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Eastern Phoebe

30 Sep Anna's hummingbird ["coach3boys AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Sep Jewel Basin Hawk Watch Totals through September ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Sep RE: MOB and Yahoo ["tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Sep RE: MOB and Yahoo ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Sep MOB and Yahoo ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Sep Re: Mystery Duck ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Sep Mystery Duck ["sandy.pittendrigh AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull, Lake Frances, Valier: 9/29 ["kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull, Lake Frances, Valier: 9/29 ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Sep Sabine's Gull, Lake Frances, Valier: 9/29 ["kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Sep Re: FW: Varied Thrush in Great Falls ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Sep West Bank Park - No such thing as "bad weather" ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Sep Cut Bank Area ["sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Sep South Boundary Trail ["paul rossi polovetsian AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Sep FW: Varied Thrush in Great Falls ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Sep Re: Afternoons this weekend?? ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Sep Varied Thrush in Great Falls ["kmcintyre19 AT icloud.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Sep Afternoons this weekend?? ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Sep Re: West Bank Happenings (Sabine's Gull) ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Sep Re: West Bank Happenings (Sabine's Gull) ["jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Sep Glacier ["Cheri Sei montanabirder AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Sep Warm Springs Survey, September 25, 2014 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep Re: West Bank Happenings (Sabine's Gull) ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep Re: Black- Throated Blue Warbler ["Bob Perata bobperata AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep Black- Throated Blue Warbler ["Peggy Joki pegkenjoki AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep Re: ID Help Photos ["neilmtrv AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep Re: (MOB-Montana) SWAMP SPARROW in the Flathead ["Bob Perata bobperata AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep Re: (MOB-Montana) SWAMP SPARROW in the Flathead ["Bob Perata bobperata AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep (MOB-Montana) SWAMP SPARROW in the Flathead ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Sep West Bank Happenings ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Sep Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch: Peak season now ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Sep Re: ID Help Photos ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Sep ID Help Photos ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Sep Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch: Peak season now ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Sep Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch: Peak season now ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Sep National Bison Range and Butler Creek Red Crossbills ["tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Sep Giant Springs Birding Field trip ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Sep Freezout P.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Sep Request For Information, Cooney Reservoir on Red Lodge Creek ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Sep thanks ["Jim woodduck38 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Sep Common Nighthawks remain at Judith Landing - Fergus and Chouteau Counties ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Sep Warm Spring WMA Survey, 09/18/14 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Sep hi line birds ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Sep Re: California quail at Wylie Dike ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Sep California quail at Wylie Dike ["Glenn Violette 2birders AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Sep White-Throated Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler in QLL 6D ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Sep Short-eared owl ["dave ellis davels AT rocketmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Sep Plethora of Pipits ["Lou Ann Harris montlou311 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Sep Chestnut-sided Warbler, Missoula ["kerrplunck AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Sep Spidel WMA ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Sep Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch ["trescottm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Sep Scalplock Lookout ["paul rossi polovetsian AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Sep West Bank = Just a Few Birds ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Sep Re: California Quail ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Sep California Quail ["Patricia Mclaughlin 2birders AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Sep White-throated Swifts ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Sep Jewel Basin Hawk Watch ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Sep Poll results for MOB-Montana []
08 Sep Sanderlings ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Sep Re: Ovenbird Bitterroot Valley September ["Kristi DuBois kdubois AT montana.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Sep Ovenbird Bitterroot Valley September ["martinvanburenbell AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Sep Shorebirds at Broadview ["calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Sep WS WMA, Sept. 4 Survey ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Sep Bay-breasted warbler, Cut Bank, 9-4-2014 ["kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Sep New poll for MOB-Montana []
4 Sep Re: Plumbeous Vireos in Billings ["gary swant birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Sep Plumbeous Vireos in Billings ["calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Sep Sunset Show at Cottonwood Reservoir, QQLL 29C3 ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Sep Re: ["tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
3 Sep (unknown) ["David Narins birderd_1 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
02 Sep Townsend's Warbler - new species for QQLL 39B3 ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
31 Aug Blue Grosbeak ["kbh.eah.sah AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Aug Bird migration in Bozeman ["calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Aug Re: Poof! They're Gone ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Aug Poof! They're Gone ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Aug Harlequin Duck on the Madison River ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]

Subject: Anna's hummingbird
From: "coach3boys AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Sep 2014 20:54:09 -0700
We have gotten glimpses of a hummingbird at our feeder since early September 
but haven't had the opportunity to identify it until a few days ago. The bird 
is an immature Anna's hummingbird. 

 

 Sorry about the delay in reporting - time has been scarce!
 

 Jan Wassink
 Kalispell
Subject: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch Totals through September
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Sep 2014 20:19:31 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 Although the last five days had unsuitable weather for counts, we finished 
September with near record counts for the season at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 
northeast of Bigfork, with 1,923 birds counted: 

 

 Turkey Vulture:  2
 Osprey:  6
 Bald Eagle:  11
 Northern Harrier:  49
 Sharp-shinned Hawk:  928
 Cooper's Hawk:  417
 Northern Goshawk:  36
 Unidentified Accipiter:  50
 Broad-winged Hawk:  12
 Red-tailed Hawk:  233
 Unidentified Buteo:  13
 Golden Eagle:  55
 American Kestrel:  59
 Merlin:  17
 Peregrine Falcon:  8
 Prairie Falcon:  9
 Unidentified Falcon:  7
 Unidentified Raptor:  11
 

 Total:  1,923
 

 Among the milestones reached this season, our 10,000th accipiter, 1,500th 
buteo, 3,000th eagle, and 15,000th raptor. Our Red-tailed Hawk total already 
exceeds any previous season-long total, and we will also have record numbers of 
Cooper's Hawks this year, with Northern Harrier, Goshawk, and Prairie Falcon 
numbers also on track for higher than average numbers. 

 

 We continue to welcome additional observers; Golden Eagle numbers historically 
start to build during the first week of October. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: RE: MOB and Yahoo
From: "tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Sep 2014 13:02:20 -0700
Robin, 

 Montana Birders is a closed group on Facebook, so the only way to access it is 
to have a FB account and be approved. 

 

 John,
 

 Thanks for the thoughtful post, I've recently committed to posting more often 
on MOB since there are so many great folks and excellent birders involved, it's 
really an indispensable group for the birders of Montana. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: RE: MOB and Yahoo
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:47:26 -0600
I don’t do Facebook. Is there a specific website I can use to find the 
Montana Birders Group on Facebook? 


 

Thanks

Robin Wolcott

Bozeman

 

From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:47 AM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MOB-Montana] MOB and Yahoo

 

  

Hello all,

A while back I initiated some conversations within this group regarding our 
current format and some continuing problems with having Yahoo as our group 
host. A number of alternatives were proposed and I did some research myself 
regarding potential alternative means for communicating within and among the 
Montana birding communty. 


At the time we all agreed that the Yahoo site was having some major issues and 
was not functioning as we would have liked it to. A number of alternatives were 
proposed, but each had it's own set of concerns. The majority of the 
alternatives proposed did require some level of funding which was a major 
concern since this group is not hosted by any entity and long-term funding to 
maintain the arrangement was not guaranteed. My own inquiry into other 
informational groups in other states noted that the vast majority were either 
Yahoo groups or simple email list-serves most often organized through a 
University server. 


