by Darcy Thomas

Bison Range – Photo by Darcy Thomas

 A small group of four birders spent a lovely Indian Summer Day at the Bison Range. Our bird count was not large (23 taxa) but was varied as we saw both resident birds and migrators. The list included Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeak, Townsend Solitaire, eagles, hawks, harriers, kestrel, kinglets, siskins, nuthatches, chickadees and more. Other wildlife included coyote, both white-tailed and mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, and painted turtles. As we sat in our camp chairs at the summit of Red Sleep Mountain eating our lunches, we were serenaded by bugling elk. To top off the field trip we stopped at the old Job Corps campus at Kicking Horse and enjoyed a nice dinner at Ninepipes Lodge. It was a long day trip, but it was worth it.