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24 Feb Many birds in the yard Harrison County 2/24 [cindy wilson ]
23 Feb VWMP - Volunteer Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Training in Kossuth County ["Shepherd, Stephanie" ]
23 Feb Common Grackles- Washington County [Fawn Bowden ]
23 Feb Franklin's Gull at Saylorville ["Dennis Thompson" ]
23 Feb It's a plane! It's a bird!... []
22 Feb American Woodcock [James Mccoy ]
23 Feb Today at Chichaqua Bottoms [Doug Sheeley ]
22 Feb Princeton WMA [robinsondonaldg ]
22 Feb Fwd: IWiLL Forum Help Needed [Paul Roisen ]
22 Feb Sandhill Cranes ["Jane Clark" ]
22 Feb Story County - Turkey Vulture [Eric Ollie ]
22 Feb RE: Big Marsh ["Rita Goranson" ]
22 Feb Wetland between Ames and Nevada [Grantridge via IA-BIRD ]
21 Feb INFO on people going to NE to see Sandhills [Tony Moline ]
21 Feb Big Marsh [Tom Schilke ]
21 Feb Saylorville Woodcocks [Pam Allen ]
21 Feb Lk Manawa Woodcoks ["Elliott Bedows" ]
21 Feb Des Moines Waterworks Blackbird Roost [JacobTee via IA-BIRD ]
22 Feb Re: Northern Iowa birds - 2/21 [Danny Akers ]
22 Feb Northern Iowa birds - 2/21 [Danny Akers ]
22 Feb Waterworks Prairie Park American Woodcocks [Brandon Caswell ]
21 Feb Re: Dudgeon Lake, Benton Co. [Justin Ferguson ]
21 Feb Glaucous Gull at Saylorville ["Dennis Thompson" ]
21 Feb Northern Bobwhite, Hawkeye Wildlife Area, Johnson County [Linda Rudolph ]
21 Feb Re: CONE MARSH ["S.D." ]
20 Feb Dudgeon Lake, Benton Co. ["'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD" ]
20 Feb American Woodcocks- Warren Co. [JacobTee via IA-BIRD ]
20 Feb Project SNOWstorm Presentaion - Kansas City ["Ann Johnson" ]
20 Feb Near Sabula Sunday evening [Randall Bonjour ]
19 Feb Des Moines Audubon program ["Jane Clark" ]
19 Feb Saw-whet owls continue in Moorehead Park-O+Ida County [Don Poggensee ]
20 Feb Re: CONE MARSH UPDATE [Brandon Caswell ]
19 Feb Cone Marsh update update ["'katiewendler' via IA-BIRD" ]
19 Feb Re: CONE MARSH UPDATE [Eric Ollie ]
19 Feb Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Eastern Iowa [Jim Forde ]
19 Feb Re: CONE MARSH UPDATE ["S.D." ]
19 Feb Poweshiek co birds ["Bob & Connie" ]
20 Feb Red Rock and Saylorville [Aaron Brees ]
19 Feb Re: Tama County - The Snows of Mt. OtterCreekMarshjaro [Eric Ollie ]
19 Feb DSM Metro Snow Geese ["Ty Smedes" ]
19 Feb Tama County - The Snows of Mt. OtterCreekMarshjaro [Eric Ollie ]
19 Feb Brinker Lake Birding [Connor Langan ]
19 Feb Ringgold County [Jeffrey Livingston ]
19 Feb Snow Geese [John And Anna Bissell ]
19 Feb Fisher (Mammal) in Allamakee Co. ["'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD" ]
19 Feb RE: Hawkeye Wildlife Area ["Brochu, Christopher A" ]
19 Feb Hawkeye Wildlife Area ["'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD" ]
19 Feb CONE MARSH UPDATE [Brandon Caswell ]
19 Feb Poweshiek Co birds ["Bob & Connie" ]
18 Feb Resident wrens and gaggles of geese ["Lee Schoenewe" ]
18 Feb DPoweshiek Co birds ["Bob & Connie" ]
18 Feb Cone Marsh geese extravaganza Saturday ["'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" ]
18 Feb RHWO - Clarke Co. [Steve Harvey ]
18 Feb Beaver Bottoms Waterfowl ["Ty Smedes" ]
18 Feb Re: Killdeer - Clarke Co. [Michael Meetz ]
18 Feb Killdeer - Clarke Co. [Steve Harvey ]
17 Feb Granger Area Waterfowl ["Ty Smedes" ]
18 Feb Central IA birds [Aaron Brees ]
17 Feb GBH rookery NW IA etc [rthorbrogger ]
17 Feb Marsh Farm Wetland, Dallas Co. 90 trumpeter swans [Pip Fisher ]
17 Feb Snow Geese, Hawkeye Wildlife Area, Johnson County [Linda Rudolph ]
17 Feb First Spring Robins, first chipmunk @ feeders Urban Des Moines ["Jim Schmit" ]
17 Feb Re: Snow & White Fronted Geese (Johnson County) [Brandon Caswell ]
17 Feb Snow & White Fronted Geese (Johnson County) [Adam Ciha ]
16 Feb Story County - Pied-billed Grebe [Eric Ollie ]
15 Feb INFO on people going to NE to see Sandhills [Richard Hollis ]
15 Feb Delaware County [drbeel ]
15 Feb Snow geese [d5169 via IA-BIRD ]
15 Feb Snow geese [d5169 via IA-BIRD ]
14 Feb Fwd: Make Bird Conservation a Priority in Congress! [Douglas Harr ]
14 Feb Bald Eagle gathering and Snows ["'Julie' via IA-BIRD" ]
14 Feb (No sighting) Request for applications - IOU Projects Grants ["Tyler M. Harms" ]
14 Feb Turkey vulture in Iowa City ["Brochu, Christopher A" ]
14 Feb Downtown Des Moines birding [John Bissell ]
14 Feb Swan lake johnson county [Seth Dudley ]
14 Feb Wood Ducks, Brenton Slough, Dallas Co. [Pam Allen ]

Subject: Many birds in the yard Harrison County 2/24
From: cindy wilson <birdercw AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:08:00 -0800 (PST)
Last night and today in Western Iowa we had rain, ice, and snow cover (4" 
perhaps).  

We had an number of birds at the feeder.  I had to work so I couldn't count 
all of them!

30 Turkeys
Large flocks of Red-wing blackbirds (25+ at a time) a good mix of males and 
females.
At least 1 Rusty Blackbird 
10 Starlings
Purple finch
American Tree Sparrows

The usual's:
Cardinals
House sparrows
Am Goldfinch
WB nuthatch
BC Chickadees
Downey's
Hairy's
Red Bellied Woodpeckers
House finches 
Junco's

Cindy Wilson
Missouri Valley, IA


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Subject: VWMP - Volunteer Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Training in Kossuth County
From: "Shepherd, Stephanie" <stephanie.shepherd AT dnr.iowa.gov>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:13:55 -0600
Hi All -

If anybody is interested in being trained as a volunteer eagle nest monitor
for the DNR, we will be holding a workshop in partnership with Kossuth
County Conservation on March 4th.  We have targeted this area for a
training because there are a number of nests in the county that need a
monitor.  You can find out more about the Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring
Program at www.iowadnr.gov/vwmp/.

