Rare Species Reported This Month:
Davis Co. Salt Lake Co.
Glossy Ibis Box Elder Co.
Pomeran Jaegar Washington Co.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Morgan Co.
Chihuahuan Raven Grand Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Jack Binch (25 April 2010)
I went to Bear River in to
look through the godwits. Lots of them, but no unusual ones to be found. Lots of
shorebirds. Marbled Godwits,
Greater Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, Least
Sandpipers and a few hundred
White-faced Ibis, and at
GLOSSY IBIS mixed in. I found it at the southeast
corner of the loop by the observation platform.
David Wheeler (21 April 2010) Spent the middle of
the day at Bear River MBR. I saw more
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a bunch of LEAST
SANDPIPERS, but no sign of the Whimbrel. The thousands upon
thousands of MARBLED GODWITS of three days ago have been reduced down to
just a very few (I saw about 20).
Kristin Purdy (20 April 2010) Spent the morning on
Mantua Reservoir, Box Elder County in a kayak and was amazed at the number of
GREATER SCAUP present.
Bryant Olsen (19 April 2010) - Today at
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
I saw 4 GREAT EGRETS just south of the restrooms about 1 mile or so on
the north side of the road about 100 yards out....
Kristen Purdy (18 April 2010) - A WHIMBREL
was foraging with the many Marbled Godwits at
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County this morning. ... also saw a species not presently on the refuge
checklist--nine WILD TURKEYS, of all things. ...Several
BONAPARTE'S GULLS flew over unit 2 (inside the loop) as well. A
Peregrine Falcon was
resting on the flats southwest of the north-south paved portion of the road.
There were good numbers of Long-billed Curlews ....On the way south, I
visited the west side of Willard Bay in Box Elder County and found four
SNOWY PLOVERS along the border of Harold Crane WMA...
Kristin Purdy (14 April 2010) - [Willard Bay State
Park] - Members of Wasatch Audubon
Society saw three HORNED
GREBES in lovely spring plumage at Willard Bay State Park in Box
Elder County today. ... An oddity at the park was a first year
Bald Eagle. ... While there were a
few spring sightings, like Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged
Swallows, a Savannah
Sparrow and Red-breasted Mergansers .... Willard Bay State Park is accessible from I-15 exit 357.
Kristin Purdy (11 April 2010) - [Mantua
Reservoir] - I birded Mantua Reservoir in Mantua, Box Elder County yesterday. ... Bird highlights included dancing
Western and Clark's Grebes and several first of the season birds such
as Common Loons, Osprey and Vesper Sparrow...
Kristin Purdy (4 April 2010) - [Corinne, UT
-several miles west of I-15 at exit 365] - Visited Corinne in Box Elder County
.... I came across about 90 Sandhill Cranes in the same field along
3200N.... April 4th is always Swainson's Hawk day, at least
in my mind, and today didn't disappoint. I saw one Swainson's, a light
morph, circling over a field along the Corinne Cutoff Road (2600W) ...
David Wheeler (2 April 2010) - [Tremonton] Went on
to White's Valley (the south access to which has been recently regraded--yey)
(WNW of Tremonton). We managed to scare up a lovely Sharp-tailed grouse
from the sagebrush ... I noted only one or two Short-eared owls this week. ...There were
many Curlews frolicking about, singing their warbling songs in
Craig Fosdick ( 23 April 2010) Swung by the Logan
Fish Hatchery (the oxbow part along Utah 30) and Sue's Ponds on the way home
from work. Two WESTERN SANDPIPERS at Sue's Ponds (Logan Mitigation Ponds)
.... A nice
collection of swallows including at least 25 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS were
foraging at the ponds as well....
Mike Fish (22 April 2010) [Logan] The Rufous
Hummingbird is still around tonight. ... The
Lazuli Bunting visited my feeder tonight. ... Also - for Craig and
Stephen - we did see a
Green-tailed Towhee along with the
Craig Fosdick (16 April 2010) - Yesterday
evening I birded Cache Co.... Denzil Stewart
Nature Park and Rendezvous Park were relatively quiet, with not even a Yellow-rumped;
the best bird was a singing FOX SPARROW at Denzil Stewart....
Craig Fosdick (13 April 2010) - [Logan} I had two
BARN SWALLOWS fly over my apartment this afternoon. Spring MUST be here!
