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Elfin-woods Warbler,©Mimi Hoppe Wolf

31 Oct Birdy afternoon on Paradise Ridge []
30 Oct Spokane Pacific Loon [Greg Falco ]
30 Oct American Tree Sparrows & others [Fran Haywood ]
29 Oct Siskins and surprising House Finch [Lindell Haggin ]
29 Oct Peone Wetland ["Terry Little" ]
28 Oct Spokane Audubon field trip [Fran Haywood ]
28 Oct Anna's Hummingbird-Hayden, ID [Doug Ward ]
27 Oct Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 84, Issue 29 ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
27 Oct Blue Jays, Bluebirds Biscuit Ridge WW [Mike & MerryLynn ]
27 Oct Birder's Guide to Washington update-request for help [Andy Stepniewski ]
27 Oct Fwd: Concerning the message to Inland Birders ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
27 Oct Request re: Inland Birders NW ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
25 Oct Plummer to Harrison: WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS, Blue Jay, Etc. [Carl Lundblad ]
25 Oct Plummer to Harrison: WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS, Blue Jay, Etc. ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
25 Oct Snake R. scoter [Mike Clarke ]
24 Oct Pullman Osprey [Mike Clarke ]
22 Oct Juvenile Northern goshawk [nmiller ]
22 Oct Odds and Ends [Catherine Temple ]
21 Oct Mill Canyon SWAMP SPARROW ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
21 Oct Url for Flickr album [nmiller ]
21 Oct Lake CDA Birds ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
20 Oct Not a Black Duck ["Shirley Sturts" ]
20 Oct red-naped sapsucker [Nancy Miller ]
20 Oct Possible Black Duck ["Shirley Sturts" ]
19 Oct Re: Steptoe Butte Accipitor [Mike Clarke ]
19 Oct Fw: Steptoe Butte Accipitor [Keith Carlson ]
19 Oct Re: Steptoe Butte Accipitor [Carl Lundblad ]
19 Oct Steptoe Butte Accipitor [Keith Carlson ]
19 Oct Blue Mt. Boreal Owls [Mike Clarke ]
19 Oct Re: Gull Identifucation [Keith Carlson ]
18 Oct Lapland Longspurs [Norma Trefry ]
18 Oct Am. Tree Sparrow at Palouse Falls SP [Mike & MerryLynn ]
18 Oct Red-naped Sapsucker, C. Yellowthroat this morning [Mike & MerryLynn ]
18 Oct Red-naped sapsucker still present [nmiller ]
15 Oct rough-legged hawk & longspurs [Fran Haywood ]
15 Oct Blue Jay in Walla Walla [Mike & MerryLynn ]
14 Oct Great Gray Owl near Craigmont [Keith Carlson ]
14 Oct Red Crossbills are finally back [Greg Falco ]
14 Oct Pend Oreille County Harris's Sparrow [Terry Little ]
13 Oct Scoter - finally! [Mike & MerryLynn ]
13 Oct Re: Spokane MEW Gull [Doug Ward ]
13 Oct Spokane MEW Gull ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
12 Oct Lake Pend Oreille probable PACIFIC LOON, after all [Carl Lundblad ]
12 Oct Lake Pend Oreille probable PACIFIC LOON, after all ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
12 Oct Mann Lake Big Sit, Oct 11, 2014 [Charles Swift ]
12 Oct Mann Lake Big Sit, Oct 11, 2014 ["Charles Swift chaetura AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
11 Oct Late MacGillivray's Warbler, Sabine's Gull [Mike & MerryLynn ]
11 Oct Mann Lake [Keith Carlson ]
11 Oct Pine Grosbeak [Mike & MerryLynn ]
11 Oct Spokane, Lincoln, Adams County [Terry Little ]
10 Oct Pine Grosbeak on Mt Spokane [Fran Haywood ]
10 Oct Spokane county 2014 cumulative year list update [Tim O'Brien ]
9 Oct Snow Geese, Cranes, gulls [Mike & MerryLynn ]
9 Oct Mt Spokane Rosy Finch [Terry Little ]
9 Oct Sprague Lake scoters [Greg Falco ]
7 Oct Sprague Lake No Jaeger, but still [Greg Falco ]
7 Oct Good birds in Spokane ["Terry Little" ]
7 Oct Sprague LONG-TAILED JAEGER ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
7 Oct Mann Lake Big Sit - Saturday, October 11 [Charles Swift ]
7 Oct Mann Lake [Keith Carlson ]
7 Oct Mann Lake this a.m. [Catherine Temple ]
6 Oct Blue jay [RUSSELL FROBE ]
6 Oct weekend birds - WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
5 Oct Black throated grey Franklin county [Kevin Black ]
4 Oct Mann Lake Today w/Canyon Birders [Keith Carlson ]
4 Oct Gray-Crowned Rosy Finch Adams Co., WA [EarthBourne ]
3 Oct Mann Lake Waterfowl [Keith Carlson ]
3 Oct Blue Jay at the arboretum, Moscow ["Bernacchi, Leigh (lbernacchi AT uidaho.edu)" ]
2 Oct Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch at Steptoe [Bill Siems ]
2 Oct Snow Geese, Sabine's Gulls WWCo. ["Mike & MerryLynn" ]
2 Oct Snow Geese, Sabine's Gulls WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Oct What is going on with these turkeys? ["Brian and Beth Miller" ]
2 Oct Mt Spokane Am Three toed Woodpecker ["Terry Little" ]
1 Oct White-throated sparrow [john wolff ]
2 Oct Black-chinned Hummingbird [Kim Thorburn ]
1 Oct Common Tern, Nashville Warbler Franklin County [Kevin Black ]

Subject: Birdy afternoon on Paradise Ridge
From: <kas.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:14:19 +0000
I spent the afternoon at home today, with an eye on the feeder, the birdbath, 
and the crabapple tree. It was a busy spot. Highlights included my first 
Evening Grosbeaks (3) in forever and my largest number of Pygmy Nuthatches on 
the property (27). Other species included: 



Cedar Waxwing (8)

American Robin (15-20)

Northern Flicker (2)

Cassin’s Finch (2; females)

House Finch (4)

Lesser Goldfinch (5)

American Goldfinch (12)

Mountain Bluebird (1 male)

Dark-eyed Junco (12-15)

Mountain Chickadee (2)

Black-capped Chickadee (2)

Black-billed Magpie (1)


Kas Dumroese

Moscow, Idaho






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Subject: Spokane Pacific Loon
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:06:54 -0700
Today I found a PACIFIC LOON on Silver Lake, near Medical Lake, Spokane Co.


Also 4 COMMON LOONS.

Pretty tough lake to bird from shore.  

 

 

Greg Falco

 

 

 

 
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Subject: American Tree Sparrows & others
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:55:19 -0700
Checking out Terry's post about Ame Tree Sparrows at Peone wetlands we
drove to the Feryn Conservation parking lot and waited.  The 2 birds were
next to the parking lot about noon today.

3 Kestel hunting in the area, so be careful about calling them.


Made a drive from there to Eloika Lake and Horshoe Lake.

red-tailed hawk   6
N Shrike              2

Eloika Lake
Canada Geese  8
Mallard               pr
Bald Eagle          1

Horshoe Lake
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Subject: Siskins and surprising House Finch
From: Lindell Haggin <lindell4118 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:07:37 -0700
Had 6-8 Pine Siskins today, the first I've had since last year.  

Also, had a leucistic House Finch. Saw it down by one of my feeders. Went out 
with my camera and was able to catch a photo of it. When I first saw it, I 
thought it might have been a light Goldfinch, but after seeing the bill there 
was not doubt it was a House Finch. 




Lindell Haggin
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Subject: Peone Wetland
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:05:07 -0700
Hello,

 

This morning, there were two American Tree Sparrows just below the Feryn
Conservation Area parking lot at the Peone Wetland. Also nearby was a
Northern Shrike and two Western Meadowlarks. The resident Kestrels make me
wish the Hobby wasn't so far away.

 

Blessings

Terry Little 

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Subject: Spokane Audubon field trip
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:02:07 -0700
Gary Blevins the led fall trip to Davenport, Stratford Res, Soap LK, Lenore
Lk, Blue Lake and back.

We started with a few common ducks at Reardan, followed by 2 Blue Jays in
Davenport.

golden-crowned kinglets in Davenport cemetery.

2 western sandpipers, 1 least sandpiper, and dozens of Killdeer on Soap
Lake.

Peregrine Falcon on a post along the shore of Lenore Lk.

2 great egrets in pond across from Lenore Lk being chased by great blue
herons.

