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Re: HUMMERS

Linda Lamb
 

There is a great map at hummingbirdcentral.com that shows the hummingbirds migration in real time. It is interactive. If you see a hummingbird you add it to the map. It has shown a hummingbird overwintering in Boise. I use it to tell when I should put out my feeders. 

Linda Lamb 
Priest River, ID



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-------- Original message --------
From: Aidan Lorenz <natureguy9039@...>
Date: 4/1/21 8:20 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] HUMMERS

I think that Anna's Hummingbirds have been observed at Hulls Gulch, just east of Camel's Back Park, all winter. I saw a gorgeous male there a couple of days ago. :-)
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Aidan Lorenz
Caldwell


Re: HUMMERS

Aidan Lorenz
 

I think that Anna's Hummingbirds have been observed at Hulls Gulch, just east of Camel's Back Park, all winter. I saw a gorgeous male there a couple of days ago. :-)
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Aidan Lorenz
Caldwell


Re: HUMMERS

Kerry Fitzharris
 

I had an Anna’s Hummingbird visit about two weeks ago at my heated feeder. Haven’t had one since.

Kerry
North End, Boise

On Mar 31, 2021, at 10:24 PM, Tom & Susan Soniville <tomnsueid@...> wrote:

My wife and a friend were walking at Camelsback Park this morning and sighted a hummingbird. Distance was too great for a solid identification, but movement and the irredecent green were obvious. Anyone else have them visiting?

Tom Soniville
West Bech, Boise


-------- Original message --------
From: "lcarrigan_55 via groups.io" <lcarrigan_55@...>
Date: 3/27/21 9:34 AM (GMT-07:00)
Subject: [IBLE] Cassin's Finch

This AM, had a bright, spring-plumage male, Cassin's Finch in yard. Yesterday, a small group (3-4) Mtn Chickadees came through. 

Also, most of the week, esp mid-AM have seen & heard (at night) flyovers of thousands of Tundra Swans & Snow Geese, all headed north. And, some Sandhill Cranes, as well. Red-winged Blackbird males are here singing & setting up territories, awaiting the arrival of females. Robins are starting to show in larger numbers, as well. 

Had to look up, every spring this is a repeat for me, the mating call of male Spotted Towhees, as their behavior changes from the rest of the year. Getting to watch a male Towhee in his fresh, bright colors, singing from 15' up in a tree & staying in place, is a treat. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

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Tom Soniville
Boise. North End


HUMMERS

Tom & Susan Soniville
 

My wife and a friend were walking at Camelsback Park this morning and sighted a hummingbird. Distance was too great for a solid identification, but movement and the irredecent green were obvious. Anyone else have them visiting?

Tom Soniville
West Bech, Boise


-------- Original message --------
From: "lcarrigan_55 via groups.io" <lcarrigan_55@...>
Date: 3/27/21 9:34 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Cassin's Finch

This AM, had a bright, spring-plumage male, Cassin's Finch in yard. Yesterday, a small group (3-4) Mtn Chickadees came through. 

Also, most of the week, esp mid-AM have seen & heard (at night) flyovers of thousands of Tundra Swans & Snow Geese, all headed north. And, some Sandhill Cranes, as well. Red-winged Blackbird males are here singing & setting up territories, awaiting the arrival of females. Robins are starting to show in larger numbers, as well. 

Had to look up, every spring this is a repeat for me, the mating call of male Spotted Towhees, as their behavior changes from the rest of the year. Getting to watch a male Towhee in his fresh, bright colors, singing from 15' up in a tree & staying in place, is a treat. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

--
Tom Soniville
Boise. North End


Says Phoebe

Bill Moore
 

I had a Says Phoebe show up this morning, first ever here. It didn’t stay long but flew off toward the stream below us. At first I thought it was a Robin, but the behavior, perching and tail wagging, was different and on looking definitely not a Robin. Guess I’ll need to watch our Robins a little closer from now on. Female Red Wings just showed up a day or so ago along with our local Sandhills.

