Kathi, Carina, her girlfriend Sam and I just started a road trip/vacation and we were passing through Iowa today. We took a brief time out from passing through the many cornfields to spend a little time birding in a small park in the nw portion of the state. Even at midday there was a nice selection of birds including Barred Owl, both Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, three or four Red-headed Woodpeckers, several Yellow-throated Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and many other great birds. For Kathi the top bird was Dickcissel, which was a lifer. We had seen many 'possible' Dickcissels at high speed as we drove along interstates, but at the end of this park we came across a nice close co-operative pair. Here is the best image I got of the male. Later we would see dozens of males as we drove west towards out next stop in South Dakota!

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