Monday, February 10, 2014

Varied Thrush and White-throated Sparrow at Kathryn Albertson Park (but not for us)

For four out of the last six winters, one or two Varied Thrush have overwintered at Kathryn Albertson Park. Given their tendency to return to the same corner of the park each year (and how rarely they’re found elsewhere around town) it’s quite likely that the same birds are returning each year. Additionally, for the past two winters there has also been a White-throated Sparrow overwintering in the same section of the park. Just about all the serious birders in the Treasure Valley have searched out these birds, and we made several attempts to get in on the action. This was our first attempt of the season, and while a fun outing (and only our second bird walk with brand new Nora) we failed to find either bird.

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Ellen and Nora at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

As a consolation prize, we got some heavily obscured looks at a Bald Eagle next door at Americana Terrace.

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Bald Eagle at Americana Terrace, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

In the park we spent a little while waiting for one of our target birds to make an appearance, but little Nora only goes so long without getting hungry, and between getting across town, getting her set up in her stroller, and staking out the bird for a little while, it was time for her to eat again soon after we got to the park. We still enjoyed some nice views of a few of Boise’s familiar winter birds, like this Black-capped Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, Song Sparrows, and Dark-eyed Juncos.

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Black-capped Chickadee at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

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Black-capped Chickadee at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

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Song Sparrow at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

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Downy Woodpecker at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

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Dark-eyed Juncos at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

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Song Sparrow at Kathryn Albertson Park, Ada County. December 28, 2013.

We weren’t too bothered about not finding the birds, since we have seen both of them here in previous years, and since the park is close to home it will be easy enough to try again later on.

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