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Re: Swans are game birds now??

bob perata
 

On Monday, November 2, 2020, 2:21 PM, bob perata via groups.io <bobperata@...> wrote:

Maybe I’m late on this that swans have become game birds in North Idaho.  


BOB Perata
Boise, Idaho


Swans are game birds now??

bob perata
 

Maybe I’m late on this that swans have become game birds in North Idaho.  


BOB Perata
Boise, Idaho


Re: Birding

Diann Stone
 

Larry,

Your closing comment on chocolate gave me a good chuckle! Thanks for that.

Dianne Stone Boise Depot Bench

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020, 2:11 PM Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:

hey Bob, I'm still laughing at this...  " ALL GREBES BUT LEAST "
Good One, and Totally Nice Haul !!!
I think yours are possibly the shortest / most loaded / postings on IBLE ?

I had 60 sp of birds yesterday along BRG (Boise River Greenbelt), but that involved two trips out on my bike, dawn and mid-day  
But the 2nd trip out was with Missy and HER EARS !!!!!!
I'm crazy to bird without her, problem being I HAVE TO head out in the Early Hours (in the Dark) (before she's ready to climb onto her bike) for owls and other "night-callers" and to avoid sun in my eyes and to avoid an over-crowded greenbelt, and going early usually nets me some interesting mammals, yesterday's was a vole who did NOT want to share the path

eh?

I could give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter   ;-)
especially on Halloween

Larry



From: "Robert Kiernan" <photobirder@...>
To: "IBLE" <ible@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:26:31 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Birding

L.L.LOWER DAM  9:15 ALL GREBES BUT LEAST RED BREASTED MERGANSERS  4 dunlins  on steps  outlet canal lesser yellow legs.  Dry lakes I guess things are winding down  5 kildare  [ LIKE ] 1lonely dunlin


Re: Birding

Larry Arnold
 


hey Bob, I'm still laughing at this...  " ALL GREBES BUT LEAST "
Good One, and Totally Nice Haul !!!
I think yours are possibly the shortest / most loaded / postings on IBLE ?

I had 60 sp of birds yesterday along BRG (Boise River Greenbelt), but that involved two trips out on my bike, dawn and mid-day  
But the 2nd trip out was with Missy and HER EARS !!!!!!
I'm crazy to bird without her, problem being I HAVE TO head out in the Early Hours (in the Dark) (before she's ready to climb onto her bike) for owls and other "night-callers" and to avoid sun in my eyes and to avoid an over-crowded greenbelt, and going early usually nets me some interesting mammals, yesterday's was a vole who did NOT want to share the path

eh?

I could give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter   ;-)
especially on Halloween

Larry



From: "Robert Kiernan" <photobirder@...>
To: "IBLE" <ible@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:26:31 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Birding

L.L.LOWER DAM  9:15 ALL GREBES BUT LEAST RED BREASTED MERGANSERS  4 dunlins  on steps  outlet canal lesser yellow legs.  Dry lakes I guess things are winding down  5 kildare  [ LIKE ] 1lonely dunlin


Blue Jay

Kit Struthers
 

Our side my kitchen window just now.

Kit

Kit Struthers
Idaho Falls, ID
kit619@...


[eBird Alert] Ada County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

Larry Arnold
 

Gmorning crazy birders !! ;-)

THIS Sage Thrasher reminds me of a few late-season birds I had in CO and NM 1995-2013...

Sage Thrasher in Dec
Green-tailed Towhee in Dec
Bullock's Oriole on rabbitbrush covered with snow, Dec
Rufous and Black-chinned hummingbirds *failing* at level flight when snow was falling in Albuquerque.... they kept drifting downward to the ground with the gently falling snowflakes, actually quite funny to watch this, like they needed a software update for this situation ???

