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7/19/18 6:39 pm Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Carnivorous Woodpeckers
7/19/18 5:52 pm <bjhoy...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Carnivorous Woodpeckers
7/19/18 1:54 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs Survey 07.19.18
7/18/18 10:04 am Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewis's Woodpeckers & nestling prey
7/18/18 8:10 am John Carlson <c.mccownii...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewis's Woodpeckers & nestling prey
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7/17/18 10:12 am 'Christopher Webbe' <cwebbe...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> FW: [MOB-Montana] Say's Phoebe ? [1 Attachment] (Corrected)
7/17/18 10:07 am <cwebbe...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Say's Phoebe ? [1 Attachment]
7/16/18 12:09 pm <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Recent Road Trips - Belated Reports
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7/12/18 4:23 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA Bird Survey - 07.12.18
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7/11/18 9:57 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Request ID help
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7/5/18 7:09 pm <montanabirder...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] New yard species
7/3/18 7:45 am Arla Eckert <turtle...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Fwd: eBird Report - Turtle's yard, Jul 3, 2018
7/1/18 12:15 pm <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Marsh Wren, QQLL 30B1, Fergus County
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6/26/18 10:19 am Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] White Pelicans at Quake Lake, Gallatin County, 25-June-2018 [1 Attachment]
6/25/18 9:31 am Sneed Collard <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Link to our adventure with Dick Hutto and Last Chance Audubon
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6/24/18 7:11 pm Ernie Mckenzie <hornseeker...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> Re: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018
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6/24/18 5:32 pm Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018 [1 Attachment]
6/24/18 1:12 pm <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Daile Lake Visitors June 23, 2018
6/24/18 9:18 am <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Big Spring Creek and tributaries
6/24/18 3:31 am <calidris...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Dickcissels in Stillwater County
6/23/18 4:48 pm Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Lincoln's Sparrow at Divide Lake, Gallatin County
6/21/18 4:58 pm <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA Survey 06.21.18
 
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Date: 7/19/18 6:39 pm
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Carnivorous Woodpeckers
Of course.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 19, 2018, at 5:52 PM, <bjhoy...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Northern Flickers and Hairy Woodpeckers readily eat pinky mice in
> captivity, so I always assumed that if they find a nest of baby mice or
> voles, they likely ate them, however never observed it in the wild. I
> haven't seen any woodpecker species eating or taking hatchling birds
> from nests, so what the Lewis's Woodpecker's were doing is very
> interesting, Cindy.
>
> Jeff, when you said the following, "---I don't think that cooperative
> breeding <2 adults provisioning young) has been documented
> conclusively." you were only talking about Lewis's Woodpeckers, right?
>
> Judy Hoy
> Stevensville, MT
>
>

 

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Date: 7/19/18 5:52 pm
From: <bjhoy...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Carnivorous Woodpeckers
Hi,

Northern Flickers and Hairy Woodpeckers readily eat pinky mice in
captivity, so I always assumed that if they find a nest of baby mice or
voles, they likely ate them, however never observed it in the wild. I
haven't seen any woodpecker species eating or taking hatchling birds
from nests, so what the Lewis's Woodpecker's were doing is very
interesting, Cindy.

Jeff, when you said the following, "---I don't think that cooperative
breeding <2 adults provisioning young) has been documented
conclusively." you were only talking about Lewis's Woodpeckers, right?

Judy Hoy
Stevensville, MT










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Date: 7/19/18 1:54 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs Survey 07.19.18


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – July 18, 2018

This is the eighteenth survey for the 2018 season. Temperatures
ranged from 50 F to 72 F with clear skies.

Total species for the year at last count was 130. One new bird
species was added today, Lazuli Bunting. Total species is now at 131.
Total individuals counted today were 1,857 in 58 species. Last count
there were 1,494 in 55 species. There were 12 species of waterfowl.

SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

Three Spotted Sandpiper, 4 Black-necked Stilts, 4 - Wilson’s
Phalarope and 2 Wilson’s Snipe. The 4 Black-necked Stilts were two
adults and two chicks. This is only the second time I have recorded
breeding for this species at the WMA. Water is starting to recede, but
there are still no mudflats for shorebirds. The roads to the Job Corps
Ponds and the Ducks Unlimited ponds were open for the first time in 5
weeks and those areas were counted.

I also did a brood survey and recorded 33 broods in 10 species with
137 offspring.

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

There were 20 American White Pelicans, 5 – Pied-billed Grebes, 49
– Red-necked Grebes, 132 Eared Grebes (many on nests), and 2 –
Common Night-hawks..

The Black-crowned Night-Herons were not seen today and I am assuming
that two were fledged this year from the nest in the East ARCO Pond.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

45 species, and 1,330 individuals. This made up 71% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

16 species, and 190 individuals. This made up 11% of the total
birds.

JOB CORPS PONDS

21 species, and 119 individuals. This made up 4% of the total birds.


DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

28 species, and 218 individuals. This made up 14% of the total
birds.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge



 

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Date: 7/18/18 10:04 am
From: Jeff Marks <jsmarks17...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewis's Woodpeckers & nestling prey
Cindy,

This is great stuff! Sure looks like nestling bird in photo, and I don't
think that cooperative breeding (>2 adults provisioning young) has been
documented conclusively.

What's your email address?

