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Definitely Blue Jay!

bike4birds
 

Around noon today, as we crossed the bridge from Plantation Island to the stables area, I heard the distinct sound of a Blue Jay. I froze and listened, and the call went on and on. No question, no doubt. I rode down the dead end asphalt path, which is about 1/8th of a mile long, and I would say the bird was about halfway down. Unfortunately, I never actually saw the bird. :-(

This is the same general area where I heard the bird yesterday, but the bird went on much longer today.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 


Blue Jay?

bike4birds
 

If you watch any television at all, you end up seeing scenes from the eastern half of the country, and I always listen for the bird sounds in the background. Lately, I’ve been hearing Blue Jays a lot. Way cool.

So the other morning while lying in bed, I thought I heard a Blue Jay in the vicinity of my house in the North End of Boise. After much soul searching, I decided I must have been dreaming and the dream seemed real. (As with all identifications by sound, I want the first call to alert me to the presence and the second to confirm the ID).

Then today, at six miles into my bike ride (so probably not asleep and dreaming), and stopped on Remington St., I heard a Blue jay. My head snapped around and then –yes!—I heard it again. Unfortunately, I stood there a long time and never heard it again, and I got as close to where I thought the sound emanated, but still nothing.

So if you are in the vicinity of Plantation Island, keep your ears tuned. It sounded like the bird was either on the island or in the vicinity of the discontinuous part of the Garden City greenbelt.

Tom McCabe, Boise

PS—a few years ago the island played host to a Steller’s Jay for much of the winter, and that same year there was a Blue Jay hanging out in the North End with a Steller’s Jay. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.


Hummingbird!

Michael Bickley
 

A male Rufus dropped by at 3:45PM this afternoon for a really long drink on my feeder. The last hummer I saw was the evening of Sept. 15th. This guy must be trying to beat the bad weather coming this weekend. Always happy to see a straggler get a meal.

Mike Bickley
Pocatello, ID


Re: White-crowned Sparrow Explosion

Elizabeth Medes
 

The white crowned are thick on the ground this week, particularly around the canals and in Montour.  Juncos coming in a few at a time.  Noticed this summer when we saw the WCs up at 7800 ft in northern Gem County how different their song was; not so much notes as intensity, but it was breeding season and no doubt worth the effort.

Liz
Emmett ID

On Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 10:09 PM Jeff Brough <brogjl@...> wrote:
These last few weeks I've spent considerable time in the canyons southwest of Challis,,,, Spar canyon, Road creek, and Herd creek.  In every one of them I saw lots and lots of White-Crowns.  Way more than I've usually seen in the hills before.  I just figured that they were this years batch flocking up before they went south, but maybe there is more to it than just that.
  Less Mountain Bluebirds, also.  Still plenty of them, but smaller groups, it seems.  


Re: Blue Jay

scottywarbler
 

Dad saw one yesterday in Last Chance. Between Box Canyon Subdivision and Anglers Inn.

Zeke Watkins
208-731-1471
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Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien

Without the animals, Man would die of a great loneliness of the Spirit - Chief Seattle

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfillment - Sir David Attenborough

On Oct 7, 2020, at 1:38 PM, Regan,Tempe <tempe.regan@idfg.idaho.gov> wrote:

I heard one from my yard in Salmon, ID yesterday.

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Tempe Regan (she/her)
Regional Wildlife Diversity Biologist
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
99 US-93
Salmon, ID 83467
Office: 208.756.2271
Mobile: 406.396.4856


-----Original Message-----
From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Cliff Weisse
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:15 PM
To: IBLE <ible@groups.io>
Subject: [IBLE] Blue Jay

I've seen a few reports of Blue Jay already this fall so I wasn't too surprised to hear one calling near St. Anthony today. It was in a yard along the Henry's Fork of the Snake River and it called repeatedly for fifteen minutes or so. Maybe this will be a good winter for Blue Jays???

Cliff

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Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@octobersetters.com











Re: Blue Jay

Regan,Tempe
 

I heard one from my yard in Salmon, ID yesterday.

