Birdnet Hotline Highlights
May 2004

Review Species Reported This Month:
Brown Pelican  Iron Co.
   Least Tern  Juab Co.
Eurasian Collared-Dove  Duchesne Co.  Kane Co.
    Least Flycatcher  Weber Co.
    Golden-winged Warbler  Rich Co.
    Northern Parula  Juab Co.  Millard Co.
    Black-throated Blue Warbler  Millard Co.
    Painted Redstart  Washington Co.
    Bronzed Cowbird  Washington Co.
    Lawrence's Goldfinch  Washington Co.


Larry Tripp (31 May 2004) - ...The only other thing of note was a male Purple Martin in the fields south of Milford.


Steve Carr (22 May 2004) - Friday, at about 10:30 a.m. two Great Egrets were seen toward the west end of the north leg of the auto tour loop. They were seen to the left (south) side of the canal there. On the west leg, about 1/4 mile from the turn from the north leg, on the west side, was a pair of Blue-winged Teal.

Dennis Shirley (11 May 2004) - I observed a Northern Waterthrush this afternoon along the small stream in the campgound at Willard Bay State Park. I stuck a forked stick in the ground where it was seen and heard singing. There may have been two because I saw another one a short distance up stream a while later.

Kristin Purdy (7 May 2004) - I headed to northern Box Elder County and the Nucor Steel plant on a bird-listening trip for Grasshopper Sparrows from 7:30-10:30 this morning. I saw or heard 5 or 6 sparrows although some of my sightings or the calls I heard could have been repeat birds. ...The sparrows are havin' a ball in the field west of the plant's manmade pond, as previously reported by Mark Stackhouse and Lu Giddings.


Stephen Peterson (31 May 2004) - Thought I would share with you all what I saw during my Memorial day weekend. I camped at my Grandpas place, up Blacksmith Fork, which is east of Hyrum in Cache Valley.... a Winter Wren, which I hiked and bushwhacked for into a gulley and up along the thickets by the moss-covered rocks.


Julie Van Moorhem (21 May 2004) -  Pomera and I birded Antelope Island yesterday. ...At the ranch...we found the Northern Waterthrush along the creek in the lower branches of a Russian Olive on the north side of the stream near the red shed.... We saw a Grasshopper Sparrow in the usual location about .5 mile north of the ranch as you head out.

Kevin Wheeler (16 May 2004) - Pam Larson, Laurie Rasmussen, Melisa Karns and I went up to the Great Salt Lake Festival yesterday ...Then we headed over to the Fielding Garr Ranch. ...We worked our way down the little stream to the boggy part, where Laurie saw a Hermit Thrush picking around; that was soon followed by a Wilson's Warbler. I looked up from there, and saw a Common Grackle in the tall Russian olives behind. We worked our way around to the other side of the bog to see the grackle better, when we were stopped by first a Yellow-breasted Chat, then a Lazuli Bunting, and a Northern Waterthrush all within a couple minutes...

Lu Giddings (5 May 2004) - At 11:00 a.m. there was a single Dunlin sharing the rusty culvert on the north side of the [Antelope Island] causeway around Mile 2 with several hundred Sanderling and Western Sandpipers....


Dennis Shirley (27 May 2004) - I spent today birding Duchesne and Uinta counties. Of note were the following sightings: ...Eurasian Collared-Dove - Duchesne City...Ross's Goose - I know it's hard to believe, but what can I say. I had it verified by USFWS.


Bryan Shirley (14 May 2004) - I saw 1 Acorn Woodpecker in the usual spot north of Boulder about a week ago.


N Meason (20 May 2004) - a Phainopepla was sited in Moab, near Old City Park over the weekend (5/16). The bird was identified by five members of the Moab Bird Club....


Steve Summers - The imm. Brown Pelican was still at New Castle Res., Iron Co. this morning (Sat. 5/15) between 10a 11a.

