|The Badlands of the Dakotas|
After spending the first half of May in the eastern US, I traveled west to the Dakotas. Over the past week, I have traveled from the Badlands to north-central South Dakota conducting bird surveys for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. All of the Dakota specialties have been great Baird's Sparrows, Chestnut-collared Longspurs, Greater Prairie-Chickens, and other Dakota specialties has been great, but many of the migrants have been exciting as well. Shorebirds are still moving through the area in good numbers with 100+ Stilt and White-rumped Sandpipers in some areas with lesser numbers of many other shorebird species. The rarest bird so far has been a Henslow's Sparrow in Ft. Pierre National Grassland!
|Henslow's Sparrow (not the one from SD)|