UMBA traveled to Martinsdale, MT to bird at the Bair Ranch. Despite the hot 90 degree temperatures with occasional clouds, UMBA members enjoyed our first trip to the Bair Ranch. We saw 32 species of birds, along with fox, deer and a lumbering raccoon near the museum. The walk was along the South Fork of the Musselshell River, with large trees, meadows, and blooming shrubs. After the mile walk, we enjoyed a tour of the Bair House and Museum. Many thanks to the Bair Museum, Elizabeth Guheen, and Deb Murphy for a wonderful and interesting trip to the Bair Ranch! We hope to return and bird again.
On the way to Martindale and back we stopped at Bair Reservoir and Lake Sutherlin on Highway 12 and returned via Highways 294 & 89. Overall, we identified 44 bird species and saw 236 birds.
Here is the bird count for the field trip:
Bair Ranch near Museum Hiway 294 S. Fork Musselshell July 15, 2017
Red Wing Blackbird7
Brown headed cowbirds4
Red Tailed Hawk1
Total Birds at Bair Ranch 85
Number of Species 32
July 15 & 16, 2017 Neihart to Martinsdale, & White Sulphur Springs
White Crowned Sparrow2
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow3
Red Wing Blackbird1
Red Tail Hawk1
Total Birds on Road Trip 151
Species Count 21
Total Number of Birds for Bair & Road Trip: 236
Total Species Bair & Road Trip: 44
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