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20 Dec Re: helena blue jay ["David Fothergill cdshrike AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Dec Billings to GTF ["Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Dec helena blue jay ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Dec Ennis CBC ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Dec Ruby Valley- some really good birding. ["Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Dec Red-throated Loon ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Dec Re: Helena area birds 12/17 ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Dec Towhee still in Somers ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Dec Re: Helena area birds 12/17 ["Hilary Turner birder0288 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Dec Re: Helena area birds 12/17 ["David Fothergill cdshrike AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Dec Helena area birds 12/17 ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Dec Re: question, grouse sighting ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Dec Grant-Kohrs CBC ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Dec question, grouse sighting ["Scott Baron baron.scott AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Dec Re: Red-throated Loon, Ft. Peck ["James Oates oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec Re: Red-throated Loon, Ft. Peck ["Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec Helena CBC - THIS SATURDAY!!! ["Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec Eureka CBC ["llyoung AT interbel.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec Red-throated Loon, Ft. Peck ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec Re: GPS Snowy Owl [1 Attachment] ["Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec GPS Snowy Owl ["dan zazelenchuk danzaz AT sasktel.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec Re: Northern Mockingbird Great Falls ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Dec Northern Mockingbird Great Falls ["Liz Larcom birder AT larcoms.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Dec Common Grackle in Missoula ["rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Dec Re: Where to see snowy owls ["jcs1255 jcs1255 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Dec Re: Where to see snowy owls ["Mike hookychinooky AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Dec Re: Where to see snowy owls ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Dec Georgetown Lake Area Great Grays??, ["Goeddel Cindy cgoeddel AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Dec Where to see snowy owls ["Gary Kok garykok22 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Dec Northern Shrike in Yard ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Dec "Iceland" Gull ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Dec Snowy Owls - NE Montana ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Dec Re: Cut Bank-Shelby Area Trial CBC, Saturday 12-27 ["kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Dec Re: Snowy owls ["kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec Ft. Peck Downy Woodpeckers - Variations on a theme ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec Re: Snowy owls ["Cory DeStein cdestein AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec Re: New bird on tree next to feeder ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec New bird on tree next to feeder ["Pamela Poon pgracep AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec Re: New poll for MOB-Montana ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec Re: New poll for MOB-Montana ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec Re: New poll for MOB-Montana ["Stephanie Nelson s.n.mayfly AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Dec New poll for MOB-Montana []
9 Dec Re: Snowy owls [1 Attachment] ["Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Dec Re: Snowy owls ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
9 Dec Re: Snowy owls [1 Attachment] ["Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Dec Snowy owls ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Dec Re: snowy owl - somers ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Dec Poll results for MOB-Montana []
08 Dec snowy owl, somers ["kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Dec snowy owl - somers ["kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
7 Dec West Bank - Garden Home Park ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Dec Giant Springs 12/7/2012 Eagles, ducks, geese,coots ["jcb3825 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Dec Juvenile Snow Geese at Lee Metcalf NWR [1 Attachment] ["groundstreak AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Dec snow buntings ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
05 Dec RE: Northern Goshawk ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
5 Dec RE: Northern Goshawk ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
05 Dec Northern Goshawk ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
05 Dec Re: Hermit Thrush in Missoula ["'rose leach' rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
4 Dec Re: Hermit Thrush in Missoula ["'Stierle, Andrea' andrea.stierle AT mso.umt.edu [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Dec Hermit Thrush in Missoula ["sreel AT fs.fed.us [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Dec Re: Georgetown Lake Area Great Greys? ["bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Dec Freezout Lake, Thusday-Merlin ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Dec New poll for MOB-Montana []
3 Dec Re: Georgetown Lake Area Great Greys? ["gary swant birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
3 Dec Georgetown Lake Area Great Greys? ["Austin Cronnelly austincronnelly AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Dec Re: Common Redpoll ["shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
2 Dec Ft. Peck birds ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
01 Dec Re: Brambling in Bitterroot Valley, 12/1/14 ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
1 Dec Re: Brambling in Bitterroot Valley, 12/1/14 ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
01 Dec Brambling in Bitterroot Valley, 12/1/14 ["kerrplunck AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Nov Common Redpoll ["conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Nov Yellow-headed Blackbird in the Flathead ["Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Nov Nice Day for a Walk ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Nov Cut Bank-Shelby Area Trial CBC, Saturday 12-27 ["kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Nov Warm Spring WMA Summary - 2014 ["birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Nov Harris's Sparrow in Helena ["Hugh Zackheim montanazac AT mac.com [MOB-Montana]" ]

Subject: Re: helena blue jay
From: "David Fothergill cdshrike AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:12:06 -0700
We live Raymond too. And had a small flock at our feeders yesterday (4-6 
birds). 




Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 20, 2014, at 11:41 AM, candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I just had a Blue Jay (very very noisy one) on Raymond St in Helena. Hoping 
it sticks around. 

> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Billings to GTF
From: "Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:00:56 -0700
Hello Montana Birders,

Yesterday, I counted every bird along my route as I drove home after being gone 
for 3 weeks to Texas and Missouri. 

In order of appearance:

Northern Raven- 42
Black-billed Magpie- 12
Rough-legged Hawk- 27
Northern Shrike- 2
European Starling- 13
Red-tailed Hawk- 4
Northern Harrier-
Golden Eagle- 2 
American Kestrel- 2
Bald Eagle- a- 2
House  Sparrow- 5
Merlin- 1
Prairie Falcon- 1 (f)
Rock Dove- 41

The First Raven was on top of a phone pole not far from the airport at 
Billings. The bird had an object in its bill. As I approached the bird flew off 
the phone pole and came closer to the road and my car. The object was dropped 
toward the pavement, and it ended up striking the hood of my car. From the 
speed of the falling object along with the size, color and shape coupledd with 
teh sound of the impact on the car, I concluded the object was a rock. 


I’ve seen Herring Gulls drop clams onto pavement but never a Raven doing 
something like this. I’d be very interested in hearing other stories about 
Ravens and objects if anyone has soem to sahre, on line or privately as you 
might choose. 


Every time I leave this state, I forget how beautiful it is; every time I 
return, I fall in love again. 