Jeff Marks

_________________________
Montana Bird Advocacy
www.montanabirdadvocacy.org
406-396-3331
<jsmarks17...>
_________________________

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 7:32 AM,
<nugi4r74yct62lzy5cek6rbitefed6zhgxxqmlgo...> [MOB-Montana] <
<MOB-Montana...> wrote:

>
> [Attachment(s) <#m_-5258457016210854894_TopText> from
> <nugi4r74yct62lzy5cek6rbitefed6zhgxxqmlgo...> [MOB-Montana] included
> below]
>
> I posted this yesterday to Montana Birding Facebook, and received a
> suggestion that I post it here as well.
>
> I spent two mornings on Bridger Creek Road on July 13 and July 15. A pair
> of Lewis’s is using the same cavity as last year. I observed the following:
>
> 1. There are three adults actively feeding. Maybe one is an offspring
> from last year helping out?
> 2. As with last year, I have only seen them feed the same color/type of
> butterfly. (I have not be yet able to positively ID said butterfly any
> ideas) despite numerous swallowtails, sulphurs, blues and others all around
> the area.
> 3. Along with butterflies, berries, ants, etc. I observed them on three
> different occasions within the hour feeding young birds that look
> embryonic. I searched numerous field guides and none mention that they
> predate nests or eat birds.
>
> Photos attached show all the above.
>
> Kevin Barnes had a very interesting reply to my FB post: "Likely worthy
> of a short communication regarding prey items, especially the nestling. Not
> a lot of info but it does appear to be a theme that Melanerpes are nestling
> theifs. My wife got a short communication published regarding a red-bellied
> woodpecker snatching a cerulean warbler nestling. Gilliland (2003) observed
> a LEWO manipulating what appeared to be flesh and feeding it to nestlings..
> That's all I could find on documentation of LEWO and vertebrate prey."
>
> Hoping for a discussion regarding all the above.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Cindy Goeddel
>
>
>
>



--
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Jeff Marks
Montana Bird Advocacy
www.montanabirdadvocacy.org
406-396-3331
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Date: 7/18/18 8:10 am
From: John Carlson <c.mccownii...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Lewis's Woodpeckers & nestling prey
Hi Cindy,
Thanks for posting here. I completely missed your post on the Facebook site
and this is very fascinating. FYI - the "butterfly" they are bringing to
the young appears to be a Western Sheepmoth.

http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IILEW0M180

Thanks again for posting.
John

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 8:35 AM
<nugi4r74yct62lzy5cek6rbitefed6zhgxxqmlgo...> [MOB-Montana] <
<MOB-Montana...> wrote:

>
> [Attachment(s) <#m_3910065861431932302_TopText> from
> <nugi4r74yct62lzy5cek6rbitefed6zhgxxqmlgo...> [MOB-Montana] included
> below]
>
> I posted this yesterday to Montana Birding Facebook, and received a
> suggestion that I post it here as well.
>
> I spent two mornings on Bridger Creek Road on July 13 and July 15. A pair
> of Lewis’s is using the same cavity as last year. I observed the following:
>
> 1. There are three adults actively feeding. Maybe one is an offspring
> from last year helping out?
> 2. As with last year, I have only seen them feed the same color/type of
> butterfly. (I have not be yet able to positively ID said butterfly any
> ideas) despite numerous swallowtails, sulphurs, blues and others all around
> the area.
> 3. Along with butterflies, berries, ants, etc. I observed them on three
> different occasions within the hour feeding young birds that look
> embryonic. I searched numerous field guides and none mention that they
> predate nests or eat birds.
>
> Photos attached show all the above.
>
> Kevin Barnes had a very interesting reply to my FB post: "Likely worthy
> of a short communication regarding prey items, especially the nestling. Not
> a lot of info but it does appear to be a theme that Melanerpes are nestling
> theifs. My wife got a short communication published regarding a red-bellied
> woodpecker snatching a cerulean warbler nestling. Gilliland (2003) observed
> a LEWO manipulating what appeared to be flesh and feeding it to nestlings..
> That's all I could find on documentation of LEWO and vertebrate prey."
>
> Hoping for a discussion regarding all the above.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Cindy Goeddel
>
>
>
>


--
John Carlson
Billings, MT

www.prairieice.blogspot.com
http://www.pbase.com/mccownii

 

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Date: 7/18/18 7:33 am
From: <nugi4r74yct62lzy5cek6rbitefed6zhgxxqmlgo...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lewis's Woodpeckers & nestling prey [7 Attachments]
I posted this yesterday to Montana Birding Facebook, and received a suggestion that I post it here as well.


I spent two mornings on Bridger Creek Road on July 13 and July 15. A pair of Lewis’s is using the same cavity as last year. I observed the following:


1. There are three adults actively feeding. Maybe one is an offspring from last year helping out?
2. As with last year, I have only seen them feed the same color/type of butterfly. (I have not be yet able to positively ID said butterfly any ideas) despite numerous swallowtails, sulphurs, blues and others all around the area.
3. Along with butterflies, berries, ants, etc. I observed them on three different occasions within the hour feeding young birds that look embryonic. I searched numerous field guides and none mention that they predate nests or eat birds.


Photos attached show all the above.


