Iowa. The temps here are currently well below that of a Florida winter (10 degrees, -12 wind chill). Despite that and the lack of signs of spring, I decided to do a little birding. I saw quite a few species of birds including a couple which I don't readily see down south or in the abundance they are here this time of year: hairy and downy woodpeckers, northern juncos, black-capped chickadee, house finches, cardinals, and blue jays were all found in a short period of time. Crows, Canada Geese and Red-tailed Hawks were abundant as well. Brewer’s blackbird was another species I haven’t seen in a while.