Friday, April 24, 2015

Evening Grosbeaks and a winter Say’s Phoebe at Eagle Island State Park

Eagle Island State Park has become a fairly reliable place to find Evening Grosbeaks near Boise in the past couple of years. We made a trip out towards the end of January to track them down. They took us longer than expected to get on our 2014 year list, so we figured we’d knock them out early this time around.

Nora is getting pretty good on her feet, and couldn’t wait to head down the trail.

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Nora at Eagle Island State Park, Ada County. January 24, 2015.

The noisy grosbeaks were easy to track down, and we found them within just a few minutes of starting down the trail. The red line on the map below shows where we walked to see the grosbeaks. They usually hang out in the large stand of Russian Olives on the north west side of the pond.

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Map of Eagle Island State Park, Ada County. January 24, 2015.

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American Robins and Evening Grosbeaks at Eagle Island State Park, Ada County. January 24, 2015.

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American Robins and Evening Grosbeaks at Eagle Island State Park, Ada County. January 24, 2015.

We continued further along the path until we got to the north side of the pond, and were surprised to find a Says Phoebe hanging out on top of a dead Lamb’s Ear stem. Says Phoebes are one of the most cold-hardy flycatchers, and breed further north than any other flycatcher, so they’re not unheard of in the winter in Idaho, but still fun to see.

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Says Phoebe at Eagle Island State Park, Ada County. January 24, 2015.

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