Since that time the Yahoo site has somewhat stabalized. In addition, a Facebook 
group page has formed and a number of the people who are part of this group are 
also posting information regarding Montana birds and birding in that forum. I 
believe that a number of the issues were were experiencing with Yahoo have 
diminished or disappeared and I haven't pursued any alternatives since. One of 
the biggest problems I know a number of people were having was related to the 
posting of photos to the site - one of the features I think we all have really 
valued and this seems to have gotten much better as well. 


I would like to encourage those of you who have somewhat (or completely) given 
up on the MOB site to give it another try and in particular see if you can now 
post photos to the site. Please let me know if you continue to have problems 
and I will see what I can do to help. I also encourage those of you who that 
are using Facebook to check out the Montana Birders group there as well. 


John Carlson
Billings, MT
jccarlson AT surfbirder.com  
www.prairieice.blogspot.com  
http://www.pbase.com/mccownii


Subject: MOB and Yahoo
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:47:28 -0700




Subject: Re: Mystery Duck
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:27:18 -0700
Hi Sandy,

These are domestic ducks of some sort. All kinds of crazy combinations result.

Jeff

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

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:22 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Mystery Duck


    

 Not a good photograph (this is a huge crop). But it is an interesting duck. We 
saw about seven of these yesterday at Heeb Pond West of Bozeman. 





 The larger ones (adults?) were mostly black. Two had green mallard like heads, 
large dark Shoveler like bills and small eyes high up on the head. White 
baseball size patch on the chest. 





 The smaller ones were mostly white with black patches on the back. Black 
peppering on white heads. The smaller ones had yellow bills and yellow feet. 





  [img]http://montana-riverboats.com/Uploads/_PIC5792_Mystery-duck.jpg[/img]










  
Subject: Mystery Duck
From: "sandy.pittendrigh AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Sep 2014 08:22:19 -0700
Not a good photograph (this is a huge crop). But it is an interesting duck. We 
saw about seven of these yesterday at Heeb Pond West of Bozeman. 

 

 The larger ones (adults?) were mostly black. Two had green mallard like heads, 
large dark Shoveler like bills and small eyes high up on the head. White 
baseball size patch on the chest. 

 

 The smaller ones were mostly white with black patches on the back. Black 
peppering on white heads. The smaller ones had yellow bills and yellow feet. 

 

 [img]http://montana-riverboats.com/Uploads/_PIC5792_Mystery-duck.jpg[/img]
 

 

  
Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull, Lake Frances, Valier: 9/29
From: "kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Sep 2014 07:11:11 -0700
Dan,
 

 We birded Lake Frances quite a bit in the spring, and were super impressed 
with the number of loons in particular. We're looking forward to getting there 
as much as we can over the next several weeks as waterfowl really start 
cranking through the area. It's our first fall migration in these parts, so 
really, it's all interesting - loons and gulls and on and on! 

 

 We'll continue to post with notable sightings and numbers. Til next time...
 

 Kate
 

Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull, Lake Frances, Valier: 9/29
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Sep 2014 21:17:55 -0700
Kate: 

 So glad to hear someone is birding Lake Frances. I generally stop there just 
once a year in the fall, and am always pleased with the number of loons, grebes 
and more. . I look forward to hearing what else you find! 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Sabine's Gull, Lake Frances, Valier: 9/29
From: "kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Sep 2014 19:14:54 -0700
Greetings MOBsters,
 

 Our first visit to Lake Frances since this spring yielded a gem: Sabine's 
Gull! 

 

 Tom's been saying "We have to hit the Lake for Sabine's this fall" all summer 
long and we finally made it down there. And lo and behold. Such a cool-looking 
bird. It gave us long looks - at a distance, but nice long ones. Best part? It 
was my lifer! 

 

 While we chased the gull from one side of the Lake to the other like a couple 
of kooks, other notables included 1 Bonaparte's Gull, our FOS Snow Goose, 125 
Sandhill Cranes, a pair of Bufflehead, a Lesser Scaup, a few Ring-necked Ducks, 
crazy numbers of Coots, a good showing of Horned and Western Grebes, and about 
40 Common Loons. 

 

 We're hoping to get back down there in the next day or so. Looking forward to 
the shift in the winds due in these parts tomorrow and onward - who knows what 
will drop out of the sky? 

 

 Cheers from Cut Bank,
 Kate and Tom
 

 

 

Subject: Re: FW: Varied Thrush in Great Falls
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Sep 2014 07:45:28 -0700
MOB,

There are only 12 Montana Bird Distribution records for Varied Thrush 
observations in Cascade County. Most recent is for Point Count #6377 on 23 May 
2000, Highland Cemetery 11 June 1995, and Great Falls 17 December 1994. 


There is one more recent in eBird at Giant Springs.

Mike Lesnik
Snowbirding
Subject: West Bank Park - No such thing as "bad weather"
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:43:10 -0600
The cool, wet weather did seem to make a few birds stop for a while - at
least around the West Bank area.  I was excited to see my first fall loon
Saturday evening.  Ruddy Ducks and Western Grebes were increasing over
Friday night (when it was sunny and warm)  But Sunday evening -
Common Loons - a raft of 8 together, that was something for this area
Ruddy Ducks - 212 in a long slender raft
Western Grebe - over 60
Coot - couldn't count, they were typical coot crowding together in a
huddle, well over 200
Eared Grebe - several bunches, Pied-billed Grebe - 4, Red-necked Grebe - 1
(couldn't pick out a Horned - darn)
Starlings - the flock grew to over 2500 before settling down for the night,
one of the best murmuration evenings, but nothing like past years (yet)
What was really interesting were the cormorants.  When I started I counted
63 lined up on dead tree trunks on the river.  When I turned around to walk
back i noted a big "v" of birds flying upriver - not geese - cormorants!
This was a group of 35.  Another group was arriving from the east - about
15.  It seemed like a few more arrived at the same time because the
descended to a swirl to the area of the current 'cormorant roost'.  I
counted them once again before i quit for the evening - over 200!  It was a
bit tough in the fading light.  One group of 80 was swimming around - the
tree trunks were getting crowded.  Interesting to see - they were swimming
in a long line, much like they sit on the logs.  They are the best birds to
play "follow the leader".
Subject: Cut Bank Area
From: "sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Sep 2014 21:28:10 -0700
Broad-winged Hawks have been seen around the Cut Bank area the last few days, 
and a good friend of mine had a dark morph in Shelby today. Other raptors that 
have been seen were both a light and dark morph Rough-legged Hawk. In Cut Bank 
today Kate Atkins and I birded around town and turned up a couple of 
Orange-crowned Warblers, one Wilson's Warbler, a couple of Swainson's Thrushes, 
7 White-throated Sparrows, 19 White-crowned Sparrows, 20 Dark-eyed Juncoes, 
with 7 being Slate-colored, one Clay-colored Sparrow, one Townsend's Solitaire, 
and the most noteable species was a brilliant Red Fox Sparrow. There have been 
good numbers of Pine Siskins feeding on the cone crop in town, and lots of 
Yellow-rumped warblers, mostly Myrtles, have been around. Ruby-crowned Kinglets 
have also seen in good numbers. We heard one Brown Creeper calling in the 
swimming pool park, and one Greater Yellowlegs was heard calling in the Cut 
Bank Creek canyon. 