Common Loons,   many on Blue Lake and Coulee City park area

Pacific Loons:   2 on Lenore and 2 more at Coulee City.

rough legged hawks, red-tailed hawk, Kestrel, N Harrier, N Shrike also were
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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird-Hayden, ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:23 -0700
Bad us, lucky (?) bird!  Being lazy and negligent, I had forgotten to take
down one of our hummingbird feeders back in the end of September as the last
of the Rufous have usually moved on by then.  Yesterday (Mon., 27 Oct.'14),
however, my wife Karen noticed a hummingbird buzz through the yard and
briefly stop at this last remaining feeder.  Given the time of the year, I
knew it was probably an Anna's.  I had headed home (Hayden, Kootenai Co., 
ID) early from work to finish off repairing our deck as we had a window of
weather available, so quickly grabbed the feeder and changed out the water
for a fresh meal; also moved it around to a place we could watch it to see
if it would return while we worked.  Sure enough, it came back and it was
indeed an adult (no striations apparent on the bill) female ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRD!  She was still around this morning, but only comes in for a
very brief drink before flying off again so very hit-and-miss, but if you'd
like to come and try, please get a hold of me separately.  Fortunately due
to the Indian Summer we have been enjoying, there are still a few flowers
around so she can get some protein, but I'm not going to let her become
reliant on the feeder so will take it down tomorrow; cold wet day today, but
it is supposed to become warmer and dryer as the week progresses.
All-in-all a nice surprise, but I still feel bad for leaving that feeder up
so long.

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

PS - There are a couple of poor photos of her on my Flickr page if you are
interested: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/10507230 AT N08/15652036785/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/10507230 AT N08/15465406049/in/photostream/

 

 
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Subject: Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 84, Issue 29
From: "Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" <mscott@uidaho.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:32:57 +0000
Just returned from trip to Sand Point area. Saw 4 pine grosbeaks yesterday near 
top of Lighting Creek Road and 50 -plus hooded mergansers below bridge at 
entrance to City Beach Park in Sand Point 


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Subject: Blue Jays, Bluebirds Biscuit Ridge WW
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:33:26 -0700
Hello all,
I headed out early this morning and was rewarded with 2 BLUE JAYS - 3.5 miles 
up Biscuit Ridge rd out of Dixie (reported last week by Nat). There are lots of 
walnuts on the road there but I didn't see them eating anything. They flew off 
toward the hills calling. It was 35 degrees and breezy - brrr - time to find 
those handwarmers! 


There were several large flocks of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS with MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS 
mixed in - along the road on the lines and out in the pastures feeding. More 
bluebirds were at the top of the hill going over to Coppei Creek. Not much up 
S. F. Coppei but cold and windy. Did have 2 Northern Shrike. 


Bluebirds were reported from Jasper Mt. this weekend as well.

Good birding, ML




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Subject: Birder's Guide to Washington update-request for help
From: Andy Stepniewski <steppie AT nwinfo.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:36:22 -0700
Dear Eastside Birders,

As some of you may be aware, the Washington Ornithological Society is in the 
process of revising and updating A Birder's Guide to Washington, the state's 
main bird-finding guide published in 2003. The guide has been hugely 
successful, selling out of all printed copies a while back. (A second printing 
is available on a print-on-demand basis at Buteo Books, Amazon.com, and Seattle 
Audubon Society's Nature Shop.) 


There are some 30+ authors involved in updating and revising the guide. In some 
cases, this has meant just making sure that the original information is still 
current and accurate and correcting it when it is not. In other cases, it has 
meant eliminating some destinations or adding new ones. Ryan Merrill is 
updating the valuable bar graphs of seasonal abundance, and Matt Bartels is 
updating the equally valuable annotated checklist. 


The American Birding Association, the publisher of the guide, asks that someone 
other than the author "ground truths" the material submitted. This basically 
involves driving or hiking to the locations mentioned and checking that the 
directions and descriptions make sense and are accurate. 


I am now asking for volunteers from the Washington birding community to step 
forward and take responsibility for one or more of the 60+ sections in the 
guide. (I will list them below.) Please select an area and contact me at 
jhadle AT clearwire.net to indicate your availability and your territory 
preference. I would like the ground-truthing to be done by the end of the year, 
but I do understand that in some cases there are hurdles, such as snow in the 
mountains or hunting closures and the like. 


When you are assigned a territory, I will email you a copy of the author's 
submission that you will be ground-truthing. 


Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Thanks, Jane Hadley

Chapter 1
Port Townsend and Vicinity
Discovery Bay to Port Angeles
The High Olympics
Elwha River to the Pacific Coast
Outer Olympic Coast
South Coast

Chapter 2
Whidbey Island
Fidalgo Island
San Juan Islands
Skagit Flats
Samish Flats
North Cascades Highway
Mount Baker Highway

Chapter 3
Seattle and Vicinity
Snoqualmie Valley to Everett
Stanwood and Camano Island
Across the Sound (Kitsap County)
Tacoma and Vicinity
Hood Canal and East Olympics
Mount Rainier

Chapter 4
Mount Saint Helens
Vancouver and Vicinity
Western Columbia Gorge
Mount Adams

Chapter 5
Snoqualmie Pass and Vicinity
Cle Elum and Vicinity
Teanaway River and Swauk Creek
Kittitas Valley
Columbia Slope: Vantage to Sentinel Gap
Taneum and Manastash Creeks
Wenas Creek Loop
From Yakima to Ellensburg
Yakima Training Center
Yakima and Vicinity
Chinook Pass Highway
White Pass Highway
Eastern Cojlumbia Gorge and Klickitat River
Rock Creek and Lake Umatilla
Tri-Cities and Vicinity

Chapter 6
The Potholes and Moses Lake
Lower Crab Creek and Othello
Southern Columbia Basin
Beezley Hills and Moses Coulee
Waterville Plateau and Bridgeport
Grand Coulee
Northeastern Columbia Basin

Chapter 7
Stevens Pass to Wenatchee
Entiat Mountains to Lake Chelan
Methow Valley
Okanogan Valley
Okanogan Cascades
Okanogan Highlands

Chapter 8
Kettle Range
From the Columbia to the Pend Oreille
Spokane and Vicinity

Chapter 9
Western Lowlands
Blue Mountains
Snake and Grande Ronde River Canyons
The Palouse



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Subject: Fwd: Concerning the message to Inland Birders
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:22:51 +0000
Correction on email address for Jane Hadley (re: prior message). The correct 
address is: 


jhadle AT clearwire.net

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Subject: Request re: Inland Birders NW
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:02:02 +0000
Dear  Washington Birders,

As some of you may be aware, the Washington Ornithological Society is in the 
process of revising and updating A Birder's Guide to Washington, the state's 
main bird-finding guide published in 2003. The guide has been hugely 
successful, selling out of all printed copies a while back. (A second printing 
is available on a print-on-demand basis at Buteo Books, 
Amazon.com, and Seattle Audubon Society's Nature Shop.) 


There are some 30+ authors involved in updating and revising the guide. In some 
cases, this has meant just making sure that the original information is still 
current and accurate and correcting it when it is not. In other cases, it has 
meant eliminating some destinations or adding new ones. Ryan Merrill is 
updating the valuable bar graphs of seasonal abundance, and Matt Bartels is 
updating the equally valuable annotated checklist. 


The American Birding Association, the publisher of the guide, asks that someone 
other than the author "ground truths" the material submitted. This basically 
involves driving or hiking to the locations mentioned and checking that the 
directions and descriptions make sense and are accurate. 


I am now asking for volunteers from the Washington birding community to step 
forward and take responsibility for one or more of the 60+ sections in the 
guide. (I will list them below.) Please select an area and contact me at jhadle 
AT clearwire.com to indicate your availability and your 
territory preference. I would like the ground-truthing to be done by the end of 
the year, but I do understand that in some cases there are hurdles, such as 
snow in the mountains or hunting closures and the like. 


When you are assigned a territory, I will email you a copy of the author's 
submission that you will be ground-truthing. 


Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Thanks, Jane Hadley

Chapter 1
Port Townsend and Vicinity
Discovery Bay to Port Angeles
The High Olympics
Elwha River to the Pacific Coast
Outer Olympic Coast
South Coast

Chapter 2
Whidbey Island
Fidalgo Island
San Juan Islands
Skagit Flats
Samish Flats
North Cascades Highway
Mount Baker Highway

Chapter 3
Seattle and Vicinity
Snoqualmie Valley to Everett
Stanwood and Camano Island
Across the Sound (Kitsap County)
Tacoma and Vicinity
Hood Canal and East Olympics
Mount Rainier

Chapter 4
Mount Saint Helens
Vancouver and Vicinity
Western Columbia Gorge
Mount Adams

Chapter 5
Snoqualmie Pass and Vicinity
Cle Elum and Vicinity
Teanaway River and Swauk Creek
Kittitas Valley
Columbia Slope: Vantage to Sentinel Gap
Taneum and Manastash Creeks
Wenas Creek Loop
From Yakima to Ellensburg
Yakima Training Center
Yakima and Vicinity
Chinook Pass Highway
White Pass Highway
Eastern Cojlumbia Gorge and Klickitat River
Rock Creek and Lake Umatilla
Tri-Cities and Vicinity

Chapter 6
The Potholes and Moses Lake
Lower Crab Creek and Othello
Southern Columbia Basin
Beezley Hills and Moses Coulee
Waterville Plateau and Bridgeport
Grand Coulee
Northeastern Columbia Basin

Chapter 7
Stevens Pass to Wenatchee
Entiat Mountains to Lake Chelan
Methow Valley
Okanogan Valley
Okanogan Cascades
Okanogan Highlands

Chapter 8
Kettle Range
From the Columbia to the Pend Oreille
Spokane and Vicinity

Chapter 9
Western Lowlands
Blue Mountains
Snake and Grande Ronde River Canyons
The Palouse


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Subject: Plummer to Harrison: WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS, Blue Jay, Etc.
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:32:47 -0700
I birded today along the south and southeast portions of Lake Coeur d'Alene
from Plummer to Harrison.  My first stop was at the Rocky Point Marina at
Heyburn SP.  I quickly got the scope on a distant group of 4
female/immature type WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, but a boat came along and
flushed them almost immediately.  They flew southeast around and out of
site around the east sode of Rocky Point, giving nice views of their wing
patterns en route.  I was, unfortunately, never able to relocate them.
There were about 4000 ducks on Lake Chatcolet/Heyburn SP, overwhelmingly
dominated by A. Wigeons.  Other notables at Heyburn included 2 Bonaparte's
Gulls, 2 Marsh Wrens, 2 lingering Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a couple
thousand Coots.  The "St. Joe River Lagoon", immediately west of St. Maries
was loaded with 8,000 or more ducks, at least 5,000 of which were A.
Wigeons.  The St. Maries Sewage Ponds hosted 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes, among
the more common ducks, and 9 Bonaparte's Gulls.

En route to Harrison, I found my Benewah County first BEWICK'S WREN along
Goosehaven Road/Hell's Gulch Flat and my 2 FOS Rough-legged Hawks were
along ID Highway 3, one in Benewah and one in Kootenai Co. At the Harrison
Harbor I found a very cooperative fem./immature SURF SCOTER and at least 88
COMMON LOONS.  The loons were mostly too far away to scrutinize carefully
for other species.  A Surf Scoter later turned up in the Harrison Slough,
visible from Harlow Point Road, but I think it was the same individual
moving over from the harbor.  Harrison Slough also held more loons, grebes,
Bonaparte's Gulls, and an impressive 58+ WOOD DUCKS.  A walk around the
town of Harrison produced a BLUE JAY and a couple of Yellow-rumped
Warblers.

I stopped a second time at Rocky Point Marina, to see if the WW Scoters had
resurfaced (they had not) and made a final stop at the DeSmet Sewage Ponds
which had another 23 Bonaparte's Gulls, a Hooded Merganser, and lots of
common dabbling ducks.

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Subject: Plummer to Harrison: WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS, Blue Jay, Etc.
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:32:47 -0700
I birded today along the south and southeast portions of Lake Coeur d'Alene
from Plummer to Harrison.  My first stop was at the Rocky Point Marina at
Heyburn SP.  I quickly got the scope on a distant group of 4
female/immature type WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, but a boat came along and
flushed them almost immediately.  They flew southeast around and out of
site around the east sode of Rocky Point, giving nice views of their wing
patterns en route.  I was, unfortunately, never able to relocate them.
There were about 4000 ducks on Lake Chatcolet/Heyburn SP, overwhelmingly
dominated by A. Wigeons.  Other notables at Heyburn included 2 Bonaparte's
Gulls, 2 Marsh Wrens, 2 lingering Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a couple
thousand Coots.  The "St. Joe River Lagoon", immediately west of St. Maries
was loaded with 8,000 or more ducks, at least 5,000 of which were A.
Wigeons.  The St. Maries Sewage Ponds hosted 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes, among
the more common ducks, and 9 Bonaparte's Gulls.

En route to Harrison, I found my Benewah County first BEWICK'S WREN along
Goosehaven Road/Hell's Gulch Flat and my 2 FOS Rough-legged Hawks were
along ID Highway 3, one in Benewah and one in Kootenai Co. At the Harrison
Harbor I found a very cooperative fem./immature SURF SCOTER and at least 88
COMMON LOONS.  The loons were mostly too far away to scrutinize carefully
for other species.  A Surf Scoter later turned up in the Harrison Slough,
visible from Harlow Point Road, but I think it was the same individual
moving over from the harbor.  Harrison Slough also held more loons, grebes,
Bonaparte's Gulls, and an impressive 58+ WOOD DUCKS.  A walk around the
town of Harrison produced a BLUE JAY and a couple of Yellow-rumped
Warblers.

I stopped a second time at Rocky Point Marina, to see if the WW Scoters had
resurfaced (they had not) and made a final stop at the DeSmet Sewage Ponds
which had another 23 Bonaparte's Gulls, a Hooded Merganser, and lots of
common dabbling ducks.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: Snake R. scoter
From: Mike Clarke <redeyegravy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:50:33 -0700
Hello birders,

Late this morning there was an juv./female type SURF SCOTER near the mouth
of Alpowa Creek downriver from Clarkston.....listed as Code 5 for Asotin
Co.   I also found a Golden Eagle in Steptoe Canyon.

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Subject: Pullman Osprey
From: Mike Clarke <redeyegravy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:40:49 -0700
A short while ago a late Osprey was migrating over Pioneer Hill here in
Pullman.   I believe it is the first Osprey I have ever had in Pullman town.

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Subject: Juvenile Northern goshawk
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:14:58 -0700
Late this afternoon I was weeding and suddenly had quail flying past me and 
then a largish hawk behind them. As it got close it realized I was there ( the 
upper deck probably had kept me out of sight). The hawk banked upwards and I 
had a great view of the fully open tail from below - many narrow stripes - 
shades of gray and brown. I went in to get Reid and the camera and then I saw 
the hawk land about 15 or 20' from the top of the large Douglas-fir. Reid and I 
then saw it dive down and fly along the drive towards 4 mile rd. In the dive 
the wings were thinner than when it was flying near me. 


We looked for some time but didn't see it again. We have lots of quail most of 
the time so it may return. Better yet maybe it likes young turkey! It was 
pretty exciting to see but unfortunately no photo. 


Nancy Miller
1358 Four Mile Rd
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Subject: Odds and Ends
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:13:40 -0700
A late afternoon walk at Swallows Park generated some interesting finds.
First thing in the parking lot my pup located a coot head. Blood spatter
and bird droppings under a light pole gave clues to it's probable end. At
the old swimming beach mixed in with the mallards were a couple of "black"
ducks and a light one. Turned out to be some domestic mallards and an
Indian racer. Then on the return trip my pup discovered a rather odd
looking bird in the blackberry vines. That, I believe, was a Polish
chicken. It had a black body, white head and quite a unique headdress of
feathers. Not really what I was expecting to find there!

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Subject: Mill Canyon SWAMP SPARROW
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:18:16 +0000
There was a SWAMP SPARROW at Mill Canyon (Lincoln Co., WA) today. The bird was 
foraging and chipping in the brush between the road and the mount of Mill 
Creek. This is a first Lincoln County record. Many other excellent birds in 
Mill Canyon as well. Prior to Mill Canyon was a flock of 10 GRAY-CROWNED ROSY 
FINCHES on the gravel road about 1/2 mile North of Mondovi. Complete Mill 
Canyon Checklist is below. 


