There's lots to see in the Montana landscape as summer-like weather arrives, according to Bob Danley of the Bitterroot Outdoor Journal. As heard Wednesday mornings on 1240 AM KLYQ Radio, Bob noted the arrival of many, many Evening Grosbeaks (see photo below), which are in the midst of breeding. The large Lewis's Woodpecker (photo above) can be found in the forest and is a flycatcher. The Boblink and Savannah Sparrow (photos below) have arrived in the pastures of the valley and are part of the 218 species of birds seen so far this year in western Montana.

Butterflies love the warm, sunny days. You can see Common Alpine, Two-Banded Checkered Skipper (photos below) and over 20 other species fluttering around. Dragonflies include the California Darner (photo below). Wildflowers include the fields of Camas (see photo below) and over 60 other species including the Fuzzy-tongued Penstemon (see below) with the tongue-like stamen. Bob cautions you to not try and identify them all. Don't get overwhelmed but just enjoy the variety out there. And get out there!

Camas in bloom. (Bob Danley Photo)
You see through the wings of the California Darner. (Bob Danley Photo)
Two banded Checkered Skipper butterfly. (Bob Danley Photo)
Common Alpine Butterfly. (Bob Danley Photo)
Fuzzy-Tongued Penstemon. (Bob Danley Photo)
Evening Grosbeak. (Bob Danley Photo)
Fence-sitters Boblink (on left) and Savannah Sparrow. (Bob Danley Photo)