Just as we entered the refuge, on a foliage-free mud flat, we saw a Ring-necked Pheasant strolling across. In Utah, there is no question about countability as there is in NJ when you come across a pheasant.
Once on the 12-mile auto loop (50% longer than Brig's) we encountered thousands of shorebirds, waders, ducks, coots and grebes. The two new birds for the year there were both grebes: Western Grebe and it's close cousin, Clark's Grebe (of Lewis and Clark fame). They are very similar and were once lumped into one species, I think. The best way (and really, my only way) to separate them is by their faces:
|Western Grebe (black covers the eye)|
|Clark's Grebe (white around the eye)|
Photos: Shari Zirlin