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announcing an Oregon Woodpecker Festival

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Announcing the 10th Annual Dean Hale Woodpecker festival. Online registration opens April 1. The Festival is headquartered in beautiful Sisters, Oregon and takes place June 4-7, 2020.  This is a very popular festival and most tours fill very quickly, sometimes within a day of registration opening. This year, participants have a choice of twenty-nine guided tours in search of 11 different woodpecker species and 200 other birds that make central Oregon a birding hot spot.    Study the list of trips in advance of registration to be sure you can be ready to sign up early on April 1.

The non-profit East Cascades Audubon Society (ECAS) sponsors the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, which offers a fun, friendly, casual atmosphere that is all about the birds. The trips are affordable, limited in size and guided by two local volunteers.  The proceeds support ECAS education and conservation projects.  

Tour details, registration and more information website: http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival.   Questions can be directed to dhwf2020@... or Sherrie Pierce 541-548-4641. 



 


Re: Sandhills +

Elizabeth Medes
 

We were there this afternoon!  Then later we saw the 150 or so white fronted lift off from the backside at Birding Island south.  Incredible!

Liz Medes
Emmett ID 


Sandhills +

Robert Kiernan
 

New Plymouth Sewage ponds this a.m.hundreds w.front geese few gadwalls several ringnecks couple shovlers 3 ruddy ducks 2 foy canvas backs, area nearby along  river flock  of 20 sandhills fly over


Evening Grosbeaks

lcarrigan_55
 

For the past 2 wks my daily AM & evening ritual has been to count the Trumpeter Swans coming in to roost & then take off every AM from the Snake, below home. Most I've counted has been 165, avg 150. I can set my watch by their AM departure, 10:15 every morning. They sleep in, leaving a good 45 min after the geese have pulled out. Canada Geese number sev thousand. Last evening & this AM, fewer numbers, as I believe their northward migration has started. 

At the feeder this AM, I had my first of yr Evening Grosbeaks. A total of 4, 1 male & 3 female. The Blue Jay continues to come in for black-oil sunflower seeds & whole corn, daily. The House Finches & Am Goldfinches are getting brighter colors. The Mt Chickadee continues to come to the feeder but the Pine Siskins have moved on. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


More Cranes

bike4birds
 

For the 4th time in the last 7 days, I heard and then saw a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying over. Today I was just going down the path next to Veterans Pond when I heard that wonderful sound. It took me a moment but then I located a flock of about 30 cranes that seemed to be circling in a thermal to get elevation. Unfortunately there was no one to share them with. :-(

And yesterday I was at Les Bois race track when I heard that delightful sound. The flock yesterday consisted of just 6 birds, in a “vee” formation, heading generally upriver. In retrospect, I would have to say that each of the 4 flocks I’ve seen were heading generally upriver.

Also, today was the 11th day in a row where I found at least 40 species on my bike ride. The highest count was 46, which is quite surprising to me for this time of year. Surprise birds have included Hairy Woodpeckers, WB Nuthatches, Merlins, and, of course, Sandhill Cranes. And today I encountered a pair of Cooper’s Hawks noisily cruising around in an area where they nested last year. ;-)

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Rosy-Finch?

Elizabeth Medes
 

Hi Cliff,
I remember thinking it was another house finch until I saw the colored breast.  I was lucky enough to have just enough time to grab my phone and snap that one photo.  Never seen a Brambling here.

Liz
Emmett ID


Re: Rosy-Finch?

Cliff Weisse
 

Well this might be a bit of a stretch based on this one photo but it strikes me as possibly a Brambling. Do you remember seeing this bird? Any possibility of more photos?

Cliff

On 2/25/20 12:10 PM, Elizabeth Medes wrote:
I was cleaning out old media files and I found this photo, sorry for the lack of quality, from Nov 11 2019.  Haven't sighted any rosy-finches here in the area before.  I am captured by the black markings on the leading edges of the coverts - so I'm wondering if this isn't a juvenile, going into first winter.  Any feedback?  I'm unsure how this photo is going to post, so if it's wonky, I'll retry.  Thanks,  Liz, Emmett ID
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Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
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Rosy-Finch?

Elizabeth Medes
 

I was cleaning out old media files and I found this photo, sorry for the lack of quality, from Nov 11 2019.  Haven't sighted any rosy-finches here in the area before.  I am captured by the black markings on the leading edges of the coverts - so I'm wondering if this isn't a juvenile, going into first winter.  Any feedback?  I'm unsure how this photo is going to post, so if it's wonky, I'll retry.  Thanks,  Liz, Emmett ID


More RW Blackbirds

Jeff Brough
 

The Red-winged Blackbirds have always been the first migrating birds to show up at my place.  Today there are 4 of them foraging under my feeder.
  Jeff Brough
  north of Idaho Falls near Ucon


RW Blackbird

Bill Moore
 

First RW Blackbird of Spring (male of course) appeared today. In some past years they over-wintered here, but not this year.

