Review Species Reported This Month:
Little Blue Heron
Box Elder Co.
Sandpiper Davis Co.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Salt Lake Co.
Dickcissel Davis Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Cindy Sommerfeld (23 Jul 2011) - Around 11:00 this
morning Steve and I decided to see what birds
the west side of Willard Bay held. We drove past Harold Crane WMA and
continued north until we came to the lake. The
lake water has started to recede leaving moss that is still moist and
full of bugs. Here we found 9 Semipalmated Plovers, 2 Snowy Plovers,
2 Least Sandpipers and 6 Spotted Sandpipers. It was great to have
all those little birds within 30 feet of the car. About 100 yards out there was
a rock the size of a watermelon in the shallow water. A Common Tern had
declared it his domain. He had a very strong dark carpal-bar, easy to see. As
we drove further up around a bend we also found 2 Cattle Egrets. Our
species list was 28.
Ryan P. O'Donnell (18 Jul 2011) - Last Saturday,
July 9, Craig Fosdick, Jonna van Opstal, and I birded
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. We did not see the Little Blue Heron
we were looking for (although others reported it to
Utah Birdtalk from the same day). We did find a suspicious dowitcher in
the driving loop. The bird in question was located at the south corner, where
there is a ramp to an elevated observation deck on the right side at the corner
in the road.. ... I finally got to the photographs last night, and I believe
that it is indeed a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.
Kris Purdy (8 Jul 2011) - Mort and Carolyn Somer saw the LITTLE BLUE
HERON this morning at about 11:00 along the county road to Bear River MBR in
Box Elder County. Their location was 4.0 miles west of the visitorís center; the
bird was north of the road...
Mike Fish (5 Jul2011) - On my way
home from work I drove up the Bear River MBR access road and spotted a
Mike Fish (25 Jul 2011)- [Logan] - I just had my
first of the season male Rufous Hummingbird show up in my backyard this
morning. The female black-chinned wouldn't let the poor guy get a refill at any
of the feeders. I'm sure it won't be long before he owns at least one of the
Connie McManus (17 Jul 2011) - While sitting
outside enjoying the rising full moon, I heard 2, possibly 3 NIGHT HAWKS
flying over the fields around my house. One is hunting in my back yard! I
tried to catch a glimpse of them flying around, but my binocs aren't that great
for night use.
[email protected] (10 Jul 2011) - While
walking the dog this evening on the corner of 100 S
200 W in Wellsville (Cache County), I heard a Bewick's Wren
calling. I don't think it is common this far north. I haven't heard one hear
Tony Jones (19 Jul 2011) - To my astonishment,
after a three week hiatus, the DICKCISSEL began to call again behind my
house. I heard him and then looked over my fence and sure enough he was there.
Then all of a sudden he flew and along his side was another bird, same shape and
wing shape and color. I think he actually found a mate! I am not positive that
it was another but sure looked like it. Maybe he was tending to a nest the past
three weeks of disappearance.
Paul Higgins (19 Jul 2011) - Last Sunday morning
was outstanding for juvenile Grasshopper Sparrows. Several were testing
out their lungs from the top of brush and the log fence around the spring, near
the Mulberries. (1/2 mile north of the ranch).
Joel Beyer (3 Jul 2011) - We saw a probable
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER today at the
Buffalo Ranch pond in
Farmington (Davis Co.). I only say probable because we never saw it
sitting. However, it flew around us 3 times, and the white rump was
unmistakable, as were the dark legs, white supercilium, long wings and dark
streaking on the upper breast. It was a little larger than the Barn Swallows
also circling above, and it had a sharp high-pitched call note. It flew up from
the marshy/watery area north of the pond, and returned to the same area (out of
sight before and after).
Robert Mortensen (1 Jul 2011) - Zeke Watkins spent
all day in Farmington with a few other birders stopping in. He says the
DICKCISSEL was sighted at 12:45pm, but he only heard it. He hung out there
until just minutes ago when he heard it singing then saw it fly to the neighbors
Bryant Olsen (19 Jul 2011) - Yesterdays Great
Salt Lake Audubon
Rich County field trip turned out pretty good,with 87 species. Highlights
included a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at
Deseret Ranch, 2 roosting COMMON NIGHTHAWKS in Randolf, BLACK
TERNS, a WILSON'S SNIPE and 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS in the
Bear River Meadows area, a cow Moose with her new calf on the way to
Monte Cristo, PURPLE MARTINS off Curtis Creek road. And RED CROSSBILLS
at Monte Cristo campground.
