Date   

Lake lowell

Robert Kiernan
 

10:15 this a.m.did outlet canal first ring bill gull killdeer no sparrows  drove to pavement  on fence line sparrows & house finch lower dam..few spots open water 4 comm. Golden eyes.  water pipet back to canal bang # 2 dunlins  kestrel  pipet.  Kingfisher yellow rump .birds move around  pays to recheck areas



Re: late Ospreys

Larry Arnold
 


this happened a few years ago, with Jason's maybe the latest sightings of both 2016 and 2017 ?  e.g., 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S33249819

and BTW what a great list, JT, esp considering time of year  !!

Missy and I kept looking AND kept dipping, argh 



From: "Ken Miracle via groups.io" <chukar28@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2020 10:46:54 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Another great day on the Greenbelt

I took these on the Bethine Church River Trail 12-1-20. Reported to E bird and had to add them to the list since it was this late.



On Dec 6, 2020, at 9:42 AM, John Shortis via groups.io <john_shortis@...> wrote:

Good sightings Tom!
Yesterday to my surprise I saw an Osprey perched in a tree near the SE 2.8 marker. Anyone else seen an Osprey so late in the year?

John Shortis   

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, 09:55:33 PM MST, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:



Tom, thx for calling, dude !!  
I got on your sapsucker just before it flushed across the river by someone who got too close

LA



From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:06:03 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Another great day on the Greenbelt

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.
I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays. 
This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?
Tom McCabe, Boise


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: a few thoughts about the potential Field Sparrow sighting in SE Idaho - and reporting of rare birds

Melody and Michael Asher and McBride
 

All - I think I am the only person to get a really good view of the Field Sparrow at Curlew National Grasslands other than the folks that saw it first on Nov 29...I can tell you that it is definitely worth a trip as the bird is/was there.  I took good notes and was within 12 feet (Kathy wrote 12-15 feet in ebird because that is what I said when she was putting in the report but later I looked at my notes it was 12 feet).  We are talking a good look. 

I put a rare bird report in at IBRC the next day after asking Cliff that night if he wanted another report on the same bird/s and he said yes.  Please take a look at my report and you will see I compared it to other species. I could have compared it to other sparrows that are not common here (rufous-winged or rufous-crowned??? which are rare and do not match the bird either) but it looked exactly like the gray adult field sparrow in Sibley's.  I have no doubt about what I saw.

Sorry that we did not think (immediately) of letting everyone know...we were busy trying to get another good look and a photo.  I am sorry that I did not take a photo but the camera was in the backseat & it is not generally the first thing I do...I watch the bird. We tried really hard to get a photo.  The bird/s were not near the road again & I don't think it would do any good to chase through the sagebrush so we waited.  We did try to get the word out on IBLE a couple hours into our time there...sorry it was not soon enough for everyone. 

Melody Asher (Twin Falls)









On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 2:29 PM Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:

Jay, Cliff, 

Your comments are very much in keeping with other state records committees for a first state record that I've witnessed, e.g., NM, AZ, TX, CO

It's very useful to see this discussion on IBLE because I have low confidence that eBirders in general visit the IBLE page very often regarding rare bird reports, and this includes me, oops  ;-)

And I'll cast another vote in favor of posting "negative" reports - on all platforms - if and when they occur !!

Larry



From: "Cliff and Lisa Weisse" <cliffandlisa@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 2:00:33 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] a few thoughts about the potential Field Sparrow sighting in SE Idaho - and reporting of rare birds

Jay,

Thanks for posting this and I agree with your suggestions completely. I would also stress that we need decent photos if at all possible. That goes for all rarities but especially for something as rare as Field Sparrow (this may be a good year for them but eBird shows very few records west of the species' regular range). So if anyone sees it/them again please make getting photos a priority.

Also I should point out that I see the rare bird reports as they're submitted and maybe should have tried to get the word out on this one. By way of defense I have to admit I gave the original report zero possibility of being accurate based on the details provided and the fact that there were 3 individuals reported, which by itself seems so unlikely that it cast doubt on the observation for me. But I'll try to get future reports like this posted to IBLE/Inland NW just in case.

Cliff

On 12/5/20 1:04 PM, Jay Carlisle via groups.io wrote:
Hi Folks

As I've watched with hope for updates via eBird, IBLE, and Facebook, I've had numerous people ask me if the documentation/notes provided so far are convincing ... or would be likely to be accepted by the Idaho Bird Records Committee.  This would be a first state record and, while standards are high for any report of a review species, more/better documentation is definitely required for a potential first record - ideally including audio and/or pics.  In their absence, a thorough description that considers all species that might be confused is necessary, and of course it'd be nice to have the sighting corroborated by multiple observers.

