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Bornean Bristlehead,©Tony Disley

19 Apr Helena Regulating Reservoir []
19 Apr Osprey [Patricia Mclaughlin ]
19 Apr Luke Seitz & the Spring into Yellowstone Birding & Wildlife Festival []
19 Apr Another FOY [Jeannie Marcure ]
19 Apr Orange-crowned Warbler [Jeannie Marcure ]
19 Apr Re: avocets, black-necked stilts, etc. on north shore of flathead lake []
19 Apr Re: avocets, black-necked stilts, etc. on north shore of flathead lake []
19 Apr avocets, black-necked stilts, etc. on north shore of flathead lake []
19 Apr avocets and black-necked stilts on flathead lake []
19 Apr Another Avocet Concentration []
19 Apr West Bank Surprise [Beth Hill ]
19 Apr re: unknown hummingbird []
19 Apr Tribal Permits [Jean Woessner ]
19 Apr Good Cornell Parrot Video on youtube ["Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh" ]
19 Apr Re: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT []
18 Apr RE: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT [paul rossi ]
18 Apr Re: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT [Kristi DuBois ]
18 Apr Re: ID photo folder: unidentified hummingbird and poster []
18 Apr Re: ID photo folder: unidentified hummingbird and poster []
18 Apr Peregrine Falcon, Black-necked Stilts []
18 Apr Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT []
18 Apr ID photo folder: unidentified hummingbird and poster []
18 Apr Harris' sparrow []
18 Apr Osprey, Thompson Falls []
18 Apr [MOB-Montana) Lesser Yellowlegs & Willet in Flathead County [Craig Hohenberger ]
18 Apr Polson Area Birding []
18 Apr Avocets - headed somewhere [Beth Hill ]
18 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? []
17 Apr Male Common Mergansers []
17 Apr Freezout P.M. []
17 Apr Yellow-rumped warblers []
17 Apr Two Sandhills over Kmart,Hamilton 4/16 []
17 Apr Re: An Osprey in trouble in Stevensville, MT area []
17 Apr An Osprey in trouble in Stevensville, MT area []
17 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? []
17 Apr Re: ID oddity - Med Lake duck ["Chuck Carlson" ]
17 Apr Lee Metcalf arrivals []
17 Apr Re: ID - Med Lake duck; hummingbird []
16 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? [Sneed Collard ]
17 Apr ID oddity - Med Lake duck [Diane Borgreen ]
17 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? []
16 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? [Sneed Collard ]
16 Apr Re: Sidney's new arrivals []
16 Apr foy hummingbird in somers []
16 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? []
16 Apr Black-crowned Night-Heron at Warm Springs []
16 Apr Re: Re: Woodpecker help? [Sneed Collard ]
16 Apr Fox sparrows []
16 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? []
15 Apr Freezeout on a freezing day! [Jean Woessner ]
15 Apr Three directions of birds [Kristi DuBois ]
15 Apr Re: Warm Springs WMA Survey ["Gary Swant" ]
15 Apr Warm Springs WMA Survey ["Gary Swant" ]
15 Apr Good weekend for birds []
15 Apr Re: Red-breasted Merganser ["Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh" ]
15 Apr Red-breasted Merganser [Donald Schiemann ]
15 Apr Re: Re: RFI: Birding Advice Eastern MT in May [Linda Kaye ]
15 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? []
14 Apr Re: RFI: Birding Advice Eastern MT in May []
14 Apr Re: Woodpecker help? []
14 Apr Freezout P.M. []
14 Apr Re: 2014 MOB Big List? []
14 Apr Woodpecker help? [Sneed Collard ]
14 Apr 2014 MOB Big List? ["Katie La Salle-Lowery" ]
14 Apr Re: Freezout Migration Peak Weeks [Larry Carter ]
13 Apr Re: Long-billed curlew - Dublin Gulch Rd []
13 Apr Two Sapsucker Day []
13 Apr Long-billed curlew - Dublin Gulch Rd [Katie LaSalle-Lowery ]
13 Apr Freezout Migration Peak Weeks [paul rossi ]
13 Apr Medicine Lake this weekend [Diane Borgreen ]
13 Apr Ruddy Duck, Hamilton 4/13 []
12 Apr Seeley Lake and Frenchtown []
12 Apr Holding Reservoir 4/11 []
12 Apr Re: Falcon nesting in a tree? []
12 Apr Re: Falcon nesting in a tree? []
13 Apr Billings, Molt & Broadview ["jaythom AT juno.com" ]

Subject: Helena Regulating Reservoir
From: <elwoodblues225 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 21:20:38 -0700
What a beautiful day to go birding in Helena! Spent several hours at the 
Regulating Reservoir watching the various waterfowl. Species we saw were: 

 American Widgeon
 American Coots
 Red-Breasted Mergansers
 Blue Heron (saw 10)
 Common Loons (counted 30)
 American White Pelican
 Bufflehead
 Common Golden Eye
 Lesser Scaup
 Canada Geese
 Horned Grebe
 Eared Grebe
 Western Grebe (saw 3)
 Double-Crested Cormorant
 Mallard Ducks
 Ruddy Ducks
 heard a Western Meadowlark
 

 Kevin and Marie Rauch
 Helena
 

 

  
Subject: Osprey
From: Patricia Mclaughlin <2birders AT bresnan.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:42:17 -0600
Our FOY Osprey was flying over Church Slough, keeping  distant company 
w/ a Bald Eagle.

Pat McLaughlin & Glenn Violette
Happy Valley, Whitefish


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Subject: Luke Seitz & the Spring into Yellowstone Birding & Wildlife Festival
From: <barbaracozzens AT gmail.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 15:47:05 -0700
Hi Folks,
 I'm a former Montana birder.... now in Wyoming. Reading all of your posts 
really makes me miss Bowdoin and Freezeout! 

 

 That said, I wanted to bring your attention to a spectacular, non-commercial 
birding event happening May 14 to 18th just across the state line in Cody: 

http://www. springintoyellowstone.com http://www.springintoyellowstone.com/

 

 This event represents a unique collaboration between federal and state 
agencies, NGOs and local businesses. Partners include the U.S. Forest Service, 
BLM, National Park Service, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, the Buffalo Bill 
Historical Center, the Cody Chamber of Commerce, Whistling Thorn Strategies, 
The Hatch Fly Shop & Guide Service, FOAL, the Nature Conservancy and Meadowlark 
Audubon. 

 
And returning for the second year is Luke Seitz. If you haven't heard of this 
kid, you're missing out. At just 20 years old, he's seen more birds --2,100 by 
last count -- than many birders three times his age. In 2011, he was the 
youngest participant to win the World Series of Birding, an event he's 
participated in seven times -- generally on Pete Dunne's team. He graduated 
high school at 16, spent two years as a professional bird guide in Ecuador 
before finally giving into Cornell (where he is now on staff at the Lab of 
Ornithology). And if that weren't enough, he's an incredibly talented artist 
and photographer. Speaking personally, I found him to be a super nice, fun and 
humble kid who gives me hope for the future. 

 
More about Luke:    http://www.springintoyellowstone.com/luke-seitz.html
  
 Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 Warmest Regards,
 Barb Cozzens
 Cody, WY

Subject: Another FOY
From: Jeannie Marcure <marcurejm AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:03 -0700
Just saw our FOY hummingbird about 5 min ago--a male Calliope! It must be 
spring! 


