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Yellow-headed Blackbird

M Gregory <alanclarkg@...>
 

A fairly easy bird to find bird, but always a treat to discover. I saw these Yellow-headed Blackbirds hanging out with a few Red-winged Blackbirds in a half-acre stand of cattails in a drainage ditch along Old Highway 30 in Elmore County yesterday.
Alan Gregory in 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



Mann Lake

Linda Lamb
 

I birded Mann Lake near Lewiston, I'D yesterday and was treated to an up close and personal view of my first confirmed Ross's goose in amongst approximately 150 snow geese. Also spotted were a pair of Says Phoebes, a pair of pintails, 4 Green-winged Teals,  6 Lesser Scaups, an Osprey, and an American Water Pipit, We Also spotted several Horned Larks and a Chukar on the 480 road. Coming from Priest River where the migration seems exceptionally slow, it was great to see something!

Linda Lamb
Priest River


Dry lake

Robert Kiernan
 

For Wayne Smith what was the water level like was it still far from the road


Spring delights

bike4birds
 

The birds were cooperative on my ride today, but there were a couple of FOY treats that deserve broadcasting. First, I had a flyover of White Pelicans (about 8) while I was biking along the river. They were in “V” formation, headed downriver. Second, when I got home, I noticed a very bright red finch in one of my tray feeders. I immediately grabbed binos and found a gorgeous Cassin’s Finch. While I was watching, I saw at least 1 more adult male. They came and went over the next several hours. So, keep an eye out!

The Cassin’s brought my tally to 44 species in a little over 12 miles. ;-)

Tom McCabe, Boise

 


"Dry "lake

Robert Kiernan
 

About 3 pm today water level way down. Birds too far.the ditch just to west running full bore filling  pond to w.of playa hope playa next anyone next few days please report water level on Ible thanks Bobkiernan 
 


Successful memory test

bike4birds
 

After having to “confess”  last week that I had used a piece of paper to keep track of my birds, I decided I had to do it the old way today. I managed to remember all 51 species, although a couple may not be in the right order. As usual, the highlight for me is the Bald Eagle nest and the Great Horned Owl nest, but the Wild Turkeys were again a treat. Another treat was 2 different sightings of Barrow’s Goldeneye. A treat of a different sort was the Crow chasing a Red Tail away from its nest in the neighborhood adjacent to Esther Simplot Park.

The major newcomers this week have been the swallows. I saw Tree and Violet Green today, and Northern Rough Winged a couple of days ago. The only FOY bird today was Marsh Wren at the ponds at the Eagle end of the paved path.

Fortunately, the head wind wasn’t too bad on the way out, and it was a wonderful tail wind on the way back, especially at the end of a 22 mile ride.

Tom McCabe, Boise.


Re: They'rrrrre oooouuuut!

akswanson
 

I had one last Monday.  Not sure where I got it – someplace in the Treasure Valley.  Ugh.

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of R L ROWLAND RONALD ROWLAND
Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 9:33 AM
To: IBLE <IBLE@groups.io>
Subject: [IBLE] They'rrrrre oooouuuut!

 

Hey out there ible'rs, RL, here.

Not exactly birds, but, useful for birders to know.

While not a big or unexpected announcement here in SW ID,... ticks ... are out.

Picked one up yesterday, likely from Blue Lakes here in Ada Co.. Not quite expecting this early, found it on me this morning, just a few mins. ago in fact. So, should you be like me and tend to chase around in the sagebrush for birds, be careful, check yourself afterward.

CGB. RL, self-certified tick magnet.

Motto: If they're out there, we will find each other.


They'rrrrre oooouuuut!

R L ROWLAND RONALD ROWLAND
 

Hey out there ible'rs, RL, here.
Not exactly birds, but, useful for birders to know.
While not a big or unexpected announcement here in SW ID,... ticks ... are out.
Picked one up yesterday, likely from Blue Lakes here in Ada Co.. Not quite expecting this early, found it on me this morning, just a few mins. ago in fact. So, should you be like me and tend to chase around in the sagebrush for birds, be careful, check yourself afterward.
CGB. RL, self-certified tick magnet.
Motto: If they're out there, we will find each other.


Re: Grasshopper Sparrow

Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...>
 

Hey Cliff, thanks for the confirmation.  It was the only other sparrow I could find in my app that potentially sounded similar I thought too.  I think the bird sounded more like the Grasshopper song, but since the Savannah is a possibility, I’m not going to make a decision, lol.  Interesting story, Alan…  Best, JB

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Cliff Weisse
Sent: Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:01 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Grasshopper Sparrow

 

Savannah Sparrow...

Cliff

On 4/4/21 1:58 PM, Jon Barnett wrote:
> Does any other bird sound enough like a Grasshopper Sparrow to confuse the two?
> I was in a grassy field near Lake Lowell and the song was very close to me, but I had no binoculars.  Only my App to confirm sound.  Thx... Jonathan
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Island Park, Idaho
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Re: Snowy Plover

tdtealbirder
 

Snowy Plover is still at Dry Lakes. Along with a Solitary Sandpiper in the mix.

