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Black Bee-Eater,©Barry Kent Mackay

23 Nov Grosbeaks ["seraph_smile AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Nov Anna's Hummingbird [2 Attachments] ["Barbara Dickison bluebirdridgefarm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Nov Bohemian Waxwings ["conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Nov Mixed bag ["Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Nov Pine grosbeaks Trafton Park, Malta ["berd4 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Nov Westby birds ["soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Nov Re: Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder ["gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Nov Western Bluebirds ["thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Thanks ["bjhoy AT localnet.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Re: Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Western Bluebirds ["thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder ["bjhoy AT localnet.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder ["bjhoy AT localnet.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Re: Re: Miniature Canada Goose ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Re: Miniature Canada Goose ["shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Re: Miniature Canada Goose ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Nov Pelican and Gyr, Ft. Peck ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Nov Miniature Canada Goose ["shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Nov Displaying Hooded Mergansers ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Nov Re: Very Late Avocet in Helena Valley ["Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Nov Gray-crowed Rosy-finch on Mt Sentinel in Missoula ["'rose leach' rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Nov RE: V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley ["'Sharon Dewart-Hansen' smdewarthansen AT charter.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Nov Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk retraction ["thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Nov Blue Jay ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Nov Re: V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Nov V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Nov Flathead Landfill gulls ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Nov Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk ["thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Nov Helena birds, goshawk, Pygmy owl ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Nov One lone Eastern Kingbird ["gaia_maid AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Nov Re: Snowy Owl in Westby ["Jim Rogers jimrogers2007 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Nov Re: Snowy Owl in Westby ["Kurt Lindsay kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Nov Short-eared Owls ["dave ellis davels AT rocketmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Nov Snowy Owl in Westby ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Nov Re: Final Warm Springs WMA Survey, 11/14.2014 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Nov Final Warm Springs WMA Survey, 11/14.2014 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Nov Canyon Wrens ["Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Nov Re: Birding can/should be more than just "Birding" ["tertop AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Nov American White Pelican ["stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Nov Birding can/should be more than just "Birding" ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Nov Ferruginous Hawk - kalispell ["kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Nov Rusty Blackbirds - Missoula ["tertop AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Nov Clyde Park start to winter ["steel_rsd AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Nov Helena birds, pygmy owl ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Nov Hooded Merganser in Helena ["Hugh Zackheim montanazac AT mac.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Nov Northern shrike ["Grace Blair cpoodle AT earthlink.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Nov Freezout A.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Nov Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead ["gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Nov Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead ["thestonechat AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Nov Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Nov Poll results for MOB-Montana []
08 Nov Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Nov Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Nov Freezout Saturday ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
7 Nov Anna's Hummingbird ["Roger Hogen hogenmt AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Nov Snow Buntings in Missoula ["'rose leach' rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Nov Continuing Black Scoter ["calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Nov Re: Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo in Billings ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Nov Freezout , Thur AM ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Nov Warm Spring WMA Survey ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Nov Pacific Loon in Helena Valley ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Nov Re: Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo in Billings ["gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
05 Nov Freezout P.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
05 Nov Snow bunting ["willymcdowell AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
05 Nov Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo in Billings ["gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
4 Nov Rosy-finch ["Kitty Knaphus kmknaphus AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Nov Late Freezout Shorebirds ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
4 Nov Cackling Geese, Ft. Peck ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Nov Freezout P.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
3 Nov Snow Geese - On the Move ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Nov Black Scoter - aging and sexing ["bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Nov Re: Cottonwood Reservoir Black Scoter - 10/29 ["bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Nov Re: Cottonwood Reservoir Black Scoter - 10/29 ["bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Nov Re: Good work, photographers! ["shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Nov Good work, photographers! ["bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
2 Nov Re: Black Scoters ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]

Subject: Grosbeaks
From: "seraph_smile AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 11:39:24 -0800
About a dozen males and 2 females Grosbeaks back at the feeders today!

Subject: Anna's Hummingbird [2 Attachments]
From: "Barbara Dickison bluebirdridgefarm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:29:27 +0000 (UTC)
 I'm posting for a friend who is not on the MOB list.  This Anna's 
Hummingbird  was seen today in Dayton, MT.  He has kept his feeder up and 
filled and it has not frozen.  Pretty amazing! 

Barb Dickison
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: "conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 08:47:50 -0800
Yesterday morning I had a flock of about 250 Bohemian Waxwings fly over me near 
the mouth of Hyalite Canyon south of Bozeman. First larger flock I've seen this 
fall. 


At the feeders and around the yard we are down to the typical mid winter number 
of species, 8-12. A flock of 35 Evening Grosbeak this morning. 


John Parker
Bozeman
 

Subject: Mixed bag
From: "Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:42:19 -0700
Birding Friends,

7 Common Redpolls are hanging around. Not to close ... but we seem to have a 
very good wild food crop as White-tailed Jackrabbits, Peromyscus and voles are 
seen daily. 


This year the quasi- permanent resident Horned Larks are conspicuously absent.

Eureka remains very low and is now frozen although two days ago the Canada 
Geese suddenly returned when it looked like the ice was yielding to the love of 
the water. A Bald Eagle appeared suddenly - deciding to see if goose was 
palatable. But as I was gathering batteries to record, both left prior to my 
ability to move 100 pounds closer to the lake. I have not checked the larger 
reservoirs like Bynum in a while. If any open water remains or appears these 
are magnets for waterfowl, and the predators which dine upon them. In years 
when the temps have not plummeted so suddenly, Gyrs have appeared here about 
this time so the reports of Snowy Owls and the first Gyrs are not unexpected. 


Business and warmth are calling. To the warms arms of the “south" I flee… 
though only temporarily. 



