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21 Jan Spokane Peregrine [Jonathan Isacoff ]
20 Jan Harris's Sparrow [Mike & MerryLynn ]
18 Jan Say's phoebe [Catherine Temple ]
17 Jan Peregrine vs Merlin update [Catherine Temple ]
18 Jan Spokane County 2017 compiling request [Tim O'Brien ]
17 Jan Re: Say's Phoebe [Terry Gray ]
17 Jan Peregrine vs. merlin [Catherine Temple ]
17 Jan Re: Say's Phoebe [Charles Swift ]
17 Jan Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 111, Issue 28 [Catherine Temple ]
17 Jan Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 111, Issue 28 [Stuart Muller ]
17 Jan Peregrine vs. merlin [Catherine Temple ]
16 Jan Cover d'Alene gulls update [Charles Swift ]
15 Jan No blue tail Sunday Jan 15 [Kelly Cassidy ]
15 Jan No bluetail [Catherine Temple ]
14 Jan Red-flanked Bluetail [Betsy Bybell ]
15 Jan Trumpeter Swans in Pend Oreille [Terry Little ]
14 Jan Say's Phoebe [Greg Lambeth ]
15 Jan Lake Coeur d'Alene gulls [Charles Swift ]
15 Jan Re: Red-flanked Bluetail Report [Sarah Walker ]
14 Jan Red-flanked Bluetail Report [Keith Carlson ]
14 Jan Red-flanked Bluetail [Terry Little ]
14 Jan More on the winter feast [Rich Del Carlo ]
14 Jan Winter feast [Rich Del Carlo ]
13 Jan Moscow ID North Raptor Run Results [Terry Gray ]
12 Jan Together for Birds Petition [Steve Holmer ]
12 Jan Moscow blackbirds etc. [Charles Swift ]
11 Jan Pine Grosbeaks in Mead [Terry Little ]
10 Jan Lewiston, ID : RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL continues [avitours ]
9 Jan Gull ? [Keith Carlson ]
09 Jan Lewiston, ID Red-flanked Bluetail update [Charles Swift ]
8 Jan WWCo. Red-breasted Sapsucker [Mike & MerryLynn ]
08 Jan Fwd: Birding Community E-bulletin - January 2017 [Charles Swift ]
7 Jan Snow Buntings [Richard Baltierra ]
7 Jan Red-flanked Bluetail [Kas Dumroese ]
6 Jan Red-flanked Bluetail [Terry Little ]
03 Jan Re: Hells Gate Red-flanked Bluetail still present (1/3/17) [Charles Swift ]
03 Jan Hells Gate Red-flanked Bluetail still present (1/3/17) [Charles Swift ]
2 Jan No Hawk Owl this morning [Terry Little ]
2 Jan Moscow-Pullman CBC Results [Kas Dumroese ]
1 Jan Walla Walla Co. Jan 1 Big Day [Mike & MerryLynn ]
2 Jan Northern Hawk Owl [Michael Fulton ]
1 Jan Idaho county grosbeaks & thrush [Terry Lane ]
1 Jan Red-flanked Bluetail Persists [Keith Carlson ]
1 Jan 2016 Washington Birder List Reporting [Washington Birder ]
30 Dec Lewiston Lesser Black-backed Gull [Jonathan Isacoff ]
30 Dec Fwd: Red-flanked Bluetail Continues in Lewiston [rosyfin ]
30 Dec Red-flanked Bluetail Continues in Lewiston [Keith Carlson ]
29 Dec Another Red-flanked Bluetail ? [Keith Carlson ]
29 Dec Red-flanked Bluetail [Keith Carlson ]
28 Dec Bohemian Waxwings [Norma Trefry ]
28 Dec Blue tail continues [Catherine Temple ]
27 Dec Red-flanked Bluetail [Maire Marran ]
27 Dec Red-flanked Bluetail [Keith Carlson ]
27 Dec Lewiston, Idaho Red-flanked Bluetail [Kas Dumroese ]
27 Dec Chewelah CBC ["Mike" ]
27 Dec Virginia Rail [Rich Del Carlo ]
27 Dec Lewiston Red-flanked Bluetail [Kas Dumroese ]
27 Dec Fwd: [IBLE] MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below [John Hanna ]
26 Dec Re: MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below [Doug Ward ]
26 Dec white-crowned sparrow diet [Nancy Miller ]
26 Dec MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below [John Hanna ]
24 Dec Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 110, Issue 32 [Joel Anderson ]
23 Dec Gull ID Questions [Keith Carlson ]
22 Dec Buffleheads [Tina wynecoop ]
22 Dec Moscow South Raptor Run Results [Terry Gray ]
21 Dec Waxwings [Nancy Draznin ]
21 Dec CDA CBC [Shirley Sturts ]
20 Dec Lewiston-Clarkston CBC [Justin B ]
20 Dec Fw: Lewiston-Clarkston CBC preliminary report []
20 Dec Coeur d'Alene CBC [Shirley Sturts ]
19 Dec Re: Latah County Snow Bunting(s) [Michael Scott ]
19 Dec Snow Bunting [Terry Gray ]
19 Dec Re: Latah County Snow Bunting(s) [Ben Bright ]
19 Dec Moscow/Clarkston Christmas Bird Counting [Carl Lundblad ]
18 Dec Snow Buntings Too-Kootenai Co., ID [Doug Ward ]
19 Dec Latah County Snow Bunting(s) [Charles Swift ]

Subject: Spokane Peregrine
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:48:28 -0800
There was a PEREGRINE FALCON attacking a Ring-billed Gull at the Spokane
Premix pond earlier today.  Plenty of coots and mallards for it to stick
around for.  Fairly rare mid-winter bird for Spokane area.

Good birding,
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:22:17 -0800
Hello all,

After missing this bird in Walla Walla county in 2016 we found one today 
up on Smith Springs road out of Prescott.
A search of the Eureka Flats area produced only 3 Horned Larks - guess 
the snow is too deep even for these hardy birds. Lower Monumental Dam 
was almost devoid of birds - above the dam is all ice - very little open 
water. Gulls waaay out there on the ice - didn't come in to chumming.

Late report from January 15 - Ferruginous Hawk at McNary NWR - Humorist 
road.

ML




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Subject: Say's phoebe
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:17:46 -0800
Just had a Say's phoebe show up in my yard, about a month ahead of last
years record.

-- 

*Catherine Temple*

*Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*

*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
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Subject: Peregrine vs Merlin update
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:01:21 -0800
Yet another interesting twist to the drama between the falcons this
morning. A viewer on Facebook with a really good eye pointed out that the
merlin was carrying a small bird! If you look really close in this photo
you can just see it. Apparently, as they went over the hill the merlin
decided to drop the bird maybe as a decoy to save it's own life? Who knows?
But, wow, what an interesting drama!!

-- 

*Catherine Temple*

*Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*

*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
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Subject: Spokane County 2017 compiling request
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:58:11 +0000 (UTC)
Hello birders!
2017 is off to a great start in Spokane county! I will once again be the county 
compiler for the year. Please notify me through email if you find something 
unusual. Unusual to be is any bird code 3 or higher according to the Washington 
Birder checklist. Also, any early arrivals would be appreciated as well. I will 
be keeping an Excel spreadsheet this year and will note date, location, and who 
found it first for the above criteria. 

Also, I encourage the use of eBird, as that is the most simple way of mining 
the data that is needed to populate the checklist. 

Thank you again for all sightings from last year! Who knows what we will find 
this year??? 

Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
mailto: kertim7179 at yahoo dot com
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Subject: Re: Say's Phoebe
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:24:47 -0800
Also that area has been a consistent winter over area for Western Bluebirds.

Terry

 

From: inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu 
[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Charles Swift 

Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2:25 PM
To: Greg Lambeth; inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Say's Phoebe

 

Hey Greg,

 

Not sure if you received any off-line responses to your query. First off, 
welcome (back?) to the area and thanks for the report! And yes, Say's Phoebe's 
do winter in small numbers down in the valleys. At least in the 
Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and presumably others in the region of similar 
elevation. You may also find other semi-hardy species such as Rock Wren, Hermit 
Thrush, and Spotted Towhee in the valleys in winter. And apparently 
successfully even when it gets quite cold in the valleys. 


 

thanks, Charles.

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 8:29 PM Greg Lambeth  wrote:

 

I moved to Moscow back in July from Champaign-Urbana and this is my first post 
to the list. This afternoon, I had a Say's Phoebe at Lenore along the 
Clearwater. It was hanging out around the post office and I was able to get a 
few photos. I'm not sure how often Say's Phoebes overwinter in this part of 
Idaho so I thought I'd share this sighting. 


 

Greg Lambeth


Sent from Greg Lambeth's iPhone.

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Peregrine vs. merlin
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:15:34 -0800
Thanks to everyone who has commented on my post about this awesome show.
After closer inspection of the photos it seems the merlin escaped!!!
Apparently when the falcons dipped out of sight some other hapless bird got
in the way and ended up as breakfast instead! Lots of drama in the birding
world today! :)

-- 

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*Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*

*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
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Subject: Re: Say's Phoebe
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:25:02 +0000
Hey Greg,

Not sure if you received any off-line responses to your query. First off,
welcome (back?) to the area and thanks for the report! And yes, Say's
Phoebe's do winter in small numbers down in the valleys. At least in the
Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and presumably others in the region of similar
elevation. You may also find other semi-hardy species such as Rock Wren,
Hermit Thrush, and Spotted Towhee in the valleys in winter. And apparently
successfully even when it gets quite cold in the valleys.

thanks, Charles.

