Birdnet Hotline Highlights

May 20

 Review Species Reported this Month:
   Red-throated Loon  Salt Lake Co.
   Neotropic Cormorant  Salt Lake Co., Washington Co.
   Glossy Ibis  Cache Co.,  Utah Co.
   American Golden Plover  Davis Co.
   Least Tern  Utah Co.
   Least Flycatcher  Davis Co.
   Palm Warbler  Utah Co.
   Scarlet Tanager  Washington Co.
   Baltimore Oriole  Washington Co.


Paul Higgins (28 May 2013) - Yesterday morning, I was at Bear River, FWMA, Box Elder County, Utah. I have never seen so many Common Yellowthroat males, singing. I stopped at one place (1/10th of a mile from the end of the auto loop), and counted four at that one stop.

Mike Hearell (22 May 2013) - A Grasshopper Sparrow at yesterday's Promontory Point field trip.


Ryan O'Donnell (15 May 20130 - I love migration! This afternoon I was quite excited to find a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in my yard in Logan. Then I saw a report from Cari Johnson to eBird of a Summer Tanager coming to her feeders in North Logan!

Dave Hanscom (15 May 2013) - Vivian Schneggs found two Bobolinks at Swaner Preserve at Kimball Junction this morning. We also found two Say's Phoebes at Swaner. Both of these are first for me on the Preserve.
Ryan O'Donnell
(5 May 2013) - I had a great afternoon of birding today (Sunday May 5) with Bob Atwood, Cullen Clark, and Britney Clark. We were also briefly joined at various points by Connie Johnson, BJ Johnson, Jean Lown, and Bryan Dixon. The highlight for me was TWO GLOSSY IBIS along Hyde Park Lane in Benson (along with at least one GLOSSY x WHITE-FACED IBIS HYBRID).  I also had my first of the year BREWER'S SPARROW along this road. We continued to the Amalga Barrens where the highlights were a group of five BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER. It was a great day for us, but not for the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER that we watched being caught and then consumed by a PEREGRINE FALCON.

Ron Hellstern (5 May 2013) - Bullock's Orioles and Black Chinned Hummingbirds have begun their annual quarrel over the feeders here in Nibley, Utah. Good to see them again.


Mike Hearell (29 May 2013) - [Kaysville] - Currently looking at 8 different males and 3 female Bobolinks. This is by and far the most I've ever seen at one location. 2950 W and Schick Lane, West Kaysville

Syloh Robinson
(18 May 2013) - [Farmington] - LEAST FLYCATCHER at Legacy Events Center...

Mike Hearell (17 May 2013) - Bobolinks are back in the exact field I reported them (Davis County) in last year!  2950 West, south of Weaver Lane in Kaysville.

Susan Snyder (14 May 2013) - Trumpeter Swan at Ogden's 21st Street pond.

Bryant Olsen (13 May 2013) - [Antelope Island] - STILT SANDPIPERS,9 of them north of the 5mm AIC... BB PLOVERS were fewer but still present. GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS on the road to the ranch, .... at Garr Ranch, nothing unusual however except the continuing NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. GREAT-HORNED OWL chicks at the ranch and the corrals...

David Wheeler (10 May 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Stilt Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitcher, American Golden Plover, Western, Semipalmated, Least, and Baird's Sandpipers, Red Knots, Semipalmated Plovers. 2 Ruddy Turnstones were still there as well.

Mike Hearell
(6 May 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Black Tern.  2 Ruddy Turnstones and 20 Semipalmated Plovers. First bridge.

Norm Jenson (6 May 2013) - [Garr Ranch] - Northern Waterthrush.

Jack Binch (5 May 2013) - [Antelope Island Causeway] - Lots of birds today. Black-bellied Plovers by the thousands. Several groups of Red Knots, and lots of peeps, but they were too far out for me to identify. Three Ruddy Turnstones...Semi-palmated Plovers at the first water on the south and a small flock at the first bridge. A large flock of LB Dowitchers at the first bridge...


Steve Carr (30 May 2013) - Pat Jividen observed several Western Tanagers and a Rose- breasted Grosbeak at his cabin on Tabby Mountain, this morning, May 30.


Weston Smith (25 May 2013) - [Croyden] - There was an Indigo Bunting singing in our back yard last night in Croydon, Utah. This was at about 7:30PM as I was filling the feeders.

