Count Update: 390 / 400
In late October, I stole 3 days and drove west. I joined my college buddy, Joe W., in North Dakota for some waterfowling, just before the ponds froze up. We kept warm in his luxurious 1970’s RV and enjoyed the ducks. We drove endless section roads bordering prairie fields. Seeing flocks of thousands of Snow geese and Canada geese never gets old. I enjoy them every year. We were in Swainson’s Hawk range. I kept my eyes to the sky in hopes of spotting one. I never did, but I was, as giddy as a school girl when a covey of Grey Partridge (#390) flushed unexpectedly from a gravel road ditch, landing in a cut grain field. I had searched hard for Grey Partridge in western Minnesota this summer but had missed it. So it was a bonus to pick up these beauties in central ND.