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22 Feb: @ 20:23:12 
Chickasaw County gray partridges [Ryan Shackleton]
22 Feb: @ 18:24:14 
Saw-whet today-Ida County [Don Poggensee]
22 Feb: @ 18:24:14 
Varied Thrush - Butler County ['Pam Allen' via IA-BIRD]
22 Feb: @ 12:43:04 
White-fronts Geese in Central Iowa [Ty Smedes]
22 Feb: @ 11:52:48 
Northern Pintail [alan.orr]
21 Feb: @ 19:26:48 
Hooded Mergansers in Iowa City [Neil Bernstein]
21 Feb: @ 16:11:31 
Iowa RBA: 2-21-20 [John and Anna Bissell]
21 Feb: @ 08:54:30 
Bluebird box cleaning time [weatherbird58]
19 Feb: @ 19:30:13 
Bald Eagle nest [billohde]
19 Feb: @ 14:40:56 
Cooper's Hawk in Des Moines [Seth Chamberlain]
18 Feb: @ 09:50:01 
UI campus bufflehead [Brochu, Christopher A]
18 Feb: @ 09:30:08 
Re: Question about American Tree Sparrows [Neil Bernstein]
17 Feb: @ 18:40:47 
Varied Thrush continues in New Hartford [Dennis Thompson]
17 Feb: @ 16:43:05 
Re: Question about American Tree Sparrows [John and Anna Bissell]
17 Feb: @ 16:12:59 
Question about American Tree Sparrows [Richard Hollis]
16 Feb: @ 19:52:43 
Des Moines River birding [Stuart Sparkman]
16 Feb: @ 15:57:41 
Des Moines Audubon Tuesday [jrclark]
15 Feb: @ 22:43:40 
Re: Re: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county [Clayton Will]
15 Feb: @ 10:16:31 
Re: Re: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county [Bill Tollefson]
15 Feb: @ 08:02:38 
Re: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county [Clayton Will]
14 Feb: @ 17:29:43 
Re: Benton County - Grackle or Rusty Blackbird? [Fawn Bowden]
14 Feb: @ 16:30:00 
RE: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county [Chris Caster]
14 Feb: @ 16:12:10 
Iowa RBA: 2-14-20 [John and Anna Bissell]
14 Feb: @ 11:55:50 
(not an observation) Iowa Audubon small grants deadline [Doug & Nina Harr]
14 Feb: @ 11:05:46 
Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county [Mark Brown]
14 Feb: @ 09:47:59 
Benton County - Grackle or Rusty Blackbird? [Ellen Tushar]
13 Feb: @ 17:32:55 
Red-breasted Nuthatch Buchanan County [wtvandewalle]
13 Feb: @ 16:45:31 
Spotted Towhee returns to Johnston [Dennis Thompson]
12 Feb: @ 18:49:17 
Trumpeters south of Granger Persist [Ty Smedes]
12 Feb: @ 11:14:57 
Red-shouldered Hawk in Cedar Rapids [Brandon Caswell]
11 Feb: @ 19:26:29 
Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler at Saylorville [weatherbird58]
11 Feb: @ 13:56:04 
Yellow-rumped Warbler at Saylorville [Dennis Thompson]
11 Feb: @ 00:06:07 
Sandhill Lake Swans, Woodbury County [William Huser]
10 Feb: @ 13:45:55 
birder in Altoona/Bondurant area ['VisteSparkman, Karen' via IA-BIRD]
10 Feb: @ 12:37:34 
YR warbler - Clarke Co. [Steve Harvey]
09 Feb: @ 23:29:21 
Nesting Bald Eagles + [Ric Zarwell]
09 Feb: @ 16:18:56 
Quad Cities Birding [Chris Caster]
09 Feb: @ 12:25:36 
Eastern Towhee ['Chris Edwards' via IA-BIRD]
09 Feb: @ 09:44:17 
Re: GBH rookery ...almost Iowa [Neil Bernstein]
08 Feb: @ 23:13:27 
Saw-whet Owls today Ida County. [Don Poggensee]
08 Feb: @ 18:03:52 
Where are the Trumpeters? [Joy Harvey]
07 Feb: @ 16:27:54 
(Not an observation) BIRDS: Voice of the Spring [Doug & Nina Harr]
07 Feb: @ 16:22:40 
Iowa RBA: 2-7-20 [John and Anna Bissell]
07 Feb: @ 15:26:18 
Cooper's Hawk seeks cat for a meal? [Doug & Nina Harr]
07 Feb: @ 13:46:51 
new yard bird in Johnston [Dennis Thompson]
07 Feb: @ 08:12:23 
GBH rookery ...almost Iowa [Robert Thorbrogger]
06 Feb: @ 18:23:24 
Tundra Swan, Northern Pintails and a Lesser Scaup at Ada Hayden this morning 2/6/2020 [Clayton Will]
06 Feb: @ 13:34:35 
Boone Co. Golden Eagle and more! [Doug & Nina Harr]
05 Feb: @ 17:46:34 
Boone County - WC Sparrow, Spotted Towhee [Larry Dau]
05 Feb: @ 10:20:41 
2019 lists (No sighting) [John Bissell]





