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Lake Red Rock

Knoxville, Iowa


LAKE RED ROCK - A FEATHER MAGNET

Lake Red Rock serves as a Feather Magnet, attracting a wide variety of birds species each year. The lake and surrounding land provide a wide variety of habitats including the river valley, lake, marshes, woodlands, prairies, and more. All of these ecological niches connect like a jigsaw puzzle to form a 60,000 acre "Bird Haven".

Lake Red Rock is located on the Des Moines River between Knoxville and Pella, Iowa. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the lake for flood control, low flow augmentation, and recreation. The Corps also practices "Restoration Ecology" to provide woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and food plots--all necessary ingredients for a successful "Feather Magnet."

Volunteers:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wishes to thank the following volunteers:

Dawn L. De Vore
Ms. De Vore served as editor of this bird check list during her senior year at Simpson College. She also worked at Lake Red Rock as a Student Aid park ranger from the summer of 1988 to the winter of 1989.

Gladys Black
The "Bird Lady of Iowa" compiled the data for the first area check list of 255 species. She also served as advisor to the editor for this check list.

Area Naturalists
Ann Johnson, Beth Brown, Tim Schantz, and other naturalists contributed advice and support for the publication of this list. Bill Gilbert made the final computer-revisions for this edition.

BIRD CHECK LIST LAKE RED ROCK

This list contains 316 species of birds that have been seen at Lake Red Rock since 1969. On this list the species are arranged taxonomically, and information about their habitat, residency statistics, and an abbreviated calendar of presence and abundances is included. Use this check list to record birds you see with each project visit. Compare the numbers and kinds of birds with the season and the time of day of each trip.


Key:

