Considering Planning a “Spring Break” Trip

So I don’t really get spring break anymore, but I’m thinking about heading to the Black Hills Mar. 24-Apr. 1 this year. I want to bee-line to the Badlands (get to Blue Earth, MN Friday night and drive the rest of the way Saturday). I hope to catch some straggling gray-crowned rosy-finches before they’ve left for their breeding grounds. Pinyon jays and pygmy nuthatches are resident. Canyon wrens should be singing by then. Maybe sage thrashers will moving through? I wonder if it’s too early for Cordilleran flycatcher. My main plan is to see displaying sage grouse (perhaps Sunday morning)! Then, I want to meander back in hopes of seeing grassland bird migration through the prairie potholes, with a focus on chestnut-collared long-spurs and Sprague’s pipits.

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