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Eurasian Wigeon in Nampa

kristin_araki
 

Hi All,
Tonight at 5:30, a male Eurasian Wigeon was spotted at Wal Mart. He was walking by himself but tried to mingle with the Mallards and American Wigeons that hang out in that area. In case any of you are wanting to try and see him, he was at the Wal Mart on 12th Ave. and Greenhurst Road. There's a small strip of lawn on the side of the parking lot that faces 12th Avenue with a dirt bank at the base. The Eurasian was mainly hanging around on the US Bank side of this area.
Happy Birding!
Kristin A.

Biking on (thin) ice

bike4birds
 

While I normally don’t go out on days where I might encounter ice, a couple of days with no biking made me change my mind. The greenbelt was generally clear, with a few bad patches in shady areas. Esther Simplot had both a Ring-necked Duck and a pair of Buffleheads, and Veterans had a ton of Hoodies and my first Barrow’s Goldeneyes of the year. Remington St. only produced Starlings, but things began to pick up on the way back. RB Nuthatches were being quite noisy just upstream from Silver Lake, and when I stopped I discovered a Downy. But I was still short of 30 birds at that time, and the wind was becoming a real problem, since it really helped going downstream but was resisting my efforts to go upstream.

At Veterans, there was a PB Grebe calling to me (just to make sure he got counted), and the A. Coots at Esther gave me 30. (Whew!) California Gulls and an A. Kestrel helped, but the real treat came when I got home. I noticed a bunch of new “whitewash” near my feeders, and when I looked up, I discovered a Great Horned Owl perched on a branch overlooking my yard. He hung out for a while until the A. Crows discovered him, but he only moved across the street to a bare branch where we could watch the crows dive bomb him. He seemed totally unconcerned throughout. Final tally was 35 birds in 10 ½ miles.

Tom McCabe, Boise

Lake lowell area

Robert Kiernan
 

Started out Murphy's neck partially frozen 3 juvenile bald eagles sitting on ice.went to outlet canal lower dam least sand piper still there plus says phoebe watched for about 5 mins. continue jumping up and moving around like fly catching. Anyone know what he would be feeding on in 34 degree temps .returning to Murphy's neck 3 eagles were still there now with food on the ice one finally picked up meat and flew off

Re: Memories of Snake River Birds of Prey NCA

JackDaynes
 

Rich,

Thank you for your perspective. I suspected some of what you have pointed out. In researching the background, I came across a note about the falcon population being half of its former size. And I found references of "multi-use" that raised some concerns in the back of my mind. My 'backyard' in southern California has suffered similar abuses, but given the density of human population here, on a larger, more damaging scale. 

Perhaps I had a romantic notion about Idaho being pristine, but with all those "1A" license plates, I guess it should be expected that some of the beauty nearby would be compromised.

Be well,

On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 5:42 AM Richard and Ann Rusnak <rarusnak62@...> wrote:
Jack, Thanks for the prose, on this amazing region of avian diversity. I remember it before fire, weeds, and ATV trails scoured the lush native shrub steppe, at which time there were many more raptors, rodents, passerines etc. "It" is now a pale version of its former self, (not to anthropomorphize) and a lesser and somewhat sad experience when I tromp through the landscape on birding and photography hikes.
Thanks for the prose and outreach.
 Rich, Nampa


On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 1:06 AM JackDaynes <jackdaynes@...> wrote:
My latest addition to the "Birding Destinations" series is about a location in Idaho, a state I hope to spend more time visiting in the future.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-snake-river-birds-of-prey-nca/  

I hope you enjoy it,
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<https://shadeTreeImaging.com/>
Wildlife Photography with
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I do not chase birds as much as I chase places. 
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
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Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
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Re: Memories of Snake River Birds of Prey NCA

