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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

M Gregory
 

I was exploring along Mud Flat Rd. in Owyhee County on 22 June when I stopped at a riparian zone of willows, cottonwoods, aspen and other shrubs (chokecherry?) when I heard the repeated calls and notes of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. I never actually saw the bird, and tried phishing with my mouth, but to no avail. I recorded the vocalizations with my android mobile phone and later compared them with those available through the Cornell Lab's allaboutbirds.org web site. Here are two pictures of the habitat.
I have twice tried to report my observation through Idaho Fish and Game's website, but the site went down each time.
My coordinates for the site are: N430632.7 and W1154142.5

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



Re: FW: Black Swift Nest Cam!

David Whitacre
 

Tom, can you give me your personal email?
I have questions about this Black Swift nest.
thanks,
dave W.

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 5:08 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

 

Folks:

A friend has asked me to post the link below. It takes you to a web page that has a live nest cam for Black Swifts. I’ve checked it out a couple of times, but I haven’t seen a lot of activity, but I thought I’d pass it along anyway.

Tom McCabe, Boise.

 


Re: FW: Black Swift Nest Cam!

David Whitacre
 

Tom, 
Thanks for the link--super cool!
Dave W.

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 5:08 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

 

Folks:

A friend has asked me to post the link below. It takes you to a web page that has a live nest cam for Black Swifts. I’ve checked it out a couple of times, but I haven’t seen a lot of activity, but I thought I’d pass it along anyway.

Tom McCabe, Boise.

 


FW: Black Swift Nest Cam!

bike4birds
 

 

Folks:

A friend has asked me to post the link below. It takes you to a web page that has a live nest cam for Black Swifts. I’ve checked it out a couple of times, but I haven’t seen a lot of activity, but I thought I’d pass it along anyway.

Tom McCabe, Boise.

 


Expedition to the Chukar Butte frog ponds

Kevin Merrell
 

A friend and I took it into our heads to hike to the Chukar Butte frog ponds early this morning. Mallards, a crow passing overhead off in the distance, a chukar, RW blackbirds, a GBH, unidentified singers and a bullfrog rewarded our expedition. We were too tuckered out to hike up to the smaller pond, so we claimed victory enjoying the main pond.

Lots of mountain bikers coming and going on the trail. If you're a mountain biker you could pause to take in the pond then head off like some of them to Peggy's Trail or the Daniel's Creek Trail.

Kevin Merrell, Boise


Re: Loon in Boise

Diann Stone
 

Thanks, Tom, for your comments. Easy fishing, easy meal. No need to migrate farther. Maybe it's a young bachelor wit no mate yet. 


On Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 8:09 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I was told by a fisherman that they recently stocked the pond where Mr. Loon is hanging out. Has he been enticed by a generous food supply? Not sure why he’s still there, but he has become part of my daily biking routine. I’ve only seen a few C. Loons along the Boise River, and this guy has stayed the longest.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2021 6:32 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Loon in Boise

 

I thought about the possibility of an injury. If the bird can swim and dive, it's not likely a rehabber could catch it to examine it. 

 

On Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 6:29 PM rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:

I suspect an injury or perhaps an aging issue.

 

Dean

 

On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...> wrote:

I saw the Common Loon at Riverside Park in Boise on Saturday. What situation would keep it here at this small local pond? It must be finding enough food, but why hasn't it flown farther north? Any theories?

 

Diann Stone  Boise Depot Bench

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”   Rachel Carson

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Dean Jones

"A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words." Thomas Huxley

208-859-0072


Re: Loon in Boise

bike4birds
 

I was told by a fisherman that they recently stocked the pond where Mr. Loon is hanging out. Has he been enticed by a generous food supply? Not sure why he’s still there, but he has become part of my daily biking routine. I’ve only seen a few C. Loons along the Boise River, and this guy has stayed the longest.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2021 6:32 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Loon in Boise

 

I thought about the possibility of an injury. If the bird can swim and dive, it's not likely a rehabber could catch it to examine it. 