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 8:29 PM Greg Lambeth 
wrote:

>
> I moved to Moscow back in July from Champaign-Urbana and this is my first
> post to the list. This afternoon, I had a Say's Phoebe at Lenore along the
> Clearwater. It was hanging out around the post office and I was able to get
> a few photos. I'm not sure how often Say's Phoebes overwinter in this part
> of Idaho so I thought I'd share this sighting.
>
> Greg Lambeth
>
> Sent from Greg Lambeth's iPhone.
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 111, Issue 28
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:40 -0800
As I've had a chance for the adrenaline to flush from my body and reviewed
the photos and everyone's comments I believe the merlin
may have gotten away. Apparently, when the two birds dropped out of sight
another drama unfolded that I was not able to see. Someone else
had the bad misfortune to fly into the path of these two and ended up as
breakfast! I had assumed it was the merlin as it was just a few short
moments between when I lost sight of them and found the peregrine plucking
feathers. Either way, merlin or passerine, it was an exciting morning!

On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:21 PM, Stuart Muller 
wrote:

> Amazing photos!! Must have been an incredible experience!
>
> Have you had a chance to look more closely at your photos? I think that
> Merlin got away, albeit by the skin of her beak! The prey item looks to me
> like a passerine, based on the feet (and the size discrepancy with the
> Peregrine is very significant).
>
> Maybe it's our little bluetail? :(
>
> On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM, 
> wrote:
>
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>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Catherine Temple 
>> To: Inland NW birders 
>> Cc:
>> Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:43:05 -0800
>> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Peregrine vs. merlin
>>  Wow! This morning I got to witness an incredible drama played out at
>> Hell's Gate State Park. It started with a young peregrine falcon harassing
>> the ducks at the swimming beach just as I was getting ready to leave.
>> (Thanks God I put the camera in the car this morning!) I quickly jumped out
>> and ran for the beach. The peregrine was perched in a tree watching the
>> ducks. I was able to snap several photos before she flew over them and
>> landed in another tree further down the river. I followed and got a few
>> shots of her perched again. It was obvious she had already eaten as her
>> crop was full, yet she was still in hunting mode. Eventually she flew off
>> and I started to head for home. On the way out a merlin was perched in a
>> tree preening. I stopped and took a few photos then tried to jockey the car
>> around for a better position. The merlin, of course, flew off so I watched
>> to see where it might land. That's when the real drama began!
>> Another bird came rocketing down from above and started chasing the
>> merlin. I slammed the car into park, jumped out and started taking photos.
>> It was the peregrine and I watched her pursue the merlin all across the
>> sky. Eventually, they dropped out of sight behind a hill so I hurried in
>> that direction. Moments later I found the peregrine next to the Discovery
>> Center in the osprey nest. Feathers were flying. It was obvious who won
>> that race. The peregrine then flew off with it's prize and I watched it fly
>> around the river and eat while flying. There were several other raptors
>> circling around her so I wonder if that's why she kept to the air. It's
>> possible they would try to take her meal or maybe make her their meal just
>> as she had done to the merlin.
>> Got the photos up on flickr and my adrenaline is still pumping. What an
>> incredible morning!
>> Photo series starts here:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/31560109123/in/dateposted-public/
>> --
>>
>> *Catherine Temple*
>>
>> *Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*
>>
>> *Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052 <(208)%20791-7052>*
>> ctemple99 AT gmail.com
>>
>> www.catherinetemple.com
>> www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/
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Subject: Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 111, Issue 28
From: Stuart Muller <synstistute AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:21:43 -0800
Amazing photos!! Must have been an incredible experience!

Have you had a chance to look more closely at your photos? I think that
Merlin got away, albeit by the skin of her beak! The prey item looks to me
like a passerine, based on the feet (and the size discrepancy with the
Peregrine is very significant).

Maybe it's our little bluetail? :(

On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM, 
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>    1.  Peregrine vs. merlin (Catherine Temple)
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Catherine Temple 
> To: Inland NW birders 
> Cc:
> Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:43:05 -0800
> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Peregrine vs. merlin
>  Wow! This morning I got to witness an incredible drama played out at
> Hell's Gate State Park. It started with a young peregrine falcon harassing
> the ducks at the swimming beach just as I was getting ready to leave.
> (Thanks God I put the camera in the car this morning!) I quickly jumped out
> and ran for the beach. The peregrine was perched in a tree watching the
> ducks. I was able to snap several photos before she flew over them and
> landed in another tree further down the river. I followed and got a few
> shots of her perched again. It was obvious she had already eaten as her
> crop was full, yet she was still in hunting mode. Eventually she flew off
> and I started to head for home. On the way out a merlin was perched in a
> tree preening. I stopped and took a few photos then tried to jockey the car
> around for a better position. The merlin, of course, flew off so I watched
> to see where it might land. That's when the real drama began!
> Another bird came rocketing down from above and started chasing the
> merlin. I slammed the car into park, jumped out and started taking photos.
> It was the peregrine and I watched her pursue the merlin all across the
> sky. Eventually, they dropped out of sight behind a hill so I hurried in
> that direction. Moments later I found the peregrine next to the Discovery
> Center in the osprey nest. Feathers were flying. It was obvious who won
> that race. The peregrine then flew off with it's prize and I watched it fly
> around the river and eat while flying. There were several other raptors
> circling around her so I wonder if that's why she kept to the air. It's
> possible they would try to take her meal or maybe make her their meal just
> as she had done to the merlin.
> Got the photos up on flickr and my adrenaline is still pumping. What an
> incredible morning!
> Photo series starts here:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/31560109123/in/dateposted-public/
> --
>
> *Catherine Temple*
>
> *Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*
>
> *Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052 <(208)%20791-7052>*
> ctemple99 AT gmail.com
>
> www.catherinetemple.com
> www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/
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Subject: Peregrine vs. merlin
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:43:05 -0800
 Wow! This morning I got to witness an incredible drama played out at
Hell's Gate State Park. It started with a young peregrine falcon harassing
the ducks at the swimming beach just as I was getting ready to leave.
(Thanks God I put the camera in the car this morning!) I quickly jumped out
and ran for the beach. The peregrine was perched in a tree watching the
ducks. I was able to snap several photos before she flew over them and
landed in another tree further down the river. I followed and got a few
shots of her perched again. It was obvious she had already eaten as her
crop was full, yet she was still in hunting mode. Eventually she flew off
and I started to head for home. On the way out a merlin was perched in a
tree preening. I stopped and took a few photos then tried to jockey the car
around for a better position. The merlin, of course, flew off so I watched
to see where it might land. That's when the real drama began!
Another bird came rocketing down from above and started chasing the merlin.
I slammed the car into park, jumped out and started taking photos. It was
the peregrine and I watched her pursue the merlin all across the sky.
Eventually, they dropped out of sight behind a hill so I hurried in that
direction. Moments later I found the peregrine next to the Discovery Center
in the osprey nest. Feathers were flying. It was obvious who won that race.
The peregrine then flew off with it's prize and I watched it fly around the
river and eat while flying. There were several other raptors circling
around her so I wonder if that's why she kept to the air. It's possible
they would try to take her meal or maybe make her their meal just as she
had done to the merlin.
Got the photos up on flickr and my adrenaline is still pumping. What an
incredible morning!
Photo series starts here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/31560109123/in/dateposted-public/
-- 

*Catherine Temple*

*Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*

*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
ctemple99 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Cover d'Alene gulls update
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:49:55 +0000
Hi All,

Large # of gulls continue this morning at CDA although composition
different from Saturday PM. Up to 9 species for the period depending on
determination of several individuals and large # of Herring Gulls this AM
(150 or more? ). Lesser Black-backed & Glaucous easy to find this AM but
they left by 10:30 this morning along with the 2 Iceland/Thayer's. Also a
number of typical adult Thayer's with Herring this AM but few Ring-billed
and hence no Mew. Morning or later afternoon probably best but pattern
could change with upcoming change in weather. Nice variety of other
waterfowl present including several RB Mergansers.

thanks, Charles.
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Subject: No blue tail Sunday Jan 15
From: Kelly Cassidy <highsteppe AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:30:34 -0800
We looked for the bluetail with 4 other birders from about 10 to nearly noon 
today, with no luck. I couldn't tell if the kestrel hanging around was burping 
up bluetail feathers. 


Kelly Cassidy
Pullman, WA
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Subject: No bluetail
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:39:39 -0800
While on my walk at Hell's Gate this a.m. I checked for the bluetail and
visited with a couple birders down there looking. No one had seen her yet
this morning. Three carloads of folks were leaving as I pulled in and they
had apparently not seen her either. There were several small raptors
working the area, sharp-shinned, kestrel and merlin which might be an
explanation for her sudden disappearance. Or perhaps she's relocated and we
just have to spread out and look for her. I'll stay hopeful.

-- 

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*Pet Portrait and Wildlife Artist*

*Clarkston, WA.(208) 791-7052*
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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Betsy Bybell <betsybybell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:06:55 -0800
We saw her on Friday around 12:30 or so. She flew around the trees by the
river, then over to another clump of trees, then down to the ground
practically on top of another birder's feet for an excellent view of her. I
don't think anyone captured a photo of her though. She was too close. Then
she flew into the small ravine behind us, then back towards the river.

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Subject: Trumpeter Swans in Pend Oreille
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:43:02 +0000
Hello,

I spent a few hours in Pend Oreille County this morning. As I expected, the 
river itself is nearly completely frozen from Newport north. However, the small 
spring fed pond along Little Spokane River Rd (along Scotia Rd, west of 
Newport) is open and has attracted a nice variety of waterfowl including 5 
TRUMPETER SWANS and a CACKLING GOOSE in with more common waterfowl. 


Also, I found a flock of 10 CASSIN’S FINCHES with 2 PINE SISKINS at Manresa 
Grotto on the Kalispell Indian Reservation. 


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Subject: Say's Phoebe
From: Greg Lambeth <greglambeth AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:28:52 -0800
I moved to Moscow back in July from Champaign-Urbana and this is my first post 
to the list. This afternoon, I had a Say's Phoebe at Lenore along the 
Clearwater. It was hanging out around the post office and I was able to get a 
few photos. I'm not sure how often Say's Phoebes overwinter in this part of 
Idaho so I thought I'd share this sighting. 


