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Birding

Robert Kiernan
 

10 :45 E.dike rd.off to lane just pass trailhead 5 pheasant took off only seen 1 at a time in several years  also sparrows song & white crown a downy w.peck n.flicker  chickadee ruby kinglet r.wing blk.bird Robin's near N.Y.canal flying snow geese   1PM dry lake 25 dunlins 3 trumpeter swans lots of gulls 


IBRC Update

Cliff Weisse
 

Here's the latest batch of records for which voting has been completed by IBRC.

Cliff

Accepted in first Round:
White-rumped Sandpiper 19-B-2020
Ruddy Turnstone 37-B-2020
Indigo Bunting 32-B-2020
Northern Hawk Owl 30-B-2020
Northern Parula 29-B-2020
Ovenbird 26-B-2020
Hudsonian Godwit 27-B-2020
Alder Flycatcher 25-B-2020
Indigo Bunting 24-B-2020
Eastern Phoebe 23-B-2020
Blue Grosbeak 22-B-2020
Blue Grosbeak 21-B-2020
Whimbrel 18-B-2020
Yellow-billed Loon 28-B-2020
Blackburnian Warbler 55-B-2020
Black-billed Cuckoo 54-B-2020
Purple Finch 62-B-2020
Black Scoter 60-B-2020
Black Scoter 59-B-2020
Northern Hawk Owl 58-B-2020
Summer Tanager 57-B-2020
American Black Duck 56-B-2020
Swamp Sparrow 53-B-2020
Fox Sparrow (Red Subspecies)
Tennessee Warbler 52-B-2020
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 46-B-2020
Chestnut-sided Warbler 43-B-2020
Tennessee Warbler 41-B-2020
Broad-winged Hawk 39-B-2020
Merlin 34-B-2020

Not Accepted in first round:
Blue Grosbeak 35-B-2020
Gull-billed Tern 1-A-2020
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 63-B-2020
Broad-winger Hawk 49-B-2020

Accepted in second round:
Dusky Flycatcher 15-B-2018 (7-0)
Hermit Warbler 17-B-2020 (7-0)
Summer Tanager 20-B-2020 (5-2)
Short-billed Dowitcher 33-B-2020 (6-1)

Not Accepted in second round:
Blue-headed Vireo 44-B-2017 (1-6)
Clay-colored Sparrow 14-B-2020 (2-5)
White-winged Crossbill 31-B-2020 (2-5)

Not Accepted in third round:
Neotropic Cormorant 20-B-2019 (3-4)
Upland Sandpiper 14-B-2019 (2-5)

I've been asked a few times about the meaning of the alpha-numeric codes shown after the species name in the list of reviewed records I send out in these updates.  All records are in this format:
Species name, Record Number, (Vote).
Species name is self explanatory.
The record number is in 3 parts separated by hyphens.  The first part is the number of the record within a given year.  The second part is a letter, either A or B, which designates whether the report is for a species with previous Idaho records (B), or if the report is for a species not yet documented in Idaho (A).   The third part is the year in which the report was submitted.
The numbers in parenthesis are the final vote arrived at by IBRC for the record, with the first number for "accept" votes, the second for "not accept" votes.  First round votes must be unanimous to be decisive so any record Accepted/Not Accepted in first round is necessarily 7-0 or 0-7.

Here's an example:
Lincoln's Sparrow 11-B-13 (7-0)
In this case the species is Lincoln's Sparrow.
The record number, 11-B-13, shows that this is the 11th report submitted to IBRC during the year, the "B" shows that there are previous records for Lincoln's Sparrow, "13" is the year, 2013.
The numbers in parenthesis, (7-0), are the final vote on the record.  7 votes to Accept, 0 votes for Not Accept.