I've had other late sightings I'm sure, but these are most memorable

Larry
W Boise Greenbelt



----- Forwarded Message -----
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Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:45:14 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Ada County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

*** Species Summary:

- Blue Jay (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)

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Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 17:00 by Scott Tuthill
- Tuthill's in the Highlands (ID), Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=43.6533191,-116.1753393&ll=43.6533191,-116.1753393
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75554756
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "See photos"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 09:49 by Ron Riley
- Indian Creek Reservoir, Ada, Idaho
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=43.3878656,-116.0129213&ll=43.3878656,-116.0129213
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75563294
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Thrasher, shortish bill, long tail, brown mottled on white chest, yellow eye, slight eye ring. Perched in sage... photo."

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Birding

Robert Kiernan
 

L.L.LOWER DAM  9:15 ALL GREBES BUT LEAST RED BREASTED MERGANSERS  4 dunlins  on steps  outlet canal lesser yellow legs.  Dry lakes I guess things are winding down  5 kildare  1lonely dunlin


Re: so, everyone (like us) has one of these beasties terrorizing their feeders ?

Elizabeth Medes
 

Definitely, Jeff.  And hopefully with the first November survey, and deciduous trees bare, we'll be able to see him.  

Liz

On Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 9:31 AM Jeff Fleischer via groups.io <raptorrunner97321=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Liz,

You are on the route path right?  This marauder should be counted if he shows in November :)

Jeff

On Oct 28, 2020, at 8:11 AM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:

Oh Larry, the tales we could tell.  At the risk of repeating myself in this group, there's a Cooper stalking our backyard at dusk.  The first sound we hear is the quail alarm, followed by a flurry of small feathered things scattering, a terrific view of the Coop zooming in and snatching, then silence.  It is an Oscar performance.  Who needs TV?

Liz
Emmett ID


Re: so, everyone (like us) has one of these beasties terrorizing their feeders ?

Jeff Fleischer
 

Hi Liz,

You are on the route path right?  This marauder should be counted if he shows in November :)

Jeff

On Oct 28, 2020, at 8:11 AM, Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:

Oh Larry, the tales we could tell.  At the risk of repeating myself in this group, there's a Cooper stalking our backyard at dusk.  The first sound we hear is the quail alarm, followed by a flurry of small feathered things scattering, a terrific view of the Coop zooming in and snatching, then silence.  It is an Oscar performance.  Who needs TV?

Liz
Emmett ID


Re: World Famous RL

Ken Miracle
 

Cool RL got to make the trip and get immortalized along with duck … we almost took off to Lewiston Yesterday but we had to much going on with deadlines … yeah I have those even in retirement:-) We went out to the Hubbard Recreation Area and the small reservoir was packed with waterfowl. Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and lot’s of ducks including one that Ben Pierce had to ID for me. A Mallard Hen with a hormone imbalance. I also had a lens to camera hiccup that took me a while to fix and the birds were a long ways out but stayed up to 3 AM going through hundreds of waterfowl to get things identified.




On Oct 28, 2020, at 8:14 AM, kas dumroese <kas.birder@...> wrote:

Yesterday's issue of the Lewiston Tribune, front page no less, featured RL Rowland viewing the American Black Duck. 

Kas Dumroese
Moscow

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: so, everyone (like us) has one of these beasties terrorizing their feeders ?

Elizabeth Medes
 

Oh Larry, the tales we could tell.  At the risk of repeating myself in this group, there's a Cooper stalking our backyard at dusk.  The first sound we hear is the quail alarm, followed by a flurry of small feathered things scattering, a terrific view of the Coop zooming in and snatching, then silence.  It is an Oscar performance.  Who needs TV?

Liz
Emmett ID


so, everyone (like us) has one of these beasties terrorizing their feeders ?

Larry Arnold
 


https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/272817721?__hstc=60209138.b14a01ecbcc0ad97adda7baab951527d.1596206429000.1603885043563.1603894588247.110&__hssc=60209138.1.1603894588247&__hsfp=776849340

such drama....!!



Re: World Famous RL

Larry Arnold
 


way cool   =)


From: "kas dumroese" <kas.birder@...>
To: "IBLE" <ible@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:14:42 AM
Subject: [IBLE] World Famous RL

Yesterday's issue of the Lewiston Tribune, front page no less, featured RL Rowland viewing the American Black Duck. 

Kas Dumroese
Moscow


World Famous RL

kas dumroese
 

Yesterday's issue of the Lewiston Tribune, front page no less, featured RL Rowland viewing the American Black Duck. 

