Friday, June 8, 2007

Potholes & Prairie 2007

Friday, June 8, 2007

We've got the whole fam damily out here in the middle of North Dakota at The Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival. This is the fifth annual P&PBF and this year it's in Carrington, ND, a tiny prairie town about an hour northwest of Jamestown.
JZ, Liam, and Phoebe check out a prairie wildflower.

We're hanging out with old friends here, both feathered and human, and digging the scene in general. Today the sun is shining brightly. Yesterday was like a day in the monsoon season. But the birds did not seem to mind.

Yesterday's avian highlight, a male LeConte's sparrow singing on territory.

LeConte's sparrow near Arrowwood NWR. More on this bird later.

Today's: a couple of sora in a slough in the middle of the coteau. Breathtaking!

My best look ever at a sora.

Must fly to the next activity here: a wine tasting for which Julie, Jessie, Ernie, and I are playing music. We played last night at Ernie and Ann's ranch for the opening evening's picnic. Much jocularity was experienced by all.

Tomorrow: driving westward to favorite places like Chase Lake and sacred places beyond.

Wilson's phalarope pair. Moments later, they were working on making more phalaropes.


On June 11, 2007 at 9:32 AM Rondeau Ric said...

That's an awesome Sora Bill. Glad the whole family could enjou it together.

On June 11, 2007 at 9:26 PM teageeare said...

Glad we got to spend some time with you and Julie in ND. (Work on those auctioneering skills, though, OK!)

On June 12, 2007 at 11:39 AM dguzman said...

Really, BOTB--where's the "hot all-bird action"?