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25 Jan Re: Turkey Vulture. ["'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Jan Re: Turkey Vulture. ["deafduck52 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Jan Turkey Vulture. ["deafduck52 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
25 Jan Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches ["Beth Madden bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan FW: eBird Report - Freezout Lake WMA, Jan 23, 2015 ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan FW: eBird Report - Teton Pass road, Jan 23, 2015 ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan FW: eBird Report - Freezout Lake WMA, Jan 23, 2015 ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan FW: eBird Report - Sunset Hills Cemetery, Jan 23, 2015 ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan Very interesting ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan Ft. Peck gulls ["chuckcmt chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan Re: George Town Lake ["harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
24 Jan George Town Lake ["harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Jan Re: George Town Lake ["thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Jan Labeling of photos and email posts ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
23 Jan Re: George Town Lake ["harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jan Re: Pine Grosbeak calls ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jan Re: George Town Lake ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jan Common Redpolls - Missoula ["tertop AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
22 Jan George Town Lake ["harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Jan Pine Grosbeak calls ["gaia_maid AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
20 Jan Re: FW: eBird Report - Highland Cemetery, Jan 19, 2015 [1 Attachment] ["Larry Carter birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan Re: Re: Merlin ["darin.newton AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan FW: eBird Report - Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Jan 19, 2015 ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan FW: eBird Report - Highland Cemetery, Jan 19, 2015 ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan Red Crossbill behavior ["sendtodebbie AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan Re: Re: Merlin ["shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan Re: Re: Merlin ["Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan Re: Merlin ["shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
19 Jan Highland Cemetery ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Jan RE: Helena backyad birds ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Jan Re: MOB photos ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Jan MOB photos ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Jan FW: eBird Report - Highland Cemetery, Jan 18, 2015 ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Jan RE: Helena backyad birds ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Jan Helena backyad birds ["candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
18 Jan Re: A great opportunity for young birders via scholarships [1 Attachment] ["Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Jan Meadowlarks at Joliet ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Jan A great opportunity for young birders via scholarships ["calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Jan Freezout p.m. ["birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
17 Jan Belgrade Sandhill Cranes and Rusty Blackbirds ["samk727 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Jan Northern Pygmy Owl - Jardine ["bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
16 Jan Re: GPS Snowy Owl ["livezeyart AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
15 Jan eBird Workshop, Jan. 22nd in Bozeman ["Lou Ann Harris montlou311 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
14 Jan Freezout Tuesday [1 Attachment] ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Jan Re: GPS Snowy Owl ["Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
13 Jan GPS Snowy Owl ["danzaz AT sasktel.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Jan Ft. Peck gulls ["chuckcmt chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
12 Jan 65 mile loop north of Wolf Point ["thomas Boyer thomglas20 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Jan Paradise Valley area birds ["gjkingfisher AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Jan Western Bluebirds ["thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Jan Great Black-backed Gull, Ft. Peck ["chuckcmt chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
11 Jan Re: Yellowtail Dam Afterbay, Fort Smith 12/27/14 ["Joan Ryshavy jyshavy AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
10 Jan Freezout Saturday ["Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
9 Jan Ft. Peck birds ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
09 Jan Eagles & other raptors ["daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
9 Jan Merlin ["Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jan Re: Capitalization of Bird Names, continued ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jan Helena CBC Results ["birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Jan Re: Capitalization of Bird Names, continued ["Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Jan Re: Trumpeter Swans at Logan's Pond Dillon ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Jan Re: Capitalization of Bird Names, continued ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jan Trumpeter Swans at Logans Pond Dillon ["linda.rebich AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Jan Basin, MT ["Mariahyorkies mariahyorkies AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jan Capitalization of Bird Names, continued ["stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
8 Jan Re: Re: Finch Variant and bird name CAPITALIZATION ["Jackie drjdubs AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
08 Jan Re: Finch Variant and bird name CAPITALIZATION ["conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Jan 8 Bald Eagles below Rainbow Dam ["jcb3825 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Jan Name ["cowgirl cowgirl AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
7 Jan RE: Finch Variant ["'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Jan Finch Variant ["cowgirl AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
7 Jan Re: Re: Chukar ["Jeff Pippen jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
07 Jan Re: Chukar ["danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
6 Jan Ft. Peck pelican ["'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Jan Chukar ["buccraig AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Jan Re: Big year List ["vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" ]
06 Jan Big year List ["Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" ]

Subject: Re: Turkey Vulture.
From: "'Jeff' jeff17_marks AT msn.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:44:21 -0800
Hi Drake,

I don't know if your medications require an adjustment, but if you're really 
been birding for 50 decades I want whatever medications you've been on! 


Turkey Vultures certainly are not normally seen in Montana in January. That 
said, at least 3 credible sightings exist between late Dec and late Feb. 


Jeff

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Jeff Marks
4241 SE Liebe Street
Portland, OR 97206
503-774-4783
Birds of Montana Project
http://mtaudubon.org/
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
 From: deafduck52 AT yahoo.com 
[MOB-Montana] 

  To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:36 PM
  Subject: [MOB-Montana] Turkey Vulture.


    

 Hello MOBsters. My name is Drake Reed. I reside in Helena Montana. My skill 
level and birding intensity has varied through some fifty decades decades of 
birding. I have followed your wonderful postings for a number of years. I have 
probably said "Hello" to a number of you. ( I carry a very large lens, and my 
Montana license plates say "BIRDZ"). What prompts me to post, is I am fairly 
certain I saw a turkey vulture on the drive between Choteau and Fairfield this 
afternoon. No good place to pull over, but a V-shaped wing configuration and a 
teetering soaring pattern, leaves me in little doubt. Is this possible, or do 
my medications require yet another adjustment? Thanks! 



  
Subject: Re: Turkey Vulture.
From: "deafduck52 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 17:57:28 -0800
Please forgive me. The sighting was actually between Augusta and Fairfield. The 
borrow pits are deep enough to be National Monuments, no place to pull off. 


