In June of 2016 I went birding at my favorite spot: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. It was a very, very good birding day.
American avocets, American coots, American kestrels, American robins, American white pelicans
Bank swallows, Barn swallows, Black billed magpies, Brown headed cowbirds, Black crowned night herons
Black necked stilts, Bonaparte’s gulls, Common ravens, California gulls, Canada geese
Caspian terns, Cinnamon teals, Clark’s grebes, Cliff swallows, Double crested cormorants
European starlings, Forster’s terns, Franklin’s gulls, Gadwalls, Great blue herons
Great egret, Great horned owl, Horned lark, House sparrows, House wrens
Killdeer, Lark bunting, Long billed curlew, Mourning doves, Mallards
Marsh wrens, Northern harriers, Northern shovelers, Pied billed grebes
Ring necked pheasant, Red tailed hawks, Ruddy ducks, Red winged blackbirds, Short eared owls
Snowy egrets, Tree swallows, Turkey vultures, Vesper sparrows, Western meadowlark
Western grebes, Western kingbirds, White faced ibis, Wilson’s phaleropes, Yellow headed blackbirds
54 species in approx 3 hours. WOW. That was a great birding day. Sadly no new ones for my life list, but nowadays that’s a hard thing for me to find at my favorite refuge. I loved seeing the Lark bunting it’s the first time that bird has shown up on the refuge for me. I shot these photos with my Nikon superzoom, and some of them had to be shot through the windshield. I’m noticing that as the quality of my camera goes up, the tolerance for obstructions goes down. I could not have gotten the shot of the owl with my new camera because it would have focused on the dirt on my windshield not the bird.