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Larry Arnold
 

awesome sparrows, Jay and Ann =)

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue Jay (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (2 reports)
- Harris's Sparrow (1 report)

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Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 12:30 by Ceredig Roberts
- 1066 E Hearthstone Drive, Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=43.656347,-116.17723&ll=43.656347,-116.17723
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76204532
- Comments: "contiuing to visit the peanuts in the backyard."

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 08:09 by Jay Carlisle
- Bitteroot neighborhood , Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=43.599982,-116.278439&ll=43.599982,-116.278439
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76192317
- Comments: "Continuing along fence line near SW edge of Borah park. Still carrying left wing a bit droopy &#x1f914;"

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 14:59 by Ann Swanson
- Farmers Canal Bank between Cole Rd. and Aurora St., Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=43.5977459,-116.269083&ll=43.5977459,-116.269083
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76210713
- Comments: "continuing."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 08:09 by Jay Carlisle
- Bitteroot neighborhood , Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=43.599982,-116.278439&ll=43.599982,-116.278439
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76192317
- Comments: "Immature with juncos, White-crowned, & Song along canal ~100 yards E of blue dumpster behind BK sports fields. Will add crummy digi-bino pic"

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Re: Some interesting birds

R L ROWLAND RONALD ROWLAND
 

Hey all, RL here... again.
Jason Talbot and I birded Elmore and Owyhee Co.'s Wednesday on our Veteran's Day push. All along the river we noticed goldeneye most everywhere. A few clumps and smaller scatterings of them on the river from Grandview on up to about a mile below the dam but almost none from the island, where the recent Black Scoter was found, to the dam. Two good-sized rafts on the big water behind CJ dam but essentially none above that to Jack's Ck..
Possibly the really big numbers have yet to arrive.
My real curiosity is the numbers of Snow Geese that I have been seeing on the several trips I have made to the area recently. The over-swampingly number of them have been flyovers moving SE at altitude with only a relative few on land or the water. My curiosity is what is bringing them here to SW Idaho this time of year. We normally wouldn't see
these numbers until starting in January. Could one possibility be that the OR and CA fires are pushing them out of their normal flyway? I don't think it is the weather so much as might be expected with smaller birds?
CGB. RL

----- Original Message -----
From: Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...>
To: IBLE@groups.io
Sent: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 14:19:24 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Some interesting birds

They were frequent dependable visitors in winter on the north channel of Plantation Island, at least when we lived there in the 90s.

The day the pandemic was declared, March 11th to be exact, I was birding with two friends at the Shakespeare festival grounds.  We saw both species of goldeneyes.  That seems worlds away.  Did see one the other day, a single male Barrows, at the new F&G Dick Knox ponds due to open soon here in Emmett.  

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 9:12 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

The only Goldeneyes I have seen so far this season were all the way down river in the ponds at Laguna Point. I agree, I used to see them at the bridge by the stables every winter. Maybe they’re still on their way.

Tom

 

From:IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Medes
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:45 PM
To:IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Some interesting birds

 

Have you seen either variety of goldeneyes there?  We lived by that bridge for a few years, and they were such a winter sight for sore eyes.

 

Liz

Emmett ID

 

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 4:13 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

As I was crossing the bridge from Plantation Island to the stables at Les Bois, I heard the distinct sound of a Blue Jay. Since I hadn’t seen or heard any of the critters for at least a week, if not longer, I got focused immediately. He kept calling and calling, but remained hidden until finally flying up to the top of the trees on the other side of the river channel, still on the island. I got great looks before the bird flew off to the north side of the river.

And yesterday I again encountered the bird I originally called a Eurasian Wigeon. After getting better views, I’m leaning towards an American/Eurasian hybrid. While it has the red head of the Eurasian, it still has the green eye stripe of the American. It was in the same location as before, the pond between Lander St. and the greenbelt. I couldn’t find it today.

The immature Snow Goose continues to pop up at Esther Simplot Park (ESP) every few days. While I didn’t see it today, it has been there in the last couple of days.

In addition, a Merlin has started to show up at ESP. Again, I do not see it every day, but I pass through on my rides and don’t hang out there. He was there today, in a large dead tree by the artificial island they built in the river, but I have seen him all around the park.

Finally, I got a call from Dr. Koob, a local veterinarian, who told me that the Ruth Melichar Bird Center will be working at rehabbing a Surf Scoter that was found nearby. So keep your eyes peeled in case there are more around. I found one at Silver Lake years ago, and I was so shocked I almost dropped my binos. That bird hung out for a few days in Boise and a couple more days in Eagle.

Tom McCabe, Boise








Re: Some interesting birds

Elizabeth Medes
 

They were frequent dependable visitors in winter on the north channel of Plantation Island, at least when we lived there in the 90s.

