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23 Jul Backyard grosbeaks [Catherine Temple ]
22 Jul Juvenile screech owl ["Terry O'Halloran" ]
22 Jul Cooper's hawks and night hawks [Catherine Temple ]
19 Jul Re: Hell's gate chicks [Charles Swift ]
19 Jul Hell's gate chicks [Catherine Temple ]
16 Jul Kestrels [Rich Del Carlo ]
16 Jul Bird calls [Lindell Haggin ]
15 Jul Re: Moscow breeding Cooper's Hawks [Charles Swift ]
15 Jul Moscow breeding Cooper's Hawks [Charles Swift ]
15 Jul Coop chicks [Catherine Temple ]
13 Jul Kamiak Butte [Richard Baltierra ]
13 Jul death traps for birds and other species [Tina wynecoop ]
12 Jul Hummingbird show [Catherine Temple ]
12 Jul Warbler species? [Catherine Temple ]
12 Jul Re: Anna's Hummingbird - Hayden, ID [Eliot Miller ]
10 Jul Hell's Gate Coop's [Catherine Temple ]
9 Jul Please help ID BIRD []
7 Jul Finch i.d. [Catherine Temple ]
7 Jul Finch i.d. [Catherine Temple ]
5 Jul Mann Lake and Hell's Gate [Catherine Temple ]
5 Jul Canyon & Rock Wrens-Kootenai Co., ID [Doug Ward ]
4 Jul Cooper's chick [Catherine Temple ]
2 Jul Hummer fledged [Catherine Temple ]
30 Jun Stevens Pass hiking/birding help [Tim Brennan ]
30 Jun Cooper's nest [Catherine Temple ]
30 Jun Hummer happenings [Catherine Temple ]
28 Jun correction on date ["O'Malley, Marty" ]
28 Jun Ferruginous Hawk? ["O'Malley, Marty" ]
27 Jun Western screech-owl [Tina wynecoop ]
27 Jun hummer progress [Catherine Temple ]
26 Jun hummer nestling [Catherine Temple ]
25 Jun FW: Cusick, WA-Pend Oreille River area [Ninebark ]
24 Jun Terns [Catherine Temple ]
23 Jun Hummer update [Catherine Temple ]
20 Jun Hummer nest update [Catherine Temple ]
19 Jun snipe [Catherine Temple ]
16 Jun nest watching [Catherine Temple ]
15 Jun Forward: Out of area RBA in Idaho Scissor-tailed Flycatcher near Big Cottonwood WMA [Kevin Black ]
12 Jun Asotin Co. Black Tern [Mike Clarke ]
11 Jun Black Throated Blue Warbler [RJ Baltierra ]
11 Jun Re: Latah Co. Least Flycatcher etc. [Charles Swift ]
11 Jun Latah Co. Least Flycatcher etc. [Charles Swift ]
10 Jun Falconry presentation [Catherine Temple ]
9 Jun Plovers and Bobolinks and more at Newman Lake, Spokane [Terry Little ]
9 Jun Phoebe Snetsinger [Tina wynecoop ]
08 Jun Re: Waxwings sticking around??? [Charles Swift ]
08 Jun Latah Black Tern [Charles Swift ]
8 Jun Northern Parula at Kamiak [Mike Clarke ]
08 Jun Re: Waxwings sticking around??? [Charles Swift ]
8 Jun Re: Waxwings sticking around??? [Nancy Miller ]
8 Jun Waxwings sticking around??? ["Bright, Ashleigh (abright AT uidaho.edu)" ]
7 Jun Re: NORTHERN PARULA @ Kamiak Butte [Ben Bright ]
7 Jun NORTHERN PARULA @ Kamiak Butte [Russ Koppendrayer ]
07 Jun Re: Idaho County Franklin's Gulls [Charles Swift ]
06 Jun Idaho County Franklin's Gulls [Charles Swift ]
6 Jun Any word on the Walla Walla BTBW [Kevin Black ]
5 Jun Re: barred owls [Nancy Miller ]
5 Jun barred owls [Nancy Miller ]
5 Jun Little Pend Oreille NWR ["Mike" ]
5 Jun Bob White [Don and Susan Carey ]
4 Jun Mann Lake stilts ["Terry O'Halloran" ]
4 Jun Re: Northern Mockingbird [Mike Clarke ]
4 Jun Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 104, Issue 11 [Georgeo Grader ]
4 Jun Sparrows and Flycatchers on the West Plains [Terry Little ]
4 Jun Northern Mockingbird [Mike Clarke ]
4 Jun curlew [Terry Lane ]
4 Jun Pend Oreille County [Terry Little ]
3 Jun Spizella Sparrows Continue in CDA [Terry Little ]
1 Jun Re: hummingbird numbers down? (David Woodall) [Nancy Miller ]
2 Jun Re: help [mary deasy ]
1 Jun Kingfisher [Nancy Draznin ]
1 Jun Red-eyed Vireo, WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
1 Jun FW: help ["O'Malley, Marty" ]
1 Jun Re: hummingbird numbers down? [L Baxter ]
31 May Re: hummingbird numbers down? [Kim Thorburn ]
31 May Re: Hummingbird numbers down [john wolff ]

Subject: Backyard grosbeaks
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:30:43 -0700
I always enjoy new visitors to the backyard. Just a little while ago I
surprised a trio of black-headed grosbeaks in my raspberries and at my
feeders. They appear to be females or juveniles, maybe some of each.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27886843024/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Juvenile screech owl
From: "Terry O'Halloran" <terryohal AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:07:23 -0700
I have two juvenile screech owls hanging out in my Lewiston yard. They are
getting around pretty well now but are still being fed by their parents.

I'm attaching a photo of one of them. The other was being shy.

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Subject: Cooper's hawks and night hawks
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:40:43 -0700
This morning I visited the Hell's Gate Cooper's and found the nest empty.
Apparently, the chicks had fledged between yesterday and today. I was able
to locate the smaller chick and it was moving about the tree. It actually
seemed curious about me and the dog as I walked around the tree looking to
locate the other chick because it flew to whatever side I was on. After 30
- 40 minutes of searching I couldn't locate the other chick, nor could I
find the parents in the nearby trees.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27859362373/in/dateposted-public/

Two nights ago I had the first common nighthawks cruising my neighborhood
and as usual I tried to make myself crazy and dizzy trying to catch a
photo. I got a few, but finally gave up and watched the show as the sun set
and painted them with an orange glow.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/28442477266/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Re: Hell's gate chicks
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:06:13 +0000
Fledgling Cooper's hawks are still present in Moscow East City Park, flying
around giving their interesting whistle-calls (got to get over there and
try to record that!).

Charles.

On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 1:03 PM David McNeely 
wrote:

> If they are on the same schedule as "our" chicks were, they will fly
> independently within another 10 days or two weeks after taking those first
> "baby hops."  We occasionally see a juvenile about the yard and woods
> around the house, but they seem to be living on their own.  Maybe parents
> are still furnishing some groceries, but we haven't seen that since they
> left the nest.  In fact, we haven't seen two Cooper's at the same time
> hereabouts.
>
> Dave
>
> On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:08 AM, Catherine Temple 
> wrote:
>
>> I was surprised during today's visit when one of the chicks hopped to the
>> edge of the nest and did a jump to a nearby branch without any trouble and
>> sat there preening. The other chick stayed in the nest. I think there are
>> only two of them and they are looking more feathered every day. I suspect
>> it won't be long before they are flying. One of the adults was in a nearby
>> tree keeping an eye on things.
>>
>> --
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>> *Catherine Temple*
>>
>> *Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*
>>
>> *Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052 <%28208%29%20791-7052>*
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Subject: Hell's gate chicks
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:08:12 -0700
I was surprised during today's visit when one of the chicks hopped to the
edge of the nest and did a jump to a nearby branch without any trouble and
sat there preening. The other chick stayed in the nest. I think there are
only two of them and they are looking more feathered every day. I suspect
it won't be long before they are flying. One of the adults was in a nearby
tree keeping an eye on things.

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Subject: Kestrels
From: Rich Del Carlo <rich AT peregrinetree.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:16:02 -0700
I have had a pair of kestrels nesting in dead birch trees near my property for 
several years. They typically fledge 2-3 young. This year they got a late start 
and couldn't find a suitable nest site, or that's what I thought! I saw them 
checking out nest boxes I had put up for flickers, but they seemed 
disinterested. 

