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Tundra Swan,©Julie Zickefoose

31 Jan Thurday and Friday in N Idaho ["Terry Little" ]
30 Jan Pileated Woodpecker [Lindell Haggin ]
30 Jan Benewah County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
30 Jan Kootenai County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
30 Jan Re: Cougar Bay Domestic [Eliot Miller ]
30 Jan Cougar Bay Domestic [Jonathan Isacoff ]
28 Jan Re: [PossibleSpam] [LCBirds2] Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County []
29 Jan Re: Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID) [Eliot Miller ]
29 Jan Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID) [Doug Ward ]
28 Jan Idaho County Bluebirds [Terry Lane ]
27 Jan Spokane Cassin's Finch - Evening Grosbeak [Terry Little ]
27 Jan Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County [Kevin Black ]
27 Jan Iceland & Glaucous Gulls/L-t Duck - Coeur d'Alene (ID) [Doug Ward ]
26 Jan ID Change for the GYR seen on Monday [Richard Baltierra ]
26 Jan WA Birder List Reports deadline is January 31 [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
25 Jan Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull []
25 Jan Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull []
25 Jan Moscow (UI Dairy) Cackling Geese (2), Redhead, etc., 1/25/15 [Charles Swift ]
25 Jan Coeur D'Alene KUMLIEN'S Gull [Jonathan Isacoff ]
25 Jan Idaho County [Terry Lane ]
25 Jan More on "Weird Duck" ["Keith Carlson" ]
25 Jan More on "Weird Duck" [Keith Carlson ]
25 Jan Grosbeaks again [Catherine Temple ]
25 Jan Glorfield Road gyrfalcon [Stephen Lacey ]
24 Jan Weird Duck [Keith Carlson ]
24 Jan University Heights (Moscow) Blue Jay etc., 1/22/15 [Charles Swift ]
24 Jan (no subject) [Catherine Temple ]
23 Jan ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty ["Keith Carlson" ]
23 Jan ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty [Keith Carlson ]
21 Jan Clark's or Western Grebe ? [Keith Carlson ]
20 Jan Whitman-GYR Continues [Richard Baltierra ]
19 Jan Flickers ["Brian and Beth Miller" ]
18 Jan Back yard birds Moscow Idaho ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
17 Jan Whitman Co. - Gyrfalcon [Russ Koppendrayer ]
17 Jan Washington Birder checklist updates [washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle ]
15 Jan WOS needs a field trip coordinator ["Stephens, Dan" ]
15 Jan Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 87, Issue 26 ["Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" ]
15 Jan swan [Catherine Temple ]
14 Jan Kootenai County Big Year additions ["Shirley Sturts" ]
15 Jan MacFarlane Road this late afternoon - Tree Sparrow and Short-eared Owls [Tim O'Brien ]
14 Jan Franklin Co:American Tree & Harris's Sparrows Plus Columbia Co:Eurasian Widgeon [Russ Koppendrayer ]
14 Jan Swallows Park Gulls ["Keith Carlson" ]
14 Jan Swallows Park Gulls [Keith Carlson ]
14 Jan Idaho County Say's Phobe [Terry Lane ]
14 Jan Moscow WF Goose, UI Arb [Charles Swift ]
14 Jan Western Bluebirds, Pine Grosbeaks [Mike & MerryLynn ]
14 Jan Early Ferry Co. birds [Dan Owens ]
14 Jan Coeur d'Alene (ID) Gulls [Doug Ward ]
14 Jan Re: [LCBirds2] Birds Missing in Franklin County 2014 ["Laurie Ann Ness" ]
13 Jan Birds Missing in Franklin County 2014 [Kevin Black ]
13 Jan UI Arboretum [Paul Hohenlohe ]
12 Jan blue jay back in the arboretum ["Bernacchi, Leigh (lbernacchi AT uidaho.edu)" ]
12 Jan Weekend birds WWCo. [Mike & MerryLynn ]
11 Jan Snowy Owls [Norma Trefry ]
11 Jan Fwd: A Small Big Year 2015- Kick off tomorrow 5pm at Hood River Hobbies [Bob Hansen ]
10 Jan Moscow G. White-fronted Goose etc., 1/10/15 [Charles Swift ]
10 Jan Immature goshwak [Stan Gough ]
10 Jan Record number of CBC species ["Shirley Sturts" ]
10 Jan Benewah County Big Year Additions ["Shirley Sturts" ]
10 Jan Benewah County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
10 Jan More Kootenai County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
10 Jan Coeur d'Alene Area-Good Start to the Year [Doug Ward ]
9 Jan Pine grosbeak [Michael Fulton ]
9 Jan Kootenai County Big Year ["Shirley Sturts" ]
9 Jan No Rock Lake Gyrfalcon [Bill Siems ]
9 Jan Harrison Glaucous Gull and others [Mike Haldeman ]
8 Jan Whitman GYR-Yes [RJ Baltierra ]
8 Jan Moscow (yard) White-throated Sparrow [Charles Swift ]
8 Jan Moscow Pine B. Waxwings, YR Warbler, and Pine Grosbeaks, 1/7/2015 [Charles Swift ]
8 Jan Bohemian Waxwings [Mike & MerryLynn ]
7 Jan Gyr info [josh brobeck ]
6 Jan Spokane to Rock Lake raptors ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
5 Jan Ferruginous Hawk [Fran Haywood ]
5 Jan Cda Greater Scaup and RB mergs []
5 Jan Fwd: Birder's Guide to Washington-help ["Isacoff, Jonathan" ]
4 Jan Black-Headed Gull and possible Black-Tailed Gull [Kevin Black ]

Subject: Thurday and Friday in N Idaho
From: "Terry Little" <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:40:10 -0800
 

Hello, 

 

I apologize for the late report. My email has been on the fritz for a couple
of days. Trying to escape as much fog as possible, I spent a portion of the
last two days in Idaho. Thursday morning for a few brief hours, I birded
Cougar Bay to Indepedence  Pt. I found all the waterfowl mentioned in
previous posts. I missed the Iceland and Glaucous Gull but did find a MEW
GULL near Cedar's Restaurant. Also, from Indepedence Pt, I was able to
relocate the female LONG TAILED DUCK and 4 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS. A
quick trip down to Blue Creek Bay produced the two TRUMPETER SWANS that have
been seen recently.

 

Friday, I birded Lake Pend Oreille, beginning with Sunnyside Rd - Oden Bay -
Pack River Delta. Lots of nice birds. In the area near the boat launch on
Sunnyside Rd, I found one PACIFIC LOON, 1 adult GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 adult
THAYER'S GULL, and about 20 Tundra Swans and other expected waterfowl in
abundance - especially Red necked and Horned Grebes. Along Sunnyside Rd
itself about 1 mile of SR 200 were 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and 9 PINE
GROSBEAKS. 

 

At Denton Slough, there were more Tundra Swans with 2 TRUMPTER SWANS with
them. Further out were 4 more RED BREASTED MERGANSERS. 

 

The town of Clark Fork was filled with finches (centering around the feeding
station at 2nd and Stephens). 12 PINE GROSBEAKS, 25 American Goldfinches, 50
Pine Siskins, 10 House F8inches, and 10 Red Crossbills. Across the river was
one Northern Shrike. Below the fog, 53 species in a few hours, a fun day.

 

Blessings

Terry Little 

Mead, Wa

  Terry

 
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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker
From: Lindell Haggin <lindell4118 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:28:23 -0800
Had a Pileated Woodpecker at my suet feeder this morning. That was a first! He 
had a little trouble fitting. 


Lindell Haggin
Little Spokane River near Mead, WA

 "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that 
will endure as long as life lasts." Rachel Carson 




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Subject: Benewah County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:03:18 -0800
Benewah County Big Year 
Taken from eBird

From  Heyburn State Park -  Andy Sepmiewski - Jan. 25th -
56 Northern Pintail 
57 Ring-necked Duck
58 Herring Gull
59 Pileated Woodpecker
60 Pygmy Nuthatch 
61 Brown Creeper - Jon Isacoff

January 26 
62 Bewick's Wren - Andrea Wilkey  - Round Lake area
64 House Finch - Donni Moen - St. Maries


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Subject: Kootenai County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:23:49 -0800
In checking eBird reports, I made several changes to the Kootenai County Big
Year (earlier dates) and added some new species.  We are up to 95 species.

