04 June 2012

Community Observations: What are you seeing?

Spring has arrived in a glory of rain and sun and flowers and green things growing.  It's a great time to be out and about, observing the natural world!  The staff at MNHC have been seeing lots of fun things:  Great Horned Owl young in a nest at Council Grove; Lazuli Buntings at Bass Creek in the Bitterroots; American Dippers braving wild run-off waterfalls along Sweathouse Creek; Osprey soaring over the Clark Fork River, looking for fish; the bright colors of Western Tanagers in back yards around Missoula; and dozens and dozens of wildflower species, from lupine to paintbrush to side-flowering mitrewort to fairy-slipper orchids.  

Where are you exploring this spring?  What are you seeing?  Please share in the comments!

1 comment:

  1. We have had an abundance of Cordilleran Flycatchers in our yard this year, perhaps the result of 7 years of successful nestings on our power meter tucked under the eaves. On June 9th, the first bit of moss appeared, today the female is incubating 4 eggs.
    I won't be pestering them with my camera this year as the process is remarkably similar from year to year, but here's a link to a photo essay on this blog from 2010's nesting: