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Re: Blackpoll ?

Ken Miracle
 

Ooops sorry about that it was supposed to be going out to someone I was helping with camera settings :-)

On May 22, 2020, at 6:32 PM, Ken Miracle via groups.io <chukar28@...> wrote:

You

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: Blackpoll ?

Ken Miracle
 

You need to shoot a consistent subject with various settings to learn what does what.

For instance I had Margie do a depth of field practice with several objects at ever increasing distance on the table and her camera sitting on the table. Then starting at the lowest f/stop number (largest aperture) I had her take a shot, then not moving the camera or changing anything else use the next f/ stop all the way up to f/16.

You can do similar drills with metering and most illustrative is if you shoot something back light or with shade and not shade.



On May 22, 2020, at 6:21 PM, Vernon Tunnell <tunnellv62@...> wrote:

No luck today about half dozen of us looked for a couple hours around 11am , possible call heard. Sandy point 
Vern 

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: Blackpoll ?

Vernon Tunnell
 

No luck today about half dozen of us looked for a couple hours around 11am , possible call heard. Sandy point 
Vern 

Re: Blackpoll ?

Jon Barnett
 

Thanks so much for the report, Ann.  So sorry you missed it.  I was pretty bummed about it last night for myself.   :(  …Jonathan

 

 

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From: akswanson
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 1:24 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?

 

I stayed about ½ hour after Kathleen Lopez left.  A few more people showed up but stayed in their cars because it was so cold.  I never found it. 

 

BTW, if you go to Foote Park on your journey, it is really muddy and wet on the north (?) side of the drainage.  As you face uphill, it is the left hand side.  The stream is running high and the path is muddy no matter where you go.  The other side isn’t so bad but it is wet.  It was Flycatcher heaven there today.  If you want to practice your ID skills, this is the place.  I was never out of sight of a flycatcher for most of the walk.  Very few were vocalizing.  Definitely got Olive-sided and Western Wood Pewee.  Would love to hear what others could identify.  Keep warm. Ann

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Kathleen Lopez
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 11:20 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?

 

Welcome!

 

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 11:08 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Thank you for the update!  Jonathan

 

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From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> on behalf of Kathleen Lopez <Ksl232323@...>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 10:59:45 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?

 

I was there this morning with Ann Swanson. I didn't find it. Ann was still looking when I left.

 

Kathy Lopez

Nampa

 

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 10:55 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

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Nampa


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Kathy Lopez
Nampa

 

Re: Blackpoll ?

akswanson
 

I stayed about ½ hour after Kathleen Lopez left.  A few more people showed up but stayed in their cars because it was so cold.  I never found it. 

 

BTW, if you go to Foote Park on your journey, it is really muddy and wet on the north (?) side of the drainage.  As you face uphill, it is the left hand side.  The stream is running high and the path is muddy no matter where you go.  The other side isn’t so bad but it is wet.  It was Flycatcher heaven there today.  If you want to practice your ID skills, this is the place.  I was never out of sight of a flycatcher for most of the walk.  Very few were vocalizing.  Definitely got Olive-sided and Western Wood Pewee.  Would love to hear what others could identify.  Keep warm. Ann

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Kathleen Lopez
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 11:20 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?

 

Welcome!

 

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 11:08 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Thank you for the update!  Jonathan

 

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From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> on behalf of Kathleen Lopez <Ksl232323@...>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 10:59:45 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?

 

I was there this morning with Ann Swanson. I didn't find it. Ann was still looking when I left.

 

Kathy Lopez

Nampa

 

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 10:55 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

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Kathy Lopez
Nampa


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Kathy Lopez
Nampa

Re: Eastern Phoebe on blacks creek road

Denise Hughes
 

Thanks for the correction.  It sure looks similar to Sibley’s EAPH.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On May 22, 2020, at 12:21 PM, Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad@...> wrote:


The bird labeled as an Eastern Phoebe is also an Olive-sided Flycatcher.  But, lots of great birds showing up in southern Idaho, so keep it up!

