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20 Apr GREAT GRAY OWL ["J. Woolbright " ]
19 Apr Blue-winged Teal [Mike & MerryLynn ]
19 Apr 91 Wood Ducks at Nighthawk, WA ["Wayne Weber" ]
19 Apr 91 Wood Ducks at Nighthawk, WA [Wayne Weber ]
19 Apr Purple Finch Columbia Co. WA [Mike & MerryLynn ]
19 Apr Falcons [Catherine Temple ]
19 Apr Yellow- rumpled warber [nmiller ]
19 Apr Black-necked Stilts - near Four Lakes [Tim O'Brien ]
19 Apr Asotin White Geese [Keith Carlson ]
19 Apr Pend Oreille County on 4/17 [Matthew Moskwik ]
19 Apr Not always alone [Tina ]
18 Apr Fun Day in Lincoln County [Terry Little ]
18 Apr Raptor morning [Catherine Temple ]
17 Apr Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 78, Issue 25 ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
16 Apr Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14 [Charles Swift ]
16 Apr Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14 [Charles Swift ]
16 Apr Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14 [Charles Swift ]
16 Apr Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14 [Charles Swift ]
16 Apr eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14 [Charles Swift ]
16 Apr eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14 [Charles Swift ]
16 Apr Peregrine [Catherine Temple ]
16 Apr Re: [SPAM:#] Moscow Hummingbird [Nancy Miller ]
15 Apr Re: [IBLE] Moscow Black-necked Stilts [Charles Swift ]
15 Apr Bank Swallows [Mike & MerryLynn ]
15 Apr Peregrine Falcon - Spokane [Terry Little ]
15 Apr please remove from list [Chadette Pfaff ]
15 Apr Calliope Hummer [Mike & MerryLynn ]
15 Apr Genesee lagoon [Nancy Draznin ]
14 Apr Kestrel update [Catherine Temple ]
14 Apr Franklin County Nashville Warbler, American Pipit and Cinnamon Teal [Kevin Black ]
14 Apr Spring is here! [RJ Baltierra ]
12 Apr Franklin County 4/10, 4/12 Fox Sparrow, White-throated Swifts and Sparrows [Kevin Black ]
12 Apr Cinnamon Teal, Nashville Warbler [Mike & MerryLynn ]
12 Apr hubby helping me out... [Judith Hendrix ]
12 Apr Rathdrum Prairie Raptor Run [Shirley Sturts ]
12 Apr Hummingbird [Tina ]
12 Apr Kootenai and Benewah County Big Year Additions [Shirley Sturts ]
11 Apr Genesee [Nancy Draznin ]
11 Apr Interesting duck at West Pond, Lewiston, ID [John Hanna ]
11 Apr Interesting duck at West Pond, Lewiston, ID [John Hanna ]
11 Apr Geophysical, WA [Paul Sieracki ]
11 Apr Pend Oreille County on 4/10 [Matthew Moskwik ]
11 Apr West Medical Lake Bonaparte's Gull yesterday [Tim O'Brien ]
10 Apr Spring Arrivals [Kim Thorburn ]
10 Apr Lots of activity at the north end of Fernan Lake [Craig Goodwin ]
9 Apr FOY Yellow Rumped Warblers [RJ Baltierra ]
9 Apr Swallows Park Arrivals [Keith Carlson ]
9 Apr Re: [IBLE] Moscow Migrants [Charles Swift ]
9 Apr Turnbull [Buck & Sandy ]
8 Apr Kestrels continued [Catherine Temple ]
8 Apr Bennington Lake today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
9 Apr early migrants ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
8 Apr Busy bird day [Catherine Temple ]
8 Apr Mixed White Geese at Mann Lakee [Keith Carlson ]
8 Apr A note of appreciation... [Judith Hendrix ]
7 Apr Chasing kestrels [Catherine Temple ]
7 Apr West Plains Vesper Sparrows [Tim O'Brien ]
7 Apr Barn Owl Boxes [Matthew Moskwik ]
7 Apr Savannah sparrow [Tina ]
7 Apr Birding the basin this week. [Tim Brennan ]
6 Apr Birding Franklin County 4/5-4/6 [Kevin Black ]
6 Apr Mt. Spokane - Dusky Grouse, Pine Siskin [Tim O'Brien ]
6 Apr Common Teal Day! ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
5 Apr Sprague Common Teal this afternoon [Tim O'Brien ]
5 Apr Sanderling, Common Teal WWRDelta [Mike & MerryLynn ]
5 Apr Spokane Greater Yellowlegs [Tim O'Brien ]
5 Apr Sprague COMMON Teal ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
5 Apr Sprague COMMON Teal ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
5 Apr Genesee [Nancy Draznin ]
5 Apr Cinnamon Teal [Dick Johnson ]
5 Apr Greater Yellowlegs [Marlene Cashen ]
3 Apr Caspian Terns [Mike & MerryLynn ]
3 Apr SNIPE FINALLY [Mike & MerryLynn ]
3 Apr Genesee Sewage Lagoon [John Hanna ]
3 Apr Genesee Sewage Lagoon [John Hanna ]
3 Apr Pygmy owl [Buck & Sandy ]

Subject: GREAT GRAY OWL
From: "J. Woolbright " <jwoolbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:31:21 -0700
As usual, my first GREAT GRAY OWL of the season is on Easter morning.  This
individual was hunting a pasture on Woodland Rd. past Moon House Rd. as you
are going toward Woodland from Kamiah.  It was past the big patch of trees
that are on the right.  I saw it in flight on my way to the Sunrise service
and landing on a fencepost.  On my way home, it was there on the fencepost
again.

A friend reported to me today that she had seen a Great Gray in the little
shady low spot of pasture right across from Moon House Rd. yesterday
morning.  This is a very common place to see them.

Janis Woolbright
Woodland, Idaho
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Subject: Blue-winged Teal
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:15:04 -0700
Just received a report of 2 Blue-winged Teal with Cinnamon behind KMart 
on Mill Creek, east Walla Walla - first of year.

MerryLynn Denny
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Subject: 91 Wood Ducks at Nighthawk, WA
From: "Wayne Weber" <contopus AT telus.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:59:16 -0700
Birders,

 

On April 15, while birding in northern Okanogan County, I made a brief stop
at Nighthawk, on the Similkameen River west of Oroville. From the bridge
across the Similkameen, I noticed quite a few Wood Ducks in the river and
perched on the banks, so I stopped to make an exact count. In three counts
of the Wood Ducks, the number kept going up; my final count was 91 birds!
Most of these were perched along the riverbank from the bridge downstream
for about 400 yards, and a small number were actually swimming in the river.
There were about equal numbers of males and females.

 

This is easily the largest group of Wood Ducks I have ever seen in
Washington. (The previous high count for Okanogan County in eBird was 20
birds!) Although I'm sure a few Wood Ducks breed along the Similkameen River
backwaters near Nighthawk such as Champneys Slough, I suspect that this was
a migratory concentration.  Whatever the reason for this aggregation of Wood
Ducks, it was impressive!

 

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

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Subject: 91 Wood Ducks at Nighthawk, WA
From: Wayne Weber <contopus AT telus.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:59:16 -0700
Birders,

 

On April 15, while birding in northern Okanogan County, I made a brief stop
at Nighthawk, on the Similkameen River west of Oroville. From the bridge
across the Similkameen, I noticed quite a few Wood Ducks in the river and
perched on the banks, so I stopped to make an exact count. In three counts
of the Wood Ducks, the number kept going up; my final count was 91 birds!
Most of these were perched along the riverbank from the bridge downstream
for about 400 yards, and a small number were actually swimming in the river.
There were about equal numbers of males and females.

