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Trip Report, USA: Montana, June 2006

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I travelled with Birdfinders on the Montana trip from 28 May - 12 June 2006. Unfortunately due to passport problems I did not join the trip until 1 June.

Itinerary

31 May: Flight to Missoula via Minneapolis, drive to Jackson
1 June: Big Hole Valley, Clark Canyon Reservoir
2 June: Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Yellowstone National Park, Beartooth Pass
3 June: Bear Canyon, Pryor Mountains
4 June: Drive to Miles City via Ashland & Little Bighorn Battlefield
5 June: Medicine Lake National Wildfowl Refuge
6 June: Plentywood Area
7 June: Prairies, Bowdoin NWR
8 June: Drive to East Glacier
9 June: Glacier National Park
10 June: Glacier NP, drive to Missoula
11 June: Early morning around Missoula, flight to UK via Minneapolis & Detroit

BIRDS

Canada Goose Seen most days
Trumpeter Swan 5 on one day
Wood Duck 5 on one day
American Wigeon Seen most days
Gadwall Seen most days
Green-winged Teal Seen in small numbers on 5 days
Mallard Seen most days
Northern Pintail Seen on 4 days
Blue-winged Teal Seen on 4 days
Cinnamon Teal Seen on 2 days
Northern Shoveler Seen on 2 days
Canvasback Seen on 3 days
Redhead Seen on 6 days
Ring-necked Duck Seen on one day
Lesser Scaup Seen on 6 days
Harlequin Duck one female seen
Barrow's Goldeneye Up to 3 seen on 2 days
Common Goldeneye one female seen
Bufflehead 20 seen on one day
Common Merganser (Goosander) Seen on 3 days
Red-breasted Merganser Just a single male seen
Ruddy Duck Seen on 4 days
Grey Partridge 1 seen
Chukar 1 seen
Wild Turkey 1 male seen in a field
Ring-necked Pheasant seen or heard on 6 days
Common Loon (Great Northern Diver) 2 seen
Eared (Black-necked) Grebe Up to 100 seen on 3 days
Red-necked Grebe one breeding pair seen
Western Grebe Up to 20 seen on 4 days
Clark's Grebe 1-2 seen on 3 days
American White Pelican Seen on 5 days
Double-crested Cormorant Seen on 5 days
American Bittern 1 seen in flight
Great Blue Heron Seen on 6 days
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2 seen
White-faced Ibis 10 seen on one day
Turkey Vulture 1-2 seen on 6 days
Osprey 1-2 seen on 4 days
Bald Eagle 2 seen on one day
Northern Harrier Up to 4 seen on 5 days
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 seen
Cooper's Hawk 1 seen
Ferruginous Hawk Up to 4 seen on 3 days
Swainson's Hawk Up to 15 seen on 3 days
Red-tailed Hawk Seen most days
Golden Eagle 2 seen
American Kestrel Seen on most days
Merlin 1 seen
Prairie Falcon 1-2 seen on 2 days
Virginia Rail 2 seen
Sora 1 seen and 1 heard
American Coot Seen on 4 days
Sandhill Crane Up to 10 seen on 2 days
Piping Plover 4 seen on 1 day
Killdeer Seen most days
Mountain Plover 2 seen on 1 day
Black-necked Stilt Seen on 1 day
American Avocet Up to 10 seen on 3 days
Willet Up to 5 seen on 3 days
Spotted Sandpiper Seen on 6 days
Upland Sandpiper 1 seen
Long-billed Curlew 1-2 seen on 2 days
Marbled Godwit Up to 5 seen on 3 days
Sanderling 2 seen
Least Sandpiper 1 seen
Semipalmated Sandpiper seen on 1 day
White-rumped Sandpiper 50+ seen on 3 days
Baird's Sandpiper Up to 3 seen on 2 days
Stilt Sandpiper 1 seen
Long-billed Dowitcher 2 seen on 1 day
Wilson's Snipe 1-2 seen on 4 days
Wilson's Phalarope Up to 200 seen on 5 days
Franklin's Gull Up to 100 seen on 5 days
Ring-billed Gull 100+ seen on 2 days
California Gull Seen on 5 days
Caspian Tern 1 seen
Common Tern Seen on 1 day
Forster's Tern Seen on 2 days
Black Tern Seen on 2 days
Rock Dove Seen on most days
Mourning Dove Seen on most days
Eurasian Collared Dove Seen on 2 days
Eastern Screech-Owl 3 seen on 1 day
Great Horned Owl 1-4 seen on 3 days
Northern Hawk Owl 1 seen
Burrowing Owl 1 seen on 2 days
Short-eared Owl 1 seen
Common Nighthawk 1-2 seen on 3 days
Common Poorwill 1 seen & several heard on 1 day
American Black Swift 1-5 seen on 2 days
White-throated Swift Up to 15 seen on 2 days
Chimney Swift 3 seen on 1 day
Vaux's Swift 2 seen on 1 day
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 1 male seen at a feeder
Rufous Hummingbird 1-5 seen on 2 days
Calliope Hummingbird 5 seen on 1 day
Belted Kingfisher Seen on 3 days
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 seen
Williamson's Sapsucker 1 seen
Red-naped Sapsucker 1-2 seen on 3 days
Downy Woodpecker 1 seen
Hairy Woodpecker Seen on 4 days
American Three-toed Woodpecker 1 seen
Northern Flicker Up to 5 seen most days
Pileated Woodpecker 1 seen
Western Wood-Pewee Seen on 3 days
Alder Flycatcher 1 seen
Willow Flycatcher Seen on 2 days
Least Flycatcher Seen or heard on 5 days
Hammond's Flycatcher 1 seen
American Dusky Flycatcher Seen on 4 days
Gray Flycatcher Seen on 2 days
