Wildlife and birds seen

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Wildlife Seen on Antelope Island Field Trip

naturalist: Hobson Calhoun -Calhoun-bio- [TourSite]

time: 2:00 pm - 6 pm

date: April 21, 2008

Birds

  1. [Eared Grebe] eared grebes- 1,000 plus
  • Found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica and mostly known as the Black-necked Grebe. The Eared Grebe is the subspecies found in the Americas.
  1. [American White Pelican]American White Pelicans- 3
  • 'About 10-20% of the population uses Gunnison Island in the Great Basin's Great Salt Lake as a nesting ground.'
  1. [Double-creasted Cormorant] double-crested cormorants- 2
  2. [Great Blue Heron] Great Blue Herons- 2
  3. [Northern Harrier ] Northern Harriers- 3 males; one taking a jackrabbit
  4. [Gadwall] Gadwall- 5
  5. [Mallard ] Mallards- 4
  6. [Lessor Scaup] Lesser Scaup- 4
  7. [American Avocet] American Avocets- 750
  • Avocets feed by sweeping their bills from side to side in through the water.
  1. [Killdeer] Killdeer 1
  2. [Long-billed Curlew] long-billed curlews- 4; one limping
  3. [Willet] Willets- 12
  4. [California Gull] California gulls- 500 plus
  5. [Great Horned Owls] Great Horned Owl- 2
  6. [Red Tailed Hawk] red-tailed hawks- 2
  7. [Burrowing Owl] burrowing owls- 2 pairs
  8. [Yellow Headed Blackbird] yellow-headed blackbirds- 42
  9. [BrownHeaded Cowbird]brown-headed cowbirds- 5; two on the back of a single bison
  10. [Brewer's Blackbird]brewer's blackbirds- 7
  11. [Loggerhead Shrike]loggerhead shrikes- 3
  12. yellow-rumped warblers- 2 or more
  13. ruby-crowned kinglet- 1
  14. american robins- 40
  15. white-crowned sparrows- 1
  16. spotted towhee- 1
  17. marsh wren- 1
  18. red-winged blackbirds- 30
  19. rock wren- 1
  20. western meadowlarks- 30 plus
  21. european starlings- 12
  22. chuckars- 3
  23. ravens- 3
  24. barn swallows- 6
  25. house finches- 2

Mammals

  1. bison- 40 plus
  • all males, the females would be up high calving at this time of year
  1. pronghorn antelopes- 15
  2. black-tailed jackrabbits- 5
  3. coyotes- 2