 

 Cheers!
 -Tom M.
Subject: South Boundary Trail
From: "paul rossi polovetsian AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:34:54 -0600
Today, I hiked the South Boundary Trail up to the head of the Harrison Lake 
Trail, and it offered some good birds: several flocks of Chestnut-backed 
Chickadees, Mountain Chickadee, Red Crossbills flying over, a female Hairy 
Woodpecker, and a Pacific Wren flitting around in some coniferous undergrowth. 
I found a Great Gray Owl feather on the trail about a mile east of the first 
cabin! 

Paul RossiKalispell 		 	   		  
Subject: FW: Varied Thrush in Great Falls
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:18:58 -0600

To: 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Varied Thrush in Great Falls


There was one at Giant Springs a number of years ago. I do not recall if it
was a spring or fall bird. Arla Eckert Great Falls

Had a male Varied Thrush in our backyard in Great Falls this morning.  First
time we've seen them since moving here 8 years ago.  Have others seen them
in this area?





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Subject: Re: Afternoons this weekend??
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Sep 2014 08:56:41 -0700
Sorry folks, wrong Yahoo Group! 

 Dan
Subject: Varied Thrush in Great Falls
From: "kmcintyre19 AT icloud.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Sep 2014 10:04:48 -0700
Had a male Varied Thrush in our backyard in Great Falls this morning. First 
time we've seen them since moving here 8 years ago. Have others seen them in 
this area? 
Subject: Afternoons this weekend??
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Sep 2014 06:45:50 -0700
Jewel-ers:
 

 I am able to be on the mountain today until about 1:00. Lisa Bate can do the 
same tomorrow morning. But, weather permitting, we would love to be able to 
hand off the surveys to someone else for the afternoon shift each day. 

 

 Please call me at 270-5941 if you think you could be that person for either or 
both days! 

 

 Dan 
Subject: Re: West Bank Happenings (Sabine's Gull)
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:39:28 -0600
Headed downstream perhaps?  There is a lot of movement between West Bank
and Giant Springs area.
I looked at each gull today -  a little more carefully - but still just
came up with Ringbills.  I was out after 6 pm last night - so may have just
missed the bird.  Darn.
Tonight there was a small pulse of Western Grebes - just 2 or 3 this
morning, 11 at lunchtime and 20 this evening, but not much of anything else
in any numbers.  Only about 400 starlings performing a mini-murmuration.
With rain coming a few more birds might drop by for a stay.
Beth Hill
Subject: Re: West Bank Happenings (Sabine's Gull)
From: "jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Sep 2014 21:04:32 -0700
I also observed an immature Sabine's Gull that evening in Great Falls, except 
the bird I observed was immediately downstream from Giant Springs. I will have 
to compare the timing of our observations with Dan, but it is possible that we 
observed the same bird, but also quite possible that there were two birds on 
the river yesterday. I posted a photo of the bird as well. - John Carlson 
Subject: Glacier
From: "Cheri Sei montanabirder AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:06:13 -0600
My husband and I decided on a spur of the moment trip to the east side of 
Glacier this week. After our arrival on Monday, we took a short hike to Running 
Eagle Falls. On two occasions, but in the same spot, I was able to observe an 
American Three-toed Woodpecker feeding on a dead subalpine fir. He was 
completely oblivious to us, and I was able to watch him as long as I wanted and 
to see all relevant field marks. I got a couple of photos, not good enough to 
post, but good enough for me to confirm the identification. 


I was especially pleased, because upon hearing the sporadic drumming, I 
expected nothing nearly as exciting as a new Lifer ;-) 


Cheri Seli
Plains (usually)
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Subject: Warm Springs Survey, September 25, 2014
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Sep 2014 06:20:16 -0700
Hi All,
  
 This report is for September 25, 2014. The temperature was between 53F to 82F 
with clear skies, and calm winds. 

  
 This week there were 36,500 individuals with 43 species compared to 26,200 
individuals with 47 species last week. Eight-seven percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 There were 2 new year species today, Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1, and Western 
Sandpiper - 1. That brings the total species for 2014 to 164 out the total ever 
seen of 214. 

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 were Canada Goose – 225, American Wigeon – 3200, Mallard 
– 1,925, Ring-necked Duck – 120, Lesser Scaup - 325, Rudy Duck – 1,100, 
Eared Grebe - 130, and American Coot – 29,000. 

  
 Other interesting sightings; Double-crested Cormorants 12, Peregrine Falcon 
-1, Merlin – 1, and only two shorebird species – Western Sandpiper -1 and 
Pectorial Sandpiper – 14, Yellow-rumped Warbler - 42. Noticeably absent this 
week was Osprey and American White Pelican. 

 I found 5 out of 6 grebe species, with only the Clark’s missing.
  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 41 species, 35,925 individuals with 96% of the total. 
  
 Sewage Ponds – 5 species, 375 individuals with 2% of the total.  
  
 Job Corps Ponds – 5 species, 100 individuals with <1% of the total.  
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds – 6 species, 200 individuals with 1% of the total.
  
 Gary Swant
 
 Deer Lodge
 

Subject: Re: West Bank Happenings (Sabine's Gull)
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Sep 2014 21:15:40 -0700
Beth et al: 

 While looking over the birds from West Bank this evening, I found an immature 
Sabine's Gull. Moving across the river, I was able to get photos and video, and 
to share it with other MBRC members here for our annual meeting. Vidcaps 
posted. 

 

 On the way here today, other highlights were a Brown Thrasher at Jones Park in 
Dupuyer, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler at the 
Duffey Place north of Freezeout, and 4 immature White-faced Ibises at Freezeout 
(also 6 Common Terns, 4 Clark's Grebes). 


 

 Good Birding, 
 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Re: Black- Throated Blue Warbler
From: "Bob Perata bobperata AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:43:15 -0600


Bob,






> On Sep 25, 2014, at 8:02 PM, "Peggy Joki pegkenjoki AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Black-throated Blue Warbler seen at our Fishtail house 3 miles SW of Fishtail 
Mt on September 23 & 24th 

> 
> Also Wilson's, Yellow Rumped, Orange Crown  and Yellow warblers
> 
> 
> Ken
> 
Subject: Black- Throated Blue Warbler
From: "Peggy Joki pegkenjoki AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:02:27 -0600
Black-throated Blue Warbler seen at our Fishtail house  3 miles SW of
Fishtail Mt on September 23 & 24th

Also Wilson's, Yellow Rumped, Orange Crown  and Yellow warblers


Ken
Subject: Re: ID Help Photos
From: "neilmtrv AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:02:11 -0400
Saw and photographed what is likely the same bird at Cottonwood Reservoir  
on Wednesday, September 24th at about 11:00 a.m. 
 
Neil M. Travis
Livingston, MT
 
 
 
Subject: Re: (MOB-Montana) SWAMP SPARROW in the Flathead
From: "Bob Perata bobperata AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:11:18 -0600
Oops , sorry. 


