[Tweeters] Lewiston, Idaho Red-flanked Bluetail

Kas Dumroese kas.birder at gmail.com
Tue Dec 27 14:47:19 PST 2016

This may or may not be helpful if you come looking for this bird:

Reported yesterday (with a good photo) by John Hanna. I arrived about 930
and about 8 birders were staked out at the location. The bird had
disappeared. After about 5 minutes, it reappeared. It was very active in
the brush at the bottom of the slope next to the river, and very difficult
to get long looks at. During the next hour, the bird would periodically
disappear for 5 or so minutes, and then reappear, moving back and forth
through the same 100' or so of brushy habitat. My best look, maybe 10
seconds, was at about 40' through my 10x42 binocs. The bird looked to be
about 6 inches long with an olivish-brown back, whitish throat, white
around the eye, bluish tail that it flicked often. Flanks were reddish. I
didn't note any blue on the shoulder, so I think this is probably a female.
Three times during the hour I was there it gave its "cheet, cheet, cheet"
call, similar to: http://www.xeno-canto.org/211430. Each instance had about
6 to 10 "cheets." Once the bird was perched high in the Russian-olive when
it gave this call.

Patience and persistence are required.

Good birding!

Kas Dumroese
Moscow, Idaho
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