Subject: Chickasaw County gray partridges
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 20:23 pm
From: shack357 AT windstream.net
 
Spotted 3 gray partridges along 110th ST this evening, about a mile and a half west of HWY 63. 50ish yards into the field on the north side of the road. First partridges I've seen in a couple years.Ryan ShackletonAlta Vista, IAChickasaw County



Subject: Saw-whet today-Ida County
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 18:24 pm
From: donpoggensee AT gmail.com
 
HI,
I had three people today wanting to see a Saw-whet. After three hours of looking, I was able to find one in an new area when I had not found one before. They will be leaving in about two weeks
as they have done, in the past 30 year or so in about mid March.

Don

Don Poggensee
174 Lakeview Drive
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088




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Subject: Varied Thrush - Butler County
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 18:24 pm
From: ia-bird AT googlegroups.com
 
Hi all,
Reid and I had a great time in Butler County today finally seeing the Varied Thrush that is visiting the home of Julie and Dave Bright near New Hartford. This bird has been seen by the Bright's since late December of 2019 and they will be sorry when their special visitor heads for "wherever."
Thanks a lot to the Bright's for welcoming so many birders into their home to see this beautiful bird.
Pam & Reid Allen
West Des Moines, IA

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Subject: White-fronts Geese in Central Iowa
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 12:43 pm
From: ty.smedes AT smedesphoto.com
 
I spent about 2 1/2hrs wandering around our Beaver Bottoms Wetland property
this morning. It was no surprise to see hundreds of Canadas (on the ice)
at the adjoining Gun Club property to the north. A pair of Trumpeters also
winged by, along with several Bluebirds, but the harbinger of Spring arrived in
the form of about 40 Greater White-fronted Geese that settled in with the
Canadas. I love their laughing vocalizations and enjoy their burgeoning
numbers, which often climb into the thousands before they leave the Granger
wetlands.


Ty
Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
411 Kings Place
Polk
City
Iowa 50226-1241

www.smedesphoto.com
phone
#515-984-9632

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



Subject: Northern Pintail
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 11:52 am
From: alan.orr AT uni.edu
 
Northern Pintail on Brinker Lake Black Hawk, Co

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Subject: Hooded Mergansers in Iowa City
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 19:26 pm
From: tornataornata AT gmail.com
 
My Winter Ecology class went to the Iowa River Landing this afternoon by
the Iowa Power and Light Company restaurant. There were the usual winter
water birds including about a dozen Herring Gulls. Upstream across from the
new Marriott Convention center was a pair of Hooded Mergansers diving and
displaying close to the ice edge. Not a super rarity, but it was fun to
watch.

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Subject: Iowa RBA: 2-21-20
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 16:11 pm
From: john.annabissell AT gmail.com
 
Iowa RBA birds reported from
Saturday, February 15, through Friday, February 21, 2020:



-RARE Species Mentioned
(documentation required)



NONE





-Additional Species Mentioned

Varied Thrush





***NEW!****************

For more up to date information on rarities in the state of Iowa, visit
the

Iowa Birds and Birding website atwww.iowabirds.org.

************************



Species in ALL CAPS
can be classified into three categories in the state of Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED,
ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species; or 3) record early or late
date or unusual for time of year. Any species with three asterisks
(***species***) would represent a first record for Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should
be observed and documented very carefully. Species with two asterisks
(**species**) are species that are either ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular
species, and should also be documented. Species with one asterisk (*species)
should have some details of the observation provided.



NORTH CENTRAL:



BUTLER COUNTY:

A VARIED THRUSH
continues to be seen at a feeder just outside of New Hartford on the 17th.





~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



The next scheduled
report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday, February 28, 2020 for
the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an
update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

[email protected]

515-423-6108




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Subject: Bluebird box cleaning time
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 8:54 am
From: weatherbird58 AT gmail.com
 
This morning's activity is a reminder (to myself) that it's time to clean
out bluebird boxes or close them up if they were left open for the winter.