Bob,






> On Sep 25, 2014, at 2:10 PM, Bob Perata  wrote:
> 
> I know
> 
> 
> Bob,
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On Sep 25, 2014, at 12:55 PM, "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana]"  wrote: 

>> 
>> Mob:
>> 
>> Today, I found an FOS adult SWAMP SPARROW at the junction of Riverside Rd. 
and Mill Creek, specifically the bridge over Obryan Lane (just to the south in 
the wetlands). 

>> 
>> cheers, Craig Hohenberger
>> Creston
>> 
Subject: Re: (MOB-Montana) SWAMP SPARROW in the Flathead
From: "Bob Perata bobperata AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:10:05 -0600
I know


Bob,






> On Sep 25, 2014, at 12:55 PM, "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana]"  wrote: 

> 
> Mob:
> 
> Today, I found an FOS adult SWAMP SPARROW at the junction of Riverside Rd. 
and Mill Creek, specifically the bridge over Obryan Lane (just to the south in 
the wetlands). 

> 
> cheers, Craig Hohenberger
> Creston
> 
Subject: (MOB-Montana) SWAMP SPARROW in the Flathead
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:55:50 -0700
Mob:

Today, I found an FOS adult SWAMP SPARROW at the junction of Riverside Rd. and 
Mill Creek, specifically the bridge over Obryan Lane (just to the south in the 
wetlands). 


cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: West Bank Happenings
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:15:46 -0600
Really not much.  The Franklin's Gulls departed enmasse last week.
Wednesday evening there were about 1500, several hundred in the pre-dawn
light but the next evening 10 and not many more since then.

A few pelicans and a few cormorants are still hanging around.  There have
been just a few Ruddy Ducks and western Grebes - probably just passing
through since they are here one day and it might be a week before another
shows up. The river level is still high for fall.

The starling show in the evening and morning is happening - I watched
4-5000 make a sudden departure this morning.  The volume and pitch picks up
and suddenly the air explodes with birds.  And off they go.  They are out
of sight in a flash.  The crowd of birds consists of starlings, blackbirds,
grackles and even cowbirds.  In flight they are all "blackbirds".

There isn't much happening now at 6 am in the morning when I start walking,
but this morning I heard an owl hooting steadily (sounded like a Great
Horned Owl).  It was too dark to try to spot him.

Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch: Peak season now
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Sep 2014 20:54:30 -0700
MOB-sters: 

 Back-to-back 200-count days, as we had 214 birds today at the Jewel Basin Hawk 
Watch. Highlights included an adult Broad-winged Hawk, 28 Red-tailed Hawks, 5 
Merlins, a Peregrine and 3 Goshawks. Sharp-shinned outnumbered Cooper's 120:38 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
 

Subject: Re: ID Help Photos
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Sep 2014 20:26:52 -0700
oops!  Insert Golden- before Plover.

Does anyone know of a sneaky way to edit typos such as this?

Mike
Subject: ID Help Photos
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Sep 2014 20:16:00 -0700
MOB,

Just posted a couple photos taken at Cottonwood Reservoir this evening of what 
I am calling a Juvenile American Plover. Somewhat bad sun angle, but the high 
reservoir level did keep the bird fairly close to about the mid-point of the 
shore line two track. 


Will be my second state bird for the day!

Mike Lesnik 
 Park County

Subject: Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch: Peak season now
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Sep 2014 04:55:22 -0700
MOB-sters: 

 Today should indeed be a special one. Yesterday was our third best day ever at 
the Jewel, with 286 raptors of 11 species counted, including 162 Sharp-shinned, 
69 Cooper's, 2 Goshawks, 5 Broad-winged Hawks, 8 Golden Eagles, and 2 Prairie 
Falcons. I will be on the ridge from 10:00 until 18:00 for anyone who is 
interested in joining me (leaving the parking lot at 08:30). 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
 

Subject: Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch: Peak season now
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Sep 2014 13:06:25 -0700
Mike, et al: 

 Sorry for the delayed response regarding visiting the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 
site. I was out of state and off-line pretty much all of last week. The good 
news is that we are in the peak season now, and have been averaging more than 
100 raptors/day for the past six days, with many more expected this week. We 
very much welcome additional sets of eyes on the ridge! 

 

 This Wednesday (Sept 24th) conditions appear to be ideal...strong SW winds, 
warm and sunny, and with an approaching front. I will be onsite all day long, 
and would love to have others join me. I normally hate to make predictions, but 
I would not be surprised if we had 200-300 or more birds that day. 

 

 I have posted directions to the site before, but they did not come up in a 
search of this site, so I have summarized them below. Please contact me 
off-list if you would like to come share in this experience, and I can further 
clarify or coordinate your visit. 

 

 To reach the Jewel Basin, begin at the Echo Lake Cafe on highway, 2.8 mi east 
on hwy 83 from its intersection with hwy 35 north of Bigfork. Proceed north on 
Echo Lake Rd. about 2.2 mi north to its intersection with Foothills Rd, where 
you will turn right (if you find yourself on a causeway in Echo Lake, you 
missed the turn). After just over a mile on Foothills Rd, where it bears left, 
you will turn right onto the gravel Jewel Basin Road (signed). This Forest 
Service Road climbs 7 miles to the Jewel Basin parking lot. It is well 
engineered, and can be driven with any passenger car, but is extremely 
washboarded, so go slowly! 

 

 The parking lot is at about 5,700' in elevation. From here it is a 2.3 mi hike 
to the hawk watch site, gaining 1,400 ft. The grade is consistent, with a few 
steeper sections, and it is best to allow two hours or so for the hike; hiking 
sticks are recommended, as the last section is along the ridgetop. 

 

 Are the views and the birds worth the drive and hike? I'm biased, admittedly, 
but my answer is an emphatic yes! As of yesterday, we had counted 1,233 raptors 
of 14 species this season. 

 

 If anyone would like to join me Wednesday, please let me know. I plan on 
leaving the parking lot no later than 8:30 am. But someone goes every day, so 
if it fits your schedule, please plan a visit! 

 

 Dan Casey
 270-5941
 danielcasey55 AT gmail.com
 

 

Subject: National Bison Range and Butler Creek Red Crossbills
From: "tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Sep 2014 09:54:59 -0700
Greetings MOBsters,
 

 Katie Heath and I visited the National Bison Range and enjoyed Sunday's fine 
weather. Things were relatively quiet except for several adult singing 
Townsend's Solitaire. A juvenile Osprey remained at a nest on the Flathead 
river and a few Savannah Sparrows were still around. 

 

 The Red Crossbill flock continues on Dodd Ranch in Missoula.
 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Giant Springs Birding Field trip
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:23:58 -0600
This field trip was FWP and UMBA together.
Thirteen folks showed up for an entertaining morning of birding at Giant
Springs State Park. Right off the bat we got to see a juvenile Sharp-shinned
Hawk who put on a great show. Then we got to see the Great Horned Owl. These
were followed by great views of House Finch, Common Grackle treetop sitting
then flying. We had a group of Dark-eyed Juncos under an evergreen tree. One
person saw a White-crowned Sparrow. We had one Song Sparrow down near the
river. In the windrow we saw Wilsons Warblers, and maybe one Yellow
Warbler. We all got many good views of European Starlings. One Gray Catbird
was feasting on the Mountain Ash berries and calling off and on. We saw a
number of American Robins. We saw a number of fast views of a Ruby-crowned
Kinglets then one came very close to us and put on a great show. This was a
life bird for some in the group. We also saw Black-capped Chickadees, Common
Ravens, Black-billed Magpies, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Juv. Red-naped
Sapsucker, 1 Mourning Dove, 2 Eurasian Collared-Dove, Ring-billed Gulls,
Franklins Gulls, Great Blue Heron both flying and standing, 1 American
White Pelican at the tail end of the walk, a number of Double-crested
Cormorants, 1 Eared Grebe in winter dress all ready, Common Mergansers,
Mallards and Canada Geese. My thanks go to folks in the group who pointed
out a number of these birds and the one person who carried a scope.  




