Iowa RBA: 12-9-16


Jamaican Tody,©David Sibley

Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, December 3, through Friday, December
9, 2016:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:



**PACIFIC WREN** (Possible)

**BRANT**







-Additional Species Mentioned

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Western Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Pacific Loon

Golden Eagle

Ferruginous Hawk

Thayers Gull

Barn Owl

Prairie Falcon







***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. A list of rare birds
is
placed on the home page with the location of the rarity and most recent
date
of observation. This is updated several times per day. This is a handy tool
for anyone making a birding trip or otherwise into the state of Iowa.
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Species in ALL CAPS can be classified into three categories in the state of
Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED, ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species;
or 3) record early or late date or unusual for time of year. Any species
with three asterisks (***species***) would represent a first record for
Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should be observed and documented very carefully.
Species with two asterisks (**species**) are species that are either
ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular species, and should also be
documented. Species with one asterisk (*species) should have some details
of the observation provided.











*NORTH CENTRAL:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

13 BLACK SCOTERS were seen around the north end of Clear Lake on the 4th.
They are still best seen from N Shore Dr.





*NORTHEAST:*



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A BRANT was seen at the John Deere Pond in Waterloo on the 7th.







*SOUTHEAST*:



JEFFERSON COUNTY:

A BARN OWL was observed along Jasmine about 1/2 mile north of 130th on the 3
rd.



DES MOINES COUNTY:

A possible PACIFIC WREN has been seen in Cascade Ravine in Burlingtons
Dankwardt Park on the 5th.









*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

A WESTERN GREBE and a THAYERS GULL were seen at Red Rock on the 3rd.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*Highlights from the dam at Saylorville on the 4th included SURF SCOTER,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, WESTERN GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, and PACIFIC LOON.*







*WEST:*



*POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY:*

*A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was seen at the Hitchcock Hawkwatch on the 2nd.*



*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen along I-680 on the 5th.*



*A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Hitchcock Hawkwatch on the 6th.*









*NORTHWEST:*



*DICKINSON COUNTY:*

*A THAYERS GULL was seen around the Grade at Spirit Lake on the 4th.*



*2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen from the south shore of Big Spirit Lake on
the 6th.*



*SIOUX COUNTY:*

*A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen on a farm property on the 8th.*











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The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
December 16, 2016 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

john.annabissell@gmail.com 

515-423-6108

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