22 Mar 2010
Near Saltair, Salt Lake County
(E-mails from Mark Mossing, 22 Mar 2010)
Took a drive out to Saltair and
the Marina area today, as I was unable to get out over the weekend.
I saw two interesting nesting sightings:
There is a large Kennecott pond south across I-80 from the road that goes
from Saltair to the marina.
About halfway between the two, you can see a small island (I call it a
lump island) inside the pond with a small tree on it. There are GBH’s
nesting in that small tree. It must be a small haven as I have seen as
many as four GBH’s in the tree at one time. It looks as if the tree can
hardly support their weight.
Just west of that island a short distance is a long narrow rock island
that runs east/west. This island now has about 30 Double-crested
Cormorants along with a lot of gulls. There are about 6-8 cormorant nests
on that island.
You can see all this either from the road between Saltair and the marina
or, if you want a slightly closer look, take I-80 west to the Tooele Exit
and then come back east until you are next to the islands and pull off to
the side of the highway (I used my flashers to let everyone know I was
there, the speed limit is 75 along there and the cars and trucks are
usually speeding by).
Enjoy your birding,
Photo by Mark Mossing