Pony Express Road in Utah

6/4/22
Looking for more desert birds

Yesterday at the Bear River Refuge I fell into conversation with a fellow adventurer. This gentleman goes out to photograph the wild horses in Utah on a regular basis and was very familiar with the roads to Fish Springs NWR. He not only gave me a verbal ‘go here, stop there’ precis but when I pulled out my DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer for Utah he showed me the roads and place to check for wild horses. So we started the morning armed with a plan.

Mourning doves
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Pronghorn
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Mama with young pronghorns
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The only wild horse we spotted
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Golden eagle
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Simpson Springs, a stop on the Pony Express Road
The road marker, there are many of these along this stretch of road, each one marking another station along the Pony Express route
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The station
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Window
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Side door
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View from the window
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Western meadowlark
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Side door looking back into the station
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Birds

  1. American crows
  2. Mourning doves
  3. Golden eagle
  4. Northern harriers
  5. Western kingbirds
  6. Horned larks
  7. Western meadowlark
  8. Common ravens
  9. American robins
  10. Loggerhead shrikes
  11. Sagebrush sparrows
  12. Vesper sparrows
  13. Brewer’s sparrows
  14. Green tailed towhees

Mammals

  • Cottontail bunny
  • Pronghorn antelope
  • Wild horse
  • Least chipmunk

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