Fun with FOY’s

I had a great time wracking up more FOY (first-of-year) birds and wild flowers today, birding with a group of birders comprised of folks from Deer Lodge, Missoula, and myself from Lolo.  Going with a group, particulary a group comprised of knowledgeable and experienced birders, maximizes the birds seen.

I started today with 99 birds on my year list.  I finished with 117.   There were several species seen by others in the group that I missed (ruby-crowned kinglet, golden eagle, peregrine falcon and white-crowned sparrow).  Here’s my bird list for the day.  Some species were seen more than once, but I only noted the first siting of the day for each species.  FOY’s are indicated with a * and Lifer’s with a (L)

American Robin Canyon River GC
Rock Pigeon Canyon River GC
European Starling Deer Creek
* Yellow-rumped Warbler Deer Creek
Pine Siskin Deer Creek
Red-breasted Nuthatch Deer Creek
Common Merganser Deer Creek
Red Crossbill Deer Creek
* (L) Orange-crowned Warbler Deer Creek Lifer
* Spotted Towhee Deer Creek
Cassin’s Finch Deer Creek
* Chipping Sparrow Deer Creek
Mountain Chickadee Deer Creek
Black-capped Chickadee Deer Creek
Western Bluebird Deer Creek
Clark’s Nutcracker Deer Creek
* Nashville Warbler Deer Creek
* Ruffed Grouse Deer Creek Heard
* (L) Winter Wren Deer Creek Lifer
* Williamson’s Sapsucker Deer Creek
Evening Grosbeak Deer Creek
Hooded Merganser Florence Bridge
Bufflehead Florence Bridge
Wild Turkey Lee Metcalf NWR
American Kestrel Lee Metcalf NWR
Red-tailed Hawk Lee Metcalf NWR
Ring-necked Pheasant Lee Metcalf NWR
Tree Swallow Lee Metcalf NWR
Northern Shoveler Lee Metcalf NWR
Gadwall Lee Metcalf NWR
Trumpeter Swan Lee Metcalf NWR
American Coot Lee Metcalf NWR
Ring-necked Duck Lee Metcalf NWR
Canvasback Lee Metcalf NWR
Canada Goose Lee Metcalf NWR
American Wigeon Lee Metcalf NWR
Redhead Lee Metcalf NWR
Red-winged Blackbird Lee Metcalf NWR
Green-winged Teal Lee Metcalf NWR
Cinnamon Teal Lee Metcalf NWR
Osprey Lee Metcalf NWR
* Barn Swallow Lee Metcalf NWR
Mallard Lee Metcalf NWR
Northern Pintail Lee Metcalf NWR
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Lee Metcalf NWR
Song Sparrow Lee Metcalf NWR
Yellow-headed Blackbird Lee Metcalf NWR
Pied-billed Grebe Lee Metcalf NWR
Mountain Bluebird Lee Metcalf NWR
Northern Flicker Lee Metcalf NWR
* Turkey Vulture Lee Metcalf NWR
Bald Eagle Lee Metcalf NWR Immature
Black-billed Magpie Lee Metcalf NWR
Western Meadowlark Lee Metcalf NWR
* Wood Duck Lee Metcalf NWR
Pileated Woodpecker Lee Metcalf NWR
Downy Woodpecker Lee Metcalf NWR
* White-breasted Nuthatch Lee Metcalf NWR
American Goldfinch Lee Metcalf NWR
Belted Kingfisher Lee Metcalf NWR
* White-throated Swift Lee Metcalf NWR
* Pygmy Nuthatch Lee Metcalf NWR
Mourning Dove Lee Metcalf NWR
Sandhill Crane Lee Metcalf NWR
Northern Harrier Lee Metcalf NWR
* Violet-green Swallow Lee Metcalf NWR
* Bank Swallow Lee Metcalf NWR
Killdeer Lee Metcalf NWR
* Virginia Rail Lee Metcalf NWR
* Marsh Wren Lee Metcalf NWR
American Crow Hwy 12
* Golden-crowned Kinglet Lolo CG

Winter Wren

New wildflowers of the year for me seen today were wild clematis, calypso orchid and cutleaf daisy.

It was a most satisfying day!

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