|Black-billed Magpie gleaning some sort of food under the snow on the rocks. Photo taken at the Antelope Island Visitors Center while searching for Chukars.|
Out on the causeway (the land bridge connecting Antelope Island to Syracuse, Utah) we met some great friendly birders: Pat Jividen of Salt Lake, Jessie Knapp from Maine, and an enthusiastic birder/photographer from Germany (sorry I don’t recall his fine German name). I’m glad I was able to meet Pat and caravan with his group as he seemed to know the island and its birds very well. It is so fun to witness other birders gaining life birds right and left too! I know one guy that will be grinning all the way back to Germany today.
|Antelope Island Causeway|
This is a view from the Visitors Center looking back toward Syracuse, Utah
|American Kestrel on Rabbit Brush - photo by Mrs. Birding is Fun!|
|Burrowing Owl next to its man-made burrow.|
It was too far out for my 150mm lens for a great photo.
|Great Horned Owl - camouflaged almost perfectly in the branches. |
There was a porcupine munching on branches right over its head.
|Virginia Rail at Garr Ranch|
|Ring-necked Pheasant at Garr Ranch|
I can’t wait to visit Antelope Island throughout the year, especially during spring and fall migrations! My Utah birding is off to a great start!
I’ll post photos of the mammals we saw over the next couple of days.