LC-Mill Canyon, Lincoln, US-WA
Oct 21, 2014 10:53 AM - 1:33 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 43 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 200 Mallard 100 Canvasback 1 Greater Scaup 2 SURF SCOTER 1 Surf Scoter-Mill Canyon, WA-10-21-2014 Bufflehead 12 Common Merganser 7 Wild Turkey 12 loon sp. 1 Probably Pacific. Small, small bill, good neck pattern, blackish Bach, no white around eye. Pied-billed Grebe 18 Horned Grebe 10 RED-NECKED GREBE 1 (locally rare) Western Grebe 8 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2 American Coot 250 Ring-billed Gull 1 California Gull 3 Herring Gull 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 3 PILEATED WOODPECKER 1 (locally rare) Steller's Jay 1 Black-billed Magpie 3 Clark's Nutcracker 3 American Crow 2 Common Raven 1 Black-capped Chickadee 20 Mountain Chickadee 12 Red-breasted Nuthatch 10 Pygmy Nuthatch 7 Bewick's Wren 6 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Cedar Waxwing 5 Spotted Towhee 1 Song Sparrow 7 SWAMP SPARROW 1 Swamp Sparrow-Mill Canyon, WA-10-21-2014 Swamp Sparrow-Mill Canyon, WA-10-21-2014 White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's) 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 18 Red-winged Blackbird 3 House Finch 1 Pine Siskin 6 American Goldfinch 5 Good birding, Jon Isacoff, Spokane _______________________________________________ Inland-nw-birders mailing list Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Url for Flickr album
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:08:34 -0700
Two most recent sapsuckers. One with white behind eye. One without. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/31703394 AT N08/sets/72157648882045661/

Nancy Miller
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Viola, ID

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Subject: Lake CDA Birds
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:04:28 +0000
I too followed up on the duck report from Wolf Lodge and saw the same 3 "black" 
ducks. One was as Lisa described, black with a white breast, which I believe is 
referred to as the "Peking" variety of domesticated mallard. The others were 
nearly all black but clearly of the same origin. Around the lake lake were many 
Western and Horned Grebes as well as smaller numbers of Pied-billed and 
Red-necked Grebes. 1 adult HERRING GULL was among the 200+ Ring-billed's and a 
handful of Californias at various locations. 


Near the area of the dark ducks were 4 WILSON'S SNIPE and a lingering SPOTTED 
SANDPIPER, the latest I've seen one in Northern Idaho. At Beauty Creek Bay was 
a lingering migrant Ruby-crowned Kinglet and the best birds of the day: a 
RUFFED GROUSE and a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Not a Black Duck
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:54:48 -0700
More on the Black Duck from Lisa


I was able to stop by Wolf Lodge around 6 pm and look for the black duck.
The light was fading fast, but I could see that there were 3 "black ducks",
and one of them had a white front indicating a domestic origin. So it can be
assumed that they are all of domestic origin. They had blackish bills and
were more uniformly dark than wild Am. Black Ducks.

Lisa Hardy
Kellogg, ID

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Subject: red-naped sapsucker
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:18:06 -0700
A red-naped sapsucker present in the apple tree when we were eating lunch on
the patio. I haven't compared the photos with previous bird but it looked
quite different. More color, definitely more well defined areas with crisp
edges of colors.

 

Several evening grosbeaks yesterday afternoon. Haven't had time to look
today. 

 

Nancy Miller

Four Mile Rd

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Subject: Possible Black Duck
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:56:18 -0700
Lisa Hardy just called to report a possible Black Duck in Wolf Lodge Bay,
Coeur d'Alene Lake.  
It is with Mallards and Gadwalls and at a distance.   She is hoping someone
else will have time to look for it. 

Take the exit for highway 97  off of I-90 going east from CDA.  Proceeding
on highway 97 toward Harrison (a short distance) you cross a small bridge
with the lake on the west and ponds on the east side.   It is on the east
side.  

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Subject: Re: Steptoe Butte Accipitor
From: Mike Clarke <redeyegravy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:53:46 -0700
Excellent.   A tough bird for Whitman.   I'll add it to the year list.

-Mike


On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM, Keith Carlson 
wrote:

>  On the PAS/Canyon birders field trip yesterday, we watched a
> large accipitor soaring with a  pair of Red Tails.
>
> My ID is immature, female Cooper's Hawk, but I wouldn't completely rule
> out an immature Northen Goshawk.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15391487929/in/photostream/
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> Comments welcome.
>
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Subject: Fw: Steptoe Butte Accipitor
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:15:05 -0700
Thanks to all for the help on this immature Northern Goshawk.
A code 4 Whitman county bird.

Keith
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Subject: RE: [inland-NW-birders] Steptoe Butte Accipitor


Hi Keith,

 

I am in full agreement with Carl - a Northern Goshawk. I would guess that it is 
likely a male but this is based only on the fact that you were considering 
female Cooper's. Carl's points are all excellent plus it has a wedge-shaped, 
rather short tail. 


 

Cheers and Good Birding,

Ted Kenefick

Seattle

tgkenefick AT msn.com

 

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Steptoe Butte Accipitor

 

On the PAS/Canyon birders field trip yesterday, we watched a large accipitor 
soaring with a pair of Red Tails. 


 

My ID is immature, female Cooper's Hawk, but I wouldn't completely rule out an 
immature Northen Goshawk. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15391487929/in/photostream/

 

Comments welcome.

 

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Subject: Re: Steptoe Butte Accipitor
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:52:59 -0700
Very cool photo, Keith!  I'd definitely call it a Goshawk, based on the
following criteria (and possibly others):

-The wings have a distinctive shape; bulging in the secondaries and fairly
pointed in the tips
-The base of the tail is equally as wide as the body (Thanks to Jay
Carlisle, who is not on this list, for recently mentioning this mark)
-The undertail coverts are streaked
-The bands on the tail are very uneven
-Appears to have a pretty bold supercillium
-Breast heavily and coarsely streaked
-Appears a bit buffy underneath, especially on the upper breast
-Just has a bulky, barrel-chested GISS

Nice Bird!

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID

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wrote:

>  On the PAS/Canyon birders field trip yesterday, we watched a
> large accipitor soaring with a  pair of Red Tails.
>
> My ID is immature, female Cooper's Hawk, but I wouldn't completely rule
> out an immature Northen Goshawk.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15391487929/in/photostream/
>
> Comments welcome.
>
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Subject: Steptoe Butte Accipitor
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:39:11 -0700
On the PAS/Canyon birders field trip yesterday, we watched a large accipitor 
soaring with a pair of Red Tails. 


My ID is immature, female Cooper's Hawk, but I wouldn't completely rule out an 
immature Northen Goshawk. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15391487929/in/photostream/

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Subject: Blue Mt. Boreal Owls
From: Mike Clarke <redeyegravy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:33:01 -0700
This Friday and Saturday, I followed up on various reports and species'
range descriptions I have read on Boreal Owls in the Washington portion of
the Blue Mountains.   I generally followed the lead of the work done by
Bart Whelton in the mid eighties and focused my search along Kendall
Skyline Rd. in Columbia County, particularly south of Godman campground.
I stuck mostly to the roads as the 'orange army' was out in full force.

I played recordings at approximately  35 locations over the two nights
along Kendall Skyline and NF-300 in areas that seemed to have the thickest
concentration of sub-alpine fir.   I had two responses; one along NF-300
about 1.2 miles south of Kendall Skyline and another along Kendall Skyline
roughly in the vicinity of Wildcat Spring.   In both cases only the
familiar "skiew" calls were given in response.   The bird along NF-300 was
quite vocal and gave a total of 7 "skiew" calls that were quite loud.

I was a little disappointed not to find more of these elusive owls, but
happy to get them on to eBird for the Washington Blues.   Columbia County
seems to have the best habitat, but I think there are possibilities for
Garfield and Asotin too.   Time is running short this fall, but perhaps
next fall I can make a more concerted effort in those counties.

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Subject: Re: Gull Identifucation
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:55:28 -0700
Terry - I think that this bird will have to go into the category of "can't 
make an ID".

From a probability standpoint,  American Herring Gull is the most likely to 
be seen in the LC valley.

If the bird came over from the coast of Washington or Southern BC, a 
Glaucous-winged x Western is more likely than a pure Western Gull.

Since there does not appear to be a field mark on this bird that screams out 
as positive ID, I would go with a Gull sp ?.

Keith
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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Gull Identifucation


> Hi birders,
>
> Mike Scott and I birded the LC Valley looking for unusual gulls this 
> morning
> and we found on possible/probable Western Gull.  It may only be a very 
> large
> American Herring Gull but to us it just does not quite fit either!  Any
> thoughts would be appreciated.  Photos are on my filckr photo site!
>
> Thanks!
>
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Subject: Lapland Longspurs
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:47:01 -0700
I birded on the West Plains, and part of Lincoln County  on Friday .  The
Highlights were: Mountain Bluebirds on Thorpe Road, A Rough-legged Hawk and
3 Northern Shrikes on the old Sunset Highway, White-crowned Sparrows at
Reardan, and best of all, A flock of 20+ American Pipits, and a flock of
 10+ Lapland Longspurs on Duck Lake Road.  It was fun to see the Longspurs
so close to the road, and not mixed in with horned larks!