If you have earlier dates than these or new species,  let me know -
shirley.sturts AT gmail.com
See complete list on http://cdaaudubon.org/Projects/kootenaico2015.html


Canada Goose - Jan. 2 - Beck Road  - Midge Marcy-Brenan
Trumpeter Swan - Jan 2 - Wolf Lodge Bay- Steve Joyce 
#85 Long-tailed Duck - Jan. 24 - NIC Beach - Andy Stepniewski 
Bufflehead - Jan 2 - NIC Beach - Will Young 
Common Goldeneye - Jan 2 - Falls Park-Will Young
#86 Barrow's Goldeneye - Jan 24 - Wolf Lodge Bay - And Stepniewski
Ring-necked Pheasant - Jan 1- Honeysuckle Ave. - Midge Marcy Brennan 
#87 Common Loon - Jan 12 -Powder horn Bay - Steve Joyce
Pied-billed Grebe - JN 3 - Higgins Pt. - Will Young
Horned Grebe - Jan 3 - Bennett Bay - Will Young
#88 Red-necked Grebe - Jan 3 - Silver Beach - Will Young 
Double-crested Cormorant - Jan 2 - NIC Beach - Will Young
Cooper's Hawk - Jan 7 - CDA - Mark Stromberg 
Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and Rough-legged Hawk - all Jan 2 - Beck Road -
Midge Marcy-Brennan
American Coot - Jan. 1  - Honeysuckle Ave. - Midge Marcy-Brennan
Herring and Thayer's Gull  both Jan 2 - Higgins Point - Will Young 
Rock Pigeon - Jan 2 - Beck Road - Midge Marcy-Brennan
Eurasian Collared-Dove - Jan. 1 - Honeysuckle Ave. = Midge Marcy-Brennan
#89 Great Horned Owl - Jan. 9 Lock Haven, Hayden - Doug Ward 
Anna's Hummingbird - Jan 8 - Lock Haven, Hayden - Doug Ward 
American Kestrel - Jan 2 - Beck Rd - Midge Marcy-Brennan
#90 Merlin - Jan 20 - CDA City Beach area - Rich Del Carlo 
American Crow - Jan 1 =- Honeysuckle Ave. - Midge - Marcy-Brennan
#91 White-breasted Nuthatch - Jan. 13 - Mica Bay Survey - Darlene Carlton
and Mary Deasy 
Pygmy Nuthatch - Jan 3 - Post Falls - Will Young 
Brown Creeper - Jan 2 - Falls Park - Will Young
#92 American Dipper - Jan. 2 - Falls Park - Will Young 
Golden-crowed Kinglet - Jan. 2 - Falls Park - Will Young '
American Robin - Jan 1 - Honeysuckle Ave - Midge Marcy-Brennan 
#93 Western Meadowlark and #94 Brewers Blackbird - both Jan. 17 -  Rathdrum
Prairie - Doug Ward 
#95 Red Crossbill - Jan 3 - Blue Creek Bay - Will Young 





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Subject: Re: Cougar Bay Domestic
From: Eliot Miller <eliot.isaac AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:40:16 -0800
Hi Jon,

Doug responded and said as much to me. I appreciate the input, thank you
both. That makes a lot more sense to me. Something about it seemed off (I
wasn't seeing the black primaries for instance, like you say), and I
couldn't see it well without a scope. Thanks for clarifying that for me.

As Doug said in his email to me, there are also a lot of Buffleheads out
there now.

Cheers,
Eliot

On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:12 AM, Jonathan Isacoff 
wrote:

> Hi Eliot and All,
>
> There is a Snow-Goose-sized/shaped domestic white goose that has hung
> around Cougar Bay the past 3 or 4 winters.  It looks like a Snow Goose from
> a distance but with closer looks it lacks black outer primaries, though it
> may have a tiny bit of dark on the very edges.  So it may have some Snow
> Goose lineage but it's predominantly domestic.
>
> Good birding,
> Jon Isacoff, Spokane
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Subject: Cougar Bay Domestic
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:12:42 -0800
Hi Eliot and All,

There is a Snow-Goose-sized/shaped domestic white goose that has hung around 
Cougar Bay the past 3 or 4 winters. It looks like a Snow Goose from a distance 
but with closer looks it lacks black outer primaries, though it may have a tiny 
bit of dark on the very edges. So it may have some Snow Goose lineage but it's 
predominantly domestic. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Re: [PossibleSpam] [LCBirds2] Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County
From: <dennisrockwell AT dwwireless.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:07:40 -0800
Interesting. I found a flock of 8 American Tree Sparrows at Big Flat HMU on 
January 27, 2001. 


Dennis Rockwell near Two Rivers Park, Finley, WA

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Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:27 PM
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Subject: [PossibleSpam] [LCBirds2] Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing 
Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County 


  

Hello All,

I birded Big Flats HMU, Lost Island HMU, and Windust yesterday. It was my first 
time to Lost Island HMU I really enjoyed it and reminded me a bit of Big Flats 
with more flat fields. Searched for Owls at Lost Island HMU hoping for Saw-Whet 
but no luck. 


The American Tree Sparrows continue at Big Flats just past the gravel walkway 
between the Snake River Inlet and Dalton Lake to the right in some black berry 
briars and bushes. There are at least four of them. I also had two SAVANNAH 
SPARROWS and two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Savannah Sparrows have been over-wintering 
(or maybe late migrating) in Franklin County since November. I've had them 
monthly since then. 


There were no Owls at Big Flats either. I am sure there are probably owls at 
both Big Flats and Lost Island but there is SO much ground to cover and dense 
habitat (unfortunately most of the dense stuff is fragmented)-so it is hard to 
find owls. I tried for Russ Koppendreyer's Harris's Sparrow he found a week or 
so back at Big Flats with no luck. 


I heard an early early Say's Phoebe across the Snake River from Windust which 
made for a nice surprise considering I missed my target Saw-Whet and Harris's 
Sparrow. Also on a brighter note, I had a Short-Eared Owl fly across 
Pasco-Kahlotus Highway on Saturday as well. 



Take Care and Good Birding,
-- 

Kevin Black
Kennewick, WA 
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Subject: Re: Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID)
From: Eliot Miller <eliot.isaac AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:31:40 -0800
As chance would have it (we don't know the area), we stumbled on this bay
this morning while visiting the area. We birded for a while without a
scope. You saw a few we didn't (Scaup and Gadwall in particular, and I
don't know gulls well enough to have picked anything interesting out), but
one thing interesting that we did have was a medium-sized white goose. I
presume it was a Snow Goose. It was quite close to the parking area we
stumbled on, foraging with a group of geese, Canvasbacks, and some other
birds. It certainly looked like a Snow Goose in my binoculars
(medium-sized, white, orang-ish bill, neck like a goose), and most
certainly was not a swan. We couldn't see well enough to say much else
(e.g. is there some weird domestic goose I don't know about?), but it was
not a swan. We did see the swans.

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 3:54 PM, Doug Ward  wrote:

> Decided to run over to Cougar Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co., ID)
> today at lunch (29 Jan.'15) as I'd noticed a fair amount of activity over
> that way earlier in the week from downtown, so was curious to see what was
> in.  Well it turns out quite a bit with some good variety.  While nothing
> too rare, a few (3) CACKLING GEESE, some early returning TUNDRA SWANs, and
> a large group (25+) of CANVASBACKs were all nice.  My full list is provided
> below if interested.
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Doug
>
>
>
> *29 January 2015  Cougar Bay, Lake Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co., ID*
>
> CACKLING GOOSE - 3 (2 probably immature "Taverner's" with dark breasts,
> and the other ??, possible "Richardson's")
>
> Canada Goose - 400+ (~75/25 "Greater":"Lesser")
>
> Tundra Swan - 14 ad
>
> Gadwall - 5
>
> American Widgeon - 1m
>
> Mallard - 50
>
> Canvasback - 20m 5f (oddly 4X more males than females!)
>
> Redhead - 20
>
> Ring-necked Duck - 25
>
> Lesser Scaup - 20
>
> Pied-billed Grebe - 10
>
> Horned Grebe - 5
>
> Double-crested Cormorant - 25
>
> Great Blue Heron - 10 (9 of which were perched out on the docks stored out
> in the bay)
>
> American Coot - 150
>
> Ring-billed Gull - 1-1st
>
> Herring Gull - 1 ad
>
>
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Subject: Cougar Bay Waterfowl - Lake CdA (ID)
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:54:24 -0800
Decided to run over to Cougar Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co., ID)
today at lunch (29 Jan.'15) as I'd noticed a fair amount of activity over
that way earlier in the week from downtown, so was curious to see what was
in.  Well it turns out quite a bit with some good variety.  While nothing
too rare, a few (3) CACKLING GEESE, some early returning TUNDRA SWANs, and a
large group (25+) of CANVASBACKs were all nice.  My full list is provided
below if interested.

 

Good Birding,

Doug

 

29 January 2015  Cougar Bay, Lake Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co., ID

CACKLING GOOSE - 3 (2 probably immature "Taverner's" with dark breasts, and
the other ??, possible "Richardson's")

Canada Goose - 400+ (~75/25 "Greater":"Lesser")

Tundra Swan - 14 ad

Gadwall - 5

American Widgeon - 1m

Mallard - 50

Canvasback - 20m 5f (oddly 4X more males than females!)