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Jack, Thanks for the prose, on this amazing region of avian diversity. I remember it before fire, weeds, and ATV trails scoured the lush native shrub steppe, at which time there were many more raptors, rodents, passerines etc. "It" is now a pale version of its former self, (not to anthropomorphize) and a lesser and somewhat sad experience when I tromp through the landscape on birding and photography hikes.
Thanks for the prose and outreach.
 Rich, Nampa


On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 1:06 AM JackDaynes <jackdaynes@...> wrote:
My latest addition to the "Birding Destinations" series is about a location in Idaho, a state I hope to spend more time visiting in the future.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-snake-river-birds-of-prey-nca/  

I hope you enjoy it,
--
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-- Jack --
==================================
<https://shadeTreeImaging.com/>
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
I do not chase birds as much as I chase places. 
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
==================================
Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
==================================
==================================

Memories of Snake River Birds of Prey NCA

JackDaynes
 

My latest addition to the "Birding Destinations" series is about a location in Idaho, a state I hope to spend more time visiting in the future.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-snake-river-birds-of-prey-nca/  

I hope you enjoy it,
--
--
-- Jack --
==================================
<https://shadeTreeImaging.com/>
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
I do not chase birds as much as I chase places. 
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
==================================
Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
==================================
==================================

Re: Say's Phoebe in Emmett

Leanne Lloyd-Fairey
 

Hi David,

We don't see many Robins in our yard in the winter. We went for a walk along the river from the Plaza Bridge on Sunday and saw a big flock of Robins. Seemed like more than we usually see in that location. Nice to have them around!

Re: Say's Phoebe in Emmett

Robert Kiernan
 

I've seen them in several locations thru winter not in many numbers never know where they will show up


On Sun, Jan 12, 2020, 9:15 AM Leanne Lloyd-Fairey via Groups.Io <llloydf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I was surprised to see a Say's Phoebe in my Emmett yard this snowy Sunday morning (Jan 12, 2020). They regularly stick around into the late fall, but this is the first time I've seen one in January.

Leanne Lloyd-Fairey
Emmett, Idaho

Re: Say's Phoebe in Emmett

Kerry Fitzharris
 

I teach at Riverstone International School next to the Shakespeare Festival here in Boise. I have a Say’s Phoebe that has been here all winter. I’ve set out feeders with sunflower hearts and scatter seed on the ground which it seems to be eating, or perhaps it’s going after bugs on the ground. It perches on my feeder stand every day majestically.

Kerry Fitzharris

On Jan 12, 2020, at 9:39 AM, David Whitacre <davewhitacre@...> wrote:

Leanne,
Do you also have the impression there are more Robins in Emmett today and yesterday?

On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 9:15 AM Leanne Lloyd-Fairey via Groups.Io <llloydf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I was surprised to see a Say's Phoebe in my Emmett yard this snowy Sunday morning (Jan 12, 2020). They regularly stick around into the late fall, but this is the first time I've seen one in January.

Leanne Lloyd-Fairey
Emmett, Idaho



Re: Say's Phoebe in Emmett

David Whitacre
 

Leanne,
Do you also have the impression there are more Robins in Emmett today and yesterday?

On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 9:15 AM Leanne Lloyd-Fairey via Groups.Io <llloydf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I was surprised to see a Say's Phoebe in my Emmett yard this snowy Sunday morning (Jan 12, 2020). They regularly stick around into the late fall, but this is the first time I've seen one in January.

Leanne Lloyd-Fairey
Emmett, Idaho

Re: Say's Phoebe in Emmett

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Wow, poor little guy/gal, I have on several occasions seen Says phoebe's as early as very late Feb at Swan Falls area down by the river.
Thanks for the post, Rich Nampa
(pic from May at Malheur NWR,OR)



On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 9:15 AM Leanne Lloyd-Fairey via Groups.Io <llloydf=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I was surprised to see a Say's Phoebe in my Emmett yard this snowy Sunday morning (Jan 12, 2020). They regularly stick around into the late fall, but this is the first time I've seen one in January.