Kevin Barnes had a very interesting reply to my FB post: "Likely worthy of a short communication regarding prey items, especially the nestling. Not a lot of info but it does appear to be a theme that Melanerpes are nestling theifs. My wife got a short communication published regarding a red-bellied woodpecker snatching a cerulean warbler nestling. Gilliland (2003) observed a LEWO manipulating what appeared to be flesh and feeding it to nestlings. That's all I could find on documentation of LEWO and vertebrate prey."



Hoping for a discussion regarding all the above.


Thanks,


Cindy Goeddel


 

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Date: 7/17/18 10:12 am
From: 'Christopher Webbe' <cwebbe...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: FW: [MOB-Montana] Say's Phoebe ? [1 Attachment] (Corrected)




From: <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:07 PM
To:
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Say's Phoebe ? [1 Attachment]





[Attachment(s) from <cwebbe...> <mailto:<cwebbe...> [MOB-Montana] included below]

I recently stayed at a ranch an hour south of Billings, Montana. Attached is a photo of a bird I am trying to identify. The closest I can come to is a Say's Phoebe, but the bird clearly has white tips to its tail feathers and appears to have buff wing bars in addition to the buff breast. Any help much appreciated.




 

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Date: 7/17/18 10:07 am
From: <cwebbe...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Say's Phoebe ? [1 Attachment]
I recently stayed at a ranch an hour south of Billings, Montana. Attached is a photo of a bird I am trying to identify. The closest I can come to is a Say's Phoebe, but the bird clearly has white tips to its tail feathers and appears to have buff wing bars in addition to the buff
 

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Date: 7/16/18 12:09 pm
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Recent Road Trips - Belated Reports
MOB,


Time constraints for other activities and limited, mostly incidental, bird records were

kept.


1] Blackfoot Recreation Corridor - Roundup Bar bridge down to FAS Weigh Station:



Best of 30 species was the juvenile Williamson's Sapsucker that gave me a forty minute photo op late on the last evening at Thibodeau camp site #5. No dippers seen on 3 kayak trips from Johnsrud boat ramp down to the Weigh Station, but did get a quick glimpse of two recently hatched Spotted Sandpipers.



Staked out one of the known Peregrine Falcon spots for a couple hours prior to river race start before an adult flew a couple circles that pinpointed its aerie. First one seen there in several years.


2] Big Open north of the Missouri River east of US 191 to twenty miles west of Fort Peck:


Best bird photo op was a ground running Brown Thrasher just after I exited the CMR 329 Rd west of Upper Eighth Coulee.



Spent two nights at the new to me BLM Troika Reservoir campground on Barber Coulee 34 miles west of MT 24. Six nice, mowed down sites with new picnic tables and metal fire rings. The small reservoir can be viewed from a high point just behind the clean vault toilet. Spent 45 minutes there on a bucket with my first cup of coffee on the second morning to add 13 species to the single Common Nighthawk observed the evening before.


3] CMR 220 Rd:


Mother Nature won this round! Very few bird movements at 100 °F when I arrived 1600 Friday. Walked up to the Common Poorwill nesting/brooding spot at 200 to find just a few dropping.


Still about 70 °F at 0530 the next morning while making coffee, did a bit of computer work and at 0630 was sitting on my bird viewing bucket wearing a head net. The only movements I could see were gnats swarming and didn't dare try to take a sip of coffee.


Mud holes have dried out, but the high grass in the middle of the two track road will soon be a fire hazard.


4] The MT 19 pond five miles north of MT 200 is starting to show some shore line mud.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown

























































 

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Date: 7/16/18 9:07 am
From: <danielcasey55...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Request ID help
The bill on that Grasshopper Sparrow looks entirely normal, unless I am looking at the wrong photo.

Dan Casey
Billings
 

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Date: 7/13/18 5:18 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Request ID help
Thanks, Allen


First of that species that I have seen in a number of year. The rather prominent yellow on the scapulars did not seem to fit.


Mike Lesnik
CMR 220 Rd tonight

 

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Date: 7/12/18 4:23 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA Bird Survey - 07.12.18


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – June 28, 2018

This is the seventh count for the 2018 season. Temperatures ranged
from 58 F to 56 F with clear skies.

Total species for the year at last count was 130. No new bird species
today.

Total individuals counted today were 1,494 in 55 species. Last count
there were 1,221 in 64 species. There were 13 species of waterfowl.

SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

One Marbled Godwit, 7 - Spotted Sandpiper, and 18 - Wilson’s
Phalarope. Water is starting to recede, but there are still no
mudflats for shorebirds. The roads to the Job Corps Ponds and the
Ducks Unlimited ponds remain closed due to water on the road.

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

There were 30 American White Pelicans scattered throughout the ponds.


07.12.18 REPORT – No adults were seen today. There was one juvenile
on the nest that looked like it was big enough to leave the nest.
Possibly the other juvenile has already left the nest. Thus, we had a
successful nesting and fledging in 2018. A picture of the juvenile on
the nest, taken today is on Montana Birders FB.

06.28.18 REPORT – The two Black-crowned Night-Heron chicks remain
alive and healthy. There is a good chance they will survive.

06.21.18 REPORT – Today I found two chicks in the nest that are
fairly well developed. Hopefully, predation by Great Horned Owls does
not take place as it has in the past. This is the only nest in Western
Montana. Picture attached.

