A wonderful couple of hours with Robin as we went on a field trip to the Idaho Bird Observatory on Shaw Mountain just east of Boise. Elevation about 5600 feet. The hawk watching was really slow and only two birds had been spotted all morning.
If you can find the road off of Hiway 21 and just about 3 miles from Lucky Peak (the sign lettering is almost gone), there are plenty of signs to lead you through the wilderness to the observation point. A very windy and in places rough road. You really need a high clearance vehicle to travel this road. The first sign pictured here is what you are following.
This was a slow day, according to one of the student observers. Goshawks were the two that were spotted today whereas yesterday, in the same time period, there were 4 Goshawks spotted. The only hawk that Robin and I saw was a Red Tail as pictured below.
So there you have our sojourn for today. Now we know where the Idaho Bird Observatory is located, how to get there, what the road is like getting to the observation point, the steepness of the trail that we 68 year olds must hike and the wonderful and exciting of the views. Maybe next year we will volunteer up there during the summer season for a while. We’ll look into the “volunteer status”. That could be exciting. Enjoy the photos. If you look in the sidebar, you will find a link to the Idaho Bird Observatory web site. It is interesting.