Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, December 31, 2016, through Friday,
January 6, 2017:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
*GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL*
-Additional Species Mentioned
Lesser Black-backed Gull
For more up to date information on rarities in the state of Iowa, visit the
Iowa Birds and Birding website at www.iowabirds.org. A list of rare birds
placed on the home page with the location of the rarity and most recent
of observation. This is updated several times per day. This is a handy tool
for anyone making a birding trip or otherwise into the state of Iowa.
Species in ALL CAPS can be classified into three categories in the state of
Iowa: 1) UNRECORDED, ACCIDENTAL or Casual; 2) A RARE but regular species;
or 3) record early or late date or unusual for time of year. Any species
with three asterisks (***species***) would represent a first record for
Iowa (UNRECORDED) and should be observed and documented very carefully.
Species with two asterisks (**species**) are species that are either
ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, or a rare regular species, and should also be
documented. Species with one asterisk (*species) should have some details
of the observation provided.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Lock and Dam 14 on the 1st. It was joined by a
LONG-TAILED DUCK on the 2nd.
Highlights from Lock and Dam 14 on the 5th included 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, a
continuing GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK.
A SURF SCOTER was seen at Lock and Dam 14 along with the continuing
LONG-TAILED DUCK on the 6th.
GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on both the northwest and southeast Clayton County
CBC=E2=80=99s on the 3rd and 4th.
A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at the Ft Madison Riverfront on the 2nd.
A LONG-TAILED DUCK continues below the dam at Red Rock on the 5th.
Highlights from Red Rock on the 6th included THAYERS and LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS as well as the continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK.
*A SLATY-BACKED GULL and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS are still being seen
at the Morningstar Airport gravel pits on the 1st. These birds were last
seen on the 2nd.*
The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
January 13, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.
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