Kris Purdy (10 Jul 2011) - I spent some time this
morning at Monte Cristo Campground on SR-39 in Rich County, mile 47.8. How nice
that the first bird I heard as I stepped out of the truck was a RED CROSSBILL
kip-kipping from atop a tall fir at the Group 2 picnic area. ... Heard a Hairy,
a Northern Flicker, and a drumming sapsucker of indeterminate species. I also
got a poor look at a woodpecker bounding up the dark side of a trunk. The birds
were singing up a storm in the campground with the most vocal species being
Warbling Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Other regulars like Western Wood-pewee, Pine Siskin, Hermit
Thrush, and Mountain Chickadee were also active.
Norm Jensen (5 Jul 2011) - a Purple Martin at the Curtis Creek Road, Monte Cristo Campground.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Lauren Morse (29 Jul 2011) - A pair of Merlins
University of Utah campus in
Salt Lake City. They appear to be nesting in the trees due north of the
bookstore, and they may have young. On July 28 two Merlins were fighting over a
Bryant Olsen (19 Jul 2011) - This evening,still
having a bit of nightjar fever,I decided what better thing to do than go looking
for Poorwills. So I head up to a spur trail of the Bonneville shoreline trail on
the rim of City Creek canyon where I have seen them in the past..., To make a long
story short,j ust as I was losing the last of the evening twilight, a bird
starts hovering a few feet in front of me, and plops down on the trail 10 feet
from me, and sure enough, its a COMMON POORWILL, or really there were 2
of them that took turns plopping down right in front of me...
Dave Hanscom (15 Jul 2011) - After hearing that
Guardsman's Pass was open, I headed for Brighton late yesterday to look for
mountain birds.... I started at the
Brighton Store, where I parked and walked around to see if there were any Rufous
Hummers at the feeders at the cabin next door. They were empty, but I heard the
distinctive tapping of a THREE-TOED WOODPECKER across the street. After
hurrying back to the store parking lot and up the street, the noise sounded
incredibly close. I walked back and forth a couple of times without locating the
bird in the nearby trees, then finally saw him clinging to the side of a
telephone pole and banging on it's top. Now that's a first!!
Bryant Olsen (15 Jul 2011) - Last night did a bit
of a survey to see if upper city creek canyon,SL Co., has a good population of
Flammulated Owls, and indeed it does appear to, as we heard 3 or 4, and
got good looks at one.
Bryant Olsen (12 Jul 2011) - The O'Brian's
graciously allowed me to swing by and look for Band-tailed Pigeons in
their backyard in Holladay, and I was rewarded with finding 2,first of the year
for me. Later, while sipping on some lemonaide, one of them came down to their
feeder for a snack and allowed some nice views. ....On a side note,
earlier in the day while doing breeding bird surveys up City Creek Canyon,I saw
a DUSKY GROUSE hen with 4 chicks, which was pretty cool and another year
Bryant Olsen (10 Jul 2011) - Participated in the
Brighton Bird Count today(07-09-11),and highlights for our team included
a pair of WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKERS, a PINE GROSBEAK, RED
CROSSBILLS and a fly over PRAIRIE FALCON, all near
Twin Lakes. UNBELIEVABLE how much snow is still up there!
Joe Rossi ( 9 Jul 2011) - Birded City Creek Canyon
for 2hrs yesterday. I didn't see a ton of birds due to thick vegetation. But
right at the start of the day I did see a Cooper's Hawk (new for me) that
posed for me for about 3 min. Link below.
Barbara Watkins (5 July 2011) - This morning I
rescued a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO that flew into my neighbor's window.
It has been placed in rehab, but Candy said it appears to be in pretty good
shape and the prognosis is good. If it is released, it will be brought back to
my home to be released in Corner Canyon.
Bernie Sloan (1 Jul 2011) - I was kinda surprised to see a Spotted
Sandpiper in Liberty Park. It was foraging along the concrete curb at the
edge of the large pond.
Bernie Sloan (12 Jul 2011) - Went back to the
stretch of Summit County rail trail where I saw my first mystery "sparrow".
Several people suggested Green-tailed Towhee as a possibility. I did manage to
find a Green-tailed Towhee in the brush. Not sure if the bird I saw last time
was a Green-tailed Towhee, but this bird definitely was. A new life
Bernie Sloan (6 Jul 2011) - Rail trail out of Park City. I decided to
walk the trail and do some birding. Nice trail, especially the part that heads
east(?) out of Park City towards I-80. Nice wetlands, beaver dams, beaver
lodges, etc. Cinnamon Teal. One male, in wetlands, with a half dozen
Mallards. They're probably common in the West, but where I come from in the
Midwest they can (and have) sparked Rare Bird Alerts. Black-headed Grosbeak.
