Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, February 11, through Friday,
February 24, 2017:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
-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.
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.
Highlights from Nahant Marsh on the 12th included 3 THAYERS GULLS, A
GLAUCOUS GULL, and a KUMLIENS GULL.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Cedar Lake on the 19th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen above the Coralville Lake dam on the 19
2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Sabula on the 18th.
A LARK BUNTING has been seen at a feeder near Centerville on the 11th.
Highlights from Red Rock on the 13th included the continuing LONG-TAILED
DUCK, 2 THAYERS GULLS, and a GLAUCOUS GULL. These birds were seen again on
*A THAYERS GULL was seen at Waterworks Park in Des Moines on the 16th.*
*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Big Creek on
the 17th. The ICELAND GULL was relocated between the mile long bridge and
the Big Creek spillway on the 19th.*
*A GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the
Saylorville marina on the 21st.*
*A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE continues to be seen at the first shelter area west
of the park office at Prairie Rose SP on the 10th. The same bird and
possibly a second were seen in the same area on the 18th.*
*A LONG-TAILED DUCK continues at Swan Lake SP as recently as the 12th.*
The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
March 3, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.
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