EAST: CLINTON COUNTY: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Clinton airport on the 25th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen at Lock and Dam 13 on the 25th.
A quick search of the early / late arrival dates would place this around 4th earliest on record.Decided to go here instead of Goose Lake yesterday and glad I did.Not tons of waterfowl but did see: Trumpeters (maybe 40?One Wednesday, mobs of robins and starlings sat around in the trees for half the day, laughing and kibitzing as they do.Also, bluebirds have been singing from at least three different locations since last weekend.************************ 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.) Greater white fronted Canada Gadwall Mallard Northern Shoveler Coots But most exciting were the sandhills.There were at least 15 or 20, all scattered out hopefully setting up territories. Jeanne Buffalo, IA -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "IA-BIRD" group.I also had my first Turkey Vulture and Loggerhead Shrike of the season and meadowlarks of both species were singing.Migratory geese of all 5 regular species were still trickling through.