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Eastern Kingbird Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite:  If it's summer, if you have a barbed wire fence, and there's any grassy habitat around at all (even if it's just the ditch), you've got a good chance of seeing an Eastern Kingbird.  Seeing that trademark white-tipped tail on a bird sitting on a fence line is a true hallmark of summer in eastern South Dakota.  We have both Eastern and Western Kingbirds throughout South Dakota, but in the southeastern part of the state where I live, it's these guys that you see the most.  The "favorite" below is just a typical Eastern Kingbird photo, taken in May 2007 in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird 1

May 26th, 2003

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 2

June 9th, 2003

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 3

July 12th, 2003

Yankton County, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 4

May 27th, 2007

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird 5

May 27th, 2007

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 6

July 4th, 2005

Fort Pierre National Grasslands, S. Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 7

May 10th, 2009

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 8

May 28th, 2010

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird 9

May 17th, 2011

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 10

July 5th, 2010

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 11

July 5th, 2010

LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 12

May 22nd, 2010

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbird 13

August 13th, 2011

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Eastern Kingbird 14

May 12th, 2018

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Eastern Kingbird


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