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Re: Yellow-billed loon still at Bell Rapids

Jon Barnett
 

Anyone see the Yellow-billed loon today?


On Dec 24, 2020, at 11:15 AM, Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:


Dondi Black reports that the yellow-billed loon is still at Bell Rapids boat launch site as of approximately 11 am on December 24.

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Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Owl

Robert Kiernan
 

Is the great gray still in montour area


Re: Boise CBC preliminary species total

rattlesnake4873
 

My wife is a Bengal, '78, and she watched while I counted, although I did check in to catch a bit of the game and a bite to eat.  My first CBC, too. I went on to be the Boise count compiler for about 20 years.

Dean



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy Tablet

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From: Sarah Harris <idabirder@...>
Date: 12/28/20 11:08 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Boise CBC preliminary species total

Jim, that was our very first CBC as well! 
Ken was looking forward to a relaxing weekend that involved watching the Idaho State Bengals play in  the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA football championship game. I convinced him to watch and count birds instead. He has never forgiven me. The day was cold and cloudy and the birds were few and far between, and darn it if the Bengals didn’t win the championship!! Thank goodness for DVR technology! 39 years later and we are still participating in CBCs! 

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 8:31 AM Jim Lyons <jflyons@...> wrote:
Kudos to our Boise CBC leaders, and participants!

I mentioned last night the 1981 count, my first. I'm attaching a scan of the page with our count, as published in American Birds - no kids, not on papyrus, but close :)

Seeing how the birds (and birders) have changed is one of the great appeals of our Christmas Bird Count, both from a scientific and more global perspective, but also from a personal and very specific perspective.

Jumping out at me beyond our 67 species were the count-week-but-not-count-day species : Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, and Mourning Dove.


Re: Boise CBC preliminary species total

Sarah Harris
 

Jim, that was our very first CBC as well! 
Ken was looking forward to a relaxing weekend that involved watching the Idaho State Bengals play in  the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA football championship game. I convinced him to watch and count birds instead. He has never forgiven me. The day was cold and cloudy and the birds were few and far between, and darn it if the Bengals didn’t win the championship!! Thank goodness for DVR technology! 39 years later and we are still participating in CBCs! 

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 8:31 AM Jim Lyons <jflyons@...> wrote:
Kudos to our Boise CBC leaders, and participants!

I mentioned last night the 1981 count, my first. I'm attaching a scan of the page with our count, as published in American Birds - no kids, not on papyrus, but close :)

Seeing how the birds (and birders) have changed is one of the great appeals of our Christmas Bird Count, both from a scientific and more global perspective, but also from a personal and very specific perspective.

Jumping out at me beyond our 67 species were the count-week-but-not-count-day species : Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, and Mourning Dove.


Re: Boise CBC preliminary species total

Diann Stone
 

Jay, thanks for sharing some highlights. I wasn't there to participate, and appreciate knowing what you found. 

Thanks to all who were out there looking! Some of my best birding times were CBCs in Anchorage, AK many years and several when I first moved to Boise and needed to learn the local birds. 

Participating in a CBC is a great way to learn, practice, and share birding skills and knowledge.

Diann Stone  Boise Depot Bench

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020, 9:28 PM Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Howdy folks

Boise's CBC was held today in a mix of very foggy (~1/3 to 1/2 of the circle?) to beautiful sunny weather.  A number of misses but some great finds. Thanks a ton to everyone who participated, and to the many folks to who helped coordinate!

