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Scaled Quail,©David Sibley

23 Oct Osprey at Kelly Island in Missoula ["andrea.stierle AT mso.umt.edu [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Oct Warm Spring WMA Survey ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Oct Red-throated Loon ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Oct Re: Sabine's Gull ["sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Oct Re: ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Oct Re: ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Oct Long-tailed duck and Surf Scoter at the former Smurfit-Stone mill site, Missoula ["rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Oct Shrikes and Osprey. ["Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Oct Sabine's Gull ["Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Oct Re: Westby birds ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Oct No Subject ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Oct Freezout A.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Oct Re: Westby birds ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Oct Westby birds ["soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Oct Anna's Hummingbird ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Oct Revisited Duck Creek Pass ["daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Oct Pacific Loon at Somers Bay ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Oct Benton Lake ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird ["Laura Swant jesuslovesyou AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Oct Anna's Hummingbird ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Oct RE: Anna's Hummingbird ["'Sharon Dewart-Hansen' smdewarthansen AT charter.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Oct Re: Least Sandpiper ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Oct Least Sandpiper [3 Attachments] ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Oct merlins and more ["Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Anna's Hummingbird ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Pacific Loon Picture ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Warm Springs WMA Survey - 10/16/2014 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Pond 6, Freezout ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Pacific Loon ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Bohemian Waxwings, Jewel Basin ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Red-necked Grebe ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird ["James Oates oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Oct Anna's Hummingbird ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Oct Re: Freezout- Pond 6, Wed. ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Oct PALM WARBLER at Creston Wetlands and a 2nd RUSTY BLACKBIRD at my feeder ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Oct Freezout- Pond 6, Wed. ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Oct Missoula area morning ["birder0288 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Oct Driving directions Helena to Duck Creek Pass ["daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Oct Re: Re: Duck Creek Pass ["Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Oct Re: Re: Duck Creek Pass ["jrmartin AT srt.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Oct Freezout A.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Oct Red-throated Loon ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Oct I hatched eggs ["Grace Blair cpoodle AT earthlink.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Oct Re: MOB and Yahoo ["Donna Harkness harknessd8645 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Oct No Little Gull-Freezout, Pond 6 ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Oct Re: Re: Pond 6--Freezout ["kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Oct Re: Re: Pond 6--Freezout ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Oct Fire Birds: New Bird Book from Sneed B. Collard III [1 Attachment] ["Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Oct Near Vaughn ["Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Oct Re: Pond 6--Freezout ["kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Oct Re: Re: Duck Creek Pass ["Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Oct Re: Duck Creek Pass ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Oct Duck Creek Pass ["daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Oct Pond 6--Freezout [1 Attachment] ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Oct Little Gull ["Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Oct Lake Elmo State Park ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Oct Westby birds ["soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Oct Scoters ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Oct Finch Winter? ["gr8gray AT frontiernet.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Oct Error ["Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Oct Feeder birds ["Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Oct Sabine's Gull at Clark Canyon Reservoir ["tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
9 Oct Red-throated Loon ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Oct Freezout P.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Oct Warm Spring WMA Survey - 10/09/2014 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Oct Re: Ft. Peck sightings ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
9 Oct RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the Flathead ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Oct Re: Ft. Peck sightings ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Oct Re: Ft. Peck sightings ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Oct Re: Ft. Peck sightings ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Oct Re: Pishkun and Eureka ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Oct Re: Pishkun and Eureka ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Oct Pishkun and Eureka ["Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Oct RE: Dipper and Caddis Flies ["peggy AT naturalistsmercantile.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Oct Red-throated Loon ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Oct Re: Ft. Peck sightings ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]

Subject: Osprey at Kelly Island in Missoula
From: "andrea.stierle AT mso.umt.edu [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Oct 2014 14:16:50 -0700
There is still one lone osprey at Kelly Island trails. We were taking groups of 
school kids on a wildlife walk and were surprised to see it perched on a tree 
hanging over the river. It just seems kind f late. 

 

 Happy Fall birding
 Andrea Stierle
 Missoula and Butte
Subject: Warm Spring WMA Survey
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Oct 2014 13:41:47 -0700
Hi All,
  
 This report is for October 22, 2014. The temperature was between 43F to 46F 
with cloudy skies, strong winds and a little rain. 

  
 This week there were 28,200 individuals with 35 species compared to 36,000 
individuals with 41 species last week. Eighty-nine percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 There was 1 new year species today, Dunlin – 1. That brings the total 
species for 2014 to 169 out of the total ever seen of 214. If you include the 
White-faced Ibis, that makes a total of 26 shorebirds this year. 

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 were American Wigeon – 1,750, Mallard – 750, and American 
Coot – 25,000. Coots have peaked from a high of 45,000 two weeks ago. 

  
 The draining of ARCO Pond 2 for a construction project continues to make 
mudflats and bring shorebirds. Impressive numbers for late October. There were 
3 - Black-bellied Plover, 2 – American Golden-plover , 13- Killdeer, 13 - 
Greater Yellowlegs, 4 – Pectorial Sandpiper, 1 – Dunlin, 41- Long-billed 
Dowitchers. 

  
 With all of the hunting going on today I only did the ARCO Ponds. I don’t 
want to be a problem for hunters driving the dikes. 

  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 35 species, 28,200. 
  
 Sewage Ponds –   
  
 Job Corps Ponds – 
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds –
  
 Gary Swant
 
 Deer Lodge
 

Subject: Red-throated Loon
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:33:44 -0700




Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull
From: "sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 14:13:36 -0700
Tim and all, 

 Great to hear of your success with this bird. I have been busy and put off 
posting, but I will list the highlights of my trip to Lake Frances Sunday 
evening the 19th. There has to be at least 100 Common Loons on the lake. I had 
a first cycle Herring Gull fly past when I was at the North Dike. While 
scanning from here I I picked up a first cycle Sabine's Gull. Later I located 
two at once. There were at least 8 Bonaparte's gulls seen on the lake. I then 
went to the campground and picked two Sabine's Gulls again and also found a 
brown Greater Scaup, plus both goldeneyes. I will say that I could only 
confidently age one of the Sabine's Gulls, but I presume they were both first 
cycle birds. 

 

 Cheers!
 -Tom M.
Subject: Re:
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 13:26:41 -0700
MOB-sters: 

 I said this relative to Craig H.'s Creston Wetland total of 162 species over 
the past couple of years, a total generated from his near-daily eBird 
checklists from the site. 

 

 Dan
Subject: Re:
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 13:13:44 -0700
And the best part is, eBird will generate seasonal graphs, maxima, etc. for the 
site! 


 Dan
Subject: Long-tailed duck and Surf Scoter at the former Smurfit-Stone mill site, Missoula
From: "rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 12:47:46 -0700
Yesterday, Larry Weeks had a Long-tailed duck and a Surf Scoter at the former 
Smurfit-Stone mill site, near Frenchtown, MT. It is restricted access, but you 
might be able to join Larry on one of his visits. You may call him at 549-5632. 
I have some distant photos at eBird, eBird Checklist – Smurfit-Stone 
Container (restricted access), Montana – Mon Oct 20, 2014 – 7 species 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20295788 

 
 
 eBird Checklist – Smurfit-Stone Container (restricted access), Montana – 
Mon Oct 20, 2014... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20295788 The 
premier destination for birding on the Web. 