Please post
Tim and Debbie Teal


On Sun, Apr 4, 2021, 10:06 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Cheryl has found a Snowy Plover at Dry Lakes.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho






Re: Grasshopper Sparrow

M Gregory <alanclarkg@...>
 

The Grasshopper Sparrow's vocalization is very distinctive: tick, tick, tick, pizzzzzzzz
I recorded male Grasshopper Sparrows singing in a grassland seeded by strip-mining remediation in the old anthracite coal belt of northeastern Pa. Cassette tape deck. That dates me. ☺
Alan Gregory in Mountain Home


On Sun, Apr 4, 2021 at 2:01 PM Cliff Weisse <cliffandlisa@...> wrote:
Savannah Sparrow...

Cliff

On 4/4/21 1:58 PM, Jon Barnett wrote:
> Does any other bird sound enough like a Grasshopper Sparrow to confuse the two?
> I was in a grassy field near Lake Lowell and the song was very close to me, but I had no binoculars.  Only my App to confirm sound.  Thx... Jonathan
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Island Park, Idaho
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Alan C Gregory
Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.
Mountain Home, ID
Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, life member
Sierra club, life member
Member, North American Butterfly Association



Re: Grasshopper Sparrow

Cliff Weisse
 

Savannah Sparrow...

Cliff

On 4/4/21 1:58 PM, Jon Barnett wrote:
Does any other bird sound enough like a Grasshopper Sparrow to confuse the two?
I was in a grassy field near Lake Lowell and the song was very close to me, but I had no binoculars. Only my App to confirm sound. Thx... Jonathan



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


Grasshopper Sparrow

Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...>
 

Does any other bird sound enough like a Grasshopper Sparrow to confuse the two?
I was in a grassy field near Lake Lowell and the song was very close to me, but I had no binoculars. Only my App to confirm sound. Thx... Jonathan


Few More

lcarrigan_55
 

Just had a flyby of 2 Tree Swallows & a pr of Sandhill Cranes have been calling all morning from down by the Snake River, below home. Evening Grosbeaks are still coming to the feeders. 

Also, of note, first Least Chipmunk of season is below feeder, picking out spilled black oil sunflower seeds. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Snowy Plover

Denise Hughes
 

Cheryl has found a Snowy Plover at Dry Lakes.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Evening Grosbeaks

lcarrigan_55
 

Sure hate spell check!

Blackfoot


Evening Grosbeaks

lcarrigan_55
 

Haven't seen any sign of Salmonellosis at my location. So, refilled feeders yest with black oil sunflower seeds for first time in 2 months. This AM, 6 Evening Grosbeaks were busy eating seeds! First I've seen of them since a 2 wk irruption last Fall. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfy


Kestrel

M Gregory <alanclarkg@...>
 

I photographed this colorful American Kestrel yesterday. It was perched on a barbed-wire fence post along Mud Flat Road in Owyhee County.
Alan Gregory

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



Re: Another Spring bike ride

Kit Struthers
 

While I’m driving alone, I use a digital voice recorder to keep track of the birds I see, then transpose the list to my computer when I get home.

 

Kit

 

Kit Struthers

Idaho Falls, ID

kit619@...

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of R L ROWLAND RONALD ROWLAND
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2021 8:54 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Another Spring bike ride

 

Tom, RL here.

I tried doing the memory thing for a given place. Didn't work too well for me, too many birds at some of the places I get to. And being badly scatter-brained nowadays, why I still use pencil and paper as I go, allows me to put notes on my ebird postings later... and I can check for any place corrections. Don't care for the ebird app, takes too long when I can better use the time to observe and appreciate the time and place about me. Plus you can't seem to engage the maps and correct for Hotspots one is at.

Do miss your poetic endeavors here on some postings here, Tom. Will there be any more in the near future?

Continued Good Birding (CGB). RL

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Lyons <jflyons@...>
To: IBLE@groups.io
Sent: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 10:37:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Another Spring bike ride

 

Tom-

 

Agree with Cheryl that it’s very impressive brain work - you set a great example \uD83D\uDE0A

 

Reporting that we had a Spotted Towhee in our yard (near you) March 28th - a first for our (literal) yard list though I spotted one nearby years ago- oddly at rest (briefly) in the street. Do we have a theme of parallelism going here, ya think?

 

Also agree with Cheryl - love your reports and keep it up, please!

 

On Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 10:25 AM Kim Liebich <birdkimliebich@...> wrote:

Ditto what Cheryl said! =)

 

On Apr 2, 2021, at 7:14 AM, cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> wrote:

 

That list is impressive but even more so because I know you memorize those birds – in order of being seen – and write them all down from memory when you get home.  I’ve been trying to do it but it’s hard!  Great Brain Exercise!  You get a double whammy on your Bike4Birds – Physical and Mental Exercise!  

Keep it up!  Love your posts!

