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Day 20: Last Full Day in Idaho

sunny 85 °F

This post is about yesterday, Sunday, August 16, my final full day in Idaho.

During the afternoon, my mom, my sister, and I made a quick visit to the pretty Sawtooth Botanical Garden:
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I spotted a few cool water bugs in their water feature like this one:
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My mom found this well-camouflaged grasshopper:
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Then, from 4:30pm to 9:00pm, I had one last birding trip in the Wood River Valley area with birder Poo Wright-Pulliam. Our main target bird was the federally threatened Greater Sage-Grouse, the largest grouse in North America.

WESTERN MEADOWLARK:
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Immature SAGE THRASHER, an uncommon species this late in the summer:
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Female AMERICAN KESTREL battling the wind:
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A cool herd of Pronghorn (NOT antelope; they live in Africa!):
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HOUSE WREN:
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CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER:
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MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, a beautiful and uncommon species:
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Distant BALD EAGLE nest with an immature bird perched on it:
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Soaring RED-TAILED HAWK:
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Although we never found the Greater Sage-Grouse, we did make a stop towards the end of our outing at a location in the Starweather community of the central Wood River Valley where we found two species of owls, a fitting end to a trip in which I have identified a total of eight species of owls!

We heard three GREAT HORNED OWLS calling and also saw one WESTERN SCREECH OWL of which I only managed a poor photo because it was starting to get dark. The owl is the dark blob in the center:
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All in all, it was a great last excursion! Thanks so much to Poo Wright-Pulliam for driving again and taking me to these awesome birds!

Bird-of-the-day goes to the uncommon juvenile SAGE THRASHER. Runner-up to the poorly-photographed WESTERN SCREECH-OWL which was a life bird for me only a day before this! The full avian species list for the day is found below.

Stay tuned for a summer recap post today because I will be starting my first day of my sophomore year of high school tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18.

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 864 Species (no life birds today)

47 species yesterday:

Mallard
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
WESTERN SCREECH-OWL
GREAT HORNED OWL
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis' Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
SAGE THRASHER
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
Brewer's Blackbird
House Sparrow
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

Posted by skwclar 08:25 Archived in USA

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Sounds like you had a great trip! How many species did you see on your trip? Are you in school now?

by isoo

Thanks to you also, Henry, for letting us live vicariously through you and all these wonderful birds! Your blog is fun to read and I'll be keeping up with you through it until next year when we head to the City of Rocks and the Intermountain Bird Observatory. Safe travels!

by Poo Wright-Pulliam

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