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Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Larry Arnold
 


That was a rush!! 

meeting Bob Davis and Terry, abt 1350 hrs, seeing both COLO and YBLO in same scope view, side-by-side, just hanging, no discernible interaction between them, N side of Bell rapids boat launch among so many fishers, oblivious to our excitement, lifer for Missy, apparently we just missed Jay at the alleged scene...  amazingly calm and room-temperature day on Rock #3....     Hagerman area winter birding rocks !!!!!

Thank you for initial find, Lauren, and sincere thx Denise for reporting on IBLE  =)   always  ~  ~   ~     ~

thence homeward to Winter Solstice and the Great Conjunction, shhhh, Jupiter and Saturn kissing, like seriously?  an 800-yr event ????   =)

Larry and Missy




From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 2:32:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Yellow-billed Loon

& again @ 230.  Took a few minutes for the 2 loons to appear far to the N 
Thanks Lauren!  A long sought after state bird \uD83D\uDE01




On Monday, December 21, 2020, 1:26 PM, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

Both birds still present at 1330. 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 08:17, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

 Thanks for the update Jason.

On Dec 21, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.


On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

 Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho



Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Jay Carlisle
 

& again @ 230.  Took a few minutes for the 2 loons to appear far to the N 

Thanks Lauren!  A long sought after state bird 😁




On Monday, December 21, 2020, 1:26 PM, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

Both birds still present at 1330. 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 08:17, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

 Thanks for the update Jason.

On Dec 21, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.


On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

 Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Bob Davis
 

Both birds still present at 1330. 

On Dec 21, 2020, at 08:17, Bob Davis <rhdavis@...> wrote:

Thanks for the update Jason.

On Dec 21, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.


On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Raptors

Andrea King
 

Very nice!  

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 10:11 AM M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:
I patrolled along Idaho Hwy. 51, Mountain Home to Grasmere, Owyhee County, this morning. A good day to see raptors. Here are a Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle and American Kestrel, all perched on roadside utility poles.
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



Raptors

M Gregory
 

I patrolled along Idaho Hwy. 51, Mountain Home to Grasmere, Owyhee County, this morning. A good day to see raptors. Here are a Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle and American Kestrel, all perched on roadside utility poles.
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 Shrike

M Gregory
 

Thanks for pointing that out. I just never thought of seeing a Loggerhead in winter, and it has been a few years since I last saw a Northern, and that was in Pennsylvania.


On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 7:15 PM Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Alan

Very cool - shrikes are some of the coolest birds!  This actually looks like a Loggerhead Shrike (most migrate away for the winter but this area usually has at least a few all winter) based on the smaller and less-hooked beak, the black mask that fully encompasses the eye, and the darker gray color.

Jay

On Sunday, December 20, 2020, 5:07:29 PM MST, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:


Saw this bird just before noon along Idaho Hwy. 51 south of Mountain Home, Elmore County. Was 4 miles or so south of Bruneau, Owyhee County.

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



Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Bob Davis
 

Thanks for the update Jason.

On Dec 21, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Jason Talbot via groups.io <jason.talbot1@...> wrote:

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.


On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Yellow-billed Loon

Jason Talbot
 

Both loons are present this morning at the same place Bell Rapids boat launch). It’s a little tricky with the fog but it’s burning off.


On Dec 20, 2020, at 5:27 PM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:

Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


DUSKY FLYCATCHER and Harris's Sparrow on the Clearwater River near Lewiston

Carl Lundblad
 

I participated in today's Lewiston-Clarkston CBC, covering the north side of the Clearwater River from Memorial Bridge to the eastern edge of the circle near Spalding.  My highlight was a shocking DUSKY FLYCATCHER at the Upper Hog Island Boat Ramp: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77758521.  There is only one previous winter record of this species in eBird for the northwestern US north of California, one that I found nearby (at Mann Lake) on Thanksgiving 2018 and that lingered until early December.  Other highlights in my territory included a HARRIS'S SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at nearby Goose Pasture Habitat Management Unit: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77758548.

