The migrations continue through western Montana, and though many Bald Eagles winter in the Bitterroot Valley, there have been some Golden Eagles catching the winds and flying south. Bob Danley of KLYQ's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal saw two goldens in the Bass Creek skies. Though similar to the bald eagles, the head is smaller for the golden eagle (see photos above). Closer to the ground, the Townsend's Solitaire has been finding tops of junipers to perch and sing, while eating the juniper berries. It's a thrush and is about the size of a robin (see photo below).

An odd little mushroom called the Bird's Nest Fungi can be found on dead, moist tree trunks in the woods. It looks like a VERY small bird's nest and is tan-colored. (See photo below). And, up on Ponderosa Pine trees you can see lichen such as the Brown-eyed Sunshine, adding a bit of yellow color to the woods. The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard Wednesday mornings during the 7:30 a.m. Bitterroot Morning newscast on KLYQ 1240 AM and klyq.com.

On top of a juniper, it's a Townsend's Solitaire. (Bob Danley Photo)
The Bird's Nest mushrooms. (Bob Danley Photo)