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Hagerman Black Scoter Still Present

thewomcom
 

The Black Scoter found by Zeke Watkins is still hanging out in Hagerman as of Jan 22, but the real reason for this post is to be on the lookout for a possible Red-Necked Grebe that was in the same group of waterfowl. I didnt have a scope (which is needed)  for confirmation, but it was brownish and looked way too big to be a Pie Billed, also present. Seen also were Canvasback, Eared Grebe, Ring-Necked and lots of Coots and both Goldeneyes. P.S. I didnt count it, but just if you happen by there with a scope...Thanks!

 

-Ryan Anderson



Latah County Birds

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

Hi Birders,

This morning Mike Scott and I birded southeast of Moscow ID in search of
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. We did not see any this morning. Other birds of
note are below:

Dark-morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk adult one adult along Berger Road and
one Dark Morph-morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk juvenile on highway 95 near
the intersection with Eid Road.
Horned Lark - more than I have been seeing along different roads we
traveled
WESTERN BLUEBIRD - At least 12 individuals probably are winter over birds
from that area or birds that have moved out of the Clear Water River Canyons
in search of food
Red-winged Blackbird one singing along Eid Road
American Robins were everywhere in large numbers

Good Birding!

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


Need Trumpeter Swan observations in new wintering areas

Ruth Shea
 

After many years of  efforts to disperse wintering trumpeters from high risk areas of eastern Idaho, it is evident that significant numbers of Trumpeter Swans are rebuilding migration routes and exploring potential new  wintering areas well outside of the primary Greater Yellowstone wintering area..

We need to build an effective network of birders to help us document where trumpeters are dispersing to.  We are extremely interested in reports of trumpeters from during migration and in new wintering areas anywhere west of Mud Lake,  south of Soda Springs, and south and west of American Falls Reservoir.  Trumpeters along the migration route through northern Idaho and down the west side are very interesting.  Any detectable influx of trumpeters in southern Idaho as the tundras return in the spring from California would be extremely interesting. 

 When new wintering sites are identified we want to document total numbers of Trumpeters (adults and cygnets), associations with Tundra or Mute Swans, gather information on patterns of habitat use (field or wetland feeding? roost areas?) and also try to  reconstruct how many years trumpeter use has been observed and how long during the winter  the trumpeters remain in the area.

We will map the data for 2015 and use the results as a tool to help evaluate the progress of range expansion. All those who contribute observations will receive a summary report of the results in late spring- I promise!  I am not familiar with existing Idaho bird data bases that would be helpful and welcome suggestions to help gather the best quality data possible..

If you have observed Trumpeters in these areas this winter or during migration, would like to be part of this observer network and/or can help me set up the network effectively, please contact Ruth Shea, The Trumpeter Swan Society, at rshea@...

Thanks!


FW: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert <daily>

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-alert@... [mailto:ebird-alert@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:19 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert

 

*** Species Summary:

 

Greater White-fronted Goose (2 Ada)

 

Northern Hawk Owl (1 Blaine)

 

Harris's Sparrow (1 Blaine)

 

 

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FW: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert <daily>

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-alert@cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-alert@cornell.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 7:19 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert <daily>

*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (4 Ada)
Black Scoter (1 Twin Falls) - continuing bird
Savannah Sparrow (1 Owyhee)
Pine Grosbeak (1 Ada)

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Re: Herons congregating already

Art Robertson
 

Following up on Larry’s tip,   on Monday I walked out to the Rookery @ the WTP from the parking area on Eagle road, about 40 minutes one way
Sure enough for the first time this season GBH standing by the nests 
I saw 7 but there may have been more hiding in the fog
Due to fog no usefull pics taken but 
Attached is a pic from last week, near but not at the rookery

On Jan 18, 2015, at 2:28 PM, 'Larry Arnold' larnold47@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:


 

My previous early date for GB Herons gathering at the west Boise rookery (near the water treatment plant) was 01 Feb, but I counted 22 herons there this morning, plus 10 elsewhere on my usual bike route along the SW stretch of the Greenbelt.  There was much open water, and 14 species of waterfowl was a decent tally for me here in January, with 41 species total between bouts of rain.   Larry Arnold

