Southwest corner of the
Marsh. I was viewing from the Parking lot near that corner and saw
AMERICAN PIPITS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, and a couple of BREWERS
BLACKBIRDS. There were GREATER YELLOWLEGS and SNIPE on the edge of the
marsh near there. They have burned off LARGE areas of the Marsh recently
and these areas seem to be a magnet for birds. I could NOT locate the
Loggerhead Shrike seen recently.

Keith Carris
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/11/18 12:36 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pine Warbler
A singing Pine Warbler has returned to the same location in the Farmington
Unit of Shimek Forest. This is in Van Buren County (barely).
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/11/18 11:00 am
From: Dan Cohen <bccbdan...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FoY YR and hermit thrush
FoY hermit thrush and yellow-rumped warbler today in Buchanan County.





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Date: 4/11/18 10:53 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hermit thrush Walnut Woods SP
This morning I saw at least 1 hermit thrush and a pileated woodpecker at
Walnut Woods State Park. At Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area there
were tree swallows, all 3 merganzers and a common loon. There were horned
grebes at Gray's Lake.
Diane Dentlinger
Des Moines

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Date: 4/11/18 10:28 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Foy Scott and Muscatine
Yesterday at Saulsbury Bridge
Foy Great Egret
Today at Credit Island
First of the year Chipping Sparrow
And Great Egrets

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/11/18 9:51 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
This bird is still present on the main pond at Ashworth Park but
occasionally swims out of sight in the cattails.

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Date: 4/11/18 8:43 am
From: Justin Ferguson <jferguson1869...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tree Swallows
FOY - TREE SWALLOWS checking out a nest box at Lake Anita, Cass Co. this morning.

Justin Ferguson
Clive

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Date: 4/11/18 7:58 am
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
Mike and Vicky Stephens relocated the Mountain Bluebird in the same location south of Moulton this a.m. Tom J. Mystic,Ia.

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Date: 4/11/18 7:44 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
A school group just flushed the teals to the far north end end of the big pond by the drainage pipes.

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Date: 4/11/18 7:27 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal -Polk Co
There is a Cinnamon Teal hanging out with a couple of blue-winged teal at Greenwood and Ashworth Park pond.

Tom Dougherty
Polk Co

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Date: 4/11/18 7:20 am
From: Russell Benedict <BenedictR...>
Subject: [ia-bird] First of the year
Had my first Chipping Sparrow of the year on Sunday, at our bird feeders midway between Pella and Knoxville. Also had two Hermit Thrushes this morning in some young woods near the Central College cross country course, just west of campus in Pella. Russ.


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Date: 4/11/18 5:42 am
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Egret in Jones County
Yesterday afternoon along Highway 151 one mile SE of Monticello I observed
a GREAT EGRET in a small pond. Just west of Cascade along 151 I saw a
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, Iowa

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Date: 4/11/18 5:28 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. incredible blackbird flock
When I opened our front windowshades at about 6:40 this morning, I saw a
gigantic flock of blackbirds beginning to fly northwest over Ogden. The
continuous overhead flight lasted for about 3 minutes. I tried estimating
some numbers within certain "chunks" of the flock but it was very
difficult, as some parts of the flock were extremely thick and nearly
uncountable. Nevertheless, my *conservative* estimate is a minimum of
100,000 birds, and it very well could have been *many* more than that.

I assume this flock had spent the night roosting at Harrier Marsh Wildlife
Area, just across US Hwy 30 from town. There are frequently massive
roosting flocks there in spring and fall migrations.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/10/18 6:35 pm
From: Kevin Murphy <kevin.murphy39...>
Subject: [ia-bird] West Ames Woodcock and a FOY bat
While finishing up some work in my yard this evening I paused for a bit to
count Woodcock peenting and was able to identify at least 7 individuals
displaying while stationary in my driveway. This is near College Creek,
west of the Southwest Athletics Complex. I also watched my FOY bat (species
unknown) wing overhead.

Kevin Murphy, Ames

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Date: 4/10/18 4:50 pm
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird
Ray Cummins refound the Mountain Bluebird this afternoon at 3:00 . He left
a message for me and I went after work and it was there at 5:00. The
directions are same as Randy Sheiner gave when he first found last Sat.
Follow Hiway 202 south of Moulton and turn left on 306 st. until you turn
right on Buck ave.The bird was on wooden fence posts past the house on the
left. First two house are on the right. 306 comes soon after the sign says
Davis County. Tom Johnson Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 4/10/18 4:06 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Jumer's Casino, Milan, IL
My birding partner, Chris, told me to head across the river and take a look
in the pond next to the casino. A pair of common loons and a couple of
dozen red-breasted mergansers doing a goofy mating dance. The mergansers
were a first for me. Pretty neat.

Jeanne
Buffalo, IA

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Date: 4/10/18 2:44 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-throated Warbler
This afternoon at Lacey Keosauqua I saw the previously reported (on Sunday)
Louisiana Waterthrush and a newly arrived Yellow-throated Warbler.
Neither were there on Friday when I was there. Last year the waterthrush
was there on the 28th of March. What a difference (weather).
Also an interesting sighting and I would call it a probable Fish Crow.
location: Lee County Rd x-23 .2 of a mile off US 61
Habitat: swamp woods
description: Two crows flew over the timbered wetland and landed in the
top of some trees 50 or so yards away. They seemed "smallish for crows"
and I had my I-pod recording handy and played the call. They both
responded and came to trees much closer. However, they did not vocally
respond as they were silent. I did get a good look at the overall size and
shape of the birds. The bill seemed very slender and the tail seemed longer
as did the wings when the birds got tired of me looking at them and flew
away. Everything seems right for a Fish Crow, but, I had no other birds to
compare them with.
Chuck Fuller
Burliongton

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Date: 4/10/18 2:30 pm
From: Terri Macey <tjm1895...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Shovelers and Lesser Scaup- Johnson County
I was surprised to see 3 Northern Shovelers and a male and female Lesser
Scaup in my very suburban pond on the Eastern edge of Iowa City. Mallards
are common in the pond, but this was a surprise. This is the same suburban
pond where a Trumpeter Swan hung around for several days last Fall. A
little slice of paradise in Iowa City!

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Date: 4/10/18 12:43 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye WMA-Sand Point & Swan Lake
Hiked out to the end of *Sand Point* access today at *Hawkeye WMA*
(Johnson County) and did not see much in the way of shorebirds, however, I
did find a pair of *FRANKLIN'S GULLS* milling about with the Ring-billed
Gulls on the mudflats. The shorebird habitat is really ideal right now, so
hopefully that will bring them in when they start to pass through IA.
There were also a pair of *COMMON MERGANSERS* sleeping on a log on the
river.
In the fields on either side of the road/path a flock of *LAPLAND
LONGSPURS* flew back and forth the whole time I was walking. There may
have been other Longspur species mixed in, but they did not stay put for
very long! They seemed to prefer the field that had recently been disced.
At *Swan Lake*, what it lacked in diversity, it made up for with the
sheer number of *GADWALLS*! The little lake was packed with ~90% Gadwalls
(I estimated ~300), the 2nd most numerous being *AMERICAN WIGEON*, followed
by *AMERICAN COOTS*.
I also stopped at *Goose Lake* in North Liberty (Johnson County) and the
diversity was good, I think I had 25 species there. A male *RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER* was there, several *PIED-BILLED GREBES* along with a *FOX
SPARROW* and the usuals.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/10/18 10:50 am
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Harrier in front yard and more - Boone
While I was making lunch today and looking out our kitchen window, a male
Northern Harrier swooped through a bit of a prairie area and then right
over the house. Nice yard bird.

Yesterday I found a late light phase Rough-legged Hawk sitting on the
telephone wire on 252nd St near L ave. He then hovered over a ditch area.
A mile north around 240th and L Ave a male Northern Harrier was working
along the road. I also saw Golden-crowned Kinglets in Lower Ledges.
Larry Dau
Boone Co.

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Date: 4/10/18 8:33 am
From: billohde <billohde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Winter wren
A winter wren was skittering through the brush at the base of the bluff right along Lower Dam Road in Winneshiek County this morning. There were 3 pied-billed grebes fishing in the Upper Iowa River just across the road.

Bill Ohde
Winneshiek County

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Date: 4/10/18 8:09 am
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loggerhead Shrike at Cone Marsh



After a winter of repeatedly searching for and missing the Northern Shrike at Cone Marsh (Louisa County) I found a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE just now on my first search for that species at the usual area they return to for the spring and summer at the SE corner area of the marsh (T and 220th).



Diana Pesek

Cedar Rapids








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Date: 4/9/18 9:02 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone Co. Krider's Red-tail
Forgot to add this to my note on the Webster Co. birds I saw today. Coming
back from Ft. Dodge, I also saw a Krider's Red-tailed Hawk along the county
blacktop about 3 miles north of Ogden. It had the purest white head I've
ever seen on a Krider's, and the bird was sitting in the ditch feasting on
a car-killed deer. Wish I'd had my camera along to get a picture of this
spectacular hawk.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/9/18 6:08 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Webster County birds
On the way to Fort Dodge this moirning, a flock of about 30 Snow Buntings
flew across Hwy 169 a few mile north of Boxholm, just into Webster County.
On the way home I drove through Brushy Creek Recreation Area and found a
Common Loon with a fish in its beak about 75 yards from the dam at Brushy
Creek Lake. Also lots of Red-breasted Mergansers in the area, plus lots of
other ducks.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/9/18 5:28 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late Glaucous Gull at Cedar Rapids
Tonight at Cedar Lake were the following;

1 1st cycle Glaucous Gull (continuing but record 2nd latest as of today.)

2 Adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (one new and one continuing.)

1 American Black Duck


Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/9/18 3:02 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: IOU/ICBC Field Trip To Shimek State Forest (Not a sighting)
Oops! Forgot to include the date!

