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Hanna Hummingbird Haven:
The 2021 "Hanna
Hummingbird Haven" year has started at the cabin of Dena & Jim Reid in Hanna, Utah,. The
Rufus males start leaving after the 1st week of August, so the end of
June through July is the best time to visit . Visitors are
(Note: ."I need to remind people I do not have public restrooms available
and that they need to visit the Hanna store at mile post 37 for those
necessities.…I do not let anyone inside our home. And the river at the
moment is fast , strong, and cold dangerous…")
(Here are two slow-motion videos by Paul Hunsaker:
New Bird Species added to the
Nine new species of birds have been
added to the Photo Gallery of US and Canadian Birds with photos
taken by Joel Beyer. Most of these birds are very rare
in North America but Joel and his wife Kathy have traveled to many parts
of the world where these birds are easier to find and photograph. The new species are:
Red-flanked Bluetail (female),
Common Hill Myna,
Eastern Yellow Wagtail,
(click on species
name to see photos)
Albino and Leucistic Birds
Photos of a a leucistic
Black-billed Magpie by Margaret Sloan have been added to go along with
the Black-chinned Hummingbird photo by Neil Fellows added recently to our collection. Both
of these birds were found in the Park City area.
We now have at least 25 species in our "albino" collection.
eBird Links for our Birding Places:
There are description and directions to over 500
birding places on the Utah Birds website. We now have links to the eBird sightings for almost all of them, both in the "index
of birding sites" and on the individual pages describing the
places to bird found on the County Pages.
Through each eBird link you can also find other eBird information for
nearby places, by using the "Hotspot map," so once you've found one
place you can easily find information for other places in the area.
Updated Utah Checklilst:
With the Mallard
subspecies, Mexican Duck, being made a separate species by the AOS
checklist committee (NACC), Utah now has a new species on its checklist.
At the top of the
checklist, you will find links to: a printable version, a
Taxonamic list (with a PDF version), and an updated Review Species List
(with a PDF version). Kenny Frisch suggested a couple of articles to
help with the challenging ID: An
article by Jack Bushog and
a photo essay by
A warm welcome to Utah's 466th species!
Recent Reports of Unusual Birds:
Several hybrids and a
Black-headed Grosbeak with a bold white eye ring have been reported
recently in Utah. Bryant Olsen sent in
photos with a report
of a female Baltimore Oriole x
Bulock's Oriole hybrid that was nesting at the newly created Tracey
Aviary Jordan River Nature Center. Photo's of a
Black-headed Grosbeak with white eye rings in Cedar City was sent in
by Jim Bruce. A report of probably the only Northern
Mockingbird x Bendire's Thrasher
x Northern Mockingbird hybrid ever reported in the wild was sent in by
Mike Schijf and Photos of a
Rose-breasted x Black-headed Grosbeak hybrid found at the mouth of
Payson Canyon, were sent into the Photo Gallery by Cliff Miles.
the July UCB Newsletter for more details).
Article - The Molt of the American Goldfinch:
breeding season in the bird world. This brings on very interesting
behaviors, changes in plumage and a lot of singing. Here's an
article about the Molt of the American
Goldfinch with photos from our website.
2017: A Banner Year for New Species
Six New Utah
Species were observed and documented in 2017. Dusky-capped
Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Arctic Tern, Bell's Sparrow,
Black-throated Green Warbler and Common Crane.
of thumbnails below to see records)
Two Great Gray Owls in Utah:
One Great Great Owl was reported near Midway on
29 Jan 2017 and another was
reported in Mountain Green on 2
Feb 2017. The last sighting of this species in Utah was in 1989.
Here's how it played out for Weston
Smith. Here's a side-by-side
comparison of the two
birds. Many birders got to see these rare birds.
Sighting of this Species in Utah]
Utah DWR data on Yellow-billed
The Utah DWR has kept track of the occurrence of
Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the diet of the Salt Lake City peregrine falcons
since 1986. Here's a list of the
dates and findings.
Here's a series of pictures taken by Ernest Harlow
of a Barn Swallow nest in
Brigham City. This shows everything from eggs, to featherless
hatchings, to downy chicks, to feathered chick ready to go, to the empty
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.
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
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."
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...)