Bitterroot Outdoor Journal – Winter Birds
Bob Danley continues to provide tips for wildlife viewing this week on KLYQ's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal. With the cold weather, you need to know what you can see in town - which are little guys like the House Finch or the American Goldfinch. They're only a few inches long and you'll hear them in a flock before you see them. Speaking of sounds, a good book for that is "Aaaaw to zzzzzd - the words of birds" by John Bevis.
In the open country, you'll see plenty of raptors. Bob saw five species on the same power pole - Merlin, Kestral, red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk and Golden Eagle. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. An easy place to see birds without even getting out of your car is the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Right now, you can see ducks like the Northern Shoveler (see photo below) and the Tundra Swan (see photo above). The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard Wednesdays between 7:30 and 8 a.m. on the Bitterroot Morning newscast at 1240 KLYQ and at www.klyq.com.