Wandering Wooded Trails


I pretty much had the several acres of campground trails running through woods and following along the Big Sioux River to myself every visit during the week, so I can imagine I was a surprise to all the birds and wildlife each time.  I know they were all enjoyable surprises to me!

I’ve got lots of bird favorites from those trails, the campground and it’s lake, so here’s an overloaded post.  Hopefully, a photo catches your eye as cool, unique, or endearing too.

And included as the first photos, two birds that I had put aside to try to ID and have learned I picked up another two lifers!  💃 😊


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Western Wood-Pewee (Lifer #228)


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Great Pewee (Lifer #229)

(Thank you, HJ (Avian101), for your expertise on ID help!) 


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Downy Woodpecker (male)


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Downy Woodpecker (female)


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Red-headed Woodpecker


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Red-headed Woodpecker


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Baltimore Oriole (male)


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Baltimore Oriole


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Eastern Kingbird


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House Wren


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Yellow Warbler (female) collecting nesting material


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Chipping Sparrow (on our grill cover)


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American Redstart (male)


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American Redstart (female)


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American Redstart (male)


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American Redstart (female)


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Yellow-headed Blackbird


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Spotted Sandpiper surrounded by Least Sandpipers


A few other things caught my eye as well.


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Shelf Fungi


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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle


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Silver-spotted Skippers


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Cotton-tail Rabbit


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White-tailed Deer (female)


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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Thanks so much for hanging in there through all those!!

I’ll wrap up with a family portrait. 😊


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Canada Geese family portrait


Our RV wheels have rolled, where are we next and what birds & wildlife have I seen?  😉


53 thoughts on “Wandering Wooded Trails

  1. I didn’t know we had “Pewee” birds! LOL! Cute little things. LOVE the Wrens…all of them…except when they try to nest in my mailbox, little buggers. A BUNNY!!! GEESES!!! I love tree ‘shrooms. And, those lavender flowers against the Swallowtail…awesome.

    I commented on the other post but, I found your old picture (the original icon). Want me to send it to you? Snatched it from the Web Archive.

  2. Donna, these are wonderful, and I love having the IDs. I wouldn’t know a peewee if it posed right in front of my face, so thanks for sharing that and the other unusual ones that don’t come to my Kent Island backyard!

    • Thank you, Susan! It took me some time and help to ID the two pewees. I first thought Eastern Phoebe on the Western Wood-Pewee but the beak and the white wing bars just didn’t jive. It’s been exciting, so happy to share with you!

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  4. You got a lot of variety on your outings. I liked the wren picture. They are very shy birds here and i rarely get a chance to have a good look at our wrens.

  5. What a great collection of birds, Donna! Thanks for the mention, you don’t have to thank me.
    All your pictures are very nice. Congrats for the new “lifers”! 🙂

  6. Wow! More lifers! Are you keeping count for the year? It looks to be a “Big Year” for you. I enjoyed perusing each image and the complimentary colours in the Eastern Swallowtail image really stood out for me. Congratulations!

    • Thank you, Jane!! No, I don’t do yearly counts. This would have been a good year to count since we’re traveling. I chased that poor swallowtail who was landing all over those purple flowers. I knew it’d be a pretty color combo if I could get a decent shot! 🙂

  7. A wonderful showcase of your birds Donna, plus a lifer. You have had an amazing birding experience this year and I have been enjoying your variety. We are learning more about these birds as we play the Wingspan board game with our family, as we are using the American birds extension pack.

    • Thank you, Ashley! It has been an amazing birding experience this year, I’ve enjoyed the challenges and the learning. 🙂 I have not heard of the Wingspan game , just looked it up. Gotta get me that game!! 😃

  8. How wonderfully exciting to find you have seen and photographed two new Lifers! The birds are beautiful!

    The Great Peewee and the Redstart would be Lifers for me.

    Safe travels! I’m looking forward to seeing your next stop through your viewfinder and narrative.

    • Thank you so much, Deborah! We know when we’ve got a new bird, just gotta figure out what it is! 🙂 I had a tough time with the pewees, I’d never seen one before but I could tell it was in the flycatcher series.

  9. Wow! Looks like a “wish list” of birds! We only get to see most of these during migration.

    The “other things” were pretty darned special, too!

    Thank you for sharing.

  10. What a fabulous collection, Donna, and how nice to have the trail to yourself! Red headed Woodpeckers are so striking, they almost don’t look real. The Cottontail with purple flowers was a nice find, too.

    • Thank you, Ellen, it was awesome, allowing me to try to blend in (that’s not so easy lol) in hopes the birds would continue their daily work. I think I piqued some of their curiosities. 🙂

  11. Love that Yellow Warbler (female) collecting its nesting material. The Cotton-tail Rabbit and White-tailed Deer have such pretty backdrops. Congratulations on #228 and #229!

    • Thank you, Barbara! I adore the female Yellow Warbler shot, she looks so sweet. I had to dance with the rabbit, lol to get the purple flowers coloring in the background. I slowly moved one way, to get him/her to move more towards the spot for the shot! 🙂

  12. I really enjoyed this variety of new birds, Donna! What a joy to see so many lifers on this trip. I am thoroughly impressed with your skill of capturing shots of such small and active birds!

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