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BIRD OF THE MONTH!

October 2018 Bird Of Month
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Great Egret

The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight in many North American wetlands. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. Early in the breeding season adults grow long plumes on their backs, which they raise in courtship displays. They were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds. Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully, with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour. Most Great Egrets move south for winter, traveling as far as the West Indies or southern Central America. They migrate by day in small flocks. Individuals from the southern U.S. may not migrate at all. They can be found locally in most any wetland during migration.

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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

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Olive-sided Flycatcher

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.