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Blackpoll Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

29 Mar Grebes [T J ]
29 Mar Cinnamon Teal Continues [Reid Allen ]
28 Mar PILEATED WOODPECKER, GOLDEN EAGLE, and GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE in NW Iowa: ["Tucker J. Lutter" ]
28 Mar Swan Lake/Sand Point area this AM [Brandon Caswell ]
28 Mar Otter Creek Marsh, Tama Co. [Randall Scheiner ]
28 Mar Greene County birds [Douglas Harr ]
28 Mar Iowa City eastern phoebe ["Brochu, Christopher A" ]
28 Mar re: Louisiana Waterthrush [Ellen Fuller ]
28 Mar Cinnamon Teal Ledges SP [Larry Dau ]
28 Mar Many ducks at Hendrickson Marsh [Osness ]
28 Mar Louisiana Waterthrush [Ellen Fuller ]
28 Mar Kellerton visit ["Dennis Thompson" ]
28 Mar Field Sparrows-Wapello County [Seth Chamberlain ]
27 Mar Re: American Woodcock []
27 Mar Dunbar area today ["Dennis Thompson" ]
27 Mar Golden Eagle at George Wyth S.P. [Tommy Stone ]
27 Mar Shorebirding at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area [Jim Forde ]
27 Mar Muscatine - Yellow-rumped warbler, Palm Warbler [David Griffin ]
27 Mar American Woodcock []
27 Mar Birding vs shopping in Boone & Story counties [Douglas Harr ]
27 Mar Yellow-rumped warbler -- Saylorville Lake [Diane Dentlinger ]
27 Mar Great Egrets in Mahaska County [Seth Chamberlain ]
27 Mar Pigeon Creek Park, Bettendorf [robinsondonaldg ]
27 Mar Iowa Bird Life Editor Needed! ["Ann Johnson" ]
25 Mar Tufted Titmouse / Swan Lake, State Park. [Shaun Chandler ]
27 Feb Muscatine Co., American Woodcock [David Griffin ]
27 Feb Re: Need help deciding on a new scope [Adam Ciha ]
26 Feb Appanoose County [stsparrow47 ]
26 Feb Appanoose County [T J ]
26 Feb Need help deciding on a new scope [Jeanne Hedges ]
26 Feb Poweshiek Co birds ["Bob & Connie" ]
26 Feb Butler county ["Rita Goranson" ]
25 Feb Story County - Hendrickson Marsh [Eric Ollie ]
25 Feb Poweshiek Co birds ["Bob & Connie" ]
25 Feb Unknown bird [Jacob Wiese ]
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 ]

Subject: Grebes
From: T J <stsparrow47 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:03:37 -0500
At least one Eared Grebe and few Horned Grebes at the Rathbun dam this a.m.
Tom Johnson Appanoose County

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal Continues
From: Reid Allen <2birders AT hickorytech.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:19:56 -0500
Rainy, but still present on Lower Ledges road south of entrance to Camp 
Hantessa. 

Thanks Larry Dau for finding it!  Great image!!!

iPhone Mail
Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Subject: PILEATED WOODPECKER, GOLDEN EAGLE, and GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE in NW Iowa:
From: "Tucker J. Lutter" <lutter AT wiatel.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:35:14 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Birders,
 I heard a PILEATED WOODPECKER yesterday (March 27th) at the Dorothy Pecaut 
Nature Center in Woodbury County. It was located to the east of Kestrel Point 
and northwest of Mount Lucia (landmarks found on the nature center map). 


 There was an adult GOLDEN EAGLE one mile north of Turin in Monona County this 
morning. It flew west over the Loess Hills WMA towards Davi7s Wetland. 


   A GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE was at Table Marsh in Woodbury County this evening.

Tucker Lutter 
Bronson, IA

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Subject: Swan Lake/Sand Point area this AM
From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:24:51 -0500
Birders,

Dean Hester and I had a diverse list walking from the new Sand Point
parking lot and back.

