Farmington Bay Bird Refuge (Waterfowl Management Area)

The kids had Monday off after Easter and I decided it was time for a pre-summer preview of all the natural delights Farmington has to offer.  Due to gas prices and frugality measures, this summer’s plans include a hiking/biking schedule that covers Farmington’s 100 miles of trails and hopefully a family pass to the Farmington City Pool a half a block away.

On Sunday night, my choir carpool friend told me about the Blue Herons nesting in Farmington Bay five minutes west of our house and a fantastic waterfall hike five minutes east of my house. I decided we’d do both.  I started with a lecture on how if they fought and complained the whole time it would greatly sway whether and who I would take on various summer outings, so behavior was actually very good and everyone was rather pleasant.

Holy cow this place is beautiful.  I felt so blessed to have it right next door.  I didn’t realize it was a freshwater area, since it is right on the edge of the Great Salt Lake.  There were SO many birds there and it was so peaceful.  We had the place, and the ranger, all to ourselves, so we got a private tutorial on the habitat and the kids were very engaged in the little displays in the visitor’s center.  We took a short trail out on one of the dikes and the bird chatter was loud and everywhere.  It was a little chilly, but a very nice time.  Apparently they have different birds at different times throughout the year–in March is geese and February is bald eagles.   We will definitely have to make this a monthly thing.

My zoom on my iPhone is kind of lame.

Yellow-headed blackbird

Heron nesting poles. (“The people supply the poles, the birds supply the nests.”

 The view back towards our house.

Farmington Bay Bird Refuge (Waterfowl Management Area)

The kids had Monday off after Easter and I decided it was time for a pre-summer preview of all the natural delights Farmington has to offer.  Due to gas prices and frugality measures, this summer’s plans include a hiking/biking schedule that covers Farmington’s 100 miles of trails and hopefully a family pass to the Farmington City Pool a half a block away.

On Sunday night, my choir carpool friend told me about the Blue Herons nesting in Farmington Bay five minutes west of our house and a fantastic waterfall hike five minutes east of my house. I decided we’d do both.  I started with a lecture on how if they fought and complained the whole time it would greatly sway whether and who I would take on various summer outings, so behavior was actually very good and everyone was rather pleasant.

Holy cow this place is beautiful.  I felt so blessed to have it right next door.  I didn’t realize it was a freshwater area, since it is right on the edge of the Great Salt Lake.  There were SO many birds there and it was so peaceful.  We had the place, and the ranger, all to ourselves, so we got a private tutorial on the habitat and the kids were very engaged in the little displays in the visitor’s center.  We took a short trail out on one of the dikes and the bird chatter was loud and everywhere.  It was a little chilly, but a very nice time.  Apparently they have different birds at different times throughout the year–in March is geese and February is bald eagles.   We will definitely have to make this a monthly thing.

My zoom on my iPhone is kind of lame.

Yellow-headed blackbird

Heron nesting poles. (“The people supply the poles, the birds supply the nests.”

 The view back towards our house.

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