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Spotted Towhee

A TEAPOT OF TOWHEES! By Jeannie Marcure For the past several years we’ve been lucky to have a family of Spotted Towhees make their home in our yard and garden area. Although migratory, Towhees are one of the first spring yard birds to arrive (March 9 this year) and one of the last to leave […]

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Pygmy Nuthatch

By John Hughes Seeking Pygmy Nuthatch? If you are fortunate enough to have a mature stand of Ponderosa Pine trees nearby or know where a good stand exists, then you are sure to find Pygmy Nuthatch. The Pygmy Nuthatch is considered one of the best indicator species for the overall health of bird communities in […]

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Brown-headed Cowbird

By Ben Young And the winner for the “Most Despised Native Bird of North America” award is . . . the Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater).  “An open solicitation for cowbird recipes.” Such titles as this in a prominent North American birding journal in 1994 illustrate the collective disdain for this native songbird among bird-watchers and […]

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Timberline Sparrow

EVOLUTION IN PROGRESS By Steve Gniadek The Timberline Sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri) is a subspecies of the Brewer’s Sparrow, but it’s in the process of becoming a separate species. Some scientists have argued it already is a species. As the name implies, the Timberline Sparrow is found near tree line, where it nests in stunted […]

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Williamson’s Sapsucker

A LIFE BIRD By Jeannie Marcure One of the most exciting events for me as a birder is adding a species to my life list. Usually this addition takes place while traveling, but in June 2009 it happened to me while bird watching from the comfort of our front deck! Suddenly a bird that I […]

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Red-Naped Sapsucker

A DOUBLE KEYSTONE SPECIES By Lisa Bate Have you ever heard what sounds like someone sending a Morse code message through the trees in spring? If so, go take a look and you will likely find that the Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) has returned to Montana for breeding season. Their drum sounds like Morse code […]

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