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20 Dec Pullman rural south CBC. [Kelly Cassidy ]
20 Dec Short Eared Owl [RJ Baltierra ]
20 Dec Re: Anatone Snowy Owl [David Woodall ]
20 Dec Anatone Snowy Owl ["Keith Carlson" ]
20 Dec Anatone Snowy Owl [Keith Carlson ]
19 Dec Lewiston-Clarkston CBC summary [Justin B ]
20 Dec Slavin Ranch ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
17 Dec Redpolls in PO County ["Terry Little" ]
17 Dec Say's phoebe ar Mann Lake Lewistonm IdahoRe: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 86, Issue 16 ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
16 Dec Coeur d'Alene CBC ["Shirley Sturts" ]
16 Dec Coeur d'Alene CBC & Rathdrum Raptor Run Highlights [Doug Ward ]
15 Dec Asotin County Birds (3 Owl species!!) [Richard Baltierra ]
15 Dec Walla Walla CBC results [Mike & MerryLynn ]
14 Dec Hells Gate State Park - Lewiston-Clarkston CBC - White-throated Sparrows [John Hanna ]
14 Dec Hells Gate State Park - Lewiston-Clarkston CBC - White-throated Sparrows ["John Hanna johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
14 Dec Rosy-Finches on Steptoe Butte [Dick Johnson ]
13 Dec Anatone birds this a.m. [Catherine Temple ]
11 Dec Chewelah CBC ["Mike" ]
11 Dec Chewelah CBC ["Mike" ]
11 Dec Hummer! [Catherine Temple ]
10 Dec Lesser Black-backed Gull - Coeur d'Alene, ID [Doug Ward ]
9 Dec Owl trifecta [Catherine Temple ]
9 Dec Asotin County Owls ["Keith Carlson" ]
9 Dec Asotin County Owls [Keith Carlson ]
8 Dec Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch-Bayview,ID [Doug Ward ]
8 Dec Pine Siskins in Pullman []
7 Dec Spokane Harris's Sparrow ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
7 Dec Spokane Harris's Sparrow ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
7 Dec Asotin County Snowy Owl ["Keith Carlson" ]
7 Dec Asotin County Snowy Owl [Keith Carlson ]
6 Dec Western Bluebirds, Egrets [Mike & MerryLynn ]
6 Dec Asotin County Harris' Sparrow ["Keith Carlson" ]
6 Dec Asotin County Harris' Sparrow [Keith Carlson ]
5 Dec Asotin County Finds ["Keith Carlson" ]
5 Dec Asotin County Finds [Keith Carlson ]
4 Dec re: [inland-NW-birders] Least Flycatchers in 2014? ["Terry Little" ]
4 Dec Re: Least Flycatchers in 2014? [Terry Little ]
3 Dec Least Flycatchers in 2014? ["Andy Stepniewski" ]
3 Dec Least Flycatchers in 2014? [Andy Stepniewski ]
3 Dec Hawk Owl [RonPat Dexter ]
2 Dec Barred Owl breaks record [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Dec Red-breasted Sapsucker [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Dec Granite Lake Mute Swan [Tim O'Brien ]
1 Dec Peregrine [Buck & Sandy ]
1 Dec Kootenai Co. (ID) Oddballs [Doug Ward ]
30 Nov re: Asotin County Hawk ID ? [Keith Carlson ]
30 Nov Re: Asotin County Hawk ID ? [Keith Carlson ]
30 Nov Re: [inland-NW-birders] Asotin county Hawk ID ? [Mike Clarke ]
30 Nov Re: Asotin county Hawk ID ? [Mike Clarke ]
30 Nov Asotin county Hawk ID ? [Keith Carlson ]
30 Nov Asotin county Hawk ID ? [Keith Carlson ]
29 Nov Spotted-Towhee [Buck & Sandy ]
29 Nov Hummer [Catherine Temple ]
27 Nov Thanksgiving morning with the birds [Catherine Temple ]
26 Nov Lewis-Clark Valley Thayer's Gulls and such [Carl Lundblad ]
26 Nov Kalispell Indian Res - PO County [Terry Little ]
26 Nov Late p.m. Hell's Gate SP [Catherine Temple ]
26 Nov Interesting Gull [Keith Carlson ]
25 Nov Anna's Hummers Update-Hayden, ID [Doug Ward ]
25 Nov Spotted towhee [RUSSELL FROBE ]
24 Nov Second Anna's in Hayden (ID) [Doug Ward ]
24 Nov Snow Buntings [Kim Thorburn ]
23 Nov Hawk Creek/Seven Bays ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
22 Nov Spokane Confluence [Terry Little ]
22 Nov Northern pintail [Rhett Diessner ]
21 Nov N Hawk Owl in Brewster [Terry Little ]
21 Nov Latah Co. Great Gray Owl, 11/21/14 [Charles Swift ]
21 Nov Liberty Lake Swamp Sparrow Report ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
20 Nov Kootenai County Big Year Additions ["Shirley Sturts" ]
20 Nov Brewster Hawk Owl [Tom Mansfield ]
20 Nov Brewster Hawk Owl [Tom Mansfield ]
18 Nov Franklin County PINE GROSBEAK [Kevin Black ]
18 Nov Bennington today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
18 Nov Spokane Fish Hatchery and more ["Terry Little" ]
17 Nov Spokane Lincoln Sparrow [Terry Little ]
17 Nov Lapland Longspur, Pend Oreille County [Matthew Moskwik ]

Subject: Pullman rural south CBC.
From: Kelly Cassidy <highsteppe AT icloud.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:20:21 -0800
George and I had a great, albeit wet and windy CBC day, mostly because of the 
addition of the fantastic eyes of Miranda Crowell, who rode along with us on 
her first CBC. Miranda was responsible for spotting all of the best birds of 
the day. 


We do the bleak rural south (mostly wheat fields). Highlights were a Northern 
Shrike, 3 (!) Belted KIngfishers, and a falcon that we decided was a Prairie 
Falcon, based on size and likelihood in that habitat. It was on Weber Road, 
about a quarter mile south of Sand Road. 


Kelly Cassidy
Pullman, WA
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Subject: Short Eared Owl
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:54:45 -0800
At about 5 pm outside of Steptoe on Hwy 23, I saw an owl fly off the road and 
was able to shine my lights on the field it landed in. It was a nice looking 
SHORT EARED OWL. Also I had a nice day doing the CBC in Pullman with Mike 
Clarke. We had 32 species including a Great Horned Owl, a Rough Legged Hawk, 
Varied Thrush, and Ruby Crowned Kinglet. This is great considering the weather, 
and the route we were given. 


RJ Baltierra
On break!! In St. John, WA

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Subject: Re: Anatone Snowy Owl
From: David Woodall <wldlfbio AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:49:54 -0800
Yea, I stopped by there Thursday and saw it

David Woodall

The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include 
soils, waters, and animals, or collectively: the land 

-Aldo Leopold.  

> On Dec 20, 2014, at 2:34 PM, Keith Carlson  wrote:
> 
> This morning, Louise LaVoie, Larry Pulley and I relocated the Anatone Snowy 
Owl in the same place just off Dwight Halsey Road. 

> It remains skittish and we could not approach closer than 150 m.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16066310325/in/photostream/.
>  
> Bonus birds were what I believe is a dark, adult Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk, 
two Northern Shrikes and a couple of dozen Am Robins. 

> Plus the usual Red-tails, Am Kestrels and a single Rough-legged Hawk.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15444010844/in/photostream/
>  
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16065627242/in/photostream/
>  
> Keith E. Carlson
> Lewiston
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Subject: Anatone Snowy Owl
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:34:30 -0800
This morning, Louise LaVoie, Larry Pulley and I relocated the Anatone Snowy Owl 
in the same place just off Dwight Halsey Road. 

