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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 ]
22 Aug Re: Stilt Sandpipers at University of Idaho Dairy Pond [Charles Swift ]
22 Aug Re: migrants, late summer birds ["Stephens, Dan" ]
22 Aug Stilt Sandpipers at University of Idaho Dairy Pond [Ben Bright ]
21 Aug migrants, late summer birds [Mike & MerryLynn ]
21 Aug Nighthawk migration flock [Greg Falco ]
21 Aug 2014 Nez Perce County Big Year - August 21st update [John Hanna ]
21 Aug 2014 Nez Perce County Big Year - August 21st update ["John Hanna johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
21 Aug Warblers [Buck & Sandy ]
21 Aug Moscow area birds [Charles Swift ]
21 Aug Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14 [Charles Swift ]
21 Aug Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14 ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
19 Aug Fwd: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbirds Breeding in Idaho [Nancy Miller ]
19 Aug Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14 [Terry Gray ]
19 Aug Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14 [Charles Swift ]
19 Aug Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14 [Charles Swift ]
19 Aug Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14 [Terry Gray ]
18 Aug Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14 [Charles Swift ]
19 Aug Reardan Willet Report ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
17 Aug Re: OffTopic-Doe & Fawns in trouble [EarthBourne ]
16 Aug OffTopic-Doe & Fawns in trouble ["EarthBourne Resources, Inc." ]
15 Aug Shorebirds in N E Washington [Terry Little ]
14 Aug Moscow Migrants Etc. [Carl Lundblad ]
14 Aug Moscow Migrants Etc. ["Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" ]
14 Aug Sabine's Gull at St Maries [Sarah Walker ]
12 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Chiawana Park, Aug 12, 2014 [Kevin Black ]
11 Aug ospreys [Lindell Haggin ]
11 Aug Common Nighthawks [Lindell Haggin ]
10 Aug Garfield county yearlist needs your help [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
10 Aug Columbia County yearlist needs your help [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
10 Aug Migrants [RUSSELL FROBE ]
9 Aug Moscow Area Migrants [Carl Lundblad ]
9 Aug Re: early migration?? hummers [Greg Falco ]
9 Aug early migration?? [illflyaway ]
9 Aug Mann Lake [Keith Carlson ]
8 Aug Olive sided flycatcher, and migrating sparrows Franklin County [Kevin Black ]
9 Aug Spokane Great Egrets ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
6 Aug Re: google 'jay laying on ground' ["Sherry Lee" ]
5 Aug RFI Barn and W Screech owls near Leavenworth [Sandy Ayer ]
5 Aug Cow Lake Shorebirds ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
5 Aug Cow Lake Shorebirds ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
5 Aug Black-headed grosbeak [Tina ]

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, 
Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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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
Colville, WA
 
 
 
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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

MIKE & MERRYLYNN DENNY BIRDING THE BEAUTIFUL WALLA WALLA VALLEY IF YOU 
HAVEN'T GONE BIRDING, YOU HAVEN'T LIVED
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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,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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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


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: 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. 


Later, ML


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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.

Good Birding

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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. 


Tom Mansfield on Sherman Pasd

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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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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.

 

Keith E. Carlson

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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

> From: clgtlg AT moscow.com
> To: ible AT yahoogroups.com; Inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
> 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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Subject: Re: Stilt Sandpipers at University of Idaho Dairy Pond
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:48:14 -0700
At least 1 Stilt Sandpiper still present at UI Dairy, but now in wet area
in fields behind dairy. Also in this area 3 Western, 2 Baird's, and half
dozen or so Killdeer. Not much in ponds except solitary sandpiper, great
blue Herron, and teal of some kind (think green-winged) but good mud here
(best this summer probably).

Charles.
On Aug 22, 2014 12:31 PM, "Ben Bright"  wrote:

> Hi birders,
>
> This morning at 7:40 I saw two Stilt Sandpipers at the University of Idaho
> Dairy Ponds. I wasn't sure what I was seeing and was lamenting my lack of
> better optics as I watched them on the far shore when they flew directly
> toward me and landed on the near shore so I could get some pictures, after
> which they flew east. Checklist and pictures here:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19541850
>
> Ben Bright
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Subject: Re: migrants, late summer birds
From: "Stephens, Dan" <DStephens AT wvc.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:59:50 -0700
Greetings,

Thanks for this post MerryLynn, and your continuous stream of wonderful
posts too. 

Yes, YBCH productivity was up dramatically this year at the Douglas
Creek Banding Station.

In 2013 only 3 HY (hatch year, juvenals) were banded; this year saw 12
HY YBCH banded.

Maybe the meta analysis will give us insight as to why.

Happy birding and thanks again,

Dan Stephens

 

 

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Subject: [inland-NW-birders] migrants, late summer birds

 

Hello all,

Our Bennington Lake walkers have enjoyed the bird families still around
this year - Chats, Oriole's, Catbirds, BHGrosbeaks, E. Kingbirds, Lazuli
Buntings. Yesterday I walked Blue Creek which was amazingly birdy -
Veery and Chat families in the same brush - I've seen more young Chats
this year than ever before. Lots of Towhees, Chipping Sparrows, Cedar
Waxwings. 

 

Today I birded the river - high water and wind but still very birdy.
Ducks are back - Wigeon, Pintail, all three Teal, Shovelers in good
numbers. 19 Great Egrets between the delta and 2Rivers. 

 

Shorebirds are in - STILT SANDPIPER at 2Rivers and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS
at the blood pond - up to 236 for the county yearlist.

Many Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Western, Least, Baird's, Spotted,
Solitary Sandpipers, Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes, Avocets and
Stilts. 1 Semipal Plover at the blood pond.

 

At 2Rivers the waves were full of algae and plants about 10 ft out from
shore - this green mass was full of ducks and shorebirds as well as 2
Bonaparte's and 1 Franklin's Gull. I got seasick just scoping - those
rolling waves - - -

Also at 2Rivers were 2 Common Yellowthroat, Nashville, Wilson's and
Yellow Warblers, Eastern Kingbirds and Bullock's Orioles. 

 

Over 400 American White Pelicans with many of them soaring in huge
flocks overhead.

 

I'm REALLY enjoying the cooler weather - actually had to wear long
sleeves this morning!

