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Re: Great gray owl is still at Montour

Ken Miracle
 

With that much white on the wings and tail at this time of year I would think it is an immature Bald Eagle. There is a good side by side in the air here.


On Jan 6, 2021, at 10:04 AM, Tom & Susan Soniville <tomnsueid@...> wrote:

Thanks to some kind guidance from an IBLEer, we were able to see the Great Gray yesterday. It was a great treat. If you are out that way, don’t miss all the other raptors in the area. We saw a Kestrel, a Sharp-Shinned hawk, multiple Red Tails, at least one Harrier, and what I believe is an immature Golden Eagle. A Harrier and the eagle were involved in some aerial jousting. I would appreciate any feedback on whether this is a Golden or a Bald. We also saw an adult Bald between Sweet and Ola. 
 
Combine that with great weather and some kind people and was a wonderful day.
 
Tom Soniville
West Bench Boise
 
From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ken Miracle via groups.io
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2021 8:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Great gray owl is still at Montour
 
:-) a number of us were there Saturday afternoon and did not find it … how dare those birds have wings and move around and hide from us.
 
 


On Jan 4, 2021, at 7:41 AM, John Shortis via groups.io <john_shortis@...> wrote:
 
...and was still there yesterday (Sunday) PM.
 
John Shortis
 
On Friday, January 1, 2021, 06:48:29 PM MST, Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:
 
 
At least one great gray remains in the vicinity of the Montour Road-Main Street intersection<LE4_2309.jpg>


-- 
Louisa Evers
<LE4_2309.jpg>
 
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
 


-- 
Tom Soniville
Boise. North End<DSC_1256.jpg><DSC_1237.jpg>

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: Great gray owl is still at Montour

Tom & Susan Soniville
 

Thanks to some kind guidance from an IBLEer, we were able to see the Great Gray yesterday. It was a great treat. If you are out that way, don’t miss all the other raptors in the area. We saw a Kestrel, a Sharp-Shinned hawk, multiple Red Tails, at least one Harrier, and what I believe is an immature Golden Eagle. A Harrier and the eagle were involved in some aerial jousting. I would appreciate any feedback on whether this is a Golden or a Bald. We also saw an adult Bald between Sweet and Ola.

 

Combine that with great weather and some kind people and was a wonderful day.

 

Tom Soniville

West Bench Boise

 

From: IBLE@groups.io <IBLE@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ken Miracle via groups.io
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2021 8:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Great gray owl is still at Montour

 

:-) a number of us were there Saturday afternoon and did not find it … how dare those birds have wings and move around and hide from us.

 

 



On Jan 4, 2021, at 7:41 AM, John Shortis via groups.io <john_shortis@...> wrote:

 

...and was still there yesterday (Sunday) PM.

 

John Shortis

 

On Friday, January 1, 2021, 06:48:29 PM MST, Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:

 

 

At least one great gray remains in the vicinity of the Montour Road-Main Street intersection<LE4_2309.jpg>


--

Louisa Evers

elouisa603@...

<LE4_2309.jpg>

 

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

 


--
Tom Soniville
Boise. North End


Re: Northern Mockingbird, Eagle Island State Park, Ada Co.

Marty Marzinelli
 

I found the NOMO today that was previously seen by others.  It was late afternoon ~4:45pm, and it was located in the Russian Olive trees west of the old slaughter house.

Cheers,
Marty Marzinelli


speaking of GGOW......

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 


here's a nice shot....
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/291832011?__hstc=60209138.fe812f3673abff1bbc9f8a5cb5f8e991.1609174112835.1609733640326.1609786779721.21&__hssc=60209138.2.1609786779721&__hsfp=1332846724

and GGOW's location (attached) is about as cryptic as I could come up with, i.e., somewhere between Golden Eagle and Amazonian Royal Flycatcher....?    
this chart is loaded with "phylo" information, but I had to stare at it for awhile before enlightenment   ;-)
 
Larry



Re: Great gray owl is still at Montour

Ken Miracle
 

:-) a number of us were there Saturday afternoon and did not find it … how dare those birds have wings and move around and hide from us.



On Jan 4, 2021, at 7:41 AM, John Shortis via groups.io <john_shortis@...> wrote:

...and was still there yesterday (Sunday) PM.

