Review Species Reported This Month:
Salt Lake Co. Washington
Sandpiper Washington Co.
Parula Washington Co.
Blackbird Garfield Co
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Paul Higgins (30 Dec 2010) - I took the road from
the south end of Salt Creek, FWMA to Penrose this morning. There
were 12 Sharp-tailed Grouse feeding in the tops of some large Willow
trees 4/10ths of a mile before you get to Penrose. Also, an American Tree
Sparrow, Road to Bear River, FWMA. 100 yards west of Goose Trailer.
Kristen Purdy (28 Dec 2010) -
I headed to Mike Fish's territory today (Blue Creek
Valley, home of the town of Howell, north of ATK in Box Elder County) in search
of raptors and the prairie birds that like stubbled fields and roadside grit.
The best of the day was seeing the bulky silhouette of a Great Horned Owl
perched in a tree in a yard; while looking for its mate (which I never found), I
came across a Barn Owl in the same yard, then another, then another, then
two more in a nearby yard. The eight raptor species of the day included
Northern Harrier, both eagles, Rough-legs and Red-tails,
American Kestrel, Prairie Falcon and Merlin. Two of the
falcons were highlights. The Prairie Falcon was on the ground in an agricultural
field tearing something up .... The Merlin was my last raptor of the day, which
I logged after seeing the owls. I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't yet
logged my benchmark of eight raptor species when I saw the Merlin sitting in a
tree in another front yard. .... The Rough-legs
were also highlights because I saw about eight while poking north through the
valley on 18000W, an unmarked west turn off SR-83 at the northwest corner of the
ATK compound). One was a beautiful dark morph. How very nice.
Jason St Sauver (5 Dec 2010) - Decided to go for a
"big day" today in Box Elder County to see how many sp.ecies I could find.
Didn't do too bad with a total of 67 species for the day - not bad, and didn't
get Snow buntings which I had seen yesterday- Rats. I started up at the Box
Elder landfill and Salt creek - then down to Promontory - and then Auto Loop at
Bear River MBR..and ended in town (Brigham
City) which always has some great and sometimes even odd finds
(today - 2 Redhead and a
Lesser Scaup sharing the pond on 90 as
it comes into town on the east side with a white domestic duck, and a
Belted Kingfisher there, too.) Also - had
White-throated sparrow with a small flock of
White-crowned Sparrows and House sparrows at the Bear River
crossing on Hghwy 13/83.
Jason St. Sauver - (4 Dec 2010) - Had a lovely
morning with group of 10 kids and adults birding on the
Migratory Bird Refuge for our first annual CBC4Kids! Thanks to all
my fellow counters and leaders! Here's a full list of what we saw: (from
Jason, Park Ranger, Bear River MBR -
Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Northern
Red-breasted Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Mallard,
Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Ring-necked Pheasant, Common
Raven, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Western Meadowlark, Black-billed
Nagpie, Northern Shrike, Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, House
Finch, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, House Sparrow
Jason St. Sauver (2 Dec 2010) - We've had great
views and sightings of both Barn and Short-eared Owls on the
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in past 2
days, including a Barn that came and sat on our fence post just south of the
Wildlife Education Center!
Ryan O'Donnell (19 Dec 2010) - [Logan Christmas Bird
Count] - Record high number of LESSER GOLDFINCHES at various feeders,
only the second time they've been recorded on the count. One out-of-season adult
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the Logan Fisheries Experiment Station
("Logan Fish Hatchery"). Two PACIFIC WRENS (formerly known as Winter
Wrens). Several (two?) NORTHERN PYGMY-OWLS, one LONG-EARED OWL,
and one SAW-WHET OWL. Several HERRING GULLS (less than annual on
our count) plus two adult THAYER'S GULLS. CHUKARS in two
locations, totaling six individuals. Several out-of-season EARED GREBES
and PIED-BILLED GREBES.
James Lofthouse (17 Dec 20100 - Two Sharp-tailed
Grouse in my yard today.
Paul Higgins (11 Dec 2010) - Barn Owl,
Benson Marina Cache Valley, Dec 11, 2010. Surprised to see one right next to
the roadway in bright daylight.
Ryan O'Donnell (11 Dec 2010) - Craig Fosdick and I
had an adult MEW GULL in the field north of the Logan Fish Hatchery
(~1900W, 200N) this evening, in the company of about 300 Ring-billed Gulls, 30
California Gulls, and 2 Herring Gulls.
