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Boise highlight birds

Jason Talbot
 

The Eurasian Wigeon is present at DeMeyer Park
 
The Western Scrub-Jay is present at Cory Ln between Dalton & Kimball. Perched in a small tree on the north side of the road. Seen coming and going from that perch.
 
I saw the Varied Thrush at Kathryn Albertson last night but dipped on the Hermit Thrush & WT Sparrow. I crossed the street to Ann Morrison and saw the 2 Lesser Scaup that Bryce reported. They were on the river just upstream from Americana at the diversion dam.
 
I swung by Julia Davis afterward and saw the Snow Goose out by the street. I also saw a dead Canada Goose in the middle of the pond with a dart sticking out of it.
 
I was running out of light but I attempted to see the Blue Jay on 25th/Anderson on the way home. I was too late but heard a Screech Owl. I walked down the lane and found it in the tree since it was constantly calling. After watching it, I turned to walk away and 2 Screech owls landed on the fence not 10 yards away and just watched me for about 30 seconds and then flew away. That was a memorable occasion!
 
Jason
 
 


Valley County birds

Denise Hughes
 

Valley County Birds...2014 numbers are off to a good start thanks to
Jordan, Mark, John and Matt.

1

Canada Goose

Mark Johnston

Cascade

Jan 1, 2014

2

Mallard

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall Fish Hatchery

Jan 1, 2014

3

Bufflehead

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall Fish Hatchery

Jan 1, 2014

4

Common Goldeneye

Jordan Ragsdale

Rotary Park, McCall

Jan 1, 2014

5

Barrow's Goldeneye

Jordan Ragsdale

Rotary Park, McCall

Jan 1, 2014

6

Hooded Merganser

matt dresser

Kelly's White Water Park

Jan 1, 2014

7

Common Merganser

matt dresser

Kelly's White Water Park

Jan 1, 2014

8

Great Blue Heron

Mark Johnston

Cascade

Jan 1, 2014

9

Bald Eagle

Mark Johnston

Windsong

Jan 1, 2014

10

Red-tailed Hawk

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall STP

Jan 1, 2014

11

Rough-legged Hawk

matt dresser

Cascade Lake -- Sugarloaf Area North

Jan 1, 2014

12

Eurasian Collared-Dove

John Powell

Lick Creek

Jan 1, 2014

13

Belted Kingfisher

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall Fish Hatchery

Jan 1, 2014

14

Downy Woodpecker

John Powell

Lick Creek

Jan 1, 2014

15

Hairy Woodpecker

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall

Jan 1, 2014

16

Northern Flicker

John Powell

Lick Creek

Jan 1, 2014

17

American Kestrel

Mark Johnston

Windsong

Jan 1, 2014

18

Northern Shrike

Mark Johnston

Windsong

Jan 1, 2014

19

Steller's Jay

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall

Jan 1, 2014

20

Black-billed Magpie

matt dresser

Donnelly

Jan 1, 2014

21

Clark's Nutcracker

John Powell

Lick Creek

Jan 1, 2014

22

American Crow

Mark Johnston

Windsong

Jan 1, 2014

23

Common Raven

Jordan Ragsdale

Rotary Park, McCall

Jan 1, 2014

24

Black-capped Chickadee

John Powell

Lick Creek House

Jan 1, 2014

25

Mountain Chickadee

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall

Jan 1, 2014

26

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall

Jan 1, 2014

27

White-breasted Nuthatch

John Powell

Lick Creek

Jan 1, 2014

28

Pygmy Nuthatch

Jordan Ragsdale

Majestic View Dr., McCall

Jan 1, 2014

29

Brown Creeper

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall

Jan 1, 2014

30

American Dipper

Jordan Ragsdale

Rotary Park, McCall

Jan 1, 2014

31

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall

Jan 1, 2014

32

Bohemian Waxwing

Jordan Ragsdale

Rotary Park, McCall

Jan 1, 2014

33

Dark-eyed Junco

matt dresser

Donnelly, ID

Jan 1, 2014

34

American Goldfinch

Jordan Ragsdale

Rudy's Gym Feeders

Jan 1, 2014

35

House Sparrow

Jordan Ragsdale

Hwy 55 @ Heinrich

Jan 1, 2014

36

Gadwall

Jason Talbot

North Fork Payette River at Cascade

Jan 2, 2014