The date is coming up quick, pre-registration is required and size of the
class is limited, so if you are interested in attending the workshop it's
probably best to e-mail (vwmp AT dnr.iowa.gov) or call (listed below) before
Wednesday March 1.  Here's the info on the workshop:


*Workshops require a $5 registration fee which pays for training materials,
a frog and toad call CD or bird identification guide, and certification
costs. To register, please download and complete the registration form for
the desired workshop and return it with the $5 fee to: VWMP; Boone Wildlife
Research Station; 1436 255th St.; Boone, IA 50036. Registration for each
workshop will be first come, first served and is limited to 15 people per
workshop.*

   - *March 4, 2017 – Kossuth County  TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, LOCATION:
   Water's Edge Nature Center, Algona, IA*

Thank you!  Hope to hear from you if you are interested!

Stephanie

P.S. There are also 3 Frog and Toad Call Survey workshops scheduled for
April in Johnson, Marion and Dickinson Counties.  Check out the website for
dates and times!

[image: DNRlogo_black.jpg]

Stephanie Shepherd | Wildlife Diversity Biologist

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

P 515-432-2823 ext 102 | F 515-432-2835 | 1436 255th St., Boone, IA 50036

www.iowadnr.gov

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Subject: Common Grackles- Washington County
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:52:05 -0800 (PST)
There are ~500 Common Grackles, with a spattering of Starlings and 
Red-winged Blackbird, foraging in my back yard at the moment.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Subject: Franklin's Gull at Saylorville
From: "Dennis Thompson" <cndthomps AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:40:41 -0600
This afternoon, a Franklin's Gull in full breeding plumage was hanging out
with 3000 Ring-billed buddies on the last bit of ice off the dam.  Some
other counts/estimates include 1130 Northern Pintails at Jester and 1700
Common Mergansers on the main lake.

 

Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Subject: It's a plane! It's a bird!...
From: mkenne AT netamumail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:53:34 +0000
It's a frog! It's a frog? 

Sunning today at Wildin Prairie, Kossuth Co, as Snow Geese streamed
overhead all afternoon. I mean, not like the Missouri Valley or
anything, but still a lotta Snow Geese. 

Matthew Kenne 

Algona, Iowa

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Subject: American Woodcock
From: James Mccoy <mccoyfam AT mchsi.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:52:57 -0600
I counted 8 today at dusk with peenting and twittering flight displays at 
Waterworks prairie park in iowa City. Last year I first counted 5 on March 8th. 
Thanks for the tip Brandon! 


Jamie McCoy
Iowa City

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Subject: Today at Chichaqua Bottoms
From: Doug Sheeley <Doug.Sheeley AT polkcountyiowa.gov>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:21:13 +0000
Sandhill cranes rattling in the distance, wood ducks and hooded mergansers 
speeding by at treetop height, American woodcock parenting in the dimming dusk. 


Just a typical February day at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt in NE Polk County;)

Doug Sheeley
Conservation Ecologist
Polk County Conservation

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Subject: Princeton WMA
From: robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:50 -0600

The White-fronted Geese were holding tight at Princeton along with the 
Trumpeter Swans, but the Snow Geese were flying south this afternoon. 

Also a pair of Sandhill Cranes were making a lot of noise, and two Brewer's 
Blackbirds present at the North launch. 

Don Robinson, Scott Co.
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Subject: Fwd: IWiLL Forum Help Needed
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:07:56 -0600
Please help us make get the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust
Fund actually get FUNDED.   The Iowa Legislature has delayed long enough on
the mandate from the people.  ~67% of Iowan's strongly support this.  No
more excuses from our legislature.   This is the WILL of the people.

God Bless,
Paul Roisen
Sioux City, IA


Please attend and encourage MANY OTHERS to attend.    See Below from Ruth
Lapointe

Thank you for all your help with our efforts to pass funding for the Trust
Fund this legislative session.

I am reaching out to give you an *updated list of legislative forums* we
are working on getting supporters to attend.

*Below is a list of forums in coming up in "urban areas"* in the next 3
weeks. A constantly-updated, extended list of forums, including those in
rural areas, can be found in our extended list here.

 



Any help you can give getting folks to attend these forums is greatly
appreciated. Once a forum is "covered" we can spend our recruitment efforts
on another location, *please let me know if you hear of someone who is able
to attend any of of these events. *

Also, make sure that any potential attendees from your network know to ask
all Legislators present at the forum *"Do you support funding for the
Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund?" *and that they *email
any responses to 4ruthlapointe AT gmail.com <4ruthlapointe AT gmail.com>. *

Thanks for any help you can give!

*Ruth Lapointe*
Grassroots Organizer, IWiLL
641-210-2357 <(641)%20210-2357>




DATE DATE TIME CITY LEGISLATORS LOCATION ADDRESS COUNTY
2/24/17 FRIDAY 10:00 a.m. Clear Lake Steve King,  Rep Upmeyer, Sen Ragan Clear
Lake Bank & Trust 322 Main Ave CERRO GORDO
2/25/17 SATURDAY 9:30 a.m. Clive Sen Schneider, Rep Taylor Legislative
Forum Walnut
Ridge 1701 Campus Drive DALLAS
2/25/17 SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. Ames STORY Legislators: Rep Bacon, Sen Dix, Sen
Quirmbach Ames City Council Chambers 515 Clark Ave STORY
2/25/17 SATURDAY 9:30 a.m. Coralville Johnson County Area Legislators
Coralville
City Hall 1512 7th Street JOHNSON
2/25/17 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Council Bluffs Council Bluffs Area Legislators,
Dawson Wilson Middle School Auditorium 715 N 21st Street POTTAWATTAMIE
2/25/17 SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. Fort Dodge Fort Dodge Area Legislators--Eggs &
Issues Iowa Central Community College Triton Café 1 Triton Circle WEBSTER
2/25/17 SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. Mount Pleasant Rep Heaton Legislative Forum Iowa
Wesleyan University Chadwick Library 107 W Broad Street HENRY
2/25/17 SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. Oskaloosa Rep Vander Linden, Legislative
Forum Smokey
Row 109 S Market Street MAHASKA
2/25/17 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Sioux City Sioux City area legislators Sioux
City Public Museum 607 4th St WOODBURY
2/25/17 SATURDAY 10:30 a.m. Urbandale Sen. Zaun, Rep. Forbes Urbandale
Chamber Office 2830 100th St. Suite 110 POLK
3/3/17 FRIDAY 9:30 a.m. Davenport Rep Winckler Legislative Forum Greatest
Grains 1600 N Harrison St SCOTT
3/4/17 SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Altoona Rep Nunn Legislative Forum HyVee Upper
Level Meeting Room 108 8th St POLK
3/4/17 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Grinnell Grinnell Area Legislators First
Prebyterian Church 1025 5th Ave POWESHIEK
3/10/17 FRIDAY 11:30 AM Davenport Jim Lykam Holiday Inn Davenport 4215
Elmore Avenue SCOTT
3/11/17 SATURDAY 9:00 a.m. Ankeny Sen. Whitver, Rep Landon, Rep Koester Neveln
Building, lunch room 406 SW School St. POLK
3/11/17 SATURDAY 10:30 AM Davenport Scott County Area Legislators St.
Ambrose University Rogalski Center 518 W Locust SCOTT
3/11/17 SATURDAY 9:30 a.m. Waukee Sen Schneider and Rep Taylor City Hall 230
W Hickman DALLAS

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Jane Clark" <jrclark AT radiks.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:48:07 -0600
Loren Lown of Polk County Conservation reports that the first pair of
Sandhills made it to Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt this last weekend  in
northeast Polk County.