Preliminary totals:
  • participants: ~80
  • species: 104 on count day, plus 6 count week species that had been seen Thurs-Sat but not today
Highlights:
  • Trumpeter Swan (a 1st) - western greenbelt & ponds on N side
  • RB Merganser (only a handful of years) - Barber Park
  • Osprey (~7th time)
  • Greater Yellowlegs (2nd time?)
  • 2 Spotted Sandpipers (only a handful of years)
  • Long-eared Owl (1st time?) - high in foothills
  • 2 Bushtits (2nd time?) - on Joplin rd across from SW corner of storage facility
  • Ovenbird (!!; 2nd time in a row) - private residence, can't be seen from street
    • I don't know the address but knowing the CBC zone it was in, it can't be more than ~2 miles from the bird we hosted last winter ... same bird or serious coincidence??
  • Western Tanager (1st time) - Barber Park
  • Lincoln's Sparrow (~4th time) - canal W of Borah Park
  • good variety of finches - Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, and Evening Grosbeak
  • count week species: Lesser Scaup, Barred Owl, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls, Blue Jay, Harris's Sparrow
Misses (mainly due to fog or access):
  • blackbirds (too foggy to see main roost in gravel pits) - Yellow-headed, Brewer's, and BH Cowbird
  • gulls - esp. Mew, Thayer's (landfill & wastewater treatment facility closed)
  • Ring-necked Pheasant (less & less habitat in our circle)
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Pipit
Please let me know if I missed anything :-) & happy new year!

Jay


Re: Boise CBC preliminary species total

rattlesnake4873
 

Thanks for the memories, Jim. I believe Karen Andreason and I saw the green heron(s).

Dean Jones 

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 8:31 AM Jim Lyons <jflyons@...> wrote:
Kudos to our Boise CBC leaders, and participants!

I mentioned last night the 1981 count, my first. I'm attaching a scan of the page with our count, as published in American Birds - no kids, not on papyrus, but close :)

Seeing how the birds (and birders) have changed is one of the great appeals of our Christmas Bird Count, both from a scientific and more global perspective, but also from a personal and very specific perspective.

Jumping out at me beyond our 67 species were the count-week-but-not-count-day species : Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, and Mourning Dove.

--
Dean Jones
"A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words." Thomas Huxley
208-859-0072


Re: Alan Gregory

M Gregory
 

I don't think I ever set foot in Venango. I was a volunteer at Hawk Mt. Sanctuary for most of the 1990s and ran two North American Breeding Bird Survey routes in Pennsylvania (LIttle Marsh in Tioga and Potter counties was always fun; lots of species).


On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 11:46 PM Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:
When in PA.did you bird venango COUNTY near oil city



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



Re: Boise CBC preliminary species total

Jim Lyons
 

Kudos to our Boise CBC leaders, and participants!

I mentioned last night the 1981 count, my first. I'm attaching a scan of the page with our count, as published in American Birds - no kids, not on papyrus, but close :)

Seeing how the birds (and birders) have changed is one of the great appeals of our Christmas Bird Count, both from a scientific and more global perspective, but also from a personal and very specific perspective.

Jumping out at me beyond our 67 species were the count-week-but-not-count-day species : Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, and Mourning Dove.


Alan Gregory

Robert Kiernan
 

When in PA.did you bird venango COUNTY near oil city


Boise CBC preliminary species total

Jay Carlisle
 

Howdy folks

Boise's CBC was held today in a mix of very foggy (~1/3 to 1/2 of the circle?) to beautiful sunny weather.  A number of misses but some great finds. Thanks a ton to everyone who participated, and to the many folks to who helped coordinate!