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Subject: Lake Coeur d'Alene gulls
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 02:31:43 +0000
Hi All,

Some good gull action in C d'A late this afternoon! Found a 1w
Glaucous-winged Gull on the river near NIC then checked large gull flock
(mostly Ring-billed but handfull of Herring & California) near the City
Beach. Quickly found adult Lesser Black-backed then adult Mew and pale 1w
gull. Ran into birders from Missoula (Nick & Cole) who found an excellent
adult Iceland. A couple of pale 1w Iceland/Thayer's type also present need
further review. Gulls gathering here late afternoon may be present at other
times as well.

Good birding!
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Subject: Re: Red-flanked Bluetail Report
From: Sarah Walker <sarahwalk7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:21:50 +0000
I hope you see her tomorrow Keith
On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 3:43 PM Keith Carlson 
wrote:

> I spent from 1030 to 1200 and again from 1400 to 1510 at Hells Gate St
> Park today.
> Birders were present from 0930 on until I left
> We DID NOT see the RFBT.
>
> In the perhaps 12 or more times I have seen her, it has  never been more
> than about 15 minutes without a sighting.
>
> I did see her yesterday from 1200 to 1245.
> Temps today were from 13 to 19 degrees w/o sun
> Lots of other birds in area - Robins, Song and WT Sparrows, juncos,
> Kinglets etc, but no RFBT.
>
> sadly,
>
> Keith E Carlson
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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail Report
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:42:46 -0500
I spent from 1030 to 1200 and again from 1400 to 1510 at Hells Gate St Park 
today.Birders were present from 0930 on until I leftWe DID NOT see the RFBT. In 
the perhaps 12 or more times I have seen her, it has never been more than about 
15 minutes without a sighting. I did see her yesterday from 1200 to 1245.Temps 
today were from 13 to 19 degrees w/o sunLots of other birds in area - Robins, 
Song and WT Sparrows, juncos, Kinglets etc, but no RFBT. sadly, Keith E 
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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:29:27 +0000
Has anyone had a report of the Bluetail that past  few days?

Thanks
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Subject: More on the winter feast
From: Rich Del Carlo <rich AT peregrinetree.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:28:13 -0800
Flicker feeling bold....for now



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Subject: Winter feast
From: Rich Del Carlo <rich AT peregrinetree.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:25:51 -0800
This is the at least the 3rd dove this Pygmy Owl has taken near the feeders 
this winter. It spent all day on it yesterday and came back at first light this 
morning and is still working away. A few chickadees and juncos have also 
contributed to the survival effort! 

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Subject: Moscow ID North Raptor Run Results
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:08:51 -0800
Hi Birders,

Kirsten Dahl and I ran the Moscow ID North Raptor Run this morning.
Beginning temperature 2 degrees F.   No wind and everything covered in a lot
of snow or Hoarfrost.

Raptors:
Red-tailed Hawk - 7
Bald Eagle -2 , 1 adult and 1 immature
Rough-legged Hawk -3 1 adult dark-morph and 2 light-morph adults
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk

Other birds of note:
Wild Turkey
Gray Partridge
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Shrike
American Robin
Varied Thrush - 2 females
Bohemian Waxwing

Good Birding,

Terry Gray
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Subject: Together for Birds Petition
From: Steve Holmer <sholmer AT abcbirds.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:19:08 +0000
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Together for Birds Petition 
 


Bird conservation is a core American value, whether inspired by the powerful 
flight of a Bald Eagle or the charisma of a Golden-crowned Kinglet. This value 
is widely supported by citizens of all political persuasions. Now, we face a 
critical moment. The environment was not a major issue in the recent election, 
but decisions made by the incoming Administration and Congress could have 
far-reaching impacts for birds and their habitats. 


That's why we need everyone who cares about birds to join together and sign 
this 
petition 
to protect cornerstone legislation and other top conservation priorities. This 
may be the single best opportunity ever for our community to stand together for 
birds. Please show your support for bird conservation and ensure that the 
progress we have made in recent decades is preserved. 


We will present the petition and signatures to the new Administration and 
Congress on January 23, just after the Inauguration. Please 
sign 
to show your support for bird conservation today! 


Sign the Petition


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"TOGETHER FOR BIRDS" PETITION



Dear [Administration and Congress],



We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, represent a broad 
cross-section of the bird conservation community. We aim to build a dialogue 
with the new Administration and Congress to promote the conservation of birds 
and their habitats, which are of fundamental value to the American people. 


More than 60 million Americans care deeply about birds, and bird-related 
recreation contributes more than $36 billion to our economy. Birds also act as 
the "canary in the coal mine" for our environment and provide valuable benefits 
to society, from pollination to pest control. But birds are in trouble, with 
many declining in population or facing extinction. 


We endorse the following priorities to ensure that birds and their habitats 
continue to be effectively conserved for the benefit of all Americans. We ask 
that you please support: 


1. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Protect the Act that has helped recover our 
national bird, the Bald Eagle, and other species in trouble. 


2. THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT: Safeguard the only law that exists to protect 
most American birds, and support the federal Duck Stamp, one of the nation's 
most successful conservation programs. 


3. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BIRDS: Maintain and grow essential sources of federal 
support for migratory bird conservation. 


4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its 
vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other 
toxins. 


5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain 
public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is 
maintained. 


We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of 
critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play 
vital roles in these conservation efforts. 


Let's work together for birds!


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Subject: Moscow blackbirds etc.
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:37:42 +0000
Hi All,

I had 15 Brewer's Blackbirds at the UI Sheep Farm this morning (just
northeast of the Palouse Mall) of which 2 were females (inspected carefully
to eliminate Rusty Blackbird!) and all others males. Also present here was
a goodly number (~80) of Eurasian Collared-Doves.

Nearby there was a single Brown-headed Cowbird at the UI Dairy w/ all the
starlings. I've had cowbirds here until late November but this appears to
be first Latah Co. winter record (at least in eBird). Finally there was a
close flock of ~35 Horned Larks on a manure pile near the barns (good
opportunity to look for the odd longspur or Snow Bunting but alas none
present).

Yesterday I had a Northern Saw-whet Owl make a brief visit to my backyard
which was exciting and a new yard bird. Photos of all the goodies on eBird
at some point in the near future.

Good birding in 2017!!

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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks in Mead
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:05:43 +0000
Hello,

With the winter finch numbers seemingly way off this year, I was pleasantly 
surprised to have two Pine Grosbeaks singing very lightly from a pine tree from 
across the street from my house early this morning. I did not get a good look 
at the birds to determine if they were male or female or juvies. My first Pine 
Grosbeaks of the winter. 


Blessings
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Subject: Lewiston, ID : RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL continues
From: avitours <avitours AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:07:25 -0800
    
Birders - I ran into Pullman, WA birder, Emma Ruggiero at Hell Gate Park in 
Lewiston, ID., today (1/10, 2:30 pm), while looking for the RED-FLANKED 
BLUETAIL.  She refound the bird at 2:45 pm, and brought it to my attention. 
 A photo embedded in my eBird submission can be viewed here.  Thanks again, 
Emma.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33590401Good birding,Trent Bray La 
Grande, OR 

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Subject: Gull ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:35:24 -0500
This afternoon spent an hour away from the Bluetail and checked the Asotin 
county Landfill. 

The usual suspects ( Herring, California and Ring-billed Gulls) were present 
along with good looks at our continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31377124914/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
there was an interesting gull that I cannot ID. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31408231863/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/ 

  
The large size, pink legs and gray wings indicate a Glaucous-winged Gull which 
has been seen earlier. 

This bird however, has a dark eye and greenish-yellow bill with black and red 
mark, not the expected yellow bill with an orange-red mark. 

  
Keith E. Carlson 
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Subject: Lewiston, ID Red-flanked Bluetail update
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:06:24 +0000
Still present as of this morning, Monday, January 9. However roads in the
area pretty bad so I would defer travel until later in the week!

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Subject: WWCo. Red-breasted Sapsucker
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:00:10 -0800
Hello all,

On this snowy icy day Jim and Sue Parrish birded the cemetery in Walla 
Walla and found a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER - you can view pic by going to 
ebird -

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33540421

Thanks Jim & Sue - #118 for the county year list.

M&ML

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Subject: Fwd: Birding Community E-bulletin - January 2017
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2017 05:26:43 +0000
Hey All,

The Lewiston Red-flanked Bluetail is the Rarity Focus of this month's
Birding Community E-bulletin (see below). Way to go John Hanna!

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*                     January 2017*

*The Birding Community E-bulletin* is distributed to active and concerned
birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of birds
and their habitats.

This issue is sponsored by the producers of superb quality birding
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*RARITY FOCUS*

Red-flanked Bluetail is an Old-World species which breeds sparingly in
eastern Finland and northwestern Russia, and from western Siberia to
Sakhalin Island, the Kamchatka Peninsula, and south to Japan. The species
winters in the Indian Subcontinent, the Himalayas, Taiwan, and northern
Indochina.

As for North American occurrences, the species is casual in western Alaska,
primarily in the western Aleutians. It has also been found a couple of
times in California (e.g., SE Farrallon Island in 1989 and San Clemente
Island in 2011). In 2013, one of these charming little Eurasian flycatchers
was also found, at Queen's Park, New Westminster, in the Metro Vancouver
area of British Columbia where it remained to delight many observers.

This species could potentially occur elsewhere on the mainland West Coast,
such as Washington or Oregon, or again in California or British Columbia.
But on 26 December, John Walter Hanna found one at Hell's Gate State Park,
not far from Lewiston, Idaho. Yes, Idaho! Who could have imagined?

The bird was very active in brushy habitat at the bottom of a slope next to
the river in the park, but it was sometimes difficult to obtain lengthy
views of the bird. It would periodically disappear for five or more
minutes, only to reappear, 100 feet away, but calling frequently. For an
original photo, see here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnwalterhanna/31865003756/

 


Not only did this Red-flanked Bluetail in Idaho remain through the end of
the month, but on 29 December, another Red-flanked Bluetail was also
identified in British Columbia, at Lazo Wildlife Park in Comox. (It was
actually first seen on 22 December, but not identified until the 29th.) The
bird remained through the end of the month.