 

Jane Clark

 

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Subject: Story County - Turkey Vulture
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:03:00 -0600
Greetings birders!

I will add to the others who have had unusually early sightings of Turkey
Vultures. I just saw my FOY Turkey Vulture soaring over downtown Ames
around 10:30 on this magnificent morning.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Subject: RE: Big Marsh
From: "Rita Goranson" <ritag AT mchsi.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:16:56 -0600
Big Marsh is in Butler County, I think.

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Subject: [ia-bird] Big Marsh

Big Marsh in Franklin Co. - the cure for the common cold.

Why stay home with a runny nose and the sun is shining. Big Marsh was loaded 
with waterfowl today and other birds - 3/4 thawed: some highlights: 

21 species of waterfowl - 24 other species Trumpeter swans Black Duck - 2 Gr 
wing teal Both scaup A coot White front and snow geese - abundant Ross’s 
Geese - 9 Shovelers, Widgeon - some Ducks and geese in the air everywhere 
Eagles - numerous bluebirds RW, Rusty blackbirds, Grackles muskrats 


I feel a lot better now.  
Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Subject: Wetland between Ames and Nevada
From: Grantridge via IA-BIRD <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:25:46 -0500
If anyone is traveling between Ames and Nevada on  Highway 30 and wants to 
maybe get a quick waterfowl fix, go south on Sand Hill  Trail about half a 
mile and look for the wetland that is visible  on the east side of the road.  
It's a little south of where  the prairie vegetation begins and north of 
the old garage.  There have been  many geese and ducks in the past few days.  
 
If anyone sees anything interesting, I'd  greatly appreciate being told.  
To paraphrase Blanche  DuBois,  I have always depended on the kindness of 
better birders.   

Cindy
 
Cindy  Hildebrand
grantridge AT aol.com
Ames, IA 50010

"The February sunshine  steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells 
the leaves within." (William  Cullen Bryant)

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Subject: INFO on people going to NE to see Sandhills
From: Tony Moline <tonymoline AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:01:10 -0800 (PST)
I've been there twice and both times overnighted in the photo blinds. 
Tony Moline

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Subject: Big Marsh
From: Tom Schilke <tom.schilke AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:35:56 -0600
Big Marsh in Franklin Co. - the cure for the common cold.

Why stay home with a runny nose and the sun is shining. Big Marsh was loaded 
with waterfowl today and other birds - 3/4 thawed: some highlights: 

21 species of waterfowl - 24 other species
Trumpeter swans
Black Duck - 2
Gr wing teal
Both scaup
A coot
White front and snow geese - abundant
Ross’s Geese - 9
Shovelers, Widgeon - some
Ducks and geese in the air everywhere
Eagles - numerous
bluebirds
RW, Rusty blackbirds,  Grackles
muskrats

I feel a lot better now.  
Tom Schilke - Waterloo

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Subject: Saylorville Woodcocks
From: Pam Allen <2birders AT hickorytech.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:22:21 -0600
Hi All,
Might as well add another sighting of woodcocks. Reid and I stopped at Red 
Feather Prairie at Saylorville and had 3 woodcocks flying around about 
6:15-6:20 this evening. 

The gate was shut at the marina so couldn't look for the Glaucous Gull reported 
earlier by Denny Thompson. 

Good Birding!
Pam Allen
West Des Moines, IA

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Subject: Lk Manawa Woodcoks
From: "Elliott Bedows" <ebedows AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:28:19 -0600
Hi everyone, 

 

Inspired both by yesterday's report by Jay Gilliam of Woodcock in the Des
Moines area and by our awesome weather, I decided to try my luck at Lk
Manawa, Pottawatamie Co. and was pleasantly rewarded.  This evening I saw &
heard (at least) six Amer. Woodcock [FOY] at the usual spot at Lk Manawa.
(For those not familiar with this location, it is located in the southeast
portion of the Pk.  Now that "they" have completed redoing the access road
thereby turning it into a biking trail, it is no longer possible to access
the parking lot site by car, though the parking lot, which serves as the
best viewing point, is still accessible by foot or bike.  What I did was
park in the parking lot in the southeast corner of the Pk and I walked about
200 yards to the west along the paved hike-bike trail and crossed the road
where there are now three concrete posts erected to keep car traffic out.
Walking to the western-most edge of the old parking lot provides the best
place to view the birds against the backdrop of the last bits of light after
sunset.)

 

I arrived just after 6:00 PM (local sunset tonight was at 6:05).  I heard
the first AmWo 'clucking note'  at 6:22 PM, followed by another at 6:26 PM
shortly after which, the first AmWo popped up and gave great looks against
the twilight lit sky circling twice before landing in the woods to the WSW.
At 6:29 PM, three AmWo's came out of the woods like fighter pilots to the
North of where I was standing and flew right past me, one so close that I
thought for a moment that it would hit me.  And another was calling to the
north as the other three flew off to the same location that the original
bird did. There were a few more clucking notes that I heard but did not see
any more flight before I left at 6:35 PM and though I'm not sure, I presumed
that these last sounds came from birds I'd already seen.  As I drove out of
the park a sixth AmWo flew across the road in front of my car.

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co., NE

 

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Subject: Des Moines Waterworks Blackbird Roost
From: JacobTee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:58:13 -0500
I checked on the blackbird roost at Waterworks Park in Des Moines this  
evening.  There  were at least 50,000 birds that came in at dusk. At their 
first staging area, I  was able to scope one tree with about 1000 birds and it 
was ~45% Common Grackle,  ~45% Red-winged Blackbird, ~5% European Starling, 
~5% Brown-headed Cowbird plus  I picked out 42 Rusty Blackbirds and 18 
Brewer's Blackbirds. Later, when all the  birds gathered to stage at their 
roosting area, I was able to scope and pick out at least 45 Great-tailed 
Grackle 

silhouettes since they like to perch at the  very tops and outer edges.  
 
Attached  are a few photos of a typical staging area, part of one of the 
large flocks  moving through, and a couple shots of the Great-tailed Grackles.
 
Good  birding...
 
Jay  Gilliam
Norwalk,  IA

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Subject: Re: Northern Iowa birds - 2/21
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:37:08 +0000
Forgot to mention, the south end of Union Slough had at least 143 Bald Eagles 
sitting on the ice, along with a couple Herring and several Ring-billed Gulls. 


