Bridger Donaldson

Unido: 01.oct.2020 Última actividad: 23.jun.2021 iNaturalist

I like birds and do decently well in Identifying them in Montana, (excluding Empidonax Flycatchers, trying to differentiate the different calls and songs and also factoring in color, shape, size and whatnot is hell in its finest. lol)

I don't know calls and songs as much as I'd like to, and although I do spend lots of time paying close attention to the sounds of the birds in my yard, and listening and comparing recordings on eBird, I'm mostly a sight birder.

I do pretty well Identifying the rest of North Americas birds too. I can't really ID songs of anything that lives in the Eastern part of the continent, unless it also lives in MT. (Since I've only been East of Montana for one trip a couple years ago, and I barely noticed birds there at all, let alone songs, I don't really have the experience or time to cultivate a memory of eastern birds calls and songs. I do use eBird though which really helps with sound ID!)
I'd fail with seabirds, like Alcids and Petrels because I've only been to the coast (Pacific, Oregon/Washington) a few times, and that was before I got into birding, I also mostly skip through all the seabird sections in my Sibley bird guide too (which I've spent countless hours staring at) which probably doesn't help.
I'm not very good at Shorebirds (in the fall, most of my annoyance is with peeps!) in non-breeding plumage, Gulls are also a tough one for me too, with all their confusing cycles and worn plumages.

I'm interested in pretty much everything thats alive and welcome every chance to learn more!

Especially interested in learning how to identify Genus Bombus, (Bumble Bees) and Montana's native plants, mushrooms, and lichen.

Also please message me if you have any confirmation of White Sturgeon occurrence in Montana outside of the Kootenai River, Someone told me when I was at Tally Lake a rumor that someone caught and ate a Sturgeon there (Tally Lake in western Flathead Co.) thinking it was a Suckerfish (not that I would eat a Suckerfish, gross.) and would like to know what the possibility is of a population in Tally. If this rumor is true, I wouldn't be super surprised. Since Sturgeon are long-lived and I think this is the most likely species for a Sturgeon in Tally.

I don't contribute as much Avian data to iNat as i want too, mostly because it takes a mildly annoying amount of time to enter one observation that i've already put into a list in eBird, so to find most of my Avian sightings, heres my eBird profile:

Message me for any questions on an ID or anything else.

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