Date   

Gray-crowned or Black Rosy Finches

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

300+ flock, possibly a mixed flock of both, mostly gray crowned, seen 1/3 in Canyon upriver from Swan Falls, on Snake R.
Rich Rusnak, Nampa


Re: Idaho's Biggest Big Year

Cliff Weisse
 

Marty definitely had 313.  I can't remember the year either but it was back when we didn't know about Camas and Market Lake so the only vagrant warbler her got was Blackpoll.  I think Harry's 318 is beatable.  In fact he had access to a feeder with reliable Gambel's Quail but never went up to see them so he could have reached 319. 

Cliff

On 01/03/2016 10:59 AM, Robert Davis rhdavis@... [ible] wrote:
 

Very cool.  Congrats Cheryl and the other big year birders.

I recall Marty’s total being 317.  Either way, that’s a ton of time, effort, and knowledge.

Bob
On Jan 3, 2016, at 10:33 AM, Heidi Ware heidithebirdnerd@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:



Stoddard Davenport tallied the all-time records based on various sources (makes me realize Jay and I need to get our big year updated in eBird!)

Here's what he found:
 Cheryl really knocked it out of the park this year! As near as I can tell by combining counts reported to ABA.org, IdahoBirds.net, and eBird, here are the top 10 big years for Idaho:

#1 - 318 - Harry Krueger 2004 (IdahoBirds.net)

#2 - 313? - Marty Collar (year unknown, reported by Jay)
#3 - 308 - Cheryl Huizinga 2015 (eBird.org)
#4 - 298 - Jay Carlisle 2009 (self-reported)
#5 - 296 - Stoddard & Ellen Davenport 2015 (eBird.org)
#6 - 295 - Cheryl Huizinga 2014 (eBird.org)
#6 - 295 - Heidi Ware 2009 (reported by Jay)
#8 - 292 - Cheryl Huizinga 2013 (eBird.org)
#9 - 290 - Larry Arnold 2014 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Jay Carlisle 2013 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Jay Carlisle 2014 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Kathleen Cameron 2013 (ABA.org)

It was so fun rooting for you this year Cheryl! I don't think 308 is going to be topped for a loooong time!

~Heidi




From: "'Larry Arnold' larnold47@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...>
To: ible@... 
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2016 5:31 AM
Subject: [IBLE] Idaho's Biggest Big Year

 
This is my tribute to a special birder amongst us.  To my knowledge (limited to eBird archives), Cheryl Huizinga’s 308 species in Idaho last year was a record high single-year tally for the State of Idaho.  So I feel like bragging, e.g., about her perseverance, discipline, energy, experience and prowess in logistics.   =)
 
Does anyone think they can top 308?  We’ll see, eh?
 
Way to go Cheryl !!!     
 
Larry Arnold
Boise
 
 
 
 
 







Re: Idaho's Biggest Big Year

Bob Davis
 

Very cool.  Congrats Cheryl and the other big year birders.
I recall Marty’s total being 317.  Either way, that’s a ton of time, effort, and knowledge.

Bob

On Jan 3, 2016, at 10:33 AM, Heidi Ware heidithebirdnerd@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:



Stoddard Davenport tallied the all-time records based on various sources (makes me realize Jay and I need to get our big year updated in eBird!)

Here's what he found:
 Cheryl really knocked it out of the park this year! As near as I can tell by combining counts reported to ABA.org, IdahoBirds.net, and eBird, here are the top 10 big years for Idaho:

#1 - 318 - Harry Krueger 2004 (IdahoBirds.net)

#2 - 313? - Marty Collar (year unknown, reported by Jay)
#3 - 308 - Cheryl Huizinga 2015 (eBird.org)
#4 - 298 - Jay Carlisle 2009 (self-reported)
#5 - 296 - Stoddard & Ellen Davenport 2015 (eBird.org)
#6 - 295 - Cheryl Huizinga 2014 (eBird.org)
#6 - 295 - Heidi Ware 2009 (reported by Jay)
#8 - 292 - Cheryl Huizinga 2013 (eBird.org)
#9 - 290 - Larry Arnold 2014 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Jay Carlisle 2013 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Jay Carlisle 2014 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Kathleen Cameron 2013 (ABA.org)

It was so fun rooting for you this year Cheryl! I don't think 308 is going to be topped for a loooong time!

~Heidi




From: "'Larry Arnold' larnold47@... [ible]" <ible-noreply@...>
To: ible@... 
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2016 5:31 AM
Subject: [IBLE] Idaho's Biggest Big Year

 
This is my tribute to a special birder amongst us.  To my knowledge (limited to eBird archives), Cheryl Huizinga’s 308 species in Idaho last year was a record high single-year tally for the State of Idaho.  So I feel like bragging, e.g., about her perseverance, discipline, energy, experience and prowess in logistics.   =)
 
Does anyone think they can top 308?  We’ll see, eh?
 
