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Island Park Reservoir / Fremont County

Cliff Weisse
 

I checked out the west end of IP Reservoir again this afternoon. The Greater White-fronted Goose, Black-necked Stilt and one of the Semipalmated Plovers were still there as well as two Common Terns. New arrivals included a flock of American Avocets and about twenty dowitchers. Most of the dowitchers were Long-billeds but at least one was a Short-billed (there might have been a couple other Short-billeds but they didn't call and I didn't feel comfortable making the ID by plumage). The next week or so should be prime time out there but I probably won't get there until next weekend.

Cliff

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


arrivals in Blackfoot

Ruth Shea
 

The floodgates opened yesterday at our property.  Suddenly in our backyard we had  Evening Grosbeaks, Black Headed Grosbeaks, Bullocks Orioles, and  Cedar Waxwings arrive and more Red Breasted Nuthatches than usual.  Our Great Horned Owls have been nesting again this year although they never seem to hatch anything.  Our pair of Swainson's returned a couple weeks ago and so far have built 2 new nests.  One is in a huge cottonwood directly over our corral fence where there is lots of human activity and the second is in a smaller cottonwood about 30 feet from our picture window.  This morning there were over a hundred ibis in our pasture where I am flood irrigating and I swear I saw various size shorebirds in with them.  Will have to take binocs on the next irrigation check and see if one of these days I can find a glossy mixed in.  So glad that winter is over!


Re: Cassin's

lcarrigan_55
 

Very cool, esp on the Avocets. Just walked quite a bit of Snake River Bottoms looking for morels. No luck, either too early or it's going to be another bust year, like last spring. Just got back to house & Chipping Sparrows now underneath feeder, getting scattered seeds.

Brian Carrigan


Re: Cassin's

bike4birds
 

Yesterday I had a female Cassin’s in my back yard. The males came through a week or two ago.

Also, yesterday I found a flock of 16 American Avocets at the Les Bois racetrack. Quite a treat.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of lcarrigan_55 via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 7, 2021 8:30 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Cassin's

 

This AM, have both Cassin's Finch & Evening Grosbeak...males & females of both hitting the platform feeder. Also, good-sized group of Cedar Waxwings (16) in the Rocky Mtn junipers. Usually will nest in the junipers. So far, filling up on juniper berries. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Cassin's

lcarrigan_55
 

This AM, have both Cassin's Finch & Evening Grosbeak...males & females of both hitting the platform feeder. Also, good-sized group of Cedar Waxwings (16) in the Rocky Mtn junipers. Usually will nest in the junipers. So far, filling up on juniper berries. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Island Park Reservoir / Fremont County

Cliff Weisse
 

We took a hike out to the west end of IP Reservoir yesterday afternoon. It's very dry and the creeks are really low. There is quite a bit of good shorebird habitat but it was kind of quiet. A Black-necked Stilt, a Solitary Sandpiper, and three Semipalmated Plovers were the highlights, although not terribly unusual. There was also a single Greater White-fronted Goose (my first during spring migration) hanging out with a flock of Canada Geese and at least one Common Tern (a bit early for this location) among the Forster's.

Cliff

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


Re: Blue wing teal Valley Co

Elizabeth Medes
 

Sighted one last week at Falk Bridge, Payette County - such a dapper duck!  Nice pic.

Liz Medes
Emmett ID

On Sun, May 2, 2021 at 1:27 PM Richard and Ann Rusnak <rarusnak62@...> wrote:
Down River from whitewater park, near frisbee golf Tee #10
Good Luck, Rich Rusnak






Re: Blue wing teal Valley Co

rattlesnake4873
 

Nice photo Richard,
Dean

On Sun, May 2, 2021 at 12:27 PM Richard and Ann Rusnak <rarusnak62@...> wrote:
Down River from whitewater park, near frisbee golf Tee #10
Good Luck, Rich Rusnak





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


Blue wing teal Valley Co

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Down River from whitewater park, near frisbee golf Tee #10
Good Luck, Rich Rusnak


Re: Ruby-crowned Kinglet?

M Gregory
 

Thanks, I didn't even think of goldfinch. And more than a few Lesser Goldfinches have visited my fountain in recent weeks.
Alan Gregoory in Mountain Home


On Sat, May 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:
That looks like a lesser goldfinch. They are in small flocks on the canals here right now.  We have RC kinglets in winter and they are so jumpy, only landing once in a while on our suet feeders.  They have a distinct eyering, too.  

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Sat, May 1, 2021 at 10:22 AM M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:
This bird visited my backyard fountain an hour ago. Lots of orange on breast, distinctive wing bars, and a hint of brown on throat, with small blackish spots on top of head. I first thought "warbler," but now I think kinglet. Any thoughts?

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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




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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: Ruby-crowned Kinglet?

bike4birds
 

Looks like all the Lesser Goldfinches that swarm my yard each day. Beak is more finch-like than either a warbler or a kinglet.