Weston Smith (14 May 2013) - The Bobolinks are back in the fields around Henefer. We were able to see four different males, which seem to be setting up territory over a field Southwest of the Henefer Sewer Lagoons. You will need a spotting scope if going to look for them as they were about a mile from any road. Also saw an adult Bald Eagle soaring over the Weber River in Henefer.


Hearkens (29 May 2013) - [City Creek] - Sunday morning while doing survey's up City Creek we heard then saw this Western Wood-Pewee...Other highlights were the Wilson's Warbler, Olive Sided Flycatcher, Virginia & Yellow Warblers, Wild Turkey, Plumbeous and Warbling Vireo's and numerous Western Tanagers.

Richard Young (21 May 2013) - [Crestwood Park] - Blue-headed Grosbeak, Northern Flicker, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and more...

Cathy Spedden (19 May 2013) -  [Temple Quarry Trailhead] - Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Warbling Vireo (nesting), Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Western Tanager,...

Shyloh Robinson (14 May 2013) - [Salt Lake Big Day Recap] - Yesterday (May 13) Matt Pendleton and I made an 'official, by the book' run at a Salt Lake County Big Day....We started at 6am in Yellow Fork Canyon. ,,,Highlights were singing Swainson's Thrush, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, several Virginia's Warbler, Plumbeous Vireo and Gray, Dusky, and Cordilleran Flycatcher...
   --At Little Dell Reservoir we found a quick Common Loon near the dam, then put a solid effort into finding the Ruffed Grouse. The grouse was a challenging bird. Just as we gave up, the bird revealed itself in glorious fashion. My favorite sighting of the day. We also added Warbling Vireo, Willow Flycatcher and Dusky Grouse.
   --At Lee Kay Ponds we found...Double-crested and Neotropic Cormorant, ... Red-throated Loon and a Common Tern to console our disappointment with Lee Kay Ponds...

David Wheeler (10 May 2013) - I just wanted to thank Bryant for leading a birding trip up Millcreek last night to search for owls. We heard Flammulated, Great horned, Saw-whet (pretty sure), and Poorwills. Thanks Bryant!

David Wheeler
(9 May 2013) - This morning, while lovingly touring the garden to see how my current projects are coming along, I heard an odd series of calls and looked up to see a female Evening Grosbeak fly overhead. I love this time of year.

Josh Taylor
(6 May 2013) - [Lee Kay Ponds] - I went by the ponds after work today and found two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS in the west pond, along with the continuing RED-THROATED LOON.

Tim Avery (6 May 2013) - Kenny Frisch just called and reported a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the northeast section of the Tracy Aviary near the big pond.

Bryant Olsen (5 May 2013) - At around 10am this morning I saw a WHIMBREL at Lee Kay pond... I also saw a SOLITARY SANDPIPER...

John Taylor (5 May 2013) - [Salt Lake Marina] - After work on Friday I visited a couple of spots around northern Salt Lake county....The small ponds along the shoreline of the lake shortly before the marina entrance held all three species of TEAL [Cinnamon, Green-winged, Blue-Winged]  in close proximity to each other.
   --Next, I stopped by Lee Kay ponds, near sunset. An AMERICAN BITTERN flew over the area beyond the main pond and then landed behind a rise in that direction...The western pond appeared to have continuing NEOTROPIC CORMORANTS in a small snag in the middle. Nearby I saw my first RING-NECKED DUCK in this area.

Bryant Olsen (3 May 2013) - While walking to work this morning, I saw a flock of EVENING GROSBEAKS in an Elm tree eating elm seed pods, on 7th S. between 5th and 6th E....


Norm Jenson (17 May 2013) - [Summit Park] - We needed a Hairy Woodpecker and Summit Park is almost a sure thing. Birds seen: [highlights]...Hairy Woodpecker... Steller's Jay,... Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch,... Black-headed Grosbeak, Pine Siskin

Dave Hanscom (15 May 2013) - [Rockport] - Lots of birds have returned to Rockport - Plumbeous Vireos, Lazuli Buntings, Bullock's Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Spotted Sandpipers, House Wrens, etc. No big deal for you lowlanders, but it's nice to finally have spring up here, too. :-)

Dave Hanscom (1 May 2013) - Yesterday was a great day of birding at Rockport...
   -- The Horned Grebe remained in the area just west of the inlet. Still lots of Red-necked Grebes and Common Loons, but no yellow bills. Didn't re-find the Western Bluebirds, but Mountain Bluebirds were in abundance. Black-throated Gray Warblers were also in abundance, mostly in the junipers, but there was one next to the dumping station across the road from the park office. Also in the junipers were lots of Chipping Sparrows, 2 Gray Flycatchers, Green-tailed Towhees, and the Bushtits that I couldn't find for my 2012 big year. Sigh...


