Birdnet Hotline Highlights
September 2005


Review Species Reported This Month:

    Broad-winged Hawk  Salt Lake Co.  Washington Co.
    Zone-tailed Hawk  Tooele Co.
    Wandering Tattler  Davis Co.
    Hudsonian Godwit  Juab Co.
    Ruddy Turnstone  Davis Co.
    Curlew Sandpiper  Davis Co.
    Parasitic Jaeger  Box Elder Co.
    Ruddy Ground-Dove  Juab Co.  Morgan Co.
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Washington Co.
    Chestnut-sided Warbler  Washington Co.
    Painted Redstart  Washington Co.
 


BEAVER COUNTY

Judy Jordan (19 Sep 2005) - There are some springs above Minersville that support a large flock of pinion jays.  I also saw a White-throated Sparrow there around 9 A M this morning.  I could have had a good picture but it was a casual little trip while training my husbands homing pigeons.   There were two immature Snowy Egrets at the reservoir, a Merlin scaring the killdeers. No ducks, perhaps down the other end. 

BOX ELDER COUNTY

Bridget Olson - Bear River Refuge Waterbird/Raptor Count  9/27/05...Great Egret 19...Pectoral Sandpiper 5... Peregrine Falcon 1...

Colby Neuman (18 Sep 2005) - Tim Avery and I went birding around the west desert this past weekend....We started the weekend by driving to Lucin (Box Elder Co.) ...Among the more common species, we did find one Winter Wren.

Tim Avery (13 Sep 2005) - This afternoon at 2:30 I returned to the area where "our" Jaeger had been, I unfortunately found the bird dead in the ruts in the mud about 1/4 mile past the second tape marking. I immediately put the bird on ice and returned to Salt Lake to photograph and document the bird. ...I will be donating the bird to the University of Utah, and will deliver it tomorrow.

Kristin Purdy (10 Sep 2005) - Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld just called me from the west side of Willard Bay in Box Elder County with a report of a juvenile Parasitic Jaeger. They're approximately 2 miles north of the point at which you'd turn north around the west Willard Bay dike. The bird was standing on the road in front of them and Steve said they were as close as 25 yards.

Aaron Smith (6 Sep 2005) - Yesterday September 5th Shauna Smith, Celeste Smith, Arnold Smith and I saw several Common Terns on the salt flats to the west of the Willard Bay State Park dike. The Terns were mixed in with Foresterís Terns, Ring-billed and Franklinís Gulls. Other birds of interest were 5 Pectoral Sandpipers, several Bonaparteís Gulls in winter plumage and a lone drake Greater Scaup in eclipse plumage. There were several other sandpipers including Semipalmated, Least and Western. The Pectoralís seemed to stay by themselves while the others were in mixed flocks.

DAVIS COUNTY

Kris Purdy (27 Sep 2005) - Both shorebirding and ranch birding were good at Antelope Island State Park in Davis County today. Neil Ellman of New Jersey and I enjoyed good views of an American Golden-Plover at approximately mile 4.6, north side of the causeway, at around 4 pm...The ranch hosted decent migrant activity as well, including a Red-naped Sapsucker; Cassin's and Warbling Vireos; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Hermit Thrushes; Orange-crowned, Townsend's, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Steve Carr (22 Sep 2005) - This morning...Pomera and I ventured out to the [Antelope Island] causeway... The Wandering Tattler was still present at the west bridge, north side, west edge of the inlet. A Horned Grebe was close to shore about the same area.  Just east of the weather station between MP's 1-2, we observed a Whimbrel, adult Long-billed Curlew and immature Curlew, all right together...

Aaron Smith reports seeing an adult breeding plumaged Sabine's Gull today (Sept. 13) on the Antelope Island Causeway. Last seen flying near where the lake enters the Boat Harbor.

