Awakening to the spirit and beauty of the northern Great Plains
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The pipits are back and they are scrappin'!
this amazing image courtesy of John Carlson
John Carlson, a Montana Bureau of Land Management biologist who appears in Grass, Sky, Song, has one of the best bird blogs on the northern plains. Take a look at this post about Sprague's pipits fighting aerial battles. I would bet these are the first decent images of this species fighting in the air. Male pipits spend a lot of time high above the prairie at this time of year and John estimates that these two were fighting at a height of 100 feet. Here is another shot that appears in John's blog, Prairie Ice: