Saturday, June 4, 2011

Some North Dakota Birds

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Wilson's snipe.

I've spent the past few days leading bird tours as part of The Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival in Carrington, North Dakota. The neat thing about bird watching out here is that everywhere you look, you see birds.

Another neat thing is the chance to see east meeting west, like with these kingbirds (eastern kingbird on the left, western kingbird on the right).

Among the specialty prairie birds to be found here is the chestnut-collared longspur. Here's a male on territory in Stutsman County.

With all the wetlands, sloughs, wet ditches, and flooded farm fields, there are many chances to see water-loving birds such as this Virginia rail, which came out to see us along Pipestem Creek.

Sharp-tailed grouse are common here but can be tricky to see. We found this one along a fence line while we birded the Jackson Highway.

If you've never birded in native prairie habitat, this event offers an excellent way to do just that. Great people, amazing birds, and rolling prairies that go on forever—all the way 'til they meet the sky.


On June 4, 2011 at 6:26 PM Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

I had the honor of working at Theodore Roosevelt National Park one summer, and completely fell in love with everything Noort Dakotan.

On June 4, 2011 at 8:05 PM Mike Whittemore said...

Bill, nice post! Our group saw a white-faced ibis and a relatively close sora! I'm on an internship at Arrowwood but I'm attending school in SE Ohio as well. This was my first birding trip and I'm hooked! Great weekend!

On June 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM eileeninmd said...

Wow, you saw some great birds. I would love the see the rail and the grouse. Wonderful photos.

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