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Hendersons Ground Jay,©Tony Disley

24 Jul White-winged Crossbill - Ft. Peck ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jul WS WMA July 24 Survey ["'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jul Bozeman Birds ["Tom Forwood Jr tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Jul Re: Mo derated ["Katie LaSalle-Lowery katie AT bigskycountry.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jul Mo derated ["Giles Conway-Gordon gilescg AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Jul Shorebird movement in the Flathead ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Re: Cordilleran Nest ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Cordilleran Nest ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Long Pines Housing Lottery ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul FreezoutA.M. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Red Crossbills ["tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Re: Leucistic magpies in Bozeman, Montana ["softhackle AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Re: Plumbeous Vireo 'B', QQLL 44C3, Powder River County ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Leucistic magpies in Bozeman, Montana ["softhackle AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Leucistic Magpie photos [2 Attachments] ["softhackle AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Re: Plumbeous Vireo 'B', QQLL 44C3, Powder River County ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Plumbeous Vireo 'B', QQLL 44C3, Powder River County ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jul Powder River Goat Suckers ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
21 Jul Identification Help File? ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Jul Free Birding Journals Offer ["Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jul Lesser Black-backed Gulls ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jul Warm Springs Survey - 07/18/14 ["'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Jul Smith River Float ["Tom Forwood Jr tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Jul West Bank - High Water ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Jul Woodpecker Hill, Timber Creek Burn, QQLL 43D1 ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Jul Least Bittern reported at Swan Lake NWR ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Jul South Carbon Co - and a bit further south ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Jul Beth's Long-tailed duck ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Jul Re: Long-tailed Duck?! ["'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Jul Long-tailed Duck?! ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Jul Re: Re: ID help please! ["Jeannie Marcure marcurejm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Jul Thanks! ["joshuamalbin AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Jul Miles City Red-headed Woodpeckers ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Jul Re: ID help please! ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Jul ID help please! ["marcurejm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Jul Bullocks and Lazuli Hamilton Mt ["martinvanburenbell AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Jul Glacier NP report with Northern Hawk Owl and more ["calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jul Re: ID Help ["cgreiman AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Jul Re: ID Help ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jul ID Help ["cgreiman AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jul Re: Bobolinks ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Jul Poll results for MOB-Montana []
06 Jul Bobolinks [2 Attachments] ["linda.rebich AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Jul Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Jul Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds ["Kristi DuBois kdubois AT montana.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
4 Jul Cut Bank/Browning Birding ["paul rossi polovetsian AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
4 Jul Boreal Chickadees ["'Bruce Tannehill / Gail Cleveland' tanneland239 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
04 Jul Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Jul Re: Which Scaup? (Lesser) ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
03 Jul Freezout Lake-3 Jul-AM ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
3 Jul Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds ["'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
3 Jul Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
3 Jul West Bank Update ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
3 Jul Warm Spring WMA Birds ["'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
02 Jul New poll for MOB-Montana []
02 Jul Coming to MT ["joshuamalbin AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
1 Jul Re: Which Scaup? ["Larry Carter birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Jun Which Scaup? ["Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Jun Red-naped Sapsucker Nest Visit Interval ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
30 Jun Re: One Day Wonder? ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Jun Re: One Day Wonder? ["cgreiman AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Jun Re: One Day Wonder? ["Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
29 Jun One Day Wonder? ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Jun Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat & blue gray gnatcatcher ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Jun Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat & blue gray gnatcatcher ["oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Jun Lesser Goldfinch and more Rock Wren observations ["conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Jun FW: Got a big surprise this morning - UPDATE [1 Attachment] ["Sharon Hansen smdewarthansen AT optimum.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Jun Got a big surprise this morning ["Sharon Hansen smdewarthansen AT optimum.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
28 Jun Re: June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Jun Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat ["Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Jun Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat ["soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Jun Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat ["Hilary Turner birder0288 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Jun RE: June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey ["'Stierle, Andrea' andrea.stierle AT mso.umt.edu [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Jun Re: June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey ["Donald Schiemann dschiemann AT q.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Jun Re: Freezout-mud road ["Pamela Poon pgracep AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
27 Jun Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]

Subject: White-winged Crossbill - Ft. Peck
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:56:25 -0600
Mobsters

We were surprised today when a White-winged Crossbill appeared at the water in 
the backyard. I am posting a poor shot taken through the window before it flew 
off. We didn’t see it again but hope to tomorrow. 


Chuck Carlson
www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/with/7288681960/;
Subject: WS WMA July 24 Survey
From: "'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:39:30 -0600
Hi All, (July 24, 2014 Report) 

 

The weather today was partly cloudy, 9 mph winds out of the northwest, and 
temperatures between 56 F and 64 F. 


 

This week there were 3,400 individuals with 69 species compared to 2,950 
individuals with 62 species two weeks ago, 


 

There was two new species today, a Red-necked Phalarope, Pectorial Sandpiper. 
The total for the year stands at 147. 


 

Highlights:

Waterfowl numbers are increasing.

Species over 100 were Canada Goose - 250, Mallard - 525, Lesser Scaup 325, 
Eared Grebe - 225 and American Coot - 250. There were also 160 Double-crested 
Cormorants. 


 

Shorebirds and waders included; Black-necked Stilt - 6, Killdeer - 31, Spotted 
Sandpiper - 6, Greater Yellowlegs - 6, Lesser Yellowlegs - 1, Long-billed 
Dowitcher - 13, Pectorial Sandpiper 2. 


 

I found three chicks with the 2 adult Black-necked Stilt chicks in Job Corps 
Pond 1. 


 

Summary of Ponds:  

 

ARCO Ponds - 53 species, 2,600 individuals with 65% of the total. 

 

Sewage Ponds - 16 species, 250 individuals with 6% of the total.  

 

Job Corps Ponds - 15 species, 115 individuals with 3% of the total.   

  

Duck's Unlimited Ponds - 17 species, 400 individuals with 10% of the total.

 

Gary 
Subject: Bozeman Birds
From: "Tom Forwood Jr tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:57:03 -0600
Hi Folks,
     The vocal side of birding has slowed, but lots off youngsters out 
there. I took a stroll along the Sourdough Trail on the south of Bozeman 
yesterday evening and was shown a hummingbird nest. What caught me is 
that it's a Rufous nest. I didn't expect one along a creek near town. 
The female had no white above the gape and clearly showed a central ruby 
spot on the throat. It looked like 2 little ones on the nest. The other 
oddity was the thrushes. In years past I've always had some Veeries in 
here, and last night there were several Swainson's Thrush singing. The 
habitat is cottonwood bottom, aspen and lower trees/scrub.
     This morning Shannon Knodel and I hiked a little over 3 miles up 
the Sourdough Canyon trail and had some nice late season surprises. 
There were over 20 Swainson's Thrush and 10 MacGillivray's Warblers 
singing, some Red Crossbills, an Olive-sided Flycatcher actively 
foraging, numerous Dusky and Hammond's Flycatchers, several other 
(expected) warbler species as well as at least a dozen Western Tanagers.
     Still some singing birds out there, check them out while you still can!
         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: Re: Mo derated
From: "Katie LaSalle-Lowery katie AT bigskycountry.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:50:30 -0600
Probably malware site - don't click!

Katie La Salle-Lowery
katie AT bigskycountry.net
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Blog: http://blog.bigskycountry.net


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[MOB-Montana]"  wrote: 

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Subject: Mo derated
From: "Giles Conway-Gordon gilescg AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:31:56 +0000

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Subject: Shorebird movement in the Flathead
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jul 2014 16:07:37 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 Fall migration (sorry!) is picking up here in the Flathead, with the diversity 
and numbers of southbound migrant shorebirds picking up, in spite of the 
limited shallow water habitats (most ponds are still quite full). Over the past 
few days, Greater Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, Least and Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, and Solitary Sandpiper have all been reported locally. If it stays 
hot and doesn't rain too much, more mudflat habitat may appear. Typically, the 
peak diversity is around the second week of August. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers 
Subject: Re: Cordilleran Nest
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:00:52 -0600
Hey Bob, they probably are storing nesting material for next spring

Chuck Carlson
www.flickr.com/photos/prairie_shots/with/7288681960/;

From: mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:23 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Cordilleran Nest

  
All:

About 15-20 years ago, I placed a nesting platform about 15+ feet high on the 
north side of my home in Helena - in the hopes that it might attract a nesting 
robin or other species. No takers! Last year, you may recall that I reported a 
Cordilleran Flycatcher with young that had likely nested somewhere in my yard - 
but was unable to locate a nest. The Cordillerans showed up like in mid-June 
this year and were frequently seen using a Doug-fir tree on the north side near 
the platform. To come to the point, when I opened a nearby window today, an 
agitated Cordilleran flew to the tree a few feet away. So I removed the screen, 
opened the window as wide as it would go, got a step ladder and with half of my 
old body hanging of the window, used my cell phone camera to get a lousy shot 
of a nest and hatchling while the adult accosted my baldpate! At the risk of 
additional hair loss, of which I have little to spare, I will attempt to get a 
better image in the near future! 


