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Black-capped Chickadee,©Barry Kent Mackay

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 ]
17 Nov Re: Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch Bering ssp?? [EarthBourne ]
17 Nov Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch Bering ssp?? [EarthBourne ]
17 Nov Trumpeter Swans-Carlin Bay, Lake CdA (ID) [Doug Ward ]
16 Nov Steptoe Butte and Wawawai Park [RJ Baltierra ]
16 Nov Lakes Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene [Carl Lundblad ]
16 Nov Lakes Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
15 Nov LAPLAND LONGSPUR east of Moscow [Carl Lundblad ]
15 Nov LAPLAND LONGSPUR east of Moscow ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
15 Nov Towhee [nmiller ]
13 Nov Snowy owl report [David Woodall ]
13 Nov Benewah County Big Year Update ["Shirley Sturts" ]
13 Nov Kootenai County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
12 Nov Redpolls! [Mike & MerryLynn ]
11 Nov Sprague Lake WW & Black Scoters -YES! [Gina Sheridan ]
10 Nov PO County WW Scoter, Whitman County Pine Grosbeak [Matt Bartels ]
10 Nov Re: Long-tailed Duck, swallows [Jane Westervelt ]
10 Nov Long-tailed Duck, swallows [Mike & MerryLynn ]
10 Nov Anna's Update, Pine Grosbeak, & Other Stuff [Doug Ward ]
10 Nov hybrid sapsucker flickr album [Nancy Miller ]
10 Nov hybrid sapsucker flickr album ["'Nancy Miller' nmiller AT moscow.com [ible]" ]
10 Nov Hybrid sapsucker present [nmiller ]
10 Nov Hybrid sapsucker present ["nmiller nmiller AT moscow.com [ible]" ]
9 Nov Re: Central Ferry Clark's Grebe, Snow Geese [Ron Force ]
9 Nov Central Ferry Clark's Grebe, Snow Geese [Mike Clarke ]
8 Nov Sprague Lake Black Scoters, Davenport Blue Jay [Matt Bartels ]
8 Nov Snow Geese at McNary [Mike & MerryLynn ]
8 Nov Slavin Ranch - Pine Grosbeak today [Tim O'Brien ]
8 Nov Syringa Bonaparte's [Charles Swift ]
8 Nov Canyon Birder's L-C Valley Trip Today [Keith Carlson ]
8 Nov PO Birds Today [Terry Little ]
7 Nov UI Arb Pine Grosbeak, Nov 7, 2014 [Charles Swift ]
6 Nov Heermann's Gull NO today [Mike & MerryLynn ]
6 Nov Pine Grosbeaks [Norma Trefry ]
6 Nov Fwd: Waterfowl webinars and binocular giveaway [nmiller ]
6 Nov Geese - Spokane ["Terry Little" ]
6 Nov Ruby-crowned kinglet [nmiller ]
5 Nov Re: HEERMAN'S GULL Walla Walla River delta [Mike & MerryLynn ]
5 Nov HEERMAN'S GULL Walla Walla River delta [Mike & MerryLynn ]
5 Nov Moscow Cackling Geese etc., 11/5/2014 [Charles Swift ]
5 Nov scoters and mergansers on Eloika Lake ["Terry Little" ]
4 Nov Possible Cassin's finch [Catherine Temple ]
3 Nov Tundra Swans [Mike & MerryLynn ]
3 Nov inland birders emails going to SPAM [Charles Swift ]
3 Nov Paradise Ridge (Latah Co.) Pine Grosbeaks, 11/2/14 [Charles Swift ]
2 Nov Pinyon Jays Umatilla Co. OR [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Nov Tundra swans []
2 Nov Western Grebes [Norma Trefry ]
2 Nov Pine Grosbeaks in Riverside State Park [Kim Thorburn ]
1 Nov Pacific Loon, BB Plover, Franklin's Gulls [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Nov Lincoln Co. PINE Grosbeaks, BLUE Jays, Greater Yellolegs ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
1 Nov Clarkston WW Scoters [Mike Clarke ]
31 Oct Bohemian Waxwing, Rough-legged Hawk [Mike & MerryLynn ]
31 Oct Birdy afternoon on Paradise Ridge []
30 Oct Spokane Pacific Loon [Greg Falco ]
30 Oct American Tree Sparrows & others [Fran Haywood ]
29 Oct Siskins and surprising House Finch [Lindell Haggin ]
29 Oct Peone Wetland ["Terry Little" ]
28 Oct Spokane Audubon field trip [Fran Haywood ]
28 Oct Anna's Hummingbird-Hayden, ID [Doug Ward ]
27 Oct Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 84, Issue 29 ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
27 Oct Blue Jays, Bluebirds Biscuit Ridge WW [Mike & MerryLynn ]
27 Oct Birder's Guide to Washington update-request for help [Andy Stepniewski ]

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
Terry Little
Mead, Wa

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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
Terry Little
Mead, Wa
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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

Jonathan B. Isacoff
Chair, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052
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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

Shirley
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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. 


Tom Mansfield in Okanogan County

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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. 


Tom Mansfield in Okanogan County

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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



Good birding and Happy Holidays,

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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

Terry Little 

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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
Mead, Wa

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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).

 

Matthew Moskwik 

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Subject: Re: Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch Bering ssp??
From: EarthBourne <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:54:09 -0800
Okay...so this is probably the Hepburn ssp??