Leanne Lloyd-Fairey
Emmett, Idaho

Re: Say's Phoebe in Emmett

Elizabeth Medes
 

We've had a singleton show up the past few winters. Always a surprise but now seems to be a pattern.  We discovered them in pairs, usually, for the first time among our vineyard trellising in summer about 10 years ago, but now they're present all over our rural neighborhood off Frozen Dog Rd.  Still, this winter visitor comes alone.  

Liz Medes 
Emmett ID

Say's Phoebe in Emmett

Leanne Lloyd-Fairey
 

I was surprised to see a Say's Phoebe in my Emmett yard this snowy Sunday morning (Jan 12, 2020). They regularly stick around into the late fall, but this is the first time I've seen one in January.

Leanne Lloyd-Fairey
Emmett, Idaho

Blue Jays

lcarrigan_55
 

3 Blue Jays still coming into feeders. Otherwise, no unusual feeder visitors. N Goshawk moved out of area before Christmas. Great Horned Owls are vocal at night & should be nesting soon. Also, wanted to post & check out new IBLE site!

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Snake rv.

Robert Kiernan
 

Access road to noble island e.of hyway 45 rough leg hawk -- great horned owl  Murphy's neck lake lowell mergansers comm.& hooded. big surprise trees along right side 9 great blue Heron never seen that many together there maybe good feeding with low water 

Memories of Birding Island (Idaho)

JackDaynes
 

Another posting today in my "Bird Destinations" series.
Excerpt:
The meandering of the Payette River has created a broad wetland in the river plain. Not only do cranes, geese, herons, egrets, and waterfowl thrive here, migrating shorebirds visit during their north and southbound journeys in spring and fall. Spring and summer will find flycatchers, warblers and other edge-habitat loving birds here. I have dear friends in Payette who I like to spend time with as often as I can. When there, Birding Island is one place I look forward to visiting.

https://shadetreeimaging.com/memories-of-birding-island/  

Be well,
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-- Jack --
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<https://shadeTreeImaging.com/>
Wildlife Photography with
Emphasis on Birds
==================================
I do not chase birds as much as I chase places. 
I can enjoy the birds I meet, if I enjoy the place I meet them.
==================================
Find me at the intersection of Anywhere and Everywhere
==================================
==================================

L.lowell

Robert Kiernan
 

Lower dam outlet canal least sandpiper still around lions pond nearby 2 black crown night Herons 

Rusty Blackbird in Moscow, ID

Linda Lamb
 

Thanks to Mike Scott I was able to spot a Rusty Blackbird in the second sheep pen on the left off of Farm rd at around 1230 pm today. The attached photo is a cell phone shot off of my camera so the quality is not great. The bird was hanging around with a small flock of Brewer's Blackbirds. The grackle like tail made it stand out at a distance especially with the wind blowing as hard as it was.

Re: N.goshawk

bike4birds
 

There was a N. Goshawk in a tree above the bridge from the Boise side of the greenbelt to Plantation Island, today. There’s parking nearby, in the Plantation subdivision.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Richard and Ann Rusnak
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 7:49 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] N.goshawk

 

When I have seen a N Gos there in years past it has always been in the thickest section of cottonwoods, guessing more than a half mile from parking lot. But I have not seen it this winter.

Rich, Nampa

(my neighborhood Nampa sharpie)

 

On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 7:07 PM Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:

I've never been hulls gulch reserve with my limited mobility I can go reasonably well on fairly even ground anyone know if seen near trail and about how far in from trail head

Re: N.goshawk

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

When I have seen a N Gos there in years past it has always been in the thickest section of cottonwoods, guessing more than a half mile from parking lot. But I have not seen it this winter.
Rich, Nampa
(my neighborhood Nampa sharpie)

On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 7:07 PM Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:
I've never been hulls gulch reserve with my limited mobility I can go reasonably well on fairly even ground anyone know if seen near trail and about how far in from trail head