Utah County Birders
Field Trip Report
14 Sep 2019
Nebo Bench Field Trip
by Suzi Holt
6:00 am came early and it was cold this morning! Five of us met at the Nebo Bench Trailhead a little before 8:00. It was still in the shade and a little nippy. We saw most of the regulars that come in for a bath and morning drink, such as the Mountain Chickadees, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Siskin, Western Tanagers and White-crowned Sparrows. We also saw a Red-tailed Hawk, Brown Creeper, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Northern Flicker, Cassin's Finch and Common Ravens. We heard a Downy Woodpecker and a pack of hound dogs that had treed a bear down in the ravine...nope we didn't get to see a bear :( we were tempted to abandon the birds and go for a hike though. We spent about two hours there then stopped at the Mt. Nebo lookout. We had a flock of Clark's Nutcrackers fly by and watched a couple hikers ascend the second highest peak.
Brown Creeper (behind a Western Coneflower)
On the way down we stopped at Rock Springs and saw a Townsend's Solitaire, Wilson's Warbler, a couple MacGillivray's Warblers, plus a few more White-crowned Sparrows , a Turkey Vulture and Pine Siskins.
By Jone's Ranch we saw a tree with Turkey Vultures and a Osprey with his catch.
It was a fun day and nice to enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
Osprey (on the upper left)
and Turkey Vultures