Review Species Reported This Month:
Cackling Goose Cache Co.,
Salt Lake Co., Utah Co.
Mew Gull Davis Co.
Western Gull Davis Co.
Iceland Gull Davis Co.,
Salt Lake Co.
Lesser Black-backed Gull Davis Co.,
Salt Lake Co.
McCown's Longspur Box Elder Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Jack Binch (23 Jan 2011) -
Went up past Snowville and
west on the road to Park Valley. One Ferruginous Hawk and many more
Rough-legged Hawks on the power poles. A Merlin right off the freeway
heading into the town of Snowville from the west.
Back through Howell on the
main road and a small flock of Gray Partridge just east of town. A few
more hawks and since I was up there anyway I went over to Bear River MBR. Right
at the left turn before the red hunting club building there was a small flock of
Horned Larks with one female
David Wheeler (22 Jan 2011) - This morning Mojo & I
went out for a dawn walk at Box Elder Campground near Mantua. We saw both the
target birds, a PYGMY OWL and a
PACIFIC WREN, plus two bonuses. The real
unexpected bird was a
VIRGINIA RAIL (!) skulking about in the primordial horsetails (not
a habitat I would have sought this bird in). The other bonus was a pair of
BROWN CREEPERS. Very nice.
Mike Fish (14 Jan 2011) - I spotted 11
Gray Partridge up on the ATK property on Wednesday. There are hundreds of
Chukars on the ATK mountain, but I haven't seen Gray Partridge up on the
(9 Jan 2011) - did the northern loop thru Faust Valley and Howell. Lots of Gray
Partridge, including a flock just across the street from ATK near the turn to
Golden Spike. Four Sharp-tailed Grouse south of Howell as others have reported.
Most amazing sighting of the day was a Turkey Vulture just west of Tremonton!
Dean Tomasso (9 Jan 2011) - saw 2 adult Tundra
Swans on yesterday afternoon south of the marina at Bear Lake State Park , north
of Garden City.
(5 Jan 20100) - [Howell] - I made a trip to Howell today ... left ATK and drove
north up toward Howell on Highway 83. In the first four miles after leaving the
ATK gate, I had already spotted 4 Golden Eagles, 2 Bald Eagles, 3
Harriers, 1 Prairie Falcon, 3 Kestrel, and over a dozen
Ravens. Just a half mile before I got to Howell, I saw 4 Sharp-tailed
Grouse sitting under a willow clump just 30 feet off the side of the road.
... I drove slowly along the main east-west road in Howell scanning the trees
looking for owls. There was a juvenile Golden Eagle sitting in one of the
large trees and I was surprised to see over a hundred Eurasian Collard Doves
sitting in the tree with the Eagle. ... noticed a small covey of Gray
Partridge in the brush at the base of one of the large trees.... All
together there were 6 Hens. .... I decided to go southwest to my old faithful
owl hangout located near 15200 North and West Canal Road (18300 W.). There is an
old abandoned house there surrounded by large trees. ... I walked around the old
abandoned house. There as usual was a Great Horned Owl. ... Headed back
south and decided to make the grand loop over Faust Valley road and thru
Thatcher/Penrose and then back to ATK. ... I did spot 2 more Golden Eagles
and 2 Bald Eagles. I also saw HUNDREDS of Eurasian Collard Doves
all along the Thatcher to Penrose section. The doves were congregated in large
numbers in various trees along the route. The corn stubble field where Paul saw
Hundreds of doves was again filled with at least 200 Eurasian Doves.
