Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|February 2017 Bird Of month
Look—or listen—for Carolina
Wrens singing or calling from dense vegetation in wooded areas, especially in forest ravines. These birds love to move low
through tangled understory; they frequent backyard brush piles and areas choked with vines and bushes. Its teakettle, teakettle
song delivers an amazing number of decibels for its size. This wren often cocks its tail upward while foraging and holds it
down when singing. It explores yards, garages, and woodpiles, sometimes nesting there. They're versatile nesters, making use
of discarded flowerpots, mailboxes, propane-tank covers, and a variety of other items. Their nests have even been found in
old coat pockets and boots. This hardy bird has been wintering farther north in recent
years but northern populations decrease markedly after severe winters. We are on the
northern edge of its range locally, but it can be found in South Ravine and the ravine areas of Stone State Park.