Review Species Reported this month:
Harlequin Duck Davis Co.
Mountain Plover Weber Co.
Lesser Black-backed Gull Davis Co.
Northern Parula Utah Co.
Common Redpoll Box Elder Co.,
Duchesne Co., Morgan Co.,
Salt Lake Co., Summit Co.,
Utah Co., Wasatch Co.,
Hoary Redpoll Uintah Co.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
David Wheeler (30 Dec 2012) - I thought I'd do some last o'
the year birding today, so I headed north. It was a chance to wander alone with
Mojo in search of snowbirds and serenity. I found both.
I saw at least one LAPLAND LONGSPUR on the road leading to the Box Elder
County Landfill NW of Corinne (just east of Salt Creek WMA) in a flock of larks
feeding along the highway. ...There were at least three SNOW BUNTINGS in
a large flock of horned larks north of the same lonely highway as the longspur.
--There was a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE right on the paved highway
south of Howell, almost exactly where it was reported last year by Jack Binch.
...There was a flock of seven PARTRIDGES ("huns") near the E-W road
leading to Howell. ... Finally, there was a murderous NORTHERN SHRIKE
trying really hard to hunt down a hapless lark north of Howell. ...Happy new birding year to you all!
Jeffrey Saffle (23 Dec 2012) - At Bear River we saw six
(count 'em! Six!) SHORT-EARED OWLS, a raccoon, and a skunk along the
road. Many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS everywhere. It was great to be out.
Kris Purdy (22 Dec 2012) -[Box
Elder County] ... I headed northwest with visions of longspurs and redpolls in weedy
fields. Since I didnít see any of those, hereís what I did see. Raptors. My
minimum for a good raptor day is eight species; I saw nine with two unidentified
that I thought were two additional species:
--a beautiful blue male Richardsonís Merlin, on a power pole
on East Canal Road in Howell.
--Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Rough-legged Hawks,
Red-tails and American Kestrels on the power poles along SR-83
from Public Shooting Grounds WMA.
--A Cooperís Hawk on a power pole out in the open with no
trees in sight along Promontory Road, and another in a tree next to I-15...
--Two Great Horned Owls in trees in front yards in Howell.
...Also amusing in the dry leaves in one of those front yards were two Common
Snipe snuggled up to each other. I canít figure that one out.
--A Northern Shrike in a yard in Howell.
--An incredible biomass of waterfowl at ATK Ranch on Promontory
Road.... I also
found two minima subspecies of CACKLING GEESE and suspected that several
I studied were Richardsonís Cacklers, but it was quite difficult to study them
in the goose mass. Finally, there were two Rossís Geese there.
Jason St. Sauver (19 Dec 2012) -This morning - seen and verified by four of
us on staff - we have a COMMON REDPOLL at our feeder station here outside
the Wildlife Education Center at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Let's
hope he sticks around...there is plenty of feed!
Ryan O'Donnell (9 Dec 2012) - On Saturday I led a
field trip for the Bridgerland Audubon Society...
--We started with a walk around the Logan Cemetery ... and we had a
flyover flock of RED CROSSBILLS calling, plus a later lone crossbill that
was probably a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL...
--From there, we went to First Dam, where we were able to identify
some BARROW'S GOLDENEYES and COMMON GOLDENEYES before getting
blown away by the strong canyon winds....While we were driving away, one car saw a HOODED
MERGANSER from the road.
--Our next and final stop was Rendezvous Park and the Logan River
Golf Course. A flock of CANADA GEESE that flew overhead had one
CACKLING GOOSE among them, a species that was on the state review list until
just last year...
--Tom Forwood and I continued to Sue's Ponds and the Logan
Landfill, where we found one adult MEW GULL among several hundred
California Gulls, a thousand or so Ring-billed Gulls, and a handful of
Jeff Cooper (4 Dec 2012) - Eric Peterson and I covered
416 miles over a 13-hour period last Saturday in an effort to see some Rocky
Mountain Bighorn Sheep north of Green River and to enjoy some birding in Emery
and Carbon Counties. ... We did see an unexpected Say's Phoebe north of
Green River. We saw a number of common birds, but a highlight for me was seeing
several individuals of my favorite hawk species, Buteo Regalis or Ferruginous
Hawk, along Hwy 6 in both Emery and Carbon County
Tyler Grant (31 Dec 2012) - I'm in town for the holidays and did some
birding. I was surprised to see a single Sharp-tailed Grouse eating rose
hips on the side of Glover Lane on the way to the Farmington Bay Wildlife
Management Area today. I also saw an Ibis (probably white-faced). In the
past few weeks I have seen a flock of Bohemian Waxwings 3 times in a tall
tree near east Parrish Lane in Centerville.
