Market Lake and Environs April 2019

Friday April 19, 2018

I went to a library Unconference in Rexburg on Friday and decided to take the long birdy way home. I checked at some previously unbirded locations such as Beaver Dick Park and a nearby slough but came up with nothing but robins, magpies, and an occasional Western meadowlark.

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Next I checked out Market Lake where there were the usual suspects.

Cinnamon teal

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Northern shoveler

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And a few that are less common but not totally unexpected.

Redhead with ever-present coot

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American wigeon

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I wish I had been able to get the focus faster for this rising White faced ibis.

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And I loved finding this Willet

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There were also lots of other birds: assorted and numerous blackbirds, innumerable coots, a sky-full of harriers and more. I managed to spot a few non birds including a lovely black tailed jackrabbit that would pose long enough for me to begin to focus and then poof gone.

The turtles held still for me.

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Even the mule deer were cooperative.

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But the best most amazing thing happened on the way home. I decided not to take I15 but to drive along the back roads from Roberts to Idaho Falls. I found a sign that said “Jim’s Pond” it was the brown sign of public access.  I decided to check it out. It was pretty empty. Only a few coots, but I drove around it anyway. There were a couple of people fishing and looking at the ramps I expect this is a swimming hole much of the summer. At the end of the road there was a bird on the pond. It was far enough away that I wasn’t sure what it was. I looked through my binoculars and POW! A Common loon!!! I couldn’t believe it. I rarely find loons. I was so excited. Here he is. My first loon of 2019

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— Jenny


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