Danny Akers

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Subject: [ia-bird] Northern Iowa birds - 2/21

I swung around Union Slough NWR late this afternoon to check on the ice levels 
and was surprised to find some decent numbers of waterfowl around the Dismal 
Swamp (north of the HQ). In the marsh and surrounding fields were all 5 regular 
geese, 83 Trumpeter Swans, and 9 other species of waterfowl. Predominantly 
Mallards (1700) and Northern Pintail (550), but 60 Green-winged Teal, 2 
American Black Ducks and a pair of Greater Scaup were notable. 4 Killdeer and 2 
Swamp Sparrows were also present, my first of the "spring". I also had my first 
sizable flock of Red-winged Blackbirds (600) nearby. 


Back home, a walk around my Spirit Lake neighborhood netted a calling American 
Woodcock, a screaming juvenile Great Horned Owl in a nest, and 5 Harris's 
Sparrows! 


Danny Akers
Spirit Lake

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Subject: Northern Iowa birds - 2/21
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:27:34 +0000
I swung around Union Slough NWR late this afternoon to check on the ice levels 
and was surprised to find some decent numbers of waterfowl around the Dismal 
Swamp (north of the HQ). In the marsh and surrounding fields were all 5 regular 
geese, 83 Trumpeter Swans, and 9 other species of waterfowl. Predominantly 
Mallards (1700) and Northern Pintail (550), but 60 Green-winged Teal, 2 
American Black Ducks and a pair of Greater Scaup were notable. 4 Killdeer and 2 
Swamp Sparrows were also present, my first of the "spring". I also had my first 
sizable flock of Red-winged Blackbirds (600) nearby. 


Back home, a walk around my Spirit Lake neighborhood netted a calling American 
Woodcock, a screaming juvenile Great Horned Owl in a nest, and 5 Harris's 
Sparrows! 


Danny Akers
Spirit Lake

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Subject: Waterworks Prairie Park American Woodcocks
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:38:43 +0000
Birders,

I am currently hearing 3-4 American Woodcocks in the traditional spot at
Waterworks Prairie Park in Johnson County. This is in the vicinity of the
lower parking lot off Dubuque Street NE (by the bridge). I saw a couple do
their "sky dance" as well. Lots of waterfowl moving in to roost on the
ponds here as well.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Subject: Re: Dudgeon Lake, Benton Co.
From: Justin Ferguson <jferguson1869 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:19:25 -0800 (PST)
That's a cool idea.  Today in Dallas Co. there were very vocal E. 
Meadowlarks and Killdeer.  Early spring for these guys as well it seems.

On Monday, February 20, 2017 at 9:17:58 PM UTC-6, credwards wrote:
>
> After skipping a year, I'm making another attempt at a Heard Bird Big 
> Year, 
> with a goal of 180 species.  I had an interesting encounter today at 
> Dudgeon 
> Lake WMA in Benton County -- a singing BROWN CREEPER.  Two long, high 
> notes 
> followed by a jumble of quick whistled notes.  I sometimes hear the song 
> in 
> April or May, but never this early in the year.   
>
> Other interesting birds at Dudgeon today were 30 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED 
> GEESE, 15 TRUMPETER SWANS, 1 AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and 17 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. 
>  In 
> contrast to yesterday, there were very few waterfowl on the move. 
>
> A PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Hannen Park, also in Benton County. 
>
> Chris Edwards 
> Solon, IA 
> cred... AT aol.com  
>
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Subject: Glaucous Gull at Saylorville
From: "Dennis Thompson" <cndthomps AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:43:56 -0600
A 1st year Glaucous Gull and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull were at the
Saylorville marina this afternoon.

 

Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Subject: Northern Bobwhite, Hawkeye Wildlife Area, Johnson County
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:54:34 +0000
I was really surprised to see a Northern Bobwhite dash across James Avenue this 
morning. I also saw a Harris's Sparrow in the bushes along the road. Both were 
close to the first parking lot. 


Linda Rudolph

Coralville

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Subject: Re: CONE MARSH
From: "S.D." <sdjbwilson AT windstream.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:59:16 -0600
We see the snows in the spring; but not at all in the fall. All the snow 
families that traveled along the Mississippi here (S.E. Iowa) in the fall have 
been decimated. I love seeing the snows and the trumpeter swans. We started out 
with 24 trumpeters back in 1993 to help restore the trumpeters in Iowa. Alot 
has happened in those 24 years. I am still amazed as I show hunters pictures of 
trumpeters and they cannot tell the difference between a snow and a trumpeter. 
We have been traveling S.E. Iowa this winter because so many trumpeters did not 
migrate south this year. It is still amazing to me to see these trumpeters in 
flight as well as in numbers in corn fields. I worry about the trumpeters as I 
have seen hundreds of snow decoys out in Henry County, Des Moines County, and 
Lee County this past week. We still have our 20 acre lake here along Hwy 34 & 
several acres of wetland habitat we have built at our farm south of Mt. 
Pleasant. We also have another pond that we also feed corn along with the lake 
feed. So we do our part in supporting waterfowl and wetlands in our area. I 
just like to also be able to see these magnificent birds at other locations. 
Please keep us posted on what you see at Cones Marsh. I don't get there as 
often as I would like. 


Joy Wilson
Mt. Pleasant (Henry Co).

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Subject: Dudgeon Lake, Benton Co.
From: "'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:17:56 -0600
After skipping a year, I'm making another attempt at a Heard Bird Big Year,
with a goal of 180 species.  I had an interesting encounter today at Dudgeon
Lake WMA in Benton County -- a singing BROWN CREEPER.  Two long, high notes
followed by a jumble of quick whistled notes.  I sometimes hear the song in
April or May, but never this early in the year.  

Other interesting birds at Dudgeon today were 30 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE, 15 TRUMPETER SWANS, 1 AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and 17 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.  In
contrast to yesterday, there were very few waterfowl on the move.

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was at Hannen Park, also in Benton County.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Subject: American Woodcocks- Warren Co.
From: JacobTee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:47:15 -0500
I drove around Summerset State Park this evening in search of woodcocks and 
 was successful.  There was one calling/displaying at the first big parking 
 lot just inside the entrance.  There were three more along the one-way 
road  in the area just before the connection to the bike trail.  There were 
also  a lot of White-throated Sparrows all along the road.
 
Good birding...
 
Jay Gilliam
Norwalk, IA

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Subject: Project SNOWstorm Presentaion - Kansas City
From: "Ann Johnson" <aj AT hologrambirds.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:30:57 -0600
For some of us, this special opportunity is closer than some places within
the state. Linda specifically asked that invite Iowans.

 

Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City is excited to announce a
special event on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Our annual dinner and fundraiser
will feature the bird bander, researcher and natural history author Scott
Weidensaul who will be speaking about Project SNOWstorm, the research effort
he co-founded in the winter of 2013-2014 to track and study Snowy Owls.  On
Sunday morning, Scott will be joining us for a birding trip to Loess Bluffs
National Wildlife Refuge.  We hope you will be able to join us!

