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Long-billed Woodcreeper,©Dan Lane

23 Apr RE: Cut Bank area []
23 Apr Re: Redwing Blackbird question [James Oates ]
23 Apr Calliope Hummingbird kalispell [Leo Libby ]
22 Apr RE: Cut Bank area [paul rossi ]
22 Apr Re: Cut Bank area ["Jeff" ]
22 Apr Re: Cut Bank area [marilyn hayes ]
22 Apr Re: Cut Bank area [marilyn hayes ]
22 Apr Re: Cut Bank area ["Chuck Carlson" ]
22 Apr Cut Bank area []
22 Apr Re: Redwing Blackbird question [dave ellis ]
22 Apr Redwing Blackbird question ["Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh" ]
22 Apr Seen Thompson Falls past several days []
22 Apr April 22 WS WMA Survey ["Gary Swant" ]
22 Apr Lincoln's Sparrow ["Chuck Carlson" ]
22 Apr BirdsEye-Lewis and Clark Caverns SP-2014-4-22 [Tom Forwood ]
22 Apr High Lights of a quick road trip - including negative sightings []
21 Apr Re: FOY White-crowned ["Chuck Carlson" ]
21 Apr FOY White-crowned and Rufous []
21 Apr Freezout P.M. []
21 Apr Re: Grebe Help []
21 Apr Re: Westby birds ["Jeff" ]
21 Apr Western Bluebirds []
21 Apr Westby birds []
21 Apr Re: Grebe Help []
21 Apr FOY Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned warblers (1st mosquito too) []
21 Apr Re: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT []
21 Apr FOY Goldfinches [Rox ]
21 Apr Maclay Flats []
21 Apr Harlequin duck near Lolo - Hwy 12 [Katie LaSalle-Lowery ]
21 Apr Grebe Help [Beth Hill ]
21 Apr Re: Re: Dillon Area ["Jeff" ]
21 Apr Re: Dillon Area []
21 Apr Re: Dillon Area []
20 Apr Warblers []
20 Apr Hummingbird today [Roger Hogen ]
20 Apr Dillon Area []
20 Apr Ft. Peck warbler ["Chuck Carlson" ]
20 Apr Wings Across The Big Sky Bird Festival - June 6-8, Bozeman [Lou Ann Harris ]
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 []

Subject: RE: Cut Bank area
From: <kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com>
Date: 23 Apr 2014 06:55:19 -0700
Here's the translation:  

 EAGR Eared Grebe
 COLO Common Loon
 RLHA Rough-legged Hawk
 ROGO Ross's Goose
 SNGO Snow Goose
 AMAV American Avocet
 EUWI Eurasian Wigeon
 SEOW Short-eared Owl
 LBCU Long-billed Curlew
 CCLO Chestnut-colored Longspur
 FRGU Franklin's Gull
 SWHA Swainson's Hawk
 OSPR Osprey
 MCLO McCown's Longspur
 AMPI American Pippit
 HOGR Horned Grebe
 BNST Black-necked Stilt
 

 Swainson's Hawks are pouring in around these parts. I saw 8 yesterday alone. 
They are really something else to watch! 

 

 Good birding!
 

 Kate Atkins
 Cut Bank
 


 

---In MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 Awesome points by Jeff. As an experienced birder, I still have to stop and 
think for a minute or two to decode some of the banding codes. Plus, we have 
people new to birding who are still learning species. Writing out bird names is 
just easier. 


 Paul Rossi
 Columbia Falls

 To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com; mzbirds AT ...
From: jeff17_marks AT ...
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:44:29 -0700
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area

  
 Mobsters,
  
 We've had discussions in the past about use of the 4-letter banding codes, but 
it's good to bring it up from time to time given that new members are joining 
the group nearly every week. 

  
 The consensus was not to use them. So please, in the interest of good 
communication, and as a courtesy to everyone, use common names instead of 
banding codes when posting to mob. 

  
 Thanks,
  
 Jeff
  
 *******************
Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/ http://mtaudubon.org/
*******************
 ----- Original Message -----
 From: marilyn hayes mailto:mzbirds AT ...
 To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com ; Chuck 
Carlson 

 Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:26 PM
 Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area
 

 I just googled "abbreviations for common names of birds" and easily found 
several sites where you can obtain a PDF of these abbreviations and an 
explanation. 

 

 Marilyn Hayes
 Helena
 On Apr 22, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Chuck Carlson wrote:

   

 What do all these coded names stand for?
  