Jason St. Sauver
(6 Jan 2011) - As part of the national and state Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey - I
covered the Corrine bridge to Promontory Point route today. It looked to be
foggy but cleared quickly and had a lovely, crisp drive with lots or raptors
and others. Highlight - other than the eagles (Bald Eagles; Golden
Eagles) - was the flock of 15 Gray Partridge eating with the sheep
right on the corner as Promontory Rd turns south. Species seen on survey:
-- Red-tailed Hawk,
Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, Merlin,
American Kestrel, Common Raven, Black-billed Magpie, Red-winged Blackbird,
Western Meadowlark, Northern Shrike, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Flicker, Downy
Woodpecker, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, Horned Lark, Gray Partridge,
Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Canada Geese, Common Goldeneye, Mallard,
Gadwall, American Wigeon, Common Merganser, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Pintail,
Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, House Finch, American Goldfinch.
White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow .
Jan 2011) - Had the day off and some business in Ogden, so "encouraged" by the
repeated Gray Partridge sightings up north I decided to give it a try again for
the umpteenth time. Success, after uncounted years and tries! Saw 40+ Gray
Partridges in three separate coveys in the Howell area (HA). A Life bird
for me. ... While in Howell saw a lot of Ring-necked Pheasants. Also, saw a Prairie Falcon and two Short-eared Owls along Faust
(3 Jan 2011) - Some birds of note at least for me. At
Howell, Gray Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Prairie Falcon,
Northern Shrike, and a striking dark Rough-legged Hawk.
(3 Jan 2011) - You could have knocked me over
with a feather when I realized the big white bird flying over the 600N. 300W.
intersection in Brigham City, Box Elder County, this afternoon was a GREAT
Susan Snyder (30 Jan 2011) - At least one male and
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE on the reservoir at the entrance to
Logan Canyon today at about
Connie McManus (30 Jan 2011) - This afternoon at
about 12:30PM there were 2 American Crows flying around my neighborhood
in Nibley (Cache County - just south of Logan).
Amber M (27 Jan 2011) - Last
weekend I went for a walk at spring hollow campground in Logan. I saw the
American Dipper for the first time. I was amazed when he disappeared under
the freezing water! ... We also saw 6 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 American
Robins, 4 Townsend's Solitaires, 1 Belted kingfisher, 2 Mallards, and 4
Common Goldeneyes. But the most exciting part of my day was listening to
Northern Pygmy Owls! I heard at least 4 different northern pygmy owls
calling on the hillside! We chased their call up and down the hillside until we
were worn out! I never saw one though!
Craig Fosdick (22 Jan 2011)
- Birded the PacificCorp Mendon Rd access this
afternoon and found a NORTHERN SHRIKE flyover and a female HOODED
MERGANSER on the backwaters just west of the willow grove on the north side
of the road. A GREAT HORNED OWL called once from the Great Blue Heron
colony, and I had at least four different MARSH WRENS.
Ryan O'Donnell (22 Jan 2011) - Eighteen members of
the Bridgerland Audubon Society and other guests just finished a field trip
around Cache County looking for birds of the arctic tundra, and whatever else we
could find along the way. Highlights included: ...Two probable CACKLING GEESE, but a bit too distant for me
to be sure, among about 200 Canada Geese at the Bear River Oxbow. Two PRAIRIE
FALCONS, one in Amalga and one in Benson... Close, lingering
looks at an immature FERRUGINOUS HAWK south of Amalga. Eight probable
TRUMPETER SWANS, near Amalga.
Two BARN OWLS in Benson. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at many locations (but
not offering very close views today).
Craig Fosdick (19 Jan 2011) - There was a male
Great-tailed Grackle perched on the wires along Utah Hwy 30 (200 N), just
east of 1900 W, across from the Logan Fish Hatchery. The bird was there at 110
pm, and was gone when I passed by again at 215 pm.
Jim Lofthouse (17 Jan 2011) - Today, January 17, there were 11
Sharp-tailed Grouse at Bridger and 9100 South in Paradise.
Craig Fosdick (16 Jan 2011) - I birded/walked
Benson Marina this afternoon in the cold rain. A surprise was six swans that I
think may have been Trumpeter Swans (confirmed), 2 adults, 4 juveniles. I
digiscoped about 15 shots and am reviewing them. Also of interest was an adult
Cooper's Hawk just east of the intersection of 4000 W / 3000 N.