Redhead - 20

Ring-necked Duck - 25

Lesser Scaup - 20

Pied-billed Grebe - 10

Horned Grebe - 5

Double-crested Cormorant - 25

Great Blue Heron - 10 (9 of which were perched out on the docks stored out
in the bay)

American Coot - 150

Ring-billed Gull - 1-1st

Herring Gull - 1 ad

 
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Subject: Idaho County Bluebirds
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:41:21 -0800
Had 11 W Bluebirds today near Whitebird, id.  Found them at about 4200'
elavation east of Whitebird.
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Subject: Spokane Cassin's Finch - Evening Grosbeak
From: Terry Little <terry AT crossoverchurch.info>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:06:18 -0500
Hello,

Over the past few days, I have had a couple of Cassin's Finches and a flock 
of 10 at the feeder behind my office in Mead north of Spokane.

Blessings
Terry Little
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Subject: Walla Walla County Say's Phoebe, Continuing Am Tree Sparrows Franklin County
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:27:43 -0800
Hello All,

I birded Big Flats HMU, Lost Island HMU, and Windust yesterday. It was my
first time to Lost Island HMU I really enjoyed it and reminded me a bit of
Big Flats with more flat fields. Searched for Owls at Lost Island HMU
hoping for Saw-Whet but no luck.

The American Tree Sparrows continue at Big Flats just past the gravel
walkway between the Snake River Inlet and Dalton Lake to the right in some
black berry briars and bushes. There are at least four of them. I also had
two SAVANNAH SPARROWS and two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.  Savannah Sparrows have
been over-wintering (or maybe late migrating) in Franklin County since
November. I've had them monthly since then.

There were no Owls at Big Flats either. I am sure there are probably owls
at both Big Flats and Lost Island but there is SO much ground to cover and
dense habitat (unfortunately most of the dense stuff is fragmented)-so it
is hard to find owls. I tried for Russ Koppendreyer's Harris's Sparrow he
found a week or so back at Big Flats with no luck.

I heard an early early Say's Phoebe across the Snake River from Windust
which made for a nice surprise considering I missed my target Saw-Whet and
Harris's Sparrow. Also on a brighter note, I had a Short-Eared Owl fly
across Pasco-Kahlotus Highway on Saturday as well.

Take Care and Good Birding,
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Subject: Iceland & Glaucous Gulls/L-t Duck - Coeur d'Alene (ID)
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:26:30 -0800
Pretty good day down at Independence Point in downtown Coeur d'Alene
(Kootenai Co., ID)!   After being "fogged out" yesterday, my morning check
today (27 Jan.'15) was productive.  My primary interest as always are the
gulls, and after the report of a 2nd year "Kumien's" ICELAND GULL on Sunday
by Jon Isacoff and the Stepniewskis who found the bird, I was very
pleasantly surprised to find it sitting down on the City Beach side of the
park!!  This guy is very pale overall, so not hard to pick out though I did
miss it on my first pass.  In addition to the Iceland, Herrings,
Californias, and Ring-billeds, there were also three (3) THAYER'S GULLs, 2
adults and a 1st year bird.

 

Between my first hasty look through the gulls on the beach and my second
check, I scanned the lake and was happy to spot a nice female LONG-TAILED
DUCK  as well as the 1st year GLAUCOUS GULL which I last saw about a week
ago.  So if you are going to be out and about in the Coeur d'Alene area, it
would definitely be worth a check of the waterfront downtown.  I think
morning and late afternoon would be best for the gulls as they seem to
mostly disperse during midday.  Good luck if you give them a try.

 

Cheers,

Doug

 

PS - The adult female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD is still around our yard.  We last
saw the immature about a week ago, so hopefully it just moved on and didn't
succumb to an accident or predator; she was very health last time she was
around.

 

Phone:  1 (208) 676-9327

Mobile: 1 (208) 699-9327

Email: dougward AT frontier.com

 
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Subject: ID Change for the GYR seen on Monday
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:18:29 -0800
I decided to revoke my original ID of GYRFALCON that was seen on Monday,
and change it to PRAIRIE FALCON. The reason being is the bird in my photo
shows a pretty strong malar which is inconsistent with the GYR that I saw
earlier. Also recent sightings of Prairie Falcon in the SAME spot confirmed
my suspicions. Just thought I would let people know. Also I have posted
some photo highlights of the Palouse Audubon field trip to the LC Valley
that was on Saturday to my Flcikr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjbaltierra/

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Subject: WA Birder List Reports deadline is January 31
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:09:55 -0800

A reminder: send 2014 List Reports to Washington Birder at: info AT wabirder.com 
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Subject: Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull
From: heapbigdoc AT netscape.net
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:14:56 -0500
Hi Tweets & INWBs -

We headed over to the Wenatchee area today to twitch the Cashmere Acorn 
Woodpecker. It turned out to be an easy one - the bird was in the trees across 
from the substation at Riverside and Parkhill making lots of noise at 11:45. 
The light was lousy, but I did get some pics. 


From Cashmere, we went on up Highway 2 and Icicle Road to Sleeping Lady, where 
a very cooperative female White-headed Woodpecker posed for photos. 


On the way home, we went up the river as far as Daroga State Park north of 
Orondo. The road access to the park is closed, but we were able to walk down to 
the riverside and scope a large flock of mixed waterfowl about 1/3 of the way 
across the river. 


It was an odd mix: Horned Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeon, Scaup, and one 
gull. And they were behaving oddly: the ruddies, scaup and grebes were diving, 
the wigeon were tipping up, and the gull seemed to be picking something off the 
surface. Could it have been whitefish spawn? 


Anyway, the gull was unusual: Slightly smaller than the Horned Grebes with a 
black beak, a dark ear spot, a white crown and nape, a gray mantle, black 
primary tips, and white under wings, which for me works out to Bonaparte's. Not 
rare bird, but pretty weird for Douglas County at this time of year. 


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Subject: Wenatchee Area Acorn & White-headed Woodpeckers & Bonaparte's Gull
From: heapbigdoc AT netscape.net
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:14:56 -0500
Hi Tweets & INWBs -

We headed over to the Wenatchee area today to twitch the Cashmere Acorn 
Woodpecker. It turned out to be an easy one - the bird was in the trees across 
from the substation at Riverside and Parkhill making lots of noise at 11:45. 
The light was lousy, but I did get some pics. 


From Cashmere, we went on up Highway 2 and Icicle Road to Sleeping Lady, where 
a very cooperative female White-headed Woodpecker posed for photos. 


On the way home, we went up the river as far as Daroga State Park north of 
Orondo. The road access to the park is closed, but we were able to walk down to 
the riverside and scope a large flock of mixed waterfowl about 1/3 of the way 
across the river. 


It was an odd mix: Horned Grebes, Ruddy Ducks, American Wigeon, Scaup, and one 
gull. And they were behaving oddly: the ruddies, scaup and grebes were diving, 
the wigeon were tipping up, and the gull seemed to be picking something off the 
surface. Could it have been whitefish spawn? 


Anyway, the gull was unusual: Slightly smaller than the Horned Grebes with a 
black beak, a dark ear spot, a white crown and nape, a gray mantle, black 
primary tips, and white under wings, which for me works out to Bonaparte's. Not 
rare bird, but pretty weird for Douglas County at this time of year. 


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Subject: Moscow (UI Dairy) Cackling Geese (2), Redhead, etc., 1/25/15
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:21:07 -0800
Hi all -

Two Cackling Geese (presume Taverners) and a drake Redhead (asleep on
shore) at the UI Dairy's large pond midday (on this spring-like late
January day). A Red-winged Blackbird was singing away and in the fields
behind (north) of the dairy were rough estimated 400 Rock Pigeons, 45
Common Ravens, and a few Horned Larks. Also a Northern Harrier, ~4
Red-tailed Hawks, and kestrel.

Earlier at and near my house was a lone calling Pine Grosbeak, small flock
of 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and as many as 25 Pine Siskins at my feeders
among others. There have been gobs (i.e. 100's) of A. Robins in the
neighborhood but perhaps not quite as many today as past few days.

thanks, Charles.


