Posts By: Radd Icenoggle

  • Conservation, Photography

    Sciuridae Thursday

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    As the temperatures continue to climb towards comfortable levels, the squirrels are starting to emerge. The first Columbian Ground Squirrel of 2012 Last, but not least, the ubiquitous Red Squirrel. The only squirrel is a reliably seem throughout the winter months. The Great Horned Owl – terror of squirrels

  • Birding

    Really these are the last Snowy Owls for winter 2011-2012

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    I promise, I promise these are the last Snowy Owl images for this winter (probably). I feel incredibly fortunate have spent so much time in the company of these wonderful creatures. I wish that they remain safe as they begin their northward journey to the Arctic.

  • Birding

    I see why they are called Red Crossbills

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    Of course, this title is presented with tongue firmly planted in cheek. They, or at least the males, are red, and the bills are crossed. These little finches (both Red and White-winged Crossbills) have evolved the only crossed bills of any North American bird. This arrangement of the mandibles is highly suited to prying open pine cone… Read more »

  • Birding

    Harris’s Sparrow – another rare visitor

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    This past Friday, I was privileged enough to get the opportunity to visit a local backyard and get some half decent images of a Harris’s Sparrow. The sparrow was very retiring and it took roughly one and half hours to locate the bird in a yard side hedge. But once I found it, the show was on…. Read more »

  • Poop

    Know Your Poop #2

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    In this installment of Know Your Poop, we look at a pile of scat from the Blue Mountain National Recreation Area. This collection of pellets was found in the duff of a rather open ponderosa pine stand. They are about 1/3 of inch in length, and very uniform in oval shape.

  • Birding

    Last Snowy Owls for 2012?

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    All of this winter, those of in Montana have been treated to an amazing display of Snowy Owls, especially in the Mission Valley. The owls have remained readily visible in a subdivision that sits above Polson and adjacent to agricultural towards Pablo. I have been able to visit on 7 different occasions, and I have… Read more »

  • Birding

    Rusty Blackbird at Lee Metcalf NWR

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    Today as a storm rapidly descended out of the Bitterroot Mountains, I spied a blackbird milling around on a small mud flat along Francois Slough. Upon further inspection, it turned out to be a Rusty Blackbird with that unique facial pattern, eye color, and overall coloration.

  • Poop

    Know your poop #1

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    For the first installment of “Know Your Poop”, I offer up this rather attractive piece of scat found along the Kenai Trail in the Lee Metcalf NWR in Montana. The big hint is that the trail is along side wetland and open water.

  • Birding

    Hot to Trot Hooded Mergansers

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    Hooded Mergansers have descended on the Bitterroot Valley with the warming, or dare I say Spring, weather. With the warmer temperatures, multitudes of dabber little ducks can be found at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The numerous  male Hoodies can be seen in full display for the few females that have joined them on… Read more »

  • Birding

    Lewis’s Woodpecker in a great light

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    With a near perfect day, I ventured into the Tower Street Natural Conservation Area. It was my first visit to the area, and I think I have new place to add to my local favorites. When I arrived at the parking lot, I saw a larger-than a starling and flying like a buoyant crow…a Lewis’s… Read more »

  • Birding

    Pileated Dreams

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      Of the Montana woodpeckers, I have to say that the Pileated Woodpecker is by far my fave. Since moving to the Missoula area, I have only caught fleeting glimpses of these impressive ghosts. But that all change this past Friday. Walking around Greenough Park, the Pileated Woodpeckers were calling loudly, and following the sound… Read more »

  • Birding

    Leucistic American Coot

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    At Polson Bay, a massive raft of American Coots were being harass by two Bald Eagles, when Terry found a surprise lurking in the sea of slate gray, a single leucistic American Coot was swimming. The bird was ~90% white with some dark speckling.

  • Birding

    The Time of the Gathering

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    As we enter into the season that has the most death and the emergence of life, a gathering takes place in the valleys of western Montana. Multitudes of Bald Eagles descend to watch over the birthing of calves, the last failings of winter, and the first ground squirrels as they race atop the snow. I see them… Read more »

  • Birding

    The Amazing Black-billed Magpie

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    How can any not like the Black-billed Magpie. They are remarkably intelligent and savvy. If you just watch these guys for a while, you will find yourself in awe.