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Snow Geese

Kit Struthers
 

A flock of 200-300 calling Snow Geese flew over my home just west of Idaho Falls this afternoon.

Kit

Kit Struthers
Idaho Falls, ID
kit619@...


Re: Strays

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 


birds playing...?? 

serious all-night humorous discussion ensues.......

I think birds play around a lot, but hey, this is subject to us thinking too much ??    ;-)

LA




From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:27:24 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Strays

Yesterday I was rolling through Esther Simplot Park, on my way home again, when I heard a repeated squeaking sound. Thinking it was my shoe on my pedal crank, I stopped pedaling but the sound continued. I circled around and found a Western Meadowlark sitting on a rock at the vehicle turnaround closest to the river. I cannot remember ever having found a WEME in that vicinity before. (It was not there or nearby today.)

Then today I saw a white bird floating on Veteran’s Pond, and it turned out to be a Snow Goose. My second this week, but then I found my third of the week at Silver Lake. Since the first bird was still at Veterans when I got back, I assume one bird did not fly ahead of me to Silver Lake and then back to Veterans. (I assume.)

BTW, today’s ride started with a Crow chasing a Kestrel around our neighborhood. Not sure if they were playing or serious.

Tom McCabe, Boise



Re: Strays

Diann Stone
 

Thank you again for your posts which are informative and entertaining. I appreciate your enthusiasm for biking and birding. If I lived right along the greenbelt, I'd likely be doing the same. It's a little more of an effort for me to ride downhill to the pathway, and it's uphill all the way home. 

Reporting from Tucson, the Great Horned Owls are now both doing their evening hunts. Two sunsets ago as I was walking, I noticed the female sitting higher on the nest area and saw two young tussling below her in the cavity. The male began calling, then flew to the nest for a few minutes before flying off low over my head. Shortly afterwards, the female flew to a nearby palm, scratched and preened a bit, then also took off for the evening hunt. One young was standing as best it could weaving its head around to try to figure out what it was seeing. The other owlet is less developed, and I think not able to stand yet. I'll be watching again this evening.

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



On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 1:25 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

Yesterday I was rolling through Esther Simplot Park, on my way home again, when I heard a repeated squeaking sound. Thinking it was my shoe on my pedal crank, I stopped pedaling but the sound continued. I circled around and found a Western Meadowlark sitting on a rock at the vehicle turnaround closest to the river. I cannot remember ever having found a WEME in that vicinity before. (It was not there or nearby today.)

Then today I saw a white bird floating on Veteran’s Pond, and it turned out to be a Snow Goose. My second this week, but then I found my third of the week at Silver Lake. Since the first bird was still at Veterans when I got back, I assume one bird did not fly ahead of me to Silver Lake and then back to Veterans. (I assume.)

BTW, today’s ride started with a Crow chasing a Kestrel around our neighborhood. Not sure if they were playing or serious.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Strays

bike4birds
 

Yesterday I was rolling through Esther Simplot Park, on my way home again, when I heard a repeated squeaking sound. Thinking it was my shoe on my pedal crank, I stopped pedaling but the sound continued. I circled around and found a Western Meadowlark sitting on a rock at the vehicle turnaround closest to the river. I cannot remember ever having found a WEME in that vicinity before. (It was not there or nearby today.)

Then today I saw a white bird floating on Veteran’s Pond, and it turned out to be a Snow Goose. My second this week, but then I found my third of the week at Silver Lake. Since the first bird was still at Veterans when I got back, I assume one bird did not fly ahead of me to Silver Lake and then back to Veterans. (I assume.)

BTW, today’s ride started with a Crow chasing a Kestrel around our neighborhood. Not sure if they were playing or serious.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Ravens

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Fun observation, I hang a suet feeder jammed with dryer lint, for my nearby nesters, thanks for reminder!
Rich, Nampa

On Mar 24, 2020, at 12:06 PM, Cliff Weisse <cliffandlisa@...> wrote:

This morning I noticed one of our dogs looking intently out the back door. He usually barks at animals so I went to check what he was looking at and there was a pair of Ravens picking up dog hair I threw out the door a couple days ago. One of the pair worked it into a consolidated wad and the both flew off with their prize. I've had small birds pick up the hair we leave for them but I didn't expect to see a raven using it. Live and learn...

Cliff

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




Ravens

Cliff Weisse
 

This morning I noticed one of our dogs looking intently out the back door. He usually barks at animals so I went to check what he was looking at and there was a pair of Ravens picking up dog hair I threw out the door a couple days ago. One of the pair worked it into a consolidated wad and the both flew off with their prize. I've had small birds pick up the hair we leave for them but I didn't expect to see a raven using it. Live and learn...

Cliff

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


exit juncos

Elizabeth Medes
 

As of today, no juncos - oregon or otherwise - at the feeders.  Seems to coincide with magnolias blooming here in Gem County.
Lots of red-wing blackbirds stacking up in the trees - waiting for the canal to fill.  

Liz Medes
Emmett


Sandhill Cranes

lcarrigan_55
 

Since yesterday, have been hearing & seeing sandhill cranes coming over. Not in huge numbers but fairly regular, singles & doubles. 

