Montana Outdoors

October 24, 2014

Fool’s hens

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse ~ Falcipennis canadensis

On a short hike across the north-facing slope below Sunset Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana the other day I came across a total of ten of these medium sized grouse whose species inhabits all of Canada and just the northernmost parts of the United States. Had I been a predator that day, I would have been well fed because they behave as their nickname implies, rather foolishly, letting me get within a few feet of them before they flew, depending to an amazing degree just on their camouflage alone. They weigh about a pound to a pound and a half and I have found them to be delicious.

August 19, 2014

Two of his three worlds

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:46 pm

Great Blue Heron

June 18, 2013

Two Robins

American Robin

American Robin ~ Turdus migratorius

Ragged Robin, Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn

Ragged Robin, Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn

Ragged Robin, (AKA Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn) ~ Clarkia pulchella

March 18, 2013

Slight relapse

Filed under: Birds, Spring — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:31 pm

With three days left before Spring officially arrives here we had a slight relapse. Last evening three inches of snow fell in two hours. It was wonderful!

Spring morning

Then this morning it looked like Spring again when a flock of Robins came to play in the snow.

American Robin

American Robins & pussywillows

Robins, pussywillows and snow

American Robin

American Robin ~ Turdus migratorius

December 28, 2012

Fooled me!

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:41 pm

As I walked along a road this morning I heard the loud cry of a Red-tailed Hawk, so loud that I knew it must be close; but look as I would I couldn’t locate the caller. Then I caught sight of a bird about 30 feet away that I had been searching for earlier, one rarely seen in this area and when I focused on him I could see that it was he who was making the call.

Cornell’s website All About Birds enabled me to identify the caller as a Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri), a bird found only west of the Rocky Mountains and in the section of “sounds” on the site there was a call they noted as “mimicking Red-tailed Hawk”.

Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri )

Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri )

December 22, 2012

Who? ~ Who?

Filed under: Birds, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:55 pm

Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium pinicola

Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium pinicola

Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium pinicola

This morning when I first caught a glimpse of this little one through the fog I thought I was just seeing a leaf in the top of a bare chokecherry. He is about the size of a sparrow and weighs only two ounces.

(If you are interested, you can find more information about him here .)

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