Birdnet Hotline Highlights
May 2008

Review Species Reported This Month:
Yellow-billed Loon  Wasatch Co.
     Red-necked Grebe  Salt Lake Co.
     Glossy Ibis  Box Elder Co.
     Mississippi Kite  Cache Co.
     Vaux's Swift  Davis Co.  Washington Co.
     Woodthrush  Box Elder Co.
     Veery  Washington Co.
     Yellow-throated Vireo  Washington Co.
     Northern Parula  Box Elder Co.
     Yellow-throated Warbler  Washington Co.
     Palm Warbler  Washington Co.
     Louisiana Waterthrush  Davis Co.
     Hooded Warbler  Washington Co.
     Painted Redstart  Washington Co.
     Painted Bunting  Washington Co.
     Canyon Towhee  Kane Co.


David Wheeler (27 May 2008) - Larene & I went on another wild goose chase. We dipped on the Wood thrush, but Lucin did offer up several other unusual species to assuage our tears: 1) Northern Parula - 2) Black & white Warbler - 3) American Redstart - all of these were most often in the trees around the main pond, with some forays into the Russian olives around the marshy "secondary pond" just to the west.

Colby Neuman (26 May 2008) - Jeff Bilsky and I headed out to some of the migrant traps of the west desert from Saturday through Monday. ...Highlights from the weekend included  -   5/26/08 -  ...Lucin -- ...1 Wood Thrush - large thrush with a very rusty upperparts that was strongest on the nape of the bird, distinct black spotting on the chest, upper belly and and flanks, white eye ring and cheek pattern were observed, never sang, but did its two (alarm?) calls...a drier cluck repeated 3 or 4 times and their whistly sounding cluck call (the more common of the calls I believe) and video were obtained and I will put up a link to them later tonight or seemed to hang out in the vegetation that's adjacent to where the pipe that drains the main pond releases water into the overflow pond (that has cattails). We first saw it when it flew into the tree that is down in the pond though. I do think it stands a decent shot of sticking around as there are rain showers all over NW Utah currently. 1 Black-and-white Warbler - 1 female - seen up high and down low, but went extended periods without seeing the bird...first observed on the downed tree in the pond. ...

Kris Purdy (26 May 2008) - Friend Jen Cary saw a Lark Bunting, I believe a male, at Bear River MBR in Box Elder County today. Although Jen saw the bird in an area not accessible to the public, it wasn't far from the gate at the extreme northwest corner of the auto tour loop. The gate is also located at the parking area at the northwest corner of unit 2c.

Jack Binch (12 May 2008) - I went to Bear River MBR with the target bird being an American Bittern. I was in the right place at the right time yesterday for sure. The bittern flew in front of me and landed on the other side of a little canal just north and west of the maintenance sheds. I got a few photos and he flew back north where he came from. I guess there was not enough cover.  Before the bittern I spotted a Glossy Ibis along the road just after the curves. He stayed quite a ways in front of me and was harassed by a White-faced Ibis and then flew northwest and joined the other couple of thousand ibis north of the big canal.

Tim Avery (11 May 2008) - Colorado birder Jacob Cooper sent me a message reporting he had seen a Broad-winged Hawk north of Bear River MBR this past week.

Bridget Olson - Bear River MBR - Waterbird/Raptor survey - 5/01/08 ...Notable birds include Whimbrel ... and Great Egret...

Betsy Beneke (4 May 2008) - I've had a male Calliope Hummingbird coming to my feeder here in Perry, Box Elder County, the last 4 days.


Ryan O'Donnell (28 May 2008) - This morning Sarah Mohlman and I did a volunteer point count for Little Bear Conservation Alliance. We found a total of 43 species on this 4.75 mile hike on private land SW of Avon in Cache County. The highlight was a single adult male Lark Bunting...

Buck Russell (24 May 2008) - This morning I birded the Richmond Wildlife Management area ...Other birds in the area included Calliope Hummingbird... I also went back to get photos of the Bobolinks near Logan River Bridge on Mendon Road.

Ryan O'Donnell (21 May 2008) - I saw two Stilt Sandpipers at Sue's Ponds, just west of the Logan Landfill, this morning. The birds were both in breeding plumage and were in the pond to the north of the dirt road.

