Originally the hot spot was made to encompass two ponds in the area--one south of UT-140 and the larger main pond north of it. There are actually a couple small springs here north of 140 but only the large one is viewable. The locations south is rarely visited and often the pond is dry, but a great riparian habitat is here creating an interesting migrant trap. With current construction in the area these ponds and their access may become more and more difficult.
The large north pond is an easy scan and open year round due to the warm springs that actually fill it. During the winter months diving ducks are a common sight, usually anchored by a decent number of RING-NECKED DUCKS. COMMON GOLDENEYE, RUDDY DUCK, and LESSER SCAUP are often present as well. Both GREATER SCAUP and HOODED MERGANSER have been observed as well. With a limited number of checklists the waterfowl species found here are probably much greater. During spring and summer the riparian habitats at both locations is good for BULLOCK'S ORIOLE and WESTERN KINGBIRD. A short stop off the freeway and with a little coverage I suspect some good birds might turn up here. Currently this is one of many under-birded locations in the state.
From I-15 exit 288 (14600 South) go west/northwest on 14600 South/UT-140 for .7 miles. Turn right onto 790 West between the two businesses and follow the road till it dead ends behind the buildings. The ponds are to your right and can be scoped from the edge of the no trespassing signs. To reach the south pond go back to 14600 and turn right going .3 miles taking a slight left onto 1000 West going south for .3 miles. The pond will be on your left as the road dead ends at the East Jordan Canal.