Ryan O'Donnell - (11 Dec 2010) - This morning
twelve of us had a very successful field trip with the Bridgerland Audubon
Society up Logan Canyon. We started at First Dam where we saw a dozen or so
COMMON GOLDENEYES and over 20 BARROW'S GOLDENEYES, along with two
male HOODED MERGANSERS. We also had our first of many TOWNSEND'S
- Near the Stokes Nature Center, we had our first
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH of the day, and a flock of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES,
plus several other expected species.
- The highlight of the day, in my opinion, was the Spring
Hollow Campground area, where we had an amazing minimum of three PACIFIC
WRENS (formerly "Winter Wrens") seen at the same time, and probably a fourth
calling from across the river. All were seen further down the trail than I have
seen them before, about a quarter mile from the campground, near the "Vegetation
Zones" interpretive sign...
Craig Fosdick (4 Dec 2010) - Birded Cache County in
the rain today. Nothing super exciting, but I did find two NORTHERN SHRIKES,
25 EVENING GROSBEAKS, a dark morph HARLAN'S HAWK, and a MERLIN
(Prairie race) scuffling with an
American Kestrel, which held its ground.
One of the Shrikes was at the jct. of Utah 23/218, just east of Newton; the
other was in the Bear R. floodplain on Utah 61 just east of Cornish. Also in the
floodplain were hordes of starlings,
Sparrows, the 25 Evening Grosbeaks, which made a quick stop
in the top of a Box Elder (or Russian Olive?), and the dark morph Harlan's Hawk.
No Snow Buntings or Lapland Longspurs, and only 28
Horned Larks. Finally, though, I did find a
couple of places with manure spread (2400 W/Utah 61) and
3200 W in Benson (across from the old
Darrell's Appliance). Each held exactly 8 Horned Larks. I also had a NORTHERN
SHRIKE on Nov 30 at First Dam.
Steve Coleman (31 Dec 2010) - [Bues Park] Wood
Ducks and Hooded Mergansers at Kaysville Pond.
Carol Gwynne (29 Dec 2010) - I did a Davis County
loop, hoping to get some good birds before the storm rolls in. Things were
pretty quiet. The frost was incredibly gorgeous this morning, though. There was
one female Long-tailed Duck at the bridge closest to the island on the
AIC, Hooded Mergansers on the Kaysville pond, (north pond), and the
Ross's Goose that Joel and Kathy reported at the Jensen Nature Park in
Syracuse. The ponds at Glover Lane were frozen. Raptors have been sparse at the
end of Glover Lane this winter. There was a lonely kestrel, but no Rough-legged
Hawks. They used to hang out there all the time.
Paul Higgins (24 Dec 2010) - I located three
separate Burrowing Owls spending the holidays on Antelope Island, Davis
Jerry Liguori (5 Dec 2010) - There is a
White-faced Ibis at the end of the diked road at Farmington Bay refuge. It
has a broken/injured leg but is feeding near the parking lot.
Cindy Sommerfeld (5 Dec 2010) - This morning Steve
and I, along with
Paul Higgins, did our December Antelope
Island Bird Survey. It was quite a challenge. Because of the fog we were only
able to see about fifty yards in any direction. It was a bit of a handicap.
Last year our December survey (without fog) produced 35 species. This year our
species count was 34. Not bad considering the conditions. The bird of the day
had to be a Snowy Plover Paul pointed out on the causeway. here's the
- Northern Shoveler,
Common Goldeneye, Chukar,
Ring-necked Pheasant, Eared Grebe, Northern Harrier,
Snowy Plover, Killdeer,
Great Horned Owl,
Horned Lark, Rock Wren,
Western Meadowlark ,
Diane Penttila (17 Dec 2010) - [Ouray National
Wildlife Refuge] - General Waterbird Survey. We've warmed up just in time for
our Christmas Bird Count tomorrow. The river is open and has pulled in a few
birds. The following birds were seen within the survey route:
- Canada geese 142, Mallard 301, Common merganser 5, Sandhill
crane 21, Northern harrier 1, Red-tailed hawk, 2 Bald eagle 1.
Diane Penttila (3 Dec 2010) - The following birds
were seen within the survey route: Canada Geese 1,000, Common Goldeneye,
Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk. American Kestrel,
Terry Sadler (16 Dec 2010) - A male Rusty Blackbird
was seen yesterday, Dec. 14, in Torrey, Utah. The bird was found during the
Torrey Christmas Bird Count. It was seen in a marshy wetland area behind the Red
Sands Hotel near the intersection of Highways 24 and 12. The marsh is on private
land and access is restricted without prior approval from the property owner.