Craig Fosdick (8 April 2010) - Birded the Logan
Fish Hatchery along Utah
30, Sue's Ponds and Benson Marina this evening. Highlights-my first of the year
BLACK-NECKED STILTS at Sue's Ponds... Benson Marina
had greater numbers of TREE
SWALLOWS, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, FRANKLIN'S GULLS
and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS plus displaying SHORT-EARED OWLS and
Mike Fish (8 April 2010) - [Logan] Out at ATK there is a
pair of Great Horned Owls and a pair of Golden Eagles nesting. I
noticed the Owls just two weeks ago so I don't know when they started nesting.
They are nesting on an old
emergency exit chute on one of our buildings. ... We also have a pair of
Golden Eagles nesting on top of an old drop tower.
Stephen Peterson (4 April 2010) - Went birding all
day today with Craig Fosdick. Started off with a trip to Blacksmith Fork Canyon
and Hardware Ranch. Best birds there included a very dark looking Merlin,
a pair of Gray Partridges, singing
gray-headed and pink-sided
Dark-eyed Juncos. Sues Ponds included Canvasbacks and a lone
Pied-billed Grebe. Out
on Valley View Highway near "Eagle
Rock" were first of year Mountain Bluebirds. Benson Marina
produced an Osprey on the nesting platform to the south of the marina and
another on the wing. Also on hand was a group of Red-breasted
Western Grebes and Clark's Grebes.
Dan Mccough (1 April 2010) - [Logan, UT] -
Sighted two Black Rosy-Finches at our
back yard feeder this morning. We're on the bench of Logan.
Utah Birds-Bird Net
( 1 April 2010) - Hairy Woodpecker.
Kristin Purdy (18 April 2010) - I saw my first
Black-bellied Plover of the year on Antelope Island's causeway in Davis
County late this afternoon.
Joel Beyer (18 April 2010) - Apparently
Neotropic Cormorant is no longer a rarity! Late this afternoon a single
Neotropic Cormorant was found by Steve and Cindy Sommerfield at Farmington Bay
WMA. It was in the pond on the left along the entrance road. .... Also in this pond was a male
Blue-winged Teal, and a
Caspian Tern was at the main impoundment.
Bryant Olsen (13 Aoril 2010) - [Kaysville Ponds] -
Went to Antelope Island
yesterday. On the way up at
Kaysville Ponds, from the freeway at 70mph, I saw 2 CASPIAN TERNS,
so I had go check them out. Also saw my FOY SWAINSON'S HAWK, some
and the other usual birds there.
Cindy Sommerfeld (4 April 2010) - Paul Higgins
joined Steve and myself for our April survey today. It was great to see several
Long-billed Curlews, Sandhill Cranes, and Sage Thrashers.
We were fortunate to come across two of last years Sharp-tailed Grouse
transplants. Also, on Ladyfinger we did see a Sage Sparrow. Thanks to Joel and Kathy Beyer for the call about the Eastern Phoebe
we left the bird, at about
7:45 pm, the Phoebe was on the east side of the Visitor's Center. The
Eastern Phoebe was also seen by Paul Higgins and Jeff Bilsky.
Bryant Olsen (4 April 2010) - After doing a little
fishing [in Croyden, Morgan County. UT], I headed to Farmington Bay were I saw
some first of the year birds for me, including: lots of large flocks of TREE
SWALLOWS,EARED GREBES,CLARK'S GREBES, A.AVOCETS,
L.B.CURLEWS (heard), and large numbers of M.BLUEBIRDS, plus 3 R.B.
Joel and Kathy Beyer (4 April 2010) - Late this
afternoon we found an
Eastern Phoebe at
Antelope Island (Davis Co.). It was located north of the Y
intersection at the island end of the causeway...
David Wheeler (2 April 2010) - [Antelope Island
Causeway] In the field just before the Causeway and again in a section of the
causeway not far beyond the gate, what can only be described as turquoise swarms
of Mountain bluebirds ... The island itself provided lovely
views of Burrowing owls, Sage thrashers, and a chicken-tame
Chukar (there's an oxymoron).
Utah Birds (23 April 2010) About a week ago (16 Apr
2010) a tour group with birders of some renown, saw a CHIHAUHAUN RAVEN
at the Mesa Arch parking lot in the "Island
in the Sky district" of the Canyonlands NP.
Edson Leite (12 April 2010) - [Arches national Park] -
Ned Bixler (15 April 2010) - [Chicken Creek
- Canada Goose.