Tim


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

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








Subject: Pine grosbeaks Trafton Park, Malta
From: "berd4 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 12:00:04 -0800
Hello MOBsters,
 Haven't posted in quite a while, I hope you are all well. Went over to Trafton 
Park this morning for a walk and had a decent morning. There were a few birds 
out and about including 3 Pine grosbeaks. These are my first for the Malta area 
and my first for MT. They were feeding on the seeds of a tree that I am not 
familiar with; this tree produces winged achenes similar to that of a maple. 
Anyway, they were all russet colored individuals and were very close during 
observation, about 20 ft or so. Other birds seen where as follows: 

 Brown creeper - 1
 Black-capped chickadee - 2
 Mallards - 4
 Black-billed magpie - 2
 Northern Flickers - 2 
    yellow-shafted - 1
 Downy woodpecker - 1
 European starlings - x
 Rock dove - 11
 Morning dove - 1 (also a bit of a surprise!) 
 

 I did go back to see if I could snap a few pics of the grosbeaks but, was 
unable to relocate them. 

 I did however observe a Flicker intergrade it had a red malar stripe and red 
nap patch, the face and head were gray and it appeared to have yellow 
primaries. 

 

 Also, at my home on River Bend Dr at 11:45 am..observed a single Northern 
shrike. 

 

 Good Birding, Barry Southard  Malta, MT
 

 

Subject: Westby birds
From: "soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 20:26:11 -0800
Mob,

This afternoon I had two Snowy Owls along hwy 5 between Westby and Plentywood.

Ted Nordhagen
Westby MT
 

Subject: Re: Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder
From: "gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 11:33:16 -0800
Hi: 

 I'm sorry for the confusion about the Leucistic House Finch. I posted two 
photos of the Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo in Billings and tried to send a 
message about them. My message disappeared and I got a message about abusing 
the website which left me very confused. The House Finch photos were in my 
album "George Mowat" from a year ago for identification purposes and the 
Long-tailed Duck photos taken Nov 6th 2014 are now in the album. My apologies 
for all the trouble, but I certainly did not mean to cause trouble. There is a 
lot I don't understand about this groups website or Yahoo. [I still hate Yahoo 
since they removed my email account without warning]. 

 

 George Mowat, Billings
Subject: Western Bluebirds
From: "thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 09:51:58 -0800
MOBsters,
 

 I had 9 Western Bluebirds this morning on the old Dodd Ranch at the top of 
Butler Creek. Image posted to album T. Kallmeyer. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Thanks
From: "bjhoy AT localnet.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:47:47 -0500
Thanks John. I didn't notice the date on the photos in the id help folder.

Judy Hoy



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Subject: Re: Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:23:25 -0800




Subject: Western Bluebirds
From: "thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 15:52:34 -0800
Greetings MOBsters,
 

 I observed 5 Western Bluebirds in the upper Butler Creek drainage today in the 
sagebrush area to the West of Butler Creek Road about 3.7 miles North of the 
intersection with Airway Blvd. Images posted to album T. Kallmeyer. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder
From: "bjhoy AT localnet.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:32:10 -0500
Hi George,

Do you live in Billings? That very same leucistic House Finch was 
photographed by a person on MOB (but I don't remember who) in Billings 
on November 2, 2013. How interesting that it is still alive and looks 
very healthy.

Judy Hoy
Stevensville, MT



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Subject: Leucistic House Finch in Identification Help Folder
From: "bjhoy AT localnet.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:32:10 -0500
Hi George,

Do you live in Billings? That very same leucistic House Finch was 
photographed by a person on MOB (but I don't remember who) in Billings 
on November 2, 2013. How interesting that it is still alive and looks 
very healthy.

Judy Hoy
Stevensville, MT



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Subject: Re: Re: Miniature Canada Goose
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:02:34 -0800




Subject: Re: Miniature Canada Goose
From: "shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 11:51:37 -0800
hey, dan, i sent you an email w/location (private property). it would be great 
if you had time to check it - thanks! 
Subject: Re: Miniature Canada Goose
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 11:15:45 -0800
Shawn: 

 It is hard to tell from those two photos. While the bird does indeed look 
small, and short-necked, the bill does not strike me as quite small enough for 
a Cackling Goose. Was this right at the Park-and-Ride lot? I may check in the 
morning (I'm in Seattle now). 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Pelican and Gyr, Ft. Peck
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:20:03 -0700
Mobsters

It was an interesting afternoon at the powerplant yesterday. An apparently snow 
covered rock in the river turned out to be a resting American White Pelican. As 
I was scoping it a Gyrfalcon flew directly overhead. I saw it as it flashed by 
but it was far from a satisfying look, just enough to ID it. 


It appears that many of the waterfowl that rest and feed here in the fall moved 
through quickly, driven by that storm. 


Chuck Carlson
www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/
Subject: Miniature Canada Goose
From: "shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Nov 2014 14:01:33 -0800
took a bunch of swan photos to see if i could positively ID them as tundras 
(they were), when i saw what looked like a small canada goose in two of the 
pictures. in one, it is next to a canada goose; in the other, it is next to a 
swan. posted in ID Help Needed folder, because that's what i need, help. is 
this possibly a cackling goose? photos are not good, naturally. 
Subject: Displaying Hooded Mergansers
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:34:05 -0700
I enjoyed some time Sunday along the Missouri River watching a pair of male
Hooded Mergansers putting on a great display of head shaking, neck
stretching and puffing, chattering and more.  There were 2 females near-by
that acted as if the males weren't even there, the guys seemed to be egging
each other on.  Only video could catch the action.  All of a sudden - I had
spent 2 hours wandering along the River's Edge Trail.
This morning there were an easy 2000 Canada Geese gathered in the West Bank
Park area.  It sure looked like a number were close to the size of mallard
ducks.  There wasn't much light at 7:15 but enough to see that some of the
geese had sort body lengths compared to the bigger geese they swam by.
Similar to the variety of sizes seen in the past.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Re: Very Late Avocet in Helena Valley
From: "Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:33:35 -0700
MOB,

By 14:30 the Helena Regulating Reservoir was mostly iced over. The temperature 
was 

27 F. The ice was very thin, but holding. There were three pools that were open 
primarily because of the number of birds in each pool stirring up the water. 
There were several dead coots strewn about on the ice, apparent victims of the 
three Bald Eagles that I saw there this afternoon. I watched two Coots running 
across the ice trying to get airborne. One was successful and banked hard to 
the starboard while the remaining coot fell victim to an eagle that flew up 
very quickly from behind. I watched this through the binoculars and it was 
definitely a NatGeo moment! 


