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BIRD OF THE MONTH!

April 2015 Bird Of Month
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American White Pelican

One of the largest North American birds, the American White Pelican is majestic in the air. The birds soar with incredible steadiness on broad, white-and-black wings. Their large heads and huge, heavy bills give them a prehistoric look. On the water they dip their pouched bills to scoop up fish and other aquatic organisms or tip-up like an oversized dabbling duck. Sometimes groups work together to herd fish into the shallows for easy feeding. During the breeding season, adults grow an unusual projection or horn on the upper mandible near the tip of the bill. They are superb soarers, and often travel long distances in large flocks by soaring. When flapping, their wingbeats are slow and methodical. American White Pelicans typically breed on islands in shallow wetlands in the interior of the continent. They spend winters mainly on coastal waters, bays, and estuaries, or a little distance inland.

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Loess Hills Audubon Society meets at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road the first Thursday of the month during the months of October thru May at 7:30 P.M. The first meeting of the year is the annual potluck at Stone Lodge in Stone State Park at 6:00 P.M.

Each of these meetings includes a quality program of various subjects. The public is invited and welcome to attend these meetings. Check the Meetings Page for information on upcoming programs.

Birding outings occur monthly. The public is invited and welcome to attend these outings. Check the Outings Page for information on upcoming outings.

Loess Hills Audubon Society
PO Box 5133
Sioux City, IA 51102
http://lhas.tripod.com/
 
 

Mission Statement

The 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

March 2015 Bird Of Month
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Brown Creeper

Brown Creepers are tiny woodland birds with an affinity for the biggest trees they can find. Look for these little, long-tailed scraps of brown and white spiraling up stout trunks and main branches, sometimes passing downward-facing nuthatches along the way. Blending easily into the bark, they probe into crevices and pick at loose bark with their slender, down curved bills. Their piercing calls can make it much easier to find this hard-to-see but common species. They search for small insects and spiders by hitching upward in a spiral around tree trunks and limbs. They move with short jerky motions using their stiff tails for support. To move to a new tree, they fly weakly to its base (sometimes doing a ‘backflip’ to get there) and resume climbing up. They sing a high, warbling song and also have a high, wavering call note. Look for this species in our area during the winter months.