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    • Sorry for the delay in responding. The 2016 count was above average, with 83 species seen (for details see the 2016 CBC results which are now posted). For comparison, some previous years: 2011 (85), 2010 (72 – the average to that date)

  1. Hello!

    We found a nest of baby bluebirds in a tractor that was in for repairs. We haven’t seen a mother bird in a few days since the tractor has been in the shop. Do you have rehabilitators in the Helena area? We don’t know what to do!

    • Hi Emma,
      I did a google search and found one possibility:
      Montana Wild Rehab Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave, Helena 406.444.9942
      Hope this helps.
      Pat Little

      p.s. I added this one and another in Kalispell to our list on the page.

  2. Hi Im desperatley looking for someone to take a injured pigeon female she is lonely cant fly and has been in a cage for a long time

    • Your best bet would be to call one of the rehabbers near you – perhaps one of the ones listed on this page – and see if they can help. Good luck.

    • Hi Carla,
      You’d be very welcome. I suggest you call Larry Weeks to get more information. His number is 406-549-5632

  3. I was out there yesterday. Saw loads of Snow buntings, some Horned larks on Cummock Lane, Prairie falcon and many Rough-legged hawks on East Side Rd. I had car trouble, so less time than I’d hoped and would like to go back.

  4. I have an injured Starling that flew into a window in Great Falls, MT. Can someone recommend a rescue that’s close by if he doesn’t recover after a few hours?

    • Hi Daniel,
      I did a Google search for rehabbers in your area but didn’t find anything in Great Falls unfortunately. The closest would be Helena as far as I can tell. I hope the starling survives. Good luck!
      Pat Little

    • Hi Carl,
      I checked on eBird for this area. They have bar graphs that show which species have been seen there at different times throughout the year. You can probably get an idea of what you’d expect to see in early March by looking at the bar graphs. I filtered them to show only the species seen in March, but you can expand that as desired.

      Kelly Island:

      I hope this helps,

    • Hi Barb,
      The Adams Center is on the University of Montana campus next to the stadium. We meet in the NW corner of the large parking lot by the Adams Center, roughly at the intersection of 5th and Maurice.
      Hope this helps,

  5. We would like to come Do we need to sign up we’ll be driving from CDA and then stay the night too. There are two of us

    • Hi Suzanne,
      No need to sign up – just show up. We will meet at the NW corner of the Adams Center parking lot (map) at 4pm. If you need to contact the trip leader, Larry Weeks, you can call him on his cell at 406.540.3064. We look forward to seeing you there.
      Pat Little

    • Hi Weldon,
      A Blackburnian Warbler is rare west of the divide and you may want to consider submitting rare bird report. I’ll contact you via email to follow up.
      Happy birding!
      Pat Little

    • I’m sorry to hear about this injured chickadee, and I’m afraid I don’t know who to take it to in Great Falls. But you might try calling one of the local chapter board members there – it is the Upper Missouri Breaks chapter, and you can find contact information in their newsletter, available online. Good luck!

    • Hi Shannon. I did a quick Google search for wildlife rehabbers and came up with a couple in your area:
      Moore Lane Vet Clinic
      HSUS Wildlife Innovations & Response Team – Dave PauIi 406-698-1167; S. Lee 406-255-7161
      Good luck!

  6. Thanks for explaining that the feeders and bird baths should be kept clean. I like the idea of getting an animal themed bird feeder for my yard. I’m glad I read your article and learned how to feed birds responsibly!

    • In general participants don’t need to sign up for field trips – just show up at the published meeting place for carpooling. Some of our trips, particularly out multi-day trips, do require reservations. Instructions on how to do that will be included with the field trip announcement.

  7. I am planning on going to this field trip but will head down to Metcalf early. Will everyone be meeting at the visitor center? Thank you!

    • Thanks for the question, Vicki. Yes, the trip will start at the Adams Center and then carpool to Lee Metcalf and meet at the visitor’s Center at about 8:45 am.
      I’m updating the web page accordingly.

  8. Hello. There is an injured sand hill crane in Drummond. It doesn’t seem to be able to fold in or use left wing. The wing just hangs down to its side. Would this be something for one of the rehabilitation centers? Thanks.

    • It’s probably best to call Fish Wildlife and Parks – they will probably know which rehabbers can manage a bird that size. Their main number in Helena is (406) 444-2535 or if you want to to talk to your local region office you can find contact information on their website at Good luck, and we hope you manage to get the crane back flying again!

    • I’m not sure who would be the best rehab place, given the location. But probably best to call Fish Wildlife and Parks at 444-2535. They may be able to help.
      Good luck.

  9. A young Robin flew into my window quite hard in Bozeman, MT. It’s got spots on its chest so must be a fledgling – almost grown. I left it alone but after several hours it had hardly moved, so I gently put it in a cardboard box. What should I do now?

    • Putting the bird in a cardboard box may help – it hides it from predators, and being in the dark may calm the bird and let it recover quicker, if it is not injured too badly. But make sure to check on the bird every 15 minutes or so – it may just fly away. If it is still alive but not recovered after an hour or so you might call a rehabber. Or you can call Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks at (406) 444-2535 for advice.

  10. Hi Jim
    I have been stumped by a monosylable buzz at first light along Rattlesnake Creek. It is almost hypnotic. I thought it was flycatcher or a thrush but cannot find a match! Any ideas.
    Hope you are well.

    Phil Gardner

    • Here is Jim’s reply:
      Varied Thrush is a likely possibility. Their call is a monosylable buzz. They are usually found in moist forests during the nesting period, which near Missoula is usually at higher elevations. But they often are found along Rattlesnake Creek during early spring and it is certainly possible for one to be along the Creek now.

    • It might deter house wrens because of the height – all the sources I have checked say a hole with diameter 1″ to 1 1/8″ is what you want for house wrens (or chickadees or nuthatches) – any bigger and house sparrows can get in. So, I don’t know if a 15/16″ slot would be too short for a wren or not. But you could easily modify the design and replace the slot with a hole. Here’s an interesting article where someone studied nesting success with round and slot holes (the round ones seemed to be better). Best of luck with your birds!