A part of me is surprised more people haven't made the effort to see this bird (or maybe some have gone & tried but not shared their effort publicly?) but, as a "bystander" with a low likelihood of a chase that far (new kiddo that doesn't like 30-min roads trips, let alone 3.5+ hours each way :-) but who can still dream of seeing a long-sought-after state bird, here are a few observations:
  • the initial and second observers didn't immediately share to the birding forums (IBLE and the Facebook group Idaho Bird Sightings & Discussion); rather, news kind of trickled in as people heard about it in different ways (my first notice was an eBird rarity update 2.5 days after the original sighting but others had apparently found the rare bird report on the Idahobirds.net - IBRC - page) and I know for me this has given me less confidence in the veracity of the reports
    • I actually am pretty intrigued - and I think more convinced than some people I've heard from - and if I lived closer, I would likely be there now trying.  I'm at least convinced the rest of us shouldn't give up trying ;-)
  • a report of as many as 3 individuals of a species never before documented is much less likely than a single individual
    • this isn't to say it's not possible and, as Carl noted on Facebook, it's been a notable year for Field Sparrows in western states so maybe Idaho is getting lucky!
  • so far no pictures and some notes in eBird & the IBRC report are less convincing than others (i.e., they don't give especially convincing details about how the individual birds were separated from all potentially similar-looking species) and some checklists include White-crowned Sparrows and others don't, and only 1 checklist I've noticed has an American Tree Sparrow (which some lists did mention as a similar species)
Probably missing a thought or 2 but, in short, I think this possibility warrants more birding attention and I hope someone is able to get conclusive documentation!

In closing, I might mention a few general thoughts re: sharing information about rare bird sightings that I think would help inspire confidence but also help other birders have a chance to look for a species sooner.  I don't intend to "pick on" the folks that have reported Field Sparrow(s) - I know I've been guilty of not following some of my advice listed here (!) and this has happened with other rarities over the years, I just thought it might be worth a reminder and possibly a discussion.
  • Please quickly share info on sightings of rare species and to multiple forums (ideally ASAP here on IBLE and to Facebook, then also via eBird if you're an eBird user and - if a review species - via a report to the Idaho Bird Records Committee)
    • and keep in mind that many (most?) birders aren't following all of these so only posting to one risks many people missing the info until someone else re-shares.  I get the sense many birders assume "people will get my eBird notification" or "posting to Facebook is enough" - and I've been guilty of this for some rare (but not MEGA-rare :-) birds.
    • I see this as a courtesy to the birding community - I have benefited from timely reports for many rare species that I might not have seen if the "discoverer" didn't share their sighting right away (the 1-day wonders) so I figure the least I can do is share when I find a rarity as soon as I can
  • In the absence of photos or audio evidence, the more details the better in the initial post
  • Please also keep the reports coming as many people can't go looking right away but are very interested.  "Reporting fatigue" seems to happen everywhere - lots of excitement for the first couple days then reports taper off even when a bird is still around.  It's also very helpful to have 'negative' reports.
    • As a case in point, a (poorly-timed) crazy work schedule meant I/we couldn't go look for the Common Crane (reported on a Tuesday) until the weekend.  Thus, though really bummed to have missed this amazing rarity, I'm very appreciative to the several folks who shared on Facebook that on Friday it was seen taking off to the SW and then not seen after.  I would have been much more bummed to have not known it had left and then tried on Saturday - only to find out that people knew it was very unlikely to see it Saturday but hadn't passed that info along

Forgive my ramble but I hope these thoughts are helpful - thanks and happy holidays & rapidly-approaching CBC season!

Jay

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 3:26:17 PM MST, Cliff Weisse <cliffandlisa@...> wrote:


FWIW, this report came in to IBRC on November 29 and it's for 3 individuals. Normally I don't publish reports until a number has been issued but this one somehow got published so it's accessible by anyone at:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/rare-bird-reports/field-sparrow

Cliff

On 12/1/20 3:03 PM, Patricia Weber wrote:
Passing on information from Kathy Eklund:  12.1.2020 Similar to an ATSP with white eye ring, gray head with rufous head stripes, orange bill & no chest spot.. runs along the ground and flys low between sagebrush. 
Found .1 mile south of the cattle guard entrance to the campground.  Curlew Campground near Stone, Idaho.  She had seen the pending Idaho Rare Bird report by a Rebecca Jones posted a couple of days ago.  
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...


Re: Another great day on the Greenbelt

Ken Miracle
 

I took these on the Bethine Church River Trail 12-1-20. Reported to E bird and had to add them to the list since it was this late.



On Dec 6, 2020, at 9:42 AM, John Shortis via groups.io <john_shortis@...> wrote:

Good sightings Tom!
Yesterday to my surprise I saw an Osprey perched in a tree near the SE 2.8 marker. Anyone else seen an Osprey so late in the year?

John Shortis   

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, 09:55:33 PM MST, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:



Tom, thx for calling, dude !!  
I got on your sapsucker just before it flushed across the river by someone who got too close

LA



From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:06:03 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Another great day on the Greenbelt

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.
I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays. 
This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?
Tom McCabe, Boise


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: Another great day on the Greenbelt

John Shortis
 

Good sightings Tom!
Yesterday to my surprise I saw an Osprey perched in a tree near the SE 2.8 marker. Anyone else seen an Osprey so late in the year?

John Shortis   

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, 09:55:33 PM MST, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:



Tom, thx for calling, dude !! 
I got on your sapsucker just before it flushed across the river by someone who got too close

LA



From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:06:03 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Another great day on the Greenbelt

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.

I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays.

This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?

Tom McCabe, Boise



Re: Another great day on the Greenbelt

Larry Arnold
 


Tom, thx for calling, dude !! 
I got on your sapsucker just before it flushed across the river by someone who got too close

LA



From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:06:03 PM
Subject: [IBLE] Another great day on the Greenbelt

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.

I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays.

This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?

