Friday, May 23, 2014

Sagebrush Sparrow at Swan Falls Dam Overlook

In early April we made a few trips out to the Swan Falls Dam overlook in hopes of tracking down the Sagebrush Sparrows that hang out there each year. We found three without trying on our trip to Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch a week earlier, but those were in Oregon, and we still wanted to find some in Idaho for our year list.

Swan Falls is a beautiful place to visit, and there’s great sage brush habitat all around.

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Swan Falls Dam Overlook, Ada County. April 5, 2014.

We had a couple of unsuccessful trips over the prior couple of weeks, but on our third attempt we finally got a glimpse of one. We can thank Nora for this one, since she was hungry and we needed to stay put for 30-45 minutes to feed her, otherwise we might not have had the patience to wait for it to show up. We were just about to pack her up and move on when we finally saw it, so we definitely would have missed it if we’d left sooner.

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Sagebrush Sparrow at Swan Falls Dam Overlook, Ada County. April 5, 2014.

It would have been nice to get a closer view for better pictures, but we were still happy to get an identifiable photo. We did have a Sage Thrasher as well that was a bit more accommodating.

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Sage Thrasher at Swan Falls Dam Overlook, Ada County. April 5, 2014.

Turkey Vultures have definitely arrived in force as well, we were seeing them all over the place by this week.

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Turkey Vulture at Swan Falls Dam Overlook, Ada County. April 5, 2014.

We had a few other first-of-year birds as well, including these Yellow-headed Blackbirds at Dry Lakes, and a Swainson’s Hawk near Cloverdale Road and Kuna Mora Road.

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Yellow-headed Blackbird at Dry Lakes, Ada County. April 5, 2014.

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Yellow-headed Blackbird at Dry Lakes, Ada County. April 5, 2014.

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Swainson’s Hawk near Cloverdale Road and Kuna Mora Road, Ada County. April 5, 2014.

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