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McKenzie Slough, Midwest United States (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of McKenzie Slough, Midwest United States

Map of McKenzie Slough, Midwest United States

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

Some more swamps in North Dakota.


Moving the Car

7/11/2012: I arrived in Bismark in time to catch part of the MLB All Star game. The bravado was high, and I let everyone know that the Giant's players were proving that they were the right choices for the National League starting lineup. Little did I know that one All Star Game MVP would soon be a huge embarrassment to the Giants, and maybe our playoff chances were not so good after all.

At any rate, I saw a report on the internet regarding McKenzie Slough near Bismark that suggested a good chance to see the shorebirds that I was looking for. I even back-tracked 15 miles to get to the spot only to be waylaid by the police the minute that I got there. It was like a scene straight out of the movie Fargo minus the violent parts.

After successfully convincing the cop that the car was not stolen, and that I was looking for sandpipers and not a place to dump a body, I made my way to the "trails" at the slough. This was one of those times where it is good to be solo, as I am sure that any of my friends or relatives would have dumped my body out there had I made them wade through that swamp.

Alas, the sandpipers had migrated, and I dipped again.

Birds 10, Scott 4

Previous Visit (Chase Lake NWR: 7/10/2012)
Next Visit (Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South Unit: 7/11/2012)


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