***********************
Tempe Regan (she/her)
Regional Wildlife Diversity Biologist
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
99 US-93
Salmon, ID 83467
Office: 208.756.2271
Mobile: 406.396.4856

-----Original Message-----
From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Cliff Weisse
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:15 PM
To: IBLE <ible@groups.io>
Subject: [IBLE] Blue Jay

I've seen a few reports of Blue Jay already this fall so I wasn't too surprised to hear one calling near St. Anthony today. It was in a yard along the Henry's Fork of the Snake River and it called repeatedly for fifteen minutes or so. Maybe this will be a good winter for Blue Jays???

Cliff

--
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@octobersetters.com


Blue Jay

Cliff Weisse
 

I've seen a few reports of Blue Jay already this fall so I wasn't too surprised to hear one calling near St. Anthony today. It was in a yard along the Henry's Fork of the Snake River and it called repeatedly for fifteen minutes or so. Maybe this will be a good winter for Blue Jays???

Cliff

--
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@octobersetters.com


Re: White-crowned Sparrow Explosion

Jeff Brough
 

These last few weeks I've spent considerable time in the canyons southwest of Challis,,,, Spar canyon, Road creek, and Herd creek.  In every one of them I saw lots and lots of White-Crowns.  Way more than I've usually seen in the hills before.  I just figured that they were this years batch flocking up before they went south, but maybe there is more to it than just that.
  Less Mountain Bluebirds, also.  Still plenty of them, but smaller groups, it seems.  


White-crowned Sparrow Explosion

Scott Tuthill
 

Just an interesting observation on a common species. Over the last couple of weeks I have had a huge buildup of White-crowned Sparrows in my yard. (Boise Highlands Area, Ada County). The vast majority are first year birds. I have seen at one time 15 on the ground under my feeders. There are 2 to 3 adults that show up from time to time. Also interesting is I am hearing quite a lot of singing going on. I am not sure I remember this from past years -- but I don't keep records on that sort of thing. Pieplow's book says males sing all year round. The vocalizations don't sound like clear adult songs but maybe the first year birds learning and trying out their songs. More like the subsong on the Peterson web site that goes with Pieplow's book. I am going to dust off my recording gear and capture some snippets. Will post on eBird.

Scott


Re: Gull I.D.

Elizabeth Medes
 

Thanks, Brian.  When I magnify it all the way up, on some I can see what looks like a dark spot on the tip of the bill.  There have been ring-billed gulls there this summer.

Liz

On Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 7:52 PM Brian Bizik via groups.io <brianbizik=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Is there a ring on the bill, kind of looks like it 




On Saturday, October 3, 2020, 7:50 PM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:

Meant to include this magnified shot...not that it helps much.

On Sat, Oct 3, 2020, 3:43 PM Elizabeth Medes via groups.io <liz.medes=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
These were circling over the Emmett WW Treatment Plant this a.m.  Unfortunately, this was as close as I could get with my point and shoot before they took off.  Any clues?  Got mixed results with Merlin photo ID.

Liz
Emmett ID


Re: Gull I.D.

Brian Bizik
 

Is there a ring on the bill, kind of looks like it 




On Saturday, October 3, 2020, 7:50 PM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:

Meant to include this magnified shot...not that it helps much.

On Sat, Oct 3, 2020, 3:43 PM Elizabeth Medes via groups.io <liz.medes=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
These were circling over the Emmett WW Treatment Plant this a.m.  Unfortunately, this was as close as I could get with my point and shoot before they took off.  Any clues?  Got mixed results with Merlin photo ID.

Liz
Emmett ID


Re: Gull I.D.

Elizabeth Medes
 

Meant to include this magnified shot...not that it helps much.


On Sat, Oct 3, 2020, 3:43 PM Elizabeth Medes via groups.io <liz.medes=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
These were circling over the Emmett WW Treatment Plant this a.m.  Unfortunately, this was as close as I could get with my point and shoot before they took off.  Any clues?  Got mixed results with Merlin photo ID.

Liz
Emmett ID


Gull I.D.

Elizabeth Medes
 

These were circling over the Emmett WW Treatment Plant this a.m.  Unfortunately, this was as close as I could get with my point and shoot before they took off.  Any clues?  Got mixed results with Merlin photo ID.

