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Swan Rangers Find April Fools!

Spotted towhee by Pat Jaquith

Swan Rangers chose April Fools Day to report on their outings over the past week!

Click here or scroll down for the Rangers' photos and details!

Faced with a housing crisis in the Flathead and elsewhere, Pat Jaquith shows us a Spotted towhee repurposing a Robin's nest in our lead photo!


Norma Linsky found this Larch highrise of bird holes, but it appears to have a fungus taking over the penthouse!


Fenceposts are so scarce, Pam Willison saw this Short-eared owl quickly run off by . . .


. . . a Western meadowlark!


Rod Wallette found some Snow geese east of the Rocky Mountain Front, where open water on still-frozen lakes is scarce and Swans were largely absent!


Keith Hammer found the Swans west of the Swan Range, reportedly looking for some tundra!


Keith also found Redheads and Swans sharing open water while . . .


. . . Pat Jaquith found a pair of House finches lovingly sharing food!


Keith Hammer found a Killdeer, whose ecological niche is to keep deer herds in check!


Pam Willison found a Great blue heron, while . . .


. . . Keith Hammer found a Song sparrow trying to cheer the heron up!


Pam Willison says she called in this Horned lark by simply honking her car horn!


Pam Willison also gets to lay claim to our first wildflower photo of the season, with this Buttercup!


In our parting shot, Ruth Quist provided no bird photos because she was too busy looking for life on other planets . . . from her back yard!

If you have interesting photos of your outings, send them along with a description to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we'll try to work them into these weekly reports!

This article published on April 01, 2023 • [Permalink]