Tim


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

406-466-3664- Home Land Line

406-855-Bird (2473) New cell number


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








Subject: helena blue jay
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Dec 2014 10:41:03 -0800
I just had a Blue Jay (very very noisy one) on Raymond St in Helena. Hoping it 
sticks around. 

 

Subject: Ennis CBC
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:49:59 -0700
Hi Mobsters

On this 55th not-quite-consecutive Ennis CBC conducted on Wednesday December
17, we had 22 participants covering 5 areas of our count circle.  Three of
the participants (including Richard and I) roamed around the entire circle
area looking for species others might have missed.  Six of the participants
were from Ennis - the others came from Bozeman, Deer Lodge, Helena,
Livingston and California!  

 

We tallied 63 species for the day making this the second highest count on
record  our record high was 73 in 2011.  In addition we found 7 other
species either the day before the count or the day after to bring our total
to 70 species for count week.  We also added two NEW species to the count
list:  Rusty Blackbird (2) and Cackling Goose (10) to bring our total
species list to 130 species since the beginning of the count begun in 1958
by Dr. P.D. Skaar.

 

It snowed the night before our count but the temperatures were mostly above
freezing on count day with just a few breezes and finally sunshine in the
late afternoon with a high of 40.  The lake was approximately half open 
VERY unusual for December.  

 

On our return to Bozeman we observed a previously reported Ferruginous Hawk
perched on a utility pole at approximately mile marker 19 on the Norris
Highway.

 

Happy CBCs to all and good eBirding in 2015!

 

Robin

 

Robin Wolcott

Bozeman

Compiler MTEN

 

 

 
Subject: Ruby Valley- some really good birding.
From: "Tom Forwood tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:58:36 -0700
Hi MOB,
     I've spent the last few days birding in and around Sheridan (and 
the Ennis CBC). It has been fantastic winter birding. Yesterday in town 
I had nearly 100 Bohemian Waxwings, about 20 Robins, one Evening 
Grosbeak, 5 Common Redpolls and many other expected winter species.

Down along some of the Ruby River's many wetlands was also productive. 
Over the last week in that area I've had three species of Grebe. 
Pied-billed, Eared and a continuing lake Western Grebe on an open pond 
with 40-60 coots each day. Plenty of duck species with my highlight 
being a female shoveler yesterday. Plenty of raptors as well including a 
lone male kestrel. One Marsh Wren was calling from some cattails on two 
of the 4 times I've checked an area and there was a continuing 
intergrade flicker along with 20-50 American Tree Sparrows and several 
Song Sparrows each time I check. Other notables include several Great 
Blue Herons, several Harriers, and a couple Belted Kingfishers.

This is my third winter of birding this area to any extent and I next 
year I hope to make a scout run for a potential CBC. The open water and 
low snow coverage that are typical of this valley in winter make it a 
huge miss for winter reporting right now. I think it could be one of the 
higher bird # counts in the state (No Stevensville mind you, but very 
productive) and if I could get enough interest I think a Ruby Valley 
count would be far from a frivolous addition. I will bring it up again 
next Autumn and see what the interest would be.
     Good CBCs all and Happy Holidays, Tom

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

fwptforwood AT gmail.com



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Subject: Red-throated Loon
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:27:59 -0700
Mobsters

I have posted two photos in my album of the Red-throated Loon that was found at 
Ft. Peck on Dec. 15. They were taken by Raylene Wall, who initially spotted the 
birds. 


The Iceland Gull was seen again on the 17th and 18th.

Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: Re: Helena area birds 12/17
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 17:45:08 -0800
Hilary - Roads were good, drivers were not, as usual.  

I forgot one bird I noted, which was Belted Kingfisher at Elliston fishing on 
the Little Blackfoot. 
Subject: Towhee still in Somers
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 15:59:50 -0800
MOB-sters:
 

 Our Spotted Towhee has made the "count week" list for the Bigfork CBC, which 
is this Saturday. Hoping that today's new chicken scratch and millet will keep 
it here longer. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Re: Helena area birds 12/17
From: "Hilary Turner birder0288 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:11:54 -0700
Hey MOB -

Thanks for the Missoula-to-Helena update! How were the roads? I'm heading
back there tomorrow!

Also, I visited Tower Street Open Spaces Park in Missoula yesterday (12/17)
at around 11:45AM. It was quiet, but I was able to find a Pacific Wren
slinking around low to the ground in some willows along an open tributary.
I was pretty stoked, as I had not seen this species before and was not
expecting a lifer on a lazy Wednesday morning (thank goodness school is
over!). I thought the Missoula CBC crew may be interested in this sighting,
so below I have inserted a photo of Tower Street Park and the general area
where I found the bird.

Merry Christmas Bird Counting!
Hilary A. Turner
Missoula (Helena and Cut Bank for the Holidays), MT


​

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM, candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana] <
MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> I drove back to Helena from Missoula early yesterday on 12/17, taking the
> Hwy 200, Hwy 141 route.  Noted a few birds on the way back.  First was a
> Golden Eagle at Ovando sitting on top of a 20 foot snow covered hill at the
> roadside - it started to walk down the hill but was sliding so spread its
> wings and skiied down.  Looked quite funny, and made me wish I had taken a
> camera.  Next was a Northern Pygmy Owl and Northern Shrike along Nevada
> Creek, within a 1/2 mile below the Nevada Creek Reservoir dam.  Both birds
> sitting on branches overhanging the creek.  Last were 6 Bald Eagles along
> the Little Blackfoot from Avon to Elliston.  Saw several Rough Legged Hawks
> along the way also.
> Later in the evening around 8pm there was a Great Horned Owl in Helena on
> the lamppost by the Super 1 Foods store.
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: Helena area birds 12/17
From: "David Fothergill cdshrike AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:42:50 -0700
My family and I live in Helena too.

I forgot to report the group that my wife documented 3 blue jays at our
feeder on Dec 8th.
They were there for a about an hour then moved on.

David Fothergill
Helena
Subject: Helena area birds 12/17
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 09:11:17 -0800
I drove back to Helena from Missoula early yesterday on 12/17, taking the Hwy 
200, Hwy 141 route. Noted a few birds on the way back. First was a Golden Eagle 
at Ovando sitting on top of a 20 foot snow covered hill at the roadside - it 
started to walk down the hill but was sliding so spread its wings and skiied 
down. Looked quite funny, and made me wish I had taken a camera. Next was a 
Northern Pygmy Owl and Northern Shrike along Nevada Creek, within a 1/2 mile 
below the Nevada Creek Reservoir dam. Both birds sitting on branches 
overhanging the creek. Last were 6 Bald Eagles along the Little Blackfoot from 
Avon to Elliston. Saw several Rough Legged Hawks along the way also. 

