Birdnet Hotline Highlights

July 20

 Review Species Reported this month:
   Neotropic Cormorant  Cache Co.
   Glossy Ibis  Rich Co.


Mike Hearell (8 Jul 2013) - I weathered the rain this evening and spent it enjoying rainbows, sunset and birds around the Willard Basin area. birds of note-
   --2 Golden Eagles (on nest); 3 American Three-toed Woodpecker; 1 Williamson's Sapsucker; 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers; 2 Nashville Warblers; 1 Juniper Titmouse; 1 Flammulated Owl; 6 Green-tailed Towhee; 15+ Clark's Nutcracker


Ryan O'Donnell (15 Jul 2013) - Today I found a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at the Logan Fish Hatchery Pond among a group of Double-crested Cormorants and American White Pelicans. Others were able to see the bird later this evening. This species has increased rapidly in Utah since it was first documented in the state in 2007. It is no longer all that rare along the Wasatch Front, but this is the first record for Cache County.


Weston Smith (19 Jul 2013) - [Price Canyon] - My dad and I found a Grace’s Warbler nest located at the Price Canyon Recreation Area a few miles west of Helper (in Price canyon.) It is on Highway 6 near milepost 224.


Shyloh Robinson (23 Jul 2013) - [Farmington] - Currently watching a GREEN HERON appear and reappear before my eyes. 800 West in Farmington. South of Glovers Lane approximately 1/2 mile. On the creek, 100 yards West of the road. A few Sora can be seen along the edges as well.

Jack Binch (12 Jul 2013) -  [Antelope Island Causeway] - Made a quick trip to the Antelope Island Causeway. I did not have a spotting scope, so I could not ID some of the distant birds. Thousands and thousands of Wilson's Phalaropes, quite a few Least Sandpipers, lots of Willets and American Avocets, the lone Marbled Godwit that has been reported several times, lots of California and Franklin's Gulls, and a few Eared Grebes. The best sighting for me was four Snowy Plovers by the first bridge. Hoards of brine flies and some gooey mud.

Cindy Sommerfeld (7 Jul 2013) - [Antelope Island] - Two birds seemed kind of interesting today.  One was a Semipalmated Plover on the causeway.  It  seems like an early return.   The other was a Long-eared Owl, also on the causeway.  The causeway isn't where we usually find them. There were many Loggerhead Shrikes and Burrowing Owls.  Must have been a successful nesting year. Species count was 57:...


Eric Peterson (26 Jul 2013) - [Tabiona] - I have a friend that is working with me in the barn now and he is a birder. We both had the day off so we decided to make a day of it, and boy was it a good one. We started off by heading towards Tabiona, on the way we stopped along the way and found a Black-throated Grey Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch and a few others. Then it was off to meet the Rufous Hummers at Pat's house. His neighbor ended up getting Pat's this year. So we went over there and took tons of pictures of Black-chinned, Broad-tailed and of course Rufous Hummingbirds. Great shots and great views.

Brian Maxfield (9 Jul 2013) - I was up working on the Strawberry River near the Pinnacles area today and observed a male INDIGO BUNTING. I was along the dirt road watching a Golden Eagle nest (I was checking on a fledgling Golden Eagle that had been pushed from the nest) and could hear a commotion in the Box Elder tree next to me. The first bird I saw was a female Lazuli Bunting and then I saw a couple Yellow Warblers, a MacGillivray's Warbler, and an Orange-crowned Warbler all mobbing the Indigo Bunting. This continued for 10-15 minutes with the entire bunch hopping quickly about the trees and underbrush. I tried to get a photo of the bunting but they moved to quickly and the limbs were very thick. When the Chipping Sparrows also chimed in on the mobbing the bunting finally had enough and left the immediate area to some Pinyon trees.

