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Re: Lesser Goldfinch

Ken Miracle
 

We have swarms of Lesser Goldfinches and our thistle and “no mess blend” from wild birds unlimited …  feeders at our apartment near Parkcenter and Mallard in S.E. Boise currently and year round we have them at varying levels.  We also have Pine Siskin that just returned, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Black-capped Chickadees along with the House Finches, House Sparrows and Song Sparrows, Mourning Doves and California Quail on the ground below.

We have lived in S.E. Boise for 35 years, I was not a birder back then at all and my wife was very casual. We built a house on S. Oak Brook Way of Boise Avenue in 1986 and lived there for about 10 years and my wife remembers lot’s of Gold Finches but not which ones. We then moved to Surprise Valley (it is east of Barber Park and just accross the river from Terersa Drive and she got more into birding and started feeding birds she was seeing Lesser Goldfinches and Lazuli Buntings and much more and bought bird books and binoculars and away she went.  We were in Surprise Valley for about 10 years then sold the big house and moved to a condo in Heron Cove (part of River Run) off Parkcenter. Lesser Goldfinches became a staple there and I retired and took up photography and my wife infected me with the birding virus :-) When we sold the condo and moved to Brookdale on Loggers Creek and now to Huntington also bordered by Loggers Creek the Lesser Goldfinches just kept following us :-)

So until I read this string I did not know that Lesser Goldfinches were not the norm in the Treasure Valley. Still a new birder learning something new every day.

On Aug 2, 2020, at 3:14 PM, rbird1286 via groups.io <ruthanngreene@...> wrote:

Thanks so much for the input.  Surprisingly...or not, I am 1.5 miles from Eagle Road off McMillan.   My other house was South of the Freeway.

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, 3:09:11 PM MDT, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:


When I first joined IBLE (lo, these many years ago), I went birding with RL and he directed me to a small neighborhood out Warm Springs, near where Idaho 21 now crosses the Boise River. We went there to see the Lesser Goldfinches that--apparently-- could be found nowhere else in the Treasure Valley.

Within a few years, I started seeing Lesser Goldfinches at my feeders in the North End. Now, I see and hear them all along the Boise River, at least to Eagle Road. (Going to Eagle Road is a LONG bike ride for me, and I have rarely ventured beyond it.)

Long story short—I think they have been expanding their range in the valley for some time. If I were you I would greet them warmly, maybe put out an extra sock feeder (they love nyger thistle), and sit back and enjoy. Their year round yellow is a delight on a dreary winter day.

Tom McCabe, Boise  

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of rbird1286 via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:12 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Lesser Goldfinch

 

This morning I saw a lesser goldfinch in my neighbors front yard in North Meridian.  Never having seen one in 25 years of living in Idaho I was wondering if his was unusual or not?

We have a couple of yards that have sunflowers in them, but I grew sunflowers at my other home in Meridian and never saw them...would just get American Goldfinches.

Ruthann Greene



Ken Miracle
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Re: Lesser Goldfinch

Larry Arnold
 


From: "Denise Hughes" <deniseh449@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, August 2, 2020 3:13:53 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Lesser Goldfinch

If I remember correctly that neighborhood was on Teresa Drive. It’s just west of the Warm Springs and Hwy 21 intersection.  That’s where I saw my first lesser goldfinch.  Since then they can be found as far west as Caldwell. I’m not sure if they have been seen west of here. 

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Aug 2, 2020, at 3:09 PM, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:



When I first joined IBLE (lo, these many years ago), I went birding with RL and he directed me to a small neighborhood out Warm Springs, near where Idaho 21 now crosses the Boise River. We went there to see the Lesser Goldfinches that--apparently-- could be found nowhere else in the Treasure Valley.

Within a few years, I started seeing Lesser Goldfinches at my feeders in the North End. Now, I see and hear them all along the Boise River, at least to Eagle Road. (Going to Eagle Road is a LONG bike ride for me, and I have rarely ventured beyond it.)

Long story short—I think they have been expanding their range in the valley for some time. If I were you I would greet them warmly, maybe put out an extra sock feeder (they love nyger thistle), and sit back and enjoy. Their year round yellow is a delight on a dreary winter day.

Tom McCabe, Boise  

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of rbird1286 via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:12 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Lesser Goldfinch

 

This morning I saw a lesser goldfinch in my neighbors front yard in North Meridian.  Never having seen one in 25 years of living in Idaho I was wondering if his was unusual or not?

We have a couple of yards that have sunflowers in them, but I grew sunflowers at my other home in Meridian and never saw them...would just get American Goldfinches.

Ruthann Greene



Re: Lesser Goldfinch

rbird1286
 

Thanks so much for the input.  Surprisingly...or not, I am 1.5 miles from Eagle Road off McMillan.   My other house was South of the Freeway.

