While late July is typically known as a slower time for birding, the prairies always hold something of interest; whether it be southbound shorebirds heralding the end of summer or frantic parents raising young birds. Here are some of my photos from my latest trip out to the prairies.
Eastern Kingbirds were common throughout the trip with adults feeding their young
Kingbirds were not the only ones feeding young. This Western Meadowlark had food in its beak it was carrying to its chicks
Raptors need to eat too though and sometimes young birds are easiest to catch; this Merlin had what appeared to be a young Western Kingbird
The main theme of the day though was the many shorebirds passing through
Lesser Yellowlegs were by far the most common shorebird
However I enjoyed watching the American Avocets the most, as they swept their long curved bills back in forth in the water
In another month, the prairies will look totally different, as will their bird life, demonstrating how truly remarkable this ecosystem really is.