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12/5/19 11:59 am <ritag...> [ia-bird] Harleguin
12/5/19 9:55 am Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Harleguin
12/5/19 9:19 am Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> Re: [ia-bird] Harleguin
12/5/19 8:49 am wtvandewalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Harlequin still present
12/5/19 7:00 am David Conrads <dave.conrads...> Re: [ia-bird] NOT A SIGHTING: Birds are shrinking report.
12/5/19 6:21 am englander.julie <englander.julie...> [ia-bird] NOT A SIGHTING: Birds are shrinking report.
12/5/19 5:55 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> Re: [ia-bird] Harleguin
12/5/19 5:30 am <ritag...> [ia-bird] Harleguin
12/4/19 5:29 pm wtvandewalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Carpool: Harlequin Duck
12/4/19 1:44 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull continues at Saylorville
12/4/19 1:32 pm Ryan Shackleton <shack357...> [ia-bird] M.C harlequin- yes
12/4/19 12:43 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
12/4/19 12:24 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
12/4/19 10:12 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> Re: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
12/4/19 9:07 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] eBird list that was seen on Missouri listserve
12/4/19 6:47 am Lisa Ralls, Winnebago County Naturalist <skybluewaters63...> [ia-bird] Re: Late (well...used to be) season Brown Thrasher
12/4/19 5:58 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
12/4/19 5:18 am <ritag...> Fwd: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
12/3/19 6:59 pm Ulrike G <ulrikedg...> [ia-bird] Dark Morph Harlan's RTHA - Altoona
12/3/19 4:58 pm Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...> [ia-bird] Possibly Snowy Owl Recon- NO
12/3/19 4:18 pm 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Re: [ia-bird] Late (well...used to be) season Brown Thrasher
12/3/19 4:17 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
12/3/19 1:54 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Iceland and Glaucous Gulls continue at Saylorville
12/3/19 1:39 pm 'Betty' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
12/3/19 1:33 pm Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> Re: [ia-bird] Lily Pond Amana, IA
12/3/19 11:46 am newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Late (well...used to be) season Brown Thrasher
12/3/19 8:37 am Dean Hester <dhester1994...> Re: [ia-bird] Mar Lee ponds waterfowl
12/3/19 8:09 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Lily Pond Amana, IA
12/3/19 7:54 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> Re: [ia-bird] Mar Lee ponds waterfowl
12/3/19 7:12 am <aj...> [ia-bird] Possible Snowy Owl in Des Moines
12/3/19 6:52 am Dean Hester <dhester1994...> [ia-bird] Mar Lee ponds waterfowl
12/3/19 6:46 am Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...> [ia-bird] Story County - Ada Hayden Swans
12/2/19 9:57 am Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...> [ia-bird] Carroll County CBC
12/2/19 9:36 am 'Steve Pearson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Northeast Madison County CBC
12/2/19 6:13 am timothy.barksdale <timothy.barksdale...> [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
12/2/19 5:55 am Rita Goranson <ritag...> RE: [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
12/1/19 8:47 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Cone Marsh- Louisa County
12/1/19 8:39 pm Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...> [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
12/1/19 6:33 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Update
12/1/19 4:45 pm Rodger Miller <rmiller...> [ia-bird] Cedar Waxwings
12/1/19 2:42 pm James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
12/1/19 7:11 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee in Johnston
11/29/19 7:53 pm Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull and Long-tailed Duck persist Cedar Lake Linn
11/29/19 3:36 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
11/29/19 3:09 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] odd duck not so odd
11/29/19 2:40 pm Steve Harvey <saharv23...> [ia-bird] purple finches - Clarke Co.
11/29/19 12:51 pm Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...> [ia-bird] Horned grebe right now Davenport
11/29/19 12:39 pm 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Pileated
11/29/19 7:46 am James McCoy <jgmccoy350...> [ia-bird] American Black Ducks in North Liberty
11/29/19 4:56 am Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...> [ia-bird] poweshiek co birds
11/29/19 4:18 am Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] Hungarian partiridge
11/28/19 10:03 am Larry Reis <lreis...> [ia-bird] Eurasian tree sparrow
11/28/19 9:33 am Jeffrey Livingston <jeffandjenia...> [ia-bird] Lamoni CBC
11/26/19 10:25 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] follow up on suspected hybrid duck
11/26/19 3:01 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-26-19
11/25/19 8:48 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] suggestive MALL x BWTE at Lewis Bottoms (Linn Co.)
11/25/19 7:21 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] DMACC Ankeny - Greater Scaup has moved on!
11/25/19 6:08 am Lisa Ralls, Winnebago County Naturalist <skybluewaters63...> [ia-bird] Re: Saw-Whet Owls Moorehead Park Ida County
11/24/19 3:55 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull, LT Duck Continue at Cedar Lake
11/24/19 12:32 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-Whet Owls Moorehead Park Ida County
11/24/19 10:45 am alan.orr <alan.orr...> [ia-bird] Re: Updated Christmas Count Forms
11/24/19 8:39 am Chris Caster <cjcaster...> [ia-bird] Updated Christmas Count Forms
11/24/19 7:54 am Chris Caster <cjcaster...> [ia-bird] Post Your Local Christmas Counts
11/24/19 6:32 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck, Cedar Lake, Linn
11/23/19 7:22 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Surf Scoter
11/23/19 5:49 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Cedar Rapids
11/23/19 4:25 pm Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck, Cedar Lake, Linn
11/23/19 11:11 am Dean Hester <dhester1994...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans in Amana
11/22/19 9:15 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Continuing: Greater Scaup at DMACC Campus pond
11/22/19 9:13 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Western/Northern calarus/abieticola/jamaicicensis RTHA at Big Creek Lake
11/22/19 9:07 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Continuing Greater Scaup at DMACC Campus pond
11/22/19 2:51 pm Wolfgang Oesterreich <wolfoest...> [ia-bird] ETSP - Ames
11/22/19 2:35 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-22-19
11/22/19 1:59 pm Larry Reis <lreis...> [ia-bird] Eurasian tree sparrow
11/22/19 1:33 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] OWLS IN MOOREHEAD PARK-Ida County
11/22/19 12:52 pm Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...> [ia-bird] Announcing: 2020 Minnesota Avian Adventure!
11/22/19 10:53 am Floramay & Steve <flstmiller...> [ia-bird] Birdability
11/22/19 12:29 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] 2019 fall field season wrapping up soon [not a sighting]
11/21/19 4:59 pm billohde <billohde...> [ia-bird] Rough-legged hawk
11/20/19 7:09 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Birds flycatching at Ledges State Park
11/20/19 3:10 pm Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> [ia-bird] Brown Creeper In Dallas County
11/20/19 8:08 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Re: Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
11/20/19 6:37 am Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...> [ia-bird] Re: Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
11/19/19 8:35 pm Eliza Willis <trueiowanative...> [ia-bird] Gray Catbird in Iowa City, Johnson County
11/19/19 6:20 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Lake Red Rock RT Loon, Amana Swans
11/19/19 3:28 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> RE: [ia-bird] Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
11/19/19 3:22 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Re: [ia-bird] Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
11/19/19 3:10 pm Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...> [ia-bird] Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
11/19/19 12:34 pm Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...> [ia-bird] Monona County
11/19/19 11:16 am Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...> [ia-bird] Red Crossbills - Woodbury County
11/19/19 9:29 am david.shealer <david.shealer...> [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck, Dubuque
11/18/19 5:16 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Early/Late Date Spreadsheet Updated - No Sighting
11/17/19 7:27 pm Jane Clark <jrclark...> [ia-bird] Des Moines Audubon Tuesday
11/17/19 3:46 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull at Cedar Rapids
11/17/19 12:40 pm 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Townsend's Solitaire, Cerro Gordo County
11/17/19 10:01 am Paul D. B. Skrade <skradepa...> [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrow
11/17/19 3:10 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] ICBC trip to Quad Cities canceled today (not a sighting)
11/16/19 9:30 am Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...> [ia-bird] Turkey Vulture and Hermit Thrush - Oakdale Research Campus- Johnson County
11/15/19 2:49 pm Gerald White <apuffin...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting House X EUTS
11/15/19 2:11 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-15-19
11/14/19 9:03 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] FOY - Pine Siskin's in Madrid
11/13/19 4:25 pm 'Michael Johnston' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrows
11/13/19 1:58 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] Unusual Fox Sparrow
11/13/19 12:13 pm Larry Dau <lgdau9...> [ia-bird] Boone County sightings
11/12/19 4:14 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull at Coralville Lake
11/12/19 11:50 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Western Grebes and Snow Buntings at Saylorville
11/11/19 2:04 pm newtja84 <newtja84...> [ia-bird] Humboldt County
11/11/19 10:15 am Alan Orr <akorr...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl
11/11/19 9:58 am Alan Orr <akorr...> [ia-bird] bird post
11/10/19 6:21 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl in Moorhead Park-Ida County
11/10/19 2:18 pm Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee in Johnston
11/10/19 8:13 am 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Orange crowned Warblers
11/9/19 5:26 pm Maria Story <mmangano13...> [ia-bird] Re: Iowa Co: Tundra Swans at Amana Lily Lake
11/9/19 4:32 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owls in Moorhead Park-Ida County
11/9/19 2:26 pm Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...> [ia-bird] N. Shrike in Polk Co.
11/9/19 12:10 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Snow Bunting at Saylorville
11/8/19 9:00 pm William Huser <billfhuser...> [ia-bird] Woodbury County Birds
11/8/19 4:58 pm Dean Hester <dhester1994...> [ia-bird] Re: Gray's Lake Western Grebe - YES, Red-necked Grebe - NO
11/8/19 2:19 pm John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...> [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-8-19
11/8/19 12:19 pm Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull
11/8/19 11:03 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Gray's Lake Western Grebe - YES, Red-necked Grebe - NO
11/8/19 7:21 am Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] lake ducks ...Big Spirit Lake
11/7/19 9:02 pm Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting- REAP Regional Assemblies
11/7/19 7:24 pm Dean Hester <dhester1994...> [ia-bird] Re: Des Moines area birds this morning
11/7/19 1:31 pm Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...> [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl-Moorehead Park Ida County.
11/7/19 11:55 am Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...> [ia-bird] Both Shrikes
11/7/19 10:44 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Des Moines area birds this morning
11/7/19 8:13 am Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting: Need a scope to make a sighting.
11/7/19 4:29 am Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...> [ia-bird] Late Nashville warbler repeat
11/7/19 12:45 am Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] 2019 LRGV and Iowa warbler slam albums (past sightings)
11/6/19 2:27 pm Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoter
11/6/19 11:39 am 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe
11/6/19 11:28 am Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> [ia-bird] Forster’s Tern, Cedar Lake, Linn Co
11/6/19 8:31 am Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe at Saylorville
11/6/19 6:20 am dave eastman <daveeastman929...> [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoter
11/6/19 6:15 am Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> [ia-bird] Lake Manawa, Pottawattamie County
11/6/19 5:54 am Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...> [ia-bird] cornfield mallards
11/5/19 3:49 pm Alan Orr <alan.orr...> [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoter
11/5/19 3:37 pm englander.julie <englander.julie...> [ia-bird] Not a sighting: Birding area possibility
11/5/19 3:26 pm Alan Orr <alan.orr...> [ia-bird] Surf Scoter in Black Hawk
11/5/19 3:26 pm Alan Orr <alan.orr...> [ia-bird] Surf Scoter
11/5/19 1:19 pm Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...> [ia-bird] Merlin - Red Feather Prairie - Saylorville Lake, Polk Co.
11/5/19 12:55 pm Jim Forde <jimforde...> [ia-bird] Tundra Swans at Amana Lily Lake
11/5/19 12:36 pm Rita Goranson <ritag...> [ia-bird] Western Grebes
11/5/19 11:44 am Clayton Will <willcfish...> [ia-bird] Marsh Farm Wetlands - Hutchinson's Goose, possible Black Duck, the Tundra Swan remains and 2 Trumpeter Swans
11/5/19 11:31 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Gray's Lake Eared Grebe is actually a Red-necked Grebe
11/5/19 10:19 am John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...> [ia-bird] Gray's Lake Grebes
11/5/19 6:40 am Dean Hester <dhester1994...> [ia-bird] Harris's sparrows at Hawkeye
 
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Date: 12/5/19 11:59 am
From: <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harleguin
At 158 pm the duck was in a little bit of water by a dock with fake owls on the south side. Can scope from Arby's lot but tough to see.
Rita g.