                                                  Thank You again.  
                                                   Drake.
Subject: Turkey Vulture.
From: "deafduck52 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 17:36:55 -0800
Hello MOBsters. My name is Drake Reed. I reside in Helena Montana. My skill 
level and birding intensity has varied through some fifty decades decades of 
birding. I have followed your wonderful postings for a number of years. I have 
probably said "Hello" to a number of you. ( I carry a very large lens, and my 
Montana license plates say "BIRDZ"). What prompts me to post, is I am fairly 
certain I saw a turkey vulture on the drive between Choteau and Fairfield this 
afternoon. No good place to pull over, but a V-shaped wing configuration and a 
teetering soaring pattern, leaves me in little doubt. Is this possible, or do 
my medications require yet another adjustment? Thanks! 
Subject: Gray-crowned and Black Rosy Finches
From: "Beth Madden bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:48:23 -0700
Outside of Bozeman, at 17600 Rocky Mountain Road, David Coffin is feeding
hundreds of rosy finches daily these days.  They are mostly Interior and
Hepburn's races of Gray-crowned Rosy Finches, but maybe 2-5% are Black Rosy
Finches, so a great opportunity for anyone wanting to view them. Fun to
peruse and check out the plumages.  He is very open to people coming to see
them and welcomed a MOB post.  He feeds about a half gallon of seed in the
morning and then they clean it out, so morning is best.  Viewing would be
great from a car in his driveway or from his deck as well.  Also many
evening grosbeaks and other usual lovelies, and accipiters haunting the
scene.  You can email him at dcperegrine AT gmail.com to plan a visit.
Beth M.
Livingston
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Freezout Lake WMA, Jan 23, 2015
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:20:33 -0700
Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:15:43 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: eBird Report - Freezout Lake WMA, Jan 23, 2015

Freezout Lake WMA, Teton, US-MT
Jan 23, 2015 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     on way home, wind
2 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Merlin  1
sparrow sp.  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21527277

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Teton Pass road, Jan 23, 2015
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:46 -0700
Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Subject: eBird Report - Teton Pass road, Jan 23, 2015

Teton Pass road, Teton, US-MT
Jan 23, 2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Historical
Comments:     road from Cave MT on was a sheet of wet ice, very windy, by
afternoon the ice was getting a little softer
3 species

Gray Jay  3     these were at the ski area
Townsend's Solitaire  2     at the end of the ponds after Cave MT
Pine Grosbeak  1     very fast look before the Townsend's Solitaire chased
it away, think I heard some more on up the road

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Freezout Lake WMA, Jan 23, 2015
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:18:55 -0700
Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Subject: eBird Report - Freezout Lake WMA, Jan 23, 2015

Freezout Lake WMA, Teton, US-MT
Jan 23, 2015 9:20 PM - 10:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     wind
5 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X     fly over
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  1     camping area
Northern Shrike  1     point Q on map, boat ramp pond 5
Black-billed Magpie  5     Garage grove
Common Raven  2     fly over
sparrow sp.  2     very fast fly by

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Sunset Hills Cemetery, Jan 23, 2015
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Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:18:07 -0700
Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Sunset Hills Cemetery, Teton, US-MT
Jan 23, 2015 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     snow in some places, windy
2 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove  20     these were just down the road toward Freezout
Lake
Black-billed Magpie  4

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Subject: Very interesting
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:16:59 -0700
I have no clue if any one else was having this problem or not. I looked and
looked under more, files and all over MOB and could not find this years Big
List. Tried again tonight and there it was, in the same place I had looked
before. I have an old MAC and am running an old program. I added in the
birds I had seen that others had not put in yet. Arla Eckert Great Falls




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Subject: Ft. Peck gulls
From: "chuckcmt chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:39:59 -0700
Mobsters 
It has been 5 days now since the Great Black-backed Gull has been seen here. It 
appears that it has moved on. The Herring Gull is still hanging around.  


One of the pelicans that was here earlier evidently died as the carcass is 
obvious on the river bank now that the snow is mostly gone.  


Chuck Carlson 
Ft. Peck


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Subject: Re: George Town Lake
From: "harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 09:19:23 -0800
almost forgot. Posted by Dan harbour from Lewistown






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Subject: George Town Lake
From: "harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 09:16:30 -0800
 spent two days looking for Great Grey owls at Georgetown lake. I looked hard 
but no luck. It was very warm here it is 42 degrees this morning perhaps that 
had something to do with it. I talked to some locals who said they see them all 
the time. Perhaps I will have better luck next time. 


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Subject: Re: George Town Lake
From: "thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jan 2015 16:42:53 -0800
Dan, Katie Heath and I scoured Georgetown Lake on New Year's Day, no Great 
Grays found, although that's old information. Take a drive around the lake and 
check each campground. I think it's more likely to see one on the Southern 
side, as the timber there is taller, thicker and closer to the road. I had one 
Great Gray there on New Year's Day 2014 on the road into the first campground 
on the Southern Side. 


 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Labeling of photos and email posts
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:14:23 -0700
MOB

I guess it’s time to remind folks of what is asked for in each photo or 
message posted to MOB. The purpose of the site is to provide up-to-date 
information on bird sightings, and other things bird-wise, from throughout 
Montana. To do this requires certain information related to each sighting or 
photo posted. 


The site asks that all photos be labeled with a species name and date and 
general location where the photo was taken. 


In addition email posts should contain the location of the sightings you post, 
and should contain your name at the end of each message you post 


Chuck Carlson
Moderator
Subject: Re: George Town Lake
From: "harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jan 2015 07:01:37 -0800
dan harbour. I am staying near Phillipsburg. My hometown is Lewistown

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Subject: Re: Pine Grosbeak calls
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jan 2015 16:23:16 -0800
Your location? 

 Dan Casey
 Billings
Subject: Re: George Town Lake
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jan 2015 16:22:51 -0800
Your name and location, please. 

 Dan Casey
 Billings
Subject: Common Redpolls - Missoula
From: "tertop AT aol.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:09:40 -0500
Hello Mobbers,

This afternoon I saw 3 Common Redpolls on the Open Space Trail at the north end 
of Timberlane road in Lincolnwood up the Rattlesnake in Missoula (whew). 

They were in some aspens by the bridge over Rattlesnake Creek just north of the 
kiosk. There was also a Townsend's Solitaire by the kiosk. 


Terry Toppins
tertop AT aol.com
Missoula
Subject: George Town Lake
From: "harbour1956 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jan 2015 09:27:20 -0800
I am in the Georgetown Lake area for a couple of days. I would appreciate any 
tips or sightings on great gray owls. that would be a lifer 4 me. 



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Subject: Pine Grosbeak calls
From: "gaia_maid AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 10:04:01 -0800
Hello, all,
Yesterday I stepped outside just in time to hear pine grosbeaks high in a pine 
treetop doing a fascinating call. It was a soft chirr, descending notes, 
delivered in a cycling fashion, and I think it was vocalized by several birds, 
because I could hear one cycle not yet ended when another round was beginning. 
It reminded me of the way cicadas or locusts sound, as it went on a bit and 
then just stopped. Has anyone else heard this sort of call? Any idea as to what 
it might indicate? 