 
 
 
 View on ebird.org http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20295788 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Rose Leach,
 Missoula
Subject: Shrikes and Osprey.
From: "Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:44:31 -0600
Hello MOB.
I've been seeing Northern Shrikes regularly around the Gallatin Valley.
Also had my first American Tree Sparrows of the season for the valley at
Central Park Pond.  On Sunday Shannon Knodel and I went for a hike up
Spanish Creek and saw a lone osprey sitting on a tree above the creek just
downstream from the trailhead viewed from the access road on Turner's
ranch. Some good fall birds from both sides of the season are about.
Tom Forwood Bozeman
Subject: Sabine's Gull
From: "Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:22:02 -0600
MT Birders-

Tom and Kate called to let me know that they had spotted another Sabine’s 
Gull at Lake Frances. As I have family visitors from out of state, I had to put 
to together a plan on the fly. I could get away early the next morning ( 
Monday). 


Lake Francis is a rather large rounded lake in a really prime location. It is 
one of the first bodies of water that a bird would encounter as it parallels 
the Rocky Mountains on its way south after exiting Canada. The size is large 
enough to hold thousands of birds while providing decent - but not great - 
access for birders. Valier is the core of the access area but is on the north 
shore and roughly centered in that location. So the sun being to the south, one 
has to immediately plan for viewing. 


In the town of Valier, there is a campground which gives a pretty nice view of 
most of the western half of the lake. I began there and drifted south and east 
stopping to scope and scan. After arriving about 8:15 Am the light was perfect 
and the winds moderate. Ducks, Geese and several hundred Ring-billed Gulls. 
After following a small rutted dirt road to the east side of town, I next 
checked the sewage lagoons. A hundred more Ring-billed gulls -which I scanned 
for Mew… 


Back to the highway, I continued east to the top of a long hill where East Lake 
Rd. (gravel) heads south. The previous trip I had located a turnout on the west 
side of the road but about 2.5 miles south where it over looked most of the 
entire lake. from this position I spotted a facility of some type located on 
the south shore roughly half way. This would be a Great spot to find and gain 
permission to bird from. Long term some of us should begin to explore this 
option. 


But - the bird was not flying or using the east end of the lake. I’d estimate 
it is 2.5 miles from this location to the west end where much bird activity 
occurs. So while one has great light in the mornings up there, it is a LONG way 
to the other side. I worked my way back westward stopping at each spot again, 
dealing with the bright sun as best I could working through the birds and 
scanning the lake slowly and trying to find this phantom. By 10:00, I was 
beginning to get discouraged and began to plan another trip up to search again. 
There are plenty of Western Grebes, large numbers of Common Loons several 
sizable rafts of American Coots and a pretty good variety of stuff mixed in. 


This is a great location for potential future Yellow-billed Loon sightings, 
resembling the large arctic lakes where I have studied them- to an uncanny 
degree. 


As I was leaving about 10:15, I spontaneously decided to drive down the North 
Dike by the Lighthouse Restaurant slightly west of town. I had ruled this spot 
out earlier as I had felt the light would be horrible from that spot since it 
is on the west shore and the the lake is primarily east, I just did not want to 
deal with that glare. But as I was leaving I could see that the light was not 
as bad as I had feared. about 150 yards south of a small substation, the road 
atop the dike dips slightly into the lake , allowing for a good position to 
view. after about ten minutes, only 220 yards out a small gull flew up 
revealing a sharply patterned wing and back. I locked on , established the 
birds flight path and shifted to the scope. Then I could see the identification 
unfold as the birds moved further away to about 350 yards where it landed on 
the water and virtually disappeared. The large white patches on the rear of the 
wing between the mantle and the dark wingtips was unmarked and triangular. The 
mantle was a smooth dark brownish grey. Victory. 


So I hope this write up will help to give others a few ideas about where to go 
when you are looking for rare birds at Lake Francis. 


Tim


Timothy Barksdale
Birdman Productions LLC
P.O. Box 1124
65 Mountain View Dr.
Choteau, MT 59422

406-466-3664- Home Land Line

406-855-Bird (2473) New cell number


At Birdman Productions, we make films about birds, and tell stories that change 
people's lives. 








Subject: Re: Westby birds
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:22:00 -0600
Ted and MOB,
I saw my first fall Northern Shrike south of Choteau this morning.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT


On 10/19/2014 8:48 PM, soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana] wrote:
>
>
> Mob,
>
> Today while south of Westby near Gooselake,  I had a sighting of a 
> Sprague's Pipit (very late), and a FOY Northern Shrike.
>
> Ted Nordhagen
> Westby MT
>
>
>
>
> 
Subject: No Subject
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:39:58 -0700
MOB:

There were two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at the Creston Wetlands today around 10:30 
am, bringing the total species for the site to 162 species in just a little 
more than two years! 


cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Freezout A.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 12:34:09 -0700
MOB, checked out Freezout this morning. One Marbled Godwit is still at Pond 
6other birds seen at Pond 6 are--28 American Avocets, at least 200 Long-billed 
Dowitchers, one Sanderling, and at least 4 Bonaparte's Gulls. One Horned Grebe 
on Priest Butte Lake. Saw one Yellow-headed Blackbird in with a large flock of 
Red-winged Blackbirds at the Garage site. All for now, good birding Larry 
Carter Fairfield 
Subject: Re: Westby birds
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:33:30 -0700
Hey Ted,

That's a record late date by 4 days.

Jeff

*******************
Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
*******************
  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: soraart AT nemont.net 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 7:48 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Westby birds


    
  Mob,

 Today while south of Westby near Gooselake, I had a sighting of a Sprague's 
Pipit (very late), and a FOY Northern Shrike. 


  Ted Nordhagen
  Westby MT






  
Subject: Westby birds
From: "soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 19:48:42 -0700
Mob,

Today while south of Westby near Gooselake, I had a sighting of a Sprague's 
Pipit (very late), and a FOY Northern Shrike. 


Ted Nordhagen
Westby MT
 

Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 17:42:38 -0700
We had the Anna's Hummingbird show tonight at 5:45. This is the fifth day in a 
row for the bird. I posted a little better picture of the bird on the feeder. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge
Subject: Revisited Duck Creek Pass
From: "daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 19:16:46 -0700
Joined a group of four observers from Bozeman and Helena to visit 2 sites today 
on Duck Creek Pass and watch migrating raptors. Both sites were south and up 
hill along a maintenance trail from the sign post and parking area at the 
actual pass, which is 14 miles up the gravel road from Highway 284 on the east 
side of Canyon Ferry lake. Moderate cloud cover and a steady SSW wind at both 
locations offered good views of birds passing over. And as occurred last 
Saturday the golden eagle numbers were impressive, while the species diversity 
was also very good. Most birds tended to be high and about a quarter mile out 
to the west so not many photos but very good views of the migration. Five hours 
of observing provided the following counts: 

 Golden Eagle - 95 Bald Eagle - 4 Unidentified Eagle - 1 Rough Legged Hawk - 4 
Red Tailed Hawk - 3 Northern Goshawk - 3 Cooper's Hawk - 1 Sharp Shinned Hawk - 
5 Northern Harrier - 1 Merlin - 1 

 Adding to the day were appearances by several large flights of rosy finches, 
groups of gray jays, and several dusky grouse sightings. 