Name of Bird LOONS Sp S F W ___ Common 2 M U R U R
GREBES Sp S F W ___ Pied-billed 2 M,N C U C R ___ Horned 2 M U R U R ___ Eared 2 M U R U R ___ Western 2 M R R R -
PELICANS Sp S F W ___ American White 2 M C R C R
CORMORANTS Sp S F W ___ Double-crested 2 M C R C R
BITTERNS, HERONS Sp S F W ___ American Bittern 2 M U R U - ___ Least Bittern 2 M U R U - ___ Great Blue Heron 2 M,N C U C R ___ Great Egret 2 M C U C - ___ Snowy Egret 2 M R - - - ___ Little Blue Heron 2 M R R R - ___ Cattle Egret 3 M R R R - ___ Green-backed Heron 2 M,N C C U - ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 M U U U - ___ Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2 M R R R -
SWANS, GEESE, DUCKS Sp S F W ___ Tundra Swan 2 M R - R - ___ Great White-fronted Goose 2 M U R U R ___ Snow Goose 2,3 M C - C O ___ Ross's Goose 2 M R - R - ___ Canada Goose 2,3 M,N C C C C ___ Wood Duck 2 M,N C C C R ___ Green-winged Teal 2 M C R C O ___ American Black Duck 2 M R - R O ___ Mallard 2 P,M C C C C ___ Northern Pintail 2 M C U C O ___ Blue-winged Teal 2 M C C C - ___ Cinnamon Teal 2 M R - R - ___ Northern Shoveler 2 M C R C R ___ Gadwall 2 M C R C O ___ American Wigeon 2 M C R C O ___ Canvasback 2 M C - C O ___ Redhead 2 M C - C O ___ Ring-necked Duck 2 M C - C O ___ Greater Scaup 2 M O - - O ___ Lesser Scaup 2 M C R C O ___ Oldsquaw 2 M R - O R ___ Black Scoter 2 M R - R - ___ Surf Scoter 2 M R - R - ___ White-winged Scoter 2 M R - R - ___ Common Goldeneye 2 M C U C U ___ Bufflehead 2 M C - C R ___ Hooded Merganser 2 M U O U O ___ Common Merganser 2 M C - C U ___ Red-breasted Merganser 2 M U - U R ___ Ruddy Duck 2 M C - C R
VULTURES Sp S F W ___ Turkey Vulture 1,3 M,N C C C -
HAWKS Sp S F W ___ Osprey 2 M O R O - ___ Bald Eagle 2,3 M U - U C ___ Northern Harrier 2,3 M U R U O ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk 1,3 M U - U O ___ Cooper's Hawk 1,3 M U R U O ___ Northern Goshawk 1,3 M R - R R ___ Red-shouldered Hawk 1,3 M R - R R ___ Broad-winged Hawk 1,3 M U - U - ___ Swainson's Hawk 1,3 M R - R - ___ Red-tailed Hawk 1,3 P,M C C C C ___ Rough-legged Hawk 1,3 W,M U - U U ___ Golden Eagle 2,3 M - - R -
FALCONS Sp S F W ___ Am. Kestrel 1,3 P,M C U C U ___ Merlin 1,2,3 M R - R - ___ Peregrine Falcon 3 M R - O - ___ Prairie Falcon 3 M - - R -
PARTRIDGE, PHEASANTS, QUAILS, TURKEYS Sp S F W ___ Gray Partridge 3 P R R R R ___ Ring-necked Pheasant 1,3 P C C C C ___ Wild Turkey 1,3 P O O O O ___ Northern Bobwhite 1,3 P U U U U
RAILS, GALLINULES, COOTS Sp S F W ___ Yellow Rail 2 M R - R - ___ King Rail 2 M R R R - ___ Virginia Rail 2 M R R R - ___ Sora 2 M,N O R O - ___ Common Moorhen 2 M R - R - ___ American Coot 2 M,N C O C R
PLOVERS Sp S F W ___ Black-bellied 2 M U U U - ___ Lesser Golden 2,3 M U O U - ___ Semipalmated 2,4 M U U U - ___ Piping 4 M R - R - ___ Killdeer 2,3,4 M,N C C C R
AVOCET Sp S F W ___ American Avocet 2 M R - R -
SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES Sp S F W ___ Greater Yellowlegs 2 M C O C - ___ Lesser Yellowlegs 2 M C O C - ___ Solitary Sandpiper 2 M C O C - ___ Willet 2 M R R R - ___ Spotted Sandpiper 2 M C O C - ___ Upland Sandpiper 2,3 M O O R - ___ Hudsonian Godwit 2 M O O O - ___ Marbled Godwit 2 M O - O - ___ Ruddy Turnstone 2 M O - O - ___ Sanderling 2 M O - O - ___ Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 M C U C - ___ Western Sandpiper 2 M O O O - ___ Least Sandpiper 2 M C U C - ___ White-rumped Sandpiper 2 M U R R - ___ Baird's Sandpiper 2 M U U U - ___ Pectoral Sandpiper 2 M C U C - ___ Dunlin 2 M O O O - ___ Stilt Sandpiper 2 M U O U - ___ Buff-breasted Sandpiper 2 M O O O - ___ Short-billed Dowitcher 2 M U O U - ___ Long-billed Dowitcher 2 M U O U - ___ Common Snipe 2 M U O U R ___ American Woodcock 1,2 M,N U O U - ___ Wilson's Phalarope 2 M U O U - ___ Red-necked Phalarope 2 M R - R -
GULLS, TERNS Sp S F W ___ Franklin's Gull 2,3 M U O U - ___ Bonaparte's Gull 2,3 M U - U - ___ Ring-billed Gull 2,3 P,M C U C U ___ Herring Gull 2,3 P,M O U C U ___ Thayer's Gull 2 M R - O O ___ Glaucous Gull 2 M R - O O ___ Caspian Tern 2 M U O U - ___ Common Tern 2 M O R O - ___ Forster's Tern 2 M U - U - ___ Least Tern 2 M R - R - ___ Black Tern 2 M U O U -
PIGEONS, DOVES Sp S F W ___ Rock Dove 3,5 P C C C C ___ Mourning Dove 3,5 P,M C C C O
CUCKOOS Sp S F W ___ Black-billed 1 M,N U U U - ___ Yellow-billed 1 M,N U U U -
BARN OWL Sp S F W ___ Barn Owl 3 P R R R R
OWLS Sp S F W ___ Screech 1,3,5 P C C C C ___ Great Horned 1,3,5 P C C C C ___ Snowy 3 M - - - R ___ Barred 1,3,5 P C C C C ___ Long-eared 1 W R - R O ___ Short-eared 3 P R - R O ___ Saw-whet 1 W R - R R
GOATSUCKERS, SWIFTS Sp S F W ___ C. Nighthawk 3,5 M,N U C O - ___ Whip-poor-will 1 M,N U U U -
SWIFT Sp S F W ___ Chimney Swift 5 M,N O C O -
HUMMINGBIRDS Sp S F W ___ Ruby-throated 3 M,N U C U -
KINGFISHERS Sp S F W ___ Belted Kingfisher 2 P C C C U
WOODPECKERS Sp S F W ___ Red-headed 1,3 P C C C U ___ Red-bellied 1,3 P C C C C ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1,3 M U R U R ___ Downy 1,3,5 P C C C C ___ Hairy 1,3 P C C C C ___ Northern Flicker 1,3 P C O C U ___ Pileated Woodpecker 1 M R R R R
