Monday, July 25, 2011

I Urge You All To Take Heed: Turtle Mountains Dos

Why hello there Mourning Warbler. You are rad.

Oh man. All this North Dakota is really taking a mental and physical toll on me. The wounds are getting to be too much. Hopefully I can keep this ship from sinking before my tour of duty is up...

Juvenile birds are everywhere now...everything from Clay-colored Sparrows to Franklin's Gulls. Shorebirds are coming through in increasing numbers, and the vast majority of our Piping Plovers have finished attempting to nest and have moved on. The tick population is still quite healthy, however.

Anyways. We're not going to talk about birds. The big news today is that The Great Ornithologist Felonious Jive has been crowned "best birder in the world", and has thus earned a gig writing at the best bird blog in the world, 10,000 Birds. You can read all about it here. Everything Corey says is completely true and accurate. We will miss the scumbag here at BB&B, but maybe now Seagull Steve will finally have a chance at the ladies. Afterwards, feel free to drink in some more Turtle Mountain birds right here...I never thought I would come back with a decent shot of a Mourning Warbler. Sick.

American Crow vs. Broad-winged Hawk.

Judging by those bloody primary feathers, the crow won.

Bufflehead brood. Adorbzzzzzzzzz.

Downy Woodpecker. Watch out. They can clearcut whole forests. Small ones.

Northern Waterthrushes are common breeders in the Turtles. But not if you take that statement literally.

American Redstarts, I think, would be worshipped reverently if they weren't so common in much of the east. 


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