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Subject: Coeur D'Alene KUMLIEN'S Gull
From: Jonathan Isacoff <jisacoff1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:50:53 -0800
Andy and Ellen Stepniewski this morning discover a KUMLIEN'S GULL at Coeur 
D'Alene City Beach. I was able to join them and relocate the bird, which I 
believe is a 2nd cycle. Birding around Coeur D'Alene and Heyburn State Park we 
found some nice birds including 6 gull species (Herring, Thayer's, Cal., 
Ring-bllled, and a MEW for good measure) and a CACKLING GOOSE at Heyburn. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Idaho County
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:31:19 -0800
Had a Western Wood Peewee this morning south of Whitebird at Skookumchuck
rest area. It and a Townsend Solitaire were in a Juniper tree. A mess of GC
Kinglets also.
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Subject: More on "Weird Duck"
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:00:44 -0800
Our duck again;   https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15737753324/


Sibley 2nd Edition, page 17 pictures what Sibley calls a “Drake-plumaged 
Northern Mallard female” 


Additional info at” 
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/intersex-birds-and-their-confusion-with.html 


I had never heard of any of this, but Sibley’s picture looks just like our 
“weird duck” 


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Subject: More on "Weird Duck"
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:00:44 -0800
Our duck again;   https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15737753324/


Sibley 2nd Edition, page 17 pictures what Sibley calls a “Drake-plumaged 
Northern Mallard female” 


Additional info at” 
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/intersex-birds-and-their-confusion-with.html 


I had never heard of any of this, but Sibley’s picture looks just like our 
“weird duck” 


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Subject: Grosbeaks again
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:15:38 -0800
There was a very nice flock of about a dozen or so Evening Grosbeaks at
Hells Gate State Park this morning. They were feeding with many robins and
junco near the cabins in the camping area. The bright yellow color on the
males seemed to glow vividly in the morning sun and certainly brought a
smile to my face. Only down side was I left my camera at home!

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Subject: Glorfield Road gyrfalcon
From: Stephen Lacey <stephenlacey AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:18:01 -0800
Finally our curiosity got the better of us and we went to see if we could
find the reported gyrfalcon yesterday.  It was foggy, but we did see a bird
sitting on rocks.  It flew to a large post where we got a better view.  I
don't know, of course, if this is the bird seen by others, but it had a very
distinct moustache and dark "arm pit" patches. It was difficult to determine
size, but I think what we saw was most likely a prairie falcon.

 

 

 
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Subject: Weird Duck
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:12:07 -0800
This AM at west Pond, Lewiston Levee Ponds, Clearwater River a group of us 
observed this strange duck. 

First thought was American Wigeon x Northern Mallard hybrid but a more detailed 
look at Sibley shows a Drake-plumaged Northern Mallard female. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15737753324/in/photostream/

Poor photo, heavily cropped but an interesting bird

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Subject: University Heights (Moscow) Blue Jay etc., 1/22/15
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:19:34 -0800
The continuing Blue Jay (at least one of them) was in the University
Heights neighborhood Thursday AM between View and Ridge Rds. Other bird in
the area  (as has also been reported on eBird) included a continuing small
group of Pine Grosbeaks, Cassin's Finches, Bohemian Waxwings, Townsend's
Solitaires, and loads of A. Robins (estimated 400 more earlier in the
week). Specific to the nearby UI Arboretum have been Brown Creepers, GC
Kinglets, Bewick's Wren, Varied Thrushes, a continuing Chestnut-backed
Chickadees and others.

This U. Heights neighborhood, immediately east of the UI Arboretum, is
often quite birdy in winter due to numerous ornamental plantings and
landscaping. Undoubtedly there is quite a bit of bird movement back and
forth between the neighborhood and the arboretum. There are a number of
paths connecting parts of the neighborhood (and its numerous dead ends) and
the arboretum making it possible to loop through the arboretum and back via
the neighborhood for a very birdy walk.

thanks, Charles.



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Subject: (no subject)
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:53:51 -0800
A quick walk at Hell's Gate State Park this a.m. provided me with nice
views and calls of a spotted towhee in the brush at the mouth of Tammany
creek and an evening grosbeak traveling with a flock of robins in that same
area. Lots of other birds present...red tailed hawks, robins, cormorants,
GB heron, and of course, plenty of Canada geese.

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Subject: ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:14:19 -0800
A few days ago, I posted a photo of two grebes from Asotin County.

The photo and some of the discussion can be found at 
:https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15716965673/ 


The discussion generated was lively and has reconfirmed my belief that Winter 
Clark’s Grebe cannot be identified with any certainty in our area. 


These discussions always bring up the possibility of hybrid Western x Clark’s 
Grebes. From what I can find in the literature, this possibility remains 
possible but unproven and further confuses the ID’s. 


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Subject: ID of Western and Clark's Grebe in Winter in Asotin Coounty
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:14:19 -0800
A few days ago, I posted a photo of two grebes from Asotin County.

The photo and some of the discussion can be found at 
:https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15716965673/ 


The discussion generated was lively and has reconfirmed my belief that Winter 
Clark’s Grebe cannot be identified with any certainty in our area. 


These discussions always bring up the possibility of hybrid Western x Clark’s 
Grebes. From what I can find in the literature, this possibility remains 
possible but unproven and further confuses the ID’s. 


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Subject: Clark's or Western Grebe ?
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:56:36 -0800
Today at Chief Timothy Park I had this bird among a group of 18 obvious Western 
Grebes. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15716965673/

Here is a photo of an obvious Western Grebe taken at the same time and from the 
same spot, so lighting is the same and bill color can be compared. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16335128551/in/photostream/

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Subject: Whitman-GYR Continues
From: Richard Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:38:59 -0800
Taking the advice from Russ Koppendrayer's post, my girlfriend and I went
out looking for the GYR again. We went down Glorifield Rd., almost as Russ
described, we saw a large raptor sitting on a low rock. It was the GYR and
it was at pretty close range too, at about 50 yards from the road. It then
took to the sky, and I was able to obtain some grainy photos of the bird in
flight. Very cool! Thanks for the update Russ!

photos in checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21429816

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Subject: Flickers
From: "Brian and Beth Miller" <bmiller297 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:18:26 -0800
I have a Mountain Ash tree in my yard. Berry production was fairly good this
year. I haven't had any Waxwings after the berries because I live in a
Ponderosa pine forest which is not favored habitat; although I have had some
show up over the years. Robins have been eating the berries recently but
just a few Robins, not a flock. I was surprised to see a Flicker eating the
Mountain Ash berries today. I didn't know they liked berries. It was
somewhat comical to watch the Flickers because the berries are on the
outermost ends of the branches, which are far too thin to support the weight
of a Flicker. Flickers are nowhere as adept at hanging upside down as are
Chickadees and Nuthatches.

 

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Subject: Back yard birds Moscow Idaho
From: "Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" <mscott@uidaho.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:49:44 +0000
Saturday January 17, 2015


The following birds were seen at our feeders, water dish or in adjacent areas 
of the yard: 



 starling                 35

 house finch         21

 pine siskin             50

 dark-eyed junco   7

house sparrow        3

sharp shinned hawk 1

lesser gold finch    15

northern flicker         2



Cheer's


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Subject: Whitman Co. - Gyrfalcon
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:12:07 -0800
Hi Birders,

This morning I saw a GYRFALCON that I assume is the one that has been
present recently. Today it was perched on a low rock about 100 yards from
the road and then flew off and I was unable to relocate it. This was
Glorfield Rd 1 mile from SR 23.

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Subject: Washington Birder checklist updates
From: washingtonbirder.Ken Knittle <washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:55:33 -0800


Updated checklists for Washington State and counties are now available on the 
Washington Birder website: http://wabirder.com/county_map.html 

We would especially like to thank those who reported "County Firsts" and/or 
sent us recommendations for county code updates at either: 
washingtonbirder AT hotmail.com or at: info AT wabirder. 






Ken
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Subject: WOS needs a field trip coordinator
From: "Stephens, Dan" <DStephens AT wvc.edu>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:52:40 -0800
Greetings,

WOS is in need of an Eastern Washington field trip coordinator.

This would involve organizing (not necessarily leading) a few field
trips per year for WOS.

Tim O'Brien performed this role for the last few years and did a great
job, but is ready to pass on the responsibility.

He could give you more information about what exactly is expected, time
commitment, ideas, etc.

Please let me (or any WOS board member) know if you're interested.

Thanks,

Dan

 

 

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Subject: Re: Inland-nw-birders Digest, Vol 87, Issue 26
From: "Scott, Mike (mscott AT uidaho.edu)" <mscott@uidaho.edu>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:32:57 +0000
Greetings all

Went to the UI Arboretum this after noon large flock ,70-90 birds, of Bohemian 
wax rings found the Canada geese on the lower pond but not the white-fronted 
goose seen yesterday. However I found more than 100 mallards, large number of 
Canada geese and a single white-fronted goose at the UI Dairy pond. 




Cheers

Mike  Scott

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Subject: swan
From: Catherine Temple <ctemple99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:12:25 -0800
At 8:30 a.m. there was a single swan on west pond ( by pass levy, Lewiston
) along with hundreds of mallards. I couldn't see it clearly, but I assume
it was a Tundra swan and it looked like it might have been a sub-adult. It
still had some grayish color and the bill color looked lighter. There were
also dozens of robins and cedar waxwings working the crab apple trees along
the trail. I didn't see any Bohemian waxwings, but didn't have a great deal
of time to spend sorting through them.