Bob Martinka




Subject: Cordilleran Nest
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 16:23:40 -0700
All:

About 15-20 years ago, I placed a nesting platform about 15+ feet high on the 
north side of my home in Helena - in the hopes that it might attract a nesting 
robin or other species. No takers! Last year, you may recall that I reported a 
Cordilleran Flycatcher with young that had likely nested somewhere in my yard - 
but was unable to locate a nest. The Cordillerans showed up like in mid-June 
this year and were frequently seen using a Doug-fir tree on the north side near 
the platform. To come to the point, when I opened a nearby window today, an 
agitated Cordilleran flew to the tree a few feet away. So I removed the screen, 
opened the window as wide as it would go, got a step ladder and with half of my 
old body hanging of the window, used my cell phone camera to get a lousy shot 
of a nest and hatchling while the adult accosted my baldpate! At the risk of 
additional hair loss, of which I have little to spare, I will attempt to get a 
better image in the near future! 


Bob Martinka
 

Subject: Long Pines Housing Lottery
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 16:20:52 -0700
MOB, 

 

 And the winner is - see photo - Lewis's Woodpecker! Chick peaked out shortly 
before an adult showed up with food. 

 

 Note of interest to anyone familiar with the riparian thicket at the bottom 
end of the Exie Spur Road - the 17 June 2014 EF 3 tornado made a direct hit on 
it and continued on a 008 degree course where it crossed FR 117 (Plum Creek 
Road) just east of flat bench top. 

 

 I had camped there the first night of my May visit!

 

 Mike Lesnik
 Tri-Point LOT
 checking 360 for funnels

Subject: FreezoutA.M.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 15:53:42 -0700
MOB, checked out Freezout this morning. Shorebirds include-- 10 Greater 
Yellowlegs at south end of lake and near the Dike, 6 Lesser Yellowlegs same 
spots, 64 Long-billed Dowitchers near the Dike with one Semipalmated Sandpiper 
with 4 Spotted Sandpipers. Near the Dike also 5 White-faced Ibis as well. On 
the backside of Freezout saw 2 Grasshopper Sparrows. Several Wilson's 
Phalaropes all over the lake. All for now, good birding Larry Carter Fairfield. 
Subject: Red Crossbills
From: "tarnsnet AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 15:23:57 -0700
MOBsters,
 

 A flock of Red Crossbill has been consistently observed at the intersection of 
Point Six and Dodd Ranch Roads North of Missoula for 6 days. Dodd Ranch is a 
private road but Point Six Road (at the top of Butler Creek Road) is public and 
there is a turnaround spot a half mile or so up from the intersection with Dodd 
Ranch Road at a National Forest access gate. Photos posted in album 
T.Kallmeyer. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Re: Leucistic magpies in Bozeman, Montana
From: "softhackle AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 13:09:24 -0700
Attach photos, not attack.  :)  Anyway, I figured it out. 

Subject: Re: Plumbeous Vireo 'B', QQLL 44C3, Powder River County
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 10:47:54 -0700
John, MOB, All

Twice in the last ten days I have twice seen a bird with 1] prominent double 
wing bars, 2] definite 'solitary vireo' face marking, and 3] bright yellow 
flanks. Each observation was of a single field mark at a time in the order 
stated. No photos were taken of either bird. 


Hiking on the hillside behind my camp on 18 July an adult Plumbeous Vireo was 
seen about 20 ft from my 19 May 2014 Big List observation. It was foraging on a 
Ponderosa Pine limb and photographed with food in it's beak just before it flew 
[right to left] behind some pine boughs for a few seconds and then re-appeared 
out the other side empty-mouthed. At that same time a movement [left to right] 
came from behind those boughs and landed in plain sight about thirty feet away. 
Over the next 34 minutes I took 24 photos {last several with camera on tripod 
and using a remote shutter release} of this recent fledgling Plumbeous Vireo 
until a 'Downwind' was heard from the adult. One movement was seen coming in 
from the left as I re-focused. With the next movement and 'Ball' call the chick 
jumped behind the tree trunk for the end of that story. 


Based on this I plan to submit a "B" 3. DIRECT EVIDENCE OF BREEDING (see page 
10, Skaar's 7th - can be found on line). Interestingly, this time span and 
chicks activity closely correlates with my Roundup Fairgrounds 4 July 12 
observation. 


That evening I started to get quick looks and a few marginal photos of birds 
with dark contrasting heads and slightly yellow flanks. Several more similar 
sightings were had on the 19th & 20th, so night before last I moved to a known 
3 Bar 3G cell signal location and posted 'IDHELP' photos here. The next morning 
I had a suggestion from Jeff to consider a Bell's Vireo based on the single 
wing bar. Had planned to continue on to Lantis Springs 

to see which of the five species that had checked out a nest hole there in May 
had ended up with the property (Lewis's Woodpecker, I hope). 


Started to hike away from the original camp and almost immediately say a vireo 
type. Had determined to get a totally focused 10X look at all the field marks 
(have some reservations about assault camera/computer screen ID's) but this 
bird was too quick. After 45 minutes of zig-zaging up the hillside (similar 
habitat to Roundup, but with more juniper and few user-friendly trails on 
contour) I had sat down to rest a bit when suddenly the bird was right there 
foraging 15 feet away. Checked off 1] limited facial white, 2} single wing bar, 
3} very faint yellow blush on flanks and 4} very little head contrast - Yep, a 
State Record bird! 


Of course it disappeared while I dug the camera out and it took another hot 15 
minutes to relocate it for a single, focused shot. Viewing it on the laptop, (I 
know, I know) started having second thoughts so but a little effort into moving 
my stance by the water feature into the shade. Took that position at 1730 with 
water and a novel. By 1845 I had had enough and gathered up gear for the 100 
meter haul back to camp. Got delayed approaching the spring by a Black-headed 
Grosbeak bathing; which was gone by the time I got a camera out. Just then I 
hear vireo calls coming down the gully from the noon sighting and three or four 
flew right over my head and into the willows and cottonwoods 40 ft away. 
Finally, after moving to a better spot, one gave me several clear photo ops. 


Again the lap-top said 'maybe!', and by the time I started into Broadus before 
daylight this morning I had decided to tell Jeff that the face marks were not 
right. 


 He responded with the below:
"Yes, Plumbeous. Odd wing bar explained by postbreeding molt. As is usually the 
case, the simple, likely answer is the right answer! Had me excited for awhile 
though." 

 Jeff"

Moral of the story: time, patience, persistence and assistance when in doubt.

Mike Lesnik


Subject: Leucistic magpies in Bozeman, Montana
From: "softhackle AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 10:41:55 -0700
We've been seeing a couple of oddly colored magpies around our neighborhood for 
the last week or so. I managed to get a couple of photos. Looking it up online 
it appears that these birds are clearly exhibiting leucism. The feathers that 
should be black are a closer to a grayish tan. I'd attack photos but I don't 
know how to do that. :( If anyone is interested in seeing them, the northeast 
corner of Mountain View subdivision (where we live) seems to be within their 
home range, as the birds have been seen by us and at least one of our 
neighbors. 
Subject: Leucistic Magpie photos [2 Attachments]
From: "softhackle AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 10:27:16 -0700
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Subject: Re: Plumbeous Vireo 'B', QQLL 44C3, Powder River County
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:19:14 -0700




Subject: Plumbeous Vireo 'B', QQLL 44C3, Powder River County
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 07:57:23 -0700
MOB,

All my  'mystery birds' have been determined to be the above species.

Mike Lesnik
Broadus
 

Subject: Powder River Goat Suckers
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 05:28:48 -0700
MOB,

An early 0400 departure from camp this morning paid off with three Common 
Poorwill and one Common Nighthawk sightings along the first 15 miles of the 
Moorhead Rd coming into Broadus for breakfast. Will continue on to the Long 
Pines via Alzada, Albion and Capitol - thinking that the Greater Sage-grouse 
may be working on grasshoppers along the roadway. 


