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Boat tour on Flathead Lake - Photo Credit: Doug MacCarter

Spring/Summer 2017 Field Trips Recap

by Cory Davis and Kathy Ross It was another full and exciting spring and summer for birdwatching in the Flathead Valley. We had a lot of fun, observed some excellent birds (lifers anyone?), and saw some beautiful country. Thank you to all of our wonderful and dedicated field trip leaders! Earth Day 2017, April 22: […]

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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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Virginia Rail

By Gail Cleveland Virginia Rails are solitary, seldom-seen birds of the marsh, but if you ever see them in a group, they will probably be in migration or out in the open because of flooding in their home range. If you are lucky enough to see them in a group, you will have seen a […]

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By Gail Cleveland Even though I have been watching birds for more than 25 years, I can bring to mind most instances when I have seen the more elusive members of the family Rallidae (coots, rails, crakes and gallinules). I remember seeing my first Virginia Rail in a marshy area in the lower Flathead Valley. […]

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