Good birding, ML

 

 

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Subject: Stilt Sandpipers at University of Idaho Dairy Pond
From: Ben Bright <bencbright AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:31:22 -0700
Hi birders,

This morning at 7:40 I saw two Stilt Sandpipers at the University of Idaho
Dairy Ponds. I wasn't sure what I was seeing and was lamenting my lack of
better optics as I watched them on the far shore when they flew directly
toward me and landed on the near shore so I could get some pictures, after
which they flew east. Checklist and pictures here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19541850

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Subject: migrants, late summer birds
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:18:52 -0700
Hello all,
Our Bennington Lake walkers have enjoyed the bird families still around this 
year - Chats, Oriole's, Catbirds, BHGrosbeaks, E. Kingbirds, Lazuli Buntings. 
Yesterday I walked Blue Creek which was amazingly birdy - Veery and Chat 
families in the same brush - I've seen more young Chats this year than ever 
before. Lots of Towhees, Chipping Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings. 


Today I birded the river - high water and wind but still very birdy. Ducks are 
back - Wigeon, Pintail, all three Teal, Shovelers in good numbers. 19 Great 
Egrets between the delta and 2Rivers. 


Shorebirds are in - STILT SANDPIPER at 2Rivers and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at the 
blood pond - up to 236 for the county yearlist. 

Many Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Western, Least, Baird's, Spotted, Solitary 
Sandpipers, Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes, Avocets and Stilts. 1 Semipal 
Plover at the blood pond. 


At 2Rivers the waves were full of algae and plants about 10 ft out from shore - 
this green mass was full of ducks and shorebirds as well as 2 Bonaparte's and 1 
Franklin's Gull. I got seasick just scoping - those rolling waves - - - 

Also at 2Rivers were 2 Common Yellowthroat, Nashville, Wilson's and Yellow 
Warblers, Eastern Kingbirds and Bullock's Orioles. 


Over 400 American White Pelicans with many of them soaring in huge flocks 
overhead. 


I'm REALLY enjoying the cooler weather - actually had to wear long sleeves this 
morning! 

Good birding, ML


*******************************************************
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Subject: Nighthawk migration flock
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:13:20 -0700
Starting at 6:30 pm, I had fun watching a migrating flock of 50 COMMON
NIGHTHAWKS here.

They came in from a higher altitude and fed above the pines for 20 minutes
before drifting off south.  

I only heard two contact calls.

There's nothing unique about the area they chose to stop and feed so it must
just be the time of day.  

 

Greg Falco

South Spokane Co near Turnbull

 

 

 

 
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Subject: 2014 Nez Perce County Big Year - August 21st update
From: John Hanna <johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:25:38 -0700
2014 Nez Perce County Big Year - August 21st update

187, Warbling Vireo, Jethro Runco, Lower Eagle Creek, Jun 2
188, Red-eyed Vireo, Jethro Runco, Lower Eagle Creek, Jun 2
189, Wilson's Warbler, Jethro Runco, Lower Eagle Creek, Jun 2
190, Mountain Quail* (eBird confirmed), Jethro Runco, Craig Mountain WMA,
Jun 11
191, Red Crossbill, Jethro Runco, Craig Mountain WMA, Jun 17
192, Pine Siskin, Jethro Runco, Craig Mountain WMA, Jun 17
**, Common Tern, Terry O'Halloran, Mann Lake, Jun 23
193, Lesser Yellowlegs, Terry Gray, Genesee Sewage Lagoon, Jun 26
194, American Dipper, John Hanna, Potlatch River at P1 Bridge, Jun 28
195, Western Sandpiper, John Hanna, Mann Lake, Jul 7
196, Common Yellowthroat, John Hanna, Genesee Sewage Lagoon, Jul 8
197, Semipalmated Sandpiper, John Hanna, Mann Lake, Jul 10
198, Pectoral Sandpiper, Mark Holmgren, Jerry Cebula, Keith Carlson and
Canyon Birders, Mann Lake, Jul 12
199, Pygmy Nuthatch, Mark Holmgren, Amos Bench Road, Jul 14
200, Caspian Tern, John Hanna, Pump Station Overlook, Jul 16
201, Bobolink, Ellen Schwenne, Genesee Ranch, Jul 19
202, Baird’s Sandpiper, Terry O’Halloran, Mann Lake, Jul 28
203, Bonaparte’s Gull, Terry O’Halloran, Mann Lake, Jul 28
204, Solitary Sandpiper, Carl Lundblad, Genesee Sewage Lagoon, Jul 30
205, Black-bellied Plover, Keith Carlson, Mann Lake, Aug 9

We are behind the number of birds that we saw last year but we are way
ahead on the number of people contributing to the list! I have a feeling
that there are going to be some great birds this fall and winter. Can we
top last years 242 species?

Total Contributors = 30+

John Hanna, Terry Little, Joshua Little, Billie Farley, Dale Toweill, Dee
Toweill, Carl Lundblad, Terry Gray, Heidi Becker, Larry Arnold, Kirsten
Dahl, Bruce Ackerman, Michael Clarke, Catherine Temple, Estella Abbott,
Linda Randel, Unknown Observer, Jethro Runco, Dick Johnson, Martin Sluk,
Keith Carlson, Nancy Draznin, Bryan Jamison, Nancy Miller, Mark Johnston,
Steve Wells, Terry O'Halloran, Mark Holmgren, Jerry Cebula, Canyon Birders,
Ellen Schwenne

* Review species - please submit IBRC rare bird report


** Probable sighting - does not yet meet the requirements of rule #1 (or
rule #2), please submit a IBRC rare bird report
.

The full Nez Perce county list can be accessed at
http://nezpercebigyear.blogspot.com/ and an overview of all participating
Idaho county lists can be found at
http://www.idahobirds.net/reports/reports.html.

