Iowa RBA: 3-24-17

Black-headed Canaries,©Tony Disley

Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, March 18, through Friday, March 24,

-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)


-Additional Species Mentioned

Purple Martin (2nd earliest)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Record early)

Smiths Longspur

Pine Warbler (Record early)

For more up to date information on rarities in the state of Iowa, visit the
Iowa Birds and Birding website at

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.



4 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen in a field across from the parking lot of the
Nelson Paradise WA on the 20th.



7 early PURPLE MARTINS were seen at Cone Marsh on the 20th.


Early NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were seen at Heron Bend south of
Montrose on the 21st.

2 early PINE WARBLERS were seen at the Farmington Unit of Shimek SF on the



*80 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at Dunbar Slough on the 20th.*



*5 SMITHS LONGSPURS were seen at the Hanging Valley Wetland on the 19th.*



The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
March 31, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.

John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa 


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