Thursday, June 26, 2008

Re: [inland-NW-birders] Banded Caspian Terns

Keith -

Here is information on the Columbia R. Caspian Tern research  - I think terns banded at the mouth of the Columbia R. usually have color bands in addition to a metal band. It's possible that birds from this (huge) colony could wander up the Columbia and the Snake but there are Caspian Terns nesting closer on the Columbia R. which are a likely source.

Here is more information on Seattle Audubon's birdweb -

If you noted the band number you can submit it to the USGS Bird Banding Lab -
and they will eventually get back to you w/ information on where the bird was banded.


On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 3:05 PM, Kec201814 <> wrote:
one of the nine Caspian Terns present today at Chief Timothy HMU was wearing a leg band.
Anyone know what this program is about?
I suppose it has to do with their "alledged" smolt eating, but that was down by the mouth of the Columbia.
Keith E. Carlson

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Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

U. of Idaho, Moscow, ID birds, mid June, 2008

I've been biking, running, and walking quite a bit around the UI campus the past few weeks and making note of the birds present on campus during the breeding season. Many of these are breeding or suspected to be breeding. Here are a few of interest:

Red-tailed Hawk - nested in Heritage Grove, adult and imm. have been around (Swainson's Hawks have nested in this area in the past)
Cordilleran Flycatcher - one calling/singing regularly at west end of Shattuck Arboretum and another at the east end of the Heritage grove (near the Admin Bldg.), also a few around town
Western Wood-Pewee - at least 4 or 5 singing in the main arboretum, several more in Shattuck and more elsewhere around campus (seem particularly common this summer)
Red-eyed Vireo - singing away in the Shattuck just west of the President's house (seen & heard today)
Violet-green Swallow - a few around but may have taken a hit from cold weather
Barn Swallow - east side of campus, presume nesting on bridges along Paradise Ck.
Black-capped Chickadee - prob nest Shattuck
Red-breasted Nuthatch - prob nest Shattuck
House Wren - near grad housing (& Iris's daycare)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - prob nest Shattuck
American Robin - many around incl. w/ fledged young or food for young (probably on second broods)
Yellow Warbler - main Arboretum and along Paradise Ck.
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 singing in Shattuck, present since early June
Common Yellowthroat - singing at Sand Rd wetlands, just across from arboretum
Savannah Sparrow - in field just across from south end of the arboretum
Chipping Sparrow
Red Crossbill - continue to be fairly common around town, flying over or in tops of tall conifers

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

Flammulated Owl surveys, Northern Region USFS (northern Idaho/western Montana)

Hi All -

The Northern Landbird Monitoring Program is run by University of Montana's Avian Science Center for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service (USFS) (which is described here: and includes the Nez Perce, Clearwater, and Panhandle NFs in Idaho). As part of this program a Flammulated Owl survey was initiated in 2005. More information and results for this survey can be found here: (information on related surveys can be found elsewhere on this web site).

The Nez Perce National Forest (headquarters Grangeville, ID) recorded the most Flammulated Owls of any of the Northern Region FS units surveyed with 69 detections out of 278 points surveyed (~21% detection rate). Some other interesting observations to come out of the survey as a whole are that birds were detected from May 9 to July 21 with detections only slightly lower after mid-June. Of all detections, 35% were of birds calling spontaneously before observers broadcast Flam calls.

This area has not been well known to Idaho birders as a place to look for Flams but clearly is. Parts of the Nez Perce NF are difficult to access and some distance from population centers but some of these areas should be fairly accessible. I was directed to one of the survey locations on the ridge between the Snake and Salmon Rivers near Lucille, ID several years ago and easily found Flams which responded readily to taped calls and were easily spotlighted as well (unfortunately this area burned last summer which may have displaced Flams from this area).


Charles Swift
Moscow, ID

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Latah Co. Spring Valley Reservoir & Bobolinks , 6/15/08

A hike around Spring Valley Res. at mid-day yielded a nice variety of typical mixed conifer and lakeside riparian habitat species. A couple of California Gulls were cruising around the lake part of the time - about the only place in Latah Co. they are semi-regular. Otherwise few waterbirds due to large numbers of fisherfolk on and around the lake. Complete eBird list is below (effort - time: ~2 hrs, distance ~ 1mile).

We drove north from Deary on ID-9 to Harvard after the hike to let Iris nap (she didn't) and let me check for Bobolinks. I saw at least 4 male Bobolinks in the field near the end of Garden Gulch Rd. just north of the intersection of ID-9 and ID-6. This is the only known Latah Co. location for this species although there is lots of good looking habitat elsewhere.

thanks, Charles.

Location:     Spring Valley Reservoir
Observation date:     6/15/08
Number of species:     40

Canada Goose     20
Ruddy Duck     3
Great Blue Heron     1
Osprey     2
Red-tailed Hawk     1
American Coot     1
Killdeer     2
Spotted Sandpiper     1
California Gull     2
Western Wood-Pewee     1
Willow Flycatcher     3
Hammond's Flycatcher     6
Dusky Flycatcher     2
Common Raven     1
Tree Swallow     5
Violet-green Swallow     1
Barn Swallow     1
Black-capped Chickadee     4
Mountain Chickadee     3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee     3
Red-breasted Nuthatch     5
Brown Creeper     2
House Wren     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     2
Swainson's Thrush     5
American Robin     6
Gray Catbird     2
Cedar Waxwing     2
Orange-crowned Warbler     2
Yellow Warbler     6
Yellow-rumped Warbler     2
Townsend's Warbler     2
MacGillivray's Warbler     1
Common Yellowthroat     1
Western Tanager     2
Chipping Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     6
Red-winged Blackbird     6
Brown-headed Cowbird     2
Red Crossbill     X

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

Charles Swift
Moscow, ID