 

This is easily the largest group of Wood Ducks I have ever seen in
Washington. (The previous high count for Okanogan County in eBird was 20
birds!) Although I'm sure a few Wood Ducks breed along the Similkameen River
backwaters near Nighthawk such as Champneys Slough, I suspect that this was
a migratory concentration.  Whatever the reason for this aggregation of Wood
Ducks, it was impressive!

 

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

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Subject: Purple Finch Columbia Co. WA
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:16:03 -0700
Hello all,
Heading home through Dayton  this afternoon after a fun Blue Mt. Audubon 
Field Trip led by Joe Corvino we stopped at Ray's for Ice Cream. I 
(MerryLynn) heard birds in the next block so walked over and realized I 
was listening to PURPLE FINCHES. Eventually the group all saw the 
finches - 5 of them. Code 5 in Columbia County and a new county bird for 
us! Heard Lesser Goldfinches in the same area but did not see them.

Started our field trip up SR-125 north out of Walla Walla and found our 
first WESTERN KINGBIRDS of the year - 5 of them. Up at Palouse Falls in 
Franklin Co. I found another yearbird - HOUSE WREN. The group enjoyed 
the White-throated Swifts and good views of the Peregrine Falcon in the 
scope. At Lyon's Ferry Park were just a few Yrumps and 6 ORANGE-CROWNED 
WARBLERS. 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW was up in the sage. Western Kingbird was 
back on territory there.
Just 2 Lesser Goldfinches with many Americans there today.

Nice day with good views of Great Horned Owlets, Swainson's, Red-tailed 
and Ferruginous Hawks (on nest), Horned Larks and Meadowlarks.

At home the garden is full of female Red-winged Blackbirds with a 
partial leucistic one that has shown up for 4 years now - with the same 
white patches on head, neck and back. Very distinctive.

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Subject: Falcons
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:04:24 -0700
I went out again this morning to check the cliffs for the peregrines and
found one. It was perched as high on the cliff as it could get. I watched
it for about an hour as it flew from perch to perch and at one point made a
few dives at some of the geese flying around up there. Not sure if they had
gotten near the nest or it just found them annoying, but it would have been
a little too large of prey for them I think. It was a long way up and I was
really wishing I had a lazy boy to kick back in. Sure would have been
easier on the neck!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/13942349563/in/photostream/
​ I also checked my kestrel pair and caught them at breakfast. The male did
his usual, caught the vole and called the female from the nest box. They
did the exchange and he flew off presumably to get more. She consumed that
vole quickly and when I left she seemed to be waiting for him to bring
more. Wish I knew if there were eggs yet.
​
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/13942355693/in/photostream/


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Subject: Yellow- rumpled warber
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:34:10 -0700
An extremely yellow male Yellow- rumpled warber was in the garden today with me 
and two western bluebirds he seemed to be associating with. Mostly hawking and 
checking out what he could find. At one point he landed close to the male 
bluebird on a board and fluffed out his breast feathers to both sides becoming 
about half again as big and underneath his breast was really dark - almost 
black. First the amount of yellow amazed me but the confrontational action did 
as well. Of course after I went in to get the camera he never made the same 
move but he did pose to show the yellow cap, bottom, wing and throat. 

Pretty neat. 
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Subject: Black-necked Stilts - near Four Lakes
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:19:55 -0700
Hi all,

Just took the dog for a walk down to our pond in our neighborhood. There were 
seven Black-necked Stilts enjoying the strong winds plus a few Yellowlegs. 
This pond is most easily seen from Holly Road which runs between Westbow and 
Thomas Mallen Roads. Snowden Elementary school is very close-by. 


There were two hunkered-down shorebirds that are most likely Lesser Yellowlegs, 
but couldn't confirm with the bins in one hand and the dog leash in the other - 
not to mention the wind. 


Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
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Subject: Asotin White Geese
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:05:06 -0700
This AM at Chief Looking Glass Park in Asotin there were three Ross's Geese and 
one Snow Goose grazing on the lawn with the usual Canada Geese. 

Reported to me at 1030 by Tom Mansfield and seen and photographed by me at 
1130. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/13940083684/

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Subject: Pend Oreille County on 4/17
From: Matthew Moskwik <mpmoskwik AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:54:25 -0700
Hi all,

 

Despite a very wet and cool Thursday in Pend Oreille County, I managed to
tally about 85 species, with several season firsts and uncommon species.

 

First of Season

Orange-crowned Warbler 

Vesper Sparrow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

 

Uncommon Species

Bewick's Wren (code 4) - the singing bird at Cusick Wetland Park continues.

Peregrine Falcon (code 4) - I saw two separate birds.  The first was on a
rocky cliff west of Cee Cee Ah Creek Road approximately 0.5 miles from its
intersection with Le Clerc Road.  The bird was actively calling.  The second
bird was perched in a cottonwood tree along Westside Calispell Road just
south of Middle Fork Road.

Red-breasted Merganser (code 5) - A single female associating with several
male and female Common Mergansers on the Pend Oreille River north of the
boat ramp in Cusick.  I obtained better views by walking the trail that
parallels the Pend Oreille River north of the boat ramp.

 

Matthew Moskwik

Spokane, WA
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Subject: Not always alone
From: Tina <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:33:21 -0700
Three Townsend's solitaire were gathered together in a leafless serviceberry 
shrub this morning - just north of Spokane. 

Tina




































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Subject: Fun Day in Lincoln County
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:43:04 -0400
Hello,

Today, a young birder friend of mine - Jon - joined me for a fun day of 
birding in Lincoln County, though the mid thirty temps matched by the 30 
mph winds made for a brutal morning.  Here is a summary of the day:

Reardan Audubon Lake - Cinnamon Teal (6), Virginia Rail (1), Greater 
Yellowlegs (1), White crowned Sparrows (50), Chipping Sparrow (1)

Davenport Cemetery - Ruby crowned Kinglet (2), Golden crowned Kinglet (1), 
Fox Sparrow (1)

Old Kuck's and Jahn Rd (where we met Jon Isacoff and puppy Harry) 
Swainson's Hawk (3), Bald Eagle (3, 2 at nest), Greater Yellowlegs (75), 
Lesser Yellowlegs (1), Black necked Stilt (16), Dunlin (28), Long billed 
Curlew (1), Great horned Owl (3), Say's Phoebe (1), Loggerhead Shrike (2), 
Sage Thrasher (4), American People (4), Brewer's Sparrow (2), Vesper 
Sparrow (10)

North Tedford Rd - Merlin, Mt Bluebirds (4)

Cliffs at Lincoln: Peregrine Falcon (1), White throated Swifts (30), Sharp 
shinned Hawk (1).

Blessings
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Mead, Wa
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Subject: Raptor morning
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:27:00 -0700
It was a good day for viewing raptors this a.m. Don't know if the stiff
breeze brought them out to play, but there were several working over Hell's
Gate SP when I went for my walk and a few were kind enough to pose for
photos. The breeze helped me with that as long as they were facing into it!
I watched red-tailed hawks, a male Northern harrier, three osprey wheeling
overhead and my little kestrel daddy. Though I didn't observe any
interesting behavior this morning he was perched close to the nest box and
keeping an eye on those bigger raptors overhead. I also tried for the
peregrines at the cliffs on Hwy. 12, but could not see them this morning.
Would certainly like more photos of those!
Here's one of today's osprey:
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Subject: Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 78, Issue 25
From: "Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" <mscott@uidaho.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:51:45 +0000
Hi all


Late yesterday 5:50 to9 6:15 I saw male Eurasian teal at the lower pond on the 
University of Idaho Dairy in Moscow, Idaho. The bird had an obvious white strip 
above the wing and no vertical white bar on its side. A female teal was 
accompanying the male. I observed the bird for 20 minutes with binocs and 
scope. 