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, 3:09:11 PM MDT, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:


When I first joined IBLE (lo, these many years ago), I went birding with RL and he directed me to a small neighborhood out Warm Springs, near where Idaho 21 now crosses the Boise River. We went there to see the Lesser Goldfinches that--apparently-- could be found nowhere else in the Treasure Valley.

Within a few years, I started seeing Lesser Goldfinches at my feeders in the North End. Now, I see and hear them all along the Boise River, at least to Eagle Road. (Going to Eagle Road is a LONG bike ride for me, and I have rarely ventured beyond it.)

Long story short—I think they have been expanding their range in the valley for some time. If I were you I would greet them warmly, maybe put out an extra sock feeder (they love nyger thistle), and sit back and enjoy. Their year round yellow is a delight on a dreary winter day.

Tom McCabe, Boise  

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of rbird1286 via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:12 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Lesser Goldfinch

 

This morning I saw a lesser goldfinch in my neighbors front yard in North Meridian.  Never having seen one in 25 years of living in Idaho I was wondering if his was unusual or not?

We have a couple of yards that have sunflowers in them, but I grew sunflowers at my other home in Meridian and never saw them...would just get American Goldfinches.

Ruthann Greene


Re: Lesser Goldfinch

Denise Hughes
 

If I remember correctly that neighborhood was on Teresa Drive. It’s just west of the Warm Springs and Hwy 21 intersection.  That’s where I saw my first lesser goldfinch.  Since then they can be found as far west as Caldwell. I’m not sure if they have been seen west of here. 

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Aug 2, 2020, at 3:09 PM, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:



When I first joined IBLE (lo, these many years ago), I went birding with RL and he directed me to a small neighborhood out Warm Springs, near where Idaho 21 now crosses the Boise River. We went there to see the Lesser Goldfinches that--apparently-- could be found nowhere else in the Treasure Valley.

Within a few years, I started seeing Lesser Goldfinches at my feeders in the North End. Now, I see and hear them all along the Boise River, at least to Eagle Road. (Going to Eagle Road is a LONG bike ride for me, and I have rarely ventured beyond it.)

Long story short—I think they have been expanding their range in the valley for some time. If I were you I would greet them warmly, maybe put out an extra sock feeder (they love nyger thistle), and sit back and enjoy. Their year round yellow is a delight on a dreary winter day.

Tom McCabe, Boise  

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of rbird1286 via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:12 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Lesser Goldfinch

 

This morning I saw a lesser goldfinch in my neighbors front yard in North Meridian.  Never having seen one in 25 years of living in Idaho I was wondering if his was unusual or not?

We have a couple of yards that have sunflowers in them, but I grew sunflowers at my other home in Meridian and never saw them...would just get American Goldfinches.

Ruthann Greene


Re: Lesser Goldfinch

bike4birds
 

When I first joined IBLE (lo, these many years ago), I went birding with RL and he directed me to a small neighborhood out Warm Springs, near where Idaho 21 now crosses the Boise River. We went there to see the Lesser Goldfinches that--apparently-- could be found nowhere else in the Treasure Valley.

Within a few years, I started seeing Lesser Goldfinches at my feeders in the North End. Now, I see and hear them all along the Boise River, at least to Eagle Road. (Going to Eagle Road is a LONG bike ride for me, and I have rarely ventured beyond it.)

Long story short—I think they have been expanding their range in the valley for some time. If I were you I would greet them warmly, maybe put out an extra sock feeder (they love nyger thistle), and sit back and enjoy. Their year round yellow is a delight on a dreary winter day.

Tom McCabe, Boise  

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of rbird1286 via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2020 2:12 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: [IBLE] Lesser Goldfinch

 

This morning I saw a lesser goldfinch in my neighbors front yard in North Meridian.  Never having seen one in 25 years of living in Idaho I was wondering if his was unusual or not?

We have a couple of yards that have sunflowers in them, but I grew sunflowers at my other home in Meridian and never saw them...would just get American Goldfinches.

Ruthann Greene


Lesser Goldfinch

rbird1286
 

This morning I saw a lesser goldfinch in my neighbors front yard in North Meridian.  Never having seen one in 25 years of living in Idaho I was wondering if his was unusual or not?

We have a couple of yards that have sunflowers in them, but I grew sunflowers at my other home in Meridian and never saw them...would just get American Goldfinches.

Ruthann Greene


Hummingbird Info

lcarrigan_55
 

At home along the Snake River, west of Blackfoot, mainly seeing Black-chinned Hummingbird visitors: adult male/female & juveniles. And, at least sev times a day, juvenile Rufous come in & sev appear to be males. 

