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RouteIA VBC Bonaparte-MS-Ely Ford
Location Iowa, United States
Survey date 2022-02-05
Survey ID1374




Survey Conditions

Survey Date: 2022-02-05Start Time: 09:20:00End Time: 12:00:00
Temperature-12 (C)-14 (C)
Cloud Cover0 (%)0 (%)
Visibility30 (km)56 (km)
Precipitation0: None0: None
Wind Speed2: 6-11 km/h (4-7 mph)4: 20-28 km/h (13-18 mph)
Wind DirectionSSES
WaterPartly frozenPartly frozen
Snow Depth0 (in)0 (in)
Observer 1Candace Havely
Observer 2Candace Havely
Observer 3Mark Heisdorffer
Observer 4
NotesSunny, cold day for raptor survey. This route follows the Des Moines River, winds through some farmland, pastureland, and some limited wooded areas as the route travels to the wetlands near Mt. Sterling and then back north to some open areas near Lake Sugema and ending at Ely Ford in Lacey-Keosauqua State Park which provides viewing opportunities for perching raptors along the Des Moines River.




Survey Sightings

SpeciesTimeCountBehaviorMorphAgeSexHabitat
BE (Bald Eagle)09:40:001Perched Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•roadsides
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:40:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•roadsides•shrubland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:45:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•roadsides•shrubland
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)09:50:001Perched •wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•roadsides•shrubland
BE (Bald Eagle)09:55:002Perched Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•roadsides
BE (Bald Eagle)10:00:001Flying Immature•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•roadsides
BE (Bald Eagle)10:00:001Flying Adult•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•roadsides
BE (Bald Eagle)10:05:001Perched Adult•grassland•roadsides
NH (Northern Harrier)10:10:001Flying Female•hayfields•developed
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:10:001Soaring •hayfields•developed
BE (Bald Eagle)10:15:001Perched Adult•grassland•roadsides
AK (American Kestrel)10:20:001Perched Female•grassland•roadsides•dirt agriculture
BE (Bald Eagle)10:35:001Perched Immature•animal agriculture•forested
BE (Bald Eagle)10:35:001Perched Adult•animal agriculture•forested
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)10:40:001Flying Male•animal agriculture•forested•roadsides
BE (Bald Eagle)10:45:001Perched Adult•roadsides•forested•developed
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)10:50:001Flying Light•grassland•roadsides
BE (Bald Eagle)11:00:001Perched Immature•dirt agriculture•stubble agriculture
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)11:00:001Flying Light•grassland•roadsides
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)11:15:001Flying Light•grassland•roadsides•developed
BE (Bald Eagle)11:20:001Immature•grassland•forested•roadsides
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:20:001Perched •dirt agriculture•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•developed
ML (Merlin)11:25:001Perched •stubble agriculture•roadsides
UR (Unknown Raptor)11:35:002Soaring •grassland•roadsides
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:40:001Flying •roadsides•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)11:45:001Soaring •grassland•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)11:50:001Flying •grassland•wetland/pond/marsh/riparian•forested
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)11:55:001Flying Light•grassland•roadsides•forested



Survey totals by species

SpeciesTotal Count
BE (Bald Eagle)12
RT (Red-tailed Hawk)8
NH (Northern Harrier)1
AK (American Kestrel)1
RL (Rough-legged Hawk)5
ML (Merlin)1
UR (Unknown Raptor)2
Total30