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Wards Flycatcher,©Tony Disley

2 Apr whitman/lincoln [Jonathan Isacoff ]
2 Apr Calliope Hummingbird [Terry Gray ]
2 Apr Latah County odd duck [Kas Dumroese ]
2 Apr Re: New Washington County Birding [Tom Mansfield ]
31 Mar Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. [Charles Swift ]
01 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. [Charles Swift ]
30 Mar Blue Jay-Hayden, ID [Doug Ward ]
01 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. [Charles Swift ]
1 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. [Ben Bright ]
1 Apr Re: Scaup vs. Torrent Duck [Nita Hamilton ]
31 Mar Lewiston and Clarkston Snow Geese [Terry Gray ]
01 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!! [Kelly Cassidy ]
1 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. [Doug Ward ]
1 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!! [David McNeely ]
1 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. ["Wayne Weber" ]
1 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!! [Doug Ward ]
31 Mar American Avocets [Mike & MerryLynn ]
29 Mar Ssandhill Cranes [Norma Trefry ]
1 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!! [Ron Force ]
1 Apr Sagebrush Sparrow Lincoln County [Kim Thorburn ]
31 Mar Short eared Owls [Buck & Sandy Domitrovich ]
1 Apr Studies in the Blue Mountains [Mike & MerryLynn ]
02 Apr New Washington County Birding [Kevin Black ]
01 Apr Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!! [Charles Swift ]
29 Mar Take me off [Michael Hanlon ]
28 Mar swans & Eurasian Wigeon [Fran Haywood ]
28 Mar April: Science, People's Climate Movement & Earth Day Marches [Becky L ]
27 Mar Pelicans are back [Catherine Temple ]
23 Mar Re: Hawk i.d.? [Keith Carlson ]
23 Mar Swallows Park red-tails [Catherine Temple ]
24 Mar Re: Hawk i.d.? [Catherine Temple ]
22 Mar Re: Genesee ["Nancy Draznin, LM CPM" ]
22 Mar Saltese Greater White-fronted [Tim O'Brien ]
23 Mar Re: Hawk i.d.? [Charles Swift ]
23 Mar Hawk i.d.? [Catherine Temple ]
19 Mar Genesee ["Nancy Draznin, LM CPM" ]
18 Mar White-throated Swift, Caspian Tern WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
14 Mar Re: Source of the song [Sarah Walker ]
17 Mar Harris's Sparrow in Franklin County [Russ Koppendrayer ]
14 Mar Swan Music [Keith Carlson ]
14 Mar Tundra Swans [Ned Schroeder ]
14 Mar Source of the song [Catherine Temple ]
18 Mar Re: Blood & Guts Out My Window ["EarthBourne Resources, Inc." ]
14 Mar FOY Asotin Turkey Vulture [Keith Carlson ]
15 Mar Cinnamon Teal, Curlew [Mike & MerryLynn ]
18 Mar Blood & Guts Out My Window ["EarthBourne Resources, Inc." ]
16 Mar Savannah Sparrows [Tim O'Brien ]
17 Mar Re: Harris's Sparrow in Franklin County [Russ Koppendrayer ]
18 Mar Re: Moscow South Raptor Run Results []
11 Mar Moscow Snow Goose flyover [Terry Gray ]
7 Mar VG's! [Terry Little ]
11 Mar Re: Cooper's Hawk [David McNeely ]
11 Mar Snowy Owls [Marlene Cashen ]
7 Mar Re: VG's! [David McNeely ]
7 Mar Re: VG's! [Rich Del Carlo ]
8 Mar Pullman Bohemians [John Wolff ]
11 Mar E. Whitman Co Snow Goose [Tom Besser ]
11 Mar Cooper's Hawk [David McNeely ]
7 Mar Spokane Co. Birds [Jonathan Isacoff ]
26 Feb Nez Perce County Sagebrush Sparrow [John Hanna ]
26 Feb Snow Geese [Mike & MerryLynn ]
25 Feb LC Valley Birds and more [Terry Gray ]
25 Feb Mann Lake and North Lewiston [Keith Carlson ]
21 Feb Mann Lake Question and more [Terry Gray ]
21 Feb Solitaire [Nancy Draznin ]
20 Feb Steven County Red-breasted Mergansers [donna bragg ]
19 Feb Clarkston Glaucous Gull [Carl Lundblad ]
16 Feb Love is in the air [Catherine Temple ]
16 Feb Moscow area Snow Geese (2/17/17) [Charles Swift ]
16 Feb Band-tailed Pigeon Walla Walla [Mike & MerryLynn ]
14 Feb Killdeer [Tina wynecoop ]
5 Jan Brrrr...birding in the cold around Spokane today [Tim O'Brien ]
14 Feb Finally a Few Winter Finches [Terry Little ]
12 Feb Who's eating who? [Catherine Temple ]
11 Feb Moscow area Prairie Falcon [Charles Swift ]
10 Feb Greater white fronted goose [Catherine Temple ]

Subject: whitman/lincoln
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:27:27 -0700
Had a nice day birding Northern Whitman County and the Sprague area.  While
hiking at Hole-in-the-Ground had a FOY Turkey Vulture, 3 Nuthatch sp.,
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Pacific Wren, and the highlight a BLACK-CAPPED X
MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE HYBRID, which posed for some photos.

Glorfield Road had a lone SNOW GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, and FOY GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, as well as tons of coots and other expected duck species.  The
entire valley between Sprague town and lake is flooded making for some very
interesting conditions for spring migration - some rarities are apt to show
up there.  Today the highlights were another EURASIAN WIGEON and a slightly
late-ish NORTHERN SHRIKE.

Good birding,
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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:46:43 -0700
Hi Birders,

Observed our first male Calliope Hummingbird at our feeder at 5:10 p.m. this
evening.

Good Birding.

Terry Gray
890 Stefany Ln
Moscow ID 83843
208-596-5212
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Subject: Latah County odd duck
From: Kas Dumroese <kas.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:18:25 -0700
This morning on the Hidden Village sewage ponds south of Moscow I spied
just the head of a duck in the weeds. Put the binocs on it. It was dark
with a downward, backward arching white supercillium. For a second I
thought "Garganey!!!" and heard Mike Denny whispering in my ear: "Any bird,
any where, any time." Camera! But then it swam out... White neck and breast
(darn) and curly tail feathers like a drake Mallard (dang). Not sure of its
ancestry.... It seemed to favor company with the Mallards.

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Subject: Re: New Washington County Birding
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 05:42:22 +0000
Downright sneaky and evil…

Tom Mansfield (still holding the record…)


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[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin Black 

Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2017 8:36 PM
To: Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu; tweeters
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] New Washington County Birding

Hello All,

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http://earlyview.net/headline_b.php

Cheers,

Kevin Black, PBBA, NBP, BBE



--
Kevin Black
Vancouver, WA
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Subject: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:22:22 +0000
Hi All,

I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east side
of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It was
actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill
size, prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is
in order here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the
pond down the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on
Estes Rd. or near the driveway across the street. Also several Common
Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this
year).

Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd.
included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And
there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview
Rd. wetland just northeast of town.

thanks, Charles.


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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 01:57:16 +0000
Hey All,

I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is
still out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the
least it has provided a great example of how head shape varies with
behavior. Ben Bright got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the
eBird list linked below. There are a few additional photos out there to
examine but this one may have to go down as Lesser/Greater pending some
additional review.

thanks, Charles.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east
> side of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It
> was actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill
> size, prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is
> in order here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the
> pond down the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on
> Estes Rd. or near the driveway across the street. Also several Common
> Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this
> year).
>
> Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd.
> included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And
> there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview
> Rd. wetland just northeast of town.
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
> --
> Charles Swift
> Moscow, Idaho
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
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Subject: Blue Jay-Hayden, ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:08:31 -0700
Took the dog out in the yard (Hayden, Kootenai Co., ID) this morning (30 Mar
17) to play ball before work kicked in and was greeted by a horrible, very
load screeching noise coming from the neighbor's yard.  Sounded almost
mechanical, but had an "animal quality" to it, so was stumped.  Then the
source hopped into view, a BLUE JAY; first in our yard in almost six (6)
years, so a very nice treat.  This guy then proceeded to give a very good
rendition of a Red-tailed Hawk (which is common for most jays) before
concluding his racket with a perfect Stellar's Jay imitation!!...and yes he
was in view while calling.  It wasn't until later this morning I heard him
out back actually giving a typical Blue Jay call.  A STELLER'S JAY also made
an appearance later on, but no sign of the Blue Jay hanging with him.
All-in-all an interesting morning, now back to work.

