On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Albatrossity.

Batch #2 of 2 from my trip to the northern prairies.

Taken on 2019-06-24 00:00:00

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, southern unit, North Dakota

Lazuli Buntings are abundant in the right habitat in this part of the world; you can hear their cheery songs everywhere on a sunny morning. This male just came out to forage after a brief rainstorm, and his wet plumage makes his head even more lazuli than usual.

Taken on 2019-06-25 00:00:00

Thunder Basin National Grassland, Wyoming

Short-eared Owls are relatively common in open terrain across much of North America, although they have disappeared as nesting species in the more southerly regions. They had some odd habits for an owl, nesting on the ground and often hunting by day. Like this one, they always look surprised when they are sighted by humans.

Thunder Basin National Grassland, Wyoming

Golden Eagles are magnificent predators of the open prairies and mountains of the West. Widespread but never common, they are always a treat to see. This is an adult bird, with a golden nape, but it also had some rather interesting sun-bleached feathers that made me question the ID and age class initially.

Taken on 2019-06-24 00:00:00

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, southern unit, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is known for its bison herd and its prairie dog towns. These bison were unperturbed by a summer thunderstorm which sent the tourists running for their vehicles.

Taken on 2019-06-22 00:00:00

Lostwood National Wildlife refuge, near Kenmare ND

It is difficult to capture the beauty of the prairie pothole region in photographs; I would just urge you to visit someday and see it for yourself. This lake and many others like it are on the Missouri Coteau, a 20-mile wide glacial moraine left after the Wisconsin glaciation about 10000-12000 years ago. The coteau stretches from Iowa to Alberta, and is dotted by these depressional wetlands. Sadly, lots have been lost to agricultural practices, and more will be lost under the revised Waters of the USA regulations recently proposed by the Trump Administration’s EPA.


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6 replies
  1. 1
    Rob says:

    A cheerful Lazuli Bunting makes every morning better.

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    Raven says:

    From “The Girl Who Got Rattled “:

    Alfred came upon Miss Caldwell seated quietly on her horse in the very center of a prairie-dog town, and so, of course, in the midst of an area of comparatively desert character. She was amusing herself by watching the marmots as they barked, or watched, or peeped at her, according to their distance from her. The sight of Alfred was not welcome, for he frightened the marmots.

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    arrieve says:

    Happy Albatrossity Tuesday! I especially love that damp lazuli bunting.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Tuesdays with Albatrossity, ’nuff said.

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    Ccl says:

    Beautiful, thank you for the respite.

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