Good Birding,

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 11:19 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Seen on Thursday. Ebird report showed up this morning 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S69460831

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

Re: Eastern Phoebe on blacks creek road

Carl Lundblad
 

The bird labeled as an Eastern Phoebe is also an Olive-sided Flycatcher.  But, lots of great birds showing up in southern Idaho, so keep it up!

Good Birding,

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 11:19 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Seen on Thursday. Ebird report showed up this morning 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S69460831

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

Eastern Phoebe on blacks creek road

Denise Hughes
 

Seen on Thursday. Ebird report showed up this morning 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S69460831

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Teton Valley

maryadmoosman
 

You're welcome, Kerry. Though I don't post or respond often in this group, I too wish that everyone would always let us know where they're at! And I also hope the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks will continue to expand their range!

Re: Blackpoll ?

Amanda Sills
 

We found it in the 3rd tree on the left, past the exit sign and dumpster just beyond the guard station yesterday around 5:30.

Best luck today! 
Amanda 


On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 11:08 AM, Jon Barnett
<jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Thank you for the update!  Jonathan

 

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From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> on behalf of Kathleen Lopez <Ksl232323@...>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 10:59:45 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?
 
I was there this morning with Ann Swanson. I didn't find it. Ann was still looking when I left.

Kathy Lopez
Nampa

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 10:55 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

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Kathy Lopez
Nampa

Re: Blackpoll ?

Kathleen Lopez
 

Welcome!


On Fri, May 22, 2020, 11:08 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Thank you for the update!  Jonathan

 

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From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> on behalf of Kathleen Lopez <Ksl232323@...>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 10:59:45 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?
 
I was there this morning with Ann Swanson. I didn't find it. Ann was still looking when I left.

Kathy Lopez
Nampa

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 10:55 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

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--
Kathy Lopez
Nampa


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Kathy Lopez
Nampa

Re: Blackpoll ?

Jon Barnett
 

Thank you for the update!  Jonathan

 

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From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> on behalf of Kathleen Lopez <Ksl232323@...>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 10:59:45 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll ?
 
I was there this morning with Ann Swanson. I didn't find it. Ann was still looking when I left.

Kathy Lopez
Nampa

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 10:55 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

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--
Kathy Lopez
Nampa

Re: Blackpoll ?

Kathleen Lopez
 

I was there this morning with Ann Swanson. I didn't find it. Ann was still looking when I left.

Kathy Lopez
Nampa

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 10:55 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


--
Kathy Lopez
Nampa

Blackpoll ?

Jon Barnett
 

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

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Re: Still Missing W Tanager

lcarrigan_55
 

At this point, Larry, I'll take either version! lol!

Re: Damp birding

Jim Lyons
 

Larry - As another fellow grouchy old guy, I am guessing Tom can take it! It's ok to prod each other from time to time, IMHO. His hood is my hood and all our Western Tanagers we're delighting in this week could not let a guy stay mad, even if he started that way. 

We love the Bike4Birds reports - keep it up Tom!

--
Jim Lyons
jflyons@...
208-340-0533


On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 6:36 AM Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:

p.s.  pls don't hate me, Tom.....  eh?


From: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 5:48:45 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding


Diann, i like that -  HAVA    =)

Tom, sure wish I could see ALL your birds on eBird    =)

LA




From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:06:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

Diann:

I only count species. eBird rejected my first entry because they said I saw too many Pied bill Grebes, so I never submitted again. I had seen 5 during my ride and I was told that was too many. I never understood. Anyway, I’m happy counting species. I had 50 today.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

 

Tom,

 

You impressed me with 10 miles and 45 birds (or species?). The farthest I ventured out was to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash bins. I prefer to be a fair weather birder. Sadly, I have not seen any Western Tanagers on my walks between the Boise Depot and Hillcrest. Guess I need to shift to the Greenbelt.

