Butte and Vicinity

Butte, Montana

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The birding here, so near the divide, can be very unpredictable. The area is good for waterfowl, especially in the spring, but fall waterfowl watching is often complicated by waterfowl hunting and weather conditions that cause birds to overfly the area on their journey south. Butte is famous as the richest hill on earth, due to the bountiful copper deposits found in this area. The town was started by an Irishman by the name of Marcus Daly, also referred to as the “Butte Copper King.” The city’s name is derived from a 6,369-foot mountain, known as Big Butte, on the west side of town. Of all Montana’s cities, Butte is closest to the Continental Divide and it regularly sets cold temperature records. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
Birding Montana

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Birding Montana

by Terry McEneaney (Falcon Guides)

The birding here, so near the divide, can be very unpredictable. The area is good for waterfowl, especially in the spring, but fall waterfowl watching is often complicated by waterfowl hunting and weather conditions that cause birds to overfly the area on their journey south. Butte is famous as the richest hill on earth, due to the bountiful copper deposits found in this area. The town was started by an Irishman by the name of Marcus Daly, also referred to as the “Butte Copper King.”

The city’s name is derived from a 6,369-foot mountain, known as Big Butte, on the west side of town. Of all Montana’s cities, Butte is closest to the Continental Divide and it regularly sets cold temperature records. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.

©  Terry McEneaney/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Butte
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 to 2 days
Best Times: Best Spring; May, June; July through August
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: Montana Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Butte and Vicinity

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