Charms varied dispositions
Have you ever been mooned by pelicans, or any other creatures? This would be a first for us! The seagull seems to be their coach, saying, “ok everyone, listen up,…1…2…3…moon!”
On a more serious note:
Speckled with diversity
These photos were taken this past weekend at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Northern Utah USA, an area where I am quite familiar. We wanted to visit this refuge during the Spring migration, which started early this year.
The refuge is on a delta of the Bear River in the northeast arm of the Great Salt Lake, and is the largest freshwater component of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. It “offers some of the most phenomenal water bird watching in the Western United States.” According to the US Fish & Wildlife Services, the refuge is “acclaimed as one of the world’s 10 best birding areas” and has “long been considered one of the most valuable wetlands in the intermountain west region.” It is a 74,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge and is host to millions of migratory birds yearly. Located the edge of two North American migration flyways, the Central and Pacific flyways, it is an important resting, feeding, and nesting area for birds in both flyways and is a habitat for more than 200 bird species.
The birds in the photos are American White Pelicans. Their Spring returns occur in March in Utah and they pair up with mates after arrival. They are monogamous, with nest building occurring within five days. According to the refuge’s website, the number of American White Pelicans on March 26, 2012 was 175.
In the future, I will post a few more photos from this trip.
This post is for the “M” Challenge by Frizztext (“M” is for Migration, Mooned (slang), Mate, Monogamous)