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For those interested, today there was the group of 20, but also a group of 17 at the sliding glass door in the basement. Such fun. We last had Huns around maybe 20 years ago when the surrounding fields were in wheat. The group of 17 has burrowed into the snow, almost like they are dead, but one fellow is there with his head up.

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Yesterday the wind was from the east, which is uncommon . Temperatures were about minus 10F with 15-20 mph wind. The partridge took refuge on the west side of the house. They don't look comfortable to me, but they soon appeared in the yard , scratching for something to eat.
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"Made it through the night" Minus 14 F at the moment

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Great photos, I love Huns
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Enjoy seeing the photos. They are a favorite bird.


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We go to -23F tomorrow AM, and recent bit of snow covers everything. So bad for the phez and partridge. Had 8 sharptails in soybean stubble near the house yesterday, but there is nothing visible above the snow. I don't worry about them as much as the introduced species as they have emergency foods like buckbrush and silverberry fruit common in native pastures.

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Daryl, is my count of 23 correct?? This isn't the norm with Bozeman colder than West Yellowstone unless it's the difference between clear and cloudy skies currently. Gil

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Gil, 23 has been the count for this group for a couple of weeks. In December it was 21 and then 20 for a couple of weeks. A second group of 17 showed up for a couple of days, but have not seen them for a while. Yes, West Yellowstone is usually the coldest. It's quite a bit higher than Bozeman. Our house west of Bozeman sits at about 4900 feet elevation. It was 15 below zero last night, but should warm up today for the next 10 days. The rough east 15-20 mph wind has stopped and that makes it much better for all. Weather, of course, plays a part in the Huns' behavior, but I don't have that figured out.

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Throw out some seeds for those birds!!😂. They’ve earned it.

Nobody has hun behavior figured out. They’re weird. Especially when it comes to them making new Huns and their own longevity.

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The weather turned bad again, and the partridge have returned. Now, they are pairing up for the nesting season. Note the little fellow diving into the snow in search for food or cover.

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