Utah County Birders Newsletter
October 2000


Wednesday October 18th at 7:00 pm in the Bean Museum Auditorium on the BYU Campus.

featuring Dr. Wayne Whaley

Dr. Whaley, a Professor of Biology at UVSC, is a noted Lepidopterist Ecologist. He will speak to us about butterflies in our locale area and the world. Please bring interested friends and neighbors.


Thursday October 19th 
Half day -  Meet at Bean Museum at 7:00 am, 
we'll be back around noon. 
Destination will be announced at Wednesday Meeting

Saturday October 28th
Full Day -  Meet at Bean Museum at 6:30 am 
we'll be chasing any Hotline birds in northern Utah.

Saturday November 18th 
Full Day - Details to be announced

Tuesday November 28th 
Half Day - Details to be announced

For Want of an Idea
by Darlene Amott

When it came time to write a message for October, no idea would come to mind. Perhaps that was a fortuitous happening, because my mind began to wander and I found myself thinking of words. Eureka! What better topic could I have. Words are fun. 
   Anticipation was the first word that came to mind as I was anticipating a revelation, something that would give me some direction for writing. Anticipation was the word I used almost two years ago as I began my tenure as club president. I was anticipating what would be required for that assignment. Now I anticipate each outing as I wonder what will unfold.
    Comradery is another word that came to mind. As I mentioned in August, we are social animals, and we thoroughly enjoy being together, talking together, and sharing together. There are those who enjoy birding alone, I don't. The real joy in finding a bird is to be able to share the excitement with someone else. 
   One word I couldn't bypass was sensitivity. How can people who love birds enjoy being out without being sensitive to things around them, to the color, shape, sound and smell of all things. 
   Understanding was another of the words that came to mind. How well do we understand birds. Does it help to understand something of their habitat needs, their food needs, their social patterns, etc? 
   Words began to flow through my mind. Some that came to mind were happiness, excitement, beauty, and even fatigue, heat, cold, mud, dust, and, finally, sheer joy. Don't we have a wide range of experiences in this birding business? Think about it the next time you are out, and savor every minute just as it is. 

Robin's View

Wandering New Paths 
by Robin Tuck

I had heard there was a newly completed road from Woodland to Tabiona over Wolf Creek Pass but had not driven it. Several months ago, I took my young son and scouted out some places to take our local Boy Scout group. We drove up the Mirror Lake highway, paid our $3 toll, and took the dirt road into the Soapstone Basin. We ended up driving to a small lake on Iron Mountain at the end of a very bad 10 mile rocky road where Jorgen and I hiked and fished, the real purpose of the trip.
   Coming home, I remembered the Wolf Creek Pass road, consulted the map and headed for it. The Soapstone Basin road meets Highway 32, the Wolf Creek Pass road about 10 miles uphill from Woodland and was a wonderful road to come home on. After finding the Sabine's Gull reported at Deer Creek recently, Julie and I decided to explore the new road to it's summit. We drove past Jordanelle on Highway 32 toward Kamas but kept going straight at Francis and were soon on the new highway. The road is excellent, with a steady rate of climb and broad sweeping turns. There are frequent turnouts along the way with several large parking areas at trail heads. We must have gone on the opening of Elk Season, because the road was alive with pickups with orange-clad men carrying rifles. Every now and then, we would see antlers sticking out of the pickup bed and hear a rifle shot in the distance. Not being dressed in orange, Julie and I decided we would not wander too far from the road staying close to the car. The most notable bird we saw on the trip was a large number of Mountain Bluebirds we found at the summit. We did not find our target bird, the Juniper Titmouse even though we did wind up a dirt road into a stand of junipers.
   This road essentially parallels the Mirror lake highway for about 20 miles about 4 to 6 miles south of it but travels through a slightly different habitat. It is well worth the trip and doesn't have that pesky $3 stopping and parking fee. A nice trip would be to drive up the Mirror Lake highway then, coming down, take the Soapstone road over to Highway 32 and return on it, after exploring to the summit.