06.14-18 REPORT The Black-crowned Night-Heron is still on the nest
and has been now for about 37 days. Incubation is 26 days and nesting
is 30. I have not seen chicks, doesn’t look good for a successful
nest. The male was with the female at the nest.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

47 species, and 1,546 individuals. This made up 87% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

12 species, and 240 individuals. This made up 13% of the total
birds.

JOB CORPS PONDS

No survey due to flood waters.

DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

No survey due to flood waters.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge



 

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Date: 7/11/18 10:19 am
From: Allen Bryan <nshrike1...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Request ID help
Mike
It would appear to be a Grasshopper Sparrow with a "challenged" bill?
I was in Montana the last several weeks and observed a McCown's Longspur with a "challenged" bill also.
I wonder what is going on?
Enjoy,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:57:23 PM EDT, <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:

 

MOB,
Posted photos last night.  Weak, slow, on/off internet connection north of the river west of Fort Peck.
Thanks, Mike Lesnik, Willow Creek valley



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Date: 7/11/18 9:57 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Request ID help
MOB,


Posted photos last night. Weak, slow, on/off internet connection north of the river west of Fort Peck.


Thanks, Mike Lesnik, Willow Creek valley



 

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Date: 7/9/18 7:28 am
From: 'Mike Schwitters' <schwit...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezut Tern
MOB,

I did a Freezout Visit Sunday. The best bird was a Caspian Tern on one of
the Pond One islands close to the parking area.

Mike Schwitters

Choteau MT


 

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Date: 7/6/18 1:22 am
From: <birder43...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Freezout P.M.
MOB, checked out Freezout this afternoon July 4th. Not much to report due I think of clearing out ditches etc. The water is still up especially along the Mud Road. Did see first shorebirds of the fall season. Saw 2 Lesser Yellowlegs and 3 Greater Yellowlegs at the Dike (middle parking area). Other birds worth a note are only one Clay-colored at the camping site, saw 5 White-faced Ibis flying over Pond 1, and a pair of American Kestrels south of Pond 6. All for now, good birding Larry Carter Fairfield.
 

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Date: 7/5/18 7:09 pm
From: <montanabirder...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] New yard species
I was pretty excited this evening to positively identify a Black-throated Hummer that's been buzzing through my yard, stopping VERY briefly at a feeder now and then. Beautiful male, too large for a Calliope; finally able to get binocs on him to see the white spot behind his eye.
Would love to get a photo, but I've nearly decided my photo skills do not include hummers (😢) … I'll keep trying.



Cheri Seli
7 miles N of Plains, MT
 

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Date: 7/3/18 7:45 am
From: Arla Eckert <turtle...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Fwd: eBird Report - Turtle's yard, Jul 3, 2018


Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: July 3, 2018 at 8:42:54 AM MDT
> To: <turtle...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Turtle's yard, Jul 3, 2018
>
> Turtle's yard, Cascade, Montana, US
> Jul 3, 2018 8:29 AM - 8:39 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Saw this bird a while back also
> 2 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Northern Goshawk 1 Robins yelling big time, so looked and found this bird, under where it was sitting feathers , first year bird
> American Robin 2
> passerine sp. 1 Small bird flying by
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46960275
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>

 

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Date: 7/1/18 12:15 pm
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Marsh Wren, QQLL 30B1, Fergus County
MOB,


Arrived at the East Fork Big Spring Creek Reservoir shortly after sunrise this morning. Over the next two hours had several minutes long, audio only, observations of the target species at three locations; and finally, just before quitting time, maybe two individuals gave several photo ops (two posted) a few of which where messed up by cattail fronds waving in the breeze.



Access was with a touring kayak which drafts about three inches and nearly drug bottom a couple of times today.. As the inflow tapers off and the reservoir elevation drops this area will be blocked by extensive mud flats.



Last week's Bobolinks seen again a bit further south on Red Hill Rd.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown



 

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Date: 6/30/18 7:24 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Dickcissel irruption
Thanks, Ed


I really like that high, open perch, loud singing one. That is the pose that I remember from a dozen years ago.



Hoping that the Lake Basin hang around for a couple weeks. Am wondering if any females have been observed?


Mike Lesnik

Lewistown





 

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Date: 6/29/18 2:44 pm
From: chasingthewildoutdoors <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Dickcissels in Stillwater County
I will be out looking for them this upcoming week 7/2-5! 
Cole


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: "<calidris...> [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana...> Date: 6/24/18 04:31 (GMT-07:00) To: <MOB-Montana...> Subject: [MOB-Montana] Dickcissels in Stillwater County

 









I don't often see Dickcissels in Montana, so yesterday I was happy to note three different birds.  The first was on Woodrich Road which is about a mile south of Rapelje.  I was driving out from Dallmann Lake, headed back to the highway (MT 306) when I heard a Dickcissel calling about 300 yards before the highway.  I turned back and was able to obtain photos as it sang from the fence line.  Dallmann  Lake is full of water and full of Wilson's Phalaropes, nearly 200 present.
The second Dickcissel was heard singing about 2 miles east of Rapelje as I was heading in the direction of Molt and Big Lake.  Big Lake is also full of water and offers very good birding.
Finally, the third Dickcissel was on Eastlick Road just south of Molt.  It was calling near the west end of the road.  Beware this part of the road should be avoided if it is wet from rains. 
Enjoy your summer,
Ed HarperBozeman/Carmichael









 