37

Ring-necked Duck

Jordan Ragsdale

Rotary Park, McCall

Jan 2, 2014

38

California Quail

Jason Talbot

North Fork Payette River at Cascade

Jan 2, 2014

39

Western Screech-Owl

Jason Talbot

Round Valley

Jan 2, 2014

40

Gray Jay

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall

Jan 2, 2014

41

Red Crossbill

Jordan Ragsdale

McCall Ave Forest Trail

Jan 2, 2014

42

Killdeer

Jordan Ragsdale

North Fork Payette River at Cascade

Jan 3, 2014

43

Northern Pygmy-Owl

John Powell

Lick Creek Meadows

Jan 3, 2014


--
*Denise Hughes*
*Caldwell, Idaho*


Re: Snow goose on Julia Davis pond near Discovery center of ID in Boise

Jim Lyons
 

Hardly thinking "birding" at all, I was driving by JD Park this afternoon (Monday Jan 6th) about 3:30pm, there was a (the) Snow Goose grazing about 5 feet from the traffic on Myrtle. A nice, unexpected "add" for the 2014 list!


On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM, Sandra Zarate <sanzar5@...> wrote:
 

My husband and I birdied the large pond in Julia Davis park from about noon to 1 pm and saw:
Snow goose (injured wing?), common mergansers, buffleheads, American widgeon, wood duck,
Ring necked duck, mallards, and Canada geese.
Sandra and Luis Zarate
Sanzar5@...



Re: Hawk ID Help, please [3 Attachments]

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

This looks like a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk!

 

Terry Gray

 

From: ible@... [mailto:ible@...] On Behalf Of Ruthann Greene
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 2:33 PM
To: ible@...
Subject: [IBLE] Hawk ID Help, please [3 Attachments]

 

 

[Attachment(s) from Ruthann Greene included below]

I was wondering if one of you could ID this hawk that was feeding in my yard.  I think it is eating a dove although we also have California Quail that come to our platform feeder.  The bird was about 14" from the tip of its beak to the tip tail based on measuring the dead flowers in the picture.

 

Thanks,

Ruthann Greene


Hawk ID Help, please

rbird1286
 

I was wondering if one of you could ID this hawk that was feeding in my yard.  I think it is eating a dove although we also have California Quail that come to our platform feeder.  The bird was about 14" from the tip of its beak to the tip tail based on measuring the dead flowers in the picture.

Thanks,
Ruthann Greene


Possible crossbills in Boise

heidithebirdnerd
 


Lewiston ID - Clarkston WA Area Birds

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

Hi Birders,

This morning with SUN I decided to go to the LC valley to take some photos
of what every I could find!

Animals of Note: River Otter -2

Asotin Co. Birds:
Bewick's Wren
Song Sparrow
WESTERN SCREECH OWL perched in a Wood Duck Box at the Asotin SPT Sough

Swallows Park:
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
California Gull
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Possible Thayer's Gull but most of the time they were tucked
Song Sparrow

Lewiston - Confluence Area:
Northern Shoveler
Belted Kingfisher
American Wigeon
Barrow's and Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Black-crowned Night-Herron
Great Blue Herron
Bald Eagle - juvenile
Mallard - I quit counting at 3800 standing on the ice at West Pond - there
were probably closer to 5000 total birds on the ice
Lesser Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck

Central Grade:
Red-tailed Hawk
GOLDEN EAGLE - JUVENILE
American Kestrel

Driving to Lewiston this am I SAW NO HAWKS IN THE 31 MILES BETWEEN MOSCOW
AND LEWISTON.

Good Birding!

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


Canyon Co. Bird Species list for 2013

cheryl huizinga
 

Hi Birders,
Unless I hear different, this is the final Canyon Co. Bird species List for 2013.  If anyone has a species to add for 2013, please let me know!  219 is very good -  the highest number our County has had!  Thanks to all who added to the count!

