FOY Western Tanager

Jon Barnett

My FOY Black-headed Grosbeak hasn’t made an appearance yet – maybe today?  But I was DELIGHTED to wake up to my FOY Western Tanager sitting outside my bedroom window.

Did I ever mention that I believe we should change the State bird for Idaho to the Western Tanager? – for 2 reasons:


  1. Idaho would have it’s own unique State bird – ie., no longer share a State bird with another State, and more importantly…
  2. The Western Tanager is the only bird I know of that is historically noted as DISCOVERED in Idaho – by Lewis & Clark in their expedition.


If I am incorrect, please correct me.  But if this group got behind a drive to change the State bird, could we make it happen?  I don’t know if that is possible, but I’m throwing it out there…  😊


Enjoy this beautiful Spring day!  Jonathan, HSB


Sent from Mail for Windows 10


From: Elizabeth Medes
Sent: Saturday, May 2, 2020 6:25 PM
Subject: [IBLE] FOY Black-headed Grosbeak


Just showed up on safflower platform feeder.  Now up in maple, chirping away.  The gang's all here.

Liz Medes
Emmett (the east side)


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