 

 Dan E - Helena

Subject: Pacific Loon at Somers Bay
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:39:40 -0700
MOB:

Today at the very SW corner of Somers Bay there was an immature Pacific Loon!

cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Benton Lake
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:25:50 -0600
Friday I took a run out to Benton Lake. Took the Wilson road to get there
since they are paving the main road going out there. I had a shrike fly out
of the wind row where I had a pair of Loggerhead Shrike on each trip by this
past summer. I could not find this one again right off. Sure wish I could
have since now I do not know if it was the same one or not. From Wilson road
I though I was seeing water in pond 2. I had gone out to see if there were
any shore birds using the mud flats. Wow, what I found instead was that they
have filled pond 2 with water. Mixed bag of ducks were seen, coots, and
Canada Geese, and small Grebes. No Western Grebes, Loons, gulls or big white
birds were seen. Found a small group of American Pipits, 1 American Tree
Sparrow, at least 2 Northern Harriers, 1 Ferruginous Hawk. Saw the Shrike
again on my way back and again it flew too fast to see the needed detail to
tell if it was a Northern or Loggerhead. Oh yes I had one lady Red-winged
Blackbird acting like it was spring. Did see a number of Western Meadowlarks
along the way. Also saw a few horned Larks.

On Wednesday night Oct. 8th I got to see the blackbird show off West Bank
park but what was of more interest was a pair of Mallards who had the time
of year mixed up. Courtship head movement, then he mounted her and under
water she went. 

Arla Eckert Great Falls




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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "Laura Swant jesuslovesyou AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:01:44 -0600
Yes, it was back this evening - about 6 pm.

On 10/17/2014 6:14 PM, 'Sharon Dewart-Hansen' smdewarthansen AT charter.net 
[MOB-Montana] wrote:
>
> Have you seen it today?
>
> Sharon Dewart-Hansen
>
> Helena, MT
>
> cid:image003.jpg AT 01CDE207.29A65EF0
>
> *From:*MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com]
> *Sent:* Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:38 PM
> *To:* MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
> *Subject:* [MOB-Montana] Anna's Hummingbird
>
> The Anna's Hummingbird has remained for a second day.  We saw the bird 
> just before dark at the feeders.  It appears that this is the first 
> sighting for Latilong 27C. It has been recorded historically is 27B, 
> but not since 2002.
>
> Gary Swant
>
> Deer Lodge
>
> 
Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Oct 2014 17:45:18 -0700
We have now had the Anna's Hummingbird in our yard for three days. I posted a 
picture of the bird that was taken about 20 minutes ago. It was a little dark 
and I pushed the photo a little. It is odd, we have only seen the hummer at the 
feeder just before dark the last two days. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge
 

Subject: RE: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "'Sharon Dewart-Hansen' smdewarthansen AT charter.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:14:47 -0600
Have you seen it today?

 

Sharon Dewart-Hansen

Helena, MT

cid:image003.jpg AT 01CDE207.29A65EF0

 

From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:38 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Anna's Hummingbird

 

  

The Anna's Hummingbird has remained for a second day. We saw the bird just 
before dark at the feeders. It appears that this is the first sighting for 
Latilong 27C. It has been recorded historically is 27B, but not since 2002. 


 

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge


Subject: Re: Least Sandpiper
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:48:03 -0700
Hi Robin,

That's a late one, but not the latest. Latest I know of (shown on the mob file 
"shorebird dates_extreme" is 23 Oct 1970 by Dave Skaar. 


Jeff

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 From: 'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: mob-montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 10:14 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Least Sandpiper [3 Attachments]


    
  [Attachment(s) from Robin included below]
   

  Hi Mobsters



 Yesterday on our return from the Western Field Ornithologists meetings in San 
Diego, Richard and I found a lonely little Least Sandpiper foraging in the mud 
along the road at the south end of Clark Canyon Reservoir. I believe the 
official name of the eBird Hotspot is Clark Canyon Reservoir - Red Rock Rd. 
According to my (outdated?) list of extreme shorebird dates, the last date for 
this species in MT is Sept 15! With a bit more research I found several October 
entries recorded in eBird but the 15th appears to be the latest. 




 I've attached three photos of the bird but I'm not sure the will be viewable 
until I put them into my album - later. 




  Happy migration

  Robin Wolcott

  Bozeman






  
Subject: Least Sandpiper [3 Attachments]
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:14:12 -0600
Hi Mobsters

 

Yesterday on our return from the Western Field Ornithologists meetings in
San Diego, Richard and I found a lonely little Least Sandpiper foraging in
the mud along the road at the south end of Clark Canyon Reservoir.  I
believe the official name of the eBird Hotspot is Clark Canyon Reservoir -
Red Rock Rd.  According to my (outdated?) list of extreme shorebird dates,
the last date for this species in MT is Sept 15!  With a bit more research I
found several October entries recorded in eBird but the 15th appears to be
the latest.

 

I've attached three photos of the bird but I'm not sure the will be viewable
until I put them into my album - later.

 

Happy migration

Robin Wolcott

Bozeman

 

 
Subject: merlins and more
From: "Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:42:23 -0600
Hello Folks,

Quick update as Ive been sneaking out of the edit cave

Oct 15th- North Fork of Teton- 5 Bohemian Waxwings, 2 Townsend Solitaires, 1 
Townsends Warbler, among a scattered group of Audubons. No cones, none ! 
Several areas still indicating woodpecker activity, but no sightings of either 
Picoides. Otherwise very quiet up there. 


Eureka REs- still 5 Bonapartes Gulls, 18 Long-billed Dowitchers, Greater 
Yellowlegs, 2- Eared Grebe, 2- Western Grebe and occasional C. Loon. 


2 Rough-legged Hawks, and Golden Eagles across the prairies.

Oct 11th- surprising to me - 4 Vesper Sparrows ! - still around the road to the 
house. As our local birds seem to have been gone for a long time now, these 
must be late migrants. 


Yesterday- October 16th- near the Exxon Station at the GTF airport exit, a male 
Merlin dashed across to make an unsuccessful attempt at a Starling. Upon 
returning to the nearby power pole, He sat and watched for 10 minutes. I was 
fascinated just to sit - watching the activity of his alertness. Head bobbing 
constantly checking out options to make a kill. Almost golden head with a 
fairly dark sky blue back this bird has rather bright orangish flanks which 
wash up on the lower breast. My conclusion that there is an intermediate form 
of Merlin that strongly resembles the form once called  Bendires remains 
intact as I encounter them on a regular basis in this area. 


I understand that chains are being added to the leg shackles in the edit cave- 
so it is likely to become the edit dungeon See you when I find the file. 

Great Birding to you all,

Tim


Timothy Barksdale
Birdman Productions LLC
P.O. Box 1124
65 Mountain View Dr.
Choteau, MT 59422


At Birdman Productions, we make films about birds, and tell stories that change 
people's lives. 








Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 20:38:13 -0700
The Anna's Hummingbird has remained for a second day. We saw the bird just 
before dark at the feeders. It appears that this is the first sighting for 
Latilong 27C. It has been recorded historically is 27B, but not since 2002. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge
Subject: Pacific Loon Picture
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 19:33:19 -0700
I just added a picture of the Pacific Loon I found today to my album for those 
who don't use Facebook. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge 
Subject: Warm Springs WMA Survey - 10/16/2014
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 14:28:15 -0700
Hi All,
  
 This report is for October 16, 2014. The temperature was between 38F to 46F 
with partly cloudy skies, and calm winds. 