 Chuck Carlson
 Ft. Peck
  
 From: sunsetseeker78 AT ... mailto:sunsetseeker78 AT ...
 Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:33 PM
 To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
 Subject: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area


  

   

 Just some notes from the north. Last week on 4/17 Kate Atkins and i check on 
the sewage ponds. Birds of interest were one EAGR, one COLO, and one dark RLHA. 
There were plenty of waterfowl as well. We then headed south to Lake Francis, 
but hit a pot hole on highway 358 which had 40 ROGO with 135 SNGO. 


 

 Lake Francis did not disappoint, there were loads of waterfowl, but the 
standouts were the 80 COLO that were present. We also saw to AMAV. 

 

 Back up in Cut Bank this week. there has been a drake EUWI present on the 
Kevin Rim from 4/18 and has been seen every day since including today. One 
Slate-colored Junco was seen on the rim on 4/18, and four were seen on 4/21. 
SEOW, LBCU, CCLO, and FRGU were seen on the 4/19. On 4/21 on the rim I had an 
adult dark Harlan's Hawk, 5 SWHA, 1 OSPR, MCLO, and AMPI. In a pot hole o ff 
Rim rd, just north of Ennenburg Rd, we had 2 HOGR, 1 EAGR, and 11 BNST. 


 

 Today on Kevin Rim I had 2 SWHA, 8 AMAV, CCLO, and AMPI.
 

 Cheers!
 -Tom M.




 






 


 

 
 






Subject: Re: Redwing Blackbird question
From: James Oates <oates65 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:36:02 -0600
I've seen thousands in the corn fields near the Bison Range by Moiese in
the winter.
Jim
Subject: Calliope Hummingbird kalispell
From: Leo Libby <leoalibby AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:19:44 -0700 (PDT)
I've had a female Calliope Hummingbird visiting my nectar feeder all day today( 
4-22-14) on the west side of Kalispell. Leo Libby. 



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Subject: RE: Cut Bank area
From: paul rossi <polovetsian AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:53:29 -0600
Awesome points by Jeff. As an experienced birder, I still have to stop and 
think for a minute or two to decode some of the banding codes. Plus, we have 
people new to birding who are still learning species. Writing out bird names is 
just easier. 

Paul RossiColumbia Falls

To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com; mzbirds AT me.com
From: jeff17_marks AT msn.com
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:44:29 -0700
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area














 

 



  


    
      
      
      




Mobsters,
 
We've had discussions in the past about use of the 4-letter banding codes, 
but it's good to bring it up from time to time given that new 
members are joining the group nearly every week. 
 
The consensus was not to use them. So please, in the 
interest of good communication, and as a courtesy to everyone, use common names 

instead of banding codes when posting to mob.
 
Thanks,
 
Jeff
 
*******************
Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 
97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
*******************

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: marilyn hayes 
  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com ; Chuck 
  Carlson 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:26 
  PM
  Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank 
  area
  
  
  
  I just googled "abbreviations for common names of birds"  and easily 
  found several sites where you can obtain a PDF of these abbreviations and an 
  explanation. 
  


  Marilyn Hayes
  Helena

  
  On Apr 22, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Chuck Carlson wrote:
  
      
    
    
    
    
    What do all these coded names stand for?
     
    Chuck Carlson
    Ft. Peck
    
    
     
    
    From: sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com 
    Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:33 PM
    To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
    
    Subject: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area
     
      

    
    
    Just some notes from the north.  Last week on 4/17 Kate Atkins 
    and i check on the sewage ponds.  Birds of interest were one EAGR, one 
    COLO, and one dark RLHA.  There were plenty of waterfowl as well.  
    We then headed south to Lake Francis, but hit a pot hole on highway 358 
    which had 40 ROGO with 135 SNGO.


    


    Lake Francis did not disappoint, there were loads of waterfowl, but 
    the standouts were the 80 COLO that were present.  We also saw to 
    AMAV.

    


    Back up in Cut Bank this week.  there has been a drake EUWI 
    present on the Kevin Rim from 4/18 and has been seen every day since 
    including today.  One Slate-colored Junco was seen on the rim on 4/18, 
    and four were seen on 4/21.  SEOW, LBCU, CCLO, and FRGU were seen on 
    the 4/19.  On 4/21 on the rim I had an adult dark Harlan's Hawk, 5 
    SWHA, 1 OSPR, MCLO, and AMPI.  In a pot hole o ff Rim rd, just north of 
    Ennenburg Rd, we had 2 HOGR, 1 EAGR, and 11 BNST.


    


    Today on Kevin Rim I had 2 SWHA, 8 AMAV, CCLO, and AMPI.

    


    Cheers!

    -Tom M.

    

  




    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Cut Bank area
From: "Jeff" <jeff17_marks AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:44:29 -0700
Mobsters,

We've had discussions in the past about use of the 4-letter banding codes, but 
it's good to bring it up from time to time given that new members are joining 
the group nearly every week. 


