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Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Years Day Birding

For the past several years after our extended family New Years Day breakfast my brother in law Frank Clawson and I have gone birding. This year was no different. We started in his neighborhood in Fruit Heights and worked our way west to Kaysville Pond, West Farmington and ended up at Farmington Bay. We didn't get any unusual birds but saw a good variety. In fruit Heights we got: Lesser Goldfinch, Scrub Jay, Crow, Dark Eyed Junco, Robin, at Kaysville Pond we got: Mallard, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Deck, Gadwall, Common Golden-eye, Hooded Merganser, A. Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Ring-billed Gull, Great-tailed Grackle. West Farmington we passed a home with a bird feeder in the front yard with lots of activity, they had: Red-winged Blackbirds, Brewers Blackbirds, a Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Eurasian Collard Dove. Farmington Bay we saw: American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Great Blue Heron, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, assorted other gulls, Pied-billed Grebe, Song Sparrow, Bald Eagle, Canada Geese. Here are a few pictures first of all a Goose I wanted to call a Snow Goose but I am just not sure. Please help me out. Is my mystery goose a Snow Goose?

Mystery Goose is it a Snow Goose?


Lesser Goldfinch

  American Wigeon, Coot, Mallard

American Wigeon

Assorted Ducks and Gulls


Ring-necked Duck and Rig-billed Gull

Great-tailed Grackle

Hooded Merganser

Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrows

Eurasian Collared Dove, Red-winged Blackbirds

Red-tailed hawk

American Coot, Ring-billed Gull

Great Blue Heron

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

American Kestrel


Ryan O'Donnell said...

Hi Steve, love the blog and the Utah Birds posts. I think your white goose is a domestic form of the Graylag (sometimes called a "Barnyard Goose" or just "Domestic Goose") not a Snow Goose. Features that indicate this are the deep belly, the bright orange (not pink) bill and legs, and the white or whitish (not black) primaries.

john said...

Hello Steve. I agree with Ryan. One promenant field mark of the Snow, and Ross's Goose, is the black lip line on the pink bill. You have some nice photos. Do you participate in any of the local Audubon Christmas Bird Counts? They are always a highlight of my year, and a chance to rub shoulders with fellow birders.