Review Species Reported This Month:
Northern Bobwhite Utah Co.
Red-necked Grebe Cache Co.
Neotropic Cormorant Salt
Little Blue Heron Box Elder Co.
Pileated Woodpecker Salt Lake Co.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Utah Co.
Northern Parula Salt Lake Co.
Palm Warbler Salt Lake Co.
Dickcissel Davis Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Mark Summers (19 Jun 2011) - I photographed
the LITTLE BLUE HERON on Saturday morning at Bear River MBR. It was just
past the a cattle grate and before the first concrete flood relief zone in the
road. It was feeding with several
Snowy Egret on the South side of the road.
Dave Hanscom (18 Jun 2011) - Bob MacDougall and I
spent yesterday morning in Box Elder Country looking for a couple of birds for
our 2011 lists...[highlights:]
--A Short-eared Owl was right where Amber reported it
a couple of weeks ago...We found another owl just west of the Monument visitor
Center. Both were sitting on fence posts...
Jason St Sauver (10 Jun 2011) - Had to do some scouting of the road /
route for an upcoming BB survey on Promontory Rd today - so wasn't doing any
serious birding - but when a Peregrine Falcon jumps up with food in
its talons right in front of you...hard to ignore. Also had 3 Burrowing Owls
on roadside fenceposts ...
Paul Higgins (4 Jun 2011) - Common Yellowthroat
at Salt Creek WMA. Also, the Burrowing Owls are sitting on fenceposts along the
roadway at Promontory Mountains.
Amber M (1 Jun 2011) - [Promontory] - My husband
was out working on Promontory yesterday. I got home today and went through his
pictures to find one of a SHORT-EARED OWL. I'm not sure exactly where he
was yet, but he'll be getting the
3rd degree as soon as he gets home. He also had pictures of Burrowing
owls, Common Poorwills and
Ryan O'Donnell (30 Jun 2011) - Last night I led 13
birders on a Bridgerland Audubon Society trip to see (or mostly hear) the
nocturnal birds of Cache County's Green Canyon, near North Logan... We had a total of two counter-singing COMMON POORWILLS at the
upper end of the road, plus one rather timid FLAMMULATED OWL that called
only twice from the same location.
Dave Hanscom (22 Jun 2011) - [highlights:]
-- Pineview Reservoir: Lots of Fox Sparrows, Black-headed
Grosbeaks, and Yellow Warblers were singing, along with a
-- On to Hyrum via the direct route through
The highlight of that part of my trip were several Swainson's Thrush
along the stream, and a Willow Flycatcher just north of where the dirt
road turns to tar in Avon. I stopped to look at a Grey Catbird and heard
the unmistakeable "Fitz Bew" call...
Bob Atwood (19 Jun 2011) - A RED-NECKED GREBE
adult in full breeding plumage was observed close to shore on the West end of
Hyrum Dam Saturday June 17th at noon. It was last seen near the Utah State Park
entrance. Bob Atwood
Craig Fosdick (9 Jun 2011) - Today while walking on
3000 N west of Benson Marina in Cache Co., I counted nine LONG-BILLED CURLEWS
all visible at the same time, and was mobbed and dive-bombed by 3-4 of them...
Ryan O'Donnell (8 Jun 2011) - Tonight Stephanie
Cobbold and I birded around Cutler Marsh, near Benson in Cache County, from two
locations, the boat launch off of the Valley View Highway, and the Pacificorp
access point along the Benson Road. At each location we had one singing
AMERICAN BITTERN, our target species for the night. These were my first for
the county .... At the boat launch near the Valley View Highway, there was
also a female GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE, a locally tough-to-find species that
seems to turn up about once or twice a year in Cache County. At the same
location, I photographed a grebe that looks to me like a hybrid between
WESTERN GREBE and CLARK'S GREBE.
Craig Fosdick (4 Jun 2011) - I hiked Dry Canyon
last night, looking for FLAMMULATED OWLS; two visiting out-of-state birders
joined me. We were not disappointed and found two FLAMMULATED OWLS above
6000'; one was very close, one quite far. We also found at least ten COMMON
POORWILLS including one that we saw repeatedly, perched and foraging along
the trail. We also saw DUSKY GROUSE and VIRGINIA'S WARBLER.