Later in the evening around 8pm there was a Great Horned Owl in Helena on the 
lamppost by the Super 1 Foods store. 

 

Subject: Re: question, grouse sighting
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:47:23 -0700
Hi Scott

In all likelihood those were Sharp-tailed Grouse. Habitat was right and 
contrary to what you read, Sharp-tails can flush as a flock especially this 
close after hunting season. Sharp-tails are substantially larger than Gray 
Partridge. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck

From: mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 7:10 AM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] question, grouse sighting

  

Hi,


I have a question about a bird sighting for which I am seeking help. I flushed 
a covey of grouse yesterday along the Bluebird Trail at Makoshika State Park in 
eastern Montana. 16 birds flushed at once, flying hundreds of feet away from me 
to a hillside. Two more birds flushed singly about a minute later. The birds 
appeared browner on the backs and grayer on the wings. The fanned tails showed 
what I thought were light colored corners. The birds vocalized before and after 
flushing, a chickenlike one noted call. I never got a look at the underparts or 
a good look at the head. 



Process of elimination might favor Gray Partridge but could rusty tail corners 
appear light colored? 



I am an experienced birder but being new to Colorado I have little experience 
with western grouse species. Habitat was grassland/badlands. Immediate habitat 
at flushing location was grassy. I read that Gray Partridge flush at once, 
compared to some other grouse species which do it in ones or twos. 



Any help that you can provide is appreciated.  


Thanks,


Scott Baron

Loveland, Colo.
Subject: Grant-Kohrs CBC
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Dec 2014 06:41:50 -0800
We conducted the CBC at Grant-Kohrs yesterday. We had 22 folks participate and 
found 37 species. 

 

 No great surprises, but a few good birds. We had 2 Prairie Falcon, 1 Northern 
Goshawk, American Coot,Red Crossbill, and a Sharp-shined Hawk. 

 

 Birds we missed that we usually get are Great Blue Heron, Brown Creeper, Cedar 
Waxwing, and Lapland Longspur. 

 

 Two birds seen the day before the count were Evening Grosbeak and Mourning 
Dove, but they were not found during the count. 

 

 Another nice feature that we added this year was to have the Home Economics 
class at the high school prepare lunch for us. It was a nice meal and allowed 
us to visit about the days events and do the summary. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge 
Subject: question, grouse sighting
From: "Scott Baron baron.scott AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:10:20 -0700
Hi,

I have a question about a bird sighting for which I am seeking help.  I
flushed a covey of grouse yesterday along the Bluebird Trail at Makoshika
State Park in eastern Montana.  16 birds flushed at once, flying hundreds
of feet away from me to a hillside.  Two more birds flushed singly about a
minute later.  The birds appeared browner on the backs and grayer on the
wings.  The fanned tails showed what I thought were light colored corners.
The birds vocalized before and after flushing, a chickenlike one noted
call.  I never got a look at the underparts or a good look at the head.

Process of elimination might favor Gray Partridge but could rusty tail
corners appear light colored?

I am an experienced birder but being new to Colorado I have little
experience with western grouse species.  Habitat was grassland/badlands.
Immediate habitat at flushing location was grassy.  I read that Gray
Partridge flush at once, compared to some other grouse species which do it
in ones or twos.

Any help that you can provide is appreciated.

Thanks,

Scott Baron
Loveland, Colo.
Subject: Re: Red-throated Loon, Ft. Peck
From: "James Oates oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:49:38 -0700
Our Polson/Glasgow trip started with the Eureka CBC where we missed the
hundreds of redpolls spotted.

We will miss the coffee and banana cupcakes while watching the Carlsons'
busy feeder.

We missed on our count of the thousands of ducks and geese coming and going
on the Missouri River and the flock of hundreds of gray crowned rosy
finches.

We missed the snowy owl sitting on a solar panel by the turn to Nelson
Reservoir (reported on ebird about the time we passed).

Our car missed the mockingbird flying almost over the hood at the spot
reported earlier at the Great Falls CBC.

After I get my oil changed, I hope I don't miss the brambling that is going
to be reported at the Hamilton CBC!

Jim/Raylene
Subject: Re: Red-throated Loon, Ft. Peck
From: "Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:47:01 -0700
Chuck: Isn't the "Distant Gyrfalcon" the one most commonly seen? (Or almost 
seen) 


Sid Frissell


> On Dec 16, 2014, at 3:58 PM, 'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net 
[MOB-Montana]  wrote: 

> 
> Mobsters
>  
> Yesterday (15 Dec.) Raylene and Jim from Polson were here to try for the 
Iceland Gull. We spent some time watching the usual places where it has been 
seen but were unable find it, although I had seen it on Sunday morning. The 
gull failed to appear this morning so they had made the long haul and missed 
the bird – such is bird chasing. 

>  
> However as we were looking over the lake they found two loons, one of which 
was much smaller than the other. The larger was a Common Loon and the smaller 
was identified as a Red-throated Loon. Smaller than Common, small upturned 
bill, definite border between foreneck and hindneck, white on face extended 
above the eye. Raylene was able to get a few photos and I’ll try to get one 
posted. They also found a distant Gyrfalcon. 

>  
> Chuck Carlson
> Ft. Peck
> www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/
> 
Subject: Helena CBC - THIS SATURDAY!!!
From: "Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:49:00 -0700
MOB,

Thanks so much for all of the great info shared during the CBCs this year. It 
is great to hear what is being reported and from which locations. Keep the 
reports coming! 


On a related note: This year's CBC in the Helena area will be taking place this 
Saturday, 12/20. We will be meeting at Jorgensons Restaurant at 7:15am. This is 
always a great time with some fantastic birding. The day concludes with a 
potluck in the evening when section leaders present reports from the nine 
sections represented in the count. Please plan to join Last Chance Audubon 
Society for this year's count. Please find us at 
http://www.lastchanceaudubon.org for additional details. 


