Julie Frost, SFF writer (agilebrit) wrote,
Julie Frost, SFF writer
agilebrit

#Birding photos from Beus Pond and Odgen Bay WMA, and points between, yesterday

I've been hearing about Beus Pond for a little while, and so we decided to go check it out. They have feeders in the park, so the tweety birds congregate to those, and tweety birds are hard for me to get because they won't hold still. I managed to take several lovely pics. We'd glanced at the pond on the way in and not seen anything but the usual mallards and Canada geese, but we decided to look again on the way out--and there was a small flock of ten or so wood ducks!

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.

Black-capped Chickadee
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Blackbirds
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Just... a picture I like of some kind of buteo hawk silhouetted against the mountain.
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Great blue heron
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Here is the great horned owl in its natural habitat. Find it.
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Ibis
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Oregon junco
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Said Hubble shot of the prairie falcon
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Red-shafted flicker
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Spotted Towhee
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Squirrel!
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Steller's jay
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Wood ducks
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Tags: birding, pix
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