Merrill Webb (13 May 2004) - The Brown Pelican that was reported by Kevin and Charlie at New Castle Reservoir is still there. It was seen Thursday morning by Glenn Barlow and Merrill Webb. There was also a Peregrine Falcon at the reservoir this morning.

Kevin Wheeler (12 May 2004) - Charlie Sheard and I saw an immature Brown Pelican at Newcastle Reservoir west of Cedar City in Iron County today between 10 and 11:30. It hung out on the south side of the Reservoir, and flew from the far bank to the close bank and then settled in the water on the south end. If you go to look for it, be careful - it seemed plenty skittish for a pelican. Also there were a pair of Common Mergansers, an osprey, and a loon.


Larry Tripp (31 May 2004) - ...The best bird I saw on Sunday was a singing male Tennessee Warbler in the town of Callao. It was at the west end of town, I heard it singing from my truck as I entered the town. When I located the bird it was singing from a small mostly dead tree behind a deserted house on the north side of the road. I last saw it fly into some tall Elms at the next house to the E.

Colby Neuman (24 May 2004) - My dad and I headed out to Fish Springs NWR (Juab Co.) today...Here were some of the more notable sightings from the day: Blue-winged Teal - 1 male in Avocet Unit  ...Pacific Loon - 1 - It was in the far east end of Avocet Unit. The loon appeared to be molting into first summer plumage. I obtained a few decent photographs of the unusual plumage the bird was displaying! ...Great Egret - 1 in Avocet Unit ...Least Tern - 1 adult mixed in with a flock of approximately 30 Forster's Terns in Mallard Unit. I was also able to obtain poor, but sufficient photographs of this bird for documentation. ...American Redstart - 1 second calendar year male in the picnic area - it sang occasionally

Jay Banta (18 May 2004) - A female Northern Parula warbler was caught in the mist nets and banded at Fish Springs NWR on 05-18-04 at approx. 11 am. This is a new species record for the Refuge. Birders interested in attempting to look for this bird should contact the Refuge office during working hours (7-4:30) or contact Jay at 435 (830)7039(after 4:30 pm only, use the office number before then!) All birders are reminded that most of the Refuge Headquarter compound is not open to the public without advance permission from Jay or one of his staff.


Kevin Wheeler - (8 May 2004) - A small and somewhat groggy group left St. George this morning at 6:00 am to bird an area that we don't get to often - views of a pair of Bullock's Orioles, a Phainopepla, and a couple more Eurasian Collared-Doves....


Larry Tripp (31 May 2004) - I got back late last night from birding the west desert area of Utah from Beaver Co. to Juab Co. There were several good birds out there which Dana already reported the birds that were seen on Saturday. The best bird was the male Black-throated Blue Warbler that I saw on Sat. afternoon in a dense thicket of Russian Olive trees with a spring fed pond and a small steam running through them. I'm not sure what the area is called but it is about 30 miles S. of Callao,7 miles E. of Gandy. We tried to relocate it Sat. night and I tried again on Sunday but couldn't find it.

Dana Green (30 May 2004) - Larry Tripp and I birded Millard County migrant traps yesterday from dawn to dark. The vagrants are out there. We found four. I saw Red-Eyed Vireo, and Northern Waterthrush. Larry saw a male Black Throated Blue Warbler and we both saw a young male Rose Breasted Grosbeak. We, of course, tried to relocate the ones we missed, but could not. The vagrants are out there, but as usual in spring they are not staying around.

Larry Tripp (22 May 2004) - Today I was at Kaufman Ranch and a lot of birds were there. I didn't arrive until 10:00 and the wind really started to blow by about 12:30. The best birds were a Northern Parula, 1 or 2 Black and White Warblers ( all singing males) and a Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. There was also a lot of western migrants I just wish the wind wouldn't have started blowing so hard before I could bird the whole area.


Dana Green (31 May 2004) - I saw 2 males and a female Lark Buntings yesterday about 2pm between Randolf and Woodruff in Rich Co. To get there go .7 mi south of the Brigerland Tech College. There is a dirt road on the east side of the highway. It has a circular metal mail box and a dead end sign at the entrance. The birds were in the field to the north of this dirt road. This field starts out in Sage and then goes to cultivated field. The birds were mostly along the edge between the types of plants. If you get as far as the scary two track wood bridge, you have gone to far.

