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27 Feb Harlequin Duck - Coeur d'Alene, ID [Doug Ward ]
26 Feb Franklin County: ferruginous hawk, Golden Eagle, Gray-crowned rosy finch [Kevin Black ]
25 Feb white-throated sparrow and others [Catherine Temple ]
24 Feb Says phoebes [David Woodall ]
24 Feb swans [Fran Haywood ]
23 Feb WSU Merlin and GH Owl [Richard Baltierra ]
23 Feb Re: Saturday in Asotin County [Mike Clarke ]
23 Feb Franklin County: Sandhill Cranes, GC Rosy Finches, YH Black-Bird, Adams County: Golden Eagle [Kevin Black ]
22 Feb WA Birder List Report is now availableţ [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
22 Feb (no subject) [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
22 Feb Saturday in Asotin County [Mike Clarke ]
22 Feb Franklin's Gull, VG Swallow today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
22 Feb WSU Great Horns [RJ Baltierra ]
22 Feb Latah County Owls [Carl Lundblad ]
22 Feb Latah County Owls ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
21 Feb Walla Walla and Franklin Counties [Richard Baltierra ]
21 Feb FW: Tundra Swans ["Shirley Sturts" ]
19 Feb Lyon's Ferry Pine Grosbeaks [Mike & MerryLynn ]
18 Feb Grebe ID Needed [EarthBourne ]
18 Feb Canyon Wrens [Fran Haywood ]
17 Feb Liberty Lake Merlin [Nancy Williams ]
16 Feb Chewelah Valley waterfowl [Dave Kreft ]
16 Feb Coeur d'Alene Audubon field trip results [Lisa Hardy ]
15 Feb Re: Tundra swans Chewelah Valley [Fran Haywood ]
12 Feb FOY Great Gray Owl ["J. Woolbright " ]
12 Feb Tundra swans Chewelah Valley [Dave Kreft ]
12 Feb Pine Grosbeaks [Marlene Cashen ]
11 Feb Changes in the IBRC "Review List) ["Shirley Sturts" ]
11 Feb Spring rituals [Catherine Temple ]
11 Feb Not in the Northwest, but Memorable ["Keith Carlson" ]
11 Feb Not in the Northwest, but Memorable [Keith Carlson ]
10 Feb Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 88, Issue 9 [Bettie Hoff ]
9 Feb Re: Moscow Killdeer [Kelly Cassidy ]
9 Feb Moscow Killdeer [Charles Swift ]
9 Feb Another window protection idea ["Shirley Sturts" ]
8 Feb solutions to birds hitting windows [Tina ]
8 Feb Iceland Gull - Bayview, ID [Doug Ward ]
8 Feb Re: Snowy Owl Umatilla County, OR [Bruce Toews ]
7 Feb Snowy Owl Umatilla County, OR [Melissa Cummins ]
04 Feb Evening Grosbeaks in Pend Oreille County [Terry Little ]
2 Feb White-Throated Sparrow, Evening Grosbeak Franklin County [Kevin Black ]
1 Feb Lake Coeur d'Alene [Carl Lundblad ]
1 Feb Lake Coeur d'Alene ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
1 Feb Jan 24th Spokane Audubon trip to Lewiston [John Hanna ]
31 Jan Merlin in Reardan [Marlene Cashen ]
31 Jan Thurday and Friday in N Idaho ["Terry Little" ]
30 Jan Pileated Woodpecker [Lindell Haggin ]
30 Jan Benewah County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
30 Jan Kootenai County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
30 Jan Re: Cougar Bay Domestic [Eliot Miller ]
30 Jan Cougar Bay Domestic [Jonathan Isacoff ]
28 Jan Re: [PossibleSpam] [LCBirds2] Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County []
29 Jan Re: Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID) [Eliot Miller ]
29 Jan Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID) [Doug Ward ]
28 Jan Idaho County Bluebirds [Terry Lane ]
27 Jan Spokane Cassin's Finch - Evening Grosbeak [Terry Little ]
27 Jan Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County [Kevin Black ]
27 Jan Iceland & Glaucous Gulls/L-t Duck - Coeur d'Alene (ID) [Doug Ward ]
26 Jan ID Change for the GYR seen on Monday [Richard Baltierra ]
26 Jan WA Birder List Reports deadline is January 31ţ [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
25 Jan Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull []
25 Jan Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull []
25 Jan Moscow (UI Dairy) Cackling Geese (2), Redhead, etc., 1/25/15 [Charles Swift ]
25 Jan Coeur D'Alene KUMLIEN'S Gull [Jonathan Isacoff ]
25 Jan Idaho County [Terry Lane ]
25 Jan More on "Weird Duck" ["Keith Carlson" ]
25 Jan More on "Weird Duck" [Keith Carlson ]
25 Jan Grosbeaks again [Catherine Temple ]
25 Jan Glorfield Road gyrfalcon [Stephen Lacey ]
24 Jan Weird Duck [Keith Carlson ]
24 Jan University Heights (Moscow) Blue Jay etc., 1/22/15 [Charles Swift ]
24 Jan (no subject) [Catherine Temple ]
23 Jan ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty ["Keith Carlson" ]
23 Jan ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty [Keith Carlson ]
21 Jan Clark's or Western Grebe ? [Keith Carlson ]
20 Jan Whitman-GYR Continues [Richard Baltierra ]

Subject: Harlequin Duck - Coeur d'Alene, ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:36 -0800
My wife and I took advantage of this beautiful weather today (27 Feb.'15)
and got together for a lunchtime walk with the dogs on Tubbs Hill in
downtown Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co., ID).  We decided to water the mutts at
the 3rd Street boat ramp (between Tubbs Hill/McEuen Park and the Resort
hotel) where we had a nice surprise, an immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK feeding
right down next to the seawall by the park.  This is very probably the same
bird which was found by Bob Kemp about a week ago over on the east side of
Tubbs Hill at the 11th street marina.  I'm not sure this sighting made it
out to INW Birders, so now it has and likely repeatable if you want to check
him out.  Great bird, so good luck if you go!

 

Cheers,

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Subject: Franklin County: ferruginous hawk, Golden Eagle, Gray-crowned rosy finch
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:33:51 -0800
Hello All,

Today I did a quick birding stent wanting to see the gray-crowned Rosy finches 
again. They were still there just West of the intersection of Devils Canyon and 
Pasco-Kahloutus Highway on Pasco-Kahlotus Highway. 


Other highlights include:

Ferruginous Hawk: FOY at the intersection of hwy 261 and Davin on powerline.

Golden Eagle: hovering on Gill rd.

Say's Phoebe:  Pasco-kahlotus highway 



It was a good day though I did a short stent of birding. Very warm with a 
slight breeze. 



Good birding and take care,

Kevin Black
Kennewick, WA


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Subject: white-throated sparrow and others
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:55:47 -0800
I escaped for a short while this morning to go looking for some birds to
photograph, in particular any herons on the nests at Chief Timothy HMU. On
the way there I stopped at the cliffs where the peregrines nest and found
one all fluffed up from the cold.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/16460490839/in/photostream/

I continued on to the habitat area and didn't find any herons at all, but
got a surprise bird scratching in the leaf litter under the blackberry
bushes. It was a white-throated sparrow. I almost dismissed it as a
white-crowned sparrow, but glad I took a closer look. A little pishing
convinced it to pose for a couple of photos.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/16645291631/in/photostream/

Heading home I nearly drove off the road watching a red-tailed hawk
carrying a stick. When I got to a safe place to see where it went another
bird flew in so I followed that one and got an eyeful of the pair mating,
but I did locate where they are building a nest. Perhaps I will be able to
follow the red-tails through the nesting season like I did with the
kestrels last spring. What fun that would be!

