And since we were in Ogden anyway, I thought we should visit the north parking lot of the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area, because I've heard good things. First bird to greet us was a great blue heron, sharing space with what I think was a juvenile white-faced ibis, though what it's still doing here is a question for the ages. Didn't see much else, coots and pied-billed grebes mostly, other than a Hubble shot of a prairie falcon off in the distance, and caught a marsh wren coming back out by where the heron and ibis were hanging, but didn't get any good pix of the wren, alas. It's another bird that does not hold still.
We were driving down the paved road back to 12th Street, and I noticed what we call a Tree Lump. Usually a Tree Lump is either part of the tree, or a nest, or, you know, anything but something interesting. But we stopped and I put the camera on it...
It was a great horned owl.
I've gotten a little jaded for great horned owls on Antelope Island, since we've found the one that hangs out at Garr Ranch something like four times in a row now, but it's still a treat to see one in an unexpected place.
And then driving down 12th Street, there was a huge flock of red-winged blackbirds in a bunch of trees--and among them was a yellow-headed blackbird. Most of them are gone by now, so that was pretty cool too.
I got 34 pictures I thought were worth posting.
Just... a picture I like of some kind of buteo hawk silhouetted against the mountain.
Great blue heron
Here is the great horned owl in its natural habitat. Find it.
Said Hubble shot of the prairie falcon