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Re: Blackpoll ?

Kathleen Lopez
 

I was there this morning with Ann Swanson. I didn't find it. Ann was still looking when I left.

Kathy Lopez
Nampa

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 10:55 AM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


--
Kathy Lopez
Nampa

Blackpoll ?

Jon Barnett
 

Has anyone gone to Sandy Point today?  I lost service there last night, so I didn’t see everyone’s emails until too late – including the more specific directions.  By the time I had driven all around (at least now I know where Foote Park is!) and then went back to the gate and walked in, and wandered all around by the fountain area, the lighting was bad and it started raining again.  I couldn’t find the bird.  I finally figured out the area that was most likely (confirmed later by the email I found), but the rain was making it impossible, so I left.  That was a long drive for a frustrating experience!  Thanks to everyone who tried to help guide me.  Now I’m wondering – with the night rain – if the bird stuck around or not.  Please post if you find it, thanks!  Jonathan, Horseshoe Bend

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

Re: Still Missing W Tanager

lcarrigan_55
 

At this point, Larry, I'll take either version! lol!

Re: Damp birding

Jim Lyons
 

Larry - As another fellow grouchy old guy, I am guessing Tom can take it! It's ok to prod each other from time to time, IMHO. His hood is my hood and all our Western Tanagers we're delighting in this week could not let a guy stay mad, even if he started that way. 

We love the Bike4Birds reports - keep it up Tom!

--
Jim Lyons
jflyons@...
208-340-0533


On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 6:36 AM Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:

p.s.  pls don't hate me, Tom.....  eh?


From: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 5:48:45 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding


Diann, i like that -  HAVA    =)

Tom, sure wish I could see ALL your birds on eBird    =)

LA




From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:06:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

Diann:

I only count species. eBird rejected my first entry because they said I saw too many Pied bill Grebes, so I never submitted again. I had seen 5 during my ride and I was told that was too many. I never understood. Anyway, I’m happy counting species. I had 50 today.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

 

Tom,

 

You impressed me with 10 miles and 45 birds (or species?). The farthest I ventured out was to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash bins. I prefer to be a fair weather birder. Sadly, I have not seen any Western Tanagers on my walks between the Boise Depot and Hillcrest. Guess I need to shift to the Greenbelt.

 

Thanks for putting a name to that "disorder" (BADD). I like to think of it as a more positive trait of heightened auditory and visual awareness. HAVA or BADD, many of us are afflicted. 

 

You'll have continued success meeting your daily goals, because you're out there every day. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Diann Stone Boise Depot Bench

 

On Wed, May 20, 2020, 8:51 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

If you live anywhere near Boise, you know that today was a little “damp.” For some reason, I thought maybe the birds would just ignore the rain and parade around for me. As it turns out, I had to repeatedly find dry places (few and far between on the greenbelt) to clean my bino lenses and even my glasses. Eventually the water wore me down and I headed home, but I managed 45 birds in about 10 miles. Highlights included my FOY Willow Flycatcher and FOY MacGillivray’s Warbler. Western Tanagers were EVERYWHERE. My conservative estimate would be 40 to 50 individuals that I actually saw, plus others that I heard.

As some of you are aware, I am afflicted with a condition that is probably familiar to all of you: BADD, better known as “Birders Attention Deficit Disorder.” This is when any motion in the trees, in the sky, on the ground, attracts your undivided attention, even when you’re in the midst of a serious conversation. Because of my BADD, I was constantly swiveling my head today, but only because every leaf in Boise was being hit by water and therefore moving. It was sensory overload. Plus, every swallow in Idaho was flying around my route, overwhelmingly dominated by a gazillion VG Swallows. It was like being inside a snow globe that someone was constantly shaking.

Of course, I can’t wait to get out again tomorrow.

Tom McCabe, Boise

P.S. The various weather reports indicate we set a new record for precipitation for this date in Boise. I believe it!