*Sunday, April 29th*

8:00 AM Donnellson Casey's

Thanks!

Eric

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 4:31 PM Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> wrote:

> Greetings!
>
> The IOU Events Committee and Iowa City Bird Club are teaming up to present
> a day of birding one of the top birding locations in Iowa, Shimek State
> Forest in Lee and Van Buren Counties in southeast Iowa. Shimek SF is one of
> the largest remaining contiguous forests in Iowa and is well-positioned in
> extreme southeast Iowa to be one of the first places in Iowa to greet
> returning migrating birds to the state. Get a jump on your spring migration
> warbler watching, potentially including Pine, Kentucky, Worm-eating, and
> Cerulean Warblers (and many others), along with White-eyed Vireos, a
> Bewick's Wren and many other great birds. Meet the group at the Casey's in
> Donnellson, IA (201 Madison Ave) by 8:00 AM. Please be prepared for wet and
> muddy conditions.
>
> This field trip is free and open to all birders, but registration on the
> IOU website is required. We need to know how many people to expect to be
> properly prepared. You can register on the IOU website (iowabirds.org) by
> clicking on "Connect With Others," then "IOU Special Events," and then
> "register," or follow this link:
> http://www.iowabirds.org/Connections/SpecialEvents.aspx
>
> Thanks! Hope to see you there!
>
> Eric Ollie
> IOU Events Committee Chair
>

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Date: 4/9/18 2:31 pm
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] IOU/ICBC Field Trip To Shimek State Forest (Not a sighting)
Greetings!

The IOU Events Committee and Iowa City Bird Club are teaming up to present
a day of birding one of the top birding locations in Iowa, Shimek State
Forest in Lee and Van Buren Counties in southeast Iowa. Shimek SF is one of
the largest remaining contiguous forests in Iowa and is well-positioned in
extreme southeast Iowa to be one of the first places in Iowa to greet
returning migrating birds to the state. Get a jump on your spring migration
warbler watching, potentially including Pine, Kentucky, Worm-eating, and
Cerulean Warblers (and many others), along with White-eyed Vireos, a
Bewick's Wren and many other great birds. Meet the group at the Casey's in
Donnellson, IA (201 Madison Ave) by 8:00 AM. Please be prepared for wet and
muddy conditions.

This field trip is free and open to all birders, but registration on the
IOU website is required. We need to know how many people to expect to be
properly prepared. You can register on the IOU website (iowabirds.org) by
clicking on "Connect With Others," then "IOU Special Events," and then
"register," or follow this link:
http://www.iowabirds.org/Connections/SpecialEvents.aspx

Thanks! Hope to see you there!

Eric Ollie
IOU Events Committee Chair

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Date: 4/9/18 12:05 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith’s Longspurs -Polk Co
The Smith’s longspurs were quite active between noon and two this afternoon. Saw a group of around 300 or so at one point on east side of road. Numerous small groups flew over the road for good audible ID.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/9/18 11:51 am
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone County Today
Everything reported last week still around, Woodcock, Song Sparrow, Harris
Sparrow and Fox Sparrows. In addition Rusty Blackbirds at feeder. A week
ago a Barred Owl was sitting on a fence post near our place. So, I started
carrying my camera along when we went to town. Today, no camera and of
course owl was there. He was sleeping, so I turned around, went home, got
camera and came back. Couple of fun photos of Barred Owl in the snow
attached.
Larry Dau
Boone Co

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Date: 4/9/18 9:03 am
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Odd bird Notes
While watching the Loonanza at L Macbride yesterday, I observed a Ring-billed Gull try to to grab a meal from a Loon. Its attempts were unsuccessful as each time the Loon submerged.

After the first ~3/4 of snow, I walked the dog down into the woods. I noticed some odd, more or less circular patches of snow free ground, about a foot in diameter. They were areas where Fox Sparrows had kicked back the snow.


Good Birding'

Rick Hollis
rural North Liberty IA

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Date: 4/9/18 8:32 am
From: T J <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] No Mountain Bluebird
I did not relocate the Mountain Bluebird found Sat. by Randy S. but the
good news drive another mile south or so and you can increase your Missouri
list. Neat area with Savannah Sparrows everywhere. 278th St. has great
cedars along the road with possibilities. Tom J. Mystic, Ia.

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Date: 4/9/18 8:15 am
From: msmac38 <msmac38...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown -Headed Cowbirds Tama Co.

The snow has brought Juncos, Song Sparrows, Goldfinches, House Finches, Purple Finches, Eurasian Sparrows plus the usual house sparrows.This morning the yard and feeders were inundated with blackbirds, it looked like black soot on the snow. I looked in my hanging feeder and discovered 2 FOY Brown-Headed Cowbirds.
Virginia McKenzie

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Date: 4/9/18 4:31 am
From: Stan Buman <stan...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned-Grebe
This Horned Grebe was hanging out near the fishing jetties at Swan Lake in Carroll County Saturday morning.

Stan Buman
Fenceline Photos
Carroll, IA

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Date: 4/8/18 2:03 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Rock Creek Lake had 10 white pelicans, 5 common loons, 200-300 snow geese, several great blue herons, couple of pied-billed grebes, hundreds of coots, 500 plus of ring-billed gulls (most I;ve ever seen at RC Lake), lesser scaup, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, shovelers, mallards, ruddy ducks, ringneck ducks, 50 plus common mergansers, 20+ red-breasted mergansers, and 10+ hooded mergansers. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell PS At home had purple finches, red-heads, and a flyby hermit thrush. Also had a male pheasant and 1 female.

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Date: 4/8/18 1:57 pm
From: <waltzuurdeeg...> <waltzuurdeeg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Quad City Audubon Society program - warblers
The Quad City Audubon Society will hold its monthly program this Thursday , April 12 . Jessica Bolser , Wildlife Biologist from Port Louisa NWR will give a presentation on warblers . Just in time for spring migration! Whether you are a new birder or an experienced birder looking for a refresher, you will enjoy this presentation.

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


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Date: 4/8/18 1:42 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Crossbill Conifer Correction
I want to correct the error of posting "Douglas Spruce" instead of the correct Norway Spruce. Knowing the conifer trees is useful
when looking for crossbills.

Jim Forde
CedarRapids

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Date: 4/8/18 1:13 pm
From: Gregory Stempien <gregory.stempien...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Grinnell-Jacob Krumm area
The Barred owls are still around the SE ridge of Jacob Krumm even thou they
abandoned the nest which which was snow covered and empty when I checked it
after the last storm. Woodcocks were active this morning I saw 2 on the
trails and heard others.
At Arbor lake there is 1 Great horned owlet about 3 weeks old in the
nestbox with both parents nearby. I think there is also a Redtail hawk nest
in SW section of Arbor lake.
The Bald eagle nest N. of Grinnell on 40th female was on nest with male
flying nearby when I last checked it.
On private property near 80th & 370th that the owners let me bird on the
Great horned owls are nesting in last years Redtail hawk nest with 1 owlet
between 1 & 2 weeks old. TheRedtails have built a new nest nearby.

Greg Stempien
Grinnell,IA

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Date: 4/8/18 11:25 am
From: Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Black-bellied Plover: Rapp Park (Page Co.)


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Posting this for my mom. :)

She is a regular at Rapp Park and noticed this Black-bellied Plover
yesterday and he was still there today.
She snapped this photo from the car with her cell phone.

I wish I would've been with her to see it!

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Date: 4/8/18 10:52 am
From: Diana & Glenn Watt <wattsup...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Van Buren Waterthrush
Overcast. Low 30’s. Encroaching snow. Louisiana up both creeks above the bridge at Ely's Ford, Lacey-Keosaqua. Perhaps there is yet hope for a spring.

Glenn Watt
Fairfield

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Date: 4/8/18 9:16 am
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills at Cedar Rapids
 This morning I saw at least 3 RED CROSSBILLS at Morgan Creek Arboretum, next to the park of the same name. All sightings were singles in
and atop Douglas Spruces (long large cones). None were too vocal.

Jim Forde
C.R.

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Date: 4/8/18 8:46 am
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] two teals at tailwater
green and blue wing teals at shallow bays behind eagle observation area across from Howell Station at South tailwater, Lake Red Rock
Steve JohnsonPella

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Date: 4/8/18 8:16 am
From: Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Photographs
Birders,
I really appreciate the photos that you post with your sightings. Thank you
and I hope you will continue sharing.
Sue Yeakel, NW Story County

On Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 8:46 PM Don Poggensee <donpog...> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was out with my camera and came across a Short-eared Owl hunting
> along 190th Street and Hwy. 59, NW of Ida Grove. It was flying along a
> grassy ditch and I got two in-flight images. It then landed on a fence post
> and allow me to park near by, for additional images.
> This is the third location in Ida County where I have found
> Short-eared Owls, the first location was in SW Ida County, the second ons
> were south of Arthur Iowa and the one was in the NW part of Ida County.
> It seems the population is really up here.
>
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> Don
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> Don Poggensee
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> Ida Grove, Iowa
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Date: 4/8/18 7:56 am
From: randall.scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Mountain Bluebird, Davis Co.
Make that 306th St.

On Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 8:53:55 AM UTC-6, randall.scheiner wrote:
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> Early yesterday evening there was a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD about 5 miles
> southeast of Moulton on Buck Ave, halfway between 305th and 315th St. I
> knew something was different how it matched the color of the sky. I had
> read that Mountain Bluebirds are relatively unwary, so I pulled up right
> along side it and snapped this photo.
>
> Good Birding,
> Randall Scheiner
> Ely, IA
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Date: 4/8/18 7:53 am
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mountain Bluebird, Davis Co.
Early yesterday evening there was a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD about 5 miles
southeast of Moulton on Buck Ave, halfway between 305th and 315th St. I
knew something was different how it matched the color of the sky. I had
read that Mountain Bluebirds are relatively unwary, so I pulled up right
along side it and snapped this photo.

