Bird Sampler for April 28 through May 4, 2013

Burrowing Owl adultBurrowing Owl adult

I wanted to share a sampler of bird images that I have taken over the past week in Davis and Box Elder Counties.

I took this Burrowing Owl image two days ago. There is just something about these owls that delights me every time I see them.

Canada GooseCanada Goose

Canada Geese are common here in northern Utah but they aren’t common every where, just ask people in Florida. I like Canada Geese.

Killdeer on a rockKilldeer on a rock

Some of the noisiest shorebirds I have ever come across are the Killdeer though this one was silent it did perched nicely on top of a rock at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. I really like the smooth background.

Male Ring-necked PheasantMale Ring-necked Pheasant

I photographed this male Ring-necked Pheasant displaying near the road that goes to the auto tour route of Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, if there was another male in the area I could not see it but this pose indicates the type of territorial behavior I see when two male pheasants are getting ready to have it out.

Hundreds of swallows at Bear River National Wildlife RefugeHundreds of (thousands) swallows at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge

The air is alive with midges and swallows at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, I can’t tell how many of the 5 species that inhabit the refuge are in this frame but the huge numbers of swallows is very impressive.

Turkey Vulture in Box Elder CountyTurkey Vulture in Box Elder County

The Turkey Vultures came back to Utah several weeks ago but I haven’t had many opportunities to photograph them this spring, two days ago we came across some that were warming in the early morning sunlight in Box Elder County. I’m not sure Turkey Vultures could be called beautiful but they are a fascinating species and they do clean up the environment.

Western Grebes in a courtship displayWestern Grebes in a courtship display

I saw these two Western Grebes displaying and hoped that they would rush, they did but they rushed with their backs to me. I’ll keep trying to get them rushing towards me.

Western Meadowlark stretchingWestern Meadowlark stretching

Western Meadowlarks are every where, singing from the tops of their perches, flitting about in a hurry, preening and stretching like this one on Antelope Island.

I saw many more birds in the past week, all of them wonderful, all of them fascinating and every one a great subject to photograph.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Thank you all, I had a great time photographing all of these birds.

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  3. Looks like you had a pretty good week! Nice shots.

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    This series surely gives us an idea of the varied species you have access to … lucky you! But I’m so thankful you do and that you share them with us. Something about spring brings out some very interesting poses… Love the Meadownlark…. the Grebes …… the Pheasant…. and on the Killdeer I find another interesting thing I didn’t know about the feathering. Love your photographs… better than a million descriptions for sure.

  5. Love the meadowlark shot.. great set of photography MIa

  6. Neat collection of species, Mia. I love the “feel” of the Killdeer image, but the swallow photo is amazing! How thrilling it must’ve been to see all these birds.

  7. beautifull serie, thanks for all these nice shots mia,
    have a nice week end ☼

  8. I love Canada Geese, too! Such handsome birds! Nice post!

  9. Beautiful bird images, I love the last one, superb.

  10. A beautiful mix of birds Mia

  11. Mia, great series and variety of birds. Happy Birding!

  12. Interesting array of birds, Mia! I espeically love the colors on the pheasant!

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