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2 Apr Brown Thrasher- Washington County [Fawn Bowden ]
2 Apr Spring ["Jane Clark" ]
2 Apr Spring [Virginia McKenzie ]
2 Apr Fish Crow [Reid Allen ]
2 Apr Poweshiek Co birds: ["Bob & Connie" ]
2 Apr Fish Crow [Reid Allen ]
2 Apr Common Loons - Linn County []
2 Apr Trying to send possible Fish Crow photo again [John And Anna Bissell ]
2 Apr Possible Fish Crow Photo [John And Anna Bissell ]
2 Apr Possible Fish Crow at Saylorville [John And Anna Bissell ]
1 Apr Golden-crowned Kinglet NW Story County [Sue Yeakel ]
1 Apr House Wren [Karen Viste-Sparkman ]
1 Apr April Fool out birding ["Lee Schoenewe" ]
1 Apr March Big Day 2017--sorry for the late post [Paul Roisen ]
1 Apr Horned Grebe continues Ada Hayden Park [Tyler Grant ]
1 Apr Loggerhead Shrikes, Cone Marsh ["'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" ]
1 Apr Ducks in Ida County [Don Poggensee ]
1 Apr Pileated Woodpeckers and Hellaborus [d5169 via IA-BIRD ]
1 Apr cone marsh bobwhite ["Brochu, Christopher A" ]
1 Apr Black Scoter [T J ]
1 Apr American Pipits, Johnson Co. ["'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" ]
1 Apr Cinnamon Teal--yes [John And Anna Bissell ]
1 Apr Smith's Longspurs, east of Lone Tree ["'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" ]
31 Mar Ledges State Park Cinnamon Teal - Directions [uphawkeye ]
1 Apr Cinnamon Teal still present [Jacob Wiese ]
1 Apr Lots of Pelicans and more [cindy wilson ]
1 Apr Boone-Story-Polk birds today [Douglas Harr ]
01 Apr A crowning achievement [drbeel ]
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 ]

Subject: Brown Thrasher- Washington County
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:02:55 -0700 (PDT)
FOY Brown Thrasher singing his heart out this morning in Washington County.

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA

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Subject: Spring
From: "Jane Clark" <jrclark AT radiks.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 14:17:43 -0500
After watching Brown Creepers out my kitchen window since they arrived last 
fall, I haven’t seen one for two days. However, a Song Sparrow or two have 
arrived and White-throated Sparrows that have been absent since December have 
returned. And a Golden-crowned Kinglet put on a good show late this morning. 


 

Jane Clark

Clive

Western Polk County

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Subject: Spring
From: Virginia McKenzie <vmmack AT outlook.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:41:47 +0000
Spring has come to Tama Co., a Goldfinch in bright breeding plumage visited our 
feeders this afternoon! We have had several pairs over the last couple of weeks 
but none were bright yellow. It sure did light up a dreary Sunday. 

Virginia McKenzie

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Subject: Fish Crow
From: Reid Allen <2birders AT hickorytech.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:13:43 -0500
Just now at Cherry Glen/Saylorville on beach north of parking lot.

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Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Subject: Poweshiek Co birds:
From: "Bob & Connie" <crvanersvelde AT iowatelecom.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:12:51 -0500
Rock Creek Lake on Sunday Morning       Bob Van Ersvelde   Grinnell
shovelers 100+
ruddy ducks  50-75 
gadwalls   few 
mallards
lesser scaup down to 50-75 from 300
5-10 white pelicans
4 piedbilled grebes
north of lake on ponds were
blue-wing teal
green-wing teal   100+
no sandhills
5 red-breasted mergansers

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Subject: Fish Crow
From: Reid Allen <2birders AT hickorytech.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:57:36 -0500
At 11:30 it flew north from Cherry Glen area.  Not relocated yet.

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West Des Moines, Iowa

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Subject: Common Loons - Linn County
From: <etushar AT fmtcs.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:29:11 -0500
As of 10:00 am, there were two Common Loons close to the dam at Palo’s 
Pleasant Creek Recreation Area. 