Good Birding,
Randall Scheiner
Ely, IA

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Date: 4/8/18 7:26 am
From: lgdau9 <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Woodcock Boone Co

Last 3 days I have flushed a Woodcock when I fill my bird feeders.  Exact same spot as last two years!  Saw 2 Northern Harriers on E57 near Magnolia Rd. Purple Finches,  Harris's Sparrow, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows and Eastern Towhees around the yard.Larry DauBoone Co

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Date: 4/7/18 7:04 pm
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sweet Marsh
I got some exercise walking dikes today at Sweet Marsh in Bremer Co. It was cold and windy. A good half the water was frozen, but good numbers of waterfowl on open water. Some highlights:

Sandhill cranes - at least 73 in the south unit alone
GB herons - 5 FOY
Rusty Blackbirds 40
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Red shouldered Hawk - 1
Harriers - 5 - most flushing from the cattails like bitterns
Snipe - 1
Coot - densely packed -lots of white bills against the black feathered, icy background
Woodcock -2
Rosy cheeks - 2
Mumbly lips - 2
Frozen nostril - 1

Tom Schilke - Waterloo



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Date: 4/7/18 6:46 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-eared Owl- Ida County
Hi,
I was out with my camera and came across a Short-eared Owl hunting along 190th Street and Hwy. 59, NW of Ida Grove. It was flying along a grassy ditch and I got two in-flight images. It then landed on a fence post and allow me to park near by, for additional images.
This is the third location in Ida County where I have found Short-eared Owls, the first location was in SW Ida County, the second ons were south of Arthur Iowa and the one was in the NW part of Ida County.
It seems the population is really up here.


Don

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Ida Grove, Iowa
712-364-3491


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Date: 4/7/18 6:28 pm
From: Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Barred owl squaw creek park, Linn County, IA

I got lucky seeing this owl, she gave me a clue last week when I spotted her tail feathers sticking out of the hollow last week! Went back today to capture this photo.

Also, many different species of waterfowl, including

Blue wing teal
Green wing teal
Pied bill Grebe
Ring Neck duck
Coots
Mallard
Canada Goose
I could not identify this bird. (There were two)... my best guess is common Snipe. Here is my description.
- sandpiper like, long straight bill, larger , nape of neck was buff colored, pale yellow legs ( but larger than a yellow leg), was pecking side to side in mud, and the back appeared to have stripes. Any suggestions appreciated.

Also,
Adult Osprey
Great Blue Heron
Male and Female Kestrel


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Date: 4/7/18 6:24 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late afternoon birding
Too much to do but about 4:00 I decided I needed some outside time. A
couple of wet spot, Brower Slough, New Lake, Gelita

44 species in 3 hours.

14 species of waterfowl but not a single Mallard.
Foy the year Osprey
Lots of Dark-eyed Junco and American Tree Sparrow, 1 Song, 1 Smith's
Longspur (FOY), and 1 Harris's Sparrow (FOY)

Felt good to get out for awhile

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 4/7/18 3:40 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tweeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawks - Greene County
Birders,

Late this afternoon while birding at Dunbar Slough, I noticed that the chisel-plowing of a nearby field attracted the attention of at least 35 buteos. At least 5 were Swainson's Hawks, and the rest Red-tailed. It was an amazing sight!

Bird on,
Matt



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Date: 4/7/18 3:16 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Redpoll still around N Johnson Co
I still see a Common Redpoll at my feeders every now and then. It is either dark out or it is hiding behind a Goldfinch — I’ve yet to get a photo I was really satisfied with.


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rural North Liberty IA




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Date: 4/7/18 1:11 pm
From: Sharon Somers <sosomers49...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rusty Blackbirds Johnson Co
We were checking out Ryerson's woods south of Iowa City for tomorrow's
wildflower and migrant hike, (a bust on those flowers) when in the woods we
came across a flock of 30 blackbirds with pale eyes. After eliminating
everything else, they must be Rusty Blackbirds. I took pictures of some
of them and they all had a white eye and some rusty feathers. Also saw two
Brown Creepers, a Cooper's hawk and a sad cold E. Pheobe.

I then stopped at Terry Trueblood and saw 3 loons and 4 Red breasted
mergansers.

On the way home I checked the south arm of lake McBride and saw the
loon-apalooza.

Sharon Somers
North Liberty

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Date: 4/7/18 10:06 am
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Goshawk and Red-breasted Nuthatch, Linn Co
Hey all-

I popped out to check my maple syrup cooking down and stopped to listen to
a Red-breasted Nuthatch moving through, a first for our yard of two years.
That lead to another yard bird when an adult Northern Goshawk promptly shot
over the yard.

A very large accipiter, identifiable by its very large size, broad wings
(long secondaries), relatively long tail (ruling out buteos), bright and
long white undertail coverts, very finely barred breast of grey and white
(no rufous tones as in adult Cooper's, no striping as in a juvenile
accipiter), and from my angle a view of the dark hood coming down the side
of the head.

I had not expected to see one of these in Iowa any time soon...

Happy migration,
Jesse Ellis
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/7/18 9:36 am
From: James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Am Golden plover cone marsh
The marsh is 90% frozen this am but there are a lot of freshly burned areas on the south side with several American golden plover and even a pectoral sandpiper foraging in the burned area.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 4/7/18 9:10 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loons- Johnson County
There are currently 6 Common Loons in breeding plummage on the South Arm of Lake McBride. Additionally I have seen 3 Bonaparte's Gulls and at least 70 Red-breasted Mergansers. Early this week I saw the South Arm being stocked with fish. I wonder if that is why the Common Loons are hanging out there?

Linda Rudolph
Coralville

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Date: 4/7/18 8:18 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Had several FOY hermit thrushes in timber on Fri. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 4/7/18 7:18 am
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Ducks still in Dickinson county
Hello,
The pair of long-tailed ducks I reported on March 28th are still in the area. They moved to an area of open water on East Okoboji Lake near the Hiway 9 bridge located at the east end of the town of Spirit Lake.

What is exciting about this is the fact I found them while scoping the many scaup, goldeneyes, ringnecks, redheads and mergansers from the comfort of my living room.
I sure was excited when yard bird # 195 swam into view of my spotting scope!

Good Birdin’,

Ed Thelen
Spirit Lake,Iowa
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Date: 4/7/18 7:03 am
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon teal currently present at same spot.
Diane Dentlinger
Des Moines

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> The cinnamon teal was present at the same location at 11am today.
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Date: 4/7/18 5:18 am
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Warblers
Warbler’s are showing up in SW Florida. Spring is going to arrive sometime.
Gerald White
Muscatine/Fort Myers FL

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Date: 4/6/18 5:33 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 4-6-18
Iowa RBA birds reported from Friday, March 30, through Friday, April 6,
2018:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Cinnamon Teal

Red-throated Loon

Golden Eagle

Glaucous Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Snowy Owl

Townsends Solitaire

Smiths Longspur

Red Crossbill







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



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









*EAST*:



LINN COUNTY:

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Cedar Lake on the 31st.



2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Cedar Lake on the 4th.









*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was seen near the small pond at George Wyth SP on the
6th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



LEE COUNTY:

SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at Green Bay Bottoms on the 1st.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



LUCAS COUNTY:

A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at Red Hawk SP on the 4th. It was seen again on
the 5th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A RED-THROATED LOON was seen off the dam at Saylorville on the 1st. It was
seen again on the 2nd. It was last seen on the 5th.*



*A SNOWY OWL was seen along NW 44th St south of Slater on the 5th.*







*NORTHWEST:*



*EMMET COUNTY:*

*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at a small marsh *west of the intersection of
210th St (A33) and 200th St. on the 4th. This is just south of West Swan
Lake.



*POCAHONTAS COUNTY:*

*3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Newell on the 5th.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 13, 2018 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 4/6/18 5:01 pm
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Townsend's Solitaire at George Wyth S.P.
This afternoon, my dad, Tom Stone sr. called to report seeing a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE near the small pond , adjacent to the Brinker lake parking lot. I went after work and searched but had no luck. He mentioned getting as close as 5 feet from the bird. This is a new species for the park list, which currently totals 284.

Good birding,
Tommy Stone
Waterloo

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Date: 4/6/18 9:29 am
From: Britt Vickstrom <brittvickstrom...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Leucistic American Tree sparrow - Nahant Marsh, Scott County
Hi there

I'm still learning my camera (and it loves to focus on the blade of grass
next to the bird I'm trying to photograph...)

This leucistic American Tree Sparrow has been hanging out at Nahant Marsh
in Scott County.

Britt

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Date: 4/6/18 9:23 am
From: Pam Allen <2birders...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Smith’s Longspurs—Polk Co.
Hi all,
This morning we saw about 30 Smith's at the location reported by Aaron Brees yesterday. It was fun to share the siting with a gentleman from South Dakota who drove to Iowa looking specifically for Smith's and this was a life bird for him.
Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, IA
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> I had around 300 Smith’s tonight at the Organic Farm eBird hotspot northeast of Polk City. This is private property but they were easily observed from the road.
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Date: 4/5/18 4:48 pm
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Smith’s Longspurs—Polk Co.
I had around 300 Smith’s tonight at the Organic Farm eBird hotspot
northeast of Polk City. This is private property but they were easily
observed from the road.

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Date: 4/5/18 4:46 pm
From: Zachary Mercer <12mercer34...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills in Newell
Hey Birders,

I was walking around Newell when i saw 3 red crossbills on the school
building. I heard the jip jip calls and I observed no white wing bars. I
looked at them for 30 seconds before they flew off.

