Birdnet Hotline Highlights
August 2004

Review Species Reported This Month:

    Broad-winged Hawk  Utah Co.
    Zone-tailed Hawk  Utah Co.  Washington Co.
    Ruddy Turnstone  Davis Co.
    Eurasian Collared Dove  Duchesne Co.  Uintah Co.  Utah Co.
    Hermit Warbler  Washington Co.
    Baltimore Oriole  Washington Co.


Kristin Purdy (23 Aug 2004) - I birded Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County today and came across two different Northern Waterthrushes. Both birds were in Willow Campground. I heard the first, but did not see it, along the eastern edge of the pond that's north of campsites 4, 5, and 6. I heard and saw the second waterthrush flying and foraging along the small wooded stream adjacent to and east of campsites 31, 33, and 34. Waterthrush #2's pale plumage is a bit yellowish instead of being white.

Jack Binch (22 Aug 2004) - Earlier I went up to Bear River to see the shore birds...I did find an elusive American Bittern, and got a few photos...It was on the west end of the north Auto Tour Road by the canal.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (11 Aug 2004) - The Stilt Sandpiper was still at Bear River Refuge last night. It remains at the west end of the north dike in the main unit, along with many, many other shorebirds.

Bridget Olson (11 Aug 2004) - Bear River Bird Count from 8/05/04...Great Egret 25...Solitary Sandpiper 2...Semipalm. Sandpiper 1...

Colby Neuman (9 Aug 2004) - The Salt Lake birders went to Bear River MBR ... today. Highlights were as follows... Bear River MBR ...Stilt Sandpiper - 1 - the highlight for most including myself - 1 adult was mixed in with a flock of ~ 500 shorebirds which included dowitchers, phalaropes and both yellowlegs in the main unit (viewed from the north dike)  ...Snowy Plover - 3 in the canal to the east of the east dike.

Kristin Purdy (2 Aug 2004) - I visited Bear River MBR yesterday for a shorebird check...Here's the list of shorebirds I saw during my visit... Solitary Sandpiper...


Richard Wood (29 Aug 2004) - We just got back from an attempted walk around the shore of Hyrum Lake. We only made it as far as the beach entrace after starting from the main entrance.... While in the beach part of the park, near the wooded area at the edge of the park, we saw a Red-eyed Vireo...


(7 Aug 2004) - A bunch of White-tailed Ptarmigans (around 10) were found on the north slope of Leidy Peak on the border of Daggett and Uintah Counties by birders on the UOS field trip.


Pomera Fronce (30 Aug 2004) - The Ruddy Turnstone which the Beyers reported from Sunday was still there as of Monday morning at 11:30. It was still on the south side of the causeway in the same general area, but this time was almost directly across from the weather station on a little point of rocks. When Kent pulled in behind me, the turnstone flew to the next rocky area to the west, but then returned to where I first saw it across from the weather station. Be patient - if the bird leaves the visible rocky areas and hunkers in close to the shoreline, you won't be able to see it from the road.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (29 Aug 2004) -About 1:00 pm today we saw a juvenile Ruddy Turnstone along the Antelope Island Causeway. It was on the south side, exactly 3/10's of a mile east of the 1 mile marker (or, about 50 yards east of the weather station), in company with stilts, curlews, phalaropes and a willet. Apparently unable to locate stones, it was busy turning over clods of mud (the numerous flies on top of the mud not being appealing, I guess).

Kristin Purdy (24 Aug 2004) - Jim McIntyre and I birded several areas in Farmington Bay today and saw several 'good', post-worthy birds. ...The funkiest sight of the day may have been a partially leucistic Horned Grebe. We came across this oddly-plumaged bird sitting in the mud next to water on the north side of the dike, 1.5 miles west of the Turpin Unit gate. ...We flushed a Short-eared Owl as we made our way down the dike road along Turpin Unit. ...A Great Egret stalked in the open water of Turpin Unit on the other side of the road from where we saw the owl. The spot for both birds was 3.7 miles west of the Turpin gate...


Steve Carr (8 Aug 2004) - On Friday, at about 5:30 p.m., several birders on their way to Leidy Peak to search for the White-tailed Ptarmigan observed a flock of about 10 Eurasian Collared Doves in the Roosevelt Cemetery.


KC Childs (28 Aug 2004) - This morning a group of about 16 birders left from Provo to start our day at Burrstin Ponds near the town of Mona in Juab County. ...we were greeted with American Redstart at the west end of the corner northeast pond. It was a beautiful bird and for the most part all got great looks.


John Richards (10 Aug 2004) - On July 31st I was driving along the exit road at Deseret land and Livestock, near the Wahsatch entrance, and spoted a Lark Bunting. first on the road and then flyling with a female along the sagebrush and perching on the sagebrush...


Colby Neuman (9 Aug 2004) - ...Tim Avery and I did some birding around Salt Lake County on Saturday... Highlights included... White-winged Crossbill - several mixed in with a flock of Red Crossbills at the start of the Silver Lake trail.


Clay and Cliftia Johnson (30 Aug 2004) - For those who follow such things, we’ve been keeping an eye out around Vernal this summer to see when/if the Eurasian collared doves appeared in this immediate area. We finally saw two Eurasian Collared Doves on the power lines along the west side of the road to Dinosaur National Monument, one-tenth of a mile north of Jensen, on Saturday, August 28, 2994.

Diane Penttila - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge General Waterbird Survey 8/26/04.  The following birds were seen within the survey route...Great Egret 1...American bittern 1 ...Pectoral Sandpiper 2 ...Semipalmated Sandpiper 10 ...Red-necked Phalarope 5 ...Dunlin 1...