Stephen Turner
Helena MT

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 6:31 PM, "llyoung AT interbel.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hi All,
> 
> 
> 
> The Eureka CBC was held Sunday, December 14 in mild weather. The preliminary 
totals show 72 species which considerably exceeds our previous high of 66. Five 
new species were noted this year--Coopers' hawk, Mew gull, Ring-billed gull, 
California gull, and Herring gull. Unlike last year, we had good numbers of 
most finches. 

> 
> 
> 
> Lewis Young
> 
> Compiler
> 
> Eureka
> 
> 
Subject: Eureka CBC
From: "llyoung AT interbel.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Dec 2014 17:31:41 -0800
Hi All,
 

 The Eureka CBC was held Sunday, December 14 in mild weather. The preliminary 
totals show 72 species which considerably exceeds our previous high of 66. Five 
new species were noted this year--Coopers' hawk, Mew gull, Ring-billed gull, 
California gull, and Herring gull. Unlike last year, we had good numbers of 
most finches. 

 

 Lewis Young
 Compiler
 Eureka
Subject: Red-throated Loon, Ft. Peck
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:58:49 -0700
Mobsters

Yesterday (15 Dec.) Raylene and Jim from Polson were here to try for the 
Iceland Gull. We spent some time watching the usual places where it has been 
seen but were unable find it, although I had seen it on Sunday morning. The 
gull failed to appear this morning so they had made the long haul and missed 
the bird – such is bird chasing. 


However as we were looking over the lake they found two loons, one of which was 
much smaller than the other. The larger was a Common Loon and the smaller was 
identified as a Red-throated Loon. Smaller than Common, small upturned bill, 
definite border between foreneck and hindneck, white on face extended above the 
eye. Raylene was able to get a few photos and I’ll try to get one posted. 
They also found a distant Gyrfalcon. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/
Subject: Re: GPS Snowy Owl [1 Attachment]
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:51:46 -0700
This is fascinating stuff, Dan! Thanks so much for sharing :)

On Dec 16, 2014, at 11:28 AM, "dan zazelenchuk danzaz AT sasktel.net 
[MOB-Montana]"  wrote: 


> 
> 
> Hello,
> 
> I've just been approved to join your group, although I've followed your group 
postings for a while. 

> 
> I band birds, mostly raptors, in southwest Saskatchewan.
> 
> In the winter, I'm mainly interested in Snowy Owls.
> 
> As part of a study beginning in 2010, we have been putting GPS transmitters 
on some Snowy Owls. 

> 
> One of our owls, a female we call "April", was fitted with a transmitter in 
April, 2014, near Kyle, Saskatchewan (N50 47.80 W108 03.55). She went to the 
Arctic above Hudson Bay for the summer and then started her return in October. 

> However, she didn't stop in Canada, moving instead at the end of November to 
an area south of Malta. Her last two transmissions, including the one today at 
7:30 A.M., have been from an area five miles north of Larslan, northeast of 
Glasgow. 

> She has a solar powered transmitter which doesn't recharge well in the 
shorter days of fall and winter, so her transmissions are now 7 days apart, 
instead of the 3 days apart that they were all summer. 

> 
> One of the things that we've noticed as we study these owls, is how their 
plumage changes from one moult to the next. The females don't necessarily get 
lighter with age, but they do change. Maybe, April will stop near me on her way 
north, where I might get the opportunity to observe her, but if anyone in this 
group happens to see a Snowy Owl with a little antenna sticking out from its 
back, any photographs of her would be great information. 

> 
> Dan Zazelenchuk
> Kyle, Saskatchewan
> 
> 
> dan z____
> 
> N50 46.52 W107 58.44
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 

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


Subject: GPS Snowy Owl
From: "dan zazelenchuk danzaz AT sasktel.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:28:10 -0600
Hello,

I've just been approved to join your group, although I've followed your group 
postings for a while. 


I band birds, mostly raptors, in southwest Saskatchewan.

In the winter, I'm mainly interested in Snowy Owls.

As part of a study beginning in 2010, we have been putting GPS transmitters on 
some Snowy Owls. 


One of our owls, a female we call "April", was fitted with a transmitter in 
April, 2014, near Kyle, Saskatchewan (N50 47.80 W108 03.55). She went to the 
Arctic above Hudson Bay for the summer and then started her return in October. 

However, she didn't stop in Canada, moving instead at the end of November to an 
area south of Malta. Her last two transmissions, including the one today at 
7:30 A.M., have been from an area five miles north of Larslan, northeast of 
Glasgow. 

She has a solar powered transmitter which doesn't recharge well in the shorter 
days of fall and winter, so her transmissions are now 7 days apart, instead of 
the 3 days apart that they were all summer. 


One of the things that we've noticed as we study these owls, is how their 
plumage changes from one moult to the next. The females don't necessarily get 
lighter with age, but they do change. Maybe, April will stop near me on her way 
north, where I might get the opportunity to observe her, but if anyone in this 
group happens to see a Snowy Owl with a little antenna sticking out from its 
back, any photographs of her would be great information. 


Dan Zazelenchuk
Kyle, Saskatchewan


dan z____

N50 46.52 W107 58.44











Subject: Re: Northern Mockingbird Great Falls
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:23:17 -0800
Liz,

That's a great sighting. Turns out to be the 9th CBC record for the state. The 
first was exactly 40 years ago at Ennis on 14 Dec 1974. 


Jeff

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4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Liz Larcom birder AT larcoms.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:06 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Northern Mockingbird Great Falls


    
 During UMBA's Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, our team did a double-take when 
we found a northern mockingbird in Great Falls, a new species for our CBC. 
Yesterday I found the bird again for some pictures and have now posted a couple 
to my album. I'm guessing it will hang around the same area for a bit - it was 
snacking on a bountiful supply of Russian olives and drinking from a home's 
gutters so it's got the basics handy (Huckleberry Drive north of 45 Ave SW). 

  Liz Larcom
  Great Falls


  
Subject: Northern Mockingbird Great Falls
From: "Liz Larcom birder AT larcoms.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:06:09 -0700




Subject: Common Grackle in Missoula
From: "rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 21:08:41 -0800
Hi MOB Birders,
 This afternoon (Saturday 13 Dec 204) I had a Common Grackle at my feeder. I 
have some photos on eBird. Hope it stays for the Christmas Bird Count next 
Saturday. 