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS Sp S F W ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 M U U U - ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 M,N C C C - ___ Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 M U U U - ___ Acadian Flycatcher 1,2 M R R R - ___ Alder Flycatcher 2 M O R O - ___ Willow Flycatcher 2 M,N U U U - ___ Least Flycatcher 3 M,N U O U - ___ Eastern Phoebe 1,2,3 M,N U U U - ___ Great Crested Flycatcher 1 M,N U C U - ___ Eastern Kingbird 3 M,N U C U - ___ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1,3 M R R - -
LARKS Sp S F W ___ Horned Lark 3 P U U U U
MARTINS, SWALLOW Sp S F W ___ Purple Martin 5 M,N C C C - ___ Tree Swallow 2,3 M,N U C C - ___ Rough-winged Swallow 2,3 M,N U C C - ___ Bank Swallow 3 M,N U U U - ___ Cliff Swallow 2,3 M,N U C C - ___ Barn Swallow 2,3 M,N U C C -
JAYS, CROWS Sp S F W ___ Blue Jay 1,3,5 P C C C C ___ American Crow 1-5 P C C C C
TITMICE Sp S F W ___ Black-capped Chickadee 1,3,5 P C C C C ___ Tufted Titmouse 1 P U U U U
NUTHATCHES Sp S F W ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch 1,5 W,M O - O O ___ White-breasted Nuthatch 1 P C C C C
CREEPERS Sp S F W ___ Brown Creeper 1 W,M U - U O
WRENS Sp S F W ___ Carolina 1,2 P O O O O ___ House 1,3,5 M,N U C U - ___ Winter 1,2 W,M R - R R ___ Sedge 2 M,N O O O - ___ Marsh 2 M,N O U O -
KINGLETS, GNATCATCHERS, THRUSHES Sp S F W ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 W,M U - U R ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 M U R U - ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 M,N U C O - ___ Eastern Bluebird 3 M,N C C C - ___ Veery 1 M U R U - ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 M U - R - ___ Swainson's Thrush 1 M U - U - ___ Hermit Thrush 1 M U - O R ___ Wood Thrush 1 M,N U U U - ___ American Robin 3 P,M C C C O ___ Varied Thrush 1 M R - R -
MOCKINGBIRDS, THRASHERS Sp S F W ___ Gray Catbird 1,3 M,N U C U - ___ Northern Mockingbird 1,3,5 P O O O R ___ Brown Thrasher 1 N C C U R
PIPITS Sp S F W ___ Water Pipit 2,3 M U - U -
WAXWINGS Sp S F W ___ Bohemian Waxwing 1,3 W,M - - - R ___ Cedar Waxwing 1,3 M,N C U C O
SHRIKES Sp S F W ___ Northern 3 W,M R - R R ___ Loggerhead 3 M,N U U U U
STARLINGS Sp S F W ___ European Starling 1,3,5 P C C C C
VIREOS Sp S F W ___ White-eyed Vireo 1,2 M R R R - ___ Bell's 2,3 M,N R O R - ___ Solitary 1 M U - U - ___ Yellow-throated 1 M,N U C U - ___ Warbling 1,3,5 M,N U C U - ___ Philadelphia 1 M O - O - ___ Red-eyed 1,3,5 M,N U C U -
WOOD WARBLERS Sp S F W ___ Blue-winged 1 M,N R R R - ___ Golden-winged 1 M R R R - ___ Tennessee 1 M U - U - ___ Orange-crowned 1 M U - U - ___ Nashville 1 M U - U - ___ Northern Parula 1 M,N U U - - ___ Yellow 1,3,5 M,N U C U - ___ Chestnut-sided 1 M U - U - ___ Magnolia 1 M O - O - ___ Cape May 1 M R - R - ___ Black-throated Blue 1,3 M R - R - ___ Yellow-rumped 1 M C - C - ___ Black-throated Green 1,3 M O - O - ___ Blackburnian 1 M U - U - ___ Yellow-throated Warbler 1 M,N R R R - ___ Pine Warbler 1 M R R R - ___ Prairie Warbler 1 M R R R - ___ Palm 1 M O - O - ___ Bay-breasted 1 M R - U - ___ Blackpoll 1 M C - U - ___ Cerulean 1 M,N O O - - ___ Black-and-White 1 M U R U - ___ American Redstart 1 M,N U U U - ___ Prothonotary 2 M R R - - ___ Worm-eating Warbler 1 M R R - - ___ Ovenbird 1 M,N U O U - ___ Northern Waterthrush 2 M U - U - ___ Louisiana Waterthrush 2 M U R R - ___ Kentucky 1 M O O - - ___ Connecticut 1 M R - R - ___ Mourning 1 M O - O - ___ Common Yellowthroat 1,2 M,N U C U - ___ Hooded Warbler 1 M R R - - ___ Wilson's 1,2 M U - U - ___ Canada 1 M O - O - ___ Yellow-breasted Chat 1,2 M,N R R R -
TANAGERS Sp S F W ___ Summer 1 M,N O O O - ___ Scarlet 1 M,N U U U -
GROSBEAKS, BUNTINGS, DICKCISSEL Sp S F W ___ Northern Cardinal 1,3,5 P C C C C ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak M,N O C O - ___ Indigo Bunting 1,3 N O C O - ___ Dickcissel 3 M,N U C O -
SPARROWS, LONGSPUR Sp S F W ___ Rufous-sided Towhee 1 W,N O U O R ___ American Tree Sparrow 3 W,M U - U C ___ Chipping Sparrow 3 M,N O C C - ___ Clay-colored Sparrow 3 M O - O - ___ Field Sparrow 3 M,N C C C - ___ Vesper Sparrow 2,3 M,N U U U - ___ Lark Sparrow 3 M,N U O O - ___ Savannah Sparrow 3 M,N U U U - ___ Grasshopper Sparrow 3 M,N U U U - ___ Henslow's Sparrow 2,3 M R R R - ___ Le Conte's Sparrow 2,3 M U - U - ___ Sharp-tailed Sparrow 2 M R - R - ___ Fox Sparrow 1 M U U - ___ Song Sparrow 1,3 N,W C C C C ___ Lincoln's Sparrow 1 M U - U - ___ Swamp Sparrow 1 M U - U - ___ White-throated Sp. 1 M U - C O ___ White-crowned Sp. 1,3 M,W O - O O ___ Harris' Sparrow 1,3 M,W U - U O ___ Dark-eyed Junco 1,3,5 M,W U - U O ___ Lapland Longspur 3 M,W O - O R ___ Snow Bunting 3 M,W - - R O
MEADOWLARKS, BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES Sp S F W ___ Bobolink 3 M,N O U U - ___ Red-winged Blackbird 2,3,5 P C C C O ___ Eastern Meadowlark 3 M,N U U U - ___ Western Meadowlark 3 M,N C C U U ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird 2,3 N R R R - ___ Rusty Blackbird 2 M O - O R ___ Brewer's Blackbird 2 M R - R R ___ Common Grackle 3,5 P C C C O ___ Brown-headed Cowbird 3 M,N C C O R ___ Orchard Oriole 1,3 M,N U U U - ___ Northern Oriole 1,3,5 M,N U C U -
FINCHES, CROSSBILL, REDPOLL, SISKIN Sp S F W ___ Purple Finch 1 W,M U - U C ___ House Finch 3 M,N O O O O ___ C. Redpoll 1,3 W,M R - R R ___ Pine Siskin 1,3 W,M O - O U ___ American Goldfinch 3,5 P C C C C ___ Evening Grosbeak 1 W,M R - R R
WEAVER FINCHES Sp S F W ___ House Sparrow 3,5 P C C C C