I’ve been doing a Winter Raptor Survey nearby and last week while looking for Raptors, largely skunked, I headed down to Red Rocks Pass and Swan Lake, below Downey, and found over 50 Tundra Swans on the main lake and a few more in the weeds below the lake.

Bill Moore
Hoot Owl
Inkom


Blue Jay calling

Elizabeth Medes
 

Was finishing up a round of birding at Emmett Wastewater Treatment Plant earlier this morning when I heard the characteristic call.  Tracked it down on the footpath running east at the south end of the ponds.  Too quick for me to snap a pic but was able to get a wee recording.  Tried following it east, and checked Gem Island park as well but the trail went cold.  Still, a rare but very cheerful appearance.

Liz Medes
Emmett


Cassin's Finch

lcarrigan_55
 

This AM, had a bright, spring-plumage male, Cassin's Finch in yard. Yesterday, a small group (3-4) Mtn Chickadees came through. 

Also, most of the week, esp mid-AM have seen & heard (at night) flyovers of thousands of Tundra Swans & Snow Geese, all headed north. And, some Sandhill Cranes, as well. Red-winged Blackbird males are here singing & setting up territories, awaiting the arrival of females. Robins are starting to show in larger numbers, as well. 

Had to look up, every spring this is a repeat for me, the mating call of male Spotted Towhees, as their behavior changes from the rest of the year. Getting to watch a male Towhee in his fresh, bright colors, singing from 15' up in a tree & staying in place, is a treat. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Riding the Greenbelt

bike4birds
 

Yesterday I took a longer ride west to Eagle. Twenty-three miles got me 49 species, including a FOY Canvasback (thank you Jason), a pair of Bald Eagles at their nest, and a GH Owl peeking out of its tree nest. I tried hard to get a round number, but the 50th bird eluded me.

Today, I took a ride only half that long (11 miles) and found 45 species. Highlights included a flyover by a large “V” of Sandhill Cranes, a pair of Osprey setting up housekeeping on a light tower at Willow Lane, and a rocket Cooper’s in my back yard. Of course, I got a little colder and wetter than yesterday, but that’s birding.

BTW, today was the 3rd day in 4 that I exceeded 40 species. Gotta love Springtime!

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Harris sparrow

Aidan Lorenz
 

I believe that the Harris's Sparrow has been residing at Borah Park in Boise. :-)
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Aidan Lorenz
Caldwell


Harris sparrow

Robert Kiernan
 

Where was the. Harris located 


Cold, wet ride

bike4birds
 

Since I was scheduled to get my 2d vaccine at the VA today, I had to do an early ride or not go at all (which is not a choice). So I headed out relatively early for me, but after the stuff falling out of the sky stopped being white and thick. By the time I had gone 5 blocks, I already had 10 birds. Then at Esther Simplot I found C. Goldeneye and a pair of N. Shovelers, and I started to get my hopes up—although by this time it was pretty wet, and I was getting cold.

The birds kept falling into place as I proceeded down river. Just past Willow Lane, I found #31, a Cooper’s Hawk. Right after that I found a pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye and heard a RB Nuthatch, and the rain intensified. At Les Bois track, I was able to peek through the fence to see a male Bufflehead and a couple of male GW Teal. And the birds kept coming--as did the rain. Number 40 was a huge GB Heron standing in the middle of the river, and 41 was a RT Hawk.

When I got back to Willow Lane, I decided I should try the restrooms to see if I could warm my hands. No luck on that, but just then an Osprey flew over, circled a few times and landed on a light tower with nesting material in his talons. My day was made, but I didn’t get to warm my hands until Esther Simplot.

Final tally was 43 species in about 11 miles. A wonderful, but wet, day.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Raptors at Tubac 3/18/2021

climb_on2002
 

Are you still here in Tubac?

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

On Mar 21, 2021, at 2:32 PM, Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...> wrote:


Brian Carrigan's posting inspired me to share my recent observations with you. I'm in Tucson, AZ currently and enjoying different opportunities here. Hawk watch is on during the month of March, usually peaking around the 15th. I was at the official hawk watch location on 3/12 and again 3/18. Following is my narrative of 3/18/2021.

