Can you believe it, another afternoon at Lee Metcalf

Spent yesterday afternoon at Lee Metcalf NWR, and as always it was a spectacular time to be there. I was able to spot the female Greater Scaup again, and again without an image. Along the Kenai trail, Northern Shrike and American Tree Sparrow were among the visitors from the north. The surprise of the day was a group of common raccoons that near foraging amongst the frozen and cattails of Pond 6. A pair of Hooded Merganser males were in full display (the warm weather must have trick into thinking it was spring). They were only missing a lady for all their efforts. Hundreds of Canada Geese flew overhead and they descended onto the ice as most seems to miss the open water.

Honker landing procedure engaged

Honker landing procedure engaged

Flock in synchronized landing

Flock in synchronized landing

Northern Shrike perched and watching

Northern Shrike perched and watching

Hunter calls it a day

Hunter calls it a day

Somber mood

Somber mood

Golden skies over the Bitterroot Mountains

Golden skies over the Bitterroot Mountains

Artsy way of looking at Lee Metcalf

Artsy way of looking at Lee Metcalf

Common Raccoon

Common Raccoon

eBird Checklist

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 600
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) 4
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 1
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 12
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 20
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 20
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 20
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 10
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 12
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 8
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 5
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) 1
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 20
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1

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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