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Subject: Freezout P.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 19:20:38 -0700
MOB, checked out Freezout this late afternoon. Not much at Freezout at least 
shorebird wise. Saw a few Long-billed Dowitchers on Pond 6 and 2 Lesser 
Yellowlegs at the Neck. Did see several American Pipits and one White-faced 
Ibis at the Dike. On to Priest Butte Road at Duffeys saw the following 
birds--several Yellow-rumped Warblers, several White-cr. Sparrows, 3 ruby-cr. 
Kinglets and one Golden-crowned Kinglet, one Yellow Warbler and one Lincoln's 
Sparrow. All for now, god birding Larry Carter Fairfield 
Subject: Request For Information, Cooney Reservoir on Red Lodge Creek
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Sep 2014 10:49:39 -0700
MOB,

Wondering if it would be worth a few more miles of gravel road after checking 
out the woodpeckers along Bridger Creek Road (Sweetgrass County) on my way to 
Fishtail. 


Hoping that one of the Billings lurkers here might have recent information on 
shorebird habitat at Cooney Reservoir, Carbon County, QQLL 40D2. 


Thanks in advance, 

Mike Lesnik
Grey Bear Fishing Access Site
QQLL 39B2
Subject: thanks
From: "Jim woodduck38 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:26:42 -0500
Thanks to all of you who volunteered information to help me on my visit to 
Montana. The two days I drove into the state, to a destination about an hour 
east of Missoula, were highlighted by rain, continuous rain. It was more than 
perfect weather from that point forward, however. Most of my time was spent on 
the shore of East Rosebud Lake south of Roscoe. We logged 29 species in four 
days, including Goshawk and Sage Grouse. We also had four Spruce Grouse. My 
most enjoyable time was spent with a pair of Dippers, faithful daily to a 
particular spot on the river that flows from the lake. We saw them on that 
stream and on one that flows into the lake, as well as foraging on the gravel 
shore of the lake, about 100 yards from that incoming stream. 


Again, many thanks. We intend to return next summer, most likely to the Glacier 
region. 


Jim Williams
Wayzata, Minnesota
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/blogs/Wingnut.html










On Sep 17, 2014, at 10:27 PM, danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana] wrote:

Glenn:


Yes.

Dan Casey
Somers





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Subject: Common Nighthawks remain at Judith Landing - Fergus and Chouteau Counties
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Sep 2014 06:56:55 -0700
MOB,

18 species observed over the last three days at the Judith Landing Campground 
in Chouteau County topped off with at least 5 Common Nighthawk foraging over 
the Missouri River and riparian area all three evenings. 


Also two or more Great Horned Owls heard before daylight on two mornings over 
in Fergus County. 


Mike Lesnik
Missouri River Breaks
 

Subject: Warm Spring WMA Survey, 09/18/14
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Sep 2014 17:13:59 -0700
Hi All, (September 18, 2014 Report)
  
 This report is for September 18, 2014. The temperatures was between 54F to 66F 
with light rain.. 

  
 This week there were 26,200 individuals with 47 species compared to 11,500 
individuals with 43 species last week. Seventy-four percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 There were 3 new year species today, Golden-crown Kinglet - 4, American Pipit 
- 2, and Chipping Sparrow - 4. That brings the total species for 2014 to 162 
out the total ever seen of 214. 

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 were Canada Goose – 150, American Wigeon – 4,500, Mallard 
– 700, Ring-necked Duck – 250, Lesser Scaup - 400, Bufflehead - 150, Eared 
Grebe - 150, and American Coot – 19,400. 

  
 Double-crested Cormorants increased from 6 to 18 this week. There was four 
American White Pelicans as well. 

  
 Horned Grebes increased from one last week to 13 this week. There were 2 
Peregrine Falcons working the mudflats but few shorebirds. I only found 1 
White-faced Ibis and 1 Spotted Sandpiper. 

  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 41 species, 25,600 individuals with 96% of the total. 
  
 Sewage Ponds – 10 species, 150 individuals with 1% of the total.  
  
 Job Corps Ponds – 4 species, 150 individuals with 1% of the total.  
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds – 10 species, 200 individuals with 2% of the total. 

  
 Details in the attachments.
  
 
 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge
 

Subject: hi line birds
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Sep 2014 10:51:50 -0700
Took a work trip on the hi line this week and did some really quick windshield 
birding. On 9/17 at Bowdoin NWR a good variety of ducks and some peeps, best 
birds were one Semipalmated Plover hanging out with some killdeer, and two 
young Bald Eagles hanging out together on the fence and not caring about the 
car right by them on the auto tour route. Also Great Horned Owl at Boy Scout 
Park below Ft. Peck dam. Due to recent wet weather, mosquitoes are out in 
force. 

 

Subject: Re: California quail at Wylie Dike
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Sep 2014 20:27:09 -0700
Glenn: 

 Yes.
 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: California quail at Wylie Dike
From: "Glenn Violette 2birders AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:13:39 -0600
Not sure if anybody has reported a banded quail at Wylie dike but I have 
a photo of a male with a red or orange leg band.  Is this proof of a 
released bird?

Glenn Violette
Whitefish


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Subject: White-Throated Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler in QLL 6D
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Sep 2014 11:57:25 -0700
MOB, 

 

 Three days of camping this past weekend at the Coal Banks Landing (free BLM) 
south of Big Sandy, mostly watching the hedge row on the upstream side of the 
camping area, produced 25 species. A nice little migratory pulse on Saturday 
brought in numerous Orange-crowned Warblers *(11 May 1998) and at least two 
White-throated Sparrows *(11 Oct 1996). 

 

 River was not visible from my campsite but a Great Blue Heron was seen on a 
couple of flybys and Canada Geese were the 0530 alarm clock. 

 

 *(XXXX) Most recent Montana Bird Distribution record in that QLL.
 

 Mike Lesnik
 Wild & Scenic Missouri River

 

Subject: Short-eared owl
From: "dave ellis davels AT rocketmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:30:46 -0600
Flushed a Short-eared Owl from high up on the Entertainment Trail, Mount 
Ascension area, Helena. It flew from near the trail to my right, then briefly 
parallel with me before I stopped to watch it fly 1000 yards across sparsely 
treed and open meadow to the south. My first! Beautiful. 


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Subject: Plethora of Pipits
From: "Lou Ann Harris montlou311 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:35:26 -0600
MOB,

While birding along Bench Road, south of Three Forks on Sunday, I began to spot 
several American Pipits. I got great looks as they perched on the barbed wire 
fence. Then, as I reached the upper portion of Bench, it seemed like pipits 
were everywhere: on the fence, on the road, in the air. To top things off, I 
saw a flock of around 80 flush up from the ground as a kestrel took wing. It 
was difficult to get an accurate count, but I estimated at least 100 pipits 
total. By far the most I've ever encountered. 


