Site Details

Junkyard near Argyle - Lee County

GPS Coordinates: 40.5347909372512, -91.6077563166618

Management: Private (see directions for access)

Description: This rural junkyard, full of old cars and appliances, has become well-known to Iowa birders as the most reliable place for Bewick's Wren in the state. It is private property and birding must be done from the road, but in a fairly high percentage of trips there a Bewick's is at least heard.

Habitat: Junkyard surrounded by forest and scrub.

Directions: In western Lee Co. Out of Donnellson take U.S. 218 south two miles and continue south on Hwy. 27, the road to Argyle, where 218 bends southeast; 5.5 miles from this point enter Argyle and turn west on 295th St., where there is an old wooden church. Go two miles west including the transition from 295th to Belfast Rd. Soon there will be a sharp turn right, and at the following sharp turn left is the junkyard area where the wrens have been found.