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
With dark gray upperparts and a
neat white tip to the tail, the Eastern Kingbird looks like it’s wearing a business suit. And this big-headed, broad-shouldered
bird does mean business—just watch one harassing crows, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, and other birds that pass
over its territory. Eastern Kingbirds often perch on wires in open areas and either sally out for flying insects or flutter
slowly over the tops of grasses. Parent Eastern Kingbirds feed their young for about seven weeks. Because of this relatively
long period of dependence, a pair generally raises only one brood of young per nesting season. Long-distance migrant. Eastern
Kingbirds migrate by day in flocks of 10 to 60 birds, joining much larger flocks when crossing bodies of water. They spend
winters in South American forests, where they eat mainly fruit. Can be found locally in open habitats such as yards, fields,
pastures, grasslands, or wetlands.