David J. Allen (29 Dec 2010) - There appears to be a White-winged Dove wintering in Oak City, Millard Co. I have observed one several times the past couple of months in my back yard. My wife and daughter saw one again yesterday - Tuesday
12/28/10 - while I was away.
Kristen Purdy (29 Dec 2010) - Wasatch Audubon
performed the Morgan CBC today in Morgan County. Jack Rensel, Sharon Perry and I
recorded seven GRAY PARTRIDGE on W. Deep Creek
Road in Morgan. We flushed them from under sagebrush on an embankment above the
road without knowing they were there previously.
Dean Tomaso ( 5 Dec 2010) - I saw a group of 11
SNOW BUNTINGS on State Highway 30 about 1 mile east of Sage Creek Junction.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Jeff Bilsky (31 Dec 2010) - Two
Western Screech Owls singing away on my street. How can you not love
owls? Happy new year, everyone!
Tim Avery (29 Dec 2010) - Jeff Bilsky and I had a
pretty good morning finding CACKLING GEESE around Salt Lake County.
Although that wasn't the goal, the recurring theme ended up being Cackling
Geese. We started at Decker Lake where I found 2 Cackler's that flew in while
Jeff was checking the west end of the lake. When he got back he informed me
there were at least 2 or 3 more. We grabbed
the scope and headed back, and as we scanned the droves of Canada Geese, the
Cackler's were popping up left and right.
Norman Jenson (28 Dec 2010) - My wife and I saw the
Hooded Mergansers at Decker Lake today, there were also Common
Mergansers, Green-winged Teals, a bunch of Gulls, both Ring-billed
and California, we didn't seen any unusual Gulls. There were also a number of
Canada Geese .....
Dave Hanscom (27 Dec 2010) - Today I saw a
Northern Pygmy Owl in Neff's Canyon,Salt Lake County. It was in the
exact same place I saw one last spring,about 1/2 mile up from the trail
head, in a grove of firs near the mouth of the canyon. Not a lot of other birds
in the canyon, except Ravens, Chickadees and some very cute Golden-crowned
Stephen T. Carlisle ( 27 Dec 2010) - I spent a
couple of hours this morning at Redwood Trailhead Park (RTP-1045 West 2320
South) and Decker Lake (DL-Decker Lake Lane, 1935 West 2770 South); both
in West Valley City. Most action was at RTP. Highlights were 9 Barrow's
Goldeneye and a lone Wilson's Snipe at RTP; south a few hundred yards
along the river walkway by the Khadeeja Islamic Center.
Karl Fink, Chicago IL (20 Dec 2010) - Yesterday,
December 19, 2010, I was driving on I-80 next to the Great Salt Lake and saw a
pink flamingo standing in the water of the Great Salt Lake.
Pomera Fronce (19 Dec 2010) - [SLC Christmas Bird
Count] - Most interesting birds: Snow Goose, Western Grebe,
Wild Turkey, Varied Thrush, Canyon Wren, Cinnamon Teal,
Blue-winged Teal, Chukar, Eared Grebe, Ferruginous Hawk,
Northern Saw-whet Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Shrike,
White-breasted Nuthatch, American Tree Sparrow, Pine Siskins,
Bryant Olsen (18 Dec 2010) - Taiga Merlin at
the Salt Lake City Cemetery seen during the CBC.
Tom Fletcher (18 Dec 2010) - Varied Thrush
on Popperton Park Way in Salt Lake.
Robert Mortensen (17 Dec 2010) - Thursday, I had an
I-15 fly-over in the Sandy area of a Flicker that was Yellow-shafted.
