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11/18/18 8:56 pm <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] 15 Eagles on Dailey Lake
11/18/18 9:00 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout, Sunday AN, 18 Nov 2018
11/18/18 8:55 am 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Snow Goose on Dailey Lake 11 17 18
11/18/18 8:31 am <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Snow Goose on Dailey Lake 11 17 18
11/17/18 7:44 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Brrr, Freezout Saturday AM, 17 Nov 2018
11/15/18 12:49 pm 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout, 15 Nov 2018, AM
11/15/18 12:48 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Warm Spring WMA - 11.15.18
11/15/18 8:02 am 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> RE: [MOB-Montana] Bird presenters for Havre-Hill County Library
11/14/18 8:24 pm Beth Hill <grizhill...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Redpolls
11/14/18 7:20 pm Jim Rogers <jimrogers2007...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Bird presenters for Havre-Hill County Library
11/14/18 9:37 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout AM, 14 Nov 2018
11/14/18 5:16 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Birds
11/11/18 12:29 pm <sagetrout99...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Glaucous Gull @ Lake Elmo (Yellowstone Co.)
11/11/18 10:14 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sunday AM, 11 Nov 2018
11/10/18 10:59 am 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] RE: Freezout Sat AM, 10 Nov 2018
11/10/18 9:20 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sat AM, 10 Nov 2018
11/9/18 9:22 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Friday 9 Nov 2018
11/9/18 8:08 am <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Harris's Sparrow
11/8/18 1:19 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA - 11.08.18
11/8/18 11:41 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Thur AM
11/7/18 1:18 pm 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Wed AM
11/7/18 12:32 pm Account Upgrade Team <polovetsian...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/7/18 12:26 pm Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/6/18 9:46 pm Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/6/18 5:39 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/6/18 3:28 pm Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/6/18 3:15 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Scoters and Long-tailed Duck
11/6/18 2:34 pm 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Searching for snow geese
11/6/18 1:52 pm <gjkingfisher...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Re: Dailey Lake visitors 11 1 2018
11/6/18 1:19 pm Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Fwd: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/6/18 1:19 pm 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Tuesday AM
11/6/18 1:15 pm Gary Swant <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/6/18 8:16 am Beth Hill <grizhill...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] The Goldeneyes are Here
11/6/18 7:27 am Ernie Mckenzie <hornseeker...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown snow removal bonus observation
11/6/18 7:04 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lewistown snow removal bonus observation
11/6/18 5:05 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Monday
11/5/18 6:23 pm Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
11/5/18 6:03 pm Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Protect Osprey, Vote Yes on I-186
11/5/18 5:34 pm <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lewistown White & Blue
11/4/18 11:36 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sunday AM
11/3/18 4:23 pm 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Saturday
11/3/18 10:45 am <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] New file uploaded to MOB-Montana
11/3/18 7:27 am <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Dailey Lake visitors 11 1 2018
11/2/18 1:09 pm 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout 2 Nov 2018
11/1/18 5:23 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA 11.01.18
10/31/18 2:59 pm 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Lake WMA-31 Oct 2018
10/31/18 8:30 am <swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Re: Binoculars?
10/30/18 3:02 pm <bjhoy...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Blue Jay Feeding
10/30/18 12:25 pm <bjhoy...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Blue Jay Feeding
10/30/18 10:15 am <credulousanimal...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Blue Jay Feeding
10/30/18 8:36 am Kristi DuBois <kdubois...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Blue Jay Feeding
10/30/18 7:26 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Blue Jay Feeding
10/29/18 10:57 am <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] White-winged Scoter on Dailey Lake 10 29 18
10/28/18 7:13 pm tailfeathers <tailfeatherz...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown - time to buy unsaltdr whole peanuts
10/28/18 10:45 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lewistown - time to buy unsaltdr whole peanuts
10/28/18 9:28 am Jesse Kolar <jessekolar...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
10/28/18 7:40 am Peter Murray <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Re: Binoculars?
10/28/18 7:14 am Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown migration continues
10/28/18 6:14 am Jean Woessner <jwoessner...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Re: Binoculars?
10/28/18 5:29 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lewistown migration continues
10/27/18 11:19 am 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sat Morning 27 Oct 2018
10/25/18 2:02 pm <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lewistown mid-migration
10/25/18 12:56 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] WS WMA Bird Survey
10/24/18 2:01 pm 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Freezout--Wednesday
10/22/18 9:25 am '<collard...>' <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
10/22/18 8:56 am Mike <hookychinooky...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
10/22/18 8:23 am Kristi DuBois <kdubois...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
10/22/18 8:11 am '<collard...>' <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
10/22/18 7:47 am D Anderson <swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
10/21/18 2:08 pm <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Sand Hill Cranes gather in Paradise Valley
10/20/18 5:08 pm <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Red-tailed Hawk intergrade
 
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Date: 11/18/18 8:56 pm
From: <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] 15 Eagles on Dailey Lake
Sunday, 11 18 18. Ice on Dailey Lake. Small narrow open water bits with Coots and a few other birds on the water.

15 Eagles were working the Coots rather efficiently. Some Coots appeared to be pulled from the frozen slush along the water/ice threshold. The Eagles had a feast. Some Eagles dropped a Coot in the air, which then was caught in the air by the Eagles chasing the first Eagle...It was wonderful.
Big time action and aerobatics.

Check it out.


https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds-of-Paradise-Valley-Monta/ https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds-of-Paradise-Valley-Monta/



From the Old Chico Ornithological Society
Pete

 

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Date: 11/18/18 9:00 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout, Sunday AN, 18 Nov 2018
A little more clouds and warmer. Everything frozen.

No geese.

No swans

No ducks

SIGH.The migration must be over.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/18/18 8:55 am
From: 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Snow Goose on Dailey Lake 11 17 18
Thank you!!!

Excuse the brevity, this was sent from my iPhone.


On Nov 18, 2018, at 9:23 AM, <pmwm12...><mailto:<pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> wrote:



A lone Snow Goose was with a group of 6 Tundra Swans in an open area of a mostly frozen Dailey Lake today. The MT Natural Heritage snapshot for 39C3 does not show this bird being reportedly seen.
Over 100 Common Goldeneye, 70 or so Mallards, 60 Wigeon, 23 Lesser Scaup and a 100 Coots or so were occupying a small open area...it was quite a sight. A single Ring-billed Gull and a few Ruddy Ducks rounded out the group. Check it out.


https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Montana/


From the Old Chico Ornithological Society

Pete in Old Chico


 

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Date: 11/18/18 8:31 am
From: <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Snow Goose on Dailey Lake 11 17 18
A lone Snow Goose was with a group of 6 Tundra Swans in an open area of a mostly frozen Dailey Lake today. The MT Natural Heritage snapshot for 39C3 does not show this bird being reportedly seen.

Over 100 Common Goldeneye, 70 or so Mallards, 60 Wigeon, 23 Lesser Scaup and a 100 Coots or so were occupying a small open area...it was quite a sight. A single Ring-billed Gull and a few Ruddy Ducks rounded out the group. Check it out.



https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Montana/ https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Montana/



From the Old Chico Ornithological Society
Pete in Old Chico

 

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Date: 11/17/18 7:44 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Brrr, Freezout Saturday AM, 17 Nov 2018
Clear skies and quite cold, close to Zero.

Everything frozen except Priest Lake with a fair amount of ice fog.

Saw a flock of 200 white geese going out to feed from the south end of the
Main Lake and heard some white geese going south when I got back to Choteau.

Some Canadas on Priest Lake where I could see.

No swans seen.

One hunter? In a camper.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/15/18 12:49 pm
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout, 15 Nov 2018, AM
Still lots of ice but Main Lake has opened some, Priest Lake all water.

White Geese: 2,150.

Swans: 2

Fairly good number of ducks on Priest Lake.

3 Hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/15/18 12:48 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Spring WMA - 11.15.18


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – NOVEMBER 15, 2018

This is the 34rd survey for the 2018 season. Temperatures ranged from
36 F to 41 F with overcast skies, light winds. All ponds are iced over
with only small openings in the ice, which are packed with waterfowl.
Estimated ice in the ponds is from 96 to 98 percent.

