Birds

Southwest Montana abounds with birdlife: raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, you name it. From watching to hunting, this page has definitely gone to the birds. For more great info, check out the MontanaFish, Wildlife & Parks Bird Guide.

Steve Hoffman, HawkWatch International, Merlin Birding Tours
Drew Hulse
Q&A with raptor researcher Steve Hoffman.  Read more >>
Great Grey Owl, Yellowstone Wildlife, Montana Wildlife
Lee, Barbara
The red fox & great grey owl. Read more >>
Northern Goshawk, Montana Raptors
Cronenwett, David
A chance encounter with the northern goshawk. Read more >>
Osprey Baling Twine, Yellowstone Valley Audubon
Hopper, Carolyn
Ospreys and baling twine. Read more >>
Sandhill Cranes, Seasonal mating patterns, birds of southwest MT
Sinay, Ken
If seasons inspire emotion, then spring is the season of love. Read more >>
Bald eagles, Golden eagles, Montana conservation, Outside Bozeman
Baril, Lisa
Renowned wildlife biologist Al Harmata. Read more >>
Spring migration, birding in Montana, Outside Bozeman
Lea Brayton
Bird migration in southwest Montana.  Read more >>
Great Grey Owl, Montana Raptors,
Lee, Barbara
Montana's wisest bird of prey. Read more >>
Hester, Charley
The shadows stretched long as my wife, daughter, and I drove to our friends’ ranch to catch a few fish on the Madison. Getting out of the car we noticed a commotion above us. Three ospreys flew around erratically; then we saw an eagle, and then another, talons outstretched and beaks open. Read more >>
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hunting, geese, Canada Geese, Bozeman
E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
It’s been a bitter winter afternoon near Bozeman, and I’m already fantasizing about a hot shower and a glass of cabernet. Snow has been falling steadily, and a layer of cold fog lays across the countryside like a blanket. Read more >>
duck hunting, ducks, hunting, Bozeman
E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
It’s the opening day of Montana waterfowl season on a prairie pothole north of Bozeman. The wind is calm, and the water’s surface offers the perfect reflection of a gorgeous sunrise. Forget the Duck Commander get-up. My “camo” is a plaid cotton shirt and a baseball cap. Read more >>
hunting, turkey, bozeman
Kurt Dehmer
Wild turkeys, not unlike their namesake whiskey, can bring an otherwise sane person to the heights of elation, the d Read more >>
hunting, huns, Bozeman
Dave Carty
I’d just finished filling the tank in my pickup when I heard the unmistakable chirp of a Hungarian partridge, technically known as the gray partridge. It sounded like the rusty squeak of a gate hinge. Read more >>
Chinese ring-necked pheasant, pheasant, rooster, bozeman
Mark Downey
Chinese ring-necked pheasants are the Cadillacs of Montana’s game birds, and hunting them can be an extraordinary experience. Read more >>
grouse, blue grouse, hunting, Bozeman
Tom Reed
For the elk hunter, the lust for autumn is singular, an inner nagging, a fretting about Read more >>
Missouri Headwaters State Park, Three Forks, Trident-Peregrine
Vickie Backus
Fans of the Missouri Headwaters State Park have more reason than ever to celebrate: there’s a new riverside trail at the par Read more >>
Birds of Montana, Montana Audubon, Montana Birding
Brayton, Lea
If you find yourself searching for a comprehensive guide to local birds, there’s no doubt Birds of Montana Read more >>
Bridger Raptor Fest, Bridger Raptor Migration
Hoffman, Steve
Raptor migration along the Bridger ridge. Read more >>
Sage Grouse
Randall, Brianna
Conserving Montana's largest game bird. Read more >>
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