May you always hear the whisper of wings!

Jeannie Marcure
S/O Kalispell in Shelter valley



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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Jeannie Marcure <marcurejm AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:54:20 -0700
Saw FOY Orange-crowned Warbler thus afternoon while doing yard work.

May you always hear the whisper of wings!

Jeannie Marcure

S/O Kalispell in Shelter Valley



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Subject: Re: avocets, black-necked stilts, etc. on north shore of flathead lake
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 14:39:53 -0700
i should have been more specific: this is in bigfork. i use the holt drive 
public access; the birds were all concentrated near dockstader's island 
Subject: Re: avocets, black-necked stilts, etc. on north shore of flathead lake
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 14:38:15 -0700
should have been more specific: use the holt drive public access, the birds 
were all pretty concentrated near dockstader's island... 
Subject: avocets, black-necked stilts, etc. on north shore of flathead lake
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 13:55:27 -0700
i'm not good at estimating numbers, but there were at least 2 dozen avocets and 
about the same number of black-necked stilts on the north shore of flathead 
lake this morning, along with one unknown gull with an all-black head and white 
body. also mixed in were a big group of brown wading birds with long legs 
beaks; they were the size of avocets, only stockier. sorry, i'm a newbie at 
knowing what i'm seeing; i will post some pix in ID folder again. thanks, all! 
shawn r. 
Subject: avocets and black-necked stilts on flathead lake
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 13:53:33 -0700
i'm not good at estimating numbers, but there were at least 2 dozen avocets and 
about the same number of black-necked stilts on the north shore of flathead 
lake this morning, along with one unknown gull with an all-black head and white 
body. also mixed in were a big group of brown wading birds with long legs 
beaks; they were the size of avocets, only stockier. sorry, i'm a newbie at 
knowing what i'm seeing; i will post some pix in ID folder again. thanks, all! 
Subject: Another Avocet Concentration
From: <birder_bob AT yahoo.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 12:38:10 -0700
All:
The sand bars and mud flats where the Missouri R. flows into Canyon Ferry 
Reservoir - at the Canyon Ferry WMA - were hopping this morning. The lake seems 
to be lower this year compared to recent years, I assume in anticipation of 
major snow melt runoff yet to come. The exposed shallows and flats were covered 
with birds, including an estimated 400-500 avocets. That may be a significant 
underestimate because they were widely scattered and long scope distances away. 
The outer dikes at ponds 2 and 3 were the best vantage point. Waterfowl, 
especially green-winged teal, were very abundant on the area as were RB and CA 
gulls, pelicans, and 20+ bald eagles. Each year for the past dozen or so, I see 
large avocet concentrations in the same area, but I think this was one of the 
greatest concentrations I have witnessed. 


Bob Martinka
Subject: West Bank Surprise
From: Beth Hill <grizhill AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:29:16 -0600
What a surprise last night.  I expected the mass of avocets seen in the
morning to have moved on during the day.  Instead I counted/estimated 500
or more in one small area.  I rapidly counted 200 then grouped 20's and
30's to get that number.  With them were at least 61 Black-necked Stilts.
 8 Cinnamon Teal.  1 Lesser Yellowlegs.  What a sight to see them running
around in a tight group feeding and being shorebirds.  I could have sat
there til dark watching - but it was extremely windy with gusts over 40
mph, 45 degrees and cloudy (brisk).  Further down river were at least 30
scaup, and 100 plus Eared Grebes.
This morning - I saw 3 avocets, no stilts, no teal or yellowlegs, no scaup
or Eared Grebes.  The weather was cloudless and a 5 mph breeze (really
pleasant).
Good flying conditions developed overnight and all the migrants left.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: re: unknown hummingbird
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 07:09:32 -0700
sorry, mike, i thought since my name is displayed on the groups page that 
everyone could see it. spartanmt = shawn richmond, somers. i thought i replied 
to your question last night but can't find it now...geez... 


 anyway, the little hummer showed up wednesday, april 16, and stayed at the 
feeders until thursday morning, at which time he must have continued on his 
way, because i haven't seen him since. i wonder where the heck he was headed? 
Subject: Tribal Permits
From: Jean Woessner <jwoessner AT bigsky.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:30:31 -0600
From the CSKT website:
"Recreational Opportunities:
All recreational activities on Tribal owned lands require a non-member person 
over the age of 11 to purchase a Tribal Conservation Permit." 


We have them whether we are fishing on the southern end if Flathead Lake or 
hiking or birding. 


http://www.cskt.org/tr/fwrc_wildland.htm

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Good Cornell Parrot Video on youtube
From: "Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh" <sandy.pittendrigh AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:58:13 -0600
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed9A4HPdXgQ&list=PLAD10FDDBB0D53075

-- 
/*  Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh  >--oO0> */
Subject: Re: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 04:51:46 -0700
MOB,

Montana Trust Land Recreation Permit can also be purchased from Fish, Wildlife 
and Parks license outlets. 

http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/permits/stateLandUse.html 
http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/permits/stateLandUse.html 


Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: RE: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT
From: paul rossi <polovetsian AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:38:16 -0600
Based on my experience birding Mission Lake Road, I believe Kristi is correct. 
I went off the road to look for longspurs, and one of the tribal authorities 
warned me that I needed to stay on the road to bird if I didn't have a tribal 
permit. 

Paul Rossi Columbia Falls

To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
From: kdubois AT montana.com
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:49:28 -0600
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in  MT














 

 



  


    
      
      
      

I think the tribal permit applies, whether or not you are on tribal
lands.  For example, I know their bird hunting stamp is  required
for hunting birds on both tribal and non-tribal lands.  I don't
think you need a rec permit for birding along the public roads. 
This would be a good question to ask for clarification.


I buy the tribal conservation permit every year.  The CSKT has one
of the best tribal wildlife departments I have seen. I'm sure at least
some of the money from their rec permits go towards conserving their
resources, such as their trumpeter swan restoration efforts.  The
annual permit is not very expensive--about the cost of 1/3 tank of
gas.  In my opinion, this is a tiny price to pay each year for
access to such an outstanding birding area. These permits are available
through Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices, and you can get them locally
on the reservation at Ronan Sports & Western.


The Audubon meeting in Missoula this week included a student presentation
from a young tribal member who did a barn owl study for a senior
project.  It was very interesting.  Barn owls are apparently
expanding in the Mission Valley, so keep your eyes open when you bird
there.


Happy Birding,


Kristi DuBois

Missoula


  


At 04:57 PM 4/18/2014, you wrote:


  


In order to "recreate" on CSKT
lands, that is, stop and get out of vehicle, one needs a permit from the
tribes. This proposal could adversely impact on all Flathead Valley and
other bird-watchers in Montana (resident and visitor alike).





For folks interested in knowing more about the purchase of the PP&L
dam system by Northwestern Energy, I recommend your attending this
open-to-the-public meeting Monday night 21, at the Earl Bennett Bldg. in
Kalispell and listen to the guest speaker.  This is the old �Blue
Building�  - now brown - housing the Flathead County Health
Department near the courthouse.  This includes the Kerr Dam purchase
and potential resale to the CSKT and of course has ramifications to the
waters of Flathead Lake.

