27 May 2007
Bear River Range
Cache County, Utah
Hey Utah birders,
In response to Tim, okay, okay, I'll post something.
On the 27th we went to Bear River NWR in the morning before going hiking.
Nothing unusual--but great views of the common breeding species there. The
highlight was a family of Long-billed Curlews, adult male and female and 4
newly-hatched chicks, along the entrance road. It was fun to see such a
large shorebird give a broken-wing display. There was also another lone
curlew along the entrance road.
We did some backpacking in the Bear River range on the 27th-28th in Cache
county. Specifically, the High Creek south fork trail, just east of
Richmond, Utah. When we got out of the car at the trailhead (by the Forest
Service outhouse) a Winter Wren was singing close by.
I heard one other winter wren along the trail a little further up. What
is their summer distribution in Utah anyway? Then on the way out this
afternoon I spotted this little guy sitting in a tree: A fledgling
Northern Saw-whet Owl (see photo). I digiscoped
through my binoculars at about 8 meters...not bad. Other things on the
list included Golden Eagle, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Northren Flicker,
Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Common Raven, Mountain Chickadee,
Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Yellow Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak,
Lazuli Bunting, Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, Dusky Flycatcher,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, both Kinglets, Orange-crowned and
MacGillivray's warblers, Lincoln's and Chipping Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco,
American Robin, and Pine Siskin.
In downtown Logan on the 28th were several American Crows.