 

On Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 6:29 PM rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:

I suspect an injury or perhaps an aging issue.

 

Dean

 

On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...> wrote:

I saw the Common Loon at Riverside Park in Boise on Saturday. What situation would keep it here at this small local pond? It must be finding enough food, but why hasn't it flown farther north? Any theories?

 

Diann Stone  Boise Depot Bench

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”   Rachel Carson

--

Dean Jones

"A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words." Thomas Huxley

208-859-0072


Re: Loon in Boise

Diann Stone
 

I thought about the possibility of an injury. If the bird can swim and dive, it's not likely a rehabber could catch it to examine it. 


On Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 6:29 PM rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:
I suspect an injury or perhaps an aging issue.

Dean

On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...> wrote:
I saw the Common Loon at Riverside Park in Boise on Saturday. What situation would keep it here at this small local pond? It must be finding enough food, but why hasn't it flown farther north? Any theories?
 
Diann Stone  Boise Depot Bench
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”   Rachel Carson

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


Re: Loon in Boise

rattlesnake4873
 

I suspect an injury or perhaps an aging issue.

Dean

On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...> wrote:
I saw the Common Loon at Riverside Park in Boise on Saturday. What situation would keep it here at this small local pond? It must be finding enough food, but why hasn't it flown farther north? Any theories?
 
Diann Stone  Boise Depot Bench
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”   Rachel Carson

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


Re: Loon in Boise

Diann Stone
 

My initial thought was the lack of runway space. I hadn't heard about it initially being found on land.

Thanks for your comments, Louisa and Ken. 


On Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 1:45 PM Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:
One possibility is that the pond is too small to allow the loon to get airborne. With their relatively small wings for their body size snd placement of their legs far back on their body, loons need a long “runway” in order to take off.  --
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Re: Loon in Boise

Ken Miracle
 

And the other question was how did it get there ?  Since it was first seen sitting on the shore where the orntihologists tell me Loons do not normally go when healthy.  Some speculation is that is was injured in a storm, attacked by an eagle etc.. but I have heard only conjecture. Some that know Loons far better than I say that the pond is large enough for it to take off if healthy others say as Louis said not enough runway.

On Jun 14, 2021, at 1:44 PM, Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:

One possibility is that the pond is too small to allow the loon to get airborne. With their relatively small wings for their body size snd placement of their legs far back on their body, loons need a long “runway” in order to take off.  --
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...

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: Loon in Boise

Louisa Evers
 

One possibility is that the pond is too small to allow the loon to get airborne. With their relatively small wings for their body size snd placement of their legs far back on their body, loons need a long “runway” in order to take off.  --
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Loon in Boise

Diann Stone
 

I saw the Common Loon at Riverside Park in Boise on Saturday. What situation would keep it here at this small local pond? It must be finding enough food, but why hasn't it flown farther north? Any theories?
 
Diann Stone  Boise Depot Bench
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”   Rachel Carson


Re: CA Quail Attacks Large Hawk (Swainson's ?)

rattlesnake4873
 

Great story. There is no end to what a parent will do to protect offspring, me included.

On Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 3:16 PM ftcrase via groups.io <ftcrase=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I have been in this world a long time and much of that time spent outdoors from growing up in a rural to area, to being a working biologist, and being an avid fisherman and hunter since I was 6 years old. Sometimes I get to thinking that I have seen everything, but Nature just keeps on surprising me. Yesterday I was eating dinner at a friend’s house and she spotted a pair of CA quail walking up the edge of an irrigation lateral that passes by about 30 feet from the dinette window. She said that they had babies and seemed to be quite exposed, and I took a pair binoculars to look at them and just as I got them in view “BAM” a large hawk landed right in the middle of them. I think that it was a dark phase Swainson’s but things started happening so quickly that I didn’t time to be sure. Quail started running in all different directions and the hawk flew up the ditch and disappeared behind some bushes and trees followed about a second later by the male quail. The female promptly started to gather her brood and head back down the canal. The male didn’t show up for a little while and I figured that he was providing fine dining to the hawk but the little squirt showed up and they all headed into the grass and brush on the  other side of the ditch. 😮

