Snow & Robins

Along the Snake River out of Blackfoot, have had 14″ new snow since Fri evening. Yesterday’s was a heavy, wet snow with high water content. After shoveling off the decks, was inundated with American Robins. A group of 50+ came in to drink, where a bit of shallow water collected, from a few spots of remaining melted snow.

At the feeders, seeing a few more male Red-winged Blackbirds arriving. Also, the males of American Goldfinches & House Finches are getting a bit more colorful. Plenty of DE Juncos are about, a few Spotted Towhees & both BC Chickadees & RB Nuthatches sneak in for seeds, as they can. 

Brian Carrigan

Re: Accipiter ID help

Yup I downloaded and lightened Adult American Goshawk (the new name).

On Feb 24, 2024, at 5:49 PM, Cliff Weisse <cliffandlisa@…> wrote:

Looks like an adult Goshawk.


On 2/24/24 05:40PM, Richard and Ann Rusnak wrote:

Cooper’s vs N Goshawk? That is the question? Heavily cropped, Valley County, 2/11/24. Rich Rusnak, THANKS!

Cliff and Lisa Weisse
Island Park, Idaho

Ken Miracle
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” 2COR 3:5


Well, what I would consider my first Spring arrival this year, a male Red-winged Blackbird, came into feeder this AM. Along our stretch of the Snake River, some days it’s Spring, other days, it’s still Winter. This pattern is usually more typical of March, but Feb has just been like that, this year. 

Best bird today was a Northern Shrike. Perched on a tall, bare cottonwood, surveying for prey. And, was glad to see my adult Bald Eagle pair perched together on a riverside snag. Their nest of past 7 years blew down in high winds last Fall. Finally, located their new nest in a little different location, but still visible through binoculars. So, can keep track of them again this year. They’ve successfully raised at least one &, usually two, young for the past 11 years in a total of 3 previous nests. Have found the Snake River corridor can serve as a “wind tunnel” at times, which will blow down eagle nests, esp as the nests increase in size over the years. 

Others: numerous Trumpeter Swans (>100 total) in multiple groups overhead. Over a thousand Canada Geese. Common Mergansers flying the river. House Finch males getting their Spring colors & RB Nuthatches & BC Chickadees hitting the feeder. A beautiful, cloud-free blue sky day!

Brian Carrigan

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