Review Species Reported This Month:
Least Flycatcher Weber Co.
Prothonotary Warbler Weber Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Pat Bausman (10 Jun 2012) - Beautiful day at BRMBR today. On the west
road (auto tour loop, after the 1st sharp left turn) on far side of the canal on
the right, there were 7-8 young Soras right out in the open on a couple
of tiny "beaches." ...
(10 Jun 2012) - I just had a few (15 ish - hard to count) White-throated
Swifts fly over my yard (Logan). They are moving up and down the Logan River
behind the USU Water Lab...
Jason St Sauver (11 Jun 2012) - After a lovely loop
around the rest of Fort Buenaventura, headed out to Antelope Is. Causeway was
good - the usuals...but even better, was a Blue Grosbeak eating some of
the old sunflower seeds in the grasslands on the road down to the
ranch...Several singing Savannah, Grasshopper and
Brewer's Sparrows along the road as well as Sage Thrashers.
--Also - down at Garr Ranch there was a napping Common Nighthawk
in plain sight. Sometimes they use same spots each day... The nighthawk was
napping right there looking like an extra large tree-knot. There was also an
Ash-throated Flycatcher above the picnic area at the ranch.
Cindy Sommerfeld (1 Jun 2012) - [Antelope Island] - It
was a beautiful day to be out. Migration has started to slow. Best bird of the
day had to be an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, singing in the trees above the
ranch house at Garr Ranch. Today's species total was 69...
David Wheeler (18 Jun 2012) - I took the lads up to the Uintas for our
annual Father's Day All-Guy Campout...On Sunday, I was pleased that the lads
agreed to climb Bald Mountain... En route, I saw BLACK ROSY-FINCHES (from
the top), many Mountain goats, and PIPITS diving in display flights. The
most unexpected thing we saw was a BALD EAGLE rising up from the Mirror
Lake side and then floating off on the winds far above. It almost looked staged,
and one felt as if a brass band should be playing...
Bryant Olsen (14 Jun 2012) - Monday I headed up to the High Uintas and
spent 2 night near Butterfly Lake...I did see some good birds, including 3
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS, lots of
PINE GROSBEAKS, loads on BLACK ROSY-FINCHES near Hayden peak, plus
CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS at Mirror Lake...
Norm Jenson (14 Jun 2012) -Yep we blew our gas budget
and went back to the Uintas today, our time was not wasted. We picked up the
Gray Jay and Pine Grosbeak we missed yesterday. We went straight
to Washington Lake.... We heard the Three-toed Woodpeckers we'd found the
day before...The Ruby-crowned Kinglets were trying to compete with the
Clark's Nutcrackers who were making a racket...
David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - GRAY JAYS at
Mirror Lake Campground (the road is open across the top)
David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER along the
Mirror Lake Highway, Kamas side.
Joel Beyer (26 Jun 2012) - This morning we saw a
Cassin's Kingbird in Cannonville (Garfield Co.)
Joel Beyer (26 Jun 2012) - We saw a
Cassin's Kingbird this morning in Kodachrome State Park (Kane County).
Mark Stackhouse (30 Jun 2012) [Deseret Ranch]
...Highlights of yesterday's trip include great looks at a Common Tern,
including side-by-side comparison with Forster's Tern (it was a four
tern-species day), a female Common Merganser with 16 babies - near the
upper limit for clutch size (17 is the maximum reported)..., a nest full of
about-to-fledge Prairie Falcons and two proud (and protective) parents.
Early shorebird migration in full swing, with the Semipalmated Plover
continuing from last week, a bevy of Marbled Godwits, and the Greater
Yellowlegs gone, but a Lesser Yellowlegs in its place, and a fabulous run
of songbirds, including a Golden-crowned Kinglet who insisted on showing
us how he got that name...
Mark Stackhouse (25 Jun 2012) - Birding on Deseret
Ranch was excellent this weekend, in spite of the very dry conditions...Some of
the surprises were a Semipalmated Plover and a Greater Yellowlegs,
that seemed out-of-season (but are they early, or late?), and a pair of adult
Bald Eagles. We had good luck with grouse, with great views of both
Greater Sage-Grouse and Dusky Grouse...
David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - Juvenile GREAT
HORNED OWL on a tiny snag in the middle of a tiny pond at Deseret Ranch,
with a big mom on the shore.
Bryant Olsen (14 Jun 2012) - On the way home [from the Uintahs] I swung
by the meadows near Randolph and had an AMERICAN BITTERN 30 feet off the
road out in the middle of a pasture in plain view, plus the usual swarm of
BLACK TERNS upset I was near their nests and hovering just feet overhead.
Then over Monte Cristo, where I saw a female PURPLE MARTIN over Kris's
pink polka dot ribbon at Curtis Creek Road...
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Dave Hanscom (30 Jun 12012) - Thanks to Bryant
Olsen, Oliver Hansen, and a lot of persistence, I found a Black Rosy-finch
this morning on Murdock Mountain...