 

I am still amazed at we watched but Nature just keeps providing new entertainment after all these years. I even got a new life lister this Spring ( which is getting rarer and rarer for me) in Arizona during my annual trip down there to see my kids and grandkids – a Northern Jacana. 😉

 

Fred Crase

New Plymouth

 

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


CA Quail Attacks Large Hawk (Swainson's ?)

ftcrase
 

I have been in this world a long time and much of that time spent outdoors from growing up in a rural to area, to being a working biologist, and being an avid fisherman and hunter since I was 6 years old. Sometimes I get to thinking that I have seen everything, but Nature just keeps on surprising me. Yesterday I was eating dinner at a friend’s house and she spotted a pair of CA quail walking up the edge of an irrigation lateral that passes by about 30 feet from the dinette window. She said that they had babies and seemed to be quite exposed, and I took a pair binoculars to look at them and just as I got them in view “BAM” a large hawk landed right in the middle of them. I think that it was a dark phase Swainson’s but things started happening so quickly that I didn’t time to be sure. Quail started running in all different directions and the hawk flew up the ditch and disappeared behind some bushes and trees followed about a second later by the male quail. The female promptly started to gather her brood and head back down the canal. The male didn’t show up for a little while and I figured that he was providing fine dining to the hawk but the little squirt showed up and they all headed into the grass and brush on the  other side of the ditch. 😮

 

I am still amazed at we watched but Nature just keeps providing new entertainment after all these years. I even got a new life lister this Spring ( which is getting rarer and rarer for me) in Arizona during my annual trip down there to see my kids and grandkids – a Northern Jacana. 😉

 

Fred Crase

New Plymouth

 

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Dry Lakes - going?

Jon Barnett
 

Hi – I see that Snowy Plovers are still being reported, and the Pectoral Sandpiper was still mentioned the other day.

I drove out to Dry Lakes for the first time in years, last Sunday afternoon, hoping that with my high-powered camera lens (I don’t have a decent scope) and binocs, I might be able to see something, but it was impossible at that distance from the road.

 

So, if anyone plans to head out there with a high-powered scope, I would sure appreciate knowing, and maybe I can coordinate another drive out there.  Thanks…Jon Barnett, 208-869-5164

 

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Dry lake & nearby ponds

Robert Kiernan
 

Gadwalls. N.shov. canvas back  ruddy cinn.teals  phalaropes. Blk neck stilts. Avocets spotted peeps  ca.gulls  yellow hd.blk.bird pond on Dearborn 100 ft.past s.end burrowing owl 


White Pelicans and a C. Loon

bike4birds
 

Not sure if the word has gotten around to everyone that a Common Loon has been hanging around at a pond in Garden City. The pond is on the north side of the river and just west of Glenwood. In fact, you can see the pond from the sidewalk of Glenwood. I’ve seen it the last 3 days on my bike rides. I was told about it by a couple of different people, but I haven’t seen any postings.

So, on the way home today, with 39 species in my head, I stopped at Esther Simplot Park to check out some RB Gulls. (If you squint hard enough, you can maybe make them into California Gulls, but not today.) Anyway, as I was about to tuck my binos away, something white in the sky caught my attention. It turned out to be a flock of circling White Pelicans. They were pretty high up so it’s hard to say how far down river they were from me, but they may have been as close as Veterans Pond. I tried to count them, but they kept banking and each time they banked, they shifted position. My best guess would 20+ birds. A nice way to finish my ride and get 40 species to boot. A Swainson’s Hawk on the neighborhood nest made it 41.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: eBird report of Mississippi Kite from last night in Eagle (Ada Co)

Jon Barnett
 

Hi Jay!  I looked at that earlier when it popped up – with only a brief sighting and no binocs, it sure sounded like a Cooper’s Hawk to me… for whatever it’s worth…

 

Since I’m sending an email anyway, might as well share a recent photo from my Bird Gallery FB site; I took an unexpected last-minute trip to Colombia, and this Green-and-Black Fruiteater surprised me on a trail.

