Date: 8/13/19 9:05 am
From: Joan Ryshavy <jyshavy...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] WS WMA Survey - 08.12.19
Thanks so much for your reports, Gary, you alert me even if i can't get there!
Joan Ryshavy Manhattan

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> On Aug 12, 2019, at 5:48 PM, <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> Warm Springs WMA Report – August 12, 2019
>
> This is the Twenty-second survey for the 2019 season. The temperature was 62 F when I started the survey with clear skies, and reached 63 F with light rain.
>
> I started this survey with 146 species. One new species were added today, Pied-billed Grebe. The total is now 147 species for 2019.
>
> This week the total individuals were 5,124 with 97 species. Last week there were 9,601 and 102 species. Many species had large decreases in numbers such as Eared Grebe which was at 597 last week and 6 this week. Overall there were 10 species of waterfowl that decreased in number this week. Last week, several species were in large rafts. There were no rafts of birds today. Apparently, many birds staged and then flew south just before or after this last weekend's storm.
>
> Total number of waterfowl species today were 18 compared to 19 last week.
>
> Shorebirds and waders:
>
> Water levels continue to remain high. However, several ponds are beginning to drop and show good numbers of shorebirds, but less than last week. Today I had 17 species of shorebirds, with a total of 178 individuals. Last week I had 20 species of shorebirds with 468 individual shorebirds. The highest population was 44 Wilson’s Phalaropes.
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> Birds of Interest:
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> 1 – Adult Black-crowned Night Heron, 1- Franklin’s Gull, 1 – Herring Gull, and 10 Red-necked Phalaropes.
>
> Summary:
>
> ARCO Ponds
> 68 species, and 4,277 individuals. This made up 82% of the total birds.
>
> Sewage Ponds
> 10 species, and 155 individuals. This made up 3% of the total birds.
>
> Job Corps Ponds
> 10 species, and 184 individuals. This made up 4% of the total birds.
>
> Ducks Unlimited Ponds
> 50 species, and 799 individuals. This made up 10% of the total birds.
>
> Gary Swant
> GoBirdMontana, LLC
> Deer Lodge
>

 
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