No new species were seen today. The total species for the year stands
at 150. Total individuals counted today were 613 individuals and 21
species compared to 8,956 and 27 species last week. There were 12
species of waterfowl. Once the ponds ice over, most waterfowl migrate
out of the valley with a few moving into the Clark Fork, especially
goldeneyes and mallards.

The only species that are increasing are goldeneyes. There were 271
Common and 70 Barrow’s today. The only other species over 100 was
American Coots at 130.

SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

None

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

1 Surf Scoter remains in the area and 2 Trumpeter Swans.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

27 species, and 8,956 individuals. This made up 100% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

Not surveyed, due to hunting pressure in the area. In the areas with
easy access hunting, the pressure eliminates most waterfowl. It is
also not necessary to drive where hunters are positioned in blinds. I
did drive through the hunted portion of the WMA and there were only a
few waterfowl present. I will continue to monitor the areas and if
hunting subsides I will begin surveys in those areas again.

JOB CORPS PONDS

Not surveyed.

DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

Not surveyed.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge

 

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Date: 11/15/18 8:02 am
From: 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: RE: [MOB-Montana] Bird presenters for Havre-Hill County Library
Hi Jim,
Such an exciting prospect! Jim Robbins does a wonderful talk and his book is a well-written informative read. His presentation is equally as good.

I have two offerings which go out to the whole group: 1) Gary Swant and I have a presentation on the Migratory Waterfowl Protection Program at the Berkeley Pit. Part of our goal is share the activities with as many people as possible, and (selfishly) are eager to get feedback from the other avian experts. If anyone would like to have us present, feel free to reach out to me directly: <scapoccia...><mailto:<scapoccia...> and we can work on a schedule.

My second offering brings us back to Jim’s book. I had a small role in his book’s narrative as a pigeon expert. While pigeons often run counter to the larger avian conservation goals, part of my research actually frames these birds as important species. I would be happy to share my work on pigeons, and again (selfishly) would love feedback from the larger group of bird people!

Hope this helps!
Stella


From: <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:20 PM
To: <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Bird presenters for Havre-Hill County Library


Hello folks,

The Havre-Hill County Library (http://www.havrehilllibrary.org/) is looking for speakers to give presentations on birds this winter.

In case you didn't know, The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future by Jim Robbins won this year's Montana Book Award (http://www.montanabookaward.org/).

Simply put, it's worth reading.

Are any of you interested in giving a presentation about birds (on a topic of your choice) sometime this winter as part of the library's Montana Book Award program? I believe they are looking for someone near the end of January, two speakers in February and another in early March.

Or can you suggest someone?


Thank you for your consideration, jim


Jim Rogers
Mission Mountain Audubon
883.3611
<jimrogers2007...><mailto:<jimrogers2007...>

 

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Date: 11/14/18 8:24 pm
From: Beth Hill <grizhill...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Redpolls
I’ve had people asking me if any redpolls had been seen and until Tuesday I
had to say “I haven’t heard of any yet” but a group flew through Giant
Springs Tuesday. A Northern Shrike is back in the area as well.
Beth Hill
Great Falls

 

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Date: 11/14/18 7:20 pm
From: Jim Rogers <jimrogers2007...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Bird presenters for Havre-Hill County Library
Hello folks,

The Havre-Hill County Library (http://www.havrehilllibrary.org/) is looking
for speakers to give presentations on birds this winter.

In case you didn't know, *The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About
Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future* by Jim Robbins won this year's
Montana Book Award (http://www.montanabookaward.org/).

Simply put, it's worth reading.

Are any of you interested in giving a presentation about birds (on a topic
of your choice) sometime this winter as part of the library's Montana Book
Award program? I believe they are looking for someone near the end of
January, two speakers in February and another in early March.

Or can you suggest someone?

Thank you for your consideration, jim


Jim Rogers
Mission Mountain Audubon
883.3611
<jimrogers2007...>

 

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Date: 11/14/18 9:37 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout AM, 14 Nov 2018
The mild temperatures have improved the waterfowl some.

White geese: about 2,500.

Swans: 25.

Lots of ducks on Priest Lake.

3 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/14/18 5:16 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Birds
MOB,


The weekend storm brought in four or five Slate-colored Juncos including one brown variant. This is a seldom seen species in the yard. A quick twenty mile drive southwest of town mid-day Monday found well over one hundred (5 times the expected) Horned Larks on Upper Cottonwood, a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk on Moe Road and six Wild Turkeys along Casino Creek Road above Mill Creek.


Continuing yard birds include one White-crowned Sparrow, up to six Blue Jay, House Finch & Sparrows, both Chickadees and a couple Eurasian-collared Dove.


Not every day visitors include Black-billed Magpie, Common Grackle, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Downy Woodpecker.


White-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin and Brown Creeper are expected seasonal visitors still not seen.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown



 

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Date: 11/11/18 12:29 pm
From: <sagetrout99...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Glaucous Gull @ Lake Elmo (Yellowstone Co.)
Hello Birders,


This morning a sub-adult Glaucous Gull flew in and landed next to a Ring-billed Gull I was photographing, at Lake Elmo State Park in Billings. After several minutes, the bird took flight and I don't know if it remained at the lake or moved on. I obtained several photos and they may be viewed at this link to eBird:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49862318 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49862318


Kevin Glueckert
Billings, MT



 

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Date: 11/11/18 10:14 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sunday AM, 11 Nov 2018
Most everything is iced over, 12 F.

8 swans seen.

About 100 white geese remain on Priest Lake.

5 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/10/18 10:59 am
From: 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] RE: Freezout Sat AM, 10 Nov 2018
Thank you, Mike!

From: Mike Schwitters [mailto:<schwit...>]
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2018 10:17 AM
To: 'Brent Lonner'; <mschlepp...>; Capoccia, Stella; <MOB-Montana...>
Cc: 'Memry Hage'; 'Nancy Milewski'
Subject: Freezout Sat AM, 10 Nov 2018

Not much change with temps right at freezing. Only waterfowl on Priest Lake 350 white geese, and the south end of the Main Lake: 550 white geese and 120 swans.
As I watched at the south Main Lake an additional 80 swans flew south. Very few ducks.
10 hunter vehicles.
Mike Schwitters
Choteau MT


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Date: 11/10/18 9:20 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sat AM, 10 Nov 2018
Not much change with temps right at freezing. Only waterfowl on Priest Lake
350 white geese, and the south end of the Main Lake: 550 white geese and
120 swans.

As I watched at the south Main Lake an additional 80 swans flew south. Very
few ducks.

10 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT





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Date: 11/9/18 9:22 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Friday 9 Nov 2018
The migration is all but over. About everything is frozen.

White Geese: 850 in two groups,

Swans: 45

Sigh

3 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/9/18 8:08 am
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Harris's Sparrow
I have had a Harris's sparrow in my yard daily since October 13th.
That is a total of 28 days. It was feeding on the ground until we got
snow. It is now feeding at a Thistle Feeder. This is the longest time
I have had one stay continuously. Always something interesting to
observe with birds.
Gary SwantDeer Lodge



 

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Date: 11/8/18 1:19 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA - 11.08.18


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

This is the 33rd survey for the 2018 season. Temperatures ranged from
11 F to 15 F with light snow, fog, and 6 inches of snow on the ground.
The smaller ponds were iced over with a thin layer, but some ice was
thick enough to support Canada Geese, and Tundra Swans.

No new species were seen today. The total species for the year stands
at 150. Total individuals counted today were 8,956 individuals and 27
species compared to 9,476 and 24 species last week. There were 18
species of waterfowl.

American Coots are now down to 588 and will soon be mostly gone.
Several species have moved in with this cold weather to stage and then
move south. Mallards were 3,375, and American Wigeons were at 3,042.
Barrow’s Goldeneyes are increasing and I found 185 today. Grebes are
nearly gone with 18 in three species today.

Tundra Swans were at 365 which is an increase from last week.

SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

None

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

1 Surf Scoter, 3 Snow Buntings.

There were no white geese today, but two days ago I counted 7,500. I
heard them here in Deer Lodge last night, so they are moving south
through our valley. I suspect that some are landing at the WS WMA
daily but don’t stay long.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

27 species, and 8,956 individuals. This made up 100% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

Not surveyed, due to hunting pressure in the area. In the areas with
easy access hunting, the pressure eliminates most waterfowl. It is
also not necessary to drive where hunters are positioned in blinds. I
did drive through the hunted portion of the WMA and there were only a
few waterfowl present. I will continue to monitor the areas and if
hunting subsides I will begin surveys in those areas again.