Tom McCabe, Boise



Re: Another great day on the Greenbelt

Larry Arnold
 


ja baby !!! 

thx for your phone call Tom, I got on your sapsucker just before it was flushed by other peoples, flew S across the river, but it will be back, eh?   =) ~~~

yay BAGO   =)



From: "Jay Carlisle via groups.io" <carlislejay@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:31:07 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Another great day on the Greenbelt

Nice finds!
Let’s hope the sapsucker lingers til the CBC (Dec 27 :-) \uD83E\uDD1E

Jay




On Saturday, December 5, 2020, 3:02 PM, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.

I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays.

This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?

Tom McCabe, Boise



Lake lowell 10:am

Robert Kiernan
 

Outlet canal 2 dunlins ring bill gull killdeer   yellow rump. White crown  Robin 


Re: Another great day on the Greenbelt

David Whitacre
 

Well, it's unlikely the Merlin will get the Sapsucker before the CBC, but fingers crossed anyway!


On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 3:02 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.

I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays.

This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: Another great day on the Greenbelt

Jay Carlisle
 

Nice finds!

Let’s hope the sapsucker lingers til the CBC (Dec 27 :-) 🤞

Jay




On Saturday, December 5, 2020, 3:02 PM, bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.

I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays.

This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?

Tom McCabe, Boise


Another great day on the Greenbelt

bike4birds
 

I knew I would have a good day when I spotted a MERLIN at 23rd & Brumback St., long before I got to the river. Then I proceeded to find the usual suspects, until I found a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, in some pine trees at the Willow Lane athletic complex. These trees are on the southwest corner of the only soccer field there, right along the greenbelt. These trees played host to RNSA a few years ago. Some of the other pines along the soccer field still have the line of holes from a prior visit.

I then found my f.o.s. BARROW’S GOLDENEYE further downriver, almost to Silver Lake. He was consorting with several of his COMMON brethren. Then, on the way back, I happened to notice a clump of gray up in a tree and discovered a WESTERN SCREECH OWL sitting on a branch about 20 feet up, soaking up the rays.

This is the second day in a row that I’ve found more than 40 species on my bike ride, but the Red-naped Sapsucker really made my day. Plus, this week I surpassed 4,000 miles for the 9th year in a row. But, hey, who’s counting?

Tom McCabe, Boise


Re: a few thoughts about the potential Field Sparrow sighting in SE Idaho - and reporting of rare birds

Larry Arnold
 


Jay, Cliff, 

Your comments are very much in keeping with other state records committees for a first state record that I've witnessed, e.g., NM, AZ, TX, CO

It's very useful to see this discussion on IBLE because I have low confidence that eBirders in general visit the IBLE page very often regarding rare bird reports, and this includes me, oops  ;-)

And I'll cast another vote in favor of posting "negative" reports - on all platforms - if and when they occur !!

Larry



From: "Cliff and Lisa Weisse" <cliffandlisa@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2020 2:00:33 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] a few thoughts about the potential Field Sparrow sighting in SE Idaho - and reporting of rare birds

Jay,

Thanks for posting this and I agree with your suggestions completely. I would also stress that we need decent photos if at all possible. That goes for all rarities but especially for something as rare as Field Sparrow (this may be a good year for them but eBird shows very few records west of the species' regular range). So if anyone sees it/them again please make getting photos a priority.

Also I should point out that I see the rare bird reports as they're submitted and maybe should have tried to get the word out on this one. By way of defense I have to admit I gave the original report zero possibility of being accurate based on the details provided and the fact that there were 3 individuals reported, which by itself seems so unlikely that it cast doubt on the observation for me. But I'll try to get future reports like this posted to IBLE/Inland NW just in case.

Cliff

On 12/5/20 1:04 PM, Jay Carlisle via groups.io wrote:
Hi Folks

As I've watched with hope for updates via eBird, IBLE, and Facebook, I've had numerous people ask me if the documentation/notes provided so far are convincing ... or would be likely to be accepted by the Idaho Bird Records Committee.  This would be a first state record and, while standards are high for any report of a review species, more/better documentation is definitely required for a potential first record - ideally including audio and/or pics.  In their absence, a thorough description that considers all species that might be confused is necessary, and of course it'd be nice to have the sighting corroborated by multiple observers.

A part of me is surprised more people haven't made the effort to see this bird (or maybe some have gone & tried but not shared their effort publicly?) but, as a "bystander" with a low likelihood of a chase that far (new kiddo that doesn't like 30-min roads trips, let alone 3.5+ hours each way :-) but who can still dream of seeing a long-sought-after state bird, here are a few observations:
  • the initial and second observers didn't immediately share to the birding forums (IBLE and the Facebook group Idaho Bird Sightings & Discussion); rather, news kind of trickled in as people heard about it in different ways (my first notice was an eBird rarity update 2.5 days after the original sighting but others had apparently found the rare bird report on the Idahobirds.net - IBRC - page) and I know for me this has given me less confidence in the veracity of the reports
    • I actually am pretty intrigued - and I think more convinced than some people I've heard from - and if I lived closer, I would likely be there now trying.  I'm at least convinced the rest of us shouldn't give up trying ;-)
  • a report of as many as 3 individuals of a species never before documented is much less likely than a single individual
    • this isn't to say it's not possible and, as Carl noted on Facebook, it's been a notable year for Field Sparrows in western states so maybe Idaho is getting lucky!
  • so far no pictures and some notes in eBird & the IBRC report are less convincing than others (i.e., they don't give especially convincing details about how the individual birds were separated from all potentially similar-looking species) and some checklists include White-crowned Sparrows and others don't, and only 1 checklist I've noticed has an American Tree Sparrow (which some lists did mention as a similar species)
Probably missing a thought or 2 but, in short, I think this possibility warrants more birding attention and I hope someone is able to get conclusive documentation!