 

205.      Lewis’s Woodpecker – 9/5 – Symms Rd. – JC Bratkovich

206.      Gray Catbird – 9/16 – Deer Flat NWR Schaffer’s Access East – Jim Holcomb

207.      Hammond’s Flycatcher – 9/18 – Deer Flat NWR Schaffer’s Access East – Cheryl Huizinga

208.      White-throated Sparrow – 9/23 – Deer Flat NWR Schaffer’s Access West – Cheryl Huizinga

209.      Sabine’s Gull – 9/24 – Deer Flat NWR Schaffer’s Access West Mudflats – Larry Arnold

210.      Anna’s Hummingbird - 9/29 – Christopher St, So. of Caldwell – Cheryl Huizinga

211.      Eastern Blue Jay – 10/24 – Symms Forest – Nancy Symns

212.      Thayer’s Gull – 11/2 – Pickles Butte Landfill – Jay Carlisle, Heidi Ware, Cheryl Huizinga

213.      Lesser Black-backed Gull – 11/2 – Pickles Butte Landfill – J. Carlisle, H. Ware, C. Huizinga

214.  Black-and-white Warbler – 11/29 – Deer Flat NWR Schaffer’s Access West – Dave Lawrence 

215.  Glaucous-winged Gull – 11/30 – Pickles Butte Landfill – Heidi Ware

216.  Lapland Longspur – 12/7 – Melba Rd So. of Nampa – Jay Carlisle, Denise Hughes, Cheryl Huizinga

217.  Loggerhead Shrike -  8/3 – Deer Flat NWR Schaffer Access – Stoddard/Ellen Davenport

218.  Golden-crowned Sparrow – 12/21 – Caldwell Ponds – Jay Carlisle

219.  Rusty Blackbird – 12/30 – Celebration Park – Jay Carlisle

 
Cheryl Huizinga
bchuizinga@...

"Every single one of us makes a difference every single day, and we have a choice about what kind of difference we make." Dr. Jane Goodall


Boise & Round Valley (south of Cascade) New Year birds

Jason Talbot
 

On new year's morning while my family slept in, I birded my favorite winter location in Boise - the Boise Greenbelt between Glenwood & Eagle road. There is open water year round. I was expecting to see Larry but I can see now that he was out of town. The fog was thick and I couldn't see far with my first pass on the bike. When the fog lifted I was shocked at the number of birds. Unusual sightings and firsts for this location were Cackling Goose, Northern Shrike, Lincoln's Sparrow & 7 Mute Swans. Other highlights were Lesser Goldfinch, Barrow's Goldeneye (regulars) & most likely a Winter Wren (near orange bridge) but just got a brief glimpse. The Bald Eagles are always a treat and I see them regularly. The final tally was just shy of 50 species.

I headed home with a quick stop at Dry Creek Cemetery and picked up a RB Nuthatch, Townsend's Solitaire, GH Owl & Cooper's Hawk. When I arrived home there was a Merlin sitting in my tree until we left for Cascade. I had Bohemian Waxwing's in my neighbor's yard on New year's Eve.

While passing through Horseshoe Bend I saw a Bald Eagle, Common Mergansers, Eurasian Collared Dove and a Rough-legged Hawk just north of town. I also picked up 2 more Bald Eagles in a tree just north of the Gardena bridge.

When I pulled into the cabin (Peterson Loop in Round Valley - south end of Round Valley Road) I could hear GC Kinglets. Also present in the loop were Mountain & Black-capped Chickadees, Steller's Jays, several Brown Creepers and a Hairy and Downy Woodpecker. I also got my first Screech Owl at that location one evening.

While driving the roads in Round Valley I picked up a couple of Rough-legged Hawks and a Northern Shrike.

While my wife and girls were in Cascade shopping, my wife dropped me off at Kelly's Whitewater Park. She said she'd pick me up at the north bridge in a half hour. I hurried along the path and picked up some great birds. My favorite were 5 Pygmy Nuthatches  at a feeder along the trail behind the mobile home park. Other highlights included both Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers, Mt & BC Chickadees, Downy WP and a pair of Bald Eagles amongst other regulars. I highly recommend the Cascade Greenbelt if you're in the area.