The consensus was not to use them. So please, in the interest of good 
communication, and as a courtesy to everyone, use common names instead of 
banding codes when posting to mob. 


Thanks,

Jeff

*******************
Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
*******************
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: marilyn hayes 
 To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com ; Chuck 
Carlson 

  Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:26 PM
  Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area


    
 I just googled "abbreviations for common names of birds" and easily found 
several sites where you can obtain a PDF of these abbreviations and an 
explanation. 




  Marilyn Hayes
  Helena

  On Apr 22, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Chuck Carlson wrote:


      


    What do all these coded names stand for?

    Chuck Carlson
    Ft. Peck

    From: sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com 
    Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:33 PM
    To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
    Subject: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area

      


 Just some notes from the north. Last week on 4/17 Kate Atkins and i check on 
the sewage ponds. Birds of interest were one EAGR, one COLO, and one dark RLHA. 
There were plenty of waterfowl as well. We then headed south to Lake Francis, 
but hit a pot hole on highway 358 which had 40 ROGO with 135 SNGO. 






 Lake Francis did not disappoint, there were loads of waterfowl, but the 
standouts were the 80 COLO that were present. We also saw to AMAV. 





 Back up in Cut Bank this week. there has been a drake EUWI present on the 
Kevin Rim from 4/18 and has been seen every day since including today. One 
Slate-colored Junco was seen on the rim on 4/18, and four were seen on 4/21. 
SEOW, LBCU, CCLO, and FRGU were seen on the 4/19. On 4/21 on the rim I had an 
adult dark Harlan's Hawk, 5 SWHA, 1 OSPR, MCLO, and AMPI. In a pot hole o ff 
Rim rd, just north of Ennenburg Rd, we had 2 HOGR, 1 EAGR, and 11 BNST. 






    Today on Kevin Rim I had 2 SWHA, 8 AMAV, CCLO, and AMPI.




    Cheers!

    -Tom M.






  
Subject: Re: Cut Bank area
From: marilyn hayes <mzbirds AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:26:22 -0600
I just googled "abbreviations for common names of birds" and easily found 
several sites where you can obtain a PDF of these abbreviations and an 
explanation. 


Marilyn Hayes
Helena
On Apr 22, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Chuck Carlson wrote:

> 
> What do all these coded names stand for?
>  
> Chuck Carlson
> Ft. Peck
>  
> From: sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com
> Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:33 PM
> To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area
>  
>  
> 
> Just some notes from the north. Last week on 4/17 Kate Atkins and i check on 
the sewage ponds. Birds of interest were one EAGR, one COLO, and one dark RLHA. 
There were plenty of waterfowl as well. We then headed south to Lake Francis, 
but hit a pot hole on highway 358 which had 40 ROGO with 135 SNGO. 

> 
> 
> 
> Lake Francis did not disappoint, there were loads of waterfowl, but the 
standouts were the 80 COLO that were present. We also saw to AMAV. 

> 
> 
> 
> Back up in Cut Bank this week. there has been a drake EUWI present on the 
Kevin Rim from 4/18 and has been seen every day since including today. One 
Slate-colored Junco was seen on the rim on 4/18, and four were seen on 4/21. 
SEOW, LBCU, CCLO, and FRGU were seen on the 4/19. On 4/21 on the rim I had an 
adult dark Harlan's Hawk, 5 SWHA, 1 OSPR, MCLO, and AMPI. In a pot hole o ff 
Rim rd, just north of Ennenburg Rd, we had 2 HOGR, 1 EAGR, and 11 BNST. 

> 
> 
> 
> Today on Kevin Rim I had 2 SWHA, 8 AMAV, CCLO, and AMPI.
> 
> 
> 
> Cheers!
> 
> -Tom M.
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Cut Bank area
From: marilyn hayes <mzbirds AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:16:33 -0600
I don't know if I can explain it well, but here goes: EAGR is Eared Grebe, COLO 
is Common Loon. You take the first two letters of each part of the bird's 
common name. I am a bit rusty with this and sometimes it becomes a bit more 
complex with hyphenated common names. 

Hope that helps a bit!

Marilyn Hayes
Helena
On Apr 22, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Chuck Carlson wrote:

> 
> What do all these coded names stand for?
>  
> Chuck Carlson
> Ft. Peck
>  
> From: sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com
> Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:33 PM
> To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area
>  
>  
> 
> Just some notes from the north. Last week on 4/17 Kate Atkins and i check on 
the sewage ponds. Birds of interest were one EAGR, one COLO, and one dark RLHA. 
There were plenty of waterfowl as well. We then headed south to Lake Francis, 
but hit a pot hole on highway 358 which had 40 ROGO with 135 SNGO. 