---------- Forwarded message -----
From: Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...>
Date: Sat, Mar 20, 2021, 3:26 PM
Subject: Raptors at Tubac 3/18/2021


There are no photos with my posting, but if there were, you would see a Zone-tailed Hawk, Common Black Hawk, Gray Hawk, and in one frame both a very light and a very dark Red-tailed Hawk. The images are embedded in my brain. Thursday was the best ever Tubac Hawk Watch Day. So many birds!  There were too many for me to keep a tally. Common Black Hawks were overhead all morning, mostly in small groups. We would watch them approach, soar overhead, then continue across the sky heading northward. What a thrill! We birders often complain about "warbler neck" from looking high into the trees. "Raptor neck" is almost as bad, but a malady I accept for the grand rewards it brings.

On the drive to Tubac:
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove/Pigeon
Gila Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk

At Ron Morriss County Park:
Zone-Tailed Hawk
Common Black Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Gray Hawk
American Kestrel
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Common Raven
 Anna's Hummingbird, 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Vermillion Flycatcher

On to Tumacacori to eat picnic lunch and walk part of the De Anza Trail.

Rufous-winged Sparrow
Verdin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Hutton's Vireo
Black Phoebe
Turkey Vulture (4)
Red-tailed Hawk
White-crowned Sparrow
Gray Hawk (heard in Cottonwoods)
Hermit Thrush
Northern Cardinal
Curve-billed Thrasher
Western Kingbird

So there you have it. A happy amateur's bird list for one wonderful day!  

If you want an excellent book to practice your raptor identification skills, I recommend The Crossley ID Guide, Raptors . 101 color plates, species descriptions, maps, comparison photos and self-testing photos galore. 

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


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MaDWhitham
Follow your dreams today, tomorrow’s not a guarantee 


Raptors at Tubac 3/18/2021

Diann Stone
 

Brian Carrigan's posting inspired me to share my recent observations with you. I'm in Tucson, AZ currently and enjoying different opportunities here. Hawk watch is on during the month of March, usually peaking around the 15th. I was at the official hawk watch location on 3/12 and again 3/18. Following is my narrative of 3/18/2021.

---------- Forwarded message -----
From: Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...>
Date: Sat, Mar 20, 2021, 3:26 PM
Subject: Raptors at Tubac 3/18/2021


There are no photos with my posting, but if there were, you would see a Zone-tailed Hawk, Common Black Hawk, Gray Hawk, and in one frame both a very light and a very dark Red-tailed Hawk. The images are embedded in my brain. Thursday was the best ever Tubac Hawk Watch Day. So many birds!  There were too many for me to keep a tally. Common Black Hawks were overhead all morning, mostly in small groups. We would watch them approach, soar overhead, then continue across the sky heading northward. What a thrill! We birders often complain about "warbler neck" from looking high into the trees. "Raptor neck" is almost as bad, but a malady I accept for the grand rewards it brings.

On the drive to Tubac:
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove/Pigeon
Gila Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk

At Ron Morriss County Park:
Zone-Tailed Hawk
Common Black Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Gray Hawk
American Kestrel
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Common Raven
 Anna's Hummingbird, 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Vermillion Flycatcher

On to Tumacacori to eat picnic lunch and walk part of the De Anza Trail.

Rufous-winged Sparrow
Verdin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Hutton's Vireo
Black Phoebe
Turkey Vulture (4)
Red-tailed Hawk
White-crowned Sparrow
Gray Hawk (heard in Cottonwoods)
Hermit Thrush
Northern Cardinal
Curve-billed Thrasher
Western Kingbird

So there you have it. A happy amateur's bird list for one wonderful day!  

If you want an excellent book to practice your raptor identification skills, I recommend The Crossley ID Guide, Raptors . 101 color plates, species descriptions, maps, comparison photos and self-testing photos galore. 