JOB CORPS PONDS

Not surveyed.

DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

Not surveyed.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge

 

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Date: 11/8/18 11:41 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Thur AM
Clear skis but Cold. Ponds frozen and Priest Lake and Main Lake 2/5 frozen.

Swans: 310.

White Geese: 750

6 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/7/18 1:18 pm
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Wed AM
Major change at the Area.All ponds covered with ice!

Main Lake and Priest Lakes still open.

Swans---420.

White Geese---650.

Still some ducks present but less than 1.000.

9 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/7/18 12:32 pm
From: Account Upgrade Team <polovetsian...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
Thank you, Gary!
________________________________
From: <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...> on behalf of Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 9:37 PM
To: <MOB-Montana...>; '<matt...>'; <birdmt...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186



I echo complaints about the use of this forum for the posting of political (or religious) commentary except when it clearly and directly involves birds or birding of Montana (i.e. a ballot measure regarding expanding or closing a wetland). Forums like this are for people to discuss bird sightings, optics, locations, etc. Opening the door to loosely associated topics opens a massive airline hanger sized door. Next thing you know, people are posting about using one airline or car company over another because their skyscrapers in some city, not even in Montana, posted bird stickers on the windows, or pushing voting for candidates because there was a picture of them holding binoculars. Too much to go way off track with allowing such posts. If someone is truly genuine and serious about something like that, an appropriate post would be something like, "I feel that I-186 may importantly affect birds. So as not to start a political or religious public discussion in this group, which could go outside the intent of this forum, anyone interested in discussing this please email me OFF-LIST."

-Chris Hartzell
Columbia Falls

________________________________
From: "<birdmt...> [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana...>
To: "'<mob-montana...>'" <mob-montana...>; "'<matt...>'" <matt...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186



Scott and Jeff,

I only objected because it was my understanding that the site was to be used for the posting of bird sightings and things closely related to birding such as "What is the best binos to purchase".

I felt that if we allowed encouragement for an Initiative related to mining, we might open a flood gate that would be difficult to close. There are other avenues to use for advocating or objecting to initiatives that are more appropriate than MOB.

As an example, Montana Audubon supported I-186 in their newsletter.


Gary Swant
Deer Lodge
-----------------------------------------
From: "Scott Heppel"
To: "Jeff Marks"
Cc: "Gary Swant", "John Carlson"
Sent: Tuesday November 6 2018 4:47:13PM
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186

Jeff,

Thank you for the response. It is quite disappointing that anyone who loves birds could object to the post, but I respect your decision to take it down since Gary objected. I look forward to the day when there is an initiative on the ballot that has birds in the title, but I doubt I will live that long. Lesson learned.

Thank you, Jeff.

Scott

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 6, 2018, at 2:21 PM, Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...><mailto:<jsmarks17...>> wrote:

Hi Scott,

I'm not certain about the mob guidelines on this one but suspect a good general rule would be to avoid advocating for ballot measures or initiatives that do not specifically have birds in the title, or as the specific aim. I agree that this initiative should help birds, in addition to other wildlife, and thus I'm surprised that any member of mob would be against posting about it. That said, mob probably is not the place to advocate for it, and I will take it down shortly.

I know you had good intentions and appreciate that very much.

Jeff

On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:55 PM Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> wrote:

Gary,

I am sorry if you found the post inappropriate.

It is certainly relevant to the well-being of both migratory and resident bird populations in Montana. A wide variety of conservation groups including Montana Audubon and Trout Unlimited are supporting I-186? What is the issue? If this somehow violated a basic rule of MOB, I apologize, and I have no problem with having an administrator remove it. I would just like to understand why? Jeff Marks or John Carlson, please feel free to chastise me off or online if appropriate.

Scot Heppel
Gallatin County
<scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...>



Begin forwarded message:

From: Gary Swant <birdmt...><mailto:<birdmt...>>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
Date: November 6, 2018 at 12:09:30 PM MST
To: <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...>>

This has no place on MOB. It should be taken off by an administrator.

Gary Swant
Deer Lodge

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 5, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> wrote:


There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds this week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
scott.heppel@ me.com<http://me.com/>

Sent from my iPhone



--
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Jeff Marks
Montana Bird Advocacy
www.montanabirdadvocacy.org<http://www.montanabirdadvocacy.org/>
406-396-3331
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Date: 11/7/18 12:26 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
You're welcome...and it is Chris.

⁣-Chris Hartzell
Columbia Falls

sent from mobile device

Sent from BlueMail ​

On Nov 7, 2018, 11:54 AM, at 11:54 AM, Account Upgrade Team <polovetsian...> wrote:
>Thank you, Gary!
>________________________________
>From: <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...> on
>behalf of Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MOB-Montana]
><MOB-Montana...>
>Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 9:37 PM
>To: <MOB-Montana...>; '<matt...>';
><birdmt...>
>Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
>
>
>
>I echo complaints about the use of this forum for the posting of
>political (or religious) commentary except when it clearly and directly
>involves birds or birding of Montana (i.e. a ballot measure regarding
>expanding or closing a wetland). Forums like this are for people to
>discuss bird sightings, optics, locations, etc. Opening the door to
>loosely associated topics opens a massive airline hanger sized door.
>Next thing you know, people are posting about using one airline or car
>company over another because their skyscrapers in some city, not even
>in Montana, posted bird stickers on the windows, or pushing voting for
>candidates because there was a picture of them holding binoculars. Too
>much to go way off track with allowing such posts. If someone is truly
>genuine and serious about something like that, an appropriate post
>would be something like, "I feel that I-186 may importantly affect
>birds. So as not to start a political or religious public discussion in
>this group, which could go outside the intent of this forum, anyone
>interested in discussing this please email me OFF-LIST."
>
>-Chris Hartzell
>Columbia Falls
>
>________________________________
>From: "<birdmt...> [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana...>
>To: "'<mob-montana...>'" <mob-montana...>;
>"'<matt...>'" <matt...>
>Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 5:09 PM
>Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
>
>
>
>Scott and Jeff,
>
>I only objected because it was my understanding that the site was to be
>used for the posting of bird sightings and things closely related to
>birding such as "What is the best binos to purchase".
>
>I felt that if we allowed encouragement for an Initiative related to
>mining, we might open a flood gate that would be difficult to close.
>There are other avenues to use for advocating or objecting to
>initiatives that are more appropriate than MOB.
>
>As an example, Montana Audubon supported I-186 in their newsletter.
>
>
>Gary Swant
>Deer Lodge
>-----------------------------------------
>From: "Scott Heppel"
>To: "Jeff Marks"
>Cc: "Gary Swant", "John Carlson"
>Sent: Tuesday November 6 2018 4:47:13PM
>Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
>
>Jeff,
>
>Thank you for the response. It is quite disappointing that anyone who
>loves birds could object to the post, but I respect your decision to
>take it down since Gary objected. I look forward to the day when there
>is an initiative on the ballot that has birds in the title, but I
>doubt I will live that long. Lesson learned.
>
>Thank you, Jeff.
>
>Scott
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>On Nov 6, 2018, at 2:21 PM, Jeff Marks
><jsmarks17...><mailto:<jsmarks17...>> wrote:
>
>Hi Scott,
>
>I'm not certain about the mob guidelines on this one but suspect a good
>general rule would be to avoid advocating for ballot measures or
>initiatives that do not specifically have birds in the title, or as the
>specific aim. I agree that this initiative should help birds, in
>addition to other wildlife, and thus I'm surprised that any member of
>mob would be against posting about it. That said, mob probably is not
>the place to advocate for it, and I will take it down shortly.
>
>I know you had good intentions and appreciate that very much.
>
>Jeff
>
>On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:55 PM Scott Heppel
><scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana]
><MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>>
>wrote:
>
>Gary,
>
>I am sorry if you found the post inappropriate.
>
>It is certainly relevant to the well-being of both migratory and
>resident bird populations in Montana. A wide variety of conservation
>groups including Montana Audubon and Trout Unlimited are supporting
>I-186? What is the issue? If this somehow violated a basic rule of
>MOB, I apologize, and I have no problem with having an administrator
>remove it. I would just like to understand why? Jeff Marks or John
>Carlson, please feel free to chastise me off or online if appropriate.
>
>Scot Heppel
>Gallatin County
><scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...>
>
>
>
>Begin forwarded message:
>
>From: Gary Swant <birdmt...><mailto:<birdmt...>>
>Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
>Date: November 6, 2018 at 12:09:30 PM MST
>To: <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>,
>Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...>>
>
>This has no place on MOB. It should be taken off by an administrator.
>
>Gary Swant
>Deer Lodge
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>On Nov 5, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Scott Heppel
><scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana]
><MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>>
>wrote:
>
>
>There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds this
>week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.
>
>Scott Heppel
>Gallatin County
>scott.heppel@ me.com<http://me.com/>
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
>--
>----------------------------------------
>Jeff Marks
>Montana Bird Advocacy
>www.montanabirdadvocacy.org<http://www.montanabirdadvocacy.org/>
>406-396-3331
>----------------------------------------
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/6/18 9:46 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
I echo complaints about the use of this forum for the posting of political (or religious) commentary except when it clearly and directly involves birds or birding of Montana (i.e. a ballot measure regarding expanding or closing a wetland). Forums like this are for people to discuss bird sightings, optics, locations, etc. Opening the door to loosely associated topics opens a massive airline hanger sized door. Next thing you know, people are posting about using one airline or car company over another because their skyscrapers in some city, not even in Montana, posted bird stickers on the windows, or pushing voting for candidates because there was a picture of them holding binoculars. Too much to go way off track with allowing such posts. If someone is truly genuine and serious about something like that, an appropriate post would be something like, "I feel that I-186 may importantly affect birds. So as not to start a political or religious public discussion in this group, which could go outside the intent of this forum, anyone interested in discussing this please email me OFF-LIST."  -Chris Hartzell
Columbia Falls