The avocet was not seen this afternoon; nor was the Cackling Goose. There were 
about a dozen or so white geese. I photographed seven in flight and all seven 
were Snow Geese (three adults and four juveniles). I also saw one Tundra Swan 
and one Trumpeter Swan. Ducks were still around in lesser numbers: C. 
Goldeneye, Mallard, Ruddy, GW Teal, RN Duck, two BW Teal, a N. Pintail pair and 
one Canvasback. There were still about six Western Grebe in a tiny pool that 
was being watched by an eagle nearby on the ice. It eventually flew off. 


That should about do it for the season at the reservoir!  It's been fun!

Oh, bird of the day? A immature Northern Goshawk showed up in the back yard 
today. Very cool! 


Stephen Turner
Helena MT

> On Nov 17, 2014, at 8:44 PM, "'Sharon Dewart-Hansen' 
smdewarthansen AT charter.net [MOB-Montana]"  wrote: 

> 
> I was out there in the morning and could not believe that an Avoset was still 
here. I, too, thought I saw a couple of possible Cacklings but lighting was 
really bad in the morning. The photos I got were inconclusive. 

> 
>  
> 
> Sharon Dewart-Hansen
> 
> Helena, MT
> 
> 
> 
>  
> 
> From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com] 
> Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 9:26 PM
> To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [MOB-Montana] V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> The Helena Regulating Reservoir still had lots of open water this afternoon 
and was host to a single Am. Avocet feeding along the SW shoreline. Large 
numbers of waterbirds remain there with C. Geese numbers in the thousands, and 
many other species. Steve Turner saw what he thought might be a Cackling goose 
there last week. Today, I saw what might be one also and took some distant 
photos that I have not yet had a chance to review thoroughly. It was sitting 
next to some mallards and was similar in size but facing away from me so I did 
not get a very good look at or photo of the head. 

> 
> The Helena landfill had lots of gulls - not as many as Dan saw at Kalispell - 
but I was not able to find any rare ones. The configuration of where the trash 
is being dumped now makes viewing quite difficult. 

> 
> Bob Martinka
> 
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> 
> 
> 
Subject: Gray-crowed Rosy-finch on Mt Sentinel in Missoula
From: "'rose leach' rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:57:23 -0700

Larry Weeks found a Gray-crowned Rosy-finch on the southern trail up Mt. 
Sentinel (from either the gravel pit or Maurice Ave), near the UM campus in 
Missoula.

The bird was feeding in the trail (it's more like a road), just above and near 
to the junction with the Pengelly ridge portion of the trail.  Larry found the 
bird there around 3 pm on Sunday, and he and I saw it in the same vicinity 
about 1:30 today. Both days he found it by just walking and inadvertently 
flushing the unseen bird from along the trail.  It then dropped back down, 
very close by and back into the road.

I'll be putting a small photo on eBird tomorrow.

Rose Leach
Missoula


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Subject: RE: V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley
From: "'Sharon Dewart-Hansen' smdewarthansen AT charter.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:44:28 -0700
I was out there in the morning and could not believe that an Avoset was still 
here. I, too, thought I saw a couple of possible Cacklings but lighting was 
really bad in the morning. The photos I got were inconclusive. 


 

Sharon Dewart-Hansen

Helena, MT

cid:image003.jpg AT 01CDE207.29A65EF0

 

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Subject: [MOB-Montana] V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley

 

  

The Helena Regulating Reservoir still had lots of open water this afternoon and 
was host to a single Am. Avocet feeding along the SW shoreline. Large numbers 
of waterbirds remain there with C. Geese numbers in the thousands, and many 
other species. Steve Turner saw what he thought might be a Cackling goose there 
last week. Today, I saw what might be one also and took some distant photos 
that I have not yet had a chance to review thoroughly. It was sitting next to 
some mallards and was similar in size but facing away from me so I did not get 
a very good look at or photo of the head. 


The Helena landfill had lots of gulls - not as many as Dan saw at Kalispell - 
but I was not able to find any rare ones. The configuration of where the trash 
is being dumped now makes viewing quite difficult. 


Bob Martinka

 


Subject: Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk retraction
From: "thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Nov 2014 10:01:06 -0800
Greetings MOBsters,
 

 The consensus of several expert birders and hawk experts is in, and the ID on 
the bird I identified as a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk is actually a juvenile 
Red-tailed Hawk or Harlan's. Thanks to Dan Casey, Jeff Marks, Brian Sullivan 
and Bill Clark, as well as all others who all took the time to examine the 
photos and give their informed opinions. 

 

 When I first observed the bird it seemed different than the Red-tailed Hawks I 
observe daily in the Butler Creek drainage, acting more skittish as well as 
giving an impression of being sleeker, leaner and smaller. When I saw the 
heavily barred chest and dark outline on the wings I thought I had something 
different. I'm glad I captured some decent images and investigated the ID as it 
ended up sparking quite a discussion and hopefully led to a great lesson on 
raptor ID for all involved. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer
Subject: Blue Jay
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:46:55 -0700
I just got a report of a Blue Jay being seen yesterday in the area of 5 Ave
N and 32nd St. N. The lady reporting it does not have a computer that is up
and running so she asked me to post. Arla Eckert Great Falls




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Subject: Re: V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:00:52 -0800
Hi Bob,

Indeed, that's a record late date for avocet by exactly one week.

Jeff

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503-774-4783
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 From: birder_bob AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 8:26 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley


    
 The Helena Regulating Reservoir still had lots of open water this afternoon 
and was host to a single Am. Avocet feeding along the SW shoreline. Large 
numbers of waterbirds remain there with C. Geese numbers in the thousands, and 
many other species. Steve Turner saw what he thought might be a Cackling goose 
there last week. Today, I saw what might be one also and took some distant 
photos that I have not yet had a chance to review thoroughly. It was sitting 
next to some mallards and was similar in size but facing away from me so I did 
not get a very good look at or photo of the head. 


