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Updated on Wednesday, September 17 at 03:11 AM EST
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17 Sep Pileated Woodpeckers [Marlene Cashen ]
14 Sep Selkirk Crest: LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Etc [Carl Lundblad ]
14 Sep Selkirk Crest: LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Etc ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
13 Sep SANDERLINGS at Sandpoint ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
13 Sep SANDERLINGS at Sandpoint [Carl Lundblad ]
13 Sep Spokane Co egret [Greg Falco ]
12 Sep Bennington Lake this morning [Mike & MerryLynn ]
12 Sep Fw: Mann Lake Goodies [Keith Carlson ]
12 Sep Sprague Lake pelagic [Greg Falco ]
12 Sep Mann Lake Goodies [Keith Carlson ]
11 Sep Marbled Godwits [Mike & MerryLynn ]
12 Sep Slavin Ranch BC Night Heron, Migrants ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
11 Sep Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Ben Bright ]
11 Sep Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Terry Gray ]
11 Sep Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Bob ]
11 Sep Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Bob ]
11 Sep Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Bob ]
11 Sep Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Carl Lundblad ]
11 Sep Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Terry Gray ]
11 Sep Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County [Ben Bright ]
11 Sep Re: Mann Lake Tern [Charles Swift ]
11 Sep Mann Lake Tern [Keith Carlson ]
10 Sep possible white-throated sparrow this evening [Nancy Miller ]
11 Sep Updated Bird and Mammal Photos from Northern BC/Yukon Trip (Stewart-Cassiar and Alcan Highway)--Off Topic [Khanh Tran ]
10 Sep American Golden Plover, WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
10 Sep Mountain Lion in Washtucna [Bob Derting ]
10 Sep Mann Lake Shorebirds, etc. [Keith Carlson ]
10 Sep Kootenai Co. (ID) Rock Wren [Doug Ward ]
9 Sep Fox sparrow [RUSSELL FROBE ]
7 Sep Moscow Lincoln's Sparrow bonanza etc., 9/7/14 [Charles Swift ]
7 Sep Lake Coeur d'Alene and Silver Valley [Carl Lundblad ]
7 Sep Lake Coeur d'Alene and Silver Valley ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
7 Sep Am. Golden Plover at Para Ponds [James Cleaver ]
7 Sep Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area office [Kim Thorburn ]
7 Sep Slavin Ranch RUDDY TURNSTONE ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
5 Sep More MIGRANTS! [Richard Baltierra ]
3 Sep Brewer's Blackbird? [Marlene Cashen ]
3 Sep Pectoral Sandpipers etc., UI Dairy Ponds, Sep 3, 2014 [Charles Swift ]
3 Sep UI Dairy Prairie Falcon (yesterday) [Charles Swift ]
2 Sep Sprague/Cow Lake ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
30 Aug Man Lake Black-crowned Night-Heron [Keith Carlson ]
30 Aug Slavin/Philleo Shorebirds ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
29 Aug Little Gull continues at Creston MT [Daniel Casey ]
28 Aug Early Northern Shrike Clearwater County []
28 Aug Mann Lake This AM [Keith Carlson ]
28 Aug Colville area sparrows [W & J Current ]
28 Aug Potholes Res. WOS birding trip [Mike & MerryLynn ]
28 Aug Sprague Common Tern/Sabine's Gull ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
27 Aug Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper YES [Mike & MerryLynn ]
27 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper YES [Mike & MerryLynn ]
26 Aug Sprague Lake Birds [Norma Trefry ]
26 Aug Sprague area birding [Norma Trefry ]
26 Aug Buff-breasted sandpiper and ruddy turnstone blood ponds, Walla Walla County [Kevin Black ]
26 Aug Buff-breasted sandpiper and ruddy turnstone blood ponds, Walla Walla County [Kevin Black ]
26 Aug Upland Sandpiper [Robert Bond ]
26 Aug Bennington this morning [Mike & MerryLynn ]
26 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Dodd Rd. Blood Ponds, Walla Walla County [James Cleaver ]
26 Aug Mew Gull, Marbled Godwits [Mike & MerryLynn ]
25 Aug Northern Panhandle, 15-24 August (Long) [Carl Lundblad ]
25 Aug Northern Panhandle, 15-24 August (Long) ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
25 Aug Jaeger False Alarm at Mann Lake [John Hanna ]
25 Aug Jaeger False Alarm at Mann Lake ["John Hanna johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
24 Aug Migration is On [RJ Baltierra ]
24 Aug Mann Lake - Jaeger? [John Hanna ]
24 Aug Re: UI DAIRY Peregrine Falcon [Charles Swift ]
24 Aug Re: UI DAIRY Peregrine Falcon [Charles Swift ]
23 Aug NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
23 Aug Great Stevens and Ferry Birds [Tom Mansfield ]
23 Aug Great Stevens and Ferry Birds [Tom Mansfield ]
23 Aug Re: Mann Lake Stilt Sandpiper [Terry Gray ]
23 Aug Mann Lake Stilt Sandpiper [Keith Carlson ]
23 Aug UI DAIRY Peregrine Falcon [Charles Swift ]
23 Aug Re: Stilt Sandpipers at UI Dairy Pond Area remain [Jane Westervelt ]
23 Aug Ruddy Turnstone in Sandpoint [Carl Lundblad ]
23 Aug Ruddy Turnstone in Sandpoint ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
22 Aug RUDDY TURNSTONE - blood pond [Mike & MerryLynn ]

Subject: Pileated Woodpeckers
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:44:25 -0400
On 8/11/14 we had a male Pileated Woodpecker in our yard in Veradale, WA -- a 
new yard bird for us. Then on Tuesday, 9/16/14, we had a male and female 
Pileated in our yard. They appeared to be digging for ants or beetle larvae at 
the base of some of the large pine trees out back. Bob got this photo of them 
and some of their handiwork. 



Marlene Cashen



  


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Subject: Selkirk Crest: LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Etc
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:14:36 -0700
Sunday 9/14 I hiked from the Upper Pack River Road to the Selkirk Crest
between Mount Roothaan and Chimney Rock via the Chimney Rock Trail.  No
luck with White-tailed Ptarmigan, but I did flush a slightly early LAPLAND
LONGSPUR from the edge of the treeless basin below Mt. Roothaan.  HORNED
LARKS and AMERICAN PIPITS were flying all over the place, sometimes flushed
by one Cooper's and one Sharp-shinned Hawk, and very difficult to count.
 Lower on the trail I encountered an incredibly cooperative NORTHERN
PYGMY-OWL (my first for Boundary County) and at least 3 PINE GROSBEAKS.

Saturday, after seeing the 2 Sanderlings at Sandpoint, I made a quick drive
along the north end of the lake on Sunnyside Road and picked up 2 COMMON
TERNS in Shaw Bay and 10 Red-necked Grebes scattered about. 1 SANDERLING
was still at Sandpoint City Beach this evening and was the only shorebird
present.  There were still many, actually more, yellow-rumps and other
common migrants flitting around in the trees.

Good Birding

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Subject: Selkirk Crest: LAPLAND LONGSPUR, Etc
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:14:36 -0700
Sunday 9/14 I hiked from the Upper Pack River Road to the Selkirk Crest
between Mount Roothaan and Chimney Rock via the Chimney Rock Trail.  No
luck with White-tailed Ptarmigan, but I did flush a slightly early LAPLAND
LONGSPUR from the edge of the treeless basin below Mt. Roothaan.  HORNED
LARKS and AMERICAN PIPITS were flying all over the place, sometimes flushed
by one Cooper's and one Sharp-shinned Hawk, and very difficult to count.
 Lower on the trail I encountered an incredibly cooperative NORTHERN
PYGMY-OWL (my first for Boundary County) and at least 3 PINE GROSBEAKS.

Saturday, after seeing the 2 Sanderlings at Sandpoint, I made a quick drive
along the north end of the lake on Sunnyside Road and picked up 2 COMMON
TERNS in Shaw Bay and 10 Red-necked Grebes scattered about. 1 SANDERLING
was still at Sandpoint City Beach this evening and was the only shorebird
present.  There were still many, actually more, yellow-rumps and other
common migrants flitting around in the trees.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: SANDERLINGS at Sandpoint
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:42:16 -0700
There are currently 2 hatch-year Sanderlings at Sandpoint City Beach with 1
Baird's Sandpiper and 10 adult Herring Gulls.  Also a small concentration
of migrant landbirds including 6 American Pipits, Savannah Sparrows,
Y-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, and a slightly misplaced
Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: SANDERLINGS at Sandpoint
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:42:16 -0700
There are currently 2 hatch-year Sanderlings at Sandpoint City Beach with 1
Baird's Sandpiper and 10 adult Herring Gulls.  Also a small concentration
of migrant landbirds including 6 American Pipits, Savannah Sparrows,
Y-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, and a slightly misplaced
Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
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Subject: Spokane Co egret
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:44:00 -0700
This morning there was a GREAT EGRET at Philleo (north end), an OSPREY at
Turnbull NWR, and a SWAINSON'S HAWK at Spangle.  

Nothing new at Slavin Ranch.  

At least 8 TURKEY VULTURES were near Williams Lake.

Pipits are around now.

