Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A slow September

September was a bit of a slow month for our Idaho year list. I was out of the state for about half the month traveling for work (first to Costa Rica and then to San Antonio, Texas), and had a reunion with some friends, so we didn’t really stay on top of the birds that were in our neck of the woods. We did sneak in a few outings, mostly looking for interesting southbound shorebirds.

On September 5th, we went to Lake Lowell to track down some Sanderlings that were reported there. We found them right away running along the foot of the lower dam.

Sanderling at Lake Lowell, Canyon County. September 5, 2015.

After spending a few days with friends at a cabin near Bear Lake, we stopped at American Falls on the way home on September 13th. We actually hadn’t birded there before – kind of a shame since it’s such a major hotspot for the state. We didn’t have any major rarities, but did find pretty high bird numbers. Common Terns were one of the more interesting finds, and you can find a few mixed in with other terns and gulls in the digiscoped photo below (look for the dark carpal bars).

Mixed gulls and terns at American Falls, Power County. September 13, 2015.

On the 28th I took a few hours off in the morning to head out to Kuna Sewage Ponds. The ponds are only accessible on weekdays, so I usually have to take 2-3 hours off of work to get out there at the right time. This trip didn’t have anything too exciting. Loads of American Pipits, an out-of-season Greater White-fronted Goose, and a Baird’s Sandpiper.

American Pipit at Kuna Sewage Ponds, Ada County. September 28, 2015.

Greater White-fronted Goose (among Canadas) at Kuna Sewage Ponds, Ada County. September 28, 2015.

Baird's Sandpiper at Kuna Sewage Ponds, Ada County. September 28, 2015.

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