Thursday, June 7, 2012

Some North Dakota Birds (& Pie)

Thursday, June 7, 2012
If you've never been to North Dakota on a birding trip this post will give you a taste of just some of the birds we see. Things like Virginia rail (above) and sharp-tailed grouse (below).

Male yellow-headed blackbirds sing their retching songs from every slough.

And drake blue-winged teal forage and float on flooded fields.

Marsh wrens send their chatter-scolds across the cattails, the sound often swept away by the swift prairie wind.

A shelter belt near an old farmstead might be the home of a pair of nesting Say's phoebes.

And American bitterns are fairly easy to see among the potholes in the coteau.

Some days are gray, chilly, and wet—but that never stops us. In fact the challenging weather makes it all the more sweet when you stop for lunch at one of the small ton cafes, like the great one in Woodworth.

Where they make amazing pies for their hungry customers.

Rhubarb pie is my favorite. I can already taste it!

For more information about birding in North Dakota and the Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival, visit


On June 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM Lee said...

Never thought of mixing rhubarb pie and birding together, but it works. :)

On June 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM cyberthrush said...

yes, enough bird pics already; in the future more photos of pie please....

On June 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM lwsexson said...

The Indiana Audubon Society has a trip scheduled to the area. We are leaving on June 9 to head up there. We will not be attending the festival but we will be looking at the same birds in the same area so these articles have been very helpful. You are whetting our appitites for birds to look at and pie to eat. Thanks

On June 8, 2012 at 10:28 PM Anonymous said...

I'll B C N U. I'm registered and have started packing.