2014 Christmas Bird County
Another new bird for Utah! The Allen's
Hummingbird is very similar to the Rufous Hummingbird, but as one
records committee member said: "The tail tells the tale."
The bird was first observed by Carla Ritter in Ivin, Washington County.
It was, banded by Ned Batchelder and a
sight record was submitted by
Rick Fridell. This is the 454th species documented in Utah.
The Utah Birds website has been incorporating
eBird Data into it county pages,
Rare Bird Finder, and birding
location pages through links to reports, graphs, and maps generated by
eBird. The birding location links are only partially done right now
but you can check out the locations in
Utah County and
Salt Lake County to see the
links to the eBird data for each specific location (Click
on the name of the location and go to the bottom of the write-up).
A new bird for Utah! The Streak-backed
Oriole found on the St. George Christmas Bird Count by Russell
Schreiner has been
confirmed by the Utah Bird Records Committee.
The sight record has three
sets of convincing photos of
this bird representing the 453rd species documented in Utah.
A "brilliant" example of hummingbird aerial
acrobatics is captured by James McIntyre in the highlands of Costa Rica
with a "remote-controlled, synchronized, ultrahigh-speed multiple-flash
setup." Impressive setup -- impressive photo!
Types of Bird Nests:
Many excellent photos of bird nests, birds nesting
and young birds fresh from their nests, have been sent in by
A new article on "Bird Nests and
Nesting Schemes" with some of these photos and information about
eleven different types of nests or nesting schemes has been posted on our
website. A big "thank you" to the photographers who have shared
their photos with us.
The Utah Birds website had a new "Bird
Index" feature. The index is similar to those in the back of bird
field guides and has links to the pictures, Utah profiles, songs and
calls, feature and bird of the month articles, photo of the month pages,
and for rare birds, the sightings lists. Hopefully this will make
the contents of the many thousands of website pages, more easily
Utah Winter Gull Identification:
At the October meeting of the Utah County Birders,
Dennis Shirley gave a presentation on identifying
"Utah Winter Gulls,"
which has now been adapted and expanded for the
website. It's become a "work in process" and we'd like you to take a
look and give us some feedback on how we can improve it -- and you may be
able to learn to better identify the
winter gulls in Utah at the
Roseate Spoonbill in
Robinett from Dallas, Texas sent in a
with a video for a Roseate Spoonbill, that they saw on a rafting trip
in Cataract Canyon in southern Utah. Utah has only
one vetted record of this species although there is a specimen in the
University of Utah collection and also information on some sightings in
Fitzgerald took photos of some nesting robins capturing a couple
of fortuitous photos of the "fecal
sac" phenomenon. Here's a link of
the series from incubation to fledglings producing the "Next
Generation of Robins."
on the Utah Checklist is -- the
Purple Sandpiper found by Rick Fridell at
Sand Hollow State Park in
Washington County. Many birders got to see and
photograph this "First
Here are some links to the "Bird
Humor" section of our feature pages:
- "Change is in the Air" (A stealthy
Starling is up to something).
- "Mom's Favorite" (How
you can tell you're NOT).
- "Snack-lifting "
(A clever little gull is hooked on junk food).
- "Heavenly Smiley Faces" (Smiley faces
are use in emails and...)