51 damp miles today
The falls in Idaho falls
Tomorrow I will ride the 78 miles to Burley, and on Thursday I will ride the 74 miles to Bliss. Friday will be the longest of the three days as I plan to push the 95 miles into Boise. I will might take a day off after these long, probably wet rides to check out Boise. I am also ordering some new tires to be delivered to my Boise host's house, and I will need a bit of time to put these on the bike. Sagebrush sparrow is a possibility south of Boise. Maybe I could take a run at that bird on Saturday using Boise as a base. I could also take a run at White-headed woodpecker.
I'm thinking I'll leave Boise on Aug 11 or so. This would give me month to make this loop and find the requisite birds. It would then give me 3 weeks to traverse and bird Northern California before I reach Monterey right around the time the calendar changes from Sept to Oct.
This is VERY rough. My time along coast versus
the mountains depends on how birdfinding goes.
Thinking about the next month, after I knock out Sooty Grouse, Gray-crowned rosy-finch, and Varoed Thrush near Mt Rainier, I will start picking up some really easy birds I head for the WA/OR coast. The following is a list of birds that I can expect to find in my remaining time in Idaho and my time in Washington/Oregon. There are some nesting hawk owls north of Boise. This was a bird I never though I could get this year. They are WAY out in the woods, but most of the roads to reach them are paved. I figure it would cost 2-3 dedicated days to take a crack at them. The habitat would also be good for Spruce grouse, so maybe I'd get lucky on that as well. I think there are better dedicate spots for the grouse though. I think I have to pick either the best grouse spot or the owl spot as I do not think I will have time for both (I have seen each only once before). If I miss the sparrow or the woodpecker in Idaho, I will have more cracks at them in WA/OR. I am confident I will find both of these birds eventually. The only other alternative is to skip the owl and try to make it further north in Washington where I could get Spruce grouse and perhaps Boreal chickadee. Who knows. Let's just get to Burley tomorrow, a'ight?
Northern hawk owl
Washington/Oregon (31) - Please Email me if you can host me!
With the exceptions of Tufted puffin and Gray-crowned rosy-finch, any of these birds missed in WA/OR can be found in California (yes, I know I could get GCRF in the Sierras in CA, but that would be a detour from my planned coastal route that is not worth making). Mew gull could be found in CA, but I will be on the early side for it. I'll easily get in along the WA/OR coast.
Greater-white fronted goose
Purple finch - Yes, I did miss this in the northeast this winter!
Also, if anyone has any suggestions what to do with and how to handle Northwest crow, let me know. Not sure if it is worth trying for this "species".........