Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Refuge Wednesday

A quick trip to the refuge this morning before getting new tires at Costco. Molly stayed home so I just  did what I wanted.
Not a lot of activity but a few shots. Just being there is worth the effort.

Yellowlegs still eating..

Lesser Goldfinch - often find these on the dead teasels eating the seeds in the fall and winter..

Snowy Egrets at play..

Heaven awaits..


Monday, October 15, 2018

Refuge Monday

Sounds familiar? It is!
After the kids left Molly and I visited the refuge to enjoy a sunny day in the outdoors. A beautiful day, only a few duck hunters as you might imagine with the clear skies. Harriers, retails and a kestrel or two - along with GBH and shorebirds. Molly and I took a nice walk through a meadow where she chased something around - real or imaginary!

Avocets and gulls hanging out in the sun, warming up.

Greater yellowlegs feeding..

Northern Harrier hunting..

Teasels and stuff..

Fall in the refuge..

Redtail hunting..

Great Blue with a catch..

Scratch very carefully with talons like that..

Toss your catch in the air to swallow it properly..

Kestrel guarding the passageway..

The big black water monster...

Molly when she doesn't want to get back in the car...

Pied Bill grebe in the greenery..


The tall and short of the refuge..

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Antelope Island

Saturday was a sunny beautiful day. We took Liz and Kirk out to Antelope Island to see what we might see - and it was great!
Starting out the coyote was walking the shoreline as we crossed the causeway. No fear, just cautiously picking up its pace a bit at times as I took photos.  After a tour of the Visitor Center we headed out around the island. First stop, just down from the center, we found a Burrowing Owl that seemed to be sunning itself. Then buffalo, mulies and antelope...pretty much a full day.
We stopped along the way and had cheese and crackers and wonderful chocolate chip cookies that Diana had made.


Wily coyote...

Burrowing owl - cute little bundle..

This buffalo showed its ribs, something I hadn't seen before.

The boys just hanging out..

Mulies browsing in the distance.

Antelope -

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Refuge Thursday

We dropped our friend off at the airport and Diana and I visited the refuge. Not near as windy as last time plus  occasional sunshine!
The normal culprits were there - GBH's, Snowy Egrets, White-faced Ibis, Avocets, Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harriers  - plus a couple extras - Kingfisher and a Coyote! You never know what will show up!



The place to avoid duck hunters - GBH's, ducks and a harrier

First one I've seen since early spring..

Pelicans with their accompanying Grebes..

The hunter..

The watcher..

Female Harrier hanging out..

Synchronized flying..

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Backyard Bird

Yesterday morning our backyard was graced with this beauty - a juvenile Cooper's Hawk..

Monday, October 8, 2018

Refuge Monday...

Despite it being overcast at home, there was sun shining up north, so Molly and I took a trip to the refuge. Very cold wind when we got there, especially on top of GooseEgg Hill.
Duck hunting is on, so a number of hunters are out trying their luck.
The herons - along with quite a number of ducks - are hanging out where there are no hunters. We saw pelicans in their unified eating dance, Harriers hunting, swallows chasing a Kestrel, a few Snowy Egrets and lots of Grebes - both Western and Clark. Oh yes, the prize of the day was a Weasel in it's summer colors. Several good photos of it. They are very fast.....
Good to be back...

The fall light on the hills is wonderful...

Red-tailed hawk swung by..

The Grebe's redeye - I love..

POP goes the Weasel...

Swallow chasing a Kestrel. There are still lots of bugs so lots of swallows remain around...

Looking North - always a beautiful view.

Light on the Oquirrh's..

Harrier hunting - s/he had swooped down by a grebe on the way over the waterway.

Clark's Grebes..dark is above the eye..

Pelicans doing their coordinated food dance - surrounded by Grebes and other waterbirds that catch food trying to get away..

Here's the Herons - at the far north of the large puddle of water..