Review Species Reported This Month:
Salt Lake Co.
Harlequin Duck Davis Co.
Black Scoter Davis Co.
Red-throated Loon Morgan Co.,
Hudsonian Godwit Davis Co.
Red Phalarope Davis Co.
Pine Warbler Washington Co.
Common Redpoll Davis Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Kris Purdy (23 Nov 2011) - [Bear River Refuge] ... A Long-billed Curlew was also strolling the dike
across the canal from the road.
Jason St Sauver (13 Nov 2011) - Perry Nature Park,
Brigham City. -- ...I flushed up 4 Wood ducks (two pair, I believe)...Also had pheasant and quail there. Resident Kingfishers were
rattling and no less than 4 Virginia rails calling to each other to watch
out for the nerdy birder in the area.... - had a lovely
Northern mockingbird hopping thru the thick brush - flitting his tail and
checking things out...
Ryan O'Donnell (27 Nov 2011) - birded around a few
locations in Cache County today. First Dam had the usual large numbers of
BARROW'S GOLDENEYES; I counted 27 today. The female or immature HOODED
MERGANSER was still there. At Hyrum Reservoir, I had my best bird of the
day: an immature SURF SCOTER near the dam. Four BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at the
upstream end of the reservoir were a bit unusual for this location. Two female
or immature HOODED MERGANSERS were in the same vicinity...
Craig Fosdick (7 Nov 2011) - I birded Cache Co.
yesterday with Andrew Durso, Mike Taylor, and Heath Weaver... Highlights were lots of
birds at Hyrum State Park with a nice diversity of waterfowl-it was very birdy.
The PACIFIC LOON from 10/30 continues at this location, but as usual,
there were no scoters....A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was a nice bird on 200S near Sue's Ponds and the Logan
Mike Fish (6 Nov 2011) - I counted 16 Goldeneye at First Dam this morning
(mouth of Logan Canyon).... Just ran back to First Dam to check the
ID of the Goldeneye. The birds were indeed Barrow's Goldeneye...
Craig Fosdick (1 Nov 2011) - Ryan O'Donnell and I
birded Hyrum Reservoir this evening; the PACIFIC LOON continues. This
evening the PALO was out in the middle of the reservoir, hanging out with a
Common Loon. We were not able to locate any scoters, but there was a swan,
presumably a Tundra Swan in the far southeast corner of the reservoir.
Bryant Olsen (30 Nov 2011) - Today's GSL Audubon
field trip to Farmington Bay ended up with 35 species. Highlight for me were a
few brief glimpses of a VIRGINA'S RAIL on the end of the west dike at the
"T" intersection area, plus some AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS near the eagle
trees. Also lots of late WF IBIS still around, I think we saw something like 30.
3 BALD EAGLE were a clue winter is coming though.
-- After the Bay I headed up to the AIC and Garr ranch on Antelope
Island...On the island,1 NORTHERN SHRIKE on the
way to Garr ranch was nice, also 2 PRAIRIE FALCONS. The little lost
immature ROSS'S GOOSE was still hanging out with the domestic fowl at the
Paul Higgins (26 Nov2011) - EJ Raynor found a Common Redpoll at Garr
Ranch on Friday 11/25.
Robert Mortensen (25 Nov 2011) - There is a Ross's Goose just
outside the Garr Ranch chicken coop.
Paul Barrus (24 Nov 2011) - Took my kids to
Antelope Island yesterday... The 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were still there at the first bridge. ... There was 1 BLACK SCOTER at the Marina Bridge
on the south side and the 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were also there about 2pm.
There was a lone HORNED GREBE in the Marina with some Eared Grebe, which
is always a treat to see.
Kris Purdy (23 Nov 2011) - Paul Higgins just called
(9:15 a.m., Wednesday) with a report of 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in
a flock of Canadas in a cornfield near the intersection of Hill Field Road and
3100 West, Davis County. I think that would mean use I-15 exit 331 for Hill
Field Road. A dozen GWFG at one location in Northern Utah is a pretty good
Ryan O'Donnell (19 Nov 2011) - Drove the Antelope
Island Causeway. The three HARLEQUIN DUCKS continue at the first, "No Swimming,"
bridge. The best bird of the day, in my opinion, was a RED PHALAROPE at
the same location.
Norman Jenson (7 Nov 2011) - A Long-billed
Curlew on the Causeway.
Joel Beyer (6 Nov 2011) - Late this afternoon Kathy
and I found a juvenile HUDSONIAN GODWIT at Farmington Bay WMA. It was
located along the west dike, about 100 yards south of the 'owl' (2nd) bridge, in
the large pond to the west...
