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Days 8-9: Galena Pass & Redfish Lake

Idaho

all seasons in one day 83 °F

On my eighth and ninth days here in Idaho, as well as preparing for my camp’s upcoming concerts, I have had the chance to get outside and enjoy nature!

Two days ago, this CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER posed near the condo in which we stay — I believe they nest here.
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Later that evening, we visited Galena Pass to go owling, watch the evening sky and stargaze. In addition to the beautiful views from Galena Pass shown below, a SHORT-EARED OWL flew over the car on the drive there and from the pass I heard a distant calling BARRED OWL, both fairly expected species for the state, though I had never heard a Barred in Idaho before! A comet wasn’t too bad, either!
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Yesterday, my camp took an excursion to beautiful Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains. On the way, we were impressed by the beautiful Boulder Range:
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Redfish Lake with the Sawtooths in the backdrop:
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And the Boulders again on the way home:
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Stay tuned and good birding!
Henry
World Life List: 951 Species

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Days 6-7: Taylor Canyon

Sawtooth National Forest, ID

semi-overcast 74 °F

Today my family and I went on a hike to Taylor Canyon east of the Wood River Valley. It was stunning!

Here is Pearl and mom in front of a horse we found on the way there. It is Pearl’s “gotcha day,” the celebration of when my parents first met her in China!
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We also found this Mule Deer along the way:
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Today’s hike featured a beautiful display of wildflowers and butterflies, some of which are displayed below:
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Birds were also prevalent, including this female WESTERN TANAGER:
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Here’s the male:
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BREWER’S SPARROW, nice!
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Empidonax sp. flycatcher:
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Male YELLOW-RUMPED “Audubon’s” WARBLER:
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VESPER SPARROW:
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WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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CLARK’S NUTCRACKER, a great high-elevation species:
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Bye bye!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Clark’s Nutcracker with runner-up to the Brewer’s Sparrow. Stay tuned!

Henry
World Life List: 951 Species

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Days 4-5: Birding in the Neighborhood

Ketchum, ID

semi-overcast 88 °F

This morning I went birding before camp and found some good things along the road!

Male LAZULI BUNTING:
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Here he is with a female YELLOW WARBLER:
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And here is the male warbler:
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GRAY CATBIRD:
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WILLOW FLYCATCHER:
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STELLER’S JAY:
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Good birding and stay tuned!
Henry
World Life List: 951 Species

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Day 3: More Bald Mt Birding

Ketchum, ID

semi-overcast 88 °F

This morning before I camp I birded part of the way up Bald Mountain here in Ketchum, Idaho again. It was rather slow but a few things were found-

Cool colorful moth which had been attacked by a chickadee:
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Mule Deer:
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Molting YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER:
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BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE:
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Fawn Mule Deer which burst out of the shrubs along the trail, giving me quite a fright!
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Believe it or not, this is the rump of a HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER:
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And my best find today, this pretty male CASSIN’S FINCH, my bird of the day.
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Good birding and stay tuned!
Henry
World Life List: 951 Species

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Days 1-2: Idaho!

semi-overcast 88 °F

Yesterday, my family and I flew out of Chicago for our annual trip to Sun Valley, Idaho! My mom plays in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony out here and for these two weeks I will enjoy a music camp affiliated with the symphony, and then a bit more than a week of birding and hiking. Though I am in music camp for a while, like in Italy, I will be able to go birding intermittently and I will post on here.

Birding today before camp yielded a few nice species, including this juvenile VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW:
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CASSIN’S FINCH:
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Mule Deer:
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Ground squirrel of some sort in the morning sun:
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And my bird-of-the-day, a great, uncommon species called a WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER! This is a juvenile type.
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Good birding!
Henry
World Life List: 951 Species

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