Kas Dumroese
Moscow


Re: An interesting day for yard birds!

rattlesnake4873
 

I recall an afternoon on the John Muir trail in the early 70s or late 60s when we had all three western nuthatches and a brown creeper in the same tree simultaneously. That was a pretty cool rest stop on the way to Silver Pass. 

Dean Jones

“Bird is a verb.”

On Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 3:31 PM Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:


Scott, what a remarkable "parade" through your yard, for *any* yard around here (Treasure Valley).....  including a WCSP sub-species “bullyae”   =)  
Your "where am I?" quiz would be a good one......

I thought of doing a similar thing when our Lawrence's Goldfinch / LAGO / showed up in Grand Junction CO, at the same time we had LEGO, AMGO, and PISI at our thistle feeders...... not sure why, but our LAGO attracted birders from the east coast, west coast, gulf coast, yada yada, for two months....  but I'll add that it was a very regular visitor to our thistle and was following a female LEGO around ("following flights") and doing some rapid billing (“mandibulation") with her, as in mating behaviors, resulting in thousands of photos being taken, and two stenos filled with observational notes by visiting birders.  As well as a paper published in the Colorado Field Ornithologists Quarterly.

Not sure if anyone remembers my wren quiz from a few years ago, when me and a birding buddy found all of the North American wrens in one day without driving very far.  The reason we did that was because one of our first birds of the day in our campground was a Sedge Wren, so off we went to find the others, but that involved *both* being in the right part of the country (S Texas) and the right season (winter-ish) and t’was before Pacific Wren was peeled off from Winter Wren. 

 

BTW, when I first got fascinated by hummingbirds, I went directly home from work every day for years and headed straight into our back yard in Albuquerque, where our hum-feeders were concentrated, and I took notes~notes~notes, filling a 2" binder each year with *just* hummingbird observations because I was well beyond any hope for help from a psychiatrist, hahaha

 

Thx again Scott for notes on your observations, because it unlocked some of my own deeply buried memories/experiences   =)

 

Larry,

West Boise Greenbelt 

 

Birds Rock !!!

 




From: "Scott Tuthill" <satuthill@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 7:50:20 PM
Subject: [IBLE] An interesting day for yard birds!

Nothing like the first cold snap of the year to stir up the bird life. It was a crazy and memorable day here at my place in the Boise Highlands area (Ada County). It’s worth a story so I thought I would share.

 

Right at first light the continuing ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD made it’s first of many visits today to my feeders today. I brought the feeders in overnight to keep them from freezing. Out they went a bit before dawn and the Anna’s was right there. Then looking down to the ground under my seed feeders I saw at least 10 Mourning Doves – likely a yard record. There were a similar number of Juncos, whose numbers have been building slowly over the past couple of weeks. White-crowned Sparrow number spiked back up this morning after declining from an initial peak a couple weeks ago. There was a dozen or so – 75% first winter birds. A couple of Song Sparrows were in the mix. Up on the thistle feeder were a couple Pine Siskins and a few Lesser Goldfinches. The sunflower feeder had its attendant House Finches and in the surrounding trees the resident Red-breasted Nuthatches and visiting Black-capped Chickadees where moving around. It was one happy family until a Cooper’s Hawk swooped in also looking for it’s morning meal. That scattered everyone. I had to wonder if the hawk was one of the family that nested across the street this year – which is another story to itself.

 

Later in the afternoon I looked back out in the yard to see most of the same had returned and were joined by some California Quail. It is fun too see them back in the yard after my usual flock being dispersed or consumed by the Cooper’s Hawk family. Over the past week I have noticed that one White-crowned Sparrow is particularly aggressive. Whenever it fly’s in it chases away whatever birds are where it wants to feed. It is definitely of the sub-species “bullyae”. It was in the feeding group today. And, at one point I watched it go over and grab the tail of one of the quail in its beak and shake away. I have never seen this before and just had to laugh. I had my camera with me but was not able to capture it on “film”. For its part, the quail seem surprised but after the sparrow let go, it just went on feeding with its friends.

