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2/14/19 8:36 pm Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Rare Bird Alerts for Montana
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2/13/19 10:13 am <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
2/12/19 6:49 pm <llyoung...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] correction for Eureka bluebirds
2/12/19 3:40 pm <llyoung...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] bluebirds near Eureka
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2/10/19 1:44 pm <linda.rebich...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Northern Flicker Yellow-shafted
2/8/19 8:58 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Fergus Feeders, Fields & Forest
2/2/19 5:06 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] QQLL 19D3 (Lewistown) Wintering Season Birds
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Date: 2/15/19 2:45 pm
From: <beckfarm...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Harrison Highlights
Harrison Highlights in Feb.: Snow, cold (-29), ice, gray clouds, tornadic winds--and 26 robins! Most every dusk, they loudly appear at the house spring and rummage through the wet leaves and sodden leafmeal from autumn days. I can see no juneberries, or rose hips, or olive fruits anywhere in the landscape and no worms or bugs, but they appear very healthy, well fed, jolly. No rusty songs yet from them but lots of discussion as they bolt to the tree tops and head for the North Willow creek bottoms where it is, I think, much warmer. A young moose has got through the winter there, too.


Our young white crown is gone, I hope to Tucson, and the tree sparrow numbers are climbing as the days lengthen. Downys and flickers on the suet, 8 chickadees warn them of the northern shrike that appears some days out of nowhere, it seems, Clark's nutcrackers are in and out, and a lone song sparrow sneaks in at dusk along with occasionally a Lincoln's. A red tail hawk this winter shares the white fields and poles with a few rough leggeds. The male Great-horned owl began calling only last week. No Long Ears droning yet, not til early March in this neck of our valley.


Mike Becker
Harrison
 

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Date: 2/15/19 12:04 pm
From: <shirlmt9...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Suggestions for owls around Polson
irvine flats road in polson is a fairly dependable spot to see long-eared owls, although they have been a bit scarcer this year than in the past. there is a grove of trees located about a mile or so up the road from highway 93 where they often hang out, although no guarantees, of course. :-)

shawn richmond, polson
 

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Date: 2/14/19 8:36 pm
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Rare Bird Alerts for Montana
Facebook and eBird have outpaced mob, which despite a decent-sized membership is all but dead in terms of the volume of posts. I’m a bit surprised it’s lasted this long. If you really want to learn about rarities, the Montana State Bird Alert fb site is the way to go I think.

Jeff Marks

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 14, 2019, at 8:07 PM, <montana.robinsons...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> I left FaceBook a while back so I no longer have access to the rare bird alerts in Montana through that Facebook feed. Does the MOB ever do rare alerts? Would anyone ever consider posting them to Twitter? Is this not the right forum to ask these questions? Thank all! Brad
>
>

 

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Date: 2/14/19 8:08 pm
From: <montana.robinsons...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Rare Bird Alerts for Montana
I left FaceBook a while back so I no longer have access to the rare bird alerts in Montana through that Facebook feed. Does the MOB ever do rare alerts? Would anyone ever consider posting them to Twitter? Is this not the right forum to ask these questions? Thank all! Brad

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Date: 2/14/19 12:05 pm
From: Peter Nelson <nelsonpeter1967...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Suggestions for owls around Polson
Hello,
I was wondering if anyone could suggest some roads to take around Polson to look for owls. We are taking a trip from Fortine to Missoula this Saturday and would love to see a Long-eared Owl. I know they are a species of concern, I was just wondering if someone could suggest some roads to drive and look. We are very respectful of birds and do not approach them at all. You can email me privately if you would like. Thank you so much.
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Date: 2/13/19 4:59 pm
From: Jeffrey Olsson <jolsson...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: RE: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
“We want eBird to be used by birders of all skill levels: our only request is that you try to use eBird to its fullest capacity, report the birds you see and hear to the best of your ability, and err on the conservative side if you are unsure about your identification.”

https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/1010550-do-i-have-to-be-an-expert-to-contribute-to-ebird-

-Jeff

From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:01 PM
To: Montana Birders <MOB-Montana...>; Jeffrey Olsson <JOlsson...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus

Jeff O.,

I agree with you completely that making a mistake should not discourage one from posting to mob. We all make mistakes, from the beginner to the seasoned birder. However, I do not agree fully with your comments about eBird. A beginner who is not yet proficient should not submit sightings to eBird if there's a good chance many of the the birds are misidentified. It would be very easy for lots of mistakes to enter into the system and never be discovered by a reviewer because they didn't trigger a filter. I'd suggest a beginner be very careful and submit incomplete checklists that include only the species they are fairly certain they identified correctly. Too, a birder with photos should feel free to submit those species along with the photo, which would allow reviewers to verify the sightings. eBird is a great resource for people across the spectrum of birding skills, but it is not the place to submit sightings of birds that have good chance of being misidentifed because the observer is inexperienced.