It remains skittish and we could not approach closer than 150 m.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16066310325/in/photostream/.

Bonus birds were what I believe is a dark, adult Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk, 
two Northern Shrikes and a couple of dozen Am Robins. 

Plus the usual Red-tails, Am Kestrels and a single Rough-legged Hawk.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15444010844/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16065627242/in/photostream/

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Subject: Anatone Snowy Owl
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:34:30 -0800
This morning, Louise LaVoie, Larry Pulley and I relocated the Anatone Snowy Owl 
in the same place just off Dwight Halsey Road. 

It remains skittish and we could not approach closer than 150 m.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16066310325/in/photostream/.

Bonus birds were what I believe is a dark, adult Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk, 
two Northern Shrikes and a couple of dozen Am Robins. 

Plus the usual Red-tails, Am Kestrels and a single Rough-legged Hawk.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15444010844/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16065627242/in/photostream/

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Subject: Lewiston-Clarkston CBC summary
From: Justin B <justsb AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:40:19 -0800
Hello everyone,

The 2014 Lewiston-Clarkston Christmas Bird Count was conducted on December
14th. Twenty one birders spent 72 hours, walked 30 miles, and drove 232
miles in search of count circle birds. Even with locally heavy fog we still
managed to find a total of 87 bird species.  Highlights included Glaucous
Gulls, a Thayer’s Gull, White-throated Sparrows and Cackling Geese. In
addition, a Barred owl, Barn Owl and Anna’s Hummingbird have been reported
as count week birds.  A Swainson’s Hawk was observed south of Lewiston but
unfortunately a photograph wasn’t available to support this sighting and we
weren’t able to count this. Waterfowl numbers were generally down from last
year with the noteworthy exception of Northern Shovelers. In all, we
counted 13,473 birds and 86 different species. The table below lists all
species observed. For reference, 2013 count numbers are provided for a few
of the waterfowl species. Thank you to everyone that participated!

Happy Holidays!

*Species*

*2014 Count*

*2013 Count*

Cackling Goose

2



Canada Goose

1,505



Wood Duck

183



Gadwall

40



American Wigeon

174



Mallard

2,727

8,309

Northern Shoveler

105

8

Northern Pintail

2



American Green-winged Teal

51



Ring-necked Duck

61



Bufflehead

172

628

Common Goldeneye

28

220

Barrow's Goldeneye

317

1,111

Hooded Merganser

15



Common Merganser

6



Ruddy Duck

1



Lesser Scaup

3



Ring-necked Pheasant

20



California Quail

359



Common Loon

4



Pied-billed Grebe

1



Horned Grebe

15



Eared Grebe

4



Western Grebe

5



Double-crested Cormorant

95



Great Blue Heron

17



Black-crowned Night-Heron

2



Northern Harrier

8



Sharp-shinned Hawk

14



Cooper's Hawk

11



Red-tailed Hawk

57



Rough-legged Hawk

1



American Kestrel

76



Merlin

2



Peregrine Falcon

1



Prairie Falcon

1



Bald Eagle-Adult

5



Bald Eagle-Immature

5



Virginia Rail

7



American Coot

109



Killdeer

35



Ring-billed Gull

327



California Gull

8



Herring Gull

266



Thayer's Gull

1



Glaucous Gull

2



gull species

25



Rock Pigeon

529



Eurasian Collared-Dove

157



Mourning Dove

483



Western Screech Owl

1



Great Horned Owl

5



Northern Saw-whet Owl

2



Belted Kingfisher

7



Downy Woodpecker

5



Northern Flicker

88



Say's Phoebe

1



Northern Shrike

1



Black-billed Magpie

83



American Crow

50



Common Raven

47



Black-capped Chickadee

19



Red-breasted Nuthatch

1



Brown Creeper

1



Rock Wren

2



Canyon Wren

9



Bewick's Wren

11



Marsh Wren

6



Golden-crowned Kinglet

11



Ruby-crowned Kinglet

9



American Robin

404



European Starling

2,530



Cedar Waxwing

54



Yellow-rumped Warbler

58



Spotted Towhee

4



Song Sparrow

133



White-throated Sparrow

2



Harris' Sparrow

1



White-crowned Sparrow

129



Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco

398



Dark-eyed (Slate) Junco

15



Red-winged Blackbird

94



Western Meadowlark

6



Brewer's Blackbird

40



Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

15



House Finch

342



Pine Siskin

25



Lesser Goldfinch

281



American Goldfinch

246



House Sparrow

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Subject: Slavin Ranch
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:22:38 +0000
With the el nino winter, Slavin Ranch unfroze a few weeks ago and is completely 
ice free. Though not terribly birder. 1 or 2 flocks of PINE GROSBEAKS have been 
around since mid November. They move around the pines for the 1/2 mile or so 
along the East side of the pond. Otherwise, most of the rest was the usual fare 
(see checklist below): 


Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

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> 
> 
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> Dec 19, 2014 9:02 AM - 10:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 > 18 species > > Mallard 65 > Green-winged Teal (American) 24 > Bufflehead 2 > Hooded Merganser 22 > Common Merganser 36 > Wild Turkey 22 > Great Blue Heron 1 > Bald Eagle 1 > Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1 > Ring-billed Gull 1 > Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 2 > Black-billed Magpie 12 > Black-capped Chickadee 2 > Mountain Chickadee 6 > White-breasted Nuthatch 3 > Pygmy Nuthatch 12 > Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 20 > Pine Grosbeak 6 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20954358 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Jonathan B. Isacoff Chair, Environmental Studies Associate Professor, Political Science Gonzaga University, Box 52 Spokane, WA 99258-0052 isacoff AT gonzaga.edu _______________________________________________ Inland-nw-birders mailing list Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: Redpolls in PO County
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:10:35 -0800
Hello,

 

This morning, I birded around Eloika lake. On the backside of the lake I
found a flock of about 15 Common Redpolls in the very southern end of Pend
Oreille County. These would be along Fan Lake Rd only about .1 mi north of
the Spokane County Line. In "redpoll years" they are often found in this
area. Also, a flock of 30 Bohemian Waxwings just a couple of hundred yards
east of the boat launch (Spokane County) on Eloika Lake as well.

 

Blessings

Terry Little 

Mead, Wa
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Subject: Say's phoebe ar Mann Lake Lewistonm IdahoRe: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 86, Issue 16
From: "Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" <mscott@uidaho.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:29:51 +0000
Saw a very nice  Say's  phoebe in wheat fields adjacent Mann Lake.
Bird was foraging actively

Cheers
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Subject: Coeur d'Alene CBC
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:48:42 -0800
I have our CDA CBC  (Unofficial) totals on our Website 
There are 2 charts - one lists species  - number of years it has been
observed and the highest number observed/and year observed 

http://cdaaudubon.org/Projects/cdacbc.html

The other chart  has the CBC totals for the years 2006-2014  (also a 3rd
chart has CBC 1992-2005)

http://cdaaudubon.org/Projects/cdacbcchart2.html

Some highlights are: 
Greater Scaup  1 -  1st time on our count (we had 1 count week in 2011)
Eared Grebe  1  - only the 4th time on the count plus 1 cw
Bald Eagle 12 Red-tailed 50 and Rough-legged 25 were all the highest number
we have had in past counts 
Lesser-black-backed Gull   1 - 1st time on our count (we have had then for
cw the last 2 years) 
Eurasian Collared-Dove -  128  - continues to increase in numbers each year
- first added to the count in 2009 (6) 
Anna's Hummingbird  2  (1 female and 1 immature) feeder of Doug Ward - 1st
year we have had them 
Spotted Towhee  1  - most leave for the winter but sometimes found at
feeders during the winter 
White-throated Sparrow - 1 at Doug Ward's feeder - 1st time on our CBC
rare for North Idaho

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Subject: Coeur d'Alene CBC & Rathdrum Raptor Run Highlights
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:04:12 -0800
Although a bit late, thought some of y'all might like to know about a few of
the highlights from an active birding weekend around the Coeur d'Alene
(Kootenai Co., ID) area.  On Saturday (13 Dec.'14), a group of us conducted
the December "Raptor Run" survey on the Rathdrum Prairie (Kootenai Co., ID),
then Sunday there was a good turnout for the Coeur d'Alene Christmas Count.

