Carl Ingwell and I decided to get out of Salt Lake and head to warmer weather down in Southern Utah last weekend (2/5-2/6). We have a great camping site on the Beaver Dam Slope
that we visit from time to time.
The first night, we were greeted by a vocal Great Horned Owl
and howling coyotes. A fire, some whiskey, the stars and the sounds of the night; there's a magic to being out there.
The birding was relatively slow throughout the weekend in terms of what is possible
in such a unique habitat, but we still picked up some the area specialities. Saturday morning the Cactus Wrens
were quite noisy on the slope. A drive to Lytle Ranch and we picked up Verdin, Western Bluebirds
, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker
. The ranch was closed so we were only able to briefly bird from the main road. Due to recent flood damage it is not looking likely to be open to the public again any time soon.
We visited a lot of the St. George area hot spots. Other highlights included a flock of geese at the SR-9 Sewage Ponds that included 3 Ross's and 6 Snow Geese
. Quail Creek Reservoir had a Common Loon
and the Red Cliff's Campground had a presumed female Anna's Hummingbird
. Any inquiries about any of these sightings or a complete list, let me know and I'd be happy to share.
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