We have these birds at our feeders every day and I am familiar with their usual 
chirrups, but what I heard yesterday was almost like a musical droning. 


We also have many gray-crowned rosefinches and a few evening grosbeaks around 
but I didn't see them at the time I saw the p. G.'s. 

Roxanna

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Subject: Re: FW: eBird Report - Highland Cemetery, Jan 19, 2015 [1 Attachment]
From: "Larry Carter birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:34:03 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Arla, saw some of the Pine Grosbeaks drinking from a pool.  Got some photos 
at the base of one of the conifers.  You saw Cedar Waxwings sure looked like 
Bohemian Waxwings.  The most important thing is I got a new life list bird the 
Pine Grosbeak.  Photo enclosed.  good birding Larry Carter 


 On Monday, January 19, 2015 10:02 PM, "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net 
[MOB-Montana]"  wrote: 

   

   Checked again today since I wanted to take photos, which I got, a number of 

birds were getting drinks from the water pools.Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Highland Cemetery, Cascade, US-MT
Jan 19, 2015 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: snow on ground, some pools of water, some wind
11 species

Canada Goose 5
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Northern Flicker 1
Black-billed Magpie 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 9
Pine Grosbeak 13

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Subject: Re: Re: Merlin
From: "darin.newton AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 21:13:51 -0800
I can definitely see the link as well. Luckily I read the link and didn't click 
on it. 


 Darin Newton 
 Belle Fourche, SD
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Jan 19, 2015
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:03:10 -0700
Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Cascade, US-MT
Jan 19, 2015 3:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     snow on ground with areas of bare ground
5 species

Black-billed Magpie  6
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Mountain Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  X
European Starling  60

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Highland Cemetery, Jan 19, 2015
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:02:18 -0700
Checked again today since I wanted to take photos, which I got, a number of
birds were getting drinks from the water pools.Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Highland Cemetery, Cascade, US-MT
Jan 19, 2015 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     snow on ground, some pools of water, some wind
11 species

Canada Goose  5
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Great Horned Owl  1
Northern Flicker  1
Black-billed Magpie  4
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  9
Pine Grosbeak  13

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Subject: Red Crossbill behavior
From: "sendtodebbie AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 20:48:24 -0800
 Today I observed a flock of Red Crossbills persistently working on the edge of 
the cedar shakes on a cabin roof in Glacier Park. They had created a 
considerable amount of erosion on the shakes, pecking at the wood and 
apparently eating it. I took several photos, and by all observation they did 
appear to be eating the pieces of wood they were able to get loose. Has anyone 
else observed this type of behavior from these birds? There were plenty of 
trees around with an abundance of cones, but they did not seem interested in 
any of that at all. 

  
 Debbie Krantz, Polson
Subject: Re: Re: Merlin
From: "shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 19:01:43 -0800
hey, sid: the link was at the bottom of your post, right under your 
name/location and right above the line, 'sent from sid frissell's ipad'. i read 
your post too quickly and thought the link after your name was to your merlin 
photos, which it's definitely not. i don't know how that link got attached to 
your post to the group, but i just wanted to warn anyone else reading too fast 
not to click on it. i do have a screen capture but darned if i know how to post 
it in this message thread. i can't be the only one that sees it, can i? 


 shawn r., somers
Subject: Re: Re: Merlin
From: "Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:12:39 -0700
I don't remember adding a link. I just followed the MOB instructions for 
posting a photo to my album. Hope I didn't do something to cause this site link 
to be added. Sorry all 


Sid Frissell
Stevensville
.

Sent From Sid Frissell's iPad

> On Jan 19, 2015, at 6:23 PM, shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana] 
 wrote: 

> 
> WARNING: sid, the link you posted to pix of the merlin is actually a link to 
child porn. everyone else, don't click! 

> 
> 
> shawn richmond, somers
> 
Subject: Re: Merlin
From: "shirlmt9 AT hotmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 17:23:13 -0800
WARNING: sid, the link you posted to pix of the merlin is actually a link to 
child porn. everyone else, don't click! 


 shawn richmond, somers
Subject: Highland Cemetery
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 16:34:39 -0800
MOB A trip to the Highland really paid off. I saw a lifer today by observing a 
total of 22 Pine Grosbeaks at the Highland Cemetery what a day this was. Other 
birds seen there were a few Black-capped Chickadees, one Red-shafted Flicker 2 
Red-br. Nuthatch and 12 Bohemian Waxwings all new for the year. Good birding 
Larry Carter Fairfield 
Subject: RE: Helena backyad birds
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 22:24:25 -0800
Robin - sorry, been posting on here for a while and forget these things. Chad 
Adams, Helena, MT 

And to make the post bird related, I posted a couple of blue jay photos - 
really need to get a new camera one of these days but got a couple that looked 
better than just blue blobs. 
Subject: Re: MOB photos
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 22:01:04 -0800
candjbirds (Please put your name in your posts): 

 Click on Photos. Click on Albums. Click on your album. Click on Edit. Make 
changes, click Save. 

 

 Voila.
 

 Dan Casey
 Billings
Subject: MOB photos
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 21:21:16 -0800
I should know this, but can someone tell me how to change your own photo titles 
once the photos have been uploaded, or do I need to do this before uploading 
them. Thanks. 

 

Subject: FW: eBird Report - Highland Cemetery, Jan 18, 2015
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:28:18 -0700
Arla Eckert Great Falls
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Highland Cemetery, Cascade, US-MT
Jan 18, 2015 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     very windy with lots of snow on the ground, a few bare places.
about 41 degrees
10 species

Rough-legged Hawk  1     fly over
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)  1
Black-billed Magpie  5
Common Raven  3
Black-capped Chickadee  3
American Robin  1
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  11
Pine Grosbeak  9
House Finch  1

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Subject: RE: Helena backyad birds
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:58:55 -0700
And WHO are YOU candjbirds?

 

Robin Wolcott

Bozeman, MT

 

From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 12:09 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Helena backyad birds

 

  

Warmish weather brought a bunch of birds to the backyard this morning. Raucous 
calls of Blue Jays woke me up, and looked out to see five Blue Jays looking for 
peanuts, so took some out for them and they stuck around for a while. Also had 
Flicker, Magpies, Crows, House Finches, Eurasian Collared Doves, Mountain 
Chickadee and Red Breasted Nuthatch. 


 


Subject: Helena backyad birds
From: "candjbirds AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 11:08:41 -0800
Warmish weather brought a bunch of birds to the backyard this morning. Raucous 
calls of Blue Jays woke me up, and looked out to see five Blue Jays looking for 
peanuts, so took some out for them and they stuck around for a while. Also had 
Flicker, Magpies, Crows, House Finches, Eurasian Collared Doves, Mountain 
Chickadee and Red Breasted Nuthatch. 

