Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Finishing Breeding Bird Surveys in the Great Plains

Over the last few weeks, I have been finishing up some breeding bird surveys from the Niobrara and North Platte Rivers in Nebraska to the Little Missouri River in North Dakota.  I even spent a day counting breeding birds in the presence of four great Presidents in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  From avoiding bison, to avoiding rattlesnakes, and miserably failing to avoid mosquitoes, my last month had very few slow days. 

A typical view in the badlands of North and South Dakota
The birds didn't disappoint either.  Northern Cardinals in western Nebraska were exciting until I had many, many more along the Niobrara River.  Some eastern birds that are difficult to see throughout the western Dakotas and Nebraska abounded along the Niobrara River.  Listening to Western Wood-Pewees singing next to Eastern Wood-Pewees was a real treat!  

A view of the Missouri River in North Dakota

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