Utah County Birders
Field Trip Report
31 May - 1 Jun 2019
Washington County Field Trip
Report and Photos by Suzi Holt
We had 7 Birders on Friday for Lytle Ranch and 5 of us today for Kolob Terrace and Hurricane. But we had a blast! We only missed a couple target species.
We started off early in Lytle our hightlights were the Long-eared Owls! We also love seeing the Phainopepla, Brown-crested and Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Bell's Vireo!
Long-eared Owl chick
In Snow canyon we got Black-chinned, Black-throated and Rufous-crowned Sparrows. We did a drive by to see the notorious Vermillion Flycatcher and they have little ones!
Saturday we met at 7 am and headed up Kolob Terrace. The Lava Point lookout had just opened up and we were able to see the California Condor from afar! We also saw the beautiful Grace's Warbler and enjoyed a Cordilleran Flycatcher. From there we went to Whispering Pines. We found a beautiful Red-naped Sapsucker and Mountain Bluebirds and a cooperative Dusky Flycatcher.
Red-breasted Nuthatch excavating her nest
We went up to Kolob Reservoir and it is filled to overflowing with all the snow this year. But we were able to access the north end where we were happy to find the Lewis's and ACORN Woodpeckers.
After the reservoir we stopped at Wildcat Csnyon trail and hiked down to see the Pygmy Nuthatches...no Pygmy's, but we did find a White-breasted Nuthatch and Western Bluebird. We then stopped at Confluence Park and saw the great horned owl, Verdin and Summer Tanager.
It was a beautiful 2 days down south and we missed everyone. We tallied 100 Species in those 2 days so it was a success!
Great Horned Owl