Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 6-4-2016

My son, Patrick and I went to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City, Utah. On Friday, I had to see my heart doctor in Murray Utah and my dying cousin, and my son, a vet and a herb expert, had a four hour walking tour on Saturday at the University of Utah Red Butte Garden teaching folks about medicinal plants. We visited the refuge in the afternoon.

I have been going there for 70 years. I use to hitchhike with my friend the 80 miles to Brigham City and then hike the 14 miles to the refuge. After walking the few miles around the dike, we walked back to the highway and hitched a ride home. It made a long day.

Things have changed at the refuge. The Great Salt Lake flooded the refuge in 1983, the refuge was devastated, inundating the wetlands with salt water and decimated the structures of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. When the levels of the lake finally receded in 1989 the roads, dikes and water control systems all had to be rebuilt.

What We Saw at the Refuge

Grebes: Clark’s and Western and Pied-billed

The Clark’s grebe were very  numerous. The Western but few.

Pelicans and Cormorants: White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant.

Both very numerous.

Herons, etc.: Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, White-faced Glossy Ibis

Swans, Geese & Ducks: Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Cinnamon Teal (abundant)

Hawks, etc.: Marsh Hawk (N. Harrier)

Rails and Cranes: American Coot

Plovers, etc.: Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Am. Avocet,

Gulls: California (didn’t bother looking for Franklin or Ring-billed but probably present.

Doves: Mourning Dove (Where I live in Idaho, the Eurasian Collared Dove had almost completely replaced this species.)

Jays and Crows: Black-billed Magpie

Swallows: Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow

Starling: European Starling (currently eating my cherries here in Idaho.)

Blackbirds, etc.: Red-winged, Yellow-headed, Meadowlark, Brewers Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Some of My Pics:

I used my Lumix Camera which has a magnification of 60X. P1010336

Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden
My son lecturing at Red Butte Garden on medicinal herbs.
My son lecturing at Red Butte Garden on medicinal herbs.
Clark's Grebe. On the Western Grebe, the black goes under the eye line.
Clark’s Grebe. On the Western Grebe, the black goes under the eye line.


Cinnamon Teal are Abundant in the Summer

































Some of My Son’s Pics

My son used my Canon T-5 with a 300mm lens and a 2X Extender. He used it on manual focus to keep the camera from focusing on the reeds, a problem I had with the Lumix (I need to read the instruction book, I guess.)

















I think this is a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron. What do you think?




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