Jeff Marks

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:38 AM Jeffrey Olsson <jolsson...><mailto:<jolsson...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> wrote:

Hey, Cole. Don’t let this discourage you or keep you from posting in the future. I would venture to guess that we all want to get our IDs correct, but that none of us are 100% accurate 100% of the time. I’ve been at it for 20+ years and I still refer to my field guides frequently and I still don’t hit the field without them. In fact, now instead of having one field guide, I’ve got multiple general field guides (e.g. Sibley and Nat. Geo.) and I’ve supplemented them with several more detailed guides dedicated to specific families (e.g. I’ve got a gulls book that helps immensely with all the various ages and provides more detail than my general guides and I’ve got a shorebirds guide that helps clue me in on things such as structure, habits, and variations in plumage from spring to fall). The point is, even as your experience level grows birding remains a challenge and, despite what they may believe, nobody in the MOB is foolproof!

Another tip, if you haven’t bought in to this already, is to log sightings in eBird. If you happen to post something that is unusual in occurrence, timing, or an unusually high count for a specific list, it will ask you to document your sightings. This provides an initial quality control check of the data, and I find that it helps keep me accurate. Food for thought.

Keep birding and keep posting. Cheers!

-Jeff

From: <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:04 AM
To: <MOB-Montana...><mailto:<MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus


I have removed all my findings due to the fact that It is questioned if I saw rough legged or northern harriers, as my birding experience levels are new to this game still.

Cole



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Date: 2/13/19 3:00 pm
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
Jeff O.,

I agree with you completely that making a mistake should not discourage one
from posting to mob. We all make mistakes, from the beginner to the
seasoned birder. However, I do not agree fully with your comments about
eBird. A beginner who is not yet proficient should not submit sightings to
eBird if there's a good chance many of the the birds are misidentified. It
would be very easy for lots of mistakes to enter into the system and never
be discovered by a reviewer because they didn't trigger a filter. I'd
suggest a beginner be very careful and submit incomplete checklists that
include only the species they are fairly certain they identified correctly.
Too, a birder with photos should feel free to submit those species along
with the photo, which would allow reviewers to verify the sightings. eBird
is a great resource for people across the spectrum of birding skills, but
it is not the place to submit sightings of birds that have good chance of
being misidentifed because the observer is inexperienced.

Jeff Marks

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:38 AM Jeffrey Olsson <jolsson...>
[MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:

>
>
> Hey, Cole. Don’t let this discourage you or keep you from posting in the
> future. I would venture to guess that we all want to get our IDs correct,
> but that none of us are 100% accurate 100% of the time. I’ve been at it for
> 20+ years and I still refer to my field guides frequently and I still don’t
> hit the field without them. In fact, now instead of having one field guide,
> I’ve got multiple general field guides (e.g. Sibley and Nat. Geo.) and I’ve
> supplemented them with several more detailed guides dedicated to specific
> families (e.g. I’ve got a gulls book that helps immensely with all the
> various ages and provides more detail than my general guides and I’ve got a
> shorebirds guide that helps clue me in on things such as structure, habits,
> and variations in plumage from spring to fall). The point is, even as your
> experience level grows birding remains a challenge and, despite what they
> may believe, nobody in the MOB is foolproof!
>
>
>
> Another tip, if you haven’t bought in to this already, is to log sightings
> in eBird. If you happen to post something that is unusual in occurrence,
> timing, or an unusually high count for a specific list, it will ask you to
> document your sightings. This provides an initial quality control check of
> the data, and I find that it helps keep me accurate. Food for thought.
>
>
>
> Keep birding and keep posting. Cheers!
>
>
>
> -Jeff
>
>
>
> *From:* <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:04 AM
> *To:* <MOB-Montana...>
> *Subject:* [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
>
>
>
>
>
> I have removed all my findings due to the fact that It is questioned if I
> saw rough legged or northern harriers, as my birding experience levels are
> new to this game still.
>
>
>
> Cole
>
>
>


