Common yellowthroats in North Dakota on the James River

I found a sunflower patch right above the James River in North Dakota that’s attracting lots of common yellowthroats foraging for insects. Not only am I getting lots of photos, but I’ve also enjoyed the chance to observe how these little birds hunt for insects. They nab bugs from the bottoms of leaves as well as on the stalks of the sunflowers. I wonder if these birds were here all summer, or are they migrating south?

Winter at Sand Lake NWR

When I left the west coast, I had no idea I’d be heading for full-blown winter in mid-April. But winter is holding on with a vengeance at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. I arrived right before a potential blizzard. I had planned to take a few more days to drive the distance, but upon hearing of the pending storm, I put in a long day of driving and arrived a week ago. Good thing I got here Read More