Bird Sightings for Sept 2023

Sept. 29 We traveled on the raptor route and first thing we saw were several groups of Sandhill Cranes on left side of road (traveling towards Cascade) near the Lil Valley Ranch. Total numbers were about 50. By the time we got to Cascade we had seen 5 red-tailed hawks, 1 female harrier, 6 ravens, 1 golden eagle, 1 immature bald eagle, and a small kettle of Turkey Vultures up very high. – Jan Wilson

Sept. 28 Friend Suz and I stopped at West Bank Park. I have never seen so many starlings and blackbirds hundreds, maybe even a thousand or more!!! the power lines were sagging under the weight of so many birds. the roofs of buildings were covered with birds. the trees were full of birds. then they began forming murmurations! – Bev Axelson

Sept. 24 Neighbor said there were at least 500 yellow headed blackbirds yesterday. I just visited with her in person to make sure that is what she was describing. I just got home to  hundreds of starlings in the horse pasture and on fences, a couple dozen northern flickers, a few yellow headed blackbirds, and hundreds of sparrows some of which are white crowned. – Bev Axelson

Sept. 23 drove out to the Stockett Road hoping to see the Swainson’s, arriving there about 7:00 p.m. tonight saw one atop a utility pole, then another, then one in a tree and then when we looked closer at the tree there were dozens in it. so friend Suzette and I watched and photographed and then a cat came skulking across the road and jumped up on the cottonwood tree trunk which set at least two dozen Swainson’s flying out of the tree!  we watched them fly over the fields back and forth to the utility poles and then we noticed activity in the second cottonwood tree on the E side of the road. Suzette thinks there were about 50 between both trees; I’m guesstimating at least three dozen. – Bev Axelson

Sept 23 I led a group of about 12 neophytes, including a 4 and 6/ year old, on a walk around Giant Springs this morning.  It wasn’t supposed to rain.  Or even be 100% clouds, but it is what it is.  We saw the Great Horned Owl, thanks to Jeri’s sharp eyes.  He/she was hidden high, very high, up in a leafy tree.  We even got the 4 year old on it.  It was no more than a grey blob without binoculars.  Songbirds were pretty much inactive although we had one tree full of kinglets and 2 downy woodpeckers.  We managed to find several Wilson’s Warblers.  Down on the river we had 3 Great Blue Herons on the far side.  Everyone got a good look at a Belted Kingfisher as she flew about the fishing pond.  We may have seen 20 species altogether. – Beth Hill

Sept 23 we saw 2 fences lines full of Swainson’s, the first had only 8; the second had about 20. located on the Stockett road just off the hwy 87. About a mile on right. – Jan Wilson

Sept 23 The trees and shrubs have been busy with small songbirds this week.  We have had Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black Capped Chickadees, White Crowned Sparrows, Juncos, Ruby Crowned Kinglets and a Down Woodpecker.  We’ve seen good sized flocks of Brewer’s Blackbirds and separate flocks of Meadowlarks.  Yesterday there was a rather wet and bedraggled looking Kestral. – Kitty and Kris

Sept 20 Driving through Sun River about 6PM we saw at least 15 Turkey vultures roosting in one tree. After gawping at them a few minutes we moved on only to notice half a dozen more in another tree about 1/4 mile away. – Elaina Graham

Sept 19 Well, there are still Burrowing Owls at the jump.  I saw 5 or 6 for sure.  Bev A. had 6 to 8. Also seen, Turkey Vulture, eagle (non-adult, leaning towards Golden – it was a silhouette),lots of Horned Larks, Western Meadowlarks, American Robins, White-crowned Sparrows, a couple of Savannah Sparrows and a single Spotted Towhee. There was a pair of buteos with light chests we just couldn’t place (distant and lighting worked against us). – Beth Hill

Sept 16 American Pipits and Spotted Towhees on the rocky cliffs at Buffalo Jump this morning. – Elaina Graham

Sept 13 Our garden is beginning to get busy migration visitors. We counted 5 Wilson’s Warblers, 2 Juncos, 1 juvy White-crowned sparrow and a Lincoln sparrow. – Jan Wilson

Sept 5 Here is the Merlin bird list from my place this morning. The Chickadees is my phone receiving an email. 🙂 Merlin missed the Magpies. The Hummingbird is still around this morning at Maria’s, they frequently have a Bed & Breakfast. Eurasian Collared Dove, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Black-capped Chickadee. Happy to say we have another Hummingbird this morning. Not sure if it’s the same one as yesterday, this one seems chubby so maybe a Rufous. – Richard Mousel

Sept 4 I headed to Giant Sprigs this morning.  I parked at the Steamboat parking rea and walked up to the dam and back.  I started in the rain but the little birds were all over.  I probably heard 10 times what I could see.  Chipping Sparrows were all over.  In fact it seemed like there were several flocks moving round.  I might have seen over 100.  If they stopped where I could inspect individuals I could we that it’s. Mixed flock of mostly chippies.  I also saw White-crowned Sparrows in the mix. A few Clay-colored Sprrows, Rubycrowned Kinglets, Lincoln’s Sparrows, even a Swainson’s Thrush.  I didn’t overlook the river and spotted a Hooded Merganser sitting between a row of Common Mergansers on a log.  It was an interesting morning with a bunch of other bird seen and by walking on the trail I managed to stay dry. – Beth Hill

Sept 4 Just had another Hummingbird. A Calliope again I believe. Over the last couple of days we had a couple Wilson’s Warblers and at least 3 Juncos. – Richard Mousel

Sept 4 the caragana bushes are alive with the happy sounds of dozens of Wilson’s Warblers. a few showed up when it was raining this a.m. but they have been joined by many more all afternoon. they must be finding insects on the leaves because they are not feeding on the ground. occasionally they’ll come to the bird bath for water but I see them drinking out of rain cups that the chickadees like to drink from, also. – Bev Axelsen

Sept 1 Sat in my van to check out the burrowing owls again at the lower trail of the jump again. Got there around 530, at about 6 things got interesting as the owls were moving around and in some cases hunting. I think there may be 13 to 14 of them. Then saw Beth on the trail she had one fly right behind her. Then there were about 4 just below her and one on the hillside in back of her.After that the activity slowed down. Not the good show I had seen the other night. they were sitting on the mounds and some were hunting but not flying back and forth and visiting each other. still nice to see this many of them. Also saw deer, one pronghorn (antelope) one magpie, horned larks, meadow lark, and one Northern Harrier and lots of dogs. – Arla Eckert

Sept 1 Indeed.  They were all over just this one area.  It happens to be the area where they had their nest burrow this year.  I have to wonder if they are all one family. I also saw several Savannah Sparrows and one Vesper Sparrow. – Beth Hill.












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