Returned to the pond this morning at 7:30 no teal. However there were 6 
shovelers a pair of American wigeon and a dozen or so bufflehead that were not 
there on the 16th. 


Cheers
Mike Scott 


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Subject: Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:20 -0700
Correction: follow the loop *clock-wise* from the trailhead not counter
clock-wise. At least to get to the BBWO spot quickly, you will also get
there going counter-clockwise although it will take a lot longer! (This is
the danger of trying to do directions quickly.)


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM, Charles Swift  wrote:

> Here is a link to the BBWO location on google maps (thanks Stoddard!):
>
> https://goo.gl/maps/zj4lR
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Charles Swift wrote:
>
>> Hi All -
>>
>> I found a female Black-backed Woodpecker (BBWO) this past Sunday (4/13)
>> along the Potlatch Canyon Trail above the Potlatch R. This is a fairly
>> tough species to find in Latah Co., only my third in the county (but also
>> not a species I spend much time looking for!)
>>
>> The area is a ~5 mile loop trail along the Potlatch R. southeast of the
>> hamlet of Helmer (~40 minute drive east of Moscow). The trailhead is ~3
>> miles southeast of Helmer off Park Rd. (NF 1963) just on the north side of
>> the Potlatch R. bridge. The specific location I found the BBWO was within a
>> mile of the trailhead. Starting along a paved trail follow the loop trail
>> (counter-clockwise) where it heads up within several hundred yards, pass
>> through the fence/gate, and a bit farther beyond a small clearing to a
>> stand of Lodgepole Pines. The female BBWO was just off the trail in this
>> stand of Lodgepole. They tend to be fairly quiet foragers so you always
>> need a bit of luck to find them. The coordinates were 46.7762, -116.4558
>> from my Birdlog app.
>>
>> The whole loop trail is well worth hiking for a variety of typical
>> conifer forest species. In addition to the BBWO I had Pileated, Hairy,
>> Red-naped Sapsuckers, and flickers so it's a good area for woodpeckers.
>> Within a month most of typical forest nesting vireos, warblers,
>> flycatchers, etc. will also be in this area. The trail is non-motorized
>> although nearby target shooting can sometimes be a bit annoying (but easy
>> to get away from).
>>
>>  thanks, Charles.
>>
>> --
>> Charles Swift
>> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
>>  University of Idaho
>> Moscow, Idaho 
>> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
>> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
>> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Charles Swift
> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
> University of Idaho
> Moscow, Idaho 
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>
>


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Subject: Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:20 -0700
Correction: follow the loop *clock-wise* from the trailhead not counter
clock-wise. At least to get to the BBWO spot quickly, you will also get
there going counter-clockwise although it will take a lot longer! (This is
the danger of trying to do directions quickly.)


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM, Charles Swift  wrote:

> Here is a link to the BBWO location on google maps (thanks Stoddard!):
>
> https://goo.gl/maps/zj4lR
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Charles Swift wrote:
>
>> Hi All -
>>
>> I found a female Black-backed Woodpecker (BBWO) this past Sunday (4/13)
>> along the Potlatch Canyon Trail above the Potlatch R. This is a fairly
>> tough species to find in Latah Co., only my third in the county (but also
>> not a species I spend much time looking for!)
>>
>> The area is a ~5 mile loop trail along the Potlatch R. southeast of the
>> hamlet of Helmer (~40 minute drive east of Moscow). The trailhead is ~3
>> miles southeast of Helmer off Park Rd. (NF 1963) just on the north side of
>> the Potlatch R. bridge. The specific location I found the BBWO was within a
>> mile of the trailhead. Starting along a paved trail follow the loop trail
>> (counter-clockwise) where it heads up within several hundred yards, pass
>> through the fence/gate, and a bit farther beyond a small clearing to a
>> stand of Lodgepole Pines. The female BBWO was just off the trail in this
>> stand of Lodgepole. They tend to be fairly quiet foragers so you always
>> need a bit of luck to find them. The coordinates were 46.7762, -116.4558
>> from my Birdlog app.
>>
>> The whole loop trail is well worth hiking for a variety of typical
>> conifer forest species. In addition to the BBWO I had Pileated, Hairy,
>> Red-naped Sapsuckers, and flickers so it's a good area for woodpeckers.
>> Within a month most of typical forest nesting vireos, warblers,
>> flycatchers, etc. will also be in this area. The trail is non-motorized
>> although nearby target shooting can sometimes be a bit annoying (but easy
>> to get away from).
>>
>>  thanks, Charles.
>>
>> --
>> Charles Swift
>> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
>>  University of Idaho
>> Moscow, Idaho 
>> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
>> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
>> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Charles Swift
> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
> University of Idaho
> Moscow, Idaho 
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>
>


-- 
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University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
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Subject: Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:12:56 -0700
Here is a link to the BBWO location on google maps (thanks Stoddard!):

https://goo.gl/maps/zj4lR


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Charles Swift  wrote:

> Hi All -
>
> I found a female Black-backed Woodpecker (BBWO) this past Sunday (4/13)
> along the Potlatch Canyon Trail above the Potlatch R. This is a fairly
> tough species to find in Latah Co., only my third in the county (but also
> not a species I spend much time looking for!)
>
> The area is a ~5 mile loop trail along the Potlatch R. southeast of the
> hamlet of Helmer (~40 minute drive east of Moscow). The trailhead is ~3
> miles southeast of Helmer off Park Rd. (NF 1963) just on the north side of
> the Potlatch R. bridge. The specific location I found the BBWO was within a
> mile of the trailhead. Starting along a paved trail follow the loop trail
> (counter-clockwise) where it heads up within several hundred yards, pass
> through the fence/gate, and a bit farther beyond a small clearing to a
> stand of Lodgepole Pines. The female BBWO was just off the trail in this
> stand of Lodgepole. They tend to be fairly quiet foragers so you always
> need a bit of luck to find them. The coordinates were 46.7762, -116.4558
> from my Birdlog app.
>
> The whole loop trail is well worth hiking for a variety of typical conifer
> forest species. In addition to the BBWO I had Pileated, Hairy, Red-naped
> Sapsuckers, and flickers so it's a good area for woodpeckers. Within a
> month most of typical forest nesting vireos, warblers, flycatchers, etc.
> will also be in this area. The trail is non-motorized although nearby
> target shooting can sometimes be a bit annoying (but easy to get away from).
>
>  thanks, Charles.
>
> --
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> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
> University of Idaho
> Moscow, Idaho 
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>
>


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Subject: Re: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:12:56 -0700
Here is a link to the BBWO location on google maps (thanks Stoddard!):

https://goo.gl/maps/zj4lR


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM, Charles Swift  wrote:

