Part 1: Rapid City Birds

These are all birds that have visited our backyard in western Rapid City.
Most of the photos were taken through our back window.
Many of the birds live in the neighborhood, and many are regular visitors during different parts of the year.

  
Western Tanager

  
Blue Jay

  
Red Breasted Nuthatch

  
Chickadee

  
Cedar Waxwing

  
Catbird

  
Dove

  
Downy Woodpecker

  
Northern Flicker

  
House Finch

  
Hairy Woodpecker

  
Goldfinch

  
Grackle

  
Lazuli Bunting

  
Junco

  
Bullock's Oriole

  
Robin

  
Sparrow

  
Black-headed Grosbeak

  
White-Crowned Sparrow

  
Starling

  
Towhee (yearly visits)

  
Red-Wing Blackbird (yearly visits)

  
White Breasted Nuthatch (occasional)

  

Red Crossbill (yearly visits)


bird killing Perigrine Falcon (rare, thankfully!)

Part 2: South Dakota Birds

Most of these bird photos were taken in the Black Hills.

  
Mountain Bluebird

  
Bald Eagle

  
Great Blue Heron

  
Osprey


Fledgling Herons being harrassed by an Osprey

  
Common Yellowthroat

  
Golden Eagle

  
Gray Jay

  
Great Horned Owl

  
Great White Egret

  
Grouse

  
Red-Tailed Hawk

  
Killdeer

  
Belted Kingfisher

  
Magpie

  
Mallard Ducks

  
Tree Swallow

  
Meadowlark

  
Pelican

  
Red Headed Woodpecker


Red-Naped Sapsucker


Seagull (passing through?)

  
Turkey Vulture

  
Wild Turkey (common and some rare brown wild turkeys)

  
Yellow Headed Blackbird

  
Peacock ("Miles" was the neigborhood Peacock in Cleghorn Canyon)



Conspicuously absent is our South Dakota state bird, the Ring-Necked Pheasant.
We're still waiting to be in the right place at the right time for a good photo!


More to come!








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