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Subject: Trying to send possible Fish Crow photo again
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:26:23 -0500

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Subject: Possible Fish Crow Photo
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:24:38 -0500
Please see attached. It appeared smaller when I was scoping it.

Good birding 
John Bissell
Grimes

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Subject: Possible Fish Crow at Saylorville
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:21:08 -0500
I am currently at Cherry Glen where I recorded the call of a smallish Crow on 
the north end where the pavement turned to gravel. I have attached the 
recording. Unfortunately a guy in a truck with dogs drove up that way and drove 
the crow further north towards oak grove. I think it's still in the area and 
will try to relocate it. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts on the 
recording. The call is at the 10 second mark as well as the end. I will send a 
follow up post with a photo. 


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John Bissell
Grimes

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Subject: Golden-crowned Kinglet NW Story County
From: Sue Yeakel <sueyeakel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 07:33:29 -0500
Birders,
We just saw a perky little kinglet working our privet hedge this morning!
First ever for me.
Rejoicing, Sue Yeakel
NW Story County

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Subject: House Wren
From: Karen Viste-Sparkman <vistesparrow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 15:12:16 -0500
This morning Stuart and I were surprised to see a HOUSE WREN along the Des
Moines River in Des Moines. It was silent, but hopped around in the bare
branches of some shrubs, so we got clear looks. The long tail and lighter
color ruled out Winter Wren.

Karen Viste-Sparkman
Des Moines
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Subject: April Fool out birding
From: "Lee Schoenewe" <lschoe AT smunet.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:22:34 -0500
Sometimes by the end of March I have hit 100 species for the year here in
northwest Iowa but more often than not I have not.  Yesterday I was at 95
species so this morning I took a long walk along the old railroad
right-of-way next to the Little Sioux River south of Spencer.  I added lots
of Fox Sparrows, a couple of Swamp Sparrows, nine Golden-crowned Kinglets, a
single Hermit Thrush and three Greater Yellowlegs to my year list.  100
species on the nose!  No foolin'.  Fresh air, good exercise and a nature
escape from reality.  Life doesn't get any better than this!

 

Lee A. Schoenewe

Spencer

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Subject: March Big Day 2017--sorry for the late post
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:42:03 -0500
My friend Nathan Miller, a seriously talented birder, from the Lamoni area
in Decatur County invited me to participate in a attempt to break the March
Big Day record which I think is 102 set awhile back with by the Fuller
brothers and John Ruthenbeck.

Date:  March 31, 2017
Starting Temp 42
End Temp 46
Starting Wind 12-15mph
Ending Wind 3-4mph
Sky overcast all day with one very brief sprinkle
Start time 6:00AM
End time 7:30PM
Counties covered:  Appanoose, Decatur, Ringgold
All three counties had received considerable rain and mud was everywhere..

The AM started off quite well with Eastern Screech and American Woodcock
vocalizing.   Brief run to Kellerton (Ringgold) which sported a
Rough-legged Hawk and 25 or so Greater Prairie Chickens be harassed by two
Northern Harriers.

Back to Decatur County hitting Lake LaShane, Lamoni Sewage Lagoons, Little
River Lake, back to the "Decatur Boys" property, and Nine Eagles State Park.
  Best birding start to a day this year:  52 species by 9:00, 82 by 10:30.

On our way to Rathbun Dam we realized that with all the species we had
gathered we did not have an American Goldfinch yet.  This seemed rather
surprising and a little concerning since we would need every species we
could possibly locate to have a chance.   Mike and Vicki Stephens indicated
that they indeed did have Am Goldfinch but not much else.  A 3 minute stop
snared this species and as it turned out we did not see or hear another
goldfinch all day.

