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Sep 07 2015

Lewis’ Woodpecker

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Lewis' Woodpecker (2)

Kris and I were on the way to Prairie to check nest boxes. We stopped at Neil Bridge on the South Fork of the Boise River to view a Lewis’ Woodpecker nest. We spotted the bird in a pine snag next to its nest cavity. Then for no apparent reason this bird flew down near our car and perched on a stump about 20 feet away and posed for the above photo. Now why didn’t it do this when I led a fieldtrip by here a couple of weeks previously?

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May 15 2015

Mourning Dove

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Mourning Dove

If it wasn’t for the shape of this bird it would be hard to find. It’s color and markings blend in pretty well with the background of the rocks in the wall.

 

 

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Mar 15 2015

Winter Shelter

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Snow,Wildlife

Rodent nest (1)

Snow piled up under the eaves of the house this winter. Warm weather melted all of the snow in the yard except for this drift next to the house. The center melted away exposing this rodent nest. Some species of rodent had built itself a nice warm place to spend the winter.

I am wondering how this nest could have been built beneath the hard packed snow. I suppose that a cavern seven or eight inches in diameter was excavated and long grasses hauled in through tiny tunnels. This is in an area that I kept grass short with a lawn mower during the summer. I never cease to be amazed at the structures these creatures build.

Rodent nest (2)

 

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Mar 09 2015

Boise Train Depot

Published by under Buildings,Miscellaneous,Scenery

Boise Train Depot under Full Moon (1)

At first I didn’t like this shot but the more I looked at it the better it seemed. The scene was crisp and sharp under the bright moonlight. The brightly lit subjects are small in this photo. With the camera exposure set on automatic the shutter was open for several seconds. With the large surounding  area dark the light is over exposed. The camera was handheld so edges are not sharp. To me it looks like a faded painting from out of the distant past.

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Feb 07 2015

Spring Is Here?

Published by under Flowers,Miscellaneous,Plants

Snowdrop

I ventured outside today and strolled by the flower garden. This is only five days after Ground Hog day. To my amazement there in the weeds and grass left over from last fall was this beautiful SnowDrop. I hastely removed most of the unwanted vegetation and broke out the camera. What will be next?

 

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Jan 03 2015

Varied Thrush

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Varied Thrush

This morning I looked out of the kitchen window and was surprized to see this infrequent visitor. This is a Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius. I see this species about once every four or five years in my yard. Never do I see them this far south except at winter time. Probably a few of them may nest around Cascade reservoir. One summer, many years ago, I happened to visit the panhandle of north Idaho. This was in the thrush’s nesting period and there was an abundance of these birds flying about uttering their territorial and mating calls in a relatively small area.

Arthur Cleveland Bent in his “Life Histories of North American Thrushes, Kinglets, and their Allies”  recounts an incident in October 1906 when there were hundreds of Varied Thrush flying high overhead migrating south for the winter. Many present day birders would pay a premium to witness such a sight.

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Dec 27 2014

Christmas Visitors

Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Snow,Wildlife

Dark-eyed Junco (2)

On this fine Christmas day I looked out of the kitchen window and saw a host of Dark-eyed Juncos dining on my Holiday offering. This was just after a snow storm and the birds were hungry. Other birds to arrive this day were Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch and a lone Northern Flicker.

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Oct 11 2014

Mountain Olives?

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

Elk Scat

When you find this in the yard you know an elk has paid a visit.

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Sep 15 2014

Wood Frog?

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Wood Frog

Imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I stepped out of the house and found this little frog on the step. The temperature was near freezing. The sun had risen high enough to cast a beam of warm light on the stone step. Cold blooded though it was the frog had crept out of its sleeping quarters to this warm beam of light. It remained there motionless while I passed by several times. At one point I advanced the camera within inches of this cold creature. A short time later the frog moved out of sight.

This encounter made me thankful that I could generate my body heat from within and not depend on an external source.

 

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Jul 27 2014

Wildlife on the Bluebird Trail

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Mule Deer

After a day checking bluebird nestboxes we came upon this scene. A doe muledeer and her two fawns were at this abandoned saltlick. We slowly brought our car to a stop and watched the deer as they licked the salt saturated soil. They didn’t show any alarm until we started to depart. I imagine that they settled down and satisfied their hunger for salt after we drifted from sight.

The dry deserts in Owyhee county offer scenic vistas and wildlife unique to this area and worth the trip any time of the year.

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