Just posted two more photos of the upper Powder River mystery bird. One taken 
at 1151 yesterday morning and the other seven hours later. 


Mike Lesnik
Broadus 
 

Subject: Identification Help File?
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Jul 2014 05:16:42 -0700
MOB,

Could not find the above, so just now posted three mystery photos to my 
kayakbird album. Think that they are all one species, but maybe not the same 
individual. Two were taken 17 minutes apart on the 18th and the other on the 
19th in the same general location. 

  
Three days of mostly watching a water feature from my camp produced over 30 
species including a male Lesser Goldfinch, but glaringly absent were Common 
Yellowthroat. 


Mike Lesnik
Powder River County
 

Subject: Free Birding Journals Offer
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:04:44 -0600
Hi Everyone!

I'm posting this for a friend



I am looking for new homes for 12 years of Condor (1995-2006, Vol. 97-108) and 
nine years of Auk (2001-2009, Vol. 118-125). The journals are in Missoula. 



Email (fredrickson.richard AT gmail.com) or call Rich at 721-2363.
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gulls
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:20:21 -0600
Mobsters

I’ve been looking at this website for several months now and the latest 
posting is a photo group on Lesser Black-backeds on Lake Michigan. Interesting! 
http://www.anythinglarus.com/ 


Chuck
Subject: Warm Springs Survey - 07/18/14
From: "'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:47:37 -0600
Hi All, (July 18, 2014 Report) 

 

The weather today was calm winds, very smoky, and temperatures between 49F and 
64 F. 


 

This week there were 2,950 individuals with 62 species compared to 2,600 
individuals with 67 species two weeks ago. I went on vacation last week. 


 

There was one new species today, a Rufous Hummingbird. The total for the year 
stands at 145. 


 

Highlights:

The only species over 100 were Canada Goose - 180, Mallard - 280, Lesser Scaup 
- 230, Eared Grebe - 150 and American Coot - 400 


 

Shorebirds and waders included; Black-necked Stilt - 4, Killdeer - 12, Spotted 
Sandpiper - 8, Greater Yellowlegs - 5, Long-billed Dowitcher - 12. 


 

All three of the eagles, 2 adults and one juvenile were in the area of the 
fallen nest. 


 

Both Black-necked Stilt chicks were seen today, so they have survived so far.

 

Summary of Ponds:  

 

ARCO Ponds - 52 species, 2,150 individuals with 73% of the total. 

 

Sewage Ponds - 13 species, 1109 individuals with 4% of the total.  

 

Job Corps Ponds - 12 species, 90 individuals with 3% of the total.   

  

Duck's Unlimited Ponds - 26 species, 575 individuals with 20% of the total.

 

Gary 

 
Subject: Smith River Float
From: "Tom Forwood Jr tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:38:38 -0600
Hey MOB,
     Just got off  3 day 2 night quick float of the Smith River and as 
always (even hot Mid-July) the birding was excellent. We actually 
counted 151 Common Yellowthroats for the 59 mile float as we as 5 Canyon 
Wrens, 27 Dippers and 5 Ovenbirds. Those were the only species we had 
accurate numbers on, but there were easily over 100 gray catbirds, and 
many... many Veery. (Veeries, Veerys?) Cordilleran Flycatchers were also 
in very high numbers with one ~5 mile stretch we counted 15 vocalizing 
birds. Peregrine Falcons have several aeries in the canyon and had them 
scattered throughout as well as Kestels and many eagles. One interesting 
note was Kestrel nesting. I am familiar with them using boxes and tree 
cavities, but they years ago I thought I saw one take material to a 
cliff. This trip I confirmed them using a cliff cavity as a nest as an 
adult came in with a small mammal prey and delivered it to a brood of 
happily squealing young.  It was a fantastic trip and I highly recommend 
it for any birder who is also a paddler.
     good times and great birds to all, 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: West Bank - High Water
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:26:51 -0600
After seeing a long-tailed duck Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday morning
- the vareity of birds has dropped off along West Bank.  The river is about
as high and fast as it has been all spring and summer after the rain on
Tuesday.  There isn't much wading habitat right now - even the avocets have
abandoned the area.  There are a lot of cedar waxwings - just listen for
them.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Woodpecker Hill, Timber Creek Burn, QQLL 43D1
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 18:53:56 -0700
MOB,  

A couple tenths of rain last night greatly refreshed this area with just a few 
muddy places on the Quietus Road. The Sweet Clover is in full bloom and the bee 
keepers have hives everywhere. 


Of course my target bird was the Black-backed Woodpecker which was not seen on 
either visit back in May. Ended up with four woodpecker species in two hours of 
zig-zagging a 0.20 mi mile bench that is about 150 ft vertical above the road 
(good cow-trail to follow). In order of appearance: Red Shafted Flicker, Yellow 
Shafted Flicker, male Hairy Woodpecker, female Black-backed Woodpecker (first 
of five observations separated by time and distance, but maybe just one 
individual), two Red-headed Woodpeckers, Red-headed juvenile in last years 
Black-back Hole, adult Red-headed carrying food to the juvenile. 


And almost stepped on a Woodhouse's Toad hiking back to the road. Picked up my 
year bird Red Crossbill at the now manned Porker Jim fire tower. Could not get 
a cell signal there, but found 3 bars of 3G along the road a mile east. Photos 
were a bit slower to upload. 


Mike Lesnik
SE Montana for a week or more

 

 

Subject: Least Bittern reported at Swan Lake NWR
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:46:47 -0700
Mobsters,

I received a report the other day from a Massachusetts birder who thought he'd 
heard a Least Bittern at Swan Lake NWR on July 4th. He was standing on the 
observation platform at the end of the road that comes off Hwy 83 at the south 
end of the lake. When I asked him for more details, he said basically that he 
knew the bird from back east and that he knew of nothing else that made that 
sound. I do not know which vocalization he heard and of course have no idea if 
it was really a Least Bittern. But it would be worth checking out. 


Jeff

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Subject: South Carbon Co - and a bit further south
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jul 2014 08:29:38 -0700
MOB,

Just spent five days (first 3 with Ken Joki) along Cottonwood, Bear Canyon and 
Gyp Springs Roads in QLL 41C and 41D. Something over 50 species - may get 
caught up on records camping at Moorhead in a few days. Maybe I can figure out 
a way to submit a many bird, multi-day, center of county, incidental list. 


Highlights:

10 July - A couple more miles up Bobcat Pass Road past Hunters Reservoir thanks 
to Ken's 4WD. Five Loggerhead Shrike in one dead snag - first inclination that 
this species had a good breeding year through out the region. 


11 July - Illegal ATV tracks into Weatherman Draw. Family group of 6-8 Sage 
Thrasher a few miles southeast of Weatherman Draw trail head camping area and 
Common Nighthawks over camp that evening. 


12 July - Bear Canyon - Multiple vocalization of Yellow-breasted Chats as we 
hiked up the closed road to the former trailhead. Ken had to head home so he 
did not see the MacGillivray's Warbler another half mile up - just above where 
there is flowing water - and I did not have his ear support on the way out when 
I had a brief observation of a suspected Blue-headed Vireo (90% confidence 
level, but no photo, so will not do a rare bird report). 


13 July - Information from gentleman from Billings on his previous, not turned 
in, observation of Sagebrush Sparrow just north of the state line. Great 
habitat found, but not the bird on a hot,windy afternoon. Experience gained 50 
miles south southeast on the 14th gives me confidence that if this species was 
in the area I would have seen it and been able to photograph it. 


14 July - Camped near above habitat and hiked it again on a calm, cool morning. 
No target bird, but a Common Nighthawk flushed off the ground about ten feet 
away. Again lots of Loggerhead Shrike and Sage Thrasher seen. New fencing in 
progress at Gyp Springs necessitate crawling through the barbed wire and a 
short walk over to the riparian zone. 


Any Big Horn Basin lurkers here that are interested in the above target species 
can contact me off list for information and photos. 


