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Re: Harris's Sparrow

Jon Barnett
 

Nice!  I grew up in that vicinity.  Thank you for letting us know!  Best, Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend 


On Nov 23, 2020, at 2:59 PM, Nick Miller via groups.io <siminovac@...> wrote:

I've had a juvenile Harris's Sparrow in my backyard and along the canal that borders it today. It's among a large flock of Juncos. From the corner of Wheeler and Alpine, walk north across the tracks and then scan along the canal. My yard has a large blue shed in back; the bird has been between my fence and the canal, off and on today.

Nick Miller
Depot Bench/Boise


Harris's Sparrow

Nick Miller
 

I've had a juvenile Harris's Sparrow in my backyard and along the canal that borders it today. It's among a large flock of Juncos. From the corner of Wheeler and Alpine, walk north across the tracks and then scan along the canal. My yard has a large blue shed in back; the bird has been between my fence and the canal, off and on today.

Nick Miller
Depot Bench/Boise


Re: Odd color

Louisa Evers
 

Just an immature white-crown

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Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Winter Raptor Survey Project

Jeff Fleischer
 

HI Everybody,

I have made postings to IBLE in the past regarding availability of  raptor survey routes for the Winter Raptor Survey Project, a very extensive citizen science project sponsored by the East Cascades Audubon Society based in Bend, OR.  This is our 17th survey season and we now have over 450 routes that are surveyed throughout OR, ID, WA, and a small part of northern CA and northeastern UT.

As a review, we ask that project volunteers commit to once a month surveys for December through February.  These surveys can be done on a day that fits your monthly life schedule.  You would need to have at least a pair of binoculars to view distant birds and if you have a spotting scope even better but not required. You should also have a good working ID knowledge of the more common species of raptors that frequent your area.

The following routes are still available if you have the desire to survey birds of prey for us this winter:

DeSmet - Tensed                     72 miles
Churchill - Oakley                    68 miles
Rupert North                            69 miles
Rupert East - Minidoka            55 miles
Burley SW                               54 miles
Burley SE                                31 miles
Paul                                        65 miles
Minidoka NW                          68 miles
American Falls SW                 44 miles
American Falls - Rockland     78 miles

If you live near one of these areas and are interested in joining this project, please email me as soon as you can as this will be the last advertisement of these routes for this winter.  I will be happy to hear from you and more than happy to get you prepared for the survey work that you will be doing :).  This is a great way to get out during the doldrum winter months and do some raptor watching, hope to hear from you soon, thanks! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society


Odd color

Robert Kiernan
 

Kind of different for a white crown 


Re: Warning gruesome bird pic

rattlesnake4873
 

The food chain, food pyramid. As a zoologist and former biology teacher, this is neither cruel nor gross. It's as Bob Dylan wrote, "It's alright Ma, it's life and life only."



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy Tablet

-------- Original message --------
From: Richard and Ann Rusnak <rarusnak62@...>
Date: 11/22/20 2:39 PM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Warning gruesome bird pic

I followed a raptor attack print in the snow > 100 yards, down a fairly steep slope, this was >¼ mile from Cascade reservoir in the hilly forest mind you. I Started seeing feathers and tiny specs of blood. See pics for my find. Cheers Rich Rusnak






Re: Warning gruesome bird pic

Kevin Merrell
 

The natural world revealed. A raptor gained the strength to continue on. Thanks for sharing.

Kevin

On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 2:49 PM Richard and Ann Rusnak <rarusnak62@...> wrote:
I followed a raptor attack print in the snow > 100 yards, down a fairly steep slope, this was >¼ mile from Cascade reservoir in the hilly forest mind you. I Started seeing feathers and tiny specs of blood. See pics for my find. Cheers Rich Rusnak






Warning gruesome bird pic

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

I followed a raptor attack print in the snow > 100 yards, down a fairly steep slope, this was >¼ mile from Cascade reservoir in the hilly forest mind you. I Started seeing feathers and tiny specs of blood. See pics for my find. Cheers Rich Rusnak


Re: Wigeon Hybrid

bike4birds
 

I didn’t know that there was a possibility of hanky-panky between Wigeons and Teal! I agree the head looks like a Teal, but I just assumed it was an American/Eurasian hybrid like the picture in Sibley. And great photos.