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Subject: Am. Tree Sparrow at Palouse Falls SP
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:06:24 -0700
Hello all,
Mike and I checked Lyon's Ferry Park and Washtucna this afternoon and found 
very few birds - a Varied Thrush and 8 Golden-crowned Kinglets were at Bassett 
Park. 


On the way back we stopped at Palouse Falls State Park where the air was full 
of "bluebutt" aphids and one tree in the picnic area was literally full of 
birds - the surprise being an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. Other species feeding in 
the tree: 


BROWN CREEPER - one bird
Pine Siskins - 2 dozen feeding up and down the trunk like the creeper
Both Kinglets
Flickers, Downy Woodpecker
Juncos - many
Wcrowns, Yrumps, House Finches, Am Goldfinches, House Sparrows - a few

Beautiful day to be out - - M&ML

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Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker, C. Yellowthroat this morning
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:45:58 -0700
Hello all,
A bright male Common Yellowthroat is still along Stone Creek - right 
where it was a week ago. The Red-naped Sapsucker is hanging out at Mt. 
Hope Cemetery in College Place - where we often find them in October.
5 Lesser Goldfinches were below the amphitheater at Ft. Walla Walla park 
yesterday feeding on thistle. Pine Siskins can be heard almost anywhere 
in town flying over.

Good Birding, ML

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Subject: Red-naped sapsucker still present
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:51:13 -0700
Photos later

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Subject: rough-legged hawk & longspurs
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:05:02 -0700
made a drive from Espanola to Duck Lake, Coffee Pot Lake and Twin Lakes and
back to Spokane. Spokane through Lincoln CO.on Tuesday.

Highlights included:  rough-legged hawk on Espanola Rd, Lapland longspur on
McFarlaine Rd, w bluebird on Rocklyn Rd,  snow geese on Duck Lake, another
Rough-legged hawk on the old Sunset Hwy, N shrike on Sunset Hwy.

horned larks in large flocks everywhere. many, many black-billed magpie
several red-tailed hawks and N harrier
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Subject: Blue Jay in Walla Walla
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:46:24 -0700
Hello all,
I just received a nice picture of a Blue Jay at a feeder in southeast 
Walla Walla - first report of the fall.
Walked around College Place this morning between showers - many Yrumps, 
Juncos and a couple dozen Cedar Waxwings. TOO many starlings as usual.
Later, ML

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Subject: Great Gray Owl near Craigmont
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:05:44 -0700
Just received a report from Clare Wiser of Pullman that around 1500 today he 
observed a GREAT GRAY OWL atop a fence post just off US 95 near the Craigmont 
exit. 

I believe that would be a Lewis county bird.

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Subject: Red Crossbills are finally back
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:19:42 -0700
RED CROSSBILLS have been daily residents at my pine forest for many years.

Last October they disappeared.  At that time I could see cones on trees, but
they were evidently old cones.

This summer and fall, only one in 50 trees has any cones.

Anyway this morning I saw 8 RED CROSSBILLS!

I'm glad they are back and glad it was a food issue that made them leave.  

 

Greg Falco

South Spokane Co near Turnbull

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Pend Oreille County Harris's Sparrow
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:55:39 -0400
Hello,

This afternoon, Matthew Moswick found a Harris's Sparrow (code 5) along the 
Dike Rd on the Kalispell Indian Reservation. I relocated the bird about 
three hours later about 200 yards before the north end of the road turns 
north. It appeared to be 1st winter bird, Great find, Matthew!

Blessings
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Subject: Scoter - finally!
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:59:49 -0700
Hello all,
We have been looking for scoters in WWCo. and this afternoon at 2Rivers HMU I 
spotted a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. It was a beautiful day with mud, cloudy and calm 
- great scoping weather. 

Other birds at 2Rivers:
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - 1 late bird
Franklin's Gull - 7 birds - maybe the McNary NWR HQ birds moving downriver?
Pectoral Sandpipers - 20  (no Sharp-tailed yet)
Wilson's Snipe - 13 
LB Dowitchers - 11 (and 62 at the delta)
Lots of Killdeer, 4 Greater Yellowlegs, a few peeps.

The SABINE'S GULL continues at Penninsula HMU along with 20 Snow Geese.

Stopped briefly at McNary HQ - lots of waterfowl and 5 late BARN SWALLOWS.

We started the day at Fishook Park - many Yrumps, Juncos, finches and sparrows 
but nothing unusual. Did have White-throated, Golden-crowned and Wcrown 
Sparrows all in one bush. And the Coopers, Sharpie and Merlin kept the robins 
and flickers on the move. 

A couple of LESSER GOLDFINCHES were nice to see - one a bright male.
Charbonneau Park had much of the same - 4 Golden-crowned Sparrows there.

First bird in our yard this morning was a Fox Sparrow - very unexpected.

Sat. at the turn-off to Hansen Loop rd were over 100 Eurasian Collared-Doves 
with a bright yellow Budgie in the middle. Today just above Charbonneau park a 
Cockatiel was sitting on the line looking very contented. We have had several 
of both species in Walla Walla this summer as well - guess folks just get tired 
of their pets and let them go. 


Good birding, Mike & ML


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Subject: Re: Spokane MEW Gull
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:08:15 -0700
Speak of the devil.  After a weekend which involved ripping out big portions
of our deck and making the subsequent repairs, I had to run to the Ramsey
Road Transfer Station (Coeur d'Alene, ID) this morning (13 Oct.'14) and was
happy to see two (2) MEW GULLs, a 1st year and an adult, in with the trash
picking Ring-billeds.  The chance of bumping into an oddball scrounge is the
only thing I look forward in visiting the dump after a weekend like this
past one.  While I'm not promoting hanging out at transfer stations, I
thought coupled with Jon's Mew Gull on the South Hill, it would be worth
dropping a note to underscore you can find these guys anywhere, and they are
around so keep your eyes open.

Good Dumping,
Doug

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Spokane MEW Gull

This morning there was a juvenile MEW GULL hanging out with adult
Ring-billeds near 57th street and Palouse Highway on the South Hill Spokane.
The birds were roosting on the large grass lawn next to the church and
across from a self storage facility.

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

Jonathan B. Isacoff
Chair, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052
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Subject: Spokane MEW Gull
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:35:32 +0000
This morning there was a juvenile MEW GULL hanging out with adult Ring-billeds 
near 57th street and Palouse Highway on the South Hill Spokane. The birds were 
roosting on the large grass lawn next to the church and across from a self 
storage facility. 


Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

Jonathan B. Isacoff
Chair, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052
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Subject: Lake Pend Oreille probable PACIFIC LOON, after all
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:32:14 -0700
I forgot that I took some "Hail Mary" photos of my putative/candidate
Pacific Loon before jumping out of the truck to set up the spotting scope
on it.  Review of those photos seems to reveal a Pacific Loon, after all.
It must have dove and slipped away while I was setting up the scope.  This
was at the north end of Lake Pend Oreille, along Sunnyside Road east of
Perch and Shaw Bays near the SW corner of the "Sunnyside Peninsula".

Good Birding

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Subject: Lake Pend Oreille probable PACIFIC LOON, after all
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:32:14 -0700
I forgot that I took some "Hail Mary" photos of my putative/candidate
Pacific Loon before jumping out of the truck to set up the spotting scope
on it.  Review of those photos seems to reveal a Pacific Loon, after all.
It must have dove and slipped away while I was setting up the scope.  This
was at the north end of Lake Pend Oreille, along Sunnyside Road east of
Perch and Shaw Bays near the SW corner of the "Sunnyside Peninsula".

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: Mann Lake Big Sit, Oct 11, 2014
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:50:23 -0700
Hi All -

John Hanna and I spent about 5 hours yesterday morning on the south side of
Mann Lake (Nez Perce Co east of Lewiston) participating in the Bird
Watcher's Digest Big Sit

 

and
having a bit of fun competition w/ other "sitters" all in southern Idaho.
We ended up w/ 47 species (list below) confirmed and additional 3 probables
(either briefly detected or not visually confirmed). Three additionals were
Lesser Goldfinch (single call from flyover), Savannah Sparrow, and Lapland
Longspur. No major highlights (latish Turkey Vulture was), waterfowl
diversity was inexplicably quite low for the lake. There was a roving group
of ~10 Long-billed Dowitchers and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers. We got rained on
twice (which was ok considering how dry it's been), the second time just as
we were leaving. We enjoyed visiting w/ Canyon Birders field trip
participants and they helped confirm a few species for us (which is allowed
in the Big Sit rules).