Buck Russell (16 May 2008) - This morning I birded Steel Canyon, north of Clarkston, UT. Along the dirt roads going north from Clarkston (driving past the cemetery) I saw several Grasshopper Sparrows and lots of Vesper Sparrows. ...

Buck Russell (11 May 2008) - Four years ago I saw a Calliope Hummingbird in Denzil Stewart Park in Logan. The following year I accidentally went back to the park on the same day and saw a Calliope Hummingbird in the same area. The next year I purposely went back to the park on the same day and saw the Calliope in the same tree, on the same branch. Today is one year later and I again saw the bird in the same tree (different branch).

Ryan  O'Donnell (6 May 2008) - Yesterday evening (May 5th) I birded around Rendezvous Park and the Logan River Golf Course in Logan. At around 6:30PM I found a waterthrush, presumably a Northern Waterthrush, walking along a ditch there. The bird was walking away from me and I only saw it for a few seconds, but I'm confident that it was a water thrush because I could see a long, solid dark brown tail bobbing constantly up and down, a white or off-white ventral surface with dark streaking in the side, solid dark brown wings and back, and pink legs. The bird was walking along the muddy edge of the ditch an inch or so from the water and parallel to the it, heading north. I went home to get my camera and picked up Craig Fosdick on the way, and returned to Rendezvous Park. While we were looking for the waterthrush, I saw a Mississippi Kite fly over twice. The first time it was flying south on the east side of the railroad tracks. At the very first glance I thought it was a Peregrine Falcon because of its size, pointed wings, gray tones, and strong powered falcon like flight. But after a wingbeat or two I could see that it had a solid black tail that was perfectly squared off at the tip. The bird disappeared over the trees before Craig could get a look at it, and so we went back to looking for the waterthrush because it hadn't quite dawned on me what I had just seen. Five to ten minutes later, Craig noticed the same bird again flying directly overhead. This was at about 8:15 or 8:30 and it (of course) flew directly west into the setting sun. We were able to make out that the dorsal surface was mostly medium to light gray and we could see its flight style well in silhouette, but it wasn't until it reached a stand of willows on the west side of 600W that it banked below the horizon, showing flashes of white in the wings for two wingbeats. It perched in the willows and so we jogged back to the car and drove to the willows but we weren't able to find it again before it got too dark to see anything in the trees. If accepted, I believe this would be the first state record. I went back this morning for several hours but I wasn't able to relocate either of these two birds.


Paul Higgins (29 May 2008) - Lark Bunting -- Antelope Island --Just past the Friary Peak trailhead turnoff on road to Fielding Garr Ranch. West side of road.

Joel Beyer (19 May 2008) - Kathy and I did a big day in Davis County on Sunday. We totalled 128 species, the most notable being 2 Vaux's Swifts flying north in thevicinity of the Bountiful LDS temple. Other nice sightings were 2 American Bitterns and a displaying Wilson's Snipe at the GSL Shorelands Preserve in Layton; Grasshopper Sparrow on Antelope Island; Willow Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Lincoln's Sparrow and Gray Catbird at Garr Ranch; another Am. Bittern and a Snow Goose at Farmington Bay WMA...

Jack Binch (10 May 2008) - Bob Huntington called me and said to come up to [Garr] ranch that a lot of warblers were in the area. We saw several Northern Waterthrushes...On the causeway at about mile post four on the south side, there were thousands of Black-bellied Plovers, peeps, and quite a few Red Knots. We had three knots in one view of a spotting scope at one time. This is the first time I have ever seen Red Knots within binocular range.

Michael Wienholt (9 May 2008) - Calgary birder Jerry Pilny, who is traveling to Tucson, called this evening from Flagstaff to ask me to report a "Louisiana Waterthrush at Fielding Garr Ranch at 16:00 on 5/7/08, 30 meters downhill from the house near a mud puddle surrounded by large trees."

Edson Leite (4 May 2008) - Beth and I birded Antelope Island today.  On the south side of the cause way mm 5 there were 100+ Black-bellied Plovers, 4 American Golden Plovers, a few Western Sandpiper, and a few Sanderlings. A lone Dunlin was hanging out with the Plovers. ...At Garr Ranch ...Winter Wren.

