A (mostly) friendly competition between 2 avid birdwatchers that are also friends/co-workers. Who can observe more bird species in Idaho in 2009? Will they still be friends at year's end? ;-)

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Here's some of what we did last week.
sorry to keep you in suspense so long...I know you all were dying to hear what we did, after the 'hint' posted last weekend :)

We’re still waiting on some photos from the first half of our day that Saturday, so Jay will be posting later, but for now I will tell you about the last part of our day.

We went to Pickle’s Butte landfill! (Yeah, that’s what the picture’s of in the previous post. Sweet huh?) There were tons of gulls as usual, and among them, our friend the Lesser Black-backed gull! We first spotted an adult Lesser Black-backed (a different bird than the 3rd winter we’d seen at both pickles and hidden hollow landfills) Cool! Then later, while Jay was scanning the flock, I was watching some gulls zipping around fighting over some garbage (yummy!). I was about to ask Jay about the juvie flying in the group, when I noticed one of the birds was a Lesser Black-backed… BUT he was the 3rd winter bird! So there were two different LBBG’s there! That day we also spotted a likely adult Thayer’s gull, with awesome pink legs :)

(you've already seen the incriminating photos of Heidi enjoying herself at the dump, so it’s only right that I now return the favor, dont-cha think?)
The adult Thayer's with Crayola 'tickle-me-pink' colored legs :)

The adult LBBG! you can really see its yellow eyes
That's it for now! keep checking for Jay's post about the rest of that Saturday (4/11), and also my upcoming post about this most recent weekend (the competition has taken a turn! :)

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