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North Central Idaho Rarities

Carl Lundblad
 

On Saturday October 24 and following Friday's early winter storm, I birded in Latah and Nez Perce Counties.  My first stop was at the UI Dairy Ponds in Moscow, where the most notable bird was a late PECTORAL SANDPIPER.  More exciting was a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Genesee Sewage Lagoon (https://ebird.org/checklist/S75295461), a first for this well-birded location, with a Marsh Wren (uncommon here, mostly in fall).  Next, I easily refound a group of 6-8 BLUE JAYS, a long-time Nez Perce County nemesis for me, adjacent to Jewett Park in Lewiston (https://ebird.org/checklist/S75298697).  Mann Lake had about 100 TUNDRA SWANS, some Snow and Cackling Geese, Bonaparte's Gulls, at least 2 DUNLIN, and at least 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.

In the late afternoon, I came across 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS on Dry Creek Road, east of Troy in Latah County (https://ebird.org/checklist/S75361173).  Longspurs are very tough to locate in North Idaho, and this will be only the second eBird record for Latah County.  Kas Dumroese was later able to relocate them with 3 Snow Buntings!

Also yesterday afternoon, Ben Meredyk of Moscow discovered an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at the West Levee Pond in Lewiston (https://ebird.org/checklist/S75359854).  Ben and Mason Maron relocated the Black Duck late this morning and had it in view when I arrived.  It even flapped its wings a few times, providing nice views of the uniquely violet-blue speculum without any white lining.  Thanks, Ben, for finding a great state bird (pending acceptance by the IBRC) and to both of those guys for making it easy on me.

Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were back at the UI Dairy Ponds in Moscow, this morning, and I relocated 5 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES that Neil Paprocki found yesterday on Darby Road, northeast of town.

On Friday, I had a single SURF SCOTER, at the St Maries Sewage Ponds in Benewah County, and Kas and Neil both observed 3 White-wigned Scoters (the first record for Latah County) yesterday at a now-frozen pond near Potlatch.

Some really great storm-facilitated October birding in North Central Idaho!

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, Idaho


Incredible ride today!

bike4birds
 

After falling on an icy patch on the boardwalk through the marsh at Esther Simplot Park (ESP), my ride improved incredibly. After getting all the usual suspects along the way to Silver Lake, I was surprised by a RED-NECKED GREBE out in the lake. Further out was a WESTERN GREBE, but the RNGR was a first of year bird. (Maybe first in several years).

Then when I got back to Lander St., I took a little tour around the pond that is between Lander St. and the Greenbelt. This has been great for my first A. Wigeons of the season, along with Wood Ducks and an occasional Gadwall. But today, as I cruised the length of the pond on the concrete path, I discovered a EURASIAN WIGEON, a bird I haven’t seen in years. He was in with a flock of AMWI’s, but he was red where they were green. Way cool.

Final fun bird was an immature SNOW GOOSE, at ESP, on the main pond nearest Quinn’s Pond. There’s a shallow area there with a yellow rope to keep the little kiddies safe, and the bird was in that vicinity.

Gee, I wonder what I’ll find tomorrow!

Tom McCabe, Boise


E Blue Jay Valley Co.

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Folks, I had a very unexpected visitor today at my suet feeder. I was unable to photograph this individual, but will try again tomorrow. Also using the just installed suet today were, Stellers, Canada jays, hairy WP, magpies and some low flyby of Clark’s nutcrackers.
Good Luck, Rich, Cascade area


L.L. LOWER DAM

Robert Kiernan
 

8:15 am 1500+snow geese several cackles 8 horned grebes w.& Clark's 2 dunlins on steps 1 ruddy duck  lions pond 1 hooded merganser 


[eBird Alert] Ada County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

Larry Arnold
 

Not knowing whether many local birders receive these RBA's, thought I'd share this interesting bunch of reports... colder weather inbound and tides are shifting, eyiyi........

Larry


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*** Species Summary:

- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)
- Black-backed Woodpecker (1 report)
- Pinyon Jay (1 report)
- Snow Bunting (1 report)

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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2020 10:00 by Evan Buck
- Intermountain Bird Observatory at Lucky Peak, Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=43.6056275,-116.0600716&ll=43.6056275,-116.0600716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75237903
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "light morph, photo"

Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2020 10:00 by Evan Buck
- Intermountain Bird Observatory at Lucky Peak, Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=43.6056275,-116.0600716&ll=43.6056275,-116.0600716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75238188
- Comments: "clearly heard call note; has been at the site sporadically throughout the fall"

Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2020 10:00 by Evan Buck
- Intermountain Bird Observatory at Lucky Peak, Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=43.6056275,-116.0600716&ll=43.6056275,-116.0600716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75237903
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Nutcracker-sized and shaped bird with a light blue body/head and darker remiges. Head and face relatively uniform light blue, belly also clean blue; tail short. Relatively long, straight bill similar to CLNU. Strong direct flight, moving south with the wind. Seen well by both observers and I am familiar with the species. Managed photos but unfortunately out of focus; they still show light blue color and overall shape. Only other blue medium-large birds are steller's jay, blue jay, and scrub-jays. Each species has longer tail and does not have an overall blue color - Steller's has a dark head, blue/scrub jays have light bellies and different facial markings."

