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Re: [MOB-Montana] Post Thanksgiving Birding

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  • Douglas Hansen
    Amongst the Morony Town birds was a Mockingbird. Will post pictures upon request. Also explored Cascade County Landfill, Blackhorse Lake Road & Blackhorse
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 30, 2008
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      Amongst the Morony Town birds was a Mockingbird.  Will post pictures upon request.
       
      Also explored Cascade County Landfill, Blackhorse Lake Road & Blackhorse Road.  Our landfill does not seem to be frequented by any kind of birds, save some House Sparrows.
       
      Doug Hansen
       
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      Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 6:22 PM
      Subject: [MOB-Montana] Post Thanksgiving Birding

      Hello All,
       
      Took a sweep of the area today. Found the Missouri river with the usual suspects, still quite a number of American Wigeon, and the Common Goldeneye are building in strength, as they do every winter. Pied-billed Grebes are in increased numbers, as well. There was a swarm of Gulls along the road across from West Bank Park but they all looked like Ring-bills. Darn!
      We then headed for the Dams, Ryan Dam was rather quiet except for some Magpies and a half a dozen "refugee" deer. Morony had more activity. We found another Harlan's Red-tail Hawk keeping to the "town" area and a Merlin hunting along the outskirts. We, also, found many Townsend's Solitaire, American Tree Sparrows, and Starlings. Taking the back roads to Benton Lake, we came across some more "refugee" deer and a covey of Gray Partridge. At Benton Lake, we found more open water than last week. There were the usual Canada Geese, Tundra Swans, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Mallards. In addition, there was now an Adult Bald Eagle hunting around the ice and a Northern Harrier hunting the reed edges. The surprise was finding a Great Horned Owl sunning himself on some rocks overlooking an ice covered inlet right next to the road bridge. And of course, we spotted the obligatory Rough-legged Hawk on the way home.
      Pictures to be posted.
       
      Sharon Dewart-Hansen
      Doug Hansen
      Great Falls, MT

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