  
 This week there were 36,000 individuals with 41 species compared to 45,000 
individuals with 38 species last week. Eighty-nine percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 There was 1 new year species today, Surf Scoter – 2. That brings the total 
species for 2014 to 167 out of the total ever seen of 214. Surf Scoters are 
expected each fall, and occasionally I see a White-winged, and just once A 
Black Scoter (10/25/11). 

  
 I also found a Pacific Loon, and I found one last spring as well. That is only 
the third Pacific Loon that I have seen at Warm Springs over the years. One was 
10/29/12, and one last spring 5/8/14. This one was close enough to photograph. 

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 were Gadwall – 200, American Wigeon – 1,650, Mallard – 
125, Canvasback – 800, Lesser Scaup - 525, Bufflehead – 125, Ruddy Duck – 
125, and American Coot – 33,000. Coots are down from 45,000 last week so they 
may have peaked. 

  
 Other interesting sightings were; Common Loon- 1. The draining of ARCO Pond 2 
for a construction project continues to make mudflats. All of the shorebirds 
were seen on those mudflats today. They were Black-bellied Plover – 2, 
Semipalmated Plover -1, Killdeer – 26, Greater Yellowlegs – 10, Pectorial 
Sandpiper – 5, and Wilson’s Snipe - 1. 

  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 41 species, 35,900 individuals with 99% of the total. 
  
 Sewage Ponds –   6 species, 64 individuals with <1% of the total.  
  
 Job Corps Ponds – 3 species, 42 individuals with <1% of the total.  
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds – Did not sample as there were a lot of Duck 
hunters in the area. 

  
 Gary

 

Subject: Pond 6, Freezout
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:20:44 -0600
MOB,
Most of the birds on Pond 6, Freezout Lake WMA continued this (Thursday) 
morning.  Noteworthy were the six Marbled Godwits and Red-necked 
Phalarope and the Bonaparte's Gulls.  The Little Gull was not refound.  
Away from Pond 6 and out in the middle of the Main Lake was a drake 
White-winged Scoter, viewed from Point N.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau, Montana



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Subject: Pacific Loon
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 13:19:59 -0700
I found a Pacific Loon on my weekly survey of Warm Springs WMA today. I posted 
a picture on Facebook - Montana Birders. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge   
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings, Jewel Basin
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 11:36:13 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 Less surprising than Don Jones' redpoll, but Lisa Bate saw a small flock of 
Bohemian Waxwings at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch on the 10th. 

 

 We have now counted 2,876 raptors at the Jewel site this fall, our highest 
season total ever, with good weather (and hopefully many eagles) still on the 
horizon. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Red-necked Grebe
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:35:53 -0600
Took a fast run down the river yesterday here in town just before the cold
front hit. Saw 3 Common Loons, and one Red-necked Grebe off the end of the
Roe River Giant Springs. Good numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos in the park. Arla
Eckert Great Falls




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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "James Oates oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:17:37 -0600
A friend saw a rough legged hawk and a hummingbird of some type yesterday
near Kalispell- an unusual combination for the same day!

Jim

PS-they weren't together
Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Oct 2014 15:41:48 -0700
I had a Anna's Hummingbird at my feeder today from 8:00 AM to about 10:00 AM 
this morning. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Ldoge 
Subject: Re: Freezout- Pond 6, Wed.
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:41:11 -0700
Hi Mike,

You keep breaking the record late date for Marbled Godwit. Will be interesting 
to see how long they stick around. 


FYI, the record late date for Red-necked Phalarope is 29 October, "just" two 
weeks away. 


Jeff

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:54 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout- Pond 6, Wed.


    
  MOB,
  The shorebird habitat at Pond 6 of Freezout Lake WMA continues to be 
  excellent. The birds: Amerrican Avocets, Black-bellied Plovers (2), 
  both Yrllowlegs, Long-billed Dowither (192, one in red breeding 
  plumage), Red-necked Phalarope (1), Marbled Godwits (continuing 6), 
  about 20 Bonaparte's and some Ring-billed Gulls. Some distant peeps 
  continue.
  Mike Schwitters
  Choteau, Montana



  
Subject: PALM WARBLER at Creston Wetlands and a 2nd RUSTY BLACKBIRD at my feeder
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:27:15 -0700
MOB:

Today at the Creston Wetlands I (surprisingly) had a late PALM WARBLER! At my 
feeder, the single RUSTY BLACKBIRD was joined by a 2nd Rusty Blackbird....it 
might be another fall/winter of Rusty Blackbirds at my feeders. 


Cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Freezout- Pond 6, Wed.
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:54:53 -0600
MOB,
The shorebird habitat at Pond 6 of Freezout Lake WMA continues to be 
excellent.  The birds:  Amerrican Avocets, Black-bellied Plovers (2), 
both Yrllowlegs, Long-billed Dowither (192, one in red breeding 
plumage), Red-necked Phalarope (1), Marbled Godwits (continuing 6), 
about 20 Bonaparte's and some Ring-billed Gulls.  Some distant peeps 
continue.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau, Montana



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Subject: Missoula area morning
From: "birder0288 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Oct 2014 11:57:23 -0700
Hi MOB!
 

 I hope you all had wonderful summers. This morning, my partner and I played 
hookie from the U and headed out for a morning of fall birding in Missoula! We 
drove the Deschamps and Rollercoaster Road loop and then headed up into the 
Butler Creek and LaValle Creek Road drainages. 

 

 On Deschamps Lane, about 120 Canada Geese and 30 Mallards were foraging in a 
field on the right hand side of the road. As I counted the waterfowl, a Prairie 
Falcon appeared, flying about 10 feet off the ground above flock. A Northern 
Harrier suddenly flew in and began assaulting the falcon. The two raptors split 
and the first Prairie Falcon was joined by a second and they flew off together. 
Very cool! 

 

 We also had our first of season Rough-legged Hawk right after crossing the 
Interstate on Butler Creek Road. We counted 14 Red-tailed Hawks in our 15 mile 
loop and had a male American Kestrel, also on Butler Creek Road. Large flocks 
of American Robins we present throughout the trip and we saw a small troupe of 
Dark-eyed Juncos on LaValle Creek, mostly Pink-sided. 

 

 What a beautiful time of year! I hope you are enjoying it!
 

 Hilary A. Turner
 Missoula, MT
 

Subject: Driving directions Helena to Duck Creek Pass
From: "daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Oct 2014 08:04:06 -0700
Apologies to those who have asked for directions to Duck Creek Pass and not 
seen Steve Hoffman's reply. The mysteries of Yahoo Groups continue to confound 
my email and I seem to receive < 50% of the daily posts. So for Robin and Ron 
and others who have asked, here is are directions from Helena. 


Go east from Helena on Canyon Ferry Road. Cross the dam on Canyon Ferry Lake, 
continue south on Highway 284 for 15 miles. Turn left (east) onto Duck Creek 
Road and go 12.8 miles. This is a reasonable gravel road with a few washboard 
sections and runoff ruts, but can be done in a passenger car. The area at the 
top of the pass is open with timbered slopes to the west and north but good 
views along the migration line to the northwest. Another nearby viewing area is 
north along a Forest Service road labeled 139-F1 that should provide improved 
views below the ridge to enable sightings of migrating accipiters and falcons. 
The day I visited the area the few smaller birds we saw were quite low, hugging 
the ridge line, while the majority of the golden eagles tended to be 1/4 to 1/2 
mile out to the west and fairly high, but easy to view against clouds and with 
binoculars. Be prepared for cold conditions as the pass is at an elevation of 
about 8,000 feet and the winds tend to be strong up there. 


