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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)

Eastern Idaho with Kathleen Cameron!

all seasons in one day 80 °F

On Monday I went on a fantastic all-day birding trip by car with Kathleen Cameron. She is a great friend and an amazing guide - she even has her own travel birding company called Majestic Feathers which you HAVE to check out at http://www.majesticfeathers.com

SAGE THRASHER:
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Male RUDDY DUCK:
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SORA:
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, a year bird for Kathleen:
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WILSON'S SNIPE:
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SAGEBRUSH SPARROW, a life bird for me!!!
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GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE, a really unexpected year bird for both of us at a pond in Roberts, Idaho!
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Male LESSER SCAUP with a MALLARD:
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Male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, a year bird!
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REDHEAD family:
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Stunning TRUMPETER SWAN family:
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Then we had a breathtaking photoshoot with two wonderfully-cooperative AMERICAN BITTERNS at Camas Wildlife Refuge:
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SANDHILL CRANE:
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GLOSSY IBIS, year bird!
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SNOWY EGRETS, a USA life bird for me since I have only ever seen these in Central America before!
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GREAT BLUE HERON flyby:
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AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS with MALLARDS:
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Female NORTHERN HARRIER:
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Female BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD:
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WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE:
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GREAT HORNED OWL:
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FERRUGINOUS HAWK, year bird and the largest hawk in the US:
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We looked for Burrowing Owls here but only found their burrows:
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COMMON NIGHTHAWK:
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LESSER SCAUP:
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EARED GREBE, life bird!
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Juvenile PIED-BILLED GREBE:
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Male LAZULI BUNTING:
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Male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD:
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WARBLING VIREO:
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Juvenile SPOTTED TOWHEE, year bird!
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Moose!
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Ended the day with a nice look at this VIRGINIA RAIL, a seldom-seen species!
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Bird-of-the-day goes to the Sagebrush Sparrow with runners-up to the Eared Grebe and the American Bittern.

What a great day! A BIG thank you to Kathleen for driving for 14+ hours and birding with me! The full day list is attached below.

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 931 Species (2 life birds Monday: Sagebrush Sparrow & Eared Grebe)

81 species (LB indicates life bird):

1. Canada Goose
2. Trumpeter Swan
3. Gadwall
4. Mallard
5. Northern Shoveler
6. Northern Pintail
7. Redhead
8. Lesser Scaup
9. Ruddy Duck
10. California Quail
11. Ring-necked Pheasant
12. Pied-billed Grebe
13. Eared Grebe (LB)
14. American White Pelican
15. American Bittern
16. Great Blue Heron
17. Snowy Egret
18. White-faced Ibis
19. Osprey
20. Northern Harrier
21. Swainson's Hawk
22. Red-tailed Hawk
23. Ferruginous Hawk
24. Golden Eagle
25. American Kestrel
26. Virginia Rail
27. Sora
28. American Coot
29. Sandhill Crane
30. Killdeer
31. Black-necked Stilt
32. Wilson's Snipe
33. Ring-billed Gull
34. Rock Pigeon
35. Eurasian Collared-Dove
36. Mourning Dove
37. Great Horned Owl
38. Common Nighthawk
39. Black-chinned Hummingbird
40. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
41. Rufous Hummingbird
42. Western Wood-Pewee
43. Willow Flycatcher
44. Western Kingbird
45. Eastern Kingbird
46. Loggerhead Shrike
47. Warbling Vireo
48. Clark's Nutcracker
49. Black-billed Magpie
50. American Crow
51. Common Raven
52. Violet-green Swallow
53. Bank Swallow
54. Barn Swallow
55. Black-capped Chickadee
56. Red-breasted Nuthatch
57. Rock Wren
58. House Wren
59. Marsh Wren
60. American Robin
61. Gray Catbird
62. Sage Thrasher
63. European Starling
64. Cedar Waxwing
65. Northern Waterthrush
66. Yellow Warbler
67. Yellow-breasted Chat
68. Spotted Towhee
69. Vesper Sparrow
70. Sagebrush Sparrow (LB)
71. Song Sparrow
72. Western Tanager
73. Lazuli Bunting
74. Red-winged Blackbird
75. Western Meadowlark
76. Yellow-headed Blackbird
77. Brewer's Blackbird
78. Great-tailed Grackle
79. House Sparrow
80. Pine Siskin
81. American Goldfinch

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My 8th Idaho Trip Begins!

all seasons in one day 88 °F

Ah, I am finally caught up with blog posts!

Now, I have started a two-week music camp called "The Encounter" which culminates in choral and operatic performances in conjunction with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in which my parents play here in Idaho.

The flight here by myself was nice:
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And I'm having a blast!!! Soooo much fun! All smiles here!
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After camp, I have ten days of birding, hiking, and enjoying nature here in the Sun Valley area - so stay tuned! This camp is quite busy, though, so I might not post until after camp. :)

Good birding!

Henry
World Life List: 929 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 21:36 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Italy Tour Wrap-Up

all seasons in one day 101 °F

What a fantastic trip! I just returned from a 10-day tour of Italy with the Voice of Chicago ensemble of the Chicago Children's Choir. We had many stellar performances, intercultural exchanges, and life-changing moments. Here are some of the highlights through my photographs:

First lunch in Italy!
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Touring Modena, Italy:
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Meeting an Italian immigrant, Abrahim, from Nigeria:
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Visiting Dante Allegri's tomb:
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Meeting new friends from the Cometa school was made easy through my knowledge of two years of Italian language:
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Amazing boat tour of Lago Como!
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Cathedral in Bologna:
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Evening photoshoot!
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The Voice of Chicago bass section!
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On our last full day in the country, we performed at the Ravello Festival which is located on the side of a huge mountain cliff overlooking the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast. It was truly the most magical location at which I have ever performed.

So although it did have its ups and downs, it was overall an enjoyable tour! You can't beat traveling with the Chicago Children's Choir!

Good birding!

Henry Griffin
World Life List: 929 Species (no life birds)

Posted by skwclar 21:27 Archived in Italy Comments (2)

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