 

Subject: Re: A great opportunity for young birders via scholarships [1 Attachment]
From: "Sneed Collard collard AT bigsky.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:56:00 -0700
Thanks so much for posting this. I think we have a potential applicant :)

Best,

Sneed

On Jan 17, 2015, at 11:17 PM, "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 


> 
> 
> If you know of any young birders that would relish the opportunity to attend 
the meeting of the Western Field Ornithologists in Billings on June 10-14, 
scholarships are available. Besides a wide variety of field trips, some 20 in 
all to choose from, there will be workshops on flycatchers (Dan Casey), raptors 
(Steve Hoffman), sparrows (Jon Dunn), bird song (Nathan Peiplow), owls (Denver 
Holt), electronics in birding (Catherine Waters) plus a keynote talk on 
Mountain Plovers in Montana (Steven Dinsmore). This and a chance to learn about 
birds and their environments via the scientific sessions during two afternoons 
all add up to an outstanding opportunity for youngsters grade 6 through 12 to 
become better acquainted with birds. The deadline for applications has been 
extended to February 9, 2015. Here is the official announcement: 

> 
> 
> 
> Hello Birders:
>  
> Up to four Pasadena Audubon/Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships 
are being offered to the Western Field Ornithologists conference in Billings, 
Montana June 10-14, 2015. The competitive scholarships are available to 
students in Grades 6 through 12. Applications are being accepted from December 
29 through January 20. The WFO conference offers the opportunity for young, 
motivated youth to meet some of the people who earn their living and/or 
volunteer in field ornithology, bird conservation, biology and other 
distinguished fields. 

> Follow this link to the scholarship opportunity: 
www.westernfieldornithologists.org 

> 
> I hope we can represent Montana with some active young birders!
> 
> Ed Harper
> Bozeman/Sacramento
> 
>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 

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


Subject: Meadowlarks at Joliet
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 22:40:05 -0800
MOB-sters:
 

 I took a drive through parts of Carbon and Stillwater Counties today. My best 
find was a group of seven Western Meadowlarks along the highway a few miles NE 
of Joliet. Photos posted. 

 

 Dan Casey
 Billings
Subject: A great opportunity for young birders via scholarships
From: "calidris AT surewest.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 22:17:00 -0800
If you know of any young birders that would relish the opportunity to attend 
the meeting of the Western Field Ornithologists in Billings on June 10-14, 
scholarships are available. Besides a wide variety of field trips, some 20 in 
all to choose from, there will be workshops on flycatchers (Dan Casey), raptors 
(Steve Hoffman), sparrows (Jon Dunn), bird song (Nathan Peiplow), owls (Denver 
Holt), electronics in birding (Catherine Waters) plus a keynote talk on 
Mountain Plovers in Montana (Steven Dinsmore). This and a chance to learn about 
birds and their environments via the scientific sessions during two afternoons 
all add up to an outstanding opportunity for youngsters grade 6 through 12 to 
become better acquainted with birds. The deadline for applications has been 
extended to February 9, 2015. Here is the official announcement: 

 

 Hello Birders:
  
 Up to four Pasadena Audubon/Western Field Ornithologists Youth Scholarships 
are being offered to the Western Field Ornithologists conference in Billings, 
Montana June 10-14, 2015. The competitive scholarships are available to 
students in Grades 6 through 12. Applications are being accepted from December 
29 through January 20. The WFO conference offers the opportunity for young, 
motivated youth to meet some of the people who earn their living and/or 
volunteer in field ornithology, bird conservation, biology and other 
distinguished fields. 

 Follow this link to the scholarship opportunity: 
www.westernfieldornithologists.org http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/ 

 

 I hope we can represent Montana with some active young birders!
 

 Ed Harper
 Bozeman/Sacramento
 
  
 

Subject: Freezout p.m.
From: "birder43 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 17:50:01 -0800
MOB, checked out Freezout this windy afternoon. Freezout is still frozen. 
Really quiet at Freezout with very few birds seen. Did see first Golden Eagle 
for the year a juvenile. At the boat ramp saw 24 Red-winged Blackbirds a first 
for the year. Three Tree Sparrows and 26 Sharp-tailed Grouse. All for now, good 
birding Larry Carter Fairfield 
Subject: Belgrade Sandhill Cranes and Rusty Blackbirds
From: "samk727 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 14:53:58 -0800
Mobbers,
 

 While birding this morning, I spotted two flying Sandhill Cranes near the 
intersection of Dry Creek Rd and Hamilton Rd north of Belgrade. This is easily 
the earliest date I have for this species. 

 

 Half an hour later, while glassing through a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds 
along Burnt Rd, I found two Rusty Blackbirds. Both had a pale supercilium under 
a rusty cap and distinctly rusty upperparts. 

 

 I also counted 44 swans at Central Park Pond, including 1 Tundra Swan.
 

 Good birding!
 

 Sam Koenen
 Bozeman
Subject: Northern Pygmy Owl - Jardine
From: "bethmadden64 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jan 2015 15:42:53 -0800
Hi Mobsters,
Yesterday (1/15) I was treated to some great viewing of a Northern Pygmy Owl 
right on the power line along the road into the 'town' of Jardine (outside 
Gardiner), near some cabins just before crossing the bridge. From a distance I 
thought it must be a shrike, out in the open like that on a wire, but sure 
enough, it was a tiny owl, busy hunting along the road there. Cool! I told a 
friend who looked for it later in the day and did not see it there. 


Beth 
Livingston
 

Subject: Re: GPS Snowy Owl
From: "livezeyart AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jan 2015 06:21:36 -0800
Hey Stephen, while you wait for a reply, wanna go grab a beer sometime?  Dale
Subject: eBird Workshop, Jan. 22nd in Bozeman
From: "Lou Ann Harris montlou311 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:08:10 -0800
Dear MOBsters,

For anyone who lives in the Bozeman area and would like to learn more about 
eBird: Sacajawea Audubon is offering a free workshop on Jan. 22nd, 6:30 p.m. at 
Bozeman Public Library (small conference room). 


For more information, visit our website at www.sacajaweaaudubon.org, or 
register by calling Paulette Epple at 406-580-6186. 


Thanks!

Lou Ann Harris
Bozeman, MT

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Subject: Freezout Tuesday [1 Attachment]
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:30:05 -0700
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MOB,
A visit to Freezout Lake yesterday found the same winter birds. This 
included one Red-winged Blackbird and my year's first Prairie Falcon.  
The falcon let me get fairly close and we had a nice conversation...see 
attached photo.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT


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Subject: Re: GPS Snowy Owl
From: "Stephen stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:28:52 -0700
Dan,

Are you associated with Project SNOWstorm?