 

First I'll summarise the highlights from the Coeur d'Alene CBC which covers
the northwest portion of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Spokane River down to
Post Falls, a good chunk of the Rathdrum Prairie, and the whole of Hayden
Lake.  Highlights included a couple (2 or 3) of LONG-TAILED DUCKs, five (5)
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs, and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL all around
the City Beach/NIC area, (1-2) SPOTTED TOWHEEs, and a couple of groups of
PINE GROSBEAKs around town, and a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE on the river
towards Post Falls.  The Rathdrum Prairie had good numbers of raptors.  On
Hayden Lake there was a pair of TRUMPETER SWANs, a GREATER SCAUP, and an
EARED GREBE.  Fortunately, the two (2) ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDs and an adult
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW made an appearance at our house in Hayden count day.
Count week birds have included CACKLING GOOSE, THAYER'S GULL (both at City
Beach), and MERLIN (Post Falls) so far.  Final CBC results will be posted
later as feeder reports continue to come in, but all-in-all it was a great
day!

 

As mentioned above, there are currently a good number of raptors out on the
Rathdrum Prairie.  Over the set 43 mile route we cover monthly (aka "Raptor
Run"), we had a total of over fifty (50+) raptors and good variety including
five (5) "HARLAN'S" Red-tailed Hawks!!  We usually end up getting one or two
of these guys every winter, but having so many in one day is quite unusual.
In addition to the "Harlan's", we had Bald Eagle, Northern Harriers,
Red-tails, Rough-legs, Kestrels, and a Merlin.  While not as much fun as all
of the hawks, one notable occurrence was over 125 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVEs in
one yard!!!  

 

I've seen the Cackling Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Mergansers,
Thayer's & Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and Anna's Hummers since Sunday, so
there is quite a bit stuff remaining in the area if you are so inclined to
go looking. 

 

Merry Christmas,

Doug
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Subject: Asotin County Birds (3 Owl species!!)
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:40:42 -0800
Yesterday my girlfriend and I got up before sunrise, and made the trek down
to Asotin County. Our first stop was up on the Anatone flats, to look for
the SNOWY OWL on Dwight Halsey Rd. After a couple hours we were able to
relocate it, and as said before it was really skittish. I was only able to
obtain some poor documentation photos, but nonetheless a fantastic LIFER
for me. We weren't the only ones who got to see the owl, a birder from
Seattle saw it as well (sorry I forgot your name). Also seen up there was
lots of KESTRELS, 2 MERLINS, 2 ROUGH LEGGEDS, 2 HARRIERS, and a NORTHERN
SHRIKE. We then made are way down to Asotin where we saw an INTEGRADE
FLICKER at the boat lauch, and a BALD EAGLE at the Asotin Slough which was
pointed out by a group birders on the CBC(I didnt even realize that was
happening, duh!). They informed us of the continuing WESTERN SCREECH OWL at
Cheif Looking Glass Park, and that is where we headed next. We were
immediately able to find the owl up on a branch in a spruce tree by the
tennis courts. Oddly enough this was the first time I have ever actually
SEEN a Screech Owl, I only ever heard them. That wasn't the only owl we
saw, while walking through the thicket north of the football field we
flushed out a much larger owl. It was a BARRED OWL (another LIFER) probably
the one seen earlier this week. A great spot by my girlfriend, but after a
half hour of looking we weren't able to relocate it for pics. After hearing
two positive reports of the Saw Whet in Swallows Park I thought it would be
an easy lifer, but boy was I wrong. After two exhaustive searches for it we
were unable to relocate it, I guess it wasn't meant to be. Lastly we
visited Wawawai which was mostly dead except for flickers, chickadees, and
a few LATE RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS. A fantastic day of birding with 2 lifers,
and 3 types of owls! Thank you everyone who reported these birds, it helped
me plan a great day of birding!

Checklists w/pics:
Anatone Flats:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20911001
Asotin Slough:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20911026
Cheif Looking Glass:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20911041

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Subject: Walla Walla CBC results
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:52:10 -0800
Hello all,
Thanks to the 40 counters and 6 feeder watchers we had a great count this year 
despite the usual fog which covered even the foothills - just giving us 
tantalizing views of the sun thru the fog. 

85 species were found which includes Western Meadowlark - the only count week 
bird so far - - 


Three NEW species to our count - this is our 41st count here:
VIRGINIA RAIL - I played Screech Owl before dawn at Big 5 and 3 rails started 
calling very loudly! 

GREAT EGRET - along Mill Creek
BARRED OWLS - 1 bird found in the afternoon, TWO birds photographed after dark.

High numbers:
WOOD DUCK - 101 - previous high 24
GREAT HORNED OWL - 22, 16
DOWNY WOODPECKER - 46, 44
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE - 258, 252
SPOTTED TOWHEE - 21, 18

Also found:
SNOW GOOSE - 3rd time
SAY'S PHOEBE - only the 2nd time - last one in 1984 - although last year one 
was seen the day before count week! 

BLUE JAY - 6th time on the count
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW - also 6th time
LESSER GOLDFINCH - 2nd time on the count
Common Redpolls - 29 up Mormon Grade
Pine Grosbeaks - 3 "
Only 1 Red Crossbill
White-throated Sparrows - 3
Fox Sparrow - 3
The only Norther Saw-whet Owl found on the count was a roadkill - so sad!

No real misses - coot, gw teal - don't see them every year.

THANKS MUCH to all the participants - we still have a couple days to find more 
birds for count week! 


Later, M&ML

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Subject: Hells Gate State Park - Lewiston-Clarkston CBC - White-throated Sparrows
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:22:29 -0800
Had a nice day at Hells Gate State Park for the Lewiston-Clarkston CBC. 45
species (or 46 with Cackling Goose)! The White-throated Sparrows are back!
Plus I picked up a Great Horned Owl at the Ruth Rowel Modie Wildlife Park.
I also managed to repeat on wrens with photos of four different species.

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Subject: Hells Gate State Park - Lewiston-Clarkston CBC - White-throated Sparrows
From: "John Hanna johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:22:29 -0800
Had a nice day at Hells Gate State Park for the Lewiston-Clarkston CBC. 45
species (or 46 with Cackling Goose)! The White-throated Sparrows are back!
Plus I picked up a Great Horned Owl at the Ruth Rowel Modie Wildlife Park.
I also managed to repeat on wrens with photos of four different species.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20909264

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20909404


Good Birding,

John Hanna
Lewiston, Idaho
Subject: Rosy-Finches on Steptoe Butte
From: Dick Johnson <johnsonre AT wsu.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:47:02 -0800
Just returned from Steptoe Butte. Saw 2 male Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches on the 
upper half of the butte. These were of the Cascade race (= Hepburn's race), 
i.e. gray top AND sides of head. I had driven-up very slowly, watching for any 
bird activity, and saw no birds of any species. Then parked on top and searched 
the top and upper loop on foot for while with no results. Then drove down very, 
very slowly and spooked these two at 3:30PM feeding along the upper edge of the 
road and in the shallow ditch beside that edge. I said spooked, but all they 
did was fly about 10 feet and land to continue feeding. The location was on the 
southwest slope, one loop around the butte from the top. Or put another way, 
one loop up from where you first pass communication towers (which are just 
below the road down the west slope). These birds were very passive and allowed 
me to walk up within a few feet. Hopefully they'll still be around for others 
to see tomorrow. 


