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Mourning Dove - Photo Credit: Frank DeKort

Mourning Dove

by Linda de Kort What better bird to feature in the month of St. Valentine than our native “lovebird”, the Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura. Mourning Doves will soon begin their breeding season, and their courtship behavior and devotion to each other is legendary. Some of the male Mourning Doves have been able to remain here […]

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Silver-haired Bat - Photo Credit: Nate Schwab

Silver-haired Bat

by Lewis Young The Silver-haired Bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans) is well named. The body fur is black or dark brown but the hairs on the back are silver-tipped. The distinctive appearance makes it easily identifiable unlike several other species of bats in Montana. It is a medium sized bat with a wingspan of 10-12 inches and […]

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American Bittern - Photo Credit: Garth McElroy/VIREO

American Bittern

by Denny Olson American Bitterns are in the heron family, all no strangers to swamps. They are often described as “secretive” or “elusive”, but those conclusions are drawn by a high-and-dry species (us), which does not spend much time in the marshes and swamps. Another reason for that perception is their amazing cryptic coloration (buff […]

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Townsend's Warbler - Photo Credit: Samuel Bressler/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Townsend’s Warbler

by Gail Cleveland It’s November. We are thinking turkeys, chickadees and nuthatches, our permanent fall and winter residents, as well as flocks of waxwings, redpolls and, if we are lucky, a snowy owl. But, it is also good to look forward to the splashes of color and songs of warblers that will return in the […]

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Ring-necked Pheasant - Photo Credit: Nathan DeBoer

Ring-necked Pheasant

by Ben Long Big. Loud. Gaudy. Such are the adjectives that describe the Ring-necked Pheasant. Popular is another. Another is “tasty.” Ring-necked Pheasants are our most ornamental game bird. Some people call them “Chinese” Pheasants, since they are native to Asia, not North America. The first Pheasants in North America were released in Oregon in […]

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American Coot - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

American Coot

The “All” American Coot by John Hughes The American Coot, Fulica americana, (Fulica from Latin meaning “coot”) is truly the “All” American Coot. While conventional range maps indicate the absence of Coots in some states in the northeast and Alaska, an examination of eBird’s range map confirms yearly sightings in all continental U.S. states and […]

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