Utah County Birders
Field Trip Report
Diamond Fork Canyon -- 20 July 2019
by Suzi Holt
We had 9 birders show up for the field trip this morning bright and early at 7 am. Our first stop was the pond at the mouth of the canyon. We saw Brewer's and Red-winged Blackbirds, a ton of Barn Swallows, Cliff Swallows and Violet-green Swallows, Yellow Warblers, American Goldfinch, Mallards, Northern Shoveler and a Ruddy Duck.
A little ways up the road we saw quite a few Mountain Blubirds on the road, Lazuli Buntings, more Yellow warblers, heard a Western Wood Pewee. We also saw a Belted Kingfisher along the river at the big corner.
At the campground we found 6 Gray Catbirds, tons more Yellow Warblers, a Fox Sparrow, many Song Sparrows, Lesser Goldfinch, Warbling Vireos and more swallows!
Female Lazuli Bunting
We drove up Juan Roads Rd again and saw Western Tanager, Lazuli bunting, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-naped Sapsuckers, Downy Woodpecker, heard a Cedar Waxwing and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wild Turkey, Plumbeous Vireo, and a Flicker.
Female Black-headed Grosbeak
Our next stop was Red Ledges we saw a Canyon Wren, lots more swallows, two White-throated Swifts, and four cute House Wrens.
From there we went straight to Sawmill Hollow. We found more catbirds, Pine Siskin, Warbling Vireo, Cedar Waxwings, Turkey Vultures, Woodhouse's Scrub jay and Robins. We stopped on the way back down at the pond but didn't find any new species.
Black Phoebe. possibly juvenile
From there we crossed the road to the Spanish Fork River Park to see the Black Phoebe. There were 2, could one be a juvenile!!!! Also lots of Cliff Swallows, a few more Lazuli Buntings, a pair of Bullock's Orioles and a Red-tailed Hawk.
It was a great day and a little cooler up the canyon. I was happy with the 46 species!!!