Smoke from the wildfires to the west of Utah filled the Salt Lake Valley yesterday but that didn’t stop me from going to Antelope Island State Park to see what birds could be found. I saw several different species of raptors which encouraged me because I haven’t seen many of them on the island for some time.
But I wanted to post an image of a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird today because despite their bad reputations as brood parasites they are native birds that I think are worth pointing my lens at. These are “Buffalo Birds” that historically used to follow the herds of bison around on grassy plains and they would eat the insects the bison stirred up. I still see that behavior today on Antelope Island, I saw it yesterday.
They are not the most colorful birds but interesting just the same.
Life is good.