Zach Mercer
Fonda

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Date: 4/5/18 3:59 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpog...>
Subject: [ia-bird] : Snowy Owl
Hi,
Got this today my my brother.

Don
>
>
> Tried to send you a text this morning but it said it didn't go through?
> Saw a Snowy owl this morning South of Slater Iowa on our way up to
> Ames, Iowa. It was flying along a farm fence just South of Slater on NW
> 44th Street. Think that is the first one we have ever seen!
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Date: 4/5/18 3:11 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone & Greene Co. birds
I made a quick run from Ogden to Dunbar Slough this afternoon and found
three FOY shorebird species on the wetland at the corner of Co. Hwy. N58
and 270th Street:
Lesser Yellowlegs--11
Greater Yellowlegs--4
Wilson's Snipe--8

There were countless numbers of Green-winged Teal on every wetland in this
large wildlife complex. I observed 7 Northern Harriers between the
northernmost and southernmost tracts and had at least 9 American Kestrels
scattered along the power lines. The old Bald Eagle nest a mile east of
where the shorebirds were seen had an adult female perched on the edge,
looking down into the nest and cocking her head. I suspect she has recently
hatched young and was looking at them, Finally, there were *lots* of
singing Western Meadowlarks on the many pastured glacial hills southeast of
Dunbar.

Before heading to Dunbar, we had another Eastern Towhee in our yard, the
second this week, plus more Fox Sparrows.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 4/5/18 11:50 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
The cinnamon teal was present at the same location at 11am today.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 4/5/18 9:03 am
From: drbeel <drbeel...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Osprey in Cedar Rapids
Birders
An Osprey is spending time on the cell tower at Wenig Rd. and J Ave. in NE Cedar Rapids.  Last Summer a pair of Osprey successfully fledged 3 young'uns at this nest site.
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Date: 4/5/18 8:55 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] GHO nest
Great Horned Owl and two young enjoying snow showers Muscatine Cty

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/5/18 8:17 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Foy Eastern Towhee
Shady Creek Campground Muscatine Cty Iowa
Nice view of Eastern Towhee

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/5/18 7:04 am
From: Ray Cummins <raymond.madeline...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon
The Red-throated Loon was close in below the east overlook at Saylorville
Res. this morning at 8:15am. Ray Cummins Ankeny IA.

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Date: 4/5/18 6:46 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loons

Common Loons continue at West Lake

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Date: 4/5/18 4:46 am
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-eared Owls
Last night while leaving Neal Smith NWR, I saw at least 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS.
Two were east of the bison enclosure and one was near the north end of the
Refuge. I later saw one hunting over the median of Hwy. 163, which may have
been the same bird. Another observer saw one near the visitor center, so
was likely a different bird.

I had a report of a Swainson’s Hawk over one of the burns at the Refuge
yesterday. I wasn’t able to see any through the smoke and without
binoculars. More burning is planned for today.

Karen Viste-Sparkman
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Date: 4/4/18 8:41 pm
From: James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Winter wren at Sand Point

All,
This evening I saw a winter wren about 20 yards north of the Swan Lake parking lot along the road to Sand Point at Hawkeye Wildlife Refuge. The yellow legs had invaded the mud flats at the point with 20 lesser and 10 greater seen. Lots of snipe and pectoral sandpipers as well.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City
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Date: 4/4/18 6:39 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush 3 April 2018
One lone non-vocal individual at the usual spot at the pullout (north side
of road) halfway down the hill through Waubonsie State Park on Highway 2.
Stream is open.



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Date: 4/4/18 6:38 pm
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Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal
Leo Schlunz called me today and reported a male Cinnamon Teal at Red Haw State Park in Lucas County. It was in a marshy area along the road just before the campground. I saw it at 5:00 p.m. today. Tom Johnson, Mystic. Ia.

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Date: 4/4/18 6:35 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gulls at C. R.'s Cedar Lake
Another pair of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS has showed up at Cedar Lake this season. Tonight an adult and 2nd cycle gull were somewhat hidden,
resting among the crowd of Ring-billed Gulls across the railroad tracks. Also 3 Franklin's Gulls were present for a season high.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 4/4/18 12:01 pm
From: Jason Newton <jasonmichaelnewton...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Golden Eagle - Emmet Co.
Around 11:20 AM today, I came upon an immature Golden Eagle eating a dead
bird on a small frozen marsh a bit west of the intersection of 210th St
(A33) and 200th St. This is just south of West Swan Lake. Upon turning
around to get a better look, the bird flushed south to the powerline about
a half mile away. After quite a bit of waiting, I finally got some poor but
diagnostic photos as it flew from the powerline and drifted south toward
Ingham Lake. I lost it behind the tree line, but it’s probably still in the
area.

I’ll post the photos on ebird later today.

Jason Newton
Ruthven, IA

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Date: 4/4/18 5:36 am
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows and Hermit Thrush - Iowa City
This morning I have a couple of Fox Sparrows hanging out at my feeders, and
a Hermit Thrush made a brief appearance in one of my bushes.



Is it spring yet?



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/3/18 12:18 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson County- Kent park & Terry Trueblood
Went birding in the cold drizzle this morning at *Kent Park* and found FOY *GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLETS*, and *FIELD SPARROW*. *FOX* and *SONG SPARROWS* were also seen
and heard. An *EASTERN TOWHEE* was singing high in a tree down by the
ponds. Several pairs of *WOOD DUCKS* were perched in the trees and flying
about calling.

Not a lot at *Terry Trueblood* (I did not go into the wooded area), but
there are still two *COMMON LOONS* hanging out on the lake and also the big
flock of *RING-BILLED GULLS *remain.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 4/3/18 10:55 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY's at Des Moines Waterworks Park
Today, while taking a little walk in some light mist, I saw a mixed flock of about a dozen Kinglets foraging in the mud along a stream. Most were Golden-crowned Kinglets, but there were 2 Ruby-crowned as well. Also seen was a Wilson's Snipe in the marsh just past the gate that's closed, and a Franklin's Gull at the big pond.

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John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 4/3/18 9:31 am
From: dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yesterday's Visitor - a Partially Albino Junco in Ames
We still have a lot of juncos in our yard and under our feeders. This is the 1st time we've seen this beauty.


Bob Kerksieck

621 Garden Road

Ames, IA

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Date: 4/2/18 9:01 pm
From: james fuller <jnkfuller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Johnson Co.
Late this afternoon (monday 4/2) among the thousands of ducks and gulls
at Mehaffey Bridge of the Coralville Res. there was at least one Lesser
Black-backed Gull, and among the three species of Mergansers there was
a Common Loon and Bonaparte's Gulls on the south arm of L. MacBride.
Jim Fuller, Iowa City

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Date: 4/2/18 6:04 pm
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Clear Lake Waterfowl & another Winter Storm Warning

Colder temps and 17 inches of snow last week have slowed the waterfowl migration down,
right here in North Iowa.
Checked five wetlands & marshes and Clear Lake, in Cerro Gordo County today. And all were
frozen over, opened only in a few areas. On the west end of Clear Lake was a raft of 330 ducks,
but too far out to identify. Otherwise everything was close to shore.
Along the open shoreline were: Redheads, Canvasbacks, all three species of Mergansers,
Buffleheads, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked, Ruddies, Shovelers, Pintails, Gadwalls
Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Trumpeter Swans, Great Blue Herons, Pelicans, Northern Harriers, 12 Bald Eagles chasing ducks.
Ring-billed Gulls were numerous around the lake.
22 species of waterfowl in the hundreds on Sunday & today.
And again tonite we are in a Winter Storm Warning for Northern Iowa.

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City

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Date: 4/2/18 1:52 pm
From: 'Stephen Johnson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] single fox sparrow Pella
  Lone individual in my backyard Late morning
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Date: 4/2/18 1:00 pm
From: dinahandbob kerksieck <dinahandbob...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Half a dozen Fox Sparrows in Ames today
We've been here since 1989 and this is the largest number of these little beauties we've ever seen at a time.


Bob Kerksieck

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Ames, IA

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Date: 4/2/18 11:16 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Polk County Birds
Today, while driving through Waterworks Park and Gray's Lake. Between the big pond at Waterworks and Gray's Lake, there were probably 50+ Red-breasted Mergansers. Also notable at the big pond at Waterworks were at least 12 Eastern Phoebes along the shoreline trying to get bugs off the water and the shore. I suspect there were probably several more around the pond, but I didn't take time to walk around the pond.

Also of note was a FOY Field Sparrow at Waterworks.

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Date: 4/2/18 9:58 am
From: Ulrike G <ulrikedg...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon - Saylorville
Found from the East pull out around 10:45 am today.

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> The previously reported Red-throated Loon is still present off the dam
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Date: 4/2/18 8:44 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon
Continues at West Lake Scott CTY Iowa

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 4/2/18 8:25 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Winter Wren in Cedar Rapids
I've been looking for two weeks for a returning WINTER WREN and finally saw one today at Bever Park in Cedar Rapids. HERMIT THRUSH also has arrived, as others have been reporting this past weekend. My other reward for a very very cold walk before work was a PILEATED WOODPECKER, resident in the area.
Diana PesekCedar Rapids

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Date: 4/2/18 7:51 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saylorville Osprey
An Osprey was checking out the traditional nest site at the cell towers at
NW Beaver Drive and 78th Ave this morning. This is just west of Saylorville
Dam.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 4/1/18 7:01 pm
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Fox Sparrows
We had a pair stop by last week as well in S. Johnson Co. They never seem
to stay in our yard more than a day or two but always a treat to see.

Adam Ciha
Hills, Iowa

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Date: 4/1/18 6:42 pm
From: Bradley King <bdking...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush, Polk County
Hermit Thrush near the feeder station at Jester Park, Polk County, around
6:30 pm 4/1/18.

