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Warm Springs Ponds

Bird Inventory

Anaconda, Montana


Warm Springs Ponds provides a diverse wetland environment which provides habitat for many resident (stays at ponds) and migrating (passes through during the spring and fall) birds. This inventory, or list, is of the birds which have been observed at the ponds at some time recently.

Opportunities to view the many birds at the Ponds will vary with season, time of day, location within the Ponds, and other conditions. Use the abbreviated codes to assist you in your viewing.


RELATIVE ABUNDANCE

The letters next to the common name of the birds denotes additional information on where, when or how common a bird may be seen:

(A) - abundant: a species which is very numerous
(C) - common: likely to be seen or heard in suitable habitat
(O) - occasional: seen a few times during a season
(U) - uncommon: present, but not certain to be seen
(M) - migratory: seen in spring and fall, passing through
(R) - rarely seen

BREEDING/WINTERING STATUS

Also, the number by the birds' names denotes the probable breeding/wintering status:

(1) - Direct evidence of breeding (nest or dependent young)
(2) - Indirect or circumstantial evidence of breeding
(3) - Observed, no evidence of breeding (summered only)
(4) - Overwintering, regular sightings during winter period
(5) - Overwintering not documented, species observed at least once between Dec. 15 and Feb. 15
(6) - Use ponds for food source only

