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July 29, 2014

Hellgate Osprey Nestlings will not be Banded

Montana Osprey Project Leader Erick Greene explains that they do not plan to band the Hellgate Osprey nestlings as part of their study this year. This particular nest is used primarily as an educational nest for the study. Click 'More...' for further detail. 

July 28, 2014

Return of the Pileated Woodpecker

We haven't seen the Pileated Woodpecker for a while and now it returns to load up on suet. For more information on one of the most striking and largest woodpeckers in North America check out http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/pileated_woodpecker/id. For more information on Blue Jays check out http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Jay/id. Click 'More...' for information on the feeders and feed. Details regarding the large cage feeder can be found here http://johnsoncity.wbu.com/content/show/93283. 

July 28, 2014

Nestlings Getting Big!

As we can see from this image when the nestlings first hatched they had very short down on the head and body, the down being rather sparse on the crown, nape and sides of the body behind the wings. The head and underparts were pale shades of buff with dark-brown patches on the ear-coverts (except directly below the eye). The brown marking on the head are patterned as in the adults. The juvenal feathering began to appear around 4 weeks old with the emergence of the primaries, followed by feathers of the head and upper parts. We will see the juvenal plumage fully developed over the next 2 weeks. 

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