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Date: 12/5/19 9:55 am
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harleguin
Still present at 11:55, southwest corner open water along with the geese.

Carolyn Fischer
Mason City

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> On Dec 5, 2019, at 11:19 AM, Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...> wrote:
>
> Still here at 11:10, although, I thought it was leaving flew across the lake, returned to the same area of open water while calling.
> It’s the lone bird on the lake.
> Carolyn Fischer
> Mason City
> 641-420-4963
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>> On Dec 5, 2019, at 7:55 AM, Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> wrote:
>>
>> Thank you for the update. I’m going to try for it. If anyone can continue to update, I would appreciate it as it is a two hour drive for me. Leaving at 8am.
>> Wendy VanDeWalle
>> Brandon.
>> 319-310-0739
>>
>>>> On Dec 5, 2019, at 7:30 AM, <ritag...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Lake almost iced in, the duck is sitting on ice with the geese. Only very small little area open with a few geese. Don't know if bird will stay put. Rita g.
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Date: 12/5/19 9:19 am
From: Carolyn Fischer <cjfischer11...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harleguin
Still here at 11:10, although, I thought it was leaving flew across the lake, returned to the same area of open water while calling.
It’s the lone bird on the lake.
Carolyn Fischer
Mason City
641-420-4963

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> On Dec 5, 2019, at 7:55 AM, Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...> wrote:
>
> Thank you for the update. I’m going to try for it. If anyone can continue to update, I would appreciate it as it is a two hour drive for me. Leaving at 8am.
> Wendy VanDeWalle
> Brandon.
> 319-310-0739
>
>> On Dec 5, 2019, at 7:30 AM, <ritag...> wrote:
>>
>> Lake almost iced in, the duck is sitting on ice with the geese. Only very small little area open with a few geese. Don't know if bird will stay put. Rita g.
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Date: 12/5/19 8:49 am
From: wtvandewalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harlequin still present
Harlequin is still here in Mason City. 😊 Viewed it from Arby’s parking lot. Lake is mostly iced over - only a few open spots. At one point it flew up and then landed on the ice and skidded a ways.
This is a first Iowa bird for me. Thanks for sharing!
Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon

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Date: 12/5/19 7:00 am
From: David Conrads <dave.conrads...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] NOT A SIGHTING: Birds are shrinking report.
Interesting study, Julie. Thanks for sharing!

Shawn Hawks, former director of the Iowa Raptor Project (University of Iowa) recently coauthored a paper that noted decrease in mass in American Kestrels throughout their range:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989417302640

Interestingly, only in the midwest (Hawk Ridge) did they see an increase in wing chord, similar to what they found in Chicago in the study cited below.

Dave

David J. Conrads
Associate Director - Outdoor Recreation and Education

RECREATIONAL SERVICES University of Iowa | Division of Student Life
319-541-6155 | recserv.uiowa.edu


>> On Dec 5, 2019, at 8:21 AM, englander.julie <englander.julie...> wrote:
> 
> I thought this article might be of interest, especially in light of a recent study conducted by ICBC member Elliott Stalter on bird collisions.
>
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> https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50661448
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Date: 12/5/19 6:21 am
From: englander.julie <englander.julie...>
Subject: [ia-bird] NOT A SIGHTING: Birds are shrinking report.
I thought this article might be of interest, especially in light of a
recent study conducted by ICBC member Elliott Stalter on bird collisions.


https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50661448

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Date: 12/5/19 5:55 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harleguin
Thank you for the update. I’m going to try for it. If anyone can continue to update, I would appreciate it as it is a two hour drive for me. Leaving at 8am.
Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon.
319-310-0739

> On Dec 5, 2019, at 7:30 AM, <ritag...> wrote:
>
> Lake almost iced in, the duck is sitting on ice with the geese. Only very small little area open with a few geese. Don't know if bird will stay put. Rita g.
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Date: 12/5/19 5:30 am
From: <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harleguin
Lake almost iced in, the duck is sitting on ice with the geese. Only very small little area open with a few geese. Don't know if bird will stay put. Rita g.

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Date: 12/4/19 5:29 pm
From: wtvandewalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Carpool: Harlequin Duck
Anybody from the Cedar Rapids/Waterloo area interested in carpooling to Mason City to chase the Harlequin tomorrow?

Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon

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Date: 12/4/19 1:44 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull continues at Saylorville
Hey I-Birders,

Harney and I took a quick trip up to Bob Shetler RA below Saylorville
Dam this afternoon to look for white gulls. On the large pond were about
50 RING-BILLED GULLS and dwarfing them was the massive GLAUCOUS GULL
mentioned in posts of recent days. It's quite a nice specimen, matching
field marks in the guides well. No sign of an ICELAND GULL, but an
impressive 15 BALD EAGLES were perched in the trees on the riverbank. A
half dozen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were loafing on a gravel bar near the
southern picnicground. About 20 female COMMON MERGANSERS were the only
non-gulls on the lake visible from the dam.

Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 12/4/19 1:32 pm
From: Ryan Shackleton <shack357...>
Subject: [ia-bird] M.C harlequin- yes
Harlequin still on the pond as of 3 this afternoon. Farther out there were at least 3 of what looked to be common goldeneyes too. Always nice to see some less common ducks.
Ryan Shackleton
Alta Vista,IA
Chichasaw County

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Date: 12/4/19 12:43 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
Brandon and all,
Congrats al all who have been able to view the Harlequin Duck. As to a
"slam", NOT happening this year. The recent Long-tailed Duck (Cedar Lake)
is the closest I have to a "Sea duck slam" this year. Pretty sad when my
yearly total is at a measley 218. My previous llowest Iowa year count waw
240 between 2005 and 2018. My first full year in 2005.

Good Birding to you all.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 2:24 PM Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
wrote:

> Small detour to see a Eurasian Wigeon south of La Crosse, WI. The
> Harlequin Duck is still here, but pretty far out near the edge of the ice
> (around the middle of the lake). Viewed from back of Arby’s parking lot.
>
> The true “sea duck slam” (remember Eric Ollie?) for Iowa this year.
>
> Good birding,
> Brandon Caswell
> Marion
>
> On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 12:12 Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:
>
>> Thank you Rita! I observed the Harlequin feeding and flying with some
>> good photos. The gentleman at 720 Briarstone Dr. when I asked said we (all
>> birders) could view from his yard and North along the road. He told me to
>> go dowm to the dock and the Harlequin swam within 10 feet of me and called!
>> What a great day! Wendy's parking lot may be a good afternoon spot also!
>> Good birding!
>>
>> On Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 7:58 AM Rita Goranson <ritag...> wrote:
>>
>>> The Harlequin Duck is still present at the Briarstone Lake in Mason
>>> City. This is a private lake. To see this duck, which has been seen to
>>> the west end of the lake, you would drive in to the garage/condo area
>>> towards the west (this is south of the Perkins lot). As you curve at the
>>> end, there is the water and there is the bird. You must not exit the car
>>> but look at the bird from the car and then continue on. It is a private
>>> drive and people will be using it. IF you block the drive or get out of
>>> the car the residents will probably call the police.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> If the duck goes out to the main part of the lake, then there is an open
>>> area on Briarstone Drive where scopes could be set up to scan the lake.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> If you respect these directions there should be no problem.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thank you.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Rita Goranson
>>>
>>> Mason City, Iowa
>>>
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Date: 12/4/19 12:24 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
Small detour to see a Eurasian Wigeon south of La Crosse, WI. The Harlequin
Duck is still here, but pretty far out near the edge of the ice (around the
middle of the lake). Viewed from back of Arby’s parking lot.

The true “sea duck slam” (remember Eric Ollie?) for Iowa this year.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 12:12 Clayton Will <willcfish...> wrote:

> Thank you Rita! I observed the Harlequin feeding and flying with some good
> photos. The gentleman at 720 Briarstone Dr. when I asked said we (all
> birders) could view from his yard and North along the road. He told me to
> go dowm to the dock and the Harlequin swam within 10 feet of me and called!
> What a great day! Wendy's parking lot may be a good afternoon spot also!
> Good birding!
>
> On Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 7:58 AM Rita Goranson <ritag...> wrote:
>
>> The Harlequin Duck is still present at the Briarstone Lake in Mason
>> City. This is a private lake. To see this duck, which has been seen to
>> the west end of the lake, you would drive in to the garage/condo area
>> towards the west (this is south of the Perkins lot). As you curve at the
>> end, there is the water and there is the bird. You must not exit the car
>> but look at the bird from the car and then continue on. It is a private
>> drive and people will be using it. IF you block the drive or get out of
>> the car the residents will probably call the police.
>>
>>
>>
>> If the duck goes out to the main part of the lake, then there is an open
>> area on Briarstone Drive where scopes could be set up to scan the lake.
>>
>>
>>
>> If you respect these directions there should be no problem.
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you.
>>
>>
>>
>> Rita Goranson
>>
>> Mason City, Iowa
>>
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Date: 12/4/19 10:12 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
Thank you Rita! I observed the Harlequin feeding and flying with some good
photos. The gentleman at 720 Briarstone Dr. when I asked said we (all
birders) could view from his yard and North along the road. He told me to
go dowm to the dock and the Harlequin swam within 10 feet of me and called!
What a great day! Wendy's parking lot may be a good afternoon spot also!
Good birding!

On Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 7:58 AM Rita Goranson <ritag...> wrote:

> The Harlequin Duck is still present at the Briarstone Lake in Mason City.
> This is a private lake. To see this duck, which has been seen to the west
> end of the lake, you would drive in to the garage/condo area towards the
> west (this is south of the Perkins lot). As you curve at the end, there is
> the water and there is the bird. You must not exit the car but look at the
> bird from the car and then continue on. It is a private drive and people
> will be using it. IF you block the drive or get out of the car the
> residents will probably call the police.
>
>
>
> If the duck goes out to the main part of the lake, then there is an open
> area on Briarstone Drive where scopes could be set up to scan the lake.
>
>
>
> If you respect these directions there should be no problem.
>
>
>
> Thank you.
>
>
>
> Rita Goranson
>
> Mason City, Iowa
>
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Date: 12/4/19 9:07 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] eBird list that was seen on Missouri listserve
Here's an e-Bird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S58920187

It's in a lighter vein, and no offence intended!

Sorry all but I found this more humorous than political so am passing
it along. My apologies if I offended anyone it is not intended as such
but simply humorous as I was just explaining to one of my brothers recently
about the "red tailed hawk call that was ofter used in place of the real
'whiny' Bald Eagle call in movies".

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 12/4/19 6:47 am
From: Lisa Ralls, Winnebago County Naturalist <skybluewaters63...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Late (well...used to be) season Brown Thrasher
We had one at Thorpe Park (Winnebago County) on November 21st. A couple
years ago, we had one that stayed at the park all winter, utilizing our
bird feeders.
--Lisa Ralls

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 1:46:48 PM UTC-6, newtja84 wrote:
>
> I am getting a report of potentially late season Brown Thrasher in Bode,
> IA (Humboldt County). I know this species has had a few over-winter
> records but this I think still represents a late report in the general
> sense of things. I still have to wait for verification will maybe file a
> field report if I can get it.
>
> Jacob Newton
>
> Humboldt County.
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Date: 12/4/19 5:58 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
The Harlequin Duck is still present at the Briarstone Lake in Mason City.
This is a private lake. To see this duck, which has been seen to the west
end of the lake, you would drive in to the garage/condo area towards the
west (this is south of the Perkins lot). As you curve at the end, there is
the water and there is the bird. You must not exit the car but look at the
bird from the car and then continue on. It is a private drive and people
will be using it. IF you block the drive or get out of the car the
residents will probably call the police.



