[IBLE] Red Knot – Sheridan Ck and Island Park Res. – Yes

 

Hi All,
This afternoon from 4 pm – 6 pm, Bonnie and I visited the west end of Island Park Reservoir where Sheridan Creek (Delta?) flows in. We were fortunate to bump into Cliff and Lisa Weisse who gave us very helpful info on how to reach the willows area where they had first seen the Red Knot.  Thanks Cliff and Lisa!
We reached the willows without getting too wet but it was quiet there. A couple immature Bonapartes gulls, Am. Coots and some Yellow-headed Blackbirds. As we head  ed Northward away from the willows I scoped a thin spit that lies in an inlet several hundred yards north of the willows. It was along this narrow spit that I saw the Red Knot. It seemed to be keeping company with a Marbled Godwit, feeding together along the edge of the spit.
If anyone decides to look for the Red Knot you’ll have to access Green Canyon Rd via Yale-Kilgore. We first tried to go up Green Cyn Rd just south of Harriman SP but had to turn back because there was too much snow still on that road. Aside from the Knot you may find other cool things in this place like Long-billed Curlews and Willets calling, Eared Grebes all plumed out and unbelievable numbers of gulls (Ring-billed, California, Franklin’s and a few Bonaparte’s).
Cheers,
Steve and Bonnie Altshuld
Island Park
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[IBLE] FOBF – my Spark bird

Sweet!  And that’s the area I grew up.  Had over 50 species of birds noted for my parent’s little yard up there, back in the day…Jonathan

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On May 12, 2017, at 4:26 PM, Diann Stone <dstoneak2id@gmail.com> wrote:

I am on the Boise Depot Bench with my first ever backyard feeder bird of Lazuli Bunting male, 4:04 pm today.

Disnn Stone
On May 12, 2017 3:42 PM, “Bird birdkimliebich@gmail.com [ible]” <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

I just happened to look at my feeder a moment ago, and saw my “first of bird feeder” Lazuli Bunting.  The Lazuli Bunting was my ‘Spark bird” for getting me hooked on birding back when I was 14 in May of 1975.  In the few moments following, 4 more male Lazuli Buntings joined him, for a total of 5, along with a pair of House Finches and a lone American Goldfinch.  Definitely made my day, as the weather continues to drizzle outside…  Jonathan, HSB area

=)kim liebich
Boise Idaho

[IBLE] FOBF – my Spark bird

I am on the Boise Depot Bench with my first ever backyard feeder bird of Lazuli Bunting male, 4:04 pm today.

Disnn Stone

On May 12, 2017 3:42 PM, “Bird birdkimliebich@gmail.com [ible]” <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

I just happened to look at my feeder a moment ago, and saw my “first of bird feeder” Lazuli Bunting.  The Lazuli Bunting was my ‘Spark bird” for getting me hooked on birding back when I was 14 in May of 1975.  In the few moments following, 4 more male Lazuli Buntings joined him, for a total of 5, along with a pair of House Finches and a lone American Goldfinch.  Definitely made my day, as the weather continues to drizzle outside…  Jonathan, HSB area

 

=)kim liebich
Boise Idaho

[IBLE] FOBF – my Spark bird

 

=) fun spark bird.

I still have a pile of about 20 of them.
Got a male black-headed grosbeak today… first time I’ve seen one at my feeder in about 6 years.
Kim – Boise

 

On May 12, 2017, at 1:13 PM, Jonathan jrb4jc@hotmail.com [ible] <ible-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

I just happened to look at my feeder a moment ago, and saw my “first of bird feeder” Lazuli Bunting.  The Lazuli Bunting was my ‘Spark bird” for getting me hooked on birding back when I was 14 in May of 1975.  In the few moments following, 4 more male Lazuli Buntings joined him, for a total of 5, along with a pair of House Finches and a lone American Goldfinch.  Definitely made my day, as the weather continues to drizzle outside…  Jonathan, HSB area

 

=)kim liebich
Boise Idaho

[IBLE] FOBF – my Spark bird

 

I just happened to look at my feeder a moment ago, and saw my “first of bird feeder” Lazuli Bunting.  The Lazuli Bunting was my ‘Spark bird” for getting me hooked on birding back when I was 14 in May of 1975.  In the few moments following, 4 more male Lazuli Buntings joined him, for a total of 5, along with a pair of House Finches and a lone American Goldfinch.  Definitely made my day, as the weather continues to drizzle outside…  Jonathan, HSB area

[IBLE] Black-headed Grosbeak

 

This morning a Black-headed Grosbeak is in my yard, first time since I’ve lived here 16 years. First it was at the suet feeder cage, then it tried my tube feeer, but the perches are too close to the ports for its taller body. It perched on the feeder while House Finches came in to feed then flew off. I observed it for almost ten minutes. The grosbeak is back at the suet feeder! Less than two minutes after I wrote the previous.

The Cooper’s Hawks are in the neighborhood again. Last summer the pair raised two young. May 10 one of the hawks  perched in two places in my front yard.
Diann Stone
Boise Depot Bench

[IBLE] Grasshopper Sparrows & Poorwills (Ada)

 

I found an easy place to get Grasshopper Sparrows in the Boise foothills. See checklist for details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36725626

If you walk back in the dark you can hear the Common Poorwills but watch out for Rattlesnakes. I was walking back in the dark and  thought I better turn on my flashlight just in case. I rarely see them but I did last night eventually. See video in checklist. If snakes make you skittish, you can listen to the Poorwills from Cartwright Road. Although that’s where I about stepped on one getting out of my truck in the dark.
You can also see a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on the way that hangs out at Currant Creek Trailhead http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36724079
Good birding!
Jason

[IBLE] Custer County Birds

 

Greetings, Birders.
I did some scouting today for eBird’s upcoming Global Big Day on Saturday. White-faced Ibis and a Spotted Sandpiper continue at Bar-D Reservoir (aka Ingram’s Pond). Also a Wilson’s Phalarope was working along the back edge near the ibis. The loud songs of the Yellow-headed Blackbirds almost drowned out the whinny of a Sora.
Driving south of Arentson Gulch was interrupted first by three Pronghorns that could not decide which side of the road they wanted to be on. They crossed back and forth four times in front of me. After finally getting past them, I was stopped again – this time by a large herd of cattle coming right down the highway. The cowboys kept them moving but it was a good reminder to pay attention to the road while driving rather than look for birds!
I decided to venture up Birch Springs Road to the trailhead for Mt. Borah. Singing Horned Larks, Sage Thrashers, and Vesper Sparrows were in the sagebrush scrub, replaced by singing Cassin’s Finches, Dark-eyed Junco, and Chipping Sparrows at the forested trailhead/campground area. On the drive out, I got an all-too-brief look at an Ash-throated Flycatcher and was able to snap one poor photo before it disappeared. (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36725474)
Compared to last week, Mackay Reservoir had less waterfowl but more sparrow activity with singing Brewer’s and Lark Sparrows. I could not find a single Osprey after seeing four there before. Two Tundra Swans, three Caspian Terns, and a couple of White-faced Ibis were hanging out at the north end with a bunch of gulls.
House Wrens are in with two singing at the state park in Challis and another at the Mackay Reservoir dam. It seems that once I see or hear a new spring bird, it pops up everywhere in the next few days.
Good birding,
Wendy McCrady
Challis, ID

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