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Date: 6/29/18 2:43 pm
From: chasingthewildoutdoors <chasingthewildoutdoors...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Dickcissels in Stillwater County
I will be out looking for them this upcoming week 7/2-5! 
Cole


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: "<calidris...> [MOB-Montana]" <MOB-Montana...> Date: 6/24/18 04:31 (GMT-07:00) To: <MOB-Montana...> Subject: [MOB-Montana] Dickcissels in Stillwater County

 









I don't often see Dickcissels in Montana, so yesterday I was happy to note three different birds.  The first was on Woodrich Road which is about a mile south of Rapelje.  I was driving out from Dallmann Lake, headed back to the highway (MT 306) when I heard a Dickcissel calling about 300 yards before the highway.  I turned back and was able to obtain photos as it sang from the fence line.  Dallmann  Lake is full of water and full of Wilson's Phalaropes, nearly 200 present.
The second Dickcissel was heard singing about 2 miles east of Rapelje as I was heading in the direction of Molt and Big Lake.  Big Lake is also full of water and offers very good birding.
Finally, the third Dickcissel was on Eastlick Road just south of Molt.  It was calling near the west end of the road.  Beware this part of the road should be avoided if it is wet from rains. 
Enjoy your summer,
Ed HarperBozeman/Carmichael









 

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Date: 6/29/18 9:02 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: Dickcissel irruption
Ed,



I, and maybe others, would enjoy seeing a few of your Dickcissel photos here. Yahoo seems to have the download problem fixed and at least a couple will be ready to 'Post' in less than a minute.


A quick, rough count of map pins on the eBird species map shows 40 in Montana this century - 15 of those (mostly yours) within the lat 30 days.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown

 

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Date: 6/29/18 8:30 am
From: Sneed Collard <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Dickcissel irruption
Thanks for the great report, Ed!

> On Jun 29, 2018, at 9:21 AM, <calidris...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
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> Southeastern Montana is a fabulous, but under birded region possessing eye-popping scenery and an impressive array of birds. With that in mind, Robin and Richard Wolcott joined me in exploring ten counties in this remote corner of the state over the past several days. We did a lot of eBirding hoping to add to the understanding of the distribution and occurrence of breeding birds in the region.
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> We learned a lot during our exploration, but the most impressive observation was the number of Dickcissels we encountered in this invasion year. Our cumulative eBird lists reflected 26 Dickcissels plus several more that were encountered when we were not recording a list of birds.
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> Perhaps the densest population of Dickcissels were recorded in Treasure County. We did an eBird list for a three mile stretch near Hysham, driving a stretch of road towards Myers. He re we had a total of 9 Dickcissels plus two more after we had finished driving the segment and were moving onward.
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> Considering how few Dickcissels I have seen in the past in many years of birding Montana, I consider this current irruption to be nothing short of remarkable!
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> Good birding to all,
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> Ed Harper
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> Bozeman/Carmichael
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Date: 6/29/18 8:23 am
From: <calidris...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Dickcissel irruption
Southeastern Montana is a fabulous, but under birded region possessing eye-popping scenery and an impressive array of birds. With that in mind, Robin and Richard Wolcott joined me in exploring ten counties in this remote corner of the state over the past several days. We did a lot of eBirding hoping to add to the understanding of the distribution and occurrence of breeding birds in the region.


We learned a lot during our exploration, but the most impressive observation was the number of Dickcissels we encountered in this invasion year. Our cumulative eBird lists reflected 26 Dickcissels plus several more that were encountered when we were not recording a list of birds.


Perhaps the densest population of Dickcissels were recorded in Treasure County. We did an eBird list for a three mile stretch near Hysham, driving a stretch of road towards Myers. Here we had a total of 9 Dickcissels plus two more after we had finished driving the segment and were moving onward.


Considering how few Dickcissels I have seen in the past in many years of birding Montana, I consider this current irruption to be nothing short of remarkable!


Good birding to all,


Ed Harper
Bozeman/Carmichael




 

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Date: 6/28/18 1:34 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] WS WMA Report - 06.28.18


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – June 28, 2018

This is the sixteenth count for the 2018 season. Temperatures ranged
from 52 F to 65 F with partly cloudy skies.

Total species for the year at last count was 129. I added one today,
Olive-sided Flycatacher. Total for the year is now 130 species.

Total individuals counted today were 1,494 in 55 species. Last count
there were 1,221 in 64 species. There were 13 species of waterfowl.

SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

One Black-necked Stilt, 2 - Spotted Sandpiper, and 1 - Wilson’s
Phalarope. All of the ARCO Ponds are completely full and there is no
shorebird habitat. The roads to the Job Corps Ponds and the Ducks
Unlimited ponds remain closed due to flooding. .

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

There were 52 American White Pelicans scattered throughout the ponds.


06.28.18 REPORT – The two Black-crowned Night-Heron chicks remain
alive and healthy. There is a good chance they will survive.

06.21.18 REPORT – Today I found two chicks in the nest that are
fairly well developed. Hopefully, predation by Great Horned Owls does
not take place as it has in the past. This is the only nest in Western
Montana. Picture attached.

06.14-18 REPORT The Black-crowned Night-Heron is still on the nest
and has been now for about 37 days. Incubation is 26 days and nesting
is 30. I have not seen chicks, doesn’t look good for a successful
nest. The male was with the female at the nest.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

50 species, and 1,360 individuals. This made up 91% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

17 species, and 134 individuals. This made up 9% of the total birds.