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


Spring Birds

lcarrigan_55
 

Past few days have had some good flyovers. Fri - yesterday: Numerous flights of Tundra Swans, even well after dark. Most, was a group of about 300. Smaller flights of Sandhill Cranes. And today, Snow Geese are coming over, flights of 60 or so birds. One of most exciting, today, was a flock of 10 Evening Grosbeaks calling as they did a backyard flyover. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Harris' Sparrow

Jon Barnett
 

Ceredig, the pleasure was mine – thanks so much for posting the picture for everyone to enjoy – super shot!  Gotta love that crown… Jon

 

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From: Ceredig Roberts via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2021 5:39 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Harris' Sparrow

 

It was great to meet Jon and get to photograph the Harris’s Sparrow.  Thanks for publishing this story of how it was found today. 

 



On Mar 20, 2021, at 5:16 PM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:



What a wonderful story and so glad you got your bird!

 

Liz Medes

Emmett

 


Re: Harris' Sparrow

Kim Liebich
 

So… where is do we sign up for guide services?   =) 
Happy spring. 
KimLiebich~tweet

On Mar 20, 2021, at 5:39 PM, Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts@...> wrote:

It was great to meet Jon and get to photograph the Harris’s Sparrow.  Thanks for publishing this story of how it was found today. 

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On Mar 20, 2021, at 5:16 PM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:


What a wonderful story and so glad you got your bird!

Liz Medes
Emmett


Re: Harris' Sparrow

Ken Miracle
 

Cool you got your Harris’s Jon and wonderful that you got to have such a great guide :-)

On Mar 20, 2021, at 5:39 PM, Ceredig Roberts via groups.io <ceredigroberts@...> wrote:

It was great to meet Jon and get to photograph the Harris’s Sparrow.  Thanks for publishing this story of how it was found today. 

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On Mar 20, 2021, at 5:16 PM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:


What a wonderful story and so glad you got your bird!

Liz Medes
Emmett

Ken Miracle
chukar28@...
208-570-2780
"Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God" 2COR 3:5


Re: Harris' Sparrow

Ceredig Roberts
 

It was great to meet Jon and get to photograph the Harris’s Sparrow.  Thanks for publishing this story of how it was found today. 




On Mar 20, 2021, at 5:16 PM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:


What a wonderful story and so glad you got your bird!

Liz Medes
Emmett


Re: Harris' Sparrow

Elizabeth Medes
 

What a wonderful story and so glad you got your bird!

Liz Medes
Emmett


Harris' Sparrow

Jon Barnett
 

This is an email of gratitude.  One, for the Harris’ Sparrow sticking around long enough for so many people to be able to see it, including finally me… and Two, for the circumstances today that finally came together to make it happen… I needed it for my Idaho list.

 

This morning was my 3rd attempt to see this bird.  The other two times I had not been able to get over to that area except in the afternoon.  Since all the sightings I saw reported had timestamps from early morning, I finally was able to have a morning today to get over there… however, the timing may not have been the problem after all… I discovered that I had been looking in the wrong area the entire time, thrown off by the intermittent references to ‘the dumpster”, which I had only found one along the canal…

 

Anyway, to cut to the quick and not make this a novel… I am grateful to the Shoes (sp?) who happened to walk by (locals) and informed me that it was being seen further east from where I was.  Then, after finding a mixed flock of birds where they directed me, I thought for sure I was finally hitting gold, when I noticed a gentleman with a big camera taking pictures even further east of me.  Thankfully, I followed my impulses and started walking that direction.  That led to me meeting a very pleasant gentleman, Ceredig Roberts, who proceeded to inform me that he knew the location where the bird was hanging out… and it was even further east from there!  We walked to the spot and…some time later…the bird came out of the thick evergreen tree and perched in a reasonable location along the fence for me to easily identify it, and Ceredig to get a great picture.

 

Bottom line – I would have missed the bird again today, if not for gracious people who got me pointed in the right direction.  So, I am grateful for our birding community and how it all turned out!  If I had struck out a 3rd time, I don’t think I would have made the longish drive again.

 

Thanks for reading my story.  Have a peaceful evening…Jonathan, now in Caldwell

 

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