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The Skipper Bay Trail 2/19/11

posted by Jeff Bilsky at
on Sunday, February 20, 2011 

Skipper Bay often stacks up with waterfowl in the early days of spring and late winter, as temperatures climb and snow and ice melt. I believe the fields to the east of the trail where the majority of the birds congregate are actually private land but I'll have to check their status in terms of whether they have any protection or not from development/sale. There are some Osprey nesting platforms on the land as well that have been used for at least the last few years. The Utah Lake is to the west of the trail and the farm fields are to the east. The trail runs through a narrow riparian sect. During migration this is the definition of a "hot spot" - a perfect storm of habitats and location. Last year the area had 3 Greater White-Fronted Geese for several weeks - well into March. Yesterday on my quick walk up and down the trail, I located a lone Snow Goose amongst the thousands of other waterfowl including: Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, Pintails, Mallards, Canada Geese, and Green-winged Teal. It really is a spectacle and well worth a visit - especially as spring gets closer and closer. I'll be leading a field trip on 4/2 for the Great Salt Lake Audubon and more than likely this will be one of our stops.

To get to Skipper Bay, take Center street in Provo all the way west to just before the Utah Lake State Park entrance. Turn right, following a chain link fence and turn left at the "T" intersection. The trail runs North from here. Best of luck and good birding!

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