COLUMN ABBREVIATIONS
RA - Relative Abundance
BWS - Breeding/Wintering Status


LOONS-GREBES RA BWS ___ Common Loon (U) ___ Pied-billed Grebe (U) (1) ___ Horned Grebe ___ Red-necked Grebe (C) (1) ___ Eared Grebe (C) (1) ___ Western Grebe (C) (1)
PELICAN RA BWS ___ American White Pelican (O)
CORMORANT RA BWS ___ Double-crested Cormorant (C) (6)
BITTERN-HERON RA BWS ___ American Bittern ___ Great Blue Heron (C) (1) ___ Great Egret (M) ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron (R)
SWAN-GEESE RA BWS ___ Tundra Swan ___ Greater White Fronted Goose ___ Snow Goose ___ Ross' Goose ___ Canada Goose (C) (1)
DUCKS RA BWS ___ Wood Duck (R) ___ Green-winged Teal (C) ___ Mallard (C) (1) ___ Northern Pintail (U) (1) ___ Blue-winged Teal (U) ___ Cinnamon Teal (C) (1) ___ Northern Shoveler (C) (1) ___ Gadwall (C) (1) ___ American Wigeon (C) ___ Canvas Back (C) (1) ___ Redhead (C) (1) ___ Ring-necked Duck (C) ___ Greater Scaup ___ Lesser Scaup (C) (1) ___ Harlequin Duck ___ Common Goldeneye (U) ___ Barrow's Goldeneye (C) (1) ___ Bufflehead (C) ___ Hooded Merganser (O) (5) ___ Common Merganser (C) ___ Red-breasted Merganser ___ Ruddy Duck (C) (1)
OSPREY-EAGLES-HAWKS RA BWS ___ Osprey (C) (1) ___ Bald Eagle ___ Northern Harrier (C) (1) ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk ___ Cooper's Hawk ___ Northern Goshawk (R) ___ Red-tailed Hawk (O) (6) ___ Golden Eagle (O)
FALCONS RA BWS ___ American Kestrel (U) (2) ___ Merlin ___ Peregrine Falcon (O) (6) ___ Prairie Falcon (R)
PARTRIDGE RA BWS ___ Gray Partridge
RAILS RA BWS ___ Virginia Rail (R) ___ Sora (U) (1) ___ American Coot (A) (1)
CRANES RA BWS ___ Sandhill Crane (C) (1)
PLOVERS RA BWS ___ Semipalmated Plover ___ Killdeer (C) (1) ___ American Avocet (C) (1)
SANDPIPERS RA BWS ___ Greater Yellowlegs (M) ___ Lesser Yellowlegs (M) ___ Solitary Sandpiper (M) ___ Willet ___ Spotted Sandpiper (C) (2) ___ Long-billed Curlew (R) ___ Marbled Godwit (M) ___ Sanderling ___ Western Sandpiper (M) ___ Least Sandpiper (M) ___ Baird's Sandpiper (M) ___ Long-billed Dowitcher (M)
SNIPE-PHALAROPE RA BWS ___ Common Snipe (R) ___ Wilson's Phalarope (U)
GULLS-TERNS RA BWS ___ Franklin's Gull (O) ___ Bonaparte's Gull (C) (3) ___ Ring-billed Gull (C) (6) ___ California Gull (M) ___ Caspian Tern (M) ___ Common Tern (R) ___ Black Tern (R)
DOVES RA BWS ___ Rock Dove (R) (6) ___ Mourning Dove (C)
OWLS-NIGHTJAR RA BWS ___ Great Horned Owl (U) ___ Long-eared Owl (R) (1) ___ Common Nighthawk (O)
KINGFISHERS RA BWS ___ Belted Kingfisher (U) (6)
WOODPECKERS RA BWS ___ Downy Woodpecker ___ Northern Flicker (C) (1)
FLYCATCHERS RA BWS ___ Western Wood-pewee (U) ___ Willow Flycatcher (U) (1) ___ Western Kingbird (R) ___ Eastern Kingbird (U)
LARKS RA BWS ___ Horned Lark (U) ___ Western Meadowlark (O)
SWALLOWS RA BWS ___ Tree Swallow (C) (1) ___ Violet-green Swallow (6) ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow (C) (1) ___ Bank Swallow (U) (6) ___ Cliff Swallow (C) (6) ___ Barn Swallow (U) (6)
JAY-CROW-RAVEN RA BWS ___ Black-billed Magpie (C) (1) ___ American Crow (C) (6) ___ Common Raven
CHICKADEE RA BWS ___ Black-capped Chickadee (U) (1)
WRENS RA BWS ___ House Wren (M) ___ Marsh Wren (A) (1)
BLUEBIRDS-THRUSHES RA BWS ___ Mountain Bluebird (U) (1) ___ Veery (U) ___ Swainson's Thrush (R) ___ American Robin (U)
THRASHER RA BWS ___ Gray Catbird (R)
PIPIT-WAXWINGS RA BWS ___ American Pipit ___ Cedar Waxwing (U)
STARLING RA BWS ___ European Starling (C) (1)
VIREOS RA BWS ___ Warbling Vireo (U)
WARBLERS RA BWS ___ Yellow Warbler (A) (1) ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler ___ American Redstart ___ Northern Waterthrush ___ Common Yellowthroat (U) (2) ___ Wilson's Warbler
GROSBEAKS-TANAGER-TOWHEE RA BWS ___ Western Tanager (R) ___ Black-headed Grosbeak (R) ___ Spotted Towhee
SPARROWS RA BWS ___ Chipping Sparrow (R) ___ Vesper Sparrow (C) (2) ___ Lark Bunting (R) ___ Savannah Sparrow (C) (1) ___ Grasshopper Sparrow (R) ___ Song Sparrow (U) (2) ___ Lincoln's Sparrow (R) ___ White-crowned Sparrow (U) (2) ___ Dark-eyed Junco (O)
BLACKBIRDS-ORIOLES RA BWS ___ Red-winged Blackbird (A) (1) ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird (A) (1) ___ Brewer's Blackbird (C) (2) ___ Common Grackle (R) ___ Brown-headed Cowbird (U) (6) ___ Bullock's Oriole (R)
FINCHES RA BWS ___ Pine Siskin (M) ___ American Goldfinch (R)

Additional infromation on birds and other wildlife living at Warm Springs Ponds is available from:

MONTANA FISH WILDLIFE and PARKS,
WARM SPRINGS OFFICE
(406) 693-7395

Audubon Society, Pintler Chapter
c/o Don R. Stoecker
PO Box 1293
Anaconda, MT 59711
Telephone (406) 563-2822

ARCO
(800) 339-5635


This resource is based on the following source:
Stoecker, D. with assistance from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  No date.  
     Warm Springs Ponds bird inventory.  Atlantic Richfield Company.  
     Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Stoecker, D. with assistance from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  No date.  
     Warm Springs Ponds bird inventory.  Atlantic Richfield Company.  
     Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govwarmspri.htm    
     (Version 22MAY98).

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