It turns out that 2 pairs actually nested in 2 boxes that are about 400' apart! 
One box is in a cottonwood about 30' up and the other is on a birch about 10' 
up. I did not know those boxes were even occupied until I heard begging from 
inside the box and saw a chick poking its head out of the hole. The first chick 
fledged about 5 days ago and now there are 3 fledglings flying around in the 
trees near the nest (2 females and 1 male) being tended by adults. This morning 
at the other box a male fledged. At first it was on the ground below the box 
crying loudly and being fed by both adults. I thought maybe it jumped too soon, 
but a couple of hours later it was begging from about 30' up in a spruce tree! 

Early on in the season the male was bring mice to their perch, but I have only 
seen grasshoppers and dragonflies being fed to the babies. There must be a lot 
of food around here and it feels good to have the population locally swell from 
within 200' feet of my house! It's pretty noisy with kestrels talking and 
begging and robins and swallows freaking out every few minutes and as these 
birds disperse in the next week or so I will miss them! It is amazing with all 
of the kestrel activity there has been no interaction or conflict between the 2 
pairs. 

I also have a "Western " Flycatcher nesting within a couple of feet of my front 
door. 

What a great time of the year!
Rich Del Carlo



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Subject: Bird calls
From: Lindell Haggin <lindell4118 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:20:21 -0700
Here’s an unusual request for someone with the skill to imitate some of the 
sounds we all listen to while searching out birds: 


The other day I was contacted by Eckart Preu, the conductor and music director 
of the Spokane Symphony. He asked me if I knew of anyone who is adept at making 
bird calls and sounds. He would like to have someone onstage (instead of using 
a recording) on opening night to make bird sounds. 

 
Here’s what he asked, “I'm looking for someone who can imitate bird sounds 
on stage - potentially replacing the prerecorded sounds of Respighi's Pines of 
Rome for Opening night. A recording of the original sounds (in reality it's 
shorter than this recording) can be found here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NLEwbr-1x0 
” 

 
If you know of someone local who could do this, please let me know as soon as 
possible. If you don’t know anyone, please let me know. 


Lindell Haggin
509-466-4118

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will endure as long as life lasts." Rachel Carson 




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Subject: Re: Moscow breeding Cooper's Hawks
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:41:18 +0000
And a quick update as we walked through East City Park this morning and I
observed 2 presumed fledgling Cooper's Hawks following around a presumed
adult while giving interesting whistle-like calls. So it appears the Moscow
Cooper's Hawk is on a pretty similar breeding timeline as the other
regional breeders being reported.

thanks, Charles.

On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM Charles Swift  wrote:

> Speaking of Cooper's, I spied one of the East City Park Cooper's Hawks
> last evening at the annual Rendezvous in the Park music park. I saw a bird
> bringing in food and chasing off some crows. The nest is high in a
> broadleaf tree in the northeast quadrant of the park and probably hard to
> see since leaf out. Pretty cool that they are able to nest in a postage
> stamp sized park and seem fairly unperturbed by all the park commotion.
>
> Charles.
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> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
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Subject: Moscow breeding Cooper's Hawks
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:19:28 +0000
Speaking of Cooper's, I spied one of the East City Park Cooper's Hawks last
evening at the annual Rendezvous in the Park music park. I saw a bird
bringing in food and chasing off some crows. The nest is high in a
broadleaf tree in the northeast quadrant of the park and probably hard to
see since leaf out. Pretty cool that they are able to nest in a postage
stamp sized park and seem fairly unperturbed by all the park commotion.

Charles.
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Subject: Coop chicks
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:08:42 -0700
The Hell's Gate chicks are growing rapidly. I was surprised to see one of
them standing on the edge of the nest this morning with the tree rocking
and swaying in a strong breeze. I was surprised that they have fairly
developed wing and tail feathers. Even some of the breast feathers are
coming in. I still have not been able to discern for sure how many chicks
there are. Two for sure, but I think there's a third. The one looks quite
large, possibly a female?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/28292914416/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/28292914416/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Kamiak Butte
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:56:59 -0700
I finished up my job with the Intermountain Bird Observatory last week, and
this morning I decided to bird Kamiak. It was a fantastic morning, after
about 4 hours of hiking around the butte, I was able to tally up 52
species! Highlights include:
All 3 Nuthatches
Singing Brown Creepers
Mountain + BC Chickadees
6 species of warblers (Yellow Rumped, Orange Crowned, Macgillivray's,
Nashville, Yellow, and Townsend's)
Red Crossbills
OLIVE SIDED FLYCATCHER near the summit
Dark Eyed Junco NEST found on a grassy hillside near the trail (pic on
eBird)
A really great morning! Ebird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30671444

I would also like to share some highlights from my bird survey work. I
spent half of it in the Nez Perce, Clearwater forests, and the other half
in all the southern forests(Payette, Boise, Salmon-Challis, and Sawtooths).
I had MOUNTAIN QUAIL at several surveys, mostly near White Bird, ID, but
also in Adams County west of Mccall (unusual local, but habitat was right).
In the Hells Canyon Rec. Area I had a stray NORTHERN BOBWHITE calling from
a canyon near a road. Most likely an illegally released bird. I had every
regularly occurring woodpecker at least once, including White Headed (near
Lucile, ID), Black Backed, and American Three Toed. I had a close encounter
with an adult GREAT GRAY OWL on a survey east of Cascade, ID almost to Warm
Springs, ID.  Lastly in the mammalian department I heard wolves on 2
different occasions, once in the Clearwater near Wieppe, and once in the
Nez Perce east of Riggins. It has been a really fun summer so far!

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Subject: death traps for birds and other species
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:32:43 -0700
http://kern.audubon.org/death_pipes.htm



"In truth each day is a universe in whichwe are tangled in the light of stars." 
~ Jim Harrison 

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Subject: Hummingbird show
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:33:46 -0700
I guess it must be that time of year, but holy cow I've had a lot of
hummers today! It was like someone flipped a switch because I've seen very
few up until today and those had been males. Today females/juveniles
started to show up. At one point I happened to be in the yard with the
camera and a female black-chinned came in to the feeder. Then a male showed
up and the real action started. Apparently, it was a late season display
going on as he zipped back and forth in front of her so fast I had no idea
where to point the camera. Eventually, they moved further out in the yard
and did a spiraling dance. I just pointed the camera in the general
direction and pressed the button. Amazingly I got a few photos of the
display that weren't too fuzzy. The series starts here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27658162194/in/dateposted-public/

​Needless to say I was just a wee bit excited after all that!

I counted at least 7 individual birds today including one that looked very
much like the female rufous I watched nesting. Couldn't get a photo of her
to confirm, but I'm not that far from the park where she nested so it's
possible. I'd like to fantasize it was anyway.

Great birding day! ​

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Subject: Warbler species?
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:27:02 -0700
This mystery bird showed up in my yard today. I'm guessing yellow warbler,
maybe juvenile, but not sure. It was about sparrow sized, pointy bill,
distinct white eye ring. Any guesses?
There are three photos on flickr.
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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird - Hayden, ID
From: Eliot Miller <eliot.isaac AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:43:39 -0400
Another idea for variation in hummingbird numbers at any given local spot
is here:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/annual-changes-in-hummingbird-migration-revealed-by-birders-sightings/ 


Enjoy the birds!

Eliot

On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 11:37 AM, Doug Ward  wrote:

> Adding to what’s been a good year for the returning hummingbirds around
> our place (Hayden, ID) this summer is a beautiful adult male ANNA’S
> HUMMMINGBIRD that showed up last night (11 July ’16) and is here again this
> morning.  After all the chatter this Spring about the lack of hummingbirds
> coming through, we’ve had a good year with the returning breeders as it
> seems most had a successful breeding season with good numbers of Rufous,
> Calliopes, and Black-chinneds – Rufous in particular.  The hatch year birds
> started coming in a week or so early, so I’m guessing the lack of numbers
> in the Spring indicates they were also early and just overflew us directly
> to their breeding territories.
>
>
>
> Having the Anna’s show up in mid-July does make me wonder about these guys
> breeding nearby as well.  Fun to speculate about.
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Doug
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Subject: Hell's Gate Coop's
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:00:09 -0700
Arrived in time to see the end of a feeding session with mama. It appears
there may be as many as three chicks. No photos unless fuzzy bird butts are
your thing. One chick looks fairly large as is usual I think. The other one
or two seem to stay tucked into the nest at this point making it hard to
determine exactly how many there are, but time will tell us for sure as
they grow.