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Subject: Anatone birds this a.m.
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:17:41 -0800
Took a drive to Anatone this morning in search of the snowy owl seen there
last week. I was able to relocate it near the same location, but was only
able to observe it from a distance. It was very skittish and offered no
opportunities for photos.

I also found a light and dark phase rough-legged hawk, a male and female
northern harrier, a couple of red-tails and several kestrels.

I checked for the saw-whet owl at Swallows Park, but did not find it this
morning, just lots of whitewash where it has been roosting.

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Subject: Chewelah CBC
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:37:24 -0800
Hello everyone,

 

 

With CBC season just around the corner, I thought I let folks know the
Chewelah CBC is scheduled for Saturday January 3 this year. We will meet at
McDonalds in Chewelah at 7 AM. Please let me know if you are interested in
counting this year. 

 

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Subject: Chewelah CBC
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:37:24 -0800
Hello everyone,

 

 

With CBC season just around the corner, I thought I let folks know the
Chewelah CBC is scheduled for Saturday January 3 this year. We will meet at
McDonalds in Chewelah at 7 AM. Please let me know if you are interested in
counting this year. 

 

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Subject: Hummer!
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:03:37 -0800
By a weird turn of events I just happen to be standing in my backyard with
camera in hand when this hummer flew in for a visit. Not sure if this is a
new bird or not as I'm not seeing them come in consistently. I thought the
one I saw a few weeks ago had a darker gorget, but on these gray days it's
hard to tell. That and I wasn't standing this close! Certainly has made my
morning!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/15812602459/in/photostream

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull - Coeur d'Alene, ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:06:48 -0800
FINALLY, some goofball gulls!!  I stopped in for my morning check today (10
Dec.'14) at Independence Point in downtown Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co., ID)
and was pleasantly surprised by an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and three
(3) THAYER'S GULLs, two (2) adults and a 1st year bird.  To add to the fun,
I'm pretty sure this Lesser Black-backed is my old friend "Smudge" from the
past couple of years.  It's a nice clean adult "graellsii", but has a black
smudge on the culman which is fairly distinctive.  Good timing too with the
Coeur d'Alene Christmas Count coming up this weekend; hopefully he sticks
around.

 

I almost didn't stop in today as it has been really quiet on the water
around here with only a few (maybe 75 total individuals) HERRING,
CALIFORNIA, and RING-BILLEDs around, and very low waterfowl numbers, so glad
I gave in to the impulse.  There is some variety here though, so if you do
head over to try for the gulls, keep an eye out off of City Beach for 5-6
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs (saw 4 yesterday, but didn't notice them today) and
there is at least one adult Mew Gull in the area, though I haven't seen it
for a couple of weeks.  So finally get to say:

 

Good Gulling,

Doug

 

10 Dec.'14  Independance Point/City Beach, Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co., ID

Canada Goose - 150 (~60% Lesser / 40% Greater)

Mallard - 3

Bufflehead - 10

Common Goldeneye - 1

Horned Grebe - 1

Double-crested Cormorant - 3

Ring-billed Gull - 15 ad

California Gull - 25 ad 2-2nd

Herring Gull - 25 ad 2-2nd 1-1st

THAYER'S GULL - 2 ad 1-1st

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 1 ad

Rock Pigeon - 5

American Crow - 1

 

 
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Subject: Owl trifecta
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:32:22 -0800
Just adding to what Keith already posted. What a fun opportunity! The
saw-whet was a new life bird for me!
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Subject: Asotin County Owls
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:36:25 -0800
Thanks to a phone call from Rick Welle, Catherine Temple and I were able to 
join Rick in a three owl day. 

Barred Owl Asotin- - North of Tennis Courts, East of Football field, Chief 
Looking Glass Park 

                        https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15798958568/

Western Screech Owl Just South of Tennis courts, Chief Looking Glass Park This 
guy was really buried in a Spruce. 


Northern Saw-whet Owl Returned to same place as last week in large Spruce 
middle parking area , Swallows Park. 


We thought about getting greedy and going for a four owl day with the resident 
GH Owls at Asotin Slough, but ran out of time. 


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Subject: Asotin County Owls
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:36:25 -0800
Thanks to a phone call from Rick Welle, Catherine Temple and I were able to 
join Rick in a three owl day. 

Barred Owl Asotin- - North of Tennis Courts, East of Football field, Chief 
Looking Glass Park 

                        https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15798958568/

Western Screech Owl Just South of Tennis courts, Chief Looking Glass Park This 
guy was really buried in a Spruce. 


Northern Saw-whet Owl Returned to same place as last week in large Spruce 
middle parking area , Swallows Park. 


We thought about getting greedy and going for a four owl day with the resident 
GH Owls at Asotin Slough, but ran out of time. 


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Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch-Bayview,ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:45:04 -0800
The "Hepburn's" GRAY-CROWNED ROSEY-FINCH my wife and I found about a week
ago was still at the "Slide" just east of Bayview (Kootenai Co., ID)
yesterday (7 Dec.'14) around noon.  It still seems to be just a single bird
which is weird, but fun none-the-less.  If you would like directions, just
let me know separately.

 

The "Kootenai County Oddball" vibe continued in our yard in Hayden on
Saturday (6 Dec.'14) with a surprising and late WHITE-THRAOTED SPARROW, a
"Tan-stripped" adult, showing up briefly with a nice influx of birds
including a bunch of Pine Siskins and Evening Grosbeaks and a male CASSIN'S
FINCH which hadn't been around previously.  In addition, the immature female
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues.  So while the weather sucks, there is still
stuff to look at to break the doldrums.

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

Yard List from Saturday if interested:

6 December 2014 - Loch Haven (Hayden), Kootenai Co., ID

California Quail - 20

Morning Dove - 2

ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD - 1 imm. female

Downy Woodpecker - 1m

Northern Flicker - 1m "Red-shafted"

Common Raven - 2

Black-capped Chickadee - 4

Mountain Chickadee - 4

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3

Pygmy Nuthatch - 5hv

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2

American Robin - 1

waxwing sp. - several heard at a distance (Cedars ?)

Song Sparrow - 4

WHITE-TROATED SPARROW - 1ad "Tan-stripped"

Dark-eyed Junco - 20 "Oregon"

-          1m "Cassiar"

-          1m 1f "Slate-colored"

House Finch - 25

Cassin's Finch - 1m

Pine Siskin - 20

American Goldfinch - 1m

Evening Grosbeak - 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Pine Siskins in Pullman
From: <catbirdz AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:48:06 -0500
A flock of about 2 dozen Pine Siskins just showed up in my yard.
It's nice to see some again.

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Subject: Spokane Harris's Sparrow
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:12:15 +0000
Observed around noon on Big Rock Rd. about 50 yards from intersection of Willow 
Spring (off Palouse Highway few miles south of 57th street. In shrubs on side 
road with large flock of juncos and chickadees. Location is private residence; 
stay on road! 