 

Thanks for putting a name to that "disorder" (BADD). I like to think of it as a more positive trait of heightened auditory and visual awareness. HAVA or BADD, many of us are afflicted. 

 

You'll have continued success meeting your daily goals, because you're out there every day. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Diann Stone Boise Depot Bench

 

On Wed, May 20, 2020, 8:51 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

If you live anywhere near Boise, you know that today was a little “damp.” For some reason, I thought maybe the birds would just ignore the rain and parade around for me. As it turns out, I had to repeatedly find dry places (few and far between on the greenbelt) to clean my bino lenses and even my glasses. Eventually the water wore me down and I headed home, but I managed 45 birds in about 10 miles. Highlights included my FOY Willow Flycatcher and FOY MacGillivray’s Warbler. Western Tanagers were EVERYWHERE. My conservative estimate would be 40 to 50 individuals that I actually saw, plus others that I heard.

As some of you are aware, I am afflicted with a condition that is probably familiar to all of you: BADD, better known as “Birders Attention Deficit Disorder.” This is when any motion in the trees, in the sky, on the ground, attracts your undivided attention, even when you’re in the midst of a serious conversation. Because of my BADD, I was constantly swiveling my head today, but only because every leaf in Boise was being hit by water and therefore moving. It was sensory overload. Plus, every swallow in Idaho was flying around my route, overwhelmingly dominated by a gazillion VG Swallows. It was like being inside a snow globe that someone was constantly shaking.

Of course, I can’t wait to get out again tomorrow.

Tom McCabe, Boise

P.S. The various weather reports indicate we set a new record for precipitation for this date in Boise. I believe it!



Re: Still Missing W Tanager

Larry Arnold
 


oh sorry, Brian, we're just talking about Western Idaho Tanagers over here, not "Western Tanagers"     ;-)


From: "lcarrigan_55 via groups.io" <lcarrigan_55@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 6:31:48 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Still Missing W Tanager

Similarly, we had a Kestrel pr nest for yrs in a cottonwood natural cavity. Then, about 3 yrs ago, Starlings took over the nesting space. Sure miss seeing the Kestrels.

Have yet to see a W Tanager on our side of state. Keep checking daily but no luck yet. I did see one return yest afternoon, after I had sent my report to IBLE, of the Blue Jay to the feeder. Don't think it'll stay much longer. Visited to eat only 2-3 seeds & was off. Thanks for the info, Liz.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Re: Damp birding

Larry Arnold
 


p.s.  pls don't hate me, Tom.....  eh?


From: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 5:48:45 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding


Diann, i like that -  HAVA    =)

Tom, sure wish I could see ALL your birds on eBird    =)

LA




From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:06:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

Diann:

I only count species. eBird rejected my first entry because they said I saw too many Pied bill Grebes, so I never submitted again. I had seen 5 during my ride and I was told that was too many. I never understood. Anyway, I’m happy counting species. I had 50 today.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

 

Tom,

 

You impressed me with 10 miles and 45 birds (or species?). The farthest I ventured out was to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash bins. I prefer to be a fair weather birder. Sadly, I have not seen any Western Tanagers on my walks between the Boise Depot and Hillcrest. Guess I need to shift to the Greenbelt.

 

Thanks for putting a name to that "disorder" (BADD). I like to think of it as a more positive trait of heightened auditory and visual awareness. HAVA or BADD, many of us are afflicted. 

 

You'll have continued success meeting your daily goals, because you're out there every day. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Diann Stone Boise Depot Bench

 

On Wed, May 20, 2020, 8:51 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

If you live anywhere near Boise, you know that today was a little “damp.” For some reason, I thought maybe the birds would just ignore the rain and parade around for me. As it turns out, I had to repeatedly find dry places (few and far between on the greenbelt) to clean my bino lenses and even my glasses. Eventually the water wore me down and I headed home, but I managed 45 birds in about 10 miles. Highlights included my FOY Willow Flycatcher and FOY MacGillivray’s Warbler. Western Tanagers were EVERYWHERE. My conservative estimate would be 40 to 50 individuals that I actually saw, plus others that I heard.

