Sunday, May 3, 2009

White-winged and Red crossbills

Saturday my wife, I and two friends headed to Salt Lake City to watch the play "Wicked." It was an outstanding play and we enjoyed the whole experience.
On the way from Rexburg to SLC we saw a lot of White-face ibis in the marshes around Brigham City, Utah. There were also a few Snowy Egrets there along with a lot of waterfowl. We had very heavy rain most of the way adding to the standing water in the fields.
Sunday I walked around SLC looking at all the beautiful flowers in yards and around Temple Square. We went to the Morman Tabernacle Choir performance before heading home. It was another outstanding experience for us.
On the way home near Brigham City we saw about 30 Snowy Egrets, many more than we saw on Saturday. Rain storms dogged us all the way home.
When we got home, my bird feeders were all empty with about 100 mixed species of birds singing in the rain. I watched closely after putting out feed and got my first pictures of a White-winged crossbill. What an experience. There were two female WW crossbills with about 30 Red Crossbills. It appeared as the two females had paired up with two male Red crossbills. We will have to watch closely at what happens there. The heavy rains this week may have moved them in and they will be gone tomorrow.

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