Hi Mobsters, Richard and I, accompanied by Ed Harper, just returned from a wonderful week around the northeast area of the state culminating at the best everMessage 1 of 2 , Jun 9, 2009View Source
Richard and I, accompanied by Ed Harper, just returned from a wonderful week around the northeast area of the state culminating at the best ever state birding festival in Great Falls . We traveled 1936 miles and tallied 182 species for our trip with an amazing daily average of 96 species.
Some of the highlights of our tour were:
A female Black-throated Blue Warbler at the drip in Westby Park was surely the rarest bird of the trip but several Sedge Wrens and at least 2 Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows that were seen and photographed well along Stateline Road north of town. And while we missed the Little Blue Heron, we found an up-close-and-personal American Bittern at Medicine Lake . But we missed seeing Ted Nordhagen! Hope you are well.
We met Chuck Carlson in Fort Peck and learned that we had not gone far enough on Bentonite Road to see the Mountain Plovers (20 miles!). A big dip for the trip - next time I’ll listen more carefully. As a consolation, we did find 4 Greater Sage-Grouse.
A Red-headed Woodpecker greeted us from the middle of the gravel road near Cole Ponds (between Saco and Nelson Reservoir.)
Stalking a plethora of Baird’s Sparrows in the grasslands at Bowdoin was a great treat.
We enjoyed seeing and sharing good times with good friends at the Audubon Birding Festival in Great Falls . It was great to learn about new birding locations (even in the snow!), enjoy an extremely well run event and even get to bed in time for a few hours sleep before the next field trip. KUDOS to all involved in the event.
THREE Great Egrets at Freezeout Lake were being harassed by Forster’s Terns as we headed south after the field trip for flycatchers.
We found Sheep Creek Road east of Cascade simply abounding with raptors including 16 immature Bald Eagles.
We encountered an amazing flood of Western Wood-Pewees and Western Tanagers as we returned to Bozeman on Monday. In addition, we located at least 6 Sage Thrashers on Old Town Road .
I would like to extend special thanks to Richard for all his efforts driving and spotting and to Ed who helped me locate and identify special species. It was a grand adventure.