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Transitory Visitors in Siouxland, American White Pelicans, Badger Lake, Whiting

18 May

American White Pelicans settle in enjoying the afternoon sunlight during a brisk, windy day at badger Lake in rural Monona County near Whiting, Iowa Monday April 25, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

With the migrating waterfowl like the American White Pelicans passing through Siouxland, I sometimes get confused about what birds find a home in this area and those that are passing on to another destination. Like the majority of Canada geese that use Siouxland as flyover country, but others call it home.

A truck hauling equipment passes in the background as American White Pelicans settle in enjoying the afternoon sunlight during a brisk, windy day at badger Lake in rural Monona County near Whiting, Iowa Monday April 25, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

American White Pelicans settle in enjoying the afternoon sunlight during a brisk, windy day at badger Lake in rural Monona County near Whiting, Iowa Monday April 25, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As I occasionally check various locations around the area to see who’s hanging out, sometimes I am delighted, other times disappointed when I find nothing. But then there is another day, and these critters like we humans are dealing with roller coaster weather than runs cold, then hot, dry, then wet, which probably interrupts their travels as much as it does our daily lives. And some of us are not traveling as far.

Wishing these critters a safe journey and fair winds as they journey to their summer destination.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

American White Pelicans settle in enjoying the afternoon sunlight during a brisk, windy day at badger Lake in rural Monona County near Whiting, Iowa Monday April 25, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Enjoying a Day Out in Siouxland, Little Sioux

26 Jan
An American White pelican lands on the Little Sioux River looking for a snack, located near Little Sioux, Iowa. The Little Sioux River feeds into the Missouri River Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Some outings in Siouxland are just a nice day out with hopes of finding something of interest to photograph. Some days are bust, some days are golden, and some days are just a nice day out.

This winter the weather has been see sawing back and forth between cold and warm. During a warm outing in late December I checked out an area to see what I might find that I have driven by numerous times. I didn’t exactly find what I was looking for, but wasn’t disappointed either.

An American White pelican flies over the Little Sioux River that feeds into the Missouri River Wednesday, December 22, 2021 near Little Sioux, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A bald eagle sits in a tree along the Missouri River checking things out, after flying about earlier Wednesday, December 22, 2021 near Little Sioux, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A couple of eagles were flying about the Missouri River at the junction of it and the Little Sioux River near Little Sioux. And behind an RV park there is a boat ramp both going into the Missouri River and the Little Sioux River. I don’t have a boat, but the confluence of the two bodies of water did provide a place for wildlife including the eagles and some American White Pelicans. It’s possible during the spring migration that more these birds will be passing through as the water here was not frozen over and there were not a lot of people at the time. Of course, it’s winter, and folk, like me, maybe decided it as a day better spent indoors. Here’s to spring.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The Little Sioux River flows over some rocks creating a small rapids before emptying into the Missouri River Thursday, December 23, 2021 near Little Sioux, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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