Featured photo of an American kestrel. It was another lovely road trip day. Left Missoula early and headed North. First stop was the Ewam Garden of 1,000 Buddhas. A very cool place, the plantings are beautiful, the site is peaceful and it was a great stop. The posing American kestrel was definitely a bonus.
A few of the Buddhas
Next, on to the National Bison Range. This is a nifty park with a lovely drive over plains and hills. I got to see Pronghorn, Mule deer, Big horn sheep, Plains bison, White tailed deer and the cutest little Least chipmunk. And of course lots of wonderful birds.
I had a most excellent lunch at the Old Timer Cafe in St Ignatius then some time birding at the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge. It’s not a big refuge, but lots of birds. Sadly I did not have a spotting scope so there were several types of ducks that were not identified.
Great Blue Heron
On the way to my hotel in Kalispell I saw signs about a Gem show. So I followed the signs and ended up at a conference center where a small room with a single vendor selling beads, rock samples and jewelry was set up. Ah well, and Hooray, I didn’t spend any money.