I forgot to mention,
There was a number of male Red-winged Blackbirds teed up along the highway through the Mission Valley on my way up to the lake - Spring has sprung!
--- In MOB-Montana@yahoogroups.com, "Nate Kohler" <nskohler@...> wrote:
> Hello All,
> Despite the overcast skies, viewing conditions were quite good in Somers Bay today. The water was very calm, allowing for long distance viewing. I was in the area, starting just after 10am, for about three hours with a short break for lunch.
> During my visit I was able to easily observe (at quite a distance) the Yellow-billed Loon from both Juniper Bay Road and south of there from the Fish Hatchery. Also seen in the area were at least 4 Common Loons, 7 Horned Grebes, 2 Eared Grebes, 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 3 Double-crested Cormorants. Near 50 Tundra Swans were seen along the north shore east of Somers.
> A few other interesting birds observed in the area were Pine Grosbeak, Pygmy Nuthatch and one Northern Pygmy-Owl.
> I have posted a photo of the (very cooperative) Pygmy-Owl in Nate's Album.
> Nate Kohler
> Deer Lodge
> Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gyr/