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The Birds You Don’t See June 17, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Birds, Nature, Wapello.

Ghost BirdDid you know that about 250 different species of birds pass through Louisa County every year? Our location along the Mississippi flyway and the variety of habitat available in our county make it a great place to spot birds.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll see them.

Since I’ve moved to Wapello, friends and events have opened my eyes and ears to the creatures around me. I’ve begun discovering many birds that were there all along, but that I hadn’t seen.

For example, I had never even heard of a Dickcissel until a few weeks ago. Now, that I know what they look like and what they sound like, I see them every few days along the back roads or walking the trail in the South End park. They aren’t shy birds. I just hadn’t looked.

It’s the same with Song Sparrows and Common Yellow-Throats. Both are common, yet most people never hear them because they’re moving too fast or they have iPods blaring in their ears.

None of these birds are rare. They’re not as common as Robins or Grackles, but all one has to do is walk to the edge of town to see them.

Open your eyes! You’ll be amazed at how much there is to see.

Open your ears! The natural world is rarely quiet. Birds and other critters are everywhere, shouting their presence, waiting for you to notice them.

Click here for the US Geological Survey checklist of birds frequenting the Port Louisa Wildlife Refuge.

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