 The Helena landfill had lots of gulls - not as many as Dan saw at Kalispell - 
but I was not able to find any rare ones. The configuration of where the trash 
is being dumped now makes viewing quite difficult. 


  Bob Martinka






  
Subject: V ery Late Avocet in Helena Valley
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 20:26:19 -0800
The Helena Regulating Reservoir still had lots of open water this afternoon and 
was host to a single Am. Avocet feeding along the SW shoreline. Large numbers 
of waterbirds remain there with C. Geese numbers in the thousands, and many 
other species. Steve Turner saw what he thought might be a Cackling goose there 
last week. Today, I saw what might be one also and took some distant photos 
that I have not yet had a chance to review thoroughly. It was sitting next to 
some mallards and was similar in size but facing away from me so I did not get 
a very good look at or photo of the head. 


The Helena landfill had lots of gulls - not as many as Dan saw at Kalispell - 
but I was not able to find any rare ones. The configuration of where the trash 
is being dumped now makes viewing quite difficult. 


Bob Martinka
 

Subject: Flathead Landfill gulls
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 15:53:17 -0800
MOB-sters:
 

 I visited the Flathead Landfill today, and found nearly 3000 gulls present. 
Though I did not scan through all the birds, a reasonably thorough search 
revealed 5 California, 1 Thayer's, and 1 Glaucous among the 2500 Ring-billeds 
and 250 Herrings. I have found that late November and early December can be the 
best times to visit, in part due to the number of deer parts showing up in the 
garbage. 

 

 Harlan's and Rough-legged Hawks were in many of the expected locations today, 
and I found one group of 750+ Bohemian Waxwings along Auction Road north of 
Somers. Foy's Lake had many mixed goldeneyes, one Common Loon and one Western 
Grebe, but no rariities. It is one of the few smaller lakes that is not yet 
frozen, so should still be worth checking for a while. 

 

 Dan Casey 
 Somers
Subject: Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk
From: "thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 14:05:04 -0800
Greetings MOBsters,
 

 This morning I observed what I believe to be a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk just 
North of where Butler Creek Road passes under I-90 in Missoula. I'm 
inexperienced with the species but after much pondering and some discussion on 
FB I believe that the ID is correct. Pictures posted to album T.Kallmeyer. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Helena birds, goshawk, Pygmy owl
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Nov 2014 15:00:14 -0800
My son and I went for a drive up grizzly gulch, unionville and cox lake south 
of Helena this morning to see if we could find him a Pygmy owl. We found a juv. 
goshawk at the south end of grizzly gulch that gave us good looks and bad 
photos. We then went over to cox lake and there was a Pygmy owl nearby. We 
watched it for awhile as it hunted and caught a vole. It then was mobbed by 
three pine grosbeaks until it took its vole and left the area. Usually I like 
the grosbeaks, but not so much when they chase the owls away. Didn't see much 
else out other than ravens and chickadees. Temperature was nice at just about 
0. 
Subject: One lone Eastern Kingbird
From: "gaia_maid AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Nov 2014 11:34:16 -0800
While driving towards Bozeman on Stucky Rd from Gooch Hill intersection, I saw 
an Eastern Kingbird fly to the cattail ditch along the road. 'Poor thing must 
be very chilly. Since our temps plummeted several days ago from balmy 60's down 
to minus teens, I guess this one is wondering about its flock. 


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl in Westby
From: "Jim Rogers jimrogers2007 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:59:14 -0700
Hi Kurt and Mobsters,

I did a quick and unsuccessful search for Snowy owls this morning on the
Polson hill.

At our Audubon meeting last night, however, we heard a second-hand report
about a Snowy owl in a field somewhere along the Reservoir Road on the
north side of Pablo NWR.

Cheers, jim

Jim Rogers
Polson

On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM, Kurt Lindsay kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com
[MOB-Montana]  wrote:

>
>
> very exciting news Craig, esp after such a down year last winter. There
> have been many sightings around the Calgary area in the last week -
> hopefully we will see more down south this year.
> Has anyone checked the polson hill recently?
>
> kurt lindsay,
> kalispell
>
> On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM, Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com
> [MOB-Montana]  wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Mob:
>>
>> This morning my brother called me from Westby to report a Snowy Owl just
>> south of town.  As far as I know, this the first for the state Montana for
>> the fall/winter of 2014/15!
>>
>> Cheers, Craig Hohenberger
>> Creston
>>
>>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl in Westby
From: "Kurt Lindsay kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:00:13 -0700
very exciting news Craig, esp after such a down year last winter. There
have been many sightings around the Calgary area in the last week -
hopefully we will see more down south this year.
Has anyone checked the polson hill recently?

kurt lindsay,
kalispell

On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM, Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com
[MOB-Montana]  wrote:

>
>
> Mob:
>
> This morning my brother called me from Westby to report a Snowy Owl just
> south of town.  As far as I know, this the first for the state Montana for
> the fall/winter of 2014/15!
>
> Cheers, Craig Hohenberger
> Creston
>
>  
>
Subject: Short-eared Owls
From: "dave ellis davels AT rocketmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:04:50 -0700
Near Highwood this weekend off "Gap Road" within the Harris Land and Cattle 
Ranch, east boundary we flushed two Short-eared Owls while stomping the tall 
grass for Pheasant/Grouse. We flushed two of them, then five minutes later 
flushed one again. Beautiful birds, and thankfully much different and much 
quieter than a flushing pheasant. No guns were shouldered. 


dave 🚴

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Subject: Snowy Owl in Westby
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:45:39 -0800
Mob:

This morning my brother called me from Westby to report a Snowy Owl just south 
of town. As far as I know, this the first for the state Montana for the 
fall/winter of 2014/15! 


Cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Re: Final Warm Springs WMA Survey, 11/14.2014
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 19:20:36 -0800
Hi All, 

 The last line of this report should have read:
 

 16 species and 634 individuals not 30 species, 22,772 individuals (These were 
last weeks numbers). 

 

 Gary
Subject: Final Warm Springs WMA Survey, 11/14.2014
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 16:39:36 -0800
Hi All,
  
 This report is for November 13, 2014. We had no ice last Thursday and 100% ice 
on all ponds today. The temperature today was between -3 F to 1 F with clear 
skies and calm winds. 

  
 There is so much that I doubt if the ponds will open again this winter. This 
will be the last report for the year. 

  
 This week there were 634 individuals with 16 species compared to 22,772 
individuals with 30 species last week. Fifty-four percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 There was one new species today, Gray Partridge. The total species for 2014 is 
170 out of the total ever seen of 214. 

  
 Highlights:
 Tundra Swan -2, Horned Grebe – 1, Great Blue Heron -1, Killdeer – 2, Bald 
Eagle- 16, Black-billed Magpie – 24, and Common Raven – 57. 

  
 There are many coots that were frozen in the water and the Bald Eagles, 
Magpies and Ravens are having a feast. I saw one tiny spot of open water 2 x 3 
feet with 20 coots in it. I watched a Bald Eagle walk over grasp a coot and 
start eating. Nature is sure interesting. 

  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 30 species, 22,772 individuals
  
 Sewage Ponds –   
  
 Job Corps Ponds –
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds –
  
 Details in the attachments.
  
 Gary
 
  
 

Subject: Canyon Wrens
From: "Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:24:44 -0700
Hi MOB,
     I took a trip out to Three Forks yesterday in the bitter cold and 
even at about 6 degrees there were a couple Canyon Wrens on sunny 
cliffs, first one at Headwaters at the boat ramp (quiet until a train 
passed and then "djeep" called a bit. I've noticed the bird here do this 
many times, start calling after a train passes. Also had a chilly 
looking Robin and a gorgeous Rough-legged just South of the state park.
     The second was up Milligan Canyon. I walked the better part of a 
mile through the frigid canyon and had some American Tree Sparrows at 
the mouth of the canyon and there were Townsend's Solitaires throughout 
calling and singing. It wasn't until I had walked up and back and 
finally as I was reaching my vehicle I heard the distinct "djeep" calls 
again from the top of the sun facing cliffs.
     The other notable surprise was at the Willow Creek Cemetery where a 
pair of juncos were about. The one I had a good look at appeared to be a 
pink-sided (large headed, head and back nearly same color, pinkish 
flanks and dark around the eyes and lores) I don't think I've seen one 
of that ssp this late in the season before.
     Good birding all and stay warm. Tom

-- 
Tom Forwood
Park Ranger
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
P.O. Box 489
Whitehall, MT   59759
406-287-3541

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Subject: Re: Birding can/should be more than just "Birding"
From: "tertop AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:53:54 -0500
Bob,

That was enjoyable, even delightful.  Thank you.

Terry Toppins
tertop AT aol.com
Missoula

 

 

 

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From: birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana] 
To: MOB-Montana 
Sent: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 5:45 pm
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Birding can/should be more than just "Birding"


 
  
    
                  
All:

I follow a number of different birding list-serves and occasionally encounter 
an individual whose talent with the English language and breadth of thought 
process never fail to impress me. Of course, there are a number of you who fit 
this description on MOB. But there is one individual who posts fairly often on 
the WA State "Tweeters" site who always seems to come up with some great posts. 
Here is one that you might enjoy: 



http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=807773&MLID=WA&MLNM=Washington%20Tweeters 



Bob Martinka




    
             

  
Subject: American White Pelican
From: "stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 16:47:14 -0800
MOB,
  
 I visited the Helena Regulating Reservoir near Helena this afternoon (1500). I 
was very surprised to find five Pelicans. They appeared to be... miserable. It 
was very cold (15 F) with a light wind. They were hunkered down, but as I 
watched them, two got up, streched their wings, opened their bills incredibly 
wide and moved from the shore and waded into the water. Photos in Stephen's 
Pix. Other birds found: five white geese, six swans, Common Loon, Eared Grebe, 
Western Grebe (about 30), Northern Shoveler, Ring necked Duck, American Wigeon, 
Mallard, Common Merganser, Red breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Coots in 
droves, good numbers of gulls and more Canada Geese than I could count. The 
white geese, swans and gulls were on the east side of the reservoir and at such 
a distance that I was unable to view them well enough to ID. And it was too 
damn cold to walk all the way over there. 

 Note: I also believe there was a Cackling Goose among the Canadas. I watched 
it through the scope several times and noticed the incredible size difference 
between this bird and the surrounding Canada Geese. In fact, there were a 
number of Mallards swimming close by and the size was comparable to them. Maybe 
slightly larger. As I tried to approach within half a mile (give or take) they 
all lifted off of the water and flew to the inaccessible reaches of the east 
shore. Arrggh! Not enough of a certainty to eBird, but very likely a Cackler. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Stephen Turner - Helena
Subject: Birding can/should be more than just "Birding"
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 16:45:03 -0800
All:

I follow a number of different birding list-serves and occasionally encounter 
an individual whose talent with the English language and breadth of thought 
process never fail to impress me. Of course, there are a number of you who fit 
this description on MOB. But there is one individual who posts fairly often on 
the WA State "Tweeters" site who always seems to come up with some great posts. 
Here is one that you might enjoy: 

 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=807773&MLID=WA&MLNM=Washington%20Tweeters 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=807773&MLID=WA&MLNM=Washington%20Tweeters 

 

 Bob Martinka

 

Subject: Ferruginous Hawk - kalispell
From: "kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 14:44:56 -0800
quick drive thru the lower valley south of Kalispell turned up a beautiful 
immature ferruginous hawk among other regulars including a few redtail hawks, 
many rough-legged hawks, a couple of northern harriers, a male kestrel, two 
great-horned owls and one hunting northern shrike. Not a great time to be a 
vole. 