Good Birding,

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, Idaho


Re: Northern Shrike

Jay Carlisle
 

Hi Alan

Very cool - shrikes are some of the coolest birds!  This actually looks like a Loggerhead Shrike (most migrate away for the winter but this area usually has at least a few all winter) based on the smaller and less-hooked beak, the black mask that fully encompasses the eye, and the darker gray color.

Jay

On Sunday, December 20, 2020, 5:07:29 PM MST, M Gregory <alanclarkg@...> wrote:


Saw this bird just before noon along Idaho Hwy. 51 south of Mountain Home, Elmore County. Was 4 miles or so south of Bruneau, Owyhee County.

-- Alan Gregory
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



Yellow-billed Loon

Denise Hughes
 

Was found on the Hagerman CBC by Lauren Brock

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77763035

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Northern Shrike

M Gregory
 

Saw this bird just before noon along Idaho Hwy. 51 south of Mountain Home, Elmore County. Was 4 miles or so south of Bruneau, Owyhee County.

-- Alan Gregory
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



Nampa CBC unofficial results

Denise Hughes
 

We finished up today with 105 total species including 4 count week species.

We had a fantastic group of people out beating the bushes for birds. Thank you for your tremendous effort.

The rarest bird seen today was a Brant that was seen in the Caldwell area; Jay, Carter and Lucien found the bird near Caldwell ponds. (If you go looking for the bird please note that Caldwell ponds and the berms around the on are off limits to the public.). The Brant was seen with a large flock of Canada Geese.

We did have a few misses: Western Screech Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Evening Grosbeak and Rock and Canyon Wrens. If you happen to be out in the area of the Nampa count circle and see these species please let me or Cheryl know. Our count week ends on Tuesday.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


Re: Probable Brant in Caldwell

Carter Strope
 

Hi all,,

I refound the bird this evening at 17:25. I once again had distant and brief views but the lighting was better. I got good looks this and am definitely comfortable calling this a Brant. The bird lacked any white in the face and had a very dark (black) body.

I resighted it still north of the highway but just east of pond lane flying with Canada Geese.

-Carter

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020, 14:31 Jay Carlisle via groups.io <carlislejay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Quick note bc we’re still counting but ...

During the Nampa/Caldwell CBC ~855 this AM, Carter, Lucian, & I saw a tiny, dark goose (no white seen on face but wish we were closer) in flight with Canadas & we’re 99% sure it was a Brant.  The birds flew N over hwy 20 @ ~Farmway Rd.  We’ll be watching towards sunset in case it returns to roost (not sure where this is, presumably along or near the river) via the same route.

If you go looking in this area, BE AWARE that Caldwell Ponds has apparently changed ownership & is fenced off.  Thus, we were not especially welcome along Pond Lane this morning.

Jay




Probable Brant in Caldwell

Jay Carlisle
 

Quick note bc we’re still counting but ...

During the Nampa/Caldwell CBC ~855 this AM, Carter, Lucian, & I saw a tiny, dark goose (no white seen on face but wish we were closer) in flight with Canadas & we’re 99% sure it was a Brant.  The birds flew N over hwy 20 @ ~Farmway Rd.  We’ll be watching towards sunset in case it returns to roost (not sure where this is, presumably along or near the river) via the same route.

If you go looking in this area, BE AWARE that Caldwell Ponds has apparently changed ownership & is fenced off.  Thus, we were not especially welcome along Pond Lane this morning.

Jay




Re: Redpolls

bike4birds
 

Brian:

I have 2 tray feeders, one tube feeder, and a thistle sock feeder. The Redpoll that graced my yard with his presence was actually on one of the tray feeders. In the tray and tube feeders I have a mix of sunflower chips and millet. At times I have upwards of 30 Pine Siskins fighting for a place in the tray feeders and “accepting” the tube and sock feeder. When the tray feeder is full of only millet, I dump the millet on the brick walkway in the back yard and refill. The brick walkway is completely cleaned in less than 24 hours.  Sadly, the A. Goldfinches have abandoned us for now. But I’m getting Lesser Goldfinches, DE Juncos, H. Finches and Mourning Doves. The trees around our yard are like the waiting area at a popular restaurant. ;-)

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of lcarrigan_55 via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:14 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Redpolls

 

Hey Tom,

Don't know if you feed birds, but about 15 yrs ago, we had a great winter irruption of Redpolls in E ID. And, I found they liked one food source. Thistle seed & they liked it in both the thistle seed feeders & scattered on the ground. We would have as many as 50+ at a time. 

