Friday, December 30, 2011

Triumph Rosy-Finches & redpolls, 12/29/11

We're over in Hailey for the week and stopped by Triumph Thursday AM (~ 5 miles up the East Fork Rd. between Hailey and Ketchum). There was a nice mixed flock of Gray-crowned and Black Rosy-Finches at the feeders and trees just before Victor Dr. Typical for Rosy-Finches they were pretty skittish but I got some good looks at these gaudy birds (best look ever at Black Rosy-Finches). There were also a few Common Redpolls and others here as well. Would have spent more time in the area but we were on our way up Galena Lodge to play in the snow.

At Galena on the ski trails I had a nice mixed flock of Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creeper, and Golden-crowned Kinglets and later a calling Clark's Nutracker. What a great area and the best snow locally w/ the high snow levels (although there is snow in Hailey this morning). We're heading back to Boise today and hope to stop at the TNC Silver Creek Preserve on the way.

Happy New Year!
Charles Swift
Moscow, Idaho
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W

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