Becky

On 11/17/2014 02:25 PM, birdmarymoor AT gmail.com wrote:
> The Bering Sea GCRFs have black or dark bills.
>
> == Michael Hobbs
> == www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
> == BirdMarymoor AT frontier.com
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> -----Original Message----- From: EarthBourne
> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 1:52 PM
> To: inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch Bering ssp??
>
> We just watched and photographed a really nice Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch.
> We are wondering if this might be an example of the Bering Sea ssp??
> Not likely, but due to size and coloration, it did seem it might fit the
> ssp. description.
>
> There are 3 photos with two of them  having a common House Finch nearby
> to compare size.  Here is a link to the first photo...
>
> 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/treadletoes/15194705164/in/set-72157648924855487 

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> Becky Lyle
> Ritzville, WA
> Adams Co.
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Subject: Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch Bering ssp??
From: EarthBourne <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:52:34 -0800
We just watched and photographed a really nice Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch.  
We are wondering if this might be an example of the Bering Sea ssp??  
Not likely, but due to size and coloration, it did seem it might fit the 
ssp. description.

There are 3 photos with two of them  having a common House Finch nearby 
to compare size.  Here is a link to the first photo...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/treadletoes/15194705164/in/set-72157648924855487

Becky Lyle
Ritzville, WA
Adams Co.

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Subject: Trumpeter Swans-Carlin Bay, Lake CdA (ID)
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:38:41 -0800
A nice break from the absolute lack of waterfowl on the northern end of Lake
Coeur d'Alene was a pair of adult TRUMPETER SWANs at Carlin Bay on Saturday
afternoon (15 Nov.'14) in with about a dozen TUNDRA SWANs and a hundred or
so Canada Geese; not much else except for some Mallards, Ring-necks, and
Buffleheads.  Carlin Bay is on the east side of the lake along HW97 about
half way between Wolf Lodge Bay and Harrison in Kootenai Co., Idaho.  Even
though it was a few days ago, I'd bet they would be repeatable if you are
interested.

 

If by chance you do decide to make a Lake Coeur d'Alene run, there have been
four (4) RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs off of City Beach in Coeur d'Alene for the
past few days which may be of interest; there again this morning (Mon., 17
Nov.'14).  While gull numbers haven't picked up yet, there are an increasing
number of Herrings joining the Californias and Ring-billeds, so hopefully
soon.

 

Good Birding,

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Subject: Steptoe Butte and Wawawai Park
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:26:25 -0800
Nine of us from the WSU Raptor Club, some birders, some not, enjoyed a decent 
day of birds. We started at Steptoe Butte. Highlights include lots of VARIED 
THRUSHES, and a TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE at the picnic area. After 4 probable 
glimpses of GRAY CROWNED ROSY FINCHES, we were able to locate 2 that were much 
more cooperative. A very exciting lifer for some of us. Along the Wawawai Grade 
we had SHRIKES, KESTRELS, RED TAILED, AND ROUGH LEGGED HAWK and GREAT HORNED 
OWL. In the park there was a COMMON GOLDENEYE, and HORNED GREBE. Both KINGLETS, 
CHICKADEES, BEWICKS WREN, and most interestingly a late RED NAPED SAPSUCKER. 
Overall a very nice day of birds, with great people. 


RJ Baltierra
Pullman, WA

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Subject: Lakes Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:19:17 -0800
I birded today from Sandpoint to Coeur d'Alene.  I started at Sandpoint
City Beach where there were good numbers of common birds including at least
4 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and a continuing Chestnut-backed Chickadee.  Sunnyside
Road from Oden Bay to Hawkins Point produced the continuing PACIFIC LOON,
presumably the same one present since last month, at least 3 RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS, 10 Killdeer, and 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.  Overall waterfowl and
loon numbers were down from late October, but Red-necked (40+) and Horned
(50+) remained common.  Another 6+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS were fluttering around
the Pack River delta area and Ellisport Bay (Hope) produced a male EURASIAN
WIGEON, 45+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and a YELLOW-RUMPED WABLER (Audubon's).  The
best waterfowl viewing was at the Sanpdoint Fish Hatchery, where highlights
included 34 GREATER SCAUP, 24 Hooded Mergansers, ~90 Common Mergansers, and
a MARSH WREN.

In Kootenai County, Hayden Lake had 4 species of grebes highlighted by
another 44+ Horned.  NIC Beach and Independence Point in Coeur d'Alene had
only the 3 most-common gull species.  Wolf Lodge Bay had no gulls and few
waterbirds but did turn up my Kootenai Co. first AMERICAN TREE-SAPRROW and
a cooperative RUFFED GROUSE.  I ended the day cruising around the Rathdrum
Prairie around sunset.  I found a grand total of 2 raptors, but one of them
was a MERLIN and a group of 8 GRAY PARTRIDGES was nearby.

Good Birding

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Subject: Lakes Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:19:17 -0800
I birded today from Sandpoint to Coeur d'Alene.  I started at Sandpoint
City Beach where there were good numbers of common birds including at least
4 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and a continuing Chestnut-backed Chickadee.  Sunnyside
Road from Oden Bay to Hawkins Point produced the continuing PACIFIC LOON,
presumably the same one present since last month, at least 3 RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS, 10 Killdeer, and 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.  Overall waterfowl and
loon numbers were down from late October, but Red-necked (40+) and Horned
(50+) remained common.  Another 6+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS were fluttering around
the Pack River delta area and Ellisport Bay (Hope) produced a male EURASIAN
WIGEON, 45+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and a YELLOW-RUMPED WABLER (Audubon's).  The
best waterfowl viewing was at the Sanpdoint Fish Hatchery, where highlights
included 34 GREATER SCAUP, 24 Hooded Mergansers, ~90 Common Mergansers, and
a MARSH WREN.