Bluebirds must be knowledgeable of the forecast and were/are out early
today (Friday). Before 8 am and still 17 degrees, one was singing in our
linden tree, while in the back of the yard a pair were chasing each other
around the hackberry tree. The pair went out to check a box across the
road. Another bluebird was up on the electric wire, so spring must be in
air, at least for awhile!


A half hour later, the bluebirds were back at the box. The activity brought
in 3 House Sparrows and a starling, so there has been a skirmish already.
Amazing how quick things progress when the days get longer.


Cardinals have been singing for days: 2 below zero, 12 degrees and snowing,
they don't seem to mind.


Karl Jungbluth

2 miles south of Boone

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Subject: Bald Eagle nest
Date: Wed Feb 19 2020 19:30 pm
From: billohde AT gmail.com
 
A new bald eagle nest has been built right next to the DNR parking lot at the end of Lower Dam Road in Winneshiek County, overlooking the Upper Iowa River. An adult was sitting tight in the nest this afternoon. It is in a small grove of white pines just in front and left as one enters the parking lot. It is directly over an informal campsite that is regularly used all spring and summer. The parking lot receives a steady stream of traffic once the weather warms up a bit, but even a fair amount in winter, though the road Is not maintained in winter. Hope these eagles are sociable!

Bill Ohde
Winneshiek County

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Subject: Cooper's Hawk in Des Moines
Date: Wed Feb 19 2020 14:40 pm
From: sethachamberlain AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon I saw a COOPER'S HAWK attack and eat a Rock Pigeon near the intersection of Park and George Flagg in Des Moines.I turned on George Flagg and drove through Waterworks. On a light pole was a beautiful, light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
Seth ChamberlainPolk County




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Subject: UI campus bufflehead
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 9:50 am
From: chris-brochu AT uiowa.edu
 
There was a bufflehead swimming along with a bunch of Canada geese on the Iowa River this morning by the Hancher footbridge.  Not a rare bird necessarily, but they're not commonly seen on campus.

Christopher A. Brochu
Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242 USA
phone 319-353-1808
fax 319-335-1821
email [email protected]

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Subject: Re: Question about American Tree Sparrows
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 9:30 am
From: tornataornata AT gmail.com
 
Hi Rick,
I had my winter ecology class in northern Iowa this weekend, and there were
American Tree Sparrows mixed in with Dark-eyed Juncos.

On Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:12:59 PM UTC-6, Rick Hollis wrote:
>
> I have lived in the same place in rural North Liberty ca 20 years. Every
> year prior I have seen American Tree Sparrows. Usually they do not show up
> under the feeders until we have snow on the ground and it is cold. We have
> now had snow and cold and although my Junco numbers are similar to previous
> years, I have yet to see any American Tree Sparrows.
>
> My house is in the Iowa City CBC Circle and our numbers this year are
> about average from the past 20 years. I am reasonable sure that if I
> walked around the lake sure an field around the res, that I would see some.
> I even more sure that if I drove out to Hawkeye [which I cannot do as the
> roads on the S side are closed] I would easily see some.
>
> What are you folks seeing at or under your feeders?
>
> Rick Hollis
> rural North Liberty IA
>
> 319 665 3141
> 319 541 8085 [mobile]
>
> [email protected]
>
>

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Subject: Varied Thrush continues in New Hartford
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 18:40 pm
From: cndthomps AT gmail.com
 
Julie Bright emailed me another picture of her VARIED THRUSH today. She wanted to let folks know it™s a regular visitor again.
Denny Thompson
Johnston



Subject: Question about American Tree Sparrows
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 16:43 pm
From: john.annabissell AT gmail.com
 
I only see them a couple times in the Winter, and like you, I just see them after a heavy snow. I guess it™s a status quo year for me.
Good birdingJohn BissellGrimes
On Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 4:12 PM Richard Hollis <[email protected]> wrote:
I have lived in the same place in rural North Liberty ca 20 years. Every year prior I have seen American Tree Sparrows. Usually they do not show up under the feeders until we have snow on the ground and it is cold. We have now had snow and cold and although my Junco numbers are similar to previous years, I have yet to see any American Tree Sparrows.
My house is in the Iowa City CBC Circle and our numbers this year are about average from the past 20 years. I am reasonable sure that if I walked around the lake sure an field around the res, that I would see some. I even more sure that if I drove out to Hawkeye [which I cannot do as the roads on the S side are closed] I would easily see some.
What are you folks seeing at or under your feeders?

