Friday, June 21, 2013

Wrapping up March

Just a few odds and ends through the end of March. There were still plenty of winter waterfowl around, and we were getting more and more anxious for spring to come.

First stop, our favorite patch. Nothing unusual, just some wonderful scenery and a nice walk.

The Patch

Our patch at Diversion Dam, Ada county. March 30, 2013.

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Canada Geese flying over our patch at Diversion Dam, Ada county. March 30, 2013.

Next, another stop at Kathryn Albertson Park hoping for the Varied Thrush that had been seen for the previous couple of weeks. No luck this time, just a nice walk and a few locals.

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Song Sparrow at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada county. March 30, 2013.

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Canada Goose at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada county. March 30, 2013.

With slow birding around town, we decided to use the day for a scenic drive instead. I’m such a compulsive birder these days that it can be difficult to tear myself away from birding enough to enjoy a scenic drive without some kind of bird-related objective. Luckily every now and again we get caught up on our local birds and can devote some of our time to non-birding recreation while we wait for the seasonal changes to bring in some new birds. On this particular afternoon that meant a drive up to the beautiful canyon on the South Fork Boise River. This is one of the most beautiful places in the Boise area, and if you haven’t been, you should put it on your list! It can be tremendously birdy during the right time of the year. This is the road you travel to get to a very nice bluebird trail, it’s the road where we saw our lifer Dusky Grouse, and is covered with Lewis’s Woodpeckers in the summer.

South Fork Boise River

South Fork Boise River, Elmore county. March 30, 2013.

This time of the year the birds were mostly just the local year-round residents.

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Northern Flicker at South Fork Boise River, Elmore county. March 30, 2013. 

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Red-tailed Hawk at South Fork Boise River, Elmore county. March 30, 2013.

The next day we took a drive up the canyon from Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Reservoir. I know I sound like a broken record, but this was another close-to-home favorite that never gets old. Ospreys and Turkey Vultures were really starting to file in for the season, and Common Loons were resting and feeding at several different locations as they work there way further north for the summer. We also spotted a Chukar hustling to move away from the road.

Lucky Peak Lake

Lucky Peak Lake, Ada county. March 31, 2013.

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Osprey at Arrowrock Reservoir, Boise county. March 31, 2013.

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Turkey Vulture at Arrowrock Reservoir, Boise county. March 31, 2013.

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Common Loons at Arrowrock Reservoir, Boise county. March 31, 2013.

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Chukar near Lucky Peak Lake, Ada county. March 31, 2013.

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