The recent snowstorm in Montana drove lots of birds out of the area and ended the season for dragonflies and most butterflies, according to Bob Danley of the Bitterroot Outdoor Journal. He said that with only 10 percent body fat, the conditions are dangerous for many small birds, but most can handle a short-term cold spell. The Ruby-crowned Kinglet looks in the bark for hibernating insects (see photo above) and the Evening Grosbeak simply changes to fruit such as crabapples (see photo below).

Dragonflies have disappeared with the recent snow, and butterflies are gone, except for the Comma and Tortoiseshell. The Mourning Cloak (see photo below) might be flying again this year if warm weather returns this month. If you want color, the lichen on the rocks can provide that in various hues. (photo below). the Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard every Wednesday during the 7:30 a.m. Bitterroot Morning newscasts at KLYQ 1240 AM radio and www.klyq.com.

Evening Grosbeak. (Bob Danley Photo)
Mourning Cloak butterfly. (bob Danley photo)
Examples of lichen. (Bob Danley photo)