Spring is such a magical time in the outdoors. Even with the harshness of this past winter and the record level of snowfall we've received, in the spring everything is given new life.
Birds of all kinds return from their winter vacation destinations in the South. Some keep traveling North into North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada, but a few choose to make Iowa their summer home. Waterfowl have returned by the thousands to Northwest Iowa, including many species that we don't get to see very often such as specklebelly and snow geese. Their unmistakable high-pitched honking rings through the fresh spring air.
Of course Canada geese have returned in droves as well, searching out nesting sites where they will soon raise their goslings.
A flock of Canada geese enjoy the warm, sunny, Spring weather.
EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs
The cackle and drumming of male pheasants in search of a mate also echoes in the early mornings.
And let's not forget the King of Spring and my favorite sporting pursuit, the eastern wild turkey, which was my actual reason for getting out and about this weekend with camera in tow.
Testosterone driven gobblers have been rattling the hardwood river bottoms and field edges for a few weeks now and will only continue to become more boastful as hens become more receptive to their sweet talk.
There is just nothing like watching the world awaken from its winter slumber. Soon the grasses will begin to green, trees will begin to leaf out, lilacs will bloom, crappie and walleye will put on the feed bags and those little delicious fungi known as morel mushrooms will start to pop.
So get out and enjoy the beauty of spring while you can, before the heat, humidity and mosquitoes of summer take over!