All Photos posted on this blog unless otherwise noted were taken by me with my Canon Rebel XTI using a 300 mm zoom lens

Friday, December 31, 2010

Wood Ducks and More

On the birding hotline list serve that I subscribe to someone sent an e-mail out asking where to see Wood Ducks in the Salt Lake area, the reply was Bues Park in Ogden would be a sure bet. I have only seen Wood Duck in the wild once many years ago and I had no pictures so I decided to follow that recomendation and went out to Bues Park this morning. Not only did I find Wood ducks but many birds as well.
I spotted the following birds at Bues Park.
Wood Duck
Canada Goose
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Dark Eyed Junco
Pine Siskin
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
Northern Flicker
Black-capped Chickadee
House Finch
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-billed Magpie
It is a beautiful little park and I will be sure to return.
Here are some more pictures:
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wood Ducks


Northern Flicker
Waterfowl at Kaysville Pond
On the way back home I stopped at Kaysville pond which is always a sure bet in the winter for Hooded Mergansers.
Birds seen at Kaysville Pond:
Canada Geese
Hooded Mergansers
Ring-necked Duck
American Wigeon
Pied-billed Grebe
Song Sparrow
Eurasian Collared Dove
Ring-billed Gull
American Crow
Here are few pictures from Kaysville Pond
There were six pair of Hooded Mergansers but they wouldn't come in close here are three of them swimming with the geese

Canada Geese with American Wigeon
Mallard Wigeon and American Coot
Canada Goose and Pied-billed Grebe
Canada Goose
It was a bitter cold but beautiful morning and the birds were active, it was a wonderful time.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2010 Birds of the Month

This marks two years of blogging about birds, each month I have selected a bird to spotlight as bird of the month. Here are the birds of the month for 2010.

January 2010 Dark-eyed Junco
February 2010 American Kestrel
March 2010 Downy Woodpecker
April 2010 Great Blue Heron
May 2010 Snowy Egret
June 2010 Cinnamon Teal

July 2010 Red-winged Blackbird
August 2010 Yellow-headed Blackbird
September 2010 Wilson's Phalarope
October 2010 Sandhill Crane
November 2010 Red-tailed Hawk
December 2010 Rough-legged Hawk

Friday, December 17, 2010

Another Milestone

My biggest milestone this year birding-wise was to have finally reached 300 birds on my life list. What made it even more awesome for me was that I got my 300th bird The Black Redstart in Como Italy. On our trip to Europe I logged over 30 new life birds.
MY 300th Bird the Black Redstart first seen in Como Italy. This photo was taken in Weihern Germany

My next milestone thanks to my wonderful wife Nery, yesterday we reached 3000 hits on this blog. I have had hits from every state in the US and so many countries around the world, on all of the continents except Antarctica. 

My thanks to Nery for spreading the word and my thanks to all of you for taking time to look at my Birding Blog.

If you are not a birder I hope it has helped you have a greater appreciation for the important roles birds play in our world and for their beauty.

Here are a few of my favorite photos this year
Great Tit Nuremberg Germany
Blue Tit Nuremberg Germany
Hermit Thrush Antelope Island Great Salt Lake Utah

Blue-winged Teal Farmington Bay Utah
Long-billed Curlew Antelope Island Great Salt Lake Utah
California Gull Eating Brine Flies on Antelope Island
Snowy Egret Farmington Bay Utah
Cinnamon Teal Farmington Bay Utah

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rough-legged Hawk December 2010 Bird of the Month

My pick for bird of the month for December is our wintering Buteo the Rough-legged Hawk. Winter is raptor time in the valley of the Great Salt Lake, though the Swainson's Hawks have gone south for the winter the Red-tails, Harriers, Kestrels, Short-eared Owls, Great Horned Owls and even Barn Owls our permanent residents are more visible than any other time of year. In addition the Rough-legged Hawks, Merlins and Bald Eagles come from the North Country to enjoy our balmy winters.

Rough-legged hawks are abundant at Farmington Bay from November through March. I think they have  the most beautiful markings of any raptor under their wings as they soar overhead. 

The Rough-legged Hawk breeds in Arctic tundra and taiga regions around the northern hemisphere. 


  • Large Buteo.
  • Wings long and broad.
  • Flight feathers pale, with dark trailing edge to wings.
  • Black wrists marks.
  • Tail broad, white at base and broad dark tip.
  • Commonly pale, streaked chest and broad dark belly.
  • May be all dark, still with pale wing feathers and white at base of tail.

The name "Rough-legged" Hawk refers to it's feathered legs. The Rough-legged Hawk, the Ferruginous Hawk, and the Golden Eagle are the only American raptors to have legs feathered all the way to the toes.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Downy Woodpecker
In my opinion, some of the most beautiful birds are woodpeckers. On my life list I have been fortunate enough to have added several species, unfortunately I have not been able to photograph most of them. 
Woodpeckers I have added to my life list are... Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker red and yellow-shafted, Red-naped Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and most recently I saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker during our trip to Europe. Of all of these I have only been able to photograph, Downy Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers. I am setting a goal of spotting several more species in 2011 and adding many more Woodpecker photos to my library. 
Here are some of the pictures I do have.
Female Downy Woodpecker
Male Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) male

Red-shafted Flicker; not a great picture but it does show the field marks.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Autumn Birding at Antelope Island

Hermit Thrush
Bonapart's and California Gulls
Frank Clawson and I took a trip out to Antelope Island Thursday one of my favorite places on earth. We had a wonderful time and saw some good birds though we missed the target bird, the Varied Thrush. For a couple of years I have gone out to Antelope Island hoping to see a Varied thrush. They have been reported there for several years. Last time I went in early September I did get the Northern Water Thrush finally but no picture.

Here is a list of birds and other wildlife seen on yesterday's trip...

Least Sandpiper
California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Bonapart's Gull
Tundra Swan
Eared Grebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Bewick's Wren
Black-billed Magpie
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Dark-eyed Junco
Hermit Thrush
Great Horned Owl
Other Wildlife...
Mule Deer

Here are some pictures.
Bonapart's, and California Gulls

Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike

Hermit Thrush

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Mule Deer
Mule Deer