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Re: Bobolink at Indian Creek

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

BTW, As many of us IBLE’rs visit Malheur, the Bobolinks have arrived at the NWR, as of yesterday I saw 4 males about 1+miles N of Pea Ranch on center patrol road. 
Good luck!
 Rich


On May 17, 2020, at 7:43 PM, John Shortis via groups.io <john_shortis@...> wrote:

Hi birders, Amy and I saw a singing male Bobolink this pm. It was close in at the bottom of the short trail leading straight down from the rest room towards the lake. We watched the bird for about 15 minutes until it flew east towards I84. We spent some time trying to relocate but we were unable to do so.

John Shortis  

Bobolink at Indian Creek

John Shortis
 

Hi birders, Amy and I saw a singing male Bobolink this pm. It was close in at the bottom of the short trail leading straight down from the rest room towards the lake. We watched the bird for about 15 minutes until it flew east towards I84. We spent some time trying to relocate but we were unable to do so.

John Shortis  

Observations

lcarrigan_55
 

A few observations from this weekend. Have seen that Bald Eagles take advantage of soaring with large groups of White Pelicans. Nearly every larger Pelican group I saw the last few days had at least one, & in another case 3, Bald Eagles soaring with the group over the Snake River. Wondering if they use the Pelicans to hide themselves in, to make a sudden dive toward a rising fish? Or, if it's just that the same thermals attracting Pelicans, also attract the Eagles? 

Another obs is of dandelions. I do try to keep dandelions under control in the lawn, but never kill out all. Have found that Lazuli Buntings, Pine Siskins & Am Goldfinches like the seeds in fluff. At one point today, had 3 male Lazulis all eating dandelion seeds at the same time. Striking colors!

And, lastly, learned a new sound. While the male Black-chinned Hummingbird was displaying to a female perched on the feeder, kept hearing distinct & rapid bell-like tones as it would buzz past the feeder, in addition to the usual trill of air through its feathers. Finally, found on Cornell University's bird site the exact description of what I was hearing. The males don't always make the sound and it's also caused by air rushing through the feathers during descent & straight flight. The male did this about 10 times, back & forth, over a distance of about 50 yds. His previous display flights to the female were only made up of trills. So, can obviously control the sound, just with its feathers & speed. Plainly...fascinating.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot
 

Re: Pine Siskins

henderson.danette
 


On Sun, May 17, 2020, 9:33 AM lcarrigan_55 via groups.io <lcarrigan_55=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Evening Grosbeaks still coming in to feeder, down to about 10 now. BH Grosbeaks are here in force now, males & females. Counted 11 at feeder at same time. Up to 3 male Lazuli Buntings at a time, too. No females yet. Also, seeing Bullock's Orioles, House Wrens & Yellow Warblers. A Red-breasted Nuthatch pr may be nesting. Sure are active.

Robins are nesting now. Both Chipping Sparrows & WC Sparrows are here. And Pine Siskins are back at feeder this AM. A Black-chinned Hummingbird pr is setting up for nesting. The male was doing large U-shaped display flights for the female for 5+ mins at a time this AM. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Pine Siskins

lcarrigan_55
 

Evening Grosbeaks still coming in to feeder, down to about 10 now. BH Grosbeaks are here in force now, males & females. Counted 11 at feeder at same time. Up to 3 male Lazuli Buntings at a time, too. No females yet. Also, seeing Bullock's Orioles, House Wrens & Yellow Warblers. A Red-breasted Nuthatch pr may be nesting. Sure are active.

Robins are nesting now. Both Chipping Sparrows & WC Sparrows are here. And Pine Siskins are back at feeder this AM. A Black-chinned Hummingbird pr is setting up for nesting. The male was doing large U-shaped display flights for the female for 5+ mins at a time this AM. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Re: American Redstart

Micah Austin
 

The male American Redstart is still present at Market Lake. Observed multiple times in the west shelterbelt, 50-150 yards from entrance. Mostly foraging on the ground. A fun, playful bird. Good photos. 

Micah Austin 
Ammon, Idaho 




On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 10:06 AM, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

Male. Market Lake. West windrow south end. Low in tangled brush make for great views.

