Green River Crossing photo by Tim Avery
The Main Street River Crossing is a quick stop to scan the river for waterbirds, and others in town. The easiest location to view is from behind the trading post on the north side of Main street and east of the river. Here you can see a large sandbar in the river (unless there is very high water). From the south side of Main, also on the east side of the river you can also try to get a vantage point on the river and sandbars there. The surrounding land is arid desert and sparse farmland--it's not great habitat. The river provides shoreline, and obviously water ranging form shallow near the sandbars, to relatively deep stretches. The riparian habitat bordering the river here is dominated by russian olive, with a variety of willow, cottonwood, salt cedar, and other shrubs and trees mixed in. Since all the viewing locations are on business property please be mindful of the owners.
A small list of species has been built up here in recent years. Since the view locations aren't really in view, most birders skip through without making a stop. From the view on the river you will probably see CANADA GOOSE on most visits, while GADWALL, MALLARD, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL are also reported occasionally. During migration keep an eye out for mergansers--COMMON MERGANSER are reported with some frequency. Both GREAT BLUE HERON and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON are seen from time to time. Although there are no reports of GREEN HERON, it certainly could be found skulking here. OSPREY and NORTHERN HARRIER may be seen hunting along the river in the summer months, while BALD EAGLE are present in the winter. Shorebirds use the sandbars on the river when available--with SPOTTED SANDPIPER being seen regularly during migration. Keep an eye out for other waterbirds. FORSTER'S TERN have been reported as well--but in general the few visits haven't produced a hug number of species that are known to use the waterway. BLUE GROSBEAK, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and WESTERN KINGBIRD can be found here in the summer, while swallows swarming over the water during migration can produce all 6 regularly occurring species. As with the other 3 birding locations in Green River, just about anything could show up here.
From the intersection of Broadway and SR-19/Main Street in Green River, head east on Main Street for 1.3 miles. Once you cross the river you can get to two different view points. Turn left and drive to the north end of the parking lot behind the trading post and park. Here you can walk behind the building to the west back to the river over look. You can alternatively turn right into the parking lot at the restaurant and hotel and try to access a view from various locations here.
Labels: divers, Emery County, farms, migrants, riparian, river, shorebirds, waders, warblers, waterfowl
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