Mike Lesnik
Buffalo, Wyo






 

 

 

Subject: Beth's Long-tailed duck
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:23:35 -0600
I just saw Beth's Long - tailed duck. About 3:45 it was upriver from the end
of the sand bar. Then it drifted down the E. side of the bar. It was
preening so I was able to get good looks at it. I was looking from the pull
off across from the skate park. Arla Eckert Great Falls




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Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck?!
From: "'John Carlson' jccarlson AT surfbirder.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:52:04 -0700




Subject: Long-tailed Duck?!
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:56:20 -0600
I posted 4 of the long shots I took of a duck I watched this evening.  It
behaved like a long-tail and sure looked like it.  I was so surprised to
see one in July.  It was feeding for at least 2 hours in the same place.  I
observed it from the big parking lot behind the old J-T bar, which gives
the closest look at the mid-river sand bar.  It stayed on the surface just
long enough to squeeze off one pre-focused image before it was once again
under water for extended periods.  The water isn't deep in the area and
there were 33 avocets wading nearby, there were also several Caspian terns
and some common tern families as well as gulls, geese, killdeer, and
spotted sandpipers.
Let me know if you think it's something else.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Re: Re: ID help please!
From: "Jeannie Marcure marcurejm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:39:47 -0700
Thanks Dan!  I did see lots of Willow Flycatchers and all were singing so I 
could identify them.  I just thought this one looked different and didn't know 
where to go from there. 

  
 May you always hear the whisper of wings! 
  
Jeannie Marcure
Shelter Valley
s/o Kalispell 


On Friday, July 11, 2014 10:28 PM, "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

  


  
Jeannie:

Three primary candidates at Tally Lake, all regular there: Hammond's, Dusky and 
Willow.  Your bird is too long-billed to be a Hammond's, which would also 
appear more compact overall.  Willow, the most common of the Empidonax at 
Tally, is a possibility. But I like the look of the face, with an eyering 
combined with a bit of whitish "spectacle" in front of the eye, as well as the 
yellowish wash on the belly, better for Dusky.   


Dan Casey
Somers  
 
Subject: Thanks!
From: "joshuamalbin AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jul 2014 07:52:12 -0700
I just wanted to thank the many Montana birders who helped me plan my recent 
trip to your state, who gave me advice on where to go, and who took me out and 
showed me birds while I was visiting. You made it all much more productive and 
enjoyable than it would have been otherwise. I didn't find everything I had 
hoped for and I didn't get a chance to go up to the mountains for alpine 
species, so I will have to come back someday. But I did see nearly 150 species 
altogether over five days, of which 23 were life birds for me, including 
Sharp-tailed Grouse, Sprague's Pipit, Spruce Grouse, American Dipper, McCown's 
and Chestnut-Collared Longspurs, Townshend's Solitaire, and Ferruginous Hawk. 


I didn't keep good location-by-location notes (although I did post a few lists 
to eBird in the places where I did), but I could post an overall trip list. In 
any case, as I said, thanks. 
Subject: Miles City Red-headed Woodpeckers
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jul 2014 21:40:53 -0700
MOB-sters:
 

 I just enjoyed some time in eastern Montana habitats at an NRCS training 
session. One highlight was three different Red-headed Woodpeckers in the Fort 
Keogh area on the west side of Miles City. We also saw a Burrowing Owl at a 
prairie dog colony at Fort Keogh, and I was pleased to see and hear 
Yellow-breasted Chats in most of the riparian habitats we visited. Got video of 
one at Spotted Eagle Park that was doing regular mimicry of Belted Kingfisher. 
Field Sparrows, Veeries and Orchard Orioles were found in expected habitats 
(woody draws), and one Plumbeous Vireo at Woodruff Park, a County Park on BLM 
land along the highway toward Baker. Always nice to visit these habitats, 
especially during a summer when they have stayed green into July. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
 

Subject: Re: ID help please!
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jul 2014 21:28:06 -0700
Jeannie: 

 Three primary candidates at Tally Lake, all regular there: Hammond's, Dusky 
and Willow. Your bird is too long-billed to be a Hammond's, which would also 
appear more compact overall. Willow, the most common of the Empidonax at Tally, 
is a possibility. But I like the look of the face, with an eyering combined 
with a bit of whitish "spectacle" in front of the eye, as well as the yellowish 
wash on the belly, better for Dusky. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
Subject: ID help please!
From: "marcurejm AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jul 2014 18:09:31 -0700
I've posted a picture in the ID Help folder that I took in Tally Lake 
Campground today. I think it's in the flycatcher family but no ideas further as 
it was completely silent. 

 Thanks!
 Jeannie Marcure
Subject: Bullocks and Lazuli Hamilton Mt
From: "martinvanburenbell AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Jul 2014 19:43:59 -0700
 Bullocks Oriole tree nest and Lazuli Bunting nest somewhere just below it in 
the shrubs at Hironymous Park by the pond on the Geneva St entrance. I think 
someone could luck out and maybe get a photo of the two species in one frame if 
they caught the Bullocks harassing the Lazuli when she is not harassing 
everyone that walks under the tree. Her nest is about 12'' from last years 
nest. The Lazuli is new. 

 Martin Bell
 Hamilton

Subject: Glacier NP report with Northern Hawk Owl and more
From: "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jul 2014 22:34:43 -0700
Back in Choteau with wifi to report the past delightful three days of birding 
in Glacier with Richard and Robin Wolcott. Although summer is definitely here 
with warm temperatures and reduced bird activity (song in particular), we did 
have some sightings that may be of interest, particularly to those traveling to 
Glacier in the next few days. 

 

 At the West Glacier Motel, we enjoyed a number of birds including Pileated 
Woodpecker, Pacific Wren, Cassin's Vireo, and MacGillivray's Warbler. 

 

 At Apgar, a pair of Pine Grosbeaks at the bridge over MacDonald Creek 
highlighted our 31 species at that location. 

 

 From the inside North Fork Road, a hike of a mile or so up the Howe Lake Trail 
produced a pair of American Three-toed Woodpeckers and fantastic views of an 
obliging Northern Hawk Owl. 

 

 The North Fork Road produced many birds including Tennessee Warblers at 
several locations. The McGee Meadows Exhibit parking area was particularly 
productive with 22 species recorded during a half-hour visit. 

 

 At Many Glacier, a hike up the Swiftcurrent Trail towards Red Rock Lake 
rewarded us with Boreal Chickadees on an otherwise rather uneventful hike for 
birds on a very warm afternoon. The chickadees were about 0.8 miles up the 
trail. 

 

 Today, our five-mile hike on the Red Eagle Lake Trail near St. Mary was 
gorgeous in terms of flowers and butterflies. The birding was slower than 
usual, but 4 White-winged Crossbills highlighted our afternoon on the trail. 
Many (at least 10) Red-naped Sapsuckers were noted not counting all the 
squealing young at several nest sites. 

 

 This evening at Choteau at the city park, a Western Screech-Owl afforded us 
great looks, well worth the plague of mosquitos that visited us. It was calling 
around 9:40 PM and ultimately perched on a wire for us to study at length. 

 

 Finally, we did have some strange misses. No swifts were recorded during our 
visit to Glacier in spite of actively looking for them. Both Black-capped and 
Mountain Chickadees were in very low numbers. Logan Pass did produce nice looks 
at American Pipits, but the area was very crowed with people and deep snow 
covered most of the terrain. No Ptarmigan were noted during a short hike to 
check some of the nearby rock islands emerging from the snow fields. 
Gray-crowned Rosy Finches are apparently high up nesting in the rocky terrain 
since we did not see any. 

 

 Good birding to all,
 

 Ed Harper
 Bozeman/Sacramento
 SANDPIPER JOURNEYS
 

Subject: Re: ID Help
From: "cgreiman AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jul 2014 08:50:05 -0700
Ah ha!  Thanks.  
Subject: Re: ID Help
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:46:06 -0700
Hi Cindy,

It's a female Northern Harrier.

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: cgreiman AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:32 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] ID Help


    

  Hello all,




 Yesterday I posted two photos for help in the ID Help folder. I'm guessing a 
juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk, but am not at all sure: accipiters/hawks are so 
difficult! Any guidance is greatly appreciated. 





  Cindy Greiman 


  
Subject: ID Help
From: "cgreiman AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jul 2014 08:32:56 -0700
Hello all,
 

 Yesterday I posted two photos for help in the ID Help folder. I'm guessing a 
juvenile Sharp-Shinned Hawk, but am not at all sure: accipiters/hawks are so 
difficult! Any guidance is greatly appreciated. 

 

 Cindy Greiman 
Subject: Re: Bobolinks
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jul 2014 05:54:51 -0700
Linda, MOB all,

Your 4 great photos of male and female Bobolink are in the "Most Recent" file.

