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Harrier

M Gregory
 

Got a pretty decent, not great, pic of a Northern Harrier just off state Hwy. 67 this afternoon while motoring out to Mountain Home Air Force Base from the city of Mountain Home. I never fail to see one of these raptors while traveling north into Camas County or south off the highway to Grand View in Owyhee County. Does anyone know what the breeding status and population estimate is for southern Idaho? Rainy, off and on, but it didn't slow the desert-loving Common Ravens.

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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: Raptors

M Gregory
 

Yes, I would be interested in taking this on. I do travel up to Camas and Blaine counties several times a year, for birding, butterflying and bicycling.
Alan


On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 9:34 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
You are welcome Alan :).  I am curious, do you spend a good bit of time in this area?  The reason I ask is that the only coverage that I have for our project consists of a highway speed coverage of Hwy 20 from Mt Home to Hailey, we have no off road coverage on any of what looks to be prime raptor habitat.  The hardest thing for me in this project is to find folks to cover certain areas that are out of the way from population centers where I can draw volunteers from.  Next winter, if you are interested, I could build a route out there that could add valuable data to our project data base.  The challenging part of building a route is to find the right roads that you can drive on during winter conditions, if you have spent a lot of time in this area, might you have some segments of roads that you could recommend that would be open for winter driving?  No arm twisting here, just thought you might be interested in our project enough to help with future needs :).  To give you an idea of what our project is all about, I put together a power point presentation that can be found at this link:   ecaudubon.org    which will take you to the East Cascades Audubon Society’s webpage, sponsors of the project.  Look for the picture of the flying bald eagle then follow directions to the start of the program.  There are 227 slides full of charts and maps and hundreds of excellent raptor photos.  Most of the slides have an audio track filled with information about the project and the birds that have been found, lots of ID tips too :).  Check it out on one of these cold winter days coming up! :). Good birding to you :)

Jeff

On Dec 26, 2020, at 7:29 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

Jeff, Thanks for the ID correction. I never even considered Ferruginous. The first one of those I saw was years ago in the Morley Nelson-Snake River Birds of Prey area.
Alan Gregory

On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

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


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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: Raptors

Jeff Fleischer
 

You are welcome Alan :).  I am curious, do you spend a good bit of time in this area?  The reason I ask is that the only coverage that I have for our project consists of a highway speed coverage of Hwy 20 from Mt Home to Hailey, we have no off road coverage on any of what looks to be prime raptor habitat.  The hardest thing for me in this project is to find folks to cover certain areas that are out of the way from population centers where I can draw volunteers from.  Next winter, if you are interested, I could build a route out there that could add valuable data to our project data base.  The challenging part of building a route is to find the right roads that you can drive on during winter conditions, if you have spent a lot of time in this area, might you have some segments of roads that you could recommend that would be open for winter driving?  No arm twisting here, just thought you might be interested in our project enough to help with future needs :).  To give you an idea of what our project is all about, I put together a power point presentation that can be found at this link:   ecaudubon.org    which will take you to the East Cascades Audubon Society’s webpage, sponsors of the project.  Look for the picture of the flying bald eagle then follow directions to the start of the program.  There are 227 slides full of charts and maps and hundreds of excellent raptor photos.  Most of the slides have an audio track filled with information about the project and the birds that have been found, lots of ID tips too :).  Check it out on one of these cold winter days coming up! :). Good birding to you :)

Jeff

On Dec 26, 2020, at 7:29 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

Jeff, Thanks for the ID correction. I never even considered Ferruginous. The first one of those I saw was years ago in the Morley Nelson-Snake River Birds of Prey area.
Alan Gregory

On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

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


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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: Raptors

M Gregory
 

Jeff, Thanks for the ID correction. I never even considered Ferruginous. The first one of those I saw was years ago in the Morley Nelson-Snake River Birds of Prey area.
Alan Gregory


On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

--

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: Raptors

climb_on2002
 

Definitely Ferruginous! Nice! 

MaDWhitham
Suis tes rêves aujourd'hui! Demain n'est pas une garantie

On Dec 25, 2020, at 10:42, Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321@...> wrote:

HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

--

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


Re: Raptors

Jeff Fleischer
 

HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

--

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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Raptors

M Gregory
 

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

--

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



A very happy / beautiful / birdie / family day to each and every one of us !!