Stephen Turner
Helena MT

> On Jan 13, 2015, at 8:26 AM, "danzaz AT sasktel.net [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> "April" the female Snowy Owl fitted with a GPS transmitter, gave good quality 
signals this morning (last week, not so good - maybe too much overcast to 
recharge the battery?). She is hanging around some cultivated fields 20 miles 
southwest of Homestead and 20 miles northeast of Poplar. Last week it appears 
she spent time in some rough looking native pasture just west of this week's 
location. A good quality signal this morning was at N 48 21' 53" W 104 56' 42". 

> 
> 
> 
> Last Wednesday we were able to attach another transmitter to a mature female 
in southwest Saskatchewan. Her next transmissions should be made on Thursday 
(192 hour cycle as opposed to "April"s 168 hour cycle). Will she stay in 
Saskatchewan or will she move south as well? 

> 
> 
> 
> Dan Zazelenchuk
> 
> 
> 
> Matador, Saskatchewan
> 
> 
Subject: GPS Snowy Owl
From: "danzaz AT sasktel.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jan 2015 07:26:14 -0800
"April" the female Snowy Owl fitted with a GPS transmitter, gave good quality 
signals this morning (last week, not so good - maybe too much overcast to 
recharge the battery?). She is hanging around some cultivated fields 20 miles 
southwest of Homestead and 20 miles northeast of Poplar. Last week it appears 
she spent time in some rough looking native pasture just west of this week's 
location. A good quality signal this morning was at N 48 21' 53" W 104 56' 42". 

 

 Last Wednesday we were able to attach another transmitter to a mature female 
in southwest Saskatchewan. Her next transmissions should be made on Thursday 
(192 hour cycle as opposed to "April"s 168 hour cycle). Will she stay in 
Saskatchewan or will she move south as well? 

 

 Dan Zazelenchuk
 

 Matador, Saskatchewan
Subject: Ft. Peck gulls
From: "chuckcmt chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:58:14 -0700
Mobsters

While looking for the Great Black-backed this afternoon I noticed a large white 
something sitting on the ice and thought it might be a Snowy Owl. When I got 
the scope on it it turned out to be a pelican. This was a new one for me. I've 
never seen a pelican on ice before. It appears to be in good health as it was 
preening and stretching. I will post a photo taken at long range later. By the 
way, the Great Black-backed and a Herring gull were also out there.  


Chuck Carlson 
Ft. Peck 
Subject: 65 mile loop north of Wolf Point
From: "thomas Boyer thomglas20 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:22:02 -0800




Subject: Paradise Valley area birds
From: "gjkingfisher AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 18:06:46 -0800
Hi Mobsters, Yesterday as I drove down the Mill Creek road my wife and I saw a 
flock of about 75 Common Redpolls and shortly thereafter a flock of at least 
500 Bohemian Waxwings feeding on a hillside patch of junipers. We were a few 
miles east of the Paradise Valley floor. Later as we drove back towards 
Livingston on the Pine Creek road we were treated to the sight of a beautiful 
light adult Ferruginous Hawk at very close range. What's with all the Ferrugies 
in SW Montana this winter? This is the 4th one I've heard of in the past couple 
of weeks. George Kelly, Livingston 

 

Subject: Western Bluebirds
From: "thomaskallmeyer AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 15:35:21 -0800
Greetings MOBsters,
 

 Today while leaving Dodd Ranch at the top of Butler Creek Road in Missoula I 
observed a flock of 10 Western Bluebirds. Images posted to album T. Kallmeyer. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Thomas Kallmeyer, Missoula
Subject: Great Black-backed Gull, Ft. Peck
From: "chuckcmt chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:45:04 -0700
Mobsters 

I found the gull this afternoon just below the power plants. It was the only 
gull seen. It appears that the full complement of Common Meegansers have 
arrived. I made a rough count of 400 there also.  


Chuck Carlson 
Ft. Peck 
Subject: Re: Yellowtail Dam Afterbay, Fort Smith 12/27/14
From: "Joan Ryshavy jyshavy AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:45:49 -0700

Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 30, 2014, at 2:28 PM, 'jaythom AT juno.com' jaythom AT juno.com 
[MOB-Montana]  wrote: 

> 
> MOB -
>  
> We took a trip from Billings down to Hardin and the Big Horn Valley to Fort 
Smith on Saturday, December 27th before the latest cold weather hit. This 
valley has a very high raptor population in winter - it seems similar to the 
Mission Vally and west side of Flathead Lake in western Montana for raptor 
density. 

>  
> Trip highlights include numerous Red-tailed Hawks including a very light 
morph (possibly a Krider's), Rough-legged Hawks of all morphs, American 
Kestrel, 2 immature & 1 adult Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, 
Sharp-tailed Grouse, Northern Shrike, Belted Kingfisher, Townsend's Solitaire, 
American Robin, 3 Western Meadowlark, 200+ Red-winged Blackbirds all in one 
flock in 2 trees by unharvested corn fields close to Fort Smith, 3 Gray-crowned 
Rosy-Finch in the town, and on the Afterbay the crowds of Canada Geese (many 
very small Lesser race but I am not sure if any were Cackling), Mallards, 
Common Goldeneye, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, American 
Wigeon, American Coots, a few Bufflehead and one lone Scaup - probably Lesser. 

>  
> No gulls were seen (I am envious of the Fort Peck rarities and thought 
perhaps some would be found, but didn't see a single one), and no Long-necked 
Duck or other unusual waterfowl. 

>  
> We took the road from St. Xavier to Pryor on the way back to Billings and 
found 12 Gray Partridge just east of Pryor. 

>  
> Happy New Year!
>  
> Jan & Jay Thom
> west Billings
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Subject: Freezout Saturday
From: "Michael Schwitters schwit AT 3rivers.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:11:23 -0700
Howdy MOB,
I visited Freezout Lake this morning...+24F and 3-4 inches of snow and 
no open water.  No waterfowl but a few winter birds.  Several flocks of 
American Tree Sparrow and Horned Larks.  Ring-necked Pheasants, 
Sharp-tailed Grouse, a Common Raven and, of course, Black-billed 
Magpies.  The best bird was a flock of seven Red-winged Blackbirds, they 
appeared to be first winter birds.  Checking my records, this may be the 
first time Red-wingeds were recorded at Freezout in the winter 
(certainly January). They were at the parking area at the SE corner of 
the Area (Point E in the birding brochure).
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT



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Subject: Ft. Peck birds
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 22:09:40 -0700
Mobsters

The weather for the last two days was too much for the lake and river. With 
–13 F and little wind the lake is mostly icebound except for far out. The 
river for about a mile or so below the power plants has frozen over but will 
likely reopen when the warm spell gets here next week. In the meantime our 
winter contingent of Common Mergansers has arrived. The flock numbers in the 
area of 200 to 400. And the coots are all congregated in the same area. All the 
gulls appear to have left, but I’ll keep checking. 


