Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Camas migration update 5-23

For those of you who have been following IBLE (Idaho Birders Linked Electronically - a yahoo groups listserv), you've seen that the last week+ has been eventful to say the least. In a 4 day period starting last Thursday, we saw (but did not catch) a Brown Thrasher that was singing his heart out and then we caught a Magnolia Warbler (adult female) Friday, a Wood Thrush (first one photo'd in the state - maybe 2nd state state record) on Sat that stayed until Tues and gained 4.9 grams!!, and caught a female Black-and-White Warbler on Sunday. Then we had 2" of snow yesterday! Some pics below ....

Overall, migration has picked up considerably but a few species have not yet peaked, including Swainson's Thrush, Western Tanager, and Willow Flycatcher. In fact, though we have seen a few individuals of each species, we are still yet to band a Willow Flycatcher or a Western Wood-pewee. The next 2 weeks should be the peak for these species ...

Cheers,

Jay

The Wood Thrush (5-19-07); a second-year (i.e. 1 year old) bird that is one of 3 reports for the state and may represent the first photo evidence of this species in Idaho.

Magnolia Warber; after-second-year female (5-18-07)

Black-and-White Warbler (2nd-year - notice the paler primary coverts and flight feathers); caught on 5-20-07

Carlos banding a Red-shafted Flicker (his favorite capture of the season so far) and Jereme looking on.

2 comments:

katsrkool said...

Hi Jay & crew!

Thanks for the update! Sounds like things have been really busy and you've made some exciting sightings and catches. Wow, and snow! Bet Carlos was happy to see that.

Thanks again for your hospitality during our visit a couple of weeks ago. We look forward to seeing you at Lucky Peak.

Happy Birding!
Jody & Jim

Anonymous said...

Will the crew be working up at Lucky Peak this weekend 6-28 and 6-29? Thanks.

Ken

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