Spring at Reifel

This is the time of year to observe young waterfowl. The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a great place to start. We were able to observe a few families of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and Canada geese (Branta canadensis).

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Canada goose goslings Canada goose gosling

Canada goose gosling resting Mallard hen with ducklings

I was fortunate enough to observe a rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) up-close at a feeder. Many of them were present, fighting for a chance to get to feed. I decided to put an eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in the mix so my blog is not so bird-centric ; )

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Rufous hummingbird at feeder Eastern gray squirrel foraging