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The bat reports by Diane Hazen earlier in the summer continued coming through Sept. 29. Then, after a few days of no bat visits, both surprisingly appeared on Oct. 4.

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From the Oxbow area earlier this week, John Hebberger Jr. reports spectacular fall color; a very fully running Snake River (though the lake is incredibly low, and dropping still); ruffed grouse; red squirrels busy gathering fir cones; merganser (female) on the Snake; a pair of trumpeter swan…

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On Sept. 20, Bernie McHugh found 45-plus pronghorn at Elk Ranch Flats around 1 p.m. That may be the most he’s ever seen there at one time. There were two juveniles for certain. Bernie also saw a dozen mountain bluebirds.

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Birds are quieter at Susan Marsh’s house in east Jackson, now that the nests are empty, except for the crows that have brought their three young around to feast on little treats left on top of the bird feeder for them. One parent ran a squirrel off the wad of peanut butter this morning. Whil…

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Early in the morning of June 15, Catherine Talllichet watched from her South Park kitchen window as a sharp-shinned hawk took down a pine siskin that was on the ground under her bird feeder.

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Hiking Granite Canyon in Grand Teton National Park on June 5, Francesca Paolucci-Rice reported larkspur, balsamroot and elderberry, among others all in bloom, silky phacelia just about to bloom, and, the best surprise, fairyslipper orchids (Calypso bulbosa) along the sides of sections of the trail.

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According to Bert’s rule, summer is here. Susan Patla saw and heard her first western wood-pewee June 4 near her home in Idaho. Enjoy.

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Bernie McHugh reports from Wilson that Saturday morning they had a pair of evening grosbeaks (one each male and female) feeding on aspen buds in the yard. Later, on Antelope Flats Road, Bernie found one long-billed curlew, several singing western meadowlarks, vesper and savannah sparrows, Br…

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Hummingbirds have returned to Pamela Periconi’s neck of the woods in Wilson. At her feeder right on schedule (always between April 27 and May 4) was a male calliope, followed by another male calliope who was blocked from sharing her three feeders, as was a male broad-tailed. A surprising vis…

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At a shallow National Elk Refuge pond Deb Patla found a lone ibis, a pair of willets, killdeer and several blue-winged and green-winged teal. A northern harrier dived on the teal but did not make a catch. A burst of swallows: tree, barn and violet green on the wing over water. Deb also heard…

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National Elk Refuge staff observed two white-faced ibis April 26 at the Flat Creek pullout just north of the visitor center. The first cinnamon teals of the season were seen on the ponds north of Miller Butte on April 28. Refuge employee Kari Cieszkiewicz noted that ruby-crowned kinglets are…

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Eric Cole observed a prairie falcon diving on a flock of rosy finches in the immediate aftermath of last week’s snowstorm. All of the finches appear to have escaped.