The 2016 in Bowdoin NWR trip was dominated by rainy weather. Just a few miles away mass amounts of snow were blanketing north eastern Montana, eventually leading to knock down power lines, and major flooding. Despite the rain, wind , and cold the birds kept doing what birds do.
Grebes don't care that it is raining and blowing - their showy mating rituals go on anyway!
Slight size difference between these two shorebirds visiting Montana for the spring.
Subtly beautiful shorebird. The shades of violet and purple are striking!
Rain, snow, sleet or wind, nothing stops ducks from flying away from Cameras as fast and far as possible.
We surmised that the cold front pushed some migrating birds down as Bowdoin seems to have even more than the usual amount of warblers and sparrows. I love seeing the first of the year of these bright small warblers with their sweet sweet sweet song.
It seemed every bush, twig, and stick-up had a trilling singing clay colored sparrow gracing its foliage.
First time I have ever seen one of these warblers. Its fleeting movements in the understory allowed very brief glimpses of its striking black and white plumage.
These ever present summer residents were in great abundance art Bowdoin. It seemed as if there were dozens of them no matter where you looked.
Bowdoin NWR is just one of many special places that are dotted across Montana. This one in particular is one of my favorites. I already cannot wait to go back. JOIN ME for a National Wildlife Refuge PHOTO ADVENTURE