 

 



Greater White-fronted Goose at Ann Morrison Park in Boise

Jason Talbot
 

I found the Greater-white Fronted Goose on my lunch hour that was reported on facebook. See Photos:

I also got a nice photo of a nice Mule Buck at Kathryn Albertson Park across the street. (click and scroll through photos in flickr to see them all) http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21436030


FW: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert <daily>

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-alert@cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-alert@cornell.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:21 AM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert <daily>

*** Species Summary:

Trumpeter Swan (1 Kootenai)
Black Scoter (2 Twin Falls) - continuing since 28 Dec, Hagerman CBC
Northern Hawk Owl (1 Blaine) - continuing since 01 Jan
Hermit Thrush (1 Blaine)
Savannah Sparrow (2 Owyhee)

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Re: Hawk ID help

Louie Quintana
 

A Dark morph Rough-legged is a very cool siting! The alternate morphs are always thrilling to see, in my opinion. 

Louie Quintana

Those That Hear Not The Music
Think     The     Dancers      Mad

Including el camino de mil millas
comienza por el primer paso.

El Jan 19, 2015, a las 7:29 PM, "Jay Carlisle carlislejay@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...> escribió:

 

I like dark Rough-leg as well (for one, doesn't have the obviously barred flight feathers of a Zone-tail plus the tail seems to have too wide of a white area).  Not sure how common the white forehead is on dark Rough-legs but a very good-looking bird!

Jay


On Jan 19, 2015, at 7:22 PM, Jason Talbot jason.talbot1@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I agree with your dark morph rough-legged hawk but I'm not an expert.  I've never seen neither but I found several photos online that seemed to match it well.

 

From: "'JP' johnpowell20@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...>
To: IBLE <ible@...>
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 7:04 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Hawk ID help

 
Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.
 
This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.
  



Re: Hawk ID help

Louie Quintana
 

A Zone-tailed Hawk ID should be a caution. Zone-tailed Hawks winter in Mexico, and it's in Summer that they venture into the SW U.S. Look at the great pic in fight - the tip of the wing and the distinct white of the area before the tip both suggest a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk, which makes more sense. If you look at the Zone-tailed Hawk, the end of the wings are much "dirtier", and the tips of the wings are more "fanned" in a typical buteo style. Just my two cents with. (P.S. Thx, Harry Krueger for teaching me your "eye".)

Louie Quintana

Those That Hear Not The Music
Think     The     Dancers      Mad

Including el camino de mil millas
comienza por el primer paso.

El Jan 19, 2015, a las 6:09 PM, "Richard A Rusnak Jr rarusnak62@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...> escribió:

 

JP, Looks like a zone tailed hawk?

Nice find and shots!
RR
On Jan 19, 2015, at 7:04 PM, "'JP' johnpowell20@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.
 
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This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.
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Re: Hawk ID help

Jay Carlisle
 

I like dark Rough-leg as well (for one, doesn't have the obviously barred flight feathers of a Zone-tail plus the tail seems to have too wide of a white area).  Not sure how common the white forehead is on dark Rough-legs but a very good-looking bird!

Jay


On Jan 19, 2015, at 7:22 PM, Jason Talbot jason.talbot1@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I agree with your dark morph rough-legged hawk but I'm not an expert.  I've never seen neither but I found several photos online that seemed to match it well.

 

From: "'JP' johnpowell20@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...>
To: IBLE <ible@...>
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 7:04 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Hawk ID help

 
Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.
 
This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.
  



Re: Hawk ID help

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

All Dark Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk!


Terry

 

From: ible@... [mailto:ible@...] On Behalf Of 'JP' johnpowell20@... [ible]
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 6:04 PM
To: IBLE
Subject: [IBLE] Hawk ID help

 

 

Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.

 

This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.