Re: Still Missing W Tanager

Larry Arnold
 


oh sorry, Brian, we're just talking about Western Idaho Tanagers over here, not "Western Tanagers"     ;-)


From: "lcarrigan_55 via groups.io" <lcarrigan_55@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 6:31:48 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Still Missing W Tanager

Similarly, we had a Kestrel pr nest for yrs in a cottonwood natural cavity. Then, about 3 yrs ago, Starlings took over the nesting space. Sure miss seeing the Kestrels.

Have yet to see a W Tanager on our side of state. Keep checking daily but no luck yet. I did see one return yest afternoon, after I had sent my report to IBLE, of the Blue Jay to the feeder. Don't think it'll stay much longer. Visited to eat only 2-3 seeds & was off. Thanks for the info, Liz.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Re: Damp birding

Larry Arnold
 


p.s.  pls don't hate me, Tom.....  eh?


From: "Larry Arnold" <larnold47@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 5:48:45 AM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding


Diann, i like that -  HAVA    =)

Tom, sure wish I could see ALL your birds on eBird    =)

LA




From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:06:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

Diann:

I only count species. eBird rejected my first entry because they said I saw too many Pied bill Grebes, so I never submitted again. I had seen 5 during my ride and I was told that was too many. I never understood. Anyway, I’m happy counting species. I had 50 today.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

 

Tom,

 

You impressed me with 10 miles and 45 birds (or species?). The farthest I ventured out was to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash bins. I prefer to be a fair weather birder. Sadly, I have not seen any Western Tanagers on my walks between the Boise Depot and Hillcrest. Guess I need to shift to the Greenbelt.

 

Thanks for putting a name to that "disorder" (BADD). I like to think of it as a more positive trait of heightened auditory and visual awareness. HAVA or BADD, many of us are afflicted. 

 

You'll have continued success meeting your daily goals, because you're out there every day. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Diann Stone Boise Depot Bench

 

On Wed, May 20, 2020, 8:51 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

If you live anywhere near Boise, you know that today was a little “damp.” For some reason, I thought maybe the birds would just ignore the rain and parade around for me. As it turns out, I had to repeatedly find dry places (few and far between on the greenbelt) to clean my bino lenses and even my glasses. Eventually the water wore me down and I headed home, but I managed 45 birds in about 10 miles. Highlights included my FOY Willow Flycatcher and FOY MacGillivray’s Warbler. Western Tanagers were EVERYWHERE. My conservative estimate would be 40 to 50 individuals that I actually saw, plus others that I heard.

As some of you are aware, I am afflicted with a condition that is probably familiar to all of you: BADD, better known as “Birders Attention Deficit Disorder.” This is when any motion in the trees, in the sky, on the ground, attracts your undivided attention, even when you’re in the midst of a serious conversation. Because of my BADD, I was constantly swiveling my head today, but only because every leaf in Boise was being hit by water and therefore moving. It was sensory overload. Plus, every swallow in Idaho was flying around my route, overwhelmingly dominated by a gazillion VG Swallows. It was like being inside a snow globe that someone was constantly shaking.

Of course, I can’t wait to get out again tomorrow.

Tom McCabe, Boise

P.S. The various weather reports indicate we set a new record for precipitation for this date in Boise. I believe it!



Re: Still Missing W Tanager

lcarrigan_55
 

Similarly, we had a Kestrel pr nest for yrs in a cottonwood natural cavity. Then, about 3 yrs ago, Starlings took over the nesting space. Sure miss seeing the Kestrels.

Have yet to see a W Tanager on our side of state. Keep checking daily but no luck yet. I did see one return yest afternoon, after I had sent my report to IBLE, of the Blue Jay to the feeder. Don't think it'll stay much longer. Visited to eat only 2-3 seeds & was off. Thanks for the info, Liz.

