Saturday, May 14, 2011

North and South Dakota

I have spent the last week mostly in South Dakota but just arrived in North Dakota today. From Monday-Thursday I camped in Custer State Park. After a few days of training in Custer State Park for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory I headed to Wyoming for one morning to help a couple people get the RMBO bird survey protocol down. That survey went well with many Brewer's Sparrows, a Loggerhead Shrike, and a Sage Sparrow. On Friday afternoon, another field tech and I drove to Lemmon, SD so she could shadow me on a survey. It turned out to be pretty windy but we were able to get some good birds including a few Sprague's Pipits and lots of Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

Golden Eagle-One of the species found during training.

Chestnut-collared Longspur-One of my favorite dakota grassland birds.


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