Ziŋtkála wahóȟpi waŋ: Seen while chokecherry picking

I almost stepped on this bird that was sitting on a nest on the ground! You can learn from my mistake and avoid scaring the local wildlife by making sure you are always aware of your surroundings when you step out onto the prairie.

I was picking chokecherries on a high hill, when all of a sudden, a lot of noise and motion erupted out of the bush I had just approached. An earth-colored bird flew out, obviously very agitated. I looked down and saw the bird’s mate on a ground nest, sitting as still as could be, looking pretty terrified.

I’m not sure what kind of bird this is, but I’d like to — so if any reader knows, please feel free to leave a comment.

I keep forgetting to do a post about poison ivy, but if you look at the three-leafed plant on the top right corner of this picture, and the one leaf visible at the bottom left, that’s it. Plants like this are sometimes a “Keep Out” signal for humans (at least, those more attentive than I), and I’m not sure if it works the same way with other species. Maybe it’s a deterrent to some predators who might otherwise approach this nest?

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