Ryan O'Donnell (17 Jan 2011) - This afternoon I had
an immature Krider's Red-tailed Hawk fly over Mendon Road (600S) near the Pacificorp Access to the Little Bear River (about 4300W). This is in Cache
County, between Mendon and Young Ward. I don't think I've ever seen a Krider's
in Utah before (or elsewhere, for that matter).
Ryan P. O'Donnell
(8 Jan 2011) - This morning Craig Fosdick and I relocated an adult male
VARIED THRUSH that was first found yesterday morning by Tony Roberts at the
northwest corner of the intersection of 100E and Poplar (100S) in Logan.
(2 Jan 2011) - I just got back from
a trip (more on that in a few days) and decided to reacquaint myself with the
local Cache County birds briefly this afternoon. The highlight by far was a
drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL that was very much out-of-season at the 20-20
Ponds. ... the species has only been detected once in the fifty-one years of
Logan's Christmas Bird Count...
David Wheeler (22 Jan 2011) - Yesterday evening
Mojo & I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Watkins (again) in the evening at
Farmington Bay, walking the dike heading eastward from the "dead end" at the SW
corner of the great pond. On the way in I saw a 2nd-year WESTERN GULL
towering over all the other gulls, including the Herring Gulls in the
middle of the pond. At the southern inflow described in the previous e-mail by
Cameron Cox, there was an adult MEW GULL, another gull I am confident but
not certain was an immature Mew, a bird I believe was a second 2nd-year WESTERN,
a LESSER BLACK-BACKED gull adult, and lots of Herring Gulls, Ring-billeds,
and California Gulls. Barbara, who had spent a long time there before Mojo & I
arrived, also saw THAYERS, plus some distant TRUMPETER SWAN(S)
--which I could only confirm as "distant swans, not of the Mute variety". We
also saw a pair of dark ibisis (presumably White-faced) flying ....
Jerry Liguori (12 Jan 2011) - Northern Shrike
at Farmington Bay about a mile into the drive.
Carl Ingwell (11 Jan 2011) - Cliff Weisse just
called me and reported a 2nd Winter Western Gull at the Bountiful
(9 Jan 2011) - ...I went to the end of Glovers Lane and
found a flock of Horned Larks that was easily in the thousands. Talk about
frustration. ..... I drove down the little dirt road by the radar dome and sat
and watched for a couple of hours. I saw a female type Longspur, but
could never get a long enough look to decide if it was a McCown's or
(8 Jan 2011 - [Antelope Island] - Snow Buntings 6 just past mm2 on north
side. There is another Ross's Goose with a first yr Snow Goose at
Jensen Nature Park near Antelope Island.
(8 Jan 2011) - Just saw and photographed a Northern Mockingbird near the
Bountiful Landfill just north of the 500 South exit off of Legacy Pkwy. It was
in the trees east of the lake where all the gulls are sitting on the ice.
(6 Jan 2011) - Just had a Western Screech Owl hooting away in my large
pine tree. 400 W block on 3200 S Bountiful. ... I also has four Cassin
Finches in the same tree on New Year's day.
(3 Jan 2011) - A Glaucous Gull at the marina bridge on AIC, and Barn
Owls at Farmington Bay.
Jan 2011) -
- visited Bues Park and Jensen Nature Preserve for the first time.
-- Bues Park (BP) in Ogden with 25 Wood Ducks in an area of
open water just 50 x 30 feet. Be careful at Bues Park. The ice is thick in the
parking lot and on the walkways. I have the bruised body to prove it, though I
did save my binoculars.
--Kaysville Ponds (KP) with 7 Hooded Mergansers, two
Common Goldeneye and a lone Northern Pintail.
Preserve (JNP) in Syracuse with the Snow Goose and Ross's Goose
still there. Also, saw Cinnamon Teal and lots of Great-tailed Grackles.
