Saturday, April 02, 2011

Moscow area birds, 4/1 & 4/2 (feeder, neighborhood, and waterfowl)

Howdy All - 

Lots of fun birds (and fun weather!) in and around Moscow these first two days in April. The continuation of various finches in my yard and east side Moscow neighborhood - Cassin's Finches and Pine Siskins in particular and finally yesterday I've got some goldfinches showing up at my feeders and today a few Evening Grosbeaks (plenty of fly overs but few stopping at my on again off again feeders - at least while I'm home). Also lots of singing birds around the neighborhood including among others flickers, robins, starlings, juncos, cassin's & house finches and several Varied Thrushes again after a several week absence. Yesterday morning a pair of Mallards walked through my neighbor's yard which I don't see too often. Probably scouting out nest sites even though we're a good 4-6 blocks from Paradise Creek. Also Friday evening while it was still calm and mild I could hear Pacific Tree Frogs calling down along the creek from my house.

There are also a very nice variety of waterfowl (11 species of ducks plus C. Goose) close to town right now based on some quick checking mostly this morning - as follows below.

thanks, Charles.

UI Dairy (yesterday 4/1)

Mallard 6
Green-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 4
Lesser Scaup 3
A. Coot 1

following all this morning (4/2)

UI Dairy

American Wigeon 2 (all of above apparently departed)
Mallard 8

Loch 95 (seasonal pond on east side of US 95 n. of Moscow near Estes Rd.) - 250-300 ducks including the largest group of pintail I've personally seen in the county, could have been a E. Wigeon in there somewhere but I couldn't find one (also viewing conditions are a bit challenging here)

American Wigeon 80
Mallard 20
Northern Shoveler 5
Northern Pintail 150
Green-winged Teal 4
Hooded Merganser 2 (pair)

Foothill Rd. ponds - only a few mallards but a Say's Phoebe was also present struggling against the wind to hawk insects over the pond outflow

Sora wetlands on Moscow Mountain Rd.: 

Gadwall 2
Mallard 16
Green-winged Teal 2

Syringa Ponds

Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 1
Bufflehead 4
Common Goldeneye 1
American coot 3
Tree Swallow 2

Charles Swift
Moscow, Idaho
(north-central Idaho, 80 miles SE of Spokane, WA)
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
skype: charles.swift
google voice: 208-991-2473

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