Cheryl  

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: bike4birds
Sent: Thursday, April 1, 2021 4:30 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Another Spring bike ride

 

You know it’s going to be a great day when you get a half block from your house and there’s a Spotted Towhee in a neighbor’s bushes. While he was not FOY, he was the first I’ve ever seen in the North End of Boise.

Then, at Esther Simplot, I saw a Kestrel gliding down from a tree. I followed his trajectory and he went UNDER a car, scaring up a Song Sparrow that was his apparent target. After going under the car and missing, he just kept on going to another tree. 

Next treat at Esther was a mixed raft of ducks: N. Shovelers, Canvasbacks, and FOY Cinnamon Teal. Twenty-two birds in less than 2 miles, a good start.

At 6 miles I already had 36 species, so of course I had to go further. At the GH Owl’s nest, I had a flyover of Sandhill Cranes. That’s when I ran into my first birder, Missy Arnold. Shortly after that I ran into Jason Talbot. Thanks to the two of them, I was able to add a few more birds, including a pair of N. Harriers that seemed to be doing a “pas de deux” over the large open field at the end of the paved path. Right after that, I spotted something quite large moving through that field. Thinking it was a deer, I got out binos and found a Wild Turkey moving through the brush. 

I’ve attached the full list. Final tally was 57 birds in a little under 22 miles.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 

 

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Re: Another Spring bike ride

bike4birds
 

Confession time! While I normally do exactly what Cheryl said, this time I decided to “cheat.” I carried a pen and a piece of paper and wrote down the birds 5 and 10 at a time. When I did a longer ride last week, I found myself enjoying the birds less as I approached 50 (too much thinking involved). Since I was hoping for a 50+ day. I decided to cheat. But on “normal” rides I will continue to exercise my brain. As most of you know, it was my therapy to cure my “chemo-brain,” after lymphoma. Now if there was only something to cure my “dumbs**t brain.”

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of R L ROWLAND RONALD ROWLAND
Sent: Friday, April 2, 2021 8:54 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Another Spring bike ride

 

Tom, RL here.

I tried doing the memory thing for a given place. Didn't work too well for me, too many birds at some of the places I get to. And being badly scatter-brained nowadays, why I still use pencil and paper as I go, allows me to put notes on my ebird postings later... and I can check for any place corrections. Don't care for the ebird app, takes too long when I can better use the time to observe and appreciate the time and place about me. Plus you can't seem to engage the maps and correct for Hotspots one is at.

Do miss your poetic endeavors here on some postings here, Tom. Will there be any more in the near future?

Continued Good Birding (CGB). RL

 

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Lyons <jflyons@...>
To: IBLE@groups.io
Sent: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 10:37:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Another Spring bike ride

 

Tom-

 

Agree with Cheryl that it’s very impressive brain work - you set a great example \uD83D\uDE0A

 

Reporting that we had a Spotted Towhee in our yard (near you) March 28th - a first for our (literal) yard list though I spotted one nearby years ago- oddly at rest (briefly) in the street. Do we have a theme of parallelism going here, ya think?

 

Also agree with Cheryl - love your reports and keep it up, please!

 

On Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 10:25 AM Kim Liebich <birdkimliebich@...> wrote:

Ditto what Cheryl said! =)

 

On Apr 2, 2021, at 7:14 AM, cheryl huizinga <bchuizinga@...> wrote:

 

That list is impressive but even more so because I know you memorize those birds – in order of being seen – and write them all down from memory when you get home.  I’ve been trying to do it but it’s hard!  Great Brain Exercise!  You get a double whammy on your Bike4Birds – Physical and Mental Exercise!  

Keep it up!  Love your posts!

Cheryl  

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: bike4birds
Sent: Thursday, April 1, 2021 4:30 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Another Spring bike ride

 

You know it’s going to be a great day when you get a half block from your house and there’s a Spotted Towhee in a neighbor’s bushes. While he was not FOY, he was the first I’ve ever seen in the North End of Boise.

Then, at Esther Simplot, I saw a Kestrel gliding down from a tree. I followed his trajectory and he went UNDER a car, scaring up a Song Sparrow that was his apparent target. After going under the car and missing, he just kept on going to another tree. 

Next treat at Esther was a mixed raft of ducks: N. Shovelers, Canvasbacks, and FOY Cinnamon Teal. Twenty-two birds in less than 2 miles, a good start.

At 6 miles I already had 36 species, so of course I had to go further. At the GH Owl’s nest, I had a flyover of Sandhill Cranes. That’s when I ran into my first birder, Missy Arnold. Shortly after that I ran into Jason Talbot. Thanks to the two of them, I was able to add a few more birds, including a pair of N. Harriers that seemed to be doing a “pas de deux” over the large open field at the end of the paved path. Right after that, I spotted something quite large moving through that field. Thinking it was a deer, I got out binos and found a Wild Turkey moving through the brush. 

I’ve attached the full list. Final tally was 57 birds in a little under 22 miles.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 

 

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