Montana Outdoors

December 20, 2014

This morning’s grouse

Filed under: Birds, Ruffed grouse, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:38 am

Ruffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus

Ruffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus

Ruffed GrouseRuffed Grouse - Bonasa umbellus

Ruffed Grouse – Bonasa umbellus

December 4, 2014

Good morning for a breakfast of Hawthorn berries

Filed under: Birds, Wild turkeys, Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:38 am

Fresh snow covered the ground during the night but the breakfast table was set in the trees.

Wild turkeys in Hawthorn tree

Wild turkeys in Hawthorn tree

Wild turkeys in Hawthorn tree

November 15, 2014

Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

The berries they are eating are from the Red Hawthorn AKA Columbian Hawthorn, Crataegus Columbiana.

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

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