Brad Stevenson (31 Dec 2012) - [Garr Ranch] - It's a
great time of year to see Virginia Rails. They were fighting and chasing
one another...odd behavior for this time of year!
Paul Higgins (29 Dec 2012) -
Common Grackle, Garr
Ranch, Antelope Island.
Mike Hearell (26 Dec 2012) - [Centerville] -
Long-eared Owl at intersection of Parrish Lane and 1250 W..
Bryant Olsen (24 Dec 2012) - This afternoon around
3pm, I saw an apparent 1st winter GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL at Bountiful pond.
Mike Hearell (22 Dec 2012) - Birded small portions of Weber, Davis and
Salt Lake Counties today with Taylor Abbott. We started around 9:15 am at Ogden
Bay WMA in hopes of relocating ( and photographing ) the Swamp Sparrow. No such
luck. Jensen Nature Park: Cinnamon Teal, Greater Egret; Bountiful Pond: 2
Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Bryan Shirley (21 Dec 2012) - After I left Antelope
Island I went by Bountiful Lake. I could see several hundred gulls on the ice
when I pulled in ... I finally found the White-throated Sparrow that
others have reported. By now the gulls were coming back, so I went back and
started going through them. Immediately I found the Glaucous Gull (also reported
earlier). After a bit more scanning I found a 1st winter Mew Gull. I
originally picked it out because it was noticeably smaller than the Ring-billed
Gulls surrounding it.
Mike Haerell (20 Dec 2012) - Just leaving the south
entrance to Ogden Bay WMA where I relocated the Swamp Sparrow. It really
stands out in the sunlight compared with the other birds. I saw the photo take
last Saturday during the Ogden CBC, so I knew it was here. It took 3 tries
Joel Beyer (16 Dec 2012) - Over 300 Least
Sandpipers were along the south side of the Antelope Island Causeway this
morning. Surf and White-winged Scoters were at the second bridge.
The Common Grackle is still at Garr Ranch, as well as a Pacific Wren.
-- A Merlin was seen along N. Main St. in Centerville. At
Bountiful Lake we found a first winter Glaucous Gull and a female
Red-breasted Merganser, along with the previously reported White-throated
Bryant Olsen (10 Dec 2012) - On todays GSL Audubon field trip to the ISSR
and south shore of the Great Salt Lake, we found some good birds, including 3
late WILSON'S PHALAROPES at the Marina, at the ISSR I briefly saw a
distant flock of small passerines in flight ... the only thing I can think of
that matches what I saw is SNOW BUNTINGS. Later, we looked in the area I
saw them fly towards but found nothing. Also found a NORTHERN SHRIKE and
3 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS out there. There were also a ton of raptors
around, especially ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, but also a male PRAIRIE MERLIN,
a PRAIRIE FALCON, and lots of N. HARRIERS.
Joel Beyer ( 9 Dec 2012) - Today on the Antelope Island causeway we found
2 Baird's Sandpipers near mile marker 5. Near the second bridge were a
Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Barrow's Goldeneye, and 4
Long-tailed Ducks (1 male, 3 female). Several Bonaparte's Gulls were
still around. A Bewick's Wren was at Ladyfinger Point, and several Am.
Tree Sparrows were seen along the road to Garr Ranch...
--A mixed flock of Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings were
seen in Kaysville, and 2 pair of Hooded Mergansers were on the Kaysville
--At the main impoundment at Farmington Bay WMA was a Mute Swan and
4 female Red-breasted Mergansers. From atop Egg Island, we scoped the far
marshes and were rewarded with 3 Long-billed Curlew, 2 Least
Sandpipers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, and a Spotted Sandpiper.
Mark (7 Dec 2012) - Just walked out of the house go to
Farmington Bay, and I heard loud trilling. 50+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the
tree across the street with a smattering of CEDAR WAXWINGS. About 7th
east and Center St in Kaysville. Awesome!
Stephanie Servoss - 3 Dec 2012 - [Farmington] - We have a beautiful,
small owl in a hollow in our tree in the backyard. We believe from the picture
we took and comparing it to the ones we found on the internet, it is a
Western Screech Owl.
Cindy Sommerfield (3 Dec 2012) - Today's weather
wasn't too bad for our survey. A few birds managed to withstand the wind. At the
bridge closest to the island we had both a Surf and White-winged
Scoter. The Harlequin Duck was also seen there by Glenda Cotter and
Pat Jividen (3 Dec 2012) -
Redpolls. I have about 11 birds coming to my cabin in Tabiona.
