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Interesting behavior

Patty Ford <patty_ford@...>
 

Hi all, bit of a story here, bear with me.
So today my cat was outside without me, (please no hate, I love my kitty), he managed to grab an Evening Grosbeak from the birdbath. I saw it from the kitchen window and raced over to the door to save it. As I slipped my shoes on I could hear the Pinyon Jays screaming their heads off. Also some noise from other Grosbeaks. It looked like the bird was dead, kitty was batting it around. All the sudden the Jays attacked kitty. Dive bombing him and pecking at him. He ran away without the little bird. Amazingly the little bird got up and flew away.
I have seen parent birds protect their young but I have never seen a different species protect another species. 
Have you seen this befor? Am I just seeing what I want to see? I am completely amazed.
What are your thoughts?
Thanks, Patty

p.s. Kitty has refused to go out rest of the day. 


Re: Dry Lakes -- no plovers but 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening

Louisa Evers
 

Where are you coming from?  The Dry Lakes playa is located adjacent to Stagecoach Road. I typically get there by heading out of Nampa on 12th St/Highway 45, turn right onto Bowmont, left on Dry Lakes Road (Bowmont t’s into Dry Lakes) and then Dry Lakes makes a 90 degree turn and becomes Stagecoach.  You could also turn right on Missouri or Bennett and the left onto Dry Lakes. 

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 17:21 Linda Lamb <lamreeves58@...> wrote:
We are going to be in the area tomorrow and would like to see what everyone is talking about. The link shows south east of CJ in the middle of a cultivated field. Can anyone give me better directions to the Dry Lakes?
Thanks, Linda

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Anna's Hummingbird

Kerry Fitzharris
 

I had a female Anna's coming and going from my feeder for about two hours this morning here in the North End of Boise. Beautiful red-speckled patch on her throat. Lovely to watch her in this fall light!


Re: Dry Lakes -- no plovers but 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening

Vernon Tunnell <tunnellv62@...>
 


Re: Dry Lakes -- no plovers but 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening

Linda Lamb
 

We are going to be in the area tomorrow and would like to see what everyone is talking about. The link shows south east of CJ in the middle of a cultivated field. Can anyone give me better directions to the Dry Lakes?
Thanks, Linda


Re: Dry Lakes -- no plovers but 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening

cheryl huizinga
 

It was Bob Goycoolea that was with us – not Bob Kiernan 

 

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From: Carter Strope
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:55 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Dry Lakes -- no plovers but 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening

 

Hi Jay and other IBLE members, Cheryl Huzinga, Bob Kiernan, and I were there earlier this afternoon and observed only a single Second Cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull. There were much lower gull numbers overall at that time.

 

 In my recent visits shorebird numbers appear to peak around 3-5 there and drop steeply after that. Definitely a productive spot this fall. There were many sandpipers present including Dunlin and Stilt, Western, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers.

 

-Carter Strope 

 

On Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 21:47 Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hoping to run into some of the exciting shorebird action, Heidi & I tried Dry Lakes in the last hour before sunset.  No golden or BB plovers but at least 1,000 gulls cycling through and we observed the most Lesser Black-backed Gulls in one location I've ever seen in Idaho!  Some ~passable digiscope pics in this eBird checklist: ebird.org/checklist/S75005540 - no full adults but a 1st winter, a couple ~1.5 year-olds (2nd cycle), and a presumed 3rd-cycle (based on a mostly yellow bill that doesn't show up on the pics I got before the whole flock took to the air).

 

eBird Checklist - 17 Oct 2020 - Dry Lakes Area (view only from public ro...

Submitted by Jay Carlisle.

I only wish this place was a bit closer to home - if so, I'd go 2x/day :-)

 

Jay

 

 

 

 

On Friday, October 16, 2020, 8:18:34 PM MDT, Scott Tuthill <satuthill@...> wrote:

 

 

Thanks RL -- I scanned every inch of this field. I remembered your notes. My bet is they were mixed in with the Dowtichers on the far side of the pond and I didn't spend enough time to see them. But, at that distance there was no way I could ID them, and for a State Bird, I would not put it on my list.

 


hummingbird report, west Boise

Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
 


Gmorning hummer fans !!

Our last observed dates (LOD's) this year to date.......
Broad-tailed - we don't encounter hereabouts, and I dearly miss them
Calliope  12 Aug 
Rufous  21 Sep
Black-chinned  21 Sep 
Anna's  12 Oct 

Attached might be of interest to some of us, eh?

Larry






Re: Dry Lakes -- no plovers but 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening

Carter Strope
 

Hi Jay and other IBLE members, Cheryl Huzinga, Bob Kiernan, and I were there earlier this afternoon and observed only a single Second Cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull. There were much lower gull numbers overall at that time.

 In my recent visits shorebird numbers appear to peak around 3-5 there and drop steeply after that. Definitely a productive spot this fall. There were many sandpipers present including Dunlin and Stilt, Western, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers.