(2 Jan 2011) - Snow Goose and
Ross's Goose at Jensen Nature Preserve, Syracuse. As reported by others
earlier there is quite a nice group of birds at this hotspot. Grackles,
Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shovelers, Canada Geese,
American Coots, Common and Barrow's Golden-eyes, Mallards,
Pied-billed Grebes are the ones I remember.
Cindy Sommerfeld (1 Jan 2011) - [AIC] Here's the species list: [highlights]
- ... Virginia Rail... Burrowing Owl... Loggerhead Shrike ,
Northern Shrike...Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush..., American Tree
(2 Jan 2011) - My first bird was a
Red-Tailed Hawk. He flew by while I was eating breakfast Saturday
morning. This morning at breakfast, a pair of COOPER'S HAWKS landed
briefly in my neighbor's tree. Probably looking for the many quail that roost
in the pine across the street in Bountiful, just above Orchard Drive and 3300
Eric Petersen (23 Jan 2011) - Yesterday my wife
(Holly) and I had the great pleasure of going out with Hawk-watch to help survey
numbers of raptors in the Fillmore area as part of the
Citizen Science project. We were led by Hawk-watch’s science director
Markus Mika Ph. D and
field researcher Al Hinde. ... We had a blast spotting and identifying a
number of different raptors. .... There were a few close calls with a
Golden Eagle and a couple of Red-tailed Hawks .... I was the only
one that was interested in non raptor species so it made it interesting when I
would stop to see Horned Larks in the road or White-crowned Sparrows
in the bushes.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
David Wheeler (30 Jan, 2011) -
Alta: Huge flock of
PINE SISKINS, modest flock of stunning
PINE GROSBEAKS, and a few
CASSIN'S FINCHES were feeding happily at
an impressive array of feeders at a snowbound house located above the upper Alta
Ski Resort parking lot in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Susan and Jeffrey Saffle (29 Jan 2011) - We birded
several places today ...we started in City Creek Canyon, where we found a
Pacific Wren at picnic site number Eight ...
Dave Hanscom (26 Jan 2011) - I finally found a
Pacific Wren, which was one of my nemesis birds in 2010. Nice to see one
early in the year for a change. It was in City Creek Canyon, just above picnic
site 4, hanging out in a bush down by the stream.
Jeff Bilsky (22 Jan 2011) - I drove into Lamb's
Canyon this afternoon. The road is quite snow covered so you'd definitely need
4WD. The Northern Pygmy Owl, at the time I observed it, was on the North
side of the road, west of the trailhead a couple of hundred yards.
Steve Coleman (19 Jan 2011) - Sorry for the late
post, I went out to Jordan River Parkway near Oxbow on Monday and found 4
Barrow's Goldeneyes along with many other ducks.
Jerry Liguori (12 Jan 2011) - Still a good flock of
Rosy Finches along the Bonneville trail straight above 3300 south and
215. Townsend's Solitaire still singing every day even in this cold
weather...don't know why.
Dave Wheeler (10 Jan 2011) - I was surprised to see
a DUNLIN today at noon at the Saltair Marina.
Bryant Olsen (24 Jan 2011) - The balmy weather
lately has given me a case of
spring fever, so I went up
City Creek at dusk, hoping to get some owls calling, and sure enough I
had 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls respond to imitations of their call with
their "saw-whet" call. ... I also saw 2 Great Horned Owls perched out in
the open ...
Stephen T Carlisle (8 Jan 2011) - Visited Redwood
Trailhead Park (1045 West 2320 South) and Decker Lake (1935 West 2770 South),
both in West Valley City, this morning. A good day with some great year birds.
Highlights: Redwood Trailhead Park (RP) over 100 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 44
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE Goldeneye (no, I am not making this up) and a BALD EAGLE.