 

 stay warm,
 kurt lindsay,
 kalispell
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - Missoula
From: "tertop AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:28:57 -0500
Hello all,

About 3pm this afternoon while walking my dog I saw 2 Rusty Blackbirds along a 
slough in the Open Space at the end of Tower Street in Missoula 11-12-14. 


Terry Toppins
tertop AT aol.com
Missoula
Subject: Clyde Park start to winter
From: "steel_rsd AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 13:10:19 -0800
MOB,
 Not too exciting but thought I'd share our yard activity as Fall leaves us. 
Typical winter species are starting to show up. Recent visitors include: 

 House Finch
 Black-capped Chickadee
 White-Breasted Nuthatch
 American Tree Sparrow
 Hairy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Clarks Nutcracker
 

 Hoping our resident Harris's Sparrow from last winter finds his way home again 
this year. 

 

 Scott Dean
 Clyde Park
Subject: Helena birds, pygmy owl
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 10:21:35 -0800
Woke up yesterday (11/11) to -11 degree temperature and figured it would be a 
good morning to look for pygmy owls. My wife and I took a drive south of Helena 
up Grizzly and Orofino Gulches where we have had good luck finding them on 
really cold days in past years. True to form, a northern pygmy owl was perched 
near the road on Grizzly Gulch. I haven't seen one for several months, so 
stopped and watched one of my favorite birds for a while. 

Also saw 3 or 4 Clark's Nutcrackers, one Red Tailed Hawk, several Ravens, a few 
Mountain Chickadees and several Townsend's Solitaires. 

 

Subject: Hooded Merganser in Helena
From: "Hugh Zackheim montanazac AT mac.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:01:08 -0700
I observed a single Hooded Merganser - either a female or an immature male - on 
Bill Roberts Golf Course (pond along hole #13) at about 4 p.m. on Sunday, 
November 9. Weather was showery but still warm at the time, before the snow and 
40-degree temperature drop. Light conditions (and the fact that I was carrying 
golf clubs, rather than binoculars), precluded any further distinction between 
female v. immature male. And, as Hoodies are wont to do, it flew away when I 
moved closer to get a better look. 


Hugh Zackheim
Helena 

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Subject: Northern shrike
From: "Grace Blair cpoodle AT earthlink.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:55:28 -0700
First of season hunting in my yard
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Subject: Freezout A.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Nov 2014 09:31:03 -0800
MOB, checked out Freezout this morning. birds seen at Pond 6--several 
Ring-billed Gulls as well as Bonaparte's Gulls. Still seeing this morning 12 
American Avocets and one Greater Yellowlegs. Other sightings are-- 3 Western 
Grebes on Pond 5 and one Horned Grebe at Priest Butte Lake. All for now, good 
birding Larry Carter Fairfield 
Subject: Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead
From: "gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Nov 2014 19:57:40 -0800
Today (Nov. 8) our Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society field trip to the 
Afterbay below Yellowtail Dam saw two Greater White-fronted Geese at the 
Afterbay. We had been alerted to their presence there by Starr Stevens on the 
previous day. 


 George Mowat, Billings, MT
Subject: Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead
From: "thestonechat AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Nov 2014 17:40:35 -0800
Joe and I are in the Whitefish area for the weekend and would enjoy seeing the 
White-fronted Geese at the Creston wetlands. Where are they? Near the fish 
hatchery? 


Poody McLaughlin
Missoula
Subject: Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:15:52 -0800
Mike:

According to eBird records for Montana in 2014 there are just 2 records at Arco 
Ponds! Thanks for the info! 


cheers, Craig



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

To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com; Craig Hohenberger  
Sent: Saturday, November 8, 2014 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana]  Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead
 


  
Craig,
Last week a hunter took a young of year White-fronted near
      Choteau.  I have not seen one this fall.
Thanks.
Mike


On 11/8/2014 1:57 PM, Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana] 
wrote: 




Mob:
>
>
>Today there were four Greater White-fronted Geese at the Creston Wetlands 
today, these were the only recorded observations in the Flathead since October 
2012! 

>
>
>cheers, Craig Hohenberger
>Creston
Subject: Poll results for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 08 Nov 2014 17:15:38 -0800
The following MOB-Montana poll is now closed. Here are the
final results




October Photo of the Month Contest time. Please have your votes in by November 
7, 2014. 

Created by: mccownii




1. Sharp-shinned Hawk 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13226442#122464533 
9.43%(5) 

2. Blue Jay 
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13.21%(7) 

3. Black-capped Chickadee 
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7.55%(4) 

4. Pacific Loon 
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3.77%(2) 

5. Bald Eagle 
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1.89%(1) 

6. Red-winged Blackbird 
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0.00%(0) 

7. Barred Owl 
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13.21%(7) 

8. Golden Eagle 
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33.96%(18) 

9. Rusty Blackbird 
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16.98%(9) 







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Subject: Re: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 16:43:29 -0700
Craig,
Last week a hunter took a young of year White-fronted near Choteau.  I 
have not seen one this fall.
Thanks.
Mike


On 11/8/2014 1:57 PM, Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana] wrote:
>
>
> Mob:
>
> Today there were four Greater White-fronted Geese at the Creston 
> Wetlands today, these were the only recorded observations in the 
> Flathead since October 2012!
>
> cheers, Craig Hohenberger
> Creston
>
>
> 
Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese in the Flathead
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 12:57:13 -0800
Mob:

Today there were four Greater White-fronted Geese at the Creston Wetlands 
today, these were the only recorded observations in the Flathead since October 
2012! 


cheers, Craig Hohenberger
Creston
Subject: Freezout Saturday
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Nov 2014 12:35:51 -0800
About 8 avocets and 3 greater yellowlegs flew across the Pond 6 dike this 
morning about 7a heading south. I could not find them on a return trek across 
the dike about 10:30a. However, there were about 40+ Bonaparte's Gulls present 
on the last pass. For the avocets, according to the MOB file on late shorebird 
dates, this could be a new late date by one day. 