> 
> 
> 
> Lake Francis did not disappoint, there were loads of waterfowl, but the 
standouts were the 80 COLO that were present. We also saw to AMAV. 

> 
> 
> 
> Back up in Cut Bank this week. there has been a drake EUWI present on the 
Kevin Rim from 4/18 and has been seen every day since including today. One 
Slate-colored Junco was seen on the rim on 4/18, and four were seen on 4/21. 
SEOW, LBCU, CCLO, and FRGU were seen on the 4/19. On 4/21 on the rim I had an 
adult dark Harlan's Hawk, 5 SWHA, 1 OSPR, MCLO, and AMPI. In a pot hole o ff 
Rim rd, just north of Ennenburg Rd, we had 2 HOGR, 1 EAGR, and 11 BNST. 

> 
> 
> 
> Today on Kevin Rim I had 2 SWHA, 8 AMAV, CCLO, and AMPI.
> 
> 
> 
> Cheers!
> 
> -Tom M.
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Cut Bank area
From: "Chuck Carlson" <chuckcmt AT nemont.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:12:00 -0600
What do all these coded names stand for?

Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck

From: sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com 
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:33 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Cut Bank area

  

Just some notes from the north. Last week on 4/17 Kate Atkins and i check on 
the sewage ponds. Birds of interest were one EAGR, one COLO, and one dark RLHA. 
There were plenty of waterfowl as well. We then headed south to Lake Francis, 
but hit a pot hole on highway 358 which had 40 ROGO with 135 SNGO. 






Lake Francis did not disappoint, there were loads of waterfowl, but the 
standouts were the 80 COLO that were present. We also saw to AMAV. 





Back up in Cut Bank this week. there has been a drake EUWI present on the Kevin 
Rim from 4/18 and has been seen every day since including today. One 
Slate-colored Junco was seen on the rim on 4/18, and four were seen on 4/21. 
SEOW, LBCU, CCLO, and FRGU were seen on the 4/19. On 4/21 on the rim I had an 
adult dark Harlan's Hawk, 5 SWHA, 1 OSPR, MCLO, and AMPI. In a pot hole o ff 
Rim rd, just north of Ennenburg Rd, we had 2 HOGR, 1 EAGR, and 11 BNST. 






Today on Kevin Rim I had 2 SWHA, 8 AMAV, CCLO, and AMPI.




Cheers!

-Tom M.
Subject: Cut Bank area
From: <sunsetseeker78 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 19:33:42 -0700
Just some notes from the north. Last week on 4/17 Kate Atkins and i check on 
the sewage ponds. Birds of interest were one EAGR, one COLO, and one dark RLHA. 
There were plenty of waterfowl as well. We then headed south to Lake Francis, 
but hit a pot hole on highway 358 which had 40 ROGO with 135 SNGO. 


 

 Lake Francis did not disappoint, there were loads of waterfowl, but the 
standouts were the 80 COLO that were present. We also saw to AMAV. 

 

 Back up in Cut Bank this week. there has been a drake EUWI present on the 
Kevin Rim from 4/18 and has been seen every day since including today. One 
Slate-colored Junco was seen on the rim on 4/18, and four were seen on 4/21. 
SEOW, LBCU, CCLO, and FRGU were seen on the 4/19. On 4/21 on the rim I had an 
adult dark Harlan's Hawk, 5 SWHA, 1 OSPR, MCLO, and AMPI. In a pot hole off Rim 
rd, just north of Ennenburg Rd, we had 2 HOGR, 1 EAGR, and 11 BNST. 


 

 Today on Kevin Rim I had 2 SWHA, 8 AMAV, CCLO, and AMPI.
 

 Cheers!
 -Tom M.
Subject: Re: Redwing Blackbird question
From: dave ellis <davels AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:21:40 -0600
I don't know the whole story but I saw a flock of red-winged blackbirds in jan 
28 this year over here in Helena. They probably migrate regionally somewhat. 


dave

> On Apr 22, 2014, at 7:44 PM, "Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh" 
 wrote: 

> 
> This isn't a good photo. But it is a male redwing blackbird sitting on a wire 
fence adjacent to a spring fed creek North and West of Belgrade Montana--taken 
2014:02:15 03:01:31 (Feb 15). Near the intersection of Burnt Road and Swamp 
Road. 

> 
> Would this be one of the first birds to arrive from parts South? Or do some 
Redwing Blackbirds spend the winter here? 

> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> /*  Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh  >--oO0> */
>     
> 
> <_PIC2852=Male-redwing-blackbird.jpg>
> 
Subject: Redwing Blackbird question
From: "Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh" <sandy.pittendrigh AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:44:03 -0600
This isn't a good photo.  But it is a male redwing blackbird sitting on a
wire fence adjacent to a spring fed creek North and West of Belgrade
Montana--taken 2014:02:15 03:01:31 (Feb 15).  Near the intersection of
Burnt Road and Swamp Road.

Would this be one of the first birds to arrive from parts South?  Or do
some Redwing Blackbirds spend the winter here?



-- 
/*  Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh  >--oO0> */
Subject: Seen Thompson Falls past several days
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 17:20:07 -0700
First for 2014: Osprey [4/19]; Evening grosbeaks [4/21]; Rufous hummingbird, 
Orange-crowned warbler, White-crowned sparrow [4/22]. I heard that Harris' 
sparrow is still present (140-plus days since it was first seen in a yard in 
Thompson Falls last December) - Mike 
Subject: April 22 WS WMA Survey
From: "Gary Swant" <birdmontana1 AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:30:31 -0600
Hi All, (April 22, 2014 Report) 

 

The weather was cold, with strong winds and light rain, with a 33 - 66 F 
temperature range. This week there were 15,400 individuals and 56 species, 
compared to 21,500 and 55 species last week. 


 

I added the following species to the year list for the WMA; (3) Wood Duck, (3) 
Common Loon, (1) Western Grebe, (2) Black-crowned Night-Heron, (1) Sora, (1) 
Lesser Yellow Legs and (1) Savannah Sparrow 


 

Total number of species seen at the WMA in 2014 is now 84 species.

 

Highlights:

Waterfowl numbers are down. There were 200 American Wigeon, 150 Mallards, 650 
Northern Shovelers, 8 Northern Pintails, 150 Canvasback, 240 Ring-necked Duck, 
34 Greater Scaup, 200 Lesser Scaup, and 250 Common Goldeneye. The only thing 
that increased were Ruddy Ducks from 700 to 1,700 and Cinnamon Teal from 1 to 
42. American Coots dropped from their high of 16,100 last week to 10,400 this 
week. Coots made up 67% of all individuals. 


  

There were also 61 Double-crested Cormorants, 1 Long-billed Curlew, 130 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds and 17 Greater Sandhill Cranes. 




Gary Swant

Deer Lodge  
Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow
From: "Chuck Carlson" <chuckcmt AT nemont.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:10:06 -0600
Mobsters

A FOY Lincoln’s Sparrow appeared in the yard this morning along with the 
first yard White-crowned Sparrow. There were 14 other species noted. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: BirdsEye-Lewis and Clark Caverns SP-2014-4-22
From: Tom Forwood <tjfishing75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:56:12 -0600
LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS BIRDS.
Lots showing up at the park. Early Rock Wren and Vesper Sparrow.  Peregrine
Falcon, Canyon Wren, Violet-green Swallows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and
White-throated Swifts all observed this morning. EBIRD list below.
Tom Forwood
Park Ranger
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Observer: tjfishing
2014-04-22 08:29
Lewis and Clark Caverns SP
Protocol: Traveling
4 Miles
81 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    2    Mallard
    1    Ring-necked Pheasant
    1    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    2    Red-tailed Hawk
    1    Great Horned Owl    ON
    5    White-throated Swift    maybr 2X thisamy seen for certain group of
5 along Cave Trail.
    1    Peregrine Falcon    Circling above vave mountain. close to
established aerie.
    4    Black-billed Magpie
    2    Common Raven
    2    Tree Swallow
    2    Violet-green Swallow    near cave entrance. heard only.
    3    Mountain Chickadee
    1    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Rock Wren    simging. going through the standard buzzy two-time
progressions.
    2    Canyon Wren    One heard above gift shop singing. One seen and
heard near cave entrance.
    5    Ruby-crowned Kinglet    several singing around nature loop. one
seen.
    3    Mountain Bluebird    at nest box
    2    American Robin
    1    Vesper Sparrow    heard dinging. 3 mournful notes followed by
happier babbling sparrow song.
    1    Dark-eyed Junco
    8    Western Meadowlark

This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog (
http://birdseyebirding.com/)
Subject: High Lights of a quick road trip - including negative sightings
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 06:56:43 -0700
MOB, 

Easter Sunday 

Bridger Creek Road, Sweetgrass County, wash out about 8 miles up from I 90 has 
been repaired but there is still water running down the road at the Main 
Bridger fork. No Lewis's Woodpeckers yet, but American Kestrels were seen about 
every mile. 


Stockade Road, Stillwater County, heavily rutted but dry. Two observations of a 
pair of Long-billed Curlew. 