Jeff Cooper (4 Dec 2012) - Eric Peterson and I covered
416 miles over a 13-hour period last Saturday in an effort to see some Rocky
Mountain Bighorn Sheep north of Green River and to enjoy some birding in Emery
and Carbon Counties. ...A highlight for me was seeing several individuals of my
favorite hawk species, Buteo Regalis or Ferruginous Hawk, along Hwy 6 in
both Emery and Carbon County
Martha Veranth (30 Dec 2012) - There was a Pacific
Wren near where Highway 12 crosses Boulder Creek in Boulder (Garfield
County) about 4:15 this afternoon..
Paul Higgins (15 Dec 2012) - COMMON REDPOLL and
an American Tree Sparrow - Croydon, Morgan County, Utah
Alton Thygerson (7 Dec 2012) - A single Common
Redpoll was seen at Weston
Smith's home near Croydon at about noon.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Dan Salemi (27 Dec 2012) - [Draper] - Immature
Harris' Sparrow with 3-4 White Crowns. Near 138th South and 7th East.
Jack Binch (24 Dec 2012) - I took my dog for a walk
in Creekside Park again, but this time I had a camera with me... I saw a sparrow in the
bushes and got it in my binoculars and saw that it was a WHITE-THROATED
Jeffrey Saffle (22 Dec 20120 - At Lee Kay I
saw one very pretty Glaucous Gull, which appeared to be a 2nd winter
bird, and a number of Herring gulls among others.
Pomera Fronce (17 Dec 2912) - [Salt
Lake CBC] - We did get an Eared and Horned Grebe. Also a COMMON
REDPOLL which is another first time species since I've been coordinating the
count. Other good sightings this year (seen in past years on a sporadic basis):
Wood Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant,
Northern Goshawk, Barn Owl, Northern Shrike, Bohemian Waxwing, Common
Grackle, Fox Sparrow, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Jeff Saffle (17Dec 2012) - After watching anxiously
for the last two weeks, at least one Common Redpoll was sighted at the
Saffle feeders in Emigration Canyon this morning, among a large flock of
Hearkens (17 Dec 2012) - I just saw a Dark
Merlin in Sandy in the trees above the Seagull Book on State and 90th.
Bryant Olsen (12 Dec 2012) - Saw a Harlan's Hawk and
Peregrine Falcon at Lee
Kay Ponds today.
Matthew Pendleton (10 Dec 2012) - Saw a Yellow-shafted Flicker at
Creekside Park (SLC) with Evening Grosbeaks and waxwings.
Bryant Olsen (10 Dec 2012) - We briefly stopped by
Lee Kay, nothing unusual but 3 HOODED MERGANSERS and 3 CANVASBACKS
was a treat, also many thousands of gulls, including a high percentage of
Richard Young (9 Dec 2012) - While searching for Bohemians, I was
surprised to discover 12 to 15 Evening Grosbeaks at Big Cottonwood Park,
in the area directly north of the parking lot, on the west side of the trail.
Bryant Olsen (9 Dec 2012) - This morning I went to Creekside Park in
Holladay looking for the reported EVENING GROSBEAKS, which I did find. In
addition I found 6 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS mixed in with the numerous CEDAR
WAXWINGS. They were in the cottonwoods and Russian olives along the creek just
south of the parking lot.
David McCoy (7Dec 2012) - I worked from home this
week on Monday and Friday. Monday was the first day I saw a Red-naped
Sapsucker in the yard. I have seen them around the neighborhood (Olympus
Cove) ... I saw it fly into the pine outside my office and noticed it had been
working on it for awhile with several rings around a particular trunk. It was
spooked by some rambunctious Scrub Jays and didnít come back while I was
working..... Another treat this morning was great views of a Brown Creeper
working the same tree, sometimes so close I couldnít use the binoculars.
Bryant Olsen (4 Dec 2012) - Just had a flyover flock
of 4 COMMON REDPOLLS along the Jordan river near the 2380 S. trailhead.
They were heading west toward Decker lake. Also in the area were 21 BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE and a male YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER.
Dave Hanscom (10 Dec 2012) - Today I had another one
of those serendipidous moments, when 2 Trumpeter Swans crossed my path.
Yesterday at Echo, there were 2 Cackling Geese, 1 Greater
White-fronted Goose, and 1 Tundra Swan. ...
--On to the Wahsatch exit of I-80 to look for winter birds. More
Rough- legged Hawks were on the power poles along the west frontage road
than I'd seen before ... headed east on the dirt road from the exit. One more RL
Hawk was on a pole, and one (guess what??) COMMON REDPOLL was feeding
beside the road. I drove to the Wyoming line and turned around, and on the way
back a flock of about 30 (guess what??) Common Redpolls were feeding on mullein
seeds inside the fence at a gas facility.