[Yuba Lake]- Common Loon, Eared Grebe,
American White Pelican,
Cheri (9 April 2910) - Broad-tailed hummer. Right
on time! Sweet! Just this sec it was here at the window 2 ft from me.
Kristin Purdy (12 April 2010) - (East Canyon] Most of
the characteristics of today's sapsucker favored the Red-naped Sapsucker...
Joel and Kathy Beyer (11 April 2010) - After looking
at a supposed Red-naped Sapsucker (it had a red nape) with Jeff and his
group, we searched through every tree and bush within sight of the restrooms.
... The bird did have a dull red patch on the nape, but
the books say this does rarely occur. So presumably this was the
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Now we'll let the experts thrash it out.
I should've mentioned our fowl: Ring-necked Ducks,
Mallards, Cinnamon Teal, and Common Mergansers. We didn't catch a
Loon but heard at least one was around.
Bill Fennimore (9 April 2010) - While leading a
"Partners In Flight" field trip today we saw a
[most likely an unusual
Red-naped Sapsucker]. He was at the East Canyon State Park, near the
boat launch. We got to see both our target birds: Greater Sage-Grouse
and Rosy Finch, Black and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch too.
Bryant Olson (4 April 2010) - I went to the GREATER
SAGE GROUSE lek near Henefer this morning,despite the fresh snow and
treacherous roads. ... Then I headed to Croydon,and saw more
WILD TURKEYS than I have ever seen before, 100 or more,along the creek
east of town. 6 TURKEY VULTURES were near by roosting in the trees too.
David Wheeler (3 April 2010) - ... Croyden
Exit to I-84 ... the Croyden area did prove worthwhile. There was a
flock of over a hundred Wild turkeys (!!) a mile or two beyond town... Nearby was a
late Merlin in a frosty tree, an unexpected bonus to the day's list.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Mark Mossing (23 April 2010)
Finally saw the 2 Neotropic Cormorants
at the Sandy
Fish Pond. Thanks to Rich for the heads-up.
Tim Avery (20 April 2010)
Blisky (20 April 2010) On the eastern side
of Little Dell Reservoir
this evening there were 2
COMMON LOONS and a pair (M+F) of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Not much
Tom Fletcher (18 April 2010) - Good day of birding
at Lee Kay Ponds this morning. Highlights were a drake
Blue-winged Teal and some waders -
Marbled Godwit, Willet,
Greater Yellowlegs, Black-necked
Stilts - all in the
west pond. Other good birds included a
Black-crowned Night Heron, and a couple of Great-tailed
Grackles. I also birded Wasatch Hollow Park (17E & 17S, SLC), which
had a lot of bird activity. Highlights were FOY Chipping
Sparrows, a fly-over
Swainson's Hawk, and four finch species.
Bob Walters (12 April 2010) - [Downtown Salt Lake City
Peregrine Falcons] - .... unfortunately, to this date, the SLC
Peregrine Falcon adults have shown no interest in [the nest box]. My last report of a
peregrine adult in the downtown area was April 5.
Dave Wheeler (12 April 2010) - Both Gray-crowned
and Black rosy-finches were at the east (uppermost) portion of the Alta
Bypass Road in Alta, visiting feeders. On the east side of the road, either side
of the turn off road right next to the bridge.
Bryant Olsen (12 April 2010) - [City Creek] - we did manage 15
species, including 3 species of owls, GREAT HORNED OWL (heard),
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (heard) and WESTERN SCREECH OWL (heard and
seen). Here is the complete list: MALLARD, CANADA GOOSE, R.N. PHEASANT (heard),
COOPER'S HAWK, R.T. HAWK, FALCON SP, G.H. OWL, W.
N. SAW-WHET OWL, BELTED KINGFISHER, B.C. CHICKADEE, WINTER WREN,
A. ROBIN, SPOTTED TOWHEE,
SAN JUAN COUNTY
Dave Wheeler ( 12 April 2010) - My family having
better things to do, Mojo and I set off alone Friday in search of the Gunnison
sage-grouse in SE Utah, which I haven't seen for 9 years. ... We saw a female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER and a
glimpse of what was likely her mate. The PYGMY NUTHATCHES were common,
with their WHITE-BREASTED cousins less so. WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were
there in good numbers as well--beautiful in the clean morning light. But still
no Acorn woodpeckers. ... After about three hours, I decided to search for
Canyon towhees and Scaled quail southeast of Blanding. We set off and finally
wound up at the Hatch Trading Post. ... I did see a BLACK PHOEBE, CORDILLERAN
FLYCATCHER, and a MARSH WREN, along with RING-NECKED DUCKS
nearby. BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS were singing all over the place. At
Hatch trading post, there were several species of sparrow, a singing LUCY'S
WARBLER, some AUDUBON'S WARBLERS, and one or two more BLACK
Dave Wheeler ( 11 April 2010) - There is a female (and
I think male, but am not certain) Williamson's Sapsucker in the
Devil's Canyon Campground south of
Monticello. At least, it was there Saturday. Campground is closed due
to all the snow...
