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RW Blackbird

Bill Moore
 

First RW Blackbird of Spring (male of course) appeared today. In some past years they over-wintered here, but not this year.

Bill Moore
Inkom


Re: Pinyon Jays

lcarrigan_55
 

Very cool, Kit! I haven't seen Pinyons in years. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Pinyon Jays

Kit Struthers
 

We just watched a flock of about 30 Pinyon Jays flying back and forth across the road just east of Howe and in and out of the junipers, calling, and then up the hill and away.

Kit

Kit Struthers
kit619@centurylink.net
Idaho Falls ID


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

lcarrigan_55
 

Love 2 sounds as winter moves into spring: calls of Sandhill Cranes & Trumpeter Swans. Haven't heard not seen Sandhills on this side of state, yet. But, seeing this report from Tom, will start looking & listening!

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

julie marcum
 

Here at whitewater draw. Amazing seeing/hearing them.

Julie


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

Diann Stone
 

I agree about that sound. It makes me smile from the inside and works it way to my mouth. A couple weeks go I was in Arizona at the Whitewater Draw where tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes flew in from distant fields and landed on shore and in the water. It's such a treat!

Diann Stone  Boise
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." John Muir



On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 5:11 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I was on the return leg of my bike ride around 1 pm today when I again heard that wonderful sound of Sandhill Cranes. I was at Willow Lane, with trees obscuring the sky, so I jumped off my bike. Two passing bicyclists apparently thought I was crazy, until I yelled “Sandhill Cranes” and pointed to the circling flock of at least 20 birds. Then the 2 cyclists got excited too when they saw the flock. The birds seemed to be circling somewhere over Garden City (maybe they needed a beer?) but I couldn’t tell exactly where. Way cool.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

Ken Miracle
 

They did not stop here at Cinder Winery 😀


On Feb 20, 2020, at 5:11 PM, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:



I was on the return leg of my bike ride around 1 pm today when I again heard that wonderful sound of Sandhill Cranes. I was at Willow Lane, with trees obscuring the sky, so I jumped off my bike. Two passing bicyclists apparently thought I was crazy, until I yelled “Sandhill Cranes” and pointed to the circling flock of at least 20 birds. Then the 2 cyclists got excited too when they saw the flock. The birds seemed to be circling somewhere over Garden City (maybe they needed a beer?) but I couldn’t tell exactly where. Way cool.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

Elizabeth Medes
 

Love their calls.  Found 140 of them in Gem County today - what a site - and it just seems so early to me, but evidently not.


Liz Medes
Emmett ID


Sandhill Cranes again!

bike4birds
 

I was on the return leg of my bike ride around 1 pm today when I again heard that wonderful sound of Sandhill Cranes. I was at Willow Lane, with trees obscuring the sky, so I jumped off my bike. Two passing bicyclists apparently thought I was crazy, until I yelled “Sandhill Cranes” and pointed to the circling flock of at least 20 birds. Then the 2 cyclists got excited too when they saw the flock. The birds seemed to be circling somewhere over Garden City (maybe they needed a beer?) but I couldn’t tell exactly where. Way cool.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Says Phoebe

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Sweet Find! I have on multiple occasions spotted one in that same locale, usually 2/25 or there abouts.

Happy trails, Rich Nampa

Photo is from Malheur, 5/2019

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: rbird1286 via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 9:09 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Says Phoebe

 

Saw a Says Phoebe today on the gravel road by Swan Falls.   About a mile North of the dam.

 

Ruthann Greene

 

 

 


Sandhill Cranes!

bike4birds
 

Today, as I got near to Esther Simplot Park, I heard a sound that always gives me a thrill. It took a second for my brain to process it, but then I realized it was the sound of Sandhill Cranes. I scanned the sky and saw a string of cranes, way up, traveling generally up river. There were at least 20 cranes, maybe 30, but I was standing in the middle of Stewart Ave. and I didn’t really feel comfortable. By the time I got out of the way of cars, they were gone. But way cool.

Then, while scanning all the waterfowl at the main pond at Esther, they all suddenly took off. And I mean EVERY body. I looked up, expecting a raptor but didn’t immediately see anything. Then a shadow crossed over me and I looked up again to see an immature Bald Eagle flying by. It was quite a cloud of birds: Mallards, C. Geese, RB Gulls, A. Wigeons, A. Crows. I think the lone Killdeer managed to stay put, and I think the C. Goldeneye just dove. Still, a noisy cloud of birds, all squawking.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 


Says Phoebe

rbird1286
 

Saw a Says Phoebe today on the gravel road by Swan Falls.   About a mile North of the dam.