Dan Ellison, Helena

Here are map directions: Helena, Mt to Duck Creek Pass - Google Maps 
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Helena,+Mt/Duck+Creek+Pass/ AT 46.6001124,-111.6407385,10z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5343510fedc7db4d:0x214c1d71e3fdf714!2m2!1d-112.027031!2d46.595805!1m5!1m1!1s0x53448e23610d5b69:0x27a84c914d5477cb!2m2!1d-111.2544004!2d46.4935477!3e0 

 
 
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Helena,+Mt/Duck+Creek+Pass/ AT 46.6001124,-111.6407385,10z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5343510fedc7db4d:0x214c1d71e3fdf714!2m2!1d-112.027031!2d46.595805!1m5!1m1!1s0x53448e23610d5b69:0x27a84c914d5477cb!2m2!1d-111.2544004!2d46.4935477!3e0 

 
 Helena, Mt to Duck Creek Pass - Google Maps 
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Helena,+Mt/Duck+Creek+Pass/ AT 46.6001124,-111.6407385,10z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5343510fedc7db4d:0x214c1d71e3fdf714!2m2!1d-112.027031!2d46.595805!1m5!1m1!1s0x53448e23610d5b69:0x27a84c914d5477cb!2m2!1d-111.2544004!2d46.4935477!3e0 
Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps 

 
 
 
 View on www.google.com 
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Helena,+Mt/Duck+Creek+Pass/ AT 46.6001124,-111.6407385,10z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5343510fedc7db4d:0x214c1d71e3fdf714!2m2!1d-112.027031!2d46.595805!1m5!1m1!1s0x53448e23610d5b69:0x27a84c914d5477cb!2m2!1d-111.2544004!2d46.4935477!3e0 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  

 

Subject: Re: Re: Duck Creek Pass
From: "Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:24:04 -0600
Google will tell you where Duck Creek Pass, MT is located. Simple as that, 
assuming that Duck Pass and Duck Creek Pass are the same. 


Sid Frissell
Stevensville



Sent From Sid Frissell's iPad

> On Oct 14, 2014, at 7:01 PM, jrmartin AT srt.com [MOB-Montana] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I too would like the directions to this site.
> 
> Thanks,
> Ron Martin
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 

> To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com, danielcasey55 AT gmail.com
> Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:01:41 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
> Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Re: Duck Creek Pass
> 
> Hey, would love some more information on the Duck Pass site. Does anyone have 
driving directions from Havre? I might have a chance to head up there early on 
Tuesday. 

> 
> Thank you in advance! 
> 
> Best, 
> 
> Sneed Collard 
> Missoula 
> 
> On Oct 11, 2014, at 9:13 PM, " danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" < 
MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com > wrote: 

> 
> Wow! That's a remarkable one-day total for eagles. Sounds like a very good 
site. Is it a drive-up, or a hike? It will be interesting to see how the 
Bridgers did today. We had 17 Goldens, a Rough-leg and a Merlin early at teh 
Jewel Basin, but rain clouds engulfed the ridge by 10:45. 

> 
> Dan Casey 
> Somers 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Re: Duck Creek Pass
From: "jrmartin AT srt.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:01:39 -0500 (CDT)
I too would like the directions to this site.

Thanks,
Ron Martin


----- Original Message -----
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 

To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com, danielcasey55 AT gmail.com
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:01:41 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Re: Duck Creek Pass









Hey, would love some more information on the Duck Pass site. Does anyone have 
driving directions from Havre? I might have a chance to head up there early on 
Tuesday. 



Thank you in advance! 


Best, 


Sneed Collard 
Missoula 


On Oct 11, 2014, at 9:13 PM, " danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" < 
MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com > wrote: 






Wow! That's a remarkable one-day total for eagles. Sounds like a very good 
site. Is it a drive-up, or a hike? It will be interesting to see how the 
Bridgers did today. We had 17 Goldens, a Rough-leg and a Merlin early at teh 
Jewel Basin, but rain clouds engulfed the ridge by 10:45. 



Dan Casey 
Somers 














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Subject: Freezout A.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Oct 2014 13:42:32 -0700
MOB, checked out Freezout this morning. Still seeing Marbled Godwits saw 6 on 
Pond 6. Other sightings on Pond 6 are--34 American Avocets, 100 plus 
Long-billed Dowitchers, 16 Greater Yellowlegs, 18 Bonaparte's Gulls. All for 
now, good birding Larry Carter Fairfield 
Subject: Red-throated Loon
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:02:25 -0700




Subject: I hatched eggs
From: "Grace Blair cpoodle AT earthlink.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:20:46 -0600
I completed my fall bird house cleaning yesterday. Eleven nests. I found one 
bluebird nest with 5 unhatched eggs (no embryos in them either), most of the 
bluebird nests had one or two unhatched eggs, about half with embryos, and most 
of the tree swallow nests had one or two unhatched eggs. In 13 years here this 
is a first. It did seem that the tree swallows left earlier than usual. I have 
had no change in fertilizer nor pesticide use, can't comment on what my 
neighbors have done. 


Any ideas?  This is of big concern to me.
Grace Blair
Ruby Valley

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Subject: Re: MOB and Yahoo
From: "Donna Harkness harknessd8645 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:16:38 -0700
I have to add my thanks to all who post so diligently and graciously to the MOB 
website. I have such limited knowledge on birds but love to learn, which I do 
from every issue of MOB. I love the helpful hints of where to see interesting 
birds and what is going on all over the state as far as counts, classes, etc. 
Once in a while I have even been able to get to a place that someone has 
suggested, not always with success on finding the bird, but always enjoying the 
journey. Keep up the great work and many thanks. 

Donna Harkness, Big Timber
Subject: No Little Gull-Freezout, Pond 6
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:26:54 -0600
Howdy MOB,
I could not find the Little Gull at Freezout WMA, Pond 6 this morning.  
There were still 6 Marbled Godwits.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT



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Subject: Re: Re: Pond 6--Freezout
From: "kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 20:38:46 -0700
Mike, 

 We cruised down 89 late this afternoon and combed Pond 6 and a few other 
places to no avail. A dozen or so Bonaparte's Gulls, some good shorebirding 
(including our state Pectoral Sandpipers and Black-bellied Plovers), and our 
first of season Northern Shrike, but alas, no Little Gull. 

 

 Win some, lose some!
 

 Kate
 

Subject: Re: Re: Pond 6--Freezout
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:41:44 -0600
Kate,
I saw the Little Gull this morning.  But it disappeared after about 1/2 
hr.  Seen on Pond 6.
Mike Schwitters


On 10/12/2014 12:01 PM, kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana] wrote:
>
>
> Hi there,
>
>
> Did anyone chase this bird today?
>
>
> Kate Atkins
>
> Cut Bank
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Subject: Fire Birds: New Bird Book from Sneed B. Collard III [1 Attachment]
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:30:27 -0600
Hey Everyone!

