Young Blue Herons are Venturing Out at Metcalf
In this week's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal, Bob Danley reported that the Great Blue Heron rookery at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is getting busy, with the newly hatched youngsters stepping out in what is called "branching." Flight school is not far away. There are over 100 Great Blue Heron rookeries in Montana. You can see the adults flying every day at the Metcalf. The nests are in the tops of some pine trees west of the main ponds.
Bob's report (heard Thursday mornings about 7:45 a.m. on KLYQ-AM 1240 Radio and klyq.com) also described many of the 22 different varieties of lilies, including corn lily, death-camas, beargrass and the Mariposa Lily (see photo below).
And, you have to look closely for the Butterfly of the week - Boisduval's Blue - which was named in 1852 when a sample was sent to a French entomologist. It can usually be found near lupines and it often matches color for color. They can be found around mud puddles.