Ruthann Greene



Re: Trumpeter Swans

Diann Stone
 

What a great variety, and how lucky to see that many Trumpeter Swans in close proximity. 

Diann
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." John Muir



On Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 11:34 AM lcarrigan_55 via Groups.Io <lcarrigan_55=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Took a walk along Snake River this holiday Mon AM to see Trumpeter Swans which have been roosting on river and bank at night. Got a couple of great photos & counted approx 150 swans, in groups ranging from 15 to 60 birds. Over a thousand Canada Geese as well. Plus, Mallards, Buffleheads, Common & Hooded Mergansers.

Others: 1 Blue Jay, Townsend's Solitaire, Pine Siskins, Am Goldfinches, House Finches, Spotted Towhees, Am Robins, N Flicker, BB Magpies, Common Raven, BC & Mt Chickadees.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Trumpeter Swans

lcarrigan_55
 

Took a walk along Snake River this holiday Mon AM to see Trumpeter Swans which have been roosting on river and bank at night. Got a couple of great photos & counted approx 150 swans, in groups ranging from 15 to 60 birds. Over a thousand Canada Geese as well. Plus, Mallards, Buffleheads, Common & Hooded Mergansers.

Others: 1 Blue Jay, Townsend's Solitaire, Pine Siskins, Am Goldfinches, House Finches, Spotted Towhees, Am Robins, N Flicker, BB Magpies, Common Raven, BC & Mt Chickadees.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Owl ?

Michael Wegand
 


I'd say hawk...perhaps red tail

Michael Wiegand
Pearl, Idaho

208-859-3643-c
208-286-0506-h

www.habiscapes.com

"the truth is out there!"


From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> on behalf of Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:59 PM
To: ible@groups.io <ible@groups.io>
Subject: [IBLE] Owl ?
 
Fort  boise n .w.a. this Bird has profile of an owl any guesses 


Owl ?

Robert Kiernan
 

Fort  boise n .w.a. this Bird has profile of an owl any guesses 


New Yard Bird!

Jon Barnett
 

Good morning!  Not just any new yard bird – 77 has been my favorite number since I can remember, and this bird today happens to be my 77th Yard Bird!  (Over almost 20 years now here)

 

A Townsend’s Solitaire suddenly appeared in the crabapple tree out my window and started feeding.  That’s a bird I have only seen a few times in my 44 years of birding!  It’s gone now; only stayed about 5 minutes.

 

Have a great holiday, everyone… Jonathan, HSB

 

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2020 WAfLS: Oregon Grid Opportunities for Idaho Participants

Denise Hughes
 

There are a few open Short-eared Owl survey grids in eastern Oregon.  Not sure if there are Iblers who live in Malheur County or in the very western part of Idaho but this is a good chance to get in on some fun.  Please contact Ellie Armstrong at the email below if interested.  


Denise Hughes
Caldwell




Hi All!

The Oregon state coordinator Ellie Armstrong (cc'd here) reached out to me requesting help getting some survey assistance for some Oregon grids that border/somewhat border Idaho. If you are interested in picking up an additional grid or know someone in Idaho/Oregon that may be interested, could you please pass the information along? Feel free to respond here so Ellie can stay updated and make the necessary connections with interested parties. If you prefer to connect with her directly, feel free to email her here: eea@...

Here is the map for quick reference:  https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=3ffdecaed53c4e09acf57d08bd904ba9&extent=-116.8589,40.4074,-108.7455,43.8248  

Thanks in advance, everyone, we appreciate any suggestions!  

--
Heather Hayes
Community Science Coordinator, Research Biologist
Idaho State Volunteer Coordinator, Short-eared Owl "WAfLS" Program
Department of Biological Sciences
Boise State University
1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-1515







--
Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Lower dam

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Yesterday, 2/9 at Fort Boise WMA near Parma: 1000+ snow geese are resting prior to their push north, several dozen white fronted geese as well. Other notables, many yellow-rumped warblers, a N shrike. Geese are easily viewed from elevated platform blind overlooking marsh. Cheers, Rich Nampa
Photos By: M Marzinelli 



On Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 6:03 PM Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:
L.lowell snow goose up close to dam.+ 5 eared grebes


Lower dam

Robert Kiernan
 

L.lowell snow goose up close to dam.+ 5 eared grebes

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