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Dry Lakes Area

Denise Hughes
 

This morning I submitted an ebird report that listed Western Sandpipers. After an email from Austin I realized that the birds were Dunlins, not Sandpipers.

Gotta hit the books again to refresh my brain on non breeding plumage of Sandpipers.

Sorry for the error.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


no Tufted so far

Jay Carlisle
 

No sightings so far today (we just got here 30 min ago but others had been here since at least 9).  Lots of ponds in area and we'll try to look (some likely private gravel ponds)


Jay



NO Tufted Duck seen this morning.

cheryl huizinga
 

I and several others spent some time scoping pond where TUDU was seen yesterday. No sighting. Maybe on a pond nearby?? Guess it would be worth checking it again later today just in case.
Cheryl.

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Male Tufted Duck in canyon co

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Myself and two others “put it to bed” at dusk last night. Thanks Cheryl and Denise!
The Tufted duck seems to be moving mostly on the far bank with groups of scaup and ring necks. The tuft is quite obvious, the beak has virtually no markings except the tip, is paler and slightly smaller than say a ring neck.
Good Luck, lots of variety, a great all around location for ducks!
Cheers, Rich Rusnak

On Mar 10, 2017, at 5:38 PM, Jonathan jrb4jc@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:


Saw the bird!  Thx Cheryl, Debbie Teal, et all.  Thx Tim for calling me.  3 observers with 2 scopes still at the pond.  


On Mar 10, 2017, at 3:53 PM, Jonathan jrb4jc@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Hello all – – I got caught in town with no binoculars or scope, but I am heading to red top ponds by faith that someone else will be out there with a scope!  If you are already there, or are on your way, I would love for you to call me and let me know 869-5164. Thanks so much! Jonathan Barnett from Horseshoe Bend


On Mar 10, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Cheryl Huizinga bchuizinga@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Denise Hughes and I currently looking at a male Tufted Duck at Red Top Rd Ponds (ebird hotspot) in Canyon Co. 
Closet spot to scope from is from Red Top Rd just west of intersection with Dixie River Rd. This big pond is not the Fish and Game pond but big pond just east of that pond. 
Cheryl

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho





Great Gray Owl?

Jon Barnett
 

Hi - has the GGO been seen recently?


Re: Male Tufted Duck in canyon co

Jon Barnett
 

Saw the bird!  Thx Cheryl, Debbie Teal, et all.  Thx Tim for calling me.  3 observers with 2 scopes still at the pond.  


On Mar 10, 2017, at 3:53 PM, Jonathan jrb4jc@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Hello all – – I got caught in town with no binoculars or scope, but I am heading to red top ponds by faith that someone else will be out there with a scope!  If you are already there, or are on your way, I would love for you to call me and let me know 869-5164. Thanks so much! Jonathan Barnett from Horseshoe Bend


On Mar 10, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Cheryl Huizinga bchuizinga@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Denise Hughes and I currently looking at a male Tufted Duck at Red Top Rd Ponds (ebird hotspot) in Canyon Co.
Closet spot to scope from is from Red Top Rd just west of intersection with Dixie River Rd. This big pond is not the Fish and Game pond but big pond just east of that pond.
Cheryl

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Male Tufted Duck in canyon co

Jon Barnett
 

Hello all – – I got caught in town with no binoculars or scope, but I am heading to red top ponds by faith that someone else will be out there with a scope!  If you are already there, or are on your way, I would love for you to call me and let me know 869-5164. Thanks so much! Jonathan Barnett from Horseshoe Bend


On Mar 10, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Cheryl Huizinga bchuizinga@... [ible] <ible-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Denise Hughes and I currently looking at a male Tufted Duck at Red Top Rd Ponds (ebird hotspot) in Canyon Co.
Closet spot to scope from is from Red Top Rd just west of intersection with Dixie River Rd. This big pond is not the Fish and Game pond but big pond just east of that pond.
Cheryl

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho


Male Tufted Duck in canyon co

cheryl huizinga
 

Denise Hughes and I currently looking at a male Tufted Duck at Red Top Rd Ponds (ebird hotspot) in Canyon Co.
Closet spot to scope from is from Red Top Rd just west of intersection with Dixie River Rd. This big pond is not the Fish and Game pond but big pond just east of that pond.
Cheryl


Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho


Chukar!

bike4birds
 

As I turned off Moore St. onto Stewart, I heard the unmistakable sound of a Chukar. I had not seen him since I got back to biking, but this is the same place I saw him last fall. He was on the roof of 820 Ross St., which is one of the 4 streets that meet at this intersection. He seems to like to stand on the highest point of the house and tell the world he’s a Chuk-chuk-chukar!