 Duck numbers very very low and white geese numbers seemed to be down somewhat 
from earlier in the week. With the Arctic cold front due on Sunday, and much 
colder temps throughout next week, the area will very likely freeze up - and 
possibly remain that way for the remainder of the winter. 

 

 Bob Martinka

Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: "Roger Hogen hogenmt AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 14:41:44 -0800
We have an adult female Anna's Hummingbird visiting our feeders for the past 
three days. She is quite active all through the day. 

A female Anna's was here last fall (2013). That bird arrived on Oct 7 and left 
on the 20th. 

What's the likelihood these sightings are of the same bird?     
Roger and Kathy Hogen 
The Big Flat
West of Missoula 
Subject: Snow Buntings in Missoula
From: "'rose leach' rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:38:46 -0700


Yesterday, Larry Weeks and I found a flock of approx. 10 Snow Buntings on Mt. 
Jumbo, between the new sheep pen and the former pen.  It is maybe 2/3 of the 
way to the top of the South Face Trail that essentially goes up the portion of 
the mtn that faces Hellgate Canyon.  Access is from the end of Cherry Street 
in the Rattlesnake, Missoula.  This trail will be closed starting in early 
Dec.  The birds seemed to favor sparsely vegetated areas.

Larry also found Snow Buntings up the Mt. Sentinal trail (from the gravel pit 
or Golf Course side), near the rock marker that denotes the Glacial Lake 
Missoula height.  They were in the trail.

Rose Leach, Missoula



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Subject: Continuing Black Scoter
From: "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Nov 2014 20:45:14 -0800
This afternoon I was able to visit Cottonwood Reservoir north of Wilsall. There 
are still quite a few waterfowl present, but a scope is quite useful since the 
birds are staying away from the east shore. The continuing female/immature 
Black Scoter was found after some diligent searching. The bird was close enough 
to shore that I was able to obtain some photos and I will try to post a photo 
this evening. When I finally located the bird, it was in the arm of the 
reservoir closest to Hwy 89. 

 

 An interesting mix of birds were present at the reservoir: Trumpeter Swan 
pair, adult Bald Eagle, Barrow's and Common Goldeneye, and many more ducks and 
grebes, about 27 species noted. 

 

 Ed Harper
 Bozeman/Sacramento
Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo in Billings
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Nov 2014 18:29:50 -0800
No luck for us at about 4:30pm 

 Dan Casey
 Billings
Subject: Freezout , Thur AM
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:16:44 -0700
MOB,
Good numbers of white migrants:  Tundra Swans:  2210; white geese about 
6000.  Bonaparte's Gulls on Pond 6; 5 Am White Pelicans in the south end 
of the Main Lake; modest numbers of Am. Coots  I have been following a 
Marbled Godwit on Pond 6, but it was not seen for the second morning.  
Pond 6 also had some Long-billed Dowitchers and Greater Yellowlegs plus 
some Killdeer.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT



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Subject: Warm Spring WMA Survey
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Nov 2014 12:29:19 -0800
Hi All,
  
 This report is for November 6, 2014. Due to mild fall temperatures and the 
lack of ice on the ponds we have decided to continue surveys until the ponds 
freeze. The temperature today was between 43 F to 46 F with cloudy skies, and 
strong winds. 

  
 This week there were 22,800 individuals with 30 species compared to 32,900 
individuals with 34 species last week. Sixty-seven percent of the total was 
American Coots. 

  
 The coots have peaked and are now dropping in number. The waterfowl species 
continues to increase with fall migration and staging. 

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

  
 Highlights:
 Species over 100 are; 123 – Tundra Swan, 100 - Gadwall, 1,800- American 
Wigeon, 750 - Mallard, 300 – Northern Pintail, 280 – Green-winged Teal, 
3,500 – Canvasback, 200 - Lesser Scaup, 160 – Bufflehead, 27,900 – 
American Coot. 

  
 Last week there were 5 species of shore birds and 25 individuals. Today there 
were none. 

  
 Like the last two weeks I only counted the ARCO Ponds, because of duck hunters 
on the dikes of the other areas. 

  
 Summary of Ponds: 
  
 ARCO Ponds – 30 species, 22,800 individuals
  
 Sewage Ponds –   
  
 Job Corps Ponds –
   
 Duck’s Unlimited Ponds –
  
 
 Gary
 

Subject: Pacific Loon in Helena Valley
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Nov 2014 12:20:13 -0800
There was a Pacific Loon at the Helena Valley Regulating Res. this morning - 
among perhaps 25 or so common loons. There may have also been a second Pacific 
that I lost track of when I tried to relocate for better viewing. This water 
body also has large numbers of ducks, thousands of C. Geese, and quite a few 
swans, some of which looked to be trumpeters from a far distance. 


The Helena Valley landfill has probably 2500+ gulls, but I was not able to ID 
any other than the typical 3 species - ring-billed, CA, and herring. 


Bob Martinka
 

Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo in Billings
From: "gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Nov 2014 09:49:46 -0800
Hi:
 

 I had feedback from Ron Kuhler this morning (Thurs. Nov. 6th) that the 
 Long-tailed Duck was at Lake Elmo in Billings at 7:35 a.m. on the western side 
of 

 the Lake at the sandbar where the water comes into the Lake. Pam Pipal also 
was there 

 at that time and mentioned that it was at the shore near the Osprey Platform. 

 

 George Mowat
Subject: Freezout P.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Nov 2014 18:03:37 -0800
MOB, checked out Freezout this afternoon. Pond 6 birds-- 4 Long-billed 
Dowitchers, 16 American Avocets, 8 Greater Yellowlegs, still several 
Bonaparte's Gulls and several Ring-billed Gulls. Several White Geese on main 
lake by NW part of lake. Several White Swans some on Pond 3 and some on main 
lake out of Pond 4. Saw one Western Grebe on main lake by the Dike, and a few 
Tree Sparrows at the Dike as well. All for now, good birding Larry Carter 
Fairfield 
Subject: Snow bunting
From: "willymcdowell AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Nov 2014 16:29:42 -0800
Had my first Snow Bunting of the fall just outside of Deer Lodge on Wed. 
afternoon Nov. 5th. Cheers..........Will McDowell 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo in Billings
From: "gmowat AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Nov 2014 14:57:02 -0800
A Long-tailed Duck on Lake Elmo (in Billings) was reported on Tuesday morning 
at 8:30 a.m. (Nov. 4th) by Pam Pipal. 


