Hey, Lorraine has grabbed some honey for the county fair! Will we continue our blue ribbon beekeeping streak? My buddy Doug Buri in Milbank, SD has space available on his shorebird identification workshop this weekend. This is one of the best birding workshops I have ever attended. Doug literally gets you within five feet of least sandpipers and his easy going and fun techniques will have you sorting your way through the common peeps seen in the midwest.
Least Sandpiper photo from Doug's Workshop. They were sometimes too close for digiscoping!
It’s fairly inexpensive to stay in Milbank which is just over the Minnesota border and Doug will take you to some gorgeous remote mudflats. This is a great place to get photos of shorebirds because Doug wants you to get the birds in the best light for id which also means they are in great light for photos. I digiscoped the crap out of the area! The workshop is in early August and details can be found here.
If you need help with shorebird id, this workshop will help you. And truly, South Dakota is beautiful this time of year.