 

Good Birding,

 

Greg Falco

South Spokane Co near Turnbull

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Bennington Lake this morning
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:48:32 -0700
Hello all,
Arrived early this morning and found frost all around the lake - and hundreds 
of Violet-green and Barn Swallows feeding over the lake and especially on the 
rock face of the dam in the sun. Many birds were sitting on the rocks trying to 
warm up. 


A few migrants were around besides many Yrumps and Wcrowns - several 
Orange-crowned, Wilson's, Yellow and Townsend's Warblers, Warbling Vireo, 
Western Tanager, Pewee, Dusky and Hammond's Flycatchers. 


I spished in the canal and a couple Great Horned Owls answered me - then a 
young started begging. These birds have been silent until this cooler weather 
moved in. 


A nice cool morning for a walk, ML
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Subject: Fw: Mann Lake Goodies
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:30:06 -0700
Obvious need for correction.
Carl Lundblad caught my obvious mistype.
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER-- to bestr of my knowledge there is no American BB 
Plover. 


Keith
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Keith Carlson 
To: inland nw birders 
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 12:33 PM
Subject: Mann Lake Goodies


This AM at Mann Lake:

TURKEY VULTURE                                         1
Black-necked Stilt                                           1
AMERICAN BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER 1 juvenile 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15195523016/ 

Killdeer                                                             25-30
Greater Yellowlegs                                           1
Baird's Sandpiper                                              2
Least Sandpiper                                                1
Sempalmated Sandpiper                                    3
Red-necked Phalarope                                       2

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Subject: Sprague Lake pelagic
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:23:23 -0700
This morning I boat birded most of Sprague Lake.  

The only interesting bird was a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (Adams and Lincoln)

At least a couple CLARK'S GREBE'S continue in Lincoln.  

 

Otherwise no terns, few gulls, no loons, scoters, phalarope or jaegers. 

I hope they are all in Moses Lake for tomorrow's pelagic.

Greg Falco

South Spokane Co

 

 
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Subject: Mann Lake Goodies
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:33:51 -0700
This AM at Mann Lake:

TURKEY VULTURE                                         1
Black-necked Stilt                                            1
AMERICAN BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER 1 juvenile 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15195523016/ 

Killdeer                                                             25-30
Greater Yellowlegs                                           1
Baird's Sandpiper                                              2
Least Sandpiper                                                1
Sempalmated Sandpiper                                    3
Red-necked Phalarope                                       2

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Subject: Marbled Godwits
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:34:45 -0700
Hello all,
I headed out west again this morning in hopes of Sabine's or jaeger but found 
14 Marbled Godwits on the delta instead. A chilly 46 degrees and breezy - brrr! 

 Water came up really fast and most mud gone by 9 am. 

I hiked out to the end of Penninsula HMU thinking that would be a good spot to 
watch the river - but my only reward was 5 Common Loons - and lots of Yrumps 
and Wcrowns. A few Lincoln's Sparrows and OC Warblers too. 

Still Common and Forster's Terns at the first river access at Penninsula. At 
Casey pond the Killdeer and Snipe were sitting in the gravel parking area - no 
mud. A friend checked the blood pond today and there were no shorebirds at all. 


The chimney in College Place has hundreds of swifts coming in evenings.
Later, ML

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Subject: Slavin Ranch BC Night Heron, Migrants
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:43:19 +0000
Last 2 mornings have been lovely at Slavin Ranch. Highlights included a 
juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, annual but barely in Spokane County, and 
RED-NECKED GREBE, uncommon migrant/dispersant at this location. Other migrants 
included: 


Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Hammond's Flycatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Western Tanager
Dark-eyed Junco

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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Subject: Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Ben Bright <bencbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:00:40 -0700
Thank you everybody for all of your input; I really appreciate it and
learned some things. I'm going to go ahead and call the empidonax a
Hammond's and leave the sparrows to forever remain mysteries in the eBird
archives.

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM, Terry Gray  wrote:

> One more comment on bird #2.  Chipping sparrow has a very slight lower eye
> ark and a Brewer’s has a complete eye ring.  The lark Sparrow is the only
> sparrow that has a very deep wide white lower arch, the only other bird
> that shows that in a hatch year bird is a Horned Lark.  I  remember all
> these discussions from when Harry Kruger and I were discussing the bird I
> had at  Phillips Farm and it ended up being a Lark Sparrow – hatch year
> bird and looked quite similar to Ben’s Sparrow #2.
>
> Terry
>
>
>
> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Ben Bright
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:45 PM
> *To:* Inland NW birders
> *Subject:* [inland-NW-birders] Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah
> County
>
>
>
> Hi birders,
>
>
>
> A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large
> groups of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were
> White-crowned. I got some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but
> am unsure of the ID or if they can be IDed. Any ideas?:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the
> bottom of the checklist).
>
>
>
> Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of
> Idaho campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524
>
>
>
> Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great.
> Thanks!
>
>
>
> Ben Bright
>
>
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Subject: Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:18:21 -0700
One more comment on bird #2. Chipping sparrow has a very slight lower eye ark 
and a Brewer’s has a complete eye ring. The lark Sparrow is the only sparrow 
that has a very deep wide white lower arch, the only other bird that shows that 
in a hatch year bird is a Horned Lark. I remember all these discussions from 
when Harry Kruger and I were discussing the bird I had at Phillips Farm and it 
ended up being a Lark Sparrow – hatch year bird and looked quite similar to 
Ben’s Sparrow #2. 


Terry

 

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Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:45 PM
To: Inland NW birders
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County

 

Hi birders,

 

A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large groups 
of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were White-crowned. I got 
some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but am unsure of the ID or if 
they can be IDed. Any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the bottom 
of the checklist). 


 

Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of Idaho 
campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524 


 

Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great. Thanks!

 

Ben Bright

 
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Subject: Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:08:29 -0700
Thanks Carl yes I did I had to go back and look! I also considered Timberline 
as well. The gray rump though does lean towards the chipping. 


Bob



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> On Sep 11, 2014, at 14:55, "Carl Lundblad"  wrote:
> 
> Hi Bob,
> 
> Did you switch #1 and #2? To me #1 is the ambiguous bird. It seems too bright 
for the Brewer's Sparrows I am used to seeing, and I initially considered 
Timberline Sparrow or some other race of Brewer's that I am not used to 
seeing.... 

> 
> Thx!
> Carl
> 
>> On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM, Bob  wrote:
>> Ben,
>> I agree with Carl on #1 the lores are obvious and rump color as well. I am 
not so inclined to agree, with Carl, about #2. I would sure like to see a rump 
color. I would not rule out Brewer's sparrow. 

>> 
>> Bob Flores
>> Ridgefield, WA
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad
>> 
>>> On Sep 11, 2014, at 13:45, "Ben Bright"  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi birders,
>>> 
>>> A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large 
groups of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were White-crowned. I 
got some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but am unsure of the ID or 
if they can be IDed. Any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the bottom 
of the checklist). 

>>> 
>>> Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of 
Idaho campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524 

>>> 
>>> Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great. 
Thanks! 

>>> 
>>> Ben Bright
>>> 
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Subject: Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:57:54 -0700
Ben,

I agree with Carl about the empid. Hammond's also molt before fall migration so 
they can appear fresher in colors this time of year. 


Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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> On Sep 11, 2014, at 14:52, "Bob"  wrote:
> 
> Ben,
> I agree with Carl on #1 the lores are obvious and rump color as well. I am 
not so inclined to agree, with Carl, about #2. I would sure like to see a rump 
color. I would not rule out Brewer's sparrow. 

> 
> Bob Flores
> Ridgefield, WA
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Sep 11, 2014, at 13:45, "Ben Bright"  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi birders,
>> 
>> A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large 
groups of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were White-crowned. I 
got some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but am unsure of the ID or 
if they can be IDed. Any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the bottom 
of the checklist). 

>> 
>> Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of 
Idaho campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524 

>> 
>> Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great. 
Thanks! 

>> 
>> Ben Bright
>> 
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Subject: Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Bob <rflores_2 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:52:36 -0700
Ben,
I agree with Carl on #1 the lores are obvious and rump color as well. I am not 
so inclined to agree, with Carl, about #2. I would sure like to see a rump 
color. I would not rule out Brewer's sparrow. 


Bob Flores
Ridgefield, WA

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> On Sep 11, 2014, at 13:45, "Ben Bright"  wrote:
> 
> Hi birders,
> 
> A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large 
groups of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were White-crowned. I 
got some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but am unsure of the ID or 
if they can be IDed. Any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the bottom 
of the checklist). 

> 
> Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of 
Idaho campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524 

> 
> Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great. Thanks!
> 
> Ben Bright
> 
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Subject: Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:40:20 -0700
Charles Swift and I had a chat about these birds.  I was initially thrown
off by Sparrow #1 because at first glance it does not appear to have a dark
line through the lores, as all Chipping Sparrows should have.  But, the
overall plumage doesn't match the other 2 plausible spizellas (Brewer's and
Clay-colored), and the lack of a more prominent median crown stripe (among
other things) is no good for Clay-colored.  On closer inspection, sparrow
#1 does have a "dark" line all the way through the eye, including the lores
(I think), as a chipping sparrow should, but it is rather indistinct.
Sparrow #2 is also a fall-plumaged Chipping Sparrow; it lacks the head
pattern, breast pattern, chunky size, and heavy gray bill of a Lark Sparrow.