-- 

*Catherine Temple*

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Subject: Says phoebes
From: David Woodall <wldlfbio AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:18:27 -0800
I noticed several Says Phoebes up the Snake River today when I stopped at 
Hellar Bar, located in asotin county. 


David Woodall

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soils, waters, and animals, or collectively: the land 

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Subject: swans
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:07:08 -0800
Sunday, took a drive to Cow Lake to look for the recently reported swans.
None there, but at least 80 on W Hallin Lake.

Raptors in route included
Rough legged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk    Many including pairs carrying nesting materials.
N Harrier  1 male  2 female.

W Meadowlarks

1 singing along s side of Sprague Lake
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Subject: WSU Merlin and GH Owl
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:28:18 -0800
This afternoon my girlfriend and I went on a walk to find any roosting
owls. It proved immediately successful as we found a Great Horned Owl
perched in the first patch of woods we looked. Although we already knew
there was owls that were in there, as we had heard them there previously.
Then while walking around the giant Blue Permit parking lot at the
southside of campus we found a clean cut MERLIN perched up in a tree. Very
cool to finally see this species up close, and obtain decent pics!
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Subject: Re: Saturday in Asotin County
From: Mike Clarke <transvolcanic AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:04:21 -0800
It can be tough to find when perched.   Watch for it making forays out over
the river.

Mike
On Feb 22, 2015 6:45 PM, "Mike Clarke"  wrote:

> A few highlights from a Saturday spent birding in Asotin County:
>
> Western Bluebirds- Male and female along Mill Rd., a bit early for that
> elevation.
> American Tree Sparrows-  2 groups on the Anatone flats.  One on Forgey Rd
> another on Pine Ridge Rd.
> Marsh Wrens- 2 singing at Evans Pond
> Lesser Scaup- Chief Timothy park
> Peregrine Falcon-  At the nesting site in the cliffs west of the golf
> course along Hwy. 12
> Eared Grebe- 1 on the Snake...my first of the year for Asotin.
> Northern Shrikes- 1 on Anatone flats, 1 on Weissenfels Ridge Rd.
>
> Mike Clarke
> Pullman
>
>
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Subject: Franklin County: Sandhill Cranes, GC Rosy Finches, YH Black-Bird, Adams County: Golden Eagle
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:08:27 -0800
Hello All,

My Fiance and I birded Franklin County and a little Adams County yesterday.
We had a good time soaking in the early "spring" sun. We started out in
Othello checking the McManamom Ponds, hoping for a repeat Gyrfalcon from
last year (or the year before? can't remember) but came out only with two
GOLDEN EAGLES. Good numbers of Cackling Geese and Canada Geese were present
along with Northern Pintails and a handful of Green-Winged Teal.

Then we moved onto Scooteney Reservoir and sharpened our eyes. We found a
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in a flock of Brewers and Red-Winged Blackbird just
East of the intersection of Coyan and Hwy17. A SAY'S PHEOBE also graced
us on Coyan Road. Fifteen early SANDHILL CRANES were in the fields just
East of HWY 17 betweeen Coyan and Paradise Rd.

At Scooteney we had:
Green-Winged Teal 10
Killdeer 1
Common Mergansers 25
Common Goldeneye 10
Bald Eagles 2

We ended the day with 50 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES in their roosting spots
near Devil's Canyon. We didn't see any arriving swallows but it sounds like
they are on the way! It was a good day and we had good birds.

Good Birding,

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Subject: WA Birder List Report is now availableţ
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:26:59 -0800

2014 Washington Birder List
Report, Big Day Reports and County Statistics are now available on the
Washington Birder website: http://wabirder.com/online.html 
. 


 


The first Washington State
List Report published was for year 1992. It was included inside the
Washington Birder Newsletter and was 2 pages in length. 25 individuals reported
their Washington State "Life List". 19 birders kept a variety of
county lists. Gene Hunn and Burt Jahn were the only 2 birders who reported
50 species or more for every county. 


 


The List Report has grown
over the years with increased numbers of participants and additional 
reporting categories that interest birders in Washington. This year the
list is 28 pages in length, with about 125 individuals actively reporting.
Washington State "Life List" reporting continues to be the most
popular category.  Over the past 22 years, birders in Washington began to
report 100, 150, and eventually 175 species or more in every county. It
seemed unlikely when the first list was published that anyone would ever
report 200 or more species on every county list, but with the 2014 List
Report, Tom Mansfield has become the first person to report 200 or
more species in every Washington county, adding yet another category to the
list. 


 


Thanks to all who continue
to participate with List Reporting. We look forward to receiving your List
Reports for 2015. 


 


Finally, we really
appreciate receiving notes sent directly to us about "County
Firsts", the observers, dates & locations. 


Additionally, please
contact us about species with abundance codes in need of
revision.   


 


Ken
Knittle      washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com 


Laurie Knittle  info AT wabirder.com








Ken
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From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:25:02 -0800





Ken
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Subject: Saturday in Asotin County
From: Mike Clarke <transvolcanic AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:45:17 -0800
A few highlights from a Saturday spent birding in Asotin County:

Western Bluebirds- Male and female along Mill Rd., a bit early for that
elevation.
American Tree Sparrows-  2 groups on the Anatone flats.  One on Forgey Rd
another on Pine Ridge Rd.
Marsh Wrens- 2 singing at Evans Pond
Lesser Scaup- Chief Timothy park
Peregrine Falcon-  At the nesting site in the cliffs west of the golf
course along Hwy. 12
Eared Grebe- 1 on the Snake...my first of the year for Asotin.
Northern Shrikes- 1 on Anatone flats, 1 on Weissenfels Ridge Rd.

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Subject: Franklin's Gull, VG Swallow today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:06:30 -0800
Hello all,
We headed for the river today - stopped at the delta and at 2Rivers we hiked 
out the south end where Mike chummed for gulls. Lots of mud but just the usual 
Killdeer and Dunlin for shorebirds. Stopped at the poop piles and there was a 
Franklin's Gull with the Ring-billed's. Drove across to 2Rivers and there was 
another Franklin's Gull - with many Ring-billed, California and Herring Gulls. 

Lots of waterfowl to look through - the Common Goldeneyes were all courting - 
fun to watch. Casey pond area was full of birds - many Greater white-fronted 
Geese, Cackling Geese, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Black-crowned 
Night-Herons. Snow Geese were way out in the slough today - looked like a 
thousand or so. 

On our way home Mike saw a Violet-green Swallow on Touchet North rd - #145 for 
the county yearlist. 

I had a Say's Phoebe in College Place yesterday - calling and flycatching from 
lines - headed off to the northeast. 

Good birding, ML

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Subject: WSU Great Horns
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:37:42 -0800
I seemed to be on a roll with Great Horned Owls on campus because I just found 
a young Owl in the trees above the staircase near Neil Hall. I knew there was 
one there for awhile due to the mess it was making on the stairs I walk up 
every day. Today I was headed to work and I looked up and there was the messy 
culprit! Very cool!!! 


RJ Baltierra
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Subject: Latah County Owls
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:16:17 -0800
A small group of us did some late winter owling in Latah County on Saturday
evening.  In residential Kendrick, we had a pair of dueting WESTERN
SCREECH-OWLS, a fairly difficult bird to find in the county.  We then drove
Vassar Meadows road (near Deary) from east to west which was good for a
couple each NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS and BARRED OWLS.

