Review Species Reported this month:
Red-necked Grebe Utah Co.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Garfield Co.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Salt
Tennessee Warbler Garfield Co.,
Salt Lake Co
Dickcissel Washington Co.
Joel Beyer (29 Sep 2013) - Flammulated Owl
at Garr Ranch this morning. Thanks to Katie for showing us this wonderful bird!
Bryant Olsen (25 Sep 2013) - Today on the Antelope
Island Causeway, we found 3! SABINE'S GULLS. 1 on the beach northeast of
the monument by the marina,...
--Earlier at Farmington bay we saw some good birds, including
the biggest flock of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS I've ever seen, 50+ in one
flock, plus several more smaller groups. This was just west of the 4 way. Also
saw 1 COMMON TERN, and lots of other shorebirds. Great looks at a
VIRGINIA RAIL too. Also saw several WILSON'S SNIPE, including 2 doing
this weird erratic dancing behavior in the mud on the side of the road in the
rain, never seen Snipe dance before.
Joel Beyer (22 Sep 2013) - This morning there was a
juvenile Sabine's Gull on the Antelope Island Causeway. It was easily
seen from the monument parking lot, which is just east of the marina. A
Pectoral Sandpiper and 50 Black-bellied Plover were also seen along
Kendell Watkins (14 Sep 2013) - My dad and I were just
watching a possible RED-EYED VIREO at Garr Ranch. It was in a large tree
just north of the house with the hummingbird feeders... Also a possible Philadelphia Vireo.
Also of note at the ranch I briefly saw and heard a Bewick's Wren just
south of the wood pile, a single Swainson's Thrush, Nashville,
Townsend's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Macgilivray's, Orange-crowned, and
Virginia's Warblers, many Cassin's Vireos, and Hammond's,
Cordilleran, Dusky, Willow, and Gray Flycatchers...
Cindy Sommerfeld (13 Sep 2013) - Saw a Black-and-
white Warbler at Garr Ranch today...We also saw a Calliope Hummingbird hanging around the sunflowers on the
Bryant Olsen (10 Sep 2013) - Saw 2 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS at Glovers Ponds in Farmington.
Bryant Olsen (10 Sep 2013) - Earlier today, around noon, I saw an Empidonax
flycatcher that looked a lot like a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Garr
ranch, very yellow like a Cordilleran, but with a very round complete
eye-ring...The place was also crawling with
Wablers,Vireos, RC Kinglets and Sparrows, including 2 CASSIN'S VIREO,1
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER,1 NASHVILLE WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLERS
Jack Binch (7 Sep 2013) - Bob Huntington and I went up
to Bountiful Peak this morning. Not too many raptors, but a lot of birds...
--The best part of the trip was the birds just north of the parking
lot: Lazuli Bunting, Clark's Nutcrackers, several Townsend's Warblers, lots
of Townsend's Solitaires...Macgillivray's Warbler, Mountain Bluebird,...possible Bushtit, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green-tailed
Towhee, White-throated Swift, Barn Swallow, Violet-Green Swallow, and
Cindy Sommerfeld (6 Sep 2013) - Today the
Island was pretty birdie. Just not a wide variety. Species count was 71.
[highlights] ...Virginia Rail, Sora...Baird's Sandpiper...Great Horned Owl,
Burrowing Owl, Common Nighthawk... Cassin's Vireo...Swainson's Thrush... Nashville Warbler,
Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's
Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler...Lazuli Bunting...
Larry Tripp (28 Sep 2013) - I've had a couple good
birds at my new home at the Bullberry Inn in Tropic, Garfield County this fall.
The best was a HY male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that has been at my
feeder today. The bird was still around as of 6:30 this evening. The other birds
of note in Sept. have been a Tennessee Warbler, a Brown Thrasher
and 2 different sighting of Broad-winged Hawks. 1 single bird and a group
Colby Newman (27 Sep 2013) - Just a quick note, I was
down in the Bullfrog/Hite area around Lake Powell the past couple of days.
Birding was not the primary focus, but I was able to check the Bullfrog Marina
for birds with the main highlight being a juvenile Sabine's Gull near the
boat launch and several terns (two of which were Forster's Terns)
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Rich Young (24 Sep 2013) - Tennessee Warbler at Big Cottonwood
Park in Holladay UT., a few hundred yards in from the Mount Olympus Senior
Center building. [ID'd as a first fall bird by Mark Stackhouse].
