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.
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