My daughter wanted to take some pictures of the river near the cabin so I obliged and loaded up the five oldest. I was hoping for a slim chance for an American Dipper. We parked at Rainbow Bridge (just north of Smith's Ferry) and walked up river a 1/4 mile. It wasn't long before I pointed down at the river and showed them the little black bird flying in and out of the water from the ice ledges. They thought that was pretty cool when I explained what it was doing. Within a few minutes we saw 2 more Dippers along with a Hairy WP, GC Kinglets, M Chickadees, C Goldeneyes and a few Common Mergansers.

It was a great family trip. We also went ice fishing on Cascade Lake while the girls were being pulled on a sled behind a quad to increase the fishing time. Let's just say I had more luck birding than fishing!

Jason Talbot
Eagle





Payette County Birding today

tdtealbirder
 

Started at Centennial Park and saw Common Golden Eyes, and American Coots.

River Road Payette included

Waterfowl
Canada Goose, Northern Pintail, Green Winged Teal, Commom Golden Eye, Mallard, and Gadwall

Birds
House Finch, Dark eyed Juncos, House Sparrows, Black Capped Chickadee,
Downy Woodpecker, Starlings, Brewers Blackbird, Eurasian Collared Dove, Northern Flicker.

Payette Birding Island South, Included
Great Blue Heron, Black Capped Chickadee, Dark Eyed Junco, and Song Sparrows.

Fort Wilson Rd Payette, Id
Prairie Falcon

Some new birds for the list this year and new ones for US!!
Hopefully this works for you Peggy. I can email you a list if you like of the new ones for Payette County. Good Day Birding

Tim


Re: Rusty Blackbird and Common Grackle

Kit Struthers <kit619@...>
 

It's 33rd south and 45th west, not 35th. Not that I've had an luck finding the birds.

Kit

Kit Struthers
Idaho Falls, ID
kit619@ida.net

On Jan 4, 2014, at 8:23 PM, Darren Clark Bird <darrenclarkbird@gmail.com> wrote:

The Rusty Blackbird and Common Grackle that were found on the Idaho Falls CBC are still there (corner of 33 S and 35 W) as of this afternoon.

Darren Clark
Rexburg, ID

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Rusty Blackbird and Common Grackle

Darren Clark
 

The Rusty Blackbird and Common Grackle that were found on the Idaho Falls CBC are still there (corner of 33 S and 35 W) as of this afternoon.

Darren Clark
Rexburg, ID


Northern Hawk Owl update and more

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

Hi Birders,

The Northern Hawk Owl was very cooperative for many photographers today.
The bird was perched on top of the Spruce Trees north of the Safeway parking
lot at 7:30 this morning and was still in the same area at 2:00 this
afternoon.

Dale Toweill and I birded our way to Steptoe Butte in Whitman County
Washington and birded back roads back to Pullman via Kamiak Butte. Very few
bird species observed and I think this is the first time I have not seen at
least a few HORNED LARKS. There just are hardly any birds in the area right
now except a few Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks and Rough-legged hawks. The
bird of the day in that area was a lone Bohemian Waxwing as we were
returning to highway 195 from Steptoe Butte.

Good Birding!

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


Lookin for the Blue Jay

tdtealbirder
 

We didn't have any luck looking for the Blue Jay but we did see Cedar Waxwing's a Male Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker in the area of Anderson and 22 to 24th plus Quail. Was in the neighborhood around 2:30pm maybe so were probably to late for it.

On the way home we say in Payette County,

3 sets of Mallards Male and Females with 2 chicks these were on Hwy 52 at the Payette River, and also saw a Male, Female pair of Great Horned Owls on Little Willow Rd and then saw another Great Horned on our property in one of the trees.

Got a late start but found some new birds for this years. Wife wants to blow the Payette Number out of the water this year. WOOHOO

Tim


Eagles

Mike Hunter
 

On our way out to see the “mega load”, in Howe, Idaho, we saw a Golden Eagle, about 4 to 5 miles West of the town of Mud Lake.

