Bear River Birds

September 10, 2014 at 7:15 am (Bird photography, Dragonflies and Bugs, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds) ()

Western grebe pair

Western grebe pair

Although my trip in July to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah was a bust (child-rearing was already over) I did get a few nice images.  The Western grebes look similar to the Clark’s grebe, but the black on the head covers their eyes.   See the difference.

Clark's Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

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Western grebe

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Western grebe

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Western grebes

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Clark’s grebe

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Western grebe on a late nest

Sandhill cranes

Sandhill cranes

One spot on the wildlife drive had all three species of swallows on one patch of reeds.

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Barn swallow

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Barn swallow

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Cliff swallow

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Barn swallow

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Bank swallow

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Barn swallow, with bank swallow in background

The yellow-headed blackbirds are quite stunning.

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Female yellow-headed blackbird

A video interlude:

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White pelican

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White pelican

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Black-necked stilt

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Young black-necked stilts

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Caspian tern

Birds weren’t the only critters of note.

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Invasive carp – these large fish often run out of room to swim in summer

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Carp

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Muskrat

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Eight-spotted skimmer

I found a male marsh wren protecting his nest.

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Marsh wren male

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Marsh wren nest

Canada geese

Canada geese

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1 Comment

  1. Alli Farkas said,

    The pelicans look like an avian drill team, all diving and moving together.

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