The Teamwork of Late Winter: Bird Flocks

Birds of a Feather… by Mark Hanson Broadcast 4.7 & 4.10.2020 Listen:   Late winter is a time of year when we’re more likely to see birds of the same species in flocks, rather than alone or in pairs. This was most dramatically illustrated for me in...

Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Flocked in a Field

Blackbird Flocks by Danielle Lattuga Broadcast 3.12 and 3.17.2017 Listen:   Red-winged blackbirds are a common species in Montana and I’d seen plenty of them together, particularly near ponds and lakes. But in winter, they can flock in congregations of millions...

Learning to Read: A Migration Story

by Brian Williams One February afternoon in Missoula’s North Hills, I walked into a big flock of robins. They moved through the sere grass in abrupt, unsynchronized movements, like actors in a silent movie—three steps, head cock; three steps, head cock—each in its own...