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Kathleen's Nemesis Bird

Sun Valley, ID

overcast 66 °F

Yesterday, my final full day in Idaho, birder Kathleen Cameron and I rode the gondola up Mt. Baldy, famous for its winter skiing, and hiked down in hopes of finding Black-backed Woodpeckers. This bird is one I have seen here in the past and would be a life bird for Kathleen, so we had high hopes as she had been looking for this "nemesis" in the area for sixteen years!!

Amazing views from the top of the mountain:
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Male MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER:
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TOWNSEND'S WARBLER:
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HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER:
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Beautiful Douglas-Fir forest:
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AND WE FOUND IT! WE FOUND KATHLEEN'S NEMESIS BIRD, THE BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER!!!!!
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Lifer dance!
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We never saw but clearly heard a calling FLAMMULATED OWL in this patch of forest, which was a huge surprise because this species has seldom, if ever, been recorded in the Wood River Valley before!
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Juvenile STELLER'S JAY:
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Woodpecker holes in a tree:
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Mule Deer:
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DUSKY FLYCATCHER:
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Another huge highlight was this beautifully cooperative juvenile NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL which perched oh so nicely for Kathleen and me!
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AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER, yet another rare species!!!
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What a day!!! We were stoked to find all of these rare birds so close to "home!"

Stay tuned - I am the keynote speaker at the Indiana Young Birder Symposium this weekend, and I have many exciting Oak Park Bird Walks I am planning for this fall! Hope you've all had a wonderful, rejuvenating summer!

Good birding,
Henry (world Life List: 931 Species)

1. Turkey Vulture
2. Red-tailed Hawk
3. FLAMMULATED OWL
4. Northern Pygmy-Owl
5. Belted Kingfisher
6. Hairy Woodpecker
7. AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER
8. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
9. Northern Flicker
10. Western Wood-Pewee
11. Hammond's Flycatcher
12. Dusky Flycatcher
13. Steller's Jay
14. Clark's Nutcracker
15. Black-billed Magpie
16. Common Raven
17. Violet-green Swallow
18. Mountain Chickadee
19. Red-breasted Nuthatch
20. Brown Creeper
21. Rock Wren
22. House Wren
23. Golden-crowned Kinglet
24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
25. Hermit Thrush
26. American Robin
27. Gray Catbird
28. Cedar Waxwing
29. Yellow-rumped Warbler
30. MacGillivray's Warbler
31. TOWNSEND'S WARBLER
32. Chipping Sparrow
33. Song Sparrow
34. Dark-eyed Junco
35. Lazuli Bunting
36. Red-winged Blackbird
37. Brewer's Blackbird
38. Bullock's Oriole
39. Cassin's Finch
40. RED CROSSBILL
41. Pine Siskin
42. American Goldfinch

Posted by skwclar 10:09 Archived in USA Comments (2)

Sawtooth Birding Adventure

Sawtooth Mountains, ID

all seasons in one day 63 °F

On Sunday, I spent an entire afternoon and evening birding with friends Poo Wright-Pulliam and Jean Seymour in the Sawtooth Range area in central Idaho. The birding was a smidge slow and we did not find our hoped-for owl species, but we did have some good sightings, best of which was an unphotographed vagrant flyover RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a bird that shouldn't even be in Idaho!

AMERICAN DIPPER:
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Male MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD:
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Juvenile ROCK WREN:
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Golden-mantled Ground-Squirrel:
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SANDHILL CRANES in front of the Sawtooths:
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Juvenile male WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER:
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WILSON'S PHALAROPE:
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Beautiful views!
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WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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BALD EAGLE:
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SWAINSON'S HAWK:
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Elk to end the day!
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A great day! Thanks so much to Poo and especially to Jean for driving and keeping us safe the entire day!

Good birding,
Henry (world Life List: 931 Species)

1. Canada Goose
2. American Wigeon
3. Mallard
4. Cinnamon Teal
5. Lesser Scaup
6. Common Merganser
7. Great Blue Heron
8. Turkey Vulture
9. Osprey
10. Bald Eagle
11. Northern Harrier
12. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
13. Swainson's Hawk
14. Red-tailed Hawk
15. American Kestrel
16. Sandhill Crane
17. Killdeer
18. Spotted Sandpiper
19. Solitary Sandpiper
20. Western Sandpiper
21. Wilson's Phalarope
22. Great Horned Owl
23. Lewis' Woodpecker
24. Williamson's Sapsucker
25. Olive-sided Flycatcher
26. Western Wood-Pewee
27. Dusky Flycatcher
28. Warbling Vireo
29. Black-billed Magpie
30. Common Raven
31. Tree Swallow
32. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
33. Cliff Swallow
34. Barn Swallow
35. Mountain Chickadee
36. Red-breasted Nuthatch
37. Brown Creeper
38. Rock Wren
39. Mountain Bluebird
40. American Robin
41. Yellow-rumped Warbler
42. Yellow Warbler
43. Chipping Sparrow
44. Song Sparrow
45. Lincoln's Sparrow
46. White-crowned Sparrow
47. Dark-eyed Junco
48. Western Tanager
49. Brewer's Blackbird
50. Cassin's Finch
51. Pine Siskin

Posted by skwclar 10:05 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Mt. Baldy Again

Sun Valley, ID

sunny

Catching up on my last three Idaho posts!