Rick Hollis
rural North Liberty IA

319 665 3141
319 541 8085 [mobile]

[email protected]









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Subject: Question about American Tree Sparrows
Date: Mon Feb 17 2020 16:12 pm
From: xiboia AT earthlink.net
 
I have lived in the same place in rural North Liberty ca 20 years. Every year prior I have seen American Tree Sparrows. Usually they do not show up under the feeders until we have snow on the ground and it is cold. We have now had snow and cold and although my Junco numbers are similar to previous years, I have yet to see any American Tree Sparrows.
My house is in the Iowa City CBC Circle and our numbers this year are about average from the past 20 years. I am reasonable sure that if I walked around the lake sure an field around the res, that I would see some. I even more sure that if I drove out to Hawkeye [which I cannot do as the roads on the S side are closed] I would easily see some.
What are you folks seeing at or under your feeders?

Rick Hollis
rural North Liberty IA

319 665 3141
319 541 8085 [mobile]

[email protected]



Subject: Des Moines River birding
Date: Sun Feb 16 2020 19:52 pm
From: jacamar29 AT gmail.com
 
Hey I-Birders,   Harney took Karen and me down to the Des Moines River trail for the first time in about a month and the birding was decent, considering it is the middle of February in Iowa. The river was open, so several dozen CACKLING and CANADA GEESE were around, along with a single HOODED MERGANSER and a couple of COMMON GOLDENEYE. Along with the regular nuthatches, woodpeckers, juncos, cardinals, and chickadees, we also had EASTERN BLUEBIRD, about 11 BALD EAGLES, and an unexpected appearance by a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS.
Better birding ahead,
Stuart SparkmanNW Des Moines




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Subject: Des Moines Audubon Tuesday
Date: Sun Feb 16 2020 15:57 pm
From: jrclark AT radiks.net
 
Des Moines Audubon Program
Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m.
Saving Prairies Can Save Grassland Birds
By Doug Harr
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 5110 Franklin Avenue in Des Moines. The Center is just west of Franklin Library. If you have questions about the meeting place or the program, please contact Jane Clark at 515-223-5047 or [email protected] .



Subject: Re: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 22:43 pm
From: willcfish AT gmail.com
 
Ok, thanks Bill!

Clayton WillMadrid
On Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 10:16 AM Bill Tollefson <[email protected]> wrote:
I looked at 10:00 thismorning and wasn't able to locate it.
Bill TollefsonCedar Rapids
On Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 08:02 Clayton Will <[email protected]> wrote:
Does anyone know if this Cinnamon Teal is still present this Saturday 15th?

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:05:44 AM UTC-6, markb249 wrote:Adult male present right now at the Iowa River Power Company Dam in Coralville. Resting with Mallards right below the bridge towards the east side of the river.

Mark Brown
North Liberty





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Subject: Re: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 10:16 am
From: billtollefson6 AT gmail.com
 
I looked at 10:00 thismorning and wasn't able to locate it.
Bill TollefsonCedar Rapids
On Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 08:02 Clayton Will <[email protected]> wrote:
Does anyone know if this Cinnamon Teal is still present this Saturday 15th?

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:05:44 AM UTC-6, markb249 wrote:Adult male present right now at the Iowa River Power Company Dam in Coralville. Resting with Mallards right below the bridge towards the east side of the river.

Mark Brown
North Liberty





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Subject: Re: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county
Date: Sat Feb 15 2020 8:02 am
From: willcfish AT gmail.com
 
Does anyone know if this Cinnamon Teal is still present this Saturday 15th?

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:05:44 AM UTC-6, markb249 wrote:
>
> Adult male present right now at the Iowa River Power Company Dam in
> Coralville. Resting with Mallards right below the bridge towards the east
> side of the river.
>
> Mark Brown
> North Liberty
>

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Subject: Re: Benton County - Grackle or Rusty Blackbird?
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 17:29 pm
From: fawnda10 AT gmail.com
 
It is a Grackle......
Fawn in Riverside

On Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:47:59 AM UTC-6, etushar wrote:
>
> This bird visited my feeders on 2/13 and I captured these through a window.
>
> It seemed to small too be a grackle, but I'm wondering if it was just
> hunching down in the cold.
>
> I haven't been lucky enough to see it again since yesterday around noon.
>
> Could someone confirm if this is a Grackle or a Rusty Blackbird?
>
> It's head appeared green and the wing showed a purple edge. If it by
> some miracle is a Rusty, it is a lifer for me.
>
> Thanks,
> Ellen Tushar
> Benton County
>

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 16:30 pm
From: cjcaster AT q.com
 
