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Last weekend Jon and I attended the Great Salt Lake Birding Festival.  We’re still recovering.  There were so many activities and so many birds.  I even got to meet Birdchick, who is very nice and had excellent stories.  Jon and I attended a tour of the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, a behind the scenes tour of of the Farmington Bay   Waterfowl Management Area and a 6am to 6pm tour of Deseret Ranch.  For the next month you’ll be reading about these three places because I have a lot of pictures and stories.  We’ll start with the Shorelands Preserve in Layton, UT.

The Shorelands Preserve is a giant marsh where they put planks down so that people can walk into the marsh and observe birds without being covered in muck.  Do you see the structure in the middle of the picture?  The thing that looks like a pirate ship?  It’s a viewing tower.  You can see everything from up there.

There were several birds in flight, such as Sandhill Cranes.

and White Pelicans

White Pelicans are gorgeous!  I can’t wait to show you a close-up picture.  I took some at Farmington Bay, but it was through a bus so the pictures were too blurry.  The most interesting picture was of a crow stealing an egg from the Red-Winged Blackbirds.

Isn’t that sad?  A lot of people don’t like Red-Winged Blackbirds because they displace cute and delicate birds, but I’m still sad for the parents.  The blackbirds didn’t chase the crow for very far, presumably because there were still eggs in the nest.  Ah well, if it has to happen, at least I got the picture.

2 Responses to “The Great Salt Lake Birding Festival”

  1. Tiffany says:

    So cool you got to see a Sandhill Crane!!!
    I like crows and Red-Winged Blackbirds. They each have their place, even if not always palatable. Great pictures.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Tiffany! We get Sandhill Cranes starting in March and I believe they leave around October. I really hope I can find them with babies soon.