Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
June 11 - 28, 2003

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The Bird Book contains sighting by many of our hostelers. Bob & Evie Eisenhard act kind of like a clearing house, keeping a list and providing these little reports. Everybody is learning.

June 13 -
Following Lewis’s example, we are listing bird sightings along the trail. Starting today, June 13, we have identified 12 species common to the area. Six of them were spotted along the bluff at Arrow Rock State Historic Site along the Missouri traveled by Lewis and Clark. Two birds sighted during lunch break today were a flashy Baltimore Oriole and a tail-bobbing Eastern Phoebe.
June 14 -16 - Our version of the Lewis and Clark Journey West has now identified 24 bird species. Notable were two White Pelicans, which Lewis described in his journal, and several Cedar Waxwings eating berries from a tree near the L&C Interpretive Center in Sioux City, IA Red-wing Blackbirds are often seen along the road in South Dakota
Today, June 17, was our fifth day out of St. charles and we identified 8 more birds. we added cliff swallows to the tree, bank, and barn swallows we had already seen. they were nesting in mud, bulb shaped nests under a bridge over the Missouri river at Bismarck, ND near the Lewis & Clark Riverboat dock.

Also sighted was the Ring-Necked Pheasant, which now lives in many states although originally an import from overseas.

 

June 18-20; Bismarck, ND to Helena, MT

Eight new sightings were added to our bird list during these last three days. First waas the Turkey, introduced to this area some years ago and doing well along the Missouri River. It was sighted near Washburn, ND. We also saw our first Black-billed Magpie. This conspicuous, 18" long bird is black and white and has a long green tail.

Another bird find was the Western race of the rufous-sided Towhee--sometimes called the Spotted Towhee. It was seen at Pompey's Pillar. The towhee has a black head and back with a white belly and rufous sides. add to this the white shoulder spots and two distinct white wing bars that identify the spotted or Western Race.

This bird report covers June 21st - 24th. Fifteen more birds were sighted for the first time. Notable were the Western Grebe, the Yellow and Wilson't Warbler, the American Avocet, and the striking California Quail. Our total bird list now comes to 54.

Our final bird count is 58. here they are, listed by the day first seen.

June 13
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Meadowlark
Blue Jay
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Robin
Brown Thrasher
Redwing Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole

June 14
Scarlet Tanager
Double-Crested Cormorant
Dickcissel
Barn Swallow
Killdeer
House Finch
Common Grackle

 

 

June 15
Cedar Waxwing
Bank Swallow
Red-Tailed Hawk
Chipping Sparrow
June 16
White Pelican

June 17
Western Kingbird
Western Meadowlark
Mallard Duck
Ring-neck Pheasant
Rusty Blackbird
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Herring Gull
Cliff Swallow

June 18
Black-billed Magpie
Turkey
House Wren
Blue Bird
Starling

 

June 19
American Coot
Rufous-sided Towhee
(Western Race or Spotted)
Crow
Bald Eagle

June 21
Western Grebe
White - throated Swift
Bald Eagle
California Gull
Mountain Chickadee
American Avocet

June 22
Yellow Warbler
Canada Goose
Wilson's Warbler

June 23
Brewer's Blackbird

June 24
Osprey
Catbird
California Quail
Belted Kingfisher
Black Tern

June 26
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Dipper

June 27
Oregon Junco

 

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