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 08:50 by Kyle Lima
- Intermountain Bird Observatory at Lucky Peak, Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=43.6056275,-116.0600716&ll=43.6056275,-116.0600716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75217770
- Comments: "Flyover ID by vocalizations only. Gave three series of a twitter call followed by a soft “tew.”"

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Re: Anna's Hummingbird

cheryl huizinga
 

I’ve had Anna’s in the past through the winter but they always came to the feeder so were Accustomed to that when flowers froze. My problem with these 2 this fall is they are not coming to feeder at all. I’ve used a heat lamp to keep feeder thawed in past and have it ready If/when those hummers figure out there is a feeder. Thanks for all the feedback. 

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 12:59 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

Cheryl, I put up a heated feeder for my Anna’s last year in December when I learned that someone else about a block away had put one up with success. Several came to it throughout the winter until mid-February when they vanished without a goodbye :-)

Kerry Fitzharris
Boise (north end)


On Oct 22, 2020, at 12:00 PM, rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:

You can connect with Fred Erland in New Meadows. He had an Anna's all winter two years ago. Fred is on eBird and FB. Maybe IBLE, too.

Dean Jones
Donnelly and Boise



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy Tablet

-------- Original message --------
From: cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> 
Date: 10/22/20 11:11 AM (GMT-07:00) 
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbird 

Thanks for ideas Larry. My plan Is to put feeder in Middle Of those plants and maybe they’ll get the message. I’ll let you know. 

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 11:07 AM, cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> wrote:



Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 10:59 AM, Terry <chipperxv@...> wrote:


Thought you would like to know that we have Anna's Hummingbirds in Reno, NV, and they are very keen on Pineapple Sage. Ours are fiercely territorial and will zoom down to hover right in your face if you get too close to their favorite plants.

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  


On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!




Re: Anna's Hummingbird

Kerry Fitzharris
 

Cheryl, I put up a heated feeder for my Anna’s last year in December when I learned that someone else about a block away had put one up with success. Several came to it throughout the winter until mid-February when they vanished without a goodbye :-)

Kerry Fitzharris
Boise (north end)


On Oct 22, 2020, at 12:00 PM, rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:

You can connect with Fred Erland in New Meadows. He had an Anna's all winter two years ago. Fred is on eBird and FB. Maybe IBLE, too.

Dean Jones
Donnelly and Boise



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy Tablet

-------- Original message --------
From: cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> 
Date: 10/22/20 11:11 AM (GMT-07:00) 
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbird 

Thanks for ideas Larry. My plan Is to put feeder in Middle Of those plants and maybe they’ll get the message. I’ll let you know. 

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 11:07 AM, cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> wrote:



Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 10:59 AM, Terry <chipperxv@...> wrote:


Thought you would like to know that we have Anna's Hummingbirds in Reno, NV, and they are very keen on Pineapple Sage. Ours are fiercely territorial and will zoom down to hover right in your face if you get too close to their favorite plants.

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  


On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!




Re: Anna's Hummingbird

rattlesnake4873
 

You can connect with Fred Erland in New Meadows. He had an Anna's all winter two years ago. Fred is on eBird and FB. Maybe IBLE, too.

Dean Jones
Donnelly and Boise



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy Tablet

-------- Original message --------
From: cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...>
Date: 10/22/20 11:11 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbird

Thanks for ideas Larry. My plan Is to put feeder in Middle Of those plants and maybe they’ll get the message. I’ll let you know. 

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 11:07 AM, cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> wrote:



Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 10:59 AM, Terry <chipperxv@...> wrote:


Thought you would like to know that we have Anna's Hummingbirds in Reno, NV, and they are very keen on Pineapple Sage. Ours are fiercely territorial and will zoom down to hover right in your face if you get too close to their favorite plants.

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  


On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!


Re: Anna's Hummingbird

cheryl huizinga
 

Thanks for ideas Larry. My plan Is to put feeder in Middle Of those plants and maybe they’ll get the message. I’ll let you know. 

Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 11:07 AM, cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> wrote:



Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 10:59 AM, Terry <chipperxv@...> wrote:


Thought you would like to know that we have Anna's Hummingbirds in Reno, NV, and they are very keen on Pineapple Sage. Ours are fiercely territorial and will zoom down to hover right in your face if you get too close to their favorite plants.

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  


On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!