Decker Lake a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL (size,
uniform pale color-including primary tips and tail, darker than the Glaucous/lighter
that the juvenile Thayers that were also present and solid
black/dark bill) and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Though I am not confident yet with
my "gull-identifying skills" to make the final call, a possible adult LESSER
(8 Jan 2011) - This morning, I
observed a 1st cycle Iceland Gull at the South Shore Marina of the Great
Aubree Huff (6 Jan 2011) - Goshawk near the County landfill today.
(3 Jan 2011) - Cliff and Lisa Weisse are at Lee Kay
ponds and have an adult Iceland Gull.
Bryant Olsen (1 Jan 2011) - [Jordan
River CBC - Edson Leite, Bryant Olsen, Julie LeBlanc] - ... good birds seen by
our team were 1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 1 CACKLING GOOSE, 1
VIRGINIA RAIL, a very good look at a juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON
(all near the Jordan River and 10600 S.), 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE, several
JUNIPER TITMOUSE, and 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS...
Edson Leite (1 Jan 2011)
- Bryant Olsen, Julie Leblanc and I birded Herriman
first covering the junipers behind the Rose Crest community... We picked up some great
species right off the bat. Juniper titmice and Mountain Chickadees
in our first 1.5 miles of walking. Then we did another 2 mile hike with very
few birds but right at the end we got 17 ROSY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES that
landed within 10ft of us.
Bryan Shirley (31 Jan 2011) - After reading
about the Evening Grosbeaks seen
on Saturday near Sundance, I thought I would give it a try this morning.
Sundance a couple hundred yards above
mile marker 24 the road makes a big corner. On the left there are a lot
of pines full of cones. I found 12 Evening Grosbeaks in the top of one of the
pines and about 15 Red Crossbills working the
pine cones of another tree.
Robert Williams (28 Jan 2011) - Made a quick trip up
to Aspen Grove today, we found 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Ruffed Grouse
sitting in a tree at the far end of the parking lot (the big one at the
end of the road). My
girlfriend Jen spotted a Goshawk that flew over giving semi decent but
short looks, and finally we saw one Pygmy Owl about .5 miles above the
turn off for the ski resort, very close to where I saw one a few weeks ago.
Lu Giddings (22 Jan 2011) - Spotted an American
Pelican in the water at East Bay as I drove north on the freeway
yesterday at about 10 am. ... The bird was seen in the water east of I-15
between the north Springville
exit and the University Avenue exit.
Bryan Shirley (20 Jan 2011) - I relocated the
Barrow's Goldeneye reported last week at Salem Pond this morning. There was
also a drake Red-Breasted Merganser. They were both on the main pond. The
Snow Goose at the small pond behind the houses North of the HWY was still
there as well.
KC Childs (18 Jan 2011) - I ran out to
Utah Lake State Park in
Provo this afternoon. Where the
Provo River meets Utah Lake
on the south side of the park was one female
Greater Scaup loosely mixed with two Lesser Scaups...
Brian Shirley (15 Jan 2011) - A beautiful Merlin
landed on the top of Peteetneet in Payson today (while I was there sledding).
There is a lot of poop up there so maybe he perches there often. Also there are
Wood Ducks hanging out in the regular place in West Provo. I counted 16
today, but Reed Stone said there were 25 there a few days ago.
Robert Williams (15 Jan 2011) - I drove around the lake today between
Saratoga Springs and Elberta. I saw 3 Rough-legged Hawks, two
Ferruginous Hawks, 6 Red-tail Hawks, two were dark morphs, tons of
Kestrels, Horned larks and Ravens, 1 Meadowlark and
that was about it. In Goshen Canyon I found Song Sparrows and a
Pacific Wren near the bridge at the far side of the canyon, and a
Black-billed Magpie. I stopped at the Salem ponds on the way home and along
with the regular things saw a pair of Barrows Goldeneyes.
Eric Huish (12 Jan 2011) - KC Childs and I drove
around Utah Lake today (Jan 12) ... We didn't spend a lot of time at any of
these spots. Most interesting birds were; two Northern Shrikes, a few
Titmice and a Pinyon Jay in the Goshen Canyon area, Mountain
Bluebirds at Warm Springs WMA, and a few Prairie Falcons and 5
Rough-legged Hawks on the West side of the lake.