Preliminary totals:
  • participants: ~80
  • species: 104 on count day, plus 6 count week species that had been seen Thurs-Sat but not today
Highlights:
  • Trumpeter Swan (a 1st) - western greenbelt & ponds on N side
  • RB Merganser (only a handful of years) - Barber Park
  • Osprey (~7th time)
  • Greater Yellowlegs (2nd time?)
  • 2 Spotted Sandpipers (only a handful of years)
  • Long-eared Owl (1st time?) - high in foothills
  • 2 Bushtits (2nd time?) - on Joplin rd across from SW corner of storage facility
  • Ovenbird (!!; 2nd time in a row) - private residence, can't be seen from street
    • I don't know the address but knowing the CBC zone it was in, it can't be more than ~2 miles from the bird we hosted last winter ... same bird or serious coincidence??
  • Western Tanager (1st time) - Barber Park
  • Lincoln's Sparrow (~4th time) - canal W of Borah Park
  • good variety of finches - Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, and Evening Grosbeak
  • count week species: Lesser Scaup, Barred Owl, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls, Blue Jay, Harris's Sparrow
Misses (mainly due to fog or access):
  • blackbirds (too foggy to see main roost in gravel pits) - Yellow-headed, Brewer's, and BH Cowbird
  • gulls - esp. Mew, Thayer's (landfill & wastewater treatment facility closed)
  • Ring-necked Pheasant (less & less habitat in our circle)
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Pipit
Please let me know if I missed anything :-) & happy new year!

Jay


Re: Northern Goshawk, not Osprey Oops!

M Gregory
 

One of my best birding memories is having a Goshawk dive on me from her nest
high in an Eastern White Pine in 1998 at Nescopeck State Park, Pennsylvania.
Alan Gregory

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



Re: Northern Goshawk, not Osprey Oops!

Melody and Michael Asher and McBride
 

but Sarah, It is a Beautiful Goshawk😀I am so glad that you saw it.  

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 12:49 PM Sarah Harris <idabirder@...> wrote:
While conducting our Winter Raptor Survey between Wendell and Hagerman yesterday, we veered off the path to see if we could relocate the COLO. We spotted a large grey raptor with a black and white facial pattern that flew up into a Russian-olive. It was near the river and not in the South Hills. I took photos and called it a lingering Osprey. After submitting raptor route data and information about our Osprey sighting to Jeff Fleischer, he responded. 
"You've got a Northern Goshawk, not an Osprey." I have corrected my ebird report. I wish all of you who subscribe to ebird alerts were not privy to this embarrassing mistake. Alas, mea culpa.
Sarah


Northern Goshawk, not Osprey Oops!

Sarah Harris
 

While conducting our Winter Raptor Survey between Wendell and Hagerman yesterday, we veered off the path to see if we could relocate the COLO. We spotted a large grey raptor with a black and white facial pattern that flew up into a Russian-olive. It was near the river and not in the South Hills. I took photos and called it a lingering Osprey. After submitting raptor route data and information about our Osprey sighting to Jeff Fleischer, he responded. 
"You've got a Northern Goshawk, not an Osprey." I have corrected my ebird report. I wish all of you who subscribe to ebird alerts were not privy to this embarrassing mistake. Alas, mea culpa.
Sarah


Harrier

M Gregory
 

Got a pretty decent, not great, pic of a Northern Harrier just off state Hwy. 67 this afternoon while motoring out to Mountain Home Air Force Base from the city of Mountain Home. I never fail to see one of these raptors while traveling north into Camas County or south off the highway to Grand View in Owyhee County. Does anyone know what the breeding status and population estimate is for southern Idaho? Rainy, off and on, but it didn't slow the desert-loving Common Ravens.

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



Re: Raptors

M Gregory
 

Yes, I would be interested in taking this on. I do travel up to Camas and Blaine counties several times a year, for birding, butterflying and bicycling.
Alan


On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 9:34 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
You are welcome Alan :).  I am curious, do you spend a good bit of time in this area?  The reason I ask is that the only coverage that I have for our project consists of a highway speed coverage of Hwy 20 from Mt Home to Hailey, we have no off road coverage on any of what looks to be prime raptor habitat.  The hardest thing for me in this project is to find folks to cover certain areas that are out of the way from population centers where I can draw volunteers from.  Next winter, if you are interested, I could build a route out there that could add valuable data to our project data base.  The challenging part of building a route is to find the right roads that you can drive on during winter conditions, if you have spent a lot of time in this area, might you have some segments of roads that you could recommend that would be open for winter driving?  No arm twisting here, just thought you might be interested in our project enough to help with future needs :).  To give you an idea of what our project is all about, I put together a power point presentation that can be found at this link:   ecaudubon.org    which will take you to the East Cascades Audubon Society’s webpage, sponsors of the project.  Look for the picture of the flying bald eagle then follow directions to the start of the program.  There are 227 slides full of charts and maps and hundreds of excellent raptor photos.  Most of the slides have an audio track filled with information about the project and the birds that have been found, lots of ID tips too :).  Check it out on one of these cold winter days coming up! :). Good birding to you :)