Re: Anna's Hummingbird

cheryl huizinga
 



Cheryl Huizinga
Caldwell, Idaho

On Oct 22, 2020, at 10:59 AM, Terry <chipperxv@...> wrote:


Thought you would like to know that we have Anna's Hummingbirds in Reno, NV, and they are very keen on Pineapple Sage. Ours are fiercely territorial and will zoom down to hover right in your face if you get too close to their favorite plants.

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  


On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!


Re: Anna's Hummingbird

Terry
 

Thought you would like to know that we have Anna's Hummingbirds in Reno, NV, and they are very keen on Pineapple Sage. Ours are fiercely territorial and will zoom down to hover right in your face if you get too close to their favorite plants.


On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  


On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!


Re: Anna's Hummingbird

Larry Arnold
 


Cheryl, this is a tricky one....  maybe another bird will come along and show them that your feeder is a actually food source? 

our Anna's this year was the opposite, didn't go to any of our blooming salvias (four kinds), penstemons, stache, Zauchneria, fireweed, etc, went only to one of our three feeders, which we thought was weird......

I think out of desperation I'd put a "model hummingbird" at your feeder, like with it's bill stuck in one of the ports...???  I've got several realistic looking fake hums that I'd try here in our yard....  do you have any?

Or maybe park your feeder right next to your busiest plants with a little sign "open for business, damn it !!"   ;-)

???

Larry 




From: "Cheryl Huizinga" <bchuizinga@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:37:59 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbird

In Caldwell we still have 2 Anna’s coming to the  blooming Pineapple Sage plants and other salvia.  They don’t come to the feeder at all. I know the freezing temps will wipe out the flowers.  Got to figure out how to get them interested in the feeder.  If they do then have to get to heater on the feeder.  Oh such fun to have Anna’s hummingbirds!  Really!

Cheryl Huizinga in Caldwell

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Ceredig Roberts via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:26 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbird

 

Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  



On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!

 



Re: Anna's Hummingbird

cheryl huizinga
 

In Caldwell we still have 2 Anna’s coming to the  blooming Pineapple Sage plants and other salvia.  They don’t come to the feeder at all. I know the freezing temps will wipe out the flowers.  Got to figure out how to get them interested in the feeder.  If they do then have to get to heater on the feeder.  Oh such fun to have Anna’s hummingbirds!  Really!

Cheryl Huizinga in Caldwell

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Ceredig Roberts via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:26 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbird

 

Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  



On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!

 


Re: Anna's Hummingbird

Ceredig Roberts
 

Wonderful. Just had another visit of an Anna’s at our house in the Highlands this evening. Got some photos this time. Feeding on the Red Salvias And then checking out the feeders.  


On Oct 18, 2020, at 6:04 PM, Kerry Fitzharris <birderfitz@...> wrote:

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!


Re: Caught in the Act

Jon Barnett
 

Thanks Larry!


On Oct 21, 2020, at 12:28 PM, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:



it IS a beautiful day and those are great pix Jonathan  =)


From: "Jonathan" <jrb4jc@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:02:31 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Caught in the Act

Normally I only get immature Cooper’s Hawks, but this morning an adult male showed up on my bird perch!

 

I got a good action shot… and some others as well… Enjoy this beautiful day!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 



Re: Caught in the Act

Jon Barnett
 

Thx!  There are lots of quail here also… 😊


On Oct 21, 2020, at 12:50 PM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:


Jon,

Great pics!  It must be Coopers hawk day because I just had one criss-cross in front of me along my walk.  He had immature fine streaks but altogether handsome as always.  

We have one picking off the backyard quail every other evening or so - almost like clockwork, just before dusk, or "zero dark birdy," as we call it.  

Liz Medes 
Emmett 


Re: Caught in the Act

Elizabeth Medes
 

Jon,

Great pics!  It must be Coopers hawk day because I just had one criss-cross in front of me along my walk.  He had immature fine streaks but altogether handsome as always.  

We have one picking off the backyard quail every other evening or so - almost like clockwork, just before dusk, or "zero dark birdy," as we call it.  

Liz Medes 
Emmett 


Re: Caught in the Act

Larry Arnold
 


it IS a beautiful day and those are great pix Jonathan  =)


From: "Jonathan" <jrb4jc@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:02:31 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Caught in the Act

Normally I only get immature Cooper’s Hawks, but this morning an adult male showed up on my bird perch!

 

I got a good action shot… and some others as well… Enjoy this beautiful day!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 



Caught in the Act

Jon Barnett
 

Normally I only get immature Cooper’s Hawks, but this morning an adult male showed up on my bird perch!

 

I got a good action shot… and some others as well… Enjoy this beautiful day!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: Opening Day

David Whitacre
 

Love it! Go ducks, this is sure to work!


On Mon, Oct 19, 2020 at 11:33 AM R L ROWLAND RONALD ROWLAND <rlrowland@...> wrote:
Opening Day here in Idaho. An "oldie-but-a-goodie". Have had several years, thought I'd pass it on for those who've not seen it before. Hope posting this goes thru as I've not done this type before.
CGB. RL

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