Spring Birding — Healthy for Body & Mind

Spring Birding — Healthy for Body & Mind

May 24, 2020

Looking for something to do?  Sure, aren’t we all?  No matter who or where you are, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has created some dramatically unwelcome changes in how we live.  Most of us are into our third month of physical distancing and we’re all getting a little stir crazy – more than ready to get back to life as we knew...

Spring Turkey Hunters Enjoy Banner Year

Spring Turkey Hunters Enjoy Banner Year

May 21, 2020

Time flies when you’re havin’ fun; and I rarely have more fun than when hunting wild turkeys.  But all good things must come to an end; hard to believe that all five segments of Iowa’s spring turkey seasons have come and gone.  The final season ended last Sunday.    As always, it proved to be an interesting spring with both...

May 6, 2020

One of the things I enjoy most about viewing wildlife is that you never know what’s coming next.  My latest example occurred earlier today while photographing wood ducks at a small wooded pond near Cerro Gordo county’s Zirbel Slough.  I’d been sitting in the blind for a couple of hours, when a blue-winged teal came zigzagging through the canopy...

Nesting Goose Pair Brings Joy to Assisted Living Residents

Nesting Goose Pair Brings Joy to Assisted Living Residents

May 2, 2020

The wait is over.  The hatch is on.  Newly emerged broods of baby Canada geese are appearing on wetlands across the state.  And although the annual renewal of life should bring joy to all who witness it, perhaps no group has been more thrilled by the sight of newly hatched goslings than the residents of Clear Lake’s Apple Valley Assisted...

Sign of the Season

Sign of the Season

May 1, 2020

The spring season is quickly advancing.  April has passed and it won’t be long until Iowa white-tails begin dropping their fawns.  I was recently reminded of this fact when I spotted a pair of adult does slowly browsing through the sundrenched woodland in my direction.  The deer kept coming until the closest had approached to within twenty...

One of a Kind Wood Duck

One of a Kind Wood Duck

Apr 27, 2020

I’ve spent much of April crouching in a blackout blind while observing the close range interactions between breeding pairs of wood ducks.  Most of my time is spent around small woodland ponds where each wetland serves as headquarters for anywhere from seven to around a dozen mated pairs of woodies.    Setting up well before first light,...