John Shortis

On Friday, January 1, 2021, 06:48:29 PM MST, Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:


At least one great gray remains in the vicinity of the Montour Road-Main Street intersection<LE4_2309.jpg>


--
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...
<LE4_2309.jpg>

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: Great gray owl is still at Montour

John Shortis
 

...and was still there yesterday (Sunday) PM.

John Shortis

On Friday, January 1, 2021, 06:48:29 PM MST, Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:


At least one great gray remains in the vicinity of the Montour Road-Main Street intersectionLE4_2309.jpg


--
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Re: Accipiters

Jeff Brough
 

It's the same at my house. The usual crowd, however this winter I've spied a Song Sparrow in the mix on three separate occasions.  Also, for the first time ever, I have as many as 8 goldfinches hitting my thistle feeder.


Re: Accipiters

Diann Stone
 

Seeing accipiters is always a thrill for me. Thanks for your report that I can enjoy almost as much as seeing them myself. Well, not really we but thanks for posting.

Diann Stone. Boise Depot Bench

On Sun, Jan 3, 2021, 12:00 PM lcarrigan_55 via groups.io <lcarrigan_55=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Can tell when one of the winter resident accipiters is out & about, as my feeders suddenly become silent. With our recent cold spell & snowstorms, my feeders are getting a lot of activity from the usuals: House Finches, Black-capped Chickadees & Dark-eyed Juncos. 

But, when silent, I start scanning the trees &, without fail, either find the immature N Goshawk or the adult female, by size, Sharp-shinned Hawk which have been busy everyday, recently. Other than those, still waiting for a winter Finch irruption, of some kind!

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Accipiters

lcarrigan_55
 

Can tell when one of the winter resident accipiters is out & about, as my feeders suddenly become silent. With our recent cold spell & snowstorms, my feeders are getting a lot of activity from the usuals: House Finches, Black-capped Chickadees & Dark-eyed Juncos. 

But, when silent, I start scanning the trees &, without fail, either find the immature N Goshawk or the adult female, by size, Sharp-shinned Hawk which have been busy everyday, recently. Other than those, still waiting for a winter Finch irruption, of some kind!

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Re: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Linda Lamb
 

Thank you. That was very helpful. It appears that a few have been seen in later January and a lot in December. In all my years of birding out there I had never seen them in January or February so was curious.



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From: rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...>
Date: 1/3/21 9:05 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

You can check spedcies maps in eBird, which will provide data if it's in their database.

Dean



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From: Linda Lamb <lamreeves58@...>
Date: 1/3/21 9:56 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Quite an accomplishment. We put on 20,000 miles on the car the year we did an Idaho big year and didn't get close to your number. Very impressive.
Apologies first for tagging a different topic on to this post but couldn't get a  new post to work for some reason.
While birding east of Sandpoint on Sunnyside road we spotted a Eurasian Widgeon around 3 pm Saturday at the narrowest point of water between Fisherman's island and Sunnyside rd.  We also spotted a Greater white fronted goose near Shaw inlet but the most unusual sighting for us was two Green-winged Teals spotted near the Eurasian Widgeon. Does anybody know if a Green-winged Teal has been spotted so early in the new year in the North Idaho area of Lake Pend Oreille?
Thanks Linda Lamb 


Re: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

rattlesnake4873
 

You can check spedcies maps in eBird, which will provide data if it's in their database.

Dean



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy Tablet

-------- Original message --------
From: Linda Lamb <lamreeves58@...>
Date: 1/3/21 9:56 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Quite an accomplishment. We put on 20,000 miles on the car the year we did an Idaho big year and didn't get close to your number. Very impressive.
Apologies first for tagging a different topic on to this post but couldn't get a  new post to work for some reason.
While birding east of Sandpoint on Sunnyside road we spotted a Eurasian Widgeon around 3 pm Saturday at the narrowest point of water between Fisherman's island and Sunnyside rd.  We also spotted a Greater white fronted goose near Shaw inlet but the most unusual sighting for us was two Green-winged Teals spotted near the Eurasian Widgeon. Does anybody know if a Green-winged Teal has been spotted so early in the new year in the North Idaho area of Lake Pend Oreille?
Thanks Linda Lamb 


Re: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Linda Lamb
 

Quite an accomplishment. We put on 20,000 miles on the car the year we did an Idaho big year and didn't get close to your number. Very impressive.
Apologies first for tagging a different topic on to this post but couldn't get a  new post to work for some reason.
While birding east of Sandpoint on Sunnyside road we spotted a Eurasian Widgeon around 3 pm Saturday at the narrowest point of water between Fisherman's island and Sunnyside rd.  We also spotted a Greater white fronted goose near Shaw inlet but the most unusual sighting for us was two Green-winged Teals spotted near the Eurasian Widgeon. Does anybody know if a Green-winged Teal has been spotted so early in the new year in the North Idaho area of Lake Pend Oreille?
Thanks Linda Lamb 


Re: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

henderson.danette
 

CONGRATULATIONS Carter! I thought about you several times today while doing the Bruneau CBC. Who knew last year while doing the count together you were just about to begin a spectacular year of birding!