Eric Peterson (12 Jan 2011) - This morning my wife
Holly and I went for a drive up South Fork Canyon in Provo Canyon. We were
looking to see some moose but didn't find one. We saw lots of Mule Deer and Elk.
Some of the other animals of interest were the Northern Pygmy Owl at the
top of the canyon right by the Big Springs turn off. It was roosting in the tree
in the field. We saw a small flock of Bushtits...
Robert Williams (12 jan 2011) - Yesterday I birded
around Sundance ski resort saw 1 Pygmy Owl, lots of Chickadees, Steller's
Jays .... I did hear a Golden Crowned Kinglet.
KC Childs (9 Jan 2011) - I decided it was too nice of
a day to not get out and take advantage of some of the beautiful weather today.
I started out at Evergreen Cemetery in Springville. The highlight there was a
White-Breasted Nuthatch. Beautiful bird to watch...
Eric Huish (8 Jan 2011) - Robert Williams and I birded Dry Canyon this
morning from 8:20 am - 10:40 am. We went specifically hoping to find
Rosy-Finches. ... We hiked up to where we last saw them but it took another hour
to find them. Robert spotted them working around the top back of the second
cliff up on the North side of the canyon. ...They were mostly Black
Rosy-Finches with at least a couple Gray-crowns. Back at the parking
area on our way down we saw a Northern Shrike and a Bald Eagle
-- After Dry Canyon Robert and I met up with KC Childs and we headed up to South
Fork, Provo Canyon. Not a lot of birds there but we did get a good look at a
Northern Pygmy-Owl about 3.4 miles up the canyon.
Leena Rogers (8 Jan 2011) - Milt Moody, Tuula Rose and
I spotted a GREAT EGRET this morning at the FlowServ pond, in south
Provo. There were also several Belted Kingfishers in the same area.
Robert Williams (2 Jan 2011) - at the East Bay golf course this
morning there was a flock of maybe 200 Canada Geese amidst these geese there
were at least four and maybe up to six CACKLING GEESE. I am not an expert
but these little guys were little, dark and had very stubby short bills. Also of
note were 3 Common Mergansers, 2 Wood Ducks, and about 300
- (1 Jan 2011) - Ned Bixler, Jeff Cooper and I birded around Utah Lake in Provo,
Orem and Lindon this morning from 9:00 - Noon. .. .Most interesting birds were;
an American White Pelican at Utah Lake State Park out on the ice in the
harbor, a Prairie Falcon and Merlin west of the park in Vineyard.
Close looks at Virginia Rails out in the open where the water spills into
the cooling ponds South of Lindon Boat Harbor, and an American Tree Sparrow
and Hermit Thrush at the Sportsman's access at Powel Slough.
David Wheeler (30 Jan
2011) - Above Wasatch Mtn State Park, above Midway: I saw two flocks of
EVENING GROSBEAKS a mile or so above the little power station. The
first flock was in conifers, the second in aspen. Both were noisy. Also present
were CASSIN'S FINCHES and PINE SISKINS, along with tits, etc.
Dave Hanscom (30 Jan 2011)
- The Homestead Resort, just south of WMSP headquarters. As I drove in their
access road, I ... was pleasantly surprised to see a flock of Evening
Grosbeaks in a nearby tree. There were many more all through the grounds.
Kris Purdy (29 Jan, 2011)
-- A baker’s dozen of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS made an
appearance briefly this afternoon at about 4:00 along the Pine Creek Nature
Trail (snowshoe trail) at
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Wasatch County.