I apologize for the shameless self-promotion, but I have a new book that I 
think will interest you. Fire BirdsValuing Natural Wildfires and Burned 
Forests (Bucking Horse Books, 2015) explores the critical role of burned 
forests to wildlife--especially birds. By focusing on the research of UM 
Professor Dick Hutto, the book reveals just how and why we should quit viewing 
natural wildfires as enemies, and instead embrace them as critical to keeping 
our environment healthy. Although the book is aimed at children, it is the only 
book on this topic that I know of, and should interest adults as much or more 
as it will kids. 


The book doesn't get released until January, but it can be ordered now directly 
from the distributor for Bucking Horse Books, Mountain Press in Missoula. 
Here's the link: 

https://mountain-press.com/item_detail.php?item_key=687

If you would like to order larger numbers of autographed copies, you can also 
contact me directly at collard AT bigsky.net. I'd be grateful if you spread the 
word to all your birding and education contacts. Thank you for your interest! 


My Best,

Sneed

www.sneedbcollardiii.com
www.buckinghorsebooks.com


Subject: Near Vaughn
From: "Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:39:51 -0600
Was up between Vaughn and Fairfield today and had my first of season
Lapland Longspurs and Rough-legged Hawk, a gorgeous female. I also saw a
large group of American Tree Sparrows.  Great Fall colors around Great
Falls as well. Good birding all. Tom Forwood.
Subject: Re: Pond 6--Freezout
From: "kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 11:01:13 -0700
Hi there, 
 

 Did anyone chase this bird today?
 

 Kate Atkins 
 Cut Bank
 

Subject: Re: Re: Duck Creek Pass
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:01:41 -0600
Hey, would love some more information on the Duck Pass site. Does anyone have 
driving directions from Havre? I might have a chance to head up there early on 
Tuesday. 


Thank you in advance!

Best,

Sneed Collard
Missoula

On Oct 11, 2014, at 9:13 PM, "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 


> 
> 
> Wow! That's a remarkable one-day total for eagles. Sounds like a very good 
site. Is it a drive-up, or a hike? It will be interesting to see how the 
Bridgers did today. We had 17 Goldens, a Rough-leg and a Merlin early at teh 
Jewel Basin, but rain clouds engulfed the ridge by 10:45. 

> 
> Dan Casey
> Somers
> 
> 
> 


Subject: Re: Duck Creek Pass
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Oct 2014 20:13:33 -0700
Wow! That's a remarkable one-day total for eagles. Sounds like a very good 
site. Is it a drive-up, or a hike? It will be interesting to see how the 
Bridgers did today. We had 17 Goldens, a Rough-leg and a Merlin early at teh 
Jewel Basin, but rain clouds engulfed the ridge by 10:45. 


 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Duck Creek Pass
From: "daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Oct 2014 19:28:52 -0700
Wonderful opportunity today to visit a new raptor migration site on Duck Creek 
Pass northeast of Townsend. My spouse, Jane Fournier and I joined Steve Hoffman 
of Montana Audubon, and driving from Helena were on site by 10:30. Weather 
conditions were mostly cloudy with a strong southwest wind and a forecast for a 
cold front with rain late in the day. Those favorable conditions coincided 
today's date in previous years when high counts were observed at other sites. 
Still, this was a new location and we didn't know what to expect. Shortly after 
setting up an owl decoy, a Tiaga Merlin paid a visit and stooped on the owl 
about 10 times. Then we settled in for 7 hours to watch and record. At one 
point during the 3-4pm window we had 16 Golden Eagles in view at the same time. 
For the day the count of migrating raptors by species: 

    Golden Eagles - 269
    Bald Eagles - 18
    Cooper's Hawk - 3
    Northern Goshawk - 2
    Merlin - 2

Those numbers were augmented by raptors observed on the drive down and back 
which were 6 more Golden Eagles, 2 Red-Tailed Hawks, 1 Ferruginous Hawk, and 
one unidentified falcon, probably a Prairie. 


Hard to find words to express the quality of this experience, unprecedented in 
our experience, as for long stretches of the day there was an eagle in view 
arriving or departing. Obviously this is a good location for migrating raptors, 
and will be worth a visit earlier in the migration cycle next fall. 

 

Subject: Pond 6--Freezout [1 Attachment]
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:16:08 -0600
<*>[Attachment(s) from Michael Schwitters included below]

Some good birds at Pond 6 at Freezout Lake this morning (Point A on the 
bird guide map):  a first winter Little Gull, six Marbled 
Godwits...latest sighting for Montana, more than 100 Long-billed 
Dowitchers and Greater and Lesser Yellow Legs.  The birds did not seem 
to be spooked by the waterfowl hunters.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau, Montana


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Subject: Little Gull
From: "Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:03:37 -0600
Hey Folks,

There is a juvenile Little Gull at Freezeout Lake right now. Pond 6 great 
mudflats. Ill let Mike Schwitters fill in the rest. But great conditions 
there. 




Tim


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people's lives. 








Subject: Lake Elmo State Park
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:32:33 -0700




Subject: Westby birds
From: "soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 18:23:41 -0700
Mob,

Last week (Oct 4th) I had a Blackpoll Warbler in my yard, and today I had a 
Palm Warbler, both the latest dates I've had for either species here at Westby. 


Ted Nordhagen
Westby MT

 

Subject: Scoters
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 17:43:13 -0700
A double-both a white winged and a surf scoter at Foys Lake near Kalispell. 
Near the east shore-they disappeared by 9 am. 


Jim

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Subject: Finch Winter?
From: "gr8gray AT frontiernet.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 15:00:11 -0700
Just had a Common Redpoll at my Birdbath - a bit early I think. I did get 
photos of this one, the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak was here for 4 days but no 
photos... 

 

 Don Jones
 Troy
Subject: Error
From: "Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:04:15 -0600
Sorry. I hit send too soon.  Those goldfinches were in Stevensville

Sid Frissell
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Subject: Feeder birds
From: "Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:02:08 -0600
In the last two days I have had up to 20 American Goldfinches at my feeders. 
Have never had more than 4 or 5 in past years.. Nice to see them. 


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Subject: Sabine's Gull at Clark Canyon Reservoir
From: "tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 09:40:31 -0700
Greetings MOBsters,
 

 Yesterday Katie Heath and I observed what we believe to be a juvenile Sabine's 
Gull at Clark Canyon Reservoir from the fishing access at the Southernmost 
point of the reservoir. Pictures have been posted to the album T. Kallmeyer. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Red-throated Loon
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:58:25 -0700




Subject: Freezout P.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 17:27:38 -0700
MOB, well took a look at Freezout this afternoon with some of the ponds almost 
barren of birds. Did see on ond 6 at least 240 Long-billed Dowitchers, 32 
American Avocets, one Greater Yellowlegs and at the Dike saw 3 more, 3 
Bonaparte's Gulls at Pond 5 2 Marbled Godwits on Pond 6, 3 Common Terns on Pond 
3. One White Pelican still on Pond 3, might be injured or sick. All for now. 
October 9, 2014. Good birding Larry Carter 
Subject: Warm Spring WMA Survey - 10/09/2014
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 17:21:15 -0700
Hi All,
  
 This report is for October 9, 2014. The temperature was between 37F to 47F 
with clear skies, and calm winds. 

