Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Little Camas Reservoir, Prairie, and Long Gulch

On April 13 we had a lazy Sunday afternoon drive out to Little Camas Reservoir, Prairie, through Long Gulch to the Middle Fork of the Boise River, and then back down to town via Arrowrock Reservoir and Lucky Peak Lake.

April 13 map

Our trip from Boise (point A/E) to Little Camas Reservoir (point B), Prairie (point C), Middle Fork of the Boise River (point D) via Long Gulch, then back to Boise.

We had a few nice birds, at Little Camas, though an awful lot of stuff was just too far out on the mud to get good photographs. We had our first-of-year Blue-winged Teals, American Avocets, Willets, and American Pipits.

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Little Camas Reservoir, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

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American Pipit at Little Camas Reservoir, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

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Red-tailed Hawk at Little Camas Reservoir, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

On our way to Prairie we saw several Ospreys at the Anderson Ranch Dam. They nest on a couple of different poles at the bottom of the spillway. We’ve seen as many as 5 Osprey on 3 separate nests here in the past, but it looked like just 2 nests were occupied this year.

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Osprey at Anderson Ranch Dam, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

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Osprey at Anderson Ranch Dam, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

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Osprey carrying nesting materials at Anderson Ranch Dam, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

Prairie was loaded with bluebirds as usual, though we didn’t see any Western Bluebirds on this trip, only Mountain Bluebirds.

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Mountain Bluebird near Prairie, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

We also saw a Say’s Phoebe hanging out in town as well.

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Say’s Phoebe near Prairie, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

This was our first time driving through Long Gulch. It looks like great habitat, especially for woodpeckers, with all the dead wood on the hillsides where there have been several fires in past years.

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Long Gulch, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

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Red-tailed Hawk in Long Gulch, Elmore County. April 13, 2014.

At the end of Long Gulch we came out on the Middle Fork of the Boise River and found a place to have a sunset marshmallow roast with Nora.

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Nora hanging out on the Middle Fork of the Boise River, Boise County. April 13, 2014.

Soaring above our campsite was a large flock of swallows, and after picking through them for a bit we spotted a couple of White-throated Swifts, though it was far too dark to get a flight picture of a bird that small so high in the sky. Along the river, we found a pair of American Dippers, and we were able to spot the nest as well.

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American Dipper on the Middle Fork of the Boise River, Boise County. April 13, 2014.

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