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31 Oct Re: World record! ["jan2854 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
31 Oct World record! ["harriet.marble AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
31 Oct Re: Another Anna's ["Laura Swant jesuslovesyou AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Oct Another Anna's ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Oct Red bellied woodpecker ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Oct Warm Springs WMA Survey, 10/30/2014 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Oct Mew Gull, Ft. Peck ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Oct Great Blue Heron ["susanella AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Oct Cottonwood Reservoir Black Scoter - 10/29 ["Lou Ann Harris montlou311 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Oct red-throated loon in Billings - gone ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Oct Re: Central Montana Sagebrush Sparrow? ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Oct Central Montana Sagebrush Sparrow? ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Oct Re: Late date for Savannah Sparrow? ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Oct Late date for Savannah Sparrow? ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Oct Freezout White Birds ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird ["debra Schwartznau birderdebrasch AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Oct Anna's Hummingbird ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Oct Red-bellied Woodpecker found in Eureka ["llyoung AT interbel.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Oct Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ft. Peck ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Oct Freezout Lake, 27 October 2014 ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Oct Deadman's Basin swallow ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Oct Post Tropical Cyclone Ana ["sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Oct Jim Muth Photos ["muthmt AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
26 Oct A Gathering of Cranes ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Oct Two HARRIS'S SPARROWS in the Flathead ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
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]" ]

Subject: Re: World record!
From: "jan2854 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Oct 2014 13:06:35 -0700
That is truly PHENOMENAL!  Congratulations Forrest!
Janice Miller
Helena
Subject: World record!
From: "harriet.marble AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Oct 2014 07:30:34 -0700
Mobsters,

One of our own, Forrest Rowland, has the top number of species seen in the 
world for 2013 according to American Birding Association! With 2491 species, 
Forrest is tops with his nearest competitor trailing by 740 species. Now how 
many frequent flier miles do you have? 


Congratulations!  

From an envious birder friend,
Harriet Marble
Chester
 

Subject: Re: Another Anna's
From: "Laura Swant jesuslovesyou AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:43:13 -0600
I hope it was the one that was at our place,  making it's way back to 
the coast!

Laura Swant

On 10/30/2014 6:33 PM, danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana] wrote:
>
> MOB-sters:
>
>
> I saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker today as well. But it was in New 
> Jersey. However, Susannah told me that an Anna's Hummingbird showed up 
> at our place in Somers this morning.
>
>
> Dan Casey
>
> Somers
>
> 
Subject: Another Anna's
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Oct 2014 17:33:30 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 I saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker today as well. But it was in New Jersey. 
However, Susannah told me that an Anna's Hummingbird showed up at our place in 
Somers this morning. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Red bellied woodpecker
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Oct 2014 17:20:54 -0700
Craig Hohenberger and I found the red-bellied woodpecker in Eureka about noon 
as it was actively foraging and vocalizing about a quarter mile down the 
walking path along the west side of the river by the city park. 
Subject: Warm Springs WMA Survey, 10/30/2014
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Oct 2014 12:05:35 -0700
Hi All,
  
 This report is for October 30, 2014, and is the last report for the 2014 
season. However, with the warmer weather this year the large numbers of 
waterfowl are probably yet to come. Last year this time the ponds were frozen 
over. The temperature was between 33F to 40F with cloudy skies, and calm winds. 

  
 This week there were 32,892 individuals with 34 species compared to 28,237 
individuals with 35 species last week. Eight-nine percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 There was no new species today. The total species for 2014 is 169 out of the 
total ever seen of 214. 

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 were American Wigeon – 1,024, Mallard –1,334, Northern 
Pintail – 183, Canvasback 1,401 Redhead – 120, Lesser Scaup -154, 
Bufflehead – 198, Ruddy Duck – 105 and American Coot – 27,903. 

