Jaegers were the big hit of 2018 when it came to additions to Iowa birder's state life lists. There were 2 Parasitic Jaegers that spent time at Hawkeye Wildlife Area as well as Saylorville, and they were added to the state life lists of Chris Edwards, John Bissell, and Ray Cummins, while a Pomarine Jaeger seen at Lake Red Rock was added by Paul Roisen. Paul Roisen, Chris Edwards, and Doug Harr each added 2 species to their state life lists. It should be noted that Paul Roisen's Clark's Grebe is still being evaluated by the IOU Records Committee, and this list will be updated accordingly if it is not accepted.
New to the Iowa bird listing scene is Tom Dougherty, who has entered with a very impressive 246 species.
In the personally found species category, Paul Skrade was the only one to add a species to their list with Least Bittern. This list measures overall effort in the field.
The documentations for the birds above were reviewed and accepted by the IOU Records Committee, as were many others. More detailed information for each one can be found in Iowa Bird Life. We ask that all casual and accidental species added to lists reported here undergo the same sort of review so that all lists conform to the same standards.