Oliver Hansen (23 May 2013) - I hiked up West Canyon (directly west of Grantsville in Tooele Co) yesterday evening. Really gorgeous hike and so many great birds and flowers. I've included my checklists below. I was able to see about 10 new county birds including MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, DUSKY FLYCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, BREWER'S SPARROW, and most suprising - a Burrowing Owl sitting on a fence post on my way out at about 9:00.

Oliver Hansen (1 May 2013) - I birded the area around Grantsville reservoir yesterday afternoon. Most interesting birds were a small "sunning" of DC CORMORANTS (10 or so) hanging out on the shores of the reservoir, a flock of about 20 LARK SPARROWS by the campground, LB CURLEWS all over the area, and just about every type of swallow cruising the water.


Dave Hanscom (30 May 2013) - After reading David Wheeler's post on the lack of water in the fields
along the Bear River east of Randolph, Bobs MacDougall and Huntington and I decided to check out Ouray NWR for American Bitterns. We didn't get skunked, but it was close. The only water is in Sheppard (sp?) Bottoms, near the observation tower. ... The only Bittern we actually saw was almost back at the tower, where one briefly flew up from the marsh to the west. ... It really was a nice day of birding. We saw about 50 species in 4.5 hours on the Refuge.

Clay Johnson
(10 May 2013) - [Jensen] - A White-winged Dove showed up in our yard here in Jensen (Uintah County) on the 8th, and we saw it again this morning (the 10th).


Keeli Marvel
(31 May 2013) - . ... I also birded Swede Lane (2750 W) where I located at least 2 Purple Martins flying near the lake with a bunch of other swallows.

Dennis Shirley (30 May 2013) - ...The Tintic Mountain/ Chimney Rock trips picked up most of the west desert areas specialties including: Pinyon Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Gray Flycatcher, Bushtit, Virginia's Warbler, Loggerhead Shrike, Prairie Falcon, Bewick's Wren, Black-throated Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, and Olive-sided Flycatcher. Our last night's owling trip produced four owls: Barn, Flammulated, Northern Saw-whet, and Western Screech...

Alona Huffaker (30 May 2013) - I went to see the Purple Martins that were reported on River Lane --didn't find them, but saw a Blue Grosbeak beside the road, between the second house and the large barn down the road to the north!

Eric Huish
(30 May 2013) - I birded River Lane early this morning (6:50-7:25)...There were two female Purple Martins on the telephone wire right before the pavement ends and I finally got my first Yellow-breasted Chat of the year.
   --I saw a Bobolink this morning 6:15am in the Fields North of 2000 West in Palmyra...

Eric Huish (29 May 2013) - I birded the east side of the Provo Airport Dike early yesterday morning (6:30 - 7:45). There were lots of Willow Flycatchers and Wilson's Warblers singing up and down the east end of the dike...Down the gated road that heads east from the southeast corner past the pump house I found a Cassin's Vireo. ...
   --The mudflats down the east pumphouse...Last Friday there was a Red-necked Phalarope out there...Tuesday last week there were 3 Blue-winged Teal out there. Yesterday I saw a Great Egret fly over...

Dennis Shirley (24 May 2013) - [River Lane] - I birded along River Lane/ Lower Spanish Fork River this morning for a couple of hours. There are a ton of birds there right now. Best birds included; CASSIN'S VIREO, Northern Waterthrush, Blue Grosbeak, and Eastern Kingbird...

Eric Huish (18 May 2013) - [Provo Airport Dike] - Jeff Cooper and I birded the Provo Airport Dike early this morning (6:00 am - 8:30 am)....Best birds there were 3 Black-bellied Plovers and a Snowy Plover.
   --At the southwest corner of the dike loop there was a male SUMMER TANAGER....There was also a Northern Waterthrush at the spot. It was singing away deep in the brush.

Jeff Cooper (17 May 2013) - [Allred's Pond] -  ...about a half mile north of Allred's pond (where 10400 W bends sharply and becomes 10420 W in Lehi). I found some Snowy Egrets mixed with about 100 White-faced Ibises... I saw one GLOSSY IBIS very clearly because the bulk of the Ibises were about 50 yards off the road. ..

Eric Huish (17 May 2013) - [South Fork Canyon] - I birded South Fork Canyon early this morning (6:15 am - 7:15 am). Best bird was a drumming RUFFED GROUSE...