The Sharp-shinned Hawk is still h(a)unting the back yard. Yesterday it took a 
Northern Flicker. I did not see the takedown but looked up from the crossword 
puzzle and there it was belly deep in the fluffy snow with barred feathers 
sticking out above the snow line. That is a hefty meal for a Sharpie. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: Eagles & other raptors
From: "daellison70 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jan 2015 20:38:45 -0800
Last Tuesday I drove from Helena to Harrison to look for the short-eared owls 
reported down that way. Didn't find them but had several close encounters with 
raptors, mostly due scavenging opportunities near the sites of wildlife-vehicle 
collisions. The highlight was a sub-adult eagle dining on what appeared to be 
an elk carcass near the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area north of 
Townsend. The vehicle made a good blind and I was able to watch it eat for 
about 20 minutes, and then make a lumbering take-off to join another eagle 
circling over the lake. Posted photos to a new folder for 2015. 


 Dan Ellison
 Helena

Subject: Merlin
From: "Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:16:53 -0700
At about 11:45 am today, I glanced out the west-facing window of my art studio 
and noticed a small, compact bird perched near the top of a dead Lombardy 
Poplar. This particular tree sits on a prominent ridgeline between the house 
and the main Bitterroot Valley, so it is a frequently used observation perch 
for American Kestrels, Northern Flickers, Magpies, and occasionally Northern 
Shrikes. This mornings user first made me think, Kestrel or Shrike, because of 
it's compact body and longish tail. I spun my scope around and focused on---a 
male Merlin. The last Merlin I had seen in this area was in January and 
February of 2006! 


He was quite far away, but I shot a couple of photos of him "for the record." 
I'll post them in my MOB album. I think you can tell it's a Merlin!!?? 


Sid Frissell
Stevensville
 
vvhttp://www.xnxx.com/video8089091/daddy_pimped_his_little_girl_s_butthole_
Sent From Sid Frissell's iPad
Subject: Re: Capitalization of Bird Names, continued
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 16:16:52 -0800
Chuck et al.: just as many thrashers are brown, several gulls are little, many 
jays are blue, many species of sandpiper occur in the west, and Hooded is 
sometimes the most common merganser. Capitalization does indeed help 
distinguish what birds are being written about. Most scientific writing that 
includes more taxa than birds does not follow AOU protocol, but among birders, 
it seems most clear to capitalize. 


 Dan
Subject: Helena CBC Results
From: "birder_bob AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 15:00:15 -0800
MOB:

Here are the results of the Helena CBC - a bit delayed because the compiler - 
Cedron Jones - was out of town. Thanks to Cedron for compiling and preparing 
the following summary. 


 Forty-four lucky folks enjoyed mild & calm weather on Saturday, December 20th. 
The light was a bit flat, due to mostly cloudy skies and mostly snow-covered 
ground. But a nice diversity of birds were reported, and several sections had 
record species counts. Here are some details: 

 Total Species = 67 (this is above the 10-yr average of 63, but well below the 
record of 77) 

   Total Individuals = 8874  (significantly below the 10-yr average of 11,650)
  
 Record high counts were recorded for 5 species: (previous high in parentheses) 

             Ring-necked Duck  48  (40)
             Lesser Scaup  6  (5)
             Eurasian Collared-Dove  605  (303)
             Pygmy Nuthatch  45  (32)
             Cedar Waxwing  100  (96)
   Noticeably high counts were also recorded for
             American Coot  554  (588)
             Black-capped Chickadee  153  (156)
  
 Magpie, Tree Sparrow and House Sparrow were all recorded, so they remain the 
only species seen on every count. 

  
 Varied Thrush was reported for just the second time, and Greater Scaup was 
reported for the third time. 

 

 Bob Martinka

 
 

Subject: Re: Capitalization of Bird Names, continued
From: "Sid Frissell sidfrissell AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:28:24 -0700
I learned from a legendary MT ornithologist (P.L. Wright) that bird names are 
capitalized because there is an official checklist of bird names (by the 
American Ornithology Union) where all bird names are capitalized. This is the 
listing that shows all the currently accepted common and scientific names. 


Sid Frissell
Stevensville

Sent From Sid Frissell's iPad

> On Jan 8, 2015, at 2:16 PM, 'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Of course the reason for having a birding listserv is to communicate 
information about birds to birders, the what, where and who. Being artistic, 
poetically oriented and visually stimulating can be very good and still be 
done, but on our listserv you must still communicate with the birding 
community. One of the needs required to communicate successfully is to have 
“rules of grammar”. And whether or not you agree with the nomenclature of 
bird names set by the AOU, the best way to get your message across to the 
birding world at large is to frame it in an widely recognized manner. The New 
York Times style manual (or whatever they call it) does not recognize any of 
the rules of bird names, but they are not in the business of bird recognition. 
My favorite example is the name “yellow warbler” which is quite generic. 
When someone reads this name and goes to a field guide which warbler might they 
pick? There are at least seven warblers that are mostly yellow. The Yellow 
Warbler is only one of them. 

>  
> Chuck Carlson
> Ft. Peck
>  
> From: mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 8:45 AM
> To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [MOB-Montana] Capitalization of Bird Names, continued
>  
>  
> Happy New Year MOBsters!
> 
> 
> 
> Thanks for the topic! I am in the throes of Scott Weidensaul's "Living on the 
Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds". This is must reading for 
anyone who has an interest in bird migration. Scott has this to say about 
capitalization of bird names: 

> 
> 
> 
> "While it isn't one of the crucial issues of the day, there is a testy little 
debate in ornithological 

> 
> circles about whether or not to capitalize the complete, proper names of 
birds, like Wood Thrush 

> 
> and Lesser Goldfinch (but not the more general thrush or goldfinch, when the 
specific name does not 

> 
> appear). Generally, those writi ng for scientific works tend to capitalize, 
arguing that it reduces 

> 
> confusion (which it does), while those pursuing a more literary style of 
writing do not, considering 

> 
>       the practice pretentious and visually awkward (which it is)".
> 
> 
> 
> So... what do we do now? John (Parker) makes a well documented and valid 
argument for capitalization. However, if you are exercising your artistic, 
poetically oriented and visually stimulating, orthographic style of writing 
(like, say, e e cummings), feel free to... feel free! I bet the birds won't 
mind... :) 

> 
> 
> 
> Note: Scott Weidensaul will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Montana 
Audubon Bird Festival in Helena, 

> 
> June 5-7, 2015.  Make your plans now!
> 
> Signed, (yuk, yuk)
> 
> Stephen Turner
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swans at Logan's Pond Dillon
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:25:41 -0700
Linda

I just clicked on your photo and it says the they were at Logan’s Pond, 
Dillon. To get this info on the thumbnail photo you have to include it on the 
same line as your ID and date. Nice shot. 