On Saturday, I hiked part of the way up Mt. Baldy in Sun Valley in search of the Black-backed Woodpecker. I successfully heard one calling but never managed to lay eyes on it as I have done before at that location!

Male WESTERN TANAGER:
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GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE:
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OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER:
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ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER:
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Beautiful views from the mountains:
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DUSKY FLYCATCHER:
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Caterpillar:
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TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE:
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A great day! The full list is attached below.

Good birding,
Henry (world life list: 931 Species)

1. Red-tailed Hawk
2. Hairy Woodpecker
3. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
4. Pileated Woodpecker
5. Olive-sided Flycatcher
6. Western Wood-Pewee
7. Hammond's Flycatcher
8. Dusky Flycatcher
9. Cordilleran Flycatcher
10. Cassin's Vireo
11. Clark's Nutcracker
12. Black-billed Magpie
13. Common Raven
14. Violet-green Swallow
15. Black-capped Chickadee
16. Mountain Chickadee
17. Red-breasted Nuthatch
18. Brown Creeper
19. House Wren
20. Mountain Bluebird
21. Townsend's Solitaire
22. Hermit Thrush
23. American Robin
24. Cedar Waxwing
25. Yellow-rumped Warbler
26. Orange-crowned Warbler
27. TOWNSEND'S WARBLER
28. Green-tailed Towhee
29. Chipping Sparrow
30. Dark-eyed Junco
31. Western Tanager
32. Lazuli Bunting
33. Cassin's Finch
34. Pine Siskin
35. American Goldfinch

Posted by skwclar 10:01 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Pristine Hike in the Pioneers

Sawtooth National Forest, ID

all seasons in one day 88 °F

Today my family planned on hiking up to a high alpine ridge called PK Pass; however, the road was blocked off due to it being washed out so we hiked up the beautiful forest road through a secluded valley in the Pioneer Mountains instead! Make lemonade out of lemons!

Male WILSON'S WARBLER:
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Male WESTERN TANAGER:
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Many butterflies were along the trail including this guy!
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RED-TAILED HAWK:
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Dusky/Hammond's Flycatcher:
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YELLOW-RUMPED "Audubon" WARBLER:
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Ate lunch on a boulder at this beautiful location!
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Pine Squirrel:
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Male LAZULI BUNTING:
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Family of CHUKARS on the way home:
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Stay tuned! I am going owling soon!

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 931 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 17:36 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Central Idaho Birding!

semi-overcast 75 °F

Some recent birding in the Warm Springs neighborhood near Sun Valley, Idaho yielded some avian goodies!

MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE:
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"Audubon" YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
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HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER:
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This beautifully-cooperative AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was a fantastic surprise:
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As well as this cute NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL, a species I have only seen once before, in the exact same place five years ago!
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Today, a family rafting trip north of Stanley yielded some nice species, including an unphotographed pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS because I didn't want to get my camera wet on the raft. The rafting was awesome!

There were also some birds in Stanley though, including:

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD:
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Female BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD:
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Juvenile MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD:
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Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 931 Species (no recent life birds)

Here is the bird list for today:

1. Canada Goose
2. Common Merganser
3. Osprey
4. Bald Eagle
5. Cooper's Hawk
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. Sandhill Crane
8. Spotted Sandpiper
9. Northern Pygmy-Owl
10. Black-chinned Hummingbird
11. Calliope Hummingbird
12. Williamson's Sapsucker
13. Hairy Woodpecker
14. American Three-toed Woodpecker
15. Northern Flicker
16. Hammond's Flycatcher
17. Warbling Vireo
18. Clark's Nutcracker
19. Black-billed Magpie
20. Violet-green Swallow
21. Black-capped Chickadee
22. Mountain Chickadee
23. Red-breasted Nuthatch
24. Mountain Bluebird
25. American Robin
26. Yellow-rumped Warbler
27. Western Tanager
28. Black-headed Grosbeak
29. Brewer's Blackbird
30. Pine Siskin

Posted by skwclar 21:32 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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