Still present at 4pm! Thanks Mark.
Chris Caster
Coralville
From: [email protected] <[email protected]> On Behalf Of Mark Brown
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2020 11:05 AM
To: Bird List Iowa <[email protected]>
Subject: [ia-bird] Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county
Adult male present right now at the Iowa River Power Company Dam in Coralville. Resting with Mallards right below the bridge towards the east side of the river.
Mark Brown
North Liberty
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Subject: Iowa RBA: 2-14-20
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 16:12 pm
From: john.annabissell AT gmail.com
 
Iowa RBA birds reported from
Saturday, February 8, through Friday, February 14, 2020:



-RARE Species Mentioned
(documentation required)



NONE





-Additional Species Mentioned

Tundra Swan (West)

Cinnamon Teal

Iceland Gull

Spotted Towhee





***NEW!****************

For more up to date information on rarities in the state of Iowa, visit
the

Iowa Birds and Birding website atwww.iowabirds.org.

************************



Species in ALL CAPS
can be classified into three categories in the state of Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED,
ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species; or 3) record early or late
date or unusual for time of year. Any species with three asterisks
(***species***) would represent a first record for Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should
be observed and documented very carefully. Species with two asterisks
(**species**) are species that are either ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular
species, and should also be documented. Species with one asterisk (*species)
should have some details of the observation provided.





EAST:



SCOTT COUNTY:

An ICELAND GULL was
seen at Credit Island on the 9th.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A CINNAMON TEAL was
seen at the Iowa River Power Company Dam in Coralville on the 14th.





CENTRAL:



POLK COUNTY:

A SPOTTED TOWHEE has
returned to a feeder in Johnston on the 13th.





NORTHWEST:



WOODBURY COUNTY:

2 TUNDRA SWANS were
seen at Sandhill Lake on the 10th.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



The next scheduled
report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday, February 21, 2020 for
the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an
update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

[email protected]

515-423-6108




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Subject: (not an observation) Iowa Audubon small grants deadline
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 11:55 am
From: dnharr AT gmail.com
 
This is just a reminder that application deadline for Iowa Audubon's 2020
small grants is midnight, March 1.

Projects must be related to bird conservation, research, education or
publications. Four grants of up to $1,300 each are available statewide, and
2 grants of up to $2,600 are available specifically for projects in Clay,
Dickinson, Emment, O'Brien, Osceola and Palo Alto counties.

Anyone interested in applying for a possible grant should go to the
following web page for details:
https://iowaaudubon.org/Pages/...

Doug Harr
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Subject: Cinnamon Teal - Johnson county
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 11:05 am
From: markb249 AT gmail.com
 
Adult male present right now at the Iowa River Power Company Dam in Coralville. Resting with Mallards right below the bridge towards the east side of the river.

Mark Brown
North Liberty




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Subject: Benton County - Grackle or Rusty Blackbird?
Date: Fri Feb 14 2020 9:47 am
From: etushar AT fmtcs.com
 
This bird visited my feeders on 2/13 and I captured these through a window.

It seemed to small too be a grackle, but I'm wondering if it was just hunching down in the cold.

I haven't been lucky enough to see it again since yesterday around noon.

Could someone confirm if this is a Grackle or a Rusty Blackbird?

It's head appeared green and the wing showed a purple edge. If it by some miracle is a Rusty, it is a lifer for me.

Thanks,
Ellen Tushar
Benton County


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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch Buchanan County
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 17:32 pm
From: wtvandewalle AT gmail.com
 
I was surprised to find a Red-breasted Nuthatch this afternoon at Fontana Nature Center in Buchanan County.  It is coming to the feeder and is viewable from the warmth of the nature center.
Wendy VanDeWalle
Brandon

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Subject: Spotted Towhee returns to Johnston
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 16:45 pm
From: cndthomps AT gmail.com
 
After not seeing him for nearly three weeks, the SPOTTED TOWHEE is currently scratching up leaves beneath my feeders.
Denny Thompson
Johnston



Subject: Trumpeters south of Granger Persist
Date: Wed Feb 12 2020 18:49 pm
From: ty.smedes AT smedesphoto.com
 
While cleaning and changing bedding in my Wood Duck nest boxes south of
Granger today, I heard a LOT of Canadas just to the south, on the Brenton
property. When I drove home, I went to the south and there were probably 2,000
Canadas in the fields and on the sod farm between the Brenton feedlot and the
end of Xavier Ave.. Small flocks of Trumpeters were also winging about, and I
heard them softly trumpeting, as I did maintenance on the nest boxes.. It was a
neat day to be outdoors!


