Review Species Reported This Month:
Great Black-backed Gull
Sandpiper Davis Co.
Warbler Washington Co.
Prothonotary Warbler Washington Co.
Craig Fosdick (26 Aug 2009) - I had a BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLER at 720 pm this evening at Rendezvous Park in Logan.
Ryan O'Donnell (30 Aug 2009) - Craig Fosdick, Ron Ryel,
and I birded around the county this morning (Saturday). We started at the
Sherwood Hills Resort, where we saw and/or heard four warbler species, including
at least two NASHVILLE WARBLERS (the other three were Yellow, Yellow-rumped,
and Wilson's). We also saw at least five CASSIN'S VIREOS... Next we went
to Rendezvous Park, which was pretty quiet... We did find at least one and
probably two NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES there, though! ...Craig had to leave
after this stop but Ron and I continued around several other spots in the
valley. Two Western Sandpipers and one juvenile STILT SANDPIPER were at
Sue's Ponds, just west of the Logan Landfill.
Craig Fosdick ( 8 Aug 2009) - Buck Russell and I birded
Cache Co. this morning, first in the rain, then without the rain... At Newton
Reservoir,where we birded the riparian zone below the dam, we had three
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERs, a singing male BLUE GROSBEAK, three EASTERN KINGBIRDs,
plus single WESTERN TANAGER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. The BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHERs were about 2/10 of a mile down the road that runs south on the east
side of the riparian zone...
Jeff Bilsky (8 Aug 2009) - Earlier in the morning near MM4
on the Flaming Gorge highway, I had a couple of PYGMY NUTHATCHES mixed in
with a big group of other travelling montane species moving through the
Ponderosas'. Later on, I drove on the Sheep Creek Loop and stopped at Palisades
Memorial Park and located a single TOWNSEND'S WARBLER that was
cooperative enough to give me great looks - seems a bit early maybe?
Kristin Purdy (29 Aug 2009) - Jack Binch, Paul Higgins and
I saw a WHIMBREL at Antelope Island Causeway in Davis County this morning
at about 7:30. The bird was on the north side at the east edge of the surface
water around mile 5.2.
Tim Avery (29 Aug 2009) - [Garr Ranch, Antelope Island]
There was a Red-eyed Vireo in the south portion of the picnic area this
Tim Avery (28 Aug 2009) - Steve Sommerfeld just called me
and reported finding an UPLAND SANDPIPER north of MM5 about 40 yards out
on the mudflats along the Antelope Island Causeway. He said it was about due
north of where the large stump is in the mud on the south side of the causeway.
Carol Gwynn (16 Aug 2009) - There was a Whimbrel on
the Antelope Island Causeway Saturday at about mm 3 on the north side. I was
hoping the storm would bring in waves of shorebirds, but not so. There
were 4 Burrowing Owls at MM 6... At Glover Ponds, a Black Tern
flew over. Glover Ponds had been taken over by White-faced Ibis; there were lots
in the ponds and more in the field to the north.
Jeff Bilsky (9 Aug 2009) - I located a NASHVILLE
WARBLER this evening at Antelope Island's Garr Ranch hanging out over by the
Paul Higgins (10 Aug 2009) - Weird--I found Sage Grouse
high in the aspens and Dusky Grouse low along meandering streams in sage
covered draws. Monte Cristo, Rich County, Utah. August 10, 2009.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Kristin Purdy (23 Aug 2009) - Pomera Fronce and I saw an
adult NEOTROPIC CORMORANT in a pond along the Jordan River near the intersection
of 5400S. and 1070W. in Murray, Salt Lake County, early this afternoon. The pond
is a newly constructed or renovated fishing pond located on the west side of the
river and northwest of the intersection mentioned above...
Deedee O'Brien (13 Aug 2009) - Apparently Band-tailed
Pigeons nest in the Wasatch. I saw the first juvenile of the year in
mid-June. Now several a day come by, but don't get large numbers of adults or
young this summer (most was 11, usually 4 or 5 OR 1 alone). They're usually gone
by the end of September, but a few years some have stayed until snow and a
couple years ago one wintered over...
Stephen Carlile (1 Aug 2009) - [first seen last month]
It took several tries but I finally got it. I saw the adult Neotropical
Cormorant ... at Lee Kay Ponds in Salt Lake County. The bird was seen at the
main pond, with the viewing platform, on the far island to the south east. I
picked out the bird based on size using binoculars, but I used my scope to
verify the identification. I appreciate to those who continue to post after a
rare sighting is first posted. I can't always drop everything to chase the
Kimberly Roush (29 Aug 2009) - My first sighting of a
SWAINSON'S HAWK in Park City this year. It was flying over the small
sagebrush field sandwiched between the library, the Olympic Park and Whole
Foods, viewed from the light at the junction of 224 and the turn off for
the Olympic Park.
Kristin Purdy (9 Aug 2009) - I hiked the Bald Mountain
Trail in the Uinta Mountains, Summit County, this morning, hoping to see
BLACK ROSY-FINCHES. I eventually saw one or the same bird two times... Bird
activity along the Mirror Lake Highway was light this weekend, perhaps due to
the cold temperatures. Vehicles were covered with frost this morning. Still, I
saw a few of those high mountain specialties, like a female PINE GROSBEAK
at Crystal Lake and a handful of CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS there and at Mirror
Colby Neuman (3 Aug 2009) - A birder from Quebec reported
seeing a Great Black-backed Gull at Echo Reservoir on July 6th. The
observer did not realize the significance of the sighting, and had this to say
about the sighting... "We saw it amongst a flock of California gulls, and
stopped by the roadside to have a closer look. All we saw was a bulky,
black-mantled gull, too large in my opinion for a lesser BB Gull, but that's
It appears anyone visiting Echo and surrounding reservoirs should be on the
lookout for a dark mantled gull.
Bryan Shirley (12 Aug 2009) - This afternoon I saw a Solitary
Sandpiper in the pond/marshy area on 5400 South 4800 West in Benjamin. It
was in plain sight on the edge of the pond, then flew into the grassy marshy
area just to the west of the pond.
Jeff Bilsky (10 Aug 2009) - Birded Swede and River Lanes
after work tonight. Swede Lane was packed with YELLOW WARBLERS. I had one tree
that had at least 10 of them. Also located at least 7 NASHVILLE WARBLERS,
and 5 BLUE GROSBEAK. River Lane had much of the same. Both locations
seemed to be pretty heavy with migrants.
Larry Tripp (30 Aug 2009) - Today in Washington Co. I saw a
Prothonotary Warbler along the creek near the power plant that is along
the dirt road between upper and lower Sand Cove Res. Not a lot of birds in that
area today but I did see 8 species of Warblers.
Keeli Marvel (11 Aug 2009) - On the way back down Kolob
Scenic Byway toward the town of Virgin we stopped at the overlook just south of
the little town of Kolob, where Kolob creek cascades past some dramatic looking
cliffs, and we were treated to a fanstastic look at California Condor #97
as it flew over our heads sharing
the thermals with a bunch of Turkey Vultures, a Red-tailed Hawk, an Osprey and
various swallow species.
Larry Tripp (17 Aug 2009) - This morning in Pine Valley (
Washington Co. ) there was a Hermit Warbler mixed in with a large flock
along the equestrian trail about a 1/4 mile from where it meets the Whipple
trail. It was a HY male/Female type looking bird. Different from the HY Female
type looking birds annually seen this time of year in S W Utah. The next 2 weeks
is probably the best time of year to look for them in any of the high elevation
areas in the S W part of the state...