Also, you found some birds there that I apparently just blew by.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jason Talbot via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:15 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Wigeon Hybrid

 

Tom, I got a photo of your wigeon hybrid!  https://ebird.org/checklist/S76507799

Shared via the Google app

 


Re: Any News on the Common Crane for 11/21?

Kit Struthers
 

Two friends and I from Idaho Falls drove all around and looked for hours with no luck. We birded and talked with nine other birders who also had no luck.

Brad Hammond, previously of Idaho Falls and now from Wilder, found four immature Snow Geese and a flock of Snow Buntings for us.

Kit

Kit Struthers
Idaho Falls, ID
kit619@...


Hawk

Robert Kiernan
 

This was seen along road rd.to outlet canal lake lowell w.of nampa juvenile with eye brow could be goshawk or ?


Re: Wigeon Hybrid

Ken Miracle
 

If your on Idaho Birding or Facebook Ben Pierce is the best I know related to Hybrid Waterfowl.

On Nov 21, 2020, at 6:07 PM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

Is there some Teal in this hybrid? Very unique compared to other Eurasian/American hybrids I’ve seen.


On Nov 21, 2020, at 5:14 PM, Jason Talbot <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:


Tom, I got a photo of your wigeon hybrid!  https://ebird.org/checklist/S76507799

Shared via the Google app



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: Wigeon Hybrid

Jason Talbot
 

Is there some Teal in this hybrid? Very unique compared to other Eurasian/American hybrids I’ve seen.


On Nov 21, 2020, at 5:14 PM, Jason Talbot <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:


Tom, I got a photo of your wigeon hybrid!  https://ebird.org/checklist/S76507799

Shared via the Google app



Re: Wigeon Hybrid

Ken Miracle
 

Cool duck

On Nov 21, 2020, at 5:14 PM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

Tom, I got a photo of your wigeon hybrid!  https://ebird.org/checklist/S76507799

Shared via the Google app



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


Wigeon Hybrid

Jason Talbot
 

Tom, I got a photo of your wigeon hybrid!  https://ebird.org/checklist/S76507799

Shared via the Google app



Closer to home

bike4birds
 

It’s not on the order of a Common Crane, but today I had a Merlin perched in a tree a half block away. Still not seeing them every day, so still a treat.

On the other hand, an OSPREY along the Boise River was a bigger treat. I had just finished scanning Silver Lake and was heading upriver when I saw a large bird perched overlooking the river. This is an area where I frequently get Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles, so I stopped to glass him. Since I kept getting an impression of white on his head, but he wasn’t big enough to be a Bald, I had to wade into the shrubbery to get closer to him. I started into the brush across from the entrance to the Lake River gated community, and I quickly discovered that there’s a pretty defined trail system between the greenbelt and the river. Once I got close enough to get details, it was clearly an Osprey, my first in many weeks. We’ve had them stay late before, but this is the first I’ve seen this late in years.

So if you live in the Boise area, keep your eyes peeled.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Any News on the Common Crane for 11/21?

rattlesnake4873
 

Jay, did some looking into and and learned some crane facts. Correct if I’m wrong. Cranes usually migrate by day and may only cover 200 miles a day, relying on updrafts to gain altitude and then glide. If so, we can perimeter potential progress and look for corresponding feeding areas. BTW, one species migrates over the Himalayas at an altitude of 26,000 feet!

Dean Jones

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 11:52 AM Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
It could be in Nevada or California by now but I’ve been trying to think of likely places in Idaho if it did a shorter jump.  In addition to Zeke’s ideas, the CJ Strike reservoir area or Duck Valley might be other options (since it was seen heading off in a SW direction) but who knows???

