View Full Version : Will be in Park City in August, any tip?
Tuesday 30th March 2010, 17:22
I will be in Park City in August, with a 1 year old baby, while my wife is attending a conference. Any tip where to go birding? I remember there is quite a nice network of trails, but I would appreciate any good tip to see the local specialties. I don't think I will have a car, though, so I will have to use local transportation..
Monday 9th August 2010, 21:11
Spent 6 days in Utah from July 28. Mixed birding and family vacation.
LOST CREEK CAMPGROUND
Spent 4 nights in this campground, next to Lost Lake on the Mirror Lake Scenic Highway. Birding in the campground produced:
Spent an hour at Mirror Lake but it was crowded. Saw only:
American Pipits, Clark's Nutcrackers and White-crowned Sparrows.
SOAPSTONE BASIN ROAD
Several miles along this road produced only a Turkey Vulture and three Lazuli Buntings.
On the way back to the Mirror Lake Scenic Highway we stopped on the S Basin Road at a YMCA camp; only a few hundred yards from the Scenic Highway. This area had:
ROCK CLIFF, JORDANELLE SP
We spent an hour (at noon on August 1st) at the Rock Cliff Nature Center, part of Jordanelle State Park. Unfortunately, the wetlands (and most of the river) had largely dried up because of drought. We saw only:
This would be a great site if there weren't a drought!
SILVER FORK LODGE, BIG COTTONWOOD
On the way up Big Cottonwood Canyon we stopped for lunch at the lodge. The deck was too busy with people for many birds but a few came to the feeders:
Outside the lodge spotted a House Wren and several Tree Swallows.
BRIGHTON / SILVER LAKE
The lake had shrunk a lot since our last visit, and the path around it was crowded with visitors. We saw:
The best sightings were at a house with several feeders - on Wasatch street, which is immediately to the left of the main store/cafe (looking to the store/cafe from the front).
Only had 7:00-9:00 a.m. there on August 2nd.
The causeway had:
I would probably have seen Western Grebes and other birds if I'd had a scope!
The road from the causeway to Garr Ranch had:
Also: Two antelope, 20+ bison and a coyote.
Garr Ranch was closed until 9:00 a.m. and so I wasn't able to look there for Burrowing Owls, Warblers, Flycatchers, etc.
RED BUTTE GARDENS
These are up at the U. of Utah. Fantastic landscaping and flowers. Lots of birds here last year (May) but few this August. We spent 90 minutes walking around and saw only:
We saw around 65 species but that was in maybe 16-18 hours of birding. So not very good.
We somehow missed Steller's and Western Scrub Jays. The only raptors we saw were one N Harrier and one Am Kestrel. Didn't see any herons or egrets, and the only ducks around were Mallards.
If I could have stayed 2-3 hours at Antelope Island (and gotten into Garr Ranch there), I think I could have boosted my trip list quite a bit.
Trip report and photos are on my blog. Enter "Utah" in the blog's search field.
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