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

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Backyard Birds

There has been an unusually large number of Western Tanagers reported visiting backyards in Northern Utah this spring. I had never gotten a picture of one before so I spent some time last night and this evening patiently waiting for one to come in close enough and stay still long enough to get a picture. Not only did I get a few pictures of Tanagers but I got some bonus new yard birds as well. I have seen Western Tanagers in my yard several times in the past but this evening while waiting I was able to get Brown-headed Cowbird and Warbling Vireo though I have seen them several times each in the past this is first time I have seen these two species in my yard. I also had a wonderful time watching all the usual visitors. 
Western Tanager
Brown-headed Cowbird
Warbling Vireo
Hammond's Flycatcher
Western Scrub Jay
American Robin
House Finch
House Finch and House Sparrow
Eurasian Collared Dove
Some other birds that came but I didn't get a picture of:
Downy Woodpecker
Mourning Dove
European Starling

Friday, May 14, 2010

Nature Trail Dedication

Farmington Bay just dedicated phase II of the Great Salt Lake Nature Center, the new Nature Trail and it is a beauty. I attended the dedication this morning and here are a few pictures of the people that made it happen, the trail and the birds...

This Great-tailed Grackle seems to have appointed himself Monarch of the Nature Center, standing sentinel over the Nature Center parking lot
Song Sparrow

Pictures of the new trail

Yellow-headed Blackbird
American Coot
Canada Goose
Bullock's Oriole
American White Pelican
Snowy Egret
Eastern Kingbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler
White-faced Ibis
Red-winged Blackbird 
Cinnamon Teal