*KEEP LOOKING!*

Last month, we encouraged readers to be on the alert for strange and rare
ducks. We even mentioned the short visit in late November of an immature
Common Shelduck in Rivière Brochu, Gallix, Quebec, located on the north
shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence:
http://tinyurl.com/OddDucksDec16

 


The possibility of a natural occurrence of this Old-World species in North
America has been confounded by the chance of escapes from waterfowl
collections, even though Common Shelducks are increasing across much of
Europe, including Iceland. All early-winter records for this species in
eastern Canada and New England suggest a need for careful re-evaluation.

With this in mind three Common Shelducks found feeding with American Black
Ducks and Mallards in Saint John, New Brunswick, on 17 December were of
some interest. The shelducks were found by Kelly Honeyman, Samantha
Brewster and Jim Wilson during the local St. John Christmas Bird Count.
These birds were found intermittently through the end of the month

The case for legitimately wild Common Shelducks is sounding more
convincing. For more details (and a photo) on the three New Brunswick
birds, see here:

http://birdingnewbrunswick.ca/forum/topics/three-common-shelducks-tadorne-de-belon-at-saint-john-on-17-dec-2 


 


And for readers wishing to see a thorough discussion of the question of
origin in Common Shelducks in North America, see Brinkley, E.S. (2010. The
changing seasons: Provenance. *North American Birds* 64:20-31).

On the opposite coast, in Humboldt County, California, another rare
Old-World duck was discovered on 22 December. It was a Common Pochard, a
rare visitor to Alaska, with a few previous records for California and
Canada (Quebec). The Common Pochard also remained through the end of the
month.

As we mentioned last month, there are plenty of "odd ducks" out there still
to be found. Remember, this is still an ideal season to find them too, so
keep your eyes open and keep looking!


*IBA NEWS: TENNESSEE RIDGETOP IMPLICATIONS*

At the request of the State of Tennessee, in early Decemberthe U.S.
Department of the Interior agreed to designate almost 75,000 acres of
mountain habitat along 569 miles of ridgeline as unsuitable for surface
coal mining operations. This was the result of a decade of activity, during
which time many citizens worked on a Tennessee petition to declare a
1,200-foot corridor (600 feet on each side of the ridgelines) in the North
Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and Emory River Tract Conservation
Easement as unsuitable for surface coal mining operations. The petitioned
area originally encompassed about 67,326 acres.

The area is an important wildlife corridor, providing habitat for black
bear, elk, and many songbirds, including Cerulean Warbler. It is also the
region where much important Cerulean Warbler research has been done under
contract with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

"This is great news for the hunters, anglers, hikers, and birders who come,
year after year, to enjoy this incredible place," said Secretary of the
Interior Sally Jewell. "I applaud the State for their forward-looking
vision that will help strengthen the local economy and help protect a
critical watershed."

The Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) at the
Department of the Interior studied six possible options for the
designation, including a "no-action" alternative that would deny the
petition altogether. In fact, the option chosen was based on public
comments and a robust evaluation, including improved aerial mapping
technology that more accurately reflected the State's original objectives.

The designated area is part of the Cumberland Mountains Important Bird
Area, an IBA of global significance because of its "assemblage of
biome-restricted species," with special reference to Cerulean Warbler.

In the words of Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), an opponent of mountaintop
removal mining, "Secretary Jewell's decision to approve the State of
Tennessee's petition... in Anderson, Campbell, Morgan and Scott counties as
unsuitable for mining will help safeguard our state's mountains without
affecting mining operations in other parts of these counties, or elsewhere
in Tennessee. This means these ridgetop landscapes - and the rivers,
streams and forests that surround them - can continue to bring millions of
tourists and thousands of jobs to Tennessee."

The designation does not impact existing mining operations within the area,
but it does constitute added *de facto* protection for the New and Emory
Rivers running through the designated area that provide clean drinking
water to thousands of Tennesseans.

For details on the Cumberland Mountains IBA, see here:
http://www.audubon.org/important-bird-areas/cumberland-mountains

 


For additional information about worldwide IBA programs, including those in
the U.S., check the National Audubon Society's Important Bird Area program
web site at:
www.audubon.org/bird/iba/

 



*OUTDOOR RECREATION GROWTH*

Outdoor recreation is a very large contributor to the American economy. It
could be half a percent of the entire nation's economy. Hiking, canoeing,
camping, birding, hunting, fishing, climbing, mountain biking, are all
parts of the picture. Americans are buying all sorts of related equipment
and also paying handsomely for the privilege of access to the outdoors. But
how much, exactly, are they spending these days? How large is the "outdoor
recreation economy"?

In 2005 and 2011 the Outdoor Industry Foundation commissioned studies to
make some serious measurements. The results for the outdoor recreation
economy were surprising. Up to an astounding $646 billion is attributed to
annual consumer spending! While many of the industry's players accepted
that number at face value, others insisted on better metrics and more
tightly-run surveys.

What emerged was a congressional call for a piece of bipartisan legislation
that passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by President
Obama on 8 December. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of
2016, or REC Act, directs the Department of Commerce to enter into a joint
memorandum with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the
Interior to conduct an assessment and analysis of the outdoor recreation
economy of the United States and the effects attributable to it on the
overall U.S. economy. The data will be collected and analyzed through the
highly-respected Bureau of Economic Analysis at the Department of Commerce.

Two multi-year phases in the project could produce tangible results by
2020.

"It's long overdue," says Bob Ratcliffe, the National Park Service's
recreation chief. "We've never really understood how the outdoor recreation
economy works. When you start talking about communities and states that
have a high degree of outdoor recreation in their economy, it's important
to understand it just as you would energy or trade or tariffs."

For more details, see here:

http://www.outsideonline.com/2140261/outdoor-industry-about-become-serious-political-force?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebookpost 


 




*BOOK NOTES: A UNIQUE BIG-YEAR ACCOUNT  *

*Lost Among the Birds* by Neil Hayward (2016 Bloomsbury) chronicles in
poignant detail the author's record-setting "Accidental Big Year" in 2013.
By finding 749 species in North America in one year, Neal Hayward
successfully eclipsed the standing record of 748 species set in 1998.
However, unlike most of his predecessors in this near-Olympic birding
endeavor, Hayward didn't initially plan to do a Big Year until well into
2013!  As the book's subtitle suggests, the author recounts "Accidentally
Finding Myself in One Very Big Year."

Unlike similar Big Year-type accounts, this beautifully and sensitively
written volume is not just about chasing birds - rather it's an
autobiographical journey describing self-discovery, personal love, and a
passion for birds seldom folded into one story.  Readers get to know and
feel both the pathos of Hayward's inner journey, as well as the enjoyment
of finding and pursuing some of the most exciting bird species on the
continent.  His descriptions of exotic and often remote regions (many no
doubt familiar to some readers) and the spectacular birds that inhabit them
are worthy in their own right, but when Hayward's personal story is
intimately bound with these avian pursuits, the end result is a thoroughly
enjoyable read.


*ACCESS MATTERS:  HOW DO I GET THERE?*

What good is a wildlife refuge, a park, a state or national forest full of
birds and other wildlife if the public has a problem getting to the place?
It is unrealistic to expect appreciation when access is a barrier.

There are many state and federal agencies addressing this question today,
and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is among them.

Over 100 National Wildlife Refuges are within 25 miles of large and
medium-size cities. But the staff at the National Wildlife Refuge System is
asking: "How many urban refuges are truly accessible to people who have
physical, financial and other issues that might be barriers to getting into
nature?  How can wildlife refuge staff work with others to provide those
connections to increase visitation and better connect people to nature?"
These are essential questions, intrinsic to the issue of real access and
core to a new study launched for refuges.

The Urban Transportation Connections Study will be collecting
transportation-related data for those 100+ refuges. That should allow the
Refuge System to establish baseline information about the condition of
transportation facilities.

The effort which is being coordinated with the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) has started with seven of the regional priority
wildlife refuges:  Steigerwald Lake/Pierce in Washington, Santa Ana in
Texas, Detroit River International Refuge in Michigan, Bayou Sauvage in
Louisiana, Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado, and Don Edwards San
Francisco Bay Refuge.

Most of these seven are well-known localities for birdlife, and all support
either "specialty" birds for their areas or certain species in impressive
numbers.

The transportation study is expected to be completed by September 2017.
Ultimately, it will summarize existing conditions, uncover gaps in
transportation services and systems, and will recommend improvements to
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Subject: Snow Buntings
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:13:33 -0800
Yesterday I had to drive up to Spokane to pick up a friend from the
airport, and on the way I encountered many Snow Buntings along Hwy 195. I
had a large flock of around 30 between colfax and steptoe. There were also
many Horned Lark flocks too, which easily could have harbored more
buntings. Very interesting to see so many at once!

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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Kas Dumroese <kas.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:59:54 -0800
Still present this morning at Hells Gate SP.

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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 19:43:34 +0000
Seen by many this morning. Putting on quite a show

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Subject: Re: Hells Gate Red-flanked Bluetail still present (1/3/17)
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:44:57 +0000
Hi All,

Just to clarify, the "usual spot" is the original location (thanks again
John!) along the Snake River shoreline just south of the day use
area/swimming beaches and north of the camping loops. After entering the
park continue past the marina and go right into day use area, park and
proceed on foot south (left) past the beaches. Probably there will be other
birders present and the area is visible on google maps. There are several
clumps of trees w/ additional vegetation along the shoreline beyond the
last beach that the bird favors, working back and forth and frequently
making quick forays to nearby open ground areas. It occasionally disappears
from view into thicker vegetation but generally not for very long and is
often on exposed perches. It was well seen by 10-15 birders present over an
hour and half while we were there this AM. There are quite a few birds in
the general day-use including (over the past few days) Varied Thrushes,
Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, several owls (Barn Owl in the spruce
near the bathrooms is the most reliable), etc.