It was a great thrill for my husband to see them this morning. Though he is
not really a bird watcher, he does love the raptors. He was watching
through the binos when mama launched off the nest heading right for us and
swooped low over our heads before landing in a tree behind us. Watching a
fierce looking raptor grow large in those optics as she's coming at you
tends to get ones blood pumping! I smiled knowingly at his excited
reaction.  I may make a birder out of him yet!

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Subject: Please help ID BIRD
From: <jesseutz AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:18:13 +0000
Hey all, caught this bird this morning but having a hard time identifying it. 
This was in Grant County, near the golf course, outside of Electric City. Was 
thinking Lazuli Bunting but not positive. Thanks 







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Subject: Finch i.d.
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 20:29:21 -0700
Thanks everyone for playing along on this little identification game. I am
getting mixed comments, but so far Cassin's is winning. A couple of reasons
have been pointed out for Cassin's are the white eye ring and straighter
bill. None of my bird books mention the eye ring though every one of them
shows it in the photo or illustration. Sites on line mention it though. My
personal experience with Cassin's has never been with birds this pink,
hence the thought that perhaps this was a purple finch. These were quite
striking. Perhaps another visit to my friends cabin is in order for further
research!

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Subject: Finch i.d.
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 17:32:03 -0700
I spent part of the day in the mountains above Waha, Id. between there and
Soldier's Meadows visiting a friends cabin. While there I snapped a few
photos of the birds coming to her feeders and at the time thought these
were Cassin's finch. Now looking at them here at home I'm not so sure. They
were very rosy red and I didn't notice any streaking on their sides. Nor
does the auricular area and malar stripe seem as brown as I've seen in
Cassin's. Could they be Purple finch or just really bright Cassin's?
Photos start here:
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Subject: Mann Lake and Hell's Gate
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:06:06 -0700
I took my morning walk at Mann Lake today and was pleasantly surprised at
the number of species I saw in about an hour just walking the dog. I
counted at least 20 species. Blackbirds were numerous and included
red-winged, brewer's and yellow-headed. Both greater and lesser yellowlegs
were present and a group of dowitchers along with killdeer and spotted
sandpiper. Waterfowl was sparse with mallard and a few blue winged teal and
about a half dozen geese, but since most of the geese around here are still
flightless I wouldn't expect more. There was also a family of coots. That's
the first time I've seen their chicks....not exactly the cutest babies! A
shoreline is starting to emerge just in time for the Canyon Birders
Saturday field trips there to start.

On my way home I checked the Cooper's hawk nest at Hell's Gate and was able
to verify two chicks, but there still may be more. While I was there an
adult, I assume mom, came back and forth a few times with sticks.
Apparently, she thought the place needed a little work. Then an adult
showed up in a stand of trees across from the nest with breakfast, but did
not take it to the nest. I have no idea if this was mom or dad as no adult
was present in the nest at the time. It did not take the food to the nest,
but flew off briefly and returned empty footed. Do Coop's cache food?
Whichever bird it was it is starting to molt into adult plumage. Photos on
my flickr site.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27495181503/in/dateposted-public/

​I also briefly checked Swallows Park for the hummers, but was not able to
locate them. Guess I'd better get used to the idea I've seen the last of
them.​

Fun morning!​
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Subject: Canyon & Rock Wrens-Kootenai Co., ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:12:20 -0700
I decided to hike up the hill yesterday (4 Jul'16) while out at our place
near Bayview, Idaho (Kootenai Co.) to bird the burn area from last year's
fire  - hoping for a woodpecker invasion, but not yet.  I was also curious
to see if the CANYON WREN I'd found earlier this spring was still around,
and sure enough, he was.  Curiously it was feeding on the burnt trees like a
creeper or nuthatch which was interesting in and of itself, but then I
noticed three (3) large fledgling wrens in the rocks nearby and thought they
must be "his".  Problem was, they looked more like Rock Wrens than Canyons.
Being unfamiliar with Canyon Wren juveniles, I watched the youngsters for
15-20 minutes waiting for mama or papa to show up to feed them and maybe
confirm breeding.  Well I finally noticed mama come in to feed the kids and
she was clearly an adult ROCK WREN!  So now I was really intrigued - were
these guys a couple and their kids hybrids?  I watched the family for
another half hour or so and never noticed the Canyon Wren participate in the
domestic duties (could still be the dad) though watched mama Rock Wren feed
the crew a couple more times.  After getting back home I read up a bit on
juvenile Canyon & Rock Wrens and believe they probably weren't hybrids after
all, but likely "just" Rock Wrens for a Kootenai Co. first breeding record
(Shirley?)!

 

Both of these wrens are likely repeatable, along with a ton of House Wrens,
so let me know separately if you'd like specific directions and/or tips on
finding them.  Generally the spot is above Cape Horn Road (north side of
Scenic Bay) east of Bayview and just east of the "Slide".  Both were
actively feeding around the large rocks below the cliff.  The Canyon Wren
only sang once, but was calling a fair amount as were the Rock Wrens so you
might hear them first.  Again, let me know if you'd like more specific
details.

 

Happy Fourth,

Doug

 

4 July 2016  near Bayview, Kootenai Co., ID

Canada Goose - 4ad 10 juv

Mallard - 5

Osprey - 3

Ring-billed Gull - 5

gull sp. - 5

Vaux's Swift - 1ad (nesting in our chimney again this year; could hear
chicks inside)

Black-chinned Hummingbird - 1m 1 imm/f

Rufous Hummingbird - 2m 5 imm/f

Calliope Hummingbird - 2 imm/f

Hairy Woodpecker - 5 (family harassing a pair of Coyotes up the hill)

Northern Flicker - 3 (Red-shafted)

"Western" Flycatcher - 6

Empidonax sp. - 1 (prob Willow)

Warbling Vireo - 1

American Crow - 5

Northern Raven - 3

Violet -green Swallow - 15

Barn Swallow - 1

Black-capped Chickadee - 3

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2 

ROCK WREN - 1ad 3 juv

CANYON WREN - 1ad

House Wren - 15

Western Bluebird - 3

Mountain Bluebird - 2

bluebird sp. - 5

Townsend's Solitaire - 1 hv

American Robin - 10

Gray Catbird - 5

Yellow Warbler - 10

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 (Audubon's)

warbler sp. - 1 hv (heard unfamiliar song; "black-throated" sounding so
maybe Townsend's ???)

Chipping Sparrow - 1

Song Sparrow - 2

Spotted Towhee - 15 (one with a weird "White-breasted Nuthatch note" at
beginning of song - this is another story altogether)

Western Tanager - 4

Black-headed Grosbeak - 6

Brown-headed Cowbird - 1

House Finch - 3

Cassin's Finch - 5

Pine Siskin - 4

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Cooper's chick
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:42:09 -0700
The Cooper's nest I've been monitoring at Hell's Gate State Park had a
white head sticking over the edge this morning. Only one that I can see so
far and much larger than I thought it would be. I put a rather poor photo
on flickr (darn branch in the way!), but hope to get better. It appears the
first year couple were successful. Mom is still sporting sub-adult plumage.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27473775064/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Hummer fledged
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 17:37:09 -0700
Sometime between 2 p.m. Friday afternoon and 7 a.m. today the little hummer
I've been watching left the nest! I was not present for that happy event,
but I am happy to report that he/she made it out of the nest successfully
and was happily exercising it's tiny wings high up in the sycamore it was
born in. I am feeling mixed emotions here.
I am thrilled and blessed to have been able to watch this process unfold
the last couple of months, but I am a little sad, too. I have to admit that
when I first arrived this morning and saw the empty nest my heart sank. I
so wanted to see it make that leap from the nest and had hoped it wouldn't
land in the water beneath. I quickly scanned the shoreline for signs of it
and finding nothing in the water started searching the trees and shrubs
nearby. Eventually, I found mama and after a bit I saw the little one high
up above me. It was sitting on a branch pumping it's tiny wings, preening
and begging for food. It seemed so excited to be up so high. I was excited
then, too.

I will keep watching for a few more days, but know it won't be long before
they both move on. In the meantime there's a few more photos on my flickr
site.

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Subject: Stevens Pass hiking/birding help
From: Tim Brennan <tsbrennan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:53:37 -0700
Hey all!

I am hiking with my son and nephew tomorrow near Stevens Pass. My inclination 
was to go from The Smithbrook Trailhead to Stevens Pass, but I lost a second 
car for the trip today. Wondering if there are any folks out there interested 
in doing the through hike from the other direction (just under 10 miles) and 
doing a key swap, or if there is simply someone who lives reasonably close who 
might be free to shuttle is the 7 miles back to the car (will pay for gas!). 