If the duck goes out to the main part of the lake, then there is an open
area on Briarstone Drive where scopes could be set up to scan the lake.



If you respect these directions there should be no problem.



Thank you.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Date: 12/4/19 5:18 am
From: <ritag...>
Subject: Fwd: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
So far I have not relocated the harlequin.



Rita g.
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Sent: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 16:38:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck

There is what appears to be a female Harlequin Duck at Briarstone Lake here on the west side of Mason City, around 3:30 pm.

It’s a small lake, partially frozen already. Most ponds and Clear Lake are already frozen over.

Betty Lucas
Rita Goranson

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Date: 12/3/19 6:59 pm
From: Ulrike G <ulrikedg...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Dark Morph Harlan's RTHA - Altoona
Nadia and I saw a dark morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk above the northern
Altoona Cemetery (not to be confused with the New Altoona Cemetery half a
mile south) a little after 2 pm today.

It was fighting strong wind gusts, making it wobble like a Turkey Vulture,
and my initial impression (as the person driving the car) was of an all
black bird with silvery flight feathers. Nadia said it was definitely a
hawk, and when I was able to look again, I noted the tail feathers were
rufous when the sun shown through them.

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Polk County

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Date: 12/3/19 4:58 pm
From: Stuart Sparkman <jacamar29...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possibly Snowy Owl Recon- NO
Harney and I checked Ashby Park in Beaverdale (DSM) midday today to
follow up on an owl report passed along by Ann Johnson. It's only about a
mile from my house but I didn't even know the park existed. It's quite a
nice medium sized neighborhood park, about 2/3 wooded with mostly oak and
hickory, a tennis court, a couple of play structures, and an open area of
an acre or less. Nothing that would seem to especially appeal to a Snowy
Owl. But it seemed like a suitable site for arboreal owls, especially
about a dozen mature pines that looked good for roosting. No owls found,
however, and I looked at all the surrounding house roofs and cruised
through the neighborhood without luck. I am not saying the observer did
not see a Snowy Owl (I've seen them on roofs several times), but based on
habitat alone it seems that a light plumaged or partially leucistic Barred
or Great Horned Owl is also a possibility. I'll check this park out in the
spring- could be good for warblers.


Good Birding,

Stuart Sparkman
NW Des Moines

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Date: 12/3/19 4:18 pm
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Late (well...used to be) season Brown Thrasher
I also heard of a Brown Thrasher being seen in Ames
Art Check
Nevada
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> On Dec 3, 2019, at 1:46 PM, newtja84 <newtja84...> wrote:
>
> 
> I am getting a report of potentially late season Brown Thrasher in Bode, IA (Humboldt County). I know this species has had a few over-winter records but this I think still represents a late report in the general sense of things. I still have to wait for verification will maybe file a field report if I can get it.
>
> Jacob Newton
>
> Humboldt County.
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Date: 12/3/19 4:17 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
If anyone checks early would appreciate an update. Thanks in advance!

Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 12/3/19 1:54 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iceland and Glaucous Gulls continue at Saylorville
The ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS (both 1st-cycle) were working the spillway at
3:30 this afternoon. Mid- to late-afternoon seems to be a good time to find
them there.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 12/3/19 1:39 pm
From: 'Betty' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harlequin Duck
There is what appears to be a female Harlequin Duck at Briarstone Lake here on the west side of Mason City, around 3:30 pm.

It’s a small lake, partially frozen already. Most ponds and Clear Lake are already frozen over.

Betty Lucas
Rita Goranson

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Date: 12/3/19 1:33 pm
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Lily Pond Amana, IA
I ran into Brandon Caswell at the Lily Pond and we checked out the Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. I had not been there before; it’s a pretty cool place!
We also then searched for the Black Duck at Mar Lee in North Liberty but did not find it. Blue winged Teal, Snow Goose and Hooded Merganser were the birds of note there.
I’m sorry I missed you yesterday at my house in Brandon, Paul. I guess you met my dog, Rocky! I wish you would have taken a few of my 200 house sparrows with you. I filed my feeder this morning and it was empty by the time I got back this afternoon! 😩. At least I get to look at the Eurasian Tree Sparrows.
Happy birding.
Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon

> On Dec 3, 2019, at 10:09 AM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>
> 
> Anna and I wandered back from Davenport to Sioux City via, Mar Lee Park (see previous post), Indian Creek Nature Center (losts of Eurasian Tree Sparrow along with 3 Red-headed Woodpecker (2 immature), 1 Tufted Titmouse, 1 Belted Kingfisher. 1 Bald Eagle. and other expected birds. If you have not been to this Nature Center you should give it a look. Outstanding in every respect.
>
> Stopped by Lily to add Tundra Swan to county list. I was not quite prepared for the 200+ Swans there. It was not feasible to determine how many of each there were, however, I can confirm at least 8 Tundra. Interestingly, very little else besides Canada Goose, Mallard, No. Shoveler, and a single Bufflehead.
>
> Did 1 15 minute stop at the Eurasian Tree Sparrow location in Brandon, IA. No one was home except a friendly dog who was very happy to have some companionship (there was a barking dog inside the garage who also wanted some companionship but....) We then went back to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail which borders their back yard on the other side of the creek. Eurasian Tree Sparrow (1) after 15-16 minutes of looking, along with the usual suspects.
> Left Davenport 9:00AM and did not arrive Soux City until 7:20PM. Anna is use to these long winding affairs but I am not sure that either of us was expecting to be that long on the road yesterday. I must admit she is a patience trooper when it comes to my addictions.
>
> God Bless,
> Paul O. Roisen
> Woodbury County, IA
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Date: 12/3/19 11:46 am
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late (well...used to be) season Brown Thrasher
I am getting a report of potentially late season Brown Thrasher in Bode,
IA (Humboldt County). I know this species has had a few over-winter
records but this I think still represents a late report in the general
sense of things. I still have to wait for verification will maybe file a
field report if I can get it.

Jacob Newton

Humboldt County.

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Date: 12/3/19 8:37 am
From: Dean Hester <dhester1994...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mar Lee ponds waterfowl
Ahh. I lazily only checked the larger east pond... I'll poke up there again on my lunch break and get that darn bird.

Thanks for the tip!

-Dean Hester

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Date: 12/3/19 8:09 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lily Pond Amana, IA
Anna and I wandered back from Davenport to Sioux City via, Mar Lee Park
(see previous post), Indian Creek Nature Center (losts of Eurasian Tree
Sparrow along with 3 Red-headed Woodpecker (2 immature), 1 Tufted Titmouse,
1 Belted Kingfisher. 1 Bald Eagle. and other expected birds. If you have
not been to this Nature Center you should give it a look. Outstanding in
every respect.

Stopped by Lily to add Tundra Swan to county list. I was not quite
prepared for the 200+ Swans there. It was not feasible to determine how
many of each there were, however, I can confirm at least 8 Tundra.
Interestingly, very little else besides Canada Goose, Mallard, No.
Shoveler, and a single Bufflehead.

Did 1 15 minute stop at the Eurasian Tree Sparrow location in Brandon,
IA. No one was home except a friendly dog who was very happy to have some
companionship (there was a barking dog inside the garage who also wanted
some companionship but....) We then went back to the Cedar Valley Nature
Trail which borders their back yard on the other side of the creek.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (1) after 15-16 minutes of looking, along with the
usual suspects.
Left Davenport 9:00AM and did not arrive Soux City until 7:20PM. Anna is
use to these long winding affairs but I am not sure that either of us was
expecting to be that long on the road yesterday. I must admit she is a
patience trooper when it comes to my addictions.

God Bless,
*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
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Date: 12/3/19 7:54 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Mar Lee ponds waterfowl
Dean,
My wife and I found 1 American Black Duck on the west pond swimming with
two mallards. There were two Greater White-fronted yesterday as well as
the Snow Goose. Three No. Shovelers as well.
Thanks for the post.
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On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 8:52 AM Dean Hester <dhester1994...> wrote:

> I could not relocate the American Black Ducks during a quick check, but I
> did turn up some decent waterfowl at Mar Lee ponds in North Liberty. There
> is one Snow goose, one Greater White-fronted Goose, about 20 Cackling
> Geese, and a single Hooded merganser. Surprisingly ice free even though
> most other ponds are iced over.
> Good birding,
> Dean Hester -Tiffin
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Date: 12/3/19 7:12 am
From: <aj...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Possible Snowy Owl in Des Moines
I just received this note via the website for anyone in the area who wants
to search.

"birding is not my thing but I thought at the very least I should let
someone know that at approximately 5:10pm last night 12/2/2019 I pulled into
my driveway in Beaverdale, Des Moines, off 38th street across from Ashbey
Park(50310) and perched on my roof was the largest owl I had ever seen. It
was just dusk still some day light but dark enough my headlights were on. I
stayed in my car for a few moments to watch it. 80% white with some brown
spots on body but not the head, the body appeared to be somewhere in the
range of a volleyball to just smaller than a basketball in size. as I got
out of my vehicle it remained perched on the edge of my roof pitch, I turned
to receive the garbage bin from the end of the drive and when I looked back
it was gone... like I said I am no expert but I believe what I saw to be a
Snowy Owl, In Central Des Moines, granted I have a wooded park on one side
of my house and a wooded field on the other. But Just thought I should let
someone know as it seems this might be something worth tracking for your
followers."



Ann Johnson

Norwalk (Warren County)







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Date: 12/3/19 6:52 am
From: Dean Hester <dhester1994...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Mar Lee ponds waterfowl
I could not relocate the American Black Ducks during a quick check, but I did turn up some decent waterfowl at Mar Lee ponds in North Liberty. There is one Snow goose, one Greater White-fronted Goose, about 20 Cackling Geese, and a single Hooded merganser. Surprisingly ice free even though most other ponds are iced over.
Good birding,
Dean Hester -Tiffin

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Date: 12/3/19 6:46 am
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Story County - Ada Hayden Swans
Wolf Oesterreich reported to me that he had 51 Trumpeter Swans and 4 Tundra
Swans at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in Ames this morning.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Date: 12/2/19 9:57 am
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Carroll County CBC
Birders,

The Carroll County Christmas Bird Count will be on Thursday, December 19.

If you are interested in joining us, meet at at the Conservation Education Center at 8:00 AM for donuts at Swan Lake State Park. If you are interested in owling before that, please let me know ahead of time.

Lunch will be provided for those participating in the field counting.

Bird on,
Matt Wetrich
Naturalist, Carroll CCB
(712) 210-4614

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Date: 12/2/19 9:36 am
From: 'Steve Pearson' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Northeast Madison County CBC
The Northeast Madison County CBC will be held on December 19, the count is posted on IOU event calendar.

For additional information contact Steve Pearson - <spearson...>
or my cell 515-250-9233

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Date: 12/2/19 6:13 am
From: timothy.barksdale <timothy.barksdale...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
Agree with Fawn, The smaller denser trees seem to attract the majority of
birds i've seen over the years. That being said, Saw-whets do use different
strategies. at the Amana colonies there used to be 2-3 birds for several
winters and they were in fairly mature trees, Don Pogenssee finds his birds
in rather mature but dense trees also. I do believe that if the trees are
too mature or thin, they will not hold SWOW for long.

Tim Barksdale
Choteau MT & Mokane MO

On Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 5:42:06 PM UTC-5, jgmccoy350 wrote:
>
> I surveyed the cedar grove in Hickory Hill park in Iowa City where NSWO
> were fairly routinely seen several years ago. No birds or whitewash seen.
> The last e-bird report of a NSWO at the park was in December 2017. The
> cedars seem more mature now, mostly 20-30 feet. The invasive honeysuckle
> is thicker and taller. I also saw two Great Horned owls in the grove
> today and a Barred Owl during a similar fruitless survey a couple of weeks
> ago. So is it just happenstance there have been no NSWOs there the
> last couple of years? Is it the habitat change with larger cedars and
> taller more impenetrable brush? The big owls? Would clearing the invasive
> Honeysuckle improve the habitat?
> I’d be interested to hear what is considered ideal winter habitat for
> Northern Saw-whet Owls.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jamie McCoy
> Iowa City
>
>

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Date: 12/2/19 5:55 am
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
We have several areas of Cedar trees here that we are usually able to find Saw Whets in, but last year and this year we have yet to find a Saw Whet. It does seem that when areas of Cedars become overgrown that the owls move to smaller trees, but they also like sheltered coves.