 

The April Meeting of the Flathead River Commission will be held on
Monday

April 21,at the Earl Bennett Bldg. in Kalispell.

                               


AGENDA:

 

CALL TO ORDER: 7:00 p.m.

 

GUEST SPEAKER:

    Steve Sekelsky will introduce our guest speaker, John
VanDaveer.  John

is a hydro-transmission manager for Northwestern Energy, and he will
discuss

the proposed purchase of PP&L by Northwestern Energy. We have asked
John to

include a discussion of the transfer of possible ownership and the

management of Kerr Dam even though it might not be a part of that
purchase,

with emphasis on the effect it will have on the Flathead Valley.
This

discussion and the questions and answers to follow will be the major
portion

of our April meeting. The meeting is open to the public and guests
are

welcome.








    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT
From: Kristi DuBois <kdubois AT montana.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:49:28 -0600




Subject: Re: ID photo folder: unidentified hummingbird and poster
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 18:47:35 -0700
sorry, i thought since my name is displayed at the top of the groups page it's 
also displayed when i post, but guess not. spartanmt = shawn richmond, somers. 
this hummingbird was at the feeder most of the day on april 16 and in the early 
morning hours thursday - then, poof, he was gone, on his way to wherever he was 
going. it's the earliest i've ever seen a hummingbird here... 
Subject: Re: ID photo folder: unidentified hummingbird and poster
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 18:40:22 -0700
sorry, i thought since my name shows up at the top of the yahoo groups page 
that it also showed up on any of my posts. spartanmt = shawn richmond, somers. 
this little guy was at our feeders all day wednesday and in the early morning 
hours before 8:00 a.m., then he apparently went on his way, whatever way that 
might be! 
Subject: Peregrine Falcon, Black-necked Stilts
From: <grayjaybro AT yahoo.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 17:07:47 -0700
This morning I found a Peregrine Falcon and 19 Black-necked Stilts at Fairview 
Marsh, 9 miles south of Columbia Falls, Flathead County. The falcon flew over 
the marsh before flying north. This afternoon I only saw one stilt at the 
Marsh, but there were 4 Snow Geese, one dark morph, in a stubble field 1 mile 
north of Fairview Marsh. The geese flew south toward the Marsh when I stopped. 

 Steve Gniadek, Columbia Falls

Subject: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 15:57:47 -0700
In order to "recreate" on CSKT lands, that is, stop and get out of vehicle, one 
needs a permit from the tribes. This proposal could adversely impact on all 
Flathead Valley and other bird-watchers in Montana (resident and visitor 
alike). 

 

 For folks interested in knowing more about the purchase of the PP&L dam system 
by Northwestern Energy, I recommend your attending this open-to-the-public 
meeting Monday night 21, at the Earl Bennett Bldg. in Kalispell and listen to 
the guest speaker. This is the old �Blue Building� - now brown - housing 
the Flathead County Health Department near the courthouse. This includes the 
Kerr Dam purchase and potential resale to the CSKT and of course has 
ramifications to the waters of Flathead Lake. 

  
 The April Meeting of the Flathead River Commission will be held on Monday
 April 21,at the Earl Bennett Bldg. in Kalispell.
                                 
 AGENDA:
  
 CALL TO ORDER: 7:00 p.m.
  
 GUEST SPEAKER:
     Steve Sekelsky will introduce our guest speaker, John VanDaveer.  John
 is a hydro-transmission manager for Northwestern Energy, and he will discuss
 the proposed purchase of PP&L by Northwestern Energy. We have asked John to
 include a discussion of the transfer of possible ownership and the
 management of Kerr Dam even though it might not be a part of that purchase,
 with emphasis on the effect it will have on the Flathead Valley. This
 discussion and the questions and answers to follow will be the major portion
 of our April meeting. The meeting is open to the public and guests are
 welcome.

Subject: ID photo folder: unidentified hummingbird and poster
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 14:54:02 -0700
I was wrong on ID of hybrid.
 But, who is "spartanmt" who posted what look like Calliope hummingbird male 
photos? It is 4 days earlier than Tracker has for the species, but not 
"significantly" so. 

 - Mike Fielding

Subject: Harris' sparrow
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 13:50:58 -0700
I heard that a Harris's sparrow that has spent the winter coming to a feeder in 
Thompson Falls (since at least as early as first week in December 2013) was 
still seen, and photographed, this morning; it was also singing a soft slurry 
song, as it had been doing most of the winter - Mike Fielding 
Subject: Osprey, Thompson Falls
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 13:48:14 -0700
Heard, but did not see, an Osprey chirping while stopped in Thompson Falls 
today (Sanders County, lower Clark Fork River). Not FOY for MOB list, but first 
around here - Mike Fielding 
Subject: [MOB-Montana) Lesser Yellowlegs & Willet in Flathead County
From: Craig Hohenberger <asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:32:31 -0700 (PDT)
MOB:

Today at Creston Wetlands, birds of note were 7 American Avocets and 1 (FOS) 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Over at Fairview Marsh, there was 1 WILLET ( my 1st 
Flathead Co. record) 3 Black-necked Stilts, 1 Eurasian Wigeon, 12 American 
Pipits, 3 Snow Geese and 1 Ross' Goose. 


cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Polson Area Birding
From: <birdmontana1 AT hughes.net>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 13:15:40 -0700
Spent today looking around the Polson area for birds. At Kerr Dam I found about 
25 White-throated Swifts. Nothing new at Pablo Reservoir, but there were 2 
Common Loon and about 85 Eared Grebes. At Ninepipes lots of gull and the usual 
species.. I did find 14 American Pipets on the mudflats.. At Kicking Horse 
Reservoir lots of coots, and 2 Caspian Terns. The Caspian Terns were the first 
for the state for 2014. 

  
 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge

Subject: Avocets - headed somewhere
From: Beth Hill <grizhill AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:37:19 -0600
In the dim morning light I counted 315 American Avocets and 29 Black-necked
Stilts along the east side of the big mid-river sand bar that is off West
Bank Park.  I've seen a lot of avocets back there before - but not that
many.  I ended the morning with 356 avocets - wow.  A large number of scaup
arrived overnight - more than 30.  There's been something of note nearly
every day this month.
I haven't seen any swallows, but expect them any time - perhaps tonight -
it's breezy enough for them and just after a day of rain.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 05:40:03 -0700
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/135193#page/24/mode/1up 
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/135193#page/24/mode/1up 


James & All,
Found the above full text link to P. D. Skaar's - not sure if it will go 
directly to the Codes and Criteria (page 10). 


Kind of on subject: did anyone submit enough records to get 'W' status for any 
birds this winter? 


Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: Male Common Mergansers
From: <sandy.pittendrigh AT gmail.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 19:36:32 -0700
I've wondered about this for years. And asked about it too and nobody I know 
seems to know. 


 We see male Common Mergansers here in Montana in the Spring. And then they 
leave. The females stay all summer and raise their young. What happens to the 
males? Where do they go? Fly fishing at the arctic circle? We see them again in 
the fall. But all summer long they're .........where? 