Tom McCabe, Boise


windows open >> Tundra Swans TUSW

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

 

Advantage of warmer weather (50F+) allows open windows; I’ve caught two noisy flocks of TUSW flying by the house today so far, bearing SE

2nd flock just now, had c. 85 birds, but I missed seeing the 1st flock for a count

Larry, W Boise

 

 


Mexico

Janet Philips
 

It was exciting seeing this bird in Boise but more fun seeing it in Nuevo Villarta in Mexico!!


Boise Greenbelt Report

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

So, following the “multiple 35-year record snowfall events here in the Boise area” we are now under a flood warning.  West of the Glenwood bridge yes, indeed, several parts of the greenbelt are under water.  But in most flooded places it’s sooo shallow, and it’s not stopping me when I’m out on the bike wearing me Wellies...  I won’t be denied of my birds because of a few puddles.  In a loose, connect-the-dots sort of way, this watery situation reminds me of my mother’s fridge magnet that said “Don’t stand between me and my Chocolate!”    ;-)

Anyway, yes, the Boise River is flowing fast, is at a high mark, there are lots of sand bags out there doing their thing, ambient noise from the river is up (from our usual 35dB to 67dB+ in a few places, per my little sound level meter), and the birds are cranking up.  But, IF you are a bird, and you want to get onto my daily lists, you need to be a screamer, as loud as or louder than a dipper, because otherwise I won’t hear you. 

Yesterday, it was a hoot to see a couple of Canada Geese shooting the rapids along a stretch of river that is usually very calm.  And I’m trying my best Not to LOL at another local situation: a neighbor’s tennis court is under water, by at least 8”.  Like I said, it’s a serious matter and I’m refusing to laugh.   (oops)

The West Boise WTP rookery is beginning to load up with Double-crested Cormorants and Great Blue Herons, roughly 10 and 30, respectively.  And they have an odd bed fellow in there amongst them… an adult Bald Eagle who’s wearing a mustache as disguise, but – surprise – it’s not working.  Toppermost of the birds in our hood recently include Western Screech-owl (in fact calling right now), Merlin, and Say’s Phoebe.

But help, it’s too overcast, ominous, dark and gloomy around here.  Need lumens.  Please send lumens.

In closing, a sign on the front of Sofia’s Greek Bistro at State and Glenwood says:  “Please do not smoke on our patio.  If we see you smoking, we’ll assume you’re on fire and will take appropriate action!”  

Happy Spring and Good Boid’n!

Larry

 


No, Re: possible Red-shouldered Hawk in Boise,

jmeredit@...
 

I spent 45 minutes or so going around that area on Monday mid a.m. and did not see any Red-shouldered Hawks. But there are ponds on the east side of the Hillcrest golf course, so perhaps that area would be good for someone to check again.

Re Great Gray Owls, does anyone think they may have moved into that Hulls Gulch area recently for nesting habitat, forced to move perhaps due to the wild fires last summer? I can't believe birders could have missed seeing them had they been there in past years. Well, I missed seeing them, 2 visits recently, no owls. Judy Meredith, jmeredit@bendnet.com

On 03-04-2017 11:08, Jay Carlisle carlislejay@yahoo.com [ible] wrote:
Mark Collie left me a voicemail that's he seen 1, possibly 2,
Red-shouldered Hawk(s) over the last 2 days along Overland in the
vicinity of Latah, Cleveland, & Roosevelt to the NE of Hillcrest golf
course.
Might be worth a look if you're in the area.
Thanks,
Jay
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Re: GG Owl still present at Hulls Gulch

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

 

oopsie, this should have read “at 0715 hrs this morning”

 

Missy says that apparently I’m still on Pacific Time.  ;-)    BTW, our SoCal birding adventure (mostly San Diego County), was good to us… we got 226 sp, but we pushed pretty hard every day and we were *lucky* at the last minute to get on a pelagic trip out of Mission Bay with San Diego Audubon.  We also learned that the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR is located 228 ft below sea level and that 424 sp of birds have been recorded there (as of their checklist dated Sept 2015).  Our most memorable moments included ALL the birds just outside our back door at Lake San Marcos, good looks at Scaly-breasted Munia (AKA Spice Finch, AKA Nutmeg Mannikin), scope views of Mountain Plovers less than 100 ft away, and a Barn Owl in a palm tree.  =)  

 

We already miss our daily dose of Black Phoebes, mockers, grackles, etc., but on our way home the first magpie we saw in Utah was eye candy!  