Regarding the longspur, at least 3 or 4 times we had 1 or more birds w/
pipits or Horned Larks fly over giving staccato calls (often described as a
rattle) almost certainly a longspur(s) but not landing for a look (although
I have had a Lapland Longspur at Mann Lake previously seen and heard).
Thinking back now we may have had the capacity to playback a longspur call
but didn't think of it at the time. Snow Buntings also have a "rattly" call
and Carl Lunblad and I heard and saw one mid-November of last year at
Dworshak Res., probably still too early for them here. Just need more
experience w/ longspurs before making definite id based on this call
(although probably is distinctive enough to do so).


BTW some might thing a Big Sit (aka long stationary count) is a boring
endeavor but definitely not at a place like Mann Lake where birds are
constantly moving around and you get some turnover in species. Although
yesterday was a bit slow in this regard it was still a fun time.

thanks, Charles.


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Subject: eBird Report - Mann Lake, Oct 11, 2014
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Mann Lake, Nez Perce, US-ID
Oct 11, 2014 7:05 AM - 11:57 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Big Sit with John Hanna Submitted from  BirdLog NA for
Android v1.9.6
47 species

Canada Goose  100
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  2
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  8
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  4
California Quail  2
Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Western Grebe  15
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  3
Killdeer  25
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Long-billed Dowitcher  10
California Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Black-billed Magpie  3
Common Raven  1
Horned Lark  8
Bewick's Wren  1
American Robin  3
European Starling  500
American Pipit  200
Cedar Waxwing  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
House Finch  3
Pine Siskin  2
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20203498

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Subject: Mann Lake Big Sit, Oct 11, 2014
From: "Charles Swift chaetura AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:50:23 -0700
Hi All -

John Hanna and I spent about 5 hours yesterday morning on the south side of
Mann Lake (Nez Perce Co east of Lewiston) participating in the Bird
Watcher's Digest Big Sit

 

and
having a bit of fun competition w/ other "sitters" all in southern Idaho.
We ended up w/ 47 species (list below) confirmed and additional 3 probables
(either briefly detected or not visually confirmed). Three additionals were
Lesser Goldfinch (single call from flyover), Savannah Sparrow, and Lapland
Longspur. No major highlights (latish Turkey Vulture was), waterfowl
diversity was inexplicably quite low for the lake. There was a roving group
of ~10 Long-billed Dowitchers and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers. We got rained on
twice (which was ok considering how dry it's been), the second time just as
we were leaving. We enjoyed visiting w/ Canyon Birders field trip
participants and they helped confirm a few species for us (which is allowed
in the Big Sit rules).

Regarding the longspur, at least 3 or 4 times we had 1 or more birds w/
pipits or Horned Larks fly over giving staccato calls (often described as a
rattle) almost certainly a longspur(s) but not landing for a look (although
I have had a Lapland Longspur at Mann Lake previously seen and heard).
Thinking back now we may have had the capacity to playback a longspur call
but didn't think of it at the time. Snow Buntings also have a "rattly" call
and Carl Lunblad and I heard and saw one mid-November of last year at
Dworshak Res., probably still too early for them here. Just need more
experience w/ longspurs before making definite id based on this call
(although probably is distinctive enough to do so).


BTW some might thing a Big Sit (aka long stationary count) is a boring
endeavor but definitely not at a place like Mann Lake where birds are
constantly moving around and you get some turnover in species. Although
yesterday was a bit slow in this regard it was still a fun time.

thanks, Charles.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mann Lake, Oct 11, 2014
To: chaetura AT gmail.com


Mann Lake, Nez Perce, US-ID
Oct 11, 2014 7:05 AM - 11:57 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Big Sit with John Hanna Submitted from  BirdLog NA for
Android v1.9.6
47 species

Canada Goose  100
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  2
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  8
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  4
California Quail  2
Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Western Grebe  15
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  3
Killdeer  25
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Long-billed Dowitcher  10
California Gull  2
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Black-billed Magpie  3
Common Raven  1
Horned Lark  8
Bewick's Wren  1
American Robin  3
European Starling  500
American Pipit  200
Cedar Waxwing  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
House Finch  3
Pine Siskin  2
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20203498

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Subject: Late MacGillivray's Warbler, Sabine's Gull
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:33:47 -0700
Hello all,
I walked Stone Creek in College place this morning - east of the Game Store 
were 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 Common Yellowthroat and one MacGillivray's 
Warbler. In our Mountain Ash were 24 young Cedar Waxwings - they didn't stay 
long - don't think the berries are "ripe" yet. 


We headed out to the river later hoping the wind might blow something in - 
besides the dust! 

On Detour rd we had a nice HARLAN'S HAWK. Woodward Canyon had one Pectoral 
Sandpiper in the flooded field. 


The Dodd road blood pond was crawling with American Pipits but no shorebirds.

At McNary NWR HQ we sat in the blind out of the wind and enjoyed the continuing 
7 FRANKLIN'S GULLS. Two Bonaparte's but no Sabine's there today. Blue-winged 
Teal are getting late - 16 of them. 


At Penninsula HMU the SABINE'S GULL is still hanging out by the island - and 15 
Great Egrets out there today as well. 

We enjoyed watching 5 otters at Casey pond - and a COMMON TERN came in but 
evidently didn't like the area and headed south. 


A friend sent a pic of Greater White-fronted Geese with one TULE GOOSE on Mill 
Creek behind Kmart - we spent an hour there yesterday evening but only Canada 
Geese for us. 


Good birding, ML

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Subject: Mann Lake
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:37:11 -0700
This AM; 0745-1020
Charles Swift and John Hanna, doing a "Big Sit" will likely provide a detailed 
list. 

Canyon Birders (7) highlites were a TURKEY VULTURE (late bird) , an 
unidentified Swallow and a lovely Merlin chasing a Starling swarm and then 
resting on a large dirt pile for close to 30 minutes. Then light was terrible 
for photos, but did manage these: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15320779970/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15320828878/in/photostream/

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Subject: Pine Grosbeak
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:02:20 -0700
Hello all,
Yesterday morning I walked the natural area at Fort Walla Walla Park - had just 
gotten out of the car when I heard a PINE GROSBEAK call from overhead. I used 
my ipod and the bird circled me several times within 10 feet calling constantly 
- a female. County yearbird #250. 


Also had Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins and many Juncos. Found 2 
Orange-crowned Warblers in the colorful sumac and a Virginia Rail was calling 
from the stream. The noisy resident Cooper's Hawk keeps the robins and flickers 
on the move. 


Good birding, ML

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Subject: Spokane, Lincoln, Adams County
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:14:24 -0400
Hello,

My birding route today began on the West Plains of Spokane County, took me 
to Reardan and Mill Canyon and then to Sprague Lake. Here are some of the 
better finds of the day:

Ladd Rd, south of Thorpe Rd, West Plains: LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Drinking in a 
puddle from the sprinkler near the road. (had them here before)

McFarlane Rd: 8 Gray Partridge

Reardan Audubon Lake: Not much, American Pipit, Wilson's Snipe

Mill Canyon: Ruffed Grouse (tough in Lincoln County), Evening Grosbeak, 
Northern Pygmy Owl, SURF SCOTER

Sprague Lake (Lincoln): Sprague Lk Resort: Hermit Thrush (2)

Sprague Lake (Adams): LAPLAND LONGSPUR (2) Water trough near hay bales (had 
them here before), Snow Geese (7), SURF SCOTER (4), Herring Gull, Red 
necked Grebe (2), Western Grebe (100)

Blessings
Terry Little
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Subject: Pine Grosbeak on Mt Spokane
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:38:51 -0700
Had a few afternoon hours free so drove up Mt Spokane. Pretty quiet and
warm, but heard a Pine Grosbeak singing in the picnic area, but couldn't
spot it.

Drove to the top looking for Rosy Finches reported, but no luck there.  A
couple of red-breasted nuthatches calling, a flock of C raven, 1 red-tailed
hawk.


On the way down we drove through the campground, where I again heard the
grosbeak and was able to spot it on top of an evergreen. It stayed long
enough for me to put the scope on it and get a great look at a female, but
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Subject: Spokane county 2014 cumulative year list update
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:30:20 -0700
Hi all,

Just a quick update on where we stand in the county for the year so far. If I 
haven't missed any reports, we stand at 219 species seen for the year through 
yesterday. The latest additions were Blue Jay and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. 


