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.

Common Nighthawk

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.

Eastern Kingbird

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!

Northern Pintail

Distant American Avocet

"Crazy" Willet
*  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"

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