Birding from Sage Creek Junction into the Custer National Forest and along Sage Creek can be rewarding. Likely sightings include Common Yellowthroat, American Crow, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lazuli Bunting, Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Yellow Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Kingbird, Willow Flycatcher, Song Sparrow, Cliff Swallow, Warbling Vireo, and American Goldfinch.
General Information: The Pryor Mountains and Pryor Creek were named by Lewis and Clark for Nathaniel Pryor, a member of the expedition. Wild horses roam the range on the south and east edges of the Pryor Mountains. Lowland valleys surrounding the Pryors receive less rainfall than almost any other region of Montana. Incoming moisture is stripped from the sky by the high mountains of the Beartooth Plateau. The Chief Plenty Coups Memorial State Monument, in the town of Pryor, is worth visiting. 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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