> Hi All -
>
> I found a female Black-backed Woodpecker (BBWO) this past Sunday (4/13)
> along the Potlatch Canyon Trail above the Potlatch R. This is a fairly
> tough species to find in Latah Co., only my third in the county (but also
> not a species I spend much time looking for!)
>
> The area is a ~5 mile loop trail along the Potlatch R. southeast of the
> hamlet of Helmer (~40 minute drive east of Moscow). The trailhead is ~3
> miles southeast of Helmer off Park Rd. (NF 1963) just on the north side of
> the Potlatch R. bridge. The specific location I found the BBWO was within a
> mile of the trailhead. Starting along a paved trail follow the loop trail
> (counter-clockwise) where it heads up within several hundred yards, pass
> through the fence/gate, and a bit farther beyond a small clearing to a
> stand of Lodgepole Pines. The female BBWO was just off the trail in this
> stand of Lodgepole. They tend to be fairly quiet foragers so you always
> need a bit of luck to find them. The coordinates were 46.7762, -116.4558
> from my Birdlog app.
>
> The whole loop trail is well worth hiking for a variety of typical conifer
> forest species. In addition to the BBWO I had Pileated, Hairy, Red-naped
> Sapsuckers, and flickers so it's a good area for woodpeckers. Within a
> month most of typical forest nesting vireos, warblers, flycatchers, etc.
> will also be in this area. The trail is non-motorized although nearby
> target shooting can sometimes be a bit annoying (but easy to get away from).
>
>  thanks, Charles.
>
> --
> Charles Swift
> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
> University of Idaho
> Moscow, Idaho 
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>
>


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Subject: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:13 -0700
Hi All -

I found a female Black-backed Woodpecker (BBWO) this past Sunday (4/13)
along the Potlatch Canyon Trail above the Potlatch R. This is a fairly
tough species to find in Latah Co., only my third in the county (but also
not a species I spend much time looking for!)

The area is a ~5 mile loop trail along the Potlatch R. southeast of the
hamlet of Helmer (~40 minute drive east of Moscow). The trailhead is ~3
miles southeast of Helmer off Park Rd. (NF 1963) just on the north side of
the Potlatch R. bridge. The specific location I found the BBWO was within a
mile of the trailhead. Starting along a paved trail follow the loop trail
(counter-clockwise) where it heads up within several hundred yards, pass
through the fence/gate, and a bit farther beyond a small clearing to a
stand of Lodgepole Pines. The female BBWO was just off the trail in this
stand of Lodgepole. They tend to be fairly quiet foragers so you always
need a bit of luck to find them. The coordinates were 46.7762, -116.4558
from my Birdlog app.

The whole loop trail is well worth hiking for a variety of typical conifer
forest species. In addition to the BBWO I had Pileated, Hairy, Red-naped
Sapsuckers, and flickers so it's a good area for woodpeckers. Within a
month most of typical forest nesting vireos, warblers, flycatchers, etc.
will also be in this area. The trail is non-motorized although nearby
target shooting can sometimes be a bit annoying (but easy to get away from).

 thanks, Charles.

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Moscow, Idaho 
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
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Subject: eastern Latah county Black-backed woodpecker, 4/13/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:13 -0700
Hi All -

I found a female Black-backed Woodpecker (BBWO) this past Sunday (4/13)
along the Potlatch Canyon Trail above the Potlatch R. This is a fairly
tough species to find in Latah Co., only my third in the county (but also
not a species I spend much time looking for!)

The area is a ~5 mile loop trail along the Potlatch R. southeast of the
hamlet of Helmer (~40 minute drive east of Moscow). The trailhead is ~3
miles southeast of Helmer off Park Rd. (NF 1963) just on the north side of
the Potlatch R. bridge. The specific location I found the BBWO was within a
mile of the trailhead. Starting along a paved trail follow the loop trail
(counter-clockwise) where it heads up within several hundred yards, pass
through the fence/gate, and a bit farther beyond a small clearing to a
stand of Lodgepole Pines. The female BBWO was just off the trail in this
stand of Lodgepole. They tend to be fairly quiet foragers so you always
need a bit of luck to find them. The coordinates were 46.7762, -116.4558
from my Birdlog app.

The whole loop trail is well worth hiking for a variety of typical conifer
forest species. In addition to the BBWO I had Pileated, Hairy, Red-naped
Sapsuckers, and flickers so it's a good area for woodpeckers. Within a
month most of typical forest nesting vireos, warblers, flycatchers, etc.
will also be in this area. The trail is non-motorized although nearby
target shooting can sometimes be a bit annoying (but easy to get away from).

 thanks, Charles.

-- 
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Graduate Student in Environmental Science
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
email: chaetura AT gmail.com
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Subject: Peregrine
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:33:19 -0700
Found one of the peregrine falcons that are supposed to be nesting on the
cliffs west of Clarkston.
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Subject: Re: [SPAM:#] Moscow Hummingbird
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:27:56 -0700
This morning we also saw a first hummer  for this spring. Male calliope 

Nancy  Miller
Viola Idaho

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> On Apr 15, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Terry Gray  wrote:
> 
> Hi Birders,
> 
> This evening Christine and I observed our first hummer of the year, a male
> Calliope Hummer!!!
> 
> Good Birding!
> 
> Terry Gray
> 890 Stefany Ln
> Moscow ID 83843
> (208)301-4316
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Subject: Re: [IBLE] Moscow Black-necked Stilts
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:37:03 -0700
BN Stilts still present at 6:30. Flew down to lower pond while iris and I
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Subject: Bank Swallows
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:55 -0700
Hello all from MerryLynn,
Very windy at Bennington Lake this morning and not a lot of birds - but 
many dozens of swallows over the lake including 2 FOY Bank Swallows. 1 
Townsend's Solitaire hanging on to a Juniper, 1 Calliope Hummingbird 
seen by only one walker, 3 Osprey and singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets 
around the lake.
We didn't have to wade today - and the lake is full.
Our yard is full of Wcrowns - all singing - the sounds of April!
Later, ML
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon - Spokane
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:04:46 -0700
Hello,

 

This morning I had a flyover Peregrine Falcon at the Peone Wetland. There is
a White crowned Sparrow feeding behind my office. Spring! Yes!

 

Blessings

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Subject: please remove from list
From: Chadette Pfaff <chadettepfaff AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:21:00 -0600
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Subject: Calliope Hummer
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:52:46 -0700
Hello all,
Just had our first hummer of the year - a male Calliope zipping around 
the front yard where all the blue salvia were last year - maybe 
wondering where the flowers went? I have two hummer feeders out but I 
didn't see him go to those.
What else will this windy weather bring in???

Have a birdy day, ML
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Subject: Genesee lagoon
From: Nancy Draznin <motherwise AT genesee-id.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:28:46 -0700
Among many Northern Shovelers and American Wigeons was a Green Winged Teal. 
Yesterday I watched two Kestrels circle each other in flight for several 
minutes, then land on the roof peak of and old shed and mate. 

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Subject: Kestrel update
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:02:23 -0700
Continuing with my kestrel observations...the story for today is about
defending one's territory. It amazes me the bravery the kestrels exhibit in
driving off a bird the size of a red-tailed hawk. The male kestrel was
relentless, repeatedly dive bombing the hawk as it tried to circle the
area. Thinking it was going to perch in a tree at the edge of the kestrels
territory sent the little bird into a frenzy. It didn't take the red-tail
long to decide there were safer perches and quieter skies. Though the
red-tail seemed the stronger of the two the kestrel definitely had the
advantage of speed and maneuverability and he used it.
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Subject: Franklin County Nashville Warbler, American Pipit and Cinnamon Teal
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:14:47 -0700
Hello All,

I had a great day today hiking Big Flats HMU in Franklin County. Was
possibly hoping to find Harris's Sparrow or a Long-Eared Owl, however I was
surprised to find an early singing NASHVILLE WARBLER. Highlights also
include: fly-over calling American Pipits, two nesting pairs of Ospreys,
two Cinnamon Teal (FOY for me), Great Egret, Sandhill Cranes, two Lincoln's
Sparrows (FOY for me), Hermit Thrush, and a Fox Sparrow.

