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Capturing The Valley: Sharing Residency

This week, the Grosbeak’s decided to move in at our home in Stanley, Idaho.  They are new residents.

A New Bird in Town

The Evening Grosbeak is an eye-catching kenspeckle bird.  It travels in flocks looking for food sources.  In addition, if the flock likes the food source and it proves to be reliable, they set up shop.

Below are images of birds captured in the past few days.

Young Man With a Crew Cut at the Bird Feeder. © Jeffrey H. Lubeck – MESH Art LLC – all rights reserved.

The Bird Feeders at 75 Goat Creek in Stanley Idaho, are essentially a two-story walk up.  Birds from all over the area have lived at our place for years.  The Evening Grosbeak however, is a bird new to our feeders.

Joining the Regulars

There are a number of birds that are regular visitors to our feeders.  They consist of the Stellar Jay, House Finch, Cassin’s Finch, House Sparrow, Western Tanager, Brewers Blackbird, Yellow Headed Blackbird, Redwing Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Mourning Dove, and Western Meadowlark.  What’s more, the Broad-tailed Hummingbird come to special feeders provided by my brother Roger and sister-in-law Lynette.

For example, a link to my Post about the hummingbird at the house is [here]

The Female House Finch on the 2nd story railing of the cabin. © Jeffrey H. Lubeck – MESH Art LLC – all rights reserved.
The Male House Finch on the 1st floor deck of the cabin. © Jeffrey H. Lubeck – MESH Art LLC – all rights reserved.

It appears, The Grosbeak Flock that have found our house totals about be 10 birds.

None Shall Pass. Unless of course you bring shrubbery! © Jeffrey H. Lubeck – MESH Art LLC – all rights reserved.

In addition, a bird has appeared at the Feeder’s and in the trees that I cannot make out.  I captured an image of this in the trees on our property.  I hope to figure out who is this visitor to our home.

I cannot identify this bird.

Wildflowers Return as Well

The return of the birds also signals the return of wildflowers.  The Columbine is one of the first at the cabin.  I captured this image of Columbine amongst the Purple Sage Brush at High Noon.  Its location is on a sidehill on Goat Creek next to the cabin.  Equally important, to me at least, is it includes 300-400 vertical feet. I ski this sidehill often. In early March, I skied over these flowers covered in 6 feet of snow.

Columbine at the Cabin on the Way to the T.

*** Jeff’s Worthless Trivia and Other Thoughts ***

I captured all of the bird images above photographing hand-held in manual configuration with the Nikon Z9 Camera and either the Z 400MM S F2.8, Z 560MM S F4.0 or Z800MM S 6.3 Prime Lens’.

I captured the image of the Columbine photographing hand-held in manual configuration using the PhaseOne IQ4 151 Digital Back with the PhaseOne XF Body and Schneider PhaseOne 35MM F3.5 lens.

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