Cooper’s hawks — Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admire their speed and agility

Cooper’s hawks — Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admire their speed and agility

Mar 19, 2019

It would be hard to think of a bird exhibiting more cunning, speed, and raw savagery than the crow-sized Cooper’s hawk. Equally at home in wilderness forest and suburban hedgerow, the highly maneuverable Cooper’s is perhaps best known for its surprise attacks on backyard bird feeders — raids that usually result in an unfortunate dove,...

Visiting Siskins

Visiting Siskins

Mar 5, 2019

Considering the dramatic mix of weather we’ve endured during the past several weeks, I’m guessin’ that it would be hard for most of us to think of Northern Iowa as a Sunny South, winter destination. You know, the kind of place you’d go to escape unreasonably deep snow cover, extreme cold, polar wind chills and other winter unpleasantries. But for an...

Iowa Cottontails Present Late Winter Challenge

Iowa Cottontails Present Late Winter Challenge

Feb 21, 2019

Rabbit hunting is one of my favorite winter pastimes. I especially love getting out in new snow. Fresh, crisp, and clean; the winter woodlands are never more beautiful. The rabbits sit tight, and every track is fresh. I’m not alone in my enthusiasm. An important link in the natural food chain, rabbits have been a time-honored menu item for foxes,...

Freezing Drizzle Threatens Wild Bird Survival

Freezing Drizzle Threatens Wild Bird Survival

Feb 8, 2019

Tailless black-capped chickadee – Feb. 7, 2019 Here in northern Iowa, the first week of February has provided an incredibly diverse mix of weather – everything from 40-degree temps to double digit, below zero wind chills and new snow. On Feb. 6th, prolonged periods of freezing drizzle turned to snow during the overnight hours. As snow continued into the...

Winter Weather Extremes Bring Bizarre Wildlife Sighting

Winter Weather Extremes Bring Bizarre Wildlife Sighting

Feb 7, 2019

No one will argue that our Iowa winter has been one of weather extremes. Gone but not forgotten, the month of January provided our most dramatic example; offering everything from unseasonable warmth to polar blasts of life threatening cold and minus 60-degree wind chills. The month included a rich variety of rain showers, freezing drizzle, fog, heavy snowfall,...