Monday, June 30, 2008

American Birding Association: Thursday field trip

During the American Birding Association's convention at Snowbird resort south of Salt Lake City, Utah, the Bridal Veil Falls field trip began with a stop at Bridal Veil Falls to look for Black Swifts.

Bridal Veil Falls

Looking for Black Swifts... and finding 'em

Birdchick (in the center) avoiding "swift neck" -- a variation of "warbler neck"

The area also yielded Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Violet-green Swallow, Cedar Waxwing and slate-colored Fox Sparrow among others. I delighted in the singing sparrow and the four waxwings chasing each other.

The next stop, Vivian Park, included a bridge with an American Dipper nest. We could see the adults dipping, bobbing and collecting food in this channel.

Lookit Birdchick's images and videos of the dippers.

I enjoyed seeing a Bullock's Oriole (so bright!) and Cordilleran Flycatcher, too. After a stop at Vivian Park -- where I spotted little but soaked up the sun and scenery -- we ate lunch in the amphitheater at the Mt. Timpanogos trailhead. Various birds engaged the group's attention. Delightful spot.

Mt. Timpanogos trailhead

The last site: Sundance Resort, where we received free rides on the chairlift and wonderful views of the grounds' beauty. Birdchick, Gail and I lucked out by sharing the lift with an employee who provided lots of details about the resort's preserve, history and activities.

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Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Fantastic photographs. What a wonderful place it must be. I've read a bit on Birdchick and Bill of the Birds about the trip.

June 30, 2008 7:21 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for the kind words. The area's definitely worth a visit, with spectacular scenery all around.

July 01, 2008 9:26 AM  

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