Bradley King
Urbandale

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Date: 4/1/18 6:26 pm
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Rathbun today

The lake full of ducks today. Twelve species were seen scattered on the south side of the lake. A surprise was 20 Common Loons in breeding plumage. First I had seen. A few Horned Grebes were at the face of the dam. Hard to count with traffic and the lack of a turnout. They must have forgot this in the original plans. A Harris Sparrow at home along with my wife hearing a Che-wink, first of the year. I believe her as her hearing is much better than mine. Last year our first Towhee at home was on March 30. Tom J. Mystic,Ia
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Date: 4/1/18 5:17 pm
From: Candace H <candace69001...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon-Hickory Hills Tama County
A Common Loon in breeding plumage was on Casey Lake at Hickory Hills in
Tama County.

Lots of Ring-necked and Lesser Scaup. One female scaup looks like a greater
as she has the really heavy white marking behind her bill and a rounder
head than the lessers.

Other notable ducks today:

2 Common Goldeneye
3 Ruddy Ducks
10+ displaying Bufflehead males and a few females
A handful of Gadwall
4 Blue-winged Teal
1 female Canvasback

In addition, the Eastern Bluebirds were singing, a Pileated Woodpecker
vocalized twice; a Red-shouldered Hawk was calling. A Belted Kingfisher was
fishing and three Eastern Phoebes were observed.

Among the mammal life observed there was a skunk out during the afternoon
(about 2:30pm or so) it was in the Long-horned Cattle paddock foraging
around some fallen trees. There were also two muskrats swimming among the
ducks along the banks on Casey Lake and one White-tailed Deer.

Candace Havely
Waterloo
Black Hawk County

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Date: 4/1/18 4:44 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pipits and more
The snow brought many birds to the roadside in Green Bay bottoms in Lee
County. Many Lapland Longspurs and some Smith's Longspurs. Many, many Am.
Pipits and along with the numerous Killdeer were 3 Am. Golden Plovers
(basic plumage) standing in the middle of the road. Numerous Savannah
Sparrows and among the dozens of Red-wing Blackbirds were several Brewer's
Blackbirds. Also, a Short-eared Owl was perched on a post
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 4/1/18 4:34 pm
From: Kai Weatherman <dainichi...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker - Johnson County
That makes, at least, two of us… also my FOS. I had a male feeding on the red pine tree outside my bedroom window for about five hours this afternoon. A Red Breasted Nuthatch also visited the red pine briefly during this time.



Kai Weatherman

Iowa City



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Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker - Johnson County



Just saw my FOS Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker in a pine tree in my yard.



An on amateur note, I have seen a female Purple Finch several times at my feeders over the last week, easy enough to distinguish from the female House Finch. Yesterday for the first time I made my first confident ID of 2 males at the feeders. I’ve studied field guides and lots of photos and comparison notes, but this was the first time that the light bulb went off on my head. The bill, color, notched tail, and faint raspberry streaking underneath all make sense to me now. 😊



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/1/18 3:57 pm
From: EA <eaubrey...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker - Johnson County
Just saw my FOS Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker in a pine tree in my yard.



An on amateur note, I have seen a female Purple Finch several times at my feeders over the last week, easy enough to distinguish from the female House Finch. Yesterday for the first time I made my first confident ID of 2 males at the feeders. I’ve studied field guides and lots of photos and comparison notes, but this was the first time that the light bulb went off on my head. The bill, color, notched tail, and faint raspberry streaking underneath all make sense to me now. 😊



Elizabeth Aubrey

Iowa City

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Date: 4/1/18 2:22 pm
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush sighted in Hartman Reserve, Black hawk County. Close up
observations of bird that was located in the lower unit of Hartman in the
prairie segment near the bike trail.
Alan Orr

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Date: 4/1/18 1:55 pm
From: James McCoy and Diane Dahl-McCoy <mccoyfam...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-breasted Mergansers Lake McBride
I counted 90 Red-breasted Mergansers at the primitive camp ground on the south arm just now. There were 2 American Black Ducks just south of 200th on the south arm.
Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 4/1/18 10:33 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Tohwee, Boone Co.
We have an Eastern Tohwee (FOY) scratching around under our backyard
feeders this noon. That's another new yard bird for us, too. We also have
Fox Sparrows again today, and they've been here most of the week.

Doug Harr

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Date: 4/1/18 10:31 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Rock Creek Lake had 2 breeding plumage common loons, group of 9 great blue herons, green-winged teal, gadwalls, mallards, lesser scaup, ringneck ducks, hooded mergansers, American mergansers. wood ducks, ruddy ducks, and 2 pied-billed grebes. Hundreds of ringbilled gulls, maybe up to a 1000. At home around feeders have fox sp. towhee, purple finches, and 2 red-headed woodp. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 4/1/18 7:16 am
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-throated Loon - Saylorville
The previously reported Red-throated Loon is still present off the dam this
morning.

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Date: 4/1/18 7:12 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fox Sparrows
Joyce just noticed a couple of Fox Sparrows in the yard.
Jim Durbin
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Marion Ia 52302
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Date: 4/1/18 6:49 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Winter Wren
Had a Winter Wren in the yard yesterday for about 10 minutes. The question
is whether it is coming or going.

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Date: 4/1/18 6:02 am
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Sat. Morning radio
Dennis Thompson was on WHO yesterday morning being interviewed about migration. He did a great job promoting our hobby. He has future in radio. Tom Johnson, Mystic,Is.

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Date: 3/31/18 8:05 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eastern Towhee & Yellow-rumped Warbler- Muscatine County
I visited the nature center at Discovery Park in Muscatine (Muscatine
County)this afternoon with my family and extended family. Took a long hike
down in the ravine path that follows several small creeks, so we would be
out of the wind. Seems the birds had the same idea! Of course I did not
have my trusty camera or my favorite binoculars with and that's always when
you see lots of interesting birds :) My dad did have several pair of
binoculars handy so we had those at least.
I saw my *FOY EASTERN TOWHEE and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER*. Pretty sure
there were multiple warblers with the one I got a good look at, however,
when with a group of non-birders who expect to hike when on a hike, I had
to keep pushing on rather than stop and study the birds!

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Date: 3/31/18 7:08 pm
From: Kathy Gretter <quilterkag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Linn County, Iowa, Squaw Creek Park
While birding today I came across some "feathers" sticking out from a
hollow in a tree. Since it was so very windy, I thought maybe an owl might
be trying to rest in this hollow but couldn't pull all his feathers in!
Since I am a novice at feather id, I researched some images on the internet
and knowing barred and great horned owls frequent this park, I believe
these to be barred owl feathers. I didn't get a very good shot as I did not
want to disturb this bird. So, attached is the best picture I was able to
retrieve.

Hopefully, some of you may be able to view the picture enough to give me
your thoughts.
Good birding and have a Happy Easter.


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Date: 3/31/18 6:46 pm
From: Mark Rolfes <mark.rolfes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Loons and More @ Lake Macbride (Johnson Co)
Spotted 3 Common Loons (2 in breeding plumage) on the south arm of Lake Macbride late this afternoon.

The south arm was quite busy on both sides of the causeway.
Counted 22 Double-crested Cormorants, 5 American White Pelicans and 100+ Red-breasted Mergansers.
Many other ducks & divers were present, including Northern Shovelers, Wood Ducks, Bufflehead, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Blue & Green-winged Teal.
We also saw multiple Eastern Phoebe.

Good Birding and Good Luck,

Mark & Deb Rolfes
Solon

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Date: 3/31/18 6:28 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull , Horned Grebes, C. Loons in Linn Co.
Tonight Cedar Lake had impressive numbers of RB Gulls and diving ducks. A 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was a surprise with a Franklin's Gull adding
to the gull list.

Earlier this morning I checked Pleasant Creek Lake which also had a good number of diving ducks. 7 Horned Grebes and 3 Common Loons were present.


Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 3/31/18 4:52 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Was at Lake Rathbun for half day, had 25-30 red-breasted mergansers, 10 buffleheads, 6- 10 gadwalls’’, many white pelicans, and many ring-bill gulls. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/31/18 12:15 pm
From: Connor Langan <clangan16...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon at Riverview RA Black Hawk Co.
I’m currently watching a Common Loon in breeding plumage on the main lake of Riverview Recreation Area in Waterloo. A flock of American White Pelicans just flew over and a small skein of 20 or so White-fronted Geese just landed on a sandbar with some Canada Geese. There are many Ring-billed Gulls present as well.

-Connor Langan
Black Hawk County

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Date: 3/31/18 7:41 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Volunteers needed for federal Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS) in Iowa
*Get Involved!*
Each spring over 2500 skilled amateur birders and professional biologists
volunteer to participate in the North American BBS. We are always looking
for highly skilled birders to join the team. Meet some of the BBS crew and
see their routes at the photogallery
<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/bbsnews/photo_gallery/index.html>.


*Requirements for participation are:*
1. Access to suitable transportation to complete a survey.
2. Good hearing and eyesight.
3. The ability to identify all breeding birds in the area by sight and
sound. Knowledge of bird songs is extremely important, because most birds
counted on these surveys are singing males.
4. New BBS participants must also successfully complete the BBS
Methodology Training Program
<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/participate/training> before their data
will be used in any BBS analyses. The training program is available from
the national BBS offices and the state, provincial, and territorial
coordinators.

If you meet the first 3 criteria and would like to participate in the BBS,
please contact Iowa BBS Coordinator Doug Harr, at *<dnharr...>
<dnharr...>* , or the USGS national BBS office. You can explore our
network of routes and see which are currently vacant by viewing our route
location maps <https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm>. Routes
currently vacant in Iowa and in need of BBS volunteers are as follows
(named after a nearby town or geographical feature):

- Williamsburg (Iowa Co.)
- Red Rock (Marion Co.)
- Hudson (Black Hawk Co.)
- Dinsdale (Tama Co.)
- Neola (Pottawattamie Co.)
- Washta (Cherokee Co.)
- Tipton (Cedar Co.)