Noticed something else. Didn't hit me until just a bit ago. No contrails in the sky. In fact, in 3 hrs outside this AM, have seen only a single passenger jet fly over. Think this will be the case for awhile...

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Stray Snow Goose

bike4birds
 

As I was getting ready to leave Esther Simplot Park, headed home, I noticed a white bird flying towards me from the direction of State St. The wing beat was inconsistent with the wingbeat of a gull, the most common white bird l see. As I watched, I realized it had black wing tips. It flew right over me, and I made a preliminary decision it was a Snow Goose. It then circled Quinn’s Pond and headed back the way it came. As it got further away, it started losing altitude.

I raced back to the back pond at Esther Simplot, and there, floating on the pond, was my Snow Goose. It hung around out in the middle, but I was able to take a seat on a park bench and get a good steady perch for my binos. I finally left around 1pm and it was still floating around near one of the “bubblers” that are intended to keep the pond from stagnating. Hopefully it will find the place to its liking, but my impression was that it viewed all the ponds at Esther and decided the back one had the least traffic. Too nice a day for it to stay that way for very long.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Ross's Goose

ftcrase
 

 

Fred Crase

New Plymouth

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New Arrival

lcarrigan_55
 

Still have a Blue Jay coming in for sunflower seeds. And between Am Goldfinches & Pine Siskins, filling the thistle feeder at least once &, sometimes, twice a day. Have had as many as 7 Bald Eagles along the river, all at once. Ranging from a 1st yr bird, to a 3 yr old (with that almost Osprey-appearing face), to an adult pr nesting. 

A new foy bird appeared this AM. A Brown Creeper working its way up cottonwoods. Another one was a DC Cormorant drying its wings on a snag in the river, yesterday. Up until this past week, had also been seeing up to 5000 Snow Geese coming over in waves. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Photo

John Shortis
 

I would say Snow.

John Shortis

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, 12:36:20 PM MDT, Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:


I think Sow Goose. Head isn't round enough and it has a grin patch.

-C

On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 22:47 Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:
Check


Re: Photo

Carter Strope
 

I think Sow Goose. Head isn't round enough and it has a grin patch.

-C

On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 22:47 Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:
Check


Re: Photo

Mark Lupher <lupherm@...>
 

Dark, short bill looks good for Ross's to me?


On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 10:47 PM, Robert Kiernan
<photobirder@...> wrote:
Check


Photo

Robert Kiernan
 

Check


Re: Osprey

Diann Stone
 

Forgot to include my name:
Diann Stone. Boise Depot Bench

On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 5:16 PM Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@...> wrote:
Thanks for that. Birding gets us outdoors for fresh air, scenery that calms or inspires, and the birds. Ride on, Tom.

On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 4:22 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I’m not sure how many folks have already seen an Osprey this year, but my FOY came by yesterday as I was biking the greenbelt. Some other birds have become harder to find, and today I had to extend my ride to Hulls Gulch in order to keep my string of 40-bird days going. (33 days and counting)

I agree with Larry Arnold that birding is perfect during this Covid crazy time, but the greenbelt was more like a weekend yesterday because of all the closures. Today the cold seemed to reduce the numbers.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Osprey

Diann Stone
 

Thanks for that. Birding gets us outdoors for fresh air, scenery that calms or inspires, and the birds. Ride on, Tom.


On Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 4:22 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I’m not sure how many folks have already seen an Osprey this year, but my FOY came by yesterday as I was biking the greenbelt. Some other birds have become harder to find, and today I had to extend my ride to Hulls Gulch in order to keep my string of 40-bird days going. (33 days and counting)

I agree with Larry Arnold that birding is perfect during this Covid crazy time, but the greenbelt was more like a weekend yesterday because of all the closures. Today the cold seemed to reduce the numbers.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Osprey

Tom & Susan Soniville
 

Tom,

 

I thought I saw an osprey sitting on the cell tower by the water treatment plant off Veterans Parkway, late this morning. Since I was driving, I didn’t get a clear look, but figured it had to be an osprey or bald eagle.

 

Tom Soniville

Boise West Bench

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of bike4birds
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:24 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Osprey

 

I’m not sure how many folks have already seen an Osprey this year, but my FOY came by yesterday as I was biking the greenbelt. Some other birds have become harder to find, and today I had to extend my ride to Hulls Gulch in order to keep my string of 40-bird days going. (33 days and counting)

I agree with Larry Arnold that birding is perfect during this Covid crazy time, but the greenbelt was more like a weekend yesterday because of all the closures. Today the cold seemed to reduce the numbers.

Tom McCabe, Boise


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Tom Soniville
Boise. North End


Osprey

bike4birds
 

I’m not sure how many folks have already seen an Osprey this year, but my FOY came by yesterday as I was biking the greenbelt. Some other birds have become harder to find, and today I had to extend my ride to Hulls Gulch in order to keep my string of 40-bird days going. (33 days and counting)

I agree with Larry Arnold that birding is perfect during this Covid crazy time, but the greenbelt was more like a weekend yesterday because of all the closures. Today the cold seemed to reduce the numbers.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Swans in Menan

Jeff Brough
 
Edited

Yesterday afternoon there were well over a thousand swans in a field on the northeast corner of the north Menan butte.  Many geese (Canada) and ducks.  To date I've seen no Snow Geese in the general Menan/Roberts area.