It’s winter time in beautiful Utah. The Wasatch mountains are snow-capped and the skiers are enjoying the start of a great ski season. Promontory, located in Park City, is an ideal place for second home owners who love winter sports. As skiers have arrived for the season, many of the wild life have found warmer places, and many birds have flown south for the winter. The birds who remain through the winter have learned to adapt to the conditions along with the white snowshoe hare, elk, moose and deer who also have adapted and find winter comfort in the hills of Promontory. Aspen and Spruce trees make a winter home for many birds who choose to nest in through the winter. These year-round birds can be heard in the morning, merrily singing their songs.
Among the birds you will see in the trees at Promontory are the Magpie, Winter Gulls and a variety of small Finches. These feathered friends add to the beauty and nature of the clear blue skies, winter white grounds and vistas. There is plenty of bird watching to do even while you are having an epic ski day! The Kid’s Cabin is proud to offer many experiences for children that take them outdoors. With the Cabin surrounded by trees, there is plenty of bird activity to watch, explore and learn. The winter birding camps offer a great connection with the summer bird camps. In partnership with Utah’s Tracy Aviary, birding takes place year round at Promontory.
During the summer, the Cabin kids are able to join the bird adoption program and support Andy, the Andean Condor along with Salt and Pepper, two white-faced whistling ducks. Salt and Pepper are brother and sister. Salt was initially more comfortable with people, but Pepper now picks up new behaviors quicker than his sister, making these two ducks favorite creatures. Andy, who hatched in 1959, walks around the grounds with his trainer, Helen and his birthday is celebrated each January. Although these birds are not native to Utah, the Aviary is a great place to see birds year round with Promontory kids. Click on their website for activities and winter programs.
Winter beauty if not just for the birds, it’s for kids and adults, too! Enjoy our Park City ‘bluebird’ ski days, along with the winter birds who stay year round. Be sure to visit the Aviary and say “hi” to Andy, Salt and Pepper. Make your winter vacation a time for the whole family to cherish!
For more information on birding in Utah Winter click on Birds of Utah.