Birds

BIRDS: Zoopharmacognosy – Kestrel Eating Cottonwood

Ever since Dunrovin played a minor role in a Zoopharmacognosy Workshop that occurred in Lolo last spring, we have been increasingly aware of the medicinal use of plants by both animals and humans. In fact, we have been in conversations with Michelle Coburn, a student of applied zoopharmacognosy from Anchorage, Alaska, about working with her to…

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BIRDS: Who is this Beautiful Raptor

This lovely raptor landed at the Dunrovin osprey nest and stayed long enough for the camera to get some very nice close up views. However, we are Dunrovin at NOT bird experts – especially when it comes to distinguishing these beautiful raptors, many of whom have such similar feather color patterns and can display very…

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American Dipper

Last week on Thursday bird chats we learned about the American dipper with yours truly, Carrie Laben. The American dipper (sometimes called a water ouzel, ‘ouzel’ being an archaic word for blackbird) is one of five species in a family known as the Cinclidae. As the name suggests, this is the only cinclid that occurs…

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Feeder Birds with Ilovegrandkids

Welcome back to Thursday bird chats – fresh for 2015! This week, user ilovegrandkids shared some fantastic feeder birds with us. Some were familiar faces that we see at the Dunrovin feeders as well. Some were birds that don’t visit the mountains of Montana often, but are common back East. And a few were not…

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Early Morning Camera Caress of a Cooper’s Hawk

Just as the morning sun was touching the ospreys’ nest and bird feeders, we were graced with the presence a beautiful Cooper’s Hawk. He was all fluffed up against the cold with one leg tucked under his feathers. He stood quietly long enough for us to give him a close up camera caress on both his…

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