Maybe someone will get lucky soon or on a CBC - or maybe we’ll hear about it further S 😁

Jay 




On Saturday, November 21, 2020, 9:33 AM, scottywarbler via groups.io <scottywarbler=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I looked around this morning. No luck. Snow is crusted over hard. No geese around at all. Very clear and cold. I’m guessing it’s moved south o we the mountains to the Magic Valley somewhere. Pioneer Reservoir near bliss or down in the Wendell Hagerman Area. Anyone’s guess though. 

Zeke Watkins
208-731-1471
Instagram : @idahobirder

Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien 

Without the animals, Man would die of a great loneliness of the Spirit - Chief Seattle

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfillment - Sir David Attenborough 

On Nov 21, 2020, at 8:59 AM, natureguy9039@... wrote:

Hello! Has anyone gotten any word if the crane is still around this morning? I was going to make a trip out there today, and wondered if it was still there or not.

Thanks!

Aidan Lorenz
Caldwell


Re: Any News on the Common Crane for 11/21?

akswanson
 

Same with us.  No Snow Buntings or Lonspurs either.   Single digit temperatures. Very quiet.

Ann Swanson and Louisa Evers


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "scottywarbler via groups.io" <scottywarbler@...>
Date: 11/21/20 9:33 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Any News on the Common Crane for 11/21?

I looked around this morning. No luck. Snow is crusted over hard. No geese around at all. Very clear and cold. I’m guessing it’s moved south o we the mountains to the Magic Valley somewhere. Pioneer Reservoir near bliss or down in the Wendell Hagerman Area. Anyone’s guess though. 

Zeke Watkins
208-731-1471
Instagram : @idahobirder

Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien 

Without the animals, Man would die of a great loneliness of the Spirit - Chief Seattle

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfillment - Sir David Attenborough 

On Nov 21, 2020, at 8:59 AM, natureguy9039@... wrote:

Hello! Has anyone gotten any word if the crane is still around this morning? I was going to make a trip out there today, and wondered if it was still there or not.

Thanks!

Aidan Lorenz
Caldwell


Re: Any News on the Common Crane for 11/21?

Jay Carlisle
 

It could be in Nevada or California by now but I’ve been trying to think of likely places in Idaho if it did a shorter jump.  In addition to Zeke’s ideas, the CJ Strike reservoir area or Duck Valley might be other options (since it was seen heading off in a SW direction) but who knows???

Maybe someone will get lucky soon or on a CBC - or maybe we’ll hear about it further S 😁

Jay 




On Saturday, November 21, 2020, 9:33 AM, scottywarbler via groups.io <scottywarbler@...> wrote:

I looked around this morning. No luck. Snow is crusted over hard. No geese around at all. Very clear and cold. I’m guessing it’s moved south o we the mountains to the Magic Valley somewhere. Pioneer Reservoir near bliss or down in the Wendell Hagerman Area. Anyone’s guess though. 

Zeke Watkins
208-731-1471
Instagram : @idahobirder

Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien 

Without the animals, Man would die of a great loneliness of the Spirit - Chief Seattle

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfillment - Sir David Attenborough 

On Nov 21, 2020, at 8:59 AM, natureguy9039@... wrote:

Hello! Has anyone gotten any word if the crane is still around this morning? I was going to make a trip out there today, and wondered if it was still there or not.

Thanks!

Aidan Lorenz
Caldwell


Re: Any News on the Common Crane for 11/21?

scottywarbler
 

I looked around this morning. No luck. Snow is crusted over hard. No geese around at all. Very clear and cold. I’m guessing it’s moved south o we the mountains to the Magic Valley somewhere. Pioneer Reservoir near bliss or down in the Wendell Hagerman Area. Anyone’s guess though. 

Zeke Watkins
208-731-1471
Instagram : @idahobirder

Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien 

Without the animals, Man would die of a great loneliness of the Spirit - Chief Seattle

An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only great curiosity but great fulfillment - Sir David Attenborough 

On Nov 21, 2020, at 8:59 AM, natureguy9039@... wrote:

Hello! Has anyone gotten any word if the crane is still around this morning? I was going to make a trip out there today, and wondered if it was still there or not.

Thanks!

Aidan Lorenz
Caldwell