Click on the 'About' link above - takes you back to what I think would be 
called the MOB home page and this 'Most Recent' should be at the bottom of the 
page. 


You are on your own to navigate into your own album. Doesn't seem like the 
sequence of clicks is always the same, but once I get there the photos load 
right up - my three Dusky Grouse from yesterday took about two minutes with a 
4G Verizon jetpack air card. 


Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: Poll results for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 07 Jul 2014 07:16:51 -0700
The following MOB-Montana poll is now closed. Here are the
final results




Time for the June Photo Contest. Please vote by July 6th.
Created by: mccownii




1. Red-headed Woodpecker 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419167 
45.83%(22) 

2. Marsh Wren 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419186 
4.17%(2) 

3. Marbled Godwit 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419197 
2.08%(1) 

4. Mountain Bluebird 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419198 
6.25%(3) 

5. Long-billed Curlew 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419199 
16.67%(8) 

6. Cordilleran Flycatcher 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419168 
6.25%(3) 

7. Upland Sandpiper 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419200 
6.25%(3) 

8. Burrowing Owl 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419169 
2.08%(1) 

9. Red-naped Sapsucker 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419201 
4.17%(2) 

10. Harlequin Duck 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419187 
6.25%(3) 







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Subject: Bobolinks [2 Attachments]
From: "linda.rebich AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jul 2014 10:59:33 -0700
 Yesterday I seen a pair of Bobolinks at 1230 Laknar Lane Dillon. It's a new 
bird for me. I went back today and could not locate them. 

 I put the pictures as an attachment I can't seem to find my album. What do you 
click on to bring up the list of albums? 

 Linda Rebich
 Dillon MT
Subject: Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jul 2014 10:40:20 -0700
Oops!  Black-necked Stilt.

The other one has 498 records.  Last of 97 Big B was 18 July 2011.

 

 Mike Lesnik
Livingston

Subject: Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds
From: "Kristi DuBois kdubois AT montana.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:07:36 -0600




Subject: Cut Bank/Browning Birding
From: "paul rossi polovetsian AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:18:16 -0600
Tuesday evening, I drove over to Browning and Cut Bank to find some birds. I 
saw lots of Gadwall and Swainson's Hawks on the prairie. I also saw several 
American Avocets and Long-billed Curlews, and I heard Upland Sandpiper near 
Blackfoot. At the potholes between East Glacier and Browning, I saw several 
Black Terns and Eared Grebes. North of Cut Bank, I again saw the light/dark 
Ferruginous Hawk pair and a pair of Great Horned Owls. A Loggerhead Shrike 
swooped down and landed on a wire over me as I drove past the wind turbines. 
Great day of birding at one of my favorite spots. 

Paul RossiColumbia Falls 		 	   		  
Subject: Boreal Chickadees
From: "'Bruce Tannehill / Gail Cleveland' tanneland239 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:45:07 -0600
A few sightings from a trip to the east side of Glacier Park.

We were at Many Glacier last Monday and ran into a small flock of Boreal
Chickadees near the picnic area on Swiftcurrent Lake.

At Redrock Lake there were about 30 Common Mergansers feeding near the
inlet.

There is a Ferruginous Hawk nest with three young a few miles north of
Browning on the Duck Lake Road.

Bruce
Subject: Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jul 2014 06:54:57 -0700
Gary, Jeff, All

I just downloaded the Excel file for this species from the Natural Heritage 
Program Generalized Observations page. 


Most recent of 471 records is a t from 26 August 2013. Last of 32 Big B's is 
from 27 April 2011. There are also 27 b records in the years 1989 to 2003. 


I guess that this is the one best data source?

Mike Lesnik
Livingston
Subject: Re: Which Scaup? (Lesser)
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Jul 2014 14:49:34 -0700
Beth: 

 Sorry for the delayed response; I have been traveling and not on the interwebs 
so much. While one or two pictures are often not enough to make definitive ID, 
I believe your birds are Lesser Scaup. It is not uncommon during the breeding 
season to see Lesser Scaup drakes compressing their head feathers when in 
conflict with other drakes or displaying for a hen (which may be the case in 
your photos). While this changes their head shape from the more peaked, nearly 
rectangular typical shape, they still have rather slender heads in profile, 
rather than the broad ovate shape of Greaters. While head sheen can be notably 
unreliable, yours do appear to show purple, rather than green. The sides are 
more grayish than Greater Scaup, which show as whiter. The apparent bill size 
in your photos is also exaggerated by the compression of the head feathers; but 
the bills really differ most in their breadth, with Greaters having more 
broadly spatulate bills. These factors in combination point to Lesser, which is 
of course the expected species at this season. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Somers
 

   
Subject: Freezout Lake-3 Jul-AM
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:47:44 -0600
MOB,
I concur that Freezout Lake WMA is mostly showing its typical summer 
birds.  However there were some interesting birds this morning:  one 
Red-necked Phalarope (Point H), Larry's Burrowing Owl along the "Mud 
Road", eight Semipalmated Sandpipers (at the neck--Point P), an American 
Bittern flying past the Pond 1 parking area (Point K) and two Lesser 
Yellowlegs (Point P).
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT




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Subject: Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds
From: "'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:45:18 -0600
Jeff,

Interesting. (MBD) is some cases is a record of who is reporting birds I guess, 
rather than the actual occurrence of a species. That is why we need to 
encourage people to send it records. There are times I get home from birding 
and I'm tired, and I try to talk myself out of taking the time to report. I 
always end up sending the data in as our conclusions are only as good as the 
data we have to work with. 


I still think it is the first record for WS WMA, or least my first record.

Gary


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jeff 
  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com ; Gary Swant 
  Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 1:20 PM
  Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Warm Spring WMA Birds


  Hi Gary,

 I don't know how many stilt breeding records are known for the state, but 
clearly the species has expanded in range and numbers considerably since the 
late 1970s, and it has been found in proper nesting habitat almost statewide. 
So, I would say the notion that stilts do not breed very often or in many 
places in the state (as indicated by MBD) results from the fact that lots of 
people are failing to report them. 


  An intersting issue, nonetheless. Thanks for raising it.

  Jeff

  *******************
  Jeff Marks
  4241 SE Liebe Street
  Portland, OR 97206
  503-774-4783
  Birds of Montana Project
  http://mtaudubon.org/
  *******************
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: 'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana] 
    To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
    Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:04 AM
    Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Spring WMA Birds


      

 I did my weekly survey today and found two birds of interest. In the area 
where the Black-crowned Night-Heron nested there was a young juvenile bird 
today. The species has again successfully raised young at WS. WS WMA continues 
to be one of the few places west of the continental divide that the species is 
breeding. 


 I have also been watching a pair of Black-necked Stilts for the last month 
that should have migrated on sometime ago. I wondered if they might stay and 
breed. Today I found 3 chicks with the pair on an island in Job Corps Pond 2. 
That is the first time I have seen the species breed at WS WMA. Looking at 
Montana Bird Distribution 7th Edition it appears they do not breed in the state 
very often or in many places. There is a big B for 14D, 17B and a little b for 
9C. 


 This is species is a bird of concern. Perhaps Jeff Marks can share with us how 
many breeding records we have in the state of this species. 


    Gary Swant
    Deer Lodge

    
Subject: Re: Warm Spring WMA Birds
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:20:31 -0700
Hi Gary,

I don't know how many stilt breeding records are known for the state, but 
clearly the species has expanded in range and numbers considerably since the 
late 1970s, and it has been found in proper nesting habitat almost statewide. 
So, I would say the notion that stilts do not breed very often or in many 
places in the state (as indicated by MBD) results from the fact that lots of 
people are failing to report them. 


An intersting issue, nonetheless. Thanks for raising it.

Jeff

*******************
Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
*******************
  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: 'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:04 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Spring WMA Birds


    

 I did my weekly survey today and found two birds of interest. In the area 
where the Black-crowned Night-Heron nested there was a young juvenile bird 
today. The species has again successfully raised young at WS. WS WMA continues 
to be one of the few places west of the continental divide that the species is 
breeding. 


 I have also been watching a pair of Black-necked Stilts for the last month 
that should have migrated on sometime ago. I wondered if they might stay and 
breed. Today I found 3 chicks with the pair on an island in Job Corps Pond 2. 
That is the first time I have seen the species breed at WS WMA. Looking at 
Montana Bird Distribution 7th Edition it appears they do not breed in the state 
very often or in many places. There is a big B for 14D, 17B and a little b for 
9C. 