From: "<birdmt...> [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana...>
To: "'<mob-montana...>'" <mob-montana...>; "'<matt...>'" <matt...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186

 
Scott and Jeff,
I only objected because it was my understanding that the site was to be used for the posting of bird sightings and things closely related to birding such as "What is the best binos to purchase".  
I felt that if we allowed encouragement for an Initiative related to mining, we might open a flood gate that would be difficult to close.   There are other avenues to use for advocating or objecting to initiatives that are more appropriate than MOB.
As an example, Montana Audubon supported I-186 in their newsletter.

Gary SwantDeer Lodge
-----------------------------------------From: "Scott Heppel"
To: "Jeff Marks"
Cc: "Gary Swant", "John Carlson"
Sent: Tuesday November 6 2018 4:47:13PM
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186

Jeff,
Thank you for the response.  It is quite disappointing that anyone who loves birds could object to the post, but I respect your decision to take it down since Gary objected.  I look forward to the day when there is an initiative on the ballot that has birds in the title,  but I doubt I will live that long. Lesson learned.
Thank you, Jeff.
Scott
Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 6, 2018, at 2:21 PM, Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> wrote:


Hi Scott,
I'm not certain about the mob guidelines on this one but suspect a good general rule would be to avoid advocating for ballot measures or initiatives that do not specifically have birds in the title, or as the specific aim. I agree that this initiative should help birds, in addition to other wildlife, and thus I'm surprised that any member of mob would be against posting about it. That said, mob probably is not the place to advocate for it, and I will take it down shortly.
I know you had good intentions and appreciate that very much.
Jeff 
On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:55 PM Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:

  Gary,
I am sorry if you found the post inappropriate. 
It is certainly relevant to the well-being of both migratory and resident bird populations in Montana. A wide variety of conservation groups including Montana Audubon and Trout Unlimited are supporting I-186?  What is the issue? If this somehow violated a basic rule of MOB, I apologize, and I have no problem with having an administrator remove it.  I would just like to understand why?  Jeff Marks or John Carlson, please feel free to chastise me off or online if appropriate.
Scot Heppel Gallatin County <scott.heppel...>


Begin forwarded message:
From: Gary Swant <birdmt...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
Date: November 6, 2018 at 12:09:30 PM MST
To: <MOB-Montana...>, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...>

This has no place on MOB.   It should be taken off by an administrator. 
Gary Swant Deer Lodge

Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 5, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:


  There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds this week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
scott.heppel@ me.com

Sent from my iPhone




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Montana Bird Advocacy www.montanabirdadvocacy.org 406-396-3331 ----------------------------------------
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Date: 11/6/18 5:39 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186

Scott and Jeff,
I only objected because it was my understanding that the site was to
be used for the posting of bird sightings and things closely related
to birding such as "What is the best binos to purchase".
I felt that if we allowed encouragement for an Initiative related to
mining, we might open a flood gate that would be difficult to close.
There are other avenues to use for advocating or objecting to
initiatives that are more appropriate than MOB.
As an example, Montana Audubon supported I-186 in their newsletter.

Gary SwantDeer Lodge

-----------------------------------------From: "Scott Heppel"
To: "Jeff Marks"
Cc: "Gary Swant", "John Carlson"
Sent: Tuesday November 6 2018 4:47:13PM
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186

Jeff,
Thank you for the response. It is quite disappointing that anyone
who loves birds could object to the post, but I respect your decision
to take it down since Gary objected. I look forward to the day when
there is an initiative on the ballot that has birds in the title, but
I doubt I will live that long. Lesson learned.
Thank you, Jeff.
Scott
Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 6, 2018, at 2:21 PM, Jeff Marks wrote:

Hi Scott,
I'm not certain about the mob guidelines on this one but suspect a
good general rule would be to avoid advocating for ballot measures or
initiatives that do not specifically have birds in the title, or as
the specific aim. I agree that this initiative should help birds, in
addition to other wildlife, and thus I'm surprised that any member of
mob would be against posting about it. That said, mob probably is not
the place to advocate for it, and I will take it down shortly.
I know you had good intentions and appreciate that very much.
Jeff
On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:55 PM Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...>
[2] [MOB-Montana] wrote:

Gary,
I am sorry if you found the post inappropriate.
It is certainly relevant to the well-being of both migratory and
resident bird populations in Montana. A wide variety of conservation
groups including Montana Audubon and Trout Unlimited are supporting
I-186? What is the issue? If this somehow violated a basic rule of
MOB, I apologize, and I have no problem with having an administrator
remove it. I would just like to understand why? Jeff Marks or John
Carlson, please feel free to chastise me off or online if appropriate.

Scot Heppel Gallatin County <scott.heppel...> [4]

Begin forwarded message:
FROM: Gary Swant
SUBJECT: RE: [MOB-MONTANA] PLEASE VOTE YES ON I-186
DATE: November 6, 2018 at 12:09:30 PM MST
TO: <MOB-Montana...> [6], Scott Heppel

This has no place on MOB. It should be taken off by an
administrator.
Gary Swant Deer Lodge

Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 5, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [8]
[MOB-Montana] wrote:

There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds
this week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
scott.heppel@ me.com [10]

Sent from my iPhone



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Date: 11/6/18 3:28 pm
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
Hi Scott,

I'm not certain about the mob guidelines on this one but suspect a good
general rule would be to avoid advocating for ballot measures or
initiatives that do not specifically have birds in the title, or as the
specific aim. I agree that this initiative should help birds, in addition
to other wildlife, and thus I'm surprised that any member of mob would be
against posting about it. That said, mob probably is not the place to
advocate for it, and I will take it down shortly.

I know you had good intentions and appreciate that very much.