Matthew Wallace (21 Sep 2013)- Just after sunset I
heard a whole lot of Crows, so I went outside to see what all the commotion was
about. They were making quite a racket. I had the radio on inside and I could
hear them through that. We have a couple of resident Crows, but this was much
larger, the largest group of American Crows I've seen here in quite a
while. There were maybe 50, maybe more, a large group or murder to be sure.
Matthew Wallace (18 Sep 2013) - At just past Noon I
was outside brushing the dog when I heard the familiar sounds of Sandhill
Cranes. Three of them were flying high overhead over my house in the East
Millcreek area. They were heading roughly SSE. The annual fall migration of the
Cranes is definitely on. And, I think it's safe to say, summer is over with the
Sandhill migration a sure sign.
Jeff Cooper (14 Sep 2013) - Hit the SL
International Center before work and was rained out. I went after work and ended
up in more rain. I hid my car in a parking garage for about ten minutes to
escape a hail storm. I didn't give up and did end up finding and photographing
two fun birds, Common Nighthawk and Wilson's Snipe. The snipe were
engaged in behavior I'd never witnessed before.
Mike Hearell (11 Sep 2013) - Just had a flock of
almost 40 Pinyon Jays fly over. I'm at approx 1300 E and Sego Lilly Dr in
Sandy. They were heading ENE.
SAN JUAN COUNTY
Jim Hook (10 Sep 2013) - [Bluff, UT] - I
watched an American White Pelican circle about 4 revolutions over the
Post Office at noon in Bluff on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at about 100í and
then glide east up the San Juan River. I didnít have field glasses but could
easily see all white with lots of black on the wings, big bird, neck pulled back
into a tight ďsĒ, even could see orange bill. I called several non-birder types
(including the post master) out of the Post Office to look and though not as
excited as I, they could easily see the markings I was pointing out.
Dave Hanscom (28 Sep 2013) - A group of 8 Long-billed Dowitchers
were feeding along the south shore of Rockport Reservoir, a bit west of the
inlet, this afternoon. Also, there was a lone Red-necked Phalarope nearby
Dave Hanscom (17 Sep 2013) - There were three Common Loons at
Rockport this afternoon, along with the first Ruddy Ducks of the fall.
Also three Snowy Egrets, which are pretty unusual for the reservoir at
any time of year.
Dave Hanscom (10 Sep 2013) - A flock of at least 10
Pectoral Sandpipers were at the north end of
Rockport Reservoir this afternoon, near the inlet where the Pelicans were
hanging out. Also, on the west side, between the water and the road, was a nice
flock of Yellow-rumps, Gnatcatchers, Chickadees, and one Black-throated Gray
Eric Huish (30 Sep 2013) - Merrill Webb reported seeing an immature
Red-necked Grebe at the Provo Airport Dike today. He said it was in the moat
just east of the southwest corner. He saw it at about 3:30 pm. I will be looking
for it first thing in the morning!
Eric Huish (28 Sep 2013) - I went birding with Jeff
Cooper this morning (Sept 28). We birded the Lincoln Point area....
--While driving along 6400 South west of 3200 West in North
Benjamin we stopped at the large Turkey Vulture roost to take photos. At one
point several flew at once. Conservative count was 46. West of the Turkey
Vultures we spotted a Cattle Egret that flew up into a tree and posed
--Next we stopped at Lincoln Beach and the Boat Harbor. Just north
of the North Jetty we found a Lesser Black-backed Gull. ...We did get
close views of a Pectoral Sandpiper. And the bushes in that area had
several warblers including 2 Nashville Warblers and a possible rare
warbler we never got a good look at...
--We continued on the road south of the Sabine's. Nothing too
exciting. A few miles down we found a Bewick's Wren. We looked for the
Sabine's again on our way back but it had left that spot. On our way home we
passed River Lane. From the highway we spotted a Merlin on a tree by the
Eric Huish (27 Sep 2013) - There is a immature
Sabines Gull at Lincoln Point in Utah County. Along the lakeshore about a
mile west of the point...
Bryan Shirley (23 Sep 2013) - Lots of stuff at the mouth of the Spanish Fork
River today (end of river lane). Western and Least Sandpipers, 1
Snowy Plover... About 200 yards east of the mouth of the river there were 3
Eric Huish (21 Sep 2013) - This morning 10 Utah County Birders met and
birded along Squaw Peak Road ...Best birds were Cassin's Vireo
and a few Clark's Nutcrackers...