Empid photos 3 and 4 look good for Hammond's Flycatcher, based on the long
primary projection and resulting short-tailed impression as well as the
small and narrow bill, the disproportionately large-headed look, and the
slight ragged crest.  The amount of pale vs. dark on the lower mandible of
Hammond's is more variable than most field guides reflect, so I'm not too
concerned about that.  Empid photos 1 & 2 are presumably the same bird, but
the overall structure is trickier to judge at those angles.

Thanks, Ben.

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM, Terry Gray  wrote:

> Hi Ben,
>
>
>
> Nice photos!
>
>
>
> Mystery Sparrow #2 looks like a hatch year Lark Sparrow.  I got my first
> (lifer) there.  The first sparrow I thought was a possible Clay-colored
> sparrow but id does not have a clean gray nape but it could be  a Chipping
> sparrow in non-breeding plumage???
>
>
>
> Terry Gray
>
>
>
> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Ben Bright
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:45 PM
> *To:* Inland NW birders
> *Subject:* [inland-NW-birders] Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah
> County
>
>
>
> Hi birders,
>
>
>
> A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large
> groups of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were
> White-crowned. I got some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but
> am unsure of the ID or if they can be IDed. Any ideas?:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the
> bottom of the checklist).
>
>
>
> Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of
> Idaho campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524
>
>
>
> Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great.
> Thanks!
>
>
>
> Ben Bright
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Subject: Re: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:24:21 -0700
Hi Ben,

 

Nice photos!

 

Mystery Sparrow #2 looks like a hatch year Lark Sparrow. I got my first (lifer) 
there. The first sparrow I thought was a possible Clay-colored sparrow but id 
does not have a clean gray nape but it could be a Chipping sparrow in 
non-breeding plumage??? 


 

Terry Gray

 

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

Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:45 PM
To: Inland NW birders
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County

 

Hi birders,

 

A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large groups 
of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were White-crowned. I got 
some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but am unsure of the ID or if 
they can be IDed. Any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the bottom 
of the checklist). 


 

Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of Idaho 
campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524 


 

Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great. Thanks!

 

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Subject: Empidonax and sparrow sp. ID help, Latah County
From: Ben Bright <bencbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:45:19 -0700
Hi birders,

A couple days ago I birded Phillips Farm and came across a couple large
groups of what were likely all or mostly sparrows - some were
White-crowned. I got some okay pictures of a couple other individuals but
am unsure of the ID or if they can be IDed. Any ideas?:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788475 (pictures at the
bottom of the checklist).

Later in the day I came across an empidonax sp. (silent) on University of
Idaho campus and was able to get some pictures. Again, any ideas?:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19788524

Any help from somebody with more knowledge/experience would be great.
Thanks!

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Subject: Re: Mann Lake Tern
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:50:34 -0700
Common Tern based on dark carpal bar (dark bar visible at front of folded
young), dark primaries, and fairly extensive dark cap. Carpal bar along w/
 dark primaries diagnostic for this species. Although Arctic Tern also
shows a carpal bar primaries are pale gray. (Source Sibley Guide to the
Birds, 1st edition).


On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM, Keith Carlson 
wrote:

>  What's your pleasure ?
> Seen and photogrphed by Lynda Watson  31 August.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15209064802/
>
> Keith E. Carlson
> Lewiston
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Subject: Mann Lake Tern
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:25:23 -0700
What's your pleasure ?
Seen and photogrphed by Lynda Watson  31 August.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15209064802/

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Subject: possible white-throated sparrow this evening
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:06:06 -0700
Just as it became impossible to see the birds clearly this evening, I think
I spotted a white-throated sparrow. Will hope it's around tomorrow morning. 

 

Nancy Miller

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Subject: Updated Bird and Mammal Photos from Northern BC/Yukon Trip (Stewart-Cassiar and Alcan Highway)--Off Topic
From: Khanh Tran <khanhbatran AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:18:39 +0000
Hi Inland NW Birders:

Here is a link to my recent bird, mammal, and scenery photos from an impromptu 
trip to Northern BC this late August. My partner and I, started in Prince 
George, BC and drove northwest along the Stewart-Cassiar Highway and connected 
northeast via the Alcan towards Fort St. John, BC and then southward, to Prince 
George, BC. 


It was our first time to the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, and the main attraction, 
besides birds, were totem poles. We weren't disappointed by the magnificent, 
artistic cravings. The rest of the trip produce great birds, mammals, and 
scenery. The Stewart-Cassiar is a well maintained road that winds through 725 
km of beautiful mountain valleys and plateaus between the Skeena Valley and the 
Alaska Highway in southern Yukon. Wildlife is rich, with moose, wolves, and 
both Grizzly and Black bears being common. 


Not the best time of year to bird in terms of species diversity, but I am 
always drawn by the wonders of the North and birding in remote places covered 
by few birders. I highly recommend that you do this trip during your lifetime 
and soaking at Liard's Hotspring is a MUST. A boreal forest with beautiful 
plants surround you near the beautiful hotsprings with rich birdlife! 


One of my favorite moments during the trip was near Pink Mountain, BC. It is 
here in the 5-6 hours spent, that we found Willow Ptarmigan, 12 Dusky Grouse, 
18 Ruffed Grouse, and 5 Spruce Grouse (Taiga form). While admiring a family of 
Rock Ptarmigans, a pair of Smith's Longspur scurried right by me! It was really 
cool to see Dusky Grouse on colorful tundra within a few hundred yards from the 
Rock Ptarmigans. There were also four American Golden-Plovers at the summit! 
En route to the summit, a "Blonde" fox, Black Bear, and group of Stone Mountain 
Sheep delighted us. Yes, I love the BC and Yukon area!! 


Other fun birds seen during the trip but not photographed were Bohemian 
Waxwings, White-winged Crossbills, LeConte's Sparrows, and Connecticut 
Warbler. 


Feel free to ask me any general questions about the area. Most of the photos 
were taken with my point-and-shoot camera of 4.0 megapixel and 15x zoom and 
iPhone camera. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/23662496 AT N02/

Enjoy the photos and hope it inspires you to go someday!

Peace, love and good birding

Khanh Tran
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Subject: American Golden Plover, WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:53:03 -0700
Hello all,
After a week at the coast we are back to birding our own county. Lots of mud 
along the river today so lots of shorebirds! 


AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER - at Casey pond out on the island. WWCo. yearbird #242
Stilt Sandpipers - 2 at the delta
Black-necked Stilts at the delta, 2 Rivers and Penninsula - ebird says they are 
rare now - 

Avocets, both yellowlegs, peeps, phalaropes, dowitchers, Solitary and Pectoral 
Sandpipers, will be great shorebirding as long as the river stays low! 


Caspian, Common and Forster's Terns at Penninsula - 1 Franklin's Gull but no 
jaegers or Sabine's 

 
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE - are back with over 300 at Casey pond

Great Egrets everywhere - with 16 at junction pond (12/730), 13 at Penninsula.

Came home to find a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER in our yard - have had one down the 
block but this was a first! 


Didn't find passerines today except many Wcrowns and Yrumps at 2Rivers. But the 
wind came up and the dust made visibility about 150 ft by the time we came 
home! 

Later, ML

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Subject: Mountain Lion in Washtucna
From: Bob Derting <birder1bob AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:58:57 -0700
This last Sunday morning I was birding in Washtucna, at Bassett Park. I walked 
up the hill and beyond the community swimming pool looking for migrants 
species. Did find GRAY CATBIRD, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, ROCK WRENS, CASSIN'S VIREO, 
and then I notice a movement on a ledge below the rock rim - something that 
totally caught me by surprise, a Mountain lion. 

A while later, I spoke with a resident of Washtucna if she had heard of any 
recent reports of cougars in the Washtucna area, and she said that there has 
been several recent reports. 


So, if you are birding in Washtucna, beware of the possibility of seeing a 
Mountain lion hanging around the area. 


Bob Derting
West Richland, WA

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Subject: Mann Lake Shorebirds, etc.
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:03:59 -0700
The last couple of day's weather change has brought some good new birds.

This AM:
Killdeer                                2
Baird's Sandpiper                  11 juveniles
Least Sandpiper                    3 juveniles
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 interesting juvenile --- more rusty back and less 
black legs than expected, blunt bill 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15015603317/ 



Red-necked Phalarope 2 juveniles 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15015467010/in/photostream/ 


American Pipits                        8

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Subject: Kootenai Co. (ID) Rock Wren
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:55:26 -0700
A day late, but hopefully not wren short.  Late Monday afternoon (8 Sept.) I
had a ROCK WREN near Bayview (Kootenai Co.), Idaho at a spot which has
produced these scarce guys in the past.  Specifically, he was at the large
road cut locally called "the slide", just east of town on Cape Horn Rd along
the north shore of Scenic Bay (Lake Pend Oreille).  I'm pretty sure it
should be repeatable, hence this post, so if you don't know "where the heck
this is" and want to give it a try, please let me know separately and I can
give you directions.

