Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Badlands

My time in the North Dakota badlands is finally up. I really like the area but at somepoint, as a kid from Indiana, you need some real trees. The small stands of cottonwoods along the rivers help ease the pain, but doesn't quite cut it. A couple weeks ago I talked to a guy from North Dakota who along with telling me he had recently seen Brown Pelican and Harris's Hawk in Hettinger (haha), couldn't stand trees because he liked seeing where he would be in an hour.

Anyway, after an unfriendly cactus, plenty of sweet snakes, some cool birds, and a couple of flat tires it was time for a change.

Here are some pics from my time in the Badlands, in no particular order:




One of the common grassland birds, the uppie or Upland Sandpiper.


Some very cute Willet chicks.


A road to . . . Square Top Butte. In other words to nowhere.



Golden Eagle, enough said.



See I do go to church when I'm out here. I can't figure out why I'm the only one who showed up.




Black-billed Magpie looking as cool as can be in flight.




A scenic view in the badlands.




13-lined Ground Squirrel


-Eric

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