Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Little Blue Heron on the Boise River Greenbelt

October was another slow month – we were a little traveled out after September and there wasn’t much to chase for most of the month so we took it easy, hit up a few places we hadn’t seen before, and enjoyed the scenery more than the birds on a few day trip. One nice outing for birds was a trip up to White Cloud Mountains bordering the east side of the Stanley basin. It was hunting season, and someone apparently left a pile of organs behind which attracted a nice handful of Gray Jays and Clark’s Nutcrackers.

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Organs and a Gray Jay in the White Cloud Mountains, Custer County. October 17, 2015.

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Gray Jay in the White Cloud Mountains, Custer County. October 17, 2015.

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Gray Jay in the White Cloud Mountains, Custer County. October 17, 2015.

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Clark’s Nutcracker in the White Cloud Mountains, Custer County. October 17, 2015.

Back in town our first nice rarity in a month and a half came when news hit IBLE that a Little Blue Heron was being seen on the Boise River Greenbelt off of Parkcenter Boulevard. We zipped over quickly and found a group of birders that had just seen it, but it had flown off. We meandered downstream a bit and several others started fanning out along the river corridor to try to track it down. After half an hour or so we got a call to let us know it had returned to pretty much the original spot it was found. We caught up to the group quickly and got to enjoy really nice views.

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Little Blue Heron on the Boise Greenbelt, Ada County. October 25, 2015.

The bird was immature, so despite the name was actually all white. At this age they’re quite similar more common egrets we have around here, but can be distinguished by dusky tips to the primaries, and yellow-green legs instead of black legs on the Snowy Egret, the most likely bird this would be confused for.

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Little Blue Heron on the Boise Greenbelt, Ada County. October 25, 2015.

Very fun find, and only the 5th Idaho record (3rd if only accepted records are counted). This bird was kind of a turn in our luck, and November was a little more interesting. Stay tuned for details.

1 comment:

  1. Blue Heron is a cute bird and I really liked the photoshoot you just did. Lovely post. Please add some content to it to make it look a bit worthy.

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