There is a $5 day-use fee for the park payable at the entrance kiosk or
visitor's center (if open). Idaho residents would do well to purchase a $10
Annual State Park Passport when they renew their auto registration, good
for entry into any Idaho State Park. The campground is open for winter
campers/RV'ers. It's supposed to get pretty cold here the next few days w/
night-time lows possibly into single digits and day-time highs only in the
teens so dress appropriately!

BTW there is a photo and link to the Lewiston Tribune article on the park's
Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/hellsgatestatepark/

thanks, Charles.

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> Showing nicely in the usual spot this AM.
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Subject: Hells Gate Red-flanked Bluetail still present (1/3/17)
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:20:53 +0000
Showing nicely in the usual spot this AM.

Charles.
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Subject: No Hawk Owl this morning
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:19:15 +0000
Hello,
Responding to the report about a N Hawk Owl in NW Spokane County, I went 
searching for the bird this morning. I ran into to Tom Munson in the area and 
we watched over the field described in the report and spread out into the 
surrounding area to do a more thorough search. We searched for the owl for over 
an hour and a half with no success. This is not to say it is not in the area. 
Hope someone else finds it later on. 


Happy New Year
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Subject: Moscow-Pullman CBC Results
From: Kas Dumroese <kas.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:17:41 -0800
The 46th consecutive (and 63rd overall) Moscow-Pullman Christmas Bird Count
was 17 December 2016. It was cold; the high/low temps were 12 F and -11 F,
with 4 to 16 inches of snow cover. All still water was frozen and only
minimal amounts of moving water were open. We had 51 participants (3 shy of
our all-time high; 34 as part of 17 field teams and 17 watching feeders)
who spent almost 37 hours driving 266 miles, 46.5 hours walking 44.5 miles,
and 20.5 hours watching feeders. We tallied 70 species, better than our
10-y average of 67. New records include 11 BALD EAGLES (5; 2011, 2012, 2013
), 1748 HORNED LARKS (695; 2008 ), 8 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS (3; 2002), and
124 VARIED THRUSHES (58; 1987). One new species was added to our record
book: RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER photographed on the Washington State
University campus. For the second straight year, an ANNA'S HUMMINBIRD was
seen count day, this time on the Washington side. Despite the lack of
moving water, we tallied a respectable 7 species of waterfowl. We tied our
NORTHERN PINTAIL (1; 2006) and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (9; 2005, 2010 ) records
and recorded 3 Count Week species: NORTHERN GOSHAWK, PRAIRIE FALCON, and
BARN OWL. Combined, we counted 15816 birds, edging out our previous record
of 15592 (2014). Some other tidbits: (1) The number of EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVES, having increased exponentially since their appearance in
2007, dropped precipitously this year, whereas the number of MOURNING DOVES
was the second highest count tallied (336; 389 in 2003); (2) our 6
"Harlan's" RED-TAILED HAWKS bested our former record (4; 2015); (3) 2 odd
NORTHERN FLICKERS were observed (one a pure Yellow-shafted [Count Week] and
one showing traits of Yellow-shafted and Red-shafted); (4) we potentially
tallied 3 "Cassiar" DARK-EYED JUNCOS (and discovered how tricky it is to
differentiate them); and (5) 2 SNOW BUNTINGS on the Moscow side were the
first recorded in Latah County since 1994. Thanks to everyone who
participated!


Aumen, Adrian; Ball, George; Baltierra, RJ; Besser, Tom; Bockino, Alida;
Boersma, Jordan; Bright, Ben; Cassidy, Kelly; Chevalier, Peggy; Clark,
John; Costa, Mike; Dahl, Kristen; Darnell, Lynda; Duke, Chris; Dumroese,
Deb; Dumroese, Kas; Dymkoski, Marie; Eder, Renee; Ellsworth, Patrick;
Flansberg, Doug; Folwell, Joan; Folwell, Ray; Gray, Christine; Gray, Terry;
Hammond, Alex; Hammond, Barbara; Harrity, Eamon; Hilpman, Evan; Holderby,
Wayne; Hudak, Andy; Johnson, Richard; Kramer, John; Lundblad, Carl; Marney,
Heather; Moore, Bill; Moore, Gabe; Pinto, Jeremy; Pinto, Rhoda; Porubek,
Jade; Saxton, Michael; Scott, Mike; Scott, Sharon; Spitzer, Ken; Spitzer,
Nancy; Swift, Charles; Weber, Diane; Wenger, Brent; Wenger, Trish; Werner,
Mike; Wolff, John; Zenier, Susan.


Canada Goose

471

Wood Duck

1

American Wigeon

1

Mallard

751

Northern Pintail

1

Green-winged Teal

3

Bufflehead

1

Duck, species?

5

Gray Partridge

77

Ring-necked Pheasant

73

Wild Turkey

76

California Quail

504

Great Blue Heron

6

Bald Eagle

11

Northern Harrier

4

Sharp-shinned Hawk

10

Cooper's Hawk

10

Northern Goshawk

CW

Accipiter, species?

1

Red-tailed Hawk

117

Red-tailed (Harlan's) Hawk

6

Rough-legged Hawk

6

Buteo, species?

15

American Kestrel

30

Merlin

3

Prairie Falcon

CW

Wilson's Snipe

1

Rock Pigeon

324

Eurasian Collared-Dove

164

Mourning Dove

353

Barn Owl

CW

Great-horned Owl

10

Anna's Hummingbird

1

Belted Kingfisher

3

Red-breasted Sapsucker

1

Downy Woodpecker

15

Hairy Woodpecker

5

Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker

151

Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker

CW

Northern (R x Y-shafted) Flicker

1

Pileated Woodpecker

1

Northern Shrike

2

Steller's Jay

2

Black-billed Magpie

466

American Crow

65

Common Raven

155

Horned Lark

1748

Black-capped Chickadee

118

Mountain Chickadee

5

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

6

Chickadee, species?

1

Red-breasted Nuthatch

49

White-breasted Nuthatch

5

Pygmy Nuthatch

18

Brown Creeper

1

Bewick's Wren

6

Golden-crowned Kinglet

47

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

8

Townsend's Solitaire

8

American Robin

946

Varied Thrush

124

European Starling

2549

Bohemian Waxwing

2417

Cedar Waxwing

372

Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler

8

Spotted Towhee

1

American Tree Sparrow

5

Song Sparrow

119

White-crowned Sparrow

101

Dark-eyed Junco, form?

630

Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco

1139

Dark-eyed (Slate) Junco

32

Dark-eyed (Cassiar) Junco

3

Snow Bunting

2

Red-winged Blackbird

35

Western Meadowlark

2

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

110

Cassin's Finch

8

House Finch

462

Pine Siskin

2

Lesser Goldfinch

124

American Goldfinch

187

House Sparrow

515

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Subject: Walla Walla Co. Jan 1 Big Day
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 21:11:55 -0800
Hello all,

15 folks (Thank You!) were out on this snowy (blizzard conditions at 
times) day - we found 95 species (116 a year ago) - including a 
Long-tailed Duck and Great Egrets continuing at Ice Harbor Dam, Anna's 
Hummer at feeder in Walla Walla, Bohemian Waxwings, Great Gray Owl, 
Long-eared Owl, N. Saw-whet Owl, Gray Partridge and Am. Tree Sparrows. 
Waterfowl out on river as McNary is all frozen up - and hunters everywhere.

Misses - Dipper, Screech-Owl, Pine Siskin

Happy New Year everyone - start your yearlist now -

M&ML



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Subject: Northern Hawk Owl
From: Michael Fulton <Michael_Ful AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 01:16:17 +0000
Got a call from my brother Dave Fulton. He spotted a Northern Hawk Owl in the 
big open field near the 


intersection of Barnes Rd. and N. Greenwood St. in North west Spokane, just 
west of the intersection of 


N. Indian Trail Rd. and Barnes Rd. (traffic light).

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Subject: Idaho county grosbeaks & thrush
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:39:02 -0800
nice bunch (40ish) Evening Grosbeaks this morning and Varied Thrush on Cove
Rd. mile mark 2. 1st Grosbeaks we've seen here this winter.
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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail Persists
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:48:00 -0500
the Red-flanked Bluetail persists this AM 
  
Keith E Carlson 
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Subject: 2016 Washington Birder List Reporting
From: Washington Birder <info AT wabirder.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:05:31 +0000
Welcome to Birding 2017, but be sure to report your 2016 birdinglist totals to 
Washington Birder. 

There arenearly 50 categories to choose from, although the two most popular 
categories are:Washington State Life List and Yard list totals 

List Report (and Big Day)forms are available on the Washington Birder 
website:http://www.wabirder.com/forms.html 

A couplereminders that are very helpful for us: Rememberto put your NAME in the 
yellow highlighted box on the form Pleasealso include your name in the SUBJECT 
LINE of your emailEMAILYOUR COMPLETEDLIST REPORT FORM TO: info at wabirder.com 

We encourageall who are interested in reporting 2016 totals to submit their 
List nolater than January 31, 2017 


LaurieKnittleVancouverWA 98665

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Subject: Lewiston Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:23:55 -0800
After a lovely time seeing the now-famous Bluetail found by John Hanna at
Hell's Gate, I meandered over the Pump Station Overlook on the Clearwater
to look at the gulls.  Among the Herring, Ring-billed, and California were
two adult THAYER'S.  One had a variant dusky yellow iris, notably lighter
than the typical all-dark iris usually seen, but significantly darker then
the light yellow on a Herring.   The highlight was an adult LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL.  I'm tempted to think it's the same bird being seen at
the Asotin landfill the past few weeks though it's hard to say for sure.

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Subject: Fwd: Red-flanked Bluetail Continues in Lewiston
From: rosyfin <johnsonre AT wsu.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:15:10 -0800
I just noticed a photo of a Red-flanked Bluetail on the cover of the latest 
issue of Oregon Birds (vol 42, no. 1). It was said to be the first record of 
that species for Oregon, and was present on Dec. 26-28+, 2015, i.e. almost 
exactly the same dates (but a year earlier) as the one now at Hells Gate State 
Park in Lewiston! See the cover (both inside and outside) of that journal, plus 
a bit more on pages 18 and 19. 