 

On the "not likely repeatable" front, but interesting none the less were
about a dozen AMERICAN PIPITs which flew over our yard this morning in
Hayden, ID.  Great yard bird for us, but not the strangest observation of
the morning.  That distinction goes to a juvenile Cedar Waxwing which hopped
over to an immature White-crowned Sparrow and started begging!!  If that's
not weird enough for you, the sparrow actually responded by pecking in the
waxwing's open mouth - go figure.  The last bit of odd items from the Ward
yard came last week when we had a Willow Flycatcher feeding with a Red-eyed
Vireo on berries in our dogwoods out front.  I'd seen kingbirds scarffing
fruit before, but this was a first for me in the Empidonax family; anybody
else witness this before?

 

Anyway, I hope you can find the wren if you go, and as is always the case in
Nature, hope you have your own "strange-but-true" moments out there.

 

Good Birding,

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Subject: Fox sparrow
From: RUSSELL FROBE <rrfrobe AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:37:39 -0700
Yesterday we had a fox sparrow in our yard and we live only a few blocks west 
of Northtown! He was here most of the day but only came out on the lawn in the 
late afternoon so I could actually see what he was. 

Marian Frobe
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Subject: Moscow Lincoln's Sparrow bonanza etc., 9/7/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:54:35 -0700
There were at least 9 Lincoln's Sparrows at the Stateline Wetlands on the
west edge of town (just east of ID/WA border) this morning. They really
find to their liking the mix of weeds, shrubs, and willows at various
places along Paradise Creek in Moscow in fall. A flock of 5 were in the
southeast corner of the wetlands and pairs were at 2 other spots further
west. A decent number of Song, White-crowned, and Savannah Sparrows and
Common Yellowthroats were also here. There is now water being piped into a
number of cells whereas the wetland has been mostly dry (except in spring)
for the past few years. This could result in better birding here this fall.

Nearby the UI Dairy is drying up both figuratively (in terms of birds) and
literally. The wet spot behind the dairy that was holding shorebirds
recently is drying up with only Savannah Sparrows and a group of 3 Horned
Larks this morning. The large pond has little in the way of muddy shoreline
and while the smaller pond still has some pretty good "scum flats" there
was only a Spotted Sandpiper and 3 Killdeer present here today. Still you
never know what can turn up at spots like this and changes in water level
(or rain) could improve things in coming weeks.

thanks, Charles.

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Subject: Lake Coeur d'Alene and Silver Valley
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:58:20 -0700
I made a loop around Lake Coeur d'Alene today with a side trip part way up
the Silver Valley.  Of note was a flock of 9 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at the
Page Wastewater Ponds near Smelterville in Shoshone County with a MERLIN
nearby.  Landbird migration is often difficult to detect in the forests of
north Idaho, but I actually encountered small numbers of unequivocal and
likely migrants at several locations.  AMERICAN PIPITS were particularly
conspicuous with one or more individuals at North Idaho College Beach in
CDA, Pinehurst, Page Ponds, and at least 12 near Goose Haven Lake on Hell's
Gulch Flat northwest of St. Maries.  A few EVENING GROSBEAKS were near the
final location with other common western migrants.

The Wolf Lodge Bay to Harrison Run was fairly uneventful, but 4 RED-NECKED
GREBES were in Carlin Bay with 2 more and HORNED GREBES appearing in
Harrison Slough.  Bucephala (Bufflehead and Common Goldeneyes) are
beginning to assemble at the St. Maries Sewage Ponds with 3 LESSER SCAUP
but zero gulls.  Larger numbers of birds are beginning to congregate, as
the do during fall, in the bodies of water between St. Maries and Plummer;
Benewah, Round, and Chatcolet Lakes plus the "St. Joe Lagoon" just west of
St. Maries.  This final location already had about 500 AMERICAN WIGEON and
2000 AMERICAN COOTS.  5 COMMON LOONS and various grebes were near the SW
portion of Chatcolet with many Ring-billed and CA (only) Gulls.

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Subject: Lake Coeur d'Alene and Silver Valley
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:58:20 -0700
I made a loop around Lake Coeur d'Alene today with a side trip part way up
the Silver Valley.  Of note was a flock of 9 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at the
Page Wastewater Ponds near Smelterville in Shoshone County with a MERLIN
nearby.  Landbird migration is often difficult to detect in the forests of
north Idaho, but I actually encountered small numbers of unequivocal and
likely migrants at several locations.  AMERICAN PIPITS were particularly
conspicuous with one or more individuals at North Idaho College Beach in
CDA, Pinehurst, Page Ponds, and at least 12 near Goose Haven Lake on Hell's
Gulch Flat northwest of St. Maries.  A few EVENING GROSBEAKS were near the
final location with other common western migrants.

The Wolf Lodge Bay to Harrison Run was fairly uneventful, but 4 RED-NECKED
GREBES were in Carlin Bay with 2 more and HORNED GREBES appearing in
Harrison Slough.  Bucephala (Bufflehead and Common Goldeneyes) are
beginning to assemble at the St. Maries Sewage Ponds with 3 LESSER SCAUP
but zero gulls.  Larger numbers of birds are beginning to congregate, as
the do during fall, in the bodies of water between St. Maries and Plummer;
Benewah, Round, and Chatcolet Lakes plus the "St. Joe Lagoon" just west of
St. Maries.  This final location already had about 500 AMERICAN WIGEON and
2000 AMERICAN COOTS.  5 COMMON LOONS and various grebes were near the SW
portion of Chatcolet with many Ring-billed and CA (only) Gulls.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
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Subject: Am. Golden Plover at Para Ponds
From: James Cleaver <james.d.cleaver AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:59:37 -0700
The American Golden Plover is still present at Para Ponds North of Othello
and has an injured leg. I am watching it and have not seen it fly yet.

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Subject: Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area office
From: Kim Thorburn <kthorburn AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:57:24 -0700
Hi Birders,

 

Yesterday songbird migration was in full swing in the office yard of the 
Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area south of Creston in Lincoln County. The migrants 
included: 


red-naped sapsucker

Pacific-slope flycatcher

dusky flycatcher

gray flycatcher

Cassin's vireo

warbling vireo

Nashville warbler

MacGillavray's warbler

Wilson's warbler

yellow-rumped warbler

orange-crowned warbler

AMERICAN REDSTART-one first-year male and one female

Townsend's solitaire

spotted towhee

chipping sparrow

white-crowned sparrow

Lincoln's sparrow

 

They joined the local and lingering northern flicker, western wood-peewee, barn 
swallow, Say's phoebe, house wren, song sparrow, and red-winged blackbird. 


 

If you're birding off Hwy 2 in Lincoln County this time of year, the Swanson 
Lakes office yard can be an interesting stop. The ponds are dry but when the 
heavy rains made a puddle in the westside lake a couple of weeks ago, it 
attracted Bairds sandpipers and greater and lesser yellowlegs. 


 

Good birding, Kim

Spokane, WA

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Subject: Slavin Ranch RUDDY TURNSTONE
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 03:10:11 +0000
Tons of migrant shorebirds at Slavin Ranch this eve, highlight of which was a 
RUDDY TURNSTONE. Full list of species observed below. 


Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane

SC-Slavin Ranch, Spokane, US-WA
> Sep 6, 2014 6:16 PM - 7:42 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 > 40 species (+1 other taxa) > > Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 100 > Gadwall 30 > American Wigeon 20 > Mallard 100 > Blue-winged/Cinnamon Teal 8 > Northern Shoveler 30 > Northern Pintail 40 > Green-winged Teal (American) 100 > Redhead 5 > Ring-necked Duck 6 > Pied-billed Grebe 4 > Double-crested Cormorant 4 > Great Blue Heron 2 > Osprey 1 > Northern Harrier 1 > Sora 1 > American Coot 200 > Killdeer 35 > Solitary Sandpiper 1 > Greater Yellowlegs 4 > Lesser Yellowlegs 28 > Ruddy Turnstone 1 Photo! > Baird's Sandpiper 12 > Least Sandpiper 18 > Pectoral Sandpiper 10 > Western Sandpiper 2 > Wilson's Snipe 2 > Mourning Dove 2 > Great Horned Owl 1 > Belted Kingfisher 1 > Northern Flicker 1 > Black-capped Chickadee 5 > Mountain Chickadee 5 > Pygmy Nuthatch 5 > House Wren 1 > Marsh Wren 4 > European Starling 18 > American Pipit 1 > Common Yellowthroat 4 > Song Sparrow 1 > Red-winged Blackbird 25 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19756713 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) _______________________________________________ Inland-nw-birders mailing list Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu https://lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/inland-nw-birders
Subject: More MIGRANTS!
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:38:28 -0700
Spent another afternoon creek side, near the Koppel Community Garden in
Pullman. The best bird was a FOX SPARROW, only caught a couple glimpse but
it was calling loudly by the confluence. Lots of other sparrows including
Lincoln, Chipping, Song, and White Crowned Sparrows. One interesting note
was that I watched several WC Sparrows flycatching!! That seems like
different behavior for a sparrow. I also saw 6 species of warblers! There
were Yellow, Nashville, Yellowthroat, MacGillivrays, Wilsons, and
surprisingly lots of Orange Crowned. Extremely birdy out there, so don't
miss it!

