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Highly Recommended Daily Allowance

bike4birds
 

Since I hadn't been down to the gravel pits west of Glenwood since the snow first flew, I've been looking forward to finding out what treasures were lurking there. While there are still some icy patches on the island between Boise and Garden City (near the stables at Les Bois), both Garden City and Boise have clear paths. So I headed straight for the pits as soon as I got on the greenbelt. Unfortunately, the newest section of the path, about a mile west of Glenwood, still had some slushy patches that tried (unsuccessfully) to dump me.
 
But the trip was well worth it. FOY birds included Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Killdeer and N. Pintail, plus I found Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks, RT Hawk, A. Kestrel and Bald Eagles. (I also saw a small falcon in the right area for a Merlin, but it was too far away against a bright but cloudy sky.) The first gravel pit is always the birdiest and, in addition to the FOY birds, there were lots of ducks there that I only occasionally see further upriver. Also, the heronry already has plenty of residents, but I didn't notice any DC Cormorants yet. I had 38 birds as I headed home and then a Brown Creeper sounded off so I could find him, and a PB Grebe showed himself as I crossed the bridge by the stables. I thanked them both.
 
Since 20 birds is my MDA and 30 is my RDA, I've decided 40 must be the Highly Recommended Daily Allowance (HRDA). Of course it took me 18 miles to achieve that, but it was a great ride. Tom McCabe, Boise


Bird id

Bob Kiernan
 

Should have sent this front view first oh well.


Immature male vermilion fly catcher photo taken end of Jan.death valley n.p. ca.

Bob Kiernan
 

Sorry. About all mix up between. Two postings


Re: Bird Id [1 Attachment]

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Looks like a female or immature v flycatcer

On Feb 5, 2013, at 7:45 PM, Bob Kiernan <idahobirdman1@...> wrote:

 

I guess picture.did not go thru maybe this time bob k.




Emmett North raptor route

Peggy WILLIAMS
 

Today’s findings include:

35 Red-tails

22 Am kestrel

1 Northern harrier

6 Bald eagles

1 Rough-legged hawk

1 Prairie falcon

2 Cooper’s hawks

1 Sharp-shinned hawk

Hope this inversion pulls out of here soon.


Moscow South Raptor Run and More

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

Hi Birders,

Kirsten Dahl and I ran the Moscow South Raptor Run this morning. Results
are:

Red-tailed Hawk 24
American Kestrel 11
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1 sub-adult and 1 immature
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Great Horned Owl 2

Other birds of note along the Route:
Common Redpoll
Horned Lark

After completing our raptor run we decided to see if we could find the
White-throated Sparrow at Quarry Hill
(Miller Residence) and yes it was there and very vocal.

Good Birding!

Terry Gray
890 Stefany Ln
Moscow ID 83843
(208)301-4316
http://www.flickr.com/photos/terryandchristine/


Bird Id

Bob Kiernan
 

I guess picture.did not go thru maybe this time bob k.


Bird. I'd.

Bob Kiernan
 

This photo was in death valley n.p.end of Jan. Because. Of red showing thru on head I'm thinking its immature vermilion fly catchercatcher any thought on this bob k nampa


Gyrfalcon

Adam Brubaker <1goodgeocacher@...>
 

Thanks to Darren Clark for help on the ID on this one. I believe that the Gyrfalcon was eating a Gray Partridge here as well. Found on 02/03/13 around 4:00pm.

Gyrfalcon - http://flic.kr/p/dSqLFQ

Adam Brubaker


Saturday Boreal Owl Near St. Anthony

t8tohs
 

A Saturday search for a Great Grey at the Sand Creek WMA/Chester Wetlands north of St. Anthony resulted in the biggest surprise of all - a little Boreal Owl. My husband spotted this little guy from 80 yds away with the binoculars. When we got closer I am embarrassed to say that I thought it was a Saw Whet at first, perhaps even a little pygmy owl. When we got home and started looking at the photos we were amazed to find out it was a Boreal. Did not find the great grey, but this little guy well made it up. We also spotted a Downy Woodpecker.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/t8tohs/8439440147/


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Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Greetings, I was there, with a friend today as well and ran into Dave L. We headed up trial a few miles farther to reach the conifers but also scratched on the pygmy owls. 
However, on the way back down we witnessed 3 G.Eagles calling and cavorting about rather friskily. Also watched a Northern Shrike for several minutes and a Towsend's Solitaire. Pictures to follow on the ID Birding FB page.
Cheers, Rich Rusnak Nampa

On Feb 4, 2013, at 3:28 PM, "David Lawrence" <lawde13@...> wrote:

 

I took a hike up the trail behind Boise River WMA headquarters this morning.  I hiked up to where the trail forms a Y to go over to the old mining buildings.  Unfortunately, I was unable to re-locate any owls.  There was very little bird activity, a few magpies, juncos, and chickadees.  Also had an great look at a Golden Eagle that flew over.  Lots of American Robins on the last 1/4 mile of the trail on my way out.

 

Dave Lawrence

lawde13@...

Nampa, ID  83651

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawde13/

 




Gyrfalcon and Great Gray Owl near Ashton (Fremont County)

Darren Clark <riversilt@...>
 

I had a great evening of birding. I didn't see a lot of variety, but it was pretty high quality stuff. Out near Ashton I found a large Falcon eating a Gray Partridge. It was extremely foggy and the bird was very distant, but after adding some contrast to the photo it was, as I suspected, a Gyrfalcon. Adam Brubaker actually photographed it a couple of days ago but, thanks to my help, it was misidentified as a Prairie. Near the Gyrfalcon was a huge flock of Snow Buntings ( 200 birds or so). At dusk I found a Great Gray Owl sitting on a power pole.