Jeff

On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:55 PM Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...>
[MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:

>
>
> Gary,
>
> I am sorry if you found the post inappropriate.
>
> It is certainly relevant to the well-being of both migratory and resident
> bird populations in Montana. A wide variety of conservation groups
> including Montana Audubon and Trout Unlimited are supporting I-186? What
> is the issue? If this somehow violated a basic rule of MOB, I apologize,
> and I have no problem with having an administrator remove it. I would just
> like to understand why? Jeff Marks or John Carlson, please feel free to
> chastise me off or online if appropriate.
>
> Scot Heppel
> Gallatin County
> <scott.heppel...>
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From: *Gary Swant <birdmt...>
> *Subject: **Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186*
> *Date: *November 6, 2018 at 12:09:30 PM MST
> *To: *<MOB-Montana...>, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...>
>
> This has no place on MOB. It should be taken off by an administrator.
>
> Gary Swant
> Deer Lodge
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 5, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...>
> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
>
>
> There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds this
> week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.
>
> Scott Heppel
> Gallatin County
> scott.heppel@ me.com
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
>


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Date: 11/6/18 3:15 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Scoters and Long-tailed Duck
Did a survey today and there were 4 male White-winged Scoters, 2
female Surf Scoters and a Long-tailed Duck at Silver Lake. There were
two Surf scoters and 7,500 Snow Geese at Warm Springs ARCO Pond 2 as
well. I was watching them in a snow storm and as soon as the storm was
over, they picked up and headed south.
They were reported over Butte at 3:36 pm.
Gary SwantDeer Lodge

 

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Date: 11/6/18 2:34 pm
From: 'Capoccia, Stella' <SCapoccia...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Searching for snow geese
All,
Loving the SNGO updates. Would love as many reports as possible. My professional e-mail is: <scapoccia...><mailto:<scapoccia...>. Please put “snow geese” in the subject and let me know approximately how many: 100? 1300? Thousands? And what the location is.

Thank you!
Stella
 

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Date: 11/6/18 1:52 pm
From: <gjkingfisher...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Dailey Lake visitors 11 1 2018
Hi Pete, John Parker and I went to Dailey Lake yesterday and in addition to the usual suspects we found 1 pacific Loon, 1 Black Scoter (female) and 2 White Winged Scoters. All were at the South end of the Lake. Check 'em out. Best George Kelly
 

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Date: 11/6/18 1:19 pm
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Fwd: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
Gary,

I am sorry if you found the post inappropriate.

It is certainly relevant to the well-being of both migratory and resident bird populations in Montana. A wide variety of conservation groups including Montana Audubon and Trout Unlimited are supporting I-186? What is the issue? If this somehow violated a basic rule of MOB, I apologize, and I have no problem with having an administrator remove it. I would just like to understand why? Jeff Marks or John Carlson, please feel free to chastise me off or online if appropriate.

Scot Heppel
Gallatin County
<scott.heppel...> <mailto:<scott.heppel...>



Begin forwarded message:

From: Gary Swant <birdmt...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
Date: November 6, 2018 at 12:09:30 PM MST
To: <MOB-Montana...>, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...>

This has no place on MOB. It should be taken off by an administrator.

Gary Swant
Deer Lodge

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 5, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> <mailto:<scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> <mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> wrote:

> There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds this week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.
>
> Scott Heppel
> Gallatin County
> scott.heppel@ me.com <http://me.com/>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>


 

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Date: 11/6/18 1:19 pm
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Tuesday AM
Low clouds and snow showers again till mid-morning. Some sun now.

Lots of flocks in the air. The weather and dynamic movement made counting
difficult again.

About 500 swans.

16,000! or so white geese.

20 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT





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Date: 11/6/18 1:15 pm
From: Gary Swant <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
This has no place on MOB. It should be taken off by an administrator.

Gary Swant
Deer Lodge

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 5, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds this week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.
>
> Scott Heppel
> Gallatin County
> scott.heppel@ me.com
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>

 

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Date: 11/6/18 8:16 am
From: Beth Hill <grizhill...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] The Goldeneyes are Here
I've been watching and waiting for the Goldeneyes to arrive. I've seen one
lone Barrow's for a couple weeks. This morning - 1000 (more or less)
Common Goldeneye in the West Bank Park area. And - 28 swans, 8 American
Avocets (the last of the year perhaps?), 70 Snow Geese circling overhead,
several hundred Canada Geese and still 500 or so Ring-billed Gulls, 2
California Gulls and 3 cormorants. No sign of the Surf Scoters that were
seen Saturday and Sunday (but then - a diver might not be active before
sunrise). Oh - and one Great Horned Owl.
Interesting morning - and all an hour before sunrise - amazing light when
it is snowing.
Beth Hill
Great Falls

 

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Date: 11/6/18 7:27 am
From: Ernie Mckenzie <hornseeker...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown snow removal bonus observation
Heard them for a couple hours over Billings last night!

I guess winter is coming.

> On Nov 6, 2018, at 6:13 AM, <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> MOB,
>
> Came back in the house to get camera when I heard distant gabbling while sweeping snow at 0500. A few minutes later well over a thousand white geese made the first of twenty plus minutes of circles.
>
> Mike Lesnik
> Lewistown
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 11/6/18 7:04 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown snow removal bonus observation
MOB,


Came back in the house to get camera when I heard distant gabbling while sweeping snow at 0500. A few minutes later well over a thousand white geese made the first of twenty plus minutes of circles.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown














 

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Date: 11/6/18 5:05 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Monday
All,

Rather dynamic day. Birds coming in and going out; white geese going out to
feed, some staying out through the day. A large flock of Canada Geese
arrived in the PM (the Canadas often spell the end of the migration).

Forecasts of sub-freezing nights also suggest the migration might be coming
to end.

The activity and low clouds and occasional snow showers made counts
difficult but 317 swans and 6,000 white geese were two counts.

Ducks also seemed to be coming through.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT













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Date: 11/5/18 6:23 pm
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Please VOTE YES on I-186
There is nothing more important that we could do for Montana birds this week than go to the polls on Tuesday and vote YES on I-186.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
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Date: 11/5/18 6:03 pm
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Protect Osprey, Vote Yes on I-186
There is nothing more important that we can do for birds in Montana this week than go to the polls Tuesday and vote YES for I-186. It help will protect our streams and rivers too.

Scott Heppe;

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Subject: Reminder: Protect Osprey, Vote Yes on I-186
Date: November 3, 2018 at 8:02:46 AM MDT
To: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...>
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Scott, are you ready to vote YES on I-186? November 6th presents a rare opportunity to support wildlife, clean water, & lower tax payer burdens by ensuring mines are good, responsible neighbors. Take the pledge to vote YES on I-186 today! <http://online.nwf.org/site/R?i=BRt0uJN3tQx4HCEPclKB-w> Thank you for all you do for Montana’s wildlife - Tracy



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Dear Scott,

The survival of ospreys that nest and hunt along Montana’s waterways is threatened: Acid mine drainage that requires perpetual water treatment has seeped into their aquatic habitat, lacing the fish they eat with contaminants like mercury. Some areas of Montana with high concentrations of mercury have now seen osprey egg mortality to be as high as 50 percent.

This November, we have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect Montana’s ospreys at the ballot box by passing the “Yes on I-186”campaign to pass the Yes for Responsible Mining ballot initiative.

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Fortunately, in this year’s election we can do something about it by supporting I-186, which will come to a statewide vote because of the actions of thousands of concerned Montanans.

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Date: 11/5/18 5:34 pm
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown White & Blue
MOB,



Five Blue Jays showed up shortly after I put out their first handful of peanuts at 0900. Whole kernel corn is available 27/7, but peanuts only when I am here to observe. No action yet on the 1400 handful.



Had just stepped out onto the veranda porch at about 1300 when a gabbling 50 plus skein of white geese heading south went by a few blocks southwest at about 2000 AGL. Couldn't decide whether to try for the binoculars in the house or the camera in the vehicle; but didn't have time to set to either.


Any redpolls in the state yet?



Mike Lesnik
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Date: 11/4/18 11:36 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sunday AM
Quite a few disappointed hunters at Freezout today.

Swans: 164 only

White geese: two flocks: 1000 and 100.

Hardly any ducks flying.

43 hunter vehicles.

Mike



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Date: 11/3/18 4:23 pm
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Saturday
Still fairly slow.

300 Swans. 900 White Geese.

78! Hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 11/3/18 7:27 am
From: <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Dailey Lake visitors 11 1 2018
Nov 1st, 2018, Dailey Lake, 0900-1100 hrs.
1. Over 1,000 Ring-billed Gulls
2. Two Hooded Mergansers
3. 13 Common Loons
4. 80ish Tundra Swans and perhaps a few Trumpeter Swans...
Plus the 200 or so Coots among a number of other species ,but these were the hi-lights.