Paul Higgins (4 May 2008) - Northern Waterthrush--Fielding Garr Ranch

Carol Gwynn (3 May 2008) -One of the Red Knots reported earlier in the week was still on the Antelope Island Causeway this morning. It was just before mm 5 on the north side of the causeway. A good landmark is the toppled over, bleached out tree trunk on the south side of the causeway. The Red Knot was loosely associated with a group of several dozen Black-bellied Plovers...


Kevin Doxstater (19 May 2008) - Working at Bryce I get out to Tropic Reservoir regularly to see what is hanging around and, being off today, went out for a look. The Great Egret that was reported earlier was still there (south end) as of 10 this morning (Monday).

Phil Helsley (16 May 2008) - [White-winged Dove‏] We were camping on the East side of the Henry Mountains over the weekend and I was able to this new bird to my life list.  - The Dove flew right into camp and strutted around on the ground in front of us. The camera was in the car and by the time I was ready the dove had flown to a nearby cottonwood tree.


Matt Mills (1 June 2008) - I spent most of the past week out at Fish Springs and, while much of the time was spent working, I did manage to get some birding in everyday. ... On Tuesday, 5/27, I had a first summer male American Redstart in the housing area. This is presumably the same bird photographed on Monday by Kris Van Fleet On Wednesday , 5/28, there were 2 Common Grackles... On Friday 5/30, we stopped in at the Callao Civilian Corps Campground again. The adult male Indigo Bunting was still present and singing. It was singing a very yellow warblerish song. Also present here was...  a female Scott's Oriole...

Colby Neuman (26 May 2008) - Jeff Bilsky and I headed out to some of the migrant traps of the west desert from Saturday through Monday. ...Highlights from the weekend included  - 5/24/08 - Fish Springs NWR - remember permission is required to bird the housing area... 1 White-winged Dove - housing area - at least the 5th record for the refuge...  Callao - lack of migrants - 1 Whimbrel - in field that was being actively irrigated...  5/25/08 -  Callao - 1 Whimbrel - continuing...  5/26/08 - ...Callao... 1 Black-and-white Warbler - singing male - it did it's normal song that went into a Yellow Warbler sounding song and then back into it's normal song...but it eventually reverted to their typical song....

Matt Mills (22 May 2008) - Yesterday Matt Westover and I had a pair of Indigo Buntings at the Civilian Corps Campground just south of the town of Callao, Utah...


Ryan P. O'Donnell (14 May 2008) - On Monday, May 12th, I saw a bird I believe to be a Canyon Towhee in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The bird was about 1-2 miles downstream from Hole-in-the-Rock Road along an unnamed drainage that starts near Cave Point and later joins Fiftymile Creek. The exact location of the bird was at UTM zone 12S, easting0500003, northing 4128394, WGS84 projection. I first saw this bird on Monday the 12th. Like all towhees, it was about sparrow shaped but larger than most sparrows and with a longer tail. As the bird flew into a shrub, it flashed rufous undertail coverts under a long dark tail. I could not get good looks at it in the dark interior of the shrub but was able to make out a rufous cap and pale patterning in the throat, and short sparrow-like bill (ruling out some even less likely birds like Crissal Thrasher). Overall the rest of the bird appeared dark gray. Unfortunately I didn't realize at the time that this bird was so rare in the state. I had to pass by the location two more times for my research and each time flushed a dark towhee-shaped bird but was unable to relocate it after each initial flush. I know this bird is a long shot and it's a long ways out of the way, but if anyone is in the area it might be worth a look. It's a beautiful hike, anyways. More when I return in a week or so.


G. Lind (1 June 2008) A first spring male Indigo Bunting visited my feeders in Sandy several times on 5/31/08. Apparently, this species has been visiting the west for over 25 years according to Behle. However it's a first for my yard.

Tim Avery (31 May 2008) - I hit the IC this morning to see what was bzzing around...  the best bird of the morning was a Common Grackle that was chattering up a storm in a russian olive near the south pond...

Tim Avery (29 May 2008) -  We made a quick stop at Lee Kay Ponds on the way out west where there was a beautiful male Greater Scaup...