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Subject: Kootenai County Big Year additions
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:57:46 -0800
76  N. Pygmy Owl  Jan 7 - Cougar Gulch -  Rob and Nancy Kroese 
77  Ruffed Grouse  Jan 8  - Cougar Gulch -  Rob and Nancy Kroese
78 Pileated Woodpecker  Jan 8  - Cougar Gulch -  Rob and Nancy Kroese
79 Cooper's Hawk  -  Jan. 10 -Medimont area - Carrie Hugo 
80 D.C. Cormorant - Jan 11 - Wolf Lodge and Beauty Bay - George and Katie
Sayler 
81 Rock Dove  - Jan. 11 - Downtown CDA - Shirley Sturts 

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Subject: MacFarlane Road this late afternoon - Tree Sparrow and Short-eared Owls
From: Tim O'Brien <kertim7179 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:48:01 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,

I made it home in time to grab the dog and take him out walking on MacFarlane 
Road between Coulee Hite and Ladd roads. Of course, I had other motivations as 
well. We walked from about 4:20pm to 5:00pm. 


Immediately, in the dirt road in front of us were several American Tree 
Sparrows - very reliable here lately. Then as we neared the bridge, I was 
watching a female Harrier fly and then make a couple dives at another bird on a 
fencepost. It was a Short-eared Owl! Another one came up and the two talked 
back a forth for a few seconds and then flew off. Nice to see them back in a 
spot where I have had luck with them in the past! 


Go bird!

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Subject: Franklin Co:American Tree & Harris's Sparrows Plus Columbia Co:Eurasian Widgeon
From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:29:00 -0800
Hi All,

This morning (1/14/15) at Big Flat HMU I found 3 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in
some low bushes at the water's edge just beyond the far end of the
causeway. Continuing my hike down the main road with the brushy area on my
left and the grassy area on my right, I came to where the main gravel road
took a sharp left into the brush and a lesser road continued straight.
About 20 yards along the gravel road there was a juvenile HARRIS'S SPARROW
 in a good sized flock of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. I'd estimate this as 0.75
mile from parking lot, but I'm notorious for my poor judgement of distance
when walking.

Later this afternoon there was an EURASIAN WIDGEON at MP 6.6 on SR 261 just
east of Starbuck. It was with AMERICAN WIDGEON, MALLARDS, and a single male
NORTHERN PINTAIL in the corn stubble until they were flushed by the cattle
wanting that area. They flew a few feet into the irrigation canal but out
of sight. This is the usual "hotspot" for waterfowl near Starbuck.

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Subject: Swallows Park Gulls
From: "Keith Carlson" <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:19:36 -0800
Today at Swallows Park:

Lesser Black-backed adult continues 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16094829470/in/photostream/ 


A couple of other adults that I am not confident on:

The first has a pale eye, the orbital ring is not distinctive, head appears 
rounded, bill seems to have yellow-green cast 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15659776454/in/photostream/lightbox/ 


This second adult bird has a pale eye with a distinct red orbital ring, head a 
bit rounded, bill has bit of a yellow -green cast 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16282207465/in/photostream/lightbox/ 

  both birds have pink legs

Both photos taken at about the same time of day and with the same lighting.

On another note the Northern Saw-whet Owl continues

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Subject: Swallows Park Gulls
From: Keith Carlson <kec201814 AT cableone.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:19:36 -0800
Today at Swallows Park:

Lesser Black-backed adult continues 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16094829470/in/photostream/ 


A couple of other adults that I am not confident on:

The first has a pale eye, the orbital ring is not distinctive, head appears 
rounded, bill seems to have yellow-green cast 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/15659776454/in/photostream/lightbox/ 


This second adult bird has a pale eye with a distinct red orbital ring, head a 
bit rounded, bill has bit of a yellow -green cast 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/birddog/16282207465/in/photostream/lightbox/ 

  both birds have pink legs

Both photos taken at about the same time of day and with the same lighting.

On another note the Northern Saw-whet Owl continues

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Subject: Idaho County Say's Phobe
From: Terry Lane <tlane2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:52:25 -0800
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Subject: Moscow WF Goose, UI Arb
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:09:26 -0800
The white-fronted goose is currently at the upper pond of the UI arboretum
with flock of Canadas. Also pine grosbeaks and others in the Arb.

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Subject: Western Bluebirds, Pine Grosbeaks
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:02:33 -0800
Hello all,
I hiked up Scenic Loop Dr. off Mill Creek east of Walla Walla this morning - 
overcast and 38 degrees but the snow-capped trees and sunshine were just 
another 500 ft above me. 

At the first corner up the steep hill I spished and in came Black-capped 
Chickadees - 28 of them - and nothing with them. I believe that is the most 
I've had at once here in WA state. 


On up I started hearing Pine Grosbeaks - they were in the tall conifers up on 
the hill but did come down into the elderberries on my way back - 4 of them. 
Searching for them I found a Pygmy Owl. A Sharp-shinned Hawk and Northern 
Shrike were working the upper road - juncos and thrushes really hidden. 

Back down toward Mill Creek I spotted a couple Ruffed Grouse on a large stump - 
looked like they were courting already! The Dippers were very vocal in the 
creek - 


Drove up Mill Creek another mile and at the Klicker corner were 3 WESTERN 
BLUEBIRDS flying down to bathe in a mud puddle. We have had them in this spot 
before in the winter - 


Had a tight flock of tiny birds moving through the alders - could have been 
Pine Siskins but they were just too far to tell - acted like redpolls to me! 


Missed my target bird - White-throated Sparrow - the only sparrows up there 
were Song. 


NO kinglets and only 1 nuthatch. And the last windstorm blew more huge trees 
over - 


Bennington Lake walkers yesterday found 1 Northern Shrike and singing 
Solitaires but the only Long-eared Owl was plucked - had 5 Great Horned Owls 
and figure one of them was the culprit. 


Good birding, ML




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Subject: Early Ferry Co. birds
From: Dan Owens <danowens AT redmeadow.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:42:52 -0800
A few interesting birds so far this year. Pine Grosbeaks have been 
fairly common in the area this winter, with a flock of 15 near Curlew 
yesterday. Also in Curlew were a pair of Eurasian Collard-Doves. Near 
Malo, a small flock of Bobwhites have been seen for the last two months. 
The same location had a Tree Sparrow last weekend.  At my feeder, Pine 
Siskins and American Goldfinches have been fairly common. Last week, we 
saw a Great Blue Heron standing on the ice of the mostly frozen over 
Kettle River. It sure looked cold to us!

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Subject: Coeur d'Alene (ID) Gulls
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:03:00 -0800
As I do almost every morning, I stopped in at Independence Point in downtown
Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co., ID) between the Resort hotel and City Beach to
check the gulls to see if anything notable was hanging around.  Today (14
Jan.'15) it was a nice first year GLAUCOUS GULL in with the usual
Ring-bills, Californias, Herrings, and this time four (4) THAYER'S GULLs
(2-ad, 1-2nd, 1-1st year birds) all on the little beach by the parking lot;
if they aren't there, check the City Beach side of the peninsula, or out in
the water.  No "Smudge", the adult Lesser Black-backed yet this year, but
hopefully one of these mornings as every day there has been a slightly
different mix of individuals.  Keep an eye out for an adult MEW GULL which
has been in the area; I last saw him on Monday (12 Jan.'15) over at the
North Idaho College beach on the Spokane River outlet.

 

In addition to the gulls, it is always worth checking out in the lake for
waterfowl.  Yesterday, five (5) of the RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs which have
been around for a month or so were off of City Beach.  There have been a
couple of Long-tailed Ducks out there too, though I'm not sure the last time
they were seen.  Let me know separately if you'd like more specific
directions.

 

Good Gulling,

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Subject: Re: [LCBirds2] Birds Missing in Franklin County 2014
From: "Laurie Ann Ness" <laurie AT dr-doo.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:01:58 -0800
1 male Barrow’s Goldeneye.  Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 Osprey Point, Franklin Co.  

 

Laurie Ness & Patrick Paulson

 

 

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Subject: [LCBirds2] Birds Missing in Franklin County 2014

 

  

Hello All,

 Wrapping the Franklin County list up for 2014. I am missing a few species and 
am wondering if any of you have seen the following species in Franklin County 
in 2014. 




Barrow's Goldeneye
Long-Eared Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Mountain Chickadee
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Evening Grosbeak

 

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Subject: Birds Missing in Franklin County 2014
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:41:10 -0800
Hello All,

 Wrapping the Franklin County list up for 2014. I am missing a few species
and am wondering if any of you have seen the following species in Franklin
County in 2014.

