July 01, 2021

Black-billed Magpie Rescue

Setting out on the 1st day of the month to find something interesting, I went looking for Bobolinks. There is really only one location nearby for that species. As I got to the road that they are found on, I pulled off the road to start my list. There next to where I parked is a double gate with posted signs on it and a cable lock. Something I have seen before, but this time there is a Black-billed Magpie hanging from the lock or gate, I can't quite tell. I thought it was dead so I finished getting my bird list ready. As I did that the wing moved, so I got some gloves I keep in the truck and went to check it out. As I got closer, it got squirmy but couldn't go anywhere. I gently slid it up the gap in the gate. When I got it to the top, it griped at me for taking so long to get there and flew off into the deep grass. Likely to hide in shame for being dumb enough to get his head stuck. Sadly no pictures, but another species in the hand.

Posted on July 01, 2021 16:00 by jamesjarrett00 jamesjarrett00 | 2 comments | Leave a comment

June 27, 2021

Birds & Butterflies

So this is my 1st attempt at doing a journal. Yesterday I made the trip from Boise to Lowman to Banks to Emmett to Caldwell. Started my day observing bird banding in Boise, always a fun time listening to the very knowledgeable banding crew and learning more. Then my wife and I headed out on our own. Heading to the high country always changes the bird species observed and we had not gone this year. These trips also remind me that the butterfly species in the valley are so limited when compared to the mountains. Just making this trip gave me 8 species of birds I had not seen this year including the Steller's Jay and Cassin's Finch. As an added bonus I photographed 4 new species of butterfly for me. Granted the Stella Orangetip is just a horrible picture and Two-tailed Swallowtail doesn't actually show the tails but I was very happy to get home and discover the Milbert's Tortoiseshell was something new as was the Clodius Parnassian. So I need to remember to change my scenery to change my species list.

Update: Thanks to an individual on Inaturalist I can add one more. Edith's Checkerspot

Posted on June 27, 2021 13:11 by jamesjarrett00 jamesjarrett00 | 6 observations | 2 comments | Leave a comment


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