This short target trip to Utah and Nevada is designed to find sought-after species in the right place and time of year. We will have 3 main targets – Himalayan Snowcock, Flammulated Owl and Black Swift – but there are many more desirable species that are possible such as American Three-toed Woodpecker, Chukar, Black Rosy-Finch and Grey Partridge.
The Himalayan Snowcock, successfully introduced to mountains in northern Nevada, provides one of the greatest challenges of any resident bird in North America. Even though they are as large as our largest grouse, the snowcock is nevertheless very skilled at avoiding detection amongst the rocks and cliffs of some of the most rugged and remote mountains in the lower 48 states. To even get a chance to see them requires a considerable physical effort (or a helicopter!).
Those who go to this effort are rewarded with not only a chance to see this spectacular bird, but also some of the most stunning scenery anywhere. There are also some other great birds, such as Black Rosy-Finch, Dusky Grouse, and Lewis’ Woodpecker, to be found there.
After leaving Nevada we will visit some of Northern Utah premier birding locations – the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and Antelope Island, making this short trip truly spectacular. Montane species will will target American Three-toed Woodpecker, Clark’s Nutcracker, Black Rosy Finch, American Dipper, Flammulated Owl and there is a chance of Black Swift. In the grasslands the uncommon Gray Partridge will be a target. Shorebird migration will be in full swing with thousands of phalaropes and Eared Grebes on the Great Lake Lake. Truly an extraordinary sight.
All in all a wonderful mix of species including some most sought-after species!