Review Species Reported This Month:
Cackling Goose Cahce Co. Utah Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Craig Fosdick (29 March 2010) - Stephen Peterson and I
birded Benson Marina this evening and had our FOS Clark's and Western
Grebes, Tree Swallow, American White Pelican,
Double-crested Cormorants, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, as well as a
lingering Rough-legged Hawk. On the way home, Stephen saw an American
Avocet in the pond on the south side of Utah 30 near the Logan Fish
Bryant Olsen (16 March 2010) - I saw a BLUE MORPH
GOOSE, mixed in with thousands of other ROSS'S GEESE and
SNOW GEESE in Corinne, Box Elder Co., just north of Bear River MBR. ... Also 2
BLUE MORPH SNOW GEESE. Lots of
TUNDRA SWANS at Salt Creek WFMA and Bear River MBR. First MOUNTAIN
BLUEBIRD of the year for me as well.
Calvin Robbins (14 March 29010) - I made a trip up to
the Corinne area and I found two large flocks of Snow Geese. One north
of 2400 north and just west of the Wal Mart warehouse. The other east of 6800
West and about a mile north of the
end of the road.
Craig Fosdick (13 March 2010) - [Bear River Refuge] -
Stephen Peterson and I birded
Bear River MBR yesterday .... Birding highlights were about 200
Tundra Swans, lots of Northern Pintails, a Rough-legged Hawk,
the first Cinammon Teal I have seen this spring ... saw a Loggerhead
Shrike at Salt Wells on Thursday.
Connie McManus (17 March 2010) - On Saturday, I
went with a group from the Bridgerland Audobon Soc around Benson area, led by
Rinehard Jokel (spelling is probably bad). We saw about 10 Sandhill
Craness. The other birds we saw were, RED TAILED HAWK, ROUGH
LEGGED HAWK and NORTHERN HARRIERS. ... in Amalga
Barrens area there were numerous (10 or 15?) Northern Harriers all flying around
together. ...There were also a large number (30-40) PINTAIL DUCKS
in the Amalga Barrens. Oodles of Canadas. We also saw a Cackling Goose
at the Cutler Overlook (I forget the name, it's just north of Benson).
Stephen Peterson (17 March 2010) First heard, then
saw (a mile up in the sky) my first Sandhill Crane of the spring circling
above the foothills of Dry Canyon on Monday afternoon.
Craig Fosdick (3 March 2010) - [Logan, UT] Walked the railroad tracks from
Rendezvous Park to 1000 S and back this afternoon. Lots of Robin action ... plus nice extended looks at a
VIRGINIA RAIL at the
second bridge, and a WOOD DUCK flying out of Rendezvous Park. The
Song Sparrows were
pretty talkative too ....The golf course pond on 1000 S had only a couple of
Mallards, 4 Coots, a Canada Goose,
and a Ring-necked Duck.
Yesterday I had a lone male CASSIN'S FINCH in my yard in Logan, and the
day before that a BROWN
CREEPER in the yard.
On Monday I snowshoed up Franklin Basin Rd, and found very few birds, but
two AMERICAN DIPPERS, one singing, were very enjoyable. Good birding,
Mike Fish (2 March 2010) - [Logan] I had what I
think is a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk in my back yard tonight.
Jeff Bilsky (29 March 2010) -
[Antelope Island and Ranch] -
Loggerhead Shrikes, Sage
Thrasher, flyover American White Pelicans. [Farmington Bay] -
Tree Swallows and American Avocets. [Mueller Park] (up the
road and east to pump house) - Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown
Chickadees, Pine Siskins, Stellar's Jays, flyover
Red-tailed Hawks and Cooper's Hawks.
Kristin Purdy (29 March 2010) - A Davis County
sighting; Richard Pontius saw a
Long-billed Curlew on
Antelope Island yesterday.
Jeff Bilsky (15 March 2010) - Upon further review with
Colby Neuman, we believe this is actually a BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER that I saw at AI yesterday (note the thick coloration on
Jeff Bilsky (14 March 2010) -
Birded the AI
Causeway followed by the
Layton Marsh area leading
up to the GSL Shoreland Preserve. Causeway Highlights: 14
at the entrance pond ....
