Long-billed Curlew ~ Numenius americanus

We had birded these Pryor Mtns the day before and we did see a Long-billed Curlew…but i was determined to get pictures this following Sunday morning … i drove and drove up Rail Bed Rd – i came to a stop,  said i’ve looked looked and no Long-bills have i seen or heard!  time to turn back and all of a sudden …


Green-winged Teal ~ Anas crecca

The wonders one finds at a lonely pond on the high plains of South Central Montana not far from the Wyoming border – not visible here the Pryor Mtns where the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society was just finishing a birding adventure.  I went back the next day as i have done many times after an official Birding Adventure i go …


American Goldfinch ~ Carduelis tristis

This was the Spring of the American Goldfinch at my feeder! Wow… nothing like looking out the kitchen window just 24 inches away from the feeder and seeing this gorgeous Yellow… i was fortunate to have several who hung around for many days on their migration to better locations.

Stunning ‘yellow’ to say the least.

They are better known for their attaction to …


Blue-winged Teal ~ Anas discors

 What fun it has been learning and photographing the Ducks of North America.  With my little Canon SX 20o IS  i was able to capture these colorful birds. 
  Up from it’s Winter home in SA, seen here nesting in grassy clumps near water, esp flooded areas.


Gray Catbird ~ Genus Dumetella

I’m so fortunate to have had the Camera handy at this moment. The Gray Catbird is a member of the Thrasher family but the only one of this monotypic  genus; A neotropical migrant according to Nat’l Geographic Complete Birds of North America.
     As with other members of the Mimidae genus they warble like Thrashers, and note the ‘rufous crissum’ this is what makes …


Eared Grebes breeding & nesting ~ Podiceps nigricollis

 These sweet little Grebes have a colony about 30 miles north of  Billings … at first i couldn’t figure out which was which sex – turns out they all look alike!
i had a second chance to visit the results of this ‘breeding’ even managed to get some video…within 20 feet…they could careless that some human was watching, they were so …


Cinnamon Teal ~ Anas cyanoptera

Yeah Really this is as good as it gets!  took these photos in the same ‘new’ lake as the Avocet’s. Gorgeous is an understatement. And the under side of the wing in flight is a soft powder Blue. Oddly it doesn’t exist East of  Middle America.
They are breath-taking as they glide along contrasted by the Green Short Grass (i think …


American Avocet ~ Recurvirostra americana

For me this was a Bird of a Life Time, a bird i really wanted to find and take a gander at. Besides being strikingly beautiful their movement is so ballet or delicate. i hope to see more of them tomorrow when i again return to Broadview, Montana and a submerged High Plains.

The High Plains are submerged from all the …


White-crowned Sparrow ~ Western gambelii

The White-crowned Sparrow (Male here) has 3 well defined subspecies – i’m pretty sure it’s a gambelii because of the Wide center crown strip. They were fascinating while they were  stopping over in my bird sanctuary. I put my special blend of seeds out for them.

i enjoyed them for almost 2 weeks… flitting to and about. The Flock consisted of …


Yellow-breasted Chat ~ Icteria virens

These guys are quite the Wood Warbler – tho they have only one species in their Genus! similar to Mocking birds and Tanagers but DNA keeps them in the Warbler family.
 

They make  a ritual of defending a territory and Chatting with the Yellow-breasted Chat next to them… there may be as many as 7 or 8 in a row each …