Bryant Olsen (29 Jun 2011) - Here is the checklists
of today's Great Salt Lake Audubon field trip to Farmington Bay. We started off
looking for the Dickcissel, but he wasn't singing at around 8:00 and we couldn't
locate him, so we headed over for a short walk out to the nearby Buffalo Ranch
pond, were the best birds were a WILSON'S SNIPE, CASPIAN and
FORSTER'S TERNS, and a good look at a COMMON YELLOWTROAT. Then,
everyone still had the DICKCISSEL on their mind,so we headed back, and just as
we pulled up we could hear him singing, and found him shortly thereafter. Then
we went over to the road behind the church and found both the male and female
BLUE GROSBEAKS. Sometimes perseverance pays off. Then off to the GSL Nature
Center, and went for a short walk, and found a couple EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and
heard a VIRGINIA'S RAIL and a SORA call nearby. Later we found a
GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE and 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL...
Bryant Olsen (27 Jun 2011) - This morning(07-27-11)
at around 7:00am I found the male DICKCISSEL singing in the weed field in
west Farmington. Thank you Tony for reporting it. ... Then I headed out to
Farmington Bay and spent some time. Best birds there were Coot chicks, weird but
cute, EASTERN KINGBIRDS and a WOOD DUCK hen.
Tony Jones (26 Jun 2011) - I was hearing an odd
bird outside my window here in West Farmington. It is a DICKCISSEL. ... I
kept searching for the bird and finally found him. He has been calling for the
last three days. I could not locate him until today. I played a tape once and he
flew right in and I got some photos. The location is 817 North Fox Hunter Drive,
Farmington. | Sight Record |
Sarah Knutie (16 Jun 2011) - The following were
seen at Farmington Bay the past few days:
-- 2 juv. Great Horned Owls, Long-billed Dowitcher,
Long-billed Curlews, Caspian Terns (breeding pair)
Sarah Knutie (10 Jun 2011) - About a week ago I saw
a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Farmington Bay. It was in the last willow bush
(west side of road) just before you are forced to turn right from the entrance
Cindy Sommerfeld (5 Jun 2011) - [Antelope Island] - The
more unusual species included an adult male LARK BUNTING, a pair of
BLUE GROSBEAKS, and a WHIMBREL. The Lark Bunting and the Blue
Grosbeaks were located half way to the ranch near the east side group of Russian
Bryant Olsen (2 Jun 2011) - On Monday(05-30-11)
thru Wednesday, I headed out to the San Rafael Swell in eastern Utah, and saw 2
INDIGO BUNTINGS near Black Dragon Canyon. Saw a Kingbird, either a Western
or Cassin's. Also lots of other cool desert birds around,my favorite of which
were the BLUE GROSBEAKS and YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS. Also lots of
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS that were going insane, singing day and night. Still
lots of neo-tropical migrants moving through the desert oasis.
Steve Hampton (12 June 2011) - CASSIN'S KINGBIRD
seen in Tropic, UT.
Steve Hedges (15 Jun 2011) - A Gray Catbird
has been hanging out in my backyard in Cedar City since Saturday June 10. He
spends most of his time in the dense roses and willows along the Coal Creek
diversion that runs along the east side of our yard but he occasionally sings
from a cottonwood or Russian olive.
Jack Binch (26 Jun 2011) - Off to Rich County on
Saturday specifically to find a bittern. I was not disappointed. I arrived at
7:30 AM after taking the Monte Cristo road that Kris noted was open. Right off
the bat I flushed an American Bittern next to the road. I then continued
back and forth until just before noon. I counted eighteen individual sightings.
I am sure some were duplicates, but what fun. ....Also seen were lots of
Black and Forester's Terns, Mountain Bluebird, Western
and Eastern Kingbirds, Vesper Sparrow, Mourning Doves,
Eurasian Collared Doves, Red-winged-, Yellow-headed-, and
Brewer's Blackbirds, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, one
Great Blue Heron, and a Common Nighthawk.
