Iowa Bobolinks First Walk!

The first Iowa Bobolinks birding walk was held on Friday, November 10, 2017. Five daring participants arrived around 10:00 am, braving the blustery 23ºF morning.  Two of the participants were attending their first birding trip ever! We hiked the Shellsburg Prairie Forest Trail loop and, despite the winds, spotted 11 species! Including: 10+ House Finches at the trailhead, 9 House Sparrows, 4 Blue Jays, 3 American Crows, multiple Black-capped Chickadees that greeted us as we entered the timber, 1 American Robin, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 2 Bald Eagles, 4 Chipping Sparrows, 7 Songs Sparrows, and a close-up look at an adult Cooper’s Hawk as it flew over the prairie. The walk was also highlighted by the multiple owl and/or hawk kills along the forest trail. Examining the fur blanketing the ground led us to deduce the victims were a few unfortunate rabbits.

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