Birdnet Hotline Highlights

June 20

 Review Species Reported this month:
   Neotropic Cormorant  Davis Co., Salt Lake Co.
   Glossy Ibis  Davis Co.
   Least Flycatcher  Davis Co., Uintah Co., Weber Co.


Dave Hanscom (26 Jun 2013) - [Farmington] - I stopped by Lund Lane in Farmington this morning to see if the Least Flycatcher was still there.  It was, indeed, happily cheebecking in a cottonwood tree.

Mark Thal (18 Jun 2013) - This past weekend I went camping with some friends. I decided to hit the canyon at sunrise Sat morn and meet everyone up the canyon later. It was an awesome morning. For a few hours, I had to put on my coat and cap. I prefer cold to hot, so it was a welcome surprise. On my way up I saw California Quail, Yellow Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Western Tanagers, tons of Lazuli Buntings, Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cordilleran Flycatchers (from afar), Townsend's Solitaire, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Warbling Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Spotted Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Pine Siskin, and few more....I stopped in Bountiful Peak Campground and found it crawling with Cordilleran Flycatchers, Swainson's Thrushes and an Olive-sided Flycatcher. I decided I would pay the fee to see what other little gems would pop up. Waiting for my friends at our meeting spot I walked a bit and got a great look at a Hammond's Flycatcher!  ...The birds I got just sitting in my campsite were Cordilleran Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee (an active nest in my site!), Red-naped Sapsucker, Dusky Flycatcher, Robin, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, Stellar's Jay, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird. What a little campsite!! Other notables in my adventures were MacGillivray's Warblers and Brewer's Sparrows (Timberline Subspecies- really cool to hear the difference) up by the radar towers. Also of note...the loop is all the way open now from Farmington to Bountiful.

Mike Hearell (
11 Jun 2013) - Earlier today I stopped by Schick Lane in west Kaysville to see the Bobolinks. Since I unknowingly left my camera at home there was a Bobolink within 10' of the road. Closest one I've seen and no camera. Then on my way to my sons baseball game this evening I stopped by Ogden Bay WMA, once again no camera. All I missed taking pictures of was a lone NEOTROPIC CORMORANT mixed in with approx 25 Double-crested Cormorants and a GLOSSY IBIS standing next to the road right by the entrance. These birds were seen at 7:10 pm this evening.


Bryant Olsen (11 Jun 2013) - At Monte Cristo Campground I got 1 AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER,1 WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER, and CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS, plus an inter-grade PINK-SIDED X GRAY-HEADED JUNCO. At Curtis creek turn off I found a lone female PURPLE MARTIN, then I dropped down to Bear River meadows north of Randolf, and despite some earlier concerns of it being dried up, I found the place well watered and flooded as usual for this time of year, and saw several BLACK TERNS flying around, but no Bitterns or Lark Buntings. Nothing noteworthy at Deseret Ranch.

Paul Higgins
(3 Jun 2013) - Black Terns and Lark Buntings--Bear River Wetlands, Rich County, Utah.


Bryant Olsen (29 Jun 2013) - Yesterday evening I headed up to Albion Basin to see if any Rufous Hummingbirds were in ... ,but all I saw were lots of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds. I timed it so that I would be coming out near sunset so I could check the waterfalls in the lower canyon for Black Swifts, and sure enough I saw at least 5 BLACK SWIFTS flying above 2 different waterfalls. 3 BLSW above the falls 2.1 miles above the UTA parking lot in the mouth of the canyon, and 2 BLSW at the falls 1.9 miles up from the UTA lot. Greats looks at them, and even saw 2 apparently go to roost at the lower falls.

Rich Young (22 Jun 2013) - Too bad the Great Salt Lake Audubon Field Trip I led in May wasn’t scheduled now! Things are really ‘hopping’ along the Murray/Jordan river Parkway; especially with the fledging of numerous Bullock’s Orioles nesting there! I have been quietly studying a group of Neotropic Cormorants along the same stretch of Murray/Jordan river. With them being sighted all over the state these days, not much interest anymore. However, this past week, the numbers of them peaked at 7, which might be of interest to some.

Norm Jenson (17 Jun 2013) - Cordilleran Flycatcher. Millcreek Canyon.

Richard Young (3 Jun 2013) - 3 Neotropic Cormorants at Mill Race Park pond.