Way to go Cheryl !!!     
 
Larry Arnold
Boise
 
 
 
 
 






Re: Idaho's Biggest Big Year

heidithebirdnerd
 

Stoddard Davenport tallied the all-time records based on various sources (makes me realize Jay and I need to get our big year updated in eBird!)

Here's what he found:
 Cheryl really knocked it out of the park this year! As near as I can tell by combining counts reported to ABA.org, IdahoBirds.net, and eBird, here are the top 10 big years for Idaho:

#1 - 318 - Harry Krueger 2004 (IdahoBirds.net)

#2 - 313? - Marty Collar (year unknown, reported by Jay)
#3 - 308 - Cheryl Huizinga 2015 (eBird.org)
#4 - 298 - Jay Carlisle 2009 (self-reported)
#5 - 296 - Stoddard & Ellen Davenport 2015 (eBird.org)
#6 - 295 - Cheryl Huizinga 2014 (eBird.org)
#6 - 295 - Heidi Ware 2009 (reported by Jay)
#8 - 292 - Cheryl Huizinga 2013 (eBird.org)
#9 - 290 - Larry Arnold 2014 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Jay Carlisle 2013 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Jay Carlisle 2014 (eBird.org)
#10 - 286 - Kathleen Cameron 2013 (ABA.org)

It was so fun rooting for you this year Cheryl! I don't think 308 is going to be topped for a loooong time!

~Heidi




From: "'Larry Arnold' larnold47@... [ible]"
To: ible@...
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2016 5:31 AM
Subject: [IBLE] Idaho's Biggest Big Year

 
 
This is my tribute to a special birder amongst us.  To my knowledge (limited to eBird archives), Cheryl Huizinga’s 308 species in Idaho last year was a record high single-year tally for the State of Idaho.  So I feel like bragging, e.g., about her perseverance, discipline, energy, experience and prowess in logistics.   =)
 
Does anyone think they can top 308?  We’ll see, eh?
 
Way to go Cheryl !!!    
 
Larry Arnold
Boise
 
 
 
 
 



Northern Shrike

tdtealbirder
 

We found a Northern Shrike this morning on Little Willow Rd in Payette 7 miles up on the left hand side of the road at the top of a tree. Glad we were late leaving this morning.

Happy Birding
Tim Teal


Militia occupation at Malheur NWR by Clive Bundy's son

Janet Philips
 

Everyone should follow this story. The residents of Burns, even the people these militiamen say they are defending, want nothing to do with these outsiders and refused to help them.


Re: Idaho's Biggest Big Year

Jon Barnett
 

Thanks, Larry, for recognizing Cheryl's tremendous achievement for 2015, and Cheryl (you rock) for your kind acknowledgement of others (it was hard losing Harry), and Happy New Year and fresh beginnings to all in this group!  Thanks to everyone who participates and has made Idaho an amazing place for birders to network and help each other.  Blessings!  Jonathan 


On Jan 3, 2016, at 6:19 AM, 'Cheryl Huizinga' bchuizinga@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Thanks, Larry.  I know several others (Harry Krueger, Marty Collar, etc.)  have achieved higher totals in a single year, they just didn’t use ebird like we do now.  It was an extremely great year to bird in Idaho (337 species posted on ebird!) and we had so many new-to-Idaho birds that I got to see.  Thanks to all for reporting those rarities in such a timely manner so the rest of us crazies can get a peek at them too.
I promised my hubby that I wouldn’t be so nuts about my Idaho list this year, but I do plan to explore some of the parts of Idaho that I’ve never been to before and also do more out-of-state birding.  But if that rarity shows up, believe me, I hope to be there to see it too!
Happy Birding!
Cheryl
 
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2016 5:31 AM
Subject: [IBLE] Idaho's Biggest Big Year
 
 

This is my tribute to a special birder amongst us.  To my knowledge (limited to eBird archives), Cheryl Huizinga’s 308 species in Idaho last year was a record high single-year tally for the State of Idaho.  So I feel like bragging, e.g., about her perseverance, discipline, energy, experience and prowess in logistics.   =)

Does anyone think they can top 308?  We’ll see, eh?

Way to go Cheryl !!!    

Larry Arnold

Boise


Re: Idaho's Biggest Big Year

Jim Lyons
 

Nice tribute, Larry, and great response (to say nothing of your achievement), Cheryl!


