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. Some of this set  were shot with a Tamron 150-600mm supertele, and more recently with a Canon 100-400 L ISii. 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 Robin

Turdus migratorius

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American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

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American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus

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Bald Eagle (juvenile)

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

bald eagle th 1 bald eagle th 2

Black-billed Magpie

Pica hudsonia

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Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

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Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

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Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

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Chipping Sparrow


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Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

common goldeneye th 1 common goldeneye th 2

Common Raven

Corvus Corax

common raven th 1

Dark-eyed Junco (juvenile)

Passerella iliaca

dark-eyed junco th 1

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

downy woodpecker th 1

Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

deurasian collared dove th 1 deurasian collared dove th 2

Gray Partridge

Perdix perdix

gray partridge th 1 gray partridge th 2

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

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Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

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Charadrius vociferus

killdeer th 1

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

mountain bluebirdth 1 mountain bluebirdth 2

Mountain Chickadee

Poecile gambeli

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Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

northern flicker th 1

Northern Harrier

Colaptes auratus

northern harrier th 1

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

pine siskin th 1

Pinyon Jay

Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus

pinyon jay th 1 pinyon jay th 2

Pygmy Nuthatch

Sitta pygmaea

pygmy nuthatch th 1 pygmy nuthatch th 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

red breasted nuthatch th 1 red breasted nuthatch th 2

Red-tailed Hawk (adult & juvenile)

Buteo jamaicensis

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Rock Dove (Pigeon)

Columba livia

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Rough-legged Hawk

Buteo lagopus

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Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

sandhill crane th 1 sandhill crane th 2

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

turkey vulture th 1 turkey vulture th 2

White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)

Spizella passerina

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

White-winged Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

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