May 28, 1899
Magpies were seen frequently along the line from Boise, when Mr. Burroughs & others saw a [male] Eve. Grosbeak. Ark flycatcher were common, also gold finches [page 29]. Ridgeway saw the Ark. Goldfinch, and I saw a red-shafted flicker flying by. Great blue herons were seen along the Owyer & Snake rivers, & a bittern got up near the track.
On a short by-trip from Moscow to Lewiston Lewis's Woodpeckers became quite a common sight. The flight is very like that of a flicker. Generally they look entirely black, but when near by the crimson breast & whitey neck ring may be seen. Lazuli bunting were also quite common-& can be recognized at once by their song's similarity to the Indigo birds. Ridgeway saw a band of bandtail pigeons--near Portland.