RBA: N ID / E WA / NE OR -- 03/19/2002

Charles Swift charless at moscow.com
Tue Mar 19 16:46:50 PST 2002


- RBA
* northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon
* as above
* March 19, 2002
* IDWA0203.19

- birds mentioned

Western Gull
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Snowy Owl
Western Scrub-Jay
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
spring arrivals

- transcript

hotline: northern Idaho / eastern Washington / northeastern Oregon
Date: March 19, 2002
Phone: (208) 882-6195 (currently not operational)
Compiler: Charles Swift
Transcriber: Charles Swift - charless at moscow.com

This is Charles Swift 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:
http://www.palouseaudubon.org

An adult ICELAND GULL, several immature THAYER'S GULL, a first winter
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, and a third winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL heve been
present at Swallows Park, Clarkston, Asotin Co WA and seen by various
birders. Bob Flores and Larry and Jacque Goodhew found the Lesser
Black-backed Gull there on 16 Mar. There are several islands and sand bars
in the park that are used by loafing gulls. Gulls may also be present on the
Snake R. just west of Clarkston along US 12. On 15 Mar, 2 Eurasian Wigeons
were also at the park. Swallow's Park is along the Snake River south of
Clarkston along WA 129.

The WESTERN SCRUB-JAY was seen as recently as 16 Mar near Chief Timothy
Park. Also in the same area recently were SWAMP SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and
TREE SPARROW. 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.

Two HOARY REDPOLLS are visiting the feeders of Terry and Christine Gray in
Genesee, Latah Co ID. One was seen on 15 Mar . The Gray's live at 550 North
Fir.

The COMMON CRACKLE found 9 Mar east of Yakima, Yakima Co WA by Denny
Granstrand appears to have moved on.

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. Another adult Thayer's
Gull on the Pend Oreille River between the town of Usk and Cusick on 16 Mar
also by Matthew.

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 has been seen as recently as
14 Mar , 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.

A SNOWY OWL was observed by Terry Gray on the evening of 17 Mar along US 95
between Moscow and Genesee. It was just north of mile marker 333 on the east
side of the highway.

Spring arrivals are being reported throughout the region including OSPREY,
TREE SWALLOW, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, SPOTTED TOWHEE, WESTERN BLUEBIRD and
GREAT BLUE HERONS are nesting on Hogg Island along the Clearwater R. east of
Lewiston. Winter birds such as COMMON REDPOLL, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, and
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK are also still being widely reported.

Good birding!


Charles E. Swift
Moscow, ID, USA
charless at moscow.com





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