February Cottontails Present Late Season Challenge

February Cottontails Present Late Season Challenge

Feb 27, 2015

I’m pretty sure that most hunters don’t regard cottontail rabbits as trophy game.  But by the time the end of the season rolls around, it’s hard for me to think of them as anything less. The dumb, lame, and lazy are long gone.  Any cottontails still on the landscape are street smart survivors; strictly cream of the crop.  Once their hiding spots have...

Ghost Hawk Hunts Iowa Woodlands

Ghost Hawk Hunts Iowa Woodlands

Feb 22, 2015

    With piercing yellow eyes and ghostly white plumage, the Siberian goshawk is one of the planet’s most stunningly beautiful raptors.  As large — or sometimes even larger — than an American red-tail, it is one of the world’s most efficient winged predators.  Inhabiting one of the harshest climates on earth, the bird is seldom...

Iowa’s Newest Bird Species Is Welcome Addition

Iowa’s Newest Bird Species Is Welcome Addition

Feb 7, 2015

Funny how a few inches of fresh snow can really make backyard bird feeders come alive.  That’s what happened across most of Iowa this week when a fast moving winter storm dropped anywhere from 4 to 15 inches of white stuff on the state last Sunday. Although a wide variety of birds stopped by to raid my feeders, boisterous flocks of house finches seemed to...