I birded these areas between 11:30 and 4:30 yesterday and had some
nice birds. At the "T" reached from the Warm Springs exit, I found a
HARRIS'S SPARROW feeding in the driveway with 15 or so American Tree
Sparrows. I couldn't find the White-winged Scoters that have been
frequenting the southernmost ARCO pond, but I did find a single
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the southernmost end of this pond.
Also, my first Bohemian Waxwings of the season - scattered flocks of
20-40. Still haven't seen any yet in Missoula.
Next, I checked Silver Lake, where I could not relocate the Black
Scoter from Monday, but found a Surf Scoter instead. At Georgetown
Lake, there was a single RED-BREASTED MERGANSER in with a large group
of coots, but not much else. And finally, I ended the day watching a
GREAT GRAY OWL hunt in a meadow up above the lake.
A great day!