Ennis Lake, An Iconic Bird Area

The day started out blustery…We drove down and up th Madison River seeing birds we expected to see…The birds we saw were in clumps of brush avoiding the wind.

It was fall the end of the migration and I wanted to bird Ennis Lake, surrounded by the Gravelly, Tobacco Root, Madison and Hilgard Mountain Ranges and one of my favorite places to bird over a 30 year period.

We ended up at Ennis Lake and glassed a raft of 1000 plus coots to see if other birds were there…there were other bird species seen.

One of our party found a very rare Surf Scoter amongst the coots…To put the scoter in perspective I last saw this species in the surf at Santa Cruz, California in winter; a place where you are likely to see this bird species.
Matt

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