On the 4th of July, my son Kyle and I got up extra early and made the chase for a life bird into the mountains between Huntsville and Woodruff, Utah off of highway 39 near the Monte Cristo campground. Purple Martins had been reported nesting there...yes, my friends from the eastern half of the continent...they were actually nesting in those tall leafy things called trees! (In eastern North America for the last century, Purple Martins have been nesting almost exclusively in man-made nest boxes.)
As soon as we pulled onto the still snow-covered dirt road as instructed, I immediately saw and heard the Purple Martins, and there were quite a few of them. I quickly located the nesting trees. Amazing!
my skills as a photographer in overcast and low light conditions were worthless the natural light on the day I visited was so terrible that my photos were worthless. So, I asked one of Utah's finest and most prolific bird photographers Paul Higgins if I could share his photos. Paul had taken all of the photos displayed in today's post from the exact same location which I visited.
To check out more amazing bird photography from Utah's Paul Higgins, please visit his online gallery.
|While very common in the east, Purple Martins are fairly uncommon in the intermountain west.|