In Kootenai County, Hayden Lake had 4 species of grebes highlighted by
another 44+ Horned.  NIC Beach and Independence Point in Coeur d'Alene had
only the 3 most-common gull species.  Wolf Lodge Bay had no gulls and few
waterbirds but did turn up my Kootenai Co. first AMERICAN TREE-SAPRROW and
a cooperative RUFFED GROUSE.  I ended the day cruising around the Rathdrum
Prairie around sunset.  I found a grand total of 2 raptors, but one of them
was a MERLIN and a group of 8 GRAY PARTRIDGES was nearby.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: LAPLAND LONGSPUR east of Moscow
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:07:55 -0800
I headed out to Spring Valley Reservoir late this morning to follow up on
Terry Gray's CANVASBACKS, which I needed for a Latah Co. bird.
Fortunately, they were still present (thanks, Terry) with mostly the same
mix of birds he reported plus a Double-crested Cormorant at the only
location I've seen them in the county.

On the way home I pulled into the Latah County Transfer Station on Troy
Highway to see if the pond in back had any open water left.  It did not,
but along the entrance road (after peeling off onto the 2-track going
around the east side of the transfer-site facility, which is used to access
the pond), I flushed a small streaky brown bird from along the edge of the
freshly-tilled field.  If flew up, headed south in an undulating flight
pattern, and I initially thought it was a pipit. It then came back around
to the north and flew over me giving the distinctive short rattled flight
calls of a LAPLAND LONGSPUR.   It circled around the field a couple of
times, undulating and alternating flapping with short glides and calling
frequently, but declined to return, and instead eventually flew north of
the highway in the area of Reams Road and then out of sight.  This is a
very tough bird in Latah County (no prior eBird records), and needless to
say, my first here.

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Subject: LAPLAND LONGSPUR east of Moscow
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:07:55 -0800
I headed out to Spring Valley Reservoir late this morning to follow up on
Terry Gray's CANVASBACKS, which I needed for a Latah Co. bird.
Fortunately, they were still present (thanks, Terry) with mostly the same
mix of birds he reported plus a Double-crested Cormorant at the only
location I've seen them in the county.

On the way home I pulled into the Latah County Transfer Station on Troy
Highway to see if the pond in back had any open water left.  It did not,
but along the entrance road (after peeling off onto the 2-track going
around the east side of the transfer-site facility, which is used to access
the pond), I flushed a small streaky brown bird from along the edge of the
freshly-tilled field.  If flew up, headed south in an undulating flight
pattern, and I initially thought it was a pipit. It then came back around
to the north and flew over me giving the distinctive short rattled flight
calls of a LAPLAND LONGSPUR.   It circled around the field a couple of
times, undulating and alternating flapping with short glides and calling
frequently, but declined to return, and instead eventually flew north of
the highway in the area of Reams Road and then out of sight.  This is a
very tough bird in Latah County (no prior eBird records), and needless to
say, my first here.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: Towhee
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:30:10 -0800
Wasn't planning on reporting the usual birds today but then a spotted towhee 
showed up. He may have picked the wrong winter to stay at this elevation. We 
did have one stay the winter with juncos once a number of years ago. 


Nancy miller 
Four mile rd
Viola, ID

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Subject: Snowy owl report
From: David Woodall <wldlfbio AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:31:37 -0800
I got a report of a snowy owl near hwy129 and savage road from a co-worker. I 
drove through the area trying to confirm but with a skiff of snow and in a 
hurry to get somewhere I didn't gave the time to pull over and give it a 
detailed look. Keep on a look out! 


David Woodall

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Subject: Benewah County Big Year Update
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:32:45 -0800
June 25  - Rochet Divide BBS - Lisa Hardy and Kris Buchler 
123 Olive-Sided Flycatcher- 
124 Ruby -crowned Kinglet
125 Townsend's Solitaire 
126 Hermit Thrush 
127 Red Crossbill
128 Pine Siskin

129 - Sharp-shinned Hawk -  May 8 - St. Maries Donni Moen
130 Caspian Tern - June 9  - St. Maries - Donni Moen
131 Sahib's Gull - Aug.  14  - St. Maries - Sarah Walker
132 American Avocet - Aug. 15  - DeSmet Sewage Ponds - Carl Lundblad
133 American Pipit = Sept 7   - Goose Haven Lake - Carl Lundblad
134 Common Loon - Sept. 7 - Chatcolet Lake - Carl Lundblad
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Subject: Kootenai County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:09:23 -0800
Kootenai County Big Year update

168 Caspian Tern  - June 22 - Spokane River - Bob and Terri Farr
169 Veery - June 24 - Latour Creek Wayside - Lisa Hardy
170 Hermit Thrush  - June 27 - Mivoden BBS - Carrie Hugo
171 American White Pelican -  June 14 - Chain of Lakes - Donni Moen
172 American Avocet - June 22 - Spokane River - Bob and Terri Farr
173 Lesser Yellowlegs -  July 8 - Schlepp Ranch - Lisa Hardy
174 Solitary Sandpiper - July 8 - Schlepp Ranch - Lisa  Hardy
175 Least Flycatcher  - July 8 - Schlepp Ranch - Lisa Hardy
176 Barn Owl  - May 12 - Huetter Area- Rob Lunceford
177 Bank Swallow  - Aug. 19 Dredge Road near Cataldo - Lisa Hardy 
178 American Pipit  -  Sept. 7 - NIC Beach - Carl Lundblad 
179  White-throated Sparrow  -  Sept 17 - Loch Haven, Hayden - Doug Ward
180 Fox Sparrow  -  Sept. 15 - Loch Haven, Hayden - Doug Ward
181 Lewis's Woodpecker -  Oct 12 Killarney Lake Boat Launch - Bob an\d
Marcella Hanson
182 Anna"s Hummingbird -  Oct 18 - Loch Haven, Hayden - Doug Ward
183 Pine Grosbeak  -  Nov. 5 - Cougar Gulch - Nancy and Rob Kroese
184 Bonaparte's Gull  - Nov. 4 - Wolf Lodge Bay - Doug Ward
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Subject: Redpolls!
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:35:28 -0800
Hello all,
Lots of mud at the river this morning so I again headed out early. Long train 
parked at the delta so I birded Madam Dorion Park. Was checking the junipers 
for owls when I heard "chittering" from the other side - walked around and on 3 
small native sunflower plants were 3 COMMON REDPOLLS! No camera as it was 18 
and breezy and too hard to use camera with 3 pairs of gloves on - - 

