Birdnet Hotline Highlights
Steve Coleman - (Fri, 22 Feb 2002) It's been quiet this week, I always look forward to all of your reports. I unfortunately don't have much to report either except the Harris' Sparrow that hung around my yard for a long time this winter was back yesterday after about a month of not seeing him.
Rachelle Rogers - Yesterday (02/10/02) we saw 3 swans (2 adult, 1 juvenile) at Farmington Bay. They were about 200 feet out on the ice (in moving water) west of the road, about 1/2 way to the end, after the island (right before the first bridge). Their overall size and the long shape of their bill indicated Trumpeter Swans, as well as the absence of any yellow on their bills.
David Allan - (Sun, 24 Feb 2002) I saw 6 Tundra Swans this afternoon toward the north end of Fool Creek Sinks Reservoir (Millard Co). That's a new one for my 'Sinks' and Millard County lists. Lots of other migrating waterfowl, a couple of Bald Eagles, and several Double Crested Cormorants were present.
David Allan - (Sat, 16 Feb 2002) Spring must be on the way, Snow Geese are beinging to arrive at Gunnison Bend Reservoir in Millard County near Delta for their annual refueling stop as they head for the arctic. I saw 400 - 500 today.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Bruce Robinson - (Mon, 25 Feb 2002) I spent about an hour and never moved more than a 100 foot radius from where I had parked (960 East 415 North-- if you see a large dumpster, you are in the same area I visited.) During that hour I saw MANY Juniper Titmice, a couple White-breasted Nuthatches, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, several Mountain Chickadees and Juncos, plus the usual flickers, magpies, etc.
Bruce Robinson - (Sun, 24 Feb 2002) Salt Lake Birders went on a field trip to City Creek Canyon and the Salt Lake City Cemetery (Salt Lake Co.). While there was quite an assortment of birds seen, the highlights were probably 2 Winter Wrens. We got fairly decent looks at the first wren, but the 2nd wren, which was about a 1/4 mile further up the canyon, really put on a show!! It flew up to a low branch just above the stream, made sure that it had a snowy backdrop so that we could very clearly see his fine details and beautiful rufous colors. After that was accomplished, he proceeded to serenade us for at least 5 minutes, turning slightly every now and then to give us different views. Beautiful sighting!!!
Brad Stevenson - (Sun, 17 Feb 2002) I took my 5 year old out birding today, and within a few minutes of my house in Draper, found a Peregrine Falcon perched on a telephone pole.
Darren Clark - (Sat, 09 Feb 2002) I don't know if this is noteworthy, but this is a slow time of year bird-wise. I found a Northern Pygmy Owl perched on top of a conifer, in the double row of conifers just north of the Manti Temple (Sanpete County). This was today at 4:30 pm. Also in Sanpete county were quite a few Bald and Golden Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, and American Tree Sparrows. These birds were in the marshes bordering the Sevier river between Fayette and Gunnison.
Eric Huish - (Fri, 08 Feb 2002) I saw the swans also. I Must have just missed Tuula. I definitely saw yellow lores on the adults and their bill shape looked like Tundra Swans. The Immatures looked to have all dark bills but they didn't look any bigger than the adults and I think their bill shape looked like Tundra also. Also there were 7 Bald Eagles out on the ice and 2 in a tree by the State park entrance. On the way back to work I stopped at Powel Slew and saw a Common Moorhen and earlier today KC and I saw a Clarks Grebe at the Lindon boat harbor.
Reed Stone - This morning, 2/8/02, 11;30 AM, I observed four Trumpeter Swans, 2 immature, 2 mature. They were at the mouth of Provo River at the Utah Lake State Park. There were no man made markings, no wing paint or neck bands. They were quite nervous, so be careful about how close you approach.
Reed Stone - (3 Feb 2002) On my way to Goshen about a mile north of the Payson offramp I saw a Great Egret fly up out to the drainage ditch on the right side of the (south bound I-15 freeway) a really good look. At Goshen, in the grove of trees north of town, there were there were three mature Bald Eagles. About a mile south of Elberta I spotted a Perigrene Flacon on a power pole. I also saw the usual Buteos, Horned larks etc.
Barbara and Dan Williams (from Rockford, Illinois) - On the 28th or 29th of January, a Varied Thrush was seen "...along the creek behind the nature center in Fruita."