Monday Mornings Medley of Birds on Antelope Island

Western KingbirdWestern Kingbird

After several days of not being able to photograph birds because of bad weather I was pleasantly surprised to have a medley of birds to photograph on Antelope Island Monday.

It started off with Western Kingbirds. Lots and lots of them along the causeway to the island. Every where I looked they were hawking for insects among the Rabbitbrush that grows along the road.

Adult ChukarAdult Chukar

Then came the Chukars not long after getting to the island singing on top of rocks and warming up with the gentle rays of the sun. Even though they are an introduced species they have adjusted well to life on Antelope Island and for me they are always a welcome sight.

Burrowing Owl adultBurrowing Owl adult

Not too far from the Chukar was a Burrowing Owl and for a change this one didn’t have any bands or antennas sticking out of its feathers.  The owl seemed content to just perch on the rock and survey the world around it.

Juvenile Horned LarkJuvenile Horned Lark

One of the next birds of the medley was a delight and a surprise, it was a juvenile Horned Lark perched on a rock not far from the road. It too seemed to be using the sun to warm up after a chilly night.

Adult Red-tailed HawkAdult Red-tailed Hawk

Then an adult Red-tailed Hawk soothed the raptor withdrawal I have been feeling lately, I haven’t had one close up in my viewfinder in quite some time. It was wonderful to see one on the island again.

Singing Sage ThrasherSinging Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher seemed to be every where. They were either perched on top of a bush singing or winging their way through the air in search of prey or perhaps a mate.

Say's Phoebe with preySay’s Phoebe with prey

Another surprise was being able to get close to a Say’s Phoebe that had prey in its bill.

I saw Western Meadowlarks, Yellow Warblers, a Rock Wren and several Lark Sparrows on the island and along the causeway hundreds of shorebirds, gulls and Eared Grebes.

I’m heading back there this morning hoping to have another marvelous day.


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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. Your photo of the Sage Thrasher is beautiful.

  2. Jane Chesebrough

    I so enjoyed your photos ,almost expected the fourth shot to be of a bird standing on one foot, got a kick out of the owl and the Chukar.I finally saw my first Red tail this year,far away, but its call gave me a happy chill. Thanks for sharing.

  3. A wonderful variety of birds! Beautiful!

  4. Mia, I am serious. I really would like to road trip in about 2 weeks up to Utah and escape the desert. I’d love to find that Chukar. I had dreams about Antelope Island last night.

  5. Thanks for all the info and great images. I saw a couple of spunky Western Kingbirds in our backyard this morning, for the first time this year.

  6. Love each and every one, Mia … that little owl with his claws bunched up looks like he’s making a fist, about to punch someone, lol!!! SO cute!!!

  7. Patty Chadwick

    WHAT A BONANZA OF BIRDS!!! FANTASTIC!!! So glad you got this opportunity and grateful for your sharing!

  8. Absolutely stellar photography! Beautiful birds, one and all.

  9. What incredible birds! It’s lovely when bad weather pays off with good bird opportunities afterwards!

  10. Amazing photos!

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