  
 This week there were 45,000 individuals with 38 species compared to 36,000 
individuals with 44 species last week. Ninety-five percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 There was 1 new year species today, Black-bellied Plover - 2. That brings the 
total species for 2014 to 166 out of the total ever seen of 214. That also 
brings the total number of shore bird species that I have seen this year at the 
WMA to 25. 

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 were American Wigeon – 1,100, Mallard – 500, Canvasback 
– 150, Lesser Scaup - 250, and American Coot – 42,500. 

  
 Other interesting sightings were; Double-crested Cormorants – 2, Common 
Loon- 1, Rough-legged Hawk- 1, and first of the fall, 63 Gadwalls. The draining 
of ARCO Pond 2 for a construction project continues to make mudflats. All of 
the shorebirds were seen on those mudflats today. They were Black-bellied 
Plover – 2, Killdeer – 8, Greater Yellowlegs – 13, Least Sandpiper – 2, 
Pectorial Sandpiper – 8, Baird’s Sandpiper – 2, and Long-billed Dowitcher 
– 2. 

  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 34 species, 44,800 individuals with 99% of the total. 
  
 Sewage Ponds –   8 species, 74 individuals with <1% of the total.  
  
 Job Corps Ponds – 6 species, 32 individuals with <1% of the total.  
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds – 10 species, 132 individuals with <1% of the 
total. 

  
 
 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge
 

 I also found 6 Surf Scoters at Silver Lake today.
 

 

 

Subject: Re: Ft. Peck sightings
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 13:25:10 -0700
Dan, MOB regulars & lurkers,

My tabulation of eBird submission in 2014 for the Lewis's Woodpecker through 
early September totaled just over 150 records. 58% of these were Incidental or 
Stationary, or locations with restricted access or by paid observers. Of the 
remaining 65, 30% had 'Traveling' lengths of over 6.2 miles. 


If eBirds massive computers can filter species in a county on a day by day 
(case in point my recent submission of common Nighthawk at the Judith Landing - 
accepted on one side of the river only, but then rejected two days later) or 
small count increments; why can't filters be set to reject long traveling or 
large incidental submissions? 


I have given up with map pins miles from the named feature, or geographic names 
with the erroneous possessive apostrophe; but my frustration with the above 
continues as I attempt to research my #1 target bird, Sagebrush Sparrow, while 
drifting south. Guess that I can't say where I did stumble across one in 
unlikely habitat day before yesterday. 


Mike Lesnik
Grand Co, Utah

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Subject: RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the Flathead
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:46:43 -0700
Mob:

After doing my daily rounds of birding, when I returned to my house I was 
surprised to see a molting male RUSTY BLACKBIRD at my feeder (the first of the 
season a month earlier then last fall). 


cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Re: Ft. Peck sightings
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 08:23:17 -0700
Mike: 

 You continue to make this point. But as I have stated before, those "400 mile" 
traveling counts are invalidated for data analysis in the eBird data set. They 
are also far and away the minority of checklists submitted to eBird. As for 
"50+ species incidental counts pinned to the center of a county", these, too 
are generally list-building checklists that are invalidated in eBird analysis. 
Just like the many records in Tracker that are "pinned" to the center point of 
a Latilong, or a QLL, or a QQLL, every large data set has such slop. 

 

 As I have pointed out many times to you before, eBird also has large numbers 
of complete checklists, many with breeding status included, pinned accurately 
to the points or small areas surveyed. The sheer volume of data that eBird 
provides, and the ease of data entry, combined with fairly rapid vetting by 
regional experts, make it one of the most revolutionary advances in birding in 
the last several decades. This year there have been 16,602 checklists submitted 
in Montana, covering 330 species. 


 

 It is worth mentioning that the emphasis in MBD in the past has generally been 
on documenting the "highest possible" status, e.g. a "B" for confirmed 
breeding, and/or a "W" for confirmed over-wintering. Indeed, there was a stated 
desire not to clutter up the database with redundant records. eBird, on the 
other hand, is built for volume...the more checklists submitted the better, as 
the data then allow for calculations of frequency and relative abundance, 
seasonal shifts in distribution and more. There are many uses for these data 
that lie beyond the capabilities of MBD. 

 

 To give one example, let's say that a conservation group or land management 
agency is interested in the value of a particular wetland complex to birds, and 
that it is a site frequented by birders. Tracker could provide a list of likely 
and known birds for the site, and their breeding/wintering status, based on a 
set of individual LL, QLL or QQLL records in MBD. Some records, or even many, 
may have come from the wetland in question. But the seasonal peak in overall 
numbers could not be identified, nor could the relative abundance or frequency 
of occurrence of individual species. On the other hand, if multiple eBird 
checklists have been submitted for the site, data are available that are both 
site-specific, and allow for calculations of frequency (% of complete 
checklists a species was recorded on), relative abundance by season (even 
weighted by observer effort), use date ranges, breeding status, and more. 

 

 I urge people to consider getting involve in "eBirding", and when doing so, to 
submit complete checklists for specific places. Keeping in mind that eBird data 
can still be exported to Tracker. And Mike, I urge you once again to respond to 
me on or off-list to discuss this further. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Re: Ft. Peck sightings
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Oct 2014 07:05:33 -0700
MOB,

Haven't paid any attention to eBird dates during my birds of interest research, 

but I find no validity in 'traveling' reports that cover 400 miles (valleys 
west of the Continental Divide to the "Big Open", or 50+ species 'Incidental' 
day lists that pin in the center of a county. 


Our QQLL system is way better than that!

Mike Lesnik
Subject: Re: Ft. Peck sightings
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:45:35 -0600
Jeff

Dammit, I must have misread the month.

Chuck


From: mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 2:05 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com ; Chuck Carlson 
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Ft. Peck sightings

  
 

Chuck,

Where are you getting your late dates (not eBird I hope!)? Check "Warbler dates 
extreme" in mob files to find that latest was by Sue Reel on 2 November 2012 
(it was in Missoula). 


Jeff

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Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: mailto:chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana] 
  To: MOB 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 9:12 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Ft. Peck sightings

    

  Mobsters

 The past 10 days or so have seen some unexpected visiting the backyard. 
Yesterday it was an Orange-crowned Warbler. This date appears to be 5 days 
later than the previous late date for the species. We’ve also had several 
American Tree Sparrows and a Hermit Thrush. 


 On the river not much is happening but there were 3 Tundra Swans on the Dredge 
Cuts FAS two days ago. On the 2nd I had a report from Dave Allen of 100+ Snow 
Geese flying over Nashua. American White Pelicans number about 20 presently. 


 On the 2nd a Swainson’s Thrush and two Orange-crowned Warblers were in the 
yard and we continue to get various flavors of Dark-eyed Juncos including 
Slate-colored, Pink-sided and Oregon. One or two Harris’s Sparrows are also 
present. An occasional Sharp-shinned Hawk quiets the yard occasionally. 


  I’ll post a few photos on MOB soon.

  Chuck Carlson
  www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/
Subject: Re: Pishkun and Eureka
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:26:54 -0700
Tim (and mobsters),

Just found a later record: 6 birds at Willow Creek Reservoir seen by John 
Parker & Ed Harper on 9 Oct 2010. Found on ebird, of all places! 


Jeff

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4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 2:49 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Pishkun and Eureka


    

  Dear MOB-


 While I was earning a paycheck- birding poachers ;) came in and snatched a 
state bird right in front of me. 



  In my efforts to re-locate the Sabines Gull ...