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Subject: Brewer's Blackbird?
From: Marlene Cashen <mjaycashen AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:21:43 -0400

Hi,
 
We saw this bird on 8/29/14 in Sprague, WA. We assumed it was a male fall 
variant Brewer's Blackbird but wondered if it might be a Rusty. Would 
appreciate help with identification and any comments regarding how common or 
uncommon this might be. 


Thank you.

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Subject: Pectoral Sandpipers etc., UI Dairy Ponds, Sep 3, 2014
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:20:10 -0700
There were 3 Pectoral Sandpipers at the UI Dairy late this morning - 2 were
in the back of the dairy and 1 in the upper front pond, often out of view
on the near bank, along with a small group of 5 Northern Shoveler. A
smattering of other shorebirds were noted at both spots - complete eBird
list below. Manure spread on the field west of the dairy was attracting a
large number of blackbirds,starling, and magpies (the estimated counts
below undoubtedly conservative).

thanks, Charles.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM


Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  5
Swainson's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  17
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Western Sandpiper  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  1
Black-billed Magpie  21
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  40
European Starling  300
Brewer's Blackbird  100
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19659497

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



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Subject: UI Dairy Prairie Falcon (yesterday)
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:46:48 -0700
There was a Prairie Falcon over the fields east of the UI Dairy mid-day
yesterday. It soared up high and drifted off to the east out of view so
don't know if it's sticking around but worth keeping an eye open for. The
2nd large falcon species in that area in the past couple of weeks.

Also ~18 killdeer and continuing Solitary Sandpiper in the back wet area
but not much else (today and especially tomorrow could be interesting w/
this cold front passage).

thanks, Charles.

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Subject: Sprague/Cow Lake
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:17:34 +0000
This AM Cow Lake (Adams County, WA), shorebird numbers way down but the 
following were present: 


Black-necked Stilt
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

On the Adams side of Sprague Lake were two basic plumaged/immature-type 
FRANKLIN'S GULLS and many Red-necked Phalaropes, Western Grebes, and a few 
CLARK'S GREBES. A lingering Western Kingbird was still around. They should be 
gone from the region by the end of the week. The American Crow flock that was 
in the low 20's last week is up to 40 birds. Typical numbers at this location 
are 3-8 birds. Also a Prairie Falcon, likely not a migrant but fun to see. The 
Sprague Resort was a little livelier than last week with migrants including: 


Western Wood Pewee
Hammond's Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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Subject: Man Lake Black-crowned Night-Heron
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:59:49 -0700
Along with a smattering of the usual shorebirds, the Canyon Birders found an 
adult BC Night-Heron. 

It was on the NE side of the lake in the trees/willows and flew to the NW shore 
into a maze of bushes/trees/willows. 


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Subject: Slavin/Philleo Shorebirds
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:46:51 +0000
Some quick local checks today, at Slavin Ranch was a flock of 18 BLACK-NECKED 
STILTS, locally pretty uncommon in Spokane area, especially in fall. Other 
shorebirds were Greater and Lesser YL, Solitary Sandpiper, Killdeer, and Snipe. 
A PEREGRINE FALCON livened things up for a bit and a few migrant Yellow-rumped 
Warblers and Pipits were in the area. 


At Philleo Lake was a very large flock of BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, conservatively 50 
birds, perhaps double that giving the obstructed views. Other shorebirds were 
Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper and a lone Wilson's Phalarope. 


Good birding, 
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Subject: Little Gull continues at Creston MT
From: Daniel Casey <danielcasey55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:26:08 -0600
Craig Hohenberger (who first found the bird 31 July) refound the Little
Gull at the Creston wetland in the Flathead Valley again this morning,
after a hiatus of a week or more.

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Subject: Early Northern Shrike Clearwater County
From: mhaldy AT yahoo.com
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:09:49 -0700
I was working in the northeastern corner of Clearwater County this week and saw 
a Northern Shrike on August 26th on an open subalpine ridge 0.55 miles due 
north of Fly Hill - it's close to the Shoshone County border and to Montana. 

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Subject: Mann Lake This AM
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:27:48 -0700
While observing shorebirds this morning, I was not alone. This young Peregrine 
made an unsuccessful pass and managed to stir things up. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15064712062/in/photostream/

Interestingly, three of the shorebirds (2 Baird's and a Least Sandpiper) did 
not fly with the other 15-18, but hunkered down and seemed to vanish at waters 
edge. 


Nice selection of shorebirds today:
Lesser Yellowlegs     1
Least Sandpipers      7
Western Sandpipers  18
Pectoral Sandpipers    2
Baird's Sandpipers       3
Stilt Sandpipers          2

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Subject: Colville area sparrows
From: W & J Current <wjcurrent AT ultraplix.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:54:31 -0700
We had some migrants passing through our rural property this morning,
highlighted by several sparrow species, including:  white-crowned, lark,
Lincoln's, chipping, and song sparrow.  Vesper sparrows have been here  in
the past week.
 
Other birds of note include:  Black-chinned hummingbird, house wren, pine
siskin, western tanager, western kingbird, western bluebird, spotted towhee,
and yellow-rumped warbler.
 
We saw 24 species from our front porch.
 
Warren Current
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Subject: Potholes Res. WOS birding trip
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:24:29 -0700
Hello All,

The Potholes Res. birding trip is now open to all WOS members. This WOS 
birding trip is by boat on potholes res. leaving Mardon Resort at 6:30 
am on 14 Sept. We will return at 1:30 pm to Mardon Resort. The cost is 
75.00 per person payable directly to the boat skipper. Please bring a 
hat, sunglasses, bins, lunch, WATER and your good humor. Sign-up 
deadline is 10 Sept. first come first serve basis. Thank-you for 
supporting WOS and this fieldtrip. We are looking for Sabines Gulls, 
jaegers, shorebirds and migrant passerines. Come have fun and enjoy the 
outstanding chance of a great discovery.
Thank-you very much. I will return to this computer on 1 Sept.
Later Mike Denny

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Subject: Sprague Common Tern/Sabine's Gull
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:20:53 +0000
Today on the Adams side of Sprague Lake was 1 COMMON TERN and 1 SABINE'S GULL. 
The Sabine's gull was attacked by a PEREGRINE FALCON and escaped narrowly 
following some crazy aerial combat by zipping straight up several times where 
it can accelerate faster than the heavier Peregrine. More amazingly, this was 
the same location George Gerdts, Cindy McCormack, Brad Waggoner and I observed 
a Peregrine swoop and pick up a Sabine's off the water last September (the 
Peregrine proceeded to carry it to the Basalt outcropping and devour it). 


Also of note was a flock of 22 AMERICAN CROWS, a high count for this particular 
area where crows are highly localized. Most of the rest of scene was typical 
with some Vesper Sparrows and many Kingbirds along the road, waterfowl, 
pelicans, cormorants, grebes, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on the lake. Also a 
GREAT EGRET flying over the water. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper YES
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:34:57 -0700
Just a note if you go to the Dodd road blood ponds PLEASE park well OFF 
the road and do not get in the way of any farm vehicles - we would hate 
to lose access to these ponds.
THANK YOU

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper YES
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:25:03 -0700
Hello all,
Mike and I did a quick trip out this morning and quickly refound the BBSA at 
the blood pond. Did not see Kevin's Ruddy Turnstone. 

Also checked 2Rivers briefly and found 1 Stilt Sandpiper. Many shorebirds all 
along the river until the water level rises - the WWRdelta, 2Rivers and 
Penninsula HMU as well as the Yakima River Delta in Tricities will all be great 
shorebirding as long as there is mud. 

When the water goes up - many of these birds can be found at Cold Springs NWR 
in Umatilla Co. OR where Aaron had 55 Baird's Sandpipers yesterday. 


Good birding, ML

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Subject: Sprague Lake Birds
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:00:59 -0700
On my previous post I forgot to mention that there were Yellow,
Orange-crowned and Townsend's Warblers in the trees. Also several Empid
Flycatchers, and a Western Wood Peewee.
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Subject: Sprague area birding
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:20:00 -0700
Yesterday while birding at Cow Lake I saw a Great Egret.  It was across the
lake.  Also there were Am Avocets, Black-neck Stilts, Long-billed
Dowitchwers ,Greater Yellowlegs, and many shorebirds which were too far
away to ID.
At the Sprague Lake Resort I found Killdeer, a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater
and Lesser Yellowlegs, and a peep(sp?).
On Harder road were 30 to 50 Western Meadowlarks feeding in a hayfield
which was being mowed.  Farther along on the road were 100's of Bank
Swallows on the power line, and resting on the road.  This was a new
behavior to me!

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Subject: Buff-breasted sandpiper and ruddy turnstone blood ponds, Walla Walla County
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:45:54 -0700
Hey All,


The Buff-breasted Sandpiper continued for my girlfriend and I from 6:30-7:00. 
Before I saw the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper a non-breeding plumage RUDDY TURNSTONE 
hopped up on gravel divider between the blood ponds then flew to the pond 
farther from the road. 