--Today, to get out of the wind, I decided to check out the
campground below Rockport Reservoir, which has been closed for a while. I walked
in to the river and what should be hanging out in the pond at the base of the
dam but two Trumpeter Swans!
Oliver Hansen (28 Dec 2012) - 17 Gray-crowned
Rosy-Finches in South Willow Canyon today along with a huge flock of
turkeys. The paved section of the road in the canyon is plowed during the
Oliver Hansen (4 Dec 2012) - Finally took an afternoon
to explore the miles and miles of telephone pole and fence-lined roads north of
Grantsville. Biggest highlights of the afternoon were three Ferruginous
Hawks and a Loggerhead Shrike. Two new birds for my County list.
Clay Johnson (31 Dec 2012) - I believe I had a
Hoary Redpoll at our feeder in Jensen (Uintah County) today, maybe the first
reported in this county?
Eric Huish (30 Dec 2012) - I drove by my neighbors
house on my way out this morning and stopped to check their feeders at the
intersection of 700 E 100 N in Pleasant Grove. They had a White-winged Dove
up in a tree with several collared-doves...
Bryan Shirley (28 Dec 2012) - ...Glad I did. I just
got great looks at the Northern Parula in the Provo cemetery...
--This evening after seeing the Northern Parula in the Cemetary I
birded my way through East Bay and found a White-throated Sparrow. It was
at the entrance to the Kuhni's Wetlands...
Norm Jenson (23 Dec 2012) - [Provo City Cemetery] -
...I walked underneath the Ponderosa tree and saw a few Ruby Crowned
Kinglets in the top of the tree. ...It was then I saw what I first thought
was a Yellow-rumped Warbler, but there was no streaking, just a yellow breast
and throat and clean white belly. ...The Northern Parula was polite
enough to give us a top view, olive colored back a couple of wing bars and a
faint eye ring. ... What a great way to end the year with a beautiful bird, and
Alton Thygerson (22 Dec 2012) - While snowshoeing with
a son and three grandsons, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen about 1/4 mile
from the Aspen Grove trailhead on the trail the Stewart's Falls.
Eric Huish (18 Dec 2012) - I just saw a NORTHERN
PARULA in the Provo City Cemetery. (1:45 pm Dec 18). It was hanging out with
a mixed flock of about 10 kinglets, 5 nuthatches, 5 chickadees and a Yellow-rumped
Alan Jensen (17 Dec 2012) - I observed an Osprey
sitting on a post along I-15 just north of Payson today about 11 am.
Bryan Shirley (16 Dec 2012) - [Provo CBC] - It
looks like we ended up with 92 species - the lowest we have had since 2000.
Besides the snow, Utah lake had no ice at all and that probably hurt our
waterfowl numbers (all the ducks stay in the middle of the lake too far to see).
We did have a couple of both Prairie & Peregrine Falcons, a
few Bohemian Waxwings, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, and our East Bay
resident AW Pelican.
Eric Huish (16 Dec 2-12) - Found a flock of about 30
Cedar and 15 Bohemian Waxwings at about 815 Heather Road, Orem,
Just north off Skyline Drive which is south of Dry Canyon.
Eric Huish (11 Dec 2012) - There were several Evening Grosbeaks
and Red Crossbills in the Provo Cemetery today. They were just north and
west of the cemetery intersection Main St and 400 West.
Eric Huish (8 Dec 2012) - KC Childs and I saw a flock
of 16 COMMON REDPOLLS up Spanish Fork Canyon this morning. We were on
Dairy Fork WMA on the south side of hwy 6. We were between somewhere around 2
miles up Dairy Fork road when a flock of small finches flew in. A few landed up
in the trees and a bunch landed down in the willows by the stream. ... On our
way home we stopped at Evergreen Cemetery (Springville/Mapleton). We found a
flock of 7 or 8 Red Crossbills in
one of the ornamental cedar trees.
Jeff Cooper (6 Dec 2012) - [Pleasant Grove] - I had another one of those
experiences when the feeders seemed eerily quite when they should have been
buzzing with finches, juncos, and sparrows. I checked the perimeter of the yard
and discovered and adult Sharp-shinned Hawk perched in a locust tree.
Doc Hogan (13 Dec 2012) - I live in Midway Utah.
Common Redpolls (up to 20) have been at my feeders everyday for the last 2
weeks. Looks like they're here to stay for a while.