Volunteers should be willing to commit to at least 3 years of conducting
surveys, in order for USGS to place your collected data into BBS permanent
records and evaluate species population changes.

Thanks for considering to become a BBS volunteer.

Doug Harr
Iowa BBS Coordinator
Ogden, IA

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Date: 3/31/18 6:38 am
From: Sharon Bauer <sharon.bauer519...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon, Cedar Lake, Madison Co.
1 common loon at Cedar Lake this morning. Gorgeous bird!
Sharon Bauer
Winterset

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Date: 3/31/18 4:43 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY's at Des Moines Waterworks Park
This morning, I saw a FOY Golden-crowned Kinglet and a FOY Red-headed Woodpecker at Waterworks Park in Polk County.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 3/30/18 12:19 pm
From: 'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] spring arrivals
I did a little birding this morning before work. New arrivals for me at Hawkeye WMA (Johnson County) were GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at Swan Lake Woods and TREE SWALLOWS at Greencastle Ave.

Yesterday I meandered the back roads from Cedar Rapids (Linn County) to Cone Marsh (Louisa County) looking for longspurs. Found two large flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS. One flock, with most of the males well along into their lovely breeding plumage, was very close to the road on the south side of the Eastern Iowa Airport in Linn County, and the other flock was in far southern Johnson County along Wapello Ave. SE just north of the Louisa County line. But I did not see nor hear Smith's Longspurs in either of these flocks.
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Date: 3/30/18 11:41 am
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hendrickson Marsh
I visited Hendrickson Marsh this morning. While I did not spot any rarities
or FOY birds, there were a lot of ducks. These included good numbers of
Canvasbacks and Buffleheads. My favorite sighting was 17 Hooded Mergansers.
And as of Wednesday there still large numbers of Common Mergansers at
Little Wall Lake and hundreds of Snow Geese, Ross' Geese, White Fronted
Geese along with a great many ducks at Anderson Lake near Jewell.
Nick Osness
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Date: 3/30/18 9:47 am
From: akorr%cfu.net via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon
George Wyth State Park, Black Hawk Co. On Fisher lake to the south of the
boat ramp. Also two Green-wing Teal in the same area among the Gadwalls

Alan Orr

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Date: 3/30/18 8:19 am
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Woodcocks in Johnston - at Merle Hay and I-80/35
Since I have been laid up and staying at the AmericInn in Johnston, I have been birding from the back patio, which overlooks part of the beaver creek greenbelt next to the interstate. On Tuesday evening at about 8, I had a rare moment of lessened traffic noise and distinctly heard two different peents.

Geese are common, I have heard and seen one kingfisher, many ducks (some pintails and many other species) and the occasional great blue heron.

I suspect if it was quiet, there are many more present.

Sorry for the late report.

Pip Fisher
NW Polk Co (currently Johnston)


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> On Mar 30, 2018, at 6:06 AM, Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> wrote:
>
> We parked at Terra Park parking lot and walked the bike trail that is on the south side of the pond. We arrived at 7:20p and heard one peenting as we walked to the bike trail. We heard three birds for sure. We heard some flying but there are a lot of trees so didn't get any good looks really. There is a large muddy area on the south side of bike trail on SE corner of the pond were we heard them.
>
> Tom Dougherty
> Urbandale
>
>> On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 8:55:59 PM UTC-5, jacamar29 wrote:
>> Hi I-Birders,
>>
>> Karen, Harney, and I made our annual late-March evening American Woodcock foray tonight (Wednesday). We've done this for about 10 years now and have only been shut out once (last year we picked an evening with unfortunate weather.) Our site is Beaver Creek Greenbelt (Doc Brown Loop) adjacent to Terra Park in Johnston (Polk County).
>>
>> Tonight we had great results. We arrived just a couple minutes after sunset, and almost immediately began hearing the peent noises the woodcocks make on the ground. After a few minutes, one or two of them began making short low altitude flights of 25 - 50 meters. One landed on the verge of the path about 20 meters from us, and we got lengthy dim light looks at him peenting, which were very satisfying. This was my best on-ground observation of this species ever. After another few minutes the birds began their sky displays in earnest, and we had some very nice views of this as well. In total, we observed probably three different individuals, and heard at least two additional birds a little further away. This area is large enough and has enough woodcock habitat that there could be dozens of birds displaying each evening. We stayed for about half an hour.
>>
>> Also worth mentioning was a decent-sized bat foraging over the same area. I had no idea they might be present this early in the year.
>>
>> Good Birding,
>>
>> Stuart Sparkman
>> NW Des Moines
>
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Date: 3/30/18 5:56 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 2 Common Loons
Excuse previous post
2 Common Loons West Lake
Scott County

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 3/30/18 5:53 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Wood Ducks
Joyce just noticed a pair of Wood Ducks in the neighbors big maple tree. A
pair nested there a few years ago.

Jim Durbin
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Date: 3/30/18 5:46 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon
Jason Koch
Sent me a message this morning about Common Loon at West Lake Scott County
I just confirmed he Common Loon.
On the lake close to Interstate 280
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa



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Date: 3/30/18 4:06 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: American Woodcocks in Johnston
We parked at Terra Park parking lot and walked the bike trail that is on
the south side of the pond. We arrived at 7:20p and heard one peenting as
we walked to the bike trail. We heard three birds for sure. We heard some
flying but there are a lot of trees so didn't get any good looks really.
There is a large muddy area on the south side of bike trail on SE corner
of the pond were we heard them.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 8:55:59 PM UTC-5, jacamar29 wrote:
>
> Hi I-Birders,
>
> Karen, Harney, and I made our annual late-March evening American
> Woodcock foray tonight (Wednesday). We've done this for about 10 years now
> and have only been shut out once (last year we picked an evening with
> unfortunate weather.) Our site is Beaver Creek Greenbelt (Doc Brown Loop)
> adjacent to Terra Park in Johnston (Polk County).
>
> Tonight we had great results. We arrived just a couple minutes after
> sunset, and almost immediately began hearing the peent noises the woodcocks
> make on the ground. After a few minutes, one or two of them began making
> short low altitude flights of 25 - 50 meters. One landed on the verge of
> the path about 20 meters from us, and we got lengthy dim light looks at him
> peenting, which were very satisfying. This was my best on-ground
> observation of this species ever. After another few minutes the birds began
> their sky displays in earnest, and we had some very nice views of this as
> well. In total, we observed probably three different individuals, and
> heard at least two additional birds a little further away. This area is
> large enough and has enough woodcock habitat that there could be dozens of
> birds displaying each evening. We stayed for about half an hour.
>
> Also worth mentioning was a decent-sized bat foraging over the same
> area. I had no idea they might be present this early in the year.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Stuart Sparkman
> NW Des Moines
>

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Date: 3/30/18 3:45 am
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie chickens
Was down there on Wed.to see them. It's easy to spot them from the viewing
platform. The eBird link to Kellerton WMA will take you right to
it. https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1300448 We arrived just after 8am and
counted 24. They start wandering off though and about 30 minutes later
there were only 12-14 there. You can see them with binoculars easily but
bring a scope if you have one. The lek is out a bit and the birds are to
the east of the platform so you are looking into the sun if it's a nice
day.

On Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:13:26 PM UTC-5, sethdudley84 wrote:
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> I was hoping to drive down to Ringgold County and see the Prairie
> Chickens. I have never been to the preserve to see them and I was hoping
> someone could give me tips on where it's located, what to expect once I am
> there, best time to go etc. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has
> been down to see them before. Thank yo,
>
>
> Seth Dudley
>
> Iowa City
>
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Date: 3/29/18 4:23 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson co loon

There is currently a common loon visible from the north boat ramp at terry trueblood park in Iowa City.

Seth Dudley
Iowa City


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Date: 3/29/18 3:49 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 3-29-18
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, March 24, through Thursday, March
29, 2018:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE









-Additional Species Mentioned

Long-tailed Duck

LARK SPARROW (Record early)

Red Crossbill

Common Redpoll







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



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









*EAST*:



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A COMMON REDPOLL was again seen at a feeder in North Liberty on the 29th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



LOUISA COUNTY:

An early LARK SPARROW was seen just past the entry road to Cone Marsh on
the 28th.







*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*8 RED CROSSBILLS were seen as flyovers at Walker Johnston Park in
Urbandale on the 25th.*



*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at the north end of East Lake Okoboji on the
28th. They were last seen on the 29th.*











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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
April 6, 2018 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

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Date: 3/29/18 2:10 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Yellow-rumped Warbler Johnson Co a week or two ago
While discussing the owl on my neighbors deck, she mentioned she had found a dead YRWA on their deck a week or two ago.. No specific date.
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Date: 3/29/18 2:00 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] mostly Worth County
A tour of Worth county confirmed movement of raptors. Also, many geese and
ducks in the bits of open water, waiting to go further north. Seen were:

5 geese species, including 3 Ross and many White-fronts.

75 swans at Silver Lake, probably 55 were Tundra. I don't remember seeing
that many Tundra inland before.

16 species of ducks, many at the open area of Rice Lake. A dozen pelicans.

7 N. Harrier, 5 Rough-legged, Cooper's, Sharpie and a number of eagles and
Red-tails. Kestrels.

2 Sandhill Cranes, west end Rice Lake, 3 just east of Pannicum Prairie, and
2 airborne.

1 N. Shrike, 1 Hermit Thrush, Brewer's Blackbirds and Meadowlarks along with
Red-winged and Grackles.

Fox and Song Sparrows singing away.