Dennis Shirley (16 May 2013) - Fourteen birders saw about 40 species in Sheep Creek, Ray's Valley, Hall's Fork and Diamond Fork .Canyon on Wednesday. Best birds were a gorgeous male Dusky Grouse strutting his stuff, Clark's Nutcracker, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Fox Sparrow, White-throated Swift, and Plumbeous Vireo...

Eric Huish (16 May 2013) - I birded Skipper Bay Trail this morning. 6:20am - 7:45am. I looked for the reported Northern Waterthrush near the parking area but couldn't find it. I did however find a Waterthrush at the north end of the trail (about a mile north of the parking lot). It was about 100 feet before the end of the pavement. I first heard it singing.
   --Other highlights- Northern Mockingbird at the north end of the trail. A pair of Blue-winged Teal in the ditch next to the trail about halfway down. Eastern Kingbirds were FOY for me. And I enjoyed listening to the Savannah Sparrows singing out in the fields.

Jeff Cooper (15 May 2013) -...There were Poorwills singing in Battle Creek Canyon, Pleasant Grove. Waiting for darkness to fall, but the poorwills started singing at 9:05. A great summer sound!

Milt Moody (14 May 2013) - There are a couple of Band-tailed Pigeons at 2620 North and 820 East in Provo. Look behind the house to the north on the pole of the wires.

Eric Huish (13 May 2013) - John Crawley and I found a RED KNOT on the Provo Airport Dike this morning (7:00 am). A county lifer for me! It is on the mudflats down the gated road past the pump house...We also saw a Solitary Sandpiper and a few Semipalmated Plovers out on the mudflats...

John Crawley (11 May 2013) - There was a Horned Grebe and a Cattle Egret among other birds at the ponds at 5400 S. 4800 W. Benjamin (Utah County) this evening as of 6:00 pm.

Eric Huish (10 May 2013) - [Pleasant Grove] - Last night around 6:10 pm I got a very brief glimpse of an Indigo Bunting skulking in the bushes by my platform feeder.

Jeff Cooper (6 May 2013) - [Skipper Bay Trail] - NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. Near the Skipper Bay entrance in the little east/west canal, south of the road. Found by David Wheeler.

Jeff Cooper (6 May 2013) - About 6 PM as I was driving home from work and came upon the unexpected sight of a LEAST TERN at the small ponds on the north side of Pioneer Crossing (mile marker1) in Lehi.

Dave Hanscom (6  May 2013) - I just got a call from Hugh Gillilan.  He and his son are headed to
southern Utah for some birding and decided to stop at Utah Lake State Park  along the way.  They found a PALM WARBLER in the tree across the parking lot (to the east) from the park visitor center.

Alton Thygerson
(6 May 2013) - This morning I arrived at the Emma Park lek and found NO grouse. On the way back to Provo, I drove through the Dairy Fork WMA off of State Highway 6 on the way to Price, UT, and saw: Clark's Nutcracker, Steller's Jay,...

Eric Huish (6 May 2013) - [Provo Airport Dike] - I birded the east side of the Provo Airport Dike early this morning (6:40 am). I heard a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH singing down by the canal down the gated road past the pumphouse...
   --This morning there were 6 Common Grackles in the conifers just north of the Provo Center Street and Geneva Road intersection. The flock of Evening Grosbeaks that showed up at my feeders a week ago stayed all week and were still here (Pleasant Grove) this morning...

Jeff Cooper (4 May 2013) - ...I made a quick stop on Pioneer Crossing when I saw Snowy Egrets and a Common Merganser fishing in the small pond on the north side of the road at mile marker 1. A moment later a female HOODED MERGANSER came into view. That was a good bird for the day!
   --Our group moved over to south end of Saratoga Springs after Powell Lake. We saw the Grass-hopper Sparrows there as hoped.... I lifted the binoculars just in time to see that lovely iridescent green on the upper side of a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER. It landed on a power pole and pecked around.

Eric Huish (4 May 2013) - About 30 people met for the UCB Field Trip this morning. Best birds were Black-bellied Plovers, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope and Soras at Powell Lake. Grasshopper Sparrows and Burrowing Owl in Saratoga Springs. Ferruginous Hawk in Cedar Valley.

Bryan Shirley (3 May 2013) - [Lakeshore] - Horned Grebe on pond just NW of 4800 west and 5400 south in Lakeshore. Lots of other birds between there and 40th west including Great and Cattle Egret, Dowitchers, Godwits, tons of WF Ibis. Also a Red-breasted Merganser in the canal at 40th west.

