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
|December 2016 Bird Of Month
Because of its popularity as a game bird in Europe, the Gray Partridge was brought
to North America as early as the 1790s, although it was not really established here until later. It has been most successful
on the northern prairies, where it often does very well in farm country. Gray Partridges live in flocks, or coveys, at most
times of year. Even where they are common, they often go unseen as they forage in the tall grass. Gray Partridge hens produce
some of the largest clutches of any bird species. Clutch size can range up to 22 eggs, and averages 16 to 18. Eats seeds from
a wide variety of plants, including many grasses and weeds, also waste grain from crops such as wheat, oats, corn, and sunflower.
In winter, may burrow into snow to reach seeds on ground. Permanent Iowa resident, rarely seen locally (covey of 9 east of