  
 The draining of ARCO Pond 2 for a construction project continues to make 
mudflats and attract shorebirds. There were 6- Killdeer, 2 - Greater 
Yellowlegs, 6 – Pectorial Sandpiper, 3 – Dunlin, 8- Short-billed 
Dowitchers. 

  
 Today, like last week 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 – 3 species, 32,892 
  
 Sewage Ponds –   
  
 Job Corps Ponds –
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds –
  
 Gary
 
  
 

Subject: Mew Gull, Ft. Peck
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:50:21 -0600
Mobsters

Yesterday I found an Immature Mew Gull on the Missouri River near Park Grove 
just north of Ft. Peck. II r was on the same gravel bar as the Lesser 
Black-backed had been. Did not find that bird yesterday. 


Two Red Crossbills came to water in the backyard yesterday also.

Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/
Subject: Great Blue Heron
From: "susanella AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Oct 2014 06:43:47 -0700
Yesterday there was a Great Blue Heron on a beaver dam north of the Mid-Canon 
campground on the Missouri River. Also spotted yesterday between mile markers 
21 and 23 on Recreation Road between Hardy and Craig were a Northern Flicker, a 
Belted Kingfisher, four Common Mergansers, and about a dozen Black-capped 
Chickadees and a Bald Eagle. 

 

 Susie Maclin
 near Mile Marker 22 on Recreation Road
 Between Hardy and Craig
Subject: Cottonwood Reservoir Black Scoter - 10/29
From: "Lou Ann Harris montlou311 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:19:01 -0600
This afternoon, John Parker, Paulette Epple and myself made a trip over to 
Cottonwood Reservoir (north of Wilsall, Park County). There, along with what 
you would expect to see this time of year was a lone adult female Black Scoter. 
She was actively feeding which made observation a bit difficult, as well as the 
wind. She displayed the dark cap and pale face with a small bill. We had the 
benefit of nearby Ruddy Ducks for size comparison. Also at Cottonwood Reservoir 
was Lapland Longspur, Horned Lark, Tundra Swan and several Northern Harriers. 


A great day for late October!

Lou Ann Harris
Bozeman

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Subject: red-throated loon in Billings - gone
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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:24:55 -0700




Subject: Re: Central Montana Sagebrush Sparrow?
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:20:43 -0700




Subject: Central Montana Sagebrush Sparrow?
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Oct 2014 04:32:34 -0700
MOB,
 

 Just visited with a birder and got a third-hand report that a Sagebrush 
Sparrow was observed in Musselshell County this past summer. Does anyone have 
details that they can share on this sighting? 


 

 No map pins on eBird.
 

 Mike Lesnik
 Snowbirding 

 about 550 mi S of there

Subject: Re: Late date for Savannah Sparrow?
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:06:58 -0700
Hi Craig,

Yours is a record fall date by ca. 2 weeks. There's also a report from the 
Stevensville CBC on 27 Dec 1969, but who knows if it's accurate? 


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: Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:23 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Late date for Savannah Sparrow?


    

  MOB:


 Today I had a late observation for Savannah Sparrow along the grasses that 
border our long gravel driveway. 



  cheers, Craig Hohenberger
  Creston

  
Subject: Late date for Savannah Sparrow?
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:23:12 -0700
MOB:

Today I had a late observation for Savannah Sparrow along the grasses that 
border our long gravel driveway. 


cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Freezout White Birds
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:41:23 -0600
MOBsters,
Migrant swans and geese arrived over night.  962 Tundra Swans are on the 
NW part of Pond 1 and 181 are in the south end of the Main Lake. Four 
flocks of white geese were seen arriving.  Still few ducks.  I refound 
the Marbled Godwit and the Semipalmated Plover on Pond 6.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT



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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "debra Schwartznau birderdebrasch AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:11:19 +0000 (UTC)
I had an Anna's visit us in Huson Oct 18. Have never seen one here or anywhere 
before.Debbie Schwartznau 


 On Monday, October 27, 2014 5:45 PM, "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

   

   The last time that we saw the Anna's Hummingbird at our feeder was October 
22.  We were surprised to see that it showed again this evening, October 27. 