Who knows what might pop up at the blood ponds next! :-) 


Good Birding,

Kevin Black
Kennewick, WA


Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 26, 2014, at 6:39 PM, Russ Koppendrayer  wrote:

> Hi MerryLynn and Tweeters,
> 
> It took me about 15 minutes to find it, but then the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER 
remained obvious for the balance of my stay. I watched this bird from about 
5:15 to 5:30 PM. 

> 
> Slightly smaller than nearby PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Had a short black bill, 
plain buffy head, neck and breast goining onto the belly. Yellow legs and 
"scaly" back. Very erect posture when not feeding. 

> 
> Thanks to James Cleaver.
> 
> Russ Koppendrayer
> Longview, WA
> 
> 
> On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM, Mike & MerryLynn  
wrote: 

>> Hello all - just noticed this - have asked for confirmation! This is in 
western WWCo. This species has been seen there before. 

>> MerryLynn
>> 
>> 
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Dodd Rd. Blood Ponds, 
Walla Walla County 

>> Date:	Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:34 -0700
>> From:	James Cleaver 
>> To: LCBirds2 , "Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu" 
 

>> 
>> I have been watching a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the blood ponds for the 
past half hour. It's still here, as of noon. 

>> 
>> James Cleaver
>> Richland, WA
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Subject: Buff-breasted sandpiper and ruddy turnstone blood ponds, Walla Walla County
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:45:54 -0700
Hey All,


The Buff-breasted Sandpiper continued for my girlfriend and I from 6:30-7:00. 
Before I saw the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper a non-breeding plumage RUDDY TURNSTONE 
hopped up on gravel divider between the blood ponds then flew to the pond 
farther from the road. 



Who knows what might pop up at the blood ponds next! :-) 


Good Birding,

Kevin Black
Kennewick, WA


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On Aug 26, 2014, at 6:39 PM, Russ Koppendrayer  wrote:

> Hi MerryLynn and Tweeters,
> 
> It took me about 15 minutes to find it, but then the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER 
remained obvious for the balance of my stay. I watched this bird from about 
5:15 to 5:30 PM. 

> 
> Slightly smaller than nearby PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Had a short black bill, 
plain buffy head, neck and breast goining onto the belly. Yellow legs and 
"scaly" back. Very erect posture when not feeding. 

> 
> Thanks to James Cleaver.
> 
> Russ Koppendrayer
> Longview, WA
> 
> 
> On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM, Mike & MerryLynn  
wrote: 

>> Hello all - just noticed this - have asked for confirmation! This is in 
western WWCo. This species has been seen there before. 

>> MerryLynn
>> 
>> 
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Dodd Rd. Blood Ponds, 
Walla Walla County 

>> Date:	Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:34 -0700
>> From:	James Cleaver 
>> To: LCBirds2 , "Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu" 
 

>> 
>> I have been watching a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the blood ponds for the 
past half hour. It's still here, as of noon. 

>> 
>> James Cleaver
>> Richland, WA
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>> 
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Subject: Upland Sandpiper
From: Robert Bond <gandrbond AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:44:56 -0600
About 10:30 AM this morning my wife and I rounded the corner onto a dirt road 
in a meadow at Coolin on the S. end of Priest Lake, and an Upland Sandpiper was 
in the middle of the road not 50 feet in front of us. It stayed there for 
approximately 12 to 15 seconds before it ran a 100 yards down the road and then 
flew off to the south. Fortunately I was carrying my camera and I was able to 
get 3 good pictures of the bird. Interestingly, this bird was within a 100 
yards of where we found an Upland Sandpiper 12 to 15 years ago, although that 
bird was found in the spring. 

 
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Subject: Bennington this morning
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:20:28 -0700
Hello all,
Another warm morning walk around the lake - and summer birds still here. 
Bullock's Oriole, Lazuli Buntings, Black-headed Grosbeak, Chat, Catbirds and 
several House Wrens. Many Wilson's Warblers, Townsend's and Warbling Vireo's 
coming through. 


The surprise this morning was an early TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE! 

Several folks looked for the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the blood pond on Dodd 
rd this afternoon with no luck so far - but that bird is really hard to find 
out there as it matches the gunk it's in perfectly. James sent me photos and I 
had to look twice to see the bird. Very nice find James! WWCo. bird #241 for 
the year. 


Later, ML


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Dodd Rd. Blood Ponds, Walla Walla County
From: James Cleaver <james.d.cleaver AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:34 -0700
I have been watching a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the blood ponds for the
past half hour. It's still here, as of noon.

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Subject: Mew Gull, Marbled Godwits
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:40:05 -0700
Hello all,
Yesterday morning the water level was low on the river so I had to go see what 
might be out there. At the delta was an adult MEW GULL, Western Gull - and one 
MARBLED GODWIT. A few shorebirds present but many more at 2Rivers - 3 MARBLED 
GODWITS, 7 STILT SANDPIPERS, dowitchers, both yellowlegs, phalaropes, peeps, 
avocet and stilts. Also Common and Forster's Terns, Bonaparte's Gulls, 72 
species in one spot - including a chat! 


Sora and Virginia Rails were working the mud along the reeds - and 16 Great 
Egrets at the delta. 

This will be great birding as long as the water stays low - but it always goes 
up on weekends. 


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Subject: Northern Panhandle, 15-24 August (Long)
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:50:12 -0700
I spent a long week birding, hiking, and exploring mostly the northern
panhandle of Idaho.  Rain was frequent and persistent, and it's amazing how
quiet vast tracts of forest are in this post-breeding period.  But, I saw
many great birds, other wildlife, and numerous incredible landscapes.

On Friday 8/15 I headed up-panhandle, but not before making a trip out to
St. Maries to look unsuccessfully for the Sabine's Gull seen there the
previous day.  A flock/concentration of 32+ EASTERN KINGBIRDS was at a
single location near Potlatch.  An AMERICAN AVOCET at the DeSmet sewage
ponds was a Benewah first for me, I think.  Three BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were
at Sandpoint City Beach that afternoon.  That evening I camped at the end
of the paved road up Lightning Creek in the Cabinet Mountains east of Lake
Pend Oreille.  From there, I hiked on Saturday in the rain to Moose and
Estelle Lakes and encountered PINE GROSBEAKS at each location and a sweet
Boreal Toad at Estelle.  A large bear barely seen running through
huckleberries in this area will have to go down as Ursus sp., but what
little I saw didn't match my search image of a Black Bear.  Estelle Lake is
among the very most scenic of the high-elevation lakes I've visited in
north Idaho.

On Sunday 8/17 I met a Moscow friend for a hike to Stevens Lakes in the
Bitterroot Range just west of Lookout Pass.  En route we stopped to
investigate multiple waterfalls on Willow Creek I noted last fall,
including one that appears to be a potential Black Swift nest site.  We saw
no swifts and no apparent nests, though not all possible nest locations are
easily visible from the ground.  We did encounter 2-3 additional PINE
GROSBEAKS, and an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was flying around Upper Stevens
Lake.  Wildflower diversity and abundance were superlative on this hike.  I
headed back towards Sandpoint that evening and saw 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS
flying over Naples.

Monday I birded Kootenai NWR which produced 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 2 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and the suite of nice breeding passerines
including RED-EYED VIREOS, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and LEAST FLYCATCHERS.
 Driving north from the refuge on West Side Road I found another SOLITARY
SANDPIPER in a wet field, and a group of over 100 BANK SWALLOWS on a wire
suggests another breeding colony in the area.  Boundary Creek WMA was
mostly a disappointment; there were very nice looking mud conditions and
yet no shorebirds.  The location did produce additional A. REDSTARTS and
RED-EYED VIREOS.  That evening I drove up the Pack River Road and chose a
campsite in view of Chimney Rock.

On Tuesday, I embarked on a three day hike to the Seven Sisters portion of
the Selkirk Crest.  I hiked to Upper Beehive Lake and camped there for both
nights.  On Wednesday I undertook an airy off-trail hike along and below
the Selkirk Crest from Beehive Lake most of the way north to Harrison Lake
before the thunder and lightning drove me back down.  En route, I passed
Little Harrison Lake (AKA Beehive #3?), above which lies a vast and
spectacular treeless basin.  Exploring this wonderland produced at least 6
AMERICAN PIPTS that I presume to be breeders, a ROCK WREN, and a surprise
MERLIN, flying along the crest.  This area is worth investigating for
Ptarmigan, even though I saw no evidence.  PINE GROSBEAKS were a fixture
each day around Upper Beehive.  An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew over camp on
Tuesday, and on Thursday I was surprised by a high-elevation BALD EAGLE.
 After hiking out on Thursday, I spent a bit of time birding the Upper Pack
River road but dipped on Boreal Chickadee.  Sandpoint City Beach, that
evening, provided only 1 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, a migrant SHARP-SHINNED HAWK,
and a refreshing swim.  Heading back north, a flock of ~150 VAUX'S SWIFTS
were swirling over the Kootenai River in downtown Bonner's Ferry in a
dramatic evening thunderstorm.  A COMMON NIGTHWAWK called a few times
around sunset over the Meadow Creek Campground north of Moyie Springs.