Rita Goranson, Mason City



From: <ia-bird...> [mailto:<ia-bird...>] On Behalf Of Fawn Bowden
Sent: Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:39 PM
To: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat



When I've seen Saw Whets, they've always been in Cedars that were ~10'-15' in height and not much, if any vegetation growing in or around the tree it was roosting in. That has just been my limited experience though. Certainly larger owls might take a little NSWO as prey, but I have also seen all the species you mentioned living in the same wooded areas, so maybe it's more about the "right" trees and abundance of food(?) in an area.

Fawn in Riverside

On Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 4:42:06 PM UTC-6, jgmccoy350 wrote:

I surveyed the cedar grove in Hickory Hill park in Iowa City where NSWO were fairly routinely seen several years ago. No birds or whitewash seen. The last e-bird report of a NSWO at the park was in December 2017. The cedars seem more mature now, mostly 20-30 feet. The invasive honeysuckle is thicker and taller. I also saw two Great Horned owls in the grove today and a Barred Owl during a similar fruitless survey a couple of weeks ago. So is it just happenstance there have been no NSWOs there the last couple of years? Is it the habitat change with larger cedars and taller more impenetrable brush? The big owls? Would clearing the invasive Honeysuckle improve the habitat?

I’d be interested to hear what is considered ideal winter habitat for Northern Saw-whet Owls.



Thanks,



Jamie McCoy

Iowa City



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Date: 12/1/19 8:47 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cone Marsh- Louisa County
There were a couple dozen TRUMPETER SWANS at Cone Marsh today, and what
looked like at least 3, if not a couple more TUNDRA SWANS in the mix. They
are best seen on the SE side of the marsh and a scope would be helpful.
Also a flock of LESSER SCAUP was in the same area. An unusual looking dark
morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK also on the SE side and many sad-looking goose and
duck decoys over there too (don't be fooled! :) There seems to be a
recurring flock of 14 or so SANDHILL CRANES still hanging out at the marsh
and also a GREAT BLUE HERON. Overall pretty quiet there. Plenty of open
water and waterfowl habitat though, should some ducks or geese decide to
stop in Iowa yet this year......

Fawn in Riverside

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Date: 12/1/19 8:39 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
When I've seen Saw Whets, they've always been in Cedars that were ~10'-15'
in height and not much, if any vegetation growing in or around the tree it
was roosting in. That has just been my limited experience though.
Certainly larger owls might take a little NSWO as prey, but I have also
seen all the species you mentioned living in the same wooded areas, so
maybe it's more about the "right" trees and abundance of food(?) in an area.
Fawn in Riverside

On Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 4:42:06 PM UTC-6, jgmccoy350 wrote:
>
> I surveyed the cedar grove in Hickory Hill park in Iowa City where NSWO
> were fairly routinely seen several years ago. No birds or whitewash seen.
> The last e-bird report of a NSWO at the park was in December 2017. The
> cedars seem more mature now, mostly 20-30 feet. The invasive honeysuckle
> is thicker and taller. I also saw two Great Horned owls in the grove
> today and a Barred Owl during a similar fruitless survey a couple of weeks
> ago. So is it just happenstance there have been no NSWOs there the
> last couple of years? Is it the habitat change with larger cedars and
> taller more impenetrable brush? The big owls? Would clearing the invasive
> Honeysuckle improve the habitat?
> I’d be interested to hear what is considered ideal winter habitat for
> Northern Saw-whet Owls.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jamie McCoy
> Iowa City
>
>

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Date: 12/1/19 6:33 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Update
Hello,
Wanted to give all of you that may be interested in see our Saw-whet owls in Moorhead Park west of.Ida Grove a heads-up. We had a very heavy wet snow storm on Nov. 26-27, 2019 and for the last
seven days we have NOT found any of our Saw-whet Owls. I don’t know if they moved outside of the park or where they may have gone. Anyone planning on heading this way, please call me before heading
this way. My cell is 712-369-3454.

Don Poggensee
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088

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Date: 12/1/19 4:45 pm
From: Rodger Miller <rmiller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cedar Waxwings
We had a small flock of Cedar Waxwings visit our yard and birdbath today, 12/1/2019. Rural Monona County, south of Mapleton. Rodger & Linda Miller

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Date: 12/1/19 2:42 pm
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] (not a sighting) Nothern Saw-whet Owl habitat
I surveyed the cedar grove in Hickory Hill park in Iowa City where NSWO
were fairly routinely seen several years ago. No birds or whitewash seen.
The last e-bird report of a NSWO at the park was in December 2017. The
cedars seem more mature now, mostly 20-30 feet. The invasive honeysuckle
is thicker and taller. I also saw two Great Horned owls in the grove
today and a Barred Owl during a similar fruitless survey a couple of weeks
ago. So is it just happenstance there have been no NSWOs there the
last couple of years? Is it the habitat change with larger cedars and
taller more impenetrable brush? The big owls? Would clearing the invasive
Honeysuckle improve the habitat?
I’d be interested to hear what is considered ideal winter habitat for
Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Thanks,

Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 12/1/19 7:11 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee in Johnston
The SPOTTED TOWHEE returned to my feeders this morning after a three week
absence. I guess it needs for it to be snowing to come in to feed.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/29/19 7:53 pm
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull and Long-tailed Duck persist Cedar Lake Linn
Hey all-

Jim Forde pointed out the 1st-cycle Glaucous Gull to me in the SW cooling
pond part of Cedar Lake, just after I had refound the female Long-tailed
Duck on the same body of water, quite close.

Goldeneye numbers are up, and Ruddy duck and Hooded Mergansers persist.
There are about 1500-2000 Ring-billed Gulls here every night, and a few
Herrings with them. One Lesser Scaup was on the lake too.

Good birding,
Jesse

Cedar Rapids

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Date: 11/29/19 3:36 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Summer Tanager
It appears a Summer Tanager was photographed today (Nov 29, 2019) at a
feeder Monona County IA. I am waiting on a copy of a rather poor photo.
What do you need from me to help with this documentation?

God Bless,

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Date: 11/29/19 3:09 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] odd duck not so odd
Birders,

I’ve had almost unanimous agreement from experts that my “odd” duck was
just a late-molting Mallard with a possible facial aberration.

Thanks to all who got back to me! If anything, a fun study of Mallard
plumage and possible Mallard/teal hybrids.

Happy holidays,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/29/19 2:40 pm
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23...>
Subject: [ia-bird] purple finches - Clarke Co.
6 at our BOSS feeders this afternoon.

Steve
rural Clarke Co.

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Date: 11/29/19 12:51 pm
From: Jeanne Hedges <onespayiowa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Horned grebe right now Davenport
On the Mississippi at Concorde and Wapello.

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Date: 11/29/19 12:39 pm
From: 'Art Check' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pileated
Birders
Just heard a Pileated in the woods by my house
My son heard and saw it a couple days ago as well
This is the first visit in the last 3-4 years by this awesome species to our little neck of the woods
Great to hear and see!
Art Check
Nevada

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Date: 11/29/19 7:46 am
From: James McCoy <jgmccoy350...>
Subject: [ia-bird] American Black Ducks in North Liberty
There are currently two American black ducks at Mar Lee Park in North
liberty, Johnson county Iowa in a group of 30 mallards.

Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Date: 11/29/19 4:56 am
From: Bob & Connie <crvanersvelde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] poweshiek co birds
On thursday Rock Creek Lake had just 100-15 mallards 2 buffleheads, and 2 trumpeter swans. Still have white-throated sparrows and a single fox sparrow under the feeders with the regulars. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell

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Date: 11/29/19 4:18 am
From: Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Hungarian partiridge
flock of 10 flew across hwy 71 at 130 ST, Dickinson county..moving from a
harvested field of oats to a field of harvested corn...nice to see/confirm
the usual population of "Huns" in those sections

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 11/28/19 10:03 am
From: Larry Reis <lreis...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian tree sparrow
The Eurasian tree sparrow continues to be seen at the Lake Meyer Park bird feeding station this morning.

Larry Reis
Calmar, IA

Larry Reis, Naturalist/Resource Manager
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Date: 11/28/19 9:33 am
From: Jeffrey Livingston <jeffandjenia...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lamoni CBC
The Lamoni CBC will be held on December 29th. For information call me at 6412233273

Jeffrey Livingston, Ringgold County, Iowa

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Date: 11/26/19 10:25 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] follow up on suspected hybrid duck
I went back in hopes of getting better photos of the suspect duck. Despite
excellent light and scoping condition, the Mallards had
established themselves farther back in the marsh. I was able to see both
sides of the head, clarifying that the white at the base of the bill was
bilaterally symmetrical. Another observation was that the duck was about
80% the size of a drake Mallard. The neck was oddly gray.

Pics from today: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61763324

Interestingly, some known Mallard x Eurasian and American Green-winged Teal
have a white spot in relatively the same position as this bird. I'm still
not aware of Mallard x Blue-winged Teal ever being recorded.

Drawing of Mallard x Green-winged Teal:
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014/04/mallard-x-green-winged-teal.html

Northern Shoveler x Cinnamon Teal can oddly shows a white facial crescent.
It seems that teal sp. x ? in general show white in the loral area. Even
if this isn't an aberrant Mallard and truly a hybrid, it seems like it
would be difficult to pin down exactly what it would be. Mallard x teal
sp. might be the best guess. I'd still like to send some photos to hybrid
experts to see what they think.

Best,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/26/19 3:01 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-26-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 23, through Tuesday,
November 26, 2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE





-Additional Species Mentioned

Surf Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Glaucous Gull

Eurasian Tree Sparrow





***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 LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at Cedar Lake on the 23rd. It was last seen on
the 24th. This bird along with a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen on the 25th.



*SOUTHEAST:*



LEE COUNTY:

A SURF SCOTER was seen on the Mississippi River at Montrose on the 23rd.





*CENTRAL:*



STORY COUNTY:

A EURASIAN TREE SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Ames on the 22nd.





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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
December 6, 2019 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 11/25/19 8:48 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] suggestive MALL x BWTE at Lewis Bottoms (Linn Co.)
Birders,

This afternoon after checking the Pleasant Creek portion in Linn Co. I did
a quick stop at the private wetland south of the lake (where Power Plant Rd
turns south into Hollenbeck Rd). There were a solid ~350 Mallards in a
close knit-group. All drakes were in breeding plumage. One duck was
acting like a drake around hens, but looked surprisingly different. My
digiscopes (video stills) suggest Mallard x Blue-winged Teal. From what I
could tell it had a white facial crescent at the base of bill, which ran up
over the eye. The eye color was reddish. The white "hip-patch" seems
apparent. It seemed to be vermiculated on its back, which photos don't
show. It certainly didn't look like a hen Mallard either.

I haven't looked super hard, but I wasn't able to find photos of this
putative hybrid online. It's not a selection on eBird as well, so if it is
a hybrid then maybe it is in fact notable.

Link to checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61746057

Apologies as the photos are a little hard to work with. The wetland is
only viewed from the road, at least 150-200 yards plus.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/25/19 7:21 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] DMACC Ankeny - Greater Scaup has moved on!
This morning I walked the 1.2 mile path around the DMACC pond and the
Greater Scaup and Mallards it was with were not present. The one nice
surprise was a Sharp-shinned Hawk hunting in the reeds! Clayton Will, Madrid

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Date: 11/25/19 6:08 am
From: Lisa Ralls, Winnebago County Naturalist <skybluewaters63...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Saw-Whet Owls Moorehead Park Ida County
Wow! Great photo!

On Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2:32:29 PM UTC-6, donpoggensee wrote:
>
> Hi,
> Six people got to view and photograph a Saw-whet owl this afternoon
> in the pines trees of Moorehead Park, west of Ida Grove. I like to remind
> people that our Christmas Bird Count is on January 4th, 2020. We would love
> to have help with our count, as our counters are few in numbers. Planning
> on not only my {Best-Ever Chill}, but pies and ice cream to top off a great
> count.
>
> Here is one of our Saw-whets, if you have never seen one in person,
> Ida County is a good place to look.
>
> Don
>
> Son Poggensee
> 174 Lakeview Drive
> Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
> Cell 712-364-3491
>
>
>

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Date: 11/24/19 3:55 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull, LT Duck Continue at Cedar Lake
This evening I scoped a juv. GLAUCOUS GULL resting at the southeast section of Cedar Lake. I assume it is the same gull previously seen which has been absent for a few days.

I couldn't locate the LONG-TAILED DUCK on either part of Cedar Lake until after sunset. As last night, it finally showed up amongst the goldeneyes and gulls rafted on the main section of the lake. Looks like that's where it spends the night.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 11/24/19 12:32 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-Whet Owls Moorehead Park Ida County
Hi,
Six people got to view and photograph a Saw-whet owl this afternoon in the pines trees of Moorehead Park, west of Ida Grove. I like to remind people that our Christmas Bird Count is on January 4th, 2020. We would love to have help with our count, as our counters are few in numbers. Planning on not only my {Best-Ever Chill}, but pies and ice cream to top off a great count.

Here is one of our Saw-whets, if you have never seen one in person, Ida County is a good place to look.

Don

Son Poggensee
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Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
Cell 712-364-3491



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Date: 11/24/19 10:45 am
From: alan.orr <alan.orr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Updated Christmas Count Forms
Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequences resulted in the scientific
re-arrangement of Yellow-rumped Warbler in avian taxonomy. Your use of the
word 'denigrated' implies a denial of the importance or validity of the
science.

On Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 10:39:21 AM UTC-6, cjcaster wrote:
>
> This is primarily for count compilers:
>
> If you have not seen the article Ann Johnson authored for the Fall 2018, *Iowa
> Bird Life, *Official Checklist of Iowa Birds 2018 Edition, you may want
> to check it out. It succinctly describes the rationale for the changes to
> the American Ornithologists’ Society checklist and its impact on our IOU
> checklist. Thank you AJ!!
>
> And I would be derelict if I did not make changes in my annual CBC summary
> to reflect the current IOU checklist. Thus there is a New Order of
> Things. I know this will be hard, as we are now asked to elevate House
> Sparrow, forever the bottom dweller on our checklist, to a full species;
> worthy of a position between waxwings and pipits. And our beloved
> Yellow-rumped Warblers has been denigrated to a position beneath the
> grackles. These changes are disturbing to me and likely you will have your
> own personal struggles,.....BUT, this is what’s happening.
>
> I have updated all of the forms I ask you to send me. Please download the
> pdf files for all three at https://iowabirds.org/Connections/CBC.aspx
> Throw away the old ones.
>
> Hopefully the National Audubon Society, e-Bird, and all the others will
> catch up, before we have to do this again.
>
> Thanks to all the local compilers for their dedication to their counts and
> the process! We all appreciate your efforts. And please consider
> registering your count with the NAS and submitting your data to them as
> well, for inclusion in that enormous and searchable database.
>
> Chris Caster
> Coralville
>

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Date: 11/24/19 8:39 am
From: Chris Caster <cjcaster...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Updated Christmas Count Forms
This is primarily for count compilers:

If you have not seen the article Ann Johnson authored for the Fall 2018, Iowa Bird Life, Official Checklist of Iowa Birds 2018 Edition, you may want to check it out. It succinctly describes the rationale for the changes to the American Ornithologists’ Society checklist and its impact on our IOU checklist. Thank you AJ!!

And I would be derelict if I did not make changes in my annual CBC summary to reflect the current IOU checklist. Thus there is a New Order of Things. I know this will be hard, as we are now asked to elevate House Sparrow, forever the bottom dweller on our checklist, to a full species; worthy of a position between waxwings and pipits. And our beloved Yellow-rumped Warblers has been denigrated to a position beneath the grackles. These changes are disturbing to me and likely you will have your own personal struggles,.....BUT, this is what’s happening.

I have updated all of the forms I ask you to send me. Please download the pdf files for all three at https://iowabirds.org/Connections/CBC.aspx Throw away the old ones.

Hopefully the National Audubon Society, e-Bird, and all the others will catch up, before we have to do this again.

Thanks to all the local compilers for their dedication to their counts and the process! We all appreciate your efforts. And please consider registering your count with the NAS and submitting your data to them as well, for inclusion in that enormous and searchable database.

Chris Caster
Coralville

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Date: 11/24/19 7:54 am
From: Chris Caster <cjcaster...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Post Your Local Christmas Counts
FYI, There are only 20 days remaining until the start of the Christmas count season. The season is annually between Dec 14th and Jan 5th inclusive, as established by the National Audubon Society. Currently, only ten counts have posted their count date to the IOU calendar.

For Compilers:
To add your CBC to the IOU Event Calendar
1. Go to the IOU home page https://iowabirds.org/Default.aspx
2. Scroll to the bottom and click the link, Add Event to Calendar
3. You will be required to Login. Then you will be taken to the Add/Edit Calendar page. On the right side of the box header, click on the words Add New.
4. Fill in all the required boxes and click on the word Save in the box header.
5. If you need to edit your event info, you can do this on the Add/Edit Calendar page by clicking on the pencil logo to the right of your event.

For Participants:
To find a CBC near you, go to https://iowabirds.org/Connections/CBC.aspx
The count dates are posted there. If you click the Select button, you will be provided with contact info for the organizer/compiler.

Chris Caster
Coralville

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Date: 11/24/19 6:32 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck, Cedar Lake, Linn
The Long-tailed Duck was relocated this AM at Cedar Lake. It slept and
sunned on the far north shore of the private lake (south lake), making it
impossible to find for awhile. I finally got a brief, hindered look at it
and about 20 minutes later it came out to preen. It’s now visible and has
come out for what it seems to be for the time being.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 08:27 Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
wrote:

> The Long-tailed Duck was relocated this AM at Cedar Lake. It slept and
> sunned on the far north shore of the private lake (south lake), making it
> impossible find for awhile. I finally got a brief, hindered look at it and
> about 20 minutes later it came out to preen. It’s now visible and has come
> out for what it seems to be for the time being.
>
> Good birding,
> Brandon Caswell
> Marion
>
> On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 18:25 Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...> wrote:
>
>> Hey all-
>>
>> While closing out the evening at Cedar Lake, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, I
>> found a female Long-tailed Duck associating with some Goldeneye. The was on
>> the south body of water, the former cooling pond. She was in the channel
>> between the island and the rail-road tracks/path. I watched a bit, got some
>> very meager digiscope shots, and ran to tell Jim Forde. When we returned we
>> couldn't find her again.
>>
>> Lots of Ring-billed Gulls, a handful of Herrings, a few Ruddy Ducks, 2
>> Hooded Mergansers, and lots of Canada Geese and Mallards rounded out the
>> list.
>>
>> Jesse Ellis
>> Cedar Rapids, IA
>>
>>
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Date: 11/23/19 7:22 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Surf Scoter
A Surf Scoter was found in the Mississippi river just south of the grain
elevators at Montrose (Lee County). All along the river there are many
ducks from Lingerlonger rest area north of Montrose on south of Montrose.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 11/23/19 5:49 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Cedar Rapids
 Thought I should update Jesse's post. The female LONG-TAILED DUCK and goldeneyes had moved to the main lake where they
were they viewable from the first parking lot (with restrooms). Unfortunately, I only had dim light to work with but the
duck's profile and size was obvious and some details discernible.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 11/23/19 4:25 pm
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck, Cedar Lake, Linn
Hey all-

While closing out the evening at Cedar Lake, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, I
found a female Long-tailed Duck associating with some Goldeneye. The was on
the south body of water, the former cooling pond. She was in the channel
between the island and the rail-road tracks/path. I watched a bit, got some
very meager digiscope shots, and ran to tell Jim Forde. When we returned we
couldn't find her again.

Lots of Ring-billed Gulls, a handful of Herrings, a few Ruddy Ducks, 2
Hooded Mergansers, and lots of Canada Geese and Mallards rounded out the
list.

Jesse Ellis
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Date: 11/23/19 11:11 am
From: Dean Hester <dhester1994...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swans in Amana
Five Tundra Swans continue at the Amana Lily Pond. They were associating
with each other and were easy to spot. All had distinct yellow lores. They
picked up to feed around 10am, so you'd probably want to get there earlier
than that for a good chance to see them.

Good birding!
-Dean Hester, Tiffin

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Date: 11/22/19 9:15 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Continuing: Greater Scaup at DMACC Campus pond
Continuing: Greater Scaup at DMACC Campus in the East arm of the pond. I
arrived after lunch today 11/22/2019, Polk Co. IA. Good photos of nail and
iridescent head. The bird was actively diving to feed. Clayton Will,
Madrid

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Date: 11/22/19 9:13 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western/Northern calarus/abieticola/jamaicicensis RTHA at Big Creek Lake
Western/Northern calarus/abieticola/jamaicicensis dark RTHA at Big Creek
Lake 11/20/2019 Polk Co. Iowa. Clayton Will, Madrid. ID'd by Mike Borle on
Raptor ID

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Date: 11/22/19 9:07 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Continuing Greater Scaup at DMACC Campus pond
Continuing: Greater Scaup at DMACC Campus in the East arm of the pond. I
arrived after lunch today 11/22/2019. Good photos of nail and iridescent
head. The bird was actively diving to feed.

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Date: 11/22/19 2:51 pm
From: Wolfgang Oesterreich <wolfoest...>
Subject: [ia-bird] ETSP - Ames
After finishing my ride around Ada Hayden Heritage Park this morning, I
checked my feeders in the backyard and found a single Eurasian Tree Sparrow
(at 1005) with 2 House Sparrows at one feeder. The bird returned at 1221
and 1238. This would be the third Fall-Winter season that I've had one at
a feeder.
Wolf. Oesterreich
Ames

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Date: 11/22/19 2:35 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-22-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 16, through Friday,
November 22, 2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE





-Additional Species Mentioned

Long-tailed Duck

Red-throated Loon

Iceland Gull

Glaucous Gull

Townsends Solitaire

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.



*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was seen at the NE end of Lime Creek Nature Center on
the 17th.





*EAST:*



LINN COUNTY:

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the SE section of Cedar Lake on the 17th.



DUBUQUE COUNTY:

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen in the Peosta Channel of the Mississippi River
in Dubuque on the 19th.





*SOUTH CENTRAL:*



MARION COUNTY:

An ICELAND GULL and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Red Rock on the 19th.





*NORTHWEST:*



WOODBURY COUNTY:

5 RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Graceland Cemetery on the 19th.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 29, 2019 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 11/22/19 1:59 pm
From: Larry Reis <lreis...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian tree sparrow
The Eurasian tree sparrow at Lake Meyer Park is still being seen around the feeding station this afternoon.

Larry Reis
Calmar IA

Larry Reis, Naturalist/Resource Manager
Winneshiek County Conservation Board
2546 Lake Meyer Road
Fort Atkinson, IA 52144
563-534-7145
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Date: 11/22/19 1:33 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] OWLS IN MOOREHEAD PARK-Ida County
Hi,
Did my morning walk of the pines in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove. The Saw-whet have been moving around a lot and have been hard to locate. Tis morning I found two of the three Saw-whets and also the Barred owl was found in its favorite tree cavity.

Don

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

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Date: 11/22/19 12:52 pm
From: Matt Wetrich <go_tWeeting...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Announcing: 2020 Minnesota Avian Adventure!
Birders,

Carroll and Sac County Conservation Boards welcome you to join us on our 7th annual bus trip to the Bog!