This season has seen a large number of avian visitors to Dailey Lake. The Swans seem to keep coming in numbers.
MTFWP aerial survey late in October had over 800 Sand Hill Cranes in Paradise Valley.



Check out the images at:

https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds-of-Paradise-Valley-Monta/ https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds-of-Paradise-Valley-Monta/



Best from the Old Chico Ornithological Society
Pete Murray

 

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Date: 11/2/18 1:09 pm
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout 2 Nov 2018
All,

Some birds but still rather slow, for the date.

815 Swans.

About 300 white geese.

54 hunter vehicles.

Ducks quite slow.

Mike



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Date: 11/1/18 5:23 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA 11.01.18


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – NOVEMBER 1, 2018

This is the 32 first survey for the 2018 season. Temperatures ranged
from 37 F to 40 F with light winds and no winds.

No new species were seen today. The total species for the year stands
at 150. Total individuals counted today were 9,476 individuals and 24
compared to 29,332 and 29 species last week. There were 18 species of
waterfowl. Most of the total for individuals were American Coots, with
7,187, down from 24,153 last week, for 76% of all birds seen. This
week coots at 7,000 are just a few of 60,000 that were present just a
few weeks ago. Coots typically stage for two to three weeks and then
leave the last week of October and the first two weeks of November.

SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

Considerable low water is in the south end of AR Pond 3, but there
are no shorebirds present. However there are a lot of Mallards and
dabbling ducks, and for the first time this fall 165 Tundra Swans were
present.

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

7 Common Loon, and 1 Surf Scoter. Lesser Scaup are up from last week
with 522, and Eared Grebes have risen to 67 from 29 last week.
Northern Pintail did not show last week, but there were 25 today.
Mallards were down to 826, but I saw several thousand outside of the
WMA feeding in grain fields.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

29 species, and 29,332 individuals. This made up 100% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

Not surveyed, due to hunting pressure in the area. In the areas with
easy access hunting, the pressure eliminates most waterfowl. It is
also not necessary to drive where hunters are positioned in blinds. I
did drive through the hunted portion of the WMA and there were only a
few waterfowl present. I will continue to monitor the areas and if
hunting subsides I will begin surveys in those areas again.

JOB CORPS PONDS

Not surveyed.

DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

Not surveyed.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge



 

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Date: 10/31/18 2:59 pm
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Lake WMA-31 Oct 2018
Ducks decreasing at Freezout. (hunting season)

Swans increasing (1510 Tundras, 48 Trumpeters).

White geese arriving (285).

Two Snow Buntings seen on the west side of Main Lake.

23 Hunter vehicles also seen.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 10/31/18 8:30 am
From: <swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Binoculars?
Thanks!


We ended up with a pair of Vortex. About the same size and weight as those that we lost, but better optics, waterproof and a good warranty. Thanks for all of the input!
-D.Anderson

 

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Date: 10/30/18 3:02 pm
From: <bjhoy...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Blue Jay Feeding
Opps, I left off three zeros when I said how much Roundup is applied on
agricultural fields each year. It should say 180,000,000 pounds per
year. That is about 47 pounds applied to each square mile of all land
in the lower 48 states of the United States. The food and grain in
Canada has been tested and has found to have even higher amounts of
glyphosate in it than the same food and grain in the U.S. The nice
person who told me about my mistake, also reminds me that homeowners
and the government applied another 25,000,000 pounds of Roundup per
year, making the total over 200,000,000 pounds per year, just in the
U.S. That is totally insane. Thank you for informing me of my error,
Ernie.

By the way, people's dogs walk on their driveways, etc. where Roundup
is used and eat dog food that has been tested and found to contain
biologically significantly amounts of glyphosate. One of every four
dogs that die or are euthanized is because of cancer. Our wild birds
eat and live in the same sprayed areas and yards. That should concern
all bird lovers.

An interesting and very important book by Terrence N. Ingram, "Silent
Fall" printed by Union-Hoermann Press, Dubuque IA, was just published.
Terry Ingram was the person who nearly singlehandedly saved the Bald
Eagles in the United States from extinction when they were put on the
endangered species list at the time DDT was being used. Roger Tory
Peterson said that Terry Ingram knows more about Bald Eagles than any
person alive. Terry's book, "Silent Fall," details the recent declines
in birds, especially Bald Eagle in eastern United States due to lack of
young birds. He also discusses the declines in honey bee populations,
bat populations and frogs that he has directly observed.

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Date: 10/30/18 12:25 pm
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Subject: [MOB-Montana] Blue Jay Feeding
Hi All,

In addition to what Kristi DuBois posted, you should be aware that corn
has been tested and found to contain fairly high and biologically
significant levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup a
herbicide that has had over 180,000 pounds per year applied in the
United States in recent years. Even organic corn was found to contain
low levels of glyphosate, because of wind drift, atmospheric transport
and rain containing glyphosate falling on the organic corn fields.
Studies of very low level exposure to glyphosate in amphibians, birds
and mammals results in birth defects and other health issues to
developing young. Glyphosate has also been connected to cancer, which
may explain the many birds, even very young birds, that have been
observed in recent years with multiple tumors. The tumors from birds
that were tested were found to be cancer.

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Date: 10/30/18 10:15 am
From: <credulousanimal...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Blue Jay Feeding
I've read that blue jays are expanding rapidly throughout the west. I assume maybe because of the unrelenting increase in human population. Any I've had blue jays visit the feeder daily year-round here in Whitefish.


- Josh Crunk

 

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Date: 10/30/18 8:36 am
From: Kristi DuBois <kdubois...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Blue Jay Feeding
MOB, Keep in mind that while it may be OK for Mike to feed corn and
peanuts in his area, a lot of us live in bear country. Please be bear
aware when feeding birds. Best to wait until the bears have gone into
hibernation, which may be late this year. Also remember that feeding
game species such as deer is not only illegal in Montana, but may also
bring in mountain lions to eat your deer. Feeding corn would really
bring in the deer, although they will also come in to eat spilled
sunflower seeds too. You can protect your feeders from the big
critters by putting small, portable electric fences around them.
Feeding corn and peanuts can also help boost the local populations of
introduced eastern gray or fox squirrels in the areas that have them
(most towns in Montana), which will have a detrimental impact on
nesting songbirds.

Please be smart about feeding birds whereever you live, and consider
the consequences.

As a side note to Mike's comments, when I was a kid I had a shelf bird
feeder installed out the window of my 2nd floor bedroom. I watched
blue jays come in and feed at very close range. They could stuff 8
large sunflower seeds in their mouths/throat before flying off to
cache them somewhere. I still love blue jays, even though they are a
rare sight in western Montana.

Kristi DuBois
Missoula

At 08:02 AM 10/30/2018, <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] wrote:



MOB,

Whole kernel corn (50 pound bag available at Fleet Supply) was
first supplied in an open tray at 1310 yesterday with whole
peanuts nearby. Peanuts were gone in 15 minutes and the corn was
not touch during several visits over 10 minutes by at least two of
the three confirmed individuals.

Then filled the corn tray with a handful of peanuts which were all
taken in another 15 minutes before the first corn was seen being
consumed on site. Activity under the lilac hedges indicates that
peanuts are being cached in shallow holes which are then covered
with leaves.

Totally entertaining! Photos are being posted, but for some
reason all I can see is the legend.

Mike Lesnik
Lewistown




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Date: 10/30/18 7:26 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Blue Jay Feeding
MOB,


Whole kernel corn (50 pound bag available at Fleet Supply) was first supplied in an open tray at 1310 yesterday with whole peanuts nearby. Peanuts were gone in 15 minutes and the corn was not touch during several visits over 10 minutes by at least two of the three confirmed individuals.


Then filled the corn tray with a handful of peanuts which were all taken in another 15 minutes before the first corn was seen being consumed on site. Activity under the lilac hedges indicates that peanuts are being cached in shallow holes which are then covered with leaves.


Totally entertaining! Photos are being posted, but for some reason all I can see is the legend.



