Birds to Look for This Winter

Birds to Look for This WinterBirds to Look for This Winter: Winter is an exciting time to birdwatch in Montana.  In addition to the 177 species that overwinter here, there are 9 special birds that choose to spend the snowy season in “The Treasure State.”  Above all, looking for them is like looking for treasure of your very own! 

Rough-legged Hawks can be seen delicately kiting over open fields on the hunt for rodents.  Flocks of Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs may be found in plowed, windswept fields. Bohemian Waxwings can be seen on the wing in flitty flocks, calling distinctly as they search for frost-sweetened berries of Mountain Ash and Chokecherry. 

Keep your eyes peeled for Common and Hoary Redpolls visiting backyard feeders.  Catch American Tree Sparrows foraging the seed-heads of grasses sticking out of the snow, and if you’re lucky, you may see a Northern Shrike on the hunt. And last, but not least, always be on the lookout for the elusive and irruptive Snowy Owl. It is sure to be a sighting you won’t soon forget!

Click here to read more about how and where to find each of these migratory winter treasures. 

In addition, visit Birds and Beasley’s to grab a guide and binoculars to aid your birdwatching. Check them out here! In conclusion, give us a call with any questions at (406) 449–0904. We are open Monday – Saturday from 9:30AM – 6PM and Sunday 11AM – 4PM.


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