Good Birding,

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Subject: 2014 Nez Perce County Big Year - August 21st update
From: "John Hanna johnwalterhanna AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:25:38 -0700
2014 Nez Perce County Big Year - August 21st update

187, Warbling Vireo, Jethro Runco, Lower Eagle Creek, Jun 2
188, Red-eyed Vireo, Jethro Runco, Lower Eagle Creek, Jun 2
189, Wilson's Warbler, Jethro Runco, Lower Eagle Creek, Jun 2
190, Mountain Quail* (eBird confirmed), Jethro Runco, Craig Mountain WMA,
Jun 11
191, Red Crossbill, Jethro Runco, Craig Mountain WMA, Jun 17
192, Pine Siskin, Jethro Runco, Craig Mountain WMA, Jun 17
**, Common Tern, Terry O'Halloran, Mann Lake, Jun 23
193, Lesser Yellowlegs, Terry Gray, Genesee Sewage Lagoon, Jun 26
194, American Dipper, John Hanna, Potlatch River at P1 Bridge, Jun 28
195, Western Sandpiper, John Hanna, Mann Lake, Jul 7
196, Common Yellowthroat, John Hanna, Genesee Sewage Lagoon, Jul 8
197, Semipalmated Sandpiper, John Hanna, Mann Lake, Jul 10
198, Pectoral Sandpiper, Mark Holmgren, Jerry Cebula, Keith Carlson and
Canyon Birders, Mann Lake, Jul 12
199, Pygmy Nuthatch, Mark Holmgren, Amos Bench Road, Jul 14
200, Caspian Tern, John Hanna, Pump Station Overlook, Jul 16
201, Bobolink, Ellen Schwenne, Genesee Ranch, Jul 19
202, Baird’s Sandpiper, Terry O’Halloran, Mann Lake, Jul 28
203, Bonaparte’s Gull, Terry O’Halloran, Mann Lake, Jul 28
204, Solitary Sandpiper, Carl Lundblad, Genesee Sewage Lagoon, Jul 30
205, Black-bellied Plover, Keith Carlson, Mann Lake, Aug 9

We are behind the number of birds that we saw last year but we are way
ahead on the number of people contributing to the list! I have a feeling
that there are going to be some great birds this fall and winter. Can we
top last years 242 species?

Total Contributors = 30+

John Hanna, Terry Little, Joshua Little, Billie Farley, Dale Toweill, Dee
Toweill, Carl Lundblad, Terry Gray, Heidi Becker, Larry Arnold, Kirsten
Dahl, Bruce Ackerman, Michael Clarke, Catherine Temple, Estella Abbott,
Linda Randel, Unknown Observer, Jethro Runco, Dick Johnson, Martin Sluk,
Keith Carlson, Nancy Draznin, Bryan Jamison, Nancy Miller, Mark Johnston,
Steve Wells, Terry O'Halloran, Mark Holmgren, Jerry Cebula, Canyon Birders,
Ellen Schwenne

* Review species - please submit IBRC rare bird report


** Probable sighting - does not yet meet the requirements of rule #1 (or
rule #2), please submit a IBRC rare bird report
.

The full Nez Perce county list can be accessed at
http://nezpercebigyear.blogspot.com/ and an overview of all participating
Idaho county lists can be found at
http://www.idahobirds.net/reports/reports.html.

Good Birding,

John Hanna
Lewiston, Idaho
Subject: Warblers
From: Buck & Sandy <bsdomit AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:18:56 -0700
Over the past 2 day's we have had 3 different warblers in our yard here  in
Cheney.Townsend's Wilson and this Nashville.Buck &Sandy Domitrovich.





  
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Subject: Moscow area birds
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:25:52 -0700
Some local birds of interest over the past few days. I've heard Barn Owls
flying over my neighborhood a couple of evenings this week. On the 19th
there were a couple of Baird's Sandpipers at the UI dairy, not in the ponds
but in the wet spot around behind the dairy (an area that I have checked in
spring but not so much in summer). Continuing Yellow Warblers around my
yard and neighborhood and a migrant Nashville Warbler on the 18th.

I looked for the Foothill Rd. BC Night-Heron yesterday morning (8/19) w/ no
luck but it was seen the prior evening (8/18) by Ben Bright and John Hanna.

thanks, Charles.

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Subject: Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:10:09 -0700
Thanks Mike, presumably this is intentional movement, not a mistake? There
are other examples of northern hemisphere birds that move south to north in
late summer (as well as east-west or west-east at various times), e.g.
Cattle Egrets, Prairie Falcons, Tropical Kingbirds, etc.

Regarding Black-crowned Night-Herons they (presumably) nest as close as the
Sprague Lake area (perhaps even western Whitman Co.) and apparently there
is a largish breeding population in the Potholes Res. area (eBird shows a
good number of widely distributed summer reports in e. WA). Great Egrets
also nest in the upper Columbia Basin. Given that both species are known to
wander post-breeding these seem likely sources for wandering late-summer
birds in our region away from breeding areas. Of course it's impossible to
know without band returns or satellite tracking so these ideas remain
untested hypotheses. It would be interesting to get some transmitters on
some of the small number of BC Night-Herons that winter in the Lewiston
area and see where they are coming from.

Charles.


On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu) <
mscott AT uidaho.edu> wrote:

>  ​Greetings
>
> Study by Pete Bloom demonstrated that
> juvenile redtailed  Hawks come to Hells  canyon area  from Orange, LA  and
> San Diego Counties after fledging spend  spend  six weeks or so here than
> return to natal area  to winter in southern California  They continue  this
> every summer until they form a pair bond  after which they summer in
> Southern CA. These  observations  confirmed  using satellite  transmitters
>
>
>
>  Cheers
>
> Mike  Scott
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* Charles Swift 
>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:13 AM
> *To:* Mailman - inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
> *Subject:* Re: [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron,
> 8/18/14
>
>  I agree that they could be coming from any direction but that is more a
> distinction between migration and post-breeding dispersal. In the latter
> birds are simply wandering away from their breeding areas in no particular
> direction. I was merely suggesting e. WA as a possible source as that is
> the closest breeding population.
>
>  Charles.
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM, Terry Gray  wrote:
>
>>  I have a different theory about seeing birds like Night-Herons or Great
>> Egrets in this area.  I think that they are totally turned around during
>> migration and migrate north instead of south or east or west instead of
>> south is why we see them in areas that they are not normally seen in!
>>
>>
>>
>> Just my observation!
>>
>>
>> Terry
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
>> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
>> *Sent:* Monday, August 18, 2014 10:04 PM
>> *To:* inland birders
>> *Subject:* [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron,
>> 8/18/14
>>
>>
>>
>> Earlier today Terry Gray found an imm. BC Night-Heron at the Foothill Rd.
>> (north) pond (the south pond is dry) north of Moscow. It was still present
>> at about 7:30 this evening on the south margin of the pond but flushed
>> pretty easily and flew up the small drainage to the west. The only prior
>> county record I'm aware of was on 8/12/92 (~22 years ago) by Kas at the
>> small pond at UI's Parker Farm. The dates suggest post-breeding dispersal
>> of young, perhaps from somewhere in e. WA?
>>
>>
>>
>> thanks, Charles.
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Charles Swift
>>
>> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
>>
>> University of Idaho
>>
>> Moscow, Idaho 
>> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
>> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
>>
>> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
>  --
> Charles Swift
> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
> University of Idaho
>  Moscow, Idaho 
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>
>


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Subject: Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14
From: "Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" <mscott@uidaho.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:45:38 +0000
?Greetings

Study by Pete Bloom demonstrated that
juvenile redtailed Hawks come to Hells canyon area from Orange, LA and San 
Diego Counties after fledging spend spend six weeks or so here than return to 
natal area to winter in southern California They continue this every summer 
until they form a pair bond after which they summer in Southern CA. These 
observations confirmed using satellite transmitters 




Cheers

Mike  Scott

________________________________
From: Charles Swift 
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:13 AM
To: Mailman - inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14

I agree that they could be coming from any direction but that is more a 
distinction between migration and post-breeding dispersal. In the latter birds 
are simply wandering away from their breeding areas in no particular direction. 
I was merely suggesting e. WA as a possible source as that is the closest 
breeding population. 


