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Day 16: Owling in a Creepy Forest

semi-overcast 85 °F

The title of this post is explained at the end of the post, make sure to read it!

I took a short bike ride in the morning and found 31 bird species, including this male WESTERN TANAGER with the largest amount of red on its head that I have ever seen on a Western Tanager:
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I also found this CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, one of the more uncommon of the four species of hummers that can be found in Idaho:
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During the afternoon I added two bird species and then at around 9:00pm when it was almost dark, I went on a short, 45-minute owling hike by myself. It was...creepy. Tramping through overgrown trails in almost complete darkness through woods on the slopes of Mt. Balde with only a weak headlamp and an iPad for light is rather unnerving. All this while scanning for bears, mountain lions, and, from below, snakes while of course listening for owls is a lot to do under the circumstances! The creepiness sort of payed off because I did hear an owl...screechy begging calls from one or two juvenile GREAT HORNED OWLS, always a nice species to identify.

Bird-of-the-day to the GREAT HORNED OWLS in the creepy forest. Runners-up to the beautiful male WESTERN TANAGER and the uncommon CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD.

Stay tuned, because here are a few important dates for this blog that are quickly approaching:

Friday, August 14: "Idaho Big Day" - birding from 10 in the morning to midnight and trying to find the Great Gray Owl with birders Kathleen C and Poo WP!
Monday, August 17: I fly back home to Chicago to start school the next day. Blugh.
Saturday, August 22: I am going on a field trip with the Illinois Young Birders Club in search of shorebirds and other avian goodies!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 858 Species (no life birds today)

34 avian species today:

Eurasian Collared-Dove
GREAT HORNED OWL
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Steller's Jay
Clark's Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
GRAY CATBIRD
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Lazuli Bunting
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

Posted by skwclar 20:51 Archived in USA

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