Good Birding

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Subject: Latah County Owls
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:16:17 -0800
A small group of us did some late winter owling in Latah County on Saturday
evening.  In residential Kendrick, we had a pair of dueting WESTERN
SCREECH-OWLS, a fairly difficult bird to find in the county.  We then drove
Vassar Meadows road (near Deary) from east to west which was good for a
couple each NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS and BARRED OWLS.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
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Subject: Walla Walla and Franklin Counties
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:41:47 -0800
Last weekend I made a spontaneous trip with my girlfriend and did some
birding in western Walla Walla County, and Franklin County. We found 65
species. The highlights include thousands of Snow Geese at McNary, and
three species of owls in Franklin County. Including the sight of my first 2
Long Eared Owls!! Pics of some of these birds are on my flickr. Also I saw
a Great Horned Owl right outside the CUB here on the WSU campus, it was
right in front of windows by the Panda Express!!

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Subject: FW: Tundra Swans
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:57:38 -0800

-----Original Message-----
From: papuidaho AT frontier.com [mailto:papuidaho AT frontier.com] 
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:01 AM
To: shirley.sturts AT gmail.com
Subject: Tundra Swans

Just wanted to let everyone know that there are a couple hundred Tundra Swans 
back at Killarney Lake. There are an abundance of young Signets this year. 
Larry 


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Subject: Lyon's Ferry Pine Grosbeaks
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:44:39 -0800
Hello all,
Ginger reports 2 Pine Grosbeaks at Lyon's Ferry Park in Franklin Co. yesterday 
- along with the Lesser Goldfinches. 


Bennington Lake walkers were happy to see 16 Bohemian Waxwings on Tuesday - we 
had only seen single birds so far this winter. 


Great Egrets are coming in - 30 were at MP300 ponds at McNary NWR on Sat. 
Thousands of Snow Geese and many White-fronts and Cacklers are on the refuge 
now. 


Later, ML
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Subject: Grebe ID Needed
From: EarthBourne <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:33:44 -0800
I have a number of REALLY BAD photos of grebes we saw 02/17/2015 on Cow 
Lake, Adams Co., WA. I'm pretty sure they are grebes but I couldn't 
quite see them well enough all the way across the lake. I tried getting 
photos using my spotting scope and cellphone camera, but could not get a 
good shot.  So sorry about the bad photos, but I thought some of the 
experts in this group might still be able to ID these for me. I don't 
think they could be Pied-Billed. Too small to be Western or Clark's. So, 
I'm thinking they are Horned, Eared or Red-Necked. There are 8 photos in 
the album with the grebes on the water.

*https://www.flickr.com/photos/treadletoes/sets/72157650468487378/
*
We went back out to Cow Lake this morning, 02/18/2015, and the Tundra 
Swans were EVERYWHERE!! There were well over 100+ there. Didn't see any 
further up on Sprague Lake. Interesting that they prefer Cow Lake as 
they do.*

*Thanks very much for trying!
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Subject: Canyon Wrens
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:11:49 -0800
Went to Riverside State Park in Spokane on Tues.  Walked across the
swinging bridge and along the trail to the left where I found several
singing Canyon Wrens. One was on the rock slide just before the trail drops
down towards the river. Funny, how there songs seem to be coming from above
where they actually are. They really like the slide areas.

Also had flocks of Pygmy Nuthatch.  Many people enjoying our spring-like
weather with 5 RV's in the campground.


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Subject: Liberty Lake Merlin
From: Nancy Williams <oriole2023 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:42:00 -0500
Observed a merlin perched in the tall trees in the yard of a house near the 
intersection of Molter and Sprague. It was calling and flying out over the golf 
course. 


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Subject: Chewelah Valley waterfowl
From: Dave Kreft <dkreft AT centurylink.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:42:17 -0800
The Tundra swans ( counted 29) have relocated to a seasonal flooded field lying 
in-between Hwy 395 and Cottonwood 4 miles S of Chewelah. Best view is from 
Cottonwood Rd, about 1 mile north of it's intersection with Hafer Rd. Hundreds 
of Canada geese, mallards and northern pintails there also. In with the geese 
was a lone SNOW GOOSE. Also present was a high flying Great blue heron. 


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Subject: Coeur d'Alene Audubon field trip results
From: Lisa Hardy <basalt AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:34:14 +0000 (UTC)
Results from yesterday's (February 14, 2015) Coeur d'Alene Audubon field trip. 
Water levels were high on the lakes. We failed to find a Red-necked Grebe, one 
of our target species for the day. At least one Long-tailed Duck is still 
present off of NIC point. Bewick's Wren and Killdeer were unexpected species in 
residential backyards. 

Lisa HardyKellogg, ID

Fernan Lake, Kootenai, US-ID
Feb 14, 2015 7:30 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Coeur d'Alene Audubon field trip
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  19
Mallard  12
Mallard (Domestic type)  2  
Bufflehead  23
Common Goldeneye  79
Barrow's Goldeneye  1
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  10
Double-crested Cormorant  54
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  1
Herring Gull  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1

Ft. Sherman, Kootenai, US-ID
Feb 14, 2015 9:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Coeur d'Alene Audubon field trip. Walked through City Park, 
residential neighborhood of old Fort Sherman grounds. 

21 species

Canada Goose  15
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Northern Flicker  1
Merlin  1
American Crow  12
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Mountain Chickadee  2
Pygmy Nuthatch  8
Bewick's Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  141
European Starling  12
Song Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  1    Oregon
House Finch  6
Pine Siskin  5
House Sparrow  24

Blackwell Island, Kootenai, US-ID
Feb 14, 2015 11:20 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Coeur d'Alene Audubon field trip.
13 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  68
Mallard  44
Mallard (Domestic type)  2    All dark, with iridescent green head. Drab 
olive-yellow bill and legs, curled tail feathers. 

Bufflehead  2
Horned Grebe  1
Ring-billed Gull  56
California Gull  4
gull sp.  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
American Crow  30
Black-capped Chickadee  2
chickadee sp.  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Song Sparrow  1
Red Crossbill  2


Lake Coeur d'Alene--Cougar Bay, Kootenai, US-ID
Feb 14, 2015 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Coeur d'Alene Audubon field trip. Scoped marshy areas at Nature 
Conservancy property and across highway 95. Short hike at Nature Conservancy. 
Scoped Cougar Bay from private residence. Water level high. 

25 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  23
Trumpeter/Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  12
Mallard  379
Canvasback  6
Redhead  8
Ring-necked Duck  10
Greater/Lesser Scaup  7
Bufflehead  83
Common Goldeneye  10
Common Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Horned Grebe  16
Double-crested Cormorant  40
American Coot  200
Ring-billed Gull  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Pygmy Nuthatch  6
Pacific Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  2
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Subject: Re: Tundra swans Chewelah Valley
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:57:23 -0800
Brad & I went to Calispell Lake Thursday after a report of Swans on the
lake.  The lake was completely ice free and there were about 200 swans
along with several species of duck.

The pilings on the river at Cusick had a pair of Bald Eagles on one and
Cormorants of several and at least 30 great blue herons. Very early for
open water on Calispell Lake. With the colder temperatures forecast for the
next few days, that could change.

