Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bushtits at the Boise River WMA Headquarters

In early March Ellen and I spent a Saturday hiking around the foothills near Boise. Our first stop was 5 Mile Creek, accessed from Shaw Mountain Road which cuts over the mountains from Boise to Robie Creek.

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Map of our hike at Five Mile Creek, Ada County.

We had a few birds on this first hike, but the highlight was a nice, up-close encounter with a small flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets. These feisty little characters don’t hold still for long, so it’s rare for us to get such a good chance to photograph them at close range. I was pretty happy with how these turned out.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet at Five Mile Creek, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet at Five Mile Creek, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet at Five Mile Creek, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet at Five Mile Creek, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

Later in the afternoon we went for another hike at the Boise River WMA Headquarters, accessed off of Highway 21 just north of Hilltop Station.

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Map from Trails.Idaho.Gov of the hike up to Lucky Peak from Boise River WMA HQ.

The hike was enjoyable, and it was our first time up that trail. Our best find was a group of Bushtits that were noisily feeding on the hillside right by Highway 21. These little guys are pretty rare this far north of the Snake River in Idaho, so this was definitely an unexpected find.

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Bushtit at Boise River WMA HQ, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

At first they stayed mostly on the shady side of the hill, but we kept following them as they worked there way through the vegetation, and eventually we caught them in some good sunlight.

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Bushtit at Boise River WMA HQ, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

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Bushtit at Boise River WMA HQ, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

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Bushtit at Boise River WMA HQ, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

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Bushtit at Boise River WMA HQ, Ada County. March 7, 2015.

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