 

 Rose Leach
 East Missoula
Subject: Re: Where to see snowy owls
From: "jcs1255 jcs1255 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:47:59 -0700
One seen today 2:30 toward top of tallest radio tower east of water towers. Did 
not stay long. Disturbed by workers at base of towers. 30 did not see direction 
it went. 

Janet Stevens.
Ps along drive from Evaro to Polson saw much fewer hawks than usual this time 
of year. 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Re: Where to see snowy owls
From: "Mike hookychinooky AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:05:21 -0800
In the past they have been up on top of the hill by the water tower and to the 
south of there towards Pablo reservoir. 




> On Dec 13, 2014, at 12:15 PM, "Gary Kok garykok22 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> I want to drive to Polson tomorrow to see Snowy Owls, but I don't know where 
to look. Can anyone give me locations with directions? 

> 
> Gary Kok
> Missoula
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Where to see snowy owls
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 16:41:35 -0800
It was seen Tuesday in the farm fields north of Pablo Reservoir. I haven't seen 
it since. 


Jim Oates

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Subject: Georgetown Lake Area Great Grays??,
From: "Goeddel Cindy cgoeddel AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:35:20 -0700
MOB,

I am heading to Georgetown Lake on Monday.has anyone seen any Great Grays 
there recently? Thanks so much in advance. 


Best,


Cindy Goeddel 

Bozeman, MT 

858-848-4150 


Subject: Where to see snowy owls
From: "Gary Kok garykok22 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:15:19 +0000 (UTC)
 I want to drive to Polson tomorrow to see Snowy Owls, but I don't know where 
to look.  Can anyone give me locations with directions? 

Gary KokMissoula
Subject: Northern Shrike in Yard
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:39:52 -0700
We had a No.Shrike visiting our yard most of the day today.  It made itself
known by persistent calling from the top of a large cottonwood tree.  He
had at least 3 different calls.  After following him around we found his
stash of "snacks".  Maybe he'll be around awhile and thin out the house
sparrow population.  While watching it a flock of 7 American Robins flew
threw.  The Downy Woodpecker pair were not worried and kept gleaning for
bugs as well as the Black-capped Chickadees.
I checked out the river - the ice completely cleared out yesterday.  The
geese and ducks are spread out now.  The largest number of geese is at
sunrise (or before if you could see them).  There could be several thousand
at sunrise.  I could see Barrow's and Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead,
Mallards from West Bank Park.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: "Iceland" Gull
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:01:28 -0700
Mobsters

Any references by me to the subject gull should have a qualifier of 
“presumed”. This record has yet to be reviewed by the Montana Bird Records 
Committee. 


Chuck Carlson
Subject: Snowy Owls - NE Montana
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:50:33 -0700
Mobsters

I have had reports of a few Snowy Owls north of Glasgow from several sources. 
One person found seven birds along Hwy 24 North, another found some in the same 
area. 


Yesterday I found a large flock of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches near the Shaft 
Buildings at the east end of the dam. This must have been the same flock seen 
about two miles east of there by Dave Allen the day before. One first winter 
Iceland (Kumlien’s) Gull is still hanging around here as is the one American 
White Pelican. This bird appears to be quite healthy and not crippled. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: Re: Cut Bank-Shelby Area Trial CBC, Saturday 12-27
From: "kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Dec 2014 06:47:12 -0800
Update:  

 Participants can meet at the Big Sky Cafe (in Cut Bank) between 6:30 and 
8:00am to eat breakfast / divvy up routes/regions. We'll meet back at The 
Village (also in Cut Bank) to compile and smile. 


 We'll be doing some scouting this weekend in areas we haven't birded lately, 
so we'll have better intel for anyone coming out to give us a hand. 

 

 Happy CBC Season!
 

 Kate Atkins
 Cut Bank, MT
 

 


Subject: Re: Snowy owls
From: "kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 23:29:05 -0800
have not heard re: snowy owls in polson area although a friend drove down 
yesterday and did not find any in the area between pablo reservoir and the 
polson hill. A lone snowy was found and photographed on the north end of 
flathead lake yesterday near where one was spotted last sunday, but was not 
seen again today. 

 

 If anyone else has any more info we'd love to hear.
 

 kurt lindsay,
 kalispell
Subject: Ft. Peck Downy Woodpeckers - Variations on a theme
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:34:28 -0700
Mobsters

I have posted four photos of Downy Woodpeckers that are regulars at our 
feeders. They are easily recognized as individuals and makes watching for them 
more interesting. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: Re: Snowy owls
From: "Cory DeStein cdestein AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:12:53 -0700
Has anyone observed the owls today?

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 9, 2014, at 8:37 PM, "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 


> [Attachment(s) from Sneed Collard included below]
> Will do! Thanks!
> 
> 
> On Dec 9, 2014, at 7:27 PM, "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> 
>> check the farm fields north of Pablo Reservoir up to the city water tanks 
off Skyline Dr 

> 
> Sneed B. Collard III
> 3119 Cummins Way
> Missoula, MT   59802
> (406)721-2783
> www.sneedbcollardiii.com
> www.buckinghorsebooks.com
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: New bird on tree next to feeder
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:59:54 -0800




Subject: New bird on tree next to feeder
From: "Pamela Poon pgracep AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:52:14 -0700
Dear MOB:

Can anyone identify a very pretty new bird I just saw. I live in the hills NE 
of Bozeman among scattered fir and sage. The bird was alone and its very loud 
repetitive call made me look up from my work. 


It is overall light-colored, 7-8 long, cream breast and light brown back, very 
loud repetitive cry, kaa-aa-aa. Head noticeably round, thick elongated beak, 
tan or pinkish, shading to dark gray at tip. Lighter ring around eye, light 
gray eyepatch. Wings tan/cream with dark edges, spatulate tail darker with 
white edging, feet dark colored. Alone on mixed conifer hillside. Could not get 
photo  very shy. 




Thanks.


Pam Poon
________________________________
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pgracep AT gmail.com
www.middlegroundsolutions.com

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Bozeman, MT  59771-0665
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Subject: Re: New poll for MOB-Montana
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:56:19 -0700
Stephanie

Every so often Yahoo requires you to renew your membership. I guess it’s a 
way to weed out abandoned subscriptions. If you look at your home page you 
should find a blue or purple tab saying ‘Join Now”. When you click on it it 
will bring you to a page where you have to enter your user name and password. 
When you do that you should be back in business. 