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Subject: Spokane Harris's Sparrow
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:12:15 +0000
Observed around noon on Big Rock Rd. about 50 yards from intersection of Willow 
Spring (off Palouse Highway few miles south of 57th street. In shrubs on side 
road with large flock of juncos and chickadees. Location is private residence; 
stay on road! 


Good birding,
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Subject: Asotin County Snowy Owl
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:00:12 -0800
Marilyn and I escaped the Valley fog in hopes of finding some new Winter 
visitors and were not disappointed by this youngster. 

The owl was quite skittish and did not allow us to get much closer than 200m.
There is something magical about this area, as we have had immature Snowy Owls 
within 1/4 mile of this same location on several occasions in the last five 
years. 

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detailed location. 


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Subject: Asotin County Snowy Owl
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:00:12 -0800
Marilyn and I escaped the Valley fog in hopes of finding some new Winter 
visitors and were not disappointed by this youngster. 

The owl was quite skittish and did not allow us to get much closer than 200m.
There is something magical about this area, as we have had immature Snowy Owls 
within 1/4 mile of this same location on several occasions in the last five 
years. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15784237977/ check Flickr map for 
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Subject: Western Bluebirds, Egrets
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:41:42 -0800
Hello all,
Took advantage of this "springlike" day and headed west to the river. Birds 
everywhere sounding like spring - Robins, Yrumps, Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, 
WCrowns all singing. 

At Charbonneau Park were 5 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS feeding on grass and bathing in 
puddles along with many Yrumps. 

Two GREAT EGRETS today - one at east end of Humorist Rd, the other at 2Rivers. 
Our first GLAUCOUS GULL of the winter was also at 2Rivers. 


Mike chummed for gulls at Ice Harbor Dam - 3 Thayer's Gulls were nice along 
with 2 Mew Gulls. There are hundreds of birds there now - many Pelicans, 
Cormorants, Common Mergansers, Goldeneyes - and the nice thing is you can drive 
along below the dam and see all these birds without leaving your car! 


We drove Frog Hollow/McDonald/Sand Pit road on our way out - over 75 raptors 
out there - in the alfalfa fields. Nice views of Red-tailed Hawks in every 
plumage. 


Good Birding, M&ML

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Subject: Asotin County Harris' Sparrow
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:22:47 -0800
Rick Welle, Mike Clarke and I located a 1st winter Harris’s Sparrow in the 
same Asotin location that Rick had found one yesterday. 

The sparrow Rick found yesterday appeared to be an adult, indicating that there 
are most likely at least two Harris’s Sparrows. 

both birds have been traveling with a large flock of dark-sided Juncos.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15774034520/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15773920568/

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Subject: Asotin County Harris' Sparrow
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:22:47 -0800
Rick Welle, Mike Clarke and I located a 1st winter Harris’s Sparrow in the 
same Asotin location that Rick had found one yesterday. 

The sparrow Rick found yesterday appeared to be an adult, indicating that there 
are most likely at least two Harris’s Sparrows. 

both birds have been traveling with a large flock of dark-sided Juncos.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15774034520/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15773920568/

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Subject: Asotin County Finds
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:52:39 -0800
Rick Welle reports finding two hard to get birds this AM.
Northern Saw-whet Owl at Swallows Park
Harris’s Sparrow along the Snake River at the Northern city limit of Asotin.

Hope both will hang around for the CBC on the 14th.

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Subject: Asotin County Finds
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:52:39 -0800
Rick Welle reports finding two hard to get birds this AM.
Northern Saw-whet Owl at Swallows Park
Harris’s Sparrow along the Snake River at the Northern city limit of Asotin.

Hope both will hang around for the CBC on the 14th.

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Subject: re: [inland-NW-birders] Least Flycatchers in 2014?
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:24:20 -0500
Andy,
That is interesting as it seems to me we had more Least Flycatchers in both 
Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties than I have ever encountered before. 


Terry Little
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 All, Merrylynn and Mike Denny report their "biggest miss in Walla Walla County 
this year was Least Flycatcher." It was not reported in Yakima County, too, at 
least according to eBird. A few Leastys are usually not too hard to find, at 
least while they are singing, from the end of May through early July, in aspen 
thickets in the Wenas Creek region It turns out, there are no reports of Least 
Flycatchers in eBird this year from anywhere along the Cascade east slopes 
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Subject: Re: Least Flycatchers in 2014?
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:24:20 -0500
Andy,
That is interesting as it seems to me we had more Least Flycatchers in both 
Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties than I have ever encountered before. 


Terry Little
Mead, Wa

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 All, Merrylynn and Mike Denny report their "biggest miss in Walla Walla County 
this year was Least Flycatcher." It was not reported in Yakima County, too, at 
least according to eBird. A few Leastys are usually not too hard to find, at 
least while they are singing, from the end of May through early July, in aspen 
thickets in the Wenas Creek region It turns out, there are no reports of Least 
Flycatchers in eBird this year from anywhere along the Cascade east slopes 
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Subject: Least Flycatchers in 2014?
From: "Andy Stepniewski" <steppie AT nwinfo.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:09:34 -0800
All,

Merrylynn and Mike Denny report their “biggest miss in Walla Walla County 
this year was Least Flycatcher.” It was not reported in Yakima County, too, 
at least according to eBird. A few Leastys are usually not too hard to find, at 
least while they are singing, from the end of May through early July, in aspen 
thickets in the Wenas Creek region It turns out, there are no reports of Least 
Flycatchers in eBird this year from anywhere along the Cascade east slopes 
south of I-90. Curious... 


Andy Stepniewski
Wapato WA
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Subject: Least Flycatchers in 2014?
From: Andy Stepniewski <steppie AT nwinfo.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:09:34 -0800
All,

Merrylynn and Mike Denny report their “biggest miss in Walla Walla County 
this year was Least Flycatcher.” It was not reported in Yakima County, too, 
at least according to eBird. A few Leastys are usually not too hard to find, at 
least while they are singing, from the end of May through early July, in aspen 
thickets in the Wenas Creek region It turns out, there are no reports of Least 
Flycatchers in eBird this year from anywhere along the Cascade east slopes 
south of I-90. Curious... 


Andy Stepniewski
Wapato WA
steppie AT nwinfo.net


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Subject: Hawk Owl
From: RonPat Dexter <ronpatdexter AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:44:44 -0800
Hawk Owl near Brewster??
 
Is the Hawk Owl still in the area near Brewster. Please advise with specific 
directions. I would like to see it... thank you 




Ron Dexter
Spokane, Wa
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Subject: Barred Owl breaks record
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:29:33 -0800
Hello all again,
Just received word of a Barred Owl in College Place a month ago - Chris saw the 
pictures - 

#258 for the year for Walla Walla County!! 

Our worst miss this year was Least Flycatcher - - -
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Subject: Red-breasted Sapsucker
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:30:53 -0800
Hello all,
Mike and I birded the west end on Thanksgiving Day - our best bird was a 
Red-necked Grebe off Port Kelley. On Friday we took Ginger and headed to 
Waitsburg Cemetery hoping for an owl or Pine Grosbeak which we did NOT find - 
but did have 1 and possibly 2 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS which puts the Walla 
Walla county yearlist to 257 and ties our record. This is the second time we 
have found RBSA there - the one bird we got good looks at showed NO sign of 
hybridization but didn't get a good look at the second bird. 


 Now I am hoping to break the record with Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, 
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch or White-breasted Nuthatch. 


Bennington Lake walk this morning was foggy and cold - very few birds. An 
amazing Killdeer was out there on the ice but flew south. There are Robins all 
over Walla Walla - looking for berry bushes or anything to eat. Very few 
waxwings around. 