Our first run to Lake Rathbun produced  Snow and Ross's Goose, Horned and
Eared Grebe, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers as well as several Herring
Gulls moving us to *91 species by 2:30PM.*

We had missed Northern Bobwhite in Ringgold and Decatur.  It was getting
late and still 8 species short of 100--which was my original goal since I
had only 99 species total from Jan 1 through March 30.  Nathan on the other
hand would not be satisfied without at least a tie.  Truthfully, I was
tensing up a little as my competitive nature gnawed at my insides  Reality
was beganning to set in and the rest of the day was a real grind with lots
of vehicle miles and walking.

However, considering we had missed Mallard, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar
Waxwing, Trumpeter Swan, and both expect accipiters and had seen any
shorebirds yet we still optimistic about our chances but daylight and
places to bird were fast decreasing.

Sedan Bottoms was kind of our last chance still needing 11 to tie and 12 to
break the record.  Possible birds:  Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling
Goose, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Northern Pintail--Shorebirds with
possible Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral, Wilson's Snipe--Cooper's
and Sharp-shinned, Barred Owl, and Belted Kingfisher.  If we got them all
we would be successful!  Chipping Sparrow was hoped for but we were kind of
out of habitat for a even an early visit from this species.

Mallard, Hooded Merganser, a Great Egret is perched in a tree, Greater
Yellowlegs, and GWF Goose popped up quickly (96).  As we headed back into
Pool 8 we surprised wonderful views of a (IMHO) late Short-eared Owl (97).
  The Red-shoulded Hawks on Nathan's property were a no show so we tried
for the one that had been down on 590th but no luck.  Birds activity was
dropping rapidly.  As we walked out we were really starting to feel the
weight of not even making 100.  But....  Barred Owl starts vocalizing (98)
and then about 110 Pectorals get up from "who knows where" to get us to
(99).   We are know out of ideas so drive the Sedan Bottom roads a little.
  A lone Northern Pintail (100) flies over with a bunch of teal and
mallards.  Then a couple of Cacking Goose show up in a hidden pond (101).
My stomach unknots a little since 100 feels so much better than 99.   S*o
why is that we do not feel the same way when we go to the store??   Doesn't
1.99 seem much cheaper than 2.00 dollars.  Yep I am still tired from last
night.*

Still not Belted Kingfisher.  *We have seen more ponds and crossed more
creeks, steams, and rivers than Noah's Ark and NO Belted Kingfisher*!  No
accipiters, no snipe, no swans, no sandhill crane, no lesser yellowlegs, on
Canvasback.  It is 6:30 and with the overcast it is getting to then end of
the day.

Head back towards Decatur and hope to see an accipiter or swan or
canvasback along the road?  we only need ONE to tie!!  As we come through
Centerville my Subaru balks at heading home and unexpectedly heads to the
Rathbun.   Hum, why not we have would have about 20 minutes of reasonable
light on the lake.   Nothing new on the lake.   We approach the north end
of the dam (no one is coming) so we pause and scan.   Nathen remarks that
there are possibly some small gulls up by the Marina but maybe then are
just far away.  We speed over there as the light is fading past.  As we
park we immediately notice a Bonaparte's Gull (102) then 2, 3, 6.  We count
16.   High 5's are exchanged as we have at least tied the record.  A couple
more small Gulls.  Can't make them out.  Get out scope.  Two more
Bonaparte's Gull "No 3 NO that's a Franklin's YES two more. We are 103.
Emotionally worn out we pack up and head out to drop off Nathan.

Amazing moment of the day for me  I hear a Red-Shouldered Hawk scream
except is seems very muted and has a slightly different timber but yet it
does not sound far away.  I hear it again and stop and listen and Nathan
just says that is a Blue Jay.  On this point I am skeptical but I hear a
gain and sure enough it was a Blue Jay.   When the Red-shoulded pair were
there at least one of the Blue Jay's leaned to mimic it incredibly well.  I
had never heard such an accurate vocalization as that from this species.

850 miles in 36 hours--with actual Big Day vehicle miles of 320 and about 4
miles of walking made for a very tired Paul by the time he returned to
Sioux City at 3AM Saturday.