Casual: Recorded infrequently in the last 10 years, X = most likely to be seen during this time of the year.
NAME OF BIRD                                Sp  S  F  W

___ Red Throated Loon          2 M           -  -  X  -
___ Pacific Loon               1 M           -  -  X  -
___ White-faced Ibis           2 M           -  -  X  -
___ Trumpeter Swan (Introduced)2 M           -  -  X  X
___ Mute Swan                  2 M           -  -  X  X
___ Sandhill Crane             2,3 M         X  -  X  -
___ Whimbrel                   2 M           X  -  X  -
___ Red Knot                   2 M           X  -  X  -
___ Red Phalarope              2 M           -  -  X  -
___ Mew Gull                   2             -  -  X  X
___ Black-legged Kittiwake     2 W,M         -  -  X  X
___ Laughing Gull              2 M           -  X  X  -
___ Iceland Gull               2 M           X  -  X  X
___ Lesser Black-backed Gull   2 M           -  -  X  X 
___ Great Black-backed Gull    2 M           -  -  X  X
___ Western Kingbird           1,3 M         X  X  -  -
___ Bewick's Wren              1 M           -  X  -  -
___ Blue Grosbeak              1 M           -  X  -  -
___ Red Crossbill              1 M           -  -  X  X
___ White-winged Crossbill     1 M           -  -  -  X