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

30 Mar 2017  Loch Haven Hills, Hayden, Kootenai Co., ID

California Quail - 25

Ring-necked Pheasant - 1m

Wild Turkey - 2

Mourning Dove - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 1m 1f

Northern Flicker - 1 "Red-shafted"

Steller's Jay - 1

BLUE JAY - 1

Common Raven - 1

Violet-green Swallow - 1

Black-capped Chickadee - 3

Mountain Chickadee - 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2

American Robin - 10

European Starling - 2

Dark-eyed Junco - 10 "Oregon"

-          1m 1f "Slate-colored"

Song Sparrow - 3

Spotted Towhee - 2

House Finch - 10

Pine Siskin - 6

American Goldfinch - 2

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:28:14 +0000
Wayne,

Thanks for the feedback but we have definitive photos showing this bird was
in fact a Lesser Scaup. I've got to get mine into eBird but there are
others I should be able to share clearly showing it to be a Lesser. There
are hints in the 2nd photo suggesting Lesser and I suspect the active
feeding behavior gave the misleading impression of a more rounded head and
the rest was just confirmation bias (distance/photo quality didn't help).
Mike Scott got closer to the bird and acquired confirmatory photos (there
was only 1 scaup on the pond so no chance of confusion there). These are
definitely useful and instructive experiences if a bit humbling (which is
also not a bad thing). They are pretty rare locally but a few have shown up
(in Latah County) and they are more regular (wintering as you note) on the
large n. Idaho lakes and occasionally in the L-C Valley. Always helps to
have a mixed group Lesser/Greater Scaup for comparison!

thanks, Charles.

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 1:09 PM Wayne Weber  wrote:

> Charles et al.
>
>
>
> As far as I can see from the photos, this is unquestionably a male GREATER
> SCAUP. The rounded (not peaked) head shape and the greenish iridescence on
> the head prove it.
>
>
>
> I would certainly not expect a Greater Scaup in a roadside pond, but you
> must get good numbers of them at times in the larger lakes like Pend
> Oreille and Coeur d’Alene. I’m sure this is not a rare species in 
northern 

> Idaho, even if it is out of habitat.
>
>
>
> As a background to my comments, in the Okanagan Valley of BC where I grew
> up, birders thought for years that nearly all the scaup on Okanagan Lake
> were Lessers. That was the case until more and more birders got
> high-quality spotting scopes, when we began to realize that nearly all the
> large flocks of scaup seen in migration and winter on Okanagan Lake and
> other large lakes consist mainly of Greater Scaup, not Lesser Scaup as once
> thought.
>
>
>
> All the best,
>
>
>
> Wayne C. Weber
>
> Delta, BC, Canada
>
> contopus AT telus.net
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
> *Sent:* March-31-17 6:57 PM
> *To:* inland birders
>
>
> *Subject:* Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
>
>
>
> Hey All,
>
>
>
> I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is
> still out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the
> least it has provided a great example of how head shape varies with
> behavior. Ben Bright got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the
> eBird list linked below. There are a few additional photos out there to
> examine but this one may have to go down as Lesser/Greater pending some
> additional review.
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372
>
> On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
>
>
> I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east
> side of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It
> was actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill
> size, prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is
> in order here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the
> pond down the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on
> Estes Rd. or near the driveway across the street. Also several Common
> Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this
> year).
>
>
>
> Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd.
> included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And
> there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview
> Rd. wetland just northeast of town.
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Moscow, Idaho
>
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Moscow, Idaho
>
> chaetura AT gmail.com
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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
From: Ben Bright <bencbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 15:45:44 -0700
I admit that I scratched my head and googled Torrent Duck. ☺ Ever since
John Hanna's Lewiston bluetail and after perusing Rare Birds of North
America, every 10th American Robin started looking like it might possibly
be an Eyebrowed Thrush. I decided Rare Birds of North America wasn't good
for my health and didn't buy it.

A note on my photos: they were very distant (full zoom on Canon SX60, 65x
or 247 mm equivalent) and then very heavily cropped, and I was very
slightly elevated above the water level. Here is the "unzoomed" view from
where I was standing:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/141956378 AT N08/32938468854/in/dateposted-public/

Although not visible in the picture, there was a handful of ducks in the
upper right of the frame, in the farthest part of the pond from where I was
standing. I think other closer photos of what is almost certainly the same
bird are more reliable. Although there is a slight change my scaup is
different from the Lesser Scaup photographed by others, so I might call it
Lesser/Greater Scaup in eBird and leave it at that.

Ben

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 2:31 PM, Doug Ward  wrote:

> So how many of y’all Googled Torrent Duck?  I actually scratched the note
> below, and was about to send, when I realized the date.  Given the ongoing
> discussion, here is my food for thought (still stuck in cliché mode, thanks
> Charles)
>
>
>
> Go Zags!!
>
>
>
> Charles,
>
>
>
> I don’t think you did get out of the gate too early by jumping the gun as
> trusting your gut was the right thing to do in making the call on the
> Greater – cliché slam down, your move Swift!!
>
>
>
> Seriously, I took a look at Ben’s photos (great shots by-the-way Ben), and
> I concur with your first identification.  To reemphasize your
> identification points Charles, I thought I’d throw in my two bits (you
> started this cliché thing, now I can’t stop) on this tough call (damn it,
> did it again).
>
>
>
> Both scaup can show pretty drastically different head shapes depending
> what they are doing at the time (ie; feeding, on alert, relaxed, …), so
> general bulk of the bird and it’s features is a better key in my mind.
> This is a “thick” bird. Of specific reference, both the head and bill are 

> broad based in both profile and front views, with a broad “shovel” to the
> end of the bill.  Lessers are very narrow between the eyes when viewed head
> on, much more so than shown in Ben’s shots.  Other cues for me include the
> fairly good sized bill nail, clean white sides showing sharp contrast with
> the light grey back, but also the green head sheen in all shots.  This last
> point was for a long time the principal field mark, but as you know with
> iridescence, colors can shift (between green and purple in the case of
> scaup), though in this case with so many light angles, and a consistent
> green sheen, I think you can use that as well.
>
>
>
> Glad you thought out of the box and checked under the carpet out there
> along HW 95.
>
>
>
> Go Zags,
>
> Doug
>
>
>
> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:inland-nw-birders-
> bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
> *Sent:* Friday, March 31, 2017 6:57 PM
> *To:* inland birders
> *Subject:* Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
>
>
>
> Hey All,
>
>
>
> I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is
> still out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the
> least it has provided a great example of how head shape varies with
> behavior. Ben Bright got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the
> eBird list linked below. There are a few additional photos out there to
> examine but this one may have to go down as Lesser/Greater pending some
> additional review.
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372
>
> On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
>
>
> I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east
> side of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It
> was actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill
> size, prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is
> in order here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the
> pond down the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on
> Estes Rd. or near the driveway across the street. Also several Common
> Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this
> year).
>
>
>
> Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd.
> included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And
> there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview
> Rd. wetland just northeast of town
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Moscow, Idaho
>
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Moscow, Idaho
>
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
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Subject: Re: Scaup vs. Torrent Duck
From: Nita Hamilton <nhamiln AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:38:03 +0000 (UTC)
About this fantastic Torrent Duck from the Andes ... Has anybody considered the 
Common April 1 Duck? Just a thought... 🤓 


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Subject: Lewiston and Clarkston Snow Geese
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:04:15 -0700
Hi Birders,

Kirsten Dahl and I observed one lone Snow Goose at Swallows Park and at
least 26 Snow Geese at Mann Lake this morning.

Good Birding,

Terry Gray
890 Stefany Ln
Moscow ID 83843
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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!!
From: Kelly Cassidy <highsteppe AT icloud.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:00:34 -0700
Yep. Lots of rarities this time of year. I'm pretty sure I saw a Caracara fly 
over the yard this morning. 😎 


Kelly Cassidy
Pullman, WA

> On Apr 1, 2017, at 10:17 AM, Charles Swift  wrote:
> 
> I found a Smew on this same date under similar circumstances some years ago 
;). 

