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Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 28, 2020 11:48 AM MDT

Description

This is one of the first hummingbirds of the season for the feeder. This pretty little green hummingbird has a white band around its neck and a bright purple flash on the under side of the neck.

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Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

May 1, 2020 03:59 PM MDT

Description

I was excited to find these little guys at the feeder yesterday. These are duplicates of the larger female house finches. They are about half the size of the house finch females and have a golden tone to their feathers rather than just the brown of the house finch females. About 10 of them appeared yesterday at the feeder and they are very hungry. I am disappointed that I can't get better images. I have a ton from the feeder, but it is too dark to see the markings very well.

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

May 1, 2020 03:56 PM MDT

Description

This is a male house finch. They are more difficult to capture on film while at the feeder. The males (there are 4-6 of them this week) have red heads and are slightly smaller than the females.

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

May 1, 2020 03:55 PM MDT

Description

This is a female house finch. Her mate has a bright red head. The males seem to be more shy than the females. There are about 4-6 pairs of house finch at the feeder this week.

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Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 30, 2020 08:47 AM MDT

Description

Not sure if it shows very well, but this humming bird has a yellow/golden tone to the back feathers. It was more of a yellow/black than green as I have seen on others the last few days. This little guy does not have a red or purple blush to the throat feathers.

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Coyote Canis latrans

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 30, 2020 07:46 AM MDT

Description

A single coyote sauntered into the yard at dawn.

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

May 1, 2020 10:24 AM MDT

Description

Orange, black, & white butterfly. There is a slight green spot on the fuzzy body and the antennae have a knob at the ends.

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Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 20, 2020 03:59 PM AKDT

Description

This woodpecker is so funny. He will come and hang from the feeder to be able to partake in the seeds. This is a black and white woodpecker with a red spot at the back of his head. He is probably about the size of a robin or just a little smaller. I would put him in a medium sized bird category. Included the shadowy profile shot for a perspective on the beak shape.

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Mountain Chickadee Poecile gambeli

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 20, 2020 12:41 PM AKDT

Description

A large group of this bird is a frequent visitor to the feeder. He is the one I meant to get the other day instead of the black capped chickadee. He is a tiny bird with a black striped face and a happy little song.

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 20, 2020 06:39 AM AKDT

Description

This is my first sighting of the year for this small bird. It is brown with white speckles. It is larger than a chickadee and smaller than a jay. My first thought this morning was a female house finch, but I wasn't sure and the images online make it look more petite than this bird.

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 18, 2020 04:18 AM AKDT

Description

This guy was an early morning visitor. The front of the animal was red and back half was still in the dark grey coloration I am thinking it might be shedding. At first when I saw it I thought it was a coyote because of the coloration on the back half which is all I could see. Then after watching it for a bit, I saw it do a 'rodent' pounce and the gate was more specific to foxes.

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Gray-headed Junco Junco hyemalis ssp. caniceps

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 16, 2020 05:54 PM AKDT

Description

This small bird is almost entirely dark grey/black on the back with a reddish brown patch across the wing shoulders. It has a grey belly and yellow beak. They showed up in the last few days to the driveway and lawn areas. They are being more brave today and coming to the feeder as we got about a foot of snow. They are quite a bit bigger than the chickadees and have been bullying them at the feeder.

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Typical Squirrels Tribe Sciurini

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 14, 2020 10:37 AM AKDT

Description

This guy visits my deck every day. He has been trying to climb the side of the house to get to the bird feeder with is just out of his reach! He is nesting in the woodpile near the deck. He is very dark almost black with no traces of lighter brown. He does have his winter coat still. I saw some of this type of squirrel during the snowy period running from back and forth between lodgepoles and sometimes jumping branches to get through the forest without going down to the snow.

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 8, 2020 11:58 AM AKDT

Description

Tiny bird with black and white markings. Large number are very busy at the feeder.

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

April 12, 2020 07:49 AM AKDT

Description

Medium sized bird. Brown/grey speckled back and white speckled breast. It has a long pointed beak and orange/red cheeks. Bird was foraging in the ground for food.

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Larkspurleaf Monkshood Aconitum delphiniifolium

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 4, 2019 03:54 PM AKDT

Description

Small purple flowers growing from a central stalk.

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Alpine Sorrel Oxyria digyna

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 4, 2019 03:52 PM AKDT

Description

Red leafed ground cover. Grows low to the ground up on the hillsides at the top of the red mountain road. It is past flowering season so there are just seed stalks this time of year.

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Harebell Campanula rotundifolia

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 4, 2019 03:44 PM AKDT

Description

Low-growing ground cover with blue bell-like flowers

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Western Columbine Aquilegia formosa

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 4, 2019 02:48 PM AKDT

Description

Orange columbine growing on the side of the road.

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Giant Red Indian Paintbrush Castilleja miniata

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

August 4, 2019 10:42 AM AKDT

Description

Red "paintbrush' wildflowers. Grows about 2 ft tall with multiple red trumpeted flowers from a central stalk.

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Groundsels Genus Senecio

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

August 4, 2019 10:47 AM AKDT

Description

Yellow "Tansy" flowers. Grows about 4 ft tall, with clusters of yellow flowers from a central stem.

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Wood Asters Genus Eurybia

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

August 4, 2019 10:47 AM AKDT

Description

Sparsely petaled white 'aster' flowers. Grows about 3 ft tall in clusters from a single stem.

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Aspen Fleabane Erigeron speciosus

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

August 4, 2019 10:48 AM AKDT

Description

Purple 'aster' wildflowers. These flowers are very prolific here.

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Mistletoes Tribe Visceae

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

August 4, 2019 11:04 AM AKDT

Description

A parasitic growth in a pine tree. This one is located in a lower branch about 7ft off the ground.

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Dancers Genus Argia

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 30, 2019 11:21 AM MDT

Description

White and black long thin body shape. It has two translucent wings that span the lengrh of the body when at rest.

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Northwestern Salamander Ambystoma gracile

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 21, 2019 04:08 PM AKDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Juvenile. Only about 6" long. Found in a koi pond. There were 3 in the pond.

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Black Rockfish Sebastes melanops

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 7, 2019 09:07 PM AKDT

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Observer

kmcglothen

Date

July 7, 2019 09:06 PM AKDT

Description

Three little creatures found in the gut of a black rockfish. When puffed up, it was about 2 inches in length and 1 in wide. Had a small projectile head that was 'exploring' the cuting board. When punctured, they had a lot of black liquid..

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Gastropods Class Gastropoda

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

May 19, 2019 10:52 AM AKDT

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Lewis's Moon Snail Neverita lewisii

Observer

kmcglothen

Date

May 19, 2019 11:28 AM AKDT
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