Birdnet Hotline Highlights

April 20

Rare Species Reported This Month:

  Neotropic Cormorant  Davis Co.  Salt Lake Co.  Utah Co. 
  Glossy Ibis  Box Elder Co.
  Pomeran Jaegar  Washington Co.

  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Morgan Co.
  Eastern Phoebe  Davis Co.
  Chihuahuan Raven  Grand Co.


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, Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, Least Sandpipers and a few hundred White-faced Ibis, and at least one 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 celebration.


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 Fox Sparrow.

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 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS.

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 Fox Sparrows, 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 Mergansers and head-bobbing, frisky 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. Price, Utah.


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 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES 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 ..  When 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. MERGANSERS.

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] - Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, White-throated Swift, Northern Flicker, Empidonax sp., Say's Phoebe, Pinyon Jay, Common Raven, Juniper Titmouse, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Vesper Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch 


Ned Bixler (15 April 2010) - [Chicken Creek Reservoir] - Canada Goose. American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Eared Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, White-faced Ibis, American Coot, Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, California Gull, Common Raven, Western Meadowlark

[Yuba Lake]- Common Loon, Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Common Raven, Sage Thrasher, Vesper Sparrow, Sage Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, House Sparrow


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 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker [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.


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)
Western & Spotted Sandpipers at Sandy fishing pond.

Jeff 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 else around. 

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 Belted Kingfisher, 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 from a 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. SCREECH OWL, N. SAW-WHET OWL, BELTED KINGFISHER, B.C. CHICKADEE, WINTER WREN, A. ROBIN, SPOTTED TOWHEE, SONG SPARROW    


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 PHOEBES.

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...


Edson Leite (12 April 2010) - [Nine Mile Canyon] - Golden Eagle, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-billed Magpie, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin


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 Fairfield.

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 on Monday.

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 Drake Blue-winged 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 White-throated Sparrow 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 FRANKLIN'S GULLS 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 Red-breasted Merganser.

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: Vesper Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 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 reservoir.

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, Western Sandpiper, 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) - Anna's Hummingbird, Violet-green Swallows, Bushtits, Orange-crowned, Yellow, Lucy's, Ladder-backed WP. WELCOME SPRINGS (4/17) - Black-chinned Sparrows, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Bushtits. BEAVER DAM SLOPE/ROAD TO LYTLE (4/17 and 4/18) - Double-crested Cormorants, White-faced Ibis, Scott's Orioles, Brewer's Blackbirds, Pinyon Jays, Cactus Wrens, Barn Owl, Great-horned Owl, White-throated Swifts, Brewer's Sparrows, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrows, Black-chinned Sparrows, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds, Roadrunner.


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 lower elevations.


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.



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