6/30/21 – 7/12/21 We headed out west to see family and also did some birding! We hit CO, NV, ID, MT, ND before heading home once again. We loved seeing the Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Calliope Hummingbird, and Mountain Plover, while the Eared Grebes feeding and carrying their tiny chicks on their backs in ND was a definite highlight!
7/12/21 Near Steele, ND: Wandering the backways around Steele, we caught some cute Eared Grebe chicks and Western Grebe chicks.
7/11/21 to 7/12/21 More images from Billings Co. and around Steele, ND: We also came across an Upland Sandpiper family with young, Red-necked Grebe , Swainson’s Hawk (light ad, juv), a Lark Bunting pair, Eastern Kingbird , and Grasshopper Sparrow sitting on a wire.
7/11/21 to 7/12/21 Also from ND: Black Tern , Brown-headed Cowbird , distant American Avocet with young, Western Meadowlark , Rough-winged Swallow , and American White Pelican.
7/13/21 Long Lake, ND: A few more birds on the trip home: Wilson’s Phalarope , Black Tern , Cliff Swallow , all in flight.