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  1. Florida tern

    Never seen a Forster's that dark. Why not Common?
  2. Florida tern

    It was much smaller and darker than the surrounding Sandwiches. I'm fairly confident that's not what it was.
  3. Florida tern

    Seemed dark. Caught my eye. Pics on this page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/156017793@N04/37464527640/in/dateposted-public/
  4. 2 warblers

    Both look like Nashville.
  5. Thrush, Hermit or Swainson's

    Looks like a Swainson's to me. There are occasional sightings in winter.
  6. Possible Norhthern and Louisana Waterthrush - Western Mass

    I disagree. I think the first is Northern, second Louisiana.
  7. Bell's Vireo??

    This is a Bell's.
  8. Clark's?

    Looks like a Western to me.
  9. Kingbird Question

    It looks like a Cassin's to me.
  10. Montana Trip Report

    Thanks. And by the way I did forget to mention one lifer. We had a heard-only Pacific Wren in Glacier.
  11. Montana Trip Report

    We drove back to Billings on day 11 and flew back to Raleigh. It was an amazing trip. We finished with 168 species and 59 lifers. I'll finish with some scenery shots: Entrance Road to Bear Canyon: IMG_3054 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Bear Canyon: IMG_3020 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Glacier: IMG_2231 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_2302 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Where we finally got our Wilson's Warbler: IMG_2341 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Storm that pushed the Black Swifts out of the mountains, Ninepipe NWR: IMG_2347 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Blue Mountain Nature Trail: IMG_2364 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Yellowstone: IMG_2441 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_2451 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr And lastly, the road from Yellowstone to our hotel in Cody, WY: IMG_2485 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr
  12. Montana Trip Report

    Ok, so the remainder of the trip (Day 8,9,10) was spent in Yellowstone NP and a little in Grand Teton NP. I'll go ahead and combine these three days into one post. But I would like to say that Yellowstone was one of the most amazing places I've ever been. We got caught in a snow storm the first day, and snow was on the ground the majority of our time in Yellowstone. It never really rose above 50 degrees, and at one point got down to 31. Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful in the snow. Birding in Yellowstone wasn't that great, but honestly we were there for mammals. But we did see some good birds, including our main target, Barrow's Goldeneye (we had over 60 the first day alone). The other lifer we got in the park was Prairie Falcon, our last lifer of the trip. Here are the best bird pictures we got from Yellowstone and Grand Teton (actually the crane and swans are from earlier in the trip, I just forgot to post them): IMG_9973 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_1219 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_9865 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_7753 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_1551 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0400 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0626 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0062 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Like I said, we were there for mammals and got almost all our targets. We had Bison, Elk, Moose (outside Yellowstone, near Cody Wyoming), Black and Grizzly Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Red Fox, and my personal favorite mammal of the trip, a Gray Wolf and it's pup in the Lamar Valley. The wolf was probably 400 or 500 yards off, but we managed decent views in the scope and one identifiable shot. The wolf was a personal favorite experience of the trip. IMG_1604 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0707 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0598 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0596 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0525 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0114 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_0135 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_1212 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr
  13. Montana Trip Report

    I totally forgot to mention that on the way from Missoula to our next stop, Bozeman, we stopped at Lee Metcalf NWR and picked up California Quail. IMG_9539 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Day 8 started in Bozeman. We birded the "M" Trail and had only two targets, Green-tailed Towhee and Black-headed Grosbeak. We were heading to Yellowstone directly after this, so we wanted to be quick. Fortunately, we found both almost immediately. IMG_9646 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_9738 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_9818 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr I'll end this post here, and I'll explain why in the next.
  14. Montana Trip Report

    The next day started just outside Missoula on the Blue Mountain Nature Trail in the Lolo NF. Truly beautiful location. We very quickly picked up lifers Western Bluebird and Pgymy Nuthatch. IMG_8420 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8438 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8641 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, House Wren, Western Wood-Pewee, and Western Tanager were all common. Other non-lifers include Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Townsend' s Solitaire. IMG_8685 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8794 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8930 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_9251 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8604 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8601 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr But the real reason we were here was for these two: IMG_9090 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8723 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_9290 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr Lewis's Woodpecker and Williamson' s Sapsucker. On the way out of the NF, we had a flyover Clark's Nutcracker, but no pictures.
  15. Montana Trip Report

    Before trying for Wilson's again, we started the morning at Apgar Campground for Hammond's Flycatcher. It look about 3 minutes before one came in to investigate us. IMG_7239 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_7268 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr We made a quick stop at Lake McDonald Lodge and had stunning views of Violet-green Swallows. IMG_7406 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_7385 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr At around 7 AM we got back on Inside North Fork Road. 30 minutes later, we were looking at a Wilson's Warbler. It made us work for it, but eventually gave decent views. We went down the road probably 300 yards (farther then we had gone the night before), we had 2 or 3 more. We left Glacier happy. IMG_7704 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr On the way to our next stop, Missoula, we stopped at Ninepipe NWR hoping to find a Clark's Grebe among all the Westerns. I put my scope up and the very first bird I had was a Clark's. We also had Red-necked Grebe and a family of Trumpeter Swans. But the main attraction here was the stream of Black Swifts we had flying over. There was a storm that must have pushed them out of the mountains. We also found a Vaux's Swift in with the swallows. IMG_8042 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8052 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8376 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_7871 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_8197 (2) by ryanjustice3, on Flickr IMG_7764 by ryanjustice3, on Flickr
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