Barrow's Goldeneye
Long-Eared Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Mountain Chickadee
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Evening Grosbeak

Thank You,

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Subject: UI Arboretum
From: Paul Hohenlohe <hohenlohe AT uidaho.edu>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:38:53 -0800
Hi folks-

A quick trip to the north end of the UI Arboretum in Moscow, midday on Tuesday, 
turned up a group of about 10 pine grosbeaks, plus a flock of about 40 Bohemian 
waxwings. Both left before I did, heading east. 


Paul

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Subject: blue jay back in the arboretum
From: "Bernacchi, Leigh (lbernacchi AT uidaho.edu)" <lbernacchi@uidaho.edu>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:59:39 +0000
Squawking, loudly! Single Blue Jay in eastern side of arboretum, near Alpowa 
St. 10:55am, 1/12/14. Cool! 


Happy Birding!

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Subject: Weekend birds WWCo.
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:03:42 -0800
Hello all,
Mike and I birded the westside again on Sat. the 10th - high water on the 
Columbia and Snake rivers. Highlights: 


Glaucous Gulls - one adult on the poop piles and 1 2nd year bird at 2Rivers - 
first of the winter 


American Pipits - over 50 on the Dodd road blood pond along with 22 Killdeer

Snow Geese - approx. 500 at McNary NWR - in the cornfields west of HQ and to 
the east in Burbank slough. 


Harris's Sparrow - in Sun Harbor which is just up from Charbonnear Park

Chris found Short-eared Owls - put our county list to 126 for the year.

Leaving Mike's moms appt this evening we had a Western Screech-Owl calling. A 
Great Horned Owl has been calling in our tree the last few evenings - sounding 
like spring! 


Good birding, ML


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Subject: Snowy Owls
From: Norma Trefry <firsttrefry AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:42:36 -0800
On Friday, the Haywood's and I set out to look for the Snowy Owls seen by
Terry Little, Jim Acton and Chris Janett. in the Swans Lakes Wildlife
Area.  We found one one on Schuster road and one on Seven Springs Dairy
Road sitting on apiece of well drilling equipment . Other highlights of the
day were a Prairie Falcon on Hatton Rd, Northern Shrikes on Hatton and
Zagelow roads, a Golden Eagle on Coffee Pot Road and to end the day, a
Short-eared Owl on Alexander Road.
A good day of birding!

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Subject: Fwd: A Small Big Year 2015- Kick off tomorrow 5pm at Hood River Hobbies
From: Bob Hansen <bobhansen AT gorge.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:04:54 -0800
Bob 

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Miko Ruhlen 
> Subject: A Small Big Year 2015- Kick off tomorrow 5pm at Hood River Hobbies
> Date: January 11, 2015 at 11:18:04 AM PST
> To: 'Hood River Hobbies' 
> 
> We are having a kick off gathering and birder's social at Hood River Hobbies 
tomorrow, Monday Jan 12th 5pm at Hood River Hobbies, 110 4th Street downtown. 
We will be presenting prizes to the winners of the Gorge Big Year 2014, and 
discussing the 2015 Big Year. If you want to join in or just hear about all the 
exciting birds people have seen, learn about how to use eBird to log birds or 
hear about rare birds in our area, come by. Bring something to share if you 
want. Please see attached or below for information on the 2015 contest. We 
strongly encourage everyone, especially beginners to participate and have added 
a special category for beginning adult as well as youth. We have also limited 
the counties to Hood River and Klickitat County to make it easier for anyone to 
participate at any level. Please pass this on to anyone who you know that might 
be interested. 

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> 110 4th Street,Hood River
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> A Small Big Year 2015
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> Friendly bird counting competition in The Gorge
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> Join your friends and neighbors in the Gorge by tracking each species you 
count in both Hood River County and Klickitat County throughout 2015 starting 
now and going through December 31, 2015. All you have to do is start a list of 
species, recording the date and location (and report your final tally at the 
first of the year). For rare species, we ask that you list them on ebird or 
otherwise get confirmation for them to count. This is a friendly competition 
for prizes donated by Hood River Hobbies. There will be a winner for three 
categories this year, adult birder, adult beginning birder, and youth birder. 
Please contact us if you would also be interested in donating prizes. By 
listing birding efforts on ebird (see ebird.org) it also contributes to ongoing 
data about birds in this area. 

> 
> This years competition is dedicated to my Father, Larry Small, (thus the 
title Small Big Year) who passed away January 8, 2015. I grew up a couple 
blocks from the beach in San Francisco. When I was in college I discovered that 
there was an endangered species of shorebird that lived there and I had missed 
for 20 something years of beach going so I started volunteering and then got 
hooked on seeing the planet as habitat for all sorts of creatures including 
birds. One of the cool things that my Dad did was volunteer to help me on my 
monitoring efforts there when I was an intern with the park service. Even after 
I left that job and started working at the Bird Observatory, he continued as 
one of the most dedicated volunteers walking the beach counting plovers. I 
really appreciated his participation and support. Last year my family 
participated in the Gorge Big Year started by some local bird nerds, and my 
kids got into birding too and each listed 122 species in the year and were 
really amazed at how many species there were to see and yet to find. I think my 
dad really appreciated our efforts to learn about birds so we are dedicating 
this year to him (photo below). 

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> Happy Birding!  Miko Ruhlen, owner Hood River Hobbies
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> For questions about big year rules or ebird reporting contact Andy Angstrom 
andrewangstrom AT gmail.com. For info on eBird and logging bird sightings and 
seeing rare bird reports go to eBird.org. For info on bird outings in the Gorge 
contact miko AT hoodriverhobbies.com 

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Subject: Moscow G. White-fronted Goose etc., 1/10/15
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:51:45 -0800
There was a single Greater White-fronted Goose w/ a flock of Canadas at the
UI Dairy this afternoon. Unfortunately I couldn't approach the flock with
sufficient stealth and flushed the whole group from where they were grazing
on the north side of the ponds. They all flew west where I got additional
good looks at the WF Goose, almost certainly headed into Whitman Co.

Also at the UI Dairy was a group of ~14 Brewer's Blackbirds, more than
likely the same group present for the Moscow-Pullman CBC several weeks ago.

Back home on the east side of Moscow there is still at least 1 Pine
Grosbeak nearby and up to 30 Pine Siskins at the feeders. I may have also
had a brief look at the White-throated Sparrow under the feeders but they
all flushed before I could confirm. It's almost certainly still somewhere
in the area.

Go Seahawks!
Charless.

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Subject: Immature goshwak
From: Stan Gough <stan.gough AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:18:07 -0800
While looking for the Rock Lake gyrfalcon we saw an immature northern
goshawk.  Initially we saw a very large, fast flying raptor pursuing in
level flight and twice striking a dove but could make a positive ID.  After
several long distance looks at the raptor on several perches finally got a
close look and confirmed the goshawk ID.

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Subject: Record number of CBC species
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:07:38 -0800
 The Coeur d'Alene CBC had a record number of species on this year's count.
We had 82 species - the most we have had before this was 73.   See our
results on: 

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Subject: Benewah County Big Year Additions
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:29:43 -0800
Corrections and additions to the Benewah County Big Year 


American Coot was seen earlier  - January 3rd Indian Mt. CBC by Donni Moen,
Paul and Erin Steenblik.  

New  from Donni Moen - St. Maries 

48  Mourning Dove  Jan 4

49 Ring-necked Pheasant  Jan. 8

50  Hooded Merganser  Jan 9

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Subject: Benewah County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:53:05 -0800
January 1   St Maries Donni Moen
1 Downy Woodpecker 
2 Northern Flicker
3 Gray Jay
4 Steller's Jay
5 Black-capped Chickadee
6 Mountain Chickadee
7 Chestnut-baked Chickadee
8 Red-breasted Nuthatch
9 Dark-eyed Junco 
10 Cassin's Finch
11Pine Siskin
12 Evening Grosbeak 

January 3   Indian Mt. CBC   (team 1 - Heyburn State Park) Donni Moen, Paul
and Erin Steenblik - (team 2 Harrison-St. Maries) Andrea Wilkey

13  Canada Goose  1-2
14 Mallard  2
15 Common Goldeneye  2
16 California Quail  1
17 Wild Turkey  2
18 Great Blue Heron  1-2
19 Bald Eagle  1-2
20 Red-tailed Hawk  2
21Rough-legged Hawk  1
22 American Coot   1
23 Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
24 Northern Pygmy Owl  2
25 Hairy Woodpecker  2
26 American Kestrel   2
27 Northern Shrike   2
28 Black-billed Magpie   1-2
29 American Crow  2
30 Common Raven  1-2
31 White-breasted Nuthatch  1
32 Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
33 Townsend's Solitaire   2
34 American Robin  2
35 Varied Thrush  2
36 European Starling  2
37 Cedar Waxwing  2
38 Song Sparrow  1
39 Pine Grosbeak  2
40 Red Crossbill   1

