We've been hearing more singing from the male cardinal that visits our backyard. He and his mate have stayed around and visited our birdfeeders during this winter, but they've been quiet until recently.
Attract Songbirds to Your Winter Garden: In midwinter, the bold red plumage of the northern cardinal is a welcome sight. Frequent visitors to bird feeders east of the Rocky Mountains, cardinals will feast on both sunflower and safflower seeds.
You're looking at just the third wood stork to be spotted in Iowa since 1977!The wood stork's normal range is the East Coast from South Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico and west to eastern Texas. The ones we occasionally see in the Midwest are just birds that have wandered in and found a spot to rest awhile. They usually don't stay long and don't breed here. Wood storks are on the federal threatened species list and should not be disturbed.Photo by Doug Lambert