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Blog: jimlyonsobservations.blogspot.com


On Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 6:19 AM, 'Cheryl Huizinga' bchuizinga@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Thanks, Larry.  I know several others (Harry Krueger, Marty Collar, etc.)  have achieved higher totals in a single year, they just didn’t use ebird like we do now.  It was an extremely great year to bird in Idaho (337 species posted on ebird!) and we had so many new-to-Idaho birds that I got to see.  Thanks to all for reporting those rarities in such a timely manner so the rest of us crazies can get a peek at them too.
I promised my hubby that I wouldn’t be so nuts about my Idaho list this year, but I do plan to explore some of the parts of Idaho that I’ve never been to before and also do more out-of-state birding.  But if that rarity shows up, believe me, I hope to be there to see it too!
Happy Birding!
Cheryl
 
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2016 5:31 AM
Subject: [IBLE] Idaho's Biggest Big Year
 
 

This is my tribute to a special birder amongst us.  To my knowledge (limited to eBird archives), Cheryl Huizinga’s 308 species in Idaho last year was a record high single-year tally for the State of Idaho.  So I feel like bragging, e.g., about her perseverance, discipline, energy, experience and prowess in logistics.   =)

Does anyone think they can top 308?  We’ll see, eh?

Way to go Cheryl !!!    

Larry Arnold

Boise



Re: Idaho's Biggest Big Year

cheryl huizinga
 

Thanks, Larry.  I know several others (Harry Krueger, Marty Collar, etc.)  have achieved higher totals in a single year, they just didn’t use ebird like we do now.  It was an extremely great year to bird in Idaho (337 species posted on ebird!) and we had so many new-to-Idaho birds that I got to see.  Thanks to all for reporting those rarities in such a timely manner so the rest of us crazies can get a peek at them too.
I promised my hubby that I wouldn’t be so nuts about my Idaho list this year, but I do plan to explore some of the parts of Idaho that I’ve never been to before and also do more out-of-state birding.  But if that rarity shows up, believe me, I hope to be there to see it too!
Happy Birding!
Cheryl
 

Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2016 5:31 AM
Subject: [IBLE] Idaho's Biggest Big Year
 
 

This is my tribute to a special birder amongst us.  To my knowledge (limited to eBird archives), Cheryl Huizinga’s 308 species in Idaho last year was a record high single-year tally for the State of Idaho.  So I feel like bragging, e.g., about her perseverance, discipline, energy, experience and prowess in logistics.   =)

Does anyone think they can top 308?  We’ll see, eh?

Way to go Cheryl !!!    

Larry Arnold

Boise


Idaho's Biggest Big Year

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

 

This is my tribute to a special birder amongst us.  To my knowledge (limited to eBird archives), Cheryl Huizinga’s 308 species in Idaho last year was a record high single-year tally for the State of Idaho.  So I feel like bragging, e.g., about her perseverance, discipline, energy, experience and prowess in logistics.   =)

 

Does anyone think they can top 308?  We’ll see, eh?

 

Way to go Cheryl !!!    

 

Larry Arnold

Boise

 

 

 

 

 


FW: [inland-NW-birders] Owl chasing

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

FYI

-----Original Message-----
From: inland-nw-birders-bounces@uidaho.edu
[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces@uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Walker Noe
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2016 4:52 PM
To: inland-nw-birders@uidaho.edu
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Owl chasing

Caleb Strand , Dalton Noe, and I had an incredible day of northern birding
in several counties. Our first target was the Northern Hawk Owl along
Cassimer Bar Road. We arrived at 8:20 and immediately spied the bird. Pics
to be eBirded. Next, we headed to Bridgeport State Park for Saw-whet, which
we spotted. Then we went down to Mansfield for the Snowy Owl, though dense
fog limited our hopes. At Rd. 15 and Division Street, we parked to look on
eBird for specifics of the bird. After about 15 minutes, as we prepared to
leave due to heavy fog, a beautiful female Snowy Owl flew over our car and
perched right at the intersection. We obtained great photos, after which the
owl flew to a large rock pile one quarter mile to the south, where it
remained as we drove away. What a lucky sighting given the weather
conditions. Other goodies:

30 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches along Highway 17.
Mixed flock of Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and at least one Lapland
Longspur.
Dozens of Chukar
Barn Owl hunting between Almira and Wilbur American Tree Sparrow

A great day.

Good birding,
Walker Noe
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Re: Snow Buntings

lcarrigan_55
 

Snow Buntings have been a challenge this season. I spent sev hrs yesterday searching snow-covered roads (4×4 a must) & dodging trailing sheep north & west of Blackfoot/Springfield and never located a Snow Bunting. In fact, located only a single flock of 8 Horned Larks. But Rough-legged Hawks were common in the Sagebrush Steppe areas. Also saw: Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Am Kestrel, N Harrier & Red-tailed Hawk.