-Carter Strope 

On Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 21:47 Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hoping to run into some of the exciting shorebird action, Heidi & I tried Dry Lakes in the last hour before sunset.  No golden or BB plovers but at least 1,000 gulls cycling through and we observed the most Lesser Black-backed Gulls in one location I've ever seen in Idaho!  Some ~passable digiscope pics in this eBird checklist: ebird.org/checklist/S75005540 - no full adults but a 1st winter, a couple ~1.5 year-olds (2nd cycle), and a presumed 3rd-cycle (based on a mostly yellow bill that doesn't show up on the pics I got before the whole flock took to the air).

I only wish this place was a bit closer to home - if so, I'd go 2x/day :-)

Jay




On Friday, October 16, 2020, 8:18:34 PM MDT, Scott Tuthill <satuthill@...> wrote:


Thanks RL -- I scanned every inch of this field. I remembered your notes. My bet is they were mixed in with the Dowtichers on the far side of the pond and I didn't spend enough time to see them. But, at that distance there was no way I could ID them, and for a State Bird, I would not put it on my list.


Dry Lakes -- no plovers but 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening

Jay Carlisle
 

Hoping to run into some of the exciting shorebird action, Heidi & I tried Dry Lakes in the last hour before sunset.  No golden or BB plovers but at least 1,000 gulls cycling through and we observed the most Lesser Black-backed Gulls in one location I've ever seen in Idaho!  Some ~passable digiscope pics in this eBird checklist: ebird.org/checklist/S75005540 - no full adults but a 1st winter, a couple ~1.5 year-olds (2nd cycle), and a presumed 3rd-cycle (based on a mostly yellow bill that doesn't show up on the pics I got before the whole flock took to the air).

I only wish this place was a bit closer to home - if so, I'd go 2x/day :-)

Jay




On Friday, October 16, 2020, 8:18:34 PM MDT, Scott Tuthill <satuthill@...> wrote:


Thanks RL -- I scanned every inch of this field. I remembered your notes. My bet is they were mixed in with the Dowtichers on the far side of the pond and I didn't spend enough time to see them. But, at that distance there was no way I could ID them, and for a State Bird, I would not put it on my list.


Another good day

bike4birds
 

My apologies for cluttering up your inbox, but I had enough interesting birds today that I felt the need to share. First, a W.S. Owl woke me just before dawn. Later, I discovered a Cassin’s Finch in my back yard maple. I could see him clearly, preening on a branch. The female next to him was obscured by leaves, but I think it was also a CAFI. Once I started my bike ride I had a goodly number of regulars, all being cooperative, before seeing 2 Blue Jays in the bare branches of a tree on Plantation Island.

Things started to get even more interesting after that, with a trio of Ruddy Ducks on Silver Lake, an altercation between a Great Blue Heron and a Red Tail at a bend in the river, and then a Lesser Scaup at the lower end of Veterans Pond. My final tally was 39 birds in 13+ miles, and there were a couple that I didn’t count because they didn’t repeat for me. Isn’t migration wonderful?

Tom McCabe, Boise


Oct 14th Dry Creek Plover Photos?

Scott Tuthill
 

In case Carter Strope, Denise Hughes, or Cheryl Huizinga monitor this site, or someone can relay a message to them -- your October 14th eBird list from Dry Creek mentioned: "Photos soon. Large pluvalis plover with dainty bill and dark rump" on the Golden-Plover. Any chance you can post those photos on eBird? And did you get any of the Black-bellied Plover?

Scott


Re: Dry Lakes -- A whole different day

Scott Tuthill
 

Thanks RL -- I scanned every inch of this field. I remembered your notes. My bet is they were mixed in with the Dowtichers on the far side of the pond and I didn't spend enough time to see them. But, at that distance there was no way I could ID them, and for a State Bird, I would not put it on my list.


Re: Dry Lakes -- A whole different day

R L ROWLAND RONALD ROWLAND
 

Hey all, RL here.
Day I went looking for the Golden Plover, took a bit, found it in the green field to the east of the playa. This is the field that if you use the road as a keyboard looks a lot like a Steinway Grand Piano in shape. The plover was ducking (pun intended) up and down in those deep furrows. The Killdeer were scattered all over instead of being concentrated on the muddy part of the harvested cornfield across the road from the playa as others had noted at the time. I made note of this in my ible posting of that day. Check out that piano shaped green field. There may be a surprise or two.
CGB. RL

----- Original Message -----
From: Scott Tuthill <satuthill@...>
To: IBLE@groups.io
Sent: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:32:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Dry Lakes -- A whole different day

It is interesting to see how things change during the day. It was entirely possible the Golden-plovers were mixed in with the Dowitchers when I was there. They were on the far side of the water and all I was able to count were "large sized shorebirds with long bills". I easily could have missed the Golden-plovers - not that they have long bills, and they are similar sized, though smaller than the Dowitchers, but that I didn't take my time to carefully examine each "dot in the distance." When I didn't seem them up close in the mud I scanned all the surrounding fields a couple of time hoping they were out there.