Chuck Carlson

From: mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 1:36 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Trumpeter Swans at Logans Pond Dillon

  

I posted my picture in my album and went back to edit it and to say where I 
seen them and it isn't showing it on the photo. What am I doing wrong? 


Lnda Rebich

Dillon 
Subject: Re: Capitalization of Bird Names, continued
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:16:31 -0700
Of course the reason for having a birding listserv is to communicate 
information about birds to birders, the what, where and who. Being artistic, 
poetically oriented and visually stimulating can be very good and still be 
done, but on our listserv you must still communicate with the birding 
community. One of the needs required to communicate successfully is to have 
“rules of grammar”. And whether or not you agree with the nomenclature of 
bird names set by the AOU, the best way to get your message across to the 
birding world at large is to frame it in an widely recognized manner. The New 
York Times style manual (or whatever they call it) does not recognize any of 
the rules of bird names, but they are not in the business of bird recognition. 
My favorite example is the name “yellow warbler” which is quite generic. 
When someone reads this name and goes to a field guide which warbler might they 
pick? There are at least seven warblers that are mostly yellow. The Yellow 
Warbler is only one of them. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck

From: mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 8:45 AM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Capitalization of Bird Names, continued

  

Happy New Year MOBsters!




Thanks for the topic! I am in the throes of Scott Weidensaul's "Living on the 
Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds". This is must reading for 
anyone who has an interest in bird migration. Scott has this to say about 
capitalization of bird names: 





 "While it isn't one of the crucial issues of the day, there is a testy little 
debate in ornithological 


 circles about whether or not to capitalize the complete, proper names of 
birds, like Wood Thrush 


 and Lesser Goldfinch (but not the more general thrush or goldfinch, when the 
specific name does not 


 appear). Generally, those writi ng for scientific works tend to capitalize, 
arguing that it reduces 


 confusion (which it does), while those pursuing a more literary style of 
writing do not, considering 


      the practice pretentious and visually awkward (which it is)".




So... what do we do now? John (Parker) makes a well documented and valid 
argument for capitalization. However, if you are exercising your artistic, 
poetically oriented and visually stimulating, orthographic style of writing 
(like, say, e e cummings), feel free to... feel free! I bet the birds won't 
mind... :) 





Note: Scott Weidensaul will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Montana Audubon 
Bird Festival in Helena, 


June 5-7, 2015.  Make your plans now!

Signed, (yuk, yuk)

Stephen Turner
Subject: Trumpeter Swans at Logans Pond Dillon
From: "linda.rebich AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 12:36:17 -0800
I posted my picture in my album and went back to edit it and to say where I 
seen them and it isn't showing it on the photo. What am I doing wrong? 

 Lnda Rebich
 Dillon 
Subject: Basin, MT
From: "Mariahyorkies mariahyorkies AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:05:40 -0700
Two Clark's Nutcrackers and three Stellar Jays are fighting over the feed I 
threw out on my sidewalk. Fun to watch at 6000 ft in the Rockies. ...... Peg 
Nygard, Basin, MT 


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Subject: Capitalization of Bird Names, continued
From: "stepturner AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 07:45:50 -0800
Happy New Year MOBsters!
 

 Thanks for the topic! I am in the throes of Scott Weidensaul's "Living on the 
Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds". This is must reading for 
anyone who has an interest in bird migration. Scott has this to say about 
capitalization of bird names: 

 

 "While it isn't one of the crucial issues of the day, there is a testy little 
debate in ornithological 

 circles about whether or not to capitalize the complete, proper names of 
birds, like Wood Thrush 

 and Lesser Goldfinch (but not the more general thrush or goldfinch, when the 
specific name does not 

 appear). Generally, those writing for scientific works tend to capitalize, 
arguing that it reduces 

 confusion (which it does), while those pursuing a more literary style of 
writing do not, considering 

       the practice pretentious and visually awkward (which it is)".
 

 So... what do we do now? John (Parker) makes a well documented and valid 
argument for capitalization. However, if you are exercising your artistic, 
poetically oriented and visually stimulating, orthographic style of writing 
(like, say, e e cummings), feel free to... feel free! I bet the birds won't 
mind... :) 

 

 Note: Scott Weidensaul will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Montana Audubon 
Bird Festival in Helena, 

 June 5-7, 2015.  Make your plans now!
 

 Signed, (yuk, yuk)
 

 Stephen Turner
Subject: Re: Re: Finch Variant and bird name CAPITALIZATION
From: "Jackie drjdubs AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:58:49 -0700
Thanks for the helpful info, John.

Jackie Wilson
Bozeman, MT

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 8, 2015, at 7:40 AM, "conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> One of the more concise explanations on when to capitalize bird names, came 
from the National Audubon Spring 1998 Chapter NETWORKER. 

> 
>  
> 
> CAPITALIZATION OF BIRD NAMES
> 
> When writing your own name you always capitalize your first and last names. 
When writing the English name of a bird species, you should always capitalize 
its first and last names, such as Scarlet Tanager or Winter Wren. This avoids 
confusion with other modifiers in the sentence. For example, “the secretive, 
tiny, Black Rail.” If you are referring to unspecified birds use lower case 
letters, e.g. “those herons over there,” or “that sparrow on the 
ground.” 

> 
> If a species has a three-word unhyphenated name, all three words are 
capitalized. For example, “the graceful American White Pelican...” 

> 
> Many birds have compound or hyphenated “first” or “middle” names. 
Only the first letter of the compound name is capitalized: Red-throated Loon, 
or Long-billed Curlew. However, if a bird has a compound “last” name, then 
both parts of the compound name are capitalized: Eastern Screech-Owl or 
American Golden-Plover. 