SANDHILL CRANES. What I believe to be a
WESTERN SANDPIPER near
MM3. - Layton
Marsh Highlights: Massive flock of
AMERICAN CROWS, .... at least 90 YELLOW-HEADED
Mark Mossing (12 March 2010) - [Antelope Island] -
seen at ground box just southwest of visitors’ center. Spent the morning
birding with Valarie Stewart. Highlight of the trip to AI was the Burrowing
Duck, Chukar, Ring-necked
American White Pelican,
Cindy Sommerfeld (7 March 2010) - [Antelope Island State Park] - ... Here's the
[partial] results of our
Antelope Island Bird
Survey today: Canada Goose,
Ruddy Duck, Chukar,
American White Pelican,
Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier,
California Gull, Rock
Great Horned Owl,
Black-billed Magpie Common
Raven, Horned Lark, Rock Wren,
Pat Jividen (5 March 2010) - Seen my first
Mountain Bluebirds in the Tabiona valley today.
Mark Mossing (7 March 2010) - [Burriston
Observation date: 3/6/10 Canada Goose, Gadwall, Northern Pintail,
Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, California
Northern Harrier, ... Eurasian Collared-Dove, ... Horned Lark, Black-capped
Chickadee, Marsh Wren, ...
Song Sparrow, ...
Cheri Medlin (9 March 2010) - Withstood the elements and saw a few
ducks on a newly thawed sewage pond off of 89 near the
Mt Carmel Junction. ... Saw
Ruddy Duck and
Common Goldeneye pairs. Several Ring- necked Ducks and Green-
winged Teals. Many gulls as well.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Deedee O'Brien (31 March 2010) - I
should say, one Band-tail Pigeon is back, as that's all I've seen. The
bird was first seen in our yard yesterday afternoon (March 30). .... You're welcome
to come by if interested and knock at our door if you can't see him. Address:
4527 S 2995 E; Holladay
Tim Gorman (31 March 2010) -
While driving down Big Cottonwood Road (along Old Mill) a lone
Chukar scurried across the road. This was about a 1/4 mile west of the
entrance to the canyon.
Mark Mossing (22 March 2010) - Took a drive out to
Saltair and the Marina area today.... saw two interesting nesting sightings: There is a large Kennecott “pond” south
across I-80 from the road that goes from Saltair to the marina. About halfway
between the two, you can see a small island (I call it a lump island) inside the
pond with a small tree on it. There are Great Blue Herons nesting in that
small tree. ...
Just west of that island a short distance is a long narrow rock island that runs
east/west. This island now has about 30 Double-crested Cormorants along
with a lot of gulls.
Carl Ingwell (20 March 2010) - [Lee Kay Ponds] -
There was a great amount of waterfowl at Lee Kay Ponds this
morning. The most numerous were Green-Winged
Northern Pintails and Redheads. There were also a few Amercan
Wigeon, Lesser Scaup,
Ring-Necked Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks,
Common Goldeneye, and Common Mergansers. A few
Double Crested Cormorants have shown up and ... around 150
American Avocets on the ponds. A
Belted Kingfisher was
flying around .... There was a
Vesper Sparrow and a
White-Crowned Sparrow in the surrounding area. Also heard a
Bryant Olsen [18 March 2010] - Saw what looks to
possibly be a hybrid between a Mallard and a
Mexican Duck drake
in Sugarhouse Park SLC, and what may be a hen
Mexican Duck with it? She had as solid olive bill.
Bob Walters (16 March 2010) - (4) Sandhill Cranes
foraging with Canada geese just north of 2704 N. off 2200 W. in
Salt Lake City ... look to the west from 2200 W. in the area of a row of
cattle troughs ... Sandhill Cranes have been observed at this site in previous years
Bryant Olsen (8 March 2010) - [Neff's Canyon] - I was able to relocate
the N. PYGMY OWL I heard a few days ago up Neff's Canyon (S.L. county)
... Other interesting birds around were a juvenile
COOPER'S HAWK, STELLAR'S JAYS, and a singing TOWNSEND'S
Jeff Bilsky (9 March 2010) - ... I have had 2 new yard birds:
Song Sparrow and Eurasian-Collared Dove. My yard often has 20+
Mourning Doves but this is the first of the ever-expanding
Eurasian. Also, I have a
few Pine Siskins .... I am on Bryan Ave between
11th and 13th East.
Bryant Olsen (8 March 2010) - [Neff's Canyon] This evening I heard, and
then saw, a Northern Pygmy Owl up Neff's Canyon, Salt Lake County. It was
on the top of a Fir about 1 1/2 mile up canyon from the trailhead.
