Redpolls along Teton Canyon Rd.
- For the short visit home, I was treated daily to flocks of Common Redpolls along the road side. There are at least two areas where the birds seemed to concentrate feeding activity. The first area was within 3-500 yards of the junction with Hwy 89. This flock seemed to average about 40 birds. The second group was found over about a half mile to mile range and averaged closer to 90 birds. Just past the Mountain View Drive entrance and down to the Eureka Res (but again sometimes a half mile east....). The lake is attracting numbers of ice fisherman who appear to clean their fish before leaving. Ravens were checking this daily and 2 Bald Eagles as well.
It is almost cliche but... At the junction of Hwy 200 and Hwy 89 being 8 miles west of Vaughn, a male Gyrfalcon (adult) came off a telephone pole as I approached. The bird was a rather light gray but with a prominent narrow malar stripe. The crop was distended but narrow indicating it was at least finding food. The flight path would have taken the male toward the Fort Shaw direction.
About 6-8 miles east of Great Falls on the high bench , prior to the Hwy turning south to the Belt area, the Snowy Owl beautifully photographed by Dave Williams was perched on the power lines on the north side of the road.