Winged Wednesday 6/22/2022

Eric Gofreed

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I'm back from a 4,300-mile driving tour of 15 National Wildlife Refuges in North Dakota and Minnesota. So for today's Winged Wednesday I'll start it off with five photos from the trip.

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Finding an American bittern had been a rarity until this trip. I saw 10 and heard 30 more. I spotted this one by the roadside. He was in the reeds between the road and the marsh. I was surprised he didn't flee as I approached. But do you know who did flee? A second bittern. I almost brushed against him while photographing the first. I was startled when he flew. Fortunately, he circled back and I clicked away as he flew by.

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This was one of my favorite Bittern flight shots.

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Black terns are small and fast

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Black-bellied plover breed near the arctic ocean so seeing one in breeding plumage in North Dakota was a pleasant surprise. Outside of North America, they're called the gray plover.

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Female Eastern pondhawk dragonfly.
 
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Trent Watts

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I'm back from a 4,300-mile driving tour of 15 National Wildlife Refuges in North Dakota and Minnesota. So for today's Winged Wednesday I'll start it off with five photos from the trip.

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Finding an American bittern had been a rarity until this trip. I saw 10 and heard 30 more. I spotted this one by the roadside. He was in the reeds between the road and the marsh. I was surprised he didn't flee as I approached. But do you know who did flee? A second bittern. I almost brushed against him while photographing the first. I was startled when he flew. Fortunately, he circled back and I clicked away as he flew by.

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This was one of my favorite Bittern flight shots.

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Black terns are small and fast

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Black-bellied plover breed near the arctic ocean so seeing one in breeding plumage in North Dakota was a pleasant surprise. Outside of North America, they're called the gray plover.

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Female Eastern pondhawk dragonfly.
Oh my goodness Eric, what a fantastic trip with your usual expert photographic record. Nicely presented.
 

JimFox

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Staff member
I'm back from a 4,300-mile driving tour of 15 National Wildlife Refuges in North Dakota and Minnesota. So for today's Winged Wednesday I'll start it off with five photos from the trip.

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Finding an American bittern had been a rarity until this trip. I saw 10 and heard 30 more. I spotted this one by the roadside. He was in the reeds between the road and the marsh. I was surprised he didn't flee as I approached. But do you know who did flee? A second bittern. I almost brushed against him while photographing the first. I was startled when he flew. Fortunately, he circled back and I clicked away as he flew by.

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This was one of my favorite Bittern flight shots.

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Black terns are small and fast

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Black-bellied plover breed near the arctic ocean so seeing one in breeding plumage in North Dakota was a pleasant surprise. Outside of North America, they're called the gray plover.

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Female Eastern pondhawk dragonfly.
What a fun trip Eric! I have been going to Minnesota the last couple of years for fall colors and having a blast. It's great to hear that area is also great for birding.
 

Eric Gofreed

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My week included a trip to a farm for a wood turning event. The bush around the farm site was full of birds. I had never seen so many Brown-headed Cowbirds at one time. This shot did not include all of them I'm sure. Common Grackles were maybe even more in number.

Males hanging out in a dead tree.
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Excellent work, Trent. I saw 400 plus cowbirds. I did take photos but I'm not sure I'll post any because they're cowbirds.
 

Eric Gofreed

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A Butterfly from the Butterfly Pavillion in Denver a few months ago.

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Superb photo, Jim. I'm thinking Doug might ID this one.
Great images so far. My contributions are a hummingbird and two butterflies.

Sparkling Violet-eared Hummingbird at Butterfly Wonderland in FL.

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Piano Key Butterfly, Butterfly Wonderland, Fl

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Paper Kite Butterfly, Butterfly Wonderland, FL

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amazing work as expected, Doug
 

JimFox

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I captured this yesterday. :)

A Redwing Blackbird at a local marsh in Northern Colorado.

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