From Montana birding on the net.
Subject: Bozeman Latilong birds, Great Egret
Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2010 00:04:16 -0000
It seems the best birding these fall days seems to be around lakes and
reservoirs. Robin joined me in exploring both Willow Creek (Harrison)
Reservoir and Ennis Lake on Friday, October 6.
Willow Creek Reservoir is very low with lots of shorebird habitat. The juvenile
Black-bellied Plover and the juvenile American Golden-Plover were still
present. We first found them there on 1 October. Also present were 4 Baird’s
and 8 Pectoral Sandpipers. There were 43 Long-billed Dowitchers present, too. A
late Franklin’s Gull was unexpected. Driving into Willow Creek Reservoir we had
a Rough-legged Hawk to delight us along with a Prairie Falcon and a late
Ennis Lake is coming alive with birds, too. Thousands upon thousands of
American Coots are present along with many Common Loons. A raft of 305 Redheads
indicates some of the duck numbers present. A drake Greater Scaup gave us good
views, too. But the real surprise was a Great Egret seen at the southern end of
the lake. It is only the 2nd that I have ever seen there.
I hope all of you are able to enjoy some great fall birding. This time last
year we were facing snow and freezing temperatures in the Bozeman area. Not so