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SPOTTING BIRDS IN THE UINTAS

In early August members of Great Salt Lake Audubon joined UDWR avian biologist Frank Howe in a birding tour of the Uintas. We thought LYNX readers and HUPC members might like to know what was spotted on that day by the twenty birders who traveled from the riparian region of the Provo River to the alpine country of Bald Mountain.

In the highest life zone in Utah were sighted Mountain Chickadees, Gray Jays, Clark s Nutcrackers, and a Brewer's Sparrow. Near Lost Creek Rufous Hummingbirds, Cassin's Finches and White-crowned Sparrows were noted and at Teapot Lake an osprey was spotted on its nest. Along the Provo River Falls a Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen. In Soapstone's willows and shrubs the group saw Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks, as well as an Olive-sided Flycatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow, MacGilvray's Warbler and Belted Kingfisher.

Other birds seen on the trip included magpies, Pine Siskins, Chipping Sparrows, Gray-headed Juncos, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Green-tailed Towhee, Hermit Thrushes, Northern Flickers, Spotted Sandpipers, American Dippers, American Robins, Orange-crowned Warblers, Violet-green Swallows, Western Wood-Pewees, Warbling Vireos and a Red- tailed Hawk.

Thanks to GSLAS for providing this helpful information.

Margaret Pettis


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