Truly impressive. 
Best wishes in 2021.
Danette Henderson

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021, 10:53 PM Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:
Greetings IBLE,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.

With 2020 finally in the rear view, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my year of birding and give some well overdue thanks to a number of people.

This year, as a result of determination, circumstance, and a great deal of luck I was fortunate enough to amass an Idaho State Year List of 321 species, just surpassing the longstanding Idaho Big Year record of 318. The previous record was, as many or most of you may already know, was set by the late Harry J Krueger in 2004.

Beyond the hardship we all faced as a global society, 2020 challenged me in ways I could not have expected.

While I had the incredible opportunity to see parts of this state, birds, and natural phenomena I had never seen before. Those moments of wonder came alongside many trials, and long days and, some even longer nights. Those hurdles were the experiences that made me a better birder and a better person at the end of it all. The moments that tried me this year were as valuable to me as the moments of rich triumph, and altogether made for an experience I am truly grateful for. 

12 months, 44 counties, and 321 bird species later I am left in awe, once again, of Idaho and all that it has to offer.

More importantly, however, I would like to thank a number of people. There are too many people to acknowledge here and now but I would like to give special thanks to Jay and Heidi Carlisle, Cheryl Huzinga, Lucian Davis, Darren Clark, Carl Lundblad, Cliff Weisse, James Petersen, and the many supportive and wonderful birders of the Wood River Valley including Jean Seymour, Poo Wright-Pulliam, and Larry Barnes, with whom I began this great adventure, and the late Harry J Krueger for setting a very high bar, that was both incredibly difficult and wildly fun to pursue. All of these people played an integral part in making this year possible, and as such have my eternal gratitude.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best of luck in 2021.

Bird on,
Carter Strope 

P.S. For those who are curious, you can find my final list here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-aBB2NtpJ3PrhsqWTGs2cIu1phTC3l6J7GxwlDxv79s/edit?usp=drivesdk


Re: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Louisa Evers
 

Let me add my congratulations to everyone else’s. Pretty damn awesome!

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 22:53 Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:
Greetings IBLE,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.

With 2020 finally in the rear view, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my year of birding and give some well overdue thanks to a number of people.

This year, as a result of determination, circumstance, and a great deal of luck I was fortunate enough to amass an Idaho State Year List of 321 species, just surpassing the longstanding Idaho Big Year record of 318. The previous record was, as many or most of you may already know, was set by the late Harry J Krueger in 2004.

Beyond the hardship we all faced as a global society, 2020 challenged me in ways I could not have expected.

While I had the incredible opportunity to see parts of this state, birds, and natural phenomena I had never seen before. Those moments of wonder came alongside many trials, and long days and, some even longer nights. Those hurdles were the experiences that made me a better birder and a better person at the end of it all. The moments that tried me this year were as valuable to me as the moments of rich triumph, and altogether made for an experience I am truly grateful for. 

12 months, 44 counties, and 321 bird species later I am left in awe, once again, of Idaho and all that it has to offer.

More importantly, however, I would like to thank a number of people. There are too many people to acknowledge here and now but I would like to give special thanks to Jay and Heidi Carlisle, Cheryl Huzinga, Lucian Davis, Darren Clark, Carl Lundblad, Cliff Weisse, James Petersen, and the many supportive and wonderful birders of the Wood River Valley including Jean Seymour, Poo Wright-Pulliam, and Larry Barnes, with whom I began this great adventure, and the late Harry J Krueger for setting a very high bar, that was both incredibly difficult and wildly fun to pursue. All of these people played an integral part in making this year possible, and as such have my eternal gratitude.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best of luck in 2021.