Gary SwantDeer Lodge
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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Oct 2014 16:45:33 -0700
The last time that we saw the Anna's Hummingbird at our feeder was October 22. 
We were surprised to see that it showed again this evening, October 27. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge
 

Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker found in Eureka
From: "llyoung AT interbel.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Oct 2014 15:22:27 -0700
Last Friday, Oct 24, a Red-bellied Woodpecker was reported in Eureka. Today, my 
wife and I found and observed it for several minutes. It was foraging and 
calling in some mature cottonwoods along the Tobacco River near downtown 
Eureka. 

 

 Lewis Young
 Eureka
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ft. Peck
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:44:02 -0600
This afternoon I found an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull on the gravel bar just 
to the east of the Park Grove Bridge, just north of downtown Ft. Peck. It was 
with an adult Herring and some California and Ring-billed gulls. 


Waterfowl have been coming and going. Haven’t heard any cranes here yet. The 
backyard list is down to 8 or 9 species a day, with juncos being the most 
numerous except for an occasional flock of American Robins in the 20s. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/
Subject: Freezout Lake, 27 October 2014
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:55:43 -0600
Hi MOBsters,
Not yet exciting at Freezout Lake WMA.  One group of 56 Tundra Swans 
(Pond 1), no white geese and duck numbers are few (locals headed south 
over the last two weeks).  The Marbled Godwit was seen on Pond 1 until 
today.  A Semipalmated Plover was present on Pond 6.  Coots rule the roost.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT



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Subject: Deadman's Basin swallow
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Oct 2014 21:34:37 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 I stopped at Deadman's Basin Reservoir west of Rygate this evening on my way 
to Billings. There were good numbers of mixed waterfowl on the water, most 
numerous being 110 Red-breasted Mergansers. But most surprisingly, a swallow 
flew by me as I left the site. Unfortunately, I could not make out plumage 
characters in the evening light (it flew toward the sunset). But it was 
short-tailed and compact (not Barn Swallow); my guess was that it was a Bank 
Swallow. Nevertheless, I entered it as "swallow, sp." in eBird. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Post Tropical Cyclone Ana
From: "sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Oct 2014 16:11:22 -0700
Calling all birders! Post tropical cyclone Ana could bring Montana 
exceptionally good birds if it tracks right and does not fall apart to soon. 
Pelagic species and Asian vagrants could be possible. Please, please scour your 
local areas if/when it Ana passes, as this could be a once in a lifetime 
opportunity for Montana! 


 

 Cheers!
 -Tom M.
 

Subject: Jim Muth Photos
From: "muthmt AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Oct 2014 14:58:42 -0700
Sorry about all the photo activity from Jim Muth. I just combined all photos 
into one album. Each photo that I moved shows up in the Photostream. Argh! 

Martha Muth
 

Subject: A Gathering of Cranes
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:31:09 -0600
Hi Mobsters

There have been about 200 Sandhill Cranes staging in their usual field south
of Belgrade since last Monday.  I found them there again yesterday.  They
can usually be heard and viewed in the field to the south of Hamilton Rd
just east of Dry Creek Rd.  This area is just north of the Bozeman
Yellowstone International Airport runway.  Better bring a scope!  If they
aren't there, continue east on Hamilton - sometimes they move around a bit.
There is often good birding in general along this road as well as the crane
viewing in the fall.

Cheers and good eBirding

Robin Wolcott

Bozeman

 

 
Subject: Two HARRIS'S SPARROWS in the Flathead
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:08:36 -0700
MOB:

I observed two Harris's Sparrows at the junction of Mill Creek and Obryan Lane 
off of Riverside Road today. They were the first of the season for me, and they 
are unusual here in the fall and spring! 



cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
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. 

 
 
 
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 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


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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

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  ----- 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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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 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
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Choteau, MT 59422


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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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Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
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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
>
>
>
>
> 
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
> 
> 
>