19041RE: [MOB-Montana] 16 Mile Creek-Maudlow to Ringling
- Jun 10, 2014
It is instructive to hear about people getting agitated about an Eastern Phoebe. Five or nine years ago a birder from Oregon got just as excited about seeing their life Black Vulture at our local water birds place as any participant on a Golden-cheeked Warbler hike has on seeing their lifer GCWA. I still need Three-toed Woodpecker, Dusky Grouse, Spruce Grouse, several northern species, and stuff of that nature. Some of those things are no doubt pretty common for you.
San Antonio TX
This route doesn't seem to get birded much, but Shannon Knodel and I had
a great day up there yesterday.
We started with a nesting dipper at the Maudlow Bridge as well as
several singing birds including a brilliant Black-headed Grosbeak, but
farther upstream we had our real treats including a raucous
Yellow-breasted Chat at the third bridge, a first year male American
Redstart and in the deep canyon stretch of the middle fork we had 2
Canyon Wrens and many Cordilleran Flycatchers. Towards Ringling a
Swainson's Hawk sat obligingly on a post with a fresh small mammal kill
and then Shannon got to see the still present Eastern Phoebe at the
Shields River Road bridge.
good birding all, Tom
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
P.O. Box 489
Whitehall, MT 59759
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