Notables:
-singing Winter and Carolina Wrens at the old Sand Point parking lot
-singing Field Sparrow at old Sand Point parking lot
-continuing Long-billed Dowitcher (by date) east of Sand Point
-Wilson's Snipe, Baird's and Pectoral Sandpipers, and both yellowlegs
(there were presumably hundreds of yellowlegs in the NE corner of the "big
pool", which can be viewed at various spots along the Highway 965 bridge
area, between the intersection of Amana Road and the bridge, look west)
-Snow Geese at Swan Lake (I also had flyovers on my way south this AM and
saw flyovers this PM on my way back to Marion)

-ALSO, we ended up tracking a coyote out to the end of the point and sure
enough it sprang out and ran closely around us
-we found a flake too (Native American cultural object...the trained
archaeology in me!); I've found flakes while birding at Cone Marsh, Otter
Creek, and Hawkeye WMA to name a few places

Good birding,
Brandon Caswell
Marion

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Subject: Otter Creek Marsh, Tama Co.
From: Randall Scheiner <randall.scheiner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:04:49 -0600
This evening 10,000+ blackbirds were settling into the marsh. Both Brewer's
and Rusty were among the crowd.

Trumpeter Swans and Sandhill Cranes were present.

Randall Scheiner
Ely, IA

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Subject: Greene County birds
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:44:20 -0500
I birded Dunbar Slough and surrounding areas this afternoon, then followed
the Raccoon River between Scanton & Jefferson back home.  Here are some of
the interesting birds I found in Greene Co:

*Pectoral Sandpiper *(FOY)--14 on north tract of Dunbar Slough along Co.
Hwy. N58
*Lesser Yellowlegs* (FOY)--3 on north tract of Dunbar along Co. Hwy. N58
*Northern Harrier*--at total of 5 on for different tracts of Dunbar Slough
*Red-tailed Hawk* --female on nest about 2 miles east of Dunbar Slough
*Savanna Sparrow-*-at least 8 on main tract of Dunbar Slough (4 in one
mixed flock with 2 Song Sparrows and 3 American Tree Sparrows)
*Eastern Phoebe* (FOY)--1 at McMahon Access to the Raccoon River west of
Jefferson

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Subject: Iowa City eastern phoebe
From: "Brochu, Christopher A" <chris-brochu AT uiowa.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:07:33 +0000
There was an eastern phoebe singing on the UI campus in Iowa City this morning 
- east bank of the Iowa River by the Hancher footbridge. 


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: re: Louisiana Waterthrush
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:02:28 -0500
I forgot to sign the Louisiana Waterthrush message.
Chuck Fuller
Burlington

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal Ledges SP
From: Larry Dau <lgdau9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:01:21 -0500
I had a tip from someone yesterday that their son found a Cinnamon Teal in
Ledges State Park, Boone Co.  I looked yesterday and did not find him.
Looked again just a bit ago and did find him. He appears pretty pure.  I
think full Cinnamon.  Just a little darkness on the head.  Lighting was
horrible and I had to lighten photos attached a little.
Location Lower Ledges. .
Larry Dau
Boone Co,

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Subject: Many ducks at Hendrickson Marsh
From: Osness <ravenbuddhanow AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:08:34 -0700 (PDT)
This morning at Hendrickson Marsh I estimate that there were over 2 
thousand ducks; more than half were Ring-necked ducks. There was also a 
mixed flock of Snow and White-fronted geese. My most interesting "sighting" 
was at one location where I kept hearing what sounded a little like peeping 
frogs. I finally determined that the sound was coming from a group of about 
40 Green-winged Teal! A Phoebe was present as well as 5 Cowbirds and 21 
Tree Swallows. 
Nick Osness
Ames

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush
From: Ellen Fuller <cfuller989 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:54:29 -0500
This AM I had my earliest sighting ever of a Louisiana Waterthrush at Geode
St. Park at the stone bridge at the N. end of the lake (Henry County). Many
other new arrivals including many Yellow-rumped Warblers.