In closing, I might mention a few general thoughts re: sharing information about rare bird sightings that I think would help inspire confidence but also help other birders have a chance to look for a species sooner.  I don't intend to "pick on" the folks that have reported Field Sparrow(s) - I know I've been guilty of not following some of my advice listed here (!) and this has happened with other rarities over the years, I just thought it might be worth a reminder and possibly a discussion.
  • Please quickly share info on sightings of rare species and to multiple forums (ideally ASAP here on IBLE and to Facebook, then also via eBird if you're an eBird user and - if a review species - via a report to the Idaho Bird Records Committee)
    • and keep in mind that many (most?) birders aren't following all of these so only posting to one risks many people missing the info until someone else re-shares.  I get the sense many birders assume "people will get my eBird notification" or "posting to Facebook is enough" - and I've been guilty of this for some rare (but not MEGA-rare :-) birds.
    • I see this as a courtesy to the birding community - I have benefited from timely reports for many rare species that I might not have seen if the "discoverer" didn't share their sighting right away (the 1-day wonders) so I figure the least I can do is share when I find a rarity as soon as I can
  • In the absence of photos or audio evidence, the more details the better in the initial post
  • Please also keep the reports coming as many people can't go looking right away but are very interested.  "Reporting fatigue" seems to happen everywhere - lots of excitement for the first couple days then reports taper off even when a bird is still around.  It's also very helpful to have 'negative' reports.
    • As a case in point, a (poorly-timed) crazy work schedule meant I/we couldn't go look for the Common Crane (reported on a Tuesday) until the weekend.  Thus, though really bummed to have missed this amazing rarity, I'm very appreciative to the several folks who shared on Facebook that on Friday it was seen taking off to the SW and then not seen after.  I would have been much more bummed to have not known it had left and then tried on Saturday - only to find out that people knew it was very unlikely to see it Saturday but hadn't passed that info along

Forgive my ramble but I hope these thoughts are helpful - thanks and happy holidays & rapidly-approaching CBC season!

Jay

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 3:26:17 PM MST, Cliff Weisse <cliffandlisa@...> wrote:


FWIW, this report came in to IBRC on November 29 and it's for 3 individuals. Normally I don't publish reports until a number has been issued but this one somehow got published so it's accessible by anyone at:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/rare-bird-reports/field-sparrow

Cliff

On 12/1/20 3:03 PM, Patricia Weber wrote:
Passing on information from Kathy Eklund:  12.1.2020 Similar to an ATSP with white eye ring, gray head with rufous head stripes, orange bill & no chest spot.. runs along the ground and flys low between sagebrush. 
Found .1 mile south of the cattle guard entrance to the campground.  Curlew Campground near Stone, Idaho.  She had seen the pending Idaho Rare Bird report by a Rebecca Jones posted a couple of days ago.  
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...


Re: a few thoughts about the potential Field Sparrow sighting in SE Idaho - and reporting of rare birds

Cliff Weisse
 

Jay,

Thanks for posting this and I agree with your suggestions completely. I would also stress that we need decent photos if at all possible. That goes for all rarities but especially for something as rare as Field Sparrow (this may be a good year for them but eBird shows very few records west of the species' regular range). So if anyone sees it/them again please make getting photos a priority.

Also I should point out that I see the rare bird reports as they're submitted and maybe should have tried to get the word out on this one. By way of defense I have to admit I gave the original report zero possibility of being accurate based on the details provided and the fact that there were 3 individuals reported, which by itself seems so unlikely that it cast doubt on the observation for me. But I'll try to get future reports like this posted to IBLE/Inland NW just in case.

Cliff

On 12/5/20 1:04 PM, Jay Carlisle via groups.io wrote:
Hi Folks

As I've watched with hope for updates via eBird, IBLE, and Facebook, I've had numerous people ask me if the documentation/notes provided so far are convincing ... or would be likely to be accepted by the Idaho Bird Records Committee.  This would be a first state record and, while standards are high for any report of a review species, more/better documentation is definitely required for a potential first record - ideally including audio and/or pics.  In their absence, a thorough description that considers all species that might be confused is necessary, and of course it'd be nice to have the sighting corroborated by multiple observers.