As some of you are aware, I am afflicted with a condition that is probably familiar to all of you: BADD, better known as “Birders Attention Deficit Disorder.” This is when any motion in the trees, in the sky, on the ground, attracts your undivided attention, even when you’re in the midst of a serious conversation. Because of my BADD, I was constantly swiveling my head today, but only because every leaf in Boise was being hit by water and therefore moving. It was sensory overload. Plus, every swallow in Idaho was flying around my route, overwhelmingly dominated by a gazillion VG Swallows. It was like being inside a snow globe that someone was constantly shaking.

Of course, I can’t wait to get out again tomorrow.

Tom McCabe, Boise

P.S. The various weather reports indicate we set a new record for precipitation for this date in Boise. I believe it!



Re: Still Missing W Tanager

lcarrigan_55
 

Similarly, we had a Kestrel pr nest for yrs in a cottonwood natural cavity. Then, about 3 yrs ago, Starlings took over the nesting space. Sure miss seeing the Kestrels.

Have yet to see a W Tanager on our side of state. Keep checking daily but no luck yet. I did see one return yest afternoon, after I had sent my report to IBLE, of the Blue Jay to the feeder. Don't think it'll stay much longer. Visited to eat only 2-3 seeds & was off. Thanks for the info, Liz.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Re: Damp birding

Larry Arnold
 


Diann, i like that -  HAVA    =)

Tom, sure wish I could see ALL your birds on eBird    =)

LA




From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:06:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

Diann:

I only count species. eBird rejected my first entry because they said I saw too many Pied bill Grebes, so I never submitted again. I had seen 5 during my ride and I was told that was too many. I never understood. Anyway, I’m happy counting species. I had 50 today.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

 

Tom,

 

You impressed me with 10 miles and 45 birds (or species?). The farthest I ventured out was to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash bins. I prefer to be a fair weather birder. Sadly, I have not seen any Western Tanagers on my walks between the Boise Depot and Hillcrest. Guess I need to shift to the Greenbelt.

 

Thanks for putting a name to that "disorder" (BADD). I like to think of it as a more positive trait of heightened auditory and visual awareness. HAVA or BADD, many of us are afflicted. 

 

You'll have continued success meeting your daily goals, because you're out there every day. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Diann Stone Boise Depot Bench

 

On Wed, May 20, 2020, 8:51 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

If you live anywhere near Boise, you know that today was a little “damp.” For some reason, I thought maybe the birds would just ignore the rain and parade around for me. As it turns out, I had to repeatedly find dry places (few and far between on the greenbelt) to clean my bino lenses and even my glasses. Eventually the water wore me down and I headed home, but I managed 45 birds in about 10 miles. Highlights included my FOY Willow Flycatcher and FOY MacGillivray’s Warbler. Western Tanagers were EVERYWHERE. My conservative estimate would be 40 to 50 individuals that I actually saw, plus others that I heard.

As some of you are aware, I am afflicted with a condition that is probably familiar to all of you: BADD, better known as “Birders Attention Deficit Disorder.” This is when any motion in the trees, in the sky, on the ground, attracts your undivided attention, even when you’re in the midst of a serious conversation. Because of my BADD, I was constantly swiveling my head today, but only because every leaf in Boise was being hit by water and therefore moving. It was sensory overload. Plus, every swallow in Idaho was flying around my route, overwhelmingly dominated by a gazillion VG Swallows. It was like being inside a snow globe that someone was constantly shaking.

Of course, I can’t wait to get out again tomorrow.

Tom McCabe, Boise

P.S. The various weather reports indicate we set a new record for precipitation for this date in Boise. I believe it!