Provo Airport Dike
Provo Airport Dike Looking East by Merrill Webb
Birding: This is a good place to get out of the car and start birding. When you continue in the car, drive slowly, being on the lookout for birds on both sides of the road. Continue south to the next stop, 0.7 miles further on, where you will be able to see Utah Lake. Here there is a road to the left blocked by a gate where a walk can sometimes be very rewarding.
The road turns west (right) then goes around the south runway approach section, then continues west to the south west corner where it turns north (again to the right). Along this stretch of road, the lake is visible on the left and the moat is on the right. There are several points along the road where you can pull off for a closer look.
The road continues north for 1.5 miles to the northern runway approach where it bends west out into the lake providing good views into the marshes. The road continues around the runway extension, then angles north paralleling the Provo River until it returns to Center Street. Here, Center Street crosses over the Provo River on a bridge that has a nesting colony of Cliff Swallows in May and June.
Birds: The birds commonly seen on this auto tour include several species of swallows, both Western and Eastern Kingbirds, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, Snowy Egrets, Forsters and Caspian Terns, Marsh Wrens, Lazuli Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, and several species of water fowl. (Sometimes, during spring and fall migrations, this area is one of the best places to find uncommon birds.) ~ Robin Tuck
Field Trip Reports: |
Aug 2011 |
24 May 2011
Apr 2011 |
28 Apr 2008 |
21 Oct 2006 |
Looking South on the East
Side by Leena Rogers İLeena
Rogers (Apr 2008)
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron,
by Ryan Houston
İRyan Houston (Aug.2007)