Accepted in first round:
Bewick's Wren 15-B-13

Accepted in second round:
Lincoln's Sparrow 11-B-13 (7-0)

-Report rarities to the Idaho Bird Records Committee via the online form at:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/node/add/rare_bird_reports
-Helpful tips for preparing your report can be found in this article:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/how-to-document
-Don't forget to check the Review List before taking the time to prepare a report:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/review-species
-You can contact the Secretary via email at this address:
secretary@idahobirds.net
-As always you can email any Committee member with questions. Addresses can be found here:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/

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


Re: Boise Wildlife Area

Robert Kiernan
 

Looks like I missed spelled Fred's last name crase not crane sorry  about that 


On Tue, Mar 9, 2021, 11:22 AM Robert Kiernan via groups.io <photobirder=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
For fred crane Roswell marsh has tons of snows.continue on 18 on around to w.side small pond on left had lots of white fronts  continue on turn L.on opal sand hills out on left 

On Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 5:06 PM ftcrase via groups.io <ftcrase=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
As the weather warmed a bit last week I started poking around the New Plymouth area to see if any migrants were starting to show up. I found some snow geese in the lower Payette River region, along with some red-winged blackbirds starting to stake out territories and saw my fist robins. At the New Plymouth sewage pond i saw a good sized flock of  northern shovelers and a few ruddy ducks. So today I decided to hit the Boise Wildlife area to see if anything was showing up there. I was really surprised to find almost all of the usual water areas dried up. I don't recall any discussion of this on IBLE; if there was I certainly missed it. I'm going to miss watching those large flocks of geese coming in this Spring. I did see a few FOY birds but I thought that I should let everyone that the area is undergoing a large scale construction project until at least May. The project is funded from Federal monies (P&R ?) with Ducks Unlimited doing the design work. I'm sure it will really upgrade the habitat there; just sad about missing on one of my favorite early Spring favorite places.

Fred Crase
New Plymouth


Re: Boise Wildlife Area

Robert Kiernan
 

For fred crane Roswell marsh has tons of snows.continue on 18 on around to w.side small pond on left had lots of white fronts  continue on turn L.on opal sand hills out on left 


On Mon, Mar 8, 2021, 5:06 PM ftcrase via groups.io <ftcrase=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
As the weather warmed a bit last week I started poking around the New Plymouth area to see if any migrants were starting to show up. I found some snow geese in the lower Payette River region, along with some red-winged blackbirds starting to stake out territories and saw my fist robins. At the New Plymouth sewage pond i saw a good sized flock of  northern shovelers and a few ruddy ducks. So today I decided to hit the Boise Wildlife area to see if anything was showing up there. I was really surprised to find almost all of the usual water areas dried up. I don't recall any discussion of this on IBLE; if there was I certainly missed it. I'm going to miss watching those large flocks of geese coming in this Spring. I did see a few FOY birds but I thought that I should let everyone that the area is undergoing a large scale construction project until at least May. The project is funded from Federal monies (P&R ?) with Ducks Unlimited doing the design work. I'm sure it will really upgrade the habitat there; just sad about missing on one of my favorite early Spring favorite places.

Fred Crase
New Plymouth


Boise Wildlife Area

ftcrase
 

As the weather warmed a bit last week I started poking around the New Plymouth area to see if any migrants were starting to show up. I found some snow geese in the lower Payette River region, along with some red-winged blackbirds starting to stake out territories and saw my fist robins. At the New Plymouth sewage pond i saw a good sized flock of  northern shovelers and a few ruddy ducks. So today I decided to hit the Boise Wildlife area to see if anything was showing up there. I was really surprised to find almost all of the usual water areas dried up. I don't recall any discussion of this on IBLE; if there was I certainly missed it. I'm going to miss watching those large flocks of geese coming in this Spring. I did see a few FOY birds but I thought that I should let everyone that the area is undergoing a large scale construction project until at least May. The project is funded from Federal monies (P&R ?) with Ducks Unlimited doing the design work. I'm sure it will really upgrade the habitat there; just sad about missing on one of my favorite early Spring favorite places.

Fred Crase
New Plymouth


Re: Owls

Elizabeth Medes
 

We had a family of BANOs(9!) in a packing shed until vineyard production stepped up and they disappeared.  That was 18 years ago or so.  Haven't seen any on this east end of Emmett since.  Have hung a barn owl box in several locations, but no luck.

