On our way home to Oregon, we spent a couple of nights camping at Bear Lake. The Lake, which straddles the Utah/Idaho border, has been a favorite stopover for years.
It is one of the prettiest, bluest lakes ever -- though I never seem to quite capture that technicolor blue in pictures. We always see birds when we stay there and again we weren't disappointed. On this hot summer day we didn't see as many as on past visits which were in the Spring or Fall, but we had one sighting that made the stopover oh so worthwhile ...
The American Avocet wasn't a first-timer because in our previous (pre-retirement) life, we used to see them sometimes when we went camping in Eastern Oregon. But that was long before the days of digital cameras (or blogs). And even though I know these birds hang out sometimes in Florida as well as in Oregon, it had been years since we'd seen one. So I was delighted with this sighting.
Above are some other birds near where the Avocets were hanging out. I am guessing that the top birds were Wilson's Phalarope, but am more than willing to be corrected. And we saw quite a few White Pelicans -- it always surprises me to see them on inland waters.
This yellow-headed blackbird watched the water birds from a fence post and sang loudly to let them (or us) know he was claiming the territory.
The red-winged blackbird below is from when we were back in Colorado earlier in the trip, but included because it is interesting to compare the two blackbirds....
...and also because this picture was taken by Geoff (our son) and it's a much better blackbird picture!
Here are a few more shots of the Avocet --just because it was so nice to cross this beautiful bird off my photo wish list! (I'd still love to see them again though -- anytime, anywhere!)
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