 

Details and registration form at:
http://burroughs.org/2017/02/evening-scott-weidensaul/

 

Thank you,

Linda Williams

President, Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City

lkwilliams AT kc.rr.com  

 

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Subject: Near Sabula Sunday evening
From: Randall Bonjour <rbonjour.hellotree.com AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:10:07 -0600
2 Sandhill Cranes (but could hear many more)
RWBB in large flocks
Common Loon
Crackling Geese (in large flocks heading north)
American White Pelican
Lesser Scaup
Common Merganser
American Coot
Green Wing Teal

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Subject: Des Moines Audubon program
From: "Jane Clark" <jrclark AT radiks.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:59:06 -0600
Tuesday, February 21 Program, 7 p.m.
Bird Banding:  Conservation Purposes and Rewards
Northwest Community Center, Des Moines

Mark Bowman will present a program about bird banding, the purposes and rewards 
of banding, and some amusing observations about in-hand bird behavior. Then he 
will specifically discuss a new project to set up a banding program at Neal 
Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Mark has been banding birds with a team at Kent 
Park (about seven miles west of Coralville) since 2014. 


Although setting up the Neal Smith NWR Banding Site may take two years to 
establish, a small group of self-selected bird enthusiasts will find tremendous 
gratification in helping to found it. Please attend to learn more about the 
banding process and to gauge your level of interest, 


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



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Subject: Saw-whet owls continue in Moorehead Park-O+Ida County
From: Don Poggensee <donpog AT netllc.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:22:08 -0600
Hi,
 We are nearing the time when we usually see our wintering saw-whet head back 
north. With the last two weeks of warm weather they may leave this year early. 
In past years it has been mid March when they leave. 

 Again today, we had 14 viewers here to see the little owls. Our total viewers 
since November 01- 2016, stands, at 347 people that have seen our Saw-whets in 
Moorehead Park, west of Ida Grove. 

      Here is a image taken this afternoon.

Don Poggensee

                                         

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Subject: Re: CONE MARSH UPDATE
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:00:06 +0000
Birders,

It's evident there was a late morning/early afternoon mass exodus and then
late afternoon turnover of waterfowl at Cone Marsh today.

On Saturday morning a credible source estimated six figure numbers of Snow
Geese flying high over Cone Marsh at sunrise headeding south. The video I
received of this event was remarkable!

It will be interesting to see what the waterfowl do over the next week with
an abrupt change in temperatures.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion






On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 7:39 PM Eric Ollie  wrote:

> Here's what I found on a quick stop at Cone Marsh this morning:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34509125
>
> On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 7:07 PM, S.D.  wrote:
>
> Thanks so much for updating us on Cones Marsh.  It would have been a
> wasted trip today.   Apparently the hunters could not resist the
> temptation; but spoiled it for us birders.   We love to travel around S.E.
> Iowa checking for Trumpeter Swans.
>
> Joy Wilson
> Mt. Pleasant Henry Co. (S.E. Iowa)
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Subject: Cone Marsh update update
From: "'katiewendler' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:41:51 -0600
We we're on our way to Cone Marsh when we received the word that it had cleared 
out, but we decided to check it out anyways since we were already on route and 
actually had much waterfowl. We we're there from about 2-3pm. Perhaps not as 
large of numbers as previously reported but still a few hundred of each Canada, 
Snow and Greater white-fronted geese. other waterfowl included Shovelers, 
Pintails, Wigeon, redhead, Canvasback, Ringneck duck, Gadwall and trumpeter 
swans. also had killdeer, a northern harrier and one Eurasian tree Sparrow. We 
were glad we made the trip!  

Kt Long Iowa City 



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Subject: Re: CONE MARSH UPDATE
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:39:56 -0600
Here's what I found on a quick stop at Cone Marsh this morning:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34509125

On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 7:07 PM, S.D.  wrote:

> Thanks so much for updating us on Cones Marsh.  It would have been a
> wasted trip today.   Apparently the hunters could not resist the
> temptation; but spoiled it for us birders.   We love to travel around S.E.
> Iowa checking for Trumpeter Swans.
>
> Joy Wilson
> Mt. Pleasant Henry Co. (S.E. Iowa)
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Eastern Iowa
From: Jim Forde <jimforde AT q.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:25:55 -0500 (EST)
 I didn't think Lesser Black-backed Gulls were as numerous this winter but 
February is changing that. 


 Tonight a 2W LBBG was among many Ring-billed Gulls and a few Am. Herrings 
Gulls at Cedar Lake. But for the first time I didn't see the juv. Thayer's Gull 
which had been present for 32 days. 


 This morning I found an adult LBBG above the Coralville Lake dam, resting with 
Ring-billeds on the remaining ice. 


 Yesterday I scoped 2 Adult LBBGs at Sabula in Jackson Co. There was partial 
ice on the lakes which Ring-billed and Am. Herring gulls were taking advantage 
of. 


 Jim Forde 

 Cedar Rapids 

                                                       

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Subject: Re: CONE MARSH UPDATE
From: "S.D." <sdjbwilson AT windstream.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:07:40 -0600
Thanks so much for updating us on Cones Marsh. It would have been a wasted trip 
today. Apparently the hunters could not resist the temptation; but spoiled it 
for us birders. We love to travel around S.E. Iowa checking for Trumpeter 
Swans. 


Joy Wilson
Mt. Pleasant Henry Co. (S.E. Iowa)

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Subject: Poweshiek co birds
From: "Bob & Connie" <crvanersvelde AT iowatelecom.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:30:51 -0600
Connie scared up a woodcock Sun. afternoon.FOY   Bob Van Ersvelde    Grinnell

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Subject: Red Rock and Saylorville
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:30:37 +0000
Today at Red Rock the Long-tailed Duck continued below the dam and juvenile
Glaucous and Thayer's gulls were off the Roberts Creek causeway. I
estimated just over 13000 Snow Geese on the lake with thousands more
passing overhead.

This afternoon I stumbled onto the adult Iceland Gull that was at Big Creek
Friday.      It was on the ice along the north shore of Saylorville about
halfway between the mile long bridge and the Big Creek spillway.  It
probably would not have been visible from any access but was easily viewed
from a dirt hiking trail that runs down to the shore from the Neal Smith
trail.
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Polk City, Iowa
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Subject: Re: Tama County - The Snows of Mt. OtterCreekMarshjaro
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:00:08 -0600
After calming down after all of the goose excitement, I was able to find at
least 100 Trumpeter Swans here at Otter Creek Marsh WMA.

Eric Ollie
Ames

On Feb 19, 2017 4:24 PM, "Eric Ollie"  wrote:

Birders!

I am not the best at estimating sizes of large flocks, but there are EASILY
 100,000 geese currently at Otter Creek Marsh WMA. 75% of the flock being
Snow Geese , 24% Greater White-fronted Geese and a few Canadas. An Amazing
spectacle!

They are easily viewed from the eagle-shaped viewing platform on Hwy E66,
not far off of US 30.

There are also at least 5 Trumpeter Swans and a pair of Sandhill Cranes

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Subject: DSM Metro Snow Geese
From: "Ty Smedes" <ty.smedes AT smedesphoto.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:55:27 -0600
To add to today’s earlier reports, when I left the gym at 4:30 pm today, I 
saw multiple skeins of snow geese winging East to West down I-80, along the 
north side of the DSM Metro area.. Multiple V’s stretched from horizon to 
horizon and the fly-by continued for ten minutes. It reminded me of the old 
days down in the SW corner of the state! 