Chuck Carlson

From: mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 6:23 AM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] New poll for MOB-Montana

  
Yahoo will not let me access the photo file. I am a member of the MOB and get 
the emails but when I try and get into the photo file a screen comes up with a 
sad face saying “Oops!, You need to be a member to access this folder.” 
Rather frustrating. Any suggestions? Stephanie Nelson, Bozeman 



  On Dec 10, 2014, at 5:13 AM, MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com wrote:


  Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the MOB-Montana group:
 It's time for the photo of the year contest! Please choose from the photos of 
the Month found in the "2014 Photo of the Month" folder. 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/photos/albums/980553123 The 
poll will close on January 2, 2015. 

  Created by: mccownii
    1.. January - Golden Crowned Kinglet 
    2.. February - Great Gray Owl 
    3.. March - Snow Geese 
    4.. April - Spotted Towhee 
    5.. May - Calliope Hummingbird 
    6.. June - Red-headed Woodpeckers 
    7.. July - Red-necked Grebes 
    8.. August - Barn Swallows 
    9.. September - Northern Goshawk 
    10.. October - Golden Eagle 
    11.. November - Wood Ducks
  + Add Options


  Thanks!





Subject: Re: New poll for MOB-Montana
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:57:03 -0800




Subject: Re: New poll for MOB-Montana
From: "Stephanie Nelson s.n.mayfly AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:23:43 -0700
Yahoo will not let me access the photo file. I am a member of the MOB and get 
the emails but when I try and get into the photo file a screen comes up with a 
sad face saying “Oops!, You need to be a member to access this folder.” 
Rather frustrating. Any suggestions? Stephanie Nelson, Bozeman 

> On Dec 10, 2014, at 5:13 AM, MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com wrote:
> 
> 
> Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the MOB-Montana group:
> It's time for the photo of the year contest! Please choose from the photos of 
the Month found in the "2014 Photo of the Month" folder. 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/photos/albums/980553123 
 The 
poll will close on January 2, 2015. 

> Created by: mccownii
> January - Golden Crowned Kinglet 
 

> February - Great Gray Owl 
 

> March - Snow Geese 
 

> April - Spotted Towhee 
 

> May - Calliope Hummingbird 
 

> June - Red-headed Woodpeckers 
 

> July - Red-necked Grebes 
 

> August - Barn Swallows 
 

> September - Northern Goshawk 
 

> October - Golden Eagle 
 

> November - Wood Ducks 
 

> + Add Options 
 

> 
> Thanks!
> 
> 
> 
Subject: New poll for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 10 Dec 2014 04:13:05 -0800
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the MOB-Montana group:


It's time for the photo of the year contest! Please choose from the photos 
of the Month found in the "2014 Photo of the Month" folder. 



https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/photos/albums/980553123


The poll will close on January 2, 2015.
Created by: mccownii




1. January - Golden Crowned Kinglet 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477912 

2. February - Great Gray Owl 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477975 

3. March - Snow Geese 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477976 

4. April - Spotted Towhee 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477977 

5. May - Calliope Hummingbird 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477913 

6. June - Red-headed Woodpeckers 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477914 

7. July - Red-necked Grebes 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477978 

8. August - Barn Swallows 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477979 

9. September - Northern Goshawk 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477980 

10. October - Golden Eagle 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477981 

11. November - Wood Ducks 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995#122477982 





+ Add Options 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228995 





Thanks!


Subject: Re: Snowy owls [1 Attachment]
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:37:32 -0700
Will do! Thanks!

On Dec 9, 2014, at 7:27 PM, "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 


> 
> 
> check the farm fields north of Pablo Reservoir up to the city water tanks off 
Skyline Dr 

> 
> 

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


Subject: Re: Snowy owls
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 18:27:33 -0800
check the farm fields north of Pablo Reservoir up to the city water tanks off 
Skyline Dr 
Subject: Re: Snowy owls [1 Attachment]
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:48:33 -0700
Hi Jim!

Great news. Would you please send some details on where to go? My son has been 
BEGGING me to see a snowy owl this winter before the year is out :) 


Thank you!

Sneed Collard
Missoula

On Dec 9, 2014, at 3:41 PM, "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 


> Several have been seen near Polson today.
> 
> Jim Oates
> 
> ------------------------------------
> Posted by: oates65 AT gmail.com
> ------------------------------------
> 
> 
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> 
> Yahoo Groups Links
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Sneed B. Collard III
3119 Cummins Way
Missoula, MT   59802
(406)721-2783
www.sneedbcollardiii.com
www.buckinghorsebooks.com


Subject: Snowy owls
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 14:41:24 -0800
Several have been seen near Polson today.

Jim Oates

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Subject: Re: snowy owl - somers
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Dec 2014 07:14:24 -0800
MOB-sters: 

 I saw this bird as well, Sunday afternoon, sitting on the crossbar of a power 
pole a couple hundred yards east of the WPA entrance. Unfortunately I was in 
the back seat of a friend's car, without binoculars or a camera, at the time. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Poll results for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 08 Dec 2014 19:48:54 -0800
The following MOB-Montana poll is now closed. Here are the
final results




November photo of the month contest time. Please vote by December 7, 2014.
Created by: mccownii




1. Wood Duck 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476289 
43.59%(17) 

2. Northern Flicker 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476301 
20.51%(8) 

3. Pygmy Owl 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476261 
5.13%(2) 

4. Killdeer 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476290 
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Subject: snowy owl, somers
From: "kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Dec 2014 14:23:23 -0800
A non-birder friend shared some photos of a snowy owl from along the north 
shore of flathead lake near the entrance to Flathead WPA in somers from 
yesterday. I have not been able to get out and attempt to re-find the owl. 

 

 kurt lindsay,
 kalispell
Subject: snowy owl - somers
From: "kurtlindsay44 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Dec 2014 14:18:43 -0800
a non-birder friend shared some photos he took yesterday along the north end of 
Flathead Lake near the Flathead WPA entrance at Somers of a snowy owl. I have 
not been able to recheck the site to see if the owl remains. 