A part of me is surprised more people haven't made the effort to see this bird (or maybe some have gone & tried but not shared their effort publicly?) but, as a "bystander" with a low likelihood of a chase that far (new kiddo that doesn't like 30-min roads trips, let alone 3.5+ hours each way :-) but who can still dream of seeing a long-sought-after state bird, here are a few observations:
  • the initial and second observers didn't immediately share to the birding forums (IBLE and the Facebook group Idaho Bird Sightings & Discussion); rather, news kind of trickled in as people heard about it in different ways (my first notice was an eBird rarity update 2.5 days after the original sighting but others had apparently found the rare bird report on the Idahobirds.net - IBRC - page) and I know for me this has given me less confidence in the veracity of the reports
    • I actually am pretty intrigued - and I think more convinced than some people I've heard from - and if I lived closer, I would likely be there now trying.  I'm at least convinced the rest of us shouldn't give up trying ;-)
  • a report of as many as 3 individuals of a species never before documented is much less likely than a single individual
    • this isn't to say it's not possible and, as Carl noted on Facebook, it's been a notable year for Field Sparrows in western states so maybe Idaho is getting lucky!
  • so far no pictures and some notes in eBird & the IBRC report are less convincing than others (i.e., they don't give especially convincing details about how the individual birds were separated from all potentially similar-looking species) and some checklists include White-crowned Sparrows and others don't, and only 1 checklist I've noticed has an American Tree Sparrow (which some lists did mention as a similar species)
Probably missing a thought or 2 but, in short, I think this possibility warrants more birding attention and I hope someone is able to get conclusive documentation!

In closing, I might mention a few general thoughts re: sharing information about rare bird sightings that I think would help inspire confidence but also help other birders have a chance to look for a species sooner.  I don't intend to "pick on" the folks that have reported Field Sparrow(s) - I know I've been guilty of not following some of my advice listed here (!) and this has happened with other rarities over the years, I just thought it might be worth a reminder and possibly a discussion.
  • Please quickly share info on sightings of rare species and to multiple forums (ideally ASAP here on IBLE and to Facebook, then also via eBird if you're an eBird user and - if a review species - via a report to the Idaho Bird Records Committee)
    • and keep in mind that many (most?) birders aren't following all of these so only posting to one risks many people missing the info until someone else re-shares.  I get the sense many birders assume "people will get my eBird notification" or "posting to Facebook is enough" - and I've been guilty of this for some rare (but not MEGA-rare :-) birds.
    • I see this as a courtesy to the birding community - I have benefited from timely reports for many rare species that I might not have seen if the "discoverer" didn't share their sighting right away (the 1-day wonders) so I figure the least I can do is share when I find a rarity as soon as I can
  • In the absence of photos or audio evidence, the more details the better in the initial post
  • Please also keep the reports coming as many people can't go looking right away but are very interested.  "Reporting fatigue" seems to happen everywhere - lots of excitement for the first couple days then reports taper off even when a bird is still around.  It's also very helpful to have 'negative' reports.
    • As a case in point, a (poorly-timed) crazy work schedule meant I/we couldn't go look for the Common Crane (reported on a Tuesday) until the weekend.  Thus, though really bummed to have missed this amazing rarity, I'm very appreciative to the several folks who shared on Facebook that on Friday it was seen taking off to the SW and then not seen after.  I would have been much more bummed to have not known it had left and then tried on Saturday - only to find out that people knew it was very unlikely to see it Saturday but hadn't passed that info along

Forgive my ramble but I hope these thoughts are helpful - thanks and happy holidays & rapidly-approaching CBC season!

Jay

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 3:26:17 PM MST, Cliff Weisse <cliffandlisa@...> wrote:


FWIW, this report came in to IBRC on November 29 and it's for 3 individuals. Normally I don't publish reports until a number has been issued but this one somehow got published so it's accessible by anyone at:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/rare-bird-reports/field-sparrow

Cliff

On 12/1/20 3:03 PM, Patricia Weber wrote:
Passing on information from Kathy Eklund:  12.1.2020 Similar to an ATSP with white eye ring, gray head with rufous head stripes, orange bill & no chest spot.. runs along the ground and flys low between sagebrush. 
Found .1 mile south of the cattle guard entrance to the campground.  Curlew Campground near Stone, Idaho.  She had seen the pending Idaho Rare Bird report by a Rebecca Jones posted a couple of days ago.  
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...


a few thoughts about the potential Field Sparrow sighting in SE Idaho - and reporting of rare birds

Jay Carlisle
 

Hi Folks

As I've watched with hope for updates via eBird, IBLE, and Facebook, I've had numerous people ask me if the documentation/notes provided so far are convincing ... or would be likely to be accepted by the Idaho Bird Records Committee.  This would be a first state record and, while standards are high for any report of a review species, more/better documentation is definitely required for a potential first record - ideally including audio and/or pics.  In their absence, a thorough description that considers all species that might be confused is necessary, and of course it'd be nice to have the sighting corroborated by multiple observers.

A part of me is surprised more people haven't made the effort to see this bird (or maybe some have gone & tried but not shared their effort publicly?) but, as a "bystander" with a low likelihood of a chase that far (new kiddo that doesn't like 30-min roads trips, let alone 3.5+ hours each way :-) but who can still dream of seeing a long-sought-after state bird, here are a few observations:
  • the initial and second observers didn't immediately share to the birding forums (IBLE and the Facebook group Idaho Bird Sightings & Discussion); rather, news kind of trickled in as people heard about it in different ways (my first notice was an eBird rarity update 2.5 days after the original sighting but others had apparently found the rare bird report on the Idahobirds.net - IBRC - page) and I know for me this has given me less confidence in the veracity of the reports
    • I actually am pretty intrigued - and I think more convinced than some people I've heard from - and if I lived closer, I would likely be there now trying.  I'm at least convinced the rest of us shouldn't give up trying ;-)
  • a report of as many as 3 individuals of a species never before documented is much less likely than a single individual
    • this isn't to say it's not possible and, as Carl noted on Facebook, it's been a notable year for Field Sparrows in western states so maybe Idaho is getting lucky!
  • so far no pictures and some notes in eBird & the IBRC report are less convincing than others (i.e., they don't give especially convincing details about how the individual birds were separated from all potentially similar-looking species) and some checklists include White-crowned Sparrows and others don't, and only 1 checklist I've noticed has an American Tree Sparrow (which some lists did mention as a similar species)
Probably missing a thought or 2 but, in short, I think this possibility warrants more birding attention and I hope someone is able to get conclusive documentation!

