Bob Danley's report on this week's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal highlights the American Avocet (see photo above) and appearance of Ross's Goose, which looks like a snow goose, but much smaller in size. He's expecting to see Calliope Hummingbirds any week now. Also, listen for the drumming sounds of the Ruffed Grouse during spring "dating" time for the birds.

Wildflowers that are brightening the landscape are Sagebrush Bluebells and Nineleaf Biscuitroot. Bob says at least nine wildflower species are flowering (in between the snow squalls). And then there are butterflies. Bob saw Satyr Comma and Western White Butterflies, including quite a few sunning themselves on a road west of Lolo along Highway 12. (see photo below). He took a video of the butterflies along Howard Creek on a south-facing hillside.

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Western White butterfly. (Bob Danley photo)

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