RBA: N ID / E WA / NE OR -- 03/11/2002

The Dumroese Family dumroese at iGlide.net
Mon Mar 11 18:40:40 PST 2002

* northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon
* as above
* March 11, 2002
* IDWA0203.11

- birds mentioned

Western Gull
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Grackle
Swamp Sparrow
Hoary Redpoll

- transcript

hotline: northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon
Date: March 11, 2002
Phone: (208) 882-6195
Compiler: Kas Dumroese
Transcriber: Kas Dumroese - dumroese at iglide.net

This is Kas Dumroese with the Northern Idaho / Eastern Washington /
Northeastern Oregon bird hotline for Friday, Mar 11 (2002). This hotline,
sponsored by Palouse Audubon, is updated every Friday evening. Transcripts
of this RBA and membership info are available on-line at

If you wish to bypass this recording and simply leave a message for me,
including the date of your sighting and the DeLorme atlas page numbers and
coordinates if you have them, push the star button on your telephone now.
Otherwise wait for the beep at the end of the tape. Please give me good
directions, your fellow birdwatchers will appreciate it.

Some good birds were in the Lewiston, ID / Clarkston, WA valley...

On 2 Mar, an adult ICELAND GULL and a second year THAYER'S GULL were at
Swallows Park, Clarkston, Asotin Co WA according to Ken Knittle and Mike and
MerryLynn Denny. They were near northernmost parking area. On 4 Mar, Joe
Lipar couldn't find either of those gulls, but did find a first-year
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. Swallow's Park is along the Snake River south of
Clarkston along WA 129.

A SWAMP SPARRW was near Chief Timothy SP west of Clarkston on 2 Mar
according to Ken Knittle and Mike and MerryLynn Denny. This bird was in the
same area as the WESTERN SCRUB-JAY, although the jay was not found that day.
Al Winter found the SWAMP SPARROW again on 3 Mar, but the jay was still
missing... This area is just east of Chief Timothy SP lagoon. To reach the
spot, a good landmark is the small subdivision off Silcott Hills Road on
the south side of US 12. Park at the green gate closest to Silcott Hills
Road and walk just a bit west. The Scrub-Jay was in and around the bramble
there. The bird has been observed in other areas nearby, and has proven to
be secretive at times, so be diligent and patient in your search. WA DeLorme
43, A-7.

At Mann Lake east of Lewiston, Nez Perce Co ID on 4 Mar, Joe Lipar found a
DUNLIN and 3
GREATER SCAUP. From Thain in Lewiston, head east on Powers Avenue to the
reservoir. ID DeLorme 54, A-1.

Two HOARY REDPOLLS are visiting the feeders of Terry and Christine Gray in
Genesee, Latah Co ID. They were seen 8 Mar. The Gray's live at 550 North

A COMMON CRACKLE was found 9 Mar east of Yakima, Yakima Co WA by Denny
Granstrand. To get to the spot from I-82 east of Yakima, take Exit 34 (Nob
Hill Blvd/WA 24) off I-82. Cross the Yakima River, make a right at the 1st
light (Birchfield Road). Go south 1.1 mile to the beginning of an area of
pasture and corrals. Check these first, then the fields to the west and
continue south to the little farm with corrals with llamas and horses. The
grackle is in a flock 50-100 blackbirds and starlings. Scott Ray found the
bird again on 10 Mar. WA DeLorme 51, D-5.

It is reached by taking SR-24 east from I-82 (Exit 34).
An adult THAYER'S GULL was on the city beach in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai Co
ID on 10 Mar according to Matthew Moskwik. The beach is on the east end of
Northwest Blvd adjacent to the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

A third-winter WESTERN GULL and a probably GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL were near
Sandpoint, Bonner Co ID on 10 Mar according to Lisa Hardy. The Western Gull
was on the City Beach in downtown Sandpoint, and the GWGU was seen along
Sunnyside Road east of Sandpoint. Sunnside heads south off ID 200 at
milepost 35, a couple miles east of the jct of US 95 and ID 200. ID DeLorme
62, BC-3 and A Birders's Guide to Idaho p. 34.

If you have any questions about birds on the report, call me before 9 pm at
208.883.0943. If you see any of the birds mentioned in this report, be sure
to let me know.

Good birding.


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