Birdwatchers from around Northern Utah canoed the Jordan River during the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Ten paddlers met just after sunrise near the Salt Lake City airport and floated for several miles along the winding river. Along the way they spotted families of mallards, Canada geese and cinnamon teal in the water while song birds filled the trees and grass along the bank.

The trip ended near the base of a bald eagle nest, where two adult eagles perched over a pair of young eaglets in the Legacy Nature Preserve.

The trip was one of several dozen outings during the five-day festival, which continues through Monday.

The annual event is tied with the spring arrival of nesting and migrating birds from around the western hemisphere.


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