 

 

Subject: Freezout P.M.
From: <birder43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 19:27:29 -0700
MOB, checked out Freezout this windy afternoon. Still seeing a few White Geese 
saw around 120 birds on Priest Butte Lake. American Avocetsare in good number's 
all over the lake, 4 Common Loons on Priest Butte Lake. First of year birds 
are-- 4 Tree Swallows flying over Pond 1, one Red-necked Grebe on Priest Butte 
Lake, saw a pair of Long-billed Curlews along the Mud road at usual spot near 
the stock pond. All for now, good birding Larry Carter Fairfield 
Subject: Yellow-rumped warblers
From: <wblakebirds AT yahoo.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 16:55:20 -0700
Saw a pair of Yellow rumps in the Northern Bitterroot today! Cheers,
 William
Subject: Two Sandhills over Kmart,Hamilton 4/16
From: <martinvanburenbell AT yahoo.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 12:26:15 -0700
Pretty weird.
Martin Bell
Hamilton
Subject: Re: An Osprey in trouble in Stevensville, MT area
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 11:58:21 -0700
darn, hope it can be captured  :-(
Subject: An Osprey in trouble in Stevensville, MT area
From: bjhoy AT localnet.com
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:52:16 -0400
Hi,

This is a heads up for all birders in the Stevensville, MT/Lee Metcalf 
Refuge area. An Osprey got its leg caught in a tree branch at the Lee 
Metcalf Refuge on Sunday, April 13. No baler twine was visible. Exactly 
how the branch was caught on the leg or legs is unknown. The branch was 
cut loose from the tree and the Osprey flew off with the branch still 
on its leg/legs. The Osprey was last seen flying around over the 
Stevensville Cemetery at about 6:00 pm yesterday, April 16. We would 
like all birders in the Stevensville area to watch for an Osprey that 
appears to be in trouble, either on the ground or with the branch on 
its leg caught in a tree. The bird likely can't catch food or even hold 
and eat food, so eventually will be starved enough to possibly catch 
it. Also watch for an Osprey in a tree that appears to have its leg or 
legs caught or immobilized in any manner. The bird's only hope of 
survival is if the branch comes off or if someone can catch the bird 
and remove the branch. In order to do that we have to find it. Thanks.

Judy Hoy
Stevensville, MT



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Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: <jswanson AT legionaries.org>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 11:29:04 -0700
Hi Mike and MOS,
 I have a personal record of a Red-headed Woodpecker in Custer County on May 5, 
2005. 

 I suppose there is some place where I could look this up myself, but do the 
juvenile birds I see in the Miles City area count as "B" for Skaar? Do they 
have to be newly fledged? 

 

 James Swanson
 Miles City/Atlanta

Subject: Re: ID oddity - Med Lake duck
From: "Chuck Carlson" <chuckcmt AT nemont.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:25:24 -0600
Diane

It’s apparent that the one parent is Northern Pintail. My guess is that the 
other parent is Gadwall. Many Gadwall hybrids show a white cheek. If you Google 
Gadwall hybrids images you’ll see what I mean. Wigeon hybrids don’t show 
that feature for the most part. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck

From: Diane Borgreen 
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:07 AM
To: mob-montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] ID oddity - Med Lake duck

  

Hi all, 
I posted a photo in the ID help folder this morning, for lack of a better place 
to put it. This was forwarded to me this morning by the Refuge Manager here at 
Med Lake NWR. Photo was taken by her husband yesterday in front of the office 
complex on the main lake. I'm fairly sure it is a wigeon/pintail hybrid, though 
I've never actually encountered one before. Thought others might like to see 
and weigh in if they have any better guesses! 


Diane Borgreen
Medicine Lake
Subject: Lee Metcalf arrivals
From: <wblakebirds AT yahoo.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 07:34:30 -0700
Hi MOBsters! At Lee Metcalf NWR in the Bitterroot valley I found my first 
Cinnamon Teals and Pied-billed Grebes of the year. Also an Osprey right above 
the ponds seemed hungry! 

 William Blake
 Missoula
Subject: Re: ID - Med Lake duck; hummingbird
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 07:17:00 -0700
Yes, looks like wigeon x pintail! Most intriguing.
 Also nice to see what looks like photos of an early Calliope hummingbird in 
same folder... Mike Fielding 


Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: Sneed Collard <collard AT bigsky.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:53:58 -0600
I had originally asked for help locating Red-headed Woodpeckers around Billings 
and Sheridan, if I understand your question correctly. Thanks! 


Sneed

On Apr 16, 2014, at 4:37 PM, mfielding60 AT yahoo.com wrote:

> 
> 
> For what species? - Mike 
> 
> 


Sneed B. Collard III
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Missoula, MT   59802
(406)721-2783
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Subject: ID oddity - Med Lake duck
From: Diane Borgreen <dborgreen AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:07:26 -0600
Hi all,
I posted a photo in the ID help folder this morning, for lack of a better
place to put it. This was forwarded to me this morning by the Refuge
Manager here at Med Lake NWR. Photo was taken by her husband yesterday in
front of the office complex on the main lake. I'm fairly sure it is a
wigeon/pintail hybrid, though I've never actually encountered one before.
Thought others might like to see and weigh in if they have any better
guesses!

Diane Borgreen
Medicine Lake
Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 05:43:59 -0700
OOPs

Sneed & MOB, 

Information is for the Red-headed Woodpecker. I have built an Excel spreadsheet 
with pages for all the Montana woodpeckers - easy to update from the Skaar's 
data base since it comes up with the most rece3nt records on the top. 


Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: Sneed Collard <collard AT bigsky.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:53:58 -0600
I had originally asked for help locating Red-headed Woodpeckers around Billings 
and Sheridan, if I understand your question correctly. Thanks! 


Sneed

On Apr 16, 2014, at 4:37 PM, mfielding60 AT yahoo.com wrote:

> 
> 
> For what species? - Mike 
> 
> 


Sneed B. Collard III
3119 Cummins Way
Missoula, MT   59802
(406)721-2783
www.sneedbcollardiii.com
www.buckinghorsebooks.com


Subject: Re: Sidney's new arrivals
From: <bethany.dopp AT yahoo.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 19:36:24 -0700
Mo, Have you seen those 50+ flocks of turkey vultures in Nutter Park in the 
evening? I was very impressed by their numbers last year. (I wrote a post with 
video here: 
http://bld-in-mt.blogspot.com/2013/08/47-silent-circling-vultures.html 
http://bld-in-mt.blogspot.com/2013/08/47-silent-circling-vultures.html) I've 
moved from Sidney so I've not been to the park since July, but I hear from my 
friends that they are still around. Also, would you mind sharing the area where 
you'd see the wood ducks? I love wood ducks and have never seen them around 
Sidney. I'm going to Sidney in the near future and intend to do a little 
birding while I am there! Have a great day! 

 Bethany Dopp
 Billings, MT
Subject: foy hummingbird in somers
From: <shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 17:30:43 -0700
have no idea what kind, will post a few cruddy pictures in ID Help Needed 
folder for some expert opinions 
Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 15:37:41 -0700
For what species? - Mike
Subject: Black-crowned Night-Heron at Warm Springs
From: <nskohler AT bresnan.net>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 15:32:15 -0700
Hello All,
 

 This morning I spotted three Black-crowned Night-Herons on ARCO Pond 2. They 
were perched in a line of dead willows amongst the cattails, south of the 
Rainbow Bridge. Also of note were three Western Grebes on Pond 1, and a couple 
dozen American Pipits along the Clark Fork River near the bridge north of the 
ponds. 