Fran Haywood
Spokane WA

On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 1:51 PM, Dave Kreft  wrote:

> Looks like 18 Tundra swans along and west of the Colville River  about 5
> miles south of Chewelah. Good viewing off of Newton Lane, west of the
> junction of SR 231 and US 395. Earliest I've seen swans here due to open
> water in February! Also hundreds of Canada geese and many mallards and
> other dabblers.
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Subject: FOY Great Gray Owl
From: "J. Woolbright " <jwoolbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:13:27 -0800
I was surprised this evening around 4:45 pm to see a GREAT GRAY OWL fly in
front of our car at the wooded section of Woodland Rd. just past Moon House
Rd.......a popular haunt for these magnificent birds.  We stopped, backed
up, and turned on Moon House hoping to find the individual and there it was
on a fence post....some 12 - 15 feet away from us.  We parked and watched
it for a good 6 minutes or more.  This rather smallish individual pounced
down into the pasture grass once but came up empty and perched on the fence
post again.  A few minutes later it got into its pouncing pose once more
and dropped down into the grass on the near side of the fence.  We could
tell it had caught something because of its movements, as though trying to
get a better purchase on the prey item.  Soon it flew up with its rodent
prize and glided into the nearby wooded area.  We drove on up Moon House Rd
to turn around and as we came back to that site a few minutes later, my son
spotted the owl on a branch, a ghostly gray against the dark woods.

February is extremely early for me to see my FOY Great Gray, as I usually
see my FOY on Easter morning.  We have been having a lovely false spring,
though, for the last couple of weeks and I wonder if that is why this one
was out and about.

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Subject: Tundra swans Chewelah Valley
From: Dave Kreft <dkreft AT centurylink.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:51:44 -0800
Looks like 18 Tundra swans along and west of the Colville River about 5 miles 
south of Chewelah. Good viewing off of Newton Lane, west of the junction of SR 
231 and US 395. Earliest I've seen swans here due to open water in February! 
Also hundreds of Canada geese and many mallards and other dabblers. 


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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:49:02 -0500
Wednesday afternoon there were six Pine Grosbeaks feasting on berries by our 
home in Veradale, WA. 


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Subject: Changes in the IBRC "Review List)
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:25:26 -0800
The  Glaucous Gull has been changed  from "all" to  summer records only "S"
for the Panhandle and West (southwest ID). 

The Lesser Black-backed Gull has been changed  from "all" to  summer records
only "S"   West (southwest ID)  

See http://www.idahobirds.net/ibrc/reviewspecies.html

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Subject: Spring rituals
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:28:19 -0800
Took a walk along the levee on the Clearwater River this morning to try out
my new lens. The mallards at West pond were performing all their spring
rituals. Lots of peeping, posturing, and escorting going on.

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Subject: Not in the Northwest, but Memorable
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:29:29 -0800
Seen in Cayo Culebra, Ascension Bay, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Approaching Cayo Culebra Island, returning from a day of fishing we saw what 
appeared to be a fairly large bird struggling on the water. 

Thinking it might be caught in old fishing line, we slowed and approached to 
see if we could free it. 

Last year we had freed a Magnificient Frigatebird from entanglement in the same 
general location. 


As we approached, it became apparent that what we were witnessing was a bird of 
prey that had just downed what appears to be a Tri-colored Heron. 

The water was 6-8 feet deep here ( too deep to wade) so it must have knocked it 
out of the sky just prior to our arrival. There was a large number of blue-gray 
feathers floating on the water. 

As we neared, the predator took off, leaving the then dead Heron floating face 
down. 


Turned out to be what I believe is a Pomarine Jaeger.
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Subject: Not in the Northwest, but Memorable
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:29:29 -0800
Seen in Cayo Culebra, Ascension Bay, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Approaching Cayo Culebra Island, returning from a day of fishing we saw what 
appeared to be a fairly large bird struggling on the water. 

Thinking it might be caught in old fishing line, we slowed and approached to 
see if we could free it. 

Last year we had freed a Magnificient Frigatebird from entanglement in the same 
general location. 


As we approached, it became apparent that what we were witnessing was a bird of 
prey that had just downed what appears to be a Tri-colored Heron. 

The water was 6-8 feet deep here ( too deep to wade) so it must have knocked it 
out of the sky just prior to our arrival. There was a large number of blue-gray 
feathers floating on the water. 

As we neared, the predator took off, leaving the then dead Heron floating face 
down. 


Turned out to be what I believe is a Pomarine Jaeger.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16501542721/in/photostream/

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Subject: Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 88, Issue 9
From: Bettie Hoff <hoff697 AT turbonet.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:58:26 -0700

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Subject: Re: Moscow Killdeer
From: Kelly Cassidy <highsteppe AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:43:49 -0800
I heard a Killdeer flying in the farm fields around my yard (about 4 mi South 
of Pullman) on Friday evening. What a mild January we've had. 


Kelly Cassidy
Pullman, WA

> On Feb 9, 2015, at 3:53 PM, Charles Swift  wrote:
> 
> I had a Killdeer on the northeast side of Moscow yesterday afternoon. A bit 
early here but not too surprising considering the spring-like weather we've 
been having. Seems like we could also have early (perhaps some late February?) 
swallows this year? 

> 
> Charles.
> 
> -- 
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Subject: Moscow Killdeer
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:53:50 -0800
I had a Killdeer on the northeast side of Moscow yesterday afternoon. A bit
early here but not too surprising considering the spring-like weather we've
been having. Seems like we could also have early (perhaps some late
February?) swallows this year?

Charles.

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Subject: Another window protection idea
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:03:40 -0800
This is the window protection for birds that we have:
http://stores.santarosanational.com


1) the filament will stretch somewhat over time.  All you do is push down on
the lower rod and make a quarter turn to tighten.

2) filament works best so as not to block your window view.  At certain time
of the day, we can't see the filament at all!

3) you could buy the materials at a hardware store.

4) since we installed the window protection we have had zero collisions!

5) it has been very satisfactory.


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Subject: solutions to birds hitting windows
From: Tina <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:44:49 -0800
Listening to You Bet Your Garden this morning I heard an interview with a 
naturalist/engineer who hasinvented a pretty effective bird saver. It is worth 
listening to the show's Mike McGrath interview him , and you cango directly to 
the inventor's website: http://www.birdsavers.comThere is hope... 

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Subject: Iceland Gull - Bayview, ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 05:39:22 +0000 (UTC)
  Picked up a great “yard bird” out at our cabin just east ofBayview 
(Kootenai Co., ID) this afternoon (7 Feb.’15), a 2nd year“Kumlien’s” 
ICELAND GULL!  I’m 99% sure this was the same bird that wasfound about two 
weeks ago by Andy and Ellen Stepniewski down at City Beach onLake Coeur 
d’Alene; I saw it a couple of days later after following up on JonIsacoff’s 
post.  Anyway, it was actively feeding a fair way out on ScenicBay of Lake 
Pend Oreille with a group of adult Herring and California Gulls aswell as at 
least one adult THAYER’S GULL (another “yard bird”).  Thereason for this 
post is to make you aware in case some of y’all might beheading out to 
Farragut State Park to enjoy our lovely weather tomorrow. You can sometimes 
find gulls down in Bayview’s marinas as well, so if you areout, you might 
check there too. Good Birding,Doug 
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Umatilla County, OR
From: Bruce Toews <Bruce.Toews AT wallawalla.edu>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 03:46:23 +0000
About 1:30pm today, I also saw a Snowy Owl (likely a different one from 
Melissa's) on Umatilla County Road 674 (west off of the unpaved Dry Creek/York 
Road). It was sitting on a farmer's green disker near two haystacks. 


Bruce Toews
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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Snowy Owl Umatilla County, OR

After seeing a report on the OBOL birding list-serve of three snowy owls being 
seen near Athena, OR, I went looking this afternoon since it's only about 30 
minutes from where I live. I managed to find one owl on Watts Road, as 
previously reported. Watts road is north of Athena and west of Hwy 11. 


A photo can be seen here.

