We have had some crazy weather the past few days with warm spring-like days in the 60’s then high winds that knocked down trees and fences plus it caused widespread power outages then rain when the wind stopped and that got capped off with 4 to 5 inches of snow overnight. And it is going to go back up into the 60’s in just a few days.
Winter is clashing with spring right now in northern Utah and those seasonal changes can make bird photography interesting. We still have some of our winter birds like Tundra Swans, Rough-legged Hawks and Merlins who are getting ready to migrate north to their breeding grounds. There are still opportunities to photograph them but those opportunities are getting more and more limited everyday.
The spring migrants are already moving in. I’ve seen Sandhill Cranes and American White Pelicans already and I am waiting for the next migrant arrivals and wondering which one will be next. Then when I see one I feel like I am playing Bird Bingo waiting to shout “I got _____!!!
Will the next migrant to arrive be a Swainson’s Hawk?
A Western Kingbird?
A Turkey Vulture?
Long-billed Curlew, Sage Thrasher, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Virginia Rail, American Bittern, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Caspian Tern, Snowy Egret, Lark Sparrow, Western Grebe? There are so many.
I hate to see the winter birds leave but I get so excited about seeing the spring birds too.
I have to scrape snow off of my Jeep this morning but later this week I could wear short sleeves outside if I want to because it will be warm enough.
Life is good.