Lou Ann Harris
Bozeman

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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Missoula
From: "kerrplunck AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 20:49:20 -0700
Following a great day of raptor migration in the Bitterroot Valley (127 
raptors, including 5 broad-winged, 3 Swainson's, 2 Ferruginous), I got home to 
a frenzy of bird activity in the back yard. 

 There were tons of Kinglets, Wilson's warblers, and yellow-rumped warblers in 
our yard this evening, feeding on small flying insects. I was thoroughly 
enjoying the show when one of the birds popped into view showing lime green 
upper parts, white below, and strong eye ring. Very pretty immature 
Chestnut-sided warbler. 

 IMG_7242 https://flic.kr/p/pcVtEj

 
 
 https://flic.kr/p/pcVtEj 
 
 IMG_7242 https://flic.kr/p/pcVtEj Chestnut-sided Warbler, immature
 
 
 
 View on flic.kr https://flic.kr/p/pcVtEj 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 Cheers and happy fall birding,
 Eric Rasmussen,
 Missoula
Subject: Spidel WMA
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:27:57 -0700




Subject: Re: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch
From: "trescottm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 18:59:57 -0700
We are going to be visiting the Columbia Falls area next week and, if time 
permits we'd like to participate in the hawk watch. If you could email me the 
directions to the site and, provide details on when someone will be there we 
may join them if time permits. 

 

 Appreciate any insight into any other keys areas we should check out while in 
the area as well. Excited to hopefully add allot of new birds to my life list. 

 

 Thanks.
 
Mike Trescott
 Charlotte, NC

Subject: Scalplock Lookout
From: "paul rossi polovetsian AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:27:17 -0600
A hike up Scalplock Lookout yesterday yielded Black-capped, Mountain, and 
Chestnut-backed Chickadees. Several Brown Creepers called from the trees, along 
with Red-breasted Nuthatches and Golden-crowned Kinglets. I saw several 
Northern Goshawks cruise by, including one that got dive-bombed by a 
Sharp-shinned Hawk. Several Gray Jays hung out near the lookout. 

As a side-note, I've seen a number of Clark's Nutcrackers at lower elevations 
the past two weeks both in Kalispell and Columbia Falls. It seems like a great 
year for them. 

Paul RossiColumbia Falls 		 	   		  
Subject: West Bank = Just a Few Birds
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:50:05 -0600
A few migrants and residents recently in the West Bank Park area in Great
Falls.
I start in the morning - 6 am is before sunrise now so sometimes I hear the
migrants flying or even taking off from the river.  Saturday morning it was
some small songbird and 70-80 blue-winged teal (I was able to see some of
them as it got lighter).
Otherwise there have been yellow-rumped warblers, a few different sparrows
(clay-colored, chipping, white-crowned and song), still have a few gray
catbirds and baby morning doves (they can barely fly).  If the timing is
right there will be several thousands of grackle/blackbird/starlings
leaving the island after a night roost - or arriving in the evening.  No
big murmurations yet.
On the river - Franklin's gulls still outnumber the ringbills although
their numbers are slowly decreasing.  Coots, eared grebes and western
grebes have shown up this week.  Pelicans and cormorants are still hanging
around.  The osprey I had been monitoring the past month (saw it almost
twice a day) hasn't been seen in the past week.
The river has been high or higher all summer and still remains pretty high
with little in the way of loafing sand bars.
Tonight there was a murder of two and twenty crows feasting on Russian
olives.  Counted 11, but 22 exited the tree.  How can something the size of
a crow hide in a Russian olive?
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Re: California Quail
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Sep 2014 17:12:39 -0700
Pat: 

 It is not legal to release California Quail, but it gets done anyway. The only 
place where the Montana Bird Record Committee accepts that the species has 
become established is the Bitterrroot Valley. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
 

Subject: California Quail
From: "Patricia Mclaughlin 2birders AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:55:16 -0600
Sunny greetings, MOB-sters...
    For the second morning, we identified a covey of six California 
Quail at Wiley Dike Yesterday there were calls, but not today. The covey 
was at the dike on the south side yesterday. Today, they were a bit up 
the road and on the east side near the water....I believe Dan Casey and 
others discussed that the quail may have been brought in as game birds. 
True??  Fun find, anyway.
     Happy birding!
     Pat McLaughlin & Glenn Violette
     Happy Valley, Whitefish, MT


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Subject: White-throated Swifts
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Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:37:43 -0700




Subject: Jewel Basin Hawk Watch
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Sep 2014 14:21:37 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 The annual Jewel Basin Hawk Watch is up and running for the season, with 357 
birds counted over our first 11 days of surveys. Migration should peak over the 
next three weeks, and we are always glad to have extra sets of eyes on the 
ridge, so please consider making the trip. Anyone who is interested in details 
can contact me, but there will be someone on site every day that weather allows 
(yesterday, not so much!). Directions have been posted before; just enter 
"Jewel Basin" in the Search Conversations box on the MOB website. Totals 
through 9 September: 

 

 Bald Eagle: 1
 Northern Harrier: 12
 Sharp-shinned Hawk: 164
 Cooper's Hawk: 65
 Northern Goshawk: 10
 Unid. Accipiter: 11
 Red-tailed Hawk: 46
 Golden Eagle: 16
 American Kestrel: 22
 Merlin: 7
 Prairie Falcon: 1
 Unid. Falcon: 1
 Unid. Raptor: 1
 

 There's no better place in the state to work on Accipiter identification!
 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Poll results for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 09 Sep 2014 18:47:42 -0700
The following MOB-Montana poll is now closed. Here are the
final results




August Photo of the Month Contest time. Please have your votes in by September 
8, 2014. 

Created by: mccownii




1. Common Yellowthroat 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439332 
0.00%(0) 

2. Solitary Sandpiper 
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12.12%(4) 

3. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
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12.12%(4) 

4. Townsend's Warbler 
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6.06%(2) 

5. Red-necked Grebe 
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15.15%(5) 

6. Cassin's Finch 
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3.03%(1) 

7. Merriam's Wild Turkey 
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6.06%(2) 

8. Trumpeter Swan 
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18.18%(6) 

9. Eared Grebe 
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3.03%(1) 

10. Barn Swallow 
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Subject: Sanderlings
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Sep 2014 10:04:04 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 Apparently the time is right for migrating Sanderlings. I saw a number of them 
just south of Sunburst in Toole County yesterday, and today there were 2 on the 
Farm Road slough at Somers. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Re: Ovenbird Bitterroot Valley September
From: "Kristi DuBois kdubois AT montana.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 21:44:08 -0600




Subject: Ovenbird Bitterroot Valley September
From: "martinvanburenbell AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Sep 2014 11:18:21 -0700
Window killed ovenbird from Stevensville now in a vets refrigerator in 
Hamilton. 

 The vet tech there is a warbler bander and her friend brought it her. Can get 
a photo on Monday if it helps. 

