Birding Loop with Tom

This past Monday, Tom Forwood and I took a birding loop that took us up Lolo Creek to the Fish Creek Road, and then, up the Clark Fork River. Even though it was a birding trip, I managed no bird keeper photographs, but I did have several first-of-year species. Among these were Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers, Hermit Thrush, and Nashville Warbler.

Roundleaf Violet

Roundleaf Violet

Fairyslipper

Fairyslipper

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

The best sighting of the day was not a bird, it was a rubber boa on the road near the Big Pine Fishing Access. This docile snake seemed to enjoy being handled as he was still cool to the touch and gathering warm from my fingers.

Rubber Boa in situ

Rubber Boa in situ

Another great photographic triumph of the trip was finally getting a decent image of Pale Swallowtail (these buggers never stay still long enough)

Pale Swallowtail

Pale Swallowtail

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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