 

 kurt Lindsay,
 kalispell
Subject: West Bank - Garden Home Park
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:40:37 -0700
Depending on the time of day you could see 1500 Canada Geese or none.  I
saw both this afternoon.  Earlier (starting at noon) there were many geese,
ice still covered most of the river below the Central Ave bridge but the
holes were enlarging.  In one ice hole with 200 geese, 100 mallards were a
pair of Wood Ducks.  I may have seen each individually in the past few
weeks.  Further upstream from the area of the bridge up to Garden Home Park
was goldeneye territory.  At least 300 Common and 55 Barrow's this
weekend.  A few Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead and many Mallards.  The
Goldeneye seem to love riding the fast, rippled water on the east side of
the river - ride downstream then fly up to start all over again.

Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Giant Springs 12/7/2012 Eagles, ducks, geese,coots
From: "jcb3825 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 21:28:17 -0800
Tons of ducks, golden eagle, baldeagle
Subject: Juvenile Snow Geese at Lee Metcalf NWR [1 Attachment]
From: "groundstreak AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Dec 2014 11:13:52 -0800
Folks, 2 juvenile Snow Geese (photo attached) showed up this morning on Pond 6 
(wetland immediate Refuge offices) of Lee Metcalf NWR (Stevensville). This is 
kind of nice because the large migrant groups don't usually stop here...maybe 
they will hang out until our CBC :-) 

 Bob Danley
 Lolo, MT
 bob_danley AT fws.gov
Subject: snow buntings
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Dec 2014 10:43:34 -0800
If anybody is wondering if they are coming, a flock of 499 were seen on 
electric wires NW of Kalispell on W Spring Creek Rd yesterday. Scanned them 
closely through scope twice looking for a stray of some kind. 

 

 I submitted to E-bird, but they don't show yet-must of been too many!
 

 Jim Oates
Subject: RE: Northern Goshawk
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Dec 2014 18:36:42 -0800
Sorry.  I normally sign my posts. 

 Gary Swant Deer Lodge

Subject: RE: Northern Goshawk
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:11:39 -0800
Who are you birdmontana1?

 

From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Friday, December 5, 2014 3:05 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Northern Goshawk

 

  

I got my first decent Northern Goshawk photo today. A male was sitting on top 
of an old Barn at the Warm Springs State Hospital. I post a picture. 



Subject: Northern Goshawk
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Dec 2014 15:04:53 -0800
I got my first decent Northern Goshawk photo today. A male was sitting on top 
of an old Barn at the Warm Springs State Hospital. I post a picture. 
Subject: Re: Hermit Thrush in Missoula
From: "'rose leach' rleach-2 AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:07:11 -0700
There are scattered records in the west and in Missoula during winter, but it 
is not regular.  It would be a good record to put into eBird, Sue.  You will 
trigger a filter, but just describe what you saw to make the ID in the 
comments section.  Thanks for the info, Rose

On 04 Dec 2014 13:05:56 -0800
  "sreel AT fs.fed.us [MOB-Montana]"  wrote:
> Bad news--a Hermit Thrush bounced off my window in the Rattlesnake last 
>evening.  Good-news--it flew off this morning after a quiet, warm night in 
>recovery. Is this late in the year to see one here?  Sue



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Subject: Re: Hermit Thrush in Missoula
From: "'Stierle, Andrea' andrea.stierle AT mso.umt.edu [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:39:32 +0000
I don't know if this was a very late "last of year" or a very early "first of 
the year" sighting, but Lou Ann Harris of Bozeman reported a Hermit Thrush 
feeding along a small stream in the East Gallatin Recreation Area just NW of 
Bozeman in Feb. 2011. 


Andrea Stierle
Missoula and Butte
Subject: Hermit Thrush in Missoula
From: "sreel AT fs.fed.us [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Dec 2014 13:05:56 -0800
Bad news--a Hermit Thrush bounced off my window in the Rattlesnake last 
evening. Good-news--it flew off this morning after a quiet, warm night in 
recovery. Is this late in the year to see one here? Sue 
Subject: Re: Georgetown Lake Area Great Greys?
From: "bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Dec 2014 06:22:59 -0800
Sadly, a young Great Gray Owl from the Georgetown Lake area was just admitted 
to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman after being hit by a 
vehicle. Fractured shoulder and pelvis. They are working on fixing him up. 


Beth Madden
Livingston
Subject: Freezout Lake, Thusday-Merlin
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:56:51 -0700
MOBsters,
I visited Freezout this morning.  All water is ice with snow...not a 
single waterfowl was present.  I did see a Northern Flicker, a Great 
Horned Owl and a flock of American Tree Sparrows.  The best bird was a 
female Merlin at the "Dike" (point N on the bird guide folder).
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT



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Subject: New poll for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 03 Dec 2014 18:26:34 -0800
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the MOB-Montana group:


November photo of the month contest time. Please vote by December 7, 2014.
Created by: mccownii




1. Wood Duck 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476289 

2. Northern Flicker 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476301 

3. Pygmy Owl 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476261 

4. Killdeer 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13228639#122476290 







Thanks!


Subject: Re: Georgetown Lake Area Great Greys?
From: "gary swant birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 19:18:08 -0500 (EST)
Hi Austin, 


You have a good chance to see a Great Gray Owl at Georgetown. The best way is 
to just drive all the roads that are open and search. They are typically 
sitting in coniferous trees which allow them an open view into grass meadows. I 
just found one in October that I took over a 100 pictures of it. Look near the 
lake and up high. 



Gary Swant 
Deer Lodge 
----- Original Message -----

From: "Austin Cronnelly austincronnelly AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 

To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 3:05:28 PM 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Georgetown Lake Area Great Greys? 





Hello MOB! 

I'm going to be coming home to Butte for Christmas and would like to try and 
spot a GG Owl if possible. Would it be reasonable to think they may be in the 
Georgetown Area at this time? Any tips or thoughts would be appreciated! 


Thanks, 
Austin Cronnelly 
Layton, UT /Butte, MT 


 
Subject: Georgetown Lake Area Great Greys?
From: "Austin Cronnelly austincronnelly AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:05:28 -0700
Hello MOB!

I'm going to be coming home to Butte for Christmas and would like to try and 
spot a GG Owl if possible. Would it be reasonable to think they may be in the 
Georgetown Area at this time? Any tips or thoughts would be appreciated! 


