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St. George, Utah

Last weekend Jon and I went to Las Vegas, NV to see Conan O’Brien perform at the Palms.  Since Las Vegas is six and a half hours from Salt Lake City, we stayed in St. George, which is only four hours away.

If you ever go to St. George you should stay at the Inn at Entrada.  The picture above is from right outside our casita.  In one direction there is red rock; in the other direction there are mountains.

The Inn is on a golf course and behind the golf course is a grassy little area where I went birding before we left for Las Vegas.  This place is going to be our new vacation spot.  I found bunnies the size of your hand.  Here is a regular bunny (they were very skittish):

There were lizards everywhere doing more pushups.  This one has blue spots and blends amazingly into the rock.

And I saw two new birds, possibly three if I can confirm that the hummingbird picture is not an Anna’s Hummingbird.  One spectacular new bird is called a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

I wasn’t 100% sure about the identification because he looks a bit bluer than the Internet images I found.  But then I came across a description of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher having “an angry black unibrow.”  Then I knew I had the correct ID.  See!

According to Bird Girl, they only have the eyebrow during mating season.  He has quite the beak for gnatcatching.

They’re supposed to have very distinctive songs, but there was so much activity in this little area that the only birds I could properly make out were the chickadees.  I’ve been listening to the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs, so hopefully I’ll get better at audio identifications.

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