The first bird of major interest was this brown one skulking around...very tricky to get in clear view. We managed, though light was clearly fading. I was completely unfamiliar with this bird (you know, one of those ones you don't even really pay attention to in your guidebook because it's range is so very limited. It looked an awful lot like a cardinal, but obviously it is not with that brown colouring. So, it was very cool to locate it in the book and discover we'd seen a bird I wasn't even really aware existed (though it SHOULD have rung a bell--it's the first bird in the alphabetical listings on Whatbird.com). Fortunately, we ended up seeing them quite a few times along the river...but always so difficult to photograph!
#319: Abert's Towhee; Colorado River Heritage Greenway Parks and Trails (Laughlin); December 2014
|Another mockingbird on another prickly tree|
There were many, many ducks fighting the flow of the Colorado. So many American coots--I really should have taken a pictures just to show how many--really unbelievable! However, we were always on the lookout to see what else might be mixed in with them, and we weren't disappointed!
#320: Ring-necked duck; Colorado River Heritage Greenway Parks and Trails (Laughlin); December 2014
#321: Redhead; Colorado River between Lauglin and Bullhead City; December 2014
|My best guess is orange-crowned warbler|
#322: Blue-gray gnatcatcher; Laughlin/Bullhead City; December 2014
Further along and across a few state lines, we found ourselves in amazing Utah, in Zion National Park. Our focus wasn't birding (it was, however, reaching the peak of Angels Landing), but we did manage to spot a few birds at the base of the trail, including this cutie, a species that I forgot I already saw on a previous trip west.
|Quite certain this is a golden-crowned kinglet, with the giveaway hidden|
All in all, another wonderful trip.
|Dear amazing, amazing Utah: I'll be back.|