Completed the three day trip to Bowman, ND, with substantial time in Teddy Roosevelt.
116 birds, 27 year birds, 8 lifers. Observations:
* Long-billed Curlews were certainly highlight of the trip - appearance, behavior, and serendipity - chased for day before finding, then had one turn up in Bowman.
* Number of MN birds are replaced by "relatives" there, knowing songs here was tremendously helpful.
* Separating Clark's from Western isn't easy, even at 20 feet or less at Long Lake.
* Amazing to see how common uplands, godwits and willets were.
* Chestnut-collared Longspurs are stunning in breeding plumage on fence lines.
* If one has lark in one's name, one is common in that area, Lark Sparrows, Lark Buntings & Western Meadowlarks absolutely everywhere.
* Nate may have gift of prophecy, he brought up ibises at Long Lake, one popped up shortly thereafter.
Good birding to all!
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