Sunday, September 27, 2015

Highlights of the Great Salt Lake National Wildlife Refuge


                                                               White-faced Ibises


                                                American Avocet, Non-Breeding Plumage


                                                                Little Blue Heron


                                                                 Monarch Butterfly


                                                                     Fox Squirrel


                                                               Downy Woodpecker


                                                                   Shelf Mushroom


                                                                  Red-tailed Hawk
                                                        Buteo jamaicensis borealis, light morph


These shots were taken in Alfalfa County, OK, mostly with the various confines of the
Great Salt Lake NWR, yesterday 09-26-15.

There was one particular area on the Eagle's Nest Trail, which was a virtual smorgasbord of
avian life.   All in the same vicinity were the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy and Red-bellied
Woodpeckers, a Northern Flicker, a female Blue Grosbeak, an unknown warbler, and possibly a
female American Kestrel.

We were there during the height of monarch butterfly migration, and observed them, as well as other butterfly species by the thousands.  With any luck, the butterflies will see some increases next
year, so keep your fingers crossed.

There were water birds galore, and even the Salt Flats on Sandpiper Trail even provided a little
water and this wonderful Texas Horned Lizard.



                                                             Texas Horned Lizard

   And then, this guy showed up.  What a find!    


                                                                  Five Lined Skink