Turkey Vultures are back !



Despite the snow and cool winds, it was a good day to be out.



Rita Goranson

Betty Lucas

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 3/29/18 12:23 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] FOY's
Spring craziness is here. Have only been birding once since Feb 25 but
had FOY Turkey Vultures flying over head. The real crazy stuff was 4
turkeys literally meandering down right lane of busy I29. Absolutely
unconcerned about vehicles rushing by with honking horn. FE First Ever
for me.

Seriously, I should be outside today an not at my desk.

God Bless

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Date: 3/29/18 11:55 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY's
Today, at Des Moines Waterworks Park, I saw my FOY Eastern Phoebe. Shortly thereafter, across the street at Gray's Lake, I saw my FOY Tree Swallows.

Good birding,
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Date: 3/29/18 10:22 am
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Long-tailed Ducks in Dickinson county
Pair of long-tailed ducks found at north end of East Okoboji Lake yesterday morning are still there.
Good Birdin’,
Ed Thelen
Spirit Lake
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A friend and myself also observed the two Long-tailed Ducks at Isthmus Park/E Okoboji. Also of note was a Red-shouldered Hawk observed on the NE Spirit Lake edge/E end of Orleans.... Also seen was a flock of 30 American White Pelicans flying north.

Jacob Newton
Ottosen, IA



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Date: 3/29/18 9:57 am
From: Ann Johnson <aj...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] wood pewees?
Beware of Starlings! I don't expect wood pewees until early May and have been fooled more than once in my lifetime. I have now made it a point to track down the first of the year and get a visual.
Ann Johnson
Warren County

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Has anyone encountered wood pewees yet? I'm spending most of the semester in Chicago, but I came back to Iowa City yesterday and could have sworn I heard one when I got out of my car in my driveway.


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Date: 3/29/18 9:22 am
From: patschlarbaum <patschlarbaum...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie chickens
Heard report of 23 at lek two miles west of Kellerton and @ two miles south on your left. Viewing platform has scope as lek is somewhat distant yet able to hear and see wonderful southern Iowa grassland heritage. Pat Schlarbaum, Nevada IA


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-------- Original message --------From: Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...> Date: 3/29/18 7:23 AM (GMT-06:00) To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie chickens
I saw this request a few days ago for info about Greater Prairie Chickens at Kellerton but I didn't see any responses yet.

I am planning to head that way tomorrow and have never been so I thought I would put out a second request for any sage advice.

Thanks!
Jacob Welchans

On Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:13:26 PM UTC-5, sethdudley84 wrote:






I was hoping to drive down to Ringgold County and see the Prairie Chickens. I have never been to the preserve to see them and I was hoping someone could give me tips on where it's located, what to expect once I am there,
best time to go etc. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has been down to see them before. Thank yo,



Seth Dudley
Iowa City












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Date: 3/29/18 9:21 am
From: Brochu, Christopher A <chris-brochu...>
Subject: [ia-bird] wood pewees?

Has anyone encountered wood pewees yet? I'm spending most of the semester in Chicago, but I came back to Iowa City yesterday and could have sworn I heard one when I got out of my car in my driveway.


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Date: 3/29/18 9:07 am
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Com Redpoll
After not seeing any Redpoll since 3/9, one popped up on our feeders this morning


Rick Hollis

rural North Liberty [north of North Liberty] IA

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Date: 3/29/18 6:32 am
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Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Phoebe
The Eastern Phoebe showed up yesterday morning at the nest site under our bridge from the house to the garage, over the security light. This is the 3rd year for this nest if they use it again.

Beth Brown, Osceola

From: Douglas Harr
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 7:19 PM
To: Stuart Sparkman
Cc: Iowa Birding
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Phoebe

I also had an Eastern Phoebe (FOY) this morning on the road south of Granger, along Beaver Creek (NW of Brenton Slough).

Doug Harr
Ogden

On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 4:49 PM, Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> wrote:

Hey I-Birders,

Was delighted to be welcomed home from work this afternoon by a noisy EASTERN PHOEBE in the yard.

Happy Spring,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines
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Date: 3/29/18 5:23 am
From: Jacob Welchans <jwelchans...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Prairie chickens
I saw this request a few days ago for info about Greater Prairie Chickens
at Kellerton but I didn't see any responses yet.

I am planning to head that way tomorrow and have never been so I thought I
would put out a second request for any sage advice.

Thanks!
Jacob Welchans

On Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:13:26 PM UTC-5, sethdudley84 wrote:
>
> I was hoping to drive down to Ringgold County and see the Prairie
> Chickens. I have never been to the preserve to see them and I was hoping
> someone could give me tips on where it's located, what to expect once I am
> there, best time to go etc. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has
> been down to see them before. Thank yo,
>
>
> Seth Dudley
>
> Iowa City
>
>
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Date: 3/28/18 6:56 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Woodcocks in Johnston
Hi I-Birders,

Karen, Harney, and I made our annual late-March evening American
Woodcock foray tonight (Wednesday). We've done this for about 10 years now
and have only been shut out once (last year we picked an evening with
unfortunate weather.) Our site is Beaver Creek Greenbelt (Doc Brown Loop)
adjacent to Terra Park in Johnston (Polk County).

Tonight we had great results. We arrived just a couple minutes after
sunset, and almost immediately began hearing the peent noises the woodcocks
make on the ground. After a few minutes, one or two of them began making
short low altitude flights of 25 - 50 meters. One landed on the verge of
the path about 20 meters from us, and we got lengthy dim light looks at him
peenting, which were very satisfying. This was my best on-ground
observation of this species ever. After another few minutes the birds began
their sky displays in earnest, and we had some very nice views of this as
well. In total, we observed probably three different individuals, and
heard at least two additional birds a little further away. This area is
large enough and has enough woodcock habitat that there could be dozens of
birds displaying each evening. We stayed for about half an hour.

Also worth mentioning was a decent-sized bat foraging over the same
area. I had no idea they might be present this early in the year.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 3/28/18 5:50 pm
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Peregrine Falcon -- downtown Des Moines
At about 7:20 tonight there was a Peregrine falcon perched on top of the
American Enterprise building, 601 6th Ave., downtown Des Moines.

Diane Dentlinger
Des Moines

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Date: 3/28/18 5:44 pm
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Long-tailed Ducks in Dickinson county
A friend and myself also observed the two Long-tailed Ducks at Isthmus
Park/E Okoboji. Also of note was a Red-shouldered Hawk observed on the NE
Spirit Lake edge/E end of Orleans.... Also seen was a flock of 30 American
White Pelicans flying north.

Jacob Newton
Ottosen, IA


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Date: 3/28/18 5:20 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Phoebe
I also had an Eastern Phoebe (FOY) this morning on the road south of
Granger, along Beaver Creek (NW of Brenton Slough).

Doug Harr
Ogden

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> Was delighted to be welcomed home from work this afternoon by a noisy
> EASTERN PHOEBE in the yard.
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> Happy Spring,
>
> Stuart Sparkman
> NW Des Moines
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Date: 3/28/18 3:46 pm
From: <mkenne...>
Subject: [ia-bird] raptor movement
One eye kept to the sky from 2-5 this afternoon, I counted 8 Bald Eagles
migrating north in the Des Moines R valley (in one group), 36 Red-tailed
Hawks in small groups, 4 Sharpies, and 2 Cooper's Hawks. A single dark
Rough-legged Hawk hover-hunted nearby. Stunning views were provided by
bright sunshine reflected up from the continued widespread snow cover.

Matthew Kenne

Algona, Iowa

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Date: 3/28/18 2:49 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Phoebe
Hey I-Birders,

Was delighted to be welcomed home from work this afternoon by a noisy
EASTERN PHOEBE in the yard.

Happy Spring,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 3/28/18 9:23 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lark Sparrow
Good Morning
I just had observation of Lark Sparrow along the west road just pass the entry road into the marsh.
I am very aware that this is early!!! I hesitated posting
This is the area the DNR removed trees with scattered brush. Had good looks. Will see if he photos are good when I return home.
Good Birding
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 3/28/18 9:10 am
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Subject: [ia-bird] Fun day at Cone Marsh
Just had a large number of Sandhills Crane flush when shot was fired in the marsh. Had seen five before (groups two groups of two and flyover) but when shots were fired 20 flushed from the center. Views from the overlook near caboose.
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 3/28/18 8:33 am
From: Jim Durbin <bugmugger187...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fwd: Ordinance #18-12
Just something to be aware that is happening. I do not know if we have any
rules like this in Iowa, but you might want to check if in other states.
Does anyone know if there is a rule like this that applies to all national
refuges?

Jim Durbin
1460 Douglas Court
Marion Ia 52302
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From: Sharon Stilwell <sharonstilwell...>
Date: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 7:48 AM
Subject: Fwd: Ordinance #18-12
To: "<bugmugger187...>" <bugmugger187...>, Gerald White <
<gdwhite...>


Thought you both would want to know. The fine at Ding is $500.
Yesterday had a yellow warbler and worm-eating at Corkscrew.
Sharon


Begin forwarded message:

*From:* Gayle C Sheets <gayleschmidt...>
*Date:* March 28, 2018 at 8:20:59 AM EDT
*To:* Gayle Schmidt <gayleschmidt...>
*Subject:* *Fwd: Ordinance #18-12*

Good Morning Bird Patrol, I’ve received the following from Lee County
Parks and Recreation referring to a change of policy that applies to
pishing, or playback, in county parks and preserves. Please note the
comments from those forwarding this change and also note that there are two
pdfs at the end of this message. The specific new regulation referred to is
#5.4 in the first pdf. Playback is already prohibited in many parks and
refuges such as Ding Darling.

