Getting the year bird list started…

I got started a little later than I had planned on Jan 1 to get my 2013 year bird list started.  Darn champagne!

Nonetheless, it was a great day.  I saw 37 species, to get my list off to a good start.  I was surprised to find 4 western meadowlarks in falling snow on Airport Road in the Mission Valley, as they are “summer” residents of Montana.

The last two birds of the day were a short-eared owl and a great horned owl.

I saw those two species after the colorful first sunset of 2013, over the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

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