Gyrfalcon photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/8446767850/in/photostream
Great Gray Owl: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/8446768078/in/photostream/

I'm hesitant to post exact directions to either bird because of the harassment they are likely to encounter. If anybody wants specific directions though, I'd probably share them privately.

Darren Clark
Rexburg, ID
riversilt@...


American Falls Fish Hatchery

Kit Struthers <kit619@...>
 

Teresa Meachum, Carolyn Bishop and I birded at the American Falls Fish Hatchery Nature Trail today.  There were at least 50 robins, a bunch of Black-capped Chickadees, an immature Bald Eagle, Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneyes on the river, lots of Northern Flickers, White-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, 2 American Goldfinches, Canada Geese, a Barn Owl, 3 bohemian Waxwings and a very well hidden roosting Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Later we went to Springfield Ponds where we saw Buffleheads, American Coots, Ring-necked Ducks, Common Goldeneyes, Gadwalls, 2 pairs of Hooded Mergansers, and  a Northern Pintail.  In our driving we saw at least 39 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 Northern Harriers, 11 American Kestrels, 14 Rough-legged Hawks, and lots of Northern Flickers, including one yellow-shafted.

 

Kit

 

Kit Struthers

Idaho Falls, ID

kit619@...

 


Struck out on Brambling

venturesguy
 

Just returned from Hailey, where I joined the ranks hoping to locate the reported Brambling. I walked the park boundaries and several blocks each direction, but failed to locate the Brambling.


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David Lawrence <lawde13@...>
 

I took a hike up the trail behind Boise River WMA headquarters this morning.  I hiked up to where the trail forms a Y to go over to the old mining buildings.  Unfortunately, I was unable to re-locate any owls.  There was very little bird activity, a few magpies, juncos, and chickadees.  Also had an great look at a Golden Eagle that flew over.  Lots of American Robins on the last 1/4 mile of the trail on my way out.

 

Dave Lawrence

lawde13@...

Nampa, ID  83651

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawde13/

 


Gyrafalcon spotted in Chubbuck

Laurie
 

Sorry, no picture! I was driving at the time. I spotted a gyrafalcon on January 23rd near Chubbuck Road and Yellowstone. It passed right in front of me and above me as I was driving. I was able to get a good look at it and it was approximately 95 percent white with about 5% black barring on the underside of its wings. It was in full flight trying to catch a good sized bird and was close on its tail. I was able to see the head and make out that it was a falcon. I have seen a gyrafalcon once before in Island park and it looked the same. I wondered if the extreme negative temperatures are what drove it further south because apparently it is rare to see it down in this area. At least I know I haven't.


Moscow Area Birds of Note

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

Hi Birders,

This morning I birded Mountain View Road north of Moscow and some other
locations. Birds of note below:

Rough-legged Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk 4 + one dark morph Harlan's Hawk
Red-winged Blackbirds in a number of locations
Robins covering the open fields 1000+
Canada Goose - 192
CACKLING GOOSE 2 mixed in with the two large flocks of Canada Geese

Good Birding!

Terry Gray
890 Stefany Ln
Moscow ID 83843
(208)301-4316
http://www.flickr.com/photos/terryandchristine/


Eurasian Wigeon, Ada County, Eagle, Corner of Floating Feather & Shadypark

bird_nut
 

Eurasian Wigeon in Eagle, Ada County, Idaho.
Corner of Floating Feather & Shadypark Dr on grass near waterfall.

I was not birding, so did not have my camera, but did manage to get a photo with my iPhone.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird_nut/8445497488/in/photostream

Paul


Interesting birds

bike4birds
 

In the 3 days since the Merlin and the Sharpie were down the street from my house, I have found a Northern Shoveler at Veteran's Pond, but unfortunately just a one day wonder. I hadn't seen one since the ponds all froze at the beginning of the year. Then the next day, yesterday, I saw a single Evening Grosbeak along Remington St., where John Shortis had seen a whole flock. I also found a single female Ring-necked Duck along the river, near the back end of the Lake River gated community. That day also produced Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers and several Downy Woodpeckers in a roving flock, as well 37 birds in 11 miles. A great day.
 
Today's treat was my first Yellow-rumped Warbler in quite a while, plus a Townsend's Solitaire near the intersection of 26th and State (both first of year). Today also produced 3 separate Bald Eagles, 2 adults and a juvenile, which I promptly shared with anyone anywhere nearby. I didn't quite make it to 30 birds today, but the eagles and the first of year birds more than made up for the shortfall. Plus, my wife got back home before me and found a Cooper's Hawk harassing the neighborhood. While I missed Coop, it helps to explain why my back yard has been lacking activity. Tom McCabe, Boise   


Interested in some boise birding

jedidiahpetersen@ymail.com
 

Hello Boise area IBLE people,

    I will be passing through Boise on an "extended" drive up to the Tri-cities in Washington and I have allocated the better portion of Thursday, March 28th to birding around Boise.  I would be very grateful if someone who had some spare time to show me around the area.  I am somewhat familiar with the area, but it would be fun to meet up with someone who is more familiar with all the good spots. 

   I have to go up to WA for a medical rotation, but this long drive gives me an excellent excuse to bird along the way. I will be heading west from Ontario to spend the night on Burns, OR and spend the next day in Malhuer.  My wife doesn't understand why I would make an 8 hour trip into 3 days, but she humors me in my obsession.  

Anyways, If someone would be willing to show me around the area, or at least offer some advice on where to go, I would be very grateful.  

good luck.

Jed Petersen
Pocatello

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