Mark Thal (7 Jul 2013) - I went to eastern Utah this weekend and was given great looks at some awesome birds!  Started out at Ouray NWR on Friday evening and was greeted early (as always) by an AMERICAN BITTERN in flight north of the watchtower.  I heard quite a few Common Yellowthroats.  Also saw a Willow Flycatcher by the outlet into the Green River.  The best bird for me though was the male INDIGO BUNTING!!  The first male that I'd ever seen.  It was absolutely stunning.  I called a few times and he was flying close circles around me.  It was amazing. 
   --Then it was off to the Red Cloud Loop. Saturday morning I got up to an awesome array of birds camping by Hacking Lake.  Before heading off to the Leidy Peak trailhead I saw a DUSKY GROUSE.  It walked into our campsite like it wasn't there, and then acted like we just appeared out of nowhere and took off.  It was pretty funny.  Also had Mountain Chickadee, Warbling Vireo, Pine Siskin, Cassin's Finch, Junco, Chipping Sparrow, Swainson's Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, and a great, long look at an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER. At the trailhead I saw a Gray Jay and from there it was American Pipit central.  There were tons of them and they were chatty all day.  Had a couple BLACK ROSY-FINCH along the steep upper north ridge of the peak.  Then I made it to the summit of my first 12,000'+ mountain!  Hooray!! 
   --We decided to go off west of the peak and head around the north base.  About 500 yards off the peak we kicked up a male and female pair of WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN!!  A lifer and major target bird for the trip. .... On the way over the edge I saw another BLACK ROSY-FINCH. ...
   --We stopped at Ox Park to have some warm food and there I saw a male Pine Grosbeak, Pine Siskin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee, and Cassin's Finch.  My only strike out was this year's nemesis bird...Northern Pygmy Owl.  I'll get it sooner of later though. A great and successful weekend!


Susan Lindberg (12 Jul 2013) - [Cedar City] - We went to the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City this week and decided to kill some time birding around Duck Lake (28 miles east of Cedar City on highway #14). Got a great sequence of photos of an Osprey fishing. It took him two tries to catch it!


Weston Smith (16 Jul 2013) - There was a male Rufous Hummingbird at our feeders in Croydon this morning.


Jeff Cooper (7 Jul 2013) - Seven birders on a field trip with Mark Stackhouse. Around 3:30 pm Saturday we found a GLOSSY IBIS mixed with about ten White-faced Ibises on Crawford Mountain Road near Randolph, UT.

Mark Stackhouse (3 Jul 2013) - [Monte Cristo] - We had a great trip to the Uintas last Saturday, even though the crowds escaping the heat were large, and the bird activity a bit muted, both with the heat and the many people in the mountains. We didn't see any real rarities, but had excellent views of many good species, and decent photo ops for a number of them. We managed a list of 70 species - not too bad for a slow day in the mountains. The bird list [highlights]:... American Three-toed Woodpecker...Bobolink...Black Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak... Red Crossbil...


Jack Binch (21 Jul 2013) - [Sandy] - They have started. I have an adult male and female Rufous Humingbird here in Sandy today. Last week I had a male and female Broad-tailed, but they only stayed one afternoon.

Bryant Olsen
(5 Jul 2013) - Just got back from a few days up in the Uintas. Started off Monday at Little Deer Creek Falls, where I saw 2 BLACK SWIFTS at dusk, and 6 more Tuesday morning. I climbed the falls at dawn and dusk looking for nests, but they must be tucked in deep in the crevices and out of sight, but I am confident the falls are being used by the Black Swifts as a nesting site, as they flew around the falls for nearly 2 hours in the morning. Then I backpacked into Naturalist Basin, nothing rare or unusual there, but on my way back out I had a couple Fly over WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.

Josh Taylor (3 Jul  2013) - I was up at Silver Lake at the top of Big Cottonwood on Tuesday morning. Highlight for me was 2 RED CROSSBILLS, possibly part of a probable flock of 6 I saw a few minutes earlier. The birds were in the conifers along the private lane near the parking lot.  Other highlights for me were: a singing FOX SPARROW along the private lane providing great looks, 3 CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS along the Twin Lakes trail, and a TREE SWALLOW over the lake (seems to be one of the better spots for them in the county).
   -- Visited the first 1/2 mile or so of the Twin Lakes trail this morning. Highlight for me was a female DUSKY GROUSE about 15 feet away on the trail. Other highlights for me were: 4 flycatcher species (DUSKY, CORDILLERAN, OLIVE-SIDED, & WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE) and 2 GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE.

Josh Taylor (1 Jul 2013) - [Little Cottonwood Canyon] - After a series of nights trying for BLACK SWIFTS (Bridal Veil Falls with a weak 'maybe' on Saturday, the lower Little Cottonwood falls specified by Bryant Olsen on Sunday with a total miss), I succeeded tonight at the higher falls mentioned by Bryant in a previous message. ...The birds I saw were not concentrating around the falls but were ranging up and down the canyon a good 1/4 to 1/2 mile...


