Tag Archives: birding

Spring Wishing in Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City, South Dakota

13 Feb
A female eastern blue bird sits perched in a tree at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in North Sioux City, South Dakota. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Even though February has barely begun in Siouxland and elsewhere, the current warm weather spell has increased that longing for spring to arrive, early even, for an opportunity for early morning walks and searching for song birds again at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.

A photographer searches a wetland area for a specific species of songbird at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A young robin puffs out its feathers sitting in a bush near a wetland area at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The fresh air that doesn’t freeze the air passage on the way in and sunlight early in the morning is a delight that some folk enjoy. Plus it makes getting exercise easier when one doesn’t think about frozen toes walking on one the preserves many trails. And if one happens to linger a bit to just enjoy the moment, hot coffee doesn’t pop into one’s mind giving incentive to hurry back to the car and a warmer space after a brisk walk.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A robin sits in the shade of a tree at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Nature in Siouxland, Pierson

20 May

While out aimlessly driving one day I drove into Pierson, Iowa. Another small, Iowa town. As I was beginning to look around I drove over to a park and explored a baseball/softball complex. One will find a lot of these in smaller towns. The ball field nestled into a corner of the town, usually next to a park. The local high school team and others playing there during the summer months. But what caught my eye was reading the bulletin board at the complex, and then noticing tucked up against the glass case was a robin nesting three eggs. I tried to walk slowly by without disturbing the bird, but it flew off. To a nearby tree from where it looked down on me and kept up its diversion chirping. All the while I was hoping the eggs hatch soon and the little ones and mom can fly away to a safer place, before the baseball season starts which is generally around May. I haven’t been back and am still hoping all went well.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Birding in Siouxland and dreaming of Spring, Rural Woodbury County

3 Mar

This morning, the third day of March, 2014, the temperature was a minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit, and is expected to reach its warmest peak around 5 p.m., an expected 16 degrees above zero. This winter, although devoid of a lot of snow, has been brutally cold with temperatures below 15 degrees, many times below zero. Add in the prairie wind and wind chill could easily hit – 15 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit. This video piece was something I photographed in Woodbury County August, 2008, but had never produced. With the cold, cold winter and spring only 18 days away, now seemed an appropriate time to look forward to warmer temperatures and an activity out of doors in shirt sleeves. Bill Huser is a local birder, a member of the local Audubon Society ( the Loess Hills Audubon Society ), and occasionally takes neophyte groups of people along to interest them in the sport and enjoy a nice day out. This is one of those days.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


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