Charles.


On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM, Terry Gray 
> wrote: 

I have a different theory about seeing birds like Night-Herons or Great Egrets 
in this area. I think that they are totally turned around during migration and 
migrate north instead of south or east or west instead of south is why we see 
them in areas that they are not normally seen in! 


Just my observation!

Terry

From: 
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On Behalf Of Charles Swift 

Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 10:04 PM
To: inland birders
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14

Earlier today Terry Gray found an imm. BC Night-Heron at the Foothill Rd. 
(north) pond (the south pond is dry) north of Moscow. It was still present at 
about 7:30 this evening on the south margin of the pond but flushed pretty 
easily and flew up the small drainage to the west. The only prior county record 
I'm aware of was on 8/12/92 (~22 years ago) by Kas at the small pond at UI's 
Parker Farm. The dates suggest post-breeding dispersal of young, perhaps from 
somewhere in e. WA? 


thanks, Charles.

--
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Graduate Student in Environmental Science
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho
4643'54? N, 11659'50? W
email: chaetura AT gmail.com
google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift




--
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University of Idaho
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4643'54? N, 11659'50? W
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Subject: Fwd: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbirds Breeding in Idaho
From: Nancy Miller <nmiller AT moscow.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:32:45 -0700

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "sagegrouse21 AT gmail.com [ible]" 
> Date: August 19, 2014 at 2:53:20 PM PDT
> To: 
> Subject: [IBLE] Anna's Hummingbirds Breeding in Idaho
> Reply-To: sagegrouse21 AT gmail.com
> 
> On Saturday morning I banded 2 hatch year Anna's Hummingbirds in 
Featherville, ID (60 mile north of Mountain Home)! Anna's have not been 
documented breeding in Idaho. The only thing more definitive would be finding 
an occupied nest. We've had reports of, and have captured a few, adult Anna's 
over the last few summers in Idaho. Anna's are known to be an uncommon winter 
bird, but not a summer resident. 

> 
> Keep your eye out for breeding Anna's next summer!
> 
>  
> 
> The hummingbird migration is winding down. We've seen most of the Rufous pass 
through and are down to the tail end of the migration. A few weeks ago I banded 
80% HY Rufous. This weekend was 20%. Everyone across the west is reporting that 
the migration is 2-weeks ahead of schedule. 

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Subject: Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:43:33 -0700
Ok. The question I have is there any known breeding records within 50 miles of 
Moscow in any direction??? 


 

Terry

 

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

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:13 AM
To: inland birders
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14

 

I agree that they could be coming from any direction but that is more a 
distinction between migration and post-breeding dispersal. In the latter birds 
are simply wandering away from their breeding areas in no particular direction. 
I was merely suggesting e. WA as a possible source as that is the closest 
breeding population. 


 

Charles.

 

On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM, Terry Gray  wrote:

I have a different theory about seeing birds like Night-Herons or Great Egrets 
in this area. I think that they are totally turned around during migration and 
migrate north instead of south or east or west instead of south is why we see 
them in areas that they are not normally seen in! 


 

Just my observation!


Terry

 

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

Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 10:04 PM
To: inland birders
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14

 

Earlier today Terry Gray found an imm. BC Night-Heron at the Foothill Rd. 
(north) pond (the south pond is dry) north of Moscow. It was still present at 
about 7:30 this evening on the south margin of the pond but flushed pretty 
easily and flew up the small drainage to the west. The only prior county record 
I'm aware of was on 8/12/92 (~22 years ago) by Kas at the small pond at UI's 
Parker Farm. The dates suggest post-breeding dispersal of young, perhaps from 
somewhere in e. WA? 


 

thanks, Charles.


 

-- 

Charles Swift

Graduate Student in Environmental Science

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho  
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
email: chaetura AT gmail.com

google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift

 





 

-- 

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Graduate Student in Environmental Science

University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho  
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
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Subject: Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:23:29 -0700
Which is not to say that migrants don't sometimes migrate in the wrong
direction, clearly they do (this is presumably why we get vagrant eastern
warblers etc. for example). For Black-crowned Night-Heron the BNA account
says: "Varied migration patterns depending on climate and food
availability: short-distance dispersal (10-100 km), long-distance migration
(e.g., Massachusetts to Florida and the Caribbean; Alberta to Mexico and
Cuba); also some populations (e.g., California) essentially sedentary."

thanks,
Charles.


On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:13 AM, Charles Swift  wrote:

> I agree that they could be coming from any direction but that is more a
> distinction between migration and post-breeding dispersal. In the latter
> birds are simply wandering away from their breeding areas in no particular
> direction. I was merely suggesting e. WA as a possible source as that is
> the closest breeding population.
>
> Charles.
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM, Terry Gray  wrote:
>
>> I have a different theory about seeing birds like Night-Herons or Great
>> Egrets in this area.  I think that they are totally turned around during
>> migration and migrate north instead of south or east or west instead of
>> south is why we see them in areas that they are not normally seen in!
>>
>>
>>
>> Just my observation!
>>
>>
>> Terry
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
>> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
>> *Sent:* Monday, August 18, 2014 10:04 PM
>> *To:* inland birders
>> *Subject:* [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron,
>> 8/18/14
>>
>>
>>
>> Earlier today Terry Gray found an imm. BC Night-Heron at the Foothill Rd.
>> (north) pond (the south pond is dry) north of Moscow. It was still present
>> at about 7:30 this evening on the south margin of the pond but flushed
>> pretty easily and flew up the small drainage to the west. The only prior
>> county record I'm aware of was on 8/12/92 (~22 years ago) by Kas at the
>> small pond at UI's Parker Farm. The dates suggest post-breeding dispersal
>> of young, perhaps from somewhere in e. WA?
>>
>>
>>
>> thanks, Charles.
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Charles Swift
>>
>> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
>>
>> University of Idaho
>>
>> Moscow, Idaho 
>> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
>> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
>>
>> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
> --
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> University of Idaho
> Moscow, Idaho 
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>
>


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Subject: Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:13:09 -0700
I agree that they could be coming from any direction but that is more a
distinction between migration and post-breeding dispersal. In the latter
birds are simply wandering away from their breeding areas in no particular
direction. I was merely suggesting e. WA as a possible source as that is
the closest breeding population.