> 
> 
>> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 9:50 AM David McNeely  wrote:
>> Doug, I appreciate your thoughts on this bird. However, can you describe 
exactly what you see in the photos that make this a torrent duck, and not just 
a run of the mill scaup (of whichever species)? I certainly am not familiar 
with the torrent duck, other than looking at a picture, but I've seen a lot of 
scaup (though still not confident of always distinguishing one species from 
another), and this just looks like one to me. 

>> 
>> mcneely
>> 
>> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Doug Ward  wrote:
>> I took a look at Ben’s photos on his eBird submission and was shocked!!! 
This is an incredible adult female TORRENT DUCK, and I think probably the 
Peruvian subspecies which you’d expect, though I’m guessing this is a first 
ABA record. I’ve seen these birds in the Andes of Peru and Chile, but 
incredibly tough to find; they are like our Harlequins. 

>> 
>>  
>> 
>> I’m packing up now and heading to Moscow. Will let you know if it still 
down there. I’m still amazed. 

>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Shocked,
>> 
>> Doug
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From: inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu 
[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Charles Swift 

>> Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 6:57 PM
>> To: inland birders
>> Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Hey All,
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is 
still out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the 
least it has provided a great example of how head shape varies with behavior. 
Ben Bright got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the eBird list 
linked below. There are a few additional photos out there to examine but this 
one may have to go down as Lesser/Greater pending some additional review. 

>> 
>>  
>> 
>> thanks, Charles.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372
>> 
>> On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi All,
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east side 
of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It was 
actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill size, 
prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is in order 
here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the pond down 
the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on Estes Rd. or near 
the driveway across the street. Also several Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead on 
the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this year). 

>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd. 
included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And there 
were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview Rd. 
wetland just northeast of town 

>> 
>>  
>> 
>> thanks, Charles.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> --
>> 
>> Charles Swift
>> 
>> Moscow, Idaho
>> 
>> chaetura AT gmail.com
>> 
>> --
>> 
>> Charles Swift
>> 
>> Moscow, Idaho
>> 
>> chaetura AT gmail.com
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:31:28 -0700
So how many of y’all Googled Torrent Duck? I actually scratched the note 
below, and was about to send, when I realized the date. Given the ongoing 
discussion, here is my food for thought (still stuck in cliché mode, thanks 
Charles) 


 

Go Zags!!

 

Charles,

 

I don’t think you did get out of the gate too early by jumping the gun as 
trusting your gut was the right thing to do in making the call on the Greater 
– cliché slam down, your move Swift!! 


 

Seriously, I took a look at Ben’s photos (great shots by-the-way Ben), and I 
concur with your first identification. To reemphasize your identification 
points Charles, I thought I’d throw in my two bits (you started this cliché 
thing, now I can’t stop) on this tough call (damn it, did it again). 


 

Both scaup can show pretty drastically different head shapes depending what 
they are doing at the time (ie; feeding, on alert, relaxed, …), so general 
bulk of the bird and it’s features is a better key in my mind. This is a 
“thick” bird. Of specific reference, both the head and bill are broad based 
in both profile and front views, with a broad “shovel” to the end of the 
bill. Lessers are very narrow between the eyes when viewed head on, much more 
so than shown in Ben’s shots. Other cues for me include the fairly good sized 
bill nail, clean white sides showing sharp contrast with the light grey back, 
but also the green head sheen in all shots. This last point was for a long time 
the principal field mark, but as you know with iridescence, colors can shift 
(between green and purple in the case of scaup), though in this case with so 
many light angles, and a consistent green sheen, I think you can use that as 
well. 


 

Glad you thought out of the box and checked under the carpet out there along HW 
95. 


 

Go Zags,

Doug

 

From: inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu 
[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Charles Swift 

Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 6:57 PM
To: inland birders
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.

 

Hey All,

 

I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is still 
out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the least it 
has provided a great example of how head shape varies with behavior. Ben Bright 
got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the eBird list linked below. 
There are a few additional photos out there to examine but this one may have to 
go down as Lesser/Greater pending some additional review. 


 

thanks, Charles.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:

Hi All,

 

I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east side of 
US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It was actively 
diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill size, prominent 
bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is in order here due to 
narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the pond down the hill a bit 
beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on Estes Rd. or near the driveway 
across the street. Also several Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond 
(perhaps too deep for wigeon this year). 


 

Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd. included 
Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And there were a 
couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview Rd. wetland just 
northeast of town 


 

thanks, Charles.

 

 

-- 

Charles Swift

Moscow, Idaho

chaetura AT gmail.com

-- 

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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!!
From: David McNeely <davmcneely40 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:50:27 -0700
Doug, I appreciate your thoughts on this bird.  However, can you describe
exactly what you see in the photos that make this a torrent duck, and not
just a run of the mill scaup (of whichever species)?  I certainly am not
familiar with the torrent duck, other than looking at a picture, but I've
seen a lot of scaup (though still not confident of always distinguishing
one species from another), and this just looks like one to me.

mcneely

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Doug Ward  wrote:

> I took a look at Ben’s photos on his eBird submission and was shocked!!!
> This is an incredible adult female TORRENT DUCK, and I think probably the
> Peruvian subspecies which you’d expect, though I’m guessing this is a 
first 

> ABA record.  I’ve seen these birds in the Andes of Peru and Chile, but
> incredibly tough to find; they are like our Harlequins.
>
>
>
> I’m packing up now and heading to Moscow. Will let you know if it still
> down there.  I’m still amazed.
>
>
>
> Shocked,
>
> Doug
>
>
>
> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:inland-nw-birders-
> bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
> *Sent:* Friday, March 31, 2017 6:57 PM
> *To:* inland birders
> *Subject:* Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
>
>
>
> Hey All,
>
>
>
> I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is
> still out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the
> least it has provided a great example of how head shape varies with
> behavior. Ben Bright got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the
> eBird list linked below. There are a few additional photos out there to
> examine but this one may have to go down as Lesser/Greater pending some
> additional review.
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372
>
> On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
>
>
> I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east
> side of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It
> was actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill
> size, prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is
> in order here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the
> pond down the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on
> Estes Rd. or near the driveway across the street. Also several Common
> Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this
> year).
>
>
>
> Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd.
> included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And
> there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview
> Rd. wetland just northeast of town
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Moscow, Idaho
>
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Moscow, Idaho
>
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
From: "Wayne Weber" <contopus AT telus.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:09:26 -0700
Charles et al.

 

As far as I can see from the photos, this is unquestionably a male GREATER 
SCAUP. The rounded (not peaked) head shape and the greenish iridescence on the 
head prove it. 


 

I would certainly not expect a Greater Scaup in a roadside pond, but you must 
get good numbers of them at times in the larger lakes like Pend Oreille and 
Coeur d’Alene. I’m sure this is not a rare species in northern Idaho, even 
if it is out of habitat. 


 

As a background to my comments, in the Okanagan Valley of BC where I grew up, 
birders thought for years that nearly all the scaup on Okanagan Lake were 
Lessers. That was the case until more and more birders got high-quality 
spotting scopes, when we began to realize that nearly all the large flocks of 
scaup seen in migration and winter on Okanagan Lake and other large lakes 
consist mainly of Greater Scaup, not Lesser Scaup as once thought. 


 

All the best,

 

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC, Canada

contopus AT telus.net

 

 

 

From: inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu 
[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Charles Swift 

Sent: March-31-17 6:57 PM
To: inland birders
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.

 

Hey All,

 

I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is still 
out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the least it 
has provided a great example of how head shape varies with behavior. Ben Bright 
got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the eBird list linked below. 
There are a few additional photos out there to examine but this one may have to 
go down as Lesser/Greater pending some additional review. 


 

thanks, Charles.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:

Hi All,

 

I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east side of 
US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It was actively 
diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill size, prominent 
bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is in order here due to 
narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the pond down the hill a bit 
beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on Estes Rd. or near the driveway 
across the street. Also several Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond 
(perhaps too deep for wigeon this year). 


 

Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd. included 
Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And there were a 
couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview Rd. wetland just 
northeast of town. 


 

thanks, Charles.

 

 

-- 

Charles Swift

Moscow, Idaho

chaetura AT gmail.com

-- 

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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!!
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:24:58 -0700
I took a look at Ben’s photos on his eBird submission and was shocked!!! This 
is an incredible adult female TORRENT DUCK, and I think probably the Peruvian 
subspecies which you’d expect, though I’m guessing this is a first ABA 
record. I’ve seen these birds in the Andes of Peru and Chile, but incredibly 
tough to find; they are like our Harlequins. 


