The Great Australian Birding
Fifteen Utah birders spent two week along the
east coast of Australia in August of 2001. This
is unique in the history of Utah field trips, in length, duration,
food variety, lodging, and many other ways.
This is the 20th anniversary version complete with
Update of pages showing
A feature article from a few
years ago highlighted photos in our Photo Gallery of 35 species of
recently hatched birds -- the cutest birds
you'll ever see! The number is now up to
97 species (in 2021). Here are
links to the updated pages.
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:
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).
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."
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...)