Bob and Terrie Davis
Idaho Falls



Summer Tanager near Ririe

Denise Hughes
 

Just saw this Ebird report. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S69114136

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

Re: Boise BT Green Warbler (yesterday)

Jay Carlisle
 

I gather several folks have tried w/o success this morning and it may well have migrated last night (definitely some new arrivals near our house so others could have departed). However, if you don't have anything better to do, I think it's still worth looking today - mainly because we got very lucky to hear a single chip note last night and it still took a while to locate the bird as it was within vegetation and not moving especially quickly. I know, easy for me to say since I was among the lucky ones last night but food for thought :-)

Jay


On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 08:35:58 PM MDT, Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay@...> wrote:


Black-throated GREEN male still present @ 830.  From parking lot go W on dirt road past pond & maintenance shed to end of trail.

A male ...

Jay




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Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) (1)
- Reported May 13, 2020 16:49 by Patti Guicheteau
- Idaho Shakespeare Festival Grounds, Ada, Idaho
- Comments: "Photos attached. Male with black throat from bill  that became black stripes down the side of the breast. Green head and back which cancels out other males in this grouping such as the Townsend’s Warbler."

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2020 Yampa Valley Crane Festival News

Larry Arnold
 


and another.........


From: "Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition" <coloradocranes@...>
To: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 7:45:05 AM
Subject: 2020 Yampa Valley Crane Festival News

Dear Crane Supporters,
 
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition (CCCC) hopes that you and your family are staying healthy and safe as we adjust to life during this time of COVID-19.  While the human situation seems to change daily, we take comfort in knowing our Greater Sandhill Cranes remain steadfast in their yearly routine of nesting and raising their young here in the Yampa Valley.
 
Photo by Abby Jensen
As communities begin to re-open, we have been pondering what to do about the 2020 Yampa Valley Crane Festival. The health and safety of our community and all those who take part in our festival are our top priority. After much discussion we have reluctantly decided it is not prudent to go forward with this year’s festival as originally planned. Instead, we will take our festival –or at least parts of it – and go virtual. 
 
We plan to produce a series of educational videos about our Greater Sandhill Cranes that will be made available for free through our website. The first of these videos, intended for elementary school children and their families, has already been completed. It can be accessed via this link: 
https://coloradocranes.org/programs-2/school-programs/educational-video/
 
We also plan to take some of your favorite crane festival events and present them in an online platform during the 2020 Yampa Valley Crane Festival dates- September 3-6.  We will be sending you the relevant information for accessing these videos and virtual events as the time grows closer.
 
All of the speakers who were scheduled to talk at the 2020 festival will instead be presenting at next year’s Yampa Valley Crane Festival, scheduled for September 2-5, 2021.
 
Our conservation work on behalf of the cranes continues despite COVID-19. While we realize that human needs must take priority at this time, we hope you will continue to support our organization and our cranes during this challenging period. If you are able, please consider a donation to CCCC. The recently enacted CARES bill includes Charitable Giving Incentives to encourage and support taxpayers to give to non-profits. This federal bill allows up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions available to people who take the IRS standard deduction. To make a donation now, click here: https://coloradocranes.org/donations/
 
Thank you for caring about our Greater Sandhill Cranes.  Let’s stay connected as we move forward through the summer. For the latest information, check back often to our website www.coloradocranes.org. We wish you all the best in health, safety and wellness.
 
Sincerely,
 
Nancy Merrill, President
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc.
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Swooper photo

Larry Arnold
 


here ya go folks, I just couldn't stop myself   ;-)



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To: "Maurer, Charlie" <clmaurer@...>, "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>, "Smith, Art" <gjartsmith@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:03:55 PM
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Fw: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Idaho <hourly>

Jay Carlisle
 

Black-throated GREEN male still present @ 830.  From parking lot go W on dirt road past pond & maintenance shed to end of trail.

A male ...

Jay




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On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7:42 PM, ebird-alert@... wrote:

*** Species Summary:

Black-throated Green Warbler (1 Ada)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) (1)
- Reported May 13, 2020 16:49 by Patti Guicheteau
- Idaho Shakespeare Festival Grounds, Ada, Idaho
- Comments: "Photos attached. Male with black throat from bill  that became black stripes down the side of the breast. Green head and back which cancels out other males in this grouping such as the Townsend’s Warbler."

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Blk-throated Gray Warbler still there 4:45 pm

Janet Phillips
 

Very close to where seen this a.m. Behind shed at end of road with green gate at top. SE corner parking lot.

Black-throated Gray Warbler still there

Janet Phillips
 

The Black-throated Gray Warbler is still at Idaho Shakespeare Festival Grounds just east of the road with green gate across; Boise for nonlocals.