 

I’m packing up now and heading to Moscow. Will let you know if it still down 
there. I’m still amazed. 


 

Shocked,

Doug

 

From: inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu 
[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Charles Swift 

Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 6:57 PM
To: inland birders
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.

 

Hey All,

 

I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is still 
out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the least it 
has provided a great example of how head shape varies with behavior. Ben Bright 
got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the eBird list linked below. 
There are a few additional photos out there to examine but this one may have to 
go down as Lesser/Greater pending some additional review. 


 

thanks, Charles.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372

On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:

Hi All,

 

I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east side of 
US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It was actively 
diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill size, prominent 
bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is in order here due to 
narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the pond down the hill a bit 
beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on Estes Rd. or near the driveway 
across the street. Also several Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond 
(perhaps too deep for wigeon this year). 


 

Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd. included 
Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And there were a 
couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview Rd. wetland just 
northeast of town 


 

thanks, Charles.

 

 

-- 

Charles Swift

Moscow, Idaho

chaetura AT gmail.com

-- 

Charles Swift

Moscow, Idaho

chaetura AT gmail.com
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Subject: American Avocets
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:07:02 -0700
Hello all,

At the Walla Walla River delta this morning were 3 Avocets - #156 in 
Walla Walla Co. for the year.

Over 2000 Snow Geese still north of MP300 (Casey Pond) southeast of Burbank.

Cliff Swallows back at overpass by pulp mill - Tree Swallows everywhere 
along the river.

Nice to hear the Caspian Terns at the delta - still 4 juvie Bald Eagles 
hanging out there.

Happy spring birding, ML



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Subject: Ssandhill Cranes
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:00:10 -0700
I was in the Moses Lake area yesterday, and spent some time looking for
Sandhill Cranes.  We found them on Bench Road , a small flock of a hundred
or so.  It was fun watching them fly in and land a few at a time.
Scootenay Reservoir during daytime had only mallards,coots and killdeer.

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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!!
From: Ron Force <ronforce AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:37:18 -0700
This?:
On Sat, *Apr 1*, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Doug Ward  wrote
😀

Ron Force
Moscow Idaho USA

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 9:50 AM, David McNeely 
wrote:

> Doug, I appreciate your thoughts on this bird.  However, can you describe
> exactly what you see in the photos that make this a torrent duck, and not
> just a run of the mill scaup (of whichever species)?  I certainly am not
> familiar with the torrent duck, other than looking at a picture, but I've
> seen a lot of scaup (though still not confident of always distinguishing
> one species from another), and this just looks like one to me.
>
> mcneely
>
> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Doug Ward  wrote:
>
>> I took a look at Ben’s photos on his eBird submission and was shocked!!!
>> This is an incredible adult female TORRENT DUCK, and I think probably the
>> Peruvian subspecies which you’d expect, though I’m guessing this is a 
first 

>> ABA record.  I’ve seen these birds in the Andes of Peru and Chile, but
>> incredibly tough to find; they are like our Harlequins.
>>
>>
>>
>> I’m packing up now and heading to Moscow. Will let you know if it still
>> down there.  I’m still amazed.
>>
>>
>>
>> Shocked,
>>
>> Doug
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
>> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
>> *Sent:* Friday, March 31, 2017 6:57 PM
>> *To:* inland birders
>> *Subject:* Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
>>
>>
>>
>> Hey All,
>>
>>
>>
>> I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is
>> still out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the
>> least it has provided a great example of how head shape varies with
>> behavior. Ben Bright got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the
>> eBird list linked below. There are a few additional photos out there to
>> examine but this one may have to go down as Lesser/Greater pending some
>> additional review.
>>
>>
>>
>> thanks, Charles.
>>
>>
>>
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372
>>
>> On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>>
>>
>>
>> I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east
>> side of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It
>> was actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill
>> size, prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is
>> in order here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the
>> pond down the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on
>> Estes Rd. or near the driveway across the street. Also several Common
>> Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this
>> year).
>>
>>
>>
>> Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd.
>> included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And
>> there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview
>> Rd. wetland just northeast of town
>>
>>
>>
>> thanks, Charles.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Charles Swift
>>
>> Moscow, Idaho
>>
>> chaetura AT gmail.com
>>
>> --
>>
>> Charles Swift
>>
>> Moscow, Idaho
>>
>> chaetura AT gmail.com
>>
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Subject: Sagebrush Sparrow Lincoln County
From: Kim Thorburn <KThorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 00:02:41 +0000
Hello Birders,

While doing some survey work near Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area south of Creston 
this morning, I was surprised to find a sagebrush sparrow. It was in a private 
pasture east of Hatten Rd. about 2 miles west of the entrance to the wildlife 
area. Unfortunately, Hatten is pretty impassable due to ponding on the 
east-west stretch. 


I was enjoying the arrival of the Brewers sparrows that were being more 
furtive than usual and crooning aborted songs when ones grey head didnt look 
right. A little closer and I could clearly see the white mustache and breast 
spot. At that point, I realized I was hearing its song and not a meadowlark 
trying to sound like a sparrow. In fact, it was singing loudly and repeatedly 
and acting quite territorial. I did not see a second one, though. 


Sagebrush sparrows are unusual in Lincoln County. The only place Ive seen them 
is in a very focal area of drier steppe on BLMs Lakeview Ranch. 


Theres lots of other good stuff around: sage thrasher, loggerhead shrike 
showing up among the northern, short-eared owl, and with all of the water, a 
huge variety of waterfowl. Theres not a lot of shore for shorebirds and all 
that Ive seen are killdeer, Wilsons snipe, and lots and lots of long-billed 
curlew. 


Good birding, Kim

Kim Marie Thorburn, MD, MPH
509-465-3025
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Subject: Short eared Owls
From: Buck & Sandy Domitrovich <bsdomit AT centurytel.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:38:27 -0700
I have seen as many as 4 Short eared Owls on the road to fish trap lake
early morning and evening.
Buck Domitrovich.






  
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Subject: Studies in the Blue Mountains
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:31:53 -0700
I just learned of two on going studies of birds in the Blue Mountains, 
in the northern Blue Mountains of Columbia and Garfield Counties. These 
studies are being conducted by Dr. Jared Templeton of the University of 
Smathitcher upon Eden in the UK. I too had never heard of this school. 
but have been assured that it is a real institution. Anyway he is 
looking at the flight characteristics of red crossbills and brown 
creepers-should be an interesting study.

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Subject: New Washington County Birding
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:35:54 +0000
Hello All,

After years of serious county birding and writing. I just completed an
extensive, exhaustive county bird finding book. This guide was created for
the starting county birder to bring each county list record holder to tears
by breaking their record. It will also help those starting county birders
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Subject: Re: Moscow area Greater Scaup etc. - Wrong MEGA Rare Torrent Duck!!!
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 17:17:18 +0000
I found a Smew on this same date under similar circumstances some  years
ago ;).

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 9:50 AM David McNeely  wrote:

> Doug, I appreciate your thoughts on this bird.  However, can you describe
> exactly what you see in the photos that make this a torrent duck, and not
> just a run of the mill scaup (of whichever species)?  I certainly am not
> familiar with the torrent duck, other than looking at a picture, but I've
> seen a lot of scaup (though still not confident of always distinguishing
> one species from another), and this just looks like one to me.
>
> mcneely
>
> On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Doug Ward  wrote:
>
> I took a look at Ben’s photos on his eBird submission and was shocked!!!
> This is an incredible adult female TORRENT DUCK, and I think probably the
> Peruvian subspecies which you’d expect, though I’m guessing this is a 
first 

