Iowa RBA birds reported from Saturday, December 10, through Friday,
December 16, 2016:
-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)
**RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD** (Now deceased)
-Additional Species Mentioned
Tundra Swan (Central)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Nelsons Sparrow (Record late)
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 SNOWY OWL was seen east of Buffalo Center on the 13th.
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen at a feeder on Curtis Bridge Rd
in North Liberty on the 13th. Unfortunately, the bird perished on the 15th.
A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Bridgeview Refuge at Lake Rathbun on the 9th.
*A CINNAMON TEAL was seen at the Slater Sewage Lagoons on the 11th.*
*A THAYERS/ICELAND GULL was seen from the Scott St bridge in Des Moines on
*3 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at Copper Creek Lake in Pleasant Hill on the
*A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Rapp Park on the 10th.*
*A very late NELSONS SPARROW was observed at Riverton WA on the 10th.*
*A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was photographed at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon
on the 11th. It was relocated on the 12th and last seen on the 16th.*
*A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a THAYERS GULL were seen at West Lake
Okoboji on the 12th.*
The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
December 23, 2016 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or
ACCIDENTAL species be reported, an update will be posted.
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