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 


 

I had recently written a limerick to our oldest granddaughter, Olivia age 7, hinting that she might some day write her own book.  Yesterday during our brief visit with her and family in Twin Falls to exchange gifts and holiday wishes, she showed us two “books” she had just “published” - one about her favorite birds and what they eat - very cute and much fun !!    =)

 

Hoping for safe and memorable holidays for all of us on IBLE, stuff that brings us lasting smiles, eh?

 

Larry and Missy

Boise

 

 


Yellow-billed loon still at Bell Rapids

Louisa Evers
 

Dondi Black reports that the yellow-billed loon is still at Bell Rapids boat launch site as of approximately 11 am on December 24.

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Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Re: Common Redpoll

climb_on2002
 

Her coordinate is south of I84 in Meridian 

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

On Dec 23, 2020, at 7:48 PM, Kit Struthers <kit619@...> wrote:

What town?

Kit Struthers
Idaho Falls, ID
kit619@...


On Dec 23, 2020, at 6:18 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

Sorry:   Lat.  43  34  53.9     Long  -116   19    51.9












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


Re: Common Redpoll

Kit Struthers
 

What town?

Kit Struthers
Idaho Falls, ID
kit619@centurylink.net

On Dec 23, 2020, at 6:18 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@gmail.com> wrote:

Sorry: Lat. 43 34 53.9 Long -116 19 51.9





Common Redpoll

Janet Phillips
 

Sorry: Lat. 43 34 53.9 Long -116 19 51.9


Common Redpoll

Janet Phillips
 

I want to report a very probable sighting of a Common Redpoll near Victory Rd and Cloverdale. If you turn east off Cloverdale a few blocks to the intersection of Hollandale Dr. and Sumpter you will note a large school on the NE corner. On the SE corner you will note a large ravine/ditch (Eightmile Creek) that courses SE with an adjacent gravel path. This is in Area #7 for Ann Swanson and myself. If you go, you will note the beginning of bird feeders along the fence on your right (houses). This is the area where I saw a small finch with a light head and a pink/red oval crown spot. It was a brief look with no chance for a photo but I have seen several redpolls in the past (most recently in Nov. near Glacier Park) and I immediately said “Redpoll”. It had a small light bill with dark lores and the pink/red was confined to that one crown spot so it was most definitely not a House Finch. I did not see a pink breast. We couldn’t relocate it but I will try tomorrow and the 27th. I thought others might be inclined to look for it.
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Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Peter Olsoy
 

Both loons still present as of 9am today, south of the boat ramp.


On Tue, Dec 22, 2020, 8:05 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Great!  Except I’m so sorry I missed getting to see Kathleen!  Thank you for letting me know…have a great night, Jonathan

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:24 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

Kathleen Cameron and others saw it today about 11:30 am

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On Dec 22, 2020, at 6:55 PM, Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:



Did anyone find the Y-B Loon today?  I got tied up at work all day and couldn’t get away.  Looked like it was going to be windy there all day, and hope that didn’t affect the bird.  Thx…Jonathan

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Larry Arnold
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 6:29 PM
To: IBLE
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

 

That was a rush!! 

 

meeting Bob Davis and Terry, abt 1350 hrs, seeing both COLO and YBLO in same scope view, side-by-side, just hanging, no discernible interaction between them, N side of Bell rapids boat launch among so many fishers, oblivious to our excitement, lifer for Missy, apparently we just missed Jay at the alleged scene...  amazingly calm and room-temperature day on Rock #3....     Hagerman area winter birding rocks !!!!!

 

Thank you for initial find, Lauren, and sincere thx Denise for reporting on IBLE  =)   always  ~  ~   ~     ~

 

thence homeward to Winter Solstice and the Great Conjunction, shhhh, Jupiter and Saturn kissing, like seriously?  an 800-yr event ????   =)

 

Larry and Missy

 

 

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From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 2:32:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

& again @ 230.  Took a few minutes for the 2 loons to appear far to the N 

Thanks Lauren!  A long sought after state bird \uD83D\uDE01




On Monday, December 21, 2020, 1:26 PM, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

Both birds still present at 1330. 

 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 08:17, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

 Thanks for the update Jason.

 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

 

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.

 

On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

 Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho

 

 

 

 


Updated Nampa CBC unofficial results

Denise Hughes
 

Two more birds (Common Loon and Western-screech Owl) were seen during count week.

