Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Birding back at home

One of my favorite things about our trip to Arizona is that when we got back home I still had that feeling that almost anything could be around the next corner. After all our great finds in Arizona, I looked at all of our Idaho birds with just a little extra scrutiny, just in case.

The day after we got back, we checked on of our regular loops out to Ten Mile Creek. On this trip there was a large flock of American Wigeons resting on a bend in the creek.

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American Wigeons on Ten Mile Creek, Ada county. March 21, 2013.

A couple days later we walked our favorite patch to see what was new since our last stop. Northern Flickers were courting each other, an American Dipper was feeding at the base of the dam, and Common Mergansers were fishing up and down the river.

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Northern Flicker on our patch at Diversion Dam, Ada county. March 23, 2013.

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American Dipper on our patch at Diversion Dam, Ada county. March 23, 2013.

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Common Mergansers (and a Mallard hen) on our patch at Diversion Dam, Ada county. March 23, 2013.

Later that day we made a quick stop at Katherine Albertson Park. Four out of the last five winters a Varied Thrush has been found here. Sure enough this year’s thrush showed up just as we left for Arizona. We went looking for it as soon as we had a chance when we got back. We didn’t find it this time (luckily we had seen one in the same location back in 2011), so we snapped a few photos of the locals instead.

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Wood Duck at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada county. March 23, 2013.

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Cedar Waxwing at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada county. March 23, 2013.

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Green-winged Teal at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada county. March 23, 2013.

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