|Common goldeneyes fly in small compact clusters, with their wings making a distinctive whistle at every wing beat.|
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Common Goldeneye nest in Canadian forests and winter throughout most of the United States. They are abundant at Farmington Bay.
Common goldeneyes use brackish estuarine and saltwater bays and deep freshwater habitats in the winter and dive to feed on a wide variety of available animal life. They feed on aquatic insects, crustaceans and aquatic plants, that makes the Great Salt Lake a perfect winter habitat for the Common Goldeneye.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
In October from my window at work I watch hundreds of white-faced Ibis flocks pass by flying in formation similar to Canada Geese. White-faced Ibis are abundant around the Great Salt Lake in fact the Great Salt Lake Wetlands are one of the largest breeding areas in North America for White-faced Ibis.
|This shot shows the iridescent colors in flight|
|This picture was taken in late summer, notice the white face is gone. This bird was perched with a group of Black Terns|
|White-faced Ibis feed in lage flocks in fields, playas and wading in shallow water in marshes. I often see them feeding in fresh plowed field.|
White-faced Ibis nest in much of the western United States and winter in Mexico and South America.
White-faced Ibis nest in marshes and are very abundant at Farmington Bay. The latest I have seen White-faced Ibis at Farmington Bay is January, but most have moved on by the end of October.
A beautiful and interesting wading bird the White-faced Ibis is my choice for Bird of the month for October.
Friday, September 21, 2012
|American Avocets at the Causeway|
|Ring-billed Gulls dining at the causeway.|
|California Gull a Brine Fly feast|
|Bison were plentiful today|
|This Coyote was kind enough to pose for me and stay close so I could get several pictures before he had had enough and took off.|
|I saw several Coyotes today but only this one was close enough to photograph.|
|Sunflowers and Rabbitbrush were beautiful|
|Red-tailed Hawk just one of many I saw on the road to the ranch|
|This group of cows and calves took their sweet time crossing the road and I didn't rush them.|
|I took this though my windshield|
|White-crowned Sparrows were abundant over the whole island but I never did see the White-throated Sparrow|
|Another shot of the Flammulated Owl|
|Hermit Thrush were everywhere at the Ranch|
|Pronghorn and her sister wives|
|Eared Grebes the one in the center still showing a lot of breeding plumage|
Here is a list of birds and more seen today
Western Meadow Lark
Oregon Dark-eyed Junco
Western Sandpipers and other Peeps, I forgot my scope so today they were just peeps
Saturday, September 15, 2012
|American White Pelican and Canada Geese, I was not quite fast enough to catch a shot of the Pelican biting the head of the goose that got just a little to close to the Pelicans little island.|
|Pelicans were abundant and active they are great subjects to photograph|
|Pelicans cooperative feeding on Glover Pond|
|A view from Goose-egg Island toward the Northwest, there were Snowy Egret, Canada Geese, White-faced Ibis and Blue Heron|
|A view from Goose-egg Island of Northern Harriers hunting, or are they?|
|Are they hunting, fighting for territory or just playing?|
|Snowy Egrets are common at Farmington Bay but their numbers seem greater this year than most, and Cattle Egrets I have never seen as many as I have this year.|
|This is where it all starts here at Farmington Bay, the water is full of life. There are abundant invertebrates, mollusks, frogs and fish in addition to the vegetation. There were many minnows but hard to see them in the picture.|
|More of the big pond|
|Viewing Decks on the big pond|
|This was encouraging, this Great Blue Heron was sitting in the trees at the east end of the pond|
|A Muskrat in the big pond|
These next pictures are of the beautiful late summer flowers on the Nature Trail
|Cattails and Showy Goldeneye|
|Hard-stem Bullrush, Sunflowers and Cattails|
|The yellow flowers are Curley-cup Gumweed, I don't know the name of the purple flowers but they are beautiful.|
|This canal runs along the south part of the Nature Trail and has been the source of some great birding over the years.|
|Great Blue Heron|
It was a beautiful day at Farmington Bay a place I seem to be finding harder and harder to get to.