Charles.


On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM, Terry Gray  wrote:

> I have a different theory about seeing birds like Night-Herons or Great
> Egrets in this area.  I think that they are totally turned around during
> migration and migrate north instead of south or east or west instead of
> south is why we see them in areas that they are not normally seen in!
>
>
>
> Just my observation!
>
>
> Terry
>
>
>
> *From:* inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu [mailto:
> inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] *On Behalf Of *Charles Swift
> *Sent:* Monday, August 18, 2014 10:04 PM
> *To:* inland birders
> *Subject:* [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron,
> 8/18/14
>
>
>
> Earlier today Terry Gray found an imm. BC Night-Heron at the Foothill Rd.
> (north) pond (the south pond is dry) north of Moscow. It was still present
> at about 7:30 this evening on the south margin of the pond but flushed
> pretty easily and flew up the small drainage to the west. The only prior
> county record I'm aware of was on 8/12/92 (~22 years ago) by Kas at the
> small pond at UI's Parker Farm. The dates suggest post-breeding dispersal
> of young, perhaps from somewhere in e. WA?
>
>
>
> thanks, Charles.
>
>
>
> --
>
> Charles Swift
>
> Graduate Student in Environmental Science
>
> University of Idaho
>
> Moscow, Idaho 
> 46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
> email: chaetura AT gmail.com
>
> google+: google.com/+CharlesSwift
>
>
>



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Subject: Re: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14
From: Terry Gray <clgtlg AT moscow.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:50:20 -0700
I have a different theory about seeing birds like Night-Herons or Great Egrets 
in this area. I think that they are totally turned around during migration and 
migrate north instead of south or east or west instead of south is why we see 
them in areas that they are not normally seen in! 


 

Just my observation!


Terry

 

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Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 10:04 PM
To: inland birders
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14

 

Earlier today Terry Gray found an imm. BC Night-Heron at the Foothill Rd. 
(north) pond (the south pond is dry) north of Moscow. It was still present at 
about 7:30 this evening on the south margin of the pond but flushed pretty 
easily and flew up the small drainage to the west. The only prior county record 
I'm aware of was on 8/12/92 (~22 years ago) by Kas at the small pond at UI's 
Parker Farm. The dates suggest post-breeding dispersal of young, perhaps from 
somewhere in e. WA? 


 

thanks, Charles.


 

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University of Idaho

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Subject: Latah Co. Black-crowned Night-Heron, 8/18/14
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:04:01 -0700
Earlier today Terry Gray found an imm. BC Night-Heron at the Foothill Rd.
(north) pond (the south pond is dry) north of Moscow. It was still present
at about 7:30 this evening on the south margin of the pond but flushed
pretty easily and flew up the small drainage to the west. The only prior
county record I'm aware of was on 8/12/92 (~22 years ago) by Kas at the
small pond at UI's Parker Farm. The dates suggest post-breeding dispersal
of young, perhaps from somewhere in e. WA?

thanks, Charles.

-- 
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Subject: Reardan Willet Report
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:16:52 +0000
Just received this report Great find!:


From: Tom Munson >
Subject: Willet
Date: August 18, 2014 6:10:16 PM PDT
To: >

There is or was a Willet at Reardan today. It was on the right side of the 
rocks that go across the lake by the mud on the east lake. 

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Subject: Re: OffTopic-Doe & Fawns in trouble
From: EarthBourne <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:55:14 -0700
Hi All...Thanks Paul and illflyaway for the help/suggestions.

I put up a video of this doe and her fawns, so people can see her 
predicament. Here's a link to it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCetpQPQYJA&list=UU_pX6klm6BP8P4Q_6QO79YA

Thanks!
Becky

On 08/16/2014 07:37 PM, Paul Wik wrote:
> There is a mule-deer doe with twin fawns that has been around our 
> farmstead since Spring. We have tubs of water in the yard for the 
> birds, but of course the deer come in to drink and browse, too. We 
> don't have dogs, so they often spend the entire day bedded down in the 
> shade on hot days. We see them almost daily.
>
> The doe has a serious problem. She has stepped on a bed spring that is 
> now tightly wrapped around the outer half of her left rear hoof. We 
> first noticed it Wednesday, 8/16/14. We were hoping it would come off 
> on its own, but it is still on her hoof today, Saturday 8/19/14. It is 
> not going to come off on its own. She has great difficulty walking. 
> This is impacting not only her, but her fawns, too. There is no sign 
> of blood as yet, but she is quite crippled by the situation.
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Subject: OffTopic-Doe & Fawns in trouble
From: "EarthBourne Resources, Inc." <earthbourne AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:49:14 -0700
I realize this is probably not the best place look for help with this issue, 
but I'm running out of ideas. There is a mule-deer doe with twin fawns that has 
been around our farmstead since Spring. We have tubs of water in the yard for 
the birds, but of course the deer come in to drink and browse, too. We don't 
have dogs, so they often spend the entire day bedded down in the shade on hot 
days. We see them almost daily. 


The doe has a serious problem. She has stepped on a bed spring that is now 
tightly wrapped around the outer half of her left rear hoof. We first noticed 
it Wednesday, 8/16/14. We were hoping it would come off on its own, but it is 
still on her hoof today, Saturday 8/19/14. It is not going to come off on its 
own. She has great difficulty walking. This is impacting not only her, but her 
fawns, too. There is no sign of blood as yet, but she is quite crippled by the 
situation. 

Does anyone have any suggestions?? Who should we call for help? I've been told 
that the WA Dept. Fish & Wildlife will not do anything to help. We are located 
about 13 miles NW out of Ritzville, WA. HELP!! 