Nancy Metro (13 Jun 2013) - Quite a few Bobolinks perched and flying in field on Oakley on East side of Millrace Rd just north of first house north of Rob Young Lane.

Joel Beyer (9 Jun 2013) - We did a Breeding Bird Survey in Summit County this morning.  The most notable bird was a male Bobolink .  It was seen southwest of the town of Oakley, on the west side of Democrat Alley, .2 (2/10) miles south of the junction with Wooden Shoe Lane.  Also, 2 Pinyon Jays were seen just south of Hoytsville.


Bryant Olsen (22 Jun 2013) - Last Tuesday 6-18-12 I heard and saw an apparent LEAST FLYCATCHER in Leota bottom at Ouray NWR in Uintah County. I first heard the "Chib-ik" call, then located the bird and brought it in to playback. So what's up with all the Leasts in June lately, range expansion? Also at Ouray NWR I saw 1 adult male INDIGO BUNTING and 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS. No Cuckoos or Least Bitterns though, but I at least (pun intended) can say I tried. The Wild Horses there were pretty cool too. More GRAY JAYS, PINE GROSBEAKS and AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS at Hacking Lake in the Uintas, plus AMERICAN PIPITS, BLACK ROSY-FINCHES and 1 adult male WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN on Leidy Peak nearby on Thursday.


Bryant Olsen
(22 Jun 2013) - BLACK SWIFTS at Bridal Veil falls in Provo Canyon are back, saw at least 2 on Sunday evening (June 16).

Joshua Taylor (15 Jun 2013) - I visited Soldier Pass this morning, and thanks to Eric Huish, I was able to find a singing BLACK-THROATED SPARROW (plus a few more later) right at the spot (near the road) he specified in a previous Birdtalk email. Just as I was done looking at that bird, a GRAY VIREO flew up and landed in an adjacent juniper. I found a couple more Gray Vireos up the hill (just to the right of the little spur road on the right which leads to a fence and shooting area). In addition, a couple of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS hunting and flying display flights in the bright sunlight of mid-morning were a nice treat...

Keeli Marvel (14 Jun 2013) - ... Highlights at Highland Glen park were a pair of Caspian Terns catching fish and a resident pair of Canvasback ducks on the pond. We also saw several Black-capped Chickadees which seemed unfazed by the wind.
   --From there we traveled to Battlecreek Canyon where it was much calmer...we were able to hear at least three Common Poorwills calling back and forth across the canyon.

Eric Huish (11 Jun 2013) - I continue to bird the Provo Airport Dike a couple of mornings each week...This morning there was a male Blue-winged Teal in the moat south of the control tower. The PAD is a very good place to see Eastern Kingbirds. There are always several pairs in the summertime and they are close to the road and easy to see.

Eric Huish (5 Jun 2013) - So I went back to Soldiers Pass... I climbed up through sagebrush, pinyons and up rock ledges... and found it [Gray Vireo]. About 0.5 mile up the hill from the road...  I got good views. Near this spot there was also a couple of Black-throated Sparrows, a few Pinyon Jays and a Juniper Titmouse carrying a fecal sac.

Dennis Shirley (2 Jun 2013) - After a couple days of recuperation I thought I'd better report briefly about our Utah County Birders May,2013 Big Month...We ended the last Field Trip on Friday the 31st at about 1:00pm having recorded our last four new month birds- Cordilleran Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, American Three-toed Woodpecker, and MacGillivray's Warbler. We went around the recently opened Nebo and Santaquin/Payson Canyon Loops.

Eric Huish (1 Jun 2013) - I birded Dairy Fork WMA this morning (7:00 am). I went to get Ash-throated Flycatchers and White-breasted Nuthatches on my Utah County Year List...


Bryant Olsen (22 Jun 2013) - GRAY JAYS, PINE GROSBEAKS and AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS in Wasatch county up on Duchesne ridge on Monday.

Nancy Metro (11 Jun 2013) - My husband just called me to the window to see a Wild Turkey in the yard. First one I've ever seen in our neighborhood (Jeremy Ranch in Park City).

Bryant Olsen
(6 Jun 2013) - I went up to my cabin in Strawberry valley and yesterday was able to re-located the PURPLE MARTINS I found nearby a few years back, in the same place 5 miles south of the marina turnoff. .... I also had a Flammulated Owl hoot at the cabin, first I've heard there in a few years, and the resident male Ruffed Grouse was doing his morning drumming. Plus Sandhill Cranes nested for the first time on the beaver pond below my cabin.


