Sacajawea Audubon

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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