I've had the absolute best experiences on here when asking strangers if I can 
get in their cars, so I'll keep my fingers crossed but am ready to do an out 
and back if necessary :D 


(Thought this was sent earlier, but it doesn't seem to have gone through!)

Happy birding!  

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Subject: Cooper's nest
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:00:17 -0700
The Cooper's nest at Hell's Gate also had some activity this a.m. Mama was
perched on the edge of the nest and kept leaning in to it so I think her
eggs may have hatched. Off in the trees I could hear another Coop calling
so I think the male was nearby, I just couldn't locate him.

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Subject: Hummer happenings
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:57:03 -0700
The baby rufous I've been watching is just about ready to fledge. I spent
nearly two hours this morning watching and taking lots of photos. Mama was
sticking very close and even flew in a few times and appeared to poke the
nestling. After feeding, the baby would get very active and I thought for
sure I would see it leave the nest. It got some very vigorous wing flapping
in and then would sit on the edge of the nest and teeter back and forth
while it tried to arrange it's feathers. Eventually, it climbed back in and
took a nap. When I checked at 2 p.m. it was still there, but I suspect it
won't be for much longer.
If you all can stand looking at more hummer photos I posted about eight
from this mornings visit starting with mom checking me out. Just be glad I
didn't post the 60 or so I took!

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Subject: correction on date
From: "O'Malley, Marty" <martyo AT wsu.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:05:37 +0000
Correction, I saw my mystery hawk on Sunday afternoon.

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Subject: Ferruginous Hawk?
From: "O'Malley, Marty" <martyo AT wsu.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:02:40 +0000
Sorry for the late post. Yesterday afternoon driving by the Pullman Dairy Queen 
I noticed a large Buteo on the DQ lawn. The bird had extensive feathering down 
both legs. I did not have time to stop and get a good look at the bird so I 
cannot say for sure but it may have been a Ferruginous Hawk (not sure what else 
it may have been). Kind of unusual for Pullman. 


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Subject: Western screech-owl
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:05:12 -0700
The parent was with it until mid morning. The owlets fledged Last week. There 
were three. Feeding takes place off and on through the night. Night crawlers 
seem to be on the main menu. 




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Subject: hummer progress
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:48:43 -0700
I know I may be obsessed with this little hummer, but it's so darn cute and
I know in probably a few days it will be out of the nest and gone forever
so I am attempting to observe, photograph and learn as much as I can in
such a short time.

The baby is changing daily! This morning it was quite active, moving all
around the nest, stretching, scratching and preening. I'm guessing new
feathers growing might be a little itchy. Actual flight feathers can be
seen on the wing.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27941975345/in/dateposted-public/

I'm hoping and praying I get to see this little one leave the nest, but
timing is everything on that. We'll soon see I think!
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Subject: hummer nestling
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:33:07 -0700
The little rufous hummer is growing so fast! Just a few days ago it's
feathers looked all spikey, but today it's starting to look like a normal
hummer.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27307061573/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: FW: Cusick, WA-Pend Oreille River area
From: Ninebark <ninebark AT povn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:24:16 -0700
 

 

From: Ninebark [mailto:ninebark AT povn.com] 
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 6:51 PM
To: pobirds AT lyris.cahnrs.wsu.edu; inland birders
(inland-NW-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu)

Subject: Cusick, WA-Pend Oreille River area

 

Four of us did a 6 hour tour of the area on Friday, June 24.  Marginal
weather.  We found approx.. 50 species.  Light wind, light rain, high temp
of 58 F.  Because of the weather, we didn't get into the conifer forest much
and so missed some common species.

 

Attending were Norma Trefry, Vicki Green,  Barb Bateman and John Stuart.

 

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Canada goose 

Mallard

Gadwall

Redhead

Ring-neck duck

American Wigeon

Cinnamon Teal

Golden Eagle

Bald Eagle

Osprey

Amer. Kestrel

Turkey

Sora

Wilson's Snipe

Ring-billed Gull

Mourning Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Common Flicker

Lewis' Woodpecker -nesting on Kalispel Tribe dike road; dead aspen grove

Red-naped Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Kingbird

Willow Flycatcher-several spots

Violet-green Swallow

Barn Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Common Raven

Black-cap Chickadee

Gray Catbird

Robin

Swainson's Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Europ. Starling

Warbling Vireo

Yellow Warbler

Northern Waterthrush -Calispel Ck Bridge

Common Yellowthroat

Bobolink

West. Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Lazuli Bunting

Savannah Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

 

J.S.

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Subject: Terns
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:06:53 -0700
Just had a pair of Caspian terns fishing in the boat launch area of
Swallows Park.

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Subject: Hummer update
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:33:02 -0700
The rufous hummingbird youngster is growing fast! It's much further along
than I thought it would be. There appears to be only one and at the rate
it's growing it may be out of the nest by next week. Too soon for me as I
really am enjoying watching this little story unfold.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27256979804/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27792855731/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27256973524/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Hummer nest update
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:04:23 -0700
Yikes! I go away for a few days and return to find a small beak poking out
of the nest of the rufous hummer! It looks much bigger than I thought so
perhaps it was born some time ago and mama didn't indicate there was a babe
in the nest. I could only see one beak so don't know if there is another
baby in there. Mama was flitting about the area, but I couldn't catch her
coming in to feed and didn't want to disturb her too much. Can't wait for
it or them to be large enough to be visible and as I understand it that
won't take long. Exciting times!!!!
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Subject: snipe
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:20:56 -0700
Just got back from a weekend in New Meadows, Idaho. If you ever want a
great place to see Wilson's snipe go there this time of year. The little
buggers were everywhere! I've never seen so many at a time! Seems there was
one every few posts along the backroad meadows, just out there begging for
their photos to be taken.
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Subject: nest watching
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:39:42 -0700
Just a quick update on a few of the nests I watch as I do my walks every
day.
The young pair of Cooper's hawks (or at least the female) is still sitting
on her nest at Hell's Gate State Park. I thought perhaps she had abandoned
it as I had not seen her for a few days, but the last few days her tail is
visible, but that's all. No activity otherwise that I can tell and haven't
seen the male at all.
The ospreys in the park have young visible in the nest, but just barely.

The rufous hummingbird at Swallows Park is still sitting on her nest.
Amazes me that a hummer can sit still at all! My bird guides say about 15
days before the eggs hatch and she has been there at least that long, but I
don't know when the eggs were laid. She was gone from the nest when I
arrived this a.m. but returned and appeared to be poking around in the nest
so perhaps the eggs have hatched. She then settled back on it. I would
dearly love to be able to see into the nest, but placement prohibits that
so for now I'll just have to settle for watching from afar.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/27106627133/in/dateposted-public/

I now have another nest to watch and I don't even have to leave home. A
robin has decided my one and only tree looked like a good spot to build her
nest. It always makes me excited when somebody decides to nest here as it
gives me a chance to really study the process. This is only the third bird
in nearly 20 years that I've had nest here. Previously, there was a pair of
mourning doves and last year a lesser goldfinch.
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Subject: Forward: Out of area RBA in Idaho Scissor-tailed Flycatcher near Big Cottonwood WMA
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:33:22 -0700
If anyone wants to drive to Idaho...

Good Birding,

Kevin Black
Vancouver, WA

On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 8:08 AM, Jay Carlisle carlislejay AT yahoo.com [ible] <
ible-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> GPS coordinates for the fence intersection along 1600: zone 11T 746904
> 4687991
>
> First it was along 1600 and then flew to the boundary fence for the WMA
> (runs N-S).  Currently on this N-S fence.
>
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Subject: Asotin Co. Black Tern
From: Mike Clarke <transvolcanic AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:28:29 -0700
Yesterday there was a Black Tern at Savage Rd. pond in the afternoon.   I
watched it sit on the muddy bank for awhile then forage very actively.   It
is a species not often seen in Asotin Co.    Also present were
Yellow-headed Blackbirds and a Wilson's Phalarope.

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Subject: Black Throated Blue Warbler
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2016 21:21:28 -0600
The Black Throated Blue Warbler was easily seen today at about 3:30. My 
girlfriend and I had excellent views, and we are both very thankful for the 
convenient pink tape leading our way to the bird. The road was pretty muddy but 
we were still able to make it up without any issues. An awesome life bird and a 
great way to end my time in Walla Walla! 


