Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bird Surveys in the Dakotas

Greetings from Pierre, SD

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)

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