Brian Carrigan
Blackfoot

Re: Damp birding

Larry Arnold
 


Diann, i like that -  HAVA    =)

Tom, sure wish I could see ALL your birds on eBird    =)

LA




From: "Tom McCabe" <tmccabe9@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:06:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

Diann:

I only count species. eBird rejected my first entry because they said I saw too many Pied bill Grebes, so I never submitted again. I had seen 5 during my ride and I was told that was too many. I never understood. Anyway, I’m happy counting species. I had 50 today.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

 

Tom,

 

You impressed me with 10 miles and 45 birds (or species?). The farthest I ventured out was to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash bins. I prefer to be a fair weather birder. Sadly, I have not seen any Western Tanagers on my walks between the Boise Depot and Hillcrest. Guess I need to shift to the Greenbelt.

 

Thanks for putting a name to that "disorder" (BADD). I like to think of it as a more positive trait of heightened auditory and visual awareness. HAVA or BADD, many of us are afflicted. 

 

You'll have continued success meeting your daily goals, because you're out there every day. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Diann Stone Boise Depot Bench

 

On Wed, May 20, 2020, 8:51 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

If you live anywhere near Boise, you know that today was a little “damp.” For some reason, I thought maybe the birds would just ignore the rain and parade around for me. As it turns out, I had to repeatedly find dry places (few and far between on the greenbelt) to clean my bino lenses and even my glasses. Eventually the water wore me down and I headed home, but I managed 45 birds in about 10 miles. Highlights included my FOY Willow Flycatcher and FOY MacGillivray’s Warbler. Western Tanagers were EVERYWHERE. My conservative estimate would be 40 to 50 individuals that I actually saw, plus others that I heard.

As some of you are aware, I am afflicted with a condition that is probably familiar to all of you: BADD, better known as “Birders Attention Deficit Disorder.” This is when any motion in the trees, in the sky, on the ground, attracts your undivided attention, even when you’re in the midst of a serious conversation. Because of my BADD, I was constantly swiveling my head today, but only because every leaf in Boise was being hit by water and therefore moving. It was sensory overload. Plus, every swallow in Idaho was flying around my route, overwhelmingly dominated by a gazillion VG Swallows. It was like being inside a snow globe that someone was constantly shaking.

Of course, I can’t wait to get out again tomorrow.

Tom McCabe, Boise

P.S. The various weather reports indicate we set a new record for precipitation for this date in Boise. I believe it!


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

Larry Arnold
 


Thank you, Scott !! 

I have empathy for eBird reviewers overall, their job being basically a thankless one for all that they do......across the U.S., across Canada, you name it, but when we start squeezing the filters it's like we're forgetting that birds have wings.  A couple nearby examples that come to mind in support of your comments, are Highland Valley Ranch Rd and Shaw Mtn Rd....  you needn't drive very far, albeit with some elevation change (but almost insignificant per my perspective), and birds start hitting filters.  If I were doing a similar drive in the Pocatello area, yes I see dramatic changes in vegetation (from sage and mixed shrub, into juniper, then aspen, then ponderosa, finally mixed conifer) but not here in the Boise area, so I'm like you Scott regarding our "foothills."

The eBird reviewers control their workloads in this sense, and I understand the need for "high quality data" but I can't help thinking "for what?" do we need so much compartmentalization?  For much of this SW part of Idaho I don't see dramatic changes in elevation nor of vegetation to warrant squeezy tight filters...  yes here's a patch of sage, and over there is a patch of greasewood, but, but, but ??

First thoughts after first cuppa tea this morning...  =)

Thx again for chiming in, Scott, you don't sound grouchy to me, more like experienced, concerned, insightful, valuable to this conversation    =)

Larry




From: "Scott Tuthill" <satuthill@...>
To: "IBLE" <IBLE@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:01:51 PM
Subject: Re: [IBLE] [eBird Alert] Ada County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