January 8  - Mike Halderman   - 
41 Gadwall   -   Chatcolet Lake
42 American Wigeon   -   Chatcolet Lake
43 Lesser Scaup -    St. Maries Sewage Ponds
44 Bufflehead   -  St. Maries Sewage Ponds
46 Common Merganser    -  Chatcolet Lake
47 Common Redpoll   - Chatcolet Lake





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Subject: More Kootenai County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:32:45 -0800
71 Yellow-rumped Warbler  Jan. 3  Indian MT. CBC Lisa Hardy, Janet Callen,
Darlene Carlton, Sally Jones 
72 Thayer's Gull  - Jan 9  Indepedence PT  CDA  Doug Ward 
73  Anna's Hummingbird - Jan. 9 (the 2 continue to stay at his feeders)
Hayden (Loch Haven)Doug Ward 
74 Cedar Waxwing -  Jan. 9  Hayden (Loch Haven)Doug Ward 
75 Cassin's Finch -  Jan. 9  Hayden (Loch Haven)Doug Ward
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Subject: Coeur d'Alene Area-Good Start to the Year
From: Doug Ward <dougward AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:32:29 +0000 (UTC)
 We returned from a long road trip yesterday and I was eager to get started my 
local year lists today (9 Jan.'15), but unfortunately I have to work for a 
living, so as is generally the case I just had to fit in what I could.  I did 
have a decent day, however, and came up with a few you may be interested in 
chasing in the Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai Co. ID) area if you are in the list 
building days as well.  Started the day with the continuing ANNA'S 
HUMMINGBIRDs in our yard (Hayden, ID) along with a couple of PINE GROSBEAKs 
and a male CASSIN'S FINCH.  While gull numbers were low, there was an adult 
THAYER'S GULL at Independence Point in downtown Coeur d'Alene on the way into 
work.  At lunch I ran out to check Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene which 
had a nice pair of adult TRUMPETER SWANs along with a few BALD EAGLEs still 
feeding out in the bay.  Also, there were about fifty (50) BOHEMIAN WAXWINGs 
in a tight flock flying around downtown CdA.  Looking forward to hopefully 
doing a little birding this weekend, but it will be competing with chores and 
football so we'll see. 

Happy New Year,Doug
Here are my various lists if interested:
9 January2015    Yard (Hayden, Kootenai Co., ID)Canada Goose - 20California 
Quail - 15ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD - 2 (adult & immature females)Black-billed Magpie 
- 2American Crow - 6Common Raven - 4Black-capped Chickadee - 2Mountain 
Chickadee - 4Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 3Red-breasted Nuthatch - 6American 
Robin - 2Cedar Waxwing - 15Song Sparrow - 3Dark-eyed Junco - 20 
"Oregon"                            - 2 
"Slate-colored"PINE GROSBEAK - 3House Finch - 15CASSIN'S FINCH - 1mPine Siskin 
- 20 

9 January 2015    Independence Pt. (downtown Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co., 
ID)Canada Goose - 50 (mostly "Lessers")Common Goldeneye - 2Ring-billed Gull - 
25 adCalifornia Gull - 35 ad, 1-2ndHerring Gull - 15 ad, 2-2ndTHAYER'S GULL - 1 
ad 

9 January 2015    Wolf Lodge Bay (Lake Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co., 
ID)Canada Goose - 30TRUMPETER SWAN - 2 adMallard - 4Ring-necked Duck - 6Lesser 
Scaup - 2Bufflehead - 10Common Goldeneye - 6Hooded Merganser - 5Common 
Merganser - 20Horned Grebe - 2Double-crested Cormorant - 10Bald Eagle - 5 
adRing-billed Gull - 10 ad 1-1stCalifornia Gull - 3 adBelted Kingfisher - 1 
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Subject: Pine grosbeak
From: Michael Fulton <michael_ful AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 19:56:29 -0800
Several pine grosbeak top of Indian Canyon corner of Grove and Greenwood rd. 
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Subject: Kootenai County Big Year
From: "Shirley Sturts" <shirley.sturts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:26:12 -0800
Kootenai County Big Year 

January 1st   Feeders - Shirley Sturts - Janet Callen - DanRatza - Jan
Severtson
1 California Quail  JC
2 Mourning Dove  SS
3 Hairy Woodpecker  SS
4 Northern Flicker  JC
5 Gray Jay  DR
6 Black-billed Magpie  JC
7 Common Raven JS
8 Black-capped Chickadee  SS,JS
9 Mountain Chickadee  SS, JS
10 Chestnut-backed Chickadee  JS
11 Red-breasted Nuthatch  SS, JS
12 Townsend's Solitaire  DR 
13  European Starling  JC
14 Song Sparrow  SS
15 Dark-eyed Junco SS,JC,JS
16 House Finch  SS,JC
17 Pine Siskin  JS,SS,JC 
18 American Goldfinch  JC
19 House Sparrow  JC

January 2 
20 Mew Gull  -Blackwell Island  - Mike Halderman
21 Ring-billed Gull  - Blackwell Island  - Mike Halderman
22 American Crow   - Medimont - Bob and Marcella Hanson
23 American Robin - Medimont - Bob and Marcella Hanson
24 Varied Thrush  - Blackwell Island- Mike Halderman 

January 3  Indian Mt. CBC   (Lisa Hardy, Darlene Carlton, Jan Severtson,
Sally Jones) 

25 Canada Goose
26 Trumpeter Swan
27 Tundra Swan
28 American Wigeon
29 Mallard
30 Northern Pintail 
31 Redhead
32 Bufflehead
33 Common Goldeneye 
34 Hooded Merganser
35 Common Merganser
36 Ring-necked Pheasant
37 Great Blue Hero
38 Northern Harrier
39 Bald Eagle
40Red-tailed Hawk
41 Rough-legged Hawk
42 Herring Gull 
43 Eurasian Collared-Dove 
44 Belted Kingfisher 
45 Downy Woodpecker 
46 American Kestrel
47 Steller's Jay  (feeder - Shirley Sturts) 
48 Brown Creeper 
49 Bewick's Wren 
50 Golden-crowned Kinglet 
51 Bohemian Waxwing 
52 Spotted Towhee 
53 Red-winged Blackbird 
54 Pine Grosbeak
55 Evening Grosbeak 
56 Wild Turkey
57 Northern Shrike 
58 Pacific Wren 
59 American Tree Sparrow 

January 5 
60 Greater Scaup
61 Lesser Scaup 
62 Red-breasted Merganser 

January 8   Harrison - Mike Halderman 
63 Canvasback
64 Ring-necked Duck
65 Pied-billed Grebe
66 Horned Grebe
67 American Coot 
68 Glaucous Gull 
69 Horned Lark   - Setters

January 9 
70  Pygmy Nuthatch  - Shirley Sturts feeder 


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Subject: No Rock Lake Gyrfalcon
From: Bill Siems <wfsiems AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:18:30 -0800

Unsuccessful PM search S and W of Rock Lake in N Whitman
County for Gyrfalcon (two recent sightings in this vicinity).  Wagner
Rd/Revere/Escure Ranch area very quiet.  Numbers of Collared Doves noted
only in Ewan and at the intersection of Rock Lake and Glorfield Rds. Advise
against through travel on Miller Rd unless the ground is well frozen.

Bill Siems

 

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Washington State University

Pullman, WA 99164-4630

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Subject: Harrison Glaucous Gull and others
From: Mike Haldeman <mhaldy AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 04:16:59 +0000 (UTC)
There was an adult Glaucous Gull with a about 40 Herring Gulls and a few 
Californias seen from the Harrison docks this morning (seen better from the 
gravel road across the bay.)  Also in the Harrison/Thompson Lake area 
(Kootenai County):Canada GooseTundra Swan - 
1MallardRedheadCanvasbackRing-necked DuckBuffleheadCommon GoldeneyeHooded 
MerganserPied-billed GrebeHorned GrebeGreat Blue HeronRed-tailed HawkAmerican 
CootBelted KingfisherHairy WoodpeckerNorthern FlickerNothern Shrike - 
1Black-billed MagpieAmerican CrowCommon RavenBlack-capped 
ChickadeeChestnut-backed ChickadeeBewick's Wren - a pair and another 
individualSong Sparrow 

At St Maries Sewage Ponds (Benewah County):Lesser ScaupBuffleheadCommon 
GoldeneyeBarrow's Goldeneye - 5 

Also in Benewah County, at Chatcolet Lake (seen from a pullout between St 
Maries and Plummer) there were 2 male Greater Scaup and a flock of about 40 
Common Redpolls (briefly).  Also:Canada GooseGadwall - a fewAmerican Wigeon - 
3MallardLesser ScaupCommon Merganser 

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Subject: Whitman GYR-Yes
From: RJ Baltierra <wolfbaltierra AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 16:34:55 -0800
For the fifth day in a row I made the trip out to Rock Lake with my mom to look 
for the GYRFALCON. At about 12:30 I saw a large bird being harassed by a 
Kestrel, and it was the GYR!!! I only got really unsatisfying looks, but 
honestly after all this time I am very thankful to have even seen it. Thank you 
Greg and Jon for finding and telling me where it was! Sorry Josh for not 
letting you know, but before I knew it the bird had disappeared and I figured 
you were already gone. Also at about 3:30pm I went out again to find it with no 
luck. However I ended up finding 3 individual GREAT HORNED OWLS! 1 at the 
intersection of Stephens and Gene Webb rd. 1 in a barn at the other end of Gene 
Webb rd. And for the 4th time in the last two weeks I saw an owl on Hwy 23 
about 3 miles west of St. John. Tomorrow is my last chance to get good looks at 
the GYR, and then I'm headed back to WSU! 


