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:
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