Cindy and Steve Sommerfeld (4 Nov 2011) [Antelope Island] ...On the island we were happy to find
the Bewick's Wren we haven't seen for months. And first sighting for this
winter we saw a Northern Shrike and a Rough-legged Hawk. Along the
Causeway we counted 14 Surf Scoters. Just one male, in full breeding
plumage, beautiful bird. Also, we had a flyby Long-tailed Duck.
Norman Jenson (4 Nov 2011) - When we left this morning to go birding Gail
said, "Antelope Island again." "It's my favorite spot to bird." I said, "it's
always good and sometimes great." ... We first checked at the first No
swimming bridge and found the male Harlequin Duck...we saw three Surf Scoters total as well as the two
White-winged Scoters. The Black Scoter was the frosting on the
Brian Maxfield (18 Nov 2011) - Today I located a PACIFIC LOON at
Starvation Reservoir. It was located in the northern end of the reservoir in the
Saleratus Bay. There was also one Common Loon nearby. There were two HORNED
GREBES in the same bay as well.
Bryant Olsen (14 Nov 1022) - Today around noon I
found a smallish loon (possible RED-THROATED LOON) with a very pale face, white
above the eye, at East Canyon reservoir. It was WAY out there in the middle of
the res. toward the south end. At one point a COMMON LOON was swimming
near it, and it really looked small and pale in comparison. Other species seen:
Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Western
Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Bald Eagle, Larus sp., Black-billed Magpie,
Paul Higgins (14 Nov 2011) - Golden-crowned Sparrow, 1900 West
Gentile Street, Syracuse, Utah. The birdís location is on the north side of West
Gentile Road, 1/10 mile east of the intersection with 2000W. The bird is with a
flock of American Tree Sparrows. Paul will be posting images later.
Rick Fridell ( 15 Nov 2011) - ... Otter
Creek, as usual, hosted high numbers of birds (including fair numbers of
waterfowl, thousands of grebes, and surprisingly large numbers of gulls). The
highlight for me was a beautiful adult Sabine's Gull; the lastest
Sabine's Gull and the first adult I've seen in Utah.
Craig Fosdick (28 Nov 2011) - While driving back from
Wyoming today I saw a female Merlin (Prairie subspecies) trying to catch
a large passerine near the intersection of UT-16 and US 30 in Rich County. Also
present were a Rough-legged Hawk and an adult Bald Eagle.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Norm Jenson (29 Nov 2011) - Ross's Goose at
Jeff Cooper (28 Nov 29011) - A Golden Eagle
has been perched in a tree outside my South Jordan office for a couple of hours
David Wheeler (28 Nov 2011) - There were at least
four Cackling Geese in three different parts of the Lake Park business
park (West Valley City)...
Kerry Frisch (11 Nov 2011) - I just moved to
Salt Lake City from
Rochester, NY. ....on E 2100 S between State St and Main when I looked over at the sidewalk and saw
a little yellow bird hopping around. Upon closer inspection, the bird was a
Yellow Warbler... I visited the Great Salt Lake State Marina with my dad and girlfriend.
There among many Eared Grebes was one Horned Grebe...There was also a Rough-legged Hawk
on the drive in.
Bryant Olsen (9 Nov 2011) - This afternoon I saw 2
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE hens along the Jordan River and 2300 South. Also
nearby was a hen COMMON MERGANSER.
Douglas Mead (4 Nov 2011) - After hiking several
miles up Butterfield Canyon I stopped by the Copperton park to check for owls
about 3 pm today ( found one in a big pine near the street (a Great Horned
Owl) but was most surprised to find 4 McGillivray's Warblers in the
spruce trees on the south side of the park. I thought they'd be long gone by
Norm Jenson (1 Nov 2011) - I hadn't been by Lee Kay Ponds in a while and
so decided to swing by this afternoon. Here's my list: ...Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Western Grebe,...
Oliver Hansen (27 Nov 2011) - One drake Wood Duck
was at the "Wood Duck spot" off of Provo Center Street this evening about 4:30.
A few Cedar Waxwings and a Ruby-crowned kinglet flew in to say hi to me
Eric Huish (22 Nov 2011) - birded the Provo
Airport Dike this evening with Ned Bixler and KC Childs. There are still large
numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers hanging out around the dike. On the
south side of the airport, between the south extension and the southwest corner
we found a flock of yellow-rumps that included a 'Myrtle' Yellow-rump and a
Wilson's Warbler. I was surprised to see a Wilson's this late. It was a
Douglas Mead (6 Nov 2011) - I observed my
first-of-the-season American Tree Sparrow this afternoon while on a
walkabout West of Redwood Rd. in Saratoga Springs. Also two Prairie Falcons
and a large flock (30+) of Horned Larks and an even larger flock (200+)
Rock Pigeons in a field just below Camp Williams.
Jeff Cooper (6 Nov 2011) - I worked in Spanish Fork Friday so I hit a few of
the hot spots between Spanish Fork and Pleasant Grove on the way home.