Bryant Olsen (3 March 2010) - Went to check on the Peregrine Falcons
in downtown SLC, and found 2, presumable the breeding pair, on the top of
the Key Bank building,
exhibiting courtship behavior.
David Wheeler (3 March 2010) - Last night I took a
wee night hike on the Desolation Trail in Millcreek Canyon. I was rewarded with
lovely views of a singing Saw-whet Owl .... When you live in the dark, sound is even
more important than visual cues. I urge you all to go out some night this
spring to enjoy the silence and the song.
Diane Penttila (22 March 2010) - [Ouray
National Wildlife Refuge] -
Spring has suddenly arrived. I think we made a new record for the number
of bald eagles. The following birds were seen within the survey route: Canada
geese, Snow goose, Mallard,
Green-winged teal, Cinnamon teal, Northern shoveler,
Common goldeneye, American coot, Great blue heron,
Double-crested cormorant, Sandhill crane, Killdeer, American
avocet, Pied-billed grebe, Eared grebe, Western grebe,
American kestrel, Northern harrier, Red-tailed hawk, Bald eagle.
Jeff Bilsky(30 March 2010) - Decided to bird in the
high winds after work to
see what was in the vicinity of
Skipper Bay. On some
private property nearby I located 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE,
along with a moving flock of
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS. On the side of the road, I was lucky enough to
spot a SAGE THRASHER. ... Other returnees included a TURKEY VULTURE and several
TREE SWALLOWS. ...
Dennis Shirley (30 March 2010) - Hi All, Just made a
quick tour of the west side of the
Provo Airport Dike. The wind was really howling and the waves off the
lake looked like ocean breakers. But the hour I spent there was rewarded with a
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. It was seen first on the side of the dirt road
straight west of the airport traffic tower, then feeding in the short weeds to
the east of the dike. ...
Jeff Bilsky (29 March 2010) - Osprey were on
the platforms before flying to the west. Clark's Grebes were
walking on water at the
end of the trail out in the
Ned Bixler (29 March 2010) - [Lindon Boat Harbor &
Geneva Settling ponds] -
Great Blue Heron,
Eric Huish (28 March 2010) - Utah County Birders
Field Trip. Lu Giddings led
a great field trip (Saturday, March 27). Over 30 participants came on the trip
so my lists are lacking some of the birds on the group list. We saw a few spring
arrivals - A flock of Tree
Swallows, a few
Say's Phoebes in a couple locations and a Snowy Plover at
[Benjamin Slough] - Number of species seen: 29. Partial
list of species: Canada Goose,
Flora Duncan (24 March 2010) - I went around the
Provo airport dike to see
the Red breasted
Merganser and saw my first American White Pelicans.
Jeff Bilsky (23 March 2010) - There was a male
Red-breasted Merganser at the Provo airport dike road .... Drive in from the East side entrance (you
will be driving south) until the road bends directly to the West and you can
look North and back down the canal. The bird was here. Also, of note, saw a
Western Grebe and a couple of
Sandhill Cranes in the area.
Kay Stone (22 March 2010) - The Varied Thrush
was seen by me today at noon in the usual spot on the Jordan River Parkway west
Paul Higgins (20 March 2910) - Red-breasted Merganser,
Provo Boat Harbor, March 20, 2010 (2 males).
usavettes (19 March 2010) - [Alpine UT] - [Sighting
of a possible Bell's Vireo].
Matt Mills (17 March 2010) - This afternoon Stephanie
Alvarenga and I saw a lone TURKEY VULTURE in the sycamores at 400 E
Center St in Provo. Also in the neighborhood were 2 EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES,
a MOURNING DOVE and a COOPER'S HAWK.
Carl Ingwell (17 March 2010) - Jeff Bilsky and I just
Skipper Bay Trail. It was on the ground just outside the portable
horse corral. We were also treated to 30 seconds of a
Harris's Sparrow song. We
relocated the 3 Greater White-Fronted Geese down the road from
Skipper Bay trail.
Davis Wheeler (15 March 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike] -
Yesterday afternoon, I took 5-year old, self-styled birdwatcher Petey and
Mojo birding at the
Provo Airport dike loop. I was seeking the
which I haven't seen in seven years of slacking off, and found one at the
southwestern corner of the loop.
Ned Bixler (12 March 2010) - [North Harbor Road &
Lower Parkway River Trail, Provo]
American Tree Sparrow was found along North Harbor Road on South side.