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Date: 2/13/19 11:39 am
From: Jeffrey Olsson <jolsson...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: RE: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
Hey, Cole. Don’t let this discourage you or keep you from posting in the future. I would venture to guess that we all want to get our IDs correct, but that none of us are 100% accurate 100% of the time. I’ve been at it for 20+ years and I still refer to my field guides frequently and I still don’t hit the field without them. In fact, now instead of having one field guide, I’ve got multiple general field guides (e.g. Sibley and Nat. Geo.) and I’ve supplemented them with several more detailed guides dedicated to specific families (e.g. I’ve got a gulls book that helps immensely with all the various ages and provides more detail than my general guides and I’ve got a shorebirds guide that helps clue me in on things such as structure, habits, and variations in plumage from spring to fall). The point is, even as your experience level grows birding remains a challenge and, despite what they may believe, nobody in the MOB is foolproof!

Another tip, if you haven’t bought in to this already, is to log sightings in eBird. If you happen to post something that is unusual in occurrence, timing, or an unusually high count for a specific list, it will ask you to document your sightings. This provides an initial quality control check of the data, and I find that it helps keep me accurate. Food for thought.

Keep birding and keep posting. Cheers!

-Jeff

From: <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:04 AM
To: <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus


I have removed all my findings due to the fact that It is questioned if I saw rough legged or northern harriers, as my birding experience levels are new to this game still.

Cole

 

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Date: 2/13/19 10:13 am
From: <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
I have removed all my findings due to the fact that It is questioned if I saw rough legged or northern harriers, as my birding experience levels are new to this game still.



Cole

 

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Date: 2/12/19 6:49 pm
From: <llyoung...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] correction for Eureka bluebirds
The correct observation date for the Eureka bluebirds in my previous message was February (now) not October. Don't know why I typed October. Sorry for the slip.
Lewis Young
Eureka
 

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Date: 2/12/19 3:40 pm
From: <llyoung...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] bluebirds near Eureka
A lady living south of Eureka sent me a photo of Western Bluebirds at her house on Sunday Oct 10. There were 4 males in the photo and she said 5 total were observed. Unfortunately they have not returned since that day so I could go see them also. This is very early for bluebirds around Eureka.
Lewis Young
Eureka
 

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Date: 2/10/19 7:14 pm
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
My bad. I usually read more carefully. Still, that’s a lot of harriers by any stretch.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:02 PM, <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> Jeff, I checked 88 miles of county roads, not 21.
>
> Cole.
>

 

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Date: 2/10/19 7:06 pm
From: <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Sunday drive north of Columbus
Jeff, I checked 88 miles of county roads, not 21.


Cole.

 

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Date: 2/10/19 6:35 pm
From: Ernie Mckenzie <hornseeker...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Sunday drive north of Columbus
SNBU, LALO in grazing district road in Musselshell.

> On Feb 10, 2019, at 7:20 PM, Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> Forty-six harriers in 21 miles of road is an astounding number. Very interesting that you did not see a correspondingly high number of Rough-legged Hawks, given that both are vole specialists at this time of year.
>
> Jeff Marks
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 10, 2019, at 6:03 PM, <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> MOB,
>> I was able to get out of the house and hit the North Stillwater County in hopes of finding a Snow Bunting. No avail, however, it was a day for the Northern Harrier...
>> Columbus-Molt Road (21 miles): Northern Harrier - 9
>> Bald Eagle- 4
>> Mag Pie- 1
>> &n bsp; Golden Eagle-1
>> Horned Lark- 1
>> Wheat Basin Road (7 miles): Northern Harrier-7 (most along the CRP near Big Lake)
>> ; Horned Lark- 26 mix of males and females
>> Common Raven- 3
>> Rapelje-Molt Road (12 miles): Northern Harrier 17 ( 8 were in just over 2 miles along a CRP field)
>> Horned Lark- 6
>> Hailstone Basin Road (7 miles): Northern Harrier- 4
>> Hogland Road- (8 miles): Horned Lark-45
>> Pheasant- 4
>> Northern Harrier-1
>> Big Coulee Road (10 miles): Bald Ealge-1
>> Rapelje Road (23 miles) Northern Harrier-8
>> Wild Turkey- 18
>>
>> Not a great day for multiple species, but still nice to be out and about.. Average Temp -8 F, snowpacked roads
>>
>> Cole
>> Columbus.
>>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/10/19 6:20 pm
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Sunday drive north of Columbus
Forty-six harriers in 21 miles of road is an astounding number. Very interesting that you did not see a correspondingly high number of Rough-legged Hawks, given that both are vole specialists at this time of year.