 

This builds up to one of the best 15 minutes of birding in my yard, ever—and I have lived here 26 year. A little before 6PM I saw the ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD out feeding so I went outside with my camera to get some photos. As I looked down on the ground under the seed feeders there was a BLUE JAY. An all time new one for the yard. I have certainly been following the reports of them all over the state, but I was still shocked to see one in my yard. Unfortunately, I missed getting photos. As I looked around all of the birds from the morning were back, getting an evening meal before a cold night to come. I kept watch hoping the jay would come back but it didn’t. However, a Spotted Towhee came in. I have only a handful of prior yard records. As I kept watch I found the Anna’s perched in a maple tree just in front of me. I can’t wait to see how the photos turned out. A full frame Anna’s among the red and gold maple leaves. Just about then a flock of 20 American Robins flew by going one way and then a few Cedar Waxwings the other way. It was an amazing way to end the day.

 

I would love to create a quiz – “Where am I where I have an October 26 yard list with: Anna’s Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Cedar Waxwings”. Or something like that.

 

 



Re: An interesting day for yard birds!

Larry Arnold
 


Scott, what a remarkable "parade" through your yard, for *any* yard around here (Treasure Valley).....  including a WCSP sub-species “bullyae”   =)  
Your "where am I?" quiz would be a good one......

I thought of doing a similar thing when our Lawrence's Goldfinch / LAGO / showed up in Grand Junction CO, at the same time we had LEGO, AMGO, and PISI at our thistle feeders...... not sure why, but our LAGO attracted birders from the east coast, west coast, gulf coast, yada yada, for two months....  but I'll add that it was a very regular visitor to our thistle and was following a female LEGO around ("following flights") and doing some rapid billing (“mandibulation") with her, as in mating behaviors, resulting in thousands of photos being taken, and two stenos filled with observational notes by visiting birders.  As well as a paper published in the Colorado Field Ornithologists Quarterly.

Not sure if anyone remembers my wren quiz from a few years ago, when me and a birding buddy found all of the North American wrens in one day without driving very far.  The reason we did that was because one of our first birds of the day in our campground was a Sedge Wren, so off we went to find the others, but that involved *both* being in the right part of the country (S Texas) and the right season (winter-ish) and t’was before Pacific Wren was peeled off from Winter Wren. 

 

BTW, when I first got fascinated by hummingbirds, I went directly home from work every day for years and headed straight into our back yard in Albuquerque, where our hum-feeders were concentrated, and I took notes~notes~notes, filling a 2" binder each year with *just* hummingbird observations because I was well beyond any hope for help from a psychiatrist, hahaha

 

Thx again Scott for notes on your observations, because it unlocked some of my own deeply buried memories/experiences   =)

 

Larry,

West Boise Greenbelt 

 

Birds Rock !!!

 




From: "Scott Tuthill" <satuthill@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 7:50:20 PM
Subject: [IBLE] An interesting day for yard birds!

Nothing like the first cold snap of the year to stir up the bird life. It was a crazy and memorable day here at my place in the Boise Highlands area (Ada County). It’s worth a story so I thought I would share.

 

Right at first light the continuing ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD made it’s first of many visits today to my feeders today. I brought the feeders in overnight to keep them from freezing. Out they went a bit before dawn and the Anna’s was right there. Then looking down to the ground under my seed feeders I saw at least 10 Mourning Doves – likely a yard record. There were a similar number of Juncos, whose numbers have been building slowly over the past couple of weeks. White-crowned Sparrow number spiked back up this morning after declining from an initial peak a couple weeks ago. There was a dozen or so – 75% first winter birds. A couple of Song Sparrows were in the mix. Up on the thistle feeder were a couple Pine Siskins and a few Lesser Goldfinches. The sunflower feeder had its attendant House Finches and in the surrounding trees the resident Red-breasted Nuthatches and visiting Black-capped Chickadees where moving around. It was one happy family until a Cooper’s Hawk swooped in also looking for it’s morning meal. That scattered everyone. I had to wonder if the hawk was one of the family that nested across the street this year – which is another story to itself.

