Review Species Reported This Month:
Salt Lake Co.
Iceland Gull (?)
Salt Lake Co.
Lesser Black-backed Gull Davis
Lesser Black-backed Gull (3)
Salt Lake Co.
Snowy Owl Box Elder Co.
McCown's Longspur Box Elder Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Kristin Purdy (24 Jan 2010) - Is there a cure for
the spinning eyeballs, baldness from tearing the hair out in clumps, and the
migraine that come from sifting through thousands of Canada Geese and Mallards
to find what I believe were four CACKLING (taverneri) GEESE?!?
...The single Snow Goose and the two Ross's Geese were surprises;
in fact, I ignored the white geese for a long time, figuring they were just
domestics. When I paid attention, Doh!
Tim Avery (23 Jan 2010) - [Gray Partridge]
Just west of where the longspurs were seen. They were north of the road near the
corrals with the cattle. Found by Eric Huish.
Jack Binch (17 Jan 2010) - I chased the Lapland
Longspurs that the Sommerfelds reported without success, BUT, I did find a
McCown's Longspur near the trailer house - gun club -
where Kris found the flock of American Tree Sparrows. Which are still
Cindy Sommerfeld (16 Jan 2010) - Today We headed
north hoping to add to our 2010 year list. We stopped at
Bear River first. 2.8 miles past the Visitors Center we found a flock of at
least 40 Horned Larks with two Lapland Longspurs tagging along. Next we
headed to Howell. We did find Sharp-tailed Grouse just at the south
end of town.
Bill Fenimore (13 Jan 2010) - ...Brett Prettyman,
Outdoor Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune told me that a Snowy Owl sighting
had been reported. He gave me the contact information of the fellow who reported
the Snowy Owl. I just finished talking to the fellow who saw the owl.
He told me that he is originally from Minnesota and has seen Snowy Owls there. I
had asked him if it might have been a Barn Owl. He did not realize that it was a
rare bird for Utah or he would have spoke up earlier. The sighting was on the
Perry Unit of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. He said that he saw the bird
sitting on the ground on a flat that is just south of the Waste Water Treatment
plant for Perry. The sighting was approximately 3 weeks ago.
Craig Fosdick (3 Jan 2010) - I snowshoed about 2
1/4 miles up Dry Canyon (Logan) today, and was fortunate
enough to find a Northern Pygmy-Owl talking at ~6500'.
Buck Russell (1 Jan 2010) - ... I saw a couple of
Hooded Mergansers at the 20/20 pond earlier today. Other birds at the
pond included Canvasback ducks, Norhern Shovler, American Wigenons, Buffleheads,
Gadwalls, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked ducks, but no Wood Ducks. At the
first dam on the Logan River there were lots of Common & Barrow's Goldeneyes.
At the dam there was also a pair of Common Mergansers.
Craig Fosdick (1 Jan 2010) - Ryan O'Donnell and I
birded Cache County this afternoon with relatively little excitment. Best bird
was a MERLIN on 7800 N in Amalga. Second-best bird was?...perhaps the
PRAIRIE FALCON sitting on a power pole north of Smithfield along US 91.
Joel and Kathy Beyer (2 Jan 2010) - Late this
afternoon we managed to spot both a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Mew
Gull, amongst the 3000 or so gulls at Farmington Bay WMA. Both were adults
(maybe the LBBG was the same one we saw earlier at Decker Lake? It looked the
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Tim Avery (4 Jan 2010) - Today I had most of the
afternoon off so I took advantage of the sun and did a little birding. I started
on the Jordan River at 12600 South where I found a single LONG-EARED OWL
in a Russian Olive patch about 1/2 mile south of 12600 South... I decided to
head towards Decker Lake, stopping at Lake Park, where I probably scanned
through 2,000 Canada Geese hoping to find the Greater White-fronted that
continues to elude me through 3 stops there this year. During the scanning I was
able to pick out 2 CACKLING GEESE again...Heading out to 7200 West and up
towards I-80 there was a lone MERLIN perched on a power pole...Lastly I
swung through the International Center where there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE
just west of Hunter-Douglas on the Frontage Road where Jeff Bilsky and I had one
Tim Avery (9 Jan 2010) - The 1st winter Western
Gull and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Decker lake with "schmorgesborg"
(in the words of Jeff Bilsky) of around 3500 gulls. Very few ring-billed gulls,
and only a couple herrings mixed in. No thayer's...