 This is species is a bird of concern. Perhaps Jeff Marks can share with us how 
many breeding records we have in the state of this species. 


  Gary Swant
  Deer Lodge

  
Subject: West Bank Update
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:49:41 -0600
Last week I was spotting new chicks - avocets in 2 different locations (2
families) and a glimpse of 2 common tern chicks (just once).  I haven't
seen them in a week.  The river level has been fluctuating from very high
to high since then so there isn't much open space for them to be seen.  The
adult terns are still hunting and protecting their spot.  Young of the year
California and ring-bill gulls have been showing up in increasing numbers
as have numbers of adult gulls of all 3 species seen here.  Off and on
there have been a few waves of avocets numbering 30-40.  I don't know if
they are migrating or just wandering around after having finished with
breeding responsibilities.
As for passerines - the starlings are starting to form small flocks of
100-200 in the morning and evening.  Just a hint of the murmurations to
come. Great numbers (a lot of noise) of "blackbirds" are roosting on
Sacajawea Island at night now.  The grackles may be the noisiest and they
certainly have families all over the place.  Cedar waxwings seemed to
arrive late this year, but now can be heard or seen almost anywhere along
the river.  We may even have some nesting in our yard as we hear/see them
every day.  Finally - something other than house sparrows and finches and
robins.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Warm Spring WMA Birds
From: "'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:04:52 -0600
I did my weekly survey today and found two birds of interest. In the area where 
the Black-crowned Night-Heron nested there was a young juvenile bird today. The 
species has again successfully raised young at WS. WS WMA continues to be one 
of the few places west of the continental divide that the species is breeding. 


I have also been watching a pair of Black-necked Stilts for the last month that 
should have migrated on sometime ago. I wondered if they might stay and breed. 
Today I found 3 chicks with the pair on an island in Job Corps Pond 2. That is 
the first time I have seen the species breed at WS WMA. Looking at Montana Bird 
Distribution 7th Edition it appears they do not breed in the state very often 
or in many places. There is a big B for 14D, 17B and a little b for 9C. 


This is species is a bird of concern. Perhaps Jeff Marks can share with us how 
many breeding records we have in the state of this species. 


Gary Swant
Deer Lodge
Subject: New poll for MOB-Montana
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 02 Jul 2014 18:38:22 -0700
Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the MOB-Montana group:


Time for the June Photo Contest. Please vote by July 6th.
Created by: mccownii




1. Red-headed Woodpecker 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419167 

2. Marsh Wren 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419186 

3. Marbled Godwit 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419197 

4. Mountain Bluebird 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419198 

5. Long-billed Curlew 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419199 

6. Cordilleran Flycatcher 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419168 

7. Upland Sandpiper 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419200 

8. Burrowing Owl 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419169 

9. Red-naped Sapsucker 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419201 

10. Harlequin Duck 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/polls/poll/13217241#122419187 







Thanks!


Subject: Coming to MT
From: "joshuamalbin AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jul 2014 11:08:28 -0700
  
 I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself, since I am about to 
come to Montana from New York for a few days of birding over this coming long 
holiday weekend. I have already received a ton of help and advice from Montana 
birders, and I now have a pretty good idea of my itinerary and target species. 
But I have never been to these areas before nor seen some of these species 
before, so if anyone is around any of the following locations and would like to 
bird with a visitor, I'll put my contact information below. 

 
 July 4: Helena area (specific locations not totally decided, but possibly 
Mount Helena City Park, Grizzly Gulch, Hauser Dam, or Ash Grove Sunderland 
Park. Advice welcome.) 

 July 5: Charles M Russell NWR 
 July 6: brief foray into Alberta
 July 7: Belleview Road. Benton Lake NWR time permitting in the afternoon
 July 8: Freezeout Lake. Sluice Boxes State Park time permitting in the 
afternoon 

 
 If anyone would like to meet and bird, please drop me a line at 
joshuamalbin AT gmail.com mailto:joshuamalbin AT gmail.com or 917-494-4020. (Phone is 
probably better because I have Sprint and my data service apparently doesn't 
work in Montana.) 

 
 Thanks!
 
 Joshua Malbin
 
Subject: Re: Which Scaup?
From: "Larry Carter birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:29:16 -0700
Hi Beth, I was at Eureka Reservoir this weekend so I missed you.  They sure 
look like Greater Scaup with the rounded head's and a little over large bill 
with a good nail on the end.  I saw at Eureka a pair of Red-necked Grebes but 
little else.  On the way home took the Bellview Road back to Choteau and saw 
one Mc.Cown's Longspur and one Bobolink just before you reach Choteau.  It was 
very windy at Eureka as well.  Try to get out to Freezout maybe tomorrow.  
Good birding, Larry Carter 



On Monday, June 30, 2014 11:35 PM, "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

  


  
I visited Freezout Lake Sunday morning and was almost blown away.  There were 
hundreds of pelicans on the main lake and several hundred avocets on pond 4, 
otherwise birds were hiding for the most part.  I did see a few scaup from 
"the boat ramp" - my first impression of these scaup was - "what a flat head". 
 I didn't think Greater Scaup were around during the summer.  I have several 
pictures and they all look the same.  Or am I seeing too much (or too little) 
and it is really a Lesser Scaup?  I posted 2 pictures. 

Beth Hill
Great Falls  
 
Subject: Which Scaup?
From: "Beth Hill grizhill AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:34:50 -0600
I visited Freezout Lake Sunday morning and was almost blown away.  There
were hundreds of pelicans on the main lake and several hundred avocets on
pond 4, otherwise birds were hiding for the most part.  I did see a few
scaup from "the boat ramp" - my first impression of these scaup was - "what
a flat head".  I didn't think Greater Scaup were around during the summer.
 I have several pictures and they all look the same.  Or am I seeing too
much (or too little) and it is really a Lesser Scaup?  I posted 2 pictures.
Beth Hill
Great Falls
Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker Nest Visit Interval
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jun 2014 12:59:01 -0700
MOB,

A short, late morning visit to the wetlands between US 89 and the Old 
Yellowstone Trail county road five miles south of Livingston produced 16 
species. 


Parked on the wrong side of the gravel road to use my vehicle as a blind (wind 
still has a bit of a bite) I had had several glimpses of a suspected sapsucker 
flying into the deciduous thicket right below the road. Finally figured out 
that this flight path was emanating from a line of cottonwoods about 100 feet 
away and had to move a few feet forward to locate the nest hole that was being 
visited by at least two adults. 


During the twelve minutes that I had a camera in operation they made ten 
visits. Busy, busy, busy! 


Mike Lesnik
Livingston


 

Subject: Re: One Day Wonder?
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jun 2014 08:56:16 -0700
All:

One of the major landowners in the area where the ST Flycatcher was first 
sighted will give me a call if he spots this bird on any of his frequent trips 
through the area. He was very accommodating and quite knowledgeable about birds 
using his grain/hayland fields. I did not relocate the bird this morning and it 
is likely that the bird may no longer be in the area. 


Bob Martinka
Subject: Re: One Day Wonder?
From: "cgreiman AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jun 2014 09:27:23 -0700
My husband and I did see the scissor-tailed flycatcher Saturday evening. It was 
near the farmhouse on Merritt Lane. I got a couple of photos: the bird is 
identifiable, but not in great focus. Maybe it will hang around for another 
day! 
Subject: Re: One Day Wonder?
From: "Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:58:21 -0600
No, I did not see the ST Flycatcher either. It has been extremely windy in the 
Helena area over the last few days, and difficult to do productive birding. 
With very light winds this a.m. I thought I would get out and see what was out. 
While the birding was very good, the only Tyrants to be seen/heard were Eastern 
and Western Kingbirds, Least and Willow Flycatcher and Western Wood Pewee. All 
of these were observed on Merritt Ln. and Valley Dr. in the Helena Valley. 


Stephen Turner
Helena MT

> On Jun 29, 2014, at 9:40 AM, "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> All:
> 
> I looked for the ST Flycatcher this morning - with no look. One other Helena 
birder was also searching and I don't think he was successful either. 

> 
> Bob Martinka
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: One Day Wonder?
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jun 2014 08:40:53 -0700
All:

I looked for the ST Flycatcher this morning - with no look. One other Helena 
birder was also searching and I don't think he was successful either. 