Diane Penttila (10 Aug 2004) - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge General Waterbird Survey...The following birds were seen within the survey route...Blue-winged teal 7...Great egret 1...Solitary sandpiper 1...


Tuula Rose (22 Aug 2004) - ...I ended up at River Lane... to find seven Salt Lake birders and one fellow UCB member already counting up warblers. A combined effort for about four hours produced eleven (11) species as follows: 1. Yellow, 2. Yellow-rumped, 3. Orange-crowned, 4. Wilson's, 5. Virginia's, 6. Nashville, 7. Townsend's, 8. Black-throated-gray, 9. Common yellowthroat, 10. American Redstart (male and female), 11. Black-and-White.  Most of them were located right after the cattle guard on the right (North) side of the road. They were always close to the chickadees. In addition, plumbeous, Cassin's  and warbling vireos were seen. (For directions to River Lane check "Places to bird" on the website)

Tuula Rose - This morning (Sat 8/21/04 at 10-10:30 am) Merril Webb saw a Zone-Tailed Hawk close to the Utah Lake State Park in Provo. He saw it flying from the big willows along the dirt road that goes left just before the bridge (the airport dike road). It would fly to the field with bailed hay in it and back to the trees again. He said he watched it for about half an hour.

Tuula Rose - Thursday morning (8/19/04 9am) I saw four Stilt Sandpipers at the Utah Lake State Park, or Provo Boat Harbor. They were with two dowitchers, feeding in the same fashion, just west of the boat harbor between the jetties. Also present: lesser & greater yellowlegs, Wilson's phalaropes, least, western and Bairds sandpipers, semipalmated plovers plus all the usuals...

Tuula Rose - Saturday morning (8/14/04 around 10 am) I saw an American Redstart on the Provo River walkway at the Oxbow.... It was an ADULT MALE in beautiful plumage and I got the best close looks ever (outside of Magee Marsh )...

Reed Stone (11 Aug 2004) - ...This afternoon I went out to remove the dead fish from the river behind my house and there on the railing of my pavilion deck perched a Broad-winged Hawk. That was at 3:45. I watched it, out of the corner of my eye, while removing the fish and it allowed me to get within 12 feet of it. It then flew down stream about 100 feet and perched on a horizontal branch over the water. It clearly had the 1/2 inch light terminal band with a wide dark band above it. Then there was the unmistakable wide white band...

Tuula Rose (3 Aug 2004) - A couple of weeks ago I saw a suspicious looking mourning dove land and disappear into a tree by my work in south Orem. Yesterday one sat on a telephone line at the corner of 1000 S and Orem Boulevard but I did not get a good look before it flew off. This morning walking to the mailbox by the office, I saw a pair in the same spot and could ID them as Eurasian Collared Doves...

Joel and Kathy Beyer (2 Aug 2004) - With the help of Dennis Shirley, we heard and saw the male Indigo Bunting on River Lane about 6:30 Sunday evening.

Milton Moody (1 Aug 2004) - Tuula, Leena and Milt... found an Indigo Bunting on the dirt section of River Lane about 50 yards before you get to the cattle guard. The bird was in the willow trees along the river.


Julie Van Moorhem (16 Aug 2004) - Yesterday, Pomera and I went to the BOR [Jordanelle Wetlands] looking for the Gallinule. No luck, but we did see the male American Redstart.

Joel and Kathy Beyer (2 Aug 2004) - Late Sunday afternoon we observed a Red-eyed Vireo at the Jordanelle Wetlands. It was seen at the extreme north end of the boardwalk.


Larry Tripp (30 Aug 2004) - Just before 7:00 PM tonight I was looking out the window and I saw something fly from a Cottonwood tree into some willows in my from yard ...I got my binns and saw that it was a Oriole. It looked to be a first year bird and after studying and taking photos of it for about 20 minutes I am quite sure that it was a first year Baltimore Oriole. Everything seemed to fit well but in that plumage it can be difficult to rule out a hybrid with a Bullock's. I got several photos that I haven't had a chance to look at yet so I'm not sure how good they are going to be. And if that wasn't enough while I was watching the Oriole a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak flew into the same tree and I had both birds in the same field of view!...

Julie Van Moorhem (29 Aug 2004) - Pomera and I birded the St. George area this weekend and had good sightings! We headed up to Kolob Reservoir on Friday afternoon looking for Zone-tailed Hawks and California Condors. ...We got out and he soon located a condor to the west and pretty quick it came up high enough to get great looks--the white markings on the under side of the wing were phenomenal. We watched it for a good while. Many thanks to Frank!!! ...Then we came back back to to the reservoir and headed down toward St. George. About 1/2 to 1 mile below the reservoir we found a group of Turkey Vultures with two Zone-tailed Hawks with them. The Zone-taileds were flying real low and staying in a relatively small area--one even came down and landed in the pasture (it's a great pasture on the right as you come down from the reservoir--lots of grass, some marshy area and a creek). We watched them for probably 15 minutes or more...

Larry Tripp (29 Aug 2004) - I was in Pine Valley on Sat. and watched a mixed flock with 2 Hermit Warblers, a Townsend Warbler a couple BT Gray's mixed in with Y Rumps, Nuthatches and Chickadees. Then a hour or so later in a different area I saw a Hermit Warbler in with a group of Pygmy Nuthatches and shortly after that I saw another alone about 200 yards away from that group of birds. So there may have been as many as 4 birds or I may have just saw the same 2 again. There was also a N. Goshawk up there on Saturday. ...I went to Lytle Ranch on Friday and saw mostly western migrants and the usual resident birds that are there but there was a American Redstart ( first fall male ) near the parking area.