Ty Smedes

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

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

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


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Subject: Tama County - The Snows of Mt. OtterCreekMarshjaro
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:24:41 -0600
Birders!

I am not the best at estimating sizes of large flocks, but there are EASILY
 100,000 geese currently at Otter Creek Marsh WMA. 75% of the flock being
Snow Geese , 24% Greater White-fronted Geese and a few Canadas. An Amazing
spectacle!

They are easily viewed from the eagle-shaped viewing platform on Hwy E66,
not far off of US 30.

There are also at least 5 Trumpeter Swans and a pair of Sandhill Cranes

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Subject: Brinker Lake Birding
From: Connor Langan <clangan16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:52:25 -0800 (PST)
This morning I rode my bike out to Brinker Lake where I walked around the 
dike on the far east side of the lake. I arrived around 8:50 and at this 
time there weren't any skeins of geese flying over so I went down to the 
lake where I found a pair of Northern Shovelers and Hooded Mergansers. 
Other birds of interest on the lake where 4 Ring-necked Ducks, many Common 
Mergansers, goldeneyes, Ring-billed Gulls, and 2 Herring Gulls. I then went 
back up to the top of the dike and started scanning for geese. While 
waiting, I heard and then saw my first bluebird of the year in the trees 
nearby. At 9:15 the peak influx of geese began and skeins kept constantly 
flying over until around 11:05. I tallied over 7,300 Greater-white Fronted 
Geese, over 2,000 Snow Geese, and over 180 Pintails in skeins that flew 
over the Brinker Lake area. I was able to pick out a few Ross's Geese as 
well but I'm sure closer examination of my photos will reveal more Ross's 
Geese. Other birds of interest included a flock of 55 Red-winged 
Blackbirds, a skein of 25 Trumpeter Swans, a female Northern Harrier, a 
couple of Killdeer, a handful of redheads and Canvasbacks, and a Pileated 
Woodpecker.

I did this same thing yesterday but didn't get near the variety in which I 
got today. Yesterday's peak influx lasted from 10:50-11:40. I would 
anticipate one or two more strong days of migrant waterfowl influxes in 
Black Hawk County before things start to die down. 

Connor Langan
-Waterloo

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Subject: Ringgold County
From: Jeffrey Livingston <jeffandjenia AT outlook.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:41:56 +0000
Hey All, we had Killdeer and Great-tailed Grackles around today


Jeff Livingston Ringgold County jeffandjenia AT outlook.com
641-223-3273

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Subject: Snow Geese
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:58:13 -0600
Driving highway 9 near Forest City and just saw skeins of Snow Geese spreading 
from the eastern horizon over to the western horizon. 


No matter how abundant Snow Geese are, I never tire of watching them help kick 
off Spring migration. 


Good birding
John Bissell 
Grimes

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Subject: Fisher (Mammal) in Allamakee Co.
From: "'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:50:24 -0600
This isn't bird-related, but I know a lot of us are interested in rare
mammals as well:
http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Trail-camera-captures-rarely-seen-mammal-in
-northeastern-Iowa-413885983.html

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Subject: RE: Hawkeye Wildlife Area
From: "Brochu, Christopher A" <chris-brochu AT uiowa.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:50:00 +0000
To this, I would add a pair of Lincoln's sparrows next to Swan Lake and a 
red-shouldered hawk prowling over the fields between the road and Sand Point. 


Christopher A. Brochu
Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Earth & 
Environmental Sciences 

Vice Chair & Chair-Elect, CLAS Faculty Assembly
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242 USA
phone 319-353-1808
fax 319-335-1821
email chris-brochu AT uiowa.edu
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Subject: [ia-bird] Hawkeye Wildlife Area

Thirty-five miles NW of Cone Marsh, the geese were on the move at Hawkeye
Wildlife Area in Johnson County this morning.  In about 90 minutes I saw
many large flocks high overhead, totalling about 8,000 SNOW GEESE, 1,500
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 1,000 CANADA GEESE, and several ROSS'S GEESE.  There
were 45 TRUMPETER SWANS at Half Moon Lake along Greencastle Avenue, and
NORTHERN PINTAILS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and GADWALL were also present.  185
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were visible from the end of James Avenue.  BALD
EAGLES were on the move, with several kettles of 4-8 birds.  And, AMERICAN
TREE SPARROWS have started singing.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Subject: Hawkeye Wildlife Area
From: "'Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:40:13 -0600
Thirty-five miles NW of Cone Marsh, the geese were on the move at Hawkeye
Wildlife Area in Johnson County this morning.  In about 90 minutes I saw
many large flocks high overhead, totalling about 8,000 SNOW GEESE, 1,500
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 1,000 CANADA GEESE, and several ROSS'S GEESE.  There
were 45 TRUMPETER SWANS at Half Moon Lake along Greencastle Avenue, and
NORTHERN PINTAILS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and GADWALL were also present.  185
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were visible from the end of James Avenue.  BALD
EAGLES were on the move, with several kettles of 4-8 birds.  And, AMERICAN
TREE SPARROWS have started singing.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA
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Subject: CONE MARSH UPDATE
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:57:55 -0600
Birders,

I just received word there are ONLY ~200 Canada Geese and some Mallards at
Cone Marsh.  Literally everything else that was there yesterday in decent
numbers (swans, geese, and other duck species) have left!

I apologize to anyone who I might have suggested go down.  Very interesting
to note this exodus from a scientific perspective, however!

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Subject: Poweshiek Co birds
From: "Bob & Connie" <crvanersvelde AT iowatelecom.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:25:35 -0600
Rock Creek was 80% open, had 43 bald eagles – most ever there. Had several 
flyover flocks of snows 300-400 in 1 hour. Ducks were clear along west shore. 5 
goldeneyes, 4 buffleheads, 15-20 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, several scaup and 
ringnecks, 12-15 common mergansers, and 100+ mallards. Several groups of 
ring-billed gulls. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnnell 


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Subject: Resident wrens and gaggles of geese
From: "Lee Schoenewe" <lschoe AT smunet.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:02:14 -0600
This morning the pair of Carolina Wrens were talkative and responsive in the
ravine at Lakeside Lab on West Okoboji Lake in Dickinson County.  Found
there late last fall and expected to attempt over-wintering, efforts to find
them in December and January were unsuccessful but this was the second week
in February we have found them advertising their presence.  Bumping up
against the northern edge of their range this mild winter has been good to
them.

 

At Sandbar Slough the melting frozen edge near Spirit Lake produced all five
goose species mostly standing around on the ice.  A smattering of other
waterfowl species were pushing the open water envelope here in the
northwest.  A flock of three male and four female Common Mergansers circled
twice and then kept moving apparently thinking the spot not big enough or
deep enough for their needs. 