Jeff Marks

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2019, at 6:03 PM, <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> MOB,
> I was able to get out of the house and hit the North Stillwater County in hopes of finding a Snow Bunting. No avail, however, it was a day for the Northern Harrier...
> Columbus-Molt Road (21 miles): Northern Harrier - 9
> Bald Eagle- 4
> Mag Pie- 1
> Golden Eagle-1
> Horned Lark- 1
> Wheat Basin Road (7 miles): Northern Harrier-7 (most along the CRP near Big Lake)
> Horned Lark- 26 mix of males and females
> Common Raven- 3
> Rapelje-Molt Road (12 miles): Northern Harrier 17 ( 8 were in just over 2 miles along a CRP field)
> Horned Lark- 6
> Hailstone Basin Road (7 miles): Northern Harrier- 4
> Hogland Road- (8 miles): Horned Lark-45
> Pheasant- 4
> Northern Harrier-1
> Big Coulee Road (10 miles): Bald Ealge-1
> Rapelje Road (23 miles) Northern Harrier-8
> Wild Turkey- 18
>
> Not a great day for multiple species, but still nice to be out and about. Average Temp -8 F, snowpacked roads
>
> Cole
> Columbus.
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/10/19 6:03 pm
From: <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Sunday drive north of Columbus
MOB,

I was able to get out of the house and hit the North Stillwater County in hopes of finding a Snow Bunting. No avail, however, it was a day for the Northern Harrier...
Columbus-Molt Road (21 miles): Northern Harrier - 9
Bald Eagle- 4
Mag Pie- 1
Golden Eagle-1

Horned Lark- 1
Wheat Basin Road (7 miles): Northern Harrier-7 (most along the CRP near Big Lake)
Horned Lark- 26 mix of males and females
Common Raven- 3

Rapelje-Molt Road (12 miles): Northern Harrier 17 ( 8 were in just over 2 miles along a CRP field)
Horned Lark- 6
Hailstone Basin Road (7 miles): Northern Harrier- 4
Hogland Road- (8 miles): Horned Lark-45
Pheasant- 4
Northern Harrier-1
Big Coulee Road (10 miles): Bald Ealge-1

Rapelje Road (23 miles) Northern Harrier-8
Wild Turkey- 18


Not a great day for multiple species, but still nice to be out and about. Average Temp -8 F, snowpacked roads


Cole
Columbus.



 

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Date: 2/10/19 1:44 pm
From: <linda.rebich...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Northern Flicker Yellow-shafted
I finally was able to get a picture of this male yellow shafted northern flicker. He has been coming into a feeder on Shular lane in Dillon MT Since Christmas but was very shy. The colder weather is making him feed more. There are 4 red-shafted too but one of them is dominate and chases everybody off. We put up more suet and that has helped. The yellow shafted feeds mostly on the ground.
 

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Date: 2/8/19 8:58 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Fergus Feeders, Fields & Forest
MOB,

It was still well below zero at 1012 when the continuing Harris's Sparrow first showed up under the alley lilac hedge. Earlier the bright sunshine had me sweeping 8 inches of snow off vehicles (not a wheel turned since returning from Saturday's American Dipper via kayak observation under the US 191 bridge just north of town) and I was eager to head out on the well plowed snow-packed county roads to check of a few more 'Wintering Season' birds.

No Rosy-finches at the known spot along Lime Kiln Rd, but a male Red Crossbill put on a several minute clinic on how to get at pine cone seeds at eye-level 25 feet away.

A deep fill, with open water, along Grinde Road produced a large flock of rather wild Sharp-tailed Grouse. No perched photo ops, but did catch one of several flushes that must have totaled forty individuals.

A previously reliable for Clark's Nutcracker hillside along Maiden Road was empty, but the cottonwoods along a three mile reach of the stream course held 6 - 8 Bald Eagles, and the was a single Golden Eagle over the ridge to the north.

Did get a bonus, first time in two years, look at a Northern Pygmy Owl by driving two miles further into the Judith Mountains past the old mining town of Maiden than I had planned to go. Usually that stretch of road is a sheet of ice with no good place to turn around, so the solid snow-pack was nice to have. Also one quick, through the windshield, photo op of a Northern Goshawk.

The usual abundance of Rough-legged Hawks were on the power poles along US 191 on the way home, and a Harlan's Red-tail flew formation on me for about a mile before perching near the Fairgrounds.

A quick check under the bridge and a quarter mile upstream came up negative for the American Dipper.