> ABA record.  I’ve seen these birds in the Andes of Peru and Chile, but
> incredibly tough to find; they are like our Harlequins.
>
>
>
> I’m packing up now and heading to Moscow. Will let you know if it still
> down there.  I’m still amazed.
>
>
>
> Shocked,
>
> Doug
>
>
>
> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
> *Sent:* Friday, March 31, 2017 6:57 PM
> *To:* inland birders
> *Subject:* Re: [inland-NW-birders] Moscow area Greater Scaup etc.
>
>
>
> Hey All,
>
>
>
> I may have pulled the trigger too quickly on this scaup and the jury is
> still out on its identity (how is that for cliche-filled sentence!). At the
> least it has provided a great example of how head shape varies with
> behavior. Ben Bright got a nice series of photos illustrating that in the
> eBird list linked below. There are a few additional photos out there to
> examine but this one may have to go down as Lesser/Greater pending some
> additional review.
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35593372
>
> On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:22 PM Charles Swift  wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
>
>
> I just had a (probable) Greater Scaup in the seasonal pond on the east
> side of US 95 about 3 miles north of Moscow (just north of Estes Rd.). It
> was actively diving and out pretty far but looked pretty good based on bill
> size, prominent bill nail, head shape (flattened rear crown), etc. Care is
> in order here due to narrow road shoulders and high speed traffic (view the
> pond down the hill a bit beyond the guard rail). Parking is possible on
> Estes Rd. or near the driveway across the street. Also several Common
> Goldeneye and Bufflehead on the pond (perhaps too deep for wigeon this
> year).
>
>
>
> Several local first-of-years for me just a bit east along Foothill Rd.
> included Wilson's Snipe, Savannah Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark. And
> there were a couple of Tree Swallows checking out boxes on the Mountainview
> Rd. wetland just northeast of town
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Moscow, Idaho
>
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
> --
>
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>
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>
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Subject: Take me off
From: Michael Hanlon <bt60jagmike AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:54:42 -0700
Please take me off 
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Subject: swans & Eurasian Wigeon
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:51:40 -0700
Thanks to a tip from Chris Janett, Brad & I went looking for a few birds in
Lincoln CO.

At Rocklyn Rd & Hwy #2 there were 2 swans in a flooded field north of Hwy#2
where Chris had found White-fronted Geese.   No geese & the field had
mostly dried up.

Just south on Rocklyn Rd from Hwy #2 in another flooded winter wheat field
were more than 100 American Wigeon with one EURSIAN WIGEON mixed in.

On Spinning Road we found 50 Swans in another winter wheat field.

Had several western & mt bluebirds, meadowlarks singing everywhere, 3
different rough-legged hawks and 2 N shrikes, 4 Red-tailed Hawks.

W Medical Lake had 50 common mergansers and one hooded merganser.

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Subject: April: Science, People's Climate Movement & Earth Day Marches
From: Becky L <eapglass AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:49:31 +0000
For those interested in participating, there will be two marches across the 
country in support of Science and Climate Change evidence next month. Im going 
to bothhope to see you there!! Spokane and Tri-Cities info below 

Becky Lyle
Ritzville, WA

April 22, 2017
March for Science
https://www.marchforscience.com/

Spokane:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/MarchForScienceSpokane/posts/
April 22, 2017 1pm-5pm
Clock Tower Riverfront Park




Tri-Cities:
https://www.facebook.com/ScienceAppreciatorsTC/
Sat April 22, 2017 11 AM  John Dam 
Plaza  
Richland, WA 



Also,
Earth Day
https://www.facebook.com/earthdayspokane

Spokane:
Earth Day Spokane 2017
Saturday, April 22 & 23, 2017
Riverfront Park, Pavilion


April 29, 2017
Peoples Climate Movement
https://peoplesclimate.org/

Spokane:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-rally-spokane/thankyou#tab_info 

April 29, 201712:00 PM
Spokane Tribal Gathering Place 353-367 N Post St, Spokane, WA, Spokane, WA 
99256 


Tri-Cities:
People's Climate 
Festival 

April 29, 2017  2:00 PM
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Subject: Pelicans are back
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:40:09 -0700
There were eight Am. pelicans in the mouth of Alpowa Creek this morning
along with six western grebes. Also three osprey were fighting over a
nearby nesting platform near Chief Timothy park and the great blue heron
rookery at the Chief Timothy habitat had several herons on the nests.

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Subject: Re: Hawk i.d.?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:38:47 -0400
Jerry Cebula found this bird in December 2011 near Lenore. 
I posted it on flickr for him and also contacted Jerry Liguori and William 
Clark for ID help 

Jerry's bird was determined to be a Light Morph Harlan's Redtail 
  

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/6551324127/in/photolist-Ruu1Xm-aYVfqg-qtExg9-EtnvAS-pwJAn3-aYVecp-aYVd5x-7kfFm4-7kfGfM-7kjAtN-4eaVKi-4eaU94 

  

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Keith E. Carlson 
Lewiston 

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From: "Catherine Temple"  
To: "Inland NW birders"  
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:54:34 PM 
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Hawk i.d.? 

Following up on a tip about a white red-tailed hawk I enjoyed the sunshine and 
a little road trip this morning. I found the hawk approx. where it had been 
seen before (Miller and Waha Rd., Lewiston, Id) In the sun it indeed seemed 
very light. I snapped the first photo strictly for i.d. in case it flew, which 
it did. First photo through the window so not very good. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/33454862682/in/dateposted-public/ 

​I was able to get safely off the road and luckily it circled back towards me 
so I got a few shots in flight. There are three starting here 

​https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/32797544443/in/dateposted-public/ 

I want to call it a rough-legged hawk, though I have been told there are such 
things as light-morph harlan's. Any ideas? 




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Subject: Swallows Park red-tails
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:44:41 -0700
I have been watching a pair of red-tails build a nest at Swallows Park
since early February, but was beginning to wonder if they would ever occupy
it. Well, I guess today was "move in" day as both birds were at or in the
nest all day. Even the park maintenance crew with lawn mowers and leaf
blowers didn't seem to chase them off. They are, however, a little leery
about silver haired ladies with big camera lenses. Twice they launched off
the nest and did a low pass over my head, but I think they will be my "nest
watch" project for the year. Should be fun to document their progress!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/33575612266/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/33233297740/in/photostream/

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Subject: Re: Hawk i.d.?
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:45:27 -0700
Well, the hawk challenge seems to be tied for red-tail/rough legged. I
think I'm going to go with light morph rough-legged. Looking at my past
photos of rough-legged and in comparison with the many red-tails I saw
yesterday it looks closer to rough-legged. The key features being what
Charles noted, plus in one really blurry photo the legs looked heavily
feathered. It also appeared at one point to be hovering like a kestrel
which I understand rough-leggeds do as well. Also this may not even be the
bird that I was originally told about, but it was in the right location. A
light colored red-tail may still be out there. Either way a fun hawk i.d.
challenge!

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 8:03 PM, Lowell  wrote:

> The hawk photos had me baffled until I checked my ibird west app and the
> last in 10 red tailed hawk photos looked like a “dead ringer” for the 
bird 

> you photographed. Love questions with photo like this as it’s an arm chair
> birding event. Thanks!
>
> *From:* Catherine Temple
> *Sent:* Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:54 PM
> *To:* Inland NW birders
> *Subject:* [inland-NW-birders] Hawk i.d.?
>
> Following up on a tip about a white red-tailed hawk I enjoyed the sunshine
> and a little road trip this morning. I found the hawk approx. where it had
> been seen before (Miller and Waha Rd., Lewiston, Id) In the sun it indeed
> seemed very light. I snapped the first photo strictly for i.d. in case it
> flew, which it did. First photo through the window so not very good.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/33454862682/in/dateposted-public/
>
> ​I was able to get safely off the road and luckily it circled back towards
> me so I got a few shots in flight. There are three starting here
> ​https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/32797544443/in/dateposted-public/
>
> I want to call it a rough-legged hawk, though I have been told there are
> such things as light-morph harlan's. Any ideas?
>
>
>
> --
>
> *Catherine Temple*
>
> *Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*
>
> *Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
> ctemple99 AT gmail.com
>
> www.catherinetemple.com
> www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/
>
>


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Subject: Re: Genesee
From: "Nancy Draznin, LM CPM" <motherwise AT firststepinternet.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:08:44 -0700
    

My previous email was intended for a different recipient. Apologies.

Nancy Draznin, LM, CPM 208-310-3252 


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-------- Original message --------
From: Nancy Draznin  
Date: 3/22/17  08:09  (GMT-08:00) 
To: "Nancy Draznin, LM CPM"  
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Genesee 

Just a reminder to make those website changes. Thanks.

Nancy Draznin, LM, CPM 208-310-3252motherwisemidwifery.comSent from my iPad
On Mar 19, 2017, at 15:50, Nancy Draznin, LM CPM 
 wrote: 



    
There were a pair of common goldeneyes on the Genesee sewage pond today. A 
scaup was there as well, bUT it was too far for me to tell which one. Many 
bufflehead as well. 