 

Later in the afternoon I looked back out in the yard to see most of the same had returned and were joined by some California Quail. It is fun too see them back in the yard after my usual flock being dispersed or consumed by the Cooper’s Hawk family. Over the past week I have noticed that one White-crowned Sparrow is particularly aggressive. Whenever it fly’s in it chases away whatever birds are where it wants to feed. It is definitely of the sub-species “bullyae”. It was in the feeding group today. And, at one point I watched it go over and grab the tail of one of the quail in its beak and shake away. I have never seen this before and just had to laugh. I had my camera with me but was not able to capture it on “film”. For its part, the quail seem surprised but after the sparrow let go, it just went on feeding with its friends.

 

This builds up to one of the best 15 minutes of birding in my yard, ever—and I have lived here 26 year. A little before 6PM I saw the ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD out feeding so I went outside with my camera to get some photos. As I looked down on the ground under the seed feeders there was a BLUE JAY. An all time new one for the yard. I have certainly been following the reports of them all over the state, but I was still shocked to see one in my yard. Unfortunately, I missed getting photos. As I looked around all of the birds from the morning were back, getting an evening meal before a cold night to come. I kept watch hoping the jay would come back but it didn’t. However, a Spotted Towhee came in. I have only a handful of prior yard records. As I kept watch I found the Anna’s perched in a maple tree just in front of me. I can’t wait to see how the photos turned out. A full frame Anna’s among the red and gold maple leaves. Just about then a flock of 20 American Robins flew by going one way and then a few Cedar Waxwings the other way. It was an amazing way to end the day.

 

I would love to create a quiz – “Where am I where I have an October 26 yard list with: Anna’s Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Cedar Waxwings”. Or something like that.

 

 



Re: An interesting day for yard birds!

Scott Tuthill
 

All the good birds come by your house first!

Scott


Re: An interesting day for yard birds!

Ceredig Roberts
 

Nice to have a Blue Jay visit. I also saw the Blue Jay at our house in the Boise Highlands on October 17th at about 8:15am.  Ceredig

On Oct 26, 2020, at 7:50 PM, Scott Tuthill <satuthill@...> wrote:

Nothing like the first cold snap of the year to stir up the bird life. It was a crazy and memorable day here at my place in the Boise Highlands area (Ada County). It’s worth a story so I thought I would share.

 

Right at first light the continuing ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD made it’s first of many visits today to my feeders today. I brought the feeders in overnight to keep them from freezing. Out they went a bit before dawn and the Anna’s was right there. Then looking down to the ground under my seed feeders I saw at least 10 Mourning Doves – likely a yard record. There were a similar number of Juncos, whose numbers have been building slowly over the past couple of weeks. White-crowned Sparrow number spiked back up this morning after declining from an initial peak a couple weeks ago. There was a dozen or so – 75% first winter birds. A couple of Song Sparrows were in the mix. Up on the thistle feeder were a couple Pine Siskins and a few Lesser Goldfinches. The sunflower feeder had its attendant House Finches and in the surrounding trees the resident Red-breasted Nuthatches and visiting Black-capped Chickadees where moving around. It was one happy family until a Cooper’s Hawk swooped in also looking for it’s morning meal. That scattered everyone. I had to wonder if the hawk was one of the family that nested across the street this year – which is another story to itself.

 

Later in the afternoon I looked back out in the yard to see most of the same had returned and were joined by some California Quail. It is fun too see them back in the yard after my usual flock being dispersed or consumed by the Cooper’s Hawk family. Over the past week I have noticed that one White-crowned Sparrow is particularly aggressive. Whenever it fly’s in it chases away whatever birds are where it wants to feed. It is definitely of the sub-species “bullyae”. It was in the feeding group today. And, at one point I watched it go over and grab the tail of one of the quail in its beak and shake away. I have never seen this before and just had to laugh. I had my camera with me but was not able to capture it on “film”. For its part, the quail seem surprised but after the sparrow let go, it just went on feeding with its friends.

