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Bye Bye Idaho & Plans for Fall!

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Today was my last full day in Idaho, as my mom, Pearl, and I will be flying from Boise to Phoenix and then finally back to Chicago tomorrow. It has been a fantastic trip with an awesome music camp during the first two weeks and fantastic birding during the second two! Thanks to all of the local birders who birded with me during my time here as I had quite a few terrific birding trips and couldn't have done it without you guys!

Tonight, my sister and I listened to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's final concert of the season, a stunning performance of Mahler 3 which gave me "the pricklies" it was so good. I spotted a few COMMON NIGHTHAWKS & EASTERN KINGBIRDS from the lawn by the way.
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This year, I gained six life birds in Idaho (all of them found on the City of Rocks weekend):
Ferruginous Hawk
Juniper Titmouse
Plumbeous Vireo
White-throated Swift
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Flammulated Owl

And with that, my whirlwind of a summer is officially drawing to a close. It is bittersweet as summer is always a happy, stress-free part of the year; however, I do miss many of my friends back in Chicago and although I am certainly not looking forward to school (junior year), I am looking forward to other aspects of the "swing of things" such as choir and...

Oak Park Bird Walks! The first walk for the season is this Wednesday, August 24. Here is a screenshot of the schedule for this fall; email me at trumpetswan@comcast.net to make a reservation(s) for this fall season, it should be a great one!
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At this time, my family and I don't have any confirmed travel plans, but some things that are still "up in the air" are a family vacation over winter break, my choir tour to the west coast next June/July, and a possible family trip to Alaska next July.

Stay tuned, because chances are my next post will be about the first bird walk of fall!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 925 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 22:56 Archived in USA Tagged fall chicago summer birding idaho oak_park common_nighthawk sun_valley eastern_kingbird oak_park_bird_walks

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