Bird on,
Carter Strope 

P.S. For those who are curious, you can find my final list here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-aBB2NtpJ3PrhsqWTGs2cIu1phTC3l6J7GxwlDxv79s/edit?usp=drivesdk

--
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Re: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Elizabeth Medes
 

Congratulations to you, Carter, and you couldn't have said it better.  Idaho... leaves us all in awe.  And what a year in which to discover it.

Liz Medes
Emmett - the east side

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 3:41 PM Andrea King <aking0601@...> wrote:
Congratulations on your big year record, that is really neat!

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021, 8:40 AM Ken Miracle via groups.io <chukar28=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Carter the more I contemplate 321 species in Idaho in one year the more amazing it is !!

What discipline, perserverance, dedication, patience and wheel time buzzing around Idaho in all weather conditions and in the weird pandemic year of 2020.

Absolutely amazing !!

On Jan 1, 2021, at 10:53 PM, Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:

Greetings IBLE,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.

With 2020 finally in the rear view, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my year of birding and give some well overdue thanks to a number of people.

This year, as a result of determination, circumstance, and a great deal of luck I was fortunate enough to amass an Idaho State Year List of 321 species, just surpassing the longstanding Idaho Big Year record of 318. The previous record was, as many or most of you may already know, was set by the late Harry J Krueger in 2004.

Beyond the hardship we all faced as a global society, 2020 challenged me in ways I could not have expected.

While I had the incredible opportunity to see parts of this state, birds, and natural phenomena I had never seen before. Those moments of wonder came alongside many trials, and long days and, some even longer nights. Those hurdles were the experiences that made me a better birder and a better person at the end of it all. The moments that tried me this year were as valuable to me as the moments of rich triumph, and altogether made for an experience I am truly grateful for. 

12 months, 44 counties, and 321 bird species later I am left in awe, once again, of Idaho and all that it has to offer.

More importantly, however, I would like to thank a number of people. There are too many people to acknowledge here and now but I would like to give special thanks to Jay and Heidi Carlisle, Cheryl Huzinga, Lucian Davis, Darren Clark, Carl Lundblad, Cliff Weisse, James Petersen, and the many supportive and wonderful birders of the Wood River Valley including Jean Seymour, Poo Wright-Pulliam, and Larry Barnes, with whom I began this great adventure, and the late Harry J Krueger for setting a very high bar, that was both incredibly difficult and wildly fun to pursue. All of these people played an integral part in making this year possible, and as such have my eternal gratitude.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best of luck in 2021.

Bird on,
Carter Strope 

P.S. For those who are curious, you can find my final list here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-aBB2NtpJ3PrhsqWTGs2cIu1phTC3l6J7GxwlDxv79s/edit?usp=drivesdk

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: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Andrea King
 

Congratulations on your big year record, that is really neat!


On Sat, Jan 2, 2021, 8:40 AM Ken Miracle via groups.io <chukar28=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Carter the more I contemplate 321 species in Idaho in one year the more amazing it is !!

What discipline, perserverance, dedication, patience and wheel time buzzing around Idaho in all weather conditions and in the weird pandemic year of 2020.

Absolutely amazing !!

On Jan 1, 2021, at 10:53 PM, Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:

Greetings IBLE,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.

With 2020 finally in the rear view, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my year of birding and give some well overdue thanks to a number of people.

This year, as a result of determination, circumstance, and a great deal of luck I was fortunate enough to amass an Idaho State Year List of 321 species, just surpassing the longstanding Idaho Big Year record of 318. The previous record was, as many or most of you may already know, was set by the late Harry J Krueger in 2004.

Beyond the hardship we all faced as a global society, 2020 challenged me in ways I could not have expected.

While I had the incredible opportunity to see parts of this state, birds, and natural phenomena I had never seen before. Those moments of wonder came alongside many trials, and long days and, some even longer nights. Those hurdles were the experiences that made me a better birder and a better person at the end of it all. The moments that tried me this year were as valuable to me as the moments of rich triumph, and altogether made for an experience I am truly grateful for. 

12 months, 44 counties, and 321 bird species later I am left in awe, once again, of Idaho and all that it has to offer.

More importantly, however, I would like to thank a number of people. There are too many people to acknowledge here and now but I would like to give special thanks to Jay and Heidi Carlisle, Cheryl Huzinga, Lucian Davis, Darren Clark, Carl Lundblad, Cliff Weisse, James Petersen, and the many supportive and wonderful birders of the Wood River Valley including Jean Seymour, Poo Wright-Pulliam, and Larry Barnes, with whom I began this great adventure, and the late Harry J Krueger for setting a very high bar, that was both incredibly difficult and wildly fun to pursue. All of these people played an integral part in making this year possible, and as such have my eternal gratitude.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best of luck in 2021.

