Camas National Wildlife Refuge – July 2019

Saturday July 13, 2019
On the road early in the morning I headed north. I’ve been working on a trip itinerary for Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge up in Montana and though I had some reluctance I headed north. I knew that Red Rock would be awesome and I had never been there so that was a plus, but the overall length of the day would be about 12-15 hours. I wasn’t sure I was up to that. But I could still head north, after all interstate 15 connects not just to the Red Rock refuge but also Market Lake and Camas. I passed Market Lake while continuing the internal battle of ‘all-freaking-day’ vs ‘home-by-noon’. Obviously home-by-noon won. I stopped at the Camas refuge. I drove the big loop twice and went out on a couple of other jaunts on the refuge too. It was a glorious morning.

I was early enough that the nighthawks were out. There were five of them swooping around.

Shadows of the Grand Tetons on the far horizon

Mamma duck & ducklings

Northern harrier

A flight of Red winged blackbirds

Marsh wren

Young American coot

Uinta ground squirrel

Eastern kingbird

House wren, alas I was uncertain and tried to make this into a Pacific wren. But as Melinda and I discussed it (over the phone) she thought the tail was a bit too long for a Pacific and then I found the chup sound that Idaho house Wren’s make and that was that.


White faced ibis

Another Marsh wren

Wren flight

I can’t believe how many wren photos I got and it was exciting to see two species of wrens. I find it harder to bird in July and August than at almost any other time. I’ve always thought that the birds were harder to find than they are in breeding or migration season. I guess I just proved that to be less true. I still need to get to Red Rock Lakes, maybe in August. – Jenny


  1. Rock doves
  2. Mourning doves
  3. Eurasian collared doves
  4. American crows
  5. Black billed magpies
  6. American robins
  7. Bullock’s oriole
  8. Western kingbird
  9. Western meadowlark
  10. Eastern kingbird
  11. House sparrows
  12. Red winged blackbirds
  13. Yellow headed blackbirds
  14. Brewer’s blackbirds
  15. Brown headed blackbirds
  16. European starlings
  17. Common nighthawks!
  18. Ring necked pheasants (with youngsters)
  19. Wilson’s warbler
  20. Common yellowthroat
  21. Northern harrier
  22. American kesterels
  23. Prairie falcon
  24. Red tailed hawk
  25. American coots
  26. Canada geese
  27. Green winged teals
  28. Mallards
  29. Northern shovelers
  30. Ruddy ducks
  31. Eared grebes
  32. White faced ibis
  33. Cinnamon teals
  34. Blue winged teals
  35. Gadwalls
  36. Spotted sandpiper
  37. Sandhill cranes
  38. Great blue herons
  39. Black crowned night heron
  40. Bank swallows
  41. Cliff swallows
  42. House wren
  43. Marsh wrens


  • Uinta ground squirrel

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