Jay -- I am going to challenge you on this one a bit - though I will offer a caveat. I have lived in the Highlands area of Boise for 25+ years. So, not out in the "valley"  but not "up in the hills". For where I live Evening Grosbeaks are regular in small numbers just about year round and every year. If I work out in the yard for a couple of hours any month of the year I can just about guarantee to have a flyover of a small number - one to three or so. The "irruption" last fall just seemed pretty normal to me. So, now that I am putting more and more of my sightings into eBird it just seems odd to constantly have to enter comments in for them because they are "Rare". I have come to accept that where I live has its differences than the valley as a whole. For several years there was a resident flock of Red Crossbills in the neighborhood. I have had Rosy-Finches and Pine Grosbeaks around the house in winter. I don't expect them in other part of the area any more than I expect Common Yellowthroats or Willow Flycatchers around here. So, the question is how do you recognize the diversity of whatever area eBird is using (which is what by the way?) without a bias due to population and reporting distribution. Again, I am not sure of the area used in eBird but it seems odd that Grasshopper Sparrow is marked as Infrequent with Evening Grosbeak as Rare. I think of the former as having a very small local distribution for a few months of the year. I am willing to be part of the solution here -- not just be a grouch. Just let me know what I can do.

Re: Blackpoll Warbler instead

Ken Miracle
 

Found it at 4:20 and last photograph was at 5:00 PM.

Drive in gates close at 6 PM so you have to walk in after that.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:04 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.



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: Blackpoll Warbler instead

bob perata
 

I just left Sandy Beach, at 5:45 and saw the Blackpoll Warbler along with 3 other birders. The gate closes at 6PM daily.  
Thanks Janet.  


BOB Perata 
Boise

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6:35 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

I think the park closes at 6.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...>
Date: 5/21/20 6:14 PM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

How did you get in?  I’m still trying to find how, since the main entrance is blocked...


On May 21, 2020, at 4:19 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:


Still present @ 4PM, perfect directions Janet! Thanks!

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04 PM Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:
I posted better directions on IBLE.  It’s a cul de sac like area so hopefully the bird will stay nearby.  Definitely hanging with the yellow-rumps.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:

I usually need GPS coordinates down to the foot and a handheld beeping locator to find a rare warbler. But yeah, that's good info, I didn't see that first message. :)

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 2:43 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

This was her original message:  “At guardhouse near fountain with several Yellow-rumps” – Is that detailed enough, or do we need more from Janet to find it successfully?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:37 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

Janet, please give directions as to where you saw the warbler. Where at Sandy Point?

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On May 21, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

What do you think?

 

 

 

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On May 21, 2020, at 2:07 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

 

Woo hoo!

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> 

Date: 5/21/20 2:04 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.


 

 




Blackpoll Warbler instead

Jon Barnett
 


How did you get in?  I’m still trying to find how, since the main entrance is blocked...


On May 21, 2020, at 4:19 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:


Still present @ 4PM, perfect directions Janet! Thanks!

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04 PM Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:
I posted better directions on IBLE.  It’s a cul de sac like area so hopefully the bird will stay nearby.  Definitely hanging with the yellow-rumps.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:

I usually need GPS coordinates down to the foot and a handheld beeping locator to find a rare warbler. But yeah, that's good info, I didn't see that first message. :)

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 2:43 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

This was her original message:  “At guardhouse near fountain with several Yellow-rumps” – Is that detailed enough, or do we need more from Janet to find it successfully?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:37 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

Janet, please give directions as to where you saw the warbler. Where at Sandy Point?

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On May 21, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

What do you think?

 

 

 

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On May 21, 2020, at 2:07 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

 

Woo hoo!

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> 

Date: 5/21/20 2:04 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.


 

 




Re: Blackpoll Warbler instead

akswanson
 

I think the park closes at 6.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...>
Date: 5/21/20 6:14 PM (GMT-07:00)
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

How did you get in?  I’m still trying to find how, since the main entrance is blocked...


On May 21, 2020, at 4:19 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:


Still present @ 4PM, perfect directions Janet! Thanks!

