Little did I know how cool this western Refuge in northern Utah of wetlands bordered with snowy mountaintops would be. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge was full of migratory birds and even some other interesting mammal wildlife. The sounds of the large Tundra Swans overhead and in the water was a true ensemble of an avian choir! Although I'm used to the refuges back east in the … [Read more...] about Exploring the Beautiful Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge!
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Having never been to a bird festival before, I was quite excited for the opportunity to go to one. When I saw the St. George Winter Bird Festival on Facebook, I knew that it would be helpful to me in learning the birds in Utah since I just moved to southern Utah a few weeks ago. Also, it would be a great way for me to meet other birders in the state who share my passion for … [Read more...] about St. George, Utah Winter Bird Festival
Nothing like your birding trip getting started before you even get out of the yard. The list of what you will see can sometime begin before you put your car into drive. First on my list was the female American Redstart that landed on a pine bough before I even backed out of the driveway. Her brilliant yellow against the black tail was quite the contrast...The weather on … [Read more...] about Starting off the List with an American Redstart!
They say camouflage offers protection by blending an animal or bird in with their surroundings. Well, camouflage definitely works for immature White Ibises! Walking along a trail, I had no idea they were even there until my presence spooked them and they took to flight. By the way, the Ibises spooked me, too! There were about 20 in the flock as they circled in the air … [Read more...] about Camouflage…it Works Great for Immature White Ibises!
What do you do when a "non-birding friend" comes to visit and you want to go birding? You take them...ahumm...birding...I mean kayaking! In my particular situation, we could surely accommodate both, still have a great time paddling AND birdwatch, too! We loaded up the kayaks (see below ordeal about me deciding NOW was the time to install new seat covers) and went down to my … [Read more...] about Inviting a “Non-birding Friend” to Go Birding with You!