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hummers and colors

Larry Arnold
 


I'm guessing some of us already knew this, but maybe not in this much detail...?

fascinating stuff  =)

Larry


From: "Elizabeth 
To: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>, "Missy Arnold" <missydot410@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:17:07 PM
Subject: hummers and colors


A ‘Viral’ New [WTSP] Bird Song in Canada Is Causing Sparrows to Change Their Tune

Larry Arnold
 


yes, there's a recording, and yes eBird data were used........   =)


From: "Juanita 
To: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:12:40 PM
Subject: A ‘Viral’ New Bird Song in Canada Is Causing Sparrows to Change Their Tune


FYI Gem Cty birding

Elizabeth Medes
 

According to Emmett Ranger Dist this a.m., Sagehen Res is closed until 8/31 for logging ops. We keep hiking the hills around it and other than a (lucky) brief windy day in early May, looks like we won't have access to the trail until fall.

And speaking of birds,  some of the local home haircuts around here, including the frightening one in my mirror, are starting to resemble horned larks... minus the cute factor.

Joyous July birding to all,

Liz Medes
Emmett, the east side


Re: 2020 Bird Checklist

Scott Tuthill
 

Mine as well -- though I remember clearly when I saw "it" on a 1987 Wings field trip to Alaska that the leader, none other than Jon Dunn the author of the National Geographic Field Guide, was chuckling about "how can this be a different species"! In hindsight 33 years later he was right, it just took that long for science to catch up with common sense.

Scott


Re: 2020 Bird Checklist

Jim Lyons
 

Same thinking, Rattlesnake!

Love the verbiage - "...Northwestern Crow is neither a species nor even a subspecies, but rather, a 'geographic trend' within American Crow."

And hello, again, Mexican Duck!
--
Jim Lyons
jflyons@...
208-340-0533


On Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 3:52 PM rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:
There goes my northwestern crow!

Dean Jones

On Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 12:51 PM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Not sure how many people follow the annual bird checklist change each year but here is a link  to the changes for 2020.


Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: 2020 Bird Checklist

rattlesnake4873
 

There goes my northwestern crow!

Dean Jones

On Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 12:51 PM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Not sure how many people follow the annual bird checklist change each year but here is a link  to the changes for 2020.


Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: (Im)possible Gull-billed Tern at upper end of American Falls reservoir ...

John Shortis
 

Maybe these photos would help Jay.
I notice that the bird's tail is gray above, did you notice that on your bird?
Coincidentally, two of this species were seen in the UK last week, the bird is rare there also but seen a few times most years.

John Shortis 

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 03:27:44 PM MDT, Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay@...> wrote:


:-)

Yeah, it’s quite out of range - thus my surprise/disbelief!

I’ve seen many hundreds of Gull-billed in southern US states and Latin America ... just wasn’t expecting it here.

No additional sightings today.  Surveyed on McTucker this AM (only Forster’s & Caspian plus Ring-billed & Franklin’s gulls) & just spent 20 minutes at Am Falls dam - no terns, just Ring-billed & Franklin’s gulls and a surprise male RB Merganser 😁




On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:44 PM, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:


well geeeze, I see a couple of nearby reports in eBird, like.......

San Francisco CA, a mere 700 mi LOS, but can a GBTE fly a straight line?   ;-)

and

Liberal KS, a mere 800 miles LOS, if it flew straight


intriguing....  but does the person reporting have much experience with GBTE, like with their flight pattern and foraging strategy...?




From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay@...>
To: "IBLE" <ible@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:08:07 AM
Subject: [IBLE] (Im)possible Gull-billed Tern at upper end of American Falls reservoir ...


A torturous one here...  I’m helping the Intermountain Bird Observatory YB Cuckoo survey crew and last night ~815pm we were on McTucker Island when I saw a medium-sized tern with a thick black bill flew by heading downriver towards the reservoir.  More description in this eBird list - I have it under “tern sp.” as I’m struggling to believe it myself but I can’t make it into any other tern species \uD83E\uDD14\uD83E\uDD14.  Back on McTucker now & just had 3 Forster’s - a very different look & build.

I’ll plan to look above and below the dam tomorrow after surveys and before heading back to Boise & figured I’d post this looooong shot for anyone birding the area to keep their eyes peeled.

Based on plumage, it was most similar to a non-breeding adult in Sibley - only some small dark “ear” patches, not a full black cap.





Terns

Robert Kiernan
 

Maybe it is a fosters that dipped its bill in some dark swampy mud.   I guess im getting bored


Re: (Im)possible Gull-billed Tern at upper end of American Falls reservoir ...

Jay Carlisle
 

:-)

Yeah, it’s quite out of range - thus my surprise/disbelief!