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Subject: Saltese Greater White-fronted
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:10:25 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I visited the Saltese wetland in Spokane Valley today. A great number of 
waterfowl are present. There are a few Cackling Geese mixed in with the Canada 
Goose flocks. Also, I spotted a lone Greater White-fronted Goose from a 90 
degree corner with a pull off along Barker Road. Little did I know that the 
housing development just to the north had better access to the wetlands...so 
from there I scoped the numerous gulls with the majority being Ring-billed with 
a scattering of California present. Lots of American Widgeon, but I couldn't 
find the reported Eurasian today. There were just two lone Tundra Swans present 
today as well. 

I just recently discovered this great area.  I will visit it more often!
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Subject: Re: Hawk i.d.?
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:59:05 +0000
Hmm, Catherine's bird looks like a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk to me (and
different from the bird in Keith's photos). It's an adult which accounts
for the paleness but key features include the dark wrist patches, white
rump, smallish bill (compare w/ Red-tail photos iimmediately following in
Catherine's photo stream), and apparent feathered tarsi (visible on 4th
frame). These pale adults can be quite striking and seem to be a bit less
common locally than the darker and better marked juvenile Rough-legged
Hawks.

Charles.

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 2:38 PM Keith Carlson 
wrote:

> Jerry Cebula found this bird in December 2011 near Lenore.
> I posted it on flickr for him and also contacted Jerry Liguori and William
> Clark for ID help
> Jerry's bird was determined to be a Light Morph Harlan's Redtail
>
>
> 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/6551324127/in/photolist-Ruu1Xm-aYVfqg-qtExg9-EtnvAS-pwJAn3-aYVecp-aYVd5x-7kfFm4-7kfGfM-7kjAtN-4eaVKi-4eaU94 

>
>
> 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/6551320017/in/photolist-Ruu1Xm-aYVfqg-qtExg9-EtnvAS-pwJAn3-aYVecp-aYVd5x-7kfFm4-7kfGfM-7kjAtN-4eaVKi-4eaU94 

>
> Keith E. Carlson
> Lewiston
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Catherine Temple" 
> *To: *"Inland NW birders" 
> *Sent: *Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:54:34 PM
> *Subject: *[inland-NW-birders] Hawk i.d.?
>
>
> Following up on a tip about a white red-tailed hawk I enjoyed the sunshine
> and a little road trip this morning. I found the hawk approx. where it had
> been seen before (Miller and Waha Rd., Lewiston, Id) In the sun it indeed
> seemed very light. I snapped the first photo strictly for i.d. in case it
> flew, which it did. First photo through the window so not very good.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/33454862682/in/dateposted-public/
>
> ​I was able to get safely off the road and luckily it circled back towards
> me so I got a few shots in flight. There are three starting here
> ​https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/32797544443/in/dateposted-public/
> 
 

>
> I want to call it a rough-legged hawk, though I have been told there are
> such things as light-morph harlan's. Any ideas?
>
>
>
> --
>
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>
> *Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*
>
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Subject: Hawk i.d.?
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:54:34 -0700
Following up on a tip about a white red-tailed hawk I enjoyed the sunshine
and a little road trip this morning. I found the hawk approx. where it had
been seen before (Miller and Waha Rd., Lewiston, Id) In the sun it indeed
seemed very light. I snapped the first photo strictly for i.d. in case it
flew, which it did. First photo through the window so not very good.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/33454862682/in/dateposted-public/

​I was able to get safely off the road and luckily it circled back towards
me so I got a few shots in flight. There are three starting here
​https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/32797544443/in/dateposted-public/

I want to call it a rough-legged hawk, though I have been told there are
such things as light-morph harlan's. Any ideas?



-- 

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Subject: Genesee
From: "Nancy Draznin, LM CPM" <motherwise AT firststepinternet.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:50:38 -0700
    
There were a pair of common goldeneyes on the Genesee sewage pond today. A 
scaup was there as well, bUT it was too far for me to tell which one. Many 
bufflehead as well. 



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Subject: White-throated Swift, Caspian Tern WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:33:44 -0700
Hello all,

Birded the river in wind and spitting rain today - found WHITE-THROATED 
SWIFTS in Wallula Gap along with many Violet-green Swallows and 1 
CASPIAN TERN at the Walla Walla River Delta. Tree Swallows are back 
along the river checking out their nesting cavities.

Walla Walla River in flood, loads of trees and bushes and debris out on 
the delta. Dunlin and Killdeer were our only shorebirds today. SNOW 
GEESE numbers way down - but still a nice flock east of Casey pond.

Tyson ponds are full for the first time in years, may be good 
shorebirding in a few weeks.

Happy spring birding, ML



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Subject: Re: Source of the song
From: Sarah Walker <sarahwalk7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:33:12 +0000
Gorgeous photo, what a crowd!
Sarah W
On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:14 PM Catherine Temple 
wrote:

> I stopped at Mann Lake this morning and found the probable source of
> Keith's "swan music". There were at least 250 tundra swans resting there at
> about 10 a.m.
> Large numbers of pintail and American widgeon rivaled the number of swans
> with about 200-250 of each species. It was an interesting mix of "music"
> with the other-worldly call of the swans, the whistle of the pintails, and
> peeping of the widgeon.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/32598154674/in/dateposted-public/
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow in Franklin County
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:35:45 -0700
Hi Birders,

This morning I found a Harris's Sparrow in Big Flat HMU in a large mixed
species sparrow flock, primarily White Crowned.  After crossing the
causeway and continuing on the road, they were a bit past the major fork.
Keep right at the fork.

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Subject: Swan Music
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:40:57 -0400
We were awakened this morning at 0455 by the sound of "Swan music" over our 
Lewiston home. 

Spring is here 
  
Keith and Marilyn Carlson 
Lewiston 

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Subject: Tundra Swans
From: Ned Schroeder <nrsch AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:42:36 -0700
Carole and I went out to Mann's Lake this afternoon to see if the Tundra Swans 
were still there. When we left at 5:20 PM the swans, and the American Widgeons 
were still there on the northern third of the lake. Over 60 Northern Pintails 
were there as a group in the same area, the largest flock of Pintails I have 
seen for some years. 


Ned & Carole Schroeder
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Subject: Source of the song
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:14:38 -0700
I stopped at Mann Lake this morning and found the probable source of
Keith's "swan music". There were at least 250 tundra swans resting there at
about 10 a.m.
Large numbers of pintail and American widgeon rivaled the number of swans
with about 200-250 of each species. It was an interesting mix of "music"
with the other-worldly call of the swans, the whistle of the pintails, and
peeping of the widgeon.
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Subject: Re: Blood & Guts Out My Window
From: "EarthBourne Resources, Inc." <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:11:39 +0000
Thank you Fran!! Glad you liked it! 😃 It was about 15 feet away. Was able to 
slide open the kitchen window and stick the scope lens just outside on the 
sill. I use a rice bag I use to stabilize the digiscoping setup on the sill, as 
well as out a car window. FUN!! 


From: Fran Haywood
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 1:06 PM
To: EarthBourne Resources, Inc.
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Blood & Guts Out My Window

terrific.  loved watching this.  Great video.  How close were you?

On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 12:59 PM, EarthBourne Resources, Inc. 
> wrote: 

That ought to get your attention ;-) WARNING: Do not watch if you are 
squeamish!! 


Got a video of a Northern Shrike eating a vole back on Feb. 27, 2017. This is 
pretty long, about 8+ minutes. If you enjoy watching nature's predators in 
action, you might enjoy this. I love to watch how this little shrike uses the 
bush as a tool for holding it's meal while it eats. Not much is wasted!! It 
takes it much longer to finish the whole thing, but that is 
understandable--this would be like us eating a medium-size dog in about 15 
minutes. 


Digiscoped the video using my Swaro 65mm, TLS APO 23mm, Pana GH4. Video quality 
isn't the best. It was overcast and this little guy goes deep into the 
honeysuckle bush to hide out from the ravens, hawks and magpies while he eats. 
Good strategy!! Enjoy! (If you like this sort of thing) I love everything in 
nature, so I thought others might enjoy it too. 


https://youtu.be/grvntIrnskQ

Becky Lyle
Ritzville, WA


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Subject: FOY Asotin Turkey Vulture
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:20:19 -0400
Rick Welle reports at FOY Turkey Vulture at Asotin Slough this AM. 
  
