Thursday, February 2, 2012

Big January 2012 Final Day - Bues Pond

As the last day of the month marked the end of the Big January Bird Count, beautiful sunshine beckoned me to venture out to Bues Pond, an open-water pond and local birding hotspot, which I have not birded before knowing I might be able to add to my Big January count.  Well, I was not disappointed!

Going into the day, my bird count was 28 species.  By the end of my walk, I added 5 more species including 1 new life bird!  Not included in my bird count is domestic geese and domestic mallards which also enjoy this pond year round. At the end of this post is my Big January 2012 Bird List. 

Disappointingly, I forgot my camera on this day, so I took the following photos on the next day which was overcast and breezy, so the birds were mostly napping under trees on the bank.  

Enjoy the photo journal of Bues Pond below:

My Big January 2012 Bird List:

  1. Northern Flicker - My Mountain Green 
  2. Western Scrub Jay
  3. Black-capped Chickadee
  4. Dark-eyed Junco
  5. House Finch
  6. American Goldfinch
  7. Downy Woodpecker
  8. Spotted Towhee
  9. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  10. Cedar Waxwing
  11. Pine Siskin
  12. Wild Turkey
  13. American Robin 
  14. California Quail
  15. Black-billed Magpie
  16. American Crow
  17. Golden Eagle - West Weber County
  18. Red-Winged Blackbird
  19. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  20. Ring-necked Pheasant - Antelope Island Entrance
  21. Bald Eagle 
  22. Rough-legged Hawk
  23. Common Raven
  24. American Kestrel - GSL Nature Center
  25. Northern Shoveler - Farmington Bay WMA
  26. Great Blue Heron
  27. American Coot
  28. California Gull
  29. Canada Goose - Bues Pond
  30. Wood Duck  New Life Bird
  31. Mallard
  32. Ring-billed Gull
  33. Townsend’s Solitaire
Bold lettering indicates change of location.

I consider myself to be a novice birder.  I can thank my good friend, Kathie Brown, for introducing me to the love of birding.  My Life Bird count is now 235!  Many of those I have seen with Kathie!

As the year progresses, I look forward to adding to My Mountain Green bird list.  


Kathie Brown said...

Kathryn, nice photos! Great count! I'm glad you participated and glad you went out by yourself looking for birds! Congrats on the lifer!

Kathryn said...

Thanks, Kathie! I owe it all to you and your passion!

Roy said...

Lovely images Kathryn, looks a good spot to bird. We have some of that white stuff at the moment, don't think it will last very long though.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Lovely photos.

Regards and best wishes

Rambling Woods said...

I consider myself a novice too..lovely photo and I do love waterfowl...

Kathryn said...

THanks for stopping by, Rambling Woods.