Lots of Towhees, Yrumps, Juncos and one feeding flock of BC Chickadees, 3 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, Golden & Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 2 Golden-crowned 
Sparrows. 


Lots of gulls and waterfowl at the delta but nothing unusual. 2 Tundra Swans 
just off the ice. Dunlin, Killdeer and Snipe looking very cold. 


Hiked Burbank Hts. HMU and found 7 more Golden-crowned Sparrows, many Yrumps, a 
few Hermit and Varied Thrush. 9 Snipe on the rocky islands. 


On Humorist road were 9 Great Egrets, on Hanson Loop were 11 Savannah Sparrows 
on the lines. Over 50 Tundra Swans between refuge and Casey pond, Common 
Goldeneyes are moving in. 

Snow Geese were east of McNary Refuge HQ again today - well over a thousand 
with more in the air. 


Looks like snow on the way - may have to stay home and watch feeders!
Good birding, ML

P.S. Mike had two Snow Geese at the golf course just west of Clarkston today. 
And he had an orange sulphur butterfly on the Whitman county side of the Snake! 




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Subject: Sprague Lake WW & Black Scoters -YES!
From: Gina Sheridan <gsherida8502 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:31:03 +0000 (UTC)
This morning (Monday, 11/11/14), Dennis I had excellent views of both a 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a BLACK SCOTER on the southern end of Harper Island on 
Sprague Lake (Adams County).  Both birds were females. These birds were 
originally found and reported by Matt Bartel a couple of days ago, and we were 
quite pleased to see them. 

In Spokane County, there was an adult MUTE SWAN hanging out with a flock of 
Canada Geese on Granite Lake,\, and five lovely VARIED THRUSHes in the 
Harrington Cemetery (Lincoln County). 

 We are currently visiting friends in Spokane, and certainly enjoyed this 
beautiful autumn day. 

Good Autumn Birding,
Gina SheridanMilford, DE
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Subject: PO County WW Scoter, Whitman County Pine Grosbeak
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:08:14 -0800
Hi again INWBers -
Continuing a trip through eastern WA, a couple more nice birds this weekend:

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER - one male on Calispell Lake, Sunday [9 Nov] afternoon -- I 
made a couple long visits to the lake in the rain on Sunday, hoping to find 
some of the recently reported birds -- was almost at the end of a long soggy 
watch when the WWSC came into view. 


Also on Sunday in Pend Oreille: Bohemian Waxwings - one big flock of 50+ at 
Flying Goose Ranch, one smaller flock of 20+ at the Kalispell dike road. 
Bewick's Wren - at the bridge over Calispell Creek [well known in summer as a 
great Redstart & Waterthrush spot], on West Calispell Lk Rd. Western Grebe - 
tough in PO [for me at least] - one on Davis Lake. 


Monday [10 Nov] I headed south -- no luck with the Whitman Snow Goose or 
Clark's Grebe reported yesterday, but I spent some good time wandering the 
closed Central Ferry Park - one Red-necked Grebe was hanging out on the west 
edges , and 1-2 PINE GROSBEAK showed up for great views. 


Sounds like winter comes in tonight -- good luck!

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA


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Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck, swallows
From: Jane Westervelt <jwestervelt AT live.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:03:13 -0800
speaking of swallows, had a Barn Swallow in Lewiston on the 6th.

Jane Westervelt
Moscow

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Long-tailed Duck, swallows








Hello all,
Headed out west again this morning to see what the wind 
blew in - 53, sunny, calm. The alfalfa fields were shimmering with mostly 
yellow 

butterflies - amazing sight for November 10!
 
Stopped at the pullout just beyond the rr tracks at the 
Port of Wallula - looked at the first group of ducks and there was a female 
winter Long-tailed Duck - county yearbird #254. 
 
At 2Rivers I was scoping the waterfowl when 2 Barn 
Swallows flew into view - they better head south! Many insects in the air - I 
spished at one russian olive and 3 Orange-crowned Warblers popped out - Yrumps 
were EVERYWHERE today - in sage and trees. 
 
At the winter egret/heron roost just past MP300 were 
1 Great Egret with the Great Blues and BC Night-Herons. Off Humorist road down 
in Burbank slough were 14 Great Egrets with more GB Herons - 26 were reported 
there on ebird last weekend.
 
Snow Geese - over 200 flyovers at 2Rivers and around 2000 
off Humorist rd sitting on the slough.
Cackling Geese - many at HQ and east.
Tundra Swans - 22 at HQ and a few at Penninsula and 
sanctuary pond on Northshore rd.
 
Below Ice Harbor dam were 120+ Pelicans and 3 Bonaparte's 
Gulls. Below and above the dam were 288 Western Grebes. (yes I was scoter 
hunting again with no luck).
 
Good birding - looks like we are in for cold and possibly 
snow - time for winter birds!
ML
 
 
 
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Subject: Long-tailed Duck, swallows
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:15:27 -0800
Hello all,
Headed out west again this morning to see what the wind blew in - 53, sunny, 
calm. The alfalfa fields were shimmering with mostly yellow butterflies - 
amazing sight for November 10! 


