Miles City and Vicinity

Miles City, Montana

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Birds common to the Miles City area include Wood Duck, Great Horned Owl, Chimney Swift, Red-headed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lark Bunting, and Bullock's Oriole. Blue Jay, Orchard Oriole, and Eastern Screech-Owl are also found in Miles City. General Information: Miles City, originally called Milestown, was named for General Nelson Miles who accepted Chief Joseph’s surrender in the Bearpaw Mountains. General Miles later took command of Fort Keogh, at one time the largest army post in Montana. Fort Keogh, built after the Battle of Little Bighorn, continued providing horses for the U.S. Calvary until 1908. The Miles City area became an important stop-over point for the long cattle drives from Texas, and was one of the first areas where sheep were introduced into Montana. 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)

Birds common to the Miles City area include Wood Duck, Great Horned Owl, Chimney Swift, Red-headed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lark Bunting, and Bullock's Oriole. Blue Jay, Orchard Oriole, and Eastern Screech-Owl are also found in Miles City. General Information: Miles City, originally called Milestown, was named for General Nelson Miles who accepted Chief Joseph’s surrender in the Bearpaw Mountains. General Miles later took command of Fort Keogh, at one time the largest army post in Montana. Fort Keogh, built after the Battle of Little Bighorn, continued providing horses for the U.S. Calvary until 1908.

The Miles City area became an important stop-over point for the long cattle drives from Texas, and was one of the first areas where sheep were introduced into Montana. 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: Miles City
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 to 2 days
Best Times: Best spring, early summer; May
Local Contacts: Spotted Eagle Recreation Area
Local Maps: Montana Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Miles City and Vicinity

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