Blessed morning on Lolo Creek

Yesterday morning stated with a mellow sunrise through a cottonball sky. The clouds hung high until they gathered in a solid cover that lowered until it rained. IN the shrubs MacGillivray’s Warblers sing and did the Fox Sparrows.

Sunrise through a cottonball sky (HDR)

Sunrise through a cottonball sky (HDR)

The skies were undecided for awhile

The skies were undecided for awhile

Along a small oxbow, Willow Flycatchers called and defended their territories of willow and red-osier dogwood.

Willow Flycatcher being a bad ass

Willow Flycatcher being a bad ass

Old road that ran alongside the oxbow

Old road that ran alongside the oxbow

The real treat of the morning was a male MacGillivray’s Warbler that refused to allow me to remain within his sphere of influence. He flew multiple times in front of the face as his wings made a rapid rattle with each pass.

Posed out MacGillivray's Warbler

Posed out MacGillivray’s Warbler

Singing male MacGillivray's Warbler

Singing male MacGillivray’s Warbler

Lonely stretch of highway 12 (HDR)

Lonely stretch of highway 12 (HDR)

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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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