In closing, I might mention a few general thoughts re: sharing information about rare bird sightings that I think would help inspire confidence but also help other birders have a chance to look for a species sooner.  I don't intend to "pick on" the folks that have reported Field Sparrow(s) - I know I've been guilty of not following some of my advice listed here (!) and this has happened with other rarities over the years, I just thought it might be worth a reminder and possibly a discussion.
  • Please quickly share info on sightings of rare species and to multiple forums (ideally ASAP here on IBLE and to Facebook, then also via eBird if you're an eBird user and - if a review species - via a report to the Idaho Bird Records Committee)
    • and keep in mind that many (most?) birders aren't following all of these so only posting to one risks many people missing the info until someone else re-shares.  I get the sense many birders assume "people will get my eBird notification" or "posting to Facebook is enough" - and I've been guilty of this for some rare (but not MEGA-rare :-) birds.
    • I see this as a courtesy to the birding community - I have benefited from timely reports for many rare species that I might not have seen if the "discoverer" didn't share their sighting right away (the 1-day wonders) so I figure the least I can do is share when I find a rarity as soon as I can
  • In the absence of photos or audio evidence, the more details the better in the initial post
  • Please also keep the reports coming as many people can't go looking right away but are very interested.  "Reporting fatigue" seems to happen everywhere - lots of excitement for the first couple days then reports taper off even when a bird is still around.  It's also very helpful to have 'negative' reports.
    • As a case in point, a (poorly-timed) crazy work schedule meant I/we couldn't go look for the Common Crane (reported on a Tuesday) until the weekend.  Thus, though really bummed to have missed this amazing rarity, I'm very appreciative to the several folks who shared on Facebook that on Friday it was seen taking off to the SW and then not seen after.  I would have been much more bummed to have not known it had left and then tried on Saturday - only to find out that people knew it was very unlikely to see it Saturday but hadn't passed that info along

Forgive my ramble but I hope these thoughts are helpful - thanks and happy holidays & rapidly-approaching CBC season!

Jay

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 3:26:17 PM MST, Cliff Weisse <cliffandlisa@...> wrote:


FWIW, this report came in to IBRC on November 29 and it's for 3 individuals. Normally I don't publish reports until a number has been issued but this one somehow got published so it's accessible by anyone at:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/rare-bird-reports/field-sparrow

Cliff

On 12/1/20 3:03 PM, Patricia Weber wrote:
Passing on information from Kathy Eklund:  12.1.2020 Similar to an ATSP with white eye ring, gray head with rufous head stripes, orange bill & no chest spot.. runs along the ground and flys low between sagebrush. 
Found .1 mile south of the cattle guard entrance to the campground.  Curlew Campground near Stone, Idaho.  She had seen the pending Idaho Rare Bird report by a Rebecca Jones posted a couple of days ago.  
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...


Re: Harris's Sparrow

Jay Carlisle
 

Nick

Would be great to keep an eye on this bird as we approach the Boise Christmas Bird Count on Dec 27.  I'm aware of yours plus 2 others seen in the last week within the CBC circle - but might be tough to find each one on count day :-)

Thanks,

Jay

On Monday, November 30, 2020, 2:57:08 PM MST, Nick Miller via groups.io <siminovac@...> wrote:


Thanks; it's still around.


Re: Field Sparrow sighting

Cliff Weisse
 

FWIW, this report came in to IBRC on November 29 and it's for 3 individuals. Normally I don't publish reports until a number has been issued but this one somehow got published so it's accessible by anyone at:
https://ibrc.idahobirds.net/rare-bird-reports/field-sparrow

Cliff

On 12/1/20 3:03 PM, Patricia Weber wrote:
Passing on information from Kathy Eklund:  12.1.2020 Similar to an ATSP with white eye ring, gray head with rufous head stripes, orange bill & no chest spot.. runs along the ground and flys low between sagebrush. 
Found .1 mile south of the cattle guard entrance to the campground.  Curlew Campground near Stone, Idaho.  She had seen the pending Idaho Rare Bird report by a Rebecca Jones posted a couple of days ago.  
-- 
Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho
cliffandlisa@...


Field Sparrow sighting

Patricia Weber
 

Passing on information from Kathy Eklund:  12.1.2020 Similar to an ATSP with white eye ring, gray head with rufous head stripes, orange bill & no chest spot.. runs along the ground and flys low between sagebrush. 
Found .1 mile south of the cattle guard entrance to the campground.  Curlew Campground near Stone, Idaho.  She had seen the pending Idaho Rare Bird report by a Rebecca Jones posted a couple of days ago.  


Bird

Robert Kiernan
 

Not a good picture I doubt its white throat the only bird on sibley's app.with non gray beaks CROSS white throat & junco


Re: Harris's Sparrow

Nick Miller
 

Thanks; it's still around.


