Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Barrow's Goldeneye at Last!

We split the group today with some people returning to the Greater Sage Grouse lek, which this morning was bathed in wonderful sunshine. The rest of the group went back to the feeders in the hope of seeing Black Rosy-Finch, which was photographed. There was also a pair of Brown-capped Rosy-Finches and Oregon Junco present. 

The scenery here isn't too shabby...

The drive back finally produced a decent sighting of Prairie Falcon flying across the hillside before perching on a pylon, where we scoped it and this Moose. 

There's a Moose loose about this......

Returning to Walden for breakfast we set out to a lake where 30+ Barrow’s Goldeneyes were present, a bird I’d wanted to see for a very long time. It was awesome to see so may birds here, and some were even displaying. Really wanted to get better photos but the birds weren't that close, and my attempts at PhoneScoping are pretty awful....

Barrow's Goldeneye

Other birds here included Common Goldeneye, Western, Horned and Eared Grebes, plus there was a Western Osprey on a nest.

The afternoon was then spent checking out a few sites without much luck before arriving at the small town of Craig where we were to spend the night.

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