The warm weather continues

White-breasted Nuthatch just hanging out

White-breasted Nuthatch just hanging out

45 degrees in january…January! That’s how warm it has been in northwestern Montana lately. The birds were appropriately enjoying the sun. All 3 species of nuthatch were actively calling and feeding in the ponderosa pines and cottonwoods as Northern Flickers both called and drummed. Common Goldeneye and Hooded Merganser were all displaying as well. Everything must have thought that spring had come early…maybe it has. The female Greater Scaup continues to be in residence at Pond 6. She was surrounded by a host of Gadwalls and Ring-necked Ducks.

Reflections of a Mallard

Reflections of a Mallard

Flight shot of a Northern Harrier female

Flight shot of a Northern Harrier female

eBird Checklist

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 250
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 20
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 50
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 15
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 25 Good concentrations in the open on Pond 6
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 8
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1 This female is still hanging out
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 10
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) 6
American Coot (Fulica americana) 4
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 25
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) 8
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 12
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) 4

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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