Becky Lyle

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Subject: Shorebirds in N E Washington
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:32:27 -0400
Hello,

I've spent the last two days checking our shorebirds in my area, with some 
pleasing results. Here is a summary of what I found

Thursday Afternoon, Cow Lake, Adams County
Killdeer (10)
Black necked Stilts (15)
American Avocet (2) 
Greater Yellowlegs (20)
Lesser Yellowlegs (10)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Western Sandpiper (120)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpiper (10) 
Baird's Sandpiper (7)
Long billed Dowitcher (50)
Wilson's Snipe (3) 

Also seen Great Egret, Prairie Falcon, White Pelican, 7 Virginia Rails, 2 
Soras

Thursday Afternoon, Sprague Lake, Adams County (rocky point near Osprey 
Nest)
Killdeer (3)
Black necked Stilts (19)
Red necked Phalarope (45) 

Also seen 2 Franklin's Gulls in basic plumage 

Friday Morning, Calispell Lake, Pend Oreille County - viewed through the 
trees from the south side of lake - many stops to gain good views

Black necked Stilts (6)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER - 2 in Alternate plumage (code 5) 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - 4 (code 4) 
Killdeer (15) 
Greater Yellowlegs (25) 
Lesser Yellowlegs (50)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)
Western Sandpiper (30)
Least Sandpiper (15) 
Baird's Sandpiper (4) 
Pectoral Sandpiper (2)
STILT SANDPIPER (2) (code 5) 
Wilson's Phalarope (6)
RED NECKED PHALAROPE (4) (code 5)
Wilson's Snipe (4) 

Also seen - lots of migrating passerines - typical stuff

Friday Morning, Kalispell Indian Reservation - Flying Goose Ranch, Pend 
Oreille County  - mud just getting good hear, could be good the next few 
weeks
Greater Yellowlegs (5) 

Also seen - Merlin 

Friday Afternoon, Colville STP, Stevens County 
Semipalmated Plover (1)
Killdeer (7) 
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (3) 
Solitary Sandpiper (5) 
Spotted Sandpiper (2) 
Least Sandpiper (23)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1) 
Baird's Sandpiper (8)
Western Sandpiper (4) 
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Wilson's Snipe (6) 

Blessings
Terry Little
Mead, Wa

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Subject: Moscow Migrants Etc.
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:00:17 -0700
Despite only opportunistic birding, migration is still quite in evidence
around Moscow.  The UI Dairy Ponds continue to have pretty good numbers and
turnover of shorebirds.  Monday brought an AMERICAN AVOCET, which are rare
in Latah County.  A quick check yesterday produced 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, a
Red-necked Phalarope, and a dozen or so peeps which were dominated by
Westerns but which I didn't have time to look closely at.  Today, the only
peep I saw was a textbook SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, multiples of which have
been around over the last week or more.  A small Tringa-looking thing was
flying away as I arrived.  I've encountered migrant Orange-crowned, Yellow,
and especially Wilson's Warblers around Moscow nearly every day this week
(without effort), and today I had a flock of 3+ Wilson's 1-2 Yellow, and
one Townsend's Warbler in my yard with a migrant Cordilleran Flycatcher.
 My yard-breeding Cordillerans appear to have departed more than a week
ago.  I've had a family group of Bewick's Wren's in my yard all week,
foraging and feeding at least one fledgling. I've suspected breeding on my
block, but this is the first convincing evidence I have seen.  Vaux's
Swifts are still seen daily in my neighborhood, and an abundance of large
California Quail broods are suddenly conspicuous in the Palouse region.

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Subject: Moscow Migrants Etc.
From: "Carl Lundblad carl.lundblad AT gmail.com [ible]" <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:00:17 -0700
Despite only opportunistic birding, migration is still quite in evidence
around Moscow.  The UI Dairy Ponds continue to have pretty good numbers and
turnover of shorebirds.  Monday brought an AMERICAN AVOCET, which are rare
in Latah County.  A quick check yesterday produced 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, a
Red-necked Phalarope, and a dozen or so peeps which were dominated by
Westerns but which I didn't have time to look closely at.  Today, the only
peep I saw was a textbook SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, multiples of which have
been around over the last week or more.  A small Tringa-looking thing was
flying away as I arrived.  I've encountered migrant Orange-crowned, Yellow,
and especially Wilson's Warblers around Moscow nearly every day this week
(without effort), and today I had a flock of 3+ Wilson's 1-2 Yellow, and
one Townsend's Warbler in my yard with a migrant Cordilleran Flycatcher.
 My yard-breeding Cordillerans appear to have departed more than a week
ago.  I've had a family group of Bewick's Wren's in my yard all week,
foraging and feeding at least one fledgling. I've suspected breeding on my
block, but this is the first convincing evidence I have seen.  Vaux's
Swifts are still seen daily in my neighborhood, and an abundance of large
California Quail broods are suddenly conspicuous in the Palouse region.

Good Birding

Carl Lundblad
Moscow, ID
Subject: Sabine's Gull at St Maries
From: Sarah Walker <sarahwalker AT moscow.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:35:28 -0700
Watched a black-headed gull today at 2:30 in the sewage lagoons along Rt 3 just 
NW of St Maries, ID. It was steadily feeding. With good light from the "Airport 
Road" access point I saw the grayish head with black margin around the bottom 
edge, stoutish dark bill with pale tip, and no eye ring. In flight (around the 
pond) it showed a dramatic W pattern on upper wings, tail white and slightly 
forked tail. Exciting first sighting for me! I hope others get to see it also. 


Sarah Walker, Moscow, Idaho
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Chiawana Park, Aug 12, 2014
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:04:26 -0700
Hello All,

Below are my sightings at Chiawana Park in Pasco this AM. Nothing exciting
but a nice family of  Juvenile Coopers Hawks sitting on picnic tables
hopping around like crows calling for an adult to feed them-no adult seen
today. A Nashville Warbler, Red-Breasted Nuthatch and Tanagers were a nice
to see. The tanagers were likely migrating through. It's still early but
the birds are coming through!


Chiawana Park, Franklin, US-WA
Aug 12, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
California Quail (Callipepla californica)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  X
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  X
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  4
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1     heard flycatcher call note
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  5
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  X
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19439330

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

Good birding,

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Subject: ospreys
From: Lindell Haggin <lindell4118 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:43:47 -0700
I have a friend who has noticed what seems to be some patterns about osprey 
behavior. Anyone have any insights? 


"I am curious about the "swarming" behavior that occurs around the time the 
young make their first flight. Are those offspring from prior years? Are they 
there to "encourage" this year's offspring to make that first flight from those 
high nests (the nest I have been observing daily for years is on the microwave 
tower next to Native Health on Maxwell).What about my observation that they 
leave (presumably on the begininng of what I understand is a migration to 
Arizon, Mexico and Central America) on a full moon in August or September?" 