Keith E Carlson 
Lewiston 

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal, Curlew
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:42:33 -0700
Hello all,

Yesterday morning we had a couple hours so ran out to Byerly Road which 
is west of Touchet in Walla Walla county. The Walla Walla river is in 
flood so there are acres of great habitat right now. A LONG-BILLED 
CURLEW  was our first yearbird followed by an early CINNAMON TEAL. Over 
closer to the river were 160 SANDHILL CRANES - we were very surprised to 
see that many of them were Greater Sandhill Cranes - we don't know of 
any records of these huge birds in this county previously - usually all 
Lessers. Cranes don't land in WWCo. very often - usually just hear flyovers.

Bluebirds, Say's Phoebes and Tree/Violet-green Swallows are all back in 
good numbers.

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Subject: Blood & Guts Out My Window
From: "EarthBourne Resources, Inc." <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:59:21 +0000
That ought to get your attention ;-) WARNING: Do not watch if you are 
squeamish!! 


Got a video of a Northern Shrike eating a vole back on Feb. 27, 2017. This is 
pretty long, about 8+ minutes. If you enjoy watching nature's predators in 
action, you might enjoy this. I love to watch how this little shrike uses the 
bush as a tool for holding it's meal while it eats. Not much is wasted!! It 
takes it much longer to finish the whole thing, but that is 
understandable--this would be like us eating a medium-size dog in about 15 
minutes. 


Digiscoped the video using my Swaro 65mm, TLS APO 23mm, Pana GH4. Video quality 
isn't the best. It was overcast and this little guy goes deep into the 
honeysuckle bush to hide out from the ravens, hawks and magpies while he eats. 
Good strategy!! Enjoy! (If you like this sort of thing) I love everything in 
nature, so I thought others might enjoy it too. 


https://youtu.be/grvntIrnskQ

Becky Lyle
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Subject: Savannah Sparrows
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:27:18 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
Took my dog for a walk around our neighborhood today before the rain 
arrived...walking by one field, I had at least two Savannah Sparrows singing 
away. First of the year for me. Also, heard Wilson's Snipe being very vocal 
from the marshy areas. We hit 60 degrees yesterday here around Spokane and 
today was very close to that, too! 

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Cheney, WA
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Subject: Re: Harris's Sparrow in Franklin County
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:55:49 -0700
Make that keep left at the fork. Sorry

On Mar 17, 2017 9:35 AM, "Russ Koppendrayer"  wrote:

> Hi Birders,
>
> This morning I found a Harris's Sparrow in Big Flat HMU in a large mixed
> species sparrow flock, primarily White Crowned.  After crossing the
> causeway and continuing on the road, they were a bit past the major fork.
> Keep right at the fork.
>
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Subject: Re: Moscow South Raptor Run Results
From: rockybengals AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:10:05 -0700
I concur with the greater scaup at genesee... I saw it in the flooded area 
below the sewage pond around 11:20 am today. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 18, 2017, at 12:28 PM, Terry Gray  wrote:
> 
> Hi Birders,
> 
> This morning during heavy to light rain and temps in the mid 40s Kirsten
> Dahl and I ran our last Raptor run for the season.  Results are:
> 
> Red-tailed Hawk 13
> American Kestrel 1
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Great Horned Owl 5 - 2 birds occupying one nest - 1 occupying nest and  2
> perched in opening of a barn together
> 
> Other Birds of note:
> 
> Northern Shrike
> SAVANNAH SPARROW  - photo attached - observed on Coyote Grade Road between
> Gray Eagle and Zenner Road
> Probable GREATER SCAUP  at the Genesee Sewage Lagoon
> Northern Pintail - at least 100 individuals - just north of Genesee along
> Old Highway 95
> American Wigeon - 75  - just north of Genesee along Old Highway 95
> Western Bluebirds
> 
> Also:
> Mill Road west side of the Golf Course east of Moscow a pair of Wood Ducks
> 
> Good Birding,
> 
> Terry Gray
> 890 Stefany Ln
> Moscow ID 83843
> 208-596-5212
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> 
> 
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Subject: Moscow Snow Goose flyover
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:47:33 -0800
Hi Birders,

This morning between 7:30 and 7:45 observed a lone Snow Goose fly over our
home heading west.

Good Birding.

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Subject: VG's!
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 16:35:12 +0000
Hello,
I had nine Violet Green Swallows at the Peone Wetland. It was 23 degrees. They 
looked cold! 

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Subject: Re: Cooper's Hawk
From: David McNeely <davmcneely40 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:04:03 -0800
Thanks Dave

On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 1:02 PM, David McNeely 
wrote:

> Male, yesterday, Spokane, corner of Northwest Boulevard and Shannon on
> power line.  One month to the day earlier than the one that showed up on my
> property NW of Fairchild AFB last year.  Though I suppose a few do
> overwinter in NE Washington, I have not seen one in winter here.
>
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Subject: Snowy Owls
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:22:35 -0500
Between 5:45 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. Friday, March 10th, we saw two Snowy Owls 
previously seen by Jim Acton and Chris Janett in Lincoln County in the field 
bounded by Morrison Road, Janett Road, and Hwy. 2. The one owl we saw hunting 
caught and ate three voles while we were there. The other owl was too far away 
for us to see in the fading light. 


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Subject: Re: VG's!
From: David McNeely <davmcneely40 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:39:32 -0800
Some interesting reports on natural selection to cold weather in swallows:

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs002650050674?LI=true

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1474-919X.1999.tb07373.x/full

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2411315?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 9:01 AM, Rich Del Carlo 
wrote:

> They must have been thinking it was going to be like last spring!
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Mar 7, 2017, at 8:35 AM, Terry Little 
> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I had nine Violet Green Swallows at the Peone Wetland. It was 23 degrees.
> They looked cold!
>
> Blessings
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Subject: Re: VG's!
From: Rich Del Carlo <rich AT peregrinetree.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:01:19 -0800
They must have been thinking it was going to be like last spring!

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 7, 2017, at 8:35 AM, Terry Little  wrote:
> 
> Hello,
> I had nine Violet Green Swallows at the Peone Wetland. It was 23 degrees. 
They looked cold! 

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Subject: Pullman Bohemians
From: John Wolff <johnwolff66 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:28:37 -0800
There was a flock of >100 Bohemian Waxwings in the east Pioneer Hill - Koppel 
Farm Gardens area at around 10:00 - 10:15 this morning. 


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Subject: E. Whitman Co Snow Goose
From: Tom Besser <t.e.besser AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:27:16 -0800
There's a Snow Goose hanging with a half dozen Canadas this morning along 
O'Donnell Rd a few miles east of the airport and about a mile west of the state 
line. 


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Subject: Cooper's Hawk
From: David McNeely <davmcneely40 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:02:37 -0800
Male, yesterday, Spokane, corner of Northwest Boulevard and Shannon on
power line.  One month to the day earlier than the one that showed up on my
property NW of Fairchild AFB last year.  Though I suppose a few do
overwinter in NE Washington, I have not seen one in winter here.

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Subject: Spokane Co. Birds
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 21:25:48 -0800
Hi,

Today I had a nice few hours out with Brad Jacobs, recently retired as
State Ornithologist in Missouri and in town for a conference.  At the
Little Spokane NA Indian Painted Rocks area where Terry Little found a
Black-backed Woodpecker a few weeks ago, the burn was very productive with
7 Hairy, 3 Downy, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 2 Flickers, 5 Creepers, and 4
White-breasted Nuthatches. But unfortunately no Black-backed!

At Saltese Wetlands we had some nice birds including a beautiful male
EURASIAN WIGEON, a MINIMA CACKLING GOOSE. and a substantial gull roost of
100+ Ring-billed, 3 California, and 3 HERRING GULLS, expertly picked out by
Brad.  That is the highest count I've ever seen in Spokane County. Raptor
numbers in that area have diminished over the past 2 weeks though there
were still 10 Red-tailed Hawks and 8 Bald Eagles.

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Subject: Nez Perce County Sagebrush Sparrow
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:08:45 -0800
I saw a SAGEBRUSH SPARROW today while counting birds for the Lewiston
Raptor Run.

A lifer for me!

The bird was located on Rosenkrantz Road just south of the Volmer Road
intersection.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34827678


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Subject: Snow Geese
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:23:22 -0800
Hello all,

Snow Geese are back at McNary NWR around Burbank, WA - 10 - 15 thousand 
can be seen at a time. This morning they were off Hanson Loop Road to 
the north - but can be anywhere in the area. Lots of ice still on 
Burbank slough. Many Cackling and White-fronted Geese in the area as 
well. Bald Eagles are abundant -

Say's Phoebe's have been seen in several places - and bluebirds as well.