Stopped at the pullout just beyond the rr tracks at the Port of Wallula - 
looked at the first group of ducks and there was a female winter Long-tailed 
Duck - county yearbird #254. 


At 2Rivers I was scoping the waterfowl when 2 Barn Swallows flew into view - 
they better head south! Many insects in the air - I spished at one russian 
olive and 3 Orange-crowned Warblers popped out - Yrumps were EVERYWHERE today - 
in sage and trees. 


At the winter egret/heron roost just past MP300 were 1 Great Egret with the 
Great Blues and BC Night-Herons. Off Humorist road down in Burbank slough were 
14 Great Egrets with more GB Herons - 26 were reported there on ebird last 
weekend. 


Snow Geese - over 200 flyovers at 2Rivers and around 2000 off Humorist rd 
sitting on the slough. 

Cackling Geese - many at HQ and east.
Tundra Swans - 22 at HQ and a few at Penninsula and sanctuary pond on 
Northshore rd. 


Below Ice Harbor dam were 120+ Pelicans and 3 Bonaparte's Gulls. Below and 
above the dam were 288 Western Grebes. (yes I was scoter hunting again with no 
luck). 


Good birding - looks like we are in for cold and possibly snow - time for 
winter birds! 

ML



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Subject: Anna's Update, Pine Grosbeak, & Other Stuff
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:21:31 -0800
So, if you recall we had a female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD show up at our place
(Hayden, Kootenai Co., ID) a few weeks back, October 27th to be exact, and I
was feeling a bit guilty that I'd left a feeder out too long.  After a
couple of "don't worry about it" emails, I went back to a couple of sources
on the subject that I trust and indeed the consensus advice was "don't worry
about it, they will leave when they are ready"; still seems counter
intuitive to me.  Based on this, we've left the feeder out and she is still
around as of this morning (10 Nov.'14).  While I'm worried about the
upcoming cold snap, I'm taking a bit of comfort in that she's only coming to
the feeder sporadically and does spend a fair amount of time gleaning the
trees and shrubs presumably for insects.  To add a bit of intrigue, about a
week ago, I'm pretty sure we had a second Anna's buzz through the yard, but
never come to the feeder; it's been the same female coming in all along
based on gorget markings.  Anyway, I'm planning on leaving the feeder up now
until I'm sure she is gone, whenever that happens to be.

 

On a related note, this interesting article showed up on Yahoo News today.
It's dateline is Boise, and it features comments from several prominent
Idaho hummingbird banders with the Intermountain Bird Observatory.  Hope you
enjoy:

 

http://news.yahoo.com/insights-hummingbird-travel-life-span-revealed-1619253
32.html

 

On another topic, we had our first PINE GROSBEAK of the season this morning
in what seems to be shaping up to be a big year for these guys around the
region.  Couple this with a flyover Double-crested Cormorant, and the
Anna's, and it was a strange, but interesting day before work in the bird
world around our yard.

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

 

 
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Subject: hybrid sapsucker flickr album
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:08:39 -0800
Seen today

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/31703394 AT N08/sets/72157648821309200/

 

 
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Subject: hybrid sapsucker flickr album
From: "'Nancy Miller' nmiller AT moscow.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:08:39 -0800
Seen today

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/31703394 AT N08/sets/72157648821309200/

 

 
Subject: Hybrid sapsucker present
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:35:00 -0800
Will upload photos shortly. Came at same time as hairy woodpecker. Maybe 
coincidence. 


Today also varied thrush and northern shrike. 
Nancy miller. 
East of viola ID


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Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:35:00 -0800
Will upload photos shortly. Came at same time as hairy woodpecker. Maybe 
coincidence. 


Today also varied thrush and northern shrike. 
Nancy miller. 
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Subject: Re: Central Ferry Clark's Grebe, Snow Geese
From: Ron Force <ronforce AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:53:33 -0800
​Clark's Grebe, Lake Bryan, Whitman Co, WA upstream from the Central Ferry
bridge.

Ron Force
Moscow Idaho USA

On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 3:28 PM, Mike Clarke  wrote:

> Yesterday, a group of 8 birder's from Palouse Audubon found a CLARK'S
> GREBE (in perfect, identifiable plumage) and two juvenile SNOW GOOSE along
> the Whitman County side of the Snake R. at Central Ferry.   We were also
> pleased to see a late-ish Say's Phoebe.
>
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Subject: Central Ferry Clark's Grebe, Snow Geese
From: Mike Clarke <redeyegravy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:28:35 -0800
Yesterday, a group of 8 birder's from Palouse Audubon found a CLARK'S GREBE
(in perfect, identifiable plumage) and two juvenile SNOW GOOSE along the
Whitman County side of the Snake R. at Central Ferry.   We were also
pleased to see a late-ish Say's Phoebe.

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Subject: Sprague Lake Black Scoters, Davenport Blue Jay
From: Matt Bartels <mattxyz AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:22:08 -0800
Hi INWBers-

This morning at Sprague Lake, from the Adams County access, I watched 3 BLACK 
SCOTERS swimming out near the west end of the island. I believe that's a county 
first! Also present - one White-winged Scoter, a couple Red-breasted 
Mergansers, a Barrow's Goldeneye, and one or two Common Loons. Am.Tree Sparrows 
were around in decent numbers, and I believe I heard [but never saw] a Snow 
Bunting rattling away in flight. 


