Snake River Float Trip Nature Mapping Report for September 1, 2019

snake river float trips

We had another nice float over the Labor Day weekend. We are generally seeing a decline in total birds observed, as we’d expect this time of year. A fairly mild morning, but birds were largely quiet in the chilly dawn hours, except for the 13 Bald Eagles! We saw 4 juvenile eagles, and an adult pair perched side by side on an exposed cottonwood branch. Two other adults provided a nice aerial show with flyovers at about 20 feet above the boat. Lots of fun little groups of mergansers. Spotted Sandpipers are still around, but just 14 individual observations seems to indicate that they are on their way out shortly, while the 9 Killdeer made sure we knew they were still around. A few small bunches of Cedar Waxwings whistled at us. Fall is coming!

River Totals
Cliff Swallow 5
Bald Eagle 13
American Goldfinch 3
Canada Goose 39
Common Merganser 26
American Crow 1
Spotted Sandpiper 14
Killdeer 9
Black-capped Chickadee 13
Cedar Waxwing 18
Yellow Warbler 4
American Robin 3
Western Wood-Pewee 2
Red-naped Sapsucker 1
Northern Flicker 2
American Kestrel 1
Common Raven 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Black-billed Magpie 1
Tree Swallow 1
Mallard 1
21 bird species on the river
159 Individuals on the river
0 mammals spotted

Tipi Camp Totals
Yellow Warbler 4
Killdeer 2
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Cedar Waxwing 2
American Robin 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Western Wood-Pewee 1
American Goldfinch 3
Canada Goose 4
9 bird species at camp
21 individuals at camp