  Eureka Res.-
  Am. Wigeon- 4
  Gadwall- 12
  Mallard- 18
  Green-winged Teal- 20
  No. Shoveler- 6
  Am Coot-2


  1- Common Loon
  2- Eared Grebe
  2- Western Grebe
  3 Pied-billed Grebe


  1 White Pelican
  1 MarbledGodwit


  39 Greater Yellowlegs
  1 Lsr Yellowlegs


  1 Am. Golden Plover
  5 Black-bellied Plover
  29 Am. Avocet
  47 Killdeer
  18 Long-billed Dowitcher


  1 Herring Gull
  64 Ring-billed Gull
  6 Bonapartes Gull
  16 American Pipit
  1 Bald Eagle




  Teton Canyon Rd.
  2 Red-tailed Hawks
  1- Northern Shrike
  1 Mountain Bluebird
  1 Northern Harrier
  Common Raven 4 ( 20 miles from base of mountains)




  Pishkun Res
  1 Pacific Loon
  89 Common Loon
  135 Aechmorphus grebes ( over 90% Western for certain but not guaranteeing)
  5 Surf Scoters
  over 400 Ruddy Ducks
  125 Am. Coots
  3 Ring-billed Gulls
  1 Merlin (male)
  25 Horned Larks


  Black-billed Magpies (widespread) 


 My suggestion is many reservoirs in the state - should be pulling in Sabines 
Gulls. After the effort, I made to get the Lake Francis one -and the "ESPN 
tingle" that kept me watching for one right here at home. cant believe I 
missed it. How totally depressing.. :( 





  Tim




  Timothy Barksdale
  Birdman Productions LLC
  P.O. Box 1124
  65 Mountain View Dr.
  Choteau, MT 59422


 At Birdman Productions, we make films about birds, and tell stories that 
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Subject: Re: Pishkun and Eureka
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:15:03 -0700
Tim,

What's the date on your Marbled Godwit? Latest I have is 6 Oct last year by 
Mike S. at Freezout. 


Thanks,

Jeff

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Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 2:49 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Pishkun and Eureka


    

  Dear MOB-


 While I was earning a paycheck- birding poachers ;) came in and snatched a 
state bird right in front of me. 



  In my efforts to re-locate the Sabines Gull ...


  Eureka Res.-
  Am. Wigeon- 4
  Gadwall- 12
  Mallard- 18
  Green-winged Teal- 20
  No. Shoveler- 6
  Am Coot-2


  1- Common Loon
  2- Eared Grebe
  2- Western Grebe
  3 Pied-billed Grebe


  1 White Pelican
  1 MarbledGodwit


  39 Greater Yellowlegs
  1 Lsr Yellowlegs


  1 Am. Golden Plover
  5 Black-bellied Plover
  29 Am. Avocet
  47 Killdeer
  18 Long-billed Dowitcher


  1 Herring Gull
  64 Ring-billed Gull
  6 Bonapartes Gull
  16 American Pipit
  1 Bald Eagle




  Teton Canyon Rd.
  2 Red-tailed Hawks
  1- Northern Shrike
  1 Mountain Bluebird
  1 Northern Harrier
  Common Raven 4 ( 20 miles from base of mountains)




  Pishkun Res
  1 Pacific Loon
  89 Common Loon
  135 Aechmorphus grebes ( over 90% Western for certain but not guaranteeing)
  5 Surf Scoters
  over 400 Ruddy Ducks
  125 Am. Coots
  3 Ring-billed Gulls
  1 Merlin (male)
  25 Horned Larks


  Black-billed Magpies (widespread) 


 My suggestion is many reservoirs in the state - should be pulling in Sabines 
Gulls. After the effort, I made to get the Lake Francis one -and the "ESPN 
tingle" that kept me watching for one right here at home. cant believe I 
missed it. How totally depressing.. :( 





  Tim




  Timothy Barksdale
  Birdman Productions LLC
  P.O. Box 1124
  65 Mountain View Dr.
  Choteau, MT 59422


 At Birdman Productions, we make films about birds, and tell stories that 
change people's lives. 

















  
Subject: Pishkun and Eureka
From: "Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:49:25 -0600
Dear MOB-

While I was earning a paycheck- birding poachers ;) came in and snatched a 
state bird right in front of me. 


In my efforts to re-locate the Sabines Gull ...

Eureka Res.-
Am. Wigeon- 4
Gadwall- 12
Mallard- 18
Green-winged Teal- 20
No. Shoveler- 6
Am Coot-2

1- Common Loon
2- Eared Grebe
2- Western Grebe
3 Pied-billed Grebe

1 White Pelican
1 MarbledGodwit

39 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lsr Yellowlegs

1 Am. Golden Plover
5 Black-bellied Plover
29 Am. Avocet
47 Killdeer
18 Long-billed Dowitcher

1 Herring Gull
64 Ring-billed Gull
6 Bonapartes Gull
16 American Pipit
1 Bald Eagle


Teton Canyon Rd.
2 Red-tailed Hawks
1- Northern Shrike
1 Mountain Bluebird
1 Northern Harrier
Common Raven 4 ( 20 miles from base of mountains)


Pishkun Res
1 Pacific Loon
89 Common Loon
135 Aechmorphus grebes ( over 90% Western for certain but not guaranteeing)
5 Surf Scoters
over 400 Ruddy Ducks
125 Am. Coots
3 Ring-billed Gulls
1 Merlin (male)
25 Horned Larks

Black-billed Magpies (widespread)

My suggestion is many reservoirs in the state - should be pulling in Sabines 
Gulls. After the effort, I made to get the Lake Francis one -and the "ESPN 
tingle" that kept me watching for one right here at home. cant believe I 
missed it. How totally depressing.. :( 



Tim


Timothy Barksdale
Birdman Productions LLC
P.O. Box 1124
65 Mountain View Dr.
Choteau, MT 59422

At Birdman Productions, we make films about birds, and tell stories that change 
people's lives. 








Subject: RE: Dipper and Caddis Flies
From: "peggy AT naturalistsmercantile.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:35:18 -0700




Subject: Red-throated Loon
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:56:11 -0700




Subject: Re: Ft. Peck sightings
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:05:49 -0700
Chuck,

Where are you getting your late dates (not eBird I hope!)? Check "Warbler dates 
extreme" in mob files to find that latest was by Sue Reel on 2 November 2012 
(it was in Missoula). 


Jeff

*******************
Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: 'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2014 9:12 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Ft. Peck sightings


    

  Mobsters

 The past 10 days or so have seen some unexpected visiting the backyard. 
Yesterday it was an Orange-crowned Warbler. This date appears to be 5 days 
later than the previous late date for the species. We’ve also had several 
American Tree Sparrows and a Hermit Thrush. 


 On the river not much is happening but there were 3 Tundra Swans on the Dredge 
Cuts FAS two days ago. On the 2nd I had a report from Dave Allen of 100+ Snow 
Geese flying over Nashua. American White Pelicans number about 20 presently. 


 On the 2nd a Swainson’s Thrush and two Orange-crowned Warblers were in the 
yard and we continue to get various flavors of Dark-eyed Juncos including 
Slate-colored, Pink-sided and Oregon. One or two Harris’s Sparrows are also 
present. An occasional Sharp-shinned Hawk quiets the yard occasionally. 


  I’ll post a few photos on MOB soon.

  Chuck Carlson
  www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/