Monday, 18 May 2009
Juab County, Utah
(Emails from Dennis Shirley, 18 May 2009)
Just got in from the 11th Annual Utah County Hotspots Field Trip, for the
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival. We ended up with 92 species for the day,
with 21 participants. Best birds included the target species: Bobolink,
P/J species - Juniper Titmouse, Black-throated Gray and Virginia's
Warbler, Dusky and Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-breasted
Chat, and six warblers, including
the find of the day -- Northern Parula.
The Parula was seen at Burraston Ponds Wildlife Management Area near Mona.
If interested the BPWMA is located just outside [SW] of Mona, in north
Juab County. If traveling from north/central parts of the state down
I-15, take the Mona exit, go west into Mona, and turn left onto the
north/south main street in town. Just past the last new homes at the south
end of town, turn right, and go down to the valley bottom. You can see the
ponds and surrounding cottonwoods/Russian Olive trees from the highway
before you turn. After entering the area and passing the "Burraston Ponds"
sign, continue going through the area staying to the right along the
eastern boundary. Continue until the gravel road turns sharply to the left
and enters a grove of thick trees, which overhang the road. Park and
listen in this area. The bird was singing constantly and was easily
observed. We watched it for as long as we cared too, then moved on.
Burraston Ponds is
one of those migrant magnant spots which doesn't get birded enough, and
even if you can't make it down there for this rarity, you should put it on
your list of places to bird in the future.
Good Luck and Good Birding,
by Alan Jensen