Waxwing ID Workshop

Fruits were ripped from their stems as the ravenous flock worked to clean this tree. Sharp, hooked bills spear the red flesh as more waxwings pile into the tangle of branches. The composite flock of ~300 birds was predominately (95%) Bohemian Waxwings and the reminder...

Rose-breasted vs. Black-headed Grosbeak

For the second summer in a row, we here in the Gallatin Valley have been treated to a visit from a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A highly vocal male, he successfully bred with a Black-headed Grosbeak female last year. On Saturday morning, I was treated to great views of...

Breeding Gull Identification Key

As fall (or is it winter with 3 inches of snow on the ground) comes Montana, we are starting to see rare gulls with a Lesser Black-backed and Mew Gulls observed already. So, I went on a search for gull identification tools, and found a great key by Dennis Paulson from...