Sally and I birded the Freezeout area during the later morning and then Bellview Road and environs in the afternoon after attending some July 4th activities in Choteau. Best birds for us included Avocets, Wilson Phalaropes, large numbers of Long-billed Curlews, a single Marbled Godwit and huge numbers of White Pelicans at Freezeout and along Bellview nice numbers of cooperative McCown's and Chestnut-collared Longspurs as well as a Golden Eagle.
Seymour, IN currently in Missoula
Freezout Lake WMA, Teton, US-MT
Jul 4, 2013 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Comments: Sally and I drove the tour route from the HQ to the pond 5 view, backtracked and went down the East side then drove up to the mud road before cuting back to the "Rattlesnake privy" area.
Canada Goose 13
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 4
Ruddy Duck 14
Ring-necked Pheasant 2 A cock and a hen south on hwy toward Fairfield.
Eared Grebe 20
Western Grebe 18 Including several chicks.
Double-crested Cormorant 22
American White Pelican 250 Gross estimate. They were thick throughout and especially at the southwest end of the main lake.
Great Blue Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Northern Harrier 1 Male.
Sora 1 Whinny calls at first stop.
Black-necked Stilt 11 At least three were recent arrivals.
American Avocet 17
Long-billed Curlew 16 All were along mud road. Several were obviously youngsters.
Marbled Godwit 1 East main lake shore.
Wilson's Phalarope 22
Ring-billed Gull 15
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Kingbird 3
Horned Lark 11
Tree Swallow 2
American Robin 5
Vesper Sparrow 5
Lark Sparrow 10
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird X
Western Meadowlark 13
Yellow-headed Blackbird X
Brewer's Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Bellview Road, Teton, US-MTJul 4, 2013 1:50 PM - 3:55 PMProtocol: Traveling30.0 mile(s)Comments: We drove the length of Bellview Road then into the Pine Bluff Preserve area before returning to the highway north of Choteau. Most observations including all Longspurs were on the eastern two thirds of Bellview. Non-avaian sightings included two young Mule Deer, two weasel family critters and David Letterman with family.17 speciesGolden Eagle 1 A large juvenile. Tawny head / nape, no white except for upper tail portion with a broad black terminal band on tail.Northern Harrier 1 A male over Pine Butte land being bombed by RW Blackbirds.Red-tailed Hawk 1 Dark "Western".Eastern Kingbird 3Black-billed Magpie 4American Crow 2Horned Lark 19American Robin 3Chestnut-collared Longspur 7 Four males, two juvs and a female.McCown's Longspur 12 Mostly males, several doing brief flight displays.Vesper Sparrow 12Lark Bunting 1 Male.Savannah Sparrow 3Bobolink 3 All males.Red-winged Blackbird 10Western Meadowlark 14Common Grackle 8View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14574540This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)