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Spring Means the Return of Birds - and Birdwatching!

Reserve staff member Scott Heidebrink reports that bird activity on American Prairie Reserve made a big leap over the weekend as the region's migratory species make their return for the breeding season.

One special species of note is the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia), which Scott just observed on one of the Reserve's prairie dog towns. Burrowing Owls make their home in the abandoned holes made by prairie dogs and will now be busy building and tending to their underground nests. Recent research conducted in the region has shown that these owls travel to Mexico each year to survive the winter months. 

If you're planning a trip to American Prairie Reserve in the coming weeks, you might have a chance to see the birds in Scott's list of recent observations below. And regardless of the season, don't forget to download our full birding checklist before your next trip. Whether you're a beginner or an expert birder, the prairie is the perfect place to hone your identification skills. Learn more about each species on the Montana Field Guide website or from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Recent Observations - April 25, 2016

  1. Green-Winged Teal
  2. Blue-Winged Teal
  3. Cinnamon Teal
  4. Mallard
  5. Gadwall
  6. Northern Shoveler
  7. American Wigeon
  8. Northern Pintail
  9. Ring-Necked Duck
  10. Lesser Scaup
  11. Ruddy Duck
  12. Canada Goose
  13. American Coot
  14. Pied-Billed Grebe
  15. Common Loon
  16. American White Pelican
  17. Ring-Billed Gull
  18. Long-Billed Curlew
  19. Solitary Sandpiper
  20. Killdeer
  21. Marbled Godwit
  22. Willet
  23. Red-Winged Blackbird
  24. Yellow-Headed Blackbird
  25. Brewers Blackbird
  26. Common Grackle
  27. Western Meadowlark
  28. Horned Lark
  29. Brown-Headed Cowbird
  30. Says Phoebe
  31. American Robin
  32. Yellow-Rumped Warbler
  33. Orange-Crowned Warbler
  34. White-Throated Sparrow
  35. Lincolns Sparrow
  36. House Finch
  37. Mourning Dove
  38. Eurasian Collared Dove
  39. Sharp-Tailed Grouse
  40. Gray Partridge
  41. Rough-Legged Hawk
  42. Northern Harrier
  43. Great Horned Owl
  44. Burrowing Owl