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In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA, while trying to hold down a full-time job, aspiring to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. "The Big Year," a novel by Mark Obmascik detailed his travails alongside two competitors. The book was later turned into a movie of the same title that starred Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson!

Montana Day 4

Lazuli Bunting
The spectacular Lazuli Bunting continues to dazzle us – photo by Greg Miller

 

Lots of driving happened today. We drove from Billings to Malta with one long but enjoyable pit stop at Charles M. Russell NWR. Although we did not add any new birds for the year, we had fun exploring the western portion of the refuge. The views were amazing!

view from high above the Missouri River at Charles M. Russell NWR
view from high above the Missouri River at Charles M. Russell NWR – photo by Greg Miller

 

beautiful view from the Auto Tour at Charles M. Russell NWR
beautiful view from the Auto Tour at Charles M. Russell NWR – photo by Greg Miller

 

And we got permission to go birding in an area that was not a part of the public auto tour.

Exploring the western portion of Charles M. Russell NWR
Exploring the western portion of Charles M. Russell NWR – photo by Greg Miller

 

As you can see, some of the roads were rather “adventurous”.

It was a long, but fun day exploring. Tomorrow we will visit Bowdoin NWR and maybe some points further east depending on time. No new birds were added for the year. Four new birds were added to the trip bring the total to 124 species.

Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Black-tailed Prairie Dogs were a delight to watch – photo by Greg Miller

 

10pm update! My intrepid co-leader, Chris Brown, went out with a few very hardy participants this evening. Scored 2 Short-eared Owls and a Gray Partridge. And as I write this update, a Sora is whinnying in the little pond behind our hotel. Yep. Montana delivers!

 

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