The day the pandemic was declared, March 11th to be exact, I was birding with two friends at the Shakespeare festival grounds.  We saw both species of goldeneyes.  That seems worlds away.  Did see one the other day, a single male Barrows, at the new F&G Dick Knox ponds due to open soon here in Emmett.  

Liz Medes
Emmett

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 9:12 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

The only Goldeneyes I have seen so far this season were all the way down river in the ponds at Laguna Point. I agree, I used to see them at the bridge by the stables every winter. Maybe they’re still on their way.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Medes
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:45 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Some interesting birds

 

Have you seen either variety of goldeneyes there?  We lived by that bridge for a few years, and they were such a winter sight for sore eyes.

 

Liz

Emmett ID

 

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 4:13 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

As I was crossing the bridge from Plantation Island to the stables at Les Bois, I heard the distinct sound of a Blue Jay. Since I hadn’t seen or heard any of the critters for at least a week, if not longer, I got focused immediately. He kept calling and calling, but remained hidden until finally flying up to the top of the trees on the other side of the river channel, still on the island. I got great looks before the bird flew off to the north side of the river.

And yesterday I again encountered the bird I originally called a Eurasian Wigeon. After getting better views, I’m leaning towards an American/Eurasian hybrid. While it has the red head of the Eurasian, it still has the green eye stripe of the American. It was in the same location as before, the pond between Lander St. and the greenbelt. I couldn’t find it today.

The immature Snow Goose continues to pop up at Esther Simplot Park (ESP) every few days. While I didn’t see it today, it has been there in the last couple of days.

In addition, a Merlin has started to show up at ESP. Again, I do not see it every day, but I pass through on my rides and don’t hang out there. He was there today, in a large dead tree by the artificial island they built in the river, but I have seen him all around the park.

Finally, I got a call from Dr. Koob, a local veterinarian, who told me that the Ruth Melichar Bird Center will be working at rehabbing a Surf Scoter that was found nearby. So keep your eyes peeled in case there are more around. I found one at Silver Lake years ago, and I was so shocked I almost dropped my binos. That bird hung out for a few days in Boise and a couple more days in Eagle.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Some interesting birds

bike4birds
 

The only Goldeneyes I have seen so far this season were all the way down river in the ponds at Laguna Point. I agree, I used to see them at the bridge by the stables every winter. Maybe they’re still on their way.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Elizabeth Medes
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:45 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Some interesting birds

 

Have you seen either variety of goldeneyes there?  We lived by that bridge for a few years, and they were such a winter sight for sore eyes.

 

Liz

Emmett ID

 

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 4:13 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

As I was crossing the bridge from Plantation Island to the stables at Les Bois, I heard the distinct sound of a Blue Jay. Since I hadn’t seen or heard any of the critters for at least a week, if not longer, I got focused immediately. He kept calling and calling, but remained hidden until finally flying up to the top of the trees on the other side of the river channel, still on the island. I got great looks before the bird flew off to the north side of the river.

And yesterday I again encountered the bird I originally called a Eurasian Wigeon. After getting better views, I’m leaning towards an American/Eurasian hybrid. While it has the red head of the Eurasian, it still has the green eye stripe of the American. It was in the same location as before, the pond between Lander St. and the greenbelt. I couldn’t find it today.

The immature Snow Goose continues to pop up at Esther Simplot Park (ESP) every few days. While I didn’t see it today, it has been there in the last couple of days.

In addition, a Merlin has started to show up at ESP. Again, I do not see it every day, but I pass through on my rides and don’t hang out there. He was there today, in a large dead tree by the artificial island they built in the river, but I have seen him all around the park.

Finally, I got a call from Dr. Koob, a local veterinarian, who told me that the Ruth Melichar Bird Center will be working at rehabbing a Surf Scoter that was found nearby. So keep your eyes peeled in case there are more around. I found one at Silver Lake years ago, and I was so shocked I almost dropped my binos. That bird hung out for a few days in Boise and a couple more days in Eagle.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Birds

allencharlie22@yahoo.com
 

Thank You!

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 03:00:26 PM MST, Louisa Evers <elouisa603@...> wrote:


Lower Dam refers to the lower dam at Lake Lowell in Canyon County.

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 21:50 allencharlie22@... via groups.io <allencharlie22=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
What/where is lower dam?

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 06:40:22 PM MST, Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:


Lower dam  1ooo+ snows 3 Ross's on steps eared & horned grebes 2 belted kings   lions pond 4 hood mergansers 6 green wing teal 1black crown night Heron. white crown sparrow 

--
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Re: Some interesting birds

Elizabeth Medes
 

Have you seen either variety of goldeneyes there?  We lived by that bridge for a few years, and they were such a winter sight for sore eyes.