David Wheeler (20 May 2008) - The Common Grackles that have made their home in Fairmont Park for several years (including raising a chick last year), are back. I heard then saw a pair along the creek running through the north end of the park. As in previous years, they seem to be frequenting the stretch of stream between the large pines growing near the N parking lot and upstream to the little house near the duck pond.

Tim Avery (16 May 2008) - Yesterday, (May 15), I was joined by Michael Bateman, Ned Bixler, Dave Hanscom, Larene Wyss and our driver Steve Kirkham for 16 hours of birding in northern Utah..... We received permission to bird Kennecott's Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve, thanks to Ann Neville who happened to share that her field trip out there earlier in the day had found 4 Whimbrel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We made our way onto the property ...We arrived at the location where Ann told us the Whimbrel were, but did not see any :( ... Until we turned around to head back and one of the Whimbrel could be seen with 3 Long-billed Curlew. As we were watching the bird, 3 more Whimbrel flew through and landed in a field nearby. An awesome sighting in Utah! Thanks Ann! ...

Tim Avery (5 May 2008) - This afternoon and evening I spent some time in the yard where a male Calliope Hummingbird was enjoying blooms in the apple tree.

Kimberly Roush (5 May 2008) - The Red-necked Grebe was on Little Dell April 28, 29 and May 3. I spend a few hours with it each time. It primarily stays on the opposite end from the dam between the lower parking lot directly below the entrance and the stream that flows into the reservoir. It will go back into the little cove and be hard to see if you do not walk through the mud, or walk the higher ground, in order to see it. It is quite tame compared to clarks' or westerns.

Tim Avery (4 May 2008) - This evening while strolling along the creeks above the pond at Sugarhouse Park I found a singing Red-eyed Vireo near the horseshoe pits. This area is about 150 yards from 1700 East.


Lu Giddings (28 May 2008) - A Red-eyed Vireo was seen at 4 p.m. yesterday in the oak and pinion-juniper to the north of Recapture reservoir. I had a chance to watch it for about 30-40 minutes although it was far too active to successfully photograph. It wasn't really keeping company with any other birds but the vegetation was fairly alive with chipping sparrows, Virginia's and black-throated gray warblers, and plumbeous and warbling vireos. Take the north Recapture Reservoir road about 125-150 yards west of Highway 191, mostly along the north side of the road, although it seems unlikely that the bird will stick around for long.


Colby Neuman (26 May 2008) - Jeff Bilsky and I headed out to some of the migrant traps of the west desert from Saturday through Monday. ...Highlights from the weekend included  - 5/24/08 - ... Private Ranch (north of Wendover) South Trees... 1 Gray Catbird - 1 Northern Waterthrush... 5/25/08 - Private Ranch South Trees - 1 American Redstart - 2nd year male...

Candy (15 May 2008) - I had a male Common Grackle visit the yard feeders this afternoon. I had one who visited 2 years ago in May and stayed for a couple weeks. I wonder if it is the same bloke.


Clay and Cliftia (23 May 2008) - [Jensen, UT] We’ve been getting arrivals sometimes four species per day through much of May…We had Black-headed Grosbeaks (3) along with a Rose-breasted Grosbeak a week or so ago. Today driving home I had a white morph Great blue heron fly over…and when I got home an Indigo Bunting was hanging around our feeder.


Merrill Webb (27 May 2008) - After the rain finally stopped and the clouds lifted, my wife and I decided to drive around the Provo airport dike yesterday and look for late migrants. We totaled 44 species in two hours including two Purple Martins, five Forster's Terns and one Common Nighthawk...

Merrill Webb (16 May 2008) - As part of the Gt. Salt Lake Bird Festival, I had the opportunity to lead a group of participants on a fieldtrip to Diamond Fork Canyon Wednesday morning.  The birds cooperated and we had a combined total from all observers of 60 species, which is more than I had anticipated. We did not find White-throated Swifts or Red-naped Sapsucker which I had seen a couple days earlier, but the Lewis's Woodpecker and the Black Phoebe were unexpected. The pond at the mouth of the canyon was very productive (at least 22 species on or around it) as you can tell from the diversity of water birds...

