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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015


Feeding on field mice: A red-tailed hawk sits in a tree along Trent Avenue near Evergreen Road and scans for its next meal.

 (Jesse Tinsley)

Birds of prey class Saturday at Sandpoint

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- North Idaho College at Sandpoint is offering a “Birds of Prey” class taught by ornithologist and author Brian Baxter on Saturday, March 14. The class starts at 9 a.m. with a short review in the classroom on families, distinguishing characteristics and birding...

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Sandhill cranes are an annual spring attraction near Othello.   (File Associated Press)

Othello gears up for Sandhill Crane Festival

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The headline attraction at the annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival has already arrived for the March 27-29 series of programs, field trips and banquets based out of Othello, Wash. Founded in 1998, the festival highlights the spring return of migrating sandhill cranes...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

34 bald eagles counted at Lake CdA 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 34 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. That's up from 18 eagles counted last week during her weekly survey. Two weeks ago she counted only...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

Nighthawk. (Jaime Johnson)

Photo: Nighthawk takes a break

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- As many times as I've seen common nighthawks swooping and scooping bugs out of the sky with their distinctive staccato chirps, I've never seen one resting on the ground. Check this instructive photo from Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson. "We often times...

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Pileated woodpecker feeding its young. (Ron Dexter)

Photos: birder focused on pileated woodpeckers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birder/photographer Ron Dexter has made sure improvements to his property in the foothills of Mount Spokane haven't spoiled the neighborhood for some of his most colorful neighbors. In posting these photos, Dexter said: A pair of pileated woodpeckers has nested in a...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Osprey expert Wayne Melquist bands young osprey in nests along Lake Coeur d'Alene as the feature attraction for people aboard the annual osprey cruise boat trip. At least 100 osprey pairs nest each year in the Coeur d’Alene Lake region including the lower reaches of the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene Rivers.
Adult osprey along with their young of the year begin their annual migration in mid-September. The bands Melquist attaches have helped researchers document their travel all the way to Baja California, Central America and many all the way to South America. The adults return in late winter/early spring to the area where they originally hatched. (Carlene Hardt)

CdA osprey-watching boat cruise July 12  

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual osprey viewing and banding boat cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene is set for July 12, the Idaho Fish and Game Department just announced. If you want to go on this popular wildlife educational activity, sign up quick. Last year it...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Western tanager male in June. (Jaimie Johnson)

Western tanager lights up a gloomy day

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "It was 37 degrees and raining at our home this morning," reports Western Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson, without a hint of complaint. " The best part of rainy June days is that the Western tanagers show up in force! I lost...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014


THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

Great horned owlet fledging in early May. (Tom Kearney)

Great horned owlets most vulnerable now

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Great horned owlets are huge-bodied birds for their age, and they don't often make graceful first flights from their nests. Tome Kearney of Spokane snapped a photo of this owlet in his backyard this week as it was fledging. For perspective, each...

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Two male sharp-tailed grouse battle for dominance on a dancing ground (lek) in Montana in the first week of May. (Jaimie Johnson)

Feathers are flying on the grouse prairies

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Dancing and strutting isn't enough for sharp-tailed grouse during the spring mating season that's underway. The males duke it out pretty good to show dominance for breeding the females that are walking around nonchalantly watching the show. Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson...

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A two-day-old bald eagle chick stretches on a nest about 150 feet above the ground near Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Craig Goodwin)

Two-day-old bald eagle chicks active in nest

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "I love the little wings and the open mouth," says Spokane Valley pastor and photographer Craig Goodwin, back from a North Idaho birding adventure. "The eaglets are two days old." Goodwin says he's found great bird photo situations including great blue herons...

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