Eric Huish (3 May 2013) - [Powell Lake] - There is a WHIMBREL at Powell Lake right now. (2:00 pm, May 3) A Utah County Lifer for me! It is at the south end of the lake with godwits.

Eric Petersen (1 May 2013) - [Pleasant Grove] - Things were picking up in my yard yesterday. I found a Black-throated Gray Warbler foraging in my Aspen tree....This all came to a halt as a female Sharp Shinned Hawk swooped in for some food. She was unsuccessful but sent everyone in the trees.


D Hogan (20 May 2013)- [Midway] - A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK appeared at my feeders in Midway. He was with a group of Black-headed Grosbeaks that are frequent visitors. He didn't stick around long enough for photos.

Norm Jenson (17 May 2013) - [Potter Lane, Heber City] - As Dave reported the Bobolinks are back. Birds seen: [highlights] ...Red-naped Sapsucker,... Western Tanager, Bobolink,...

Dave Hanscom (16 May 2013) - Bobolinks are back a Heber fields.

Nancy Matro (9 May 2013) - [Park City] - Just had six Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders in Jeremy Ranch. My resident Green-tailed Towhee arrived a few days ago.


Carl Ingwell (23 May 2013) - Male Baltimore Oriole in Springdale, Utah outside the Sol Foods in the middle of town. Singing away, which I matched to song on my phone & got great looks.

Ron Hellstern (18 May 2013) - [Zion National Park] - My wife and I joined Ken & Don Hinton for a beautiful and scenic birding day in a restricted area near Zion National Park on May 9, 2013. 71 species seen:
   --Summer Tanager... Rufous Crowned Sparrow,...Western Bluebird,...

Steve Hedges (9 May 2013) - First-year Neotropic Cormorant in St. George, this one at Spring Estate Pond.

Dave Hanscom (6 May 2013) - Fourteen birders from Great Salt Lake Audubon headed south for three days of birding over the weekend. The birds are definitely back. We all got lots of new year birds (27 for me), and a few even found some lifers. Some of the local specialties that were seen are as follows:
   --Oak Grove campground - Grace's Warbler, Pygmy Nuthatch, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Plumbeous Vireo, Western Bluebird, Black-throated Gray Warbler
   --Hurricane - Hooded Oriole, Inca Dove...
   --Washington Fields/Spring Pond - Lesser Nighthawk, Black Phoebe, Sora
   --Utah Hill - Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, Gray Vireo...
   --Lytle Ranch - Summer Tanager, Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Phainopepla, Green Heron,. Bell's Vireo, Lucy's Warbler, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Black-throated Sparrow, Black-throated Gray Warbler
   --Kolob Plateau - Acorn Woodpecker, Lewis' Woodpecker

Mark Thal (3 May 2013) - I decided to treat myself to a trip to the St. George area last weekend...First was an attempt for the Spotted Owls in Zion.... I started up the trail and soon snagged lifer number one. A common bird but a nemesis of mine...BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (I saw them every day after that as well. lol). I got up to the sweet spot right at 8:30pm. The male SPOTTED OWL (lifer #2) started calling like crazy and in that little slot canyon it was very loud. Man, I love owls.
   --The next morning I searched for hours for the Painted Redstart, but no luck...
    --I then went on to the Grafton area. Highlights here were BLACK-THROATED SPARROWS, BLACK-CHINNED SPARROWS (lifer #3), WESTERN KINGBIRDS ....
   --With the sun almost down I got out to Lytle Ranch Road. I was greeted to the Mohave Desert by MOCKING BIRDS and COMMON POORWILLS....and a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL along the way.
   --Then I met Ken and Michele Fisher and we birded together the rest of the day...We caught up with a COMMON BLACK-HAWK just south of where the main road crosses the river...


Steve Christensen (28 May 2013) - In Wayne County this weekend we had our annual visit from a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. This is the fourth straight year he has appeared briefly at about the same time in May.


Mark Thal (22 May 2013) - The Yellow-breasted Chat has been a nemesis bird of mine. I finally was able to get to the North Arm Nature Area of Pineview Reservoir last night and saw one and heard another.

Beth McKinnon (5 May 2013) - We live up by Causey Reservoir in Weber County. Yesterday and today, we saw a female SUMMER TANAGER in the willow on the other side of the creek. We also saw a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at the feeders which is 45 days earlier than usual.


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