Pomera Fronce (13 Sep 2005) - Tuesday at Antelope Island, Kent Lewis and I found a Red Knot. He was staying very close to the shore on the north side of the causeway, but ranged from mm 3 to mm 5 during the time we observed him (12:30 - 1:30). We also relocated the Ruddy Turnstone in roughly the same area as previously reported by Kris (although much closer to shore) and an American Golden Plover just east of the first bridge on the north side.

J & K Beyer (12 Sep 2005) - This evening around 7:00 the Wandering Tattler was still at the bridge closest to the island... There was a humongous flock of peeps on the south side of the causeway about mile marker 4, only about 20-30 yards from the shore. It was mostly Western and Baird Sandpipers, except for the Curlew Sandpiper in the midst of the rabble. Presumably it's the same bird we found 4 weeks ago, and that has been seen sporadically since.

Kris Purdy (12 Sep 2005) - I saw an adult male Ruddy Turnstone still in breeding plumage at Antelope Island Causeway this morning at the 'No Swimming' bridge just west of mm 5. The bird was on the north side of the causeway, east side of the channel, approximately 150-200 yards out....I watched the turnstone for perhaps 1 1/2 hours or so and then finally dragged myself away to search for Pomera's Wandering Tattler. I found the tattler on the south side of the bridge closest to the marina. It was standing on just about the closest possible rock to the bridge on the east side of the channel.

Kris Purdy - (11 Sep 2005) - I just got off the phone with Pomera Fronce, who found a Wandering Tattler on Antelope Island Causeway. Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld, Tim Avery, and Colby Neuman are also on the scene. The bird is at the big bridge closest to the marina, north side of the causeway.

DUCHESNE COUNTY

Tim Avery (25 Sep 2005) - This weekend I spent some time in the Whiterocks River area, and at Chepeta Lake. The most notable sightings were 2 separate American Three-toed Woodpecker. The first was seen while hiking up an old logging trail in an area that had a large patch of dead trees on a north facing slope...The area is accessible from FR 117... about 3-4 miles from where the pavement ends on the road up from Whiterocks. There is a gate to the left and up this road about 3/4 of a mile is where this bird was. The second ATTW was seen flying across FR 110...where the West Fork of the Whiterocks River flows under the road...

JUAB COUNTY 

Colby Neuman - My dad received a phone call from Jay Banta this afternoon (Thursday 9/29/05) concerning an Inca Dove or Ground-Dove sp. being present at Fish Springs NWR...that is all the information I have at this time. (30 Sep 2005) - I just talked with Jay Banta, and he said they thought the bird was most likely a Ruddy Ground-Dove. He said the bird was seen yesterday coming to a puddle in the housing area. They have yet to see the bird today, but he said they have spent little time looking for it. Note: this area is closed to the public and one needs permission to bird this area.

Colby Neuman (18 Sep 2005) - Tim Avery and I went birding around the west desert this past weekend. ...We stopped in Callao (Juab Co.) and saw quite a few migrants from the road...some of which included ...one Cassin's Vireo. ...headed to Fish Springs NWR...where we did find one juvenile Stilt Sandpiper and two (possibly three) Short-billed Dowitchers mixed in a flock of 12 basic plumaged Long-billed Dowitchers. The two Short-billed Dowitchers appeared to be juvenile birds that had nearly molted into basic plumage.

Rick Fridell (5 Sep 2005) - Kristen and I took advantage of the Labor Day holiday...and made a run through the West Desert...The highlight was a Hudsonian Godwit at Fish Springs. The Godwit was foraging along the west side of the large shallow pool in the Pintail Unit of the refuge. There were 1000's of birds in this pool and conditions are currently perfect for shorebirds, waders, pelicans, ducks, etc. There were dozens of herons and egrets (50+ GB Herons, 80+ Snowy Egrets, 1 Great Egret) and we saw 18 species of shorebirds (including 50+ Snowy Plovers and a couple Sanderlings) and at least half of the shorebirds were on the far side of the pool and unidentifiable even with a scope. We also saw a female Blue Grosbeak near the refuge headquarters.