Date: Feb. 7-10, 2020

We take a comfy coach bus to Sax-Zim Bog and other areas to find specialty birds of northern Minnesota in the winter. Some of these include Bohemian Waxwing, Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Snowy Owl, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Spruce Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Boreal Chickadee, American Three-toed Woodpecker, and Black-backed Woodpecker.

If you'd like more information, please email me at <matt...>

Bird on!
Matt Wetrich
Naturalist, Carroll CCB

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Date: 11/22/19 10:53 am
From: Floramay & Steve <flstmiller...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Birdability
Hello,

At the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival this month I met Virginia
Rose.  She has started a Birdability movement.  One of the first steps
is to find people in every state who will inventory their state's
birding sites and/or events for accessibility for mobility issues.  I am
hoping that there are people or clubs in Iowa who will support her
efforts to find these resources for people who need them.  Some of us
are getting older and finding that treading some of our favorite places
is becoming more challenging.  There is also a whole population of
people who need this information if they are to be potential birders.

Here is her contact information:  <info...>  and
www.birdabilility.com

I have personally missed the last several state meetings due to an
unexpected femur break that has not been healing in spite of surgeries
and therapy.  I can still get "out there" on a much more limited basis
and have had to rely on "accessible" trail listings.

Floramay Miller

Ames IA

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Date: 11/22/19 12:29 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 2019 fall field season wrapping up soon [not a sighting]


Birders,



The fall 2019 field season (August-November) is almost over and it is time
to report your sightings for that season. These can be entered through the
Iowa Ornithologists' Union website (iowabirds.org). Directions are given
under the tab “Iowa’s Birds” then “Report your Sightings” on the drop down.



Besides reports of truly vagrant birds, think about including rare but
regular birds, notable early and late fall migrants, lingering breeding
species and also high counts. Birds reported to eBird are not
automatically sent to the IOU database. There is, however, a handy tool
for reporting your eBird data. It does require some experience with
Microsoft Excel. Ann Johnson has done a nice job listing the steps you
need to take to use this “eBird Reporting Tool”. The tool can also be
accessed from “Report your Sightings” à “Iowa’s Birds”. Just click on the
box that says “eBird Reporting Tool” and then directions will appear on the
right-hand side.



I really appreciate your contributions, whether a single or multiple
sightings. Collectively, they provide the most recent record of birds
found in Iowa for the fall season. Thank you in advance for your
contributions.



Good birding,

Brandon Caswell

Marion

Fall Field Reports editor, Iowa Bird Life

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Date: 11/21/19 4:59 pm
From: billohde <billohde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Rough-legged hawk
Observed my first Rough-legged hawk of the fall today hovering over some dense grassy cover along Madison Road several miles west of Decorah in Winneshiek County.

Bill Ohde
Winneshiek County

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Date: 11/20/19 7:09 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Birds flycatching at Ledges State Park
Given a nice but breezy day with a 57 degree high temp., I went birding
Ledges State Park again this afternoon. Birds were pretty sparse until
reaching Lost Lake on the trail. On reaching the lake--still 1/3 frozen
over--I found a number of birds plus even some turtles sunning on logs in
open water (after we reached a record low of -7 degrees just a week ago).

Interesting was the large number of flies and other insects in the air and
watching some birds imitating "flycatchers". There was a flock of
about 14 *Cedar
Waxwings*, flying out over the lake and catching insects in flight, like
they do in the summer. A couple of *Red-bellied Woodpeckers* were near
Lost Lake, one drilling out a rotting tree trunk, and the other catching
insects in flight (something I've not seen one do before). Also seen was a
late *Yellow-rumped Warbler*, and a *Winter Wren* was calling nearby.
There were several *Red-headed Woodpeckers*, plus jays and other common
resident species. In summary, it was a pretty good late autumn afternoon
hike in the park.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/20/19 3:10 pm
From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Brown Creeper In Dallas County
While watching birds from my tree stand this morning I saw a Brown Creeper at Beaver Bottoms Wetland, just south of Granger. Also enjoyed some very noisy Pileated activity.


Ty Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
411 Kings Place
Polk City
Iowa 50226-1241

www.smedesphoto.com
phone #515-984-9632

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Date: 11/20/19 8:08 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Re: Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
Indeed very late and a great find despite the circumstances. A new second
latest date (not counting a bird found in mid-December). The latest being
11/30.

Elliot did a great job with his study. I am just disheartened that I keep
learning all these other ways birds can strike objects. It seems like these
plexiglass bus stations/smoking stations could be tinted or something along
those lines. There may be no steadfast solution to building glass, but it
seems like there could (?) be a solution to these other structures.

Best,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Wed, Nov 20, 2019 at 08:37 Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...>
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> I share all the sentiments about hazards to birds of buildings and other
> structures. What struck me, however, was the late date for a Nashville
> Warbler that was freshly dead. For those interested in bird kills, there
> is a lot of professional literature, but here is a link to a Daily Iowan
> story from last year about a UI student who took it upon himself to do
> surveys:
> https://dailyiowan.com/2018/12/04/ui-student-research-found-over-100-birds-collided-into-5-campus-buildings-in-10-weeks/
>
> Thank you for all the concerns expressed...Neil
>
> On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 5:10:14 PM UTC-6, Neil Bernstein wrote:
>>
>> On 18 November at the Kirkwood Community College bus stop in Cedar
>> Rapids, I found a freshly dead, dry, non-rigor mortis, male Nashville
>> Warbler, adult that had hit the plexiglass shelter.
>>
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Date: 11/20/19 6:37 am
From: Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
I share all the sentiments about hazards to birds of buildings and other
structures. What struck me, however, was the late date for a Nashville
Warbler that was freshly dead. For those interested in bird kills, there
is a lot of professional literature, but here is a link to a Daily Iowan
story from last year about a UI student who took it upon himself to do
surveys:
https://dailyiowan.com/2018/12/04/ui-student-research-found-over-100-birds-collided-into-5-campus-buildings-in-10-weeks/

Thank you for all the concerns expressed...Neil

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 5:10:14 PM UTC-6, Neil Bernstein wrote:
>
> On 18 November at the Kirkwood Community College bus stop in Cedar Rapids,
> I found a freshly dead, dry, non-rigor mortis, male Nashville Warbler,
> adult that had hit the plexiglass shelter.
>

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Date: 11/19/19 8:35 pm
From: Eliza Willis <trueiowanative...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray Catbird in Iowa City, Johnson County
I was surprised to see a Gray Catbird in my backyard this afternoon. I
believe this is the latest in the year I've seen one at my home. Seemed
quite healthy and active.


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Date: 11/19/19 6:20 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Red Rock RT Loon, Amana Swans
 Early this morning I was surprised to see a lot of swans at Amana Lily Lake. There were about 210 Trumpeters and 10 Tundras along
the highway at the west side. An oddity was a Trumpeter with a pale bill and no black on its head.

 At Lake Red Rock I found Ring-billed Gulls numerous above and below the dam. A juv. THAYER's GULL was flying the tailwaters and was the
only gull of note for the day.

 At Whitebreast I scoped a distant RED-THROATED LOON from the end of S71. It may not have been a juvenile because of its white neck which
was very noticeable under the sunny conditions. Scoping was somewhat blurry beyond mid lake so most waterfowl were out of range. It looked
like Common Mergansers, Mallards and Common Goldeneyes were the ducks present.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 11/19/19 3:28 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
I have also seen birds hit the clear backboard of outdoor basketball hoops.

Jane Clark

Polk County



From: <ia-bird...> <ia-bird...> On Behalf Of Brandon Caswell
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:23 PM
To: Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...>
Cc: IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids



According to our security guards where I work in Coralville, birds not only hit one of our big glass windows, but also hit a plexiglass “smoking station”, which looks very similar to a bus station. Disturbing. :(



Brandon Caswell

Marion



On Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 17:10 Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...> <mailto:<tornataornata...> > wrote:

On 18 November at the Kirkwood Community College bus stop in Cedar Rapids, I found a freshly dead, dry, non-rigor mortis, male Nashville Warbler, adult that had hit the plexiglass shelter.



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Date: 11/19/19 3:22 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
According to our security guards where I work in Coralville, birds not only
hit one of our big glass windows, but also hit a plexiglass “smoking
station”, which looks very similar to a bus station. Disturbing. :(

Brandon Caswell
Marion

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wrote:

> On 18 November at the Kirkwood Community College bus stop in Cedar Rapids,
> I found a freshly dead, dry, non-rigor mortis, male Nashville Warbler,
> adult that had hit the plexiglass shelter.
>
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Date: 11/19/19 3:10 pm
From: Neil Bernstein <tornataornata...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Nashville Warbler in Cedar Rapids
On 18 November at the Kirkwood Community College bus stop in Cedar Rapids,
I found a freshly dead, dry, non-rigor mortis, male Nashville Warbler,
adult that had hit the plexiglass shelter.

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Date: 11/19/19 12:34 pm
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Monona County
I just pulled into Lewis and Clark park off of hwy 175 a few minutes this
afternoon and on the water saw Canada, greater white-fronted and at least 1
or 2 cackling geese. Also a couple of common goldeneye and coots.

Diane Dentlinger
Polk Co

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Date: 11/19/19 11:16 am
From: Rob Towler <rjtowler3369...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red Crossbills - Woodbury County
Graceland Cemetery (north end) - Sioux City - 11/19 - Noon

5 - Red Crossbill (3m. 2f.)
3 - Brown Creeper

Many E. Bluebirds, Robins, Juncos, WB Nuthatches, and N. Flickers active as
well. It was nice to enjoy one of our few remaining 50 degree days with
high bird activity over lunch!

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Date: 11/19/19 9:29 am
From: david.shealer <david.shealer...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Long-tailed Duck, Dubuque
Apologies for the late post. On behalf of Kristin and John
Anderson-Bricker, the original finders, I report a very cooperative female
Long-tailed Duck in the Peosta channel of the Mississippi River in Dubuque.
The bird was first reported on Sunday and was still in the same spot when
Brandon Caswell and I checked this morning. The best viewing spot is at the
boat ramp in AY McDonald park, just south of Lock & Dam #11 at the end of
Volunteer Drive. Take the Kerper Blvd. exit off of Hwy 151 (the last exit
before crossing the river into Wisconsin) and turn left onto Kerper Blvd.
until it ends at Hawthorn St. Turn right and follow the signs to the park.

Dave Shealer
Dubuque
Dubuque County

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Date: 11/18/19 5:16 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Early/Late Date Spreadsheet Updated - No Sighting
With the latest release of Iowa Bird Life, I have updated the Early/Late
Date spreadsheet on the website. Only one species, the Black-throated Blue
Warbler had a new late departure date.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 11/17/19 7:27 pm
From: Jane Clark <jrclark...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines Audubon Tuesday
Des Moines Audubon Program
Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Bumbling After Bumblebees
By Stephanie Shepherd, Iowa DNR

And Meet the new Avian Biologist for DNR

Stephanie Shepherd has been a biologist with the Iowa DNR's Wildlife
Diversity Program for the last 14 years. In 2018 and 2019, she was given the
opportunity to help investigate the Iowa status of the federally endangered
Rusty-patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis).  Stephanie will present on the
results of those two years of surveys as well as the broader picture of
bumblebees and their place in Iowa's ecosystems.

Anna Buckardt Thomas, the new Avian Ecologist for the Iowa DNR's Wildlife
Diversity Program, will also be attending the meeting to introduce herself
to our members.  She is in the process of building her research and
monitoring program and would like to hear any thoughts on pressing or
interesting conservation or research needs in the state, 

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 5110 Franklin Avenue
in Des Moines.  The Center is just west of Franklin Library.  If you have
questions about the meeting place or the program, please contact Jane Clark
at 515-223-5047 or mailto:<jrclark...> .



