Friday, June 19, 2009

Birding Spring Valley Creek

I was delighted to welcome reknown Idaho birder, RL Rowland to Avimor this morning. We hiked along Spring Valley Creek Trail all the way to Cartwright Rd (trail #9 on the Avimor Trail Map) and enjoyed almost 40 species of birds. It helps to have a great birder with you to identify a few species that otherwise would allude a novice like myself.

The highlights for me were:

* pair of Cooper's Hawks that we are sure were defending a nest
* a couple Warbling Vireos which were a first for Avimor's official life list
* some little baby chicks that we are pretty sure were Chukar chicks.
* three Canyon Wrens and at least a dozen Rock Wrens.

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