Kris Purdy (14 Jun 2011) - Jack Rensel and I visited Rich County today from
just northwest of Evanston, WY to Randolph. We drove the main road to Deseret
Ranch, walked around the spring and then out the north entrance, and then birded
along Crawford Mountain Road about a mile and a half north of Randolph off
-- Multiple Golden Eagles soaring over sage at Deseret... An American White
Pelican at the pond at the ranch struggling with a fish that must have been
18 inches long. Several Common Nighthawks over Woodruff... Black
and Forster’s Terns along Crawford Mountain Road posing cooperatively on
posts just 20 feet away. A pumping American Bittern out in the marsh, but
invisible to us. Western Tanagers in the marsh seeming way out of place.
Many Canvasbacks, likely breeders in that location ... Lovely, lovely day
to be out in green, green Rich County.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Bernie G. Sloan (28 Jun2011) - Tonight I was
hanging out in my son's yard when I heard the unmistakable "peent" of a
Common Nighthawk flying high overhead. The time was about 9:15PM. This would
be somewhere to the northeast of the intersection of State Street and 2100S.
Cindy Sommerfeld (18 Jun 2011) - Steve and I needed
a Neotropic Cormorant for our year list. We headed to the Jordan River Parkway
to take a look. On the way we found three Neotropic Cormorants at an
apartment pond. There were one adult and two juveniles. ...
Bryant Olsen (18 Jun 2011) - Today,06-18-11,during
a Breeding Bird Survey up City Creek Canyon, I heard and then saw a male?
NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER at picnic site #13a,about 2 mileS up the canyon from
Matthew Wallace (18 Jun 2011) - I saw a single
Pileated Woodpecker on Thursday, June 16, my first ever in the wild.
(Cool!!!) It was flying East
to West over our house. It made a distinct sound, which I had not
heard before, and flew rapidly darting from side to side. I only saw in
for a few seconds, but it is certainly a woodpecker, but much bigger than the
Downy or Hairy Woodpeckers, being black and white with red on its head.
Sibley lists it as L 16.5" W 29" which is about the size of the bird I
Oliver Hansen (15 Jun 2011) - I joined up
with 25 or so SLC birders at R.E.I last night at 7:00pm. We then carpooled up to
the Terraces parking lot in Millcreek...We heard
warblers, thrushes, robins, siskins, and our 2 target species: Flammulated
owls and Common poorwills.
Tina Magnesson (13 Jun 2011) - We live in
Cottonwood heights UT, and we were swimming in our pool when we noticed a bird
we have never seen here in UT before. It has a bright yellow underbelly, and
sort of a green top. It's been seen here all day so far. I looked it up online,
and even found a site that shows what they sound like, so playing it on my cell
phone I got a reaction out of the PALM WARBLER.
Bryant Olsen (3 Jun 201) - I heard at least 2 FLAMMULATED OWLS up
Millcreek Canyon. Also many neo-tropicals have arrived up there, including
empidonax's, warblers, Western Tanagers, Swainson's and Hermit
Sylvia Gray (1 Jun 2011) - At Mountain Dell
Recreation Area, Parley's Canyon, SL County this morning the following birds
were seen by members of GSLAudubon... [highlights:]...Osprey...Common Merganser,
Caspian Tern... Gray Catbird...Fox Sparrow...MacGillivray's Warbler... Red-naped Sapsucker...Cooper's
Dave Hanscom (24 Jun 2011) - Never thought I'd see
an Ash- throated Flycatcher in Summit County, but one was flying around
near the road just north of the marina. ... Other highlights were Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Cooper's Hawk (with a breakfast mouse), Plumbeous
Vireo, lots of Rough-winged Swallows, Lazuli Buntings, both
American and Lesser Goldfinches, Green-tailed Towhees, a
Bullock's Oriole, and a couple of Clark's Grebes braving all the
rubble floating around in the water.
Candy Zaffis (4 Jun 2011) - [Dugway] a male Red-breasted Grosbeak
flew into my neighbors window yesterday. They went outside and
protected it until it recovered and flew away safely. This
Grosbeak had been seen at the feeders the day before.
Diane Penttila (8 Jun 2011) - (Ouray National
Wildlife Refuge) - General Water Bird Survey:
--Flooding continues... The following birds were seen within the
survey route: [highlights:]...Wood duck...Sandhill crane,
American bittern... Black tern...
Eric Huish (20 June 2011) - Alona Huffaker saw
Bobolinks in Springville. Take I-15 exit 260, drive west on SR 77 (4000 South)
to 2000 West and turn right. She two males in these fields this evening.