We are missing some regularly occurring birds so if you have seen them, please 
let me know. Here they are: 


Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Anna's Hummingbird

2013 ended with 229 species seen overall. So we have at least 10 more species 
to be found. Maybe this winter will bring us another Snowy Owl in the county! 


As always, thank you for all your reports! Now get out there and bird! I know I 
need to! 


Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
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Subject: Snow Geese, Cranes, gulls
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:37:32 -0700
Hello all,
I headed out to the river again today as the water was low enough for some mud. 
I didn't find any great shorebirds but it was a gorgeous day to be out there! 

At 2Rivers HMU a flock of 153 SNOW GEESE flew over - headed northwest. Aaron 
reports well over a thousand already at Cold Springs just across the border. 

2 FORSTER'S TERNS, Franklin's Gull and a House Wren were also at 2Rivers

At Penninsula HMU flock after flock of SANDHILL CRANES were flying south - very 
noisy the whole time. One SABINE'S GULL is still there along with 3 
Bonaparte's. 


Many Long-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, Yellowlegs and a few peeps were around. 
White-crowned Sparrows are abundant along with Yrumps. 


Both Scaup, Canvasback, Redheads, Ruddy Ducks and Wigeon are back in good 
numbers and many thousands of Coot everywhere along the river. 


Hunters were out looking over the birds and building blinds - todays peace and 
quiet won't last long - - 


Enjoy the birds, ML
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Subject: Mt Spokane Rosy Finch
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:47:15 -0400
Hello,

This morning I had one (kind of strange) Gray crowned Rosy Finch up on Mt 
Spokane, surprisingly quite a ways before one gets to the summit. Also seen 
were 1 Evening Grosbeak, 1 Cassin's Finch, 2 Moose, and Long tailed 
Weasel.

Blessings
Terry Little
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Subject: Sprague Lake scoters
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:52:33 -0700
This morning I saw 3 immature type SURF SCOTERS on Sprague Lake.

I covered much of the lake without seeing anything else rare.

80 WESTERN GREBES were impressive.

1 OSPREY

Coot numbers were uncountable.

 

Greg Falco

South Spokane Co

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Sprague Lake No Jaeger, but still
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:30:16 -0700
At 4:00 Tues I checked Sprague Lake for 40 minutes.

I didn't see any Jaeger's or Bonaparte's Gull's, 
but did see:
4 SNOW GEESE (I think newly arrived)
A pair of adult SURF SCOTERS (by boat launch)
A pair of COMMON LOONS
A flock of 13 LAPLAND LONGSPURS

Great find on the Long-tailed Jaeger Jon!!

Greg Falco
South Spokane Co

 

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Sprague LONG-TAILED JAEGER

Seen this am on the Adams county side near the large irrigators east of
public boat launch.  Initially seen attacking a RBGU then proceeded to roost
on water for some mediocre photos.

Other birds of note:

1 Imm-type SURF SCOTER
3 Bonapartes Gulls
3 LAPLAND LONSPURS

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane  

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Subject: Good birds in Spokane
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:33:31 -0700
Hello,

 

Early this morning, I spent some time birding the foothills of Mt Spokane
along Holcomb Rd. About .3 mi west of Randall Rd, I found a tan striped
WHITE THROATED SPARROW in with some White crowns. I've had White throats
here before. Mt Bluebirds were in the area as well.

 

At lunch, I drove out to Eloika Lake where the waterfowl population has
picked up a great deal the past few days. In with the large flock of Lesser
Scaup and American Wigeon were 8 Ruddy Ducks, 4 GREATER SCAUP, 3 SURF
SCOTERS, 3 Horned Grebes and other common waterfowl. 

 

Blessings

Terry Little

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Subject: Sprague LONG-TAILED JAEGER
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:15:06 +0000
Seen this am on the Adams county side near the large irrigators east of public 
boat launch. Initially seen attacking a RBGU then proceeded to roost on water 
for some mediocre photos. 


Other birds of note:

1 Imm-type SURF SCOTER
3 Bonapartes Gulls
3 LAPLAND LONSPURS

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane  

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Subject: Mann Lake Big Sit - Saturday, October 11
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:25:43 -0700
Several of us (right now John Hanna and I) will be participating in the
Bird Watcher's digest Big Sit at Mann Lake this Saturday. We'll be on the
south side of the lake near the model airplane club. We welcome anybody to
stop by and join us for a while including folks on the Canyon Birders Mann
Lake field trip. We'll be there at least until around noon although the Big
Sit can continue for the rest of the day with others taking over for
periods of time from the same location (let me know if you are interested).

Several southern Idaho Big Sits will also be going on over the weekend so
it will be interesting to compare our results. The forecast is calling for
some rain overnight on Friday so this could help our cause! I'm not sure
about Big Sits elsewhere or in the region (including WA) but rules are
linked below for anyone interested (there are several locations in the
region that could be very productive for Big Sits).

http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/index.php?sc=migration

thanks, Charles.

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Subject: Mann Lake
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:08:08 -0700
This AM from 0900-1000

Proving once again how things change, I must have arrived right after Catherine 
Temple and did catch her Tern, but no plovers. 

Instead of four Plovers, I had two Pectoral Sandpipers and some Killdeer.

Same waterfowl
Common Tern still in breeding plumage 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15470841995/in/photostream/ 


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Subject: Mann Lake this a.m.
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:10:42 -0700
I had a quick opportunity to escape to Mann Lake this a.m. between 9-9:30.
I was surprised to see so much shoreline and it seemed not a lot of birds.
Though the numbers weren't huge there was a nice variety of waterfowl.
Canada geese and mallards, of course, but also about a dozen canvasbacks,
some scaups, ring-necked ducks, shovellers, am. widgeon, and several
pintails. There was a single small tern that was smaller than the mallard
it was standing next to, but couldn't get close enough for an i.d. or
photo. Four plovers flew in that I did get photos of and will post later.
I'm assuming those were Am. golden-plovers.
Nice morning!

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Subject: Blue jay
From: RUSSELL FROBE <rrfrobe AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 18:27:05 -0700
My sister reports that she has a blue jay coming to one of her fruit trees 
periodically. She lives on Spokane's south side in the vicinity of 13th & Napa. 

Marian Frobe

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Subject: weekend birds - WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:06:59 -0700
Hello all,
We spent Saturday 10-4 birding along the river. Great views of the SABINE'S, 
Franklin's and Bonaparte's Gulls at McNary NWR HQ. 

At Penninsula HMU were 3 more SABINE'S Gulls and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES #248 
county yearlist. 


At the Walla Walla River delta were 3 RED-NECKED and 2 RED PHALAROPES out 
swimming around between the gulls. Dodd rd blood pond had 10 Pectoral 
Sandpipers and Killdeer. 


Yesterday ML birded Fishook Park - went through over 400 Yellow-rumped Warblers 
and failed to find a single different warbler! 6 Lincoln's Sparrows in one bush 
was nice. 


Friday evening in our yard watching the sunset when 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS came 
over. 


Good birding, ML


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Subject: Black throated grey Franklin county
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:56:50 -0700
I just found a black-throated grey warbler at Sacajawea park. It likes to hang 
around the southwest area near the swimming area and the musieum. I was able to 
get a picture as well. 



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Kevin Black
In Pasco, WA

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Subject: Mann Lake Today w/Canyon Birders
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:45:17 -0700
Far lower numbers of waterfowl compared to yesterday but a few new arrivals:
Greater White-fronted Geese    24
CACKLING GOOSE                one w/Canadas
Canvasbacks                            2
Redheads                                 3

and many of the usuals.

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Subject: Gray-Crowned Rosy Finch Adams Co., WA
From: EarthBourne <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:01:30 -0700
We saw a Gray-Crowned Rosy Finch in our yard near Ritville, WA this 
morning, 10/4/2014. We also reported these back in Oct. 2009. Since it 
is considered rare, I wanted to let y'all know about it.

We took a photo...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/treadletoes/15438089202/in/photostream

Becky Lyle
Ritzville, WA
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Subject: Mann Lake Waterfowl
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:51:30 -0700
Mann Lake 1000-1100 this AM.

LOADS OF WATERFOWL

Greater White-fronted Geese        25-30
Canada Geese                            1000+/-
Gadwall                                       4
American Wigeon                        100+/-
Mallard                                       1000+/-
Northern Shoveler                        100+/-
Northern Pintail                            25-30
Ring-necked Duck                        25+/-
Common Merganser                     35+/-
Ruddy Duck                                 15-20
Western Grebes                            15-20
Horned Grebes                              25+/-


American Pipits 25-30

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Subject: Blue Jay at the arboretum, Moscow
From: "Bernacchi, Leigh (lbernacchi AT uidaho.edu)" <lbernacchi@uidaho.edu>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:10:43 +0000
Good morning, 

Blue Jay in UI Arboretum, very vocal. On the Alpowa St. side of the park and 
headed into the neighborhood. Was a nice treat with coffee. 