Tim Avery (14 Dec 2010) - [Summit Park] - In the
trees were plenty of Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Brown Creeper
to peak my interest into imitating a pygmy-owl. Almost instantly I got an alarm
response form up the hillside. For a couple minutes the Northern Pygmy-owl
and I whistled at one another till it decided to make it's way down to the
road and a dead snag. I spent about 35 minutes taking pictures and got some
pretty good video with my phone (that I will post tonight). Before I left I
added Northern Goshawk in a flyover that sent the Pygmy-Owl diving
for cover; and a flock of 25-20 Evening Grosbeaks flew over heading to
Dave Hanscom (14 Dec 2010) - I just got a call from
someone who lives on Matterhorn Drive in Summit Park (one of the uppermost
streets). They have a flock of more than 100 Evening Grosbeaks at their
Paul Lombard (13 Dec 2010) - This morning I spotted
3 male Barrow's Goldeneyes amongst 30-40 Common's on the
Jordan River near 21st South. Access to the river is at the far east end
of 2320 South off of Redwood Road. A parking lot is next to the River at that
Bryant Olsen (5 Dec 2010) - Today (Sunday 12-5-10)
I saw a late RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER up Emigration Canyon . It was in the
tall cottonwoods just below the turn off for "Pinecrest". Hopefully it will
stick around for the CBC. Not a lot of other bird activity in the canyon,
although I did see 2 RUFFED GROUSE, plus the usual A. ROBINS, E.
STARLINGS, T. SOLITAIRES, SONG SPARROWS, D.E. JUNCOS (Oregon), C. RAVENS,
W. SCRUB JAYS, STELLAR'S JAYS, B.B. MAGPIES, B.C and MOUNTAIN
CHICKADEES, H. FINCHES, and N. FLICKERS. I should also mention that the
MERLIN that has been wintering in the Salt lake City Cemetery for the past
few winters is back, as I saw it a few days ago (Friday).
Christina Higgins (17 Dec 12010) - While I was out
for a jog today I saw a male Ring-necked Pheasant and 8
California Quail. Apparently they were also out for their morning jogs. All
were located near 500 South & Vernal Avenue.
Jeff Bilsky (21 Dec 2010) - [Lower Provo River
Parkway] -Birded around the Provo River/Skipper Bay. The bird that captured
the majority of my interest was a yellow, ragged looking warbler that didn't give
me another look after my initial view - must've snuck out the back of the
thicket. It's chip note was quite reminiscent of an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER as
was it's appearance. I'd like another look, but I'm sure that's what it was.
Where the heck were the White-Crowned Sparrows.
Number of species: 25.
- Wood Duck, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, California
Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed
Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, American Coot, Northern
Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, American
Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American
Goldfinch, House Sparrow .
Robert Williams (16 Dec 2010) - I saw a Red-napped
Sapsucker on BYU campus on my way to final today (it was in the trees
on the north-east corner of the law building). Also had a Townsend's
Solitaire at my house just off Ninth East behind Gold's Gym.
Robert Williams (15 Dec 2010) - At Utah Lake State
Park today there were 6 Herring gulls 2 adults 3 third years, and one 1st
winter. Also there were about 6 California gulls and about 20 Ring-billed gulls.
There was one fly over Pipit, 2 Buffleheads, some Golden-eyes and
not much else.
Eric Huish (11 Dec 2010) - This morning
Jeff Cooper and I saw a flock of Rosy-Finches flying around the
cliffs in Dry Canyon as we were walking up the road to the canyon. Jeff ran back
to the car for the spotting scope then we hiked up the canyon but we never got a
close enough look to determine species. They wouldn't land near us. All we saw
were the flocks flying over the canyon. ..
Robert Williams (11 Dec 2010) - Birded the Airport dike, Utah Lake State
Park, and Provo River Parkway trail today not much around but there was a Black
Swan on the river that was a bit unusual, the two Nuthatches seem to be
hanging around there were present at the trail parking lot, i had bad, and short
looks at a what i think was a Prairie Falcon on the dike, also saw a
a few days back (last Sunday) there was mixed flock of black birds mostly
Red-winged that had to be 3-5 thousand strong!
Gloria A - (4 Dec 2010) - I've been seeing one
Black Swan on the Provo River for several days. I've never seen one before
so I am assuming it is unusual and worth reporting.
Rick Fridell (24 Dec 2010) - There was a Northern
Parula today (12/24) at Tonaquint Park, St. George, Washington Co., UT. The
parula was actively moving around the pond and through nearby trees. It was also
very vocal and I was able to relocate it several times by listening for it's
distinctive chip. There was also an Orange-crowned Warbler in the area and a
male Wood Duck on the pond.
Rick Fridell (8 Dec 2010) - This evening (12/08) there
Long-tailed Duck at Sandhollow State Park, Washington Co.. The
duck was actively diving near the green bouys off the north boat ramp. The two
Trumpeter Swans and nine
Tundra Swans are also remaining at Sand
Hollow. The biggest surprise this evening at SHSP was a small flock of 5 or 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the creosotes at the northeast corner of the
reservoir; my only other Utah December BGGn observation was two at Seegmiller
Marsh on 12/17/02. Unfortunately the
Purple Sandpiper appears to have moved
on; it was last observed Saturday (12/4) afternoon.
Ryan O'Donnell (5 Dec 2010 - birded Washington
on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 3 & 4).
Sometimes I was with other birders and sometimes I was alone, so some of these
reports may be redundant. First stop, of course, was for the
PURPLE SANDPIPER, which showed well for
a couple of hours. Three LEAST
SANDPIPERS were present, a bit late in
the year. At
Cox Park in St. George we (myself, Tim
Avery, and Carl Ingwell) saw a female VERMILLION FLYCATCHER, but could
not relocate the male that was seen here a few weeks earlier. At Tonaquint
Nature Park we found many of the expected species, including a couple of
ABERT'S TOWHEES and this EARED GREBE... a flock of LESSER
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. Springs Park Pond, near Washington
Fields, had a ROSS'S GOOSE, along with lots of other species of
waterfowl. A small
flock of geese in Washington Fields had four
SNOW GEESE and one additional ROSS'S GOOSE. After dark, we heard a
COMMON MOORHEN at
Quail Lake, behind the Chevron in Hurricane.
The next morning, Saturday Dec 4th, I set off on my own for Springdale Pond.
Two HERMIT THRUSHES here were a first of the trip for me. Also of
interest was a
NORTHERN FLICKER INTERGRADE between the
red-shafted and yellow-shafted subspecies. I then went to Stratton Pond, a.k.a.
Grandpa's Pond, in Hurricane, where I was able to relocate both the EURASIAN
WIGEON drake and a female
GREATER SCAUP. Sky Mountain Golf Course had
a small flock of about a dozen Canada Geese that included two CACKLING GEESE.
Quail Creek Reservoir had no surprises, but the COMMON MERGANSERS,
LOONS, and LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE were all firsts of the
trip for me.
Kevin Wheeler (4 Dec 2010) - Daniel Trujillo and I ran
around the St. George/ Hurricane area today birding. We saw the
PURPLE SANDPIPER near the north boat ramp at Sand Hollow Reservoir
about 1:00 pm. Other good birds observed included
Eurasian Wigeon and Greater Scaup (F) at Stratton Pond,
Ross's and Snow Geese at the Springs Estates Pond, Both Trumpeter
and Tundra Swans at Sand Hollow Reservoir, a Merlin in
Washington Fields, Bald Eagle(imm) and Peregrine Falcon (2) at Sand Hollow, and a
Vermilion Flycatcher (F) at Boots Cox Park in St. George.
Jack Binch (4 Dec 2010) - The
Birding gods (one must be named Rick) smiled on Bob Huntington and I
on Thursday. I guess this is almost non-news
anymore. We found the Purple Sandpiper after about ten minutes of
looking. Very co-operative bird. Friday
we went out to Lytle Ranch, and the birding was very slow. One
Red-naped Sapsucker, one Western Screech-Owl, one Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Juncos,
White-crowns, Yellow-rumps and some Ruby-crowns. Back to Sand Hollow to see if
the sandpiper was still there. Yes, and lots of birders.
Rick Fridell (3 Dec 2010) - This evening (12/3) there
was a drake EURASIAN WIGEON
on Stratton Pond (Grandpa's Fishing Pond) in Hurricane, Washington Co.,
UT. Stratton Pond is a great place to view wintering waterfowl and is located
at the north end of 3700 West in Hurricane. If you're taking SR-9 to access
Sand Hollow State Park turn north at the
light (instead of south) to reach Stratton Pond. This is also a great place to
find in the winter (although I
didn't see any tonight). There were many ducks present including approximately
1,000, dozens of Green-winged Teal, Canvasbacks,
Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers,
and Ruddy Ducks, and a single Red-breasted Merganser.
I'm guessing the big wigeon flock is the same flock that is usually at Sky Mountain Golf Course in
Kevin Wheeler (1 Dec 2010) - [Sand Hollow Reservoir] -
David Wheeler, Daniel Trujillo and I saw the PURPLE SANDPIPER this morning on
the island below the dike south of the large parking lot (where previously
reported) at Sand Hollow Reservoir at 7:45 this morning. It was associating
with the Dunlin and a Killdeer.