Good Birding!

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Subject: Moscow (yard) White-throated Sparrow
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:25:35 -0800
Just had a White-throated Sparrow under my feeders. Perhaps the same bird
found by Carl and Wes less than a mile on the Moscow-Pullman CBC?

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Subject: Moscow Pine B. Waxwings, YR Warbler, and Pine Grosbeaks, 1/7/2015
From: Charles Swift <chaetura AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:57:08 -0800
Happy New Year!

Yesterday AM I had a couple Pine Grosbeaks (PIGR) right across from my
house (Moscow east side near 5th and Hayes) - also a few around before
Christmas. In past winters when they have been around they wander the
greater neighborhood and sometimes are at the west end of East City park
where there are some crab apple trees.

Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk and 1 PIGR was still around but none
so far today. I walked east over to the Brink Park/Joseph St. fields (near
intersection of Joseph and Mountainview). In the neighborhood to the east
(north of Joseph) was a nice flock of > 150 Bohemian and ~20 Cedar Waxwings
 and at Brink a lone Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler. At the end of my
2.5 mile walk I had 20 species, nice way to start my 2015 Moscow city
"patch" list.

This AM I had ~25 Bohemians in the alley near my house but the local
Mountain Ashes are almost stripped. Also good number of Pine Siskins still
around (> 50 yesterday) and I'm getting 10-20 at my feeders now that they
are filled again (after be out of town almost 2 weeks).

thanks,
Charles.

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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:39:28 -0800
Hello all,
Melissa was up Biscuit Ridge yesterday and had 50 Bohemian Waxwings in the road 
- our largest flock this winter. 


I escaped the neighbors chainsawing and chipping a large tree yesterday and 
hiked up on Jasper Mt. Sunny, calm and 55 degrees! 

I found only 3 Bohemian Waxwings with 21 Cedars. Very birdy at the old orchard 
place - a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers were courting and very noisy. 

Had flyovers of Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks and 7 Rough-legged Hawks with 
three of these chasing each other and screaming - rarely hear them vocalise 
here. 


Up higher I found Hairy Woodpeckers, Mountain Chickadees, RB Nuthatches and not 
much else. 


UPDATE on our January 1 BIG DAY - I just reviewed ebird and with those 
additions we found 114 species for the day - and our yearlist is now at 120. 
Full list at blumtn.org. 


Good birding, ML


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Subject: Gyr info
From: josh brobeck <jbrobeck03 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:14:41 -0800
I'm looking to get some more detailed directions to the area where the gyr 
falcon has been spotted. I would like to go look for it tomorrow. Thanks! 

Josh

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Subject: Spokane to Rock Lake raptors
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:13:21 +0000
Successfully relocated the GYRFALCON near Rock Lake found by Greg Falco several 
days ago. It again was chasing a Collared Dove though seemed not to catch it 
this time. 


Tons of raptors out including:

Harrier -4
Bald eagle -2
RT Hawk- 30
Rough-legged Hawk- 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk- q
Merlin- 1
Kestrel- 13

Also a MEADOWLARK and MARSH WREN on Glorfield Rd.

Good birding, JI 

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Subject: Ferruginous Hawk
From: Fran Haywood <birders13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:08:29 -0800
I thought I had sent a report of this bird, but a friend who was with me
and my husband said she didn't see it on the site.


1 Ferruginous Hawk on the south side of Sprague Lake on Jan 1 in Adams CO/

spotted on sprinkler system and flew to power pole just beyond road into
Fish & Wildlife access.


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Subject: Cda Greater Scaup and RB mergs
From: mhaldy AT yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:18:04 -0800
From the beach at NIC this morning there was a small group of Lesser Scaup with 
a male Greater Scaup and a male Redhead. There were also 3 male Red-breasted 
Mergansers. No Long-tailed Duck and no gulls while I was there but visibility 
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Subject: Fwd: Birder's Guide to Washington-help
From: "Isacoff, Jonathan" <isacoff AT gonzaga.edu>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 02:51:13 +0000
Hello Birders -- I am writing in regard to the revision and update of A 
Birder's Guide to Washington. More than 30 authors have updated and revised the 
more than 60 sections of the original guide. 


As you may know, I put out a call for volunteers in late October to "ground 
truth" these territories. Ground-truthing involves driving or walking the 
routes to make sure that the descriptions are accurate for guide users. 


Some 35 folks responded to that call. Some had to be turned away because 
territories they volunteered for were already taken. However, not all 
territories were taken. 


Thus, this is a second call for volunteers to ground-truth territories not 
claimed during the first round. I would like the task to be done by the end of 
January. There may be some parts of these territories that are not drivable at 
this season, so those portions of the routes will have to be skipped. The 
assignment is to complete what can be completed in the given road and weather 
conditions. I also welcome volunteers who ground-truthed territories during the 
first round to re-up for this second round! 


Please contact me at: hadleyj1725 AT gmail.com if 
you are able to volunteer for any of the following territories: 


1. South Coast (Ocean Shores and Aberdeen area, Chehalis River Valley, 
Westport, Tokeland, Willapa Bay, Long Beach Peninsula, Columbia River Mouth) 
NOTE: This is a large territory, so it could be broken up into a northern and 
southern part: Tokeland and south for the southern part, north of Tokeland (not 
including Tokeland) for the northern part. 


2. Snoqualmie Valley to Everett

3. Kittitas Valley (Ellensburg and Kittitas Valley)

4. Wenas Creek Loop (Umtanum Road, Wenas Campground, Wenas Valley)

5. Cle Elum and Vicinity -

6. Yakima to Ellensburg

7. Yakima Training Center

8. Yakima and Vicinity

9. Lower Crab Creek (Vantage Bridge to Beverly, Lower Crab Creek Road, Columbia 
NWR, Othello and Vicinity) 


10. Waterville Plateau and Bridgeport

11. Grand Coulee (Ephrata, WLilson Creek, Lower Grand Coulee, Upper Grand 
Coulee) 


12. Okanogan Highlands (Tonasket to Molson, Chesaw to Bonaparte Lake, Nespelem)

13. Columbia to Pend Oreille (Spokane Indian Reservation and Lake Spokane, 
Chewelah to Valley, Little Pend Oreille, Big Meadow Lake, Colville Sewage 
Lagoons) 


14. Spokane and Vicinity

15. The Palouse

Hats off to Tom Mansfield, Brian Bell, Carol Furry and her friend Jean, and 
Randy Robinson for volunteering to ground-truth multiple territories! 


Thank you,

Jane Hadley

Jonathan B. Isacoff
Chair, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052
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Subject: Black-Headed Gull and possible Black-Tailed Gull
From: Kevin Black <kevblack787 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:32:55 -0800
Hello All,

I went to chase the Black-Headed Gull that has been seen at McNary Wildlife
Area in Umatilla. It was on Social Security Pond around 2:30-3PM. I had
gotten there around 11AM and looked numerous places for the gull including
Plymouth Area and on the Washington side of McNary Dam area. Just before
giving up a nice Oregonian Birder Tim Janzen called me up and said they had
the bird.

When I came back there it was with Ring-Billed, a couple Mew, a third cycle
Thayer's and California Gulls.

Also, David Irons reported a possible Black-Tailed Gull which he spotted at
the main dam recreational area that overlooks the dam. Per his report the
gull was in Oregon waters than flew over to Benton County/Washington Waters
and that is when I pulled up.

I saw the Black-Tailed Gull behind another Gull on the dam boat channel
divider fence, it did have a light eye, with streaky ring around it's neck
and mostly black tail with a white crescent at the end of tail. I did not
get to see it's mantle. Not sure if anyone got pictures. I headed over the
Washington side to try to get a few pics but was not successful. The
coordinates from where David Irons was looking at the gull are 45.932455,
-119.304189, the viewing area where the Gull landed on the Washington side
are  45.932455, -119.304189. There is a dirt road that goes down to where
the gull was sitting where I saw it from Oregon side the coordinates I gave
you should take you there where you can see it better if it continues and
roosts there.

Pictures of the Black-Headed Gull and Pasco CBC highlights at the link
below:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eager_like_a_deer

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