Pomera Fronce (30 Jun 2012) - Primo, the first
Peregrine Falcon to fledge, has been hanging out in the shade of the Relief
Society Building most of the day. He has not flown for several hours, but that's
pretty typical for such a young bird...
Oliver Hansen (23 Jun 2012)- I hiked to the Wasatch
County highpoint and then up to Murdock Mountain (on the south side of the Bald
Mountain Pass). On my way back down from the summit area there was a single
Black Rosy finch that sat for at least 3 minutes about 10 feet away from me.
Pretty great looks at a cool species...
Dave Hanscom (7 Jun 2012) - My wife and I hiked up
the trail toward Lake Solitude this morning, and were pleased at how birdy it
was. Highlights were:...Hermit Thrushes, and a Dusky Flycatcher in
the aspens; Brown Creeper and at least 3 Three-toed Woodpeckers in
Bryant Olsen (7 Jun 2012) - I went up to my cabin
near Strawberry reservoir on Monday night threw Wednsday morning,and came back
via Heber and Guardsman Pass and Brighton. ... Near Brighton I found a female
WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER in her nest hole on the same dead pine near the pass
between Twin Lakes and Lake solitude that they used last year. Its the lowest
hole in the tree. Male came in briefly too. Several flocks of RED CROSSBILLS
(no white-wings among them that I could see) flew over as well. And when I
got back to my car,I heard a loud chip and had 4 or 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS
fly right over the parking lot at Silver lake nature center, heading east...
Jeff Bilsky (3 Jun 2012) - [Lamb's Canyon] Norm,
you inspired me and I accepted your challenge tonight! I was able to locate a
couple of the elusive Golden-Crowned Kinglets about 1/2 mile up the trail
or so. Trying to photograph them was a fun challenge...
Jeffrey and Susan Saffle (2 Jun 2012) - For those interested in nightjars,
we have had a COMMON POORWILL calling near our house in Emigration Canyon
for several nights.
Dave Hanscom (10 Jun 2012) - Finally! I found one of my Summit County
nemesis birds today, a Canyon Wren at Echo Canyon. Actually, "found"
isn't quite the right word. Kris Purdy told me to drive 1.5 miles up the canyon
from the I-80 exit, pull into the parking area at the base of the cliff, and
listen for a wren. ... Well, it took me three visits, but it finally worked. The
wren popped out on a rock and sang to me for a couple of minutes.
Dave Hanscom (9 Jun 2012) - Four of us had a nice
morning of birding along the Summit County side of the Mirror Lake Highway
yesterday before the wind picked up. Thanks to the sharp eyes of Merrill Webb,
Kim Roush, and Nancy Matro, we found the following (and more):...
--area between Washington Lake and group campsite - Pine
Grosbeak, Three-toed Woodpecker
--Bald Mountain Summit - from the parking area we could see the
Rosy Finches walking on the snow below the cornices...
Candy Zaffis (16 Jun 2012) - We've been seeing an
almost pure white Eurasian Collared Dove for the last couple weeks in our
yard...We have also been seeing a white House Sparrow, but haven't got a
photo of it yet. I see no pigment at all, so it may be an albino.
Alona Huffaker (24 Jun 2012) - I had a Rufous
Hummingbird at my feeder this afternoon. I also have a Lazuli Bunting
from time to time--they are usually here in May and then gone!
Jeff Cooper (23 Jun 2012) - ... I decided to try the
Alpine Loop (SR92) via American Fork Canyon to see if I could find success. I
did not hear or see a Saw-whet Friday night, but I found a number of places on
the loop (both the Utah County and Wasatch County sides) where I heard then
located Flammulated Owls rather quickly and easily. I stopped looking for
them after seeing a few and stopped counting them after hearing more than ten.
All my usual saw-whet locations were occupied by multiple flammulated owls...
--Saturday morning I drove over to SR68 (Redwood Road south of
Saratoga Springs) to check out the burrowing and short-eared owls Doug Mead has
been reporting... I was fortunate enough to see four Whimbrels and a
Eric Huish (16 Jun 2012) - I noticed in eBird that a
couple of Williamson's Sapsuckers were seen Thursday afternoon on the
Nebo Loop (Utah County).
Jeff Cooper (16 Jun 2012) - I got a late start, but I
was able to spend a couple of hours in American Fork Canyon this afternoon... I
just happened to look up to a peak as I was leaving Mutual Dell and noticed two
adult No Goshawks flying circles above and below the ridge...
Douglas Mead (14 Jun 2012) - It was a banner day for
owling today. I went to look for the Sharp-tailed Grouse I have seen before
between Saratoga Springs and Lake Mountain. I didn't locate the grouse today but
did find a Burrowing Owl family with 6 fledglings. I also had good looks
at 3 Grasshopper Sparrows singing their hearts out on territory near
where Eric Huish and I found them a couple of weeks ago...From that area I
continued south to the Soldier Pass road to check on some other BO's that I knew
about. I didn't find them, but I did have great close-up views of a mature (F?)