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Subject: Re: Latah Co. Least Flycatcher etc.
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2016 22:54:57 +0000
Just to clarify the Least Flycatcher location is along Cedar Creek Rd. 3
tenths of a mile (0.3 miles) from the Southwick Rd. junction (so not very
far!).

Charles.

On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 1:39 PM Charles Swift  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> There was a calling Least Flycatcher a bit east of Kendrick, Latah County,
> along the Potlatch R. late this morning. The location was along Cedar Creek
> Rd. about .3 miles beyond the Southwick Rd. junction/bridge. It was calling
> from a patch of locust trees in an old field on the north side of the road
> (probably an old home site). I made recordings which I'll add to eBird when
> I have a chance. This is a very birdy stretch of road with Yellow-breasted
> Chats, Veeries. Gray Catbirds, etc. (best earlier morning due to traffic).
> North of the Kendrick HS along Bear Creek a Red-eyed Vireo was singing
> along the creek and Rock Wrens were on the rocky hillside.
>
> Earlier while running the Gifford Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route I found
> a single White-throated Swift foraging over the Clearwater R. by the Nez
> Perce tribe fish facility on River Rd. just east of Hubbard Gulch Rd. There
> are some basalt outcrops along the river here although I don't how likely
> WT Swifts are to be breeding in the immediate area. Hubbard Gulch Rd. is
> also good for chats, Veeries, catbirds, etc. and I had another Red-eyed
> Vireo singing further east on River Rd. at Bedrock Rd. Finally a
> Grasshopper Sparrow was along Lenore Grade near Sunnyside Bench Rd. All
> these locations are in Nez Perce County.
>
> thanks, Charles.
> --
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> Moscow, Idaho
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> chaetura AT gmail.com
>
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Subject: Latah Co. Least Flycatcher etc.
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:39:28 +0000
Hi All,

There was a calling Least Flycatcher a bit east of Kendrick, Latah County,
along the Potlatch R. late this morning. The location was along Cedar Creek
Rd. about .3 miles beyond the Southwick Rd. junction/bridge. It was calling
from a patch of locust trees in an old field on the north side of the road
(probably an old home site). I made recordings which I'll add to eBird when
I have a chance. This is a very birdy stretch of road with Yellow-breasted
Chats, Veeries. Gray Catbirds, etc. (best earlier morning due to traffic).
North of the Kendrick HS along Bear Creek a Red-eyed Vireo was singing
along the creek and Rock Wrens were on the rocky hillside.

Earlier while running the Gifford Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route I found
a single White-throated Swift foraging over the Clearwater R. by the Nez
Perce tribe fish facility on River Rd. just east of Hubbard Gulch Rd. There
are some basalt outcrops along the river here although I don't how likely
WT Swifts are to be breeding in the immediate area. Hubbard Gulch Rd. is
also good for chats, Veeries, catbirds, etc. and I had another Red-eyed
Vireo singing further east on River Rd. at Bedrock Rd. Finally a
Grasshopper Sparrow was along Lenore Grade near Sunnyside Bench Rd. All
these locations are in Nez Perce County.

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Subject: Falconry presentation
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:54:31 -0700
Just wanted to let everyone know that my friend and master falconer, Mason
Calvert, will be giving a presentation on the sport of falconry this
Saturday June 11 from 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m. at Sportsman's Warehouse in
Lewiston, Id. This is a good opportunity to learn more about this ancient
sport as well as see a falconry bird up close and personal. Great
opportunity for kids!

-- 

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Subject: Plovers and Bobolinks and more at Newman Lake, Spokane
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 19:56:57 +0000
Hello,

I had a wonderful hour and a half this morning at Newman Lake, on the very 
eastern edge of Spokane County. 

The first highlights were 2 BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS with one AMERICAN GOLDEN 
PLOVER mixed in. These were located along Newman Lake Rd south of the lake 
itself. This is where there is a flooded field west of the road. The plovers 
were about .5 mi out, but easily visible with a scope. There were 3 Black 
bellied in alternate plumage and 3 in basic plumage. The one golden plover was 
in basic plumage. 


The next highlight was relocating BOBOLINKS in the same field where I had them 
last year. This year, there are at least four males. These are located in the 
fields just past the north end of the lake, about 300 - 400 yards west of the 
road, just to the southwest of the large green and gold building. 


The surrounding brushy hillsides were alive with many of the expected 
flycatchers, vireos, warblers, and other summer residents. 67 species in a 
little over an hour. 


A fun morning
Blessings
Terry Little
Mead, Wa

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Subject: Phoebe Snetsinger
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:25:17 -0700
The Google search engine is honoring her today. Take s look.
Tina

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Subject: Re: Waxwings sticking around???
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:54:48 +0000
Cedar Waxwings are definitely year round in Idaho, at least at lower
elevations and in often in towns, but more common and widespread from
spring to fall. Also like robins, it's possible (perhaps likely) our winter
birds are from farther north breeding populations. We seem to get an influx
of Cedar Waxwings in the fall, then a decline as winter progresses, and
another influx of birds in the spring. The eBird bar charts show this to
some extent -

Idaho - *http://tinyurl.com/gwszy3r *
Washington - *http://tinyurl.com/h2ekmz6 *

Most notable in these bar charts is a population ebb from Feb. to May,
perhaps when many wander further south as fruit crops are depleted.

Charles.

On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 1:21 PM David McNeely  wrote:

> I'm new to Washington, so just learning NW birds. This may be one of those
> things where a bird is given more credit in a guide book than it deserves.
> However, most of the guidebooks show Cedar Waxwings as year round
> throughout Washington and at least part of Idaho.  I do know that they
> migrate quite late in spring.  In Texas and Oklahoma I used to see them
> regularly until mid-June, but of course they are there only as migrants.
>
> On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 7:14 AM, Charles Swift  wrote:
>
>> Ashleigh,
>>
>> These are Cedar Waxwings. Bohemians are larger, darker, and have
>> distinctive rufous undertail coverts (
>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bohemian_Waxwing/id). Bohemians are
>> erratic winter visitors (often in large flocks) but mostly wander back
>> north by March and nest well to our north. Cedar Waxwings are fairly common
>> local breeders and present spring through fall with some around also in
>> winter. These photos were fine for id. purposes and there are a number of
>> experienced bird photographers on the list that can provide recommendations
>> for suitable cameras.
>>
>> thanks, Charles.
>>
>> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:01 PM Bright, Ashleigh (abright AT uidaho.edu) <
>> abright AT uidaho.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> We have four or five apparent waxwings hanging out in the cherry tree
>>> behind our house South of Potlatch. Been seeing them for about a week and a
>>> half. Red wing tips, yellow bar on tail, look like grey porcelain in
>>> natural light. I need a real camera. Phone photos linked below. Bohemian?
>>>
>>> People in the know say they should be far off at summer breeding
>>> grounds. Could the bugs and fruit in the orchard be keeping them around?
>>>
>>> Ashleigh Bright
>>>
>>> Photo 1
>>>
>>> 
https://vandalsuidaho-my.sharepoint.com/personal/abright_uidaho_edu/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=JtNbtbuVyq8EG%2b69CUUghCXzIMv%2fkhmU4TWqsWTQOc4%3d&docid=00ab988b4886c4776a02ab5038f669f40 

>>>
>>> Photo 2
>>>
>>> 
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>>>
>>> Photo 3
>>>
>>> 
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Subject: Latah Black Tern
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:26:51 +0000
There is a Black Tern at the Joel sewage ponds off the Latah trail  near
the landfill. Currently resting on floating veg on the east pond.

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Subject: Northern Parula at Kamiak
From: Mike Clarke <transvolcanic AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:14:25 -0700
The Northern Parula continues this morning near the summit of Kamiak
Butte.   I did not obtain a visual, but the bird was singing frequently in
the top of the Doug Firs at the location described by Russ K.     The bird
was singing the alternate or "dawn song".   Thanks to Russ K for finding
it.

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Subject: Re: Waxwings sticking around???
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:14:56 +0000
Ashleigh,

These are Cedar Waxwings. Bohemians are larger, darker, and have
distinctive rufous undertail coverts (
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bohemian_Waxwing/id). Bohemians are
erratic winter visitors (often in large flocks) but mostly wander back
north by March and nest well to our north. Cedar Waxwings are fairly common
local breeders and present spring through fall with some around also in
winter. These photos were fine for id. purposes and there are a number of
experienced bird photographers on the list that can provide recommendations
for suitable cameras.

thanks, Charles.

