Sunday, September 27, 2015
Highlights of the Great Salt Lake National Wildlife Refuge
American Avocet, Non-Breeding Plumage
Little Blue Heron
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