Birdnet Hotline Highlights
1-15 Apr 2002

Review Species Reported This Month:
     European Goldfinch   Davis Co. 
     Broad-winged Hawk  Utah Co. Washington Co.

   Bill Fenimore - (Sun, 31 Mar 2002) I was surprised to see that the European Goldfinch that I saw last year at my
backyard thistle feeder has returned.  It is a male in full breeding plumage.  Last year, we saw it through much of the winter and as late as June.  We had not seen it since, until today. It appeared at 1:40 p.m. It was with a mixed flock of American Goldfinch and Lesser Goldfinch.

   Deedee O'Brien - (Sun, 14 Apr 2002)  One Band-tailed Pigeon was in our yard today for about an hour today. He came to the feeder twice, but was very skiddish (any slight movement near the window sent him flying) and spent most of the time somewhat hidden in the pine tree. I was away last weekend, but my husband says two Band-tails were there on both Saturday and Sunday (April 6 & 7).
   Joel & Kathy Beyer - (Sun, 31 Mar 2002)  We saw about 20 Gray-crowned Rosy Finches and 4-5 Black Rosy Finches late this afternoon, Sunday March 31, in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  They were at the east (upper) end of the Alta  Bypass Road, where a few of the condos have feeders.  This has been a reliable winter location for both species for the past several years.

   Dana Green, Julie VanMoorhem - (Sun, 14 Apr 2002) Julie VanMoorhem and I got good looks at a BROAD-WINGED HAWK in Genola this morning about 12:00.  It was last seen soaring north over Utah Lake.  Is it the same one Rick saw?  I wouldn't look for it before the JRP.
   Julie VanMoorhem, Dana Green - (11 Apr 2002)  Julie VanMoorhem and Dana Green reported a Great Egret on the west side of the Provo Airport dike.  Going north from the SW corner, it was about 3/4 of the way up and was in the field on the airport side.  Also, between the south extention and the SW corner there were some Red-breasted mergansers in the "mote."
   Alton Thygerson - (Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002)   A group of scouts I was guiding for a bird walk had a good look at a Long-eared Owl occurred on Tuesday evening at 7:10 p.m. It was seen on the Skipper Bay trail (trail runs north and south along Utah Lake just north of the Utah Lake State Park). Walking from the parking lot (south end of trail) it was seen about 100 yards north of the campground.

   Rick Fridell, Kristen Comella - (Sun, 14 Apr 2002) This morning (4/14), Kristen Comella and I went birding on the Beaver Dam Wash, Lytle Ranch Area, Washington County, Utah.  We birded from 7:00 until 11:30 and the bird of the day was definately an adult light phase BROAD-WINGED HAWK soaring over the Lytle Ranch parking and camping area. Kristen, Grant Jense, Mike Walters and I had great views as it soared above us around 10:00 am.