Liz
Emmett ID

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 4:13 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

As I was crossing the bridge from Plantation Island to the stables at Les Bois, I heard the distinct sound of a Blue Jay. Since I hadn’t seen or heard any of the critters for at least a week, if not longer, I got focused immediately. He kept calling and calling, but remained hidden until finally flying up to the top of the trees on the other side of the river channel, still on the island. I got great looks before the bird flew off to the north side of the river.

And yesterday I again encountered the bird I originally called a Eurasian Wigeon. After getting better views, I’m leaning towards an American/Eurasian hybrid. While it has the red head of the Eurasian, it still has the green eye stripe of the American. It was in the same location as before, the pond between Lander St. and the greenbelt. I couldn’t find it today.

The immature Snow Goose continues to pop up at Esther Simplot Park (ESP) every few days. While I didn’t see it today, it has been there in the last couple of days.

In addition, a Merlin has started to show up at ESP. Again, I do not see it every day, but I pass through on my rides and don’t hang out there. He was there today, in a large dead tree by the artificial island they built in the river, but I have seen him all around the park.

Finally, I got a call from Dr. Koob, a local veterinarian, who told me that the Ruth Melichar Bird Center will be working at rehabbing a Surf Scoter that was found nearby. So keep your eyes peeled in case there are more around. I found one at Silver Lake years ago, and I was so shocked I almost dropped my binos. That bird hung out for a few days in Boise and a couple more days in Eagle.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Some interesting birds

bike4birds
 

As I was crossing the bridge from Plantation Island to the stables at Les Bois, I heard the distinct sound of a Blue Jay. Since I hadn’t seen or heard any of the critters for at least a week, if not longer, I got focused immediately. He kept calling and calling, but remained hidden until finally flying up to the top of the trees on the other side of the river channel, still on the island. I got great looks before the bird flew off to the north side of the river.

And yesterday I again encountered the bird I originally called a Eurasian Wigeon. After getting better views, I’m leaning towards an American/Eurasian hybrid. While it has the red head of the Eurasian, it still has the green eye stripe of the American. It was in the same location as before, the pond between Lander St. and the greenbelt. I couldn’t find it today.

The immature Snow Goose continues to pop up at Esther Simplot Park (ESP) every few days. While I didn’t see it today, it has been there in the last couple of days.

In addition, a Merlin has started to show up at ESP. Again, I do not see it every day, but I pass through on my rides and don’t hang out there. He was there today, in a large dead tree by the artificial island they built in the river, but I have seen him all around the park.

Finally, I got a call from Dr. Koob, a local veterinarian, who told me that the Ruth Melichar Bird Center will be working at rehabbing a Surf Scoter that was found nearby. So keep your eyes peeled in case there are more around. I found one at Silver Lake years ago, and I was so shocked I almost dropped my binos. That bird hung out for a few days in Boise and a couple more days in Eagle.

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Birds

Louisa Evers
 

Lower Dam refers to the lower dam at Lake Lowell in Canyon County.

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 21:50 allencharlie22@... via groups.io <allencharlie22=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
What/where is lower dam?

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 06:40:22 PM MST, Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:


Lower dam  1ooo+ snows 3 Ross's on steps eared & horned grebes 2 belted kings   lions pond 4 hood mergansers 6 green wing teal 1black crown night Heron. white crown sparrow 

--
Louisa Evers
elouisa603@...


Re: Birds

allencharlie22@yahoo.com
 

What/where is lower dam?

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 06:40:22 PM MST, Robert Kiernan <photobirder@...> wrote:


Lower dam  1ooo+ snows 3 Ross's on steps eared & horned grebes 2 belted kings   lions pond 4 hood mergansers 6 green wing teal 1black crown night Heron. white crown sparrow 


Birds

Robert Kiernan
 

Lower dam  1ooo+ snows 3 Ross's on steps eared & horned grebes 2 belted kings   lions pond 4 hood mergansers 6 green wing teal 1black crown night Heron. white crown sparrow 


Spotted Sandpiper

Denise Hughes
 

There is a single Spotted Sandpiper on the concrete steps of the lower dam at Lake Lowell. First seen by Cheryl H.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Pine Grosbeaks

lcarrigan_55
 

Always amazed at how semi-tame Pine Grosbeaks seem. Was at cabin for a couple days & walked into a flock of Pine Grosbeaks. Rounded a corner & a half dozen were feeding in low bushes just 6 ft away. Too close to focus with binocs. Here, at home, Blue Jay continues, others: RB Nuthatch, Pine Siskins, Am Goldfinches, BC Chickadees & House Finches. Also, 3 Least Chipmunks busy filling cheek pouches with scattered sunflower seeds.
Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot


Blue Jay in Roberts

Peggy Wyman
 

I finally saw my first Blue Jay in Idaho (twice)!  I saw it November 4th in the afternoon and again on November 6th mid-morning. Both times it was in the southwest corner of the yard of the house that is directly east of the gas station  that is right off the freeway. Both times it was making a lot of noise which alerted me to its presence.  Both times it flew off to the northwest. The first day I saw it had an acorn in its bill.  I also saw the great-tailed grackles that hang out at the gas station and in the trees south of the gas station.