Shock of today.   We did not have a checklist with us so wrote everything
down on a large pad.   This morning when I transferred the list to a
checklist I found we had forgot to write down our sightings of American
Tree Sparrow on the MAIN list.   So 104 it is.

A great thanks to Nathan who has incredible ability to identify chips and
calls and songs from many many of the species

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>*

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Subject: Horned Grebe continues Ada Hayden Park
From: Tyler Grant <tgrant77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:31:02 -0500
I birded all morning and added 34 species to my yearly list.

Added Cinnamon Teal, both kinglets, brown creeper, Eastern Phoebe and fox
sparrows at Ledge SP.

Checked Harrier Marsh, Slater treatment ponds, Sandpiper Rec Area. Got some
Red-breasted Mergansers at the dam pullouts.

All the way back at Roland Wildlife Area, the vegetation seems too high for
longspurs this year, but Savannah Sparrows are a dime a dozen.  Saw some
sandpipers that were probably pectoral, but couldn't get a good look.

A pair of horned grebes continues at Ada Hayden Park in Story County, right
in front of the all the fishermen at the parking lot.  Got great views.

Tyler Grant
Ames

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrikes, Cone Marsh
From: "'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:42:18 -0500
Last but not least for today's bird sightings -- a pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES 
was working the usual shrike area along T Avenue in the SE corner of Cone 
Marsh, Louisa County. 


Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids


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Subject: Ducks in Ida County
From: Don Poggensee <donpog AT netllc.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:09:56 -0500
Hi,
 I did a quick check on the duck migration here in Ida county. A Crawford Creek 
lots of Mallards, several Pintails, lots of N.shovelers, lot of L Scaups, two 
Ruddy ducks, & Blue-winged teal, and several Canvasback. 

 Moorehead Park Lake had Shovelers, L. Scaups, Mallards, several Pied-billed 
Grebe., three Wood Ducks, and one Beautiful Male Horned Grebe. Light was poor 
but a fair photo. 


Don

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Subject: Pileated Woodpeckers and Hellaborus
From: d5169 via IA-BIRD <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:56:48 -0500
2 Pileated Woodpeckers
Song Sparrow
Eastern Phoebe
Both Kinglets
And Hellaborus 
Stalking photos of Pileated

Dick Sayles
BUffalo Ia
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Subject: cone marsh bobwhite
From: "Brochu, Christopher A" <chris-brochu AT uiowa.edu>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 20:14:11 +0000
I fllushed a small covey of bobwhite on the west side of Cone Marsh this 
morning. 



Christopher A. Brochu
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Environmental Sciences 

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Subject: Black Scoter
From: T J <stsparrow47 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:49:44 -0500
One Black Scoter and one Common Loon off swim beach at Honey Creek Resort.
Appanoose County this p.m. This where 12 had been reported. Tom
Johnson.Mystic, Ia

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Subject: American Pipits, Johnson Co.
From: "'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:54:59 -0500
Farther south on Wapello (between 660th and 680th -- see Smith's Longspurs post 
for directions) -- there is a small flock of AMERICAN PIPITS on east side of 
road in bare field. These are farther out from road than the longspurs were, 
and the heat distortion makes finding them very difficult. Luckily I saw them 
in flight and landing. 


Also have seen a couple of VESPER SPARROWS and a mixed flick of blackbirds that 
included RUSTY along Wapello. 


Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal--yes
From: John And Anna Bissell <john.annabissell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:12:59 -0500
Still present at 9 this Saturday morning. Also present we're both Kinglets, 
many Wood Ducks, and Blue-winged Teal 


Good birding 
John Bissell
Grimes

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Subject: Smith's Longspurs, east of Lone Tree
From: "'Diana Pesek' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:40:01 -0500
There is a small flock of ~50 SMITH'S LONGSPURS just south of the intersection 
of Highway 22 and Wapello in Johnson County. This is east of Lone Tree. 