 

 Nate Kohler
 Deer Lodge
 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ 


Subject: Re: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: Sneed Collard <collard AT bigsky.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:14 -0600
Hi James!

Just got back from the Bitterroot, and was happy to find your  
message. This is the one year in last five I won't be in Miles City,  
darn it, but this is very good info to know. Then again, I may just  
head out there anyway :) In any case, I'll put in an update with  
anything I find. I seem to have some problems with posting to the  
group, but will try to get those resolved as well.

Thank you again and Happy Birding!

Best Wishes,

Sneed

On Apr 14, 2014, at 11:58 PM,  wrote:

>
>
> Hi Sneed,
>
>
>
> I don't know if you consider Miles City close to Billings, but I  
> don't know if you can find Red-headed Woodpeckers reliably any  
> closer to Billings.  Here are some locations in order of most  
> likely to produce woodpeckers for you.  Remember that while Red- 
> headed Woodpeckers are reliable in Miles City, they are migratory  
> here and I'm not sure they will be back this early.  As far as  
> Sapsuckers go, you will probably have much better luck in Sheridan,  
> especially if you get into the Bighorns a little bit.
>
> 1.  Pumping Plant Park (also known as the Custer County Art  
> Gallery).  Park in front of the art gallery.  Sometimes there are  
> Red-headed woodpeckers in the cottonwoods here.  I usually have  
> better luck around back.  Last year, I saw two adults and two  
> juveniles, so there was successful breeding around here someplace.
>
> 2.  Pirogue Island State Park.  From the parking area, walk into  
> the park along the main trail.  You will pass through riparian  
> woodland and cross the onto the 'island' hopefully without having  
> to cross water (usually water level is low enough that the small  
> channel is dry).  Continue until you come out into the central  
> clearing of the island.  There is usually a lot of woodpecker  
> activity right here.  I haven't seen juvenile birds in the past,  
> but have seen multiple birds at once and so think it likely that  
> the birds breed here.
>
> 3.  Spotted Eagle Recreation Area.  Not far from Pumping Plant  
> Park, I haven't seen many Red-headed Woodpeckers here, but I did  
> see a juvenile two years ago.
>
> 4.  Tongue River Winery  I saw an adult and a juvenile from the  
> parking lot last year.  However, there is not any public land  
> around here, so it might be hard to find the nest without  
> permission of local landowners.
>
>
>
> Good luck!
>
>
>
> James Swanson
>
> Miles City/Atlanta
>
>
>
> 


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3119 Cummins Way
Missoula, MT   59802
406-721-2783
www.sneedbcollardiii.com
www.buckinghorsebooks.com



Subject: Fox sparrows
From: <jimrogers2007 AT gmail.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 08:36:58 -0700
Mobsters, Two Fox sparrows appeared at our house this morning- acting like a 
towhee- sorting through the needle and leaf litter. 

 What a fun time of the year.
 Cheers, jim
 

 Jim Rogers
 Jette Lake (near Polson)
Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 06:58:30 -0700
Sneed & MOB,
Dug into the Skaar's database (Montana Bird Distribution) via the Natural 
Heritage Map Viewer and came up with one 'w' record - 30 Jan 84 in Powell 
County. 


Early (t) records are 1 May 1988 (month only) in Liberty, Big Horn and Rosebud 
counties, two 15 May 89 (late May burned Ponderosa transects) in Musselshell 
County. Pre-Big List records for 4 May 1993 Ravalli, 16 and 17 May 2003 Big 
Horn and 18 May 1994 Custer. 


There is an 18 May 2010 in Custer County that did not get entered on the Big 
List. 


In the modern era (beginning 17 August 1956) there are only eleven big 'B' 
(direct evidence of breeding) out of 488 records. 


Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: Freezeout on a freezing day!
From: Jean Woessner <jwoessner AT bigsky.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:58:44 -0600
We came by a small section of Freezeout Lake today in the middle of the
rain/'snow/sleet/wind storm, late in the afternoon.  Sorry to say we mostly
birded from the car. We saw a group of what looked to be Sandhill Cranes
flying over I-15.  At the lake area, maybe between 100-200 snow geese were
moving from lake to fields and a few, back again; a small community of
Coots and a squadron of Pelicans were hugging opposite shore lines; a
couple of Ruddy Ducks were looking especially flashy; American Widgeons
were scattered here and there, and two Western Grebes seemed to be swimming
in opposite directions.  Particularly delightful was a Black Necked Stilt
working in the shallows.  What a handsome bird!  A lone magpie in a tree
next to the lake seemed especially happy not to be in the water, which
looked almost surfable. :-)  On the way back to 200, a bald eagle soared
overhead.
All in all a good day, in spite of the weather.

Jean Woessner
Missoula, MT
Subject: Three directions of birds
From: Kristi DuBois <kdubois AT montana.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:18:30 -0600
This morning I had a pair of Northern flickers perched in my aspens, 
an Eastern blue jay calling from the neighbor's yard, and a Western 
meadowlark singing up the hill from our house.  Too bad, I could not 
find anything southern to round it out.

These were all in the Prospect Subdivision, just north of Missoula.

I also saw a pygmy nuthatch near the Milltown State Park overlook 
parking area during a very brief visit there today.  The wind had 
come up, otherwise I probably would have seen a few more good birds out there.

Happy Birding,

Kristi DuBois
Missoula




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Subject: Re: Warm Springs WMA Survey
From: "Gary Swant" <birdmontana1 AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:44:41 -0600
Mistake in last post.  

The line on Ruddy ducks should read "The only things that increased was 700 
Ruddy Ducks compared to 400 last week," 


Gary Swant
  
----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gary Swant 
  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:22 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA Survey


    

  Hi All, (April 15, 2014 Report)  

 The weather was cold today, with strong winds and light rain, with a 
temperature of 42 - 44 F. This week there were 21,500 individuals with 55 
species, compared to 11,500 and 50 species last week. 




 I added the following species to the year list for the WMA; (3) Horned Grebe, 
(1) Eared Grebe, (4) Black-necked Stilt, (10) American Avocet (2) Mountain 
Chickadee and (1) Red-breasted Merganser. 




  Total number of species seen at the WMA in 2014 is now 77 species. 



 Spring "staging" continues in decline. There were 650 American Wigeon compared 
to 1,500 last week, 125 Mallards compared to 350 last week, 1,025 Northern 
Shovelers compared to 2,500 last week, 7 Northern Pintails compared to 2,000 
last week, 850 Canvasback compared to 2,000 last week, and 400 Common 
Goldeneye, compared to 700 last week. The only thing that increased was 700 
Ruddy Ducks compared to 4,100 last week and 16,200 American Coots compared to 
4,000 last week. Coots made up 75% of all individuals. 


    

 There were 95 Snow Geese, 2 Ross's Goose, 61 Double-crested Cormorants and 67 
Greater Sandhill Cranes. 




  Gary Swant


  
Subject: Warm Springs WMA Survey
From: "Gary Swant" <birdmontana1 AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:22:08 -0600
Hi All, (April 15, 2014 Report)  

The weather was cold today, with strong winds and light rain, with a 
temperature of 42 - 44 F. This week there were 21,500 individuals with 55 
species, compared to 11,500 and 50 species last week. 