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Subject: LC Valley Birds and more
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:05:08 -0800
Hi Birders,

Kirsten Dahl and I birded the LC Valley this a.m. and early afternoon.
Birds of note:

Horned Grebe - 1 in the Clearwater River near the Railroad Bridge 
Horned Grebe - on in the Snake River on the Washington side between
Clarkston and Asotin
Red-head Duck - at least 7 pair in West Pond 
Lesser Scaup 2 pair
Ring-necked Ducks many
Hooded Merganser 
Gadwall 
Western Screech Owl - Asotin Sewage Treatment Plant area
Northern Shoveler - 5 at pond C
No unusual Gulls at Swallows Park:
Many Ring-billed, Herring and California Gulls
Saw NO BIRDS at Spalding National Park 
Green-winged Teal at Swallows Park and at the pond north of the Asotin
Sewage Treatment Pant
Cooper's Hawk -one in Idaho and one in Washington.
Tundra Swan at Mann Lake 
Ring-billed Gulls (2)  and California Gull (1) at Mann Lake
Northern Harrier along Reservation Road
Say's Phoebe near Lewiston Waste Water Treatment Plant

Many usual species not listed.

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Subject: Mann Lake and North Lewiston
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:28:34 -0500
 This AM at Mann Lake: 
Greater White-fronted Goose            one 
Tundra 
Swan                                     one      
likely the one found yesterday by Jo Reed 


Canvasback                                       one 
male 

  
Lots of Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring-necked ducks, Common Mergansers 
  
North Lewiston    Among the many American Wigeons, a male Eurasian 
continues. 

  
Keith E. Carlson 
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Subject: Mann Lake Question and more
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:20:27 -0800
Hi Birders,

Has anyone been to Mann Lake in the Lewiston Orchards?  Is it ice free?

Also I observed 2 pair of Gadwall Ducks at the flooded field along Mountain
View Road this afternoon along with 80+ mallards.  There was also a pair of
Bufflehead along Mountain View Road between B and D streets in Moscow and
also a lone female Bufflehead at the UI Dairy Ponds.  The larger pond is
over half ice free.

Good Birding.

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Subject: Solitaire
From: Nancy Draznin <motherwise AT genesee-id.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:42:04 -0800
I've never seen a Townsend's Solitaire before, but there's one in my front yard 
crabapple tree. Yard first, life first. 


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Subject: Steven County Red-breasted Mergansers
From: donna bragg <1donnabragg AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:03:43 -0800
Today I saw 3 male Red-breasted Mergansers at the Evans Campground. 5 had
been spotted yesterday by another birder. Viewed from the boat launch or a
little south of the boat launch. There are also Canvasbacks visible from
the boat launch out near the mud island along with many of the more common
ducks.

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Subject: Clarkston Glaucous Gull
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:51:25 -0800
This morning, a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was at Swallows Park along with
the 3 regular species.  Likely the same individual that has been
sporadically reported around the valley this winter.

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Subject: Love is in the air
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:34:07 -0800
In my various wanderings around town this morning I couldn't help but
notice the various mating rituals of the birds I encountered. The ducks
were busy peeping, beeping, displaying and contorting themselves to impress
the ladies. I also found a pair of red tailed hawks mating and building a
nest.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/32564647910/in/dateposted-public/

I also found a scaup at West Pond, but not sure whether it's greater or
lesser.
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Subject: Moscow area Snow Geese (2/17/17)
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:50:07 +0000
Hi All,

There were 2 Snow Geese with Canada Geese and Mallards in the fields just
east of Mountainview Park/Paradise Creek in the northeast corner of Moscow.
When I saw them around noon most easily seen from the path along Paradise
Creek a bit south of the park. Otherwise only Canada Geese and Mallards
among 500+ waterfowl but worth keeping an eye on this area for other
species w/ the large amount of standing water in the area.

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Subject: Band-tailed Pigeon Walla Walla
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:16:15 -0800
Hello all,

Just returned from great views of a Band-tailed Pigeon on NE Della St. 
in College Place - Reported by John Stafford on Maple St. across from 
Della - says it has been around for probably 10 days - with a dozen 
Collared Doves. 4th record for Walla Walla County.

Area is just west of Home Depot off Myra Road.

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Subject: Killdeer
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:22:13 +0000
Flyover today. With all the snow on the ground my ears did a double-take when 
one flew over. 

Colbert,
WA

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Subject: Brrrr...birding in the cold around Spokane today
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:37:58 +0000 (UTC)
Today, I took advantage of the sunshine and negative wind chills to go out and 
get my year started in Spokane county. I visited the usual spots like Duck 
Corner, Nine Mile Dam, the Confluence, Painted Rocks, Fish Hatchery, and 
Wandemere Pond. Then I made a lunch stop back at home and then visited Cheney, 
Medical Lake, and the West Plains. 


My best stop of the day was at Painted Rocks which is part of the Little 
Spokane River Natural Area. At the parking lot, a park ranger was checking for 
Discover Passes so I had a friendly conversation with him. After he left, then 
the birds came out - from the parking lot you can hear a lot of tapping going 
on from woodpeckers. Downy, Hairy, and Northern Flicker were all right by the 
lot. A Townsend's Solitaire was present here as well. Also, a Canyon Wren was 
"bleating" from the rocks above. Then down the trail towards the confluence, I 
had a nice chat with a walker who asked if I was looking for Pileated. How did 
he know? Then after parting ways with him, just down the trail, two male 
Pileated Woodpeckers were working trees right beside the trail. I took some 
nice pics and video that will be up on Facebook later. 


Cheney - near the Bi-Mart store, there was a large flock of Bohemian Waxwings. 
Medical Lake - near the elementary school, another flock of Bohemians but about 
half the size of the Cheney flock. 


The West Plains were devoid of life. Not a single lark flock did I see - just 
one Ring-necked Pheasant on Coulee Hite Road. 


Although it was nice having the sun out, it presented some awful lighting 
situations were I could not get good looks without blinding myself at a large 
flock of ducks at Nine Mile Dam. 


Details are on eBird.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

And - no, I did not search for the reported Hawk Owl near Indian Trail.

Good birding,

Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
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Subject: Finally a Few Winter Finches
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:35:35 +0000
Hello,

I think most of us Inland NW birders would agree that comparatively speaking, 
it has been a pretty scarce year for winter finches. At least it has been true 
for me in N Spokane County. This morning, however, I did have a small 
breakthrough. On Holcomb Rd (in the foothills of Mt Spokane), I had several 
flocks of Pine Siskins (about 12 birds), a flock of Cassin's Finches (7), 2 
flocks of Red Crossbills (about 10 birds), and a flock of Evening Grosbeaks (7) 
birds. They all seemed to be enjoying the morning sun even though it was only 
15 degrees. Hopefully this will be a harbinger of more to come. 


Blessings
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Subject: Who's eating who?
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:40:35 -0800
I took my dog to Chief Timothy park this a.m. for a run and to see if I
could relocate the great horned owl the Canyon Birders found yesterday. We
didn't find the owl, but my dog kept finding the remains of a few birds. He
found a wing from a red-tailed hawk and a ginormous pellet nearby. A feast
for the great horned perhaps? Then he happily brought me the remains of a
freshly killed coot. Not far away I found a red-tail hawk with blood on
it's face. The guilty party?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/32022563334/in/dateposted-public/

Also he flushed my f.o.y. killdeer, so a pretty good morning out.

-- 

*Catherine Temple*

*Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*

*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
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Subject: Moscow area Prairie Falcon
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:14:12 +0000
Hi All,

I had a Prairie Falcon just northeast of Moscow around noon today. It was
hunting off the high tension power poles between Darby and Moscow Mountain
Rds. about a mile east of Mountainview Rd. It was pretty distant but had to
be a Prairie - very pale underparts, brownish upperparts, long tailed,
somewhat slender looking bird. Also in the area were 2-3 Red-tailed Hawks
and a Rough-legged Hawk.

thanks, Charles.
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Moscow, Idaho
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Subject: Greater white fronted goose
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:40:53 -0800
I found a greater white-fronted goose among the many waterfowl at Swallows
Park this afternoon. Also present were pintail, green-winged teal, Am.
widgeon, bufflehead, mallards and Canada geese.

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