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May 26th Field Trip Report – E. Gallatin Recreation Area

John Parker, Doug Smith & Tim Preso scan for warblers.

Not to be deterred by cold, wet weather, three birders joined John Parker on his Saturday morning field trip  on May 26th. The original destination of Mount Ellis was changed to the East Gallatin Recreation Area due to snow and windy conditions. It was definitely the right decision. Despite temperatures ranging from 31 - 37 degrees, a total of 53 species were found, including a breeding male Chestnut-sided Warbler.  But the bird of the day was a male Black-throated Gray Warbler, only the 11th record for the state. The Black-throated Gray eluded the group for some time, hearing it sing for over an hour, hidden deep in thick vegetation, then finally getting a couple of short diagnostic looks.  Among the other bird species seen were: Western Grebe, Wilson's Snipe, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Least Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Swainson's Thrush & Evening Grosbeak. There were also four swallow species feeding over the water at Glen Lake, including Violet-green, Tree, Northern Rough-winged, and Bank Swallows.

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2012 Sacajawea Audubon Spring Birding Series

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 a.m. and depart at 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory.  Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry.  Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum.  Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants.  Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip.  We encourage beginning birders to participate.  Come have a good time and learn something new.

 

May 5th :  Headwaters State Park

Leader: Annie Sisk, 285-6596      (1/2 day trip; easy walking)

The Headwaters area includes a variety of habitats, including sage/grassland and riparian, so anything from waterfowl to sparrows can occur.  One of the unique features of the Headwaters area are the limestone cliffs, which support several cliff nesting species such as Prairie Falcons and White-throated Swifts.  The park, which is situated along the Missouri River corridor, is an ideal location to observe early spring migrants.  Those wishing to meet at the Headwaters area, contact the trip leader.  15 person limit.

 

May 12th:  East Gallatin Recreation Area

Leader:  Andrew Guttenberg  406-451-5427      (4 hour trip; easy walking)

This trip covers several habitats in a relatively small area.  In the wet riparian areas bordering the East Gallatin River are many early spring migrants including warblers.  The grasslands, brushy areas and lake will provide many opportunities for sparrows, swallows and water birds.  At this location, nearly anything is possible.  15 person limit.

 

May 19th:  Fish Technology Center

Leader:  Lou Ann Harris  406-600-3585        (4 hour trip; easy walking)

Situated where Bridger Creek flows past the base of Drinking Horse Mountain, this small area is a prime birding spot.  Several species of warblers, hummingbirds, flycatchers nest in the willows and dogwood along the stream, and the drier slopes of the adjoining hillsides.  This is also one of the best places around to look for American Dippers.  15 person limit.

 

May 26th:  Mount Ellis

Leader:  John Parker  586-5863        (4-5 hour trip; moderately strenuous walking)

We will explore a variety of habitats including grassland, aspen meadow and conifer forest edge, while we look for late spring migrants.  Some of the nesting species include Red-naped Sapsucker, Orange-crowned Warblers, White-crowned Sparrow, among others.  15 person limit.

 

June 2nd:  Sourdough Nature Trail

Leader:  Angie Kociolek  406-209-2570        (3-4 hour trip; easy walking)

After leaving the MOR parking lot, this trip will begin at the Goldenstein Lane entrance.  The trail is an easy, level stroll following Sourdough Creek.  This trip is at the peak of spring migration so we should see and hear a variety of flycatchers, thrushes and warblers.  Some of the neotropic birds nesting here are Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart, and Black-headed Grosbeak.  12 person limit.

 

 June 3rd:  Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail

Leader:  Lou Ann Harris  600-3585      (1/2 day, mostly driving along gravel roads)

Get up close and personal with Mountain Bluebirds.  Join bluebirders Lou Ann Harris, Diane Gresham and Janne Hayward as they check bluebird nest boxes and band adults and nestlings along Rocky Mountain Road.  This is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at the lives of these amazing birds, including nest building, egg laying and raising young.  Due to the sensitive nature of the work, we are limiting this field trip to 6 participants.  Inclement weather will cancel.  If there is enough interest, a second trip will be added Monday, June 4th.  (June 3rd trip is FULL. June 4th trip has been added)

 

 June 8-10th:  Please join us at the 2012 Montana Audubon Bird Festival in Kalispell, MT.  

Contact Montana Audubon at (406) 443-3949 or go to www.mtaudubon.org.  This year features pre-festival workshops, Keynote speaker Peter Sherrington, and over 25 field trips, including Glacier National Park. Come join the fun.