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04 PM Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:
I posted better directions on IBLE.  It’s a cul de sac like area so hopefully the bird will stay nearby.  Definitely hanging with the yellow-rumps.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:

I usually need GPS coordinates down to the foot and a handheld beeping locator to find a rare warbler. But yeah, that's good info, I didn't see that first message. :)

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 2:43 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

This was her original message:  “At guardhouse near fountain with several Yellow-rumps” – Is that detailed enough, or do we need more from Janet to find it successfully?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:37 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

Janet, please give directions as to where you saw the warbler. Where at Sandy Point?

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On May 21, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

What do you think?

 

 

 

<fullsizeoutput_f69.jpeg>

 

 

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On May 21, 2020, at 2:07 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

 

Woo hoo!

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> 

Date: 5/21/20 2:04 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.


 

 




Re: Blackpoll Warbler instead

Anonymous
 

The gate is closed at 6 so you may have to walk the rest of the way.


On Thu, May 21, 2020, 6:14 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:
How did you get in?  I’m still trying to find how, since the main entrance is blocked...


On May 21, 2020, at 4:19 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:


Still present @ 4PM, perfect directions Janet! Thanks!

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04 PM Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:
I posted better directions on IBLE.  It’s a cul de sac like area so hopefully the bird will stay nearby.  Definitely hanging with the yellow-rumps.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:

I usually need GPS coordinates down to the foot and a handheld beeping locator to find a rare warbler. But yeah, that's good info, I didn't see that first message. :)

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 2:43 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

This was her original message:  “At guardhouse near fountain with several Yellow-rumps” – Is that detailed enough, or do we need more from Janet to find it successfully?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:37 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

Janet, please give directions as to where you saw the warbler. Where at Sandy Point?

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On May 21, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

What do you think?

 

 

 

<fullsizeoutput_f69.jpeg>

 

 

<fullsizeoutput_f68.jpeg>

 



On May 21, 2020, at 2:07 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

 

Woo hoo!

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> 

Date: 5/21/20 2:04 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.


 

 




Re: Blackpoll Warbler instead

Jon Barnett
 

How did you get in?  I’m still trying to find how, since the main entrance is blocked...


On May 21, 2020, at 4:19 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:


Still present @ 4PM, perfect directions Janet! Thanks!

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04 PM Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:
I posted better directions on IBLE.  It’s a cul de sac like area so hopefully the bird will stay nearby.  Definitely hanging with the yellow-rumps.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:

I usually need GPS coordinates down to the foot and a handheld beeping locator to find a rare warbler. But yeah, that's good info, I didn't see that first message. :)

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 2:43 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

This was her original message:  “At guardhouse near fountain with several Yellow-rumps” – Is that detailed enough, or do we need more from Janet to find it successfully?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:37 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

Janet, please give directions as to where you saw the warbler. Where at Sandy Point?

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On May 21, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

What do you think?

 

 

 

<fullsizeoutput_f69.jpeg>

 

 

<fullsizeoutput_f68.jpeg>

 



On May 21, 2020, at 2:07 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

 

Woo hoo!

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> 

Date: 5/21/20 2:04 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.


 

 




Re: Blackpoll Warbler instead

Janet Phillips
 

So glad you got it!!

On May 21, 2020, at 3:04 PM, Janet Phillips via groups.io <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

I posted better directions on IBLE.  It’s a cul de sac like area so hopefully the bird will stay nearby.  Definitely hanging with the yellow-rumps.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:

I usually need GPS coordinates down to the foot and a handheld beeping locator to find a rare warbler. But yeah, that's good info, I didn't see that first message. :)

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 2:43 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

This was her original message:  “At guardhouse near fountain with several Yellow-rumps” – Is that detailed enough, or do we need more from Janet to find it successfully?

 

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From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:37 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

Janet, please give directions as to where you saw the warbler. Where at Sandy Point?

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On May 21, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

What do you think?

 

 

 

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On May 21, 2020, at 2:07 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

 

Woo hoo!

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> 

Date: 5/21/20 2:04 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.