Joshua Taylor (30 Aug 2013) - I went out to Bald Mountain in the Uintas (near Mirror Lake) this past weekend to look for ptarmigan and rosy-finches. I struck out on the ptarmigan, but got great looks (as close as 20 feet) at at least 3 and probably 5 or 6 different individual BLACK ROSY-FINCHES scattered around the slope while I was up there. Also hiked the Highline trail from Mirror Lake and enjoyed great looks at an adult and immature PINE GROSBEAK, GRAY JAYS, and a few AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS.

Eric Peterson (26 Aug 2013) - [Mirror Lake Highway] - American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Pine Grosbeaks, Gray Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers.


Oliver Hansen (4 Jul 2013) - After the owling trip to Big Mountain Pass on Sunday I attempted to do some solo owling the next night in the Stansbury Range. You can drive up South Willow Canyon to about 7200 - feet right at the beginning of the Aspen/Pine zone. I drove around the Loop Campground and would turn off my car every couple hundred feet to listen for flammies (which are undocumented, as far as I know, in this range). ...  I'll have to go back to see if I can get close enough to call it a first sighting. I did for sure hear several COMMON POORWILLS flying around the rocky ridges in the area.


Eric Peterson
(24 Jul 2013) - I was finally able to get a little yard birding done this morning. I watched all my hummingbird feeders pretty closely  ... saw three Rufous Hummingbirds. There was an adult male and two subadult males. Also in the tree tucked away waiting for his turn was a male Calliope.

Eric Huish (23 Jul 2013) - [Provo Airport Dike] - I birded the East end of the PAD early this morning. Nothing rare. There are some migrant shorebirds showing up out on the mudflats east of the south extension and lots of herons and egrets gathering in the marshes south of the south extension. Among 43 species: [highlights] ...American White Pelican,...Virginia Rail (heard only), Sora (heard only)... Lesser Yellowleg, Greater/Lesser Yellowleg, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope... Caspian Tern,...Eastern Kingbird...Common Yellowthroat (heard only)... Bullock's Oriole...

Eric Huish (21 Jul 2013) -  I have 6 hummingbird feeders spread around the yard (Pleasant Grove). Yesterday, out of the blue, I suddenly had 6 Rufous Hummingbirds, 1 aggressively guarding each feeder. They are still here today. Plus other Rufous' trying to sneak drinks. I feel bad for the resident Black-chins.

Eric Huish (16 Jul 2013) - There were 2 Stilt Sandpipers hanging out with some Dowitchers and Phalaropes at the Provo Airport Dike this morning (7:15am). They were adults in breeding plumage...

Eric Huish (10 Jul 2013) - I was up early this morning so on a whim I decided to try for the Three-toed Woodpeckers at the Nebo Bench Trail again. Two weeks ago I searched the usual area for 4 hours and couldn't find any three-toes. This morning I heard tapping as soon as I got out of my car and found a Three-toed Woodpecker just 50 feet down the trail. So hard last time, so easy today. There were also Flickers and Hairy Woodpeckers tapping the trees in the area and Red Crossbills feeding at the tops of some of the trees.

Eric Huish (8 Jul 29013) - I birded the southeast corner of the Provo Airport Dike this morning. I hadn't been out there in a few weeks....This spot may pick up some good birds in the next month. There were already some shorebirds gathering there. Nothing rare. A Least Sandpiper was a surprise and a Peregrine Falcon fly over was a fun sight...

WASHINGTON COUNTY (4 Jul 2013) - Saw a Summer Tanager male in the trees in Mathis Park, St. George.


Jack Binch (12 Jul 2013) - I went up to the North Arm of Pineview to see if I could find the Rose-breasted Grosbeak reported a couple of times by the Mark Stackhouse groups. Nope, but some fun birds to see. A couple of Yellow-breasted Chats, several Gray Catbirds, Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos, a Black-headed Grosbeak, American Goldfinches, Cedar Waxwings, a Broad-tailed Hummingbird, loads of Robins, and a very vocal Osprey.

Jeff Cooper (8 Jul 2013) -  I was out late Saturday night (without Internet access) and busy all day Sunday. Seven birders on a field trip with Mark Stackhouse Saturday located a Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding on squaw berry bushes at the North Arm Natural Area of Pineview Reservoir in Weber County. This bird was observed in the morning.

Mike Hearell (6 Jul 2013) - In my almost 23 years of hiking, hunting and now birding Weber County I've only seen 3 Chukars. Two at once in 2003 and one last month. Today while hiking (crawling) to the overlook above Jump Off Canyon  I came across 7! One was towards the bottom of the ridge and the other 6 flushed while I was hanging from a rock by my fingernails!...


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