Right now, only getting Am Goldfinches at the thistle seed, but hoping for Redpolls!

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Brian


Great Grey

Todd Katzner
 

As of 830am, owl still around the general area of the campground at Montour WMA on Sat. the 19th. We watched him for ~45 min from a distance. Before sunrise he did lot of hunting for us. After sunrise he calmed down, preened for a while and settled into place. Great bird. 

Lots of other nice raptors present as well - rough legs, harriers, red tails, kestrels, etc. 

Todd


Re: Redpolls

lcarrigan_55
 

Hey Tom,

Don't know if you feed birds, but about 15 yrs ago, we had a great winter irruption of Redpolls in E ID. And, I found they liked one food source. Thistle seed & they liked it in both the thistle seed feeders & scattered on the ground. We would have as many as 50+ at a time. 

Right now, only getting Am Goldfinches at the thistle seed, but hoping for Redpolls!

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Brian


Re: Great Gray Owl

Jon Barnett
 

Interesting how many hunters there are in their vicinity daily, and yet they’ve stayed around.  😊

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Patricia Weber
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 11:10 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Great Gray Owl

 

Interesting how eBird data puts the the species as sensitive but IBLE participants who are eBirders  post sensitive location data about the species.

On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 5:11 PM Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:

We completed a winter raptor survey today and part of the route is in the Montour area. Unfortunately no luck for us, but then musn't be greedy.  I had a very fortunate one-on-one with the dude.  

 

Someone want to explain why the Great Gray Owl is here?  A birder told me today they have seen them in Hull's Gulch.  As the ebird data is sensitive, other ebirders probably don't see that?

 

Saw other birders (I missed someone there who knew me - sorry!) and from what I understand it is still there but moving around.  Lots of guns blazing today.  At least the owl can read the No Shooting Safety Zone sign!

 

Want to report a RTHA migration kettle on Pioneer Rd in Horseshoe Bend, Boise County.  Turn off east is just before the bridge where all the construction is going on.  I got a headache trying to count them as they would light and take off, but approximately 17 or more.  I've seen more in the air, but not roosting streamside.  Lots of bald and gold eagles out today as well, once the fog lifted.  Clandestine little Merlin made it today on the survey as well.

 

Cheers,

 

Liz

Emmett ID, the east side

 

 

 


Re: Great Gray Owl

Patricia Weber
 

Interesting how eBird data puts the the species as sensitive but IBLE participants who are eBirders  post sensitive location data about the species.

On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 5:11 PM Elizabeth Medes <liz.medes@...> wrote:
We completed a winter raptor survey today and part of the route is in the Montour area. Unfortunately no luck for us, but then musn't be greedy.  I had a very fortunate one-on-one with the dude.  

Someone want to explain why the Great Gray Owl is here?  A birder told me today they have seen them in Hull's Gulch.  As the ebird data is sensitive, other ebirders probably don't see that?

Saw other birders (I missed someone there who knew me - sorry!) and from what I understand it is still there but moving around.  Lots of guns blazing today.  At least the owl can read the No Shooting Safety Zone sign!

Want to report a RTHA migration kettle on Pioneer Rd in Horseshoe Bend, Boise County.  Turn off east is just before the bridge where all the construction is going on.  I got a headache trying to count them as they would light and take off, but approximately 17 or more.  I've seen more in the air, but not roosting streamside.  Lots of bald and gold eagles out today as well, once the fog lifted.  Clandestine little Merlin made it today on the survey as well.

Cheers,

Liz
Emmett ID, the east side


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