 

 





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

Scott Tuthill
 

Jay -- I am going to challenge you on this one a bit - though I will offer a caveat. I have lived in the Highlands area of Boise for 25+ years. So, not out in the "valley"  but not "up in the hills". For where I live Evening Grosbeaks are regular in small numbers just about year round and every year. If I work out in the yard for a couple of hours any month of the year I can just about guarantee to have a flyover of a small number - one to three or so. The "irruption" last fall just seemed pretty normal to me. So, now that I am putting more and more of my sightings into eBird it just seems odd to constantly have to enter comments in for them because they are "Rare". I have come to accept that where I live has its differences than the valley as a whole. For several years there was a resident flock of Red Crossbills in the neighborhood. I have had Rosy-Finches and Pine Grosbeaks around the house in winter. I don't expect them in other part of the area any more than I expect Common Yellowthroats or Willow Flycatchers around here. So, the question is how do you recognize the diversity of whatever area eBird is using (which is what by the way?) without a bias due to population and reporting distribution. Again, I am not sure of the area used in eBird but it seems odd that Grasshopper Sparrow is marked as Infrequent with Evening Grosbeak as Rare. I think of the former as having a very small local distribution for a few months of the year. I am willing to be part of the solution here -- not just be a grouch. Just let me know what I can do.

Re: Damp birding

bike4birds
 

Diann:

I only count species. eBird rejected my first entry because they said I saw too many Pied bill Grebes, so I never submitted again. I had seen 5 during my ride and I was told that was too many. I never understood. Anyway, I’m happy counting species. I had 50 today.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Diann Stone
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:01 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Damp birding

 

Tom,

 

You impressed me with 10 miles and 45 birds (or species?). The farthest I ventured out was to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash bins. I prefer to be a fair weather birder. Sadly, I have not seen any Western Tanagers on my walks between the Boise Depot and Hillcrest. Guess I need to shift to the Greenbelt.

 

Thanks for putting a name to that "disorder" (BADD). I like to think of it as a more positive trait of heightened auditory and visual awareness. HAVA or BADD, many of us are afflicted. 

 

You'll have continued success meeting your daily goals, because you're out there every day. Keep on keepin' on!

 

Diann Stone Boise Depot Bench

 

On Wed, May 20, 2020, 8:51 PM bike4birds <tmccabe9@...> wrote:

If you live anywhere near Boise, you know that today was a little “damp.” For some reason, I thought maybe the birds would just ignore the rain and parade around for me. As it turns out, I had to repeatedly find dry places (few and far between on the greenbelt) to clean my bino lenses and even my glasses. Eventually the water wore me down and I headed home, but I managed 45 birds in about 10 miles. Highlights included my FOY Willow Flycatcher and FOY MacGillivray’s Warbler. Western Tanagers were EVERYWHERE. My conservative estimate would be 40 to 50 individuals that I actually saw, plus others that I heard.

As some of you are aware, I am afflicted with a condition that is probably familiar to all of you: BADD, better known as “Birders Attention Deficit Disorder.” This is when any motion in the trees, in the sky, on the ground, attracts your undivided attention, even when you’re in the midst of a serious conversation. Because of my BADD, I was constantly swiveling my head today, but only because every leaf in Boise was being hit by water and therefore moving. It was sensory overload. Plus, every swallow in Idaho was flying around my route, overwhelmingly dominated by a gazillion VG Swallows. It was like being inside a snow globe that someone was constantly shaking.

Of course, I can’t wait to get out again tomorrow.

Tom McCabe, Boise

P.S. The various weather reports indicate we set a new record for precipitation for this date in Boise. I believe it!

Re: Blackpoll Warbler instead

Anonymous
 

Still present @ 4PM, perfect directions Janet! Thanks!


On Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04 PM Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:
I posted better directions on IBLE.  It’s a cul de sac like area so hopefully the bird will stay nearby.  Definitely hanging with the yellow-rumps.

