Birding Gray’s Lake

9/2/2017 My original plan for Saturday morning was to go to the Sheepdog herding competition at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. But when I got up later than I expected and was reluctant to face the crowds I changed my plans and birded around Gray’s Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  Some of my favorite photos on the 2017 calendar came from this refuge.  So I set out with my paper Idaho Atlas because the back roads rarely have cell service and my nav system doesn’t give me a complete picture.

I used both cameras, the Nikon superzoom and the sony a6500.

Fishy (zoomed in on this little 6″ fish)
JLS08313

Alexander reservoirJLS08334

Summer heat
JLS08366

Red tailed hawk DSCN7902

American kestrel
DSCN7900

Swainson’s hawk DSCN7893

Barn swallows
DSCN7891

Brewer’s blackbird
DSCN7888

Sandhill cranes
DSCN7911

Bald eagle 1 JLS08438

Bald eagle 2 (I just wish I hadn’t needed to shoot through the passenger window, I might have been able to keep all of his wings in the frame *sigh*)
JLS08439

Bald eagle 3 (talons) JLS08440

I see you
JLS08448

Red field JLS08466

Sandhill crane flight
JLS08349

  1. Red tailed hawks
    Magpies
    Ravens
    Brewer’s blackbirds
    Barn swallows
    Starlings
    Kestrels
    Swainson’s hawks
    Mountain bluebirds
    Vesper sparrows
    Sandhill cranes
    Western meadowlark
    Mourning doves
    Bald eagle
    A.W. pelicans
    Turkey vultures
    California gulls
    White faced ibises
    Cinnamon teals
    Gadwalls
    Double crested cormorants
    Coots
    Mallards
    Canada geese
    Horned larks
    Rock doves

Not a huge number of bird species, but a lovely drive and lots of birds to look at even if many won’t pose for me.

— Jenny


2 thoughts on “Birding Gray’s Lake

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s