Stories tagged: bird watching
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2013, 5:41 p.m.
Landers: Feeding birds a delight when done properly
“It’s the best Christmas present we could have given her,” my wife, Meredith, said after finishing a phone call with her mother.
Sun., Jan. 20, 2013
Great blue heron fits in with Inland Northwest ice anglers
Ice fishing can warm an angler’s heart when weather gets cold enough to freeze the surface of smaller Inland Northwest waters. A few resourceful great blue herons – normally shy …
Sun., Jan. 6, 2013
Out & About: 238 bird species tallied in Spokane County ‘Big Year’
OUTCOUNT – Unless there’s a stray report still to come in, Inland Northwest Birders and Spokane Audubon tallied 238 species in their 2012 Spokane County “Big Year” effort to spot …
Sun., Dec. 2, 2012, 8:03 a.m.
Audubon Clubs invite birders to join Christmas Bird Counts
Small groups of bird watchers heading out locally this month for the 113th annual Christmas Bird Count are helping plot what appear to be significant global trends. For example, surveys …
Sun., Dec. 2, 2012, 8:02 a.m.
Audubon calendar features local birds
The Spokane Audubon Society is offering monthly reminders that Eastern Washington residents are blessed with a colorful palate of avian residents and visitors. The 2013 Birds of Eastern Washington calendar …
Wed., Nov. 21, 2012
Eagles soar over Wolf Lodge Bay
Bald eagles are congregating earlier and in larger numbers than last year for their annual feast of spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene. Carrie Hugo, wildlife biologist with the U.S. …
Sun., April 8, 2012
Out & About: Sign-up deadline looms for Kid Fishing event
OUTFISH – April 20 is the deadline to sign up kids ages 5-14 for the May 5 Kid Fishing event at Clear Lake. Up to 950 youths will be preassigned …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2012
Post Falls photographer seizes snowy owl irruption opportunity
Sandy Milliken proved that wildlife photographers are a hungrier version of the common birdwatcher by going the distance to make pictures of snowy owls. Failing to find the snowies reported …
Sat., Dec. 17, 2011
Eagle count at lake swells
Bald eagles are mobbing Lake Coeur d’Alene in record numbers this week. The annual eagle congregation to feast on spawning kokanee in Wolf Lodge Bay swelled to 259 on Friday, …
Sun., Dec. 4, 2011
Area bird watchers up for the Christmas Bird Count
Inland Northwest birders are among thousands in roughly 2,000 localities across North America and beyond who will be flocking together in the next few weeks for the 112th annual Audubon …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
Landers: Bald eagles, kokanee show up in big numbers
Bald eagles and kokanee in North Idaho are bucking the worldwide trend of deficits and declines. Kokanee, those delicious land-locked sockeyes, are spawning in numbers higher than we’ve seen in …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2011, 8:28 a.m.
Eagle numbers down sharply on Lake Cd’A
The annual gathering of bald eagles that feast on spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting off to a slow start.
Sun., Nov. 28, 2010
Bird lovers delight in jay’s rare appearance
Chuck Murray discovered a strange bird recently in his Bayview backyard. A western scrub jay showed up Oct. 24 and appears to be settling in for a long stay. Nonmigratory, …
Sun., Oct. 24, 2010
Pheasants fit fine in America
The ring-necked pheasant is an import that’s become as American as apple pie. The bird is prized by birdwatchers, landowners and especially by hunters who have built traditions and industries …
Sun., May 2, 2010
Join the group for grounded experiences with wildlife
A full schedule of area events is evolving this month to help people connect with critters and their habitats. Among the highlights: Learn to Bird workshop series, this week: A …
Sun., April 18, 2010
Eagles fall in love, flirt with disaster
The term “falling in love” is especially appropriate for breeding bald eagles. Although most pairs in this region are nesting by now, their passions were revved up during late winter …
Tue., April 6, 2010, 12:27 p.m.
Robins rule in annual North American bird count
Nearly 2 million robins ruled the roost in the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count, outnumbering all other species in the 13th annual tally of North American birds reported by 63,000 …
Wed., March 31, 2010
Birds staking claims on prime Turnbull territory
At the edge of Winslow Pond, Mike Rule identified bird chatter rising from one of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge’s many wetlands. A female mallard quacked garrulously, while red-winged blackbirds vocalized …
Sun., March 21, 2010
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Spring forest burns boosts wildlife OUTFIELD – Many national forests are announcing they will be conducting “controlled burns” in the next few weeks while forests are just dry enough to …
Sat., March 13, 2010, 5:49 p.m.
Swans, herons flock to region
Migrating tundra swans are flocking by the thousands to the Colville and Pend Oreille River valleys.
Sun., March 7, 2010
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Nature lovers flock to bird festivals
Sun., Feb. 28, 2010
Out & About
Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer
Tue., Jan. 26, 2010
Swan brings brood back to Turnbull, quelling fears he was killed
As he has for possibly more than four decades, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. …
Mon., Jan. 25, 2010, 6:02 p.m.
Solo the trumpeter swan still alive
Ending fears that he may have been killed by poachers in Stevens County, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at …
Sun., Dec. 20, 2009
Food for naught
Lurking in the shade, they grip onto branches of the great maple with their tiny brown talons, staring down upon passersby and sending a hungry vibe. They hunch down, pointing …
Sun., Oct. 11, 2009
Out & About
Fly fishers take on steelhead Lewiston fly-tier Leroy Hyatt and Spokane fishing guide Sean Visintainer will present a free program about steelheading on the Clearwater and Grande Ronde rivers Wednesday, …
Sun., July 26, 2009
A spouse’s guide to living with a birdwatcher
I used to be able to dismiss birdwatching as better left to birds. But my life and my wife have changed. The transformation for her was as easy as joining …
Wed., April 8, 2009, 1:05 p.m.
Live webcams focus on live action of eagles rearing their eaglets
Internet surfers around the world are flocking to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Web site to watch live video of a pair of bald eagles rearing their young in a nest …
Sun., March 29, 2009
Spring in the air, and in your hair
Birds, bears, buttercups and ticks – our region’s perennial signs of spring are out and about, along with a lot of people recovering from cabin fever. While fly fishers are …
Sun., March 22, 2009
House hunting is entering its seasonal boom in the Inland Northwest, and savvy birding enthusiasts are working to improve the market. As more of the region’s land is developed and …