I can't speak for other folks in the Boise area, but my best birding right now is happening in Hulls Gulch. This is a small valley (gulch?) behind Camels Back Park. You can drive north from downtown on 8th St. and the paved street goes by the lower part (on the left hand side). Then the road turns to dirt and you reach the first parking lot, which is usually great in the early morning. Continue up the dirt road to the parking lot for the Foothills Learning Center, and you can then hike up into the sagebrush foothills. Since I do all my birding from my bicycle, I'm not sure what the birding is like higher up the dirt road, but it eventually gets into Ponderosa pine habitat.
Another parking lot is located at the upper end of 9th St., and you could park there and hike up to the Foothills Learning Center. It's a relatively gradual slope for walking, but some parts are a grunt for an old fart on a bike.
I hope you enjoy your stay.
Tom McCabe, Boise
From: <ible...> [mailto:<ible...>] On Behalf Of Mary Korkor <marykorkor...> [ible] Sent: Friday, May 25, 2018 7:15 AM To: <ible...> Subject: [IBLE] Birding opportunities
Hi all, I am here in Boise and am wondering if there are any birding outings this weekend. Any advice on rare birds being seen. Any great hiking trails that are particularly birds right now. The migration in Wisconsin was pretty crazy this year with warblers feeding on the ground because the trees are so late in leafing out. Dozens of Cape May Warblers jumping up out of the grass grabbing bugs for my May Bird Count. Weird.