Friday, August 28, 2009

June 21 - Prairies and Pot Holes
Ron Martin met us at 5AM at our B and B to guide us through the prairies east of Minot. His expertise in putting us on the birds and in the proper habitat was well worth the guide fees.

Ron, in his self effacing way, provided us with stunning looks at Baird's Sparrow (North Dakota's #1 Star Bird), displaying Sprague's Pipit and its tireless hour long flights, impressive sparrow selection, and a visit to the nest of a Ferruginous Hawk. Chestnut-collared Longspur was truly a highlight for us all as well as hearing numerous Yellow Rail clicking in defence of their territories.

The morning included many other great birds before we headed back into town to enjoy our lunch on the porch of the B and B. Afterwards, we headed south to Garrison Dam in search of some new species. Large lakes and potholes yielded Horned Grebe on a nest, a look at a second year California Gull, close views of American White Pelican, Western Grebe at a distance, and many Common Tern.

We arrived back at Dakota Rose to enjoy some time on the porch with Ron and then a fine dinner at Dakota Rose. Ron made the day one of the best!

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