--Two Snowy Egrets in the midst of cattle on the north side
--At least 25 Sandhill Cranes working a field east of Swede
Lane (I'm sure there were more, but a large group of trees kept me from seeing
the whole group
--An unexpected Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on River Lane
--Western Screech Owls calling from the trees at the turn
off from Provo Center Street to the Provo Airport Dike Road (Just before
crossing the river and entering Utah Lake SP)...
--Four Snowy Egrets in the settling ponds and a small flock
of American Pipits on the rocks along the shoreline of Utah Lake, opposite side
of the dike forming the settling ponds...
--Finished the night with a Northern Saw-whet Owl at Mutual
Dell in American Fork Canyon
Eric Huish ( 5 Nov 2011) - Ned Bixler and I drove around the Provo
Airport Dike this morning. The White-throated Sparrow is still there...We also saw a Northern Shrike on the west extension of
Milt Moody (5 Nov 2011) - This morning (Saturday)
there were somewhere between one and two hundred (maybe more!?) Sandhill
Cranes in the fields north of Salem. The most I've ever seen.
Ned Bixler (4 Nov 2011) - Two Snowy Egrets at
the Geneva Settling Ponds.
Eric Huish (2 Nov 2011) - I drove past the old Geneva
Settling Ponds and Lindon Boat Harbor today. Best bird was a female Hooded
Merganser on the south end of the pond...
Eric Huish (1 Nov 2011) - There as a bright white striped
White-throated Sparrow on the west side of the Provo Airport Dike. It is
hunkered down in some willows on the lake side of the road just north of the
Brian Maxfield (21 Nov 2011) - I made a brief stop at
the Soldier Creek Bay area of Strawberry Res. today and found a single
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (Adult male in breeding plumage). It was not far from
US40 when I left and was mixed in with numerous American Coots. It was also a
bit entertaining to watch the California Gulls repeatedly attempt to steal fish
from Common Mergansers. The Ring-billed Gulls were a bit less aggressive but did
harass the coots a few times. For those interested, Soldier Creek Bay is the
last part of Strawberry Reservoir visible from US40 as you head east.
Rick Fridell (30 Nov 2011) - This afternoon (11/29) I
visited Springs Estate Pond and the Washington Fields, Washington Co., UT. The
Highlight was a very unexpected flock of five Lark Buntings at the east
end of 4200 South (and Medallion Road / 280 East). The buntings were with a
large flock of White-crowned Sparrows. There were several Savannah
and Vesper Sparrows in the area as well. There were also a several
Greater Roadrunners along the roads in the southeast corner of the
--There were also several nice birds around Springs Park including
the remaining immature Snow Goose (who has quickly acclimated to life as
a park duck), a singing Crissal Thrasher, a male Common Yellowthroat,
and a couple Orange-crowned Warblers. The biggest surprise was a
Nashville Warbler in the Virgin River floodplain west of the Springs Estate
Rick Fridell (19 Nov 2011) - Quinn and I found a male
American Three-toed Woodpecker at Lava Point, Zion National Park. ...Also
nearby in Kolob Meadows were several Northern Flickers, at least a dozen
Lewis's Woodpeckers, and a couple Acorn Woodpeckers (in their
usual aspen grove below Kolob Reservoir). The juvenile Red-throated Loon
and at least one drake Barrow's Goldeneye are remaining at Quail Creek
State Park.... Highlights
today at Sand Hollow included a first-winter Bonaparte's Gull north of
the main boat ramp and a Merlin flying around the parking lot. Yesterday,
I photographed a 'Harlan's' Red-tailed Hawk in the Hurricane Fields.
There were also a couple Ferruginous Hawks present in the fields. Other
waterfowl highlights around the county include the returning flock of ~ 20
Greater Scaup at Stratton Pond (Grandpa's Fishing Pond) at the north end of
3700 West in Hurricane...
Rick Fridell (13 Nov 2011) - This morning (11/13) the
juvenile Red-throated Loon and three male Barrow's Goldeneyes were
still present at
Quail Creek State Park, Washington Co.
Larry Tripp (7 Nov 2011) - Today at Lytle Ranch there
was a PINE WARBLER in the housing area. It was quite yellow below
probably a male. It was mixed in with 15 or so Yellow rumps,1 OC Warbler and a
Rick Fridell (3 Nov 2011) - This afternoon (11/3), I relocated a
hatch-year HARRIS'S SPARROW orginally found at Lytle Ranch on 10/31 by
Paul Lehman and Barbara Carlson... I didn't have much time to look around, but didn't
see much else around Lytle other than a Great Egret at the pond.
Steve Christensen (17 Nov 2011) - This morning
(Thursday) there were 16 Ferruginous Hawks, including one dark morph, in a
cluster of trees near Lyman, UT Wednesday afternoon.