A few are starting to tradition to breeding plumage, but not quite there yet. 
Scope helpful to find them in the corn stubble on the west side, although they 
have also been flying across the road and can be seen that way with binocs. 


 They just flew to the east side of the road in a group and are now in the bare 
field on the east side. 


Diana Pesek
Cedar Rapids

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Subject: Ledges State Park Cinnamon Teal - Directions
From: uphawkeye <uphawkeye AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:05:44 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings!

I received a couple of inquiries for specific directions to the location of 
the Cinnamon Teal currently (at least as of 6:15 PM on Fri 3/31) at Ledges 
State Park in Boone County, so in case anyone else was interested in seeing 
it and would like a little more information on how to find it, I have 
prepared the following:

You can input the GPS coordinates:

Latitude: 41.99648607
Longitude: -93.89266166

into your preferred mapping application, or follow these directions:

From the intersection of US 30 and S. Story St. in Boone, IA, turn south on 
S. Story St. and continue for ~3/4 of a mile until you come to a 
T-intersection. Turn Right (West) onto Oriole Rd. (Hwy 160). Follow Oriole 
Rd for 2.9 miles west and then follow the bend around to the south down the 
hill until you pass through the entrance marker for Ledges State Park which 
is made out of large limestone blocks. You have arrived! The pond that the 
CITE has been in is immediately south of the limestone marker on the right 
(west). If you get to the intersection of Oriole RD and the end of the 
canyon road (250th St.) and a parking lot you have gone too far. The CITE 
is very active and moves in and out of cover, so if you don't see it 
immediately, be patient. He may still be there and could very well show up 
soon.

Eric Ollie
Ames

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal still present
From: Jacob Wiese <jwiese66 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:49:28 +0000
At 11:45 the Cinnamon teal is still present



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Subject: Lots of Pelicans and more
From: cindy wilson <birdercw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:57:44 -0700 (PDT)
4-1-17 At Wilson Island State Park (Western Iowa) and on the road to there 
(DeSoto Ave) we saw:
200+ Pelicans
Great Blue Heron
Wood Ducks
Canada Geese
Shovelers
Meadow Larks
A Flock of mixed blackbirds: 
Grackles, 
Red Winged Blackbirds, 
Yellow Headed Black Birds
Eastern Kingbird
Killdeer

~Cindy Wilson

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Subject: Boone-Story-Polk birds today
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:06:57 -0500
I made a 5.5 hour loop from Ogden through Boone Co., Story Co. & northern
Polk Co. today (with an occasional short hike) and ended up with 56 bird
species--my best day of the year so far.  Most were common species everyone
has been seeing the past few weeks, but I managed 2 FOY finds, both at
McCoy Wildlife Area, on the SE side of Ledges State Park.  Taking a short
walk down the road from the parking area, I found a *Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker *on an field edge oak tree*,* and about 50 meters further south,
at the edge of main timber, was a flock of 9 *Fox Sparrows*.  Also I saw
the Cinnamon Teal for the 5th consecutive day.

Doug Harr
Ogden

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Subject: A crowning achievement
From: drbeel <drbeel AT mchsi.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:49:50 -0500
    

It seems like only yesterday that no one asked me if I was taking my 
occasionally annual trip to Tongueinshiek County.  Well, today I did just 
that, focusing on the NE quadrant of the SW section, ie, the central portion of 
the county. 

As has become the norm, I found an unbelievable group of birds, each of them a 
first state record for Iowa.  

---  White-crowned Pigeon ---  Red-crowned Parrot ---  Violet-crowned 
Hummingbird ---  Gray-crowned Yellowthroat---  Golden-crowned Warbler --- 
 Rufous-crowned Sparrow  

As always, documentations will be forwarded to the IOU Bird Records Committee. 
 Because I'm on the committee, I will of course recuse myself and enjoy an 
adult beverage.  

Happy April to all Iowa birders. 
Bill Scheible Cedar Rapids 




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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!!!

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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
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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
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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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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


Adam Ciha
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!

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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

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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