A little off-site birding, but I took a three day get-away to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge this last week with my father-in-law who introduced me to the birding drug. If you have never been, you've just got to go! My father-in-law took me there four years ago when I was still a very novice birder. It was sure a lot more enjoyable with a few more years of experience where I could identify birds on my own rather than take his word for it. We had 119 species including several new life birds for me. My favorites had to be the Bobolink, White-headed Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, and Clark's Nutcracker. Idlewild Campground and Malheur are very near the Burns, Oregon area, so its only about a three hour drive from the Boise area.