On May 21, 2020, at 2:46 PM, Anonymous <salmanazar@...> wrote:

I usually need GPS coordinates down to the foot and a handheld beeping locator to find a rare warbler. But yeah, that's good info, I didn't see that first message. :)

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 2:43 PM Jon Barnett <jrb4jc@...> wrote:

This was her original message:  “At guardhouse near fountain with several Yellow-rumps” – Is that detailed enough, or do we need more from Janet to find it successfully?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Denise Hughes
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:37 PM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

Janet, please give directions as to where you saw the warbler. Where at Sandy Point?

Denise Hughes

Caldwell, Idaho



On May 21, 2020, at 2:29 PM, Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> wrote:

What do you think?

 

 

 

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On May 21, 2020, at 2:07 PM, akswanson <akswanson@...> wrote:

 

Woo hoo!

 

 

 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

 

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Janet Phillips <janet.misty11@...> 

Date: 5/21/20 2:04 PM (GMT-07:00)

Subject: [IBLE] Blackpoll Warbler instead

 

I just downloaded my photos onto my computer and rather than a female Black-throated Gray Warbler, I believe I saw a male Blackpoll Warbler at Sandy Point this morning.  I am sending my photos to Jay for confirmation.


 

 




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

bike4birds
 

Jay and Larry:

There’s a pretty good size flock that seems to be lingering around Veterans Park. The other day they were in the grove of trees where the greenbelt connects with the park. Today they were in the trees where the greenbelt connects to Veterans Parkway. Noisy little blighters.

Tom

 

From: IBLE@groups.io [mailto:IBLE@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jay Carlisle via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:48 AM
To: IBLE@groups.io
Subject: Re: [IBLE] [eBird Alert] Ada County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

 

Larry/others

"Rare" in that in most years we don't have them lingering in lower elevations this long into May - thus, the conservative eBird filter to help ensure data quality.

We've also had Evening Grosbeaks (EVGRs) in our neighborhood over the last week, including one flyover flock of 25+, and of course others are seeing/hearing them in SW Idaho as well. I'm hoping these moderate #s are a sign that at least some of the EVGRs that irrupted last fall have survived and are making their way back to breeding areas.

Jay

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, 08:44:32 AM MDT, Larry Arnold <larnold47@...> wrote:

 

 

 

looks like Eve grosbeak is now rare here ?  but maybe only if > 1 ?  they're still flying around our hood, tho maybe as singles, I can rarely glass them for a count...

 

Larry

 

 

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Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:13:37 AM

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

 

*** Species Summary:

 

- Anna's Hummingbird (1 report)

- Evening Grosbeak (4 reports)

 

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Ada County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Ada County.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN36228

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

 

Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) (1)

- Reported May 20, 2020 18:16 by Jason Talbot

- Dry Creek Cemetery, Ada, Idaho

- Comments: "Male singing"

 

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (3) CONFIRMED

- Reported May 20, 2020 17:07 by Jay Carlisle

- Bitteroot neighborhood , Ada, Idaho

- Comments: "Heard loud “Jeep” calls; saw 1 in flight"

 

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (3) CONFIRMED

- Reported May 20, 2020 17:07 by Heidi Ware Carlisle

- Bitteroot neighborhood , Ada, Idaho

- Comments: "Heard loud “Jeep” calls; saw 1 in flight"

 

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (5)

- Reported May 20, 2020 18:16 by Jason Talbot

- Dry Creek Cemetery, Ada, Idaho

- Comments: "Flew over calling.Heard loud "jeep" calls. Saw 5 individuals."

 

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (2)

- Reported May 20, 2020 19:21 by Scott Tuthill

- Tuthill's in the Highlands (ID), Ada, Idaho

- Comments: "They are not rare. We need to fix this data. Large finch shaped bird. Big finch bill. Dark head and neck. Yellow underneath and back. White patches on dark wings. Distinctive sharp chur-whistle call. Perched in top of cottonwoods"

 

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