A northern cardinal sang a duet with a chipping sparrow at dawn on Sunday, May 7th. The chipping sparrow was hidden in the branches of a young oak tree near the Bison and Elk Enclosure at Jester Park, Iowa. The cardinal was in the woods across the road.
I was there to check on the two baby bison. I saw them for the first time on Saturday morning. They were playing with one another on the far side of the field. At dawn on Sunday morning, the bison were gathered on the top of the hill by the fence. I caught a glimpse of the baby bison before the adults herded them away down the hill.
An hour later, the bison were still out of sight. The chipping sparrow was back singing in the oak tree. He was all by himself this time. The cardinal had moved on.
I didn’t see the baby bison on the April 16th visit. I looked for them then. I have been wondering if there would be any new arrivals this spring. There are two!
A chipping sparrow singing at dawn from a young oak tree in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017. A northern cardinal sings along from the woods. A meadowlark sings and Canadian geese call in the background.
A duet between a northern cardinal and a chipping sparrow in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017. A meadowlark sings and Canadian geese call in the background.
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