At Davenport , I dipped on Pine Grosbeaks at the cemetery, but in town the Blue 
Jays made a brief appearance -- they were very vocal late morning around 8th 
Street a couple blocks south of the highway. I only was able to get one brief 
glimpse, then they flew west and went silent [to me] for the next hour. 


Reardan Ponds, in addition to the Tundra Swans in good number, had 10 or so 
Bonaparte's Gulls. Over on Silver Lake, near Medical Lake in Spokane County, I 
was happy to also come across 2 Bonaparte's Gulls. 


Good birding,

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Seattle, WA
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Subject: Snow Geese at McNary
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:21:52 -0800
Hello all,
Just received a report that there were "thousands" of Snow Geese flying into 
McNary NWR HQ area an hour ago - there were none there this morning. 


Mike and I with two friends spent hours in Ukiah OR searching for the Pinyon 
Jays with no luck. Lots of Scrub Jays around and did find a RED-BREASTED 
SAPSUCKER there - possibly two birds. 


Good birding, M&ML
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Subject: Slavin Ranch - Pine Grosbeak today
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 15:16:16 -0800
Hi all,

My son and I were out geocaching at Slavin Ranch today. While having fun 
seeking hidden treasures, a lone Pine Grosbeak was calling from high above. We 
spotted it in a tree and snapped a couple terrible photos. It was heard/seen in 
southern part of the property at about noon today. Lots of waterfowl on the 
ponds with 3 swans - no scope to ID today. 


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Cheney, WA
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Subject: Syringa Bonaparte's
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 14:21:59 -0800
There are 2 Bonaparte's Gulls at the Syringa sewage ponds just east of
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Subject: Canyon Birder's L-C Valley Trip Today
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:21:44 -0800
Ten of us birded the Valley this AM.
Highlites:
Red-breasted Merganser      Alpowa Ck/Snake River
Black-crowned Night-Heron    Levee Ponds
Virginia Rail    Lewiston Sewage Treatment Plant

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Subject: PO Birds Today
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 00:45:44 -0500
Hello,

I spent the day in Pend Oreille County. Here are some of notable birds I 
saw:

Pine Grosbeaks (12) - Riverbend

Snow Bunting (1), American Tree Sparrow (3) - Cordes Rd (off Hwy 20) north 
of Cusick

Bewick's Wren (1), Bonaparte's Gulls (5) - Calispell Lake

Blessings
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Subject: UI Arb Pine Grosbeak, Nov 7, 2014
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:45:25 -0800
I also took a walk through the UI Arboretum this AM. I had a single Pine
Grosbeak which was actually on the eastern edge of the golf course but
audible from about the mid-point of the arboretum. I located it atop a
Norway spruce and recorded some calls before it flew off to the west. Also
had the Chestnut-backed Chickadee which is a good in-town bird and
apparently first reported by Dylan Hopkins back on Oct. 19 (presume same
bird). Complete eBird list below.

thanks, Charles.


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*Moscow - UI Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Latah, US-ID
Nov 7, 2014 8:51 AM - 9:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
20 species

Mallard  4
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  6
Black-billed Magpie  1
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Bewick's Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  20
Cedar Waxwing  10
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Pine Grosbeak  1     heard first, eastern edge of golf course, top of
Norway spruce, female type, tewdle calls and flight calls, recorded
House Finch  3
Pine Siskin  6
Lesser Goldfinch  3
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20467002

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



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Subject: Heermann's Gull NO today
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:41:28 -0800
Hello all,
Delta was checked twice today by visiting birder - no Heermann's but high water 
and hunters so I'm not surprised. 

FRANKLIN'S GULL still at McNary HQ along with Bonaparte's - getting late.

Ginger and I went up Jasper Mt. today - balmy but breezy. Nice little flocks of 
all three Chickadee species, RB Nuthatches and GC Kinglets. We saw 3 
Rough-legged Hawks heading south in just the short time we were out of the 
trees to see. 

Tamaracks turning color - just gorgeous -
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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 16:53:45 -0800
On a tip from Jim Acton, Fran Haywood and I drove to Davenport Cemetery on
Monday to look for Pine Grosbeaks.  We found at least 6 of them feeding on
Mountain Ash berries along with a Varied Thrush, and a robin.  Not much
else seen there exce  p t Juncos. We drove through Davenport looking for
Blue Jays, and Waxwings, but did not find them.  We did see a Peregrine
Falcon on one of the grain elevators.

At Reardan's Audubon Lake we found 11 Tundra Swans, and two Cackling
Geese.  On the Old Sunset Highway Were several Rough-legged Hawks, and a
Northern Shrike.

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Subject: Fwd: Waterfowl webinars and binocular giveaway
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:53:58 -0800
Forwarding this from Cornell lab. We have enjoyed the various webinars on 
waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. Encourage others to sign up. Not only a good 
introduction but also good information for more experienced birders. 


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Subject: Geese - Spokane
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:35:34 -0800
Hello,

 

At lunch today, I went by Wandermere Lk (at the golf course) and resting
among the 200 or so Canada Geese was one Snow Goose and one juvenile White
fronted Goose. An attending Bal Eagle was nearby. 

 

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Subject: Ruby-crowned kinglet
From: nmiller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:13:48 -0800
Just saw the 2nd RCKinglet of this week. The first was at a birdy location on 
Flannigan Creek rd on the weekend, the second was here at the house. 