Bill Moore
Inkom


Re: Pinyon Jays

lcarrigan_55
 

Very cool, Kit! I haven't seen Pinyons in years. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Pinyon Jays

Kit Struthers
 

We just watched a flock of about 30 Pinyon Jays flying back and forth across the road just east of Howe and in and out of the junipers, calling, and then up the hill and away.

Kit

Kit Struthers
kit619@centurylink.net
Idaho Falls ID


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

lcarrigan_55
 

Love 2 sounds as winter moves into spring: calls of Sandhill Cranes & Trumpeter Swans. Haven't heard not seen Sandhills on this side of state, yet. But, seeing this report from Tom, will start looking & listening!

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

julie marcum
 

Here at whitewater draw. Amazing seeing/hearing them.

Julie


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

Diann Stone
 

I agree about that sound. It makes me smile from the inside and works it way to my mouth. A couple weeks go I was in Arizona at the Whitewater Draw where tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes flew in from distant fields and landed on shore and in the water. It's such a treat!

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



On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 5:11 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I was on the return leg of my bike ride around 1 pm today when I again heard that wonderful sound of Sandhill Cranes. I was at Willow Lane, with trees obscuring the sky, so I jumped off my bike. Two passing bicyclists apparently thought I was crazy, until I yelled “Sandhill Cranes” and pointed to the circling flock of at least 20 birds. Then the 2 cyclists got excited too when they saw the flock. The birds seemed to be circling somewhere over Garden City (maybe they needed a beer?) but I couldn’t tell exactly where. Way cool.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

Ken Miracle
 

They did not stop here at Cinder Winery 😀


On Feb 20, 2020, at 5:11 PM, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:



I was on the return leg of my bike ride around 1 pm today when I again heard that wonderful sound of Sandhill Cranes. I was at Willow Lane, with trees obscuring the sky, so I jumped off my bike. Two passing bicyclists apparently thought I was crazy, until I yelled “Sandhill Cranes” and pointed to the circling flock of at least 20 birds. Then the 2 cyclists got excited too when they saw the flock. The birds seemed to be circling somewhere over Garden City (maybe they needed a beer?) but I couldn’t tell exactly where. Way cool.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Sandhill Cranes again!

Elizabeth Medes
 

Love their calls.  Found 140 of them in Gem County today - what a site - and it just seems so early to me, but evidently not.


Liz Medes
Emmett ID


Sandhill Cranes again!

bike4birds
 

I was on the return leg of my bike ride around 1 pm today when I again heard that wonderful sound of Sandhill Cranes. I was at Willow Lane, with trees obscuring the sky, so I jumped off my bike. Two passing bicyclists apparently thought I was crazy, until I yelled “Sandhill Cranes” and pointed to the circling flock of at least 20 birds. Then the 2 cyclists got excited too when they saw the flock. The birds seemed to be circling somewhere over Garden City (maybe they needed a beer?) but I couldn’t tell exactly where. Way cool.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Says Phoebe

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Sweet Find! I have on multiple occasions spotted one in that same locale, usually 2/25 or there abouts.

Happy trails, Rich Nampa

Photo is from Malheur, 5/2019

 

 

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Saw a Says Phoebe today on the gravel road by Swan Falls.   About a mile North of the dam.

 

Ruthann Greene

 

 

 


Sandhill Cranes!

bike4birds
 

Today, as I got near to Esther Simplot Park, I heard a sound that always gives me a thrill. It took a second for my brain to process it, but then I realized it was the sound of Sandhill Cranes. I scanned the sky and saw a string of cranes, way up, traveling generally up river. There were at least 20 cranes, maybe 30, but I was standing in the middle of Stewart Ave. and I didn’t really feel comfortable. By the time I got out of the way of cars, they were gone. But way cool.

Then, while scanning all the waterfowl at the main pond at Esther, they all suddenly took off. And I mean EVERY body. I looked up, expecting a raptor but didn’t immediately see anything. Then a shadow crossed over me and I looked up again to see an immature Bald Eagle flying by. It was quite a cloud of birds: Mallards, C. Geese, RB Gulls, A. Wigeons, A. Crows. I think the lone Killdeer managed to stay put, and I think the C. Goldeneye just dove. Still, a noisy cloud of birds, all squawking.

Tom McCabe, Boise

 

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