I better head for the Big Spring Fish Hatchery before today's blizzard arrives.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown






 

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Date: 2/2/19 5:06 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] QQLL 19D3 (Lewistown) Wintering Season Birds
MOB,

3/4 Point: Criteria on P 11 P.D. Skaar's 2012Montana Bird Distribution Seventh Edition 2012 Montana Audubon

Total species observed since 15 December 2018 is now 58, with a Northern Goshawk seen along the Maiden Rd on 31 January the last of six added since the mid-point.

Thirty-five species are now qualified for the Big "W", and another six have a chance to make the grade. The American Dipper has been difficult to locate, but did catch one under the US 191 N bridge while kayaking this past Thursday. Photos posted on MOB.

Most glaring absence, with no observations during lots of miles in good habitat, has been the Gray Partridge. Also none seen while scouting for the upcoming Short-eared Owl Survey outside this QQLL. Maybe the abundance of Rough-legged Hawk, about 25 percent Dark Morph, has something to do with this. So far just two brief glimpses of a Wilson's Snipe, both in this half, at the Big Springs Fish Hatchery.

Mike Lesnik
Lewistown


 

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Date: 2/1/19 7:59 pm
From: Chris Hartzell <c.hartzell...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] tips on how to improve video
He may have also been hacked and even unaware his email sent out the video. This is happening on numerous listservs.

-Chris Hartzell

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On Fri, 2/1/19, <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:

Subject: [MOB-Montana] tips on how to improve video
To: <MOB-Montana...>
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019, 1:08 PM


 










"Mike",
You will be banned from the
site if you post another youtube video or do not reply to
the group with an explanation within 12 hours. Nothing
personal, but I suspect you are a bot or phisher.









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Date: 2/1/19 7:31 pm
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: tips on how to improve video
Full name & location for 'bristle thigh' ?


I don't phish, and have not idea what a 'bot' is! and don't feel like asking Wiki



Which 'Mike'? and which 'site'? and 'what'? to respond to????


I can pretty much guarantee that a 'video' eats up too much of my Verizon Air card monthly allowance and I neither view, play, download, or send them!



And occasionally while off the beaten path between zoos, I am off line for well over twelve hours.



Mike Lesnik
vagapaddler, aka kayakbird


Currently residing in:

Lewistown


Home of Record:



Fishtail

 

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Date: 2/1/19 12:11 pm
From: <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] tips on how to improve video
"Mike",


You will be banned from the site if you post another youtube video or do not reply to the group with an explanation within 12 hours. Nothing personal, but I suspect you are a bot or phisher.
 

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Date: 2/1/19 11:40 am
From: mike kurliez <mikekurliez222...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] thanks
can anybody give me tips on how to improve this videohttps://youtu.be/qynt3SqzkXk




 

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Date: 1/24/19 5:18 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Lewistown Merlin on stake out
Thanks, Dan I'll change that.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown

 

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Date: 1/23/19 3:45 pm
From: <danielcasey55...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Lewistown Merlin on stake out
Mike:

The photo you posted shows a young Sharp-shinned Hawk, not a Merlin. Note the yellow eyes.


Dan Casey
Billings


 

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Date: 1/23/19 1:43 pm
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Merlin on stake out
MOB,


Bird has been on top of the feeder tree for two hours now. A couple of chickadees are brave enough to sneak in for a bite every now and then. 1435 - bird just launched and dove into the lilacs on the right side of the back yard.



Noticed a fresh blood spot, and I think House Sparrow feathers, under the left side lilacs when I got home at 1130 from a quick swing north of town for Horned Lark and American Tree Sparrow.



Will post photos soon.



Mike Lesnik
Lewistown

 

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Date: 1/18/19 5:17 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewistown Wintering Birds
MOB,

Midpoint and counting: 52 species seen in QQLL 19D3, 40 observed the required 3 times, ten just once.



Best bird is the two Harris's Sparrows that were observed every day since 15 December 2018, save the two days that I was not here. Species previously seen in Fergus County on just two Christmas Bird Counts. Also seen the first three days of the second half to become just the 14th "W" OVERWINTERING record in the Montana Bird Distribution database.


A couple of glaring not seen species are Gray Partridge and Wilson's Snipe. Also, the Blue Jays have been seen other places around town, but not at my feeders and the last time peanuts were taken was the 15th or 16th of December.


Most interesting sighting was a Merlin apparently playing tail chase with several Black-billed Magpies - don't think that is was seriously trying to take one down.


Pleasant driving conditions on absolutely bare and dry lower elevation county roads with just short sections of ice in shady mountain canyon came to a halt yesterday.



Mike Lesnik
Lewistown

 

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