 

Lee A Schoenewe

Spencer

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Subject: DPoweshiek Co birds
From: "Bob & Connie" <crvanersvelde AT iowatelecom.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:58:06 -0600
Thurs. had first redwing blackbird, Friday had first flock of bluebirds around 
house, heard 1st killdeer on Sat. Had flyover snow geese on Fri. and flyover 
whitefronts on Sat. Will check Rock Creek on Sunday. Bob Van Ersvelde Grinnell 


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Subject: Cone Marsh geese extravaganza Saturday
From: "'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:21:12 +0000 (UTC)
This morning James Huntington and I went to Cone Marsh (Louisa County), hoping 
for the annual geese migration extravaganza, and were not disappointed. I am 
terrible at estimating numbers but my guess would be easily 20K+ each of 
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and SNOW GEESE, probably much higher than that. 


Shortly after arriving at the marsh, we ran into Dan Rose and his father, and 
joined up with them for a fantastic February morning of birding. At one point 
our group was treated to a line of SNOWS going over that we estimated stretched 
for a couple of miles. Dan said they had seen an even larger group right around 
dawn when they arrived at the marsh! 


Sightings by the group included:
-- ~50 Trumpeter Swans (too distant for us to determine if any Tundras there)-- 
4 goose species (no Cacklings, picked out a few Ross's flying overhead and on 
the water)--12 duck species--Sandhill Crane--many Killdeer--Red-winged 
Blackbirds--Rusty Blackbirds--Western Meadowlarks (singing) 

Sure felt like spring birding at the marsh, not Feb. 18!
Diana PesekCedar Rapids


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Subject: RHWO - Clarke Co.
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:16:28 -0600
2 FOS red headed woodpecker picking shelled corn off the ground then 
flying up to munch.

Steve Harvey
Rural Clarke Co.

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Subject: Beaver Bottoms Waterfowl
From: "Ty Smedes" <ty.smedes AT smedesphoto.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:57:50 -0600
Still several thousand Canada's and Specklebellies in the area, and saw our 
first ducks today (3 pairs of Hooded Mergansers) - most likely our local pairs 
that will stay and nest. 



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Subject: Re: Killdeer - Clarke Co.
From: Michael Meetz <mcmeetz1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:55:50 -0600
Hello All;

I was watching and attempting to estimate numbers in the flocks of 
White-fronted geese this AM before having to force myself to go in to the 
house. 


5 flocks averaging 150-200 birds per flock; then (Like Steve Harvey) spotted my 
first Killdeer of this season, 2 singles one along roadside and one in a wet 
spot in our prairie. 


Mike Meetz
Story Milford TWSP

 
> On Feb 18, 2017, at 9:50 AM, Steve Harvey  wrote:
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> FOS roadside killdeer.
> 
> Steve Harvey
> rural Clarke co.
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Subject: Killdeer - Clarke Co.
From: Steve Harvey <saharv23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:50:54 -0600
FOS roadside killdeer.

Steve Harvey
rural Clarke co.

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Subject: Granger Area Waterfowl
From: "Ty Smedes" <ty.smedes AT smedesphoto.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:42:50 -0600
Following a week filled with meetings and presentations, I finally found time 
to visit the wetland area south of Granger, including my own Beaver Bottoms 
Wetland. There were huge numbers of Canadas and Specklebellies along Xavier 
Road, and also at the private wetland along the north side of Beaver Creek and 
to the west. 


Although its not generally well known (except by locals) the area west of 
Xavier road probably totals more productive marshland/timber backwater acres 
than nearby Brenton Slough, to the east of the road. In the open marsh area 
north of Beaver Creek and west of Xavier Rd. (owned by a hunt club) there was a 
constant din from thousands of Canadas, Specklebellies, and Trumpeters. Most 
ponds are still iced over, although it is very thin and sure to be gone in a 
day or two. Interestingly, not a duck was seen in the whole area. 


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Subject: Central IA birds
From: Aaron Brees <aebrees AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:23:27 +0000
Yesterday there was an adult Thayer's Gull on the ponds at Water Works Park
in Des Moines. This afternoon there were adult Lesser Black-backed and
Iceland gulls on the degrading ice at Big Creek. Earlier in the afternoon I
counted 76 Trumpeter and 2 Tundra swans at Marsh Farm Wetland. The Tundras
were an adult and an immature traveling together. While I was scoping the
area, most of the swans and geese were flushed and left.  Some trickled
back in but many did not, so I don't know what became of the Tundras.

I will have photos of all the gulls added into my eBird checklists later
tonight for those who are interested.
-- 
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Polk City, Iowa
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Subject: GBH rookery NW IA etc
From: rthorbrogger <rthorbrogger AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:56:14 -0800 (PST)
rookery above Waterman Creek OBrien county S of 400th ST  E of White 
avenue...counted 59 nests but no GBHs  as of yesterday...bald eagle in tree 
along Waterman creek just N of 400th St

today flock of snow geese flying E over Marble Beach Big Spirit Lake 
 ...FOY for me

red headed ducks and scaup in open water at lower end of spillway East Lake 
Okoboji... FOY too


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Subject: Marsh Farm Wetland, Dallas Co. 90 trumpeter swans
From: Pip Fisher <pip AT pipfish.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:32:51 -0600
This evening I stopped at the Marsh Farm Wetland, but without my scope. When I 
arrived at 5:45 there were about 20 swans present. Flocks continued to drop in 
until it was too dark to see. At last count there were 93 swans present. Based 
on sound, I believe them all to be trumpeters. (I only saw black bills.) 


Heard a few Cackling geese among the hundreds of Canada's. One killdeer flew 
over as did a a couple large mixed flocks of starlings, grackles and 
blackbirds. 


Mallards and pintails were the only ducks I could identify.

There was one flock of 25 snow geese, with about 5 of those in blue phase.

As I sat listening in the waning light, what sounded like many hundreds of snow 
and Canada geese as well as a few more swans, continued to arrive and land on 
the water. 


Bird well,

Pip Fisher
NW Polk County

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Subject: Snow Geese, Hawkeye Wildlife Area, Johnson County
From: Linda Rudolph <lgrudolph AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:43:08 +0000
Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese were on the move this morning. There 
was a steady stream of birds heading North. At the end of James Ave I could see 
a large flock on the water. I estimated there were 6,500 Snow Geese there. When 
I got home I put a grid on my photo and much to my chagrin I needed to change 
my estimate to 23,000. I find putting a grid on the photo really helps improve 
the accuracy of my counts for large numbers of birds. I do this when I am 
editing the photo in Photoshop. I pick the VIEW Tab and then check grid. The 
grid appears over the photo. Then it's just a matter of counting how many birds 
are in a box and then counting how many boxes are occupied by birds and 
multiplying. The flock was fun to watch. Every once in awhile a bunch of them 
would lift in the air and at other times flocks would join the one on the 
water. 



Linda Rudolph

Coralville

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Subject: First Spring Robins, first chipmunk @ feeders Urban Des Moines
From: "Jim Schmit" <schmit AT mchsi.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:37:23 -0600
First Spring Robins,  first chipmunk  AT  feeders today. Urban Des Moines.