 

June 9th:  Lewis and Clark Caverns

Leader:  Tom Forwood  406-287-3541

Meet at 8 a.m. at the main (lower) visitor's center for a walk around the grounds of the caverns.  50 species of birds have been seen on this five-hour trip and some interesting ones have turned up!  Contact the leader for more information.

 

 June 16th:  Mission Creek

Leader:  Robin Wolcott  581-5418           (Until mid-afternoon; bring a lunch)

After leaving Bozeman, we will meet at Albertson's parking lot in Livingston at 7:30 a.m. and then leave from there at 7:45 a.m.  Carpooling is essential.

In the rolling prairie we may find McCown's Longspur, Long-billed Curlew, and raptors.  In the Mission Creek Valley we will watch for residents of the spruce forest.  On the return trip we may see Lark Buntings.  We have seen over 110 species along this route, including Sprague's Pipit, Upland Sandpiper, and Broad-winged Hawk.

 

June 23rd:  Kelly Canyon

Leader:  Ron Farmer  586-3987         (driving and walking along gravel roads)

This trip passes through open fields, then climbs past dry juniper covered hillsides, mature wetlands, mixed woodlands, and eventually reaches into the conifer forest.  Bluebirds, towhees, kingbirds, hummingbirds, warblers, grosbeaks and tanagers are just a few of the species that we should see along this route.  Four car limit.

 

** This summer, check the Sacajawea Audubon website for leader's choice field trips in late July and August. **

 

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May Newsletter

2012-05 Newsletter

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Fish Hatchery Field Trip Report – May 19th

Gray Catbird

The May 19th field trip to the Fish Hatchery and Drinking Horse Mountain started out quite chilly at 34 degrees, but that didn't deter the four participants or leader Lou Ann Harris.  Birds were quite active despite the cold.  We had great looks at a female Red-naped Sapsucker as she excavated a nest cavity, while a male Ruffed Grouse drummed not far away. Singing Gray Catbirds seemed to pop up everywhere, as did Yellow Warblers.  One of the best birds of the morning was a male Calliope Hummingbird.  Thanks to Norm Bishop's handy scope, everyone had excellent looks at North America's smallest hummer.  Several sparrow species were noted, including Chipping, Lincoln's and Song Sparrows, as well as a singing Spotted Towhee.  By the time the group disbanded around 11 a.m., the temperature had risen to a more comfortable level, and a great time was had by all.

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May 26th Field Trip – Mount Ellis

Vesper Sparrow (photo by L. Harris)

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 a.m. and depart at 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory.  Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry.  Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum.  Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants.  Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip.  We encourage beginning birders to participate.  Come have a good time and learn something new.

May 26th:  Mount Ellis

Leader:  John Parker  586-5863        (4-5 hour trip; moderately strenuous walking)

We will explore a variety of habitats including grassland, aspen meadow and conifer forest edge, while we look for late spring migrants.  Some of the nesting species include Red-naped Sapsucker, Orange-crowned Warblers, White-crowned Sparrow, among others.  15 person limit.

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Headwaters IBA May Bird Census – May 20th

The next Headwaters' IBA Citizen Science effort will be Sunday May 20th, 2012.  We'll meet at the Headwaters' State Park across from the campground in the Visitor's Kiosk parking lot at 7:30am to walk the trails in an effort to record species data.  May has been historically a very active count with a wide variety of species to be seen.  Wet conditions are possible, please wear appropriate foot wear.

Please feel free to call Annie Sisk at 406-285-6596 with any questions.  Consider printing a copy of the attached data form for the count if you're attending.

HeadwatersIBADataForm

Hope you're all well and enjoying Spring!

Best,

Annie Sisk

Citizen Science Coordinator - Headwaters IBA

 

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May 19th Field Trip – Fish Technology Center (aka Fish Hatchery)

American Dipper Photo by J. Harris

May 19th:  Fish Technology Center

Leader:  Lou Ann Harris  406-600-3585        (4 hour trip; easy walking)

Situated where Bridger Creek flows past the base of Drinking Horse Mountain, this small area is a prime birding spot.  Several species of warblers, hummingbirds, flycatchers nest in the willows and dogwood along the stream, and the drier slopes of the adjoining hillsides.  This is also one of the best places around to look for American Dippers.  15 person limit.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 a.m. and depart at 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory.  Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry.  Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum.  Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants.  Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip.  We encourage beginning birders to participate.  Come have a good time and learn something new.

 

 

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