Review Species Reported This Month:
Eastern Phoebe Millard Co.
Washington Co., Salt Lake Co.
Craig Fosdick (19 Jul 2009) - Today I hiked the Steam Mill Canyon trail (as
well as an unofficial trail on the next ridge south) and found 7 PURPLE MARTINS,
perhaps in the same
location they were reported (by somebody else whose name escapes me) last year?
Two males, five females, with one male and one female visiting a cavity. At one
point two females were perched on a branch in front of the cavity.
Cheri (25 Mar 2009) - This AM I have a Red-breasted Grosbeak here. I
do not know what the normal pattern is at this time of year in SW Utah
(transplant from Ohio where a spring migration is it) but I was surprised to see
one since I haven't had one here since April.
Colby Neuman ( 29 Jul 2009) - I just received a report via ebird of a LITTLE
BLUE HERON observed on July 20th in Kane County. The observer placed the
location of his sighting along
Highway 89 at some ponds just north of where SR 9 joins Highway 89 (this is
south of Orderville).
Flora M. Duncan (3 Jul 2009) - Esther and I have had a big day in Millard
County. We had a nice list--47 Birds--including a pair of Eastern Phoebes
on the fence at the corner of 2500 North 7500 West, Abraham. I don't know what
is considered righteous documentation. Sorry we did't take a camera with
us--not a neat picture as we had a few years ago with the
Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Fool's Creek.
David Allan (2 Jul 2009) - I just noticed my first Rufous Hummingbird of
the season in my Oak City backyard. Guess southern migration is underway.
Weston Smith (13 Jul 2009) - My father (Arnold Smith) called last night to
say that a White-winged Dove was at his feeder in Morgan. We are
wondering if it is the same one that came a year or so ago, it seemed to know
right were the feeder was located.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Alan Rogers (3 Jul 2009) - Yesterday evening (July 2, 2009) about 8pm I heard
the distinctive sound of a NORTHERN BOBWHITE QUAIL singing from my backyard
(1826 E Logan Ave,
Salt Lake City). I got no clear look, but at one point I got a quick look as he
flew straight over my head about 20 feet up. The bird was clearly a quail, and
clearly had the russet coloration of a bobwhite. Took me back: I grew up in the
east and used to hunt them.
Pomera Fronce (19 Jul 2009) - Late last evening I found an adult
Cormorant at Lee Kay Ponds. He was huddled with about 20 Double-crested
Roberta and I watched the bird for a couple of hours this
morning (Sunday). Jack Binch joined us and got some photos. The bird was quite
active. We initially found him on the big main pond. When we left at 9:45, the
bird was on the eastern most pond with 10 of his cousins and feeding alongside
Kris Purdy ( 9 Jul 2009) - I saw a report this morning with photos of a male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak from Park City, Summit County. The resident noted her
elevation is 7,350
feet and said the bird has visited her feeders several times over the last
month. Has this been the year of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Utah, or what?!?
Eric Huish (5 Jul 2009) - I drove the Alpine Loop this morning with my parents,
up American Fork Canyon and down Provo Canyon. Pretty quiet. Best birds were a
Pine Grosbeak along Timpooneke Road maybe a mile past Timpooneke
Campground and a Peregrine Falcon at Aspen Grove.
Eric Huish (29 Jul 2009) - There was a flock of 1500 White-faced Ibis in the
pasture southwest of where the road crosses the Spanish Fork River near the
beginning of River Lane this morning (8 am). While scanning the flock I
momentarily saw a Glossy Ibis then lost it shortly after. After 40
minutes I was able to find it again, this time it paused to preen. I should have
studied it carefully but instead wasted my time trying to take a photo through
my scope. The photos didn't turn out well. As soon as it started feeding again I
lost it. With its head in the grass it looked just like all the other ibis...
Rick Fridell (16 Jul 2009) - The two Neotropic Cormorants (first reported
in late May) were still present on Ivins Reservoir (Washington Co.) on 07/04/09.
The usually perch on the standing dead trees towards the back of the reservoir,
and occasionally in the tree across from the metal dock-like structure. I was
also surprised to see to a ragged looking Hooded Merganser on Ivins
Reservoir; one of only a couple I've observed in Washington Co. during the
Tim Avery (20 Jul 2009) - At Tonaquint Park this morning there was an INDIGO
BUNTING singing from one of the Cottonwoods along the river near the pond. Made
for a fun chorus with the singing Blue Grosbeaks and Lesser Goldfinches.
Kris Purdy (9 Mar 2009) - What's a Common Loon doing at Pineview
Reservoir in Weber County in July?, you're thinking. Wasatch Audubon saw a
Common Loon at Pineview today from
the north end of the Winter's Grove Nature Trail that runs through Jefferson
Hunt Campground. The bird was a subadult and by assumption, a non-breeder rather
than an impossibly early juvenile migrant...
Kris Purdy (9 Mar 2009) - A male INDIGO BUNTING was singing on the slope east
of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) in Ogden, Weber County, this afternoon
around 12:30 p.m. I was passing on the trail below the bird's location when I
aimed my binocs at a ruckus that sounded like young Lazuli Buntings
chipping alarm notes. The first bird I settled on was this male Indigo,
then I watched him sing from multiple perches along the slope above me. He
flew away a couple times, but returned to the same dead top of a scrub oak
and used others for singing perches in the area as well.