Best waterfowl were at the IF&G Crystal Springs Pond with Trumpeter Swans, Pintails, Mallards, Buffleheads & Common Goldeneye. The Springfield Ponds are fairly frozen over with just a handful of the same as seen at Crystal. Be alert at Crystal Springs as a moose has been frequenting the area this winter.

Brian Carrigan, Blackfoot


Snow Bunting Range Road

Janet Philips
 

1 lone Snow Bunting just north of intersection of S Cinder Cone Rd and Range Road. Sticks to road. Followed it in car taking pictures for 15 minutes. Saw 100's of Horned Larks on Simco Rd and Range Road earlier with no Snow Buntings. Heading home and this lone bird crossed the road in front of me!! A nemesis bird for me. Fourth time out since 12/28.


Ada County Landfill

Stoddard Davenport
 

Hi birders,

Ellen and I checked out the Ada County Landfill this morning. Gull numbers were pretty low, and we only found Ring-billed, California, and Herring. Not sure how much of a factor it was but they had loudspeakers set up that were blasting raptor calls - we heard it cycle through several species, including Peregrine, American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Coopers, etc. I'm sure their intent was to dispel the birds, but only the gulls seemed to be affected. Ravens, crows, and starlings seemed unconcerned.

Stoddard and Ellen Davenport
Boise


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Wilson Pond

colinalcarz <aspenwood00@...>
 

Beautiful day 1 of 2016 with over a dozen species identified. Beyond the mallards and coots and canada geese I saw:

green winged teal
american widgeon
gadwall
northern shoveler
lesser scaup
ring necked 
bufflehead
and...
a few magnificent shoe horn head canvasbacks!!!!! proud as if leading a royal flotilla!
the little bay on the far side of the trophy pond once again is headquarters for the cabal of black crowned night herons, saw around 8. 


Ada County Big Day

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

 

Three of us birded the county from pre-dawn to dusk, making 23+ stops, tallying 67 species, but our 16 misses felt like the larger list.  Not.  We travelled 74 miles during 6 am to 6 pm, temperature 9-21F, beautiful sunny calm day. 

Toppermost:

Red-breasted Merganser below the Diversion Dam

Great Egret along Artesia near Eagle Island SP

Bewick’s Wren in full song at Shakespeare Fest Grounds

Brewer’s Blackbird flock below Dry Creek Cemetery

 

Happy Birding New Year!!!

Larry Arnold, Boise

 

 

 

 


Female Black Scoter

Linda Lamb
 

While birding Sunnyside Road today along Lake Pend Oreille we spotted a female Black Scoter just west of the Sunnysdie boat ramp. The bird was approx. 20' off shore and slowly traveling west. We also spotted multiple Red-breasted Mergansers.

Linda Lamb
Priest River,  ID




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January 1st 2016 Latah County Birds

Terry Gray <clgtlg@...>
 

Hi Birders,

This morning Kirsten Dahl and I birded much of Latah County 130+ Miles of
driving including Juliaetta, Kendrick, Bovill, Deary, Troy and some of
Moscow at the UI Arb. Bird species observed are below:

Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Gray Partridge
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle - Juvenile to Adults
Golden Eagle - adult
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Eurasian Collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
American Dipper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Bohemian Waxwing
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco - many 100's
Pine Grosbeak
PURPLE FINCH - 2 AT UI Arb - Will post photos later this evening on my
Flickr site - below is the link!
House Finch
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

38 species

Also at 3:45 this afternoon my wife Christine saw a bird pick off a house
sparrow out of our backyard feeder that she thought was a hawk that actually
was a Northern Pygmy-Owl. The Northern Pygmy-Owl is a new yard bird for us!
Number 103 for our Moscow Yard List.

Good Birding!

Terry Gray
890 Stefany Ln
Moscow ID 83843
208-596-5212
http://www.flickr.com/photos/terryandchristine/


American Falls trout farm

Charles Trost
 

Howdy,
This morning I was filling the feeders at the American Falls trout farm, with the temp at -7 degrees F, and the birds seemed quite desperate.  At the feeder in the olives there was a Lincoln's Sparrow and a first year White-throated Sparrow, in addition to the WCSPs, DEJUs, & SOSPs. The Snake River was mostly frozen, with American Coots and Common Goldeneye in open water just below the dam.  On the way home I drove up Michaud Creek, which is just west of the Poky airport off the frontage road and found two flocks of Common Redpolls in the water birches.  
A Happy and Birdy New Year!
Chuck Trost


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