American Redstart

Bob Davis
 

Male. Market Lake. West windrow south end. Low in tangled brush make for great views.

Bob and Terrie Davis
Idaho Falls

Re: Great-tailed Grackle

climb_on2002
 

There must be a lot of food dropped in that parking lot

MaDWhitham
Suivez vos rêves aujourd’hui!! Demain n’arrivera peut-être jamais

On May 12, 2020, at 5:55 PM, Kit Struthers <kit619@...> wrote:



I just watched a male Great-tailed Grackle bathing in a small storm water retention pond behind the Idaho Central Credit Union just north and east of the west side Walmart here in Idaho Falls.  We had a pair of them in the Walmart parking lot and on the building on our Christmas Bird Count, and they have been seen there since.

 

Kit

 

Kit Struthers

Idaho Falls, ID

kit619@...

 


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Re: Great-tailed Grackle

Tim Reynolds
 



On May 12, 2020, at 5:55 PM, Kit Struthers <kit619@...> wrote:


I just watched a male Great-tailed Grackle bathing in a small storm water retention pond behind the Idaho Central Credit Union just north and east of the west side Walmart here in Idaho Falls.  We had a pair of them in the Walmart parking lot and on the building on our Christmas Bird Count, and they have been seen there since.

 

Kit

 

Kit Struthers

Idaho Falls, ID

kit619@...

 

Great-tailed Grackle

Kit Struthers
 

I just watched a male Great-tailed Grackle bathing in a small storm water retention pond behind the Idaho Central Credit Union just north and east of the west side Walmart here in Idaho Falls.  We had a pair of them in the Walmart parking lot and on the building on our Christmas Bird Count, and they have been seen there since.

 

Kit

 

Kit Struthers

Idaho Falls, ID

kit619@...

 

Re: Another good day

Larry Arnold
 


ya know, getting out daily is The Ticket, esp this time of year, Tom you Rock



From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2020 8:57:48 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Another good day

I must admit that I’ve been somewhat envious of the birds that people have been reporting lately, but today’s ride made up for it somewhat. There’s a set of “buggy” trees at Willow Lane athletic complex, and I’ve been finding some interesting birds mixed in with the Cedar Waxwings and the E. Starlings, including Cassin’s Finch,  Bullock’s Oriole, and Cassin’s Vireo. But today was a topper. The waxwings and starlings were there, but they were joined by Lazuli Buntings, and my FOY Western Tanager and Evening Grosbeak. But the real kicker was when I was tracking a bird flying from one tree to another and saw a trio of White Pelicans flying over the river. I’ve only seen White Pelicans a few times in all my bike rides along the river, so, needless to say, I was excited. My final tally was 45 species in 12 miles.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Another good day

bike4birds
 

I must admit that I’ve been somewhat envious of the birds that people have been reporting lately, but today’s ride made up for it somewhat. There’s a set of “buggy” trees at Willow Lane athletic complex, and I’ve been finding some interesting birds mixed in with the Cedar Waxwings and the E. Starlings, including Cassin’s Finch,  Bullock’s Oriole, and Cassin’s Vireo. But today was a topper. The waxwings and starlings were there, but they were joined by Lazuli Buntings, and my FOY Western Tanager and Evening Grosbeak. But the real kicker was when I was tracking a bird flying from one tree to another and saw a trio of White Pelicans flying over the river. I’ve only seen White Pelicans a few times in all my bike rides along the river, so, needless to say, I was excited. My final tally was 45 species in 12 miles.

Tom McCabe, Boise

Re: Chipping Sparrows

Robert Kiernan
 

I hit reply & it.still went to ible whats up


On Mon, May 11, 2020, 7:59 PM lcarrigan_55 via groups.io <lcarrigan_55=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Bill & Larry's recent posts re: numbers of birds was proven this evening. Old habits are hard to break, as I'm an old "Great Backyard Bird Count" observer & record highest numbers of a species seen at one time. This evening, was walking on the place & saw a bird fly up to the top of a sagebrush, a Chipping Sparrow, in full breeding plumage.

As I kept watching, saw 3-4 others. Then, took about 3 steps forward & the ground exploded with Chipping Sparrows flying up. Saw at least 30 in flight. If I had just counted what I saw initially, number would have been off by at least 25. 

Point of numbers is well taken. Remember reading a study from Cornell about Chickadees & it was found that for each one seen, there are at least 5 others. So, the 6 I usually spot, means at least 30 individuals are hitting the feeders. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot