Review Species Reported This Month:
Neotropic Cormorant Box Elder Co
Neotropic Cormorant Salt Lake Co
Ruff Davis Co.
Eastern Phoebe Box Elder Co.
Blackpoll Warbler Davis Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Kristin Purdy (15 Aug 2010) - Members of the Association of Field
Ornithologists participating in the Great Salt Lake field trip associated with
this week's conference at Weber State saw three NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS at
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County today. The three were one
adult and two juveniles...
KC Childs (8 Aug 2010) - ...on Sunday August 8th I saw an Eastern
Phoebe in the town of Wendover, Utah. The bird was located near some
dilapidated buildings west of the high school in town. It kept coming back to
the same tree over and over fighting over it with a Western Kingbird...
Craig Fosdick (29 Aug 2010) - ... This morning, Ron
Ryel and I visited Rendezvous Park, Sherwood Hills, Sue's Ponds, 3200W, the
footpath along the Bear River at the Benson R. bridge, and 2400 W and the
Polishing Ponds. Best birds were two NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES at Rendezvous
Park, two CASSIN'S VIREOS at Sherwood Hills, five BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS
at Sue's Ponds, and a PRAIRIE FALCON chasing swallows at the Polishing
Hillary White (16 Aug 2010) - I've seen Peregrine Falcons in the Logan
area recently and have had some discussions with Craig Fosdick about his
sighting on August 1 at Spring Hollow and some other sightings around the area.
I saw one flying near the Boulevard and watched it land on top of the Southwest
side of the Logan Temple this evening about 8:45pm. It landed near another
Peregrine Falcon... I'm not sure if it was an adult and a juvenile or two
Craig Fosdick (8 Aug 2010) - Made a quick stop at the Logan
Mitigation Ponds this evening and along with
the other usual suspects, found three BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and three SEMIPALMATED
PLOVERS. One of the Semipalmated Plovers called almost constantly (migratory
restlessness?) the entire 20 minutes I was there..
Craig Fosdick (1 Aug 2010) - Birded Spring Hollow
CG in Logan Canyon this morning looking for migrant hummingbirds. Not much luck
there, but I was pleasantly surprised to see an adult PEREGRINE FALCON
soaring above the cliffs on the north side of the road opposite Spring Hollow
CG. ... Also heard a BARN OWL scream once just before midnight last
night, just as I was falling asleep.
Joel and Kathy Beyer (30 Aug 2010) - On Sunday,
after seeing 72 species at Antelope Island, we made a big day of it and ended
with 110 species for Davis County. Highlights were the Blackpoll Warbler at Garr
Ranch, the Whimbrel on the causeway, and 3 Solitary Sandpipers in
Farmington. One was at the large pond left of the entrance road in Farmington
Bay WMA, the other two were seen on Glover Lane, east of FBWMA, in a farmer's
field alongside an irrigation channel.
Jack Binch (29 Aug 2010) - There is (at least
today) a Blackpoll Warbler at the Garr Ranch. It was first spotted near
the spring house, then in the cottonwoods a little south of the bird feeder and
then back by the spring pond... Life bird for me and Bob MacDougal, and a
Utah bird for the Sommerfelds, Dave Hanscom, Mark Mossing, the Beyers, and a
couple of others I did not get the names of.
Jeff Bilsky (28 Aug 2010) - [Whimbrel]
Between mm 2 and 3 on the south side of the causeway. Observed for the past 20
minutes or so, flew once but not far, heard flight call. Digi binoc photos to
Carl Ingwell (18 Aug 2010) - [Anteoope Island] ...At the ranch,
I saw 1 DUSKY FLYCATCHER, 4 Wilson's Warblers, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 1
Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 Black-Chinned Hummingbird, and 1 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
at the spring behind the ranch...
Joel and Kathy Beyer (8
Aug 2010) - This afternoon we found 2 breeding plumage Ruddy
Turnstones on the Antelope Island Causeway (Davis Co.). They were on the
north side at mile marker 4.9, with a large flock of Black-bellied Plovers.
Kathy and Steve Sommerfeld (1 Aug 2010) - Jeff
Bilsky joined Steve and I for our August Antelope Island Survey. We were
on the Causeway by 6:30 am. There was a lot of activity. Tens of
thousands of Red-necked Phalarope, Wilson's Phalarope, and
American Avocets. We enjoyed watching a juvenile Peregrine Falcon
hunting without much success. Out at the ranch there were many Warbling
Vireos and three Cordilleran Flycatchers.
Joel and Kathy Beyer (1
Aug 2010) - This Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. we found a female RUFF
on the Antelope Island Causeway. It was at
mile marker 5.4, on the north side, where the grassy pond begins. It was
in company with several Wilson's Phalaropes and a few Black-necked
Stilts (who chased it away whenever it came near).
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Rich Young (12 Aug 2010) - The largest number of Neotropic
Cormorants observed simultaneously in Utah
(7 individuals) was recorded on May 2, 2010 at Mill Race Pond, Taylorsville. As
I have continued to study NECOs at that location, the number of NECOs displaying
adult breeding plumage has consistently been only 1.
All that changed within the past week. A second adult (looks like a
twin!) appeared, then a third adult showed up just a few days ago...
SAN JUAN COUNTY
Bryan Shirley (26 Aug 2010) - I have been in
Monticello for the last week or so and have seen lots of migrant warblers.
Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray, Yellow-rumped, and Virginia's make up the
bulk of them. We have been seeing 5-10 Townsend's Warblers everyday
and several Nashville most days as well. I had 7 Nashville this morning
alone. The location is basically along the road from Lloyd's lake to Abajo Peak.
Dave Hanscom (25 Aug 2010) - Thanks to the several
of you who suggested Devil's Canyon Campground for
Pygmy Nuthatch. The place is infested with them. I parked my car at the
entrance and walked only about 50 yards north before hearing and seeing the
first bunch. Also, the Acorn Woodpecker that hangs out near the dip
in the highway about a half mile north of the campground was in his usual spot
just east of the road.
Justin Shirley (7 Aug 2010) - The
Acorn Woodpeckers are still in Devil's Canyon just off of
Highway 191. They are visible from the Highway most days. They are usually on
the east side of the highway in a couple of dead ponderosas on the south side
of the canyon.
"ampps" (10 Aug 2010) - I live in Richfield, Utah,
and I would like to report sightings of 5 individual Northern Mockingbirds.
Ryan O'Donnell (24 Aug 2010) - This weekend,
Craig Fosdick, Carl Stiefel, and I camped and hiked in the Uinta Mountains. Our
main target bird was White-tailed Ptarmigan, which we did not find. We camped at
the East Fork of Black's Fork Campground, and hiked about 5.5 miles up to Bald
Mountain, then spent a day up there wandering around above 11,000 feet elevation
in search of ptarmigan. Highlights included two PINE GROSBEAKS heard
along the trail, up to five AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS at one time
in the campground, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK along the trail, dozens - maybe
hundreds - of AMERICAN PIPITS near the summit, and three TOWNSEND'S
WARBLERS at various locations. RED CROSSBILLS were heard each day and
seem to be a different call "type" than what breeds up in Cache County, but I
don't know the types well enough to say which they were. One DOWNY WOODPECKER
was a bit of a surprise at 10,162 feet elevation. GRAY JAYS were common
here - a treat for us Cache County residents where the bird is the subject of
legend only. All DARK-EYED JUNCOS seemed to be pure GRAY-HEADED subspecies,
another difference from Cache County where our breeders are all the Pink-sided
Oliver Hansen (17 Aug 2010) - ...The highlight for
me was seeing about 10 White-tailed Ptarmigan about 100 feet from the
summit of Bald Mountain (the one east of East Black's Fork campground/trailhead,
not the one on by Mirror Lake) at about 11,650 feet or so. The talus rocks and
greenish brown ground cover up there made it almost impossible to see them. I
only noticed them because one flushed when I nearly stepped on him. I
immediately stopped to admire his red eye patch and super bright white
Diane_Penttila (17 Aug 2010) - [Ouray National Wildlife Refuge,
General Waterbird Survey] The following birds were seen within the survey route:
[highlights]: ...Blue-winged teal 7, Wood duck 16, American
bittern 1, Black tern 1...
Eric Huish (28 Aug 2010) - I went birding with Jeff
Cooper this morning to Lindon Boat Harbor and American
Fork Harbor (Utah County). Best birds at Lindon Boat harbor area were 3
Solitary Sandpipers where the water runs out of the Settling Pond into the
lake, South of the Boat Harbor....
At American Fork Boat Harbor we birded the road North
of the Harbor. At the first T intersection up from the harbor we found a little
flock of birds that included Townsend's, Orange-crowned, Virginia's, Wilson's
and Yellow Warbler and at least 3 Blue Grosbeak.
Alona Huffaker (5 Aug 2010) - I've had a couple
of Lazuli buntings visiting my feeders again! Cool! Nice for my August
Ned Bixler (29 Aug 2010) - [Wallsburg]
(highlights from list) Wild Turkey 5 , Lewis's Woodpecker 1, Mountain
Bluebird 15, Chipping Sparrow 23...
Eric Huish (29 Aug 2010) - KC Childs and I birded
Cascade Springs and Deer Creek Reservoir this morning
(Wasatch Co.). We found 3 Solitary Sandpipers at the north State Park
(near where the Provo River enters the reservoir). They were in the muddy area
by the fee station. There were 4 Red-necked Phalaropes at the north end
of the reservoir. Nothing compared to the 40,000 I saw on the AI Causeway last
week but they were Wasatch County Lifers. A Gray Flycatcher near Cascade
Springs was also a county lifer.
Eric Huish (5 Aug 2010) - KC Childs and I
birded around Wasatch County this morning. Most interesting birds were
unexpected waterfowl. We saw Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Ducks,
Mute Swans and few few shorebirds (Willet, Avocet, Wilson's Phalaropes,
Spotted Sandpipers) at the Sewage Treatment plant West of Heber. At Wasatch
Mountain State Park we saw a Wood Duck in the pond behind the
Visitor's Center. At the bridge where the river enters Deer Creek Reservoir we
saw a Common Merganser...
Keeli Marvel (3 Aug 2010) - [Lytle Ranch] ... in the
brief time we were there, the best birds we saw were an Inca
dove near the gate just outside the parking area, and an Ash-throated
flycatcher in a tree near the care-taker's house. Both were new birds for
Kristen Purdy (1 Aug 2010) - I saw a female or
juvenile EVENING GROSBEAK calling from the top of a dead aspen along the
Wheeler Creek Trail below Snowbasin Ski Resort in Weber County this morning at