|Sandy Urban Fishery's resident Great Blue Heron|
Turns out that the Sandy Urban Fishery is just down the hill, west of my new office. This is also along the Jordan River Parkway Trail, just 60 blocks south of my old lunch-hour birding patch. Similar habitat to my old patch, but with the nice addition of the fishing pond providing a whole new ecosystem and a whole new set of birds that I didn't have at my old patch. So far I've been delighted with it as I've seen 38 species already...which is great considering the time of year. I even saw a Palm Warbler there on my very first visit...a nice rarity in Utah (though we had three Palm Warblers earlier in the year).
Other birders had previously discovered this nice little birding location as it was already an eBird hotspot entered as "Sandy Fishing Pond". Visiting birders have not been consistent throughout the year and only 64 total species have been reported to date. As always, my goal is to eliminate all those grayed-out columns of unreported weeks on the eBird bar chart for my birding patches. Let's see how long it takes me to get to 100 species here!
The aerial map below shows my office location relative to my new birding patch. I can take the Jordan River Parkway Trail either north or south depending on where my birding mojo leads me that day.
Inspired by the awful species labeling during the Attu fly-over on the movie version of The Big Year, below is a close-up map of my new lunch-hour birding patch with labels of where I regularly see certain species.
Below is the view looking north. Mostly Coots on the water.
I had this Red-tailed Hawk fly over the other day. One fisherman informed me it was a female Red-tail. I asked him how he knew, and he just grinned. I don't know how to determine gender on Red-tailed Hawks. Jerry Liguori, can you confirm what the crazy fisherman said?