It was really nice to hear the Nashville Warbler call whilst the Sandhill
Cranes were calling and flying above. Unfortunately it looks like there has
been some habitat destruction by whomever manages the HMU.

Yellow-Headed Blackbirds were at the Pasco-Kahlotus Rockpit ponds.


Big Flats HMU, Snake River, Franklin, US-WA
Apr 14, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
60 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  10
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  5
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)  2     male and female (FOY for me)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  4
Redhead (Aythya americana)  2 (FOY for me)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  10
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  X
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)  X
Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1     breeding plumage
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  1 breeding plumage
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  X
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  4
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  50
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)  50
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
California Gull (Larus californicus)  X
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  X
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  X
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  X
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  5
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  X
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  35
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  X     heard fly over (FOY for me)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  20
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1     singing in tree, video
recording of vocalization, was able to get visualization, gray head with
white eye wring yellow throat and lower body-gleaning from foliage video of
vocalization available
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  100
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  X
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  35

Good Birding,
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Subject: Spring is here!
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:38:34 -0700
Yesterday I spent the afternoon birding the Rock Lake area. On Gene Webb rd I 
had my FOY HOUSE WREN. Rock Lake held 10 AVOCETS, and my FOY Green Winged Teal. 
The Ospreys have arrived and are working on nests. At the Gravel Pit ponds 
there was the usual mix of waterfowl including some Buffleheads still. On 
Glorifield Rd I had 7 BLACK NECKED STILT, FOY for me. Also had my FOY Cinnamon 
Teal. Snipe were winnowing over Alkali Lake and it also held my FOY Yellow 
Headed Blackbird. A fantastic day of birding! 


RJ Baltierra
St. John, WA

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Subject: Franklin County 4/10, 4/12 Fox Sparrow, White-throated Swifts and Sparrows
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:27:53 -0700
Hello All,

Did some spring birding the last couple of days. The following are
highlights:

4/10 Chiawana Park
OSPREY (FOY)
TREE SWALLOW (10 FOY)
HERMIT THRUSH
FOX SPARROW
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (5!)
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE

4/12 Intersection of HWY 260 and Gill Rd
LOGGER-HEADED SHRIKE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (at least two in the area)

4/12 Palouse Falls
WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS
SAVANNAH SPARROW
NORTHERN-ROUGH WINGED SWALLOW
Canyon Wren

It has been beautiful weather out so it's time to take advantage of it to
bird!

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal, Nashville Warbler
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:06:49 -0700
Hello all from MerryLynn,
I headed west early this morning while Mike was watching his eyelids - 
nice to see SWAINSON'S HAWKS back along Frog Hollow/Detour roads. The 
Osprey pair are back near Lowden.
High water at the delta but 8 AMERICAN AVOCETS were standing with the 
ducks. Caspian Terns were flying around and sitting on logs. 7 Bald 
Eagles are getting late - only 1 adult and I couldn't see anything on 
the nest. 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW was in the sage with W-crowneds.
The millet pond was full of ducks and shorebirds - our first CINNAMON 
TEAL of the year - 7 of them. 28 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 2 Avocets, 46 
DUNLIN, and 5 Killdeer were the only shorebirds.

After lunck Mike decided we would run up to Coppei Creek and see if 
anything was around - drove about a mile up South Fork, stopped and 
spished in a brushy area and our FOY NASHVILLE WARBLER popped right up 
and about flew in our window! FOX SPARROWS are back singing on territory 
all along Coppei Creek. We hiked up the hill and found 1 N. Pygmy Owl 
being harassed by 7 Chestnut-backed Chickadees. Pacific Wrens were 
serenading us as well.

Had a LESSER GOLDFINCH in the yard briefly twice today - a female. 
Hadn't seen them for 2 weeks. Ginger still has a Harris's Sparrow in her 
yard - off and on since 1-17.

Later, ML

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Subject: hubby helping me out...
From: Judith Hendrix <jdth.hndrx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:26:15 -0700
a very tiny bird in our pine tree, picking around at the bark...turns out
to be a possible, but only possible, ruby-crowned kinglet. The last time I
saw one around Pullman, was 1992, however, so they're not that common. It's
certainly time for birders to get out and use their field eyes. Also time
for the wrens to come back, or soon. I love it to hear the robins singing
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Subject: Rathdrum Prairie Raptor Run
From: Shirley Sturts <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:14:47 -0700
I've posted the final results of the Rathdrum Prairie Raptor Run - compiled
by Doug Ward  -  on the CDA Audubon Website.   

http://cdaaudubon.org/Projects/raptor_surveyr_13-14.pdf

You can compare it with last years by looking for it on the "Projects" page
and then clicking on the year. 

http://cdaaudubon.org/projects.html


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Subject: Hummingbird
From: Tina <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:55:29 -0700
I was expecting male rufous hummingbirds at my feeder this early in the season 
north of Spokane. Instead my first visitor was a calliope this morning. 

Photo available on request. 
Tina 

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Subject: Kootenai and Benewah County Big Year Additions
From: Shirley Sturts <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:35:25 -0700
Kootenai County Big Year 

102  Spotted Towhee - March 12 - Cougar Gulch - Rob and Nancy Kroese 

103 Tree Sparrow  - March 14  -  Cougar Gulch - Rob and Nancy Kroese 

104 Northern Shoveler - March 15 -  Chain of Lakes - Lisa Hardy and 6 others
on field trip
105 Western Meadowlark- March 16 - near Huetter - Midge Marcy-Brennan 

106 Turkey Vulture  -  March 18 - Beauty Bay Hill - Dan Ratza 

107 Ruby Crowned Kinglet  -March 30 - Loch Haven - Doug Ward 

108 Osprey  -  April 6 - Rose Lake - Bill Gundlach

AND  Benewah County Big Year 

All Feb. 2 - Heyburn State Park - Jonathan Isacoff  

58 Tundra Swan   

59  Canvasback

60 Greater Scaup 

61 Lesser Scaup         

62 White-breasted Nuthatch  

All From St. Maries -by Donni Moen 

63 Steller's Jay  -  Feb. 1

64 Cassin's Finch  - Feb. 15

65 American Robin - Feb. 27 

66 Spotted Towhee - March 8 

67 Violet-green Swallow -  April 2

68 Tree Swallow -  April 8 

69 Turkey Vulture -  April 9 

All April 10th  from Benewah Lake by  Donni Moen

70 Wood Duck  

72 Osprey 

73 American White Pelican 


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Subject: Genesee
From: Nancy Draznin <motherwise AT genesee-id.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:04:52 -0700
Along with the usual suspects, there was a pair of Black-necked Stilts at the 
sewage lagoon this evening. I saw  FOY pair of Gadwalls yesterday that were 
still there today. The Wilson's Snipe persists along Cow Creek. 