On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:01 PM Bright, Ashleigh (abright AT uidaho.edu) <
abright AT uidaho.edu> wrote:

> We have four or five apparent waxwings hanging out in the cherry tree
> behind our house South of Potlatch. Been seeing them for about a week and a
> half. Red wing tips, yellow bar on tail, look like grey porcelain in
> natural light. I need a real camera. Phone photos linked below. Bohemian?
>
> People in the know say they should be far off at summer breeding grounds.
> Could the bugs and fruit in the orchard be keeping them around?
>
> Ashleigh Bright
>
> Photo 1
>
> 
https://vandalsuidaho-my.sharepoint.com/personal/abright_uidaho_edu/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=JtNbtbuVyq8EG%2b69CUUghCXzIMv%2fkhmU4TWqsWTQOc4%3d&docid=00ab988b4886c4776a02ab5038f669f40 

>
> Photo 2
>
> 
https://vandalsuidaho-my.sharepoint.com/personal/abright_uidaho_edu/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=HCqv8UmXhOigc5YlLLAaXIVa6zWwqw01XPnn%2b1yI0BA%3d&docid=090ce5b84826242d5bda29971ffb8ed60 

>
> Photo 3
>
> 
https://vandalsuidaho-my.sharepoint.com/personal/abright_uidaho_edu/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=W35fTetQqsJjoE0E1495dxdZLyUBo7LD23hxqtFOtAY%3d&docid=05ab0764810924011b9fd4d84599f4b35 

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Subject: Re: Waxwings sticking around???
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 00:30:01 -0700
We had a small flock of waxwings (maybe 5 or 6) pass through this evening.
We're 7 miles from Potlatch. They landed near us in a serviceberry and
willow - ate a bit and flew off. I don't know if they were getting
serviceberries (still green) or insects. They breed late - supposedly fledge
when the berries like serviceberries are ripe I've been told. They do come
to our place with fairly immature birds so I don't think they go that far to
breed. Would need to check ebird for when we've had them here. Have seen
them hawking near Harrison and also near Avery over the St Joe in the
summer.

 

Nancy Miller

 

 

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[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Bright, Ashleigh
(abright AT uidaho.edu)
Sent: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:01 PM
To: Mailman - inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu 
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Waxwings sticking around???

 

We have four or five apparent waxwings hanging out in the cherry tree behind
our house South of Potlatch. Been seeing them for about a week and a half.
Red wing tips, yellow bar on tail, look like grey porcelain in natural
light. I need a real camera. Phone photos linked below. Bohemian? 

People in the know say they should be far off at summer breeding grounds.
Could the bugs and fruit in the orchard be keeping them around?

Ashleigh Bright

Photo 1
https://vandalsuidaho-my.sharepoint.com/personal/abright_uidaho_edu/_layouts
/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=JtNbtbuVyq8EG%2b69CUUghCXzIMv%2fkhmU4T
WqsWTQOc4%3d

&docid=00ab988b4886c4776a02ab5038f669f40

Photo 2
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/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=HCqv8UmXhOigc5YlLLAaXIVa6zWwqw01XPnn%2
b1yI0BA%3d

&docid=090ce5b84826242d5bda29971ffb8ed60

Photo 3
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/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=W35fTetQqsJjoE0E1495dxdZLyUBo7LD23hxqt
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Subject: Waxwings sticking around???
From: "Bright, Ashleigh (abright AT uidaho.edu)" <abright@uidaho.edu>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 04:00:45 +0000
We have four or five apparent waxwings hanging out in the cherry tree behind 
our house South of Potlatch. Been seeing them for about a week and a half. Red 
wing tips, yellow bar on tail, look like grey porcelain in natural light. I 
need a real camera. Phone photos linked below. Bohemian? 


People in the know say they should be far off at summer breeding grounds. Could 
the bugs and fruit in the orchard be keeping them around? 


Ashleigh Bright

Photo 1

https://vandalsuidaho-my.sharepoint.com/personal/abright_uidaho_edu/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=JtNbtbuVyq8EG%2b69CUUghCXzIMv%2fkhmU4TWqsWTQOc4%3d&docid=00ab988b4886c4776a02ab5038f669f40 


Photo 2

https://vandalsuidaho-my.sharepoint.com/personal/abright_uidaho_edu/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=HCqv8UmXhOigc5YlLLAaXIVa6zWwqw01XPnn%2b1yI0BA%3d&docid=090ce5b84826242d5bda29971ffb8ed60 


Photo 3

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Subject: Re: NORTHERN PARULA @ Kamiak Butte
From: Ben Bright <bencbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:09:35 -0700
Hi Birders,

I was at the same location at the same time late morning yesterday
(6/6/16), and also heard an unfamiliar warbler-like song. I wasn't able to
locate the singer, but after listening to some Northern Parula songs, I
think it is very possible that that is also what I heard (not that I'm
going to 'count' it). So relocating might be possible.

Ben Bright

On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:44 AM, Russ Koppendrayer 
wrote:

> Hi Birders,
>
> This morning (6/7/16) around 10:20 I found a male NORTHERN PARULA  singing
> at the top of Kamiak Butte in Whitman County. It was very near the top of
> the Pine Ridge Trail.It was just a matter of feet from where the Summit
> Spur takes off from the main trail, where the wet habitat of the draw
> intersects the dry habitat of the ridge. I came up the loop clockwise and
> as I approached the first firs and denser forest I heard a warbler song I
> didn't recognize and a bit of pishing brought in the bird for some stellar
> looks. I'll get details of the bird on my eBird report tonight, but no
> photos were obtained.
>
> Russ Koppendrayer
> Longview, WA
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Subject: NORTHERN PARULA @ Kamiak Butte
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:44:07 -0700
Hi Birders,

This morning (6/7/16) around 10:20 I found a male NORTHERN PARULA  singing
at the top of Kamiak Butte in Whitman County. It was very near the top of
the Pine Ridge Trail.It was just a matter of feet from where the Summit
Spur takes off from the main trail, where the wet habitat of the draw
intersects the dry habitat of the ridge. I came up the loop clockwise and
as I approached the first firs and denser forest I heard a warbler song I
didn't recognize and a bit of pishing brought in the bird for some stellar
looks. I'll get details of the bird on my eBird report tonight, but no
photos were obtained.

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Subject: Re: Idaho County Franklin's Gulls
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:07:38 +0000
Slight correction, 14 Franklin's Gulls at the Craigmount sewage ponds,
Lewis County, along US 95. Possible first county record for this small,
lightly birded, north-central Idaho county.

Charles.

On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 1:14 PM Charles Swift  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Passing along a sighting of ~10 Franklin's Gulls at the Cottonwood, ID
> sewage ponds by Craig Johnson. A pretty good count for this far north in
> Idaho. Probably worth checking other water bodies where these guys are
> prone to show up.
>
> thanks,
> Charles.
>
>
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Subject: Idaho County Franklin's Gulls
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:14:47 +0000
Hi All,

Passing along a sighting of ~10 Franklin's Gulls at the Cottonwood, ID
sewage ponds by Craig Johnson. A pretty good count for this far north in
Idaho. Probably worth checking other water bodies where these guys are
prone to show up.

thanks,
Charles.


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Subject: Any word on the Walla Walla BTBW
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 07:39:15 -0700
Hello All,

Any word on the Black-Throated Blue Warbler at Black Snake Ridge?

Thanks,

Kevin Black
Vancouver, WA


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Subject: Re: barred owls
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 22:21:05 -0700
Sorry I hit send before putting in my name

Nancy Miller

East of Viola, ID

 

From: Nancy Miller [mailto:nmiller AT moscow.com] 
Sent: Sunday, June 5, 2016 10:19 PM
To: 'Inland NW Birders' 
Subject: barred owls

 

We've been enjoying two barred owls chatting with each other. They are
across the road in the forest but I'm not sure how far. Their ooooaaaahing
is really neat.
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Subject: barred owls
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 22:18:54 -0700
We've been enjoying two barred owls chatting with each other. They are
across the road in the forest but I'm not sure how far. Their ooooaaaahing
is really neat.
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Subject: Little Pend Oreille NWR
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 17:39:43 -0700
A couple of out of state friends of mine were up birding over the weekend.
In spite of the 90+ degree temperatures we had the following species
yesterday. Highlights include 2 Flammulated Owls calling back and forth and
a wonderful look at a male Redstart.