 

I added the following species to the year list for the WMA; (3) Horned Grebe, 
(1) Eared Grebe, (4) Black-necked Stilt, (10) American Avocet (2) Mountain 
Chickadee and (1) Red-breasted Merganser. 


 

Total number of species seen at the WMA in 2014 is now 77 species. 



Spring "staging" continues in decline. There were 650 American Wigeon compared 
to 1,500 last week, 125 Mallards compared to 350 last week, 1,025 Northern 
Shovelers compared to 2,500 last week, 7 Northern Pintails compared to 2,000 
last week, 850 Canvasback compared to 2,000 last week, and 400 Common 
Goldeneye, compared to 700 last week. The only thing that increased was 700 
Ruddy Ducks compared to 4,100 last week and 16,200 American Coots compared to 
4,000 last week. Coots made up 75% of all individuals. 


  

There were 95 Snow Geese, 2 Ross's Goose, 61 Double-crested Cormorants and 67 
Greater Sandhill Cranes. 


 

Gary Swant
Subject: Good weekend for birds
From: <daellison70 AT gmail.com>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 15:33:41 -0700
Last Friday (4/11) I drove to Zortman and took a circuitous route back stopping 
in Bozeman yesterday for a merlin presentation. The travel presented lots of 
good bird sightings. Highlights included watching the sage grouse courtship 
rituals and a very handsome curlew near Zortman, several species of hawks along 
the highways including Swainson's and Ferruginous, the burrowing owls near 
Willow Creek, and a golden eagle about half way between Townsend and Three 
Forks. I've posted a few photos from the trip. 


Dan Ellison, Helena
Subject: Re: Red-breasted Merganser
From: "Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh" <sandy.pittendrigh AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:04:42 -0600
Those Red-breasted Mergansers are there (at Black's Ford)  every year,
Spring and Fall.

-- 
/*  Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh  >--oO0> */
Subject: Red-breasted Merganser
From: Donald Schiemann <dschiemann AT q.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:56:46 -0400 (EDT)
On April 10 I found 13 red-breasted mergansers on the pond at Black's Ford, a 
fishing access on the Madison near the Beartrap. A relatively rare transient 
bird, and an exciting first for me! 

Donald Schiemann 
Bozeman 
Subject: Re: Re: RFI: Birding Advice Eastern MT in May
From: Linda Kaye <lindakaye1999 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:20:02 -0700 (PDT)
A must-see to inspire you, even though I'm sure you've seen many bald eagles. 
 There is an eagle nest in Miles City and a live camera is keeping tabs. 
 Very cool to watch and inspire you for your visit: 


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On Monday, April 14, 2014 11:00 PM, "jswanson AT legionaries.org" 
 wrote: 

 
  
I don't know if Glendive is better than Miles City, but I can tell you about 
some good spots in the Miles City area.  

The Pumpkin Creek Ranch Recreation Area south of Miles City is good for prairie 
birds.  There are entrances at about 17 and 19 miles south of town.  At the 
17 mile entrance, there is a sizeable prairie dog town where I found burrowing 
owls last year.  I have also found a variety of sparrows there, including 
Grasshopper and Brewers.  I usually don't walk in further than the reservoir 
near the entrance. 

At the 19 mile entrance, there is more sagebrush.  I usually walk in a mile or 
so and then back out.  There are Greater Sage Grouse here and Sage 
Thrashers.  There is also a nice assortment of sparrows in this area.  
Western Meadowlarks are abundant at both locations and in the Miles City area 
in general.  Watch the fenceposts on your way out to these areas for Upland 
Sandpiper. 

Another place closer to town for prairie birds is the Spotted Eagle Recreation 
Area on the edge of town.  Park near the swimming area and walk past the beach 
and onto the trails leading into the riparian woods.  You will soon come out 
the other side into sage habitat that is part of the Ft. Keogh Agricultural 
Range.  There is not a lot of habitat here, but you can find Meadowlarks, 
Clay-colored and Brewers Sparrows.  You never know what will be on the lake.  
I have found Clark's Grebes here. 

If you want to try a different habitat, the Pine Hills east of town on highway 
12 have Pinyon Jays, Plumbeous Vireo and Cassin's Kingbird.  Strawberry Hill 
at the edge of the hills is an area where you can get out and walk back into 
the hills a little.  Check around the small reservoir near the parking area. 

As you come to the top of the hill, there is a small development of ranch homes 
on large plots.  I have found Krider's Red-tailed Hawk along the main road 
(Main Ridge Road).  Leaving the ranch home area, you pass a cattle guard.  
Veer right down the hill (not a full right that does not descend) and drive 
about a quarter mile to a small reservoir with a picnic area.  There are 
turkeys here and I once flushed a Poor-will on the top of a nearby bluff so I 
suppose if you were there in the evening, you would hear them singing.  
Plumbeous Vireos are in the pine woods. 

A little further along, near the 16 mile marker is Woodruff Park.  There is no 
longer a sign along the road, but a few hundred yards back at the parking area 
where it is partially obscured by some bushes.  You have to open a gate to get 
in.  Make sure to close it.  Near the gate I have had good luck finding 
Cassin's Kingbirds.  There are Mountain Bluebirds in the park and last year, I 
was lucky enough to find a Townsend's Warbler.  All through this area, there 
are lots of Red-breasted Nuthatches, also Western Wood Pewees and irregularly, 
Red Crossbills. 

Along the Yellowstone, you can check out Pirogue Island State Park and Matthews 
Recreation Area.  Pirogue Island is typical riparian habitat and you can also 
check out what is on the river from here.  Matthews is more open country and 
tends towards sparrows and Sharp-tailed Grouse. 

Good luck if you visit!

James Swanson
Miles City/Atlanta
Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 08:09:43 -0700
Sneed,
19 May in 2009 & 2013 is the earliest that the Red-headed Woodpecker has been 
recorded in the MOB Big Lists going back to 2004 - both in QLL 45B, Carter 
County. 

Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: Re: RFI: Birding Advice Eastern MT in May
From: <jswanson AT legionaries.org>
Date: 14 Apr 2014 23:00:44 -0700
I don't know if Glendive is better than Miles City, but I can tell you about 
some good spots in the Miles City area. 

 The Pumpkin Creek Ranch Recreation Area south of Miles City is good for 
prairie birds. There are entrances at about 17 and 19 miles south of town. At 
the 17 mile entrance, there is a sizeable prairie dog town where I found 
burrowing owls last year. I have also found a variety of sparrows there, 
including Grasshopper and Brewers. I usually don't walk in further than the 
reservoir near the entrance. 

 At the 19 mile entrance, there is more sagebrush. I usually walk in a mile or 
so and then back out. There are Greater Sage Grouse here and Sage Thrashers. 
There is also a nice assortment of sparrows in this area. Western Meadowlarks 
are abundant at both locations and in the Miles City area in general. Watch the 
fenceposts on your way out to these areas for Upland Sandpiper. 

 Another place closer to town for prairie birds is the Spotted Eagle Recreation 
Area on the edge of town. Park near the swimming area and walk past the beach 
and onto the trails leading into the riparian woods. You will soon come out the 
other side into sage habitat that is part of the Ft. Keogh Agricultural Range. 
There is not a lot of habitat here, but you can find Meadowlarks, Clay-colored 
and Brewers Sparrows. You never know what will be on the lake. I have found 
Clark's Grebes here. 