Ty
Smedes

Ty Smedes Nature Photography
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Polk
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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk in Cedar Rapids
Date: Wed Feb 12 2020 11:14 am
From: brandon.caswell83 AT gmail.com
 
About half an hour ago I saw my first Red-shouldered Hawk for Linn Co. driving my son to a haircut. The adult bird was along the north side of Highway 100, resting in a mowed portion of grass adjacent to the highway. This was pretty much south of the Hy-Vee on the NE corner of Highway 100 (Collins Rd) and Edgewood Rd NE.
Good birding,Brandon CaswellMarion




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Subject: Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler at Saylorville
Date: Tue Feb 11 2020 19:26 pm
From: weatherbird58 AT gmail.com
 
Like Denny, this morning I also found a Yellow-rumped Warbler west of
Jefferson while conducting my Audubon Climate Watch winter bird survey. It
was in the company of 2 male Eastern Bluebirds eating cedar berries. Bird
activity was generally low, but there were a lot of Blue Jays.

Karl Jungbluth
Boone

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 1:56:03 PM UTC-6, Dennis Thompson wrote:
>
> Although it was another unsuccessful hunt for winter finches at Jester, I
> did have a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at Lincoln Access this afternoon.
>
>
>
> Denny Thompson
>
> Johnston
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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler at Saylorville
Date: Tue Feb 11 2020 13:56 pm
From: cndthomps AT gmail.com
 
Although it was another unsuccessful hunt for winter finches at Jester, I did have a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at Lincoln Access this afternoon.
Denny Thompson
Johnston



Subject: Sandhill Lake Swans, Woodbury County
Date: Tue Feb 11 2020 0:06 am
From: billfhuser AT gmail.com
 
Mon., Feb. 10, 2020, Sandhill Lake, northeast portion near bubbler:Trumpeter Swan, 1 im.Tundra Swan, 2 im.
Species distinguished by overall body size by direct comparison and the bill and eye connection. Photos were helpful in studying the differences.
Bill Huser, South Sioux CityBob Livermore, South Sioux City




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Subject: birder in Altoona/Bondurant area
Date: Mon Feb 10 2020 13:45 pm
From: ia-bird AT googlegroups.com
 
Similar to messages that were going out a couple weeks ago, a reporter is looking for a local tie to a story about birds. If you are a birder who lives in Altoona or Bondurant, Dawn would like to talk to you. She said she could also talk to anyone who maintains bird feeders or bird houses in that area. Her phone number is 515-778-1567, email [email protected] Please contact her directly. I don't know anything else about it. Thanks.

*****
Karen Viste-Sparkman
Wildlife Biologist
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 399
9981 Pacific Street
Prairie City, IA 50228
office: 515-994-3400
cell: 641-521-5720

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Subject: YR warbler - Clarke Co.
Date: Mon Feb 10 2020 12:37 pm
From: saharv23 AT gmail.com
 
Have a yellow-rumped warbler on the sunny deck of
our house.


Steve Harvey

rural Clarke County



Subject: Nesting Bald Eagles +
Date: Sun Feb 9 2020 23:29 pm
From: birdingricz AT gmail.com
 
IA-Birders:
Since about the first of February a pair of Bald Eagles has been at the nest I watch from my favorite spot on ourliving roomcouch. Today during the snow storm one was on the nest all day, while it™s mate was on guard a short distance away. A feeding frenzy took place at our feeders throughout the day as well. Avian activity always helps warm hearts within our hacienda.
Good birding,



Ric
Ric ZarwellLansingAllamakee County, IAEmail: [email protected]: 563-419-4991



Subject: Quad Cities Birding
Date: Sun Feb 9 2020 16:18 pm
From: cjcaster AT q.com
 
Members of the Iowa City Bird Club spent a few drizzled hours looking for birds in the QC. We made a stop at Lock and Dam 14 on the Illinois side and found two Mute Swans above the dam. There were a modest number of gulls seen flying below the spillway and resting on ice above the dam. Most were Herring, some were Ring-billed. One adult Thayer™s and one adult Kumlien™s Iceland Gulls were in the mix. Ducks were not numerous, but Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers were present. At the town of Rapids City we added a few Canvasbacks.
There was also a tiny gull roost on the ice at Credit Island. It was probably half and half Herring and Ring-billed. A first year Thayer™s Iceland Gull was seen near the entrance to Credit Island. A Great Blue Heron and a Pileated Woodpecker were also seen at Credit Island.
Pine Siskins, Fox Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow were seen near the upper entrance to Fairmount Cemetery in Davenport.
Chris Caster
Coralville



Subject: Eastern Towhee
Date: Sun Feb 9 2020 12:25 pm
From: ia-bird AT googlegroups.com
 
Yesterday the first WHITE-THROATED SPARROW of the winter showed up under my
feeders, and today a male EASTERN TOWHEE is foraging under the bushes next
to the house. Half a dozen PURPLE FINCHES were visiting the feeders last
month, but I haven't seen them in a couple weeks.