Could this year’s bird be the same one? (Both were females.) Or do members of 
this species move with very strong synchrony? Or….? Or? 


Dick Johnson
Pullman, WA



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> From: Keith Carlson 
> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Red-flanked Bluetail Continues in Lewiston
> Date: December 30, 2016 at 2:20:59 PM PST
> To: inland nw birders , TWEETERS tweeters 
 

> 
> The Red-flanked Bluetail was present and quite active this morning at Hells 
Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho. 

> The weather today is very nice. Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny and colder, 
but on Sunday snow is forecast and all next week is supposed to be VERY cold. 

>  
> If the predictions for next week's cold temps of single digit highs and zero 
lows are correct, it might be tough for the little gal to survive as the Snake 
River will likely freeze at least along the shoreline. 

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> Tomorrow would be a good day to try for this rarity.
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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail Continues in Lewiston
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:20:59 -0500
The Red-flanked Bluetail was present and quite active this morning at Hells 
Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho. 

The weather today is very nice.  Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny and colder, 
but on Sunday snow is forecast and all next week is supposed to be VERY cold. 

  
If the predictions for next week's cold temps of single digit highs and zero 
lows are correct, it might be tough for the little gal to survive as the Snake 
River will likely freeze at least along the shoreline. 

  
Tomorrow would be a good day to try for this rarity. 
  
Keith Carlson 
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Subject: Another Red-flanked Bluetail ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:54:44 -0500
there is an E bird report of another Red-flanked Bluetail in Comax, Vancouver 
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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:30:56 -0500
Red-flanked Bluetail still present at 1200. 
  
Keith Carlson 
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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:09:19 -0800
We scouted the Nothwoods area of the Spokane Valley for the Christmas bird
count and found a large flock o Mixed Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, and a
flock of Robins, A Varied Thrush, and Bohemian Waxwings.  I hope they stay
around for the Christmas Bird Count day on Monday!

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Subject: Blue tail continues
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:32:13 -0800
Wow! Got some good looks at the continuing bluetail today with several
other folks. Better weather helped to bring her out of hiding and she was
foraging quite actively into the open giving us some good photo ops, too.
Just a reminder if you go, the park does charge a $5.00/day fee and they
are checking to see if you have paid. They are quite happy to have us there
and the extra fees sure help them out this time of year. Seeing this rare
beauty is WELL worth the five bucks!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/31103298824/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctemple/31134002183/in/dateposted-public/

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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Maire Marran <mairebear AT marran.us>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:50:01 -0800
Re: The Red-flanked Bluetail's location: Which part of Hells Gate SP is the 
brush at the bottom of the slope next to the river" that you're referring to? 
In the day use area below the playground? Near the Visitor's Center? ??? I'd 
like to go looking for it, but I will have a short window to look and will most 
likely have kids with me whom I will keep in the car while I go looking for it, 
so any extra info to pinpoint where in the park to start looking would be very 
helpful. (It's a looooooooong park!) 


Thanks,
Maire Marran

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>   2.  Lewiston, Idaho Red-flanked Bluetail (Kas Dumroese)
> 
> From: "Mike" 
> Date: December 27, 2016 12:40:37 PM PST
> To: "inland-nw-birders" , "Tweeters" 
 

> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Chewelah CBC
> 
> 
> Just a reminder for folks. The Chewelah Christmas Bird Count is next Monday 
January 2. We will meet at Zips in Chewelah at 7. Let me know if you plan to 
attend. 

> Thanks.
>  
>  
> Mike Munts
> Colville
> 
> 
> 
> From: Kas Dumroese 
> Date: December 27, 2016 2:47:19 PM PST
> To: "inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu" , 
tweeters AT u.washington.edu 

> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Lewiston, Idaho Red-flanked Bluetail
> 
> 
> This may or may not be helpful if you come looking for this bird:
> 
> Reported yesterday (with a good photo) by John Hanna. I arrived about 930 and 
about 8 birders were staked out at the location. The bird had disappeared. 
After about 5 minutes, it reappeared. It was very active in the brush at the 
bottom of the slope next to the river, and very difficult to get long looks at. 
During the next hour, the bird would periodically disappear for 5 or so 
minutes, and then reappear, moving back and forth through the same 100' or so 
of brushy habitat. My best look, maybe 10 seconds, was at about 40' through my 
10x42 binocs. The bird looked to be about 6 inches long with an olivish-brown 
back, whitish throat, white around the eye, bluish tail that it flicked often. 
Flanks were reddish. I didn't note any blue on the shoulder, so I think this is 
probably a female. Three times during the hour I was there it gave its "cheet, 
cheet, cheet" call, similar to: http://www.xeno-canto.org/211430. Each instance 
had about 6 to 10 "cheets." Once the bird was perched high in the Russian-olive 
when it gave this call. 

> 
> Patience and persistence are required.
> 
> Good birding!
> 
> Kas Dumroese
> Moscow, Idaho
> 
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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:17:28 -0500
What a day ! 
Thanks to John Hanna and his great find yesterday. 
I spent from about 0845 to 1100 and again from 1300 to 1400 in an effort to get 
some useful photos. 

Kas Dumroese's  post explains well the location and difficulty of getting good 
looks. 

  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31549447150/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31113329243/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
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Subject: Lewiston, Idaho Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Kas Dumroese <kas.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:47:19 -0800
This may or may not be helpful if you come looking for this bird:

Reported yesterday (with a good photo) by John Hanna. I arrived about 930
and about 8 birders were staked out at the location. The bird had
disappeared. After about 5 minutes, it reappeared. It was very active in
the brush at the bottom of the slope next to the river, and very difficult
to get long looks at. During the next hour, the bird would periodically
disappear for 5 or so minutes, and then reappear, moving back and forth
through the same 100' or so of brushy habitat. My best look, maybe 10
seconds, was at about 40' through my 10x42 binocs. The bird looked to be
about 6 inches long with an olivish-brown back, whitish throat, white
around the eye, bluish tail that it flicked often. Flanks were reddish. I
didn't note any blue on the shoulder, so I think this is probably a female.
Three times during the hour I was there it gave its "cheet, cheet, cheet"
call, similar to: http://www.xeno-canto.org/211430. Each instance had about
6 to 10 "cheets." Once the bird was perched high in the Russian-olive when
it gave this call.

Patience and persistence are required.

Good birding!

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Subject: Chewelah CBC
From: "Mike" <strix.nebulosa1987 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:40:37 -0800
Just a reminder for folks. The Chewelah Christmas Bird Count is next Monday
January 2. We will meet at Zips in Chewelah at 7. Let me know if you plan to
attend.

Thanks. 

 

 

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Subject: Virginia Rail
From: Rich Del Carlo <rich AT peregrinetree.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:59:41 -0800
Happy New Year birders,
I've been seeing this VIRA for several days. It comes into the open water to 
feed and then disappears under the snow among the cattail. A pair nested here 
so I assume it didn't leave? It is much easier to see this time of year! 

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Subject: Lewiston Red-flanked Bluetail
From: Kas Dumroese <kas.birder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:56:07 -0800
Seen by many this morning. Still present.

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Subject: Fwd: [IBLE] MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:44:36 -0800

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Stoddard Davenport 
> Date: December 27, 2016 at 8:10:42 AM PST
> To: Larry Arnold , 'John Hanna' 
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, "ible AT yahoogroups.com" , 
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> Subject: RE: [IBLE] MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State Park, 
Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below 

> 
> The bird is still present as of right now. One clump of Russian olives south 
of the clump John described. It's zipping around an awful lot and the light is 
still quite din so it's hard to keep track of it but I've managed a couple of 
decent binocular views from ~10 yards or so. I'll hang out a little longer to 
try for pictures as the day gets a little brighter. 

> 
> Amazing find John! Congrats! And no doubt this bird will bring the crowds!
> 
> Good birding!
> Stoddard Davenport
> Boise
> 
> PS, for those coming from south of here, the Palouse was a pretty nasty drive 
when I went through from 3-5am this morning. Can't imagine it's getting better 
as the storm continues. Good luck if you make the chase! 

> 
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Subject: Re: MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:07:31 -0800
John,

 

Sweet bleeping find!!! I saw the one Vancouver, BC a few years back, also a 
female – identical to this gal! Again, awesome find and great photo! Make 
sure you get your report into the Records Committee as this is most definitely 
a State Record. Hope it sticks around for awhile for more folks to see her. 


 

Awestruck,

Doug

 

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State 
Park, Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below 


 

I think I saw a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL (female or immature male) today. The 
location is Hell's Gate State Park just south of the beach area. 


 

Good luck and good birding!

 

John Hanna

Lewiston, Idaho

 

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John Hanna 

 

My story for today.

 

Have a bad head cold and feel achy all over but decided to go try to get the 
Lewiston raptor run done anyway. Started off well with Barn owl and three 
Red-Tailed Hawks. I got caught up on a small bird though. I was first thinking 
Kinglet or Warbler as this bird was bouncing all around. Then I saw a 
blue-tail! Texted Ben Bright and asked him if he would look for warbler like 
birds with a blue tail. The birds he came up with and everything on my iBird 
App did not seem to match. I did not immediatly think Bluebird because of the 
size and behavior. Bird kept jumping from the ground to branches and I noticed 
it once flicking its tail rapidly 5-7 times in quick succession. Missed sevral 
photos by seconds and got a blurry one. Spent about an hour and a half trying 
to get a photo and then I could not find the bird. Walked to the end of Hell's 
Gate and back and then the bird reappeared and I snapped a quick photo. I was 
kinda delirious at this point from my cold and forgetting to bring tissue to 
blow my nose. I looked quickly at the photo and decided it must be an odd lone 
Bluebird (my first for Hell's Gate SP?). 


