Prime Time Wood Ducks

Prime Time Wood Ducks

Oct 15, 2020

October is a month like no other — four full weeks of unparalleled beauty.  If I could figure a way to make it happen, I’d take October, put it in a bottle and then relive the month over and over again.  For the outdoor enthusiast, there are a million things to see and do in October.  It’s a time when autumn colors peak, blue jays...

Winter Wren Provides Surprise Sighting

Winter Wren Provides Surprise Sighting

Oct 12, 2020

The first half of October is a premier time for Iowa birding enthusiasts to hit the woods and waters.  The weather is mild, fall color has peaked, and birds are moving across our region by the thousands. Winter Wren – While observing a group of warblers foraging through thickly wooded understory, I spotted a nearby movement in the ground cover. ...

There’s a fox in my driveway! Now what do I do?

There’s a fox in my driveway!  Now what do I do?

Oct 7, 2020

I wish I had kept track of how many calls I’ve received this year regarding the dramatic invasion of red fox into the residential neighborhoods across Northern Iowa. There have been “fox on my patio” calls — Fox crossing the deck, fox under the deck, fox walking down the front sidewalk, fox with pups by the garden, fox chasing squirrels, fox...

Eight Minute Goose Breast

Eight Minute Goose Breast

Oct 5, 2020

By now, I think it’s obvious to everyone that Iowa’s giant Canada goose flock enjoyed banner production during 2020.  The event has not gone unnoticed by area waterfowlers who have been cashing in on some fast paced, early season action. But although hunters are enjoying early season success, there is also a potential downside.  Regardless of...

Bathing Beauties

Bathing Beauties

Oct 1, 2020

Bird baths are an important component of successful backyard bird feeding.  During the heat of summer, the benefits of providing a cool drink or clean water for bathing are more than obvious.  In some cases, water can draw as many birds as the feeders themselves. But now that summer has passed and the weather is cooling, many people are tempted...

Fall Warblers Present Ultimate Birding Challenge

Fall Warblers Present Ultimate Birding Challenge

Sep 23, 2020

Abandoning their summer homes in the North Country, tiny wood warblers are on the move.  For Iowa birding enthusiasts, the season’s most challenging migration has begun.  I use the word challenging because no other grouping of birds is more difficult to correctly identify than autumn warblers. Magnolia warber Even when warblers are bedecked in...