Friday it rained most of the day, and I explored the far northeast
panhandle by truck and on foot.  Solomon Lake, east of Moyie Springs, was
an interesting stop and produced a few RUFFED GROUSE strutting along the
road.  Nearby Perkins Lake had a few NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES.  I headed
north to the Eastport area and drove up FR 2509 to Spruce Lake where I
found 2-3 BOREAL CHICKADEES.  Another probable Boreal Chickadee and a PINE
GROSBEAK were another mile up the road.  My final PINE GROSBEAK of the trip
was a Canuck Pass- it sure was good to see so many this week.  A migrant
SAVANNAH SPARROW in Spruce-Fir at 6000 ft. was a minor surprise about a
half mile east of the pass.  Coming down Deer Creek, back towards Highway
2, I had a nice sighting of a moose calf with mom.

Saturday (8/23) morning a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was flying around McArthur Lake
WMA in southern Boundary County.  My fourth and final stop in nine days at
Sandpoint City Beach I finally hit pay dirt with the RUDDY TRUNSTONE I
previously reported.  2 BARID'S SANDPIPERS and 2 adult HERRING GULLS were
also present.  At the Clark Fork Delta driftwood yard there were at least 4
more HERRING GULLS and a lone CASPIAN TERN flew by.  In the afternoon I
drove down to the Lochsa River area to meet friends for a bird-uneventful
hike today.  This put me in position to make a brief stop at Mann Lake.
 Shorebirding was excellent including the continuing STILT SANDPIPER, a
BLACK-NECKED STILT, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, a
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and at least 6 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS. A flock of ~30
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were flying over Power Ave. in Lewiston as I departed
Mann Lake.

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Subject: Northern Panhandle, 15-24 August (Long)
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:50:12 -0700
I spent a long week birding, hiking, and exploring mostly the northern
panhandle of Idaho.  Rain was frequent and persistent, and it's amazing how
quiet vast tracts of forest are in this post-breeding period.  But, I saw
many great birds, other wildlife, and numerous incredible landscapes.

On Friday 8/15 I headed up-panhandle, but not before making a trip out to
St. Maries to look unsuccessfully for the Sabine's Gull seen there the
previous day.  A flock/concentration of 32+ EASTERN KINGBIRDS was at a
single location near Potlatch.  An AMERICAN AVOCET at the DeSmet sewage
ponds was a Benewah first for me, I think.  Three BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were
at Sandpoint City Beach that afternoon.  That evening I camped at the end
of the paved road up Lightning Creek in the Cabinet Mountains east of Lake
Pend Oreille.  From there, I hiked on Saturday in the rain to Moose and
Estelle Lakes and encountered PINE GROSBEAKS at each location and a sweet
Boreal Toad at Estelle.  A large bear barely seen running through
huckleberries in this area will have to go down as Ursus sp., but what
little I saw didn't match my search image of a Black Bear.  Estelle Lake is
among the very most scenic of the high-elevation lakes I've visited in
north Idaho.

On Sunday 8/17 I met a Moscow friend for a hike to Stevens Lakes in the
Bitterroot Range just west of Lookout Pass.  En route we stopped to
investigate multiple waterfalls on Willow Creek I noted last fall,
including one that appears to be a potential Black Swift nest site.  We saw
no swifts and no apparent nests, though not all possible nest locations are
easily visible from the ground.  We did encounter 2-3 additional PINE
GROSBEAKS, and an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was flying around Upper Stevens
Lake.  Wildflower diversity and abundance were superlative on this hike.  I
headed back towards Sandpoint that evening and saw 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS
flying over Naples.

Monday I birded Kootenai NWR which produced 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 2 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and the suite of nice breeding passerines
including RED-EYED VIREOS, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and LEAST FLYCATCHERS.
 Driving north from the refuge on West Side Road I found another SOLITARY
SANDPIPER in a wet field, and a group of over 100 BANK SWALLOWS on a wire
suggests another breeding colony in the area.  Boundary Creek WMA was
mostly a disappointment; there were very nice looking mud conditions and
yet no shorebirds.  The location did produce additional A. REDSTARTS and
RED-EYED VIREOS.  That evening I drove up the Pack River Road and chose a
campsite in view of Chimney Rock.

On Tuesday, I embarked on a three day hike to the Seven Sisters portion of
the Selkirk Crest.  I hiked to Upper Beehive Lake and camped there for both
nights.  On Wednesday I undertook an airy off-trail hike along and below
the Selkirk Crest from Beehive Lake most of the way north to Harrison Lake
before the thunder and lightning drove me back down.  En route, I passed
Little Harrison Lake (AKA Beehive #3?), above which lies a vast and
spectacular treeless basin.  Exploring this wonderland produced at least 6
AMERICAN PIPTS that I presume to be breeders, a ROCK WREN, and a surprise
MERLIN, flying along the crest.  This area is worth investigating for
Ptarmigan, even though I saw no evidence.  PINE GROSBEAKS were a fixture
each day around Upper Beehive.  An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew over camp on
Tuesday, and on Thursday I was surprised by a high-elevation BALD EAGLE.
 After hiking out on Thursday, I spent a bit of time birding the Upper Pack
River road but dipped on Boreal Chickadee.  Sandpoint City Beach, that
evening, provided only 1 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, a migrant SHARP-SHINNED HAWK,
and a refreshing swim.  Heading back north, a flock of ~150 VAUX'S SWIFTS
were swirling over the Kootenai River in downtown Bonner's Ferry in a
dramatic evening thunderstorm.  A COMMON NIGTHWAWK called a few times
around sunset over the Meadow Creek Campground north of Moyie Springs.

Friday it rained most of the day, and I explored the far northeast
panhandle by truck and on foot.  Solomon Lake, east of Moyie Springs, was
an interesting stop and produced a few RUFFED GROUSE strutting along the
road.  Nearby Perkins Lake had a few NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES.  I headed
north to the Eastport area and drove up FR 2509 to Spruce Lake where I
found 2-3 BOREAL CHICKADEES.  Another probable Boreal Chickadee and a PINE
GROSBEAK were another mile up the road.  My final PINE GROSBEAK of the trip
was a Canuck Pass- it sure was good to see so many this week.  A migrant
SAVANNAH SPARROW in Spruce-Fir at 6000 ft. was a minor surprise about a
half mile east of the pass.  Coming down Deer Creek, back towards Highway
2, I had a nice sighting of a moose calf with mom.

Saturday (8/23) morning a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was flying around McArthur Lake
WMA in southern Boundary County.  My fourth and final stop in nine days at
Sandpoint City Beach I finally hit pay dirt with the RUDDY TRUNSTONE I
previously reported.  2 BARID'S SANDPIPERS and 2 adult HERRING GULLS were
also present.  At the Clark Fork Delta driftwood yard there were at least 4
more HERRING GULLS and a lone CASPIAN TERN flew by.  In the afternoon I
drove down to the Lochsa River area to meet friends for a bird-uneventful
hike today.  This put me in position to make a brief stop at Mann Lake.
 Shorebirding was excellent including the continuing STILT SANDPIPER, a
BLACK-NECKED STILT, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, a
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and at least 6 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS. A flock of ~30
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were flying over Power Ave. in Lewiston as I departed
Mann Lake.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: Jaeger False Alarm at Mann Lake
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:21:45 -0700
Hello Birders,

Sorry for the false alarm. I was really fooled by my first Mann Lake
Peregrine Falcon. I looked at one of my photos and thought for sure I was
looking at the bill of a Jaeger. Thanks to Steve Hofhine who pointed out
what I thought was a bill was actually a wing tip.

Still a great day at Mann Lake. Stilt Sandpiper and a lot of warblers. 40+
species even though many expected birds were surpassingly missing. Though I
did not do a complete walk around the lake. No Blackbirds, No Starlings, No
Killdeer, and one sparrow. All of the shorebirds except for a group of
Baird's that flew in late were in the square settling ponds.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19566796

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Subject: Jaeger False Alarm at Mann Lake
From: "John Hanna johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:21:45 -0700
Hello Birders,

Sorry for the false alarm. I was really fooled by my first Mann Lake
Peregrine Falcon. I looked at one of my photos and thought for sure I was
looking at the bill of a Jaeger. Thanks to Steve Hofhine who pointed out
what I thought was a bill was actually a wing tip.

Still a great day at Mann Lake. Stilt Sandpiper and a lot of warblers. 40+
species even though many expected birds were surpassingly missing. Though I
did not do a complete walk around the lake. No Blackbirds, No Starlings, No
Killdeer, and one sparrow. All of the shorebirds except for a group of
Baird's that flew in late were in the square settling ponds.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19566796

Good Birding,

John Hanna
Lewiston, Idaho
Subject: Migration is On
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:35:45 -0700
I decided before I get too busy here at WSU, I would do some long awaited 
birding. I headed down to the Riverside Walk by the community garden. Lots of 
migrants passing through. I found 6 species of warblers including Nashville, 
MacGilivray's, Yellowthroat, Townsend's, Orange Crowned, and countless 
Wilson's. There were also Warbling Vireos, Chipping Sparrows, Dusky, and 
Hammond's Flycatchers. Other more common birds include Red Breasted Nuthatch, 
Red Tailed Hawks, and a Belted Kingfisher. A fantastic morning of birds! 