Re: Fw: [eBird Alert] Cochise County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

rattlesnake4873
 

This year a common crane was seen in January at Bosque del Apache in NM, in N Cal in late July/August,  near Fairfield, ID last seen November 20 and then one appears near Wilcox, AZ on November 27. With a travel distance of 100 to 200 miles per day, depending on thermals and glide ratios, it could easily cover the almost 1100 mile to Wilcox in seven days. I believe all these sightings are the same individual. Can't wait for northbound migration. 

Dean Jones



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy Tablet

-------- Original message --------
From: Larry Arnold <larnold47@...>
Date: 11/29/20 1:39 PM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE <IBLE@groups.io>
Cc: garyhworthington <garyhworthington@...>
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Fw: [eBird Alert] Cochise County Rare Bird Alert <daily>


what a truckload of rarities !! 
and what are chances this is NOT the "Idaho Common Crane" ??  I checked eBird map spots of this sp in N America and saw only two recent ones, "red balloons"  
I also did the math to see that the crane plus avocet reports comprise 43% of all those eBird "rarity" reports (ePorts  ;-) listed below

Missy and I have seen a few crazy good birds at that little lake near Willcox  =)
Thx for forwarding this Bob !!
Larry



From: "bob perata via groups.io" <bobperata@...>
To: "IBLE" <ible@groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2020 10:34:29 AM
Subject: [IBLE] Fw: [eBird Alert] Cochise County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

Common Crane in Cochise County, AZ


BOB
Huachuca City, AZ

Boise, Idaho

Begin forwarded message:

On Sunday, November 29, 2020, 8:55 AM, ebird-alert@... wrote:

*** Species Summary:

- Broad-tailed Hummingbird (1 report)
- Rufous Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Violet-crowned Hummingbird (1 report)
- Common Crane (14 reports)
- American Avocet (14 reports)
- Western Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Northern Goshawk (1 report)
- Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Bendire's Thrasher (4 reports)
- Rufous-backed Robin (2 reports)
- Rufous-winged Sparrow (2 reports)
- Fox Sparrow (1 report)
- White-throated Sparrow (2 reports)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Cochise County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Cochise County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35691
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 27, 2020 07:11 by Laura Paulson
- Boneyard Campsite, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Female selasphorus. White throat with even light spotting (visible with binoculars but washed out in photos.) Green back. Buffy flanks. Tail long relative to wings. Medium bill.  She was here yesterday too but I had not ID'd her. Poor photos. She is a nervous bird but seems a little more comfortable today. Defending male blue-throat has been chasing off a second blue-throat, leaving feeder untended more often. She also took a brief bath at the drip today."

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 07:54 by Harley Winfrey
- Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary (closed Thursday morning; formerly Ash Canyon B&B), Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Male with red gorget visiting feeder. Rufous overall and calling."

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 07:30 by Chris Harbard
- E Mountain View Road (private residence), Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Continuing"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 07:45 by Rose Ann Rowlett
- *US-AZ-Cochise-Portal--2494 S. Old Canyon Rd. (private), Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "A continuing female came several times to the lower creek feeder. I recorded her call notes, flying and then perched, before she came to the feeder."

Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 07:20 by Tony Battiste
- Battiste's Bird Garden, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Infrequent but periodic visitor this fall"

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 16:34 by Dan Hoobler
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Seen @ 1425h till1440, lifted off with Sand Hill Cranes heading SW. seen by M. Ob."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:51 by David Stejskal
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing rarity"

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:40 by Narca Moore-Craig
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "The crane, found yesterday late afternoon, was present when we arrived. It  milled around amidst the Sandhill Cranes. We watched it for about 10 minutes, then it took flight and circled the area for a few minutes before disappearing. Will add photos. Description: larger and taller than the accompanying Sandhills. Long dark stripe on neck; contrasting white stripe running from eye along the back of the neck. Dark crown. Eye seen through scope appeared reddish. In flight, showed distinctive black primaries and secondaries, with a strongly fingered look to the outer primaries. Body gray. Bustle fairly pronounced. All of the Common Cranes I’ve seen previously were in Poland."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1)
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:00 by Gary Rosenberg
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "photos; found the previos day by Aaron Ambos"

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:00 by Kori Gasaway
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Continuing. Lighter than Sandhills with black tipped tail and black on neck with white nape."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 13:22 by Janine McCabe
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Aaron Ambos in the late afternoon flying into roost.  Had tried for the morning lift off; however, despite many eyes searching, the bird was not spotted.  Attended the afternoon stake out to watch birds drop in.  2:36 pm spotted Common Crane among Sandhills coming into the lake.  It spent perhaps a half hour on the ground before a surprising lift off.  Gained altitude and flew off south after many minutes."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 12:25 by Chris Benesh
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "A mega found yesterday afternoon at this site. Janine McCabe spotted it flying in today. Photo’d and video."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:37 by Cathy Beck
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Found late yesterday by Aaron Ambos. Janine McCabe alerted us that the bird was coming in with an overhead flock. Larger wings with blacker edges. Could see black and white markings on the head and neck. Slower, more deliberate wingbeat. Walked around for several minutes and then it and a few Sandhills flew off; slowly moving up and away towards the southwest and out of sight. Photos show flight in and landing, walking around, and then flying out. Last two show comparison with Sandhill Cranes."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1)
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:22 by Karen Boleyn
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "With sandhill cranes. Black throat."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 10:00 by Bob & Bettina Arrigoni
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Will add photos.  Bird came in with a group of cranes at approximately 2:35pm.  It stayed on the ground for about 20 minutes and then lifted off joining a group of three Sandhill Cranes.  After a few minutes of flying above the lake, the group of four joined a larger flock of Sandhill Cranes and appeared to travel south."

