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Old 06-02-2016, 07:04 PM
 
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I'm a significant bird lover and wondering if birds are plentiful in Idaho area? About the only things I'm gonna miss about Florida are the birds and wildlife. This picture was taken outside of a Longhorns Steak house as we were pulling up. Those are Sandhill cranes-a family of three.
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:41 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Here in north Idaho it's quite common to see ospreys and bald eagles. Check out the osprey thread here on the forum for some discussion about the osprey cam at Memorial Field in Sandpoint.

I haven't learned what all the smaller birds are here yet, but based on the birds we hear singing outside our windows each morning they are plentiful.

Dave
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Salmon, Idaho
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In NID you also will see pelicans, swans, blue heron, hawks, and an array of ducks plus other small birds.
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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In addition to the above list:
The mountain bluebird lives everywhere in Idaho. (Our state bird) if you've never seen one, you will be thrilled when you do. They are a rather dull dusky blue-grey color when they're sitting on a fence post, but when they fly, their feathers' underside flashes an intense electric blue that is almost flourescent it's so bright.

All the raptors except for the arctic birds live here, as do all the western owls. We have several species of woodpeckers and blackbirds all over the state, and all the alpine forest birds. Lots of swallows and other cliff dwellers.

I don't know about the panhandle, but down here in the south, sandhill cranes have always migrated here to summer, and for a long time, the Idaho summer nesting grounds played a large part in the attempt to recover the whooping cranes, who flew in with the sandhills.
Idaho lies along the migratory path for most of the ducks and geese who populate the west, and in the spring, it's part of the migratory path for many species of wrens, larks, and other little songbirds. Some stay the summer, some move northward.

We have wild turkey here, and turkey vultures. Magpies, crows and ravens. We have both the pine grouse in the north and the sage grouse in the south. Several species of partridge and other upland game birds.

But the area not to be missed by any bird lover is the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. There are more predatory birds of all species there than in any other place in the United States.

Here's some info:
https://visitidaho.org/?s=birding

Browse this site for more specific Birds of Prey info. If you start on the home page, you will find more birding under Things To Do and Wildlife Viewing. There are real good places all over the state.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:18 AM
 
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We have the pleasure of seeing golden eagles soaring over our place in NID on a regular basis. Wild turkeys walk through our back yard. Hummingbirds zoom around our ears. Woodpeckers hammer away among the pine trees. Crows have conversations. And that's just on our own 5 acres.

Up in Boundary County, west of Bonner's Ferry, is Kootenai Natural Wildlife Refuge which is part of the Kootenai River wetlands. Perfect place for bird watching. Other great spots that I know of are along the Pack River Delta by Highway 200, and Clark Fork River on Johnson Creek Road on Clark Fork.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:41 AM
 
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Wow thanks everyone!
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Lakeside
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One of my favorite birds in northern Idaho is the Stellar Jay. They can mimic raptors. We had one that hung around the dogs shed and stole food when he could. If we went near the shed, he'd mimic a bald eagle to try to scare us away.

I've never seen or heard of Pelicans up here...aren't they more down in southern or eastern Idaho?
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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One of my favorite birds in northern Idaho is the Stellar Jay. They can mimic raptors. We had one that hung around the dogs shed and stole food when he could. If we went near the shed, he'd mimic a bald eagle to try to scare us away.

I've never seen or heard of Pelicans up here...aren't they more down in southern or eastern Idaho?
We have brown pelicans down here. A lot migrate back and forth between Yellowstone and to here, then down to the Great Salt Lake or Lake Utah to winter.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:03 PM
 
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Ahhh. Sandhills. Aka flying rib eyes. Good eats

ML
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