Bird on,
Carter Strope 

P.S. For those who are curious, you can find my final list here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-aBB2NtpJ3PrhsqWTGs2cIu1phTC3l6J7GxwlDxv79s/edit?usp=drivesdk

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


Kestrels

M Gregory
 

Another poster's msg. about a Kestrel prompted me to research my electronic photo file and refind the pics I took of a young American Kestrel on the roof of Mountain Home Junior High School three years ago. Adult AKs nested on a covered alcove under the arched roof of the brick building. As I photographed the fledgling, an adult Kestrel watched from a perch atop a utility pole. At first I thought I had found a Peregrine nest site, having good memories of the longtime Peregrine nest atop the 40-story Cathedral of Learning building on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
The fledgling was not at all wary of me and walked to as close as six feet or so from its perch on the edge of the roof.
Has anyone else ever chanced upon a similar rooftop Kestrel nesting?
Alan in Mountain Home

--



 

Alan C Gregory
Lt. Col., USAF, Ret.
Mountain Home, ID
Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, life member
Member, North American Butterfly Association



Re: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Ken Miracle
 

Carter the more I contemplate 321 species in Idaho in one year the more amazing it is !!

What discipline, perserverance, dedication, patience and wheel time buzzing around Idaho in all weather conditions and in the weird pandemic year of 2020.

Absolutely amazing !!

On Jan 1, 2021, at 10:53 PM, Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:

Greetings IBLE,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.

With 2020 finally in the rear view, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my year of birding and give some well overdue thanks to a number of people.

This year, as a result of determination, circumstance, and a great deal of luck I was fortunate enough to amass an Idaho State Year List of 321 species, just surpassing the longstanding Idaho Big Year record of 318. The previous record was, as many or most of you may already know, was set by the late Harry J Krueger in 2004.

Beyond the hardship we all faced as a global society, 2020 challenged me in ways I could not have expected.

While I had the incredible opportunity to see parts of this state, birds, and natural phenomena I had never seen before. Those moments of wonder came alongside many trials, and long days and, some even longer nights. Those hurdles were the experiences that made me a better birder and a better person at the end of it all. The moments that tried me this year were as valuable to me as the moments of rich triumph, and altogether made for an experience I am truly grateful for. 

12 months, 44 counties, and 321 bird species later I am left in awe, once again, of Idaho and all that it has to offer.

More importantly, however, I would like to thank a number of people. There are too many people to acknowledge here and now but I would like to give special thanks to Jay and Heidi Carlisle, Cheryl Huzinga, Lucian Davis, Darren Clark, Carl Lundblad, Cliff Weisse, James Petersen, and the many supportive and wonderful birders of the Wood River Valley including Jean Seymour, Poo Wright-Pulliam, and Larry Barnes, with whom I began this great adventure, and the late Harry J Krueger for setting a very high bar, that was both incredibly difficult and wildly fun to pursue. All of these people played an integral part in making this year possible, and as such have my eternal gratitude.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best of luck in 2021.

Bird on,
Carter Strope 

P.S. For those who are curious, you can find my final list here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-aBB2NtpJ3PrhsqWTGs2cIu1phTC3l6J7GxwlDxv79s/edit?usp=drivesdk

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: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

Ken Miracle
 

Congratulations Carter Strope !! 

Thank you to the entire group and to all who have patiently helped me as I ventured into E Bird and Sparrow ID and finding in 2020. I blame Heidi Carlisle for getting me hooked on the little brown birds :-) Thanks to Poo Wright-Pulliam for helping out in the Wood River Valley, and to Cliff Weisse, Heid and Jay Carlisle, Carter and many others for helping my correct my Bird ID on E Bird, Facebook and elsewhere with the most recent by Carl Lundblad who told me yesterday that I had found and photographed a Swainson’s Thrush on 12-24-20 at Barber Park not a Hermit Thrush … I had photographed one other Swainson’s Thrush, juvenile 8-3-16 in Seldovia Alaska. My rookie bird brain never even thought of anything besides a Hermit Thrush for Christmas Eve at Barber Park and completely ignored the buffy eye ring rounded head etc.. :-) 



On Jan 1, 2021, at 10:53 PM, Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:

Greetings IBLE,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.