Jeff

On Dec 26, 2020, at 7:29 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

Jeff, Thanks for the ID correction. I never even considered Ferruginous. The first one of those I saw was years ago in the Morley Nelson-Snake River Birds of Prey area.
Alan Gregory

On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

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


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





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



Re: Raptors

Jeff Fleischer
 

You are welcome Alan :).  I am curious, do you spend a good bit of time in this area?  The reason I ask is that the only coverage that I have for our project consists of a highway speed coverage of Hwy 20 from Mt Home to Hailey, we have no off road coverage on any of what looks to be prime raptor habitat.  The hardest thing for me in this project is to find folks to cover certain areas that are out of the way from population centers where I can draw volunteers from.  Next winter, if you are interested, I could build a route out there that could add valuable data to our project data base.  The challenging part of building a route is to find the right roads that you can drive on during winter conditions, if you have spent a lot of time in this area, might you have some segments of roads that you could recommend that would be open for winter driving?  No arm twisting here, just thought you might be interested in our project enough to help with future needs :).  To give you an idea of what our project is all about, I put together a power point presentation that can be found at this link:   ecaudubon.org    which will take you to the East Cascades Audubon Society’s webpage, sponsors of the project.  Look for the picture of the flying bald eagle then follow directions to the start of the program.  There are 227 slides full of charts and maps and hundreds of excellent raptor photos.  Most of the slides have an audio track filled with information about the project and the birds that have been found, lots of ID tips too :).  Check it out on one of these cold winter days coming up! :). Good birding to you :)

Jeff

On Dec 26, 2020, at 7:29 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

Jeff, Thanks for the ID correction. I never even considered Ferruginous. The first one of those I saw was years ago in the Morley Nelson-Snake River Birds of Prey area.
Alan Gregory

On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

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


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




Re: Raptors

M Gregory
 

Jeff, Thanks for the ID correction. I never even considered Ferruginous. The first one of those I saw was years ago in the Morley Nelson-Snake River Birds of Prey area.
Alan Gregory


On Fri, Dec 25, 2020 at 10:42 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

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


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



Re: Raptors

climb_on2002
 

Definitely Ferruginous! Nice! 

MaDWhitham
Suis tes rêves aujourd'hui! Demain n'est pas une garantie

On Dec 25, 2020, at 10:42, Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321@...> wrote:

HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory in Mountain Home

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


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MaDWhitham
Follow your dreams today, tomorrow’s not a guarantee 


Re: Raptors

Jeff Fleischer
 

HI Alan,

Great area for birds for sure :).  What you have in that first picture is not a Rough-legged Hawk but a beautiful adult Ferruginous Hawk, nice find! :)

Jeff Fleischer
Project Coordinator
Winter Raptor Survey Project
East Cascades Audubon Society - Bend, OR

On Dec 25, 2020, at 8:26 AM, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory 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


<1-IMG_9626.JPG><1-IMG_6853.JPG><1-IMG_9239.JPG>


Raptors

M Gregory
 

I birded along U.S. Hwy. 20 from Mountain Home to Fairfield, Camas County, yesterday. Many birds of prey perched on roadside utility poles. The variability in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks is striking, especially between Redtails of the mid-Atlantic (I lived and birded in Pennsylvania for 21 years) and those of the Great Basin.

The best find for me yesterday was a Rough-legged Hawk (photo attached).

Alan Gregory 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


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