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Subject: Kellerton visit
From: "Dennis Thompson" <cndthomps AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:51:55 -0500
The Armstrongs and I made our annual visit to the prairie chicken lek at
Kellerton in Ringgold County.  We started off near their home with AMERICAN
WOODCOCK and EASTERN SCREEH-OWL at Badger Creek Lake.  Shortly after, two
NORTHERN BOBWHITE flew in front of the car.  Once we got to Kellerton
Grasslands, 17 male GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS and at least 6 hens were at the
lek.  A LOGGGERHEAD SHRIKE was just south of Highway 2 on the lek road
(300th Ave).  While heading back on Highway 2, a PEREGRINE FALCON flew
overhead.  Despite the dreary weather, it was a good outing.

 

Closer to home, an OSPREY has returned to a cell tower at NW Beaver Drive
and the entrance road to Saylorville Dam.

 

Denny Thompson

Johnston

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Subject: Field Sparrows-Wapello County
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:51:29 -0500
This morning I saw and heard 3 Field Sparrows just south of Chillicothe.

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Subject: Re: American Woodcock
From: 12mercer34 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:32:37 -0700 (PDT)
Zach Mercer
Fonda, IA

On Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:08:33 PM UTC-5, 12mer... AT gmail.com wrote:
>
> Today in my grove, I saw what looked like a really small Ring-Necked 
> Pheasant with a really long bill. As i got closer, I realized that it was 
> not a pheasant, but an American Woodcock. I tried to get pictures, but I 
> flew away whenever I got close to it. Also, I saw my first Vesper Sparrow.
>

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Subject: Dunbar area today
From: "Dennis Thompson" <cndthomps AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:39:11 -0500
This morning, I birded around Dunbar Slough in Greene and Guthrie counties.
16 species of waterfowl with some impressive counts.  I counted/estimated
960 Ring-necked Ducks just in the Hunter Tract!  A few Smith's Longspurs
were still in the field at the south end of the Hunter Tract, but I didn't
spend much time on them.  9 Rusty Blackbirds were at Willow Wildlife Area
and FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet was as McCord Pond.  My best bird was a Gray
Partridge at the new public area by Willow Wildlife Area along B Avenue
between 310th and 320th.  Does anyone know the name of this area?  It's a
sizable grassland with a few ponds.  It appears to be managed by the state.

 

Denny Thompson

Johnston

 

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Subject: Golden Eagle at George Wyth S.P.
From: Tommy Stone <tomtazzstone AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:26:53 -0700 (PDT)
This afternoon, I watched an adult Golden Eagle soaring near the Canfield area 
and then again at Brinker lake. 


Good birding, 
Tommy Stone, Waterloo 

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Subject: Shorebirding at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area
From: Jim Forde <jimforde AT q.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:16:46 -0400 (EDT)
 For the first time this season it felt like real shorebirding, with numbers in 
the hundreds around Hawkeye and Coralville Lake. 

Habitat couldn't be better and I expect thousands of shorebirds soon, but 
unfortunately of limited variety. East of Sand Point had the best concentration 
of 8 species I noted today. 


 1 Long-billed Dowitcher (by date) 
 3 Least Sandpipers
 1 Am. Golden-Plover
 1 Great Egret (flyover)

 Jim Forde 

 Cedar Rapids 


 


  
 

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Subject: Muscatine - Yellow-rumped warbler, Palm Warbler
From: David Griffin <birdingnm AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:21:00 -0500
I visited the Mad Creek Greenbelt Park (one of my regular local patches)
today in Muscatine and found a previously reported (Susan Nixon) palm
warbler singing and foraging near the parking area.

Along the creek I also found a calling and singing yellow-rumped warbler,
numerous Eastern phoebes, lots of golden-crowned kinglets, brown creepers,
a swamp sparrow, and several FOS Eastern towhees (sing/calling).

