Random Acts of Birding

It’s been a slow couple of weeks.  My husband has been out of the country on business and I’ve been home nursing a cold, so there’s not been much birding for us.

Did you all remember a couple of weeks ago that there was the Snow Goose Festival in Delta, Utah?  My husband and I went there a couple of years ago.  Sadly, the snow geese just weren’t around. They were there but they were keeping their distance.  I’m not sure exactly who the festival is for–us birders or hunters who begin their hunt shortly after the festival.  Here’s a couple of the shots I got back then:

Snow Geese

Horned Lark

Okay, enough of Memory Lane.  I will say that I’m rather proud of myself that last weekend as I was standing on my front porch I noticed a new guy on a tree branch.  I grabbed the camera and even though I had the 300 mm lens, this was the best shot I could get:

American Kestrel

The proud moment was that I thought to myself, “I think this is an American Kestrel.” I then found our field guide and voila!  I was right! I quickly emailed the photo to my husband who confirmed it for me.  I did it!  I identified a bird on my own!  You see, that’s a big deal to me.  I think I’m getting better at this.