 

I left Hell's Gate and picked up a few more nice hawks including a Rough-legged 
but a mile into Volmer road I encountered large unplowed snowdrifts and was 
unable to continue. I was able to drive to Mann Lake and found it frozen over. 
The road to the south was plowed to single lane but looked sketchy for turning 
around if more snowdrifts were to be encountered. I went north and then hills 
were pretty icy and I was feeling miserable so I decided to head home. So I 
will not be able to get raptor run results for December with the road 
conditions we now have. 


 

When I got home I just sat in bed for 4 hours feeling out of it. Then I went 
backed and looked at my last photo of the suspect bird. It did not take too 
long to look at Bluebird in the Stoke's guide and zero in on a different bird. 
RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL! I had looked at Red-flanked Bluetail on my iBird Pro App 
but they only have a drawing of a male so I kept passing it over. The photo of 
the female in Stoke's looks a lot like the bird I finally got a decent photo 
of!?!? 


 

Sorry no raptor run data but a good birding day for me even while feeling 
miserable! 


 

John Hanna

Lewiston, Idaho

 

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Subject: white-crowned sparrow diet
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:24:15 -0700
Hi all

 

Birds of North America describes white-crowned sparrow diet of seeds, other
plant parts, insects, spiders - but this white-crowned sparrow juvenile
definitely has a small rodent - perhaps a shrew - in his beak. Mouth, eyes,
nose definitely visible. Sparrow seen at Gilbert Water Ranch in Gilbert,
Arizona 12/23/16.

 

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Subject: MEGA? RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL!? - Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho - Story and Photo below
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 19:15:00 -0800
I think I saw a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL (female or immature male) today. The
location is Hell's Gate State Park just south of the beach area.

Good luck and good birding!

John Hanna
Lewiston, Idaho

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John Hanna 

My story for today.

Have a bad head cold and feel achy all over but decided to go try to get
the Lewiston raptor run done anyway. Started off well with Barn owl and
three Red-Tailed Hawks. I got caught up on a small bird though. I was first
thinking Kinglet or Warbler as this bird was bouncing all around. Then I
saw a blue-tail! Texted Ben Bright and asked him if he would look for
warbler like birds with a blue tail. The birds he came up with and
everything on my iBird App did not seem to match. I did not immediatly
think Bluebird because of the size and behavior. Bird kept jumping from the
ground to branches and I noticed it once flicking its tail rapidly 5-7
times in quick succession. Missed sevral photos by seconds and got a blurry
one. Spent about an hour and a half trying to get a photo and then I could
not find the bird. Walked to the end of Hell's Gate and back and then the
bird reappeared and I snapped a quick photo. I was kinda delirious at this
point from my cold and forgetting to bring tissue to blow my nose. I looked
quickly at the photo and decided it must be an odd lone Bluebird (my first
for Hell's Gate SP?).

I left Hell's Gate and picked up a few more nice hawks including a
Rough-legged but a mile into Volmer road I encountered large unplowed
snowdrifts and was unable to continue. I was able to drive to Mann Lake and
found it frozen over. The road to the south was plowed to single lane but
looked sketchy for turning around if more snowdrifts were to be
encountered. I went north and then hills were pretty icy and I was feeling
miserable so I decided to head home. So I will not be able to get raptor
run results for December with the road conditions we now have.

When I got home I just sat in bed for 4 hours feeling out of it. Then I
went backed and looked at my last photo of the suspect bird. It did not
take too long to look at Bluebird in the Stoke's guide and zero in on a
different bird. RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL! I had looked at Red-flanked Bluetail
on my iBird Pro App but they only have a drawing of a male so I kept
passing it over. The photo of the female in Stoke's looks a lot like the
bird I finally got a decent photo of!?!?

Sorry no raptor run data but a good birding day for me even while feeling
miserable!

John Hanna
Lewiston, Idaho

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Subject: Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 110, Issue 32
From: Joel Anderson <onionjoel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:12:32 -0800
Keith, you have sure posted a lot of beautiful bird photos. What are you
using?

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> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Gull ID Questions
>
> A recent gull sighting has caused me to raise several questions for which
> I have no or few answers.
> If gull ID's cause you to glaze over, now is probably the time to quit
> reading.
>
> Yesterday, I observed and photographed this gull at the Asotin County
> Landfill for about twenty minutes.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31812294875/in/dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31774972506/in/dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31018175383/in/dateposted-public/
>
> One of the first challenges is to age the gull.
> In this case, both the Ring-billed Gull and the Mew Gull have white tails
> with a black band until they are adult birds, at which time the tail
> becomes all white
> Since this bird has an all white tail, one would judge it to be a
> non-breeding adult.
> I'm assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that to achieve an all white tail
> requires a rather complete molt.
> *Gulls of the Americas *, Howell and Dunn  states that perhaps 13% of
> 2nd cycle Mew Gulls and some RB Gulls  obtain an all white tail during molt.
>
> But this bird has no or few other adult characteristics of either RB or
> Mew Gull.
>
> An adult RB should have a yellow bill with a black ring, yellow legs and a
> clear eye.
>
> An adult Mew Gull should have a yellowish bill with no or little black
> banding, yellow legs and a dark eye.
>
> Most experts, but not all, I have consulted on this particular bird ID it
> as a RB Gull
>
> My conclusion is that it is a 2nd cycle Ring-billed Gull that has
> undergone a minority molt resulting in an all white tail and has not yet
> obtained yellow legs.
>
> My final conclusion is that reliance solely on field guides will often
> result in very confusing ID problems.
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Subject: Gull ID Questions
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:30:58 -0500
A recent gull sighting has caused me to raise several questions for which I 
have no or few answers. 

If gull ID's cause you to glaze over, now is probably the time to quit reading. 

  
Yesterday, I observed and photographed this gull at the Asotin County Landfill 
for about twenty minutes. 

  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31812294875/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31774972506/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/31018175383/in/dateposted-public/ 
  
One of the first challenges is to age the gull. 
In this case, both the Ring-billed Gull and the Mew Gull have white tails with 
a black band until they are adult birds, at which time the tail becomes all 
white 

Since this bird has an all white tail, one would judge it to be a non-breeding 
adult. 

I'm assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that to achieve an all white tail requires a 
rather complete molt. 

Gulls of the Americas , Howell and Dunn  states that perhaps 13% of 2nd 
cycle Mew Gulls and some RB Gulls  obtain an all white tail during molt. 

  
But this bird has no or few other adult characteristics of either RB or Mew 
Gull. 

  
An adult RB should have a yellow bill with a black ring, yellow legs and a 
clear eye. 

  
An adult Mew Gull should have a yellowish bill with no or little black banding, 
yellow legs and a dark eye. 

  
Most experts, but not all, I have consulted on this particular bird ID it as a 
RB Gull 

  
My conclusion is that it is a 2nd cycle Ring-billed Gull that has undergone a 
minority molt resulting in an all white tail and has not yet obtained yellow 
legs. 

  
My final conclusion is that reliance solely on field guides will often result 
in very confusing ID problems. 

  
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Subject: Buffleheads
From: Tina wynecoop <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:52:49 +0000
In downtown Spokane one can stand on the east walkway of the Post
Street bridge and watch a doz +
male and female buffleheads floating and diving. To see them with their splashy 
wing patterns from above when they fly upstream is wonderful - and to see them 
completely submerged below the water's surface with their legs propelling them 
further downward is a treat. 

I've watched them from the bridge each winter for several years. They are 
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Subject: Moscow South Raptor Run Results
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:35:20 -0800
Hi Birders,

Kirsten Dahl and I ran the Moscow South Raptor Run this morning. 56.7 miles

Results:

Red-tailed Hawk - 13
American Kestrel - 6
Northern Harrier - 1
Golden Eagle (adult) - 1
Great Horned Owl -1

Not on the route an additional Adult Bald Eagle

Other Birds of note:

Northern Shrike
Gray Partridge
Bohemian Waxwings  - Genesee
Steller's Jay

Species observed the most:
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Dark-eyed Junco
European Starling - much fewer than usual

Note:  Martinson Road

23 & 50 Horned Lark - no Snow Buntings

Good Birding! 

Terry Gray
890 Stefany Ln
Moscow ID 83843
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Subject: Waxwings
From: Nancy Draznin <motherwise AT genesee-id.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:01:58 -0800
There's a mixed flock of cedar and Bohemian waxwings in my Genesee yard, which 
is really exciting for me because these are my first Bohemian waxwings EVER! 
About 100 birds total. 


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Subject: CDA CBC
From: Shirley Sturts <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:33:09 -0800
1 correction and another cw bird

Doug Ward saw a Pileated Woodpecker cw.
Roger Doucet (from the Bonner's Ferry area) was birding with Lisa Hardy.
Roger was the first to spot the Pipit and the Yellow-rumped Warbler.
If anyone wants to chase the Pipit to confirm that it is an American,
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Subject: Lewiston-Clarkston CBC
From: Justin B <justsb AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:00:12 -0800
> Passing along a summary of the LC Valley count from our compiler, Bryan 
Jamison: 


> Seasons Greetings to all,
> 
> Like others in the area, we had a cold and snowy but rewarding count day 
(Sunday December 18th). Our highlights include a Greater White-fronted Goose, 
Tundra Swans (4), Harlan’s Hawks (3), a Peregrine Falcon, a Red-breasted 
Sapsucker at the Spaulding Park picnic area, American Pipits (3),an American 
Tree Sparrow, and a Swamp Sparrow near the mouth of Asotin Creek. We also had 
our fair share of Varied Thrushes (56). The wintery weather also revealed 459 
horned larks (no Longspurs or Snow Bunting, though). Count week birds (so far- 
we still have the rest of today and Wednesday to look) include Anna’s 
Hummingbird, N. Saw-whet Owl, Snow Goose, Lesser Scaup, and Thayer’s Gull. We 
had a total of 88 species on count day. 

> 
> Thanks to all who participated! Please let me know if you find anything else 
through Wednesday. 