Tom McCabe

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of M Gregory
Sent: Saturday, May 1, 2021 10:22 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Ruby-crowned Kinglet?

 

This bird visited my backyard fountain an hour ago. Lots of orange on breast, distinctive wing bars, and a hint of brown on throat, with small blackish spots on top of head. I first thought "warbler," but now I think kinglet. Any thoughts?


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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: Ruby-crowned Kinglet?

Cliff Weisse
 

Coincidentally I heard the first singing Ruby-crowned Kinglet in my yard this morning in Island Park. Temps are headed for the 60s and the snow is melting fast. Feels like spring.

Cliff

On 5/1/21 10:29 AM, Elizabeth Medes wrote:
That looks like a lesser goldfinch. They are in small flocks on the canals here right now.  We have RC kinglets in winter and they are so jumpy, only landing once in a while on our suet feeders.  They have a distinct eyering, too.  

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Sat, May 1, 2021 at 10:22 AM M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:
This bird visited my backyard fountain an hour ago. Lots of orange on breast, distinctive wing bars, and a hint of brown on throat, with small blackish spots on top of head. I first thought "warbler," but now I think kinglet. Any thoughts?

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


Re: Hummers Back

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

FOY, Calliope hummers in the hills above Cascade, Valley Co
Happy Birding, Rich Rusnak

On May 1, 2021, at 10:43 AM, Bill Moore <hootowlbill@gmail.com> wrote:

First Black-Chinned female showed up Wed. afternoon and now lots of both BC and Calliope. Feeder went up Tuesday before front and warmth arrived.

Bill Moore
Hoot Owl
Inkom




Re: FOY BCHU

Balaeniceps rex <41onesweetworld@...>
 

That is such good news!!! 
I made nectar yesterday and late last night put out 2 feeders for the hummingbirds. 
I got my FOY YEWA on 4.27 at the island while checking in on the OSPR nest. I was at the bridge when the YEWA flew right past me. What a welcoming sight to see. Tell the BCHU I’ve got feeders out and send them my way! 
Congrats on your FOY’s!

Take care. 

Gina

“The bluebird carries the sky on his back”~Henry David Thoreau



On May 1, 2021, at 10:22 AM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:

Happy to report the first male made it here at 8:45 this a.m.  Sort of within the week of first arrivals in my notes, so not necessarily tardy, but if you thought you felt an earthquake right around then, that was me jumping up and down for joy.
Spotted FOY YEWAs in Emmett yesterday, as well.  

Liz Medes
Emmett - Gem County


Hummers Back

Bill Moore
 

First Black-Chinned female showed up Wed. afternoon and now lots of both BC and Calliope. Feeder went up Tuesday before front and warmth arrived.

Bill Moore
Hoot Owl
Inkom


Re: Ruby-crowned Kinglet?

Elizabeth Medes
 

That looks like a lesser goldfinch. They are in small flocks on the canals here right now.  We have RC kinglets in winter and they are so jumpy, only landing once in a while on our suet feeders.  They have a distinct eyering, too.  

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Sat, May 1, 2021 at 10:22 AM M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:
This bird visited my backyard fountain an hour ago. Lots of orange on breast, distinctive wing bars, and a hint of brown on throat, with small blackish spots on top of head. I first thought "warbler," but now I think kinglet. Any thoughts?

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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



FOY BCHU

Elizabeth Medes
 

Happy to report the first male made it here at 8:45 this a.m.  Sort of within the week of first arrivals in my notes, so not necessarily tardy, but if you thought you felt an earthquake right around then, that was me jumping up and down for joy.
Spotted FOY YEWAs in Emmett yesterday, as well.  

Liz Medes
Emmett - Gem County


Ruby-crowned Kinglet?

M Gregory
 

This bird visited my backyard fountain an hour ago. Lots of orange on breast, distinctive wing bars, and a hint of brown on throat, with small blackish spots on top of head. I first thought "warbler," but now I think kinglet. Any thoughts?

--



 

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



Re: A Nemesis Bird...Yes!

Jon Barnett
 

Wow, that’s great Brian!

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: lcarrigan_55 via groups.io
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2021 7:43 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] A Nemesis Bird...Yes!

 

Finally. Observed one of my nemesis birds today! A Red-necked Grebe on the Snake, below home. Saw a couple of Mallard drakes harassing a bird about mid-stream. The bird finally broke away from the Mallards & came my direction. And, got  to see my first Red-necked, yes!

Others, FOY birds today: White-crowned Sparrow, House Wren & Swainson's Hawk. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

 


A Nemesis Bird...Yes!

lcarrigan_55
 

Finally. Observed one of my nemesis birds today! A Red-necked Grebe on the Snake, below home. Saw a couple of Mallard drakes harassing a bird about mid-stream. The bird finally broke away from the Mallards & came my direction. And, got  to see my first Red-necked, yes!

Others, FOY birds today: White-crowned Sparrow, House Wren & Swainson's Hawk. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

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