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Subject: Snowy Owl Umatilla County, OR
From: Melissa Cummins <mcummins191 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:29:25 -0800
After seeing a report on the OBOL birding list-serve of three snowy owls
being seen near Athena, OR, I went looking this afternoon since it's only
about 30 minutes from where I live.  I managed to find one owl on Watts
Road, as previously reported.  Watts road is north of Athena and west of
Hwy 11.

A photo can be seen here.

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Subject: Evening Grosbeaks in Pend Oreille County
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:40:50 -0800
Hello,
 
A flock of 11 Evening Grosbeaks was at the corner of Kirkpatrick and Milan
Farms Rd this morning is southern Pend Oreille County. This is place where
they are often found in the winter.

Blessings
Terry Little 
Mead, Wa

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Subject: White-Throated Sparrow, Evening Grosbeak Franklin County
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 21:14:33 -0800
Hey All,

Followed up on Laurie Ness's report of Pine Grosbeak at Chiawana Park
yesterday. I didn't find the Pine Grosbeaks but did hear Evening Grosbeaks
which is FOY for me so I am happy-also another consolation
prize-White-Throated Sparrow-ran into Richard Laubach who also was looking
for the Pine Grosbeaks. He also saw the White-Throated Sparrow. It was a
good day!

Chiawana Park, Franklin, US-WA
Feb 2, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  200
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  20
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  5
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  5
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  5
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  4
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2
American Coot (Fulica americana)  300
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  15
California Gull (Larus californicus)  5
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  10
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  10
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  10     flock singing
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  30
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  X
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1     pictures obtained,
white-striped
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  10
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)  2     heard
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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Subject: Lake Coeur d'Alene
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:22:42 -0800
I birded a loop around Lake Coeur d'Alene today beginning in the northwest
arm, which I covered quite thoroughly from Cougar Bay, Blackwell Island,
NIC Beach, CDA City Beach, and Independence Point.  Cougar Bay was full of
birds including 14 TUNDRA SWANS and 2 GREATER SCAUP, swimming with a group
of Lessers.  A lovely drake RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at Blackwell
Island.  At City Beach/Independence Point I quickly found 2 of the adult
THAYER'S GULLS, but I had hung around for almost 45 minutes before the
continuing MEW GULL flew in and landed on City Beach.  4 more RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS were in this area but I could not find the long-tailed duck.  I
mostly blew past Wold Lodge bay and continued down the east shore, which
was pretty quiet except for a lovely yodeling Common Loon near the Carlin
Bay marina. Harrison Slough produced a nice male EURASIAN WIGEON, over 100
Common Mergansers, and over 50 Hooded Mergansers. I birded in residential
Saint Maries and found 500 ore more American Robins, an Audubon's Warbler,
and 2 Slate-colored Juncos.  Barrow's Goldeneye were at the main St. Maries
sewage ponds, and those across the river on Shepherd Road.  Saint Maries to
Plummer was quite birdy, but the weather and road conditions were
deteriorating so I didn't cover the area very thoroughly.

Good Birding

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Subject: Lake Coeur d'Alene
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:22:42 -0800
I birded a loop around Lake Coeur d'Alene today beginning in the northwest
arm, which I covered quite thoroughly from Cougar Bay, Blackwell Island,
NIC Beach, CDA City Beach, and Independence Point.  Cougar Bay was full of
birds including 14 TUNDRA SWANS and 2 GREATER SCAUP, swimming with a group
of Lessers.  A lovely drake RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at Blackwell
Island.  At City Beach/Independence Point I quickly found 2 of the adult
THAYER'S GULLS, but I had hung around for almost 45 minutes before the
continuing MEW GULL flew in and landed on City Beach.  4 more RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS were in this area but I could not find the long-tailed duck.  I
mostly blew past Wold Lodge bay and continued down the east shore, which
was pretty quiet except for a lovely yodeling Common Loon near the Carlin
Bay marina. Harrison Slough produced a nice male EURASIAN WIGEON, over 100
Common Mergansers, and over 50 Hooded Mergansers. I birded in residential
Saint Maries and found 500 ore more American Robins, an Audubon's Warbler,
and 2 Slate-colored Juncos.  Barrow's Goldeneye were at the main St. Maries
sewage ponds, and those across the river on Shepherd Road.  Saint Maries to
Plummer was quite birdy, but the weather and road conditions were
deteriorating so I didn't cover the area very thoroughly.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
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Subject: Jan 24th Spokane Audubon trip to Lewiston
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:51:28 -0800
Can anyone please tell me where the Gray-crowned Rosy Finches, Northern
Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owls, and other birds were seen in Lewiston,
Idaho? During the Spokane Audubon trip on Jan 24th?

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21595826

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Subject: Merlin in Reardan
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:10:12 -0500
Hello,

From 1:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. we watched a Merlin sitting and preening on top 
of a very tall conifer in the town of Reardan Saturday afternoon. 


Marlene & Bob Cashen



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Subject: Thurday and Friday in N Idaho
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:40:10 -0800
 

Hello, 

 

I apologize for the late report. My email has been on the fritz for a couple
of days. Trying to escape as much fog as possible, I spent a portion of the
last two days in Idaho. Thursday morning for a few brief hours, I birded
Cougar Bay to Indepedence  Pt. I found all the waterfowl mentioned in
previous posts. I missed the Iceland and Glaucous Gull but did find a MEW
GULL near Cedar's Restaurant. Also, from Indepedence Pt, I was able to
relocate the female LONG TAILED DUCK and 4 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS. A
quick trip down to Blue Creek Bay produced the two TRUMPETER SWANS that have
been seen recently.

 

Friday, I birded Lake Pend Oreille, beginning with Sunnyside Rd - Oden Bay -
Pack River Delta. Lots of nice birds. In the area near the boat launch on
Sunnyside Rd, I found one PACIFIC LOON, 1 adult GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 adult
THAYER'S GULL, and about 20 Tundra Swans and other expected waterfowl in
abundance - especially Red necked and Horned Grebes. Along Sunnyside Rd
itself about 1 mile of SR 200 were 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and 9 PINE
GROSBEAKS. 

 

At Denton Slough, there were more Tundra Swans with 2 TRUMPTER SWANS with
them. Further out were 4 more RED BREASTED MERGANSERS. 

 

The town of Clark Fork was filled with finches (centering around the feeding
station at 2nd and Stephens). 12 PINE GROSBEAKS, 25 American Goldfinches, 50
Pine Siskins, 10 House F8inches, and 10 Red Crossbills. Across the river was
one Northern Shrike. Below the fog, 53 species in a few hours, a fun day.

 

Blessings

Terry Little 

Mead, Wa

  Terry

 
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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker
From: Lindell Haggin <lindell4118 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:28:23 -0800
Had a Pileated Woodpecker at my suet feeder this morning. That was a first! He 
had a little trouble fitting. 


Lindell Haggin
Little Spokane River near Mead, WA

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will endure as long as life lasts." Rachel Carson 




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Subject: Benewah County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:03:18 -0800
Benewah County Big Year 
Taken from eBird

From  Heyburn State Park -  Andy Sepmiewski - Jan. 25th -
56 Northern Pintail 
57 Ring-necked Duck
58 Herring Gull
59 Pileated Woodpecker
60 Pygmy Nuthatch 
61 Brown Creeper - Jon Isacoff

January 26 
62 Bewick's Wren - Andrea Wilkey  - Round Lake area
64 House Finch - Donni Moen - St. Maries


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Subject: Kootenai County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:23:49 -0800
In checking eBird reports, I made several changes to the Kootenai County Big
Year (earlier dates) and added some new species.  We are up to 95 species.