I’ve seen many hundreds of Gull-billed in southern US states and Latin America ... just wasn’t expecting it here.

No additional sightings today.  Surveyed on McTucker this AM (only Forster’s & Caspian plus Ring-billed & Franklin’s gulls) & just spent 20 minutes at Am Falls dam - no terns, just Ring-billed & Franklin’s gulls and a surprise male RB Merganser 😁




On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:44 PM, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:


well geeeze, I see a couple of nearby reports in eBird, like.......

San Francisco CA, a mere 700 mi LOS, but can a GBTE fly a straight line?   ;-)

and

Liberal KS, a mere 800 miles LOS, if it flew straight


intriguing....  but does the person reporting have much experience with GBTE, like with their flight pattern and foraging strategy...?




From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay@...>
To: "IBLE" <ible@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:08:07 AM
Subject: [IBLE] (Im)possible Gull-billed Tern at upper end of American Falls reservoir ...


A torturous one here...  I’m helping the Intermountain Bird Observatory YB Cuckoo survey crew and last night ~815pm we were on McTucker Island when I saw a medium-sized tern with a thick black bill flew by heading downriver towards the reservoir.  More description in this eBird list - I have it under “tern sp.” as I’m struggling to believe it myself but I can’t make it into any other tern species \uD83E\uDD14\uD83E\uDD14.  Back on McTucker now & just had 3 Forster’s - a very different look & build.

I’ll plan to look above and below the dam tomorrow after surveys and before heading back to Boise & figured I’d post this looooong shot for anyone birding the area to keep their eyes peeled.

Based on plumage, it was most similar to a non-breeding adult in Sibley - only some small dark “ear” patches, not a full black cap.





Panhandle Birds: Hudsonian Godwit update and early Baird's Sandpiper

Carl Lundblad
 

On Tuesday evening, I made a last-minute trip to see the HUDSONIAN GODWIT that Jethro Runco found at Boundary Creek WMA (Boundary County) on Monday morning. I arrived at six PM during a merciful break in the rain and quickly found the Godwit foraging near the SW portion of the main/largest pond. As I was watching, a surprise TUNDRA SWAN (unexpected in July) flew in and landed nearby.  I returned to the WMA early this morning and could not relocate the Godwit, so it has probably moved on, despite poor and rainy conditions continuing overnight.

On my way home to Moscow, I stopped at Sandpoint City Beach, thinking I was crazy to do so in heavy rain and a 50 degree temperature.  Immediately I found a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER that appears to be the earliest southbound ("fall) record for all of Idaho in eBird.  3 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were also present.

Good Birding,

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID


Re: 2020 Bird Checklist

Larry Arnold
 


and this year in particular, another hummingbird reshuffle !!!

ten yrs ago? Van Remsen (LSU) et al. headed up a significant reshuffle of ALL the hummers by including almost half of all hummer species AND referencing some legitimate "out groups" in their DNA study... 
so I'll have to dig into this reshuffle to see just how "major" it is, vs. maybe this reshuffle is just an adoption of the findings in Van Remsen's paper ???


I NEED TO CHECK THIS OUT   =)

Thanks, Denise, my in-basket was already over-flowing !!

hahahaha




From: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:03:41 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] 2020 Bird Checklist


essential reading every year, thank you Denise !!!   

=)


From: "Denise Hughes" <deniseh449@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:50:27 PM
Subject: [IBLE] 2020 Bird Checklist

Not sure how many people follow the annual bird checklist change each year but here is a link  to the changes for 2020.


Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho



Re: 2020 Bird Checklist

Larry Arnold
 


essential reading every year, thank you Denise !!!   

=)


From: "Denise Hughes" <deniseh449@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:50:27 PM
Subject: [IBLE] 2020 Bird Checklist

Not sure how many people follow the annual bird checklist change each year but here is a link  to the changes for 2020.


Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


2020 Bird Checklist

Denise Hughes
 

Not sure how many people follow the annual bird checklist change each year but here is a link  to the changes for 2020.


Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: (Im)possible Gull-billed Tern at upper end of American Falls reservoir ...

Larry Arnold
 


well geeeze, I see a couple of nearby reports in eBird, like.......

San Francisco CA, a mere 700 mi LOS, but can a GBTE fly a straight line?   ;-)

and

Liberal KS, a mere 800 miles LOS, if it flew straight


intriguing....  but does the person reporting have much experience with GBTE, like with their flight pattern and foraging strategy...?




From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay@...>
To: "IBLE" <ible@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:08:07 AM
Subject: [IBLE] (Im)possible Gull-billed Tern at upper end of American Falls reservoir ...