With 2020 finally in the rear view, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my year of birding and give some well overdue thanks to a number of people.

This year, as a result of determination, circumstance, and a great deal of luck I was fortunate enough to amass an Idaho State Year List of 321 species, just surpassing the longstanding Idaho Big Year record of 318. The previous record was, as many or most of you may already know, was set by the late Harry J Krueger in 2004.

Beyond the hardship we all faced as a global society, 2020 challenged me in ways I could not have expected.

While I had the incredible opportunity to see parts of this state, birds, and natural phenomena I had never seen before. Those moments of wonder came alongside many trials, and long days and, some even longer nights. Those hurdles were the experiences that made me a better birder and a better person at the end of it all. The moments that tried me this year were as valuable to me as the moments of rich triumph, and altogether made for an experience I am truly grateful for. 

12 months, 44 counties, and 321 bird species later I am left in awe, once again, of Idaho and all that it has to offer.

More importantly, however, I would like to thank a number of people. There are too many people to acknowledge here and now but I would like to give special thanks to Jay and Heidi Carlisle, Cheryl Huzinga, Lucian Davis, Darren Clark, Carl Lundblad, Cliff Weisse, James Petersen, and the many supportive and wonderful birders of the Wood River Valley including Jean Seymour, Poo Wright-Pulliam, and Larry Barnes, with whom I began this great adventure, and the late Harry J Krueger for setting a very high bar, that was both incredibly difficult and wildly fun to pursue. All of these people played an integral part in making this year possible, and as such have my eternal gratitude.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best of luck in 2021.

Bird on,
Carter Strope 

P.S. For those who are curious, you can find my final list here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-aBB2NtpJ3PrhsqWTGs2cIu1phTC3l6J7GxwlDxv79s/edit?usp=drivesdk

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: 2020 Retrospective and Thank-You's

cheryl huizinga
 

It was so much fun to watch you achieve that lofty standard!  I so much admire your dogged determination to pursue that goal and make it happen. It was one bright spot in 2020 to see you do it with birding ethics.
You staying with that Common Crane ALL day showing everyone that showed up for it where it was was truly special!
Congratulations!! You earned it!! 
Cheryl

On Jan 2, 2021, at 12:19 AM Lucian Davis <lucianjdavis@...> wrote:


Congratulations, and I appreciate the acknowledgment. Thank you for pushing me to be a better birder and to explore more of Idaho. And of course thanks for all the lifers. I’m glad I got to join you on some of the fantastic adventures of 2020. 
-Lucian
On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 10:53 PM Carter Strope <cmstropep@...> wrote:
Greetings IBLE,

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.

With 2020 finally in the rear view, I wanted to take a moment to look back on my year of birding and give some well overdue thanks to a number of people.

This year, as a result of determination, circumstance, and a great deal of luck I was fortunate enough to amass an Idaho State Year List of 321 species, just surpassing the longstanding Idaho Big Year record of 318. The previous record was, as many or most of you may already know, was set by the late Harry J Krueger in 2004.

Beyond the hardship we all faced as a global society, 2020 challenged me in ways I could not have expected.

While I had the incredible opportunity to see parts of this state, birds, and natural phenomena I had never seen before. Those moments of wonder came alongside many trials, and long days and, some even longer nights. Those hurdles were the experiences that made me a better birder and a better person at the end of it all. The moments that tried me this year were as valuable to me as the moments of rich triumph, and altogether made for an experience I am truly grateful for. 

12 months, 44 counties, and 321 bird species later I am left in awe, once again, of Idaho and all that it has to offer.

More importantly, however, I would like to thank a number of people. There are too many people to acknowledge here and now but I would like to give special thanks to Jay and Heidi Carlisle, Cheryl Huzinga, Lucian Davis, Darren Clark, Carl Lundblad, Cliff Weisse, James Petersen, and the many supportive and wonderful birders of the Wood River Valley including Jean Seymour, Poo Wright-Pulliam, and Larry Barnes, with whom I began this great adventure, and the late Harry J Krueger for setting a very high bar, that was both incredibly difficult and wildly fun to pursue. All of these people played an integral part in making this year possible, and as such have my eternal gratitude.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best of luck in 2021.

Bird on,
Carter Strope 

P.S. For those who are curious, you can find my final list here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-aBB2NtpJ3PrhsqWTGs2cIu1phTC3l6J7GxwlDxv79s/edit?usp=drivesdk

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