DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Good morning! I've decided that I will go back to my normal posting schedule next week as it will just be easier for me to stick to the old schedule for the time being. Anyway, on Tuesday, I posted about the Iowa Mountains adventure we took this past Sunday. We sure did have a lot of fun stopping here and there checking out things that were new to us, and things we had seen before. I mentioned that I had two more posts - out of three - about our adventure, so here's the second one.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is, as the name suggests, a great place for wildlife. They are particularly a bird haven, wetland and otherwise. While we were there we were able to see many different kinds of birds, and I managed to get some great photographs of them.

Just like we saw last time we went to Wild Heron Haven, we again saw some Mallard Ducks. It's migration season, according to the DeSoto staff, so this is not unusual. You can see the females and the males floating on the water.

The visitor's center at the refuge has many areas for viewing said wildlife. One such area is a direct viewing spot to a bunch of birdfeeders that the Refuge maintains. Because of this, one gets treated to various birds. This one is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker. 

Squirrel! He/she looked so cute eating the dropped bird feed that I had to take his/her picture.

This cute little bird is another woodpecker, the Downy Woodpecker.

These two are Red-Winged Blackbirds.

A Blue Jay scavenges the ground for some seed.

We also saw a few Robins and a Cardinal as well, although the latter flew off so quickly that I was unable to snap it's picture. I didn't bother to take pictures of the Robins since I see them pretty much daily. Getting pictures of the birds was fun and a great way to use my camera. It was also fun doing a bit of research to find out what kinds of birds these were. Of course, Nature Girl was super excited to see all the birds as well, and I had a hard time dragging her away.

If you're ever in Missouri Valley, Iowa, along I-29, and need something to do, check out DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.


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