These photos were taken on the first of the 7 days I spent visiting some of the birding spots in North Dakota. There are 63 national wildlife refuges in North Dakota and the Prairie Pothole region is listed in “Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die: Birding Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations" by Chris Santella. June is purported to be a good month for birding and I decided to give it a try. The weather report was favorable and I did have good lighting conditions most of the trip, but the wind blew 15-30 mph almost every day . . . not good conditions for seeing some of the grassland birds that were on my target list. Stay tuned for more photos from my first birding trip to North Dakota.
The Meadowlark has a beak full of protein and vegetables (see the grass in the beak closest to the eyes of the bird). I assume the bird was sharing this meal with mate and/or chicks but I was not able to track the bird until the meal was consumed.
Photo of the same bird and insects one minute later. The bird flew a short distance and landed in brighter light on the same wire fence. Note that the grass is now the most distant (from the eyes of the bird) object in the beak. How did it get there? Is this the first documented example of Avian Psychokinesis or just a change in wind direction?