The Snipes were found in the last section of the Lower Parkway River
Jeff Bilsky (11 March 2010) - [Swede Lane] birded
Swede Lane in Utah County this evening just before sunset. Highlights: 1
PRAIRIE FALCON on a
pole on SR-77 heading west towards Swede Lane, 2
SANDHILL CRANES that flew by, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE that gave
great, diagnostic looks. The water at the end of the road ...
a good number of WESTERN and CLARKS GREBES and a couple
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS further out.
Ned Bixler (7 March 2010) - Along North Harbor
road (Provo) - half way between Lakeshore road and
Skipper Bay- . On North side of road. It was with
large groups of Canada Geese.
Mark Mossing (7 March 2010) -
... [Benjamin Slough] Observation date: 3/6/10.
Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard,
Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier,
Red-tailed Hawk (Western), Rough-legged Hawk,
Eurasian Collared-Dove, ...
Horned Lark, ...,
(Mountain), Dark-eyed Junco
Carl Ingwell (7 March 2010) - Brittany Badger and I
birded some Utah Co. spots this morning. I won't bore anyone with a complete
Jordan River trail @ Lehi-Sandhill
Crane; Provo Airport-Dike-Double
Bay Trail- Cackling
Ross's Goose and Snow Geese.
Eric Huish (6 March 2010) - [Skipper Bay Trail] Ned Bixler, Jeff Cooper and
I were out there from 3:00 pm to 5:45. We couldn't find the
Cackling Goose. We did see
a Peregrine Falcon,
Sandhill Crane, and
only 1 Starling!
Mark Mossing (6 March 2010) - Went out today searching for Sandhill Cranes
in Utah County. Found two pairs in and around Benjamin Slough and three pairs in
a stubble corn field about 3 miles east of Goshen just south of Route 6.
Carl Ingwell (6 March 2010) - [Skipper Bay trail] Steve
& Cindy Sommerfield, Jeff Bilsky and I found two Snow Geese, one
Ross's Goose and one
Cackling Goose at the end of Skipper Bay trail. Skipper Bay trail is
Utah Lake State Park.
Jeff Bilsky (5 March 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike] At the dike, the highlight was a
SAGE SPARROW close to
the Southeast Corner of the main drive. .... At Skipper Bay, the SNOW GEESE and ROSS'S GOOSE
continue near the North end ... There was a
SAVANNAH SPARROW that hopped up and gave a very brief song, and
allowed for great looks near the South end by the first East/West fence. A
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was the first I've seen there in awhile as well.
Eric Huish (5 March 2010) - [Lindon Boat Harbor and
Geneva Settling ponds] Saw
Clark's Grebe of the year in a narrow gap between the ice on Utah Lake
south of Lindon Boat Harbor. Utah Lake still 95% iced over. Long narrow gap in
the ice out on Utah Lake had the Common Mergansers, Northern Pintail,
grebe and others. Ice free settling ponds contained most of the geese,
Gadwall and Green-winged Teal.
Jeff Bilsky (4 March 2010) - A quick lunch time stroll
at Skipper Bay - mainly
just hoping for the Ross's
Goose and found it with the 3 Snow Geese towards the
end of the trail (North side) past the Osprey platforms and relatively
close to the trail providing great side by side looks. .... Killdeer numbers are
really growing over the past few days. Good Birding.
Ned Bixler (3 March 3, 2010) - [East Lawn Memorial
Hills Cemetery, Provo].
Western Scrub-Jay, Black-capped
(Slate-colored), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon).
Jeff Bilsky (1 March 2010 ) - [Provo Airport Dike] The
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at the bend in the moat on the East side of
Jeff Bilsky (1 March 2010) [Skipper Bay Trail] -
Snow Geese just North of the canal that runs adjacent to the Osprey nesting
American Tree Sparrow near beginning of trail. Other species observed:
Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed),
Eric Huish (20 March 2010) - [Deer Creek Reservoir] -
Birded in Wasatch County this morning with KC Childs and
Jeff Cooper. We birded the
north end of Deer Creek. Only the north end is ice free... Species:
Eric Huish (20 March 2010) - [Wasatch Mtn State Park]
- Pond was drained, very low water. Species: Long-billed Dowitcher [in
the emptied pond], Mallard, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Northern Flicker
Eric Huish (20 March 2010) - [Heber area] - Birding
with KC Childs and Jeff Cooper. List is for the fields Northwest of Heber. Among
species: Canada Goose, Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk,
Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Northern Flicker,
Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven,
American Robin, European Starling,
Eric Huish (20 March 2010) - [Jordanelle Hawk Watch
Site - Wasatch Co.] - Birding with KC Childs and Jeff Cooper. 29°f, sunny, light
breeze. Among species: Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk,
Downy Woodpecker ...