Full checklist is on eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35472905

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David
Muscatine, IA

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Subject: American Woodcock
From: 12mercer34 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:08:33 -0700 (PDT)
Today in my grove, I saw what looked like a really small Ring-Necked 
Pheasant with a really long bill. As i got closer, I realized that it was 
not a pheasant, but an American Woodcock. I tried to get pictures, but I 
flew away whenever I got close to it. Also, I saw my first Vesper Sparrow.

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Subject: Birding vs shopping in Boone & Story counties
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:53:48 -0500
On my way to do some shopping in Ames today I took a long back-route to see
what I could find for birds.  First I went up to Bjorkboda Marsh, NW of
Ames on the Boone Co. line.  Two mi. SW of the marsh I found 2* Savanna
Sparrows *(FOY) on a fenceline, 1 mi. W of Bjorkboda were 10 *Rusty
Blackbirds *in some dead trees, and SE of Bjorkboda I found a *Loggerhead
Shrike* (FOY) on a fenceline on the north side of 110th Street, 1/4 mi.
west of its junction with Iowa Hwy 17.  Then on into Ames and stopped at
Ada Hayden Lake, where I observed 3 *Horned Grebes.*

The birding was much more fun than the shopping!

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Subject: Yellow-rumped warbler -- Saylorville Lake
From: Diane Dentlinger <dianedentlinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:25:37 -0500
Late this morning I had one yellow-rumped warbler below the dam at
Saylorville Lake.  There were also ruby & golden-crowned kinglets and many
eastern Phoebe.
Diane Dentlinger
Polk Co.

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Subject: Great Egrets in Mahaska County
From: Seth Chamberlain <sethachamberlain AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:22:13 -0500
I just observed 2 Great Egrets NW of Eddyville on the south side of HWY 163
E. They were working a small pond close to the Wapello County line.

Seth Chamberlain
Ames, IA

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Subject: Pigeon Creek Park, Bettendorf
From: robinsondonaldg <robinsondonaldg AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:45:05 -0500
FOY Eastern Towhee and Swamp Sparrow
Don Robinson, Scott Co.

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Subject: Iowa Bird Life Editor Needed!
From: "Ann Johnson" <aj AT hologrambirds.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:07:30 -0500
One of the most important purposes of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union, and in
fact unique to it, is to "collect and preserve knowledge on the occurrence
of birds in Iowa". This preservation is accomplished through the publication
of our quarterly journal which has been in existence since 1931. Adding to
this 85 year history is in jeopardy without some volunteer help. The IOU
Publications Committee has extended the application date to May 1 (see
http://iowabirds.org/IOU/IBL.aspx).

 

We are asking for a maximum commitment of five years (20 issues) from either
an individual or an editorial team of 2-3 people who would share the
responsibilities for producing the journal. Please read the requirements
referenced above, give it some thought, and fire away with any questions.
Email sent to pubs AT iowabirds.org   will go to all
committee members to try to answer your questions.

 

Ann Johnson, IOU Publications Committee Chair

Norwalk, IA

 

 

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Subject: Tufted Titmouse / Swan Lake, State Park.
From: Shaun Chandler <shaunrchandler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:56:51 -0500
In the the 15 years I've been birding this park and considering the limited 
wooded area, this is the first time I've seen or heard a Tufted Titmouse. 


Shaun Chandler
Carroll 

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Subject: Muscatine Co., American Woodcock
From: David Griffin <birdingnm AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:30:05 -0600
I had my first couple of American woodcocks yesterday evening here in
Muscatine.  One was calling and one was flying around in broad circles.