Nampa CBC total is 107 birds including 5 species seen during count week.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Dec 19, 2020, at 8:42 PM, Denise Hughes via groups.io <deniseh449=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

We finished up today with 105 total species including 4 count week species.

We had a fantastic group of people out beating the bushes for birds. Thank you for your tremendous effort.

The rarest bird seen today was a Brant that was seen in the Caldwell area; Jay, Carter and Lucien found the bird near Caldwell ponds. (If you go looking for the bird please note that Caldwell ponds and the berms around the on are off limits to the public.). The Brant was seen with a large flock of Canada Geese.

We did have a few misses: Western Screech Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Evening Grosbeak and Rock and Canyon Wrens. If you happen to be out in the area of the Nampa count circle and see these species please let me or Cheryl know. Our count week ends on Tuesday.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho




Re: Longspur

Denise Hughes
 

No longspurs were seen

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Dec 22, 2020, at 9:40 PM, Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:


Did anyone see a lapland longspur on the cbc


Cbc

Robert Kiernan
 

I should have said for canyon COUNTY on the long spur


Longspur

Robert Kiernan
 

Did anyone see a lapland longspur on the cbc


Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Jon Barnett
 

Great!  Except I’m so sorry I missed getting to see Kathleen!  Thank you for letting me know…have a great night, Jonathan

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:24 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

Kathleen Cameron and others saw it today about 11:30 am

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On Dec 22, 2020, at 6:55 PM, Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:



Did anyone find the Y-B Loon today?  I got tied up at work all day and couldn’t get away.  Looked like it was going to be windy there all day, and hope that didn’t affect the bird.  Thx…Jonathan

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Larry Arnold
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 6:29 PM
To: IBLE
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

 

That was a rush!! 

 

meeting Bob Davis and Terry, abt 1350 hrs, seeing both COLO and YBLO in same scope view, side-by-side, just hanging, no discernible interaction between them, N side of Bell rapids boat launch among so many fishers, oblivious to our excitement, lifer for Missy, apparently we just missed Jay at the alleged scene...  amazingly calm and room-temperature day on Rock #3....     Hagerman area winter birding rocks !!!!!

 

Thank you for initial find, Lauren, and sincere thx Denise for reporting on IBLE  =)   always  ~  ~   ~     ~

 

thence homeward to Winter Solstice and the Great Conjunction, shhhh, Jupiter and Saturn kissing, like seriously?  an 800-yr event ????   =)

 

Larry and Missy

 

 

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From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 2:32:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

& again @ 230.  Took a few minutes for the 2 loons to appear far to the N 

Thanks Lauren!  A long sought after state bird \uD83D\uDE01




On Monday, December 21, 2020, 1:26 PM, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

Both birds still present at 1330. 

 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 08:17, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

 Thanks for the update Jason.

 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

 

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.

 

On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

 Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho

 

 

 

 


Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Denise Hughes
 

Kathleen Cameron and others saw it today about 11:30 am

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Dec 22, 2020, at 6:55 PM, Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:



Did anyone find the Y-B Loon today?  I got tied up at work all day and couldn’t get away.  Looked like it was going to be windy there all day, and hope that didn’t affect the bird.  Thx…Jonathan

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Larry Arnold
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 6:29 PM
To: IBLE
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

 

That was a rush!! 

 

meeting Bob Davis and Terry, abt 1350 hrs, seeing both COLO and YBLO in same scope view, side-by-side, just hanging, no discernible interaction between them, N side of Bell rapids boat launch among so many fishers, oblivious to our excitement, lifer for Missy, apparently we just missed Jay at the alleged scene...  amazingly calm and room-temperature day on Rock #3....     Hagerman area winter birding rocks !!!!!

 

Thank you for initial find, Lauren, and sincere thx Denise for reporting on IBLE  =)   always  ~  ~   ~     ~

 

thence homeward to Winter Solstice and the Great Conjunction, shhhh, Jupiter and Saturn kissing, like seriously?  an 800-yr event ????   =)

 

Larry and Missy

 

 

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From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 2:32:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

 

& again @ 230.  Took a few minutes for the 2 loons to appear far to the N 

Thanks Lauren!  A long sought after state bird \uD83D\uDE01



On Monday, December 21, 2020, 1:26 PM, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

Both birds still present at 1330. 

 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 08:17, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

 Thanks for the update Jason.

 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

 

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.

 

On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

 Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho

 

 

 

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