On this week's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal, Bob Danley talked about how the birdwatching this month has not been what he expected. For instance, there are lots of Mountain Ash berries, yet the waxwings are not flocking to the trees yet. Winter finches have been hard to find, too. He's experienced this in previous February birdwatching, with the season's unpredictable weather.

However, he saw an American Pipit in the Lolo area of the Bitterroot River. It is usually in the higher elevations and he's seen them in the upper reaches of Glacier National Park in the summer. They're looking for insects in the water and have been finding some early emerging Stoneflies. This is also a good time to try to identify animal tracks in the snow. Bob is anticipating spring, and if you want to get ready by reading, check "Wildflowers of Montana" by Donald Anthony Schiemann. Bob's reports are heard weekly on KLYQ 1240 Radio.