Re: Eastern Bluejsy

rattlesnake4873
 

Funny thing, I could read it. You should read William Clark or Meriwether Lewis journals. Their spelling is interesting.



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-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Reynolds <t.doyle@q.com>
Date: 11/7/20 5:22 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Eastern Bluejsy

Apologies for misspellings in Blue Jay post.  Small phone; fat fingers.
> On Nov 5, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Tim Reynolds <t.doyle@q.com> wrote:
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Re: Eastern Bluejsy

Tim Reynolds
 

Apologies for misspellings in Blue Jay post. Small phone; fat fingers.

On Nov 5, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Tim Reynolds <t.doyle@q.com> wrote:


Byington boatvramp, SFk Snake River. 1130 today





Re: Eastern Bluejsy

Tim Reynolds
 

On November 5, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Tim Reynolds <t.doyle@q.com> wrote:


Byington boatvramp, SFk Snake River. 1130 today


Re: Winter raptor surveys

Bill Moore
 

Is the Inkom McCammon list picked up yet?

I’d be happy to do it. Did some CBC routes nearby for a while.

Been birding for years and locally for 30 yrs. Very familiar with raptors.

Bill Moore
Hoot Owl Inkom

On Oct 25, 2020, at 11:37 PM, Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321@...> wrote:

Hi Everyone,

My name is Jeff Fleischer and I am project coordinator for the Winter Raptor Survey Project sponsored by the East Cascades Audubon Society chapter based in Bend, OR.  Our 17th season of survey work, 10th in Idaho, is about to begin and the reason for this message is to offer a chance to participate in this project if you have an interest.   Last winter we ended up with 392 active routes throughout OR, WA, ID, and extreme northern CA covering nearly 25,000 miles of transects each month and surveyed by a cadre of over 300 primary volunteers, it is an extensive citizen science project!  

Following is a list of routes in Idaho that are currently available for ownership, they average between 50-70 miles in length and designed to be completed in one day:

1.  Winchester                              
2.  Nezperce                                
3.  DeSmet - Tensed                    
4.  Churchill - Oakley                    
5.  Rupert North                           
6.  Rupert East - Minidoka.          
7.  Burley SW                                
8.  Burley SE                                 
9.  Paul
10.  Minidoka NW
11.  Heyburn
12.  American Falls SW
13.  American Falls - Rockland
14.  Arbon Valley
15.  Pocatello - Inkom
16.  Inkom - McCammon
17.  Virginia - Downey

We ask our project volunteers to commit to one survey per month during the primary months of December through February, additional opportunities are available in November and March, both optional months with usually a 50 % coverage.  You can select the day that you want to do your surveys based on your own life schedules.  Volunteers should have a good working knowledge of at least the more common raptor species in your area and of course be willing to learn more about this great family of birds :). You should have at least a pair of binoculars and if you have a spotting scope even better but not required.  You should also be comfortable with winter driving conditions, our project has a super driving track record.  

If this sounds like you would be interested in becoming a part of, please get back to me as soon as possible with your route choice, I will be filling them first come first served.  I will provide you with pertinent materials, including a survey protocol, to get you prepped for what you will be doing this winter on these surveys.  For a more detailed account of the project, I prepared a power point presentation that can be found on the ECAS website at:   ecaudubon.org   that will provide a comprehensive history of all aspects of this project.  It is a large program with 227 slides most of which have audio information tracks.  It is chock full of hundreds of wonderful photos of the 31 species of birds of prey that have been found on our surveys to date, check it out :)

Okay, hope to hear from you soon, this is a wonderful way of spending some time in the field during the winter months while helping gather extensive wintering data for these birds. I might add that all of our data is provided to The Peregrine Fund for inclusion in their large international data base of birds of prey in hopes of being used for research by various scholastic and governmental agencies. Thank you,

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

My email address:    raptorrunner97321@...


Eastern Bluejsy

Tim Reynolds
 

Byington boatvramp, SFk Snake River. 1130 today


Lower dam

Robert Kiernan
 

1000+ snows & Canada's  this Ross's on steps


Re: Winter Raptor Survey Project Power Point Presentation

steve Dougill
 

Jeff.  This is one of the best citizen science projects I know of in the NW and such a fun one to be involved with during the doldrums of winter.  You are also one of the best project leaders / minder / coordinator / wizard who checks in with all participants and makes the community feel so involved.  Thank you, and the support from ECAS,
Steve Dougill
Boise, ID ... now on the Farallon islands where there are only Peregrines.