The past weekend offered some great birdwatching opportunities, thanks to sunshine and high water.
The white pelicans are flocking to the water below C.J. Strike Dam on the Snake River south of Mountain Home as seen in this David R. Frazier image. A good pair of binoculars provides a great chance to watch the “C-130 of the bird world” soaring, swimming and diving for dinner in the turbulent water below the dam.
Other spots where we have seen plenty of bird activity recently include the Snake River Canyon at Swan Falls where not only birds of prey haunt the cliffs, but waterfowl abound on the river. We spotted several varieties of ducks. In the past Orchard orioles (orange color) have been spotted in the canyon.
Along Highway 52 east of Payette en route to Emmett the Payette River has breached its banks in several spots providing feeding and resting areas for swans and other waterfowl.
The Fort Boise wildlife management area near Parma has water on some roads and is not open in certain areas. There are ponds full of migrating birds in the area.
In the Boise area, Albertson Park, the various ponds, and the wetlands along the river near Harris Ranch also provide bird watching venues.
Recently we noted what appeared to be flocks of “blackbirds” which are actually great mixes of red wing, yellow headed, starlings, cowbirds, and common blackbirds.
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