Saturday, November 2, 2013

Piscivores aplenty in Gem County

On August 4 we took a drive through an area we hadn’t visited in a while. We went out to New Plymouth, then headed over to the Payette River WMA, then followed the Payette River on through Emmett and Horseshoe Bend. As we’ve experienced for the past several weeks, the birding was quite slow, and there was not a lot of diversity to find. Interestingly, on this trip, we pretty much only had fish eaters.

We saw Ospreys all over along the river, including several large family groups hanging around near nesting locations. Every now and again, it’s nice to have a slower day so we can spend more time observing the more familiar species.

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Osprey along the Payette River near Emmett, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

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Osprey along the Payette River near Emmett, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

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Ospreys along the Payette River near Emmett, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

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Osprey along the Payette River near Emmett, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

Near Vanderdasson road on the way to Emmett we found a large Great Egret colony, that was also shared with a few Double-crested Cormorants. This is the only Great Egret colony we’ve seen in Idaho, so it was fun to stumble upon.

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Great Egret colony along Vanderdasson Road near Emmett, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

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Great Egret colony (with Double-crested Cormorants) along Vanderdasson Road near Emmett, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

The colony is set aways back from the road, along the river, so it's not the best viewability from the road.

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Great Egret colony along Vanderdasson Road near Emmett, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

At the Emmett Wastewater Treatment Plant we saw plenty more Double-crested Cormorants, as well as quite a few American White Pelicans.

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Double-crested Cormorants and American White Pelicans at Emmett Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

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Double-crested Cormorants and American White Pelicans at Emmett Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gem County. August 4, 2013.

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