 Martin Bell in Hamilton

Subject: Shorebirds at Broadview
From: "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Sep 2014 23:10:00 -0700
If you enjoy shorebirds, a great passion of mine, then the Broadview area will 
delight you. I drove out of Billings this afternoon towards Broadview on Hwy. 
3. Nearing Broadview I turned north on Cemetery Road and drove north about 5 
miles. This area is known as the Spidel WPA. Water conditions are excellent for 
shorebirds and afternoon is the best time since most viewing (water) is to the 
east. A scope is very helpful although many birds are quite close to the road. 

 

 Highlights included included over 200 Baird's Sandpipers along with 125 
Killdeer. Also noted were many Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, and a 
scattering of Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, 
Red-necked Phalaropes, American Avocets, a Solitary Sandpiper, and a 
Semipalmated Plover. Oddly, no Dowitchers were sighted. Four Black Terns, a 
Bald Eagle, a Prairie Falcon, and migrating American Pipits added to the 
interest. 

 

 Two days earlier, a Sanderling and four White-faced Ibis were in the mix. 
There are hundreds of "brown" ducks present, a fun, but demanding challenge at 
this time of year. Altogether, my visit here produced 38 species, somewhat 
ameliorating the fact I was missing the Seattle Sea Hawks vs. Green Bay Packers 
game. But birding trumps football! 

 

 Enjoy the migration,
 

 Ed Harper
 Boeman/Sacramento
Subject: WS WMA, Sept. 4 Survey
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Sep 2014 19:08:36 -0700
Hi All, (September 4, 2014 Report)
  
 The weather today was clear, calm winds, and temperatures between 38 F and 60 
F. 

  
 WS WMA increased in individual substantially today over last week. This week 
there were 10,500 individuals with 65 species compared to 3,000 individuals 
with 55 species last week. 

  
 There were 2 new year species today, a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk, and a 
Semi-palmated Plover. That brings the total species for 2014 to 158 out the 
total ever seen of 214. 

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 were Canada Goose – 420, American Wigeon – 925, Mallard 
– 1,650, Ring-necked Duck – 200, Lesser Scaup - 600, Bufflehead - 100, 
Eared Grebe - 125, and American Coot – 5,800. 

  
 Double-crested Cormorants have decreased from a high of 160 to 14. No American 
White Pelicans was been seen for two weeks. 

  
 I saw two Horned Grebes today, they are the first this fall season. There were 
also four species of warblers; Orange-crowned, Yellow-rump, Common 
Yellowthroat, and Wilson’s. 

  
 Mudflats are beginning to return in several ponds and numbers of shorebirds 
are up because of it. Shorebirds and waders included; Semi-palmated Plover – 
1, Black-necked Stilt - 4, American Avocet – 8, Killdeer – 2, Spotted 
Sandpiper – 25, Greater Yellowlegs – 4, Lesser Yellowlegs – 1, Sanderling 
-1, Baird’s Sandpiper – 12, Pectorial Sandpiper -4, Wilson’s Phalarope 
– 6, and Red-necked Phalarope – 4. With the edition of the Semi-palmated 
Plover, I have seen 20 wader and shorebird species, so far this year. 

  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 50 species, 10,506 individuals with 93% of the total. 
  
 Sewage Ponds – 13 species, 63 individuals with < 1% of the total.  
  
 Job Corps Ponds – 10 species, 84 individuals with 1% of the total.  
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds – 22 species, 572 individuals with 6% of the total. 

  
 Gary Swant
 
 Deer Lodge
 

Subject: Bay-breasted warbler, Cut Bank, 9-4-2014
From: "kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Sep 2014 18:33:15 -0700
Hey all,
 

 Tom Magarian and I birded the swimming pool park in Cut Bank this morning, and 
were rewarded with warblers (Townsend's, Redstart, Wilson's, Yellow, 
Orange-crowned), and this and that (Pine Siskin, White-crowned Sparrow, 
Warbling Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch). Plus one more that was rather obliging 
for photos, for a warbler: Bay-breasted. 

 

 I'll post photos in the Photo section if I can figure it out... In the 
meantime, I've posted pics to the Montana Birders facebook page, and have 
posted them to my personal Flickr account as well: 


 

 BBWA Cut Bank 09.04.2014 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kisforkateatkins/sets/72157647247769645/ 


 

 
 
 BBWA Cut Bank 09.04.2014 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kisforkateatkins/sets/72157647247769645/show 
kisforkate's BBWA Cut Bank 09.04.2014 set 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kisforkateatkins/sets/72157647247769645/show 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 I'd also like to say a very belated thank you to Molly and Don in Saco for 
letting us poke around their yard in the springtime. We dipped on the good 
birds but certainly scored on meeting good people! 

 

 Good birding!
 Kate Atkins (and Tom Magarian)
 

 

Subject: New poll for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 04 Sep 2014 15:54:14 -0700
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the MOB-Montana group:


August Photo of the Month Contest time. Please have your votes in by September 
8, 2014. 

Created by: mccownii




1. Common Yellowthroat 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439332 

2. Solitary Sandpiper 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439359 

3. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
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4. Townsend's Warbler 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439333 

5. Red-necked Grebe 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439361 

6. Cassin's Finch 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439342 

7. Merriam's Wild Turkey 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439362 

8. Trumpeter Swan 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439343 

9. Eared Grebe 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439344 

10. Barn Swallow 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13221442#122439363 







Thanks!


Subject: Re: Plumbeous Vireos in Billings
From: "gary swant birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:41:35 -0400 (EDT)
Ed, 


I would be interested in leading a field trip or two at the Western Field 
Ornithologist meeting in June. I think those dates are the week after the 
Montana Audubon meeting in Helena. Let me know if you are interested in having 
me lead. 



I have a daughter that lives in Billings so it would work well. 


Gary Swant 
. 

----- Original Message -----

From: "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]"  
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:49:18 AM 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Plumbeous Vireos in Billings 






Today (Sept. 3) I was exploring some possible locations for half-day tours for 
the June 2015 meeting of the Western Field Ornithologists. I visited Norm 
Schoenthal Island near the Montana Audubon Center and found the area productive 
in spite of the late date, increasing wind, and lots of dogs off leash. I was 
most surprised to find four Plumbeous Vireos, all noted by first hearing their 
rather continuous vocalizations. The most productive area of the 2.1 mile loop 
trail was at the point of land where the channel exits the Yellowstone River. 
Other birds included two Blackpoll Warblers along with a number of Yellow 
Warblers, 

Wilson's Warblers, an American Redstart, and a couple of Warbling Vireos. 
Yellow-breasted Chats are still present and Gray Catbirds are numerous. 



If any of you are interested in helping to lead some trips, either half-day or 
full day, in the Billings region during the period 11 - 14 June (get a free 
membership in WFO!), let me know! Some of our trips will go as far as Harlowton 
and Red Lodge while others will be closer in to locations like Pompey's Pillar, 
Molt, and Two Moon Park. I am open to suggestions for some of your favorite 
field trip possibilities, too. 