Mark Stackhouse (20 May 2004) - ... Yesterday, May 19, I saw female Golden-winged Warbler in the housing complex at Deseret Ranch at about 3:15 to 3:45 pm....


Jerry Liguori (18 May 2004) - There was a male Bobolink at Glendale Golf Course this morning at about 9:00 a.m. Glendale Golf Course is located at 1560 West 2100 South in Salt Lake.


David Wheeler (31 May 2004) - Stilt sandpipers: three on the west end of Pelican Lake, Uintah Co. In 3/4-breeding plumage. Access is from the road that runs east-west north of the lake, and becomes a pretty nasty dirt road by the time it reaches the end (where the shorebirds are in the mini-delta of the creek that flows in there).

Diane Penttila (4 May 2001) - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge ...The following birds were seen within the survey route: ...Blue-winged Teal 9 ...Horned Grebe 1 ...Great Egret 1 ...Semi-palmated Plover 3 ...Black-bellied Plover 1


Lu Giddings (27 May 2004) - At least 8-10 Purple Martins were seen at 7:20 a.m. today on the Nebo Loop. Both male and female birds were observed, perching and in flight, in an aspen grove east of the highway about 22 miles outside of Payson and roughly 5.25 miles south of the Santaquin Canyon turn-off. This is the general area in which the birds are commonly seen in summer....

Dennis Shirley (12 May 2004) - The Common Grackles have arrived back at Salem Pond. I saw two males and two females this morning.

Carol Nelson (10 May 2004) - At 3:00 today, I saw the Common Grackle back at my feeders. I guess that means it is back at all its old haunts. Since he's still here 2 hours later, I am hoping he is taking up residence nearby....

Lu Giddings (5 May 2004) - Three Band-tailed Pigeons were seen at 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning. They were on a power line on the west side of I-15 about 400 yards south of the second Spanish Fork exit (#260). This is the vicinity of the tree in which band-taileds were commonly seen until it mysteriously disappeared a few weeks ago.

Mike Monson (2 May 2004) - This morning... saw a possible Broad-winged Hawk on the west side of the airport dike. On the southwest corner of the extension he also saw a Solitary Sandpiper and a Semipalmated Plover.

KC Childs (1 May 2004) - Nine Utah County Birders went on a field trip this morning to the areas around the south end of Utah Lake ... Some of the highlights of the trip included The Snowy Plover at Lincoln Beach...We saw nine Semipalmated Plovers on the beach at the end of River Lane....


Terry & Bonnie Liddell (31 May 2004) - I took my family to Strawberry Reservoir on Monday and saw .... a Williamson's Sapsucker (black back, red chin, yellow belly, no other red on its head) near Strawberry Ridge....

Lu Giddings (27 Mat 2004) - The bird gods were doubly kind today. An American Redstart was observed in the trees along the dirt road that parallels the river below Jordanelle dam at 1:10 p.m. I watched the beautiful wee bird for nearly 40 minutes. It spent the majority of its time in the trees between the wetlands and the river, about 270 yards below the dirt road's gate and 60 yards above the rock dam (spillway? falls?) on the river.


Joel and Kathy Beyer (17 May 2004) - Friday evening we got nice looks at the female Bronzed Cowbird and a pair of Hooded Orioles at Dixie Red Hills Golf Course in St. George

Reed Stone (10 May 2004) - 13 intrepid UCB birders arrived in the Zion, St. George, Lytle areas. ... we went to Lytle where we saw ...Common Blackhawk,...Brown Crested Flycatcher...At Gunlock Reservoir Costa's Hummingbird.