Cordilleran Flycatcher 1 seen
Say's Phoebe 1-2 seen on 2 days
Cassin's Kingbird 2 seen on 1 day
Western Kingbird Seen on 6 days
Eastern Kingbird Seen on most days
Loggerhead Shrike 1 seen
Plumbeous Vireo 1 seen
Cassin's Vireo 1 seen
Warbling Vireo Seen on 6 days
Red-eyed Vireo Heard once
Steller's Jay 1-2 seen on 2 days
Clark's Nutcracker 1-2 seen on 3 days
Black-billed Magpie Seen most days
American Crow Seen most days
Common Raven Seen on 4 days
Horned Lark Up to 20 seen on 4 days
Tree Swallow Seen most days
Violet-green Swallow Seen on 5 days
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Seen on 1 day
Bank Swallow (Sand Martin) Seen on 2 days
Barn Swallow Seen most days
Cliff Swallow Seen most days
Black-capped Chickadee Seen on 2 days
Mountain Chickadee Seen on 2 days
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2 seen on 1 day
Red-breasted Nuthatch Seen or heard on 3 days
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 seen
Rock Wren Seen on 2 days
Canyon Wren 1 seen
House Wren Seen or heard on most days
Winter Wren Heard once
American Dipper 1-2 seen on 2 days
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Seen or heard on 2 days
Golden-crowned Kinglet Singles seen on 2 days
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher 2 seen on 1 day
Mountain Bluebird Up to 20 seen on 4 days
Townsend's Solitaire 1 seen
Swainson's Thrush Singles seen on 3 days
Hermit Thrush 2 seen on 1 day
American Robin Seen most days, very common
Varied Thrush Singles seen on 3 days
Grey Catbird Seen on 6 days
Sage Thrasher 2 seen on 1 day
Brown Thrasher Singles seen on 3 days
Common Starling Seen most days
American Pipit At least 10 seen near Bear Tooth Pass
Sprague's Pipit 1 seen in aerial song flight
Cedar Waxwing 1-3 seen on most days
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 seen
Yellow Warbler Seen most days
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 found by me at Bear Canyon, a rare spring migrant
Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler Up to 10 seen on 4 days
Blackpoll Warbler 1 seen
Townsend's Warbler 1 seen
Black-and-White Warbler 1-2 seen on days
American Redstart 3 seen on 2 days
Ovenbird 1 seen and several heard singing on 1 day
Northern Waterthrush Singles seen on 2 days
McGillivray's Warbler 1-2 seen on 4 days
Common Yellowthroat 1-3 seen on 3 days
Wilson's Warbler 1 seen
Yellow-breasted Chat Singles seen on 2 days
Western Tanager 1-2 seen on 3 days
Spotted Towhee 1-3 seen on 3 days
Green-tailed Towhee 2 seen on 1 day
Chipping Sparrow Seen on 5 days
Clay-coloured Sparrow Singles seen on 2 days
Brewer's Sparrow 2 seen on 1 day
Field Sparrow 1 seen
Vesper Sparrow 1 seen
Lark Sparrow Seen on 6 days
Sage Sparrow 1 seen
Lark Bunting Seen on 6 days
Savannah Sparrow 1-5 seen on 3 days
Grasshopper Sparrow Singles seen on 2 days
Baird's Sparrow 1 seen
Le Conte's Sparrow 2 seen on 1 day
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 3 seen on 1 day
Fox Sparrow 1 seen Song Sparrow Seen on 5 days
Lincoln's Sparrow 1-2 seen on 3 days
White-crowned Sparrow Singles seen on 2 days
Dark-eyed Junco Seen on 3 days, all the 'Oregon' race
McCown's Longspur 4 seen on 1 day
Chestnut-collared Longspur 1-2 seen on 2 days
Black-headed Grosbeak 1-4 seen on 3 days
Lazuli Bunting Singles seen on 3 days
Dickcissel Singles seen on 2 days
Bobolink 1-5 seen on 2 days
Red-winged Blackbird Common, seen most days
Western Meadowlark Seen on most days
Yellow-headed Blackbird Up to 30 seen on 5 days
Brewer's Blackbird Seen on most days
Common Grackle Seen on most days
Brown-headed Cowbird Seen on most days
Orchard Oriole 1 seen
Bullock's Oriole 1-3 seen on 2 days
Baltimore Oriole 1-2 seen on 2 days
Black Rosy-finch 10+ seen at Bear tooth Pass
Pine Grosbeak 1 male flew over singing
Cassin's Finch 1-2 seen on 4 days
House Finch 1-2 seen on 4 days
Red Crossbill 1-6 seen on 3 days
Pine Siskin Seen on 5 days
American Goldfinch 1-7 seen on 5 days
Evening Grosbeak 1 seen
House Sparrow Seen on most days

MAMMALS

Coyote Singles seen on 3 days
Grey Wolf 1 seen in Yellowstone National Park
Black Bear 1 seen in Yellowstone National Park, 1 seen elsewhere
Elk Seen on 2 days
Mule Deer Seen on 3 days
White-tailed Deer Seen on 2 days
Pronghorn Seen on 5 days
American Bison About 200 seen in Yellowstone
Mountain Goat 2 seen on 1 day
Bighorn Sheep 15 seen on 1 day
American Red Squirrel Seen on 3 days
Lesser Marmot 1 seen
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel 2 seen on 1 day
Richardson's Ground Squirrel Seen on 4 days
Columbian Ground Squirrel Seen on 1 day
Least Chipmunk 1 seen
Muskrat 1 seen
Snowshoe Hare 2 seen on 1 day

REPTILES

Prairie Rattlesnake 1 seen
Eastern Racer 1 seen and picked up