Birdnet Hotline Highlights
September 2002

Review Species Reported This Month:
     Anna's Hummingbird  Washington Co.
     Philadelphia Vireo  Juab Co
     Worm-eating Warbler  Washington Co.
     McGown's Londspur   Davis Co. 


Leader of a Wings Tours - (11 September 2002) ... a McGOWN'S LONGSPUR was seen on the road to Garr Ranch, on Antelope Island. The bird was spotted about 800 yards south of a crosswalk with a number "10" on it which is near a sign which talks about the Utah silk industry.

Between showers this afternoon, Garr Ranch on Antelope Island produced some nice birds, including: Townsend's Warbler (several), Nashville Warbler (2), Cassin's Vireo (4-5), Plumbeous Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat (at least 2), Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, Townsend's Solitaire.  A juvenile Northern Mockingbird was seen along the road to the ranch, in the trees by the "Springs and Wetlands" pullout, which is a little more than a mile from the ranch.


Cindy Thomas - 2 Williamson's Sapsuckers. Sighted Monday September 9th. One in a tree on the south slope of Boulder Mtn 
on highway 12. One on the north slope in flight. Good look at the white rump and wing patches. Also on highway 12. 


Damian Fagan - (Tue, 3 Sep 2002)  Recent bird sightings in the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve   Greater Yellowlegs; solitary and spotted sandpiper; western and least sandpiper; Calliope Hummingbird; olive-sided flycatcher; dusky flycatcher; warbling vireo; red-breasted and white nuthatch; house wren; Townsend's, Nashville, and orange-crowned warbler; American Redstart; Northern Waterthrush; green-tailed towhee; lesser and American goldfinch. 


Pomera Fronce -  (Fri, 20 Sep 2002) Sid Westerman birded Goshen Canyon today and just called me with a report. We
have been going back and forth about a vireo we saw down there. After he and his son studied the bird for quite some time, they feel 100% sure that it is a Philadelphia Vireo. ...

Eric Huish - (Sat, 14 Sep 2002)  ... There was a lot of activity at Burriston Ponds though. Most exciting being a female American Redstart. Take the road on your right as you enter and park where the trees start to get thick and walk the trail between the two ponds.


Kelley Holtman - (Thu, 26 Sep 2002) I have a male Blue Grouse in my backyard! This is a lifer for me; one that I have taken hikes looking for. I have taken a few photos and my husband is here to witness as well. He did a little display in the backyard fanning his tail, ruffling his feathers so we could see his reddish air sacs and walking around in a circle.

Letitia Lussier - (Sun, 1 Sep 2002)  It is always worth sharing the excitement of a new yard bird . An adult Gray Catbird and a juvenile (who was chasing the adult around) were around for several days. I do believe this is the results of migration and not a locally nesting bird though I could be wrong.


Ron Brunson - (Mon, 2 Sep)  The Brown Thrasher was back in my yard again this morning along with catbirds, Virginias warbler, orange crowned warblers, Wilson's warblers, A great tailed grackle and a partial albino robin that had snow white wings and tail, green tailed tohee, house wrens. among others.


KC Childs - (Mon, 30 Sep 2002) I went down this afternoon to the Provo Marina on Utah Lake. ... There was also the
Pectoral Sandpipers, plenty of peeps and a Semipalmated Plovers. There were four Blue Winged Teal there on the north side of the south dike in the marina area.

Carol Davis and Nicky Davis - (Mon, 30 Sep 2002)  We drove down to the Provo Marina Sunday morning and noticed a different bird flying in and landing on a telephone pole next to a bunch of starlings. It was a Lewis's Woodpecker. ...  We also saw least sandpipers, pectoral sandpipers, and a semipalmated plover.

Robert Bradley, Tony Jones - (Sun, 22 Sep 2002) ... we saw 6 Cattle Egrets on the North side of the road (Boat Harbor Road) in among a small herd of cattle. They were busy eating the insects off the cattle. On of the birds still had some of the rusty coloring. Great sight.

KC Childs - (Wed, 18 Sep 2002) I went out to Utah Lake State Park accessed from Provo Center Street in Utah County. If you go out along the southern dike where the river enters the lake there are a lot of shorebirds. Maybe around 150 of them. There was one American Golden Plover, Black Bellied Plover, several Semiplamated Plovers, Sanderlings, ...

KC Childs - (13 Sep 2002)  I ran out to the Utah Lake this morning. At the State Park there was still Semipalmated Plovers. There were still peeps there as well. Also some Yellowlegs have joined the bunch.


Alton Thygerson - Last Saturday (Sept. 14), Merrill Webb and I made a morning trip to the Mirror Lake area and saw these target birds: Gray Jays (Bald Mtn. parking lot), Red Crossbills (Mirror Lake Campground), Three-toed Woodpecker (west of the Bald Mtn. parking lot, 200+ yards)...


Rick Fridell - (Sun, 29 Sep 2002) Today (9/29/02) Kristen Comella, Steve and Priscilla Summers, and I birded at Lytle Ranch. Today's highlight was an immature Chestnut-sided Warbler. ...Other highlights included: Wood Duck (upper impoundment), Red-shouldered Hawk, Inca Dove, Vaux's Swift (seen by Steve), and two Cassin's Vireos.

Rick Fridell - (Sat, 28 Sep 2002) This morning (9/28) at 9:45, the Red Cliffs Audubon field trip participants located an adult WORM-EATING WARBLER in the Red Cliffs Campground . It was foraging in the riparian area that runs through the campground. The group of 12-15 all saw the warbler off and on for approximately an hour. ... We also found an immature male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD in the same area.

Bob Showler - On Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 Christi Carmichael, Lonny Boring and I saw two Vaux's Swifts over Springdale Pond (behind the Switchback Restaurant in Springdale). They were in with a larger group of White-throated Swifts. The swifts are more active over the pond from around 5 p.m. on.

Bill Hunter - (Sun, 22 Sep 2002)  Last night, while my wife and I were out for a walk, we noticed one American White Pelican flying over the pond (at SunRiver). This morning there were 30 American White Pelicans on the pond. On the silt pond there was a small flock of about 9 Blue-winged Teal. Beautiful wing pattern as they took off and flew before me only to alight in the pond again.

Kevin Wheeler - (10 Sep 2002) I'm a little late reporting, but Kirsten Dutcher, Stephen Jones, and I saw a Common Black-Hawk last tuesday, 9-10, near the inflow of Birch Creek along the North Fork of the Virgin River in Zion Canyon (across the street from the Court of the Patriarchs stop).

Bob Showler - On Tuesday, September 10, Lonny Boring and I saw four Greater White-fronted Geese at the Southgate Golf Course main pond in St. George.

Bill Hunter - (Sat, 07 Sep 2002)  ... After an hour here we moved up to the inlet area of Quail Creek Reservoir... Good observation of 2 Winter Wrens, 1 Bewick's Wren and 1 House Wren all in same rocky habitat and at times, side by side on rock and in the Desert Almond.

Rick Fridell -   This evening (9/4) at 7:45 pm, Kristen and I saw an American Golden Plover at the SR-9 Sewer Ponds (Northwest Pond), Washington County, UT.  We believe it is an adult in non-breeding plumage.  ... we are calling it an
American based on the prominent white supercilium (eyebrow) and relatively dark lower belly.  However, it did appear to be very buffy yellow on the head, neck, and breast.