Ned Bixler (10 March 2010) - [Deer Creek
Reservoir and State Park] Lake only open along the edges, and where the
river comes into the lake. Species: Tundra
Eurasian Collared-Dove, ...
Dave Hanscom (3 March 2010) - [Deer Creek Reservoir] I
decided to drive down to Provo to look for the RB Merganser reported by Mr.
Bilsky a couple of days ago. Along the way ... stopped at
Deer Creek to check out the places where the ice has melted, and what to my
wondering (wandering?) eyes should appear but a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
... The only open water is at the inlet, where the
Provo River crosses SR-113,
and the southeast corner of the reservoir where SR-113 intersects US-189.
The merganser was in the latter location ...
Tim Avery (22 March 2010) - Sam and I spent the
weekend birding around Washington County. Several spring arrivals were moving
through. Highlights: [Boots Cox Park] --2 Vermilion Flycatcher.
[Lytle Ranch] --Lucy's Warbler, Crissal
Thrasher, Costa's Hummingbird, American Goldfinch, Cinnamon
Teal, Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal,
Lesser Scaup, Black Phoebe; [Springs Estates Pond],Snow
Goose; 03/20 [Sand Hollow State Park -- White-throated Swift,
Cactus Wren;[Boots Cox Park]--Vermilion Flycatcher; [Ivins Reservoir]--Violet-green
Swallow, Franklin's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull,
Greater Scaup; [Beaver Dam Slope]-Pinyon Jay, Cactus Wren;
[Lytle Ranch]--Turkey Vulture;
Larry Tripp (15 March 2010) - [Lytle Ranch] - One or two Lucy's Warblers
were singing. ... A
Turkey Vulture flying over and a couple Northern Rough-winged Swallows
flying up the Wash. No Black-hawks yet.
Carl Ingwell (15 March 2010) - We had Canyon Wrens,
Costa's Hummingbird in Snow Canyon SP.
Cindy Sommerfeld (14 March 2010) - Here are some of
the highlights of our Washington County weekend: St. George (Cox Park) -
Quail Creek - Yellow-billed Loon,
Lytle Ranch -
Welcome Springs -
Carl Ingwell (13 March 2010) - This morning, Brittany Badger and I went to
Quail Creek to look for the Yellow-Billed Loon and we had no luck with it. We
did see a Red Breasted Merganser, an adult
Herring Gull and a first year Thayer's Gull. After that, we went
Boots Cox Park in St. George where we located the Vermillion
Flycatcher pair, saw three Snipe in the horse field and had a flyover
of three white geese which appeared to be two Snow and one Ross's.
David Wheeler (1 March 2010) - [Ivins] A local birder
has confirmed that a Great Egret does indeed frequent the little pond
above the softball fields in Ivins.
David Wheeler (1 March 2010) - [Welcome-Springs Wash] There was a lone Black-tailed
Gnatcatcher hoarsely calling in what we have always referred to as the
on Saturday. It was hanging with a happy mob of Bushtits.
David Wheeler (1 March 2010) - [Lytle Ranch] There was one (1) lone Bushtit at
Kristin Purdy (9 March 2010) - Thought I'd share the
status of spring migration in Weber County in the last week. A
Turkey Vulture today; a
Say's Phoebe in Ogden Valley. Two female Cassin's
Finches in Anderson Cove Campground in Ogden Valley, one of which was
singing with gusto. A female Mountain Bluebird at 8800 feet.
Northern Saw-whet Owls singing in the mountains.
Kristin Purdy (9 March 2010) - The male Mandarin
Duck was at Beus Park in Ogden, Weber County, again yesterday.
Bryant Olsen (7 March 2010) - [Ogden Bay] Today I
headed up to Ogden Bay and saw some good birds. At least 10 SANDHILL CRANES,
some dancing, a flock of 29 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT, CINNAMON TEAL, a flock of YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRDS flew over
singing, 65 SNOW GEESE flew over, lots of BALD EAGLES, TUNDRA
SWANS, and various ducks. I was not able to relocate the reported 16 minima
Cackling Geese at the "Oxbow",
but I did see one TAVERNER'S CACKLING GOOSE mixed in with the hundreds of
CANADA GEESE near by.