We had allotted 6 days for the Snowcock and luckily we had only needed three days. We had 4 free days to increase our year totals, we were both close to 400 and a few birds would put us over the top.
Our first stop was the town of Brighton up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, their had been reports of Williamson’s Sapsucker in the area and I desperately wanted to get a photograph.
Of course the first bird we saw was the Williamson’s as he flew by us onto a shaded trunk. By the time we got our binoculars on the bird, it decided to go elsewhere. We stayed there for the rest of the morning but it never showed itself again.
We did see:
We decided to move on to Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, there had been Ebird reports of Black Swift. Once there we quickly realized how high these birds were flying. I took photos of many birds that I thought might be Black Swift’s but for the most part were White-throated Swifts. Below are the darker birds:
What do you think? The bird in the square is a photo from the Internet of a Black Swift soaring.
We decided to make it an early night and head north the next day….
We headed to Powder Mountain Ski Resort just east of Ogden.
On the drive up the road we came across this doe.
A lovely Lazuli Bunting
On the dirt track road on the way in we found Mountain Bluebird and Olive-sided Flycatcher.
The meadow had hundreds of Butterflies.
Great Spangled Fritillary Female
Police Car Moth
Great Spangled Fritillary Male
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Ebird had reported Williamson’s Sapsucker’s in the area. The directions were a little vague but we did find the area and the birds.
The drumming lead us to the Sapsucker. Not my best photos but they are my only photographs of this bird.
Chris found a lovely male American 3-toed Woodpecker, giving us both excellent views.
This was a haven for Woodpeckers we also found a Hairy.
For me I seldom see this next bird, a Western Tanager.
Another great day, Thanks Chris.