Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, December 17, through Thursday,
December 22, 2016:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
*GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL*
-Additional Species Mentioned
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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
placed on the home page with the location of the rarity and most recent
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.
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.
Highlights from Lock and Dam 14 on the 20th included a GREAT BLACK-BACKED
GULL, 2 THAYERS GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK. All of the
gulls plus a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were still present on the 21st.
A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen beneath the Ft Madison railroad bridge on the 20
*A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Maffitt Reservoir on the 17th.*
The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
December 30, 2016 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.
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