Iowa RBA: 12-30-16


Northern White-faced Scops Owl,©Barry Kent Mackay

Iowa RBA birds reported from Friday, December 23, through Friday, December
30, 2016:



-RARE Species Mentioned (documentation required)



ACCIDENTAL:

**SLATY-BACKED GULL**









CASUAL:

*GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL*









-Additional Species Mentioned

Tundra Swan (Central)

Long-tailed Duck

Northern Goshawk

Golden Eagle

Thayers Gull

Glaucous Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull







***NEW!****************
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
is
placed on the home page with the location of the rarity and most recent
date
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.
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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:*



CERRO GORDO COUNTY:

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Fin and Feather Marsh on the 29th.









*EAST*:



SCOTT COUNTY:

A GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL continue at Lock and Dam 14
on the 27th.



A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at Lock and Dam 14 on the 30th.



JOHNSON COUNTY:

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at the Iowa River Power Dan on the 30th.









*NORTHEAST:*



ALLAMAKEE COUNTY:

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on the Yellow River CBC on the 20th.







*SOUTH CENTRAL*:



MARION COUNTY:

Highlights from below the dam at Red Rock on the 25th.included a THAYERS
GULL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK. A THAYERS GULL
and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen also on the 26th. The LONG-TAILED
DUCK and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen again on the 28th.



A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen below the dam
at Red Rock on the 30th.









*CENTRAL:*



*POLK COUNTY:*

*A TUNDRA SWAN was seen at Maffitt Reservoir on the 23rd.*



*A SLATY-BACKED GULL was seen at the gravel pits SE of Saylorville on the
23rd. Also with this bird was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 GLAUCOUS
GULLS. The best times to see these birds at this location is before 8:00 am
and after 3:00 pm. Directions to these pits can be found here. *
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2015790  This bird was last seen on the 25th
.



Gull highlights from points along the Des Moines River in Des Moines on the
27th included the continuing SLATY-BACKED GULL, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, and a THAYERS GULL. These birds were last seen on
the 28th.



3 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were seen at the Morningstar Airport gravel
pits on the 30th.





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The next scheduled report of the Iowa Rare Bird Alert will be for Friday,
January 6, 2017 for the weekly report. Should any UNRECORDED or ACCIDENTAL
species be reported, an update will be posted.





John Bissell

Grimes, Iowa

john.annabissell@gmail.com 

515-423-6108

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