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Chase Lake NWR, Midwest United States (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Chase Lake NWR, Midwest United States

Map of Chase Lake NWR, Midwest United States

Swainsons Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii) Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus)

Some potholes in North Dakota


Moving the Car

7/10/2012: After driving through Arrowwood NWR, my plan was to hit Chase Lake before continuing west. I still had not seen an Upland Sandpiper, and now I was feeling like I could dip on all the North Dakota specialty birds.

I drove around on various dirt roads for awhile in an attempt to follow the poor map that I had. You can really get yourself into trouble by following the "gray" roads on the road atlas. After some time, I finally found an entrance to Chase Lake..., but the road was closed!

Now, I found myself driving aimlessly and generally to the west (again) in the North Dakota farm country. On the way, I nearly ran over an Upland Sandpiper! Then there were a bunch of Sharp-tailed Grouse on the road! I dipped on the Chestnut-collared Longspur and the Sprague's Pipit.

Birds 8, Scott 4

Previous Visit (Arrowwood NWR: 7/10/2012)
Next Visit (McKenzie Slough: 7/11/2012)

Species Recorded (23)

Birds ( 22 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
American White Pelican - Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Double-crested Cormorant - Nannopterum auritum

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Wood Duck - Aix sponsa
Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Swainson's Hawk - Buteo swainsoni

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
American Kestrel - Falco sparverius

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Ring-necked Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus
Sharp-tailed Grouse - Tympanuchus phasianellus

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
American Coot - Fulica americana

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus
American Avocet - Recurvirostra americana

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Upland Sandpiper - Bartramia longicauda
Willet - Tringa semipalmata

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Say's Phoebe - Sayornis saya
Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Horned Lark - Eremophila alpestris

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus
Western Meadowlark - Sturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed Blackbird - Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus


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United States


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