birding

Spent all day wandering about James and Johns Islands for Climate Watch and saw so many new birds! Here’s an immature male Summer Tanager.

A state endemic species is rare for North America’s birds. Florida has an endemic scrub jay while California also has two endemic corvids. Now Idaho is recognized as having an endemic species in the Cassia Crossbill. Until recently it was considered yet another “type” of Red Crossbill. Red Crossbills are varied and each type is more or less specialized to feed on cones of specific coniferous trees throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The Cassia was elevated to a species status because of it’s relationship with Lodgepole Pines in an area where the usually ubiquitous Red Squirrels are absent. The absence of Red Squirrels as a competitor and best predator has influenced this bird’s morphology to the point where it’s set apart from the similar Red Crossbill. May 2018, south central Idaho. #cassiacrossbill #idaho #idahobirding #crossbill #birding

A master of disguise, this Common Pauraque spends its days sleeping in the understory. Once night falls they’re very active vocal, predators. I was lucky to photograph this guy in the daytime.

When you start to plan camping trips around birding hotspots you might have a problem. April of this year I visited Newton Hills State Park in South Dakota, and saw a great number of Hermit Thrushes while out hiking.

Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant. Take a closer look at how beautiful and blue this Cormorant's eyes are. They are like perfect blue marbles. Amazing.