Bob Martinka
 

Subject: Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat & blue gray gnatcatcher
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jun 2014 22:00:25 -0700
One of those wrens was singing from near the top of a 40 ft tree at that 
Georgetown location last Saturday during a Five Valleys Audubon trip. 


 The blue gray gnatcatcher was seen at Lewis & Clark Caverns today, but not at 
Cottonwood Canyon location. 

 

 Jim Oates & Raylene Wall
Subject: Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat & blue gray gnatcatcher
From: "oates65 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jun 2014 18:15:44 -0700
One of those wrens was singing from the top of a 40 ft tree at the Georgetown 
location during at Five Valleys Audubon trip last Saturday. The blue gray 
gnatcatcher was seen at Lewis and Clark Caverns park today, but not the pair at 
Cottonwood Canyon nearby. Jim Oates Raylene Wall 
Subject: Lesser Goldfinch and more Rock Wren observations
From: "conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jun 2014 16:45:25 -0700
This morning around 8 AM at Nixon Gulch, north of Manhattan I saw a male adult 
Lesser Goldfinch (psaltria). This bird was seen in flight and then perched 
briefly at the north end of the bridge. It then circled twice overhead, before 
flying south into the cottonwoods across the Gallatin River. The white patches 
in the wings and tail were quite distinctive while in flight. 

  
 Another highlight of the morning included finding two Rock Wren nests. At one 
nest the adult birds were carrying fecal sacs from the nest site, so the young 
had already hatched. At the other nest site the female was actively building 
the nest with twigs collected in the immediate area, while the male was singing 
on an embankment to the side. I’m assuming the roles of the sexes. At the 
nest that was being built you could see small rocks placed at the entrance to 
the nest cavity. The first nest site was in a rock crevice, while the second 
nest was being built in what looked like an old kingfisher hole in a dirt 
embankment. 

  
 It was also exciting to watch an adult male Kestrel bringing a fairly large, 
bloody prey item to a recently fledged male. 

  
 John Parker
 Bozeman
 

Subject: FW: Got a big surprise this morning - UPDATE [1 Attachment]
From: "Sharon Hansen smdewarthansen AT optimum.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:16:12 -0600
Had first found the Flycatcher on Merritt Lane around the farm house down
from Lake Helena Drive but then lost it. Just got back from attempting to
find it for my husband, and after circling the area we decided to drive up
Deal. And it wasn't too far down that we spotted it fly up from the south
fence line across from a yellow barn. Of course it disappeared again. I
think the strong wind we are getting is keeping it down a lot.  

 

 

From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2014 11:50 AM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups. com
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Got a big surprise this morning

 






While making an attempt to photograph an Eastern Kingbird, I noticed another
bird out of the corner of my eye. I lowered my camera to see what it was,
and I could not believe my eyes. It was a Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher!!!!!!!!!!!! In the Helena Valley!!!!  Posting photos now. Contact
offsite for more details. 

 

 

Sharon Dewart-Hansen

Helena, MT

cid:image003.jpg AT 01CDE207.29A65EF0

 







Subject: Got a big surprise this morning
From: "Sharon Hansen smdewarthansen AT optimum.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:49:48 -0600
While making an attempt to photograph an Eastern Kingbird, I noticed another
bird out of the corner of my eye. I lowered my camera to see what it was,
and I could not believe my eyes. It was a Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher!!!!!!!!!!!! In the Helena Valley!!!!  Posting photos now. Contact
offsite for more details. 

 

 

Sharon Dewart-Hansen

Helena, MT

cid:image003.jpg AT 01CDE207.29A65EF0

 
Subject: Re: June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jun 2014 07:08:17 -0700
Donald & MOB,

I have found that plucking eBird locations from the "Explore a 
Location>County>More Recent Visits>Checklist>Map" option and pinning them on a 
Google Earth county or region file can be useful for trip/target species 
planning. 


One glitch is that there may be several Hot Spot or personal names for the same 
general location. Another that I have run into in my quest for a Sagebrush 
Sparrow in Carbon County is that several listings in northern Wyoming are in a 
many, many mile 'Traveling' submission. 


Mike Lesnik
Monsoon continues in Livingston
Subject: Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat
From: "Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:20:42 -0600
Hey Tom and Rock Wren Followers,

I visited the two year old burn area in the Scratchgravels Hills today (west of 
Helena). As Jeff suggested, I heard numerous Rock Wrens singing in the burned 
portion of this interesting ecosystem. A landowner has been clear cutting 
burned trees on his adjacent property at an unbelievable rate while the BLM 
portion of the Scratchgravels remains largely untouched. Many of the trees that 
the landowner has taken down have ended up as small brush piles. I watched one 
particular wren sing from the top of a rock and then move to the branches of 
the brush pile and sing as earnestly as it did from the rock. I am supposing 
that the foraging in these piles may be advantageous for the wrens, and that 
they are really making the best of a bad/different situation. 


Observed three active nests in the area as well: two Mountain Bluebird and a 
Northern Flicker nest. One pair of Bluebirds were nesting in the same tree as 
the Flicker on the opposite side no more than three or four feet up from the 
Flicker nest. Kind of like apartment living. I can think of no symbiotic 
relationship that these two species may share. As an interesting side note 
though, the cavity that the bluebirds are nesting in was excavated by a/the 
Flicker. I watched him on several occasions work on this particular cavity. I 
digress. 


Stephen Turner
Helena. MT

> On Jun 27, 2014, at 7:01 PM, "Hilary Turner birder0288 AT gmail.com 
[MOB-Montana]"  wrote: 

> 
> Hi Tom, Jeff, et al,
> 
> I am working at the Mt Haggin WMA in Silver Bow County this summer, and have 
been surprised to see and hear Rock Wrens atop slash piles in the Conifer 
Removal plots associated with my project. The wrens are also seen in some rocky 
areas where I assume they are nesting, but they seem to prefer singing from the 
slash piles. A lot of beetle kill occurred in this area, and the dead conifers 
were removed and left in huge piles on the plots in order to study the effects 
of conifer incursion on aspen stands and the avian life therein. I have only 
seen the wrens on the removal plots and have not noticed any on the control 
plots. Thanks for the interesting tidbit. And good birding all! 

> 
> Hilary A. Turner
> Currently Mt Haggin WMA and back to Missoula in the fall!
> 
> 
>> On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM, 'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana] 
 wrote: 

>>  
>> 
>> Hi Tom,
>>  
>> Not in slash piles that I recall, but I (and others before me) have noticed 
that Rock Wrens readily colonize burned forests, where they nest in small rock 
outcrops exposed by the fire and in piles of downed trees. 

>>  
>> Jeff
>>  
>> *******************
>> Jeff Marks
>> 4241 SE Liebe Street
>> Portland, OR 97206
>> 503-774-4783
>> Birds of Montana Project
>> http://mtaudubon.org/
>> *******************
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Tom Forwood Jr tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]
>> To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
>> Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:35 AM
>> Subject: [MOB-Montana] Odd Rock Wren Habitat
>> 
>>  
>> Hi MOB,
>> Shannon Knodel and I took a 4 day trip of a NW MT loop. Had some 
>> fantastic birds along the way, but the oddest sighting consisted of Rock 
>> Wrens near Georgetown Lake. They were set up in wood slash piles on the 
>> Granite Co. side of the lake. There were at least two individuals 
>> singing from these wood piles and the area was quite open. The wood 
>> piles were dry and basically acted as artificial rock piles I'd assume. 
>> Has anyone else observed them using habitat such as this before?
>> good birding all, Tom
>> 
>> -- 
>> Tom Forwood
>> Park Ranger
>> Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
>> P.O. Box 489
>> Whitehall, MT 59759
>> 406-287-3541
>> 
>> fwptforwood AT gmail.com
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat
From: "soraart AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jun 2014 18:59:18 -0700
Mob,

I use to have a yard adjacent to my property here in Westby where there was a 
large pile of dead tress and lumber that had been piled up from a building that 
had been demolished. While working in the yard one day, I noticed a bird 
skulking around in amongst the pile of lumber, and discovered it was a Rock 
Wren. For well over a week it closely attended the pile, occasionally singing, 
before eventually moving on. 


