After my conference in Rapid City , SD, I again met up with the leader from the bird field trip and he graciously offered to chauffeur me around for another day of birding. While in the field trip we were limited by the preset route; now we could go anywhere and had already done the Black Hills before. So, this time we set out to do the lowlands with a quick stop at the base of some hills where Pinyon Jay had been seen before. We lucked out for Pinyon Jay but did have a nice bit of activity. Black-billed Magpie, House Finch, and Cedar Waxwings were all moving around the pines.
|My bird host Gene at our first stop|
From there we headed out into the agricultural areas and to a seasonal pond. We got lucky with water and birds.
|Seasonal pond- American Avocets and such..|
The most important for me was Wilson's Phalarope (lifer)! Not a great picture but it will work.
While staring at the pond there were a couple of Upland Sandpipers that let me know, they would rather I got back into the car and leave them ALONE!
Luckily, the Red-winged Blackbirds were there to help chase the Red-tailed Hawk away.
We decided to head east a bit but on the way this eagle caught our eye. We never got close enough for good looks or photos and this is about the best. We called it a Bald Eagle but now I begin to wonder.... What do you think?
|The eagle: Bald? Golden?|
Thanks to the fences and fence posts, we did get some fantastic views of Horned Larks...
|Black-tailed prairie dog|
And what trip to South Dakota would be complete without a picture of pronghorn antelopes. (ps... they aren't really antelopes)
|The un-antelope antelope.. Antilocapra americana|