Nancy miller
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Subject: Re: HEERMAN'S GULL Walla Walla River delta
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 20:22:03 -0800
OOPS sorry for mispelling - forgot the TWO n's in Heermann's
ML

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Subject: HEERMAN'S GULL Walla Walla River delta
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:30:14 -0800
Hello all,
I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I arrived at the delta and there 
were NO hunters! I walked up to the bluff and set up my scope - thousands of 
birds out there - gulls, coots and waterfowl in abundance. After scoping and 
counting I went through the gulls again out on the far delta and saw a dark 
gull with its back to me and head tucked. The pattern on the back said 
"Heerman's" but there were gulls all around and I wasn't seeing the whole bird 
so I waited 45 minutes until finally some of the gulls flushed and sure enough 
there was an all dark brown-bodied gull a little larger than the Ring-billed's 
with orangey bill/black tip - looks like a 2nd winter bird. FIRST RECORD for 
Walla Walla County and a bird we have been expecting after finding one in 
Irrigon OR years ago. I watched it for 45 min. as it flew around and settled 
again - took some very poor photos with point/shoot through my 30 yr. old Kowa 
scope with zoom lens. 


Other birds on the delta - over 20 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 23 Dunlin, many hundreds 
of coots, wigeon, pintail, mallard and out further many grebes, ruddy ducks and 
a few Common Loons. But NO scoter which was my target bird. I also scoped both 
ends of 2Rivers - many waterfowl way out with hunters shooting. Again many 
coots, wigeon, grebes. 


Balmy day for November with dragonflies, butterflies and many insects in 
abundance - the sky was full of gulls and starlings all flycatching. On the way 
home I watched two Prairie Falcons dive-bombing a coyote - nice to see! 


Chocolate for me! (Mike in Spokane today - hope the bird stays around for the 
weekend) 

Good birding, MerryLynn


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Subject: Moscow Cackling Geese etc., 11/5/2014
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 11:02:03 -0800
This AM at the UI Dairy Ponds were 2 nice-looking Cackling Geese (minima
subspecies I think) with about 350 Canada Geese. Also present were ~100
Mallards and 2 Bufflehead. There has been a Rough-legged Hawk around the
dairy this week, I saw it distantly yesterday and has also been reported by
others. Over the weekend a Merlin was harassing the large (hard to estimate
but often > 500) flock of  European Starlings that frequents the dairy.
Also this AM I heard a fly over Brewer's Blackbird so a few of them are
still around.

thanks,
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Subject: scoters and mergansers on Eloika Lake
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:29:54 -0800
Hello,

This morning I spent some time with a young birding friend at Eloika Lake in
northern Spokane County. We were blessed to get to find 1 female RED
BREASTED MERGANSER (county lifer), 3 female SURF SCOTERS and 2 Greater Scaup
in with the more common waterfowl. Also nice was a Ruffed Grouse.

 

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Subject: Possible Cassin's finch
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:52:17 -0800
I believe I had a Cassin's finch at my feeders this morning among the house
finch, junco, lesser goldfinch and doves. I think it may have been a female
or juvenile male as there was some pink coloring that could be seen at
times. Breast was heavily streaked, tail notched, a slight crest was
visible from time to time. Let me know if I'm wrong.
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Subject: Tundra Swans
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:07:07 -0800
Hello all,
After a report of swans at McNary yesterday I headed out early this morning and 
found 4 at HQ. Did not see the Snow Geese - they were seen yesterday also. 


There were 7 Bonaparte's Gulls at McNary and 4 at the WWRdelta. 

At Port Kelley were 2 White-throated Sparrows, 5 Varied Thrush and 3 
Golden-crowned Kinglets. Casey pond had one Great Egret - no shorebirds. 


Many Yrumps and Wcrowns everywhere and hundreds of Eurasian Collared-Doves 
between McNary and Port Kelley - all taking refuge from hunters. Dozens of 
Mourning Doves at McNary also - at the far west end of the trail. 


I drove Cummins road around Touchet on the way home and sure enough in the 
onion field were 270 KILLDEER - we had over 200 here a few years ago. 


Good Birding, ML 


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Subject: inland birders emails going to SPAM
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:42:39 -0800
Hi All -

Please check your SPAM mailbox for inland birders emails, especially if you
use gmail (and probably other web mail such as MSN, yahoo, etc.). I have
emails from not only inland birders but other email lists continuing to go
into my SPAM folder. This is related to security changes made earlier in
the year by many web email providers which have not been handled well by
email list software (MAILMAN as provided by the U. of Idaho in the case of
inland birders). I have no solution to this for inland birders and
apparently it is also still a problem for other lists as well. It may be
possible to "train" your SPAM filters to accept emails from certain senders
but this will vary among email providers and ISP's who also scan for spam.

Somewhat related to this, I will post a request for feedback sometime soon
(I hope) on the future of inland northwest birders. Stay tuned.

thanks, Charles.

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Subject: Paradise Ridge (Latah Co.) Pine Grosbeaks, 11/2/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:13:06 -0800
To add to other recent reports I found Pine Grosbeaks on Paradise Ridge
south of Moscow yesterday afternoon. There was a flock of 7 or 8 birds
feeding in a shrubby path of aspen and cherry and several others calling at
various points up higher along the ridge. The flock was on the north side
of Paradise Ridge, a bit below the towers, accessed from the end of
Paradise Ridge Rd.

Charles.

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Subject: Pinyon Jays Umatilla Co. OR
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:44:27 -0800
Hello all,
Just read a report from Aaron - he found 2 PINYON JAYS in Ukiah south of 
Pendleton today - first record for Umatilla Co. - and NOT FAR from Walla Walla 
Co. so watch for jays! 

Also a report of PINE GROSBEAKS in Athena.

Mike and I found the Blue Jays up Biscuit Ridge this morning - plenty of 
walnuts and acorns and fruit in the area. Had a Lesser Goldfinch and Western 
Bluebirds also. 

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Subject: Tundra swans
From: tohal AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:22:01 -0500
Four tundra swans were present at Mann Lake Sunday afternoon. They were 
swimming near the shore below the model airfield. 


