Bear River Refuge – Sept 2018

Sunday Sept 9, 2018

I woke up really early in the morning. I had planned detouring around the Cedar Breaks road in search of birds, but changed my plan. I wanted to get home. The early departure meant that I was nearing my favorite bird refuge just after noon. There are always birds at the refuge. I couldn’t resist. Besides I wanted to see how the battle with the phragmites was progressing.

1 Northern harriers
2 American white pelicans

American white pelican swallowing his fish
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3 Red tailed hawks
4 Double crested cormorants

Double crested cormorant
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5 Cliff swallows
6 Brewer’s blackbirds
7 Vesper sparrows

A small sparrow (probably vesper) landed near one of the sunflowers. By the time I had the focus on the flower the bird had flown. I like the picture even without the bird.
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8 Barn swallows
9 Red winged blackbirds
10 Snowy egrets

Snowy egret
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I watched a cute little Long tailed weasel chase after my car then dive down this crack. I sat and waited. I set my camera into full automatic on the hopes that the rascal would reappear.
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I was so happy when I spotted him scampering again. He moved so fast it was very difficult to get any kind of photo. I’m just sad that it isn’t in as good of focus as I could wish.
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11 Turkey vultures
12 Common ravens

Here are the Angus cows eating the invasive phragmites.
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13 White faced ibis
14 Tree swallows
15 American avocets

American avocet
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16 Cinnamon teals
17 Northern shovelers
18 American coots

The lonely large pond of waterfowl
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19 Western grebes
20 Clark’s grebes

There were a lot of almost full size grebes chasing after their parents begging for food. Sometimes it worked.

Clark’s grebes
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21 Great egrets
22 Great blue herons

Solitary Great blue heron
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23 Franklin’s gulls
24 American avocets

Low desert shrubs
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I had one other mammal encounter. A raccoon scooted out of the reeds onto the road. It noticed my car and scampered back out of sight. Very cool.

Even with this long detour I manged to get home by 3:00 p.m. YAY

– Jenny


2 thoughts on “Bear River Refuge – Sept 2018

    1. Phragmites is an invasive species totally unprepared for what cows do to it. This was first tried at the Farmington Refuge and was quite a success. The cows will eat down the plant and prevent the spread of seeds while adding nutrients to the water. One of the key things is to not overgraze.

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