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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 welcome!
      
(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:  Video 1 Video 2)

New Bird Species added to the Photo Gallery
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: White-faced Storm-Petrel, Stygian Owl, Northern Boobook, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-flanked Bluetail  (male),  Red-flanked Bluetail (female), Taiga Flycatcher, Common Hill Myna, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Bachman's Sparrow.
(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 Steve Mlodinowd
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.
   
(See the July UCB Newsletter for more details).

Update of pages showing recently-hatched birds:
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 95 species (in 2020).  Here are links to the updated pages.
  

Feature Article - The Molt of the American Goldfinch:
Springtime is 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 in Utah!

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.       (
Click of thumbnails below to see records)


 

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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.     [
Documented Sighting of this Species in Utah]

Utah DWR data on Yellow-billed Cuckoos:
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.

Feature Article:
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 feather-lined nest. 

Types of Bird Nests:
Many excellent photos of bird nests, birds nesting and young birds fresh from their nests, have been sent in by Utah photographers.  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
Utah Birds 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 same time.

Feature Article:
Ted 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."

Bird Humor:
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...)

    

     

  

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(A special "thanks" to the Salt Lake Birders for a generous contribution in 2008 and to the Utah Ornithological Society for a similar generous contribution in 2013 to support this website).
  

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Banner photo: Yellow-billed Cuckoo by Pomera M. Fronce - ©Pomera M. Fronce