Spring has sprung in Utah, and birds are beginning to light up the sky. This is the season of migration and there’s no better place to view the state’s most beautiful flocks than at Victory Ranch. We live in a true birder’s paradise, so grab your binoculars, head outdoors and keep your eyes peeled for the following feathered friends.
You may hear a loud “honk, honk, honk” coming from above while around the Ranch lately. The Canadian Geese are flying overhead in groups and making their presence known as they pass through.
The Sandhills Cranes are lanky with large wingspans and typically travel in pairs. You’ll know it’s a Sandhill by virtue of its long neck and legs, and adults are recognized by their red crown. Interestingly, these birds mate for the duration of their lives.
The Osprey, also known as a sea hawk, river hawk or fish hawk, is a large raptor that possesses special characteristics to assist in catching prey. You’ll often see them circling over shallow water before diving in for their catch.
The Golden Eagle is likely the most recognizable bird, as it’s one of the largest in North America. They are dark brown and use their agility to capture an array of small prey such as mice, rabbits and ground squirrels.
Have you been down to The Heron Rookery near the Fitzgerald Ponds? You might see up to five Blue Herons, known for their grayish-blue hue and orange bill, nesting in the same tree. In fact, these nests can be used for years by the same colony.