 If you want to try a different habitat, the Pine Hills east of town on highway 
12 have Pinyon Jays, Plumbeous Vireo and Cassin's Kingbird. Strawberry Hill at 
the edge of the hills is an area where you can get out and walk back into the 
hills a little. Check around the small reservoir near the parking area. 

 As you come to the top of the hill, there is a small development of ranch 
homes on large plots. I have found Krider's Red-tailed Hawk along the main road 
(Main Ridge Road). Leaving the ranch home area, you pass a cattle guard. Veer 
right down the hill (not a full right that does not descend) and drive about a 
quarter mile to a small reservoir with a picnic area. There are turkeys here 
and I once flushed a Poor-will on the top of a nearby bluff so I suppose if you 
were there in the evening, you would hear them singing. Plumbeous Vireos are in 
the pine woods. 

 A little further along, near the 16 mile marker is Woodruff Park. There is no 
longer a sign along the road, but a few hundred yards back at the parking area 
where it is partially obscured by some bushes. You have to open a gate to get 
in. Make sure to close it. Near the gate I have had good luck finding Cassin's 
Kingbirds. There are Mountain Bluebirds in the park and last year, I was lucky 
enough to find a Townsend's Warbler. All through this area, there are lots of 
Red-breasted Nuthatches, also Western Wood Pewees and irregularly, Red 
Crossbills. 

 Along the Yellowstone, you can check out Pirogue Island State Park and 
Matthews Recreation Area. Pirogue Island is typical riparian habitat and you 
can also check out what is on the river from here. Matthews is more open 
country and tends towards sparrows and Sharp-tailed Grouse. 

 Good luck if you visit!
 

 James Swanson
 Miles City/Atlanta

Subject: Re: Woodpecker help?
From: <jswanson AT legionaries.org>
Date: 14 Apr 2014 22:58:26 -0700
Hi Sneed,
 

 I don't know if you consider Miles City close to Billings, but I don't know if 
you can find Red-headed Woodpeckers reliably any closer to Billings. Here are 
some locations in order of most likely to produce woodpeckers for you. Remember 
that while Red-headed Woodpeckers are reliable in Miles City, they are 
migratory here and I'm not sure they will be back this early. As far as 
Sapsuckers go, you will probably have much better luck in Sheridan, especially 
if you get into the Bighorns a little bit. 

 1. Pumping Plant Park (also known as the Custer County Art Gallery). Park in 
front of the art gallery. Sometimes there are Red-headed woodpeckers in the 
cottonwoods here. I usually have better luck around back. Last year, I saw two 
adults and two juveniles, so there was successful breeding around here 
someplace. 

 2. Pirogue Island State Park. From the parking area, walk into the park along 
the main trail. You will pass through riparian woodland and cross the onto the 
'island' hopefully without having to cross water (usually water level is low 
enough that the small channel is dry). Continue until you come out into the 
central clearing of the island. There is usually a lot of woodpecker activity 
right here. I haven't seen juvenile birds in the past, but have seen multiple 
birds at once and so think it likely that the birds breed here. 

 3. Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. Not far from Pumping Plant Park, I haven't 
seen many Red-headed Woodpeckers here, but I did see a juvenile two years ago. 

 4. Tongue River Winery I saw an adult and a juvenile from the parking lot last 
year. However, there is not any public land around here, so it might be hard to 
find the nest without permission of local landowners. 

 

 Good luck!
 

 James Swanson
 Miles City/Atlanta

Subject: Freezout P.M.
From: <birder43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 14 Apr 2014 19:59:58 -0700
Mob, checked out Freezout this afternoon. White Geese were really down saw 
around 62 White Geese 60 were Snow Geese 2 were Ross's Geese, they were on main 
lake south of the thumb. Did see one Rough-legged Hawk flying over Freezout, 7 
Tundra Swans on main lake, 14 Common Mergansers on Priest Butte Lake, 2 Red-br. 
Mergansers on the back side of lake. New birds for the year are-- saw 2 
Franklin's Gulls along the Mud road, 34 American Avocets on Pond 1. All for 
now, good birding Larry Carter 
Subject: Re: 2014 MOB Big List?
From: <thomas AT tarns.net>
Date: 14 Apr 2014 10:51:08 -0700
Hi Katie, go to More, then Database, the list is there.
Subject: Woodpecker help?
From: Sneed Collard <collard AT bigsky.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:14:01 -0600

Hey Everyone!

I will be heading to eastern Montana and Wyoming next week, and need to take 
photos of Red-headed Woodpeckers and any and all sapsuckers. If anyone can give 
me precise locations of nests or reliable hangouts near Billings and/or 
Sheridan, WY, I'd be grateful. BTW, I've never even seen a Red-headed 
Woodpecker, but are just assuming they're in that area! 


Thank you! Thank you!

Sneed

collard AT bigsky.net


Subject: 2014 MOB Big List?
From: "Katie La Salle-Lowery" <katie AT bigskycountry.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:08:15 -0600
I'm going to Files, sorting by date, and looking for the current list and
not able to pull it up.  I see the 2013 list, but not 2014.  Can someone
reply with the link, per chance? 

 

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Subject: Re: Freezout Migration Peak Weeks
From: Larry Carter <birder43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:07:33 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Paul, well the Snow Geese usually arrive in early March and I would say peak 
around the middle of March.  The fall birds usually arrive around the end of 
October first of November.  Of course there is hunting in the fall so some 
road's are closed then.  Right now there is still around 400 to 500 birds,( a 
lot of Ross's Geese a separate species a lot smaller than the Lesser Snow Geese 
will be mixed in with the Lesser Snow Geese now) hanging around but with 
warming weather they will soon take off to the Artic.  I hope this help's you 
some.  Good birding, Larry Carter  Fairfield  

On Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:33 PM, paul rossi  wrote:
  
  
Hi MOB,
I don't get out birding to the east side and its refuges nearly as much as I'd 
like.  I missed the spring migration boat this year, and want to make sure I 
don't miss fall migration.  I'm wondering the typical peak week for waterfowl 
at Freezout for both spring and fall.  Thanks in advance! 


Paul Rossi
Columbia Falls   
 
Subject: Re: Long-billed curlew - Dublin Gulch Rd
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 21:28:09 -0700
For us out east flat-landers that looks to be in the NW 1/4 Sec 28 T 19N R 20W 
at about N 47.384288 W-114.158918, Flathead Indian Reservation, Lake County, 
Montana 


Mike Lesnik
About 55 mi east and 8 mi south of the Montana PLSS Initial Point
Subject: Two Sapsucker Day
From: <nskohler AT bresnan.net>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 18:38:11 -0700
Hello All,
  
 Although it was a little chilly, today was sunny and beautiful in the Browns 
Lake/Ovando Area, and I was fortunate to observe two sapsucker species. One 
Red-naped at the Aunt Molly WMA along the Blackfoot River south of Browns Lake, 
and two male Williamson’s in some aspen along Dry Gulch Road east of Ovando. 
Both of the male Williamson’s were drumming and calling, with occasional 
conflicts between the two taking place at several choice drumming snags. 

  
 Browns Lake was still about 95 percent iced over, thus the waterfowl numbers 
were a little low during my visit. Some highlights at the lake include one pair 
of Barrow’s Goldeneyes and a single Red-necked Grebe. In addition, there was 
a flock of just over 300 white geese on the ice very near the campground. I 
estimate that around 10 percent of this flock was Ross’s. And as a bonus, I 
found two American Pipits along the road just west of the lake. 