If you have earlier dates than these or new species,  let me know -
shirley.sturts AT gmail.com
See complete list on http://cdaaudubon.org/Projects/kootenaico2015.html


Canada Goose - Jan. 2 - Beck Road  - Midge Marcy-Brenan
Trumpeter Swan - Jan 2 - Wolf Lodge Bay- Steve Joyce 
#85 Long-tailed Duck - Jan. 24 - NIC Beach - Andy Stepniewski 
Bufflehead - Jan 2 - NIC Beach - Will Young 
Common Goldeneye - Jan 2 - Falls Park-Will Young
#86 Barrow's Goldeneye - Jan 24 - Wolf Lodge Bay - And Stepniewski
Ring-necked Pheasant - Jan 1- Honeysuckle Ave. - Midge Marcy Brennan 
#87 Common Loon - Jan 12 -Powder horn Bay - Steve Joyce
Pied-billed Grebe - JN 3 - Higgins Pt. - Will Young
Horned Grebe - Jan 3 - Bennett Bay - Will Young
#88 Red-necked Grebe - Jan 3 - Silver Beach - Will Young 
Double-crested Cormorant - Jan 2 - NIC Beach - Will Young
Cooper's Hawk - Jan 7 - CDA - Mark Stromberg 
Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and Rough-legged Hawk - all Jan 2 - Beck Road -
Midge Marcy-Brennan
American Coot - Jan. 1  - Honeysuckle Ave. - Midge Marcy-Brennan
Herring and Thayer's Gull  both Jan 2 - Higgins Point - Will Young 
Rock Pigeon - Jan 2 - Beck Road - Midge Marcy-Brennan
Eurasian Collared-Dove - Jan. 1 - Honeysuckle Ave. = Midge Marcy-Brennan
#89 Great Horned Owl - Jan. 9 Lock Haven, Hayden - Doug Ward 
Anna's Hummingbird - Jan 8 - Lock Haven, Hayden - Doug Ward 
American Kestrel - Jan 2 - Beck Rd - Midge Marcy-Brennan
#90 Merlin - Jan 20 - CDA City Beach area - Rich Del Carlo 
American Crow - Jan 1 =- Honeysuckle Ave. - Midge - Marcy-Brennan
#91 White-breasted Nuthatch - Jan. 13 - Mica Bay Survey - Darlene Carlton
and Mary Deasy 
Pygmy Nuthatch - Jan 3 - Post Falls - Will Young 
Brown Creeper - Jan 2 - Falls Park - Will Young
#92 American Dipper - Jan. 2 - Falls Park - Will Young 
Golden-crowed Kinglet - Jan. 2 - Falls Park - Will Young '
American Robin - Jan 1 - Honeysuckle Ave - Midge Marcy-Brennan 
#93 Western Meadowlark and #94 Brewers Blackbird - both Jan. 17 -  Rathdrum
Prairie - Doug Ward 
#95 Red Crossbill - Jan 3 - Blue Creek Bay - Will Young 





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Subject: Re: Cougar Bay Domestic
From: Eliot Miller <eliot.isaac AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:40:16 -0800
Hi Jon,

Doug responded and said as much to me. I appreciate the input, thank you
both. That makes a lot more sense to me. Something about it seemed off (I
wasn't seeing the black primaries for instance, like you say), and I
couldn't see it well without a scope. Thanks for clarifying that for me.

As Doug said in his email to me, there are also a lot of Buffleheads out
there now.

Cheers,
Eliot

On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:12 AM, Jonathan Isacoff 
wrote:

> Hi Eliot and All,
>
> There is a Snow-Goose-sized/shaped domestic white goose that has hung
> around Cougar Bay the past 3 or 4 winters.  It looks like a Snow Goose from
> a distance but with closer looks it lacks black outer primaries, though it
> may have a tiny bit of dark on the very edges.  So it may have some Snow
> Goose lineage but it's predominantly domestic.
>
> Good birding,
> Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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Subject: Cougar Bay Domestic
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:12:42 -0800
Hi Eliot and All,

There is a Snow-Goose-sized/shaped domestic white goose that has hung around 
Cougar Bay the past 3 or 4 winters. It looks like a Snow Goose from a distance 
but with closer looks it lacks black outer primaries, though it may have a tiny 
bit of dark on the very edges. So it may have some Snow Goose lineage but it's 
predominantly domestic. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Re: [PossibleSpam] [LCBirds2] Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County
From: <dennisrockwell AT dwwireless.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:07:40 -0800
Interesting. I found a flock of 8 American Tree Sparrows at Big Flat HMU on 
January 27, 2001. 


Dennis Rockwell near Two Rivers Park, Finley, WA

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Subject: [PossibleSpam] [LCBirds2] Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing 
Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County 


  

Hello All,

I birded Big Flats HMU, Lost Island HMU, and Windust yesterday. It was my first 
time to Lost Island HMU I really enjoyed it and reminded me a bit of Big Flats 
with more flat fields. Searched for Owls at Lost Island HMU hoping for Saw-Whet 
but no luck. 


The American Tree Sparrows continue at Big Flats just past the gravel walkway 
between the Snake River Inlet and Dalton Lake to the right in some black berry 
briars and bushes. There are at least four of them. I also had two SAVANNAH 
SPARROWS and two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Savannah Sparrows have been over-wintering 
(or maybe late migrating) in Franklin County since November. I've had them 
monthly since then. 


There were no Owls at Big Flats either. I am sure there are probably owls at 
both Big Flats and Lost Island but there is SO much ground to cover and dense 
habitat (unfortunately most of the dense stuff is fragmented)-so it is hard to 
find owls. I tried for Russ Koppendreyer's Harris's Sparrow he found a week or 
so back at Big Flats with no luck. 


I heard an early early Say's Phoebe across the Snake River from Windust which 
made for a nice surprise considering I missed my target Saw-Whet and Harris's 
Sparrow. Also on a brighter note, I had a Short-Eared Owl fly across 
Pasco-Kahlotus Highway on Saturday as well. 



Take Care and Good Birding,
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Subject: Re: Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID)
From: Eliot Miller <eliot.isaac AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:31:40 -0800
As chance would have it (we don't know the area), we stumbled on this bay
this morning while visiting the area. We birded for a while without a
scope. You saw a few we didn't (Scaup and Gadwall in particular, and I
don't know gulls well enough to have picked anything interesting out), but
one thing interesting that we did have was a medium-sized white goose. I
presume it was a Snow Goose. It was quite close to the parking area we
stumbled on, foraging with a group of geese, Canvasbacks, and some other
birds. It certainly looked like a Snow Goose in my binoculars
(medium-sized, white, orang-ish bill, neck like a goose), and most
certainly was not a swan. We couldn't see well enough to say much else
(e.g. is there some weird domestic goose I don't know about?), but it was
not a swan. We did see the swans.

