Utah County Birders
Field Trip Report
13 June 2019
June Meeting Field Trip - Warm Springs WMA
Report and Photos by Suzi Holt
For our June meeting we decided to do a field trip. Twenty-four birders met with a threatening summer thunder storm looming over Warm Springs WMA.
The American Bittern* was a no show, I am sure he didn't like the rain drops! We felt lucky to see a few Common Yellowthroats, Barn Swallows, Yellow Warblers, American Robins, Western Kingbirds, a Northern Harrier, Red-winged Blackbirds, a couple fly by's of Common Nighthawks a Northern Harrier and a Great Blue Heron.
I heard a metallic unfamiliar call, so Keeli and Terri came over to help and it was a beautiful FOY Eastern Kingbird for many. We called out my Virginia Rail friends, They were talkative but no shows. At the end of the road we scanned the fields for a Short-eared Owl but I think they were hunkering down from the storm as well.
We drove down to the "Goshen Ocean" ( East Goshen Pond) and saw Gadwall and Cinnamon Teal with little ones, Northern Pintail, American Avocets, some good looks at Wilson's Phalaropes, Canada Geese with goslings, Black-necked Stilts, Killdeer, more Common Nighthawks, California Gulls and lots and lots of crazy Willet's! We had a few new comers and I hope they felt welcome! Good times and good birds despite the weather!
Distant American Avocet
* About our "target bird"
- Photos of American Bittern "hidding" in Utah habitat.
- Close-ups of this species
- Recording of Sounds from "The Cornell Labritory of Ornithology"