> 
>  
> 
> Most style manuals or dictionaries would say not to use caps except in the 
case where a proper name is part of the species name (Audubon’s), and this is 
the rule at most newspapers or other publications. The AOU (American 
Ornithologist Union) encourages people to use caps with English bird names, and 
that is what you’ll see in most “bird” publications. It’s a matter of 
form and expectations, kind of like that MOB and most online bird forums expect 
that the poster will sign off with their name and location...except when you 
forget. 

> 
>  
> 
> John Parker
> 
> Bozeman
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Finch Variant and bird name CAPITALIZATION
From: "conundrumjp AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 06:40:19 -0800
 One of the more concise explanations on when to capitalize bird names, came 
from the National Audubon Spring 1998 Chapter NETWORKER. 

  
 CAPITALIZATION OF BIRD NAMES
 When writing your own name you always capitalize your first and last names. 
When writing the English name of a bird species, you should always capitalize 
its first and last names, such as Scarlet Tanager or Winter Wren. This avoids 
confusion with other modifiers in the sentence. For example, “the secretive, 
tiny, Black Rail.” If you are referring to unspecified birds use lower case 
letters, e.g. “those herons over there,” or “that sparrow on the 
ground.” 

 If a species has a three-word unhyphenated name, all three words are 
capitalized. For example, “the graceful American White Pelican...” 

 Many birds have compound or hyphenated “first” or “middle” names. Only 
the first letter of the compound name is capitalized: Red-throated Loon, or 
Long-billed Curlew. However, if a bird has a compound “last” name, then 
both parts of the compound name are capitalized: Eastern Screech-Owl or 
American Golden-Plover. 

  
 Most style manuals or dictionaries would say not to use caps except in the 
case where a proper name is part of the species name (Audubon’s), and this is 
the rule at most newspapers or other publications. The AOU (American 
Ornithologist Union) encourages people to use caps with English bird names, and 
that is what you’ll see in most “bird” publications. It’s a matter of 
form and expectations, kind of like that MOB and most online bird forums expect 
that the poster will sign off with their name and location...except when you 
forget. 

  
 John Parker
 Bozeman
Subject: 8 Bald Eagles below Rainbow Dam
From: "jcb3825 AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Jan 2015 18:54:08 -0800
Eagles in  the trees at the old power house john Beer
Subject: Name
From: "cowgirl cowgirl AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:23:55 -0700
Carolyn Hopper. Sorry.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: RE: Finch Variant
From: "'Robin' pajaros AT wewolcotts.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:14:50 -0700
And WHO would YOU be?

 

PLEASE sign your posts just as you would a “real” letter.

 

Thank You

 

Robin

Bozeman

 

From: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:06 PM
To: MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Finch Variant

 

  

This afternoon at our bird feeder in Bridger Creek Subdivision, Phase 2, on the 
NE side of Bozeman, 

two House Finch variants visited. They flitted about so fast I didn't get a 
photo but a good look. After checking my Sibley it was certain they were not 
our usual Gold Finches that visit occasionally in the winter. 

The Pine Siskins are back again. My apologies if I capitalize names as with all 
the conversations on birding sites I am now perplexed as to caps, no caps, and 
who decides. 

Anyway - the markings on the finches was definitely a gold version of the 
normal reddish of House Finches 


 


Subject: Finch Variant
From: "cowgirl AT bresnan.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Jan 2015 13:05:45 -0800
This afternoon at our bird feeder in Bridger Creek Subdivision, Phase 2, on the 
NE side of Bozeman, 

two House Finch variants visited. They flitted about so fast I didn't get a 
photo but a good look. After checking my Sibley it was certain they were not 
our usual Gold Finches that visit occasionally in the winter. 

The Pine Siskins are back again. My apologies if I capitalize names as with all 
the conversations on birding sites I am now perplexed as to caps, no caps, and 
who decides. 

Anyway - the markings on the finches was definitely a gold version of the 
normal reddish of House Finches 

 

Subject: Re: Re: Chukar
From: "Jeff Pippen jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:44:26 -0500
To add to the Chukar discussion, a family of them wandered across the Lemhi 
Pass road (southwest of Dillon) in July while I was birding/butterflying there. 
Clearly they are breeding in the wild in that region as well, but I do not 
know how long the population has been there. 


Pics:
http://www.jeffpippen.com/birds/chukar.htm

Good Birding,
Jeff
--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC
http://www.jeffpippen.com/

On Jan 7, 2015, at 12:22 PM, danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana] 
 wrote: 


> 
> Bucky:
> 
>  
> The Montana Bird Records Committee has previously considered only the Chukar 
population in the south Pryor Mountains to be "countable". That being said, 
Chukars are well established across the divide from southwestern Montana, and 
the Dillon area has had other recent records. I wonder if they are becoming 
established there. I would say that you should enter them in the big list. 

> 
>  
> Dan Casey
> 
> Billings
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Chukar
From: "danielcasey55 AT gmail.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Jan 2015 09:22:05 -0800
Bucky:
  
 The Montana Bird Records Committee has previously considered only the Chukar 
population in the south Pryor Mountains to be "countable". That being said, 
Chukars are well established across the divide from southwestern Montana, and 
the Dillon area has had other recent records. I wonder if they are becoming 
established there. I would say that you should enter them in the big list. 

  
 Dan Casey
 Billings

Subject: Ft. Peck pelican
From: "'Chuck Carlson' chuckcmt AT nemont.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:18:33 -0700
Mobsters

The two pelicans went missing about a week ago but one of them showed up today 
when the temp was 10 deg. There is quite a bit of ice on the river away from 
the powerplants and that drove a small group of Common Mergansers to the area. 
I did not find any gulls yesterday or today but the river was “smoking” 
enough to make visibility poor. 


Chuck Carlson
Ft. Peck
Subject: Chukar
From: "buccraig AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jan 2015 20:11:52 -0800
I was reading the latest posts and noticed the unrecorded birds in the 2014 MOB 
Big List. Ironically, I saw a group of 10 chukars along the side of the road as 
I was driving HWY 41 North of Dillon today. I don't know if they were wild or 
escapees. Should I post them on the 2015 list? 

Bucky Ballou, Silver Star, MT
 

Subject: Re: Big year List
From: "vagapaddler AT yahoo.com [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jan 2015 18:37:52 -0800
It is under the "More'' drop down.

Can I mention the gorgeous view I had of the full moon last night and tonights 
Venus-Mercury 1.5 degree (going to 39' on the 10th) conjunction in the Butler 
Valley 40 miles east of Parker. 


Mike Lesnik
La Paz Co, AZ
no sagey's today 
Subject: Big year List
From: "Arla Eckert turtle AT mt.net [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:07:31 -0700
I just looked but can not find it. What am I doing wrong? Arla Eckert Great
Falls




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