I walked Fort Walla Walla Park yesterday - had 15 bright LESSER GOLDFINCHES on 
the fenceline below the VA hospital - eating starthistle with many American 
Goldfinches. 


Good birding, ML

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Subject: Granite Lake Mute Swan
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:48:49 +0000 (UTC)
This morning while searching in vain for the reported Cheney area Snowy Owl, I 
swung by Granite Lake to scope a big white "blob" on the water. I was surprised 
to see it was a Mute Swan. I believe this was first reported awhile ago by Gina 
Sheridan. No other swans on the lake with it. 


This is my second Mute Swan for the state with the first being in Grays Harbor 
county. I know they are not countable by the rules, but what is just one more 
check on my county list? Time to go ponder my morals... 


Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
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Subject: Peregrine
From: Buck & Sandy <bsdomit AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:10:36 -0800
Here is a Peregrine falcon out near Davenport yesterday. Buck and Sandy
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Subject: Kootenai Co. (ID) Oddballs
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:43:31 -0800
First off, hope y'all had a nice Thanksgiving and got some birding in after
ironically consuming too much bird.  While I didn't get out for a dedicated
birding trip over the weekend, I did sneak a few stops in and had some nice
finds - definitely a quality vs quantity couple of days.

 

Yesterday (30 Nov.'14) as we headed out to check our place near Bayview
(Kootenai Co., ID), my wife and I had a single "Hepburn's" GRAY-CROWNED
ROSY-FINCH at "the Slide" just east of town on Cape Horn Rd.  I'd always
felt this place should produce Rosy-Finches during the winter as it is a
perfect spot, but this was a first for me as they are very tough over here
for some reason, even during years they show up in numbers elsewhere.
Surprisingly we only saw the single bird, but I bet you could repeat this
guy if you wanted to give it a try; just let me know if you would like
directions.

 

The next likely repeatable bird came this morning (1 Dec.'14) as I checked
Independence Point in downtown Coeur d'Alene on the way into work - an adult
female LONG-TAILED DUCK (also another County first for me).  She was by
herself way out off of City Beach.  Definitely a good consolation prize for
the lack of gulls so far this fall; haven't even seen a Thayer's yet.  I'm
going to run out to Wolf Lodge at lunch to see if the Bald Eagles, and there
best buds the gulls, have started showing up out there as there were a few
feeding on kokanee on Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview yesterday.

 

Given I was in a food coma during much of the weekend, our yard in Hayden
had to suffice and as it has done all year was a good producer.  Both the
adult and immature female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDs were around, though I haven't
seen the adult since Saturday.  Also on Saturday, we finally had a good
"finch day" with Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, and Evening Grosbeaks
joining the regular crew.  Then yesterday, a single PINE GROSBEAK and a
couple of Red Crossbills (prob "Type 2"s) came through rounding out a nice
weekend.

 

So again, Happy Thanksgiving, now onto CBC season.

 

Good Birding,

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Subject: re: Asotin County Hawk ID ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:25:24 -0800
Thanks to all for the help in identifying the Asotin County category 5
Ferruginous Hawk.

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Subject: Re: Asotin County Hawk ID ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:25:24 -0800
Thanks to all for the help in identifying the Asotin County category 5
Ferruginous Hawk.

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Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Asotin county Hawk ID ?
From: Mike Clarke <redeyegravy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:50:09 -0800
Keith,

Looks like a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk to me.   Nice find.   I had one at
that exact location in December of last year.

Mike Clarke
Pullman

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> Silcott Grade Road, just up from Ch Timothy Park.
> Lousy photo, heavily cropped taken for ID purposes.
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Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:50:09 -0800
Keith,

Looks like a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk to me.   Nice find.   I had one at
that exact location in December of last year.

Mike Clarke
Pullman

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> Silcott Grade Road, just up from Ch Timothy Park.
> Lousy photo, heavily cropped taken for ID purposes.
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Subject: Asotin county Hawk ID ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:26:29 -0800
Silcott Grade Road, just up from Ch Timothy Park.
Lousy photo, heavily cropped taken for ID purposes.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15297343363/

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Subject: Asotin county Hawk ID ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:26:29 -0800
Silcott Grade Road, just up from Ch Timothy Park.
Lousy photo, heavily cropped taken for ID purposes.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15297343363/

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Subject: Spotted-Towhee
From: Buck & Sandy <bsdomit AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:50:38 -0800
Here is a Spotted-Towhee that has been in our Cheney back yard for a couple
weeks.We had one winter a few years back so maybe again. Buck and Sandy
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Subject: Hummer
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 07:50:09 -0800
Just had an Anna's Hummingbird visit my yard! (7:50 a.m.) It was buzzing my
red seed feeders. Gotta run and put out the hummer feeder to see if it
comes back!

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Subject: Thanksgiving morning with the birds
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:11:36 -0800
How do the birds know it's Thanksgiving? I haven't seen many at my feeders
lately and all of a sudden they're feasting like crazy in my back yard this
morning. Mostly just the usuals, juncos, house finch, mourning and collared
doves. There were about 5 Northern red-shafted flickers, one of which was
an intergrade male.

I then took a walk at Hell's Gate State Park and the bird activity had
picked up there as well. Standing between a group of conifers and Russian
olives I was surrounded by a mixed flock of cedar waxwing, golden-crowned
kinglets, red-breasted nuthatch, chickadees, a few brown creepers and
yellow-rumped warblers. A noisy flock of starlings were performing their
murmuration flight a few yards over and a lone red-winged blackbird was
calling from along the river.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Subject: Lewis-Clark Valley Thayer's Gulls and such
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:29:47 -0800
I birded today in Latah, Nez Perce, and Asotin Counties.  First thing this
morning a PEREGRINE FALCON was standing in the Clearwater River at the
"Pump Station Overlook" east of Lewiston.  A lovely first-winter THAYER'S
GULL was at the Asotin County Landfill in Clarkston.  I also had a very
good candidate for an adult Thayer's which I was still looking over when it
flushed and became lost in the crowd.  Otherwise, it was the three
most-expected  species with total gull numbers on the order of 6 or 7
hundred.  I drove Peola Road and found only one MERLIN and a flock of 50+
Horned Larks that I sorted through without finding any other species.
Hell's Gate SP produced a good-for-November count of 13 AUDUBON'S
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 3 Slate-colored Juncos, one Red-winged Blackbird,
one each Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks.

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Subject: Kalispell Indian Res - PO County
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:31:06 -0500
Hello,

In the midst of pretty dense fog, I birded a little while this morning 
along the Pend Oreille River at the Kalispell Indian Reservation.

Usk: Nice mixed flock of aythya ducks just south of the bridge, including 
over fifty GREATER SCAUP. This flock often winters in this area every 
year.

Flying Goose Ranch: Cooper's Hawk and juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK. 

River Bend: Merlin

Davis Lk (along SR 211): Western Grebe - probably the bird Matt Bartels 
found two weeks ago, uncommon in PO, and late.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
Terry Little
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Subject: Late p.m. Hell's Gate SP
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:39:57 -0800
On a late afternoon walk at Hell's Gate State Park I found a golden-crowned
kinglet foraging with the robins and cedar waxwing in the mountain ash
trees. Lots of beautiful color there with the berries and the various
orange, browns and yellows of the birds interspersed. The great horned owl
was a surprise as I stopped to rein my pup in from pulling my arm off. He
was sitting right above me in the tree and for some reason I looked up and
found him. Didn't seem bothered by the show below and I was able to get a
few photos before the pup was ready to take off again.
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Subject: Interesting Gull
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:59:54 -0800
Clearwater River, Lewiston, Idaho
Mike Scott and I, with several other Canyon Birders, looked at this gull at
distance for some time.
Presumably it is a 1st Winter American Herring Gull, but it appears to have
a light eye.  It may be in molt as the back and flanks look ragged.
Photo is heavily cropped.