Scott





Re: Dry Lakes -- A whole different day

Scott Tuthill
 

It is interesting to see how things change during the day. It was entirely possible the Golden-plovers were mixed in with the Dowitchers when I was there. They were on the far side of the water and all I was able to count were "large sized shorebirds with long bills". I easily could have missed the Golden-plovers - not that they have long bills, and they are similar sized, though smaller than the Dowitchers, but that I didn't take my time to carefully examine each "dot in the distance." When I didn't seem them up close in the mud I scanned all the surrounding fields a couple of time hoping they were out there.

Scott


Re: Dry Lakes -- A whole different day

Vernon Tunnell <tunnellv62@...>
 

Plovers / dunlins were there 3:15 10/15 not sure what all three together here are 


On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 10:12 PM Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:
Time of day seems to make a difference at Dry Lakes.  Went out this afternoon (10/15) and got lots of dowitchers, least sandpipers, a couple of western sandpipers, the dunlin, and two golden plovers.  Lots of pipits on the road edge.  Ducks were few, geese absent, and many gulls present, tho not as many as have been there (only a couple hundred instead of over 1000).

Other days, there have been a higher diversity of ducks and the occasional snow goose or greater white-fronted goose, a phalarope or two, the odd black-necked stilt or avocet, stilt sandpipers, and so on.  Every day is different.  Been fascinating to see the changes.
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Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Re: Dry Lakes -- A whole different day

Louisa Evers
 

Time of day seems to make a difference at Dry Lakes.  Went out this afternoon (10/15) and got lots of dowitchers, least sandpipers, a couple of western sandpipers, the dunlin, and two golden plovers.  Lots of pipits on the road edge.  Ducks were few, geese absent, and many gulls present, tho not as many as have been there (only a couple hundred instead of over 1000).

Other days, there have been a higher diversity of ducks and the occasional snow goose or greater white-fronted goose, a phalarope or two, the odd black-necked stilt or avocet, stilt sandpipers, and so on.  Every day is different.  Been fascinating to see the changes.
--
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Oops

Robert Kiernan
 

 Not a lion but a loon lower dam I must be tired or old


Birding

Robert Kiernan
 

Around :5:p.m.i approached dry lake from the east an  saw what i thought was several dowitchers paused the drove toward other birders Louisa & pat McGrane they said golden plovers were  way out  said dunlins mixed in with dows photos then along came the plovers close in with great lighting 1 photo had least peep ,-- Dublin & plover  totally awesomist1 went to lower dam hoping to see white fronts  no luck .but did see all whites plus this lion oh oh all whites were 8 snow geese what a great day birding rocks


Re: Blue Jay!!!

Ceredig Roberts
 

Yes, the Blue Jays were active. I was with RL this morning.  Looks like they were collecting food.  Ceredig



On Oct 15, 2020, at 2:41 PM, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

After Jason’s posting that there were 3 BLJA’s on Plantation Island, I’ve been totally tuned in to the sounds there. Plus, some folks have shown up to see the little blighters. So today was no surprise when I found RL and some photographers on the island, and they had photos of my nemesis. 
Fortunately, once I came back from my Remington St. rounds, an accommodating Blue Jay landed close enough to see without binos. Then I stood where the dirt path leads off from the paved path, and I was rewarded with multiple views of at least 2 Blue Jays. The island was rather birdy, with a large flock of Cedar Waxwings, DE Juncos, and RC Kinglets. But the Blue Jays were the big show for me. I think the term is “soul satisfying views.” (And my soul needs a little satisfying these days.)
Tom McCabe, Boise


Dry Lakes -- A whole different day

Scott Tuthill
 

After yesterday afternoon’s (Wed/Oct 14) amazing reports I decided to head out to Dry Lakes this morning. I arrived about 9:30AM. There was one other birder there and it was nice to meet Junice Neubauer. From my first glance around I could tell the birds were way different than the previous afternoon. Could it be the cold weather pushed everything out and the new arrivals took advantage of the NW wind and just kept going? No Black-bellied or Golden-Plovers. Three Kildeer instead of 30. The 2 Dunlin were still there (thanks Junice for telling me you saw them – when I reviewed my photos when I got home the mystery birds turned out to be Dunlin.) The Long-billed Dowitchers were still there and in the same numbers. No Stilt Sandpipers, no Baird’s (though Junice said she saw some), no Yellowlegs and no Phalaropes. It was amazing how different it was. There were still quite a few pipits around though my estimate was 1/3 to ½ what were there the previous afternoon. And, the morning highlight was getting some great photos of them.

 

Still a good trip. Dry Lakes seems to be the shorebird place to be in the Treasure Valley this year. Blacks Creek Reservoir is definitely having an off year. I do not know why and would be interested in other’s thoughts. I know if had a lot more water last year, but even now, the water there is much larger than Dry Lakes.

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