Kathy and Joel Beyer - This morning, May 9, in Zion National Park we saw a Common Black-Hawk and the Painted Redstart. Both were on the Riverside walk at the north end of Zion Canyon. The Black-Hawk was perched halfway between the start of the walk and the "Weeping Wall" area on the trail. The Redstart was singing from a bush halfway up the east side of the canyon, at the "Weeping Wall" area.

Larry Tripp (7 May 2004) - Tonight the Female Bronzed Cowbird was back at Red Hills G.C. This is the third straight year one has been seen there on Mother's Day weekend.  There was also a White-throated Sparrow there.

Rick Fridell - Today (5/7) UDWR personnel (Keith Day, Cordell Peterson, Pam Larson) and volunteers (Charlie Sheard and Jason Lundquist) captured and banded an adult male Lawrence's Goldfinch during monitoring activities. The goldfinch was captured around 9:30a, along the Santa Clara River immediately below Gunlock Dam. It was last seen a couple hundred meters downstream of the original capture point.  This is only the second confirmed record of Lawrence's Goldfinch in Utah.
This evening Kevin Wheeler and I walked around the area for a couple hours but could not relocate the goldfinch. We did, however, observe a singing Rufous-crowned Sparrow on the rocky slope adjacent to the road along the Santa Clara (~300 meters downstream of the Gunlock Dam).

Bryan Shirley (5 May 2004) - I just got back from birding all over southern Utah....The biggest surprise was a Black Hawk perched just off the Weeping Rock bus stop in Zion's. It eventually flew and soared higher and higher until it left the canyon in the direction of cable mountain. The Painted Redstart was easily located since it never stopped singing. ...We also found 1 Costa's Hummingbird at Lytle. It was working the brush to the right of the road just past the picnic table.

Rick Fridell (3 May 2004) - This afternoon (5/3) while doing some work in the Washington Fields, I observed two American Golden-Plovers in an alfalfa field east/south of 3000 East. The field is currently being irrigated and the plovers were foraging on worms. Both plovers were in basic plumage. They were also several White-faced Ibis foraging in the field.


Dennis Shirley (30 May 2004) - On Saturday a pair of Rose-Breasted Grosbeak were seen in the picnic area at Capitol Reef NP. They were feeding in the ripening mullberry trees at the edge of the grassy picnic area north of the parking lot. The trees were loaded with lots of other common migrants also.


Joel and Kathy Beyer (29 May 2004) - We visited the Riverdale Parkway this evening at 6:00 p.m., and it took about a half hour before we heard the [Red-eyed Vireo] singing, in the trees at the second bridge. ...Also on the Riverdale Parkway, about 20 yards north of the first bridge, was a Least Flycatcher. It was flycatching from the tops of the bushes near the stream, and other than some 30 seconds of "che-beks", the bird did not vocalize for the half hour we watched it.

David Wheeler (28 May 2004) - The Red-eyed Vireo reported yesterday by Ms. Purdy (thanks, Kristin!) was still at the Riverdale Parkway as of about 8 pm last night, singing its heart out. It also responds extremely well to a tape of its song (one rep was all that was necessary to bring it swooping down from the heights). It was at the long, wooden bridge/walkway south of the one where the Rusty blackbird was found last winter.

Kristin Purdy (27 May 2004) - ... the Red-eyed Vireo I saw and heard on Riverdale Parkway in Weber County from 10:00-12:00 this morning. The section of the parkway is just south of where the Rusty Blackbird was seen by many birders this winter. ...Hearing him was easy. Seeing him was another matter. ...The bird sang and I saw it all four times I passed by this spot during the 2 hours. Your best bet to find the vireo is to be familiar with his song. The bird was not shy about singing loud, but it remained high up in the trees and didn't move much while foraging or singing...

Kristin Purdy (2 May 2004) - I birded the North Arm Nature Area of Pineview Reservoir in Weber County today and saw another male Calliope Hummingbird. I know, I know! I feel guilty--two is more than my share. Unlike the one that came to my feeder last night, I believe the one at the North Arm may stick around...The North Arm offers good Calliope Hummingbird habitat in the form of streamside brush...