This weekend I discovered a pair on a sandstone wall, maybe 30 ft above HWY 52 (Black Canyon Reservoir) on a hairbend turn, a very dangerous corner.  Gad, this makes me nervous.

Liz Medes
Emmett


Re: Sandhill Cranes

Elizabeth Medes
 

Also seen them in their usual spot on North Plaza, near Cobblestone Park.

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Thu, Mar 4, 2021, 5:39 PM Balaeniceps rex <41onesweetworld@...> wrote:
I saw 2 large flocks of approximately 70+ flying high close to the house in Emmett around 12:30 today. They possibly could be some of the ones you saw earlier Janet. I love their calls!


Re: Sandhill Cranes

Balaeniceps rex <41onesweetworld@...>
 

I saw 2 large flocks of approximately 70+ flying high close to the house in Emmett around 12:30 today. They possibly could be some of the ones you saw earlier Janet. I love their calls!


Sandhill Cranes

Janet Phillips
 

At least 50 Sandhill Cranes grazing and groups seen flying in area today at noon—Highway #52 NW of Emmett—town called Little Rock. Hotspot 43 55 06.0 -116 41 36.9
1000’s of Snow Geese still at Roswell Pond 43 44 56.5 -117 00 16.8


Re: Bald Eagle adult

rattlesnake4873
 

Nice 

On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 4:33 PM M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:
I was traveling on Idaho Hwy. 46, headed to Gooding from Fairfield in Canas County, when I spotted this adult Bald Eagle. It was being mobbed by more than a dozen Common Ravens and then sat down just a few feet above the floor of the high desert. In one of these pictures, you can see a raven just to the right of the perched eagle.
Alan Gregory, Mountain Home

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Alan C Gregory
Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.
Mountain Home, ID
Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, life member
Member, North American Butterfly Association


--
Dean Jones
"A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words." Thomas Huxley
208-859-0072


Bald Eagle adult

M Gregory
 

I was traveling on Idaho Hwy. 46, headed to Gooding from Fairfield in Canas County, when I spotted this adult Bald Eagle. It was being mobbed by more than a dozen Common Ravens and then sat down just a few feet above the floor of the high desert. In one of these pictures, you can see a raven just to the right of the perched eagle.
Alan Gregory, Mountain Home

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Alan C Gregory
Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.
Mountain Home, ID
Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, life member
Member, North American Butterfly Association



Re: spring is coming

John Shortis
 

From Remington St (Garden City), by the fairgrounds, I was looking for migrants in the shrubs & trees (not much), then I first heard, then counted 85 Sandhill Cranes flying over. A truly wonderful sight to behold.

John Shortis

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10:57:27 AM MST, Jim Lyons <jflyons@...> wrote:


50 Sandhill Cranes over Boise’s North End at 10:55 this morning - glorious!

On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 1:49 PM akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

I saw 20+ when I was at Blacks Creek this morning.  Glorious!

 

Ann Swanson

Central Bench, Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom & Susan Soniville
Sent: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:50 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] spring is coming

 

 Had a flock of 16 Sandhill Cranes fly over our house on the West Bench about 30 minutes ago. Can't miss that call.

 

Tom Soniville

 

 

Sent from my Galaxy

 

 

 

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From: Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...>

Date: 3/1/21 5:42 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: Re: [IBLE] spring is coming

 

Yay for mental health and cranes.  Beautiful image.

 

Liz Medes

Emmett

 

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021, 4:44 PM Ruth Shea <ruthshea14@...> wrote:

In an attempt to maintain what mental health remains, I spent the PM wandering around the NE corner of American Falls reservoir attempting to survey swans. Only found 20 trumpeters.  I received a report last week of flocks field feeding on the east side of the reservoir near the mouth of the Portneuf but they seem to have moved out of the Springfield area.  I figure that with the reservoir substantially frozen they have few roosting areas near the NE fields.  They usually begin heading north out of eastern Idaho about this time.