Ned Bixler (7 Dec 2012) - I saw a single Common
Redpoll at a feeder in Heber City today. It only stayed for about 15 min.
Rick Fridell (23 Dec 2012) - Today (12/23) there was a
male Vermilion Flycatcher in Hurricane, Washington Co., UT. The
flycatcher was along 400 South, often in the field and nearby yards in the
vicinity of 1576 to 1580 West. At Sand Hollow State Park there was a huge flock
of American Goldfinches and the remaining Tundra Swans, Dunlin,
and 6-7 Least Flycatchers.
Rick Fridell (22 Dec 2012) - Yesterday (12/21), I encountered a mixed flock
of birds on the Beaver Dam Slope, Washington Co. Noteworthy birds included 2
Black-tailed Gnatcatchers, 25 or so Brewer's Sparrows, 3
Black-throated Sparrows, and a few Sage Sparrows...
--Other highlights around Washington County include:
--A Snow Goose at Springs Park and a continuing Ross's Goose
at Lower Tawa Pond, in St. George.
--Four Tundra Swans at Sand Hollow State Park.
--Long-tailed Duck at the Hildale Sewer Ponds.
--Two Dunlin at Sand Hollow State Park (usually in the
Rick Fridell (20 Dec 20122) - There is a female
Long-tailed Duck at the Hildale Sewer Ponds, Washington County. The ponds
are located along the UT/AZ stateline ~ mile or so west of Hildale.
Paul Higgins (31 Dec 2012) - I saw three Lapland
Longspur's among the many Horned Larks on West 12th Street (900 South) Weber
County, this afternoon. Too flighty, I couldn't get any images.
Pat Jividen (27 Dec 2012) -
Ned Bixler and I saw Snow
Buntings at about 5600 w. 1000 n. in Weber County.
Bryan Shirley (27 Dec 2012) - Can't find the plovers
this morning. ...I did add Tree Sparrows to my Weber County list though,
so well worth the 3 hour drive going 30 mph on I-15 this morning...
Mike Hearell (26 Dec 2012) - [Harold Crane WMA] -
Mountain Plovers in Weber County.
Mike Hearell (25 Dec 2012) - [Harold S. Crane WMA] - Hiked about a half
mile away from my iPad to glance through herds of Horned Larks at the
south entrance to Harold S Crane WMA. It used to be called the Rainbow Unit.
... MERRY CHRISTMAS TOO ME! A Christmas Day SNOW BUNTING!
(26 Dec 2012) - I saw a Western Grebe on December 25, 2012 at Buess's
Pond in Ogden.
Kris Purdy (24 Dec 2012) - Just had a flock of about
60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at the corner of Arapaho Drive and Arapaho Circle in
Ogden, Weber County...
--Itís nary a fit day out for woman or beast, so the birdies are
coming to me. Iím watching a male COMMON REDPOLL at one of my feeders in
Ogden, Weber County, through the snow which the wind is driving horizontally.
The House Finches are dominant at the feeder and keep driving the little guy
off, but he keeps coming back or crosses the yard to another bunch of feeders.
Merry Christmas to me!
Kris Purdy (23 Dec 2012) - I saw a NORTHERN GOSHAWK
at North Fork Park in Weber County today; it was flying along a ridge line and
wasnít close enough to age. But I wondered if it was the young bird Iíve seen
there twice in the last month.
Kris Purdy (22 Dec 2012) - A Merlin on a power
pole at Beus Park in Ogden
Weston Smith (15 Dec 2012) - My Father and I found a
SWAMP SPARROW on our portion of the Ogden Christmas Bird Count today. The
bird was seen near the main entrance to Ogden Bay WMA, it was seen at about 8am
with several White-crowned and Song Sparrows.
Susan Snyder (9 Dec 2012) -We saw a Northern Pygmy
Owl sitting in a tree along the edge of State Highway 39 on the way to Monte
Cristo. It was a couple of miles past Red Rock Ranch on the south side of the
Kris Purdy (7 Dec 2012) - Add Ogden to the list of
locations where BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS are showing up in the yard. Iíve had
five this afternoon in a flock of Cedars that are eating in the ornamental pear
trees. I also had a lone female Cassinís Finch at the feeder this morning
Kris Purdy (6 Dec 2012) - A friend and I
relived the experience of seeing a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL along Old Snowbasin
Road in Weber County today while we were walking the road; we saw one along that
same road a couple weeks ago. We had passed the spot once and were heading
downhill when I saw the tiny blob in an aspen right next to the road.
Mike Hearell (5 Dec 20122) - Saw two Cackling Geese
today. 1520 E 1250 N, Layton.