Accidental: Recorded in the past 20 years but not to be expected.
NAME OF BIRD                                

___ Magnificent Frigatebird            4
___ Brant                              2
___ Common Eider                       2
___ Ross' Gull                         2
___ Mississippi Kite (not documented)  2,3 
___ Ferruginous Hawk (not documented)  3
___ Chukar (Escaped)                   1,3
___ Ross's Gull                        2
___ Sabine's Gull                      2
___ Black Rail                         2
___ Ivory Gull                         2
___ Marbled Murrelet                   2
___ Rufous Hummingbird (Hypothetical)  3
___ Clark's Nutcracker                 1
___ Black-billed Magpie                1 - 5
___ Western Tanager                    1
___ Black-headed Grosbeak              1,3

Field Notes:
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Date:_______________________ Total Species:____________________________________

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For more information, please contact:
                        Lake Red Rock Project
                        1105 Highway T15
                        Knoxville, Iowa 50138
                        Knoxville:  (515) 828-7522

If you see an Unlisted, Accidental, or Rare bird, please contact the Lake Red Rock Visitor Center at the Address/Phone number above.
This resource is based on the following source:
De Vore, Dawn, Gladys Black, Ann Johnson, Beth Brown, Tim Schantz, Bill 
     Gilbert.  February 1996.  A Checklist of Birds at Lake Red Rock.  
     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
De Vore, Dawn, Gladys Black, Ann Johnson, Beth Brown, Tim Schantz, Bill 
     Gilbert.  February 1996.  A Checklist of Birds at Lake Red Rock.  
     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District.  Unpaginated.
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govredrock.htm 
     (Version 18SEP00)

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