But I did not get stuck anywhere, most road are quite solid, and I was rewarded with 3 Prairie Falcons perched on various telephone poles.  One allowed me to park within 50 feet and when it eventually flew showed its nice dark axillars.  A low flying male Marsh Hawk was the first ray of hope that spring is on the way.  But the highlight was the pair of Sandhill Cranes that flew over me.  The only 2 that I saw.. Food is abundant in the fields that were harvested last fall and are now snow free in much of the area.  Overall birdlife was very sparse but the cranes made my day.


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Tom Soniville
Boise. North End

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Jim Lyons
jflyons@...
208-340-0533


Re: spring is coming

Jim Lyons
 

50 Sandhill Cranes over Boise’s North End at 10:55 this morning - glorious!

On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 1:49 PM akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

I saw 20+ when I was at Blacks Creek this morning.  Glorious!

 

Ann Swanson

Central Bench, Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom & Susan Soniville
Sent: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:50 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] spring is coming

 

 Had a flock of 16 Sandhill Cranes fly over our house on the West Bench about 30 minutes ago. Can't miss that call.

 

Tom Soniville

 

 

Sent from my Galaxy

 

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...>

Date: 3/1/21 5:42 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: Re: [IBLE] spring is coming

 

Yay for mental health and cranes.  Beautiful image.

 

Liz Medes

Emmett

 

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021, 4:44 PM Ruth Shea <ruthshea14@...> wrote:

In an attempt to maintain what mental health remains, I spent the PM wandering around the NE corner of American Falls reservoir attempting to survey swans. Only found 20 trumpeters.  I received a report last week of flocks field feeding on the east side of the reservoir near the mouth of the Portneuf but they seem to have moved out of the Springfield area.  I figure that with the reservoir substantially frozen they have few roosting areas near the NE fields.  They usually begin heading north out of eastern Idaho about this time.

But I did not get stuck anywhere, most road are quite solid, and I was rewarded with 3 Prairie Falcons perched on various telephone poles.  One allowed me to park within 50 feet and when it eventually flew showed its nice dark axillars.  A low flying male Marsh Hawk was the first ray of hope that spring is on the way.  But the highlight was the pair of Sandhill Cranes that flew over me.  The only 2 that I saw.. Food is abundant in the fields that were harvested last fall and are now snow free in much of the area.  Overall birdlife was very sparse but the cranes made my day.


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Tom Soniville
Boise. North End

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Jim Lyons
jflyons@...
208-340-0533


Re: bird feeders and salmonella

John Schmidt
 

Here's an article from a couple of days ago on this topic.
Quotes from it:  "Idaho fish and wildlife officials are recommending that residents take down their backyard bird feeders or clean them frequently amid a salmonella outbreak that has infected songbirds across the western U.S." .... “You can help to stop the spread of salmonellosis by discontinuing backyard bird feeding until at least April 1 to encourage birds to disperse and forage naturally,” said Kristin Mansfield, a veterinarian with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Birds use natural food sources year-round, even while also using backyard bird feeders, so they should be fine without the feeders for another month.”


Re: Great gray

kenrodgers72
 

Two were there on Monday.



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note9, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone



-------- Original message --------
From: Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...>
Date: 3/2/21 20:13 (GMT-07:00)
To: ible@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Great gray

A friend  wants to know  if the owl is still montour area 


Great gray

Robert Kiernan
 

A friend  wants to know  if the owl is still montour area 


bird feeders and salmonella

Chris Slymon
 

A friend just emailed to say that they were taking their bird-feeders down until April because of a salmonella outbreak. Is this the thing to do? Is it all feeders or just some?

Thanks,
Chris


Re: spring is coming

akswanson
 

I saw 20+ when I was at Blacks Creek this morning.  Glorious!

 

Ann Swanson

Central Bench, Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom & Susan Soniville
Sent: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:50 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] spring is coming

 

 Had a flock of 16 Sandhill Cranes fly over our house on the West Bench about 30 minutes ago. Can't miss that call.

