Saturday, October 22, 2011

Antelope Island - Utah Birding Hotspot

Downtown Salt Lake City as seen from Garr Ranch on Antelope Island
I've written about Antelope Island a few times on this blog. It is one of the exceptional birding hotspots in the Salt Lake area. The Causeway and Garr Ranch both host vagrant birds regularly enough to justify the purchase of Utah State Parks and Davis County Causeway pass. I posted previously about the Harlequin Duck seen along the Causeway. Now there are two Harlequin Ducks being seen there! I recently went to Garr Ranch on the island to see a White-throated Sparrow and a Varied Thrush, both firsts for me in Utah.
White-throated Sparrow at Garr Ranch, Antelope Island
Varied Thrush at Garr Ranch, Antelope Island - What?!  You can't see it?  Its the blurry orange-ish thing have covered by a twig and leaf.  Other Utah birders got much better photos, but have not posted them online yet.
Here are a few other birds I enjoyed at Antelope Island and almost photographed well...
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Wilson's Warbler
Red-necked Phalarope
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
Hermit Thrush
This was basically the scene as far as the eye could see in both directions from the Causeway.  Eared Grebes, and possibly a few Horned Grebes.  Amazing!!!
Deer at Garr Ranch - this is a view looking south.  You can see our first snow of the season on the mountains.


  1. Awesome Place Robert! I just wanted to say..I am enjoying the great collection of Bird Bloggers you have put Some of my favorite bloggers!

  2. What a great place! The photo of the grebes is indeed amazing. I like the little Wilson's Warbler. Even though spring migration was great in our yard, the Wilson's eluded us--until the day of the Big Sit when one came in for a bath.

  3. Collected, fun, and informative as always.
    Thanks for sharing Robert, it looks like you had some great sightings.

  4. Love that crowded scene on the water, grebes not something I see much of.


  5. Looks like a great place for birding! I love the grebe shots. Wow, I've never seen so many at one time. Great captures and post.