Male and female. Moving across the trail, heading up the mountain into the
Eric Huish (27 Jul 2011) - Went out to the west desert yesterday.
Eagle Mountain and took the gravel road to
Fairfield. The first bird I ran into was a Ferruginous Hawk
perched on a power line. I saw many Sage Thrashers as I was looking
for. I then went to Fairfield and took the gravel road to Allen's Ranch road.
I saw some Horned Larks and a rather friendly pronghorn. There was also a
large flock of Lark Sparrows right at the ranch. I also saw 3
Loggerhead Shrikes. I then went over to
Chimney rock pass. There I was able to find a Rock Wren and more
Shrikes. By the time I got to Chimney Rock it was kind of windy so the birding
was a little slow.
Oliver Hansen (20 Jul 2011) - I hiked powerhouse
mountain last night. Powerhouse mountain is the large chunk of rock that is on
the N. side of hobble creek canyon near Springville (across the street and up a
few thousand feet from the golf course).... I got great
views of quite a few birds on the road that I would most likely have driven past
including WILD TURKEY and a family of RUFFED GROUSE... Another highlight was when I hit the top of the
ridge (about 7800 ft) at around 9:00pm I heard COMMON POORWILLS calling
(at least 2).
Milt Moody (17 Jul 2011) - There are PURPLE MARTINS
in their usual place on the Nebo Loop road (Payson Canyon) and at least one
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER at the Monument Tail head just a bit further
down the road.
Jeff Cooper (16 Jul 2011) - I had to drop off some
people at a trail head around 6:30 this morning above Timpooneke Campground (up
American Fork Canyon). I decided to walk about a mile above the campground (Timpooneke
Rd # 056) after leaving them. I spotted a WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER and
watched it for a few minutes... Closer to the campground area I stopped to attract
some MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES to see if I
could get some decent photos. I did get some close shots of a Mountain
Chickadee. Just as I stopped photographing the Chickadee an adult NORTHERN
GOSHAWK flew through the trees about five feet above ground. It flew past me
and then above the road leading down to the campground. That was a pleasant
surprise that didn't last nearly long enough.
Milt Moody (11 Jul 2011) - There are at least 3
BAND-TAILED PIGEONS at the corner of 2680 North and 880 East in Provo on the
telephone wires behind the house to the south. (Go to Robin and Julia Tuck's
house then 1/2 block west and 1/2 block south). I saw them on an early morning
walk and went back with binocs to confirm what they were.
Carol Jean Nelson (6 Jul 2011) - A GREEN HERON at the
first part of the east side of the Provo Airport Dike in a dead bush across from
the "practice helicopter."
Bernie Sloan (8 Jul 2011) - Went fishing with my
30-year-old son today in the pond by the golf course in Wasatch State Park Near
Midway. While fishing I spotted a Violet-green Swallow flying over the
pond. New life bird!! We also were treated to a grand show by an Osprey
fishing the pond.
Bryant Olsen (6 Jul 20011) - Just got back from the
cabin up at Strawberry Valley, and those little spitfire copper colored
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS have arrived in good numbers. I saw at least 6 different
males, just in time for the summer thunderstorms. Also a couple PURPLE
MARTINS and the other common breeding species there.
Ned Bixler (3 Jul 2011) - Potter Lane, Wasatch Co.
There were Bobolinks, Sandhill Cranes, Wilson's Snipes,
along with other birds this mourning. Good mourning to bird this location.
[email protected] (14 Jul 2011) - Bendire's Trasher.
On dirt road to Grafton on June 2, 10:30 a.m. Clear, unmistakable close view
while it posed on top of dead bush
Kris Purdy (6 Jul 2011) - Iíve seen a male Calliope
Hummingbird twice in the last week near Meadows Campground off SR-39. ...
Not only is the spot nice for a Calliope, Iíve also seen Willow Flycatchers,
Gray Catbirds, Yellow-breasted Chats, Common Nighthawks,
Bullockís Orioles, Fox Sparrows, Black-chinned Hummingbirds,
Black-headed Grosbeaks, MacGillivrayís Warblers, and just about
all the other passerines you could see at The North Arm...