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Subject: Anna's Hummers Update-Hayden, ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:46:12 -0800
Came home at lunch today (Tues., 25 Nov.'14) to meet the sprinkler guy (yes,
I know it's way late, but needed things to thaw a bit...that's my story and
I'm sticking to it) and was lucky enough to see both of the ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRDs we've had around here together for a brief moment.  The
immature female was at the feeder when the adult female returned after an
absence of almost a week, but was promptly chased off buy the youngster -
what happened to "respect thy elders"?   Recall the adult showed up here
(Hayden, Kootenai Co., ID) on 27 Oct.'14, but we were pretty sure a second
bird was around on 2 Nov.'14.  So, finally seeing the two (2) together laid
to rest our little hummingbird mystery and indicates both have been in the
neighborhood for about a month.  Since they have made it through
safe-and-sound so far, I'm hoping at least one of these gals stays around
for the Coeur d'Alene Christmas Count (hope I didn't just jinks us).

 

Happy Thanksgiving,

Doug

 

Lunchtime list if interested:   

 

25 Nov.'14  Home (Loch Haven, Hayden, ID)

California Quail - 3 (in AM)

ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD - 2 (1 adult female & 1 immature female)

Downy Woodpecker - 1 immature male

Northern Flicker - 1 "Red-shafted"

Black-capped Chickadee - 4

Mountain Chickadee - 3

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 3

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2

Pygmy Nuthatch - 3hv (in AM)

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 5

Song Sparrow - 3

Dark-eyed Junco - 15 "Oregon"

-          1 male "Cassiar"

-          2 female "Slate-colored"

House Finch - 15

Pine Siskin - 4

 

 

Phone:  1 (208) 676-9327

Mobile: 1 (208) 699-9327

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Subject: Spotted towhee
From: RUSSELL FROBE <rrfrobe AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:21:57 -0800
Hi,
I had a towhee scratching around under my feeder this morning! Also, I had one 
pine Siskin show up a couple days ago. 

Marian Frobe
North Spokane

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Subject: Second Anna's in Hayden (ID)
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:45:37 -0800
Somewhat surprisingly, we've had a second ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD of the season
show up at our place in Hayden, Idaho (Kootenai Co.), this time an immature
female.  If you recall, we had an adult female show up during the last week
of October (27 Oct.'14 to be specific) and it stayed until last week when
she came in definitively very briefly on the morning of November 19th, then
presumably left since the weather got nice again.  A hummer came in briefly
on Friday (21 Nov.'14) and didn't seem to know what to do about the feeder
and took off; never got a good look so don't know which bird, though suspect
it was the "new" one.  Then yesterday (23 Nov.'14), a clearly different
Anna's came in and stayed all day around our back yard, though only fed at
the feeder periodically; she was around this morning as well.  This bird is
definitely an immature as there is very little in the way of gorget marking
and it has remnant striations on the bill, though these appear to be closing
compared with a juvenile as would be expected this late in the season; the
earlier adult had a nicely marked gorget as well as a fully fused bill.

 

I'm pretty sure we had a second bird bomb through the yard not long after
the adult showed up (on 2 Nov.'14; my wife is pretty sure she heard two
Anna's a couple of days later), but never saw two together with the adult
coming in daily all through the period.  It's got me wondering now if she
had been keeping the youngster at bay and once she decided to move on, the
kid moved in...or not, but fun to think about.  With the relatively high
number of Anna's showing up in our area over the past couple of years, we
can only hope they are moving in to help brighten up our yards on a regular
basis.

 

Happy Thanksgiving,

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Subject: Snow Buntings
From: Kim Thorburn <kthorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:51:30 +0000
Hello Birders,


Jeff Jones and I saw between 200-300 snow buntings in the wheat fields and on 
Coffeepot Rd. at Duck Lake-Lamona Rd. today. It was almost a pure flock with 
very few horned larks among them. Perhaps the storms are blowing in our winter 
visitors. We also saw a large prairie falcon on 7 Springs Dairy Rd. near Earle. 
I’ve been struck by the number of prairie falcons that I’m seeing this 
season. 



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Subject: Hawk Creek/Seven Bays
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:30:35 +0000
Yesterday did a little jaunt to Hawk Creek Canyon Northwest of Davenport and 
Seven Bays on the Columbia River. Most noteworthy bird was an adult THAYER'S 
GULL (7th Lincoln Co., WA record, same location as previous found in January by 
Terry Little) on the fish pens near Seven Bays. Other birds of note, a total of 
5 NORTHERN SHRIKES along Sunset Highway and other Northern backgrounds in SR2 
corridor. A HARLAN'S Red-tailed Hawk has set up shop just West of Fairchild 
AFB, same location as the past two years. 


Hawk Creek Canyon eBird list is as follows:

LC-Hawk Creek Canyon, Lincoln, US-WA
Nov 22, 2014 6:44 AM - 10:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 35 species Canada Goose 2 American Wigeon 2 Mallard 12 Green-winged Teal (American) 4 Bufflehead 30 Common Goldeneye 2 Hooded Merganser 18 California Quail 12 Wild Turkey 2 Great Blue Heron 1 GOLDEN EAGLE 1 Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 2 VIRGINIA RAIL 1 Ring-billed Gull 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 4 Steller's Jay 1 Black-billed Magpie 3 Common Raven 3 Black-capped Chickadee 14 Mountain Chickadee 4 Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 Pygmy Nuthatch 2 Brown Creeper 1 Canyon Wren 2 Marsh Wren 1 Bewick's Wren 7 Golden-crowned Kinglet 11 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12 American Robin 6 Varied Thrush 4 Song Sparrow 18 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 50 American Goldfinch 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20634418 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: Spokane Confluence
From: Terry Little <terrylittle49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:22:11 -0800
Hello,
This morning, I had a Northern Pygmy Owl and 2 Barrow's Goldeneyes at 
confluence in NW Spokane County. 

Blessings
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Subject: Northern pintail
From: Rhett Diessner <rdiessner AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:23:39 -0800
A single male Northern Pintail in among mallards today in the reeds at the
Hellsgate Marina in Clarkston at 2pm Saturday. Very handsome bird.


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Subject: N Hawk Owl in Brewster
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:37:31 -0500
Hello,

I must confess I have a weakness for N Hawk Owls.So I made the trek to 
Brewster today to see one of my favorite birds. Along the way, there were a 
few nice birds as well.

At Steamboat Rock on Banks Lake was a flock of 26 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS 
mixed in with the larger flocks of Common and Hooded Mergansers. A gorgeous 
GOLDEN EAGLE circled overhead.

I arrived in the Hawk Owl area a little after noon and quickly found a 
Merlin perched on a pole. After making a few loops around N Star and 
Blossom Rds, I ran into Barry McKenzie from Oregon. Just a few minutes 
later, the owl showed up on a power pole in front of one of the houses on 
Blossom Rd. We got great looks through the snow and even heard the owl 
vocalize a few times, a first for me. Soon, our friend flew to a tree 
behind the house and hung out there for nearly 45 minutes. Sometimes, it 
could be pretty hidden in the tree.