 

This builds up to one of the best 15 minutes of birding in my yard, ever—and I have lived here 26 year. A little before 6PM I saw the ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD out feeding so I went outside with my camera to get some photos. As I looked down on the ground under the seed feeders there was a BLUE JAY. An all time new one for the yard. I have certainly been following the reports of them all over the state, but I was still shocked to see one in my yard. Unfortunately, I missed getting photos. As I looked around all of the birds from the morning were back, getting an evening meal before a cold night to come. I kept watch hoping the jay would come back but it didn’t. However, a Spotted Towhee came in. I have only a handful of prior yard records. As I kept watch I found the Anna’s perched in a maple tree just in front of me. I can’t wait to see how the photos turned out. A full frame Anna’s among the red and gold maple leaves. Just about then a flock of 20 American Robins flew by going one way and then a few Cedar Waxwings the other way. It was an amazing way to end the day.

 

I would love to create a quiz – “Where am I where I have an October 26 yard list with: Anna’s Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Cedar Waxwings”. Or something like that.

 

 



An interesting day for yard birds!

Scott Tuthill
 

Nothing like the first cold snap of the year to stir up the bird life. It was a crazy and memorable day here at my place in the Boise Highlands area (Ada County). It’s worth a story so I thought I would share.

 

Right at first light the continuing ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD made it’s first of many visits today to my feeders today. I brought the feeders in overnight to keep them from freezing. Out they went a bit before dawn and the Anna’s was right there. Then looking down to the ground under my seed feeders I saw at least 10 Mourning Doves – likely a yard record. There were a similar number of Juncos, whose numbers have been building slowly over the past couple of weeks. White-crowned Sparrow number spiked back up this morning after declining from an initial peak a couple weeks ago. There was a dozen or so – 75% first winter birds. A couple of Song Sparrows were in the mix. Up on the thistle feeder were a couple Pine Siskins and a few Lesser Goldfinches. The sunflower feeder had its attendant House Finches and in the surrounding trees the resident Red-breasted Nuthatches and visiting Black-capped Chickadees where moving around. It was one happy family until a Cooper’s Hawk swooped in also looking for it’s morning meal. That scattered everyone. I had to wonder if the hawk was one of the family that nested across the street this year – which is another story to itself.

 

Later in the afternoon I looked back out in the yard to see most of the same had returned and were joined by some California Quail. It is fun too see them back in the yard after my usual flock being dispersed or consumed by the Cooper’s Hawk family. Over the past week I have noticed that one White-crowned Sparrow is particularly aggressive. Whenever it fly’s in it chases away whatever birds are where it wants to feed. It is definitely of the sub-species “bullyae”. It was in the feeding group today. And, at one point I watched it go over and grab the tail of one of the quail in its beak and shake away. I have never seen this before and just had to laugh. I had my camera with me but was not able to capture it on “film”. For its part, the quail seem surprised but after the sparrow let go, it just went on feeding with its friends.

 

This builds up to one of the best 15 minutes of birding in my yard, ever—and I have lived here 26 year. A little before 6PM I saw the ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRD out feeding so I went outside with my camera to get some photos. As I looked down on the ground under the seed feeders there was a BLUE JAY. An all time new one for the yard. I have certainly been following the reports of them all over the state, but I was still shocked to see one in my yard. Unfortunately, I missed getting photos. As I looked around all of the birds from the morning were back, getting an evening meal before a cold night to come. I kept watch hoping the jay would come back but it didn’t. However, a Spotted Towhee came in. I have only a handful of prior yard records. As I kept watch I found the Anna’s perched in a maple tree just in front of me. I can’t wait to see how the photos turned out. A full frame Anna’s among the red and gold maple leaves. Just about then a flock of 20 American Robins flew by going one way and then a few Cedar Waxwings the other way. It was an amazing way to end the day.

 

I would love to create a quiz – “Where am I where I have an October 26 yard list with: Anna’s Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Cedar Waxwings”. Or something like that.

 

 


Brown-headed cowbird

aking0601@...
 

I saw a brown-headed cowbird, adult male, on my way to walmart in Blackfoot today at about 11:00 am.  It had a distinct brown head, blackish body, and was built similar to a blackbird.  I got a pretty good look at him while I waited for the light to change...he was down on the grass near the gas station.  No photo, unfortunately.