All posts by Bret Mossman

Dec 3, Naked Birding

“Naked” birding is birding without the use of binoculars. This is a unique trip because it is great for both the beginner and the expert: beginners will not have to struggle with optics, and experts can practice identifying species with a minimum of field marks, especially using sound and behavior. We’ve held this trip for the last two years and it has been very popular. Finds include species such as Red Crossbills, Hooded Merganser, Cackling Goose, and even a Bewick’s Wren! Meet at the parking lot in front of Cafe Ibis (50E, 150N, Logan) at 9:00 AM. Leave the binoculars and spotting scopes at home, or at least in the car! Our exact destinations will be adjusted based on where bird activity is the greatest, but we’ll be somewhere close to Logan. We’ll end around noon.

Nov 13, Antelope Island–Postponed

The Antelope Island Causeway is one of the best places in the state to find rare ducks, shorebirds, and gulls. On the island itself, we will look for other winter specialties such as Rough-legged Hawks and Merlins. If time and interest allow, we will continue to Garr Ranch at the south end of the island to look for songbirds. On previous year’s trips, we have found rarities including Sabine’s and Little Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Harlequin Duck, White-winged and Black Scoters, Red Phalarope, and Varied Thrush. Meet at the parking lot in front of Cafe Ibis (50E, 150N, Logan) at 7:30 AM; we will carpool from there. Bring a snack or lunch and a few dollars to help cover the cost of the drivers’ gas and the $9 per vehicle entrance fee. We’ll plan on returning to Logan in the late afternoon.

Oct 29, ICON River Walk 8:00-11:00 am

This trip will hopefully target migrating passerines and various other birds. ICON has become one of Cache counties best birding tails rarities like the American Redstart and the Prothonatary warbler have been found here. This is a great trip for first time birders and kids. It should take about an hour to complete and usually produces a fair number of bird species. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, cameras, layers and come enjoy an easy morning of birding. Led by Bret Mossman.

Sept 18, Fall Shorebird Excursion

Black-Necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus Courtesy US FWS
Black-Necked Stilt
Himantopus mexicanus
Courtesy US FWS
Explore the Amalga barrens and other notable Cache county shorebird sites with BAS field trip coordinator Bret Mossman. Meet at 3:00 PM in the parking lot between Caffe Ibis and the Logan fire station (50E 150N, Logan). Carpooling will be available. We will head out to the barrens while stopping at a couple other spots along the way. Plan on spending about 2 hours birding. Bring water, sunglasses, binoculars, a scope, camera, and layers. Expect to see Ibis, stilts, avocets, peeps, and potentially some rarities such as the solitary sandpiper. Contact bret.mosman@aggiemail.usu.edu with any questions.