Birdnet Hotline Highlights
July 2005

Review Species Reported This Month:

    Zone-tailed Hawk  Washington Co.
    Prothonotary Warbler  Washington Co.
    Ovenbird  Weber Co.


Jack Binch (1 Jul 2005) - Bob Huntington and I tried Mirror Lake again. This time we were able to drive around the lake. We found an American Three-toed Woodpecker in the area of  the "saguaro" snag. It was on the snag once drumming.


Brian Currie (9 Jul 2005) - Acting quickly on Kris Purdy's Monte Cristo post I ventured up there today. Sure enough, the Willamson's Sapsuckers were busy feeding there young. ...While in that area I also saw one Clark's Nutcracker and two Purple Martins. Both were fly overs and though the Purple Martins' size was obvious, they were nice enough to call out for me to confirm it.

Kristin Purdy (8 Jul 2005) - I saw three very busy Williamson's Sapsuckers at two separate nest cavities in the Monte Cristo area in Rich County today. I marked both trees and the route to them, so reply for specific directions if you're interested in seeking out these birds.


Jack Binch (1 Jul 2005) - Bob Huntington and I tried Mirror Lake again. ...At the group area at Washington Lake we found three Pine Grosbeaks, and at the overflow parking lot we found a male Williamson's Sapsucker. The gate was closed, but I think it is about to open.


Diane Penttila (14 July 2005) - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge General Waterbird Survey...Great Egret 1...American bittern 2...


Eric Huish (20 July 2005) - Aaron, Milt and I ran up Payson Canyon to the Nebo Bench Trailhead this morning ...There is a couple Three-toed Woodpeckers hanging out around the first clearing down the Nebo Bench Trail, we got some great looks at them and got to hear them drum. We also saw a male Pine Grosbeak perch at the top of a small dead aspen long enough for us to get excellent looks.

(15 July 2005) - Aaron Smith reported a Yellow-billed Cuckoo on River Lane this morning at about 9:30. It was located about 50 feet down from a pipe (you can hear the water) that empties into the river which is about a 100 yard down from the cattle grating at the beginning section of River Lane that goes along the river just before it empties into Utah Lake...

Flora M. Duncan (9 Jul 2005) -  Tintic Mountain Field Trip...Of the twenty-nine species, several birders had lifers for Utah County or lifers for Utah. Some of the first sightings for some are: Sage Thrasher, Gray Verio, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Gray Flycatcher. Of special interest were four Canyon Wrens close to the road...

Nicky Davis (10 Jul 2005) - Thanks to Jack Binch's directions, my husband and I were able to see the Purple Martin this morning at Nebo Loop. We even saw the male bring food to the nesting cavity once. We couldn't see anyone inside but he appeared to be feeding someone in there...


Eric Huish (22 Jul 2005) - Milt, Aaron and I ran up to the Jordanelle Wetlands and after a couple hours of patience we were able to spot the American Redstart.


Rick Fridell - Last Sunday (7/10), Larry Tripp and I decided to escape the heat and head up to the Kolob and Lava Point areas (Washington Co., UT). We were quickly rewarded with stunning views of California Condors soaring over the Kolob Meadows. One of the best spots to watch for the Condors is at the overlook near the lower Kolob Creek road crossing (north of Lava Point, where Kolob Creek plummets into the steep canyon). ...This is a great spot to watch for other soaring birds as well. We also saw Turkey Vultures, a Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawks, Zone-tailed Hawks, and Common Ravens flying in the area. Again this year, the Zone-tailed Hawks (2) were primarily flying along the ridge to the east of the meadows. ...Perhaps the surprise of the trip however was a Winter Wren hanging out at Lava Point, near the north overlook. I'd be very interested if anyone else finds this little bird again. Listen for it's distinctive double-note call, but be careful as there are also House and Canyon Wren families in the area.

Judy Jordan (9 Jul 2005) - The Prothonotary Warbler was at the pond this morning at 0830 in the desert willow on the south side. I did not get any picture. He looked at me and then took off toward the fruit trees and sprinklers. I wasn't able to locate him there. Thanks Larry, a lifer for me.

Laurie Rasmussen (9 Jul 2005) - Not a surprise-Eurasian Collard Doves have also made their way to Santa Clara.

Larry Tripp (8 Jul 2005) - Today at Lytle Ranch there was a Prothonotary Warbler That I watched and photographed on and off for about 1 1/2 hours. I last saw it at about 9:30 AM. It was at the pond working it's way around the tree trunks and roots along the edge of the water. The bird would disappear at times back in the thick brush but would eventually come back out to the edge of the pond. If you go down there be there early because by 10:00 it starts to get very hot. If it stays around probably your best chance to see it is to just wait in the shade of the trees for it to show up.


Kristin Purdy (14 July 2005) - The Ovenbird continues to advertise for a girlfriend on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Ogden above the 29th Street Trailhead. I visited my "bud" Tuesday evening between 6 and 7 pm and found him singing along the usual stretch of trail. I chased him a bit and enjoyed watching him walk along horizontal scrub oak branches in the canopy.