KANE COUNTY

Gary Rosenberg - This morning, Saturday 10 September, 2005, there was an imm. male Anna's Hummingbird coming to the hummingbird feeders at the Best Western in Mt. Carmel Junction. The bird was photographed.

MILLARD COUNTY

Rick Fridell (5 Sep 2005) - Kristen and I took advantage of the Labor Day holiday...and made a run through the West Desert...There were fair numbers of typical western migrants moving through Snake Valley. Other highlights of the trip included a Northern Waterthrush, Eastern Kingbird, and a Long-eared Owl at Foote Reservoir, Bishop Springs (Millard Co.).

MORGAN COUNTY

Kristin Purdy (18 Sep 2005) - I just got a call (11:00 am, Sunday) from Arnold Smith, manager of the Morgan Wastewater Treatment Lagoons in Morgan City, Morgan County. He and his son Aaron believe they have either a Common Ground-dove or a Ruddy Ground-dove at the lagoons. They're both sure the bird is not an Inca Dove. Aaron is leaning toward female Ruddy Ground-dove. They say the bird is rather wary; Arnold has put out seed to encourage the bird to stick around.  The lagoons are normally locked and ground-dove seekers will need to contact Arnold for entry.

Kris Purdy (8 Sep 2005) - Pomera Fronce and I saw a Merlin near the Morgan City Water Treatment Lagoons in Morgan County this morning.

SALT LAKE COUNTY

Joel and Kathy (25 Sep 2005) - About noon today we saw a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk from the ridge between Guardsman Pass and Jupiter Peak (top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake Co.) It circled several times before heading southeast. Also seen flying over the ridge were Goshawk, Osprey, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, SS and Cooper's Hawks, RT Hawks, Swainson's Hawk, Kestrels and Turkey Vultures. Other notable birds seen in the area were 2 Blue Grouse, a male Three-toed Woodpecker, and a Vesper Sparrow(!).

SANPETE COUNTY

Bruce Robinson (19 Sep 2005) - I spent last week in the Mt Pleasant-Ephraim-Manti area and some of the highlight birds include: Northern Goshawk (LIFER!) about 3 miles up Manti Canyon. ...At the Sanpete County Fairgrounds in Manti was a ...Cassin's Vireo...Within the city limits of Mount Pleasant I found 2 Eurasian Collared Doves (have they been reported in Sanpete Co. yet???)

TOOELE COUNTY

Steve Carr (23 Sep 2005) - There is a good sized, shallow pond about 3/4 mile south of the intersection of highways 36 and 199. There are 2 adult Sabine's Gulls in non-breeding plumage flying back and forth over the pond, and settling down on the water from time to time. You can't miss them because they are the only gulls in the area. Also seen were 3 Solitary Sandpipers at the south edge, 2 Dowitchers, 3 Wilson's Snipes, numerous Western and Baird's Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Osprey and a herd of Antelope...

Jack Binch (23 Sep 2005) - I was sitting in my car watching the field ...and noticed a Turkey Vulture flying toward me low across the field on the north. It crossed the road and then hovered like a kestrel. Wait a minute that is not a vulture. It now had my attention and I followed it with the binoculars. It dove on a hawk sitting on a fence post and out came the bright yellow legs. YES, a Zone-tailed Hawk. My first one ever and #300 for the year. It was 11:00 am and by the green field a mile or so west of the intersection of 36 & 199. When you find the dead skunk by the side of the road you are there.

UINTAH COUNTY

Diane Penttila (7 Sep 2005) - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge General Waterbird Survey...The following birds were seen within the survey route:...Blue-winged Teal 5...Wood Duck 3...Green Heron 1...American Bittern 1...Great Egret 2...

