Random Shots, McCall July 2017


Some random bird photos from Central Idaho this month.

Food-begging Tree Swallow hatchling, New Meadows, Idaho

Food-begging Tree Swallow hatchling, New Meadows, Idaho

Tree Swallows readily use bird boxes intended for Mountain Bluebirds, which is what has happened here. This youngster looks about ready to fledge, but was still begging for food whenever another Tree Swallow flies by. WC took this shot mostly for the neat shadow of the begging kid. This photo works pretty well cropped tighter, too.

Same photo, cropped tighter and to landscape mode

Same photo, cropped tighter and to landscape mode

Most of the adult birds are done breeding, or are just fledging their kids. Here’s a hatch year Pine Siskin.

Pine Siskin, Payette Lake, Idaho

Pine Siskin, Payette Lake, Idaho

A few birds, like this Savannah Sparrow, were still feeding their kids. Note the bill full of bugs. Sparrows hawk bugs to get more protein to their hatchlings. WC’s Alaska readers will note this is a different subspecies than they see in Alaska.

Savannah Sparrow, New Meadows, Idaho

Savannah Sparrow, New Meadows, Idaho

Finally, here’s an arty post of a Great Blue Heron settling in for the night at the small reservoir up on Sylvan Creek.

Great Blue Heron, Sylvan Creek Reservoir, Idaho

Great Blue Heron, Sylvan Creek Reservoir, Idaho

It’s not really possible to get entirely away from the heat in high summer in Idaho, but the area around McCall is slightly cooler – well, less hot – than Boise. WC counts himself lucky to have access to the family cabin up there.

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