Saw Lucy's Warbler singing at Hatch Trading Post.
Despite (at least some of) the range maps, these guys are in SE Utah too. Ditto
Black Phoebes, of which I saw two or three, miles apart...
SAN PETE COUNTY
Edson Leite (12 April 2010) - [Nine Mile Canyon] -
Diane Penttila (14 April 2010) - There was a Common
Loon along Hwy 88 on the east side of
Pelican Lake this morning.
Jeff Bilsky (22 April 2010) [Heron Island, East Bay
Golf Course, Provo] Saw with Eric Huish + scope during the past hour. All 4
Neotropic Cormorants are there.
Utah Birds (22 April 2010) A Great Horned Owl
was spotted April 20th at the Camp Floyd-Stagecoach Inn State Park in
Eric Huish (20 April 2010) Birded with Ned Bixler. A
Yellow Warbler and
Orange-crowned Warbler at the oxbow. A pair of
Wood Ducks flying down
the Provo River. A lone
Cattle Egret on the South side of
Provo Center Street about
1/2 mile East of Utah Lake State
Park and a Cattle Egret East of Lindon Boat Harbor...Got my first hummingbird of the year last Sunday (4/18) at my feeder in
Pleasant Grove. A Male
Calliope!! It came in
a few times
Sunday afternoon and was still here
Jeff Bilsky (19 April 2010) - After work drive around
the dike. 7 CASPIAN
TERNS off the Eastern shoot with a large flock of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS.
Lone LINCOLN'S and CHIPPING
SPARROWS were my first for the year in Northern Utah. .... Also
should note I saw the HARRIS'S SPARROW in the same area it has been seen
numerous times over by Skipper Bay.
Dennis Shirley (15 April 2010) - A neighbor, Alex
Leatham, and I birded Benjamin Slough area... Best three species were, 1] 20- Ross's Geese, 2] a lone
Teal, 3] and a Short-eared Owl. Have Fun!
Eric Huish (14 April 2010) - A
Black-throated Gray Warbler at
Battle Creek Canyon in Pleasant Grove this morning.
Kay Stone (12 April 2010) - The Varied Thrush
is still hanging around on the Jordan River Parkway west of Lehi.
Eric Huish (11 April 2010) - The
that started visiting my feeder in December had been a no show for almost a
month. It showed up again on April 7th ....
Jeff Bilsky (6 April 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike]
... I located a
BLUE-WINGED TEAL .... A FORSTER'S TERN flew over and a couple
were in a farm field to the North a bit. 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were
located in the nearby moat. ... The West
stretch produced a side by side view of a
SAGE SPARROW and a
SAGE THRASHER and a
couple of SAVANNAH SPARROWS
rounded out the drive. [Skipper Bay Trail] A quick stop in the vicinity of
Skipper Bay produced 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (same 3 as before I'd
surmise) and a PEREGRINE FALCON.
Dennis Shirley (3 April 2010) - This afternoon I
birded along the first two miles of the Santaquin Canyon road. The best birds
were 1] a FOX SPARROW in the thick squaw bush clump near the mouth of the
canyon ... 2] a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER on a telephone pole just up from the
canyon mouth, and 3] a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE...
Nathan Romney (3 April 2010) - I birded the southeast
corner of the airport dike ... I did see 5 Long-billed Dowitchers, a
Franklin's Gull, and a
David Wheeler (3 April 2010) - [Provo Airport Dike]... there was a profusion of Black-necked Stilts.
... there were DOWITCHERS ...
two MARBLED GODWITS ... a SNOWY EGRET... A little earlier, in the puddle NW of the SE
corner of the runway extension, a YELLOWLEGS ...
Finally found a silo with a Barn Owl.
