Winter Wren

Winter Wren

May 3, 2014

  Spring turkey hunting has many side benefits.  One of the most rewarding is all of the interesting things you encounter other than turkeys.  A good example recently occurred as I spotted an energetic little bird feeding along a brushy deer trail.  Although the bird was definitely “wren-like”, I knew there was something different.   Slowly...

Epic Migration

Epic Migration

May 1, 2014

      Unless you spent the entire day in a corner of your Mother’s basement, it would have been nearly impossible to miss the epic migration of broad-winged hawks that  moved into Northern Iowa during the afternoon of Friday, April 25, 2014.  It was one of those rare warm and sunny days [only the third time the sun had shown its face in...

Spring Dancers Provide Unique Outdoor Display

Spring Dancers Provide Unique Outdoor Display

May 1, 2014

  The stage is set.  The house lights are dimming.  Right on schedule, the evening performance begins.  As the sunset explodes into a dazzling array of color, a solitary, quail-sized bird launches from the forest floor.  Spiraling ever higher, the sky dancer’s black silhouette soon hovers more than 300 feet above its woodland home.  With the flight...