A rare Eurasian songbird, the red-flanked bluetail, visited Hells Gate State Park on the Snake River for about ten days just after the first of the year.
I never thought I’d get to use my Field Guide to the Birds of the U.S.S.R! When the field guide was published in 1984 the bird was known as the Orange-flanked bush-robin.
Seeing an uncommon creature or rare astronomical event is fun for the whole family! You are making memories and experiencing the wonders of Creation at the same time.
All of my boys got to see this diminutive creature flit and sally about. This was a female that somehow missed the toll road and ended up in North Idaho instead of the Kamchatka Peninsula. She stayed low and hidden in the shrubby vegetation on the east bank of the Snake River. When we did get good views she would occasionally bob her tail much like other flycatchers and thrushes.