Good friends searching for raptors and life birds – St. George Bird Festival, January 2018

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St George Bird Festival – January 26, 27 & 28, 2018

Good friends searching for raptors and life birds.

Nine Red Rock Audubon members went to the St George Bird Festival. The trip started Friday with an early morning bird walk through beautiful Zion National Park lead by Lucy Ormond. The much anticipated “life birds” –  American Dipper and California Condor were seen. On the Beryl field trip Saturday morning, raptors were not as numerous as last year. However, we had good looks at the Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Red-Tail Hawks, Rough-legged Hawk, Ferruginous Hawks, American Kestrel, Merlins and Prairie Falcons. Mute Swans, Golden Crowned Sparrows (life birds) and an impressive number of Wood Ducks were seen at the Tonaquint Nature Center.  We were also treated to a roosting Great Horned Owl. However, the Western Screech Owl was a no show.

We visited with Martin and Susan Tyner (Southwest Wildlife Foundation) to see and photograph their education raptors (Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcon) and tour their rehab facility. Martin and Susan showed us their Nature Park project. All were impressed  by their efforts to provide the community with a place to experience wildlife.

Thanks to Angel’s persistence and alert information from the eBird system, we located and saw the Broad-billed Hummingbird usually only found in Mexico. This bird was very cooperative. Stayed out in the open for a long time and dazzled us with his brilliant colors.

All of us enjoyed pizza and beer for dinner on the last night, Friends sharing birding stories (pishing and the birds we missed). It was a perfect to end  this trip. Happy and starting plans for the next field trip adventure.


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