I recently accompanied my husband on a business trip to Tremonton, Utah. While he attended to business, I gathered my binoculars and camera gear and visited Antelope Island State Park in Syracuse, Utah. I spent seven hours at this glorious park and excitingly tallied up 30 life bird species.
Visitors to Antelope Island drive across a narrow, seven mile causeway from the mainland to the island. About three miles in, I spotted hundreds of shorebirds feeding in the shallow water salt pools. To my delight, as far as the eye could see, striking American Avocets were sweeping their thin, upturned bills back and forth just below the waters surface in search of nourishment. Avocets are not commonly seen in the Midwest, so viewing these beauties in such vast numbers was quite a thrill. Last year, I drove an hour for my first ever sighting of two avocets seen at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. They were quite a distance away, but I was elated to catch a glimpse of these stunning birds. Imagine my glee in viewing such vast numbers of avocets along the Antelope Island causeway, at a much closer range. Though the weather was quite gray and dreary, I truly enjoyed observing these elegant birds.
A beautiful sight! ~ American Avocets
Four striking avocets nap while others forage for prey
Slender-billed avocets seek sustenance in the rippling salt water
Bill sweeping in search of a tasty treat
A serene scene
Rows of avocets snooze while stilts and phalaropes feed around them
A good look at these stunning, long-legged birds
Posted by Julie Gidwitz
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