Today (Nov. 5th) it was still there about 1 p.m. and was swimming by itself 
across and to both sides of the Lake. It is an adult male in winter plumage. 
The black and white plumage make it easy to spot. And the long black tail is 
spectacular. 


George Mowat, Billings, MT

 

Subject: Rosy-finch
From: "Kitty Knaphus kmknaphus AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 13:31:52 -0800
We had 5 Gray-crowned Rosy-finch stop by at our feeders today on 10 Mile Road 
in Cascade County. 



Kitty & Kris
Subject: Late Freezout Shorebirds
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Nov 2014 13:00:20 -0800
All:

Many of the shorebirds Larry mentioned yesterday were still at Freezout this 
morning - on Pond 6. Among them were 25+ avocets, about 20 Greater Yellowlegs, 
3 dowitchers - to far for species ID, and a very quick, distant look at what 
appeared to be a Sabine's Gull. Also, at least 2 Short-eared Owls flushed from 
the "point Area" of the main lake - in 35+ mph winds. Several thousand snow 
geese were sighted along with a number of swans. Duck numbers were low but 
there were some nice flights of pintails, wigeon, and divers over the main 
lake. We did not reduce these numbers at all! 


Bob Martinka
 

Subject: Cackling Geese, Ft. Peck
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 13:14:58 -0700
Mobsters

The first Cackling Geese of the season were found this morning on the river 
below Nelson Dredge. An estimate of at least 280 were in the flock, and it 
appeared that we also got many migrant Canadas also. 


Chuck Carlson
www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/
Subject: Freezout P.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 21:01:27 -0800
MOB, checked out Freezout this afternoon. White Swans were everywhere numbers 
are only an estimate. Maybe around at least 2,000 birds. White Geese maybe out 
in the middle of the main lake other then that saw around 60 birds fly over our 
house in Fairfield last night. Pond 6 birds-- one American Avocet, several 
Bobaparte's Gulls, 7 Long-billed Dowitchers, 8 Greater Yellowlegs and some 
Killdeer. At Priest Butte Lake saw 14 Canvasbacks, 4 Buffleheads, Lesser Scaup, 
Ruddy Ducks. 2 Ring-necked Ducks, and 10 Red-breasted Mergansers. All for now, 
good birding Larry Carter Fairfield 
Subject: Snow Geese - On the Move
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:58:34 -0700
Twice tonight I was outside after dark and heard the song of numbers of
snow geese overhead.  Early in the evening they flew in front of the moon.
Sunday I checked out the water around West Bank Park and was pleasantly
rewarded with a mixed raft of ducks that weren't Ringbill Gulls or
Buffleheads - around 63 American Wigeon, 48 Northern Shovelers and at least
15 Greenwinged Teal. It was too early this morning to tell if they had
stayed overnight, but I suspect they had moved on because the silhouettes
didn't look right (more like the Buffleheads).
I still haven't spotted Common Goldeneye, but Barrow's Goldeneye showed up
last week. I expect them anytime now.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Black Scoter - aging and sexing
From: "bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 17:39:06 -0800
So, for those watching the black scoter at Cottonwood Reservoir, to me it seems 
we can call it a hen or a juvenile based on seeing it out in the water like 
that. If anyone has been able to discriminate more than that, I would be 
interested in the field marks, references etc. I guess the juveniles have a 
whiter belly, which we were unable to see today. 


Thanks! 
Beth Madden
Livingston
 

Subject: Re: Cottonwood Reservoir Black Scoter - 10/29
From: "bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 16:49:43 -0800
Also - Who lost their bird field guide at Cottonwood Res. recently? (The scoter 
page is bookmarked ) . I have it for you - a bit wet but drying out nicely. PM 
me. 


Beth Madden
Livingston
Subject: Re: Cottonwood Reservoir Black Scoter - 10/29
From: "bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 16:40:29 -0800
The Black Scoter was still present at Cottonwood Reservoir today. Mitch Hurt, 
Dan Drislane and I spent some time midday scrutinizing rafts of bobbing birds 
in a cold wind, to no avail. Eventually Mitch wandered a bit to the north and 
east to check that little bay, and found it there: all by itself, busy diving 
and foraging. We watched it for 10-15 minutes. Nice! 


There were two white pelicans - at least one appears gimped up, not sure on the 
other. Any kind of rehab rescue (as was being discussed here) would be 
difficult. It would take a john boat with a motor and someone with a big net. 


Beth Madden
Livingston
Subject: Re: Good work, photographers!
From: "shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 08:02:22 -0800
i agree wholeheartedly, beth. all the photos posted here have helped me 
immensely with my chronic ID problems. my only wish is that the final tally of 
votes wasn't posted, just the winner. every single pic is far better than 
anything i will ever manage, so it hurts my feelings when some wonderful 
capture goes without a vote :-( 
Subject: Good work, photographers!
From: "bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 05:52:16 -0800
How can I possibly pick just one winner from all the amazing photo submissions 
this month? Each one is a treasure. 


Thanks for all your hard work on capturing our Montana birds, all of you.

Beth Madden
Livingston
 

Subject: Re: Black Scoters
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 17:12:49 -0800
Thanks to those of you who sent photos of the female Black Scoter. I have what 
I need now. 


Jeff

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Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jeff 
  To: Montana Birders 
  Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2014 7:48 AM
  Subject: Black Scoters


 I see from eBird submissions that several people have photographed the Black 
Scoter at Cottonwood Res. Could someone send me a jpeg for the birds records 
committee files? 


  Thanks,

  Jeff

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