Chris Edwards
Solon, IA

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Subject: Re: GBH rookery ...almost Iowa
Date: Sun Feb 9 2020 9:44 am
From: tornataornata AT gmail.com
 
Bob, Can you please give a more precise location for my summer bird class
at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory? Also, I will be up next weekend. Are you
seeing birds at the rookery?
Thank you,
Neil Bernstein

On Friday, February 7, 2020 at 8:12:20 AM UTC-6, Robert Thorbrogger wrote:
>
> rookery easily seen from hwy 86 ... 2.6 miles N of Iowa /Minnesota
> border...look E
>
> bob thorbrogger
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Subject: Saw-whet Owls today Ida County.
Date: Sat Feb 8 2020 23:13 pm
From: donpoggensee AT gmail.com
 
Hi,
We had 14 people that came today to see and take photos of our wintering Saw-whet Owls. They will head back about mid March as they do every year. Today we had one in Moorehead Park west of Ida Grove, and another one that we have been seeing at Crawford Creek Rec, area, south of the town of Battle Creek.
Here are two photos that I recorder today.

Don

Don Poggensee
174 Lakeview Drive
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445-8088
Home 712-364-3491
Cell 712-369-3454




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Subject: Where are the Trumpeters?
Date: Sat Feb 8 2020 18:03 pm
From: joy AT roydjoy.net
 
While on the Des Moines Audubon field trip this morning, we
stopped at Dale Maffitt Reservoir SW of Des Moines. The lake was almost
entirely frozen and devoid of waterfowl except for a few Common Goldeneyes in a
very small patch of open water. We met a couple hikers on the west side
who were looking for Trumpeter Swans, but we had seen none, only a few Canada
Geese in the air. After the field trip ended around 11:30 a.m., I took a
drive on Highway F90 (a.k.a. Raccoon
River Drive) to Booneville in SE Dallas County,
thinking I might see some trumpeters in the corn fields along the river. While
passing the sandpits east of Booneville, I saw some swans take off from one of
the lakes. There are large berms between the lakes and the road, and
access is restricted, but there was one spot where I could see through to the
lake at Martin Marietta™s Raccoon River Sand Company, and I counted about
170 trumpeters in a patch of open water. This is west of the Hallet
Materials sandpit.




Roy Adolphson


Polk County (DSM)



Subject: (Not an observation) BIRDS: Voice of the Spring
Date: Fri Feb 7 2020 16:27 pm
From: dnharr AT gmail.com
 
There's a new 20 minute video on YouTube that features mostly wetland birds of central Europe. It is beautiful photography of ducks, cranes, shorebirds, gulls and more, plus a number of songbirds that hang out near marshes. No narration, just great songs and calls of every filmed species.https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
I recommend this for birders to watch on a snowy Iowa day. Interesting to me was the call of a Corn Crake, which sounds maybe like someone getting a double electric shock!

Doug HarrOgden




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Subject: Iowa RBA: 2-7-20
Date: Fri Feb 7 2020 16:22 pm
From: john.annabissell AT gmail.com
 
Iowa RBA birds reported from
Saturday, February 1, through Friday, February 7, 2020:



-RARE Species Mentioned
(documentation required)



NONE





-Additional Species Mentioned

Northern Goshawk

Golden Eagle

Spotted Towhee





***NEW!****************

For more up to date information on rarities in the state of Iowa, visit
the

Iowa Birds and Birding website atwww.iowabirds.org.

************************



Species in ALL CAPS
can be classified into three categories in the state of Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED,
ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species; or 3) record early or late
date or unusual for time of year. Any species with three asterisks
(***species***) would represent a first record for Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should
be observed and documented very carefully. Species with two asterisks
(**species**) are species that are either ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular
species, and should also be documented. Species with one asterisk (*species)
should have some details of the observation provided.





NORTHEAST:



BLACK HAWK COUNTY:

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK
was seen at Big Woods Lake on the 1st.





CENTRAL:



BOONE COUNTY:

A SPOTTED TOWHEE is
still being seen at the Sugar Valley boat ramp on the 1st. It was
last seen on the 5th.