Dave Hanscom (2 April 2010) - Drove down to Utah Lake
today to see what new arrivals could be found. Best birds of the day were:
Black-necked Stilts and one Blue-winged Teal at the Provo Airport
Dike. From the easternmost southeast corner, walk east along the road from the
pump house to where the road turns north. The birds were east of there.
Long-eared owl at River Road.
Jeff Bilsky (2 April 2010) - Quick drive down the west (lake) side of the
airport dike at lunch. ... I did verify:
American White Pelicans,
Turkey Vultures, Cliff Swallow,
Tree Swallow, couple Stray
Cats that perhaps ate an unseen rare migrant.
Kimberly Roush (12 April 2010) - Two Eurasian
Collard-Doves are hanging out in Elk Run.
David Wheeler (3 April 2010) - [Deer Creek Reservoir]
... was welcomed by the repeated whinny cry of a
Common Loon .... There were many Red-breasted mergansers out on the
reservoir... At dusk, I
encountered another large group of Wild Turkeys north of Midway.
Dave Hanscom (2 April 2010) - Osprey in Heber Valley.
A pair on the platform just east of where the
Provo River goes under SR-113 south of Midway.
Wendy Wilson (2 Aporil 2010) -
[Wasatch Mountain State Park] - Since the
pond filled at the park, there have been Northern Pintail, American
Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Mallard,
Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose. There were also two
Bonaparte's Gulls on Saturday.
Rick Fridell ( 25 April 2010) This afternoon (4/25)
Rob Dobbs and Meribeth Huizinga found an adult alternate plumaged Pomarine
Jaeger at Sand Hollow State
Park, Washington Co., UT. We were able to watch the jaeger off and
on for a couple hours, however it did a nice job of staying in the middle of the
Paul Higgins (25 April 2010) - Vermilion
Flycatcher and Green Heron
, St. George, Washington County, Utah.
Jerf Bilsky (20 April 2010) Carl Ingwell and I birded
down South this past weekend - here are some highlights. CHICKEN CREEK RES (4/16
and 4/18) - Horned Grebe,
Willets, Snowy Egret,
Blue-winged Teal, LB
Dowitcher, Virginia Rail,
lots and lots of other ducks. LYTLE RANCH (4/17 and 4/18) - Hooded Orioles
(2), Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, Yellow, Lucy's,
Black-throated Gray, Common Yellowthroat, Virginia's,
Common Blackhawk, Cordilleran, Ash-throated, Gray
Flycatchers, Lazuli Buntings, Green-tailed Towhees,
Chipping Sparrows, Brewer's Blackbirds, Lark Sparrows,
Lincoln's Sparrows, Roadrunner, Costa's, Broad-tailed,
Black-chinned Hummingbirds. SNOW CANYON (4/18) -
Violet-green Swallows, Bushtits, Orange-crowned,
Yellow, Lucy's, Ladder-backed WP. WELCOME SPRINGS (4/17) -
Black-throated Gray Warbler, Bushtits. BEAVER DAM SLOPE/ROAD
TO LYTLE (4/17 and 4/18) -
Scott's Orioles, Brewer's
Blackbirds, Pinyon Jays,
Cactus Wrens, Barn
Owl, Great-horned Owl, White-throated Swifts, Brewer's
Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrows, Black-chinned
Sparrows, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds,
Lu Giddings (11 April 2010) - [Boulder Mountain] - a
flock of 15-20 Black Rosy-finches was observed feeding on the fringe of
the receding snow about 0.25 miles south of MM#96 on Highway 12 (between Torrey
and Boulder) late this morning. The Acorn Woodpecker tree on the Boulder Mtn
road (Highway 12, near MM#93) was being diligently guarded by a Lewis's
Woodpecker this morning.
[Henry Mountain] A small flock (6-10 birds) of Pygmy
Nuthatches was observed at about 7400' in the Eagle City vicinity of the
Henry Mtns early Saturday afternoon. ... A Virginia's Warbler was seen sipping from a stream
near a Savannah Sparrow in the Little Egypt area of the Henrys Saturday
morning. ... Black-throated Sparrows were the most common sparrow seen at
Kristin Purdy (30 April 2010)
- Keith Evans in South Ogden, Weber County, had a male
INDIGO BUNTING at his feeder.
Kristin Purdy (12 April 2010) - I'm pleased to report
about a half-dozen Cassin's Finches are eating aspen catkins in my yard
in Ogden, Weber County, this morning.
Paul Higgins (9 April 2010) - Fox
Sparrow, Pineview Reservoir, Weber County.