What a beautiful bird when seen up close! 

 

Everyone have a marvelous June…best, Jonathan

 

 

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From: Jay Carlisle via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:56 PM
To: IBLE
Subject: [IBLE] eBird report of Mississippi Kite from last night in Eagle (Ada Co)

 

For those not receiving eBird rarity alerts, here's an intriguing report ... and he's right that late spring is the right time for "spring overshoot" vagrancy in this species.  In my experience, out of range kites in spring tend to be here 1 minute, and gone the next (or pretty soon anyway :-) but if anyone's in the area, could be worth a look.

 

Jay

 

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Sent: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 1:15:39 AM MDT

Subject: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert <hourly>

 

*** Species Summary:

 

Mississippi Kite (1 Ada)

 

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Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)

- Reported May 31, 2021 19:30 by Kurt Radamaker

- Reid Merrill Park, Ada, Idaho

- Comments: "Sub adult.

 

My wife and I are avid birders visiting family in star Idaho from Scottsdale AZ for Memorial weekend. While eating dinner at coynes restaurant near reid merrill park, we had an unmistakable view of a miki. Size of white tailed kite, long tapered wings with dark primaries, dark underwing, chest, breast and belly marked with horizontal reddish streaks, longish dark tail. Not overall black and white as in white-tailed kite. The sighting was brief and without binoculars, but the bird was fairly close 25ft? It flew low over the tree tops.

 

With a lack of photos and the poor circumstances of this sighting, I certainly don't expect this sighting to go anywhere. The purpose of even putting this sighting in ebird is to alert Idaho birders of the possibility. I hope someone can go and check for it.

 

I have seen many miki and late may is an excellent time of year for one in Idaho!

 

I suspect if the bird is still around, it would be around the river and greenbelt.

 

Ps we spent a day at dangerfield jack looking for Cassia Crossbill without success &#x1f612;"

 

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eBird report of Mississippi Kite from last night in Eagle (Ada Co)

Jay Carlisle
 

For those not receiving eBird rarity alerts, here's an intriguing report ... and he's right that late spring is the right time for "spring overshoot" vagrancy in this species.  In my experience, out of range kites in spring tend to be here 1 minute, and gone the next (or pretty soon anyway :-) but if anyone's in the area, could be worth a look.

Jay

----- Forwarded Message -----

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Sent: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 1:15:39 AM MDT
Subject: [eBird Alert] Idaho Rare Bird Alert <hourly>

*** Species Summary:

Mississippi Kite (1 Ada)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Idaho Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Idaho.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35737
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported May 31, 2021 19:30 by Kurt Radamaker
- Reid Merrill Park, Ada, Idaho
- Comments: "Sub adult.

My wife and I are avid birders visiting family in star Idaho from Scottsdale AZ for Memorial weekend. While eating dinner at coynes restaurant near reid merrill park, we had an unmistakable view of a miki. Size of white tailed kite, long tapered wings with dark primaries, dark underwing, chest, breast and belly marked with horizontal reddish streaks, longish dark tail. Not overall black and white as in white-tailed kite. The sighting was brief and without binoculars, but the bird was fairly close 25ft? It flew low over the tree tops.

With a lack of photos and the poor circumstances of this sighting, I certainly don't expect this sighting to go anywhere. The purpose of even putting this sighting in ebird is to alert Idaho birders of the possibility. I hope someone can go and check for it.

I have seen many miki and late may is an excellent time of year for one in Idaho!

I suspect if the bird is still around, it would be around the river and greenbelt.

Ps we spent a day at dangerfield jack looking for Cassia Crossbill without success &#x1f612;"

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