Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Fwd: U. of Idaho Arboreta & other Moscow sightings, 5/6/08

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From: Charles Swift <>
Date: Wed, May 7, 2008 at 9:37 AM
Subject: U. of Idaho Arboreta & other Moscow sightings, 5/6/08
To: inland birders <>

I had a pleasant walk through the old (Shattuck) and new UI arboreta yesterday at noon and found a nice bunch of migrants and spring arrivals.

Calliope Hummingbird - ~ 8 seen well but there were probably 15-20 with all the zipping around and calling I detected, at least 2 were drinking in the stream below the lower pond which was neat to see [a few Calliope's have been at our yard feeders since 5/4 and a male has been doing display flights, Rufous Hummingbirds showed up yesterday, 5/6]

Hammond's & Dusky Flycatchers - several of each as far as I could tell, at least a few were calling sporadically confirming what I thought I was seeing
Cassin's Vireo - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush - 4 together in a loose group in the understory shrubs at the sw end of Shattuck
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Nashville Warbler - 4
Townsend's Warbler - 1 (well seen in low brush and brilliant!)
Chipping Sparrow - 4
White-crowned Sparrow - 8 (many around other parts of campus as well)
Dark-eyed Junco - 1 (still a few coming through)

I also found a dead adult Great Horned Owl in Shattuck and flushed a live Great Horned Owl from the new arboretum where we don't see them very often.

Yard birds in addition to hummingbirds mentioned above include a male Cassin's Finch still coming to the feeders but not many migrants as seen elsewhere. I've also heard House Wrens the past few mornings on my bike into work in south Moscow.

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

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