Birds of Iowa


Welcome to the Birds of Iowa website. This site contains photos and information about birds I have photographed in Iowa and other places. I have also added photos of amphibians, bats, flowers, fungi, mammals, salamanders, snails, snakes and turtles.


          I am retired from Rockwell Collins (April 2006). I was employed there for 40 years. I led a group at the airport that designs, documents and installs avionics equipment into airplanes.  I have been involved with Cedar Rapids Audubon since 1989. I have served as president for four of those years and also on the board in other positions. I am currently the membership chairman. I also do volunteer work with the Linn County Conservation department doing bird classes and studies of species in some of the parks. I have also been involved with the DNR doing Henslow’s Sparrow studies since 2004 at Pleasant Creek Lake State Recreation Area. Since 1989 I have increased my photography activity a tremendous amount, primarily with flowers and birds until 1994 when I started to concentrate on butterflies and dragonflies. Since 2002 I have also starting black lighting for moths. I also do a lot of landscaping in my backyard including ponds.

         In 2009 I created this website that has pictures of birds that I have photographed in Iowa and other places that I have traveled. I originally had this information in my site but the site got too big and I decided to put the birds on their own site.

I can be contacted at:

James Durbin

1460 Douglas Ct.

Marion, Ia 52302

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