UTAH COUNTY 

Tuula Rrrrose - Sunday Sept. 25, 2005 about 12:30 pm walking downstream from the Oxbow parking lot on the Provo River Walkway I encountered a large flock of about 20 Common Grackles... I was just thinking that I have never seen so many common grackles in one place when on the way back, leaving this group behind me I heard way ahead of me another raucous flock of at least twice the size, maybe 40-50 birds judging from the noise level. They were high in the cottonwood trees moving ahead of me all the way back to the parking lot . Felt like being in a Hitchcock movie.

Lu Giddings (10 Sep 2005) - This morning three Pectoral Sandpipers were seen in the tall grass at the north end of Lincoln Beach, where the "beach" runs into the south embankment that helps form the small harbor and loading ramp. There was also a pectoral sandpiper seen at the edge of the grass at the far south end of the beach where the mud flats are found and a steam of water seems to inlet. In addition, several hundred western sandpipers, a few Baird's and least sandpipers, killdeer, five semipalmated plovers, Wilson's snipe, American avocets, black-necked stilts, greater yellowlegs, white-faced ibis, snowy egrets, Virginia rails, western and Clark's grebes, American coots, ring-billed gulls, California gulls, and a single group of 48 caspian terns were also observed.

WASHINGTON COUNTY 

Rick Fridell - tonight (9/29) just before dark (6:45) I stopped by the Hurricane (SR-9) Sewage Ponds. I was surprised to see several good birds including a Horned Grebe, a juvenile Sanderling, and my first Pectoral Sandpiper of the fall (in Washington Co.).

Larry Tripp (26 Sep 2005) - I spent Saturday afternoon on the top of the Beaver Dam mountains above Lytle Ranch in hopes of seeing some migrating Raptors...I was up there from 1:30 to 5:30 and was amazed at the number of birds I saw.  I saw 14 different species including 2 Broad-winged Hawks...Here is a list of the birds, TV 4, Osprey 2, Harrier 1, Sharp-shinned 7, Cooper's 9, Goshawk 1, Accipiter sp. 10, Broad-winged 2, Swainson's 2, Red-tailed 9, Ferruginous 1, Buteo sp. 16, Golden Eagle 1, Kestrel 13, Merlin 3, Peregrine 1, Falcon sp. 3.

Denise & Joe Blyn (14 Sep 2005) - My husband and I went up to Kolob Creek overlook over Labor Day Weekend to see if any California Condors were hanging around. We approached the Kolob Meadows about 9 a.m....WOW! What a great morning! By 11:00 a.m. we had seen 12 California Condors! Numerous people kept stopping by, what a sight to see...We confirmed the following numbers: 3, -3, 03, 6, 48, 50, 57, 74, 75, 81, 91, 99. For those who haven't gone up the area yet...YOU GOTTA GO!

Larry Tripp (11 Sep 2005) - I saw a couple good birds in the county over the weekend. Saturday above Gunlock Res. I saw a Waterthrush that I wasn't able to get good look at so I went back there today to see if I could relocate it but I didn't see it. I did see a first fall male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a male Anna's Hummingbird in the same area. But the best bird of the day was a Chestnut-sided Warbler at the south end of the town of Gunlock. There seemed to be a lot of birds out there today but the wind really started blowing by early afternoon and it made it very hard to get on anything.

Gary Rosenberg - While leading a Wings tour to Southwest Utah, this morning, Saturday 10 September, we found a singing male Painted Redstart at about 9:30 am along the Temple of Sinawava trail. The bird was photographed by two of our participants.

Larry Tripp (1 Sep 2005) - The Ruby-throated Hummingbird Was still in the back yard tonight as it got dark. There were 5 species tonight fighting over the feeders and the RTHU was still doing a great job of protecting his favorite feeder. 1 Adult male Anna's, 2 first fall male Rufous, 1 female type Calliope, Many Black-chinned and 1 Ruby-throated. Probably as many hummers as I've seen in the yard all year...