A torturous one here...  I’m helping the Intermountain Bird Observatory YB Cuckoo survey crew and last night ~815pm we were on McTucker Island when I saw a medium-sized tern with a thick black bill flew by heading downriver towards the reservoir.  More description in this eBird list - I have it under “tern sp.” as I’m struggling to believe it myself but I can’t make it into any other tern species \uD83E\uDD14\uD83E\uDD14.  Back on McTucker now & just had 3 Forster’s - a very different look & build.

I’ll plan to look above and below the dam tomorrow after surveys and before heading back to Boise & figured I’d post this looooong shot for anyone birding the area to keep their eyes peeled.

Based on plumage, it was most similar to a non-breeding adult in Sibley - only some small dark “ear” patches, not a full black cap.





(Im)possible Gull-billed Tern at upper end of American Falls reservoir ...

Jay Carlisle
 


A torturous one here...  I’m helping the Intermountain Bird Observatory YB Cuckoo survey crew and last night ~815pm we were on McTucker Island when I saw a medium-sized tern with a thick black bill flew by heading downriver towards the reservoir.  More description in this eBird list - I have it under “tern sp.” as I’m struggling to believe it myself but I can’t make it into any other tern species 🤔🤔.  Back on McTucker now & just had 3 Forster’s - a very different look & build.

I’ll plan to look above and below the dam tomorrow after surveys and before heading back to Boise & figured I’d post this looooong shot for anyone birding the area to keep their eyes peeled.

Based on plumage, it was most similar to a non-breeding adult in Sibley - only some small dark “ear” patches, not a full black cap.




Fw: [eBird Alert] Hudsonian Godwit way up N :-)

Jay Carlisle
 

See below ... 




Begin forwarded message:


On Monday, June 29, 2020, 9:27 AM, ebird-alert@... wrote:

*** Species Summary:

Hudsonian Godwit (1 Boundary)
Western Sandpiper (1 Boundary)

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Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2020 03:55 by Jethro Runco
- Boundary Creek WMA, Boundary, Idaho
- Comments: "Will add lousy photos. Too far out for my equipment. Larger shorebird a bit bigger than GRYE. Chestnut colored body, head tan. Bill bicolored with an up turn."

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) (2)
- Reported Jun 29, 2020 03:55 by Jethro Runco
- Boundary Creek WMA, Boundary, Idaho
- Comments: "Seen with other shorebirds. Way smaller with black legs. Wingtips come just to tail. Bills longer than I would expect on a SESA."

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Rufous Hummingbirds on the Move

lcarrigan_55
 

Well, with continuous bands of rain pushing through & releases from Palisades muddying up my fly-fishing prospect, have been reading & watching the hummingbird feeder. And, no doubt, southward Rufous migration is in full force. Have been able to separate 3 diff't Black-chinneds coming in (1 male & 2 female), 1 prob BC juvenile & 1 ea male & female Rufous. 

Reading where Rufous Hummingbirds esp, have great memories & fidelity on their migration routes for nectar, whether artificial or natural sources. Hadn't kept a hummingbird feeder for many years & just started regularly about 4 yrs ago. Last fall, had numerous Rufous late Aug into Sept & most were juveniles. Wondering if those I'm observing are now adults from last year's broods & re-visiting on their southward trek? In any case, from most info I've researched, appears Rufous are about 2 wks early on southbound migration.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: Red-eyed Vireo at Dry Creek, Boise Foothills

Richard and Ann Rusnak
 

Great find!


On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM Marty Marzinelli via groups.io <mbusshp6m=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
As reported by others recently, I sighted a red-eyed vireo along the Dry Creek Trail in the Boise foothills about 0.2 miles downstream of the confluence of Shingle and Dry Creeks.  The bird was in the riparian area singing long and loudly.  I saw it on the way up and the way down the trail.  Last sighting was at 11:16am today.

Cheers, Marty Marzinelli


Female Rufous Hummingbird

lcarrigan_55
 

Just had an adult female Rufous Hummingbird come into the feeder. Since I've never seen any evidence of Rufous breeding at our river location it appears, as was pointed out by others when I reported the adult male recently, Rufous must be on their southward migration already. It's early to see them at our home spot in late June. 

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Red-eyed Vireo at Dry Creek, Boise Foothills

Marty Marzinelli
 

As reported by others recently, I sighted a red-eyed vireo along the Dry Creek Trail in the Boise foothills about 0.2 miles downstream of the confluence of Shingle and Dry Creeks.  The bird was in the riparian area singing long and loudly.  I saw it on the way up and the way down the trail.  Last sighting was at 11:16am today.

Cheers, Marty Marzinelli