 

Tom Soniville

 

 

Sent from my Galaxy

 

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...>

Date: 3/1/21 5:42 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: Re: [IBLE] spring is coming

 

Yay for mental health and cranes.  Beautiful image.

 

Liz Medes

Emmett

 

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021, 4:44 PM Ruth Shea <ruthshea14@...> wrote:

In an attempt to maintain what mental health remains, I spent the PM wandering around the NE corner of American Falls reservoir attempting to survey swans. Only found 20 trumpeters.  I received a report last week of flocks field feeding on the east side of the reservoir near the mouth of the Portneuf but they seem to have moved out of the Springfield area.  I figure that with the reservoir substantially frozen they have few roosting areas near the NE fields.  They usually begin heading north out of eastern Idaho about this time.

But I did not get stuck anywhere, most road are quite solid, and I was rewarded with 3 Prairie Falcons perched on various telephone poles.  One allowed me to park within 50 feet and when it eventually flew showed its nice dark axillars.  A low flying male Marsh Hawk was the first ray of hope that spring is on the way.  But the highlight was the pair of Sandhill Cranes that flew over me.  The only 2 that I saw.. Food is abundant in the fields that were harvested last fall and are now snow free in much of the area.  Overall birdlife was very sparse but the cranes made my day.


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Tom Soniville
Boise. North End


Re: spring is coming

Tom & Susan Soniville
 

 Had a flock of 16 Sandhill Cranes fly over our house on the West Bench about 30 minutes ago. Can't miss that call.

Tom Soniville


Sent from my Galaxy



-------- Original message --------
From: Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...>
Date: 3/1/21 5:42 PM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] spring is coming

Yay for mental health and cranes.  Beautiful image.

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021, 4:44 PM Ruth Shea <ruthshea14@...> wrote:
In an attempt to maintain what mental health remains, I spent the PM wandering around the NE corner of American Falls reservoir attempting to survey swans. Only found 20 trumpeters.  I received a report last week of flocks field feeding on the east side of the reservoir near the mouth of the Portneuf but they seem to have moved out of the Springfield area.  I figure that with the reservoir substantially frozen they have few roosting areas near the NE fields.  They usually begin heading north out of eastern Idaho about this time.

But I did not get stuck anywhere, most road are quite solid, and I was rewarded with 3 Prairie Falcons perched on various telephone poles.  One allowed me to park within 50 feet and when it eventually flew showed its nice dark axillars.  A low flying male Marsh Hawk was the first ray of hope that spring is on the way.  But the highlight was the pair of Sandhill Cranes that flew over me.  The only 2 that I saw.. Food is abundant in the fields that were harvested last fall and are now snow free in much of the area.  Overall birdlife was very sparse but the cranes made my day.


--
Tom Soniville
Boise. North End


Re: spring is coming

Elizabeth Medes
 

Yay for mental health and cranes.  Beautiful image.

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021, 4:44 PM Ruth Shea <ruthshea14@...> wrote:
In an attempt to maintain what mental health remains, I spent the PM wandering around the NE corner of American Falls reservoir attempting to survey swans. Only found 20 trumpeters.  I received a report last week of flocks field feeding on the east side of the reservoir near the mouth of the Portneuf but they seem to have moved out of the Springfield area.  I figure that with the reservoir substantially frozen they have few roosting areas near the NE fields.  They usually begin heading north out of eastern Idaho about this time.

But I did not get stuck anywhere, most road are quite solid, and I was rewarded with 3 Prairie Falcons perched on various telephone poles.  One allowed me to park within 50 feet and when it eventually flew showed its nice dark axillars.  A low flying male Marsh Hawk was the first ray of hope that spring is on the way.  But the highlight was the pair of Sandhill Cranes that flew over me.  The only 2 that I saw.. Food is abundant in the fields that were harvested last fall and are now snow free in much of the area.  Overall birdlife was very sparse but the cranes made my day.

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