JOB CORPS PONDS

No survey due to flood waters.

DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

No survey due to flood waters.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge

 

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Date: 6/28/18 7:17 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Missouri Breaks CMR 220 Rd
MOB,


Woke up to spectacular setting near full moon at 0400 yesterday morning in a primitive camp spot 3/10th mile upstream of the historic Carroll Landing, which is right at the 2011 record Fort Peck Reservoir elevation level. Current level is less than five feet below that mark.



As always, my target for the trip was a Plumbeous Vireo nest. Nest not found,but bird was seen both days in different locations. Barely diagnostic photo on Tuesday, loud and clear audio ID walking another area on the way out yesterday, followed by 10 X visual a few minutes later as I eased back to the call location. Calls quit and no further activity observed while I sat for an hour having lunch.


Best bird of the trip was the Common Poorwill brooding at least one chick [photo posted] about fifty feet from last years nest with two eggs. Adult was first seen about six feet away and appeared dead from my viewing angle. I came very close to using my walking stick to roll it over to check for eggs.


During a several minute observation [10X binocs & zoomed in camera] for photos and taking a GPSr way-point I saw the adult twitch just once, with not a movement from the odd shapes that I suspected might be chicks. Did not pick out the chick's beak and eyes until I downloaded to a laptop.



I use the Armells Creek (ARMM8) NOAA weather station as a guide to make a trip into that part of the Missouri Breaks - with anything close to a tenth of an inch precipitation in the last day or so, stay home. The near permanent mud-hole that I dug out a drain for on 4 June was bone dry. Worked on another one this trip and plan to do a few minutes every time down until it get bladed again.


Watching a Gray Catbird picking up and dis-carding nesting material during the last hour as I compose this post.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown

 

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Date: 6/26/18 10:19 am
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] White Pelicans at Quake Lake, Gallatin County, 25-June-2018 [1 Attachment]
Yesterday, there must have been at least 30 to 40 White Pelicans on Earthquake Lake, aka Quake Lake. That is not unusual at this time of year, but At one point, we observed some really interesting behavior. A pair of Common Mergansers were feeding near the lake shore where the Madison River flows into Quake Lake. When one of the Mergansers would dive, 6 pelicans would rush toward that point and immediately submerge their heads, appearing to be grabbing for some type of aquatic prey. These 6 pelicans followed the Mergansers around for at least 20 minutes, repeating this procedure 6 to 8 times. I watched this through binoculars, a bit too far for a good photograph, but later made the photo below of an adult female White Pelican landing beside too juveniles who were evidently expecting to be fed.

We also observed the male Calliope Hummingbird on his usual station when we launched the drift boat about 9:30 am and again when we pulled the boat out about 6:30 that evening.

Other birds of interest:

Bald Eagle
Osprey
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
California Gull
Yellow Warbler
Tree Swallows
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Sandpiper

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


 

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Date: 6/25/18 9:31 am
From: Sneed Collard <collard...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Link to our adventure with Dick Hutto and Last Chance Audubon
Hey Everyone,

Here's a link to Braden's account of our search for Black-backeds with Dick Hutto and Last Chance Audubon last weekend. Braden and I started this blog a couple of months ago, and would love it if people shared it and subscribed to it. Just fill out your email in the appropriate box in the right-hand column. I am hoping the blog is a way to help inspire other young people to get into birding. We also regularly include links to the recent birding festival and other "birdy" activities as a way to help promote birding in Montana and beyond.

Thanks!

Sneed, Missoula

https://fathersonbirding.com/fire-in-the-hole/ <https://fathersonbirding.com/fire-in-the-hole/>


 

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Date: 6/25/18 6:58 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Re: MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018
Scott,


Great MacGillivray's Warbler photo! Wish that I could get a close up, focused one for my portfolio.


Hope that you can get some of your now missing photos back up. Wanted to show a friend the swans taking flight on a misty day [that was on Quake Lake, wasn't it?]. Maybe you could redo that entire spread.



I have also been having trouble with photo album editing. Trying to delete some recent duplicates and older posts it seems like they would evaporate, but the next time I opened the link they were back.


Now have three or four jelly eating Gray Catbirds in almost continuous view in the backyard.



Mike Lesnik
Lewistown

 

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Date: 6/24/18 7:11 pm
From: Ernie Mckenzie <hornseeker...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018
The only place I have MacGillivrays...