 

Mike Munts

Colville

 

 

Colville

 

California Quail

Wild Turkey

Eurasian Collared Dove

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Western Wood-pewee

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Pygmy Nuthatch

House Wren

Western Bluebird

American Robin

European Starling

House Finch

Pine Siskin

 

 

Colville to LPO  Refuge

 

Canada Goose

Mallard

Common Goldeneye

Readhead

Wild Turkey

California Quail

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Virginia Rail

Killdeer

American Kestrel

Belted Kingfisher

Western Kingbird

Say's Phoebe

American Crow

Black-billed Magpie

Tree Swallow

Western Bluebird

Vesper Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

House Sparrow

 

 

At Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

 

Canada Goose

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Common Goldeneye

Ruddy Duck

Ruffed Grouse

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Virginia Rail

Sora

American Coot

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Mourning Dove

Flammulated Owl

Common Nighthawk

Calliope Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Red-naped Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Say's Phoebe

Western Wood-pewee

Willow Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Cassin's Vireo

Common raven

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

House Wren

Pacific Wren

American Dipper

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Western Bluebird

Veery

Swainson's Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

MacGillivray's Warbler

American Redstart

Yellow Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Western Tanager

Song Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Cassin's Finch

Pine Siskin

 

 

Total LPO Refuge: 72 species

Total for day: 83 species

 
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Subject: Bob White
From: Don and Susan Carey <mscarey53 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:20:55 -0700


Three years ago we had a sweet little Bob White visit us in the summer and he's 
back....or his friend. Listened to his clear, questioning call early this 
am...hoping to see him before he leaves. 

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

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From: Georgeo Grader 
Date: 06/04/2016  3:08 PM  (GMT-08:00)
To: inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 104, Issue 11

4 eggs & two Killdeers, nesting in the rocks, directly next to the WSU
tennis courts. Perhaps they should be taped off to be left alone. Crazy
spot!
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Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:58:15 +0000
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Sparrows and Flycatchers on the West Plains
Hello,

Early June is a great time to bird the West Plains of Western Spokane
County. Here are some birds I found out there this morning.

One the southeast corner of Hallett and Standard Rds, the pair of Rock
Wrens have returned to their annual place among the rocks. Further west on
Hallet Rd, there is aspen lined pond that hosted a LEAST FLYCATCHER, Willow
Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, and Bullock’s Oriole.

I am happy to report that CLAY COLORED SPARROW is back on its annual
territory as well. This is at the west “90” on Stroup Rd, about .7mi south
of Thorpe Rd. It takes a little patience to coax this little guy in view.
In the nearby sage fields, there are plenty of Brewer’s Sparrows, Vespers,
Savannahs. There were Grasshopper Sparrows on Ladd road – a six sparrow
day.




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Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 15:03:43 -0700
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] front yard Cooper's nest update
The nest is still active, with one bird on it almost all the time. The nest
is deep enough that when the bird is in a "brooding" posture," not even the
head is visible to us.  We almost never see the second bird, but see lots
of evidence in the woods of its hunting results, with plucked feather
piles, and whitewash showing evidence of roosting within 25 meters of the
nest. One of the feather piles this morning looks like it was a red shafted
flicker.  The bird on the nest only moves about rarely.  When that movement
occurs, it appears to be turning eggs. We have seen it eat, usually between
5-6 a.m., but have not seen the food delivered.  That does not fit with
other hawk nests I've observed in the past.

We first saw the nest building activity in early April.  The apparent
"brooding" behavior started in mid to late April, soon after the two birds
spent time together around the nest.  From what I've read, the female acts
in this "brooding" manner without eggs for 3-4 weeks before she lays, then
broods eggs for 4-5 weeks.  That would put hatching at sometime in the next
2-3 weeks.

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Subject: Mann Lake stilts
From: "Terry O'Halloran" <terryohal AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:12:42 -0700
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Subject: Re: Northern Mockingbird
From: Mike Clarke <transvolcanic AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:10:43 -0700
A follow up on this Northern Mockingbird.   I found out later in the day
that access to this site is questionable.   Approaching from the west (from
Ice Harbor Rd.) this road is marked "private, no trespassing" after the
pavement ends (about 1/4 mile from the NOMO site).    I initially
approached on Markely/Adkins Rd. from the east and observed no such signs.
  So, the status of being on this road remains questionable.   Apologies to
those that this may have affected.

Thanks,
Mike Clarke
Pullman



On Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 8:37 AM, Mike Clarke  wrote:

> Just found a Northen Mockingbird in Walla Walla County.   The bird was on
> Walkley/Adkins Rd., 3 miles east of Ice Harbor Rd. (Hwy.124).
>
> At that location there is a poplar and willow grove.   The bird flew
> directly in front of my car (30ft.) and into the willows.   I could not
> locate for a photo, but this 1/2 acre plot of trees are the only trees for
> miles, so the bird is likely still there.
>
> Mike Clarke
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Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 15:08:09 -0700
4 eggs & two Killdeers, nesting in the rocks, directly next to the WSU
tennis courts. Perhaps they should be taped off to be left alone. Crazy
spot!
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Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:58:15 +0000
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Sparrows and Flycatchers on the West Plains
Hello,

Early June is a great time to bird the West Plains of Western Spokane
County. Here are some birds I found out there this morning.

One the southeast corner of Hallett and Standard Rds, the pair of Rock
Wrens have returned to their annual place among the rocks. Further west on
Hallet Rd, there is aspen lined pond that hosted a LEAST FLYCATCHER, Willow
Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, and Bullock’s Oriole.

I am happy to report that CLAY COLORED SPARROW is back on its annual
territory as well. This is at the west “90” on Stroup Rd, about .7mi south
of Thorpe Rd. It takes a little patience to coax this little guy in view.
In the nearby sage fields, there are plenty of Brewer’s Sparrows, Vespers,
Savannahs. There were Grasshopper Sparrows on Ladd road – a six sparrow
day.




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Cc:
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 15:03:43 -0700
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] front yard Cooper's nest update
The nest is still active, with one bird on it almost all the time. The nest
is deep enough that when the bird is in a "brooding" posture," not even the
head is visible to us.  We almost never see the second bird, but see lots
of evidence in the woods of its hunting results, with plucked feather
piles, and whitewash showing evidence of roosting within 25 meters of the
nest. One of the feather piles this morning looks like it was a red shafted
flicker.  The bird on the nest only moves about rarely.  When that movement
occurs, it appears to be turning eggs. We have seen it eat, usually between
5-6 a.m., but have not seen the food delivered.  That does not fit with
other hawk nests I've observed in the past.

We first saw the nest building activity in early April.  The apparent
"brooding" behavior started in mid to late April, soon after the two birds
spent time together around the nest.  From what I've read, the female acts
in this "brooding" manner without eggs for 3-4 weeks before she lays, then
broods eggs for 4-5 weeks.  That would put hatching at sometime in the next
2-3 weeks.

David McNeely

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Subject: Sparrows and Flycatchers on the West Plains
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:58:15 +0000
Hello,

Early June is a great time to bird the West Plains of Western Spokane County. 
Here are some birds I found out there this morning. 


One the southeast corner of Hallett and Standard Rds, the pair of Rock Wrens 
have returned to their annual place among the rocks. Further west on Hallet Rd, 
there is aspen lined pond that hosted a LEAST FLYCATCHER, Willow Flycatchers, 
Eastern Kingbirds, and Bullock’s Oriole. 


I am happy to report that CLAY COLORED SPARROW is back on its annual territory 
as well. This is at the west “90” on Stroup Rd, about .7mi south of Thorpe 
Rd. It takes a little patience to coax this little guy in view. In the nearby 
sage fields, there are plenty of Brewer’s Sparrows, Vespers, Savannahs. There 
were Grasshopper Sparrows on Ladd road – a six sparrow day. 



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Subject: Northern Mockingbird
From: Mike Clarke <transvolcanic AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:37:06 -0700
Just found a Northen Mockingbird in Walla Walla County.   The bird was on
Walkley/Adkins Rd., 3 miles east of Ice Harbor Rd. (Hwy.124).

At that location there is a poplar and willow grove.   The bird flew
directly in front of my car (30ft.) and into the willows.   I could not
locate for a photo, but this 1/2 acre plot of trees are the only trees for
miles, so the bird is likely still there.

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Subject: curlew
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 05:36:00 -0700
Saw 2 LB Curlew  here by Grangeville in rough farm fields. One was just
west of town and the other was closer to Fenn. Both were flying over the
field where it seems to be damp and both were calling a lot. I had seen one
in same area of first one 2 weeks ago. Amazing the size of bill in flight.
terry lane
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Subject: Pend Oreille County
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 02:35:58 +0000
Hello,

I spent most of the day in southern Pend Oreille County. Here are some of the 
notable birds I found. 