Eric Huish (17 Sep 2013) - I made a quick stop at
Lindon Beach this afternoon. There was a Common Tern flying around over
the south end of the settling pond with a couple of Forester's Terns. Commons
can be hard to find in Utah County.
Eric Huish (16 Sep 2013) - I birded the Provo Airport Dike early this
morning before work. I started at the north end. It was still pretty dark when I
got there. There was a pair of Western Screech-Owls calling near the
Center Street Bridge. I sat and listened to them for a while. Just north of the
West extension I heard a pair of Great Horned Owls hooting.
Eric Huish (15 Sep 2013) - Six Utah County Birders
met yesterday for a trip to Burraston Ponds (Juab County) led by Bryan Shirley.
We saw several birds at Burraston Ponds. My favorite were two Soras out
in the open giving us great views and a fly-over Peregrine Falcon.
...At Warm Springs our most
interesting bird was a Juniper Titmouse that seemed out of place without
any junipers around.
Eric Huish (15 Sep 2013) -
I birded River Lane this morning (9/15) (Utah County). Nothing rare but I did
get good views of 9 species of warblers (Orange-crowned, Nashville,
Virginia's, MacGillivray's, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray,
Townsend's and Wilson's Warbler). There are large flocks of
Vesper Sparrow down along Swede Lane and River Lane. I have never seen such
large flocks of Vespers before. On Friday I saw 40 all together in about a 40
--River Lane:...???Grasshopper Sparrow...
Eric Huish (10 Sep 2013) - I birded Lindon Beach
this morning (Sept 4). Along the shoreline, a bit south of Lindon Beach, was a
little sandbar island with a bunch of Caspian Terns and just south of
them there was a Common Tern sitting on a rock. Common Terns can be hard
to find in Utah County. It has been a few years since my last sighting.
--I birded the east and south side of the Provo Airport Dike early
yesterday morning. Shorebirds continue west of the south extension. One of the
Stilt Sandpipers is still there...
--On my way out to Lincoln Point I birded Swede Lane. I was early
and it was still dark out. I heard a Great Horned Owl calling near the
downed barn. At the end of Swede Lane, around the trees just before the boat
launch area, I had two Barn Owls flying around me...
Jeff Cooper (9 Sep 2013) - Eric Huish and I enjoyed a nice mountain
drive along Squaw Peak Road Saturday. We were about 6000 feet above Provo and
enjoyed great scenery and several bird surprises. Finding what we believe were
three sibling juvenile Cooper's Hawks and a small flock of
Golden-crowned Kinglets was thrilling and pleasant respectively...
--List: [highlights] Cooper's Hawk (juveniles),...Clark's Nutcracker...Golden-crowned
Kinglet...Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee...
Jeff Cooper (7 Sep 2013)- Green Heron. Provo Airport Dike, stretch of
water west of south extension of dike.
Merill Webb (20 Sep 2013) - [Lytle Ranch] - Two Dickcissels around
noon, in the milo fields, north of the main building toward the pond. There is
lots of food (and bird activity) and so they will probably stick around for a
while. Also saw a Red-shouldered Hawk around the same time. Earlier in
the morning, around 9, saw an American Redstart south along the stream,
but it seemed to be moving out of the area. (less likely to still be around).
Paul Higgins (22 Sep 2013) - I hiked around the top of
the North Fork of the Ogden River (Cold Water Canyon) this morning, quite a few
birds. Highlights for me were Lewis' Woodpeckers, Pine Grosbeaks and
Pat Bausman (15 Sep 2013) - We had a Spotted Towhee
in our yard this evening, also - adult male. We usually get one or two in the
dead of winter; this is very early.
Mike Hearell (9 Sep 2013) - Black-crowned Night Heron while
standing in a dry creek bed in a wooded area. Weber, Utah.
Kris Purdy (8 Sep 2013) - Iíve been pleased to host a
hatch-year male Calliiope Hummingbird at my feeders in Ogden over the
past few days. This birdís appearance continues whatís been a fantastic fall
season for hummingbirds, peaking in about the third week of August with four
species in the yard, multiple Rufous trying to defend each of six feeders, and
up to two Calliopes at a time at one particular feeder. My yard population
seemed to leave en masse overnight on August 20 with straggling Rufous at first
and now, mostly Black-chinned plus the recent Calliope appearing.