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~South Dakota Birding Series

June 2021

We are spending some time in  South Dakota, staying at a RV park in Hermosa, and on Friday we will head to Spearfish for a few days. We met our good friends here, and have met their friends.

 We are enjoying some good food and some good laughs. The only negative is that it has been HOT and WINDY.

We have driven through Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park. A few of us toured the cave. We also visited Mount Rushmore and today visited Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, which was very nice.

The first day here and with the assistance of ebird.com, I was lucky to find number 407 to add to my birding life list.


Dickcissel sitting on a fence post in a beautiful grassland valley on North Cobb Road.
Nice view of his back, note the rust coloring.
Singing his heart out hoping to find his love!

More photos to come of our visit here in South Dakota,

~Sheila’s Critter Cam-South Dakota Bison

July 2020 Custer State Park

Taking a nap.
Calf nursing.
Perhaps a yearling, getting a sip of water.
They haven’t lost all their winter coat yet.
Cooling off.
I think Mom has had enough. The calf was ramming her pretty hard.

The rut season was just starting when we were there. One male Bison ripped the back bumper off a car!

Go out to this web site to learn about the Custer State Park Bison.


~Sheila’s Critter Cam-Goats

July 2020 – Custer State Park, South Dakota

It sure was fun watching these goats and they were fun to photograph. Hope you enjoy seeing them.

Custer State Park

Custer State Park
Custer State Park is a South Dakota State Park and wildlife reserve in the Black Hills, United States. The park is South Dakota’s largest and first state park, named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The area originally started out as sixteen sections but was later changed into one block of land because of the challenges of the terrain. The park began to grow rapidly in the 1920s and gained new land. During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built miles of roads, laid out parks and campgrounds, and built three dams that set up a future of water recreation at the park. In 1964 an additional 22,900 acres were added to the park. The park covers an area of over 71,000 acres of hilly terrain and is home to many wild animals.