Thanks, 


Ed Harper 
Bozeman/Sacramento 
calidris AT surewest.net 

 
Subject: Plumbeous Vireos in Billings
From: "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Sep 2014 23:49:18 -0700
Today (Sept. 3) I was exploring some possible locations for half-day tours for 
the June 2015 meeting of the Western Field Ornithologists. I visited Norm 
Schoenthal Island near the Montana Audubon Center and found the area productive 
in spite of the late date, increasing wind, and lots of dogs off leash. I was 
most surprised to find four Plumbeous Vireos, all noted by first hearing their 
rather continuous vocalizations. The most productive area of the 2.1 mile loop 
trail was at the point of land where the channel exits the Yellowstone River. 
Other birds included two Blackpoll Warblers along with a number of Yellow 
Warblers, 

 Wilson's Warblers, an American Redstart, and a couple of Warbling Vireos. 
Yellow-breasted Chats are still present and Gray Catbirds are numerous. 

 

 If any of you are interested in helping to lead some trips, either half-day or 
full day, in the Billings region during the period 11 - 14 June (get a free 
membership in WFO!), let me know! Some of our trips will go as far as Harlowton 
and Red Lodge while others will be closer in to locations like Pompey's Pillar, 
Molt, and Two Moon Park. I am open to suggestions for some of your favorite 
field trip possibilities, too. 


 

 Thanks,
 

 Ed Harper
 Bozeman/Sacramento
 calidris AT surewest.net
Subject: Sunset Show at Cottonwood Reservoir, QQLL 29C3
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Sep 2014 19:16:09 -0700
At least three dozen Common Nighthawks performed their aerial routine set to 
the calls of an unknown number of Sandhill Cranes. 

 

 Very limited shoreline to be checked in the morning.
 

 Mike Lesnik
 Park County

Subject: Re:
From: "tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Sep 2014 16:26:51 -0700
Welcome David! Creston Wetland is just North of the town of Creston in Montana 
which should show up on a Google map search (Creston, MT) without a problem. 
Note Creston Road that runs to the North from an intersection with Route 35, 
drive North on Creston Road for a few minutes and the wetland will come into 
view on your left. 


 Good Luck and Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: (unknown)
From: "David Narins birderd_1 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:34:48 -0700

Greetings...
 
I shall be staying in Columbia Falls and would like some information on seeing 
the Little Gull. My Google only shows Creston Wetlands to be in BC. Is that 
right? Are there more than one Creston Wetlands? We (my wife, Ludmila (Mila) 
and myself) shall be there from the morning of the 4th until the morning of the 
9th with plans to go birding. I do have the birding guide to Montana but if 
there were any more up-to-the-minute bits of information I would appreciate 
same. 

 
Thanks...glad to be aboard.
 
David Narins
Sarasota, Florida
Subject: Townsend's Warbler - new species for QQLL 39B3
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Sep 2014 19:23:12 -0700
MOB,

A long, mostly wet, weekend at the West Boulder Ranger Station (campground and 
Forest Service Trails 14 and 41) produced 41 species. Best of three Montana 
Year Birds was the above; along with Ruffed Grouse and Wilson's Warbler. My 
primary target, Pine Grosbeak, was not seen. Also totally absent were Spotted 
Towhee and House Wren. 


So far this afternoon the Convict Grade west of Hunters Hot Springs; and Sheep 
Mountain Fishing Access Site have added 12 day birds (25+/-) with eight of 
those increasing the QQLL total to 49. 


If you go: the Ranger Station rental cabin has been discovered and must be 
reserved months in advance. Campground has about a dozen spaces - half with 
shade, fire rings and tables. Two potable water sources, a vault toilet and 
horse hitching rails. No cell signal! 


Trail 14, Grouse Creek Trail (my favorite) climbs about 700 ft in the first 
mile (4 switch backs) and then just another 200 in the next 1.5 miles to the 
far end of the Nurses Lakes when it enters private property as it continues to 
the Main Boulder. Very little of this was affected by the 2006 Jungle Burn. 
Trail 41 climbs just 200 feet in the 2.5 miles to the upper end of the West 
Boulder Meadows (there are gradual ups and downs as it skirts the Burnt Leather 
Ranch and crosses a pack bridge at about the halfway point The near total burn 
is entered about a mile from camp. 


Mike Lesnik
Park County


 

Subject: Blue Grosbeak
From: "kbh.eah.sah AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Aug 2014 11:41:28 -0700
On 8/30 Raylene Wall and Stan Heath saw a male Blue Grosbeak on Pryor Mtn Road 
about 1/2 mile before the RR X-ing and just before the left turn,The bird was 
perched in the open on the right side of the road in mixed tree/shrub area. 
Call stan if you need further directions 425-1791. 2 brown thrashers after the 
pond. Broad-winged hawk up Nichol's Creek west of Red Lodge. Stan Heath 
Subject: Bird migration in Bozeman
From: "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Aug 2014 20:30:35 -0700
With rain and clouds here, the abrupt change in weather has heralded the 
arrival of birds. I have been checking the East Gallatin Recreation Area (EGRA) 
and, although it is but a small patch of the Bozeman region, birds do appear to 
be showing up. Yesterday it was a Black-and-white Warbler, an unexpected 
species for here. Today started out with a Common Loon on the EGRA pond along 
with an influx of Eared Grebes. The trails in the riparian area were loaded 
with birds. With a good berry crop to attract them, hordes of Cedar Waxwings 
along with fair numbers of Swainson's Thrushes, American Robins, and Western 
Tanagers were feasting. Gray Catbirds seemed to be everywhere and Warbling 
Vireos were easy to view. A flock of a dozen or so Eastern Kingbirds was 
clearly on the move. Warblers included good numbers of Wilson's and Yellow 
Warblers augmented by American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and Northern 
Waterthrush. Black-headed Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeaks were also a part of 
the action. Rain finally forced me to go indoors; otherwise I think I would 
have been birding all day! If the EGRA is producing so well, I am sure other 
good pockets of habitat are likewise worth exploring. 

 

 Good luck,
 

 Ed Harper
 Bozeman/Sacramento
Subject: Re: Poof! They're Gone
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:03:25 -0600
Maybe not gone for good - Thursday evening I could count the Franklin's
Gulls off the West Bank area (104) but Friday evening I had to count them
by "about 100" (1500-2000 or more).  It's been going up and down the past
week. I've wondered if they are the same gulls coming and going or
different groups each day.  Although - this is the time of year that they
do start to "disappear" for good.  This morning I saw 300-500 in the
sunrise gloom.  Here they may raft overnight, but when the sun comes up -
off they go - only to return in the evening.  Raises questions about their
behavior.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Poof! They're Gone
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:47:36 -0600
MOB,
I visited Freezout Lake this morning.  I started the day at Pond 4 
(Point L on the birding brochure) I found few birds.  There had been 
hundreds of Francklin's Gulls the day before and the pond had been 
covered with brown ducks...hardly anything on the water today.  I guess 
the birds said it was time to migrate.
On the better side there were two Sanderlings in their winter "white" 
plumage (Point N).  Two visits ago (27 Aug) there were three 
Semipalmated  Plovers at the parking area just west of the 
Headquarters...an unusual location for that species.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT



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Subject: Harlequin Duck on the Madison River
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:57:39 -0600
Hi Mobsters,

 

Over the last two days Richard and I floated and fished the Madison River
above Ennis.  On both days we enjoyed close encounters with a lone female
plumaged Harlequin Duck on the river just above Ruby Creek Campground.  That
is definitely a first sighting for our many fishing trips there!

 

Robin Wolcott

Bozeman