A GOLDEN EAGLE was
seen about 2 miles north of Ridgeport on the 6th.





~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



The next scheduled
report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday, February 14, 2020 for
the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an
update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

[email protected]

515-423-6108




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Subject: Cooper's Hawk seeks cat for a meal?
Date: Fri Feb 7 2020 15:26 pm
From: dnharr AT gmail.com
 
The neighborhood's juvenile Cooper's Hawk just landed on our basement window well edge, looking into our TV/family room at one of our cats.We keep our 2 cats indoors 100% for protecting birds, but it also protects our cats. Now, if we could just get everyone to understand the importance of the "Cats Indoors" campaign, protecting both birds and pets!
I walked up slowly to the window and stood within 3 ft. of the hawk before she decided I was too large to eat.
Doug HarrOgden




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Subject: new yard bird in Johnston
Date: Fri Feb 7 2020 13:46 pm
From: cndthomps AT gmail.com
 
Four TRUMPETER SWANS flew over while I was out shoveling this afternoon adding to the yard list. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER showed up at my feeders a couple of days ago and the CAROLINA WREN is still a regular. I haven™t seen the Spotted Towhee for a couple of weeks.
Denny Thompson
Johnston



Subject: GBH rookery ...almost Iowa
Date: Fri Feb 7 2020 8:12 am
From: rthorbrogger AT gmail.com
 
rookery easily seen from hwy 86    ...   2.6 miles N of Iowa /Minnesota
border...look E

bob thorbrogger

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Subject: Tundra Swan, Northern Pintails and a Lesser Scaup at Ada Hayden this morning 2/6/2020
Date: Thu Feb 6 2020 18:23 pm
From: willcfish AT gmail.com
 
Tundra Swan, Northern Pintails and a Lesser Scaup at Ada Hayden this
morning 2/6/2020. I was in town for an appointment and found this Tundra
Swan with a flock of Trumpeter Swans. Clayton Will, Madrid

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Subject: Boone Co. Golden Eagle and more!
Date: Thu Feb 6 2020 13:34 pm
From: dnharr AT gmail.com
 
After conducting an Audubon Climate Watch Bird Survey in southern Webster Co. today, I spotted an immature Golden Eagle soaring across the Webster-Boone Co. line, about 2 mi. N of the tiny settlement of Ridgeport. It was immediately identifiable by large white underwing patches, bright white tail with broad, dark terminal band, and the neck hackles glowed golden as the sun shone on it. This is only about 3 mi. NW of where I saw and photographed a Golden Eagle in December 2018. I believe Bruce Ehresman also observed one near Fraser while doing DNR's annual eagle survey last month--maybe the same bird I saw today. I also saw an adult Golden Eagle betweenFort Dodge and Humboldt about 2 years ago. Hearing of a couple of other reports near the Des Moines River in central Iowa this winter, I'm beginning to think this major river corridor might be

becoming a wintering hotspot for the species.
Northern Boone County was full of Bald Eagles everywhere as I returned to Ogden before noon, including one on a nest 1 mi. N of Don Williams Recreation Area. This looks like a new nest right along the east edge of Co. Hwy P70 (a GREAT place to view it), with the old nest at a farm on the west side of the highway not occupied now. Besides all the eagles, I had about 9 Red-tailed Hawks (one dark morph), 2 Rough-legs and several kestrels. Hence it was a nice "raptorial return" trip.
Doug HarrOgden




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Subject: Boone County - WC Sparrow, Spotted Towhee
Date: Wed Feb 5 2020 17:46 pm
From: lgdau9 AT gmail.com
 
Went down to Sugar Valley Boat ramp area this afternoon.  Clayton Will was
just leaving. Told me he was seeing a White-crowned Sparrow at the Spotted
Towhee area. I stayed for about an hour. The White-crowned Sparrow showed
up, as did the Spotted Towhee. Also, an Oregon phase Dark-eyed Junco. My
Screech Owl and Brown Thrasher are still present at my house.
Also seeing 2 Song Sparrows at Harrier Marsh.
Photos attached.
Larry Dau
Boone County.

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Subject: 2019 lists (No sighting)
Date: Wed Feb 5 2020 10:20 am
From: John.N.Bissell AT emcins.com
 
Its that time of year. I have already seen a few trickle in. Its that time of year to submit your 2019 birding lists and see how you stack up with your peers. Many birders should have been able to add a couple of new species to their state
lists this year!


Let me know if you have questions.


Good birding,

John Bissell

Grimes



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