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? ;-)

Friday, October 16, 2009

What we've mostly been up to for the last 3 months

Here are a few pictures to give a sense of the work we've been doing and fruits of our labor from the last few months up on Lucky Peak ...

The office @ Lucky Peak

A closer look @ Stephanie & Heidi entering some data on an
afternoon after songbird migration banding in August

Stephanie & Jay taking birds out of a mist-net (the method we use at IBO to capture landbirds during fall migration)

Least Flycatcher captured/banded on Sept 15

White-crowned Sparrows of two subspecies - Mountain (oreantha) on the left and Gambel's (gambeli) on the right

The first Indigo Bunting - an adult female - ever captured (or seen) @ Lucky Peak - on Sept 12

An adult female Cooper's Hawk we trapped (photo by Rob Miller)

Heidi holding a cute young male Townsend's Warbler (photo by Stephanie Coates)

Jay holding a male Wilson's Warbler (photo by Stephanie Coates)

Songbird crewmember, Nathan, with our 2nd ever White-breasted Nuthatch on his back!

Jay with an Adult male Sharpie on a stormy day of trapping!

The songbird crew (Stephanie, Jay, Caroline and Nathan) on a cold day in the hawk blind


Heidi & Jay


  1. good question! Lots of report prep/writing for me and then trying to bird on weekends whenever possible to try for 300 species! Heidi, any thoughts? ;-)

  2. Organic Chemistry and Data Entry, among other less exciting things :)
    and yeah...BIRDING for sure! Jay's gonna be gone in Portland for a few days coming up here soon...so sounds like a perfect time for a Yellow-billed Loon or Gyrfalcon to show up in Idaho, heehee :)