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
A large upright perching flycatcher. From the front it looks like it is wearing a vest
as its gray sides contrast with white stripe down the belly. Head feathers are sometimes raised giving the head a peeked look
and its white tufts on sides of rump are distinctive but often not visible. It gives its "quick-three-beers" song from the
tops of tall snags and it makes dashing flights from its high perch to catch flying insects, then returns to the same perch.
Is frequently associated with burned forests. The opened area and the abundant snags may help it to catch flying insects.
Will defend its nest aggressively. A pair was observed to knock a red squirrel off a nest limb and chase it away. Found locally
during migration in places like the Loess Hills Wildlife Area but is sometimes a challenge to locate.