Lu Giddings (14 May 2008) - Ordinarily a Black Phoebe isn't a big deal, or at least, not in the southern part of the state. But it's a different story in the northern portion of the state. A black phoebe was spotted at 16:05 today in the Diamond campground, site #22. Diamond campground is about 5 miles up Diamond Fork, which is itself found several miles up Spanish Fork canyon. The bird was extremely skittish. I never managed to get closer than about 100' or so. But it was easily viewed with binoculars for about 10 minutes.

Milt Moody (5 May 2008) - I saw four Common Grackles along the Provo River parkway yesterday at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. They were downstream from the 8th North bridge over the river and near the sign for 1050 West in Provo.


Edson Leite (20 May 2008) - I figured that since most birds migrate during the night I still had a shot at the Yellow-billed Loon today. Beth and I once again arrived at Jordanelle Reservoir at 8pm. The wind was howling and the rain was starting to come down. We went to the marina because I didn't think we would have a lot of time to hike down. After scanning the NE part of the reservoir for about 15 mins. I spotted a loon near the NE shore it was working its way west. As soon as I got the scope on the bird it flew off. It flew right over us about 30ft above our heads. We had good looks at the bill. Then the bird headed East looked like it was going to land close to us in the water. But It turned north and gained a lot of altitude we lost sight of it going north over the mountains. That was around 8:20 p.m.   Thanks to all for their postings and great directions.

Milt Moody (20 May 2008) - Kris Purdy just called to report that the Yellow-billed Loon is still being seen near the east shore of the Jordanelle Reservoir this morning (20 Mar around 10 AM). She said that there is a road near mile 6.1 on old highway 248 going toward Kamas that will get you fairly close to where you can see the bird, but that you'd have to walk a little ways to to the shore to be able to see it.  Others that have seen the bird this morning are Pat Jividen, Alton Thygerson and several others in Kris's group.

Jack Binch (20 May 2008) - Lots of thanks here. Thanks to Marci Welch for finding a great bird [Yellow-billed Loon], even if by accident, thanks to Milt for getting out a quick post, and thanks to Pomera for telling me where to look.   - I watched the bird for an hour after phoning Huntington to get up there. I was joined by Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld, Colby Neuman, and Bob Huntington. I talked to Dave Hanscom when leaving and he had seen it from the other shore. Ned Bixler also saw the bird. Neat to see one in breeding plumage.

Pomera (19 May 2008) - As of 3:30 today (Monday), the Yellow-billed Loon was still at Jordanelle Reservoir in the same general area as originally reported by Marci Welch.  I walked down to the shoreline and saw the bird from the east side of the reservoir.

Milt Moody (19 May 2008) - Marci Welch sent in some pictures of a Yellow-billed Loon see saw at Jordanelle reservoir on Sunday (18 May).


Larry Tripp (31 May 2008) - Today I was lucky enough to have a first Spring male American Redstart singing his little head off in my yard. He stayed around for at least 3 hours. He came into the bird bath twice while I watched and spent the rest of the time feeding in the brush and singing away. He was also number 150 for the yard and the 2nd new Warbler in the last 2 days here. I finally got A MacGillvray's in the yard yesterday.  A nice male Anna's Hummingbird was coming to the feeders today. I always have a couple around in the Fall but don't See them in the Spring to often.

Larry Tripp (30 May 2008) - Birding along Pinto Creek in Northern Washington County this morning I saw a male Hooded Warbler about 10 miles south of Newcastle Res. Also along the Creek there was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The last 2 years I have seen singing Lucy's Warblers along the creek which is as far north as I've seen them in western Utah where they may be breeding.

Larry Tripp (28 May 2008) - Tonight at around 6:30 PM I saw a Yellow-throated Vireo along the Santa Clara river about 200 yards below Baker Res. in Washington Co. I last saw it flying upstream towards the Res. I searched but was unable locate it again in the thick understory and tall Cottonwoods and Willows. I never heard the bird call.

Rick Fridell - Yesterday afternoon (5/27), I photographed a singing White-throated Sparrow in the large willow patch at Ash Creek Reservoir (the small, usually dry reservoir at the top of the Black Ridge along I-15). This area can be accessed be taking Exit 36 off of I-15. The willows along the inflow typically hold a nice variety of migrants and residents.