Nicholson Rd – Western Kingbird (2 – uncommon in PO), Vesper Sparrow (2 – 
Uncommon in PO), Nashville, Orange crowned, Yellow, Yellow pumped Warblers, 
Cassin’s and Warbling Vireo, Hammond’s and Pac-slope Flycatchers, 
Cassin’s Finch 


Calispell Lake (87 species) - Canvasback (22), Ruffed Grouse, Virginia Rail 
(4), Sora (11), Wilson’s Phalarope (1), Black Tern (5 – Black Terns were 
absent last year), Pileated Woodpecker (4), Red-naped Sapsucker (5), Black 
chinned Hummingbird (2), Hammond’s (7), Dusky (2), Pac slope (4), Willow (3), 
LEAST (1) Flycatchers; Cassin’s (4), Warbling (7) Red-eyed Vireo (10), 
Northern Waterthrush (3), American Redstart (3), Orange crowned Warbler (4), 
MacGillivray’s Warbler (5), Common Yellowthroat (10), Yellow Warbler (13), 
Yellow pumped Warbler (4), Western Tanager (5), Black headed Grosbeak (4), 
Bullock’s Oriole (2),Bobolinks (8) 


Kalispell Indian Reservation Dike Rd - Eastern Kingbird, LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS 
(2 – nesting in the same dead aspen grove for 5 years now), 


South Skookum Lake – Common Loon

North Skookum Lake – Northern Waterthrush (3), Townsend’s Warbler (3), 
MacGillivray’s Warbler (4), Nashville Warbler (2), Yellow-rumped Warbler (4), 


King’s Lake Rd (4,600 feet- near last year’s burn); Hermit Thrush (1), 
Olive-sided Flycatcher 


110 species, a fun day.

Blessings
Terry Little
Mead, Wa
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Subject: Spizella Sparrows Continue in CDA
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 01:34:10 +0000
Hello,

This morning, I was in Coeur d’ Alene, so I decided to see if I could track 
down the sparrows that Doug Ward reported along the CDA bike trail. Despite 
some unfavorable conditions amidst wind and rain, I was able to find the 
sparrows, thanks to Doug’s great directions. 


The birds are located at the end of CDA bike trail accessed from Huetter 
Parkway about .5 mi of Prairie Avenue. From this point walk east about .25 mile 
on the trail until you come to a pump station on your right. All along the 
trail, there were many Savannah Sparrows. From behind the pump station, I could 
hear two BREWER’S SPARROWS singing from the weedy field to the southwest. One 
came fairly close to see its very plain breast and face. From the very same 
place, after some patience, I could hear the unmistakable 2-3 note buzzy song 
of the CLAY COLORED SPARROW coming from a small tree, southeast of the pump 
station. Soon I heard a second one a with further out. I got a brief look at 
one and could see the plain buffy breast and the distinctive white supercilium 
and median stripe. Also in the same area was a singing Vesper Sparrow. I did 
hear another Brewer’s north of the trail. 


This provides a nice opportunity to observe these species in close proximity. 
Being familiar with their songs is certainly an advantage. Great finds Doug. 


Blessings
Terry Little
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Subject: Re: hummingbird numbers down? (David Woodall)
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 23:10:57 -0700
East of Viola on Moscow Mountain (3000’)

 

We have fewer hummingbirds than usual – 1 Calliope male showed up early April 
(earlier than usual). Is still here coming to the feeder, chasing and 
displaying. Saw 2 rufous males later in April and a black-chinned male in the 
last few days. A few females of each species come periodically but usually nest 
across the street in the forest so not unusual to see just a few of them. 


 

We’ve had more Cassin’s finches than usual, one pair of black-headed 
grosbeaks (normally would have several), one towhee (normally 3 at least 
nesting), one catbird arrived a few days ago. Sings (if you can call it that) 
at midnight and in the morning. Several Cordilleran flycatchers are phweeping 
(recent arrival). Tree swallows in one house. Western bluebird in another. 
Several robin nests. White-breasted nuthatch in one house. Some warblers passed 
through but we were busy and didn’t tally many. ‘There goes a yellow 
bird!’ as we weeded, etc. 


 

Chickadee and nuthatch numbers are down as well. Hardly see them although I 
hear them. Usually we have lots – constant coming to the feeders. Two brown 
creepers the other day. 


Other than that we have normal forest/transition birds – jays, flickers, 
ravens, quail, turkeys, occasionally doves, 


We have some douglas-fir which have died due to douglas-fir bark beetles. One 
was riddled with woodpecker holes but I haven’t seen unusual numbers of 
woodpeckers – probably were getting the larvae in early spring. The beetles 
and larvae are gone now. Will leave some trees standing and hope for cavity 
nesters to use. 


 

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Subject: Re: help
From: mary deasy <mdbirdwatcher AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 03:47:42 +0000
It might be a juvenile bluebird.


Mary Deasy

CDA


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Saw this guy at the National Bison Range north of Missoula, MT last weekend. 
Not sure what it is, does anyone have an idea? I have a couple more photos if 
that may help. Thanks, 




Marty



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Subject: Kingfisher
From: Nancy Draznin <motherwise AT genesee-id.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:17:22 -0700
I saw a belted kingfisher on the Moscow-Pullman highway today.

Nancy Draznin, LM, CPM 
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Subject: Red-eyed Vireo, WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 19:02:04 -0700
Hello all,

We scouted N. F. Coppei with Fanter Lane and John Gatchet today - at the 
"T" where Walker road meets Coppei - about 300 ft. on road to north and 
up on the brushy hillside was a Red-eyed Vireo singing - also had great 
looks at it.

Hard bird to get in WWCo. most years - #241 for the county yearlist.

Many neotropic migrants back but few resident mountain birds - like 
chickadees, nuthatches, kinglets, finches.

WOS conference this weekend - and going to be the opposite of the COLD 
weekend in 2008 for the last conference. Prepare for HOT.

Later, MerryLynn


-- 
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Subject: FW: help
From: "O'Malley, Marty" <martyo AT wsu.edu>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:02:37 +0000
Saw this guy at the National Bison Range north of Missoula, MT last weekend. 
Not sure what it is, does anyone have an idea? I have a couple more photos if 
that may help. Thanks, 


Marty

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Subject: Re: hummingbird numbers down?
From: L Baxter <mthiker57 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:25:34 -0700
We are having way more than usual this year on Camano Island, west of
Stanwood.  I've got 4 feeders each holding a quart of liquid.  I have to
fill them all every day and a half.

On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 3:11 PM, Ed & Kris Buchler <
eagleroost AT roadrunner.com> wrote:

> Hi Talina,
>
> Numbers are definitely down here.  We’re not sure why but some relate it
> to our dry season last summer.  I usually have many and have not seen one
> since our trip up there.
>
> I’m sure other birders will weigh-in on this.
>
> Kris Buchler
> Coeur d’Alene, ID
> On May 31, 2016, at 2:30 PM, Richards, Talina 
> wrote:
>
> Hello fellow birders,
>
> I have a friend who seems to be concerned the hummingbird numbers seem to
> be down in certain parts of the county.  In general, have you noticed a
> decline or have the normal amount?  Here at the refuge I would say it's
> about normal, maybe a little less than some years.  Just trying to get a
> feel across the board.
>
> Thanks!
>
>
>
> *Talina Richards*
>
> Office Clerk
> Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
> 287 Westside Rd.
> Bonners Ferry, ID  83805
> Ph. (208) 267-3888
> Fax (208) 267-5570
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Subject: Re: hummingbird numbers down?
From: Kim Thorburn <kthorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 22:05:00 -0700
Hello,
They must all be at my place in North Spokane. I saw no rufous come through but 
one of my neighbors said they were very early and left before I was even 
thinking about feeders. The first calliope male was earlier by about 2 weeks. I 
quickly put up a feeder and they've been hopping ever since. Today was the 
first day that I saw black-chinned females. I'd been wondering why the males of 
that species were hanging around. They all do really like a problematic noxious 
weed (bugloss) in my yard that I've been unable to eradicate. 

I also see lots of calliopes along the rivers and in Riverside State Park.
Good birding, KimNorth Spokane

Kim Marie Thorburn, MD, MPH
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Subject: Re: Hummingbird numbers down
From: john wolff <johnwolff66 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 21:33:37 -0700
Definitely way down in Pullman. Normally I have several individuals of all 3 
species by mid-May. This year, a lone BC for one day. 


JW
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