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Subject: Interesting duck at West Pond, Lewiston, ID
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:29:15 -0700
I was able to get some photos of a really interesting duck at West Pond
this morning. I think it is a Wood Duck x Mallard (hybrid). I hope someone
is able to get some better photos than I was able to get today because it
is a really cool looking bird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17845428

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Subject: Interesting duck at West Pond, Lewiston, ID
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:29:15 -0700
I was able to get some photos of a really interesting duck at West Pond
this morning. I think it is a Wood Duck x Mallard (hybrid). I hope someone
is able to get some better photos than I was able to get today because it
is a really cool looking bird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17845428

Good birding,

John Hanna
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Subject: Geophysical, WA
From: Paul Sieracki <paul.sieracki AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:42:54 -0700
An early morning walk revealed singing barred and pygmy owls, pileated
woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers, ruby-crowned
kinglets, gray jays, townsend's solitares and cassin's finches.
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Subject: Pend Oreille County on 4/10
From: Matthew Moskwik <mpmoskwik AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:32:02 -0700
Hi all,

 

Yesterday, I tallied 78 species, with almost a dozen new arrivals.  The
Tundra Swans have left Calispell Lake (I did not see one in the county
yesterday).  Despite the arrival of spring, I did find a lone Snow Bunting
sitting on W. Calispell Road just west of Calicoma Road and a lingering
Northern Shrike on Flowery Trail Road.  Also - on 4/4 (a separate trip) I
refound the Bewick's Wren at the same location (Cusick Wetlands Park) as on
3/13.  The bird was singing again, and I believe it's on territory (a great
bird for the county).  If anyone would like specific directions for the
wren, send me an email.

 

New Arrivals:

Common Loon - Diamond Lake on 4/4

Red-necked Grebe - Diamond Lake on 4/4

Osprey

Red-naped Sapsucker

American Kestrel

Cinnamon Teal

Cliff Swallow

Yellow-rumped Warbler (perhaps a little early for this county)

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Cassin's Finch

 

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Subject: West Medical Lake Bonaparte's Gull yesterday
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:23:43 -0700
Hi all,

I headed out last evening for a look for Short-eared Owls out on the West 
Plains. In route, I stopped at the north end of West Medical Lake. There is a 
ton of waterfowl on the lake right now, but no loons or grebes (besides 
Pied-billed) thatI could find. I did find one distant small gull swimming on 
the lake - acting like a phalarope and having a black hood told me it was a 
Bonaparte's Gull. The gull was out about half way to the south end favoring 
the west side. 


No owls last night except for a hooting Great Horned Owl at the lake.

Go bird!

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Subject: Spring Arrivals
From: Kim Thorburn <kthorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:42:02 -0700
Wow! White-throated swifts were twittering off the Pine Bluff cliffs over Deep 
Creek in Riverside State Park this morning. If that isn't the sure arrival of 
spring, I don't know what is! 


 

Yesterday those woods were full of singing ruby-crowned kinglets. Today they 
seem to be gone. There was a late varied thrush female this morning. It's been 
almost 6 weeks when their tentative early song was filling the pine wood of 
RSP. 


 

In Lincoln County, the sagebrush chorus includes the vesper and Brewer's 
sparrows and sage thrashers that joined the earlier western meadowlarks, horned 
larks and Savannah sparrows a couple of weeks ago. I'll be listening for the 
grasshopper sparrows in the next week or so and am watching overhead for the 
arrival of the Swainson's hawks. I've seen one loggerhead shrike. 


 

The tree swallows and mountain bluebirds are battling over boxes. I've seen one 
early barn swallow. The white-crowned sparrow storm has yet to arrive. 


 

Long-billed curlew are grazing in the hay fields. I counted 27 dunlin on 
Swanson Lakes yesterday and 2 greater yellowlegs were foraging leg deep like 
avocets. 


 

The arrowleaf buds are about to burst and bitterroot shoots are popping up 
everywhere. 


 

Happy spring, Kim

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Subject: Lots of activity at the north end of Fernan Lake
From: Craig Goodwin <goody2230 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:50:31 -0700
I went to Fernan Lake last night and it was bustling with fisherman and birds. 

The birds included:

Belted kingfishers (Noisy)
Osprey (Noisier)
Red-Necked Grebes (Noisiest)
Juvenile Bald Eagles (Quiet but abundant)
Hundreds of Swallows
Coots
1 Great-Blue Heron
A variety of common duck species

The fisherman included:

Belted Perchfishers
North Idaho Red-Necked 
Beer Swallowers
Juveniles, laughing and enjoying the lake

Good birding.

Although I didn't see any fish being caught the fishing looked good too.

I posted a few pics from my outing at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/craiggoodwin2/ 


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Subject: FOY Yellow Rumped Warblers
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:53:13 -0700
Just had my first of the year Yellow Rumped Warbler(s) here in town!!

RJ Baltierra
St. John, WA

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Subject: Swallows Park Arrivals
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:04:28 -0700
Just after lunch, Catherine Temple, Marilyn and I had our FOY Black-necked 
Stilts (2) and Greater Yellowlegs at Swallows Park 

Asotin County list at #120

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Subject: Re: [IBLE] Moscow Migrants
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:37:01 -0700
I had my foy LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Mountainview Park (northeast corner of
Moscow) early this afternoon.


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> and 2 Greater Yellowlegs were at the Foothills Road Ponds north of Moscow.
>  The UI Diary Ponds hosted an above-average 7 species of waterfowl
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Subject: Turnbull
From: Buck & Sandy <bsdomit AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:38:44 -0700
My wife Sandy and I found this American Bittern on Turnbull this morning it
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Subject: Kestrels continued
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:07:02 -0700
I was finally able to confirm today that the pair of kestrels I've been
watching at Hell's Gate have indeed chosen a nest box and are actively
using it. While watching this morning I observed the male catch a vole and
fly to a nearby tree where I was lucky enough to see him stash the vole in
an empty birds nest.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/13724603544/

He then continued to hunt and soon returned with another which he took to
a tree near the nest box. He called to the female and I could hear her
answer. Then he flew to the box with the vole in his beak and went
partially in.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/13724642794/
A lot of words were exchanged and apparently she as not hungry and told
him so because he flew off with that vole and cached it in another tree.
After he flew off I headed home.

A gut feeling this afternoon told me to return and view the couple at a
different time of day (3 pm-4pm) as I've only observed them in the morning.
It was good I followed that hunch. The male was present and soon flew off
to the second tree I saw him cache the vole in this morning and returned
with it. He called softly to the female and she responded and came out of
the nest box to receive her gift. She then flew to a nearby tree and
consumed it. Shortly after that the male flew in and they mated. Without
getting into too much detail he got hungry and caught himself a bug, then
flew off and caught another vole which she devoured. After that I decided
to let the happy couple have some privacy. There is a series of photos on
my flickr site which starts here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/13730427314/
I apologize for the photos not being as clear as I hoped. Distance, fast
action and excitement hampered me a bit.

This is turning into quite the little adventure. I plan to keep monitoring
their progress and hope I will be able to document the complete nesting
cycle.


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Subject: Bennington Lake today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:30:56 -0700
Hello all,
Very warm day for our walk - and a couple new county year birds. 
SWAINSON'S HAWK was flying over and one was also seen today on Detour 
Rd. CHIPPING SPARROW was early - we really enjoyed watching it hop from 
branch to branch along with breeding plumage Yrumps.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing, Tree Swallows around the lake, and 
the Harriers were very vocal today. A Say's Phoebe flew over calling.
Water still pouring over Cayouse Falls so its either wade or go around. 
A few of us walked up the east side and heard Columbia Ground Squirrels 
but they wouldn't come out for us. Can't blame them with a Red-tailed 
Hawk nesting right above them!

Now for Cinnamon Teal and Yellowlegs - - -

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Subject: early migrants
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 02:26:53 +0000
A few migrants are seeping into the Columbia Basin including the following 
observed at Ellenger, Bassett Park, and Lyon's Ferry today: 


Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Townsend's Solitaire
Varied Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow

Other birds of note: GOLDEN EAGLE along highway between Palouse Falls and 
Lyon's Ferry, LESSER GOLDFINCHES (4) and CASPIAN TERNS (3) at Lyon's Ferry, and 
what appears to be a GLAUCOUS X HERRING hybrid gull also at Lyon's Ferry. No 
Swainson's Hawks yet! 


Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

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Subject: Busy bird day
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:29:51 -0700
This afternoon I found a single Ross' goose at Hell's Gate SP marina and
just a bit ago saw 2 turkey vulture roosting in a tree in Clarkston. Also
spent a few hours photographing a nesting pair of kestrel. W
ill post photos in awhile as soon as I sort through them all!

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Subject: Mixed White Geese at Mann Lakee
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:18:09 -0700
This PM, 1330-1415, at Mann Lake there was a mixed group of white geese ( 
30-32) 

Looked to be at least 16 Ross's and 5 Snow Geese that I could pick out.
An unusually large number of Ross's for our area.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/13725583803/

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Subject: A note of appreciation...
From: Judith Hendrix <jdth.hndrx AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:07:30 -0700
Hi, we're to be moving to somewhere in the Twin Cities area, so will be
quite near the huge Mississippi flyway and wildlife areas, for canoeing and
birding. Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed perusing the entries over
the last few years, on Inland Northwest Birders. We hope to join a nice
Audubon group once we get settled over there where our daughter has lived
for the last ten years.

You're all super people, have loved reading your entries. All the best in
the future!

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Subject: Chasing kestrels
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:06:29 -0700
I'm still having some fun and challenges watching about three pairs of
kestrels here in the valley. I'm fairly certain one pair has chosen a nest
box at Hell's Gate SP and watched the male hunting while on my morning
walk. He was successful and flew to a tree near the box and made a lot of
chittering noises and it sounded like there was an answer from the box. He
did not enter it, however, and no one came out. He didn't eat the vole
either, but flew off to some evergreen bushes where he shortly emerged
without the vole. I assume he stashed it there. He then flew off again and
started hunting. I eventually lost sight of him and continued my walk
without determining if his lady was in the nest box. Just before I drove
off I saw him fly back to the tree by the nest with another catch, but
didn't have time to hike back up and watch to see what happened. Got a few
photos of him flying by while I was out though.
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Subject: West Plains Vesper Sparrows
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:00:05 -0700

Hi all,

Can you tell I am on vacation??? I visited some of the West Plains area today 
looking for sparrows. On Chase Road, I heard my first of the year singing 
Vesper Sparrow. One even posed for me to take a photo! No Brewer's or 
Clay-colored yet. 


On Stroup Road, just north of the sagebrush area, I found a flock of Mountain 
Bluebirds. One male with 6 females! They were very flighty and didn't stick 
around long. MacFarlane Road just had Western Bluebirds near the row of nest 
boxes. 


Go bird!

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Subject: Barn Owl Boxes
From: Matthew Moskwik <mpmoskwik AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:24:05 -0700
Hi all,

 

My parents in Elk, WA have several Barn Owl boxes which are assembled, but
were never mounted.  They are moving and want to unload them.  If there's
any interest let me know, and I'll forward their contact information.
Thanks.

 

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Subject: Savannah sparrow
From: Tina <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:33:26 -0700
This morning a Savannah sparrow and a junco were perched on opposite mullein 
stocks - the savannah shooed the junco away and then resumed it's singing which 
has that long buzzy note near the end. Nice to hear and see it in the scrubby 
grasses and invasive plants in the disturbed and unfinished housing development 
on Half Moon Prairie north of Spokane city limits. 


Tina Wynecoop
Colbert
WA
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Subject: Birding the basin this week.
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 05:52:03 -0700
Hey all!  

I'm on spring break.. And the kids are not. So I'm making a trip out to Eastern 
Washington Tuesday through Thursday. Tuesday will be the south end of Grant 
County, Wednesday will be mostly Lincoln and Adams, and Thursday will run from 
Ferry down through Grant to Chelan. 


The nemesis bird running around in there for me is Long-eared Owl. I will be 
looking at Steamboat Rock State Park, but any other leads would be great. If 
you're in the area and want to meet up for some birding, I'd love to have 
another set of eyes! 


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Renton 
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Subject: Birding Franklin County 4/5-4/6
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:14:16 -0700
Hey Folks,

Birded Chiawana Park briefly yesterday morning and then went out to
Scooteney today, highlights below:

Chiawana Park 4/5
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (2, one was in first winter plumage, second bird was
white-striped adult)
Varied Thrush
Coopers Hawk (2)
Caspian Terns

Scooteney 4/6
SANDHILL CRANES 550
SWAINSON'S HAWK (FOY)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (5 reported earlier at this location by Jon
Isacoff last month)
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
Cliff Swallows on Hendricks Road

Spring birds are getting back!

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Subject: Mt. Spokane - Dusky Grouse, Pine Siskin
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:14:25 -0700
Hi all,

After sleeping in a bit today, I headed up to Mount Spokane State Park to do 
some hiking and birding. I did a grueling, long snowshoe hike from the Lower 
Kit Carson road up Trail 110 to Saddle Junction - ok, maybe not so terrible for 
someone in better shape! From Saddle Junction, I went up to the CCC Cabin and 
then came back down through Grouse Meadows (Trail 140) to an old skid track 
back to Trail 100 and then the car. 


My target was Dusky Grouse today. Just below the CCC Cabin, I found fairly 
fresh grouse tracks in the snow so I followed. I tracked one bird for about 
100 yards when the tracks suddenly ended under a tree. I guess I should have 
looked up quicker because the grouse was in the tree and it flushed sending my 
heart into my throat! I watched its flight path and then heard a landing that 
included a few branches being hit. However, I could only find some droppings 
in the area it flew to, but never could put eyes on the bird except for a brief 
glimpse as it flushed. 


Just before this, I glimpsed two Pine Siskins near the cabin. My first for the 
year! I betafter this year is done, we'll all be sitting around the bonfire 
telling stories of where we saw a Pine Siskin at. Hard to believe! 


Earlier, at Saddle Junction while resting, a Northern Pygmy-owl started tooting 
so I tooted back. After 20 minutes or so, (after I stopped tooting), the owl 
got close allowing me to take photos. A male Northern Harrier flew through the 
saddle while this was going on. 


Lastly, Grouse Meadows which is on the southern downslope side of Mount Kit 
Carson had several sets of grouse tracks crossing the open snow. I would have 
gave chase, but I was ready to descend. Another day... 


I checked the area where I found 3-toed a few weeks ago and only found a Hairy 
Woodpecker. However, drumming was non-existent at near 2pm. Best to get up 
there early. 


Bird on!

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Subject: Common Teal Day!
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:49:24 +0000
After the Denny's and Tim's post, a fun follow up: on a long return from 
Sprague, I relocated a 2nd COMMON TEAL in the ponds along SR2 West or Reardan 
-- so 3 individuals seen in Eastern WA yesterday -- must be something in the 
migration air going on! I posted some mediocre photos of both birds on Flickr. 
Other nice birds for the day: 


Common Loon - 1 Sprague, Adams County Side
Snow Goose - 2 Sprague, Adams County Side
Turkey Vulture - 2 (FOY) Sprague
Dunlin - 18 at Sprague Sewage; 1 at Reardan
Loggeherad Shrike - Rocklyn

And finally, an enigmatic Falcon along Crab Creek South of Reardan. Presumed to 
be a juvenile Peale's Peregrine Falcon. But second looks indicate possibly a 
very dark juvenile Gray Phase Gyrfalcon. The helmet pattern and breast 
streaking are possibly slightly off for a Peregrine, but the color is a bit 
dark for a Gray Phase Gyrfalcon. I've never seen a pure Dark Phase Gyrfalcon so 
that's a possibility as well. Photos of the bird are posted on Flickr if anyone 
wants to give it a shot! 