Mike Hearell (10 Jun 2013) -  Taylor A. and I took a trip to Washington County this weekend. We had a few misses but some great birds nonetheless. Sunday started out with a pair of Vermillion flycatchers in Washington County.

Jeff Cooper (8 Jun 2013) - I decided to seize the moment, at least 24 hours worth of moments, and drove from Utah County to Washington County Friday afternoon. I headed to Zion NP with the desire to see my first Spotted Owl. I'd been wanting to see one for over three years and I have a goal to see all the owl species of North America. ... Sure enough I found one SPOTTED OWL and watched as he perched facing away from me, gave a call, turned in the tree to face my direction, and then flew up the canyon. ...
   --I drove over to Lytle Ranch, saw several COMMON POORWILLS along the road, and arrived a little after midnight. I put some bedding in the bed of my truck and marveled at all the stars in the sky. I heard a SCREECH OWL, some GAMBLE'S QUAIL making quiet little noises from their hiding place, and eventually went to sleep. I woke up Saturday morning to a rooster and lots of singing birds. A SUMMER TANAGER had the prettiest song of the morning. The only unusual experiences at Lytle were seeing my very first WILD TURKEY babies, about 12 or more in the field west of the orchard, and hearing a GREATER ROADRUNNER coo for the first time in my life (at least that I recognized). I heard it, but I didn't see it. That cooing sign was a sign of good things to come.
   --On my may from the ranch back to Old Hwy 91 I was trying turn a WESTERN KINGBIRD into a Cassin's Kingbird when I thought I heard a dove cooing. ... It didn't take long to see a GREATER ROADRUNNER standing on a Joshua Tree.
   --I saw a small group of WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS flying in and out of crevices in the cliff that makes a great landmark (near mile marker 5) for when to turn from Old Hwy 91 onto Lytle Ranch Road.


Mike Hearell (30 Jun 2013)  -  Decided to go back up to Willard Basin, Weber County and do some high elevation birding yesterday. Highlights of the trip were an American Three-toed Woodpecker (a first in Weber on eBird and, Williamson's Sapsucker, Common Poorwills, Red Crossbils, Mountain Goats and temps in the upper 70's!

Mike Hearell (20 Jun 2013) -  Taylor A. and I took a trip to Washington County this weekend. We had a few misses but some great birds nonetheless. Sunday started out with a pair of Vermillion flycatchers in Washington County and ended with three Flammulated Owls while birding Willard Basin in Weber County. On the way back down we also got a response from a FLAMMULATED OWL and an audible ID on a COMMON POORWILL.
   --Birds seen in Willard Basin: ...Red-naped Sapsucker... Olive-sided Flycatcher...Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker (stopped counting at 20),...Golden-crowned Kinglet,...Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler,...Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Pine Grosbeak, (heard), Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin

Kris Purdy(16 Jun 2013) - Located a LEAST FLYCATCHER in Riverdale. The bird is approx 60 yards due north of the police station  in the tall cottonwoods along the Weber River. It is very, very vocal.

Bryant Olsen (11 Jun 2013) - Yesterday I headed up over Monte Cristo and to Rich County, first stop was North Fork of the Ogden River near Eden, very birdy spot, got GRAY CATBIRDS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and 1 male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, down in the willows, not up on the slope which was claimed by a Broad-tailed Hummingbird. In the fields east of Eden, I found 1 male BOBOLINK perched on an irrigation wheel. I didn't spend a lot of time there so there could have been more.

Oliver Hansen (4 Jun 2013) - Bob & Bob & I headed north on Sunday to look for a few FOY birds... First stop was the WMA at the North Arm of Pineview, where the Calliope Hummer was most cooperative. He likes to pose in the sun on top of a willow near the south end of the trail. A most spectacular bird. The area was full of singing Fox Sparrows, Gray Catbirds, Yellow Warblers, ...Next was Monte Cristo Campground, which is now almost free of snow. There were several singing Hammond's Flycatchers here and there, and a beautiful male Williamson's Sapsucker gave us a long look. ... Bonus bird was the Three-toed Woodpecker across the highway behind the old ranger cabin. Final stop was another mile north on the highway at the Curtis Creek Road turnoff on the left side. Despite a gaggle of roaring ATVs, the Purple Martins were chattering and zooming around, giving us great looks.


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