Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Boy, oh boy, it's been a long time since I've been able to add a new bird to my lifelist! I'm happy to report that we saw something new (and rare to the area) at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Drumroll please...

May I present Phainopepla!

I didn't even know how to say it and had to look it up! It's pronounced fey-ahy-noh-pep-luh.

We saw a few birds flittering around in the trees and I thought they were probably just blackbirds until one of them flew and we noticed the white on the wings. Never assume anything while you're birding!

The second we heard it's call, we knew it was a bird we hadn't encountered before. We were able to get some decent photos and had no idea what this bird could be. It wasn't even on my radar!

Birding is such a great adventure. You never know what you might find and it might even be a bird with a mowhawk and red eyes!

Stay tuned next week for the video from our visit to the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area...

Let's go birding!
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