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Oh good! A second one for Idaho, thx! (unless there is no earlier record of a CN, I don’t know). Well, then a reason #3: The Western Tanager is more colorful, lol
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From: Kerry Fitzharris
Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:46 AM
Re: [IBLE] FOY Western Tanager
I love the idea of the Western Tanager for our state bird. What about the Clark’s Nutcracker, though,—also a bird discovered in Idaho by Clark?
On May 3, 2020, at 11:12 AM, Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:
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:
Idaho would have it’s own unique State bird – ie., no longer share a State bird with another State, and more importantly…
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
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Just showed up on safflower platform feeder. Now up in maple, chirping away. The gang's all here.
Emmett (the east side)