I headed up to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge yesterday morning and I am very glad I did because of the wonderful birds I saw. As I drove north the sky cleared and I knew I would have good light. I hadn’t been to the refuge in just over a month and I was curious about the birds I might see because month to month and year to year there are differences due to water levels and the availability of food.
The first shorebirds I could photograph were Black-necked Stilts that were feeding in the shallow water. This juvenile’s parent was close by keeping an eye on its chick.
Then I came across one solitary juvenile Willet on the auto tour route road that was hanging around with some Black-necked Stilts.
And then I found a juvenile American Coot pigging out on some underwater vegetation. They might be common but I stopped for it anyway. I don’t have that many images of them at this stage of maturity.
I saw a Great Blue Heron resting on top of a mound of rushes and pulled off to the side so I could take images of it if it took off and it did eventually fly away…
But before the heron flew off this Marsh Wren flew in close and caught my eye so I couldn’t resist photographing it. It didn’t hang around long but I did get about 6 images of it.
I also couldn’t resist photographing this Pied-billed Grebe in breeding plumage as it swam slowly past me heading towards the west.
I saw a few people fishing on my way in and only one other photographer on the auto tour route. It was a quiet, delightful morning spent with the birds on the refuge.
Life is good.