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PostMon Jul 21, 2014 3:55 pm 
wolffie wrote:
Lewis thought his woodpecker was a jay.

True, and his confusion is understandable.  Lewis's Woodpeckers don't act like other woodpeckers and get most of their food via flycatching.

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PostMon Jul 28, 2014 1:22 am 
BigSteve,

My family did a July raft trip on Main Salmon River/River of No Return from Salmon, ID, to Riggins.  Kept seeing a woodpecker-type bird, lands upright on trunk with tail brace, but dark colored with bright flashes of orange or yellow underneath.  Was darting for insects over water; never saw it peck wood.

Williamsons sapsucker, I think?  Lots of dead, burned up snags/stumps.

Any ideas.  Could never get binocs on bird due to paddling/dry bag issues.

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PostMon Jul 28, 2014 7:06 am 
Williamson sounds like a reasonable id choice.

They are noticeably smaller than a flicker, which would be a second , though slightly unusual, choice.  Flickers are not that nimble, overall.  They are more content to feed on the ground.

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PostMon Jul 28, 2014 7:41 am 
tmatlack wrote:
.  .  .  upright on trunk with tail brace.  .  .  dark colored with bright flashes of orange or yellow underneath.  Was darting for insects over water; never saw it peck wood.

Barn Swallow?

AFAIK, Williamson Sapsuckers do not flycatch much and I cannot imagine one "darting for insects over water."

IME, Lewis's Woodpecker flycatching behavior is closer to "darting" (i.e., swallow behavior) but they are pink underneath.

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PostMon Jul 28, 2014 12:23 pm 
If you didn't say it landed upright on a tree, I'd almost think you were describing a kingfisher.

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PostMon Jul 28, 2014 8:45 pm 
Belted Kingfisher crossed my mind, but then I reconsidered this observation:

tmatlack wrote:
Kept seeing a woodpecker-type bird

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PostTue Jul 29, 2014 4:56 am 
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PostTue Jul 29, 2014 10:42 am 
I swear I heard a redbreasted nuthatch at 7500'.  One of those flashbacks they said would come?  A junco, too.

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PostTue Jul 29, 2014 1:19 pm 
olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
bobbi wrote:
how about this bird?


That looks like an evening grosbeak.  Cool birdie!

I see these a lot at lower and mid elevations on the east slopes in June and July.  There's something they really like in fire pits - maybe they take dust baths in the ash or swallow the ash to help with their digestion?  In any case, you'll often see a group of them perched on the rocks of a fire pit at various camp sites.

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PostTue Jul 29, 2014 1:41 pm 
wolffie wrote:
I swear I heard a redbreasted nuthatch at 7500'.

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PostFri Jul 16, 2021 10:30 pm 
Firstly, I thought we had a more active bird identification thread.  If there is another one please post a link.  Otherwise, we'll put up bird questions here.  Thanks.

In this trip report from a hike near Crystal Resort, the O.P. posted a photo of a waterfowl hanging out alone in a lake.

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Me and the pooch took one of the last gondola rides of the day up to the top of Crystal. From there, we headed north down to Snorting Elk Lake, which was really pleasant. After a brief stay, we headed south for a couple miles to Elizabeth Lake. This was a surprisingly nice lake. A single loon was enjoying a float on the water.

I didn't think it was a loon based on loons I had seen in the Boundary Waters area in Minnesota and Ontario.  I suggested a Grebe.  Then neek suggested "barrow's goldeneye"--which I tend to agree with though the coloring is a bit off from the images I found online.  Perhaps it's a juvenile.

Here's fourteen410's photo.  If you can identify this bird, please drop in and tell us.  Thanks,  ~z

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PostSat Jul 17, 2021 7:21 am 
I replied on that thread, but neek already ID'ed the bird as a Goldeneye.

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PostSat Jul 17, 2021 11:41 am 
Sculpin wrote:
I replied on that thread, but neek already ID'ed the bird as a Goldeneye.

Yes, thank you.   He did reply but with a question mark added.  So I put it up here too.   'Appreciate it.  ~z

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PostSat Jul 24, 2021 7:58 am 
Trying to figure out whatis in my yard right now. I can hear it, but can't see it.

It makes one single cuckoo call about once every half hour this morning. The cuck sounds kind of aquatic, like a large drip of water.

Doesn't sound like any of the doves I am familiar with, but simular.

I searched cuckoo birds, but they seem rare to non existent in the sky valley. Sound is really simular to a western yellow billed cuckoo.

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PostSat Jul 24, 2021 8:28 am 
ale_capone wrote:
Doesn't sound like any of the doves I am familiar with, but simular.

You might want to listen to the call of the white-winged dove.  I had one on my feeder (north of Seattle) a couple weeks ago.  While generally a bird of the southwest, after mating they range across most of north America and, like all the doves, are rapidly increasing in population now that fewer 12 year-old boys own pellet rifles.   tongue.gif

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