Re: [MOB-Montana] East Gallatin Rec. Area
- I work between the East Gallatin and Cherry Creek and saw a mess of white-crowned sparrows out our back door today.~kbelgrade, mt
From: "conundrumjp@..." <conundrumjp@...>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 7:04 PM
Subject: [MOB-Montana] East Gallatin Rec. Area
The birds were very active all around the Gallatin Valley today, so with the relatively good weather I took the opportunity to go over to the East Gallatin Recreation Area. All told, I found 37 species.
The big find of the day were the 6 Black-crowned Night- Herons (4 juvenile, 2 adults), along with 12 Great Blue Herons. There could have been more buried in the leaves. The herons were roosting in some cottonwoods on private property, about 1/4 mile north of the Rec. Area.
Some of the other notable birds at the pond included 9 Pied-billed Grebe, 30 Eared Grebe, ~300 American Coot, 1 Osprey.
The woods and edges were loaded with warblers (Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, tons of Wilson's, and Common Yellowthroats) and sparrows (Song, numerous White-crowned, and several Lincoln's). The woods were most alive on the east side, that is until the arrival of a Sharp-shinned Hawk.