Highland Glen is a community park situated between North County Boulevard (4800 W) and Alpine Highway (Hwy 74) in the city of Highland (Utah County). The park's main feature is a pond that is maintained as an urban fishery by the Division of Wildlife Resources. Paved walking trails allow visitors to stroll through the entire park and several habits. A creek called the American Fork River along the west side of the park provides riparian habitat. A small grove of mostly scrub oak on the northeast corner of the pond and a mix of trees and shrubs on the south end of the pond and park invite a wide range of bird species. Agricultural fields border the east and southeast edge of the park.
The peak birding season for the park is during spring migration when waterfowl gather on the pond and hummingbirds, warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, and grosbeaks pass through and breed in the park. Common migrants during spring and often during fall migration include a variety of flycatchers, CASSIN'S, PLUMBEOUS, AND WARBLING VIREOS along with an array of warblers including ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE, MACGILLIVRAY'S, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and WILSON'S.
Some of the breeders in the park are MALLARD, CALIFORNIA QUAIL, MOURNING DOVE, BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN FLICKER, WESTERN SCRUB-JAY, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.
The agricultural fields east of the park are home to WESTERN MEADOWLARK year round. CASPIAN TERNS and OSPREY are commonly seen hunting over the pond during the spring and summer months. The songs and appearances of LAZULI BUNTINGS add color to the park during the summer. SPOTTED SANDPIPERS can be seen making their twitchy, low-level flights from one side of the pond to the other when park visitors draw near as they enjoy their summer strolls around the pond.
The park is relatively quiet from a birding perspective during winter months, but those who are attentive may discover the winter roost of a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL if they scope out holes in the larger deciduous trees in the park. SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER'S HAWKS regularly hunt for the year-round residents during early morning hours in the park. The pond often presents open water during winter months where less common WOOD DUCKS and RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSERS may be found. The agricultural fields south of the east entrance to the park welcome large flocks of CANADA GEESE which have included CACKLING and white geese. HORNED LARKS are also regularly seen alternatively foraging and taking short flights in the same fields during the winter.
The park can be accessed from the east and the west sides. Take W Cedar Hills Drive heading west from North County Boulevard (N 4800 W) to enter from the east side of the Park. Lone Peak High School will be on your right just before you drop down into the park. Go left through the small roundabout and drive down into the park. You can also enter the park from Alpine Highway (Hwy 74) by turning east on 10130 N and parking in the lot at the west entrance to the park.