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Subject: Re: Snow & White Fronted Geese (Johnson County)
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:31:35 +0000
Birders,

I just drove to Iowa City from Marion and by the time I started driving by
Hawkeye WMA I started seeing the skies chalked with skeins. From a high
vantage point at Finkbine parking lot, there was a unbroken chain of 10's
of thousands of geese strung across the Iowa City/Coralville area. I had
several low flyovers at the Melrose exit and at Finkbine, observing mixed
flocks of Snow/Ross's, a small flyover flock of Canada/Cackling , and other
low flying mixed flocks of Snow/Greater White-fronted.

A great day to be out of you can manage it.

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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> Yesterday we observed a few moderate sized flocks of geese getting up from
> Hawkeye Wildlife Area near North Liberty (Johnson Co) and then this
> morning, after enjoying the sight and sounds of a Carolina Wren at our
> feeder in Hills, had many small and a few larger flocks of geese flying
> north, suspecting the skies will be full today!
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> Hills, Iowa
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Subject: Snow & White Fronted Geese (Johnson County)
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:24:18 -0800 (PST)
Yesterday we observed a few moderate sized flocks of geese getting up from 
Hawkeye Wildlife Area near North Liberty (Johnson Co) and then this 
morning, after enjoying the sight and sounds of a Carolina Wren at our 
feeder in Hills, had many small and a few larger flocks of geese flying 
north, suspecting the skies will be full today!  

Adam Ciha
Hills, Iowa

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Subject: Story County - Pied-billed Grebe
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:34:44 -0600
Today I found my FOY Pied-billed Grebe on the south lake at Ada Hayden
Heritage Park in Ames.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Subject: INFO on people going to NE to see Sandhills
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:39:02 -0600
Mike Kilen, Des Moines Register. mkilen AT dmreg.com wants to know of Iowans or 
groups of Iowans who go to view the sandhill crane migration in Nebraska? I'm 
looking to write about it and wanted to pitch it to editors by saying there 
might be some Iowans we can interview while there. Thanks 


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Subject: Delaware County
From: drbeel <drbeel AT mchsi.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:10:35 -0600
    
Seldom birded, underreported Delaware County does not haveSnow Goose on its 
species list.Over 6,000 Snows at Cone Marshyesterday appeared to be on courseto 
take them over Earlville, so this morning I headed up there to observe goose 
flocks.  Alas, I saw none. 

All was not in vain, however, because a first Winter Harris's Sparrow near 
Hopkinton is the first record for Delaware County in the history of the world, 
including Uzbekistan, Andorra, the Republic of Chad, and Alabama. 

Good birding. 
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Subject: Snow geese
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:55:41 -0600
Another very large flock mile marker 23 Avenue of Saints Lee CTY north of Hwy 
2. Stopped to gaze in wonder Small flicks of greater white fronts , large 
flocks of both Canada Geese and Snow Geese ......amazing numbers 


Dick Sayles
BUffalo Ia

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Subject: Snow geese
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Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:57:19 -0600
Couple of thousand snow geese flying northwest near Letts High School Louisa 
CTY 

Dick Sayles
Buffalo Iowa 

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Subject: Fwd: Make Bird Conservation a Priority in Congress!
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:37:02 -0600
From: American Bird Conservancy 
Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 2:01 PM
Subject: Make Bird Conservation a Priority in Congress!
To: Iowa Audubon 




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Right now, Congress is working on a budget and bills to fund the government
for this year. *There is a risk Congress may slash even the most effective
bird conservation programs.*

The timing couldn't be worse. *Migratory birds are in trouble:* Habitat
loss and other threats are causing dramatic population declines in species
like Blackburnian Warbler (shown). Birds are sensitive indicators of
overall environmental health, and the decline of migratory birds signals a
potential crisis that Congress must act now to reverse.

In addition, we anticipate numerous budget amendments to cut conservation
programs and eliminate environmental protections. One of the “riders”
would *prohibit
funding Endangered Species Act protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse. *This
would leave the species wihtout a safety net as its numbers rapidly decline.

*Please act now!* Tell your Senators and Representative: *Make protecting
migratory birds, endangered species, the Greater Sage-Grouse, and other
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Subject: Bald Eagle gathering and Snows
From: "'Julie' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:45:07 -0600
Approximately 150-200+ eagles were gathered at the MidAmerica power plant ponds 
(and former pond, now filled in) south of Council Bluffs early Tuesday morning. 
Go to Lake Manawa for safer viewing early early or into the evening. 


Also tens-of-thousands of snow geese were moving from field to field on Monday 
in Fremont county. Go to my Facebook at Anderson Nature Photo for a video that 
will give some idea as to their numbers (I can't embed it here). Always 
impressive no matter how many times you see it. 


PS-Who has contact information for MidAmerica's Council Bluffs person who 
grants access onto their property for closer viewing? Thank you for sharing the 
information. 


Julie Anderson 


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Subject: (No sighting) Request for applications - IOU Projects Grants
From: "Tyler M. Harms" <tyharms AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:31:11 -0600
Birders,

The IOU Projects Committee is currently accepting applications for our 2017
Special Projects Grants through March 31, 2017.  Interested parties can
view the procedures for submitting an application by visiting the below
link and selecting "Projects":

http://www.iowabirds.org/IOU/Committees.aspx

Any questions about the grants or the application process can be directed
to Tyler Harms, Projects Committee Chair.  Please forward this to anyone
who may be interested.

Take care,

Tyler Harms (on behalf of the IOU Projects Committee)
Ames, Story Co.

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Subject: Turkey vulture in Iowa City
From: "Brochu, Christopher A" <chris-brochu AT uiowa.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:53:40 +0000
I just saw one soaring over the near east side.

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Subject: Downtown Des Moines birding
From: John Bissell <John.N.Bissell AT EMCIns.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:22:33 -0600
 From a birding standpoint, the past couple days have seemed more like 
March 14 than February 14. Yesterday at Gray's Lake, I saw 2 groups of 
flyover geese which included Greater White-fronted, Cackling, and Snows. 
Also, the lake is about 50% open.

Today at Waterworks Park, I saw a FOY Killdeer.

Good birding,
John Bissell
Grimes
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Subject: Swan lake johnson county
From: Seth Dudley <sethdudley84 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:17:08 +0000
Just scoped hundreds of greater white fronted geese along with some Canadas and 
cackling on swan lake at hawkeye wma. Also present dozens of malards a dozen 
Pintail and a couple of gadwalls. 


Seth Dudley
Iowa City


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Subject: Wood Ducks, Brenton Slough, Dallas Co.
From: Pam Allen <2birders AT hickorytech.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:30:49 -0600
Hi all,
Reid and I stopped at Brenton Slough and Marsh Farm Wetland, both in Dallas 
Co., and at Brenton Slough there was a pair of Wood Ducks, along with several 
hundred Canadian Geese, a few Cackling Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, 
Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, and many Mallards. 

At Marsh Farm Wetland, there were many more Greater White-fronted Geese, 3 
Trumpeter Swans, lots of Canadian Geese, Mallards, Pintails, a few Gadwalls, a 
Northern Harrier and a couple of Bald Eagles. 

Good Birding!
Pam Allen
West Des Moines, IA

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