21 April 2009

Pine Ridge - 20 Apr. 2009

Our Long-billed Curlew surveys have taken us up to the northwestern corner of Nebraska.  The Pine Ridge of Nebraska hosts a couple neat western birds.  For example, Pygmy Nuthatches (see photo below) were common around Chadron State Park:

Another species that barely makes it into Nebraska is the Mountain Bluebird.  I have seen many over the last couple days, here is a photo of a male:

The raptors have been great over the last several days as well.  Species have included:

Red-tailed Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Prairie Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
American Kestral
Golden Eagle

Below is a picture of a Swainson's Hawk followed by a picture of a Ferruginous Hawk:

A nice treat this afternoon were many McCown's Longspurs in central Sioux County.  See photo below:

Tomorrow it will be another survey before heading back to Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  From there, we head east!