Lindell Haggin
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Subject: Common Nighthawks
From: Lindell Haggin <lindell4118 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:23:42 -0700
There was a flock of 12 or more Common Nighthawks that flew over the Little 
Spokane River this evening around 6:30. Didn't make a sound, but were swooping 
around low in the evening sky. The last of our Violet Green Swallows fledged in 
the last 24 hours and have left the area. A very few Willow Flycatchers and 
Western Wood Pewees are left. 


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Subject: Garfield county yearlist needs your help
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:52:02 -0700
Garfield County is also under-birded and I've listed below a list of 21 species 
I think should be there. If you have seen any of the following please let me 
know and I'll put them on the yearlist. Right now the cumulative yearlist 
stands at 150. 

 
Gray Partridge
Dusky Grouse--forest service road west of Wenatchee Guard Station early 
mornings 

Northern Goshawk
Golden Eagle
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Common Nighthawk--mts.
Rufous Hummingbird--mts.
Merlin
Prairie Falcon
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
Marsh Wren
Veery
Catbird
Brewer's Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Evening Grosbeak
 
Thanks for your help,




Ken
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Subject: Columbia County yearlist needs your help
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:40:48 -0700

Columiba County is under-birded and I've listed below a list of 20 species I 
think should be there. If you have seen any of the following please let me know 
and I'll put them on the yearlist. Right now the cumulative yearlist stands at 
151. 

 
Barrow's Goldeneye
Western Grebe
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitairy Sandpiper--check the first pond at Rainbow Lakes Fish Hatchery in 
Aug. 

Barn Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Lewis's Woodpecker
Merlin
Prairie Falcon
Cordilleran Flycatcher--check Hartsock Unit on Blind Grade
Gray Jay
Marsh Wren
Dipper
Townsend's Solitaire
Fox Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Evening Grosbeak
 
Thanks for you help,




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Subject: Migrants
From: RUSSELL FROBE <rrfrobe AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:17:02 -0700
Hi,
Yesterday I had two MacGillivray's warblers come through the back yard and last 
Thursday we banded a Nashville and 3 Wilson's warblers at Turnbull NWR, so 
warblers are definitely on the move. I live in north Spokane, a few blocks from 
Northtown. 

Marian Frobe

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Subject: Moscow Area Migrants
From: Carl Lundblad <carl.lundblad AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:27:56 -0700
Despite fairly high water levels, good numbers of shorebirds have been at
the UI Diary Ponds in Moscow this week.  Late this morning I found:
Killdeer 57
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Western Sandpiper 14 (good count for Latah Co.)
Least Sandpiper 4

The mix of shorebirds was similar on Wednesday but included a Lesser
Yellowlegs and fewer peeps.  Yesterday, a Red-necked Phalarope was at the
Syringa Trailer Park sewage ponds east of Moscow. Landbirds are also on the
move with Yellow Warblers coming through residential Moscow.  On Wednesday
evening I had a migrant Black-headed Grosbeak with a surprising LEWIS'S
WOODPECKER north of East City Park, and a Wilson's Warbler was in my yard
yesterday.

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Subject: Re: early migration?? hummers
From: Greg Falco <lister7 AT hughes.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:16:50 -0700
I noticed that about half of our hummers were gone yesterday.  

Their migration has been going on for the last 6 weeks.  

I was feeding 6 cups a day to at least 50 hummers, maybe 100.

I only have nesting Black-chinned, with Calliope and Rufous in migration.

 

Nesting success this year was normal.

Last year, untimely rain storms caused many nest failures.

Since your hummers have fledged, I doubt if last weeks storm killed them.

 

Greg Falco

South Spokane Co near Turnbull

 

 

 

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To: inland-NW-birders AT uidaho.edu
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] early migration??

 

I'm not an expert by any means but have been backyard birding for about 20
years. I've never seen the Hummingbirds start to leave so early as this
year. I did get them a bit early this Spring. I had a good turn out and even
had to put up another feeder this year. It is very quiet now including in
the early morning and evening.

 Feeders are clean. Food is fresh. I did not expect them to start leaving
for another 10 days or so but I noticed this early disappearance after our
last big storm here in Sandpoint last weekend. Do you suppose some died
also?

 I am in Sagle by Round Lake State Park. Would love comments. Thank you,
Lisa
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Subject: early migration??
From: illflyaway <illflyaway AT air-pipe.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:54:58 -0700
I'm not an expert by any means but have been backyard birding for about 20 
years. I've never seen the Hummingbirds start to leave so early as this year. I 
did get them a bit early this Spring. I had a good turn out and even had to put 
up another feeder this year. It is very quiet now including in the early 
morning and evening. 

 Feeders are clean. Food is fresh. I did not expect them to start leaving for 
another 10 days or so but I noticed this early disappearance after our last big 
storm here in Sandpoint last weekend. Do you suppose some died also? 

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Subject: Mann Lake
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:18:37 -0700
Highlites this AM:
Black-necked Stilts                3
American Avocets                   10
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER        one adult in mostly breeding plumage
Killdeer
Baird's Sandpiper                    1
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
LB Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope


also
Gray Catbird        3
Common Yellowthroat
flycatcher sp?
swallows many sp?

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Subject: Olive sided flycatcher, and migrating sparrows Franklin County
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 23:08:15 -0700
Hey folks,

Yesterday (8/7) was my day off from work as I have to work this weekend. I 
sought to bird the migrant traps Windust and Lyons Ferry to see if there was an 
spurring passerine movement. And indeed there was. Highlights below: 


Windust:
Olive-sided flycatcher 1 
Yellow Warblers 5
Wilson's Warblers 3
Vesper Sparrow 1 freshly fledged
Chipping sparrow 20 mostly juvenile

Spotted Sandpiper
Mourning Doves 100 two flocks of 50 or so flew out of the Russian olives on the 
east side of the park 

Common nighthawk
Western woodpeewee 20, 3 or so 
Were juveniles 


Lyons ferry 
Brewers sparrow 1 juvenile facial pattern indicative +no extending supercilium 
black line through loral 

Vesper sparrow 1 transitioning into adult plumage
Wilson's warbler 1
Yellow warbler 10 a couple still singing 
Western wood peewee 10
Marsh wren 1

Hwy 261 
Ferruginuous hawk 1 on power pole near intersection of davon road 

Kevin Black 
Kennewick, WA (moved from Richland last month) 


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Subject: Spokane Great Egrets
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 00:26:04 +0000
Hello Birders,

There were 2 GREAT EGRETS today at Philleo Lake (Spokane County). The birds 
were about 1/4 mile up the lake from the South end on the far bank. Though they 
obviously can move around. There are some typical shorebirds in the mud at the 
South end of the lake, nothing unusual. A scope is necessary to get anything on 
them. 


Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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Subject: Re: google 'jay laying on ground'
From: "Sherry Lee" <sherrylee-1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:00:50 -0700
Ten years or more ago we rescued a baby starling (only a few days old). I
would guess it was 2 to 3 months old when it began exhibiting this odd
behavior, which was alarming at first but soon we became accustomed to it
and called it a "sun trance". It would often do this while perching on our
shoulders, laying back and opening its beak, eyes open, seemingly
sun-gazing. This was not a learned behavior for 'Marmalade Sky'.

This amazingly thoughtful and intelligent little trickster caught the eye of
a group of starlings who lured (her) away on the last day of summer. (Whew!)
She returned now and then for years!

Sherry Lee & Richard Bohn

Spokane

 

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[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Nancy Miller
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 3:05 PM
To: 'Stephen Lindsay'; 'Inland-NW-Birders'
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] google 'jay laying on ground'

 

Thanks. That occurred to us too as we  have seen roadrunners in Arizona lay
their back feathers to the sides to sun their back. But they don't lay flat
on the ground when doing it as the Jay did. Someone else told us about a
robin which laid out flat.

Nancy Miller

Viola ID

 

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[mailto:inland-nw-birders-bounces AT uidaho.edu] On Behalf Of Stephen Lindsay
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 12:27 PM
To: Inland-NW-Birders
Subject: Re: [inland-NW-birders] google 'jay laying on ground'

 

I get the digest version, so someone may have already addressed this and I
would not have seen it - so sorry if this is repetitive. Even more common
than anting is birds sunbathing. The thought here is that the birds use the
sun to heat their feathers, making things uncomfortable for parasites, such
as lice and mites, which then start moving around. The bird then grooms them
off. I have backyard chickens and they do this all the time, without either
ants or parasites present. Often they look as if in a trance while doing it,
or even dead. Even little chicks do it.

sl

 

Stephen Lindsay

lurking on the list from Portland, Oregon

sl.lindsay AT Q.com 

 

 

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From: Nancy Miller [mailto:nmiller AT moscow.com] 
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2014 2:12 PM
To: inland-nw-birders AT uidaho.edu
Subject: [inland-NW-birders] google 'jay laying on ground'

 

Well I should have googled first: Here's one explanation - and we do have an
excess of ants everywhere this year

 

Q. Today there was a Blue Jay laying on the ground with it's wings spread
out and trembling, thinking it was hurt I approached the jay but it took off
seemingly uninjured. The spot it was laying was the beginning on and ant
hill and it looked like the jay had been scratching the surface. Was he
taking a dust bath?

 

A. What you most likely observed is called "anting". Several species of
birds have been known to lay in an ant hill and let ants crawl over their
bodies and feathers, this is referred to a "passive anting". A bird may also
pick up an ant and rub it through on it's feathers, when it's done with that
ant it may be eaten or discarded for a "fresh" ant, this is referred to as
"active anting". Ants secrete formic acid and it's thought to help rid the
birds of parasites.

I've seen both forms of anting a few times and my first thought is there's
something wrong with the bird, but observing from a distance with the aid of
binoculars or scope will reveal this odd bird behavior. 

 

 
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Subject: RFI Barn and W Screech owls near Leavenworth
From: Sandy Ayer <sandyayer74 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:25:57 -0600
I'm visiting from Alberta and will be staying until Saturday at the
Gruenewald Guild in Plains, WA, which is just north of Leavenworth. I was
wondering if anyone might know of reliable sites for Barn and Western
Screech Owls in the area.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Sandy Ayer

H. D. Sandy Ayer
115 Strandell Cresc. SW
Calgary, AB
T3H 1K8
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Subject: Cow Lake Shorebirds
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:09:56 +0000
Per Randy Hill's excellent tip, Cow Lake (Adams Co.) is forming into a very 
large mudflat. About 200 shorebirds were there yesterday: 


Black-necked Stilt
Avocet (with fledglings)
Killdeer
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Spotted SP
Greater YL
Lesser YL
Western SP
Least SP
Semi SP
Long-billed Dowitcher
WIlson's Snipe
Wilson's Phalarope

Also both adult and juvenile Black Terns feeding and roosting and some good 
views of young Virginia Rails sneaking around the edge of the reeds. With the 
amount of water left and the deeper basin along the basalt cliffs, this should 
be a productive spot well into fall. 


Sheep Lake (just South of Sprague) also has excellent mud, though shorebird 
activity was limited to Killdeer, Spotted SP, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. The 
surprise of the day was a SANDHILL CRANE at Sheep. Interestingly (or perhaps 
not) there was a lone bird in pretty much the same spot in early September last 
year. 


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Subject: Cow Lake Shorebirds
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:09:56 +0000
Per Randy Hill's excellent tip, Cow Lake (Adams Co.) is forming into a very 
large mudflat. About 200 shorebirds were there yesterday: 


Black-necked Stilt
Avocet (with fledglings)
Killdeer
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
Spotted SP
Greater YL
Lesser YL
Western SP
Least SP
Semi SP
Long-billed Dowitcher
WIlson's Snipe
Wilson's Phalarope

Also both adult and juvenile Black Terns feeding and roosting and some good 
views of young Virginia Rails sneaking around the edge of the reeds. With the 
amount of water left and the deeper basin along the basalt cliffs, this should 
be a productive spot well into fall. 


Sheep Lake (just South of Sprague) also has excellent mud, though shorebird 
activity was limited to Killdeer, Spotted SP, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. The 
surprise of the day was a SANDHILL CRANE at Sheep. Interestingly (or perhaps 
not) there was a lone bird in pretty much the same spot in early September last 
year. 


Good birding,
Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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Subject: Black-headed grosbeak
From: Tina <wynecoop AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 06:31:45 -0700
Usually it is at the close of day in late spring when the liquid notes of the 
Black-headed grosbeak pour forth from some tree's top - but this morning, in 
the dawn of anotherhot, dry, summer day, there was that same lovely song. 


         O> ... 🎶 //D    
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