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:45 by Steve Nord
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing rarity"

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:45 by Michael Skinner
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing rarity"

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:15 by John Barthelme
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "First seen in the late afternoon of a November 27. Target bird came in at approx 2:40 pm with flock of Sandhill  Cranes. Numerous birders saw it land, forage with SC and then encircle overhead. Black neck and while nape clearly visible. Wingspan a bit wider than SH Cranes. Great find !"

Common Crane (Grus grus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 27, 2020 15:32 by Diane Drobka
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Mixed in with the sandies on the SW side of Cochise Lake. Head was tucked so I didn't get a nice profile shot but the white on face and black neck feathers were still clearly visible. See photo."

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 16:34 by Scott Olmstead
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Striking white and black plumage, with upturned bill."

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:51 by David Stejskal
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photo"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:00 by Kori Gasaway
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Continuing. Mostly white shorebirds with black wing bars and distinctly upturned bills."

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 13:22 by Janine McCabe
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Continuing"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 12:25 by Chris Benesh
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Large black and white shorebird with recurved bill."

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:37 by Cathy Beck
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "White with black long legged shorebird. Masses seen in the summer. Late to leave birds. Photos."

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:22 by Karen Boleyn
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Non breeding plumage"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 10:00 by Bob & Bettina Arrigoni
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "At least five."

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 09:42 by Joel Swanstrom
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Upturned bill. White with black, white wings."

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:45 by Steve Nord
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing rarity"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:45 by Michael Skinner
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing rarity"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:42 by Julie  Michael
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Pics"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:00 by Michael Welch
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Continuing"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 06:11 by Janine McCabe
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "continuing"

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:51 by David Stejskal
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo"

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 12:25 by Chris Benesh
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Basic plumage"

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 07:10 by Laura Paulson
- South Old Canyon Road, San Simon, Arizona, US (31.906, -109.155), Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird both perched in previously reported snag and hunting surrounding area."

Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) (Buteo jamaicensis harlani) (1)
- Reported Nov 27, 2020 09:29 by Diane Drobka
- Whitewater Draw WA, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "The hawk was all dark brown/black except for its red tail and light wing feathers. See photos. Let me know if I'm wrong!"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 14:51 by David Stejskal
- Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Imm. male in golf course trees; bird still had plenty of pale tipping to facial feathers, but red on throat reduced compared to RNSA, malar was broad and black with no bleeding of red onto malar, and nape lacked any hint of red or pink"

Bendire's Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:45 by Kyle Kittelberger
- Portal--Willow Tank, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted as we were driving back towards Rodeo, perched on a brush pile near circuit box about 300 yards east of Willow Tank. Shorter-billed, fine chevrons on breast, yellow eye. Photos"

Bendire's Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:45 by Nikolas Orton
- Portal--Willow Tank, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted as we were driving back towards Rodeo, perched on a brush pile near circuit box about 300 yards east of Willow Tank. Shorter-billed, fine chevrons on breast, yellow eye. Photos"

Bendire's Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:45 by David Blount
- Portal--Willow Tank, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted as we were driving back towards Rodeo, perched on a brush pile near circuit box about 300 yards east of Willow Tank. Shorter-billed, fine chevrons on breast, yellow eye. Photos"

Bendire's Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 11:45 by Monte Neate-Clegg
- Portal--Willow Tank, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted as we were driving back towards Rodeo, perched on a brush pile near circuit box about 300 yards east of Willow Tank. Shorter-billed, fine chevrons on breast, yellow eye. Photos"

Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 29, 2020 07:05 by Max Jarrett
- Our Yard, 451 N Bisbee Ave, Willcox, AZ, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "The bird came in at 7:25 maybe because it was colder."

Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 06:35 by Max Jarrett
- Our Yard, 451 N Bisbee Ave, Willcox, AZ, Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "It came in at 7:05, late for the bird but it is the coldest morning yet while the bird has been coming in."

Rufous-winged Sparrow (Peucaea carpalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 07:54 by Harley Winfrey
- Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary (closed Thursday morning; formerly Ash Canyon B&B), Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "Seen from blind #1. Rufous crown with slight crest and rufous line behind eye. Unstreaked breast and noticeably smaller than the many juvenile White-crowned Sparrows. Possibly two or three individuals present but we only saw one at a time."

Rufous-winged Sparrow (Peucaea carpalis) (2)
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 07:15 by Arlene Ripley
- Dragoon Mt. Ranch, E Kingbird Trail (private), Cochise, Arizona
- Comments: "2"

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 27, 2020 07:11 by Laura Paulson
- Boneyard Campsite, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing or maybe returning because we didn't see it for two days. Back at water this morning. Very aggressive in the bath today."

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 27, 2020 07:11 by Laura Paulson
- Boneyard Campsite, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 28, 2020 08:24 by Steve Wolfe
- Faranuf Trail (private), Portal, Cochise, Arizona
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo attached. Stocky, striped head, gray bill, white throat, yellow lores, yellow tail."

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