Re: [MOB-Montana] Blue Grosbeak
- JeffI have many photos of the Grosbeaks. Unfortunately none of them show the rump area. We have been watching closely for the blue that you mentioned and for the barring that should show in the rump of the female. Must admit that we were very busy trying to get good photos. They usually show more than we can see in the field.Barb and Stan----- Original Message -----From: Jeff MarksSent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 10:44 AMSubject: Re: [MOB-Montana] Blue GrosbeakHi Barb,Thanks for posting the photo and for trying to nail down Montana's first breeding record for the species.It might be difficult to tell a juvenile from an adult female from a photo, but if the bird has blue highlights on the shoulder and rump, it's likely an adult female. I think I see some blue on the shoulder in your photo, which would indicate it's an adult female, but I'm not sure. The rich brown color, on the other hand, perhaps is more consistent with a juvenile. I'd be happy to help you track down a Blue Grosbeak expert who can evaluate your photos.Jeff************ *****
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- There has been no sign of the Blue Grosbeaks at the usualplace on Pryor Road this year. Last checked yesterday, playing tape at several spots along the road where we have had singing males the last few years, with narry a peep in response. They may have not returned at all. or may be nearby, but not near the road. Stan Heath
On 8/30 Raylene Wall and Stan Heath saw a male Blue Grosbeak on Pryor Mtn Road about 1/2 mile before the RR X-ing and just before the left turn,The bird was perched in the open on the right side of the road in mixed tree/shrub area. Call stan if you need further directions 425-1791. 2 brown thrashers after the pond. Broad-winged hawk up Nichol's Creek west of Red Lodge. Stan Heath
On 6/28 Trenay Hart found the blue grosbeaks on pryor mtn road in carbon county singing in two places.
One was before the railroad crossing and the other after the pond and just before the redtail cliff nest.
These birds are apparently just late arrivals and nesters. Stan Heath at kbh.eah.sah@...
For us eBird snoopers I'm glad to see that we finally got a second accurate Lat/long for the Pryor Mountain Rd Blue Grosbeak. Thanks, Andy. Of the few previous submissions Nate's is the only one that seems to be anywhere close to the location described in MOB posts over the years.
NE Fergus County
A female Blue Grosbeak continues at Pryor Mountain Road, south of Bridger. I didn’t hear any singing or see a male, but the female was chinking continuously and seemed quite agitated. She was back and forth on several perches next to the road.
I also stopped by the south bay of Cooney Reservoir to see what might be there.
Shorebirds included 3 Killdeer, 1 American Avocet, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 9 Marbled Godwit, 3 peeps ( I think Baird’s), and 3 Wilson’s Phalaropes. There were around 35 gulls at the reservoir, mostly Ring-billed Gulls, a couple of California Gulls, and 5 Franklin’s Gulls.