Cheers, Jon Isacoff
Spokane  

Jonathan B. Isacoff
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Subject: Sprague Common Teal this afternoon
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:07:24 -0700
Hi all,

I drove out to Sprague after seeing Jon's message about the Common Teal he 
found at the STP. It took me close to a hour to find it, but I did on the 
western half of the easternmost pond. First time for me seeing one of these - 
the white under the scapulars was very evident plus the lack of the lateral 
white bar on the flank clinched it. It was distant and I got some photos as 
well. I couldn't really see any pronounced facial markings, but it was tough 
keeping the scope steady in the wind. 


Nice bird Jon! 

Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
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Subject: Sanderling, Common Teal WWRDelta
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:07:05 -0700
Hello all,
We headed out early this morning before the wind came up - sat on the 
bluff at the Walla Walla River delta for a couple hours. Water level 
medium so plenty of mud for shorebirds but the 4 subadult Bald Eagles 
kept the birds on the move. The 2 adult eagles were near the nest.

COMMON TEAL - first one here in quite a few years - beautiful drake.
SANDERLING - 1
Dunlin - 178
AMERICAN AVOCET - 7
BLACK-NECKED STILT - 1
Caspian Tern - 3
Common Goldeneye - 9
Hooded Merganser - 1
N. Rough-winged Swallow - 1 back at bank
Sharp-shinned Hawk - cruising shoreline.

At the poop piles:
Yellow-headed Blackbird - 1 male
Tricolored Blackbirds - 7
Brewer's Blackbirds - 436

At MP300 ponds (Burbank Slough)
ROSS'S GOOSE - 1
SNOW GOOSE - 1
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE - 780 - another 1100+ on Northshore Drive.

Quick stop at McNary NWR HQ - Yellow-rumped Warblers in breeding plumage!

Had a report today of an early BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK just a mile from us 
- we had one on April 6 in 2009.

And Ginger reports 2 Cassin's Finches in her yard today - County 
yearbird #158.

Now for a Cinnamon Teal, Yellowlegs - - - - etc.
Later, ML
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Subject: Spokane Greater Yellowlegs
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:41:44 -0700
This morning, I checked our local neighborhood pond near Snowdon Elementary 
School along Holly Road. There were four Greater Yellowlegs wading in the 
water. I had a sneaky suspicion that they may be back because of the Cashen's 
find in Lincoln county yesterday. 


Other highlights from the early part of the day:

White-throated Swifts - High Bridge area
Cinnamon Teal - Slavin Ranch
Osprey- Slavin Ranch
Brewer's Blackbird - Jolly Rancher pond (Cheney-Spangle Road)
Greater White-fronted Goose - Jolly Rancher pond

My goal was to find Snow Geese today, but no luck in the county.

Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
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Subject: Sprague COMMON Teal
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:17:58 +0000
At the Sprague Sewage ponds, east-most pond around noon today. Will post photos 
this eve. 


Jon Isacoff
Spokane

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Subject: Sprague COMMON Teal
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:17:58 +0000
At the Sprague Sewage ponds, east-most pond around noon today. Will post photos 
this eve. 


Jon Isacoff
Spokane

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Subject: Genesee
From: Nancy Draznin <motherwise AT genesee-id.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:24:43 -0700
This morning at the Genesee Lagoon there were several Ring-necked Ducks,
about five American Wigeons (first for me this year), a Canvasback, the Snow
Goose, which was a bit elusive, and the usual Mallards, Buffleheads and
Canada Geese. There were also two Gulls, which I really couldn't see well
enough to identify.

 

Nancy Draznin, LM, CPM

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal
From: Dick Johnson <johnsonre AT wsu.edu>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:16:02 -0700
I saw my first Cinnamon Teal of the year yesterday (April 4) at 6:30 PM in the 
Genesee (Idaho) sewage pond, along with Mallards, Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, 
and Bufflehead. Also heard a Wilson's Snipe winnowing nearby. 


Dick Johnson
Pullman, WA
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Subject: Greater Yellowlegs
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 02:44:50 -0400
Friday, April 4th, we saw five Greater Yellowlegs in the water on the south 
side of Old Kucks Road 4/10 of a mile east of Rocklyn Road in Lincoln County, 
WA. 


Bob & Marlene Cashen  

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Subject: Caspian Terns
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 21:58:00 -0700
Oh forgot to mention in previous post - 24 Caspian Terns on the WWRdelta 
and the American White Pelicans are back on Badger Island where they 
nest in good numbers.
MerryLynn
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Subject: SNIPE FINALLY
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:21:17 -0700
Hello all,
I joined Ginger and friends out looking for year birds today - at the 
marsh on Lowden Gardena Road we had several Wilson's Snipe winnowing, 
calling and sitting - year bird for Walla Walla County!

Also found WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS at the cliffs in Wallula Gap past Port 
Kelley. In the river were 5 COMMON LOONS of which 4 were in breeding 
plumage. We waited for the many Western Grebes to get up and run for us 
but no luck. Mike and I did see them running a couple weeks ago.

Over 150 Dunlin at the WWRdelta but no other shorebirds - and no eagles 
near the nest but 1 adult and 1 subadult on the mud. Across up 
Northshore Drive were many Great White-fronted Geese and the millet pond 
was full of Mallard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail, RN Duck and Coot.
No Cinnamon Teal yet.

Ferruginous Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Long-billed Curlew and Tricolored 
Blackbirds were nice finds today also.

Later, MerryLynn


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Subject: Genesee Sewage Lagoon
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 19:46:32 -0700
Hello birders,

This evening Bonnie and I found a Snow Goose just a few feet within the Nez
Perce county boarder at the Genesee Sewage Lagoon. Then I noticed a fairly
large bird flying across the lagoon. I quickly grabbed my camera and got a
couple of shots while Bonnie asks "Is it a stork?". The bird then landed in
a field (just east/southeast of the lagoon) as I told her that it looked
like a crane. We were able to drive over and get a better look and Bonnie
took a couple more photos for confirmation. Yes, it was a Sandhill
Crane!  Then as we were leaving we noticed the Snow Goose was flying in
Latah County near the Genesee Grain Towers.

Keep an eye in the sky Latah county birders as the Sandhill Crane and Snow
Goose are likely headed your direction.

Exciting birding,

John Hanna
Lewiston, Idaho
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Subject: Genesee Sewage Lagoon
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 19:46:32 -0700
Hello birders,

This evening Bonnie and I found a Snow Goose just a few feet within the Nez
Perce county boarder at the Genesee Sewage Lagoon. Then I noticed a fairly
large bird flying across the lagoon. I quickly grabbed my camera and got a
couple of shots while Bonnie asks "Is it a stork?". The bird then landed in
a field (just east/southeast of the lagoon) as I told her that it looked
like a crane. We were able to drive over and get a better look and Bonnie
took a couple more photos for confirmation. Yes, it was a Sandhill
Crane!  Then as we were leaving we noticed the Snow Goose was flying in
Latah County near the Genesee Grain Towers.

Keep an eye in the sky Latah county birders as the Sandhill Crane and Snow
Goose are likely headed your direction.

Exciting birding,

John Hanna
Lewiston, Idaho
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Subject: Pygmy owl
From: Buck & Sandy <bsdomit AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:10:51 -0700
This is the second Pygmy owl I have found On Turnbull this spring different
location for each. Buck Domitrovich. 




 
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