 

Later in the day we went over to the Camas NWR (Hamer, ID), where we saw approximately 15 Bald Eagles roosting in the row of trees along the canal, NE of the Headquarters. We couldn’t get close enough to get good photos, since it is posted “No Entry – so the Eagles can roost undisturbed”.

 

On the way home we saw another Golden Eagle hunting above the sage brush East of the  frontage road south of Hamer, about half way from Hamer to Sage Junction.

 

Michael D. Hunter

Rigby, Idaho

 

208-745-8538


Re: California Dreamin' [2 Attachments]

John Shortis
 

Well the inner half of the wing looks slightly darker than the outer half, suggesting Black-legged Kittiwake. But the wingtip is throwing me here, because it looks worn, the Kittiwake normally has solid black "dipped in ink" wingtips. The dark leading edge of the outer wing is odd also. The nearly straight line edge of the black against the gray looks good though.

John Shortis. 

 

On Saturday, January 4, 2014 4:44 AM, Larry Arnold wrote:
 
[Attachment(s) from Larry Arnold included below]
 
Good morning all, and belated Happy New Year! 
 
We saw this bird recently at the South Jetty, Humboldt Bay, CA.  We have a fair idea of what it is, but would anyone like to chime in with your insights?  We don’t see any perfect matches in Sibley, re: bill color and molt combo, but you know how that goes, eh?  Other field guides are a little more suggestive.
 
Thanks for your comments!  Larry Arnold, Boise
 
 
BTW, mid-day temps along the N Calif coast were comfy 50s and 60s  =)
 
 



California Dreamin'

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

 

Good morning all, and belated Happy New Year! 

 

We saw this bird recently at the South Jetty, Humboldt Bay, CA.  We have a fair idea of what it is, but would anyone like to chime in with your insights?  We don’t see any perfect matches in Sibley, re: bill color and molt combo, but you know how that goes, eh?  Other field guides are a little more suggestive.

 

Thanks for your comments!  Larry Arnold, Boise

 

 

BTW, mid-day temps along the N Calif coast were comfy 50s and 60s  =)

 

 


Varied Thrush at Kelley Canyon

Peggy Wyman
 

I received a text message from my cousin today saying that she saw a Varied Thrush at Kelley Canyon near Ririe, Idaho (Madison/Jefferson County area).  I cannot verify this sighting.


North End birding

bike4birds
 

When I saw Danette's posting for the Blue Jay, and then got an e-mail saying there was a Steller's Jay as well, I mounted up on my bike. Unfortunately, the only birds at the feeder at 24th and Anderson were a noisy bunch of BC Chickadees. My consolation prize (in birding there's almost always one!) was finding A. Robins and Cedar Waxwings in the trees by the tennis courts at Elm Grove Park. I only occasionally see these on my bike rides along the river. Needless to say I'll be including that neighborhood on my rides for a while.
 
On New Year's Day I was treated to a Common Raven that flew around the neighborhood making loud croaking noises. It was gone in less than a minute, but then it came back for an equally short visit the next day. This is another bird I only rarely see or hear along the river. ( A friend of mine who lives in Mammoth, CA, sent me their CBC list and it included 405 Ravens! But it also included only a single Hooded Merganser and 2 Common Goldeneye.)
 
Right now the best place for water birds is the pond that sits right along the new Whitewater Park Blvd. There is a large patch of open water and a large raft of N. Shovelers have been there every day for the last 3 weeks churning the water in a circle to bring food up from the bottom. They are usually joined by lots of A. Wigeons, a single C Goldeneye, a few A. Coots (the only place I'm seeing them with all the other ponds pretty much frozen over) and a smattering of other birds that seem to change daily (hourly?). Especially fun to get to explain what the Shovelers are doing to curious people passing by. Tom McCabe, Boise


Mosocw Hawk Owl

kas dumroese
 

Still north of the Safeway as of noon today.
 
Kas Dumroese
Moscow, Idaho

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