> On Jun 24, 2018, at 7:58 PM, Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
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> Andrew,
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> Absolutely no doubt. They were Brown-headed Cowbirds. No idea where I came up with that ID.. I knew better. Thank you for calling attention to my mistake.
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> Also, the photo of the MacGillivray’s Warbler was actually made this morning, 24-June-2018, not 22-June-2018 as labeled. I am having a lot of trouble getting photos to load properly to the MOB site, but the label is my bad. Also no idea what has happened to my album as the only photos showing are ones I previously deleted, and I am not able to add photos to the album, thus the attachment to the email.
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> Scott
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> On Jun 24, 2018, at 6:43 PM, Andrew Guttenberg <afgutte...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:
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> Hi Scott, I suspect you had Brown-headed Cowbirds, not Bronzed.
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> Andrew Guttenberg
> Bozeman
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> Get Outlook for iOS
> From: <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...> on behalf of Scott Heppel <scott..heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
> Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:32:21 PM
> To: MOB-Montana Outdoor Birding at Yahoo
> Subject: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018 [1 Attachment]
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> [Attachment(s) from Scott Heppel included below]
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> We visited Taylor Fork early this morning, driving the road to the forks of Lightening Creek and Cache Creek. Also up Wapiti Creek to the trailhead. Most interesting sighting for me was the MacGillivray’s Warbler pictured below. Other birds:
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> Lark Sparrow
> Cassin’s Finch
> Song Sparrow
> White-crowned Sparrow
> Chipping Sparrow
> Yellow Warbler
> Pine Siskin
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Gray Catbird
> Sandhill Crane
> Spotted Sandpiper
> American Dipper
> many Mountain Bluebirds including juveniles out of the box
> multitudes of Tree Swallows
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> Golden-crowned Kinglet
> American Robin
> Bronzed Cowbird
>
> The water in Taylor Fork is starting to clear, but still carrying a load of Bentonite silt, perhaps accounting for no Bald Eagles or Ospreys sighted..
>
> Scott Heppel
> Gallatin County
> 22-June-2018
> <scott.heppel...>
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> <MacGillivray's Warbler, 22-June-2018 Taylor Fork of Gallatin River, Gallatin County.jpeg>
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Date: 6/24/18 6:58 pm
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018
Andrew,

Absolutely no doubt. They were Brown-headed Cowbirds. No idea where I came up with that ID. I knew better. Thank you for calling attention to my mistake.

Also, the photo of the MacGillivray’s Warbler was actually made this morning, 24-June-2018, not 22-June-2018 as labeled. I am having a lot of trouble getting photos to load properly to the MOB site, but the label is my bad. Also no idea what has happened to my album as the only photos showing are ones I previously deleted, and I am not able to add photos to the album, thus the attachment to the email.

Scott

On Jun 24, 2018, at 6:43 PM, Andrew Guttenberg <afgutte...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> wrote:


Hi Scott, I suspect you had Brown-headed Cowbirds, not Bronzed.

Andrew Guttenberg
Bozeman

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From: <MOB-Montana...> <mailto:<MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...> <mailto:<MOB-Montana...>> on behalf of Scott Heppel <scott..heppel...> <mailto:<scott..heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...> <mailto:<MOB-Montana...>>
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:32:21 PM
To: MOB-Montana Outdoor Birding at Yahoo
Subject: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018 [1 Attachment]


[Attachment(s) <x-msg://41/#TopText> from Scott Heppel included below]

We visited Taylor Fork early this morning, driving the road to the forks of Lightening Creek and Cache Creek. Also up Wapiti Creek to the trailhead. Most interesting sighting for me was the MacGillivray’s Warbler pictured below. Other birds:

Lark Sparrow
Cassin’s Finch
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Pine Siskin
Hairy Woodpecker
Gray Catbird
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
American Dipper
many Mountain Bluebirds including juveniles out of the box
multitudes of Tree Swallows
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Bronzed Cowbird

The water in Taylor Fork is starting to clear, but still carrying a load of Bentonite silt, perhaps accounting for no Bald Eagles or Ospreys sighted.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
22-June-2018
<scott.heppel...> <mailto:<scott.heppel...>


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Date: 6/24/18 5:43 pm
From: Andrew Guttenberg <afgutte...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: Re: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018
Hi Scott, I suspect you had Brown-headed Cowbirds, not Bronzed.

Andrew Guttenberg
Bozeman

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From: <MOB-Montana...> <MOB-Montana...> on behalf of Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:32:21 PM
To: MOB-Montana Outdoor Birding at Yahoo
Subject: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018 [1 Attachment]


[Attachment(s) from Scott Heppel included below]

We visited Taylor Fork early this morning, driving the road to the forks of Lightening Creek and Cache Creek. Also up Wapiti Creek to the trailhead. Most interesting sighting for me was the MacGillivrays Warbler pictured below. Other birds:

Lark Sparrow
Cassins Finch
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Pine Siskin
Hairy Woodpecker
Gray Catbird
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
American Dipper
many Mountain Bluebirds including juveniles out of the box
multitudes of Tree Swallows
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Bronzed Cowbird

The water in Taylor Fork is starting to clear, but still carrying a load of Bentonite silt, perhaps accounting for no Bald Eagles or Ospreys sighted.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
22-June-2018
<scott.heppel...><mailto:<scott.heppel...>


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Date: 6/24/18 5:32 pm
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] MacGillivray's Warbler, Taylor Fork of Gallatin, Gallatin County, 22-Jun-2018 [1 Attachment]
We visited Taylor Fork early this morning, driving the road to the forks of Lightening Creek and Cache Creek. Also up Wapiti Creek to the trailhead. Most interesting sighting for me was the MacGillivray’s Warbler pictured below. Other birds:

Lark Sparrow
Cassin’s Finch
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Pine Siskin
Hairy Woodpecker
Gray Catbird
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
American Dipper
many Mountain Bluebirds including juveniles out of the box
multitudes of Tree Swallows
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Bronzed Cowbird

The water in Taylor Fork is starting to clear, but still carrying a load of Bentonite silt, perhaps accounting for no Bald Eagles or Ospreys sighted.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
22-June-2018
<scott.heppel...>



 

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Date: 6/24/18 1:12 pm
From: <pmwm12...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Daile Lake Visitors June 23, 2018
Had 41 Avocets, on Marbled Godwit and 10 Willets at the North End of Dailey lake. Plus there were three Western Grebe Chicks trying to get a ride on a parents back but there was not enough room for 3 so one made it and was quickly shaken off ....the free ride days are over buster.