RJ Baltierra 
WSU, Pullman, WA

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Subject: Mann Lake - Jaeger?
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:05:23 -0700
What I first thought was a Osprey - Falcon aerial battle appears to be a Osprey 
- JAEGER battle from looking at my photos. The Stilt Sandpiper continues and 
the willows are dripping with warblers. 


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Subject: Re: UI DAIRY Peregrine Falcon
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:32:46 -0700
Stilt Sandpipers also still present (with peeps/killdeer) behind the dairy.
No more sightings of peregrine since earlier report.
On Aug 24, 2014 9:39 AM, "Charles Swift"  wrote:

> Peregrine Falcon still present at UI Dairy this AM, just zipped over the
> ponds. Not many shorebirds so far (just killdeer) but just now working my
> way around to the back where most have been.
>
> Charles.
> On Aug 23, 2014 10:16 AM, "Charles Swift"  wrote:
>
>> Over the past 45 minutes they has been a gorgeous imm. Peregrine flying
>> around and harassing the many birds around the dairy. Also most reported
>> shorebirds still present.
>>
>> Charles.
>>
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Subject: Re: UI DAIRY Peregrine Falcon
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:39:35 -0700
Peregrine Falcon still present at UI Dairy this AM, just zipped over the
ponds. Not many shorebirds so far (just killdeer) but just now working my
way around to the back where most have been.

Charles.
On Aug 23, 2014 10:16 AM, "Charles Swift"  wrote:

> Over the past 45 minutes they has been a gorgeous imm. Peregrine flying
> around and harassing the many birds around the dairy. Also most reported
> shorebirds still present.
>
> Charles.
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Subject: NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:48:51 -0700
Hello all,
While birding Walker HMU on the Snake River west of Lower Monumental Dam 
this afternoon I found and photo'd the 2nd county record (and first for 
us!) N. Waterthrush. Radio'd Mike but we could not relocate the bird 
until over an hour later when we went back to the spot and there it was 
- Mike did get to see it! CHOCOLATE FOR US!
The 1st record for WWCo. was in 1980 on the WWRdelta.

Just north of Walla Walla on SR 125 this morning we had a Loggerhead 
Shrike and many Vesper Sparrows on the move.

At the Pettijohn road bridge we found: Chat, Catbird, House Wrens, 
warblers, Pewees.

On Donnelly road was a FOX SPARROW - really weird place for this very 
dark bird - not a tree for miles. At the brushline I pished in a 
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW - and we had 2 families of Gray Partridge - 1 mom 
with six young right in the road.  Also had our first-of-fall 
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS along Donnelly. Many Rock Wrens along this road - 
they go in and out of the holes in the dirt banks. Eleven Say's Phoebe's 
along this road as well.

At the junction of Piper Canyon and Smith Springs were many migrants in 
the weeds - including 1 GRAY FLYCATCHER.

At Walker HMU the warblers were really on the move - many Wilson's, 
fewer Yellow, Townsend's, Orange-crowned, MacGillivray's and Nashville. 
Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Orioles and Black-headed Grosbeak still around 
as well as good numbers of Eastern and Western Kingbirds. A Canyon Wren 
was along the railroad in the rocks.

One Caspian Tern flew by.

We cut our birding short after finding an injured female American 
Kestrel - could not fly but no visible injury. We took it to animal 
clinic east in WW where a vet was thankfully on duty and she will send 
it to Blue Mountain Wildlife south of Pendleton.

It was a very good day! ML


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Subject: Great Stevens and Ferry Birds
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:55:13 -0400
I'm having a pretty stellar afternoon along Lake Roosevelt and wanted to share 
some birds. As of the time of this post a lone Double Crested Cormorant is on 
the log booms in Ferry viewed from Northport Flat Creek Rd 3 miles Niorth of 
the Kettle Falls Bridge. DCCO is nearly impossible in this county. Earlier I 
had an EAGR among a large grebe flock at Barnaby Creek north of Inchelium. And 
before catching the ferry from the Stevens County side a Mew Gull was loafing 
at the Gifford Campground boat launch. Think I'll by a lottery ticket when I 
get to Omak tonight. 


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Subject: Great Stevens and Ferry Birds
From: Tom Mansfield <birds AT t-mansfield.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:55:13 -0400
I'm having a pretty stellar afternoon along Lake Roosevelt and wanted to share 
some birds. As of the time of this post a lone Double Crested Cormorant is on 
the log booms in Ferry viewed from Northport Flat Creek Rd 3 miles Niorth of 
the Kettle Falls Bridge. DCCO is nearly impossible in this county. Earlier I 
had an EAGR among a large grebe flock at Barnaby Creek north of Inchelium. And 
before catching the ferry from the Stevens County side a Mew Gull was loafing 
at the Gifford Campground boat launch. Think I'll by a lottery ticket when I 
get to Omak tonight. 


Tom Mansfield on Sherman Pasd

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Subject: Re: Mann Lake Stilt Sandpiper
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:52:43 -0700
I also had a Facebook friend that observed one on the St. Joe River
yesterday!


Terry Gray

 

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Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:29 AM
To: inland nw birders
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Mann Lake Stilt Sandpiper

 

This AM at Mann Lake, Canyon Birders had another Stilt Sandpiper (maybe
two).

Shown here with a Yellowlegs
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/14824385770/

 

Ceretinaly an unusual year for this species.

 

Other shorebirds:

Black-necked Stilt

Killdeer

Lesser Yellowlegs

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper.

 

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Subject: Mann Lake Stilt Sandpiper
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:29:28 -0700
This AM at Mann Lake, Canyon Birders had another Stilt Sandpiper (maybe two).
Shown here with a Yellowlegs https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/14824385770/ 


Ceretinaly an unusual year for this species.

Other shorebirds:
Black-necked Stilt
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper.

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Subject: UI DAIRY Peregrine Falcon
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:16:57 -0700
Over the past 45 minutes they has been a gorgeous imm. Peregrine flying
around and harassing the many birds around the dairy. Also most reported
shorebirds still present.

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Subject: Re: Stilt Sandpipers at UI Dairy Pond Area remain
From: Jane Westervelt <jwestervelt AT live.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:26:56 -0700
Thanks for the update Terry! I managed to find the Stilt Sandpipers (lifer!) 
and while I can't say I saw everything else on your list nor was I able to get 
such close views, I can add a Wilson's Snipe, nestled down low in the grass and 
not moving. 


Jane

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> Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:37:51 -0700
> Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Stilt Sandpipers at UI Dairy Pond Area remain
> 
> Hi Birder,
> 
> I stopped at the UI Dairy Ponds this morning before 7:00 a.m.  There are
> many shore birds behind the dairy and some birds at the lower pond also.
> The shore birds are very active and I may have missed a species as they were
> constantly moving.  The pair of Stilt Sandpipers worked close to the road
> where I was 20 feet from them.  A list of my observations is below:
> 
> Canada Goose - 14
> Mallards - 26
> Wood Duck pair
> Great Blue Heron
> Swainson's Hawk
> Killdeer 30+
> Solitary Sandpiper
> Semipalmated Plover 
> Western Sandpiper 3
> Least Sandpiper 
> Baird's Sandpiper 2
> Stilt Sandpiper 2
> European Starling many
> Eurasian Collared-Dove many
> Savannah Sparrow 4
> 
> Good Birding!
> 
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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone in Sandpoint
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:06:22 -0700
Around 7:30 this morning I found a RUDDY TURNSTONE at Sandpoint City Beach,
on the beach between the mini Statue of Liberty and the concession stand.
 Many photos were obtained, will be posted later, and will be submitted to
the IBRC.  Also, a couple of Baird's Sandpipers and an adult Herring Gull.

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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone in Sandpoint
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:06:22 -0700
Around 7:30 this morning I found a RUDDY TURNSTONE at Sandpoint City Beach,
on the beach between the mini Statue of Liberty and the concession stand.
 Many photos were obtained, will be posted later, and will be submitted to
the IBRC.  Also, a couple of Baird's Sandpipers and an adult Herring Gull.

Good Birding

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Subject: RUDDY TURNSTONE - blood pond
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:07:41 -0700
Hello all,
Mike was off today so we sat at the blood pond on Dodd rd and counted 
shorebirds until a crop duster made 8 passes over the ponds spraying cornfields 
to the west. Mike spotted WWCo's 4th record Ruddy Turnstone - Kevin Black found 
the last one here in May of 2010. 


Other shorebirds:
Killdeer - 92
Gr. Yellowlegs - 1
Leserlegs  - 8
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1
Least Sandpiper - 9
Western Sandpiper - 158
Baird's Sandpiper - 44
Pectoral Sandpiper - 4
Wilson's Snipe - 1

Of course there were more in the far ponds - so never know whats out there!

High water at the delta - we sat on the bluff but nothing unusual. No terns.

Headed to Warehouse Beach in Umatilla Co - just 12 miles downriver and found 18 
Forster's, 2 Caspian and 3 Common Terns - they love the rocky islands out 
there! Below McNary Dam was 1 Franklin's Gull among the Ring-billed and Cal. 


Walla Walla has just had a real thunderbanger with hail and sheets of rain - 
our street should be very clean after this flood! Enough hail in our yard to 
turn the grass white - don't see that here very often. 


Good birding, ML
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