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Lincoln’s Sparrow

by Gail Cleveland “It’s one of those LBJ’s (Little Brown Jobs). It’s probably a sparrow. Oh, it’s cute. Look at how it raises its crown!” This is most likely a typical response when spotting a Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii). These LBJ’s can be seen in Northwestern Montana during the breeding season but with less frequency […]

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Long-billed Curlew

LONG-BILLED CURLEW IS A MIGRATORY TREAT by Ben Long The Long-billed Curlew is North America’s largest shorebird. It just happens to spend a good part of its life hundreds of miles from the nearest seashore, here in Montana. The curlew is one of the most striking species of birds in the Treasure State. It stands […]

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Ferruginous Hawk

North America’s Largest Hawk By John Hughes The Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis, whose name means a kingly or royal hawk, is so named for its large size and eagle-like appearance. Its common name Ferruginous comes from the Latin word ferrugo, meaning rust, to describe the rusty brown color of the species’ light morph. While uncommon […]

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Burrowing Owl

THE HOWDY BIRD By Jeannie Marcure According to a recent article in the Yakima Herald Republic, the pioneers often saw the bird that we know today as the Burrowing Owl as they crossed the western prairies. Because it stood at the entrance to its burrow, bobbing up and down as if to greet them, they […]

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Barred Owl

THE BARRED OWL:  WHO COOKS FOR YOU? By Ben Long The first Barred Owl I ever saw appeared when I was sitting along the edge of a meadow, waiting for an elk to appear. No elk did. But I did watch a brown, medium-sized owl swoop silently from the timber shadows, chasing a chipmunk as […]

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Ruddy Duck

THE DUCK WITH THE SKY BLUE BILL by Linda de Kort “Why did the artist paint that duck with a bright blue bill?” That is a question posed by those admiring the colorful Montana Audubon license plate. The answer is: because that is an accurate representation of the sky blue color of the bill of […]

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