Thanks,
Austin Cronnelly 
Layton, UT /Butte, MT




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Subject: Re: Common Redpoll
From: "shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 12:57:54 -0800
my first common redpoll showed up this afternoon in somers  :-)
Subject: Ft. Peck birds
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:05:11 -0700
Mobsters

Yesterday I was able to find the American White Pelican again near the 
powerplant. Also I had a Brown Creeper in the yard. 


I also had a report of two Snowy Owls northeast of Glasgow and an immature 
Goshawk between Glasgow and Ft. Peck. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: Re: Brambling in Bitterroot Valley, 12/1/14
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Dec 2014 12:09:16 -0800
Eric: 

 Awesome find! I would guess that this is a young male, based on the richness 
of the breast color and the darkness of the lateral crown stripes. Although I 
recently packed up my European field guides... 

 

 There are seven previous records of Brambling in Montana.
 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: Re: Brambling in Bitterroot Valley, 12/1/14
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:32:18 -0800
Hi Eric,

Great find! Looks like a female/juvenile type. This will be the 8th record for 
the state. The last one was in November 2003. I'll contact you off list about a 
rare bird report. 


Thanks for reporting it.

Jeff

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: kerrplunck AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 10:56 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Brambling in Bitterroot Valley, 12/1/14



 While scanning the flock of House Finches and American Goldfinches, we were 
shocked to see a Brambling foraging on the ground with them. 

  This is a new bird for me. Any ideas on age/sex?


  This link should get you to four photos on Flickr.

  https://flic.kr/p/pjrymz





  Eric Rasmussen

  MPG Ranch

  Florence, MT.


  
Subject: Brambling in Bitterroot Valley, 12/1/14
From: "kerrplunck AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Dec 2014 10:56:17 -0800
While scanning the flock of House Finches and American Goldfinches, we were 
shocked to see a Brambling foraging on the ground with them. 

This is a new bird for me. Any ideas on age/sex?

 This link should get you to four photos on Flickr.
 https://flic.kr/p/pjrymz https://flic.kr/p/pjrymz

 

 Eric Rasmussen
 MPG Ranch
 Florence, MT.
Subject: Common Redpoll
From: "conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Nov 2014 11:37:42 -0800
At least one Common Redpoll has made its way to the Gallatin Valley. It arrived 
at our feeder south of Bozeman, late this morning. 


John Parker
Bozeman
 

Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird in the Flathead
From: "Craig Hohenberger asoleado2003 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18:24:10 +0000 (UTC)
MOB:
While checking my feeders I noticed a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, which is 
rare in the fall/winter. 

cheers, Craig 
Subject: Nice Day for a Walk
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:13 -0700
It seemed like a nice afternoon for a walk along the river. There was just
a little steam coming off the river, but enough to slightly obscure birds
more than mid-river distance away.  Even so, I was surprised by the
appearance of a male Wood Duck.  It was also about the closest encounter
I've had with them.  He swam away quickly into the steam.
A little further on I started counting a raft of Barrow's Goldeneye and got
up to 82 before I ran out of ducks.  I've had up to 40-50 before but never
close to 82 in a group.
I was walking along the River's Edge Trail from the West Bank area up
toward Garden Home Park (near the railroad bridge).  This is a good area
for Barrow's Goldeneye (and Common).  It is a good place for all the winter
ducks as it stays open much more than other areas when it gets really cold.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Cut Bank-Shelby Area Trial CBC, Saturday 12-27
From: "kathleenatkins AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Nov 2014 20:18:34 -0800
MOBsters,
 

 I'm organizing a trial run for a new CBC circle in the Cut Bank-Shelby Area on 
Saturday December 27th. I've posted a photo in the group's area if you want to 
check out what we're hoping to cover. 

 

 I've got enough folks locally to make the day worth it from a trial run (data) 
perspective as well as the obvious fun perspective (right!?), but if anyone 
wants to come on out to help, please get in touch. There's quite a bit of 
unbirded ground up here so there's not much for established routes - should be 
a fun wildcard. It's a rare area where I can send someone out to bird with zero 
advice about how to bird that spot, because no one has a clue how to bird it. 
For good or ill. 

 

 In any case once I get a feel for who can help I'll put out info about the 
meeting and compiling points. 

 

 Please send me an email here or call me at 215-601-4330 if you want to express 
interest or chat further. 

 

 Happy Holidays to all,


 Kate Atkins
 Cut Bank
 

 

Subject: Warm Spring WMA Summary - 2014
From: "birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Nov 2014 16:47:47 -0800
Here is a summary of what I saw at Warm Springs during the survey period (March 
13 to November 13 2014) in 31 surveys. 

 2 swan species, 5 goose species including White-fronted, 23 duck species 
including Surf and White-winged Scoters, 1 Gallinaceous (and first Ruffed 
Grouse on 01/01/14 CBC), 2 loons species including Pacific, 6 grebe species 
including Clarks’, Black-crowned Night Heron, 13 raptor species, 30 waders 
and shorebird species, 5 gull species, 2 tern species, 3 dove and pigeon 
species, Rufous Hummingbird, 4 woodpecker species, 6 flycatcher species, 2 
kinglets, 2 wren species, 4 thrush species, 2 chickadee species, 2 shrike 
species (first Loggerhead at WS WMA, 4 Corvids species, 7 warbler species, 12 
sparrow species, and 7 blackbird species. There were a few I didn't list here 
like starling. 

 
 So for the year there were two new species for the WS WMA, Loggerhead Shrike 
and Ruffed Grouse and a total of 170 species for 2014. I found 184 species in 
2013 and 155 species in 2012. 

 

 Gary Swant
 Deer Lodge
 

Subject: Harris's Sparrow in Helena
From: "Hugh Zackheim montanazac AT mac.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:37:42 -0700
The one-day 60-degree temperature drop (now down to minus 4), and six inches of 
new snow, brought a Harris's sparrow into our yard in Helena today. We're 
located about half way between downtown and Mt. Helena. I believe it's an 
adult, as the fairly ragged black beard begins at the base of the bill and 
extends down onto the chest (i.e., the bird doesn't have a light throat patch, 
as is shown for immatures). The bird is feeding on millet on the ground, and 
hanging around with a flock of dark-eyed juncos, accompanied at the feeder by 
house finches, house sparrows, one American goldfinch and occasionally a 
cruising sharpshin. 


Hugh Zackheim, Helena
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