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Date: 11/17/19 3:46 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull at Cedar Rapids
Tonight at 4 p.m. a juv. GLAUCOUS GULL was at the southeast section of Cedar Lake. It was a giant amongst the few hundred
Ring-billed Gulls and 4 Am. Herring Gulls resting on the ice.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 11/17/19 12:40 pm
From: 'Betty Lucas' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Townsend's Solitaire, Cerro Gordo County
There was a Townsend's Solitaire on the northeast end of Lime Creek Nature Area this morning in Mason City. It was seen perched at the top of a snag, and vocalized once. This is the same area where one was seen a few years ago.
Betty LucasRita GoransonMason City, IA

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Date: 11/17/19 10:01 am
From: Paul D. B. Skrade <skradepa...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Hello All,

Larry Reis discovered a Eurasian Tree Sparrow coming to the feeders at Lake Meyer Park in Winneshiek County on 11/7. I think he’s having some trouble posting to the list but I saw the bird there at 8 this morning, 11/17.

Paul Skrade
Decorah, Winneshiek County

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Date: 11/17/19 3:10 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] ICBC trip to Quad Cities canceled today (not a sighting)
The trip that was scheduled for 11-17-19 is cancelled. It may or may not
be rescheduled for a later date.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/16/19 9:30 am
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Turkey Vulture and Hermit Thrush - Oakdale Research Campus- Johnson County
I had seen a Hermit Thrush on Thursday at the Oakdale Research Campus and didn't have my camera with me for photo documentation. I went back today and the thrush was in the same location. It perched in a tree about 6 feet away from me and a little over my head. As I had my camera up to capture a photo, a Turkey Vulture flew right over my head. That was quite a surprise. I think it was probably roosting in the trees and unfortunately I scared it up. I haven't seen a Turkey Vulture since Oct 20th and a Hermit Thrush since Oct 23rd and with all the snow and cold weather it seems a little unusual that these two birds are hanging around.

Linda Rudolph
Coralville

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Date: 11/15/19 2:49 pm
From: Gerald White <apuffin...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting House X EUTS
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61338077?fbclid=IwAR03I2C7o-icrLg6js-1Rk04LEx8VN6ysRy89_ePvZA5GqIV6bBv1hcSdRU

An interesting E Bird report of a suspected hybrid House X Eurasian Tree
Sparrow

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Date: 11/15/19 2:11 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-15-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 9, through Friday, November
15, 2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



NONE





-Additional Species Mentioned

Western Grebe

Glaucous Gull

Spotted Towhee





***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 GLAUCOUS GULL was seen from Scales Point at Coralville Lake on the 12th.





*CENTRAL:*



POLK COUNTY:

A SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen in a yard in Johnston on the 10th.



2 WESTERN GREBES were seen at Saylorville on the 12th.



The WESTERN GREBE, which has been hanging around at Grays Lake, was last
seen on the 12th.





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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 22, 2019 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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

515-423-6108

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Date: 11/14/19 9:03 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] FOY - Pine Siskin's in Madrid
Two Pine Siskin's at the feeders and heated waterer this morning along with
Goldfinch, Junco's, House Finch, Blue Jay's, Cardinal's, Crow's and House
Sparrow's! Clayton Will, Madrid

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Date: 11/13/19 4:25 pm
From: 'Michael Johnston' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Eurasian Tree Sparrows
We don’t pay a lot of attention to the feeders in the winter because we are down to Juncos, House Sparrows, Blue Jays, and not much more. Today there was a tremendous surprise as we have a pair of Eurasian Tree Sparrows in the mix. The dark ear patch makes them easy to spot amount the House Sparrows.

We are located just a few miles northeast from Waterloo.

Mike and Sandy Johnston

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Date: 11/13/19 1:58 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Unusual Fox Sparrow
This afternoon, during a Boone Co. snowfall, we had about 100 birds at our
feeders, mostly juncos, House Finches & House Sparrows. Our first backyard
Fox Sparrow of this fall also showed up on the ground near our house, but
it was an uncommon color. Every one we've had here in past years, plus
everything I've seen out in woods this fall, has been the Red Fox Sparrow,
the Midwest's common group variety. But this one looked much more like the
Sooty Fox Sparrow, typical out near the Pacific NW coast. It was very dark
gray, with contrasting reddish tail and outer wings plus very heavily
streaked breast and flanks. However, a Sooty typically does not have much
streaking on the upper back, while this individual did. So perhaps it was
just a much different colored Red Fox Sparrow than I've seen here before.
Tried taking a photo through a window and the falling snow, but it did not
turn out well before the bird flew away, and it has not yet returned.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/13/19 12:13 pm
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Boone County sightings
Yesterday I saw a flock of about 50 Snow Buntings on E57 a mile west of
Luther.
At my feeders today-
3 White-throated Sparrows
2-Fox Sparrows
1-Northern Flicker
I am seeing a flock of Cedar Waxwings most days. Sunday before the storm,
3 Yellow-rump Warblers were sitting on our back deck railing looking in the
window, then flying at the window edges looking for insects,
Larry Dau
Boone Co.

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Date: 11/12/19 4:14 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull at Coralville Lake
Tonight at Scales Pointe I scoped a distant 1st or 2nd cycle GLAUCOUS GULL amongst a couple hundred Ring-billed Gulls resting on ice.
The open waters yielded just a few diving ducks and no loons. All could be ice by tomorrow.

Lake Macbride was mostly open and I saw one remaining Common Loon, at the south arm.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids



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Date: 11/12/19 11:50 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Grebes and Snow Buntings at Saylorville
Two WESTERN GREBES were off the west Saylorville Dam pullout this afternoon.
Their might have been a third, but it was too far out in the heat shimmer to
get a positive ID. Also, eight SNOW BUNTINGS were flying around the area.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/11/19 2:04 pm
From: newtja84 <newtja84...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Humboldt County
Coming home today I saw a number of flocks of Lapland Longspurs many that
numbered in the hundreds. I was able to pick out a few Horned Larks, and a
couple of Snow Buntings from some of flocks, and one of the flocks was
assailed upon by a Northern Shrike (which is always a nice bird to find in
Humboldt County). Also driving home today from town I found a Bufflehead
on one of the farmer ponds, which was a mild surprise considering the
conditions.

Overall pretty breezy, fairly cold...but it will improve as the week
proceeds I hope.

Jacob Newton
Humboldt County

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Date: 11/11/19 10:15 am
From: Alan Orr <akorr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl observed at Martin Lake (Greenbelt Lake) in Waterloo, Black Hawk CO.

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Date: 11/11/19 9:58 am
From: Alan Orr <akorr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] bird post
“The feeder activity has really picked up with the snow.”

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Date: 11/10/19 6:21 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl in Moorhead Park-Ida County
Hi,
Under cold overcast skies, I did a new search for wintering Saw-whet owl this afternoon. We now have a total of three Saw-whet here in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove. If you have never seen
a Saw-whet up close, we would love to show you what we have this winter. To all my fellow veterans out there, thank you for your service to our country.

Don

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

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Date: 11/10/19 2:18 pm
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Spotted Towhee in Johnston
I have been lamenting the recent lack of feeder activity in my yard, but
things just picked up with the arrival of a male SPOTTED TOWHEE. I'll post
if it's still present tomorrow morning.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/10/19 8:13 am
From: 'RICHARD SAYLES' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Orange crowned Warblers
3 Orange Crowned Warblers in the woods behind the house. Blue gray head olive green back. Surprise Sunday morning bird.
Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa


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Date: 11/9/19 5:26 pm
From: Maria Story <mmangano13...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Iowa Co: Tundra Swans at Amana Lily Lake
The swans continue at Lily Pond in Amana. I don't have a scope and it was
overcast today so I couldn't tell the difference between tundra and
trumpeter swans. I'm confident I identified trumpeter swans and there were
probably also tundra swans. I also saw two greater white-fronted geese.

Maria Story
Johnson Co

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 2:55 PM Jim Forde <jimforde...> wrote:

> The Lily Lake has been a good spot for Tundra Swans in the past and today
> I scoped 5 (1 juvenile) amongst the Trumpeter Swans
> at the southwest portion. Feeding and sleeping
> swans can be difficult to identify but I waited them out from the southside
> path.
>
>
> Jim Forde
>
> Cedar Rapids
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Date: 11/9/19 4:32 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owls in Moorhead Park-Ida County
Hi,
Checking the pine trees for Saw-whet Owls today in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove, I found our second wintering Saw-whet, so our total now is two.

Don

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Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
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Date: 11/9/19 2:26 pm
From: Doug & Nina Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] N. Shrike in Polk Co.
I found a Northern Shrike at Big Creek Recreation Area about 2:45 this
afternoon. Perched atop some shrubs & small trees along the paved boat
ramp access road on the NW edge of Big Creek RA, it then flew off towards
the cell tower in crop fields farther NW and disappeared.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Date: 11/9/19 12:10 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Snow Bunting at Saylorville
It was a relatively slow morning at Saylorville, but I did locate a Snow
Bunting at Cherry Glen.

Good birding
John Bissell
Grimes

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Date: 11/8/19 9:00 pm
From: William Huser <billfhuser...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Woodbury County Birds
Friday, Nov 8, 2019; Woodbury County, IA:
Sandhill Lake:
American Pipits, 3 standing on lake ice.

Owego:
Harlan's Red-Tailed Hawk, 1 ad.
Possible Prairie Falcon, 1 last seen near 280th and Garner

The Square (Fayette Ave & 280th, north 1/2 mile)
Tundra Swan, 7 lounging on ice and feeding in adjacent open water

Bill Huser & Jerry Probst
South Sioux City, NE

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Date: 11/8/19 4:58 pm
From: Dean Hester <dhester1994...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Gray's Lake Western Grebe - YES, Red-necked Grebe - NO
Thanks for the update!

-Dean Hester

On Friday, November 8, 2019 at 1:03:35 PM UTC-6, John Bissell wrote:
>
> The Western Grebe is still being easily seen at Gray’s Lake, but I haven’t
> seen the Red-necked Grebe in a couple of days now.
>
>
>
> I saw my FOS Common Merganser at the big pond at Waterworks Park.
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> John Bissell
>
> Grimes
>
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Date: 11/8/19 2:19 pm
From: John and Anna Bissell <john.annabissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Iowa RBA: 11-8-19
Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, November 2, through Friday, November
8, 2019:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)







-Additional Species Mentioned

Tundra Swan (Central)

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

Western Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Forsters Tern (3rd latest)

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.



*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

2 WESTERN GREBES were seen at Clear Lake on the 5th.



*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A SURF SCOTER was seen at Prairie Lakes Park on the 5th. A BLACK SCOTER
joined it on the 6th.



*EAST:*



LINN COUNTY:

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL is still being seen at Cedar Lake on the 3rd.



A late FORSTERS TERN was seen at Cedar Lake on the 6th.



*SOUTHEAST:*



LEE COUNTY:

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Ft Madison riverfront on the 8th.





*CENTRAL:*



DALLAS COUNTY:

A TUNDRA SWAN was seen at Marsh Farm Wetland on the 3rd. It was last seen
on the 5th.



POLK COUNTY:

A WESTERN GREBE was seen at Saylorville off the dam on the 3rd. A
RED-NECKED GREBE joined it on the 5th. Both birds were last seen on the 6th.
Only the WESTERN GREBE was still being seen on the 8th.



A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Saylorville on the 6th.





*NORTHWEST:*



WEBSTER COUNTY:

A RED CROSSBILL was seen 7 miles north of Fort Dodge on the 2nd.



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




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



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
November 15, 2019 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

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Date: 11/8/19 12:19 pm
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Glaucous Gull
This AM at the Fort Madison river front, there was a first year (winter)
Glaucous Gull. It was at the way south end of the park near where the
casino boat used to dock.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 11/8/19 11:03 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray's Lake Western Grebe - YES, Red-necked Grebe - NO
The Western Grebe is still being easily seen at Gray's Lake, but I haven't seen the Red-necked Grebe in a couple of days now.

