Birdnet Hotline Highlights

  
June 20
12

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." ...


CACHE COUNTY

Mike Fish (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...


DAVIS COUNTY

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...


DUCHESNE COUNTY

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.


GARFIELD COUNTY

Joel Beyer (26 Jun 2012) - This morning we saw a Cassin's Kingbird  in Cannonville (Garfield Co.)


KANE COUNTY

Joel Beyer (26 Jun 2012) - We saw a Cassin's Kingbird this morning in Kodachrome State Park (Kane County).


RICH 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 the evergreens

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.  



SUMMIT COUNTY

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...
  

TOOELE COUNTY

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.


UTAH COUNTY

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 Long-billed Curlew...

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...


WASATCH COUNTY  

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 Heber.


WASHINGTON COUNTY  

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 Indigo Bunting was singing in the orchard at Lytle Ranch.



WEBER COUNTY

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) - Red-naped Sapsucker--South Fork, Ogden River yesterday morning, didn't stay long, too many campers. Thanks Kris.

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.

   

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