A few minutes later, Michael Hobbs showed up and we continued to watch the 
owl in the same tree behind the house. It was attacked three times by a 
Northern Shrike. After Michael left, the snow picked up and the owl 
relocated to the orchard across the road and hunted from pole to pole till 
I left at 2pm. Got to watch the N Hawk Owl for nearly an hour and a half. 

On my way home, a Prairie Falcon flew across the highway near Creston. At 
dusk, there were 5 Great Horned Owls and one Short eared Owl between 
Davenport and Reardan. 

So, two eagles, a harrier, 2 buteos, 3 owls, and 3 falcons. Fun day.

Blessings
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Subject: Latah Co. Great Gray Owl, 11/21/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:15:32 -0800
Acting on a tip, several of us located a Great Gray Owl northeast of Deary,
ID this morning. The bird was just off a Forest Service and easily viewed
for some minutes while it hunted a brushy regenerating forest area. The
general location should be available on eBird sometime soon. We are happy
to provide a more precise location on request (rather than just put it out
in public). Just send me an email. Note that there are hunters in the area
so care should be taken to stay near the road and it wouldn't hurt to wear
blaze orange (several of us were and the GGOW didn't seem to mind!).

thanks, Charles.

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Subject: Liberty Lake Swamp Sparrow Report
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:10:26 +0000
I revived a report from the same observer who discovered the confirmed SWAMP 
SPARROW at Liberty Lake County Park last November that there is again a bird in 
the same general location. 


The area is about a 50 yard swath South and and West of the end of the 
observation platform. The bird is sharing territory with Song Sparrows that 
chase and put it down, so it may require patience and time to see the bird. 


Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

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Subject: Kootenai County Big Year Additions
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:15:18 -0800
Doug Ward checked eBird for species we didn't have yet.   Thanks Doug. 

185  American Tree Sparrow  16 Nov.'14    Wolf Lodge Bay      Carl Lundbald

186  Common Redpoll    19 Nov.'14    Blue Creek Bay

187  Greater Scaup                 27 Feb.'14    Cougar Bay           Will
Young (I had one out there yesterday)    

188  Greater Yellowlegs          2 May '14     Blue Creek Bay      Will
Young

189  Peregrine Falcon             2 Oct.'14       Downtown CdA      Rich Del
Carlo    

190  Vesper Sparrow               29 Apr.'14    Rathdrum Prairie    Will
Young

191  Red-necked Phalarope    19 Jul.'14      near Harrison
Alan McCoy  

192  Barred Owl                        23 Jun.'14    above Beauty Creek
Ian Gardner

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Subject: Brewster Hawk Owl
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:14:21 -0500
As of the time of this post the Brewster NOHO has just shown up at Blossom Lane 
at the previously described location. Getting dark. 


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Subject: Brewster Hawk Owl
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:14:21 -0500
As of the time of this post the Brewster NOHO has just shown up at Blossom Lane 
at the previously described location. Getting dark. 


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Subject: Franklin County PINE GROSBEAK
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:23:23 -0800
Hey All,


I set out today to look for some winter rarities and was able to find two
of the birds (Short-Eared Owl and Pine Grosbeak) I was hoping to find! I
was also hoping for Gray-Crowned Rosy Finches, Bohemian Waxwings and maybe
LE Owls at Windust but no luck finding those species. Sure is cold out
there...Temp stayed at less than 20 degrees for most of the morning and the
fog didn't help. Here are the highlights:

Connell
Pine Siskin-also had them last week Thursday at same feeders-will have to
keep checking these feeders for redpolls :-)

Lower Monumental Dam
EARED GREBE
Western Grebe
Comorants still hanging around-
numerous gulls perched above the dam on the Walla Walla County side fog
hindering good idenitification looked like a lot of cali gulls and some
Ring-Billeds

Windust Park
Hermit Thrush
Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
GOLDEN EAGLE flew over Devil's Canyon

Kahlotus
Cooper's Hawk
Brewer's Blackbirds

Hwy 261
Northern Shrike
Rough-Legged Hawks

Lyon's Ferry
PINE GROSBEAK two females-got pics and video-calling often-first heard one
call note and thought a bird was mimicking a Pine Grosbeak then heard the
call notes again and jumped for joy. Found in the trees just north of the
old bathrooms. They have constructed new bathrooms south of the old
bathrooms near the boat launch.
HERRING GULL lounging in the water behind the log booms
Hermit Thrush
Wild Turkeys
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Western Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe

Nunamaker Road
SHORT-EARED OWL going back and forth across both sides of the road hunting
the fields. Love to see these graceful owls hunt! Terrible pic taken of the
owl in flight



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Subject: Bennington today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:45:44 -0800
Hello,
Only Linda and I braved the 14 degrees and fog this morning but no wind and we 
had a nice walk. The lake was in the fog when we arrived but I heard a Killdeer 
- when we left the fog lifted and sure enough there was open water at the spit 
and a Dunlin was feeding with the Killdeer. 


Many juncos, 2 Townsend's Solitaires and one adult GOLDEN EAGLE right in front 
of us along the east side of the canal - being harassed by a screaming 
Red-tailed Hawk. A Harrier had just finished breakfast of Robin - only the guts 
and feathers were left. 


I then drove up Mill Creek into bright Sunshine! and headed up Scenic Loop. 
Found 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and many robins, juncos. Along the top an adult 
BALD EAGLE flew right over - then the fog rolled up over the hill. 


At feeders on Langdon road were many birds including 5 COWBIRDS - unusual here 
in winter. They were with Red-winged Blackbirds under the feeders. 


Back home the House Sparrows have found my feeders - must be 140 of them out 
here - have to feed in the alley to keep them off the sunflower feeders! Also 2 
Pine Siskins and many finches. 


Yesterday I walked Fort Walla Walla Park, planet walk and top of natural area - 
many Juncos, Robins, Varied and Hermit Thrushes. Over 25 Turkeys (heard more) 
is my highest count there so far. 


Good Birding and stay warm! ML


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Subject: Spokane Fish Hatchery and more
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:09:29 -0800
Hello,

 

I made a quick lunch time visit to the Spokane Fish Hatchery and ran into
some nice birds: Steller's Jay (1st time at this location), 2 PINE
GROSBKEAKS (seems like its their year), Varied Thrush, Ruffed Grouse, and
Wood Duck. This morning,  I had 2 more Pine Grosbeaks on the back side (PO
County) of Eloika Lake along with four Gray Jays. 

 

At my office today I have had a Bewick's Wren, Merlin, and 4 Pine Siskins in
with the other regular feeders.

 

Blessings

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Subject: Spokane Lincoln Sparrow
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:14:39 -0500
Hello

This morning I had a late Lincoln's Sparrow at the Peone Wetland, also one 
American Tree Sparrow.

Blessings
Terry Little
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Subject: Lapland Longspur, Pend Oreille County
From: Matthew Moskwik <mpmoskwik AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:06:55 -0800
Hi all,

 

I birded Pend Oreille County on Sunday.  The morning was quite cold ~7
degrees, but the afternoon warmed up nicely.  I had 55 species, with several
winter specialties.  Around Newport and Cusick, I had at least 6 flocks of
Bohemian Waxwings.  Three American Tree Sparrows are persisting on Cordes
Road (about 100 feet west of Highway 20).  Finally, the highlight of the day
for me was a single Lapland Longspur on the Kalispel Indian Reservation Dike
Road approximately  mile north of the pow wow grounds.  I planned to look
for the White-winged Scoter on Calispel Lake that Matt Bartels found a week
earlier, but the lake has already frozen over.

 

Also  on Tuesday, Gina Sheridan, Kim Thorburn, and I had a flock of Pine
Grosbeaks at Flying Goose Ranch (they were not present on Sunday).

 

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