Other juveniles present on place: numerous Black-headed Grosbeaks (at least 15), Lazuli Buntings (6+), BC Chickadees, House Wrens, House Finches & Yellow Warblers. And have seen two 1st-yr Bald Eagles. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: [wsbn] another photo of the albino

Larry Arnold
 


same here, would love to see the eyes better, other light and angles, cool looking bird tho, eh ?

only albino I've ever seen was a Rufous we identified by vocals, with Steve Bouricius, master bander in Colorado, what a moment and what an angel    =)



From: "Chuck Trost" <trostchuck@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:08:38 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] [wsbn] another photo of the albino

Well, the eyes don’t look pink.  But the feet color seems convincing.
Not sure,
Chuck

Always forward, never straight...

On Aug 1, 2020, at 5:00 PM, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:


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Subject: [wsbn] another photo of the albino
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No gorget.  Pink feet and bill, so I think a true albino, not leucistic.

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Re: [wsbn] another photo of the albino

Charles Trost
 

Well, the eyes don’t look pink.  But the feet color seems convincing.
Not sure,
Chuck

Always forward, never straight...

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No gorget.  Pink feet and bill, so I think a true albino, not leucistic.

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[wsbn] another photo of the albino

Larry Arnold
 


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No gorget.  Pink feet and bill, so I think a true albino, not leucistic.

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Re: Bird

Robert Kiernan
 

Thanks chuck


On Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 12:36 PM Charles Trost <trostchuck@...> wrote:
Yes!  Nice picture.
Chuck Trost

Always forward, never straight...

On Jul 31, 2020, at 10:49 AM, Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:

This was on a small pond rim rd. Between big foot & Belmont. Solitary?
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Re: Bird

Charles Trost
 

Yes!  Nice picture.
Chuck Trost

Always forward, never straight...

On Jul 31, 2020, at 10:49 AM, Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:

This was on a small pond rim rd. Between big foot & Belmont. Solitary?
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Bird

Robert Kiernan
 

This was on a small pond rim rd. Between big foot & Belmont. Solitary?


Re: Dry lake

Robert Kiernan
 

All  4 days I have been out there western peeps have been in a large flock


On Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 8:21 PM Vernon Tunnell <tunnellv62@...> wrote:
yes that one puzzled me also I only got one shot of it not realizing it was different. They were a bit out of range and the sun was the wrong angle!! 

On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 4:05 PM Scott Tuthill <satuthill@...> wrote:
Vernon -- yes looks like some Western Sandpipers. I am fascinated by the bird in your 4th photo with the one dark band across its chest. It is not in very good focus but it could be Semi-palmated Plover. If so, nice find.

Scott Tuthill


Re: Dry lake

Vernon Tunnell
 

one more from dry lake the n=one with the dark head was different from the others


Re: Dry lake

Vernon Tunnell
 

yes that one puzzled me also I only got one shot of it not realizing it was different. They were a bit out of range and the sun was the wrong angle!! 


On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 4:05 PM Scott Tuthill <satuthill@...> wrote:
Vernon -- yes looks like some Western Sandpipers. I am fascinated by the bird in your 4th photo with the one dark band across its chest. It is not in very good focus but it could be Semi-palmated Plover. If so, nice find.

Scott Tuthill


Re: Dry lake

Scott Tuthill
 

Robert -- yes that was me in the dark gray 4Runner. Looks like if I had been more patient the birds came over closer to the road. Good photos. Both Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes. When I got home and looked at my photos I discovered there had been 2 Wilson's Phalaropes in with the dowitchers and I didn't seem the until they flew off. I thought the were Greater Yellowlegs at first but then decided they weren't so were not on my list When I got home I realized what they were -- almost dowitcher sized, white rump area seen while flying, etc.

Scott


Re: Dry lake

Scott Tuthill
 

Vernon -- yes looks like some Western Sandpipers. I am fascinated by the bird in your 4th photo with the one dark band across its chest. It is not in very good focus but it could be Semi-palmated Plover. If so, nice find.

Scott Tuthill


Re: Dry lake

Vernon Tunnell
 

These are from Stagecoach rd dry lakes yesterday. Long billed dowichers , phalaropes, couple other sandpipers (not a sandpiper expert! ) I'll let someone else take a shot


On Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 9:27 PM Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:
Scott you must be the one who was in black vehicle when I arrived this am we spent about 45 minutes  no phalaropes we left to check out small ponds near by on big foot near Dearborn then on Dearborn between big foot &Belmont then around to rim the one on Dearborn best  bank swallow. Yellow  legs. Spotted piper black stilts I knew phalaropes  moved around went back to dry lake got chair out sat for a bit along came red phalas


Dry lake

Robert Kiernan
 

Photos from 3 days