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 3:54 PM, Doug Ward  wrote:

> Decided to run over to Cougar Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co., ID)
> today at lunch (29 Jan.'15) as I'd noticed a fair amount of activity over
> that way earlier in the week from downtown, so was curious to see what was
> in.  Well it turns out quite a bit with some good variety.  While nothing
> too rare, a few (3) CACKLING GEESE, some early returning TUNDRA SWANs, and
> a large group (25+) of CANVASBACKs were all nice.  My full list is provided
> below if interested.
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Doug
>
>
>
> *29 January 2015  Cougar Bay, Lake Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co., ID*
>
> CACKLING GOOSE - 3 (2 probably immature "Taverner's" with dark breasts,
> and the other ??, possible "Richardson's")
>
> Canada Goose - 400+ (~75/25 "Greater":"Lesser")
>
> Tundra Swan - 14 ad
>
> Gadwall - 5
>
> American Widgeon - 1m
>
> Mallard - 50
>
> Canvasback - 20m 5f (oddly 4X more males than females!)
>
> Redhead - 20
>
> Ring-necked Duck - 25
>
> Lesser Scaup - 20
>
> Pied-billed Grebe - 10
>
> Horned Grebe - 5
>
> Double-crested Cormorant - 25
>
> Great Blue Heron - 10 (9 of which were perched out on the docks stored out
> in the bay)
>
> American Coot - 150
>
> Ring-billed Gull - 1-1st
>
> Herring Gull - 1 ad
>
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Subject: Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID)
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:54:24 -0800
Decided to run over to Cougar Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co., ID)
today at lunch (29 Jan.'15) as I'd noticed a fair amount of activity over
that way earlier in the week from downtown, so was curious to see what was
in.  Well it turns out quite a bit with some good variety.  While nothing
too rare, a few (3) CACKLING GEESE, some early returning TUNDRA SWANs, and a
large group (25+) of CANVASBACKs were all nice.  My full list is provided
below if interested.

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

29 January 2015  Cougar Bay, Lake Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co., ID

CACKLING GOOSE - 3 (2 probably immature "Taverner's" with dark breasts, and
the other ??, possible "Richardson's")

Canada Goose - 400+ (~75/25 "Greater":"Lesser")

Tundra Swan - 14 ad

Gadwall - 5

American Widgeon - 1m

Mallard - 50

Canvasback - 20m 5f (oddly 4X more males than females!)

Redhead - 20

Ring-necked Duck - 25

Lesser Scaup - 20

Pied-billed Grebe - 10

Horned Grebe - 5

Double-crested Cormorant - 25

Great Blue Heron - 10 (9 of which were perched out on the docks stored out
in the bay)

American Coot - 150

Ring-billed Gull - 1-1st

Herring Gull - 1 ad

 
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Subject: Idaho County Bluebirds
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:41:21 -0800
Had 11 W Bluebirds today near Whitebird, id.  Found them at about 4200'
elavation east of Whitebird.
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Subject: Spokane Cassin's Finch - Evening Grosbeak
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:06:18 -0500
Hello,

Over the past few days, I have had a couple of Cassin's Finches and a flock 
of 10 at the feeder behind my office in Mead north of Spokane.

Blessings
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Subject: Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:27:43 -0800
Hello All,

I birded Big Flats HMU, Lost Island HMU, and Windust yesterday. It was my
first time to Lost Island HMU I really enjoyed it and reminded me a bit of
Big Flats with more flat fields. Searched for Owls at Lost Island HMU
hoping for Saw-Whet but no luck.

The American Tree Sparrows continue at Big Flats just past the gravel
walkway between the Snake River Inlet and Dalton Lake to the right in some
black berry briars and bushes. There are at least four of them. I also had
two SAVANNAH SPARROWS and two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.  Savannah Sparrows have
been over-wintering (or maybe late migrating) in Franklin County since
November. I've had them monthly since then.

There were no Owls at Big Flats either. I am sure there are probably owls
at both Big Flats and Lost Island but there is SO much ground to cover and
dense habitat (unfortunately most of the dense stuff is fragmented)-so it
is hard to find owls. I tried for Russ Koppendreyer's Harris's Sparrow he
found a week or so back at Big Flats with no luck.

I heard an early early Say's Phoebe across the Snake River from Windust
which made for a nice surprise considering I missed my target Saw-Whet and
Harris's Sparrow. Also on a brighter note, I had a Short-Eared Owl fly
across Pasco-Kahlotus Highway on Saturday as well.

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Subject: Iceland & Glaucous Gulls/L-t Duck - Coeur d'Alene (ID)
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:26:30 -0800
Pretty good day down at Independence Point in downtown Coeur d'Alene
(Kootenai Co., ID)!   After being "fogged out" yesterday, my morning check
today (27 Jan.'15) was productive.  My primary interest as always are the
gulls, and after the report of a 2nd year "Kumien's" ICELAND GULL on Sunday
by Jon Isacoff and the Stepniewskis who found the bird, I was very
pleasantly surprised to find it sitting down on the City Beach side of the
park!!  This guy is very pale overall, so not hard to pick out though I did
miss it on my first pass.  In addition to the Iceland, Herrings,
Californias, and Ring-billeds, there were also three (3) THAYER'S GULLs, 2
adults and a 1st year bird.

 

Between my first hasty look through the gulls on the beach and my second
check, I scanned the lake and was happy to spot a nice female LONG-TAILED
DUCK  as well as the 1st year GLAUCOUS GULL which I last saw about a week
ago.  So if you are going to be out and about in the Coeur d'Alene area, it
would definitely be worth a check of the waterfront downtown.  I think
morning and late afternoon would be best for the gulls as they seem to
mostly disperse during midday.  Good luck if you give them a try.

 

Cheers,

Doug

 

PS - The adult female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD is still around our yard.  We last
saw the immature about a week ago, so hopefully it just moved on and didn't
succumb to an accident or predator; she was very health last time she was
around.

 

Phone:  1 (208) 676-9327

Mobile: 1 (208) 699-9327

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Subject: ID Change for the GYR seen on Monday
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:18:29 -0800
I decided to revoke my original ID of GYRFALCON that was seen on Monday,
and change it to PRAIRIE FALCON. The reason being is the bird in my photo
shows a pretty strong malar which is inconsistent with the GYR that I saw
earlier. Also recent sightings of Prairie Falcon in the SAME spot confirmed
my suspicions. Just thought I would let people know. Also I have posted
some photo highlights of the Palouse Audubon field trip to the LC Valley
that was on Saturday to my Flcikr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjbaltierra/

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Subject: WA Birder List Reports deadline is January 31ţ
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:09:55 -0800

A reminder: send 2014 List Reports to Washington Birder at: info AT wabirder.com 
by January 31. If you 

sent a list report via email, I will respond back so you know I received it. If
in doubt, please resend your list again.



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Subject: Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull
From: heapbigdoc AT netscape.net
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:14:56 -0500
Hi Tweets & INWBs -

We headed over to the Wenatchee area today to twitch the Cashmere Acorn 
Woodpecker. It turned out to be an easy one - the bird was in the trees across 
from the substation at Riverside and Parkhill making lots of noise at 11:45. 
The light was lousy, but I did get some pics. 


From Cashmere, we went on up Highway 2 and Icicle Road to Sleeping Lady, where 
a very cooperative female White-headed Woodpecker posed for photos. 


On the way home, we went up the river as far as Daroga State Park north of 
Orondo. The road access to the park is closed, but we were able to walk down to 
the riverside and scope a large flock of mixed waterfowl about 1/3 of the way 
across the river. 


It was an odd mix: Horned Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeon, Scaup, and one 
gull. And they were behaving oddly: the ruddies, scaup and grebes were diving, 
the wigeon were tipping up, and the gull seemed to be picking something off the 
surface. Could it have been whitefish spawn? 


Anyway, the gull was unusual: Slightly smaller than the Horned Grebes with a 
black beak, a dark ear spot, a white crown and nape, a gray mantle, black 
primary tips, and white under wings, which for me works out to Bonaparte's. Not 
rare bird, but pretty weird for Douglas County at this time of year. 


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Subject: Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull
From: heapbigdoc AT netscape.net
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:14:56 -0500
Hi Tweets & INWBs -

We headed over to the Wenatchee area today to twitch the Cashmere Acorn 
Woodpecker. It turned out to be an easy one - the bird was in the trees across 
from the substation at Riverside and Parkhill making lots of noise at 11:45. 
The light was lousy, but I did get some pics. 


From Cashmere, we went on up Highway 2 and Icicle Road to Sleeping Lady, where 
a very cooperative female White-headed Woodpecker posed for photos. 