The Marbled Godwit is not on the LL 39C roster and the Willets have only been reportedly seen once in the area. Great day.
from the Old Chico Ornithological Society
Pete Murray


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: 6/24/18 9:18 am
From: <vagapaddler...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Big Spring Creek and tributaries
MOB,


With several inches of rain in the last ten days I have been staying pretty close to home on paved or well graveled roads. Sad to say, I have not noticed any activity at the House Wren house since last Thursday.



Best bird in two trips to East Fork Reservoir, one of the four flood control impoundments above Lewistown, was a first summer male American Redstart on Friday, followed closely by at least three Bobolink seen early this morning from Red Hill Road just above inflow delta willow thicket.


Wilson's Snipe were still winnowing when the posted photo was taken from the new observation platform along a just built 1/3 mile section of trail in the Brewery Flats open space area. There is now an eight vehicle parking area off Roundhouse Road - adjacent to the still visible on Google Earth footprint of the turntable and work-bay rays of the long gone roundhouse. Bird identification and railroad history kiosks are planned.



Multiple Spotted Sandpiper were noted yesterday during a down/up kayak paddle on the Machler Re-hab reach below town. Section seems to be perfectly engineered for the current high flow with the level just at the top of the root-wads. The few nests that I have seen of this species have always been well up in the grass.


Mike Lesnik
Lewistown
CMR 220 Rd next week - maybe







 

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Date: 6/24/18 3:31 am
From: <calidris...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Dickcissels in Stillwater County
I don't often see Dickcissels in Montana, so yesterday I was happy to note three different birds. The first was on Woodrich Road which is about a mile south of Rapelje. I was driving out from Dallmann Lake, headed back to the highway (MT 306) when I heard a Dickcissel calling about 300 yards before the highway. I turned back and was able to obtain photos as it sang from the fence line. Dallmann Lake is full of water and full of Wilson's Phalaropes, nearly 200 present.


The second Dickcissel was heard singing about 2 miles east of Rapelje as I was heading in the direction of Molt and Big Lake. Big Lake is also full of water and offers very good birding.


Finally, the third Dickcissel was on Eastlick Road just south of Molt. It was calling near the west end of the road. Beware this part of the road should be avoided if it is wet from rains.


Enjoy your summer,


Ed Harper
Bozeman/Carmichael


 

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Date: 6/23/18 4:48 pm
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Lincoln's Sparrow at Divide Lake, Gallatin County
On June 20, I walked about half way around the south end of Divide Lake from Highway 191. I photographed a Lincoln’s Sparrow in the willows near the lake shore. A photo is posted at the following link:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/photos/photostream/lightbox/400806259?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/400806259 <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MOB-Montana/photos/photostream/lightbox/400806259?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/400806259>

I tried repeatedly to edit the photo to include the species name, date and location in the file name. I saved the edit each time, but it just will not take. I also tried to delete the photo, but that did not work either.

At any rate, I also saw 2 paris of Barrow’s Goldeneye, more than a dozen adult Mallards and one female had 8 small ducklings. A pair of Common Mergansers has been frequently on Divide Lake, and they were there that morning.

Scott Heppel
Gallatin County
<scott.heppel...>
 

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Date: 6/21/18 4:58 pm
From: <birdmt...> [MOB-Montana] <MOB-Montana...>
Subject: [MOB-Montana] Warm Springs WMA Survey 06.21.18


WARM SPRINGS WMA REPORT – June 21, 2018

This is the fifteenth count for the 2018 season. Temperatures ranged
from 55 F to 68 F with cloudy skies and light rain.

Total species for the year at last count was 128. I added one today,
Golden-crowned Kinglet. Total for the year is now 129 species.

Total individuals counted today were 1,221 in 64 species. Last count
there were 1,471 in 58 species. There were 15 species of waterfowl.

I did my first brood survey today and found 15 broods in 5 species.
Three broods were Class 1, 7 were class 2, and 5 were class 3 broods.


SHOREBIRDS AND WADERS:

Spotted Sandpiper - 1, and Wilson’s Phalaropes - 2. All of the ARCO
Ponds are completely full and there is no shorebird habitat. The roads
to the Job Corps Ponds and the Ducks Unlimited ponds remain closed due
to flooding.

BIRDS OF INTEREST:

06.21.18 REPORT – Today I found two chicks in the nest that are
fairly well developed. Hopefully, predation by Great Horned Owls does
not take place as it has in the past. This is the only nest in Western
Montana.

06.14-18 REPORT The Black-crowned Night-Heron is still on the nest
and has been now for about 37 days. Incubation is 26 days and nesting
is 30. I have not seen chicks, doesn’t look good for a successful
nest. The male was with the female at the nest.

SUMMARY:

ARCO PONDS

62 species, and 1,021 individuals. This made up 86% of the total
birds.

SEWAGE PONDS

15 species, and 200 individuals. This made up 14% of the total
birds.

JOB CORPS PONDS

No survey due to flood waters.

DUCKS UNLIMITED PONDS

No survey due to flood waters.

Gary Swant

Deer Lodge

 

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