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Subject: Western Grebes
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:50:17 -0800
At the Central Premix Pond this afternoon were 3 Western Grebes-an uncommon
bird for the pond.  Also present were Barrows Goldeneyes doing their
courtship display, and Ring-neck
I did not see the Tree Sparrows at Peone Wetlands, but could hear them
hiding in the tall grass.  Two Northern Shrikes and a Kestrel were in the
area, also.

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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks in Riverside State Park
From: Kim Thorburn <kthorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:53:54 +0000
Hi Birders,


There were at least 6 pine grosbeaks in Riverside State Park near the Pine 
Bluff trailhead (Spokane County) this morning. With Jon Isacoff’s report from 
Lincoln County yesterday, here’s hoping for a big winter finch year! 



I also heard but didn’t see a snow bunting in Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area 
(Lincoln County) yesterday and picked up my FOS northern shrike and American 
tree sparrow. A prairie falcon hunted in the vicinity. 



Good early winter birding, Kim

Spokane 






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Subject: Pacific Loon, BB Plover, Franklin's Gulls
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 21:29:31 -0700
Hello all,
Very fun day birding the west end of WW county with friends today - 50's, 
cloudy and calm. Melissa found a PACIFIC LOON above Ice Harbor Dam - #252 for 
the county yearlist. On the island below the dam were 79 American White 
Pelicans - their usual wintering spot. 


At Burbank Heights HMU were many birds singing - sounded like spring! Robins, 
Cedar Waxwings, Juncos, White-crowned, Golden-crowned, White-throated, Lincolns 
and Song Sparrows all vocal. Yrumps were chipping everywhere. 

On the rocky island were 16 Wilson's Snipe, 17 Dunlin and 1 Black-bellied 
Plover. 2 Bonaparte's Gulls flew in and 29 Long-billed Dowitchers flew over. 

One dragonfly was late here - could not ID it.

McNary NWR HQ pond had 2 lingering FRANKLIN'S GULLS along with 4 Bonaparte's 
and 1 GREAT EGRET. Nice variety of waterfowl including 1 EURASIAN WIGEON. A few 
geese with 5 White-fronts and 15 Cacklers were in the east field but no Snow 
Geese today. 

A River Otter entertained us by catching and eating catfish just out from the 
blind. 


Marsh Wrens and Virginia Rails were very vocal at the east end of Humorist Rd.

Dodd road blood pond was crawling with American Pipits again today - couldn't 
pick out anything different. 2 Dunlin and 6 Killdeer were the only shorebirds. 


Good Birding, M&ML

P.S. No blackbirds at the poop piles today - just starlings.


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Subject: Lincoln Co. PINE Grosbeaks, BLUE Jays, Greater Yellolegs
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:56:28 +0000
Fun stuff. 

In muddy pond on north side of SR2, 2 mile west of Reardan was a lingering 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS. 


In Davenport I relocated the earlier reported 2 BLUE JAYS about one block north 
of Main St. Between 10th and 12th. About 2 blocks south of the Cenex on Main 
were two PINE GROSBEAKS calling to each other atop spruces, one a brilliant red 
male. Other nice birds around town: 


SS Hawk
Northern Shrike (right in town)
Varied Thrushes
Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings
Red Crossbills
Pine Siskins

Lots of activity in Davenport today!

Good birding,
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Subject: Clarkston WW Scoters
From: Mike Clarke <redeyegravy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:44:22 -0700
Just had a pair of White-winged Scoters on the Snake R. just up river from
the grain terminal in Clarkston.

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwing, Rough-legged Hawk
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:03:18 -0700
Hello all,
First bird I heard this morning was a BOHEMIAN WAXWING - down the street so I 
grabbed bins and chased it - finally found it down the alley - a single bird. 
Have had small flocks of Cedars but this is the first Bohemian this fall. 2 
Lesser Goldfinches in the garden for a moment until a MERLIN came in and 
perched across the street for awhile. 


Hiked trails around Rooks Park east of Walla Walla later and while standing 
above the dam had my first-of-fall ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK fly over - beautiful! 


Also at Rooks Park - Golden-crowned and 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, Lesser 
Goldfinches and one Hooded Merganser in the pond. Northern Shrike and 
Townsend's Solitaire on trail to Bennington Lake. A few EVENING GROSBEAKS flew 
over. 


One WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at my folks this afternoon - in north College Place.

Yesterday I hiked up Scenic Loop Dr. off Mill Creek - large flock of Bluebirds 
moving along the plowed field in the gray skies - I couldn't ID as to species. 
One White-throated Sparrow singing up there. Wednesday morning I birded the 
river but still no scoter - had both bluebirds - really moving through now. 
There were over 1200 SNOW GEESE flying north over the delta. 


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



Cedar Waxwing (8)

American Robin (15-20)

Northern Flicker (2)

Cassin’s Finch (2; females)

House Finch (4)

Lesser Goldfinch (5)

American Goldfinch (12)

Mountain Bluebird (1 male)

Dark-eyed Junco (12-15)

Mountain Chickadee (2)

Black-capped Chickadee (2)

Black-billed Magpie (1)


Kas Dumroese

Moscow, Idaho






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


Also 4 COMMON LOONS.

Pretty tough lake to bird from shore.  

 

 

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

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


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

red-tailed hawk   6
N Shrike              2

Eloika Lake
Canada Geese  8
Mallard               pr
Bald Eagle          1

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

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




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

 

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

 

Blessings

Terry Little 

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

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

golden-crowned kinglets in Davenport cemetery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

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

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

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

 

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Thanks, Jane Hadley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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