Birds of the Northern Great Plains

Travelling between Minnesota and western Montana means spending quite a bit of time in the Dakotas and eastern Montana. There's really no avoiding it. The truth is that there's much beauty to be found there, and I don't mind. I particularly like the "tree graveyards", those somewhat rare wetlands and small lakes that have stands of dead trees in them, seemingly preserved forever.

American Coot

Fulica americana

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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

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Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

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Cooper's Hawk (juvenile)

Accipiter cooperii

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Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

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Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

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Merlin

Falco columbarius

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Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

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Northern Pintail

Anus acuta

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Nothern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

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Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile eastern)

Buteo jamaicensis

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Ring-necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

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Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta

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