Grove Creek Road just west of Fishtail - 11 Sandhill Cranes in one field.

Lesnik Place, Fishtail Creek - Cassin's Finch, American Goldfinch, Northern 
Flicker, audio on Wilson's Snipe, saw photo of the Western Bluebird at 2012 
nest site just down the road. 


Yesterday- Monday

Hike up the hill to last years observation point of a Sandhill Crane nest. 
Resident pair seen plus three interlopers. This years nest not located yet, but 
a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches were working on a nest hole and Ken & I got 
our first Montana Ruby-crowned Kinglet on the way back to the house. 


Only Northern Flickers and finches seen during ten minutes overlooking the 
Western Bluebird location. 


Two of three Osprey nests between Absarokee & Columbus were occupied.

Buffalo Trail Road, Yellowstone County. Lots of Horned Larks and a couple 
Red-tailed Hawks. 


Broadview Pond Fishing Access Site - full of water this year. Marsh Wren best 
of ten species observed. 


Deadmans Basin Reservoir, Wheatland County (note that the eBird Hot Spot for 
this location is misspelled). Nearly full pool - limited shoreline habitat and 
no shorebirds, but at least ten Common Loons at the west end. 


North end end of US 191 construction zone south of Harlowton. A single 
Long-billed Curlew watching the flag person. 


Put the blinders on to get home before dark.

Mike Lesnik
Livingston
 

Subject: Re: FOY White-crowned
From: "Chuck Carlson" <chuckcmt AT nemont.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:23:34 -0600
Mobsters

I too found the first-of-year White-crowned Sparrow today. It was also a 
Gambel’s. The average arrival date here has been around the 27th and there 
are five or six earlier records. The earliest was on March 13. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck

From: danielcasey55 AT gmail.com 
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 10:02 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] FOY White-crowned and Rufous

  
MOB-sters: 

We had two (Gambel's) White-crowned Sparrows and a male Rufous Hummingbird in 
our yard in Somers this evening. The sparrows usually do not show up until the 
first week of May, and the Rufous is just about right on time. We had a Common 
Loon fly over the house as well. 


Dan Casey
Subject: FOY White-crowned and Rufous
From: <danielcasey55 AT gmail.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 21:02:15 -0700
MOB-sters: We had two (Gambel's) White-crowned Sparrows and a male Rufous 
Hummingbird in our yard in Somers this evening. The sparrows usually do not 
show up until the first week of May, and the Rufous is just about right on 
time. We had a Common Loon fly over the house as well. 

 

 Dan Casey
Subject: Freezout P.M.
From: <birder43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 20:23:36 -0700
MOB, checked out Freezout this afternoon. Well the White Geese are still 
hanging around but was surprised when I saw an estimated 1,000 birds just out 
from the Neck. Also saw a small flock of White Geese foraging in a field at 
Priest Butte Lake. There is a lot of American Avocets at the NW section of the 
lake around 95. First of year birds are--saw 6 Black-necked Stilts, 48 Marbled 
Godwits at the Neck, one Willit at the Dike, several Yellow-headed Blackbirds 
all over the lake, one Horned Grebe on Pond 1, one Great Blue Heron, at Pond 5, 
and one Black-croowned Night Heron at Pond 5. All for now, good birding Larry 
Carter 
Subject: Re: Grebe Help
From: <dougthorsen AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 19:56:57 -0700
It looks like a Clark's grebe in winter plumage. Which is odd obviously being 
April 20th. 
Subject: Re: Westby birds
From: "Jeff" <jeff17_marks AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:26:52 -0700
Great going on the godwits Ted! Yours is the earliest sighting by 4 days and 
the largest flock size ever reported in the state, 7 being the previous record. 


Jeff

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: soraart AT nemont.net 
  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 6:14 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Westby birds


    
  Mob,

 So far this Spring there's not been a lot to report, but this evening I found 
11 Hudsonian Godwits on a small wetland just north of Westby. Along with the 
godwits were 7 Greater Yellowlegs and a couple Killdeer. No warblers yet. 


  Ted Nordhagen
  Westby MT
   

  
Subject: Western Bluebirds
From: <pegkenjoki AT gmail.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 18:17:34 -0700
Seen yesterday 4-20-14 by Frank Willet and today 4-21 by Peggy Joki a pair of 
Western Bluebirds southwest of Fishtail. The male is in beautiful plumage -- 
bright blue with orange breast. Frank did get a photo yesterday. Peggy Joki 

 3 mi SW Fishtail
 


Subject: Westby birds
From: <soraart AT nemont.net>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 18:14:49 -0700
Mob,

So far this Spring there's not been a lot to report, but this evening I found 
11 Hudsonian Godwits on a small wetland just north of Westby. Along with the 
godwits were 7 Greater Yellowlegs and a couple Killdeer. No warblers yet. 


