The ponds at the west end of Glovers Lane in Farmington have traditionally been a stop for those birding Farmington Bay WMA. A large pond to the west of end of the road is combined, with marsh and mudflats to the south, and a farmers field to the east that is often flooded. This combination of habitats attracts a variety of birds.
Birding is easy here. Pull up to the corner, or to the parking area near the radar "globe", and set up to scan or scope the pond, mudflats, or fields form any vantage point along the road. Typically during migration the pond hosts lots of waterbirds--similar to what you might find at Farmington Bay WMA just a few hundred feet to the south. During late spring and breeding season CINNAMON TEAL are sometimes joined by BLUE-WINGED TEAL, whilst both CLARK'S and WESTERN GREBES can be observed. A rookery on the edge of Farmington Bay and the south end of the pond is used by GREAT BLUE HERON. If the water is low during the fall large flocks of shorebirds might be using the area. LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER flocks here have had numerous SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER as well as STILT SANDPIPER mixed in. COMMON TERN have been observed here, while FORSTER'S TERN are common. EURASIAN WIGEON, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, LEAST TERN, have all been observed here. The mega-rarity that is most notable was a CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR originally seen at Farmington Bay showed up here a few hours later in the middle of the road in December 2007.
From I-15 south of Farmington take exit 322. At the end of the on ramp take the first right onto 200 west/I-15 Frontage Road. Drive a 1/2 mile to the stop sign at Glovers Lane. Turn right onto Glovers Lane and drive until the road veers 90 degrees to the right at the ponds on the west end of Glovers Lane. Alternatively, from north of Farmington, take I-15 exit 325. Turn right at the end of the off ramp onto 100 West. Drive .6 miles to Clark Lane and take a right. Continue for .5 miles to 1525 West and take a left. Continue south 1.2 miles to Glovers Lane. Take a right onto Glovers Lane and drive until the road veers 90 degrees to the right at the ponds on the west end of Glovers Lane.