Monday, June 22, 2009

Upland Sandpiper

Sheyenne National Grasslands in the vicinity of the Nature Conservancy's Brown Ranch, ND. I think this swath of wetland was actually owned by the Nature Conservancy.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dusky Grouse

Dusky Grouse (formerly Blue Grouse) at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, June 2009. This rather tame male was sheltering from the periodic drizzle under an evergreen at dawn, but also singing with a series of almost inaudibly low-frequency hoots. In dark conditions this was taken without the teleconverter at ISO 1600 at something absurd like 1/30th at f4. Nevertheless only required only moderate work with Noise Ninja to get a decent result.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gray Jay


Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming, to the east of Yellowstone National Park and to the west of Beartooth Pass.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Black Rosy-Finch

Adult Black Rosy-Finch in breeding plumage, feeding on a snow field at the east (MT) side of the eastern summit of Beartooth Pass. There were about 30 of them milling around. The following morning there were none here or anywhere along Beartooth Highway.

Mountain Bluebird



The male of a fairly cooperative pair at Makoshika State Park at Glendive, MT on the MN-ND-WY trip.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow

They are never supposed to be this cooperative, but this adult male Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow (now called Nelson's Sparrow) was singing on the reed-covered fence line at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge. Probably helped that at the time there were two males there, so competition for this small piece of habitat was relatively fierce.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Brewer's Blackbird

One of the few cooperative ones from the MN-ND-WY trip, roadside at Lords Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Bottineau, ND