Happy Holidays!
> 
> 
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Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:30:32 +0000






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Seasons Greetings to all,

 

Like others in the area, we had a cold and snowy and as always, rewarding count 
day (Sunday December 18th). Highlights include a Greater White-fronted Goose, 
Tundra Swans (4), Harlan’s Hawks (3), a Peregrine Falcon, a Red-breasted 
Sapsucker at the Spaulding Park picnic area, American Pipits (3),a American 
Tree Sparrow, and a Swamp Sparrow near the mouth of Asotin Creek. We also had 
our fair share of Varied Thrushes (56). The wintery weather also revealed 459 
horned larks (no Longspurs or Snow Bunting, though). Count week birds (so far- 
we still have the rest of today and Wednesday to look) include Anna’s 
Hummingbird, N Saw-whet OWL, Long-eared Owl, Snow Goose, Lesser Scaup, and 
Thayer’s Gull. We had a total of 88 species on count day. 


 

Thanks to all who participated. Please let me know if you find anything else 
through Wednesday. 


 

 

Bryan Jamison

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Subject: Coeur d'Alene CBC
From: Shirley Sturts <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:31:18 -0800
Our CDA was held on December 15.
I now have it on our Website.  see
http://cdaaudubon.org/Projects/cdacbc.html

and a chart showing numbers in past years
See  http://cdaaudubon.org/Projects/cdacbcchart2.html

This was an unusual count in many ways.
We have seen the *Varied Thrush *10 times out of 26 CBCs.
The most we have had on past counts is 4.  This year we counted 113.
They were mostly hanging out with* Robins *which was a record count 966
(old record was 783 in 2001)
Another surprise was the high number of *Juncos* 444 Oregon and 21
Slate-colored - double the number of past counts (past record was 215 and
16.
Other good finds
*Yellow-rumped Warbler *1  (a first for this count)
1 *Anna's Hummingbird *and 1* White-throated Sparrow *at Doug Wards Feeder
And
 a *Pipit *(first  for the count) Probably an *American  Pipit *but so
far it is unconfirmed.  Lisa Hardy found it across the Spokane  River
in some bushes.  Doug Ward confirmed that it was a pipit but it was too far
away for a positive ID.
*Snow Bunting, Horned Lark and one Western Meadowlark *were found 3 days
later by Doug Ward and Barbara Cristofferson on the Hawk Survey that Doug
does once a month.

CW  Count Week is 3 days before and 3 days after.  If any of you saw one
our missing species, please let me know.  We had 71 species if I counted
correctly (not including CW)  I have not added up the number of birds yet.
This is not official until I report it to National - so if you have any
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Subject: Re: Latah County Snow Bunting(s)
From: Michael Scott <mikescott7 AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:02:09 -0800
GReetings all

My wife, sharon and I started birding Martinson Road as ben was leaving 
the area. With some guidance from Ben Sharon and I quickly found the 
large flock of Horned LArks foraging in the road and in adjacent fields. 
We scanned he hillsides with spotting scope and quickly found two snow 
bunting's. We proceeded on to Blaine Road and came back on our original 
track. Bottom line Have one photo with four snow buntings and concluded 
based on  sightings of individual birds that there are a minimum of five 
snow buntings on Martinson Road.

Happy birding


Cheers

Mike Scott


On 12/19/16 12:26 PM, Ben Bright wrote:
> Hi,
>
> The Snow Buntings seen in the Moscow Pullman CBC continue at the same 
> location on Martinson Rd. I photographed 2 and am almost sure there 
> were 3 in a group of 300-400 Horned Larks this morning around 11 am.
>
> Ben
>
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 6:50 PM, Charles Swift  > wrote:
>
>     Hi All,
>
>     Kas et al. had 2 Snow Buntings among a large flock of Horned Larks
>     south of Moscow during the Moscow-Pullman CBC. I relocated one
>     early afternoon today (returning from my half-day stint in the
>     Lewiston-Clarkston CBC). The location is along Martinson Rd. about
>     1.5 miles east of U.S. 95 - click on Map from this eBird checklist
>     - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33083715
>     . There are
>     Horned Larks all along the road from about here to Blaine Rd. and
>     I found the Snow Bunting on my return in a flock of HOLA on the
>     north side of the road. This is a fairly tough species to find in
>     Latah County (and the eastern Palouse region in general).
>
>     thanks, Charles.
>     -- 
>     Charles Swift
>     Moscow, Idaho
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Subject: Snow Bunting
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:47:56 -0800
Hi Birders,

I got out on Martinson Road at about 2:15 p.m. and where the Horned Larks
and Snow Buntings had been seen was a lone Prairie Falcon in a tree
overlooking the whole area, NO small birds.  At about 3:00 p.m. the falcon
was gone and there were 3 flocks of Horned Larks, two quite small flocks of
60 or fewer and a large flock of at least 200 and was able to observe one
lone Snow Bunting at about 200 yards on top of a ridge mixed in with the
large flock or Horned Larks.  Also observed a American Kestrel and 4 Gray
Partridge during this outing.  NO Great Horned Owls in the Willows today.

Good Birding.

Terry Gray
890 Stefany Ln
Moscow ID 83843
208-596-5212
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Subject: Re: Latah County Snow Bunting(s)
From: Ben Bright <bencbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:26:31 -0800
Hi,

The Snow Buntings seen in the Moscow Pullman CBC continue at the same
location on Martinson Rd. I photographed 2 and am almost sure there were 3
in a group of 300-400 Horned Larks this morning around 11 am.

Ben



On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 6:50 PM, Charles Swift  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Kas et al. had 2 Snow Buntings among a large flock of Horned Larks south
> of Moscow during the Moscow-Pullman CBC. I relocated one early afternoon
> today (returning from my half-day stint in the Lewiston-Clarkston CBC). The
> location is along Martinson Rd. about 1.5 miles east of U.S. 95 - click on
> Map from this eBird checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
> ecklist/S33083715. There are Horned Larks all along the road from about
> here to Blaine Rd. and I found the Snow Bunting on my return in a flock of
> HOLA on the north side of the road. This is a fairly tough species to find
> in Latah County (and the eastern Palouse region in general).
>
> thanks, Charles.
> --
> Charles Swift
> Moscow, Idaho
> chaetura AT gmail.com
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Subject: Moscow/Clarkston Christmas Bird Counting
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:12:03 -0800
On Saturday, Eamon Harrity and I covered the University of Idaho campus,
stateline wetlands, and portions of residential Moscow for the
Moscow-Pullman CBC.  Our highlight was a total of 35 VARIED THRUSHES (the
average count for the entire circle is 8).  Other highlights were 700-800
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, a couple of MERLINS, and 2-3
Bald Eagles sailing around town.

On Sunday, I covered some northwestern portions of the Leiwston-Clarkston
CBC circle.  Highlights were the continuing SWAMP SPARROW just north of the
Asotin Water Treatment Plant and 2 very late AMERICAN PIPTS at the Evans
Road Pond (intersection of US12 and West Evans Road).  Some grain had been
spilled along the shoulder of the road, adjacent to Evans Road Pond, and
this was attracting up to 200 sparrows including White-crowns, Song
Sparrows, Juncos, but no rarities that I could pick out.  Open water was
mostly on the Snake River, upstream/south of the confluence (and outside my
territory), so water birds were hard to find.  In late afternoon, a bit of
water began to open up near the Port of Clarkston and a small hole of open
water had opened up near the Port of Lewiston grain terminal, packed with
~1200 mallards and about 100 *Bucephala* ducks.  5 VARIED THRUSH around
Clarkston were a nice count for the L-C Valley.

2-3 Varied Thrush are in and around my central Moscow home this morning.

Good Birding,

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Subject: Snow Buntings Too-Kootenai Co., ID
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:49:35 -0800
We conducted the December edition of the "Rathdrum Prairie Raptor Run" hawk
survey today (18 Dec.'16) which traverses the area north of Post Falls, ID
(Kootenai Co.) with reasonable success given the snow cover (8-12") and
continuing snow throughout the morning.  However, the best birds were not
the hawks, but rather a flock of around twenty (20+) SNOW BUNTINGS and fifty
to sixty (50-60) HORNED LARKS at the intersection of Hayden and Greensferry
Roads.  Neither of these species are easy over here, especially in numbers,
but the Snow Buntings were a very nice surprise as they are particularly
tough in Kootenai County.  I'm reasonably sure this flock is repeatable, so
if you are not familiar with the geography, please let me know if you'd like
directions.  Given the buntings Kas found, and Charles relocated, down in
the Moscow area, it might be a good year for these guys.

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

18 Dec.'16  Rathdrum Prairie, Kootenai Co., ID

Canada Goose - 100

Ring-necked Pheasant - 1m

Cooper's Hawk - 1ad

Bald Eagle - 1ad

Red-tailed Hawk - 20

Rough-legged Hawk - 6

Rock Pigeon - 10

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 25

Mourning Dove - 2

Northern Flicker - 3 "Red-shafted"

American Kestrel - 1

Merlin - 1ad "Taiga"

Northern Shrike - 1ad

Black-billed Magpie - 10

Common Raven - 65

Horned Lark - 50

European Starling - 45

SNOW BUNTING - 20

Western Meadowlark - 1

House Finch - 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Latah County Snow Bunting(s)
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 02:50:06 +0000
Hi All,

Kas et al. had 2 Snow Buntings among a large flock of Horned Larks south of
Moscow during the Moscow-Pullman CBC. I relocated one early afternoon today
(returning from my half-day stint in the Lewiston-Clarkston CBC). The
location is along Martinson Rd. about 1.5 miles east of U.S. 95 - click on
Map from this eBird checklist -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33083715. There are Horned Larks all
along the road from about here to Blaine Rd. and I found the Snow Bunting
on my return in a flock of HOLA on the north side of the road. This is a
fairly tough species to find in Latah County (and the eastern Palouse
region in general).

thanks, Charles.
-- 
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Moscow, Idaho
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