Short-eared owl with 2 fledglings.
Scott Abbott and Lyn Bennett (10 Jun 29012) - A
Hooded Oriole visited us in Woodland Hills Thursday.
Eric Huish (3 Jun 2012) - KC Childs and I went out to Soldiers Pass at
the south end of Lake Mountain in Utah County this morning. Our goal was to find
Gray Vireos for our Utah County year list....We also saw a few
Black-throated Sparrows, Mockingbirds, several Gray Flycatchers and a
Prairie Falcon. We spotted a Short-eared Owl, some Long-billed
Curlews and Mockingbirds along SR 68 on our way out to Soldiers Pass
and a couple of Burrowing Owls on our way back...
Nancy Matro (17 Jun 2012) - GSL Audubon participants enjoyed a beautiful
morning birding at Jordanelle Wetlands and Potters Lane yesterday. Highights
include hearing a few Soras and then actually seeing one, some Common
Yellowthroats, a very cooperative American Dipper sitting on a rock
(but not dipping) at Jordanelle and then seeing two Nighthawks flying over us at
11:30 in the morning and the Bobolinks at Potters Lane...
Bryant Olsen (7 Jun 2012) - I went up to my cabin near Strawberry
reservoir on Monday night threw Wednsday morning, and came back via Heber and
Guardsman Pass and Brighton. Good birds seen or heard include: LONG-EARDED
OWL heard hooting both nights at Strawberry, plus a NORTHERN SAW-WHET
heard on Tuesday night, and a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL heard and then seen on
Wednesday morning. A lone male PURPLE MARTIN flying in the high winds on
Tuesday near the nest colony by Hans Point at Strawberry...
David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - BOBOLINK on Potter Lane north of
Rick Fridell (15 Jun 2012) - The Pacific Loon was still present this
afternoon (6/15) at Quail Creek State Park, Washington Co., UT. It usually hangs
out towards the inflow or northern portion of the reservoir, however, today it
moved around the lake in the company of a Common Loon, also in basic
plumage. There were also 10-15 Common Mergansers at Quail Creek today and
a flyover Prairie Falcon.
--Also this afternoon there was a male Blue-winged Teal in
the northwest pond at the SR-9 (Hurricane) sewer ponds. Other waterfowl at the
sewer ponds (northeast and northwest ponds) included ... Ring-necked Duck,
and Ruddy Duck.
Rick Fridell (13 Jun 2012) - This afternoon (6/13)
there was a PACIFIC LOON (in non-breeding plumage) near the inflow
of Quail Creek Reservoir (Quail Creek State Park, Washington Co., UT)...
Joel Beyer (3 Jun 2012) - We found a male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak around noon today, along the Virgin River just
below Springdale pond (Washington Co.). Yesterday morning a male
was singing in the orchard at Lytle Ranch.
Kris Purdy (18 Jun 2012) - This morning, I hiked the
lower reaches of Beus Canyon in Ogden, Weber County...After more than a mile of
climbing and perhaps 1,000-1,500 vertical feet, I heard a Cordilleran
Flycatcher calling itís sweet ďpee-weet!Ē repetitiously from the canopy of
Mountain Maple and scrub-oak overhead...
Kris Purdy (16 Jun 2012) - Another LEAST FLYCATCHER
dragged me off one of the very lovely river parkways in Ogden, Weber County,
today with its distinctive,
cut-through-the-musical-clutter-of-other-birdsí-songs song. While this bird is
hard to see, it sings from public land and itís possible to identify it as a
Least Flycatcher from its song, and at least as an Empid visually. ...The
bird is in the deep, mature cottonwoods northeast of the 21St Street Pond.
Kris Purdy (12 Jun 2012) - I saw five Purple
Martins at a site along Monte Cristo Highway (SR-39) where Iíve never seen
them before, at mile 42.3 just past (up the road) from one of the many places
the power line crosses the highway. The birds are nesting in a large gray snag
below the road thatís something of a condominium tree. It appeared to house two
pairs of Purple Martins, one pair of Tree Swallows, one pair of Red-naped
Sapsuckers, and possibly a pair of Violet-green Swallows.
Kris Purdy (10 Jun 2012) - [Fort Buenaventura Park] -
A male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER appears to be defending a territory at Fort
Buenaventura Park in Ogden, Weber County. He was there singing, chasing
Yellow Warblers and Black-capped Chickadees out of the area, and
generally staking his claim this afternoon...
Paul Higgins (3 Jun 2012) -
Fork, Ogden River yesterday morning, didn't stay long, too many campers. Thanks
David Wheeler (2 Jun 2012) - There was a beautiful
Common Loon near the dam at Pineview Reservoir yesterday, full breeding
plumage. I can't decide if it is really early or really late, or just really
lost. Male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD at the North Arm of Pineview Reservoir
nature trail. Male WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER at Monte Cristo Campground
(Thank you, Kris!). Did not see the Three-toed Woodpecker reported there.