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BIRD OF THE MONTH!

February 2017 Bird Of Month
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Carolina Wren

Look—or listen—for Carolina Wrens singing or calling from dense vegetation in wooded areas, especially in forest ravines. These birds love to move low through tangled understory; they frequent backyard brush piles and areas choked with vines and bushes. Its teakettle, teakettle song delivers an amazing number of decibels for its size. This wren often cocks its tail upward while foraging and holds it down when singing. It explores yards, garages, and woodpiles, sometimes nesting there. They're versatile nesters, making use of discarded flowerpots, mailboxes, propane-tank covers, and a variety of other items. Their nests have even been found in old coat pockets and boots. This hardy bird has been wintering farther  north in recent years but northern populations decrease  markedly after severe winters. We are on the northern edge of its range locally, but it can be found in South Ravine and the ravine areas of Stone State Park.

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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

January 2017 Bird Of Month
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Common Goldeneye

The male Common Goldeneye adds a bright note to winter days with its radiant amber eye, glistening green-black head, and crisp black-and-white body and wings. The female has a chocolate brown head with the same bright eye that gives this species its name. These distinctively shaped, large-headed ducks dive for their food, eating mostly aquatic invertebrates and fish. They nest in tree cavities in the boreal forest of Canada and Alaska; look for them on large rivers, lakes, and Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts in winter. Common Goldeneyes are compact, fast-flying ducks that reach speeds of over 40 miles an hour. In flight their wings make a distinctive whistling noise. Found locally in winter on the Missouri River and places like Snyder’s Bend and Brown’s Lake if there are open waters.