Boot Cox Park is a small park in the middle of St. George, that you would never know existed if you didn't stumble upon or be pointed to it by someone else. The tiny park is surrounded on the north, east and west sides by homes--utter suburbia. To the south are pastures that are part of a farm. In the southeast corner are tennis courts, while a small pavilion and playgrounds are just north. The west half ant eh area north of the playground are all open grass, but the park is entirely surrounded by deciduous trees. There have been several conifers around the north end as well as the tennis courts, but I think some may have been removed recently. The large pasture directly south has a seep so the field is often wet. There is a fence line separating the park form the private property, and a road that is also private going directly south form the tennis courts. A paved path follows the perimeter of the park.
About 5 years ago someone found a pair of VERMILION FLYCATCHERS here, and ever since this has been a regular stop for birders visiting St. George. The flycatchers are typically found along the south edge of the park bordering the pastures to the south. Often they are found in the trees here, along the fence line, along the road heading south or i any of the small trees or shrubs in the fields. As many as 5 have been seen here at once--presumably a breeding pair and offspring. Sometimes they just aren't present and may just not be here some years. Other birds often seen here year round include BLACK PHOEBE, SAY'S PHOEBE, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE. During the winter months WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and AMERICAN PIPIT can usually be found . In the summer WESTERN KINGBIRD and BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD can be found. In late May migrants pass through the park and WESTERN TANAGER, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK are all possible. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK have both been found here and the potential for other good migrants and over wintering birds are really good here.
From south of St. George, take I-15 exit 6 north for .25 miles and turn right at the 1st light onto Main Street. Go .7 miles north then turn right onto 700 south. Go 1.1 miles--just after you go under the freeway take a right onto 900 east and go .5 miles. The parking lot is on your right--you can also drive to the end of the road and park on the street. Alternatively, form the north you can take I-15 exit 8 and turn left on to St. George Blvd crossing the freeway for .2 miles. Turn right onto River Road and go 1.2 miles. Turn right onto 900 south and go .4 miles. Turn left onto 900 east and make your way .2 miles to the parking lot on your right.