Rick Fridell - Yesterday (5/24), Quinn and I were able to get out to several Washington County locations and do a little birding. We made it up to the Kolob Meadows and enjoyed some mid-May snow. Although we didn't see any Condors, highlights included a male Acorn Woodpecker in the first group of aspens north of the Kolob Creek road crossing and a Northern Goshawk in the same area. Also there was a singing male Black-and-white Warbler at the Confluence Park (confluence of Ash and La Verkin Creeks with the Virgin River). It was hanging around in the wooded ravine above the old power plant structure. Also I was very surprised to see two singing male Bobolinks in the Washington Fields, along 240 West (in the green fields on the east side at the south end of 240 West).

Rick Fridell - This evening (5/22)I was able to take advantage of the cool weather and long days and spend some time birding at Lytle Ranch (Washington Co.). Highlights included a Veery (in the orchard mulberry tree)...

Caitlin Ceci (22 May 2008) -... a Painted Redstart was reported to the park as well yesterday-- though I did not speak with this individual directly and am unaware as to his reliability. The bird was seen on the "Riverside Walk" Trail.

Rick Fridell - This afternoon (5/21) around 5:30p, I saw a female Painted Bunting along the Y-drain in the Washington Fields, Washington Co. It was feeding in the Descurania and grasses along the Y-drain and was last observed flying into the tamarisks along the Virgin River. It was loosely associating with several Blue Grosbeaks.

Larry Tripp (17 May 2008) - Birding this morning at Lytle Ranch I saw a Yellow-throated Warbler along the creek west of the parking area. It was certainly the high light but there was also a lot of bird activity in the area until it started to get hot just after 10:00 AM. The Mulberry trees seemed to be where a lot of birds were hanging out.   - I stopped at Gunlock Res. on the way home and there was a Vaux's Swift flying around with the Swallows near the inlet and a singing male Northern Parula was just above the Res. along the Santa Clara.

Jack Binch (6 May 2008) - Bob Huntington, Dave Hanscom, and I made a trip to St. George over the weekend. We got most of our target birds, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Bell's Vireo, Verdin, Phainopepla, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner, Black-throated Sparrow, Cactus Wren, Scott's Oriole, Common Blackhawk, Grace's Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Abert's Towhee, Gambel's Quail, Anna's Hummingbird, Crissal Thrasher, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Inca Dove, and Acorn Woodpecker. We also got a couple of unexpected bonuses. A Black-and-white Warbler and a Black-throated Gray Warbler. - I also got to eliminate my number two nemesis bird. We got a good look and a couple of photos of a Rufous-crowned Sparrow.

Pomera Fronce (3 May 2008) - Just returned from Southern Utah where we saw some great birds.  The highlight for me was a Palm Warbler on Thursday morning at Welcome Springs (on the way to Lytle Ranch) in the area of the cottonwood grove.

Larry Tripp (3 May 2008) - Birding at Lytle on Friday there were pretty good numbers of migrants around. The later migrants like Wood Pewee,W. Tanager and Brown-creasted Flycatcher have show up. 11 species of Warblers were there with the Waterthrush being the best. It was probably a Northern but I didn't get a good look at it and it's a good time for a Louisiana. - But the best bird I saw was a stunning Dark adult Broad-winged Hawk soaring low over the parking area. Very nice looking bird. - Other birds of note were a Gray Vireo, Black Hawk and a Nashville Warbler.

Rick Fridell - This afternoon (05/02/08) there was a Whimbrel at Sand Hollow State Park, Washington Co., UT. The Whimbrel was walking with a Willet along the main beach directly across from the OHV parking area. The large flocks of Red-necked Phalaropes have moved on, but there were a few remaining around the reservoir.


Carl Lundblad (24 May 2008) - I spent some time in southern Utah this week on a mostly non-birding trip but managed a few notable sightings... Black-and-white Warbler: 1 at Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef NP on 5/17. ...Lazuli X Indigo Bunting: 1 on Green River about 25 miles below Mineral Bottom on 5/20. ...Hooded Oriole: 3 at Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef NP on 5/17.


Brenda Kidman (4 May 2008) - Well, it has been quite the unusual year for us in South Weber as well.  ...We got a new male Calliope Hummingbird yesterday. He has different neck feathers than the others that have been hanging around for a while do. They are more the spiky look.