Lyle Bingham (15 Jun 2011) - Eight birders visited three hotspots in and
near Payson. We visited two wooded areas with walkways and Spring Lake, between
Payson and Santaquin. Highlights included a Black-chinned Hummingbird on a nest,
discovered by Alona's sharp eyes. And we found Yellow-breasted Chats near
the mouth of Payson canyon ( Payson-Greenridge Hollow).
Eric Huish (13 Jun 2011) - Last night Dennis Shirley
led 12 Utah County Birders out to Goshen for an evening field trip. Our target
species were Short-eared Owls and Bobolinks. Target acquired!...
Ryan O'Donnell (7 Jun 2011) - This morning I was one
of the lucky ones who saw the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER near the tower on the
Provo airpot dike. After seeing my first lifer for the day, I took a good walk
Provo River parkway, where I saw an adult male COMMON GRACKLE, and
saw 4 GREAT HORNED OWLS (momma with 3 chicks, and heard a WESTERN
SCREECH OWL at 10:30 am,which was weird.
--After that I headed to Bridal Veil Falls,where I saw several
Jeff Cooper (6 Jun 2011) - [Provo Airport Dike] -
Northern Bobwhite. This bird was walking along the road going west toward
the southwest corner of the dike. Closer to the extension that goes further
south from the airport.
Eric Huish (6 Jun 2011) - SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER
Provo Airport Dike
south end of west extension!
Eric Huish (4 Jun 2011) - [Lake Mountains - Utah
Co. UT] - Birding with KC Childs. We birded the Soldiers Pass Road area at
the South end of the Lake Mountains. We went hoping for Scott's Oriole, Lu
Giddings and Dennis Shirley reported one there 4 years ago. Number of species:
...Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk, Black Swift ...Gray Flycatcher,
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Gray Vireo... Pinyon Jay... Juniper Titmouse,
Rock Wren, Bewick's Wren...Northern Mockingbird...
Eric Peterson (3 Jun 2011) - [Highland Glen Park] - I
was at my favorite place other than my house that I like to bird which is
Highland Glen. I was really excited cause I had never seen a
Western Grebe there in the pond. I then ran across a
Common Nighthawk. I was on my way out and I saw yet another
I am wondering why they keep following me...
Joel Beyer (11 Jun 2011) - This afternoon we observed
a singing Grasshopper Sparrow in Heber Valley. It was along 2400 So.,
about a half mile west of the intersection of 2400 So. and Highway 189 (this is
halfway between Heber and Charleston, and near the west end of the airport).
Numerous Bobolinks were seen where previously reported (drive west on
Potters Lane, turn at first left, turn again at next right, and go a quarter
mile to large grassy fields).
Steve Hampton (18 June 2011) - I'm a visiting
birder from California. Yesterday, June 17, 2011, I saw an adult male
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at the amphitheater of South Campground at Zion NP.
Also of interest, but no photo, was a singing male INDIGO BUNTING. This bird was
along Pine Creek 100-150m downstream of the nice stone bridge of hwy 9 (the
lowest switchback below the tunnel).
Leena Rogers (17 Jun 2011) - Beautiful VERMILLION
FLYCATCHER flitting around late this afternoon in trees west of fifth hole
at Red Cliffs Golf Course (east side) in north St. George.
Rick Fridell (1 Jun 2011) - [Sand Hollow State Park] -
The Western Gull was still present today (06/01/11)at Sand Hollow State
Park, Washington Co., UT. It was along the south shore of the reservoir a few
hundred meters east of the south boatramp, and was very cooperative allowing
some better photos than yesterday.
Joel Beyer (21 Jun 2011) - Monday morning we found a
male Indigo Bunting in Capitol Reef National Park. It was seen on the
River trail, just east of the campground, and was singing continuously
during the half hour we were there.
Kris Purdy (12 Jun 2011) - You’d think I was reporting
today’s sightings from Bear River MBR in the fall, but no, I saw a GREAT
EGRET and a pair of Bald Eagles in west Weber County this afternoon
near the north end of 8300W, which is likely West Warren or unincorporated Weber
County. The egret and several Snowy Egrets were using a slough on the east side
of the road. The Bald Eagles were perched in widely separated cottonwoods west
of the pastures and feedlots on the west side of the road...
Paul Higgins (2 Jun 2011) - Western Tanagers,