 

 


Re: Hawk ID help

Jason Talbot
 

I agree with your dark morph rough-legged hawk but I'm not an expert.  I've never seen neither but I found several photos online that seemed to match it well.

 


From: "'JP' johnpowell20@... [ible]"
To: IBLE
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 7:04 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Hawk ID help

 
Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.
 
This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.
  



Re: Hawk ID help

Robert Mortensen <birdingisfun@...>
 

 I imagine this is a first record for Idaho. I don't even see it on the Idaho checklist. Can I share these photos on the Idaho Birding Facebook group and get more people out looking for it?



On Jan 19, 2015, at 7:09 PM, Richard A Rusnak Jr rarusnak62@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

JP, Looks like a zone tailed hawk?

Nice find and shots!
RR
On Jan 19, 2015, at 7:04 PM, "'JP' johnpowell20@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.
 
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This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.
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Re: Hawk ID help

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

JP, Looks like a zone tailed hawk?
Nice find and shots!
RR

On Jan 19, 2015, at 7:04 PM, "'JP' johnpowell20@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.
 
<-140143465527DE7B2.png>
This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.
<-12566000973052764.png> <-1449932905E13A4F1.png> <15390299270C00F7AA.png>    



Hawk ID help

JP
 

Any hawk experts want to weigh in on this one?  I have seen it around New Meadows in open fields where other RL Hawks and RT Hawks hang out.  When perched it appears all black with a white face/forehead patch, and thin white bar on end of tail.  I think it is a dark rough-legged hawk...  The last picture from behind is the same individual... I think.
 
This album has 4 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 4/19/2015.
   


UI Arboretum and Botanical Garden Birds this afternoon

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Latah, US-ID Jan 19,
2015 2:15 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
12 species

Canada Goose 15
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Brown Creeper 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Townsend's Solitaire 2
American Robin 7
European Starling 5
Bohemian Waxwing 10
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Pine Siskin 6

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


2015 Boise County Additions

Sheri Foote <featherchaser@...>
 

Just got a bunch more birds reported for Boise County.  So, this is an addition to the previous report:
 
Thanks,
Sheri Foote
Garden Valley

018

California Quail

01/01/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

019

Steller's Jay

01/01/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

020

Black-capped Chickadee

01/01/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

021

Song Sparrow

01/01/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

022

American Goldfinch

01/01/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

023

European Starling

01/02/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

024

Townsend's Solitaire

01/05/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

025

Cooper's Hawk

01/09/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

026

Northern Goshawk

01/12/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

027

Bald Eagle

01/15/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

028

Sharp-shinned Hawk

01/18/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn

029

Northern Shrike

01/19/15

Garden Valley – Gunn Home

Hank Gunn


2015 Boise County First Report

Sheri Foote <featherchaser@...>
 

Greetings!
 
Here is our first report from Boise County for the New Year.   Please let me know when you have anything to add!
 
Thanks,
Sheri Foote
Garden Valley
 

001

Red-breasted Nuthatch

01/02/15

Garden Valley – Scriver Creek

Michael Wiegand

002

Pygmy Nuthatch

01/02/15

Garden Valley – Scriver Creek

Michael Wiegand

003

Wild Turkey

01/13/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

004

Hairy Woodpecker

01/13/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

005

Common Raven

01/13/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

006

American Robin

01/13/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

007

Dark-eyed Junco

01/13/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

008

Eurasian Collared-Dove

01/14/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

009

Lincoln's Sparrow

01/14/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

010

Cassin's Finch

01/15/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

011

Evening Grosbeak

01/15/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

012

House Sparrow

01/15/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

013

Downy Woodpecker

01/16/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

014

Black-billed Magpie

01/16/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

015

Spotted Towhee

01/17/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

016

Northern Flicker

01/19/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote

017

Pine Siskin

01/19/15

Garden Valley – Foote Home

Ralph and Sheri  Foote


~120 Evening Grosbeaks at Eagle Island State Park

Jason Talbot
 

I saw around 120 Evening Grosbeaks this morning plus a Northern Shrike and Say's Phoebe. See link for details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21416974

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