The Ennis Lake Important Birding Area Census

I helped with a census on an Important Birding Area for the Montana Audubon Society about 40 miles and a lot of snow and ice through Beartrap Canyon, Ennis Hotsprings and just rugged country from Bozeman, Montana.

Two things stood out to me we saw 2 roosting Ferruginous hawks and about 500 plus horned larks with about 28 Lapland Longspurs mixed in.

We thought we were on a road through a place called the Farthington Ranch.

The road was hidden by 2 inches of snow so we drove for a mile through a couple of hundred white faced cattle and were rewarded by some very birdy wetlands. The highlites include Sandhill Cranes calling from the distance and a Prairie Falcon and 1 American Avocet.

I would recommend this census to anyone. Access is a problem for most folks who are not doing something that ranchers see as important, like our birding census.
Matt

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