Happy birding, 
Leigh

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Blue Jay in Pinehurst

I heard and saw a Blue Jay at the south end of Pinehurst (Shoshone County) 
yesterday. It was near the last houses as you leave town heading up Pine Creek. 



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Subject: Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch at Steptoe
From: Bill Siems <wfsiems AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:27:48 -0700
Flock of 10 Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch feeding in the road on the east side of 
Steptoe Butte. I'm used to seeing this species here in the fall, but this is 
the earliest arrival I've noted. They are always up high on the Butte and 
usually on the steep east side. Lots of Junco up there too, but the GCRF are 
easy to pick out because they always fly together in a very tight bunch. They 
were very tame today: when I finally departed they would hardly move over to 
let my car past at 0.5 mph. 

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Subject: Snow Geese, Sabine's Gulls WWCo.
From: "Mike & MerryLynn" <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 18:14:14 -0700
Hello all,
A gorgeous day to be out birding! Ginger and I took full advantage and headed 
out to the river this morning. High water at the delta - just a few dowitchers, 
1 Pectoral and 1 Western Sandpiper. Many waterfowl and gulls. 


At Penninsula HMU we scoped the thousands of waterfowl but nothing unusual - a 
Common Loon in close was nice. After 30 minutes the 2 SABINE'S GULLS showed up 
and flew around feeding much like terns. We hoped for terns but none today. 


Turning on Hanson Loop we saw hundreds of Greater White-fronted Geese taking 
off from the cornfield and still on the ground were 4 SNOW GEESE - our first of 
fall (reported yesterday). On Humorist rd there is a freshly burned field with 
many AMERICAN PIPITS, Savannah Sparrows, Meadowlarks and a few Yrumps. 


At McNary NWR HQ we scoped the pond - and the prior reports of gulls were not 
wrong! There were 11 FRANKLIN'S GULLS, 16 Bonaparte's Gulls and 1 SABINE'S 
GULL. And a few Ring-billeds and Calif. of course. 

Scoping the many Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks, Scaup and Wigeon I came across 5 
CACKLING GEESE - also our first of fall. 

Walking the "birding spur" Ginger found a NASHVILLE WARBLER - gettting late. A 
WHITE-THROATED and 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW were both singing. A Cooper's Hawk 
was also very noisy! 


Hearing SANDHILL CRANES we ran out from under the trees and watched 3 huge 
flocks come right over the HQ - over 600 birds. Always fun to see and hear! 


Back in Walla Walla Ginger checked her email and found a RED PHALAROPE had been 
seen at Bennington Lake so we headed right out and watched this amazing 
visitor. Ginger called friends with great cameras and they took lots of photos. 

The last RED PHALAROPE in Walla Walla Co. was October 29 of last year - also at 
Bennington Lake. I believe this is the 6th record for the county but Mike may 
correct me on that! 


Yesterday evening in our yard were 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS - haven't seen any here 
since June. They were also reported in Tricities today. 


Good birding all, MerryLynn


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Subject: Snow Geese, Sabine's Gulls WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 18:14:14 -0700
Hello all,
A gorgeous day to be out birding! Ginger and I took full advantage and headed 
out to the river this morning. High water at the delta - just a few dowitchers, 
1 Pectoral and 1 Western Sandpiper. Many waterfowl and gulls. 


At Penninsula HMU we scoped the thousands of waterfowl but nothing unusual - a 
Common Loon in close was nice. After 30 minutes the 2 SABINE'S GULLS showed up 
and flew around feeding much like terns. We hoped for terns but none today. 


Turning on Hanson Loop we saw hundreds of Greater White-fronted Geese taking 
off from the cornfield and still on the ground were 4 SNOW GEESE - our first of 
fall (reported yesterday). On Humorist rd there is a freshly burned field with 
many AMERICAN PIPITS, Savannah Sparrows, Meadowlarks and a few Yrumps. 


At McNary NWR HQ we scoped the pond - and the prior reports of gulls were not 
wrong! There were 11 FRANKLIN'S GULLS, 16 Bonaparte's Gulls and 1 SABINE'S 
GULL. And a few Ring-billeds and Calif. of course. 

Scoping the many Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks, Scaup and Wigeon I came across 5 
CACKLING GEESE - also our first of fall. 

Walking the "birding spur" Ginger found a NASHVILLE WARBLER - gettting late. A 
WHITE-THROATED and 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW were both singing. A Cooper's Hawk 
was also very noisy! 


Hearing SANDHILL CRANES we ran out from under the trees and watched 3 huge 
flocks come right over the HQ - over 600 birds. Always fun to see and hear! 


Back in Walla Walla Ginger checked her email and found a RED PHALAROPE had been 
seen at Bennington Lake so we headed right out and watched this amazing 
visitor. Ginger called friends with great cameras and they took lots of photos. 

The last RED PHALAROPE in Walla Walla Co. was October 29 of last year - also at 
Bennington Lake. I believe this is the 6th record for the county but Mike may 
correct me on that! 


Yesterday evening in our yard were 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS - haven't seen any here 
since June. They were also reported in Tricities today. 


Good birding all, MerryLynn


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Subject: What is going on with these turkeys?
From: "Brian and Beth Miller" <bmiller297 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:09:25 -0700
For the 2nd time in the last few weeks I have had a turkey "rumble" in my
back yard. Eight toms were:

-Making a lot of noise.

-Going in and out of full breeding display.

-Occasionally jumping up; sometimes toward, or onto another tom.

-Two toms jumping at the same time and chest bumping.

 

My back yard includes an area enclosed by a 4' chain link fence. During the
rumble one or two of the toms is inside the fence and all the others are
outside.

I live in the hills above Liberty Lake on 6 acres of ponderosa pine forest.
Turkeys are common, I see them almost every day.

 

What is going on?

 

Brian Miller

Liberty Lake
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Subject: Mt Spokane Am Three toed Woodpecker
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 13:09:45 -0700
Hello,

 

This morning I found an AMERICAN THREE TOED WOODPECKER on Mt Spokane, a
county lifer for me. It was about a half a mile past the Knob Hill
Campground. There was a Hairy Woodpecker is the area, but I heard the pic
from the three toed coming from further up the hill. I played its call and
it responded but did not come very close. It appeared to be a female. Also
in the area was a Northern Pygmy Owl, an Evening Grosbeak and six Cassin's
Finches. At the summit was a large flock of Mt Bluebirds (25) with 2
Townsend's Solitaire with them and a flock of 15 American Pipits.

 

At the Peone Wetland, I had my fos Northern Shrike, 

 

Blessings

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Subject: White-throated sparrow
From: john wolff <johnwolff66 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:13:57 -0700
A tan-striped white-throated sparrow showed up at my Pullman feeder this 
morning. I have had one or two of these birds each fall since I started paying 
attention in 2011. Guess I don't understand why they are considered Code 5 for 
Whitman Co.? 


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Pullman WA
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Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird
From: Kim Thorburn <kthorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 03:30:31 +0000
Hello Birders,


A black-chinned hummingbird stop for a bite at a hanging fuchsia on my front 
porch this evening. It’s the latest I’ve ever seen one in my yard. 



Good birding, Kim

North Spokane






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Subject: Common Tern, Nashville Warbler Franklin County
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:59:20 -0700
Hey Folks,

Been quite busy lately but birding nevertheless. Haven't got much time to
sit down and write an email. Highlights from this week and last.

Scooteney 9/30

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE 10
HERRING GULL-1
COMMON TERN-1 (pictures obtained)
SANDHILL CRANE-10
RED-NECKED GREBE-1
Green-Winged Teal-10
Gadwall
American Wigeon-25
RUDDY DUCK 2
Killdeer
Cedar Waxwing-10
AMERICAN PIPIT 2

Windust 9/30
NASHVILLE WARBLER-1 (late, good looks)
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER-1
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER-1
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
MERLIN
BARN OWL
GREAT-HORNED OWL
SPOTTED TOWHEE
OSPREY

Irrigation Pond Just North of intersection of RD68 and Taylor Flats 9/25
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER-1
GREATER YELLOW-LEGS-1
SAVANNAH SPARROW-10

The mornings are getting colder and fall is here :-)
Hope everyone has a good turn of the season and may your sightings be
plentiful.


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