Mike Lesnik
Lewistown



 

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Date: 10/29/18 10:57 am
From: <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] White-winged Scoter on Dailey Lake 10 29 18
All of the Trumpeter Swans (156) that were on the lake on the 27th of Oct have left as have the 23 or so Common Loons.
Today, however, there was a White-winged Scoter pair on the Lake.

I saw a single WW Scoter on the lake two years ago...I think it was...a rare visitor to Dailey Lake.
Pete in Old Chico


check it out at:


https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds-of-Paradise-Valley-Monta/ https://pmwm.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds-of-Paradise-Valley-Monta/



 

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Date: 10/28/18 7:13 pm
From: tailfeathers <tailfeatherz...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown - time to buy unsaltdr whole peanuts
They love whole kernel corn. cheap too.

:>)

On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 11:45 AM <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <
<MOB-Montana...> wrote:

>
>
> MOB,
>
> Have just been discovered by at least 3 Blue Jays. And I think that they
> informed the Magpies and Crows.
>
> Mike Lesnik
> 222 West Washington
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/28/18 10:45 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown - time to buy unsaltdr whole peanuts
MOB,


Have just been discovered by at least 3 Blue Jays. And I think that they informed the Magpies and Crows.


Mike Lesnik
222 West Washington



 

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Date: 10/28/18 9:28 am
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
I just wanted to share my $0.05.I'm am optics snob ever since I looked at a
spring mat of ducks on a lake near Missoula, through a $1,000 scope, and
realized all the magnificent colors.

However, I've set a lot of friends up with cheaper binoculars. Since you're
looking for compacts, you're already in the cheapest category (unless you
look for monoculars). I'd say to get the best glass for ~$100, you should
look at used optics. A pair of used Nikon monarch binoculars is better than
a brand new set of Tasco's. Many cheaper optics companies have several
lines. Vortex, for instance, has an incredible Razor line, and their
mediocre Diamondback line.

But if you get a great pair of $300-500 binoculars used, for $100-200,
they're likely better than anything new in the same price range.

A quick search showed me these:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/CANON-8-x-32-BINOCULARS-STUNNING-VIEW-OUT/202065764291?hash=item2f0c0edfc3:g:E98AAOSwalpZymD4

The seller has good reviews, and they're out of Iowa... You can always
trust Midwestern folks! Hahaha.

Good luck!

Jesse

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 09:31 D Anderson <swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] <
<MOB-Montana...> wrote:

>
>
> A little advice please, and I hope that I'm not overstepping the normal
> limits of posts on the group's posts.
>
> We recently had our pair of compact binoculars stolen, and are having a
> difficult time deciding on a replacement pair. They seem to have come a
> long ways since the last pair. We're looking for a small pair, around
> 5"x5" or so, under 1 pound, under $100, and waterproof. Something to grab
> and go quickly and stuff into a coat pocket.
>
> Any recommendations would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks
>
> D. Anderson
> Missoula
>
>

 

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Date: 10/28/18 7:40 am
From: Peter Murray <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Binoculars?
Redstart Birding

https://redstartbirding.com/

Was once Eagle Optics...they have people to talk to...quite helpful. Tell
them what you are looking for.
Best to the twitchers of MT.
Pete in Old Chico

 

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Date: 10/28/18 7:14 am
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown migration continues
Mike,

I don’t think Blue Jays are normally birds of high mountains. Could be it’s from elsewhere, or it could have bred locally. They are very sneaky and unobtrusive during the nesting season.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 28, 2018, at 5:28 AM, <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> MOB,
>
> Photo posted for one more White-throated Sparrow, but missed a chance at a brand new yard bird on Friday - a bit late and first ever Western Meadowlark.
>
> Wondering if the Blue Jay that just showed up at one of the known winter feeder locations might be a Canadian bird; or would they be more likely to summer high in the surrounding mountains?
>
> Mike Lesnik
> Lewistown
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/28/18 6:14 am
From: Jean Woessner <jwoessner...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Binoculars?
Hi DAnderson
I recently bought my granddaughter her first pair of ‘real’ binoculars and did a lot of research beforehand. I wanted something that would have decent optics but also easy for her to hold. We opted for a pair of Vortex Diamondbacks, which we purchased at the Missoula Cabelas. I was impressed right out of the box with the clarity of the optics, and even more so when we took all our binocs and family to Yellowstone. The Diamondbacks measured up well with our longstanding but pricier models. They’re sealed and waterproof. I will also note that Vortex Diamondback has a lifetime guarantee, period. You might have to spend a little more than $100 (I think we paid about $140 or $150), but REI also carries Diamondbacks so you might score a sale, or if you are a member, be able to use your member dividend.
Good luck!
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Date: 10/28/18 5:29 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown migration continues
MOB,



Photo posted for one more White-throated Sparrow, but missed a chance at a brand new yard bird on Friday - a bit late and first ever Western Meadowlark.


Wondering if the Blue Jay that just showed up at one of the known winter feeder locations might be a Canadian bird; or would they be more likely to summer high in the surrounding mountains?



Mike Lesnik
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Date: 10/27/18 11:19 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout Sat Morning 27 Oct 2018
Started the day cloudy but soon turned clear and mild.

Found three smallish flocks of Tundra Swans: 146 in south end of Main Lake,
78 along west side of Pond 4, and 114 on Priest Lake. The sum is down quite
a bit from about 700 yesterday.SIGH

About 500 white geese were seen flying over the area very high and headed
south...SIGH again.

Duck numbers also low,,,SIGH, SIGH.

35 hunter vehicles present.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 10/25/18 2:02 pm
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown mid-migration
MOB,


South-bound sparrows still trickling bye, couple more American Tree Sparrow along the Railroad grade going past the city water treatment plant; and the fist to be wintering Blue Jay. Photo posted.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown



 

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Date: 10/25/18 12:56 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] WS WMA Bird Survey


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – OCTOBER 25, 2018

This is the 31 first survey for the 2018 season. Temperatures ranged
from 45 F to 516 F with cloudy skies and no winds.

No new species were seen today. The total species for the year stands
at 150. Total individuals counted today were 29,332 and 29 species
compared to 50,194 and 27 species last week. There were 15 species of
waterfowl. Most of the total for individuals were American Coots, with
24,153 for 82% of all birds seen. This week coots were down a little
over 20,000 from last week.

SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

Water is dropping in Pond 3 slowly, exposing rocky island and
mudflats, but no shorebirds today.

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

2 Common Loon, no scoters, and Mallards were up today to 2,200.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

29 species, and 29,332 individuals. This made up 100% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

Not surveyed, due to hunting pressure in the area. In the areas with
easy access hunting, the pressure eliminates most waterfowl. It is
also not necessary to drive where hunters are positioned in blinds. I
did drive through the hunted portion of the WMA and there were only a
few waterfowl present. I will continue to monitor the areas and if
hunting subsides I will begin surveys in those areas again.

JOB CORPS PONDS

Not surveyed.

DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

Not surveyed.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge

 

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Date: 10/24/18 2:01 pm
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout--Wednesday
Lovely morning at Freezout Lake WMA.

Found 493 Tundra Swans mostly Ponds 4. White Geese flying over Pond 1: 30.
331 Canada Geese south end Main Lake.

8 hunter vehicles.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT



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Date: 10/22/18 9:25 am
From: '<collard...>' <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
That is true—unless you catch a sale.


