I love watching for birds while traveling on vacation.
Of course, snapping a picture out the window of a car moving at 70 miles per hour doesn’t work. So, while I spotted 3 pheasants in the fields of Iowa, no pictures of them.
Perhaps a funny story about my sighting instead?
Me, gazing out window: I think I just saw 2 prairie chickens!!
Husband, driving: You probably saw pheasants.
Me: Well, they looked like chickens and had some red on them.
Husband: Male pheasants have a red ring.
Me: Looks up the birds on the bird app. Prairie chickens aren’t a choice. Stubborn as I am though…went ahead and googled “prairie chicken pictures”
Me, a few minutes later: Yep, I saw pheasants.
(And apparently, I need some prairie chicken identification skills).
A few more minutes pass….and…
Me: I saw another pheasant!
Birds spotted in the Duluth, Minnesota Area:
Lots of Seagulls! And loons…harder to photograph as they seemed to always be flying over head or a way out in the waters…
Now, I’ll need some help as I forgot my bird books and the phone signal didn’t want to cooperate much.
Spotted these in the lake near Two Harbors, Minnesota: And found this pretty bird diving under the waters of the Gooseberry Falls State Park:
Along the shores of a smaller Minnesota lake:
And flying overhead:
Also spotted but not pictured because they were mostly sighted from the car: turkey vultures, tons more red-winged blackbirds along our route, pretty sure a bald eagle flew over the car near a lake just outside of St. Paul, blue herons, robins, and sparrows.
(And while not bird-watching related, I also spotted 30 different state license plates plus 1 Canada plate!)
Since we’ve been home, I’ve mostly noticed grackles (think the nest in our front Maple tree belongs to them), robins, sparrows, and I’ve heard the cooing of a dove though I’ve not seen it.
Linking up my post with The Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni from I’d Rather B Birdin’. Be sure to check out her site for lots of beautiful bird pictures!