Ted Nordhagen
Westby MT
 
Subject: Re: Grebe Help
From: <mfielding60 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 15:52:33 -0700
Greenish-yellow bill, and black under/behind/in front of eye = Western grebe
 Yellow bill, white in front of eye, no black below eye = Clarks grebe
 Looks to me like the two images in your folder are rightly labeled - Mike 
Fielding 


Subject: FOY Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned warblers (1st mosquito too)
From: <jimrogers2007 AT gmail.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 14:56:11 -0700
Mobstsers, 

 We heard our First-of-the-Year Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned warblers 
around our house today (i.e. 21st). I also observed my 1st mosquito too. 

 

 Cheers, 
 Jim Rogers
 Polson
Subject: Re: Kerr Dam sale - ramifications to birders in MT
From: <jdog64_98 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 13:29:46 -0700
Regardless of the sale of Kerr Dam, it has always been required that non-tribal 
residents of the reservation and non-residents of the reservation purchase a 
Flathead Reservation Joint Conservation permit to recreate (hike, bird, swim) 
on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Today, prior to the sale of the dam, you 
are required to purchase the conservation permit to recreate at or below the 
dam. There will be no change as a result of the sale of the dam. As someone 
said earlier, the purchase of a Flathead Indian Reservation Joint Conservation 
Permit helps fund and maintain many conservation projects on the reservation. 
Subject: FOY Goldfinches
From: Rox <gaia_maid AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:03:35 -0600
This morning around 8 a.m. we saw our FOY pair of American Goldfinch!! They 
were going for the fine chip sunflower seed. 


Rox on Timberline Creek

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Subject: Maclay Flats
From: <andrea.stierle AT mso.umt.edu>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 10:15:50 -0700
It was a perfect day for birding at Maclay Flats in Missoula. I had two 
personal FOY - a pair of yellow-rumped warblers (Audubon) and a pair of wood 
ducks mingling with a dozen cinnamon teal in one of the ditches. And a moose. 
Good birding! 

 Andrea Stierle -- Butte and Missoula
Subject: Harlequin duck near Lolo - Hwy 12
From: Katie LaSalle-Lowery <katie AT bigskycountry.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:33:44 -0600
Just about 200 yards west of the Traveler's Rest gas station, there is a pond 
on the other side of the highway. I am accustomed to seeing wood ducks there. 
Just now, I was surprised to see a harlequin drake there, napping on a stump. 
He and I are both still there. 


Katie La Salle-Lowery
Lolo, MT
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Subject: Grebe Help
From: Beth Hill <grizhill AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:10:09 -0600
I just posted a couple pictures of some grebes that were seen last night.
 They have been going down in the books as Western Grebes up to this point.
 Last night was the first time they had their heads raised in light.  Doug
Thorsen raised the question if one might be a Clark's Grebe.  It appears
that the eye is below or almost below the black.  The bill color is
definitely orange/yellow in almost all the pictures.  They were  not quite
mid-river off the West Bank Park area.  They didn't vocalize.  I did hear
them the night before but didn't pay attention to the pattern.
I haven't seen a confirmed Clark's - what do you think?
We also saw a raft of Eared Grebes and a Horned Grebe.

Also seen last night was a thin Blue Goose wandering around (posted picture
as well)

Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Re: Re: Dillon Area
From: "Jeff" <jeff17_marks AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:06:39 -0700
Mike,

Rest assured, the "Sage" Sparrows in Montana are Sagebrush, not Bell's.

Jeff

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
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  Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 4:27 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Dillon Area


    
  Nate,

 Very nice photo of the Sagebrush Sparrow. Did you get any shots that show the 
back streaking? Montana should be in a Bell's free zone, but I know that it was 
banded in numbers this winter much further east in Arizona than expected. 


  Can is give us a hint if it was seen north or south your eBird map pin?

  Mike Lesnik
  Livingston

  
Subject: Re: Dillon Area
From: <nskohler AT bresnan.net>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 07:38:08 -0700
Hi Mike,
  
 The pin is plotted more or less in the center of the area that I birded, so 
this sparrow was observed a few miles south of there – just north of the 
Decker Lane area. 

  
 In all of the images I took, the sparrow was pretty much facing me, but a few 
may show a streak or two over the shoulder. This bird was clearly not dark 
enough to be a Bell’s, plus the vocalizations I heard were the slow, rising 
and falling song typical of nevadensis – not high-pitched and jumbled like 
that of belli. 