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Subject: Re: Need help deciding on a new scope
From: Adam Ciha <adamciha AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:36:30 -0800 (PST)
These start a little higher than mentioned, but also come with a lifetime 
warranty-you break it, they replace it!  and the few times I've talked 
with/dealt with their company, I have been very pleased with the 
interactions/responses.  I have the former generation of the Razor HD and 
love it!!!  May be worth a look? Several area sporting good stores carry 
Vortex lines now.

http://www.vortexoptics.com/category/spotting_scopes

http://www.vortexoptics.com/content/vip_warranty


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Hills, Iowa

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Subject: Appanoose County
From: stsparrow47 <stsparrow47 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:15:57 -0600
I had my first turkey vulture today. Yesterday we had all normal woodpeckers in 
our yard except for Red-headed W.P. Both male and female Pileated were present. 
6 Rusty Blackbirds and a few Grackles were here also. We only had an inch of 
snow but helped with the birds. TomJohnson Mystic Iowa 


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Subject: Appanoose County
From: T J <stsparrow47 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:34:02 -0600
I had my first Turkey Vulture today. Yesterday with our big snowfall of 1
inch brought in all woodpecker species normal for Iowa in our yard except
for Red-head. Both male and female Pileated were present.  Also present
were my first Rustys and Grackles for a while. The Lark Bunting did not
return to Mike Stephens yard with the snow. Tom Johnson Mystic Iowa

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Subject: Need help deciding on a new scope
From: Jeanne Hedges <gentlepartings AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:29:17 -0800 (PST)
My current scope, a Celestron, has already fallen apart after less than 2 
years.  Very disappointing.  I feel I should step up just a little but I 
have to say I can't afford anything much more expensive.  Can anyone 
recommend a scope in the $200-300 range?  Thank you!

Jeanne

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Subject: Poweshiek Co birds
From: "Bob & Connie" <crvanersvelde AT iowatelecom.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:49:46 -0600
Rock Creek Lake on Sunday at 4:00.   Bob Van Ersvelde   Grinnell
90-100 ringbilled gulls
8 – 10 bald eagles
4 green-winged teal FOY
15 –20 gadwalls
200  mallards
100 scaup
100 ringneck ducks
30 canvasbacks
30 –40 redheads
2 red-breasted mergansers
10 –15 hooded mergansers
6 buffleheads
no goldeneyes or common mergansers
10-15 pintails
belted kingfisher FOY

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Subject: Butler county
From: "Rita Goranson" <ritag AT mchsi.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:48:55 -0600
Big Marsh in Butler County was full of waterfowl today.  All species of
geese, including a Ross' and thousands of White-fronted were found besides
at least 16 species of duck.  It was fun seeing the area so full of water.
Many times Big Marsh is mostly dry.  There were about fifteen eagles in the
area, also, a Blue Heron and a Belted Kingfisher.

 

Couldn't find much but Canada Geese in Franklin County.

 

Rita (and Al) Goranson

Mason City, Iowa

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Subject: Story County - Hendrickson Marsh
From: Eric Ollie <uphawkeye AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:21:35 -0600
Birders,

I am currently viewing a large flock of Snow Geese (~7500+) that just
landed at Hendrickson Marsh on the Story/Marshall County border. There are
also ~2500 Greater White-fronted Geese as well as at least 12 other species
of waterfowl in good numbers.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Subject: Poweshiek Co birds
From: "Bob & Connie" <crvanersvelde AT iowatelecom.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:42:02 -0600
Went to Rock Creek Lake late Sat. afternoon.  Bob Van Ersvelde
50 –75 pintail
50 – 75 canvasbacks
500 mallards
200 ringnecks
200 scaup
20 buffleheads
6 gadwalls
1 goldeneye
15 hooded mergansers
2 red-breasted mergansers
30 redheads
200 ringbilled gulls

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Subject: Unknown bird
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:27:18 +0000
Hey all
I am down in Louisiana doing a little bit of birding and I heard a bird I am 
unfamiliar with. Best way to describe it's call is a high pitched two note 
beep. I compare it to a timer going off "beep beep" "beep beep". The bird was 
up high and with the sun shining so I could not get a good look at it. We are 
at Lake St John in Ferriday, LA. Any thoughts? Thanks Jake 




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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

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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!  

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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:

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> 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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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
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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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