Utah County Birders
 Field Trip Report

13 May 2019

Utah County Hotspots Field Trip
Report and Photos by Suzi Holt


Seventeen Utah County Birders met at Walmart at 7 am that is one hour before my usual wake up time :) We headed to Warm Springs WMA and got 27 species right of the bat. Highlights were the calling Long-eared Owl and the Common Yellowthroat. We also saw Canada Goose, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Mourning Doves, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, Sandhill Crane, a Willet putting on a great show, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Western Kingbird, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, European Starling, Lesser Goldfinch, Yellow Warbler, Western Meadowlark, Bullock's Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Robin and House Sparrow,

From there we stopped at the Goshen Ocean. We saw a Sanderling, a peep, Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Gadwall, Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal, Red-necked and Wilson's Phalarope, Mallard, Killdeer and babies, Caspian Tern, Pied-billed Grebe, Long-billed Curlew, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and a Northern Harrier.

Sanderling & Peep

Baby Killdeer

Wilson's Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

In Goshen Canyon there were 2 Golden Eagles, American Kestral, Cliff Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-billed Magpie, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lazuli Bunting, Rock Wren, Song Sparrow, Ring-billed and California Gulls. In the Elberta fields we saw Lark Sparrow, Western Kingbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Eurasian Collared Dove, and Turkey Vultures.

Yellow-breasted Chat   

Lazuli Bunting

Rock Wren

Our favorites were along the Elberta Slant Road. We saw "8" Burrowing Owls, "3" Gray Vireos, Say's Phoebe, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, and Horned Lark.

Burrowing Owl

Say's Phoebe

Gray Vireo

Gray Vireo
Birding the Tintics, looking toward the Wasatch Mountain Range
Photo by James Loveless

In the Tintics around Eureka we saw Warbling Vireo, Virginia's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Tpwhee, Bushtit, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Orang-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird, Juniper Titmouse, Western Tanager, Bewick's Wren, House Finch, and Rock Pigeon!!!

Wow I think we hit 81 species with the unidentified peep! It was hot and I got sunburned but what a great day!!! Thanks to all who joined, it is so much fun to share such a fun passion!!!


Warbling Vireo

Green-tailed Towhee

Dusky Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher

Western Kingbird

Western Tanager

Mountain Bluebird


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