  
 Nate Kohler
 Deer Lodge
 Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/
Subject: Re: Dillon Area
From: <vagapaddler AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 04:27:31 -0700
Nate,

Very nice photo of the Sagebrush Sparrow. Did you get any shots that show the 
back streaking? Montana should be in a Bell's free zone, but I know that it was 
banded in numbers this winter much further east in Arizona than expected. 


Can is give us a hint if it was seen north or south your eBird map pin?

Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: Warblers
From: <oates65 AT gmail.com>
Date: 20 Apr 2014 19:53:05 -0700
My first of the year-a Townsend's near Kerr Dam overlook. No luck on finding 
the white throated swifts seen the other day-I suppose they could be a long 
ways off by now. 

 Jim
Subject: Hummingbird today
From: Roger Hogen <hogenmt AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:19:53 -0700 (PDT)
MOBers,
We have a male Calliope here at our feeder this evening. Last year's first 
sighting was a week later making this the earliest arrivalever at this 
location. 

This afternoon at Lee Metcalfwe got close-up views of a pair ofLesser 
Sandhill Cranes wading and feedingin the shallow watersof the pond nearest 
the refuge office. 

Lots of ducks and cootsalso present along with nesting pairs of Canada Geese.
Roger and Kathy Hogen
Missoula MT
Subject: Dillon Area
From: <nskohler AT bresnan.net>
Date: 20 Apr 2014 18:00:28 -0700
Hello All,
  
 I spent Easter Sunday birding the Bannack, Clark Canyon Reservoir and Dillon 
Areas. Fairly breezy, but sunny and warm nonetheless. 

  
 My first stop was Birch Creek Road north of Dillon, where I observed two 
Burrowing Owls near the junction with Highway 91. I also spent a little time in 
this area searching for McCown’s Longspurs, but no luck. Along Highway 91 on 
my way south to Dillon I spotted one Ferruginous and two Swainson’s Hawks. 

  
 From there I headed down to Bannack Bench Road, and found several Sage 
Thrashers singing, plus one Sagebrush Sparrow. Also seen in the area were my 
first Yellow-rumped Warblers of the season – Audubon’s. 

  
 Clark Canyon Reservoir had all of the expected waterfowl species, plus a good 
number of Franklin’s Gulls, five Willets and at least five Common Loons. And 
north of the reservoir, at Barretts Park, several White-throated Swifts were 
seen cruising around the cliffs. 

  
 63 species recorded during the day. Images of the Sagebrush Sparrow and 
Swainson’s Hawk are in Nate’s Album. 

  
 Nate Kohler
 Deer Lodge
 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/ 
Subject: Ft. Peck warbler
From: "Chuck Carlson" <chuckcmt AT nemont.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:01:37 -0600
Mobsters

A bright male Audubon’s Yellow-rumped Warbler appeared in the yard on Friday 
and a Myrtle’s Yellow-rumped followed on Saturday here. These are the first 
and only warblers so far. Juncos number in the neighborhood of 15 to 20. 


There 4 American White Pelicans on the rock pile below the powerplants on 
Saturday and the Great Blue Herons have claimed all nests in the rookery not 
occupied by geese. A pair of Osprey has been occupying a nest near the Dredge 
Cuts FAS for about 4 days now, and are actively remodeling. 


The ice is finally off the lake, so it must be getting close to spring !

Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: Wings Across The Big Sky Bird Festival - June 6-8, Bozeman
From: Lou Ann Harris <montlou311 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:14:51 -0600
I thought I would post a reminder to all you Mobsters about the 15th Annual 
Montana Audubon Bird Festival. It's being held in Bozeman this year at the 
GranTree Inn. The 39 field trips are filling up fast and 15 trips are already 
full. If you are planning to attend, I would urge you to sign up soon. 


Friday night's social and entertainment will feature Montana's own Ed Harper 
and a panel of 4 bird experts as they work through an increasingly difficult 
series of bird slides and discuss how they arrive at their identification. Live 
birds from the Montana Raptor Center will also be on hand. 


After Saturday morning's field trips, keynote speaker and corvid researcher 
John Marzluff will talk about the cultural co-evolution between humans and 
crows. His research was the topic of the PBS documentary "A Murder of Crows". 


The afternoon presentations will include:

Montana's Osprey and Toxins
Bridger Raptors
Birds, Beetles and Burns
Bird Migration in the Middle East
Sage-grouse Conservation
A new "Field Guide to Birds in a Changing Climate"

For more information or to register online, go to: 
www.mtaudubon.org/birdwatching/festival.html 


Hope to see a lot of you here!

Lou Ann Harris
Sacajawea Audubon
Bozeman, MT

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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!

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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