Date: 7/16/17 6:55 am
From: Sneed Collard <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Hot °F hiking known spots Fishtail & SE Sweet Grass County
Wow, sounds like a great time birding, Mike. Would have loved to see all that you reported!

Sneed

Missoula


> On Jul 15, 2017, at 3:50 PM, <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
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> Ken & I got a late start yesterday for a hike into the adjacent State Trust Land looking for Common Poorwill. Very little movement seen, with just one Common Nighthawk the only goatsucker. Need to make a nocturnal drive into Devils Creek.
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> This mornings drive up West Bridger Rd (Sweet Grass County) produced food carrying adults Lewis's Woodpecker at both known nest trees, with a chick's head visible at one. The short hike into the Trout Creek drainage seemed easier with company. Slowly approached last week's Long-eared Owl location with no sight or sound until I moved uphill off trail a bit to get a look at what turned out to be a female Western Tanager foraging on the ground. We both said 'owl' when the juvenile flew a few feet about 25 yards up the drain to perch on a down log and then partially hide behind it.
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> Over the next few minutes, as we shifted around to get better camera angles, two more young and one adult came up out of the thick, low growing deciduous vegetation with short flights to perch on various logs and branches. Did not hear any vocalization.
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> Added a Green-tail Towhee adult & juv on the walk out. Also a new Lewis's location just above Blind Bridger and near there Ken got three brief, distant, looks at a black/white wing pattern that was almost certainly a foraging Red-headed Woodpecker (I had two similar looks there last week). As always American Kestrel were abundant on Bridger Creek and Stockade Road.
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> Mike Lesnik
> Joki Ranch, Fishtail
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