 

LA

 

 

 

From: ible@... [mailto:ible@...] On Behalf Of 'Larry Arnold' larnold47@... [ible]
Sent: Monday, March 6, 2017 9:30 AM
To:
ible@...
Subject: [IBLE] GG Owl still present at Hulls Gulch =)

 

 

Missy and I saw one of the GGOW’s at 0615 hrs this morning in the lower part of Hulls, guessing this is the usual location?  It only took us about 5 minutes to find it, but that was because someone (a non-birder) was standing there looking at it.  My thoughts are that this is how many folks get hooked on birding, i.e., by having a close encounter of sorts, eh?!  =)   My first Close Encounter was with Rufous Hummingbirds, AKA Sir Rufous, in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

This current GGOW situation is getting interesting, because, 1) although the BNA species account (Bull and Duncan, 1993) suggests these birds don’t begin nesting for a few more weeks (late March at the earliest), and 2) 90% of nesting observations in the southern part of their range (e.g., ID and WY) occur in the Lodgepole Pine/Douglas-Fir/Aspen zone (quite unlike Hulls), these bird(s) have been present at Hulls since 10 Feb!  All very interesting…

Sincere thanks to Jason Talbot for finding our first Ada County GGOW (per eBird), and thank you Kim for reporting last night on IBLE… you gave us added / and urgent / incentive to chase!  We’ve been out-of-state for three weeks and figured we’d already missed out on the GGOW excitement.   Yeehah.

Larry Arnold, Boise

 


GG Owl still present at Hulls Gulch =)

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 

Missy and I saw one of the GGOW’s at 0615 hrs this morning in the lower part of Hulls, guessing this is the usual location?  It only took us about 5 minutes to find it, but that was because someone (a non-birder) was standing there looking at it.  My thoughts are that this is how many folks get hooked on birding, i.e., by having a close encounter of sorts, eh?!  =)   My first Close Encounter was with Rufous Hummingbirds, AKA Sir Rufous, in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

This current GGOW situation is getting interesting, because, 1) although the BNA species account (Bull and Duncan, 1993) suggests these birds don’t begin nesting for a few more weeks (late March at the earliest), and 2) 90% of nesting observations in the southern part of their range (e.g., ID and WY) occur in the Lodgepole Pine/Douglas-Fir/Aspen zone (quite unlike Hulls), these bird(s) have been present at Hulls since 10 Feb!  All very interesting…

Sincere thanks to Jason Talbot for finding our first Ada County GGOW (per eBird), and thank you Kim for reporting last night on IBLE… you gave us added / and urgent / incentive to chase!  We’ve been out-of-state for three weeks and figured we’d already missed out on the GGOW excitement.   Yeehah.

Larry Arnold, Boise

 


Pretty Great

Kim Liebich
 

Not a great photo but a super great evening! 

Apparently, at least one Great Gray still in the same area Hulls Gulch - Boise Idaho.
For me it was Great Gray - times two

Great Gray Owl and … my other GREAT grey…Tom McCabe (ha) - miss Susan too for a bonus.




=)kim liebich
Boise Idaho





I changed my email

Bob Kiernan
 


Back Deck Birds

lcarrigan_55
 

With temps in the 40's, melting snow & sunshine, caught up on a few outdoor chores & then enjoyed the sun from our back deck. Saw: 5 Bald Eagles (2 adult, 3- 2nd yr), 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3 Red-tailed Hawks & 1 Rough-legged Hawk. Also, Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, a couple of Townsend's Solitaires & my usual mix of feeder birds: BC Chickadees, House Finches, Am Goldfinches & pr of Downy WP's. Not bad for just relaxing on the deck with a book & pr of binocs.

Brian Carrigan, Blackfoot


Re: possible Red-shouldered Hawk in Boise (2nd-hand report)

Ken Miracle
 

Margie and I spent a couple of hours in the area this afternoon between 2-3 and 4-5. Saw and photographed a Red-tailed Hawk. Saw one other smaller raptor a long way off sailing away to the North but to far away for ID or photo.

Ken Miracle
chukar28@icloud.com
208-908-9493
"Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God" 2COR 3:5


possible Red-shouldered Hawk in Boise (2nd-hand report)

Jay Carlisle
 

Mark Collie left me a voicemail that's he seen 1, possibly 2, Red-shouldered Hawk(s) over the last 2 days along Overland in the vicinity of Latah, Cleveland, & Roosevelt to the NE of Hillcrest golf course.

Might be worth a look if you're in the area.

Thanks,

Jay

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