2015-05-08 Bicknell Bottoms

Sora - Porzana carolinaYesterday’s visit at this place was just not enough to take it all in, so I opted to stay another day. My drive took me nearly completely around the valley and I was able to get a better idea of what treasures might be possible here. I’m sure the seasons influence what visitors might be found.

The Bicknell Bottoms is a 670 acre  reserve along the marshy bottom land south of Bicknell Utah and along the Fremont River. Most of the land in this valley is used as agricultural fields. Finches and sparrows seemed plentiful where the agricultural lands transitioned to the residential areas in the town of Bicknell, but I found many marsh specialists in the bottomlands near the Fremont River. Some of the birds I encountered were Barn Swallow, Cinnamon Teal, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, Savannah Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Sora, Swainson’s Hawk, Tree Swallow, Virginia Rail, Western Kingbird, Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Red-Winged Blackbird and Yellow-Rumped Warblers (both Audubon’s and Myrtle).

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