Liz
Emmett ID


Re: Kinglet Rush

bike4birds
 

YR Warblers have invaded Boise. I have been seeing and hearing them everywhere along my bike rides, from the North End to Les Bois race track. And my first (and, so far, only) RC Kinglet was 2 days ago. Plus a DE Junco snuck into our yard 2 days ago to grab some of the seed that the doves and squirrels didn’t get. He was back again yesterday and today, but solo. But the real treat was 9 Pine Siskins in our Rudbeckia plants and the feeders this am. We have a picture from a few years ago where I’m standing by the feeders with about 20 Pine Siskins at my feet and one in my hand. ;-) Maybe a repeat this year?

Tom

P.S. Almost forgot that I had my first male Gadwall in breeding plumage yesterday. Another treat.

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of lcarrigan_55 via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2020 8:39 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Kinglet Rush

 

Today, most numerous migrants coming through are RC Kinglets. Found one mixed flock of approx 20 birds, mostly RC Kinglets with 5-6 juv Audubon's/YR Warblers. Best bird, so far, today has been a first winter White-throated Sparrow. Did see a single, adult male Townsend's Warbler (finally, first in 2 yrs) last wkend. And, a few Orange-crowneds this past week. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Kinglet Rush

Elizabeth Medes
 

This week counted several kinglets, nearly all Ruby C, at Sage Hen Res and Wilson's Meadow in Gem Cty, and near Cascade Lake shoreline, all mixed with YR Audobon warblers.  RCs were in our Emmett yard yesterday, along with the arrival of Oregon juncos.  Hate to see the RCs go.

Notable at Cascade was lack of evening grosbeaks and juncos, which we saw in high numbers exactly 1 year ago.  Checked out the southern half of the reservoir and other than coots, no migrating waterfowl whereas last year this time, it was jam packed.  Much warmer weather this year, and a whole lotta smoke.

Liz Medes
Emmett, the east side

On Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 8:39 AM lcarrigan_55 via groups.io <lcarrigan_55=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Today, most numerous migrants coming through are RC Kinglets. Found one mixed flock of approx 20 birds, mostly RC Kinglets with 5-6 juv Audubon's/YR Warblers. Best bird, so far, today has been a first winter White-throated Sparrow. Did see a single, adult male Townsend's Warbler (finally, first in 2 yrs) last wkend. And, a few Orange-crowneds this past week. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Kinglet Rush

lcarrigan_55
 

Today, most numerous migrants coming through are RC Kinglets. Found one mixed flock of approx 20 birds, mostly RC Kinglets with 5-6 juv Audubon's/YR Warblers. Best bird, so far, today has been a first winter White-throated Sparrow. Did see a single, adult male Townsend's Warbler (finally, first in 2 yrs) last wkend. And, a few Orange-crowneds this past week. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Plover

Robert Kiernan
 

Earlier I said I had a black bell.plover at dry lake looking at photo  closer it looks more like American golden 


Dry lake

Robert Kiernan
 

6:pm lots of birds from one end to the other water level down more mud showing Baird's least. Yellow legs solitary  avocet dowitchers 1juv blk.bell plover


Fall Migrants

lcarrigan_55
 

This AM, with cooler temps & no wind, finding small groups of mainly juvenile Audubon's Warblers, working their way through, 1 MacGillivray's, resident RB Nuthatch family & group of 5 Pine Siskins picking seeds from top cones of blue spruce trees. Also, Chipping Sparrows, both juv & adult. Am Robins are present in good numbers.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Corvids

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Thanks Dean


On Sep 22, 2020, at 8:09 AM, rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:


We've had CLNU at our place, 5020 feet elevation, since we built in 2006. They follow the pine seed crop and this year is a bonanza for them, at least in our locale. I normally see CAJA a bit higher. 

Dean



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-------- Original message --------
From: Richard and Ann Rusnak <rarusnak62@...>
Date: 9/22/20 7:42 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Corvids

IBLE, posing a question about observed presence of Canada jays and Clark’s nutcrackers at non typical habitat. In Valley Co. at 5k elevation I have been seeing both species more frequently as compared to 10 years ago? Adaptation to limited resources from various factors not limited to the big one, climate upheaval? Thoughts ?
Cheers, Rich Rusnak





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