Birds of Western Montana

My family and I return regularly to Bozeman and other parts of Montana for mountain getaways. I figured I might as well start collecting birds from that area, too. For this set I have a new lens--a Tamron 150-600mm supertele. I did some learning on the fly, so to speak, and had some success after a little early fumbling. It turns out that tracking a bird on the wing at 600mm is a bit like looking through a drinking straw. As the 600 is very heavy, I didn't carry it on all outings. Some photos were shot with the Canon 70-200 f/4 L.

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

american crow th 1

American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus

american dipper th 1 american dipper th 2

Bald Eagle (juvenile)

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

bald eagle th 1 bald eagle th 2

Black-billed Magpie

Pica hudsonia

black billed magpie th 1 black billed magpie th 2

Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii

cackling goose th 1

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

cedar waxwing th 1

Chipping Sparrow


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Common Raven

Corvus Corax

common raven th 1

Dark-eyed Junco (juvenile)

Passerella iliaca

dark-eyed junco th 1

Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

deurasian collared dove th 1 deurasian collared dove th 2

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

hairy woodpecker th 1 hairy woodpecker th 2


Charadrius vociferus

killdeer th 1

Mountain Chickadee

Poecile gambeli

mountain chickadee th 1 mountain chickadee th 2

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

northern flicker th 1

Northern Harrier

Colaptes auratus

northern harrier th 1

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

pine siskin th 1

Red-tailed Hawk (adult & juvenile)

Buteo jamaicensis

red tailed hawk th 1 red tailed hawk th 2

Rock Dove (Pigeon)

Columba livia

rock dove th 1

Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

sandhill crane th 1 sandhill crane th 2

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

turkey vulture th 1 turkey vulture th 2

Western Bluebird

Sturnella neglecta

western bluebirdth 1 western bluebirdth 2

White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)

Spizella passerina

white-crowned sparrow th 1 white-crowned sparrow th 2

White-winged Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

white-winged crossbill th 1 white-winged crossbill th 2