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Day 17: Bald Mountain

Ketchum, ID

sunny 88 °F

Today I rode the gondola up Bald Mountain right next to Sun Valley and I birded my may down!

A bit of birding at the base before the gondola ride up yielded this male YELLOW WARBLER:
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And this cool female BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK:
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The hike down the mountain was beautiful.
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Once I saw this MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, I knew it would be a great day!
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Having trouble identifying this falcon. Ideas?
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This VESPER SPARROW was a cool find:
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Finally, I found this OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER which was a species I had been searching for!
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RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET:
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Male HAIRY WOODPECKER:
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What is this sparrow? A juvenile? I obviously had some tough identification times today. Hah!
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BROWN CREEPER:
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Suddenly, a bright yellow light glimmered into the forest in front of me and I found this TOWNSEND’S WARBLER for the third year on Bald Mountain!
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DUSKY FLYCATCHER:
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Then, I saw a huge crow-like bird and it turned out to be an amazing PILEATED WOODPECKER! I love this bird!
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WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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STELLER’S JAY:
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CASSIN’S VIREO, another seldom-seen species!
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Fawn Mule Deer:
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And my bird-of-the-day was this WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER, another rare mountain species found on Baldy! Runners-up to the Townsend’s Warbler & Pileated Woodpecker. Five hours of fairly strenuous downhill hiking paid off! Boy do my knees feel it...
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Stay tuned, tomorrow I will be birding with my friend Kathleen south of the Wood River Valley! Good stuff!

And as always good birding-

Henry
World Life List: 951 Species

Posted by skwclar 16:00 Archived in USA

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