Ted Nordhagen
Westby MT
Subject: Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat
From: "Hilary Turner birder0288 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:01:39 -0600
Hi Tom, Jeff, et al,

I am working at the Mt Haggin WMA in Silver Bow County this summer,
and have been surprised to see and hear Rock Wrens atop slash piles in the
Conifer Removal plots associated with my project. The wrens are also seen
in some rocky areas where I assume they are nesting, but they seem to
prefer singing from the slash piles. A lot of beetle kill occurred in this
area, and the dead conifers were removed and left in huge piles on the
plots in order to study the effects of conifer incursion on aspen stands
and the avian life therein. I have only seen the wrens on the removal plots
and have not noticed any on the control plots. Thanks for the interesting
tidbit. And good birding all!

Hilary A. Turner
Currently Mt Haggin WMA and back to Missoula in the fall!


On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM, 'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]
 wrote:

>
>
>  Hi Tom,
>
> Not in slash piles that I recall, but I (and others before me) have
> noticed that Rock Wrens readily colonize burned forests, where they nest in
> small rock outcrops exposed by the fire and in piles of downed trees.
>
> Jeff
>
> *******************
> Jeff Marks
> 4241 SE Liebe Street
> Portland, OR 97206
> 503-774-4783
> Birds of Montana Project
> http://mtaudubon.org/
> *******************
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Tom Forwood Jr tjfishing75 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]
> 
> *To:* MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
> *Sent:* Friday, June 27, 2014 10:35 AM
> *Subject:* [MOB-Montana] Odd Rock Wren Habitat
>
>
>
> Hi MOB,
> Shannon Knodel and I took a 4 day trip of a NW MT loop. Had some
> fantastic birds along the way, but the oddest sighting consisted of Rock
> Wrens near Georgetown Lake. They were set up in wood slash piles on the
> Granite Co. side of the lake. There were at least two individuals
> singing from these wood piles and the area was quite open. The wood
> piles were dry and basically acted as artificial rock piles I'd assume.
> Has anyone else observed them using habitat such as this before?
> good birding all, Tom
>
> --
> Tom Forwood
> Park Ranger
> Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
> P.O. Box 489
> Whitehall, MT 59759
> 406-287-3541
>
> fwptforwood AT gmail.com
>
>  
>
Subject: RE: June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey
From: "'Stierle, Andrea' andrea.stierle AT mso.umt.edu [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:35:21 +0000
Hi Donald,

WMA is very close to Anaconda. Take 90E to the Warm Springs turnoff. When you 
turnoff the highway you can turn right or left at the stop sign. A right turn 
will take you to the Warm Springs Pond complex. If you were to turn left, the 
road would take you onto the Warm Springs Hospital Campus. If you drive through 
the hospital grounds angling sort of NW. You will find a dirt road at the NW 
end of the grounds that will take you to the Ducks Unlimited Ponds. These are 
great for shorebirds, cranes and dowitchers. If you go to the Ducks Unlimited 
Ponds behind the hospital I would use a high clearance vehicle. The road can be 
muddy and DEEPLY rutted. 


Hope this helps!

Take care,

Andrea
From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 3:17 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com; Gary Swant
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey


Would you care to give me some directions to the WMA and these ponds? Much 
appreciated. 

Donald Schiemann
Bozeman   dschiemann AT q.com
________________________________
From: "'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 

To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:52:54 AM
Subject: [MOB-Montana] June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey


Hi All, (June 24, 2014 Report)
The weather today was calm winds, partly cloudy, and temperatures between 60 
and 63F 


This week there were 2,500 individuals with 57 species compared to 2,650 
individuals with 74 species last week. Number of species may have been down due 
to the high winds. 


No new species were seen today.  The total for the year stands at 144.

Highlights:
The only species over 100 were Canada Goose – 236, Mallard – 117, Lesser 
Scaup – 122, Eared Grebe – 215 and American Coot – 353 


Shorebirds and waders included; Black-necked Stilt - 1, Spotted Sandpiper – 
2. 


The cottonwood tree that had the Bald Eagle nest broke in a wind storm about 20 
feet below the nest on Tuesday (06/24). One eaglet was fine and sitting in a 
tree and the other was trapped under the nest and tree branches on the ground. 
It was taken to the Raptor Center in Bozeman. The two adults were very 
defensive during this ordeal. Today no eagles were seen in the area. I am 
assuming that the one eaglet learned to fly a little early and left with the 
adults. It will be interesting to see if a nest will be reestablished in the 
area next spring. Their are other suitable cottonwoods near the broken tree. 
The nest had been in that tree for at least 10 years. 


Summary of Ponds:

ARCO Ponds – 46 species, 1,850 individuals with 82% of the total.

Sewage Ponds – 13 species, 200 individuals with 98% of the total.

Job Corps Ponds – 16 species, 80 individuals with 3% of the total.

Duck’s Unlimited Ponds – 22 species, 130 individuals with 6% of the total.

Gary Swant
Deer Lodge

Subject: Re: June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey
From: "Donald Schiemann dschiemann AT q.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:17:22 -0400 (EDT)
Would you care to give me some directions to the WMA and these ponds? Much 
appreciated. 

Donald Schiemann 
Bozeman dschiemann AT q.com 

----- Original Message -----
From: "'Gary Swant' birdmontana1 AT hughes.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 

To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:52:54 AM 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] June 25, Warm Spring WMA Survey 









Hi All, ( June 24, 2014 Report) 

The weather today was calm winds, partly cloudy, and temperatures between 60 
and 63F 




This week there were 2,500 individuals with 57 species compared to 2,650 
individuals with 74 species last week. Number of species may have been down due 
to the high winds. 




No new species were seen today . The total for the year stands at 144. 



Highlights: 

The only species over 100 were Canada Goose – 236, Mallard – 117, Lesser 
Scaup – 122, Eared Grebe – 215 and American Coot – 353 




Shorebirds and waders included; Black-necked Stilt - 1, Spotted Sandpiper – 
2. 




The cottonwood tree that had the Bald Eagle nest broke in a wind storm about 20 
feet below the nest on Tuesday (06/24). One eaglet was fine and sitting in a 
tree and the other was trapped under the nest and tree branches on the ground. 
It was taken to the Raptor Center in Bozeman. The two adults were very 
defensive during this ordeal. Today no eagles were seen in the area. I am 
assuming that the one eaglet learned to fly a little early and left with the 
adults. It will be interesting to see if a nest will be reestablished in the 
area next spring. Their are other suitable cottonwoods near the broken tree. 
The nest had been in that tree for at least 10 years. 




Summary of Ponds: 



ARCO Ponds – 46 species, 1,850 individuals with 82% of the total. 



Sewage Ponds – 13 species, 200 individuals with 98% of the total. 



Job Corps Ponds – 16 species, 80 individuals with 3% of the total. 



Duck’s Unlimited Ponds – 22 species, 130 individuals with 6% of the total. 



Gary Swant 

Deer Lodge 

Subject: Re: Freezout-mud road
From: "Pamela Poon pgracep AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:45:14 -0600
Rob:

Obviously she is referring to that nasty gumbo-y section we traveled.

P
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On Jun 27, 2014, at 11:12 AM, Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana] wrote:

> Hi all, unless something has been done to Mud road since last Sunday it is
> in the worst shape I have seen it in over 25 years of birding Freezout. Deep
> ruts, wet mud in one area and a deep hole in one part in the middle of the
> road. The hole is/was marked with a red flag. At least 2 feet deep, hole in
> culvert. Second hole to the Right, did not get to look down that one. I was
> not in my van but a big 4 wheel drive. Mud road is the road that goes from
> the main road to the outhouse area at the N end of the lake. The road on the
> West side of the lake is fine. Arla Eckert Great Falls
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Odd Rock Wren Habitat
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:45:44 -0700
Hi Tom,

Not in slash piles that I recall, but I (and others before me) have noticed 
that Rock Wrens readily colonize burned forests, where they nest in small rock 
outcrops exposed by the fire and in piles of downed trees. 


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: Tom Forwood Jr tjfishing75 AT gmail.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:35 AM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Odd Rock Wren Habitat


    
  Hi MOB,
  Shannon Knodel and I took a 4 day trip of a NW MT loop. Had some 
  fantastic birds along the way, but the oddest sighting consisted of Rock 
  Wrens near Georgetown Lake. They were set up in wood slash piles on the 
  Granite Co. side of the lake. There were at least two individuals 
  singing from these wood piles and the area was quite open. The wood 
  piles were dry and basically acted as artificial rock piles I'd assume. 
  Has anyone else observed them using habitat such as this before?
  good birding all, Tom

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

  fwptforwood AT gmail.com