Teen Trip

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This week’s photo, taken June 23, 2015 outside Choteau, Montana, features an adult LONG-BILLED CURLEW, the largest shorebird in North America. Two adult Curlews were walking the fields, accompanied by two adorable short-billed babies that spent most of their time hiding in the tall grass.

I just returned from a 5-day, 4-night camping trip with a small group of teen bird-watchers from Seattle Audubon. As one of three adult chaperones, I was the most experienced birder in the group (in other words, the oldest), and my main assignment was to help the teens find and identify avian life during our travels by van across Washington, Idaho, and into Montana. Fortunately, I didn’t have to work too hard, since the energetic teens, equipped with the keen eyesight and good hearing of youth, found many of the bird species before I did.

Great fun was had by all. Some of the highlights of the trip (besides the showers in the Choteau campground), included:

REDHEAD

RUDDY DUCK

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON

AMERICAN AVOCET

WILSON’S PHALAROPE

FRANKLIN’S GULL

BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD

CASSIN’S VIREO

CANYON WREN

AMERICAN DIPPER

McCOWN’S LONGSPUR

BOBOLINK

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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3 Responses to Teen Trip

  1. Ann Sorenson says:

    Those teens were lucky to have You for their guide.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. kathydoremus says:

    Dang – that bird has quite a beak!

  3. susan hunter says:

    Hi Joe, Surely you took the kids on an “owl prowl” !! Camping is such a great opportunity for that. I have an American Redstart nesting in my yard for the first time! I was excited about the return of the Carolina Wren until he started his boisterous singing at 4:15 out side my window 😦 Not much time for birding this year, to many family things going on. Best, Susan Hunter >

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