> On Oct 22, 2018, at 9:32 AM, Mike <hookychinooky...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Side note: you will pay more at Cabelas than other sporting goods stores Missoula. Just a heads up:)
>
> On Oct 22, 2018, at 9:22 AM, Kristi DuBois <kdubois...> <mailto:<kdubois...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> <mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> wrote:
>
>> Check both Bob Wards and Sportsmans Warehouse. Bob Wards seems to put all of their optics on sale once a year, with some very good deals on them. They used to carry the largest variety of brands and price range binoculars of the 3 big sports box stores in Missoula. I have not checked lately to see how they compare to the other two stores, but assume it hasn't changed much. I bought a pair of compact binoculars on sale last year at Sportsmans Warehouse. They were not in your price range, but again they were on sale. All three stores may be having sales right now for the start of hunting season, so it is a good time to look for binoculars on sale.
>>
>> For brands, Vortex is a good brand to look at, with good optics for the price. I have a pair of compact Vortex binoculars that I got at Bob Wards on sale a number of years ago.
>>
>> I am not sure if you will find waterproof ones for under $100, but give it a try. Bob Wards carrys Vortex, but I am not sure about the other 2 stores. Check all 3 stores and go with the best deal. Be sure to look through them. Not all small, inexpensive binoculars are good, especially for eyeglass wearers.
>>
>> Good luck!
>>
>> Kristi DuBois, Missoula.
>>
>> At 08:54 AM 10/22/2018, '<collard...> <mailto:<collard...>' <collard...> <mailto:<collard...> [MOB-Montana] wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I wish I could help you, but Cabela's is a great place to look. The people there seem quite knowledgable and both my son and I have been happy with the binoculars we got there. One pair I researched ahead of time for ratings and then found that Cabela's had them on sale. I've really liked them, but they are regular size binocs.
>>>
>>> Please post what you decide on. A compact pair would be a handy thing to have!
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Sneed
>>> Missoula
>>>
>>>> On Oct 22, 2018, at 8:45 AM, D Anderson <swanridge...> <mailto:<swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] < <MOB-Montana...> <mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> A little advice please, and I hope that I'm not overstepping the normal limits of posts on the group's posts.
>>>>
>>>> We recently had our pair of compact binoculars stolen, and are having a difficult time deciding on a replacement pair. They seem to have come a long ways since the last pair. We're looking for a small pair, around 5"x5" or so, under 1 pound, under $100, and waterproof. Something to grab and go quickly and stuff into a coat pocket.
>>>>
>>>> Any recommendations would be appreciated.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>>
>>>> D. Anderson
>>>> Missoula
>>>>
>>>
>>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 10/22/18 8:56 am
From: Mike <hookychinooky...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
Side note: you will pay more at Cabelas than other sporting goods stores Missoula. Just a heads up:)

> On Oct 22, 2018, at 9:22 AM, Kristi DuBois <kdubois...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> Check both Bob Wards and Sportsmans Warehouse. Bob Wards seems to put all of their optics on sale once a year, with some very good deals on them. They used to carry the largest variety of brands and price range binoculars of the 3 big sports box stores in Missoula. I have not checked lately to see how they compare to the other two stores, but assume it hasn't changed much. I bought a pair of compact binoculars on sale last year at Sportsmans Warehouse. They were not in your price range, but again they were on sale. All three stores may be having sales right now for the start of hunting season, so it is a good time to look for binoculars on sale.
>
> For brands, Vortex is a good brand to look at, with good optics for the price. I have a pair of compact Vortex binoculars that I got at Bob Wards on sale a number of years ago.
>
> I am not sure if you will find waterproof ones for under $100, but give it a try. Bob Wards carrys Vortex, but I am not sure about the other 2 stores. Check all 3 stores and go with the best deal. Be sure to look through them. Not all small, inexpensive binoculars are good, especially for eyeglass wearers.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Kristi DuBois, Missoula.
>
> At 08:54 AM 10/22/2018, '<collard...>' <collard...> [MOB-Montana] wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> I wish I could help you, but Cabela's is a great place to look. The people there seem quite knowledgable and both my son and I have been happy with the binoculars we got there. One pair I researched ahead of time for ratings and then found that Cabela's had them on sale. I've really liked them, but they are regular size binocs.
>>
>> Please post what you decide on. A compact pair would be a handy thing to have!
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Sneed
>> Missoula
>>
>>> On Oct 22, 2018, at 8:45 AM, D Anderson <swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] < <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> A little advice please, and I hope that I'm not overstepping the normal limits of posts on the group's posts.
>>>
>>> We recently had our pair of compact binoculars stolen, and are having a difficult time deciding on a replacement pair. They seem to have come a long ways since the last pair. We're looking for a small pair, around 5"x5" or so, under 1 pound, under $100, and waterproof. Something to grab and go quickly and stuff into a coat pocket.
>>>
>>> Any recommendations would be appreciated.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>>
>>> D. Anderson
>>> Missoula
>>>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/22/18 8:23 am
From: Kristi DuBois <kdubois...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
Check both Bob Wards and Sportsmans Warehouse. Bob Wards seems to put
all of their optics on sale once a year, with some very good deals on
them. They used to carry the largest variety of brands and price
range binoculars of the 3 big sports box stores in Missoula. I have
not checked lately to see how they compare to the other two stores,
but assume it hasn't changed much. I bought a pair of compact
binoculars on sale last year at Sportsmans Warehouse. They were not
in your price range, but again they were on sale. All three stores
may be having sales right now for the start of hunting season, so it
is a good time to look for binoculars on sale.

For brands, Vortex is a good brand to look at, with good optics for
the price. I have a pair of compact Vortex binoculars that I got at
Bob Wards on sale a number of years ago.

I am not sure if you will find waterproof ones for under $100, but
give it a try. Bob Wards carrys Vortex, but I am not sure about the
other 2 stores. Check all 3 stores and go with the best deal. Be
sure to look through them. Not all small, inexpensive binoculars are
good, especially for eyeglass wearers.

Good luck!

Kristi DuBois, Missoula.

At 08:54 AM 10/22/2018, '<collard...>' <collard...>
[MOB-Montana] wrote:



I wish I could help you, but Cabela's is a great place to look.
The people there seem quite knowledgable and both my son and I
have been happy with the binoculars we got there. One pair I
researched ahead of time for ratings and then found that Cabela's
had them on sale. I've really liked them, but they are regular
size binocs.

Please post what you decide on. A compact pair would be a handy
thing to have!

Best,

Sneed
Missoula

On Oct 22, 2018, at 8:45 AM, D Anderson <swanridge...>
[MOB-Montana] < <MOB-Montana...> wrote:



A little advice please, and I hope that I'm not overstepping
the normal limits of posts on the group's posts.

We recently had our pair of compact binoculars stolen, and are
having a difficult time deciding on a replacement pair. They
seem to have come a long ways since the last pair. We're
looking for a small pair, around 5"x5" or so, under 1 pound,
under $100, and waterproof. Something to grab and go quickly
and stuff into a coat pocket.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks

D. Anderson
Missoula




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Date: 10/22/18 8:11 am
From: '<collard...>' <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
I wish I could help you, but Cabela's is a great place to look. The people there seem quite knowledgable and both my son and I have been happy with the binoculars we got there. One pair I researched ahead of time for ratings and then found that Cabela's had them on sale. I've really liked them, but they are regular size binocs.

Please post what you decide on. A compact pair would be a handy thing to have!

Best,

Sneed
Missoula

> On Oct 22, 2018, at 8:45 AM, D Anderson <swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
>
>
> A little advice please, and I hope that I'm not overstepping the normal limits of posts on the group's posts.
>
> We recently had our pair of compact binoculars stolen, and are having a difficult time deciding on a replacement pair. They seem to have come a long ways since the last pair. We're looking for a small pair, around 5"x5" or so, under 1 pound, under $100, and waterproof. Something to grab and go quickly and stuff into a coat pocket.
>
> Any recommendations would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks
>
> D. Anderson
> Missoula
>
>
>


 

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Date: 10/22/18 7:47 am
From: D Anderson <swanridge...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Binoculars?
A little advice please, and I hope that I'm not overstepping the normal limits of posts on the group's posts.
We recently had our pair of compact binoculars stolen, and are having a difficult time deciding on a replacement pair.  They seem to have come a long ways since the last pair.  We're looking for a small pair, around 5"x5" or so, under 1 pound, under $100, and waterproof.  Something to grab and go quickly and stuff into a coat pocket.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.
Thanks
D. AndersonMissoula

 

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Date: 10/21/18 2:08 pm
From: <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Sand Hill Cranes gather in Paradise Valley
102018, Pine Meadow Lane, Paradise Valley, MT. there were at least 251...that I could count and most probably more to the East of the road at some distance...a scope was needed to count them all. This is the largest gathering in one place that I have seen...my previous high number was about 90 birds off of Pine Creek Road...not far away...
 

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Date: 10/20/18 5:08 pm
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Red-tailed Hawk intergrade
MOB,



Just posted here photos taken near Fishtail today of a Red-tailed Hawk with the tail of a Dark Morph; but the streaked breast of a Harlan's.


Mike Lesnik
Fishtail



 

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