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Stilt Sandpiper

There was a good deal of excitement when I arrived to help out at Reifel this afternoon. A Curlew Sandpiper had been observed and photographed in the morning. Unfortunately we were unable to relocate this rare visitor  during the afternoon.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

A nice consolation bird though,

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

… was this Stilt Sandpiper that provided great views and photo opportunities at the foot of the south dyke trail.

Great Horned Owl

While I have had distant views of the Great Horned Owl juveniles at Reifel, there have been no real photo opportunities for me. That changed late this afternoon.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

At the end of the day as I was starting to make my way back,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… this Great Horned Owl juvenile showed up at the northeast corner of the east dyke trail.