Dave Hanscom (9 Jan 2011) - headed for South Fork of
Provo to look for Northern Pygmy-owl. This continues to be my nemesis bird, I'm
afraid, but did see Kingfisher reported yesterday and a flock of Turkeys. Also
took a side trip to Wallsburg to see if the LEWIS' WOODPECKERS were in
their usual spot, and indeed they were. Best sighting of the day was at the Deer
Creek Marina, where there was just a bit of open water. Two HORNED GREBES
were hanging out with some Common Goldeneyes.
Debbi Compton (30 Jan 2011) -This afternoon around
3 pm we had great looks at 2 Long-eared Owls inside the gate at Lytle
Ranch hanging around the "campground" area maybe 50 yards from the restrooms.
Bryan Shirley (18 Jan 2011) - Spent a
couple of hrs around Washington Fields today. Highlights were 4 Ferruginous
Hawks and 2 Prairie Falcons.
Cindy Sommerfeld (30 Jan 2011) -
This morning we met Paul Higgins at the Mouth of Ogden
Canyon. Ogden canyon was closed. (At that time we didn't know it was good luck)
This forced us go go over the North Pass. Coming off the pass, just a few
hundred yards from the houses, a Pygmy-Owl was sitting on a branch that
hung over the road. ... We then ventured to the north west end of the Ogden
valley. Where we found several Lewis's Woodpeckers. We also went up
to Powder Mountain and saw many Rosy-Finches.
Kristen Purdy (20 Jan 2011) - I was cutting through
Bues Park in Ogden, Weber County, this afternoon to link a Bonneville Shoreline
Trail hike with the return walk home through neighborhoods when agitated and
staccato “dee-dee-dee” calls erupted from the wooded edge of the pond. It was
the cacophony of a mad mob of Chickadees that bore investigating. Several
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a couple Dark-eyed Juncos joined the fray.
I looked into the dense deciduous trees ... where a Wood Duck box was mounted on
the opposite side. From the mob’s behavior, I concluded the flyer was a
Western Screech-owl that had been caught more exposed than it wished, and it
was seeking a bit of solitude inside the box. ... A HERMIT THRUSH had
joined the activity, perching within a brushy deadfall and calling an
abbreviated “Chope. Chope. Chope.” While I’ve seen up to six Hermit Thrushes at
a time in other winters at Bues, this species is still classified as rare in the
winter in Utah and I haven’t seen one there yet this year.
Kristen Purdy (18 Jan 2011) - A flock of about 50
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES was using the feeder at Powder Ridge Condominiums
above Powder Mountain Ski Resort in Weber County this morning at about 11:00. No
Black Rosy-finches were in this flock, but it’s not a stretch to expect them, as
several fed at this location last year...
- I also visited
North Fork Park in Liberty, Weber County, and saw three female PINE
GROSBEAKS on the Cold Water
Trail. The three were high in a fir eating something that looked like buds; the
location was near the only set of restrooms on the trail. Several LEWIS’S
WOODPECKERS were on power poles on 5950N, which ends at the park.
Kirsten Purdy (12 Jan 2011) - Members of Wasatch
Audubon saw a GREAT EGRET several times along the Weber River today at
Fort Buenaventura County Park, Ogden, Weber County, this morning. While the
egret was the most rare bird we saw, other highlights included a
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a Great Horned Owl and high numbers of
Mourning Doves for the winter season.
(8 Jan 2011) - There is a Ross's Goose in a flock of Canada's at
the corner of Flint and Layton Parkway in what I assume is Layton.
(6 Jan 2010) - I spent some quality time this afternoon with two female PINE
GROSBEAKS and a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL in North Fork Park, Liberty, Weber
County. ... The shocker to me is that the elevation at that particular location
was only 5700 feet. Although the species has been reported several times in
Weber County at Powder Mountain Ski Resort (most recently by Jason St. Sauver on
Nov 27), Powder Mountain is 3,000 feet higher than today's location. I've never
seen the species before in Weber County. ... My continued whistling brought a
Townsend's Solitaire to the Mountain Ash 10 feet in front of me that the
grosbeaks had apparently feasted on, dropping berry detritus on the snow.