Keeli Marvel (7 Jan 2010) - Around noon today
there was a Greater White-fronted goose and a Mandarin duck (yes
Mandarin!) mixed in with a couple hundred Canada geese feeding on the northeast
end of Nibley Golf Course (in the Sugarhouse area about 2700 S. 700 E.).
Tim Avery (2 Jan 2010) - [Lesser Black-backed
Gull] On west pond.
Tim Avery (1 Jan 2010) - Jeff Bilsky and I headed
to Lee Kay Ponds this morning for gulls. There were none at Lee Kay so we headed
to Decker Lake where there were over 1500 gulls on the lake. Highlights: 1
adult Lesser Black-backed Gulll; 1 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull;
4 Thayer's Gull; 1 very pale gull with barred tertials. Could have been the dark
end of a Kumlien's ICELAND Gull but was pretty far out.
Fly by Merlin and Peregrine Falcon as well as flyover American Pipit and
2 CACKLING GEESE on the pond.
Eric Huish (9 Jan 2010) - On Lower River Road in
Francis (summit co.) we found a Pine Grosbeak in a small fir tree near a
house with lots of bird activity about 0.7 miles after turning off highway 32.
Brian Maxfield (26 Jan 26 2010) - I located a
RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the Pariette Wetlands in Uintah County on 1/26/2010. The
bird was observed just below the dam on the Redhead Pond. I was foraging
along the only open water along the stream. It stuck around for a few minute
before disappearing into a tamarisk thicket. Of course I did not have my camera
with me that day.
Kay Stone (22 Jan 2010) - Kay Stone called to report
a Varied Thrush on the Jordan River Parkway North of the Model Airfield (Lehi)
this morning (Jan 22).
Dennis Shirley (19 Jan 2010) - Just saw my first good
yard bird of the new year - NORTHERN GOSHAWK. It was an immature [female
I believe], and was perched near my backyard feeders, watching all the activity.
It hung around for about 20 minutes, then got tired of being harassed by four
magpies and a flock of chickadees. It dropped down the ridge into Loafer Canyon,
but could very well stick around for a while. Heaven help the pheasants and
quail. Come to think of it they haven't been around much the last couple of
days. I wonder why!!!
Eric Huish (6 Jan 2010) - Drove the Provo Airport
Dike and Utah Lake State Park with Ned Bixler this afternoon/evening...We also
saw a couple Long-eared Owls. One on the dike and one at the State Park.
Eric Huish (4 Jan 2010) - I saw a beautiful Male
Yellow-shafted Flicker at Bicentennial Park this afternoon. It was in the
woods on the back side of the boardwalk. There was also a Red-shafted there...
At home I saw the Screech-Owl poking its head out of the nest box.
Watching the deer below it.
Eric Huish (9 Jan 2010) - KC Childs and I birded
Wasatch County today (Jan 9th) from about 8:30 a.m. to noon. Highlights
were - Along 222 in the Wallsberg Area we saw Wild Turkey, 6 Bald Eagles, 4
Lewis's Woodpeckers and an American Tree Sparrow plus the usuals.
We scoped through very distant waterfowl from an overlook on highway 32 high
above the Jordanelle Dam . There was a probable Cackling Goose with a
large group of Canadas and a few Hooded Mergansers on the far side of the
reservoir. Barely identifiable...
Tim Avery (18 Jan 18 2010) - The Yellow-billed
Loon is still present at Quail Creek State Park in
Washington County as reported by Rick Fridell. At least one Anna's
Hummingbird is in Snow Canyon visiting the feeders at the Camp Host Site.
The bird is a male and was displaying. And the previously reported Eurasian
Wigeon was at Sky Mountain golf Course, although I believe it is actually a
hybrid. It's very subtle, but there are
green streaks in the back of the head.
Nathan Fisher (15 Jan 2010) - On the 14th I was
birding at Mathis Park in St. George, and the area was loaded with birds....
Near the beginning of my session I was watching a flicker perched in a tree
across the river and noticed no red on his face or head. I couldn't see his
underwing at all. I waited while watching other birds. When he did take off I
wasn't exactly watching him, but did see him before he landed out of sight. I
swore that he had the yellow underwing, and made my notation of Gilded
Flicker as there was no red nape indicative of the yellow shafted. I
continued to watch for an hour or so. I started to doubt my observation as time
continued and was about to cross off the gilded flicker off the list when he
flew in front of me (about 20 feet away) and landed a bit further away. Again I
saw the obvious yellow underwing, and could now, again, verify that there was no
red nape. There is no doubt that I saw the gilded flicker.