Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Windy Refuge

Big wind at the refuge today so the birds were hunkering down for the most part. Of course, some will always fly - harriers, geese, seagulls, etc.. Plus some ducks and a cormorant!
The water is very low in the large areas and very muddy, guessing the DNR is keeping it low to allow more room for the inevitable deluge from melting snow.

Don't know what got her going but she is talking at him!


Looks like a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant.


Wigeons in flight.


Cormorant again.


Harrier hunting - but not Canadian Geese.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Backyard beauty again!

Sit still around our backyard long enough and bingo - there will be a beauty to photograph. This time it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk looking for food. He turned around twice for me - once on the feeder and once on the fence - as if to say - "Get my good side!!"




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cloudy refuge day.

Lots of clouds and not a lot of great light at midday today at the wildlife refuge. Not much raptor activity - a couple of Kestrels, a couple of Harriers, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Bald Eagle. Non-raptors - 9 GBH's out fishing in a line, a group of Tundra Swans, the ubiquitous Coots and Pied Bill Grebes. But above all  - Canadien Geese everywhere. Tis the mating season for them and they cover most of the land out there.
A few shots from today.

Geese


Geese over Antelope Island


Female Harrier off to eat her catch.


Lone Eagle just hanging out.


Classic Harrier hunting posture.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This cute warbler has been coming to our feeders for about a month now, so we've set up some special feeding things for he and his friends. Today he came and showed us why he is named what he is!

This stick feeder is made for woodpeckers so I had to add the screws to give the warblers a place to sit while eating.


Eyes bigger than his mouth!


Tell-tale markings!


Memories from Boulder

Last June we spent a few days in Boulder, Utah, at Boulder Mountain Lodge. The Ruddy Duck was still in breeding plumage and the Canada geese were taking care of their young - very watchful eyes! Cactus flowers were out and being busily fertilized by bees and ants.






Monday, February 13, 2017

Backyard Beauty

Birds are in my life everywhere - and this Flicker came by to pose for us in our backyard. A great support for my thesis that beauty is everywhere.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunny day trip to Skull Valley

I took a long ride out to Skull Valley today hoping to see what I could see - and I did! :-)

A Golden Eagle, a Bald Eagle, two male Harriers, and two Rough-legged Hawks were pretty much it in the raptor group. Beautiful sunny sky, some low clouds by the mountains and lots of water in the desert.
Here's a few shots.

Looking towards Dugway from Terra just as you come out of Johnsons Pass.


Rough-legged Hawk posing for photos.


Golden Eagle - He patiently turned around the other way and then flew off!


Bald Eagle was sitting on a fence post - none of the other posts had white on top so I stopped and sure enough it was he!


The "Grey Ghost" - my name for the male Northern Harrier.


Water flow from one side of Horseshoe Springs - no wading birds yet.