  
 Unlike Browns Lake, the ponds along the Cutoff Road, southeast of the lake, 
were ice free and overflowing with a good variety of waterfowl. American Robin 
and Mountain Bluebird were about as thick as you’ll ever see them through 
this area, nearly out-numbering the gobs of starlings. 

  
 And finally, the Ovando area offered up a few nice raptors, including a female 
Merlin and an adult Cooper’s Hawk. 

 

 Around 54 species were observed on the day. Images of the Snow/Ross’s Geese, 
Williamson’s Sapsucker and American Pipit are posted in Nate’s Album. 

  
 

 

 Nate Kohler
 Deer Lodge
 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ 

 

 

Subject: Long-billed curlew - Dublin Gulch Rd
From: Katie LaSalle-Lowery <katie AT bigskycountry.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:35:50 -0600
Cory DeStein and I are observing a long-billed curlew on Dublin Gulch Rd. must 
east of the intersection with Logan Rd, on the south side of the road. :) 


Good views...

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Subject: Freezout Migration Peak Weeks
From: paul rossi <polovetsian AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:33:21 -0600
Hi MOB,I don't get out birding to the east side and its refuges nearly as much 
as I'd like. I missed the spring migration boat this year, and want to make 
sure I don't miss fall migration. I'm wondering the typical peak week for 
waterfowl at Freezout for both spring and fall. Thanks in advance! 

Paul RossiColumbia Falls 		 	   		  
Subject: Medicine Lake this weekend
From: Diane Borgreen <dborgreen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:25:43 -0600
Went out on the refuge yesterday in the rain and cold to see who has
appeared.  The ducks have showed up in force.  Gadwall, american wigeon,
green winged teal, ring necked ducks, redheads, canvasbacks, lesser scaup,
and common mergansers are here in abundance. Also saw the first blue winged
teal so spring must officially be here, despite the wind chill of 8
degrees! Managed to find one drake Barrows goldeneye amongst a flock of
about 15 common goldeneye. One pair of red breasted mergansers on the main
lake.  Dark eyed juncos in the hundreds have appeared and its been nice to
have little birds around the yard again.  Saw one song sparrow yesterday
hanging out on the refuge wildlife drive with a mixed flock of juncos and
tree sparrows. Franklin's gulls are here as well.  Sandhill cranes are
feeding in many of the stubble fields.  And the best sighting of the
weekend was a peregrine falcon on Lakeside drive, just north of the
wildlife drive turn off.

Diane Borgreen
Medicine Lake
Subject: Ruddy Duck, Hamilton 4/13
From: <martinvanburenbell AT yahoo.com>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 10:47:50 -0700
4/13. Pond across from Daly Mansion. One male. 
Martin Bell
Hamilton
Subject: Seeley Lake and Frenchtown
From: <slknitnut1 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 21:07:49 -0700
Visiting family in both Seeley Lake and Frenchtown. Any good birds seen between 
the two spots? They don't have to be rare since there are birds up here we 
don't have at home in San Diego. Saw two Townsend's Solitares at Salmon Lake, 
added to life list. Specific birds I would really like to see: Pileated 
Woodpecker (keep missing them, been looking since 1976) and a Ross Goose (that 
would bring the total number of goose species I've seen this year to 6.) 
Subject: Holding Reservoir 4/11
From: <mzbirds AT me.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 20:05:42 -0700
This is my first post on MOB. Yesterday a friend and I spend a little over an 
hour at the holding reservoir on York Road near Helena. We mostly focused on 
shorebirds and other waterfowl. At least 6 pairs of Great Blue Heron were on 
the rookery on an island. In addition we saw many (wish I would have counted 
them) Avocets. I would guess at least 20. I was surprised to see at least that 
many Black Necked Stilt as well. I didn't have a scope so there were a couple 
of more shorebirds but too far away to identify. Other species: 

 Downy woodpecker, Flicker, Cliff Swallow, Pelican, Shoveler, Common Goldeneye, 
Coot, Bald Eagle, American Widgeon. 

 

 Marilyn Hayes
 Helena
Subject: Re: Falcon nesting in a tree?
From: <fatponies AT gmail.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 19:01:39 -0700
Hilarious!  Thank you, Chadeayne
Subject: Re: Falcon nesting in a tree?
From: <nskohler AT bresnan.net>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 18:38:56 -0700
My guess would be that it's a Ford's Falcon. Unusual to find it in that 
particular habitat - sycamore, I believe? 

 

 A few new arrivals seen in the Upper Clark Fork today: One Common Loon and two 
American Avocets at the Job Corps Ponds, and another Common Loon and seven 
Black-necked Stilts at the Racetrack Pond. Also, one Mourning Dove in my yard 
when I returned home. 

 

 Nate Kohler
 Deer Lodge
 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ 


Subject: Billings, Molt & Broadview
From: "jaythom AT juno.com" <jaythom@juno.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:03:52 GMT
Common Grackles (6 males) arrived at our feeders today in west Billings to join 
the Red-winged Blackbirds (8 males). We also saw our FOY Turkey Vulture in 
Billings at 62nd St West & Rimrock Road. 


Corral Pond west of Molt, MT has plenty of water this year (it was dry on all 
our visits last year). The road was passable today and we found 12 species 
total, but no shorebirds, no Burrowing Owls, and very few passerines: 
MallardNorthern PintailCanada GooseRing-necked DuckAmerican 
CootBuffleheadCanvasbackNorthern ShovelerCommon GoldeneyeHorned LarkWestern 
MeadowlarkEuropean Starling Big Lake west of Molt also has plenty of water. We 
found 16 species: MallardKilldeerWestern MeadowlarkRedheadNorthern 
ShovelerGadwallCanvasbackRing-necked DuckCommon GoldeneyeAmerican WigeonCanada 
GooseNorthern PintailGreater ScaupRuddy DuckAmerican CootHorned Lark 
Unfortunately, Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuge is still closed to both foot 
and vehicle visits. I assume Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge near Rapelje is 
still closed as well. Along the Molt/Rapelje Road on the east of Halfbreed we 
counted only 6 species: American KestrelWestern MeadowlarkRed-winged 
BlackbirdMallardCommon RavenHorned Lark Along Buffalo Trail Road from Molt to 
Broadview we found Northern Harrier, Merlin and our FOY Green-winged Teal, 
along with Red-tailed Hawk, Horned Lark, Western Meadowlark, Red-winged 
Blackbird, Common Raven, Mallard, Gadwall & Killdeer. At Spidel Waterfowl 
Production Area north and east of Broadview we found the best bird of the day - 
our FOY Peregrine Falcon hunting ducks. It is nice to see lots of water at 
Spidel this year which was also dry the one time we visited last year. We 
counted 13 species: Horned LarkMallardWestern MeadowlarkNorthern 
ShovelerGadwallAmerican KestrelCanada GooseAmerican WigeonPeregrine 
FalconNorthern HarrierRing-billed GullRed-winged BlackbirdCommon Raven Happy 
birding! It is snowing now in Billings, but with new spring bird arrivals 
almost daily the return to winter weather can't last long! Jan & Jay Thomwest 
Billings 

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