Begin forwarded message:

*From:* Karim, Annisa
*Sent:* Tuesday, March 27, 2018 2:30 PM
*To:* Bailey, Christine <CBailey...>; Eash, James <EASHJE...>;
Eash, Jason <eashjl...>; Flora, Dana <DFlora...>; Gienapp,
Heather <HGienapp...>; Raybuck, David <DRaybuck...>
*Cc:* Olson, Cathy <COlson...>; Repenning, Robert <
<RRepenning...>
*Subject:* FW: Ordinance #18-12

Please note, we are in the height of Spring Migration. Lots of birders
“pish” to attract birds. This is against our new ordinance. Please ask
people to comply with our ordinance.
“No person shall lure or call-in wildlife, by any means, including the use
of vocalizations and digital means to attract any wildlife, except as
authorized by the Director or designee.”


Thanks!

*_____________________________*
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Lee County Department of Parks & Recreation
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*Cc:* Lavender, Jesse <JLavender...>; Lamey, Jason <
<JLamey...>
*Subject:* FW: Ordinance #18-12

It’s official, our new ordinance number is 18-12 and it is enforceable as
indicated by the memo attached. We will be ordering 18-12 stickers to
cover up 06-26, so as soon as they are available we will let you all know.

*Thanks, Alise*


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*From:* Daue, Brenda
*Sent:* Tuesday, March 27, 2018 11:27 AM
*To:* Wesch, Richard <RWesch...>; Fraser, Andrea <AFraser...>;
Jacob, Michael <MJacob...>; Hagen, Gregory <GHagen...>;
Fredyma, John <JFredyma...>; Swindle, Amanda <ASwindle...>;
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Good morning,

Please see the attached Ordinance No. 18-12

Respectfully,

*Brenda D. Daue, FRP*
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Date: 3/28/18 8:22 am
From: David Wagner <daveandlizwagner...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible Red Throated Loon
Noelle and I are viewing a loon from the East pull out of Saylorville Dam
that she thinks is probably a Red Throated Loon.

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Date: 3/28/18 8:00 am
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brewers Blackbird
Late post
Verified by photos
South boat ramp At Princeton Marsh
Counted 7
Dick Sayles

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Date: 3/28/18 6:11 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Last call to enter your 2017 lists (no sighting)
The preliminary report can be found at the following link: http://iowabirds.org/Birds/Listing.aspx

The report will be finalized soon, so if you want to get in on the fun, please submit your lists ASAP.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 3/28/18 5:55 am
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Ducks in Dickinson county
Hello,
I am currently looking at 2 long-tail ducks up at the north end of East Okoboji Lake .
They are in a pocket of open water created from the spillway between Spirit Lake and East Okoboji.
Good Birdin’,
Ed Thelen
Spirit Lake, Iowa

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Date: 3/27/18 9:30 pm
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Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2018 23:42:51 +0000
Subject: Osprey
At least one Osprey has returned to the cell phone tower nest site at the
intersection of army post road and SE 42nd Ave in West Des Moines
southwest of Walnut Woods State Park.
Tim Gedler

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Date: 3/27/18 4:43 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cardinal Marsh-cranes yes, swans no
Drove out to Cardinal Marsh today after seeing the previous report. Saw 36 sandhills(poor light for photos), and more ducks and geese than I've ever seen in one place. Easily over a thousand mallards and Canadas, and one large flock of white-fronted geese flew in with 5-6 snow geese tagging along. Was also able to identify 6 pintails and a few canvasbacks.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista, IA
Chickasaw County

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Date: 3/27/18 2:40 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow in Ogden
After the Fox Sparrows showed up below our feeders yesterday and today,
this afternoon a FOY Lincoln's Sparrow was also browsing below our feeders

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 3/27/18 9:12 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Fox Sparrow X 2
The single Fox Sparrow I reported seeing under our Ogden feeder late
yesterday afternoon has a friend joining him this morning. I shot the
attached photo through our dining room window, with this sparrow only about
8 ft. away!

Doug Harr

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Date: 3/27/18 6:37 am
From: Chafa, Doug <doug.chafa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Oddly colored robin
This morning just after 8:00, I saw a robin-sized bird with many white
markings on the back along old Hwy 75, just south of 240th St, between
Sargent Bluff and Salix. There is a CRP field on the east side of the
highway but the bird spent more time on the west side by the RR tracks.

I did eventually see the brick red on the side of the chest. Behaviors
included both hopping around on the ground and perching low on the plum
thicket. There were both robins and red-winged blackbirds present.

Doug Chafa


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Date: 3/26/18 8:59 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring Meeting Registration
Hope a lot of you have looked at the next meeting info. Outstanding
speaker, exceptional facilities, and last time we were in Sioux City we had
187 species. About as good as it gets. Dorm rooms are available
at a very reasonable rate of $20 PER PERSON per night You may request to
room by yourself or a have a roommate if you wish one.

Go sign up !!!!

The following link will take you directly to the registration site:
http://iowabirds.org/IOU/NextMeeting.aspx

God Bless,

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

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Date: 3/26/18 6:06 pm
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] storm birds
The weekend’s snow and the seed a scattered drew in a Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, a White-throated Sparrow, a couple of Am Tree Sparrows along with Juncos and Cardinals. The Pine Siskens are still coming along with Am Goldfinches in a varied plumages ranging from pure winter to nearly summer.

Rick Hollis
rural North Liberty IA

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Date: 3/26/18 5:56 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Here is a feel good bird story. Last spring in April a local great-horned owl nest was blown out of the tree during a storm. A local citizen, Greg Stempian, knew of the nest and the youngster predicament. came to us, we found the young owl, built a nestbox and installed it about 15-18 ft. high near the old nest. Placing the youngster in the new box, the young owl was accepted by the adults luckily. It fledged about 3-4 weeks later, success! Well, Greg has been monitoring the nestbox this winter and spring. The owls once again claimed the box, laid at least 2 eggs and last week hatched 2 young! Greg will continue to watch the progress using a telescoping mirror we made. Surprising and wonderful! Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/26/18 3:00 pm
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Blue Herons & a Fox Sparrow
I saw 2 FOY Great Blue Herons in the pond by the Deery Dodge dealer in Ames
this morning, and late this afternoon we had a FOY Fox Sparrow under our
feeders in Ogden. The Fox Sparrow also was also a new yard bird for
us--not common in a little prairie town!

Doug Harr

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Date: 3/26/18 1:25 pm
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Great Horned Owl
Always a good day when you find GHO nest.....

Dick And Kit Sayles
Buffalo Iowa

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Date: 3/26/18 12:16 pm
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Common Loon - Polk County
This morning, shortly before Noon, I saw a breeding plumaged Common Loon at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines. Also present were 9 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Ruddy Duck.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 3/26/18 12:13 pm
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie chickens
I was hoping to drive down to Ringgold County and see the Prairie Chickens. I have never been to the preserve to see them and I was hoping someone could give me tips on where it's located, what to expect once I am there, best time to go etc. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has been down to see them before. Thank yo,


Seth Dudley

Iowa City

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Date: 3/26/18 6:41 am
From: Pip Fisher <pip...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spring IOU Meeting Registration Open on website!
Good Morning Birders-

As of yesterday evening the registration for the 2018 Spring IOU Meeting in Sioux City is open.

The meeting is 5/18-20 and will be hosted by the Loess Hills Audubon Society at Briar Cliff University. Laura Erickson is the keynote speaker with other presentations, excellent field trips, the silent auction and more.

Please note that dorm rooms on campus are available but require a separate registration by using the link in the hotel list.

All the information and registration is available at iowabirds.org.

If you have any questions please contact me at <pip...>

Hope to see you there!

Pip Fisher
Vice President
Iowa Ornithologists Union
Gibbsville, IA
515-745-5472
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Date: 3/25/18 6:32 pm
From: Weldon or Ellen Bell <dubnellen...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cardinal Marsh in Winneshiek County
This afternoon a group led by Larry Reis saw 20 trumpeter Swans and 42 Sand hill Cranes at the marsh. Some of the cranes were dancing. There were also distant ducks and geese. Much ice remains, and we saw no shorebirds.

Ellen Bell

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Date: 3/25/18 5:58 pm
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Poweshiek co birds
Sunday at the feeders had purple finches, a lone fox sparrow, eurasian collared-doves, red-headed woodpeckers and the regulars. At Rock Creek Lake had 300-500 ring-bill gulls, no geese other than a few Canadians, lesser scaup, bufflehead, mallards, American mergansers, green and blue-wing teal, and shovelers, and several red-breasted mergansers. At the pond NW of the lake had lots of lesser scaup, ringnecks, mallards, buffleheads, and about 10 redheads. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 3/25/18 4:36 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Swainson's Hawk
This afternoon (3 PM), a Swainson's Hawk was moving north just south of
Kilpeck Landing in Louisa County along X-61. I now need one for Des Moines
County.
Also a Great Egret passed over on the same area.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 3/25/18 2:39 pm
From: John Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Flyover Red Crossbills - Polk County
Today I saw a group of about 8 Red Crossbills fly over at Walker Johnston
Park in Urbandale. I identified them by their "Jip Jip" calls. There is no
significant stand of conifers in that area, so I suspect they're just
random flyovers.

Earlier this morning, I saw a Baird's Sandpiper in a flooded low area near
the parking lot of South Prairie Elementary in Grimes.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 3/24/18 6:52 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Short-eared Owls at Cedar Rapids Airport
Tonight I tested the plowed and unplowed snow covered roads of the Eastern Iowa Airport area. At times it was like snowmobiling as most roads
had snow drifts which required some speed to get through. And there were snowmobiles out and about.

The highlight of the evening was 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS, flying at the very east end of the airport in the area of the tall grass. They were within
the airport's tall fence and one eventually perched on it. This was the first time this spring or winter that I've seen owls in this area.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids





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