I saw my FOS Common Merganser at the big pond at Waterworks Park.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes
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Date: 11/8/19 7:21 am
From: Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] lake ducks ...Big Spirit Lake
flocks coming and going....scaup, redheads, canvasbacks, buffleheads, also
mallards and shovelers...beautiful in the sunlight

S end of lake calm

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 11/7/19 9:02 pm
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting- REAP Regional Assemblies
Birder's in Iowa have the opportunity to make suggestions for the use of
REAP funds at the 19 REAP Regional Assemblies coming up around the state.
One thing that I have requested from Boone County Conservation are a couple
of elevated Bird Blinds. We all know those locations where there are
migratory waterfowl we can see through the tops of the weeds but cannot
have access or elevation for scoping. Some areas just need a path through
the grasslands/weeds to an elevated location. The REAP program is one of
the most effective in the state and I'm hoping Birder's can benefit from
some of the funds we've all donated to over the years! Clayton Will, Madrid
https://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/REAP/REAP-Public-Participation/REAP-Regional-Assemblies?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Date: 11/7/19 7:24 pm
From: Dean Hester <dhester1994...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Des Moines area birds this morning
Would really appreciate updates on the grebe situation if anyone is out and
about tomorrow or Saturday morning. Will probably make the drive out to see
them on Saturday.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 12:44:21 PM UTC-6, John Bissell wrote:
>
> The Western Grebe is still present at Gray’s Lake, but I wasn’t able to
> locate the Red-necked Grebe.
>
>
>
> I did see my FOS American Tree Sparrows at Waterworks Park.
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> John Bissell
>
> Grimes
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Date: 11/7/19 1:31 pm
From: Don Poggensee <donpoggensee...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Saw-whet Owl-Moorehead Park Ida County.
Hi,
With our first wintering Saw-whet Owl here in Moorehead Park, Ida County, we have not found any more. We should get more as we get into later November & December, if past years, are any indication on their timing.
Here is an image I made today. This Saw-whet has been moving a lot at night from tree to tree, and has be difficult to find each day.

Don




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Date: 11/7/19 11:55 am
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Both Shrikes
After the abrupt change of weather, I had both the Loggerhead and Northern
Shrike this afternoon in Des Moines County. They were in different
locations: the Northern Shrike was near the jct. of 40th Ave. and 170th
street The Loggerhead Shrike was 1 mile or so north of the jct. of
Meeker's Landing Road and 40th Ave. on 40th Ave. This is off of County 99
north of Burlington. This is my first 2 Shrike day ever and only the 4th
time I have seen the Northern Shrike in Des Moines County.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Date: 11/7/19 10:44 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Des Moines area birds this morning
The Western Grebe is still present at Gray's Lake, but I wasn't able to locate the Red-necked Grebe.

I did see my FOS American Tree Sparrows at Waterworks Park.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes
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Date: 11/7/19 8:13 am
From: Wendy VanDeWalle <wtvandewalle...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting: Need a scope to make a sighting.
Hello all! I’m looking for a good, used spotting scope, since mine went crashing to the pavement yesterday. I like to buy used when I can to save on natural resources, plus I have two girls in college right now!
Maybe you have upgraded recently or know a retired birder who isn’t using theirs anymore? Please email me.
Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon

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Date: 11/7/19 4:29 am
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Late Nashville warbler repeat
Yesterday (Nov.6th) I watched the sun come up perched in a female red cedar tree in Hardin Co. Birds were active along the prairie, brushy edge. Of the 24 bird species I watched, one was a late Nashville warbler. The third latest NAWA listed is Nov. 7th, 2009. My journal shows that it was seen and reported by me, from the same location, the same tree, in the same fence line, within 10 feet of where I saw and photographed the bird yesterday!

After a day in Des Moines, I returned to sit again in the same tree, this time for the last hour of daylight in heavy wind blown snow - quite a switch from the sunny fall morning. One would have to ponder the wisdom in this as one would think everything would be hunkered down in the cold, wind and snow. Not so. Song sparrows foraged in the grass, a wood duck flew over my head, and a pair of great horned owls started hooting on cue. The deer were active, white snow clinging to their backs and antlers.

A few days ago a sharp shinned hawk flushed a conservative 250 robins from the same patch along with about 50 cedar waxwings and the small flock of rusty blackbirds I had been watching. Since the private landowner put 40 acres of marginal row crop into CRP the bird numbers, including non hunted pheasants have skyrocketed. Oddities such as a Jaeger, saw whet owls, cattle egret, N. shrike, etc. have been seen from this spot which is just a regular piece of basically degraded, pasture and farm ground restored to habitat for wildlife and humanity. Some farmers in the area think he is crazy - think of all the money that could be made by farming it. The owner is a modern day hero in my book, who has all he needs - and more.

Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Date: 11/7/19 12:45 am
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] 2019 LRGV and Iowa warbler slam albums (past sightings)
Birders,

Here are the links to a couple albums I put together. There won't be adds
or anything like that, just seamless viewing since I have a "Pro" Flickr
account.

2019 April Texas/LRGV trip (102 photos in the order Dean Hester and I saw
stuff...as you can see we got our cherry on top before we even had a
cake). This was just a fraction of the pictures Dean and I took on the
trip. We photographed tons of herps as well.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/closebirdencounters/albums/72157711155022327

2019 Iowa Wood-Warbler Slam (57 photos in eBird's taxonomic order,
excluding Northern Waterthrush...no photo in 2019 and Louisiana
Waterthrush...doc shot was not saved from spring IOU trip, I did get an
audio recording, which is on eBird).

https://www.flickr.com/photos/closebirdencounters/albums/72157711468935121

Please enjoy!

Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Date: 11/6/19 2:27 pm
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoter
Both scoters, the BLACK and SURF, were still together at Prairie Lakes Park
in Cedar Falls at 3pm. I was able to get some photos of the two
interacting a bit. The Black seemed more interested in the Surf and
continually made floating passes by it.

Thanks Cedar Falls/Waterloo birding crew for posting about these nice finds.

Brandon Caswell
Marion

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 8:20:18 AM UTC-6, dave eastman wrote:
>
> Relocated the Surf Scoter near the south end of the south lake this AM. A
> Black Scoter joined the Surf Scoter and some Ruddy Ducks which it closely
> resembled except for the larger size. Both Scoters remained when I left
> just before 8 AM.
>
> Dave Eastman
> Cedar Falls
>
>
> On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:26:02 PM UTC-6, Alan Orr wrote:
>>
>> Surf Scoter on Prairie Lakes Park, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk CO. Observed
>> on large pool
>>
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Date: 11/6/19 11:39 am
From: 'Reid Allen' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe
Still at Gray's Lake, close to west shore. Western Grebe is also there.

iPhone Mail
Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Date: 11/6/19 11:28 am
From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Forster’s Tern, Cedar Lake, Linn Co
Hey all

A very late Forster’s Tern was at Cedar Lake in Cedar Rapids yesterday and
this morning.

The bird is a worn juvenile appearing very much like the bird so labeled in
Sibley.

I got some terrible photos that I will place on my eBird list for those
interested.

My understanding is that this ties the third latest date for this species.

Jesse Ellis
Cedar Rapids, Linn



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Date: 11/6/19 8:31 am
From: Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Red-necked Grebe at Saylorville
There was a RED-NECKED GREBE off Saylorville Dam this morning. The number
of GREAT EGRETS below the dam has bumped up to nine the last couple of days.



Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Date: 11/6/19 6:20 am
From: dave eastman <daveeastman929...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoter
Relocated the Surf Scoter near the south end of the south lake this AM. A
Black Scoter joined the Surf Scoter and some Ruddy Ducks which it closely
resembled except for the larger size. Both Scoters remained when I left
just before 8 AM.

Dave Eastman
Cedar Falls


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> Surf Scoter on Prairie Lakes Park, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk CO. Observed on
> large pool
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Date: 11/6/19 6:15 am
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Lake Manawa, Pottawattamie County
We birded Lake Manawa this yesterday afternoon. Highlights are:

Hooded Merganser - 150+
Red-breasted Merganser - approx. 50
Bufflehead - approx. 30
Horned Grebe - 6
Common Loon - 12


Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
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Date: 11/6/19 5:54 am
From: Robert Thorbrogger <rthorbrogger...>
Subject: [ia-bird] cornfield mallards
1000s just E of Jemmerson, W off of Peoria Ave, N of Dickinson County
fairgrounds in and over picked cornfield

bob thorbrogger

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Date: 11/5/19 3:49 pm
From: Alan Orr <alan.orr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Surf Scoter
This was originally attempted to be posted at 3:30pm without success.
Thanks to the administrator the glitch was fixed, but two identical
postings occurred

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:26:02 PM UTC-6, Alan Orr wrote:
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> Surf Scoter on Prairie Lakes Park, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk CO. Observed on
> large pool
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Date: 11/5/19 3:37 pm
From: englander.julie <englander.julie...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Not a sighting: Birding area possibility
Hello - Would any of our bird organizations be interested in contacting
these people about arranging birding trips on this property. Thoughts? See
the link below. Perhaps many of you know about this already.

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/couple-creates-nonprofit-for-wildlife-sanctuary-on-100-acres-near-amana-wishes-for-wildlife-foundation-20191104

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Date: 11/5/19 3:26 pm
From: Alan Orr <alan.orr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Surf Scoter in Black Hawk
Surf Scoter on main pond at Prairie Lakes Park, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk CO.

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Date: 11/5/19 3:26 pm
From: Alan Orr <alan.orr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter on Prairie Lakes Park, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk CO. Observed on
large pool

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Date: 11/5/19 1:19 pm
From: Tom Dougherty <tom.dougherty.sr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Merlin - Red Feather Prairie - Saylorville Lake, Polk Co.
I came across a *Merlin *at Red Feather Prairie today. Merlins aren't
commonly seen around Saylorville Lake and a Merlin had never previously
been reported on eBird at Red Feather.

Tom Dougherty
Urbandale, IA

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Date: 11/5/19 12:55 pm
From: Jim Forde <jimforde...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Tundra Swans at Amana Lily Lake
The Lily Lake has been a good spot for Tundra Swans in the past and today I scoped 5 (1 juvenile) amongst the Trumpeter Swans at the southwest portion. Feeding and sleeping swans can be difficult to identify but I waited them out from the southside path.

Jim Forde
Cedar Rapids

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Date: 11/5/19 12:36 pm
From: Rita Goranson <ritag...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Western Grebes
Two Western Grebes were seen when checking the overlook at State Park at
Clear Lake. Thirteen species of duck and some Tundras in with Trumpeters at
Ventura Marsh; a slow day out there.



Rita Goranson

Mason City, IOwa

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Date: 11/5/19 11:44 am
From: Clayton Will <willcfish...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Marsh Farm Wetlands - Hutchinson's Goose, possible Black Duck, the Tundra Swan remains and 2 Trumpeter Swans
Marsh Farm Wetlands Dallas County -A loan Hutchinson's Goose came in with a
flock of Canada Geese. There was a possible Black Duck not far beyond the
dam. Two Trumpeter Swans have joined the continuing Tundra Swan. Clayton
Will Madrid

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Date: 11/5/19 11:31 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray's Lake Eared Grebe is actually a Red-necked Grebe
Should have went with my gut before posting. Aaron Brees confirmed that the bird I had posted as an Eared Grebe at Gray's Lake is actually a Red-necked Grebe.

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John Bissell
Grimes
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Date: 11/5/19 10:19 am
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Gray's Lake Grebes
The Western Grebe is still present at Gray's Lake. Also present was what I believe to be an Eared Grebe (Probably best viewed from the terrace adjacent to the south parking lot since the rest of the park is closed to traffic) and a Pied-billed Grebe. The suspected Eared Grebe was on the opposite end of the lake so a scope is essential.

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John Bissell
Grimes
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Date: 11/5/19 6:40 am
From: Dean Hester <dhester1994...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Harris's sparrows at Hawkeye
At least 2 Harris's Sparrows continue here today at 8:30am, along with many fox sparrows and and savannahas, and the usual suspects.

-Dean Hester, Tiffin

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