I picked Reed up this morning and we headed here —
Lime Creek Nature Center, north of Mason City.
Reports of a Varied Thrush, a rare bird to be seen in Iowa, were online and this morning it was reportedly still there.
We dressed relatively warm but when we arrived we found the building to be closed so if we wanted to see this bird, we had to stand outside. We talked to a fellow with a huge camera who had already gotten photos of the beautiful bird. He drove to Mason City from Waterloo, a 2 Hour drive, just to photograph this bird. No bird in sight. We were frozen after 40 minutes so we went to the car to warm up. When we returned he told us that the bird had been there while we were in the car. So we waited again and then moved to the other side of the viewing area. Still no bird. Another gal who had also driven from Waterloo came to tell us the bird was where she was watching so we hurried there. The bird flew across the feeding area to the spot right where we HAD been standing. She felt terrible but it wasn’t her fault. Still we saw no bird and were again frozen so off to the car again to warm up again. By now 2 hours had passed. We saw many cardinals, both male and female but no varied thrush.
One time when we went back to the car there was a flock of cedar waxwings on the ground and they immediately flew to this tree.
I did not realize they were so small. We saw all the regular birds, too – blue jays, downy woodpeckers, juncos, chickadees, goldfinches, pine siskins – but no varied thrush! Everybody else had a photo but us. We were chunks of ice by the time we gave up and headed for home. I’m too impatient to be a bird watcher!
We never did see the varied thrush – very disappointing.
I’ve been home an hour already and I am cold to the bone. With a rare bird in the area and it being a holiday weekend, I can’t imagine that the inside viewing area was not open. We’ll try again – it may still be there next week.
While I was recently looking for old photos, I came across these from two different houses I lived in. As you can see, plants are not a new hobby for me. I have always loved plants in pots.
By the time we left Lime Creek it had started to rain. Brrrrr!