It’s Getting Noisy Out There – Birds Arriving
Since last week, another 12 species of birds have arrived for the warm seasons in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Bob Danley of the Bitterroot Outdoor Journal says that 147 specieis of birds have been counted so far this year and the songbird migration is in full-song ... er....full swing.
Arriving this week were the Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (photo above), Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned Warbler and the waterfowl include Ruddy Ducks and Blue-winged Teal (photo below). Of course, waterbirds and animals that love the valley floor can be found at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, northeast of Stevensville. The songbirds are in the wooded areas and throughout the area neighborhoods. We also saw some hawks hatching out this week, too.
Bob is always looking for butterflies and the warm weather this week will bring 'em out. Look for the Sara Orangetip (photo below), which has bright orange wingtips and can be found near rockcress and dandelions. However, it doesn't like extremes - deep forests or in town.
The Journal reports 25 species of blooming wildflowers now. (Gentlemen, start your sneezing.) Eight new plants were added to the mix. Flowering species include Arrowleaf Balsamroot (photo below), Cutleaf Fleabane (photo below), Blue-eyed Mary, Bonneville Shootingstar, Low Larkspur, Missoula Phlox, Redstem Springbeauty (photo below), Mountain Douglasia, Rough-fruited Fairybells, Wyoming Kittentails, Yellowbells and...oh, did I mention already?...dandelions.
Get out there. Enjoy the spring weather. But, watch out for the rising water as we get into high water season on our rivers and streams. And, listen to Bob's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal on 1240 KLYQ AM, www.klyq.com and on your cellphone Wednesdays at 7:45 a.m. during Bitterroot Morning newscast.