On the way home, we went up the river as far as Daroga State Park north of 
Orondo. The road access to the park is closed, but we were able to walk down to 
the riverside and scope a large flock of mixed waterfowl about 1/3 of the way 
across the river. 


It was an odd mix: Horned Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeon, Scaup, and one 
gull. And they were behaving oddly: the ruddies, scaup and grebes were diving, 
the wigeon were tipping up, and the gull seemed to be picking something off the 
surface. Could it have been whitefish spawn? 


Anyway, the gull was unusual: Slightly smaller than the Horned Grebes with a 
black beak, a dark ear spot, a white crown and nape, a gray mantle, black 
primary tips, and white under wings, which for me works out to Bonaparte's. Not 
rare bird, but pretty weird for Douglas County at this time of year. 


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Subject: Moscow (UI Dairy) Cackling Geese (2), Redhead, etc., 1/25/15
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:21:07 -0800
Hi all -

Two Cackling Geese (presume Taverners) and a drake Redhead (asleep on
shore) at the UI Dairy's large pond midday (on this spring-like late
January day). A Red-winged Blackbird was singing away and in the fields
behind (north) of the dairy were rough estimated 400 Rock Pigeons, 45
Common Ravens, and a few Horned Larks. Also a Northern Harrier, ~4
Red-tailed Hawks, and kestrel.

Earlier at and near my house was a lone calling Pine Grosbeak, small flock
of 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and as many as 25 Pine Siskins at my feeders
among others. There have been gobs (i.e. 100's) of A. Robins in the
neighborhood but perhaps not quite as many today as past few days.

thanks, Charles.


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Subject: Coeur D'Alene KUMLIEN'S Gull
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:50:53 -0800
Andy and Ellen Stepniewski this morning discover a KUMLIEN'S GULL at Coeur 
D'Alene City Beach. I was able to join them and relocate the bird, which I 
believe is a 2nd cycle. Birding around Coeur D'Alene and Heyburn State Park we 
found some nice birds including 6 gull species (Herring, Thayer's, Cal., 
Ring-bllled, and a MEW for good measure) and a CACKLING GOOSE at Heyburn. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Idaho County
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:31:19 -0800
Had a Western Wood Peewee this morning south of Whitebird at Skookumchuck
rest area. It and a Townsend Solitaire were in a Juniper tree. A mess of GC
Kinglets also.
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Subject: More on "Weird Duck"
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:00:44 -0800
Our duck again;   https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15737753324/


Sibley 2nd Edition, page 17 pictures what Sibley calls a “Drake-plumaged 
Northern Mallard female” 


Additional info at” 
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/intersex-birds-and-their-confusion-with.html 


I had never heard of any of this, but Sibley’s picture looks just like our 
“weird duck” 


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Subject: More on "Weird Duck"
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:00:44 -0800
Our duck again;   https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15737753324/


Sibley 2nd Edition, page 17 pictures what Sibley calls a “Drake-plumaged 
Northern Mallard female” 


Additional info at” 
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/intersex-birds-and-their-confusion-with.html 


I had never heard of any of this, but Sibley’s picture looks just like our 
“weird duck” 


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Subject: Grosbeaks again
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:15:38 -0800
There was a very nice flock of about a dozen or so Evening Grosbeaks at
Hells Gate State Park this morning. They were feeding with many robins and
junco near the cabins in the camping area. The bright yellow color on the
males seemed to glow vividly in the morning sun and certainly brought a
smile to my face. Only down side was I left my camera at home!

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Subject: Glorfield Road gyrfalcon
From: Stephen Lacey <stephenlacey AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:18:01 -0800
Finally our curiosity got the better of us and we went to see if we could
find the reported gyrfalcon yesterday.  It was foggy, but we did see a bird
sitting on rocks.  It flew to a large post where we got a better view.  I
don't know, of course, if this is the bird seen by others, but it had a very
distinct moustache and dark "arm pit" patches. It was difficult to determine
size, but I think what we saw was most likely a prairie falcon.

 

 

 
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Subject: Weird Duck
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:12:07 -0800
This AM at west Pond, Lewiston Levee Ponds, Clearwater River a group of us 
observed this strange duck. 

First thought was American Wigeon x Northern Mallard hybrid but a more detailed 
look at Sibley shows a Drake-plumaged Northern Mallard female. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15737753324/in/photostream/

Poor photo, heavily cropped but an interesting bird

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Subject: University Heights (Moscow) Blue Jay etc., 1/22/15
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:19:34 -0800
The continuing Blue Jay (at least one of them) was in the University
Heights neighborhood Thursday AM between View and Ridge Rds. Other bird in
the area  (as has also been reported on eBird) included a continuing small
group of Pine Grosbeaks, Cassin's Finches, Bohemian Waxwings, Townsend's
Solitaires, and loads of A. Robins (estimated 400 more earlier in the
week). Specific to the nearby UI Arboretum have been Brown Creepers, GC
Kinglets, Bewick's Wren, Varied Thrushes, a continuing Chestnut-backed
Chickadees and others.

This U. Heights neighborhood, immediately east of the UI Arboretum, is
often quite birdy in winter due to numerous ornamental plantings and
landscaping. Undoubtedly there is quite a bit of bird movement back and
forth between the neighborhood and the arboretum. There are a number of
paths connecting parts of the neighborhood (and its numerous dead ends) and
the arboretum making it possible to loop through the arboretum and back via
the neighborhood for a very birdy walk.

thanks, Charles.



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Subject: (no subject)
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:53:51 -0800
A quick walk at Hell's Gate State Park this a.m. provided me with nice
views and calls of a spotted towhee in the brush at the mouth of Tammany
creek and an evening grosbeak traveling with a flock of robins in that same
area. Lots of other birds present...red tailed hawks, robins, cormorants,
GB heron, and of course, plenty of Canada geese.

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Subject: ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:14:19 -0800
A few days ago, I posted a photo of two grebes from Asotin County.

The photo and some of the discussion can be found at 
:https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15716965673/ 


The discussion generated was lively and has reconfirmed my belief that Winter 
Clark’s Grebe cannot be identified with any certainty in our area. 


These discussions always bring up the possibility of hybrid Western x Clark’s 
Grebes. From what I can find in the literature, this possibility remains 
possible but unproven and further confuses the ID’s. 


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Subject: ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:14:19 -0800
A few days ago, I posted a photo of two grebes from Asotin County.

The photo and some of the discussion can be found at 
:https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15716965673/ 


The discussion generated was lively and has reconfirmed my belief that Winter 
Clark’s Grebe cannot be identified with any certainty in our area. 


These discussions always bring up the possibility of hybrid Western x Clark’s 
Grebes. From what I can find in the literature, this possibility remains 
possible but unproven and further confuses the ID’s. 


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Subject: Clark's or Western Grebe ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:56:36 -0800
Today at Chief Timothy Park I had this bird among a group of 18 obvious Western 
Grebes. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15716965673/

Here is a photo of an obvious Western Grebe taken at the same time and from the 
same spot, so lighting is the same and bill color can be compared. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16335128551/in/photostream/

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Subject: Whitman-GYR Continues
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:38:59 -0800
Taking the advice from Russ Koppendrayer's post, my girlfriend and I went
out looking for the GYR again. We went down Glorifield Rd., almost as Russ
described, we saw a large raptor sitting on a low rock. It was the GYR and
it was at pretty close range too, at about 50 yards from the road. It then
took to the sky, and I was able to obtain some grainy photos of the bird in
flight. Very cool! Thanks for the update Russ!

photos in checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21429816

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